A RECORD OF THE DESCENDANTS OF
OF MARBLEHEAD, MASS.
By WEBSTER D, DERBY.
REPRINTED IN PART FROM THE TOWN HISTORY OF
Darling & Co., Pn-inters, Keene.
To perpetuate the mefnory of our first-knowti progeiiitor^
John Darby ^ who lived in Marhlehead^ Mass.^ 1^77-, ^^^^
to rescue from oblivion those of his descendants gone before
and those now livings for future posterity, this little book
is a reminder that time is swiftly passijig.
In 1677 one John Darby^, as the name was generally spelled until
a recent date, and correspondingly pronounced — a custom recog-
nized and conformed to in these pages — was a fisherman of Mar-
blehead, where he owned a cottage and a small lot of land. For
lack of evidence to the contrary, it may be presumed that he was
b. in England, and came to this country in his early manhood to
seek his fortune amid the novelties and wonders of the new world.
Possibly he was the bro. of Roger Darby, known to be a native of
Topsham, Devonshire, who landed at Boston July 18, 1671, and
set. at Salem, and from wliom descended the celebrated surgeon
and oculist, Dr. Derby of the present day. By his w-., Alice ,
John Darbyi had 5 chn., the second of whom, John-^, was b. Oct. 8,
1681. This John Darby'^, who in his "will," 1747, spelt his name
Darbie, m, Deborah, dau. oi -S^Sg^ Conant, and located first at
Beverly, but went thence to Ipswich about 1720, and from there in
1731 to Concord, where he d. March 7, 1753.
Darby, Andrew'^, the first of the name in Westmin-
ster, was s. of John'- and Deborah, b. in Beverly, Jan.
26, 1706-7. He was to begin with a weaver by trade, as
was his f. before him. In 1733 he purchased land in
Concord, " New Grant," now Acton, and, after the incor-
poration of that town in 1735, took an active part in
public affairs, proving himself to be a man of ability,
character and influence. He served the public as Assessor
3 yrs., Selectman 4 yrs., and Constable — an officer of
much more dignity and importance in those days than
now — I yr. He disposed of his Acton estate in 1746.
and 2 yrs. later, May 10, 1748, purchased lot No. 22 in
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Narragansett, with house and grist-mill upon it, located
at the outlet of W. pond, of Seth Walker, and there he
set. and ever afterwards lived. His occupation conferred
upon him the familiar title of " Miller Darby," by which
he was designated in all the country round about. He
soon won the respect and confidence of the people at
large, and was elected to numerous positions of honor
and trust. He filled the ofiice of Proprietors' Clerk,
175 0-1754, and was for some yrs. both Assessor and
member of the Standing Committee before the incorpora-
tion of the township. He was one of the first Assessors
of the district of W., and also a Selectman, occupying
those posts of service 7 and 4 years respectively. He
moreover was active and influential in the affairs of the
church, as elsewhere noted. He acquired considerable
property, and in his day was undoubtedly one of the
town's most substantial and trustworthy citizens. On his
tombstone in the old cemetery is this inscription :
Andrew Darby, died Mar. 23, 1783, a. 76.
" He was a lover of God's Word and worship, constant in his attendance
at His House of Prayer, and now rests from liis labors, and
the reward of his works do follow."
He m., 1728, Elizabeth Patch,' incidents of ptge. and
b. unknown, and had 9 chn., all b. in Concord and Acton,
most of whom set. in W. and vicinity, and were repre-
sented subsequently in many of the families of the place,
their descendants still being found here. The d. of his
wid., Elizabeth (Patch) Darby, occurred in the year 1800,
month and day not ascertained. Chn. :
Elizabeth'*, b. March 13, 1728-9; m. Abner Holden ; res. W. ;
d. Nov. 13, 1812.
Sarah^, b. Jan. 1 730-1 ; d. infancy.
Sarah*, b. March 14, 1732-3; m. Isaac Hubbard; res. Concord.
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*Eunice*, b. Feb. 28, 1734-5; m. John Brooks; res. W.; d. 1817.
*Mary*, b. Feb. 28, 1734-5: m. Josiah Jackson; d. Feb. 4, 1823.
Nathan*, b. Aug. 2, 1737 ; m. Abigail Pierce; res. W.
Andrew*, b. Nov. 19, 1739; m. Elizabeth Sawin ; res. W.
John*, b. July 4, 1742 ; m. Hannah Garey (Gerry) ; res. W.
Ruth*, b. Aug. 20, 1745 ; d. bef. 1779; prob. unm.
Darby, Nathan*, oldest s. of the last, m. March 30.
1762, Abigail, dau. of Jonas and Abigail (Comee) Pierce
of Lexington, whose bros., Nathan and John, were early
settlers here. He bought, Nov. 16, 1759, of John Esta-
brook, lot No. 100, 2d Div. (the Joshua Moore place).
near the Winchendon road, and located upon it as its
original occupant. The date of his decease has not been
ascertained, but he survived his w. a few years, she dying
Jan. I, 1 8 18. Their chn. were.:
Jonas°, b. March 22, 1763; no record.
Abigail^, b. Nov. 26, 1764; prob. d. young.
Ruth°, b. Oct. 30, 1766; d. Nov. 20, 1766.
Annis^, b. Dec. 19, 1768; no record found.
Lucy^, b. May 9, 1770 ; m. Paul Bailey; res. Stg ; 5 chn.; d.
Nov. 15, 1800.
Ezra^, b. June 24, 1772 ; d. infancy.
Rhoda^, b. Jan. 5, 1774; m. Jarvis Pierce; res. W., etc.
Ezra^, b. June 24, 1776; m. Ruth Puffer; res. W.; 9 chn.; d.
April 2, 1823.
JoeP, b. June 19, 1778 ; m. Sukey Haynes ; res. W., etc. ; 7 chn. :
d. Jan. 17, i860.
Abraham^, b. Aug. 30, 1780.
Polly^, b. Oct. 12, 1782 ; m. Asa Nichols and Samuel Clark ; res.
Gr. and W.; 5 chn.; d. Aug. 14, 1871.
Levi^, b. March 17, 1786 ; m. Sally Stratton ; res. Waterbiiry, Vt ;
1 1 chn., one of whom was Philander Derby of Gr. ; d.
Sept. 12, 1873.
Darby, Andrew^, bro. of Nathan, m. Elizabeth, dau.
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of Stephen and Abigail (Fiske) Sawin, in 1763, and set.
in the south part of the town on a section of the Gov.
Belcher farm, where his gd. dau. Susan now res. He d.
1806, a. 66, and his widow m. Nathl. Woodward as a
second wife. She died Feb. 3, 1845, a. 93. Chn. :
Abijah*^, b. April 17, 1765; m. Lovisa Wilder; res. W., etc.; 9 chn.
Isaac^, b. Dec. 24, 1766; m. Sally E. Hart; res. Lane, N. H. ;
10 chn. ; d. 1859.
Asaph°, b. June 12, 1769; d. unm. Nov. 25, 1797.
Moses^, b. May 9, 1772 ; d. the following day.
Aaron°, b. May 9, 1772 ; m. Susannah Wood; res. W.
MaryS, b. March 5, 1775; d. Sept. 14, 1777.
PollyS, b. Dec. 4, 1778; d. 1785.
Moses^, b. April 3, 1782; m. Lois Gilbert; res. W. and Burling-
ton, Vt. ; 2 chn.; d. 1805.
Elizabeth^, b. Feb. 8, 1787 ; d. Feb. 10, 1787.
Darby, John*, bro. of Nathan'^ and Andrew"*, m. Han-
nah Garey (Gerry) of Sterling, May i, 1766, and succeed-
ed his f. in the ownership of lot No. 22, the late John K.
Learned place, and in the occupation of miller. He d.
INIarch 23, 18 18, a. 75. His w. is supposed to have d.
bef. 1796. Chn. :
William^, b. March 27, 1768; d. unm, Sept. 25, 1797.
RuthS, b. March 11, 1770 ; m. Ezra Calef and Ezekiel Kendall;
d. Dec. 21, 1846?
John^, b. June 28, 1772 ; m. Betsey Ross ; res. W.; d. Feb. 11, 1827.
Joseph^, b. Jan. 3, 1775 ; m. Lovisa Calef; res. W., etc.
Abel°, b. Dec. 20, 1777 ; m. Mary Howard; res. W., etc.
. Hannah^, b. Nov. 17, 1781 ; m. Wm. Bemis ; 11 chn.; d. Aug.
Andrew^, b. July 15, 1785 ; m. Lorinda ; res. W., etc.
Darby, EzRA^ s. of Nathan and Abigail (Pierce) Darby,
m. Ruth, dau. of Josiah and Mary (Reed) Puffer, Nov. i,
T798. He first set. on lot No. 31, 2d Div., half a mile
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west of the Beech Hill schoolhouse. (See A. H. No. 31.)
His last years, however, were spent at the present home-
stead of Geo. Harris, the house of which he is said to
have built. He succeeded Ezra Holden as Sexton and
Undertaker. He d. April 8, 1823, a. 46. His wid. m.
(2) Samuel Byam of Temp, and (3) Samuel Garfield of W.
She d. April 19, 1833, a. 58. Chn. :
Sally*^, b. Feb. 26, 1800; m. Alvin Upham ; res. W. ; 9 chn.; d.
Sept. 21, 1878.
Ezra^, b. Dec. 24, 1802 ; m. Abigail H. and others ; 7 chn. ;
Maryf', b. Jan. 17, 1804; m. Edmund Nichols; res. W. ; 11 chn.;
d. April 29, 1870.
Orrin^, b. June 2, 1806 ; m. and had chn. ; res. West ; dec'd.
Nathan^, b. Sept. 24, 1808; d. April 20, 1832 ; unm.
Lyman^, b. April 28, 181 1 ; d. Dec. 23, 1831 ; unm.
Ruth P.*', b. Aug. 9, 1813; m. Edward Terriere ; res. L. I. ; 4
chn. ; d. June 27, 1850.
Lucy B.*%b. Aug. 9, 181 5; m. Jacob Messinger ; res. Niles, Mich.,
no chn.; d. Feb. 17, 1881.
Edwinf', b. Nov. 22, 1817 ; nothing learned.
Derby, JoEL^ bro. of the last,,m. Sukey Haynes, Ash.
(pub. Oct. 17, 1804), and succeeded Ezra on lot No. 31,
2d Div., which he sold in 1824 to Oliver Estey, but which
his son JoeP Jr., rebought 2 yrs. afterward. He also
res. awhile on the late Asaph Gates place. He seems to
have been out of town for a long while, but returned late
in life, and d. Jan. 17, i860, a. 81. His wid. d. April
10, 1870, a. 85. Chn. :
Joel6, b. March 14, 1805; d. April 23, 1882.
Loenza^ b. July 9, 1809; m. S. Lock Woodward; res. Yt. and
Susan^, b. Jan. 31, 1812; m. Reuben S. Pond, and left town.
Eunice A.*^, b. Jan. 21, 1817 ; d. Dec. 24, 1836.
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Derby, Joel^ s. of JoeP and Siikey (Haynes) Derby,
m. Frances M, Howe, b. Nov. 24. 1808, Gardner, Mass. ;
set. in Hinsdale, N. H., where most of his chn. were
born ; was a cooper by trade ; afterwards moved to Wards-
boro, Vt., then to West Townshend, Vt., and was a
miller for several years; finally got back to Hinsdale,
N. H., where he d. His wife d. Aug. 17, 1872. Chn. :
Jane E.'^, b. Sept. 11, 1833, Hinsdale, N. H.
Prances'^, b. April 7, 1835 ; d. Sept. 26, 1836.
Nelson T.'', b. Sept. 14, 1836, Hinsdale, N. H.
George W.^ b. Feb. 10, 1838,
Webster D.^ b. Feb. 10, 1840,
Augusta E.'^, b. Dec. 22, 1842, "
Susan L.", b. Nov. 24, 1843, "
Henry N.'', b. April 15, 1846, Wardsboro, Vt.
Eli H.^ b. Aug. 5, 1848, Wardsboro, Vt.
Derby, Jane. E.% dau. of Joel'' and Frances M. (Howe)
Derby, m. HoUis King of Marlboro, Vt., June 13, 1850.
Hollis King b. Nov. 13, 1818 ; d. Oct. 28, 1863. Chn. :
Carlos E.*^, b. June 29, 1852; d. Nov. 28, 1887.
Nelson H.^, b. April, 1857 ; d. Aug., 1861.
Clara F», b. Sept. 6, i^sj
2d marriage, to Edward Whifaker, i ch. :
Jennie^, b. July 30, 1873, Ashburnham, Mass.
3d marriage, to WiUiam H. Moors, b. Dec. 24, 1846,
Sharon, N. H. ; lives Jaffrey, N. H. ; oc. sawyer.
King, Carlos E.^ m. Nettie A. Whitaker, dau. of
Edward and Sarah Whitaker of Gardner, Mass.
King, Nettie A., oc. nurse; lives 35 Webster St..
Somerville, Mass. Chn. :
Lillian C.^, b. Aug. 9, 1879, Dublin, N. H.
Lottie S.9, b. Aug. 22, 1881, South Boston, Mass.
Florence N.^, b. May 24, 1883, Somerville, Mass.
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King, Lillian C.^, m. Frank L. Higgins, June 6,
1902 ; b. East Boston, Mass., Sept. 1877 ; now lives
Somerville, Mass. ; oc. clerk.
King, Lottie S.^, m. Clarence H. Kent May 28, 1898 ;
b. Charlestown, Mass., 1875 ; ^^^ lives Southwest Har-
bor, Me;, oc. poultryman. Chn. :
Bertha L.^*^, b. June 25, 1900; Somerville, Mass.
Harold E.^*^, b. Oct. 5, 1902, Southwest Harbor, Me.
King, Florence N.", m. Fred F. Knowlton Oct. 2,
190 1 ; b. Camden, Me., Sept. 8, 1877 ; now lives Som-
erville, Mass. ; oc. roofer.
King, Clara F.^, dau. of Mollis and Jane E,' (Derby)
King, m. May i, 1880, Fred J. Upton; b. Dublin, N. H.,
July 12, 186 1 ; lives Winchendon, Mass. ; oc. blacksmith.
Whitaker, Jennie^ half-sister of last named, m. Nov.
6, 1899, Arthur V. Sloane ; b. Townshend, Mass., Oct. 5,
1876 ; lives Rindge, N. H. ; oc. broom maker.
Derby, Nelson T.'^, s. of JoeP and Frances M. (Howe)
Derby, in his young days emigrated to Minnesota, where
he married Susan Amanda Ray Nov. 21, 1861 ; b. June
2, 1841, Tuskegee, Ala. ; now lives 2929 Grand Ave. S.,
Minneapolis, Minn. ; oc. merchant. He served in the
civil war one year and eight months in Co. D, 6th Regt.
Minn. Vol. Inft. ; was in the defence of Helena, Ark.,
also White River, where the regiment suffered much from
malaria ; then at St. Louis and New Orleans, as provost
guard; also at the siege and surrender of Mobile, Ala-
bama, which lasted six weeks of continuous fighting ; then
marched two hundred miles to Montgomery, Ala., fighting
nearly every day till the surrender of Gen. Lee. Chn. :
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Frederick F.^, b. Sept. i6, 1862 ; d.
Anna J.^ b. Feb. 23, 1867 ; d.
Cora A.8, b. May 11, 1869.
Arthur N.^, b. June 12, 1875.
Robinson, Cora A. (Derby)^ now lives 2929 Grand
Ave., S., Minneapolis, Minn. Ch. :
Malcom A.^, b, Aug. 27, 1889, Minneapolis, Minn.
Derby, Arthur N.^, now lives St. Paul, Minn. ; oc.
U. S. mail clerk. Ch. :
Doris A.9, b. July 23, 1901, St. Paul, Minn.
Derby, Geo. W.", s. of Joel^' and Frances M. (Howe)
Derby, m. Susie B. Moore July 25, 1872 ; b. Orleans,
Mass., Dec. 16, 1842; now lives Ashburnham, Mass.;
oc. mechanic. No chn.
- Derby, Webster D,', brother of the last, m. Harriet
A. Beals March 16, 1867; b. Chesterfield, N. H., July
16, 1846; d. Nov. II, 1893. Now lives Keene, N. H.,
oc. gardener. Served in the civil war three years; mus-
tered in Co. I, 2d Vt, Vol. Inft. June 20, 1861 ; was in
the first Bull Run battle, the battles of the peninsula
campaign, second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg,
and Chancelorsville, where he was wounded in the right
elbow at the charge of Mary's Heights, May 3, 1863.
Henry A.^, b. July 8, 1868, Chesterfield.
Herman A.*^, b. Aug. 3, 1869; d. Oct. 12, 1869.
George N.^, b. May 6, 1871, West Svvanzey, N. H.
John W.^ b. Aug. 22, 1873, " " "
Charles E.^, b. Oct. 23, 1876, "
Nettie M.s, b. May 6, 1883 ; d. June 6, 1883.
Nellie S.^, b. May 6, 1883; d. Oct. 22, 1883.
Frank A.«, b. Feb. 15, 1885, W. Swanzey, X. H.
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Derby, Henry A.^ s. of Webster' and Harriet Derby,
m. Lottie M. Seaver, dau. of Edwin S. and L3^dia B.
Seaverof Keene, N. H,, Feb. 28, 1891 ; now lives Keene,
N. H.; oc. tinsmith. Chn. :
Paul W.9, b. April 8, 1892, Keeiie, N. H.
Marshall A.^ b. Oct. 4, 1894. "
Laurice E.^, b. Dec. 22, 1897, " "
Derby, George N.% bro. of Henry A.\ m. Ida Grace
Ross, dau. of Adolphus and Lizzie Ross of Keene, N. H.,
Aug. 2, 1897 ; now lives in Keene, N. H. ; oc. foreman
Derby, Ida G., oc. clerk.
Derby, John W.^, bro. of last, m. Eva M. Wilkins,
dau. of John C. and Elmira Wilkins of Peterboro, N. H.,
Sept. 2, 1896; now lives Peterboro, N. H. ; oc. mer-
chant, of the firm Goodnow & Derby. Ch. :
Robert W.'», h. June 6, 1899.
Derby, Charles E.^ D. M. D., bro. of John Derby-,
graduated from Tufts Dental College June 16, 1900, with
the degree Doctor of Dental Medicine, and was vice presi-
dent of his graduation class, and is now successfully
practicing his profession in Melrose Highlands, Mass.
Derby, Frank A.^, bro. of last, now lives Keene.
N. H. ; oc. scholar.
Derby, Augusta E.', dau. of JoeP and Frances M.
Derby, m. Aug. 29, 1863, Rufus A. White of Wardsboro,
Vt. ; b. Sept. 4, 1840; d. Nov. 2, 1891. Chn.:
William H.^, b. Jan. 12, 1865; d. July 21, 1865.
Minnie A^, b. July 16, 1866; d. Dec. 23, 1868.
Lennie A.^, b. Aug. 28, 1870; oc. music teacher.
Alice I>.^, b. Feb. 3, 1872. All live Melrose Highlands, Mass.
14 DERBY GENEALOGY.
MILITARY RECORD OF RUFUS A. WHITE.
In April, 1861, Rufus A. White enlisted as a private
in Co. I, nth Mass. Vol. Inft. ; was elected orderly ser-
geant of the company Jan. 17, 1862; was commissioned
2d lieutenant Aug. 30, 1862 ; was promoted to ist lieu-
tenant ; commissioned captain Co. D. Dec. 17, 1862.
The colonel of the regiment was an officer of the regular
army, and the regiment was assigned to the brigade com-
manded by Fighting Joe Hooker.
Capt. White served three years and six months at the
front, and participated in twenty-five engagements, includ-
ing the first and second battles of Bull Run, the battles of
the Peninsula campaign, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville,
Gettysburg, and Cold Harbor.
Upon leaving the army he resided in Charlestown,
Mass., which district he represented in the Legislature
two successive terms ; later was appointed postmaster of
Charlestown ; served also as director of the Boston Cham-
ber of Commerce three years. At the time of his death
he resided in Melrose Highlands, Mass., where he was
deacon of the Congregational church.
Derby, Susan L.', dau. of JoeP and Frances M. Der-
by, m. June 4, 1866, Charles S. Whitaker, b. Jan. 4,
1842, Newfane, Vt. ; now lives Westminster, Vt. ; oc.
farmer. Chn. :
Winthrop S.^, b. April 2, 1873 ; hves New York City ; oc. baker.
Fred D.^, b. Nov. 3, 1875 ; d. June 30, 1888.
Lena A.8, b. Dec. 19, 1877. All born in Brattleboro, Vt.
Whitaker, Lena A.^ m. Cecil B. Ashwell ; b. Dec.
12, 1870, Westminster, Vt. ; now lives Westminster, Vt.;
oc. wheelwright. Ch. :
Marion E,", b. May 18, 1902, Westminster, Vt.
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Derby, Henry N.'^, s. of Joel® and Frances M. Derby,
b. April 15, 1846, Wardsboro, Vt. ; enlisted Dec. 8,
1863, as recruit in 8th Vt. Vol. Inft. in civil war ; d.
March 31, 1864, in New Orleans, La.
Derby, Eli H.', s. of JoeP and Frances M. Derby,
m. Betsey Stone, dau. of Hosea G. and Esther P. Stone
of Ashburnham, Mass., Sept. 19, 1878 ; now lives Fitch-
burg, Mass. ; oc. mechanic. Chn.
Bessie F.^, b. Feb. 22, 1882.
Esther A.^, b. May 20, 1886; d. July 31, 1886.
Marion S.^, b. July 14, 1894. All b, Fitchburg, Mass.
Darby, Abijah^, s. of Andrew and Elizabeth (Sawin)
Darby, m. Lovisa Wilder of Pn. and set. first in Lane,
N. H., where most of his chn. were born. He returned
to W. in mid-life, spent a few yrs., then rem. to Carthage,
Me., where he d. at an advanced age, the date of the
event being unknown. Chn. :
Sukey^, b. Dec. 20, 1789; m. Daniel North; res. Temple, Me.
Polly*', b. Dec. 26, 1791 ; res. Weld, Me.; unm.
Aaron^, b. May 10, 1794; m. Jane Wilder; res. Temple, Me.
Sally^, b. Jan. 11, 1797; m. Breck Allen; res. Hub.; 6 chn. ; d.
Asaph^, b. April 25, 1800; d. May 12, 1803.
Abigail^, b. Jan. 26, 1803 ; m. Gardner Brown ; res. Hub. ; 9 chn.
Eliza^, b. Feb. 23, 1805 ; unm. ; res. Me. and Boston.
Artemas W.^, b. Jan. 21, 1808; unm.; res. Weld, Me.
John^, b. Nov. 15, 181 1 ; m. Nancy Fletcher; res. Stewartstown,
N. H. ; 2 chn.
Darby, Aaron^, bro. of the last, m. Susannah, dau.
of Elijah and Isabella Wood, Gr., and set. upon the
place first occupied by his f. and now in possession of his
dau. Susan. He d. May 9, 1870, a. 98. His w., Susan-
nah (Wood), d. May 29, 1855, a. 78. Chn. :
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Asaph^, b. Sept. 21, 1801 ; d. June 25, 1805.
Walter*', b. June 27, 1803 ; m. Mary Winchester, Temp. ; res. W.
Cynthia^, b. Sept. 5, 1805; m. Nathan Rice; res. Pn. ; 9 chn. :
d. April 3, 1877.
Asaph^, b. Sept. 21, 1807 ; m. Mary Lyman.
Moses*^, b. July i, 1810 ; m. Rhoda Perry; d. Feb. i. 1880.
Sally^, b. May 28, 1813 ; m. Asa Dike; res. W. ; 5 chn. ; living.
Susan^, b. Apr. 3, 1816 ; unm. ; living on old place.
Darby, Moses^, bro. of Aaron^, m. Lois Gilbert, Nov.
29, 1801, and set. with his bro. on their f.'s place. He
was by trade a blacksmith. He d. 1805. Chn.:
Josiah G.6, res. Burlington, Vt.
^, d. 1805.
Darby, John^, s. of John^ and Hannah (Gerry) Dar-
by, m. Sept. 2T, 1794, Betsey Ross, of unknown birth-
place, ptge., etc. He res. in Sterling awhile, where he
operated a carding machine, but returned to the old home-
stead, succeeding his f. in the gristmill, which he run until
within the memory of some of the older inhabitants now
living. He was the last miller who carried on business at
the outlet of the pond. He is also understood to have
been one of the first chairmakers in town. He d. Feb.
II, 1827, a. 54. His wid. d. Aug. 5, 1839, a. 64. Chn.:
Phebe^, b. Nov. 30, 1794 ;d. June 14, 1795.
William^, b. June 26, 1797 ; d. Nov. i, 1800.
Almond^, b. May 10, 1800 ; m. Abigail Kendall ; res. W. ; no chn. ;
d. Feb. 2, 1864.
Phebe G.*', b. July 11, 1803; d. unm. Dec. 14, 1850.
John*5, b. June 2, 1808; d. Oct. 2, 1809.
Elizabeth^, b, July 9, 1810; prob. d. young.
The third of the above chn., and the only s. who lived to mature
age, Almond Derby, was a quiet and inoffensive, but useful and
worthy citizen, industrious, upright, and exemplary in all the rela-
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tions of life. He was one of the first chair-makers in W., succeed-
ing his f. on the ancestral estate, and going thence to the Narrows,
where he continued the business in partnership with John Edgell,
now of Gr., in the old gristmill building, the original use of which
they, in part, also maintained. He afterward moved to the Dea.
Thurston place, now owned by John Lynde, where he d. Feb. 2, 1864,
a. 63. He m. Abigail, dau. of Ezekiel and Abigail Kendall of
Sterling, in 1830, but had no issue. She d. Sept. 11, 1880, a. 77.
Darby, Joseph^, bro. of John^, inherited jointly with
him the property of their f., represented more recently by
the homestead of John K. Learned. He bought the trip-
hammer establishment on the stream below the gristmill
site, and moved the building to the junction of the Wore,
and Pn. roads and set up the business of blacksmithing.
He also plied his trade in the central village at the Thomas
Gaut stand near where Bruce's store is now located, selling
to Jesse Warren in 1804. Later in life he resided in both
Sterling and Leom., but finally came back to W., where
he d. Sept. 2, 1822, a. 47. He m. (i) April 19, 1796,
Lovisa, dau. of Stephen and Anna (Stearns) Calef, by
whom he had 10 chn. She d. in July, 18 16, and he m.
(2) Deborah May of Sterling the following year, who bore
him 2 chn. more. The date of her death has not been
found. Chn. :
Hannah^, b. Nov. i, 1796; d. 1800.
Ezra^, b. Aug. 17, 1798; m. Abigail Holt ; res. Sterling; 2 chn.;
d. Oct. 22, 1825.
Hannah^, b. July 22, 1800 ; m. Elbridge Dix ; res. Boston; 3 chn.
Joseph*', b. April 6, 1803; m. Clarissa Undeiwood; res. Fg. ; d.
Nov. 8, 1848.
Elvira^, b. Feb. 8, 1805 ; m. Benjamin Phelps; res. Hub.; d.
Feb. 22, 1868.
Arad^, b. April 4, 1807 ; res. Prov., R. I.
i8 DERBY GENEALOGY.
Lovisa^, b. June 28, 1809; m. Alexander Bigelow ; res. W. ;
3 chn. ; living.
Nancy^, b. Oct. 25, 181 1 ; m. Jacob S. Constantine ; living.
William^, b. 1813 ; d. infancy.
Eliza^, b. Aug. 4, 1815 ; m. Stuart; res. Ashby ; d. Dec. 13,
Martha M.^, b. Aug. 29, 1818 ; unm. d. Feb. 2, 1877.
William^, b. July 14, 1820; m. twice ; sev. chn.
Darby, Abel^, another s. of John"* and Hannah, m.
Mary Howard, but remamed here only a short time. Chn. :
Mary6, b. June 3, 1799.
Darby, Andrew^, bro. of the last, m. Lorinda ab.
1808, and lived in town some years. He was something
of a musician and served as trumpeter in the company of
troop. Nothing is known of his later life. Chn. :
Almira^, b. Aug. 24, 1809. Angelina**, b. Nov. 21, 181 1.
Alzina^, b. Feb. 2, 181 6. Amarilla*^, b. Aug. 7, 1823.
Derby, Walter®, s. of Aaron^ and Susannah, m. Mary,
dau. of Ichabod and Abigail (Simonds) Winchester of
Templeton, July 4, 1837, and lived on the old place. He
d. March 13, 1855, ^' 5^- -^^^ ^^'^<^- ^- Sept. 27, 1881,
a. 74. Chn. :
Henry N.', b. April 26, 1838; m. Julia A. Murphy ; res. W.
Sarah I.'^, b. Nov. 12, 1840; unm.; res. Wellesley.
Mary E.'^, b. Nov. 23, 1842 ; unm. ; res. Wellesley.
Charlotte M.'^, b. May 12, 1844 ; unm, ; res. Wellesley.
Aaron W.'^, b. Nov. 27, 1846 ; m. Mary M. Cutting; res. W.
Derby, Henry N.", s. of the last, m. Sept. 16, 1862,
Julia A., dau. of Cornelius and Jane Murphy of Fg., and
lives at So. W.; a chairmaker by trade. Chn. :
George T.^, b. Aug. 24, 1863. Frank W.^, b. April 19, 1868.
DERBY GENEALOGY. 19
Derby, Aaron W.", bro. of the last, m. March 25, 1869,
Mary Maynard, dau. of Samuel and Mary Cutting of Hub. ,
and res. in W. till recently, when he rem. to the west.
Florence Edith^, b. May 3, 1871.
Rodney E.^, b. July 5, 1877,
Darby, Ebenezer^, bro. of Andrew (i), the progenitor
of all those chronicled above, was a cooper by trade and
res. in Nar. No. 2 in 1757, when, with other heirs, he
quitclaimed all rights in his f.'s est. to his bro. Robert.
He also, in the same yr., enlisted as a sold, in the Co. of
Capt. Ballard for service in the F. and I. War. He m.
Eunice Tarbox of Wenham, and had 10 chn., none of
whom seem to have been b, here. He is supposed to have
located finally in York, Me., where a considerable posterity
has succeeded him. One of his descendants, Samuel C.
Derby, Prof, of Latin in the State University at Columbus,
O., is engaged in the preparation of a Genealogy of the
FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR.
In a company raised in 1759 for the regiment of Oliver
Wilder (the name of the captain not given), and sent to
aid in the conquest of Canada, among the number sent is
the name of Andrew Darby.
In James Reed's company, a year later, is the name of
In the company of the same captain, raised March,
1762, Benjamin Ruggles ' regiment, without date, appears
the name of Andrew Darby, Jr.
DERBY GENEALOGY. 21
A meeting of the votable inhabitants was held Aug. 3,
" to take into consideration the distressed state of the province and
consider and conclude upon some method proper to relieve ourselves
out of the present embarrassments.
" We, the inhabitants of the town of Westminster, having at a
tov.n meeting duly considered the distressing circumstances of this
province by reason of late acts of the British Parliament (which in
a great measure affects all the governments on the continent)
whereby our charter privileges and liberties in particular are greatly
obstructed and many of them wholly taken away from us, which we
think is very arbitrary and oppressive ; therefore think ourselves
under a necessity to diminish our much embarrassed trade with
Great Britain, viz ; that we cannot nor will we, either by ourselves
or any for or under us, directly or indirectly, after the last day of
August instant (unless all our charter rights are restored which are
taken fiom us by the above said acts), purchase of Great Britain
or any that shall import therefrom after said day any more clothing,
or anything used therefor, or any ornament thereunto belonging,
nor any tea or other kind of East India goods except saltpeter and
spices and medicinal drugs that shall be imported after said day,
nor any liquors used for drinks or any kind of provision (wine
only excepted), and all earthern and stoneware and all clocks and
watches imiported. "
. Among the signers are the names of Andrew Darby,
Nathan Darby, John Darby.
22 DERBY GENEALOGY.
Among the names of soldiers who went to Cambridge
upon hearing of the battles of Lexington and Concord,
Apr. 19, 1775, ^^^ ^^^ days' service, were Captain
Jackson's company, in Col. Asa Whitcomb's regiment,
Andrew Darby, private ; Captain Miles' Company, Col.
John Whitcomb's regiment, John Darby, private.
As a reinforcement to the army under Gen. Gates, who
had succeeded Gen. Schuyler in the valley of the upper
Hudson, the following men enlisted for twenty-seven days'
service and were stationed at Fishkill, N. Y., to aid in
preventing the passage of the British forces from below
northward for the purpose of co-operating with Burgoyne
in his much-vaunted invasion. They remained at their
post till after the surrender of the the enemy on the 17th
of Oct. 1777 : Andrew Darby, Nathan Darby.
In Captain Henry's company, stationed at Castle Island,
Boston harbor, appears the name of Jonas Darby.
In a company of six month's men who marched to the
field of action July 6, 1780, appears the name of Jonas
Of Westminster men known to have been in the
Revolution appear the names, as minute men, Andrew
Darby, John Darby.
Among the enlisted men were Andrew Darby, Jonas
Darby, Nathan Darby.
AND LANDS, 1798.
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ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS.
Should read, on page 5th :
Darby, John^, m. Deborah, dau. of John^ Conant, a
descendant of Roger^ Conant, the first in America.
Chn. of John'^ and Deborah (Conant) Darby:
John^, b. Dec. 27, 1704.
Andrew^, b. Jan. 26, 1706-7.
Benjamin^, b. Mar. 12, 1710-11 ; d. young.
Ebenezer^ b. Nov. 23; bapt. Nov. 1712.
Deborah^, b. Apr. 11, 1714.
Benjamin'^, b. Nov. 28, 171 5.
Joseph'^, b. June 10, 17 18.
Mary^, b. June 12, 1720.
Conant, John\ with whom the authentic geneaology
of the family begins, lived in the parish of East Budleigh,
Devonshire, Eng. ; was probably born about 1520 at
Gittsham. His ancestors for many generations had been
fixed here, but were originally of French extraction. In
the 13th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth (157 1) he
was assessed for goods of the yearly value of tour pounds ;
in 1577 was church warden of East Budleigh.
John^ Conant w\as buried at East Budleigh Mar. 30,
1596. It seems likely he was the son of the John Conant
who was buried at Gittsham Sept. 4, 1559.
Conant, Richard', son of John\ was probably b. in
the parish of East Budleigh, Eng., about the year 1548-
1588; w^as assessed for lands of the yearly value of four
pounds; in 1606 and 16 16 filled the office of church
warden in the parish. Richard^ m. Agnes Clark Feb. 4,
1578 ; dau. of John Clark, the leading merchant of Coly-
ton. Richard" and Agnes had 8 children, of whom
Christopher^ and Roger^ were 7th and 8th.
The tales and adventures of Sir Walter Raleigh and
Francis Drake must have had an important influence in
leading Christopher^ and Roger^ Conant to embark for
America. Richard and Agnes were buried same day,
Sept. 22, 1630.
Conant, Roger^, the immigrant and ancestor of most
of those bearing his name in America, was baptized at
All Saints church, parish of East Budleigh, Devonshire,
Eng., Apr. 9, 1592; was the youngest of 8 children of
Richard" and Agnes (Clark) Conant ; arrived at Plym-
outh, Mass., about 1623, probably in the ship Ann in
1625 ; was chosen governor of Cape Ann settlement of
planting and fishing. The number engaged at Cape Ann
was about 200. The company lost about 3000 pounds;
was then moved to Naumkeag (Salem) the fall of 1626 ;
the colony was then reduced to about 40. The exact
site of his home, the first built in Salem, is not known ;
Mayne's block on Essex St., opposite Derby square, is
supposed to cover it. After three years he was super-
seded by John Endicott, who came over with about 50
colonists. Roger^ m. Sarah Horton Nov. 11, 1618, in
the parish of St. Ann, Blackfriars, London, Eng. ; died
Nov. 19, 1679, in the 88th year of his age. Had 9
. Conant, Lot^, 3d child oi Roger^, b. about 1624 at
Nantasket or Cape Ann; lived at Marblehead, Mass.,
1657; was selectman 1662, 1674; one of the 114 house-
holders ; moved to Beverly and built a house near his
father's; helped form a church at Beverly; he died 29th
Sept., 1674; he m. Elizabeth, dau. of Rev. William
Walton, who was pastor at Marblehead, Mass., as early
as 1639, and until his death 1668. He had 10 children.
CoNANT, JoHN^ 2d child of Lots b. Dec. 15, 1652, in
Beverly, Mass. ; he was farmer and weaver; he settled in
Beverly on 60 acres upland, built a house on the north
side of the road now called Dodge St., about one-third of
a mile from North Beverly station, on the Eastern rail-
road ; a new house has been built and occupied by
Andrew Dodge, whose mother, Nancy'^ Conant, was
John's great-great-granddaughter. He served in King
Phillip's war; was also a church member; m. May 7,
1678, Bithiah, dau. of Andrew Mansfield of Lynn; d.
Sept. 30, 1724. Had 10 chn.
Conant, Deborah'^, 5th child of John'^, b. Feb. 20,
1687-8; d. Apr. 13, 1763, in Concord, Mass.; m. John^
Darby, a son of John and Alice Darby, who was a fisher-
man at Marblehead, Mass., 1677.
This little book being an incomplete record of the
descendants of Andrew Darby of Westminster, Mass.,
the author desires correspondence so that a more com-
plete genealogy may be printed in a larger book. P. O.
address, Keene, N. H.
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