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Genealogical History 


Quinby (Quimby) Family 

In England and America 



Member New England Hiitoric-Genealoglcal Society, New York Genealogical and 
Biographical Society, Society of Mayflower Descendaott, Etc. 

165 Broadway 




Rutland, Vermont 






who have the best of Quinby blood in their veins, 
this book is affectionately dedicated. 



Articles of Interest to the Casual Reader 4 

Amusing, Interesting and Special Items 5 

Introduction: Origin of the Family 7 

Other Families Specially Mentioned 8 

Quinby Reunions 8 

Coats-of-Arms 9 

Surmises about the Family Origin 14 

The Earliest English Records 17 

Quenby Hall, Leicestershire 21 

Report of a Search in Early Records 23 

Early English Queneby and Quarmby Families 24 

The Quinbys of Wakering, County Essex 28 

Public Service and Honors 29 

The Family Name in Literature 29 

The Family Name appUed to Towns, Rivers, etc 34 

How the Family History was Compiled 37 

How to use this Book 42 

The Family in County Surrey, England 43 

The Earliest Pedigree 44 

John Quinby the Martyr (1528) 54 

First Generation in America: William^ the Immigrant. . 60 

Second Generation: Robert ''the Immigrant 64 

Second Generation : John ' 74 

Third Generation: The Colonial Period 81 

Fourth Generation: The Colonial Period 99 

Fifth Generation: The Revolutionary Period 139 

Sixth Generation: The Revolutionary Period 209 

Seventh Generation: The War of 1812 283 

Eighth Generation: The Civil War 361 

Ninth Generation: The Older Parents of Today 465 

Tenth Generation: The Younger Parents of Today. .. . 550 

Appendices, containing the latest results of the research 

in the early English records 565 


Robert Quynby's Life in Mediaeval Farnham (A.D. 

1566) ■••■•■: 49 

John Quinby's Martyrdom and Dying Jest (A. D. 1528) 55 

Mrs. Robert '' Quinby's Struggle with Symon, the Indian 66 

Josiah* Quinby's Astonishing Inventions 117 

Elizabeth (Hall) HalUday Quinby Quick Quick 123 

Isaiah*, Poems Read at the Reunion 1'37 

Samuel" Quinby's Lively Adventures in the Revolution 171 

Ephraim ' Quinby's Indian Fight 177 

Josiah " Quinby's Quaker LiberaUty 189 

James ' Defends his Home from Robbers 184 

Nancy ' Celebrates her Hundredth Birthday 178 

James *, Childish Pranks a Century Ago 203 

Capt. John« Quinby's Ships Captured by the French. . 217 

Joseph ' Quinby's Meeting with Gen. Washington 226 

Moses " Quinby's Defence of the Indian Killer 286 

Levi^ Quinby's Trial for Murder and Acquittal (A. D. 

1800) 296 

Moses "> Quinby's Life in Maine 299 

Phoebe Adeline * Quinby's Poems 320 

Rev. Dr. George W.* Quinby's Personality 366 

Life of Gen. Isaac F. » Quinby 428 

Moses 8 Quinby, the Bee Man (A World-Wide Celebrity) 440 

Gov. Henry B. ' Quinby's Career 465 

Fred ' Quinby's Poem on Spring Cleaning 474 

Franklyn « Quinby's Epic Poem 487 

Laurie J. ' Quinby's Delightful Sketch of His Life 488 

William E. » Quinby, U. S. Minister to Holland 500 

John F. ' Quinby's Experience with Christian Science. . 546 

Henry Cole*' Quinby's Story of Compiling this Book. . 37 




Literary Competitions 33, 562 

The Symon Indian Letter (1677) 68 

John ' of the First New York Assembly (1665) 76 

William' killed by Indians 81 

Josiah>, "Lord of the Manor" 91 

References for Westchester Land Titles 96 

Philip S First Recorded Gouty Ancestor (1757) 109 

The Lotd Townley Tradition 113 

The Wampus Pond Graveyard 115 

The "Car Rumes" (1725) 118 

The Delaware Islands 121, 132-3, 201-2 

Quinby Physical Characteristics 124-250 

Moses*, Marriage Certificate (1730) 129 

First Church in Portland (1740) 148-150 

A Hessian "bumshell" loaded with molasses 172 

Sketch of Ephraim' of Ohio 175 

How Samuel' Quinby Lost Some Clothing (1761) 187 

Jesse B. ' the Peruvian Miner 196 

Isaiah', "Handsomest Quinby There Ever Was" (1783) 198 

How Ellen" Lost hfer Best Bonnet 200 

How Letitia" Found Herself out of Bed 203 

Levi Drowned in a Spring 207 

The Innocent Cat's Ladylike Trick 208 

Four Presidents of Harvard College 215 

Jacob' Barely Escapes Drowning (1773) 221 

Benjamin' Petitions for a Lottery (1779) 223 

The Fire at Saccarappa (1813) 232 

The Old Quinby House at Amesbury 235 

Life of Samuel' of Warren 256 

Daniel', the Active Quaker 261 

Obediah' "Dealt with" for Keeping a Gun (1783) 266 

Adventures of Isaiah' on the Ohio (1827) 276 

Quaker Life in Iowa (1868) 278 

The Embroidered Samplers with Verse 290 

Dr. Quinby Patents Flying Machines (1861) 357 

Miss H. Anna Quinby, the Woman Lawyer 354 

The Triplets, the French Lady and the Silver Tube 413, 524 

M. Antoinette' Quinby, Chicago Fair Commissioner 417 

Dr. William DeHart' Quinby 424 

General Isaac F.« Quinby in the Civil War "428 

Judge Dewitt C' Quinby of New Jersey 432 

Wedding Gowns of Recent Quinby Brides 

^ 435, 480, 527, 531, 548, 549, 560 

J Palmer" of Nebraska Out Walked by Indian Women ... 447 

Joe, Sam and Frank, the Yale Ball Players 462 

Franklyn • Explains Columbus's Uplift Work 487 

Family Aeroplanists 508, 541 

The Prettiest Girl in America 513 

What Capt. John G. » did on the Vesuvius 534 

John W. • and the Fresh Air Cure 543 


The Quinby family (from which also come those de- 
scendants who now spell the name Quimby) was settled in 
England at least eight hundred years ago, but whether of 
Saxon, Danish or Norman origin it seems now impossible 
to determine. We are safe in calling it English, which has 
been for many centuries a mixture of all three. Two of 
our name came from England to America about 1639, Rob- 
ert and William; their relationship is still undetermined; 
it is believed that William was Robert's father or uncle; 
and the particular parishes in England where they were 
born or whence they departed have not yet been identified. 
Hundreds of parish records have been searched and hun- 
dreds remain to be searched. Sooner or later the right ones 
will be found. The following is supposed to be our line: 

1 Henry Quynbie, born near Farnham, county Surrey 
as early as 1470, half owner of the manor of Freemantle 
near Farnham; see appendix at the end of the book for 
results of English research received while this work is 
in press; had 

2 John Quinby, Sr., born no later than 1500 near Farn- 
ham; his will made in 1557 mentions son 

3 Thomas Quinby, born at Farnham, probably about 
1530; one brother was Robert, the Bailiff; another was 
John, the Spanish merchant; he is said to have been 
(though evidently a generation has been skipped) the 
father of 

4 William 1 Quinby, born perhaps about 1600, who 
landed probably with Robert^ at or near Salem, 
Mass., about 1636, and removed about 1639 to Strat- 
ford, Connecticut, with his sons, Thomas and John 
(who had a child in 1654 named on Stratford 
records) ; his son (or nephew) was 

5 Robert" Quinby, born perhaps about 1625, who first 
appears on the Salem records in 1646, evidently over 
21 years of age, married about 1656 and named his 
sons William, Robert, John and Thomas. 

A full account so far as the records show of the Farn- 
ham family follows; and the rest of this book gives the 
lives and descendants of the above mentioned William ^ and 

8 The Qdinbt FamhiT 

Robert". The given names of the children indicate the 
probable correctness of the foregoing pedigree. It was 
usual in early colonial times for a man to name his eldest 
son for his father and his later sons for himself and his 



Atkinson Family 204 

Batchelder Family 467 

Bell Family 245 

Field Family 126 

Freeman- Rogers-Denison 213 

Jenkins Family 204 

Kip Family 188 

Quarmby Family 26 

Sutton Family 128 

Underbill Family 185, 188 


Descendants of Isaiah* (1891) 136-8 

Descendants of Josiah' (1914) 252 

Descendants of Fowler* (1912) (Vol. II.) 

The Quinby Family 


Much false information has been disseminated about 
the armorial bearings which appertained to the Quinby 
family. Bolton's History of Westchester county, New York, 
unfortunately has widely spread a coat-of-arms that never 
belonged to any branch of the family, describing them as 
the "Arms of Quinby of Northcastle" (New York) as fol- 
lows: or, on a bend sable, three trefoils slipped argent; crest, 
a cubit arm erect, vested or, with three slashes in the 
sleeve; in the hand proper a simetar, hilted of the first, 
blade gutte de sang (i. e., dripping blood). A descendant 
of William ^ Quinby, being a grandson of Aaron ^ Quinby, 
has devoted much time to the genealogy of his own line 
and in his manuscript, which he kindly had copied for me, 
he described this coat-of-arms as "exactly like the original 
from which it was copied, by a Quinby relative now dead, 
a document at Salisbury, Mass., dated Boston, July 23, 
1655." The most careful and long continued investigation, 
in which neither pains, time nor expense was spared, has 
failed to identify the document or any record of it. This 
error came about in the following manner: Savage, in his 
Genealogical Dictionary of New England, published sixty 
years ago, besides mentioning Robert and William Quinby 
of Amesbury, Mass., speaks of a son of William * Quinby as 
follows: "Quimby or Quinby, John, Stratford, 1654, had 
one child born there, but after some years removed, and 
was one of the patentees of West Chester in 1664, where 
the family has continued." 

In accordance with Savage's principle of condensation, 
he didn't give the location of Stratford, which is in Con- 
necticut. The unfortunate results have been that Rev. 
Amos Bolton, who compiled the History of Westchester 
county. New York, or his informant, perhaps thought Strat- 
ford-on-Avon, in England, was referred to, famed as Shaks- 
pere's home. He also knew that the Quiney family of 
Stratford was famous in connection with Shakspere's affairs 

Note — The tinctures or colors of coat armor include sable (black) or 
or argent (silver); or (gold); gu or gules (red); az. or azure (blue). 


The Quinby PAMiiiT 

The Quernby and Quarmby arms, Quiney arms wrongly attributed to 

wrongly attributed to our family. Quinby in the History of Westchester. 


Arms of Quinborough. 



Arms of Quynborow. 

(The lower two are those which pertained to the ancient 
family from which said Mr. Morrill in 1856, the Quinbys de- 
scended, the older coat being the muzzled bears, counterchanged 
in sable and silver). 

_ The Qtjikbt Family 11 

in the 16th century j from these he guessed that the Quinby 
name was originally Quiney, but without explaining this 
mental process, he published the Quiney coat-of-arms (the 
three trefoils and the cubit arm with bloody cimeter) in 
his history as that of "Quinby of Northcastle." North- 
castle is a hamlet in Westchester county, for many years 
the home of descendants of William' Quinby and his son 
John^ who came from England and settled at Stratford, 
Connecticut, about 1639, where they remained from four 
to ten years, then moved to Westchester county. New York. 
The reckless statement of Rev. Bolton has caused this 
coat-of-arms to be copied and borne by many persons 
named Quinby and Quimby, of course without the slightest 
warrant. I received only recently from Colorado a letter 
from a descendant of Robert '', on paper of a pale blue tint 
carrying an engraved picture of these arms done in silver. 

This is not the worst result of the error. It caused a 
very enthusiastic member of the family many years ago, to 
spend a great deal of money in England in a search for all 
the descendants of the Stratford Quineys so as to locate the 
supposititious John who added the letter b and came to 
America; and others of the Quinby name searched — of 
course unavailingly — along similar lines for many years. 
If those efforts had been directed in the true channels we 
should, no doubt, have now much information that may 
be lost forever. 

An office of professional genealogical searchers in Lon- 
don appears to be responsible for the putting forward of 
the Quarmby arms as those of our family. They are as 
follows: argent two bars sable, in chief a Cornish chough, 
proper. These arms are described as those of the family of 
Quarmby of Quarmby, near Hothersfield in the wapentake 
of Agbrig and Morley; the first recorded was Hugh of Quar- 
meby, living there in 1341, who married the daughter of 
William Beaumont, Esq. of Crossland. 

There seems to be strong indication of a connection 
between that family and the Quernby family of Notting- 
ham, England, whose arms are very similar, being argent, 
two bars sable, the one in chief being charged with a mart- 
let, or. 

A descendant of William^ Quinby has had a plate 
made of these arms of which a reduced copy is here given. 
This he has distributed among the Quinbys as the "only 
authentic" armorial bearings of the family. However pos- 
sible it may be that the Quernby and Quarmby families 
descended from a remote thirteenth century ancestor identical 

12 The Qxjinbt FAMibT 

with ours, certainly neither the Quernby nor the Quarmby 
arms were granted till these spellings had become fixed and 
the arms were granted to bearers of those names, after the 
name of our race had crystallized into Quinby and Quenby; 
there can hardly be any connection whatever between those 
arms and any family of Quinbys or Quimbys. 

It is a curious fact that the only armorial bearings 
with which the Quinbys and Quimbys possibly have more 
than a sentimental connection were described sixty years 
ago in an article by W. B. Morrill, Register of Probate of 
Rockingham County, N. H., and a famous historian and 
genealogist, published in the Exeter (N. H.) Newsletter, 
Aug. 6, 1855. A few sentences from that article have been 
copied and recopied by members of the family and widely 
circulated. Subject to possible errors of the copyist, the 
following is what Mr. Morrill wrote: "the family of Quin- 
by, Quimby, Quimbury, all of which are derived from the 
original name of Quinborough, corrupted to that of Quim- 
bury and finally to Quimby which is now the generally 
adopted style of writing the name. The progenitor of the 
family in this country was Robert Quinby, who settled at 
Salisbury, Mass., June, 1653; married Elizabeth Osgood and 
had children viz.: Lydia, born at Salisbury, Nov. 22, 1657; 
William, April 11, 1660; John, July 7, 1665, and Thomas, 
Aug. 12, 1667. Two of the sons removed to New Hamp- 
shire and are the progenitors of the family in this state 
which is both extensive and numerous. There is also a 
family of the same name in Westchester county. New York, 
presumed to be a branch of the above. The family is of 
Norman French extraction, but under the name of Quin- 
borough resided previous to the emigration to America in 
Norfolk, England. Coat-of-arms of the family of Quin- 
borough, Norfolk: Shield indented in silver and sable 
ground, with three bears muzzled, counterchanged." . 

Although these arms appear attributed to that family 
in standard reference books, I have found few particulars 
regarding the Norfolk family. There were two branches 
of this Norfolk family, the spelling not exactly alike and 
who carried a slight difference in their arms; thus: 

Quynborow, Norfolk: Per fess indented argent and 
sable, three bears, muzzled, counterchanged; 

Quinborough, Norfolk, 1716: Per fess indented argent 
and sable, three bears passant counterchanged. (Pepworth, 
Dictionary of British Armorials,) p. 155. 

The explanation probably is, that the earlier coat, evi- 
dently that of Quynborow, was copied by the author from 

The QuiNBT Family 13 

an earlier book on the subject — say Robson's "British 
Herald," or Berry's Encyclopaedia Heraldica, which con- 
tain it exactly. 

An additional detail to the arms of the more modern 
family appears in Walter Rye's "Three Norfolk Armories" 
which he inserts or after "muzzled," thus gilding the muz- 
zles. He adds: "This coat-of-arms was taken from a MS. 
in the possession of Mr. Joseph Bokenham, late Fellow of 
Caius College." 

From all of which it appears .that if the American 
Quinbys ever are found to have any right to heraldic in- 
signia, they are simply three muzzled bears, for the Quinbys 
are descended from the earlier house, if from either. Cer- 
tainly the Norfolk family was there early enough to have 
been forebears of all the Quynborows, Quinboroughs, Quern- 
bys, Quinbys and Quarmbys. The only time the name is 
mentioned in Blomefield's History of Norfolk (eleven vol- 
umes, the standard work on that county) is at page- 272 of 
volume X., where it is set forth that in the fourth year of 
Edward III. (A. D. 1331), Roger, parson of Lucham, con- 
veyed by fine to Osceline de Quinberge and Elizabeth his 
wife, lands in Whinburgh, Gerveston, Reymerston, West- 
field and elsewhere. Whinburgh is probably a variant of 
Quinberge (compare Quarton, later spelt Wharton, and 
many other similar changes). The only similar names of 
places which can be identified in the Domesday Index 
(eleventh century) besides the parishes of Quenby and 
Quenborough in Leicestershire, are Wemberge in Wiltshire 
(containing "mol. prat, past." etc.) owned by the Bishop- 
ric of Wintomenc. (Winchester) ; and Weneberge (" M. 
Ecclesia, prat., silva") in the Hundred of Wochinges, 
county of Surrey, owned by Godfrey de Maneville. This 
last may ultimatelj^ prove significant; see further on, the 
Quinby family of Surrey. 

14 The Quinbt Family 


William 1 and Robert" Quinby the ancestors of the 
American Quinbys and Quimbys, came from England 
before 1639, probably to Salem, Mass. There are several 
traditions of Welsh origin, and there is even a fanciful yarn 
afloat that the family originated in the Norman city of 
Quemper in the south of France, whence the fabulist de- 
rives our patronymic. It is very probable that they were 
descendants of the well-known Quinby family of Farnham, 
in the county of Surrey, England, an account of which 

William* was at Stratford, Connecticut, in 1639 with 
his son, John", through whom he became the ancestor of 
the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania family which 
includes all the Quakers of the name. It is said he came 
from Salem with a considerable party of colonists, leaving 
Robert" at Salem, with others of the family. 

In order to determine whether or not Quinby, Quimby, 
or any variant of the name was characteristic of Ireland, 
I examined leaf by leaf the 2758 pages of Kelley's Directory 
of Ireland for 1905. This covers every city, town, village, 
parish and hamlet of the whole island, and includes not 
only the names of the well-to-do householders, but farmers, 
the clergy and professional people and many of those per- 
suing trades, etc. It omits, however, thousands of the 
names of employees, laborers and what are therein re- 
ferred to as the humbler classes. Nevertheless, it seems 
certain that if our name is carried even by a few residents 
of the Emerald Isle, at least some of them would neces- 
sarily be included in the directory. The result of the 
search was that innumerable representatives appeared of 
the families of Qua, Quade, Quail, Quigg, Quigley, Quin, 
Quinlivan, Quirk and others, but there was not one single 
Quenby, Quinby, Quimby or any varying form of our 
family name in all Ireland. It seems certain that if there 
ever were any of our name in Erin they must by now have 
died off or emigrated. This is confirmed by the Special 
Report on Surnames in Ireland, a British government 
publication (appendix to the 29th Annual Report of the 
Registrar General of Births, Marriages and Deaths in 

The QuiNBT Family 15 

Ireland, 1894), which mentions no Quinby, Quimby or 

There is no other but the English origin for the ex- 
isting name of Quinby; but families spelling their names 
Quimby may be descended from a half dozen families which 
the early census records appear to show, came to the 
United States from Ireland in the eighteenth century, 
though census errors are frequent, and there is little con- 
firmation. In short, those of our name who spell their 
names Quinby indicate unmistakably their English origin; 
those who spell their names Quimby leave the matter in 

Dr. Watson Fell Quinby's views about the origin of 
the family name, as expressed in 1891, are interesting. 
He wrote as follows to Mr. Charles F. Jenkins: "I noticed 
the other day that thee tried to derive the name Quinby 
from Quinborough. The Danish termination 'by' is equiva- 
lent to the Saxon 'ton' or town. The term 'by-law' is so 
derived. The Danes settled all the north and part of the 
middle districts of England, and Lincolnshire and the East 
and West Ridings of Yorkshire are full of the 'by's'. 
Quinby is Danish and can be found in Denmark probably, 
or in Scandinavia today. My opinion is that the Danes 
are of the Hebrew tribe of Dan, which always 'abode in 
ships' and have never been conquered." 

B. Frank * Quinby, (John '', Joseph *, Benjamin *, 
Joseph*, Robert^, Robert^) told I. Franklyn' Quinby (Joseph 
B. * Joseph '', Joseph ', etc.) "that he had seen or possessed 
some ancient documents to the effect that the name of 
Quinby is a corruption of Quimper, a town in France 
whence the Marquis of Quimper fled at the time of the 
Huguenot massacre and went to England where his de- 
scendants were called Quimpery, Quimbury, Quinboro', 
and so on down to Quimby and Quinby. B. Frank of 
Boston is dead and his son, George F., may have the par- 
ticulars." George F., however, does not respond to my 

Inquiries which Dr. George Augustus Quinby caused 
to be made through professional genealogists in England 
resulted in the following speculation, which has been printed 
and widely circulated: 

"The Quinby family can lay claim to the respectable 
antiquity of five hundred years. This family was supposed 
to have come over to England in the Danish invasion and 
the surname originated at Quarmby or Quermby near Hoth- 
erfield in Yorkshire ; ' the first on record was Hugh de 

16 The Qudstby Famtly 

Quarmby (1341). Branches of this family moved to Farn- 
ham, Surrey, near London." 

The following facts and theories relating to the Quinby 
family in England in the early centuries after the Con- 
quest are set down not in anyway as a final report on the 
subject. They are merely transcribed field-notes for the 
use of future investigators. They are of no value in their 
present form, beyond indicating that our remote forebears 
were, on the whole, a respectable English family for the 
times, probably of Norman descent, and were of the class 
which the entire world at the time firmly believed were 
immeasurably superior in every respect to the vast ma- 
jority of their fellow humanity. 

There is no reason to doubt that we descended from 
one of two English families which took the name of Queni- 
borough or Quinibergh, Quenby or Quinby from a village 
or landed estate of that name in their possession, as is 
indicated in the early centuries by the universal prefixing 
in early times, of the particle de. The name was ulti- 
mately modified in one or two branches of descent to 
Quinby; and frequently in America then changed' to Quim- 
by. The name appears never to have been spelt Quimby 
by any family living in England. 

The QxnNBY Family 17 

The Leicestershire Quinsy Family 

Our family name (but of course not our lineage) can 
be traced back to the year A. D. 686, when Cwenburh 
(or Quoenburg) was Abbess, sister of Ini (A. D. 688-715) 
King of Wessex, and of Cuthburh, Abbess of Wimborne 
(30 Somerset Arch. Soc, 1885). Another account gives 
A. D. 718 as the year when St. Quinburga founded the 
nunnery at Wynburn, in Dorset. Her sister St. Cuthburga 
joined her in this pious work and they were buried there. 
They were sisters of Tua, King of the West Saxons (John 
de Tinmuthe, Historia Dursa; Saxon MS. at Benedict 
College, Cambridge; Hutchins' History of Dorset, III. 183). 

The names Quenby and Queniborough, perhaps from 
the pious lady, were given to two hamlets in Hungarton 
parish in Leicestershire, about eight miles east by north 
from the city of Leicester and those names and parishes 
still exist; more likely Quenby, however, is a Danish place 
name. As will be seen, they as well as the city of Leicester, 
were the places most thoroughly identified with the names 
of Quenby and Quiniborough from the twelfth to the 
fifteenth centuries, and were possibly the radiating points 
from which the family spread east and southeast in Eng- 
land, and thence to America. The Domesday Book records 
of Quenby and of the nearby parish of Queniborough, in 
Leicestershire, made by direction of William the Con- 
queror, after his capture of England, A. D. 1066, are as 
follows : 

"Roger holds of William* five carucates of land in 
Croptone (South Croxton) and Walter (holds) 2^ carucates 
of land in Queneberie (Quenby) f and in demesne they 
have three ploughs and four serfs; and seven villeins with 
four bordars who have one plough. There (are) 24 acres 
of meadow. It was worth 15 shillings; now (it is worth) 
30 shillings. 

"In the same vill one Frenchman holds one carucate 
of land. It is worth five shillings." (Translation and 
notes, I. Victorian Hist. Leics. 322). 

*He was evidently tenant under Robert de Todeni. 

fThis is the Quenby south of Hungarton and east of Leicester. 


18 The Quinbt Family 

"In Gosecote Wapentake, William holds of Geoffrey § 
in Cuinberg J (Queniborough) nine carucates of land. 
Eight ploughs were there. In demesne there are two 
(ploughs) and 28 villeins with seven bordars have seven 
ploughs. There (is) a mill rendering 10 shillings, and 40 
acres of meadow. It was worth three pounds, now (it is 
worth) four pounds" (id. 347). 

The Domesday record as amended by the Survey of 
Leicestershire soon after, shows that Queniborough was a 
vill of twelve carucates, and Quenby was a vill of six caru- 
cates. A carucate of land was equivalent to one hundred 
and twenty acres. 

Leicestershire was a Danish shire, but Queniborough 
was Saxon. The survey of the twelfth century says of 
Queniborough: "In Quenburg (are) twelve carucates of the 
fee of Belvoir." Of Quenby it says: "In Quenebia (are) 
six carucates of the fee of Belvoir." 

The hamlet, called Queniborough, (see illustrations) 
is part of a manor on which iS a very beautiful and pala- 
tial Tudor house which was built by the Ashby family in 
the seventeenth century on the site of a much more an- 
cient building, and is called Quenby Hall (see illus- 
trations). Ralph de Quenburg was Lord of the Manor 
from 1154 to 1189; it appears that one of his family was 
called de Ashby and the manor passed into his hands and 
has remained in the Ashby family until the present cen- 
tury. It was one of this family that named his plantation 
"Quinby" near Charleston, S. C. 

Robert de Queneby in 1288 took Thomas de Beby's land 
at Queneby in Leicestershire; and at about the same period 
probably, Robert de Queneby and Nicholas de Quenibergh 
were on the rent roll at Leicestershire Abbey. 

There are other ancient hamlets of somewhat similar 
names in England from which perhaps the feudal gentry 
took their surnames. 

There are today two such villages in Yorkshire from 
which came one Quarmby of Huddersfield, the name of 
the Sir Hugh de Quarmby who is mentioned as living in 
1341. We have no certainty of any living descendants 
of this worthy; a small family of Quarmby, however, is 
in existence in England and Ainerica with a few members, 
but they may be descended from the Quernby family of 
Nottingham. Any other origin of the name of Quarmby 
today, requires a gap of six centuries to be bridged with 

IGeoffrey de Wirce, holding under the King. 
JThia is northeast of Leicester, near the river Wreak. 

The Village op Queniborough, Leicestbeshiee, England, 
1 ^.^. '.'''I'f "Pl'eai'aiiee is probably exactly as it was five or six centuries ago. On the 
lett IS the more recent parish church ivith its crockette.l spire, specially mentioned 
m Baedeker (See p. 18), 

Church at Quentborough, Leicestershire. 

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Ancient Houses at (,^ueniborougi-i, 

lousand years old. 
■ ■'■ :"- ., Mrs. W. D. Katon (Adeline Quiiiby.) 

The QuiNBT Family ' 19 

no existing records whatever; while descendants of the 
Quernbys were having their names spelt Quarmbie on the 
Nottingham parish registers in the late sixteenth century 
and after. 

The other Yorkshire village is in the parish of Queens- 

A place in Hertfordshire near Buntingford is called 
Quinbury; and Queenborough is a town and port in the 
Isle of Sheppey, Kent, founded by Edward III. (A. D. 
1322-77) and named in compliment to his Queen, Philippa. 
We have no indication that any of these places gave its 
name to any family, mention of which is found on the 
English records. There are many references to the Quinby- 
Quenby family running back to the twelfth century in 
England — within a century after the Conquest by William 
of Normandy. Norman given-names and the invariable 
use of the particle de, together with the evident station of 
the bearers of the name, render it evident that the an- 
cestral line was Norman-French and came over with the 

The earliest of the race were recorded before the use 
of surnames. The fourth of the name, for example, men- 
tioned in the early archives is Henry de Quenby, described 
in 1247 as "son of Henry de Babgrave," each so called 
from the parish in Leicestershire in which he lived. 

Evidence that the original name of the parish of 
Queniborough in Leicestershire was Queniberg or Quini- 
bergh is supplied by the varied spellings by the clerks of 
the names of their noble but illiterate feudal patrons in 
the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth centuries — when 
sound was the guide, and there were no standards of pro- 
nunciation of the Saxon words by the Norman conquerors 
and no standards of spelling. 

The surname of Ralph, who flourished in Leicester- 
shire and was lord of the manor in the twelfth and thir- 
teenth centuries, was thus spelt in each of the various 
documents extant from 1189 to 1204: de Queneburg, Queni- 
boro, Queniburg, de Quenby. The name of the next Ralph 
was spelt from 1269 to 1303, de Quenibour, Queniburg, of 
Queneborough, de Queniborow, de Quenyburg. 

Swamus of Leicester in 1189 was "de Queninb" on the 
only record so far discovered. Roger's name in 1227 is 
spelt on the Merchants' gild roll at Leicester, de Queni- 
bure. In 1247, Leicestershire, Henry's name was spelt 
Henry de Quenby. In 1270 John's name appears on the 
tallage roll at Leicester as de Queniburg. 

20 The Quinby Family 

At Nottingham, a few miles from Leicester, in 1291, 
appear the name of John, son of Ralph de Querneby. 
It is possible that this was one of the Ralphs just men- 
tioned and that this spelling marks the origin of the de- 
finite use of that form for the Nottingham family. 

John, lord of Queenbury was hunting in York in 1272, 
and John de Queeneburg was appointed a member of the 
posse comitatus for Notts and Derby. In Yorkshire 1285 
was Richard de Queningburg. 

The Norfolk family early adopted the vowel i in the 
first syllable, as Osceline de Quinbergh and his wife, Eliza- 
beth, lived there in 1331 (see Arms of the Norfolk family). 

In the time of Henry III., beginning about 1272, John 
Lord of Quenbury got into trouble while hunting in York, 
and he and his family either pleaded, or went bail for 
those who did; their names were spelt several times de 
Quenburg, ajid Robert the son of William has his name 
variously spelt in the records of the affair: de Quenburg, 
de Quenesby and de Quernby. 

In 1318 appears John de Quinberg; 1328, John de 
Quinberge; 1333, John de Queneby in York, son of Elias; 
1322, John de Quernby, also in York; in 1324, John de 
Quynberge was hunting unlawfully in county Norfolk; in 
1348, John de Quernby was jousting unlawfully in county 
York; and in 1354 John de Queniburgh was accused of 
unlawful acts in Leicestershire. 

Thereafter, the name of Quynby or Quinby appears in 
the earliest of the registers and in the probate records of 
several English parishes; an account of the families taken 
fron such sources appears elsewhere in this book, particu- 
larly the families of Farnham^ Surrey; Great ,Wakering, 
Essex; and Titchfield, Hants. 


This ancient house, with its predecessors on the same spot, has constituted the 
parish of Quenby since lief ore the time of William the Conqueror (A. D. 1066) and 
is named in Domesday, the surrey made by that king. (See p. 21.) 

Thb Quinbt Family 21 


Says an account of Quenby Hall in Leicestershire: "In 
the thirteenth century the convent of S. Mary at Leicester 
is possessed of the lordship of Quenby, by then a separate 
vil and manor, and two brothers, Henry de Quenby and 
Robert le Gierke, quarrel for possession of half a virgate of 
its land; when the century closes, two hundred of its acres 
are held by Richard de Ashby, and to his descendants the 
manor had passed by grant from the crown, sometime be- 
fore Richard III became king in 1452." Investigation of 
the Ashby pedigree should show how this Richard de- 
scended from the parents of the two brothers above men- 
tioned. The Ashby family retained the property down to 
the present. 

One account says that Richard de Ashby had a mes- 
suage in 1304, before the manor of Quenby was granted to 
Ashby (IRich. III.) 

Along side the Hall stands a one-story building of 
massive masonry; it has "arched doorways, and otlier 
details, such as a huge open fireplace spanned by a massive 
oak beam, which hint at an earlier date than the main 
house," and is no doubt part of the earlier dwelling of the 
owner of Quenby, possibly of the father of the two brothers, 
Henry de Quenby and Robert le Gierke above mentioned. 

It appears that land at Quenby continued awhile 
longer in the hands of the family which bore the Quenby 
name as the following records show. 

Inquisitions Ad Quod Damnum for the Town of Leicester from 
1393 to 1483; all examined; one reference as follows: Inquisition 
taken at Leicester 19 October 7 Henry IV. (1405). The jury say 
it will be no damage to the King to allow William de Almanbery 
and John Northburgh clerks and Thomas de Queneby to assign 
three messuages five shops eleven tofts three acres o^ land 16s 
lid., rents and a rent of a capon and three hens in Leycestre and 
the suburb thereof and in Wykyngeston to the Dean and Chap- 
ter of the Collegiate Church of Leicester in aid of the mainten- 
ance of the said Dean and Chapter. There would still remain to 
the grantors tenements in Queneby and Hungerton and Thorpe 
held of William Barkeby esquire by Knight service worth £10 
a year. 

Additional Mss. British Museum, No. 4937; copies of 
Charters, etc., concerning the Augustine Abbey of Leicester, etc.: 
On page 172 is a copy of the Inquisition ad quod damnum noted 

22 The Quinbt Family 

above in favour of the Dean and Chapter of Leicester. Nothing 
else referring to Quinby. 

Assize Roll. Leicestershire (and other Counties), 13 Henry 
IV. to 10 Henry V. Membrane 26, Essoins taken at Leicestre 
on Monday before the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula. 1 Henry V. 
(1413): Robert, Abbot, essoins against Isabel who was wife of 
John Walsshe, Thomas Gresele chivaler, Thomas Quenby, George 
de Ansty, Geoffrey Pontrell, John Folvylle, William Leeke, Simon 
Leeke, William Weston, and William Fermour in a plea of novel 

In 1863 Quenby was described as "a hamlet and manor 
in Hungarton Parish, about a mile southeast of the church, 
and eight miles E. by N. of Leicester, has only 26 inhabi- 
• tants and about 600 acres of land, mostly a strong clay, 
and the ground hilly and well-wooded. It is the property 
of the Rev. Edward Quenby Ashby of Quenby Hall, a fine 
old brick mansion upon a lofty eminence, in a large and 
well-wooded park, near which two rivulets have their 
sources. The Ashbys have flourished here since the 13th 
century, but the present hall was built about the reign of 
Elizabeth. It is substantial, large and commodious, and 
consists of a centre, with a large and lofty entrance hall, 
and two side wings, projecting from each front. The win- 
dows are large, and divided into several lights by stone 
muUions and transoms. The hall and grounds were greatly 
improved by the late Shuckburgh Ashby, Esq. in the latter 
part of last century. The terrace which surrounds the man- 
sions commands extensive prospects over this and the ad- 
jacent counties. One one side, the Peak of Derbyshire is 
seen in the distance; and on the other is a beautiful land- 
scape of hanging hills, with scattered wood, shelving in to 
a winding valley. The farm of Quenby Lodge is occupied 
by Mr. Slaney Jones" (White's Leicester and Rutland 

Very beautifully illustrated articles on Quenby Hall 
appeared in XVI. Country Life, 342-8 (No. 400, 3 Sep. 
1904) and in XXX., pp. 550, 590 (Oct. 14 and 21, 1911). 
The following query appeared in Notes and Queries, 7th 
series, I. 508: "Would any of your Leicestershire readers 
kindly tell me where I can find the legend of Quenby Hall, 
which is said to be haunted. It is seven miles from Eving- 
ton, so perhaps nine from Leicester. Inquirer." 

The response produced was this: (Notes and Queries, 
7th series, II. 456). "Inquirer may perhaps find the legend 
of Quenby Hall either in a book entitled Haunted Homes 
and Family Traditions of Great Britain or in one entitled 
'Glimpses in the Twilight.' Celer et Audax." 


Corners of Quenby Hall, 
Leicestershire, England. 

The Old Gates of QrENiiY Hall, 
uo^Y in front of the Municipal Museum in the city of Leicester. 

The QuiNBT Family 23 


Connected with Leicester, Deposited at the Public Record Office, 
■ the British Museum, etc., for the name of Quinby 
with its Variations 

Court Roll for Leicester 1 & 2 Henry V, (1413-14). 
The only roll for this county at the Record Office before 
the time of Henry VIII: No Quinbys. 

Feet of Fines for the whole county of Leicester 1399 
to 1485, (and since extended to 1377 to 1509). Throughout 
this whole period and throughout the county there is no 
Quinby buying or selling by fine or any variant of the 

Ministers Accounts of the Duchy of Lancaster for 
the Bailiffs of the Town of Leicester and the Janitors of 
the castle there, 1405 to 1445: There is no Quinby, etc., 
entered on these rolls as tenants or in any other connection. 

Post Mortems of Duchy of Lancaster for Leicester, 
1399 to 1485: No Quinbys. 

Assize Roll Leicestershire 13 Henry IV. to 1 Henry 
v.: No Quinby as suitor, juror, etc. 

Calendars op Ancient Deeds (5 Volumes), Leicester- 
shire: No Quinbys. 

Calendar op Subsidy Rolls Henry IV. to Henry VI.: 
No names given at this period. 

Add. Mss. No. 6262. Notes from the Rentale Novum 
of St. Mary of Leicester, dated 1477: These are merely 
notes re the succession of Abbots privileges, etc.; there is 
no mention of Quinby. 

Additional Charters relating to Leicester 1291 to 
1327: (Grants of Land) Nine in all; no Quinbys. 

24 The Quinbt Family 



If we consider it likely that the presence of the letter 
r in the first syllable of the name marks a family con- 
tinuity from the earliest times down to Thomas Querneby 
of Derby, the grandfather of the founder of the bellfounders 
and Mayors of Nottingham and that n or m is of no im- 
portance, we may arrange chronologically all mention of 
the name so far found in the English records, paying as 
much attention as data permit, to the geography as well. 
The first of the name is found in the Calendar of the Close 
Rolls (A. D. 1227) and curiously enough is an order to the 
Sheriff of Nottingham. It shows that thereabouts there 
dwelt a Querneby of im'portance and standing during the 
13th century. 

I. John de Querneby, born early enough to have in 
1291 a son accepted as surety on the bond of one accused 
of manslaughter. John de Querneby himself went on a 
similar bond seven years before. The Calendar of Close 
Rolls under date Carnarvon, 24 July, 1284, gives an order 
to the Sheriff of Oxford, to cause John de Northeland, 
imprisoned at Oxford for the death of Robert de Sumeter, 
slain in county York, to be delivered from prison, as John 
de Querneby, John de Lung, Henry de Burton and others 
have mainperned to have him before the Justices at the 
first Assize when they come to these parts. John de Quern- 
by was living as early as 1305 at Thorpe Stapleton, parish 
of Whitkirk, three miles from Leeds (Maddock's Baronia 
Anglica, p. 290). This son was: — 

II. William de Querneby, son of John de Quernby; 
order dated at Wadworth 30 Mar., 1291, directed to the 
Sheriff of Nottingham, requiring him to deliver Simon de 
Reresby, imprisoned at Nottingham for the death of Saer 
de Sutton and Lambert, his brother, who were slain in 
county Surrey, in bail to Adam, son of Ralph de Norman- 
ville; William, son of John de Querneby; and others who 
have mainperned to have him before the Justices at the 
first assize in those parts. During the years following, 
Adam de Normanville and William de Querneby main- 
tained their friendship, for when Adam became "blind and 
weak," he nominated 8 Mar., 1300, William de Querneby 
and John de Tribergh as his Attorneys for five years. (Cal. 

The Quinbt Family 25 

Patent Rolls, Westminster), Shortly before the expiration 
of the term, again he nominated "William de Querneby and 
Hugh le Clerk of Thribergh" his attorneys for five years. 
{id., Lincoln, 12 Jan., 1305), and again dated at Blyth 16 
Sept., 1307, he nominated William de Querneby his at- 
torney for three years, (id). 

The next generation must be represented by 

III. William de Querneby* who at Leicester, was 
complained against by Edmund de Dacre, that William de 
Querneby, John Brown, John Drinkhale and others broke 
his park at Tatham, county Lancaster, hunted therein and 
carried away deer, and assaulted William Whithead, his 
servant; a commission of Oyer and Terminer was thereupon 
issued to William de Herle and John de Denum, 5 Mar., 
1326 (id). 

To complete the name of William de Querneby in the 
same century, we mention the following item in Batesons' 
History of Northumberland, (II., 200). 

"Four years later (i. e., 1372) we find John of Gaunt, 
titular King of Castile, ordering his esquire, William de 
Querneby, the receiver of Dunstanburgh, to repair that 
castle, and to build in it a new wall, in accordance with 
the advice of William de Nesfeld, his steward in those 
parts." And also, " William Querneby was buried, 1384, 
in the priory of Nostel," county York. (Monasticon Ebo- 
racense, Burton, p. 312). 

At the present day there is in Yorkshire, besides 
Quarmby parish mentioned, another parish known as 

I. Elias de Queneby, First op the Name. In the 
Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, etc., Edward I., no. 
483, appears a writ to the Escheator beyond the Trent, 
dated 10 Feb., 11th Edward I. (A. D. 1283), to extend the 
Lands, etc., of Robert de Nevill, the King proposing to 
demise them to Ranulph, his grandson and heir, until his 
full age, he answering for the yearly value of them at the 
Exchequer (this is the general heading). In a list of the 
lands had by feudal tenure, appears a knight's fee in the 
county of York and parish of Queneby, consisting of one 
caracute of land held by Elias de Queneby. Elias de 
Queneby had a son, 

II. John de Queneby, who appears twice on records 
so far found, both times described as son of Elias. The 
first is a bond of recognizance, dated at York, 13 Feb., 

♦Compare with the Queniborough and Quenby family at Leicester. 

26 The Quinbt Famidt 

1328, whereby John, son of Elias de Queneby acknowledged 
that he owed to William Pedefer, clerk, fifty shillings; in 
default of payment, levy was to be made on his lands and 
chattels in county York. 

Five years later the second document shows that John 
failed to pay, and William Pedefer, clerk, under date of 
Tweedmouth, 25 June, 1333, puts in his place, (or grants 
power of attorney to) Thomas de Knaresburgh and Robert 
de Roderham "to prosecute the execution of a recognizance 
for fifty shillings made to him in Chancery, by John, son 
of Elias de Quenby." Like the two pence given by the 
good Samaritan, shillings in those days meant much more 
than they do today. 

It seems probable that John was the spendthrift son 
of Elias, and lost the one caracute of land, moved some- 
where else and was promptly known by the name of the 
new dwelling place, for there were few fixed surnames in 
those days. 

In an authority likely to be erroneous in its early 
records, appears this item "Sir Robert de Bellomont, who 
in 31 Edward I. (A. D. 1303) was siezed of the manor of 
Over Whitley, as well as those of Crossland and Wudders- 
field, and in the seventeenth year of the next reign (A. D. 
1324) was a Commissioner of Array for the wapentake of 
Agbrig, and Coroner for the county of York, married 
Agnes, daughter of John de Querenby, (who after Sir Rob- 
ert's death married Henry Deyville) and had issue" (II. 
Burke's History of the Commoners, 319). Bellomont is the 
earlier form of Beaumont. 

From the location it is evident that the son or next 
generation to this John Querenby was the first of the fol- 
lowing line (found by CuUeton) : 

" Quarmby of Quarmby near Hotherfield in 

the wapentake of Agbrig and Morley; he bore argent, two 
bars sable; in chief, a Cornish chough, proper. The next 
of the family is Hugh of Quarmby, who lived at Quarmby 
in 1341 and married a daughter of Willaim Beaumont, Esq. 
of Crossland." 

It is barely possible that Rev. John de Querneby who 
became the Prebendary of Stretton in county Surrey was a 
brother of Hugh de Quarmby. This Rev. John was per- 
haps a representative of the family whose descendants were 
the Quinbys of Farnham, county Surrey. 

Sir Hugh Quarmby. "In the same century, 1341, 
(reign of Edward III.) Sir John EUand being High Sheriff 

The Qtjinbt Family 27 

of Yorkshire, a quarrel took place between him and three 
neighboring gentlemen — John de Lockwood, Sir Robert 
Beaumont and Sir Hugh Quarmby," says Allen, History of 
the county of York; and adds "Quarmby, in the township 
of Lindley, was anciently the seat of a family of that name." 

Further, there was in the fourteenth century a John 
de Queneby who owned lands in York and was son of Elias 
de Queneby. The records show several times during the 
first half of the century a John de Quernby who was a 
soldier at York; it may be his daughter, Agnes, who mar- 
ried Sir Robert de Bellomont in 1324. 

(Rev. John Quernby appears as a pensioner in 1363 
while waiting for his appointment, and always is recorded 
as Querneby, finally in 1397, but he is not identified with 
county York). 

"The son and heir of Hugh and (Beaumont) 

of Quarmby was: 

William Quarmby of Quarmby, who married Cecilye, 
daughter of Thomas Copley, Esq. of Batley. Their son and 
heir was 

I. John Quarmby of Quarmby. They also had a daugh- 
II. Joyce Quarmby, who married Henry, the second son 
of Roger Perkins, Esq." 

One John de Quermsby was witness to a deed dated 
Feast of the Natale of John the Baptist (29 Aug.) 1313. 

The next mention of a Quernby which has so far been 
discovered, is 40 years later, but it is significant as prob- 
ably referring to a member of the branch of the family that 
became prominent in Nottingham. That they are de- 
scended from the preceding family of Quarmby is evidenced 
by the similarity of their armorial bearings. 

A deed of 1437-8 given in I. Earwaker's History of 
Cheshire, 349, is witnessed by Alexander de Quernby, and 
others. It related to the town of Stockport^ and by it 
Thomas de Wetenhale of Alperham grants to Ralph Dodge 
and his heirs a burgage, called 'le Brokehouse' lying near 
the rivulet of Stokeport, with two parcels of land in Long- 
hote near the end "^f a field called Cyslyfield. Witnesses, 

Simoi Wagstaffe, Alexander de Quernby 

Dated at Stockport, 16 Henry VI. 

Then appears in Northamptonshire about 1483, men- 
tion of one Oliver Querneby. (H. Hist. Northants, Bridges 
p 70, Sibertoft, list of incum. et temp, institut;. 

This brings us to an unpublished pedigree prepared by 

28 The Quinby Family 

Mr. William Gilbert, annotating a pedigree in Thornton's 
History of Notts., which gives the Nottingham Quernby family. 

iQuinbe: his wife apparently married second, 

Arkerson, by whom she had Mary Arkerson wife of John 
Launce, mentioned as sister in John Quinbe's will, 1630. 
Children, living in 1630: 

I. John* Quinbe of Much Wakering, Essex (see); 
II. William'' Quinbe, who died between 3 Jan. and 18 

Feb., 1632, at Lee, Essex, unmarried (see will); 
III. Thomas" Quinbe, born 1611-20; under 21 in 1630. 

John'' Quinby married Mrs. Elizabeth (Harmon) Rich- 
ardson, who survived him. John Quinbe is shown by his 
will to have been a fairly well to do farmer, at Much 
Wakering, Essex. He died in 1630, his will having been 
dated 21 May, and proved 20 July, of that year. His will 
named no children. 


John Quinbe, of Much Wakering, Essex, husbandman, 21 May 
1630, (abstract) : Sick in body, etc. To Elizabeth my wife all 
my corn and implements; to John Richardson, the younger, of 
my wife's sons, £5 at his age of 21; to John Richardson, the other, 
40 sh. at his age of 21; to Henry Harmon, my wife's brother, 
10 sh.; to William Quinbe my brother £6; to Thomas Quinbe my 
brother £3 at his age of 21; to Richard Abraham my kinsman 
40 sh.; to Mary Arkersen my sister, the wife of John Lannce, 
shoemaker, 50 sh.; to the poor of Much Wakering lOsh.; to Eliza*- 
beth Brette my wife's god-daughter 5sh. to buy her a coat; to 
AUes Coocke my maide 3sh. 4d.; residuary legatee and executrix, 
wife; overseer: Henry Brette; witnesses: Thomas Dranne, Henry 
Brette, Henry Harmon; proved 20 July, 1630, by the executrix 
named, in the court of the Archdeacon of Essex (not registered; 
original will examined at Somerset House, London) (42 N. Y. 
Genealogical and Biographical Record, 199). 

William' Quinbe, 3 January, 1632; (abstract): sick in body, 
etc.; to Richard Abraham of Lee, County Essex, smith 30 sh.; to 
the widow Bedman of Little Wakering 10 sh. and my cloak; to 
John Dryman 5 sh.; my trusty friend Thomas Mayers to be 
executor, to him 20 sh.; to my brother Thomas Quinbe the residue 
of my money and goods to be paid him at the time his appren- 
ticeship shall come out; witnesses: John Dyman, Robert Chap- 
man; testator signs by mark; proved in the Court of the Arch- 
deacon of Essex 18 Feb. 1632, by the executor named (not reg- 
istered; original will examined at Somerset House, London.) (42 
N. Y. Genealogical and Biographical Record, 199). 

Note — A search for several years from the beginning of the parish reg- 
isters at Much Wakering, Essex, by Rev. Horace Serjeant, the Vicar there, 
shows no name resembling Quinby on the records. 

The Qtjinbt Family 29 


Our name has been borne by a pretty respectable lot 
of people who have been of service to their fellow-men in 
quite a remarkable degree, when you consider that Robert ^ 
has had less than 1600 male descendants of the name who 
lived to maturity in all the two hundred and seventy years 
since he arrived here, and John" {William^) far fewer. 
Among them have been a United States Minister to Hol- 
land (William E. »), a Governor of New Hampshire (Henry 
B. '), several Major Generals and other army officers in- 
cluding Colonels, Majors and Captains in all our wars; 
several state senators and holders of various important 
public offices; a large number of clergymen of the Episco- 
palian, Unitarian, Methodist, Adventist, Freewill Baptist 
and Universalist denominations; several foreign missionaries; 
a dozen or more physicians, several of them of remarkable 
ability; an extraordinary number of editors and publishers, 
a few lawyers, and several actors, painters and poets. 
University and college degrees have been numerous; and 
although none of our people have ever achieved a Ph. D., 
still, there are at least four LL. D.'s. The A. B.'s, M. D.'s, 
D.D. S.'s and LL. B.'s are comparatively numerous, though 
it is curious to note that the large majority of the diegrees 
have been conferred on the descendants of the twin bro- 
thers, Joseph ' and Benjamin *, born at Amesbury, Mass., 
in 1715, who settled in or near Portland, Maine, before the 


The first literary work we know of by one of our name 
in America was dictated by the wife of Robert 2, the im- 
migrant; it was an account of her duel with Simon, the 
treacherous Indian, at Amesbury, Mass., in 1697. It is 
set forth in full, some pages further on. The author bear- 
ing our name whose work is best known was Moses', 
descendant of William » through John''. His book on bee- 
culture is a classic and has passed through many editions. 
Laurie J.' Quinby, the editor of the Omaha Chancellor is 
the most prolific writer of our tribe, and has a most pleasing 

30 The QiuiNBY Familt 

style, as may be seen from the extracts from his auto- 
biography which have been included in this work. Rev. 
George W. ' Quinby published a number of widely read 
books; Hon. William E.' Quimby was the publisher and 
editor of the Detroit Free Press for many years; his son, 
Theodore E.'" Quinby, is a newspaper editor; Fred' Quinby 
was a poet and editor; Henry Cole^' Quinby was an editor, 
and has written voluminous genealogical works; Melville 
G. C.' Quinby published a work on dentistry; Marie 
Blanche 1", daughter of Hon. Frank P. » Quimby, wrote a 
series of letters on travel which were printed; Fred H. 
Quimby has written much verse; Miss Phoebe Adeline* 
Quinby wrote some charming poems. Mrs. Quimby of 
East Concord, N. H., is also a poet, and Mrs. George F. 
Quimby a songwriter; Mrs. Henry Cole'" Quinby has written 
an authoritative book on Equestrian Monuments of the 

Joseph Bailey * Quinby and his son, Franklyn', have 
both written long epic poems, some extracts from which 
appear in this book. Phineas Parkhurst' and his son, 
George A.*, wrote much; the former on the form of mental 
healing which his pupil, Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy, adopted 
as Christian Science, and the latter wrote many contribu- 
tions to the newspapers in a humorous and critical vein 
which made his work known through New England, especi- 
ally in Maine, over the pseudonym "Our George." 

Quinby and Quimby have frequently been selected by 
authors and playwrights as the names of characters in their 
works. A popular English authoress whose name I have 
now forgotten, Mrs. B. M. Croker, perhaps, gave the name 
of Mrs. Quimby to one of her minor characters — a whim- 
sical old woman. A military drama entitled: "By the 
Enemy's Hands," which used to be played by military and 
veteran organizations occasionally, had a comic character. 
Corporal Quimby, who was . a stutterer. In the season of 
1911-12, a musical farce called "What Happened to Mc- 
Quirk" was played by the Cherry Blossom troupe at the 
cheaper theatres, which contained a whole family of 
Quimbys, played as follows: 

Jedekiah Quimby Charles R. Crolinus 

Mrs. Jed Quimby Catherine Linyard 

Jack Quimby George Clifford 

Kittie Quimby Lillian Perry 

Capt. Romeo Quimby Frank Dobson 

together with ten other characters and a chorus of sixteen. 

The QmNBY Family 31 

Peter B. Kyne, author of "One Day's Work," "A 
Desert Odyssey" and other magazine stories, published (24 
Popular Magazine, 92, N. Y., 1 May, 1912), a story en- 
titled "A Prophet Without Honor," one of a series in 
which Judge Quimby is the village justice. 

"The Finishing Touch," by the well known writer of 
sea stories, Morgan Robertson, was published in the Popular 
Magazine (Oct. 1911, p. 204). The hero, an American 
boy, is called John Quinbey and is a sailor — a remarkable 

The Cavalier Magazine (XI., 339) published a short 
story in Jan., 1912, by Hugh C. Weir in which Quentin 
Quinby is the diabolically clever detective; he has clear-cut 
features, and is introduced to the reader in his black velvet 
lounging suit, reclining in his rooms on the skin of a jaguar 
he had shot in Central America, and reading Caesar's Com- 
mentaries in the original Latin. This story is also one of a 
series, describing the detective's unusual cases. In a series 
of comic sketches by Harry Grant Dart, mention is made 
of the Quimby sisters, proprietors of Maple Lodge, (Met- 
ropolitan Magazine, Sfept., 1914, etc.) 

The New York Evening Post published 3 Aug., 1912, a 
short story by Helen Smith, which contains a Quinby 
family, including Miss Delia Quinby and Francis, her 
brother, a college freshman. Thfe New York Evening Sun, 
19 July, 1914, printed a short story by L. L. Wittick, in 
which "poor easy-going Quinby" achieves fortune and the 
girl of his choice. 

Miss Helen Green, (now Mrs. Frank Van Campen), the 
well known writer of tales, humorous dialogues and char- 
acter-studies, dedicated her book "The Maison de Shine" 
to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cole Quinby in 1908. She named 
an amusing minor character, Tertius Quinby Mangle, in a 
series of humorous dialogues, published in the New York 
Morning Telegraph about the same year. 

Never was freer rein given to imagination, says the 
New York Times (3 Mar., 1912), than in the collaborated 
work of Arthur Howard Noll and Bourbon Wilson called 
"In Quest of Aztec Treasure," (Neale Publishing Com- 
pany). The story begins with the disappearance of one 
John Quinby Rogers, a high-rolling black sheep belonging 
to an old and wealthy New England family. When the 
quiet of the somnolent village was stirred by the arrival of 
a stranger from Mexico who gave his name as Juan de Q. 
Rodrigo and dressed the part, no one there suspected that 
the foreigner was the forgotten Rogers. As the romance is 


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unfolded the reader is led through the mazes of no end of 
Mexican politics and history. 

One of the most successful frivolous novels of the 
spring of 1913 was by Earl Derr Biggers, called "Seven 
Keys to Baldpate" which was published in February by 
the Bobbs-Merrill Co. of Indiana, and copyrighted by that 
firm. Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Quimby of Upper Asquewan 
Falls, a mythical town located in the northern part of New 
York state were interesting rustic characters, Mr. Quimby 
having invented a method of fastening rails together which 

What Has Just Been Said? 

The Winning Answers in Life's Picture Contest 

She: Are you going to volunteer? 
He : If yes, no. If no, yes. 

The above answer, sent in by Wm. P. Quinby, 7^-/ Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pa,, 
is awarded the first prize of $500. 

The second prize of $200 is awarded to B. H. Turnbuli, 
Corporation Court, Norfolk, p'j., for the answer: 

Tlie third prize of $100 is awarded to Evelyn WilUams^ 
1S08 Grace Street, Lynchburg, Va., for the answer: 
She (dreamtly) '. 1 could never reaUy love a man 
wrho hadn't died for his country. 

would prevent railway accidents. In the course of the 
novel, the reader gets to know Mr. Quimby very well and 
is glad that at last one of the railways which had promised 
to test his invention and had finally smothered it, promises 
to give it a real trial and the reader closes the book satis- 
fied that fame and fortune are shortly within reach^of 
Elijah and his wife. This novel was dramatized by George 
M. Cohan, and played at the Astor theatre, New York 
city to enormous houses, during the season of 1913-4, and 
afterwards throughout this country and England. The 

The Quinbt Familt 33 

part of Elijah Quimby was played by Edgar Halstead; 
Mrs. Quimby by Jessie Graham. 

It is an extraordinary circumstance that the members 
of our family should have competed successfully in the two 
most celebrated literary competitions of recent years, one 
offered by the New York Evening Mail, the other by Life 
(New York). The former was a contest to determine the 
names of books represented by pictures published daily for 
several months in 1914. It was known as the Book Lovers' 
Contest among the fifty thousand readers of the Mail. 
The second prize ($750 in gold) was won by Frederick 
Foster 11 Quinby, of Orange, N. J., in June, 1914. 

The first prize, of $500, in Life's Picture Contest, was 
won in May, 1915, by William P. « Quimby of Philadelphia, 
Pa. The contestants numbered many thousands, each 
proposing the words to accompany a certain picture, which, 
with Mr. Quimby 's winning dialogue is here reproduced 
from page 852 of Life, (13 May, 1915). Life misspelled 
Mr. Quimby's name. 


34 The Qotnby Family 

Applied to Towns, Natural Objects, Etc. 

Quenby, near Leicester, England, is elsewhere de- 
scribed, as is Quenby Hall. That estate had long been in 
possession of the Ashby family, a member of which came 
to South Carolina and settled there. 

"Quinby," on the eastern branch of the Cooper River 
in South Carolina, about sixty miles above Charleston, is 
thus described by Dr. Irving in "A Day on the Cooper 
River" (Charleston, 1842): "Opposite to Bossis and ad- 
joining Longwood (plantations) is 'Quinby.' This place 
was originally owned by the ancient family of the Ashbys. 
An ancestor, the great-great-grandfather of our highly 
respected fellow citizen, Thomas Ashby, Esq., coming out 
from England, having first settled it, called it after his 
family estate in that country. The name was originally 
written Quenby. From the Ashby family it passed into 
the hands of Richard and Thomas Shubrick. It must have 
been so owned during the Revolution, for in the campaign 
of 1781, it is spoken of as Shubrick's plantation. It was 
here that Lieut. Col. Coate's command, consisting of 500 
infantry and 100 'cavalry was attacked by Lieut. Col. Lee 
with the Legion and Lieut. Col. Hampton with the State 
Cavalry. Generals Marion and Sumter coming up with 
reenforcements continued the engagement. The Americans 
killed and wounded upwards of forty of the British and 
took one hundred and forty prisoners, besides large quan- 
tities of baggage, several wagons and above one hundred 
horses. The men who were killed were buried by the road 
lining the hill that leads from Quinby Avenue to Quinby 
Bridge. In 1802 Mr. Roger Pinckney purchased the prop- 

Quinby, Va., is a small village in Accomac County, 
lying at the head of a peninsula jutting out into the At- 
lantic ocean, but protected from the Atlantic by two small 
islands known as Revels and Hogg islands. The other side 
of the peninsula is bounded by Machapongo creek, which 
runs down from Accomac. Quinby, Va., is reached from 
New York city by the Pennsylvania railroad to Cape 

Village of Quinbt, Va. (1913). 

Store, Postoffice and Boardtng House, Quinby, Gal. (1914). 
(See pp. 34-5.) 

The Quinby Family 35 

Charles, where the farry is located for Old Point Comfort 
and Norfolk. The nearest railway station to Quinby is 
Pahiter, Va., four miles distant. The principal house at 
Quinby is the old mansion formerly belonging to the Up- 
shur family and acquired by inheritance by Upshur B. 
Quinby, a descendant of John" (William^), and for many 
years known as the Quinby mansion. It is surrounded at 
the present day by the old slave out-houses and wide- 
spread cultivated lands, which constitute the Quinby 
plantation. It was purchased some years ago by Frederick 
P. Piatt, the well known architect of New York city, who 
has made it his permanent country home, and has made 
many restorations upon the place. 

Quinby, Cal., is a post oflSce in Trinity county for the 
hydraulic mining plant of the New River Mining Co. It 
was named for Cyrus W. « Quinby, a descendant of Robert ". 
The post office, store, company offices, barn, bunk-house, 
cook-house and the like, constitute the settlement. The 
store carries a stock of about $5000 worth of merchandise. 

Qufmby, Iowa, is a post office and village of about 
four hundred inhabitants, established in 1888 and named 
for Flavins W. ' Quimby, then Division Superintendent of 
the Illinois Central R. R. 

Besides the foregoing there are post offices of the 
name, in Maine, Louisiana and other states. Quimby, 
Michigan, was named for Ichabod L. Quimby. 

There are also several streets and avenues in various 
towns bearing our family name. The Quinby avenues, in 
the Bronx, New York city, and in Cleveland, Ohio, were 
named for descendants of John^ (William^); Quinby street, 
in the city of Laconia, N. H., was named for Henry 
Brewer' Quinby, a descendant of Roberta Quimby street 
in Grand Rapids, Mich., was named for Ichabod L. Quimby 
Quimby avenue, Lowell, Mass., was probably named for 
Alonzo P. (Benjamin M., James). Quimby street in Port- 
land, Oregon, was named for Lot P. W. Quimby. 

There are Quinby Blocks, business structures, in 
Wooster, Ohio, and at 5511 Euclid avenue, Cleveland, Ohio; 
at Bucyrus, Ohio, named for George'; and The Quinby, an 
apartment house, and Quinby avenue in Cleveland, were 
all named for descendants of John^ (William^). Quinby 
Hall at Stroudwater, Me., was named for Thomas ' Quinby, 
and contains his portrait, suitably inscribed; Quinby Hall, 
a New Hampshire state building at Laconia, N. H., is a 
handsome brick structure with a bronze tablet setting forth 
that it was erected during the incumbency of Governor 

36 The Qtjinbt Famii,t 

Henry B.» Quinby. Quimby Theatre at Zanesville, Ohio, 
is run by W. C. Quimby, but as he won't answer letters, 
I can't say whether he is a descendant of Robert^ or John^ 
Lot P. W. is the Quimby for whom the Quimby Hotel, 29 
Fourth street, Portland, Oregon, was named. 

There is a Quimby Field, used for baseball, at Augusta, 

Several natural objects bear the family name. In 
Sharon, Vt., is the well-known Quimby Mountain, in height 
1699 feet. In Lake Paugus, an arm of Lake Winnipesaukee 
in New Hampshire (town of Meredith) was an island, 
now a mere ledge above the surface at high water, called 
Quimby Reef. Stratford, Connecticut, was the first Amer- 
ican home of the immigrant William ^ and a projec- 
tion of land there is known from him as Quinby's Neck. 
Quinby Hill, at Warren, Ohio, is on the western side of 
the Mahoning river; on top of the small hill stands the 
old-fashioned Quinby home, where lived Capt. Ephriam, 
a descendant of John^ (William^) Near Manhattan or 
Junction City in the state of Kansas ig Quinby Creek. 
Quinby creek in Trinity county, California, was named for 
Cyrug W. * Quinby, a native of Maine. 

The Quinby Family 37 


This is the story of the creation from official and per- 
sonal records of a history of an American family, members 
of which have lived and had children in nearly every State 
in the Union. Although a member of the New England 
Historical Genealogical Society for twenty years, I had 
worked simply on the ever doubling list of family names 
that constitute one's direct ancestors in all lines, without 
following down the collaterals at all. 

About 1904, I printed the single threads that ran back 
to the immigrants of 1640 or thereabouts in the collective 
immigrant ancestry in male and female lines of my own 
family. The number of inquiries received for connecting 
links from ladies who wanted to prove descent from colonial 
soldiers and the like astonished me. Not one gave grand- 
parents, but thought I should know. I decided that I 
would know, and that is how this came to be a genealogy, 
the early generations of which were compiled from prac- 
tically every source of information there is in America. 
This is the first family history which has utilized all these 
existing sources of information regarding early generations. 

To write a genealogy as completely as possible, several 
preliminaries are almost mechanical; a loose leaf system of 
binders — say twenty of good size, each capable of holding 
at least two hundred pages of punched paper, the tougher 
the paper the better; five thousand sheets to fit the binders 
— letter size is best. Each page should be inscribed at the 
top with the head of a branch of the family, with ancestry 
italicized (in parenthesis) and numbered consecutively back 
to the immigrant. After the data aboftt him and his wives, 
the children should then be set forth consecutively, with 
Roman numerals to the left, and a consecutive serial num- 
ber if the child is to be given a page later on. The second 
mechanical requirement is an oak cabinet with drawers, 
say six, capable of holding as many thousand small cards, 
three inches by five. These cards would better be in var- 
ious colored thin cardboard, two thousand to a tint for 
descendants of different immigrants of the name, or of 
different sons or grandsons of the only immigrant of the 

38 The QIuinbt FamujY 

Every time a punched page goes into a binder, every 
name on it with year of birth, marriage and death, male 
ancestry, whom married, and places, so far as shown, must 
go on the cards — one card to a person whether son, wife, 
infant, or head of family. The cards should be arranged 
alphabetically by initial of given name and year of birth. 
About fifteen thousand cards were needed for the entire 
Quinby-Quimby genealogy. 

Provided with this, and having through Savage, the 
N. E. Historic-Genealogical Register and nearly all other 
printed sources applied the foregoing, I sent to one of the 
big directory companies that keeps a library of the late 
directories of all the villages, towns, counties and cities — 
not to mention telephone companies — that publish them, 
and paid what they charged for a list with date of direc- 
tory, name of town or village, occupation and address of 
every one of the name of Quinby and Quimby — giving 
the several possible spellings. The printed circulars asking 
for ancestral and other particulars which I had already 
prepared, I sent to all the addresses received from the 
directories, enclosing an envelope (stamp impressed, not 
pasted) addressed to myself in letters so large and black 
that no reasonable sized paster would enable the envelope 
to be used for any other purpose. Ten per cent, perhaps, 
came back, filled out. With this material the punched 
paper began to go into its binders and the card index to 
fill up. 

The directories do not include one-tenth of the possible 
names; and of course, those given are only of the present 
generations. Next, everything from the genealogical books 
was collected, starting wfth Munsell's Index and having 
exhausted its references, the town histories, regimental 
histories, every volume of the Massachusetts vital records — 
a hundred and fifty volumes in the latter series alone. 

New Hampshire is the only state that has required 
all its town records from the earliest times to be copied 
and lodged at the capital. I sent therefore to the Bureau 
of Vital Statistics at Concord, N. H., for all records of the 
name, birth, marriage and death, and obtained the same 
from Boston for Massachusetts towns as far as available. 

On inquiry of their respective secretaries of state I 
learned that there was no law requiring the deposit of vital 
records at the state capital in Vermont at all, nor in Maine 
beJfore 1881; and that town clerks' records in those states 
had been kept very casually as a rule, and often none of 
the earlier ones could be found. 

The Quinbt Family 39 

It then appeared that the only sure way of leaning 
what towns to send to, was by an examination of their cen- 
sus reports. 

It was evident that the method in common use in 
compiling genealogies was to select the ancestor and then 
grope down through the years for his descendants. This 
is obviously an unscientific way. There is one source in 
this country of definite facts as to all persons of any 
selected name in existence at one time — the original manu- 
script reports turned in by the individual census enumera- 
tors. They are still preserved in the Census Bureau at 
Washington. There was room for but one new desk avail- 
able in that building, and an arrangement was made for 
it to be used by Mrs. Julia S. McAllister, of 940 K St., 
N. W., Washington. She worked for many months on 
the census reports for 1810, 1850 and 1860. Those years 
were selected for the reason that the earliest census reports 
(1790) of many of the states are printed, giving the names 
of the individual heads of families by towns. In 1810 
these families had spread through a wider region. The 
reports of 1850 and 1860 contain much information omitted 
in early reports — names and ages of all children as well 
as of parents, for instance. Mrs. McAllister's keen eyes 
must have observed at least ten million names which 
yielded only a few hundred Quinbys and Quimbys, but 
when her task was finished, we had an itemized list of 
names, ages, occupations, birth places and residence, with 
other information, of every individual, male and female, 
of the name living in this country in 1810 and of those 
living in New England, New York state. New Jersey, Dela- 
ware and Pennsylvania in 1850 and 1860, 

The Pension Bureau was also attacked and the rec- 
ords from the French and Indian Wars, that of 1812 and 
the Mexican War, were collated. 

The records of the Patent Office and Bureau of Copy- 
rights were also obtained. The Adjutant General's reports 
of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire gave the 
Civil War records in minute detail, and are accessible in 
print. The voluminous Massachusetts and New Hampshire 
archives were also searched, the latter by Miss Etha Sar- 
gent, Concord, N. H. 

While this work was going on it became evident that 
there were two pre-revolutionary sources of the family, one 
from Robert at Amesbury, Mass., and the other from 
William at Stratford, Conn, (thence to Westchester and 

40 The Quinbt Family 

New Jersey); and some lines from both these immigrants 
are included in this volume. 

The court records of the colonial period at Salem, 
Mass., had never been arranged or indexed, and I ob- 
tained the services of Miss Martha T. Pond who set to 
work to examine them from the earliest times. She spent 
many months at the task, drawing off copies of all docu- 
ments pertaining to the family name. 

Lack of room prevents more than alluding to the 
subscriptions to clipping agencies which sent in hundreds 
of notices from newspapers all over the country; the 
searches of all the records of the Quaker meetings in the 
United States; the records of deeds and mortgages, probate 
and administration; the personal letters to the county 
judges of each of the eighty or a hundred counties apiece 
which carry the meagre vital records in the mid-western 
states; the thousands of reply postcards sent after the 
circulars to the Quinbys and Quimbys all over the country, 
and how nine out of ten recipients preferred to use the 
stamp on the return envelopes and cards for some other 
purpose; the thousands of miles travelled in automobile 
to gather graveyard records (see the photographs) and 
finally the numerous trips through England with motor 
car and camera, and the hundreds of halftone blocks made 
of people and places. 

One Mr. Morrill wrote a history of families of Ames- 
bury, Mass., fifty years or so ago, including that of Quinby, 
which was completed ready for the printer when the author 
died. His manuscript came into the possession of a Morrill 
relative who keeps it locked in the vault of a bank in 
Amesbury, never having examined it himself and refusing 
with the most diabolical obstinacy to allow it to be ex- 
amined by others. An offer of fifty dollars cash to give 
his wife as a Christmas present for a look at the Quinby 
article only, he refused. This crude proposition I made 
only after months of njore diplomatic efforts had failed. 
He grinned shrewdly and said he calculated his wife didn't 
need no Christmas presents beyond what he give her; and 
said that when he got round to it he thought he'd get the 
book out and look it over some day with a view to getting 
it printed. It is a hundred to one that so far as the 
Quinbys are concerned it contains no fact not already in 
print in the monumental work of David W. Hoyt, "Old 
Families of Amesbury and Salisbury." 

During this time the circulars which had been sent to 

Acquiring Data for this BtoK. (See p. 40.) 

The Quinby Family 41 

every name found in the various directories throughout the 
United States were coming in. 

Several of them mentioned an ancient Quinby-Quimby 
chart which must be still in existence. After a widespread 
correspondence I located it in the possession of Mrs. Oliver 
T. Fox (Caroline J. Quimby), of Nahant, Mass. It was 
compiled by her father, Rev. Hosea Quimby, D. D., about 
1830; she loaned it to me. The chart itself is on many 
^heetfe of brown paper firmly backed with linen cloth and 
is about four and a quarter by six feet in size. It con- 
tains a number of errors, some of importance, which have 
been corrected by reference to the vital records, but on the 
other hand it defines a large number of relationships which 
would otherwise be unknown. It will be observed that 
nearly all of the descendants of Aaron Quinby now fepell 
their name Quimby; these are the Sandwich, N. H. and 
Lyndon, Vt., families, which are reserved for another 

The family of Dr. E. Q. Marston, a famous local his- 
torian and book collector, of New Hampshire, loaned me 
a copy of a manuscript prepared by him during the middle 
of the last century which was largely devoted to one branch 
of the Quinby family. 

The habit of saving clippings about the name, became 
useful. References appeared to a largely attended reunion 
of the New Jersey ai{d Pennsylvania Quinbys which took 
place near Raven Rock Station, Bucks county, Penn., 18 
June, 1891. Mr. C. F. Jenkins, one of the publishers of 
the American Farm Journal, Philadelphia, Pa., who had 
got up the reunion and published several articles in the 
Doylestown (Pa.) Intelligencer on the family and the cele- 
bration, sent me his entire correspondence on the subject — 
a large box of letters. 

Mrs. Ella R. Beebe, the wife of a well-known banker, 
living at Ravenna, Ohio, had corresponded with every per- 
son named Quinby she ever heard of for over thirty years, 
and she too, was kind enough to send me a large box con- 
taining the letters she had received during that time. 

Mr Charles F. Andrews, formerly on the editorial 
staff of the Evening Post (New York), but who afterwards 
lived at Boulder, Colorado, had worked out his mother s 
line of descent from William' Quinby, the original immi- 
grant, of Stratford, Conn., and Westchester, N. Y., and 
had a large amount of material. He was kind enough to 
forward all his manuscript and notes, which are of great 
value to the completeness of the work. 

42 The Quinbt Pamilt 

Another who had investigated the genealogy of branches 
of the descendants of John* {William^) who wrote me 
very fully, was Isaac Q. Gurnee, Esq., of Butler, N. J. 

Mrs. Adeline Quinby Eaton, Boston, Mass., had at 
one time commenced a compilation of the descendants of 
Robert, and had visited England in a search for his an- 
cestry. She and Mr. Fred E. Quinby, of Dover, N. H., 
did not hesitate to turn over all the material they had 
gathered; others who were interested in one or another off- 
shoot from the same stalk, and wrote me very fully, were 
Rev. Silas E. Quinby, Bellefonte, Pa.; Thomas W. Quinby, 
Haverhill, Mass., and Mrs. Charles E. Quinby, Westbrook, 

And to all of them as well as to many others whom I cannot 
here enumerate, posterity will have a debt of gratitude for their 
shares in collecting data which otherwise would assuredly have 
been lost. 


The arrangement of the genealogy is on the plan advo- 
cated by the New England Historic Genealogical Society 
of Boston. The males of the family name are numbered 
consecutively from 1 William ^ the immigrant, (first gen- 
eration) down to the youngest of the descendants of the 
name in the present generation — the eleventh. The little 
figures after each given-name show the number of the genera- 
tion from William ^ The name of the head of each family 
or branch is followed in parenthesis by his entire ancestral 
line, printed in italics (in parenthesis) so that if you wish 
to find the lives of your own ancestors back to William*, 
you find your own name in the index at the end of the 
book and turn to the page mentioned. Thus, for example, 
your name is Henry C.'". You find from the index that 

your page is . On that page you find: "1239 Henry 

C. '" (Henry B. », Thomas^)" and so on. By turning back 
to where 1239 appears in regular order, you find Henry C.'s 
father, Henry B. », numbered 843. Turn back to where 843 
appears first, and you find it under "478 Thomas' (Moses ^, 
John ^)" and so on. You may thus follow any line gen- 
eration by generation back to William S or Robert*, the 
immigrant ancestors. 

The Quinbt Family 43 


In the Domesday Index (eleventh century), Weneberge 
(i. e., Quinboro'?) in the Hundred of Wochinges, county of 
Surrey, is mentioned as belonging to Godfrey de Maneville. 

The first person appearing as a resident of, or con- 
nected with the county of Surrey, England, who bears a 
name sufficiently like ours to be of interest, is the Rev. 
John de Querneby, who was in Surrey until about 1397 
and perhaps later. From the facts that he was named 
John and was a clergyman, and held several church posi- 
tions of considerable importance, it is conceivable that his 
father was a prominent and influental man, and that it was 
his family which continued to hold a place in Surrey for 
about a hundred years, until we come to Henry Quinby 
who must have been born before 1475 and who married 
Florence Balch of Farnham in Surrey. The intervening 
period is a blank, so far as concerns records yet discovered. 

The spelling of Rev. John de Querneby's name, and 
the fact that as a younger son he would not have ap- 
peared on the Quernby pedigree, make it not wholly im- 
possible that he was the son of the before mentioned Hugh 
of Quarmby. But it is quite likely that all three surnames 
represented different families. 

Rev. John de Querneby appears on the records of the 
Close Rolls first under date of Eltham, 1 Apr., 1363, in an 
order to the Archbishop of Dublin to grant to John de 
Querneby such yearly pension as shall befit the giver, and 
should bind the receiver to him, causing thereupon letters 
patent under his seal to be made and delivered to the said 
John; and writing again by the bearer what he will do 
upon this request, as by reason of his new creation the 
Archbishop is bound in such a pension to one of the King's 
(i. e., Edward III.) clerks at the King's nomination, until 
he shall make provision for him of a competent benefice; 
and the King has nominated the said John, whose advance- 
ment the King has at heart. 

The foregoing astonishing document, so highly charged 
with evidence of the special favor of the King, was no 
doubt followed by John's appointment to some churchly 
post; but no further orders appear for sixteen years. Then 
in the Patent Rolls in the Public Record office in London, 
dated Westminster, 18 Nov., 1385, we find what royal 

44 The Qiuinbt Family 

favor — if nothing else — had done for him. The patent 
ratifies "the estate of John de Querneby in the Chancellor- 
ship and Prebend of Lambister in the Collegiate Church 
of Abergwylly in the diocese of St. David's; in the Prebend 
of Wodeburgh in the Collegiate Church of Southwell; and 
in the Prebend of Stretton in the King's Free Chapel of 

It is obvious that John de Querneby may have been 
exercising the functions and receiving the emoluments for 
some time before the issuance of the patent "confirming" 
them; and we find in the Patent Rolls five years earlier — 
dated Westminster 12 Feb., 1379 — evidence of it, in the 
shape of a "pardon to Richard Murymon of Pencrich for 
not appearing to restore twenty marks to John de Querneby, 
Prebendary of Stretton, in the King's Chapel of St. Michael 
the Archangel, Surrey." 

Finally, the name of the individual, the mention of 
the King and of the county indicate identity with the John 
Querneby who was pardoned 24 Oct., 1397, "for leaving 
the King's service at Southwark, Surrey, before the time 
agreed upon." (Pat. rolls). 

First Arranged Generations op Qthnbys in England 

The Quinbys were settled at Farnham in county 
Surrey, England, at a very early date. Henry Quynby 
married Florence, daughter of Richard Balch, of Farnham, 
before 1495, and quite possibly was born forty years 
earlier. We find Balch's will (Vox, 21) in Latin, dated 12 
May, 1495, proved 27 May, 1495. The Essex Institute 
Historical Collections (XVII. 1) contain an abstract of it. 
He directs his body to be buried in the ancient chapel of 
the Blessed Virgin Mary within the parish church of St. 
Andrew of Farnham next the body of his father. He 
leaves to Matilda, relict of William Balche a tenement in 
which she is living, for the term of her life and after her 
death to Nicholas Balche, son of the said William and 
Matilda and his heirs and assigns. Other legatees are his 
wife, Isabella; daughter, Florence (wife of Henry) Quynby, 
and John and Margaret Balch, children of the aforesaid 
William Balch. Thomas and Edmund Palmer and Wm. 
and Alex. Cooke are also mentioned. The following docu- 
ment quite likely refers to the above Henry Quinby. The 
amount he demands, eight pounds, was of vastly greater 
value than it is today. i 

Harry Quynby. A petition of about the year 1504-15, 

The QuiNBT Familt 45 

in the Public Record Office, London, England. (Early 
Chancery Proceedings, 350-11) (Extracted by George Sher- 
wood, Esq., 2 Mar., 1915). 

To the most reverent Judge in god my lord tharche- 
byschop of Cantyrbury Chaunceler of England 

In the most lowly wyse shewith and besechith your 
gode and gracious lordeschip your dayly oratour and bede- 
man Harry QUYNBY that wher the said Harry was 
bounden by an obligacon of the sume of viij li sterlyng 
unto Maistr Christoffer BAYNBRIGGE Dene of Wyndesor 
and Maistr of the Rolls for oon George BYLLYNGTON, 
clerke, at the request and desir of the said George the 
whych viij li the said Harry hath content and payd unto 
the said Dene by compulsion of the Comen lawe the whych 
viij li was the very dette of the said George wherof the 
said George promysed to discharge and to save harmles 
the said Harry the whych now the said George denyeth to 
do wherof your said supliant hath no remedy by the order 
of the Comen lawe for as muche as your said suppliant 
hath no bond ne specialte of the said George for the said 
viij li Pleasith hit therfor your gode and gracious lordes- 
chip the premyssez tenderly consideryd to graunt a wryte 
of subpena to be directed to the said George hym com- 
aundyng by the same to apper affore the Kyng in his 
Chauncery at a certen day under a certen payne ther to 
do and receyve in the premysses as chall accord wt reason 
and consciens And your suppliant shall dayly pray for 
the preservacon of your noble estate long to endur 

Pledges to prosecute, 

Will WATTS of London yeoman 
John BILLING of the same, yeoman. 

Endorsed: Before the King in the Chancery on the 
morrow of All Souls next ("Coram Domine 
Rex in Cam sua in crastino aiam prox 

No answer filed. 

1. 1 Quinby (perhaps the above Henry) 

was probably born near Farnham, in Surrey, as early as 
1470, (less than seventy-five years after the record of Rev. 
John de 'Querneby's pardon). Unfortunately the parish 
registers at Farnham do not begin till the year 1539; no 
Quinby records are found on them for the next dozen 

46 The Quinbt Familt 

years. The children of this Quinby patriarch certainly in- 
cluded : 

2. I. John' Quinby, Sr., born no later than the year 1500 


II. * Quinby, born probably before 1500; 

married a Mr. Fig, and had Robert and Thomas 
Fig; the latter was father of several children in 
1557 and they are legatees of John^ Quinby; prob- 
ably another son or step-son was: 

3. III. Richard Alynb* alias Quinby; born not later than 

1500 (see); 

The facts that John Quinby, the Martyr, was of the 
Farnham family and that he must have been about twenty 
years old or so in 1528, lead to the conclusion that his father 
was another son here, thus: 

4. IV. ' Quinby, born probably about 1480 (see). 

2. John' ( 1), born probably before the 

year 1500, near Farnham, Surrey. Our only information 
concerning him is contained in his will, dated 30 Aug., 1557. 
He died between that date and 12 November, the same 
year, on which day his will was proved at London. As in 
the will he says: "I forgive my brother-in-law Nicholas 
Turner the money he oweth me," and mentions his wife, 
Jane, his wife was probably Jane Turner. He was a man 
of means, and was a devout churchman, for he left con- 
siderable sums to the church and the parish poor. He had 
real estate, some of which he gave his "daughter-in-law 
Elizabeth Quinbye" for her life; other property he charged 
with an annuity to his son Anthony. Items in his will 
show that his social condition and associations were high. 

He names his sons: Robert, who is to have all of his 
lands and household goods after the death of Robert's 
mother; Anthony, whom he expects to become a priest, is 
his next eldest son, and Thomas his third son. His son 
John^ Quinby, Jr., had died unmarried the previous year 
in London, and there had been difficulty in getting pos- 
session of his son's goods left in Spain, so that Mr. Quinby 
wanted proper steps taken to obtain them. The wife of 
John Quinby was named Jane, as appears from the History 
of Farnham by Rev. R. N. Milford, M.A., domestic chap- 
lain to the Bishop of Winchester. Farnham castle has 
been the official residence of these bishops for centuries and 
Mr. Milford's position enabled him to examine the records 
of the bishopric and parish, many of which pertained to 

The QuiNBY Family 47 

temporal affairs. The table of contents of Rev. Mr. Mil- 
ford's book summarizes the matter in the respective chap- 
ters. Among the contents of chapter II. are indexed 
"notices of John Quynby and Jane his wife." Unfortunate- 
ly these notices do not appear in the body of the book, and 
remain to be rewritten some day, by a future investigator 
fortunate enough to have access to the records. From the 
will of John', Jr., we learn the names of John^ Sr.'s daugh- 
ters, Catherine, Elizabeth and Audrey. 

John=' mentioning in his will "lands I have given my 
daughter-in-law Elizabeth Quinby for her life;" and else- 
where giving "my son Thomas 40 shillings and my daugh- 
ter, his wife, 40 shillings" leads to the reasonable con- 
jecture that the daughter-in-law Elizabeth was perhaps not 
his son Thomas' wife, but the widow of a previously de- 
ceased son of John', whose name has not come down to us. 
Children of John^ and Jane Quinby: 

5. I. Robert' Quinby the Bailfif of Farnham; born per- 

haps about 1510-20 (see); 

6. II. JoHN» Quinby, the Spanish merchant; born about 

1520 (see); 

7. III. Anthony' Quinby, the priest; born perhaps about 

1530 (see); 

8. IV. Thomas' Quinby; born probably about 1530 (see); 

V. Catherine' Quinby; by 1556 she was married and 

had four children living; 
VI. Elizabeth' Quinby; by 1556 she was married and 
had one child, as we learn from her brother John»'s 
will; she is evidently the EUzabeth Quynby who 
was married at Farnham 29 April, 1554, to William 
Mollynos; this is corroborated by the remark by her 
father, John' Quinby, in his will in 1557: "I for- 
give WiUiam MuUeners the debts he oweth me;" 
VII. Audrey' Quinby; all we know of her is that her 
brother John' in his will leaves "to my sister 
Audrey my three little hoops of gold which be 
joined together, and one pearl set in gold." 

Note— One Edward Quenby of Farnham died in the year 1593-4, for we 
find in the record of lay subsidy assessments for the county of Surrey, the fol- 
lowing item: "The Hundred of Farneham— exor of Edward Quynbye gen in 

lands Xli Xls;" that is to say, perhaps, "forty shilhngs tax on ill) 

value of lands fron the executor of the estate of Edward Quinby, gentleman. 

John Quinby's Will 

Will of John" Quinby of Farnham, dated 30 August, 1557: 
(abstract) to the Vicar of the parish church of Farnham, 20sh.; to 
the rehef of the poor, £4; to the maintenance of God's service and 
sacraments in sd church, two patens of silver; to the reparation 
of sd church 20sh.; to the sd church, two banners, one ot bt. 

48 The Quinbt Family 

Nicholas, and one of St. Barbara; Robert Quinbye, my son, to 
have, after his mother's decease, all my lands and household 
goods; if he die, then to my son Anthony; and they to have no 
part of the lands I have g'ven my daughter-in-law, Elisabeth 
Qumbye, for her I'fe, until after her decease; to my son Robert, 
£10; to my son Anthony, £20; to my son Thomas, 40sh.; and to 
my daughter his wife, 40sh.; to Bessie Baugh, £6 : 13sh. 4d at 
her marriage; to my nephew Thomas Fig, 20sh.; I forgive my bro- 
ther-in-law Nicholas Tumor the money he oweth me; to Mr. 
Edward Cocks, merchant of London, 40sh., upon condition that 
he instruct Sir Thomas White of the hole accompt between Mr. 
Goodman and my executors for the goods of John Quinby left 
in Spain; to Thomas Allen, 20sh., and to Richard Allen, my best 
furred cote; to my son Anthony, JE6 per annum out of the farm at 
Bagshotte, provided that if he be a priest and have promotion, 
this shall cease; to Sir Thomas White, Knight, a piece of gold; to 
my lord of Winchester, a ring; to my lady White, a ring; to 
Margaret Beale, my servant, 20sh.; to John Maunt, 6sh. 8d.; to 
Thomas Baugh, my russet gown; to my goddaughter, Elizabeth 
Quinby, two ewes and to each of her sisters, one ewe apiece; to 
Mrs. Jone Adlington, one ewe; whereas Lawrence Stoughton is 
indebted to me £7:6:8, my executors are only to demand 
£6 : 13 : 4; Anthony Stoughton oweth me £4 : 6 : 8; my ex- 
ecutors are only to demand £3; to the children of William Eve, 
the 26sh. 8d. which was put in my custody by him for them; I 
forgive William Mulleners the debts he oweth me; I forgive Henry 
Stone do.; to my lord of Rutland, £10; to the people of the alms- 
house a hundred faggotts at Christmas; I forgive Jno. Fox the 
debts he oweth me; to John Hardye and Robert Brabourne, each 
a gown; they to be overseers of my will; Residuary legatee and 
executrix wife Jane; witnesses: Sir William Storey, pfest, Stephen 
Hardy and Richard Allen. (P. C. C, 46 Wrastley). (Proved at 
London, 12 Nov. 1557). 

3. Richard Altne^ alias Quinby ( 0> born at 

least as early as 1500, died at Farnham, Surrey, and was 
buried 20 Apr., 1566; the record on the parish register 
mysteriously calls him "Richard Alyne al° Quinby" — mean- 
ing alias Quinby. The "Margaret AUin otherwise called 
Mother Quinby" who was buried 31 Dec, 1570, at Farn- 
ham was presumably his wife; may, however, have been 
his mother, if she had married an Allen, after the death of 

'Quinby. This simple supposition regarding the 

meaning of this double surname is not sufficient in the 
light of the fact that "Thomas Allen alias Quinby" died 
in 1582. 

Thomas and Richard Allen are legatees mentioned in 
John 2 Quinby's will, 1557; to the former he left 20 shillings 
and to the latter his furred coat. Richard Allen was one 
of the witnesses. His, probably, was the "Elizabeth, dar. 

Papjsh Church of St. Andrew's, Farnham, 
containing the tomb of Eobert Quynby, 1570. (See p. 51.) 

The Raised Market House ix Castle St., at Farnham, 

in which Eobert Qnyniiy hehi court at Burgess in 1566 (demolished in 1863; photo, 
taken in 1850)." (See p. 50.) 

The Quinbt Family 49 

of Richard Quinbye" who died in the year 1568, at Farn- 
ham. ' 

I. Elizabeth- Quinby, buried 15 June, 1568, at Farn- 
ic^' w ®?' '^°^'^' Quinby mentions in his will, 
1557, Elizabeth Quinby my goddaughter and her 

To this family, if not to this parent, must have belonged: 
II. Thomas' Allen alias Quinby, to whose widow 
Juliane Allen alias Quinby, were granted 14 Feb., 
1582, letters of administration on his estate; he 
was a resident of the parish of St. Savior's, South- 
wark, Surrey. 

Note — The word alias with another surname was used 
where a man added his mother's surname or the name of 
some benefactor. The mother's or even in some cases the 
wife's surname was added where she was an heiress. 

4. '^ Quinby ( 1)> born probably 

about 1480 and a member of the family resident at Farn- 
ham, in Surrey. Nothing is known about him and he is 
given space here merely because there must have been a 
father of John' Quinby of Farnham who was starved for 
religion's sake while probationary Fellow at Oxford Uni- 
versity and died in the tower of New College there in 1528. 

9. John* Quinby, born about 1500-1508 (see). 

Robert, the Bailiff 

5. Robert' Quinby (John^, )^ was born about 

1510-1520, probably at Farnham, Surrey. He was a man 
of great distinction in his day at Farnham, and in 1566, 
upon the granting of a charter to the town by Bishop 
Home, he was elected the junior of the two initial bailiffs. 

His occupation was that of clothmaker. J. W. Wright, 
Esq., the clerk to the Farnham Urban District Council in 
1911 reports that the only books of records of the Bailiffs 
and Burgesses are as follows: Bailiffs' minute book, 1566 
to 1583; ditto, 1606 to 1666; bailiffs' account book, 1604 
to 1778. "They are in excellent condition. A preliminary 


50 The Quinby FAitn^Y 

search shows that Robert Quinby was one of the bailiffs 
in 9th Elizabeth (A. D. 1567) and was for some consider- 
able time afterwards one of the governing body of Bailiffs 
and Burgesses. He is described in places as Robert Quyn- 
by, gent. I can only trace one reference in the minutes 
of transactions to him, which has reference to a bond he 
gave for some one." 

Rev. R. N. Milford in "Farnham and its Borough," 
says: "Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, in the 
year 1551, was tried before a commissioa, of which the 
Archbishop of Caaterbury was the president, upon various 
charges, and amongst others that he had not supported by 
his teaching and doctrine those changes which had lately 
taken place in religion and politics. To meet which charge 
he calls witnesses to prove the contrary, exhibits several 
articles in justification of himself, and amongst them, that, 
when delivered out of prison in February, 1558, in a sermon 
made at Farnham in the way to Winchester, he did exhort 
the people to obedience in this form:^ — 'To conform their 
wills, in the exercise and ceremonies of religion, to the 
superiors' order, and to think that best which they ap- 
pointed to be done and used, wherein they should show 
their humility and judgment.' 

"To prove the truth of this he calls several witnesses 
amongst whom are the vicar and curate of Farnham, also 
Robert Quinby, clothmaker; Robert Braborne, clothier; 
John Hardy, gentleman; and John Reade, chandler; be- 
sides a long array of his own servants. 

"Robert Quinby, the junior bailiff, was examined in 
1551 as to Gardiner's sermon. He deposes, 'that the Bp. 
was loth to offend, for the said Bp. tarrited a great space 
when he came to the prayer before the sermon, waiting 
for a book, which the vicar brought to him.' 

"The first bailiffs and burgesses after the granting of 
the charter in 1566, were nominated in the charter by the 
Bishop of Winchester, and at this time the town hall, 
afterwards called the market-house, (destroyed recently) 
was built (see illustration). It was in this building that 
the Corporation held their tri-weekly courts. The names 
of the first court, held 30th September, in the eighth year 
of Queen Elizabeth, 1566, were: 

John Clark Robert Quynby 

Palace or the Bishops op Winchester, 
which Eobert Quynby saw daily from Farnham until 1570. (See p. 50.) 

t^ ^^^i^^^ -11^^* 

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""ft- '■■» ■ — ■ ■ ■- 

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'/-;/ '"■;" ■ ■ '" ' ;■-:,, 

■■■'■, ** 

View of the Village op Farnham, Surrey, 
From the Bishops' Palace. 

The Quinbt FAMiiiT 51 


John Over George Osborne 

Thomas Warner John Braborn 

Richard Bennett Henry ffanshaw 

John Braborn William Greenyng 

John Hardy John Denham 

Robert Thompson Thomas Walker 

"The actions brought before the court consisted prin- 
cipally of pleas of trespass, of cases of debt, and of occa- 
sional cases of assault. But in the earliest accounts the 
greatest care of the Corporation appears to have been di- 
rected towards the price of beer and the weight of bread. 

"The earliest account we have of the various ways by 
which the Corporation obtained their yearly income, is 
given in the year 1604: — Dewes which hath been acostomly 
payed to the baylleffs of the borough and towne of ffaern- 
ham, beyond the memory of any man that now liveth, as 
aniail rents always retained, as followeth: — 

for the borough rent 42s. 3d. 

for the 4 Inns 28s. Od. 

that is to saye of the George 7s. Od. 

that is to saye of the White Hart 7s. Od. 

that is to saye of the Antelope 7s. Od. 

that is to saye of the Swann 7s. Od. 

of every alehouse within the borough 2s. Od. 

of every alehouse out of the borough Os. 12d. 

of every alehouse, as well unlicensed as li- 
censed, as every ffayre daye, every one of 
them Os. Id. 

of every inhabitant that hath a standing in 
the market, paying half-yearly 12d., by 
the year • 2s. Od. 

of every fishmonger that selleth fish at his 
window in the Lent, to pay on Good Fri- 
day a good lb. of salmon, or of the beast 
ffishe they have then least.'" 


The marble memorial in the wall of St. Andrew's, the 
parish church of Farnham, gives the death of Robert Quin- 
by as 10 Sept., 1570; the entry in the parish register gives 
the date of his burial as 21 Aug., 1570; (of course one of 
these is erroneous); this is followed by a pencil memoran- 
dum: "First Bailiff of Farnham." His widow, Jane Quin- 

52 The Qdinbt PamhiT 

by, died 26 Jan., 1582. Their children are not named as 
such in any record; but John' Quinby's will, 1556, leaves 
twenty shillings each "to the five children of my brother 
Roberd." The following entries appear on the Farnham 
parish register, and are evidently the children of Robert: 

I. Mart* Quymbte married John Miller 27 Aug., 1571; 

mentioned as sister in Edward's will, 1612; 
II. Elizabeth* Qtjtnby, married Thomas Irve, 18 Feb., 

III. Anne* Quinbt, christened 13 June, 1551, mentioned 

in Edward* Quinby's will (1612) as sister; 

IV. Lathorm* Quinbte, christened 28 Nov., 1552; 

V. Francis* Quinbt, buried 1563; "probably a child; in 
this year there were 120 deaths, many being chil- 
dren," says the town clerk; 

10. VI. Hbnby* Quenbt, christened 24 Feb., 1562 (see); 
VII. George* Quatbe christened 19 Nov., 1562; ' 

VIII. Catherine* Quimbt, married Robert Winn, 6 Feb., 
1581; called sister in Edward Quinby's will, 1612; 

The following does not appear on the parish register: 

11. IX. Edward* Quinbt; in his will dated 1612, he men- 

itions his three sisters, Catherine, Anne and Mary. 
This Edward* is mentioned in the will of Henry* 
Quinby, 1596, as his brother. 

Note — A comparison of the wills of Edward* and Henry* leads irresistibly 
to the concluBion that their father had no male grandchildren, and that the 
family name was not perpetuated in his line. 

6. John' Quinby, Jr., (John^, ') was born 

probably at Farnham, Surrey, somewhere around the year 
1520. He went to Spain very early in life evidently as 
factor or agent for Thomas Goodman of London and there 
acquired a considerable amount of personal property, in- 
cluding at least one "chest of apparell" which he left in 
that country. In 1556, he was still employed by Thomas 
Goodman who was a relative: son-in-law of Edward* 
Quinby's wife. According to the then use of the words, 
he calls himself servant, and Goodman master, in his will 
dated 28 July, 1556. Those terms in those days were used 
of employe or agent, and employer (they still are so used 
in law), and obviously in this instance, the probability is 
strong that Goodman was a merchant who had business 
relations in Spain, and that Quinby had been his agent or 
manager in that country. The property that Quinby had 
amassed in England and Spain and mentioned in his will. 

Tomb or Robert Quynby, 

first Burgess of Farnham, County Surrey, England, in the parish church of St. 
Andrew. Robert was born about 1.510 and died 1.570 at Farnham. (See p. 49.) 

The Quinby Family 


included the following articles, (besides considerable sums 
of money) : 

1. Three little hoops of gold joined together; 

2. One pearl set in gold; 

3. Two great hoops of gold; 

4. One pearl in gold; 

5. Two small hoops of gold; 

6. One cross of gold; 

7. A turquoise set in gold; 

8. A cross bow; 

9. Two chests of apparel; 

10. One diamond ring; 

11. One ruby ring; 

12. One turquoise ring; 

13. A chain of gold; 

14. A chest (in the hall of Goodman's house) ; 

15. A signet of gold; 

16. Two lutes. 

To the Goodman family — apparently Thomas, his wife, 
and daughters Jane and Ursula — he gave the diamond, 
turquoise and ruby rings, and twenty pounds in money 
besides eighty shillings to buy memorial rings; all three 
chests, and the gold signet. He made his father residuary 
legatee and executor (a brief synopsis of this will appears 
in New York Biographical and Genealogical Register, 1911, 
p. 321). 

It appears that there was difficulty in his father's 
obtaining the other property left in Spain. The following 
year he followed his son to the grave. In his will he 
leaves to Mr. Edward Cocks, merchant of London, 40 shill- 
ings, "upon condition that he instruct Sir Thomas White 
of the hole accompt between Mr. Goodman and my ex- 
ecutors for the goods of John Quinby, left in Spain." 

Will of John' Quinby of London (abstract): Servant with 
Thomas Goodman of the same City being in good memory, etc. 
28 July, 1556: — To poor 40sh. To Jane Godman 3 rings to wit: — 
1 dyamond, a rubye and a turkes, and to her £20 in redy money 
and a chain of Gold & my chest in the hall. , To the five children 
of my brother Roberd 20- each. & ditto to the 4 children of my 
sister Catherine & ditto to my sister Elizabeths child (none of 
these children are named). To my sister Audrey my 3 Uttle hoops 
of gold which be joined together & one pearl set in gold. To my 
brother Anthony 40sh. & my two great hopes of gold. To my 
brother Roberts wife a pearl in gold & to my sister Katherine a 
pearl in gold & to my sister Elizabeth 2 small hoops of gold — 
To my mother my cross in gold & £4 to buy her a gowne & a 

54 The Quinby FAmiiY 

turkis in gold. To my master 40sh. for a ring of a deaths hedd 
& ditto to my mistress. I forgive Thomas Champion 20sh. of 
the 40sh. he oweth me — the other 20sh. he to pay to my father. 
To Joane Stell in Farnham 4 nobles. To Robert Bell my cross- 
bow. To my master & mistress my two chests of apparell as 
well in Spayn as here. To Alice Mathew lOsh. To Ursula God- 
man my signet of gold — Residuary legatee and executor, father — 
he to have my two lewtes. Witnesses not named (P. C. C. 12 
Wrastley). Proved 3 May 1557, by John Quinby of Farnham. 
Administration granted 1 Dec, 1557, to Jane Quinby (John' 
being dead). 

7. Anthony' Quinby (John^, was born prob- 
ably at Farnham, Surrey, about 1530. He became proba- 
tionary Fellow of New College, at Oxford University in 
1651, "undeterred by the fate of John Quinby, another 
member of the fainily which apparently was settled at 
Farnham, Surrey," (Says H. C, a contributor to Notes and 
Queries, 9th ser., vol. VIII., 239). His father, John* Quin- 
by, leaves in his will (1557) the remainder of his lands and 
household goods to his son Anthony in case Robert dies 
before their mother, which shows that Anthony was then 
the second oldest son. John' also leaves to his son An- 
thony "six pounds per annum out of the farm at Bags- 
hotte, provided that if he be a priest and have promotion" 
this income shall cease. 

An unidentified record says, Anthony Quenbye from 
Farnham, Surrey, Fellow of New College, Oxon, 1551-9, 
received the degree of B. C. L. (Bachelor of Civil Law) 
20 June, 1558, and died unmarried 20 May, 1559. 

8. Thomas' Quinby {John", ^) was born probably 

at Farnham, Surrey, about 1530. In 1557, (after the death 
in 1556 of his brother John, Jr.) he was the third son then 
living, and was left forty shillings by his father, who left 
the same sum "To my daughter his wife." No further 
record of him has yet come to light. This is the supposed 
ancestor of the immigrants to New England, William' 
Quinby and Robert ' according to the report from a London 
professional ancestral research office to Dr. George A, 
Quinby of New York, about thirty years ago. There is no 
documentary evidence of it discovered so far, but it is 
probable; no other seems a possible ancestor among the 
recorded members of the Farnham family. 

John Quinby, the Martyr, {A.D. 1528) 

9. John' Quinby ( ', }) was born per- 
haps between 1500 and 1508 at or near Farnham, in Surrey. 

New College, Oxford, 
showing the tower where died in 1528 John Quinby the Martyi 

View from the Tower, Showing the Buildings of New College. 

The Quinby Family 


We find the first record of him as a scholar at Winchester 

1? 11 ' ^""^ '? ^^^^' ^® "^^^ ^ probationary Fellow at New 
College, Oxford and there he died a martyr for religion's 
sake in 1528. His death has been the subject of much in- 
teresting disc-assign, some of which is the following: 

"In Strype's Ecclesiastical Memorials, Vol, 1, p 376 
we have some account of the sufferings of Mr. Quinby, a 
fellow of New College, Oxford, on account of his protestant 
faith, by Dr. London, warden of that college, and a violent 
persecutor of the protestants in the early part of the reign 
of Henry the Eighth. He was imprisoned, says Strype, 
very straightly, in the Tower of the College, and half 
starved with cold, and lack of food, and at length died. 
He was asked by his friends what he would eat, who said 
his stomach was gone for all meat, except it were a 'warden 
pie.' Ye shall have it quoth they. I would have, said he 
again, but two wardens baked, I mean our warden of Ox- 
ford, and our warden of Winchester, (London and More), 
for such a warden pie might do me and Christ's church 
good, whereas other wardens of the tree can do me no good 
at all. Thus jesting at their tyranny through the cheerful- 
ness of safe conscience, he turned his face to the wall in 
the belfry where he lay, and after his prayers slept sweetly 
in the Lord." 

The warden pies were made of meat and a kind of 
large pears fit for baking, called warden pears. These 
pears were common when Shakespeare wrote his Winters' 
Tale, as the clown says "I must have saffron to color the 
warden pies." From a passage in "Cupid's Revenge," by 
Beaumont and Fletcher, we may conclude that these pears 
were usually eaten roasted: "I would have him roasted 
like a warden, in brown paper." This pear is called in 
France, poire de garde. (See also Rolfe's edition of The 
Winter's Tale, Act IV., sc. 3). 

Dr. London at last received the punishment he de- 
served. He was convicted of perjury, with one Symonds, a 
lawyer, and both sentenced to be carried through Windsor, 
Reading and Newbury, (for he was canon of Windsor, hav- 
ing previously resigned his wardenship of New College, and 
at that place the crime was committed,) with their faces 
to the horses tails, and afterwards pilloried, which sentence 
was put into execution. This disgrace sank so deeply into 
the heart of Dr. London that he died soon after, in the 
Fleet prison in the year 1543. (Oxonia, vol. II., 97, by 
Rev. I. Walker, vicar of Horn church; published in 1831). 

56 The Quinbt PamujT 

The following is from Notes and Queries, Qth Series, 
vol. VIII., p. 239: 

"The story how this Lutheran, John Quinby, Fellow 
of New College, Oxford, died, half starved with cold and 
lack of food in the steeple of his college where he was im- 
prisoned as a heretic by Dr. London, the Warden, will be 
found in Strype's Ecclesiastical Memorials, I. 376, and in 
Narratives of the Reformation (Camden Society, 1859) p. 

"The latter reproduces Archdeacon Louthe's manu- 
script, which Strype followed. It seems to me worthy of 
notice, that the truth of this story, which Louthe set down 
for Foxe's benefit some fifty years after the event, is in no 
small degree confirmed by a letter, undated but ascribed 
to 1536, which Richard Talbot, the antiquary, wrote to 
Thomas Cromwell's servant, Morrison, and the substance 
of which appears in the Calendar of Letters, etc., in the 
Reign of Henry VIII., Vol. XI., No. 1185. Talbot, who 
figures in Louthe's story as a Lutheran, who started back, 
but was nevertheless expulsed by the Warden, probably 
made some attempt to get his Fellowship restored to him, 
and the letter contains* his version of how he came to lose 

"My adversaries will object that I put the matter in 
the hands of Dr. Hunt, and must be bound by what he 
has done. I answer, I did it not sponte (i. e., willingly) 
but straitly exacted by the Sub- Warden of the House that 
then was, whose name is Sutton, and Dr. Whyte and Dr. 
Hunt, which three were sent to me and my fellow, Sir 
Quynby, deceased, by the Warden, whose prisoners we then 
were, and required us for the saving of the college's priv- 
ileges, to put our rights respectively in the two doctors' 
hands. Mr. Sutton and Dr. Whyte who are still alive, will 

not deny this upon oath P. S. If you once bring 

all well, your part shall be worth a doublet cloth of satin.' 

"This letter not only confirms the story of Quinby's 
imprisonment, but supplies, I think, an adequate explana- 
tion of the entry, 'recessit 1528,' which was put against his 
name in the New College register. I have heard it said 
that the fact that the entry was not 'obiit 1528' militates 
against the story of his being starved to death. Talbot's 
letter, however, suggests that a consent to resign was wrung 
from Quinby before he 'slept sweetly in the Lord.' In that 
case, an entry which ignored the scandal could be justified 
by the authorities as strictly correct. 

"John Quinby's memory has been kept alive by his 

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defiant jest about Warden pie, which I do not repeat here 
because it has already appeared in this work (Notes & 
Queries, London, 4th series, vol. VI., p. 124). But the jest 
has been remembered better than the man. The college 
registers show that he became a scholar at Winchester in 
1518 and a probationary Fellow at New College in 1522- 
yet, oddly enough, in Nichols's footnotes to 'Narratives of 
the Reformation,' he, and almost he alone, of all the per- 
sons mentioned by Louthe, was not identified. Again, in 
Mr. Kirby's 'Winchester Scholars,' his name has been per- 
verted to 'John Grumble'; and failing to recognize him in 
this disguise, Mr. Leach, in his History of Winchester Col- 
lege, p. 249, was tempted to reject the story as told, for 
want of a Quinby to whom it could be properly attached. 

"Again, in Messrs. Rashdall and Raits' 'New College,' 
pp. 191-2, Quinby has been rechristened Peter, and Louthe, 
who did not go to Oxford until 1538 is spoken of as his 
contemporary there." (H. C, Notes and Queries, 9th 
series, vol. VIII., p. 240). 

"Anthony Quinby, undeterred by the fate of John 
Quinby, another member of the family which apparently 
was settled at Farnham, Surrey, became probationary Fel- 
low of New College in 1551. This Anthony had a brother 
named John, and John was also their father's name. These 
two John Quinbys, father and son, both died (the son 
first) in 1557. (Wills proved P. C. C. 12 and 46 Wrastley). 

"Talbot's letter closes the door against any suggestion 
that either of these was identical with the 'Mr. Quinby' of 
Louthe's reminiscences. Talbot himself, it may be added, 
was engaged in 1531 in teaching a school at 'Borned Wodde.' 
(?Burntwood, co. Staff.) ' See the above cited Calendar, V., 
No. 630, which is not referred to in the life of Talbot in 
the 'D. N. B.' Nichols was evidently in error in assigning 
the imprisonment of Talbot and Quinby to 1533 and not to 
1528." H. C. in Notes and Queries, 9th Ser. Vol. VIII., 
pp. 239-40. 

A record (unidentified) says: "John Quenby, Fellow 
of New College 1522-8, from Farnham, det** in Lent, 1527." 

10. Henry* (Robert^, John^, born at 

Farnham, Surrey, in 1562, and christened at St. Andrew's, 
the parish church there, 24 Feb., 1562. He went up to 
London and became a grocer there. He died in London 
unmarried in 1596. His will was dated 16 May of that 
year and was proved 28 June, following, by his brother 
Edward as executor. He left five pounds "to the poor of 
Farnham, Surrey, where I was born, to be distributed by 

58 The Qdinbt Family 

my brother Edward Quinbye;" to Charles Leigh of London, 
merchant, £100, and -to his wife Mercy, £10 for a gown, 
to Beatrice wife of John Stockley of London, merchant, 
£13:6:8; to Mrs. Ownestead, a chain of pearls and to her 
daughter Elizabeth Laurens, a small jewall of golde; £60 
to be distributed among poor persons; £3 to ten persons; 
also leaves £20 to "my kinsman Thomas Ham;" and 
leaves 20 sh. each to five persons and £3 to ten persons; 
also £3 to Mrs. Pockeringe, widow; £30 to John Wakeman, 
merchant in Barbarye; £10 to Peter fforland, a taylor. He 
names as residuary legatee and executor, "my brother 
Edward Quenbye;" overseers, John Stockley, John Rippin 
and Charles Leigh (P. C. C. 43 Drake). 

11. Edward* Quinby (Robert^, John^, born 

very probably between 1557 and 1560 at Farnham, Surrey. 
The registers for the years 1557 to 1560 are missing; all 
others are in existence and have been searched from the 
beginning of the registry, 1539, down to 1660, but Edward's 
birth does not appear. Edward is called brother by Henry* 
in his will, 1562, was named as executor and residuary 
legatee, and proved the will at London, 28 June of that year. 

Edward Quinby is called Esquire in both his and his 
widow's wills. At the time of his death in 1612-3 he was a 
resident of AUington, county of Southampton, but had prob- 
ably been longer a resident of Titchfield in the same vicinity. 

Edward Quinby's wife Jane had apparently previously 
married one Porter, by whom she had a considerable family, 
including Richard, Susan and John Porter, and Mary, who 
had married Thomas Goodman. Mrs. Quinby was mother 
of Jane, who married Edmund Hawes, but by which hus- 
band does not appear in either will. The will of Michael 
Cobb, of Chitterine St. Mary, Wilts, dated 17 Feb., 1644, 
mentions Edward and Jane as Mr. and Mrs. Quinby, 
grandparents of his wife, Jane Cobb. See, with Mr. H. F. 
Water's notes, 53 N. E. Hist, and Gen. Register X., 264. 
"Evidently a branch of the Farnham, Surrey, family," 
says Mr. Waters. William Heynes of Che^ngton, county 
Surrey, in his will dated 26 Jan., 1610, proved 22 April, 
1611 (P. C. C. 30 Wood) leaves £5:34 "to my friehd Mr. 
Edward Quinby of Titchfield Esq., for a ring." (III. Misc. 
Gen. et Her. 2d. Ser., p. 55). 

Mrs. Jane Quinby died 1624. Edward Quinby died in 
February, 1613. The child of Edward and Jane was: 

Lucy' Qtjinby, married Arthur Bromfield and apparently was 
the mother of all his children, from whom several im- 
portant Massachusetts families are descended. 

The Quinby Family 59 

Will of Edward* Quynbie dated 3 February, 1612, of AUing- 
ton, county Southampton, Esquire (abstract): My soul to God- 
to my wife Jane Quynbie, £60 per annum for her life; afterwards 
to remain to Jane Brumfeild and Quinbye Brumfeild, two of my 
daughters children; tb my wife,, £100, and various household 
articles; £300 each to my daughter's two children above named; 
£10 each to my three sisters, Katherine, Anne and Mary; to the 
poor of Tichfield, £5; to my servant, Richard Pullen, £5; my ser- 
vant Anne Hawkes ditto; to my servants Francis Lucas and 
John Didmer, 40sh. each; to my son-in-law Arthur Brumfield, my 
son-in-law Edmund Hawes, my "sonne-in-Iawes," Mr. John Porter, 
Richard Porter, Thomas Porter, Anthony Fowle, and Thomas 
Goodman, 20sh. each; to Mr. Alcock, Mr. Craddock and Mr. 
William Marshe and his wife, 20sh. each; to each of my son 
Bromfield's servants lOsh; executrix, my daughter Luce Brum- 
feild; she to have residue of goods; overseers of my will: my 
son-in-law John Porter, and John Craddock, clerk; witnesses, John 
Craddocke and Fra. Lucas. Proved at London, 28 Feb., 1613, 
by daughter Luce Brumfeild. (P. C. C. 18 Lawe). 

Will of Jane ^uinhy (wife of Edward*) of St. Margarett's, 
in the parish of Titchfield, in the county of South (i. e., South- 
ampton) widow of Edward Quinby, late of Titchfield, deceased, 
Esq., (abstract): being in good health and perfect memory, etc.; 
my soul to the hands of God; to my grandson Quinby Bromfild 
the copyhold tenement I late bought of my son Arthur Bromfield 
Esq., holden of the Rt. Hon. the Lord Southampton and lying 
within Titchfield, if he (my grandson) shall reach the age of 21; 
if not, then to my granddaughter Jane Bromfield; £100 to sd 
Jane Bromfild, and £100 to sd Quinby Bromfild at their ages of 
21, and my household stuff to be divided between them; to my 
son Thomas Porter, £10; to Jane Hawes my daughter, £20; £5 
to each of my grandchildren, Henry, Elizabeth, Penelope, Honnor, 
Katherine, Arthur and Frances (all Bromfild), at ages 18; £5 
each to my children Richard Porter, Mary Godman, Susan Porter 
and John Porter; 40sh. to poor; £5 to daughter Fowell; executor, 
my son John Porter; dated, 6 August, 1618; witnesses Arth. 
Bromfeild, Arth. Fowle, Sackvill Porter, Thomas Porter. Codicil, 
25 June, 1621: £70 each (in lieu of £100) to Jane and Quinby 
Bromfild; £20 to Jane Hawes my granddaughter; revokes the £5 
each to "eight younger children of my son Bromfeild" and leaves 
£20 among them; witnesses: Edward Reyner, Henrie Panton 
(P. C. C. 115 Byrde); proved at London, 17 June, 1624, by 
executor named). 

Note — A careful search of the parish registers of Wickham, Hants, shows 
only the following records: 

1575, July 28, Bernard Welsman married Joan Quynbye; ' 

1580, Nov. 24, Joan Wilsman buryed; 

1581, Apr. 6., Bernard Wilsman married Elizabeth Bemsteed; 
1583, Sept. 11, Barnard Wilsman buryed. 

Note — One John Quinbye married Anne Gibson 11 Oct., 1642, at bt. 
Peter's, Cambridge 

Note — A deed of 1578 refers to the lease of a chapel, etc., in Hampshire, 
made to John Quinby and Jane, his wife, for seventy years, by the arch- 
deacon of Winchester 

60 The Quinbt Family 

William * Quinby 

1. William* Quinby is said to have been a grandson of 
Thomas of Farnham, county Surrey, England, and was born 
probably about 1600. He married in England and came 
with his sons John and Thomas and perhaps other chil- 
dren to Massachusetts about 1638, landing probably at or 
near Salem. He may have been accompanied by a brother, 
the father of Robert^ Quinby, or Robert may have been 
a young son of his own. William * and his sons, John and 
Thomas, joined the emigration of about 1638 to the new 
settlements in Connecticut, and appear among the first sev- 
enteen families at Stratford, Conn., in 1639 (Orcutt's His- 
tory of Stratford, pp. 184-5). They left young Robert 
Quinby at Salem, and he first appears on the records there 
in 1646. 

Charles L. Andrews, formerly an editor of the New 
York Evening Post, who corresponded thirty years ago with 
many of his mother's aged Quinby relatives, records a 
definite family tradition to the effect that William 
Quinby was an elderly man with a grown-up family when 
he came to this country, and that he fled from England on 
account of having been an officer in the army of Oliver 
Cromwell. But Cromwell was in power from 1649 to 1660. 
Orcutt suggests that he was one of the party who accom- 
panied Rev. Adam Blakeman of Derbyshire and Leices- 
tershire on his arrival in this country in 1638. Rev. 
Adam was one of the original company of settlers at Strat- 
ford the following year, and was minister of the church 
there until his death in 1665. At any rate, William Quinby 
was of the Massachusetts company "that came from 
Wethersfield (Conn.) through the wilderness to Stratford 
on foot and horseback, and tradition says forded the Housa- 
tonic river somewhere above Stratford village. These 
families settled on the plain, then an Indian field (where the 
map of 1660, here reproduced, says 'rocks' the earlier map 
of 1639 says 'wigwams'.) They were probably all com- 
municants of the English or Episcopal church, and on 
arrival at Stratford they organized themselves into a 
'church of Christ' with the recognition of neighboring 

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churches, all of whom about 1669 were styled Congrega- 
tionaL" (Orcutt. p. 187). Wethersfield, mentioned above, 
had been settled in 1634 entirely by Massachusetts fam- 
ilies, and It was quite natural for pioneers from that state 
to Connecticut to stop first at Wethersfield to get their 
bearings before moving on to new territory. 

In 1651 a list of the owners of the fence about the 
first common field at Stratford was made up; William 
Quenby was seventh, owning four rods (id. p. 93). The 
following year, 1652, a list of parcels of real estate with their 



respective owners was compiled. William's lands are 
enumerated as a house lot, two pieces of land in the , New 
field and three acres on the Neck (p. 102). There was a 
piece of common land at Stratford known as Quinby's 
Neck field, consisting of upland and salt meadow lying 
northeast of Great Neck bridge. It ceased about 1790 to 
be a common field (id. p. 1097). William Quinby's home 
lot is shown on the map of 1639 and on the map of 1660 
(copied here) as the third lot south of the road running 

62 The Qiuinbt FAistniTr 

west toward the "Rocks;" it is numbered 33 on the map 
and fronts on Main street, backing exactly on the middle 
of the "Rocks." 

Orcutt says William Quinby sold all of iiis real estate 
enumerated above, to Henry Tomlinson, 1 Apr., 1657; the 
above houselot is called in 1660 on Orcutt's map, the prop- 
erty of Thomas Quinby, thereafter of Joshua Atwater, and 
later of Henry Tomlinson. Orcutt says Thomas removed 
about 1664 to "Westchester, New York (p. 136). 

Shortly after the sale of his Stratford property, William 
Quinby and his son John removed to Westchester county. 
New York. Thomas seems to have remained a short time 
at Stratford and no further record is found of him. William 
and John became members of the first Congregational 
church at Westchester. The town had been settled in 
1654 by Puritans from Connecticut, but as early as 1642 
thirty-five Massachusetts families had settled in the county, 
leaving their former home "on account of the persecutions 
which resulted in the expulsion of Roger Williams." The 
first mention of these Quinbys on Westchester record, is 
in 1662. 

In 1665, Governor Richard NicoUs, successor of Stuy- 
vesant, convened an assembly of representatives of the 
Westchester county towns to meet with those of the 
Long Island towns at Hempstead. This was the First 
Colonial Assembly and John Quinby and Edward Jessup 
were the representatives elected from Westchester town. 
The citizens gave them as warrant of their election a 
paper in which they agreed to "stand by their representa- 
tives in whatever they do." The first name signed to the 
document is that of William Quinby. This is the last 
record we have of him; he was then no doubt over sixty- 
five years of age. The only reasonably certain record of 
his children is the mention on the Stratford town books of 
his sons, Thomas and John (also mentioned by Savage). 
Robert was also of the second generation, though whether 
son or nephew doesn't appear. The second generation 
therefore is so far as known, as follows: 

2 I. Robert^ Quinby, born probably about 1625 (see); 

II. Thomas* Quinby, succeeded his father as owner of 
the home lot at Stratford; no descendants known; 
Orcutt says (p. 136) "he was a land owner in 
Stratford about 1660 and removed to Westchester 
about 1664;" 

3. III. John 2 Quinby, born before 1633 if he was 21 when 
his daughter Deborah was born (1654) (see); 

The Quinsy Famh/t 63 

From a marriage record at Stamford, Conn., (Hun- 
tington, History of Stamford, p. 165) it seems evident 
that William had this daughter: 

IV. Ann* Quinsy, married 9 mo. 28, 1657, George 

Note 1. Col. Ira Quinby of Morris, N. Y., has a paper 
which he received by descent, reading as follows: "William 
Quinby from the south of England on the isle of Jersey, he being 
the grandson of the ancestor, of the last named place and was a. 
commissioned ofl&cer of the British navy; his coat-of-arms was a 
unicorn with horns, a lamb and sword with the crown, etc. He 
came to Saggett's Harbor, east end of Long Island about 1654 
or earlier and his wife, I have not learned who she was but was 
of the Welch progeny. Their children were **John** and others." 
Some of the foregoing may be true, but most of it is the most 
obvious nonsense. 

Note 2. Lewis & Co.'s Genealogical History of New Jersey, 
in an article by Mrs. Nelson Wright, apparently makes William 
the son of Robert, who in turn was the son of Thomas, who is 
said to have landed at Salem, Mass., about 1630. This is prob- 
ably based on CuUeton's report mentioned above; the Robert is 
-evidently the name ascribed to the missing link between Thomas 
of Farnham, England, and William of Stratford. 

Note 3. Mr. Gurnee suggests that "Goodman Quinbee" of 
Massachusetts is the missing link, figuring that the word Good- 
man, instead of being the usual colonial title of modest respect- 
ability (like goodwife) was a given name derived £rom Thomas 
Goodman, who was the patron of Thomas Quinby'a^rother John, 
the Spanish merchant who died in 1556; Thomas Goodman was 
the son-in-law of Edward Quinby's wife. It seems certain however 
that Goodman Quinbee was Robert*, the immigrant. 

Note 4. Dodd's MSS. mentions a William Quinby, Jr., of 
Westchester, 1654. Perhaps this was William', in which case the 
link between Thomas of Farnham was probably named William. 

Note 5. In the Chesebrough Genealogy, recently published 
by Mrs. Pierre W. Wildey of New York, it is stated that Robert*, 
the immigrant of Salem was son of John Quinby of SaUsbury, 
England, and this was quoted in the Boston Transcript, 16 June, 
1915. Mrs. Wildey wrote in answer to my inquiry that she had 
no record or remembrance of the source of her statement. I 
have never found it elsewhere, and there appears to be neither 
foundation or corroboration for it. Robert had a son John *, who 
settled at Salisbury, Mass., which may be the origin of Mrs. 
Wildey's statement. 

64 The Qtjinbt Family 

Immigrant of 1638 

2. Robert' Quinby, the ancestor of the New Eng- 
land Quinbys and Quimbys came from England to Salem 
probably about 1638. The first record of Robert, which 
we find in America is under date of 1:5 mo: 1646 (i. e., 1 
July, for in those days the year began 25th March, in- 
stead of 1 January and March is therefore the "1st mo.") 
It is in the records of the Quarterly Court of Essex county, 
Mass., held at Salem, and on this occasion Samuel Winsley 
and Tristram Coffin were suing one Richard Ayre. Mr. 
Winsley deposed that "when he had carried down goods 
to load Codman's vessel, Mr. Coffin desired to have his 
beef carried. Deponent said he would refer it to goodman 
Codman, who told him not to overload the vessel, but 
rather to put some of the bolts on shore." The record 
adds: "Ralph Blazdale and Robert Quinbee also deposed." 
(I. Files, 98). Unfortunately their depositions are no 
longer to be found; but it is obvious that Robert Quinby a 
was at least twenty-one years of age, which would mean 
that he was born before 1625. It is said that Robert's 
name also appears in the court records of Norfolk county, 
Mass., in 1643, and again 1 May, 1646, where he is men- 
tioned as a ship carpenter. I have not been able to verify 
this and from the date it is probable that the latter really 
refers to the foregoing 1: 5 mo: 1646 entry on the Essex 
county record. The earliest town records of Salem have 
fortunately been preserved in Essex Institute Historical 
Collections (vols. 9 and 40) and as Robert's name is not 
mentioned, he may have lived at Salisbury before he is 
recorded in 1659. 

The next record we have of him is when he bought 
for £16 a house and ten acres of land in Salisbury, Massa- 
chusetts, on the west side of the Powwow river, bounded 
by land of William Sargent, a lane, street, and highway, 
28 Feb., 1658. (bk. I., p. 106). The deed was acknowl- 
edged 10:2 mo: 1660, and is set out in full on later pages. 

William Osgood, a millwright, who had recently be- 
come Robert Quiliby's father-in-law, went on the latter's 
bond to pay the purchase price. Robert Quinby was even 
then a shipbuilder, a calling followed by some of his de- 

The QxnNBT Family 65 

scendants, including his great-grandson Joseph of Stroud- 
water. This house was for a home for Robert and his wife 
Elizabeth (History of Ampsbury, by J. Merrill, 1880, p. 61). 
There they lived and had their eight children, except the 
first one, Lydia. 

The following year, 1659, an allotment of lands took 
place and Robert Quinby drew lot No. 19. 

Robert's name appears in 1659 as one of the seventy- 
six tax payers of the "Country Rate" of Salisbury. The 
next year he was admitted a townsman ("10 mo., 10 day.") 
As one of the owners of common land in Amesbury in 
1667-8 he drew certain lots 18 Feb., of that year. 

A further grant of land was made in 1666 to Robert 
Quinby among others, and at the incorporation of the then 
town of New Salisbury (afterwards Amesbury) in that 
y«ar, Robert Quinby was one of the thirty-six "freemen." 

A grandson, Joseph*, sold his share of his inhi^ritance 
13 Nov., 1722 (recorded 28 Sept., 1727), fifteen acres, "the 
southeasterly half of the twenty-second .lot of the third 
division beyond the pond originally the lott of Robert 
Quinbe of Almsbury deceased" (Essex county Deeds, bk. 
49, leaf 228). 

The following is abstracted from a deed recorded at 
Salem; Joseph Quenby, Jr., Benjamin Quenby and Joseph 
Jewell, all of Amesbury, quitclaim the place called White 
Thorn hill which is now enjoyed by Joseph Quenby, Senior, 
provided always that that above named Joseph, Benjamin, 
et. al., be not molested on account of any right, title or 
interest that ever did or might belong to Thomas Quenby, 
deceased, or his successor, or to Philip Quenby or his suc- 
cessor. Amesbury 5 Sept., 1722. (No signatures). 

At a general meeting in 1667 to arrange the seating in 
the new church, Robert Quinby was "to set in the 3 seat 
in the nor- west side in the metten house." 

Robert married Elizabeth Osgood, the daughter of 
William and Elizabeth Osgood, residents of Salisbury, 
Mass., till 1660, thereafter of Amesbury, where they had 
seats in the meeting houses. (A full accou^it of the Os- 
good family appears in I. New England Family History, p. 
7'4.) Robert and Elizabeth probably married in 1656-7, 
as their first child was born 1657-8. A family record in 
the possession of Thomas Weed Quinby gives the date of 
their marriage as 7 Jan. (or June) 1653. 

Robert Quinby and his wife Elizabeth lived in the 
most stirring times New England has ever known, and took 
a very active part in some of those events. The witch- 


66 The Quinby Family 

craft trials summoned Elizabeth's father and mother as 
witnesses; her father and mother also had the notorious 
Indian Symon living with them, who subsequently wounded 
the daughter of his hosts, Elizabeth Quinby herself and 
killed her husband Robert* Quinby, the immigrant an- 
cestor, in the Amesbury massacre of 7 July, 1677 (Merrill's 
Amesbury, p. 105; Drake's Indian Biography; Chase's 
History of Haverhill, p. 126). In a letter dated Ames- 
bury, 9:5 mo: 1677, it is set forth how Symon, the Indian, 
knocked our ancestress on the head; she related that when 
he came to her, she asked him not to kill her. He slaid, 

"Why, goodwife Quinby, do you think that I will kill 

"Because you kill all the English," said she. 

"I will give quarter to never an English dog of you 
all," said he, and gave her a blow on the head; where upon 
she called him "Rogue!" and threw a stone at him; and 
then he gave her two more and settled her for dead. 

The foregoing is the very language of the letter, which 
is still preserved in the Massachusetts Archives, vol. 67, p. 
142, at Boston, and is set forth in full a few pages further 

Robert's widow Elizabeth was appointed administra- 
trix on his estate 9 Oct., 1677, and afterwards, 26 Sept., 
1694, their son Robert' Quinby was appointed adminis- 
trator of the estate of both his parents, and the estate was 
divided in 1700. 

The children of Robert and Elizabeth (Osgood) Quinby 
were born as follows: 

I. Lydia' Quinby, born 22 Jan., 1657-8 at Salisbury, 
Mass.; she married 10 Apr., 1674, William', son of 
William* and Isabel Holdridge or Holdred of 
Exeter (mentioned VIII. Register, 157); 

4. II. William' Quinby, born 11 June, 1660, at Salisbury 


5. III. Robert' Quinby, born at Salisbury (see); 

6. IV. John' Quinby, born 7 Sept., 1665, at Salisbury (see); 

V. Thomas' Quinby, born 8 Feb., 1668, at Salisbury; 
he is not known to have married, and deeds in- 
dicate that he did not; he was living as late as 
1700, in which year he was mentioned in the will 
of his grandfather W'lliam Osgood (referred to in 
C. H. Pope's "Pioneers of Massachusetts"); records 
indicate he died before 1722. In the Boston Even- 
ing Transcript, Genealogical note *383, one J. B. P. 
suggested that "Thomas Quinby or his brother 
Philip may have gone to Wethersfield," Connec- 
ticut; this, if intended to imply a clue to connec- 

The Qthnbt Familt 67 

tion with William' Quinby, seems valueless on 
account of dates; 

VI. Elizabeth' Quinby, born 17 Oct., 1670, at Ames- 
bury; she probably died young; 
VII. Philip' Quinby, born 1 Mar., 1672-3, at Amesbury; 
he was living in 1700, but he is not known to have 
7. VIII. Joseph' Quinby, born 6 Mar., 1676, at Amesbury, 
(see) . 

Note 1 — Robert' and his family are briefly set forth in "Old Families of 
Salisbury and Amesbury," by David W. Hoyt, I. 295. 

Note 2 — References in this Book to "Register" mean the New England 
Historic-Genealogical Register of Boston, of which about seventy volumes have 
been published. 

68 The QnmBT Pamilt 


The following is the letter mentioned a few pages back. 
The heroine referred to is Elizabeth (Osgood) Quinby, the 
daughter of William^ Osgood and wife of Robert' Quinby 
of Amesbury. The original letter is preserved in the 
Massachusetts Archives, vol. 69, pp. 141-2. The words 
italicized (in parenthesis) are crossed out in the original. 

Amesbury: 9: 5 mo: 1677 

Sr: Be pleased by these to undrstand yt yestrday be- 
ing ye Sabbath. There was 5 Indians seen by Jno: Hoyt 
Junr follow one another in a strait file upon Thomas 
Haynes's hill & goe into ye bushes & a sixth to follow ye 
five (sixth) : seen by anothr : & in ye Af trnoone one Indian 
wase seen by two off Sergt: Belchers men: & ye last night 
ye Indians weere about ye garison wher Sergt Belchers men 
keep: & Just now there was an Indian seen undr the fence 
creeping towrd Thomas Hayn's towrds ye place where ye: 
men were slain on fry day last: Soe yt wee doe assuredly 
conclude yt Symon & his party are nott Drawne ofif fro 
ye town but evr & ano& shew yms: by one two or some 
few of ym to draw out or weake strength into ym & to cutt 
us off And ye grounds off this or opinion is further con- 
firmed unto us by ye relacn off ye wounded woman: wch 
according to yr desire wee whose names are undrwritten 
tooke fro her mouth: viz: That there were about ten yt 
killed or men, & about twenty yt shee saw in all & yt she 
knew ye most off those yt shee saw iff nott all off them to 
be Indians yt Dwelt formerly here-abouts & att Newbury 
ffalls: although she (m) did nott know all yr names butt 
some shee knew by name: & named Symon: & Pooky John 
formerly soe called now Andrew: & one Jeoffry now called 
Samuel & one named Joseph as she thinks, (wee asked her 
how long it was.) And yt It was Symon yt knockt her on 
ye head, whome when he came to her she desired him 
nott To kill her: why sd he goodwife Quinby: (wch was 
her name) doe you think yt I will kill you? Sd shee be- 
cause you kill all english: sd he I will give Qurtr to nevr 
an english dogg off you all, & gave her a blow on ye head 
whereupon she called him Rogue & threw a stone att him, 
& then he gave her twoe more & settled her for Dead: Wee 

The Quinby Family 69 

Asked whither she was sure yt It was Symon & how long 
It was ere yt she saw him before she Answrd yt about 3 
years since he was att their house with an otter: wch time 
pson & Token Sargt: Samll ffoot, being then att ye house 
doth very well remember & Affirms ye same This Con- 
sidred in Conjunction with Symon's being & living an ap- 
prentisce servant with Goodwife Quinbies father att {dut- 
ing) ye same time yt her selfe also lived with her father 
whose name was Will Osgood seems to confirme unto us 
her perfect knowledg of Simon Which things Considred 
wee Doubt Nott but yt Itt is Symon & his party yt layes 
siege unto or towne Neither Do wee scruple ye womans 
certaine knowledg off Symon Indian. 

further more shee relates yt when Symon was about 
to kill her, & she called to ye garrison: He sayd why doe 
you call to ye Garrison. I will have that too by and by 

This is a faithfull & true relac & acct off or 
present Concernmts fro Sr yr humble servts 

Philip Challis Leift: 
Jeremiah Belcher 
Samell foot 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
Office of the Secretary, Boston, January 24, 1908. 

A true copy. Witness the Great Seal of the Common- 

(Seal.) Wm. M. Olin, Secretary. 

Deed to Robert^ Quinby 

(Norfolk Records. Book 1, L. 106. Ent. & Recorded ye 15 day 
of the 4th Mo. 1660.) 

To all Christian people to whom these presents shall come 
Know Yea, that I, Rodger Eastman of the towne of Salisbury in 
the County of Norfolk, Maschusetts in New England house car- 
penter for divers good and lawful! consideracons mee thereunto 
moveing, but especially in consideracon of sixteen pounds sterling 
by an obligation or bonde under the hands and seals of William 
Osgood of ye towne aforesaid Millwrite and Robert Quenby of ye 
same towne ship carpenter to mee the said Rodger Eastman in 
hand att and before the sealing & delivering of these presents 
bareing even date with these presents and payable according to 
ye tenure therof have given granted alienated bargained sold en- 
foefed and confirmed and by these presents doe fully, clearly, and 
absolutely give, grant, alienate, bargain, sell, enfoefee, and con- 
firm unto the said Robert Quenby one messuage or dwelling house 
with certaine upland thereunto adioyning apperteining and belong- 
ing the same house and land now cituate lying & being within the 

70 The Quinbt Family 

bounds of the township of Salisbury aforesaid uppon ye west side 
of ye Pawwares River the said land conteining by estimacon tenn 
acres more or less lyng with the Northermost side uppon the land 
of William Sargent and with the Southermost side upon ye lane 
leading into the Common; the Estermost end butting uppon the 
street; and the westermost end butting uppon the highway leading 
between the two divisions of planting lotts. To have and to hold 
the said Messuage or dwelling house and and planting ground 
with all the fenceing wood and tymber growing lying or being 
thereuppon with all other rights privilidges & appurtenances in 
any manner or wayes therunto apperteining or belonging unto the 
said Robert Quenby his heires and assignes to the only propper 
use and behoofe of ye said Robert Quenby his heiers and assignes 
forever, And the said Rodger Eastman for himsielfe his heirs, 
executors and assigns doth covenant and promise to, and 
said Robert Quenby his heires and assigns, that the said bar- 
gained prmisses with every part and parcel! thereof is free and 
cleare and freely and clearly acquitted exonerated, discharged from 
all and all manner of former, and other guifts, grants, bargaines, 
sales leases, morgages, joynters, dowers title of dower extents judg- 
ments, execucons, entayles, rents and arrearages, of rents forfeit- 
ures, fines amerciamts and off and from all other titles, trobles, 
charges, demands and incumbrances whatsoever, had, made com- 
itted suffered, omitted or done by the said Rodger Eastman his 
heires and assignes, or by any person, or psons whatsoever law- 
fully clayming for by or under him the said Rodger Eastman his 
heires or assignes forever, And herby doe and shall from time to 
time and att all tyme's, warrantize and maintains the said bar- 
gained premises and every part and parcell thereof against all 
manner of persons whatsoever, haveing clayming, or pretending 
to have any right, title or interest, into ye baiigained premises or 
any part or parcell thereof; And to doe or cause to bee done, 
whatsoever farther act, or acts are by the lawes, of this Jurisdicon 
required to bee acted and done for the farther assuerance and 
firme confirmacon of ye bargained prmisses and ever part and 
parcell thereof: 

In witnesse whereof I the said Rodger Eastman have hereunto sett 
by hand and seale this 28th of Ffebruary one thousand six hun- 
dred fifty eight. 

Signed, sealed & Dd. and 

possession given in ye presence of 

Tho. Bradbury 
Josiah Peirce 
Jno. Cutt 

The X mark of Rodger Eastman with a seale to itt. This 
bill of sale was acknowledged by Rodger Easlman, to bee his act 
& deed & his wiffe Sarah consented thereunto surrendring up hir 
right of dowrie before ye Court held at Salisbury ye lO'th. of the 
2d. Mo. 1660 

As attests Tho. Bkadbubt, Rec. 

The QxnNBY Family 71 

Administration, Estate of Robert Quinby. 

Rnhiij\ 1fi77%^ ^^^It ^r'^^y- ^°^^'* *^d Elizabeth (wife of 
Robert) 1677, Paper No. 1, Amesbury Records.] 

Inventory, estate of Robert Quinbe deed. 

Total £ sh. d. 

114 08 00 

27 Aug. 1677. 

William Carons 
Robert Jons 
Thomas ffowller 

Upon request of Elizabeth Quenby 
Letters of Administration were granted upon 
the estate of Robe;:t Quenby by the Court 
at Hampton 9th, 8th mo. 

Tho. Bradbury, Rec. 

Administration Bond. 
[Paper 2. (abstract)] 

Know all men by these Presents that we Robert Quinbe of 
Amsbry as P'Ciple & Jarvis Ring of Salsberry and Thomas Currier 
of Amsbery as surety in Essex County husbandmen, Province of 
Massachusetts Bay are holden & stands firmly bound unto Bartho: 
Gedney in the sum of two hundred pounds to be pd to Bartholmew 
Gedney Esq. in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Wills & for 
granting letters of administration To the payment whereof we bind 
ourselves, our heirs etc. by these presents Sealed with our Seals 
this 26 day Sept. 1694. The condition of this obligation is such 
that if Robert Quinbee, administrator of the goods etc. of Robert 
Quinbee father of above sd Robert, & Elizabeth Quinbe mother of 
ye above sd. Robert in the County afsd. deed, intestate do make 
an inventory of the Goods, etc. of sd. deed, which shall come to 
knowledge of the administrator, or persons for him, and the same 
do exhibit to the Registers of sd County at or before the 1st 
Tuesday of Jan. next, and the Goods etc which at any time 
thereafter come into possession of the administrator or any person 
for him, 4° administer according to law & make account of said 
administration at or before the 1st Tuesday of January 1695 and 
all residue remaining on administrator's account being examined 
& allowed by the Judge of Probate of Wills, shall deliver and pay 
to such persons as said Judges appoint, and if it shall hereafter 
appear that any last will was made by the decease, the executors 
do exhibit same to the sd Court of Probate, if said administrator, 
do deliver these Letters of Administration (approbation of such 
Testament being first had & made) into the Register's Office of 
sd. County, then this obligation to be void or else remain full 

Signed Sealed Delivered 
John Croadb Robert Quenby 

Joseph Eaton Jabves Ring 

Thomas Currier. 

72 The Quinby Family 

[Paper 3 (abstract)] 

Inventory of the Estate of Robard Quenby and Elizabeth his 
wife both lale of Amsbury in the County of Essex deed, intestate 
as foUoweth as given to us by Robard Quenby son, 48 
Robard Quenby Total amt. 76—19—8 

Apprised by subscribers November 3rd, 1694. 

Jacob Morhill 
Jarves Ring 
Thomas Currier. 

By Hon. Bartho Gedney 

Robert Quinbey Esq. pec. 25, '94 made oath to truth of above 

Attest Steph Sewall Regr. 

Norfolk Records B. 3 Leaf 25. 

This is a true Inventory of y* Estate of Rob* Quenby de- 
ceased as it was prized by us W™ Barnes Rob* Jones Tho: Fowler 
who being chosen by y^ wyfe of Rob* Quenby deceased 

first wee doe prize y^ corne upon y* ground at 

2 wee doe prize ye house & house lott att 

3 wee doe prize six acres of land at Whithorne hill att 

4 wee doe prize his land att burgmore att 

5 wee doe prize his land att burchin hill meadow att 

6 wee doe prize 7 neat Cattle att 

7 wee doe prize 6 swine att 

8 wee do prize 2 mares & a pole att 

9 wee do prize six sheep att 

10 wee do prize ye bedding & household stuff at 

11 we doe prize ten yards of clothe att 

12 wee do finds in debts due to him from ffrancis Davis 

Wee do finde y ' all ye pticulars above written doe come to 
one hundred & fowerteen pound eight shillings. 

This a true account of ye estate of Robt. Quenby deceased 
intestate as it was presented unto us by Elizabeth Quenby his late 
wyfe wc was priced by us according to o^ best light as witnesses 
o« hands ye 27: of August 1677. 

Willi: Barnes 
Robert Jones 
Tho: Ffowleb 

Elizabeth Quenby gave oath to ye truth of this Inventory & 
if more Appeares shee is to p'sent it to ye next Court att Salis- 
bury & to attend ye order of sd Court about ye disposall of sd 
estate — Tho Bradbury rec"* . 

[Paper 4 {abstract)] 

These Presents witnesseth that I William Quinby son of Will- 
iam Quinby late of Almsbury deed, of Essex County, agreed with 
my uncle Robard Quinby of the Town & County above sd who 








































The Quinby Familt 73 

was appointed administrator of the estate of my grandfather 
Kobard Quinby of Almsbury now deed, and it appearing by a 
paper bearing date Dec. 24, 1694 that the part belonging to my 
father was 2-3 of the Homestead & one pound three shillings in 
moveables, upon transfer to said William of certain land together 
with all fell trees upon it, belonging to it and all privileges be- 
longing I do acquitt and discharge my uncle Robard Quinby of 
and from all that might be due unto my father William Quinby 
late of Almsbury as his portion of estate of my grandfather Robard 

In witness I set my hand 21 day, 2nd month 1713. 

Jarves Rowell William Quenbt 

Jacob Mobrill John Clarke 

Upon request of Elizabeth Quenby administration was granted 
her by the County Court held at Hampton 9th Oct. 1677. 

Tho: Bradbury, rec. 
True copy as attests Tho: Bradbury, rec. 

[Paper 5 (abstract)] 

To the Honored Judge of Probate Bartholomew Gidney A Squ« - 
This may certify concerning the division of the estate of Rob- 
ert Quenby of Almsbury and his wife Elizabeth deed, is as fol- 

William Quenby's part being 2-3 of homestead and one pound 
three shillings in moveables. 

John Quenby's part being Bugmore Lott and ye ox: Thomas 
Quenby's part being white thorne hill lott and twenty shillings 
moveables; Philip Quenby's and Joseph's parts Burchin Meadow 
Lott, Lydia the daughter to be pd nine pounds out of moveables 
to be paid by the administrator upon demand; Robart the ad- 
ministrator of estate to have the remainder part of estate, this 
agreement was made by us the children, & subscribed by us chil- 
dren 24 Dec. 1694. 

John Quenby 
Philip Quenby 
Thomas Quenby 
Joseph Quenby 
Witness Robert Queenby 

Jacob Morrill 
Jarves Ring 
Thomas Currier 

[No. 5 (4 marked 5) (abstract)] 

These presents witnesseth that I Joseph Quenby of the Town 
of Amesbury, Essex County, Mass. Bay N. E. do aquit and dis- 
charge my brother Robart Quenby of the same town County and 
Province from all demands dues etc. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand 

Dated July 19, 1711. 

Witness Joseph Quenby 

Benjamin Currier 
Thomas Currier 

74 The Quinbt Familt 

[Marked 5 {abstract)] 

Received of my brother Robbart Quinby administrator of the 
estate of our father and mother Robbart and Elizabeth Quinby 
deed, to say that that pari of estate which fell to my right which 
is one-half of land called Burchim Meadow Lott received by me 
Phillip Quinby in full satisfaction as my part of my father's and 
mother's estate heard by both for myself, heirs^ etc., have forever 
quitclaim and discharged my above named brother Robbart Quin- 
by his heirs etc. from ever laying claim on any part of the above 
mentioned estate in witness whereof I have set my hand. All 
these sometime of Amesbury. Dated Jan. 16, 1699. 

Philip Quinby. 

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us, Jarvis Ring, Thomas 

Philip Quinby above mentioned and subscribed appeared and 
acknowledged this receipt and writing to be his, dated 23 Jan. 
1698, before me Robert Pike, J. P. 

[5 (4) No. 5] 

Received of my brother Robbart Quinby administrator to sd 
estate of our father and mother Robbart & Elizabeth Quinby 
deed, to say that part of estate which according to agreement fell 
to my right which is a lott of land commonly called Bugsmore 
lott received by me, received by me John Quinby in satisfaction 
of my father's and mother's estate, I do for myself my heirs etc 
forever quitclaim etc. my above sd brother Robart Quinby, his 
heirs etc. from ever claiming etc. any part of above mentioned 
estate Witness I hereunto subscribe my hand affix my seal Ames- 
bury Jan. 16, 1699-10. 

Signed, sealed and delivered, in presence of us, Jarves Ring, 
Thomas Ffraime. ^ 

John Quinby 

John Quinby above subscribed personally appeared and owned 
the above to be his by hand and date 23 Jan. 1698. 

before me Robert Pike, J. P. 

Note — Between the ancient scrivener and the modem copyist, the two papers 
above seem to be a hash. 

3. John 2 (William^) born in England about 161 — ; 
probably arrived at Salem, Mass., in 1638; was at Strat- 
ford, Connecticut, with his father from certainly 1639, till 
he moved to Weatchester, N. Y., about 1660. He was 
said by a great-great-grandson to have been an officer in 
the King's Army at the time Cromwell overthrew the 
Government, and fled to America at that time; but that 
took place in 1649. He was a member of the committee 
on schools and of the committee to fill a vacancy in the 
pulpit of Westchester. He with Edward Jessup repre- 
sented the town of Westchester in 1665, at the First New 
York Assembly at Hempstead, convened by Governor Rich- 
ard NicoUs, of the towns of Westchester county and Long 

The Quinbt Family 75 

Island. He was a member of the first Congregational 
church of Westchester. He was one of six magistrates 
appointed in 1662 by Governor Stuyvesant. Their juris- 
diction was hmited to the affairs of their own town and it 
was expressly set forth that they should have no authority 
over dark and dubious matters, especially witchcraft." 
(21 Albany Rec. 233-8). 

"This Court doth accept of the town of Westchester 
as a member of this corporation, being rece'd and accepted 
as such by o'r Councill formerly. This Court doth de- 
clare that all the land between the-sayd West Chester and 
Stanford also, doth belong to the Colony of Connecticut. 
Tho: Hunt, John Quinby, Rob. Hiiested, Nicholas Bayley, 
Rich: Ponton, Smll Mills are accepted to be made free 
(i. e., admitted as 'freemen' by taking the oath, etc.) ac- 
cording to order of court." (Colonial Records of Con- 
necticut, 1638-65; Hartford, Brown Parsons, 1850). 

John Quinby, With four other persons, was a patentee 
of Westchester in 1667. In 1673 New York surrendered 
to the Dutch and later, upon the return of the English, the 
patent was confirmed to the same trustees. 

S^id Charles F. Jenkins in the Doylestown (Pa.) In- 
telligencer (2 July, 1891): "As Westchester was settled by 
Puritans from Connecticut in 1654, among whom were 
William and John Quinby, provisions were early made for 
the establishment of religion according to the Independent 
or Congregational order. William and John Quinby were 
members of this church. Part of John Quinby's duty as 
magistrate was that of procuring a suitable minister when 
there was a vacancy." 

In 1662, upon the nomination of town officers the in- 
habitants of the town of Westchester addressed the Gov- 
ernor as follows: "Right Honorable Lord Governor of the 
New Netherlands, Lord Stevensone, We, the inhabitants 
of the towns, do heare present our choice unto your honor, 
for the establishing of magistrates for the ensuing year; 
these may give your honor for to understand what the 
towns choyce is as foUoweth, namely: William Betts, Rob- 
ert Huestis, John Quinby, Edward Waters, Nicholas Bayly, 
Thomas Vaille, East Towne, Feb. 11, 1662." (XX. Alb. 
Rec. 51). (Bolton's History of Westchester county, N. Y. 
ed. 1881, II. 280). 

The difficulties between the English province of Con- 
necticut and the Dutch province of New Netherlands con- 
tinued to increase until the subjugation of the latter by 
the British forces under Governor Richard NicoUs, Aug. 

76 The Quinby Family 

27th, 1664, says Bolton, (II. 286). He continues by set- 
ting forth in full a document dated 15 June, 1664, by which 
the inhabitants of Westchester town recognized the title 
of their lands in Thomas Pell; this was signed by John 
Quinby, first, followed by the signatures of sixteen others. 
The following day Pell signed an agreement on the same 
paper "that the inhabitants might enjoy the present im- 
provements of Their Labors, Their home Lotts and plant- 
ing grounds with what meadows were in times past laid 
out to each man's particular to mow for this yeare," etc. 

When Governor Richard NichoUs convened an As- 
sembly from the towns of Long Island and Westchester to 
meet at Hempstead, 1 Mar. 1665, John Quinby and Edward 
Jessup appear as deputies from the town of Westchester. 
(Albany Records, General Entries, 1664-5, p. 96; see Dun- 
lap's History of New York; II. Bolton, 296). 

"August 6th, 1665. We, whose names are under- 
written, doe jointly agree to set to our hands to send the 
eight townsmen to Governor NicoUs, to stand by them in 
what they doe in that particular, for the settlement of the 
towne." The names signed to this document are thirteen 
in number, headed by that of William^ Quinby. 

The records of the trials held in New Amsterdam, now 
New York, have been published under civic authority. 
Vol. V. contains the minutes of the Court of Burgomasters 
and Schepens for 1664-6. At p. 314 is this very full ac- 
count of a civil trial in which John Quinby was mentioned: 
"November 14, 1665, at a Court; Present, Mr. Corn: V: 
Ruyven, deputy major, Mr. Olof StevenS) Mr. Johannes V: 
Brugh, Mr. John Laurence, Aldermen; Mr. AUard Anthony, 
Sheriff. Mr. John Laurence, pltf. vs. Denys Isaacksen, 
deft. Pltf. sets forth in his declaration, that there is due 
him from the deft, a balance of the sum of fl. 14:16. and 
that deft, has treated him, pltf., very rudely, pushing and 
threatening him as more fully appears by his declaration 
and that of John Quimby. 

Deft, says, that his wife agreed with pltf., that if she 
brought two good beavers, the said sum should be then 
erased, and he would in addition pay her 10 lbs. of butter, 
which pltf. now refuses: he denies further that he either 
pushed or threatened pltf. but says that pltf. and above 
named Quimby have pushed and beaten him repeatedly." 
After a reply and rejoinder, follows this judgment: The 
Mayor and Aldermen having heard the parties, condemn 
the defendant, first, to pay the plaintiff two good whole 
beavers, and order the plaintiff to give him ten lbs. of 

The Quinbt Family 77 

butter according to the agreement; and that the defendant 
shall further pay for this time, on account of his unbecom- 
ing behaviour a fine of "6 guilders zewant" for the church, 
together with the costs incurred in the suit. 

In 1667 Governor NicoUs executed a patent dated Feb. 

13, granting unto John Quinby, followed by four others 

'as patentees" for and on behalf of themselves and their 

associates, the free holders and inhabitants of ye said town. 

"Upon the 13th Sept. 1669, we find a special warrant 
addressed to Thomas Pell for unjustly keeping from Mr. 
Thomas Richbell a certain parcel of meadow ground on 
one of the three necks at Mamaroneck." This litigation 
between the patentees had been already going on for at 
least ten years. 

"Upon the 20th of January, 1671, a commission was 
appointed, consisting of Capt. Dudley Lovelace, Capt. 
Jaques Cortelyou, Mr. Elias Doughty, Capt. Richard Pon- 
ton and Mr. John Quinby, to view ye bounds in difference 
between Mr. Pell and Mr. Richbell." Five days later "an 
amicable composure of ye difference" was set forth in an 
order duly made. 

John^* Quinby appears in 1672 in the proceedings in 
the estate of Asher Levy as owing seven guilders (New 
York county Surrogate's records, liber B. 19, Wills). 

In 1673 the province of New York surrendered to the 
Dutch, and after a few years the English again achieved 
control. Governor Dongan thereupon granted a new and 
confirmatory patent, under date 6 Jan. 1686, to John 
Quinby and the others as patentees, etc. Bolton sets these 
patents out in full, spelling John's surname invariably with 
an m, on pages 287-290, vol. II. 

The records of deeds of Westchester county at White 
Plains have been laboriously searched deed by deed by 
Mr. Arthur Haviland, down through vol. E for any Quinby 
as witness to these early instruments, there being of course 
no index to the names of witnesses. The earliest docu- 
ment witnessed by John^ Quinby is where he and Thomas 
Baxter witnessed an assignment of John Pallmar of West- 
chester to John Hunt of a "bill of sale" by Samuel Barrett 
to Hunt of two home-lots on the highway of the town of 
Westchester, dated 3-12-1677 and recorded 9-25-1686 (bk. 
A, p. 104). There had been earlier recorded a separation 
deed between Edward and Martha T. Hubbard, recorded 
4-7-1686 (bk. A, p. 73). John Quinby and Arthur Bell 
witnessed a deed of John Hunt of Westchester to Henry 
Gardner, 2-9-1682 (bk. A, p. 126); John Quinby and Robert 

78 The Qthnby Family 

Hustiss were witnesses to a deed of Thomas Vaile of West- 
chester, 3-7-1678 (bk. B, p. 395). 

It is an especially interesting fact, shown in book C, 
p. 6, that among those signing the oath of allegiance to 
King William in Westchester c'ounty were the two John 
Quinbys and Josiah' Quinby, the former two of the town 
of Westchester and the last of Mamaroneck. The date 
does not appear in this ancient book, now well over two 
centuries old, but from the dates of records preceding and 
following, the time must have been between the first day 
of 1698 and the first of May, 1699. 

In 1684, at a town meeting held at Westchester town, 
2 April of that year, it was resolved: 

"That the Justices and Vestryman of Westchester, 
Eastchester and Yonckers, do accept of Mr. Warham 
Mather, as our minister for one whole year, and that he 
shall have sixty pounds, in country produce at money 
price, for his salary, and that he shall be paid every quarter. 
Done in behalf of the Justices aforesaid. Signed by us, 
John Quinby, John Baley, Joseph Hunt, John Burkbee." 

John* Quinby's wife's name was Deborah. It seems 
certain that her surname was Haight. It is so given in the 
Dodd MS. and in the article on the Quinbys in the Found- 
ers and Builders of the Oranges; but certainly the latter 
cannot be considered authoritative. 

Through the careful search by Mr. Haviland of the West- 
chester county records we learn that the first recorded instrument 
to which John' Quinby was a partty was a deed dated 8-8-1685, 
from John and Sarah Turner of Westchester town (vol. A, p. 37) 
to John Quinby, Sr., yeoman, of the same town, which conveyed 
a parcel of land on the westerly side of the Bronx river, bounded 
northerly to that river by the highway, and easterly on one side 
by the same river and southerly by the lot of John Quinby, Sr., ad- 
joining thereunto being called the "sixth draft," and westerly by 
the highway both northerly and westerly within the bounds of 
Westchester; the lot so conveyed is called the "seventy draft," 
evidently referring to the original drawing of the lots; as the 
original lot of John Quinby was called the sixth draft, it seems 
that this lot adjoining must have been the seventh, not the 

Under the same date, 8-8-1685 (bk. A, p. 42) is the record of 
the transfer of a cow and some sheep transferred to John Turner 
for the parcel of land bought by John Quinby, Sr. 

The next recorded deed is of 7-26, 1693, (vol. B, p. 154) 
whereby John Quinby, Sr., and Deborah, his wife, "living in the 
town and county of Westchester" sold to Israel Honeywell one 
and a half acre in the town of Westchester, "salt meadow, situated 
at the rear of the house lot which was formerly Samuel Palmers, 
butting southerly to the Town Bridge, and northerly to the mea- 
dow which was formerly the said Palmer's." 

The QxnNBT Family 79 

In 1697-8, John Quinby, Sr., and Deborah his wife, and John 
Quinby, Jr., and Annah his wife, all of the borough and town of 
Westchester, sold the home lot of five acres and privileges to 
Erasmus Alton, who had married Elizabeth, daughter of John, Sr. 
Erasmus wrote on the deed (bk. B, p. 393) a promise " that I nor 
my heirs shall have right belonging to the said home lot which I 
bought of my brother John Quinby, Jr." The meaning of this is 
somewhat obscure. The deed of 3-4-1698 (B, 393) mentioned 
above from John Quinby Sr. and Deborah, to Israel Honeywell 
sells "all that £25 privilege with the rights thereunto belonging 
situate within the borough and town of Westchester." The deed 
of the home lot was by John, Jr. and Annah. 

From deeds from Josiah and Mary of 9-21-1709 (bk. D, p. 33) 
it appears that the home lot of John Quinby, Sr., at Westchester 
town was bounded north by the common sheep pasture, south by 
land formerly of Erasmus Alton, east by the highway that leads 
to the town landing or mill and west by the sheep common. A 
second deed (10-3-1710, bk. D, p. 93) of Josiah and Mary refers 
to "my father John Quinby lately deceased," so John' Quinby 
died 1709-10. 

Children of John" and Deborah (Haight) Quinby: 

8. I. John' Quinby, born 1651 (see); 

9. II. Charles' Quinby, died intestate before 1705 at 

Westchester town; 
10. III. Josiah' Quinby, born 166-? (see); 
IV. Maby' Quinby; 

The foregoing are named by Savage in the Gen- 
ealogical Dictionary and by Bolton in his history; one of 
them, says Savage, was born at Stratford, Connecticut. 
Probably the others were born in Westchester county. 
Dodd's MS. also mentions: 

V. Deborah' Quinby, born 2 Apr. 1659, at Stratford, 
Conn., the only Quinby item on the town record 
as printed in Cothren's "Ancient Woodbury," 
(III. 673). In an ancient MS. in the possession 
of Col. Ira* Quinby, of Morris, N. Y., the list of 
children is given as John, Jr., Josiah, Charles; also: 

11 VI David' Quinby (born perhaps 165-6-); 

The records of Westchester county deeds also show 

another daughter: 

VII Elizabeth' Quinby, married Erasmus Alton of 
Westchester town before 1698 and lived on her 
father's home lot. 

Note 1-For some reason Dodd MS. does not identify t^i^ J°j>'j' J^j'" 
liam^) as the one who fathered the John' who married Anne Kia^Btadt, on the 
contrary it says: "John^ Quinby of EngUsh descent f^^d Deborah daugh- 
ter of Charl^ Townley (son or grandson of J^^^^) ^^^ ^'^tr.fv^ Kierstea/ 
who married Anna Kierstead, daughter of Hance and Sarah (Janty) K^erstead 
They had I. Sarah' Quinby; II. Anna' Qmnby; III. John' Quinby born 1686 

80 The Qdinbt Family 

at Wampus pond," etc. (see John' herein). And all this in spite of the fact that 
Dodd states that the ^rife of John* (John^, William^) was named Anne, and 
that he knows nothing further of him. A tradition of the Westchester fam- 
ily today is that their "immigrant ancestor married J^ne, daughter of John 

Note 2 — Orcutt's Stratford gives the birth of Deborah' as 20 Apr. 

Note 3 — Martha' Quinby may have been another daughter; she married 
13 May, 1683, Hope, son of Kichard Chapman of Braintree, Mass., who had 
removed to Stonington, Conn.; they removed later to Stratford, Conn., where 
Hope "denounced" Martha in his will; they had a son Richard. There was a 
Quinley family early at Stonington. 

The Quinbt Family 81 


4. William" (Robert'') was born at Salisbury in Massa- 
chusetts 11 June, 1660, and as a young child went to live 
in the adjoining town of Amesbury. He took the oath of 
allegiance 20 Dec. 1677, at Amesbury before Maj. Robert 
Pike (VI. Register, 202); was a member of the training 
band in 1680, and in that year his name appears 10:3 mo. 
in a petition to the General Court from Amesbury in rela- 
tion to a military officer. (18 Register, 76). His wife's 
given name was Sarah. He was "living in 1700," being 
mentioned in his grandfather Osgood's will; but the order 
appointing his brother Robert' as guardian of his property 
is dated 26 Sept. 1694, and begins: "William Quinby, 
being lately taken or killed by the Indians, his death not 
made certain." The accompanying inventory, appraised 
by Jacob Morrill, Jarvis Ring and Thomas Currier amount- 
ed to over £75. Administration was finally granted to 
Robert' on William's estate' 11 June, 1705. Benjamin 
Eastman and Samuel Joy of Salisbury went on Robert's 
bond. At that time William would have been forty-five 
years old, if living; Robert was probably several years 
younger. The inventory of 1705 which follows, is by 
Philip and iJaniel Rogers and is appraised by Samuel Joy 
and Benjamin Eastman at £15 : 16sh. There is nothing 
on record refeBring to the discrepancy and it may be an 
error of the copyist. From the administration papers, 
which are here set forth in full, as well as from other 
records, it appears that the children of William' and Sarah 
Quinby were: 

I. Elizabeth* Quinby, bom 6 Mar. 1689, at Ames- 
12. II. William* Quinby, born 8 Oct. 1693 (see) 

Records of William Quinby 
(Court records, Salem, Mass , envelope 23165, William Quin- 
bee, paper 1 abstract) Know all men by these presents, That we 
Robert Quinbee of Almsbury as principal and Benja Easman & 
Samiiell Joy of Salisbury in Essex county as Sureties of Massa- 
chusetts Bay, New England, are holden and firmly bound to John 
Appleton, Esq., Judge of the Court for the Probate of Wills and 
granting administration in the county of Essex, in the full sum of 


82 Tbo! Quinbt Pamilt 

seventy pounds, current money of New England, to be paid to 
said Appleton, Judge, and his successors in sd office; to payment 
whereof we do bind ourselves and our heirs executors, etc., firmly 
by these presents. Sealed with our Seals June 11, 1705. 

The condition of this obligation is such that if the above 
bounden Robt. Quinbee, administrator of all the Goods and chat- 
tels, etc., of the estate of William Quinbee late of Almsbury deed., 
intestate, do make inventory of all the goods, etc. of the sd dec'd. 
which shall come to the hands, etc. of the administrator or other 
persons for him and the same do exhibit into the Registry of the 
Court of Probate of Essex county at or before the first Monday 
of June next and the same of all goods etc. of the sd deceased 
which at time of his death or any other time shall come into the 
possession of the administrator or any persons for him and do 
make a true accompt of his sd administration upon oath at or before 
the first Monday in July, 1705, and all the rest of sd goods etc. 
found remaining upon sd administrators account, the same being 
examined and allowed by the Judges for the time being for the 
Probate of Wills and granting of administration in the county of 
Essex, shall pay to such persons as said Judges by decree pursuant 
to law shall appoint; and if it shall hereafter appear that any last 
will or testament was made hy the deceased and the executors do 
exhibit the same to the Court of Probate for Essex county, mak- 
ing request to have it allowed, if sd administrator do render said 
letters of administration (Approbation of said testament being 
first made) unto the Court before-written, then the above written 
obligation to be void and of none effect; otherwise to abide and 
be in full force and virtue. Robert Quenby, Ben Easman, Samuel 

Administration Papers, William' Quinby 

(Essex County Probate, Salem, Mass., envelope 23164). Will- 
iam Quinbey. Inventory of estate of William Quenby given in 
to us the subscribers by Robart Quenby the next elder brother. 

amts 07 00 00 

05 00 00 

(items omitted in this copy) 02 05 00 


04 00 00 
00 10 00 

05 00 00 
04 00 00 
03 15 00 
03 00 00 
02 00 00 
36 10 00 

Apprized by us Jacob Morrill, Jarves Ring, Thomas Currier 
Before ye Hono. Ct. Bartho Gedney Esq. Sept. 26, 1694, William 
Quinbey, being lately taken or killed by ye Indians, his death not 
yet made certain and Robert Quinbey, his brother presenting ye 
above as a true Inventory of estate and alleging there are two 
small children of sd William Quinbey's that need to be cared for 
ye sd Robert is therefore appointed to take care of said estate 
that it be not Imbezeld, till further order Steph: Sewall Regr. 











The QtJiNBY Familt 83 

(Essex county, paper 3) John Appleton Judge of the Probate 
of Wills etc. in sd county of Essex to Robert Quinbee of Alms- 
bury, Administrator of the estate of William Quinbee, late of sd 
Almsbury Deed, sendeth Greeting. 

Whereas complaint hath been by Josiah Clark of Ipswich 
Creditor tq estate of ye sd deed, for keeping one of ye children 
of ye sd deed, and you keeping ye estate in yor hands and ren- 
dering no account of yor administration on sd estate wherefore 
you are hereby required in her Magesti. Name to make your 
personal appearance before ye sd judge on Monday next at ye 
house of Mr. Ffrancis Crumpton Innholder in sd Ipswich at twelve 
o'clock then and there to render an account of your management 
of ye estate of sd deceased, since you took administration of sd 
estate. Thereof fail not as you will ensure your default and ex- 
pect ye prosecution of ye bonds. Dated: Ipswich 4 June, 1705 
Daniel Rogers Regr. To Constable of Almsbury Prese & make 
your return. 

Sealed and delivered in presence of us, Philip Ffouler, Daniel 

(Paper No. 2) Inventory of the estate of Wilem Qumby late 
of Armsbury deed. 

itt To his stock and two cows 09 

itt To five sheep and two lambs 01 

itt To household stuff 03 

itt To his interest in his father's lands 16 

itt To fifteen bushels of corn 01 

Apprised June 11, 1705, Ben Easman, Samuell Joy. 

Paper No. 3 (2) Robert Quinbe acco. of administration on 
William Quinbe Estate of Almsbury Deed. 

June 11, 1705. The said Estate Credr 

L 8. d 

Pr. Real Estjate as Pr. Inventory 16 00 

Pr. Personal Estate as Pr. Ditto 15 lo " 

The said Estate Debr 
To bond and Letter of administration 
To inventory and letter 
To recording ye account n ^ 

To allowing yte account u o u 

Allowed by administrator for bringing up William 

son of sd deed besides income of ye estate 07 lO u 

Allowed Josiah Clarke for bringing up Eliza daugh- 

ier of sd deceased before ye cow already re- 4 UU u 

ceived 2 5 

To Clark per a cow 4 

To a Quietafe „ , • „ ;„ 

Allowed ye admr for travell and expences since in ^ 

sd Court _ 

16 6 
Robert Quenby, Admr. 
Sworn and allowed June ye 11, 1705. 

NoTE-It i8 probable that the copyist, perhaps through the condition of 
the papers, has not copied the figures exactly. 

90 7 6 
2 6 

84 The Quinby Family 

5. Robert' (Robert^) was born probably about 1662-3 
at Salisbury, Massachusetts; he is the only one of his 
father's eight children whose birth date is not found on the 
town records. He was evidently a soldier at one time, for 
he is called Sergeant in his administration papers. He was 
one of the five constables, for 18 Oct. 1708, he with the 
other four were "ordered prosecuted for not making up 
their accounts according to law." (Merrill's History of 
Amesbury, p. 159). He was allotted a seat in the meeting 
house, 1699 {id. 142). 

When his elder brother William' disappeared about 
1694, Robert took charge of his estate and of the two in- 
fants, who were a girl of five and a boy of one year. In 
1705 the neighbors got after him to account for his broth- 
er's good's, which apparently he did satisfactorily; and was 
appointed administrator by the court. In 1713, however, 
the court appointed Josiah Clark as guardian for the boy, 
William^. It is probable that the girl, Elizabeth^, had 
died by that time, as no record of her is to be found after 
1705. Robert died after a long illness, if the large charge 
of Dr. Bradstreet, the amount of which was fixed after 
Robert's death and paid by the administrator, indi- 
cates it. He died early in 1715, for 6 June of that year 
administration on his estate was granted to Joseph S his 
eldest son. Joseph had presented his inventory 7 Apr. 
1715, showing an estate valued at £198 : 4sh. of which 
£119 was in real estate. ,His widow, Mary (maiden name 
unknown) survived him. Children, born at Amesbury: 

13. I. Joseph* Quinby, born (perhaps about 1683-4) (see); 
II. John* Quinby, born 2 Dec. 1686; died 28 Dec. 1686; 

III. Mary* Quinby, born 11 Oct. 1687; died 12 Dec. 

14. IV. Benjamin* Quinby, born 10 Jan. 1689 (see); 

V. Hannah* Quinby, born 23 Aug. 1692; married 12 
Jan. 1713-4 at Amesbury, John', son of Thomas' 
and Rachel (Barnes) Sargent; 
VI. Anne* Quinby, born 23 May, 169S; married at 
Amesbury, 1 Jan. 1716-17, Joseph', son of Thom- 
as' and Susannah (Guilford) Jewell. 

Records of Robert^ Quinby 

(Salem Court records, envelope 23, 161 Robert Quinbee, 
paper No. 1 abstract). Know all men by these Presents that we 
Joseph Quinbee as principal and Jacob Rowell and Job Rowell as 
sureties, all of Almsbury, Essex county, are holden and stand firmly 
bound unto John Appleton, Esq., Judge of the Probate of Wills 
and Granting administration in the county of Essex in the sum 
of two hundred pounds, to be paid to sd Judge his successors etc. 

The QuiNBT Family 85 

to the payment thereof we bind ourselves our heirs etc. firmly by 
these presents. Sealed with our Seals. Dated June 6, 1715. 

The condition of this obligation is such that if the above 
bounden Joseph Quinbee elder son of and administrator of the 
goods and chattels of the estate etc. of his father Robert Quinbee 
late of Almsbury deed, do make inventory of all the goods etc, 
and the same do administer according to law and do make a true 
accompt of his sd administration upon oath, at or before tihe first 
Monday in December, 1715, etc., then the above written obliga- 
tion to be of none effect, otherwise to abide and be in full force 
and virtue. Joseph Quinbee, Jacob Rowell, Job Rowell. 

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us Robert Wood- 
bery, Danll Rogers. 

(Paper 2) Inventory of the estate of Sargent Robart Quenby 
late of Amesbury, deed, given in by Joseph Quenby his son. Apr. 
7, 1715 (the inventory then follows). Total £198 04 00 

Apprized by us this 10 May, 1715, Ben Easman, Jacob Morrill 

(Paper 3) Rec'd of Joseph Quenby administrator to estate of 
Robart Quenby late of Almsbury deed, one pound two shillings, 
tenpence 20 Nov. 1715, Per me J. Brown. 

Joseph Quinbey administrator of the estate of Robart Quinby 
late of Almsbury deed, his accott. of administration and disburse- 

To myself and two bondsmen to take administration, 

For letter and administration and bond 

Inventory and prisors 

To Thomas Wells money paid 

To William Moulton money paid 

To Joseph Brown money paid 

To Dr. Bradstreet 

To funeral charge 03 08 9 

To John Ring 

To Samll CoUby 

To Jonathan Blasdell 

My own time and expense, gathering and paying of 

debts charge in administration 5 

(Paper 3 (2) ) Essex Co. Dec. 5, 1715, Account administra- 
tion on Robt. Quinbee of Almsbry exhibited Pr. Joseph Quinbee 

The sd estate credr 

By real Estate as Pr. Inventory 119 00 

By personal as Pr. ditto 79 03 

The sd estate Dr. 

To Thos. Wells 11 06 2^ 

To William Moulton 00 08 

To Joseph Brown 01 02 10 

To John Ring 00 02 8 

To Samll Coleby 00 06 3 

To Jona Blasdell 00 03 

To Do Bradstreet 0^ 1^ I 

To Do Hale 00 10 













The Quinbt Family 

To Several 

To Thos Bean 

To Bond Adm. & Inventory 

To Journey, Bonds, to get power & expenses 

To Allowed for fine trouble & expenses and Inven- 
tory Charges an extro. chgs. 

To Journey to exhibit Inventory Bonds acct. and ex- 

To comparing, recording, allowing accts. 

To Dividing Estate 

To a Quietus 

Several Creditt 


Widow Mary 

Each "1 


79 03 

28 05 09 

50 19 03 

39 13 4 



03 08 9 

00 05 6 

00 10 

00 15 

03 10 

02 00 

00 09 

00 05 

00 04 

28 05 9 

13 11 

6. John* (Robert") was born 7 Sept. 1665, at Salis- 
bury, Mass. He married first, Mary, daughter of Thomas 
and Sarah (Clement) Mudgett who was born at Salisbury, 
Mass., 30 Apr. 1667; she was the widow of Abraham 

The date of the marriage of John and Mary is on the 
Salisbury town book, but is illegible; it might perhaps be 
approximated by comparing the adjoining records; (see 
Historic-Genealogical Register, Jan. 1912, p. 89, which dis- 
cusses the record of John Quinby's marriage). The year 
was probably 1687. Mary (Mudgett) Quinby died 17 Aug. 
1710. John Quinby married second, Elizabeth, daughter 
of Samuel Hyde or Hides, of Newton, at Watertown, 
Mass., 1 May, 1713. John died at Newton, 1717, and 
administration was granted to his widow Elizabeth 9 July, 
1717. Among the receipted bills filed is the following: 
"Received of Sam. Hides, Sr., the sum of nine shillings in 
full of what was due for his son John Quinby's coffin. I 
say received by me. John Spring." John Quinby's widow 
Elizabeth married second, Francis Blandon. Children of 
John* and Mary (Mudgett) Quinby, born at Salisbury: 

15. I. John* Quinby, born 8 July, 1688 (see); 

16. II. Jehemiah* Quinby, born 24 Aug. 1689 (see); 

The QmNBT Family 87 

\l' Wr" ^^'^^^^^'QuiNBY, born 13 May, 1691 (see); 

18. IV. David* Quinbt, born 19 July, 1693; 

J,' °*^*«* Quinbt, born 31 Mar. 1695; 

in ttVt ?o»=st« Quinby, born 13 Dec. 1701 (see); 

o, x7r\r Jonathan « Quinby, born 12 June, 1704 (see); 

21. »V11I. Jacob* Quinby, born 13 Mar. 1706-7; at the age of 

16, Jacob seems to have got to Falmouth (now 
Portland, Me.) and became a soldier in Col. Thos. 
Westbrook's regiment; Col. Westbrook reported, 2 
June, 1724, Jacob Quinby as deceased 24 Mar. 
1723. (72 Mass. Archives, 177, 45 Register 218) 
Jacob's brother Jethro also got to Falmouth later 
on, it would appear, and got into trouble there; 

22. IX. Jethbo* Quinby; according to the records he was 

born 27 Nov. 1710; evidently, however, either this 
date or that of his mother's death is wrong (see). 
Note — Much of interest about 6 John' is reserved for another volume. 

7. Joseph' (Robert^) born 5 Mar. 1675-6 at Salisbury, 
Mass. He married about 1700, Elizabeth*, daughter of 
Samuel' and Elizabeth (Jones) Getchell. She probably 
died before Nov. 1722. Joseph' for second wife, married 
10 Dec. 1724, Mrs. Anne (Hadlock), widow of Philip' 
Greeley. Joseph died 23 Mar. 1736. The records show 
that Anna Quinby, unidentifiable except as Joseph's widow, 
married 2 Oct. 1755, Jeremiah Eastman at Kensington, 
N. H. Joseph Quinby with his son Philip, Capt. Thomas 
Meekins and others of Amesbury, were grantees of New 
Amesbury, now Warner, N. H., 7 Oct. 1736, and 23 June, 
1738. The children of Joseph' and Elizabeth (Getchell) 
Quinby, born at Amesbury: 

I. Dorothy* Quinby, born 7 Dec, 1700; married Joseph 
Eastman 16 June, 1724, at Salisbury Second 
church, (Hoyt, 456; 24 Sep. 1724, 21 Register, 232). 
She was baptised into the covenant at the same 
church, 4 Feb. 1728. She and her husband joined 
with Philip* Quinby and with Mary Drisco of 
New Meadows, York county, in a deed of land in 
SaHsbury 24 Oct. 1737; 

23. II. Philip* Quinby, born 18 Nov. 1703 (see); 

III. Katharine* Quinby, born 30 June, 1706; married 

1731 at Brookfield, Mass., Josiah Barrett, and was 
living at Hardwick, Mass., in 1740; 

IV. Eleanor* Quinby, born 15 July, 1708; she ack- 

nowledged the covenant and was baptised into 
Salisbury Second church, 26 June, 1726. She 
married John Davis, and was living at Brookfield, 
Mass., in 1737; 

Note— The Getchell Genealogy as published in LXIII. Register, 266, says 
that the above Elizabeth Getchell married Philip Quinby, which is contrary to 
the evidence. Elizabeth's sister Mary married John Drisco. 

88 The Quinby FAMiiiT 

V. Maht* Quinby, born 16 Mar. 1712 (Amesbury rec.) 
Mary Quinby married David*, son of Lieut. 
Thomas' and Elizabeth (Huntington) Hoyt, born 
27 Oct. 1709, at Amesbury. (I. Hoyt, 209). 

8. John* (John^, William^) was born probably at 
Stratford, Connecticut, in 1651, says Plume's MSS. He 
married 1680 Anne or Annah, daughter of Hance and Sarah 
(Janty) Kierstadt, born 1651; they had: 

24. I. John* Quinby, "born 1686 at Wampus pond" 

(NorthCiastle), Westchester county, N. Y. (see); 
II. Sarah* Quinby; 
III. Anne* Quinby. 

John' removed to Westchester county, N. Y., with his 
parents about 1660. 

From Mr. Haviland's search of Westchester county 
records we find that the earliest real estate transaction to 
which John Quinby, Jr., was a party is of 10-1-1697, (bk. 
B, p. 378^), a deed by him with his wife "Annah," both 
of the county and town of Westchester, to his brother 
Erasmus Alton, of the "home lot of five acres" in the 
town of Westchester, "bounded northerly by the orchard 
of John Quinby (Sr.?), easterly by the common land over 
against Israel Hun well's; southerly by the common along- 
side the highway; westerly also by the common land." 

John, Jr. is mentioned in 1705 as having been made 
administrator of the estate of Charles Quinby, his brother. 
Evidently there was some dispute between him and his 
brother Josiah' regarding the estate, for a curious docu- 
ment was recorded by the latter, reading as follows: 

"Westchester county: To me Benjamin Collier, clerk 
of the county whereas John Quinby, Junior, of the borough 
and town of Westchester, was made administrator of the 
movable estate of Charles Quinby of the same place, de- 
ceased, who died intestate. These are therefore to desire 
you, Benjamin Collier, Clerk of the county of Westchester, 
not to record any deed or writing concerning any lands or 
houses, meadows or any real estate which did formerly be- 
long or was in the possession of the said Charles Quinby 
in his life time, and I shall give you security into your said 
offices according as the laws directs. Josiah Quinby. Enter 
this as a caveat. Entered this first day of January, 1705. 
Benjamin Collier, CI. & Register." 

The town of Westchester was the shiretown of the 
county of that name from 1683 until the court house was 
burned in 1759. Bolton (II. 299) gives an extract from 

The Quinbt Family 89 

the first record of the Court of Sessions, held there 1 Dec. 
1691, John Pell, Justice, President of the Court; John 
Quinby, Jun., was a member of the Grand Jury. 

John?°™~'°**^'*'^ *''*°'^ regarding John' is hereinbefore set forth under 

10. JosiAH' (John\ William^) born probably about 
1663 at or near Westchester village in the county of that 
name in New York. Josiah married Mary Molyneux, the 
daughter of a neighbor, on the 17th 6 mo. 1689 (7th 6 mo. 
says Jenkins). An ancient record says: "The parents of 
Ann Mulneaux or MuUineaux or Molineaux God rest her, 
came from the North of Ireland. They were French Hugu- 
enots and Requiescant in pace." 

In 1720 he bought (see I. Bolton, 476) a tract of land 
of three hundred and twenty acres, described as the Great 
or Middle, Neck, jutting out into Long Island Sound, and 
constituting part of the town of Mamaroneck. In 1731 he 
was unsuccessful in defending his title to a part of this 
tract in an action for trespass. 

Many of the surrounding settlers were Quakers, a 
meeting having been established in 1686 at Mamaroneck, 
of which Josiah and his wife became members. His de- 
scendants to this day constitute the Quaker branch of the 
Quinby race. 

Orcutt's History of New Milford and Bridgeport, 
Conui, says: "In several meetings of the people called 
Quakers in the house of Josiah Quinby at Mamaroneck in 
ye county of Westchester and province of New York," etc. 

The official records of the Friends show that the Pur- 
chase (Westchester county) Monthly Meeting was held at 
the house of Josiah Quinby at Mamaroneck from 7 mo. 
1728 to 9 mo. 1731; after that till the meeting house was 
built in 1739 it was held "at Mamaroneck," but at whose 
house does not appear on the record. Josiah is frequently 
mentioned in these Quaker records from 1727 on; and 
there is altogether in various archives enough to enable 
an enthusiastic descendant to compile a respectable biog- 
raphy of him; my own life is too short to do so. 

The real estate records indicate that Josiah Quinby 
was active up to 1738. In provincial times, says Arthur 
Haviland, a grant was made after the Bedford grant had 
been located and after Pell's and Harrison's grants, but 
before the White Plains grant, fron the Croton river near 
the Hudson, where it was a sharp wedge between the grants 
of Van Courtlandt and F. Phillipse, to the line of the 
colony of Connecticut, including the present towns of New- 

90 The Qcamr Familt 

castle and Northcastle, and so eastward. These patents 
were bought by Josiah Quinby. In Bien's Atlas of New 
York, these three grants to Josiah are indicated as the 
East Patent, Middle Patent and West Patent. The 
Patentee who was probably an agent, transferred to var- 
ious grantees who conveyed by recorded deeds to Josiah 
Quinby. The land so acquired by him amounted to some 
16000 acres, and Josiah attempted to have his holdings 
erected into a manor, like his neighbors on the Hudson 
river; although no legal action resulted, Josiah's practical 
position was the same. His household was kept in feudal 
fashion; he brought whole families of slaves from the Caro- 
linas or Virginia by water, from a plantation he acquired 
there. These colored families survive to this day, bearing 
the surname Pines, said to refer to the character of the 
southern land he brought them from. One old colored 
woman died aged over one hundred years as it is believed, 
within the recollection of Quinbys now living. 

Josiah Quinby built the old manor house, at Wampus 
Pond (Northcastle) in Westchester county, now disap- 
peared, cultivated his farm by slaves; and had flocks of 
sheep; he also cultivated flax at Northcastle, and on the 
stream below Wampus pond he had several mills. Mrs. 
Eliza, widow of Edward S. Quinby, now (1915) living at 
2 Agate ave., Ossining, has several samples of these textile 

Josiah and his family travelled a good deal and often 
visited England. They took their drinking water with 
them in hogsheads from their favorite spring. 

The old house at Wampus Point, says Mr. Haviland, 
was not the Manor house but was built by Josiah's son 
Moses. He adds: "I am informed that the farm, a long 
way west of the Bronx river, of the Quinby who is baggage 
master at White Plains has descended without deed from 
the old manorial grant; and the tract of 274 acres recently 
sold by the late Edward S. Quinby was a part of the patent, 
and it was on this plot that the old homestead was built." 

Josiah Quinby witnessed the marriage of Richard Bur- 
ling of New York to Phoebe Ferris of Westchester, 4 mo. 
11, 1700, at John Ferris's (Fr. re.) 

The Friends' records say: Mary Quinby of West- 
chester died in June, 1728; Josiah her husband died the 
same year. 

The children of Josiah' and Mary (Molyneux) Quinby, 
often referred to as twelve in number, (evidently omitting 
VI.) were as follows: 


The Quinby Family 91 

I. Dorcas' Quinby, born 9, 9 mo. 1690; she mar- 
ried first John Clapp, Jr., "of Purchase, N. Y.," 
born 1690, died 1730, (Mott Genealogy, 363) who 
was Clerk of Westchester, 1704-11; she married 
second, John Griffin of Mamaroneck; 
II. JosiAH* Quinby, born 31, 3 mo. 1692 (see); 
III. Jonathan* Quinby, born 18, 2 mo. 1695 (see); 
Ihis date is from Mrs. Mary (Quinby) Weeks' 
Bible; Bolton gives it as 13 Feb. 1695, obviously 
a mistranslation of "2 mo." for the first month 
was March under Old Style. Mrs. Weeks' Bible 
says of Jonathan: "Our 3d borne 2 mo. 18, 

27. IV. James* Quinby, born 18, 2 mo. 1695 (see); Bolton 

says "13 Feb. 1695, a twin with Jonathan;" a 
record made by Aaron' (Isaiah*, Josiah'), states 
that there were twelve children; another family 
record names James as a twin with Jonathan; 

28. V. Samuel* Quinby, born 2nd 5 mo. 1697 (see); 
VI. (son)* Quinby, born 3d 2 mo. 1699, died 18th; 

29. VII. Ephraim* Quinby, born 7th 2 mo. 1700 (see); 

30. VIII. Aaron* Quinby, born 30th 10 mo. 1702 (see); 

31. IX. Moses* Quinby, born 12th 11 mo. 1704 (see); 

X. Martha* Quinby, born 14th 2 mo. 1706 (1695 says 
Bolton); married John Hallock of Northcastle, 
N. Y.; Friends' records, Westchester, give "marr. 
int. 9, 11, 1731; rept. ace. 11, 13, 1731;" 

32. XI. Daniel* Quinby, born 14th 1 mo. 1709 (see); 
XII. Phebe* Quinby, born 3d 3 mo. 1711; she married 

Jacob Hunt of Westchester; "mar. int. 5, 13, 1738; 
6, 10, 1738; repd. ace. 7, 14, 1738" (Fr. rec); 

33. XIII. Isaiah* Quinby, born 11th 4 mo. 1716 (see). 

"Lord of the Manor of Northcastle" 
Josiah' Quinby' s Ambition 

Josiah Quinby was always eager to acquire land, especially 
in Westchester county, in the province of New York. The earliest 
purchase by him which Mr. Haviland has found was of 4-20-1686 
(White Plains, deeds, bk. A, p. 97), when Thomas Baxter and 
Rebekah his wife deeded to Josiah Quinby, then of the county and 
town of Westchester, three acres of meadow, "being taken out of 
two O-acte lots of meadow adjoining to the Great Creek and to a 
lot of meadow belonging to John Quinby, Sr., which said three 
acres of meadow was taken out of the lots of meadow that did 
formerly belong to John Pell and Thomas Molloney, Sr., which 
said three acres of meadow begins at a stake by the Great Creek, 
standing between the lot of John Quinby, Sr., and the lot which 
was of Thomas Molloney, Sr., and so running westward towards 
the Hammock." . 

The next piece acquired by Josiah Quinby he got by deed of 
10-29-1688 (bk. B, p. 22) from John and Elizabeth Cromwell of 
Westchester for a stated consideration of six pounds, and described 
as "all that 8 acre division of land lying in the range of lots front- 

92 The Quinbt Pamilt 

ing to the sheep pasture (so called) belonging to the town of West- 
chester and is in number the twenty-second lot." 

About the year 1709, Josiah inherited the home lot of his 
father in the town of Westchester; and he and his wife sold it by 
two conveyances first, 9-21-1709 (bk. D, p. 33) to John Penny for 
forty pounds, "all the home lot of my father John Quinby," 
bounded north by the common sheep pasture; to the south by lot 
formerly of Erasmus Alton, now in the occupation of the heirs of 
Henry Langley (lately deceased); to the east by the highway that 
leads to the town landing or mill, and to the west by the sheep 
common. John Penny retransferred it the same day (D, 89), and 
10-3-1710, Josiah and Mary executed a new deed to Robert Hustes, 
describing the property as before, but referring to John Quinby as 
"lately deceased;" Dorcas Quinby was a witness to this deed. 

The book of the Court of Common Pleas (vol. D) shows that 
Josiah Quinby was appointed collector for the town of Mamaro- 
neck 6-7-1715 and again, 6-5-1722. 

A deed from Richard Cudner of Mamaroneck to Josiah Quin- 
by, (10-14-1717, bk. E, p. 408) sells to Josiah Quinby for twelve 
pounds, four and a half acres bounded "northerly by ye New 
Road and easterly by a small brook and southerly by Westchester 
old road and westerly by ye land which is now in possession of 
William Shaw, and so running northerly to ye first mentioned 

Henry Disbrow of Mamaroneck, 1-2-1719 (bk. G, p. 
257) sold to Josiah Quinby for sixteen pounds, three- 
quarters of an acre with a house ; the property was bounded, 
"beginning at the south end of a stone fence which goeth. 
over a small run, which lyeth southeasterly from said 
Henry Disbrow's house, thence running by and with the 
County Road until it meets with ye land of James Mott, 
and so run westward going with James Mott's land as far 
as it will come, to a certain Great Stone or Rock, which 
shall contain in all | acres running with a straight line 
unto ye first bounds." 

During the year 1719 and perhaps earlier, Josiah 
Quinby, who was then probably between fifty-five and sixty 
years of age, had been negotiating to acquire the three 
patents which he finally obtained, 1-24-1720 (bk. E. p. 
402) by a deed from Isabella Davis, described as widow 
of William Davis, late of New York city, and sole execu- 
trix of tlie will of John Cholwell of 6-4-1716; Josiah Quinby 
was grantee with Richard Ogden of Rye, and afterwards 
acquired his interest. The deed grants for one hundred 
and seventy-four poundis, "all and every part, shares, divi- 
dends and proportions of ye Several tracts of land * * * 
pertaining to ye said John Cholwell," etc. 

This deed recites the three patents as follows: First, 
a grant of 2-14-1701, to R. Waller, L. Atwood, C. De Pey- 

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Map showing the Three Quinby Patents and the Adjacent Town Boundaries, Westchester County, 
New York (Drawn by Arthur Haviland, Esq.) 

94 The Quinbt Family 

ster, C. Heathcote, M. Clarkson, J. Cholwell, R. Slater, L. 
Symons, R. Lurting, and B. Cosens, bounded westerly by 
ye Manor of Cortland, easterly by Bedford line of three 
miles square, ye Whitefield and Byram river, southerly by 
the land of John Harrison, the Rye line stretching to By- 
ram river aforesaid and the White Plains, and westerly by 
Bronx river and ye Manor of Phillipsburgh, excepting 
Richbell's patent, "according to ye lines of ye patent now 
in ye receipt of Col. C. Heathcote, which first above 
named tract was purchased by Col. C. Heathcote with 
others with whom he was agreed, excepting James Mott 
and Henry Disboro, whom he hath undertaken to satisfy; 
within said bounds, there are by estimation, five thousand 
acres of profitable land, besides water and woodland," 
together with, etc., "in free and common soccage as of the 
Manor of East Greenwich, in ye county of Kent, England," 
paying therefor the nominal rent of six and a quarter 

The second patent recited in the deed was a grant of 
2-17 in the 14th year of the reign of the late King William 
to Col. C. H. J. Tinch, J. Horton, J. Purdy, R. Walter, 
L. Atwood, M. Clarkson, L. Symes, C. DePeyster, R. 
Slater, J. Cholwell, R. Lurting and B. Cosens, bounded 
southerly by ye Colony line of Connecticut, easterly by 
ye Meharas river, northerly by the Bedford Line and 
marked trees to Meharas river again and southerly as ye 
said River goes against ye stream to ye head of ye said 
River, and so to ye said Colony line, which said tract of 
land on 7-5 last past was by said Tinch, Horton and 
Purdy " purchased of ye Native Indian proprietors," by 
estimation containing fifteen hundred acres of profitable 
land, etc., at the annual rent of one pound, seventeen shillings. 

The third patent set forth in the deed of Mrs. Isabella 
Davis, as executrix of the will of John Cholwell to Josiah Quinby 
was the grant of 3-2, 14th year of King William, to R. 
Waller, J. Cholwell, L. Atwood, C. De Peyster, R. Slater, 
B. Cosens, L. Symons, M. Clarkson, R. Lurting, P. Math- 
ews and Caleb Heathcote, "bounded southerly by the east 
division line between ye Province of New York and ye 
Colony of Connecticut, and on ye east by ye other Divi- 
sion line and so long said line until it meets with ye 
patent line of Adolph Phillipse and so along his southern 
boundaries until it meets with ye patent of ye Manor of 
Courtland and from thence by a line that shall run upon 
a direct course until it meet with the end of the first 
easterly line of twenty miles of ye said Manor of Court- 

The Quinby FamoiT 95 

landt, and from thence along said line westerly until it 
meet with the patent granted to R. Walter and others, 
thence southerly along ye said patent until it meet with 
ye bounds of ye Township of Bedford and thence along ye 
said bounds till it meet with the patent granted to C. 
Heathcote and others, and along ye bounds of said patent 
unto the Colony line, which said tract of land on ye 2-25 
was by ye said R. Walter, J. Cholwell, L. Atwood, C. De 
Peyster, R. Slater, B. Cosens, L. Symons, M. Clarkson, R. 
Lurting, P. Mathews and C. Heathcote purchased of ye 
Native Indian proprietors," as also "a small tract of land 
bounding northerly at a great Rock on ye Westernmost 
side and ye southernmost end of a Ridge known by ye 
name of Richbell or Horse Ridge," and from thence north- 
west and by north to Bronx river, easterly beginning at a 
marked tree "at ye eastermost side on ye southernmost 
end of ye said Ridge and thence north to Bronx river, 
which said tract of land was by ye said Caleb Heathcote 
purchased of ye Native Indian proprietors; ye said two 
tracts containing by estimation about six thousand two 
hundred acres of profitable land, together with," etc.; the 
annual ground rent provided for was £7 : 16. This deed 
was witnessed by Hannah Cholwell, Gabriel Ludlow, Jr., 
and George Ludlow. 

Notes — See "Report on the Lands in the Province of New York," by 
C. Colden (1732). 

Among the persons mentioned in the above deed, Caleb Heathcote was a 
member of the Governor's Council, 1693-7 and 1702-20; Judge of the County 
Court, Mayor of New York city, 1711-13; and interested in several West- 
chester county patents; R. Walters was also a member of the Council. 

Josiah Quinby was appointed by act of the General 
Assembly (5-25-1721) one of eight commissioners to lay out 
a Highway in Mamaroneck. 

It appears by the Westchester county records (vol. 
F, p. 130) that "whereas Josiah Quinby of Mamaroneck 
is invested by ye patentees of Rye to a right of the stream 
of Byram river and hath built grist mills thereon, which, 
by ponding ye water, occasions ye bridge over said River 
to be much longer." By the instrument filed, Josiah 
agreed to maintain those parts of the bridge from the east 
and west ends "to a Knotch this day cut there" by Robert 
Bloomer and Daniel Purdy, surveyors in the town of Rye 

in 1726. 

Another matter regarding this mill appears of record 
the following year (2-7-1727, bk. F, p. 217) in the shape 
of an agreement of arbitration between Josiah Quinby of 
the one part, and John and Jacobus Roosevelt and Abra- 

96 The Quinbt Pamilt 

ham Van Wyck of New York of the other part, which 
recites that Jos^ah Quinby has built mills on the Byram 
river and delivered them to Messrs. Roosevelt and Van 
Wyck, and a misunderstanding has arisen as to payment, 
as the document appoints William Willett, Philip French 
and Joseph Field to determine how many bushels of wheat 
the mills can grind within six hours in one tide with both 
pair of stones, and agreeing on a price of £163 : lOsh. for 
every twelve bushels. The award was made 3-20-1727 (bk. 
F, p. 219) by Israel Vermilye and Benjamin Hicks, who 
reported that the mill was capable of grinding one hundred 
and forly-four bushels of wheat in one tide; they awarded 
£1962, less drawbacks of £751. 

In 1727 Josiah and Mary deeded their son Aaron a 
couple of parcels of land for a stated price of £153. The 
particulars are given further on under Aaron* Quinby. 

Qtjinbt Land in Westchester County 

References by Mr. Arthur Haviland, compiled prior to the 
burning of the state capitol at Albany. The following maps and 
records will be useful when the history of the relation of Josiah* 
Quinby to the early history of Westchester county comes to be 

Albany, N. Y.: 

Pages of the index to maps of Westchester county: 13, 16, 
43, 44, 80, 134, 143, 147, 272-7, 296, 321. 

Maps Filed in the Secretary's Office, Albany: 

No. 79; 1762: Grant to Robert Walters and others, 2-14-1701; 

No. 119; 1774: Unsold lands of C. Heathote in the towns of 
Mamaroneck, Scarsdale and Harrison's Pur- 

No. 163: Lands in Controversy, West and East Chester. 

Field Books: 

No. 1; A, p. 1; 1766: Division of the East Patent; 

No. 2; D, p. 213; 1774: Division of lands in Mamaroneck, Scars- 
dale ind Harrison's Purchase; 

No. 24; F, p. 209; 1701: Grant to R. Walters and others, 4151 

acres, 16 lots; 

No. 24; C, p. 253; 1774: Unsold lands of Caleb Heathcote; 

No. 24; H, p. 325; 1-8-1762: Division under the Act, of the East 

Patent to R. Walters and others; 

Land Papers: 

Vol. I., p. 10: Draft of the land in difference between Mr- 
Pell and Mr. Richbell (see Scharf's History 
of Westchester county, p. 775); 

Vol. I., p. 13: Draft of Fordham and the meadows; 

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Vol. III., p. 188: 


IV., p. 
VII., p. 


Draft of the bounds of Pell's and O'Neill's 

6100 acres sold to John Pell, 1703; 
1560 acres in Rye, 1720. 

No. 359 

No. 366 
No. 380 
No. 400 
No. 404 
No. 404 
No. 405 
No. 416 
No. 416 
No. 421 
No. 422 
No. 424 
No. 432 
No. 564 

In the Surveyor General's Office: 

Map of the towns of Cortland, Yorktown and Stephen- 
Roads leading to Harlem Bridge, 1810; 
County of Westchester; 
Town of Pelham; 
Town of Harrison; 
Town of Rye, 1797; 

Division of the East Patent under Act, 1-8-1762; 
R. Walters and others, 4l51 acres; 
Town of Salem, Westchester county, 1797; 
Towns of Newcastle and Bedford, 1797; 
Town of Westchester; 
Town of Mamaroneck, 1774; 
East Patent. 

Field Books in Surveyor General's Office: 
Vol. 35, p. 225; 1774: Anne Bridges and others owning on Byram 


Burr's Atlas, 1829. 








III., p. 
II., p. 
II., p. 

II., p. 
III., p. 

III., p. 

III., p. 



III., p, 

IV., p. 
IV., p. 









IV., p. 48 

IV., p. 61 

IV., p. 63 

IV., p. 64 

IV., p. 67 

IV., p. 68 

Comptroller's Office: 

Land Papers: 

Six papers, town of Bedford, 1702; 

Licence to C. Heathcote to purchase, 1696; 

Petition of John Brundige for lease on Byram 

Indians vs. Pell and Richbell, 1699; 
Petition to run line between Westchester and 

Pell's land, 1700; 
Petition vs. R. Walters, C. Heathcote and 

others, 1702; 
Three papers; grant to Walters and others, 

Four papers, report on Scarsdale Manor; 
Six papers on Richbell and Bedford; 
Four papers on Eastchester and Westchester, 

Two papers, John Pell's 6100 acres, 1704; 
James Mott, (east by Connecticut line, south 

by Byram riVer, settled by Gov. Dongan) 

Petition, John Clapp; 
Petition, John Clapp (two papers); 
Two papers, Westchester, 1705; 
Ann Bridges, 1705; 
John Clapp; 
Ann Bridges, Survey; 











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IV., p. 110: Petition of George Booth (Swallow field), 

IV., p. 137: Ann Bridges (Cohaning brook), 1708; 
IV., p. 172: Petition of Wm. Anderson (for islands in 

Long Island Sound), 1708; 
v., p. 54: Petition of Robert Read, 1710; 
VI.,. p. 132: P. Fauconier and others (north of Sacket, 

south of Livingston, east by Connecticut), 

133-4: Petition for a Survey of Grants; 

VI., p. 

VI., p. 

VI., p. 

VII., p. 

Vol. VII., p. 

VIII., p. 
VIII., p. 
VIII., p. 

Vol. VIII., p. 


X., p. 

XL, p. 

Vol. XLV., p. 144 





I., p. 



II., p. 
11.. p. 


144: Petition of R. Walter and others (1716); 

147: Petition of Noah Barton (3000 acres); 

171: Petition of Daniel Purdy (of Rye, at the 

Long Island Sound), 1720; 
159, 180: John Budd, 1500 acres (north by Har- 
rison's Purchase); 
John Budd (1500 acres), 1720; 

Daniel Purdy; 
Patent of R. Walter and others (made a 
township) (104, 124, 126, 141); 
89, 91-2: Joseph Budd and White Plains (warrant 
of survey, 119); petition of R. Walter and 
others for 4000 acres; 
P. Fauconnier, petition (Wm. Anderson and 

others), 1730; 
Caveat by Moses Fowler against T. Pell, 

Petition by T. Pell for survey, 1730; 
Petition of Peter Delancey (east of Mamar- 
oneck river, westerly by the old colony 
line settled in 1664), 1734; 
Administration on estate of Joseph Benedict 
of Lower Salem. 


Map of the differences between Mr. Pell and 
Mr. Richbell, 1666; 

Deed of Gov. Lovelace to J. Richbell (the 
three Necks, bounded east by Mamaroneck 
river, west by Gravelly or Stony brook — 
Pell's) 1668; 

Petition of J. Richbell in re White Plains; 

Surveys of the easterly bounds of J. Rich- 
bell, 1695. 





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Hntt '^"' '- M^^ML'^BSt 

Gravestone op Miss Hannah'', 

born 1721, ilieil 17S6, dai.ighter of ISJoseph* Quiiiby, Jr., 

Xhiion Cemetery, Amesbury, Mass. 

(See p. 99.) 

The QxnNBT Family 99 


12. William* (William'', Robert'') the ancestor of the 
very numerous Quinbys and Quimbys of Weare, N. H., 
Sandwich, N. H., and Lyndon, Vt., is to be described with 
his descendants in a later volume. It is all that can here 
be said, that he married first, at Amesbury, about 1716, 
Hannah, daughter of Joseph == and Mary (Jewell) Barnard, 
and on her death he married second, 9 Jan. 1729, Martha 
Eastman. He had nine children, the sons, with the year 
of birth, being as follows: 

34. Samuel ' Quinbt, born 1718; 

35. Joseph' QuiNBY, born 1721; 

36. Enoch' Quinbt, born 1723; 

37. Aakon' Quinby, born 1733; 

38. Moses » Quinby, born 1733; 

39. William » Quinby, born 1749. 

13. Joseph* (Robert^ Robert*) born at Amesbury, 
Mass., perhaps about 1683-4, was known as Joseph Quinby, 
Jr., to distinguish him from his uncle Joseph* until about 
1730. He was the owner of a good deal of real estate in 
Amesbury, Salisbury, and vicinity, and was a farmer. He 
was frequently plaintiff in the courts and was sometimes 
sued, as appears by the record following. Curiously enough 
there are no records of birth, marriage or death to be 
found in connection with him. By Rachel', daughter of 
Moses* and Rebecca (Barnes) Morrill (born 12 Aug. 1686), 
he had the following children: 

40. I. Joseph' Quinby, born 1715 (see); 

41. II. Benjamin* Quinby, born 1715 (see); 

Note — An account of these Morrill and Barnes families appears in New 
England Family History. 

Note — Joanna who married Thomson, appears in 

legal documents in such a connection as to lead to the conclusion that she was 
another child by the same mother. 

Joseph* Quinby by Lydia*, daughter of John' and 
Elizabeth (Challis) Hoyt (born 15 June, 1686), published 
10 July, 1717, had the following children, born at Ames- 

III. Ann' Quinby, born 6 July 1718; married 26 Oct. 

1754, Elijah Currier; 

IV. Hannah' Quinby, born 11 Oct. 1721, died unmar- 

ried 14 Sept. 1786. (I. Essex Antiquarian, 164). 
Another record gives her age as 69; 

100 The Quinbt Family 

V. Daniel' Quinbt, born 28 July, 1723, died 8 Nov. 

VI. Robert' Quinby, born 5 Apr. 1725, died 11 Nov. 
1729; (Ames. Rec); 
42. VII. Daniel » Quinby, born 8 Dec. 1729 (see). 

13J0SBPH* Quinsy's Lawsuits 

4 Sept. 1722, he obtained writ of attachment against Roger 
Stevens for £20, on a bond dated 13 Sept. 1716. 

10 Sept. 1722, against Thomas Flanders on a note for £5 : 10 
sh. dated 21 June, 1716. 

10 Dec. 1723, against Richard Kelley of Amesbury on a bond 
for £40 dated 13 Nov. 1722. 

8 Dec. 1726, Archelaus Adams, late of Salisbury, now of New- 
ton, caused a writ of attachment to issue against "Joseph Quinbe 
of Alnsbury" for non-payment of a reckoning made 12 Jan. 1723-4 
of £3 : 6sh. and £4. 

10 Sept. 1730, Joseph caused a writ to issue against Caleb 
Pillsbury of Amesbury for a bill of Caleb's for £10, dated 25 Nov. 

In 1731, he was allowed £3 : 5sh. against William Hookley of 
Amesbury on a note for £20. 

10 Sept. 1736, against John Page of Salisbury on a bond for 
£23, dated 14 Apr. 1735. 

Joseph* Quinby died about 1745, for 5 July of that 
year his estate was appraised at the unusually large sum 
of £433 : 4 : 2, and his widow, Lydia, was appointed ad- 
ministratrix. She gave bond for one thousand pounds with 
John Jones and Enoch Blaisdell as sureties to the Judge 
of Probate, 30 Sept. 1745. 

Inventory of Estate of Joseph* Quinby 

Essex ss. Almsbury July ye 8th, 1745. Jonathan Blasdell, 
John Jones and Samuel George, all freeholders in sd Town being 
Appointed appered and ware sworn to make a just apprisement of 
all ye Estate of Joseph Quenby Late of Almsbury aforesd deceased 
Eaquel to Lawful Money and when they had affected ye same to 
make return thereof Into ye Court of probates for ye aforesd 

Sworn before Orlando Bagly Justice a peace. 
July ye 8th 1745: An Inventory of ye estate of Joseph Quen- 
by Late of Almsbury in ye County of Essex deceased: apprised 
by us ye subscribers being upon oath 

To his armes and ammunition 02 

to his books and apperill 02 

to his beds beding and bed stids 12 

to Iron brass and puter vessels 07 

to hand Irons trammels and tongs & fire peale 02 










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to woodden earthen and other sundries of such ware 03 

to sider cask and other cask 

to a weavers Looms and tackling 

to chests tubs and chaires 

to Leather wool and flax 

to aboute 30 bushels of Graine 

to pork 

to Chains and other utensils for husbandry 

to four oxen 

to 3 cows 

to 3 yearlens about two yars ould 

to 2: a year younger 

to one dry Cow 

to two Calves 

to one horse 

to Eleven sheep 

to Swine 

to his ochard 

to his homestead Land and buildings with 

to his Eight acres of Swamp Land bought of 

Abner Hoyt 
to one half of a Swamp lot bought of Joseph 

to 3 acres of swamp land bought of Moses Morrill 
to fifteen acres of Lalnd in Salisbury bought of 

Joseph Currier 
to about 13 acres of Land in Salisbury bought 

of Philip Grely 
to aboute 3 acres of Sault Meadow near ye Cas- 

way bought of Benja Perce 
one half Lot in ye higheltepegeltes of Sault 

madow in Salisbury bought of Jacob Morrill 

one-half Lot of saulte meadow in sd Higelte- 

pegeltes bought of Thomas Morrill 



Lydia S Quinbey 






09 10 



150 00 
20 00 













433 04 02 

Jonath Blasdel 
John Jones 
Samll George 
Essex ss. Ipswich Sept. 30, 1745. 

Then Lydia Quinby made oath to the foregoing Inventory 
and if any thing further appeared she would cause it to be added. 
Before Thos. Berry, Jd. Prob. 

Essex ss. Probate Oflice. Nov. 18, 1903. 

A true copy. Attest: J. T. Mortmay, Register. 

Joseph* Quinby, Jr.'s real estate transactions recorded at 
Salem Registry of Deeds: 

Philip Greeley of Salisbury to Joseph Quinby, Jr., of Ames- 
bury; consideration £6 in money; date 17 Mar. 1707-8; ack. 30 
Oct. 1708; rec. 26 Sept. 1711, bk. 25, p. 11, i of 60 acres original 


The Quinbt PamujT 

right of Andrew Greeley, Sr., 35th lot, Mill Division above the 
mills in Salisbury. 

Benjamin Peirce of Newbury to Joseph Quinby, Jr., of Ames- 
bury; consideration £12; date 27 Apr. 1709; ack. 25 Sept. 1711; 
rec. 25 June, 1712; bk. 25, p. 7, 3J acres undivided in the Great 
Marshes in Salisbury in the tract known as Dove's Meadow. 

1711, Sept. 26, from Phihp Greele; book 25, p. 11; Salisbury; 

Thomas and Halnnah Morrill to Joseph Quinby, Jr.; considera- 
tion £20 : lOsh.; dated 20 Nov. 1711; ack. 16 June, 1712; rec. 25 
June, 1712; bk. 25, p. 7: 

Meadow of Jacob Morrill Jr. 


East half of a lot 
of meadow or salt marsh 
in Higletypiglety 
formerly of Joseph Moys. 

Meadow of Jacob Morrill Sen. 



John Jones of Amesbury to Joseph Quinby Jr.; consideration 
£20 current money; dated 3 Nov. 1716; ack. 26 Apr. 1717; rec. 7 
July, 1730, bk. 53, p. 279: 

10 acres of 

upland in Amesbury. 

Moses Morrill and Joseph Quinby, Jr. to Thomas Bartlett of 
Newbury, consideration £30 in money, "ye other half part of said 
lot as may more fully appear in a writing between we and Philip 
Feaver, Jr. for ye agreeing to divide and settle bounds between 
each half part of sd lott;" date 20 Dec. 1718; ack. 7 Apr. 1719; 
Lydia wife of Joseph Quenby acknowledged but did not sign, 
rec. 1 Oct. 1719, bk. 37, p. 86: 

New meadows 






Sixty acre grant 26t|h lot 

Mill Division, originally 

to John Eaton, Salisbury 




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1721, Apr. 10, Joseph Quenby, Jr. of Amesbury, Mass., from 
Benjamin Choat of Kingston, land in Kingston (re. vol. 28, p. 33). 

Joseph Quenby Junr., Benjamin Quenby and Joseph Jewell 
all of Amesbury to Joseph Quenby St.; consideration not named; 
quit claim deed; provided that grantors be not molested on ac- 
count of any right of Thomas Quenby deceased or his successors 
or to Philip Quenby or successors; dated 5 Sept. 1722; ack. 20 
Dec. 1742; rec. 3 Sept. 1744, bk. 86, leaf 153; White Thorn Hill, 
Amesbury, now enjoyed by Joseph Quenby Senr.; half a lot at Bur- 
chen Meadow; twenty acres of land at a place called ye Peak. 

Joseph Quinbe of Almsbury to Richard Kelley of same; cons. 
£75; date 13 Nov. 1722; ack. 15 May, 1727; rec. 28 Sept. 1727, 
book 49, p. 228, Essex Deeds: 

Wm. Osgood, deed. 



Originally of Robert Quinby 
of Amesbury deceased 
Fifteen acres in Amesbury 
the southeasterly half of 
the 22d lot in the 3d 
Division beyond the Pond. 



William Jones, husbandman, to John Jones and Joseph Quin- 
by Jr "true intent that William Jones and Rachel his wife" shall 
liRve the premises for life; William's wife does not sign or ack- 
nowledge; dated 28 Feb. 1723-4; ack. 13 Mar. 1723-4. rec. 18 Mar. 
1723-4; bk. 43, leaf 7: 

Benjamin Quenby 




Homestead where grantor 
now lives in Amesbury 
20 acres with buildings 
fences fruit trees and 
other trees 

Town highway 

^ i 

§ ? 

? to 

eg -i 


Joseph Quenby and John Jones to William Jones; cons. £100; 
the S's homestead (which we formerly purchased of him) (see 
under Benjamin Quinby); no wife jnentioned; dated 4 Oct. 1725, 

to Johf DarUng of Kingston land in Kingston (vol. 21, p. 420). 
^^^%T3TjV7TfVrjZ%fsrbo^ok^5t ^2%; Amesbury. 

Mar. 1729-30). 


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Joseph Quenby, Jr. to William Hukeley of Amesbury, trader; 
cons. £45. "passable money;" date 6 July, 1730; ack. same day 
also by Lydia, his wife; rec. 7 July, 1730, book 50, p. 125: 


Ten acres of 
upland at Amesbury. 


W ' 

Joseph Quinby of Amesbury to Joseph Morrill of Salisbury 
and Orlando Weed of Amesbury; consideration £18 bills of credit; 
no wife mentioned; dated 30 Aug. 1736; ack. 30 Mar. 1739; rec. 
27 Sept. 1739 in bk. 76, p. 165: 

Joseph Morrill 

Two acres in Salisbury 
east I to Morrill 




Joseph Quenby and Samuel Quenby to Jacob Currier; cons. 
£100; date 20 May, 1742; rec. bk. 95, p. 225: 

Jacob Currier 

Jacob Currier 


4 acres 


3^ acres 


Elihu Gould 

Aaron Rowell 





Joseph Quinby: recorded Essex Deeds, 13 July, 1786, book 45, 
p. 214, 2 Apr. 1754; agreement of division amongst the children 
of Joseph Quinby of Amesbury, of his and his wife's estate, both 
deceased, intestate, ack. 12 May, 1786, by Daniel Quinby and 
David and Mary Hoyt. Hannah refused and it was ack. by a 
witness to her; and to Ann: 

a highway 

a highway 

the homestead wheiaron Daniel 

now dwells, containing 

For life or till 

10 acres all ye orchard 

married Ann and 

fences and buildings 

Hannah Quenby use 

thereon except a 

of east end of 

privilege this: 

house from sill to 

ridge pole; privilege 

in cellar; room before 

ye door to lay wood; east bay in 

barn, passage barn to highway. 

18 acres 

in ye Grate 



§1 David Currier 



a highway 

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about 12 acres to 
Mary Hoyt and Ann 
and Hannah Quinby 

4 acres 

upland lotts 

a highway |o highway 

half a 

quarter acre 
Joseph bought 
ye commoners 



Peter Sargent's meadow 

2 acres of Salt Marsh 
in ye Barbary Medow 
in Salisbury 

a crick 


Co ^ 


ffl highway 

fifteen acres in 
South Hampton, N.H. 


Ezekiel and Thomas <i_ 

Timothy Townsend's Meadow 


2 Co 

eight acres of 
Salt Marsh in ye 
medow called Higle 

picklee in 


* a 

Daniel Rowell's meadow 

To Mary, wife of David Hoyt, Ann Quinby and Hannah 
Quinby : 

Powes River 

Banjamin Quinby 

O Co 

8 « 

ye great Swamp 
near ye Cassway 


0, » 

one acre and the 
orchard thereon 

a highway 

ye highway 

14. Benjamin* (Robert^, Robert^) was born at Ames- 
bury, Mass., 10 Jan. 1689. He was scarcely more than a 
boy when he enlisted for service in the French and Indian 
War in the company commanded by Capt. Lane. He was 
captured by the Indians and held to ransom, but four 
years elapsed before the ransom was paid. He had a 
opportunity to communicate with Captain Gyles, who ad- 
vanced the sum of thirty pounds for Benjamin's release. 

Benjamin thereupon petitioned the General Court of 
Massachusetts to grant reimbursement to Capt. Gyles, 
which was done by a Resolve or Act of the legislative 
assembly 16 Nov. 1716. At the same time young Quinby's 
unfortunate situation being made known to the legislators, 
they granted the sum of twenty pounds additional out of 
the public treasury to Capt. Henry True to use for Quin- 
by's benefit. 

Chap. 105, Resolves of 1716, Mass.: Upon reading 
a Petition of Benjamin Quinby of Amesbury, Praying, 

106 The Quinby Pamilt 

That the Sum of Thirty Pounds may be paid out of the 
publick Treasury, which he prevail'd with ,Cpt.|jGyles to 
pay to Redeem him out of the hands of the Indians, with 
whom he had been a Captive four years being taken when 
in the Service under Cpt. Lane in the last War. In Con- 
sideration of the Distressing Circumstances of ye Petitioner 
— Resolved that the Sum of Twenty Pounds be allowed 
and paid out of the publick Treasury to Cpt. Henry True 
for the use of the sd Quinby the Petitioner. (Passed Nov. 
16, 1716). 

Benjamin* Quinby married 25 Dec. 1722, Judith, 
daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Rowell) Gould, born 25 
Dec. 1701, in Amesbury. Their homestead at Amesbury 
consisted of eighteen acres with dwelling house and barn 
on the road known as Lion's Mouth Way, adjoining Han- 
nah Quinby's land on the west. 

July 6, 1736, he joined with his wife and other heirs 
of her grandfather Nathan Gould in a quit claim of prop- 
erty to Stephen Webster. 

It seems that Benjamin in 1736 went into the then 
prevalent form of land speculation, for the Massachusetts 
House of Representatives 12 Jan. 1736, gave consideration 
to the petition of thirteen persons, of whom one was Ben- 
jamin Quinby, "admitted into the Narragansett Township 
Number Four, so called, near Amoskeag Falls" — now Goflfs- 
town, N. H., and ordered that they might have a survey 
of 4745 acres, each to have one thirteenth provided each 
should give a bond in twenty pounds to build a dwelling 
house eighteen feet square, clear, fence and plant five acres 
and have a family in the house, all within three years. 
(26 N. H. State Papers, 112). Perhaps Benjamin sold his 
rights at a profit. I find no further record of the matter. 

Benjamin probably lived to an advanced age as his 
sons did not dispose of his homestead till 1774. 

The children of Benjamin* Quinby and Judith (Gould) 
Quinby were born at Amesbury: 

43. I. Benjamin' Quinbt, born 26 Jan. 1723-4 (see); 

44. II. Jonathan' Quinbt, born 15 Aug. 1726 (see). 

1736, 6 July, Joseph Gould, Mary James, widow, John Kim- 
ball and wife Hannah, Samuel Gould, Joseph Gould Jr., Elihu 
Gould, Philip Gould, Benjamin Quinby and wife, Judith, Thomas 
Beetle, Hannah Beetle, Elizabeth Beetle, all of Almsbury, (Ames- 
bury) Mass., Nathan Gould, Joseph French, 4th, and wife Hannah, 
Ebenezer French and wife, Elizabeth, Daniel French and wife, 
Sarah, all of Salisbury, Mass., Daniel Lancaster and wife, Dam- 
arass, of Methuen, Mass., in consideration of a certain deed of sale 

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made by our predecessors" Nathan Gould and wife, Elizabeth, 
both deceased, late of Almsbury, to Stephen Webster, deceased, 
late of Haverhill, Mass., dated May 18th, 1672, "by Some Sup- 
posed not to be duly Executed well," "for ye Support of sd Deed 
& all therein Contained," release to Stephen Webster, John Web- 
ster, and Nathan Webster, all of Haverhill, Mass., heirs to the 
estate of Deacon Stephen Webster aforesaid, all claim to lands 
mentioned in the deed aforesaid. 

Signed by Joseph Gould, Mary Jones (James above), John 
Kimball, Samuel Gould, Joseph Gould, Jr., Hannah Kimball, Han- 
nah Bedel (Beetle above), Benjamin Quenby, Judith Quenby, 
Ehhu Gould, Philip Gould, Thomas Bedel (Beetle above), Daniel 
French, Sarah French, Joseph French, Hannah French, Elizabeth 
Betel, Daniel Lankester, Damaris Lankester. (N. H. Deeds, vol. 
60, p. 234). 

Real Estate Record of Benjamin' Quinby. Essex Registry of 
Deeds at Salem, Mass. 

Grantee: 1737, July 14, Benjamin Quinby from Wm. Jones 
lib. 74, p. 33 (Amesbury). 

Grantor: 1744, Sept. 3, Benjamin Quinby et al. to Joseph 
Quinby, Sr. lib. 86, p. 153 (Amesbury). 

1722, Sept 5, Joseph Quinby, Benjamin Quinby and Joseph 
Jewell of Amesbury quit claim to Joseph Quinby, Senior, now liv- 
ing; with indemnity against Thomas Quinby deceased or successors 
and against Philip Quinby or successors; acknowledged, 1742-3, 
White Thorn Hill at Amesbury mentioned in the Inventory of 
Robert* Q.; | lot at Burchen Meadow, mentioned in Inventory of 
Robert* Quinby; 20 acres at the Peak. 

(See Philip Quinby to John Jones). 

1723-4 (see deed of 1725) 28 Feb., rec. 18 Mar. Wm. Jones 
of Amesbury to John Jones and Joseph Quinby of Amesbury: 

Benjamin Quinby 


homestead in 
20 acres 

s a 3 

1737, May 7, William Jones and Rachel his wife to Benjamin 
Quitnby of Amesbury; cons. £40; date 7 May, 1737; ack. 12 May, 
1737; rec. 14 July, 1737, book 74, leaf 33: 

Elihu Gould 

a «•. 

4 acres Whittier Hill 


lane (o two rod way) 

15. John* (Robert^, Robert^) born 1688; for his record 
and descendants see vol. II. Sons who had descendants: 

45. I. John' Quinby, born 1710-7; 

46. II. Daniel » Quinby, born 1712-20. 













108 The Quinby Family 

16. Jeremiah* {John', Robert^) born 1689, see vol. II. 
Sons, born at Kingston, N. H. : 

Eliphalet ' Quinby, born 1717-24; 
Moses « Quinby, born 1725,- 
Aakon' Quinby, born 1727; 
Jacob » Quinby, born 1728; 
Jeremiah ' Quinby, born 1730; 
VI. ? Tristkam ' Quinby. 

17. Eleazer* {John', Robert^) born 1691; 

18. David* {John', Robert^) born 1693; sons, who 
had children: 

53. Samuel' Quinby, born 1729; 

54. David • Quinby, born 1731; 

55. John" Quinby, born 1737; 

56. Timothy ' Quinby, born 1750. 

19. Robert* {John', Robert^) born 1701; sons who 
had descendants: 

57 Benjamin 5 Quinby, born 1726; 

58. Eleazer 5 Quinby, born 1728; 

59. Robert" Quinby, born 1729; 

60. John' Quinby, born 1730; 

61. AsAHEL" Quinby, born 1735; 

62. Elisha" Quinby, born 1738; 

63. Jacob ' Quinby, born 1740; 

64. Jeremiah ' Quinby, born 174-. 

20. Jonathan* {John', Robert*) born 1704; sons born 
at Exeter, N. H.: 

65. James » Quinby, born 1736; 

66. Jonathan ' Quinby, born 1741. 

22. Jethro* {John', Robert^) born before 1710 (?). 

23. Philip* {Joseph', Robert'') was born 18 Nov. 1703, 
at Amesbury, Mass. He was a cooper. He married 29 
Dec. 1729, Anne*, daughter of Jonathan' and Hannah 
(Jameson) Blaisdell of Amesbury. She was born 23 Oct. 
1704. In order to be financially in a position to take a 
wife, he sold, 6 Dec. 1729, twenty acres of land in the 
"Peek Division," Amesbury, "being part of the eleventh 
lott in no. in said Division, appertaining originally to the 
right of my Hond. Grand Father Robart Quinby late of 
said Almsbury, deceased." (b. 100, Essex county deeds, 

Philip Quinby and Enoch Blaisdell acknowledged the 
covenant and were baptised 18 Apr. 1736, Amesbury First 

The Quinbt Family 109 

Philip Quinby with Joseph Quinby and many others of 
Amesbury were grantees of the township of New Amesbury, 
now Warner, N. H., 7 Oct. 1736 (24 N. H. State Papers, 
66b), and again the same, 23 June, 1738. 

A list dated Amesbury, 25 May, 1757, of the First 
company of militia in the town, commanded by Capt. 
George Worthen, comprises the train band and alarm list be- 
tween 16 and 60 years of age. It gives Philip Quinby as 
belonging to the alarm list, but lame with the gout. (95 
Mass. Archives, Index to Muster Roll Series, 1710-74, 
p. 389). 

He and his wife Anne were living as late as 1772, but 
were dead by 1777, as appears from a deed to their son 
Henrys. They are mentioned in Hoyt's Old Families, 65, 
485, 494, also in the original papers in the estate of John 
Blaisdell, of Amesbury, 7 Oct. 1753, where he is referred to 
as a cooper; he was also mentioned in Boston Transcript, 
Genealogical 383, and N. E. Family History, 62, 109, 864. 

The children of Philip* and Anne (Blaisdell) Quinby: 

I. Henry' Quinby, born Dec. "1730"; died young; 
II. Henry' Quinby, born 3 Dec. 173iO-l; "died 15 Mar. 
1735-6, ae. 5 y. and 3 m." (gravestone); 

III. Joseph ' Quinby, born 23 May, 1733, "died 23 Mar. 

1736, in ye thi' yer of his age" (gravestone); 
"Baptised in their own house 27 Mar. 1735, by 
reason of dangerous Sickness" (Hoyt, II. 494) ; 

IV. Philip' Quinby, born June, 1736; died same day as 

his brother Joseph, ae. 9 mo. (I. Essex Antiquarian 
164; II. id. 11); 
V. Elizabeth ' Quinby, baptised 20 Feb. 1737, at 
Amesbury First Church; probably the Elizabeth 
Quinby of AmesbvLry whose intention of marriage 
with Aaron Chandler was entered 4 Apr. 1772 
(Salisbury rec.) and whose marriage took place at 
Amesbury First Church, 30 Apr. 1772 (Hoyt. II. 

67. VI. Henry' Quinby, born 7 May, 1739 (see); 

67a. VII. Joseph' Quinby, born 16 Mar. 1740; 

VIII. Anne' Quinby, born 19 Mar. 1743; she was living 
at Amesbury 15 Sept. 1772, unmarried, when she 
sued on a note (see papers following) ; 
IX. Eleanor ' Quinby, born 27 Sept. 1748. 

Suit of Anna ' Quinby 

In drawer. Court Common Pleas, July, Sept. Dec. 1772, 4th 
row of papers, 3 papers; 1st paper, attachment on the Goods or 
Estate of Moses Hoyt of Amesbury Clockmaker and Thomas Hoyt 
of Canterbury, County of Rockingham, Province of New Hamp- 
shire Farmer to the value of fifteen pounds for want thereof to 
take the body of sd Moses & Thomas, if found in your precinct. 


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and bring them before the Justices of the Inferior Court of Com- 
mon Pleas to be holden at Newburyport, Then and there to an- 
swer to Anne Quimby of Amesbury, singlewoman, for that sd 
MoSies and Thomas at Amesbury on the 23rd day of Dec. 1769, by 
their note of hand by them promised to pay to his order ten 
dollars, which plaintiff claims to be of the value of three pounds, 
this third day of Dec. A. D. 1771, and although said day is past, 
they refuse to pay. To the damage of Anna Quimby in the sum 
of fifteen pounds, as will be made to appear together with other 
due damages. Have you there this writt with your doings therein. 
Witness Caleb Cushing, Salem, Sept. 15, 1772. Joseph Blaney, 

2nd Paper: Essex Common Pleas 1772. 
Quimby v. plaintiff, versus Hoite, defendant. 
Costs of Court 1 : 11 : 8; examined; attest; Joseph Blaney, 

3rd Paper: Amesbury Dec. 23, 1769. For value received we 
the subscribers promise to pay unto Anna Quimby of Amesbury, 
singlewoman, or her order ten dollars in money or goods at money 
price at or before the 23rd day of Dec. 1771, as our hands. Moses 
Hoyt, Thomas Hoyt. 

Land transfers of Philip Quinby at Amesbury, Essex Coun- 
ty, Mass. (Records, 1640 to 1799). 

Grantee : 

1738, May 13, Philip et al. (deposition) lib. 75, p. 246 (Amesbury) ; 

1744, Sept. 3, Philip from Joseph Quinby 86, p. 154 (Amesbury); 

1765, Oct. 29, to Anne from Wm. Straw Jr. 119, p. 191 (Amesbury); 

1786, July 13, Ann et al. Indenture 145, p. 214 (Salisbury). 

Grantor : 
1738, May 13, Philip et al. (deposition) 75, p. 246 (Amesbury) ; 

1742, Sept. 30, Philip et al. to Wm. Hack- 

ett 83, p. 280 (Salisbury); 

1743, Sept. 30, Philip et al. and Dorothy 

Estman, Mary Drisco(see 

next page), to Ephr. Brown 83, p. 264 (Salisbury); 
1761, Apr. 25, Philip to John Jones 109, p. 127 (Amesbury); 

1761, Oct. 3, Philip and wife to Thos. 

Colby 112, p. 24 (Amesbury); 

1779, July 14, Philip and wife to Henry » 

Quimby 136, p. 284 (Amesbury); 

1729, Dec. 6. Philip Quinby of Amesbury to John Jones of 
same; Ack. same day; recorded 25 Apr. 1761; 11th lot in Peek 
Division, being 20 acres in Amesbury, granted to grandfather Rob- 
ert Quinby. Book 109, p. 127. 

1772, Philip Quinby and Anne his wife to son Henry 

Quinby: cons. £80; date 3 Sept. 1772; ack. 30 Sept. 1777, by 
subscribing witnesses, grantors being dead; rec. 14 July, 1779; 
bk. 136, p. 284: 

The QuiNBT Familt 


Eliphalet Currier 


Abner Jones 

homas & Josep 


with house and barn 

14 acres 
White Thorn Hill 





John Wells 

1738, May 8, date of deposition. 

1738, May 13, recorded evidence of boundary; now of Samuel 
Barnard and Philip Quinby then of Thomas Barnard Senior and 
Kobert Quinby deceased. White Thorn Hill in Whittier Hill Divi- 
sion Amesbury. 

(See Deed Joseph to Philip dated 28 Jan. 1728). 
m lu P Quinby, cooper, and wife Anne of Amesbury, to Thomas 
Colby, several pieces from the estate of Jonathan Blaisdell de- 
ceased : 

Mary Lowell widow 

David Merrill 
Jacob Blaisdell 

Abigail Blaisdell widow 


Mary Lowell widow 

If acres m 
Great Swamp 

a. Esther Colby widow ^ 

Consideration: £30: also 1-11 right of ye passing way laid out 
by ye committee that divided ye estate of Jona. Blaisdell; dstte 
27 Oct. 1758; ack. 12 Nov. 1759; rec. 30 Oct. 1761; bk. 112, p. 24. 

Mary Drisco of New Meadows, York County; Philip Quinby 
of Amesbury; Joseph Eastman and Dorothy his wife, to Ephraim 
Brown of Salisbury; no coiisideration mentioned; dated 24 Oct. 
1737; ack. same day; recorded 30 Sept. 1743; book 83, page 264, 
Essex registry, Salem: 

Widow Kimball 

piece of salt marsh in 
Salisbury, Mass. 


an ancient crick. 

Moses Gatchell of North Yarmouth, York county; Samuel 
Gatchell of Berwick; Joseph Gatchell of Wells, John Gatchell of 
New Meadow, all in York county; Hannah Colby of Amesbury, 


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widow; Nathaniel Gatchell of Haverhill, Philip Quenby of Ames- 
bury; Joseph and Dorothy Eastman; to William Hackett of Salis- 
bury; consid. £90 "lawful bills of credit;" date 21 Oct. 1737; ack. 
22 Oc>t. 1737; rec. 30 Sept. 1742, bk. 83, p. 280: 

Thomas Flanders 

5 acre 



Country road 

5f acres in Salis- 
bury. Received by deed 
of gift from grantor's 
grandfather Samuel Gatchell 


William Hackett Judah Hackett 

Joseph Quinby to Philip Quinby dated 28 Jan. 1725; warranty; 
recorded bk. 86, p. 154, 3 Sept. 1744: 

Mr. Wells 

12 acres at 
White Thorn Hill 

with house, barn 

orchard, etc. 

Will Straw 

24. JoHN< (John^, John^, William') born 1^686 at 
Wampus pond, Northcastle, Westchester county, New York; 
married first in 1720, but the name of his wife is unknown; 
by her he had James and Solomon. John* settled first at 
Yonkers, Westchester county, and later at Milbury on the 

Hudson. John married second, Lawrence. All 

foregoing is on the authority of Dodd's MS.; but Dpdd sets 
forth that the grandfather of the above John' is unknown 
and indicates that he believes him not to be descended from 
William!. The fact that Dodd admits him to have been 
born at Wampus, in Westchester county. Wampus itself 
the ancestral home of William' and his descendants, seems 
to be conclusive against Dodd's theory; and Dodd made 
many errors; e. g., that Josiah « (son of John) married 
Hannah Cornell. The printed statement in the "Founders 
and Builders of the Oranges" and elsewhere, that Josiah, 
the ancestor of the New Jersey family was a son of John* 
(John'', William') rests on no authority and is wholly in- 
credible. The late Mrs. Nelson Wright's statement that 
Josiah was a son of John" (William') is still more unlikely, 
as the dates show. In other words, Josiah who settled at 
Orange, N. J., aaid sired that line was born 1726; all the 
records agree that Hannah Cornell, (his mother according 

The Quinby Family 113 

to the Wright theory) was born 1711; and in her will makes 
no mention of any son. 

J. L. Lewis & Co.'s Genealogical History of New Jersey 
contains a number of misstatements. It omits some of 
Josiahs children, and adds John who married Anna Kier- 
stadt, who was in reality no son of Josiah, but his brother. 
The untrustworthy "Founders and Builders" states that 
Josiah', son of John^ and Deborah (Haight) Quinby mar- 
ried Mary Williams, evidently a misprint for Mary Mul- 

An ancient manuscript in possession of Col. Ira» Quin- 
by of Morris, N. Y., states that John Quinby married in 
New York a daughter of John Lawrence and his wife, Mary 
Townley; compare this with Dodd's statement that this 
John's grandfather John Quinby, who married "Deborah, 
daughter of Charles Townley, who was a son or grandson 
of John Townley;" and with an ancient manuscript con- 
cerning which Mr. W. Beach Plume told me that it was 
owned by one Charles Quinby, and was for use in the claim 
of the descendants of Anneke Jans to a vast amount of real 
estate in New York city. It is said to be now in the pos- 
session of George W. Tompkins, Esq., of Mt. Pleasant Ave- 
nue, Newark, N. J. I have never been able to get a sight 
of it. Mr. Plume said that it set forth that John^ (Wil- 
liam^) married Deborah, daughter of Lord John Townley of 
England. Of course this can be nothing but a memoran- 
dum of an imperfect tradition. There never has been a 
noble family of Townleys. It seems probable, however, 
either that there were two John Quinbys, one the son of 
William", who married Deborah Haight; the other whose 
father's name is unknown and who married Deborah Town- 
ley; or what is much more likely on all the evidence that 
John'' Quinby had two wives. That the name of either was 
Townley is extremely unlikely for there is no Deborah of 
that family of the right age; and further, the pedigree of that 
family has been very thoroughly worked out, but without 
showing this alleged Quinby marriage; see History of the 
Lawrence-Townley Estates, etc., by James Usher, N. Y., 
1883, and especially the Lawrence-Townlej-Chase book by 
Frank Alden Hill, Boston, 1888; and Passaic Genealogies, 
p. 438. 

John Quinby moved from the borough and town of 
Westchester about 1714 to Bedford in the same county, for 
he is described as of the former town when he bought from 
Jonathan Shepherd of Westchester, 12-13-1714 (bk. E, p. 
95), two acres in Bedford "bounded easterly by a highway 


114 The Quinbt Pamilt 

and westerly by a highway, and south by Daniel Jones and 
Josiah Jones land, and north by Richard Wescott's land," 
also, four acres of swamp land lying near Beaverdam river, 
which I bought of David Cousin of Standford and is 
bounded as the records of said Jones wUl make appear;" 
also "two and one-half acres of meadow lying in a place 
known by the name of the Narrows and is bounded, as 
follows: southerly by Jonathan Miller's meadow and 
easterly by the common land together with a £75 right of 

Somehow or other, John Quinby acquired a good deal 
more land adjoining the first plot above mentioned, for 
three years later, 12-10-1717 (bk. E, p. 192), he sold forty- 
nine and one-half acres in Bedford "bounded northerly by 
ye Highway, easterly to ye land of Josiah Jones, southerly 
by other lands of John Waiscott, west by ye lands of Rich- 
ard Westcott" (with a £75 privilege). John Quinby was 
described as "of the town of Bedford, county of West- 
chester, yeoman." Why John left Bedford does not yet 
appear, but book D of the Court of Common Pleas, West- 
chester county, shows that John was having a particularly 
lively time during the three years while he lived in Bed- 
for'd. The index entries are as follows: 

5- 9-1714: Jennings vs. Quinby, withdrawn; 

12- 7-1714: John Quinby and others appeared to take his 
recognizance (i. e., to give bond of some kind); 
the Court ordered it to be delivered on paying 
the fees; 

6- 9-1715: Jennings vs. Quinby, adjourned; 
2-13-1716: Jennings vs. Quinby, adjourned; 

12- 8-1717: King vs. Quinby, ordered to give special bail 
in ye afternoon, and ye plaintiff a month time 
to file his declaration; 
6- -1718: King vs. Quinby, adjourned. 

According to the New Jersey family's traditions, John 
Quinby was born "at Wampus in 1686;" but doubt is cast 
on this year by a Common Pleas Court entry of 12-1-1713, 
which shows that Thomas Baxter was appointed guardian 
of John Quinby, son of John Quinby, deceased. As he 
bought the Bedford land 3 Dec. 1714, he was then of age, 
and born about 1693. 

It is possible that his unpleasant experiences- of litiga- 
tion and the courts so soon after he attained his majority, 
disgusted him with New York, and sent him to New Jersey; 

The Quinby Family 115 

at any rate, no further record of him on the Westchester 
county records has been found. 

The following list of children of John Quinby is as 
given in the Dodd MS. and I am personally satisfied of its 
correctness. No other list has come to light, and the other 
New^ Jersey genealogists have never mentioned any of 
John's children but Josiah, their ancestor, who is perhaps 
the only son who went to New Jersey. 

69. I. James ' Quinby; 
69a. II. Solomon » Quinby; 

70. III. Josiah » Quinby, born 1726 at Wampus, (see); 
IV. DoBCAS 6 Quinby; 

V. Martha » Quinby; 
VI. Jane » Quinby; 
and possibly: 

71. VII. Robert' Quinby (see). 

25. JosiAH* {Josiah», John", William^) born 31 May 
("31, 3 mo.") 1692. The Friends' Meeting in Westchester 
granted him a "certificate of clear," or permission to re- 
move, 3 mo. 23, 1728, from Westchester, The records do 
not state his proposed new destination. 

Note — Quinby Graveyard at Wampus pond: September 18, 
1910, my wife and I arrived from Armonk, in Westchester county, 
N. Y., on the beautiful macadam road to Mt. Kisco at Wampus 
pond. A tranquil sheet of water in area perhaps twenty-five 
acres, dimpled in the sun, creeping out froni the shade of high 
wooded bluffs across to the road. Not a house is in sight as we 
reach the outlet of the pond, an ancient hewn stone dam through 
which runs a rivulet. A notice on a tree calls attention to the 
city ownership of the pond and surroundings as a part of the 
metropolitan reservoir watershed. Undaunted we crawl under 
the fence and a warden appears; he tells us it was the Quinby 
estate and that the region is Northcastle; it was fortunate he told 
us, else we should not have found on the deeply wooded hillside 
the ancient family burial place. It was apparently unvisited by 
man for many y^ars — no outlines — merely a few home-cut stones 
standing meekly, overwhelmed by green bushes; not a path 
amongst them. Across the rivulet from the road, up the hillside, 
around and through the tangle for a hundred yards and a rude 
headstone and footstone appear — not a foot high, selected per- 
haps from a neighboring wall and unlettered. A hundred feet 
further up the hill and just before the boundary wall appear al- 
most in a row, five other low shapeless flat upstanding slabs let- 
tered as near as could be deciphered: I. Q.; A. Q.; A. Q.; 184; 
H. Q. 1821; S. Q. 180. 

Twenty years earlier, however, Mary Jane Field and Frank 
H. Quinby found many more stones and more legible inscriptions, 
and identified the memorials according to the following chart: 


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Esther (Field) Quinby, 1852. 

Moses I. Quinby, 1843. 

?Sarah Quinby, 1841. 

Isaiah Quinby, 1814. 

Mary Quinby, 1844. 

Isaiah Quinby, 1853. 

Mary Griffin, 1872. 
Moses Quinby? 
Jane (Pelham)? 

Josiah Quinby 

Amy (Underbill) Quinby 

Caleb Quinby, 1849. 

Elizabeth Quinby 

Hannah (de J.) 1821. 

Samuel? 1809. 


J. J. Quinby 
Isaac Quinby ? (son of Isaiah) 







The Quinby grave yard at Burial point, south elnd of Wampus 
pond) Westchester, was deeded about 1802 to the Chappaqua Friendp* 
Meeting; take;tt ove^ the Aqueduct Commission for the City of 
New York, and now held by it as a part of the reserve. 

It is impossible to determine the father of James (born 
1714) the Quaker patriarch of Marlborougjh, Ulster county, 
N. Y., but the only one of the sons of Josiah', the founder 
of the Quaker branch, who seems possible to be the father 
of James is this Josiah*, in which case it must be by a first 
wife. Possible child by a supposed first wife: 
72. I. James' Quinby, born 1741 in Westchester county (see); 

Josiah* married Hannah* Cornell (^Richard*, John^, 
Thomas^, Richard^), of Scarsdale, Westchester county, 
N. Y. She was born 1711, say the records; it is therefore 
likely tht she was a second wife. The only recorded child 
is by wife Hannah: 

II. Mary' Quinby, born 5 May, 1730, says John Cox, 
Jr., custodian of Friends' records; married 15 July, 
1748, at Mamaroneck, Westchester county, N. Y., 
William, son of Joshua and Charity Cornell of 
Greenwich, Conn. ("Rev. Joseph Hull," etc. p. 

Hannah Cornell's sister Eliza, married Aaron* Quinby, 
brother of Josiah*. Hannah (Cornell) Quinby's will, proved 
7 Jan. 1765, is on record at New York city, N. Y. (lib. 26 p. 

View or Wampus Pond, 

Westchestev Count}', N. Y., from the ancient Quinby burial ground (see p. 115). 
Tile gravestones are among the thick bushes at the right. 

The Quinbt Family 117 

39). She is described as of New Rochelle, Westchester 
county; left a brother John Cornell; a daughter, Mary 
t^ornell; and seven Cornell grandsons, the eldest being 
Quinby Cornell. 

Watson's Annals of Pennsylvania, (No. 17, p. 41.7) 
cites from a contemporary source the following: "1723, 
Josiah Quinby of Westchester, New York, a Friend, Adver- 
tises that he has discovered Perpetual Motion, and to be 
moved by the North Star, etc.!! and to be combined with 
the influence of a well of water, over which his machinery 
should work." Josiah S says a descendant, "was of an in- 
ventive turn of mind, and it is interesting to read the fol- 
lowing letter of introduction to Governor Thomas of Penn- 
sylvania given Josiah by Governor Lewis Morris of New 
Jersey, who was a resident of Westchester and a neighbor 
of the Quinbys. What the outcome of Josiah Quinby's 
negotiations with Governor Thomas and John Penn were, 
I cannot say, but it does not appear that any test of the 
invention referred to was ever made. The letter is as follows : 

February 23, 1740 (1) Trenton. 

Sir: — The bearer hereof, Josiah Quinby, has been long 
a neighbor of mine in the province of New York. He has 
a very good mechanical head and has been successful in 
several projections. He is now upon a scheme of an extra- 
ordinary nature, but will be of great use and wonderful 
advantage especially to these American parts and partic- 
ularly to your city of Philadelphia if it succeeds. One 
part of it is by fire vessels constructed and managed in a 
particular manner to destroy any number of ships of war 
coming to attack any sea port or place situated on a nav- 
igable river and that without danger to the defendants or 
place besieged. The other is by machines of no great ex- 
pense to burn the sayles and rigging of any such ships and 
in probability ye ships themselves (in case the burning of 
the sayles and rigging will do it) before, or as soon as they 
can reach the place. He has a very large share of natural 
abilities of mind and being a Quaker is willing to believe 
his scheme will not prove unacceptable to friends, being 
calculated only to destroy ships and not take away the 
lives of men. He has communicated his scheme to me, as 
I suppose he will to you and Mr. Penn if you desire it, but 
in such manner as not to be made publick without his con- 
sent. To me, who have not competent knowledge in the 
pyrotechnical science to forme a proper judgment concern- 
ing them, they carry an appearance of probability; but you 

118 The Quinby Family 

may have some knowing men that may discover their de- 
fects or render them more fit for the purpose than they are, 
should there be any occasion to use them, w'ch I hope you 
never will; and am etc. L. M. 

To CoUo Thomas, Governor of Pennsylvania. 

The following deed is on record; but what were "carr rumes?" 
Joshua Wheeler of New London to Josiah Quinby, Jr., of Mamar- 
oneck. £600. 3-26-1725 F. 28, "To all people to whom these 
presents shall come, Greeting, Know ye that I, Joshua Wheeler, 
of New London, ye county , of New London and Colony of Con- 
necticut, in New England, only son to John Wheeler, Merchant 
of New London, deceased, for and in consideration of ye full sum 
of £600 current money of ye Colony aforesaid and truly paid or 
lawfully secured to be paid by Mr. Josiah Quinby Jnr. of Mamar- 
oneck, ye county of Westchester, in ye Province of New York, 
have given, granted, bargained, sold and do by these presents 
fully, freely and absolutely give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, enfeoff, 
convey and confirm unto ye said Josiah Quinby his heirs and as- 
signs forever two Carr Rume Rights in ye City of London in old 
England, which came to me ye said Wheeler by descent, I being 
ye only son of my mother Elizabeth Wheeler, wife of John Wheeler 
aforesaid, who derived her right from Mr. Wm. Ridge of Newton 
Folgate in ye Parish Lenoyde Shorsdich in ye county Mid Cammar 
by a deed under his hand and seal bearing date Septr. ye 21st 
1688, ye one of ye said Carr Rumes No. 18, ye other No. 177, with 
all ye rights, privileges, immunities, gains and appurtenances. 
To have and to hold ye said two Carr Rumes, with their profits, 
privileges, immunities, gains and appurtenances unto ye said 
Josiah Quinby his heirs and assigns forever, to his and their own 
proper use, benefit and behoof, and I the said Wheeler do hereby 
assure ye Quinby that I am ye true and only owner of ye two Carr 
Rumes and that ye said Quinby shall by virtue hereof forever 
have, hold, use and possess ye said rights of two Carr Rumes without 
any trouble, demand, challenge or difficulty whatever. In Witness 
Whereof I have to these presents set my hand and seal this 26th 
day of March in ye 11th year of his Majesty's reign Anno Domini 
1725. Joshua Wheeler. 

Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of Joseph Backus, 
Samuel Williams, Peter Latimore, Geo. Richards, Jno. Stovell. 

New London, this 31st day of Mch. Anno Domini 1725 then 
personally appeared Joshua Wheeler ye subscriber to ye foregoing 
instrument written on this and the other side of this paper and 
acknowledged ye same to be his own free act and deed. Mathew 
Allyn before John Hooker, Asist. 

Josiah* Quinby, Jr., was twenty-two years old when 
he followed his father's example in acquiring land in the 
town of Mamaroneck. He bought from James Mott of 
that town by a deed of 12-27-1714 (bk. E, p. 82) for eighty 
pounds, a tract of two hundred acres "bounded westerly 
by a red oak tree, marked, so running northerly till it meet 

The Qotnbt Familt 119 

with a walnut tree marked and northerly by a lot of land 
northwesterly belonging to Col. Caleb Heathcote, being 
one of ye long lots and ye 2nd in number, and easterly by 
a lot of land which ye said James Mott hath conditionally 
given to {illegible) of John Mott; southerly by a tract of 
land belonging to Col. Caleb Heathcote,— ye said tract of 
land which James Mott sells unto Josiah Quinby, Jr., is 
ye first in number of ye long lots." 

Nothing further can be identified on the Westchester 
county registry as a purchase by Josiah Quinby, Jr., until 
1731, when he and his wife Hannah, residents of Mamaro- 
neck, sold to John Coles and Peter Boyd by deed of 1-4- 
1731 (bk. G, p. 153) for £153, one hundred acres, the 
boundary "beginning at a chestnut tree, bounded on ye 
southeasterly by Peter Boyd's lot and John Mott's; north- 
easterly by William Peener's lot so-called, now in posses- 
sion of ye heirs of Caleb Heathcote and Josiah Quinby and 
then beginning at ye aforesaid chestnut tree and so reach- 
ing to ye northeast corner of Nehemiah Palmer's lot and 
then to run within 2 rods to ye east of ye Cart road that 
goes to Samuel Quinby's house until it makes up ye quan- 
tity of one hundred acres." 

In 1733 an agreement was put on record from which 
we get a good deal of information about Josiah Quinby, 
Jr.'s land transactions. He was then forty-one years old. 
The document says that William Anderson and others, in 
the name of John Rushton their lessee, have brought their 
action in ejectment against David Brundige and a number 
of others for lands claimed by Joseph DeLancey, Esq., 
Peter Franconier, Cornelius De Peyster, David Clarkson 
and Peter Symes, as owners of six-tenths interest in "that 
tract in Westchester county that commonly goes by the 
name of Franconier's patent." 

The deed then tells us that Josiah Quinby "hath pur- 
chased one-twentieth part of same, and sold to adverse 
persons," and that the above . Anderson and his associates, 
through their man Rushton had brought two actions in the 
Supreme Court, against Jonathan Ogden and Isaac Ander- 
son. Josiah Quinby agrees to defend the above actions 
now pending and defray expenses; while Delancey, Fran- 
conier and the rest agree that Josiah shall "lay his right to 
six hundred acres of land within the patent which have 
already been taken up by his consent or order betweeh the 
west and middle branch of the Byram river and are now 
in possession of sundry persons claiming under him," and 
they further agreed that Josiah Quinby "shall have his 

120 The Quinbt Family 

selection of two hundred acres within the same patent as 
lies to the westward of that tract of land deemed and taken 
to be Bedford Three Miles Square, and within such part 
of such tract as is commonly called the Bedford New Pur- 
chase, in one square piece." 

Josiah Quinby was a claimant or owner of the com- 
mon lands of New Rochelle, as appears by an agreement of 
12-9-1735 (bk. G, p. 138) between a number of such, in- 
cluding Josiah, appointing Capt. O. B. Cobb, A. Lispenard, 
A. Allaire and others to divide up the lands. 

Josiah had evidently acquired a good deal of other 
property, for in a deed of 10-3-1738 (bk. G, p. 322) from 
him and Hannah his wife, of Mamaroneck, to Richard 
Cornell of the same place, it is recited that Josiah was 
entitled by purchase to lands in the Great and Middle 
Neck of John Richbell's patent in Mamaroneck, in com- 
pany with Richard Cornell and others; and that Josiah 
Quinby was also entitled to certain land "in ye patent of 
John Pell," both tracts being undivided. By this deed 
Josiah transferred to Richard Cornell three hundred acres 
to be taken out of both tracts when divided; also a farm 
and improvements at Horse Ridge," supposed to be in ye 
said patents and be ye quarter part of ye said three hun- 
dred acres;" also a dwelling house in Mamaroneck with one 
and a half acres "bounded easterly by ye County Road, 
northerly and westerly by land of Henry Disbrow, and 
southerly by ye land of James Mott"; together with stock 
and implements and household goods. For all of this prop- 
erty Richard Cornell paid the goodly sum of nine hundred 

Note: Cornell. Showing intermarriages with Quinby: 

1. Thomas 1 Cornell married Rebecca Briggs; had 

2. Richard * Cornell, immigrant ancestor, died about 1 693 ; his son 

3. Thomas' Cornell had a son 

4. John* Cornell, of Cow Neck, Long Island, who was living 
in 1677 and married Mary Russell. Two of their sons were 
Richardl' Cornell who removed in 1725 to Westchester county; he 
was born 1675 and died 1758; and Joshua' Cornell, who married 
Sarah Thome. Two of Richard' Cornell's daughters, Hannah* 
Cornell, born 1711, and Elizabeth* Cornell, married sons of Josiah' 
Quinby and Aaron* Quinby; and Richard' Cornell's grandson 
(by bfis son Joseph' Cornell) named Ferris* Cornell, married Han- 
nah', Josiah' Quinby's granddaughter by his son Moses* Quinby. 

John * Cornell's other son, Joshua ', who married Sarah 
Thorne, had a son Joshua ' Cornell, of Harrison, Westchester 
county, whose two sons John' Cornell and William' Cornell 
successively married Mary' Quinby, the daughter of Moses* 
Quinby, and sister of the Hannah » Quinby who married Ferris ' 
Cornell. (See History and Genealogy of the Cornell family, by 
Rev. John Cornell). 

The Quinby Family 121 

26. Jonathan* (Josiah^, John', William^) born 18 
Apr. 1695, in Westchester county, New York. He went to 
New Jersey; I find no record as yet of marriage or children. 
There is in the Pennsylvania Colonial records the following 
letter from Jonathan ^ 

"Solebury, August 24, 1759. 

"Friend Peters: I desire to know whether I can 
have any assistance in regaining the island that I possessed 
under a survey of the Penn right, that lies nigh to Pennsyl- 
vania shore on the river Delaware. I have made inquiry 
of several attorneys-at-law, and find by much advice that 
I should be jointly in the action against him, otherwise he 
will plead that the Penns never possessed the island; but 
if I am jointly in the action, either in siezing the crop that 
is upon the said island or in a suit at law to bring to jus- 
tice the offender, I desire that if thee will assist me in that 
way or any other to send orders that it be done at Septem- 
ber Court. I find by advice that there is no danger of 
losing the cause. If thee will send an order up to George 
Ely's that I may have it to carry on an action against 
Richard Minton the said offender, I will take care that it 
shall be carried on next Court, and if it can be carried on 
either way, I will be equal in the cost, for I know if we 
have the benefit of the laws we shall not lose the cause. 
N. B. I say the less in this paper, because I have given 
my complaint in more at large in several other papers. I 
desire we may have Benjamin Chew to carry on the cause, 
and if we cannot have him I will see and fee another at- 
torney. Jonathan Quinby. 
Directed to Mr. Richard Peters, in Phila." 

The island is a few miles above Bull's Island (which 
is opposite Raven Rock Station, Belvidere R. R.) and op- 
posite Point Pleasant. The history of Bucks County, 
Penn., says at p. 507, in speaking of the islands in the 
Delaware River near Point Pleasant, "Cutbush, or Cut- 
belch as it is called by some, and Gondola islands belong 
to John N. Solliday. They were once owned by John Prane and 
also by the State. In 1769 Jonathan Quinby sold Cutbush to 
Adam Hall of Amwell, N. J., for £55. There was con- 
si<ierable controversy about the islands belonging to Tene- 
cum a century ago. 

"Jonathan Quinby claimed the two lower, but it is 
alleged he sold the two upper to one Rittenhouse for two 
or three ears of corn, and that George Hall had purchased 

122 The Quinby PamhiT 

Rittenhouse's right for a few bushels of buckwheat. John 
Prane quieted Quinby's claim by purchasing his right. 

"The grant is supposed to have been made by Penn 
to one Mills, Mills to Marshall; part of Marshall's heirs to 
Quinby, who claimed that he obtained a warrant for his 
right and laid it on the two islands granted to Adam Hall." 

27. James ^ (Josiah^, John^, William^) born in West- 
chester county, N. Y., 18 Apr. 1695. The only record I 
find of a James at this period is in a diary of Aaron ' 
Quinby (1833), compiled from statements of Aaron* 
(Isaiah*, Josiah^) which says: "James was born about 
1700 and lived at Salem, Westchester county, N. Y. He 
had five sons, of whom the eldest was Ephraim, born 

We have so far not discovered any record of the other 



Ephraim ' Quinby, born 1724 at Crum's pond, West- 
chester county, N. Y.; his line is not continued in 
this volume; 


(son) ' Quinby; , 



(son) ' Quinby; 



(son) " Quinby; 



(son) ' Quinby; 

28. Samuel^ {Josiah^, John^, William^,) born 2nd 
5 mo. 1697, at Northcastle. A family record implies he 
died 1699, thus "Samuel died and soon after a son was 
born 2 mo. 3d., died 18 same mo." i. e. 1699. Bolton says 
he married Philakett Lester (sister of Phemy Palmer's 
mother, says C. L. Andrews.) The Chappaqua Monthly 
Meeting records give the following: "Samuel Quinby and 
Philena Hitt mar. int. 1 mo. 8, 1732; 2 mo. 12, 1733; repd. 
ace. 3 mo. 10, 1733." 

The following is an extract from Bolton's History of 
Westchester county (I. 706) in which the date is wrong, as 
Samuel was only four years old in 1701. The date is prob- 
ably 1741, the year after Smith's arrival: "On the 29th 
day of March, 1701, Samuel Quinby', of the West Patent 
of North Castle, for the sum of three pounds, sold Benja- 
min Smith of the said patent, 'all that certain piece of land 
containing three quarters of an acre, or thereabouts, 
bounded as foUoweth: Beginning at the brook on the 
west side of the high ridge, near the house where Nathaniel 
Smith lives, and running along the west side of the road 
northward to a heap of stoned, thence eastward and souths 
ward along the partition fence, and as the same stands to 
the said brook, then up said brook to where it began,' " 

The Quinbt Famil? 123 

(This deed was copied, says Bolton, from the original in 
possession of David W. Smith, Esq., of Kensico.) 

Benjamin Smith removed to Northcastle from Rye 
about 1740 and became one of patentees in connection with 
Joseph Quinby and Caleb Fowler. The above named 
Pavid W. is his great grandson who occupied the original 
farm (I. Bolton, 712). 

The only time Mr. Haviland found Samuel's name on 
the real estate records of Westchester county was as a 
witness to a deed of 7-6-1721, from Josiah Quinby of 
Mamaroneck to Richard Cudner. 

29. Ephraim^ {Josiah^, John^, William^) married 
Elizabeth (Hall) Halliday of New Jersey. Her first hus- 
band (whom she divorced) was Moses Halliday; one child, 
Moses. Another account says: "he was born in 1700; mar- 
ried Elizabeth Hall Halliday, a daughter of Dr. John Hall 
of "Northcastle, N. J.," and his only child. She had mar- 
ried Moses Halliday who was an Episcopal Bishop, but on 
the evidence being established that he had left a wife and 
family in England, Dr. Hall never permitted his daughter 
to see him, but raised and educated her son (named for 
his father, Moses Halliday) and later when the Quinby 
family emigrated to western Pennsylvania, this man be- 
came the founder of Halliday's Mills. That Ephraim emi- 
grated farther than New Hope, I have no knowledge." 
Ephraim Quinby settled in Hunterdon county. New Jersey, 
prior to 1739, in which year his name is found in a list of 
those voting at Amwell for members of the State Assembly. 
Ephraim died 1767. His brother Isaiah was executor of 
his will, recorded at Trenton. 

Mrs. Elizabeth went west to live, but not until she 
had married and buried her third and fourth husbands, 
cousins, both named Cornelius Quick. She then divided 
her time, alternate two years, with her sons Samuel and 
Ephraim. One of Elizabeth's marriage records is at King- 
wood township, N. J., where she married 2 July 1772, 
. Cornelius Quick of Greenwich, by Rev. William Frazier of 
Amwell N J. One of these Quicks was appropriately a 
dancing master. Mrs. Beebe says Ephraim's wife was a 
very large, plethoric woman and adds: Ehzabeth Hall- 
Halliday-Quinby-Quick-'Quick lived turns of two years about 
with her sons Ephraim and Samuel. While Samuel lived 
in Howland 1806-8, she occupied a small house north of 
the family home. When with Ephraim he boarded her with 
another family. She was first interred in a family grave 
pear the homestead; she now has a monument in the City 
Cemetery ei'ected by her granddaughters." 

124 The Quinbt Family 

The tombstone of Mrs. Elizabeth is at Warren, Ohio, 
and is marked as follows: "Our Grandmother Elizabeth 
wife of Ephraim Quinby, Sr. Born in New Jersey 1726, 
died in 1810." 

Family characteristics of the descendants of Ephraim 
(says Mrs. Beebe) are "black eyes, quick motions, a pleas- 
ing manner but often brusque and determined in speech; 
gesture is universal amongst them, and the closed hand 
with the thumb laid on top, and an up and down motion 
while speaking are as characteristic of them as is possible 
of any distinct race of people. Nothing is too difficult to 
accomplish if once undertaken, and trials too numerous to 
mention have been the life of many of the family who have 
usually risen by energy to the front rank, often by sheer 
industry and good management." Children of Ephraim*: 

I. Mart = Quinby, "married Smith;" that 

an old record says Mary married Bays and then 
crosses the word Bays out and puts Smith con- 
firms the following record of Bolton; for Basil was 
pronounced Baysil and spelling in those days was 
of no account whatever and few proper names had 
acquired the modern conventional spelling. The 
record in Bolton's History of Westchester county, 
N. Y., is as follows: Mary Quinby married Basil' 
Bartow {John^, Thomas'^) who was born at West- 
chester, 1720, son of Rev. John Bartow, A. M., 
and Helena (Reid) Bartow; and upon her death 
Basil married Clarina, daughter of Rev. Ebenezer 
Punderson (II. Bolton, 350). This record is at 
Albany: Mary Quinby and Basil Bartow of New 
York city, license for marriage issued 29 June, 
1757 (M. B., I., 576; printed 1860). No other 
Mary Quinby on record can possibly have been 
Basil's wife; Basil had no children by Mary Quin- 
by (Bolton's Hist.) ; 
II. Elizabeth ' Quinby 

III. Sarah ' Quinby married Vance and moved 

to Xenia, Ohio; she had sixteen daughters and 
four sons; on marriage each received a farm of 
100 acres and a 44 lb. goose feather bed. She is 
buried at Urbana, Ohio; 

Philene or FiLENAH » Quinby; 

Samuel ' Quinby, born 1756 (see) ; 

Daniel' Quinby (see); 

Ephraim « Quinby, born 11 May, 1766, "founder of 
Warren, Ohio" (see); 
VIII. Phebe 5 Quinby, married Reuben Wright, who was 
killed by cow-boys in his flouring mill; Phebe 
thereupon went to England and remained; she it 
was who spoke in meeting, died in England and 
had no children. (E. R. B.) 








The Quinbt Pamilt 125 

30. Aaron* (Josiah', John', William') born in West- 
chester county. New York, 30 Dec. 1702. He married 

fi-T'}!' ; . (^^y^ * ^*°^'ly record) Elizabeth' Cornell, 
{Richard \ John', Thomas \ Richard') born 20 May, 1720, 
died 1795, the widow of Aaron Palmer (Bolton's West- 
chester; Mott Genealogy, p. 363). "mar. int. 1, 13, 1739- 
40; 2 10, 1740; repd. ace. 3, 8, 1740." (Friends' re.) 
Her elder sister Hannah married Josiah* Quinby (Josiah^). 
Aaron < Quinby was twenty-five years old when his 
parents, then described as of Westchester borough and town, 
deeded to him by deed of 7-13-1727 (bk. F, p. 259) for a 
consideration stated to be £153, five parcels of land, the 
first "bounded southerly on the land of Holona (?) Barton, 
westerly and northerly on ye parsonage land and easterly 
on ye highway or street;" the second, "his home lot which 
he bought of John Clapp, bounded southerly on a small 
road or highway between it and the land of Thomas Had- 
don, westerly by ye highway or street and northerly and 
easterly by ye sheep pasture;" the third was "bounded 
southerly by ye sheep pasture, westerly by ye above high- 
way or street, northerly by ye land of Israel Honeywell 
and easterly to Brunx's hay path;" the fourth parcel was 
"meadow, bounded southerly by ye meadows of Israel 
Honeywell and of John Baxter, deceased, westerly by the 
highway, northerly by said Honeywell's meadow, easterly 
by ye Great Creek or White Pond, with all his rights in the 
Hammock land," etc. The fifth parcel was salt meadow, 
"bounded southerly by E. Jones" (?), etc., together with 
rights in the sheep pasture. 

There is also a deed of 4-29-1741 (bk. G, p. 304) to 
Aaron Quinby, described as of the borough and town of 
Westchester, from John and Margaret Williams, conveying 
for £208, a parcel of fifty-nine acres and upwards, "be- 
ginning at a stake by ye fence joining to ye highway from 
ye town to ye post road and to land this day sold by ye 
said John Williams to Nathaniel Underbill; thence easterly 
(distance illegible) to land of Israel Honeywell," thence by 
various courses to land of Nathaniel Underbill aforesaid, to 
the beginning. 

Children of Aaron and Elizabeth* (Cornell) Quinby: 

80. I. JosiAH' Quinby, born 11 mo. 8, 1743 (see); 

II. Mart ' Quinby, born 6 mo. 24, 1745, married at 
Westchester 1 mo. 18, 1764, Uriah, son of Robert 
and Abigail Field, of Greenwich, Conn.; 

81. III. Aaron" Quinby, born 4 mo. 1, 1747; died without 

issue; living in 1797 (see James" Quinby's will); 

82. IV. Moses' Quinby, born 6 mo. 11, 1749 (see); 

126 The Quinby Familt 

V. James' Quinbt, born 10 mo. 12, 1751; died young; 
VI. Hannah' Quinby, born 12 mo. 26, 1746, married 

Caleb Pell of Eastchester, N. Y.; 
VII. Elizabeth ' Quinby, born 9 mo. 29, 1753, married 
12 mo. 20, 1775, Matthew, son of Samuel and 
Abigail Bowne, of New York (Fr. re); 
VIII. Phoebe' Quinby, born 4 mo. 3, 17'57; died young; 
83. IX. James' Quinby, born 19 May, 1759 (see); 

X. Phoebe' Quinby, born 2 mo. 6, 1761; married at 
Westchester 12 mo. 17, 1783, Solomon, son of 
Caleb and Rose Barton, of Great Nine Partner^, 
N. Y., and had several children (mar. int. 11, 13, 
1783; 12, 11, 1783 "he producing a certificate of 
clear from Nine Partners; rep. ace. 1, 8, 1784;" 
Fr. Re.) 

Note — The above marriage records are from the Friends' records (MS.) 

Note — Field, showing intermarriages with Quinby (compiled 
from Bolton's History of Westchester county, edition of 1881). 
The lineage is from John' Field of 1586 of England, a man of 
prominence, through Matthew' and James' to Robert* Field of 
Flushing, Long Island, 1645. His son Anthony' and wife Susan- 
nah had Benjamin' who married Hannah Bowne. They had 
Robert' Field born 1707; by his second wife Abigail, daughter of 
Joseph Sutton, he had a ^bn, Uriah' Field of Greenwichjj Conn., 
who married 18 January, 1764, Mary' Quinby {Aaron*, Joseph*, 
John*, William^.) Three of their grandchildren married three 
children of Isaiah Quinby, as follows: 

I. Uriah", son of Robert' Field, married Mary Jane* Quinby 
(Isaiah », Af OSes *, Josiah ', John «, William ') ; 

II. Esther", daughter of Josiah" and Hannah (Griffin) 
Field, married Moses I. » Quinby, {Isaiah^, Moses*, Josiah', John*, 
William . 

III. Mary", daughter of Sarah » Field, and her husband John 
Griffin, married Isaiah « Quinby (Isaiah ', Moses *, Josiah ', John •, 

31. Moses ^ (Josiah^, John^, William^) born 11 mo. 
y^ 12, 1704, at Nortbcastle, Westchester county, New York. 
, He married Jean (or Jane) Pelham, daughter of Francis 
and Elizabeth Pelham of Northcastle. The Friends' rec- 
ords say their marriage intention was "published 2 mo. 9, 
1730, and 3 mo. 14, 1730; reported accordingly." 

The following item occurs in the town records of North- 
castle, Westchester county. New York: "April ye 6th 1736, 
at a lawful town meeting for to choose town officers in 
Northcastle" were elected George Denms, Supervisor, Moses 
Quinby, Clerk, etc. (I. Bolton, 712). * 

Mosefe and Daniel presented a certificate of unity from 
Purchase, Westchester county, N. Y., to Kingwood M.M., 
Hunterdon county, N. J., 9 mo. 11, 1758, Moses apparently 

Ancient Chaie from England, 

i'rom the home of .31Moses Qiiinbv. Photographed in the home of his descendant 
Edward S. Quinby, at Ossining, N. Y., by the latter 's grandson, Prank Burt Freidel. 
"Gen. Washington, while his head-quarters were in the vicinity, was a frequent 
Tisitor at the Quinby homestead at Wampus. This was his favorite chair and has 
tieen treasured as an heirloom ever since,'' says Mj-s. Mary E. (Quinby) Freidel. 

The Quinby Family 127 

intending to remain and Daniel acting merely as com- 
panion for the journey. 

Lizzie M. Quinby, (1890) says she has Moses and Jean 
(Pelham) Quinby's marriage certificate and an old arm 
chair that Washington sat in at the old Quinby house at 
Wampus lake. 

The Friends' Miscellany (IX. 319) contains Robert 
Willis's Journal of about 1779. He says: "We left the 
Fort about sunrise, and that day reached Moses Quinby's 
at Northcastle." 

The only deeds Mr. Haviland copied from the West- 
chester county records to which Moses* was a party is of 
1-1-1731 (bk. G, p. 219) from Nathan Smith of "Grinwig" 
(Greenwich), Conn., under power from Isaac Schalai of 
Elizabethtown, to "Moses Quinby of Northcastle." The 
deed conveys "right to take up five hundred acres" of land 
"out of my share of a certain tract and patin of land" 
bounded "northerly by the manor of Cortland, easterly 
with Bedford line of Three Miles Square and the White 
Fields and the Birn river, southerly by the land of John 
Harason and ye Rye line southerly to Birn river aforesaid 
and ye White Plains and, westerly by ye Bronx river and 
ye manor of Phillips Burrow, commonly called and known 
by ye name of Forkenier's West Patin by virtue of my 
being in pardenership and joint tennance for ye twentieth 
part of ye tract or patin of land not yet divided." 

The only other deed to which Moses was a party 
which seems to be on record in Westchester county was 
executed just before his death, to his son Isaiah, 3-10- 
1786 (bk. Q, p. 161), and was not signed by his wife, who 
however, was alive. It conveys for five shillings, etc., the 
farm (in the West patent of Northcastle) where Moses 
Quinby then lived, beginning at the northwest corner of 
Francis Quinby's land, thence by Francis Quinby's land 
and James Brundige's land, and crossing the road leading 
from Moses Quinby's to the house of William Ogden de- 
ceased to the lot of late (?) intended for Moses Quinby, 
Jr., (including the middle lot on the Ridge), and by the 
lands of Samuel Quinby, Obediah Quinby and B. Smith, etc, 

Moses died at the age of 82 (i. e., in 1786). Children 
of Moses* and Jean (Pelham) Quinby, born at Northcastle: 

I. Elizabeths Quinby, born 2 mo. 17, 1731 (Fr. re); 
Bolton says 28 Feb. 1736. She married Richard- 
son Sutton of Croton, N. Y., fifth son of Joseph 
Sutton, the first, born 11 July, 1732, died 1776 
(I. Bolton, 576). She died 8 mo. 5, 1806; 

128 The Quinbt Family 

84. II. Samuel " Quinbt, born 7 mo. 23, 1732 (see) ; 

85. III. Francis « Quinbt, born 9 mo. 30, 1734 (see) ; 

IV. Mart Jane« Quinbt, born 2 mo. 22, 1738 (Mrs. 
Beebe has a record giving 6 mo. 25); she mar- 
ried Johli' Cornell of Purchase, N. Y.; she died 7 
mo. 1794. Boltbn's Westchester giyes Mary' as 
having married both John" Cornell, {Joshua', 
Joshua*, John', Thomas^, Richard^), born 1738 
and died 1873 (he also married Mary Ann Allen) 
and apparently earlier, his brother William • 
Cornell, born 1728. If this is a different Mary 
Quinby no other record of the second can be 

86. V. JosiAH' Quinbt, born 3 mo. 20, 1741 (see); 

VI. Phoebe " Quinbt, born 10 mo. 15, 1744; died 6 mo. 

VII. Hannah' Quinbt, born 7 mo. 5, 1747 says Bolton; 
Mrs. Beebe says 12 mo. 3^ 1749; she married 9 mo. 
14, 1791, at Purchase, Westchester county, Fferris' 
Cornell; the Friends' records say: "marriage in- 
tention, 8, 11,^1791 and 9, 8, 1791; reptd. ace. 10, 
13, 1791." Ferris « was son of Joseph » Cornell 
and was born 1748; she died 5 mo. 20, 1809; 

87. VIII. Isaiah' Quinbt, born 12 mo. 3, 1749 (see); 

IX. Martha' Quinbt, born 10 mo. 18, 1751; she mar- 
ried 12 mo. 21, 1769, at Chappaqua, Westchester 
county, Samuel, son of Jacob and Mary (Amy?) 
Underbill of Phillipsburg, N. Y. ("marr. Int. 11, 
9, 1769; 12, 14, 1769.") She died 9 mo. 24, 1821, 
at Newcastle; 
X. Susannah' Quinbt, born 4 mo. 2, 1756 (new 
style); married 10 mo. 21, 1784 (say the Friends' 
records; Mrs. Beebe, Mr. Andrews and others 
evidently in error say 4 mo. 22) Reuben, son of 
Samuel and Rebecca Haigh't of Phillipsburg ("marr 
int. 9, 9, 1784; 10, 14, 1784; reported ace. 11, 11, 
1784"). She died 2 mo. 19, 1824, says one record; 
another says she died 4 mo. 21, 1831, aged 74 y. 
11 m. 29d., at Northcastle; he died 5 mo. 21, 
1841, aged 81 y. 2m. 19 d. at Mt. Pleasaiit. 

Note — Sutton of Westchester, showing intermarriages with 
Quinby (compiled from Bolton's History of Westchester, New 
York, page 760) : 

Joseph Sutton married Mary Sands and died 1765-70; aged 
80. His son, RicTiardson Sutton, was born 11 July, 1732, and 
died 1776. He married Elizabeth' Quinby (Moses*, Josiah*, 
John*, William^). They hikd a son Samuel Sutton born 22 Jan. 
1764, who married Sarah, daughter of Abraham Underbill, and had 
Amy Sutton, wlio married Isaiah H. ' Quinby, (William », Josiah ', 
Moses*, Josiah', John", William^). Anotbler son of Richardson 
and Elizabeth" (Quinby) Sutton was Moses Sutton, born 15 
March, 1756, who married Rebecca, daughter of Iskac Underbill. 
They had Phbebe Sutton, who married Aaron* Quinby (James', 
Aaron*, Josiah', John', William^). 

The Quinbt Family 129 

iv/r /^ • L ., ^y month 

Moses Quinby thear 7 Son was born 12 of 9- 1704 
was mared to Jean Pellam Dafter of Francis 
I'ellam, whou was the dafter of Justes of Peas 

the Twelve month in the year 1729 
and had the 10 following Children 

day month 
Ji/lizabeth 1 born ye 17 12 1730 

bamuel Quinby 2 born ye 23: 7: 1732 

Francis Quinby 3 born ye 30: 9: 1734 

Mary born 4 ye 25: 6: 1738 

Josiah Quinby 5 born ye 28: 1: 1741 

Phebe born ye 6 ye 15: 10: 1744 

Hannah born 7 ye: 5: 7: 1747 

Isaiah Quinby 8 born ye 3: 12: 1749 

Martha born 9 ye 18: 10: 1751 

Supannar born [illegible] 22: 4: 1756 

Moses Quinby lived in North 

Cassel and belonged to parches [Purchase] 

monthly meting had a good 

Testimony that was very except 

ble to us and friends in general way 

He Departed this the 6 day of the 4 month, 1786 

Jean Quinby deceassed the 10 of ye 5 month 1787 

Elizabeth mared to Richardson Sutton 

Mary mared to John Cornell 

Phebe never mared & [illegible] to rest 

Hannah marred to Feris Cornell 

Marthar marred to Samuel Underbill 

Susannar marred to Ruben Hoyght. 

[This seems to be in Samuel Quinby's hand]. 

Note — Marriage Certificate of Moses and Jean (Pelham) Quin- 
by (1730) (spelling modernized): 

Whereas Moses Quinby of North Castle in the county of 
Westchester, son to Josiah Quinby, and Jean Pelham of the same 
place having declared their intention of marriage to each other 
before several of the monthly meetings of the people called Quakers 
in Mamaroneck according to the good order used amongst them 
whose proceeding there after a deliberate consideration thereof, 
and having the consent of relations concerned and nothing ap- 
pearing to Absent were approved of by the meeting. Now these 
are to certify all whom it may concern that for the accomplishing 
their said intention this fourth day of the fourth month in the 
year of our Lord seventeen hundred and thirty ye said Moses 
Quinby and Jean Pelham presented themselves in a public meet- 
ing of the said people and others at North Castle, and ye said 
Moses Quinby taking the said Jean Pelham by the hand and did 
in a solemn manner declare that he did take her to be his wife 


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promising to be unto her a true and loving husband until the 
Lord by death shall separate them, and then and there in the 
same assembly the said Jean Pelham did in like manner, declare 
that she did take the said Moses Quinby to be her husband prom- 
ising to be unto him a true and loving wife until the Lord by 
death shall separate them and moreover the said Moses Quinby 
and Jean Pelham have according to the custom of marriage as- 
suming the name of her husband as a further confirmation thereof 
did then and thereto these presents set their hands and we whose 
names are hereunder subscribed amongst others at the solemnizing 
of the said marriage and subscription as aforesaid have also as 
witnesses set our hands to these presents: 

Moses Quinby 
Jean Quinby 

James Haight 
James Cromwell 
William Johnson 
Hannah Pelham 
Mary Pelham 
Abigail Sutton 
Maria Johnson 
Phoebe Carpenter 
Elizabeth Green 
Micah Sutton 
Phebe Thornycroft 
Panelope Hutchings 

Joseph Denton 
Jeremiah Wood 
Joseph Green 
Thomas Hutchings 
John Hallock 
Timothy Carpenter 
Thomas Hutchings 

Francis Pelham 
Elizabeth Pelham 
Dorcas Clapp 
Samuel Quinby 
Aaron Quinby 
Samuel Vail 
John Vail 
Josiah Hunt 
Adam Ireland 
Joseph Sutton 

32. Daniel* {Josiah^, John^, William^) born 1 mo. 
14, 1709 in Westchester county. New York. 

Daniel requested a certificate of clearance from the 
Friends in Westchester, and a committee was appointed 
1 mo. 12, 1745-6. I find no further record in that county, 
but Daniel with Moses, brought a certificate of unity from 
Purchase, Westchester county, 9 mo. 11, 1758, to the 
Friends at Kingswood, Hunterdon county, N. J. Daniel 
evidently returned after making a visit to his elder brother 
Ephraim, who had settled in Hunterdon county twenty 
years before. We find no records of Daniel's marrying 
until 5 mo. 13, 1756, when he married at Flushing, Long 
Island, N. Y., Mary daughter of Benjamin Thorne of that 
place. She died 1 mo. 27, 1758, and in that record Daniel 
is mentioned as a resident of Westchester. 

An interesting memorandum in the Friends' records of 
Westchester county is as follows: 

"29th 4 mo. 1760 came Joseph Mullinex, Serjant and 
James Lewes and opened my desk and took out £5 for not 
training, I not being at home. Daniel Quinby." 

He married second Sarah Wooster ("marriage intention 
8, 10, 1769; 8, 14, 1769; reptd. 10, 12, 1769") and names 
her in his will, dated 1 mo. 24, 1789, proved 17 Jan. 1795 

The QuiNBY Family 131 

in Westchester county (liber B, p. 100) in which he gives 
her one-half the house, house-lot, stock, etc., the balance 
to two nephews, "cousin Daniel brother Ephraim's son," 
and "cousin Moses, brother Aaron's son," the latter of 
whom he made executor, as he lived in Westchester. No 
children are mentioned. 

One Sarah Quimby appears on the Hicksite records of 
the Chappaqua Monthly Meeting 7 mo. 11, 1782, as hav- 
ing been testified against at the meeting for certain con- 
duct, of which some disapproved, not involving moral 
turpitude, however. 

33. Isaiah* (Josiah^, John^, William^) born 11 June, 
1716, in Westchester county, N. Y. He settled at Amwell, 
N. J., in 1742. He married first, 6 mo. 21, 1743, in Hun- 
terdon county, New Jersey, Rachel Warford, born 3 mo. 
20, 1723. She died 3 mo. 10, 1777, and he married 6 mo. 
24, 1778, at Buckingham Friends' Meeting House, Hannah 
Kinsey of Buckingham. After her death, he married third, 
9 mo. 20, 1786, Miriam Betts of Solebury, Pennsylvania. 
James and Moses Quinby and thirty-eight other persons 
appear as witnesses of this marriage on the records of 
Wrightstown Monthly Meeting. 

Isaiah's ancient stone mansion is about a mile north- 
east of the Raven Rock station on the Belvidere Railroad, 
on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River. 

From an essay by Charles T. Jenkins, Esq., read at 
the Reunion of the descendants of Isaiah S the following is 
taken : 

"Ephraim Quimby, Josiah's younger brother, came to 
New Jersey and settled in Hunterdon county prior to 1739, 
and it was no doubt this fact that induced our ancestor 
Isaiah in 1742 to follow the course of empire westward and 
try his fortunes in Amwell. Amwell in those days was a 
very large township. About 50 years ago it was divided 
and this portion was included in the boundaries of a new 
township called Delaware. 

"Isaiah Quinby was born the 11th of Fifth-month, 
1716. He was consequently 26 years of age when he came 
to New Jersey. He provided himself with a certificate 
from his Monthly-Meeting, stating that he had a birth- 
right among Friends and that he had behaved himself 
'pretty orderly' as a youth. This certificate was afterwards 
presented to the Monthly Meeting at Buckingham. He must 
have met Rachel Warford soon after his arrival, for they were 
married the following year, 1743, Sixth-month 21st. Three 
days will make it just one hundred and forty-eight years 

132 The Quinby Family 

ago and this occasion will serve as an anniversary celebra- 
tion of the event. The Warfords were early settlers in 
that part of Bethlehem township which has since been 
formed into Kingwood. Two miles above here there are 
high bluffs like those of Raven Rock, called Warford's 
Rocks. Here was a Warford farm of 300 acres. The War- 
ford name to-day, however, is almost extinct in Hunterdon 
county. I have not been able to find the names of Rachel's 

"In December, 1743, six months after his marriage, 
Isaiah Quinby bought of John and Catherine Howell a 
tract of land containing 300 acres. It extended from the 
river back over the river hills and included this island which 
was valuable in these days for the facilities for shad fishing 
it afforded. The fisheries were on the side towards the 
main channel. The island was also cultivated as part of 
it is today. Isaiah's original farm was afterwards increased 
in size and when his son James owned it, it contained 312 
acres, with a 30-acre wood lot in addition. 

"Soon after Isaiah bought his farm he built a one-story 
stone house which is part of the dwelling as it stands to- 
day. The two-story part adjoining was not built until 
later, about 1800. The old pear tree at the end of the 
house, now half reclining and nearly dead, is considerably 
over a hundred years old and is supposed to have been 
planted about the time the first house was built. In this 
quaint old farm house, which has stood so long over-look- 
ing the Delaware Valley, Isaiah Quinby lived for more than 
65 years. Thaddeus Kenderdine thus speaks of it: 

"High up among the river hills 
The low roofed Quinby farm house stood, 
Overlooking miles of valley land 
And alternating field and wood." 

"Before the present bridge was built, in order to ford 
the river it was necessary to go several miles lower down 
or some distance above. There was, however, a public 
ferry at Lumberton, a mile below us. In the spring, when 
the river was high with freshets or when filled with floating 
ice, crossing was hazardous and often impossible. In winter 
however, a bridge of ice often stretched from shore to 
shore. When Thomas Atkinson and Hannah Quinby were 
married, the bridal procession from the old home glided 
down the snow-clad hill and with jingling sleigh bells wound 
a sinuous course over the river to Solebury Meeting House. 

The Qxjinbt Family 133 

"Before the meeting house at Solebury was built the 
Quinbys went to Buckingham to worship, but the distance 
and the often impassable crossing interfered seriously with 
their regular attendance. Rachel Warford was not origin- 
ally a member of the Society of Friends, but I think it 
likely she was afterwards taken in. A story is told of her 
mounting her horse with one child on front and another 
behind and crossing the river to attend week day meeting. 

"When, however, their daughter Mary was married, 
the wedding was not conducted under the care of Friends 
and a committee from Buckingham was appointed to visit 
Isaiah for this offence and also to look into the purchase 
of a slave which he had made about that time. The com- 
mittee visited him and he put them in expectation of at- 
tending the following monthly meeting, but the small pox 
was raging in the neighborhood of the meeting house, and 
as his family had never had it he did not appear. At 
another time he was prevented from attending by the river 
being impassable. He finally prepared a written acknowl- 
edgment which was accepted as satisfactory." 

It was in the same year 1765 that the fact of Isaiah's 
having bought a negro woman was brought before the 
meeting; "a committee was probably appointed to visit him 
regarding the matter for he afterwards acknowledged that 
the negress was a bad purchase." (C. F. J.) "Isaiah 
Quinby, 1st, was quite blind before he died; his eyes were 
afficted with cataracts, which in the present day could 
probably have been removed. He was a great worker and 
an early riser, a characteristic which clings to the whole 
Quinby family." (C. F. Jenkins). Isaiah Quinby acquired 
his title to his farm fishery as follows: 

I. Proprietors of New Jersey to Richard Ball and 

John Ladd, deed 11 Nov. 1712, 625 acres. 

(Book A, fol. 137); 

II. Richard Ball to John Ladd; partition made 1721; 

lower part and Island allotted to John Ladd; 

III. John Ladd to Catherine Ladd, wife of John How- 

ell; will dated 1730 of John Ladd; the tract of 
land in the township of Amwell containing 
about three hundred acres more or less; 

IV. John Howell and Catherine his wife to Isaiah 

Quinby; deed dated 23 Dec. 1743; conveys the 
300 acres. Isaiah Quinby and wife conveyed 
part of this property to George Wall for $4000. 
(recorded vol. IV. p. 6) and recited the above 
conveyances in the deed, dated 24 Mar. 1801. 

134 Tbe QxnNBT Family 

The property is described as follows: 1st. A 
tract of land containing 65 6-10 acres including 
the island in the Delaware river known as 
Bull's Island; 2nd. A tract opposite the island 
containing 75 acres; both tracts in Amwell 
township; rights are reserved to certain fish- 
eries by three several leases, 1st. to Aaron 
Quinby, Moses Quinby, John Wolverson and 
others dated 20 Feb. 1782; 2nd, to Aaron 
Quinby, Moses Quinby, Isaac Rittenhouse and 
others, dated 17 Mar. 1786; 3d., to Moses 
Quinby, Aaron Quinby, James Quinby and 
others, dated 20 Feb. 1794. 

Isaiah^ died 4 mo. 6, 1807, aged 91; Miriam, his widow, 
died 7 mo. 20, 1811. 

Children of Isaiah* and Rachel (Warford) Quinby: 

I. Samuel 5 Quinby, born 3 mo. 20, 1743; died 5 mo. 

1750; killed by the kick of a horse; 
II. Mahy» Quinby, born 1 mo. 7, 1745; married 1765, 
Isaac Stout, "a nice man," of Amwell, outside the 
Society of Friends and in consequence was called 
before the Buckingham Monthly Meeting. Noth- 
ing seems to have been done about it, and Mary 
afterwards became a Baptist; a descendant of 
Isaiah says he often spoke of her as hie "religious 
daughter." Isaiah said she was the best child 
he had, said Aunt Mary Kenderdine in Upper 
Dublin to Wilmer Atkinson in 1891 (reported by 
C. F. Jenkins); 

III. Elizabeth' Quinby, born 11 mo. 11, 1747; married 

11 mo. 13, 1766, at Plumstead meeting, Joseph, 
son of Joseph Brown of Bucks county, Penn., and 
removed to Virginia in the fall of 1770, and took 
their certificate of membership to Fairfax Monthly 
Meeting. For a while they were very poor, said 
Aunt Mary; and EHzabeth "had to take in spin- 

IV. Anne ' Quinby, born 1 mo. 18, 1749, died (4 mo. 

7?) 1831; married at Buckingham meeting 5 mo. 
13, 1772, Jeremiah, son of Robert Croasdale of 
Bucks county, Penn. They had eleven children. 
Jeremiah was a Quaker and a nice young man; 
Mr. Jenkins's MS. says: "Cousin Letitia Haines 
recalls the fact that aunt Nancy and uncle Jerry 
Croasdale stopped at her father's, when he was 
farming in Delaware, on their way to visit Aaron's 
family in Maryland. They travelled in a chair 
(i. e., chaise) and aunt Nancy carried her clothes 
in a bag that was strapped underneath; 'and what 
a nice old couple they were,' says cousin Letitia;" 
Jeremiah died 9 mo. 27, 1829; Anne died 4 mo. 7, 

The Qthnbt Family 135 

V. Phoebe' Quinbt, born 1 mo. 17, 1750 (says the 
Reunion program of 1891; 1751 says U. B. Q. 
MS.) married 16 Apr. 1771, Ambrose Barcroft of 
Bucks county (II. Penna. Archives, 2nd Series). 
An essay on their descendants was prepared by 
Mrs. Caroline V. Brown of Yorkanna, Pa.; 
VI. Rachel" Quinby, born 5 mo. 11, 1753; died 1 mo. 
17, 1842; married 1 mo. 3, 1779, John Woolverton 
of Hunterdon county, N. J., son of Maurice and 
Mary (Baker) Woolverton, An account of their 
descendants was prepared by Rev. William H. 
Woolverton of Trenton, N. J. in 1891. It is re- 
lated that when John came to Isaiah Quinby and 
asked him for his daughter Rachel, he was re- 
fused on the ground that he was not able to sup- 
port a wife. John answered, "never mind; I will 
own more land than you do before I die." He 
was a careful farmer and a good manager, and 
before he died he owned three large farms and 
twenty horses, thus fulfilling his youthful boast 
(Jenkins MSS.); 
VII. Sarah' Quinby, born 5 mo. 12, 1755; married 10 
mo. 6, 1777, at Amwell, N. J., Seneca Lukens of 
Horsham, Montgomery county, Penn. They had 
a son Isaiah, a celebrated clockmaker. "He made 
the clock in the tower of the old State House in 
Philadelphia in 1839 for $5000." He made a 
visit to Europe, and was a founder and vice- 
president of the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia, 
and died 11 mo. 12, 1841. Seneca was also a 
clockmaker; he died in the fall of 1829. 

The record of Sarah's death in 1843 is as fol- 
lows: "Departed this life on the 9th. inst., Sarah 
Lukens, relict of the late Seneca Lukens, of Hors- 
ham, Montgomery county, aged nearly 88 years. 
Her remains were followed to Friends' Burying 
Ground, Horsham, by a numerous company of 
relatives and friends. It is seldom we follow to 
the grave one who has left so many descendants. 
She left no less than five children, thirty-seven 
grandchildren and thirty-five great-grandchildren, 
making seventy-seven direct descendants"; 

88. VIII. Aabon ' Quinby, born 6 mo. 17, 1757 (see) ; 

89. IX. Moses ' Quinby, born 6 mo. 20, 1759 (see) ; 

X. Tabitha' Quinby, born 6 mo. 16, 1761; married 12 
Jan. 1800, by Richard Opdike, J. P. to Joseph 
Chapman of Hunterdon county, N. J. She died 
of paralysis, 12 mo. 30, 1854, aged 93, the last of 
her father's children; Tabitha (Quinby) Chapman 
"was a kind, generous, tender-hearted woman; she 
was useful among the sick; she had a horse which 
she rode to visit her patients. When she died like 
Tabitha of old there was great sorrow. Joseph 
Chapman was a man of more than ordinary mind 
and for many years was a Justice of the Peace. 

136 The Quinby Family 

He died at my father's house near Stockton, N. J.' 
11 Oct. 1864, aged 90 years. (Rev. E. C. Romine, 
Doylestown Intelligencer). 

Isaiah Quinby was grantbe 3 May, 1775, from 
Abner Mott and wife of property situate in Am- 
well township, N. J., containing fifty acres on the 
road leading to Pratt's Mill; he conveyed it by 
deed dkted 27 Apr. 1804, to Tabitha Chapman 
for £618. (Recorded vol. IX., p. 365, Fleming- 
ton, N. J.) Isaiiah* Quinby sold a farm of fifty 
acres in 1804 for £618 to his daughter Tabitha, 
near Rosemont, N. J., where she and her husband 
lived many years. (Rev. E. C. Romine). 
XI. Martha" Quinby, born 8 mo. 5, 1763; she married 
first John, son of William and Esther Blackfan of 
Solebury, at Buckingham Meeting 6 mo. 14, 1786. 
Fifty-one Friends were present. He was son of 
William Blackfan. She married second, 1 mo. 10, 
1809, at Solebury Meeting, Isaac, son of Joseph 
and Ann Chapman, of Wrightstown; 

90. XII. James' Quinby, born 8 mo. 30, 1765 (see); 

91. XIII. Job' Quinby, born 1 mo. 29, 1768 (see). 

Note — The marriages of Rachel and Sarah were performed by William 
Frazier, a minister of the church of England. 

Note — The foregoing birth dates are mostly from the printed program of 
the 1891 Reunion and are the same in a MS. in possession of Upshur B. Quinby 
in 1893 except that months are new style in the MS. 


At the Reunion of the descendants of Isaiah* Quinby, held 18 
June, 1891, near his ancient homestead nearly opposite Lumber- 
ville, Bucks county, Penn., at Raven Rock station, the following 
officers were elected: 

President, Isaiah Quinby, Lumberville, Pa. 

Vice-Pres., James Quinby, Carversvillie, Pa. 

2nd Vice-Pres., Letitia G. Haines, Philadelphia, Pa. 

3rd Vice-Pres., Hannah Atkinson, Three Tuns, Pa. 

4th Vice-Pres., Dr. John Barcroft, Alexandria, Va. 

Secretary, Sarah C. Long, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Treasurer, Eastburn Reeder, New Hope, Pa. 

Many of the papers and numerous letters of regret &c. were 
printed in the Doylestown Intelligencer of June 19, 20, 24, 29, 
July 2, 14, 1891. 

Several poems were read, of which extracts follow: 

"Our worthy sire a man of peace, a man oppos'ed to war. 
Upheld the simple ways of Friends, their testimonies bore 
Against all feuds and deadly strife, he prayed that these might 

That men might learn to follow well the 'Quaker's Prince of Peace.' 
Amid his fields and forests broad contented with his home 
Where buds and blossom on his trees with every spring time came 
His flint lock musket on its hooks, when held with truest aim. 

The Quinbt Family 137 

Would never fail his steady hand in bringing down the game; 

Wild pigeons too, in endless flocks each coming season brought, 

And hundreds of these pretty birds with his net he caught. 

His life one round of ceaseless change until his years were done, 

He was gathered to his fathers at the age of ninety-one. 

Thro unpretending simple ways, his gains were slow but sure, 

And these he saved by honest toil, and labored to secure, 

A large estate, that in the end he might bequeath the same 

Unto his heirs that followed him and honored kept his name. 

But we should never once forget his true and faithful wife. 

The trusted Mother of them all, who toiled through out her life 

To gather comfort around her board, to feed and clothe them well, 

And rear them up to frugal ways. There's none left now to tell 

The long, long story of her life, her never ending care, 

Of duties done and labors hard she was compelled to bear. 

How with her card and fleecy rolls, she gave the wool and wheels 

their whirls. 
And how she taught these lessons well to all her many girls. 
And with the busy spinning wheels that buzzed from day to day, 
She spun the slender linen thread of flaxen color grey. 

With spools and flyers running swift, the distaff overhead, 

She crowned with flaxen fleecy folds, by gentle fingers spread. 

Then deftly drawn by downward pull to even measured strand, 

And dampened from the water gourd close hanging near at hand. 

Ere had she knit the family yarn, that she had reeled and spun, 

And taught the girls to turn as she had always done. 

The big fireplace well kept and clean, where polished trammels 

With iron cranes above them all on which the kettle swung. 
The tongs and shovel leaning stood, bright monuments of pride, 
With bellows too in easy reach, near hanging by their side. 
The beer jugs warming on the hearth, stood foaming at the tops, 
And giving forth a pleasant smell of ginger, root and hops. 
The earthen bowls and leaden spoons, with wooden handled knives, 
And burnished plates of pewter ware, the pride of country wives, 
Were leaning forward on the shelves, behind the bars of wood, 
Along the open dresser's front, in grand array they stood. 
Such was the way our Mothers lived one century ago. 
And of their toils our modern wives indeed but little know." 

Febsonal Reminiscences : " The writer of this family sketch 
does yet remember well, 

The homely ways herein described, for 'twas my lot to dwell, 
In childhood years upon the farm, in my Grandmother's care. 
I oft look back upon the scenes that I have witnessed there. 
Three of my aunts then lived at home and ran three spinning 

And I would sit and count the snaps when ere they turned the 

Or held with aching arms the skeins while they wound up a ball, 
Or listened to the evening talk should pleasant neighbors call. 
I've walked up winding Federal Twist, up Democratic Hill, 
Have wandered on the Indian Path, and watched the cider mill. 

138 The Quinbt Pamilt 

I've often crossed the old Sharpsfield, have drank from Mingo 

And on the grape vines in the dell have often had a swing. 
Have seen the flax-break with its smoke ascending high in air, 
And oftimes played among the sheaves, piled high and scattered 

I will remember Beckey Stout, I often met her there, 
And when my aunts were sweeping up, she never moved her chair. 
They boastingly would speak of it, and seeking thus to prove, 
The Quinby folks the kindest folks, not asking her to move. 
But Jacob Biggie leads them all, a pensioner became. 
And on the Quinby's generous store he always had a claim." 

(Jacob Servis, Lambertville, N. J.) 

Tdu are cordially Invited 

to Bttand a picnic Fs\inlDn of the 

descendants of 


to be held B mo. (Jims) IB. IBBli 

at BulJ'8 Island, N.J. 


LumuviLu, p*. 

New Mopt, p*. 

Umwrtvuli, N. J. 

JOSEPH nowiu, wi-„.™.o^ 


Nohtm Wumm, Pa. 



Pmuaklfku, Pa. 


The Quinbt Familt 139 


At this point in regular order would follow the sons of 12 
William^ {William^, Robert) numbered 34 to 39 inclusive with 
their families, the sons of the sixth generation numbered from 92 to 
lit, all reserved, however, for a later volume. 

40. Joseph* (Joseph*, Robert^, Robert") was born in 
1715, in Massachusetts, probably in the vicinity of Ames- 
bury, and was a twin brother of Benjamin ^ 

When he was about twenty-five years of age he moved 
to Falmouth, in the province of Massachusetts, now the 
city of Portland, Maine. Nothing is known of his life up 
to that time, beyond the fact that he learned how to build 

The earliest record which has ever been found of Joseph 
Quinby's life at Portland is the following: Joseph Quinby 
and Samuel Cobb, who was also in the ship building busi- 
ness, bought of James Mills by deed dated 30 April, 1740, 
an acre of land at Meeting-House Point on Falmouth Neck, 
with the house on it, and the flats in front of the house to 
low watermark; also Mills' right in half the Common 
lands. The consideration was one hundred and thirty-six 
pounds in money, equal to silver at twenty-nine shillings 
an ounce (24 Portland Deeds, 139). 

This half interest Joseph Quinby sold to Benjamin 
Godfrey for twenty-one pounds and five shillings by deed 
recorded 17 Jan. 1744, (26 Deeds 11). The difference in 
price may be explainable by some difference in the value of 
the money mentioned: the price of silver in the former deed 
probably equalized matters if the price in the second deed 
was equivalent to gold. 

A few months after Joseph made his first purchase of 
land on Falmouth Neck mentioned above, his intention of 
marriage to Mary Haskell was recorded 28 September, 1740. 
She was born 22 Apr. 1722, the daughter of Thomas* and 
Mary (Parsons) Haskell. A full account of them and their 
ancestry was printed in II. New England Family History. 
The marriage took p|ace shortly thereafter, though the 
record was destroyed in the burning of Falmouth at the 

140 The Quinbt Fajiilt 

beginning of the Revolutionary War. They lived together 
over twenty-six years and she long survived him. 

It is interesting to note that from the year of his birth 
to that of his wife's death was just a century of time! 
In 1741 Joseph and his wife Mary acknowledged the con- 
venant at the First church in Falmouth (King's History 
of the First church, p. 11), and remained members and 
pew holders there (see diagrams, picture, and description 

No doubt Joseph lived in the house at Meeting House 
Point until he bought the house and quarter-acre lot which 
extended from the Old Meeting House highway at Clay 
Cove. For this he paid John Carney of Gloucester thirty- 
two pounds ten shillings "lawful money," 30 April, 1743. 

Joseph Quinby was on the Falmouth tax list for 1744 
(perhaps the only one preserved of that period) as follows: 
"Polls, 1-12; real 2; persl 3." 

In the course of the next dozen years Joseph built 
many ships and houses for other people in Falmouth and 
invested his savings in real estate. His purchases during 
the next few years were as follows: 

"Joseph Quinby of Falmouth in 1753 purchased of 
Samuel Cobb one-half of the hundred-acre lot, No. 75, 
which lot contains the mill privilege on Little River, near 
what is called Stephenson's Bridge, near the foot of Brandy 
Brook Hill. On these falls he built a saw mill which was 
raised 2 Oct. 1764. This mill was owned in common and 
run on shares by several of the neighboring settlers." (His- 
tory of Gorham, Maine, p. 257). Quinby sold his share of 
the mill and privilege in 1766 to Ebenezer Mayo of Fal- 
mouth (id.) He was taxed on a mill; "probably a non- 
resident." (id. 103). 

With Enoch Moody he bought 4 May, 1754, three 
acres at Falmouth Neck (now the City of Portland) on 
Green Street, extending to Back Cove, and adjoining the 
lot sold to the Proprietors of the Meeting House. The 
price paid was £26 : 13sh. : 4d. Thirty-two years later this 
lot was appraised by Joseph Quinby's heirs at £100. (30 
Falmouth deeds, 277). 

He acquired of Enoch Moody over three acres on 
Mountjoy's Neck in Falmouth, 27 Aug. 1754, (32 Deeds, 
254-5). This property was a part of his estate at the time 
of the division amongst his heirs in 1786, and was valued 
at £30. The following year he bought of Samuel Cobb, 
Jr., and his wife Sarah of York, half of a hundred acre lot 
by deed dated 29 Mar. 1755, in the new township in York 

The Qtjinbt Family 141 

called Narragansett Number Seven. Mr. Cobb had bought 
this of Moses Pearson, Enoch Freeman and Joshua Free- 
man in 1753 (30 Deeds, 352). He bought four acres of 
land in Falmouth on the Stroud water Road of Joseph and 
Mary W. Thomas, 15 Mar. 1756 (30 Deeds, 352). This 
land seems also to have been in his possession at the time 
of his death. 

It is stated by one of the historians of Portland: "He 
lived on Middle Street. His house stood on the spot more 
recently occupied by that of Captain Thomas Browne, and 
was destroyed in the conflagration of 1775. He accumu- 
lated a large landed property on the 'Neck,' as well as in 
Westbrook, among which was a three acre lot lying on Elm 
Street, from Congress Street to Back Cove." 

He resided, (says L. B. Chapman, the historian of 
Portland and vicinity), on the southerly side of Middle 
Street, near India Street till the destruction of Portland by 
Capt. Mowatt, 18 Oct. 1775. 

Edward Shove of Dutchess county. New York, and 
others for a stated consideration of twenty dollars, quit- 
claimed to Joseph Quinby by deed dated 4 Dec. 1766, their 
interest in the lands of their grandfather Edward Shove in 
Falmouth (23 Deeds, 255-6). Thereafter by the grant of 
the Falmouth proprietors, 5 May, 1774, thirty acres were 
laid out to him at Ammoncongin Falls (now Cumberland 
Mills) adjoining the seventy acres formerly laid out to Edw- 
ard Shove. This is referred to in the divisional deeds of 
Joseph's heirs, which are herein after set out. 

This was not the first water-power property he had 
bought, for "in 1753 h^ purchased land and a mill privilege 
at Gorham, and 2 Oct. 1764, he raised the frame to a mill 
which was at Stephen's bridge on Little River" (Chapman). 

Joseph Quinby owned some real estate in Amesbury 
Mass., and after he had long been a resident of Portland, 
he sold his Amesbury property, making a trip there from 
Maine for the purpose. 

By deed dated 9 Dec. 1768, and acknowledged the 
same day, he sold for twenty pounds to John Currier of 
Salisbury, Mass., six and a half acres of land at a place 
called the Lion's Mouth in Amesbury. This land was 
bounded by land of Daniel Quinby and of Benjamin and 
Jonathan Quinby, (sons of Benjamin') (Salem deeds, 122: 89). 

He sold for £10 to Abner Jones of Amesbury six and a 
half acres in the "Great Swamp" in that town by a deed 
dated 11 Dec. 1768, and acknowledged the same day (Salem 
deeds, 122 : 20), 


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Gravestone of 40 Joseph^ Quinby at Stroudwater Me_An ajerisk (*) 
after "JE. 61" refers to the foot note consisting of the last three bnes. 

The QuiNBY Family 143 

Extracts from Town Records of Falmouth 

At an annual meeting of the Freeholders and other In- 
habitants of the Town of Falmouth, 11 March, 1760, Joseph 
Quinby was elected Surveyor of Highways, also in 1761. 

In 1762 he was elected Fence Viewer and Field Driver, 
also in 1763, 1764 and 1770. 

In 1763, 1764 and 1766 he was elected Surveyor of 

In 1766 he was elected Collector but refused to serve 
"& promised to pay his fine." 

At the burning of Falmouth in 1776, Joseph Quinby's 
house was destroyed; and after a brief sojourn at Libby's 
Corner, near Portland, he joined his brother Benjamin at 
Saccarappa, bought into the mill privilege there, 23 Mar. 
1775, although he owned at the time of his death, says the 
History of Cumberland county, "a privilege on the Pre- 
sumpscott River at Saccarappa, on which a mill then 
stood, called Haskell's mill. Capt. Haskell had died in 
1776 and had probably left his mill property to his daugh- 
ter, Mrs. Quinby." 

Joseph died at Saccarappa, 14 Apr. 1776, and there he 
is buried. His tombstone, however, is at Stroudwater. 
It bears a foot note (to which attention is directed by an 
asterisk thereon), explaining that his remains are at Sac- 
carappa (see illustration). 

His widow did not die until 12 April, 1815, aged 93. 

After the destruction of Portland, the town chose a 
committee to make up a list of the losses sustained by its 
citizens, ("for inspection by Congress," says Willis's His- 
tory of Portland; p. 900). The following item appears: 

"Joseph Quinby, Sen., brother to Benjamin of Saccar- 
appa, £413." 

Joseph, Senior, (says Chapman), gave his eldest son, 
Joseph, Jr., a house in Portland, before he made his will. 
As the son died in 1775, and his widow again married and 
moved away, neither he nor his descendants are mentioned 
in the following deed of the settlement which took place 
amongst the heirs: 

Estimation on the estate of Joseph Quinby, late of Fal- 
mouth, deceased, made and agreed to by the heirs of said 
estate they being all present. 
3 acres of land in the township of Portland near the 

Meetinghouse £100. 

3 acres on Mountjoy's Neck valued at 30. 

144 The Quinbt Familt 

1-2 pew in the Meetinghouse in Portland valued at 9. 

10 acres more or less lying in Portland near John 

Thomes' valued at 96. 

13 acres at Ammincongin next the River valued at 

3£ pr. a. 

145 acres at Ammincongin valued at 48 shil. per a. 

House and barn valued at £100. 

Signed, sealed and delivered this 26 October, 1786, etc. 

General Settlement of the Heirs of Joseph Quinby 

This agreement made and concluded upon this 26th day of 
October, 1786, witnesseth that we the subscribers being heirs of 
the estate of Joseph Quinby late of Falmouth deceased and Hke- 
wise of Messrs. Thomas and Levi Quinby late of said town de- 
ceased do hereby agree that Mr. John Quinby shall take all the 
lands (all that is not laid out of ye right purchased of Edward 
Shove) owned by said deceased at Ammonconging (also a cow- 
right on ye Neck and ye privilege for a gristmill at (illegible) and 
paying to Rebecca Pierce widow £ — (sic) and likewise the said 
John shall have a lot in what they call the home lot in Portland 
beginning at the Middle street and adjoining land owned by 
Joseph Quinby and John (illegible) and running back from said 
street three rods and thence parallel with said street till it joins 
with land in possession of Abraham Stevens, and that that part of 
said home lot fronting the Fore street shall be divided equally 
between Rebecca Pierce, Eunice Cobb and Mary Slemons, and 
that Rebecca Pierce take that part adjoining land in the posses- 
sion of Abraham Stevens, and that Eunice Cobb take that part 
adjoining land in the possession of William Tate, and that Mary 
Slemons have the middle lot where the old house stood, and it is 
further agreed that Eunice Cobb shall have the lot called the 
three-acre lot near Portland Meeting-House (whereon Mr. Wait 
Porter now lives) and half a pew in the same; the other half of 
said pew is owned by Benjamin Haskell's heirs; and that Mary 
Slemons shall have the lot near Portland line by Thomes*s called 
the ten-acre lot and a cow-right on Mountjoy's Neck, and the 
said John Quinby for himself and his sister Rebecca Pierce agree 
to maintain and defend said farm at Ammonconing at their own 
risque. It is further agreed that the said John Quinby take all 
the stock, receive all the deposits and pay all the creditors. Given 
under our hands at Falmouth. 

John Quinby for Rebecca Pierce 

WiUiam Cobb for Rebecca Cobb 

William Slemons for Mary Slemons (seals) 

Benja Fickett 
X Obadiah Sawyer 
his mark 

The Quinby Family 145 

Summary of the Second Deed 

This indenture of five parts made and concluded this 1st day 
of February, A. D., 1791, by and between Mary Quinby of Fal- 
mouth &c. widow of Joseph Quinby late of said Falmouth ship- 
wright deceased on one part, John Quinby of said Falmouth, mer- 
chant on another part, Rebecca Pierce of said Falmouth, widow 
on another part, William Cobb of Portland in said County esquire 
and Eunice his wife in her behalf on another part, and William 
Siemens of said Falmouth &c., yeoman, and Mary his wife on her 
behalf on another part, the said John, Rebecca, Eunice and Mary 
being the surviving children of the said Joseph Quinby deceased 
and of the said Mary, witnesseth that whereas Thomas Quinby 
and Levi Quinby who were also children of the said Joseph Quinby 
deceased have lately died ilitestate, Joseph Quinby junior now also 
deceased; "Mary Quinby the only legal heir of her two sons the 
said Thomas and Levi deceased," &c. To John Quinby also a 
small lot of land, part of the homestead lot of said Joseph Quinby 
deceased in Portland aforesaid bounded as follows viz. North- 
westerly on Midde street, southwesterly on land of Abraham 
Stevens, northwesterly on land now belonging to David Riggs, 
being the same which was devised to the said Joseph Quinby 
junior deceased, and running back from Middle street three rods, 
the rear line being parallel with Middle street; &c. 

The remainder of the homestead lot was equally divided be- 
tween Rebecca Pierce, Eunice Cobb and Mary Slemons. 

Eunice Cobb has the three-acre lot near the old meeting- 
house "whereon Mr. W. Wait the printer now lives," also one- 
half pew in the meeting-house — the other half being owned by 
the heirs of Benjamin Haskell. 

Mary Slemons — "also the lot of land situated near the 
dividing line of said Portland and Falmouth containing ten acres, 
and a cow-right on Mountjoy's Neck." 

John Quinby has besides, part of the homestead and all the 
lands situated at a place called Ammoncongin — twenty-five acres 
of common land in said Falmouth which said deceased bought of 
Joseph Noyes, esquire — as also all that remains to be laid out 
of the right purchased of Edw,d. Shove; also one-eighth grist-mill 
at Saccarappy, northeast side Presumpscott river, commonly 
called Haskell's mill, and a cow-right in the tract of land in Port- 
land commonly called Mountjoy's Neck, together with all the 
stock and farming utensils and all debts due him; John Quinby 
agrees to pay all debts due from said estate. 

(Abstract from the original, by Hon. Andrew Hawes, of 
Stroudwater, Me., into whose possession all these documents have 
descended) . 

Edward Shove's deed to Joseph Quinby 

Know All Men by These Presents that we Edward Shove in 
Beekmans precinct in the county of Dutches and province of New 
York yeoman and George Shove of Dighton in the county of 
Bristol in the province of Massachusetts Bay in New England 
yeoman and Lydia Boys wife of William Boys of said Dighton m 
the county and province above said in New England yeoman and 
Sarah Purinton wife of Clark Purinton in Swanzey in said county 


146 The Qthnby Family 

of Bristol in the province above said in New England yeoman 
being legal representatives of George Shove late of said Dighton 
deceased as said deceased George Shove was the eldest son of 
Edward Shove late of said Dighton deceased we the said repre- 
sentatives for and in consideration of twenty dollars paid by Joseph 
Quinby of Falmouth in the county of Cumberland in the province 
of Maine we the said representatives have remised released and 
forever quit-claimed and by these presents do for ourselves our 
heirs executors or administrators forever remise release and forever 
quit-claim to him the said Joseph Quinby, his heirs and assigns 
forever all share right title interest claim or demand as we had 
now have or ought to have in or to all the rights or lots of land 
that were our grandfather's Edward Shove's late of Dighton de- 
ceased which lay in the township of said Falmouth so that we the 
said representatives nor our heirs executors administrators shall 
have any right title or interest in or to said premises but shall 
be forever excluded and barred from the same. In testimony 
whereof we the said representatives have hereunto set our hands 
and seals this fourth day of December A. D. 1766. 

Signed sealed and delivered Edward Shove (Seal) 

In presence of us George Shove (Seal) 

Edwd. Shove the 2d ' Lydia Boyce 

Azariah Shove William Boyce (Seal) 

Timothy Soule (or Louie) Sarah Purinton 

Joseph Soule (or Louie) Clark Purinton (Seal) 

Bristol SS. Dighton Feb. 28, 1767. 

Appeared George Shove, Lydia Boyes, William Boyes, Sarah 
Purinton, Clark Puriiiton the subscribers to the within writte'n 
instrument and each of them did acknowledge the same to be their 
act and deed. Before Ebenezer Crane, Justice of the Peace, July 
27 day, 1767. 

Then personally appeared Edward Shove and acknowledged 
this within instrument to be his free act and deed before me Tim- 
othy Soule one of his majesty's Justices of the Peace for this 
County of Dutches and province of New York, Cumberland SS. 
Received October 19, 1795, recorded with the records of deeds 
for said county lib 23 fol. 255 and 256 att Isaac Ilsley Register, 
a true copy att Samuel Freeman clerk. 

The following is the grant of land made by the Falmouth 
Proprietors committee in the vicinity of Cumberland Mills, viz: 

"Laid out to the right of Edward Shove at the request of 
Joseph Quinby thirty acres of land in the township of Falmouth 
and bounded beginning at a point of rocks twelve rods up the 
river from the lowermost part of Ammoncongah Falls said point 
of rocks' being the most northerly corner of seventy acres of land 
laid out to said Shove June ye 1st, 1732, thence south and by east 
seventy-six rods adjoining said seventy acre lot to a stake in the 
line of sixty acres laid out to William Hide, thence south thirty- 
seven degrees and 30 minutes east one hundred and forty-six rods 
to a stake in the line of sixty acres laid out to Benjamin Larraby, 
Jr., thence north, northwest one hundred and thirty rods to the 

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river; thence southwest up the river to the first bounds provided 

prfetr MayTim" '""" '''''''' ^*" ^^^^^^^^ ^^ *^^ P^°- 

Enoch Freeman 
Stephen Longfellow 
Benjamin Winslow f Committee 
Joseph Noyes 

(Deering News 23 Nov. 1895). 

Record of the landTtransactions of Joseph Quinby of Fal- 
mouth, Maine, shipwright, as recorded to 1799 at Essex County, 

IVL 8(SS ■ 

Joseph Quinby to Abner Jones 
of Amesbury, consideration £10; 
warranty; date, 11 Dec. 1768; 
ack. same day; recorded 20 Mar. 
1769, bk. 122, p. 20; no wife men- 



Philip Rowell 

Swamp ground in 
Amesbury at the 
"Great Swamp" six 
and half acres 

John Wells 

s » 


Joseph Quinby to John Cur- tg 

rier, blacksmith, of Salisbury g, 

date, 9 Dec. 1768; ack. same g- 

day; rec. 14 May 1770, bk. 122, IT 

p. 89; no wife mentioned; war- g 

ranty deed; Daniel Quinby, g 

witness. 2' 

County Road to Kingstown ^ o 

Six and a half 

acres in the Lion's 



Benjamin and Jonathan 


i I. 

3 :? 

Joanna Thomson of Pownalborough in the County of Lyndon, 
widow, to Joseph Quinby of Falmouth in the county of Cumber- 
land, joiner, all interest in the estate of her mother; dated 14 Oct. 
1768; ack. same day, rec. 7 Dec. 1768. 

Joseph Quinby to Elizabeth Currier; recorded 6 June, 1783, 
bk. 137, p. 139, land in Amesbury. 

The children of Joseph * and Mary (Haskell) Quinby 
born at Falmouth, now Portland, Maine: 

I. Mahy« Quinby, born 9 Nov. 1742; died 15 Oct. 
1750. Rev. Thomas Smith's Journal (edition of 
1849, p. 145) contains the following entry: "Nov. 
16, 1750. I was at prayer with Quinby's child, 
which is sick of a fever, that first broke out at 
Gorhamtown, where it was quite epidemical, 
hardly any escaping." This child must have been 
either Rebecca • or Joseph '. Mr. Chapman in 
Deerng News intimates that it was Mary »; but 
the date of her death which he gives, if correct, 
shows that Rev. Thomas could not have been re- 
ferring to her; 

148 The Quinby Family 

II, Rebecca « Quinby, born 9 Apr. 1744; admitted to 
the First Church, 28 Mar. 1773 (King, p. 25) 
married Joseph Pierce at Newbury, Mass.; 22 
Oct. 1776, by Rev. Moses Hale; their marriage 
intention is also on record there; she gave a power 
of attorney, 12 Mar. 1802, for herself and heirs to 
sell improved real estate at Newburyport, estate 
of Joseph Pierce, deceased, late of Atkinson, N. H. 
she lived at Haverhill, Mass , and died 15 May, 
112 III Joseph* Quinby, born 15 May, 1746 (see); 

IV Sahah« Quinby, born 9 May, 1748, baptised the 

same year; died 12 July (or June) 1772; 
V Eunice" Quinby, born 2 Aug 1750; married 2 Mar 
1780, Brigadier General William Cobb of Port- 
land, and died 25 Jan 1795, or, according to an- 
other record, 22 Jan. 1796; 

113. VI. Thomas' Quinby, born 3 Nov. 1752 (see); 

VII. Maby« Quinby, born 4 Aug. 1755; perhaps the child 
baptised at the First Church 14 May, 1758 (King's 
History of the First Church, p. 93); married 
14 June (or Jan.) 1781, at Falmouth, William*, 
son of William 2 and Catherine (Porterfield) Slem- 
ons, born at Stroudwater, Me., 9 Apr. 1834. She 
died in 1828; 

114. VIII. John' Quinby, born 12 May, 1760 (see); 

115. IX. Levi' Quinby, born 12 May, 1761; he was a private 

in Capt. Joseph Pride's company in a detachment 
of Cumberland county militia commanded by 
Nathaniel Jordan; Levi Quinby joined 1 Oct. 1779; 
"service at the Eastward;" discharged 23 Oct. 
1779 (Mass. Revolutionary War Rolls, MS.; XII. 
"Mass. Soldiers and Sailors," etc., p. 893). Levi 
died without issue and probably unmarried; the 
family settlement of 1786 states that he had de- 
ceased and that of 1791 says: "lately died in- 

Autograph of 40 Joseph' Quinby. 

Note — Printed accounts of Joseph' and of all his known ancestors in all 
lines and of his descendants in all lines appeared in New England Family 
History; several articles by Leonard B. Chapman, Esq., were printed in Deer- 
ing News of various dates, including 20 Nov. 1897; 3 Aug. 1895; 22 Oct. 1903; 
other mention in XVII. N. E. Register, 33; History of Cumberland county, 
Me., etc. 


The first church in Portland — the church over which 
Parson Smith and Parson Deane presided — has been the 
subject of a monograph compiled by the late Marquis F. 

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King, President of the Maine Genealogical Society, of 
which only one hundred copies were printed. As with it 
were identified a number of the families who intermarried 
with the Quinbys, I present an old woodcut of the second 
building, which was built and turned over to the parish 17 
July, 1740. The pews on the lower floors were reserved for 
the proprietors. Fortunately two plans of the ground floor, 
showing the pew holders in 1753 and in 1788 have been 
preserved and copies of these plans redrawn, are also pub- 
lished here, the plates kindly loaned by Dr. Alfred King of 

The exterior of the house remained unfinished till 1756, 
and it was not painted till after the revolution. 

Mr. King says: "In 1760 the building was enlarged 
in accordance with plans submitted by Simon Gookin in 
1753, by sawing it through the middle and moving each 
end twelve feet, thereby making room for twenty-eight more 
pews on the ground floor. At the same time a tower for 
the bell was raised at the west end of the building, porches 
built over the east and south entrances. 

The woodcut represents its appearance subsequent to 
the alterations commenced in 1760; divest it of tower and 
porches and reduce its length by one quarter and we may 
picture the original structure. 

As will be noticed in the plan, among the original pew- 
holders were Joshua Freeman, Joseph* Quinby, and Esq. 
Charles Frost. In 1788 as the plan indicates, here were be- 
sides those just mentioned also among the pewholders the 
families of Dole, Titcomb, Haskell and Cobb, all connected 
with the Quinby family. 

41. Benjamin' Quinby (Joseph* Robert^, Robert'') 
and his twin brother Joseph * were the eldest sons of 
Joseph^ Qxiinby, "Jr." and were born in 1715 in Massa- 
chusetts, probably at Amesbury. 

He had learned the fuller's art — or the methods of 
cloth manufacture — at Salem ^y the time he was well 
into his twenties; and in his twerily-sixth year he had found 
a place supplying waterpower and other advantages suffi- 
cient for starting a cloth factory of his own, at Somers- 
worth. New Hampshire, across the river from Berwick on 
the Salmon Falls river, at a place called Quamphegan. 
He had made up his mind to live there, and became a 
member of Capt. John Hill's Company of Berwick, 22 Oct. 
1740, "training day included," says the record (II. Me. 
H. & G. Rec. 204). 

The Quinbt Pamilt 151 

There were no ready made clothes for sale in those 
days and consequently no persons whose occupation was 
what we understand by the term "clothier;" that word was 
m use to designate one who manufactured cloth, or had, 
as they said in those days, a "fulling mill." 

Benjamin Quinby bought a mill privilege at the place 
above described, 1 Dec. 1741, from three Robertses, Love, 
Samuel and Sarah, who were residents of Somersworth. 
In the deed Quinby is called "clothier, of Salem, Mass.", 
and the location of his mill privilege is thus described: "at 
Quamplegen at Somersworth, there where ye Saw Mill 
lately stood called ye old Brigg" (26 N. H. Deeds, 134). 

The Rev. E. S. Stackpole in "Old Kittery and Her 
Families," says of the spot where Benjamin Quinby com- 
menced business as fuller: "The tract of land called Quam- 
phegan was the private estate of Sagamore Rowles, it 
seems. March 19, 1650, he sold it to Thomas Spencer for 
five pounds. It was 'a Parcel of Land called by the Name 
of Quamphegan & bounded betwixt the two little fresh 
Creebs nearest adjoining unto the same & the uppermost 
Bounds in Length to go to the First little Swamp that 
lieth at the Upper End of the said Ground.' The name 
was extended to the falls near the present bridge at South 
Berwick, and then to the river and to a region on both 
sides of the river. In a deed from John Clark to Thomas 
Abbot, 3 Sept. 1701, the parcel of land sold by Sagamore 
Rowles is described as 'bounded on ye Southwest side by 
ye brook next below the falls and by Humphey Chad- 
bourn's farm on ye Northwest end by land of John Crafford, 
the maine river and Salmon fall brook bounding the re- 
mainder:' In a deed from Thomas Abbot to his son, 30 
Jan. 1710, fifty acres are described as being 'in Dover, at 
a place commonly called by the name of Quamphegan.' 
John Lovering and son John had dwelt there since 1663. 
As early as 1652 Capt. Thomas Wiggin and Mr. Simon 
Bradstreet had erected a saw-mill there." 

This business completed, Benjamin returned to Massa- 
chusetts and visited his sweetheart, Anne Plummer, of 
Rowley, and caused their marriage intention to be recorded 
at Salem, 6 July, 1742; and 4 Nov. 1742, they were mar- 
ried at Rowley by Jedediah Jewett, and the marriage is 
recorded at Rowley where the bride had lived and at 
Salem, Benjamin's place of residence (6 Essex Inst. Hist. 
Coll., 155). 

Benjamin's capital having no doubt been reduced by 
his purchase of the waterpower, and more money being 

ce tne sum lor repayment as the 

152 The Quinby Family 

imperatively needed, he borrowed from Samuel Moody of 
Newbury, 23 Nov. 1742, the sum of seventy-five pounds — 
a sum vastly greater in purchasing power then than now. 
He gave his bond in twice the sum for repayment as the 
custom was; and his sig- 
nature thereto is here re- 

In the bond Benja- 
min described himself as "clothier, of Berwick" (Salem 
Records, drawer 1758, package 2). 

He and his wife then went to the site of his future 
business to live, and there, 8 Oct. 1743, he purchased of 
Elisha Andrews of Berwick further rights in the water- 
power upon "Quamphegon Falls on the southwest side of 
the river, that is to say one-half quarter part of a single 
saw which is three days in one month, with a privilege of 
the logg hill & all the water and water courses with the 
privilege of the land which was given with the said stream" 
(40 N. H. Deeds, 327). 

A week later, Oct. 16, 1743, Benjamin Quinby's first 
child was born, Jacob® Quinby. 

Benjamin ^ Quinby continued to increase his water- 
power rights, and 25 Mar. 1747, he bought of Samuel 
Libby of Berwick, the right of two more days a month in 
the same privilege "of one saw, being ye stream saw in 
said mill next Dover Shore" (40 N. H. Deeds, 329). 

August 10 of the same year he bought an additional 
six days a month in the same privilege, "or one-fourth Part 
of one Saw in a Double Saw Mill" (40 N. H. Deeds, 330). 
In both of the foregoing deeds Benjamin was described as 
"clothier, of Somersworth." 

The Colonial court files at Concord, N. H., show the 
following : 

1747, Aug. 13, Summersworth. Petition of the Parish 
Selectmen that Mr. Benjamin Quinby living at Quamphegon 
in this Parish be licensed to keep a tavern, — "himself to 
be an Honest Suflficient Person to keep the same" (Court 
files. No. 22292). 

1750, Aug. 24, Writ of attachment. Debt of 264 
pounds "current money equal to old tenor" due Archibald 
Smith of Summersworth, from Benjamin Quinby, Clothier, 
of Summersworth, promissory note; bill of costs; execution; 
endorsement: "the within execution satisfied" (No. 17690). 

1754, Nov. 28, Writ of Attachment. Debt of 24 
pounds, 10 shillings Old tenor due David Parker of Billerica, 

Thb Quinbt Family 153 

Mass., from Benjamin Quinby, clothier of Summersworth. 
"A chear attached, value two shillings" (No. 8058). 

Samuel Moody having waited for his money for six- 
teen years — or perhaps waited to catch Benjamin within 
the jurisdiction — sued 2 May, 1758, for twice the amount 
of the loan, as the bond permitted, and got a body attach- 
naent 16 May. Perhaps Moody got his money; for the 
bill of costs on file indicates that the attachment was duly 

Thomas Sanders of Amesbury, perhaps Benjamin's 
early instructor in the art of cloth manufacturing, seeing 
the result of the lawsuit, tried the same method 3 July, 
1760. Benjamin, it seems, had borrowed three pounds, 
fourteen shillings and eight pence, 6 Feb. 1756, and given 
his note for £28, old tenor, of the value in lawful money of 
the first sum named. Sanders sued for nine pounds. Ben- 
jamin's signature on the note is ^^ e,^/7 
copied here: yiorfU' UloAif^ 

Execution was issued 28 May, <^ ^ ff «^<w^ y 
1761; but there is no record that either of these judgments 
was satisfied. 

The colonial court files show these cases: 

1763, Nov. 24, writ of attachment, £ 78 : 14s., old tenor, 
"for value reed" with interest, also £62 : 5s., old tenor, "for value 
reed. According to the Annexed Acctt" due Otis Varney of Sum- 
mersworth by Benjamin Quinby of Summersworth, Cloather. A 
chair attached value six shillings (Court files No. 6613). 

1764, Aug. 10, writ of attachment, 116 pounds, old tenor, 
with fifteen per cent per Annum Interest "for value Received" 
due Daniel Gale of Kingston from Benjamin Quinby of Somers- 
worth, yeoman; promissory note, bill of costs, execution, endorse- 
ment: "Reed March the 12th, 1765, of Mr. Benja Quimbey the 
full of this Execution — Pr Jno Sullivan atto to the Creditor." 
(No. 3082). 

1766, July 29, writ of attachment, 38 pounds, old tenor, of 
ye value of five pounds one shilling & four pence "for value re- 
ceived" with Interest, due Thomas Mekins of Amesbury from 
Benjamin Quinby of Summersworth, clothier. A "hatt" attached, 
value one shilling (No. 4851). 

1766, July 29 writ of attachment, 300 pounds in bills old 
Tenor of credit (of ye value Forty pounds lawful money) due 
Thomas Mekins of Amesbury, Mass., from Benjamin Quinby of 
Sumersworth, clothier; a jacket attached, value one shiUmg. (No. 
4852) . 

1770, Mar. 23, writ of attachment; "for value received" three 
sums, viz. £18: 4s: 8d: £25: 4s.; and £10: 10s., with interest, 
due John Wentworth of Somersworth from Benjamin Quinby of 
Somersworth, clothier. . . •. t i. x 

"May ye 10th, 1770; pursuant to the within writ I have at- 

154 The Quinbt Familt 

tached the dwelling house of the Deft, with a half acre of land 
more or less, situated and Laying in Somersworth as follows: 
Northeasterly by the High way Leading from Somersworth Meet- 
ing House over Berwick Bridge then Esterly by Mill Priviledge, 
and Southerly by Lands in Possession of Capt. Nath. Lord & 
Northwesterly by Lands of Coll. Thomas Wallingfords to the High 
way of the value of twenty Pounds & gave him a summons — 
Pr Moses Yeaton D^pt Sheriff;" three promisory notes; bill of 
costs. Judgment . . . "it is therefore Considered by the Court 
(Inferior Court of Common Pleas), that the Plaintiff recover 
against the said Benjamin the Sum of Fifty Nine pounds and 
Eight pence damage and Two Pounds Eleven Shillings & Six Pence 
Cost . . . afterwards in the same Term the said Benjamin 
appeared and moved for an Appeal to his Majesty's Superior 
Court of Judicature . . and gave security . . lo prosecute 
said appeal." 

Benjamin Quinby failed to prosecute his appeal, wherefore 
former judgment, with additional interest and cost, was affirmed 
(No. 6428). 

By 1770, Benjamin, having heard of the successful 
career of his twin brother, Joseph, at Portland (then Fal- 
mouth) determined to cross the short intervening space and 
try to join forces with him; and in pursuance of this idea 
and very likely upon the invitation or suggestion of Joseph, 
began to dispose of his holdings in Somersworth. He was 
fifty-five years of age and some of his children had grown 
up, yet few if any of them decided to remain at Somers- 
worth, but sooner or later appear to have joined him in 
this new departure, for Benjamin and his sons and grand- 
sons were very remarkable in their clan loyalty, and this 
remained a characteristic of this branch of the family 
through the early half of the following century. 

On Nov. 24, 1770, Benjamin and his wife Anna, sold 
land and buildings of their Somersworth holdings, to Icha- 
bod, and twenty-five acres of land to John, Rollins (96 
N. H. Deeds, 270-1). 

Benjamin settled at Saccarappa, Maine, a few miles 
from Portland, about 11 Sept. 1770, at which time he pur- 
chased a right to use the water from the Presumpscott 
River for the purpose of running "a Fulling Mill and carry- 
ing on a clothier's business." The following year, 6 April, 
1771, Benjamin Quinby sold seventeen acres of land in Ber- 
wick; his wife Anna, did not join in the conveyance. (43 
Deeds, Alfred, Maine, 99.) The record of her death, how- 
ever, is "Wednesday, April 17, 1776, Mrs. Anne Quinbey, 
wife of Mr. Benja Quimbey of Falmouth dyde." (From 
Master Tate's Diary, copied by J. P. Willey, Salmon Falls). 

The Quinby Family 155 

The above mill was located on the "Island" (Saccarappa) 
where the Dana Warp Mill now stands (1908). 

His twin brother, Joseph 'Quinby, at the time of Mow- 
att's bombardment of Portland early in the Revolutionary 
War (18 Oct. 1775) went with his wife to Saccarappa, hav- 
ing 23 Mar. (6 May, says Chapman) of that year pur- 
chased a share of Benjamin's mill privilege there. 

Most if not all of Benjamin Quinby 's sons lived and 
died at Saccarappa. Benjamin, however, was not satisfied 
with a lonely life in the midst of his prosperity, so at the 
age of sixty-four, he married his second wife, Eleanor Star- 
bird, at Portland, 6 May, 1779 (Gorham, Me., rec.) 

He sold a portion of his mill privilege to his son, Ben- 
jamin, Jr., and later another portion to his son Moses. 
This son in 1806, purchased of his father the dye house, 
fulling mill, etc., and also had previously bought a fourth 
part of a grist mill. In 1798, Benjamin granted to Sally 
Quinby, "wife of my late son Simeon Quinby, and her chil- 
dren" the Quinby mill for a stated consideration of $30. 

In 1799, Benjamin and his second wife felt themselves 
growing old; he was nearly eighty-five, and they had been 
married twenty years; so he entered into an arrangement 
with his son Benjamin, Jr., "of Somersworth, clothier," for 
a consideration, to maintain them for the rest of their days. 

Benjamin Quinby died 26 Feb. 1807, aged 92 years; 
and his wife Eleanor, who was only seventy-three, married 
before the end of the same year, Solomon Haskell, 5 Nov. 
1807, he being eighty-four. She died in August, 1822. 

Mrs. Charles E. Quinby of Westbrook, formerly Sac- 
carappa, Me., says: "Benjamin lived on Saco Street on 
the same spot where Albion Quinby, oldest son of Aaron 
Quinby, is living today (1908). Moses, the youngest son 
of Benjamin married Abigail March first, then Betsey 
Walker, and lived there. After him his son Moses lived 
there until about 1853 when it was sold to Aaron, who 
built the house over, making it two story on the same foun- 
dation, leaving fireplaces, etc., as they were. Albion Quin- 
by carried his wife Emily (Jordan) Quinby (daughter of 
Eunice Quinby Seal and Samuel Jordan) to that house, and 
there she died." 

The children of Benjamin' and Anne (Plummer) Quin- 
by were born at Somersworth, N. H., and were as follows: 
^116. I. Jacob • Quinby, born 16 Oct. 1743 (see) • 

117. II, Benjamin' Quinby, born 15 Sept. 174b (.see;; 
118 III. Joseph* Quinby, born 1 July, 1750 (see); 

IV. Anne« Quinby, born 19 Mar. 1754, married 8 Dec. 

156 The Quinbt Family 

1778, George Johnson, Jr., "The death of their 
daughter Nancy (Johnson) Knight, inspired Thom- 
as Shaw to write the poem ascribed in the 
'Poets of Maine' to Nathaniel Hawthorne." (His- 
tory of Westbrook, by F. M. Ray, Deering News, 
28 Dec. 1895); 

119. V. Nathan" Qtjinbt, born 5 Mar. 1766 (see); 

120. VI. Moses" Quinby, born 21 June, 1759 (see); 

121. VII. Simeon" Quinby, born 27 Nov. 1767 (see); 

"Tradition gives Benjamin® more than two daughters," 
says Mrs. Charles E. Quinby. 

Note — Mention is made in family correspondence of a George Quinby as 
another son of Benjamin^, but there is no record of him. 

Joseph ° and Nathan " Quinby married sisters, Azuba and Rosina Partridge; 
and the husbands' niece Lydia' Quinby married the wives' nephew Joseph 
Partridge; see 67 N. E. Hist, and Gen. Register, 186. 

Printed articles about Benjamin' Quinby appeared in New England Family 
History, 170, (containing his ancestry in all lines); Deering News, 27 Apr. 1895, 
17 Oct. 1903, 24 Oct. 1903, etc.; "The Waterhouse and Other Families," by 
L. B. Chapman. 

42. Daniel 5 (Joseph*, Robert^, Robert^), born 8 Dec. 
1729, at Amesbury, Mass.; married first, 1 Jan. 1750-1 by 
Rev. Joseph Secomb of the First church in Kingston, N. H., 
to Sarah, daughter of Richard Fitts of South Hampton, 
N. H., (N. H. Gen. Rec.) She was born 27 Nov. 1727 
{Register, 163). She was admitted to Amesbury First 
church, 2 May, 1756 (II. Hoyt, 488). She died 12 Sept. 
1770, aged 43 (I. Essex Antiquarian, 164). 

Daniel Quinby of Amesbury purchased of Benjamin 
Gould one eighth of two parcels of land in South Hampton 
and partly in Amesbury, for £5:6:8. The deed was 
dated and acknowledged 6 June, 1757. 

Daniel Quinby was a Lieutenant in the Colonial army, 
as appears by the lists given in the Record Index to Muster 
Roll Series, 1710-1774, Mass. Revolutionary War Rolls 
(Massachusetts Archives). His commission as an officer of 
King George III. is still in the possession of a descendant, 
Thomas Weed Quinby of Haverhill, Mass. 

Quinby, Daniel. A list dated Amesbury May 25, 1757, 
of the 1st CO. of militia in the town of Amesbury, com- 
manded by Capt. George Worthen, comprising the Train 
band and Alarm list between 16 and 60 years; rank, Cor- 
poral; reported as belonging to the Train band. (vol. 95, 
Record Index, etc., p. 389). 

Quinby, Daniel. A list of Officers commissioned for 
the 2d regt., of militia in the County of Essex, March 25, 
1767; rank. Lieutenant, Capt. Tristram Barnard's (1st 
Amesbury) 4th co.. Col. Jonathan Bagley's regt. (vol. 
99, Record Index, etc., p. 88). 

The Quinbt Family 157 

Daniel Quinby was taxed on the "out of town list" at 
South Hampton, N. H., in 1770 and 1771 for improved 
lands, assessed 1:10; province rate 0:0:1:1; ditto 0:0:20- 
town rate, 0:0:4:0; minister rate, 0:0:5:1; in 1771, min- 
ister, 0:0:2; town, 0:0:4:2; province, 0:0:2:1. These four 
hgures mean pounds, shillings, pence and farthings. 

Mass^-*^^^^ Quinby's land transactions, Essex Registry, Salem, 

He was grantee: 
1763^Sept. 30, from Theophilus Gould, bk. 113, p. 66, Salisbury. 

}J«q' i^P^- o«' I'"*'™ Timothy Flanders, bk. 113, p. 68, Amesbury: 

i7ftQ « ""l" on' r''°°' ^^^^ ^°'^^^' *<^™'"-' ^^- ^'^^' P- 76, Amesbury; 
]lli' ^®P*- ^0, from Jonathan Barnard, bk. 113, p. 76, Amesbury; 
1763, bept. 30, from Ebenezer Currier, Jr., bk. 113, p. 76, Ames- 

1763, Sept. 30, from Benjamin Gould, bk. 114, p. 194, Salisbury, 

1766, Oct., 4, from Thomas Hibbert, bk. 123, p. 9, Amesbury; 
1771, Oct. 1, from Wm. Lowell and wife, etal., bk. 138, p. 259, 

1786, July 13, Daniel etal. (Indenture) (See Joseph) bk. 145, p. 214 

He was grantor: 

1762, Oct. 2, to John Wells, bk. 114, p. 25, Amesbury; 

1764, Sep. 28, to Thomas Currier bk. 112, p. 241, Salisbury; 
1769, Mar. 20, to Abner Jones, bk. 122, p. 19, Amesbury; 
1769, Mar. 20, to Abner Jones, bk. 126, p. 92, Amesbury (?) 
1781, Oct. 1, to Robert Quinby, bk. 138, p. 259, Amesbury. 

Lieutenant Daniel ' Quinby married second, 4 Mar. 
1780 Sarah Bradley, born 1737. 

The United States Census of 1790 gives Daniel Quinby 
as head of a family at Amesbury, Mass., with one male 
over 16, one male under 16 and two females, all free and 
white. (There were negro slaves in New England in those 

Daniel died 8 Nov. 1791, and appointed his son Robert 
Quinby his executor, who gave a bond 28 Nov. 1791, as 
such, in the sum of £1000, with Simeon Bartlett and Philip 
Jones as sureties. 

The stones in the old part of the Union Cemetery at 
Amesbury, Mass., are inscribed as follows: 

In I Memory of | Lieut. Daniel Quinby I who died | Novr 
18th, 1791 I in the 62nd Year | of his age j In memory of | 
Mrs. Sarah Quinby | wife of | Lieut. Daniel Quinby | who 
died Septr 12th, 1770 | in the 43rd Year | of her age | 

158 The Quinby Familt 

Mrs. I Sarah Quinby | died | Aug. 28, 1821 | Aet. 87 | 
Ripe for glory and we trust | to glory gone | Relict of Lieut. 
D. Quinby | 

Children of Lieut. Daniel and Sarah (Fitts) Quinby, 
born at Amesbury, Mass.: 

I. Elizabeth' Quinby, born 19 July, 1751; died 18 
Oct. 1770; 
122. II. Robert' Quinby, born 23 May, 1753 (see); 

III. Lydia' Quinby, born 24 Jan. 1757; her intention of 

marriage with Joseph Osgood of Salisbury 6 Jan 
1776, is on the records of Salisbury; 

IV. Ann" Quinby, born 25 Mar. 1759; died 12 Mar. 

V. Sarah « Quinby, died aged eight months. 

Note — The first three births are on the Amesbury town records; the others 
appear on family records only. 

43. Benjamin* {Benjamin*, Robert^, Boberf^) born 26 
Jan. 1723-4, at Amesbury, Mass.; married by Rev. William 
Parsons at South Hampton, N. H., 25 Feb. 1748, to Eliza- 
beth Lowell, (says 52 Register, 428; but my copy of the 
town record gives Rowell). He renewed his covenant and 
was received with full communion at Amesbury First church 
2 July, 1749 (11. Hoyt, 483, 487). His wife Elizabeth was 
received from the church at South Hampton into the First 
church at Amesbury, 23 July, 1749 {id. 490). For some 
reason — possibly long neglect of religious services — Ben- 
jamin again renewed his baptismal covenant at Amesbury 
First church, 18 Nov. 1764 {id. 488). 

Benjamin "Quenby," a resident of South Hampton, 
took a deed from Peter Howe of New Hopkinton (now 
Hopkinton) N. H., of land in that town, 3 Mar. 1761. (92, 
N. H. Deeds, 401). 

It would seem from the Benjamin F. Quinby MSS. 
quoted below, that the date of Benjamin's removal to 
Hopkinton took place about 1770. 

A curious incident is recorded in VII. New Hampshire 
State Papers, p. 58, from the journal of the House of Repre- 
sentatives. Under date 1 Feb. 1765, Benjamin Quinby was 
"allowed £114 : 15 old tenor for money burnt in his house." 

This may be the Benjamin here described, or his cousin 
Benjamin* of Somersworth. Any one especially interested 
might find the manuscript records more detailed than the 
printed transcript from which the foregoing was taken. 

In 1770, Benjamin appeared on the assessment roll of 
South Hampton as follows: "Polls, 36; improved land 0; 

The Qthnby Family 159 

live stock, 16; houses, 0; province rate, 3:3:0; ditto, 5:5:0; 
town rate, 0:10:10; minister rate, 0:15:2." 

In 1774 Benjamin of Hopkinton and his brother Jona- 
than of Amesbury, sold the homestead which had been 
their father's and the following month they sold more of 
their paternal acres — both were then called "of Hopkinton." 

Benjamin Quinby signed the Association Test or oath 
of fidelity to the Revolutionary cause, at Hopkinton in 
1776 (VIII. N. N. State Papers, 242). 

The first census of the United States, taken in 1790, 
shows Benjamin Quinby and one female as householders at 
Hopkinton, no children with them, apparently adjoining or 
near Jonathan Quinby's house. By that time the youngest 
child was thirty years old and no doubt the old folks again 
were living alone. 

Benjamin Quinby's land transactions. 

Essex Registry, Salem, Mass. to 1799. 


1779, Sept. 27, Benjamin et al. to Ezekiel Jones, bk. 138, p. 20, 

1786, Nov. 2, Benjamin et al. to John Barnard, bk. 146, p. 146, 

(See deed, Jones to Joseph Quinby, Jr., 1723-4). 

Partly on John Wells's and parUy 
Benjamin Quinby of Hopkinton, on a way on Doc. Nehemiah 

Hillsboro' County, New Hamp- ^|^ Ordway's. 

shire, and Jonathan Quinby of ^^ 

Amesbury, husbandmen, to Eze- ^jj, 

kiel Jones of Amesbury; con- |i§ 

sideration £162; date, Feb. 1774; g:i 

ack. 25 Mar. 1774; recorded 27 -^ 

Sept. 1779, bk. 138, leaf 20; no I"! 

wives mentioned. S o- 

18 acres in Amesbury 
with dwelling house 
and barn which was 
our hon'd father Ben- 
jamin's homestead. 

Benjamin Quinby and Jonathan © 
Quinby of Hopkinton, to John to'S. 

Lion's Mouth way 
Land of the Goulds 

5f acres in Amesbury 


Barnard of Amesbury; cons. £21: ^ ^^ 
178h. lawful money; dated 30 q 2. 

Mar. 1774; (Daniel Quinby a-^ 

witnessed for Benjamin.) | i^ne from Lion's Mouth road to 

ack. 18 Aug. 1778; rec. 2 Nov. '^ South side of WhUtier Hill. 

1786 bk. 146 p. 146. 

Note— Among the MSS. of Benjamin FrankUn." CJuinby of Chicago is one 
written 1874, by a descendant of Benjamin = containing the following: Ben- 
jamin Quinby, the progenitor of our branch; the first known of him he moved 
Into thi town of Hopkinton, N. H., in 1768, no record to denote wterefrom, 
or whether he had kin at that time. He died m the year 1810 in that town. 
At the time he arrived in Hopkinton, Benjamin Quinby, Jr., was ei^ht years 
old, he, Benjamin, Jr., was born in 1761." (continued under Benjamin*). 

160 Thb Quikbt Family 

The children of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Lowell) 
Quinby are found on the records as follows: 

123. I. Jonathan ' Qtjinbt (on the record as John) born 

11 Jan. 1748 at Amesbury Mass. is identified 
with the Ensign Jonathan who died at Hopkin- 
ton 19 Apr. 1820 aged 71 (see); 
II. Judith' Quinsy born 24 Sept. 1753 at Amesbury; 
III. Elizabeth • Quinby born 23 Aug. 1759 at South 
Hampton N. H.; an Elizabeth Quinby was mar- 
ried 13 Oct. 1788 to Ebenezer Virgin at Hopkin- 
ton where both lived, by Esq. Joshua Bailey; 

124. IV. Benjamin' Quinby, born 15 Oct. 1761, at South 

Hampton (see). 

44. Jonathan* {Benjamin*, Robert^ Robert) was born 
15 Aug. 1726, at Amesbury, Mass. He married at Dan- 
vers, Mass., 20 Feb. 1755, Ruth Cook. He and his wife 
were received into communion at Amesbury First church, 
25 Aug. 1764 (II. Hoyt, 488). 

In February, 1774, Jonathan, then of Amesbury, with 
his brother Benjamin of Hopkinton, deeded house, barn 
and land "which was our hon'd father Benjamin Quinby's 
homestead" to Ezekiel Jones. In the next deed of their 
paternal acres, Jonathan is described as of Hopkinton, 30 
Mar. 1774. 

The record of Jonathan's acquisition of property in 
Hopkinton is 13 Jan. 1773, when Isaac Fitts of Amesbury 
deeded land in Hopkinton for £70: lOsh. to Jonathan Quin- 
by of Amesbury. 

In 1776, he and his brother Benjamin signed the Asso- 
ciation Test at Hopkinton (VIII. N. H. State Papers, 242), 
and with Isaac, signed a petition there in 1786. 

Jonathan had a record in the Colonial militia, accord- 
ing to the Massachusetts archives as follows: 

Jonathan Quinby appears in a list dated Amesbury, 25 
May, 1757, of the First Company of Militia in the town of 
Amesbury, commanded by Capt. George Worthen, com- 
prising the Train Band and Alarm List, between the ages 
of 16 and 60 years; Jonathan was reported as belonging to 
the Alarm List. He is also reported as having but one eye 
(vol. 95, Record Index to Muster Roll Series, p. 389). 

The U. S. Census of 1790 gives Jonathan as head of a 
family at Hopkinton including, besides himself and wife, 
another male over 16 and another female. From the record 
it appears that his son Isaac's home was adjoining, while 
his brother Benjamin, and the other Jonathan — no doubt 
son of Benjamin — lived in another part of town. 

The QmNBT Pamilt 161 

We lack the date of Johnathan's death; but Ruth Quin- 
by, a widow, died 11 Oct. 1817, at Henniker. 

Children of Jonathan* and Ruth (Cook) Quinby: 

125. I. Isaac • Quinby, born 3 Mar. 1756, at Amesbury 

II. Mart' Quinby, born 22 Sept. 1760; died an infant; 
III. Mart' Quinby, born 31 July, 1765; she married 
David' Colby of Henniker, who was born 15 Oct. 
1759, and was in the battles of Bunker Hill and 
of Bennington (see Cogswell's History of Henni- 
ker, and II. Hoyt's Old Families, 687). Rev. 
Silas E. Quimby, the author of a pamphlet on the 
descendants of Jonathan ^ Quinby, told me that 
he remembers visiting his aunt Colby in Henni- 
ker when he was a little boy, in 1844; 

126. IV. Benjamin' Quinby, born 4 Feb. 1768 (see). 

The following brief data of the sons of Robert^ Quinby' s 
grandsons, John*, Jeremiah*, David*, Robert* and Jona- 
than *, serve to summarize the vast amount of detailed inform- 
ation that will appear in volume II. about them and their 

45. John" (John*, Jo/in») born 1710-7, Exeter. Sons, 
born at Kingston: 

128. Moses', born 1755; 

129. John', born 1757; 

130. Jacob', born 1759; 

131. Jeremiah ', born 1761. 

46. Daniel s \{John*, John') born 1712-20, Exeter; 

132. Eliphalet', born 1749; 

133. (?) Daniel Clark', born 175-? 

134. (?) John', born 1753; 
134a. (?) Zachabiah ', born 1759. 

47. Eliphalet 6 {Jeremiah*, John') born 1717-24; sons: 

135. Andrew ', born 1750; 

136. ' Jonathan', born 1753; 

137. Daniel', born 1755. 

47a. 6 (•? Jeremiah*, John') born 1723? Son: 

138. Jonathan ', born 1760. 

48. Moses" (Jeremiah*, John') born 1725; no sons. 

49. Aaron" (Jeremiah*) born 1727; sons: 

139. Elisha', born 1767; 

140. Aaron', born "about 1777. 

50. Jacob" (Jeremiah*) born 1728; sons: 

141. Stephen ', born about 1754; 


162 The Qxunby Pamilt 

142. Jacob «, born 1760; 

143. (?) William Dyer «, born 175-6-. 

51. Jeremiah^ (Jeremiah*) born about 1730; sons: 

144. Jeremiah «; 

145. Henry '; 

146. Jacob •; 

147. Ephbaim •, born 1773. 

52. Tristram 5 {? Jeremiah*) born about 1720-5; sons: 

148. Daniel', born 1755; 

149. Eliphalet', born 1758. 

53. Samuel^ (David*, John^) born 1729 at Kingston; 

150. Samuel', born 1759; 

151. Benjamin', born 1763; 

152. Daniel', born 1767; 

153. David', born 1771; 

154. John', born 1774; 

155. Timothy ', born 1777(?). 

54. David* (David*, John^) born 1731; sons, born at 
Hawke (now Danville) N. H.: 

156. Benjamin', born 1757; 

157. David ', born 1762; 

158. Paul ', born 1764; 

159. Thomas ', born 1771. 

55. John' (IDavid*) born 1737; sons: 

160. Samuel •; 

161. Gen. John', born 1773, at Springfield, N. H.; 

162. Timothy '; 

163. (?) William'; 

164. (?) David'; 

165. (?) Elisha'. 

56. Timothy 5 (?David*) born 1750; sons: 

166. John', "over 16" in 1790; 

167. Timothy ', bapt. 1777, at Hawke. 

58. Eleazer' (Robert*, John^) born 1727, Hampton 
Falls, N. H.; sons: 

168. (?) Eleazer'; 

169. (?) Ebenezeb'. 

60. John 5 (Robert*) born 1731; Hampton Falls; no 
surviving children. 

61. Asahel* (Robert*) born 1735, Hampton Falls; 
sons, born at Candia, N. H. : 

170. Elisha', born 1763; 

171. Bradbury «, born 1764; 

172. Harper ', born 1774. 

The Qxjinby Family 163 

62. Elisha* (Robert*, John^) born 1738 at Hampton 
Falls, N. H.; no sons; 

63. Jacob (Robert*) born 1740 at Hampton Falls; 
sons, born at Candia, N. H.: 

173. Jonathan', born 1767; 

174. John •, born 1769. 

64. Jeremiah' (f. Robert*) born 174-50, probably at 
Hawke; sons born at Candia: 

175. Jacob Hook «, born 1776; 
1.76. Abraham', born 1778; 

177. Aaron', born 1784; 

178. Jeremiah ', born 1786. 

65. James* (Jonathan*, John^) born 1736 at Exeter; 

179. (?) James', born 1756, Brentwood; 

180. Caleb », born 1760; 

181. (?) Jonathan '. 

66. Jonathan s (Jonathan*, John'') born 1741 at 
Exeter; son: 

183. Jonathan', born about 1766, at Brentwood; 

66a. «, (? Jonathan*); probably had sons: 

184. Edward* born 1762; 

185. John« born 1777-8. 

67. Henry 5 (Philip*, Joseph^, Robert^) born 7 May, 
1739, at Amesbury, Mass. In 1757 he entered the Colonial 
army as a private, 25 March, in Capt. Israel Davis's com- 
pany, and served to 19 June. (From a roll made up for 
the part of the company not included in the capitulation 
at Fort William Henry, sworn to at Boston, 25 Mar. 1758; 
Mass. Archives, 96 Record Index, Muster roll series, 79). 

Henry Quinby enlisted 6 Apr. 1759, "in His Majesty's 
service in Col. Joseph Gerrish, Jr.'s regiment, to be put 
under the command of His Excellency Jeffry Amherst, 
Esq., General and Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty's 
forces in North America for the invasion of Canada." The 
report described him as aged 20 years and son of Philip 
Quinby; reported served on a former expedition in 1767 
at Lake George, (97 id. 107). 

The last record I find of his military career is when he 
was Second lieutenant, Capt. Timothy Barnard's company 
of East Parish, in Amesbury, which marched on the alarm 
of 19 Apr. 1775; time of service, five and one-half days. 
(id.; also, XII. Mass. Soldiers and Sailors, 871). 

Henry Quinby 's land transfers, Amesbury, Mass., Essex 
county Registry, Salem, Mass. 

164 The Quinbt Family 


1779, July 14, Henry from Philip and wife, bk. 136, p. 
284, Amesbury; 

1794, June 11, Henry from Eliphalet Martin, bk. 158, p. 
101, Amesbury; 


1784, Oct. 1, Henry et al. to Jeremiah Hibbert et al, bk. 141, 
p. 246, Amesbury; 

1795, Jan. 13, Henry to Eliphalet Martin, bk. 158, p. 238, 

Henry married 25 June, 1761, Susannah Currier, who 
was born at Amesbury, 1741. The United States census 
of 1790 names him as head of a family at Newbury, Mass., 
which besides himself and wife, included one free white 
male over 16 years old; two same under 16; and three free 
white females. 

Henry * Quinby died 6 Jan. 1806. His will was dated 
4 Jan. 1806, probatpd 15 Apr. 1806. Susannah, his widow, 
of (Haverhill) Mass., died intestate January, 1825. Letters 
of administration were granted 27 Sept. 1825 to Enoch 
Foot of Haverhill, Mass. The inventory, dated 3 Oct., 
1825, showed $588.76 (Records). 

27 Sept. 1825, Enoch Foot gave bond as administrator 
of the estate of Susannah Quinby, late of Haverhill, widow. 

23 Sept. 1825, Philip and Ebenezer Quinby and Rachel 
Harvey renounced administratorship on the estate of their 
parents Henry and Susannah. 

27 Sept. 1825, Mary IngersoU and Anna Quinby re- 
quested Enoch Foot to administer. 

Susannah Quinby's real estate was one house and out- 
buildings at $400; two pieces in Amesbury, about four 
acres $44, household effects, $144.76. Her effects were 
ordered Oct. 1825, to be sold at public auction. 

Children of Henry" and Susannah (Currier) Quinby, 
born at Amesbury, Mass.: 

186. I. Joseph' Quinby, born 16 May, 1762 (see); 

187. . II. Moses • Quinby, bprn 23 June, 1764 (see) ; 

188. III. Henry" Quinby, born 11 June, 1766 (see); 

IV. Rachel* Quinby, born 9 Apr. 1769; she married 11 
Jan. 1796, Thomas Harvey, Jr., (Newbury rec); 
marriage intention filed 8 Nov. 1794 (Newbury- 
port rec); she died 1 June, 1859 (family rec); 
V. Mary" Quinby, born 11 Mar. 1771; married Robert 
Woodbury, M. D., born 16 Aug. 1767; she died 
29 Aug. 1859; 

Thb Quinbt Fahilt 165 

VI. Anna* Qtjinbt, born 22 June, 1774, died 6 Mar. 
1832; one Anna Quinby, probably this, married 22 
May, 1800, Lieut. Joseph Danforth (Newbury rec; 
intention also recorded); 

^^^- ,,YJI- Philip' Quinby, born 9 Apr. 1777 (see); 

,«« vi- E»=N« QuiNBT, born 1782, died 1784; 

190. IX. Eben« Quinby, born 1786 (see). 

Will of Henry ' Quinby 

(Paper No. 1 (2) abstract, Essex county Probate). This 
fourth day Jan. 1806, I Henry Quinby of Haverhill County Essex 
and Commonwealth of Mass., being infirm of body but of a sound 
disposing mind and memory, calling to mind the mortality of my 
body, do make and ordain this my last will and testament and as 
touching such goods & estate as I shall die in possession of, I 
demise give and dispose of in following manner and form viz; I 
give and bequeath to my son Joseph, two dollars to be paid to 
him in one year after my decease with one-fifth part of my joiner's 
and carpenter's tools. I give and bequeath to my son Moses two 
dollars, to be paid to him in one year after my decease, with one- 
fifth part of my joiner's and carpenter's tools. I give and be- 
queath to my son Henry, two dollars, to be paid to him in one 
year after my decease, with one-fifth part of my joiner's and car- 
penter's tools. 

I give and bequeath to my son Philip, two dollars, to be 
paid in one year after my decease with one-fifth part of my join- 
er's and carpenter's tools. 

I give and bequeath to my son Ebenezer, two dollars to be 
paid to him in one year after my death, with one-fifth part of my 
joiner's and carpenter's tools. I give and bequeath to my daugh- 
ter Rachel, with what she has already had as her portion, one 
dollar, to be paid to her in one year after my decease. I give and 
bequeath to my daughter Mary, with what she has already had 
as her portion, one dollar, to be paid to her in one year after my 
decease. I give and bequeath to my daughter Anna fifty dollars, 
to be paid her in one year after my decease. 

I give and bequeath to my wife Susannah all my estate both 
real and personal not disposed of in my will, during her natural 
life, for her use and support, and if any part shall remain after 
her decease it shall be equally divided amongst my children. I 
do hereby appoint my wife Susannah sole executrix of this my 
last will, etc., and for her to execute same by paying my just 
debts and funeral charges and above legacies; lastly I renounce 
and revoke all other wills or executors made or named by me Con- 
firming this and no other to be this my last will and testament 
In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal, the year and 
day above specified. 

Henry Quinby 

Signed, sealed and declared to be this his last will, etc., in 
presence of witnesses, Moses Moody, David Swan, Enoch Foot. 
Probated, 15 Apr. 1806, Essex Probate court. Bond of $600 given 
by the widow the same day. 

166 The Qotnbt Familt 

70. JosiAH* {John*, John^, John^, William^) born in 
1726 at Wampus pond in Westchester county, New York. 
The Founders and Builders of the Oranges, containing in- 
correct statements regarding the Quinby line, calls Josiah* 
born 1726, a son of Josiah* and Hannah (Cornell). I have' 
never found any evidence that that couple ever had such 
son. The same work gives Josiah^'s parents as Josiah^ 
and Mary Williams (Josiah' married Mary MuUineaux in 
reality). That history therefore differs in substituting two 
Josiahs*,', for the two Johns S', in the line back. Josiah 
removed about 1746 to Orange, New Jersey, and there mar- 
ried, first, in December, 1747, Martha, daughter of Joseph 
and Martha (Sargent) Harrison, born about 1723. She 
died in Orange 24 Mar. 1791, aged 63. "He married second 
Martha Smith, who was the second wife of Isaac Harrison," 
says W. B. Prime, but possibly this is erroneous — two 
wives of the same name are a little unusual! 

At a town meeting at Newark, N. J., held 13 Mar. 
1764, "it was voted that the parsonage Meadow be hired 
for the ensuing year — said Meadow rented for £2, 12s. to 
Josiah Quinby, James Mun and Ichabod Harrison. Nehe- 
miah Baldwin, James Nutman and Amos Harrison, Esq., 
to receive the money equally to be paid to the Priests of 
said Town." (Hist. Soc'y. of N. J.) He was a Lieutenant 
in Capt. Potter's company in the Third Battalion of the 
First Establishment of the New Jersey Line in the Revolu- 
tionary War in 1776, ("Officers and Men of the Revolu- 
tion") and we learn that he afterwards became Captain 
(see pension affidavit of his son Josiah ') . 

He was the sexton at Orange, N. J., and had a large 
farm near what is now Llewellyn Park, N. J. 

He died at Orange, N. J., between 28 July, 1804, and 
23 Oct. 1805. A number of his descendants went into the 
hat business at Orange, N. J., sixty years ago, which be- 
came a craze there. In 1854 the firms of Quinby & Smith 
employed twenty hands and Quinby & Northrop twenty- 
five. (Founders and Builders of the Oranges p. 213). His 
son Josiah ^ often stated that he had a brother who was a 
fifer, a mere boy, and was killed at the battle of Spring- 
field, N. J., in the Revolution (I. Q. G.) 

Josiah ' Quinby's will is recorded in Book A of Wills 
p. 75, Newark, N. J., Surrogate's Office. The name is 
spelled Josias. 
The following is an abstract made by W. B. Plume: 

To my son John Quinby, one-half of lands on the 
mountain, to my son Aaron Quinby the other half of said lands ; 

The Quinbt Family 167 

My son John is to pay to my son Moses forty pounds, 
to my son Aaron one hundred and ten pounds, to my son 
Josias eight pounds and to my son Joseph ten pounds; 
although I have made a discrimination, I have done it in 
view of circumstances which to me appears just and proper, 
holding all my children in equal esteem and affection; 

My son John is to pay Moses Owens five pounds; 
Lydia Jones, twenty pounds; his sister Sarah Vincent, 
twenty pounds; his sister Patty, thirty pounds; and de- 
cently to board and provide for his sister Patty one year; 

He is to pay his sister Jemima Perkins, twenty pounds, 
desiring that Jemima or her heirs and not Mr. Perkins 
should enjoy the legacy; 

To my daughters Patty, Sarah and Lydia the house- 
hold furniture; 

I order one cow to be given to the daughter of my last 
wife, deceased; 

Sons Aaron and John, Executors. Dated 23 July 1804, 
Witnessed by Isaac Pierson, Hiram Quinby and Amos Har- 
rison. "Sworn" 23 Oct. 1805. 

Children of Josiah * and Martha (Harrison) Quinby: 

191. I. MosES' QtriNBY, born 18 Mar. 1749 (see); 

II. Dorcas' Quinby, born 1751 (says Dodd MSS.) she 
married first (in 1771 or 1779) Moses Owens who 
was shot at White Plains during the Revolution; 

she married second, Pierson; and was 

probably dead by 1804; 
III. Sabah" Quinby, born 18 Sept. 1752, married Peter 
Vincent (born 1744); she died 7 Apr. 1819; 

192. IV. Aabon" Quinby, born 1754 (see); , 

V. Martha' Quinby, ("Patty") born 1756 (says Dodd); 

living in 1804; probably died unmarried; 
VI. Jemima' Quinby, born 1759, married first, Daniel 

Baker; second, Isaac Perkins; he was a Quaker, 

of New York; she was living in 1804; 
JosiAH' Quinby, born 15 May, 1762 (see); 
Lydia' Quinby, born 1764; living in 1804; probably 

died unmarried; 
Joseph ' Quinby, born 1768 (see) ; 
John' Quinby, born 1770 (see); 
Phoebe' Quinby, died 14 Feb. 1789; 
Hannah' Quinby, probably died before 1804. 

At this point are omitted: 

71. Robert* (or John*) {IJohn^ John\ John\ Will- 
iam') ancestor of the numerous New Jersey family who 
spell their name Quimby; his sons are thought to have been 










168 The Qotnbt FamhiT 

196. John •; 

197. Allbn •; 

198. Solomon •; 

199. Isaac »; 

200. Jambs •; 

201. DANna. •; 

202. RoBBRT •; 

72. Jambs ', who lived at Marlborough, New York, and 
founded the Ulster county, N. Y., family, which spread 
widely into upper New York and the middle West. The 
sons of James * were 

203. Nathaniel'; 

204. James •; 

205. Levi •; 

206. Enob'; 

207. MosES •; 

208. ROBEAT •. 

The following also are omitted in this volume; their 
descendants all spell their name Quimby: 

72a. AbeTl,^ {fJosiah*, Josiah*, John^, William^ whose 
sons are said to have been 

209., Abel'; 

210. Nathaniel '. 

73. Ephraim = {James*, Josiah*, John^, William^) who 
lived in Rensselaer county, N. Y., and had sons 

211. James'; 

212. John'; 

213. Elnathan'; 

214. Darius'; 

215. Ephbaim'; 

216. Levi «. 

77. Samttbl^ (Ephraim*, Josiah^, John'', William^) 
born in 1756 in Hunterdon county, N. J. He enlisted in 
the Continental Army. The family were Quakers. Samuel 
was a member of the Westchester Light Horse, a company 
of picked men, and- when one uncle, John, offered to make 
him his sole heir if he would not enlist, Samuel declined to 
quit the company, which was commanded by Capt. Del- 
avan. He served throughout the Revolution and was with 
Washington at the crossing of the Delaware. Samuel al- 
ways had defective vision and for many years in old age 
was blind. He was present at the battles of White Plains, 
Trenton and Short Hills, and was a member of the com- 
pany which escorted General Washington at the evacuation 
of New York city by the British. 

Samuel and his brother Ephraim emigrated together 

Tkb Qcinbt Family 169 

and settled on Pigeon creek, Fallowfield township, Wash- 
ington county, Pa. He returned and married in Hunterdon 
county, N. J., and his mother when a widow came to live 
with him. He took some land there in payment for his 
Revolutionary services, and in his later days drew a pen- 
sion which was continued to his widow Achsah (Parke). 
"Samuel Quinby was a Revolutionary soldier, of seven 
years' service; he emigrated with Abner Reeves (whose son 
John married Samuel Quinby's daughter Sarah) and set- 
tled on the Monongahela River," says a family record. 

He established his farm at Horse Shoe Bend, on what 
is now Monongahela River, and was tax collector. His 
wife Achsah often rode on horseback across the mountains 
to Hunterdon county. New Jersey, her home, (the town of 
Boar's Hill where her mother still lived) and carried in her 
saddle bags gold coin. Samuel engaged in hunting, and in 
expeditions against the Indians; he captured the squaw who 
afterward married Col. Craycraft, and was in expeditions 
with Lewis and Clark, the famous explorers. He went with 
his brother Ephraim* to the site of the present city of 
Warren, Ohio. "It was not till 1808 or 1809 that Samuel, 
moved to Sharon, Pa., where he purchased a farm and 
gristmill of Benjamin Bently, and set up his three mills on 
the Shenango river, and his homestead on the east bank 
overlooking it and the town. He was a Justice of the 
Peace at Warren. His farm comprised four hundred acres 
of land, much of it underlaid with superior soft coal; the 
mills and furnaces of the town today are the result of 
energy brought into the Shenango valley by the Quinby 
family and its adjuncts. He was Canal Commissioner; was 
one of the directors of the Western Reserve Bank; was in- 
strumental in getting the Mahoning R. R. through the 
town. The present depot occupies the spot on which the 
first Quinby home was located, where his father lived. He 
had a hotel and jail and thus kept open house; and his 
corn crib was used to imprison Indians when too obstre- 
perous. The Ohio and Erie canal destroyed pioneer Sam- 
uel's first three mills." 

He died 10 Sept. 1840 (9 Sept. says his granddaughter, 
Mrs. Wilson) and was buried with military honors at Sharon 
on the anniversary of Commodore Perry's victory. His 
wife died in 1858, aged 86; they are buried in Oakwood 
cemetery. The children of Samuel^ and Achsah (Parke) 
Quinby were: 

I. Sarah • Quinbt, born Apr. 1786; married John, son 
of Abner Reeves, and in 1815, they occupied and 

170 The Quinbt Familt 

kept the stone tavern on the National Pike in 
Washington county, Pa., at Ginger Hill; they had 
removed from Westmoreland county, Pa., to Ohio 
in 1803, purchasing and occupjrSng the farm in 
Howland township, Trumbull county, Ohio, says 
the obituary of John Reeves, Jr., Republican 
Watchman, Greenport, L. I., N. Y., 12 May, 1894. 
Sarah died aged S3y. 11m. 

Note — Their son John Reeves, born 21 Mar. 1815, had Ella R. born 1 
Mar. 1845, married Wm. H. Beebe who Uves at Ravenna, Ohio, (1915); Mrs 
Beebe for many years correspotided with Quinbys all over the country and 
kindly loaned me all the letters she haU. 

II. Elizabeth* Quinbt, married Daniel Budd of West- 
chester, Pa., and died at the age of 93; 
III. Pakke « Quinbt, died young; 

217. IV. Ephkaim* Quinbt, born 5 Feb. 1792; (see); 

V. Rebecca ' Quinbt married Louis Reno of New York. 
Gen. Jesse S. Reno was her son; she lived at Erie, 
Pa., and in 1891 was aged 87; 
VI. Moses « Quinbt, died young; 

VII. Nanct' Quinbt, married Isaac Deforest (who was 
living in 1891, aged 99); she died aged 86; 

218. VIII. Samuel' Quinbt, Jr., born 2 Sept. 1802, Sharon, 

Pa. (see); 

219. IX. ChabIes S. • Quinbt, born 1806 (see); 

X. Julia Ann « Quinbt, born 1808, married Thomas 
Jefferson Porter (who was living at Sharon, Pa., 
in 1891, aged 91); she died 13 Oct. 1849, aged 41. 
Little Billy Whitla of Sharon, Pa., who was in 
1908 very much in the public eye, through having 
been kidnapped and restored by his ca;ptors, was 
a grandson of Selena, daughter of Julia Ann* 
(Quinby) Porter; 

XI. Teresa' Quinbt, born 7 Apr. 1808, married 6 Aug. 
1833, Conrad Gansevoort Carver of Richfield, 
Otsego county, N. Y.; she died 12 Aug. 1900; 
Mrs. Carver was a resident of Sharon, Pa., but 
for a number of years made her home with Mrs. 
Nancy' (Quinby) Larwill at Wooster, Ohio, says 
Mrs. Beebe (1893) who adds: "she is one of the 
exceptional daughters of the Revolution, in that 
she is entitled to a pension among few others left 
in the Union, and enjoys length of days in the 
home of her youth, amid pleasant associations." 

220. XII. Joseph Parke « Quinbt, unmarried, died aged 79. 

Note — The following from the Michigan records may refer to a grand- 
daughter or great-grandaughter of Samuel * and Achsah (Parke) Quinby) :" Achsah 
Quinby, single, born in Penna., a resident of Sharon, Pa , married 9 July, 1903, 
at Detroit, Mich., by Rev. D. Burnham, to James, son of Simon Hess, age 37. 
of Scranton, Pa." 

The Qthnby Family 171 

Samuel^ Quinby's Revolviionary War Record 
Samuel Quinby's application for pension: 
Date of enhst- Length of Rank Captain Colonel State 

ment or ap- Service 

^"l^ \lll 2 months Private David 'Howard; Swisler 
Uct. 1776 1 month Private Benj.McCuUough; not 

A -1 iwww « stated N.J. 

April 1777 6 months Private Jacob Winter; not 

,__„ , stated N.J. 

1778 few months Private Dart; Co. of 

A -1 ,^-,/% ^ , ArtificersN.J. 

April 1779 6 months Thos. Bay; not 

,_„„ stated N.J. 

1780 6 months Private Thos. Bay; not 

stated N.J. 

July 1781 16 months Private Geo. Bruce; Gen. 

Clark N.J. 

Battles engaged in Long Island 

Residence at enlistment Sussex Co., N. J. 

Date of application for pension Oct. 3, 1832. 

Residence at date of application Hickory, Penna. 

Born in Hunterdon county, N. J., 1756. 

Remark: His widow, Achsah, was also pensioned. 

77 Samuel's Revolutionary Record 

Affidavit of Samuel Quinby, dated 3 Oct. 1832: that 
he is a resident of Hickory township, Mercer county, Pa., 
aged 76; that he entered the services of United States under 
the following officers, and served as herein stated. 

About 28 July, 1776, I entered the service in Sussex 
county, New Jersey, by volunteering in Capt. David How- 
ard's company, then on their way from about Reading, Pa., 
and served with them two months. There was a regiment 
of volunteers then on their way from Pennsylvania com- 
manded by Col. Swisler, and the company I joined was 
one of that regiment. We marched to Elizabethtown, N. J., 
remained there a few days; from there we marched to a 
fort on the upper end of Long Island a few days afterward, 
and then marched down to a place called Flatbush, at that 
time the British had landed on Long Island and in a few 
days after we got to Flatbush, the battle of Long Island 
commenced, and the company and regiment I was in, were 
in the battle; Lord Sterling commanded at the battle. 
Our company's order was to reserve our fire until we could 
see the buckles on the shoes of the enemy. The battle was 
a severe one, and before we were aware of it, the enemy 

172 Thb Quinbt Pamilt 

outflanked and nearly surrounded us, and we had no way 
of escape, but through a dismal swamp, where many got 
mired. I got clear, but the greater part of our volunteer 
regiment were cut off, either killed or taken prisoner. I 
got to Staten Island from there to Amboy and then to New 
York, and where we were dismissed by our officers, and 
went home. 

Again 1 Oct. 1776, I entered the service as a volunteer 
in Capt. Benj. McCuUoch's company, in Sussex county, 
N. J. and served one month. We marched to Elizabeth- 
town and were employed in guarding the shore from place 
to place, had some skirmishes with the tories and took sev- 
eral prisoners. We went to Elizabethtown and were dis- 
missed 1 April, 1777. 

I again volunteered in Capt. Jacob Winter's company 
in Sussex county, N. J.; my lieutenant was David Hays; 
ensign, Peter Smith; orderly sergeant, Peter Kidd; I en- 
tered for six months. We marched to Boundbrook, and 
lay there a considerable time. We started one morning 
before daylight and went near to Quibbletown where the 
Hessians lay; attacked their picket guard and drove them 
in. We took some beef cattle and some hay and continued 
skirmishing until sunset. After some considerable time we 
went from there to Amboy. The Hessians were then on 
Staten Island opposite to Amboy, and sometimes threw a 
bumshell over to us. One came that did not burst, a 
Yankee ran to it, and found it running out, tasted the con- 
tents and declared it was molasses. While we lay there, 
Fort Washington was taken. We heard the firing distinctly. 
Soon after there were then companies sent across the river 
to South Amboy. The company I was in was one of them. 
At this time the British Fleet lay in Sandy Hook; they had 
captured a whaling vessel, and by some means, the officers 
recovered the command of 'the vessel and ran her into the 
mouth of Cheesquick creek. There was a large British 
vessel pursued her and ran aground; the tide left them and 
they found they could not get off, and set fire to her and 
left her with two or three men and a negro on board. She 
burnt a long time, and then blew up; I was discharged in 
the fall of 1782. 


Revolutionary War; widow; No. 3454; Achsah Quinby, widow 
of Samuel Quinby, private, who was a pensioner under the act of 
1832, and who died 9 Sept. 1842. No. 9670; Pennsylvania roll; 
widow of Samuel Quinby, private in the company commanded by 
Capt. Howard, in the regiment commanded by Col. Swisler of the 

The Quinby Family 173 

New Jersey line for two years; inscribed on the roll of Philadel- 
phia, Pa., at the rate of eighty dollars per annum, to commence 4 
March, 1836; certificate of pension 14 Oct. 1845. 

Affidavit of Achsah Quinby, dated 21 Aug. 1843, "That she 
IS the widow of Samuel Quinby who was a private in the United 
States, during the Revolutionary War, and as such received a 
pension of eight dollars per month. She further states that she 
was married to the said Samuel Quinby on the 28th day of June, 
1786; that her husband Samuel Quinby died on the 9 Sept. 1842." 

Affidavit of Chas. S. Quinby, dated 10 Aug. 1843, "That he is 
the son of Saml Quinby who died Sept. 1842, and who was at 
time of his death a pensioner of the U. S. for services rendered 
during the Revolutionary War; that he is in the 38th year of his 
age and that his father and mother have been living together as 
man and wife ever since his recollection; and further, that he has 
now in said court the family Bible in which is an entry, of which 
the following is a true copy, viz: 'Samuel Quinby was married 
to Achsah Park in the year of our Lord 1786 on the 28 June.' 
And further this deponent states that said Bible and the said entry 
of said marriage have been in the family ever since his recollection, 
which has been at least thirty years, and further that this de- 
ponent has ten brothers and sisters living, the oldest one of whom 
was born 27 April, 1789. 

Affidavit of John Michel Tree, Judge of the Court of Common 
Pleas, Mercer county. State of Pennsylvania: "that Achsah 
Quinby by reason of age and bodily infirmity could not without 
great inconvenience appear in open court of said county aiid fur- 
ther, I have known the said Achsah Quinby upwards of thirty 
years, and believe her to be a person of truth and veracity." 

Affidavit dated 22 Apr. 1844, of Ephraim Quinby: "That he 
is personally acquainted with Achsah Quinby, wi'dbw of Samuel 
Quinby, late of Mercer county, Peimsylyania; that he has known 
her for the last fifty-nine years past, that she was married to my 
brother a'boiit the year 1784, as this deponent verily believes 
though he was not present at the marriage. I well recollect the 
time of the birth of their first child, living at that time in my 
brother's family; the birth of the first child was about 1785; that 
they continued to live together as husband and wife until the 
death of the husband, which was in Sept. 1842." 

Affidavit of John Reeves, dated 22 Apr. 1844: "That in the 
year 1891, 16 April, he was married to Sarah Quinby, daughter of 
Samuel and Achsah Quinby, the said Sarah Quinby being reported 
daughter of the said Samuel and Achsah Quinby, who was reported 
to be married about the year 1784-5 and has had twelve children, 
four or five of the said children born previous to the year 1794. 
The said Sarah was about fifteen years old when married." 

No. 15395; claim for bounty land under the act of 3 Mar. 
1865, dated 4 Apr. 1855, of Achsah Quinby, aged eighty-seven 
years, resident of Mercer county. Hickory township. Pa., widow 
of Samuel Quinby, private in the Revolutionary and Indian wars. 
She was married to said Samuel Quinby 28 June, 1786, by Adam 
Hale; that her name was Achsah Parke. She is still the widow of 
Samuel Quinby who died 9 Sept. 1842, at Hickory township, 
Mercer county, Pa. ,,„, , , 

Affidavit dated 24 Dec. 1855, of T. J. Porter: "That he has 

174 The Quinbt Family 

been acquainted with Ashsah and Samuel Quinby for thirty-two 
years; that they lived together as man and wife, and are reputed 
to be married, that she is still remaining his widow and has drawn 
a pension of eighty dollars per annum up to 4 Sept. 1855." 

78, Daniel^ (Ephraim'^, Josiah^, John^, William^) 
born perhaps in Washington county, Pa., probably around 
the middle of the 1700's. Mrs. Beebe says "I have reason 
to believe he was the eldest of the family. He served in 
the Revolutionary War, was awarded 11554 acres of land 
as pay and chose to locate in Bourbon county, Ky., but 
no record was kept, and on going to claim his lands, he was 
lost, supposedly, as he never returned and was not heard 
from. He was never married and left no trace of himself. 
He was preceded by a Wright, brother of Reuben Wright, 
his brother-in-law, who it was learned came to his death 
by a steamboat explosion on the Ohio River." (They had 
steamboats early on the Ohio!) An account of Daniel by 
another descendant is as follows: 

"Daniel was drowned in the Ohio River, or as tradi- 
tion says, Reuben Wright had a brother and he and Daniel 
Quinby were going to Kentucky to lay claim to 11554 acres 
of land which Ephraim the father had given to Daniel and 
both were lost." 

79. Ephkaim* (Ephraim*, Josiah^, John^, William^) 
born 11 May, 1766 in Hunterdon county, N. J. "The 
first person to explore the Mahoning River as far as War- 
ren, Ohio, was Col. Ephraim Quinby in the fall of 1799. 
He made a cabin and occupied it with his wife and four 
children. He married Amma Blackmore in Brownsville, 
Pa., and there the children Nancy, Arabella, William and 
Warren were born. Ephraim was proprietor of Warren. 
He laid out the streets, gave the park, land for the Baptist 
church, and always lived in the town. His home today 
adorns Quinby hill, on the west bank of the Mahoning 
river. He always enjoyed the respect and esteem oiF his 
fellowmen. Always mild and trusting in his nature, he 
nevertheless was a superior manager of the Indians who 
were often very troublesome," says Mrs. E. R. Beebe. 

Ephraim * Quinby married 1792 Amma Blackmore, 
born 29 Oct. 1768. He died 5 June, 1850, at Warren, Ohio ; 
she died there 16 Mar. 1833. The family monument at 
Warren gives the dates; Mrs. Quinby's name is given as 
"Amma" (she was born at Bladensburg, Md., 25 Mar. 
1769, says W. P. Q.) Their seven sons and four daughters 
all lived to grow up, and nearly all to marry and have 
children. Children: 

The QmNBY Family 175 

I. Nancy' Quinby, born 9 May, 1793; married 22 
May, 1817, Joseph Larwill, the proprietor of 
Wooster, Ohio; he died 20 Nov. 1867; no chil- 
dren; she celebrated her 100th anniversary at 
Wooster, Ohio, and Mrs. Wm. H. Beebe of Rav- 
enna, Ohio, printed a two column leaflet on the 
occasion which was widely circulated, copy of 
which is given a few pages further on. Mrs. Lar- 
will died 25 June, 1893, at Wooster. 

221. II. Samuel" Quinby, born 28 Nov. 1794 (see); 

III. Elizabeth' Qtjinby, born 20 Dec. 1796, died 19 

Feb. 1825; married Dr. Williams Heaton of War- 
ren, college mate at Jefferson college of Dr. Eph- 
raim • Quinby (Samuel », Ephraim *) ; 

IV. Abrilla • Quinby, born 10 Mar. 1798; married 

Judge Potter of North Lisbon, Ohio; 

222. V. William B. « Quinby, born 24 Nov. 1799 (see); 

VI. Maby' Quinby, born 12 Jan. 1802, died 24 Apr. 
1888, at Wooster; married Thomas Girling; after 
he died, she married 13 May, 1848, Dr. Sylvester 
Spellman of Granville, Ohio, born 7 Sept. 1789, 
died 5 Sept. 1873, son of Eber and Lucy (Thrall) 
Spellman (X. Old Northwest Quarterly 170); 

223. VII. James' Quinby, born 30 Apr. 1805, never married; 

died 13 Sept. 1845, at New Lisbon, 0.; 

224. VIII. Wakben B. • Quinby, born 3 Nov. 1807 (see) ; 

225. IX. Ephhaim' Quinby, born 13 Apr. 1810 (see); 

226. X. Charles A. • Quinby, born 10 Apr. 1813, never 

married; died 6 Mar. 1854; 

227. XI. George" Quinby, born 28 Aug. 1815 (see). 


The History of Wayne county, Ohio, says: "Judge 
Ephraim Quinby removed with his family to the site of 
Warren as early as 1798, two years before the county of 
Trumbull was organized, and five years before the state 
was admitted into the Union, Upon his arrival, or soon 
thereafter, in Trumbull county, he bought 400 acres of 
land, lying on both sides of the Mahoning river. After his 
emigration, and for several years, he lived on the tract 
lying on the east side of the river, and during his residence 
there, and in 1801, he laid out the town of Warren, and 
named in it honor of Moses Warren, of Lyme. Here he 
engaged in mercantile business, his store room bemg located 
upon the banks of the river. In 1808-9 he removed to the 
west side, although he had as early as 1807-8 erected a 
grist mill and carding machine on the west side, directly 
opposite to the present town of Warren. In 1812 he also 
built a grist mill and carding machine on the Mahoning, 

176 The Quinbt Family 

in Liberty township, 12 miles south of Warren. Carding 
machines in those days were concomitants of grist mills. 

"The plat of Warren, in September, 1800, contained 
but two log cabins, one of which was occupied by Capt. 
Ephraim Quinby, who was proprietor of the town, and 
afterwards Judge of the court. He built his cabin in 1799. 
The other was occupied by Wm. Fenton, who had built his 
in 1798. On the 27th of this month Cornelius Feather and 
Davison Fenton arrived from Washington county, Pa. At 
this' time, Quinby's cabin consisted of three apartments, a 
kitchen, a bed-room and jail, although but one prisoner was 
ever confined in it, viz: Perger Shehigh, for threatening 
the life of Judge Young, of Youngstown. 

"Judge Quinby was a member of the first Legislature 
of the state of Ohio in 1803, and was afterwards chosen 
Associate Judge, which position he ably filled for ten years. 
He was one of the prominent, enterprising and influential 
citizens of his county, and one of the founders of the Bap- 
tist church in Warren. The Indians of that section enter- 
tained for him a great regard, and treated him as a friend. 
He inclined to cover the fierce nature, savage habits and 
untutored ways of the red man with the broad mantle of a 
generous and sympathetic charity. 

"He was captain of a military company, and in his 
history of Ohio John S. C. Abbott speaks of him: 'There 
was at Warren an excellent man, mild and judicious, by 
the name of Captain Quinby. He was familiarly acquainted 
with the Indians, for they had often stopped at his house, 
which was a great resort. His honorable treatment of them 
had won their confidence and affection.' 

"But if he was distinguished for his genial, glowing hos- 
pitality, he was equally conspicuous for his placid determ- 
ination and calm but unquailing courage. We may be 
allowed to introduce a single incident recorded by Howe to 
illustrate this. A serious difficulty having occurred with 
the Indians in the summer of 1800, and which cast a shadow 
over the peaceful prospects of the new and scattered set- 
tlements of the whites: Joseph McMahon, who lived near 
the Indian settlement at the Salt Springs, and whose family 
had suffered considerable abuse at different times from the 
Indians in his absence, was at work with one Richard 
Story on an old Indian plantation near Warren. On Fri- 
day of this week, during his absence, the Indians coming 
down the creek to have a drunken frolic, called in at Mc- 
Mahon's and abused the family, and finally Captain 
George, their chief, struck one of the children a severe blow 

The Quinby Family 177 

with the tomahawk, and the Indians threatened to kill the 
whole family. Mrs. McMahon, although alarmed, was 
unable to get word to her husband before noon the next 

"McMahon and Story at first resolved to go immediately 
to the Indian camp and kill the whole tribe, but, on a 
little reflection, they desisted from this rash purpose, and 
concluded to go to "Warren, and consult with Captain Eph- 
raim Quinby, as he was a mild, judicious man. 

"By the advice of Quinby, all the persons capable of 
bearing arms were mustered on Sunday morning, consisting 
of fourteen men and two boys, under the command of 
Lieutenant John Lane, who proceeded towards the Indian 
camp, determined to make war or peace, as circumstances 
dictated. When within half a mile of the camp, Quinby 
proposed a halt, and as he was well acquainted with most 
of the Indians, they having dealt frequently with him, it 
was resolved that he should proceed alone to the camp, 
and inquire into the cause of their outrageous conduct, and 
ascertain whether they were for peace or war. Quinby 
started alone, leaving the rest behind, and giving direction 
to Lane that if he did not return in half an hour, he might 
expect that the savages had killed him, and that he should 
then march his company and engage in battle. Quinby not 
returning at the appointed time, they rapidly marched to 
camp. On emerging from the woods, they discovered Quin- 
by in close conversation with Captain George. He in- 
formed his party that they had threatened to kill McMahon 
and his family, and Story and his family, for it seems the 
latter had inflicted chastisement on the Indians for stealing 
his liquor, particularly on one ugly-looking ill-tempered 
fellow, named Spotted John, from having his face spotted 
all over with hair moles. Captain George had also de- 
clared, if the whites had come the Indians were ready to 
fight them. 

"The whites marched directly up to the camp, Mc- 
Mahon first and Story next to him. The chief. Captain 
George, snatched his tomahawk, which was sticking in a 
tree, and flourishing it in the air, walked up to McMahon, 
saying: 'If you kill me, I will lie here — if I kill you, you 
shall lie there!' Instantly, as the tomahawk was about to 
give the deadly blow, McMahon sprang back, raised his 
gun, already cocked, pulled the trigger, and Captain George 
fell dead. 'Story took for his mark the ugly savage, Spotted 
John, who was at that moment placing his family behind 
a tree, and shot him dead, the same ball passing through 


178 The Quinbt Family 

his squaw's neck, and the shoulders of his oldest papoose, 
a girl of about thirteen. Hereupon the Indians fled, with 
horrid yells; the whites hotly pursued for some distance, 
firing as fast as possible, yet without effect while the women 
and children screamed and screeched piteously. The party 
then gave up the pursuit, returned and buried the dead 
Indians and proceeded to Warren to consult for their 


"Mrs. Nancy Quinby Larwill celebrated her 100th 
birthday at her home in Wooster, O., May 9. She was 
born in Carroll township, or what may now be Fallowfield, 
three miles from Parkinson's Ferry, which she tells me is as 
familiar to her as Wooster. Her father, Ephraim Quinby, 
Jr., married Miss Ammie Blackmore in Brownsville and 
three children were born when he founded the colony in 
Warren, O. Their names were Nancy, Samuel and William. 
The latter has often been heard to say that his mother rode 
on horseback behind him when he came to Ohio. As he 
was a babe 6 months old, it is altogether probable he was 
right. Samuel and William are deceased, as are Elizabeth 
Heaton, Arabrilla Potter, Mary Girling Spellman, Charles, 
James and Ephraim 3d. Warren and George Quinby live 
at Wooster, Warren at the age of 85 and George at 78. 
The family are and ever have been singularly and happily 
united and maintain the fondest affection for each other, 
Ephraim Quinby's father Ephraim never emigrated. Eph- 
raim, Jr., came West with his uncle, Joseph Hall, and 
family, while a lad. His brother, Samuel Quinby, lived at 
the Horse Shoe Bend and did not leave Washington county 
imtil some years after Ephraim, Jr., formed his settlement of 
twenty families at Warren, O., in 1799, nearly all former 
residents of Washington county. Joseph H. Larwill, a 
surveyor, was employed by Col. Beaver to draft plans and 
survey his lands. Beaver was the starting-point of emi- 
gration, either by land or water. My father remembers 
no sugar, tea, coffee, or calico could be had on the Western 
Reserve nearer than Beaver and the produce was there ex- 
changed for these, then as now necessaries of life. May 22, 
1817, Joseph H. Larwill and Nancy Quinby were married 
at her father's in Warren by Rev. Adamson Bentley. The 
home overlooks the town, on the banks of Mahoning river, 
and is known as Quinby Hill, a beautiful place now oc- 
cupied by George B. Quinby, grandson of Ephraim, Jr. 

The Quinby Family 179 

The wedding party went to Wooster on horseback and on 
July 4, 1817, Mrs. Larwill cooked her first dinner in a 
house which stood where now stands the Frick Memorial 

"Early in life Mrs. Larwill united with the Baptist 
church of Warren and has been a member of the Bethany 
Baptist congregation of Wooster since it was organized and 
the Quinby family in Warren has always been among the 
staunch supporters of the Baptist faith. Samuel Quinby, 
Sarah Quinby Reeves and Mr. and Mrs. James Campbell 
were the only remaining members to charter a new church 
when Adamson Bentley and his whole church membership 
were converted to Disciple belief by the eloquent evan- 
gelistic sermons of Alexander Campbell in 1832. It was 
then the Quinby element held to the Baptist faith and be- 
gan anew to build the present outlook for Baptists in 
Warren. Descended from Quaker stock, born and reared 
on the neutral grounds of the Revolutionary days, faith 
in God and great goodness of heart had secured to them 
the confidence and love of their fellow-men. Joseph H. 
Larwill honored his employer, Mr. Beaver, by naming the 
streets in Wooster, Beaver, Henry for the son, Marti la 
for the daughter and Larwill street for his own family, 
where he resided the greater part of his life, dying Nov. 20, 
1867. No children blessed the union, but nieces and neph- 
ews call them blessed. One, Mrs. Nannie Laubach, of 
Pittsburg, was presented by her centenarian aunt with the 
gold watch and chain she had carried, which had been 
purchased for her by Mr. Larwill in Philadelphia in 

"A hundred rosebuds arranged in an immense bowl, 
from her two brothers and the nieces and nephews; a hun- 
dred navel oranges, from a niece, Mrs. Estep, of San Fran- 
cisco; a book entitled '100 Birthdays' from nieces in Wash- 
ington, D. C, and many evidences of love and affection 
were noticed. The room, which is in her own home, and 
where she has lived since her husband's death, to be near 
her brothers, was most handsomely decorated with flowers 
in profusion from loving friends. On waking in the morn- 
ing she remarked, 'If Mr. Larwill were living, we'd have a 
feast today,' and though Mr. Larwill looked down from his 
portrait, draped in flowers and evergreens, there was a 
feast of reason and a flow of soul, for she was able to re- 
ceive over a hundred friends, who each said a few con- 
gratulatory sentences, to all of whom she replied fittingly 
and presented them with a card on which were printed 

180 The Quinbt Pamilt 

these lines, arranged and suggested by a deceased loving 
niece, Lizzie Quinby Stiles: 

'A hundred years, a hundred years, 

To walk the grand old earth, 
And see a nation rise and grow 

To greatness from its birth. 

A hundred years, a hundred years. 

To drink the air and light: 
But happy when the shadows fall 

To bid the world 'good night.' 

A hundred years of tranquil life. 

And nearer God each day: 
The years, like roses, when they die. 

In fragrance pass away.' 

"That one could enjoy life at 100 years is evidence of 
care for youth and latter day attendance most complete. 
Mrs. Kate Potter Petit, a niece, has guarded her the past 
seven years from every possible care and Frederika Link 
has performed for thirty-eight years a loving service in the 
Larwill household. Mrs. Larwill cannot be said to suffer 
from the weight of years. Her hearing has been defective, 
but time has not dimmed her sight or repressed for her the 
voice of friends. She sits up all day and observes every- 
thing about her, and in the funeral of her life-long friend. 
Rev. Dr. David Kammerer, which took place the same 
day, was heard to express sorrow and sympathy. She 
made inquiry for absent friends and sent messages of love 
to those who feared to weary her by coming. En route I 
made the acquaintance of Mrs. Parkinson, of Neaver Falls, 
who informed me her husband is a descendant of Joseph 
Parkinson, and on telling Mrs. Larwill of the incident, she 
replied, 'I was 7 years old when my father moved to War- 
ren; I rode on horseback and had often in his company 
been to Parkinson's Ferry, where Mr. Parkinson had his 
three mills, and was entertained by Mrs. Parkinson while 
the grist was being ground.' She particularly remembers 
the flowers and fruit and was impressed that the surround- 
ings were superior." (Mrs. Ella R. Beebe, Ravenna, Ohio.) 

80. JosiAH * {Aaron*, Josiah^, John^, William^) born 
11 mo. 8, 1743, in Westchester county, New York. The 
Friends' records give his death as 7 mo. 6, 1818, aged 75y. 
5m. 25d.; another record gives his death as 1 mo. 6, 1816, 

The Quinbt Family jgl 

probably wrong as his will was probated 4 Aug. 1818, at 

Itn 9^T«n^ T- ^^^' ^' P- 182). The will was dated 
y mo.^ Zl, 1806. Joslah "> never married. After the usual 
prehmmanes the will goes on as follows: 

Will of Josiah ' Quinby 

K^^ FIRST: I desire my executors hereafter named to bury my 
+k5^ j ?u ^^^^^^ manner if I should decease near either of 
tt»em, and then soon after I desire them to take an inventory of all 
my goods and chattels and all my personal and movable estate 
that they may think worth their notice or proper to inventory and 
nrst pay the expense of my last sickness or illness and my funeral 
Charges and then as soon as they can conveniently all my just 

u J^^^r'- ^ S'^® ^^^ bequeath unto Elijah Quinby, son of mv 
brother, Moses Qumby, all my houses and land and salt meadow 
that I have joining unto the Tow Landing and Great Creek in 
Westchester, it being the Tenement that I and Ebenezar Havi- 
land bought of Hezekiah Glover and Thomas Baxter. I also give 
him my iron chest. I give and bequeath unto my virtuous neph- 
ew, Daniel Quinby, 2 lotts of salt meadow laying near passage 
bridge and joining the most northwardly part of the Great Creek 
"J Westchester that I bought of my brother, Moses Quinby and 
Shadrack Taylor. I also give unto the said Daniel Quinby $500, 
and all my printed books and wearing apparel. I give and be- 
queath unto my nephew, Aaron Quinby, (son of my beloved vir- 
tuous brother, James Quinby, and dear Anna, his wife), all my 
land and salt meadow laying in Westchester that I bought of Gil- 
bert Honeywell at two different times laying in two places in the 
said Town, together with all my right and title unto my father's 
Estate as being his eldest son, and also my desk. I give and be- 
queath unto my beloved virtuous niece, Amy Quinby, a certain 
Tenement or house and land laying in Westchester, which I bought 
of Moses Hunt. I give and bequeath unto my niece, Sarah Quin- 
by, a certain lot or tract of land laying in the Township of New- 
burgh in the County of Orange, which I got of Thomas Mullenax. 
I give and bequeath ujito my niece, Elizabeth Quinby, a certain 
small Tenement laying in Eastchester, now leased out to Ben- 
jamin Barton and his wife during their Hves and also $200. I 
give aiid bequeath unto my sister, Phebe Barton, during her nat- 
ural life, the use, benefit and profit of my farm laying in the Town 
of Monkton in the State of Vermont on which she now lives, and 
after her decease the said Estate shall be the property of all her 
children, share and share alike, or they may sell the said farm 
after their mother's death and divide the money equally. All the 
lands above given away unto all the persons above named, I give 
unto the said persons and unto their heirs and assigns, forever, 
together with all the deeds which I have for the said lands, but 
the deeds which I have for the land which I have bought and sold 
them deeds I desire my executors to take the best of care of as 
some of them have not been recorded. 

ITEM: I give and bequeath unto John White and Thomas 
Walker overseers of Friends Meeting in Westchester in the County 

Missing Page 

184 The Quinby Fahtut 

county ("marr. int. 6, 10, 11802; 7, 8, 1802; reptd. 
ace. 8, 12, 1802"); she soon died and he married 
6 mo. 19, 1805, Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel 
and Hannah Carpenter of Harrison; 
229. VII. Elijah Pell* Quinbt, born 1791 (see). 

83. James' (Aaron*, John*, John^, William^) bom 
19 May, 1759, in Westchester county, N. Y. He married 
first, 26 June, 1783, Anne", daughter of Jacob* and Amy 
(Hallock) Underbill (see diagram,) of Chappaqua, West- 
chester county ("marr int. 5, 8, 1783; 6, 12, 1783; 
repd. ace. 7, 10, 1783")- James and Anne witnessed the 
will of Stephanas Hunt of Westchester, 29 12 mo. 1788 
(Lawrence Genealogy p. 153, by Thos. Lawrence, 1858). 
The following memorandum of a conversation with Abraham 
Underbill of Yorktown is reported in Bolton's History of 
Westchester County, III. 412: "The house of James 
Quinby, near the Spencer place, now owned by Doctor 
Pearsall, was often robbed during the Revolutionary War, 
and the family had a place of concealment to which they 
always fled whenever attacked on these occasions. One 
night Robert Underbill, James Underbill and Isaac Mekeel 
were stopping here, when Robert Underbill proposed de- 
fending the premises should the robbers make their ap- 
pearance during their stay ■ — provided James his cousin, 
would only assist him. Singularly enough, the maraud- 
ers came that very night, demanding entrance; but the 
heart of James failed him, and he fled with the rest, Rob- 
ert, however, provided himself with a large club and ar- 
ranged chairs along the entry, upon which he suddenly 
commenced a violent attack, striking furiously with his 
club, at the same their stamping furiously on the floor and 
making all the noise possible, as though there were others 
aiding him on the inside, then he would strike the door and 
dare the robbers to come on saying, 'we are ready for you 
this time!' adding occasionally the hoarsp blast of a conch- 
shell. The marauders somewhat bewildered, contented 
themselves with firing a volley into the house, which for- 
tunately missed its brave defender, and retired. The de- 
feated 'Cowboys' afterwards reported that they thought 
'the Devil was in the house.' " 

The census of 1790 gives James Quinby as living along- 
side of his brother Moses and the latter's son Daniel. 
James Quinby's family included besides himself, and wife, 
two males over 16, one male under 16, and six females; evi- 
dently another family, perhaps a sister's, lived with him. 
Mrs. Anne, or Anna, as it appears on the Friends' record, evi- 


186 The Qxjinbt FamUjY 

dently died after the birth of her son Aaron in February, 
1794, and James * Quinby married second, at Amawalk, 12 
mo. 16,1795, Hannah*, daughter of Isaac* and Sarah (Field) 
Underbill of Yorktown; to marry her, he took from the 
Amawalk Preparative Meeting, 12, 10, 1795, a "certificate 
of clear" to the Chappaqua Meeting. The Friends' record 
reads: "marr. int. 11, 13, 1795; 12, 11, 1795; reptd. ace. 1, 
15, 1796." James * Quinby died in 1799, and his widow 
married at Westchester 10 mo. 14, 1818, Isaac, son of 
Michael and 'Milcha' Mekeel of Yorktown, deceased, and 
took a removal certificate 2 mo. 11, 1819, to Amawalk, as 
Hannah I. Mekeel. She was born 15 July, 1769, and died 
4 Oct. 1846 (II. Bolton, 405). 

James Quinby's will was dated 12 mo. 6, 1797, proved 
at White Plains 20 Apr. 1799 (lib. B, p. 104). It mentions 
wife Hannah, sisters Elizabeth Bowns and Phoebe Bartow 
or Barton; daughter Amy to have lands and £200 if she 
live to be 18; son Aaron, if he live to be 21; legacies £100 
to £500 each; wife Hannah and brother Josiah Quinby to 
be executors. Children of James * Quinby, dates from a 
family Bible, copied by Mrs. Caroline A. Haight: 

I. Amt* Qttinbt, born 3 June, 1785; married 2 mo. 15 
1809 at Westchester, Jesse, son of Isatkc and Sarah 
Mekeel of Yorktown ("marr. intent. 1, 12, 1809; 
2, 9, 1809, he producing certif. of clear, from Ama- 
walk; reptd. ace. 6 mo. 8, 1809; she took cert, of 
clear, to AmawaJlk, 6, 8, 1809;" Fr. rec); 
II. Elizabeth* Quinby, born 6 Oct. 1787; married 11 
mo. 17, 1819, at Westchester, Charles R. «, son of, 
James » and Phoebe (Cox) Underbill of Newcastle 
Westchester county; Elizabeth • died 30 Aug. (or 
10 Jan. says Bolton) 1869; Charles R. was born 
in 1796 and died 6 Dec. 1861; 

Phoebe « Quinby, born 30 Sept. 1789; 

DoKCAS' Quinby, born 14 Sept. 1791; 

Aaron « Quinby, born 21 Feb. 1794 (see) ; 

Hoses' Quinby, born 23 July, 1797; died unmar- 

VII. Sarah' Quinby, born 2 July, 1798; died 2 mo. 1, 
VIII. Elizabeth' Quinby, born 29 Oct. 1799. 

Note — A. S. Underbill's chart, No. 5, in Bolton's History of Westchester 
county, (III. 405) omits the above Sarah and Amy, and adds a Moses to those 
named in James's will. 

84. Samuel*, {Moses*, Josiah^, John^, William^) born 
7 mo. 23 i. e., 23 Sept. 1732, at Northcastle, Westchester 
county, N. Y. ; married first at Chappaqua in the county, 
3 mo. 17, 1757, Ann, daughter of Moses and Catherine 







Elizabeth" Quixby (James^), Wife of Charles R. Underhill. 
Photo, loaned by Mrs. F. C. Haight. 

The Quinbt Family 187 

Powell of Northcastle, born 10 mo. 2, 1736, at Bethpage, 
Long Island, and died 9 mo. 5, 1774; Samuel* and his 
family lived near Wampus pond in Westchester. After his 
first wife's death he married second at Amawalk, West- 
chester county, 10 mo. 19, 1701, Phoebe Underbill, daugh- 
ter of Abel and Mary Weeks of Stephentown (both then 
deceased) "marr. int. 9, 9, 1791; 10, 14, 1791; repd. ace. 
11, 11, 1791"; she was born 4 mo. 21, 1747. They are ^ 
recorded as having removed "clear," to Creek, 12 mo. 12, ' 
1806 (Creek Monthly Meeting was in Dutchess county, \ 
N. Y.) 

Samuel* Quinby while keeping the Quaker records at 
Westchester made this entry: "On the 22nd of 5 mo. 
1761, came John Sarles Seargent to my house with a war- 
rent from Joseph Sutton Captain for a fine of 15 shillings 
for my not bearing of arms for which he took a pr. of 
leather breeches worth thirty shillings. Samuel Quinby." 

Samuel * Quinby died 2 mo. 19, 1824. His own records 
state that he had nine children, the only record I have found 
which gives the names of ten is from Samuel J. Quinby, \ 
Esq., who adds Eliza to those mentioned on the Friends' 
records, kept at that time by Samuel' Quinby: 

I. Mary« Quinby, born 12 mo. 10, 1757 (12 mo. 1, 
says a family record); married Nathan Mea!d of 

232. II. Moses' Quinby, born 10 mo. 17, 1759 (see); 

233. III. Obediah« Quinby, born 3 mo. 5, 1761 (see); 

234. IV. JosiAH" Quinby, born 11 mo. 1, 1763 (see); 

V. Jean* Quinby born 6 mo. 27, 1765; married Zac- 
cheus Marshall of Crum Elbow, Dutchess county; 
she received clearance from Chappaqua to Creek 
7 mo. 13, 1804; he died 7 mo. 20, 1830; she died 4 
mo. 15, 1846; 
VI. Kathekine" Quinby, born 2 mo. 28, 1767; "mar- 
ried outside the Society of Friends before 4 mo. 15, 
1791; disowned 5 mo. 13, 1791; re-instated on 
acknowledgment 1 mo. 15, 1796, she then living 
at Nine Partners" (Fr. re.) she is said in one 
record to have married Abram Kipp of Dutchess 
county; another says she married James, son of 
Nathaniel and Phoebe Underbill; 
VII. Anne' Quinby, born 11 mo. 30, 1769; married John 
Kip of Chappaqua (see note 1 following); 
VIII. Samuel' Quinby, born 9 mo. 7, 1771; died 9 mo. 
16, 1772; 
IX. Clara' Quinby, born 4 mo. 3, 1773; married 3 mo. 
21, 1793, at Chappaqua, James, son of Nathaniel 
and Phoebe Underbill of Stephentown, N. Y. 
("marr. int. 2, 11, 1793; 3, 15, 1793; no report 

188 The Quinbt Family 

noted, 4, 12, 1793" (Fr. rec.) (see note 2 follow- 
X. Eliza* Quinbt, named only in Samuel J. Quinbys 

Note 1.— Jacobus' Kip of Holland born 1631, married Maria de la Mon- 
taigne 8 Mar. 1654, at New Amsterdam. Their son Johannes' Kip, born 3 
Feb. 1655, married Catherine, daughter of William Hans Kiersted and grand 
daughter of the famous Anneke Jans Bogardus. They had Benjamin' Kip 
born 21 Mar. 1703, removed to Westchester county, married Dorothy Daven- 
port and died, 1782. Two of his sons married sisters, daughters of Samuel 
Haight, thus: Abraham' Kip, born 22 Mar. 1743, married Phoebe Haight, 
and Jesse* Kip, born 23 Feb. 1740, married Ann Haight. The issue of these 
two marriages were double cousins; two of them had the temerity however, to 
marry sisters, daughters of Samuel' Quinby, (Moses*, Josiah', John', William^), 
thus: Abraham', son of Abraham* Kip, married Catherine" Quinby and 
John', son of Jesse* Kip, married Ann* Quinby. (Compiled from data in 
Bolton's History of Westchester, edition of 1881, page 742). 

Note 2 — James and Clara (Quinby) Underbill (see chart) had the following 

i. — Nathaniel, born 22 Jan. 1794; married 23 Dec. 1815, Anna Webber; 
ii. — Samuel, bom 14 Nov. 1795 ; married 7 June, 1815, Deborah S^ory ; iii. — Mary, 
bom 21 Sept , 1797; married 20 Apr 1825, Joseph Tompkins ; iv — Abraham K , 
bom 31 July, 1800 ; married 25 Aug. 1823, Mary Cavert ; v — Phoebe, bom 18 
Mar. 1802 ; married 20 Apr. 1826, Coles Tompkins; vi —Abel, born 9 Apr. 1804 ; 
vli — James, born 5 Mar. 1806 ; married 5 May, 1827, Mary Dickinson and 
had Caroline ; Phoebe; and Caroline 2d who married William Dickie and had 
Alice, John Edward (married Martha McLaughlin) and James Jay, (married Annie 
Adams) ; viii — ^Ann H., bom Mar. 1808 ; married 23 Nov. 1836 ; ix. — Sarah, born 
13 Feb. 1810 ; x —Catherine, bom 2 Feb. 1813. 

Note 3 — James J. Dickie (see above) lives at Franklin, N. Y. (1912) and 
has an old watch said to have belonged to Samuel' Quinby; it was hidden in 
an old cellar on the Hudson river during the Revolutionary war; "Charles 
Taylor, London, 15369" is engraved on the works. 

85. Francis^ (Moses^, Josiah^, John^, William^) born 
9 mo. 30, 1734, married 4 mo. 16, 1767, at Chappaqua, 
Westchester county, N. Y., Esther, daughter of Benjamin 
and Deborah Smith of Northcastle; "mar. int. 3, 12, 1767; 
4, 9, 1767; rept. ace. 5, 14, 1767." (Fr. re.) Francis was 
no doubt the one mentioned in the U. S. census of 1790, 
for in that year he was head of a family at Northcastle, 
consisting of his wife and three other females, and two 
boys under 16. Isaiah and Obediah had families there 
then. Twenty years later, by the census of 1810, Francis 
Quinby's residence, no doubt in the same locality, is called 
Eastchester, Westchester county. The Francis there men- 
tioned and his wife were "45 years old and upwards" and 
no doubt two of the above daughters, or one and a daugh- 
ter-in-law, were the two "white females over 26" who with 
his wife, constituted the grown-up women mentioned in the 
census of 1810. His family (if the same Francis) then also 
included a boy under 10, one between 10 and 16, one be- 
tween 16 and 26, one between 26 and 45, (perhaps Francis' 
son or son-in-law, and parent of the young boys and girls) 

Ami, 9io.t.4^3^Jpy^^f'% 


Family Record of 848amiiel5 and Anne (Powell) Quixby. (See p. 186.) 

The Quinby Pamilt 189 

two males over 45, one no doubt Francis himself, and one 
girl between 10 and 16. "Jonah" Quinby (Josiah?) ' was 
head of a family there then, also. Francis died 19, 5 mo. 
1814, at Northcastle, Westchester county; 18 : 5 mo. says 
the record of deaths kept by Robert Dodge the coffinmaker 
at Chappaqua. The children of Francis" and Esther 
(Smith) Quinby: 

I. Debobah' Quinbyj she was testified against about 
1788, for joining another Society. (Friends' rec- 
ords, "Westchester); 

II. Phoebe' Quinby, testified against, 2 mo. 12, 1789, 
same offence; one Phoebe Kipp, formerly Quinby, 
married outside the Society of Friends before 1 
mo. 1'4, 1791, and was disowned (re); 

III. Elizabeth" Quinby; testified against with Phoebe'; 

236. IV. (male) • Quinby, born 1774-90; 

236. V. (male) ' Quinby, born 1774-90; 

Note — Esther, wife of Francis Quinby, a member by request, was testi- 
fied against for the same offence as her daughters, and for neglecting meet- 
ing, 3mo. 12, 1789 (Fr. rec); they evidently were all converted to another 
rehgious denomination together. 

86. Josiah* (Moses*, Josiah', John^, William^) born 
3 mo. 20, 1741, at Northcastle, Westchester county, N. Y. 
(Albert M. * Quinby gives his great-grandfather Josiah's 
birth as 2 mo. 28, 1741, at Quaker Hill, Dutchess county, 
N. Y., and another family record says 1 mo. 28). _ Josiah 
married first, 8 mo. 15, 1764, Phoebe, born 3 mo. 29, 1745, 
daughter of Thomas and Mary Vail of Rye, Westchester 
county; Phoebe died 4 mo. 26, 1776, aged 27. Miss Wil- 
helmina' Quinby says: "My great-great-grandparents were 
married in the Friends' Meeting House at Perches (Pur- 
chase), Westchester county; the Vails at that time owned 
slaves." A letter from Mrs. Mary H. (Quinby) Weeks, 
dated Mt. Kisco, Westchester county, 3, 19th, 1885, lent 
me by Miss M. W. Quinby, The Temple, Chicago, says: 
"My grandfather's name was Josiah Quinby, was born 
1741, married Phebe Vail, who was born 1745. They were 
married in Friends' Meeting House at Parchis. Although 
the house is still standing, it has been very often repaired 
and is in good order now. I must now tell thee a little 
circumstance at the close of the meeting after they were 
married: My great-grandfather Vail arose and asked every 
one to his house to dine, and it was told to me that every 
one went except one old woman, and she was deaf and did 

190 The Qxjinby PamUjT 

not hear the invitation. I suppose thee is well aware that 
in that day they were not formal in giving invitations. I 
must also add that at that time some Friends kept slaves, 
which my grandfather Vail did at that time, and wished to 
confer some on his daughter, which my grandfather Quinby 
refused to receive, preferring to hire his help, and Friends 
soon set all their slaves free. My ancestors were all 
Friends as far as I can trace them. And I have the record 
of the Quinbys. One grandfather married in 169-. I have 
not his birth but his name was Josiah Quinby." 

Josiah * Quinby married second, 9 mo. 19, 1786, at 
Chappaqua, Westchester county, Mellicent, born 3 mo. 23, 
1749, daughter of David and Mary La,ne of Northcastle ijn 
the same county ("marr. intent. 12, 9, 1785; 1, 13, 1786; 
reptd. ace. 2, 10, 1786;" Fr. re.) Samuel Smith's Journal 
(IX. Friends' Miscellany, 145) says: "On 30th we stopped 
at Josiah Quinby's at Eastchester, and then rode to James 
Quinby's at Westchester; these Friends are nephews to 
Isaiah Quinby of New Jersey." 

The census of 1790 gives Josiah Quinby at North- 
castle as head of a family consisting of himself and one boy 
over 16 and five females; this fits with the record of this fam- 
ily; but the census adds two boys under 16 years, whom I 
cannot identify. 

Josiah * died 2 mo. 3d, 1816, says one copy of the 
Friends' record; 2 mo. 8th, says another copy; the list 
made by Robert Dodge the coffin-maker at Chappaqua 
gives 2 mo. "8d.;" which is preceded by the record of 
"Josiah, d. 22 : 3 mo. 1814." 

The will of Josiah Quinby of Newcastle, Westchester 
county, was dated 11 mo. 1, 1814, and was proved at 
White Plains 20 Feb. 1816 (liber. G, p. 94). The testator 
mentions wife 'Melison;' daughter Abigail; son William; 
daughters Mary Fowler, Elizabeth Underhill and Phoebe 
Griffin. The executors were son William; son-in-law Caleb 
Underhill and brother-in-law Benjamin Lane. Children of 
Josiah 5 Quinby, with dates as given in the family Bible 
owned by Mrs. Mary (Quinby) Weeks: 

I. Abigail' Quinby, born 4 mo. 27, 1765; in 1828 at 
the schism between unitarian and trinitarian 
Quakers, Abigail remained with the latter while 
most of the Quinby Quakers became Hicksites, or 
unitarian; she was a member of the Chappaqua 
Monthly Meeting; she died 1 mo. 2, 1836, aged 
70y. 8m. 25d.; Croton Valley Preparative Meet- 
ing; her will dated 1 mo. 16, 1831, is recorded at 
White Plains, bk. R, p. 397; in it she mentions 

The Quinby Family 191 

(her brother) William Quinby's daughters Hannah 
and Mary, to whom she leaves wearing apparel; 
she names Wood, Lane and Underbill nieces and 
nephews; also (her sister) Elizabeth, wife of Caleb 
Underbill;. to her, she leaves one-third of the farm 
if Elizabeth becomes a widow; 
237. II. William ' Quinby, born 6 mo. 29, 1766 (see) ; 

III. Mary» Quinby; born 12 mo. 24, 1768; married 10 

mo. 19, 1786, at Chappaqua, John, son of James 
and Hannah Fowler of Northcastle; the Friends' 
records say: "marr. int. 9, 15, 1786; 10, 13, 1786; 
reptd. ace. 11, 10, 1786; orderly except that 4he 
young woman which Sat with them Stood up with 
them at the marage which was not agreable;" 

IV. Elizabeth" Quinby, born 1 mo. 9, 1774; married 6 

mo. 16, 1761, at Chappaqua, Caleb ', son of 
Isaac' and Sarah Underbill ("marr. int. 5, 13, 
1791; 6, 10, 1791."); 

By his wife Millicent, Josiah ^ had: 

V. Phoebe* Quinby, born 5 mo. 27, 1787; married at 
Chappaqua, 10 mo. 15, 1807, Job, son of John, 
Jr. and Esther Griffin of Newcastle. 

Note 1 — The list of Orthodox Quakers at the time of the Hicksite separa- 
ion in 1828, included Abigail Quinby of Croton Valley Preparative Meeting 
Chappaqua Monthly Meeting; and among the Hicksites (Unitarian Quakers) 
of the Chappaqua meeting at that time were William, Phoebe and Eliza 

Note 2 — The search of the Quaker records of New York state was made 
for me by Mr. John Cox, Jr., Chairman of the Joint Committee on Records 
of the Religious Society of Friends. He says of Dutchess county, that the 
first monthly meeting was that of Oblong, on Quaker HiU and vicinity, estab- 
lished 1744, being set off from Purchase. The Enrollment of Quakers, 1755, 
(Smith's History and other sources) shows no Quinby nor does the list of 
Heads of Families, Oblong Monthly Meeting, 1761. In the large list of cus- 
tomers on the ledger of Daniel Merritt's store at Quaker Hill, 1771 (in Wilson's 
"Quaker Hill") Ephraim is the only Quinby who appears. "The marriage certi- 
ficates (1744-1884) show only the marriage of William", son of Josiah'. The 
Orthodox certificates of marriage from 1828, at Quaker Hill have not been ex- 
amined. The minutes from 1757 to 1815 show only an Elizabeth Quin, mar- 
riage 1 mo. 16, 1786, to Abraham Hawney of Saratoga. "Quin is an unknown 
name in our records," says Mr. Cox; "can this be a Quinby?" This record 
also shows the marriage of William" Quinby and Phoebe Howland; the births 
and deaths show no Quinby. The removal certificates are all set forth under 
William • (see). 

87. Isaiah 6 (Moses \ Josiah^, John^, William^) born 
12 mo. 3, 1749, (i. e. 3 Feb. 1750) at Northcastle, West- 
chester county, N. Y. Although Isaiah was not married 
till 1793, the census of 1790 gives him as head of a family 
at Northcastle, living alongside his brother Francis, the 
family consisting of two males over 16, one male under that 
age and three females; it is evident that he made a home 
for some of his brothers or sisters and their children. 
Isaiah took a "certificate of clear" to Chappaqua, 9 mo. 

192 The Quinbt Family 

12, 1793, and married 18 Sept. 1793, at Amawalk, West- 
chester county, 18 Sept. 1793, Mary ^ daughter of Isaac* 
and Sarah (Field) Underhill of Yorktown. The Friends' 
record says: "marr. int. 8, 9, 1793; 9, 13, 1793; reptd. ace. 
10, 11, 1793." Edward Brooks, the Quaker, says in his 
diary (XII. Friends' Miscellany, 357) (1810): "then went 
to Northcastle and lodged at Isaiah Quinby's." Isaiah died 
3 mo. 22, 1814 (Bolton's History of Westchester wrongly 
gives Isaiah's death as 1810). Mary (Underhill) Quinby 
was born 31 May, 1759, and died 6 mo. 24, 1824, aged 
65y. Im. lid. (Fr. rec.) at Newcastle. The will of Isaiah 
Quinby of Northcastle, dated 4 mo. 17, 1812, was proved 
at White Plains, 22 Apr. 1814, (Surrogate's, records, book 
D, p. 122). By it he provided that his wife Mary was to 
"bring up all my children until my daughter Hannah is 
eighteen years old;" and mentions his daughters Sarah, 
Phoebe, Hannah and' Jane; sons Moses and Isaiah; brother- 
in-law Caleb Underhill. Isaiah's widow Mary made a will 
which was proved 21 Dec. 1824 (bk. K, p. 479) mentioning 
the children referred to in her husband's will, and leaves a 
special legacy to her son Moses I. to educate his children. 
Children of Isaiah ' and Mary (Underhill) Quinby, all born 
in Westchester county. New York: 

238. I. MosBs I. « Quinby, born 6 mo. 19, 1794 (see); 

239. II. Isaiah • Quinby, born 9 mo. 11, 1795 (see); 

240. III. Isaacs Quinby, born 12 mo. 30, 1796; died young; 
IV. Sarah « Quinby, born 11 mo. 15, 1798, died 7 mo. 

28, 1841; 
V. Hannah' Quinby, born 12 mo. 19, 1802; married 
8 mo. 20, 1829, at Newcastle, Daniel Griffin, son 
of William and Anna Haviland of New York City, 
born 16 Oct. 1799, at Fort Harrison, N. Y., died 
30 July, 1864; "he was one of the founders of the 
Haviland porcelain industry of France;" Hannah* 
died 1 Apr. 1864; thieir son Arthur, born 8 Mar. 
1848, at Brooklyn, N. Y., is interested in the gen- 
ealogy of this branch of the Quinbys and has 
kindly put his records at my disposal; he lives 
(1913) at 1851 Morris ave., Tremont P. O., New 
York city; 
VI. Mary Jane • Quinby, born 4 mo. 2, 1807; married 
at Northcastle 11 mo. 17, 1824, Uriah, son of 
Robert and Hannah Field "of Kings Street;" 
("marr. int. 10, 14, 1824; 11, 11, 1824; reptd. 
ace. 12, 9, 1824," Fr. rec); 
VII. Phoebe* Quinby, born — mo. 22, 1810; 

Note — The foregoing is partly from the FriendB' records and partly from 
Bolton. The birth records of the first three children are from the records of 
the Friends' Preparative Meeting at Chappaqua, N. Y. 

The Daughters of S'Isaiah'' Quinby. 
Mary Jane Field Plioebe Mekeel Hannah HavilanJ 

(From a dagnerreotyiie of about 1838 (See p. 192.) 

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88. Aaron 6 (Isaiah*, Josiah\ John^, William') born 
6 mo. 17, 1757, at the old homestead in Amwell township. 
New Jersey; moved to Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and 
lived near the line of that county in Cecil county, Mary- 
land. Aaron « was a man "of more than ordinary mental 
ability. His judgment was often sought to settle difficul- 
ties that sometimes arose among his neighbors; and with 
many, Aaron Quinby's decision was to them the law by 
which they were willing to abide. 

"In 1780 the Meeting records show that Aaron with 
another agreed to redeem a creature taken for a military 
fine; and Isaiah Quinby paid the amount. It is said that 
he was the first person in his neighborhood to use the crad- 
ling scythe in his wheatfield and it was such a wonderful 
improvement over the usual method that the farmers in 
general soon followed his example. He also used the first 
winnowing fan in that neighborhood. He and his wife 
Lydia moved in the fall of 1802 to Lancaster county, Pa., 
and bought a tract of several hundred acres of land a 
quarter of a mile south of Little Britain meeting house 
where he lived during the remainder of his long life. The 
tract is now divided into several good sized farms, and the 
grist mill on one of them is still in operation and owned 
by Isaac Bradley. 

"Aaron and his family were members and regular at- 
tendants of Little Britain Friends' Monthly Meeting; only 
two of his children, Charlotte and Miriam, remained with 
the Quakers; they live together. The latter married Ben- 
jamin Cutler who died early and left one child, Chalkley 
B. Cutler, who died in 1881 leaving six children. Aaron ^ 
and several of his family are buried in the graveyard at 
Little Britain. One of his enterprising movements was in 
company with others to build a bridge across the Susque- 
hanna River at Conowingo. A Yankee from Connecticut 
took the contract for building. The many creditors whom 
the contractor had left in New England came upon him 
and Aaron Quinby was left to finish the work; in conse- 
quence he was financially ruined. He and his family kept 
up their connection with their Bucks county (Pa.) relatives, 
and the journeys back and forth were numerous. An in- 
stance of his physical condition is the fact that he rode 
from Lancaster county. Pa., to Ohio, on horseback after 
he was eighty years old, to visit a son. About this time 
he was assessor of taxes ifor the township in which he lived, 
and performed the duties of the office with credit to him- 
self and to those who elected him." (MSS. of C. F. Jen- 


194 The Qdinbt Family 

kins, Esq.) Aaron * went to live with his son Ezra S. ' in 
1823; see Ezra S.'s letter, 1826 following: 

A Letter from Ezra S. ' Quinby 

I copy for you a letter I found among my Grandmother's 
papers. It will give some light on the early emigrants of the 
Quinby family. 

Cecil County, Maryland, Apr. 12, 1826. 

Dear Sir: Your favor of the 25th of Feb. I did not receive 
until yesterday, and have not had an opportunity with Mr. Sam- 
uel Webster to derive any information respecting yourself or your 

I was much gratified in reading your letter to find that you 
cherished so strong an inclination to be informed of my ancestors 
and also for the information given me of the Quinby family in 
your neighborhood. 

My Grandfather, whose name was Isaiah, was born near West- 
chester east of New York and about twenty miles from the same. 
He had several brothers one by the name of Ephraim which as I 
suppose was your Grandfather and a brother to my Grandfather. 
Isaiah Quinby, my Grandfather, settled on the Delaware River 
in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, thirty-five miles from Phila- 
delphia and had 4 sons, Aaron, Moses, James and Job. My 
father's name is Aaron the eldest of the boys. James the third 
son lives on the mansion place in the Jerseys. Moses and Job 
have deceased. My father has been with me for three years and 
enjoys good health. My mother has been dead better than five 
years. My father states that he thinks your Grandfather's eldest 
son's name was Daniel, the next Samuel and the youngest Eph- 
raim, but it is probable that he is mistaken and that you are cor- 
rect in stating Isaiah as the eldest. 

From your letter I presume your father's n^me to be Samuel 
and that he married in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, and left 
there in two or three weeks or a month after he married for the 
western part of our County. If so your fathfer and mine are first 
cousins and in their younger days were well acquainted. My 
father also recollects your uncle Ephraim but was not as well 
acquainted with him as with Samuel. My father moved to Lan- 
caster County, Pa., in the fall of 1802 from Bucks Co., Pa. My 
father has eight children living and I shall set down their names 
beginning with the eldest: Phoebe, Charlotte, Mary, Jesse B., 
Miriam, Ezra S., Aaron B., and Isaiah. The two youngest of my 
sisters married and live liear me. The eldest also lives in the 
neighborhood. My brother Jesse lives in Boston, Massachusetts. 
Aaron in New York and Isaiah moved in November last to the 
state of Ohio on the little Miami — 45 miles from Cincinnati. 

My father has been within the last 15 years 5 or 6 times from 
Pittsburg down the Ohio on the Ohio side of the river to the mouth 
of the Muskingham and up the Virginia and Pennsylvania side to 
Pittsburg and has frequently inquired for the name of Quinby but 
could not hear anything of them. He was out in your County in 
the fall of 1820 and in the spring of 1823. I have now given you 
all the information with respect to my family that I am at this 
time possessed of &c. — but if father were at home I have no 

The QuiNBY Family 195 

doubt that he could give much information that I have not given 
but 1 teel that you and I are second cousins and wish you to 
write me on the receipt of this more fully and let me know more 
particularly what part of the state your father and uncle live in 
and how I may find them and you, as I expect to be in your 
Country next fall and should be pleased to call and see you. 
You must write me if you are married and settled and how old 
you are. I have been married four years last November and can 
count two children and shall be 33 years of age the 27th day of 
next November. 

I shall only say that Father and family send their best re- 
spects to you and family, and believe me truly your friend and 

S?"^'<?' , ^ . , Ezra S. Quinby. 

Mr. Samuel Quinby. 

"P. S." My father will be 69 the 17th of 6th mo. next. 
N. B. Since writing the enclosed my father (sic). 

Please direct to me thus: Ezra S. Quinby, Connowingo, 
Cecil Co. Maryland. 

Post marked: Connowingo Apr. 21. 

Mr. Samuel Quinby, Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio; and re- 
directed to Sharon, Mercer Co., Pa. 

This was written to great uncle Samuel Quinby and gives 
important information. I wrote the P. M. of Connowingo in 
1891, but found no trace of the family. E. R. Beebe. 

Another account of Aaron* adds: "His wife Lydia 
died and he married a member of the Little Britain Meet- 
ing. Thomas and Hannah Atkinson visited them in the 
fall of 1848, about election time. Aaron, an old man of 91, 
was a staunch Whig, and Thomas took him to the polls 
some distance from his home to vote for General Taylor, 
which he did. He was unwilling to go, however, until his 
son had gone, and it was only on the promise that the 
latter would 'come at once,' that he set off." This ac- 
count goes on to say that his children by his first wife Lydia 
were Jesse, Isaiah, Miriam who married a Cutler, Mary, Char- 
lotte, Phebe, Mary and Ezra, and adds what seems to be 
an error: "by his second wife there was a son, Aaron 
named for his father." 

"The Quinby homestead in Lancaster county, Pa., 
built by Aaron * Quinby, is in good repair. It consists of a 
commodious brick house standing on the brow of a hill 
which overlooks the surrounding country for several miles 
around. There is also a large stone barn and wagon 
house." His will was dated 2 Aug. 1843; his daughter 
Phebe was evidently not yet married. He mentions chil- 
dren and descendants as follows: One-twelfth each to his 
widow, to Phebe Quinby, to Mary Allen's children, to 
Miriam Cutler; two-fifteenths each to the following: Jesse, 
Ezra, Aaron B., Isaiah and Josiah Quinby. 

196 The Qthnbt Family 

Aaron ' Quinby married first, 5 mo. 15, 1782, at Buck- 
ingham Meeting, Lydia, daughter of John and Hannah 
Balderston of Solebury, Pa. Lydia was born 7 mo. 1, 
1759; died 10 mo. 2, 1820. Aaron « married second, about 
1830, Mrs. Mary (Leek) Lewis, a member of the Little 
Britain Meeting, and referred to as "a nice, clever woman;" 
she had had children by her first marriage. Aaron* died 
8 mo. 27, 1849 (28 Aug. 1849, aged 92y. 2m. lOd., says 
another record). 

A partial compilation of the descendants of Aaron * 
was made by Mr. Charles L. Andrews, formerly an editor 
of the New York Evening Post, and in 1910 a resident of 
Boulder, Col. Mr. Andrews also compiled records of some 
of the female lines of descent. He kindly loaned me his 
original notes and correspondence. Children of Aaron ^ 
and Lydia (Balderston) Quinby: 

I. Rachel* Quinby, born 4 mo. 20, 1783; died 4 mo. 

23, 1783; 
II. Phoebe" Quinby, born 3 mo. 3, 1785; died about 
1843 at the home in North Carolina of her daugh- 
ter Caroline McCooI who married Jonathan Duble; 

III. Charlotte* Quinby, born 9 mo. 24, 1786; died in 

Cecil county, Maryland 10 Sept. 1840; (another 
record says 10, 10, 1840); 

IV. Mary' Quinby, born 3 mo. 20, 1788; married Isaac 

Allen, born 5 mo. 25, 1780; died 8 mo. 8, 1844; she 
died 8 Feb. 1836, at Wilhamsport, Md.; 

241. V. Jesse Balderston" Quinby, born 5 mo. 25, 1789; 

he was living in Boston, Mass., in 1826; died 5 
mo. 21, 1854 in London, England; 
VI. Miriam • Quinby, born 12 mo. 22, 1790; marriedll mo. 
14, 1811, Benjamin Cutler, who was born 12 mo.20, 
1785; died 10 mo. 3, 1821; she died 2 mo. 28, 1875; 

242. VII. Ezra Sewell • Quinby, born 11 mo. 27, 1793 (see); 

243. VIII. Aaron Balderston « Quinby, born 8 mo. 19, 1795 (see) ; 

244. IX. Isaiah" Quinby, born 1 mo. 27, 1799 (1797 says 

another record) (see) ; 

Aaron* by his second wife, Mary (Leek), had: 

245. X. Josiah L. • Quinby, born after 1830 (see). 

Note — Lloyd Balderston of Colora, Md., grandson of John B., wrote Mr. 
Andrews in 1893 as follows: "More than fifty years ago I met with Jesse B. 
Quinby (one of the brothers). He had been in Peru, engaged in some connec- 
tion with silver mining and entertained us with long stories of Peruvian life and 
manners. He spoke freely of his sister Miriam, widow of Benjamin Cutler and 
of his brother Aaron who was of some note as a scholar." In another letter: 
"Jesse B. had been a manager among silver mines in Peru. There seemed 
some mystery about his movements and I never knew what became of him 
until his great nephew told me today. His brother Aaron once made me a 
visit, some 45 years ago. These two seemed to make more intellectual pre- 
tensions than their brothers, but spoke with pride of their sister Miriam. The 
home of Aaron and Lydia Quinby where this family were born and reared was 
perhaps within ten miles of my present home." 

The QuiNBY Family I97 

« ^'^'n^'lllV (^*°*«^'' Jo8iah\ Johns William^) born 
mo. 20, 1759, m Hunterdon county, New Jersey, and 
died 9 mo. 1, 1824. He married first, at Buckingham 
Meeting, 5 mo 22, 1782, Jane, daughter of John Fell, of 
Warwick township, Bucks county. Pa. She was born 10 
mo. 24, 1761, died 7 mo. 7, 1799. Moses ' married sec- 
ond, at Plumstead Meeting, 11 mo. 13, 1800 (11 mo. 10 
says W. H. Gaskill), Hannah, daughter of Edward and 
Eleanor Good, of Plumstead, born 9 mo. 27, 1769, died 
4 mo. 21, 1832. Moses "> died in 1824 in Newcastle county, 
Delaware. He had moved to Delaware and started in 
the business of peach growing. "He was an astute, ath- 
letic man," says IX. American An- 
cestry, 64. Among the family rec- 
ords is this account of him: 

"Moses 6 Quinby sold his farm 
to go into storekeeping just before 
the war of 1812. As he knew noth- 
ing of the business and was not- 
particularly adapted to it, he soon 
lost all the money he had. He was 
a good farmer, and his son Dr. 
John * having moved to Wilming- 
ton and being quite successful, had 
him come there and farm a place 
which he bought. Moses Quinby 
when living in the neighborhood, at- 
tended meeting at Solebury, Pa., and 
as he had been late two or three 
times in succession, one of the over- 
seers said to him: 'Moses, thee is 
late.' 'Yes,' said Moses, 'I have the 
river to cross.' To which the Friend 
answered, 'But Moses, thou knew 
thee had the river to cross when thou went to bed last night.' 

"Once he noticed his son Jonathan when a young man 
carefully climbing over a post-and-rail fence. The father 
was much astonished and provoked, and said, 'Why Jona- 
than, when I was thy age, I put my hand on the top rail 
and went over like this!' Suiting the action to the word, 
he vaulted lightly over. When Moses married Hannah 
Good, he took her to live in a little house at the bottom 
of the hill called 'Under the Rocks,' and there his brother 
James met the sister, Margaret, whom he married. They 
were daughters of Edward Good, a carpenter who lived 
in Plumstead and was a member of Buckingham Meeting; 

89MOSE8' Quinby 

198 The Quinby Familt 

and his conscientious work can still be seen in the well- 
made and well preserved woodwork of the meeting house." 
(Jenkins MSS.) 

"It is stated that Moses Quinby lived for a time in 
Bloomsburg, Lower Makefield, Pa. This cannot be correct, 
as there is not now nor has there ever been, a place of 
that name in either of the Makefields. It must have been 
in Brownsburg in Upper Makefield. I was in attendance 
at our Quarterly meeting at Wrightstown last week and I 
took dinner at which there must have been about twenty- 
five or thirty of the Quinby descendants including hus- 
bands and wives. This matter was freely discussed and 
it was decided without dissent that this was correct." 
(from a letter from I. Hay hurst to. C. F. Jenkins, dated 
3 mo. 3, 1891). 

The following dates are supplied by Charles F. Jen- 
kins, Esq., of Philadelphia, copied from the family Bible 
which was one of Jane Fell's wedding presents when she 
married Moses * Quinby, and which, in 1891, was in the 
possession of Letitia Haines. The dates differ frequently 
and materially from those in a manuscript formerly in the 
possession of Upshur B. Quinby. The records of nearly 
all of Moses * Quinby's children by Jane Fell are on the 
records of the Buckingham Monthly Meeting. Children 
of Moses' and Jane (Fell) Quinby: 

246. I. Isaiah* Quinby, born 6 mo. 14, 1783; died 10 mo. 

1802, unmarried; he was known as "the hand- 
somest Quinby there ever was;" he didn't like 
farming and went to Philadelphia, where he died 
suddenly of yellow fever and was buried in the 
Potter's Field without the knowledge of his family, 
who for a long time did not know what had be- 
come of him; 

247. II. John' Quinby, born 12 mo. 7, 1784 (see); 

III. Elizabeth* Quinby, born 1 mo. 18,1786; married Josh- 
ua Harlan and died 11 mo. 1815; Scharf's Delaware, 
I. 500, says this Elizabeth had a frail constitu- 
tion and married John Harlan; 

248. IV. Joseph* Quinby, born 10 mo. 8, 1787; "he died 

in 1836 near St. Joseph's river in Michigan;" 

249. V. Moses* Quinby, born 7 mo. 12, 1789; moved to 

Philadelphia, where he was a carpenter and 
builder and died of cholera in 1834; 
VI. Sarah* Quinby (twin) born 9 mo. 20, 1791; 

250. VII. David* Quinby (twin) born 9 mo. 20, 1791; 

VIII. Rachel * Quinby, born 2 mo. 10, 1793, (another MS. 
says 1st 2 mo., 1793); married John Purdy, and 
lived at Horsham; she died 8 mo. 4, 1864, and 
was buried in the Friends' burying ground; 

The Quimbt Family 


Mrs. Letitia Haines, daughter of 
SQMoBes' Quinby 

Elizabeth •, daughter of 89 Moses ' 

Mbs. Jane Lifpincott, daughter of 
89MoBes< Quinby (1832) 

Geobgb Etre Lifpincott 

200 The Quinbt Family 

IX. Anna F. • Quinbt, born 2 mo. 10, 1795, married 
Joshua Harlan; she died 6 mo. 26, 1837; no chil- 
dren, says one record; another says she was the 
mother of Dr. Caleb Harlan of Delaware; 

251. X. Amos' Quinbt, born 4 mo. 16, 1797; 

262. XI. Iba« Quinbt, born 7 mo. 7, 1799; 

By his second wife, Hannah Good, Moses* Quinby had 
the following children: 

253. XII. Jonathan" Quinbt, born 10 mo. 18, 1801, died 2 

mo. 26, 1827; 

XIII. Ellen" Quinbt, born 9 mo. 11, 1803; married Ben- 

jamin Linton Moore (given as Moon in some 
records), son of John and Mary (Linton) Moore; 
a family letter says: "Ellen and her husband 
were living in New Jersey when a hurricane blew 
her best bonnet out of the box which was under 
the bed in a spare room, out into the fields. The 
same wind broke all of the dishes and upset the 
dining table." She died in 1886 and the Phila- 
delphia papers printed the following notice: 
"Ellen Quinby, widow of Benjamin L. Moore, 
died 10 mo. 23 at the residence of her son-in-law, 
Wm. D. Pickels at Philadelphia in her 84 yr., a 
member of the Green Street Monthly Meeting;" 

XIV. Jane G. • Quinbt, born 11 mo. 8, 1805, married 

George E. Lippincott; they were members of the 
Green St. Meeting, Philadelphia; she died 9 m. 
14, 1852; the following is from her obituary notice 
in the Philadelphia papers: "she was early a tried 
friend of the poor of all classes, and the cause of 
the slave was ever near her heart while she lived;" 

254. XV. JosiAH • Quinbt, born 12 mo. 20, 1808 "at Trenton, 

N. J." (see); 
XVI. Letitia G. • Quinbt, born 10 mo. 8, 1813, "at 
Fallsington, Bucks county. Pa.;" married 12 mo. 
29, 1836, at Philadelphia, Abraham W., son of 
Abraham and Sarah' Haines, and lived at 1513 
Marshall St., in that city; had four children; she 
died 6 Aug. 1894. 

Note on Geography. I. Hayhurst thus wrote to C. F. Jen- 
kins from Lambertville, Pa., 3 mo. 4, 1891: 

"The name Amwell frequently occurs. At the time spoken 
of in these papers, there was a large tract of country known as 
Amwell and Hopewell. They were erected in the early part of 
our history into townships. Amwell township has been divided 
into four parts: the city of Lambertville, East and West Amwell 
and Delaware townships. It is in Delaware township the Quinby 
farm is now located. This division has been in existence for a 
long time. This large township extended all the way across the 
south boundary of Hunterdon county. Hopewell has never been 
divided, and it extends all across the north portion of Mercer 
county. It is said that the names of these two townships oc- 

Rachel" (Quixby) Piirdy 

(Pliotogi-a]ili loaned by Mr.s. Letitia 
H. (Quinby) Jackson (see p. 198). 

Ellen" (Quinby) Moore 

wife of William L. Moore. Photo, 
loaneil Ijy Wni. (juinby Moore, Ilad- 
(lonfielil, "X. J. (see p. 200). 

(Daughters of 89Moses- Quinby.) 

The Qxjinby Family 201 

curred thus: Two brothers, living near neighbors, used to accost 
one another, 'Hope you're well;' answer, 'I am well!' When the 
boundary line was made, it cut the brothers apart, but the names 

90. James ^ {Isaiah*, Josiah^, John^, William^) born 
8 mo. 30, 1765; he was a resident of Amwell, N. J., when 
he married 10 mo. 13, 1813, at Plumstead Meeting-house, 
Margaret, daughter of Edward and Eleanor (Harris) Good 
and sister of his brother Moses ^ Quinby's second wife; she 
was born 10 mo. 11, 1773. "When Moses brought his wife 
to live in the little house under the rocks, her younger 
sister Margaret came to visit her, and James Quinby met 
her, wooed and married her. He took her to live at the 
old homestead, and there they spent their lives," says a 
family letter. James lived in Hunterdon county, N. J., 
and attended the Solebury Monthly Meeting in Bucks 
county. Pa. He died 2 mo. 2, 1830; Margaret died 1 mo. 
25, 1840. 

James* is thus described by his son Isaiah «: "His 
eyes were light; he had a well proportioned nose, wide 
mouth; was a little over five and a half feet high, middling 
broad shoulders, short neck, sound teeth, full head of hair 
and wore side whiskers. The latter part of his life he was 
afflicted with rheumatism so that he could not exert him- 
self very much. There used to be a library in Lumberville 
from which he took books to read;" Isaiah « adds: "He 
had the old farm without incumbrance, stock, and some 
money beside. The farm proper contained about 312 acres, 
and a 30 acre woodlot beside. The island did not belong 
to him but to grandfather; and his son Moses lived on the 
island, or adjoining, and farmed it. My father had two 
shares in the fisheries, which were valuable at that time. 
This fishery was on the river shore of the island. His 
shares were sold at the sale, along with the other effects." 
(Isaiah* Quinby to C. F. Jenkins, dated Lumberville, Pa., 

29 May, 1891). . ^ -u u- <«„ • 

His daughter Hannah* thus describes him: Hair 
somewhat darker than that of his son Isaiah; and was a 
little taller than Isaiah, with broad shoulders. He was a 
quiet, thrifty person, with much humor and fond of a joke, 
a great reader of the papers and took much interest m 
politics, being an ardent Federalist. He was in early life 
an active, energetic man. In appearance he probably 
strongly resembled his father, Isaiah*." 

His wife Margaret was a good housewife of gentle and 
attractive face and manners, thoughtful of others and 


The Quinbt Familt 

notably kind and helpful to the poor. It was said by a 
neighbor, one of her relatives, that "no briers grew in the 
fields around her house so many people trampled across 
them." His daughter Hannah is said much to resemble 
her. His children, Hannah, Isaiah and James were all 
present at the Reunion of the descendants of Isaiah^ in 

"James was a very good man, much like uncle Isaiah, 
and aunt Mary Armitage looked like hipi; he was a Friend, 

belonging to Solebury Meeting; he 
called it Solesberry. In addition to 
his farm he had fisheries on Bull's 
Island where he often exposed him- 
self and became rheumatic when he 
got old. His wife Margaret Good 
died suddenly; she had choking palsy 
which came, it is supposed, from a 
fall which she had. The last year 
of her life she did not walk at all." 
He was the father of Hannah Atkin- 
son whose son Wilmer took this 
down in July, 1890, from the lips of 
Aunt Martha Kenderdine at Upper 

When Job ' died in 1804 and the 
news was brought to his brother, he 
exclaimed in a tone of extraordinary 
emotion " Have I outlived Job!" and 
remained silent for a long time. 

Children of James " and Marga- 
ret (Good) Quinby ; taken from records of Solebury Monthly 

I. Mary » Quinbt, born 7 mo. 24, 1804; married James 
Armitage; as a widow aged seventy years, she 
attended the golden wedding of James Romine 
and wife, 24 Mar. 1874, having attended the mar- 
riage fifty years before; Mary and her husband 
lived at Solebury; she died in 1882; 

Rachel* Quinbt, born 6 mo. 11, 1806, died 11 mo. 
17, 1807; 

Mabtha* Quinbt, born 1 mo. 12, 1808, married 
John E. Kenderdine, a well-known and highly re- 
spect^ resident of Bucks county. Fa.; Martha 
died at the home of her daughter Ellen, wife of 
Eastburn Reeder; 

Hannah' Quinbt, born 12 mo. 16, 1809, married 
2 mo. 11, 1836, Thomas, son of Jonathan and 
Esther Atkinson of Wrightstown, and lived in 

Mrs. Hannah Atkinson, 
daughter of QOJames • Quinby 



The Quinbt Family 203 

Upper Dublin, Montgomery county; their daugh- 
ter Mary Anna married Howard M. Jenkins and 
were the parents of Charles Francis Jenkins of 
Philadelphia, (well known as the editor of the 
Farm Journal) to whose records and correspond- 
ence we are indebted for much of our informa- 
tion about this branch of the Quinby family (see 
note following); 

V. Francbnia 'Quinby, born 2 mo. 4, 1812; died 2 mo. 
5, 1864, "in the afternoon," unmarried, at Lum- 
berton. Pa.; 

256. VI. Isaiah* Quinby, born 5 Sept. 1814 (see); 
266. VII. James R. • Quinby, born 19 Nov. 1817, at Amwell, 
N. J. (see); 


"When Martha* Quinby was to be married to John 
E. Kenderdine, there were great preparations made in the 
old home for the event. And on baking morning. Mother 
Margaret found to her dismay that the flour was too dark 
to make the bread as light and white as she would like. 
So Hannah and Fanny and their cousin Letitia who was 
visiting them, were sent down the hill to the store to get 
some of the right sort. The home girls were ashamed 
through false pride, to go in the store to buy such a small 
quantity as was needed for the baking, so they loitered 
around reluctant to enter, and even took a boat ride on 
the river to delay the awkward moment. Finally they sent 
in Letitia, as she was a stranger and they supposed the 
storekeeper would not k^ow for whom she was buying it. 

"When they had reached home, climbing the hill with 
their burden, they found that some of the cousins had 
arrived from Maryland to stay over night. Little Letitia, 
anxious to boast of her distinction, announced her pur- 
chase of the flour to all present; no applause following she 
repeated her remarks in a louder tone, till a warning 'Hush!' 
from Hannah caused her to realize her mistake in letting 
her Maryland cousin understand the situation. 'What 
flour?' they asked; and she answered 'Why, the flour for 
Rachel Brisket.' 

"The Maryland cousin asked who Rachel was and 
poor Letitia, having woven her 'tangled web' was obliged 
to invent an old woman of the neighborhood with a broken 
arm which she did with a glibness which no boy of her age 
could have dreamed of equalling. That night the girls, 
owing to the many relatives arriving, had to double or 
rather triple up, and Letitia found herself on the floor in 

204 The Quinby Family 

the middle of the night. Hannah and Fanny accused her 
of doing it to wake them up, and although she denied it, 
yet when the pressure of three in a bed put her again on 
the floor before dawn, nothing could convince them that 
she hadn't done it to get even with them for what their 
guilty consciences told them they had put upon her that 

"And then after all they found out next day that the 
Maryland cousins were not to stop for the wedding. They 
had driven from Maryland in a two horse carriage, stopping 
no doubt at Aunt Nancy Croasdale's on the way, and were 
taking some of the younger ones to a boarding school." 
(C. F. Jenkins MSS.) 

Atkinson Family 

The children of Thomas and Hannah (Quinby) Atkinson were 

1. Emma E., married Smith of Lambertville, N. J.; 

2. James Q., married 1st, Margaretta Foulke; married 2nd, Mary 
Cleaver; address, Three Tuns, Pa.; 3. Wilmer, (see "Who's Who 
in America;") address, 4104 Locust St., Philadelphia; 4. Mary 
Anna, married Howard M. Jenkins (See below); 5. Albert, mar- 
ried Phoebe Hillis; address. Three Tuns, Pa. 

Jenkins Family 

The names and dates of birth of the children of Howard M. 
and Mary Anna (Atkinson) Jenkins are as follows: (1) Charles 
Francis, 12 mo. 17, 1865 (see below); (2) Anna Mary, 1 mo. 7, 
1867 (see below) ; (3) Thomas A., 5 mo. 24, 1868 (sfee below) ; 
(4) Edward Atkinson, 7 mo. 8, 1870 (see below); (5) Algernon S., 
Jr., 10 mo. 21, 1874, died 1 mo. 21, 1878; (6) Florence, 9 mo. 1, 
1876; (7) Arthur H., 12 mo. 5, 1880. 

(1) Charles F. Jenkins married 2 mo. 12, 1890, Maria Gallo- 
way, daughter of Edward and Isabella (Mitchell) Cope of Ger, 
mantown. Pa. Mr. Jenkins entered the employ of his uncle- 
Wilmer Atkinson, publisher of the Farm Journal of Philadelphia 
in 1883, and has become secretary and treasurer of the corpora- 
tion which owns the paper. Mr. Jenkins is president of the Site 
and Relic Society of Germantown, a manager of Swarthmore Col- 
lege, a publisher of the Friends' Intelligencer and oflScer and di- 
rector in a number of business and philanthropic institutions; also 
author of "Quaker Poems," a collection of verse, 1893; Guide Book 
to Historic Germantown, 1902; "Washington in Germantown," 
1906; "Jefferson's Germantown Letters," 1906. Children born as 
follows: Algernon S., 1 mo. 27, 1891; (2) Isabella C, 9 mo. 3, 
1893; (3) Charles F., Jr., 1 mo. 31, 1901; (3) Edward C, 1 mo. 
28, 1904. 

(2) Anna Mary Jenkins graduated from Swarthmore College 
in 1887, and married 5 mo. 10, 1893, Isaac Daniel, son of Isaiac 
D. and Phoebe Ann (King) Webster; he was a graduate of the 
Medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, later rest- 

The Quinby Family 205 

dent physician in the University Hospital and in 1891 settled a* 
Mankato, Minn., removing in 1907 to San Diego, Cal. Chil" 
dren born as follows: (1) Dorothea, 2 mo. 12, 1894; (2) Agnes 
E., 3 mo. 29, 1897; (3) Alan K., 1 mo. 12, 1899; (4) Philip J., 
6 mo. 7, 1900; (6) Mariana, 3 mo. 28, 1910. 

(3) Thomas Atkinson Jenkins married 6 mo. 19, 1894, Marian, 
daughter of Edward H. and Sarah W. (Beans) Magill of Swarth- 
more. Pa. Edward H. Magill was for many years president of 
Swarthmore College, where Thomas A. Jenkins graduated in 1887, 
and later from the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hop- 
kins University, where he received the degree of Ph. D.; he be- 
came Professor of French at Swarthmore, 1900-1; Associate Pro- 
fessor of French Philology at the University of Chicago since 1902; 
an editor of Modern Philology; member of many societies, and 
editor of several books; address, 5411 Greenwood Ave., Chicago, 
111. Children born as follows: 1. Beatrice M., 7 mo. 7, 1895; 2. 
Edward M., 9 mo. 7, 1897; 3. Francis A., 6 mo. 2, 1899; 4. 
Wilmer A., 4 mo. 16, 1901. 

(4) Edward Atkinson Jenkins married Mary Ellen, daughter 
of T. Howard and Mary (Williams) Atkinson of Buckingham, Pa.; 
both Edward and his wife were graduates of Swarthmore College 
in 1892; they lived awhile at Chicago, but returned to Swarth- 
more; Mr. Jenkins is secretary of the H. T. Paiste Co., a manu- 
facturing concern.' Children born as follows: 1. Howard M. 
Jr., 7 mo. 23, 1897; 2. Miriam A., 2 mo. 3, 1899; 3. Barbara S., 
8 mo. 26, 1902. 

91. Job 6 (Isaiah*, Josiah\ John^, William^) born 
1 mo. 29, 1768; married Martha, born 11 mo. 9, 1767, daugh- 
ter of Edward and Rebecca Cadwallader; Job died 13 
Sept. 1800 (or 1804); Martha married second 5 mo. 11, 
1814, Joseph, son of Benjamin and Sarah Wiggins of Upper 
Makefield, at Wrightstown Monthly Meeting (rec.) The 
following biographical sketch of Job' Quinby was written 
by a great grandson, Wilmer H. Johnson, Esq., of North 
Wales, Pa., and was intended to be read at the reunion of 
the Quinby family, held at Bull's Island, 18 June, 1891, 
but the writer was unable to be present, and the sketch 
with much about Job's descendants which is here omitted, 
was printed in the Doylestown (Pa.) Intelligencer soon 
off" pr'wfl.rci 

"Job Quinby was born January 29th, 1768, 123 years 
ago. He died September 14th, 1804, 87 years ago. He 
was a young man 36 years of age at the time of his demise 
—hardly in the prime of life. He was the youngest son of 
Isaiah and Rachel Quinby, and in his early days was re- 
garded as a rather precocious youth. He enjoyed fun, and, 
like some of his grandchildren, was a graceful dancer. He 
was a watchmaker by occupation, although it is not known 
that he was ever regularly apprenticed to the trade. After 

206 The Quinby Family 

reaching maturity, he won the heart and hand of Martha 
Cadwallader, a comely daughter of Elwood and Rebecca, 
of Horsham, Montgomery county. Martha's father was a 
rugged, stouthearted farmer, and, according to the assess- 
ments of Horsham township at that time, owned 56 acres 
of land, kept 2 horses and 1 cow. After their marriage 
the young couple began farming operations on the farm at 
Castle Valley, near New Britain, Bucks county, now occu- 
pied by Samuel Reed, who married one of Job's great- 
granddaughters. It was here that Job died. He was 
known as a good neighbor, honest, industrious and a man 
of genius in many ways. Being a watchmaker, he repaired 
the clocks of his neighbors for miles around. His marriage 
certificate was indeed a unique document. It was painted, 
the work being done by his own hands. It is still in ex- 
istence, and would have been an object of curiosity to his 
descendants here today could it have been obtained. 

"After Job Quinby 's death, his widow married Joseph 
Wiggins, of Upper Makefield, at Wrightstown Meeting, 
6th month, 11th, 1814 — just six months previous to the 
marriage of her oldest daughter, Rebecca, to Joseph Hamp- 
ton. An unusual thing on this occasion was that the 
mother was the daughter's bridesmaid, while her husband 
was best man. But Martha Quinby's second marriage was 
of short duration, for Joseph Wiggins, a widower at the 
time of his marriage to her, did not long survive, and at 
his death Martha took up her residence with her daughter, 

"After the marriage of Joseph Hampton and Rebecca 
Quinby, they settled for a short time above Point Pleasant, 
two miles north of Bull's Island. From thence they re- 
moved to Byberry, to the farm then belonging to James 
Walton. Here they remained some 8 or 9 years, when 
Joseph purchased a farm in Buckingham, about midway 
between Pineville and Buckmanville, now owned and occu- 
pied by his oldest living son, Quinby. It was here that 
Job Quinby's widow died. Oppressed with sorrow — 'dark- 
ness and solitude, and sighs and tears, and all the insepar- 
able train of grief — over the death of her adored daughter 
Sarah, a beautiful girl of about 17, the burden was more 
than she could bear, and she died of a broken heart. 

"Martha Quinby was a superstitious woman. One of 
her idle fancies was the belief that at a moving, the vic- 
tuals should always be carried into the house first, as it 
would bring a plentiful supply ever afterward; otherwise 
it was an omen of ill-luck. It is related that when Joseph 

The QmNBY Family 207 

and Rebecca Hampton removed to Byberry, the first article 
carried into the house was the cradle. This worried Martha 
and she predicted that sorrow would soon occur to the 
household, and her prediction was realized for not many 
months had elapsed ere the second son Levi, of Joseph and 
Rebecca, fell headforemost into a spring. In that position 
the little fellow was found by his mother dead. But not- 
withstanding her superstitious notions, Martha Quinby 
possessed all the best attributes of a dutiful wife, fond 
mother and a good woman." 

The children of Job ' and Martha (Cadwallader) 
Quinby : 

I. Rebecca' Quinby, born 8 mo. 4, 1783; married 

at Wrightstown Meeting, 11 mo. 17, 1814, Joseph, 
son of Benjamin and Margaret Hampton. Joseph 
died 9 mo. 13, 1875, aged 81; Rebecca died 4 mo. 
5, 1882, aged 88y. 8m., in full possession of all 
her mental powers; "Joseph Hampton used to say 
that the reason the Quinby stock lived more than 
the allotted time of man is attributable to the 
fact that they never tried to live more than one 
day at a time. Rebecca had been a sufferer from 
rheumatism for many years, and so thoroughly 
had the distressing disease seated itself in her, 
that for eight years she was not out of her bed. 
Her limbs had become painfully deformed, and so 
bent and twisted were her arms and hands that 
she could not take her daily nourishment except 
from the hands of another person. She was fed 
as though she were a child. Yet she bore her 
affliction cheerfully and with unfaltering reliance 
on her God. Joseph and Rebecca Hampton cele- 
brated their golden wedding 11th month 17, 1874. 
At that time they had forty-two grandchildren 
and four great-grandchildren living. The number 
remains nearly the same today. Rebecca was my 
grandmother, and I always had a fondness for her 
because she named me. There were born to 
Joseph and Rebecca Hampton twelve children, 
six boys and six girls. Four of the sons are dead, 
but the daughters are all living" (Wilmer H. 
Johnson) ; 

II. James' Quinby, born 7 mo. 11, 1795; died in early 


III. Rachel" Quinby, born 8 mo. 6, 1797; died unmar- 


IV. Sabah' Quinby, born 8 mo. 1799; died while a 

young woman, unmarried; 
V. Letitia' Quinby, born 11 mo. 2, 1801; married 3 
mo. 3, 1825, at Horsham, Pa., Joseph L. Iredell, 
born 12 mo. 9, 1797. Mr. Johnson writes this of 
them: "It is reported that in the month of their 

208 The Qdinby Family 

marriage, they started on a journey by wagon to 
southern Central New York, to reside on a farm 
he had purchased in the town of Ulysses, Tomp- 
kins county, between Cayuga and Seneca lakes, 
nine miles beyond Ithaca. He subsequently added 
two other farms, for the farms in that part of 
New York were very small. After residing on his 
first purchase till advanced age, they removed to 
Jacksonville, about a mile and a half distant, 
where they died — Letitia dying on the 13th of 
last April, (1891) aged 89 years, and two days 
later, on the 15th, her husband passed away, aged 
94 years. They had lived together 66 years. 
The couple had nine children — all daughters — 
seven of whom married. Seven survive their 
parents, five living in California. 

"I remember Joseph and Letitia making a visit 
to my old home in Upper Makefield, many years 
ago. They were accompanied by Joseph Hampton 
and his wife, and I remember what a very un- 
lady-like trick an innocent looking old cat of ours 
played on them. As they got out of the carriage, 
on their arrival, the cat jumped in and settled 
back in a corner with a contented purr. Joseph 
Hampton was about to dislodge it, but Letitia 
said it was so cold and wet, and as Rebecca 
wanted a cat at home, and as the stranger cat 
looked so comfortable 'let it be and perhaps it 
will go home with us, as then she will have a cat.' 
When they were ready to go home they peeped 
anxiously into the carriage and Rebecca said 
'nice old pussy,' in a conciliatory way, as she 
looked for the cat. The cat was still there, and 
so were four brand new kittendi" 
VI. Deborah « Quinsy, born 12 mo. 23, 1803; married 3 
mo. 14, 1827, at Wrightstown Meeting, Ezra, son 
of Ezra and Margery Smith and lived in Buck- 
ingham, Pa. "Deborah died several years ago. 
Her body reposes in the old cemetery at Doyles- 
town. There is beauty all around it, but so great 
was her husband's affection for his loved one that 
he used to say she was worthy of a better resting 
place. One of her daughters married Simeon Over- 
holt, many years ago Superintendent of Schools 
of Bucks county." 

The QmNBT Family 209 


Here are as before omitted the descendants of William* 
{William", Robert^), mostly of Sandwich, N. H., to appear 
in a later volume. They comprise heads of families num- 
bered serially 92 to 111 inclusive, with their sons numbered 
257 to 321 inclusive. 

112. Joseph* (Joseph^, Joseph*, Robert", Robert*), 
born at Falmouth, now Portland, Maine, 15 May, 1746; 
Joseph, Jr., was baptised in the First church at Falmouth 
in 1746 (King's History of the First church, p. 93). The 
only reference to him in Smith's and Deane's Journals 
(the source of much early Portland history) is where Rev. 
"Thomas Smith says under date of 15 Nov. 1750: "I was 
at prayer with Quimby's child, which is sick of a fever." 
The prayers of the godly man were efficacious, for this child 
recovered and became a ship builder with his father. An 
autograph of his to a document dated 21 May, 1762, when 
he was sixteen years old, shows that he wrote a good hand. 
In 1766 we find a bill for work on the "Slup Cumberlin 
Packet" in his handwriting. In 1772, Dec. 3, he married 
at Portland, Hannah Noyes, born 12 Dec. 1751 (other 
records say 5 Dec. 1751). 

He was successful in business at an early age, and in a 
list of the losses sustained 18 Oct. 1775 in Mowatt's bom- 
bardment of Portland, his loss was given by the citizens' 
committee as £310. His father's loss was £413. (Willis's 
History of Portland). 

He received his share of his father's estate when 
young, and went to Ammoncongin, now Cumberland Mills, 
a few miles out of Falmouth. 

Joseph * was always known as Joseph, Junior. A 
record says: "Joseph Quinby, Jr., son of Joseph, a joyner, 
lived at Saccarappa; built a house, 1770." 

He died 26 Dec. 1777, and his widow married Amos 
Lunt, 24 July, 1785, at Portland, and took her three sons 
and went to Brunswick, Maine. L. B. Chapman says: 
"I have found a deed recorded of Joseph, Junior's residence 
in Portland, which his father gave him before he made his 
will, which his widow sold in 1778 to Jonathan Bryant." 


210 The Quinby Pamilt 

Over thirty years ago, Hon. Andrew Hawes, who was a de- 
scendant of Joseph' Quinby and has lived all his life in the old 
Quinby mansion at Stroudwater, Maine, hunted out the papers 
in the attic of the old house, and among them found two bundles 
of papers marked in the handwriting of Capt. John* Quinby, 
"Papers belonging to the estate of Joseph Quinby, Jr., Dec'd." 
The bundles are also marked respectively "1st" and "2nd and 
last." They contain among others the follows: 

1. May, 1768; Jos. Quinby, Jr., of Falmouth, house carpenter 
and Silas Howell, partnership with Samuel Butler in a twenty- 
ton schooner; 

2. May 25, 1768, Boston, receipt for sundries, £42; 

3. 4. Mar. 1769, bills: Schooner Lark to Joseph Quinby Jr., dr.; 

5. Nov. 18, 1769, bills: Schooner Lark Cargo, shuggar and rhumb; 

6. Nov. 18, 1769, sailing orders to Capt. Saml. Butler to go to 
New Providence; 

7. July 3, 1770, Falmouth, receipt to Jos. Quinby, Jr., £2:8:0 in 
full, Silas Howell; 

8. Mar. 18, 1771, note endorsed to Jos. Quinby; 

9. May 4, 1771, bill of sale, for 3-16 of the share I own of saw- 
mill now on Chandlers, so-called; £420; 

10. Sept. 5, 1771, Joseph Quinby lets "half an house in sd. town;" 

11. Oct. 28, 1771, Falmouth; order signed Enoch Ilsley; 

12. Oct. 20, 1772, Almsbury, receipt of Joseph Quinby; 

13. Nov. 25, 1772, Pleasant River; rec'd. on Jos. Quinby's ace. 
£14, etc.; 

14. Jan. 12, 1773, Falmouth; receipt; 

15. May 6, 1773, Falmouth; Benjamin Haskell appoints Joseph 
Quinby his attorney; John and Thomas Quinby, witnesses; 

16. May 10, 1773, Charter party; Joseph Quinby, Jr., gentleman, 
hires \ of sloop Chariot, 70 tons burden; 

17. Jan. 28, 1774, Falmouth; bill receipted, for 1 pr. silk stock- 
ings; 7 yds. cloth, etc.; 

18. May, 1774, receipt to Joseph Quinby, Jr., for boards; 

19. May 2Y, 1774; schooner Lark; "Mr. Joseph Quinby, Jr., de- 
liver one dollar due for yr. passage from Pleasant River to 
Falmouth; rec'd & Within;" 

20. June, 1774, Falmouth; receipt; 

21. Feb. 10, 1775, Falmouth, receipt for taxes, 19 sh.; 

22. Oct. — Nov. 1775, receipt for building barn, &c.; 

23. Sept. 1, 1776, order payable to Joseph Quinby, Falmouth; 

24. Sept. 11, 1776, Falmouth order payable to Joseph Quinby for 
"7 or 8 pounds;" 

25. Oct. 8, 1776, Biddeford, receipt of Jos. Quinby; 

26. Dec. 15, 1776, Falmouth, order payable to Jos. Quinby; 

27. Jan. 16, 1777, Falmouth, note payable to Joseph Quinby; 

28. Apr. 1, 1777, Falmouth, note to Jos. Quinby, £32; 

29. Sept. 12, 1777, receipt from Robert Siemens for taxes for 1776,- 
20sh. 6d. 

Besides these and other papers, Mr. Hawes found in 
May, 1895, an old book, probably a record of the busi- 
ness life of Joseph « Quinby, Jr. Mr. Hawes says: 

114 Capt. John" Quinby. 
(From a miniature on ivory) 

The Quinbt Family 211 

"All these go to show that Joseph Quinby, Jr. was a 
house carpenter, that he kept a small store, selling the 
usual commodities of those times, rum, molasses and sugar, 
taking pay in lumber and labor, that he worked at his 
trade and, latterly, made and sold some furniture. Accord- 
ing to the book and papers he began business in 1767, 
finishing 1777, for there are no dates later than '77. He 
was dead previous to 1783, for there is a ledger account 
with the Estate of Joseph Quinby, Jr. on the books of 
Jesse Partridge, of that date, and it is transferred from an 
old ledger which I have not yet found. But more im- 
portant than all that, there is on the last leaf of the book 
(J. Q. Jr.'s) this: "Falmouth May 15th 1745, Born Joseph 
Quinby Jun. — Hannah Noyes Dec. 12th, 1752, married 
Decem. 3rd, 1772. Frederick Quinby Born Sept. 14th, 
1773. Henry Quinby born April 17th, 1775. Joseph Quin- 
by Born April 6, 1777." 

Children : 

322. I. Frederick^ Quinbt, born 14 Sept. 1773 (see); 

323. II. Henry' Quinby, born 17 Apr. 1775 (see); 

324. III. Joseph' Quinby, born 6 Apr. 1777 (see). 

113. Thomas' {Joseph', Joseph*, Robert', Robert^) 
born 3 Nov. 1752 at Falmouth, now Portland, Me, In 
1775 he is on the list of tax payers there. When he was 
about 26 years old, he became a private in the company 
commanded by his relative, Capt. Jesse Partridge, of 
Stroudwater, Me. He enlisted 1 Apr. 1778, and served 
eight months at North River, with the Falmouth volun- 
teers. Col. John Greaton's regiment. He was promoted to 
be corporal, and was discharged 30 Nov. 1778 (Mass. Rev. 
War rolls, MS.; XII. Mass. Soldiers and SaUors in the 
Revolutionary War, 891-2). He died 27 Dec. 1781. I 
suppose he was unmarried as no family of his is men- 
tioned in the papers on the settlement of his father's estate 
in 1791; see also the deed from his nephew Henry' to 
John* (under Henry') which shows that Thomas left no 

114. John" Quinby {Joseph', Joseph^ RoberP, Robert^) 
was born at Falmouth, now Portland, Maine, 12 May, 
1760, says the family Bible; other records give 12 May, 1758. 

He received his education at the Portland public 
schools and was at the age of thirteen with his brother 
Levi, at Master Parsons' school in 1771. The preceptor 

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was Theophilus Parsons, afterwards Chief Justice of Massa- 
chusetts. .The schoolhouse (says Mr. Chapman) was on 
the west side of King Street just above Middle Street. 
Thereafter, as appears by the penmanship sampler here 

reproduced, he was a pupil of 
Mylo Freeman at South school in 

He inherited a large property 
in Portland and vicinity on the 
death of his father two years 
later, and must soon after have 
commenced his work of building 
and owning and loading ships. 
His father had removed to Sac- 
carappa after the burning of Fal- 
mouth in 1775 and no doubt his 
son went with him; but shortly 
after his father's death he returned 
to Portland. 

Five months after his mar- 
riage he bought a lot at Stroud- 
water where many of his relatives 
were living, and commenced the 
construction of his house. At the 
same time he built a shop in connection with his business of 
building and fitting out ships; a memorandum in the family 
archives says it "stood on Mary p * * * 'g land from 
15 Nov. 1780, to November, 1795; addition to shop, 1783; 
new shop, 1796." 

Deed to John Quinby 

"I, Enoch Freeman of Falmouth, for a consideration of £45 
7:2, paid by John Quinby, merchant, and Archelaus Lewis, gentle- 
man, hereby convey a certain lot or parcel of land situated at a 
place called Stroudwater, in Falmouth, late belonging to the estate 
of Francis Waldo, an absentee, containing one acre and three- 
quarters of an acre, and bounded as follows: Northeast by the 
country road (Westbrook street) northwesterly by the land of Geo. 
Tate (the old Tate house lot), and on all other parts by Stroud- 
water River and mill privilege, being the lot conveyed to me and 
others, by the committee for selling absentee's estates in the 
county aforesaid. March 29, 1783." 

"For a consideration of £100 the lot was divided on the 
street line into five equal parts of four rods and three feet each." 

Gravestone of George' Quinby 

at Stroudwater (son of lllCapt. 

John * Quinby) 

Before he was thirty years of age he was commissioned 
Lieutenant of the "Sixth Company, First Regiment in the 
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in this Commonwealth;" the Commission, which is pre- 
served in the Quinby mansion at Stroudwater, is dated 5 
Feb. 1787, and is signed by James Bowdoin, Governor, and 
John Avery, Jun., Secretary. 

With reference to the John Quinby house, a good pic- 
ture of which is here presented, the late L. B. Chapman 
says: "It is reasonable to suppose that he and Archelaus 
Lewis commenced the construction of their dwellings upon 
their respective lots immediately after the purchase (1783) — 
both two-story square, well finished buildings. The Quinby 
structure was afterwards removed by John Mahan to Port- 
land, where it may now (1900) be seen on the northwesterly 
corner of State and Pine Streets (still in fine condition, 

"At the time of the advent of Messrs. Quinby and 
Lewis the Falmouth town authorities (including what is 
now Portland) had established a public landing place, and 
a wharf upon it, the wharf extending from the present pub- 
lic drinking fountain (there is but one) easterly to the chan- 
nel of tide water. We do not know whether Messrs. Lewis 
and Quinby were in company in business but they received 
a permit by a vote of the town to erect a building upon 
the 'town wharf and occupy it twenty years free of taxa- 
tion, which building was built. It was two storied, with 
outside stairs, and remained intact till about 1845 when 
it was removed to the junction of what is now Frost and 
Congress streets (Brewer House hill) and fitted for a shop 
and dwelling by Capt. Dexter Brewer; it was then removed 
to Portland where it remains and is used for a dwelling 
house on Tate street." 

In addition to the commission of John Quinby as 
Lieutenant in 1787, there are two other documents in the 
possession of his great-grandson, Hon. Andrew Hawes, at 
Stroudwater, Maine. One is his commission of Captain 
in the First Regiment of the Second Brigade, Sixth Divi- 
sion, Militia of Massachusetts, comprehending the counties 
of York and Cumberland, in the District of Maine. It is 
dated 6 April, 1794, and is signed by Samuel Adams, Gov- 
ernor of Massachusetts. Capt. John's resignation was ac- 
cepted under date 1 June, 1796, at Headquarters, Boston, 
and reads as follows: "The Governor and Commander-in- 
Chief has accepted the Resignation of Captain John Quinby 
of the First Regiment, Second Brigade, Sixth Division, and 
he is hereby Honorably Discharged at His Own Request 
from the office of Captain in the Regiment aforesaid. John 
Dominons, Adjutant General." 

The Home op 114Capt. John" Quinby 
Still standing on State St., Portland, Me. (See p. 216.) 

The QmNBY Family 217 

The Captain was much interested in the Stroudwater- 
Portland highway. In 1793, he was one of the incorpora- 
tors of the enterprise of building the bridge over Fore River 
which separates the two localities, and in 1802, was one of 
the incorporators of the Maine Turnpike Association. 
(Acts of Mass., 1793, ch. 52; id., 1802, ch. 139). In 1802 
he, with Frederick Quinby were subscribers to the West- 
brook Social Library as the list for that year, which has 
been preserved, shows. 

Captain John Quinby was the owner of a number of 
ships and two of them were captured by the French during 
the war of the last two or three years of the eighteenth 
century. One of these, the schooner Mary, James Blake, 
Captain, was captured "in sight of Margaretta." It was 
valued at $5,500. 

The ship Eunice owned by Captain John Quinby was 
captained by Thomas Seal. It was named by Captain 
John Quinby for his wife and daughter. He was the sole 
owner, and insured it himself — in other words, he had no 
insurance on it. It was built at Portland in 1795, and was 
a square-sterned ship with two decks of 223 16-95 tons. 
It sailed from Liverpool, England, 14 June, 1797, for Phila- 
delphia, and on the voyage, besides five passengers, it 
carried a cargo consisting of salt, copper, coal, dry goods 
and Liverpool ware; of salt there were at least 145 tons, 
and of coal 21 tons. All her crew were American except 
one Dane. The ship was captured by the French privateer 
L'Intrepide, 7 July, 1797, and taken to Nantes in France; 
there two trials in the prize court were had, resulting in 
the condemnation of ship and cargo on the purely specious 
ground that there was no official passenger list. 

When Capt. John learned of this he prepared papers 
in substantiation of his claim against France and filed them 
in the department of State 9 Mar., 1799. 

The result of the negotiations between France and the 
United States resulted in the United States by treaty, 30 
Sept 1800, receiving from France by rehnquishment of 
claims it had against us, what amounted to compensation 
sufficient for the many claimants for French spohations. 
Congress however did not pay out this money for many 
years. Captain John had died and left his ''French claim 
by will to his sons Moses and Levi; they died in due course 
and their sons and daughters likewise, except Miss Almira 

Quinby who died in 1910. . ^, r^ t. t 

Ultimately the claim was tried out in the Court ot 

Claims at Washington 1 June, 1896. The decision of the 

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Court was transmitted to Congress in 1900 (Sen. Doc, 
276), and allowed Captain John Quinby's claim in the sum 
of $11,938. 

Capt. John* Quinby was married by Rev. Dr. Deane 
at Portland, 31 Oct. 1782, to Eunice' daughter of Capt. 
Joshua and Lois (Pearson) Freeman. She was born 19 
Jan. 1762, and died 12 Dec. 1790, and was buried at 
Stroudwater, Maine, together with the infant son on whose 
account she died. 

The First Census of the United States gives him as 
having in his family in 1790 at Portland besides himself 
five free white males under sixteen years of age; they were 
his sons the eldest of whom was about six years old, and 
perhaps one other child; there were also three free white 
females of no specified age. 

Mrs. Eunice (Freeman) Quinby came of very remark- 
able ancestry, which included among her direct ancestors 
Governor Thomas Dudley (born 1576, died 1653) of Massa- 
chusetts Bay Colony; Governor Thomas Prence (born 
1600) of Plymouth Colony; Elder William Brewster (born 
1563) of the Mayflower; Rev. John Rogers (born 1530) 
President of Harvard College; Maj.-General Daniel Den- 
ison, (born 1612) Commander-in-Chief of the Colonial 
forces; Capt. John Appleton (born 1622) of Ipswich; Rev. 
Jose Glover who brought the first printing press to New 
England; and many others of distinction; several of her 
ancestral line can be followed back in England with per- 
fect certainty to the twelfth century. A partial chart 
showing some of the foregoing is printed here. Her an- 
cestry in all lines so far discovered has been printed in 
New England Family History. 

Capt. John died 27 Sept. 1806 "aged 48," and is 
buried at Stroudwater, Me. On his gravestone are engraved 
the words: "That life is long which answers life's great 

The children of Capt. John « and Eunice (Freeman) 
Quinby were: 

I. Eunice' Quinby, born 16 Mar. 1783; married by 
Rev. Caleb Bradley, 24 May, 1808, to Maj. 
Ezekiel Day (see portraits) and lived on Elm St., 
Portland, "where the Natural History building 
now stands" (a complete account of their die- 
scendants was published in New England Family 
History, II. 329-331); 
II. Thomas' Quinby, born 18 Sept. 1784, died at Port 
Republic, now Porte au Prince in the island of 
Hayti, 22 Oct. 1802. Jenk's Gazette, of 20 Dec, 

Henry Ezekiel Day 
husband of Eunice- (Quinby) Day, daughter of Capt. John" Quinby. (See p. 218.) 

Eunice- (Quinby) Day. 
From an ambrotype loaned by Miss Eunice Day Sewall. (See p. 218.) 

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published at Falmouth, in its obituary notice, 
called^ him "a promising and enterprising young 


325. III. Moses' Quinby, born 19 Apr. 1786 (see); 

326. IV. Levi ' Quinby, born 12 Nov. 1787 (see) ; 

V. George' Quinby, born 22 May, 1789; drowned 21 
Sept. 1790; 
VI. (son) ' Quinby, born and died Dec. 1790. 

Will of Capt. John ' Quinby 

(Official abstract) Analysis of the last will and testament of 
John Quinby of Falmouth, deceased. 

Imprimis, I give and bequeath unto my son Moses Quinby my 
mansion house in Stroudwater with all the land I own adjoining 
the same with all the other buildings thereon. Also I give and 
bequeath unto my said son Moses, twelve acres of land which 
I bought of Robert Waterhouse, a part of the farm formerly 
owned by the late Thomas Slemons deceased, be the same more 
or less. Also the undivided one-half of one hundred acres of land 
in Standish the other one-half belongs to Jonathan Sparrow. Also 
two house lots in Portland situated on Elm street and marked 
with the said Moses name on a plan &c., which lots are num- 
bered on said plan four and five. Also three house lots on said 
Elm street below Cumberland street and numbered on said plan 
thirteen, fourteen and fifteen, running to the Channel or to low 
water mark, to have and to hold, &c. 

I do also will and desire that the sum of one thousand dollars 
be paid him the said Moses out of my personal estate &c. I also 
will and desire that he shall have two beds, bedding and bed- 
steads out of the seven which I own after my only daughter takes 
those which I shall hereafter will to her. 

Item, I give and devise unto my son Levi Quinby my brick 
house in Portland aforesaid situated on Back Street & adjoining 
land owned by Mr. James Deering the land to extend so far 
northerly as to take in one lot which lot is numbered on the 
aforesaid plan, one, &c. Also my full share in Union Wharf in 
said Portland with all my right and privileges thereunto belong- 
ing together with my store on said Wharf Numbered ten. Also 
two house lots lying on the aforesaid Elm st., below Cumberland 
street and numbered seven & eight on said Plan, to have and to 
hold &c. Also the Brig Main and appurtenances; also two beds. 

Item, I give &c., unto my aforesaid two sons Moses and 
Levi in equal dividend the following estates, viz: the brig Dia- 
mond; also all debts due by notes, bond accounts or any other 

220 The Quinbt Family 

way, also my store in Stroudwater together with all my trading 
stock, also my fifteen shares in the Maine Fire & Marine Insurance 
Company; and every other article of personal estate, excepting 
those hereafter disposed of to my only daughter Eunice Quinby. 
They my aforesaid two sons Moses and Levi or their legal repre- 
sentatives paying all my lawful debts, likewise the sum of six 
thousand dollars unto my said daughter Eunice Quinby; also one 
thousand dollars unto my said son Moses, &c. Also I give unto 
my aforesaid two sons Moses and Levi all the right of land which 
I hold in common with the proprietors of Falmouth; also all my 
wearing apparel. 

Item, I give and devise unto my beloved daughter Eunice 
Quinby six house lots in Portland aforesaid, viz.: two lots on the 
northwesterly side of Elm street numbered two and three and 
marked with her name on the aforesaid plan; also four lots on 
said Elm street below said Cumberland street marked on said 
plan and numbered nine, ten, eleven and twelve, to have and to 
hold &c. I also give to my aforesaid daughter all my house- 
hold furniture now in my dwelling house excepting four beds 
bedsteads and bedding which I have hitherto willed to my two 
sons, she to have her choice of the seven which I own. I also 
give my daughter my side saddle and watch. I also will and 
devise that six thousand dollars be paid unto her my said daughter 
in twelve months after my decease by my two sons Moses and 
Levi or their law representatives as heretofore directed. I will 
and devise that the three lots of land which I own in New Port- 
land and New Falmouth marked on the plan of said towns to 
Joseph Quinby Esq., to my three children in equal dividend, also 
my pew in Stroudwater Meeting House. Dated Falmouth May 
31, 1806. 

Application for Administration 

To all whom it may concern, be it known. That we, Henry E. 
Day of Gorham, county of Cumberland and State of Maine, son 
of Eunice Quinby Day, deceased, Lucretia D. Sewall of Portland 
in said county, daughter of said Eunice, and Lucy B. Day, Joseph 
A. Day and Elizabeth A. Day, all of said Portland, children of 
John Q. Day, deceased, who was a son of said Eunice, Frederick 
A. Quinby of said Portland, son and only child of Levi Quinby, 
deceased, Almira F. Quinby of Deering in said County, daughter 
of Moses Quinby, deceased, Andrew Hawes of said Deering son 
and only child of Mary A Hawes, deceased, who was a daughter 
of said Moses, Henry B. Quinby of Lake Village in the State of 
New Hampshire, Fred Quinby of Biddeford in the County of York 
and State of Maine, apd Thomas F. Quinby of Minneapolis in the 
State of Minnesota, children of Thomas Quinby, deceased, who 
was a son of said Moses, and Harry C. Quinby of Saco in said 
County of York, a minor son and only child of John Quinby, 
deceased, who was the son and only child of John Quinby, de- 
ceased, who was a son of said Moses, (the guardian of said minor 
being Henrietta C. Quinby of said Saco) being all of the lawful 
heirs of John Quinby late of Falmouth in said County of Cumber- 
land, deceased, (whose children were the above named Eunice 
Quinby Day, Levi Quinby and Moses Quinby), and being all of 
lawful age excepting the said Harry C. Quinby, do hereby repre- 

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sent, state and affirm that the said John Quinby left a will dated 
May 31, 1806, which was proved and allowed, and of which the 
said Eunice was Executrix and her husband Ezekiel Day joined as 
Coexecutor, in which will the devises and bequests were as follows, in 
language following, to wit: (then follows the foregoing will in full) 
As is shown in the ancient paper hereto annexed entitled 
"Analysis of the last will and testament of John Quinby late of 
Falmouth deceased." And we hereby request the Honorable the 
Judge of the Probate Court for said County of Cumberland, to 
permit the estate of the said John Quinby, deceased which may 
be now remaining, if any, to be administered in accordance with 
the provisions of said, will, which is lost or destroyed. 

H. E. Day, L. D. Sewall, Lucy B. Day, J. A. Day, 

Elizabeth A.Day, F. A. Quinby, Almira F. Quinby, Andrew Hawes 
Henry B. Quinby,Fred Quinby, Thomas F.Quinby, H. C. Quinby. 

116. Jacob* {Benjamin^, Joseph*, Robert*, Robert^) 
born at Somersworth, N. H., 16 Oct. 1743. Jacob married 
(probably 1766-7) Tamsen Wentworth, who was born 22 
Dec. 1746. (Tamsen was the usual spelling of Thomasine, 
a name analogous to Pauline, Clementine, etc.) 

The following is from Master Tate's diary, Salmon 
Falls, copied by J. P. Willey, 1902: "Monday even May 
17, 1773. A dreadful Gust of Wind and Rain with awful 
Thunder and Lightening. A number of people coming up 
the River loaded with Rockweed, viz., Mr. Saml. Lord 3d 
of Berwick, Mrs. Lucy Lord and Mr. Jonathan Hardison, 
Mr. Jacob Quinby, Mr. Josiah Tibbetts, Mr. Charles and 
Mrs. Molly Stackpole. Ye Boat oversett near Sturgeon 
Creek and 3 of them wer drowned, viz. Mr. Sam Lord, 
Mrs. Lucy Lord and Mr. Jonathan Hardison. Ye rest 
narrowly escaped ye same fate. Sd Lucy and Jonathan 
were taken up on ye next day. Samuel not taken up till 
Sunday May 30. Taken up on ye back River by Timothy 
Clements. Saml Lord born Feb. 8 0. S. 1735." 

"Jacob and Benja. Quinby raised a new Barn frame on 
Friday August 4, and on Wednesday, August 9, 1775, R. 
Tibbetts raised a new House." 

Jacob • of Salmon Falls petitioned in 1779 (with his 
brother Benjamin •) for a lottery to raise money to remove 
the rocks in Quamphegon (see Benj. *) (IX. N. H. State 
Papers 186). 

Jacob, like his father, was a cloth manufacturer at 
Somersworth, and like his father appears more or less often 
as a litigant. The following are from the Superior Court 
records at Alfred, Me.: 

Jacob Quimby of Somersworth, N. H., clothier, vs. 
Jacob Whittier of Berwick, administrator of the estate of 

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John Whittier, physician; defaulted; recovered against the 
said Jacob Whittier eleven pounds, five shillings and eight 
pence, money damage, and the sum of one pound, ten 
shillings and three pence for costs of suit; execution issued 
12 Feb. 1783. 

Jacob Quimby of Somersworth in the county of Strat- 
ford and state of New Hampshire, clothier, plaintiff against 
Job Winchal of Berwick in the county of York, gentleman, 
defendant in a plea of the case, as by the writ on file 'ap- 
pears. The deft, thereupon solemnly called to come into 
Court did not appear, but made default. It is therefore 
considered by the Court, that the said Jacob Quimby re- 
cover against the said Job Winchal the sum of three pounds 
fourteen shillings and two pence, money damage, and the 
sum of thirty-two shillings for costs of suit; execution 
issued 16 April, 1783. 

We find him again in legal trouble in 1795, as appears 
from the Superior Court record at Alfred, and he was again 
a defendant in 1800, being called a resident of Saccarappa. 

Nathaniel W. Ela of Dover, N. H., plaintiff, vs. Jacob 
Quimby of Falmouth, defendant, in a plea of the case; said 
Jacob at said Dover on the 8th day of May A. D. 1795, 
by his note by him signed, promised said Ela to him or 
his order $28.00 on demand with interest, but Jacob though 
requested has not paid the same. 

He appears in the census of 1790 as head of a family 
at Somersworth consisting of himself and two boys under 
16 and four females, one of which was no doubt his wife, 
the three others daughters. The extra boy under 16 may 
have been another son, for on the tax list of Westbrook of 
1814 appears a Jacob Quinby, Jr., who paid a poll tax that 
year and wias therefore born before 1794. Very soon after 
1790, he evidently followed the rest of his family to Sac- 
carappa, (now the city of Westbrook) adjoining Portland, 
Maine. The latter city was then called Falmouth, and 
Maine was then a part of Massachusetts. 

Jacob « Quinby died 27 Nov. 1805, aged 62. His 
widow Tamsen was married by Rev. Caleb Bradley at 
Saccarappa 4 Apr. 1814, to Peter Libby. 

Children born at Somersworth, N. H. : 

327. I. Benjamin Wbntwokth » Quinby, ("Wentworth Quin- 

by") born 5 Dec. 1768 (see); 
II. Eunice ' Quinby, born 15 Feb. 1771 "on Saturday;'' 

married Butler and died 19 Nov. 1862 » 

at Somersworth; 
III. Rebecca' Quinby, born 17 July, 1772, "on Friday 

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morning"; married Jeremiah Paul of York, Me., and 
one of her daughters married Thomas Goodwin of 
Eliot Depot, Me.; 

328. IV. John' Quinsy, born 5 Mar. 1777 (see); 

V. Mary' Quinby, born 11 Mar. 1788; she married 2 
May, 1819, Levi Bracey of Wells, Me., born 1795, 
died Apr. 1861 at Eliot, where she was living in 1873; 

329. VI. Jacob' Quinby, born before 1784 (see). 

Notes— The first four children are given in Master Tate's Diary; see also 
Wentworth Genealogy. Mrs. Henry W. Lanier states that Wentworth Quinby 
had a half-brother Samuel Simpson, who lived also at York, Me. 

117. Benjamin" {Benjamin \ Joseph*, Robert^, Rob- 
ert^) born 15 Sept. 1746, at Somersworth, New Hampshire. 
He was married by Rev. James Pike at Somersworth 2 Feb. 
1775, to Lydia Clements of that place, daughter of Samuel 
and Sarah Clements. The first record after that, is in 
connection with his elder brother Jacob. Master Tate's 
diary, in the possession of J. P. Willey, Esq., of Salmon 
Falls, Me., contains this entry regarding them: "They 
raised a new Barn frame on Friday, August 4, and on Wed- 
nesday, August 9, 1775, R. Tibbetts raised a new House." 

In 1779 Benjamin petitioned the Provincial Assembly 
with his brother Jacob and many others for a lottery to 
remove the rocks in Quamphegon. (IX. N. H. State 
Papers, 186). 

In 1780 they were both among the purchasers of pews 
in the new Meeting house at Somersworth. In 1785 Benj- 
amin was constable and on a committee to build bridges there. 

The U. S. Census for N. H. in 1790 mentions Benj- 
amin Quinby as the head of a family at Somersworth in 
that year, consisting of himself and wife, one male over 16, 
two boys under 16 and four other females, evidently his 
daughters. The boys under 16 were obviously George and 
Benjamin (which shows that Samuel was probably born 
after 1790) and the girls Nancy, Betsy, Sally and Abigail. 
The extra female and the male over 16 may have been rela- 
tives or "hired hands." 

Benjamin removed to Saccarappa now Westbrook, 
about 1800, near Portland, Maine, and erected mills there. 
The records of York county, at Alfred, Me., show that 
Benjamin and Lydia transferred real estate to Ebenezer 
Clements, 17 Apr. 1815 (bk. 92, p. 9). In 1799, "Ben- 
jamin Quinby, Jr., of Somersworth, clothier" had arranged 
to take over property of his father then very aged, and 
maintain him for life. 

In 1806 Benjamin "of Falmouth, county Cumberland, 
Maine, and Lydia his wife" obtained a warrant from the 

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court for a petition which was issued 24 Mar. 1807, for the 
division of a parcel of a hundred and forty acres. They 
dropped the matter, it evidently having been arranged 
without the need of further legal proceedings. (Court 
records, Alfred, Me.) Benjamin died 6 Nov. 1810, at 
Saccarappa. Lydia his widow died about 1841, at Ro- 
chester, N. H. 

The children of Benjamin and Lydia, born at Somers- 
worth, N. H. : 

I. Nancy' Quinby, born 29 Dec. 1776 ("Friday 
night"); she married Moses Waldron of Rochester, 
N. H., who was born July, 1774, and died 3 Feb. 
II. Elizabeth' Quinby ("Betsey"), born 14 June, 1777; 
her intention of marriage was recorded 25 Apr. 

1801, at Gorham, Maine, with Oliver Johnson, a 
lumber driver resident there; and they were mar- 
ried 19 May, 1801; 

330. III. George W. ' Quinby, born 1781 (see); 

331. IV. Benjamin' Quinby, born 13 July, 1786 (see); 

V. Sabah ' Quinby, born ; married 4 June, 

1802, by Parson Bradley to Joshua, son of Jona- 
than and Mary (Connolly) Webb; he died 1 June, 

VI. Lydia' Quinby, born 1789; married 13 Oct. 1808, 
by Rev. Caleb Bradley at Saccarappa to Capt. 
Joseph « Partridge (IV. Me. Hist, and Gen. Record.) 

332. VII. Samuel' Quinby, born about 1791 (see); 

VIII. Abigail' Quinby, born ; married 10 Nov. 

1813, by Rev. Caleb Bradley, at Saccarappa, 
to Col. William *, son of Robert and Sarah (Rounds) 
Siemens; he was born 1785, and died 1853; they 
lived in Maine and at Corydon, Indiana, where 
she died in Mar. 1877. (An account of the an- 
cestors and descendants of this family appeared 
in New England Family History); 

Note — Rev. Caleb Bradley's Journal has been published, and contains the 
marriage of the youngest three daughters above named. Rev. Caleb's regular 
fee for performing the marriage ceremony was two dollars; but Abigail's hus- 
band paid five dollars and Lydia's paid four dollars, all of which the parson 
duly noted in his diary. 

Note. — The subscription book entitled ' 'Prominent Men of Southeastern Massa 
chusetts " describes this family in connection with a descendant prominent there, bu t 
in its list of Benjamin's children, it omits Lydia and Abigail. 

118. Joseph* (Benjamin^, Joseph*, Robert", Robert*) 
born 1 July, 1750, at Somersworth, N. H. His military 
career in the Revolutionary war has been the subject of 
much discussion. Here follows the official report: 

Quinby, Joseph, Capt. James Munson's Company, Col. 
Phinney's regiment order for bounty coat or its equivalent 
in money; dated, Cambridge camp, Fort No. 2, 25 Oct. 

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1775; also, private, Lieut. Colonel's company. Col. Vose's 
regiment. Continental pay accounts for service from 1 
Jan. 1777, to 31 Dec. 1779; credited to town of Falmouth; 
also, Capt. George W. Smith's company. Col. Vose's regi- 
ment; muster roll for December, 1777, sworn to at camp 
near Valley Forge; enlisted 1 Jan. 1777; period, three 
years; reported as attending a court-martial (?); also, same 
company and regiment, pay-rolls for November, 1778, and 
February, 1779, sworn to in quarters at Providence; also, 
in the late Capt. Smith's company. Col. Vose's regiment, 
muster roll for March and April, 1779, dated Quarters, 
Providence; ref)orted on furlough (XIII. Soldiers and 
Sailors of Massachusetts in the Revolution, 892). 

Quinbe, Joseph, Falmouth; return of men raised to 
serve in the Continental army from Col. Peter Noyes's 
(1st Cumberland company) regiment dated 20 Nov. 1778; 
residence, Falmouth; engaged for town of Falmouth; joined 
Capt. Smith's company. Col. Patterson's regiment for the 
term of three years (XII. id. 893). 

Quinby, Joseph, Falmouth: Capt. John Brackett's 
company. Col. Edmund Phinney's regiment (31st); com- 
pany return dated 29 Sept. 1775; enlisted 10 May, 1775 
(XII. id. 893). 

Quinby, Joseph, Falmouth, private, Capt. John Brack- 
ett's company, Col. Edmund Phinney's regiment; billeting 
allowed from date of enlistment, 18 May, 1775, to date of 
marching from Falmouth to Headquarters, 3 July, 1775; 
credited with allowance for six weeks and four days (XII. 
id. 897). 

The family tradition is set forth in the following, from 
a letter from his grandson, Isaac Fly Quinby, to Mrs. Ella F. 
Beebe of Ravenna, Ohio, dated 30 Dec. 1893: 

"Grandfather fought in the war of the Revolution, and 
first enlisted in a company for the defence of Falmouth 
Neck which is now called Portland, at the news of the 
fight at Lexington and Concord; this company started for 
Boston and arrived at Kittery Point, when they were met 
by an order from the Governor for them to return and 
defend Falmouth Neck, and they returned to Falmouth. 
But the rumors from Boston being few and far between, 
and not satisfactory, my grandfather, that is, Joseph, be- 
came impatient and determined to go to scenes of greater 
activity; accordingly he announced to his family his in- 
tention of enlisting in the army of Washington, and learn- 


226 The Quinbt Family 

ing from a scout that a few scattered parties from Dunston, 
Saco and Biddeford were to start on & certain date, he 
felt it necessary to go with them. Although the time was 
short before their departure, nevertheless, with the assist- 
ance of the community, the sheep were driven up and 
sheared, the wool carded, spun and woven, the cloth cut 
and made, and a suit completed in time for him to start 
with those from the towns aforesaid. 

"All I know of grandfather's war record was learned 
from hearing my grandmother, as she related it to my 
mother, and as her own knowledge was somewhat limited, 
as the mail line had not been established, and as I myself 
was but ten years old when she died, what I learned was 
between the ages of five and ten years, therefore the de- 
tails must be somewhat brief. But as you are aware, the 
hardships of the Revolutionary soldier were not few. 
Grandfather did not escape from hard marches, cold, 
roughness of roads and more than all from hunger. For 
instance, let me relate a little incident which was told by 
grandmother, and which played quite an important part 
in grandfather's life as a soldier. 

"One morning, having been without meat rations for 
some time, the squad accustomed to mess with him drew 
their rations and put them into the camp kettle and when 
half cooked, suddenly came the order to march. Grand- 
father at once hastened to the ofiicer in command of the 
company and got permission for them to remain until the 
meat was cooked, with the understanding that as soon as 
it was done, they should hasten on and overtake the army. 
General Washington had remained behind to see that every- 
thing had moved in order, and coming across these men, 
asked them if they did not know the order was to march. 
The squad put grandfather forward to reply. He stated 
that they had obtained permission to remain, explaining 
that they had not had their rations for some time previous, 
and had received and got them partially cooked when the 
order came to march. General Washington sent immedi- 
ately an orderly forward to the officer in command of the 
march, ordering him to investigate, and if the facts were 
as stated by my grandfather, to halt the army, go into 
camp and for the soldiers to cook their rations. The 
statement was ascertained to be true. I relate this incident 
to show how grandfather came to the notice of General 
Washington. There is no history which gives any account 
of this. The probable result of this interview I did not 
learn from my grandmother, who was a woman not much 

The Quinbt Family 227 

given to extolling the virtues of her own family. I learned 
the sequel from an old comrade belonging to the same regi- 
ment with grandfather. 

"When I was a young man, I went about thirty miles 
back into the country on a courting expedition, and as it 
happened the parents of the girl I went to see were the 
next neighbors to Jacob Eastman, an old Revolutionary 
soldier. Being always much interested in the soldiers of 
the Revolution, I called to see him. I found him to be an 
intelligent, sound-minded, well-meaning man and very glad 
to make the acquaintance of, as he said, the grandson of 
his old Colonel. I told him there was some mistake, since 
my grandfather was only a private. "Why," said he, "I 
knew him just as well as I know my neighbor Brown, who 
has been my next neighbor for over forty years." I could 
not but believe that he was mistaken, but I continued to 
visit him for ten or a dozen years, two or three times a 
year, until his death, and every time I visited him, he de- 
clared that grandfather was his colonel, and in evidence 
of this knowledge, he mentioned the names of a number 
of old men whom I knew to be residents of our place and 
vicinity. Still, I could not divest myself of the idea that 
he must be mistaken, until I read the history of Commodore 
Farragut, whose father was, as he said, appointed Major 
in the Revolutionary army, and yet was not mentioned in 
history; his father was appointed by General Washington, 
as the latter was obliged to appoint such men as could 
perform the duties assigned them. Consequently I came to 
the conclusion that Mr. Eastman was not mistaken, but 
that grandfather was appointed by General Washington a 
colonel in the Revolutionary army. Col. Joseph was a 
mechanic, as were all his brothers, and in fact, mechanical 
genius is rather to be noticed as a trait of this branch of 
the family. 

"Grandfather's sons were Jacob and Archelaus who 
went West, and I have no further knowledge of them; also 
John, and Joseph, the latter of whom was my father. The 
daughters were Anna, Martha, Rebecca, Eunice, and Mary, 
who married respectively men by the names of Rolfe, Cox, 
Scammon, Houston and Towle." 

Now come the comments of L. B. Chapman, recently 
deceased, the well-known historian and genealogist of 
Maine and particularly of Portland and Saccarappa. Mr. 
Chapman evidently did not understand that it was not 
supposed the title of Colonel was ever oflBcially recorded. 
The following is from the Deering News of 22 Oct. 1903: 

228 The Quinby Family 

"Joseph Quinby, senior, son of Benjamin, the clothier, 
enlisted in the cause of the Colonies May 10, 1775, under 
Capt. John Brackett, a land surveyor, residing at Sac- 
carappa, who commenced to obtain recruits April 24 of 
that year. The entire company, with five exceptions, was 
made up of citizens of the parts of Falmouth, now known 
as Westbrook and Deering, including all the officers. Joseph 
Quinby, senior, was a private, and I cannot learn that he 
ever ranked higher (Mass. Archives vol. 56, p. 215). His 
name appears also upon the Falmouth town books as a 
soldier. If he ever bore the title of "Colonel" it must 
have been honorary and homemade." 

Joseph * Quinby married Azuba *, daughter of Preserved 
and Catherine (Armstrong) Partridge. She was baptized 
18 Dec. 1752 (57 N. E. H. and G. Register, 187). At the 
time of the Revolution, they lived on the spot where the 
Manual Training School now stands. All of their chil- 
dren were born there except the last. The first census 
(1790) names Joseph as head of a family comprising "two 
free white males under 16 years old, and five females," one, 
of course, the wife. 

"The family tradition is that while Joseph was gone 
to the war, a man by the name of Butts, who kept a 
grocery store (or a store of a little of everything) at Cap- 
isic, was to provide the family with whatever was needed. 
At that time it was impossible to purchase anything with- 
out paying exorbitant prices, and a large bill was the 

"In 1792 or 1793, the times were hard and as Joseph 
was not well, they decided to give up the home, and they 
moved to Gray, Me., where he worked at shookmaking, 
'and once, provisions being so scarce and transportation 
so very limited, he walked to Saccarappa and returned 
with a bushel of meal, which he carried all the way, to 
keep actual starvation from entering the abode of his 
family.' " 

Joseph and Azuba in 1797 signed as one of the heirs 
of Capt. Jesse Partridge; and Joseph died in April of that 
year. Mr. Chapman says: 

"Joseph Quinby resided on Capisic street, Deering, at 
the date of his death, in a house that stood between the 
present residences of Mr. Albion P. Chapman and Edward 
L. Gould. Azuba married second Col. John Harvey, a 
soldier of the Revolution. He died in May, 1812, and the 
widow removed to Portland. She, in her own capacity, 
March 30, 1797, as 'Zuba Quinby, wife of Joseph Quinby,' 





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334J0HN' Qtjinbt 

335JosEtH' QriNBY 

Sons of 118 Joseph' Quinby. These silhouettes made about 1812 are 
owned by Mrs. Charles E. Quinby, Westbrook, Me. 

purchased land on each side of the highway between Sacc- 
arappa and Cumberland Mills, where the schoolhouse is 
located, about half way between the two places, paying 
therefor $424, but May 2nd of the same year she sold the 
same to Samuel Butts, then a trader at Capisic, for $246. 
Elbridge G. Riggs, some years ago, informed me that it 
was an exchange of titles between Azubah and Samuel, 
but it does not appear thus on our Cumberland records; 
but more than probable Mr. Riggs's statement was true, 
for Azubah with 'Colonel' John Harvey resided in the 
'low-posted residence, facing the south, with very small 
glass,' located as I have represented, near Nason's Corner, 

230 The Qudjby Family 

in Deering, where Mr. Harvey worked for Mr. Butts in 
his mill at Capisic, and in which house Mr. Harvey died, 
according to Parson Bradley's diary, in February of 1812. 

"June 24, 1799, Parson Bradley records that John 
Harvey subscribed two dollars towards the parson's 'settle- 
ment fee,' thus indicating that Mr. Harvey was hereabout 
at that date. 

"Mr. Harvey was a widower at the time he married 
the widow of Joseph Quinby and set up housekeeping at 
Nason's Corner. The indentation of the residence still 
appears on the northeasterly corner of the residence of the 
late Edward L.^ Goold. 

"June 26, 1819, an agent of the United States govern- 
ment sold the house and an acre of land to satisfy a de- 
mand growing out of a special tax on account of the war 
of 1812-16, the demand being against Joseph Quinby, the 
Revolutionary soldier, whose son John, residing at Minot, 
redeemed March 14, 1820, but the title, I think, was 
worthless. Joseph Copps was the next occupant of the 
house with a much larger lot." 

Children of Joseph* and Azuba (Partridge) Quinby: 

333. I. AHCHBiiAUs' Quinby, born 28 Mar. 1776 (see); 

II. Anne ' Quinby, born 10 Feb. 1778; married 19 Apr. 
1801 by Rev. Caleb Bradley to Samuel Rolfe, 
Jr., of Buxton, Me.; 
III. Eunice' Quinby, bom 11 Dec. 1780; married Rob- 
ert Houston of Portland, Me.; 

334. IV. John ' Quinby, born 2 Feb. 1782 (see) ; 

V. Rebecca' Quinbt, born 1 (or 11?) Sept. 1785; 
intention filed 16 July, 1803; married 8 Mar. 
1804, at Saccarappa, by Rev. Caleb Bradley 
("fee $2") to John Scammon, Jr., born 4 June, 
1778, died 3 Sep. 1830 {Piitnam's Hist. Mag. p. 
220; IV. Me. Hist, and Gen. Rec. 145); she died 
24 Feb. 1842; 
VI. Mahtha' Qxhnby, born 1 Sept. 1787; married by 
Rev. Caleb Bradley 1 Dec. 1808, to Isaac Cox 
("fee, $2") (IV. Me. H. and G. Rec); 

335. VII. Joseph' Quinby, born 12 Mar. 1791 (see); 

VIII. Mary ' Quinby, born 1 Feb. 1794; married by Rev. 
Caleb Bradley 30 Jan. 1820, to Levi Towie; (an- 
other record says 17 Mar. 1817). 

119. Nathan* {Benjamin^, Joseph*, Robert', Robert^) 
born 5 Mar. 1756, at Somersworth, N. H. He came while 
a youth to Saccarappa, Maine, and there was married by 
Rev. Dr. Deane, 2 May, 1779, to Rosina^ daughter of 
Preserved* and Catherine (Armstrong) Partridge (57 Reg- 

The Quinbt Family 231 

ister, 187). Her sister Azuba had married Nathan's bro- 
ther Joseph • Quinby. 

The first United States census shows that in 1790 
Nathan was head of a family at Falmouth, including be- 
sides himself and wife, two boys under 16, and a girl. 

In 1791, says Mr. L. B. Chapman {Deering News, 27 
Apr. 1895) Nathan bought the Bailey farm on the north- 
easterly side of the Presumpscot river, opposite Saccarappa, 
which he sold to Timothy Pike. 

In 1797 Nathan and Rosina signed various papers now 
on record, as heirs of Capt. Jesse Partridge. 

The Saccarappa tax assessment is extent for 1814; it 
shows that Nathan was assessed "house $20; barn, $25." 
In 1817 Nathan sold to his son Hiram "my house and 
barn," which, (says Mr. Chapman) seem to have been 
located back of where the Universalist chapel stood on the 
northerly side of Main Street in the village. I have no 
record of the death of either Nathan or his first wife; "he 
married second (says Mr. Chapman) the widow Achers. 
They resided upon the 'Holy Ground' district of Saccar- 
appa village." Children born at Saccarappa: 

336. I. Abel' Quinbt (see); 

337. II. Levi' Quinby (see); 

III. Sakah' Quinby, born 7 Apr. 1783; married 2 Dec. 

1811, Thomas Jordan, born 6 June, 1787; they 
had Hiram, Eliza and Nathaniel; Sarah died 17 
Nov. 1864; Thomas died 2 Aug. 1863; 

IV. Tamsen ' Quinby, married 13 Apr. 1813, (says Mrs. 

C. E. Q.; 4 Apr. 1814, says L. B. C.) Peter Libby 
of Westbrook, and had Benjamin, Joseph and 

338. V. Hiram ' Quinby (see) ; 

339. VI. Simeon' Quinby, born 1789 (see). 

120. Moses* {Benjamin^, Joseph^ Robert*, Roberf^ 
born at Somersworth, N. H. 21 June, 1759; married first 
28 Apr. 1789, Abigail, daughter of Capt. Peletiah and Mary 
March of Amesbury, Mass., and Portland, Me. (Gorham 
rec.) She died 3 Aug. 1818. He was married second, by 
Rev. Caleb Bradley, 6 Mar. 1821, to Elizabeth, daughter 
of Moses G. Walker. Parson Bradley mentions in his 
diary that for performing the ceremony he received three 
dollars — a dollar more than the ordinary fee (IV. Me. H. 
and G. Rec.) Mrs. Betsey (Walker) Quinby died in 1849. 
Moses Quinby died 20 Mar. 1840. Some thirty years ago, 
a monument was erected upon the burial lot in the village 
cemetery at Westbrook (Saccarappa), beneath which the 

232 The Qdinbt Pamilt 

old gravestones were buried. The inscription is as follows: 
Moses Quinby, 1758-1840; Abigail, 1770-1818; 2nd wife, 
Betsey Walker, 1771-1849. 

"Moses Quinby, a millwright, appears on record in 
1792 as a purchaser of thirteen acres of land located upon 
what is now known as Saco street, a fourth of a mile out 
of the village, to which he made additional purchases and 
upon which he erected a dwelling house, where he resided 
and flourished till the time of his wordly demise. 

"September 7, 1803, for a consideration of $900 he 
purchased of Benjamin Quinby and wife Eleanor, one- 
fourth part of a gristmill where, as Benjamin says, 'my 
saw-mill now stands and has for many years, being on the 
northeasterly side of the privilege sold my son, Benjamin 
Quinby, Jr.' In 1806, he purchased the dyehouse, fulling 
mill, etc., of Benjamin, Sr." 

The 1810 census makes Moses and his wife as between 
26 and 45 — according to the government form — and gives 
them three boys under ten, besides the other children. 
Moses Quinby was assessed for taxes in 1814 as follows: 
house, $250; barn, $35; 20 acres mowing, $25; also pas- 
turage; 2 oxen, 3 cows, 1 horse, 2 swine. 

September 24, 1813, there occurred in Saccarappa a 
destructive fire of mill property. The story preserved at 
the time in print is as follows; the loss sustained by the 
Quinby clan can be gathered somewhat from the closing 
paragraph of the article: 

Destructive Fire 

Wednesday, the 24th of September, at Saccarappa, 
were destroyed by fire, the paper mill, with its whole ap- 
paratus, about twenty tons of rags (excepting four or five 
tons partly consumed, preserved after the fire subsided) 
and about twenty reams of writing paper; three saw mills; 
the clothier's dye house; and a large building containing a 
grist mill and fulling mill, and two machines for carding 
wool. The cloth, most of the wool, and the carding ma- 
chinery were fortunately saved. 

The fire originated in the paper mill, and was first 
discovered between one and two o'clock in the afternoon. 
All persons had left it as early as nine or ten in the fore- 
noon. In 10 or 12 minutes after the fire was first dis- 
covered, this group of buildings were all in flames. Many 
other buildings, saw mills, houses and barns, from four or 
five to fifteen or twenty rods distant, and in one or two in- 

The Quinby Family 233 

stances at a much greater distance, took fire from the light 
coals carried by the wind, which by extraordinary exertion 
were extinguished. 

"Much praise is due to all present for their activity, 
and especially to the females who rendered very essential 
service, without whose aid the fire would probably have 
spread much further, as many men of the place and vicinity 
were absent at the muster at Gorham. 

"The paper mill belonged to Messrs. Partridge & 
Tower, one saw mill to Samuel A. Proctor, one to Joshua 
Webb, and one to Joseph Partridge, Nathan and Moses 
Quinby, and the heirs of G. W. Quinby; the gristmill to 
Nathan and Moses Quinby; the carding machine to Moses 
Longfellow, and the fulling mill and dye house to Benjamin 
B. Foster. The loss cannot be estimated at less than 10 
to 20 thousand dollars." {Eastern Argus, 7 Oct. 1813). 

The fulling mill, dye-house, etc., purchased in 1806 by 
Moses Quinby, were sold the same year to Mr. Foster. 

Sept. 10, 1828, Moses Quinby conveyed to his son, 
"Moses Quinby 3d," his homestead farm, house and mill. 
The designation of "3d" was because there was another 
Moses Qui^nby residing in the town at Stroudwater. Chil- 
dren of Moses' and Abigail (March) Quinby, born at Sac- 

340. I. Benjamin Fbanklin^ Quinby, ("Franklin") born 10 

Sept. 1789 (see); 
II. Mary' Quinby, born 20 Apr., 1793; married by Rev. 

Mr. Hillyard at Scarborough, Me. 23 Dec. 1813, 

to David Larrabee; she died 20 July, 1863, aged 

70 y. 3 m.; 
III. Harriet' Quinby, born 11 July, 1797, died 3 Feb. 

1798; . , 

IV. Harriet" Quinby born 22 Feb. 1799; married 20 

Mar. 1820, Theodore Procter; 
V. Elizabeth' Quinby, born 16 Mar. 1801; married 

10 Oct. 1822, James Procter; 

341. VI. MosBS' Quinby, born 3 May, 1805 (see); 

VII. Abigail' Quinby, born and died 3 May, 1805; 

342. VIII. Aaron' Quinby, born 3 May, 1810 (see). 

Note— The birth dates are from Harriet' (Quinby) Procter's Bible, now 
in possession of Arthur H.» Quinby of Liverpool, England; some of theeaxher 
paragraphs above in quotation marks are from a long article by L. B. l^nap- 
man, in Deering News, 11 Oct. 1899. 

121. Simeon* {Benjamin^, Joseph*, Robert^, Robert^) 
born 27 Nov. 1767, at Somersworth, N. H.; married 10 
Aug. 1790, at Portland, Me., Sally, daughter of John and 
Mary (Fabyan) Brackett. Simeon appears on the tax list 

234 Thk Quimbt Family 

of Saccarappa, 1814, as assessed for part of a house, $95. 
He died a few years after his marriage, and his widow was 
married second, 17 Nov. 1799, to Thomas Mayberry • at 
Portland, by Rev. Caleb Bradley. Children of Simeon': 

I. Nancy' Quinby, married 17 Feb. 1811, at Portland, 
to Charles Alden of Limerick, Me., by Rev. Caleb 
343. II. Charles' Quinby, born 4 Apr. 1794 (see); 

III. Charlotte ' Quinby, born ; she lived to an 

advanced age, and never married. Her name ap- 
pears as a subscriber to the Westbrook Social 
Library in 1840, of which year the list has been 

Note — This family is mentioned in Deering News, 16 Nov. 1895, and 27 
Apr. 1905; N. E. Family History, II. 132; Chapman's "Waterhouse Family" 
p. 18. 

122. Robert' (Daniel^, Joseph*, Robert', Robert '^) 
born 23 May, 1753, at Amesbury, Mass.; married 25 Dec. 
1777, at Amesbury First church, Sarah Sargent, born at 
Amesbury 14 Dec. 1762, died 20 Aug. 1819. He received 
a deed of land from his father 1 Oct. 1781 (bk. 138, p. 
259). In 1790 the United States census shows that he was 
one of two heads of Quinby families at Amesbury, the 
other being his father, Daniel, who died the next year. 
In 1790 Robert's family consisted of himself, the only 
male, and four females, evidently his wife, Sarah, Betsy S. ^, 
and another, perhaps a servant. 

He had some military service, as he appears on the 
records as Lieut, and is so named on his gravestone. He 
was on the list of subscribers for shares in the Amesbury 
and Salisbury Academy in 1804. He died at Amesbury 25 
Jan. 1843, of old age (Mass. Vital Rec). 

The ancient slate gravestones in the old part of the 
Union Cemetery at Amesbury are inscribed as follows: 

Lieut. Robert Quinby, Born May 23, 1753; Died, Feb. 
26, 1843; Aged, 90y. 

In Memory of Sarah Quinby, wife of Robert Quinby, 
who died Aug. 20, 1819, in the 57th year of her age. 

His inventory shows he was a considerable land owner 
in and around his home, and at the time of his death he 
owned eight pieces of real estate, comprising 135| acres. 
Children, born at Amesbury, Mass.: 

I. Daniel ' Quinby, born 2 June, 1779, died 5 Feb. 
II. Sarah' Quinby, born 9 July, 1783; married Daniel 
Gale of Amesbury; the stones in the Gale lot in the 
Union cemetery at Amesbury, Mass., are inscribed 

The Quinbt Family 235 

as follows: Daniel Gale died Nov. 25, 1852, aged 
72 yre, 8 mo. Sally Quinby, wife of Daniel Gale, 
died Aug. 22, 1864, aged 81 yrs. Dear Mother thy 
sufferings are o'er, thy rest begins with Jesus thy 
hope, in Heaven thy home; Farewell till we meet 

TTT -,*°ov«- Robert Q. Gale died Mar. 1, 1837, aged 24. 

m. Elizabeth Sargent' Quinbt, born 27 Mar. 1785- 
married Thomas Weed of Amesbury; ' 

344. IV. Robert' Quinby, born 25 June, 1797 (see); 

Letters of Thomas Weed Quinby 

"The house in which I was born was situated in Lionsmouth 
so-called, about one mile from the center of the "Mills Village " 
Amesbury, Mass., so-called, from the fact that woolen mills are 
there and prior to these mills, iron mills were in operation, scythe 
factory, etc. 

Powwow River was the dividing line between Amesbury and 
Salisbury and stone bridges covered the stream in the village. 
The west end of the town was set off in 1876 as a town named 
Merrimac. Since that time a part of Salisbury was annexed to 
Amesbury. The Lionsmouth road on which I lived leads from 
Amesbury to Newton, N. H. The house, like many others, faced 
the southeast, had two front rooms and chambers, with long 
kitchen on the N. W. with bedroom in south end. An ash tree 
cut down when my father was 21 years old, started again, and 
when he was sixty it measured 2f feet in diameter. When I was 
4 years old we moved into a new house and the old house was 
sold. The house stood on the south side of the street or high- 
way. My grandfather and father lived in this house. Do not 
know whether great grandfather lived there or not. My father 
had a brother Daniel who died in infancy. Aunt Sally married 
Daniel Gale, aunt Betsey married Thomas Weed; these aunts were 
born in the old house." (Letter of Oct. 1909). 

"The first house owned or built by a Quinby at Amesbury 
was opposite the Timothy Currier house in Lionsmouth in Ames- 
bury on land that afterwards belonged to Philip Jones, Sr., and Jr. 
The house in which I as well as my father was born stood facing 
the southeast. My father sold the old house to William B. Gale, 
who used some of the lumber in building a blacksmith shop on 
School street in the village. The new house that father built 
faced north opposite the house owned by Philip Jones. This 
house and part of the farm I sold to Levi T. Currier in 1869." 
(Letter of 9 July, 1912). 

Will of Lieut. Robert • Quinby 

(Env. 51205, No. 1.) In the name of God amen, I Robert 
Quinby of Amesbury, in the county of Essex and Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts, Gentleman, being advanced in age and weak in 
body but of a sound mind and memory blessed be God therefor 
Do make this my last will and Testament, First of all, I commit 
my soul to God in hope of his mercy through Jesus Christ and 
my body to the dust to be decently buried after my decease by 
my executor hereinafter named in hope of resurrection to immortal 

236 The Quinbt Familt 

life, and as touching such wordly estate as it hath pleased God to 
endow me with, I give, demise and dispose of the same in manner 
as hereinafter mentioned. 

First. My will is that all my just debts, funeral expenses, 
and the cost of the settlement of my estate to be paid by my 
son Robert out of what I have given him in this will, and that 
my said son receive for his own use all my Just demands. Item. 
I give, devise and bequeath unto my son Robert Quinby, all that 
tract or piece of land belonging to my homestead adjoining land 
of Thomas Currier 3d and adjoining land which I have heretofore 
conveyed to my said son by deed exclusive of swamp land, be the 
same more or less. I also Give and devise unto my said son a lot 
or tract of salt marsh containing six acres more or less, the same 
being situate in Salisbury at the Hickeltipicelties so-called, the 
same adjoining marsh of Aaron Eaton, Jacob Rowell and others, 
and a^iso a barn standing thereon. I also give and devise unto 
my said son one-half of all the rest and residue of my real estate 
situate in Amesbury and elsewhere. I also give and bequeath 
unto my said son two-third parts of all my personal estate of every 
kind, the above I give to my said son and his heirs and assigns 

Item. I Give, devise and bequeath unto my daughter Sally, 
wife of Daniel Gale and to my daughter Betty, wife of Thomas 
Weed all the rest and residue of my real and personal efftate 
which I have nol; herein otherways disposed of, the same to be 
equally divided between them, the above I give to them and their 
heirs and assigns forever. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my grandson Daniel Quinby 
Gale a son of my daughter Sally above named, one hundred dol- 
lars, one-half thereof to be paid to him by my son Robert Quinby 
out of what I have given him in this Will, when he attains to 
lawful age, and the other half thereof to be paid to him by my 
said daughters when he attains to lawful age as aforesaid, out of 
what I have given them in this Will, and above I give to my said 
grandson and his assigns, anything contained in this will to the 
contrary notwithstanding. 

Finally, I hefeby appoint and constitute my said son Robert 
Quinby sole executor of this my last Will and Testament. 

In Witness whereof, I the said Robert Quinby, have here- 
unto set my hand and seal this seventh day of December, A. D. 
one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five. 


Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named 
Robert Quinby to be his last will and testament in the presence 
of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to 
the same in the presence, and at the request of the testator and 
in presence of each other. 

Philip Jones 

Sargent Moody 2nd (?) 

Jacob Brown. 

123. Jonathan" (Benjamin^, Benjamin*, Robert*, Rob- 
ert^). The records at Amesbury, Mass., give the eldest son 
of Benjamin* as John, born 11 Jan. 1748-9. Benjamin 

The Quinby Family 237 

removed to Hopkinton, N. H., about 1770 with his family, 
and within three or four years Benjamin's only brother, 
Jonathan*, followed him to Hopkinton. They with their 
families seem to be the only Quinby residents at Hopkinton 
at the time. 

The problem is to account for this Jonathan ^ His 
tombstone at Hopkinton says he was aged 71 when he 
died 19 Apr. 1820. It is evident that he was therefore not 
a son of Jonathan % who was not married till 1755. Ben- 
jamin*, on the other hand, married Elizabeth Lowell 25 
Feb. 1748, and their first child "John" appears on the 
record the following January. We have full records of all 
the sons of both brothers Benjamin* and Jonathan^ except 
this "John," while of Jonathan we have complete data. 
The Association Test was signed at Hopkinton in 1776 by 
two Jonathans; if they had been father and son one would 
have probably signed as junior, the names being on the 
same document, though separated by forty-seven other 
signatures. Confirming the idea that Jonathan ^ is the 
son of Benjamin* is the fact that on that document 
their signatures are together (VIII. N. H. State Papers, 

Still more convincing evidence is the United States 
census report of 1790, which give Jonathan and (his eldest 
son) Isaac as heads of families in Hopkinton side by side; 
the names of one hundred and sixty-four other heads of 
families then follow, before we come to Benjamin and 
Jonathan as heads of families, also side by side. These 
four are the only heads of Quinby families on the census 
of 1790 in Hopkinton, and their position indicates that 
Benjamin* and young Jonathan lived in quite a different 
part of town from Jonathan* and his son Isaac. 

Jonathan* probably lived on the land deeded to him by 
Daniel Flanders of Hopkinton, 28 Feb. 1781, for fifty 
bushels of Indian corn. The tract was "eight acres, more 
or less." The grantee was called Jonathan Quinby, Jr., 
evidently to distinguish him from his uncle Jonathan* who 
was also a recorded grantee of land in Hopkinton. Land 
was also deeded to Jonathan «, 3 Nov. 1781, by Edward 
Stevens of Brentwood, N. H., for thirty-nine pounds. He 
is styled in the deed, Jonathan Quinby of Hopkmton, hus- 

bandm£i,n. , • i. t v. 

He had a military career, the record of which i have 
not identified. It is stated that he was a recruit in the 
.Revolution in 1781; and he is styled "Ensign" on various 
later records. 

238 The Quinbt Pamilt 

Jonathan and wife Molly of Hopkinton deeded land 
there 14 Feb. 1805, to Timothy Flanders of that town. 

The United States census of 1810 gives Jonathan of 
Hopkinton and his wife, aged over 45, also a male and 
female over 26, who I suppose were Polly and perhaps the 
husband of the newly married Betty; also a male and a 
female between 16 and 26, who I suppose were John and 
Betty; and a girl under 10, probably the infant of the 
newly married couple. 

Jonathan married Mary George, born 1753. She died 
10 Mar. 1850, age 96y. 10m. (4 N. E. H. and G. Reg. 294). 

Jonathan died at Hopkinton 19 Apr. 1820. His will, 
on the probate records of Hillsborough county, N. H., 
dated 19 June, 1819, probated 17 May, 1820, mentions 
wife Mary, daughters Polly and Betsy and sons John, 
Enos and Thomas. Ensign Jonathan and wife "Moley" 
(as the town clerk spelt it) had the following children born 
at Hopkinton (except Enos) : 

345. I. Enos' Quinbt, born 30 Jan. 1775 at Salisbury, 

N. H. (see); 

346. II. Thomas' Quinbt, born 31 Jan. 1777 (see); 

III. Mart' Quinbt, born 4 June, 1781; married to 

Oliver Clement 6 Feb. 1812, by Thos. Bailey, 
J. P., at Hopkinton; 

IV. Elizabeth' Quinbt, born 14 Sept. 1787, married 

18 Aug. 1808, at Hopkinton to Joseph, son of 
Eastman' and Martha Hoyt of Windsor, Vt., 
born 21 July, 1786, and had eight children; 

347. V. John' Quinbt, born 18 Aug. 1790 (see); 

124. Benjamin* (Benjamin^, Benjamin*, Robert', Rob- 
ert^) bom 15 Oct. 1761, (South Hampton, N. H, records). 
He was a young lad when he came to Hopkinton with his 
father. He entered the Army at the age of twenty (see 
record following). He afterwards was married by Rev. 
Cornelius Waters at Goffstown, N. H., to Susannah Harvey 
of Derry ot Londonderry, N. H., and they had eleven 
children. The census of 1790 gives Benjamin as the only 
one of the name heading a family at Enfield; he had one boy, 
under 16 years old, and two girls. Mrs. Susannah died in 
1814; Benjamin, Jr., lived 7 years a widower, then married 
Gertrude Stanley and lived with her without issue until 
his death 31 May, 1837, at Enfield, N. H.; administration 
papers on file at Woodsvilfe, N. H. Children, probably 
all boi-n at Enfield, N. H.: 

I. Elizabeth ' Quinbt ("Betsey") born 21 June* 
1786; she never married. 

The QuiNBY Family 239 

II. Susan ' QuiNBY, born 10 Mar. 1788; she never mar- 
ned; in 1850 she lived with Mr. Dunham's family 
at Marshfield, Vermont; 

III. Benjamin' Quinby, Jr., born 21 July, 1789; "he 

went to Canada with his brother John in the 

year 1815; no tidings of them since;" both are 

__, _ mentioned in the father's administration papers; 

IV. Sarah' Quinby ("Sally") born 4 May, 1791; mar- 

ried Philister Joy of Plainfield or Meriden, N. H., 
no issue known; 
V. John' Quinby, born 17 Dec. 1792; (see Benjamin' 
above) ; 

348. VI. James' Quinby, born 12 Oct. 1794 (see); 

VII. Mary' Quinby, born 17 Jan. 1797; married William 
Farnham and lived at Thetford, Vt.; no issue; 
VIII. Rosamond ' Quinby, born 5 Sept. 1798; called Ro- 
sanna in her father's administration papers; mar- 
ried Elias Bascom of Bethel, N. H., and had chil- 
IX. Freeman' Quinby, born 31 July, 1801; died at an 
early age; 

349. X. Harvey' Quinby, born 15 Sept. 1803 (see); 

350. XI. Dunham' Quinby, born 12 July, 1805 (see). 

The Census of 1810 gives this entire family with com- 
plete accuracy as to number, age and sex, living at Enfield, 
Grafton county, N. H. 

War Record 

(Pension Office Jacket 185558, Invalid File No. 18558. Ben- 
jamin Quinby, Private; Revolutionary War. Act of June 7, 1832. 
Index vol. I., page 306. (Arrangement of 1870) (New Hampshire 
921). Benjamin Quinby of Enfield, in the state of New Hamp- 
shire who was a private in the company commanded by Captain 
Foy of the regiment commanded by Col. Scammel in the New 
Hampshire line for six months from 1781. Inscribed on the Roll 
of New Hampshire at the rate of 20 dollars per annum to com- 
mence on the 4th day of March, 1831. Certificate of Pension 
issued the 22nd day of Oct. 1832, and sent to Timothy Kenwick, 
Lebanon, New Hampshire. 

Affidavit of Benjamin Quinby, aged 70 years, dated July 17, 
1832, sworn to before Edward Webber, Judge of the Probate 
Court and Moses Dow register of said court: That he enlisted 
and served in the 1st company commanded by Capt. E. Foy of 
Colonel Scammel's regiment he thinks, but then under the im- 
mediate command of Major Scott. He enlisted 1 June, 1781, 
was at the time a resident of Hopkinton, N. H., and from thence 
marched and joined the army at White Plains in July, 1781, from 
thence to Peekskill, thence to Gallows Hill, thence to Soldiers 
Fortune, thence to Fishkill Landing, thence by water to Albany, 
and from thence to Saratoga, where he was discharged in Decem- 
ber, 1781. 

Affidavit of Daniel Stickney and John How of Enfield, New 
Hampshire, sworn to before John Bryant, Justice of the Peace; 

240 The Quinbt Family 

dated 24 July, 1832; "That we were residentb of Hopkinton, 
New Hampshire, at the time of the Revolutionary war, and were 
there well-acquainted with Benjamin Quinby, now of Enfield, and 
well remember that said Quinby went into the service in 1781 
and did actual service as we then understood, and do now verily 
believe, for the space of six months in Capt. Foy's company of 
Col. Scammel's regiment." Moses Flanders of Enfield, New Hamp- 
shire, does "depose and say that to my knowledge Benjamin 
Quinby of said Enfield with whom I was acquainted previous to 
the commencement of the Revolutionary war, did enlist under 
Capt. Ebenezer Foy, company of Col. Scammel's New Hampshire 
regiment in the month of June, 1781, for the term of six months 
and served all the term of his engagement. I was at and during 
said time a member of said company." 

125. Isaac* (Jonathan^, Benjamin*, Robert', Robert') 
born 21 Jan. 1753, according to the record of Amesbury, 
Mass. In 1777, he enlisted as a private in Capt. Joshua 
Bayley's company in Col. Thomas Stickney's regiment, in 
Gen. Stark's brigade. "The company marched from Hop- 
kinton in July, 1777, and joined the Northern Continental 
Army." Isaac enlisted 22 July, 1777, and was discharged 
17 Sept. 1777, having been "1 mo. 27 da. in service," at 
£4:10sh. per mo., amounting to £8:11 sh. with 15sh. for 
travel to "Charleiston No. 4," sixty miles at 3d. per mile, 
and £1:1 :8d. for travel home, 160 miles at 2d. per mile, 
all of which totalled £10:7:8. The payroll, verified 22 Nov. 
1777, showed that Isaac had received £4:10sh. and that 
there was a balance due him of £5:17:8. (XV. N. H. 
State Papers, 183). 

Isaac married Lucy, daughter of Dea. Stephen and 
Judith Sargent of Amesbury. "They lived many years in 
Deering, N. H., and then moved to East Unity, N. H., in 
the autumn of 1813." 

Isaac is named in the U. S. Census of 1790 as head of 
family at Hopkinton, N. H., consisting of himself, one boy 
under 16 and three females. Nov. 7, 1792, Jonathan Quin- 
by, Isaac Quinby, Ruth Quinby, Lucy Quinby (father, son 
and wives), sold land in Deering, (being part of the land 
laid out of the proprietors of Bow) for 234 pounds. In the 
census of 1810 he and his wife, still of Deering, are over 45; 
they have children thus — a boy, over 16 and under 26; a 
boy and a girl between 10 and 16; and a boy and a girl 
under 10. 

Isaac, his wife Lucy and others deeded 13 July, 1797, 
to Moses Sargent, land in Amesbury (Essex Registry, 
Salem, Mass., vol. 162, p. 202). Feb. 20, 1811, Lucy Quin- 
by and Isaac Quinby, of Deering, sold land in Hopkinton — 

The Quinby Family 241 

formerly owned by Stephen Sargent, deceased, for 60 dollars. 
Sept. 5, 1811, the same parties sold land in Hopkinton, 
formerly owned by Stephen Sargent, late of Hopkinton, 
deceased; Cheshire county records (Sullivan county was 
set off from Cheshire in 1827). Benjamin Huntoon, Jr., 
of Unity made to Isaac Quinby of Deering June 28, 1811, 
for $800, a lease for 999 years, of a tract of land lying in 
Unity and being in the first range of 100 acre lots, num- 
ber 26, 100 acres except half an acre at the southeast cor- 
ner of said lot, said lot originally drawn for a school lot; 
also part of lot No. 25, in the first range of 100 acre lots, 
150 acres more or less and originally drawn for a minister lot. 

Isaac * died in Unity in 1813. By petition of his 
widow, Lucy Quinby, a brother, Benjamin Quinby, of 
Deering, was appointed administrator, 15 Sept. 1813. An 
inventory of his property was filed 29 Nov. 1813, showing 
real estate valued at S525 and personal property at $354.30; 
20 June, 1816, the widow's third was set off upon her peti- 

Benjamin* Quinby, administrator of Isaac* Quinby of 
Unity, N. H., sold to Stephen ' Quinby the highest bidder, 
47 acres, parts of lots 25 and 26 in the first range, for 
$166, 2 Sept. 1816 (liber. 76, p. 250, Keene (N. H.) deeds). 

Benjamin * Quinby, administrator of Isaac * Quinby of 
Unity, sold to Jacob Chase forty acres of land in Unity, 
part of lot 26, 2 Sept. 1816, 7 Dec. 1816 (liber. 75, p. 134, 
Keene deeds); 16 Jan. 1817, the administrator rendered his 
accounts, showing payments of $1,056.17, and receipts from 
real estate and personal property of $730.27, leaving $325.90 
due the administrator. 

Deeds are also on record as follows: Benjamin Quinby, 
admr., to Jacob Chase, 2 Sept. 1816, $188, 40 acres; Benj. 
Quinby, admr., to Stephen Quinby, 3 June, 1820, $63, 37 
acres, the widow's dower excepted during her natural life; 
Stephen Quinby to James Cunningham, Jan. 8, 1817, $250, 
47 acres, "being a part of lots No. 25 and 26 in the first 
range of lots." This joins a lot set off to Lucy Quinby in 
the estate of Isaac Quinby deceased. (Compare deed of 8 
Jan. 1817, by Benjamin Quinby to James Cunningham). 
Isaac* and Lucy (Sargent) Quinby's children, born at 
Deering, N. H. : 

I. Elizabeth ' Quinby, married Jonathan Colby, had 
Lydia and Hiram, and died at Hillsboro, N. H.; 
II. Ruth' Quinby, married to Lewis Churchill of Cor- 
nish, 3 May, 1826, at Unity, by Francis Chase, 
J. P.; she had one child and died at Cornish; 


242 The Quinby Pamilt 

351. III. Stephen' Quinby, born 16 Dec. 1793 (see); 

IV. Jonathan' Quinby, born 1796, never married; died 
at Unity, 1868 (see Sarah below); 
V. Sakah' Quinby, born 1799, never married; the 
United States census of 1860 shows her and her 
unmarried brother Jonathan living at Unity with 
their married brother Isaac; she died 4 July, 
1886, at Hillsboro, N. H.; 

352. VI. Isaac Quinby, born 24 Apr. 1807 (see); 

Note — This family ia given by Rev. Silas E. Quimby in his monograph 
on Benjamin Quinby and Descendants, published at Bristol, N. H., (1910); 
also mentioned in the History of Henniker, N. H. 

126. Benjamin*, {Jonathan^, Benjamin*, Robert", Rob- 
ert^) born 24 Feb. 1768, at Amesbury, Mass., and removed 
when about six years old with his parents, to a farm in 
Hopkinton, N. H. He married at Henniker, N. H., 17 
Nov. 1791, Keziah Bickford of Hopkinton (born 10 Jan. 
1773, died 14 Jan. 1833). They moved immediately to a 
farm in Deering, N. H., where they made their home. The 
U. S. census of 1810 gives them all. About 1813, they 
moved to Unity, N. H., and there died. He died 17 Mar. 
1834, at the home of his son Benjamin ^ 

His son, Rev. Silas', wrote 26 July, 1872, to Rev. 
Hosea Quinby, as follows: 

"Benjamin, my father, moved to Deering, N. H., where 
he had nine children born; four died there; then he moved 
to Unity, had one more. Six children lived to maturity, 
three sons and three daughters. He died at the age of 66. 
He used to write his name Quinby, but we boys have writ- 
ten it Quimby. One word: all of the Q's of my acquaint- 
ance have been industrious, prudent, honest; mostly farmers 
— one machinist, three preachers." He bought and sold 
land in Unity as is seen by the following abstract of deeds 
from the Cheshire county records: 

22 Nov. 1813, Benjamin Huntoon, Jr., to Benjamin 
Quinby, land in Unity "being a part of lot No. 25 in first 
range of lots and is the remaining part of said lot after 
taking off 30 acres off the west side of the lot which I 
deeded to William Jackson; a>nd a piece I deeded to Isaac 
Quinby off of the east side of said lot." Supposed to be 
49 acres more or less. 

30 Apr. 1814, William Jackson to Benjamin Quinby 
for $111, land in Unity, part of lot No. 25 in the first 
range of 100 acre lots, containing 24 acres. 

22 Jan. 1816, Benjamin Quinby sold to James Brigham 
of Lempster for $500, land in Unity, containing about 73 

The QuiNBY Family 243 

acres more or less, "and is a part of lot No. 25, in the first 
range, and contains the whole of said lot except about 21 
acres on the east thereof now owned by the heirs of Isaac 
Quinby, and about six acres at the southwest corner of 
said lot, now owned by William Jackson, and is the whole 
of the farm I now live on and improve." This land was 
reconveyed by James Brigham to Benjamin Quinby 8 Jan. 
1817, and was on the same date conveyed by Benjamin 
Quinby to James Cunilingham of Hillsborough. 

It is stated that Benjamin lost all his property by 
going on a bond for a friend, and that for years he was 
extremely careful to keep the doors of his house locked, as 
the law of the time is said to have permitted the sheriflF to 
enter and levy upon the contents of a house if he could 
enter peaceably. The Sullivan county (N. H.) records 
show that his estate was insolvent at his death. Children 
of Benjamin * and Keziah (Bickford) Quinby, born at Unity 
except X.: 

I. Infant', born and died at Deering; 
II. Infant', born and died at Deering; 

III. Dorothy' Quinby, born 4 Nov. 1795; married by 

Francis Chase, J. P., 6 Jan. 1825, to Jacob Chase 
of Unity; they had sons Sylvester and Rev. 
Michael R.; she died Aug. 1828, at Unity; 

IV. Michael' Quinby, born 7 Mar. 1798; died before 

Sept. 1805; 
363. V. Benjamin' Quimby, born 18 Oct. 1800 (see); 

VI. Joseph' Quinby, born 10 Mar. 1803; died young; 

354. VII. Michael ' Quimby, born 3 Sept. 1805 (see) ; 

VIII. Keziah' Quinby, born 19 July, 1808; she married 
John L. Brewster and had Marquis, Celia A., 
Plumer, and Rev. Leroy S.; 

355. IX. Silas' Quimby, born 19 May, 1811 (see); 

X. Lorenda' Quinby, born at Unity, Apr. 1814, died 
28 Apr. 1831. 

Note — Rev. Silas E. Quimby's book contains much of the foregoing, and 
our thanks are due him for the material about land transfers. Two of the 
three sons who grew up became ministers, and all three spelled their names 
Quimby as their descendants do. 

The great grandsons of John^ {Robert^) numbered from 
128 to 185 inclusive with their sons of the 7th generation, 
numbered from 356 to 477 inclusive^ are omitted from this 
volume. They all spell the name Quimby. 

186. Joseph* (Henry ^, Philip*, Joseph'', Robert^) born 
16 May, 1762, at Amesbury, Mass., says the town record. 

244 The Qthnby Family 

The family record gives variously 16 May, 1763 and 1764, 
at Newbury port, Mass. The U. S. census of 1790 indicates 
that he l,ived with his father's family at Newbury, Mass., 
at that time. The next mention of him is in the U. S. 
records which show that a patent for an invention in saw- 
mills was granted to Joseph Quinby of Boston, 25 Apr. 
1806, which must have been the same Joseph. 

Joseph removed to Charleston, South Carolina, where 
he engaged in shipbuilding, and "held a commission as an 
officer in the militia for thirty years, with rank of captain, 
during which time he served in the war of 1812." He 
married 2 Jan. 1794, Elizabeth Speissegger. He was 
drowned 16 Mar. 1818, in the Stone River. He had the 
following children, born at Charleston (only four married) : 

478. I. Henry M. ' Quinby, born 18 Nov. 1794, died 2 Oct. 


479. II. Joseph' Quinby, born 14 Oct. 1796 (see); 

480. III. Thomas' Quinby, born 12 Oct. 1798 (see); 

IV. Susan' Quinby, born 31 Mar. 1801, died 6 Sept. 

V. Elizabeth ' Quinby, born 10 Aug. 1802; married 
David Bell, Jr., and died 16 Sept. 1873, at New 
York city (see obituary following); 
VI. George' Quinby, born 1 July, 1804;' died 14 Dec. 
VII. William ' Quinby, born 2 Jan. 1806, died Sept. 

VIII. Mary' Quinby, born 8 Nov. 1808, died 18 Oct. 

481. IX. Edwin '.Quinby, born 19 Sept. 1810, died in 1852 

at Sacramento, California; 

482. X. Laurence' Quinby, born 12 Aug. 1812 (see). 

Mrs. Bell's Obituary 

"In the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Quinby Bell, relict of the 
late David Bell of Charleston, S. C, (of which city they were 
both natives) which occurred in the city of New York, on the 
16th day of September, 1873, whither she had gone to be present 
at the marriage of her youngest son, her family and friends have 
sustained a loss so great, and are called upon to endure a grief 
so deep and holy, that the most eloquent words of condolence 
can but seem as meaningless and empty, and attempts of con- 
solation and comfort appear intrusive. Nor will this feeling be 
confined to her immediate family and circle of intimate friends, 
none who, even of her most casual associates, but will deeply 
sympathize with the bereaved mourners whom this visitation more 
directly affects. From early youth to vigorous maturity, and 
thence down the slope to her allotted 'three score years and ten,' 

'As one who wraps the drapery of her couch about her 
She lay down to pleasant dreams.' 

The QmNBY Family 24:5 

her daily walk was a perpetual example of unpretending piety, 
continuous good works and unfailing charity to all who came with- 
in the sphere of her influence. Fervently and unaffectedly be- 
lieving 'He doeth all things well,' that terrible double affliction 
she was called upon to bear in the loss of her husband and second 
son upon the same day — during the war — wrung from her 

'No loud laments, not one unseemly word;' 

humbly, patiently and hopefully she bowed to the stroke, and 
murmuring to her bereaved heart, 'the Lord giveth and the Lord 
hias taken away,' courageously addressed herself to the task of 
impressing upon her stricken family the duty of resignation and 
fortitude. Endowed by nature with mental powers and moral 
attributes that would have charmed and adorned any society, she 
preferred to limit their unostentatious exhibitipii to her own 
family and the comparative few who were so fortunate as to be- 
come her intimate friends, all of whom found in her up to the 
last, both in precept and example, their best counsellor, guide and 

"Fervently pious, she never approached fanaticism or asceti- 
cism; firm in all of her convictions she never questioned the 
honesty of opinion of those with whom she differed; rigid and 
exacting with herself as to the performance of every duty, she 
was ever lenient and charitable to the failings of others. A loving 
wife, a devoted, affectionate, self-sacrificing and watchful mother; 
a sympathetic yet always prudent friend, and a humble, devoted 
Christian, she continually strove to discharge faithfully every duty 
of life, never going out of her way to seek burdens and diflficulties 
whereby to magnify her own merit, but doing whatever 'her 
hand found to do, in the fear of the Lord.' 

"That such a mother and friend should be mourned with a 
grief commenstrate with the reverential affection inspired by the 
manifold virtues and excellencies exhibited in her daily life, is 
naturally inevitable, but even the bereaved son and daughter, 
whom this visit of the 'dread messenger' most poignantly afllicts, 
must find some alleviation of their sorrow in the reflection that 
for such a character, death could have no terrors; that after a life 
of usefulness and self-denial, she has now merely exchanged the 
temporal for the eternal service and praise of Him in whose fear 
she lived and died. ^- ^- ^• 

Note— BeH. David' Bell, born in England in 1768, died at Charleston, 
Sniifh Carolina 7 Oct 1844. His son, David * Bell, Jr., was born 15 Mar. 
1801 at Charleston, married EUzabethir Quinby, and died at GramteyiUe 
S C 5 Apr. 1864. They had Edwin Quinby' Bell, Sr., born at Charleston; 
he had I Edidn Quinby* Bell, Jr., born 19 July, 1874, at New York City; 
marrfed i6 Wr 1900, Alma W., daughter of Charles Read Shaw. He has 
been for years a distinguished member of the real estate fraternity and of that 
branch of journaUsm of New York City and edits that department in the 
N Y Md7ll. Catherine Sadler' Bell, born 13 July, 1876, at New York 

'*^NoTE-A slave belonging to Joseph! Quinby, then to his daughter, Mrs. 
Bell was the "Mammy" or nurse of Edwin Q. Bell, Sr., and was known as 
pinny "Quinby." The slaves very frequently assumed the name of the family 
oSg them^From Joseph Quinby's slaves there may perhaps be a negro 
Quinby family somewhere. 

246 The Qudiby Family 

187. Moses* {Henrys, Philip*, Joseph*, Robert^) born 
23 June, 1764, at Amesbury, Mass. The family record 
says 11 June, 1765. He was married 2,5 Apr. 1790, by Rev. 
Mr. Kimball to Elizabeth Hunt, at Newbury, Mass. Both 
the intention and the marriage are on record there. The 
census of 1790 names him as head of a family at Newbury, 
consisting only of himself and his bride. The census of 
1810, gives his residence as Newburyport, Mass. Besides 
his wife he thjen had two girls under ten, and one between 
ten and sixteen years of age. He died 4 July, 1811; Eliza- 
beth his widow died 29 Mar. 1822, at Newburyport. 

Children, born at Newbury, Mass.: 

I. Hannah' Quinbt, born 20 Sept. 1791; one Han- 
nah's intention of marriage with Dudley Hanly is 
recorded 27 May, 1805, at Newburyport; and 
there is a marriage of one Hannah at Newbury- 
port recorded 29 Nov. 1815, to David Emerson 
of Weare, N. H.; 
II. Susan' Quinbt ("Sukey") born 27 July, 1793; she 
died unmarried 14 Mar. 1870, of general debility, 
at Salisbury Mills, Mass., "aged 77y. 7m. 15d." 
Thomas J. Clark was appointed administrator in 
April, 1870; among the claims allowed against 
the $1336 in the estate was $288 to Henry Bart- 
lett for two years' board. She was aged 77y. 7m. 
according to her tombstone, which further says: 
"Death does not part us though it seems too." 
483. III. Moses' Quinbt, born 25 Jan. 1799 (see). 

188. Henry', (Henry ^, Philip*, Joseph^, Robert'') was 
born 11 June, 1766, at Amesbury, Mass. He married 

Eliza and lived at Newburyport. Eliza his wife 

died there 30 Sept. 1810. He seems to have been the 
Henry who married 25 July, 1824, Mehitable*, daughter 
of Joseph' and Tamsen (Twambly) Waldron. She was 
born 25 July, 1789, and died Mar. 1858. (Mehitable's 
sister Sarah married George W.^ Quinby (Benjamin ', Ben- 
jamin^, Joseph*, Robert^, Robert^). She and her ancestry 
are mentioned in V. N. E. Hist, and Gen. Register, p. 205). 
They may have been the parents of Susan Ann, born 1826; 
George W., born 1829, and Lydia J., born 1833; but this 
Henry's advanced years lead me to believe they were the 
children of his son Henry '. 

The United States Cepsus of 1810 gives Henry as 
head of a family comprising his wife aged between 26 and 
45, with another woman of like age, also two girls and a 
boy between 10 and 16 years old; and two boys under 10. 

Children of Henry » and Eliza Quinby, born at New- 
buryport, Mass.: 

The Quinbt Family 247 

484. I. 

Joseph' Quinbt, born 9 June, 1796; 
II. Maky Ann ' Quinby, born 29 Mar. 1798; 
III. Harriet' Quinby, born 19 July, 1800; married 
Daniel Smith, 26 Nov. 1818, at Newburyport; 
their intention of marriage is also on record; 

485. IV. William Currier' Quinbt, born 22 Dec. 1802; 

his marriage intention with Hannah Dearborn of 
Greenland, N. H., was recorded 31 Jan. 1829, at 

486. V. Henry' Quinby, born 14 Nov. 1805 (see); 

VI. Eliza ' Quinby, born 9 Apr. 1809, died 11 Apr. 1809. 

189. Philip* {Henry \ Philip*, Joseph^ Robert^) born 
9 Apr. 1777, at Amesbury, Mass. He always spelled his 
name Quinby and it is so recorded in the family Bible. 
He was a carpenter. He married 13 Dec. 1797, at New- 
bury, Sarah Foss, born at Newmarket, N. H., who died of 
palsy at Haverhill, Mass., 16 Nov. 1852, aged 82. He 
died at Haverhill of inflammation of the bowels, 15 May, 
1855, "aged 80." (See N. E. Hist, and Gen. Reg. 1853). His 
will was proved in Essex county, Mass., 26 June, 1855. 

The U. S. census of 1810 gives Philip as head of a 
family at Newbury, Mass., consJfeting of himself, a boy 
under 10, evidently Philip'; a girl between 10 and 16; two 
women between 26 and 45, one of whom no doubt his wife 
and two women over 45. The census olf 1850 gives Philip, 
age 76, and Sarah aged 81, living together at Haverhill, 
Mass.; his real estate worth $1500. 

In Dec. 1879, after the death of the widow of his son 
Philip, Jr., an administrator of an undivided balance was 
appointed on petition of the following, the only then lega- 
tees and heirs at law of Philip': C. O. ' Quinby, Caroline 
Sanborn and Susan M. Quinby. The property amounted 
to $3090.19, of which a house and lot on School st. was 
appraised at $1200, and a house and lot on Chestnut st., 
$955. The old geiitleman had evidently loaned Philip, Jr., 
$700, and taken a mortgage on the home of the latter, so 
that when Mary J., Philip Jr.'s wife, died, it was sold and 
the proceeds went to his children as heirs of their grand- 
father Philip, Sr., instead of to the next of kin, who got 
only the balance of her estate, about $36.00 each. Children 

I. Maria ' Quinby, born 8 Mar. 1799, at Newbury- 
port; married Sawyer; died before 1852; 

II. Ann' Quinby, born 26 May, 1801 (Newbury record); 
died 16 Feb. 1802; 
487. III. Philip' Quinby, born 2 Mar. 1803, at Newbury- 
port (see). 

248 The Quinby Family 

Will of Philip • Quinby 

Know all men by these presents that I Philip Quinby of 
Haverhill, in the county of Essex and Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts, being in ill health and of sound and disposing mind and 
memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament, 
hereby revoking all previous wills by me at any time heretofore 

First, I hereby constitute and appoint Edmund Kimball, 
Esq. of Bradford in said county, to be my sole executor of this 
my last will and directing my said executor to pay all my just 
debts and funeral expenses and legacies hereafter given out of my 

Second, I give and bequeath to my son Philip Quinby, Jr., 
my chest and all my carpenter tools. 

Third, I order the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars to be 
laid out and expended by my said executor, in the purchase of 
proper tomb stones or monument, and in the fencing and other 
proper improvements of the burial lot owned by me in the Haver- 
hill cemetery. 

Fourth, after the payment of my just debts, funeral expenses 
and legacies aforesaid I give and bequeath to my wife Sarah 
Quinby the use and income of all my remaining estate both real 
and personal to have and to hold the same during her lifetime. 

Fifth, after the death of my beloved wife, I give and be- 
queath to my son Philip Quinby, Jr., the use and income of five- 
ninths of all my remaining estate real and personal during his 
natural life, after which I give, bequeath and devise the same to 
his children Mary, Susan, Sarah, Otis and Catharine to be dis- 
posed of by them or their guardians and divided equally among 

Sixth, as soon as may be after the decease of my wife, my 
will is that the remaining four-ninths of my real and personal 
estate be divided into four parts and be deposited in the Haver- 
hill Savings Bank for the benefit and in behalf of the children of 
my deceased daughter Mariah Sawyer, whose names are Charles, 
Daniel, Martha-Ann and Edward Sawyer and there remain until 
each arrive at the age of twenty-one years at which times each 
one will be entitled to one-fourth part which I give, devise and 
bequeath to them forever. 

Seventh, I constitute and appoint Edmund Kimball Esq. 
my executor, to be trustee of all the property mentioned in the 
fourth, fifth and sixth articles of the above will and to dispose of 
the same agreeable to my request. 

In testimony whereof I the said Philip Quinby have to this 

my last will and testament set my hand and affixed my seal this 

fourth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight 

hundred and fifty-two. t,i -t ^ • , 

Philip Quinby. 

The Quinby Family 249 

Signed, sealed and delivered by the said Philip Quinby as and 
for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his 
request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have 
subscribed our names as witnesses hereof. I. B. Aldrich, C. W. 
Wentworth, John Edwards. 

190, Eben' (Henrys, Philip*, Joseph\ Robert^) born 
25 Feb. 1788, at Amesbury, Mass. The Newbury record 
says 1786. He was married at Salem, Mass., 6 Nov. 1808, 
to Priscilla Teague, by Rev. S. Worcester, and he died 12 
July, 1832. Children: 

I. Harriet" Quinby, died in 1835; 

488. II. Joseph W." Quinby, born 1825 at Haverhill, Mass. (see) 

191. Moses « (Josiah\ John*, John", John^, Will- 
iam^) born 18 Mar. 1749, at Orange, N. J.; married first, 
in 176-, Mary, daughter of Moses and Susannah (Dodd) 
Baldwin; married second Lydia (?Lyon), who died about 
April, 1834, in which year, 11 Oct., her will was probated. 
Mr. Quinby was township assessor; his home was on the 
site now occupied by the station of the Greenwood Lake 
Railroad (Erie R. R., Oranjge branch). He died in 1825 
at Orange. Mr. Quinby's first three children by wife Mary 
were baptised 16 Oct. 1774, in the Mountain Society, (First 
Presbyterian church) at Orange. Moses and his wife en- 
tered into covenant with the same church society the same 
day. Children: 

I. Lois ' Quinby, born 29 Oct. 1767; married Henry Force, 
a Revolutionary soldier and pensioner, born 1765, 
died 1829; she died 1814, and their grandson, 
J. F. Force, Esq., 651 South Pasadena av., Pasa- 
dena, Cal., the genealogist of that family, says 
she became a member of the Mountain Society, 
of Orange, N. J., and that she had at least thir- 
teen children, of whom eight were sons; 

489. II. Caleb' Quinby, born 15 Sept. 1770 (see); 

490. III. JoTHAM' Quinby, born 31 May, 1773 (see); 

491. IV. Hiram' Quinby, born 5 Sept. 1775 (see); 

V. Eliza' Quinby ("Betsy") born about 1780; bap- 
tised 29 Apr. 1781, in the church at Morristown, 
N. J.; married 10 Nov. 1803, John, son of David 
Porter, of Morristown, born 14 Mar. 1781; she 
died about 1824-5; their son John Porter, born 10 
Dec, 1815, married his second cousin, Catherine* 
Quinby {Daniel'', Aaron", Josiah^) and died 11 
Dec. 1892; 
VI. Sarah' Quinby, born 1783-5, married Isaac Tappan 
(born 1782, died 1850); they lived at Hanover 
Neck, N. J.; she died 13 Oct. 1822; 
VII. Deborah' (or Rachel') Quinby, married Daniel 

250 The Qthnby Family 

192. Aaron* (Josiah^, John*, John*, John*, Will- 
iam') born 1764 at Orange, New Jersey; married first, 
Phoebe Hedden; she died 14 Feb. 1787, in the 28th year 
of her age and is buried in the old Orange cemetery under 
a slab of brown sandstone. Aaron married second, Jemima 
Downer. He died 28 Oct. 1824, and has a white marble 
slab in the old cemetery at Orange. Children: 

492. I. Daniel' Quinby, born 16 Nov. 1780 (see); 

II. Lydia' Quinby, born 1782, died 16 July, 1845; 
married 25 Dec. 1808, Stephen P. Brittin, born 
1783, died 1854; they had seven children; 
III. Ruth' Quinby, married at South Orange, 8 May, 
1804, Dea. Peter, son of Stephen and Naomi 
(Condit) Peck, born 4 Jan. 1784; they had seven 
children; Deacon Peck married second, Rhoda 
Harrison; he died 5 Jan. 1865. 

193. JosiAH' (Josiah^, John*, John'', John'', Will- 
iam'^) born 15 May, 1762, at Orange, N. J. He, like his 
father, is constantly called Josias in various records. It 
is said that the record of Revolutionary pensions shows his 
name, with the words: "lived in Hanover township, Morris 
county, from 1768." He moved to Troy Hills, N. J., and 
located in 1797 on the farm where David E. Quinby lives 
(1899; History of Morris County), "and erected the first 
gristmill on the Parsippanty brook at Troy Hills. He later 
purchased a farm and engaged in the manufacture of shoes 
for the southern trade. He was a Presbyterian and Whig." 
He married first, Phoebe Harrison of Orange, born in 1760; 
she died 26 Dec. 1813, "aged 50" (her brother Amos Har- 
rison was an early settler at Troy Hills; his grand-daughter 
Sarah Louisa married David Eugene* Quinby). Josiah ' 
Quinby married second, 22 June, 1814, Susannah Baldwin 
of Troy, Morris county, by whom he had no children; she 
was born 15 June, 1777, died 9 Dec. 1857, and is buried at 
Parsippany. Josiah died 25 Mar. 1836. 

Mr. Isaac Quinby Gurnee of Butler, N. J., says: 
"About 1903 I questioned uncle Eugene (David E. Quinby) 
who resembled Josias of Troy who died in 1835; he said he 
remembered him well and that my uncle Dewitt C. Quinby 
resembled him greatly. You will note from their portraits 
that each had a nose strongly Roman, as had Martha 
(Quinby) DeHart. Emma (Quinby) Cobb, my mother's 
sister was a strong featured woman, had a Roman nose and 
a strong mind." Children of Josiah ' and Phoebe (Harri- 
son) Quinby: 

493. I. Josiah' Quinby, born 2 Feb. 1783 (see); 

II. Ann ' Quinby, married Sylvanus Howell and moved 

Daniel DeHakt, 

husband of Martha'' (Qiiinby) De 
Hart (pl'.oto by J. Kirk, Newark, 
N. J.) (p. 251) 

Martha? Qdinbt DeHart, 

daughter of 193.Josiah'i Quinby (p. 

AXN" (Quinby) Howell, Eachki. hi.' ((^uixiiv) Green 

(Photo, by G. W. Mnnley, Akron, 0.) (Photo, by W. IT. Rolfs, Newark, 

(p. 250.)' N. J. (p. 251.) 

njTTr.MTKRS nv Ifl.'i.lo.SIAH''' QUINBY. 

The QuiNBT Family 251 

to Copley, Summit county, Ohio; had one child, 
Anna Marie, who married Rowland Leonard and 
had son Clyde, born about 1880; 

494. III. James H. ' Quinby, born 1786 (see); 

IV. Jemima' Quinbt, married 10 Mar. 1804, William 
Davis of Orange; 

495. V. Isaac Quinby, born 2 Mar. 1788 (see); 

VI. Martha' Quinby (like several other Marthas of 
this family, she was usually called "Patty") born 
27 Sept. 1789, married 17 Aug. 1813, Daniel 
DeHart who was born 20 July, 1780 (29 July, 
1787, says Mr. Gurnee) and died 6 May, 1868; 
Martha died 11 Sept. 1872; both buried at Parsip- 
pany; their son Robert caused the following in- 
scription to be cut on her gravestone: "Friend, 
sister, wife, mother: To each of these sacred 
titles the steadfastness of her Christian faith gave 
peculiar sacredness; but especially does her un- 
tiring mother-care remain an undying benediction 
to her children; and oh, the kiss she gave us ere 
she died, softens our spirit still." The composer 
of this unusual epitaph was superintendent of 
schools at Morristown; 

496. VII. Moses' Quinby, born 1 Apr. 1791, died 19 Nov. 

1836, aged 45y. 7m. 19d. at Parsippany, un- 
VIII. Phoebe ' Quinby, married 23 Nov. 1825, by Rev. 
John Ford, to Stephen DeHart; Mr. Gurnee, who 
supplies the portraits herewith, mentions her de- 
scendants as Brainerd Childs of Kansas City, who 
has no children; and Jane, who married Oliver 
Freeman, lived at Newark and had one son, John, 
who died in Tennessee, and it is said', left one 
child; Mrs. Phoebe is living at 17 Monroe st., 
Bloomfield, N. J., (1913) with Mrs. Mary Ann (Quin- 
by) Gurnee; 

497. IX. David Smith ' Quinby born 17 Apr. 1795, at Orange 

X. Rachel S. ' Quinby, born 28 Oct. 1800; married 20 
Dec. 1820, Robert A. Green of Hanover; "she 
lived at Troy Hills all her life; I remember her 
well; she resembled the Quinby family very 
strongly," says Mr. Gurnee. Mr. Green was 
born 2 Oct. 1796, died 14 June, 1884, (10 June, 
says Mr. Gurnee). She died 18 Feb. 1888 and 
both are buried at Parsippany. Their daughter 
Mary H. Green married 24 May, 1847, Thomas 

Notes.— Daniel DeHart who married Martha' Quinby and Stephen De 
Hart who married Phoebe' Quinby were brothers of Sarah DeHart who mar- 
ried Isaac ' brother of Martha and Phoebe Quinby. The Qumbys also mter- 
married several times with the Harrison family of Newark; Mr. Gurnee says 
they are said to be "related to the Harrisons of Virgmia from whom our two 
Presidents came." It is said that a very complete list of the descendants of 
Josiah' Quinby is in the possession of Arthur Kimball, 64 Dodd St., East 
Orange, N. J. Mr. Isaac Quinby Gurnee, of Butler, N. J., is the recognized 
historian of this branch of the Quinbys; he has studied the subject much and 
has published several articles about the family. 

252 The Quinbt Family 

A. Smith. Miss Eleanor A. Smith of Troy Hills 
gives her grandmother Rachel's birth date as 8 
Feb. 1800 and says her death occurred 28 Oct. 

Quinby Reunion, 1914 

A reunion of members of the Quinby clan descended from 
193Josiah ', and particularly of those who live near the old church 
at Parsippany, was held at the chapel there on Saturday after- 
noon, 3 Oct. 1914. After greetings had been exchanged, a bounti- 
ful luncheon was served. The chairs were then removed to the 
lawn and the following exercises took place: 

Address of Welcome, Miss Eleanor A. Smith; 
Remarks, Thanking the Committee, Mr. Arnot Quinby; 
Poem, by Miss F. Elizabeth Quinby, read by Miss Applegate; 
The Origin of the Quinbys, Mr. Henry C. Quinby. 

Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Howell, Miss 
E. A. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Arnot Quinby, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin 
R. Quinby, Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Quinby, Mrs. Edwin S. Wil- 
son, Mrs. James H. Quinby, Miss F. Ehzabeth Quinby, Mr. and 
Mrs. Charles W. Wingfield, Mrs. William S. Applegate, Mrs. 
Brainard, Mrs. Ehzabeth Wright Acken, Mr. and Mrs. Robert 
T. Racey, Miss Maria D. Green, and many of the Howell and 
Applegate young folks. Mrs. Howell, Mrs. Applegate, Mrs. Wil- 
son, Mrs. Brainard and Miss Smith, the committee, received much 
sincere praise for the splendid feast and admirable arrangements. 

194. Joseph' (Josiah^, John*, John^, John^, Will- 
iam^) born 1768, Orange, New Jersey; he married first, 1 
Oct. 1796, Mrs. Sarah (Ross) Pierson, born 6 May, 1777, 
a widow, daughter of James and Hannah (Thompson) 
Ross; she died 18 Apr. 1803. Joseph was married second 
15 Apr. 1804, by Rev. Dr. McWhorter of Newark, N. J., 
to Mary, daughter of Dr. Philemon Elmer of Westfield, 
N, J. Dr. Joseph Quinby died 26 Mar. 1835, at West- 
field, N. J., it is said without issue, though this may be 
incorrect, there being some mention of children by his 
second wife, who died in 1842. 

The following is from the Newark Daily Advertiser: 
"Essex County District Medical Society, Newark, N. J,, 
28 Mar. 1835. Intelligence having been received this morn- 
ing from Westfield of the death of Dr. Joseph Quinby, a 
respected physician of that place, and a member of this 
society from its institution, agreeably to a standing regula- 
tion provided for such cases, the members of the Society, 
in token of their respect for the memory of the deceased, 
will wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days. 
Samuel H. Pennington, Sec'ty. N. B. Publishers of papers 

The Quinbt Family 253 

in the County are respectfully requested to insert the above 

It is a family tradition that Dr. Joseph « was fond of 
spKorts, such as horseracing — a characteristic of some of 
th;e family. 

195. John* (Josiah^, John*, John^, John\ Will- 
iam^) born in 1770 at Orange, N. J. (The statement by 
Miss Marie Antoinette Quinby in Lewis & Co.'s Genealo- 
gical History of New Jersey, that this John was wounded 
in the battle of Brandy wine in 1777, serving in the First 
battalion. Second Establishment, First regiment is mani- 
festly erronenous, for his gravestone in the old cemetery 
at Orange says that he died 3 June, 1839, in his 69th year 
which would make him only seven years old at the time of 
the battle. The Revolutionary soldier is probably 196 
John *, whose line is not given in this volume) . 

John * Quinby married first, Hannah, daughter of Isaac 
Crane, born 4 Aug. 1773, died 4 (or 14) May, 1813; John 
married second, 26 Oct. 1815, Sarah, daughter of Isaac 
Smith, born 21 May, 1781, died 13 Feb. 1865. John and 
his two wives are buried at Orange, where he and Hannah 
have white marble headstones and Sarah a granite one. 
Children : 

I. Joanna' Qtjinby, born 1801; married 29 Dec. 1836, 
Lemuel C. Cole of Cheshire, Mass., and died in 
Michigan; Mr. Cole married second, 1849, Susan 
P. Stone; 
II. Martha' Quinby (called "Patty"), born 6 Aug. 
1804, married John G. Smith, born 19 Sept. 1807, 
of Opalitka, Alabama, and lived at Orange; she 
died 26 Nov. 1867; he died 4 Dec. 1885 (Dodd 
says 1895); 

498. III. Joseph' Quinby, born 1807-8, died at Orange in 

1846, unmarried; 

499. IV. John L. ' Quinby, born 1811, died in New York 

state in 1847, unmarried; 
600. V. William Smith' Quinby, born 26 Sept. 1819 (see). 

Numbers 196 to 216 inclusive with their sons numbered 
from 501 to 550, are omitted from this volume; they are de- 
scendants of Robert \ who populated Morristown, N. J., and 
spelled the name Quimby and include the Nicholas Em- 
mons ' Quimby family, the Solomon « Quimby family of Ohio; 
also the descendants of James'', of Marlborough, N. Y., and 
of Ephraim^, of Rensselaer county, N. Y. 

254 The Quinby PAMHiY 

217. Ephraim ' {Samuel ', Ephraim *, Josiah*, John *, 
William') born 5 Feb. 1792, near Warren, Ohio, a physi- 
cian, educated at Jefferson College, where he boarded with 
his sister Sarah and was a college mate of Dr. Williams 
Heaton, who married his cousin Elizabeth ' {Ephraim ^ 
Ephraim*). He lived at Marietta, Ohio. He married 
first, 12 July, 1825, Sarah, daughter of Maj. John and 
Priscilla (Devoe) White of Marietta, and resided there. 
The descendants all give her name as Sarah White; Mrs. 
Beebe and another say Sarah Guiteau; perhaps she had 
both names. She died at Marietta. Children: 

I. Julia A. ' Quinbt, born 3 Apr. 1826; 
II. Emmeline Minerva ' Quinbt, born 28 Oct. 1828, 
at Marietta, and there married 24 Feb. 1853, John 
Gray Stephenson, who was born there 23 Jan. 
1826, son of John and Louisa (Protsman) Step- 
henson; in 1911 she lives with her granddaughter, 
Mrs. M. H. Helford (nee Emeline L. Stephenson) 
at 1938 Vermont Ave., Toledo, Ohio, having rented 
her Marietta home; 

551. III. Geobge Francis' Quinbt, born 6 Mar. 1831 (see); 
IV. Sarah T. ' Quinbt, born 5 Nov. 1834; 

552. V. William' Quinbt, was living at Marietta, Ohio, in 

1892; "William Quinby married Mrs. Martha 
Jones 21 Aug. 1879, Marietta, Ohio" (II. Old 
N. W. Quarterly, lU); 

Dr. Ephraim* Quinby married second, Angeline Stew- 
art, and had: 

553. VI. Charles Stewart ' Quinbt, born 7 June, at Mar- 

ietta, 1855 (see). 

Note. — As showing how tradition grows out of nothing in two generations, 
I mention the fact that a grandchild of Dr. Ephraim says her Quinby grand- 
parents came from England. 

218. Samuel* {Samuel^, Ephraim*, Josiah^, John*, 
William') born 2 Sept. 1802 at Sharon, Pa.; married Olivia, 
born 1807, daughter of John Rankin of Hickory, Pa. Sam- 
uel • died in 1886 at Sharon. In 1850, says the census, he 
was a tavern keeper at Sharon, owned at least $1200 of 
real estate, and he and his wife lived there with eight of 
their children (numbered below, II., IV., V., VII. to XI.) 
Children, born at Sharon: 

I. Teresa' Quinbt, born 1827, married Samuel Wat- 
II. Mary' Quinbt, born 1829, married James M. 

Willson, and died 1903; 
III. AcHSAH ' Quinbt born 1832 in Ohio, married Joseph 
Hunter; died 19 Dec. 1890; 












The Quinbt Family 255 

554. IV. John Rankin' Quinby, born 1834, in Ohio: died 

V. Olivia' Quinby, born 1836 in Ohio; married first, 

Charles Cook; she married second, Samuel Watson; 

died 1900; 
Charles' Quinby, born 1838; died 1839; 
Julia' Quinby, born 1839, married Samuel Liddle; 

died 1902; 
Samuel C. ' Quinby, born 1842, died 1864; 
QuiNCY Adams' Quinby, born 11 Feb. 1844 (see); 
James Lewis ' Quinby, born 1847 (see) ; 
Lauba' Quinby, born 1849, died 1851; 
Habry C. ' Quinby, born 1851 (see). 

219. Charles S. « {Samuel^, Ephraim*, Josiah^, John*, 
William^) born 1806 near Warren, Ohio, and soon went 
with his parents to Sharon, Pa. Later he returned to 
Ohio, and married Laura Almira Adams of Girard, Ohio. 
He died aged 61 at Sharon, Pa., where she also died. Chil- 

I. Nancy De Forest' Quinby; 

II. Teresa Carver' Quinby, married T. C. Hendryx 
and lives (1912) at 5127 Ascot ave., Los Angeles, 
Calif.; he died at Los Angeles, 10 Sept. 1914; 
559. III. Samuel Augustus ' Quinby, born 30 Mar. 1844, at 
Sharon (see); 
IV. AcHSAH Park' Quinby married Jacob Hess and 
lives (1912) at 235 South Dock st., Sharon, Pa.; 
Jesse Reeves' Quinby, lives (1912) at Sharon, Pa.; 
Ephraim Frederic ' Quinby, lives (1912) at Sharon, 

Frank Benjamin' Quinby (see); 
Charles Smith Emmens ' Quinby (see); 
Laura Starlight' Quinby; 
Lewis Reno' Quinby (see); 
George ' Quinby, dead before 1912. 

Note. — Mrs. Beebe mentions one Charles S. Quinby as having died 19 
Oct. 1864 aged 64. 

At this point should probably be included 220a ' the 

father of 568Elijah'' Quimby of Millington, Maryland, whose 
numerous line will await another volume in order if possible 
to determine his exact connection with the earlier generations. 














221. Samuel « (Ephraim^, Ephraim*, Josiah\ John*, 
William^) born 28 Nov. 1794, in Washington county, Penn., 
married Lucy Potter, daughter of Rev. Lymaji Potter of 
Steubenville, Ohio, by whom he had six children. She 
died in 1833. He married second, at Warren, Ohio, 27 
Oct. 1847, Mrs. Emma (Bennlett) Brown of Hartford, Ohio, 

256 The Quinby Family 

born 6 June, 1815. There were two children, both sons, 
born of this marriage. Of Samuel's eight children, only 
Mrs. Abbie P. Haymaker of the first marriage and George 
H. Quinby of the second, are living in 1911. The oldest 
three, (two boys and a girl) died in infancy. The first 
six were born at Wooster, Ohio, and there the first Mrs. 
Quinby was buried. Mr. Quinby then removed to Warren, 
Ohio, with his children Abigail, Elizabeth and Samuel, and 
died 4 Feb. 1873 (1874, says History of Wayne County) 
at Warren. Children, born at Wooster, Ohio: 

I. Ephbaim ' Quinby died an infant, by 1850; 
II. Bishop^ Quinby, died an infant, by 1850; 
(One son died 1841; another 1850). 

III. Nancy ' Quinby, died an infant; 

IV. Samuel' Quinby, died aged eight, of scarlet fever; 
V. Elizabeth ' Quinby, born 8 Apr. 1827; married 

William R. Stiles, 15 June, 1853, and settled at 
Warren, Ohio; she died 27 Mar. 1893. Mr. 
Stiles was born 27 Apr. 1827 and died 16 Sept. 
VI. Abigail P. ' Quinby, born 23 Sept. 1830, at Wooster, 
Ohio; married 3 Mar. 1858 at Warren, Ohio, Jesse, 
son of Frederic and Mary Haymaker; she lives at 
139 North Market st., Wooster, Ohio, and has 
be/^n a valued correspondent of mine upon the 
genealogy of her branch; 

569. VII. James' Quinby, born at Wooster, 1848-50, "died 

years ago;" 

570. VIII. George H. ' Quinby, born 13 Apr. 1852; married 

Sophia (Moore) Crafts, 4 Mar. 1876, at Warren; 
she was born at Parkman, Ohio, daughter of J. L. 
and N. E. (Johnson) Moore. Mr. Quinby is an 
invalid from paralysis and lived in the family 
mansion at Warren; in 1914, at Parkman, Ohio; 
no children. 


"Samuel Quinby, son of Judge Quinby, throughout a long, 
active and honorable public career, continued to maintain the 
e|aviable name and reputation established by his father. He was, 
at an early age, appointed Assistant Postmaster at Warren, by 
General Simon Perkins, the first Postmaster of the territory. He 
was clerk in his father's store from 1814 to 1817, and during the 
last named year he became one of the proprietors of the Western 
Reserve Chronicle, one of the oldeist journals on the Reserve, which 
position he held till 1819. Upon the election of the late John 
Sloane to Congress from the Sixth District of Ohio, he was ap- 
pointefd, by Presid€&it Monroe, to succeed Mr. Sloane in the office 
of ReceivejT of Public Moneys of the United States Land Office for 
the district, of land^ subject to sale, at. Wooster, Ohio, removing 
hither in May, 1819. During his residence in Woostar he was 

The Quinbt Family 257 

aTonpl*pin^/.*^^ ^^'^ party for Congress, and although it was 
?hP nffilfof p^'*'-^^ 'TJ^L>'' ^^^^"^oe of his ticket. He held 
that of Treasurer of Wayne county from the year 1822 to 1838. 
^no+i, rT • ^ returned to Warren, where he lived until his 
«t!fr™" ■^""^e.'^ost of his life political discussions were usually 
Onf^^ ^1a *"'"^"i«^*- 1° the election of 1828 he supported John 
2^«K^ Tf fo/ President; and when the political temp^t 
which overwhelmed his administration for its alleged ^travagance 
and corruption broke upon the country and defeated his r€helec- 
tion, and ejected Gene/ral Jackson in his stead, the triumphant 
party did not succeed in displacing Mr. Quinby, as was the case 
generally of others, though great efforts were made for that pur- 
f^^t' ij u"^^ *^® administration of General Jackson he continued 
u-i- •* °^^^ °^ Receiver of Public Moneys at Woostei-, his 
ability, integrity and purity of character, and the high esteem in 
which he was held as a faithful public officer, at home and at 
Washington, having insured him against removal from office. His 
well known hostility to slavery transferred his allegiance from the 
Whig to the Republican party, of which he continued an esteejmed 
and influential member to the close of his life. He was twice 
dected to the Senate from Trumbull county, serving full terms — 
the first in 1844 and the second in 1861. He was for many years 
a director of the Western Reserve Bank, and the associate of Per- 
kins, Parsons, Freeman, and others, who gave the institution its 
good name and reputation. 

"The twenty years, principally of official life, spent by Sam- 
uel Quinby in Wayne county, defines an era in its history. Having 
but few predecessors, he inaugurated the Augustan age of public 
and private virtue. He left an example of official purity and per- 
sonal integrity worthy of emulation for all time. He was not a 
politician, according to the construction of that term in these 
d^ys of corruption, misrule and mal-administration. When ele- 
vated to positions of honor and public trust he was chosen be- 
cause of his signal fitne'fes for the place, and he discharged its 
duties with punctilious fidelity and scrupulous regard to his con- 
scientious as wdll as his official obligations. No temptation or 
illicit motive swayed or swervefd the infl^ible bent and purpose 
of his aim. His official reputation is without a stain. His public 
records are models of methodical system, aptness and efxactndps. 
His p^manship is in the perfection of the art, ekch work a litho- 
graph, and as symmetrical as the scrivener's of old, who, after 
a long life of devotion to his art, died with the King's syllables 
upon his p^ii. A promise with him was equivalent to its fulfill- 
ment. Honesty was inscribed upon his shield; it was the rule of 
his life, and the assurance of that possesion by the humblest 
citizen entitled him to Mr. Quinby's consideration. 

"The surviving pionejers of the county bring united testimony 
to his noble impulses and genfltous disposition. . He appeared at 
a crisis in their midst when they sorely needed a counselor and 
whefa substantial assistance be^came one of the unforgotten boons. 
As treasurer of the county for many years he had opportunity of 
knowing the financial distresses of the toiling, moneyless settlers. 
With this lattet class is where Mr. Quinby rose to the dignity of 
the pioneer's true friend. We have it from the lips of old men 


258 The Quinbt Family 

yet living in Wayne county that upon a candid and truthful 
ret)resentation of their financial condition, he voluntarily paid 
their taxejs for years, never exacting a cent of interest, and only 
asking back what he paid, and ailording any reasonable time to 
pay it in. To those who spoke regretfully of leaving comfortable 
homes in other States, and talkefji of selling out and returning, he 
addressed worths of encouragem^t, saying, "This is a great coun- 
ty, let us make it our children's." A decided affirmative answer 
to the question, "Will you stay with us and help fight our bat- 
tlra?" relieved the heavy heart of many a penniless tax-payer. 

"His name is today laden with a fragrance in the memory of 
the pioneers, and they r^Vert to his manifold kindnesses with sighs 
and sadnefes. Such a man, in such times of trial rises to the maj- 
esty of a benefactor, and such a life leaves more than a transient 
impression upon the age and period where its activities are dis- 
played. He was a prominent and respected member of the Bap- 
tist church in Warren, and his daily life and conversation illus- 
trated the virtue^ of the Christian gentleman. Of the six children 
by the first marriage, two only, and of the first by the second, 
one only, survived him. He was an older brother of Ephraim 
Quinby, Jr., a biographical sketch of whom appears in this work. 

"It is emphatically evident that the Quinby family was an 
enviably prominent one. In their successful operations for the 
development of the resources of the country, they have demon- 
strated a high order of business ability and commercial integrity. 
Their personal example and laudable endeavors to elevate the 
moral religious tone of the communities in which they moved,, 
celebrate their virtues and the excellencies of their lives. The 
unstained and unimpeachable characters they maintained in the 
various positions of responsibility and honor entrusted to them by 
the people constitute an enduring monument." (Levi Cox, His- 
tory of Wayne county). 

222. William B. ' (Ephraim^, Ephraim*, Josiah*, 
John*, William^) born 24 Nov. 1799, in Washington county, 
Pa.; married Sophronia, daughter of Rufus and Lydia 
(Paine) Spalding, says a family record. The Vital records 
of Norwich, Connecticut, say: "William Quinby of Warren, 
Ohio, and Sophronia M. Spalding of Norwich, were mar- 
ried there 6 Apr. 1826, by Rev. Joseph Strong." Mr. 
Quinby died 11 Dec. 1871. Children: 

I. Thomas G. ' Quinby, died in infancy; 
II. William Rufus' Quinby, died in infancy; 
571. III. William Thomas' Quinby, born 18 Jan. 1833, at 
Pittsburgh, Pa. (see) ; 
IV. James ' Quinby, died in infancy; 
V. Augusta Matilda ' Quinby, died in her 19th year, 

Note. — William T. ''s son William P. says that these are all of William 
B«'8 children, and that except as above, the birth dates are not known. 

224. Warren B. • (Ephraim^, Ephraim*, Josiah*, 
John', William^) born 3 Nov. 1807, at Warren, Ohio; 

The Quinbt Family 259 

died there 9 Apr. 1897. Children by Catherine, daughter 
of Cornehus and Mary Boyd: 

572. I. William ' Quinby, born 29 Apr. 1835, at Lordstown, 

Ohio (see); 

II. ?Samubl' Quinby, died young; 

by Rebecca Hixon: 

III. (?female) ' Quinby, died young. 

-„„j^o''^""r'^r*''^^ ^"J" infor™at»o»i to Miss Jane Boyd, Catherine's sister, 
f! M 'aTu° ^^^V*** David Quinby, R. F. D. 7, Warren, Ohio (1911), and 
to Mrs. Abbie P. Haymaker, Warren, Ohio. 

225. Ephraim* {Ephraim^, Ephraim*, Josiah\ John^, 
William^) born 13 Apr. 1810, at Warren, Ohio; married 
Jane (?) McConahay; he was a large owner of real estate in 
Cleveland, Ohio. His home was at Wooster, Ohio, where 
he died 30 Jan. 1880. 

Ephraim' Quinby came to Wooster, 0., from Trum- 
bull county. "He married Catherine, daughter of David 
McConahay who represented Wayne county in the Ohio 
legislature in 1825 and was associate judge. Ephraim 
was a wise and prudent man," says a local history, "and 
acquired a large fortune, mostly in real estate, located in 
many of the western cities, but largely in Wooster, which 
was improved by him and constituted very largely the 
first steps of progress of this beautiful city. Wooster re- 
ceived its first impulse in 1868, when he gave twenty one 
acres of land upon which the college is located; he con- 
tributed additionally to the endowment of the university; 
he established the Wayne county National Bank, which 
yet exists as one of the most prominent banks of the city." 
His son was: 

573. Edward McConahay' Quinby, born 21 Feb. 1851, at 
Wooster (see). 

227. George* {Ephraim^, Ephraim*, Josiah*, John*, 
William^) born 28 Aug. 1815, at Warren, Ohio; married 17 
May, 1855, at Bucyrus, Ohio, Wilhelmina Regina Moffett, 
born 17 Dec. 1832, at Hagerstown, Md., daughter of Will- 
iam and Elizabeth (Shuman) Moffett. The 1900 directory 
of Wooster, Ohio, gave George and Regina as living at 65 
South Market st. George Quinby died at Wooster 18 Apr. 
1904. In 1910 his widow was living at 103 East Jacob st., 
Louisville, Ky. She died in January, 1914, at Los Angeles, 
Cal. The obituary notice says: "The Quinby family 
moved from Bucyrus to Wooster where they were promi- 
nent in both civic and social affairs. The name is revered 
by local citizens and the death of this aged lady Wednes- 

260 The Quinbt Family 

day morning will be met with universal sympathy" (Woos- 
ter Democrat, 9 Jan. 1914). The Quinby block, a building 
at the northeast corner of the Public Square at Bucyrus 
perpetuates the name. Children of George • Quinby: 

574. I. James Moffett' Quinby, born 25 Mar. 1856 (see); 

575. II. Charles L. ' Quinby, born 1 June, 1858 (see) ; 

III. Susan Scott' Quinby, born 3 Mar. 1861; married 

6 Sept. 1881, at Wooster, George E. Kline and 
lives (1911) at 535 Ormsby st., Louisville, Ky.; 

IV. Sarah B. ' Quinby, born 1 Mar. 1863, died 17 Dec. 

V. Nancy L. ' Quinby, born 23 Aug. 1867, married 1 
June, 1892, Harvey H. Laubach, lived at Pitts- 
burgh, Pa., and later moved (1910) to California. 

228. Daniel* (Moses ^, Aaron*, Josiah', John^, Will- 
iam^) born probably in Westchester county ( a descendant 
says at Henrietta), N. Y., 3 mo. 9, 1778. The Friends' 
records show that he married at Purchase, Westchester 
county, 11 mo. 14, 1798, Anne, daughter of David and 
Naomi Halstead of Harrison in the same county ("marriage 
intention 10, 11, 1798; 11, 8, 1798; reported accordingly, 
12, 13, 1798"). The Frost Genealogy (p. 117, makes the 
following statement in which I italicise the errors: "David 
Quinby married 11 July 1803, Anna, born 16 Dec. 1775, 
daughter of David and Patience (Barnes) Halstead of Long 

The census of 1810 gives Daniel Quinby and wife as 
under 45 years of age, living at Northeast, Dutchess coun- 
ty, N. Y., his family including two girls and a boy all 
under 10 years old, and one girl and a boy between ten and 
sixteen years old. 

Daniel married second, Deborah Powell. A deed of 
1822 mentions him as a Quaker preacher, resident of Free- 
dom, Delaware county, N. Y. His is the family of Hick- 
sites (Unitarian Friends) recorded in the list of the Roch- 
ester Monthly Meeting, Henrietta Preparative Meeting, in 
1828 as follows: "Daniel and Deborah, adults; Elijah, 
Naomi and Henry, minors." The marriage of Hannah in 
1824 at Henrietta is the only Quinby vital record found 
on the index of the Farmington Monthly Meeting, Ontario 
county, established in 1803. Daniel's family is the only 
branch of our name mentioned; all at Henrietta. The 
Friends' minutes there show that Deborah, Rev. Daniel's 
wife, was appointed on the Committee in 1838 and was 
appointed an Elder, 1 mo. 24, 1845. 

The minutes of the Hicksites at the Henrietta Monthly 
meeting, (says William W. Cocks of Mendon) show that 

The Quinby Family 261 

Daniel was active from the first. Thp record begins at 
the end of 1825, and in the following year he took his first 
minute of unity in the Henrietta meeting, 12 mo. 29, 1826. 
He requested a certificate o/ unity for a religious visit in 
southern and western states 5 mo. 28, 1830, and a com- 
mittee was appointed to confer with him as to his tem- 
poral concerns. They reported next month they believed 
his affairs were agreeably adjusted, and the certificate was 
granted. Daniel took also a certificate of unity tO the 
Westbury and Purchase Quarterly Meetings. He requested 
a similar certificate 2 mo. 26, 1836, "to pay a religious 
visit to the inhabitants of Great Britain, Ireland and some 
parts of the continent of Europe, more particularly Holland 
and Norway." 

The committee reported the following month, that 
"owing to some embarrassment occasioned by his being 
security for others, which is not fully settled, they have 
not seen the way clear to prepare a certificate for him." 
Daniel took such a certificate to the same parts however, 
with the great unity of the Meeting, 2 mo. 24, 1837. He 
took a certificate of unity to visit the families of Rochester 
Monthly Meeting, 3 mo. 24, 1837, and in December of the 
same year took a certificate to visit the Junius Monthly 
Meeting, which had been set off in 1815 in Ontario and 
Seneca counties, from the Farmington Monthly Meeting, 
which had itself been set off in Ontario county from Sara- 
toga in 1803. The Rochester Monthly Meeting, Monroe 
county, was set off from Farmington in 1825. 

In 1849, Daniel Quinby, (continues Mr. Cocks) having 
taken a certificate of unity to the Ph^adelphia and New 
York Yearly Meetings, returns it by writing, 6 mo. 22, 
1849, that he had been "taken with indisposition of body," 
so that he could not attend all the meetings he had felt 
a "concern" to visit; and concludes his letter, "from your 
tribulated brother, Daniel Quinby, Mendon." Although 
he was too indisposed to attend Monthly Meetings at this 
date, he asks and receives a certificate of unity to visit 
meetings within Shrewsbury, Purchase, Nine Partners and 
Stamford Quarterly Meetings, which constituted nearly 
one-half the meetings included in the New York Monthly 
Meeting. The U. S. census of 1850 mentions Daniel as 
aged 73 and Deborah, aged 78. She died 6 mo. 19, 1851. 

Rev. Daniel Quinby's life is described as follows: 

"I well remember hearing my mother speak of 'uncle' 
Daniel Quinby. He was a 'very good old man,' who trav- 
elled quite extensively in the ministry, especially in the 

262 The Quinbt Family 

eastern states. His first wife — by which Mr. Cocks means 
Deborah Powell — was a very self-sacrificing woman, who , 
was accustomed to stay uncomplainingly at home when he 
had what was called a 'concern' to travel. She was a 
caretaker who nursed the babies, fed the chickens and did 
all the necessary work of the home. When Daniel came 
in cold and wet from his long rides in the ministry, his 
wife would have him come right in to a cheerful hearth 
and a hot supper, while she unharnessed the horse. In 
fact she babied him; and they entertained a good deal of 

"But his last wife wouldn't do any of those things; 
she wouldn't wait on him, nor have any company. She 
was a New York woman who ma,de life miserable for him, 
so that the old man went down in sorrow to his grave, 
for she deserted him. The cause seems to be that she had 
money earned by herself in running a bakery in the city; 
one of Daniel's son's who found out about it attempted 
to borrow her hard earned savings. From that moment, 
so the legend runs, she said 'I hated Daniel Quinby.' " 

This lady was the Sarah Billings who brought to the 
Henrietta Monthly Meeting a certificate from New York 
5m. 28, 1852, and she and Daniel Quinby were married 
between 6 mo. 25, and 7 mo. 23, 1852; a church committee 
was appointed to see to her children's rights. The bakery 
story and the desertion receive no special confirmation 
in the New York city directories, for she doesn't appear 
there till 1862, four years after her husband's death, when 
she was named as "Sarah, widow of Daniel, h. 183 W. 
32nd street;" the following year her name is given as Sara, 
B. In 1867 her address was 307 W. 32nd street. 

Daniel « Quinby died 27 Dec. 1858 at Mendon, N. Y. 
His descendants mention his wife Deborah Powell as their 
ancestress. Children: 

I. Mart' Quinby, born before October, 1807, for 
Bathsheba Quinby her grandmother in her will 
dated then, mentions her son Daniel's daughter 
Mary. Mary lived at Henrietta; married Elihu 
May, and died at Henrietta 28 Mar. 1875; Elihu 
died in 1882; 

576. II. Elijah P. ' Quinby, born 12 mo. 6, 1809 (see) ; 
III. Naomi' Quinby, born 4 mo. 9, 1811, at Henrietta, 

removed 3 mo. 28, 1845, say the Friends' records 
"married a Crocker and was living some years ago 
at Sterling, 111.;" 

577. IV. Henry' Quinby, born 8 mo. 28, 1815 (see); 

578. V. JosiAH' Quinby, living at Cuba, N. Y., in 1906; 
VI. Hannah' Quinby, married Solomon, son of 'Acors' 

The QuiNBT Family 263 

and Sarah Rathburn of Verona, Oneida county, 
N. Y., at Henrietta, Monroe county, 3 mo. 3, 
,„- , 1824; witnesses, Daniel, Elijah and Naomi Quinby: 
VII. Anna' Quinby, married a Mitchell. 

Mar?H™(QSby')'wood.'''^°'''"''*'"'' *° ^^"'"^ ^^'"'"^ '^'^''^^- """^ ^"■ 

229. Elijah Pell" (Moses ^, Aaron*, Josiah", John'', 
William^) born Dec. 1790, at Westchester, N. Y. He ap- 
pears m the New York city directories first in 1815, as a 
merchant at 11 Bowery, the following year at 5 Pelham 
street. In 1817 and 1818 he was at 83 Cherry street, and 
in 1819 at 103 Bayard street. In 1820 to 1823 his place 
of business was at 229 Front street and in 1824 at 27 Peck 
Slip. During these years he was called "merchant," and 
as stated by his granddaughter, was in the dry goods busi- 
ness; 1824 was probably the year he was burned out, for 
the following year the directory gives his occupation as 
baker, and his place of business as 12 Dover street; his 
residence is given that year as 99 Bayard street, the same 
since 1820. He does not appear in the New York city 
directory after 1825, and in that year removed to Henri- 
etta, N. Y. 

Possibly he was a partner in the firm of "Quinby & 
Wood, merchants," whose place of business in New York 
city in 1816 and 1817 was 207 Front street and in 1818 at 
198 Front street. He was received at the Henrietta (N. Y.) 
Monthly Meeting by certificate (presumably from West- 
chester) 30, 6 mo. 1825; and again appears on the Henrietta 
M. M. record as received from New York 6 mo. 23, 1826. 
By request he was granted the right to remove from West- 
chester to Rochester 5 mo. 3, 1826. (Hicksite records). 
He married Mary, daughter of Richard and Mary — (daugh- 
ter of Caleb Pell and Hannah ° Quinby (Aaron*, Josiah^, 
John^, William^) — (Pell) Hunt, who came to Henrietta 
M. M, with a certificate from de Ruyter M. M., 2 mo. 22, 
1826. Elijah acknowledged his marriage outside the Friends 
society (probably some considerable time before); the mat- 
ter was referred to the New York Monthly Meeting, Mr. 
Quinby was re-instated and was apparently transferred to 
Purchase, Westchester county, 8 mo. 8, 1822. His removal 
is shown on the register of Rochester Monthly Meeting, 
Monroe county, Henrietta P. M. (Hicksite) as 8 mo. 26, 

Elijah Pell Quinby removed 3 mo. 28, 1828, from Hen- 
rietta to Junius Monthly Meeting, which then included 
Ontario and Seneca counties, N. Y. They lived at Water- 

264 The Quinbt Family 

loo, Seneca county. He was clerk of Junius M. M. around 
1850-2. He "died 1856 aged 65." "My grandfather, 
Elijah Pell Quinby, was a dry goods merchant in New 
York," says Mrs. Mary H.' Wood (Walter^), "was burned 
out and through the advice of his brother-in-law Richard 
Hunt, who was then in the woolen business at Waterloo, 
N. Y., he moved there and opened a general store which 
he ran till his death. He died in 1854, aged I think, 64; 
my grandmother died in 1855, about 62 years old." Chil- 

I. Eliza' Quinby, born 4 mo. 5, 1813; married at 
Waterloo 11 mo. 27, 1832, Samuel', son of Joseph* 
and Dorothy (Farwell) Cox; they went from Men- 
don, N. Y. to Jackson, Michigan, about 1865; 
to Juanita, Nebraska, 1874; they had two chil- 
dren, Elijah Q., and Mary Eliza; 

II. Maky Ann' Quinby married Joel Lundy, and had 

one daughter Josephine who married John L. 
Webster of Waterloo, N. Y.; their son Frank S. 
lived at Lawrence, Kan.; 

III. Harriet' Q.uinby, died young; 

IV. Cornelia ' Quinby, married Elias (or Ellis) H. 
Mackey of Waterloo, N. Y., and died soon after; 
V. Matilda' Quinby, lived and died at Waterloo, un- 
married, about 1860; 

VI. Caroline' Quinby, married first her brother-in- 
law, E. H. Mackey, and had two children, Arthur 
W., now of Lawrence, Kan., and Josephine, who 
died young. They lived at Waterloo. After Mr. 
Mackey's death she moved to Lawrence, Kan., 

where she married second, Warren; he 

died and she married third, Charles D. French. 

After his death she married fourth, 

Hornsby, who survived her; she died about 1909; 

579. VII. Richard' Quinby; he lived in New Jersey and died 

there about 1888, unmarried; 
VIII. George' Quinby, died young; 

580. IX. Walter' Quinby, born 27 Apr. 1825 (see). 

NoTB. — Much of the foregoing was kindly supplied by Mrs. Albert S. 
Wood, 57 Center St., Fort Plain, N. Y. 

230. Aaron' (James ^, Aaron*, Josiah^, John', Will- 
iam^) born 21 Feb. 1794, at Westchester, New York. He 
married first 4 mo. 18, 1821, at Croton Valley, Phoebe, 
daughter of Moses and Rebecca Sutton of Somers, born 
1785. The Friends' records of the marriage give the dates 
of the announcement of the intention as 3, 9, 1821; 4, 13, 
1821; reported accordingly 5, 11, 1821. Aaron took a 
"certificate of clear" to Chappaqua 4 mo. 12, 1821; his 
wife Phoebe brought a "removal certificate" from Chap- 
paqua, 11, 8, 1821; she "removed to settle" with her hus- 


b. 1794. Photo, by Havens, Sing 
Sing, N. Y., loaned by Mrs. P. C. 
Haiglit (p. 2G4). 

Caroline (Undeehii.l) , Wife oi' 

230AARON'i QuiNBY (JrtmC.v"'). 

William Irish, 

who married Anue' Quinby (photo, 
by Folsoni, Brewsters, N. Y., loaneii 
by Mrs. F. C. Haight). 

Anne' (Quixby) Irish 

(Photo by Folsoni, Brewsters, N. Y.) 
(p. 265.) 

Dr. Charles W. Gkeenleaf, 

husband of Phoebe" Quinby (photo, 
by Van Prelzen, Peoria, 111., loaned 
by Mrs. F. C. Haight). 

Phoebe? (Quinby) Grbenleaf 

(photo, by Vauderbilt, Sing Sing, 

N. Y.) 

Daughters of 230Aaron<' Quinby and Their Husbands (p. 265). 

Hexry G. Miller, 

husband of Amy Jane' Quiiiby (pho- 
to, by Vauderbilt, Sing Sing, N. Y.) 

Aiiv Jane' (<iui.\uv), 

wifo of Henry G. Miller (plioto by 
rcllKini, Sino- Sing, N, V.) 

Caroline A." (Quinby), 

Franklin C. Haimit, 

married Caroline A.' Quinby (photo, 
by Fredricks, N. Y.) 

Daugiiteks of 2.30AARONC Quinby and Their Husbands (p. 2G5). 

wife of Franklin C. Haight (photo, 
by Froih-ieks, N. Y.) 

The Quinby Family 265 

band at Purchase, 10 mo. 2, 1821. Phoebe died 8 mo. 28, 
1827, and Aaron married second, at Purchase, Hannah, 
daughter of Stephen and Hannah Barnes of that town. 
Aaron was appointed Elder, 10 mo. 7, 1824. At the time 
of the Hicksite schism among the Quakers in 1828, Aaron 
was of the Purchase Monthly Meeting, Westchester Prepa- 
rative Meeting, Orthodox. He was disowned by the Ortho- 
dox Quakers as a Hicksite (Unitarian Quaker) 4 mo. 8, 
1829. Hannah Quinby was also disowned for the same 
reason 4 mo. 11, 1829. Hannah died 4 mo. 14, 1832, aged 36. 

Aaron married third, at Newcastle, Westchester county, 
N. Y., Caroline % daughter of Solomon ^ and Phoebe (Conk- 
lin) Underhill of Mt. Pleasant ("marr. int. 1, 8, 1835; 2, 
12, 1835; he producing a certificate of clear from Purchase; 
reported ace, 3, 12, 1835"). Caroline Underhill was born 
10 June, 1803, at Sing Sing, now Ossining, N. Y. In 1836 
Aaron was living at White Plains. 

Aaron « Quinby died 1 mo. 7, 1874, at Sing Sing, and 
was buried at Chappaqua where his gravestone is. His 
widow Caroline died at Sing Sing 12 mo. 31, 1887. Aaron* 
Quinby's children: 

I. Anne' Quinby, born 2 mo. 1, 1825; married 9 mo. 
26, 1849, at White Plains, William, son of David 
and Martha Irish of Pawling; 

II. James' Quinby, born 1831, died 10 mo. 17, 1831, 

aged 6 mo., says the Hicksite record, which also 
gives James, died 4 mo. 16, 1831; both are re- 
corded as "son of Aaron and Hannah, Westches- 

III. Phoebe' Quinby, born 10 mo. 1, 1836; married Dr. 

Charies W. Greenleaf of Peoria, 111., in 1855; 

IV. Amy Jane' Quinby born 10 mo. 11, 1839; a resi- 

dent of Sing Sing, she married at Aaron Quinby's 
house, 1 mo. 16, 1860, Henry G., son of Richard 
and Sarah Ann (Hoag) Miller of Brooklyn, Kings 
county, born 3 mo. 21, 1836, at Amawalk; Amy 
J. died 3 mo. 25, 1885; their daughter Margaret 
is the wife of James S. Copeland of 6 Catherine 
St., Binghamton, Broome county, N. Y.; 
V. Caroline A. Quinby, born 14 Nov. 1841, at White 
Plains; married 9 mo. 25, 1866, Franklin C, son 
of Walter and Lydia (Sutton) Haight of Wash- 
ington, Dutchess county, N. Y.; address (1910) 
Little Rest, Dutchess county. (Hicksite rec.) 

Note.— Bolton's History of Westchester incorrectly substitutes the names 
Jane and Mary for James and Amy. , „ , , . j 

Note.— Except where otherwise indicated, all the places above named are 
in Westchester county, New York. 

232. MosES* (Samuel \ Moses*, Josiah*, John\ Will- 
iam^) born 10 mo. 17, 1759, at Northcastle, Westchester 

266 The Quinbt Familt 

county, N. Y.; married 10 mo. 20, 1784, at Purchase in 
the same county, Abigail, daughter of Benedict and Abi- 
gail Carpenter ("marr. int. 9, 9, 1784; 10, 14, 1784; rept. 
ace. 11, 11, 1784"). She was born 10 mo. 2, 1761, and 
died 10 mo. 6, 1795. The census of 1790 gives Moses as 
head of a family at Northc^'stle consisting of himself and 
wife and another female, and a son under 16. The record 
is separated only by the family of one Benjamin Smith 
from that of Samuel', the father of Moses. Moses' mar- 
ried second 3 mo. 15, 1797, at the house of Isaiah ' Quinby, 
Sarah, daughter of Anthony and Mary Tripp ("marr. int., 
2, 10 and 3, 10, 1797; rept. ace, 4, 14, 1797"). Sarah was 
born 12 mo. 4, 1755, died 7 mo. 10, 1822. They moved 
from Chappaqua to Coeymans 6 mo. 12, 1818. Moses 
brought a removal certificate from Coeymans to West- 
chester 10 mo. 12, 1825; was disowned as a Hicksite by the 
Orthodox Friends 5 mo. 13, 1829. Children of Moses' 
Quinbly: V .^ oX^^,,. c 

581. I. William' Quinby, born 8 mo. 31, 1785 (see); 

II. Tamar' Quinbt, born 6 mo. 30, 1788; removed 
clear from Westchester to Coeymans 10 mo. 12, 
1825; was disowned as a Hicksite, 5 mo. 13, 1829; 
III. Abigail' Quinby, born 7 mo. 6, 1795; married at 
Northcastle 3 mo. 10, 1817, Henry, son of Samuel 
and Mary Whiting of Stamford. Conn. 

233. Obediah ' {Samuel^, Moses*, Josiah', John^, 
William^) born 3 mo. 5, 1761 in Westchester county, New 
York. He next appears on the Friends' records there as 
having been dealt with by the Monthly Meeting 2 mo. 12, 
1783 for two serious infractions of the rules of the sect: 
"for keeping a gun to defend himself from Robbers and so 
using it; also keeping company with one not a member," 
that is, not a Quaker. This companion was Freelove, born 
10 mo. 27, 1761, the daughter of Caleb Haight, whom 
Obediah soon married, and acknowledged to the Friends 
3 mo. 11, 1783, that he had married outside the Quaker 
sect. The Meeting therefore disowned him 7 mo. 8, 1784, 
The minutes indicate that the testimony of his unlawful 
conduct was taken a month later, for on the Friends' rec- 
ords under date of 8 mo. 12, 1784, we find that he was 
testified against for keeping company outside, the one he 
kept company with being stated to be his wife; and also 
"frequenting places of diversion." 

The census of 1790 shows that he was head of a family 
consisting of himself and wife, a boy under 16 years old 
and two girls. The census of 1810 shows that he lived at 

The QuiNBT Pamilt 267 

Poughkeepsie, N. Y., and that his family contained one 
boy under 10 years old, two girls between 10 and 16; two 
girls and two boys between 16 and 26. His descendants 
say he lived at Milan, near Rhinebeck in Dutchess county, 
where his children grew up and where he and his wife died 
and were buried. 

The list of Orthodox Quakers in 1828 of the Creek 
Monthly Meeting (Little Nine Partners P. M.), gives the 
names of his daughters Anna, Hannah and Deborah. 
Obediah died 6 mo. 12, 1821; his widow, Freelove, 1 mo. 
(or 12 mo.) 1, 1829. Children: 

I. Anna ' Quinbt, born 8 mo. 25, 1785; she was called 
Martha on the Friends' record at Chappaqua; 
she married Jacob Vail; had no children, and 
died 11 mo. 11, 1855. 
II. James' Quinby, born 8 mo. 28, 1787; died a young 
man, unmarried, of heart disease; 

III. Maplet' Quinby, born 11 mo. 5, 1789; married 20 

Oct. 1823, Caleb Griffin as his third wife, lived at 
Easton, Washington county, N. Y., and died 20 
Oct. 1823; they are buried at Easton; 

IV. Hannah' Quinby, born 9 mo. 9, 1791; died of con- 

sumption, "when a young lady," 1 mo. 30, 1839; 

582. V. Samuel' Quinby, born 8 mo. 20, 1795 (see); 

583. VI. Aaron' Quinby, born 8 mo. 2, 1799 (see); 

VII. Deborah' Quinby, born 9 mo. 28, 1805; married 
1 Dec. 1831, Merritt, son of Caleb Griffin, born 
29 July, 1810, died 17 Aug. 1854; they lived at 
Glens Falls and about 1850 they moved to Albaiiy, 
N. Y., where Deborah died 8 mo. 20, 1890, and 
was buried. 

Note. — The foregoing data are from Friends' records and from Carrie 
S.' {Isaac Gfi, etc.) also from A. C. Hayden, Esq. 

234. Josiah' (Samuel^, Moses*, Josiah^, John^, Will- 
iam^) born 11 mo. 1, 1763 at Newcastle, Westchester coun- 
ty, N. Y.; married 6 mo. 21, 1792, Amy, daughter of Caleb 
and Abigail (or Hannah) Underbill. The Friends' records 
give the marriage intentions as 5, 11, 1792; 6, 16, 1792; 
reported accordingly, 7, 13, 1792. They give her birth as 
1 mo. 4, 1775; a family record gives the year as 1774, and 
another as 11 mo. 1, 1768. In 1828, when the Hicksites 
separated from the Orthodox Quakers, the following Hick- 
sites were members of the Chappaqua Monthly Meeting, 
Northcastle Preparative Meeting: Josiah, Amy, Reuben, 
Abraham, Caleb, Esther F., Mary; and the following minors 
Alfred, Underbill, Walter, Ann, and others. 

In 1850, the census shows Josiah still living at New- 
castle with his daughters Ann and Eliza and grandchildren 
Marietta, aged 7 and Abby, aged 4; children of Underbill' 










268 The Quinby Family 

Quinby. Josiah's wife died 2 mo. 28, 1841. Josiah died 6 
mo. 1, 1852, at Northcastle, says the Friends' record; Dodge 
says 2 mo. 5, 1853. The list of his children in the Friends' 
records and in Bolton's History of Westchester county are 
incomplete, and the following names are from the family 
record owned by Abraham J.' Quinby, the dates mostly 
from the Friends' records: 

I. Phoebe' Quinby, born 4 mo. 17, 1794; went to 
Nine Partners, N. Y., and died there 1 mo. 31, 
II. H.\NNAH' Quinby, born 12 mo. 21 (or 24) 1795; 
died at Newcastle 3 mo. 24, 1821, and is buried 
at Wampus Pond, Westchester county; 

584. III. Caleb Undebhill' Quinby, born 7 mo. 2, 1798 

(see) ; 

585. IV. Samuel' Quinby, born 1 mo. 11, 1800, died 8 mo. 

8, (24 says Dodge) 1824, unmarried; the Quaker 
records give his birth as 7 mo. 6, 1800, death as 
8 mo. 24, 1824, aged 24y. Im. 18d.; 

Abraham' Quinby, born 6 mo. 9, 1802 (see); 

Daniel' Quinby, born 3 mo. 10, 1804 (see); 

Reuben' Quinby, born 2 mo. 5, 1806 (see); 

Undebhill' Quinby, born 5 mo. 5, 1808 (see); 

Ann' Quinby, born 5 mo. 10, 1810, died 1893, un- 
married; the inscription on her gravestone in the 
Friends' cemetery at Chappaqua, Westchester 
county, reads: "In Memory of Ann Quinby died 
9th mo. 8th 1st 1893 aged 82 yrs. 3 mos. 21 dys" 
(see will following); 

590. X. Alfbbd M. ' Quinby, born 5 mo. 24, 1812, died at 

Northcastle 11 mo. 30 (or 29) 1847, "aged 35y. 
6m. 5d;" 

XI. ?A. ' Quinby; a very rude gravestone at 

Wampus is simply inscribed A Q B 1813; the B 
stands for Born; and it very likely represents an 
infant of Josiah's; 
XII. Eliza ' Quinby, born 8 mo. 1, 1814, at Newcastle; 
married at Chappaqua 4 mo. 12, 1855, Elijah A., 
son of Job and Phoebe Collins (Hicksite rec); 
she died 6 mo. 2, 1895; 

591. XIII. Joshua' Quinby, born 3 mo. 13, 1822; died 7 mo. 

28, 1894, aged 72, at Newcastle; buried in the 
Friend^' ground at Chappaqua. 

Note. — Chappaqua, Wampus pond, Newcastle and Northcastle are very 
near together in Westchester county, N. Y., and are doubtless used interchange- 
ably sometimes in the records. The Quaker records specifically mention EUza 
and Joshua as children of Josiah and Amy Quinby, though some family records 
do not contain them. 

Will of Ann ' Quinby 

(Annotated to show the ancestry of the legatees) Ann' Quinby 
(Josiah ', Samuel ', Moses *, etc.) resident of Bedford, Westchester 
county; will proved at White Plains 24 Mar. 1893 (liber 118, p. 
255). The will mentions: 

The Quinby Family 269 

1. Niece Marietta' Bedell, legacy, $1800 {UnderhiW, Josiah' 

Samuel 1^, etc.); 

2. Niece Abbie Jaue Adams, legacy $1800 {Ophelia^, Under- 

hill \ Josiah «, etc.) ; 

3. Niece Amy H. Schofield, legacy $100 (Abraham ', Josiah >, 


4. Niece Ann E.« Wilcox (Daniel ', Josiah ', etc.) ; 

5. Sister Eliza Collins (Josiah', Samuel^, etc.); 

6. Brother Reuben' Quinby (Josiah', Samuel', etc.); 

7. Nephew Egbert' Quinby (Daniel'', Josiah', etc.); 

8. Nephew Edward' Quinby; the only nepheW Edward Quin- 

by is Edward S.», who is however again mentioned with 
the initial. (Caleb C/.?', Josiah; etc.); 

9. Nephew Abram J.» Quinby (Abraham'', Josiah', etc.); 

10. Nephew John Palmer* Quinby (Abraham', Josiah*, etc.); 

11. Nephew John J.» Quinby (Reuben; Josiah', etc.); 

12. Nephew George' Quinby, i. e., George W.» Quinby (Reu- 

ben ', Josiah ', etc.) ; 

13. Nephew Charles' Quinby i. e., Charles Reuben ' Quinby 

(Reuben; Josiah', etc.); 

14. Nephew Charles J.' Quinby (Daniel ; Josiah ; etc.) ; 
16. Niece Mary Stephens (Reuben^, Josiah*, etc.) 

16. Nephew Edward S.' Quinby (Caleb U.; Josiah', etc.); 

17. Executor, Walker B. Adams, who married Abigail J.» 

Quinby ( C/rarferAiZZ ', Josiah', etc.); 

18. Executor, George W." Quinby (Reuben ', Josiah ', etc.) 

237. William* (Josiah*, Moses*, Josiah*, John^, Will' 
iam^) born 6 mo. 29, 1766, at Northcastle (Chappaqua) 
Westchester county, New York; descendants say "at Quaker 
Hill, Dutchess county," but the probabilities are against 
it. The Friends' records at Quaker Hill mention him as 
about to remove, clear, from Chappaqua 4 mo. 10, 1789, 
and his marriage intention to Phoebe Howland was pub- 
lished 4 mo. 12 and 5 mo. 17, 1790, and it was reported 
accordingly 6 mo. 14, 1790. The marriage took place 5 
mo. 26, 1790, at Oblong, Dutchess county. She was born 
1 mo. 9, 1773, and was daughter of Prince and Deborah 
(Slocum) Howland. According to a descendant, Miss Mary 
Wilhelmina* Quinby, "the Rowlands came from Rhode 
Island; and some of Phoebe's ancestors were Fitzgeralds 
of Ireland." The Old Northwest Quarterly (III. 83, 123) says 
that she was of Pawling, Dutchess county; the Quaker 
records at Oblong give William's residence at Northcastle, 
Phoebe's as Pawling. The United States census of 1790 
shows William and wife at Pawling, living with a family 
consisting besides themselves, of anpther male over 16 
years old and two other females. 

William and his wife remained at Quaker Hill ten 
years; the Friends' minutes show him, his wife, and chil- 
dren Isaiah, Harilaah and John about to remove to Chap- 

270 The Quinby Family 

paqua 4 mo. 17, 1809. He requested and received a re- 
moval certificate for his two sons Josiah and Azariah, 
minors, to Chappaqua, 4 mo. 16, 1810. Isaiah and Azariah 
removed clear from Chappaqua to Oblong 8 mo. 14, 1818; 
Isaiah and Azariah removed clear to Chappaqua 9 mo. 17, 
1821. Among the Hicksites at Chappaqua in 1828 were 
William and Phoebe Quinby, also Eliza, and Moses and 
Thomas, minors. The Friends' records and gravestone at 
Chappaqua say that William died 2 mo. 18, 1841, aged 
74y. 7m. 20d. Phoebe his widow died at Newcastle 4 mo. 
17, 1859, aged 85y. 7m. They had the following children: 

592. I. JosiAH Rowland ' Quinby, born 1 mo. 16, 1791 

593. II. Isaiah 'h.' Qtjinby, born 5 mo. 12, 1792 (see); 

594. III. Azariah Rowland ' Quinby, born 9 mo. 4, 1797 

IV. Hannah' Quinby, born 5 mo. 18, 1800; her mar- 
riage intention to Joseph T., son of James and 
Elizabeth Carpenter was announced in the Chap- 
paqua meeting house 9 mo. 15 and 10 mo. 14, 
1820; it took place 10 mo. 19; and was "reported 
accordingly," 11 mo. 10, 1820; Hannah died 4 
mo. 26, 1874; the^r son Azariah liveB (1908) at 
Ossining, N. Y.; 
"595. V. John' Quinby, born 3 mo. 16, 1803 (see); 

596. VI. Moses ' Quinby, born 10 mo. 3, 1809 (see) ; 

597. VII. Thomas' Quinby, born 8 mo. 31, 1813 (see); 

VIII. Maby M. ' Quinby, born 9 mo. 14, 1818 (9 mo. 15 
says E. R. B.); her marriage intention to Benj- 
amin W.', son of Lewis P. ' and Charlotte Hunt 
of Newcastle, was announced at Chappaqua 
(Hicksite) 12 mo. 13, 1838, and 1 mo. 10, 1839; 
took place at Newcastle 1 mo. 17, 1839, and was 
r^orted accordingly 2 mo. 14, 1839 (mentioned 
in Bolton's Westchester, p. 740.) Mr. Hunt was 
born 5 mo. 3, 1818; died 1 mo. 1, 1847. She 
married second, 8 mo. 16, 1858, at her own home, 
Leonard K., son of Benjamin K. and Sarah Weeks. 
Mary M. died 11 mo. 20, 1902, aged 84 (grave- 
stone at Chappaqua). 

238. Moses I. • (Isaiah^, Moses*, Josiah^, John^, 
William^) born 6 mo. 19, 1794, at Northcastle, Westchester 
county, N. Y. He married there, 10 mo. 19, 1814, Esther" 
Field (Josiah^, Uriah^, Robert '', Benjamin^, Anthony^, Rob- 
ert*, James ^, Matthew^, John^; see p. 126) of Greenwich, 
Conn. They took a clearance certificate from the Chap- 
paqua Friends' meeting 6 mo. 1816, to remove to New 
York city. The directories of New York city show Moses 
I. as being in the drygoods busiritess first in 1817 at 394 
Pearl street at the address where his nephew Josiah H. ^ 









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Haxnaht, Mary M." (Quinbt) Weeks, 

photo, by Sherwood, Sing Sing), 

daughters of 237Williami' ami Phoebe (Ilowland) Qiiinby. 
(see p. 270). 

Thk Quinbt Family 271 

had opened the business the year previous. It would 
seem he had bought his nephew out, and that the latter 
had begun again a block or two away (296 Pearl street). 
The rivalry seems to have continued, for Josiah H. moved 
to 398 Pearl street the following year only two doors away 
from Moses I., and remained there to about 1826. Moses 
I. remained at 394 Pearl street to 1822. Possibly they 
were in business together, anid kept two different numbers 
on the same store. Moses I. lived at 22 Oak street in 
1818 and 1819; in 1820 and 1821 at 22 Mulberry; in 1822 
at 363 Pearl. Moses' name disappears from the directory 
after 1822, but in 1823 "Quinby & Kipp, grocers, 195 
Bowery" occurs, which may refer to him; the firm name 
does not appear again. 

Moses, his wife and minor children moved to Chap- 
paqua 5 mo. 31, 1826, says the record; and they are later 
recorded with the Friends' meeting there, as appears from 
the list of the Hicksite Quakers of the Chappaqua Monthly 
Meeting at the separation between those of Unitarian faith 
and the orthodox; the list includes Moses I. Quinby of the 
Northcastle Preparative Meeting, and minors Walter, 
George and Aaron. The Hicksites granted a certificate 
from Chappaqua 11 mo. 1832, to Moses I., wife and the 
children just referred to, and another record shows that 
they had already returned to New York city 7 mo. 12, 
1832. He reappeared in that year's directory, as a grocer, 
at 1 Morton street, corner of Bleecker; (from 1836, at 262 
Bleecker, near Morton and Jones streets) and there con- 
tinued through 1838; in 1839, 1840 and 1841 he was at 31 
Jones street, which is the last mention of his name. In 1845, 
1846 and 1847 appears Esther F., widow of Moses I., 160 
Eldridge street, and 1848 at 40 Rivington street in which 
year her son George W. lived at the same address. Moses 
I. Quinby died at New York city of diabetes 4 mo. 6, 1843; 
his widow Esther died there 1 mo. 21, 1852 (1 mo. 19, says 
the Hicksite record). 

The only children of his appearing with dates of birth 
on the Friends' records are: 

598. I. Walter U. ' Quinby, born 10 mo. 28 (or 29) 1817, 

(see) ; 
11. Richard F. ' Quinby, born 2 mo. 17, 1820; the 
Friends' records say: "a child of M. Qumby, 
Westchester county, died 1822;" Dodge's list says 
"child of Moses died 5 mo. 3, 1834;" it is evident 
that the birth of at least one child of Moses was 
not recorded; 

599. III. George W. ' Quinby, born 9 mo. 27, 1822 (see); 

272 The Quinby Family 

600. IV. Aabon J.' Quinby, born 1828 (see); 

V. Mary Jane' Quinby, born 7 mo. 14, 1837; married 
11 mo. 5, 1857, Isaac W. Rushmore; the census 
of 1850 names one Mary J. (or I.) Quinby, aged 
13, as at boarding school at Flushing, L. I. 

Note. — Other records mention sons James and Josiah F.; the latter, if he 
is not the JosiaJi^, son of Walter U. ', is mentioned in the New York city 
directory for 1862 as "Josiah Field Quinby, agent, 5 Abbatoir pi.; h., Waver- 
ley." The next and only other mention is in 1864, "Josiah Quimby, chandler; 
h. 320 W. 43d st." This is probably the son of Walter U.' 

Note. — Bolton's History of Westchester, (opp. p. 706) makes the above 
Moses father of "Will" who married Catherine Wilcox — an error for Walter U. 

239. Isaiah* (Isaiah^, Moses*, Josiah', John^, Will- 
iam^) born 11 Sept. 1795 at Northcastle, Westchester coun- 
ty, N. Y. His marriage intention was set forth on the 
record as announced 11 mo. 9, and 12 mo. 7, 1825. The 
marriage took place 12 mo. 14, 1825, at Purchase, West- 
chester county, and was reported accordingly, 1 mo. 1826; 
the bride was Mary, daughter of John I. and Sarah (Field) 
Griffin; she took a removal certificate to Chappaqua 11 mo. 
8, 1826. She was born at Newcastle 12 mo. 2, 1804, and 
died 4 mo. 20, 1872, aged 67y. 4m. 18d. at Northcastle. 
John J. and Eliza were named as minors, of the Hicksite 
Monthly Meeting at Chappaqua, Northcastle P. M., in 
1828. Their names are followed by Aaron and Ann, also 
minors. The Hicksite records mention "Mrs. Mary Quin- 
by from Chappaqua 3 mo. 1851; John J. from Chappaqua 
8 mo. 1851; Eliza F., daughter, from Chappaqua, 3 mo. 
1851; all to Chappaqua 4 mo. 1859;" and again: "Mary 
Quinby having removed to settle with her husband Isaiah, 
with her dau. Eliza, from Chappaqua 1 mo. 9, 1851." 
Mary and Eliza returned to Chappaqua 6 mo. 4, 1859. 

Isaiah * Quinby died 9 mo. 20 (1, says Dodge) 1853 at 
Brooklyn, N. Y. Children: 

601.. I. John Jay' Quinby, born 28 Feb. 1827 (see); 

II. Eliza F. ' Quinby, born 11 mo. 20, 1824; married 
2 mo. 20, 1861, at John Jay' Quinby's house 2 
mo. 20, 1861, Edward S.» Quinby (Caleb ', Josiah », 
Samuel', Moses*, Josiah', John*, William^); they 
lived at Armonk, near Chappaqua, Westchester 
county, N. Y. (mentioned in Bolton's Westchester, 
p. 730). The copy of the Quakeir records fur- 
nished me by Mr. Cox contains this inexplicable 
entry: "Eliza F. Quinby, daughter of Isaiah and 
Mary, born 10 mo. 20, 1814, at Northcastle, died 
10 mo. 4, 1842, aged about 38, at Newcastle; 
husband, Joseph Dodge." 

Note. — The Quaker records for New York state and vicinity are under the 
control of John Cox, Jr., Esq., of New York city, who charges a very substantial 
fee for searching and copying; perhaps the records are frequently erroneous, 
for I have found on one page of his copies as many as six unexpected diver- 
gences from family records. 

Marriace Certificate of 2391saiah ^u 

Bl aNiJ UM<\ LTKliJIN (1825). 

The QuiNBY Family 273 

242. Ezra Sewell«, (Aaron'', Isaiah*, Josiah\ John\ 
William^) born 7 mo. 27, 1793; married first, 11 mo. 8, 
1821, by Rev. William Stephenson of Harford county, Md., 
to Mary, daughter of William and Mary Chesney, born 
2 mo. 24, 1795; died 8 mo. 7, 1855. 

From a letter dated Abingdon, Knox county. 111., 9 
Feb. 1841, from Jesse B. Quinby, Jr., to his uncle Jesse 
B., it appears that Ezra S. and his family removed to that 
place from Ohio in October, 1841, leaving Ohio the 4th 
and reaching Abingdon the 24th of that month. He had 
entered 120 acres of prairie and 40 acres of timberland, 
about 1| miles from Abinjgdon. It tells of a trip young 
Jesse made to St. Louis to get a situation in a store, and 
gives a lengthy description of the country around Abing- 
don. This letter is in the possession of Upshur B. Quinby. 

Ezra S. ' Quinby was married second, by Rev. Wm. 
Wilson at Carthage, 111., 6 Sept. 1857, to Mrs. Nancy 
(Moody) Renshaw, born 1 Sept. 1805, died 23 Feb. 1874, 
Carthage, 111. (rec.) Ezra S. « died 14 Mar. 1875, at Ab- 
ingdon, 111. The first three children below were born on a 
farm,, on the Pennsylvania line near Fort Deposit. "At 
a protracted meeting held by the Methodists at Wilming- 
ton, Ohio, in February, 1841, he and his children Jesse, 
Adeline and Lydia Ann, joined the church." Children: 

602. I. Jesse Baldebston Quinby, born 5 Aug. 1822 (see); 

II. Adaline Mieiam ' Quinby, born 13 Feb. 1825, 
married by Rev. Stephen P. Beggs 18 May, 1843, 
at Abingdon, 111., to Oregon Peter Swarts, son of 
Abraham D. and Ann B. (Carroll), born in Mary- 
land, 20 Feb. 1819, died 5 June, 1871, at Abing- 

III. Lydia Ann ' Quinby, born 5 April, 1826, married 

first, by Rev. Freeborn Haney, 5 Nov. 1846, to 
Joseph C. Bett of Kentucky, who died 19 Dec. 
1849; second, 9 Jan. 1856, to Luke Perkins Pren- 
tice, born 23 Oct. 1817, at Otsego, N. Y.; 

IV. Mary Eliza' Quinby, born 13 Dec. 1828, at Wil- 

mington, Clinton county, Ohio; married by Rev. 
Isaac Joel, 30 May, 1850, at Abingdon, 111., to 
Marion Lafayette Brown, son of Reuben S. and 
Keziah (Sarvek-?), born 25 Mar. 1826, in Summer 
county, Tenn.; 
V. Erasmus Chesney' Quinby, born 17 Aug. 1830, at 
Wilmington, Ohio; died 8 July, 1849, near Abing- 
don, 111.; 
VI. Philena Ella' Quinby, born 21 Sept. 1832, at 
Wilmington, Ohio; married by Rev. P. T. Rhodes, 
8 Aug. 1861, at Abingdon, III., to Matthew An- 
drews, born 9 June, 1833 at Kintyre, Argyle, Scot- 
land (ten miles south of Campbelltown) ; she died 


274 The Quinby Family 

29 April, 1906, Abingdon, 111. Their children 
were Charles Lincoln, born 20 July, 1864, at Bel- 
videre, an editor of thte New York Evening Post, 
who afterward (1908) was at Boulder, Col.; and 
Frank Lester, born 1861, died 1891. 

Note. — Newton' Quinby is given in other family records as a son of Ezra 
S. '. The marriages of the daughters are recorded at Galesburg, Knox county, 

Note. — Ezra S.'s family seem to have been the only settlers by the name in Han- 
cock coimty, Illinois, of which Carthage is the county seat. Yet these two items I 
cannot identify with his descendants or relatives: (a) Samuel Quinby was married 
by Rev. James Bentley in Hancock county to Ann Wilson 25 Feb. 1848; (b) Mary D. 
Quinby was married by Rev. G. S. Schaffer, in Hancock county to John S. Strimble, 31 
Jan. 1901. This is from the records of Knox county, of which Galesburg is county 
seat: Walker L. Quinby married to Blanche Kelley 4 Deo. 1906 by Biv. G. W. 

243. Aaron Balderston* {Aaron ^, Isaiah*, Josiah*, 
John^, William^) born 19 Aug. 1795, Lancaster county, 
Pa. Evidently he tried New York city for a time, for the 
directories for 1825 and 1826 give A. B. Quinby, teacher, 
90 Chambers street; the name does not appear in any other 
years. The U. S. records show that as a resident of Hager- 
stown, Md., he took out a patent for a device to prevent 
the explosion of steamboat boilers, 1830, and apparently 
broadened the patent to include all steam boilers 8 Jan. 
1830. He married 30 April, 1839, at Baltimore, Maryland, 
Elizabeth Ann Upshur Teackle, only child of Littleton 
Dennis and Elizabeth (Upshur) Teackle. Aaron B. * com- 
menced teaching at Sudlersville the day after New Year's 
day, 1853. He lived prior to that at York, Pa. After 
his death his widow and son moved in 1856 to Accomac 
county, Virginia. Aaron B. ^ died 29 April, 1853, at 6 
P. M., at Sudlersville, Queen Ann county, Md. His 
wife Elizabeth Ann was born 4 Feb. 1801, died 10 Mar. 
1875. Elizabeth her mother, was daughter of Abel and 
Elizabeth Upshur. Child of Aaron B. « and Elizabeth 
Ann (Upshur) Quinby. 

603. Upshub Balderston' Quinby, born 20 Aug. 1841 (see); 

244. Isaiah* (Aaron ^, Isaiah*, Josiah*, John^, Will- 
iam^) born 1 mo. 27, 1799; married first, 1 mo. 31, 1823, 
at Little Britain, Lancaster county, Penn., Elizabeth, daughter 
of Elijah Moore, born 2 mo. 13, 1800, Centre county, 
Penn.; died 12 mo. 23, 1858, near Wilmington, Ohio (buried 
at Ly tie's Creek Monthly Meeting). 

"Isaiah * emigrated from Bucks county, Penn., to Ohio 
about 1827; first settled in Warren county and after a time 
moved to Clinton county near Wilmington, where he re- 
sided and raised a family of ten children. He lived there 


(photo, by Cowaii, Cincinnnti ; loaned 
by Jesse C' Qiiinliy). 

Klizabeth (Moore), 

wife of 244Isaiali''' Qiiinby, 
(loaned by Jesse C' Quinby) 




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243 Aaron Balderston^ Quinbt, 
(photo, loaned by Jesse C' Quinby). 

Hannah Sophia? Quinby, 

daughter of 244Isaiali'' Qninby, 
(loaned by Jesse C.' Quinby). 

The Quinbt Family 275 

till the fall of 1866, when he removed to Page county, 
Iowa, several of his children having preceded him, and 
where he died in 1873 in the seventy-fourth year of his 
age.']^ (I. W. Q.) 

"His name was Isaiah William; he crossed the Alleg- 
heny mountains in 1825 and secured a flatboat at Pitts- 
burgh, and came down the Ohio river to Cincinnati, Ohio, 
where he sold out and went east about fifty miles to a 
place near Wilmington, Clinton county, Ohio, where he 
settled and raised a large family." (H. A. Q.) 

He removed from Cecil county, Maryland, in Novem- 
ber, 1825, and settled on the Little Miami, 45 miles from 

He married second in 1859, Mrs. Charlotte (Snook) 
Morris, born 1825, in Warren county, Ohio. This marriage 
was afterward legally dissolved. Isaiah died 2 mo. 6, 1873, 
near Harleyville, Page county, Ohio (14 Jan. 1873, says 
H. H. Q.). He had one child by Charlotte, Harris H. 
In 1892 Mrs. Charlotte (Snook) Quinby lived at Lebanon, 
Ohio, and died near Wilmington, Clinton county, Ohio. 
Children : 

I. Sabah Ann' Quinby, born 7 mo. 27, 1823, died 9 
mo. 4, 1823, in Pennsylvania; (J. C. Q.); 

604. II. Aakon Balderston' Quinby, born 10 mo. 25, 1824 

(see) ; 
III. Josephine Ernyra ' Quinby, born 1 mo. 4, 1827, 
died 7 mo. 21, 1859; (23 July, says another record) 
married Rufus A. Washburn, whose daughter 
Josephine E. Guild, is now (1910) living at Ros- 
lindale, Mass. Mrs. Washburn died at Lebanon, 

605. IV. Thomas Moore' Quinby, born 11 mo. 10, 1828 

(see) ; 
V. Miriam Eliza ' Quinby, born 7 mo. 14, 1830, Clinton 
county, Ohio, married first 9 Feb. 1856, in Page 
county, Iowa, (where she had gone in late fall of 
1854) Peter Beaver who died 1866; second, 28 
Feb. 1870, Thomas Wasson; she lived (1892) at 
Hepburn, Page county, Iowa; living 1910 near 
Geyserville, California; 

606. VI. Ezra Allen' Quinby, born 4 mo. 27, 1832 (see); 
VII. Mercy Ann^ Quinby, born 2 mo. 27, 1835, died 8 

mo. 12, 1873, at Bedford, Iowa; married 1867 
George M. Gillette (born 24 June, 1835, died 7 
July, 1888, after marrying a second time), lived 
at New Market, Iowa; their son Henry Gillette 
lives there (1910); 

607. VIII. Isaiah William' Quinby, born 5 mo. 5, 1837 (see); 

IX. Elijah' Quinby, born 8 mo. 12, 1839, died 8 mo. 
23, 1839; 

276 The QmNBY Family 

X, Hannah Sophia^ Quinby, born 8 mo. 30, 1841 (see 
below) ; 

608. XI. Jesse Crawford ' Quinby, born 12 mo. 5, 1843, 

near Wilmington, Ohio (see); 

609. XII. Harris H.' Quinby, born 3 Feb. 1861 (see). 

Note. — Many of the foregoing dates have been supplied by Jesse C. 
Quinby, Esq. 

LIFE OF 244isaiah' quinby 

(For this charming family record hundreds of descendants of 
this line will forever appreciate the sympathetic and graphic words 
of Miss Hannah Sophia^ Quinby). 

Isaiah • Quinby married Elizabeth Moore, born 2 mo. 13, 
1800, daughter of Elijah and Sarah (Hollingsworth) Moore of Half 
Moon valley (of Juniata river) in eastern Pennsylvania. Three 
or four" years later, they started with their second child, Aaron 
Balderston Quinby, one year old (their first a daughter, Sarah, 
having died an infant), to go with team and some household goods 
to the western part of Virginia (now West Virginia) to a tract of 
land given them by his father if they would settle on it and make 
it their home. The way became more rugged as they approached 
their destination, and finding that the land was too rough to be 
made into a farm, they turned about. Elizabeth's two sisters, 
Ann Moore and Sophia ThomjDson having gone to western Ohio 
with other emigrants, they concluded to follow. They drove to 
Pittsburgh, and there traded their team for a flat boat and storing 
their effects on it, they with their baby and the dog Bose, em- 
barked on a more adventurous journey down the Ohio. They 
drifted with the current of the winding river, tying up their little 
craft at nightfall, and preparing their supper on shore. 

Their sleep under the stars on bed spread on heaped up 
leaves, the foot to the burning logs, and with their watchful dog 
at the head, was both restful and safe. One night the dog sprang 
up and chased some large prowling animal, which they thought 
to be a panther, into the woods. Isaiah with rifle in hand, fol- 
lowed some distance, but thought best to return to camp and his 
wife who had by this time grown fearful that he had been killed, 
or that he was lost in the forest. After a longer time the dog 
returned unhurt, but they entered the boat and pushed out the 
length of the chain from shore, to spend the rest of the night. 
At another time they were in great danger of being capsized on 
rocks toward which the current was fast carrying them, but being 
warned by a man on shore, who, by loud calling and violent ges- 
tures, made them understand to get quickly to the other side, he 
seized the oars and rowed for life, barely escaping a great calamity. 
These two adventures were the only really perilous ones of this 
voyage. Their children, in after years, listened with intense in- 
terest to many incidents of their journey, which at last ended at 
Cincinnati, where they disembarked and sold their little craft, and 
hired transportation by wagon to Waynesville, some twenty-five 
miles from the city, where some of the Lukenses and other friends 
of the family had already located. She was very deft with the 
needle, making bonnets for the Friends of the community, on both 
broadcloth and silk, and her work on the plain bonnets, and the 

The Quinbt Family 277 

stitching on collars and lapels, and the working of buttonholes in 
the well pressed men's suits was said to be very superior. 

Saving what they already had, and both earning some to add 
to it, they soon bought twenty-eight acres and moved to this 
place in the next county (Clinton) near Chester Monthly Meeting, 
five or six miles north of Wilmington, where round about were a 
number of Friends, constituting Center Quarterly Meeting, which 
was tributary to Richmond, Indiana, Yearly Meeting. Here they 
lived, where several of their children were born, and until their 
older boys were able to help with the work when they sold out 
and bought 117 acres five miles west of Wilmington, near Lytle's 
Creek Monthly Meeting and began tilling the land already avail- 
able, and clearing up two "deadenings" of several acres each, by 
rolling and burning the logs. The fine large trees of oak, poplar, 
ash and walnut were left standing, or were cut and sawn, and the 
lumber seasoned and stored for a new house which was built in 1850. 

Before this, in 1837 or perhaps later, his father Aajon had 
ridden on horseback from eastern Pennsylvania (Lancaster county) 
to western Ohio (Clinton county) at the age of over 80 years, re- 
turning in the same manner, to visit his sons, Ezra and Isaiah 
and now his son Isaiah fifty years old, returned this visit in the 
same way. 

He had a fine mare for sale, and as many horses from the 
west were taken up the Ohio and on to the eastern markets, 
mounted his steed, made the journey overland, visited among his 
relatives .and sold her, returning by public conveyance, bringing 
home the price in gold, which all the children were allowed to 
handle and count. Like his father he, too, in his advanced years 
wanted his own fast walking saddle horse. In the later '40's the 
threte older sons Aaron, Thomas and Ezra, beside helping on the 
farm, had their trades of millwrighting and carpentering, and the 
two oldier daughters, Josephine and Miriam were teaching and 
spending their vacations at home, spinning, weaving and making 
garments for the household. 

The boys here named, except the oldest, who had married 
and gonJB from home, now in 1850, with the help of hired work- 
men, and the lad Isaiah, built the new house, which, being sub- 
stantially constructed of heavy native hardwoods, and kept well 
painted, still stands, (1911) in good condition. This was a con- 
tinuous job, keeping all hands busy from early spring until Christ- 
mas. Mercy the next daughter, rather than teach, chose to re- 
main at home helping her motHer, and had only a common school 

Isaiah, the next son that grew up, worked on the farm, 
learned carpentering, also taught and practiced law. He after- 
ward represented his county in the General Assembly, and still 
later, was pension commissioner under Harrison and Cleveland. 
Here were born the two youngest of the eleven children of this 
mother, also another son of the second wife. These three, Han- 
nah aged now, 1911, nearly 70, living at Lawrence, Kansas, a 
teacher in schools in Ohio and Iowa for 33 years. Jesse C, aged 
67, soldier in the Civil War, volunteering when barely old enough 
to pass muster and now at Kansas City, Mo., in the real estate 
business, and Harris, the youngetet, about 50, machinist and builder 
at South Omaha, Nebraska, and Miriam Eliza, over 80, living 
with her youngest son, Louis Wasson, at Geyserville, California, 

278 The Quinby Pamilt 

npw March, 1911, the only living children of this large family of 

Once their father Isaiah, the subject of this sketch, drove 
with team, with, his two oldest daughters, to place them in the 
Friends' boarding school, now Earlham college, at Richmond, 
Indiana; the older one having already been in the institution as 
pupil, and who afterward became one of the faculty. They wore 
the garb of the Society, and their fresh young faces were sweet, 
looking out from their white plain bonnets. Later, he placed 
the two younger children, Hannah and Jesse C, in the more re- 
cently established normal school, later the National Normal school 
at Lebanon, Ohio, much nearer home, driving the distance with 
provisions and necessary furniture, the outfit for' self-boarding, 
going again with provisions and to see how they were getting 
along, and here, from this institution, the daughter, afterward 
(in 1868) graduated, as did also, 26 years later, a granddaughter, 
Anna Quinby who is now a lawyer in Columbus, Ohio, doing much 
for the W. C. T. U., having been state organizer, etc. of this body 
of women. The first child going out was Aaron, the oldest, who 
emigrated with his wife's family to southwestern Iowa. In time 
two other children followed, and in the late summer of 1856 he in 
a strong spring wagon and with an extra large and strong horse, 
in company with his brother-in-law David Thompson and the 
latter's wife, with their own team, set out from the old place and 
traveled overland to visit these three children and probably, with 
the intention, if favorably impressed with the country, of follow- 
ing them later. They made the long journey safely, and Isaiah 
traded his horse and wagon for 80 acres of rich prairie bottom 
land in Page county. Isaiah's visit over, he returned by private 
conveyance to the nearest railroad point, across the state to the 
Mississippi, and thence by rail, stopping over at Abingdon, 111., 
to visit his brother Ezra, who, with all his family had emigrated 
from Clinton county, Ohio, some time in the '40's. On his return 
the whole situation was discussed pro and con, but they decided 
to remain where they were. 

Two years later his wife Elizabeth died, 23 Dec. 1858, at the 
age of 58 years, and was buried on Christmas day in Lytle's 
Creek graveyard; as was, years before, their infant son Elijah, 
and also their daughter Josephine (Quinby) Washburn, wife of 
Rufus Washburn, she dying six months after her mother 23 July, 
1859, aged 32, leaving an only child, a little daughter, Josephine, 
4 months old, who became a teacher, married Alvin Guild and now, 
1911, lives in Boston, Mass., and has a large family. 

In 1866, Isaiah removed to Page county, Iowa, where were 
then six childiren, where he farmed a little on his land there, and 
where he died in February, 1875, of pneumonia, in the 75 year of 
his age, and was buried in Hawleyville cemetery. Up to his last 
short illness, he was still hale and well-preserved. The old farm 
in Ohio was for some years rented to strangers, and at last, about 
1881, was sold out of the family. This couple lived in the time 
of the transition from homespun, home-woven, home-made cloth- 
ing, blankets and table and bed-linen, tediously manufactured from 
home-grown wool and flax, to fabrics and ready made goods ob- 
tained at dry goods stores; from the scythe, sickle, cradle and 
flail, to the horse-power mower, reaper and thresher. The chil- 
dren were rocked in a home-made woodfen cradle, and grew up, 

The Quinbt Family 279 

a healthy self-reliant set, on the farm where there was always 
plenty and to spare. The boys had a shop, with workbench and 
a few tools, whepe they could be busy or amuse th^jtnselve^ at odd 
times. The oldest when a lad of 10, very neatly restocked a 
rifle which he kept and occasionally used when an old man. They 
brought up their children to be industrious, and all, both boys 
and girls, placed their earnings in the general family fund until 
twenty-one years old. 

From before Christmas until spring, as was judicious, Isaiah 
drove forty-five or fifty miles, to Cincinnati market with dressed 
poultry, butter and eggs that the farm and the country about 
produced, and at the last trips with a barrel, or two of maple 
molasses or maple sugar, home cured meat, apples, etc., bringing 
home groceries and supplies to last, with little additions from the 
stores near home, until marketing time the next winter. Especi- 
ally at this last coming home there were usually some covejted 
articles that were then considered as luxuries and were handed 
out as favors to each of the group of eager children. With all 
the humdrum of the farm and home, they believed in educating 
their children, and to that end gave them the best opportunities 
they could afford, all of which were by them embraced and ap- 

Note. — Hannah Sophia' Quinby, the author of the foregoing 
skejich, attended school in the country schoolhouse near Ogden, 
Clinton county, Ohio, and afterward at Clarksville. She began 
to teach school at the age of sixteen. She afterward attended the 
State normal school at Lebanon, Ohio, and graduated with high 
honor. She taught school from that time until she was over fifty 
years old, principally in Ohio; in 1889 she went further west to 
Bedford, Taylor county, Iowa, where she taught in the high school, 
also at Lenox, Iowa. She gave up teaching and lived upon her 
forty-acre fruit farm near Bedford, Iowa. She was never married, 
but generally had one or two orphan nieces living with her. "Her 
home is now (1911) in Lawrence, Kansas, 613 R. I. street, where 
she owns some property; but on account of the sickness of her 
niece, Mrs. G. L. Brown, she has spent most of her time for over 
a year, at Colorado Springs, Col." She died in September, 1915. 

245. JosiAH L. « (Aaron ^, Isaiah*, Josiah^, John^, 
William^) born about 1831; married first, Matilda Ailes. 
"He carried on coach making at Pleasant Grove, Fulton 
township, Pa." U. S. patent 47,566 for a stone gatherer 
was granted to him, a resident of Pleasant Grove, 2 May, 
1865, antedated 26 Apr. 1865. He married second, Hannah 
Ailes; about 1875 he and his family moved to Mt. Morris, 
Ogle county. 111. Children: 

I. Maxid ' Quinby; 
610. II. Thomas Hollingsworth ' Quinby; 
III. Mahgaret' Quinby. 

247. John* (Moses ^, Isaiah*, Josiah\ John'', Will- 
iam^) born 12 mo. 7, 1784, and lived in Hunterdon county, 

280 The Quinbt Family 

N. J.; married 6 June, 1822, Elizabeth Starr, daughter of 
William D. and Phoebe (Starr) Phillips of Philadelphia, 
Pa., born 5 Feb. 1773. John* "practised medicine at 
Brandywine Springs, Delaware, about thirty years, always 
riding in the saddle," says IX. American Ancestry, 64. 
He died at Brandywine Springs, 17 Jan. 1837. Children: 

I. Emily' Quinby, born 1 mo. 17, 1823, died 22 Aug. 
II. Phoebe ' Quinby, born 5 Apr. 1824, in Ne'wcastle 
county, Delaware; in 1891 she was living, un- 
married, at 49 North 10th street, Philadelphia; 

612. III. Watson Fell ' Quinby, born 12 mo. 15, 1825, New- 

castle county, Del. (see); 

613. IV. Isaac Chapman' Quinby, born 9 mo. 13, 1827 (see). 

254. Josiah * (Moses ^, Isaiah*, Josiah^, John^, Will- 
iam^) born 12 mo. 2(X, 1808 (November, says Mrs. Jackson) 
at Trenton, N. J.; married 4 mo. 27, 1837 (1836 says Mrs. 
Jackson) Ann Jenkins, daughter of Isaac and Rachel (Ray- 
mond) Brittin, born 4 mo. 28, 1814. Josiah in 1850 was 
an ice merchant in Philadelphia, says the census. They 
lived at 3rd and Buttonwood sts., and in 1842 at 2nd and 
Noble sts. Josiah died 4 Mar. 1855 and his widow Ann 
died 7 May 1899. Children: 

614. I. Edward Good ' Quinby, born 4 mo. 30, 1838 (see) ; 

615. II. Franklin Josiah ' Quinby, born 5, 10 mo. 1840 

(see) ; 

III. Letitia H. ' Quinby, born 10 mo. 17, 1842; married 

29 Dec. 1864, John A., son of Thomas and Fanny 
M. Jackson; Letitia H. is living (1916) at 6300 
Greene st., Gejrmantown, Pa.; no issue; 

IV. Anna B. ' Quinby, born 4 mo. 11, 1845, died 4 

Sept. (8 says Mrs. Jackson) 1854. 

255. Isaiah* (James ^, Isaiah*, Josiah^, John'', Will- 
iam^) born 5 Sept. 1814, in Hunterdon county, N. J.; mar- 
ried Ruth, daughter of Crispin P. and Mary (Shaw) Scar- 
borough, born 3 Dec. 1832. They lived at Lumberville, 
Pa. Children: 

616. I. D. WiLMOT' Quinby; "a successful merchant at 

Solebury, Pa." (1891); 
II. Mary' Quinby; living 1891 at Lumberville, Pa.; 
III. Margaret' Quinby, born 1866, hving in 1892 at 

256. James R. * (James ^, Isaiah*, Josiah^, John^, 
William^) born 19 Nov. 1817, at Amwell, N. J.; married 
Grace, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Wood) Ridge; 
Elizabeth Wood is stated to be a great-granddaughter of 


(photograph loaned by Mrs. Jackson) 

Ann J. (Brittin) Quinbt, 
wife of Josiahti Quiuby 
(photoyraiih loaned by Mrs. Jackson) 

Anna B.^ Quinbt, 
(photograph loaned by Mrs. Jackson) 

Daughters of 254Josiah<! Quinby 

Mrs. Letitia H.' (Quinby) Jackson 

The Quinbt Family 281 

that Edward Marshall who was connected with William 
Penn's treaty with the Indians. Grace (Ridge) was born 
1821, says the census of 1850, which says they then lived 
in Solebury township, Pennsylvania, where Mr. Quinby 
was a lumber merchant. They also lived at Carversville, 
Bucks county. Pa. He died 24 Oct. 1908, at Solebury, of 
mitral regurgitation of the heart, says the record, which gives his 
birth as 16 Nov. 1817. Children, all born at Solebury, Pa.; 
says one record, others say Carversville and Lumberville : 

I. Ellen G.'' Quinbt, born 5 mo. 5, 1848; married 
William Jay and lived at Bureau, Illinois; no 

617. II. El WOOD K. ' Quinby, born 5 mo. 18, 1849 (see); 

618. III. Joseph Ridge' Quinby, born 10 mo. 16, 1850 (see); 

619. IV. Geobge Hicks' Quinby, born 12 mo. 4, 1851 (see); 

V. 'Francenia' Quinby, born 1 mo. 20, 1853; married 
first 27 Jan. 1870, William Worstell who died 11 
June, 1875; she married second Smith Clark; they 
were living 1891 at Lambertville, N. J., and were 
dead by 1910; 

620. VI. Henry Ridge' Quinby, born 10 mo. 16, 1854 (see); 
VII. Mary Anna' Quinby, born 9 mo. 18, 1857; married 

4 Aug. 1874, James Winder; no children (1891); 
in 1914 Mrs. Winder is a widow, living at Port- 
land, Oregon, where she is devoted to the cause 
of bird protection. 

James R. * Quinby's Home. 

"As to the old homestead in New Jersey to which my 
cousin refers in his poem enclosed, I can simply say, it is 
still there and will be 300 years hence, as it was built for 
time everlasting and is a most interesting place to me, at 
least. I visited there a year ago and as an illustration of 
why it interested me: my father when a lad was fishing 
at the Delaware shad fisheries referred to in the enclosed 
document. He carried home as a cane a willow branch 
and when arriving home stuck it in the ground (uninten- 
tionally, so he told me). It grew and kept on and is still 
keeping on and I think now is 5 feet in diameter, still 
growing; but odd, the planter passed away about two years 
ago at 92. The old home is in as good condition apparently 
as when built. Of course it was built when people were 
honest; that makes for much. The flooring you could not 
match today with all our much boasted castles built by the 
Rockefellers and Harrimans on the hills. I have seen the 
Harriman house at Arden when it was building and all 
about it at a cost of two millions. I did not see a 36 in. 
board for flooring 1| inch thick. But the floor of the old 

282 The Qttimbt Pamiltt 

homestead shows as good as the day it was laid down with 
handmade nails at home, and nothing to mar it except when 
the master sat down to his table and by careful scrutiny 
you could see when his spike nails in his shoes have made 
a slight impression, when the meals possibly were not on 
time." (From a letter from Joseph R. ^ Quinby, 1910). 


Gra( E' (Wood) 
fl2nHE\RV R." 

eiS.JosEPii R.7 

"Marv a." 

256JAMES R.« 
Ellen G." 

619GE0RGE II. 


The QunsTBY Family 283 


(At this point as heretofore, the descendants of William* 
{William", Robert^) are omitted, to appear in a later volume; 
the seventh generation are numbered 257 to 321 inclusive, 
and their sons in the eighth generation, here omitted, are 
numbered 621 to 781, inclusive.) 

322. Frederick » (Joseph", Joseph'', Joseph \ Rob- 
ert", Robert") born 14 Sept. 1773 at Portland, Me. His 
widowed mother married Amos Lunt in 1785 and took her 
children to Brunswick, Me., but if Frederick went there 
he seems to have returned later, for the only records I 
have found of him are that he and John Quinby (his uncle) 
were subscribers in 1802 to the Westbrook Social Library; 
and that he was a defendant in law suits, 1803 and 1813, 
while a resident of Falmouth (now Portland). He was 
evidently a merchant, for he is called trader in the suit 
brought 25 Oct. 1803 by Samuel Cutts of Buxton, Me. 
Frederick's co-defendant Was Daniel Conant, both resi- 
dents of Falmouth; and the plaintiff got a judgment againist 
them in the court of Common Pleas for $557.14 damages 
and costs; the defendants appealed but failed to proceed, 
and the court then awarded judgment to Cutts for $574.78 
damages and $30.50 taxed costs. Execution was issued 21 
May, 1804 (York county records at Alfred, Me.) 

Birth marriage and death records of Portland are 
fairly complete but no such records refer to Frederick. 

323. Henry'' (Joseph", Joseph^, Joseph*, Robert", 
Robert^) born at Portland, Me., 17 Apr. 1775. His mother 
in 1785 married Amos Lunt and took her three sons in- 
cluding Henry' to Brunswick, Maine. 

In Jenks's Gazette (Portland) for 24 Oct. 1803 is a 
notice of Henry's appointment as postmaster of Brunswick, 
Me., and a communication animadverting upon him. 

Henry and Joseph ' were housewrights at Brunswick 
in 1802; the following year Henry was a trader there, and 
in 1806 was mentioned as being there with son Frederick. 
Thereafter Henry's property was siezed. Mr. Chapman 
in "The Waterhouse Family" says of Henry' Quinby: 
"He engaged in trade in Brunswick, and was postmaster. 

fay' i:/%f^rry^f^^uJ^^u^ 

284 The Quinbt Family 

Several of Ms manuscript letters are before me, in one of 
which he states he is about to start for Washington with 
a patent." 

In 1805 Henry deeded a part of his inherited real es- 
tate in Portland to his uncle John. The deed is in sub- 
stance as follows: 

Know all men by these presents that I, Henry Quinby 
of Brunswick in the county of Cumberland, joyner, in con- 
sideration of threie hundred dollars to me paid by John 
Quinby of Falmouth in said county, merchant, do release 
and quitclaim to the said John Quinby my rights to a lot 
in Portland consisting of three acres with building, bounded 
as follows: Beginning at the corner in the Back street 
which marks Elm street on the westerly side of said Elm 
street thence northwest to the Back Cove river; thence up 
said river until it comes to land owned by Mr. James Deer- 
ing, thence to Back street, thence by east Back street to the 
first bounds, the same being my right by heirship to my 
uncles Thomas and Levi 
Quinby's estate, they being 
deceased. Dated 27 May, 
1805. Henry Quinby. J^ — ry^,/ 

Child of Henry ^ Quinby: ^ * — 

782. Fbederick* Quinby; he appears in a deed recorded 23 
Apr. 1827, at Alfred, Me., (vol. 125, p. 165) as grantee 
from Ebenezer Moody. 

324. Joseph' (Joseph^, Joseph^, Joseph*, Robert^, 
Robert^) born 6 Apr. 1777 at Portland (then Falmouth) 
Me.; he went with his mother about 1785, to Brunswick, 
Me. He married Martha Page of Fryeburg, 25 Jan. 1816 
and was a citizen there in 1821. He was a millwright and 
bought into the Brunswick waterpower. He was at Frye- 
burg in 1830, says Mr. Chapman, "as I have recently found 
four or five of his letters to Peter Lunt and a $15 unpaid 
note among some old Lunt papers. You know his mother 
married a Lunt. A deed of sale of Joseph Jr.'s house by 
his widow shows that he received property by will from his 
father; it was a small lot at Brunswick, 2| rods in front 
and three rods back, on which his home stood." In 1802 
Joseph ' and Henry ' were housewrights of Brunswick. 
Henry remained there. The census of 1850 shows Martha 
Quinby, born about 1787, living aged 63 at Fryeburg. 
The census of 1860 gives Martha C. Quinby, age 72, as 
living at Fryeburg with Russell Page and family. At my 
request Miss Almira Fitch' Quinby (Moses ", John *, Joseph *, 
etc.) wrote in 1894 to Miss Sewall (daughter of Eunice 

325MOSES" Qdinbt, 
From a painting by J. Brewster in tlie Quinby mansion at Stroudwater, Me. 

The Qxjinby Family 285 

Day ' (Quinby) Sewall) making inquiries about Henry ■> 
Quinby. She evidently remembers the above Joseph ^ for 
after saying: "I have a dim recollection of hearing my 
mother mention a cousin Henry Quinby, but it is so faint 
I cannot get hold of it," she describes her meeting with 
his brother Joseph fully and vividly, as follows: 

"One night when I was a child, Mr. Quinby, a cousin 
of my mother's, and his wife passed the night at our house, 
perhaps longer. They were from Fryeburg, had emigrated 
to Minimachi, became disgusted, and were on their way 
back to Fryeburg. It was impressed on my memory be- 
cause he ate so many apples — said he had not had one 
before, since he left F. His wife was a brisk little woman 
and told of their discomforts and hardships at Minimachi. 
I was told that he died not long after, of consumption. 
His wife's maiden name was Page." 

L. B. Chapman wrote me in 1894: "Henry and his 
brother Joseph were house carpenters in Brunswick, Me., 
in 1802; a year later Henry went into trade. They, bought 
land and a mill, but could not pay, and the sheriff inter- 
posed with an execution. There was a Frederick also at 

Joseph ' Quinby is shown on the Cumberland county 
records thus: 2 Apr. 1811 (vol. 61, p. 363): Joseph 
Quinby of Brunswick, Me., housewright; consideration, $50, 
paid by Levi Quinby of Portland, sold one-sixth part of a 
certain mill privilege at a place called Little Folly, on the 
south and west side of Androscoggin river in the town of 
Brunswick, being part of same I purchased of Amos Lunt, 
"from which the yarn factory at Brunswick receives its 
water;" 1811 (vol. 63, p. 399) consideration, $500, same 
from same, conveys privileges; 1812 still in Brunswick; 
1814: Joseph Quinby's interest in the mill at Brunswick 
taken on execution, or so much as amounted to $350; 1815, 
Dec. (vol. 91, p. 335) consideration, $154; Amos Lunt of 
Brunswick to Martha C. Quinby of Brunswick, wife of 
Joseph Quinby of Brunswick, a certain lot of land in 
Brunswick; 1821, Nov. 3 (vol. 91, p. 406), "We Joseph 
Quinby, joiner and Martha C. Quinby wife of Joseph Quin- 
by, both of Fryeburg in the county of Oxford, state of 
Maine," to Samuel A. Brady (or Bradley) Esq., of Frye- 
burg, the foregoing described Lunt's house at Brunswick 
alluded to as "Folly Mill," etc. 

This is the end of Joseph Quinby in these records. 
In 1823, Feb. 12, Joseph and wife Martha C. were still at 
Fryeburg. In 1836, Sept. 23 (vol. 186, p. 222), a deed 
was made by Martha C. Quinby of Fryeburg of this same 

286 The Quinbt Pamelt 

property. In 1844, 24 Jan., Martha C. Quinby is men- 
tioned, the last of her on these records. Amos was son of 
James Lunt, says Smith's and Deane's Journals, p. 357. 

325. Moses' (John^, Joseph^, Joseph*, Robert*, Rob- 
ert^) born 19 April, 1786, at Stroud water, now a part of 
Portland, Maine (see portrait). He fitted for college at 
Phillips Exeter Academy and graduated there in the class 
of 1799. He then entered Bowdoin College and was one 
of the first class to graduate, seven in number. 

The commencement at Bowdoin College took place 3 
Sept. 1806, and Moses took part in the graduating exer- 
cises, delivering number seven on the program, "A Dis- 
quisition on the Solar System"! 

Thereafter he entered assiduously upon a course of legal 
study with Mr. Stephen Longfellow, in the office in the 
ancient brick Longfellow mansion still standing at Port- 
land. Several musty old lawbooks inscribed by the poet's 
father to young Moses Quinby are still preserved. 

Hon. Henry B. ^ Quinby, a grandson, has a copy of 
"American Precedents of Declarations," published in 1802, 
inscribed in the donor's handwriting, "Stephen Longfellow's 
present to M. Quinby." In due course he became a mem- 
ber of the Cumberland County Bar, but practised only a 
few years. 

The first or nearly the first case the young attorney 
had is described by Mr. Chapman as follows: 

"Archilaus Lewis owned a lot at Long Creek, or 
vicinity, which he used for a pasture. It is traditional that 
Josiah Maxfield lived with Lewis and on one occasion when 
young Josiah went over with the cows, an Indian camping 
there named Nicholas, somewhat under the influence of 
drink, caught the boy and threatened to kill him. Josiah 
thinking it no harm to punish an Indian, particularly one 
that had threatened to take the life of another, got a gun 
and using a spike for a bullet, secreted himself behind the 
fence and when the Indian made his appearance he fired. 
The sequel was, young Josiah was arrested, and carried 
before Justice Lewis. Young Moses Quinby, of the first 
graduating class of Bowdoin, appeared for Josiah, who was 
fined $1 and discharged." 

Moses appears with his wife in the census of 1810. 
Their family also included a boy under ten, as well as 
another male and female between 16 and 26 years of age, 
no doubt servants. 

Moses' was assessed for taxes in 1814 as follows: 
house, and lot, $900; barn, $550; office, $20; cow and 

The Quinbt Family 287 

Moses Quinby was the most prominent man in Stroud- 
water and vicinity and as Justice of the Peace he became 
known as "Squire Moses;" his great house, built over a 
hundred years ago, was the scene of much of historical in- 
terest; it is still the depository of many documents and 
contains many interesting portraits and other articles. 
Several pictures are given herein. 

The First Universalist Church Society of Westbroojc, 
Me., was organized 31 July, 1829, under a warrant issued 
by Moses Quinby, the request being signed by fifty resi- 
dents. Mr. Quinby was a Universalist, and all his family 
were liberal in their religious views; most of them became 

Mr. Quinby was elected a member of the first Board 
of Trustees of Westbrook Seminary in 1830. He sued one 
Buzzell in 1838 as indorsee of a note dated 6 June, 1831; 
the case was won by him in the Court of Common Pleas; 
the defendant appealed to the Supreme Court and Mr. 
Quinby was again successful (Quinby v. Buzzell, 16 Me. 
Rep., 470). 

A grandson, Hon. Andrew Hawes of Stroudwater, 

"Moses Quinby was a man of marked character. He 
was a tall handsome man in his youth, and remarkably 
fine looking in his later years; a fine scholar, excelling in 
mathematics, a great reader and brilliant conversationalist. 
Though one of the most kind hearted of men, he was said 
to have been of such a fiery temper in his youth that it 
interfered with his practice at the bar. In religious belief 
he was a Universalist. His father John, and grandfather 
Joseph, were orthodox Puritans. He was first a Federalist, 
afterwards a Whig and a pioneer Abolitionist — always 
ready to lend a hand on the 'Underground Railroad.' He 
was also one of the pioneers with Neal Dow and others 
in the Prohibition movement. For many years he was the 
local 'squire,' settling estates, titles, making wills, deeds, 
surveys, and trying cases as Justice. I remember hearing 
him say that he never had a decision reversed on appeal 
to the higher court." 

Moses' Quinby was married 21 Dec. 1809, by Rev. 
Caleb Bradley, to Anne«, daughter of Andrew" and Mary* 
(Dole) Titcomb. (A full account of her ancestry appears 
in New England Family History, p. 198-9) (IV. Me. H. & G. 
Record, copied from Rev. Caleb Bradley's diary: "fee, 
$10," says the parson; the usual fee was $2). She was 
born 17 June, 1789. He died 6 May, 1857; she died 2 

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Letter of 325MoBeB'' Quinby to his son 784ThomaS», about 1828, showing relationship of 331Benjaiiiin.» 

A.\'\E (TiTCOMB), Wife of 325Moses5' Quinby, 
From a pninting by J. Brewster in the Quinby mansion at Strouclwater, Me. 

The Pearson Quilt, 

Mafic of blue lnocailed satin; made into a dress hy Miss Almira l-". Quin'oy, witliout 
'.•nttiiig, and worn to a ball in Portland about 1S45. 


OF 325MOSES' AND Anne 

(Titcomb) Quinby, 

in the cemetery next the Quinby man- 
sion at Stroud'water, Me. The grave- 
stones of six generations of Quinbys 
are there. 

325MOSES' <t)uiNBy. 

V «a?§^ 

















The (jiTiNBY Mansion at Stboudwater, Me. 
(Home of 325Moses', his ancestors and descendants, and still owned by the family.) 

(See p. 287.) 








^**?«1^' 1 

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i ^ 

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T-»l » "^' 

Martin Hawes, 

husband of Mary A.** (Quinby) Hawes. 
(See p. 289.) 

Mart Ann«, 

daughter of Mosesf Quinby, wife of 
Martin Hawes. 

Hon. Andrew Hawes, 

son of Martin and Mary A.« (Quin- 
by) Hawes. 

Eunice C* (Quinby) Merrill, 

daughter of SS.'jMosesT Quinby. 
(See p. 289.) 

Miss Ai,mira F.^, 
daughter of :i25Mosos' (^iiiiiliy. 

.■52(iLkvi' (juixiiY, (see p. 389.) 
From a painting in tiie (,lninliy nianhion at Stroudwater, Me. 

The Quinby Family 289 

Agr. 1859; both are buried at Stroudwater. They had the 
following children: 

I. Andrew Titcomb' Quinby, born 1810, died 27 Aue. 

1811, aged 9m. 4d.; 
II. Maby Ann' Quinby, born 1812, married Martin' 
Hawes and died 13 Dec. 1833, aged 71y. 9m. 
(A full account of this Hawes family appeairs in 
New England Family History); 

784. III. Thomas' Quinby, born 16 Dec. 1813 (see); 

IV. Andrew Titcomb' Quinby, born 4 Feb. 1816; died 
9 June, 1834; 

V. Eunice Day' Quinby, born 31 Mar. 1824, married 
Dr. John Merrill; she died 2 Apr. 1880; 

785. VI. John' Quinby, born 29 May, 1818 (see); 

VII. Almira Fitch' Quinby, born 24 June, 1828; she 
lived at the old Quinby mansion at Stroudwater. 
A sketch of her life, with letters written during 
her career as a nurse in the hospital at Annapolis 
during the Civil War, was published in New 
England Family History. She died in 1909. 

326. Levi» ( Jo/in «, t'^^^^^'^-^ <9^^^^<^>^^''^y 
Joseph^, Joseph*, Robert^, ^ >^ 

Robert'') born 12 Nov. t/^>~,^ 9 ' • 

1787, at Portland, Me. "^'T^''**^ ^Cuui^*^ 

His intention of marriage *?* 
to Mary*, daughter of An- 
drew * and Mary® (Dole) ^^ ^^ ^ 
Titcomb was filed 3 Nov. ^^^^^ '"^^ ^^^44^ 

1811; they were married 

24 Nov. 1811, by Rev. Autographs (1853) of 325Mose8? Quinby, wife 
/-^ 1 t- Ti 11 1 ' and daughter. 

Caleb Bradley, who en- 
tered in his diary the fee of ten dollars he received there- 
for, the ordinary fee being two dollars. (IV. Me. Hist, and 
Gen. Record). 

Levi Quinby and Robert Strong of Portland, mer- 
chants, were sued on an account of $177.17 in 1813, by 
Abraham Durgin of Limerick, Me., and were defeated in 
a jury trial; the judgment (for $203.74) was appealed from, 
but the appeal was dismissed for failure of either party to 
appear (York county records). Levi was an assessor of 
the town of Portland. The Bangor registry of deeds gives 
a deed by Levi Quinby and Rebecca Strong of Portland 

Autograph of Levi' Quinby. 

290 The Quinby FAMHiT 

and Moses Quinby of Westbrook, 29 June, 1820, to Joseph 
Treat of Bangor. 

Levi's house in Portland was on the westerly side of 
Elm St. He died of consumption 27 Aug. 1828. His 
wife Mary was born 19 Aug. 1791, and died 23 Apr. 1874. 
Their gravestones in the Evergreen cemetery bear respec- 
tively the figures: "1788-1826;" "1791-1874." They had 
the following children born at Portland: 

I. Maria' Quinby, born 11 Jan. 1815; a sampler 
worked by her, bearing the embroidered words: 
"Maria Quinby se 11, 1825" was in the possession 
of Miss Almira F.' Quinby at Stroudwater; and 
an interesting hair bracelet with a gold clasp bear- 
ing her name is in my possession; she never mar- 
ried, and the census of 1860 gives her as living 
at Portland with her mother and brother Fred- 
erick A. Quinby; she died 21 Aug. 1883; 
II. Mary Titcomb' Quinby, born 12 Feb. 1817; died 

at Stroudwater 17 Aug. 1828; 
III. Robert Strong' Quinby, born 16 June, 1819, named 
for a sea captain friend of the family and business 
associate of Levi; he died 13 Dec. 1821, aged 2y. 
6m.; gravestone in Evergreen cemetery; 

786. IV. Frederick Augustus' Quinby, born 27 Dec. 1821 

(see) ; 
V. Elizabeth Harris' Quinby, born 6 Apr. 1824, died 
30 Oct. 1841, of quick consumption, "brought on 
by going with a party to the light house; got 
heated and sat on the rocks, which threw her 
into quick consumption;" 

787. VI. Robert Strong' Quinby, born 5 July, 1826; "died 

(without issue) in port at New Orleans as is sup- 
posed, for he disappeared there from the ship on 
which he was first mate, and was never heard of 
more; he was a steady temperate man." 

Mary * Titcomb, the child who made the series of 
samplers more than a hundred years ago, which are pic- 
tured here, was the daughter of Andrew ^ and Mary * (Dole) 
Titcomb and married Levi ' Quinby whose picture is shown 
here. The homespun cloth on which her childish fingers 
so diligently embroidered the alphabet was no doubt spun 
and woven in her own home — perhaps by herself. She 
was born and lived in the Quinby mansion in Stroudwater, 

The first sampler shown which bears the little maiden's 
name contains this phrase: "Stroudwater September 12th 
MARY TITCOMB 7 years of age 1800." Its dimen- 
sions are seven and a half by eight inches. The inscrip- 
tion just quoted is in dark brown silk, the alphabet and 
lower border are in light brown and the border at the sides 

Samplers in the Qtiixby Mansion at Stroudwater, Me. 

The lower two made bv Mary Titcomb, afterwards wife of 326Levi" Quiuby. 

(See ])]), 290-1.) 

The QmNBY Family 291 

in green. The second sampler, made by Mary Titcomb 
at the age of twelve, is homespun of much lighter brown 
than the others and is an elaborate combination of half 
a dozen colored silks, now toned to gentler shades than of yore. 
The third sampler bears no name and may have been the 
work of some other child in the family. It is thirteen by 
eighteen inches. The uppermost alphabet and border of 
top and sides are done in black linen thread; the second 
alphabet in pink silk; the lower alphabet in light green 
silk. The verse, in red silk, reads as follows: 


Sweet vision of futurity 
How oft ye cheat the young 
When first upon life's stormy sea 
Their untried saris are flung 
With meteor light ye lead them on 
To fancied scens of rest. 

327. Benjamin Wentworth ' {Jacob *, Benjamin ^ 
Joseph*, Robert^ Robert^) ("Wentworth Quinby") born 5 
Dec. 1768, probably at Salmon Falls, or Somersworth, 
N. H.; intention of marriage with Eleanor Jellison 20 Aug. 
1811, recorded at York, Me. This intention appears to 
have been carried out, for, apparently his son, 

788. Timothy Jellison* Quinby, changed his name by law 

to Timothy Jellison at York, Me., in 1836. The records 
at York do not give further information. A search of 
the York vital records do not show any Jellison descend- 
ant. A Jellison family at York in 1910, do not answer letters. 

328. John ^ (Jacob ^, Benjamin^, Joseph^, Robert^, 
Robert^) born 5 Mar. 1777, at Somersworth, N. H. He 
was a manufacturer or fuller of cloth at North Berwick, 
Me., and his grandson Alonzo^ (Jonathan H.^) says he 
lived at Lebanon, Me. John ' married 8 Mar. 1804, Han- 
nah Hanson, born 1783. He died in 1837 and she married, 
second, Thomas Rogers, and was living in 1872 with her son-in- 
law Jacob Hall at North Berwick. Children of John Quinby : 

789. I. Frederick B.» Quinby, born 1804 (see); 

II. Mary' Quinby, born 1807; married Eben Moultoh 
and lived at York, Me.; children: Johnson, Sam- 
uel, Martha, Daniel, Jeremiah; 

790. III. Jonathan Hanson' Quinby, born 1810 (see); 

IV. Lydia B. ' Quinby, married 1831 Jacob Hall, born 
1810, son of her father's cousin John Hall and his 
wife Lydia (Randall). 
NoTB. — The foregoing is partly from MSS. of Fred E. Quimby, Esq., 
City Clerk, Dover, N. H. (1908). 

292 The Quinby Family 

329. Jacob ^ (Jacob ^, Benjamin^, Joseph*, Robert^, 
Robert^) born probably 1765-8 and certainly before 1784, 
at Somersworth, N. H. In 1790, Jacob Quinby was h«ad 
of a family at Falmouth, now Portland, Me., consisting 
of a daughter and a son between 10 and 16, and a son 
under 10. Tn 1814 there was living at Saccarappa (now 
Westbrook) "Jacob Quinby, Jr." as shown by the assess- 
ment roll. On account of the fact that Jacob * Sr. did not 
die till 1805, it is impossible to identify any real estate or 
probate court records as pertaining to Jacob, Jr. From 
the fact that no other parentage can be idenjtified for 
Jacob of Portland, Me., who married Charlotte March, it 
is probable he was 

791. Jacob' Quinby, born 28 Dec. 1799 (see). 

330. George W. ^ (Benjamin ', Benjamin ^ Joseph *, 
Robert', Robert'') born at Somersworth, N. H. 1781, and 
reinoved to Portland, Me., at an early age. He married 
as early as 1807, Sarah Waldron, daughter of Joseph and 
Tamsen (Twombly) Waldron born 13 Mar. 1781, died 26 
Dec. 1853, (V. N. E. Hist, and Gen. Register, 205-6). 

The census record of George W. gives his residence as 
Falmouth, Cumberland county. Me., in 1810. He was the 
head of a family which evidently included another family, 
for (including him and his wife) theire were a male and a 
female born before 1765; one male born between 1765 and 
1784; orie female born between 1784 and 1794; two females 
born between 1794 and 1800; one male between 1800 and 
1810. These census age records are often erroneous. Mrs. 
Eaton says he was a trader — i. e., retail merchant. He died 
14 Aug. 1813, and Mr. Chapman, in the Deering News of 
27 Apr. 1905, says: "In the old, worse- than-neglected 
burying ground above Saccarappa, is a stone that reads: 
'George W. Quinby, died 1813, aged 32.' " Sally Quinby, 
a widow, is on the Westbrook, Me., assessment roll for 
1814, "house and lot, $250; barn, $20; store, $40; 7 acres 
land; 1 cow; 1 swine." Child of George W. ' Quinby: 

Nancy Ann* Quinby, born 25 Oct. 1807, married by Rev. 
J. M. Cleary, 12 Dec. 1824, to Joseph Morrill of Salis- 
bury and Dover; she died 8 Feb. 1877. 

331. Benjamin' (Benjamin^, Benjamin^, Joseph*, Rob- 
ert', Robert'') born 13 July, 1786, at Somersworth, N. H. 
He was known as Benjamin, 3rd. He married first, 13 
May, 1808, Elizabeth Jones, born 17 Aug. 1787, who died 
27 Oct. 1821, aged 34; he married second, 2 Sept. 1822, 
Sarah Purinton, born 14 July, 1792, who died 2 Aug. 1850, 


From a pencil drawing owned by Mrs. W. D. Eaton. (See p. 292.) 

The Qtjinbt Family 293 

aged 58. Benjamin was called "Square Ben"; he was in 
the census of 1810 with his wife and one girl under 10 
years old. He was on the assessment list of 1814 at Sac- 
carappa; assessed as follows: one house, $175; barn, $35; 
shop, $40; 2 acres of mowing; 2 acres of pasturage; 2 cows; 
1 horse; swine; stock in trade, $100. He was a sergeant 
in the company commanded by Joseph Valentine, raised 
about September, 1814, at Westbrook for service at Port- 
land in the war of 1812. His cousins 'Benjamin F., Simeon 
and Charles were also members of the same company. 
He was a selectman in 1819, 1822-6, 1829-34, 1836. 

His intention of marriage to Cyrene Hobbs of Bidde- 
ford was filed there 18 Dec. 1851; and he married her at 
Portland, 5 Jan. 1852. Benjamin died at Saccarappa, 19 
Apr. 1854, aged 68. 

"Of all the Quinby clan at Saccarappa (now West- 
brook, Me.), in the old Conant cemetery, there is but one 
memorial slab; two monuments in the village cemetery, 
and a row of six slate slabs, one for Benjamin", and one 
each for Benjamin^, his two wives and his first and third 
daughters," says L. B. Chapman from whose quotation 
of these gravestones the dates are taken. {Deering News, 
15 Oct. 1903). Children of Benjamin' and Elizabeth 
(Jones) Quinby, born at Saccarappa: 

I. Maby« Quinby, born 11 Oct. 1808, died 12 Dec. 

1822, says Mrs. Adelaide Q. Eaton; Mr. Chapman 
says, died Aug. 1822, aged 15; 

792. II. Geobgb Washington' Quinby, born 20 Dec. 1810 

III. SoPHKONiA' Quinby, born 13 Feb. 1813; married 

there 4 Dec. 1839, Clarendon Waters, born at 
Livermore, Me., 8 Mar. 1805, son of Simeon and 
Elizabeth (Marble) Waters; he was a graduate 
of Kent's Hill Seminary and was a farmer and 
teacher; died 27 Oct. 1879; 

IV. LucBETiA" Quinby, born 9 Dec. 1814 (19 Dec, 

says L. B. C); she died 20 Nov. 1822; 
V. Harriet Jane' Quinby, born 29 June, 1816; mar- 
ried 30 Oct. 1838, Levi Morrill; 

793. VI. Oliver How' Quinby, born 4 Jan. 1819 (see); 

794. VII. Edwin E.' Quinby, born 24 June, 1821 (see). 
Note. — All of these sons became clergymen. 

Note —A brief sketch of Benjamin ' appears in "Representative Men of 
Southeastern Massachusetts," II., 823, in connection with the biosraphy of 
one of his descendants. It misstates the date of his second wife s death. 

332. Samuel' (Benjamin <>, Benjamin^, Joseph^ Rob- 
ert*, Robert^) born 1791, at Somersworth, N. H., and while 
young probably accompanied his parents to Saccarappa, 
Maine. He was assessed there in 1814 for poll tax. He 

294 The Quinbt Family 

married in 1823, Elizabeth Nute, says Dr. Ham',s diary. 
Mrs. Eaton says that Samuel lived at Saco and Dover and 
had two daughters. They were "very handsome and in- 
teresting," says an aged relative. The Saco Directory of 
1856 names him as living on Middle street; no occupation 
mentioned. He died 11 July, 1860, aged 69. 

333. Archelaxjs ' (Joseph^, Benjamin^, Joseph*, Rob- 
ert^, Robert^) born 28 Mar. 1776, at Saccarappa, now West- 
brook, Me. He married 5 June, 1800, at Buxton, Me., 
Patience Rounds, of that town, and is said to have settled 
in Ohio. 

334. John' (Joseph^, Benjamin °, Joseph*, Robert^, 
Robert^) born 2 Feb. 1782 at Saccarappa, Me. He was 
living at Hebron, Me., when he married 15 May, 1815, 
Martha (or "Patty") Clark at Gorham, Me. She was 
born 16 Dec. 1792, daughter of Moses and Martha (Rogers) 

They lived at Minot, Me., and the census of 1850 
names him as a farmer there. Children, all born at Minot: 

I. Harriet Hill' Quinby, born 9 Nov. 1815; married 
at Portland, 25 Feb. 1840, William H. Neal, and 
died at Westbrook, 1864; they had six children; 
Leonard Clark* Quinby, born 23 May, 1817 (see); 
Albert' Qtjinby, born 1 Nov. 1818 (see); 
John Oliver' Quinby, born 17 Aug. 1827 (see); 
George Washington' Quinby, born 3 July, 1830 
(see) ; 

799. VI. Benjamin Franklin' Quinby, born 3 July, 1830 
VII. Horatio G.' Quinby, born 3 Mar. 1834, died 17 
Feb. 1842. 
Note. — Dates supplied by Mrs. Charles E. Quinby and Mrs. A. C. Root. 

335. Joseph^ {Joseph^, Benjamin^, Joseph*, Robert^, 
Robert^) ("Joseph Quinby 3d") born 12 Mar. 1791, at Sac- 
carappa, now Westbrook, Me. He was married by Rev. 
Caleb Bradley 11 Feb. 1813, at Saccarappa, to Eliza, daugh- 
ter of Joseph and Sally (Waterhouse) Bailey, born 17 Oct. 
1792. Parson Bradley records that the fee he received for 
performing the ceremony was $1.51. (IV. Me. Hist, and 
Gen. Rec.) "Joseph, Jr. to whom Mr. Harvey presented 
his Diary, was a house carpenter, and seems to have been 
a sort of rolling stone. He purchased 17 March, 1817, what 
is known as the Nicholas Harmon place, located at North Scar- 
boro,' which after he sold it to one Hanson, became notorious 
as an inn and which now remains. In 1823, he was residing 
at the corner of Essex and Congress streets, Portland; 
Me." (L. B. Chapman in Deering News, 27 Apr. 1895). 

Joseph died 28 Apr. 1838; Eliza his wife died 5 May, 









The Quinbt Family 


1874. Mrs. Charles E. Quinby, a granddaughter, has an 
excellent picture of her; and silhouettes of Joseph^ and his 
brother John^, taken in 1812; there is a monument to Eliza 
in the village cemetery. 

"In 1807, the Embargo Act 
caused such an unsettled state of 
affairs in the country that Joseph 
could not obtain steady employment 
in his chosen occupation, and pur- 
chasing some horses, he engaged in 
carrying merchandise between dif- 
ferent points. He travelled as far 
east as the Provinces and as far 
west as New York, and was often 
gone three months at a time. Dur- 
ing the war of 1812, he belonged 
to the Minute men serving in Capt. 
Benjamin Bradford's company, 45th 
regiment, U. S. Infantry. In poli- 
tics he was a Jeffersonian Demo- 
crat. After the war of 1812, he ob- 
tained work as a joiner in Sacca- 
rappa and Portland and so continued up to the time of 
his death. Children of Joseph ', born at or near Sacca- 

335Jo8BPH^ Quinby bom 1791 

(From a sUhouette owned byMre. 
Charlea E. Quinby; 








Joseph B.» Quinby, born 14 Jan. 1814; died 23 Oct. 

1822 (buried in the Eastern cemetery, Portland, 

Martha C' Quinby, born 6 Dec. 1815; married 

Joseph Knight of Worcester, Mass., and lived at 

Biddeford, Me.; in 1903 she lived at Kingston, 

N. H., with her daughter, Mrs. John Harmon; 

she died 18 Oct. 1903; 
Isaac F.» Quinby, born 26 May, 1818 (see); 
Eliza Ann« Quinby, born 31 Jan. 1820; married 20 

May, 1849, Joseph R. Eastman of Buxton; she 

died Mar. 1876; 
Chaklotte a.' Quinby, born 17 Dec. 1821; died 15 

Feb. 1822 (Eastern cemetery, Portland, Me.) ; 
Joseph Bailey* Quinby, born 14 Mar. 1823 (see). 

Note. — The foregoing dates were copied by Mrs. Charlea E. Quinby from 
Eliza B. Quinby's Family Bible. 

336. Abel^ (Nathan^, Benjamin^, Joseph*, Robert^, 
Robert'') born 178-, probably at Saccarappa, Me., He mar- 
ried Mary, daughter of John and Lucy (Tenney) Barbour; 
she died 13 May, 1825, and he married second, 11 Apr. 
1826, Eunice Akers. He died in 1854. Children, born 
probably at Saccarappa: 

296 The Quinby Family 

802. I. John' Quinby (see); 

II. Rhoda Partridge* Quinby, married by Rev. Caleb 
Bradley at Saccarappa, 30 Nov. 1823, to John 
Babb, Jr., son of Joseph, and had John R., Marsh- 
all L., Esther (married Joseph Knight), Almira 
(married Frank Goodridge) (F. M. Ray's History 
of Westbrook, in Deering News 21 Dec. 1895; 
L. B. Chapman in Deering News, 27 Apr. 1905; 
V. Me. Hist, and Gen. Rec.) 

III. Esther" Quinby, married Dec. 1841, Daniel, son of 

John and Sarah (Cobb) Cloudman, born 13 Mar. 
1813, and lived in California; no children; Daniel's 
sister Esther married Aaron ' Quinby, (Moses «, 
Benjamin '), and his sister Reliance married Moses' 
(Moses «, Benjamin ') ; 

IV. Jane' Quinby married Charles Lewis; died in Cali- 


803. V. Charles H.* Quinby, born 5 July, 1842 (the only 

child by his father's second wife) (see). 
Note. — An umdentified memorandum says another son was Abel Quinby, Jr. 

337. Levi' (Nathan^, Benjamin^, Joseph*, Robert^, 
Robert^) born 178- at Saccarappa, Me. He married Hannah 

and they removed to Searsport, Me., where he 

died. His widow married 24 June, 1823, William Webb, 
Jr. She lived awhile at Searsport with her grandson, 
Charles O. * Quimby, who told me that his grandmother 
Quinby's second husband was named Webb. Children: 

804. I. Frederick' Quinby, born 25 Feb. 1810; 

805. II. Nathan' Quinby, born 26 Nov. 1812 (see). 


Extract from an article by William Goold of Portland 
in the Portland Star, about 1871: "Parson Bradley's Journal. 
More ancient History. Murder of a Sheriff in the olden 
times. Last Execution in Portland: "1800, Jan. 20. At- 
tended the funeral of Parker who was killed at Saccarappa 
by Drew. Joseph Drew was a blacksmith, and Parker 
was a deputy sheriff who went into Drew's shop to arrest 
one Levi Quinby for debt, where he had retreated for 
security. Drew attempted to protect hijs friend, and in the 
scuffle struck Parker twice, the last time with a piece of 
wood, which caused his death. May 24. The Supreme 
Court sits. Attended. Drew and Quinby indicted for 
murder. May 26. Attended the trial of Drew. Poor 
unfortunate fellow was convicted of murder at 10 o'clock 
p. m." The Court adjourned from the Court house to the 
old wooden meeting house then occupied by the First 
Parish, for the accommodation of the great crowd that at- 

The Quinby Family 297 

tended. "May 27. Attended the trial of Levi Quinby 
who was indicted for murder. He was acquitted. May 
28. Attended Court. Heard the sentence of death pro- 
nounced on Drew by Judge Parsons. May 30. Visited Drew 
in prison. July 8. Went down to town and visited Drew 
under sentence of death. Prayed with him. July 21. 
The solemn day has arrived when Drew must die. At- 
tended his execution. Walked with him from the prison 
to the gallows. A vast multitude attended on the occasion." 
Drew was executed in front of the observatory. He must 
have met his fate with firm^iess, as he walked | mile from 
the prison to the gallows in the last hour of his existence 
on earth. Col. John Waite was sheriff, then 70 years old. 
Drew addressed the crowd from the gallows, confessing his 
crime. This was the third and last execution in Port- 

338. Hiram' {Nathan", Benjamin^, Joseph*, Robert^, 
Robert'') born about 1788-98 at Saccarappa, Me. He 
served in Capt. Abel W. Atherton's company of Maine 
militia under Gen. James Irish, from 16 Sept. to 24 Nov. 
1814, during the war of 1812 (Roster published in Port- 
land Argus, 18 May, 1912). He was on the assessment 
roll at Westbrook in 1814. 

In 1817 he bought from his father the latter's house 
and barn "which seem to have been located at Saccarappa 
back of where the Universalist church stood on the north- 
erly side of Main street in the village" (L. B. Chapman in 
Deering News 27 Apr. 1895). He was married at Port- 
land by Rev. Caleb Bradley, 27 Dec. 1821, to Sally Jame- 
son, (IV. Me. Hist, and Gen. Rec.) and removed to Old 
Town, Me. The following is an imperfect list of his chil- 
dren, who spelled their name Quimby: 

806w I. Luther F." Quimby, born about 1823 at Saccarappa 

(see) ; 
II. Tamsen" Quimby, a marriage license for her to 
marry George W. Dutton of Orono, Me., was 
issued at Old Town, Me., 9 Apr. a849; 

807. III. William J.« Quimby, born about 1832 at Old Town 

(see) ; 

808. IV. John J.« Quimby, born about 1833 at Old Town 


339. Simeon' {Nathan\ Benjamin^, Joseph*, Robert^, 
Robert^) born 1789, at Saccarappa. He married first, Mary 
Goodwin, who died 1828; he married second, Sarah Batch- 
elor, who died 11 Feb. 1842; he seems to have been the 
Simeon who married 13 Oct. 1847, Rebecca Walker. It 
seems scarcely probable that hfe married again, but the 

298 The Quinby Family 

census gives Simeon, aged 58, and Lydia, aged 46, as the 
only ones of the name, living in the town of Windham 
(adjoining Saccarappa) in 1850. 

War of 1812: No. 37, 338; Simeon Quinby's claim for 
bounty land ; affidavit dated 27 March, 1855, of Simeon 
Quinby, aged sixty years, resident of Westbrook, Maine, 
"that he is the identical Simeon Quinby who was a private 
in the company commanded by Capt. Valentine, in the 
regiment of Massachusetts Militia, commanded by Col. 
Hobbs in the war of 1812; that he entered the service at 
Westbrook on or about 7 Sept. 1814, for the term indefinite, 
and continued in actual service in said war for the term of 
fourteen days, and was honorably discharged at Portland 
on the 20th of Sept. 1814, as will appear by the company's 
roll." The Argus list shows that he was a member of Capt. 
Joseph Valentine's company raised in Sept. 1814, for the 
defence of Portland. 

The following is from a letter of Mrs. Charles E. Quin- 
by dated 21 Feb. 1909: "You ask if I know that Simeon 
was really the father of Daniel as I wrote you. I know 
that that is correct, as Mrs. Bryant sent me the plates 
that came from the old coffins of the grandfather Simeon 
and his second wife Sallie Batchelder; Mrs. Cord well told 
me that her father William Motley was next in age to 
Frances, the youngest child." 

Children born at Saccarappa: 

809. I. George Westbrook* Quinby, born 29 Sept. 1814 

(see) ; 
II. Mary Ann' Quinby, born 1817; died 26 Feb. 1831, 
aged 14; 

810. III. Daniel T.' Quinby, bor!a 1822 (see); 

811. IV. William Motley* Quinby, born 1824 (see); 

V. Frances' Quinby, born 1827; according to Mrs. 
Cordwell, Frances was the youngest child, and 
was a year and a half old when her mother, 
Simeon's first wife, died; she married her relative, 
Joseph H. Towle, born 30 Mar. 1823, son of Levi 
and Mary (Quinby) Towle; this Mary (Quinby) 
was daughter of Joseph = {Benjamin *) ; Frances' 
died in 1866. 

340. Benjamin Franklin " (Moses ^ Benjamin ', Jos- 
eph*, Robert^, Robert^) born 10 Sept. 1789, at Saccarappa, 
Me. He was commonly called Franklin Quinby, although 
his marriage record calls him Benjamin Quinby of Buxton. 
He was married by Rev. Caleb Bradley at the First Con- 
gregational church at Scarboro', Me., 26 June, 1813, to 
Phoebe Larrabee, says the Scarboro' town record; the Me. 

341MOSES' QuiNBV, Jr., 

(Photo, by Spooiier, Springfield, 
Mass.) (See p. 299.)" 

Eeli.\xce Cobb (Cloudjiax) Quixby. 
wife of 341]\roses" 

Mrs. Sarah (Cobb) Cloudmak, 

mother of Reliance Cobb (Cloudman) Quinby, 
and of Esther (Cloudman) Quinby (see p. 2%). 

The QuiNBY Family 299 

H. and G. Rec. II. 239, gives 10 Aug. 1813. He was a 
member of Capt. Joseph Valentine's company raised in 
September, 1814, for the defence of Portland, in the sec- 
ond war with England. (Portland Argus, 21 Sept. 1912) 
The tax roll at Saccarappa in 1814 shows that he was 
assessed for two cows; swine; one-half the Quinby saw mill 
at Saccarappa." (L. B. Chapman in Deering News, 27 
Apr. 1905). From Moses « Quinby's family Bible we learn 
that Franklin Quinby died 27 Sept. 1817. Children: 

812. I. Daniel Franklin* Quinby, born about 1814 (see); 
II. Abigail" Quinby, died at the age of five yeats. 

341. Moses' (Moses ^, Benjamin^, Joseph*, Robert^ 
Robert^) born 3 May^ 1805, at Saccarappa, Me. He mar- 
ried 30 Sept. 1827, Reliance Cobb Cloudman, daughter of 
John and Sarah (Cobb) Cloudman of Gorham, Me. She 
was born 11 Oct. 1803, and died of old age, 4 Feb. 1892. 
Moses, known as Moses Quinby 3d., died 10 Aug. 1879. 
Children, born at Saccarappa (Westbrook), Me.: 

813. I. Benjamin Franklin" Quinby, born 22 June, 1828 

(see) ; 

814. II. Henry Clay« Quinby, born 24 Apr. 1831 (see); 

815. III. John C.« Quinby, born 16 Jan. 1835 (see); 

816. IV. Melville Gershon Cox» Quinby, born 12 May, 

1837 (see); 
V. Sarah E.« Quinby, born 14 Dec. 1841. 

The census of 1860 mentions Moses, his wife Reliance, 
and their four sons, living at Grafton, Mass. Nearly half 
a century later, a St. Paul, Minn., paper, contained the 
following : 

"Unique Family Reunion. There was a family reunion 
today at the residence of John C. Quinby, one of the mem- 
bers of the Board of Public Works, participated in by Mr. 
Quinby's three brothers, Dr. Henry C. Quinby and Dr. 
Melville Quinby of Liverpool, England, and B. F. Quinby 
of Chicago. This is the first time the brothers have been 
all together in forty-seven years." • 

Note. — The above birth dates are from the family Bible in possession of 
Dr. Arthur H. Quinby of Liverpool. 

Sketch of Moses' Quinby 

"Moses Quinby 3d was the fifth of a family of seven. His 
education was obtained in the common school; how early in his 
life his father moved with his family from Falmouth to a farm in 
Westbrook, Me., is not now known; he was an important help 
to his father, his elder brother having died young, and the other 
brother was five years younger than himself; then his father was 
farjner and mill-wright; such skill was in diemand, so much of 

300 The Quinbt Family 

his father's time was devoted to installing water wheels, etc., that 
the care of the farm rested upon the son. The farm was not 
large but good and grew a large amount of fine hay, which was 
partly fed to cattle and sheep, the balance sold for cash; a stock 
of hens, geese and a fine breed of pigs were grown, the latter 
selling for twice the ordinary prices. The, son inherited the me- 
chanical skill of the father, and could do anything with tools, 
making and repairing the agricultural implements, wagons, carts, 
sleds, yokes for the oxen, repairing the buildings, etc. Ambitious 
to learn, he busied himself winters sawing timber in one of the 
village mills '(m shares,' The father and mother grew aged and 
became a care and Mr. Quinby at the age of twenty-two married 
Reliance Cloudman, daughter of John Cloudman and Sarah his 
wife, of Gorham, Me. He built an addition to the house and gave 
his parents proper rooms, a cow, etc.; he took over the farm, pay- 
ing his brother a large sum to relinquish his claim; he and his 
helpful wife worked hard and supported two families, both large 
from a wide circle of friendly visitors. Expenses being heavy, he 
contracted for the building of a section of the 'PGo-tland and Seb- 
ago Canal,' and completed it. His working force. Irishmen, all 
hard drinkers, with one American, also a hard drinker, as foreman, 
a powerful, fearless man, hated by the men, who threatened to 
kill him; with his back up to a barn he told them to 'come on' 
and knocked them out as fast as they came; he proved helpful 
in controUi^ig Irishmen. 

"Meantime Mr. Quinby's health had failed badly; he pledged 
his foreman from drink, took him and his family of four to the 
farm, gave them a place to live in, gave him the farm to 'work 
at the halves,' and taught him to read — he did not even know 
the alphabet. The foreman kept his pledge, worked hard and well 
for several years, but the plan did not prove sufficiently successful 
to Mr. Quinby, ill and with increased expenses; he having become 
somewhat indebted to his brother who had prospered as grocer, 
he sold him the farm, moved to the village with his young family, 
wife and four children, and father and mother. He supplied 
his farmer with a good wagon and pair of horses; the man worked 
hard, was frugal, and accumulated a handsome fortune before he 

"Mr. Quinby took a partner with a knowledge of the business 
and went into the manufacturing of wagons; the business grew 
from that to an extensive water-power factory of his own, employ- 
ing twelve or fourteen skilled men. The demand for carriages 
in Maine was not then what it has been since, so he closed out 
his afiFairs and went to Massachusetts with a son in the same 
business where he continued for some years, then retired to a 
pretty home near the homestead farm and his brother. 

"Mr. Quinby and his wife early became members of the 
Methodist church. He was prominent and helpful; with another, 
as associate, he built a handsome church, contributing largely 
himself; he was musical, and led the choir in the old house of 
worship with his voice and bass viol; he bought a fine organ for 
the new church, the members contributing; he was a quiet Metho- 
dist in those emotional, shouting days; did not approve of noisy 
worship, and his influence toned it down. He was an intelligent, 
well iriformed leader, with a religious library such as no other pos- 
sessed; he was tolerant in days when clergymen of one sect would 

The QxnNBY Family 301 

not occupy the pulpit of another; as an example of his kindly 
feelings, the people of a distasteful church body wanted an organ 
like the one in his church; he permitted their mechanic to take 
measurements and frequent visits for study, which resulted in 
the construction of an exact imitation of the original. 

"In Massachusetts where he lived, there was no Methodist 
church, so he and his wife at once united with the local Congre- 
gational church, and were acceptable members. Later he found 
there were other Methodists in the place; he got them together 
formed a little church body, took a hall on lease, obtained a young 
minister, and went on successfully while he lived there. That 
young man grew to be a bishop of the Methodist order, and the 
writer believes he is living today, a retired, aged bishop. Mr. 
Quinby was a military officer, a fine figure mounted, and he was 
a highest degree Odd Fellow. Living in a drinking town at times 
he exerted his influence toward lessening the bad effects; he opened 
a general store, both grocery and dry goods, almost the only one 
without a drinking place, but the people were not appreciative 
and he closed it out in a year or two. Mr. Quinby lived a useful 
life and passed away in Westbrook, in 1879, at the age of seventy- 
four, his wife ifollowing him in fourteen years at the age of eighty- 
eight. Their resting place is in what is now the city of 
Westbrook, Maine. The following is from Mr. Quinby's obituary 
written by his then Pastor, and signed L.: 

"Brother Quinby was converted fifty-two years ago, under the 
labors of Rev. Mr. Schermerhorn, and immediately united with 
the Methodist church. He has been an active, prominent and 
useful member of the church to the close of his life, although for 
the few last years his influence was considerably limited by im- 
paired health. For a long time he held the offices of class-leader 
and steward, and with great fidelity he fulfilled the trust imposed 
upon him by his brethren. He joyfully carried the burdens laid 
upon him, and with a generous hand, almost prodigal, perhaps, he 
sustained, all the interests of the church; and this interest was 
maintained to the last. In my last interview with him, though 
he seemed almost patet consciousness, his face lighted and his lips 
moved at the name of Jesus. He has been a subscriber of the 
Herald for fifty-two years. He lived well and he died well and 
the church cherishes his memory." 

342. Aaron ^ (Moses ^, Benjamin \ Joseph*, Robert", 
Robert") born 3 May, 1810, at Saccarappa, Me. He was 
married 3 Dec. 1833, by Rev. Timothy Hilliard, to Esther 
Cloudman, the sister of his brother Moses's wife, daughter 
of John and Sarah (Cobb) Cloudman, of Gorham, Me., 
three of whose children married Quinbys. Aaron ^ was 
Town Clerk at Saccarappa (now Westbrook) 1846/-7-8; 
Selectman, 1848-9; Representative, 1851-2-3; State Senator, 
1855. The records show that he was a subscribed to the 
Westbrook Social Library in 1840, and no doubt other 
years; the census of 1860 names him and his wife as living 
at Westbrook, where his real estate was valued at $1000; 
their youngest sons were then living with them, attending 

302 The Quinbt Family 

school. Hon. Aaron' Quinby died 8 Jan. 1872; his wife 
Esther died of pneumonia 2 Apr. 1893 at Westbrook. He 
lived and died in the old homestead that had come down 
to him from his grandfather Benjamin. 

Mr. Chapman, in the Deering News of 11 Oct. 1899, 
says: "He filled the office of town clerk and was re- 
elected repeatedly. The work upon the town books is 
neatly donfe. After passing the preparatory positionb of 
selectman and representative to the state legislature he 
was sent by his fellow townsmen to the state senate, leav- 
ing at the close of his worldly career good reports of him- 
self. Upon the manuscript records of the town of West- 
brook the name is inscribed in a manner that reflects credit 
upon the descendants, and in the village cemetery it is 
deeply engraved upon tablets of stone. Our labor to per- 
petuate has been cheerfully given." 

Children of Hon. Aaron' and Esther (Cloudman) 
Quinby : 

1. Adeline Mabia' Quinby, born 24 Sept. 1834; mar- 
ried 10 (or 22) Jan. 18G0, John W. Partridge; she 
died 21 Apr. 18&3; one child, Fred, born 1863; 

817. II. Albion M.» Quinby, borti 23 Jan. 1836 (see); 

III. Edwin M.» Quinby, born 27 June, 1838; died 1 July 

818. IV. Charles Edwin' Quinby, born 7 Sept. 1848 (see); 

819. V. Geobge Albert" Quinby, born 18 Feb. 1850 (see); 

Note. — The foregoing dates are from Mrs. Mary (Quinby) Quinby, wife 
of Charles E.» Quinby. 

343. Charles' (Simeon'', Benjamin^, Joseph*, Rob- 
ert^, Robert^) born 4 Apr. 1794, probably at Saccarappa, 
Me. In 1814 he was on the Saccarappa tax assessment 
list for a blacksmith shop, $100, and nine acres of land. 
(L. B. C, Deering News, 27 Apr. 1905). This seems to 
be the only possible Charles, but was only 20 years old. 
The real estate records (Alfred, Me.) show that Charles 
Quinby was grantee of real esta^te 15 Apr. 1815, from David 
Newbegin (bk. 92, p. 270). He was a private in the com- 
pany raised in September, 1814, at Westbrook, Capt. 
Joseph Valentine, for service at Portland; Benjamin Quinby 
was a sergeant in this company; Charles and Simeon were 
privates. He was married 16 June, 1817, at Portland, by 
Rev. Caleb Bradley to Mary Weeks Roberts of Saccarappa; 
he paid the minister a fee of $2 (IV. Me. Hist, and Gen. 
Rec.) Charles was grantee of real estate 5 Mar. 1818, from 
William Davis (bk. 100, p. 44). He was a subscriber to 
the Westbrook Social Library in 1819 and he or another 
Charles in 1840. In 1824, (Sept. 22) he deeded land to 

From a portrait in possession of his son, Tliomas W.^ Quinljy. (See p. 303.) 

The Quinby Family 303 

William Davis (bk. 115, p. 199). He apparently married 

second, Joanna , born 1810, as appears by the 

census of 1860; he was a farmer in Westbrook then, with 
$1000 real estate and $500 personalty; they then were liv- 
ing with Dexter V. and Caroline A. Haskell. Children of 
Charles and Mary Quinby, born at Saccarappa, Me.: 

I. Eliza Ann* Quinby, born 1 Feb. 1817; married 
George Rounds; no children; 
II. Elizabeth V.» Quinby, born 4 Nov. 1819; married 
1842, Sidney B. Chase, and had Genevieve P., 
born 1843; Ariadpe B., born 1844; Ella G., boi-n 
1850; Melanie B., born 1851; Sidney B., born 1853; 
Lucy W., born 1859; 
III. Mary W.' Quinby, born 2 June, 1822; married Gree- 
ley H. Dyer, and had Mary W., born 1844; Al- 
meda S., born 1846; Charles G., born 1847; Clif- 
ford W., born 1851; Howard E., born 1853; Ada- 
lina F., born 1855; Lonville H., born 1865; 

820. IV. Cyrus W.« Quinby, born 5 Mar. 1825 (see) ; 

821. V. Johnson M.» Quinby, born 20 May, 1827 (see); 

VI. Rebecca F.* Quinby, born 20 Nov. 1829; married 
by Rev. John R. Adams at Gorham, Me., 7 Feb. 
1857, to Eliphalet B. Robinson, age 24, clerk at 
Boston, born at Portland, son of John Robinson; 
Rebecca F. died 1865; children: Herman M., 
born 1857; Edgar A., born 1858; Helen L., born 
1859, died 1873; 

822. VII. Charles 0.« Quinby, born 6 Sept. 1835 (see); 

823. VIII. Benjamin F.» Quinby, born 19 Apr. 1838. 

Note. — The foregoing i.s mostly from Mrs. G. H. Dyer, 574 Congress st., 
Portland, Me. (1888). Mrs. T. j'. Ferguson, daughter of Cyrus W.« Quinby, 
gives Rachel instead of Rebecca for the youngest daughter. 

344. Robert" (Robert^, Daniel^, Joseph*, Robert^, 
Robert^) born 25 June, 1797, at Amesbury, Mass. He was 
a farmer and a captain in the militia, and selectman at 
Amesbury. He married Abigail, daughter of Orlando and 
Hannah (Welch) Sargent. The census of 1850 gives Rob- 
ert Quinby as a farmer at Amesbury, with real estate 
estimated at $3000; Sally, Orlando, Abigail and Thomas 
are mentioned as part of the household; and as living with 
them, Mary, aged 20 and Emma, aged 18; Mary was no 
doubt Orlando's wife. Thomas W. says (1911), "Emma 
was not of our family." Robert' died of dropsy, 3 Dec. 
1857, at Amesbury; Abigail his wife died 9 Feb. 1849, aged 
46'y. 9m. 19d. Among his personal estate as shown by the 
inventory, 1858, was a pew in the Congregational Meeting 
House. A copy of his will is given below. Children of 
Robert ', born at Amesbury : 

824. I. Daniel Osgood' Quinby, born 22 Dec. 1821 (pee); 

II. Sarah Ann" Quinby, born 10 Feb. 1826; married 

304 The Quinby Family 

Albert, son of Joseph and Lydia Merrill, 13 Oct. 
1852, by Rev. Rufus King at Amesbury; Albert 
was 42, school teacher, afterwards shoe manu- 
facturer; she died at Haverhill, Mass., 11 June, 

825. III. Orlando Sargent' Quinby, born 1 Jan. 1828 (see); 
IV. Abigail' Quinby, born 17 June, 1832; married by 

Rev. A. C. Childs at Amesbury, 14 Dec. 1856, 
to Daniel Quinby Gale of Washington, Mo., aged 
48, his second marriage; he was Colonel of militia 
and "for eight yeai-s Circuit Judge in Missouri; 

826. V. Thomas Weed' Quinby, born 23 Feb. 1835 (sfee). 

Note. — The foregoing ia from Thomas W. Quinby, supplemented by vital 

Will of Robert ' Quinby 

(Env. 51206, No. 1) In the name of God Amen, I, Robert 
Quinby of Amesbury in the county of Essex and Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts, yeoma,n, being of sound disposing mind and 
memory, and considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, do 
make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and 
form following that is to say. First, I give and bequeath uiito my 
son Daniel 0. Quinby one piece of woodland situate in Newton, 
New Hampshire, containing about two acres. Also one hundred 
dollars in money and one bed and bedding therefor, to him, his 
heirs and assigns forever. Second, I give and bequeath unto my 
daughter Sally A. Merrill, wife of Albert Merrill, one-third part 
of my lot of land called the "Hibbert Lot" situate near the house 
of George Jewell and containing about thirty-eight acres, she pay- 
ing one-third part of the debt which 1 have contracted with Sally 
Gale for the purchase of her share in the premises. Also one- 
fourth part of about sixteen acres of woodland situate in South 
Hampton, in the southerly part of Hoyts Woods (so called) and, ad- 
joining land of the heirs of Daniel Tuxbury and Page Ring, being 
one-fourth part in value, to her and her heirs and assigns forever. 

Third, I give and bequeath unto my son, Orlando S. Quinby, 
five dollars. 

Fourth, I give and bequeath unto my son-in-law, Albert Mer- 
rill, onte-third part of my "Hibbert Lot" about described, he pay- 
ing one-third part of the debt which I have contracted with Sally 
Gale for her share in the premises. Also one-fourth part in value 
of about sixteen acres of woodland situate in Southampton and 
above described. Also one bed and bedding therefor and one-half 
of my carriages, carts, wagons and harnesses and one*-half of all 
the furniture and other stuff in the house not hereinafter disposed 
of, to him his heirs and assigns forever. 

Fifth, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Abby Gale, wife 
of Daniel Q. Gale, one-third pirt of my "Hibbert Lot" above de- 
scribedj she paying one-third part of the debt which I have con- 
tracted with Sally Gale for her share in the premises. Also one- 
fourth part in value of about sixteen acres of woodland situate 
Southampton aind herein before described, to her, her heirs and 
assigns forever. 

Sixth, I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas W. Quinby 
on,e-fourth part of about sixteen acres of woodland situate in 

The Quinby Family 305 

Southampton and herein before described, being one-fourth part 
in value, also one piece of salt marsh situate in Salisbury at Sandy 
Cove containii^g about three acres. Also one piece of marsh at 
the Hickley Picklies in said Salisbury containing about one acre. 
Also one piece of marsh at Rolf's Island in Salisbury containing 
about two and a half acres. Also my horse. One yoke of oxen, 
the ones I raised; one cow, one yearling heifer, two yearling steers, 
one colt, all my farming tools and utensils of every description. 
Also one-half of all my carriages, carts, wagons and harnesses. 
Also one bed and "bedding therefor, and one-half of all the furni- 
ture household utensils and other things of 'every description in 
the house not hereinbefore disposed of, to him, his heirs and as- 
signs forever. 

Seventh, It is my will that my executor hereinafter named 
dispose of my large piece of salt marsh, containing about six acres 
and also that part of my live stock and whatever other property 
I may not have disposed of herein, to pay the legacy to my son 
D. 0. Quinby, my just debts not hereinbefore provided for and 
all incidental charges, and should anything remain, then the same 
to be equally divided between all my children and I hereby con- 
stitute and appoint Joseph Merrill, Jr., sole executor of this my 
last will and testament. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 
twenty-second day of June, A. D., 1857. Signed) sealed and de- 
clared by the above mentioned Robert Quinby to be his last will 
and testament, in the presence of us, who, at his request, in his 
presence, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. 

Robert Quinby. 
William H. Currier, Bailey Currier, Levi T. Currier. 

345. Enos ' (Jonathan^, Benjamin^, Benjamin*, Rob- 
ert^, Robert^) born 30 Jan. 1775, at Salisbury, N. H., and 
went within a year to Hopkinton. He married at New 
Grantham, N. H., 15 Nov. 1798, Anna Ring, (spelled Anor 
on the Grantham record), both residents of Enfield. In 
1810 he and his wife and family lived at Enfield. The only 
other family of the name there then was that of Benjamin* 
(Benjamin^, Benjamin*) (U. S. census). Enos's family in 
1810 were as follows: 

I. (girl)' QmNBY, born between 1794 and 1800; 

828. II. (boy)' Quinby, born after 1800; 

829. III. (boy)' Quinby, born after 1800; 
' IV. (girl)' Quinby, born after 1800. 

346. Thomas^ (Jonathan*, Benjamin'', Benjamin*, 
RoberP, Robert^) born 31 Jan. 1777, at Hopkinton, N. H.; 
married by Rev. Christopher Page, 13 Dec. 1798, to Han- 
nah', daughter of Eastman « and Martha Hoyt, born 14 
Feb. 1767. (Her brother Joseph" Hoyt married 18 Aug. 
1808, Elizabeth^ Quinby, sister of Thomas^, and lived at 
Windsor, Vt., says Hoyt Genealogy). 


306 The Quinby Family 

The census of 1810 gives Thomas and wife of Hop- 
kinton with a family consisting of one female between 16 
and 26, one boy between 10 and 26, and two girls and two 
boys under 10. The town clerk of Vershire, Vt., writes 
me that Thomas Quinby of Hopkinton bought and sold 
real estate in Vershire in 1813. 

The census of 1850 give Thomas and Betsy Quinby 
as living in the same house at Thetford, Vt., he aged 72, 
she 63, "both born in New Hampshire." Either he mar- 
ried again, or she was the sister above mentioned, then no 
doubt a widow. 

In 1856 he made an affidavit in support of his claim under 
the U. S. law for bounty labd, for service in the war of 1812. 

No. 258, 799: Claim for Bounty Land of Thomas Quinby, 
aged 78 years^, resident of Thetford, Orange county, Vt. Affidavit 
of Thomas Quinby dated 15 Sept. 1856, that he is the identical 
Thomas Quinby who was a private, in the company commanded 
by Capt. Ebenezer Spencer in the regiment of Vermont Militia, 
commanded by Col. Lyman Fitch in the war of 1812; that he vol- 
unteered at Thetford, Vermont, on or about 10 Sept. 1814, for a 
term indefinite and continued in actual service in said war for the 
term of five days. That at the time of the alarm that the British 
were about to invade Plattsburgh, N. Y., he together with the 
other members of said company, volunteered and got in readjness 
for marching and took up their line of march fof the defense of 
that place. Saturday morning 10 Sept. 1814, on their arrival at 
Burlington, Vt., a distance of seventy miles, they were informed 
of the battle of Plattsburgh, N. Y., ahd the retreat of the British 
and were notified their services were not further needed; where- 
upon the company returned to their place of starting. 

He died 7 Sept. 1859, at Thetford. Children of 
Thomas' born at Hopkinton: 

830. I. Leonabd" Quimby, born 20 June, 1799 (see); 

831. II. Joseph Hoyt' Quimby, born 13 Apr. 1801 (see); 
III. (son)8 Quimby, born between 1800 and 1810. 

The census indicates that there were also two daughters 
born between 1800 and 1810. 

347. John ' (Jonathan ^ Benjamin *, Benjamin *, Rob- 
ert,^ Robert^) born 18 Aug. 1790 at Hopkinton, N. H.; 
married Hannah T. (or S.), daughter of Jonas and Selma 
(White) Blanchard. The census of 1860 shows him as a 
farmer at Hopkinton with $3000 real estate, $1200 personal 
proplerty, living with his wife and children, Mary, Jona- 
than and Enos. She died 28 May, 1882, aged 81y. 3m. 
13d. John ' died of "ulcers in the stomach," 1 May, 1864, 
at Hopkinton, aged 73y. 8m. 13d. Children, born at Hop- 

The Quinbt Familt 307 

I. Mary» Quimby, born 1822; was living unmarried at 
Hopkinton 1860 (census); 
832. II. Jonathan* Quimby, born 23 Dec. 1823; lived at 
Hopkinton, a farmer. The census of 1860 shows 
him as a farmer with $500 real estate, and $430 
persona,! property, at Hopkinton; he died there 
of dropsy, 5 Aug. 1905, unmarried (Hopk. rec;); 

III. Sophie B. ' Quimby, born 1825, died 4 Jan. 1827, 
aged 1 y. 9m.; (C. C. Lord's rec); 

IV. Enos G. ' Quimby, born about 1828; died of heart- 
disease at Hopkinton, unmarried, 11 Oct. 1874, 
aged 45y. 11m. 4d. (Hopk. rec). 


348. James ^ (Benjamin^, Benjamin^, Benjamin*, Rob- 
ert, Robert^) born 12 Oct. 1794, probably at Enfield, N. H.; 
married at Thetford, Vt., 11 Nov. 1832, Mercy Kendrick 
of Lyme, N. H., and had two daughters Eliza and Harriet, 
(says a relative in 1875). James' Quimby died at Thet- 
ford, 10 June, 1872. Children: 

I. Eliza' Quimby, "died young;" an Eliza died, at 

Thetford 16 Apr. 1860; it may have been another; 

II. Habriet' Quimby "married and now lives with the 

family of Albert D. » Quimby" (Leonard', Thomas ', 

Jonathan ', Benjamin ') at Thetford'. 

Note. — Perhaps they had also Nancy (died at Thetford 21 Dec. 1886); 
Betsy, and Judith, all on I'hetford records. There were several Quimby fam- 
ilies there: John, son of David; John W.; the first of the name to settle there 
was Thomas' {Jonathan^, BenjJ, Benjamin*). 

349. Harvey ' (Benjamin «, Benjamin *, Benjamin *, 
Robert^, Robert^) born 15 Sept. 1803, probably at Enfield, 
N. H. ; married Judith Eaton, born 1802; they evidently 
lived at Strafford, Vt.; and in 1838 they moved to Thet- 
ford, Vt., where they remained. The census of 1850 shows 
him as a farmer there with real estate valued at $1000; at 
that time Laura, Luman and Wareham lived with them 
and attended school. Children, all but I., born at Straf- 
ford, Vt.: 

I. Jeannette' Quimby, born 5 Sept. 1822, probably at 
Enfield; married Joseph Smith and moved to 
South Hampton, N. H.; 
II. Jekusha Caroline* Quimby ("Caroline") born 3 
Aug. 1829; married Ira Moore, and was living at 
Thetford about 1875; 
III. Laura Ann» Quimby, born 22 Dec. 1830; married 
RoyaJ George and in 1875 was living at Thetford; 

834. IV. Wareham Morse' Quimby, born 12 Oct. 1832 (see); 

835. V. Luman Vesper* Quimby, born 4 July, 1835 (see). 

Note. — The foregoing is from the MSS. of Benjamin F. Quimby of Chi- 
cago, and the Strafford records. 

308 The Quinby Family 

350. Dunham ' (Benjamin ^ Benjamin *, Benjamin *, 
Robert^ Robert") born 12 July, 1805, probably at Enfield, 
N. H.; married Rebecca Proctor, and lived at Marshfield, 
Washington county, Vt. The census of 1850 names him 
and his wife, aged 40 as living at Marshfield with his 
sister Susan ' and son Proctor*; he was a farmer with real 
estate put at $1200. In 1860 the census gives Dunham 
Quimby aged 52, living with wife Mary M., aged 36, at 
Newbury, Orange county, Vt., with Harriet E., aged 13, 
and Adeline A., aged 10, all born in New Hampshire.' He 
was a farmer with $800 real estate and $201 personal. 
It is evident that he had married a second time and moved 
to Newbury from Marshfield, N. H. Children, born prob- 
ably at Marshfield: 

836 I. Proctor' Quimby, born 1836; 

II. Harriet E. ' Quimby, born 1847; 
III. Adeline A. ' Quimby, born 1850. 

351. Stephen' (Isaac ^, Jonathan^, Benjamin*, Rob- 
ert\ Robert") born 16 Dec. 1793 at Deering, N. H. He 
married Harriet, daughter of Capt. Benjamin and Hannah 
(Bangs) Mayo 10 May, 1827; she was then a resident of 
Acworth, N. H., and was born about 1803 at Barre, Mass. 
Stephen ' was a farmer at Unity, N. H. Stephen received 
part of lots 25 and 26 in the first range at Unity, forty- 
seven acres of land for $166, from Benjamin Quimby, 
administrator of his father's estate, by deed of 2 Sept. 
1816; and from the same, 3 June 1820, thirty-seven acres, 
for $63. The reversion of widow's dower was excepted 
during her life. Stephen sold to James Cunningham 8 
Jan. 1817 for $250, the above forty-seven acres. ("Ben- 
jamin Quinby and Descendants," by Rev. Silas E. Quimby, 
p. 28). 

Stephen ' died of consumption, 15 June, 1868, at 
Unity; Harriet, his wife, died there 14 Jan. 1889, of "old 
age, with shock," aged 85y. 28d. Children, all probably 
born at Unity: 

I. Mary" Quimby, born 27 Sept. 1828, died 18 May, 

II. LiCERA H.» Quimby, born 16 Aug. 1830; she and her 
sister Jane lived at Quaker City (West Unity); 
she died there of valvular heart disease, 7 Oct. 
1912, unmarried; 
III. Jane H.' Quimby, born 27 June, 1836> at West 
Unity. She was appointed postmistress there 
(Quaker City) 16 May, 1883, and "faithfully and 
efficiently performed the work," says the Concord 
Monitor, until her resignation, on account of ill 

The Quinbt Pamilt 309 

health, took effect 31 Mar. 1890. She and her 
sister were hospitable, and the local items in the 
county paper contain frequent mention of their 
visitors. Jane H. Quimby died unmarried, 24 
Oct. 1911, aged 75y. 3m. 27d. of valvular disease 
of the heart of six months' duration. 
Note. — Miss Licera and Miss Jane supplied rae with data. 

352. Isaac' (Isaac", Jonathan^, Benjamin \ RoberP, 
Robert^) born 24 Apr. 1807 at Deering, N. H., and lived 
at^Unity, where he was a farmer. He married first Chic 
Mata Chlase of Unity; he was married second, while living 
at New Boston, N. H., by Rev. Nathan R. Wright, 3 Oct. 
1845, at Washington, N. H., to Sarah Chiase of Unity. 
She died in 1853, whjile a resident of Concord, and her will 
was probated there at the July term; letters testamentary 
were granted to her husband Isaac, 25 July, 1853; she men- 
tions in her will Marshall Quimby as her only child (Con- 
cord probate. No. 3946). 

Isaac was married third to Martha, daughter of Nathan 
and Elizabeth (Lowell) Wright of Washington, N. H.; she 
was born there about 1817 and died of paralysis 10 Feb. 
1892, at Hillsborough, N. H., aged 74y. 10m. 29d. 

The census of 1860 names Isaac as a farmer at Unity, 
aged 53, with $3000 in real estate and $500 in personal 
property; with him lived his wife Martha, aged 43, and 
son Marshall, aged 10, attending school; Jonathan, aged 
64, and Sarah 61, were also members of the household. 
The only child of Isaac was: 

837. Charles Marshall" Quimby, born about 1851 (see). 

Note. — This family is mentioned in the History of Henniker, N. H., and 
in "Benjamin Quinby and Descendants," by Rev. Silas E. Quimby, p. 29. 

353. Benjamin* (Benjamin", Jonathan^, Benjamin*, 
Robert'', Robert^) born 18 Oct. 1800, at Deering, N. H. 
"He was a sturdy industrious farmer, and lived the greater 
part of his life at West Unity; he accumulated a good 
property for those times" (N. H. Genealogical History, p. 
1544). He was married at Mario w, N. H., by Wells Way, 
J. P., 23 Mar. 1826, to Percis Gee, born 12 Dec. 1805, at 
Marlow; she was daughter of Asa and Rhoda (Otis) Gee. 
The census of 1850 named him as a farmer at Unity, with 
real estate worth $2000; his family comprised his wife and 
sons Milan and Benjamin; the latter two helped in the 
farming. Benjamin' died 4 May, 1859, at West Unity, 
of "intestinal perforation;" Percis, his wife, died 29 May, 
1871, of consumption. Children, born at Unity: 

310 The Quinby Family 

838. I. Milan Warhen' Quimby, born 5 Sept. 1826 (see); 

839. II. Francis Levi' Quimby, born 25 Dec. 1827 (see); 
III. Melissa Dorothy* Quimby, born 21 Sept. 1829; 

married 5 Feb. 1849, at West Unity, Ezra Green 
Johnson; she died 18 Dec. 1892, at Claremont of 
pyaemia; children, Dr. Francis E.; Celia E., mar- 
ried Dr. Clarence S. Putnam; 

840. IV. Wilbur Benjamin', born 25 Apr. 1834 (see). 

Note. — The foregoing data are mostly fiom town records; and are given 
in New Hampshire Genealogical History, p. 1544; "Benjamin Quinby and De- 
scendants," p. 12, also in letters from Rev. Silas E., and Emerson A. Quimby. 

354. Michael ' {Benjamin *, Jonathan ^ Benjamin *, 
Robert^, Robert^) born 3 Sept. 1805, at Deering, N. H.; 
married by Rev. Jacob Scales at Henniker, N. H., 26 Nov. 
1829, to Abigail Lydia Whipple, adopted daughter of Mrs. 
Lucy (Whipple) Gibson of that town. He felt called to 
preach, and was admitted on trial to the New Hampshire 
Methodist Conference in 1832, as a circuit preacher. He 
was ordained deacon by Bishop Hedding 31 Aug. 1834, at 
West Windsor, Vt., and was ordained elder by the same 
bishop, 4 Sept. 1836, at Montpelier, Vt. The pastorates 
he held were as follows: Deering, N. H., 1832; Andover, 
N. H., 1833; Wilmington, Vt., 1834; North Windsor, Vt., 
1835-6; Henniker and Deering, N. H., 1837; Gilmanton, 
N. H., 1838; Derry, N. H., 1838-40; Chester, 1841-2. He 
was stricken with consumption and was superannuated 
1843; he died 17 July, 1843, at Henniker, N. H. His 
widow died in September, 1872. Guardianship of Rev. 
Michael's three sons were granted by the probate court at 
Concord, N. H., to Frederick Whitney of Henniker (Pro- 
bate file no. 2849). Children: 

841. I. Benjamin Lewis' Quimby, born 29 Sept. 1830 (see); 

842. II. Joseph Warren' Quimby, bom 29 Dec. 1831 (see); 
III. Caroline' Quimby, died 14 Mar. 1837, at North 

Wardeboro', Vt., a few months old; 

843. IV. Olney Fuller' Quimby, born 28 Sept. 1838, at 

Gilmanton, N. H. (see). 

Note. — The foregoing is mainly from "Benjamin Quinby and Descend- 
ants," by Rev. Silas E. Quimby, p. 19; Native Ministry of New Hampshire, 
p. 189; N. H. Annual Register; town records. 

355. Silas' (Benjamin^, Jonathan^, Benjamin*, Rob- 
ert^, Robert^) born 19 May, 1811, at Deering, N. H.; mar- 
ried at West Unity, N. H., by Rev. E. Mason, 9 June, 
1834, to Penelope Cowdry Fifield of Unity, daughter of 
Moses and Lucy (Livingston) Fifield. 

"Silas Quimby, Methodist, was licensed to preach by 
the Unity Church, 1831. Admitted on trial to the New 
Hampshire and Vermont Conference, 1831. Ordained dea- 

353BENJAMIN' QuiMBT (See p. 309.) 


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(See p. 310.) 

Mrs. Penelope Cowdey (Fifibld), 

wife of Rev. Silas^ Quimby (photo, 
by Bailey, Concord, N. H.) 

The Quinby Family 311 

con by Bishop Hedding, at Northfield, July 21, 1833; 
ordained elder by Bishop Emory, at Portsmouth, Aug. 2, 
1835. Appointments: Gilford Circuit, Vt., Dec. 1830; 
Rochester, Vt., 1831; Strafford and Thetford, Vt., 1832; 
Springfield, Vt., 1833-4; Woodstock, Vt., 1835-6; Haverhill, 
N. H., 1837-8; Charlestown, 1839-40; located supplying 
East Alstead, 1841; Unity, 1842-3; Winchester, 1844; 
Claremont, 1845; Canaan, 1846; presiding elder, Concord 
District, 1847-50; Manchester, 1851; Keene, 1852-3; North- 
field, 1854-5; Lebanon, 1856-7; Newbury, Vt., 1858-9; 
North Haverhill, 1860-1; Warren, 1862; North Charlestown, 
1863-5; Marlow, 1866; Peterborough, 1867; North Grant- 
ham, 1868; Grantham, 1869; superannuated, with residence 
at West Unity, 1870-85; member of the first board of 
Trustees of the First Methodist Biblical Institute." (Na- 
tive Ministry of N. H., p. 189-190). 

"Because of an unfortunate business transaction^ his 
father lost all his property. The family moved to Uiiity 
from Deering when this son was in his third year. From 
early childhood he experienced the deepest poverty. He 
was thrust out to earn his living early in his teens. He 
was deprived of the most meager education, not even beiilg 
able to attend as much as six months, all told, the common 
district school of those days. He was licensed to preach 
at 19 and called immediately into the work. He joined 
the New Hampshire Methodist Episcopal Conference at 20. 
At that time he was so indifferent a reader that he prac- 
ticed on a few familiar psalms so that he might without 
embarrassment conduct family worship in pastoral visiting. 
He was so indifferent a penman that a brother-in-law fur- 
nished him with a sample copy of the written alphabet, 
capitals and small. With all these handicaps he attained 
at least an honorable position among his brethren in the 
ministry. He became a great Biblical student. He mem- 
orized the New Testament accurately, and could easily 
quote, book, chapter, and verse. Often at family worship 
he would repeat the entire chapter, not waiting for the 
child to read the lesson. His sermons were full of Biblical 
quotations. He studied Webster's Dictionary constantly, 
and trained his family in correct pronunciation. He stu- 
died and mastered the current works of Methodist litera- 
ture, such as Wesley's sermons and works; Watson's In- 
stitutes, Bledsoe's Theodicy; Clarke's and Whedon's com- 
mentaries; and accumulated for those days a large library. 
"In his early days he was much in demand as an evan- 
gelist to assist pastors in what were termed 'protracted 
meetings.' He was what we would now call a star preacher 

312 The Qthnbt Familt 

at camp-meetings. The management would often put him 
on to preach once each day, and seemed to think that if 
they could have him, the others mattered little. He was 
'junior preacher' on circuits only three years, and ever after 
that was appointed as preacher in charge. He was made 
Presiding Elder at 36 and travelled his district in summer's 
heat and winter's cold, in all kinds of weather with his own 
horse and carriage or sleigh, holding old-fashioned quarterly 
meetings day and evening, love feasts, communion and 
quarterly conferences, week days and Sundays, preaching 
several times a week. He never travelled on the Sabbath. 
After leaving the district, he had such appointments as 
Manchester, Keene, Tilton, Lebanon and Newbury, Vt. 
He literally heeded Wesley's injunction concerning early 
rising, never being idle or unemployed. He toiled inces- 
santly seven days in a week, and never took a vacation. 
His zeal exceeded his wisdom, and as a consequence he 
faded early and superannuated at a time when he ought 
to have been in his prime for effective service." 

Rev. Silas appeared in the census report of 1860 at 
Newbury, Orange county, Vt., as a Methodist clergyman 
with $900 worth of real estate and $500 of personal estate; 
his son Silas E. was teacher in the seminary; his daughter 
Alice W. was a school teacher. They lived at Newbury 
till May 1863. Rev. Silas died at Unity 25 Jan. 1885, 
aged 73y. 8m.; his wife died at Unity of consumption 12 
Feb. 1883, aged 72. Children: 

I. Julia' Quimby, born 9 June, 1835, at Springfield, 
Vt.; married by Rev. Silas' Quimby 17 Dec. 1857, 
to Dr. John F. Butler of Chesterfield Factory, 
N. H. (Lebanon, N. H., rec); one child Arthur 
C, who died young; 
844. II. Silas Everabd" Quimby, born 19 Oct. 1837, at 
Haverhill, N. H. (see); 

III. Alice Way" Quimby, born 13 Aug. 1842, at Unity; 

married by Rev. George N. Bryant, 9 Jan. 1882, 
at Unity, to George Nicholas, aged 29, of Clare- 
mont, N. H. (of Bradford, N. H., says Rev. 
S. E. Q.); she graduated at Newbury seminary in 
1863; in 1909 she was living at 225 North St., 
Claremont,. N. H.; 

IV. Moses Fifield' Quimby, born 14 Nov. 1843, at 

Unity; died 16. May, 1845, at Winchester; 
V. (daughter)' Quimby, born 13 June, 1848, at Clare- 
mont, N. H.; died 14 June, 1848. 

Notes. — The foregoing is from town records; Rev. Silas E. Quimby'a cor- 
respondence; History of Newbury, Vt., p. 668; "Benjamin Quinby and De- 
scendants," p. 25. 

The Quinby Family 313 

As before, at this point are reserved for a later volume 
the descendants of John^ (Robert^), the seventh generation 
being numbered 356 to 477 inclusive, and their sons, the 
eighth generation, from 845 to 1053 inclusive. They all spell 
the name Quimby. 

479. Joseph' (Joseph^, Henrys, Philip*, Joseph', 
Robert') born 14 Oct. 1796, at Charleston, South Carolina; 
married 23 Apr. 1818, Jane Dorrell of Charleston. He 
must have married second, Frances A. Pearson, for James 
R.' says his father was Joseph and his mother was Frances 
Ann, "a daughter of Capt. Benjamin Pearson who took 
his daughter to sea at the age of ten. He was lost at sea 
during a storm. Before that, his vessel was captured as 
a slave trader. He gained the suit with the United States; 
his vessel and cargo were sold, and the funds put in the 
U. S. Treasury, and we have not received that money yet. 
We have been trying over two years. My lawyer is W. L. 
Bass, Lake City, S. C." Mrs. Frances A. married second, 
Capt. Daniel Wells. Children of Joseph Quinby: 

1054. I. « Quinby, born about 1831, is living, 1911, 

totally blind; 

1055. II. James Rodgaman* Quinby, born 30 Dec. 1837, at 

Charleston; address, 1911, Coward's, r. f. d. 1, 
box 14, Florence county, S. C; "was never mar- 
ried," says he; "in trouble all my life and trouble 

1056. III. Edwin Joseph' Quinby, born 9 Nov. 1840 (see); 
IV. Susannah* Quinby, married James W. Collins, over- 
seer of a rice plantation near Georgetown, S. C; 
she died 8 Feb. 1898; 

V. Abigail" Quinby never married; "she was afflicted; 
and died since the war." 

480. Thomas' (Joseph^, Henry ^, Philip*, Joseph*, 
Robert') born 12 Oct. 1798, at Charleston, S. C. He mar- 
ried Amanda Paulina, daughter of Carl Rudolph and Mar- 
tha Fasbender of Charleston, and died at Beaufort, S. C, 
aged about 60y. Children ("ten in number"), all born at 
Charleston : 

I. Cecilia' Quinby, died aged one year; 
II. Rosamond Constantia' Quinby, married Henry L. 
Bolger of Charleston and had ten children, among 
them Beauregard Bolger, who was living at Char- 
leston in 1911; she died in 1904, aged 76; 

III. Martha' Quinby, died at Pendleton during the war, 

aged about 35, unmarried; 

IV. Isabelle' Quinby, died at Aiken, S. C, about 1904, 

aged 73, unmarried; 

314 The Quinby Pamilt 

1057. V. James H.« Quinby, (see); 

1058. VI. Charles' Quinby, died in youth at Mt. Pleasant, 

near Chatleston; 

1059. VII. Thomas' Quinby, died in youth at Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; 

1060. VIII. Rudolph' Quinby, (see); 

IX. Amanda Elizabeth' Quinby, born 1842, living 1914 
at 3600 Main st., near Hyatt Park, Columbia, 
S. C; unmatried; 
X. CoNSTANTiA' QuiNBY, d^cd at Beaufort, aged about 15. 

482. Laitrence' (Joseph^, Henrys, Philip*, Joseph^, 
Robert^) born 12 Aug. 1812, at Charleston, S. C; married 
29 Apr. 1849, Martha Powell of Graniteville, S. C. They 
died at Graniteville, S. C. Children: 

1061. I. James Laurence' Quinby, born 1 Nov. 1851 (see); 
II. Elizabeth Ann' Quinby, born 9 Feb. 1853, married 

first, Albert G. Turner; second, J. G. Harrigal; 

III. Josephine DeBow' Quinby, born 11 July, 1855; 

married H. M. May of Edgefield, S. C, and has 
seven children; 

IV. Susan Allyzeuma' Quinby, born 14 Aug. 1859; she 

married J. W. Rearde'n of Graniteville, S. C, and 
has four cliildren. 

483. Moses' {Moses ^, Henry ^, Philip*, Joseph", Rob- 
ert^) born 25 Jan. 1799, at West Newbury, Mass.; married 
Mary Ann Sleeper, 9 Nov. 1823, at Newburyport (inten- 
tion also recorded). Children, born at Newburyport, Mass.: 

1062. I. MosES Edwin' Quinby, born 18 Mar. 1824 (see); 
II. Mary E.' Quinby, born 1826; married by Rev. 

Daniel F. Pike at Newburyport 13 June, 1847 
(intention also recorded) to Geo. Currier, Jr., aged 
21, son of William and Abigail Currier; they had 
George and Mary E.; 

1063. III. Augustus' Quinby, born 16 Sept. 1827 (see); 

IV. RuFus' Quinby, born 15 Aug. 1829, died 16 Aug. 

Moses' married second, 1 Nov. 1840, at Newburyport, 
Sarah Stover, born at Newburyport, daughter of Joseph 
and Sarah Stover of York, Me. (intention also recorded). 
He was a ship joiner. He died of a tumor, 31 Mar. 1860, 
"aged 60," at Newburyport; Sarah S. his widow, died 15 
Apr. 1866 of rheumatism, at Newburyport, aged 63. 
Their only child so far as records show, was: 

V. George Edwin' Quinby, born 31 Jala. 1841, at New 
buryport, and died there 25 May, 1851, "aged 

Note. — There is no definite statement on the records indentifying the 
Moses who was born 1799 with the one who married Mary Ann or the one 
who married Sarah, but no doubt they are the same. 

The Quinby Family 315 

486. Henry' (Henrys, Henrys, Philip*, Joseph", Rob- 
ert^) born 14 Nov. 1805, at Newburyport, Mass.; married 
25 July, 1824, Mehitable, daughter of Joseph and Tamzen 
(Twombly) Waldron, (born 25 July, 1789; died in March; 
1858; V. N. E. Hist, and Gen. Register, p. 205). The cen- 
sus of 1850 names Henry as farmer at Dover, N. H., owning 
real estate valued at $1000, with his wife and three chil- 
dren. Children: 

I. Susan Ann» Quinby, born 1826; married Aug. 1855, 
John H. Calverley; 

1064. II. George W.« Quinby, born 1829; his will at Dover, 

N. H., dated 16 Mar. 1858, mentions sister Susan 
III. Lydia J.« Quinby, born 1833; her will at Dover, 16 
Mar. 1868, leaves property to her sister Susan 

487. Philip' (Philip^, Henrys, Philip^, Joseph^, Rob- 
ert^) born 2 Mar. 1803, at Newburyport, Mass.; married 
first, 22 Apr. 1830, Abigail Brown Morse, born about 1804; 
she died of consumption at Haverhill, Mass., 28 Dec. 1844, 
aged 40. He was married second, by Rev. Loren Thayer, 
at Windham, N. H., 22 Sept. 1846, to Mary Jane, daugh- 
ter of Samuel and Jennie Armour of Windham. The cen- 
sus of 1850 names Philip and Mary (aged 40) as living at 
Haverhill with Sarah, aged 12; Charles 0., aged 9 and 
Caroline, aged 7, attending school. Mrs. Mary (Armour) 
Quinby died 25 or 26 Apr. 1879, aged 70y. 8m. 27d.; ad- 
ministration was granted on her estate in June, 1879. The 
papers showed that the home was at 147 Water st., Haver- 
hill on a lot owned by Philip, which was sold by his 
widow's administrator, 4 Aug. 1879. It had forty feet 
frontage on the street, the same on the river, with a dwell- 
ing house, shop and shed, and was appraised at $1400. 
Children, born at Haverhill: 

1. Mary F.s Quinby, born 1834, died at Haverhill, 
unmarried, 4 Nov. 1878, aged 44y. 9m. 6d. Her 
sister Sarah was appointed administratrix Dec. 
1878, on petition of all the next of kin, to wit, 
Charles 0. Quinby, Carrie Sanborn and Susan M. 
II. Susan Morse» Quinby, born 6 Aug. 1836; died un- 
married, at Providence, R. 1., 31 Mar. 1912, of 
acute lobar pneumonia; buried at DoVer, N. H.; 
III. Sarah' Quinby, born 1838, died at Haverhill 12 
May, 1879, aged 40y. 9m. lOd.; Charles 0. was 
appointed administrator in JUne, 1879; 

1065. IV. Charles Otis' Quinby, ("Otis") born 12 Nov. 1841 

(see) ; 

316 The Quinbt Familt 

V. Caroline M.» Quinby, married by Rev. Calvin 
Damon, at Haverhill, 18 Jan. 1866, to John C, 
son of Levi B. and Sarah Sanborn; aged 23, born 
at Gilfo'rd, N. H.; childfen: Alice M. M., born 
1868; William C. C, 1869; Carrie Augusta, 1871. 
Caroline M. is spelled Cathierine in my copy of 
her grandfather's will, and Carrie and Clarissa in 
other records; she lives (1910) at 13 Pleasant St., 
Fitchburg, Mass. 

488. Joseph W. ' (Eben^, Henrys, Philip*, Joseph^, 
Robert'^) born 1825 at Haverhill, Mass. He was married 
by Rev. Nathaniel Chaffer at Brewster, Mass., 3 April 
1854, to Mrs. Bethiah Kendrick, aged 57, her third hus- 
band. She was daughter of Lot and Rhoda Grey. Joseph 
W. Quinby died of consumption at Brewster, Mass., 14 
Oct, 1863, aged 37y. 11m. 18d. His widow Bethiah mar- 
ried, fourth, 24 Nov. 1864, at Brewster, Ebenezer Gage, 
mariner, widower, aged 47, born at Yarmouth, son of Judah 
and Juliana Gage. 

489. Caleb ^ {Moses ^, Josiah^, John*, John^, John^, 
William^) born 15 Sept. 1770, at Orange, N. J., where he lived 
all his life. He married first, in 1789, "Rhoda, daugh- 
ter of Joseph and 'Bathia' (Freeman) Tompkins, or as 
Dodd MS. says, "Rhoda, daughter of Joseph and Bethia 
(Tompkins) Freeman," born 1774, died 20 Aug. 1808, 
aged 34. Caleb married second, Mary Tompkins, widow 
of Joel Condit. Caleb was a sergeant-major in Capt. 
Stephen D. Day's company, 23 Sept. 1814. Caleb's second 
wife left him, and he posted the usual notice regarding the 
matter at Orange, 30 Sept. 1810. Caleb Quinby died at 
Orange 16 Dec. 1815, aged 45y. 3m. Id., says the flat 
white stone over his grave in the old cemetery, where his 
first wife is also buried. Children, all born at Orange, 
N. J.: 

1066. I. Silas' Quinby, born 1791 (see); 

II. Mary" Quinby, born 1793, died Mar. 1819; married 
John C. Lyon (Dodd says Joseph C); 

1067. III. Ira> Quinby, born 5 May, 1794 (see); 

IV. Elizabeth* Quinby, born 1798; married Joseph P., 
son of Joseph and Sarah (Losey) Smith; she died 
12 April, 1871, and by will left her estate to the 
children of her son George (bk. R, p. 47, Essex 
wills) ; 
V. Abigail' Quinby, born 1804; married 31 May, 1823, 
Timothy, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Douglas) 
Osboi-n, born 20 Jiine, 1798, a resident of Hanover, 
N. J., where she died 13 Oct. 1832; he d^ed 2 
Apr. 1832; 

VI. Rhoda' Quinby, born 1805; married first, Viner 

The Quinby Pamilt 317 

Dean; she married second, 24 Dec. 1836, David 
(or Daniel) Edwards; she died 16 Aug. 1875; 
1068. VII. Charles' Quinby, born 8 Oct. 1807 (see). 

Note 1.— William Brugiere' Quinby says: "My father Silas had a brother 
Joseph. 1 have found no other mention of this Joseph. 

Note 2.— H. A. de Rasines, 712 W. Grand St., EUzabeth, N. J., in 1910 
was working out a genealogy of the descendants of this Caleb in all lines, per- 
haps in connection with a real estate title. 

Note 3. — The main part of the above record is from the MSS. of W. B. 
Prime, since deceased. 

490. JoTHAM' (Moses^, Josiah^, John*, John^, John^, 
William^) born 31 May, 1773 at Orange, N. J.; married 8 
Apr. 1843, Lillias, daughter of James and Eleanor (Harri- 
son) Smith of Orange. The Genealogical History of New 
Jersey (p. 227) says: "He resided in a stone house built 
in 1774 on the Smith property on Scotland st., South 
Orange. This old house he demolished about 1834, using 
the stone in the basement of the new house, which he 
occupied many years." The same work gives the descent 
of Lillias in the sixth generation from Gov. Treat of Con- 
necticut. Children of Jotham ' Quinby, all born at South 
Orange : 

1069 I. Jonas' Quinby, born 1796; he was a jeweler at 
Newark; unmarried; died 1 Jta,n. 1871; 
II. Antoinette* Quinby, born 23 Sept. 1798; married 
30 Oct. 1821, Josiah Lindsley, son of Uzal Bald- 
win; the ancestral line is given in "Founders and 
Builders of the Oranges," p. 44; Antoinette died 
2 June, 1877, and is buried in Rosedale cemetery, 
III. Hannah' Quinby, born 2 Sept. 1799; married 20 
Dec. 1831, Daniel F. Williams and died 185-; 

1070. IV. James Moses' Quinby (the carriage-builder of New- 

ark) born 5 Oct. 1804 (see); 
V. Maria' Quinby, born 1806; died 12 Apr. 1844, "in 
her 38th year;" 

1071. VI. Orlando' Quinby, born about 1808 (see); 

1072. VII. Hiram' Quinby, born about 1810 (see); 
VIII. Lillias' Quinby, died young. 

Note.— This list is from W. B. Prime's MSS. 

491. Hiram' (Moses ^, Josiah^, John*, John^, John^, 
William^) born at Orange, N. J., 5 Sept. 1775; married 25 
Sept. 1802, Mary Baldwin, born 10 May, 1781, died 3 Feb. 
1823. The stone over her grave in the old cemetery at 
Orange calls her Polly, and says: 

Her mind was tranquil and serene 
No tremor in her looks were seen, 
Her temper mild dispelled the gloom 
And smoothed her passage to the Tomb. 

318 The Quinby Familt 

Hiram Quinby married second, Nancy, daughter of 
John Williams; she was born 21 Apr. 1789, and died 23 
Sept. 1857. Hiram is said by Mr. Prime to have had no 
children; he died "very suddenly" 18 June, 1838, at Orange. 
On his gravestone is carved the appropriate text. Therefore 
be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not, the 
Son of Man cometh. 

492. DANiEh'' {Aaron '^, Josiah^, John \ John^, John^ 
William^) born 16 Nov. 1780, at Orange, N. J.; married 
9 Nov. 1803, Martha ("Patty"), daughter of John Tich- 
enor, born 9 Oct. 1784. The census of 1850 shows them 
living at Orange where Daniel was a farmer owning real 
estate worth at least $4200. Daniel died at Orange 8 Dec. 
1851, aged 71y. 22d., and his white marble gravestone in 
the old cemetery is inscribed, Blessed are the dead which 
die in the Lord. His widow Martha died 3 Mar. 1862 
(Nov., says Dodd). Children born at Orange: 

I. Phoebe Hedden* Quinby, born 21 Mar. 1805, mar- 
ried 15 Jan, 1823, Benjamin Harrison Squire, born 

18 (or 8) Dec. 1795; she died 3 May, 1842; he 
married second, Sarah Peck, and died 11 (or 10) 
Oct. 1876; 

1073. II. Aahon' Quinby, born 13 Oct. 1807 (see); 

1074. III. John Tichenor* Quinby, born 3 July, 1811, died 

19 Sept. 1849, unmarried; white marble grave- 
stone at Orange; 

IV. Cathebine' Quinby, born 5 Oct. 1813; married 11 
Mar. 1841, her second cousin, John, son of Jdhn 
Porter; she died 8 Sept. 1890; John Porter was 
born 10 Dec. 1815, died 11 Dec. 1892, and was 
son of Eliza' daughter of 191 Moses* Quinby. 

1075. V. Daniel Wickliff' Quinby, born 15 Mar. 1818 


493. JosiAH ' (Josiah'^, Josiah^, John*, John^, John^, 
William^) born 2 Feb. 1783, in New Jersey. He studied 
medicine with Dr. John S. Darcy and attended lectures in 
New York city in 1815-6, and then located at Readington, 
N. J. He married in March, 1818, Margaret, daughter of 
William Dalley of Readington; she was born 1 July, 1789. 
The census of 1850 shows him as a physician, owning real 
estate valued at $5000. It is said that "he was a man of 
easy and kind disposition, very moderate in his charges and 
very diffident in collecting them." He continued in prac- 
tice at Readington till his death; in the cemetery adjoining 
the Readington church on a large monument is this in- 
scription: In memory of Josiah Quinby, M. D., who died 
Feb'y- 14, 1854, aged 61 years and 12 days: 

493J0SIAH7 QuiNBT (See p. 318.) 

Margauet (Dalley), 
wife of 493Josiah7 Qiiinby. 

AuRELiA Ann, 

daughter of 494James Houghton'' 
Quinby ('daguerreotype loaned by F. 
Elizabeth Quinby,) (See p. 320.) 

Phoebe Adeline, 

daughter of 494James H.' Quinby, 
(photo by Julius Brill, N. Y.) (See 
p. 320.) 

The Quinby Family 319 

Let friends forbear to mourn and weep, 
Whilst sweetly in the dust I sleep. 
The toilsome world I left behind, 
A glorious crown I hope to find. 

His widow died 4 Nov. 1883. The first five of the 
following children named in some family records, failed to 
survive their father, who died in 1854; nor are any of them 
except David S. mentioned in the Bible now owned by Mrs. 
C. E. Connett of Three Bridges, N. J., nor in the census 
of 1850; they probably died in early youth: 

I. Phoebe* Quinby; 

II. Mahtha* Quinby; 

III. Rachel* Quinby; 

IV. Anna* Quinby; 

V. David Smith* Quinby; born 19 Dec. 1827, died 9 
May, 1828; 

1076. VI. Moses* Quinby; 

1077. VII. William Dalley* Quinby, born 30 Nov. 1818 (see); 
VIII. Phoebe Ann* Quinby, born 25 May, 1820, died 1 

July, 1872; 
IX. Catherine* Quinby, born 3 Nov. 1821, died 21 
May, 1899; 

1078. X. Josiah* Quinby, born 15 Feb. 1826, died 3 Oct. 

XI. Mabgaket* Quinby, born 5 Mar. 1829, died 10 
Nov. 1906. 

Note. — The last live lived with their parents at Readington in 1850, says 
the census. 

494. James H. ' (Josiah^, Josiah^, John*, John', 
John^, William^) born 1786 near Troy, Morris county, 
N. J., married first 31 Dec. 1805, Electa, daughter of Dan- 
iel and Phoebe (Plume) Farrand, born 16 July, 1788. He 
was a colonel, say his descendants, probably of militia, and 
was on military duty at the time of Lafayette's second 
visit to America in 1824. He moved to New York city 
and is mentioned in the city directory first in 1830 as at 
49 Carmine st., corner of Bedford.' His wife died 25 Mar. 
1832, and the directory for that ye^r shows that James H. 
was living with his son Daniel F. at 19 Bedford st. He 
married second, 31 Dec. 1837, Martha Bedell of Bloom- 
field, N. J., born 28 June, 1799, by whom he had two chil- 
dren. His name appears once more in the directory at 
6 Grove st. Mr. Quinby died 15 Feb. 1844. Children: 

1079. I. Daniel Farband* Quinby, born 13 Oct. 1806 (see); 
II. Phoebe Adeline* Quinby, born 23 Jan. 1808; she 

was a poetess of merit; among her poems are Un- 
finished Chapel; November Woods; Beautiful 

320 The Quinby Family 

Leaves; Lines to a Stick of Firewood. Her niece 
Frances Elizabeth says: "My mother tells me 
Aunt Adeline used to visit some Quinby cousins 
in Dutchess county in the 1830's; they were strict 
Quakers." Phoebe A. died 14 Aug. 1890, near 
Belair, Md.; 

IIL Isaac Smith' Quinby, born 1811, known as "Smith 
Quinby;" d^ed unmarried 27 Mai-. 1843; 

IV. Elizabeth* Quinby, married 10 April, 1837, Joseph 
G. Davis of Orange, N. J.; 

1080. V. Albert H.» Quinby, born al3out 1814 (see); 

VI. AuRELiA Ann' Quinby, born 17 June, 1815; died 
3 April, 1879; 

1081. VII. James Houghton' Quinby, born 17 June, 1826 

(see) ; 
VIII. Sarah Adelia' Quinby, born 23 July, 1840, d!ed 17 
July, 1844; 

1082. IX. Aaron Pierson' Quinby ("Pierson") born 20 Sept. 

1844 (see). 

(born 1808, died 1890) 

Beautiful Leaves 

Thou desolate, winter reft, sorrowful earth, 

Rejoice! for spring cometh, sweet source of thy birth; 

Her breath the lost charms of thy youth will restore, 

Lo! the days of thy mourning and sack cloth are o'er. 

Arise! cast the ashes aind dust from thy head. 

Wear a crown of rejoicing and triumph instead. 

For she brings a bright promise, which never deceives, 

To give you a garment of beautiful leaves. 

O'er hill top and valley, o'er mountain and wold. 

All lovely and tender I see them unfold. 

The breeze sings atound them, while deftly it weaves 

On thy mantle of greenness, the beautiful leaves. 

Through all the sweet springtime, through summer's long day. 

They disport in the sunshine and bask in its? ray. 

Till thy robe in its fullness, on treetop, and sod, 

Is as fair as when fresh from the fiat of God. 

What meaneth gay autumn, this fairy like scene? 
This wealth of bright jewels, this marvelous sheen? 
Every tree stands a King, in his rubies and gold, 
Outrivaling far all the fables of old. 
Ah! it answers me sighing, Alas for their doom! 
'Tis the mark of the spoiler, their seal for the tomb! 
Hark! I hear the wind sobbing, and lowly it grieves, 
'Tie thy sorrowful requiem — beautiful leaves. 

Oh! wail not so sadly, nor moan in thy pain, 
For spring shall restore thy lost darlings again. 


(photo, loaned by Miss F. Elizabeth 
Quinby.) '(See p. .'522.) 


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Sarah DeHaut, 

wife of 495Isaac' Quinby (photo, 
loaned by Miss F. E. Quinby.) 

The Quimbt Family 821 

Mourn rather for those whose lost youth nevermore 
Nor can art, nor can springtime, in beauty reistore; 
Nay grieve not for such, since a happier clime 
Awaits the freed spirit unlettered by time — 
And there in that new home, the fond heart believes 
Waits a crown bright immortal of beautiful leaves. 

Lines on the Death of Davis Vail 

Oh I never again on life's dusty road 

With its mingled joy and pain, 
Bearing its light or heavy load 

Wilt thou be found again. 

For with reverent hands in the sunny ground 

Of the laiid thou lovest the best, 
For thee a hallowed spot we've found 

And have borne thee to thy rest. 

There the summer's breeze or the wintry gale 

As they haste in their wrath or glee 
With their sweetest song or loudest wail 

Will call in vain to thee. 

In a peopled place we have laid thee down, 

Where gathered full oft before 
Are the hoary head and youth's bright crown 

Of the loved and lost of yore. 

Two forms I see mid the silent hush — 

Loved son and daughter fair; 
The tender bud and the flower's sweet flush: 

They have long been waiting there. 

They are waiting still, and thou dost wait 

For that which must sure betide — 
Waiting for those who or soon or late 

Shall slumber by thy side. 

Peace to thy grave — may a requiem strain 

Pour oft from yon maple tree 
A jubilant song bringing ease to our pain, 

And an echo loved heart to thee. 

For oh! may we hear like a message clear, 

"Stricken heart why grievest thbu? 
His life to Heavenly Heart was dear 

And a crown is on his brow." 

Lines to a Stick of Firewood. 

Unsightly friend, so rude and old, 
Wrapped in thy grey coat fold on fold — 
How may I deem that hand of mine 
Round thee, poetic wreath ma^ twine 
Or for such, garland hope to bring — 
Flowers which on high Parnassus spring. 


322 The Qthnbt Familt 

Yet fancy still with musing eyes 
Sees tall and fair before her, rise 
A giant form, which proudly there 
Waves its broa^ banners in the air; 
Sees thee, a topmost branch unfold 
Thy downy bud — thy autumn gold, 
Home of the nesting bird, whose trill 
Doth the whole listening landi,lscape fill — 
A glad sweet song, which grateful pays 
Blest tribute to its Maker's praiise. 
Whilst thy stirred leaves in low refrain 
All trembling, haste to join the strain. 

But vandal hands an axe have found. 
And that tall hfead, by centuries crowned. 
O'er which, so long have dtiving rain 
And sleety tempest beat in vain. 
Where violets came to hide away 
From neath the noontide's sultry ray. 
Deep groaning falls — and all abroad 
Spreads its green honors on the sod: 
No more to stand in conscious power. 
No more to shelter bird or flower. 

Thou soaring bough which sought the sky, 

Alas! how lowly thou dost lie! 

How shorn and reft! What ken might trace 

Sweet vestige of thy leafy grace. 

Those sportive forms so light and gay. 

Nurtured by thee in summer's day? 

Nor useless thus, for well we know. 
We yet shall feel thy warmth alid glow, — 
Shall sit at witching eventidje. 
Watching thy sparkles upward; glide. 
And by their magic light shall weave 
Sweet visions which we half believe; 
See tower and turret rise in air. 
Baseless, yet how exceeding fair! 
O happy fate, to soar so high 
And in such blaze of glory, — die! 

495. Isaac ^ (Josiah", Josiah'^, John*, John'', John*, 
William^) born 2 Mar. 1788, at Orange, N. J.; married 
24 Dec. 1812, at Parsippany, Sarah, daughter of John 
and Jane (Dodd) DeHart of Hanover township, Mor- 
ris county, N. J., born 3 Feb. 1794. He was a farmer, 
and carried on his father's shoe manufacturing business 
also; "it was an extensive business for those days, givihg 
employment to a large force of workmen; the product was 
sold to the government, and the south; he was a successful 
business man; he acceptably served as magistrate about 
twenty-five or thirty years; was elected to represent his 

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The Quinby Family 323 

district in the state legislature and for three terms was 
judge of the county court, filling all these offices with 
marked ability," says the History of Morris county. 

"He was one of those farmers of Parsippany who 
gathered up their tools when Hardy's powerful squadron 
appeared off the New England coast during the summer of 
1814, and offered their services to their State and assisted 
in constructing breastworks near Sandy Hook and Eliza- 
beth town," says his grandson and namesake, Isaac Quinby 
Gurnee, of Butler, N. J. 

"Isaac was a strong Whig in politics, his son Gen. 
Isaac F. was a Democrat, also nearly all of the boys ex- 
cept Alonzo, who was a Republican; but they all voted for 
Abe Lincoln. Isaac and his wife were members of the 
Presbyterian church at Parsippany all their lives, which 
was the place of worship of this branch of the Quinby 
family for five generations. Isaac Quinby was a judge for 
twelve years, member of the state legislature in 1844, and 
a magistrate for fifty years. He died 29 Jan. 1866." His 
widow died 4 Oct. 1878. They were buried in the ancient 
cemetery adjoining the old church at Parsippany, N. J. 
They had eleven children: 

I. Phoebe' Quinby, born 5 Feb. 1815; married 27 
Nov. 1834, Davis, son of Lewis and Jane (Mc- 
Clure) VaSl, born 26 Aug. 1811; Phoebe died 3 
Feb. 1894; they were the parents of Theodore N. 
Vail of telephone fame; "Phoebe and her husband 
went to Ohio, where they started farming and 
where their son Theodore N. was born; they were 
dissatisfied, and returned to New Jersey. Young 
Theodore Vail obtained an appointment with the 
railway mail service, of which telegraphy was an 
important adjunct. There he became interested 
in the Bell Telephone Co. and his career in con- 
nection with that system is well known. In 1907 
he was elected President of the American Tele- 
phone and Telegraph Co., and in 1910, President 
of the Western Union Telegraph Company, both 
of which offices he now holds; he married Mabel R. 
Sanderson; on him has been conferred the degree of 
LL. D. by Middlebury, Dartmouth and Princeton col- 
leges. In 1912 he donated to the trustees of the old 
church at Parsippany twenty acres of land for an 
addition to the cemetery and for park purposes, 
and in the old cemetery he has caused to be 
erected an imposing monument of Rhode Island 
and Vermont granite on which are allegorical 
figures representing a mother pleading with an 
angel for her child" (see illustration); 

1083. II. William DbHabt" Quinby, born 9 Feb. 1817 (see); 

1084. III. John Alonzo' Quinby, bOrn 27 Nov. 1818 (see); 

324 The Quinbt Familt 

1085. IV. Isaac Ferdinand* Quinby, born 29 Jan. 1821 (see); 

1086. V. David Eugene' Quinby, born 6 Dec. 1822 (see); 
VI. Emma Jane* Quinby, born 26 Mar. 1825; married 

1 Mar. 1860, George M. Cobb of Newark, N. J.; 
born 25 Mair. 1825, died 11 Jan. 1890; no chil- 
dren; she died 11 Jan. 1889; 

VII. Theodore Newton" Quinby, born 27 May, 1827, 
died 20 Sept. 1833; 

1087. VIII. Dewitt Clinton" Quinby, born 8 Feb. 1830 (see); 

1088. IX. George Augustus" Quinby, born 4 Mar. 1832 (see); 

X. Sarah" Quinby, born 24 Aug. 1834; died 6 Sept. 
XI. Marianna* Quinby, boVn 12 Dec. 1837; married 3 
Dec. 1860, William Zachary, born 29 Aug. 1839, 
son of Francis and Leah (Demarest) Gurnee, who 
died 27 Mar. 1912; Mrs. Marianna visited her 
relatives at Los Angeles, California in 1911, again 
in 1913, and lives (1914) at Hawthorne, N. J.; 
their children were Eugene A., Leah, Emma, Will- 
iam T. and Clara and Isaac Q. Gurnee. 
Note. — All the foregoing dates are supplied by Mr. Gurnee. 

497. David Smith ^ (Josiah', Josiah^, John*, John** 
John^, William^) born 17 April, 1795, at Orange, N. J.; 
married 10 Apr. 1834, Jane Hathaway of Troy Hills, N. J., 
who was born 20 Feb. 1804, died 16 Feb. 1847. Mr. 
Quinby died 29 May, 1857, at Parsippany, N. J., where 
he and his wife are buried. Children: 

I. Amzi Hathaway" Quinby, born 26 Jan. 1835, died 

2 Mar. 1837, aged 2y. Im. 6d.; 

II. George" Quinby, born 11 July, 1836, died 11 Oct. 

III. George Elwood" Quinby, born 30 Aug. 1837, died 

15 Aug. 1842; 

IV. Annie Maria" Quinby, born 18 Feb. 1839; married 

James S. Fitzgerald of Warwick, N. Y., and had 
Adelaide, 1862; Joseph J., 1865; George W., 1870; 
in 1912, Mrs. Annie Maria was living at Warwick 
and writes a beautiful letter, "though crippled 
in my right hand/. I am an invalid — do not 
leave home at all. My doctor gave me marching 
orders some months ago; it is only a question of 
endurance. Our family broke up when I was very 
young and most of my time was spent in New 
York, with one year in Ohio (with her aunt Ann 
Quinby Howell). Father made his home at Brant 
Harrison's for several years, and died while I was 
in Ohio." 

500. William Smith ^ {John^, Josiah^, John*, John^, 
John^, William^) born 26 Sept. 1819. He never engaged 
in any business and never married. He was one of the 
earliest members of the first lodge of Odd Fellows in New- 

Dr. William DeH.s Quinby op Moe- 

EISTOWN, AND LiEUT. (afterward 

General) Isaac P.s Quinby, 

From a daguerreotype owned by 
Isaac Quinby^ Gurnee. 

Vail Monument, 
at Parsippany, N. J. (See p. 323.) 

Phoebe? (Quinby) Vail, 

daughter of 495Isaac'' Quinby (photo, 
by Duryea, Brooklyn, 1890). 

Marianna (Quinby) Gurnee, 

daughter of 495Isaac' Quinby (photo, 
by Mitchell, Paterson, N. J.) 

497DAVID Smith' Qhinby and His Daughter Annie M.» 

(From a daguerreotype owned hy Isaac Q. Gurnee. Note the daguerreotype in the 
child's hand.) (See p. 324.) 

The Home of 49oIsaac7 Quinby, 
at Parsippany, N. J. (from a daguerreotype). 

The Quinby Family 325 

ark, Howard Lodge No. 7, and was initiated on the first 
Monday of November, 1841. In December, 1905, he was 
one of the four early members still living, of whom he, at 
8^ was the youngest. The Newark News, 23 Dec. 1905, 
said: "Mr. Quinby is well preserved and is a familiar 
figure on the city's streets, as one of his greatest pleasures 
is a brisk afternoon walk. He doesn't wear glasses and 
his faculties are about as active as those of the average 
middle aged man. The members of Howard Lodge com- 
memorated his long afl&liation with the Order recently by 
sending him a floral piece." From about 1898 till his death 
he spent his winters in Florida. He died after a long ill- 
ness of chronic malaria, 8 Feb. 1908, at the residence of 
Frederick D. Egbert, 58 Arlington Ave., Newark, and was 
buried in Rosedale cemetery. 

At this point are omitted numbers 501 to 550 inclusive, 
and their sons numbers 1089 to 1182, inclusive. 

551. George Francis' (Ephraim^, Samuel^, Eph- 
raim*, Josiah^, John^, William^) born 6 Mar. 1831, at 
Marietta, Ohio, (some relatives s&y 6 June, 1832); married 
there 26 Oct. 1855, Mary F. Abbey, born 30 Dec. 1834, 
at Waterford, Ohio. He died at Marietta and his widow 
lived awhile at Washington Court House, Ohio; in 1912 
she lived at 510-2 East Main st., Stockton, California. 
Children : 

I. Emma' Quinby, born 1857; married a Hosier and 

lives at 1345 E. Sonera st., Stockton, Cal.; 
II. Abigail' Quinby, born 1859; died, unmarried; 
III. Fannie Maxon' Quinby, born 1862; married a 
Broughton; lives, 1911, Marietta, Ohio, r. f. d. 1; 

1183. IV. Charles E.' Quinby, born 1864; in 1912 he was 

living at 102 So. Union ave., Pueblo, Col., un- 
V. Minnie' Quinby, born 1866, married a Way and is 
now dead; 

1184. VI. William' Quinby, born 1868; now dead; 

1185. VII. George Conrad' Quinby, born 17 Feb. 1872, at 

Marietta (see); 

VIII. Josephine' Quinby, born 1874; married 

Flesher; is now dead; 
IX. Sadie' Quinby, born 1879; married a Morehouse; 
lives (1911) Stockton, Cal. 
Note— Thanks to George C. Quinby, Esq., for most of the above. 

326 The Quinby Family 

553. Chakles Stewart' (Ephraim*, Samuel'', Eph- 
raim*, Josiah*, John^, William^) born 7 June, 1855, at 
Marietta, Ohio; married Estella Marie, daughter of William 
Knighton; she was born 5 Feb. 1857. Mr. Quinby together 
with R. S. Macnamee, then called of Pickering, Pa., were 
granted U. S. patent 436, 671 for a waterheater for cook 
stoves, 10 Sept. 1890. 

Mrs. Estella Quinby, wife of Charles S. Quinby of South 
Penn street, dropped dead at her home, Wednesday afternoon 
about 5.30 o'clock, while sitting in the reception hall conversing 
with her husband. News of her sudden demise caused a profound 
shock and has caused deep sorrow to her large number of friends 
and acquaintances. Mrs. Quinby was 60 years old. 

Although having been a sufferer with heart trouble for some- 
time, Mrs. Quinby was in her usual good spirits during the day. 
She had not fully recovered from an attack of typhoid fever, 
which left her in a weakened condition and her heart often caused 

Mrs. Quinby was a daughter of the late William Knighton 
and was born at Goshen, Ind. When a child, the family moved 
to Sharon and Mrs. Quinby had since resided there. She was 
one of the most active members of the First M. E. church and 
took a prominent part in the work of the Pastor's Helpers. She 
was a woman of high character and she was held in the highest 
esteem by all who knew her. 

Surviving are her husband and the following children: Mrs. 
Fred E. Cairey of Youngstown; Mrs. Jesse Robinson and William 
Quinby of Sharon and Arthur Quinby of New Castle. 

The funeral will be held on Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock 
from the family residence, Rev. C. W. Miner officiating. Inter- 
ment will be private and will take place in Oakwood cemetery. 
(Sharon Herald, 31 July, 1913). 

Mr. Quinby lives at Sharon, Pa. Children: 

I. Susan' Quinby, born 12 Nov. 1878; 

1186. II. Akthur Fokkeb' Quinby, born 18 Nov. 1880; mar- 

ried at New Castle, Pa., 5 June, 1909, Anna Guyton 
of Mercer, Pa.; lives, 1910, at 651 Hamilton ave.. 
New Castle, Pa.; in 1912 an electridian at 1509 
Hamilton st.; 

III. Anna* Quinby, born 15 Jan. 1884; 

IV. Estella* Qotnby, bom 29 May, 1889, died of tjTJhoid 

fever at 42 So. Penn st., Sharon, Pa., 23 Mar. 1908, 

1187. V. William Knighton' Quinby, born 24 Jan. 1892, at/ 

Sharon, Pa., and in 1910 lives there unmarried at 
42 So. Penn st. 

556. QxjiNCY Adams ' (Samuel *, Samuel *, Ephraim *, 
Josiah", John^, William^) born 11 Feb. 1844, at Sharon, 
Pa.; married there 27 June, 1871, Nancy Jane, daughter of 
Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth (Thompson) Wright, 

The Quinbt Family 327 

born 24 May, 1852, at Erie, Pa. They lived (1910) at 39 
Grant st., Sharon, Pa. Mr. Quinby has since died. Chil- 

1188. I. Charles Cabmi* Quinby, born 11 Mar. 1872 (see); 

1189. II. Elmeb Hbebekt' Quinby, born 17 Mar. 1876 (see); 

III. John' Quinby, born 5 Aug. 1881; died 15 Sept. 


IV. Alice Grace' Quinby, born 12 Mar. 1883; lives 

with her mother at Sharon (1914). 

557. James Lewis ' (Samuel *, Samuel ', Ephraim *, 
Josiah^, John'', William^) born 1847 at Sharon, Pa., mar- 
ried Margaret Cowan and lives (1914) at Sharon, (r. f. d. 
58), as do his sons: 

1190. I. William* Quinby; 

1191. II. John' Quinby. 

558. Harry C. ' (Samuel^, Samuel^, Ephraim*, Josiah^ 
John^, William^) born 1851 at Sharon, Pa., married Kate 
BoUes, and in 1914 is a cabinet maker at 326 State st., 
Sharon. Children: 

I. Harriet' Quinby, born 1876, married Reuben Co- 
hen; she died Oct. 1910; 
II. Mary' Quinby ("Mollie") born about 1880, died 
aged 6y. 

559. Samuel Augustus ' (Charles Stewart ^ Samuel *, 
Ephraim*, Josiah', John'', William^) born at Sharon, Pa., 
30 Mar. 1844; married there 8 Nov. 1868, Jennie Eliza- 
beth Kennedy, born 5 Mar. 1846, at Harrisburg, Pa. Be- 
fore marriage, Samuel A. attended Iron City college at 
Pittsburg, Pa.; he was employed as engineer for the Stew- 
art Iron Co. for many years, until his retirement from active 
service. He and his wife are living at Sharon (1914). In 
1912 his address was 63 Walnut st., Sharon, "He is in a 
sanitarium having been affected by age for the last five 
years." Children (possibly others): 

1192. I. Charles Augustus' Quinby, born 28 Oct. 1873 


1193. II. Julian K.» Quinby, born 7 July, 1886; in 1914 he 

lives unmarried at Sharon; he graduated from the 
schools there in 1907, attended the University of 
Michigan and graduated in 1910 from the Dental 
department there; dentist with oflB.ce at 206 Ham- 
ory Bldg., Sharon (1914). ^ 

562. Frank Benjamin' (Charles Stewart^, Samuel^, 
Ephraim*, Josiah", John'', William^) born probably in Ohio 
in 185-6- and came early to Sharon, Pa. with his parents. 

328 The Quinby Family 

He married Vinnie York and lives (1912) at West Middle- 
sex, Pa. In 1911 his directory address was 1115 Lee ave., 
So. Sharon. Son (probably others) : 

1194. Clinton A.» Quinby, lives 1912 at Farrell, Pa. 

563. Charles Smith Emmons ' (Charles S. ', Samuel ', 
Ephraim*, Josiah^, John^, William^) born perhaps about 
1854 at Sharon, Pa.; married Verna E. Salisbury (born 1878 at 
Erie, Pa., and lived at Sharpsville, Pa. He died 5 Jan. 1912, 
at Buhl Hospital, Sharon, of chronic nephritis with mitral 
insufficiency; his widow lives at Roanoke, 111. They had sev- 
eral children of whom two were Uving in 1906: 

I. * Quinby; 

II. Clyde Emmons^ Quinby, born 17 Dec. 1906 at 

III. Anna' Quinby, born 19 Aug. 1909 at Sharon. 

564. Lewis Reno' (Charles S.^, Samuel^, Ephraim*, 
Josiah^, John^, William^). His brother Frank B. writes in 
1912 that Lewis is a globe-trotter and his present where- 
abouts are unknown; but the 1910 directory shows that 
one Lewis Quinby with wife Kate lived at 125 East Federal 
St., Youngstown, Ohio, and is president of the Durable 
Steam Trap Co. He was granted U. S. patent 792, 926, for 
a filter, 30 June, 1905, and was then a resident of Youngs- 
town. The 1912 directory of that city does not contain his 
name. His nephew. Dr. Julian K. Quinby, writes " my uncle 
Lewis Porter Quinby died at Chicago, 111., 13 Sept. 1914." 

Here are omitted Nos. 568, Elijah'', the patriarch of Mil- 
ton, Md., and his sons (1195-1201), reserved for a later 

571. William Thomas' (William B.^, Ephraim^, Eph- 
raim*, Josiah^, John^, William^) born 18 Jan. 1833 at Pitts- 
burgh, Pa., and died 9 Oct. 1898. He married Mary, 
daughter of Thomas and Mary (Chipman) Paine. Children: 

I. Augusta' Quinby, born 9 Apr. 1856, at Madison, 
Wis., married in 1878, in Trumbull county, Ohio, 
to Joseph Shaffer; she is living, a widow, 1910, 
at Encampment, Wyoming; 
1202. II. William P.» Quinby, born at Memphis, Tenn., 23 
Dec. 1859 (see); 
III. Alice C.» Quinby, born 23 Sept. 1862, at Carters- 
ville, Georgia. She lives 1910 unmarried, at 
Western Springs, Illinois; 

The Quinby Family 329 

1203. IV. Edward C.« Quinby, born 20 June, 1866, at Car- 

tersville, Georgia, died unmarried 15 July, 1905; 
V. Mary" Quinby, born 25 Nov. 1872, at Leavitts- 
burgh, Trumbull county, Ohio; married 22 Oct. 
1896, Edwin Hayden; living, 1910, at Encamp- 
ment, Wyoming; 
VI. Nancy L.« Quinby, born 22 Sept. 1874, at LeaS^tts- 
burgh; died unmarried, ait Western Springs, 111., 
20 May, 1895. 

Note. — Thanks to William P. Quinby, Esq., for this record. 

572. William' {Warren B.\ Ephraim^, Ephraim*, 
Josiah'', John^, William^) born 29 Apr. 1835, at Lordstown, 
Ohio; married 2 Apr. 1857, Catherine, daughter of Abraham 
and Amanda (Weaver) Bailey, born 25 Sept. 1841, at 
Lordstown; and there they reside (r. f. d. 7) in 1911. 
Children, all born at Lordstown and living at Warren, 
Ohio, except as indicated: 

1204. I. Chauncey C.» Quinby, born 17 Jan. 1858 (see); 

1205. II. Tracy* Quinby, born 10 July, 1859 (see); 

1206. III. Sidney' Quinby, born 14 Dec. 1860; living, un- 

married in 1911; 
IV. Ida Belle* Quinby, born 16 Sept. 1862; married 

13 Sept. 1896, Edwin Brobst, and lives (1911) 

a't Leavittsburg, Ohio. Mr. Brobst was 'born 8 

Sept. 1832, at Warreji, Ohio> son of John and 

Mary (Kistler) Brobst; 
V. Jane Orilla* Quinby ("Jennie"), born 27 Feb. 

1864; unmarried; living in 1911; 
VI. Anna Olive* Quinby, born 17 Oct. 18^5; married 

Clement Minling and lives at Hubbard^ Pa.; 

1207. VII. David* Quinby, born 22 June, 1868; married Minnie 

Beal and lives at Warren, Ohio, r. f. d. 7; 
VIII. Alice" Quinby, born 24 Sept. 1869; married Calvin 
Nottin'ger and lives at Warren, Ohio; 

1208. IX. Henry Franklin* Quinby, born 28 (or 24) Feb. 

1873, at Lordstown; unmarried, and lives 429 
State St., Elkhart, Ind. (1911); 
X. Sylvester* Quinby, born 1874-7, died an infant; 
XI. Etta Sylvester* Quinby, born 2 June, 1878; 
mai-ried Daniel, son of George and Maiy Jane 
(Brobst) Hewitt; they live at Leavittsburg, Ohio; 
XII. Mary Delia* Quinby, born 25 Aug. 1880; married 
28 Sept. 1903, Harry Winett son of Samuel and 
Belle (Higgle) Oiler, born 24 Dec. 1876^ in Penn- 

Note. — Mr.s. Catherine Quinby and several of her children have kindly 
supplied the above data. 

573. Edward McConahay ' (Ephraim ', Ephraim *, 
Ephraim*, Josiah", John^, William^) born 21 Feb. 1851, 
at Wooster, Ohio. He was the only son and heir of his 

330 The Quinby Family 

father, and inherited a large amount of real estate in 
Wooster, Cleveland and Pittsburgh and became one of the 
largest holders of realty in Pittsburgh, where he lived for 
several years. He married 17 Oct. 1878, Amelia C, daugh- 
ter of W^liam E. Schmerz of Pittsburgh, and subsequently 
they lived at Wooster. Mr. Quinby died 2 July, 1909, at 
Dresden, Saxony, where he had lived a number of years 
and was a well-known and respect^ed miomber of the Ameri- 
can colony there, and a member of the Anglo-American 
Club since 1902. He had been Hon. Secretary of that 
organization in 1906 and was a member of the house com- 
mittee at the time of his death, which followed an opera- 
tion for appendicitis performed at Dr. Akanel's hospital. 
His wife and eight of his children were with him when he 
died, say the newspaper accounts. In 1911 Mrs. Quinby 
was living at Dresden with her daughter Margaret. In 
1915 she is living at Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Children of Edward M. '' and Amelia C. (Schmerz) 

1209. I. Herbert Schmerz* Quinby, born in November, 

1879, at Wooster, Ohio; died in September, 1903, 
at Dresden, Saxony; 
II. Catherine Louise" Quinby ("Louise"), born in 
February, 1882, at Pittsburgh, Pa.; married first, 
E. Perry Sturges of Zanesville, Ohio, who died 
in February, 1908; their child, Edward Quinby 
Sturges, was born 25 Dec. 1906; she married 
second, in April, 1910, Walter von Hann Black; 
their child, Catherine, was born 14 Dec 1913; 
they live at Zanesville, Ohio; 

1210. III. Edward McConahay' Quinby, born 26 July, 1884, 

at Pittsburgh (see); 
IV. Eleanor Beatrice* Quinby, born 28 June, 1886, 
a't Pittsburgh; married first, 23 Feb. 1904, Roger 
Widrington Whinfield of Fond dii Lac, Wis., who 
died 22 July, 1909, at Konigsberg, Prussia; she 
married secbndi 6 Juke, 1910, Thomas Osbourne 
Cowdrey of Pittsburgh, and has a son Thomas 0., 
Jr., born 10 Aug. 1913; they live at 5722 Ken- 
tucky ave., Pittsburgh; 
V. Margaret* Quinby, born 21 Sept. 1888. In 1912, 
the American papers were full of her pictures and 
rumors of her engagement to a nobleman attached 
to the suite of King Charles of Saxony, The 
dispatch dated 8 June, 1912, said that she was 
presented at Court at Dresden by the American 
Consul Geiieral, and found favor in the Saxon 
King's eyes on account of her gimple gown; it 
consisted of "a white tunic embroidered in pearls 
over white satin;" 


I2IIW1LLIAM E.8 QUINBY (p. 331). 

The Quinby Family 331 

1211. VI. William E.« Quinby, born 19 Aug. 1892, at Pitts- 

burgh; graduated at Harvard College in 1914; 

1212. VII. Kenneth Malcolm' Quinby, born 6 Dec. 1893, at 

Wooster, Ohio; in 1914 he was completing his 
course at St. John's Military school near Syra- 
cuse, N. Y.; 

1213. VIII. Donald' Quinby, born 29 Feb. 1896, at Wooster; 

a member of the class of 1918 at Princeton Uni- 
IX. Anita' Quinby, born 1 Sept. 1898, at Wooster. 

Edward M. ' Quinby 

"The subject of this sketch inherited the example, benevolent 
spirit and business talent of his father, as well as his fortune, and 
the estate grew into its present mammoth proportions uncier the 
management of the great son of his father. As soon as his age 
would permit, his education commenced at the private school of 
Mrs. Poipe, was continued at Dennison College, Granville, Ohio, 
and then at Kenyqn College, Cambier, Ohio. He soon commenced 
a business career, in which he was engaged when, on October 17, 
1878, he was married to Amelia C. Schmertz, of Pittsburg, Penn- 
sylvania, who was ehe eldest daughter of William E. Schmertz, 
of that city, who was then a member of the Board of Commerce, 
president of the Second National Bank, and one of the largest 
boot and shoe manufacturers in the country. She was also the 
grandxlaughter of Rev. David Kimerer, one of the pioneer minis- 
ters of Wooster, a noted orator, highly respected; and he was such 
a grand old man that the people involuntarily raised their hats 
in his presence. He was a minister of the German Reformed 
Church. The Quinbys were of the Presbyterian faith. The sub- 
ject of this sketch was engaged in the dty goods business a num- 
ber of years, discontinuing in 1879, and engaged in the manu- 
facture of window glass at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with E. C. 
Schmertz as a partner, which was continued fropi 1879 until 1884. 
His father having died on January 30, 1880, the large estate left 
the subject o| this sketch called him to Wooster. He owned the 
Wayne County National Bank for a short time after his father's 
death and sold it to Jacob Frick. 

"Commencing in 1884-5, he carried out a comprehensive plan 
of improvement of his real property. In the spring of 1885 he 
erected the Quinby block in Cleveland on the corner of Euclid 
and Wilson Avenues, at a cost of seventy thousand dollars, which 
is occupied in part by one of the largest branches of the Cleve- 
land Trust Company. I?. 1887 he erected a large four story build- 
iiig on the southwest side of the public square in Wooster, Ohio, 
this building being occupied principally by the William Annat dry 
goods store. In 1889 he erected a building, seventy by fifty-five 
feet, in the rear of McClure's store fronting on Diamond alley. 
In 1890 he built a three-story building on the northeast corner of 
the public square and East Liberty street, with a modern base- 
ment running the entire length of the building; this building is 
occupied by the Alvin Rich hardware store. In 1894 he built 
the three-story building on the southwest corner of the public 
square occupied by the McClure stove and house furnishing store. 
"The truth is worthy of observation that the foregoing con- 

332 The Quinby Family 

stitute but an imperfect schedule of the improvements that so 
greatly embellish his native town, and not only illustrate the 
wisdom of his management but the benevolence of his character. 
Of the many private acts of charity and benevolence necessarily 
connected with a large estate, the rehearsal would not be in harm- 
onj' with the habits or wishes of Edward M. Quinby. 

"The peculiar mental habits and reticence of Mr. Quinby 
adorn his life; his splendid manhood was private; there was not 
the slightest ostentation in any situation in which he was placed; 
he inherited the calm, composed, reflective demeanor of the Quin- 
bys and McConahays; he was as perfect a gentleman as Wooster 
ever produced. Mrs. Quinby gives him the character of a prince, 
so gentle, so noble, was he in all the relations of life. Intellectu- 
ally, he was the equal of the highest type of man. He was com- 
prehensive, discriminating, strong, not to be deceived, without 
passion, without anger, generally meeting an inadmissible proposi- 
tion with a smile and a reason. He had pleasant associates, was 
companionable with them, belonged to clubs, lived mostly in sun- 
shine; was a modest man, but it was not affectatioUj it was a con- 
trolling senpe of propriety; he had a wide, modern information, 
and surprised one with scientific analysis, with occult suggestions. 
His success in his great business affairs was phenomenal. His 
estate was largely increased in value; he contributed immensely 
to taxation in Wooster and in the state; he was a public benefac- 
tor; he deserved the encomiums of every inhabitant of Wooster. 

"To the accomplishments of Edward M. Quinby as a native 
of Wooster are to be added the refinements of travel and the 
broad elegance of the manners of the international life. With his 
family he found a pleasant retreat in Germany, and his children, 
entering upon a system of education there, detained him longer, 
perhaps, than contemplated* To the writer he expressed the in- 
tention of returning to Wooster in a couple of years. He was 
constantly engaged in traveling from Europe to Wooster to see 
his large estates; he improved the old ancestral home on South 
Market Street, and in the spring of 1909, at the hotel in Wooster, 
he seemed buoyant, full of life and hope and pleased with the 
familiar scenes of his early life. Without having time to do so, 
he died on the 2nd of July, 1909." 

574. Jambs Mopfett ' (George *, Ephraim ^ Ephraim *, 
Josiah', John'', William') born 25 Mar. 1856, at Bucyrus, 
Ohio; married 18 Apr. 1881, at Wooster, Ohio, Elizabeth, 
born 4 Feb. 1856, at Beloit, Wis., daughter of Anthony 
and Elizabeth (Walter) Wright. James M. Quinby died 
3 June, 1904; his widow, Elizabeth lived (1910) at 42 Spink 
St., Wooster, Ohio, and died 1 Mar. 1911. Children: 

1214. I. George Wright' Quinby, born 19 Aug. 1885 (see); 

II. Walter Moffat" Quinby, born 23 May, 1887, died 
20 Aug. 1887, at Wooster. 

575. Charles L. ^ (George *, Ephraim *, Ephraim *, 
Josiah^, John^, William^) born 1 June, 1858, at Bucyrus, 
Ohio; married 18 Aug. 1885, at Toledo, Ohio, Nellie M. 

The Quinby Familt 333 

Curtis, who died 18 Mar. 1890, at Louisville, Ky. He 
married second 1 Dec. 1902, Nettie C. Montz. Mr. Quin- 
by's address (1911) is 103 East Jacob st., Louisville. Only 

Charles E.» Quinby, born 21 Dec. 1886, died 14 
Apr. 1887, at Wooster, Ohio. 

576 Elijah P. ^ (Daniel^, Moses ^, Aaron*, Josiah^, 
John^, William^) born in Dutchess county, N. Y., 12 mo. 
4, 1809; Henrietta was his home until 1836. There his 
marriage intention was announced at the Friends' meeting 
11 mo. 26, and 12 mo. 26, 1834, and after he married 
Sarah, daughter of Isaac and Phoebe (Carpenter) Weeks, 
born 25 Mar. 1810, at Brooklyn, N. Y., the marriage was 
"reported accordingly," 1 mo. 23, 1835. After the birth 
of their first child they removed to Calhoun county, Mich- 
igan; his Friends' certificate to the Milton Monthly Mefet- 
ing was reported not till 8 mo. 24, 1838. His removal is 
shown- on the register of Rochester, N. Y., Monthly Meet- 
ing, Henrietta Preparative Meeting (Hicksite) as 8 mo. 26, 
1838. He and his family lived in Barry county, Michigan, 
until 1847 when they removed to Laporte, Indiana. A 
correspondent of Mr. Cox in Rochester, N. Y., writes "I 
remember my mother used to speak of him — she knew 
him long before she was married. It was through him 
that she became acquainted with my father in 1855. Very 
likely Elijah became a member of Clear Lake Monthly 
Meeting at Laporte — it was laid down long years ago." 
Mr. Quinby died at Laporte, Ind., Mrs. Quinby died at 
Chetopa, Kan. Children: 

1215. I. Arthur Pell' Quinby, born 11 mo. 18, 1835, at 

Henrietta (see); 

1216. II. Daniel* Quinby, born 13 May, 1837, at Albion, 

Mich, (see); 

1217. III. Isaac W.» Quinby, born 1840, in Barry county, 

Mich.; killed in the army, in 1868; 

IV. Frances* Quinby, born 1842, in Barry county; 

died in 1850; 
V. Caroline* Quinby, born in Barry county in 1846; 
married 1866, Henry J. Biege; died 1888 at La- 
porte, Ind,; no children; 

VI. Deborah Matilda* Quinby, born 23 Mar. 1847, 
at Jackson, Mich.; married at Chetopa, 1868, 
George W., son of Samuel Wesley and Margaret 
(McCauley) Leap, born 1838, in Jefferson county, 
Ind.; they have six children; residence, Chetopa, 
Kan. (1911); 

1218. VII. Charles Francis* Quinby, born 16 Jan. 1851 (see). 

Note. — The above record was supplied by Charles Francis Quinby, Esq.' 
and various Quaker records. 

334 The Quinby Family 

577. Henry' {Daniel^, Moses ^, Aaron*, Josiah^, 
John^, William^) born 8 mo. 28, 1815, in Dutchess county, 
N. Y. He married first Sarah Turner, born 1820, (who 
was the mother of Byron C, according to his death record). 
This marriage was outside the Friends' Society and prior 
to 3 mo. 27, 1840; he was disowned for it, 6 mo. 29, 1840. 
"Disownments for marrying out were becoming rare in the 
Henrietta Monthly Meeting by that time," says Mr. Cocks. 
The year Henjry was disowned he appears for the only 
time in the New York city directory, and is stated to have 
been a furrier at 166 Madison st. In the census of 1850 
Mr. Quinby 's farm at Mendon, N. Y., was estimated as 
worth not less than $8500. He married second, Maria 
Schuyler, "born 1831." His daughter Katherine, however, 
the only child by the second marriage, says her mother's 
name was Maria Sternbergh, and adds, "my grandmother 
was a Schuyler." Mr. Quinby is said to have died about 
1895, at Rochester, N. Y. His children: 

1219. 1. William Crocker' Quinby, born 23 Dec. 1838, at 

Mendpa (see); 

1220. II. Byron Culver' Quinby, born 1843 (see); 

1221. III. George Turner' Quinby, born 1848 (see); 

1222. IV. Francis Turner' Quinby; lived at Rochester, 

N. Y., and was dead before 1911; 
V. Katherine' Quinby, born 17 Oct. 1870, at Ironde- 
quoit, N. Y.; married 24 Oct. 1894, at Rochester, 
John William, son of William and Mary Alderson 
(Mouncey) Horner, bom 25 Apr. 1866, in York- 
shire, England; residence, 40 Comfort st., Roches- 
ter, N. Y. 

580. Walter' (Elijah Pell^, Moses ^, Aaron*, Josiah*, 
John"^, William^) born 27 Apr. 1825, probably at Henrietta, 
N. Y.; married 6 Sept. 1854, Catherine A. Draper. He 
died 8 May, 1889. The N. Y. city directories show a 
Walter in 1845-7, and also in 1850 but the latter is prob- 
ably Walter Underbill' Quinby, Children of Walter and 
Catherine A. (Draper) Quinby: 

I. Charles D.« Quinby, died 24 Sept. 1859, an in- 
II. Mary Hitnt' Quinby, born 19 Apr. 1862; married 
27 Sept. 1882, Albert S. Wood, and lives (1912) 
at 57 Center st., Fort Plain, N. Y., and has sup- 
plied these dates; 
III. Walter DeLancey' Quinby, born 12 Feb. 1869, 
died 7 Aug. 18761 

581. William' (Afoses", Samuel^, Moses*, Josiah^, 
John'', William^) born 8 mo. 31, 1785, in Westchester 

QuiNBY House, Quaker Street, N. Y., 1831-1875, 
Home of ,'i82Samuel'' Quinby (see p. 335). 

Friends' Meeting House, 
Quaker Street, N. T. (See p. 335.) 

The Quinbt Family 335 

county, N. Y. While a resident of Newcastle in that 
county, he married at Northcastle 2 mo. 20, 1805, Hannah, 
daughter of John and Mary Sands of Northcastle. She 
was born 2 mo. 9, 1788, and died 11 May, 1837. The list 
of Quakers in 1828, affiliated with Coeymans Monthly 
Meeting, Albany county, N. Y., names Hannah, and Job, 
aged 8 (Hicksitesi). The family with the children except 
Job, had removed from Chappaqua to Coeymans, 1 mo. 
10, 1817 (rec). William Quinby died 16 Mar. 1841, says 
the record; Dodge's list says 2 mo. 1841. Children: 

1223. I. John Sands' Quinby, born 8 mo. 4, 1805 (see); 

II. Ann K.« Quinby, born 11 mo. 16, 1806; . married 
Robert Wicks and died 6 Jan. 1832; buried on the 
farm at Earlton; 
III. Mary S.» Quinby, born 4 mo. 24, 1808; died of con- 
sumption at Northcastle in 1829; the family Bible 
says 4 mo. 4; Dodge's list says 9 Apr.; 

1224. IV. MosES» Quinby, born 4 mo. 15, 1810 (see); 

1225. V. Daniel William' Quinby, born 1 mo. 12, 1815 

(see) ; 

1226. VI. Job Sands' Quinby, born 12 mo. 4, 1820; lived at 

Eariton and elsewhere near Coxsackie; taught 
school; died of consumption, 13 Mar. 1845, un- 

582. Samuel' (Obediah^, Samuel^, Moses*, Josiah*, 
John'', William^) born 8 mo. 20, 1795, probably at Milan, 
Dutchess county, N. Y. He married first, 4 mo. 23, 1823, 
Patience Gaige, born 2 mo. 16, 1799. The Quaker records 
at Chappaqua, Westchester county, where his family had 
lived for generations, show that he "removed to New York, 
6 mo. 10, 1824." He moved from Dutchess county and 
settled in 1831 at Quaker Street (27 miles from Albany) 
where he purchased a farm on the Schoharie road, three- 
quarters of a mile from the village of Quaker Street; he 
owned the farm till his death when it came to his son 
Isaac. Samuel's first wife. Patience, died 19 Mar. 1843, 
and he married second, 26 Dec. 1846, Esther Bowerman, 
by whom he had no children. The census of 1850 names 
him as a farmer, with real estate worth at least $3000. 
Mr. Adelbert Carmi Hayden, of Saratoga, thus describes 
him: "I knew Samuel Quinby well; he was a grand old 
man. He was tall and well developed. He took a great 
interest in the weekly meetings in the little Friends' Meet- 
ing-house at Quaker Street (see photograph). He had a 
wonderful command of language, and when he arose to 
speak, as he often did in the meetings, his words were 
listened to and they were wonderfully effective." His wife 

336 The Quinby Family 

Esther died 12 mo. 23, 1869, aged 78y. 8m. 5d, Samuel 
died 12 mo. 23, 1875. Children: 

I. Phoebe M.« Quinby, born 12 mo. 22, 1823; she was 
a deaf mute; married 22 June, 1870, Valentine 
Bradshaw, similarly afflicted; no children; she died 
23 Mar. 1897; 
II. Clabkson' Quinby, born 7 mo. 14, 1825; deaf mute, 
never married; died 2 Feb. 1846; 

1227. III. Isaac Gaige* Quinby, born 9 mo. 14, 1826 (see); 
IV. Amelia' Quinby, born 9 mo. 6, 1828; died, unmar- 
ried; 27 July, 1847; 

V. Hannah' Quinby, born 12 mo. 22, 1830; died 22 

July, 1833; 
VI. Aaron» Quinby, born 12 mo. 23, 1832; died 1 Sept. 

VII. Ann* Quinby, born 11 mo. 13, 1835; married 24 
Jan. 1859, at Quaker street, Joel M. Griffith; they 
lived awhile in Michigan, then at Northampton, 
Fulton county, N. Y., where she died 27 Aug. 

1228. VIII. Samuel J.» Quinby, born 11 mo. 9, 1837, died un- 

married, 19 Dec. 1872; 

1229. IX. Judson Hoag» Quinby, born 11 mo. 21, 1839 (see); 

X. Amelia* Quinby, born 1844; she is not mentioned 
in the list supplied by Carrie S. ', daughter of 
Isaac G.», but is named with her age in the United 
States census of 1850. 

583. Aaron' (Obediah^, Samuel^, Moses\ Josiah^, 
John'', William^) born 8 mo. 2, 1799, probably at Milan, 
Dutchess county, N. Y., where he spent his early life. 
He married there 6 June, 1826, Mary, daughter of Reuben 
and Susannah (Dean) Wilbur, born 29 Nov. 1806. A. C, 
Hayden says: "Soon after marriage, Aaron Quinby and 
his wife moved to Duanesburg, Schenectady county, N. Y., 
where four of their children were born. About 1839 Aaron 
Quinby and family moved to Glens Falls, N. Y., having 
purchased fifty acres of land next to the Augustus Sherman 
farm in what is now the heart of Glens Falls. Their son 
Aaron Jay Quinby was born there. Soon afterward, about 
1846, they moved to the town of Stillwater, Saratoga 
county, N. Y., having sold the farm at Glens Falls. They 
purchased another farm of sixty acres on the turnpike 
about half way between Mechanicville and Stillwater. 
The house was a large old-fashioned one, overlooking the 
Hudson River, and commanded the best view up and down 
the river of any point between the two villages. The 
farm was considered the best in that locality. It was lo- 
cated very near what is known as Becker Lock, on the 
Champlain Canal. They lived here about three years when 


(Photo, loaned by A. 0. Hayden.) 
(See p. 335.) 

1228 Samuel J.s Quinby, 

(Photo, loaned by A. C. Hayden) 
(See p. 336.) 




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daughter of .582SamueI7 Quinby and 
wife of Joel M. GrifSth. 

5S3AARON' AND Mart (Wilbur) 

The Quinby Family 337 

they sold the farm and purchased another in the town of 
Edinburg, Saratoga county, N. Y., where they lived the 
remaining years of their lives. Aaron and his wife, Mary 
Wilbur, were both buried in the cemetery at Northville, 
Fulton county, N. Y." 

Aaron and Mary Quinby: real estate record, Saratoga county, 
N. Y.: 1845, Oct. 14, to Aaron and wife Mary from Benjamin K. 
Bryan et al., 85 acres in Stillwater for $2502, less mortgage of 
$1400 (bk. UU, p. 500); 1849, from Aaron and wife to Jeremiah 
Rundle et al., (bk. 55, p. 499); 1862, 17 Apr. from Aaron and 
Mary Quinby of Edinboro' to Jephtha R. Wilber et al., (bk. 91, 
pp. 497-8-9); 1862, mortgage, Aaron and Mary to Joseph Covell 
(bk. 60, p. 49). 

Children of Aaron' and Mary (Wilbur) Quinby: 

I. Sarah Ann' Quinby, born 26 June, 1827, married 
12 Apr. 1859, Elnathan Knapp and lived at Dan- 
bury, Conn., till 1871-2, when they moved to 
Henry, Marshall county. 111.; she died 14 July, 
II. Susannah Fkeelove' Quinby, born 20 Sept. 1829; 
was a school teacher when she married, 24 Feb. 
1874, George Oakes; "she died at the old home- 
stead at Edinburg, N. Y., 4 Feb. 1897;" 
III. Martha Haight* Quinby, born 17 July, 1831; 
married 19 Nov. 1856, John Carmi Hayden; she 
died 31 July, 1891; their son Adelbert Carmi Hay- 
den, of Saratoga, N. Y., has kindly supplied much 
information and many photographs of this branch 
of the family; 

1230. IV. Edmond Carpenter* Quinby, born 17 July, 1836 

(see) ; 

1231. V. Aaron Jay» Quinby, born 19 Aug. 1845 (see). 

584. Caleb Underhill ' (Josiah *, Samuel ^ Moses *, 
Josiah^, John^, William^) born at Mt. Prospect, N/ew- 
castle, Westchester coulnty, N. Y., 6 mo. 2, 1797, say the 
Friends' records, (7 mo. 2, 1798 says a family record); 
married at Newcastle 3 mo. 20, 1828, Elizabeth Thorn, 
daughter of Brundage and Phoebe (Thorn) Tompkins, 
born 14 June, 1802, of Sing Sing, N. Y. ("mar. int. 2, 14, 
3, 13, 1828; reported ace. 4, 10, 1828")- He appeared in 
the New York city directories first in 1828 as living 
at 151 Madison street; the following year at Laurens 
street, corner of Amity lane; in 1831 at 222 Laurens street. 
The "Catherine, widow of Caleb, 115 Chapel street" in 
the directory of 1828 is either a mistake or refers to another 

Caleb Quinby and Eliza his wife were granted certi- 
ficate by the Orthodox Friends from Chappaqua, West- 


338 The Quinby Family 

Chester county, and removed to New York city, 4 mo. 9, 
1829, and he was "disowned" by them July, 1830, she was 
disowned July, 1831. The Hicksite records say they re- 
moved to New York 3 mo. 10, 1831, and a certificate 
issued. The Hicksite register records Caleb, Elizabeth his 
wife and Edward as from Chappaqua, June, 1831, (3 mo. 
10, 1831, Hicksite re.) to Chappaqua, Feb. 1834. "Caleb 
and wife Eliza, having removed clear to Chappaqua, 4 mo. 
9, 1829" (Orthodox Friends' rec). "Returned to Chap- 
paqua with son Edward 2 mo. 5, 1834" (Hicks, rec). 

Caleb Quinby died 3, 4 mo. 1849, (says Dodge's list) 
at Newcastle, Westchester county, and administration was 
granted 13 June, 1849, to his widow Elizabeth. (White 
Plains rec. lib. H, p. 163). He died 4 mo. 3, 1849, of con- 
sumption, at Northcastle, aged 49y. 10m. Id. His wife 
Elizabeth died 6 Feb, 1874; both are buried at Chappaqua, 
but have no gravestones. Only child: 

1232. Edward S.« Quinby, born 2 Oct. 1833, at New 

York city (see). 

586. Abraham^ (Josiah^, Samuel^, Moses*, Josiah^, 
John^, William^) born 9 June, 1802, in Westchester county, 
N. Y.; married first, 3 mo. 5, 1829, Adelia P. Dereaux or 
Darrow, born 1 mo. 31, 1808. The Hicksite records of 
Chappaqua, Westchester county, say that Amelia P. Quin- 
by, formerly Carpenter, married outside of the Society of 
Friends before 4 mo. 6, 1829, and was disowned 6 mo. 11, 
1829. Abraham Quinby married outside before 4 mo. 9, 
1829, and was disowned 7 mo. 9, 1829. This seems un- 
intelligible now, as of course if both were subject to dis- 
ownment, both must have been Quakers and therefore 
neither would have "married outside." Adelia made an 
acknowledgment and it was accepted by the Meeting 9 mo. 
10, 1829. Abraham also was reinstated as his name ap- 
pears on the records later. His wife Adelia died 4 mo. 16, 
1849, aged 41y. 2m. 16d., and he married second, Anna 
Barmore of Dutchess county, N. Y., born 1 mo. 14, 1811, 
died 5 mo. 15, 1875, aged 64y. 4m. lid., and letters of ad- 
ministration on her estate were granted to her husband, 
Abraham Quinby, 15 Oct. 1849, whose residence was given 
as Newcastle, Westchester county (lib. 11, p. 186). Abra- 
ham Quinby died 12 mo. 23, 1885, ae. 83y. 6m. 14d. say the 
Friends' records. Gravestones of both are in the Friends' 
ground at Chappaqua. Abraham's will was proved 22 
Jan. 1886 (lib. 104, p. 492). Children: 

The QuiNBT Family 339 

I. Phanny P.8 Quinby, born 3 mo. 15, 1830, died 10 
mo. 8, 1862; 
II. Amy Haight' Quinby, born 6 mo. 10, 1832; mar- 
ried Henry T. Scofield, 19 Oct. 1850, and had 
several children; she "died 9 Mar. 1885, aged 53y. 
'8m. 27d.", says her gravestone at Chappaqua; 

1233. III. John Palmers Quinby, born 5 mo. 12, 1834 (see); 

1234. IV. Samuel Harbison* Quinby, ("Harrison") born 10 

mo. 16, 1836; died 12 mo. 8, 1856; 
V. Mary Adelia* Quinby, born 9 mo. 30, 1840; died 
3 mo. 1, 1856 (my notes say that the gravestone 
inscription at Chappaqua is "B 1840 D 1850"); 

1235. VI. Abram Josiah* Quinby, born 12 mo. 28, 1844 (see); 
VII. Isaac R.« Quinby, born 10 mo. 9, 1846, died 9 mo- 

30, 1852 (10 mo. 3, says Dodge, which is prob- 
ably date of burial); 
VIII. Jacob' Quinby, born 11 mo. 4, 1847, died 9 mo. 2, 
Note. — Thanks to Abram J. Quinby, Esq. for help on this branch. 

587. Daniel' {Josiah^, Samuel^, Moses*, Josiah^, 
John^, William^) born 3 mo. 10, 1804, at Newcastle, West- 
chester county, N. Y.; married 29 Apr. 1831, Rachel, 
daughter of James and Mary Pugsley, born 1802. He 
obtained a certificate of clearance from the Chappaqua 
Friends' meeting having "removed clear from Chappaqua, 
3 mo. 9, 1826" (Hicksite rec), and went to New York 
city, where in 1827, his name appears for the first time in 
the city directory, at 340 Front st., and in 1828, at the 
time of the separation of the Hicksites, his name appears 
as a member of the New York Monthly Meeting. In 
October, 1831, he was disowned by the Friends; probably 
for joining the Hicksite Quakers; and in the same year his 
name again appears for the second time in the New York 
city directory, at 156 Madison st., and from 1832 to 1836 
at 123 Amity st., the last appearance of his name. Daniel 
Quinby was the assignee of a long lease from Peter V. W. 
Bishop, 14 Mar. 1837, of the rectangular property in the 
ninth ward bounded by Bethune, Washington and Banks 
sts. (N. Y. county deeds, vol. 348, p. 620). He probably 
removed to White Plains at about that time, and in 1850 
the census shows him there in remarkably flourishing con- 
dition for those times for a farmer; his real estate alone is 
recorded as worth at least $12,000. Daniel' Quinby died 
10 Apr. 1869, aged 65y. Im. (4 mo. 11, says Dodge); his 
widow Rachel died 2 Dec. 1868, aged 66y. 8m. 15d. (11 
mo. 24, says Dodge) and both are buried in the Rural 
cemetery at White Plains. Daniel's will was proved 5 
May, 1869 (lib. 59, p. 206), and mentions his wife Rachel, 

340 The Quinby Family 

son Charles J. and wife Susan; Egbert's wife Maria and 
their son Henry an infant; daughter Ann Eliza and hus- 
band Ezekiel Wilcox, to each of whom he willed $500. 
Charles J. was named executor. Children of Daniel and 
Rachel (Pugsley) Quinby: 

1236. I. Charles Josiah' Quinby, born 29 Feb. 1832 (see); 

1237. II. Egbert' Quinby, born 5 Jan. 1837, at New York 

city (see); 
III. Anne Eliza' Quinby, born 1841, married Ezekiel 
Halsev Wilcox and lives at Asbury Park, N. J. 

588. Reuben^ (Josiah^, Samuel^, Moses*, Josiah^, 
John^, William'^) born 5 Feb. 1806, at Newcastle, West- 
chester county, N. Y.; married Susan L., daughter of John 
and Mary Carpenter, and was disowned 7 mo. 13, 1836, 
by the Friends for marrying outside their society. Susan 
was born 24 May, 1809, at Newcastle. Reuben became 
a merchant at Sing Sing, now Ossining, Westchester coun- 
ty, and is so recorded in the census of 1850. He was ap- 
pointed postmaster there in 1861 by President Lincoln, 
and again in 1866 by President Johnson. The gravestones 
in the Friends' ground at Chappaqua give their deaths as 
follows: Reuben Quinby died 10 May, 1890, aged 84y. 
3m. 5d.; his wife Susan Carpenter died 24 Jan. 1895, aged 
85y. 8m. Children: 

1238. I. John Henry' Quinby, born 9 July, 1836; killed by 

railway cars, 1 mo. 11, 1872; 
II. Mary R.' Quinby, born 1838, married a Stevens; 

1239. III. George W.' Quinby, born 22 Nov. 1840 (see); 

1240. IV. Charles Reuben' Quinby, born 26 Nov. 1847 

(see) ; 

589. Underhill ' (Josiah^, Samuel^, Moses*, Josiah", 
John^, William^) born 5 May, 1808, at Northcastle, West- 
chester county, N. Y. ; married first Anna Loretta van 
Voorhis, born 2 Sept. 1820. One Ann Quinby is mentioned 
in Dodge's list, as having died at Chappaqua, 2 mo. 17, 
1849, probably the same, as John J. is recorded as born a 
week earlier. Underhill married second, Sarah Barmore. 
He died 7 mo. 23, 1859, aged Sly. 2m. 18d., say the 
Friends' records. Letters of administration on his estate 
were issued to his widow Sarah and Abram Quinby 16 
Sept. 1859 (lib. J, p. 85). His residence was named as 
having been Newcastle. Children: 

I. Marietta' Quinby ("Etta") born 1843; Underhill 
Quinby was appointed hfer guardian 10 Apr. 1854, 
and Edward S. Quinby, 16 Sept. 1859; she mar- 
ried Abraham Bedell; legatee of $1800 under her 

The Quinby Family 341 

aunt Ann' Quinby's will in 1893; in 1912 she was 
living at Katonah, N. Y.; 

1241. II. Alfred* Quinby, "died unmarried"; 

III. Ophelia* Quinby; 

IV. Abigail Jane' Quinby, ("Jennie"), born 1846, 

married Walker B. Adams, who was instantly 
killed by burglars in 1898; she was legatee under 
her aunt Ann Quinby's will in 1893 of $1800; her 
husband was one of the executors; she lives (1911) 
at Bedford Hills, N. Y.; 

1242. V. John J.' Quinby, born 10 Feb. 1849 (see). 

592. JosiAH Rowland^ {William^, Josiah^, Moses*, 
Josiah^, John^, William^) born 1 mo. 16, 1791, probably 
at Pawling, N. Y. A Friends' record says: "Josiah, son 
of William Quinby, removed clear of marital engagements 
from Chappaqua to New York, 10 mo. 9, 1812;" the Hick- 
site record at Nine Partners, Dutchess county, show that 
he married 12 mo. 26, I8I61, Deborah, daughter of Jona- 
than and Phoebe (Sutton) Haight of that town, born 23 
Dec. 1798. The Hicksite record says: "Deborah H. Quin- 
by, removed with her husband from Nine Partners 7 mo. 
17, 1817." This is the only Quinby removal record on the 
Quaker records of Nine Partners. 

In 1816 appears the first record in the New York city 
directories of Josiah H., who was then given as dealer in 
dry goods at 394 Pearl street. The following year, Moses 
"L." appears as dry goods dealer at that address, while 
Josiah H. is in the same business at 296 Pearl street, and 
from 1818 to 1824 at 398 Pearl street. In 1825 and 1826 
he was at 400 Pearl street. From 1822 to 1826 the firm 
name was Quinby & Jagger. One Josiah, (possibly an er- 
ror for Isaiah) living at 215 Wooster street, appears in 
1828 only. His name does not occur in the directory after- 
wards, as the following year Josiah returned to Nine Part- 
ners, N. Y. His brother Azariah H. ' continued the dry 
good business at 400 Pearl street, as appears by the direc- 
tory of 1829; in 1828 he and his business were given as 
155 Chatham st. There is no mentipn of them or the busi- 
ness after 1829. The Hicksite record shows "Josiah H. 
Quinby, wife Deborah, children Caroline, William, Phoebe 
Jane, Mary Elizabeth and John Jagger removed to Nine 
Partners 11 mo. 5, 1828;" another Quaker record gives the 
date as 8 mo. 6, 1828. Josiah H. and his wife "lived and 
died on a farm in Washington township, Dutchess county, 
about twenty miles from Poughkeepsie," says a descendant. 
The census of 1850 shows that they were then back in 
New York city, where Josiah H. and Deborah were living 

342 The Quinby Family 

with their son John J. in the 14th ward; Caroline M. Sut- 
ton and Phoebe and Elizabeth Wright were living under 
the same roof. Perhaps the parents were visiting when 
the enumerator caught them. Josiah H. Quinby died 15 
July, 1856, and his widow Deborah, died 4 Sept. 1884. 
Children : 

I. Caroline M.« Quinby, born 10 Apr. 1818; married 
first, 22 Oct. 1838, at Nine Partners, George W., 
son of Abraham and Esther Sutton of De Ruyter, 
Madison county, N. Y.; he died about 1850 on 
his way home by sea from California, and she 
married second, in 1871, George H. Tompkins, 
who died 18 July, 1883; she died 19 Nov. 1895, 
at Laxton, Md.; 

1243. II. William Howland> Quinby, born 17 Apr. 1820 

(see) ; 

III. Charles' Quinby, bo!rn 7 Oct. 1822, died 9 July, 

1823 (7 mo. 19, Fr. re); 

IV. Phoebe Jane' Quinby, born 19 Apr. 1825 (4 mo. 

12, Fr. re); married at her father's house in 
Washington township, 20 Feb. 1849, William C, 
son of Asahel and Esther Haviland of New York 
city; she died about 1903 at the home of her 
daughter, Mrs. James H. Vail at Laxton, Md.; 
V. Mary Elizabeth* Quinby, born 27 Jan. 1827, 
(2 mo. 19, 1826, Fr. re.) died 24 Apr. 1830; 

1244. VI. John Jagger' Quinby, born 4 Sept. 1828; died at 

Poughkeepsie unmarried, 16 Jan. 18—. 

Note. — The foregoing records are partly from Mies Mary W.' Quinby, 
partly from other sources and partly from John Cox's copies of the Frienct' 
records of which he is custodian and for his copies of the Quinby items in 
which, he charged over a hundred dollars; his copies ought to be correct, but 
they vary frequently from other records. 

593. Isaiah H. ' (William*, Josiah^, Moses*, Josiah*, 
John^, William^) born 5 mo. 1792 (says C. L. Andrews; 
5 mo. 5, says Mrs. Beebe; c/. death rec.) probably at Paw- 
ling, N. Y.; lived at Quaker Hill, Dutchess county, until 
1810, then lived at Chappaqua, Westchester county until 
8 mo. 14, 1818; then lived at Oblong until in 1821 he re- 
turned to Chappaqua. He married at Somers, 6 mo. 20, 
1821, Amy, daughter of Samuel and Sarah M. Sutton of 
Somers. The Friends' record of the marriage says: "mar- 
riage intention 5, 11 and 6, 15, 1821; reported accordingly, 
7, 13, 1821." (See p. 128.) Amy was born 6 mo. 29, 1797. 
They took a certificate of departure from Chappaqua with 
their children 8 mo. 9, 1829, to New York city. The records 
of the New York Monthly Meeting in 1828 show that at 
the time of the Hicksite separation they joined that sect. The 
Hicksite records show their certificate from Chappaqua as 
11 mo. 1827. In the New York city directories we find 


(Haight) Quinby. 

1244JOHN Jaggers Quinby, 
son of 592Josiah HJ Quinby. 

f ^^'•::^ -y- 


593ISAIAH H.7 Quinby, 
(Photo, by Beniczky, N. Y.) 

Amy Sutton, 

wife of .593Tsaiah H.^ Quinby (photo, 
by Green, Brooklyn). 

The Quinby Family 343 

his name in 1829 for the first time, as at 200 Green st., 
and in 1830-1 as at 204 Green st. He was evidently in 
the carting or trucking business which he turned over to 
his brother Moses in 1832 and returned to Chappaqua with 
his wife and children 1 mo. 2, 1833. Orthodox Quakers 
there had disowned him in January and Amy in July, 
1830. He and his wife had returned to New York before 
1850. The census of that year shows him as a grocer, 
with real estate valued at $4000, living with his family in 
the first district of the Eighth ward. The removal certifi- 
cate from Chappaqua was not granted from the Hicksites 
till 8 mo. 14, 1851; Amy was then a minister in the Friends' 
meeting. The Hicksite records show that they returned 
to Chappaqua 10 mo. 6, 1852. Their sons Valentine and 
Joshua remained in New York, Joshua returning 1 mo. 
1854; Valentine's name had already begun in 1848 to ap- 
pear in the New York city directory and he remained in 

Mrs. Amy Quinby died at Chappaqua 4 mo. 10, 1872, 
and administration was granted on her estate, 2 Sept. 
1872, to Joshua S. Quinby (White Plains, Surrogate's rec. 
lib. M, p. 254). Isaiah H. Quinby died 11 mo. 17, 1874, 
says a family rejc'ord, but the Friends' record says, "aged 
Sly. 11m. 12d." Their gravestones in the Friends' ground 
at Chappaqua say: "Isaiah Quinby, died 18 Nov. 1874, 
aged 81y. 11m. 13d.; wife Amy S. died 10 mo. 4, 1872, 
aged 74y. 8m. 19d." A proceeding took place in the Sur- 
rogate's court a quarter of a century later to prove his 
will, made 1873, as a lost will; and 9 May, 1898, letters 
testamentary were granted to Martha Quinby. His prop- 
erty was left to his sons Joshua and Valentine (lib. 131, 
p. 362). The children of Isaiah H. jQuinby were: 

1245. I. Joshua Sutton' Quinby, born 3 mo. 31, 1822 (see); 

1246. II. Valentine H.« Quinby, born 1827 (see); 

III. Sarah Jane' Quinby, born 1 mo. 10, 1829, died 9 
mo. 23, 1835, aged 6y. 8 mo. 13d. at Newcastle 
(Fr. re). 

594. AzAEiAH Rowland' (William", Josiah^, Moses*, 
Josiah^, John^, William^) born 4 Sept. 1797, at Newcastle, 
Westchester county, N. Y. He went to Oblong, Dutchess 
county, with his family 8 mo. 14, 1818, and removed to 
New York city 5 mo. 11, 1826. The Chappaqua meeting 
granted a clear certificate to him in September, 1826, to 
remove to Wilmington, Delaware. He succeeded his bro- 
ther Josiah in the dry goods business in New York city in 
1828, and was located at 155 Chatham st. In 1829 he 

344 The Quinbt Familt 

was at 400 Pearl st. At the time of the separation be^ 
tween the Orthodox and Hicksite Quakers in 1828, he was 
a member of the New York Monthly Meeting of the latter 
sect. He removed to Chappaqua again 4 mo. 9, 1830. 
He married probably about 1839-40, Mary Ann, daughter 
of John and Elizabeth ("Ella") Montgomery of Wilming- 
ton, Delaware, and Chappaqua removal certificates to Wil- 
mington are dated 5 mo. 6, 1846, and 1 mo. 5, 1848. 

From a law case reported in 2 Harrington, 141, it ap- 
pears that between 1^35 and 1839^ Azariah was in the 
lumber business, and won a suit for the price of lumber 
sold by John Montgomery, Quinby's agent, to one William 
Boyd. Again, in the suit of Azariah H. Quinby vs. J. W. 
Duncan (4 Harr. 383) we find that Mr. Quinby sued B. M. 
Hyatt and Duncan gave bond for the latter 8 May, 1843; 
Mr. Quinby won his suit and entered judgment. Hyatt 
didn't pay, and Mr. Quinby sued Duncan, but he lost it 
through a technicality. 

Azariah H. Quinby died 2 mo. 26, 1877. Children, 
born at Wilmington, Del.: 

I. Ella* Quinby, born 24 May, 1841; married William 
Henry Weeks of Wilmington; she died 2 Jan. 
II. Phoebe J.» Quinby, born 4 Aug. 1843; married 
Thomas Edward McVitty of Philadelphia, Pa.; 
their daughter, Mrs. Edw. McKeon, lives (1911) 
at 12 E. Eager st., Baltimore, Md.; 

1247. III. Albert M.» Quinbt, born 30 Mar. 1849 (see); 

1248. IV. Edgar Rowland' Quinbt, born 28 May, 1854 


595. JoHN^ (William", Josiah^, Moses*, Josiah*, John^, 
William^) born 3 mo. 16, 1803, in New York state; lived 
at Newcastle, Westchester county; married there 11 mo. 
20, 1823, Esther, daughter of John Hunter. The Quaker 
record says: "marr. int. 10, 9 and 11, 13, 1823; rept. ace. 
12, 11, 1823." The Friends' records note certificates of 
removal of John, his wife Esther and their daughter Mary 
Jane from Chappaqua 5 mo. 8, 1828. The Hicksite record 
of removal gives 8 mo. 14, 1828. They were disowned by 
the Orthodox Friends for joining the Hicksites, she in Aug- 
ust, 1830; John was disowned in September. John Quin- 
by's name appears first in the New York city directories 
in 1827, as at 167 Wooster st., at which address he re- 
mained until 1833. In that year, as we see on the Hick- 
site register, he returned to Chappaqua 4 July, 1834. 
Mrs. Esther Quinby was born 8 mo. 7, 1805, died 1 mo. 
17, 1876; John Quinby died 9 mo. 24, 1880. (gravestones 

594AZARIAH Rowland' Quinby. 
(Photo, loaned by Edgar H. Quinby.) 

595JOHN7 (William'^, Josiah'^). 
(Photo, by Havens, Sing Sing.) 

Esther Hunter, 

wife of 595 John'' {William^, Josiah") 
(Photo, by Peck, Sing Sing.) 

Mary Janes (JohnT, William^), 

wife of Henry Birdsell (photo, by 
Sherwood, Sing Sing. ) 

Ellas (Quinby) and William 
H. Weeks. 

The Quinby Family 345 

at Chappaqua). Letters of administration were granted 
to his son Edward H., 31 Mar. 1882 (lib. P, p. 145). 
Children : 

I. Mary Jane' Quinby, born 12 mo. 19, 1824; mar- 
ried at her father's home, 11 mo. 20, 1872, Henry 
son of Henry and Jerusha Bird sail of Somers; 
Mary Jane died 11 mo. 22, 1887 (gravestone at 
Chappaqua) ; 
II. Phoebes Quinby, born 7 mo. 15, 1832 (8 mo. 13, 
Fr. re.) died 2 mo. 2, 1834; 
1249. III. Edwabd Huntek' Quinby, born 22 May, 1835 

Note. — These dates are from the family Bible formerly in the possession 
of Edward H. Quinby, Esq.; and from the Friends' records" of Chappaqua. 

596. Moses ^ (William*, Josiah^, Moses*, Josiah^, 
John^, William^) born 10 mo. 3, 1809, probably at Chap- 
paqua, Westchester county, N. Y., and lived at Newcastle 
there. He married first Jane Brown., born 1809, and was 
disowned 5 mo. 12, 1831, by the Hicksites for marrying 
outside the Friends' Society; the marriage took place prior 
to 3 mo. 10, 1831. He was a surveyor, and the census of 
1850 shows him living at Newcastle. He had no childreln 
by his first marriage. He married second, after 1850, 
Annie Crawford. He died 6 mo. 1875 (says Mrs. Beebe). 
Children : 

I. AcT0« Quinby; 
II. JuviNiA* Quinby. 
Note. — This family is mentioned in Bolton's History of Westchester. No 
record of these wierdly named children, who I believe were girls, has come to 

597. TkoMAS' (William', Josiah^, Moses*, Josiah^, 
John'', William^) born 31 Aug. 1813, in Westchester county; 
married Susan Ann, daughter of Gilbert and Sarah A. 
(Carpenter) Hunter; she was born 8 Mar. 1841, died 6 
Oct. 1888. The census of 1850 shows him as a farmer at 
Newcastle, Westchester county, with real estate worth at 
least S3500. 

William H. Quinby has written some very interesting remin- 
iscences of his father, from which I take the following: "Until 
about twenty years ago, some of the Quinby family lived on part 
of the farm in Westchester county, N. Y., belonging to William 
Quinby, which also belonged to his father, and I suppose was part 
of the original grant, back about 168^^ About 1850 Isaiah, 
John, Moses and Thomas owned adjoining farms, all parts of the 
old homestead aind extending over a mile on both sides of the road 
leading west from Mount Kisco toward Sing Sing, (now Ossining) 
and commencing with my father's place, about one and one-half 
miles west of Mt. Kisco. The original Quinby owned much more 

346 The Qthnby Family 

adjoining land) and I remember my father telling that when his 
grandfather died he left the land to his father, William, on con- 
dition that he pay the sisters and half sisters, six in all, a certain 
sum and that this put him heavily in debt, or as they called it, 
'land poor,' so that when he divided up what land he had left 
among the four sons above named, who lived side by side, they 
in turn had to pay a good sum to each of the two sisters as well 
as the two older brothers, who had married earlier. One of these, 
Josiah, lived at Quaker Hill, Dutchess county, and the other, 
Azariah, lived at Wilmington, Delaware. Soon after I was born, 
my father took seventy acres from the old place on the north side 
of the road; and when I was three years old, we moved into the 
house he had built at the top of the hill, east of the old home- 
stead, which latter had been built long before the Revolution. 
I do not know what he paid for the land, but I very distinctly 
remember that each year on the first day of May he had to pay 
about $100 interest on the mortgage to a man named White, 
living up north of Croton lake. This $100 had to be raised year 
after year until the farm was sold in 1865. It was a rocky, hilly 
farm and try as we would, we could never make any impression 
on that debt and it became a horror to have such a load to carry, 
for which I have always been very thankful, for I have ever since 
feared a debt as I would the plague. 

"My father (Thomas' Quinby) was a birthright member of 
the Society of Friends, or Quakers, and was very devoted to them, 
and a regular attendant at the Chappaqua meeting until they 
started a meeting at Mt. Kisco, which was less than half the dis- 
tance. He was a great admirer of Jacob and Lucretia Mott of 
Philadelphia, who often preached at their meetings. He never 
traveled far from home, occasionally to New York to attend 
yearly meeting and visit our relatives, or the Quarterly meeting 
at Amawalk or Portchester. This was as far away as he ever 
got except once, when with his brother Moses, he went 'out west' 
to Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, and rafted dbwn the Susquehanna 
river. When I was fifteen he was badly injured by cutting his 
foot with an axe and after that was never able to do very much 
work, and so the oldest boy had to fill the place the best he could." 

He died 3 Mar. 1891, says a family record; the official 
record has been "copied for me as 3 mo. 30, 1891. Children: 
(born at Mt. Kisco, Westchester county, N. Y.) : 

1250. I. William H.« Quinbt, born 27 Jan. 1843 (see); 

II. Imogene Quinby, born 27 Nov. 1846; married 25 
Feb. 1874, Edgar G. Lounsbury; no children: 

III. Julia E.» Quinby, ("Juliette") born 4 Oct. 1848; 

married 26 May, 1891, Frederick Hartung; she 
died 20 July, 1906; no children; 

IV. Wesley' Quinby, born 23 Apr. 1851, died 7 May, 1851 ; 

1251. V. WiLLET J.8 Quinby, born 23 Aug. 1854 (see); 

VI. Mahy I.' Quinby, married first, Benjamin Hunt and 
had Deborah, Charles L. and Benjamin; her hus- 
band died and she married about 1860, Leonard 
Weeks by whom she had Minnie. Mrs. Mary 
died about ten years ago at Ellenville, N. Y. 

597Thomas^ and Susan A. (Hunt- 
er) QUINBY. 

Susan Ann (Hunter), 

wife of 597Thomas' Quinby (tintype 
owned by Willet J. Quinbj')- 

Julia E." Quinby ImogeiVe* Quinby 

(Note the candy in the hands. Da- 
guerreotype loaned by Willet J. 


Imogenes Quinby Julia E.s Quinby 

The Quinby Family 347 

598. Walter U. ' (Moses I. «, Isaiah «, Moses S Jo- 
siah^ John^, William^) born 10 mo. 29, 1817, at Chappaqua, 
Westchester county, N. Y. He married Mrs. Catherine 
(Eagle) Wilcox (born 1800 says census of 1850). The 
Hicksite records mark him "from Chappaqua 11 mo. 1832; 
disowned 8 mo. 1837," no doubt for nonconformity. In 
1850, they lived with "Isaiah F." (presumably miscopy for 
Josiah) aged 13, in the 14th ward. New York city, says 
the census, which adds that then he was a dealer in hides. 

Walter U. Quinby appears first in the New York city 
directories in 1840, as a grocer in Bank street, living at 
10 Bleecker street; in 1841 his store was at 28 Howard 
street, his home at 547 Pearl street. The following year 
he had evidently gone out of the grocery business and was 
utilizing the remains of his stock keeping a boarding house 
at 27 Cortlandt street, and the Underbill Quinby who ap- 
pears in the directory in 1843-45 is probably the same; he 
is called a "carman," at 224 West 17th street. In 1852 
he is a bookkeeper for his brother George W. in the hide 
business at 193 Elizabeth street, and the following year was 
taken into the business, living over the store. They had 
also a place of business in 39th street near Eleventh avenue 
in 1854 and 1855. That year George W. Quinby retired 
from business. Walter U. Quinby carried it on to 1866 at 
the same address. He live4 a-* various addresses; 1856-9 
at 192 Elizabeth street; 1860, 135 E. 31st street; 1861-2, 
697 Broadway; 1863, 221 Tenth avenue. His last appear- 
ance in the New York city directory is 1866. 

Bolton's History of Westchester county, p. 730 and 
chart opp. p. 706, contain numerous errors, as does a MS. 
chart belonging, 1911, to Abram J. Quinby of Chappaqua, 
which has probably been copied by many; it erroneously 
gives Walter U. Quinby as William, and his grandfather as 
Isaac instead of Isaiah, and adds children Mary J., Aaron 
J., and George W., omitting Francis W. 

Walter U. died 1 Feb. 1909, "aged 66," at New Roch- 
elle, N. Y. Children: 

1252. I. Josiah' Quinby, born 1837; went west, and years 

ago was supposed to be living in the south; the 
family has lost track of him; 
II. Cornelia B.» Quinby, born 1841; married John C. 
Bailey; "she was an invalid from a weakening of 
the mind for ten years up to her death in March, 

1253. III. George Moses* Quinby, born 11 June, 1843 (see); 

1254. IV. Francis Walter' Quinby, born 1845 at New York; 

he was a real estate dealer; never married; died 
of cancer at 944 Gates ave., Brooklyn 30 July, 

348 The Quinby Family 

1908 (reo. 14860). He appears first in the New 
York city directory in 1882 as 'agent,' 111 W. 
12 street. 

599. Gkokge W. ' (Moses I. «, Isaiah ^ Moses *, Jos- 
iah*, John^, William^) born 9 mo. 27, 1822, probably at 
New York city. He married Hannah, born 1828, in New 
York, daughter of Scott Bowne. In 1843 George W. ap- 
pears for the first time in the New York city directory, as 
a clerk in his father's grocery at 31 Jones street. His next 
appearance is in 1848 as a dealer in hides at 179 Elizabeth 
street, living with his mothier at 40 Rivington street. The 
census of 1850 names him as a merchant, living at Flush- 
ing, but mentions no children. In 1850 he carried on busi- 
ness at 179 Elizabeth st., as before, but lived at Flushing, 
where he continued to live. He was certified by the Friends 
where he continued to live. He was certified by the 
Friends' Meeting to Flushing 7 mo. 2, 1851 (2 mo. 7, says 
another record). In 1852 his business address became 193 
Elizabeth street and his brother Walter U. ^ Quinby ap- 
pears that year as his bookkeeper; the following year he 
was in the hide business at 193 Elizabeth street; they also 
had a place in 1855 at 39th street near Eleventh avenue. 
The firm name was then Quinby, Field & Bowne. In 
1858 and 1859 the firm continued as Quinby & Field, but 
no longer. George W. Quinby died at Flushing 3 mo. 24, 
1855. His widow, Hannah B., declined 31 Mar. 1855, to 
administer on his estate in favor of her two uncles, Ben- 
jamin Bowne and Isaac Hendrickson. His personal prop- 
erty did not exceed $8000; his widow and one child, Mary 
Esther, a minor, were his only heirs and next of kin (Queens 
county records). Children: 

I. Emily* Quinby; 

II. Maby Estheb' Quinby, ("Esther") born probably 
about 1850-4. 

600. Aaron J.' (Moses 7. *, Isaiah^, Moses*, Josiah*, 
John^, William^) born 1828, probably at Chappaqua, West- 
chester county, N. Y.; went with his family to New York 
city; married Margaret L. Munson. 

Aaron J. Quinby's career in New York city is shown 
by the consecutive directories. He appears there first in 
1850 as a wheelwright at 27 East 26th street; his home was 
at 258 East 25th street. He appears as John in 1852, 
no doubt his middle name, and is at 134 East 26th street, 
and in 1853 is Aaron J., wheelwright, at 134 East 26th 

The Quinby Family 349 

street, with his home at 192 Allen street, and continues at 
those addresses till 1858, when he moved his home nearer 
his place of business, to 134 East 27th street. These ad- 
dresses remain to 1866, when his home was removed to 
Mott Haven, though his business remained at the old ad- 
dress. In 1864 the name of his occupation was changed 
in the directory from wheelwright to "wagons" but changed 
back again in 1866. Conditions were the same in 1870. 
He had removed his place of business in 1871 to 238 East 
26th street, and there continued through 1882. But his 
residence though no doubt for a long time at the same 
place, is hardly given twice alike for a dozen years, thus: 
1871, Mott Haven; 1872, Westchester; 1873, Mott Haven; 
1874, College ave. near 142nd st.; 1875, College ave. corner 
of Concord st.; 1876, 143d st. near College ave.; 1877, Col- 
lege ave. near 142nd st.; 1878, Mott Haven; 1879, 143d 
street near College ave.; 1880, 143d street near 4th ave.; 
1881, First ave. corner 120th st.; 1882, 2347 First ave. 

Note. — In 1881 H. A. Quinby, carriage maker, lived with Aaron J., a' 
2347 First ave. 

Aaron J. Quinby died at New York city 28 Dec. 1894. 
(cert. No. 41013). Children: 

I. Elizabeth Jane« Quinby, married Isaac H. Barton; 
1255. II. George W.« Quinby, born after 1850 (see); 

III. Esther F.' Quinby, born 1859, probably the one 

who died at New York city 4 Jan. 1893 (cert. 
No. 736); 

IV. Mary Jane* Quinby; 

V. Minnie Isabel' Quinby; 
VI. LuciNDA M.» Quinby, probably the one who died 
at 168 East 90th st., N. Y. city, 4 Mar. 1890 
(cert. 8314) arid was buried at Chappaqua. 

601. John Jay' {Isaiah'^, Isaiah^, Moses*, Josiah^, 
John^, William^) born 28 Feb. 1827, at Northcastle, West- 
chester county. New York. The Quaker (Hicksite) records 
show a certificate granted him to depart from Chappaqua 
(in which jurisdiction lies Northcastle) 8 mo. 1850, and 4 
mo. 11, 1850; to Chappaqua 4 mo. 6, 1859. He married 
"at Esther Haviland's house" 9 mo. 17, 1861, Hannah 
Griffin, daughter of Robert and Esther (Underbill) Havi- 
land (both deceased), of Northcastle; Hannah G. was born 
2 mo. 15, 1832. They lived at Armonk, a hamlet near 
Chappaqua and Northcastk. U. S. patent 305,218, for a 
fruit jar, was granted him 1 Sept. 1884. John J. died at 
Northcastle, 9 mo. 12, 1894, aged 67y. 6m. 14d.; she died 
12 mo. 20, 1904, aged 72 (Chappaqua Fr. rec). John J.'s 

350 The Qthnbt Family 

will, dated 7 mo. 16, 1874, was recorded at White Plains 
and proved 12 Nov. 1894 (lib. 122, p. 265). He left his 
wife $3000 and names his sons, giving to Robert one-third 
of the remainder of the estate. His widow died intestate 
and administration was granted to her son Frank H. Quin- 
by, 17 Apr. 1905 (lib. 1, p. 87). Children: 

1256. I. John Howard' Quinby, born 3 Sept. 1864 (see); 

II. Caroline* Quinby, born 1 mo. 14, 1867; d^ed 2 mo. 

23, 1868, aged ly. Im. 9d.; 

1257. III. Frank Haviland" Quinby, born 24 Nov. 1868, at 

Armonk (see); 

1258. IV. Robert Hull* Quinby, born 10 mo. 16, 1870; lives, 

unmarried, at Armonk. 

Note. — The above dates are from the Friends' records. 

602. Jesse Balderston ' (Ezra Sewell ', Aaron ^ Isa- 
iah*, Josiah^, John^, William^) born 8 mo. 5, 1822, at 
Harford county, Md. A record of 1843 gives the birth 
dates of Adeline and Lydia Ann and begins "Jesse B. 
Quinby, Jr., born 7 Nov. 1822" (called Junior on account 
of his uncle). He was married by Rev. Asa D. West 4 
mo. 25, 1852, at Nauvoo (recorded at Carthage), 111., to 
Elizabeth H., daughter of John and Margarette Betts (born 
2 mo. 9, 1830, in Braxton county, Va.; died 4 mo. 22, 
1864, at Abingdon, 111.). He was married second, 1 mo. 
26, 1865, at Carthage, 111., by Rev. Wm. H. Hunter to 
Mary A. R., daughter of Col. Alexander and Nancy Simp- 
son, (born 12 mo. 20, 1832, died 12 mo. 24, 1893, at Carth- 
age, 111.). J. W. Cherry assigned to Jesse B. Quinby and 
Thomas Logan, patentees, of Carthage, 111., patent 121, 752 
for a fence, 12 Dec. 1871. Jesse B. ' Quinby died of teta- 
nus 12 mo. 4, 1878, at Carthage, 111., and was buried in 
Moss Bridge cemetery there, (county rec). He lived in 
Illinois thirty-seven years. Children by first wife: 

I. Mary Elizabeth' Quinby, born 3 mo. 29, 1853, at 
Henderson, 111.; died 8 mo. 21, 1871; 

1259. II. Erasmus Collins' Quinby, born 7 mo. 29, 1856 

(see) ; 

III. WiLBER Chaffee' Quinby, born 6 mo. 27, 1859, at 

Lewiston, 111.; died 8 mo. 10, 1862, Kickapoo, 


by second wife, all born at Carthage: 

IV. Nancy Addie' Quinby, born 3 mo. 8, 1866; mar- 

ried by Rev. W. A. Head 5 mo. 1, 1890, at 
Carthage, 111., to Charles F. Gill, Jr., of LaHarpe, 
111., born 12 mo. 15, 1861; 
V. Mattie Bell' Quinby, born 8 mo. 10, 1867; 


(Davis, photo., Eichmond, Va.) 

Margaret Xt.s Quinby, 
(Mrs. M. N. Franklin) 

Henrietta C.s Quinby 
(Mrs. E. C. Hale) 

Jessie Mfi Quinby 
(Mrs. C. G. Evans) 

Elizabeth W.s Quinby 
(Mrs. E. S. Smith) 

603UPSHUR B.7 Quinby and Four Daughters. 

The Quinbt Family 351 

VI. Jessie May' Quinby, born 5 mo. 15, 1869, died 4 

mo. 12, 1870, at Carthage; 
VII. Mary Simpson' Quinby, born 11 mo. 10, 1871. 

603. Upshur Balderston'' (Aaron Balderston^, Aa- 
ron^, Isaiah', Josiah', John'', William') born 20 Aug. 1841, 
at Washington, D. C; married 23 Nov. 1864, in Accomac 
county, Va., Georgie G., only surviving child of Thomas S. 
and Margaret B. (Walter) Richardson, of Accomac county, 
born 14 Nov. 1845. He was living 1862 at Warwick, near 
Locust Mount, Accomac county, Va. In 1892 he and his 
son Thomas B. were lawyers as Quinby & Quinby at Onan- 
cock, Va. 

"Upshur Balderston Quinby, only issue of Aaron Bal- 
derston and Elizabeth Upshur (Teackle) Quinby, moved 
from York, Pa., in 1857 to ' Warwick,' a farm near 
Locust-mount PostofRce, Accomac county, Va. He moved 
1 Jan. 1865, from 'Warwick' to Onancock, Accomac county 
Va., to a place afterwards known as 'The Poplars;' he and 
his wife lived there continuously, and died there, she in 
December, 1896, and he in January, 1898" (T. B. Q.). 

"Upshur's Neck, opposite Broadwater island, about 
twenty miles north of the entrance to Chesapeake Bay, is 
the original settlement of the famous Virginia family. Re- 
cently Col. Thomas T. Upshur presented to Upshur B. 
Quinby, who now owns the Neck, the original grant by 
Colonial Governor Spottiswood." (N. Y. Herald, 4 Dec. 
1892). Mrs. Georgie C. Quinby lost the sight of one of 
her eyes in the '80's; and (wrote her husband to a cousin 
in 1891) has for the past year or so been a sufferer from 
diabetes which has caused her to become very much re- 
duced in weight." 

Upshur B., ' then 50 years of age, wrote to his cousin 
Mrs. Adelaide M. (Quinby) Swarts in July, 1891: "We 
like yourself, are comfortably situated, and live in a plain 
way, without show or parade, surrounded by many home 
comforts. My wife, next to my dear mother, is the best 
person I have ever known — a thorough Christian, affec- 
tionate, kind, thoughtful of others, intelligent, practical 
and one of the best of housekeepers. Nearly all we own 
is in real estate — farm property — left by my mother and 
my wife's father, and some I have bought both before and 
since my father-in-law's death — and which for the past 
several years have been rapidly increasing in value. I own 
the tract of land, or rather the homestead portion of it, 
which was granted in 1664 to my Upshur ancestor. There 
are the graves of my ancestors for generations, those of 

352 The Qtjinby Family 

the first Arthur Upshur and Mary his wife, who came from 
Warwickshire, England." In Jan. 1892, he wrote: "My 
daughters returned from Europe the last of September. 
They had not only a delightful but a very instructive trip. 
After making the regular tour they returned to Paris and 
spent four weeks. The older is in Richmond, Va., at the 
head of the musical department of a large female school; 
the younger is at home. I have never joined any church. 
My mother was an Episcopalian and I was instructed in 
its faith, which is about the same as the Methodist. My 
wife and daughters are members of the Methodist church. 
My sons are inclined to the Episcopal." Mr. Quinby lives 
at Tampa, Fla. (1915). Children: 

I. Margaret Upshxtr" Quinby, born 29 Sept. 1865, 
married Edgar Franklin of Lynchburg, Va., no 
issue; she is a widow in 1912; 

1260. II. Thomas Balderston* Quinby, born 8 Apt. 1867 (see); 
III. Elizabeth Walter* Quinby, born 24 Aug. 1869; 

married 6 mo. 28, 1893, Edwin Sumter Smith of 
Bedford City, Va., and has several children; 

1261. IV. Littleton Dennis Teackle* Quinby, born 27 Aug. 

1871, (see); 
V. Georgie Richardson' Quinby, born 8 Feb. 1876; 
married G. Walter Mapp, of Accomac, Va.; she 
died without issue; 
VI. Jessie Marvin* Quinby, born 1 May, 1878; mar- 
ried Charles G. Evans of Danville, Va., and has 
one child^ Charles; 
"VII. Henrietta Chauncey" Quinby, born 29 June, 1880, 
married Robert Claiborn Hale of Baltimore ; no issue. 

604. Aaron Balderston' (Isaiah^, Aaron ^, Isaiah*, 
Josiah^, John^, William^) born 10 mo. 25, 1824, in Centre 
county, Pennsylvania; he married first, Eliza Ann, daugh- 
ter of Elisha Thomas, 3 mo. 31, 1846, near New Vienna, 
Clinton county, Ohio; in the spring of 1848, he moved to 
Page county, Iowa. Their marriage was dissolved, and she 
married again a Mr. Hicks and lives (1893) at Newmarket, 
Iowa. Aaron B. ' married second, 11 mo. 13, 1872, Mrs. 
Hannah Marie (Spaid) Quimby, widow of William W. Quim- 
by of Maine (Her first husband was D. J. Cook, whom she 
married 15 Nov. 1858, and by whom she had three sonp). 
They lived at Norway Ridge, Wisconsin. She was born 
20 Feb. 1839, in Steuben county. N. Y. Aaron Balderston 
Quinby died 30 Sept. 1892, at Norway Ridge; no children. 
"He was a loving husband to me and the soul of truth and 
honor," says his widow. 

_ Note. — The second husband of Hannah Marie was probably 1548William Willey* 
Quimby, of a branch not included in this volume. 

PAMiLy Mansion on the Estate of 603TJpshur B.' Quinby, 
near Quinby, Va. (p. 351). 

The Quinbt Family 353 

Aaron Balder ston ' Quinby 

(This pleasing sketch was written by Miss Hannah S. ' Quin- 
by, 1911). "The baby emigrant, Aaron, who came with his par- 
ents Isaiah and Elizabeth (Moore) Quinby in the flat boat down 
the Ohio river to Cincinnati, from eastern Pennsylvania, when of 
age married Eliza Thomas of Vienna, Clinton county, Ohio, and 
they, with her father and mother, sister and four stalwart brothers 
set out with teams and some necessary household goods, mechan- 
ics' tools and a few implements for farming, to find land an(| make 
homes in the far west. They drove to Cincinnati, and with their 
teams took passage on a steamboat to St. Joseph, Missouri, and 
this baby, after twenty or more years intetruption, was thus con- 
tinuing his river journey. This company of six strong men and 
three women, on reaching St. Joseph, left the boat and proceeded 
with their teams northward, over the grassy prairies into Iowa, 
until they reached the Nodaway river, in what is now Page coun- 
ty, five or six miles of where is now the countyseat, Clarinda, in 
the region about to be vacated by the Pottowatamie Indians. 
They built the first house, saw-mill, and grist-mill in the county; 
perhaps the first in the southwest part of the state. Round about 
what is now the little old town of Hawleyville, deserted for the 
smarter town of Clarinda, the county seat on a railroad, they took 
up claims of land for homes. This was in the spring of 1848, the 
year before the rush for gold to California. Though adventurous, 
they were not tempted to join this new stream of emigration. 
He, Aaron, ran a saw-mill for many years, fed from the groves 
along the Nodaway. He was for several years among the pines 
and marshes of Wisconsin, where he died in 1892, and was buried 
in the Odd Fellows' lot at Tomah, Wisconsin. Except the then 
young wife, who still lives at the age of 87 on one of the farms 
by the old stream saw-mill, and perhaps a brother who went 
several years after to Oregon, they are all dead, having served their 
day and generation as empire builders." 

605. Thomas Moore' (Isaiah^, Aaron ^, Isaiah\ 
Josiah^, John^, William^) born 10 Nov. 1828, at Wilming- 
ton, Ohio (T. M. Q.; Jesse C. Quinby says 11 Oct.). He 
married 10 June, 1852, Eliza, daughter of Daniel and Mary 
Cramer, born 12 Nov. 1833. He died 190- ; she lives at 
Edenton, Clermont county, Ohio. Children: 

I. Franklin Monroes Quinby, born 7 Oct. 1853' 
died 28 Dec. 1853; 
1262. II. Alfred Henry' Quinby, born 10 Nov. 1854; went 
west in the '80's and never returned; died in 
California after 1888; 

III. Mary Elizabeth' Quinby, born 2 Oct. 1856; mar- 

ried 27 Apr. 1880, Thomas Marshall; lives, 1910, 
at Edenton, Ohio; 

IV. Ephraim Monroe' Quinby, born 12 Jan. 1859; died 

29 Aug. 1863; 
V. Josephine Elmira' Quinby, born 15 Aug. 1861 

(1862 says S. C. Q.) died 15 Aug. 1862; 
VI. Nancy Ellen' Quinby, born 11 July, 1863; married 


354 The Quinby Family 

19 Aug. 1882, Rev. Alfred M. Abbott; died 3 Oct. 1883; 

1263. VII. Arthur Lyon« Quinby, born 7 Apr. 1866, at Eden- 

ton, Ohio (see); 

1264. VIII. Stephen Cramer' Quinby, born 3 May, 1868, at 

Edenton, Ohio (see); 
IX. Hannah Anna" Quinby, ("H. Anna") born 8 July, 
1871; she is a lawyer, at 1207 Brunson Building, 
Columbus, Ohio; lives there 1915, at 861 Neil 
ave. In 1908 she was secretary of the state Loyal 
Temperance Legion. In the fall of that year she 
acted as attorney for the prosecution in a larceny 
case at Edenton, in which Miss Ella Purcell, an- 
, other woman lawyer, appeared for the defence. 

This was the first case in Ohio in which both at- 
torneys were women; these two the following year 
organized the Ohio association of women lawyers; 
Miss Quinby formed a partnership with Miss 
Purcell in 1909. She graduated from the State 
Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio; with the 
degree of B. S. (says "Woman's Who's Who of 
America," 1914-5, p. 668), and received the degree 
of LL. B. from Ohio State University; taught 
elocution, oratory and civics in LeMars (Iowa) 
College; professor of elocution and oratory in Den- 
nison (Ohio) College; for ten years lecturer and 
organizer of the Ohio W. C. T. U.; editor and 
business manager of the Ohio Woman, a suf- 
frage paper; president of the Ohio Woman's Tax 
Payers' League; she is a United Presbyterian in 
religion. She is now (says the Journal World of 
Lawrence, Kan., 28 Sept. 1915), president of the 
Women's Association of Commerce, and is the only 
Ohio woman lawyer admitted to practice before 
the Supreme Court of the United States; 

1265. X. Calvin Moorb" Quinby, born 2 Apr. 1873 (see); 

1266. XI. Edward Wilson' Quinby, born 1 Nov. 1875 (see). 

606. Ezra Allen' (Isaiah", Aaron ^, Isaiah*, Josiah^, 
John^, William^) born 27 Apr. 1832, in Ohio; his wife was, 

Elizabeth A. . Ezra A. was "of Memory, Iowa" 

when he was granted U. S. patent 213,591 for a compress 
for trees, 25 Mar. 1879. He died 15 Oct. 1900 at Dallas, 
Taylor county, Iowa, of what the record calls "contraction 
of the liver;" buried at Memory cemetery. His widow 
married B. H. Combs, and lives at Newmarket, Iowa 
(1910). Children: 

I. » Quinby; died; 

1267. II. Lee Burgess* Quinby; he was a student at Drake 

University, Des Moines, Iowa, before 1911. 

607. Isaiah William' (Isaiah", Aaron ^, Isaiah*, 
Josiah^, John^, William^) born 5 May, 1837, near Wilming- 

607ISAIAH William' and Josephines 


(jU.sJesse Crawford^ Qdinby, 
(Photo, by Gibson, Kansas City, Mo.) 


wife of 608 Jesse C.' Quinby. 

Anna Belle (Boyd), 
wife of 608Jesse C.^ Quinby. 

The Quinby Family 355 

ton, Clinton county, Ohio; married 12 Jan. 1863, Hannah, 
daughter of James and Hannah (David) Scott, born 1840 
in Warren county, Ohio. His residence was Wilmington, 
Ohio, but he lived several years at Washington, D. C, 
where he was a member of the Court of Pension Appeals. 
He died 28 Oct. 1900 at Wilmington. Child: 

Josephine' Quinby, born 4 Sept. 1866, at Wilming- 
ton, Ohio. 

608. Jesse Crawford' (Isaiah^, Aaron ^, Isaiah*, 
Josiah^, John^, William^) born 5 Dec. 1843, near Wilming- 
ton, Clinton county, Ohio. Enlisted in Co. I, 79th regi- 
ment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (20th Army Corps). "He 
marched with Sherman to the sea." After the war he re- 
moved to Iowa, and married first, 3 Dec. 1868, near 
Hawleyville, Iowa, Isabelle, daughter of Henry M. and 
Sarah Barr, born in Indiana county. Pa.; she died 9 Apr. 
1877, near Bedford, Iowa, and Jesse C. married second, 31 
Dec. 1878, at Albany, Mo., Anna Belle, daughter of George 
and Ellen Boyd, born 14 Jan. 1860, at lUiopolis, 111.; Mrs. 
Anna Belle Quinby lives, 1910, at Syracuse, Kansas. 
U. S. patent 518,896 was granted 24 Apr. 1894, to Jesse 
C. Quinby of Norway Ridge, Wis., who assigned a half 
interest to (his brother) I. W. Quinby of Wilmington, 
Ohio. One Jesse C. Quinby married at Lawrence, Kansas, 
10 Dec. 1908, Laura L. Harlan of that town. Jesse Craw- 
ford' Quinby in 1910 lived at Balance Rock, Garden of 
the Gods, near Colorado City, Col., and later in 1910 he 
was receiving mail at Kansas City, Mo.; the following year 
he was with the Oklahoma Real Estate Co., 927 Locust st., 
Kansas City, Mo.; in 1912 he was living awhile with his 
daughter, Mrs. Alvord, at 1126 Lincoln ave., Colorado 
City, Col. Children: 

I. LiLLiE Josephine' Quinby, born 4 Aug. 1873, near 
Newmarket, Iowa; married 3 Dec. 1894, John D., 
son of Seth Alvord, at Albany, Mo.; both were 
members of the Methodist Episcopal church; 
John D. Alvord died 5 Mar. 1908, at Lawrence, 
Kan., and Lillie J. married there second, 1 Jan. 
1909, his brother Frank G. Alvord and immedi- 
ately moved to Colorado Springs, Col.; she is 
now a member of the Seventh Day Adventists; 
II. Nora Ann' Quinby, born 8 Jan. 1876, near New- 
market, Iowa; married 20 June, 1904, George L. 
Brown of Colorado Springs, Col.; in 1910 she was 
very ill of phthisis; 

III. (son)« Quinby, born and died 20 Oct. 1869; 

IV. (son)' Quinby, born and died 20 Aug. 1870; 

356 The Qdinbt Pamilt 

V. (son)» QuiNBY, born and died 9 Sept. 1879; 

1268. VI. Arthur Isaiah' Quinbt, born 22 Dec. 1880, at 

Albany, Mo. (see); 

1269. VII. Frederick Jesse* Quinby, born 10 Feb. 1883, near 

Bedford, Iowa; married and lives at Pierceville, 
Kansas (1910); Garden City, Kan. (1911); 
VIII. Lucy Ellen" Quinby, born 2 Nov. 1886, at Norway 
Ridge, Wis.; married 7 Feb. 1907, by Rev. E. W. 
Miles to Alonzo E. Gale, both of Syracuse, Kan.; 
address, 1910, same place; 
IX. Miriam Sophia* Quinby, born 11 Aug. 1891, at 
Norway Ridge, Wis.; married 19 Apr. 1910, by 
R^V. E. E. Carter at Syracuse, Kan., to E. L. 
Moss of Texas; 
X. Anna Moore' Quinby, born 25 Mar. 1896; lives 
with her mother at Syracuse, Kan. (1910). 

609. Harris H. ^ {Isaiah^, Aaron ^, Isaiah*, Josiah^, 
John^, William') born 3 Feb. 1861, in Clinton county, 
Ohio; married 4 July, 1889, at Lincoln, Nebraska, Beatrice 
B., daughter of George T. and Eliza Ann (Otis) Puter- 
baugh, born 10 Feb. 1867, at Mt. Carroll, 111. They have 
been residents of Omaha, Neb., for many years; in 1910 
Mr. Quinby's business address was Davidge Building, 
Omaha. Children : 

I. Julia Beatrice* Quinby, born 19 Feb. 1891, at 

1270. II. Porter Harris* Quinby, born 14 Jan. 1896, at 

South Omaha; in 1915, he was at the University 
of Nebraska, and hved at 313 N. 16th st., Omaha. 

612. Watson Fell^ {John^, Moses ^, Isaiah*, Josiah^, 
John^, William^) born 15 Dec. 1825, at Brandy wine Spa. 
New Castle county, Del. 

Scharf's History of Delaware says (I. 503) "Dr. Wat- 
son F. Quinby was born near Brandywine Springs, New 
Castle county, Delaware, in 1825. He was educated at 
Westtown and Haverford schools, studied medicine with 
Dr. Harlan, and graduated from Jefferson Medical College 
in 1847. He commenced the practice of medicine in Mo- 
bile, Alabama, and went from there to California in 1849. 
He returned to Wilmington in 1852, where he has since 
remained in the practice of his profession, applying allo- 
pathic treatment when required, but preferring the Hahne- 
mann system." 

"He was a member of the State Homeopathic Medical 
Society founded in 1868, which died a natural death." (id. 
p. 500). He crossed the plains with the California pio- 
neers in 1849, and lived for years in the mountain camps. 
He married 22 Feb. 1855, Annie, daughter of James and 


(photo, loaned by Mrs. Letitia H.' 
(Quinby) Jackson (see p. 358). 


(photo, loaned by Mrs. Jackson) . 

The Quinbt Family 357 

Mary (Foote) Giffin. She was a descendant of Robert 
Giffin who left Ireland on account of religious scruples and 
settled in Delaware. (IX. American Ancestry, 63). He 
is a practising physician at Wilmington, Del., in 1915, aged 90. 
Children : 

1271. I. CouRTLAND Fell' QuiNBT, bom 16 Jan. 1856 (see); 
II. Edda Belle' Quinby, born 9 Oct. 1857; married 

Rev. Isaac Haldeman; lives 289 West End Ave., 
N. Y. city; 
III. Annie Laurie' Quinby, born 30 Sept. 1859, at 
Brandywine Springs, Del.; married Geo. W. Lu- 
kens; address, 1892, West Grove, Pa.; 

1272. IV. Harold Watson' Quinby, born 8 Feb. 1861, at 

Brandywine Springs; (see); 

1273. v. Wilfred Sidney' Quinby, born May, 1863 (see); 

Dr. Quinby's Patents, Etc. 

The records of the U. S. patent office show the fol- 
lowing patents, granted to W. F. Quinby, Stanton, Delaware : 

No. 734, cultivator 

No. 2973 apparatus for navigating the air 26 Nov. 

No. 38124, W. F. Quinby and G. G. Lobdell, 

No. 57567, blacking 
No. 58289, diggers' rotary 
No. 68789, flying machine 
No. 95513, flying machine 
No. 132022, flying machine 
Watson F. Quinby, Wilmington, Del. 
No. 106203, arching-brick 
No. 132022, flying apparatus 
No. 218573, aerial ship 
No. 268727, hydrocarbon engine 
No. 350992, two-wheeled vehicle 

The records of the U. S. copyright bureau show the 
following granted to Watson F. Quinby of Wilmington: 

No. 12265, copyright 1876, title, "Mongrelism"; 
No. 2932, copyright 1878, title, "Coming Kingdom"; 
No. 3721, copyright 1880, title, "Solomon's Seal;" 
No. 34549, copyright 1891, title, "Yard or meter, which 
will you choose?" 

613. Isaac Chapman^ (John*, Moses ^, Isaiah*, Jos- 
iah^, John^, William^) born 13 Sept. 1827, in Newcastle 
county, Delaware; married Mary J. Chandler and had: 

19 Mar. 


26 Nov. 


7 Apr. 


28 Aug. 


25 Sept. 


10 Sept. 


5 Oct. 


8 Oct. 


9 Aug. 


8 Oct. 


12 Aug. 


17 Jan. 


19 Oct. 


358 The Quinby Family 

Elgasda' Quinby, born 10 Aug. 1853, at Camden, 
Del.; married Bayard Derickson and lived at New- 
castle, Del.; their daughter Ethel M. Derickson 
was living at Stanton, Del., in 1892. 

614. Edward Good ' (Josiah *, Moses ', Isaiah *, 
Josioih^, John^, William^) born 4 mo. 30, 1838, perhaps at 
Philadelphia, Pa., where he lived in 1850; married 4 mo. 
21, 1862, Mary L. 'Newitt' who died 9 mo. 4, 1889; he 
was a member of the firm of Willett, Quinby & Co., cofifee 
merchants of Philadelphia; he died 7 Dee. 1909 at 503 
North Marshall st., Philadelphia, of mitral regurgitation to 
which chronic gastritis was contributory; he was seriously 
ill six months; no children. 

615. Franklin Josiah ' (Josiah *, Moses *, Isaiah *, 
Josiah^, John^, William^) born 5 Oct. 1840, at Philadelphia, 
Pa. He was a photographer there; and 28 Aug. 1906, he 
died there, of valvular heart disease. He married 7 Jan. 
1867, at Philadelphia, Amelia Rose, born 17 May, 1844, 
daughter of William and Phoebe (Rose) Stout. His widow, 
1910, lived at 2525 North 11th st., Philadelphia. Children: 

I. Okin de Luiton" Quinby, born 8 mo. 1867, died in 

four months; 
II. Maurice" Quinby, born 27 Nov. 1869 (Phila. rec); 
died after one week; 
1274 III. Paul de Haven' Quinby, born 12 Dec. 1871 (see); 
1275. IV. Franklin Josiah' Quinby, Jr., born 21 May, 1874, 
died 5 Feb. 1892. 

617. Elwood K. * (James R. ', James *, Isaiah *, Jo- 
siah'^, John^, William^) born 5 mo. 18, 1849, at Solebury, 
Pa.; he lived at Bureau, 111.; married Emma C. Hallowell 
1 mo. 11, 1872, and had one child: 

Walter S.» Quinby, born 8 mo. 25, 1873, died 6 
mo. 29, 1877. 

618. Joseph Ridge ^ (James R.^, James ^, Isaiah*, 
Josiah^, John^, William^) born 10 mo. 16, 1850, at Sole- 
bury or Lumberton, Pa. He married 30 Apr. 1873, Mary 
E., daughter of Samuel and Selina (Malor) Lees, born at 
Oldham, England. Mr. Quinby was for many years a suc- 
cessful dry goods merchant in New York city. The direc- 
tory names him first in 1880 with his business at 66 Worth 
St., his home at 44 East 124th st.; in 1881 he lived at 139 
W. 58th St., and in 1882 at 34 E. 63d st. He lived (1910) 
with his family at 317 W. 76 st. Mr. Quinby was a mem- 
ber of the Colonial, Merchants and KnoUwood clubs. Mrs. 
Quinby was a member of the Eclectic club, and at a meet- 


Mary E. (Lees) Quinby 
(Mrs. Joseph Ridge' Quinby). 

Grace Etdge* (Quinby) Wallace (p. 359). 

The Qxjinby Family 359 

ing of that organization, Mrs. Quinby took the affirmative 
of a debate on the question, "Has the Woman's move- 
ment gone too far?" In 1915 Mr. and Mrs. Quinby live 
at Glen Ridge, N. J. Children: 

1277. I. Joseph RmoE' Quinby, born 16 Feb. 1874 (see); 

1278. II. Samuel Lees' Quinby, born 17 Nov. 1875 (see); 

1279. III. Frank Lees' Quinby, born 26 July, 1878 (see); 
IV. Grace Ridge' Quinby, born 9 Nov. 1881; married 

about Apr. 1903, Lester Wallace, and lives at 
Glen Ridge. 

619. George Hicks' {James R.^, James ^, Isaiah*, 
Josiah^, John^, William^) born 12 mo. 4, 1851, at Sole- 
bury or Lumberton, Bucks county, Pa.; married 4 Dec. 
1873, at Solebury, Josephine, daughter of James and 
Emmeline (Magill) Ely, born 23 May, 1847, at Solebury; 
there they lived in 1910; in 1912 the directory gives their 
address as 5850 Pemberton St., Philadelphia, Pa. In 1915 
at 5402 Larchwood st. Children, all born at Solebury: 

I. Elizabeth' Quinby, born 11 mo. 8, 1874; married 

13 Feb. 1886, Edwin Shupe and had five children; 

II. Grace R.' Quinby, born 6 mo. 1, 1876; married 

Alfred S. Tettemer in 1901 and has had three 


1280. III. James' Quinby, born 2 mo. 5, 1878 (see); 

1281. IV. Louis' Quinby, born 4 mo. 21, 1879 (see); 

V. Maky L.' Quinby ("Mae") born 12 mo. 1, 1880 
(or 1881), and holds a position with the Farm 
Journal at Philadelphia; 

1282. VI. Mark E.' Quinby, born 3 mo. 28, 1883 (see); 

1283. VII. Joseph' Quinby, born 6 mo. 30, 1886 (see); 
VIII. Emmalyne Ely' Quinby, born 4 mo. 15, 1890. 

Note. — Thanks to Geo. Hioka Quinby, Esq., for much valuable informa- 
tion regarding hi.s family. 

620. Henry Ridge' (James R.^, James \ Isaiah^ 
Josiah\ John\ William') born 10 mo. 16, 1854, at Carvers- 
ville, Pa.; married first, 10 mo. 6, 1875, Lettie Randall, 
who died 1 mo. 16, 1890; he married second, 4 mo. 24, 
1894, at Lambertville, Pa., Mrs. Ella (Wood) Hand, daugh- 
ter of Heil and Sophia (Black) Wood, born 1857 in Plum- 
stead township, Bucks county. Pa. They were living at 
Carversville in 1891 and 1910. Children: 

I. Jesse' Quinby, born 1876, died 1881; 
II. Violet' Quinby, born 6 mo. 18, 1879; married 1898, 
Wilson J. Miller of Carversville; 

360 The Quinbt Family 

III. Mary W.» Quinby, born 10 mo. 30, 1880; married, 

1900, Lewis Webster of Lumberville. 

by his second marriage Henry R. Quinby had: 

IV. Mabel* Quinby, born 12 mo. 5, 1894; married 12 

mo. 6, 1913, Lewis Wilson; 
1284. V. Harky Ridge' Quinby, born 9 mo. 3, 1896. 


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daughter of 784Thomas8 Quinby. 

The Quinby Family 361 


{At this point, as heretofore, are omitted all of the de- 
scendants of William* (William^, Robert^) numbered 621 to 
781 inclusive, and their sons in the ninth generation num- 
bered 1285 to 1452 inclusive). 

784. Thomas* (Moses'', John^, Joseph^, Joseph*, Rob- 
ert^, Robert'') was born at Stroudwater, Me., 15 Dec. 1813; 
was educated at Parsonsfield Academy, Maine, and for 
several terms in his young manhood was a teacher there. 
He became a civil engineer after studying the science with 
James Hall, of Portland, and for many years followed that 
profession. He made the surveys for the Portsmouth, 
Saco & Portland R. R.; the Atlantic & St. Lawrence R. R. 
(afterward the Grand Trunk) ; also he was employed in 
making the surveys for the proposed canal from Moose- 
head Lake to the mouth of Sebasticook river. About 1840 
he made a survey of the city of Portland. 

He married in 21 June, 1839, Jane Elizabeth, daughter 
of Dexter and Jane (Frost) Brewer. (A full account of her 
ancestry in many lines was published in New England 
Family History). 

In April, 1841, Thomas Quinby went to Biddeford, 
Maine, having made a connection with the Saco Water 
Power Company, which was incorporated in 1837, and in 
1852 he was elected the agent or manager of that company. 
In the first city directory of Biddeford, published as of 
March, 1856, he is given as president of the Provident 
Society; director of the Biddeford Bank, clerk (i. e., secre- 
tary) and land agent of the Saco Water Power Co.; it is 
also there stated that "valuable specimens have been pre- 
sented by him to the geological cabinet of the High School." 

In 1866 he became superintendent of the Portland & 
Rochester R. R.; he settled the land damages of that road 
from Alfred to Rochester. This work was concluded in 
1872; he returned to his position as agent of the Saco 
Water Power Company and remained there for the re- 
mainder of his active career. 

Mr. Quinby was elected County Commissioner in 1866, 
which position he resigned about 1869. He was a director 

362 The Quinby Family 

of the Biddeford Savings Bank from its organization until 
1870. He was a member of Dunlap Lodge of Free and 
Accepted Masons, and of the York Royal Arch Chapter. 
He was for at least one term an alderman of Biddeford 
from ward 6, about 1864. 

Thomas Quinby died at Stroudwater, Me., 18 June, 
1885; Mrs. Jane E. (Brewer) Quinby died at Portland 3 
Mar. 1903. 

Thomas Quinby was a man of unusual intelligence 
and ability. The following from a newspaper printed at 
the time of his death indicates the estimation in which he 
was held by those who knew him. 

"He remained with the water power company until 
March, 1885, when he became so ill that he was compelled 
to retire from business. In everything he undertook he 
showed himself a man of probity and ability. Mr. Quinby 
was known by every business man in the two cities, and 
by most of the prominent men throughout the country. 
He possessed remarkable abilities, and it has often been 
said that he understood general engineering and manu- 
facturing better than any other man in the city. He was 
_ _ always reckoned at the head of 

y/ ^ reforms which would in anyway 
benefit the business and manu- 
facturing. In social matters he 
Autograph of Thomas* Quinby was kind and obliging, and was 

ever ready to furnish financial 
aid to any deserving object or institution." 

Mrs. Quinby was one of the most remarkable women 
of her day and generation. Her education, which began 
in the public schools at Stroudwater and then at Portland, 
was continued at the academy at Stevens Plans, Maine, 
and at the seminary at Framingham, Mass. She early be- 
came interested in the broad subjects of benefit to the 
race, and especially to women. She was instrumental in 
commencing the Women's Christian Temperance Union, 
the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty t,o Animals, 
and was active in several an ti- vivisection societies; and was 
indefatigable in the advancement of equal suffrage. Her 
work was recognized abroad as well as in this country, and 
she was made a member of many societies for the advance- 
ment of those objects. She was a facile and brilliant 
writer, and the product of her pen for years was an orna- 
ment to the public press. 

Mrs. L. M. N. Stevens, the National President of the 
Women's Christian Temperance Union, a life-long friend 

The Quinby Family 363 

of Mrs. Quinby, in a published obituary said: "Mrs. 
Quinby was one of the founders of the Maine W. C. T. U. 
As an oflScer, as a member, she was beloved and honored. 
She was also the friend and protector of those who cannot 
speak for themselves, having special interest in the Depart- 
ment of Mercy. Hail and farewell, tender-hearted, true- 
hearted comrade, now heaven crowned." 

Of both Mr. and Mrs. Quinby it may truthfully be 
said that they possessed a wide intellectual horizon, a keen 
and kindly sense of humor, and a quick and ready sym- 
pathy which endeared them to an ever broadening circle 
of friends throughout their busy and helpful lives. Chil- 
dren of Thomas* and Jane E. (Brewer) Quinby, born at 
Biddeford, Me.: 

I. LtrcBETiA Day" Quinby born 17 Sept. 1840, died 
25 Dec. 1861, unmarried; 

1453. II. Henry Bbewbb' Quinby, born 19 June, 1846 (see); 

1454. III. Fbed» Quinby, born 18 Feb. 1853 (see); 

1455. IV. Thomas Fbeeman' Quinby, born 19 May, 1855 

(see) . 

785. John* (Moses'', John^, Joseph^, Joseph*, Rob- 
ert\ Rohert") born 29 May, 1818, at Stroud water, Me.; 
married 29 Dec. 1842, Olive Jane Woodman, born 24 July, 
1820, daughter of Aaron and Anne (Milliken) Woodman 
of Portland (VIII. Me. Hist, and Gen. Recorder, 60). They 
lived at Buxton, Me. In 1856, John Quinby was one of 
the City Surveyors of lumber, wood and bark at Bidde- 
ford, Me., and was overseer of the steam mill on South st., 
says the first city directory. Mr. Quinby died 21 Aug. 
1863, and his widow died 29 Feb. 1864, of consumption. 
They are buried in the Eastern cemetery at Portland. 
Children of John* and Olive J. (Woodman) Quinby: 

1456. I. John' Quinby, born 20 Dec. 1843, at Buxton (see); 
II. Anne» Quinby, born 10 Nov. 1846, died 19 June, 


786. Fkederick Augustus* (Levi'', John", Joseph^, 
Joseph*, Robert^ Robert^) born 27 Dec. 1821, at Portland, 
Me.; in early life he adopted Augustus as a middle name. 
He was engaged in the wholesale grocery business when a 
young man, but later became interested in politics, and 
was United States Deputy Marshal for some twenty years; 
later he became secretary to Payson Tucker, president of 
the Maine Central Railroad, and held that position a long 
time. For several years prior to his death he was engaged 
in no business (Portland Press, 22 Nov. 1887). 

364 The Quinby Family 

The census of 1860 shows him as a resident of Port- 
land, U. S. Deputy Marshal, owning $6000 in real estate 
and $1000 in personalty. With him lived his mother, aged 
69, and Maria Quinby. He married 25 Oct. 1861, at Port- 
land, Charlotte Angela, born 1838, daughter of John 0. 
and Rebecca C. Bartels. Fred Quinby brought suit in the 
Superior court, Cumberland county, Maine, 1 Dec. 1877, 
against the Boston & Maine R. Ji. for not keeping their 
bridge or cross walk in York street, Portland, in repair, 
causing injury to the plaintiff 30 Dec. 1876. The Supreme 
Judicial court decided it was not the railroad's duty to 
keep that particular walk in repair, and the plaintiff was 
nonsuited (Quinby v. Boston & Maine R. R. Co., 69 Me. 
340). Mr. Quinby died 21 Nov. 1887, at Portland, after 
an illness of not much over twenty-four hours. "He was 
siezed with a severe attack of colic at noon Sunday (says 
the Press) and although everything possible was done for 
him he had not the strength to rally, and died from ex- 
haustion at 4 P. M. Monday." Mrs. C. Angela Quinby 
livete (1915) and has for many years lived at her present 
address, 175 State st., Portland. 

789. Fredeeick Butler* (John'', Jacob ^, Benjamin^, 
Joseph*, RoberP, Robert'') born 1804, probably at Lebanon, 
Me.; married 19 Sept. 1826, Mary Moulton, both living 
at York, Me. She died at Boston, Mass., 1872. Frederick 
B. Quimby appears as grantee of real estate, (recorded at 
Alfred Me.) ten times from 1834 to 1850. Frederick B. 
and Mary had: 

1467. I. Ira B.' Quimby, born 1 Aug. 1830, at York (see); 

1458. II. Jacob" Quimby, born "1837", at South York; resi- 

dent of Newmarket, N. H., when he was mustered 
27 Nov. 1861, in Co. C, Sixth regiment, N. H. 
Volunteers; killed at the battle of Bull Run, Va., 
29 Aug. 1862 (N. H. Adjut. Gen. Rep. 1865, p. 
480; Revised Register, p. 330); 

1459. III. Frederick Hanson* Quimby, born 23 Feb. 1835 


IV. Mary Jane' Quimby, born at York, married Elijah 
Boston, born at Berwick, and lives (1910) at 
North Berwick, Me.; 
V. Hannah E. » Quimby, born about 1839 at Cape 
Neddick, Me.; married by Rev. A. J. Patterson 
4 July, 1865, at Portsmouth, N. H., to Samuel 
E. French, aged 25, son of George W. and Sarah 
A. French; born and lived at Newmarket, N. H., 
they moved to Providence, R. I., in the '80's, 
and are now dead; 

VI. Lena* Quimby, died at Newmarket, N. H., when 
quite young; unmarried; 

(From a daguerreotype). 

78(3Fkedekick A.s Quinby (p. 363). 

Hannah E.» (Quimby) French and 
Lena" QniMBi 

(daughters of 7S9Frederick B.s Quim- 
by from a daguerreotype). 

1458Jacob'i Quimby 

(daguerreotype loaned by C. H. 

The QmNBY Family 365 

VII. Caroline Rogees" Quimby, married Charles Phil- 
lips and lives (1910) at Cape Neddick, a widow. 

790. Jonathan Hanson * (John ', Jacob *, Benjamin '% 
Joseph*, Robert^, Robert'') born 1810, probably at Lebanon, 
Me. He appears as grantor of real estate in York county, 
recorded at Alfred, Me., sixteen times between 1839 and 
1880; he granted land to Alonzo Quinby 3 Nov. 1880 (bk. 
376, p. 534). He was a resident of South Berwick, Me., 
and was sued six times between 1858 and 1880, the aggre- 
gate amount of all the judgments against him being less 
than $900 (York county court records). He was married 
first, 28 Oct. 1832, by Alexander Mclntyre, J. P., to Theo- 
dosia Moulton of York; she died without having had any 
children; he married second, 10 Nov. 1850, Mrs. Almira 
Eleanor (Boston) Phillips; her mother was Mrs. Almira 
Boston, born at Wells, Me. Children of Jonathan H.* 
Quinby : 

1460. I. Jeremiah P. » Quinby; the only record I find of him 

shows him as grantor of a share of land in York 
county in 1881 to Charles W. and Williain H. 
Phillips, and to Alonzo Quinby; and in 1894 to 
W. H. Flynn; he was grantee in 1884 frotai W. H. 
Flynn; in 1894 from J. E. Hanscom, and in 1897 
from A. L. Hatch and M. Smith; 
II. Almira Allen* Quinby, born 1858 at York, Me.; 

married first, Young; married second^ 21 

Apr. 1910, at Dover, N. H., Charles E. Nute, 
widower, aged 63, farmer at Dover, son of Charles 
H. and Mary Ann Nute of Littleton; the real 
estate records of York county show a deed from the 
guardian of Elijah Boston to Almira Quinby, 24 
Apr. 1882 (bk. 384, p. 423); 

1461. III. Alonzo » Quinby, born 1857 at South Berwick; 

married by Rev. Philo W. Sprague, at Boston, 
Mass., 6 Jan. 1887, to Nellie A. Murry of Somer- 
ville, Mass., aged 24, born at Albany, Vt., daugh- 
ter of James and Mary A. Murry; in 1910 Alonzo 
was an engineer; address, 319 North Summer ave., 
Creston, Iowa. 

791. Jacob' {lJacob\ Jacob \ Benjamin^, Joseph* 
Robert^, Robert'^) born 28 Dec. 1799; married Charlotte, 
daughter of William March; this is the surname as spelled 
in such records as I have found; but as a middle name his 
son William spelled it Murch. The census of 1850 shows 
Jacob as living in Portland, Me., with wife and children 
Harriet and Alonzo. Charlotte (March) Quinby died 6 
Jan. 1880, aged 81, says the Portland record, which also 
records the death at Springfield, Mass., of Jacob Quinby, 

366 The Quinby Family 

4 Apr. 1885, aged 86; the Springfield record gives his age 
as 85y. 1 m. 6d. Children: 

1462. I. William Murch' Quinby (Qtjimby) , born 18 Aug. 

1824 (see); 
II. Dorcas Ellen' Quinby, died 16 July, 1834, at 

Portland, Me.; 
III. Harriet' Quinby, born 1827; married 11 May, 
1851, Charles Bradbury at Westbrook, Me.; 

1463. IV. Albus Rea' Quinby, born 8 Ja!n. 1829, at Port- 

land (see); 

1464. V. Alonzo H.» Quinby, born 22 Dec. 1837 (see). 

792. George Washington* (Benjamin '', Benjamin «, 
Benjamin^, Joseph*, Robert^, Robert^) was born 20 Dec. 
1810, in the village of Saccarappa, in the town of West- 
brook, Maine, and died at Augusta, Maine, 10 Jan. 1884, 
aged 73 years and 21 days. 

Rev. Geo. W. Quinby passed his schooldays in his 
native village and in the academies at Parsonsfield and 
North Bridgeton, Maine. In 1835 he began to preach in 
Poland, Maine, having previously studied for the Univer- 
salist ministry with Rev. Zenas Thompson. In 1837 he 
settled at Livermore, Me., making his home with Israel 
Washburn, and was ordained that year. He married 26 
Dec. 1837, Lucy A. Corliss, of North Yarmouth, Maine. 
He remained at Livermore three years and North Yar- 
mouth several years; at Saco, his last settlement in Maine, 
several years. The first Universalist Society of Haverhill, 
Mass., extended a call to Rev. Mr. Quinby 12 July, 1840, 
who declined, (Chase's History of Haverhill, 597). Rev. 
G. W. Quinby's name appears as at Falmouth, 1841, and 
in the Biddeford and Saco record in 1842-3 and 1845 as 
performing marriage ceremonies. From Saco he wepat to 
Taunton, Mass., thence to Cincinnati, Ohio, as pastor of 
the first parish in that city. There he purchased of Rev. 
John A. Gurl^ the Star in the West which he published 
and edited until 1857. In consequeiice of ill health, occa- 
sioned by taking, through mistake of a druggist, a poisonous 
drug, he sold his paper and returned to Westbrook for 
recuperation. On restoration to health, he supplied vacant 
pulpits, and in 1859 accepted a call to Middletown, Conn., 
where his wife died in February, 1859. He married second, 
19 Mar. 1861, at Lewiston, Me., Cordelia Adeline, daugh- 
ter of Ham and Margaret (Ames) Brooks, of Lewiston, 
Maine. His next settlement was at Melrose> Mass. While 
there he purchased, in connection with J. M. Usher, the 
Trumpet, Dr. Whittemorei's paper, and the Freeman, Dr. 

The Quinby Family 367 

Cobb's, which were consolidated, Dr. Cobb serving as 
theblo^ical editor. In 1864 Mr. Quinby moved to Augusta, 
Maine, and purchased the Gospel Banner, a denominational 
weekly paper, which he built up so that it became a very 
prominent factor in the debomination. He published this 
paper until 1883, when, on account of failing health, he 
decided to give up his editorial work, and sold his property 
and retired from work. He long held a conspicuous place 
in the ranks of the faithful workers in the Universalist 
church. As a preacher he was clear, logical and forcible 
in statement and argument. His work as an editor was 
characterized by all the intellectual traits which distin- 
guished the man, and gave him a reputation for readiness, 
skill and force. He was engaged to supply the Universa- 
list church at Belfast, Me., from 13 Nov. 1830 (William- 
son's History of Belfast). (This year must be a misprint). 
Rev. E. Case of Canaan, Me., described Dr. Quinby as 
he looked in 1850: 

"He was tall, slender, and straight as an arrow, and 
stood perfectly erect. There was a peculiar and striking 
beauty about the face, the singular expression of which, at 
the moment, I shall never forget, a certain richness and 
manly air of noble and unmistakable intellectual energy and 
determined capability that drew and fixed attention with a 
peculiar fascination. At least it was so to me. I can see 
him now just as he stood then. The forehead was high and 
broad. The brows well arched, the eyes very beautiful arid 
penetrating; the lips thin and firmly compressed, denoting 
great energy and decision; the nose straight and har- 
moniously proportioned, denoting great progressive vigor, 
the chin broad and well rounded, the head firmly set, and 
the whole giving token of a noble and exhalted manhood, 
firm as a rock, strong in its convictions, true as steel and 
unfaltering in its energies. 'Be sure you're right, and go 
ahead' was written all over that remarkable face, and all 
over the man, and his whole after life never for a moment 
belied it." (Gospel Banner, 18 June, 1884). 

"Dr. Quinby was an indefatigable worker (continues 
Rev. Mr. Case). I never saw his equal. From the first 
streak of daylight until after eleven and sometimes twelve 
o'clock p. m., when there was work to do, he was in the 
editorial chair as if he never could get weary and worn. 
Nothing escaped his attention, from a sermon to a para- 
graph, from a well-written editorial to a beautiful poem, 
from a good story to the finest specimens of humor and 
dazzling wit. Long experience had made him wise as an 

368 The Quinbt Family 

editor. His good sense was solid and remarkable; his judg- 
ment sound and weighty; his penetration admirable, enabling 
ing him to detect the weakness and sophistry of an argu- 
ment at a glance. His satire, when he chose to use that 
dangerous weapon, was keen and cutting as a scimeter of 
Aladdin; and his blows when he struck hard, fell like those 
of the battle-axe of Richard of the Lion Heart. He 'keeked 
quite through other men with sharpened, sly inspection,' 
and in the matter of opposing the shameless outrages of the 
gallows, he was not one man, but twenty men, as his many 
and mighty contested battles for years past fully avouch." 

"Dr. Quinby's literary work was by no means con- 
fined to his paper. He wrote and published several vol- 
umes, the most famous of which is his argument against 
capital punishment, published in book form in 1856 under 
the title of 'The Gallows, the Prison and the Poorhouse, 
A Plea for Humanity'. He was the ablest opponent of the 
death penalty in the State, and it is acknowledged that the 
abolition of the law was due more to him than any other 

As an author he was successful. His book, "The Salva- 
tion of Christ," has had a large circulation, His best 
known book was probably " Heaven our Home." List of 
books written by Rev. George W. Quinby: 

1. Fifteen Sermons. Portland'. 

2. Reply to Elder Ellis (Pastor at Livermore and Winthrop), 


3. Salvation of Christ (Pastor at North Yarmouth), 1843; 

4. I. 0. O. F. A lecture at Saco, Me., 1844. 

5. Christian Doctrine, 1851. 

6. The Gallows, the Prison, and the Poorhouse, 326 pages; 
published also by Geo. W. Quinby, at Cincinnati, 1856; 

7. Heaven our Home; Augusta, Me., 1875; 

8. Papers relating to the Press in Kennebec, 1881-2. 

Mrs. Cordelia Adeline (Brooks) Quinby lived (1910) at 
206 Wavei-ly Ave., Newton, Mass.; in 1915, at 26 Arling- 
ton road, Wellesley Hills, Mass. (see sketch following). 
The children of Rev. George W. and Lucy A. (Corliss) 
Quinby : 

I. George Washington* Quinby, born 8 Dec. 1838; 

died 18 Dec. 1838; 
II. George Strickland' Quinby, boirn 21 May, 1840; 
died 3 Oct. 1841 (North Yarmouth, Me., rec); 
III. Charles Ormond* Quinby, born 24 May, 1842, 
died 14 Oct. 1845; 




792REV. George W.s Quinby 
(from a steel engraving). 

The Quinby Family 369 

IV. Edward Buxton' Quinby, born 24 Apr. 1845, died 
6 Aug. 1846; 
V. Harriet Morrill' Quinby, born 19 Jan. 1847, at 
Taunton, Mass.; married (intention recorded at 
Portland, Me., 20 Aug. 1870) Hollis B. Hill, born 
31 May, 1845, at Stetson, Me.; their only son, 
George Quinby Hill, was born 27 June, 1873, at 

VI. Frederick Augustus' Quinby, born 8 June, 1851; 
died 28 May, 1853; 
VII. Charles Edwin' Quinby, born 26 June, 1853, died 

Oct. 1878; 
VIII. Adelaide Sophronia' Quinby, born 20 Feb. 1856, 
in Green township, Ohio; married 3 Sept. 1874, 
by Rev. A. Battles, at Augusta, Me., to Walter 
David, son of William and Julia Ann (Haines) 
Eaton, born 29 Dec. 1830, at Dexter, Me.; their 
only child, a daughter named Fancher, was born 
9 Aug. 1876, at Dexter, Me.; Mrs. Eaton lives 
at 58 Pleasant st., Brookline, Mass. (1915); she 
has been of very great help in this genealogical 
work, having begun long before I did and freely 
given me the result of her labors; 

IX. George Washington' Quinby, born 15 Feb. 1860, 
died 22 Aug. 1860. 

The children of Rev. George W. and Cordelia A. 
(Brooks) Quinby: 

1466. X. John Gurley' Quinby, born 4 June, 1865, at Aug- 

usta, Me. (see); 
XI. Lucy Ann' Quinby, born 5 Mar. 1868, at Augusta; 
married there by Rev. Amory Battles 18 Sept. 
1889, to William Bradstreet Nickels, son of Henry 
M. and Elizabeth (Bailey) Nickels of Pittston, 
Me., where he was born 2 June, 1860; their child 
Margaret Brooks Nickels born 29 Jan. 1891, at 
Leavenworth, Kan.; in 1907 they lived at 3710 
Prospect place, Kansas City, Mo.; 

1467. XII. John Murray* Quinby, born [2 July, 1870, at Augusta 


Note. — It is interesting to observe that Rev. Mr. Quinby named three of 
his sons George and two of them Charles, all by his first wife; and two of them 
John, both by his second wife. 

Mrs. Cordelia A. Quinby 

Mrs. Quinby was for years a much beloved teacher in the 
Auburn and Lewiston schools. The Lewiston Journal of 26 Aug. 
1911, in a long article signed G. C. B., contained the following: 

"The account in the Journal of the reunion of the Barker- 
ville scholars and the presence of Mrs. Adeline Brooks Quinby, 
recalls to mind many incidents of school days in Auburn. Mrs. 
Quinby must have had a larger clientage of scholars in Auburn 
than in the Barkerville district in Lewiston, for she taught many 
terms in the former place. The second school I attended in Au- 


370 The Quinby Family 

burn was taught by Mrs. (Brooks) Quinby, in an old, weather- 
beaten building, located at the junction oif Turner and Knight 
streets, where a blacksmithshop now stands. The seats were 
peculiarly arranged, a broad aisle thru the center, the teacher's 
desk at the far end of the room, the scholars' on either side of the 
aisle, the seats rising in amphitheatre style with narrow passage- 
ways between the desks. The boys sat on one sidis, the girls 
opposite, facing each other. Sometimes, as a punishment boys 
were sentenced to sit over on the girls' side, but as a reformatory 
measure it didn't seem to terrorize much. Seemed to actually 
enjoy it, that is the boys did. 

"At least one term was taught by Mrs. (Brooks) Quinby in 
a room over a store in Phoenix Block, when newly built, and I 
think she also 'kept school' in the town building a wooden struc- 
ture, burned in 1863 or '64. The brick schoolhouse was later 
condemned as unsafe — insufficient foundations; I believe — and 
a wood,en one built on the lot, but nearer the railroad. Here 
Mrs. Quinby taught several terms acceptably to pupils and par- 
ents. She possessed a natural aptitude for her vocation — an 
ability to explain, — patience to instruct, she governed largely by 
love and kindness, but firmness to enforce discipline was not want- 
ing. A sister. Miss Jennie Brooks, also taught here for a time. 

"I recall the names of many of the pupils who attended the 
schools of that day. Among them were Lucellus Gorham and his 
sister Lucy; a beautiful girl, fragile as a lily, doomed, to an early 
death. I remember her visiting the school a few weeks before her 
death; how her passing away saddened her schoolmates, and the 
touching remarks of Mrs. Quinby on the reception of the news 
of Lucy's death. 

"When I think of the fittings and furnishings of the old-time 
schoolhouse, I wonder what some members of the old-time school- 
house committees would have to say at our modern schoolhouses. 
Grumble at the extravagance, I presume, as many of their lineal 
descendants do today. G. C. B." 

793. Oliver How* {Benjamin ', Benjamin ", Benja- 
min^, Joseph*, Robert^, Robert^) born 4 Jan. 1819, at Sac- 
carappa, Me.; married 23 Feb. 1841, Elizabeth, daughter 
of Robert and Eleanor (Crosby) McManus of Brunswick, 
Me. He was a clergyman, the Unjversalist pastor at Lis- 
bon, Me., whei-e he was ordained, and his onjy published 
sei-mon was deWered while thejjre, 11 Apr. 1841, at the age 
of 22. He appears on Portland records that year. Rev. 
Mr. Quinby died at Lisbon, Me., \23 Feb. 1842_^, His 
widow married seteond, Capt. Peleg Curtis, and while on a 
voyage they were lost at sea. Rev. Mr. Quinby' s only 
child was 

1468. Oliver B.' Quinby, born 6 Dec. 1841, at Lisbon, 

Me. (see). 

794. Edwin F.' (Benjamin'', Benjamin^, Benjamin^, 
Joseph*, Robert^, Robert^) born 24 June, 1821, at Saccarappa 

The Quinby Family 371 

Me.; married 17 Nov. 1842, Nancy, daughter of Nathaniel 
and Rebecca (Swazey) Poster at North Yarmouth, Me. 
Their intention was filed 30 Oct. 1842, on the North Yar- 
mouth record. He died at Norway, Me., 27 Aug. 1852. 

1469. 1. Edwin Thompson' Quinby, born 1843, died 26 

May, 1862 (see); 
II. Julia Scott » Quinby, born 28 Dec. 1844, at Frye- 
burg, Me.; in 1860 the census shows her living at 
Westbrook (Saccarappa) Me., with Harriet Q., 
Levi and Charles E. Morrill; she was married 20 
Dec. 1871, at Deering, Me., (says Portland rec; 
13 Dec. 1871, says another record) to Dr. John 
F. (or S.), son of Enoch and Submit (Woodsum) 
Boothby, born 12 Apr. 1840, at Clinton, Me.; 
died 31 Aug. 1893, at Maiden, Mass.; 

III. Mary Ella» Quinby, born 1846; in 1860 she and 

her brother lived at Ijivermore, Me., with Claren- 
don Waters and family (census); 

IV. Myka Jane » Quinby. 

795. Leonard Clark' {John ', Joseph *, Benjamin ^ 
Joseph*, Robert^, Robert^) born 23 May, 1817, at Minot, 
Me.; married, 1845, Dorcas L. daughter of Simeon and 
Deborah (Libby) Turner, born 9 Oct. 1819, at Leeds,. Me. 
He appears in the census of 1850 as a woolen manufacturer 
at Readfield, Kennebec county. Me., and in 1860, is named 
as at Westbrook, Me., with his wife and daughters; and it 
is said that he died there in 1887. Mrs. Quinby died at 
Rtichester, N. H., a widow, 9 June, 1901, aged 81y. 8m. 
of "senile asthenia, progressive, resulting from a fall. She 
had lived there thirteen years, having come from West- 
brook." Children: 

I. Martha Clark » Quinby, born 1846; married Al- 
bert F. Day of Gorham, Me.; had NeUie Mabel 
who married Howard Parker, and lives at Nashua, 
N. H.; 
II. Druzilla T. » Quinby, born 1848, married 30 June, 
1881, at Portland, Edward S. Pennell and Hves 
at Nashua; 
III. Almira C. ' Quinby, born 1852 at Leeds, Me.; mar- 
ried 1874, Samuel M., son of Samuel and Mary A. 
(Mitchell) Sheehan and had Bertwell C, who 
changed his surname to Root; and Percis May, 
who died in 1896 aged 20; Almira C.» married 
second, 1887, at Westbrook, Me., Stephen E. 
Root and lives at 2 Leonard st., Rochester, N. H.; 
my thaiiks to her for help on this line. 

796. Albert' {John'', Joseph^, Benjamin^, Joseph*, 
Robert*, Robert^) born 1 Nov. 1818, at West Minot, Me.; 

372 The Quinby Family 

he was a farmer; married first, Almira Pulcifer who died of 
measles a week after marriage; he married second, Martha 
E., daughter of Edwin F. and Mary Ann (Hern) Rolfe, 
born at Fairfield, Me.; she died at Minot of Bright's dis- 
ease, 25 Aug. 1895, aged 61 y. 10m. 20d. Mr. Quinby died 
at Minot 29 May, 1899, of valvular disease of the heart. 
Children : 

I. Bertha' Quinby, married by Rev. L. J. Thomas 
at Minot, 1 Jan. 1888, to Moses C. Hodge; lives 
at Mechanic Falls, Me.; had six sons between 
1888 and 1897; 
II. EuLALiA Pbbham' Quinby, bornr 1 Jan. 1865, at 
Minot; lives 1908, unmarried with her brother 
John Edwin; 

1470. III. John Edwin' Quinby, born 23 Feb. 1867, at Minot 

(see) ; 

1471. IV. George Franklin' Quinby, born 16 May, 1872, 

at Minot (see). 

797. John Oliver' (John ', Joseph *, Benjamin ', Jos- 
eph*, Robert^, Robert^) born 17 Aug. 1827, at Minot, Me.; 
married first Mary Pendexter in 1848, and had two chil- 

I. Sarah F. » Quinby, born about 1850, died 16 Feb. 
1911; she was married by Rev. Wm. Full, 5 Sept. 
1877, at Somerville, Mass., where she then lived, 
to Charles A., son of John and Elizabeth Gardner, 
age 21, lived at South Scituate, Mass.; 
II. Mary' Quinby, died in infancy. 

John Oliver' after the death of his first wife married 
Olive A. Hampson, born 27 Mar. 1834, at Kennebunk, 
Me. This marriage was performed at Biddeford, Me., by 
Rev. Charles Allen, 1 Jan. 1853, says Mrs. Ayer; the Bidde- 
ford record gives 1 June, 1854. The U. S. Census shows 
that they were living at Westbrook, Me., 1860 as follows: 
"John, aged 37, shoecutter, owning real estate appraised 
at $1000; wife Olive, aged 25; Sarah F., aged 10; Isabel 
age 5." Mr. Quinby in the Civil war was a musician in 
Company E, 25th regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry, 
having been mustered from Westbrook 29 Sept. 1862, and 
mustered out with his regiment 10 July, 1863. (Me. 
Adjut. Gen. Rep., 1862, p. D 781; 1863, pp. 709, 711.) 
In 1865 he lived on E st., Boston, and in 1868 the address 
ia. 252 E St. About 1870 it appears, he removed with his 
family to Maiden, Mass., where in 1909 they lived on Bry- 
ant st. He and his brothers were brush manufacturers at 
Boston, and in the '80's were located at 30 Hanover st. 
there. In 1909 he returned to Portland or Westbrook and 

The Quinby Family 373 

died 22 Mar. 1911; his wife had died 12 Oct. 1910. The 
children of John 0.' and Olive A. (Hampson) Quinby were: 

III. IsABELLE L. » Quinby, born 9 Dec. 1855; married 
to Frederick E., son of Ebenezer and Susan Ayer, 
25 Dec. 1876, by Rev. Wm. Full at Somerville; 
Fred E. was born in 1854 at Minot, Me.; their 
daughter Ethel, born 30 Jan. 1879, married Fred 
G. Fitz of Durham, Me., and has two children, 
Raymond Stanley and Frances Isabelle; they live 
at Auburn, Me. Mrs. Ayer lives at Minot, Me.; 

IV. Hattie W. » Quinby, born 27 Aug. 1865; 
V. Lillian B.» Quinby, born 7 Dec. 1868, at 252 E 
St., South Boston, Mass.; married 9 June, 1892, 
at Maiden, John A. Hampson, aged 23, clerk, 
resident of Maiden, born at Biddeford, Me., son 
of Charles and Fannie; had four children: Ehza- 
beth, born 16 June, 1893; Marjorie E., born 7 
Apr. 1899; Lawrence S., born 6 May, 1900, died 
24 July, 1904; and Paul D., born 25 Feb. 1906; 
Mrs. Hampson died at Portland, Maine, of peri- 
tonitis, 13 Apr. 1909, aged 40y. 4m. 6d. (re.) 

798. George Washington* {John \ Joseph «, Benja- 
min^, Joseph*, Robert^, Robert^) born at Minot, Me., 3 
July, 1830, a twin with his brother Benjamin F. Quinby, 
with whom for years he was in partnership in Boston, 
Mass., in musical instrument making, thereafter in the 
manufacture of brushes. He died in Boston, unmarried, 
13 Sept. 1876. His will was executed by him 21 June, 
1876, and probated 23 Oct. 1876; by it he left $1000 to 
each of his brothers Leonard C, Albert and John O., and 
the remainder to Benjamin F., who was named as executor. 
The estate') which contained no real estate, was appraised 
12 Dec. 1876, at $19,045.01, of which $4,940 was a N. Y. 
Life Insurance Co. policy; $3500 in mortgage on Boston 
real estate, $4000 in a mortgage on Somerville real estate, 
$3300 in U. S. bonds, $2454.35 in cash. The probate court, 
7 Feb. 1891, appointed Isaiah P. Lewis as .administrator of 
the balance of the estate of George W.* Quinby after the 
death of Benjamin F., the executor named in the will. 
Later on, George F., the only son and heir-at-law of Ben- 
jamin F., was appointed 1 June, 1911, as administrator for 
the remainder, Isaiah P. Lefwis having died and there being 
the $4000 mortgage remaining to be cancelled. 

799. Benjamin Franklin* {John'', Joseph^, Benja- 
min^, Joseph*, Robert^, Roberf) ("Frank") born 3 July, 
1830, at Minot, Me., a twin with his brother George W. 
Quinby. He was married by ReV. W. W. Dean at Boston 
10 Apr. 1856, to Elizabeth H. Hallett, of Boston, born at 
West Yarmouth in 1835, daughter of Daniel Halleft. 

374 The Quinbt Family 

Benjamin F. and his brother George W. Quinby came to 
Boston as mabhinists in 1853, boarding at 101 Broadway. The 
next year they both boarded at 128 Fourth street. Benjamin F. 
seems not to have been in Boston in 1855, while George W. took 
a position for that year as a bookkeeper, boarding at 10 Crescent 
place. It is of course, barely possible that some other George W. 
slipped in to Boston and took the machinist's place in the city 
directory for that year, but very unlikely. In any event, in 1856 
both Benjamin F. and George W. were in Boston as machinists, 
the former's home being at 244 Fourth street, where he remained 
through 1858, the latter at 143 Broadway, whence he moved in 
1858 to 187, same street, and remained there in 1859. 

In 1859, Benjamin F. lived at 285 Fourth street. In 1860 
he was living in Sixth, near E street, while his brother George 
W. lived at 137 Fourth street. The census of 1860 shows that 
George then owned $3000 realty, and $800 personalty. By this 
time both had tried living in Fourth street, and liked it so well 
that in 1861 they both moved into number 334 Fourth street 
and commenced business as musical instrument makers at 334 
Washington street, and so continued through 1862. In 1862, 
4%uiniBY BROX-UESRS, howcver, they moved their dwell- 

ing place a few doors, to 339 
Fourth street, but George moved 

« .™n„ ™™ m back in 1864 to 334 while Ben- 

62 8ITDBUB7 8TSXST % ^SafUSSBSSf rw^ 

BOSTON. - . . MASS. >y^55^^ jamin stayed on at 339. That 
IUP.IIIIW Of M UM. •<««> un.. year they had no business address. 

In 1865, however, they settled 
permanently at 112 Congress street in the business of making 
and selling musical instruments, Benjamin continuing to live at 
339 Fourth street, while George boarded at 89 Summer street. 
In 1866 the firm name at 112 Summer street was Hall «fe Co- 
in 1865 they brought their brother, I^eonard C. Quinby to 
Boston, where they employed him in their instrument factory and 
he stayed through 1869. In 1865 he boarded at 16 Piedmont 
street. The fourth brother, John O. Quinby, came to Boston and 
joined the business, boarding at E street, corner of Sixth and re- 
mained there through 1866. 

In 1867 the firm was Hall & Quinby, with George W. as the 
partner of Hall, and was located at 62 Sudbury street where they 
remained through 1885. In 1876 the firm became Quinby Bros. 
with George W. and Benjamin F. as partners. In 1867 Benjamin 
F. lived at 339 Fourth street, moved to 453 in the* same street 
the following year, and stayed there till 1873, when he settled 
at 75 Dennis street and was there in 1879. 

In 1867 John 0. Quinby lived at 252 E street, but in 1869 
he lived at 5 Clapp street and remained there till 1872, when he 
moved to 46 Gates street. He lived there to 1877 in which year 
he tried living at Somerville, but moved back to town in 1878 
and lived at 87 I street through 1879 and in 1880 moved to Mai- 
den, where he remained; 

During this period George W. was having an uncomfortable 
table experience in Boston boarding houses. In 1807 he was at 
40 Chauncy street, 1868-9 at 91 Chauncy street; 1870, at 16 Cam- 
bridge street; 1871, at Somerville; 1872, at Arlington; in 1873-4 
at 6 Stamford street; 1875 at the Merrimac House; in 1876-7 he 
lived at 75 Dennis street. 

The Quinbt Familt 375 

B. F. Quinby patented a machine for making paper boxes 27 
Apr. 1869 (No. 89433). He invented an improvement in military 
brass instruments 9 Apr. 1872 (No. 125614). Twenty years later 
16 May, 1882, he patented a circular brush (No. 258117), and a 
circular wire saw 6 Apr. 1885 (No. 327720). His next patent 
was 23 Nov. 1886, a rotary brush for finishing boots and shoes 
(No. 353038). He patented another invention in connection with 
the manufacture of rotary brushes 18 Jan. 1887 (No. 356158). 

Benjamin F. and his brothers gave up the manirfacture of 
musical instruments about 1884, and went into the making of 
circular machine shoe brushes at the same address, 62 Sudbury 
street, and the next year moved to 30 Hanover street, where they 
stayed to 1890. 

Benjamin F. went to live at 75 Dennis street in 1880 (wiiere 
George W. had lived in 1876-7) and stayed there till 1890 when he 
lived in Woodville st. He died 9 July, 1890, of peritonitis, at 41 
Woodville St., Boston. Administration was granted on his estate 
in 1890 (No. 85604, Suffolk county), and Mrs. B. F. Quinby's 
name is given in the directory in 1891. In 1892, she appears as 
Betsy H., widow of Benj. F., h., 41 Woodville st.; and so con- 
tinues through 1894 which is the latest directory examined. In 
that year the Quinby Brush Company, brush manufacturers, ap- 
pears with its address at 129 Summer st. 

Children of Benjamin F.« and Elizabeth (Hallett) 
Quinby : 

1471a. I. Geouge Franklin* Quinby, born 31 Dec. 1858, 
in Fourth st., Boston (see); 
II. William Alpheus" Quinby, born 24 Oct. 1864, at 
339 Fourth st.; he became a clerk and died, un- 
married, of pulmonary consumption, 24 Feb. 
1886, aged 21y. 4m., at Dennis st., Boston. 

800. Isaac Fly* {Joseph'', Joseph^, Benjamin^, Jo- 
seph*, Robert^, Robert"^) born 26 May, 1818, at Sacearappa, 
Me.; he marrield there 19 May, 1844, Catherine G., born 2 
Feb. 1822, daughtei- of Ephraim ai^d Hannah (Hart) 
Brown, of Parsonsfield, Me. "It is a family tradition that 
he was born at Coal Kiln CorneV in Scarboro, Me., in 
what is now known as the Nicholas Hanson residence, 
which became an inn. He purchased 2 July, 1845, a house 
lot at Sacearappa, located upon the easterly side of Brown 
street, next northerly of the steam railway crossing, where 
he erected a large dwelling to which a piece has been added 
to the rear end, higher and widei-, the whole attracting 
the attention of the passer-by only by its magnitude^ now 
arranged for four tenements. 

"In spiritual matters, Capt. Quinby espoused early in 
life the cause of the Universal Father and supported with 
a liberal hand the Univei-salist church. In politics he was 
an original Republican and 1860 was elected County Treas- 

376 The Quinby Family 

urer and re-elected the following year, but vacated the 
office to take up arms for the preservation of the Union, 
recruited a company of 103 men, was made a captain of 
company E, and placed in the 13th regimeiit of Maine 
Volunteers, commanded by Col. Neal Dow." He was in 
camp at Augusta when the regiment was rehdezvous'd in 
1861 (Me. Adjt. Gen. Rep. 1861, p. 36). The date of his 
commission as captain was 10 Dec. 1861; he resigned 23 
Aug. 1862 (id. 1866, p. 239). The regimejit was assigned 
to Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's expedition against New 
Orleans, La.; but the climate there was too severe for his 
constitution, and he was obliged to return, physicially ex- 
hausted, a state from which he never fully recovered; but 
he performed a large amount of business as a conveyancer, 
land speculator and builder, the appearance of many resi- 
dences now proving his good taste as a designer. 

"He was not an enthusiast, rather slow in thought and 
expression, but he possessed an intuitive knowledge of man 
which made him a safe counselor, not only for himself but 
for others." (Deering News, 22 Oct. 1893). 

Isaac F. Quinby said in a letter to Mrs. Ella F. Beebe, dated 
Westbrook, Me., 30 Dec. 1893, "I am seventy-five years of age 
last May. The family moved to Portland when I was seven 
months, and moved from Portland when about eight years old. 
I went to school the most of each winter till I was eighteen, work- 
ing the odd hours for my board, which prevented me from out- 
right study. I cannot remember when I did know how to use 
joiner's tools. At nineteen I went to Woburn, Mass., to work 
at the cabinet business, remaining one year; the business was too 
confined for me. Consequently I hired out haying that season, 
and recovered my health. I then went at the joiner business 
again; at the age of 24 I had built me a house to live in. I con- 
sidered myself very successful in the business, even more success- 
ful then many older joiners who were my competitors. I built 
many houses in our town and the towns around. 

"I worked in the joiner business until the year 1859, when I 
was elected County Treasurer of Cumberland county, in which 
office I served for two years, and declinied a third nomination. 
I had made up my mind to enlist, although in doing so, at the 
age of 44, I left a salary of $2200 dollars one year and $2300 
another year for service rendered the county, to receive eleven 
dollars a month instead in the army. When I had fully deter- 
mined to enlist I gave notice in Portland papers of my intention 
and called on these who would like to go with me to call before 
we went into camp at Augusta. I served as a private about two 
months and a half, and was then appointed Captain of Co. E, 
Thirteenth regiment of Maine Volunteer Infantry. We went into 
camp in October, 1861, and broke camp the following February. 
From the time of my enlistment, which was a week after the 
first battle of Bull Run, to the time we were ordered to go to the 
front, was six or seven months. The whole time was thrown away. 

SOOTSAAC Flys Quinby. 




Isaac Flys Quinsy's Residence, 
Mechanic Street, Westbrook, Me. 

The QuiNBY Family 377 

In our State alone there were Infantry regiments viz: 12th, 13th, 
14th and 15th, the First Maine Cavalry, First Maine Battery and 
all over the country hundreds of thousands of enlisted men, wait- 
ing to be ordered to the front and they were held back by de- 
signing men, whose object was to make themselves prominent for 
the position of President, by showing themselves to be the great 
Pacificators; but Providence defeated all of them. 

"We started for New Orleans under General Butler. I went 
with him in the same vessel, the steamer Mississippi, and was 
cast away with him on Fryingpan Shoals. We had sixteen hun- 
dred men on board and ran on the shoals, it was thought by the 
treachery of the Captain, in broad daylight about 9 A. M. Soon 
after entering the fort I was taken sick with swamp fever as it 
was called. In time it left me very much emaciated, having re- 
duced me to a hundred and twenty pounds. I have weighed one 
hundred and eighty-five pounds. The forts are situated in the 
most unhealthy place I ever saw. I have no doubt it is the most 
unhealthy place in the United States. Although very much en- 
feebled by illness I deemed it my duty to go up to New Orleans 
to headquarters to obtain transportation for such of my men 
as had been discharged, as well as discharges for those who could 
be of no use to the Government. I arrived there the next day, 
and went to headquarters, where I found a column of men four 
abreast, one hundred and fifty feet long, moving up to be heard. 
I felt I was not able to take my turn; I felt dreadfully and could 
go no further. I saw a man just across the street, whom I had 
seen on ship Island at a Masonic meeting. I told him I was very 
sick and wanted him to call a carriage. He got in himself with 
me and went to the Confederate States Hotel. The 12th Maine 
were quartered there, whose officers I were well acquainted with, 
and I thought I could get some of them to do my business for 
me. They were ready to do anything they could. By the time 
I arrived at the hotel I did not know hardly anything; as they 
carried me in, I revived sufficiently to know what they were doing. 
The surgeon examined me and said I had sunstroke, and for five 
days I did not know anything; and afterwards I had a fever. I 
believe I had the yellow fever, although Gen. Butler in his book 
says there was no yellow fever at New Orleans that season. I 
made an effort to get a furlough, but was told that furloughs 
would not be granted; the sick would be examined by a board of 
surgeons, and if they judged a man never could do any more ser- 
vice for Government, they would give him an honorable discharge. 
I was examined; they said I could never recover, and about six 
weeks later I was discharged, and put on board of a steamer to 
New York and came to Maine. 

"I was chosen president of the Know Nothmg party for the 
counties of York and Cumberland, which embrace the first Con- 
gressional district of Maine. I had a district embracing at least 
fifty by eighty miles in extent. I commenced in May and travelled 
till the September election. We carried the election by a large 
majority; all the senators in both York and Cumberland counties 
and a large majority of the representatives. 

"In religion, if I have any, I am a Universalist. I am a 
Mason, an Odd Fellow, Son of Temperance, a Temperance Watch- 
man, a Good Templar. These are all secret societies. I belong 

378 The Quinby Family 

to the Grand Army and the Sons of the Revolution. My poli- 
tical ideas started when I was very young, when mother explained 
to me the meaning and the result of intemperance and from that 
to the present I have been strictly temperate. 

"You will understand that my politics have never deviated 
one hair from their first position, for in the year '49 the Demo- 
cratic convention held to the same principles which were adopted 
by the Republican party at their organization without crossing 
a t or dotting an i." 

Capt. Quinby died at Westbrook (Saccarappa) of 
heart disease, 7 Apr. 1898; his wife Catherine died at West- 
brook of Bright's disease 19 June, 1896, aged 75y. 4m. 
Children : 

I. Mary' Quinby, married 1869, 818Charles Edwin' 
Quinby {Aaron ', Moses ^, Benjamin ', Joseph *, 
Robert'', Robert') (see); 
II. Ella C' Quinby, married Henry H. Hawes; in 
1903 they "occupied the family homestead on 
Mechanic street, Saccarappa, nearly opposite that 
of Mr. Charles E. Quinby," Their son, Henry 
Quinby Hawes, recently graduated from Bowdoin 
College, and is a young man of exceedingly good 
looks, great ability and high moral character. 

801. Joseph Bailey* {Joseph'', Joseph^, Benjamin^, 
Joseph*, Robert^, Robert^) born 14 Mar. 1823, at Saccarappa, 
Me. "He taught school, studied for the ministry, became 
a photographer, went to Cuba, and was at Matanzas in 
1849; he encouraged a revolution thete, and fled for his 
life to New Orleans, where he became editor, writer, and 

"He had a b§3,utiful country home at Biloxi, Miss., and kept 
a book store in New Orleans. The people, knowing that he was 
opposed to secession, made it disagreeable for him, and finally he 
was warned in the night by a friend that affairs were becoming 
serious and that it was not safe for him to remain longer. He 
fled to Cincinnati, which he reached with only a hundred dollars 
left of all his possessions. He was fortunate to get away when 
he did, as the train which carried him and his family was the 
last to be allowed through the Northern lines. He thereafter 
served in the Federal army. He had married Annie, daughter of 
John William and Elizabeth (Johnston) Laurie, then Mrs. Haven. 
While in Cincinnati she was editor and publisher of a Woman's 
rights paper. Mr. Quinby was editor of the Cincinnati Times 
and of the Newport (Ky.) Leader. He and his wife took a copy- 
right 30 Mar. 1872, on the Weekly Campbell County Leader. Mr. 
Quinby afterward lived at Dayton, Ky., was one of the three 
original members of the Union League and died at Dayton. 

In a letter to Mrs. Ella R. Beebe dated from Dayton, 4 Jan. 
1886, he says: "Personally, I am somewhat ambitious and have 
taken upon myself the task of writing a book in blank verse on 
theology — directly antagonistic to Milton, Pollock, &c. Should 

801JOSEPH Baileys Quinby 
(from a daguerreotype). 

The Quinby Family 379 

I succeed in making a popular work, it would help to make the 
name conspicuous. I send you a copy of a sample page." The 
page is as follows: 

"The true religion has its ends and aims, 
And high and glorious and sublime are they, 
Transcendently sublime, beyond compare. 
Uplifting man and glorifying good; 
Proclaiming liberty, and love and law 
True liberty — or right to think and act 
As conscience guides, in every mooted scheme 
Advanced to elevate, improve mankind. 
In morals, science or mechanic arts, 
Philosophy, religion, or the law: 
Whereby aspiring man may higher rise, 
May mean reach toward eternal truth; 
Whereby the right, for its own sake alone. 
All, all shall seek, and practice and obey; 
Wherein pure love, divine, celestial love 
Shall have full sway and purify the heart. 
Where light Supernal light, shall brightly shine. 
And visions ope to man divinely fair. 
Of scenes Elysian, in spirit realms: 
Where truth and love and righteousness abide — 
And purity and concord sweetly reign: 
Where fear no meaning hath, no place, no use, 
For love all perfect, driveth fear away: 
Where love to God; and love to man prevail. 
And God is all-in-all, both now and aye — 
A God, that sacrifice doth not demand 
Who, infinite in Wisdbm, Power and Love, 
All souls will lead, in his appointed time, 
Away from sin, and every low desire. 
And purify and bless, and fill with holy fire. 

(With the above I have written 803 lines; 3000 will probably 
complete the work.) J. B. Q." 

Sketch of Joseph B. Quinby 

Laurie J. Quinby of Omaha, has written of his parents as 
follows: "I was in some respects peculiarly blessed with parents, 
both of whom dared to think for themselves and far in advance 
of their time. My mother, Annie Laurie, was born in Covent 
Garden, London, England, May 31, 1830. Her father was an 
artist, especially a scenic painter. They came to this country 
when she was a very little girl, I believe about seven years old. 
I remember her saying that they occupied four months coming 
over in a sailing vessel. She was married and had four children, 
when she was left a widow. Some time after that my father 
came upon the scene. In all she was the mother of thirteen — 
five girls and eight boys. I was the tenth one of that brood. 

"My mother used to tell me that she took me as an infant 
in arms to one of the first, if not the first, woman suffrage con- 
ventions, held in the United States. It was in the city of New 
York. She and my father then went to visit his old home at 
Portland, Maine, where he was born March 14, 1823. 

380 The Quinbt Family 

"My father was an old time newspaper man, in the days 
when a reporter on a paper was expected to have some qualifica- 
tions for editorial opinions, and when he was expected to frame up 
news with some degree of judgment and honesty, regardless of in- 
dividual financial interests. He was at one time on the old Cin- 
cinnati Times, a great paper during the days of the Civil War, 
but now degenerated. I remember clearly both the old Tiyies and 
the Star before they were consolidated. Then he published on 
his own account at Cincinnati, the National Banner, which was 
a radical Union cause paper during the dark days of the rebellion. 
After the war was over, and the apparent cause for its being died 
away as the fruits of that great war of emancipation and Union 
ripened, the paper ceased to be. Then followed some very dark 
days to which I have heretofore alluded. Father started then 
the Leader over in Newport, opposite Cincinnati, but somehow 
did not do very well with it. Like many of the old abolitionists, 
perhaps, the vital spark in him had somewhat vanished. He 
could not write, just like so many of the old veterans whose bitter 
experiences of the rebellion remained with them, except in the 
terms of that bloody, fratricidal strife. Of course those who en- 
gaged in that awful struggle had their feelings much wrought on 
both sides. They were therefore excusable for those old animosi- 
ties. They had a reason that none of their children had had. 

"I must tell you that both of my parents, before coming to 
Cincinnati, had been residents of New Orleans, and both had 
been abolitionists down there. They were there when the re- 
bellion broke out, and thinking things too hot for them went to 
Cincinnati, with six small children. 

"My father continued to print the Leader for some ten years, 
or nearly so, when he suspended, selling what good will it had to 
the Kentucky State Journal. Then it was that my mother resumed 
the field of publication, issuing a little paper called the Aegis, 
devoted exclusively to the cause of. woman suffrage. So, you see, 
how I came from a family of pioneers in these great movements 
in the forwarding of mankind. She printed that, while father 
went into the government service, and several of us boys worked 
a small job printing plant. That paper, poor little mother printed 
at her own expense, for there was no way in which it could pay 
its way, in those pioneer days of the movement. Even the women 
who would give an ear to it, were very few. My father remained 
in the goverment service until the adVent of the Cleveland admin- 
istration, when in 1885, being a staunch Republican, he was let 
out. But before his dismissal he had begun to decline in health, 
and he lingered in a state of partial paralysis for about four years, 
when he died on the 15th of September, 1889. 

"Dear old Dad. I have often thought how near akin his 
was to the character of Jean Valjean. In those days in which 
I knew him best, he seemed to me only the embodiment of gentle- 
ness, of kindness, of devotion, of less and less of the fighting spirit, 
more inclined to self-abnegation, of self-sacrifice and love. I re- 
member many^a day, though I could not understand it fully then, 
that he would refrain from eating a lunch with us boys in the 
print shop, for those lunches consisted mainly in a bowl of soup 
and a few crackers, or such victuals. And I know that many a 
time when he said to us, 'Help yourselves, boys, I am not hun- 

The QmNBY Family 381 

gry today/ he was only trying to make us feel at ease, as we 
greedily consumed what there was. 

"Yes, dear old dad. If in the course of the life of the soul 
of man the traits you so richly showed are ever esteemed worthy 
of supernal reward, your glory shall be triumphant and luminous- 
winged. Yes, if love shall eventually know its full reward, your 
cup shall run over, for I remember the glance of your mild and 
loving eye, the gentle caressing of your kindly hand, the tender 
mellowness of your voice that was as full of the milk of human 
kindness as ever issued from the mouth of man or woman either. 
From those heights to which I believe noble men do soar look 
down with that benignant smile of yours, which I may see only 
through my tears, look down now upon your devoted son, and let 
that beaming be his inspiration as along this path of life he treads. 
Let its light so shine upon him that when he too shall have reach- 
ed that age when the things of earth may not cling so closely 
about him, as now they do, its argent rays may pass through him 
to beam upon the joyous life of childhood with that same efful- 
gent glory that he knew when golden locks encircled his own 

The children of Joseph B.* and Annie (Laurie) Quinby: 

I. Sylphio Laurie" Quinby, died young; 
II. Sylphia Laurie ' Quinby, died in childhood; 

1472. III. Emmanuel Swedenborg" Quinby, born 1 Nov. 

1859, at New Orleans, La. (see); 

1473. IV. Isaac Franklin' Quinby, born 1863 (see Franklyn 

Quinby) ; 

1474. V. Joseph Bailey' Quinby, born 1 July, 1865, at 

Cincinnati, Ohio (see) ; 

1475. VI. John Laurie' Quinby, (see Laurie J. Quinby); 
VII. Annie Laurie' Quinby, died young;' 

1476. VIII. JosiAH Kilby' Quinby (see Cassius Clay Quinby); 

IX. Henry S. ' Quinby, died young. 

Annie (Laurie) Quinby's children by h^ first hus- 
band, Mr. Haven, adopted the surname Quinby and are 
as follows: 

I. Elizabeth Quinby, in 1912 principal of the High 
School at Dayton, Ky.; unmarried; address, 321 
Eighth Avenue; 
II. Eliza Quinby, married Robert Kennedy at Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio; in 1909 lives at 200 South Gar- 
field avenue there; 
III. Emma Quinby, married Warren Devore in Kentucky 
and lived at Cynthiana, Ky.; died at Cincinnati, 

1477. IV. William Curtis Quinby (see). 

802. John' (AbeV, Nathan^, Benjamin^, Joseph*, 
Robert^, Robert^) born perhaps about 1810-15 in Maine. 
He was married 10 June, 1835, at Bangor, where both 
lived, to Miss Sarah Ann Wood, by David Emery, Justicfe 
of the Peace (rec.) The record shows that they were pub- 

382 The Quinby Family 

lished 27 July, 1834, certificate issued 12 Jan. 1835. John 
was a lieutenant of artillery in 1839. He died at Bangor, 
26 Sept. 1841. His widow applied for bounty lands on 
account of his military service, (see records following). 

A report from a descendant of his grandfather says he 
was a sea captain and died at sea. 

Lieut. John's Military Service 

U. S. Census records. No. 86919; claim for bounty land 
under the act of 3 March, 1855, of Sarah A. Quinby, widow of 
John Quinby, lieutenant in the company commanded by Capt. 
E. R. Lambert, in the drafted regiment of Maine mihtia com- 
manded by Capt. Cutler. Affidavit dated 28 March, 1855, of 
Sarah A. Quinby, that her husband was drafted at Bangor, Me., 
on or about 20 Februar}', 1839, for the term of three months, and 
continued in actual service for the term of two months and four 
days, and was honorably discharged 23 April, 1839; that she was 
married to John Quinby 13 June, 1835, in Hampden, and that 
her name before she was married was Sarah A. Wood; that her 
husband died at Bangor, Me., 26 September, 1841, and that she 
is still his widow. Affidavit, dated 28 Mar. 1855, of Jeremiah 
Baker and Daniel Floyd, that they are personally acquainted with 
Sarah A. Quinby, and have known her for fifteen years, and know 
that she and John Quinby Hved together as man and wife; and 
that she is still his widow. Affidavit, dated 21 Jan. 1853, of 
Hebron Luce of Bangor, Me.: "I served as a private and ser- 
geant in the company of drafted militia, of which E. R. Lambert 
was captain, in the expedition for the defence of the northeastern 
boundary of said state in the year 1839 and served more than 
thirty days; and that I have known John Quinby since 1835, 
and have positive knowledge that he served in said expedition as 
a lieutenant in the company of artillery under command of Lieut. 
Lambert, for a period of at least thirty days. I also have per- 
sonal knowledge that he died at Bangor, Me., 26 Sept. 1841." 
Affidavit, dated 5 Feb. 1853, of David Emery, Justice of the 
Peace: "The following is a list of persons joined in marriage by 
me for the year past, viz: June 10th 1835. Mr. John Quinby 
and Miss Sarah Ann Wood, both of Bangor, Me." 

Sarah Ann (Wood) Quinby died 1 Oct. 1881, at Hamp- 
den, Me., aged 67y. Children of Capt. John and Sarah 
Ann (Wood) Quinby: 

1478. I. John A. » Quinby, died at New Orleans, La.; he 

was on a ship commanded by Capt. Noah Emery; 
II. Betsey J. » Quinby, died 16 Aug. 1841, aged 4y. lOd.; 
III. Charles E. » Quinby, died 13 Feb. 1838, aged 2 
weeks, 3d. 

Note. — Hon. John Quinby Wood of Bucksport, Mo., was named after 
the above Capt. John, and is a grandeon of Sarah Ann's brother. Hon. John 
Q. Wood is a graduate of Wesleyan University, class of '90, and was United 
States consul at Tripoli when he gave to that "University the last S500. of the 
million dollar endowment fund needed. In 1914 Mr. Quinby is in Abyssinia. 

The Quinby Family 383 

803. Charles Henry* (Abel ', Nathan ', Benjamin ^ 
Joseph*, Robert^, Robert^) born 5 July, 1842, at Saccarappa 
(now Westbrook), Me. In 1861, as a resident of Casco, 
Me., he volunteered and was mustered into the 10th regi- 
ment, Co. I, Maine Volunteer Infantry ('61 Me. Adj. Gen. 
Rep. 461); was taken prisoner 25 May, 1862, and released 
on parole ('62 id. D 289) and mustered out with his regi- 
ment 7 May, 1863 ('63 id. 362). He was again mustered 
by the Provost Marshal at Portland, Me., 11 Apr. 1864, 
for a three-year term, 8th regt. Infantry ('64 id. 815, 877). 
He was discharged for disability from Co. F 8th Regt., 20 
May, 1865 ('64 id. D 1042; '66 id. 49). 

He appears to be the Charles H. who was married at 
Casco, Me., by M. S. Eastman, J. P., to Susan P. Ballard. 
He was married second, at Lynn, Mass., by Rev. Ray- 
mond F. Holway, 8 Sept. 1883, (18th, says Mrs. McLean) 
to Mrs. Lucy Vernettie (Titus) Randall, former wife of 
Charles Randall of Auburn, Me., and daughter of John 
and Betsy Jane (Clark) Titus; she was born 4 Dec. 1846, 
at Methuen, Mass., and died 11 June, 1896, at Waldo, 
Fla. They lived at, Lynn, Mass., till 1888, in which year 
their residence was 431 Chestnut st. That year they went 
to Waldo, Florida, where they lived till Mrs. Quinby's 
death. After his wife's death he was admitted, 1897, to 
the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, at 
Togus, Me., and died there 26 Feb. 1907. Children: 

I. Lena Vernettie » Quinby, born 29 June, 1884, at 
Lynn, Mass.; she was an actress in 1898, living 
at the Hotel Pelham in Boston, where also lived 
William Hadley, aged 28, widower, an actor, born 
at Mt. Carmel, 111., son of William and Mary 
(Cavanaugh) Hadley; Lena — who is called Leon a 
in some records — and William were married at 
Boston by Henry C. Stimson, J. P., 4 June, 1898. 
She was living at 5 Lander Ave., Lynn, when she 
was married by Rev. Charles Tilton at Lynn, 
31 Dec. 1905, to James R. L. McLean, aged 33, 
steamfitter, living at 41 Mulberry st., Lynn; born 
in Nova Scotia, son of James R. L. and Melinda 
(Bissett) McLean; lives (1913) at 25 Rockview 
Ave., South Peabody, Mass., and has a child, 
Ethel Lillian, born at Lynn, 18 Mar. 1907. Mrs. 
McLean has confirmed many of the foregoing 
dates, which are all from town records. 
1479. II. Chahles William Johnson' Quinby, born 3 May, 
1888 (see). 

Note.— One Charles or Charles H.'s intention of marriage with Mary 
Fields was recorded 25 Apr. 1874, at Portland, Me., but I find no record of 
marriage. The Massachusetts records are erroneous in the name.» and parent- 
age of this family in many cases. Mrs. Lucy V. had four children by Charles 
Randall, of whom Alfred C, of Revere, Mass., and Effie J. Burdett of Haver- 
hill, Mass., are living (1913). 

384 The Quinbt Family 

805. Nathan' (Levi'', Nathan'^, Benjamin^, Joseph*, 
Robert^, Robert^) born 26 Nov. 1812, at Searsport, Me. 
He went into the tinware business with one Currier, and 
afterwards with one Lamprey conducted a stove and tin- 
ware business at Searsport and had a foundry which is 
said to be still at Searsport; his sign there gives his name 
Quinby, but some of his descendants spell with an m. 
He married Margaret Gordon Cook, daughter of Hezekiah 
Cook of Casco, Me., and lived there awhile. Nathan died 
at Searsport, Apr. 1850, and was buried in the lot of Marg- 
aret J. Quinby in Evergreen cemetery, Westbrook, says the 
Portland record, and we find a deed to her of such a lot 
recorded 9 May, 1870. She married 30 Apr. 1856, at 
Portland, Samuel Bragdon of Windham, Me., In 1874 
she appears in the Boston, Mass., directory as Margaret 
J. Quinby, widow; home, 4 Kingston st., Charlestown, 
Mass. She died at 11 Baldwin st. there, after 36 hours' 
suffering from strangulated hernia, 28 Feb. 1889, aged 74y. 
8m. 2d., and her death at Charlestown, Mass., is also re- 
corded at Portland. Children of Nathan* and Margaret 
J. (Cook) Quinby: 

I. RowENA M. HuLLSBURY» QuiNBT, born 3 Sept. 
1834, at Naples, Me.; she married first, 25 June, 
1854, at Portland, Charles H. Gooding; she mar- 
ried second R. W. Gallupe and lives at 14 Park 
ave., Somerville, Mass.; 
II. Frances Carrie' Quinby, married at Portland, 15 
June, 1854, Samuel D. Gooding; she died at Port- 
land, Christmas, 1907; 

Cyrus Cook' Quinby, born about 1838 (see); 

Charles O. » Quinby, born 11 June, 1842 (see); 

Albert True* Quinby, born 2 Mar. 1844 (see); 

Frederick N. ' Quinby, born 8 Feb. 1850 (see). 

806. Luther F.« {Hiram '', Nathan «, Benjamin % Jo- 
seph*, Robert^, Robert^) born about 1823 at Saccarappa, 
Maine. He seems to have been married at Old Town, 
Me., 20 Oct. 1843, by Esquire Samuel Hersey, to Miss 
Mary Hodgkins, both of Old Town (Bangor re). How- 
ever, his son Frank H. mentions only his mother (wife of 
Luther F.,) Rachel S., daughter of Enoch and Betsy Col- 
son. She lives 1911 with her son Frank H., at 23 Bennoch 
Road, Stillwater, Me. In 1860 the census shows Luther," 
his wife Racliel, aged 30, and children Albert, Franklin and 
Mary V., attending school, at old Town, Penobscot county. 
Me. Luther F. lived at Old Town when he was mustered 
into U. S. service 11 Mar. 1864, Fifteenth Maine regiment 
of Infantry ('64 Me. Adj. Gen. Rep., I. 899); he was must- 









The QmNBT Family 385 

ered in company B, 15th regiment, 11 Mar. 1865, as a 

substitute for Wm. H. Wetherby of Castine, Me., for a 

one year term (id. p. 1287); his term expired, and he was 

discharged 11 Mar. 1866 ('66 id., 112). He died at Old 

Town, Me., 16 May, 1884, aged 61. The registry of 
deeds at Bangor, Me. shows that he was frequently 
grantor and grantee of real estate. Children: 

I. Mary V. » Quinby, born about 1853; died 18 May, 
1896, aged 43 years. The Orono, Me., records 
give the above Mary V. as party to an intention 
filed there 3 July, 1871, of marriage to Henry H. 
Finn of Orono, he aged 22, she of Old Town, aged 
20; from relatives I learn that she did not marry 
this suitor and it would seem from Bangor real 
estate records that she married one Lyshon and 
lived at Lewiston, Me.; 

1484. II. Albert G. » Quinby, born 4 Mar. 1845, at Old 

Town (see) ; 

1485. III. Frank H. » Quinby, born at Old Town (see). 

807. William J.* (Hiram ', Nathan ', Benjamin ^ Jo- 
seph*, Robert^, Robert^) born 1832, lived at Old Town, Me. 
He appears on Bangor records as grantee and grantor of 
real estate with his brother Luther F. to and from Moses 
Averill of Old Town. He joined with Luther F. in a con- 
veyance to William Jameson, recorded 2 Sept. 1851; and 
with Luther and John J. to John H. Hilliard of Old Town, 
recorded 2 June, 1858. A license issued 14 May, 1859, 
appears on the records there, to marry Elvira Lancaster, 
and- he is stated to have been a married man when he was 
mustered into company D, 14th regiment, Maine Volun- 
teers 1 Feb. 1862 (Me. Adj. Gen. Rep. 1862 p. D, 404). In 
the report of the following year (p. 444) he is stated to be 
in the regimental commissary department, 15 Nov. 1863. 
He was discharged 18 Jan. 1865 (id. 1864, p. 1374). I 
have no further information as to him or his family, ex- 
cept that he is said to have died in California in 1905. 

808. John Jameson' (Hiram ', Nathan «, Benjamin =, 
Joseph*, Robert^, Robert'') born 1837 at Old Town, Me., 
and lived there during his early years. He married at 
Bucksport, Me., 20 Nov. 1856, Ann T. Averill, born 1837, 
at Orono, Me., daughter of Robert and Catherine T. 
(Allen) Averill. In 1860 the census shows him living at 
Old Town with Robert A., age 2 mos. John J. was then 
in the lumber business, and an owner of real estate. He 
appears frequently on the county real estate records at 
Bangor between 1854 and 1869. He joined the army, 
being mustered 11 Dec. 1861, as second sergeant, company 


386 The Quinbt Family 

D, 14th regiment of Maine Volunteers. (Me. Adjut. Gen. 
Rep. 1861, p. 556) and was commissioned 21 Nov. 1862, 
as second lieutenant of the same company {id. 1862, p. 25; 
1864, I. A, 1111-2). He was stationed with company D 
at Vermillion Bayou, La., 15 Nov. 1863 (1863 id. p. 443). 
His rank as first lieutenant was dated 1 May, 1863 {id. p. 
445) but his promotion as such was 1 Sept. 1863; and he 
was promoted captain 13 Mar. 1865, of company B; must- 
ered out 28 Aug. 1865 {id. 1864, I. A, p. 1111-2). He re- 
ported as commander of company B, Battalion of the 14th 
regiment, dated 25 Mar. 1865, from Savannah, Ga. {id. 
D, 488). 

For some years following his return to private life, he 
was superintendent of the European & North American 
car shops at Mattawamkeag. He was also successfully 
engaged for many years in trade in Stillwater. He went 
to the Soldiers' Home at Togus, Me., in September, 1909, 
for treatment for physical ailments, and died there 27 Oct. 
following, of "stenosis of mitral valve of heart." His 
obituary notice in the local paper said: "In the death of 
Capt. Quimby we have lost from our midst a man of ster- 
ling integrity whom men respected for the soundness and 
shrewdness of his judgment. At the same time his sunny 
disposition and genial manner drew about him and held as 
lifelong friends men of character and worth. As the kind- 
est of neighbors, the most devoted of husbands, the staunch 
est of neighbors, we loved and honored him." His widow 
died at the home of her brother, Nathan Averill 23 Oct. 1912, 
at Stillwater. 

809. George Westbkook' {Simeon '', Nathan ', Ben- 
jamin^, Joseph*, Robert^, Robert^) born 29 Sept. 1814, at 
Westbrook (Saccarappa), Me., and lived there when he 
was married by Jonathan K. Eastman, J. P., at Chatham, 
N. H., in February, 1835 (the family record says 5 Feb. 
Church rec. says 6 Feb.), to Roxana, daughter of Daniel 
and Lydia (Whitford) Emerson, also of Westbrook. Mr. 
Quinby died 30 Nov. 1890, at Naples, Me.; his widow died 
there 9 Apr. 1892, aged 78y. 5m. Children: 

Marshall H. ' Quinby, born 18.36 (see); 

Leonard" Quinby, born 20 Sept. 1838 (see); 

Orin W.» Quinby, born 29 Dec. 1840 (see); 

William Asbuky' Quinby, born 25 Sept. 1842 (see); 

Clara F. W.» Quinby, born 21 Mar. 1848; 

Lydia Emily" Quinby, born 18 Sept. 1850; died 17 

Aug. 1852; 

VII. Emma R. » Quinby, born 19 Apr. 1853; married 15 

Feb. 1873, at Harrison, Me., Silas Pitts of that 

town, had two children, and died there 12 Nov. 1908. 











The Quinby Family 387 

810. Daniel T.* (Simeon'', Nathan", Benjamin^, Jo- 
seph*, Robert^, Robert'') born 1822 at Sacoarappa (West- 
brook), Me., and married there Hannah M., daughter of 
Solomon and Lydia (Oilman) Nason, born 1810 at Standish, 
Me. The census of 1860 shows that Daniel was then a 
"mill man" at Westbrook with his wife and children, own- 
ing real estate there. Mrs. Quinby died there 8 Oct. 1892, 
of la grippe. Children. 

1490. I. Daniel Orville' Quinby, ("Orville") born 1845 

(see) ; 

1491. II. William Preston' Quinby, ("Preston") born about 

1849 (see); 
III. Maey» Quinby, born 1857, married John Bryant. 

811. William Motley* (Simeon ', Nathan ', Benja- 
min^, Joseph*, Robert^, Robert'') born 1824 at Westbrook, 
Me.; married 27 Nov. 1849, Jane Lewis Oower, born 1825, 
resident of Westbrook. In 1860 Mr. Quinby appears on 
the census as a mill man at Westbrook owning realty 
there. They both died in 1879. Children: 

I. Ella F. » Quinby, born 1852; married Albert Cord- 
well of Westbrook, and had two sons who died 
II. Adelaide Florence' Quinby, born 1856; married 
William Jones Pennell of Westbrook, and has 
Merle, married Pauline Turner of that town; 
Lewis, married Irene Goodridge of Westbrook; 
Ella, at Wellesley College, 1909; Mrs. Pennell 
lives at 8 Haskell st., Westbrook, Me. (1909); 
III. William B. ' Quinby, born 1856; died 1 Jan. 1857, 
aged 22 days. 

812. Daniel Franklin * (Benjamin Franklin ', Moses % 
Benjamin^, Joseph*, Robert^, Robert^) born at Falmouth, 
Me., 27 Dec. 1813, and became a Methodist minister and 
lived at Brewer, Me.; removed to Lisbon in 1836; married 
7 Oct. 1834, in the Methodist chapel at Saccarappa, Ariz- 
ina Reed, born 9 Jan. 1813, at Albion, Me. The History 
of Rumford, Me., p. 146, says that of the Methodist 
preachers who supplied that circuit. Rev. D. F. Quinby 
was there through 1841-2; Charles Mason was Mr. Quin- 
by's colleague in 1842. In 1850 he moved with his family 
to Detroit, Mich. Children: 

1492. I. William Emory' Quinby, born 14 Dec. 1835, at 

Brewer, Me. (see); 
II. Louisa Francina' Quinby, born 7 Aug. 1839, at 
Minot, Me., died at Saginaw, Mich.; 
III. Sarah Abigail' Quinby, born 24 Mar. 1844, at 
Waterford, Me. 

388 The Quinby Family 

813. Benjamin Franklin* (Moses ^ Moses «, Benjamin S 
Joseph*, Robert'', Robert^) born 28 June, 1828, at Saccarappa 
now Westbrook, Maine. He married 7 Jan. 1849, Almedia 
Hobson Cobb, daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Mc- 
Kenney) Cobb, of Bridgeton, Me. They removed to Cali- 
fornia, where Mrs. Quinby died 19 Aug. 1913, at their 
home 815 Mallard st., Los Angeles. She was about eighty- 
six years of age; Mr. Quinby says: "For nearly nine 
months she was almost entirely helpless but her wondeWul 
vitality enabled her to cling to life, which she loved, until 
every faculty and function was entirely disabled." 

At my insistent request (deploring the loss of family records 
and heirlooms in two fires) Mr. Quinby wrote me a brief auto- 
biographical sketch, in which he says he "was educated in the 
common schools of those times, finishing in a grammar school. 
In early boyhood he showed natural genius for the making of 
windmills for weather vanes, running of triphammers, waterwheels 
for sawing potatoes, instead of wood; constructing bowguns, very 
shapely, the envy of his mates; made the first one he ever saw 
discharge with a trigger, and became a good shot. At the age of 
about ten his father bought him a real gun, taught him how to 
load and shoot, wild-pigeons, other birds and squirrels were his 
victims. He shot neither himself or other humans, though a 
crabbed old neighbor seeing him returning home across his mown 
field, ordered him, with a raised club to 'get out', the 3^oungster 
aimed his gun with the threat that he would shoot if the owner 
came nearer, which he did not, so the hunter went home without 
a scalp. 

"On the completion of his last term of grammar school, his 
father then building a home, put him in with the carpenters to 
work; he acquitted himself well, invented a new corner finish for 
the doors and windows of the parlor, which was approved, and 
he made and placed them; he drew a new shape for the top finish 
of pickets in the enclosing fence which was approved, and he made 
them and helped build the new style fence. His father had be- 
come a carriage manufacturer of some note, and he put his son, 
then seventeeh years of age, into the woodworking department, 
building buggy bodies. He erected a workbench, constructed a 
number of the peculiar tools required, meantime watching every 
movement of the skilled bodymakers, then went to work and 
finished duplicates of their work. In time more help was needed 
in the painting department and soon he was doing good work 
there; he gave attention to ornamentation, such as small animals, 
birds, flowers, etc., and made good progress. When twenty years 
and six months of age, he married Almedia H. Cobb of Bridgeton, 
Me. Having undertaken business with his father without capital, 
his share of the profits proved too small for his requirements, so 
after a year's partnership he started out for himself as painter and 
ornamenter, worked hard, and changed from one place to another 
as prospects seemed better. When about twenty-six years of 
age, his health failed suddenly; one side was paralyzed, — he was 
entirely unconscious, his physician, a friend, worked vigorously 
on him for hours before he could start blood; when that flowed 

Edwin Howard Beach, 

marrieil Sarali Emily" Qiiinby (photo. 
b3' Moore, Spriiijjfield, Mass.) 

Sakah Emii.y" (Quikbv) Beach, 
(photo. t:y Hardy, Sprinafiehl, Mass.) 

Ella Fkanceso (Quinby) Fowlek 

(photo by Hartwell & Hamaker, 
Phoenix, Ariz.) 

Bknjamin Austin Fowler, 

married Ella Frances" Quinby (photo. 

by Hartwell & Hamaker, Phoenix, 



The QmNBY Family 389 

he slept; he woke late next morning, bloody, but clear mentally 
and wondering. His doctor and his wife then informed him of his 
close call; his friendly doctor gave him his professional opinion that 
the cause was too close confinement and the poisonous effects of 
dry white lead, used in his business, and he said, 'you must quit 
it entirely; do something that will keep you in the open air to 
save your life, or avoid a condition worse than death'. Hard 
advice for an ambitious young man with a very dear little family; 
but he took his medicine, — the doctor prescribed no other. He 
sold his business, yielding a good income for the times, at a loss. 
Fond of horses, by the help of good friends, he purchased a four- 
horse stage line, eight miles twice daily, two coaches, two teams 
of horses, thirty-two miles daily, Sundays excepted; he mounted 
the box and drove, with the exception of a few days, for two and 
one-half years, and regained his health fully, so that he was 
stronger than ever. Then he sold out, better physically and thank- 
ful, but not better financially. He took up various enterprises, 
such as the shoe business; government inspector of small arms 
during the civil war; superintendent of an emery mine, the pro- 
duct of which was much used in the making of guns; then he 
fitted up a beautiful drug store. After a time he brought to jus- 
tice a dishonest clerk with $400 worth of his employer's goods in 
his possession. He took back the goods and forgave the young 
man; closed out the business to become superintendent of a large 
iron works, acceptably, on a good salary. He was coaxed out of 
it by persistent offers, until the offers more than doubled his then 
salary, to go into life insurance, but did not like it, and resigned. 
He then undertook the business management of a large dentistry firm 
in England, and in odd hours practiced successfully, though with- 
out a diploma; it was in those days no law breaking however. 
His family could not live in England, so after three years he re- 
signed and came home; became salesman for an extensive carriage 
manufactory, and travelled largely in the west and northwest, 
again all the time absent from home. His family and himself 
did not enjoy that, so he resigned to become general agent for a 
popular encyclopedia and school appliance manufacturing firm, 
and continued in that until retirement from active business, some 
twelve years since. 

"The subject of this sketch has had an eventful life; thrown 
out of his chosen sphere by an unusual attack of disability for one 
so young in years, he has been led into changes which would have 
appalled one less optimistic and confident of his many sidedness. 
He has been wonderfully guided through it all; blessed with a dear 
wife and children whose faith in him has always been a tower of 
strength, he can never be less than devoted to them while life 
lasts. He and his good wife will have completed sixty-four years 
together on the 7th day of January, proximo, at the ages of 
eighty-five and eighty-four years respectively." 

Children of Benjamin F.^ and Almedia H. (Cobb) 

I. Sabah Emily' Quinby, born 28 Sept. 1849, at Gor- 
ham. Me.; married 19 Sept. 1876, by Rev. L. H. 
Cone at Springfield, Mass., to Edwin Howard 

390 The Quinby Family 

Beach, age 25, born at Hartland, Conn., son of 
John C. and Sarah Beach; she died 30 May, 1881, 
at Springfield; 
II. Ella Frances' Quinby, born 7 July, 1851, at Port- 
land, Me., married by Rev. D. Augustine Newton, 
17 Oct. 1888, at Medford, Mass., to Benjamin 
Austin, aged 44, son of Benjamin Colman and 
Sophia (Cowdrey) Fowler, a publisher at Stone- 
ham, Mass.; 

III. Anna May' Quinby, born 1 Aug. 1855, at Grafton, 

Mass.; married by Rev. Theodore C. Pease, at 
Medford, Mass., 12 Oct. 1886, to Charles Wilbur, 
age 30, born and living at Medford, son of Dr. 
James and Emma S. Hedenberg; 

IV. Florence Almedia' Quinby, born 10 July, 1857, 

at Grafton, Mass., and died there 26 Sept. 1858. 

814. Henky Clay* (Moses ', Moses *, Benjamin ^ Jo- 
seph*, Robert'^, Robert^) born 24 Apr. 1831, at Westbrook, 
Me. He started to learn the jewelry business and was an 
apprentice to a Portland jeweller in 1850; three years later 
he was in Boston, as a watchmaker, at 226 Washington 
St., living at Somerville; that year he was married first, 
11 Apr. 1853, at Boston by Rev. H. SouthgatQ, to Fran-ces 
Elya, aged 22, born at Portland, daughter of Osgood and 
Mary Ann (Roberts) Noyes. They were separated by legal 
proceedings and she died 22 Nov. 1905, aged 74y. 7m. lid. 
of cerebral haemorrhage, at the home of William I. Griffin, 
her son-in-law, 201 Metropolitan ave., Hyde Park, Mass., 
and was buried in Woodlawn cemetery. 

Mr. Quinby became a dentist of great eminence at 
Liverpool, England, and amassed a fortune. He married 
second, 22 May, 1879, Marion G. Newell, of London, Eng. 
He retired from practice, and with his wife went to the 
Hotel Del Monte near Monterey, on the coast of California, 
and there remained till his death after 1908. His widow 
continues to reside there, and plays golf, though of advanced 
years; in the newspaper dispatches of 9 Mar. 1912, she 
was mentioned as winning the women's consolation handi- 
cap at the golf tournament at Del Monte with a net score 
of 105 (bonus 40). 

Children of Henry Clay* and Frances E. (Noyes) 
Quinby : 

I. Agnes Morrill' Quinby, born 6 Apr. 1854, at 
Portland, Me.; married by Rev. Elijah How, May, 
1884, at Chelsea, Mass., where she then lived, to 
Edward W. Hathaway, clerk at Chelsea, aged 
44, born at Plymouth, Mass., son of Edward and 
Priscilla; his second marriage, her first; 

813BENJAMIN Franklins Quinby 

(photo, by South Park Stuilio, Chi- 
cago, 111.) 

Almedia Hobson (Cobb), 

wife of BeTijamiu F.s Quinby (puoto. 
by South Park Studio, Chicago, 111.) 



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814IiENRY Clays Quinby, 

of Liverpool, Eng., and Del Monte, 

816MELVILLE G. C.8 Quinby 

(photo, by Medrington, Liverpool, 

The Quinby Family 391 

II. Mary Frances" Quinby, born 13 Sept. 1855; she 
was married 15 Feb. 1882,. by Rev. W. F. Mac- 
calien, at Chelsea, Mass., where both parties re- 
sided, to Wilbur I., son of Isaac and Sarah Griffin; 
he was a clerk, aged 26, born at Chelsea. 

815. John C,^ {Moses'', Moses ^, Benjamin^, Joseph*, 
Robert^, Robert^) born 16 Jan. 1835, at Saccarappa, Me.; 
he was married 28 May, 1857, at Lawrence, Mass., by Rev. 
C. Holman, to Hattie L. M. Edwards, aged 24, born at 
Gorham, Me., daughter of James and Eliza Holman. 
John C. Quinby settled in St. Paul, Minn., whete he ac- 
quired a large property and was prominent in local affairs. 
He was for a time a member of the Board of Public Works 
at St. Paul, and died there. He invested for his brother 
Melville in real estate near there. Child: 

Lillian M. » Quinby, married William Brierly Haw- 
thorne, and in 1909 moved to Tacoma, Wash. 

816. Melville Gershon Cox« (Moses ', Moses «, Ben- 
jamin^, Joseph^ Robert", Robert^) born 12 May, 1837, at 
Westbrook (Saccarappa), Me. He received his education 
at Gorham Academy. He was employed in his father's 
business till 1861. In that year he helped to raise a com- 
pany of volunteers, was commissioned by Gov. John A. 
Andrew of Massachusetts, a first lieutenant in the Fifteenth 
regiment, and went into camp near Worcester. While 
there, he was taken ill with what was supposed to be can- 
cer of the tongue and was held to be unfit for service. 
A few months later, he went into the Springfield armory 
to make guns, and so continued for three years. In 1864 
he lived at Springfield, Mass., and was there married by 
Rev. Nelson Stutson 6 May, 1863, to Eliza Stebbins, 
daughter of Nathan F. and Lorain (Kellogg) Crocker of 
Springfield, born at Bangor, Me., 28 Nov. 1839. Mr. 
Quinby lived at Grafton, Mass., the year following his 
marriage. In 1868 he went to California and was there 
during the great earthquake. He went to Philadelphia in 
the early seventies and graduated from the Philadelphia 
Dental College. He then went to Liverpool, England, 
where he commenced the practice of dentistry with his 
brother Henry C, who had preceded him, in which he rose 
to great prominence. He also acquired a very considerable 
fortune. His beautiful country mansion and estate of Duns- 
dale, Frodsham, county Cheshire is shown in a photograph 
on another page. His wife died at Liverpool, 5 July, 1887. 
After bringing his three sons to maturity and seeing them 

392 The Quinby Familt 

well established in their father's profession, he retired after 
37 years of active practice, and returned in 1908 to the 
United States for fifteen months' visit, and was with his 
brother Henry Clay Quinby in California, where he played 
golf nearly every day, and recovered his health. In 1911 
he was living at Penkerris, Scorrier, R. S. O., Cornwall; in 
1913, at Brynnieddyg, Aberdovey, North Wales, Children: 

1493. I. Edward Melville' Quinby, born 13 Nov. 1864, 

at Grafton, Mass. (see); 

1494. II. Arthur Henry" Quinby, born 3 Apr. 1872 (see); 

1495. III. Frank Gray» Quinby, born 7 May, 1877 (see). 

817, Albion M,* (Aaron''. Moses ^, Benjamin^, Joseph* 
Roberta Robert^) born 23 Jan. 1836, at Westbrook, Me, 
He married in 1888, Emily F., daughter of Samuel and 
Eunice Quinby (Seal) Jordan, born 17 July, 1835. (Her 
ancestry and family are given in I. N. E. Family History, 
25, 47). After completing his school course Mr. Quinby 
taught school for some time in this vicinity. He then went 
to southern California, where he remained about nine 
years. After his return he again spent a little time in 
teaching, and in 1869 was appointed customs inspector at 
the Portland Custom House, where he remained for a dozen 
years. They had no children. Mr. Quinby was known as 
"the man who walked to California." In 1899 Mr. Quinby 
was living at Woodfords, Me. Mrs. Quinby died of apop- 
lexy at Westbrook, 14 July, 1901, aged 65y. 11m, 27d. In 
April, 1909, the newspapers reported that Mr. Quinby was 
severely bruised by being thrown from his carriage while 
driving on Main st., Westbrook. The carriage struck a 
post and was shattered into kindling wood. Mr. Quinby 
had the reins around his hands and was dragged some 

Mr. Quinby died 18 Aug. 1915, at 11 o'clock p. m, at 
Barrett Hospital where he had been for several months. 
Shortly after being taken there for treatment he suffered a 
stroke of apoplexy, and he had gradually failed, until his 
death. Says the Portland Express: 

"Mr. Quinby was noted for his kindness of heart and 
generosity to any one in need or trouble. He carried on his 
large farm on Saco street and his hired men were always 
given instructions that no one should ever be sent away 
hungrj' who asked for food. Of a quickness and versatility 
of thought and a remarkable aptitude in written expression, 
Mr. Quinby's letters and writings in general were of much 
interest. He was an adept in the Spanish language. His 

"DuNSDALE. " Home or Melville G. C.s Quinbt, 
at Frodsham, County Cheshire, England (see p. 391). 

The Qtjinbt Family 393 

love of nature was great; he knew when the earliest wild 
flowers grew on his farm and it was his delight to gather 
them for his friends. A good neighbor and friend, his 
absence from the community will be missed." 

818. Charles Edwin* {Aaron ', Moses ', Benjamin *, 
Joseph*, Robert^, Robert'') born 7 Sept. 1848, at Westbrook 
(Saccarappa), Me. He was married there 17 Nov. 1869, 
to Mary', daughter of Isaac Fly* and Catherine G. (Brown) 
Quinby; Rev. Thomas B. Payne performed the ceremony 
and the wedding march was played by Prof. George A.* 
Quinby. Mr. Quinby took his family to Boston before 
1876, in which year they lived at 133 N st. ; the following 
year at 64 L st. ; in 1881 at 7 Harmony place, East Boston, 
during which time Mr. Quinby held a position in the rail- 
way business. Soon after the last mentioned year he re- 
turned to Westbrook with his family, where they have 
lived ever since. Mr. and Mrs. Quinby live at 90 Mechanic 
St., Westbrook, Me. Mrs. Quinby is very active in social 
and club matters; was vice-president of the Women's Relief 
Corps of Maine; a prominent member of the Ammoncongin 
Club, of which she was elected president 1 Apr. 1914, and 
has frequently sljown her ability as a forceful and interest- 
ing speaker and writer. 


I. Addie May» Quinby, married 5 July, 1899, Lewis 
Porter Huston of Portland and has one child, 
Esther Quinby Huston; living at 773 Main st., 

II. Isaac Franklin" Quinby (twin) born 26 Feb. 1875, 
at Westbrook; graduated from the Westbrook 
High School and died the next year 1896; 
III. Catherine Ella" Quinby (twin), born 26 Feb. 
1875, died in infancy; 

IV. Lillian Baker' Quinby, graduated from Wellesley 
College, and was librarian of the Westbrook 
Memorial Library, which in 1909 according to her 
published report, had 11,540 books; the local 
paper in March, 1912, said that Miss Quinby was 
seriously ill at North Conway; she recovered. 

819. George Albert* {Aaron'', Moses ^, Benjamin^, 
Joseph*, Robert^ Robert'') born 18 Feb. 1850, at Saccarappa, 
Me. He married in 1883, Ida EUina Griggs. He adopted 
the musical profession, and is a well-known and popular 
teacher. In 1915 his musical studio is at 502 Congress 
St., Portland, Me. His name appears frequently in the 
press in connection with musical affairs; for example, in 
1899 the Church of St. Dominic's was dedicated, and the 

394 The Quinby Family 

newspaper says: "Gounod's mass was sung. by a chorus 
of fifty voices under the direction of Prof. Quinby." His 
daughters have inherited his musical talent and Alice R. 
Quinby is an especially able player of the piano. The 
Quinby home on East Main street, Westbrook has long 
been a centre of hospitality and of social gatherings, in 
which music has been an especial feature. Mrs. Ida Quin- 
by is socially popular and was elected corresponding secre- 
tary of the Ammoncongin club of Westbrook, 1 Apr. 1914. 
Children of Prof, and Mrs. Quinby, born at Westbrook: 

I. Elizabeth M. » Quinby ("Bessie May") living at 

Westbrook (1909); 
II. Alice Rose" Quinby, educated at Bates College, 
and became a teacher in the High School at 
Wrentham, Mass.; she appears in the papers as 
giving successful piano recitals in Boston (1909). 
In 1915 she is a teacher in the Portland High 

820. Cybus W.' {Charles ', Simeon «, Benjamin ^ Jo- 
seph^, Robert^, Robert^) born 5 Mar. 1825, at Sacca- 
rappa. Me. He appears on the county real estate record 
at Alfred, Me., in a deed of real estate from James M. 
Goodwin, recorded 10 July, 1848 (bk. 201, p. 570) which 
Mr. Quinby transferred 15 July, 1848 (bk. 202, p. 150). 

The postmaster J. A. Cowen, Esq., at Quinby, Trinity 
county, California, writes me 24 May, 1913, that "'Stephen 
Noble, 86 years old, living near here, says: 'Cyrus Quin- 
by came from Maine to Arizona, thence to Humboldt 
county, California, which adjoins this county. There he 
was employed in the lumber camps one season and came 
to New River in the early '80's.' He and a man named 
Thomas built a ditch for irrigating and mining purposes 
which is used to this day by my company the New River 
Mining Co., and we are also farming the land they cleared. 
The creek from which runs the ditch is named for Mr. 
Quinby. He started a store just below the site of the 
present post office and store, and was very successful, both 
in the store and in mining, but died a poor man. His 
store was once burned by hostile Indians. He married a 
woman of Indian race who bore him several children, one 
of whom was Mrs. Charles Newell. The only grandchild 
whose name I can give is Miss Elsie Newell, China Flat, - 
Humboldt county, Cal. Cyrus Quinby sold his interests 
here to his partner Thomas and took a farm in Humboldt 
county where he died of cancer of the throat about ten 

The Quinby Family 395 

years ago. While he lived here some estate was settled 
in Maine and he received his share." Children of Cyrus 
W.« Quinby, born (except VI. and VII.) at New River, 
now Quinby, Trinity county, Cal.; 

I. Janette' Quinby, born 1 Apr. 1856; living in 1913; 
married 1 June, 1876, Isaiah Ziegler; second at 
Eureka, Cal., 30 Nov. 1896, Thomas Jefferson 
Ferguson, her present husband; 

1496. II. Cyrus W.» Quinby, born 4 Aug. 1851; killed by a 

fall over a cliff; 

1497. III. Charles' Quinby, born 11 June, 1859, died 22 Feb. 


1498. lY. Johnson' Quinby, born 11 June, 1859, died 6 June, 


1499. V. Franklin' Quinby, born 2 Aug. 1868; died 17 Apr. 

VI. Eveline' Quinby, born 25 Dec. 1870, on the Quin- 
by ranche. Trinity county; married Apr. 1895, at 
China Flat, Cal., Charles Benjamin Newell and 
died at China Flat, Cal.; the oldest of their five 
children is Juha Elsie, who supports them all; 
VII. William' Quinby, born 1 Aug. 1874, on the Quinby 
ranche, died 3 July, 1884. 

Note. — Miss Julia Elsie Newell kindly supplied the foregoing information. 

821. Johnson M.* (Charles ', Simeon ', Benjamin ^ 
Joseph*, Robert^, Robert^) born 20 May, 1827, at Saccar- 
appa. Me. (Mar., 1828, says Alvin D.); married 18 Aug. 

1853, Adeline D., daughter of Walter and (Dyer) 

Jordan (Portland rec). Johnson M. Quinby was third 
lieutenant, 22nd company of Portland Militia in 1862 
(Maine Adjut. Gen. Rep. 1862, I. 13). Johnson M. Quin- 
by of Westbrook, Me., and A. S. Dyer of Cape Elizabeth, 
Me., received United States patent No. 112076 for a new 
door-lock, 21 Feb. 1871. Johnson M. Quinby died of 
organic heart disease at Mercer, Me., 8 Jan. 1902, aged 
74y. 7m. 20d. Children (Portland rec.) : 

1600. I. Alvin Dyeb' Quinby, born 7 Aug. 1854 (see); 

II. Sarah J.' Quinby, born 22 Aug. 1856; married Fred 
Cobb, and had a son Walter. 

822. Charles O.* (Charles ', Simeon *, Benjamin ^ 
Joseph*, Robert", Robert^) born 6 Sept. 1835, at Saccarappa, 
now Westbrook, Me. He lived at Portland, and married 
there 11 May, 1857, Olive Jane Thompson of that city. 
Charles O. Quinby was an original member of the 1st regi- 
ment, Maine Volunteer Infantry, as a private in Co. B 
('61 Adjut. Gen. Rep. 52; App. E, 6). Mrs. Quinby com- 
menced a divorce suit at the September term of court. 

396 The Quinby Family 

1862 (York Co. rec, Alfred, Me.) One Olive 'A.' Quinby 
married at Portland 21 Dec. 1863, Charles F. Dunn both 
of Portland. The children of Charles O. and Olive Jane, 
recorded at Portland: 

I. Henrietta' Quinby, died 17 September, 1858, 

"aged 2 years;" 
II. Claba Douglass' Quinby, born 5 Aug. 1861 (F. J. 
Q. says his half sister, Mrs. Dyer, lives at Cape 
Elizabeth, Me. (1910). 

He married second about 1862, Henrietta, daughter 
of Andrew and Mehitable Hall of Biddeford, Me.; their 
first child was: 

1501. III. Frederick Johnson' Quinby, born about 1863 at 
Biddeford, Me. (see). 

Charles O. again joined the army, while a resident of 
Eastport, "age 31, married," being mustered in 29 Mar. 
1865, as a Sergeant of Co. A, First Battalion Infantry, 
then reorganized as the 21st Co. of Unassigned Infantry; 
1 Nov. 1865, he was reported as sick in hospital ('64 Adjut. 
Gen. Rep., Dl, 1241, 1243; 790). His discharge for dis- 
ability was dated 25 Sept. 1865 ('66 id. 1691.) 

He soon went to East Boston, Mass., to live and ap- 
pears first in the Boston city directory in 1867, boarding 
that year at the Webster House (also at Lamson st.) The 
following year he boarded at 5 Hooten court. East Boston; 
in 1869, he lived at 28 and 24 Orleans st. and 160 Chelsea 
St.; in 1870 at 173 Havre st.; in 1871, he lived at 27 Vine 
St., Charlestown, and in 1872-3 in Chelsea. During this 
time he had other children as follows: 

IV. Augustus' Quinby, born 30 Nov. 1867, at Lamson 
St., say the Boston records, which also give the 
death 13 Nov. 1868, of William L. Quinby, ap- 
parently the same child, aged 11 months and 11 
days, of congestion of the lungs, at 24 Orleans st.. 
East Boston; 
V. Alberta' Quinby, born 4 Oct. 1869, at 160 Chelsea 
St.; this is evidently the Bertha, who died 10 Apr. 
1871, at 27 Vine st., Charlestown, Mass., "aged 
ly. 4m. Id.," of congestion of the lungs; 

VI. (male) • Quinby, born and died 10 Feb. 1872, at 

Charles O.' Quinby died 24 Oct. 1873, of consumption, 
at Chelsea, Mass., "aged 38y. Im." Henrietta (Hall) 
Quinby married second, Frank Kirk, by whom she had a 
son Frank, now living in New York; she married third, 
Charles Whitcomb; she died in the summer of 1910. 












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(wife of 8250RLANDO S.s Quikby), 

Union Cemetery, Amesbury, Mass. (1910). 

The Quinby Family 397 

824. Daniel Osgood^ (Robert \ Robert^, Daniel^, Jo- 
seph*, Robert^ Robert'') born 22 Dec. 1821, at Amesbury, 
Mass. He graduated at Bowdoin College and Law School. 
In 1849 he was a civil engineer, and the records call him 
"surveyor." He married Clarissa Bradbury Moulton, born 
22 June, 1828, at Ossipee, N. H., daughter of Dr. Alvah 
and Mary (Dalton) Moulton (VI. Me. Hist, and Gen. 
Recorder, 463, which gives a full account of this Moulton 
family). Prof. Quinby was for many years teacher in the 
high school. He is mentioned in works of reference as 
"distinguished educator." He went to New York to live 
shortly before the Civil war, and became a tutor to the 
sons of well-to-do New York families, and is recorded in 
the New York city directories as living at 236 West 30th 
St. In 1862 only, he appears in the Boston city directory 
as "counsellor, 7 Court House square, Newburyport ;" and 
in 1878 he was a teacher, living at 589 East 7th st.; in 
1879 the Daniel O., patent medicines, is probably the same; 
office at 178 Washington street, room 4; home, 671 East 
5th street, where he continued through 1884 except in 1883, 
when he is again called teacher, boarding at 84 street. 
In 1884 he boarded at 54 Chester Park and so through 
1886, the last mention of him. As the patent medicine 
man, his name was always spelt Quinby in the city direc- 
tory; as teacher he was always Quimby. His wife died 30 
Nov. 1882, of paralysis, at 671 East 5th st., Boston. 
(Other records say she died at Newburyport, Mass., 20 
Nov. 1882; VI. Me. H. and G. Rec. 463; History of Parsons- 
field, Me., 388). Prof. Daniel O. and Clarissa B. Quinby 
had several children who died in infancy; the only one who 
lived to maturity was 

Mary Abbie" Quinby, born 20 Apr. 1849, at Ames- 
bury, Mass.; died at Paterson, N. J., 8 July, 

825, Orlando Sargent' (Robert '', Robert % Daniel^, 
Joseph*, Robert^, Robert^) born 1 Jan. 1828, at Amesbury, 
Mass. He married first, Mary Jane True at Sangerville, 
Me.; she died 21 June, 1851, at Amesbury, aged 23; they 
had one child, whose gravestone is at the Union cemetery, 
Amesbury : 

I. XoA» Quinby, born (and died immediately) June, 

Orlando S. Quinby was married second, by Rev. C. H. 
Learnard at Chelsea, Mass., 19 Sept. 1852, to Sarah Au- 
gusta, daughter of Samuel and Sarah W. Lane of Chelsea, 

398 The Qdinby Family 

born 1834 at Gloucester, Mass. The Boston city direc- 
tories show Orlando S. Quinby first in 1852, as connected 
with the firm of E. H. Lane & Co., and living in Chelsea. 
He was a member of that firm, commission dealers at 2 
Haverhill street, Boston, In 1853-4 he boarded at the 
Merrimac House; in 1853 he was a clerk at 145 Blackstone 
street; in 1856 he was a dealer in produce at 34 Friend 
St., and lived in Chelsea. No further record of him appears 
in the directories of Boston. Orlando Sargent Quinby's 
sister Abigail had married Daniel Quinby Gale of Missouri, 
Colonel and District Judge. At Newport, Missouri, Or- 
lando S. died 14 May, 1863. He was buried in the Odd 
Fellows cemetery at Washington, Mo. His widow Sarah 
A. married second, Warren Poole, aged 44, who had been 
married once before as had Mrs. Quinby, when they were 
married 13 Jan. 1870, by Rev. Charles H. Leon, the Uni- 
versalist minister at Chelsea, Mass. Mr. Poole was born 
at Rockport, Mass., and lived at Chelsea in 1870. One 
of their children is Theresa, who married William R. Mans- 
field and lives at 20 Yale st., Wakefield, Mass. Children 
of Orlando S.* and Sarah A. (Lane) Quinby: 

II. Robert Lane* Qttinby, born 24 June, 1853, died 
7 June, 1855, of croup, at 50 Elm st., Charles- 
town, Mass.; 
1502. III. Edward Orlando' Quinby, born 1 Oct. 1855, at 
Chelsea (see); 

IV. Annie Augusta' Quinby, born 29 Sep. 1857, at 

Chelsea; died 24 Aug. 1872, of congestion of the 

brain, at Haverhill, Mass., aged 14y. 10m. 26d.; 

V. Samuel Lane» Quinby, born 11 Aug. 1860, died 8 

Aug. 1862; 

VI. Addie Teresa^ Quinby, born 21 Feb. 1863, at New- 
port, Missouri; died 13 July, 1863, of marasmus, 
at Chelsea, Mass.; 
VII. Abigail Jane' Quinby, born 21 Feb. 1863; married 
14 Apr. 1883, at Boston by Rev. Warren H. Cud- 
worth, to Frank A., son of Asa N. and Julia A. 
Stubbs. He was aged 25, born at Bangor, Me., 
mariner, resident of Boston; Abbie J. was aged 
19, resident of Chelsea, Mass., born at Newport, 
Missouri. She lives at 42 Cedar st., Haverhill, 

Note. — The obituary of Edward O.* (Boston Olnhe), 5 Mar. 1913, says 
he was survived by two sisters, Mrs. Abbie J. Stubbs and Mrs. Theresa P. 
Mansfield of Wakefield, Mass. 

826. Thomas Weed' (Robert '', Robert^, Daniel^, Jo- 
seph*, Robert', Robert^) born 23 Feb. 1835, at Amesbury, 
Mass.; married there by Rev. D. M. Reed 21 May, 1856, 
to Emeline P., born there 2 Jan. 1837, daughter of Joseph 

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Haverhill, Mass. 

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and Dolly F. (Morrill) Merrill. They had no children. 
In 1860 the census shows him as a farmer at Amesbury, 
with $6000 realty, $300 personalty. He lived in the an- 
cestral home at Amesbury until the '80's; then moved to 
Haverhill, Mass., where he was Justice of the Peace many 
years. He lives there (1915) at 37 Highland ave. He 
was deeply interested in genealogy, and has greatly helped 
me in his branch of this work. 

830. Leonard* {Thomas'', Jonathan^, Benjamin', Ben- 
jamin*, Robert^, Robert^) born 20 June, 1799, at Hopkinton; 
lived at Thetford, Vt.; married first 26 Mar. 1826, Sarah 
Towne, born 26 Nov. 1804, at Windsor, Vermont, daughter 
of Benjamin and Sarah (Burt) Towne. She died 29 Aug. 
1860, at Thetford, Vt. In the year 1826 only, a Leonard 
Quimby, stonecutter, house, Thacher street, appeared in 
the Boston directory. The census of 1850 gives Leonard, 
his wife, and children IV., VII., to XL, inclusive, all living 
at Thetford where he .was a farmer, owning real estate 
valued at $1000. Leonard Quimby married second, at 
Thetford, 13 Mar. 1861 (or 1867) Harriet B. Morey, born 
27 Dec. 1819, died 13 Aug. 1893. Leonard Quimby died 
23 Mar. 1882. He had ten children by his first wife: 

I. Susan Melissa' Quimby, born 14 Sept. 1827; mar- 
ried 28 Sept. 1851, Edward Brown of Windsor, 
Vt., and had three children; 
II. Laukett M.» Quimby, born 19 July, 1829; married 
June, 1851, by Rev. Joseph Turner at Clinton, 
Mass., to George Haven of Lancaster, Mass., aged 
27, son of .lonas and Harriet B. She died 21 
Mar. 1856; no children. The only other time a 
Lauretta Quimby appears on the records is in the 
census of 1850, where Lauretta Quimby, age 20, 
is living alone at Worcester, Mass. Her birth 
place is given as Mass. She was not listed in that 
census with her father's family at Thetford; 
1503. III. William Carlos' Quimby, born 29 Oct. 1831; "he 
was a brilliant lawyer at Indianapolis, Indiana, 
where he married, lived and died, childless," 3 
Feb. 1865; 

IV. Benjamin Lyndell' Quimby, ("Lyndell Quimby") 
born 8 Nov. 1833, died unmarried 7 Sept. 1859; 
V. Maryett' Quimby, born 25 Oct. 1835 (22, says 
Thetford rec); died 9 Mar. 1836; 

VI. Ursula' Quimby, probably died young, as she does 

not appear in census of 1850; 
VII Adelaide H. » Quimby, born 1 June, 1837, died 28 
Apr. 1855, unmarried; in 1850, Adelaide was liv- 
ing at Tunbridge, Orange county, Vermont (same 
county as Thetford) savs the census: 

400 The Quinbt Family 

1504. VIII. Albert Dean' Quimbt, bom 1 July, 1840 (see); 

IX. Mart Elizabeth' Quimby, born 16 June, 1843; 
married first, 15 June, 1864, Perley B. Titus of 
Brattleboro, Vt.; he died very suddenly a few 
days after their marriage; she married second, in 
1892, Charles D. Imirie at Palestine, Texas, 
where she died 24 Dec. 1901, having had two 

1505. X. Frank Augustus* Quimby, born 24 Aug. 1847; the 

only survivor of this family in 1908 (see); 
XL Henry R. » Quimby, born 28 Sept. 1850, died 2 Dec. 

Note. — The foregoing list is from "The Burt Genealogy," compared with 
Thetford records and the United States census. 

831. Joseph Hoyt* (Thomas'', Jonathan^, Benjamin^, 
Benjamin*, Robert^, Robert^) born 13 Apr. 1801, at Hopkin- 
ton, N. H.; removed to Thetford, Vt., where he was a 
farmer; married there 11 Mar. 1823, Mariah, born 1802 
in Vermont, daughter of John and Anna (Brown) Tyler. 
Mr. Quinby died at Thetford, 12 Feb. 1878; his widow 
died there 16 Dec. 1885. Children, born at Thetford. 

I. Mariah Azubah' Quimby, born 18 Apr. J 825, died 
26 Jan. 1827; 

1507. II. James Bushrod' Quimby, born 1 June 1827 (see); 

1508. III. Thomas Munhoe' Quimby, born 20 July, 1829 (see 

Munroe T.); 

1509. IV. Charles Norman* Quimby, born 8 Oct. 1831 (see); 

1510. V. John Tyler » Quimby, born 19 Juty, 1834 (see); 

1511. VI. Latimer Albert' Quimby, born 19 Oct. 1836 (see); 
VII. Julia Maria' Quimby, born 5 June, 1839; married 

by Rev. David S. Packard at Somerville, Mass., 
4 Jan. 1864, to Joseph Niles Kimball, aged 24, 
son of N. N. and Sarah E. Kimball of West Fair- 
lee, Vt.; in 1909 living at Kansas City, Mo.; 
VIII. Mary Azubah' Quimby, born 14 Apr. 1842; died 
unmarried 17 Apr. 1871. 

Note. — Authorities, Latimer A. Quimby, E8(|., of Thetford, Vt., and 
others; Thetford town records; census of 1850. 

834. Wareham Morse* {Harvey ', Benjamin % Ben- 
jamin^, Benjamin*, Robert^, Robert^) born 12 Oct. 1832, at 
Strafiford, Vermont. He married Eloise Gibson. Wareham 
M. Quimby appears first in the Boston city directory in 
1854 as a bookkeeper at 56 North street; in 1855 at 22 
Milk street, boarding at 10 Crescent place; in 1856, he 
was boarding at 10 Green street. Next year he joined 
Munroe T. » Quimby (see) who was in business with John 
Flanagan under the firm name of Quimby, Flanagan & 
Co. in the fancy goods line at 20 Milk street, and boarded 

The Quinby Family 401 

at the City Hotel, the next year 1858, at 21 Irving street; 
in 1859, 16 Chambers street; 1862, at 33 Allen street; in 
1863, 30 Green street; that year he is called clerk at 14 
Hanover street; it is his last appearance for twenty years 
in the Boston directory, for he went to New York city. 
In 1865 his cousin 1508Munroe T. « Quimby entered the 
jewelry business in New York city, and in 1868, W:areham 
M. joined him at 171 Broadway, under the firm name of 
Quimby, Smith & Co. The directory gave his home as 
Massachusetts, until 1871, when he lived at the National 
Hotel. The following year his place of business was 196 
Broadway and remained there until 1877, when it was at 
737 Broadway for a year; in 1878 it was at 907 Broadway 
and its last address was at his home, 22 East 20th street 
in 1879, which is the last year his name appeared in the 
New York directories. His cousin and partner, Monroe 
T. Quimby, appeared last in the directory of 1873. The 
firm was Quimby & Co., 1871 to 1878. 

During Wareham Quimby's residence in New York 
city, whidh was from 1871 to 1878, he had a hard time 
suiting himself with a dwelling place, for from the National 
Hotel in 1871, he moved to 314 W. 28th street in 1872; 
236 West 25th street in 1873; 327 West 29th street in 
1874; 125 West 11th street in 1875; 119 West 11th street 
in 1876. 

In 1877 he was at 22 East 20th street, where he re- 
mained to 1879. In 1883 we find him back in Boston at 
the old firm address, 14 Hanover st., which he had left 
to others for twenty years; he lived in Charlestown. The 
next year he roomed at 49 Pinkney st. in Boston; the next 
year he roomed at 13 Joy st.; in 1886 at 46 Hancock st.; 
in 1887-8 at 18 Chambers st.; in 1889 to 1893 at 7 Hanson 
street, his longest residence anywhere. What a life! In 
1891 he went to clerking it at 364 Washington street and 
continued through 1893, the last time his name appears. 

835. LuMAN Vesper' (Harvey ', Benjamin ', Benja- 
min^, Benjamin*, Robert^, Robert^) born 4 July, 1835, at 
Strafford, Vt. He was second lieutenant of company A, 
Fifteenth regiment, Vermont Volunteers, commissioned 30 
Aug. 1862; commissioned first lieutenant 12 Jan. 1863; 
mustered out, 5 Aug. 1863 (Vt. Roster). He married 24 
Dec. 1864, at Bradford, Vt., Francelia, born 19 Sept. 1839, 
at Strafford, Vt., daughter of A. Whitney and Mary (God- 
frey) Eastman. He moved to Boston, Mass., in 1865, and 
31 Oct. of that year United States patent 50,733 for fasten- 
ing blinds was granted to him and William Marston of 


402 The Quinby Family 

West Fairfax, Va. Luman and his wife appear on the real 
estate records of Vershire, Vt. 

Luman V. Quimby in 1866 was a clerk for Munroe T. * 
Quimby (see) who with Luman's brother Wareham M.* 
Quimby (see) were manufacturers and dealers in jewelry 
at 14 Hanover street. When Luman came to Boston he 
was tl^irty years old. He lived the first years at 11 Vine 
street, but in 1868 moved his residence to 93 Revere street, 
where he stayed to 1870. That year he tried 47 Chambers 
street, the next year, 67 Chambers street, and in 1872-3 
he lived in Chelsea. The next year he tried Melrose for the 
year, then returned to Chelsea, where he remained till his death 
in May, 1883. In 1880 he was a member of the firm of M. T. 
Quimby & Co., and the place of business continued at 14 
Hanover st. The foregoing is from the Boston city direc- 

Luman V. Quimby died 21 May, 1883; his will was 
probated in that year at Boston, Mass. (Suffolk probate 
rec. 69537). His widow lived at 20 Chestnut street, Chel- 
sea, Mass., and in 1910 at 477 Massachusetts ave., Boston. 
Children : 

1512. I. RoscoE E.» Quimby, born 25 Jan. 1870 (see); 

II. Gertrude Estelle' Quimby, born 24 Nov. 1871, 
at 67 Chambers st., Boston; married by Rev. 
R. Perry Bush at Chelsea, Mass., 6 Apr. 1897, to 
Clifford L. Anderson, age 23, born at East Glou- 
cester, Mass., son of Andrew and Alberta C. And- 
erson; they live at Bristol, Pa., 1002 Radcliffe st. 

1513. III. Clarence L. » Quimby, born 25 Aug. 1876, at Chel- 

sea, Mass. (see). 

Note. — Authorities: Mrs. Luman V. Quimby, Mrs. C. L. Anderson, 
MSS. of Benjamin F. Quimbv of Chicago; U. S. Patent Office reporta; town 
records of Vt. and Mass. 

837. Charles Marshall' (Isaac \ Isaac ', Jonathan, ^ 
Benjamin*, Robert^, Robert^) born 2 Oct. 1844, at Newport, 
Vt. The census of 1860 gives Marshall, age 18, as working 
for Levi Applebee and family on their farm at Charlestown, 
Orleans county, Vt. 

Marshall Quimby of Charlestown, private, Co. D, 
4th regt.; enlisted 24 Aug. 1861; mustered in, 21 Sept. 
1861; discharged for disability, 1 Jan. 1862 (Vermont Ros- 
ter). He was a mason, and lived at Concord, N. H. He 
married 2 June, 1875, at Vershire, Vt., Josephine Idella 
Grant ("Grand" on records) who was born at East Leb- 
anon, N. H. He was mentioned as Marshall Quimby in 

The QmNBT Family 403 

his mother's will. He lived (1905) at Enfield, . N. H., a 
painter. Children : 

1514. I. William Harbison" Quimby, born 7 June, 1878, 
at Vershire, Vt. (see); 
II. Mary Ellen' Quimby, born 14 Sept. 1881, at Ver- 
shire; married Sanders, and lived at 

Claremont, N. H.; ("the family moved away from 
Vershire" says the town clerk); 

III. Idella Josephine' Quimby, born 18 Aug. 1882, at 

Topsham, Vt.; married 17 Oct. 1910, at Cornish, 
N. H., by W. H. Sisson, J. P., to Webster 0. 
Sanders; lives 1911, at Cornish, N. H.; Webster 
O. Sanders was born 1876, at Morrisville, Vt.; 
son of George E. and Alice E. (Hunt) Sanders of 
Cornish, a farmer at Cornish, N. H.; had been 
married and divorced; 

IV. Caroline Almira' Quimby, born 22 July, 1884, at 

Topsham; married Ernest W. Gassett of Surrey, 
N. H., born about 1879; lives, 1911, Enfield, N. H. 
V. Bertha Elizabeth' Quimby, born 18 Sept. 1886, 
at Vershire; lives at Northfield, Vt.; 
1516. VI. Charles Isaac' Quimby, born 14 Mar. 1890, at 
Croydon, N. H. (see); 

1516. VII. Frank Eugene' Quimby, born 24 Feb. 1893, at 

West Lebanon, N. H.; 

Charles Marshall' Quimby married second 9 Feb. 1904, 
at Windsor, Vt., Alice Susan Chapman, born 1868 at 
"Meriden", N. H., says the record; they had: 

VIII. Raymond Charles' Quimby, born 13 Sept. 1905; 
Windsor, Vt.; died at Enfield, N. H., of pneu- 
monia (8 days) and acute nephritis (2 days), 6 
Feb. 1910; 

1517. IX. Earl Gilbert' Quimby, born 27 (or 29, E. re.) 

Mar. 1907, Enfield, N. H.; 
X. (female) » Quimby, born 23 Dec. 1910, at Enfield, N. H. 

838. Milan Warren' (Benjamin ', Benjamin *, Jona- 
than^, Benjamin*, Robert^, Robert^) born 5 Sept. 1826, at 
West Unity, N. H.; married 22 May, 1851, at Unity, Lucy 
Ann, born 1831, daughter of Samuel and Abigail (Twitch- 
ell) Neal of Unity; went from Unity to Claremont, N. H., 
in 1885, and lived there till his death, 24 Nov. 1908, at 
his residence, 42 Pearl st., of "chronic heart disease and 
ulcer of the stomach; contributing cause, old age." Mrs. 
Quimby died 1 May, 1912, at Claremont of cerebral haem- 
orrhage after three days' illness. Children, born at Unity: 

I. Etta Luella' Quimby, born 11 June, 18.53; mar- 
ried Edwin S. Bailev, and is hving, a widow, at 
Claremont (1907); 
1518. II. Elmer Warren' Quimby, born 13 Aug. 1861 (see). 

Note. — This family is given in Rev. Silas E. Quimby's pamphlet "Benja- 
min Quinby and Descendants." 

404 The Quinby Family 

839. Francis Levi' (Benjamin ', Benjamin *, Jona- 
than'', Benjamin*, Robert^, Robert'') born 25 Dec. 1827, at 
West Unity, N. H.; married by Rev. Silas Quimby at 
Claremont, N. H., 22 May, 1849, to Lydia, daughter of 
Amos and Huldah (Greene) Johnson of Weare, N. H., born 
8 Jan. (or June), 1825. "Her parents were Quakers, hence 
she was of that faith at the time of her marriage. She 
later joined the Methodist church, of which her husband 
was a member. She was a woman of superior quality of 
mind and great force of character, thus bearing evidence of 
her worthy ancestry." 

"Francis L. Quimby was educated at the district 
schools and at Milo academy," says the Biographical Re- 
view of Sullivan and Merrimac counties, N. H. (1897), p. 
203; "at a very early age he began to assist his father on 
the farm. Since succeeding to its possession, he has man- 
aged it ably and with good results, and is considerably in- 
terested in the raising of stock. He is a Republican, and 
has served four years as Selectman. He is a member of 
Unity Grange No. ^30, Patrons of Husbandry since its 
organization, and he and his wife are members of West 
Unity M. E. church, of which he is steward, trustee and 
collector, and Mrs. Quimby teaches in the Sunday school." 
They lived in West Unity till they moved to Claremont 
in 1899. May 25, 1899, Mr. and Mrs. Quimby celebrated 
their golden wedding in the same house where they began 
their married life. One of their sons came twelve hundred 
miles in order to be present at the rare anniversary, and, 
as it proved to be, the last meeting of the children in their 
old home; for a few weeks later witnessed the removal of 
their parents from the farm in West Unity to the new 
home in Claremont village. Mrs. Quimby died at Clare- 
mont, after two or three weeks' illness from cerebral haem- 
orrhage, 21 May, 1906. 

The Manchester (N. H.) Union (Mar. 1910) said of 
Mr. Quimby, "Glorious, invigorating New Hampshire! 
There's Francis L. Quimby of Claremont, for example, who 
fells trees, loads them upon sleds, teams them home, and 
cuts them up into firewood in winter, and tills the soil at 
a good profit in summer. Mr. Quimby is 82 years old — 
an age at which people raised in the enervating climates 
of Kennebec county, Me.; Hampden county, Mass.; Frank- 
lin county, Vt.; and of Texas, South Carolina, Virginia and 
Alabama, admit that they are fit only to sit with folded 
hands in the chimney corner, toasting their shins and wait- 
ing for Gabriel to sound reveille." 

S38MILAN Warrens Quimby 
(photo, by Locke, Claremont, N. H.) 

S3fiFRAxcis Levis Quimby 

(photo., 1910, by Burke, Claremont, 

N. H.) 

S40W1LBUR Benjamins Quimby 

841BEN.JAMIN Lewiss Quimby, 

from a tintype loaned by Mrs. James 

A. Ferguson, Charles City, Iowa 

(see p. 40C). 

The Quinby Family 405 

"Mr. Quimby was one of the most prosperous farmers 
in his community, and a highly esteemed citizen. He is 
always ready to bear his share of public burdens, and has 
been honored with various offices of trust by the citizens 
of his native town. He is a Methodist, and at the time of 
his removal from Unity had been an official in the church 
for fifty years. At an advanced age he is still young in 
heart and takes an active interest in whatever movements 
make for righteousness in civic affairs and for the advance- 
ment of God's kingdom in this world." Mr. Quimby died 
18 Oct. 1913 at Claremont, of lobar pneumonia after two 
weeks' illness. Children of Francis Levi* and Lydia (John- 
son) Quimby, born at West Unity, N. H.: 

1519. I. Irvin Wesley' Quimby, born 20 May, 1851 (see); 
II. Adella Listina" Quimby, born 16 Dec. 1853; mar- 
ried 22 May, 1879, at Unity by Rev. J. Hayes to 
John M. Howe, a resident of Waltham, Mass., 
born 3 Sept. 1855, at Newport, N. H., son of 
Seneca and Mehitabel; they live at Claremont; 
"Mrs. John M. Howe is very active in church and 
temperance work, and is vitally interested in all 
movements that tend to the uplifting of the com- 

1520. III. George Elwin' Quimby, born 20 Dec. 1858 (see); 

1521. IV. Lewis Johnson' Quimby, born 2 June, 1861 (see); 

1522. V. Herbert Francis' Quimby, born 24 Dec. 1863 

(see) ; 

1523. VI. Emek.«on Albion' Quimby, born 22 May, 1867 


Note. — Authorities: "DcscendantH of Benjamin Quinby," by Rev. Silas 
E. Quimby; Genealogical History of New Hampshire, p. 15d5 (whence the last 
quoted parts above); town records of Unity and Claremont; and Emerson A. 
Quimby, Esq. 

840. Wilbur Benjamin* (Benjamin '', Benjamin *, Jona- 
than^, Benjamin*, Robert^, Robert^) born 25 Apr. 1834, at Unity, 
N. H.; married in Wisconsin, Lucinda, daughter of John and 
Maria (Abbott) Marshall of Unity, N. H.; they lived in 
Wisconsin till about 1860, when he settled at Cornish, 
N. H., where he was a farmer. The census of 1860 gives 
him as a farmer at Cornish, with his family and his mother 
Percis living with him. He had a slight shock of paralysis 
in the winter of 1906-7 and died of senile debility resulting 
therefrom, 8 June, 1908, at Cornish. Administration was 
granted by the Sullivan county probate court at Newport, 
N. H., in July, 1908, to his son Elwin W. Quimby. Mrs. 
Quimby survived him. Children: 

1524. I. Frederic Monroe' Quimby, born 17 Nov. 1858, in 

Wisconsin (see); 

406 The Quinby Family 

1525. II. El WIN Wilbuh' Quimby (twin), born 6 Aug. 1863, 

at Unity, N. H. (see); 

1526. III. Erwin Wesley' Quimby (twin) born 6 Aug. 1863 


1527. IV. Ernest Pliny' Quimby, born 7 Aug. 1868, at North 

Charlestown, N. H. (see). 

Note. — The foregoing facts are from Erwin W. Quimby, Esq., Rev. Silas 
E. Quimby's pamphlet, and Cornish records. 

841. Benjamin Lewis* (Michael ', Benjamin *, Jona- 
than^, Benjamin*, RoberP, Robert^) born 29 Sept. 1830, at 
Henniker, N. H.; married by Rev. A. M, Osgood 28 Aug. 
1851, at Claremont, N. H., to Lydia B., daughter of Asa 
and Patty (Rice) Whitney of Henniker, born 1 Apr. 1833. 
Mr. Quimby moved from Claremont, N. H., to Claremont, 
Minn. He fell from a load of hay which injured his brain 
and he was taken to the asylum at St. Peter, Minn., where 
he was burned to death, 15 Nov. 1880. His widow died 
24 Mar. 1886, at Ashton, South Dakota. Children: 

1528. I. Clarence E.' Quimby, borii 11 Feb. 1855, at Clay- 

ton, Iowa (see); 
II. Ferdinand Adelbert' Quimby, born 3 May, 1858, 

at Claremont, Minn.; died 9 Dec. 1862; 
III. Carrie Belle' Quimby, born 13 Aug. 1862, at 
Claremont, Minn., married 20 May, 1886, at Ash- 
ton, So. Dak., James A. Ferguson; they live 
(1908) at Charles City, Iowa. 

Note. — Authorities: Rev. Silas E. Quimby; Clarence E. Quimby, Esq., 
Claremont, N. H. rec. 

842. Joseph Warren* (Michael '', Benjamin •, Jona- 
than^, Benjamin*, Robert', Robert^) born 29 Dec, 1831, at 
Henniker, N. H.; married first 29 Nov, 1855, Elvira Bean 
Hurd, daughter of Cyrus and Jemima (Bean) Hurd; in 
1857 Mr. Quimby was living at Lawrence, Mass., and the 
clensus of 1860 shows him and his wife and daughter there 
in the third ward; he was a machinist, and his brother 
Olney F.' Quimby aged 21, was living with them. Mrs. 
Quimby died at Lawrence of consumption, 17 Jan. 1863. 
Joseph W. was married second, by Rev. George M. Steele 
at Ashby, Mass., 15 May, 1864, to Francena M., daughter 
of Timothy and Mary Osborn, born at Cambridge, Mass., 
1839; she died of heart disease at Lawrence, 14 Feb. 1867, 
aged 28y. 17d. Mr. Quimby married, third, at Hampstead, 
N. H., 20 June, 1868, Martha Hodge Sanborn, a resident 
of Lawrencte, born at Charlotte, Vt., 1830; she died in 
June, 1878; Mr. Quimby married fourth, 21 July, 1881, 
Mrs. Emma Sturges (Coleman) Stone, daughter of Martin 

842JOSBPH Wakrens Quimby 
(photo, by Curtis, Lewiston, Me.) 

8430LNEY Fuller" Quimby 

Mrs. Anna Wesley (Scott), 

wife of Eev. Silas E.s Quimby (photo, 
by Kimball, Concord, N. H.) 

^El S44EEV. Silas E.s Quimby, D.D. 

The QuiNBY Family 407 

and Rebecca (Doe) Coleman of Vassalboro, Me. Joseph 
W.» Quimby died of apoplexy 2 Mar. 1899, at Augusta, 
Me., or at Lewiston, where he was a master mechanic; 
buried at Lewiston; his death is on the record of both cities. 
His widow lived at 27 Bangor st., Augusta, and died there 
of pneumonia 7 Apr. 1910, aged 69y. Children of Joseph 
W.» and Elvira B. (Hurd) Quimby, born at Lawrence: 

I. Ida Evangeline » Quimby, born 10 Jan. 1857, mar- 
ried 21 Dec. 1881, at Lewiston, Me., Tracy E., 
, son of Harvey and Melinda J. (Lewis) Sanborn, 
of West Unity, N. H., born 6 June, 1863; they 
have three daughters and a son and lived at Clear 
Lake, So. Dak., in 1908; at Date, So. Dak. in 1910; 
at Eugene, Ore. (1915); 
1.529. II. William E.» Quimby, born 13 Dec. 1862 (see); 

Child of Joseph W.« and Francena M. (Osborn) Quimby: 
1530. III. Fbed Wilson" Quimby, born 27 Sept. 1866, at 
Lawrence (see). 

Note. — Authorities: Town and city records; Mrs. Ida E. Sanborn; Rrv. 
Silas E. Quimby. 

843. Olnby Fuller* (Michael'', Benjamin '^f Jona- 
than^, Benjamin*, Robert^, Robert'') born 28 Sept. 1838, at 
Gilmanton, N. H.; in 1860 he was living with his brother 
Joseph W. at Lawrence, Mass. Olney F. Quimby was a 
resident of Weathersfield, Vt., when he enlisted 19 Aug. 
1862, and was mustered 4 Oct. 1862, in company A, Twelfth 
regiment, Vt. Volunteers Infantry; mustered out 14 July, 
1863 (Vermont Roster). He was married first, by Rev. 
H. Clenon at Claremont, N. H., 7 Feb. 1864, to Angeline 
L., daughter of Zenas and Caroline (Cram) Sanders, born 
18 Nov. 1844, the residence of both parties is given as 
Brownsville, Vt.; for some mysterious reason, they had 
another marriage ceremony performed at Claremont, by 
Rev. Henry H. Hartwell, eleven days later, 18 Feb. 1864, 
and both marriages appear on the Claremont records. 
Mrs. Angeline Quimby died 2 July, 1866, and Olney D.« 
married her sister Ella Maria Sanders, 11 Dec. 1867; she 
was born 17 Nov. 1850, at West Windsor, Vt. Mr. Quim- 
by died 21 Aug. 1875. His widow lives at Claremont, 
N. H. Child of Olney F." Quimby by first wife: 

I. Blanche Angeline' Quimby, born 2 Fe^b. 1865; 
married 6 Sept. 1883, Elton 0. Benjamin, born 6 
July, 1861, and had seven children; 

Children of Olney F.« and Ella M. (Sanders) Quimby: 

1531. II. Olney Duane* Quimby ("Duane") born 13 Oct. 
1868, at Weathersfield, Vt. (see); 

408 The Quinby Family 

1532. III. Romeo Akthuh' Quimby, born 19 Feb. 1879, at 
Weathersfield, Vt. (see). 

Note. — Authoritieu: Claremont and Weathersfield records, and Rev. 
Silas E. Quimby's pamphlet, whinb gives also all the deBcendantt< of Blanche 
A. Benjamin. 

844. Silas Everard* {Silas ', Benjamin *, Jonathan ', 
Benjamin*, Robert^, Robert) born 19 Oct. 1837, at Haver- 
hill, N. H., and for the succeeding sixteen or eighteen 
years lived successively at the eight or nine villages in New 
Hampshire where his father held Methodist pastorates. 
He then fitted for college at the New Hampshire Metho- 
dist Conference Seminary and graduated in 1859 from West- 
leyan University at Middletown, Conn., a Phi Beta Kappa 
man. He immediately took the professorship of Greek and 
mathematics at the Newbury seminary in Vermont, and 
held this position from 1859 to 1863; and from May, 1864, 
to July, 1867, having been elected principal of the seminary 
in February, 1866. In the meantime he married at Newbury, 
Vt., 10 July, 1862, Anna Wesley, daughter of Rev. Orange and 
Eliza (Dearborn) Scott, born 10 May, 1840, at Lowell, 
Mass. Mr. Quimby was ordained at Tilton, N. H., in the 
same year, deacon of the Methodist Episcopal church. In 
1863-4 he had charge of the church at Littleton, N. H.,but was 
not ordained Elder till the following year, at Keene, N. H. 
In 1867 he left Newbury seminary for a pastorate at Leb- 
anon, N. H., and thereafter, held appointments in the New 
Hampshire Methodist Conference as follows: 1869-70, 
Plymouth; 1871-3, Exeter; 1874-6, Sunapee; 1877, Tilton, 
and was president of the Tilton seminary from March, 
1878 to June, 1885. 

"In 1878 when he was elected president of the New 
Hampshire Conference seminary at Tilton. At this time 
the school was in a critical condition, funds low, instructors 
few and students less than in former years, and the build- 
ings were in need of repairs. Rev. Mr. Quimby took the 
school under these circumstances as the trustees could not 
guarantee a salary, and he devoted himself to strengthening 
and improving the institution in its every department. 
He soon added to the curriculum music and art, and estab- 
lished a chemical and physical laboratory. With real self- 
denial, he and his family toiled for seven years, finding 
their reward in the gradual improving of the material, in- 
tellectual and spiritual interest. Foreseeing the necessity 
of enlargement to meet the growing demands of the school, 
he formulated plans which materialized at a later period." 
Thereafter he held appointments as follows: 1886-7, at 

The Quinby Family 409 

Whitefield; 1888-9, Laconia; 1890, Newmarket; 1891-3, 
Exeter; 1894, Rochester; 1895-6, Penacook; 1897-1900, 
Salem Depot, (Pleasant st. church); and was also preacher 
for short periods at Milton Mills and Derry. His wife 
died from congestion of the lungs with organic heart disease 
of long standing, at Salem, N. H., 8 Mar. 1901. The same 
year he was appointed Conference Evangelist ("State Mis- 
sionary") with headquarters at Derry, which position he 
held up to 1909, after which he went to Bellefonte, Pa., to 
live with his daughter, Mrs. Moore. 

Rev. Dr. Quimby, at Dover, N. H., 5 Apr. 1911, at 
the annual meeting of the N. H. Conference, resigned the 
secretaryship of that body, which he had held continuously 
for thirty-four years. He was Sunday school editor of the 
Christian Standard for many years, and contributed num- 
erous articles to periodicals. His ability and worth and 
services to the cause of religion were recognized by Syra- 
cuse University, which conferred upon him the degree of 
Doctor of Divinity; the degrees of A. B. and A. M. he 
had already received from Wesleyan University. He was 
twice elected delegate to the General Conference since 

Rev. Dr. Quimby was deeply interested in the history 
of the family and compiled and in 1911 printed a valuable 
pamphlet of 29 pages, on the "Descendants of Benjamin 
Quinby"; to this, and to a long and voluminous corres- 
pondence with him, the writer is indebted for much that 
appears in this work on Mr. Quimby's branch of the family 
and for a large number of photographs which he obtained. 

Mr. Quimby was a man of unaffected, cordial manner, 
great kindliness of heart, a wide charity, and of innate and 
confident piety. He was beloved by a great multitude, 
who mourned his death, which occurred Sunday, 23 Feb. 
1913, at 12:30 o'clock in the afternoon, at his daughter's 
home on West Curtin st., Bellefonte, Pa. His funeral took 
place at Tilton, N. H. His obituary in the Boston Globe 
of i^5 Feb. 1913, was about a column in length, with a por- 
trait; it contained the following sentences: "Rev. Mr. 
Quimby was a thorough scholar and a devout and instruc- 
tive preacher. Biblical study was his specialty: he was a 
skilled exegete. As a pastor, he excelled, giving every de- 
partment of church work efficient supervision." The Belle- 
fonte Republican (27 Feb.) said: "For the good that he 
did, for the sunshine he radiated wherever he happened to 
be, and for the many fine traits he possessed, his memory 
will long be cherished by those who were privileged to 

410 The Quinby Family 

know him." Children of Rev. Silas E.' and Anna W. 
(Scott) Quimby: 

1533. I. Clabbnce Evekard' Quimby, born 4 May, 1863, at 

Newbury, Vt. (see); 

1534. II. Carl Noyeb» Quimby, born 27 Nov. 1866, at New- 

bury, Vt. (see); 
III. Mabel Alice* Quimby, born 6 Feb. 1870, at Ply- 
mouth, N. H.; she became a kindergartner; mar- 
ried at Rochester, N. H., 28 Aug. 1894, Horatio 
S. Moore of Kingston, Pa., mechanical engineer, 
age 29, son of M. E. and Margaret A. (Sinkle- 
paugh) Moore, of Nanticoke, Pa.; she lived at 
Wilkesbarre awhile, then moved to Bellefonte, 
Pa., where she lives on West Curtin st. (1913); 

1535. IV. Ernest Scott' Quimby, born 15 Jidy, 1872, at 

Exeter, N. H. (see); 
V. Anna Lucy» Quimby, born 21 Sept. 1877, at Tilton, 
N. H.; died there 30 Aug. 1878, of cholera in- 
fantum; buried at Newburj', Vt. 

At this paint, as before, the descendants in the eighth 
generation of John* {son of the immigrant Robert^) are 
omitted, numbered 845 to 1053 inclusive, and their sons in 
the ninth generation, numbered 1536 to 1811 inclusive. These 
families all spell the name with an m. 

1056. Edwin Joseph* (Joseph \ Joseph ^ Henry ', 
Philip*, Joseph*, Robert^) born 9 Nov. 1840, at Charleston, 
S. C. He served through the war; married Miss Clara 
S. Arnan at Charleston, where she still lives, his widow, with 
four children. They had two sons and two daughters, probably : 

1812. I. Edwin J.» Quinby; 

1812a. 11. Bertband A.' Quinby; 

III. Daisy* Quinby; 

IV. Ena C.» Quinby. 

1057. James H.' {Thomas'', Joseph*, Henry'', Philip*, 
Joseph*, Robert^) born about 1835-40 at Charleston, S. C, 
and was educated there; married first, Mrs. McDonald. 
Mr. Quinby was an Episcopal clergyman, and preached 
at St. Augustine and at Monticello for some years. In 
1872 he went to Japan as a missionary, and his second 
marriage took place at Osaka, Japan, to Miss Mary Nelson 
who was also a missionary. They remained in Japan 
eight years longer, and returned to America in 1882, in 
which year he died in Florida. He had no children. 

1060. Rudolph' {Thomas'', Joseph', Henry ^, Philip*, 
Joseph*, Robert^) born about 1838-42 at Charleston, S. C; 

1061JAMES Laubences Quinbt 

The Quinby Family 411 

entered the army and fought in the Civil war. He mar- 
ried first, at Anderson, S. C, and had children, Cora, Adela 
and James; he married second, at Savannah, Georgia, and 
had two boys. Mr. Quinby died in Georgia, aged about 
35y. Children: 

I. CoRA» Quinby; 

II. Adela » Quinby; 

1813. III. James' Quinby; 

1814. IV. Laurence' Quinby; 
1816. V. Henky» Quinby. 

Note — These facts were kindlj- furnished by Miss Amanda Elizabeth 

1061. James Laurence* {Laurence'', Joseph*, Henry ^, 
Philip*, Joseph^, Robert^) born 1 Nov. 1851, at Granite- 
ville, South Carolina. He attended the academy there 
until he was fourteen years old. He went into the busi- 
ness of general merchandising at an early age, and has 
owned the principal establishment of the kind at Granite- 
ville for many years. He married first, 19 Dec. 1871, Ellen 
Turner. Mr. Quinby is now the president of the Bank 
of Graniteville and is secretary of the Graniteville Tele- 
phone Co. He has held numerous public offices which 
testifies to the esteem in which he is held by his fellow 
citizens. He has served as a member of the State Legis- 
lature; as a member of the State Board of Equalization; 
as a member of the Board of Visitors, Clemson College; 
he is president of the Graniteville Cemetery Association 
and of the Young Men's Christian Association. Mr. Quin- 
by is a Democrat, a Methodist and a Free Mason. Mr. 
Quinby married second, 15 Nov. 1911, Caroline R. 
Wires of Brunswick, Mo. The children of James L.* 
and Ellen (Turner) Quinby, born at Graniteville, were: 

I. Ellen Elizabeth' Quinby, born 2 Oct. 1876, (fled 
20 Aug. 1910; 
1816. II. James Laubence' Quinby, born 15 Dec. 1882 (see). 

Note — A biographical sketch of Mr. Quinby is given in "Who's Who in 
Finance" (1911), p. 893. 

1062. MosES Edwin* (Moses ', Moses », Henry ^ Phil- 
ip*, Joseph^, Robert^) born 18 Mar. 1824, at Newburyport, 
Mass. He married first, Deborah P., daughter of John 
and Elizabeth Ricker, born at Wales, Me. Their marriage 
intention is recorded 23 June, 1847, at Newburyport. She 
died there "of fever," 26 Nov. 1853, aged 32. Moses E. 
Quinby was married second, by Rev. Daniel M. Reed, 12 
June, 1855, at Newburyport, to Alice E., daughter of 

412 The Quinbt Family 

"Wiard" and Mary Lord, born 1833, at Burlington, Vt. 
The census of 1860 shows Mr. Quinby at Newburyport 
with wife Alice E., aged 28. He was married third, at 
Newburyport or Haverhill, Mass., by Rev. Raymond H. 
Seeley, to Emily Frances, daughter of Luther C. and Sarah 
(or Mary) B. Merrill, born 1843 at Newburyport. I have 
failed to find their death records, from which fact I sup- 
pose they removed from Newburyport. Children: 

I. Sarah Elizabeth* Quinby, born 16 July, 1848, at 
Newburyport (her mother was Deborah P.); she 
evidently reversed her first names, for Elizabeth 
S. Quinby, born 1848, at Newburyport, was mar- 
ried by Rev. L. P. Cushman at Lawrence, Mass., 
30 Oct. 1872, to Richard, son of Samuel J. and 
Ellen Blair, aged 34, born in Nova Scotia; 

1817. II. Frederick Augustus' Quinby, born 11 Nov. 1857, 

at Newburyport. 

1063. Augustus' (Moses ', Moses *, Henry *, Philip *, 
Joseph^, Robert^) born 16 Sept. 1827, at Newburyport, 
Mass. There seems no reasonable doubt that he is the 
Augustus who lived with his wife Jane at Attleboro', Mass. 
Their son was 

1818. Charles F. ' Quinby, born 1858, at Attleboro (see). 

1065. Charles Otis' (Philip'', Philip^, Henry'', Phil- 
ip*, Joseph^, Robert^) known as "Otis Quimby," born 12 
Nov. 1841, at Haverhill, Mass.; married there by Rev. 
B. F. Hosford, 12 Jan. 1864, to Amanda Olivia, daughter 
of Samuel E. and Lavinia Fogg Williams, born at Brad- 
ford, Mass., 31 July, 1843. They lived, 1910, at 6 Ferry 
St., Bradford, Mass. Their children, born at Haverhill, 
Mass. (list perhaps incomplete) : 

1819. I. Frank H.» Quimby, born 27 Oct. 1864; unmarried 

in 1909; 

II. Susan Amanda" Quimby, born 18 Sept. 1871; mar- 
ried by Rev. Joseph C. Snow at Haverhill, 31 
Mar. 1898, to Charles H., son of Charles Henry 
and Almyra (Varney) Home, born 10 Jan. 1875, 
at Berwick, Me.; they live (1909) at 141 Main 
St., Bradford, Mass.; 

1820. III. Paul Louis* Quimby, born 15 Apr. 1886; unmarried 

in 1909; address, 6 Ferry st., Bradford, Mass. 
I find a newspaper item in a Haverhill paper, 14 
Oct. 1909: "Paul Quimby reported to the police 
that somebody had stolen a new brown melton 
overcoat belonging to him, and orders were given 
the police to search the pawn shops." He, with 

Lucy Tulare Baldwin, 
wife of 1066Silas8 Quinby (taken 1859; loaned by Mrs. C. E. Dean). 

The Quinby Family 413 

Mrs. Pansy J. Quimby are named in the 1915 direc- 
tory as living at 6 Ferry st., Bradford. 

1066. Silas' (Caleb'', Moses ^, Josiah^, John*, John\ 
John', William^) born 1791 at Orange, N. J., and died Feb. 
1873, in Illinois. He was married 11 Oct. 1812, by Rev. 
Aaron Condit of IJanover, N. J., to Lucy Tulere, daughter 
of Matthias and Elizabeth (Bigelow) Baldwin, of Caldwell, 
N. J. He lived at one time near the top of Orange moun- 
tain; he was known to some by the soubriquet of "Dr. 
Franklin." He is said to have had three children, two 
boys and a girl, triplets, all of whom grew to maturity, 
says W, B. Prime. Another report says, "Went west in 
early days. He appears to have settled in Illinois after 
1832. His family moved to Ohio after his death, thence 
to Charleston, 111., and after the Civil war the widow with 
her sons, Morris and John R. went to Seneca, Mo., and 
there is buried with them." Children, born at Morris- 
town, N. J.: 

1821. I. MoBHis Abram' Quinby, born 1812; died unmar- 

ried at Seneca, Mo., aged 70; 

1822. II. Caleb" Quinby (see); 

III. Mary Jane' Quinby, married Stephen Leonard; 
"she married second, a man of large means; her 
first marriage was in New Jersey, but she went 
west with the family;" 
1823 IV. Moses » Quinby, (see); 

V. Effie' Quinby, married Israel Bensley, in Ohio; 
they died near Seneca, Mo.; 

1824. VI. David ' Quinby (see) ; 

VII. Elizabeth » Quinby, married Larkin Ellis at Ellis- 

ville, III.; moved to Charleston, 111.; 
VIII. Louise Schazoon» Quinby, born 15 Aug. 1832, at 
Morristown, N. J.; died of brain fever, unmarried, 
aged 21 at Charleston, 111., two weeks before the 
day set for her marriage; 

1825. IX. John Rogers' Quinby, born 15 Aug. 1832 (see); 

1826. X. William Brugiere' Quinby, born 15 Aug. 1832 


Note — The last three were triplets, born at Morristown, N. J. Wilham 
B. says, "a lady from France, Mrs. Rogers by name, gave us our middle 

XI. Charles' Quinby, died in infancy. 

Note 1 — John Baldwini" Quinby says, "when the triplets were born, a 
French lady who claimed she had traveled from France to New Jersey to see 
the babies gave my grandmother $600, $200 apiece, for the triplets, to be kept 
in trust until each* was of age, for the privilege of giving them a middle name. 
She had arrived too late to give them their first name, my grandmother having 
already named them. 

"My father and some of his brothers enlisted in the war, and all came out 

Mrs. W. S. Taylor (William Brugiere Quinby's daughter) says: "Many 
people came from miles to see the triplets — they were the curiosity of the 

414 The Quinby Family 

surrounding country. Many presents were given them. Two French ladies, 
Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Brugiere were given the privilege of naming the babies, 
presenting each child with one hundred pounds." 

Note 2 — "The old picture of my grandmother (Lucy Baldwin, born 179-, 
wife of Silas' Quinby) was taken when my oldest brother William Edgari"" 
Quinby, (now over lifty years old) was a little baby, and has been kept by me 
for a keepsake more than anything else and perhaps you cannot make use of 
it at all (says Mrs. Charles E. Dean), but my father says it is very good 
for those days. We are a quiet sort of family. Being left without a mother 
when quite young, we naturally kept very close at home and together, until 
late years when it seemed necessary for some of us to seek a different climate 
for health's sake; but we sometimes feel the boys might have made a greater 
effort to reach the 'top of the ladder' had they had the help of one who gave 
her life for us. However, we are very proud of them in the place they hold 
in life, as they are industrious, and honesty has always been their motto. 
The older friends of my father say it is due to the very name of Quinby." 

1067. Ira* {Caleb'', Moses^, Josiah^, John*, John^, 
John^, William^) born 5 May, 1794, at Orange, N. J. 
married Catherine, daughter of Thomas and Arian (Ten 
Eyck) Burnside. In 1850 Mr. Quinby lived in Morris, 
Otsego county, N. Y.; his wife lived with him as did their 
children Elizabeth, Ira, Thomas and Margaret, the latter 
three attending school. Ira, who was living at Morris 
and gave his age as sixty, made an affidavit dated 22 Mar. 
1855, in support of a claim (No. 46815) for bounty land 
granted by Congress to those who enlisted in the war of 
1812, that he "was a private in the company commanded 
by David Kilbourne in the regiment of artillery commanded 
by John Leonard in the war of 1812 for the term of three 
months and six days." Ira» Quinby died at Morris, 5 Oct. 
1873. The children were born in New York state: 

I. Elizabeth Winifred' Quinby, born 19 May, 1830; 
married 25 Aug. 1857, Leroy Sanderson: she died 
6 May, 1895; 
II. Mary' Quinby, born 3 Sept. 1831; married 24 Aug. 
1864, Moses Wesley Foote; she died 11 Dec. 1870; 
III. Arian » Quinby, born 19 Dec. 1832; married 24 
Sept. 1856, Charles H. Carr; she died 1 Oct. 

1827. IV. Ira» Quinby, born 13 Mar. 1835 (see); 

1828. V. Thomas » Quinby, born Oct. 1836 (see); 

1068. Charles' (Calebs Moses", Josiah^, John*, 
John*, John'', William^) born at Orange, N. J., 8 Oct. 
1807; married 19 Nov. 1839, Mrs. Catherine, widow of 
John Teunis Brown and daughter of Peter and Sarah 
(Spear) Van Giesen, born 5 Sept. 1802. The census of 
1850 gives him, his wife and daughter Harriet A., and 
calls him a carpenter, with real estate of at least $1000. 
He prepared "16 June, 1851, at considerable expense" (says 

1070HON, James Mosess Quinby, 

Mayor of Newark, founder of J. M. 
Quinby & Co., carriage makers. 

Miss Makie Antoinette^, 

daugliter of 1070 .Tames M.s Quinby, 
of Newark. 

Trinity Church, Newark, N. J. 
(See p. 418.) 

Home of IOTOJames Mosess Quinby, 
Newark, N. J. 

The Qthnbt Family 415 

Mr. Prime) a pedigree beginning with William S to whom 
in the manuscript is given an elaborate zoological coat-of- 
arms and a commission in the British navy (see notes under 
William' and John*). Mr. Quinby was one of the or- 
ganizers of the Episcopal church at East Orange, 10 Oct. 
1867. (Founders and Builders of the Oranges, p. 168) 
He died 10 Oct. 1886; his widow was buried 14 Feb. 1899, 
both in lot 8 P. E., Rosedale cemetery, Orange. The only 
other interment in that lot was of Emily W. Quinby, 23 
Dec. 1886, say the cemetery records. The child of Charles 
and Catherine (Van Giesen) Quinby was 

Harriet Antoinette* Quinby, born 14 Aug. 1840; 

married 1858 at Albany, N. Y., Albert Rowe of 

East Orange, N.J. ; "he was a shipbuilder, and became 

wealthy;" she died 7 Oct. 1877, at San Francisco, 

' Cal. 

1070. James Moses* {Jotham\ Moses ^, Josiah^, 
John*, John^, John^, William^) born at Orange, N. J., 4 
Oct. 1804 (5 Oct. says Mrs. Wright) and died at Newark, 
20 July, 1874. He came to Newark when a lad and served 
his apprenticeship in carriage building with John Heden- 
berg. Upon the failure in 1834 of G. and A. K. Carter, 
in whose shop Mr. Quinby was foreman, the latter con- 
tinued the business on his own account, subsequently tak- 
ing in as partners George M. Spencer and Mr. Young. 
"Though holding positive political opinions, he was in no 
sense a partisan politician. In consideration of his worth 
as a citizen and a business man of the highest probity, he 
was thrice chosen Mayor of Newark, serving the three one 
year terms from 1851 to 1854. In 1860 he was chosen 
to the state Senate and most satisfactorily served a three 
years' term representing his native county, Essex. During 
his time and largely owing to the excellence of the work 
manufactured under his eye, Newark-made carriages be- 
came famous throughout America and even in Europe. 
His firm is now with one exception the oldest in America 
in the same line." (History of Essex and Hudson counties, 
N. J., Everts & Peck, 1884, page 581). 

U. S. patent 25044 for a furnace for making iron direct 
from the ore was granted 9 Aug. 1859, to James M. Quin- 
by* A. H. Brown, H. Benton and J. Creswell, Newark, 
N. J. 

James M. Quinby of Newark, N. J., bought land 5 
Feb. 1849, in Buffalo, N. Y., on Franklin st., near Allen 
St. (vol. 104, p. 44, deeds). He and his wife Phoebe A. 
sold the same property 4 June, 1852, to Henry Roop (or 


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FOHE DOOR umousaiE 

J. V. quiNBV ft CO^ ''^^^iSSSL "• 

Ross) (vol. 134, p. 172, deeds). The census of 1850 gives 
him as owner of real estate valued at eighty thousand dol- 
lars and his brother Jonas Quinby, aged 55, was a member 
of his household. 

James M.'s name appears first in the New York city 
directory in 1860, "carriages, 620 Broadway, h. Newark;" 
in 1880, it appears again as J. M. Quinby & Co., carriages, 
6 E. 23d street. The only U. S. copyrights standing in 

J. M. Quinby's name are Nos. 
11749-50, a catalogue of horses, 
issued 1880. 

"When James Moses Quin- 
by engaged in business on his 
own account, building up a 
profitable trade, his transac- 
tions with the south became so 
extensive that he established 
branch factories at Montgom- 
ery, Alabama, and Columbus, 
Georgia, which were highly 
remunerative. Being of in- 
tensely patriotic disposition, 
loyal to the cause of the Union, 
he was called upon to make 
many sacrifices in his business 
with the south during the early 
and dark days of the civil war. From 1851 to 1854 he served 
in the capacity of mayor of Newark, rendering valuable and 
efiicient service, there being at that time no remuneration at- 
tached to the ofiice, so none but men of spirit and integrity 
were chosen for positions of public trust. He was a man 
of pleasing personality, retiring and modest in manner, 
always willing and anxious to advance the highest interests 
of his city, state and nation, aiding to the best of his 
ability with his means and time. He also had the honor 
of being the first Republican member of the state senate 
elected from Essex county. New Jersey. He was a com- 
municant of and for many years a vestryman of Trinity 
Church, Newark. He was one of the original managers 
of the Newark Savings Institution and chairman of the 
funding committee and also one of the water commission- 
ers of the city" (Mrs. N. Wright in Genealogical His- 
tory of N. J., p. 227). James Moses* Quinby married 12 
Dec. 1838, Phoebe Ayres, eldest daughter of Richard and 
Hannah (Hays) Sweazy of Newark, N. J. She was born 
25 Nov. 1817, and died 25 May, 1859. Children: 

James Moses Quinby never saw an 
Automobile ! 

The Quinby Family 417 

I. Anna Emmeline' Quinby, born 18 Oct. 1839, bap- 
tized in Trinity church, Newark, 1 Nov. 1844; 
married 5 Oct. 1865, in Trinity church. Nelson 
Wright of New York city, born 26 Mar. 1838, 
died 7 June, 1876; they lived at Newark, where 
she resided and was the author of the Quinby 
article in Lewis's Gen. Hist, of N. J. (1910); 
children, Albert W., born in New York, died 1873; 
Louisa E., married Arthur H. Mackie; 

n. Eliza Sweazy» Quinby, born 12 Nov. 1841, bap- 
tized in Trinity church 1 Nov. 1844; married 12 
Aug. 1869, Charles A. Borcherling, Jr., an attor- 
ney-at-law of Newark, N. J.; she died 20 May, 
1875, leaving one child, Frederick; 

in. James Morris' Quinby, ("Morris") born 1 May, 
1844, baptized 1 Nov. 1844, died 28 Feb. 1846; 

IV. Marie Antoinette' Quinby, born 4 Aug. 1846, 
baptized 5 Sept. 1851, died at Newark, unmar- 
ried, 7 Mar. 1909; (sketch following); 
1829. V. James Milnob" Quinby, born 27 Mar. 1850 (see); 

VI. Florence' Quinby, born 18 Oct. 1853, baptized 25 

Jan. 1855; died 31 Jan. 1855; 
VII. Ida" Quinby, born 1 Aug. 1855, baptized 27 Feb. 
1856; married Wallace Mcllvaine Scudder and 
died 30 Jan. 1903; 
VIII. Walden' Quinby, born 2 Oct. 1857, died 2 Feb. 

Marie Antoinette' Quinby 

Miss M. Antoinette Quinby graduated from St. Mary's school 
at Burlington, N. J. She was the founder of the Women's Branch 
of the New Jersey Historical Society, and was its president from 
its inception until her death, devoting much of her time to its 
work and interests. She was the organizer of Section No. 11 of 
the Army and Navy Relief Society and was its only president till 
her death. For many years she was a member of the board of 
managers of the Colonial Dames of New Jersey; a member of 
Trent Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and 
manager in many charitable philanthropic and public spirited or- 
ganizations. She was one of the board of managers of the Newark 
Exchange for Women's Work, and of the "Crazy Jane" Society, a 
philanthropic association; she also had the distinction of being 
appointed by the state of New Jersey with the late Mrs. Thomas 
T. Kinney, to represent the state in the interest of women at the 
World's Fair at Chicago in 1892. At the time of the war with 
Spain, she was one of the leaders in fitting out the relief ship 
"Solace", and also spent days and nights at the railway stations 
assisting the sick returning soldiers. In May, 1908, she erected 
a stained glass window (see description below) in the "Trinity Epis- 
copal church at Newark in honor of her parents. Miss Quinby 
died at her home, 14 James st., Newark, in March, 1909, after 
a protracted illness of heart disease. The local papers in the 
obituaries said: "The managers of the Woman's Branch and the 
members of the board of trustees of the Historical Society will 


418 The Qltinby Family 

hold special meetings tomorrow afternoon to take action on her 
death. They will also attend the funeral services, which will be 
held in Trinity Episcopal Church Wednesday afternoon. Rev. 
Louis Shreve Osborne, the rector of Trinity, and Rev. John S. 
Miller, rector of the House of Prayer, will officiate. The pall- 
bearers will be Jonathan Roberts, John A. Giflord, Robert Sym- 
ington, J. Herbert Ballantine, CliflFord Smillie, Dr. Archibald Mer- 
cer, Elijah Farnham, of Elizabeth, and James S. Polhemus. In- 
terment will be in Mt. Pleasant cemetery. 

Her sister, Mrs. Wright, said of her in the Genealogical His- 
tory of N. J., (I., 227-8): "Beautiful in person, with a fine mind 
and charming manners, she was a leader in society for many 
years. Intense patriotism was her ruling passion, and with all 
the power of her intellect and at personal sacrifice she materially 
aided many a good and noble work. Gifted with great wisdom 
in management, and with great executive ability, possessing a wide 
influence for good, and persistently using all her efforts for the 
betterment of mankind, success invariably crowned her labors. 
* * * Her death removed from the community one whom all 
that knew her intimately revered and loved, and the influence 
of her life and work will long be felt, and will be an incentive to 

Quinby Memorial Window 

In May, 1908, Miss Marie Antoinette' Quinby caused to be 
erected in Trinity Episcopal church at Newark, N. J., a stained 
glass window as a memorial to her parents. The subject of the 
window is "They presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense 
and myrrh,'.' as the inscription states; which also says: "To the 
glory of God and in loving memory of James M. Quinby, 1804- 
1874, a vestryman of this church, and of Phoebe A. Qui°by, 1818- 
1859." The rose window at the top is inscribed: "Glory to God 
in the Highest." The window is very beautiful, with oriental 
colorings in brilliant reds and purples, and with a large quantity 
of gold ornamentation. The window was made in London, by 
Heaton, Butler & Bayne. At the time, it was the second stained 
glass window in the church, and it is on the north side, the second 
from the chancel, and extends above the gallery. (Newark News, 
11 May, 1908). 

1071. Orlando' (Jotham'', Moses ^, Josiah^, John*, 
John^, John^, William^) born about 1808 at South Orange, 
N. J., married 19 Aug. 1838, Mary B., daughter of David 
and Sarah (Chandler) Condit, born 30 Nov. 1812. Mr. 
Quinby removed in 1860 to Bellevue, Ohio, with his family; 
he died there 17 Mar. 1865, and Mrs. Quinby died 7 Oct. 
1866 (says Prime; 1886, says Dodd). Children: 

I. Sarah F. » Quinby, born 3 Sept. 1840; married 31 
Oct. 1862, at Bellevue, Ohio, Cyrus Munn of 
Orange, N. J., born 12 Feb. 1839; died 18 Oct. 
1886; they lived at Huron, Ohio; 
II. Mary' Quinby, married a Williams; no children; 

The Quinby Family 419 

III. Harriet* Qxtinby married George Lamkin (or Lamp- 

ing) and lived in Kansas; 

IV. Emma* Quinby, married Charles Keyes and lived 

at Sandusky, Ohio; 
V. Orlando" Quinby, died in infancy; 
VI. Otis* Quinby, died in infancy. 

1072. Hiram' {Jotham ', Moses ^ Josiah ^ John *