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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1864, by 
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Masuachuse* 



" Honor thy Father and thy Mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the 
Lord thy God giveth thee. - '— Exodus, 20 : 12. 

The Fifth Commandment of the Decalogue stands foremost in the 
Second Table of the Law. As the First Commandment—" Thou shalt 
have no other gods before me " — stands at the head of the First Table, 
and virtually includes the remainder of that Table, so the Fifth Com- 
mandment, as it precedes, so in eifect it contains the precepts that follow. 
It is in vain that a man who disregards the Fifth Command pretends 
to observe any other. A man who does not honor his parents, is not 
and cannot be a truly moral man. The temper of mind which impels 
a person to break that command which is the Leader and Chief of all 
the ethical precepts of the Divine Law, will, when occasion shall arise, 
impel him to break all the rest. 

Our habits of obedience or disobedience to the Law of God begin 
here. It must be so, because our parents are the persons with whom 
our earliest human relations connect us ; and indeed for a time, our 
parents stand to us in the place of God. 

We come, then, to this conclusion — " Reverence for parents is 


This is the starting point of the volume before us. Without this 
great fundamental idea, this book had never been undertaken. 

My Father ! my Mother ! how they loved me ! how they watched 
over me ! how they labored for my good ! With what untiring assiduity 
they provided for my tenderest years ! How carefully they trained me 
in the ways of virtue and religion ! To them, under God, I owe all I 
am, all I have, all I hope for, here and hereafter. They are departed ; 
I shall never behold them more on earth :— but can I forget them ? can 
I cease to reverence them? shall their memory ever fail to be fragrant? 
Never, oh never ! As time rolls on, I see more and more reason why I 
should cherish their memory. 

But what my parents were to me, their parents were to them. My 
grandfather and grandmother cherished for my father the same tender 


affection, and with the same diligence labored for his good. All that 
my father was, he owed, under God, to the care bestowed on him by 
the natural guardians of his being. The same holds true, through all 
the generations of the Past. And thus the Fifth Commandment binds 
us to reverence and honor all our ancestors, as far as made known to 
us, and so far as those ancestors were worthy of such regard. As I 
ought to keep alive, and keep warm in my inmost heart the memory 
and the virtues of my immediate progenitors, so I ought, as far as pos- 
sible, to reverence and honor those who preceded them in the parental 
relation. I ought not willingly to suffer their memory to perish. If I 
do, I sin against them, and against God. 

If reverence towards our own parents tends powerfully and necessa- 
rily to form and to promote a truly virtuous character, so reverence 
towards our earlier progenitors must have somewhat of the same ten- 
dency and effect. It follows, that those who are indifferent and careless 
in this respect must lack some at least of the elements of a sound moral 

The end and scope of Genealogical research are, for the most part, 
very different in this country and in England. There, the endeavor is 
to connect one's self with noble, or distinguished families, or to ascertain 
one's right to titles or estates. Here, nothing of the kind is open to us. 
The aim of those who pursue genealogical inquiries on this side of 
the great water, can only be to connect themselves with the earliest, the 
best, the purest days of New England. Such studies must therefore 
have a good moral effect. We are carried back to a consideration of 
the high aims, the pure motives, the severe trials, the exhausting labors, 
the noble character of the fathers of our commonwealth. We are led, 
moreover, to a more just appreciation of our present privileges, and of 
those free institutions which cost so much sacrifice and suffering. 

I am content to trace my ancestry to my earliest American progeni- 
tors. Here is the true place to stop in our genealogical inquiries. I 
have no desire to cross the Atlantic in quest of an earlier sire. I have 
little sympathy with that feeling which leads men to ransack the rolls 
and charters of feudal antiquity. The true nobility is that of character ; 
and nowhere, the Divine Model aside, shall we find nobler exhibitions 
of character than in the First Age of New England. I am well aware 
that those men were not perfect ; many of their proceedings are open 
to criticism, and even to censure; yet the world has never yet seen, in 
the founders of any other community, such purity of purpose, such ex- 
alted public virtue. God was with them in a remarkable degree. For 
the sake of his cause, and for the welfare of his kingdom, they left their 


pleasant homes in Old England, and settled on these then inhospitable 
shores. And He, whose Word was ever their guiding star, never for- 
sook them, but carried them triumphantly through toils and dangers 
which would have proved insurmountable to other men. By his pecu- 
liar blessing, they kindled a light on this Western Continent which is 
destined never to go out ; they founded institutions of government and 
of religion which are never to perish ; the influence of their principles 
and of their great example is becoming more potent and more extensive 
with every succeeding year. And it is not too much to hope that God, 
the Author of all good, designs through their means, and by means of 
those who follow in their steps, to enlighten and bless the whole world. 

These thoughts have been uppermost in the mind of the compiler of 
this volume, while pursuing the protracted and exhausting labors which 
are now brought to a close. Possessing advantages for researches of 
this nature, which comparatively few enjoy, and having leisure to use 
these advantages, he has felt it to be his duty to contribute, as far as in 
his power, to the illustration of the history of the several Families 
mentioned in these pages. 

To do honor to the memory of a revered and excellent mother, and 
to preserve an account of her ancestry, was the impulse that led the 
way in the preparation of this volume. The History of the Giles 
Family, and of the Jennison, Lindall, and Marshall Families, were 
all compiled under the influence of this motive. As the affair pro- 
ceeded, the author became interested in the history of other families, 
not of his mother's lineage ; and for various reasons was induced to give 
the work a wider scope, and to place in this volume many names which 
were not included in his original design. The number of pages became 
more than double of what was intended when the printing commenced. 
The title chosen for the volume at the outset — " The Giles Memorial " — 
could not, however, be changed, as it had gained a permanent foothold 
in the running title. Had the writer foreseen the extent which the 
book has ultimately reached, some other designation might have been 
adopted. And yet, as the author designed a volume which should, in 
its essential features, correspond to his other publication, and be parallel 
with it, there may, after all, be no impropriety in the title as it stands. 
" The Vinton Memorial " was planned with special and primary refer- 
ence to the family of the writer's father. The present volume was 
planned with primary reference to the family of the writer's mother; it 
was designed to be a monument of filial affection and honor to her who 
gave him being; on no other gi-ound would it have been undertaken. 


As the book must have some title, what better title, all things considered, 
could it bear than — " The Giles Memorial ?" 

I began to collect information touching the ancestry of my mother, 
early in the winter of 1851-2, pursuing the inquiry at first merely for 
my own satisfaction. As early as March, 1852, I embodied what facts 
I had gathered respecting the Giles, Jennison, and Lindall families, in a 
MS. volume of 96 pages. To this I made additions from time to time ; 
although my leisure during several years was chiefly occupied in the 
preparation of the "Vinton Memorial." A little more than two years 
ago, I began the preparation of this volume for the press. During these 
last two years I have devoted the greater part of my time to it. The 
work has been arduous and exhausting. It has required a vast amount 
of patient and careful research. The records of twenty-four cities and 
towns, of several churches, and of six counties, have been thoroughly 
examined, either by myself or by others. The Old Colony Records, 
the Massachusetts Archives, the Muster-Rolls of the " Old French War," 
(1755-1762,) the Muster- Rolls of the Revolution, and those of the ex- 
isting Civil War, have been carefully explored. A considerable number 
of Town Histories, of printed Genealogies, and many other books, have 
been inspected. The Genealogical Register of the New England His- 
toric-Genealogical Society has been often and diligently consulted. 
Grave-yards have been laid under contribution. A number of ancient 
and valuable MSS., such as the Pejepscot Papers, the Autobiography 
of Deborah Sampson, the Diary of John Marshall of Braintree, and of 
Col. Robert Hale of Beverly, the Family Memoirs of Hon. Abraham 
Holmes of Rochester, and others, have been used. A very large num- 
ber of Family Records have passed under examination. Nearly seven 
hundred letters have been written and received in reference to matters 
contained in this volume. 

If the reader should find some errors, let him not wonder. The 
utmost care and diligence will not exclude all errors from a book like 
this. I have done all in my power to verify every statement. But it 
was not in my power to be personally cognizant of every fact stated on 
these pages. In nearly every case, I must rely on records obtained, 
and on the testimony of others. Information thus obtained must of 
course be sometimes imperfect and illusory. Family Records, Town 
Records, Oral Testimony, Grave-stones even, are not always reliable. 
By way of precaution against errors, the reader will do well to consult 
the Addenda on page 166, and the Postscript at the end. 

In treating of the earlier times, I have given much space to convey- 
ances of land, believing that such documents serve, in no small degree. 


to illustrate the standing and circumstances of the persons chiefly con- 
cerned. I have also thought it desirable to introduce many facts from 
the Massachusetts Archives, and especially from the Muster- Rolls of 
the Old French War and of the Revolution. They give us impressions 
of the exertions, the trials, and hardships of those times, which can be 
obtained in no other way.* 

To the numerous individuals whose kind and efficient aid I have 
received in gathering the materials for this volume, I desire to render 
my grateful acknowledgments. In the Remarks Preliminary to the 
Genealogies of the Holmes, Leonard, Curwen, Robinson, and 
Sampson Families, I have given credit to several of my co-laborers in 
fields of research connected with those names; and it does not seem 
necessary now to repeat what is there said. Time and space, indeed, 
would fail, were I to mention all who have kindly furnished information 
for this volume; but it would be unjust not to name in this connection 
Mrs. Sarah Giles Beach of Gloversville, N. Y., Mr. Jones Very of Salem, 
Mr. Jacob Stone of Newburyport, Mr. David W. Holmes of Boston, 
Rev. Edwin Jennison of Winchester, N. H., Mr. Samuel S. Leonard of 
Worcester, Orsamus H. Marshall, Esq., of Buffalo, Mr. Joseph A. 
Sampson of Boston, Thomas D. Webb, Esq., of Warren, Ohio, and 
William L. Weaver, Esq., of Willimantic, Ct., who have taken a lively 
interest in this work, and have contributed, some of them largely, to its 
completeness. Nor must I omit to mention my uncle, Thomas Giles of 
Rockport, or my friend Edwin H. Sampson of Boston, without whose 
encouragement, of another kind, these pages would never have seen 
the light 

I must also present my hearty thanks to the printers, Messrs. Henry 
W. Dutton & Son, and to their skilful and obliging foreman, Mr. Henry 
R. Danforth, for the accurate and faithful manner in which the mechan- 
ical execution of the work has been performed. 

This volume contains about 11,000 names, and from 15,000 to 
20,000 dates. 

Any additional information, or correction of errors, will be gladly 


South Boston, Mat 20, 1864. 

* Hon. Simon Cameron, Secretary of War in the earlier part of the administra- 
tion of President Lincoln, states in his Annual Report, Dec. 1, 1861, that at one 
time, during the Revolutionary War, Massachusetts, with a population of 350,000, 
had 56,000 men in the field, or one out of six of her entire population. How many 
there were in the naval service of the country, and in privateers, it is impossible to 
ascertain. How were these soldiers and sailors rewarded? Consult pp. 50-53 and 
p. 61 for the answer! 



The contents of the ensuing volume are artanged on the same general plan which was 
pursued in the Vinton Memorial, and which has, the compiler understands, given universal 

The several Genealogies, herein contained, are entirely distinct and isolated from each 
other. Each is a separate work of itself. 

The individuals in any one of these Genealogies — for instance, in the Giles Genealogy — 
are arranged under a consecutive numbering, running on throjghout that part of the 
volume. This numbering is found on the left hand of the page, belore the name of each 
individual in the series of recorded descendants. Thus, on page II, are found fifteen chil- 
dren of Eleazar Giles, numbered from 21 to 35 inclusive. 

This mark, t, following a consecutive number, and immediately before a person's name, 
denotes that a distinct and additional notice of that person is reserved for a separate and 
subsequent paragraoh. The place where this promise is fulfilled will be found by looking 
for the consecutive number when it afterwards occurs in heavy type, like this [658] in the 
middle of a line, and occupying a line by itself. Thus Samuel Giles, whose consecutive 
number, found on page 11, is 33, is afterwards found on page 16, as a citizen and the head 
of a family. 

Only one number belongs to an individual. By means of this, and in the use of a copious 
Index, he is immediately found, and his ancestry and posterity are easily traced. 

If there be occasion to mention an individual elsewhere, his place is indicated by the con- 
secutive number; thus, on page 90, line 11, Samuel Giles [254] refers to the consecutive 
number 254 in the Giles Genealogy; and on p 421, line 6, Ezra Sampson [485] refers to 
the consecutive number 485 in the Sampson Genealogy. 

A small figure after a name denotes the generation to which the individual belongs. 
Thus, John Giles, 4 page 37; John Giles is thus described as of the Fourth Generation 
from Edward Giles, 1 his first American ancestor. In like manner, Zabdiel Sampson, 6 
page 450, is the sixth in descent from Abraham Sampson 1 ; Abraham himself being reckoned 
as the first. 

When a woman's name occurs in this fashion, thus, Thankful (Sproat) Bennet, 
page 386, the reader will understand the name in parenthesis to be her original or maiden 
name, and the name following to be the name acquired by marriage. 

When deeds or probate records are referred to, thus, " Plym. Prob. 2i : 164," the figures 
before the colon [:] denote the volume, and the figures after the colon dt-.note the/olio, where 
the deed or other document quoted may be found on record. 

Midd. stands for Middlesex ; SufT., Suffolk ; Plym.. Plymouth ; &c. 

a. means" aged," and signifies that such a year of the person's life had been completed. 
ae. means " in the year of one's life," [cetatis] and signifies that the year of his life had 

not been completed at the person's death E. g., ae. 69, in his 69th year. 

b. signifies born; bap., baptized; dau., daughter; m., married; unm., unmarried; d., 
died. ? indicates uncertainty in what immediately precedes. 

H. C. 1766, means that the person graduated at Harvard College in such a year. 

When a town is named without any specification of State, Massachuselis is to be under- 
stood, unless the place be universally known, as Portland or Providence. 

Previous to the year 1752, two methods of reckoning time existed in Great Britain and 
her Colonies. According to one of these methods, the year began on the 25th of March ; 
February being the twelfth month ; this was the civil or legal year. According to the other 
method, the year began on the first day of January, December being the twelfth month ; 
this was the historical year. In old records these two methods were frequently combined. 
Thus, Feb 9, 1723-4; which means that the year was 1723 of the civil, but 1724 of (he his- 
torical year. When in dales between January 1 and March 25, only one reckoning is used, 
a year is for the most part to be added, to make the record conform to our present usages. 
In the following pages this practice of "double-dating" will he occasionally found. To 
change Old Style into New, add ten days to dates between 1600 and 1700; or add 11 days 
to dales between 1700 and Sept. 3, 1752. At the dale last given, the New Style was inau- 
gurated by Act of Parliament; the third of September being counted the fourteenth, and 
the year made to begin in January. 

To find a name of an individual recorded in this volume : — Suppose it to be George 
Sampson who married Sally Bartletl in 1803. More than forty George Sampsons are re- 
corded in this book. 77ns George was born in 1783. Find the name George among the 
Christian names of the Sampsons in Index X preceded by 1733, the year of his birth, and 
followed by 703, his consecuiive number. This number, 703, will at once be found on the 
left hand of page 419, where his name appears as the second son of George Sampson and 
Hannah Cooper. By a similar process his wife may be found by consulting Index XV. It 
will now be easy to find the children and grandchildren of Georce Sampson; and to trace 
his lineage back to his first American ancestor. The figures 397 in heavy type precede the 
name of George Sampson's father, conducting you back to page 400. By a similar process 
you arrive at the other links in the chain, till you come to Abraham Sampson, 1 on page 


• luirabuctorjj Staitnunts. 

Giles, or less frequently. Gyles, is an old English name, quite 
familiar to the readers of English history. It has been known for some 
centuries both as a christian name, and as a surname. It is the name 
of a parish in London, Saint Giles ; and would seem to be the name 
of a patron saint. It appears on college catalogues, and wherever 
there is occasion to exhibit the name in its Latin form, as ^Egidius, 
from which it is evidently derived. Camden, in his Nomenclature of 
Surnames, published in London, 1637, says: "Giles, miserably dis- 
jointed from iEgidius, as Gillett -from iEgadia by the French, the name 
of Duke Rollo's wife. It may have been a Greek name, for that Saint 
Giles was an Athenian, and so drawn from Jlyldiov, a kid, a young 
goat, diminutive of d/|. Yet some probably fetch Giles from Julius." 

There can be no doubt that both the name and the family are strictly 
of English origin. 

It appears that the name is one of much respectability in England, 
having enjoyed the honors of knighthood. Several coats of arms — 
I know of three — are in existence, which are of unquestionable antiqui- 
ty, and are in possession of different branches of the family in this 
country. They differ in some unessential particulars, but the escutcheon 
or shield is precisely the same, and may be thus described : 

Per chevron, argent and azure, a lion rampant, counterchanged, col- 
lared or. 

The crest, a less important matter, differs in different cases ; some 
having a lion's head, others a lion's gambrel holding an apple-branch. 

The following is a description of a coat of arms, now in possession of 
George Mountfort, Esq., of Boston, whose mother was a Giles, and 
which he inherited from his grandfather, Mr. John Giles of Boston : 

" Per chevron, argent and azure, a lion rampant, counterchanged, 
collared or. Crest, a lion's gambrel, erect and erased, gules, entiled 
with a bar gemelle or, holding a branch of apples of the last leaved 

From "A View of Devonshire in 1 630, with a Pedigree of most of 
its Gentry, by Thomas Westcote, Gent., edited by the Rev. George 
Oliver, D. D., and Pitman Jones, Esq., Exeter, [Eng.,] 1845,"* I quote 
the following : — 

* This volume, though unquestionably written more than two hundred years ago, 
was not published till 1845. It is characterized as " a desideratum in the History of 



" Giles of Bowden, in the parish of Ashprington, and of Dean 
Prior, Devon, knight. — Arms — a chevron, argent and azure, a lion sal- 
tier, counterchanged, gorged with a collar or." 

" John Giles of Bowden, in the parish of Totnes, married Eleanor. 

daughter and heir of Towkernian, [Tuckerman,] and had issue, 

William, who married Joan, daughter of John Blaekall, (alias Black- 
aller.) of Great Totnes, and had issue, John, William, (who married,) 
and Joan, (married to Richard Savery of Totnes). John married 
Agnes, daughter to Sir Hugh Stukely of Affeton, knight, and had issue, 
Sir Edward Giles, knight, [and four daughters] Jane, Christiana, Joan, 
and Agnes, [whose marriage connections are given]. Sir Edward 
Giles of Bowden, knight, (Sheriff of Devon,) married Margaret, daugh- 
ter and heir of Edmund Drew, Esq., of Hayne, in the parish of Newton 
St. Cyres, and relict of Walter Northcote, Esq. Sans children." P. 530. 

In Burke's Encyclopaedia of Heraldry — a work of standard author- 
ity — is the following : — 

" Giles (Bowden, Co. Devon). Per chev. ar. and az. a lion ramp, 
counterchanged. Crest. — A lion's gamb. erect and erased sa. holding a 
branch of apples of the last leaved vert." The genealogical statement 
by AVestcote is sanctioned. 

I am not ambitious of the honors of heraldry, but introduce these 
quotations merely to show that the Giles family in America, to whom 
the following sheets relate, was one of respectable position in society 
before its emigration to this country. Although lapse of time has 
somewhat obscured the evidences which might otherwise have been ad- 
duced of this fact, enough remains to justify the statement now made. 
The coats of arms, of which I have spoken, fully establish this fact, as 
they also establish the unity of the family. 

Among the Patentees in the Great Charter* of King James I., 
granted November 3, 1620, usually called the Plymouth Charter, we 
find the name of Sir Edward Giles of Devonshire. He is the Sir 
Edward mentioned by Westcote, in the quotation already made. He 
was a member of the third parliament of James I., 1620-1, in which 
there was a strong infusion of the Puritan spirit. We would not be 
confident in a matter now incapable of proof. We do not claim 
him as our ancestor ; for it seems he had no children. But it strikes 
us as altogether probable that Edward Giles of Salem, 1634, our an- 
cestor, was a relation of his. The coat of arms, now before my eyes, 
of which a copy forms the frontispiece of this volume, and which has 
unquestionably been transmitted through a number of generations, 
probably from Edward Giles of Salem himself, is almost identical with 
that borne by the family of Giles — Sir Edward Giles — of Bowden, 
Devonshire, England. This coat of arms bears all the marks of age, 
though at first splendidly drawn and embellished with gold and brilliant 
hues, and it now belongs to a family in Beverly, in the direct line of de- 
scent from Edward Giles of Salem, and residing a few miles only from 

the County, after two centuries." The following account is given of the author : 
" Thomas Westcote, the author of the 'View of Devonshire/ now for the first time 
submitted to the public, was baptized at Shobrook, Devon, June 17, 1567. He was 
buried, March 6, 1636-7. His will is dated Feb. 20, 1636-7." 

* "The great civil basis of all the subsequent Patents which divided New Eng- 
land," — somebody has called it. 


his home in South Danvers. As strengthening the probability alreaify 
noticed, I quote the language of John Gyles, son of Thomas Gyles of 
Pemaquid : " I have been advised to give a particular account of my 
father, which I am not very fond of, having no dependence on the 
virtues or honors of my ancestors to recommend me to the favor of God 
or men." These words certainly imply that his ancestors were both 
virtuous and honorable. The allusion to honors conveys an impression 
that he might, had he chosen, have commended himself to favorable 
attention on the ground of ancestral dignity. 

The true nobility, however, is that of character. To know and to 
do the will of God ; to comprehend our true relations to God and our 
fellow men ; to receive and rely on Christ as our only Saviour ; to 
answer the great purposes of our existence here, and thus to become 
fitted for endless glory and felicity hereafter ; is a dignity compared 
with which all earthly honors fade away. "A christian is the highest 
style of man." A large proportion of the individuals who will be men- 
tioned in the subsequent pages have been of this description. Their 
names, though not recorded in the Herald's Visitation, are in the Book 
of Life. 

Giles and Gyles are one and the same name, these two forms 
being used at pleasure in some of the early documents. Both modes 
of spelling sometimes occur in the same conveyance of land. These 
two forms of the name seem to have possessed an equal degree of favor 
till about the year 1700; since which, the descendants of Edward 
Giles of Salem have written the name as I have now exhibited it. 
The descendants of Thomas Gyles of Pemaquid, however, continued to 
use the y; while the posterity of his brother John, after a variety of 
usage, at length preferred the other vowel.* 

The reader must here be cautioned, however, against an error into 
which Mr. Savage has fallen, in his Genealogical Dictionary. Giles 
and Gile, though so nearly alike in form, are far from being the same 
name. They differ more in sound than in spelling. Giles, and Gyles 
also, are pronounced with the g soft, as in giant, ginger, gypsum. Gile 
has the g hard, as in give, gild, gird. The two names, Giles and Gile 
are therefore essentially and radically different ; and it is much to be 
regretted that they are put together by Mr. Savage, in his elaborate 
and valuable work. Thus, along with Giles, Edward, of Salem, 
1634, and Giles, Eleazar, his son, also of Salem, he places "Gile, 
John, probably of Dedham, freeman, May 10, 1643," and "Gile, Sam- 
uel, of Newbury, freeman, May 18, 1642." But on turning to the 
List of Freemen, as printed in the Geneal. Register, Vol. III., pp. 189, 
190, we find the name in both these cases spelled Guile, i. e. with g 
hard ; a rough, guttural sound, very unlike the soft, smooth g of the 
Giles family. The names in the List of Freemen were doubtless writ- 

* In those early times, the same name was often spelled in many different ways, 
e. g. : Lindall, Lyndall, Lindale, Lendall ; also, Farrar, Ferrar, Fairer, Farro, Farrow, 
Farrah. Who would, in these more careful days, suppose that Farrabas, Ferebas, 
Farrowbush, Forbas, Forbus, Forbush, Furbush, Furbish, Forbes, and Fobes, were identi- 
cal ; and that a reduction of three syllables into one had at last been accomplished ? 
And yet these ten forms had one common origin, and five of them were borne in 
the same family circle ! See Geneal. Reg., Vol. VII., p. 135. 


ten by the recording officer according to the sound, as they were pro- 
nounced in his hearing. Mr. Paige, who copied the List, and furnished 
it for the Register, assures us that " the orthography of the original is 
carefully preserved." The two men, therefore, John Gile and Samuel 
Gilts, should not have been placed with the Giles family ; but Gile 
should have been assorted with Guild, to which in sound it almost ex- 
actly corresponds. I have been familiar with both names, Gile and 
Giles, from my earliest years, and know them to differ essentially. 

jfirst (btmnxtxan. 

EDWARD GILES' was the earliest American ancestor of that 
portion of the Giles Family to which the compiler of this work 

It is probable that there were two other individuals of the name 
residing or sojourning in Salem, not long after his settlement there ; 
and that they were his brothers. The consideration of this point is 
deferred for the present. 

Edward Giles is first made known to us under the date, May 14, 
1 G34, when he was admitted a freeman of the Colony of Massachusetts 
Bay. This fact is conclusive evidence that he was a church-member ; 
an order having been passed, May 18, 1631, at the second General 
Court,* held after the arrival of Winthrop, and the transfer of the 
charter to New England, that " to the end the body of the commons 
may be preserved of honest and good men, no man shall, for the time 
to come, be admitted to the freedom of this body politick but such as 
are members of some of the churches within the limits of the same." 

The Massachusetts Colony has been greatly reproached for the pas- 
sage of this order, and for the politico-ecclesiastical system which imme- 
diately grew out of it ; but it has never yet been shown in what other 
possible way the great enterprise in which the colonists had embarked 
could have been saved from entire failure. There were not a few "old 
planters," intelligent, shrewd, able men, such as Blackstone at Shawmut, 
MaverickJ on Noddle's Island, Walford at Mishawum, and Morton at 
Mount Wollaston, who were conforming Episcopalians, ardent friends 
of prerogative, and unfriendly, to a greater or less extent, to the designs 
of Winthrop and his associates ; and there were likely to be many 
more. It was of the utmost importance that some measure, some test, 
should be adopted, to guard against the danger of having the govern- 
ment fall into other hands. The measure actually adopted was in 
accordance with the usages of the old world, which made civil franchise 
dependent on church membership. At the same time it was not liable 
to the objections which had been justly urged against those ancient 

* Several courts of Assistants had been held ; this was the second General Court. 
J Blackstone and Maverick were admitted freemen ; but the latter proved a 
troublesome man, and was one of the royal commissioners in 1662. 


usages. It placed the civil government, indeed, in the hands of men 
who held certain religious or ecclesiastical views. But it invaded no 
man's private interests ; it endangered no man's property, liberty, or 
life. Men who preferred other systems of faith, or of church polity, 
lived in perfect security, so long as they abstained from endeavors to 
overthrow the constitution. The Colony was in fact a close corporation, 
established by English law, on land secured to them by royal charter 
against all others ; with power to add to its members, and to exclude all 
such as might reasonably be suspected of unfriendly intentions. They 
had the same right to do this, that a householder has to determine who 
shall be the inmates of his house. Our Puritan fathers came to these 
shores for purposes most worthy and honorable ; even to found an 
asylum for the pure gospel of Christ, and to escape that system of eccle- 
siastical and civil oppression which they had found so intolerable on the 
other side of the Atlantic. They had the right, and the opportunity, 
to secure the civil authority here against falling into the hands of men 
of adverse aims, and thus to prevent a repetition on this new soil of the 
evils which they had recently escaped. The expedient which they 
devised was a wise and an effectual one, for it completely answered the 

Edward Giles must have come to this country not long before the 
time of his becoming a freeman of the colony. The precise date of 
his arrival is unknown; but it was probably in the year 1633. The 
place and time of his birth are not ascertained ; but -there is much 
reason to think that he came from the West of England. We infer 
this with a good degree of confidence from his probable connection 
with his namesake, Sir Edward Giles, and still more from his known 
connection with the Very family; who, it is almost certain, came from 
Salisbury in Wiltshire.^ 

Edward Giles married, as early as July, 1636, and probably three or 
four years earlier, the widow Bridget Vert. She was married to her 
first husband, Very, as early as 1619. Her children by first husband 

*This remarkable law continued in force till the new charter obtained from Wil- 
liam and Mary went into effect, in June, 1692; a period of sixty years. It is no 
real exception to this statement that an order by King Charles II. was made in 
1662, to abrogate this law. The law was not in fact annulled, nor did the practice 
cease. To state the case more fully ; a letter came from the king to the General 
Court of Massachusetts, dated June 28, 1662, in which, among other things, he 
"commanded that all freeholders of competent estates, not vicious in conversation, 
orthodox in religion (though of different persuasions concerning church government) 
might have their vote in the election of all officers, civil and military." Compliance 
with this mandate was delayed till Aug. 3, 1664, when the Court passed an order 
ostensibly in pursuance of it," but in substance an evasion, and the practice went on 
as before. 

J Philip Veren of Salem, came from Salisbury in England. This the Salem 
Records expressly affirm. He was admitted freeman of the colony, Sept. 2, 1635. 
Philip Veren, junior, was admitted a member of the First Church, Salem, in 1641 ; 
and freeman, June 2, 1641. The baptism of the latter is recorded in Salisbury, 
Eng., March, 1619, as son of Philip Veron. In the Registry of Salisbury, the 
name is spelled in nine different ways : Verie, 1560, Very, 1588, Verye, Venn, Veryn, 
Veron, Verine, Veyrene, Ferine. The names Very and Veren were entirely distinct at 
the settlement of Salem, and have so continued till this day; or rather Veren has 
altogether ceased, so far as I know, to be borne by living men. But those names 
were certainly identical not very long before the settlement of Salem ; and we are 
therefore strongly persuaded that Bridget Giles's first husband was of Salisbury or 
its vicinity. 


were doubtless born in England. It is altogether probable that her first 
husband died in England, and that she was married a second time just 
before the departure of herself and second husband for America. It 
cannot be supposed that a widow unprotected, with three or four young 
children, would encounter the hardships and dangers of a new settlement. 

Edward Giles, in 1636, received two grants of sixty acres each, or 
one hundred and twenty acres of land in the whole, on Cedar Pond, in 
what was then the township of Salem. They were among the " Grants 
at Large" made by the Town to 100 or more of the first settlers at the 
same time.* We are thus enabled precisely to identify his residence. 
Cedar Fond is now in the southwest part of South Danvers, and less 
than a mile from the line which divides that town from Lynnfield. The 
South Reading Branch Railroad passes very near its southern margin. 
From the eastern end of this pond runs Goldthwaite's Brook, which 
meets the tide-water at Salem. Half a mile east of the pond, on the 
north side of this railroad, is a remarkable bowlder, called Ship Rock, 
from a fancied resemblance to the hull of a vessel. It is ascended by 
means of an iron ladder, placed there by the Essex Institute, who now 
own the rock, and the top commands an extensive view, including South 
Danvers and Salem. This rock seems to have been, in the early times, 
known as Wigwam Rock ; and as such is mentioned as one of the 
bounds, "on the east and to the south," of the. farm which Samuel Very, 
step-son of Edward Giles, purchased, in 1656, of Richard Way of Dor- 
chester; which had formerly belonged to Hilliard Veren, and was 
granted by the town to Philip and Joshua Veren, in 1634. This farm 
of Samuel Very contained one hundred and seventy acres, and seems 
to have extended from the rock already mentioned westward towards 
Cedar Pond. Westward of Samuel Very's farm was the farm of his 
mother, Bridget Giles, then a second time living in widowhood, which 
had formerly belonged to her second husband, Edward Giles. The farm 
of Edward and Bridget Giles included meadow-land on both sides of 
Goldthwaite's Brook ; for we find such land mentioned in her will. 

The house where Edward Giles, and after him his widow Bridget, 
lived, was on the north side of Goldthwaite's Brook, about sixty rods 
from the building now occupied as the South Danvers Alms House, on 
a road which existed in the rear of the building just mentioned, and 
half a mile west of the mill lately owned by James N. Buffum. The 
house had disappeared before the recollection of the aged people now 
living in the vicinity ; the road itself was closed and turned into pasture 
and woodland long ago ; but the cellar is still visible, though overgrown 
with blackberry vines, and the well is there, now covered with a stone. 
The spot is still, in the recollection of the aged people, known as the. 
" Very Lot." On this spot and the vicinity, the descendants of Bridget 
by both husbands resided about a century and a half. In 1793, George,* 
John,* Amos,* and William* Very sold to Nathaniel Nurse "all their 
right, &c, to the estate of their honored father Samuel Very, de- 

* In 1639, we have on record — " Granted to Edward Giles eight poles of ground 
lving in the common over against his ten acre lott to be laid out by the Town, it is 
to build him a house there." 

J We scarcely need to remind the reader that Danvers was a part of Salem till 


Edward Giles — or Gyles, for the name was written in both forms — 
probably died before 1650. But Bridget, his widow, lived till 1G80, as 
is evident from the probate of her will. 

There is no will of Edward Giles on record, or any conveyance of 
land in which he is either grantor or grantee, save the original grants 
from the town in 1636 and 1639. But Bridget Giles was his adminis- 
tratrix, as appears from a deed quoted, p. 12; and Bridget Giles of 
Salem, "widdow," conveys, Nov. 10, 1671, to Eliezer Giles of .Salem, 
husbandman, twenty acres of land, formerly belonging to her husband, 
Edward Giles, bounded in part by land of her son John Giles. [Essex 
Deeds, Salem, 4 : 131. 

Bridget Giles made her will on the 14 th of the ll lh month, 1668, 
that is, January 14, 1668-9. It was proved 30 th of 9 th month, 1680, 
or November 30, 1680. The following is a copy: — 

"The last will and testament of Bridget Giles of Salem, widdow. I 
being weak of body, but well in my understanding, do dispose of what 
the Lord hath left me in manner and form as follows. 

Imprimis, I give to my son Samuel Very twenty shillings. 

I give unto my son Thomas Very twenty shillings. 

I give to Mary Cutler of Redding, the wife of Thomas Cutler, forty 

I give to Bridget Very, the daughter of my son Thomas Very, a 
cow, to be due to her when she shall be eighteen years of age, or at the 
time of her marriage. 

I give to my son Eleazer Giles one ten acre lot, which sometime be- 
longed to goodman Addams of Newbury, of whom my husband bought 
it ; and I give to him all my meddow on both sides of the brook.* . 

. . . and the remainder of my estate, housing, land, &c, I give to 
my son John Giles, whom I ordain and appoint my sole executor." 
[Essex Prob., 1 : 86. 

From this will it is evident that Edward Giles was the second hus- 
band of Bridget, and that she lived till the age of about eighty years. 
She must have been born about the year 1 600. 

Bridget had by her first husband, Very, born doubtless in England — 

Samuel (Very), b. 1619; m. Alice Woodis (Woods); had 12 children; d. 

Mary (Very), b. ; m. 1659, Thomas Cutler of Reading. He was one 

of the earliest settlers of Reading. She seems to have m. 2, Matthew 

Smith, 1684. 
Thomas (Very), b. 1626 ; m. July 6, 1650, Hannah Gyles, dau. of Thomas 

Gyles, who lived near where Beverly Bridge now is, in Salem. They 

had 9 children. They lived in Gloucester. He d. March 28, 1694. 

She d. Aug. 23, 16834 

The children of Edward and Bridget Giles, b. in Salem, were — 

2. tMehitable, 2 bap. April 2, 1637 ; m. John Collins, March 9, 165S-9. 

3. tRemember, 2 bap. June 23, 1639; m. Henrv Moses, April 1, 1659. 

4. tEleazar, 2 bap. Nov. 27, 1640; m. 1, Sarah More; 2, Elizabeth Bishop. 

5. tJohn,* b. April 15, 1645; bap. May 11 ; m. 1, Giles; 2, Elizabeth Trask. 

These were all baptized in the First Church, Salem ; of which their 
father was admitted a member in 1634, and their mother in 1648. 

* This must be Goldthwaite's brook. 

I For children and other descendants of these three children of Bridget Very, 
see Very Family in the sequel ; also a Memoir of the Very Family, in the third 
number of the Historical Collections of the Essex Institute, by Jones Very. 


Skrnutr <$jentratxott. 


MEHITABLE GILES, 2 dau. of Edward 1 and Bridget Giles ; bap- 
tized in the First Church, Salem, April 2, 1637; married, 9th of 1st 
month, 1658-9, i. e., March 9, 1658-9, by Major Hathorne,* to John 
Collins 2 of Gloucester, b. 1636, eldest son of John 1 and Joan Collins 
of that place.j 

The children of John and Mehitable (Giles) Collins, b. in Glouces- 
ter, were — 

6. John, 3 b. Dec. 12, 1659; d. Dec. 20, 1659. 

7. John, 3 b. 21,1662. 

8. Ezekiel, 3 b. Feb. 23, 1664-5. 

9. Ebenezer, 3 b. Feb. 5, 1666-7. 

10. Samuel, 3 b. April 3, 1671 ; d. same month. 

11. Amos, 3 b. April 14, 1672. 

12. Benjamin, 3 b. Jan. 24, 1674-5. 


REMEMBER GILES, 2 dau. of Edward 1 and Bridget Giles ; bap. 
June 23, 1639 ; "maryed by Major Hathorne, 1 st . 2 d . mo. 1659," i. e. 
April 1, 1659, to Henry Moses of Salem. 

Their children, all b. in Salem, were — 

13. Hannah, 3 b. Jan. 20, 1659-60; d. Oct. 2, 1661. 

14. Hcnrv, 3 b. Feb. 8, 1661-2. 

15. Eliza', 3 b. Feb. 8, 1663-4. 

16. John, 3 b. Nov. 19, 1666. 

17. Remember, 3 h. Nov. 14, 1668. 

18. Edward, 3 b. Nov. 10, 1670. 

19. Eleazar, 3 b. March 23, 1672-3. 

20. Samuel, 3 b. June 24, 1677. 


ELEAZAR GILES, 2 son of Edward 1 and Bridget Giles ; bap. Nov. 
27, 1640 ; in. 1, Sarah More of Lynn, Jan. 25, 1664-5 ; who d. May 
9, 1676. 

2, Elizabeth Bishop of New Haven, Ct., Sept. 25, 1677. They 
were married by her father, a magistrate of the Connecticut Colony. 
She was b. July 3, 1657, and was the dau. of James Bishop, Esq., of 
New Haven, who was Secretary of the New Haven Colony, 1661, be- 
fore its union with Connecticut; Representative of New Haven, 1665 ; 
Assistant of Connecticut Colony, after the union, 1668; and Deputy 
Governor of Connecticut, from 1683 to 1690 — "until his death," says 

*"Capt. [William] Hathorne was chosen to marry persons Nov. 10, 1655." 
[Salem Records.] In the New England Colonies, marriages were solemnized by 
the civil magistrate exclusivelv, till near the close of this century. 

J JOHN COLLINS, 1 father of him who m. Mehitable Giles, was b. in England, 
1604; had a grant of land in Salem, 1643; admitted freeman, May 6, 1646; was 
selectman of Gloucester, 1646 and 1670, besides often in intermediate years; d. 
March 25, 1675 ; his wife Joan d. May 25, 1695. His son John, husband of Mehit- 
able, was b. 1636, probably in England. He had also a son James, b. Sept. 16, 
1643. [Savage's Geneal. Diet. 


Mr. Savage, — except when the government and charter were suspended 
by the usurpation of Sir Edmund Andros, in 1687 and 1688. He died 
June 22, 1691. 

Eleazar Giles lived* in Salem, the part which is now South Danvers, 
all his days. He was a "husbandman," or "yeoman;" a man of respec- 
table standing, as appears from his alliance with the family of Lieut. 
Gov. Bishop ; and possessed a competent, though not large, estate. His 
name often occurs in conveyances of land, as grantor or grantee. Some 
of these I will here quote, as illustrative of his condition and relations : — 

1663. Eleazar Giles of Salem, for £8, conveys to John King of Salem 
ten acres of land in Salem, " which my mother gave me," bounded W. 
on land of Samuel Very, and S. on my own land and my brother's. 
[Essex Deeds, Salem, 5 : 62. 

1671, May 22. Eleazar Giles of Salem, husbandman, and Sara his 
wife, for £13, convey to John Southwick of Salem, husbandman, about 
13 acres of land in Salem, bounded in part by land of John Giles. 
[Ibid, 3 : 151. 

1671, July 10. William Lord of Salem, for £12, sells to Eleazar 
Giles of Salem, husbandman, two acres of meadow-land on Cedar Pond, 
in Salem, which land was formerly excepted and reserved out of the 
farm now owned by Samuel Very ; it is described as being " at the north 
end of the Great Meddow, on the westward side of a brooke that runs 
down through the medow." It was "formerly excepted and reserved 
out of the farm of Samuel Very by Mr. Philip Veren, who was the 
first possessor thereof." For Philip Veren, see pp. 5, 6. In this deed, 
Veren and Very occur as two distinct names. [Ibid, 5 : 111. 

1681, March 28. Eleazar Giles of Salem, yeoman, and Elizabeth 
his wife, convey to John Nurse of Salem, two acres of meadow land in 
Salem, being the same which was conveyed to him in the last preceding 
deed. [Ibid, 10 : 27. 

1695-6, Feb. 11. Eliezer Giles of Salem, yeoman, and Elizabeth 
his wife, for £100 currant money of New England, convey to William 
Brown, Esq., merchant, of Salem, my present homestead in Salem, con- 
taining about 20 acres, more or less, dwelling-house, out-houses, orchard, 
and the land adjoining. [Ibid, 11 : 74. 

1695-6, Feb. 28. Thomas Baker of Topsfield and Priscilla his wife, 
for £100 currant money of New England, convey to Ensign Eleazar 
Giles of Salem, yeoman, 40 acres of land, more or less, in Salem, 
bounded N. on Stone's Plain and Ipswich road, E. on John King's land 
and Mr. Parkman's ; S. on Very's meadow and Mr. Parkman ; W. on 
the farm called Henry Bartholomew's. No house or other building is 
mentioned. [Ibid, 11 : 221. 

Same day, Eleazar Giles, for £39.2, mortgages one half of the above 
described premises to Thomas Baker of Topsfield. Mortgage discharged, 
Nov. 11, 1718. [Ibid, 11 : 173. 

1698, March 31. Eleazar Giles, for £20, sells five acres of the 
above land (apparently) to Samuel Gardner of Salem. He also sells 
eight acres for £30 to Samuel King of Salem, April 6, 1699. [Bud, 
12 : 190, and 15 : 288. 

1698, June 17. Eliezer Giles of Salem sells to George Loskier of 
Salem, 4 acres and 26 poles of meddow land in Salem. [Ibid, 13 : 200. 


1704, Nov. 27. Eliezer Gyles of Salem, yeoman, for £52, mort- 
gages to William Brown, Esq., 30 acres of land, bounded on the north 
by the road from Ipswich to Boston. Mortgage discharged, Sept. 3, 
1716. [Ibid, 16 : 152. 

In both of the two deeds, last quoted, the name is spelled Giles and 
Gyles in the same document, but the signature to both is Giles. 

1724, June 23. Eleazar Giles of Salem, yeoman, gives his personal 
estate to his wife Elizabeth Giles. [Ibid, 43 : 251. 

1725, Nov. 24. Eleazar Giles of Salem and Elizabeth Giles his 
wife, in consideration of a bond for the maintenance of them, &c, con- 
vey to their sons Edward "Giles and Samuel Giles, their dwelling-house, 
land, &c. [Had, 45 : 177. 

1725-6, March 8. Eleazar Giles and Elizabeth his wife give their 
consent to a deed whereby Edward Giles, their son, sells to Joseph Put- 
ney, Jr., of Salem, a shop in Salem, with the land it stands on. [Ibid, 
53 : 157. 

This Joseph Putney married Mehitable, dau. of Eleazar Giles. 

In the interval between the deed last quoted, and that which I shall 
next quote, the death of Eleazar Giles must have occurred. 

1727, June 29. Elizabeth Giles of Salem, widow of Eleazar Giles 
of Salem, deceased, for £30 in Province Bills, conveys part of the 
homestead to her son Samuel Giles of Salem, " Joyner." [Ibid, 46 : 116. 

1729, May 2. Elizabeth Giles of Salem, widow, conveys land to 
her son Edw T ard Giles of Salem, bricklayer. [Ibid, 54 : 16. 

The name of Eleazar Gyles appears in a List, made 1714, of those 
who were "legall proprietors of y e comon and undevided Lands in y e 
township of Salem, by y e Laws of this province, y l had Cottages and 
Dwelling places before y e year 1661." The name of Benjamin Very, 
his nephew, also appears; but neither uncle or nephew was married in 
1661, and it would seem that Benjamin Very was not then born! 
[Geneal. Reg., Vol. VII., p. 151. 

Eleazar Gyles and his brother John Gyles signed a Petition to the 
General Court in 1668, against Imposts. It was also signed by 228 
other inhabitants of Salem, whose names are printed, with the petition, 
in the Geneal. Reg., Vol. IX., pp. 81-85. 

He was constable of Salem in 1676. He presented a petition to the 
General Court, Oct. 22, 1680, praying for indemnity for losses sustained 
by him in the fall of Indian Corn received by him for rates. This peti- 
tion is still extant, in the Massachusetts Archives. 

Eleazer Gyles and Elizabeth Gyles, with thirty-eight others, were 
dismissed, June 25, 1713, from the First Church in Salem, in order to 
become a distinct church at the Middle Precinct, now South Danvers. 
His nephew, Thomas Very, was dismissed at the same time. Before 
this time, they must have gone three or four miles — and the younger 
people, at least, must have walked that distance — to meeting. Of the 
new church, Rev. Benjamin Prescott was ordained pastor, Sept. 23, 
1713. He was b. in Concord, Sept. 16, 1687; II. C. 1709; dismissed 
Nov. 16, 1756; d. May 28, 1777, a. 90. 

There had previously been a church in North Danvers, then called 
" Salem Village "; famous in the history of the Witchcraft delusion, 
1692. Hence the church formed in 1713, came to be in the "Middle 
Precinct." This was sometimes called " Salem Precinct.." 


Eleazar Giles died probably in the year 1726, a. 86. I have found 
no will of his, or settlement of his estate, on record. 

His widow Elizabeth d. in 1733, a. 76. Samuel Giles was appointed, 
Oct. 29, 1733, administrator on the estate of his mother Elizabeth 
Giles, late of Salem, widow, deceased, intestate. [Essex Prob. 21 : 6. 

The children of Eleazar Giles, all b. in Salem, (South Danvers,) and 
all baptized in the First Church, were — 

By his first wife, Sarah More — 

21. Sarah, 3 b. Jan. 1, 1665-6 ; bap. Nov. 1, 1668, in First Church, Salem. 

22. Elizabeth, 3 b. Dec. 7, 1667; do. do. do. 

23. Hannah, 3 b. Feb. 1669-70. 

24. Mary, 3 b. Feb. 14, 1671-2. 

25. Susanna, 3 b. March 1, 167.3-4. 

26. Eleazar, 3 b. March 3, 1675-6; d. young. 

By second wife, Elizabeth Bishop — 

27. James, 3 b. Nov. 15, 1679; d. May 20, 1689* 

28. tJohn, 3 b. Aus. 31, 1681 ; m. Anne Andrews of Salem. 

29. Abigail, 3 b. Dec. 7, 1684. 

30. Ruth, 3 b. Julv 12, 1687. 

31. tEdward, 3 b. April 28, 1689; d. unm. 1734. 

32. tJames, 3 b. May 15, 1691 ; m. 1, Elizabeth Church ; 2. Martha Nurse. 

33. tSamuel, 3 b. Dec. 17, 1694; m. Susanna Palfrey. 

34. tEleazar, 3 b. Julv 8, 1698 ; m. Elizabeth ". 

35. Mehitable, 3 b. April 11, 1701 ; m. Joseph Putney of Salem, March 27, 1724. 


JOHN GILES, 2 second son of Edward 1 and Bridget Giles; b. in 

Salem, [South Danvers,] April 15, 1645; m. 1st, before 1671, 

Giles, dau. of John Giles. 2, in 1679, Elizabeth (Galley) Trask:,- 
dau. of John Galley of Beverly, and widow of Osmund [Osmyn ?] 
Trask of Beverly.! 

The proof of the first marriage is found in a Deed, dated Feb. 8, 
1708-9, in which John Giles of Beverly, in the County of Essex, yeo- 

* The oldest stone in the South Danvers Burying Ground is placed at this child's 
grave, and bears the following inscription : 






Y« 20 OF MAY 


The foregoing is on the head-stone. On the footstone is the following simple but 

beautiful stanza : 

Mind not the graue where 
His dear dust is laied 
But bless aboue wheither 
His souls conuayd. 
J Beverly was a part of Salem till 1668. " It was previously called "Bass River," 
and " Cape Ann Side." 

Galley's Bridge, in Beverly, sometimes erroneously called "Gallows Bridge," un- 
doubtedly derived its denomination from this John Galley, who lived in that vicin- 
ity. John Galley had eight acres of land laid out to him in 1672, on Long Hill, 
adjoining Thomas Picton's land. The land last named (Picton's) was sold to the 
town in 1668, "for the use of the ministry forever;" and was afterwards purchased 
by Rev. John Hale, the first minister, descended to his posterity, and still remains in 
their hands. 


man, and Elizabeth his wife, "for that love, good will, and natural affec- 
tion which I bear to my loving son Eleazar Giles, carpenter, and my 
loving son-in-law John Wheeler, cooper, both of Beverly, convey a cer- 
tain parcel of land in Beverly formerly belonging to my father-in-law 
John Giles of the town and county aforesaid ;" also another parcel of 
7£ acres of land in Beverly. [Essex Deeds, 21 : 30.]* Moreover, 
John Giles, in the record of his second marriage in 1G79, is called a 
"widower." We know that he had a wife in 1671. 

The proof of the second marriage is three-fold: 1. John Gallee of 
Salem., aged 78 in 1683, made his will in 1683, in which he mentions 
John Giles who m. his dau. Elizabeth. 2. John Giles of Beverly, and 
Elizabeth his wife, dau. of John Galley of Beverly, deceased, convey 
land, Jan. 27, 1706-7, to John Wheeler and Mary his wife, their daugh- 
ter. [Essex Deeds, 32 : 80.] 3. Elizabeth Gyles, now wife of John 
Giles of Beverly, formerly wife of Osmund Trask, late of Beverly, de- 
ceased, administratrix of his estate, conveys land. In this deed, dated 
Feb. 18, 1687-8, she mentions her sons by her former husband, viz., 
Samuel, Benjamin, Joseph, William, and Edward Trask. [Essex 
Deeds, 36 : 45. 

John Giles resided in Salem, i. e. in South Danvers, until his second 
marriage in 1 679, as will appear from the deeds now to be quoted : — 

1671, Dec. 7. John Giles of Salem, husbandman, sells to William 
Trask and his brother John Trask, both of Salem, a "ten acre lot" of 
upland in Salem, bounded on lands of John Southwick and Samuel 
Very. In this deed his wife is said to give consent, but her name does 
not appear. [Essex Deeds, Salem, 3 : 155. 

1679, April 18. John Giles of Salem, yeoman, for ,£150 conveys to 
Vzall Wardall [Uzal Wardwell] of Ipswich, house carpenter, my dwel- 
ling-house, with all the out-houses, Barne, &c., with all the land they 
stand upon, and all my land adjoyning and belonging thereto, being by 
estimation 9 or 10 acres, more or less, which is situate, lying and being 
within the township of Salem, and now in the possession and occupation 
of me the said John Giles, bounded S. W. on the comon land, W. on 
land of Samuel Very, N. on John King, and E. on land of Eleazar 
Giles. Bridget Giles, mother of the said John Giles, and executrix or 
administratrix of Edward Giles, deceased, gives her free consent to the 
above conveyance. No wife is mentioned. [Ibid, 6 : 120. 

In 1679, on his second marriage, he removed to Beverly, and resided 
there till his death. He lived in the immediate vicinity of the easterly 
end of Beverly Common, as we learn from the following deed : — 

1705-6, March 13. John Giles, Eliezer Giles, "carpenter," and 
John Wheeler, " cooper," all of Beverly, convey to the town of Beverly, 

* This deed seems, for the purposes of this volume, one of great importance. 
There is a possibility, indeed, that Giles, here, may be a clerical blunder for Galley; 
but this is not to be supposed without necessity. If the name correctly stands in the 
document, then are we informed of the existence of a third Giles in the first genera- 
tion of Salem men. The names are, 1. Edward, father of him whose name stands 
at the head of this article. 2. Thomas, father of the wife of Thomas Very, on 
page 7. 3. John, father-in-law of the subject of this article. But of neither 
Thomas or John have we any farther account. Perhaps they returned to England, 
as we know many did. But why should land, once belonging to the father of tho 
first wife, be given to the second wife's children '1 


2| acres of land. [Essex Deeds, 17 : 111 and 19 : 66.] The land con- 
veyed in this deed now constitutes the Beverly Common, lying on the 
S- side of Dane Street, and extending from Essex Street to Hale Street. 
John Galley, his father-in-law, lived in that vicinity, perhaps on the 
same spot. Eleazar Giles, his son, in 1723 lived in a house very near 
the east end of the Common, on what is now Hale Street. 

1690, May 7. Thomas Wade of Ipswich, for £12 "currant Spanish 
money," sells to John Giles of Beverly, 3^ acres of salt marsh in Che- 
bacco parish, now the town of Essex. [Essex Deeds, Ipswich, 5 : 311. 

1696, Nov. 14. John Giles of Beverly, yeoman, and Elizabeth his 
wife, for £14, convey to Cornelius Larcom of Beverly, yeoman, 3£ 
acres of salt marsh in Chebacco. [Essex Deeds, 13 : 10. 

1708-9, Feb. 8. John Giles of Beverly, and Elizabeth Giles his 
wife, in consideration of what my son Eleazar Giles, and my son-in- 
law John Wheeler, both of Beverly, have engaged to do for me, grant 
to them certain privileges, viz., three parts of four of all my household 
goods, stock, and moveables, of what kind soever, with (he use of half of 
my barn during my natural life, and my wife's natural life ; after which 
said barn, with my now dwelling-house to be entirely to my son Eleazar 
Giles. [Ibid, 21 : 29. 

1715, Dec. 6. In a deed bearing this date, John Giles, Senior, of 
Beverly, is spoken of as deceased. [Ibid, 30 : 185. 

The children of John Giles were — by first wife, b. in Salem, (now 
South Danvers,) — 

36. tJohn, 3 b. about 1671 ; m. 1, Abigail Raymond; 2, Esther Swinnerton. 
By second wife, b. in Beverly — 

37. tEleazar, 3 b. March 19, 1679-80 ; m. Lvdia Grover. 

38. fMary.3 b. Eeb. 28, 1681 ; m. John Wheeler. 

39. Bridget, 3 b. Jan. 1, 1683 ; d. Feb. 10, 1689. 

40. Return, 3 b. ; m. Samuel Wardwell of Andover, Dec. 20, 1716. 

The last named, Return Giles, is not recorded as a dau. of John 
Giles, but it is recorded that Samuel Wardwell of Andover m. Return 
Giles of Beverly as above ; and there was no other Giles in Beverly 
who could be her father. We shall have frequent occasion to note the 
imperfection of the early records. 

Cjnrir (BtntxRixan. 

28. . 

JOHN GILES, 3 (Eleazar, 2 Edward, 1 ) son of Eleazar 2 and Eliza- 
beth (Bishop) Giles; b. in Salem, (South Danvers,) Aug. 31, 1681; 
m. Nov. 7, 1706, Anne Andrews, dau. of John and Anne (Jacobs) 
Andrews, and gr. dau. of George Jacobs, all of Salem.* 

* John Andrews and Anne Jacobs were married, 1691-2. [Geneal. Reg., Vol. 
VI., p. 206. 

1706-7, Jan. 30. Anne Andrews of Salem, widow, and relict of John Andrews 
of Salem, shipwright, deceased, in consideration of the love, &c, convey to my three 


He resided in Salem, within the present limits of that city, as we 
infer from his membership in the Tabernacle Church, in 1735. He 
was a " seaman," and perhaps a shipmaster. He seems to have been 
less favored in his worldly lot than his brothers, Edward and Samuel ; 
since we find only one conveyance of real estate in which his name 
occurs. It is the following : — 

1711, April 11. Anne Andrews of Salem, widow, daughter of George 
Jacobs senior, late of Salem, deceased ; John Giles of Salem, seaman, 
and Anne Giles his wife, one of the grand-daughters of the said George 
Jacobs ; Elizabeth Andrews and Mary Andrews, single-women, grand- 
daughters of said George Jacobs, for £65, convey to John Jacobs of 
Salem, husbandman, seven acres of land in Salem, at a place known by 
y e name of Royall Side, bounded W. on North River, &c. The four 
women here named made their marks as signatures to this deed ! 
[Essex Deeds, 21 : 105. 

The wife of John Giles 3 had a brother John Andrews, who was Avith 
" Capt. Samuel King and others in the Expedition to Canada." 

John Giles 3 was a member of the First Church in Salem, until the 
disruption of the church, in 1734, when he adhered to Rev. Mr. Fisk, 
the pastor, and assisted in the establishment of what was finally known 
as the Tabernacle Church. 

We know not when John Giles 3 died. He seems to have been living 
in 1738, when his son John 4 still bore the sulfix of "Junior." 

All the children of John and Anne Giles, of whom we have any 
account, are the following ; baptized in the First Church, Salem — 

41. fJolin, 4 bap. April 9, 1710; m. Mercy . 

42. Mary, 4 bap. Aug. 26, 1711. 

I have no doubt that there were others, and in particular a son 
Eleazar. The Salem Records about this time, and for a long time 
after this, are shamefully defective. 


EDWARD GILES, 3 {Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) brother of the preceding; 
b. in Salem, (S. Danvers,) April 28, 1689; we suppose never married. 

daughters, Anne Gyles, Elizabeth Andrews and Mary Andrews, all my right, &c., 
to y e estate of my Honoured father George Jacobs, Sen r of Salem, deceased, &c. 
[Essex Deeds, 19 : 155. 

George Jacobs was hanged at Salem for witchcraft, Aug. 19, 1692, together with 
Rev. George Burroughs, John Proctor, and John Willard of Salem Village, and 
Martha Carrier of Andover. These persons were all, it is believed, highly respec- 
table. George Burroughs grad. H. C. 1670, and was some time minister of the 
gospel at Casco, Salem Village, and Wells. Martha Carrier was the wife of 
Thomas Carrier of Andover. She was convicted on the testimony of her three 
unnatural children. The scene at the execution was most revolting. Eive respect- 
able individuals, all protesting their fnnocence, were put to a shameful death in 
the presence of a great multitude, for an imaginary offence, on evidence which 
would not now be sufficient to hang a dog ! 

The bones of George Jacobs were found in the early part of June, 1854, at Dan- 
vers-port ; so I was informed, a few days afterward, by a gentleman from that place. 
That the bones found were those of George Jacobs, was ascertained from the fact 
that the land where they were found belonged to him, and has until recently re- 
mained in the possession of his descendants. He was an old man, and the bones 
found were those of an old man ; and uniform tradition points to the spot as the 
place of his interment. 


1710-11, Feb. 28. Edward Giles of Boston, bricklayer, for £71.5, 
conveys to John Osburne and William Osburne Jun r of Salem, 9£ acres 
of land in Salem, " being part of y l land whereon my father Mr. Eleazer 
Giles now liveth : bounded S. with the town comon, W. with y l part 
of my land whereon my said father now liveth," &c. [Essex Deeds, 
23 : 101. 

1715-16, Feb. 4. Edward Giles, late of Boston, now resident in 
Salem, mason, for £70 current money of New England, conveys to 
John Osburne and William Osburne, in equal halves, a parcel of meadow 
and upland, containing 6 or 7 acres, near said Giles's house, and bounded 
E. on the land formerly sold to these two men. [Ibid, 27 : 229. 

1715-16, Feb. 15. Edward Giles of Boston, bricklayer, "in consid- 
eration of the dutiful regard and natural affection which I bear to my 
honoured and Tender mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Giles, wife of my hon- 
oured father, Mr. Eleazar Giles," conveys to her a dwelling house, and 
about three acres of land in Salem. [Ibid, 27 : 234. 

1729, Dec. 19. Edward Giles of Salem, bricklayer, for £20, conveys 
to Samuel Giles of Salem, joyner, 1£ acre of land in Salem, bounded 
N. on a brook which parts it from Osborne's land, with half of the dwel- 
ling-house on the premises. [Ibid, 55 : 51. 

From these quotations it appears, that Edward Giles 3 was a " brick- 
layer," or "mason"; that he resided in Boston in 1710, and till 1715 ; 
that in 1715, he came back to Salem, or rather to South Danvers, and 
spent the remainder of his life there. It further appears that he had a 
house there ; but was not married, since no wife concurs in these con- 
veyances of land, and no record appears elsewhere of wife or children. 
It also appears, from a document quoted on page 10, that he and his 
brother Samuel took care of their parents in their old age, at least after 

He died intestate in the spring of 1734, at the age of 45. His 
brother Samuel was appointed administrator on his estate, June 8, 
1734. [Essex Prob., 20 : 26. 


JAMES GILES, 3 (ffleazar? Edward, 1 ) brother of the preceding; 
b. in Salem, (South Danvers,) May 15, 1691 ; m. 1, 1716, Elizabeth 
Church of Marblehead. 2, Martha Nurse of Salem, Dec. 20, 1737. 

Our knowledge of him is extremely limited. The Salem Records 
fail us from their miserable poverty ; and the county records fail us 
also, there being no conveyances of land, or settlements of estates, which 
give the smallest information touching him. There is but a scrap of 
church record respecting his posterity. He probably resided in Marble- 
head, and may have been a fisherman. He was living in 1743. 

His children, so far as the record goes, were — 

43. James, 4 bap. 1718; a fisherman; of Salem; m. 1740, Hannah Very, 4 dau. 
of John 3 and Hannah Very of Salem* James Giles signed a receipt for 
thirty pounds of sugar had of Elias Hasket Derby, Salem, Aug. 2, 1787. 

* 1743, March 16. John Very, weaver, James Giles Jun r , fisherman, and Han- 
nah his wife, Abigail Very and Desire Very, spinsters, all of Salem, convey to 
Samuel Very Jun r of Salem, husbandman, certain rights in the Homestead of their 
father John Very. [Essex Deeds, 86 : 47. 


44. tSamuel, 4 hap. 1728; m. Lydia Decoster of Marblehead. 

45. Jemima, 4 bap. 1729. 

There were others, probably, and among them a son Eleazar.* Per- 
haps also a son Ezra. 


SAMUEL GILES, 3 {Eleazar, 2 Edward, 1 ) brother of the preceding, 
and son of Eleazar 2 and Elizabeth (Bishop) Giles ; b. in Salem, (South 
Danvers,) Dee. 17, 1G94; m. Sept. 10, 1719, Susanna Palfrey 4 of 
Salem, youngest dau. of Walter Palfrey, 3 sailmaker, who was grandson 
of Peter Palfrey. 1 J The marriage ceremony was performed by 
Rev. Samuel Fisk, of the First Church. 

* I find on Salem records the following: 

"Eleazar Giles and Sarah Langford, both of Salem, m. Jan. 6, 1756. 

Eleazar Giles and Wood well, both of Salem, m. May 29, 1759. 

Eleazar Giles and Rebecca Muohmore, m. Jan. 27, 1762." 

Whether these scraps of record refer to one, two, or three Eleazars, is to me 
unknown. I suppose here are two Eleazars. But whose sons are thej 1 I presume 
them to he sons of John 3 [28] and of James 3 [32]. No doubt their grandfather was 
Eleazar Giles,' 2 who was b. 1640 and d. 1726. But their birth or baptism is nowhere 
recorded. Perhaps there was but one Eleazar, and he the son of James. 

Eleazar Giles of Salem, cooper, made bis will, April 28, 1772, and gave his wife 
Rebecca all his property. No children are mentioned. [Essex Prob., 47 : 255. 

I find also the following on Salem records : 

"Ezra Giles m. to Mercy Atkinson, March 24, 1768." His parentage is not 
ascertained, but he was probably a son of James Giles 3 in the text. 

I hazard the conjecture that James Giles, 4 who m. Hannah Very, 1740, had a son 
James, 5 who moved to Sutton, and is the man intended in the subjoined quotations 
from the Massachusetts archives : 

James Giles of Sutton was a private in Capt. Doggett's company in Col. Eben- 
ezer Learned's regiment in 1775. 

James Giles was a private in Capt. Ashley's company in the First (Col. Joseph 
Vose's) Missachusetts regiment of the Continental army, and served three years, 
from Jan. 1, 1777 to Dec. 31, 1779, at forty shillings per month. 

James Giles was a corporal in a company of " Three months' men," from July 
18, 1781 to Nov. 1, 1781, in a detachment up the Mohawk River. 

J Rev. John White, an excellent Puritan minister of Dorchester, in England, 
having watched the progress of the colony at Plymouth, and perceiving that it was 
likely to continue and to prosper, excited several gentlemen of that place and 
vicinity to prepare for another settlement in New England. For this purpose a 
trading company was formed, composed chiefly of merchants of Dorchester, parish- 
ioners and friends of Mr. White, since known as " The Dorchester Company." 
This company began a plantation at Cape Anne in 1624. Of this new settlement, 
Roger Conant, who had been obliged in 1623 to leave Plymouth, on account of a 
difference of views touching church government between him and the people there, 
and who was now — in the early part of 1624 — at Nantasket, was appointed gover- 
nor, " and to have the managing and government of all the company's affairs at 
Cape Anne." The settlement there, after an experiment of two years, was found 
likely to fail. The stockholders in the company did not realize their expected 
profits in the fisheries and beaver trade with the Indians ; they had indeed met with 
heavy losses ; and most of the emigrants returned to England. Notice was therefore 
given by the company, in 1626, to such of the emigrants as remained, that the 
enterprise would be relinquished. The Dorchester Company was accordingly 

Mr. White, however, grieved at this abrupt termination of a plan which he had 
so long cherished, and which he fondly hoped would be for the advantage of religion, 
wrote to Mr. Conant, in 1627, urging him not "to desert the business;" and 
.promising to obtain a patent for him and to provide all needful supplies of men, 
provisions, and goods, if Conant would remain in the country, and if the " three 
honest and prudent men" would stay with him, who had been associated with him 


He resided within the present limits of Salem from about the time 
of his marriage till he was sixty years old, when he removed to Dan- 
vers. He lived on Essex Street, Salem, on the south side of that 
street, nearly opposite to where the Franklin Building now stands. On 
the same lot of land, was his shop, where for many years he carried on 
the trade of a "joiner" and "cabinet-maker." He was successful in 
business, and became possessed of what was, for those times, a hand- 
some property. Capt. Samuel Very, his grandson, stated, about 1829, 
that he owned several houses in Salem — his mansion-house, on Essex 
Street, near the " Archer Building," (afterwards called the " Franklin 
Building,") in the vicinity of the common ; another on Essex Street, 
near Buffum's corner, &c. I find the conveyance, however, of only one 
house to him, or rather of a houselot, on which he built the mansion- 
house and shop which he occupied during most of his active life. 

1720, Dec. 7. John Richards of Boston, mariner, and Mary his 
wife, for £65, convey to Samuel Giles of Salem, "joyner," a lot of 
land in Salem, bounded E. on land of Nathaniel Phippeny, [Phippen,] 
W. on land of said Richards, S. on land of Jonathan Archer, and N. on 
the Main Street or Highway ; measuring in front upon the said street 
63 feet, 11 inches, and in length from front to rear 78 feet. [Essex 
Deeds, 39 : 249.] No buildings are mentioned ; but we know that on 
this land he built his mansion-house, and shop, and here he lived thirty- 
three years. Nathaniel Phippen was the husband of Margaret Palfrey, 
sister of Mrs. Susanna Giles. They probably lived in the next house. 

Six weeks afterwards, he sold a strip of this land, on the east side, 
ten feet wide. 

1720-1, Jan. 19. Samuel Giles of Salem, joyner, and Susanna his 
wife, for £11 in current money of New England, or Province Bills of 
Credit, sell to Nathaniel Phippen of Salem, cooper, a piece or parcel 

in the management of the plantation under the Dorchester Company. Such was the 
language in which Mr. White described John Woodbury, John Balch, and 
Peter Palfrey. 

John Woodbury afterwards settled in Beverly, then a part of Salem, where he 
was deputy 1635, and where he d. 1641. He was the ancestor of the Woodbury 
family of Beverly, and of Hon. Levi Woodbury, Secretary of Treasury under Vail 
Buren, 1837-41. 

John Balch was from the vicinity of Bridgewater, Somersetshire, Eng. He was 
admitted freeman, May 18, 1631 ; had a grant of 200 acres at the head of Bass 
liiver, Beverly, (a like grant also was made to Conant, Woodbury, and Palfrey) ; 
was selectman of Salem; and d. about June, 1648. His son Benjamin, b. 1629, 
is supposed to have been the first white male child born in the Massachusetts Col- 
ony. His son John m. Mary, dau. of Roger Conant. [See Geneal. Reg., Vol. 
IX., p. 233. 

Peter Palfrey was admitted freeman, May 18, 1631, at the same time with Conant, 
Balch, and Woodbury. In 1632, he was deputy with Conant from Salem to the 
General Court. He was also selectman of Salem. In 1653, he removed to Reading, 
where he d. Sept. 15, 1663. He had several daus., but I do not find that he had 
more than one son, viz., Jonathan, bap. Salem, Dec. 25, 1636, who was probably 
grandfather of Susanna Palfrey in the text. He (Peter) was the ancestor of the 
Palfreys of Boston, of whom Hon. John Gorham Palfrey is one; and of the Pal- 
frays of Salem, who substituted a for e in the name, more than 150 years ago. 

These three men determined to abide with Conant ; and he, having previously 
examined " a place called Naumkeag," a few miles to the west of Cape Anne, and 
preferring it to the latter as a place for a town, removed thither, with his three 
coadjutors and the remainder of the settlers, and laid the foundations of Salem, 
early in the autumn of 1626. Capt. John Endicott, with an additional number of 


of land in Salem, containing 2i poles, more or less, bounded N. on the 
Main Street, there measuring 10 feet; E. on land of the purchaser, 80 
feet ; S. on land formerly of Samuel Archer, 7 feet ; W. on land of the 
conveyer, 80 feet. [Ibid, 49 : 238. 

1732, Aug. 21. John Smith of Salem, shipwright, for £6, releases 
and quitclaims to Samuel Giles of Salem, " the now dwelling-house of 
said Samuel Giles with the land belonging thereto." The boundaries 
are the same, and the land is the same as in the deed from Richards, in 
1720. We now find on it a dwelling-house. [Ibid, 59 : 269. 

1730, Aug. 31. Samuel Giles of Salem, joyner, and Susanna his 
wife, for 10 pounds, convey to John Higginson of Salem, gentleman, 
the moiety or half part of a Common Right in the common lands of 
Salem. [Ibid, 52 : 266. 

1733-4, Feb. 18. Samuel Giles, joyner, and Susanna his wife, 
Joseph Very Jun r and Hannah his wife, convey to James Lindall, Esq., 
of Salem, "a common right," &c. [Ibid, 68 : 182. 

1741, Oct. 14. Samuel Giles of Salem, joiner, conveys to James 
Lindall, Esq., of Salem, 17 Rights in the common lands of Salem, on 
Stone's Plain. [Ibid, 80 : 297. 

This common land was in Danvers, on the road to Ipswich. See 
pp. 9, 10, and below. 

1754, May 11. Samuel Giles of Salem, "cabinet-maker," and Su- 
sanna his wife, for £240, convey to Susanna Grafton of Salem, spinster, 
his mansion-house, shop, barn, out-house, and the land thereto belonging, 
situated in Salem, bounded N. on the Main Street, there measuring 53 
feet 11 inches, E. on land of Nathaniel Phippen 78 feet, S. on land of 
Jonathan Archer, W. on land of Joseph Grafton 78 feet. Warwick 
Palfray and Samuel Jenison are witnesses. [Ibid, 101 : 1. 

This, then, was the termination of his residence in Salem. The cur- 
rency at this time was on a specie basis, and the sum received for the 
property sold was equivalent to 800 Spanish dollars ; which may have 
been as much then as 4,000 dollars are now. 

1757, Nov. 29. Samuel Giles of Danvers,* joyner, and Susanna his 
wife, for £42.13.4, convey to Joseph Pierpont and Thomas Porter, both 
of Danvers, shopkeepers, land in Danvers, being ten rights in the com- 
mon lands on Stone's Plain, together with my shop that stands on said 
Plain. Thomas Giles, son of the grantee, and Joshua Satford, appren- 
tice to Thomas Giles, are witnesses. [Ibid, 107 : 43. 

Samuel Giles was a member of the First Church in Salem. In 
1734, a violent disruption of that body took place, and an embittered 
controversy arose, which continued many years. A majority of the 
church — it was a bare majority — with Rev. Samuel Fisk, J their pastor, 

emigrants, and authority to act as governor, arrived at Naurnkeag, Sept. 6, 1628, 
and in July following the place received the name of Salem. The Colony was still 
weak, amounting, after Endicott's arrival, to "not much above 50 or 60 persons," 
lodged in "about half a score of houses." Higginson's Company, in June, 1629, 
made the whole number about three hundred. 

* Danvers, originally a part of Salem, was incorporated as a town, Jan. 28, 1752. 
It received this name through the influence of Lieut. Gov. Spencer Phips, in com- 
pliment to one of his friends and patrons in England. 

\ Rev. Samuel Fisk, b. in Braintree, April 6, 1689; H. C. 1708; was a son of 
Rev. Moses Fisk of Braintree, [the part now Quincy,] who was son of Rev. John 


left their old house of worship, and founded another church, which yet 
long claimed to be the First Church. The controversy was settled in 
1762, when the church which seceded with Mr. Fisk took the name 
of the Third Church. Their meeting-house having been consumed by 
fire, Oct. 6, 1774, a new one was erected in 1775, which was called the 
Tabernacle. The church has since been known as the Tabernacle 

1734, October. Samuel Giles, and his sister Mehitable, with twenty- 
two other male members, continued to worship at the place where the 
First Church had been wont to meet. John Giles, his brother, with twen- 
ty-three other male members, adhered to Mr. Fisk, at the same time.* 
It seems that Mr. Fisk's adherents excommunicated the other party. J 

There is no record of the death of Samuel Giles or of his wife ; nor 
any will, or settlement of his estate ; nor any information relating 
thereto. At least, the most diligent search has failed to discover any. 
But as there is no record concerning him later than 1757, and as his 
grandson, Samuel Giles of Kingsborough, N. Y., did not remember 
him, the probability is that he did not long survive the year just 

The children of Samuel 3 and Susanna Giles were — 

46. Susanna, 4 bap. June 26, 1720 ; m. John Raynolds, July 6, 1744. 

47. fEleazar, 4 bap. Nov. 5, 1721 ; baptized by the name of Samuel.|| 

48. Hannah, 4 ; m. Benjamin Porter, April 27, 1737. 

49. tElizabeth, 4 bap. Feb. 9, 1723-4; m. Isaac Very, 1736. 

50. Abigail, 4 bap. Nov. 7, 1725. 

Fisk, first minister of Wenham and Chelmsford. He was ordained pastor of First 
Church, Salem, Oct. 8, 1718; d. April 7, 1770, aged 81. 

* Felt's Annals of Salem, first edition. 

X To gratify a curiosity which may arise in regard to the causes of so sad and 
memorable a contention, we transcribe from " A Just and Impartial Narrative of 
the Controversy between the Rev. Mr. Samuel Fisk, the Pastor, and a number of 
the Brethren of the First Church of Christ in Salem," published in Boston, 1735, 
the four charges which were made against Mr. Fisk by " the aggrieved Brethren." 
They were as follows : — 

" 1. That Mr. Fisk had set aside a Publick Lecture, which had been preached to 
the First Church of Christ in Salem for near a century without any intermission. 

" 2. That he interpolated in the Church Records, certain words, purporting to be 
a vote of the church in regard to said Lecture. 

" 3. A publick allusion to said Vote in a sermon, charging the church with the 
guilt of neglecting it. 

" 4. Neglecting to call a church meeting in regard to a brother, who had absented 
himself from communion." 

$ John Stacy, servant to Samuel Giles, was a soldier in His Majesty's service in 
the company under the command of Col. Ichabod Plaisted in the expedition 
against Crown Point. He enlisted April 22, and was killed Sept. 19, 1756. [Mass. 

Isaac Very[49] was a corporal, and Samuel Jennison [Jenxison 56] lieutenant 
in same company. 

|| I have ample evidence that the eldest son of Samuel Giles 3 [33] of Salem was 
the father of Capt. Eleazar Giles 5 [91] of Beverly, and that his name was Eleazar. 
Yet the records of the First Church, Salem, give his name, when baptized, as 
Samuel. Perhaps he was baptized as Samuel, and his name afterwards changed to 
Eleazar. Or the recording officer forgot the right name, and through inadvertence 
substituted Samuel, the name of the father, for Eleazar, the name of the venerable 
grandfather. This might easily occur, especially if there happened to be an interval 
of several days between the transaction and the record. Such a mistake does some- 
times occur, as I have had opportunity to know, in other cases. 


51. Mary, 4 bap. Auff. 25, 1728 ; m. Nov. 14, 1748, Nathaniel Leavitt, "formerly 

of Stratham, N. H., but late resident in Salem."* 

52. tThomas, 4 bap. Feb. 7, 1730-1 ; m. Mary Jennison, 1753. 

53. Mehitable, 4 ; m. 1, Benjamin Henderson. They had, Mehitable, 

Benjamin, Joseph. 2, Huse. 

Those of the above who are mentioned as baptized, were baptized in 
the First Church, Salem. There is no record of the birth of either, 
now extant ; nor of the baptism of Hannah or Mehitable ; yet there is 
sufficient proof that Samuel Giles had children of these names.f 


ELEAZAR GILES, 3 (Eleazar, 2 Edward, 1 ) brother of the preceding, 
and youngest son of Eleazar 2 and Elizabeth Giles ; b. in Salem, (now 
South Danvers), July 8, 1698; m. Elizabeth . 

There is no record of him, except of his birth, in the county of Essex. 
But I am fully persuaded that he is the same individual who died in 
Hopkinton, in the county of Middlesex, in the year 1749, and whose 
sons, Ebenezer, James, and Joseph, afterwards settled in Townsend in 
the same county. The facts, which I am about to state, are derived in 
part from the Middlesex Probate Records, and in part from the Town 
and Church Records of Hopkinton. Notices of some of his children 
follow, from the Massachusetts archives. 

He seems to have settled in Hopkinton about the year 1724, since 
we find that Eleazar Giles and Elizabeth his wife, were admitted to 
Rev. Samuel Barrett's church, in that place, Nov. 8, 1724. This 
church was organized with fourteen members, and Mr. Barrett ordained, 
on the 2d September, in the same year. Hopkinton was incorporated 
as a town, Dec. 13, 1715. 

Eleazar Giles was constable in Hopkinton, 1727 ; and one of the 
school committee in 1740. In 1746, he witnessed a deed of gift of land 
from John Young, grandfather of the noted Brigham Young of Utah, 
to Rev. Mr. Barrett. 

He was a mason, but cultivated a farm of 58 \ acres of "leased 
land" in Hopkinton. The land was on a perpetual lease, and the fee 
simple was in Harvard College.§ This was the homestead, and Eleazar 

* Perhaps a brother of Rev. Dudley Leavitt, second pastor of the Third Church, 
Salem, who was born in Stratham, N. H., 1720; H. C. 1739; ord. pastor, Oct. 24, 
1745; d. Feb. 7, 1762. 

% Mrs. Lydia Very of Salem, a dan. of Samuel Very, and gr. dau. of Elizabeth 
Giles, 4 [49] assures us that her grandmother, just named, had a sister Mehitable, 
who m. 1, Henderson, and 2, Huse; and that this great aunt Huse often mentioned 
her sisters Leavitt and Porter. 

\ Edward Hopkins, an eminent Puritan merchant in London, emigrated to New 
England in 1637, being then about 38 years of age. He took up his residence in 
Hartford, and for several years alternated with John Hajnes in the office of gover- 
nor of the Connecticut Colony. In 1652, he returned to England, where he died, 
March, 1657, leaving a high reputation in both sides of the Atlantic for integrity and 
public spirit. In his will, dated March 7, 1657, he left 500 pounds for the interests 
of education in New England, to be paid in six months after his wife's decease. 
This was understood as a bequest to Harvard College, and to a grammar school in 
Cambridge. The decease of the wife, who was a dau. of Governor Eaton of New 
Haven, was above forty years later than that of the testator. It being then neces- 
sary to bring a suit in chancery against the executor of the executor, the money 
was not paid to the trustees appointed by the college and grammar school till 1714. 
This fund was then invested in the tract of land which was bought of the Natick 


Giles's interest in it, was appraised in the Inventory of his estate at 
£940, old tenor; which, as the currency was at its lowest depth of 
depreciation in 1749, amounted to only 418 dollars. The whole amount 
of the Inventory was £1,442.5 ; equivalent to 640 dollars, and includes 
some other property. Inventory dated Aug. 7, 1749 ; presented by 
Elizabeth Giles, adm x . [Midd. Prob., 32 : 288. 

The estate was divided, June 24, 1750. One third of the property 
was set off as dower to the widow. All the remainder was set off to 
Eleazar Giles, second son of the deceased, provided he pay £104 in 
money to his eldest brother, Samuel Giles, and to each of his brethren, 
John, Daniel, Ebenezer, James, and Joseph, £52.1.6, in Bills of Public 
Credit. At forty-five shillings for a dollar, the rate at which the old 
currency was redeemed in 1750, the amount paid to Samuel was short 
of 50 dollars, and to each of the others only 23 or 24 dollars. There 
was a sister Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Howard, who had already had 
her portion. [Ibid, 37 : 287-290. 

Elizabeth Giles, widow of Eleazar Giles, m. Benjamin Brooks of 
Townsend, Oct. 26, 1749. 

Ebenezer Giles, James Giles, and Joseph Giles, minors, and children 
of Eleazar Giles, late of Hopkinton, deceased, had a guardian appointed 
at their own election, Feb. 28, 1757, to wit, Isaac Farrar, husbandman, 
of Townsend, who gave bonds in the sum of £300, with Benjamin 
Brooks of Townsend, as surety. [Ibid, 36 : 420, 

This Benjamin Brooks was their stepfather. 

The children of Eleazar 3 and Elizabeth Giles were as follows : — 

54. tSamuel, 4 bap. Dec. 20, 1724; m. Mary Axtell of Grafton, 1749. 

55. Eleazar, 4 bap. Jan. 15, 1726. 

56. Elizabeth, 4 bap. June 13, 1729; m. Thomas Hayward of Mendon, Aug. 26, 


57. fJohn, 4 b. about 1733 ; m. Jane Learned of Hopkinton, Feb. 28, 1758. 

58. Daniel, 4 bap. Sept. 22, 1734* 

59. tEbenezer, 4 bap. Aug. 28, 1737; m. Esther . 

60. tJames, 4 born July 19, 1740; m. Elizabeth Green of Groton. 

61. tJoseph, 4 bap. Oct. 16, 1743 ; m. Mary . 

Indians, and has since been known as the town of Hopkinton, so named in honor 
of Edward Hopkins, and in part of the adjoining town of Upton. These lands 
were disposed of in perpetual leases to tenants, at the rate of one penny sterling 
per acre for the first 99 years, and after that three pence sterling per acre. But 
after the first 99 years were expired, the enhanced rents could not be obtained from 
the tenants, and an arrangement was made, under the authority of the Common- 
wealth, in pursuance of which a certain sum of money was paid from the public 
treasury, and the tenants obtained a final acquittance. The fund has been judi- 
ciously managed, and now amounts to more than $30,000. [Savage's Winthrop, 
Vol. I., p. 275, edition 1853. 

* In a return dated March 23, 1757, Daniel Giles of Hopkinton, one of the above 
children, appears on the "List of Alarm men." [Mass. Archives.] The alarm 
men included all the men who were exempt from training ; even ministers, phy- 
sicians, ferrymen, &c. 

Daniel Giles of Hopkinton was a private in the king's service, in the company of 
Capt. Samuel Peck, from April 24 to Nov. 20, 1759. He also was a private in the 
company of Capt. John Dunlap, from June 18 to Dec. 3, 1760. [Ibid. 

The Giles family in Hopkinton seem all to have removed to other places, at 
different times, from 1750 to 1765 — Ebenezer, James, and Joseph to Townsend, 
Samuel perhaps to Berkshire county, and Daniel perhaps to New Salem. 

'* Died in New Salem, Feb. 20, 1860, Hannah, widow of Daniel Giles, aged 84." 
[Papers of the day. 



JOHN GILES, 3 (John, 2 Edward, 1 ) eldest son of John Giles 8 of 
Beverly; b. in Salem, (or what is now South Danvers,) about 1671; 
m. 1, in Marblehead, March 29, 1G94, Abigail Raymond of Beverly. 
2, in Salem, May 9, 1709, Esther Swinnerton, probably a dau. of 
Dr. John Swinnerton of Salem, who d. Jan. 6, 1690-1.* She was 
living, a widow, in Beverly, 1755. 

We first find a notice of him, in active life, in 1695, April 26, when 
Henry Coombs of Lynn, for £18, sold to John Gyles Junior of Beverly, 
" cordwainer," a dwelling-house and one acre of land adjoyning, " in 
Salem within the precincts of the village." [Essex Deeds, 10 : 163. 

This deed, therefore, indicates the time of his removal from Beverly 
to North Danvers, then called " Salem Village," where he spent the 
remainder of his clays. He was not only a " cordwainer," but a culti- 
vator and owner of land. He appears to have been successful in 
business, to have acquired a fair property, and to have been a respec- 
table and worthy man. 

1697, June 24. John Hadlock of Salem and Sarah his wife, for 
£1.10, convey to John Giles of Salem, cordwainer, three-fourths of an 
acre of land, in Salem, bounded E. on the land which he purchased two 
years before. [Ibid, 12 : 10. 

1700, July 2. Samuel Parris J of Newton and Dorothy his wife, 
for £17, convey to John Giles of Salem Village, "shoomaker," an 
orchard in Salem Village, containing about two acres, which I purchased 
of John Shepard in 1691. [Ibid, 14 : 210. 

1709, June 16. John Hadlock of Salem and Sarah his wife, for 
£84, convey to John Giles of Salem, cordwainer, thirteen acres of land 
in Salem, near the "said Giles his house" in Salem. [Ibid, 21 : 154. 

1719-20, Feb. 29. John Giles of Salem, cordwainer, [no wife is 
mentioned,] for <£12, conveys to John and William Osburn of Salem, 
his right in the common and undivided lands of Salem. [Ibid, 38 : 81. 

1722-3, Jan. 1. John Hutchinson Jun r of Salem, for £74, mort- 

* Job Swinnerton was admitted freeman, 1639. 

t This was Rev. Samuel Parris, formerly pastor of the church in " Salem 
Village," in whose family the unhappy "Salem Witchcraft" began, in Feb. 1692. 
He was b. in London, 1653; ordained pastor, Salem Village, Nov. 1689; left his 
pastoral charge there in June, 1696; resided in Concord, 1704; preached in Dun- 
stable, 1711 ; d. probably in Sudbury, 1720. He did much to promote that terrible 

As a matter of curiosity, though not strictly belonging to the design of this 
volume, we give the following abstract of the will of this unfortunate man, as 
recorded Midd. Prob., 16 : 46. The will is not dated, but was proved March 28, 

Will of Rev. Samuel Parris of Sudbury. — No wife is mentioned. The 
testator has five children; viz., his dau. Elizabeth Barron, wife of Benjamin Barron, 
dau. Dorothy Brown, and dau. Mary Parris; also sons Noyes Parris and Samuel 
Parris. These two sons are minors. Noyes Parris having dedicated himself to 
learning, shall have his father's library, saving such books as are in English, which 
shall be divided among the testator's three other children, namely, Samuel Parris, 
Dorothy Brown, and Mary Parris. The testator owns part of a plantation, equal 
to twenty acres, in the island of Barbadoes. He has in that island an uncle, John 
Parris, Esq., who was, in 1656, attorney to the testator's father, Thomas Parris of 
London. This property in Barbadoes descended to the testator from his father as 
sole heir. He bequeaths to my son, Samuel Parris, my Indian woman Violett. 


gages to John Giles of Salem, cordwainer, 8 acres of land in Salem. 
[Ibid, 43 : 86. 

1729, March 27. William Porter of Topsfield, yeoman, and Phebe 
his wife, for .£21, convey one acre and 93 poles of land in Topsfield to 
John Giles of Salem, "yeoman." [Ibid, 52 : 180. 

John Giles was wounded by the Indians in their attack on Haverhill, 
Aug. 29, 1708, when Rev. Mr. Rolfe, minister of that place, was killed. 
See Lindall Family, in the sequel. 

He was a member of the church at Salem Village, now North Dan- 
vers. He was baptized in mature years, May 26, 1700, with his 
children, John, Bridget, and Abigail, at the time of his admission to 
that church. His second wife, Esther, was " received to full commu- 
nion 7 ' there, Sept. 5, 1712. 

He d. May 10, 1731. [Essex Prob., 21 : 9. 

1732, Oct. 4. The Judge orders a division of the estate of John 
Giles, late of Salem, deceased. 

1733, April 9. The estate is settled, and a division made among 
the children of the deceased, viz., John Giles, eldest son, two shares ; 
Abigail Giles alias Hutchinson, Hannah Giles, Ruth Giles alias Cum- 
mings, Elizabeth Giles, Mary Giles, Esther Giles. Elizabeth Giles is 
said to have been 19 years old in 1731, and Mary, 16 at same time. 
[Essex Prob., 21 : 9. 

The children of John Giles, 3 all b. in " Salem Village," were, by first 
wife, Abigail Raymond — 

62. tJohn, 4 b. Jan. 21, 1695-6; m. Susanna . 

63. Bridget, 4 b. Dec. 10, 1697 ; d. before division of father's estate. 

64. Abigail, 4 b. Jan. 3, 1699-1700; m. John Hutchinson of Salem, Nov. 17, 


65. Samuel, 4 b. Nov. 4, 1701 ; d. before division of father's estate. 

66. Hannah, 4 b. March 1, 1700-1; bap. Dec. 19, 1703; unm. 1733, at division 

of father's estate. 

67. Ruth, 4 bap. Sept. 16, 1705; m. Stebbins Cummings. 

By second wife, Esther Swinnerton — 

68. Bartholomew, 4 bap. May 6, 1711 ; d. before division of father's estate. 

69. Elizabeth, 4 bap. May 2, 1713; received to full communion, Oct. 16, 1736. 

70. Mary, 4 bap. June 5, 1715. 

71. Esther, 4 bap. June 8, 1718 ; m. Aug. 6, 1735, James Taylor, Jr., of Beverly. 

She d. not long after; for, in 1737, he m. Abigail Eelton of Salem. 


ELEAZAR GILES, 3 (John, 2 Edward, 1 ) son of John 2 and Eliza- 
beth Giles of Beverly; b. there, March 19, 1679-80; m. April 24, 
1702, Lydia Grover of Beverly. She was probably a grand-dau. of 
Edmund Grover, who was of Salem, 1637, and died in Beverly, June 
11, 1683, a. 82. He had a son Nehemiah. 

He was a "carpenter," though sometimes called a "wheelwright;" 
and spent his life in his native town of Beverly. He seems to have 
possessed a fair property. See several deeds quoted in the account 
given of his father. 

He lived, in 1723, very near the easterly end of the Beverly com- 
mon, on what is now Hale Street. In 1751, his son-in-law, Benjamin 
Jeffery, occupied the same house. 


1713-14, March 4. Samuel West of Beverly, yeoman, and Mary 
his wife, for £40, convey 12 acres of land in Beverly to Eleazer Giles 
of Beverly, wheelwright. [Essex Deeds, 31 : 173. 

1715, Nov. 8. Samuel West of Beverly, for £10, conveys to Eleazer 
Giles of B., carpenter, four acres of land in Beverly. [Ibid, 31 : 178. 

1729, April 25. Eleazar Giles of Beverly, wheelwright, and Lydia 
his wife, convey five acres of land in Beverly to Samuel Smith of 
Beverly. [Ibid, 55 : 19G. 

1734, Nov. 13. Eleazar Giles of Beverly, housewright, and Lydia 
his wife, for <£39, convey to Robert Hale* of Beverly, physician, one 
and a half acre of land in Beverly, bounded N. on Manchester road, 
S. by the sea, &c, W. on said Hale's land. [Ibid, 79 : 216. 

He d. April 24, 1740.J His wife Lydia d. Jan. 25, 1748-9. 

He made his will, April 8, 1740; it was proved May 5, 1740; re- 
corded Essex Prob., 24 : 201. He gives his wife Lydia the whole 
income of his estate during her natural life, if she remains his widow. 
After her decease, the whole shall go to my son-in-law, Benjamin 
Jeffery, husband of my dan. Elizabeth, he paying out sundry legacies 
to my son John Giles, to my other sons Eleazar, Ebenezer, Samuel, 
James, and Edmund, and to my dau. Lydia Brown. 

The children of Eleazar 3 and Lydia (Grover) Giles were — 

72. tEleazar, 4 b. Oct. 18, 1704; m. Rebecca Chapman, 1730. 

73. Lydia, 4 b. May 11, 1707; in. 1, Benjamin Very, Jr., of Salem; published 

Feb. 2, 1728-9. 2, Bartholomew Browne of Salem, published April 19, 
1730. He settled in Beverly, and was a cabinet-maker; was of Beverly 
in 1746; and was the son of Bartholomew Browne, a veiy respectable 
physician in Salem, b. 1667 ; d. 1717. 

74. tJohn, 4 b. April 24. 1711 ; m. Martha Pitman, 1730. 

75. Ebenezer, 4 bap. May 23, 1714; m. Eve Hoks |Hawkes] of Lynn, Aug. 7, 


76. tSamuel, 4 b. Feb. 12, 1716-17; m. Eunice Herrick. 

77. Elizabeth, 4 b. Dec. 31, 1719; m. Benjamin Jeffery of Lynn, Nov. 13, 1735. 

78. tJames, 4 b. April 8, 1723; m. Hannah Thompson of Ipswich, 1749. 

79. tEdmund, 4 b. Aug. 22, 1725; m. Esther Ellingwood, 1744. 


MARY GILES, 3 {John, 2 Edward, 1 ) dau. of John 2 and Elizabeth 
Giles of Beverly ; b. there, Feb. 28, 1681 ; m. Johx Wheeler, 1700. 
They were published June 29, 1700; their marriage is not recorded. 

He resided in Beverly, and was a cooper. Their children were — 

80. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 10, 1702 ; d. young. 

81. John, b. March 30, 1706 ; d. young. 

82. Mary, b. Aug. 27, 1707. 84. John, b. May 2, 1713. 

83. Jonathan, b. Aug. 1, 1709. 85. Elizabeth, b. July 4, 1714. 

* This was Col. Robert Hale, 4 who was also a physician and a magistrate, and 
a leading man in Beverly. He was b. in Beverly," Feb. 17, 1702, son of Robert 
Hale, 3 Esq., b. Nov. 3, 1668; d. 1719, who was son of Rev. John Hale, 2 first min- 
ister of Beverly, (b. June 3, 1636; H C. 1657; d. May 15, 1700,) and grandson 
of Robert Hale, 1 one of the founders of the church in'Charlestown, 1632. 

J We derive this date, and some others, from a MS. of Col. Robert Hale, 4 just 
mentioned, preserved in the office of the town clerk of Beverly. It is of special 
value to such as have occasion to investigate the history of families living in 
Beverly about the middle of last century. 

According to this MS., Mial Giles of Beverly died at Louisburg in 1759, doubt- 
less in the military service, in garrison there. I do not find this name elsewhere. 



JOHN GILES, 4 (John, 3 Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) son of John 3 and Anne 
(Andrews) Giles of Salem; bap. April 9, 1710; m. Mercy . 

He was a " husbandman," and resided in Salem, in that part which 
is now South Danvers. He, or his wife, or both, were members of the 
Third Church in Salem. But Sarah, their eldest dau., was baptized in 
the First Church in Salem ; the remaining three in the Third (or South 
Danvers) Church. This may indicate a corresponding change of resi- 
dence, about 1732. 

1737-8, Jan. 25. John Giles Jun r of Salem, husbandman, for £15 
in Bills of Credit, conveys to George Gould of Salem, half a share in 
a township of land " lately granted by the General Court of Massachu- 
setts Bay to Capt. Samuel King and others who were in the Expedition 
to Canada, which right was originally allowed to me for my uncle John 
Andrews."* [Essex Deeds, 77 : 217. 

The children of John and Mercy Giles were — 

86. Sarah, 5 bap. Aug. 6, 1732; d. in infancy. 

87. Mercy, 5 bap. Sept. 2, 1733. 

88. Sarah, 5 bap. Jan. 18, 1735-6. 

89. Lydia, 5 bap. May 3, 1741 ; seems to have m. James Patch, 2d, of Beverly. 

They were published there, Feb. 19, 1758. 

* The " Expedition to Canada," here mentioned, was, I presume, that ill-starred 
expedition, which sailed from Boston for the St. Lawrence, Aug. 9, 1690, with the 
small-pox on board. It was under the command of Sir William Phipps, who 
proved himself wholly incompetent to conduct such an enterprise. The attack on 
Quebec was too long delayed, and proved utterly unsuccessful. The expedition 
was undertaken at the cost of the Province, and the expense of it crippled the 
Province many years after. To provide funds, it became necessary to emit " Bills 
of Credit" to the amount of 50,000 pounds; the bad precedent led to still further 
issues of the same unworthy currency ; a ruinous depreciation took place ; gold and 
silver coin wholly disappeared, and the country seemed fast verging to a condition 
of hopeless bankruptcy, till the opportune arrival, in Sept. 1749, of a large amount 
of money, sent from the Royal Treasury to refund the charges incurred by the 
Province" in 1745 in the cap'ture of Louisburg, afforded the means of deliverance. 
The amount thus received was £183,649 sterling, in silver and copper coin ; and it 
was immediately applied to the redemption of the almost worthless paper. Scarcely 
ever has any event caused more gladness than the landing of this money on the 
Long Wharf in Boston. It consisted of 215 chests of silver dollars, each chest 
containing 3,000 dollars on an average, and 100 casks of copper; or, as stated 
otherwise, 653,000 ounces of silver, and 10 tons of copper coin. So low had the 
old currency sunk, that the law passed in 1749 for its redemption provided that one 
Spanish milled dollar should be given for forty-five shillings of the old tenor. 

The fifteen pounds which John Giles received for his half share in the township, 
were equivalent to only twelve silver dollars! The township "granted by the 
General Court to Capt. Samuel King and others," was doubtless the territory now 
included in the towns of Chesterfield and Goshen, in Hampshire county. Or rather, 
that township was granted in part to the survivors of the Canada expedition and 
their heirs, and in part to the survivors of the Narraganset expedition, 1675, and 
their heirs. 



SAMUEL GILES, 4 {James? Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) son of James 3 
and Elizabeth Giles; bap. 1728; m. Aug. 27, 17G2, Lydia Decoster 
of Marblehead. This marriage was by an Episcopal clergyman, and 
is recorded in Salem, where it was doubtless solemnized, though the 
parties are said to be " both of Marblehead." Whether there was a 
prior marriage, we know not. 

Samuel Giles was a " shipwright," and spent his life in Marblehead, 
which seems to have been his native town. 

17 GO, Nov. 10. Samuel Giles of Marblehead, shipwright, admin- 
istrator of Alice De France* of Marblehead, widow, deceased, sells to 
Samuel Rogers of Marblehead, taylor, for £81.10, a house and land in 
Marblehead, near Nick's Cove. [Essex Deeds, 109 : 88. 

1771, Feb. 2G. Pew No. 22 in St. Michael's Church, Marblehead. 
conveyed to Samuel Giles of Marblehead, shipwright. [Ibid, 129 : 29. 

1780, July 13. Inventory of the Estate of Mr. Samuel Gyles, late 
of Marblehead, shipwright, deceased, presented by Mrs. Lydia Giles, 
adm x . [Essex Prob., 54 : 89. 

He died, therefore, in the summer of 1 780. He seems to have left 
one son — 

90. tSamucl, 5 b. about 1763; m. 1784, Elizabeth Reith. 

Probably there were others, whose names are to us unknown ; and 
even of this Samuel we are not altogether confident, though we place 
him here on high probability. 


ELEAZAR GILES, 4 {Samuel, 3 Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) eldest son of 
Samuel 3 and Susanna (Palfrey) Giles of Salem ; bap. in First Church, 
Nov. 5, 1721 ; m. Elizabeth Smith of Salem, April 5, 1743. She 
was baptized, at adult age, Dec. 30, 1744, in the Third Church in 

* I presume that this was the mother of Samuel Giles' wife. Samuel Giles had 
a grand-dau. Alice. [184] 

J The case of this man has caused the compiler of this volume no small per- 
plexity. He is certainly the father of Capt. Eleazar Giles, 5 b. Oct. 1744 ; d. 1809. 
The eldest dau. of Capt. Eleazar Giles, Elizabeth Wright, is still living, 1862, 
though in her ninetieth year. Her mind is very clear and intelligent, and she well 
recollects the early past. Very particular inquiry has been made of her at different 
times within the last few years, and she is very positive and decided in the statement 
that the name of her father's father was Eleazar, and that her father's mother was 
named Elizabeth. Capt. Eleazar Giles was certainly the uncle of Capt. Samuel 
Giles of Salem, (b. Sept. 18, 1787; d. March, 1850); and this last was second 
cousin to my mother, they having the same great-grand father. My cousin Thomas 
Giles went several voyages with him (Capt. Samuel) to Canton and London; and 
he was well known to my uncle, who is here my principal informant. 

The town records of Salem are wholly silent in regard to the children of my great- 
great-grandfather Samuel Giles, [33] as they are in multitudes of other cases. The 
records of the First Church give him a son Samuel, but not a son Eleazar. Nothing 
more, however, is ever heard or seen of this son Samuel. With all these things in 
view, I decide that the Samuel of the church records, baptized Nov. 5, 1721, is no 
other than Eleazar, the father of Capt. Eleazar Giles ; for Eleazar must have been 
baptized in the First Church about that time ; and the record means Eleazar, though 
it says Samuel. 


He lived in South Danvers, after his marriage, until July, 1746, 
when he appears to have removed to a small tenement in Salem, on 
the east side of Bridge Street, near Beverly bridge, or ferry, as it then 
was. Here he lived probably till near the close of his life. He was 
a " fisherman," and from what I shall quote from the Massachusetts 
Archives, seems to have been well skilled in nautical affairs, though 
less competent to conduct his own pecuniary concerns. The last few 
years, or months, of his life were spent in Beverly, where he d. in the 
summer of 1781. His son Eleazar was his administrator. 

1746, July 23. Jane Massey of Salem, widow, for five shillings, 
conveys to Eleazar Giles of Salem, fisherman, a small piece of land in 
Salem, bounded North on the sea. [Essex Deeds, 88 : 172. 

As no building is mentioned as standing on this land, he must have 
erected a dwelling-house there, as we find him living there afterwards. 
It was on the east side of Bridge Street, next to the water. 

1758, March 22. Eleazar Giles of Salem, fisherman, and Elizabeth 
his wife, for £14.12, mortgage to Miles Ward Jun r of Salem, merchant, 
a dwelling-house, and a quarter of an acre of land, thereto belonging, 
situated in Salem, near Beverly ferry, where he the said Eleazar Giles 
now dwells. This mortgage was discharged Oct. 27, 1758, doubtless 
from the avails of his pay as a seaman in the ship King George. See 
below. [Ibid, 106 : 150. 

1767, Aug. 12. Execution is levied upon the goods and estate of 
Eleazar Giles of Salem, fisherman, for £13.3.11, besides cost, which is 
£1.7.2, at the suit of Samuel Buffum of Salem, shopkeeper. Buffum, 
being a Quaker, made affirmation, instead of the oath required by law. 
[Ibid, 121 : 140. 

The dwelling-house and land of Eleazar Giles were taken to satisfy 
this execution. But he must have found some means to redeem it, for 
we find it in his possession at the time of his death, as appears from the 
following : — 

1782, Nov. 12. Eleazar Giles of Beverly, mariner, administrator on 
the estate of Eleazar Giles, late of Salem, but last resident in Beverly, 
mariner, deceased, intestate, for £105, conveys to William Homan of 
Beverly, merchant, two parts in three of a dwelling-house and about 
40 poles [J acre] of land, situated in Salem, bounded N. and E. by the 
sea, W. by the highway, &c. [Ibid, 140 : 42. 

The currency, in 1782, was greatly depreciated. 

Eleazar Giles of Salem was a seaman in the armed ship King 
George, Benjamin Hallowell, Jun r , Esq., commander, from March 22 
to Oct. 21, 1758. There were in this ship 259 men, including officers. 
Their names are given in the Pay- Roll. [Mass. Archives. 

This ship was owned and kept in commission by the Province of 
Massachusetts Bay, and was doubtless employed in guarding the coasts 
of Massachusetts and Maine.* 

* The commander of this vessel, Benjamin Hallowell, married, June 13, 1746, 
Man' Boylston, b. Feb. 19, 1722, dau. of Thomas Boylston, shop-keeper, of Boston, 
and sister of Nicholas and Thomas Boylston, who were both wealthy men of Bos- 
ton. (See Vinton Memorial, p. 310.) Capt. Hallowell occupied the mansion-house 
still standing at the corner of Boylston and Austin Streets, on Jamaica Plain, near 
Boston. At the breaking out of the Revolution, he adhered to the royal party ; 


Eleazar Giles of Salem was not in this vessel in the year 1759 nor 
1760. But he was " Pilott," and Thomas Giles was "son to the Pilott," 
of the same armed ship King George, under the same commander, from 
April 10 to Oct. 22, 1762, being 28 weeks. The pay of Eleazar Giles 
during this time was 100 shillings ($16.66) per month. This was 
equal to one half the pay of the commander, Hallowell. The pay 
of his son, Thomas Giles, and of the crew generally, was 53s. Ad. 
($8.89) per month. There were 182 men in the ship, including officers. 
[Mass. Archives. 

This was the last year of the war, and the vessel was not in com- 
mission afterwards. 

The children of Eleazar 4 and Elizabeth (Smith) Giles, all b. in 
Salem, were — 

91. tEleazar, 5 b. Oct. 1744; m. Sarah Ellenwood of Beverly. 

92. iThomas, 5 b. about 1745; m. Rhoda Lowell of Amesbury. 

93. Benjamin, 5 b. ; unm. ; was killed in a naval battle in the Revolu- 

tionary war, fought between a British vessel of superior force and a 
privateer, of which his brother Eleazar was commander. See Eleazar. 

94. Clark, 5 b. . He was of Salem ; went to Sweden during the Revolu- 

tionary war; m. a wife there, whose christian name was said to be Elaca, 
probably a native of that country ; and was killed on his passage home to 
America. His widow, Elaca, lived a while in the family of his brother, 
Capt. Eleazar Giles, in Beverly, who afterwards sent her back to her native 

95. tElizabeth, 5 b. Feb. 1, 1750; m. Capt. Benjamin Ives of Salem. 

96. tSamuel, 5 b. ; m. Mehitable (Hathorne) King. 

97. Mary, 5 b. ; m. 1, John Lord. 2, Alexander Geddes, a native of 

Scotland. They (Mr. and Mrs. Geddes) lived and died in what is now 
Somcrville, then a part of Clnirlestown. They had two daughters and 
a son. 


ELIZABETH GILES, 4 (Samuel, 3 Eleazar? Edward?) dan. of 
Samuel 8 and Susanna (Palfrey) Giles of Salem; bap. Feb. 9, 1723-4; 
m. 1736, Isaac Very, 4 b. July 30, 1715, son of Benjamin 3 and Jemima 
(Newhall) Very of Salem. Benjamin 3 was a younger son of Samuel 
Very, 2 who was b. in England about 1619, son of Bridget Very, 1 who 
became the wife of EDWARD GILES. 1 

Isaac Very was a corporal in His Majesty's service in the company 
under the command of Col. Ichabod Plaisted, in the Expedition against 
Crown Point, in 1756. [Mass. Archives. 

went off in the British fleet with his family, and his estate was confiscated. He d. 
in 1799, and his wife in 1795. After their death, the estate was recovered by a suit 
in the United States Circuit Court, brought by their son, who had taken the name 
of Ward Nicholas Boylston. It was found on the trial that the property belonged 
to Mrs. Hallowell, and not to her husband; and her right to it had not been for- 
feited. [Geneal. Reg., Vol. XII., p. 72. 

* I find the following in one of the muster-rolls of the Revolution : — 

Mark Giles of Salem was a private in Capt. Bowne's company in Col. Thomas 
Gardner's regiment, 1775. [Mass. Archives. 

I am strongly inclined to refer this record to Clark Giles in the text. I find no 
Mark Giles in Salem about this time, and do not believe there was one of that name 
there. So far as I know, the name Mark has never been borne by a descendant 
of Edward Giles 1 of Salem ; though it has been common in the Dover branch. 

Gardner's regiment fought at Bunker's Hill, near the close of the day, and did 
good service in covering the retreat. Gardner was mortally wounded, and died 
July 3. 


Isaac Very and a Samuel Very, both of Salem, were privates in 
Capt. John Taplin's (of Southboro') company, in Col. Jonathan Bag- 
ley's regiment, in 1758. They enlisted May 2, and were discharged 
Nov. 20. [Ibid. 

Isaac Very of Salem, aged 43, enlisted April 6, 1759, in a regiment 
commanded by Col. Ichabod Plaisted, to be under the orders of Gen. 
Jeffery Amherst, for the invasion of Canada. He was also in the king's 
service as a soldier from April 28 to Dec. 6, 1760. [Ibid. 

Isaac Very d. at Sandy Hook, in the army, 1778. Elizabeth, his 
wife, d. 1779. 

Their children were — 

98. James, 5 — 

99. Elizabeth ,s 
100. Hannah, 5 

101. Daniel, 5 ; d. young. 

102. tlsaae, 5 b. 1745; m. "l, Knapp. 2, Margaret Brown. 3, Rachel Jones, 

4, Harwood. 

103. Benjamin, 5 ; a revolutionary soldier; d. 1785. 

104. Isaiah, 5 

105. Sarah, 5 ; m. 1, Aberdeen. 2, Edward Smothers. 

106. Jacob, 5 ; shipmaster; m. Elizabeth Clements. He d. 1797. Had, 

Jacob, 5 Elizabeth, 6 Martha. 6 

107. Samuel, 5 ; d. in infancy. 

103. ISamuel, 5 b. 1755; m. I, Hannah Putney. 2, Lydia Clongh. 

109. Daniel, 5 ; d. in some foreign land. 


THOMAS GILES, 4 {Samuel, 3 Eleazar, 2 Edward, 1 ) youngest son 
of Samuel 3 and Susanna (Palfrey) Giles of Salem ; baptized Feb. 7, 
1730-1; m. in Salem, Nov. 4, 1753, Mary Jennison,* b. about 1734, 
only surviving dau. of Rev. William Jennison, 4 who had been pastor 
of the East Church in Salem from 1728 to 1736, by his wife Abigail, 
dau. of James Lindall, Esquire, a prosperous and wealthy merchant of 
Salem. [Jennison 57.] In the record of the marriage, both of the 
parties are declared to be " of Salem." After the death of her father, 
1750, and perhaps from a previous date, it would appear that Mary 
Jennison resided with her relatives, the Lindalls, in that place. It 
appears, moreover, that she inherited some of the large property of her 
said grandfather. 

Thomas Giles resided, after his marriage, in South Danvers, and his 
children were baptized in the church in that place. He was a " cabinet- 
maker," a trade which he doubtless learned of his father. 

His wife was, for those times, a well-educated woman, and possessed 
great worth of character. She spent much time in instructing her 
children ; and they were left chiefly to her care, the father being absent 
in the service of his country. Samuel, her second son, in particular, 
retained to the end of his long life a most vivid remembrance of her 
and her early instructions. 

Tradition reports that she and her husband commenced life in a style 
above what they were able to support, and that they thus became 
reduced in their worldly circumstances. If this were so, it may account 
for the sale of their interest in a portion of her mother's estate so soon 
after her decease. 


I find but one deed on record, in which his name occurs, either as 
grantor or grantee ; and that is the deed to which I have now made 
allusion. I infer from this that he was not possessed of much worldly 
property in his own right ; though his connection with so influential a 
family as the Lindalls indicates a respectable position in society ; and 
he had of course a life-estate in the property of his wife. 

1765, June 25. Thomas Giles, now resident in Danvers, cabinet- 
maker, and Mary his wife, formerly Mary Jenison, daughter of Abigail 
Jenison, late of said Danvers, widow, deceased, intestate, for £5 5.4s. 
lawful money, convey to Samuel Jenison of New-London, Connecticut, 
merchant, all the interest of the said Thomas and Mary in the Real 
Estate in Danvers, which the said Abigail Jenison left to them at her 
death; particularly two third parts of 17 acres of woodland, also 3 J 
acres of land in Danvers.* [Essex Deeds, 115 : 275. 

There was other property, besides what was alienated by this deed, 
which Mrs. Mary Giles inherited from the Lindall family, as appears 
from the following petition to the Judge of Probate of Essex County, 
dated Jan. 3, 1785 : — 

" The petition of James Lindall Giles, Mary Giles, and Abigail Giles, 
children of Mary Giles, late of Salem, deceased, humbly sheweth, that 
Mary Giles, our late mother, died seized of some lands and other estate 
in Salem aforesaid ; and prays that your Honor would grant unto our 
elder brother Thomas Giles of Boston, a Letter of Administration," &c. 

"Boston, Jan. 3, 1785. This may certify to whom it may concern, 
that we the subscribers have often heard our two brothers Samuel 
Giles and William Giles, who are absent, say, that it was their desire 
that their elder brother Thomas Giles of Boston would take care and 
transact all matters relating to what might be coming to them at the 
decease of their and our mother, Mary Giles. 

James Lindall Giles, 
Mary Giles, 
Witness — Abigail Giles. 

William Sadler, 
Sally Atwood. 

Besides the " lands and other estate in Salem aforesaid," there were 
also lands in Danvers, which Mrs. Mary Giles inherited from the 
Lindall family, as appears from the following alienation of them : — 

1792, May 24. Thomas Giles of Gloucester and James Lindall 
Giles of Salem, children of Mary Giles, late of Salem, deceased, for 
£2. 8s. lawful money, paid by Nathaniel Nurse of Danvers, yeoman, 
sell, convey, and forever quitclaim to him all their interest in a parcel 
of land containing 12 acres, bounded S. on the county road, W. on land 
of Nathaniel Nurse, N. on Benjamin Proctor, E. on land of Joseph 
Newhall. [Essex Deeds, 165 : 204. 

* Mrs. Abigail Jennison d. at Danvers, Jan. 1, 1765, x. 52. Samuel Jennison, 
the grantee in the above deed, was her son, and brother of Mrs. Mary Giles. The 
phrase, " Lawful money," came into use immediately after the redemption of the 
old currency, in 1750, and was used to denote the new currency, resting on a specie 
basis, which then followed. Six shillings and eight pence of this currency were by 
law declared to be equivalent to an ounce of coined silver, or a French crown. The 
phrase was retained till within the writer's recollection. 


1792, June. Samuel Giles of Weathersfield, Vermont, and William 
Giles and Mary Giles, late of Brookfield, Mass., and Abigail Giles, 
lately living with the aforesaid Samuel Giles, for £2.8s., paid to each by 
Nathaniel Nurse, sell, &c, the same 12 acres. [Ibid. 

1793, April 15. James Lindall Giles, tailor, and Mary Giles, 
spinster, both of Salem, for £5. 5s. lawful money, convey to Jonathan 
Trask of Danvers, 3 £ acres of land in Dan vers. [Ibid, 155 : 228. 

1793, June 8. Thomas Giles of Gloucester, sailmaker, and Mary 
his wife, for £2. 17s. lawful money, convey to Jonathan Trask of Dan- 
vers, all their interest in 3 £ acres of land in Danvers. [Ibid, 156 : 175. 

I presume that the property thus described and thus alienated, by the 
children of Mrs. Mary Giles, descended to her from her grandfather, 
James Lindall. But she had other property in Danvers, bequeathed to 
her by Mary Lindall, her aunt, as appears from the following document, 
executed about a year after the death of her husband : — 

1776, June 27. Mary Giles of Danvers, widow, conveys to her 
brother William Jennison of Douglas, in the county of Worcester, one 
quarter part of a farm in Danvers, the whole farm containing 85 acres, 
"being the same farm which our aunt Mary Lindall, formerly of 
Salem, lately of Charlestown, Mass., single-woman, deceased, devised to 
Edward Goldstone Lutwyche, the said William Jennison, my brother 
Samuel Jennison, and myself, to be equally divided," &c. [Ibid, 
134 : 234. 

I have gone thus largely into the matter of inheritance derived from 
the Lindall family, because it is of importance in itself, and because the 
descendants of Thomas and Mary (Jennison) Giles will be glad to see 
thus fully illustrated a matter in which they have always felt a special 
interest. I have heard it spoken of from my childhood ; and Lindall 
has ever been with me a cherished name. 

Thomas Giles 4 was a soldier in the " Old French War," the war 
which resulted in the expulsion of the French from Canada, How 
long he continued in this service, does not appear. I do not find his 
name on any of the muster-rolls belonging to that period, preserved in 
the Massachusetts Archives ; notwithstanding those rolls contain the 
names of many men from Danvers, Salem, Beverly, and other towns 
in that vicinity. I find the name of Joshua Saffbrd* of Danvers, an 
apprentice (servant he is called) of Thomas Giles. But the name of 
Thomas Giles, after the most careful search continued through several 
days, I did not find, except in a doubtful case.J 

* Joshua Saffbrd was a private, from April 3 to Nov. 20, 1758, in a company 
of foot in His Majesty's service, under command of Capt. Andrew Fuller, in a 
regiment of which Jonathan Bagley of Amesbury was colonel, raised by the 
Province for the reduction of Canada. On the several rolls of Col. Bagley's regi- 
ment, in 1758, were borne the names of 1,028 men. [Mass. Archives. 

There were, not unfrequently, negroes and Indians in the companies raised by 
the Province during this war. I found many rolls, belonging to the year 1758, 
containing the names of negroes and Indians mingled with the names cf other 
soldiers. This shows the extreme urgency of the times. 

X The "Billeting Rolls" of this period contain the names of the soldiers who 
were furnished with meals by the innholders in different parts of the country, 
especially on the line of march to Canada, as the troops marched to the seat of war 


What then ? Shall we conclude, in opposition to the positive assertion 
of his son, that Thomas Giles did not serve his country at that great 
crisis? We will rather attribute the deficiency to the well-known 
imperfection of records ; a lesson we have been learning all along, in 
these genealogical investigations. Public records do not, and cannot, 
contain everything ; and many things which they ought to contain were 
omitted through the carelessness of the recording officer. 

Samuel Giles, second son of Thomas Giles,* stated that, so far as he 
could recollect, he never saw his father till he (Samuel) was six years 
old; that his father was a soldier in the "Old French War;" that he 
suffered much while on the Canada frontier; and that in giving an 
account, to his wii'e after his return, of his hardships and sufferings, he 
could not refrain from tears ; which his little boy, Samuel, observing, 
wondered at, not understanding why his father should weep, note that 
he had got home. 

In that great struggle, the colonies put forth their utmost strength. 
On the issue hung their dearest interests. Massachusetts, in particular, 
raised in one year, 1758, seven thousand men for the conquest of 
Canada ; besides six hundred men maintained for coast and frontier 
defence. The same Province also advanced, the same year, not less 
than one million of dollars for the same purpose.* It is pleasant to 
think that our ancestor, Thomas Giles, had a part in this struggle. 

When the encroachments of the British ministry and parliament had 
again put in peril all that our fathers held dear, and the colonies were 
at length aroused to an armed resistance, Thomas Giles was among the 
first who repaired to the Revolutionary standard. Though he had 
passed the meridian of life, we find him in the host that beleaguered 
the British forces in Boston, after the battle of Lexingtoi. On the 
memorable seventeenth of June, 1775, he faced the myrmidons of 
oppression on Bunker Hill. In that sanguinary fray, he fought with 
undaunted courage ; and just as he was ready to fire away his last 
cartridge, he was heard to exclaim, " Heaven direct the charge ! " The 
Provincial troops on Bunker Hill, on that occasion, it is well known, 
exhausted all their ammunition. The day after the battle, while trying 
on some new clothing in a tailor's shop, he suddenly fell, and instantly 
expired. This may have arisen from the fatigue and exhaustion of 
the battle ; for it does not appear that he was wounded. The troops 
suffered much from the heat of the weather, and an enforced absti- 
nence from food, through the day, as well as from the severity of the 

and returned. The uniform charge is sixpence a meal for each man. The account 
was made out, and paid hy the Province. 

In " an account for billeting men on their return from the army, by Thomas 
Adams, Cambridge, Dec. 20, 1758," appears the name of Thomas Giles, " 2 meals," 
who is said to be one of " Capt. Gorges men," that is, one of the company of Capt. 
Samuel George, "in Col. Bagley's Regm*." Capt. George's company were from 
Amesbury and vicinity. Col. Bagley's regiment, we know, had men from Salem, 
Beverly, &c. But as the name of the soldier above mentioned is elsewhere given 
as Thomas Gibbs, there may be room for doubt whether Thomas Giles of Danvers 
is meant. [Mass. Archives, Vol. VII., 1758-1760. 

* Holmes's American Annals. Hildrcth's History of the United States. 

J Here, again, the records fail us ; for after repeated and most careful search 


Thomas Giles died, therefore, June 18, 1775, a?. 45. 

Mrs. Mary Giles, his widow, d. at Salem, her home, after the death 
of her husband, in the month of November, 1784. 

The children of Thomas 4 and Mary (Jennison) Giles, all baptized in 
the church at South Danvers, were — 

110. tThomas, 5 b. Oct. 6, 1754; m. Mary Soper Marshall, 1780. 

111. tMary, 5 bap. Feb. 1, 1756; m. Solomon Stevens. 

112. tSamuel, 5 b. April 6, 1757 ; m. Laurana Holmes, 1783. 

113. Abigail, 5 bap. Jan. 21, 1759; d. young. 

114. Elizabeth, 5 bap. Nov. 2, 1760; d. young. 

115. tWilliam, 5 bap. Feb. 28, 1762; m. . 

116. tJames Lindall, 5 bap. March 30, 1766; m. 1, Anna Page. 2, Martha 


117. tAbigail, 5 bap. May 7, 1769; m. 1, Robert Watson. 2, Adna Bates. 


SAMUEL GILES, 4 (Eleazar, 3 Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) eldest son of 
Eleazar 3 and Elizabeth Giles of Hopkinton ; bap. Dec. 20, 1724 ; m. 
Sept, 20, 1749, Mary Axtell of Grafton. 

"We know but little respecting him. He continued to reside in 
Hopkinton till the year 1762; and not long afterwards seems to have 
moved away ; as the whole family did about that time. 

Samuel Giles of Hopkinton was a private in the company of foot 
of the Province troops in His Majesty's service, under the command of 
Capt. Aaron Fay, in a regiment raised for the reduction of Canada, 
whereof Ebenezer Nichols was colonel. He enlisted March 29, 1758, 
and was in the service till Nov. 10, 1758. Pay £l.l6s.==6 dolls, per 
month. [Mass. Archives. 

Samuel Giles of Hopkinton, aged 30, enlisted April 6, 1759, in a 
regiment commanded by Col. John Jones, for the invasion of Canada. 

among the muster-rolls and pay-rolls of 1775, the name of Thomas Giles 4 is not to 
be found. We find his son Thomas's name, but not his. 

The proof of what is affirmed in the text is, however, entirely satisfactory. His 
son Samuel often stated that his father was in the battle of Bunker Hill, and that 
he died in the manner above described. This statement was introduced into the 
sermon preached at the son's funeral, by Rev. Dr. Yale of Kingsborough, and has 
never been doubted. Uea. Samuel Giles was accustomed to speak of it as a well- 
ascertained fact. He further stated that once, when on a journey, in a sleigh with 
a pair of horses, probably in the winter of 1800, to Gloucester, Mass., to visit his 
friends, and passing through New Hampshire, he (Samuel) called at a blacksmith's 
shop to have some repairs made, or it may be, to get a horse shod ; when a man 
who accompanied him called him by name. At the sound of it, the blacksmith 
started, and inquired if he were related to Thomas Giles. " That was my father's 
name," replied Samuel. The blacksmith then said, he stood by his side in the 
battle of Bunker Hill, and as he raised his piece to discharge it for the last time, he 
exclaimed, "Heaven direct the charge !" 

The time and manner of his death were doubtless well known to his family ; and 
a mistake here is hardly possible. 

As no other engagement of the Revolution possesses so deep and peculiar an 
interest as that of Bunker Hill, so no other engagement is involved in so much 
obscurity, and has occasioned so much controversy. The American forces had not 
then been thoroughly organized ; the muster-rolls are very imperfect ; the orderlv 
books were not well kept. Even the order book of General Ward notices the 
engagement in a very negligent, cursory manner. It has always been extremely 
difficult to ascertain who were there, and who were not. Exact order and discipline 
were not observed ; men fought when and where they pleased. It has even been a 
question warmly debated, Who was the commander of the American troops on that 
memorable day "? Whether in fact they had any commander 1 


It appears from a muster-roll, made out in the autumn of 1759, that 
Samuel Giles " never joined" the company into which he enlisted in 
April of that year; which was that of Capt John Nixon. [Ibid. 
His children were* — 

118. Mary, 5 bap. Sept 1, 1751. 

119. Elizabeth, 5 . 

120 Abigail, 5 bap. Oct. 31, 1756. 

121. Joseph, 5 bap. Feb. 4, 1759. 

122. John, 5 bap. Jan. 3, 1762. 


JOHN GILES, 4 (Eleazar? Eleazar, 2 Edward, 1 ) brother of the pro- 
ceding; b. in Hopkinton, about 1732; m. Jane Learned of Hopkin- 
ton, Feb. 28, 1758. He died not long after, and his widow Jane m. 
Amos Newton of Southboro', July 22, 1762. 

1755. John Giles hired George Stimson as his substitute to go to 
" Crown Point." 

1757. Eleazar Giles was corporal, and John Giles a private, in the 
" West company in Hopkinton," under the command of Capt. John 
Jones, as per return dated March 23, 1757. 

1759, July 29. John Giles and his wife "owned the covenant," and 
their child, Elizabeth, was baptized. 

John Giles probably d. about 17 GO. We find only one child of his 
recorded, viz : — 

123. Elizabeth, 5 born March 27, 1759. 


EBENEZER GILES, 4 (Eleazar, 3 Eleazar, 2 Edward, 1 ) brother of 
the preceding; bap. in Hopkinton, Aug. 28, 1737; m. Esther . 

* We are left in the dark touching the subsequent history of this family. It is 
not improbable that they removed to some place in the county of Berkshire. I find 
that Samuel Giles was in a company of militia from the county of Berkshire, who 
inarched to reinforce Gen. Stark. The service continued from Oct. 1 1 to Oct. 28, 
1781. [Mass. Archives. 

I assign to this place, as its most probable location, the following piece of infor- 
mation : — 

A few years ago, as my cousin Lucy Giles, wife of my cousin Eben Giles, [441 1 
was returning from the West, and passing through Michigan, a blind lady, accom- 
panied by a little girl, entered the car in which she was travelling. Lucy, observing 
the name Giles on this lady's bundle or other packet, and having her curiosity thus 
excited, inquired if that was her name. Receiving an affirmative answer, some 
further conversation followed. After Lucy's return, some correspondence ensued. 
At length a letter was received from this lady's brother, Mr. Orson Spicer Giles, of 
Ann Arbor, Michigan, who says that his grandfather, JOSEPH GILES, removed 
from Massachusetts to Marlborough, Vt., soon after the commencement [qu. close?) 
of the Revolutionary war ; that he had three children, Joseph, Lydia, and 
Robert ; that Robert m. Diana Spicer, and moved to Franklin Co., in Mass., 
where his son, Orson Spicer Giles, was born; he then removed to Addison County, 
Vt., where he had Robert, in 1809, and Daphne Smith, Oct. 3, 1812. This last 'is 
the blind lady above mentioned. She has been blind since she was fourteen years 
old ; spent two years in the New York Institution for the Blind ; has supported 
herself by writing and selling books. This was her business at the time when she 
and Lucy Giles met in the cars. In the autumn of 1857, she was married to John 
Jenkins, and has gone to reside in Minnesota. 

Joseph Giles, her grandfather, was probably b. 1759, son of Samuel 4 and Mary 
(Axtell) Giles. 


She was a truly religious woman, and consecrated all her children to 
God in baptism. 

His mother, widow of Eleazar Giles, was married to Benjamin 
Brooks of Townsend, Oct. 20, 1749, and took her three youngest chil- 
dren with her, viz., Ebenezer, James, and Joseph. Or, if they did not 
go then, they went shortly after, for we find them in Townsend in 1757, 
when Isaac Farrar of that town was appointed their guardian. 

1759. Ebenezer Giles of Townsend was drafted out of Capt. John 
Stevens' company. [Mass. Archives. 

Ebenezer Giles spent the remainder of his days in Townsend. The 
time of his death does not appear. All his children, save John, re- 
moved to Pawlet, Vt. 

I have found no conveyance of land to him. 

The children of Ebenezer and Esther Giles, b. in Townsend, were — 

124. tEbenezer, 5 b. Aug. 14, 1759 ; m. 1, Melvin of Concord. 2, Abigail 

Clark of Concord. 

125. Elizabeth, 5 b. Feb. 6, 1761; m. Jeremiah Baldwin of Townsend. They 

removed to Pawlet, Vt. About 1810, they removed to Pompfort, now 
called Dunkirk, N. Y. She had many children, and died about 1826. 

126. tJohn, 5 b. Nov. 4, 1762; m. I, Susan Baldwin. 2, Mary Adams. 

127. tSarah, 5 b. March 8, 1766 ; m. James Pratt of Pawlet, Vt. 

128. Esther, 5 b. June 16, 1769; m. Abijah Munroe of Concord. Soon after 

they removed to Pawlet, Vt., where they lived several years, and had a 
large family. In 1812, they removed to Fredonia, N. Y., where she d. 
about 1848. 

129. Rachel, 5 b. Feb. 2, 1771 ; m. John Conant of Concord. She had several 

children and d. in Pawlet, Vt., not far from 1820. 

130. Joel, 5 b. Nov. 13, 1776; m. . Lived in Pawlet, Vt. Removed to 

Ashtabula Co., Ohio, about 1810, and d. there about 1858. The latter 
part of his life he was a Baptist preacher and was much respected. 

131. Hannah, 5 b. Aug. 11, 1778; m. Jesse Munroe, from Lyme, Ct. They 

lived in Pawlet, Vt. They afterwards removed to Poultney, Vt., where 
she d. in 1860. 

Two others died in infancy, names unknown. a a /i q; o C. Q 


JAMES GILES, 4 (Eleazar, 3 JSleazar,' Udioard, 1 ) brother of the 
preceding, born in Hopkinton, July 19, 1740; m. Dec. 8, 1763, Eliza- 
beth Green, b. April 2, 1742, dau. of Isaac and Martha Green of 

He was a "yeoman," as all his brothers seem to have been. He 
came from Hopkinton to Townsend, with his mother, probably about 
1750, and resided there till after the Revolutionary war, when he 
seems to have moved away. The place to which he moved is not 

In 1763, however, we find him at Lunenburg, an adjoining town. 

1763, Sept. 12. Josiah Willard of Winchester, N. H, Esquire, and 
Hannah his wife ; Benjamin Bellows of Walpole, N. II., Esquire, and 
Mary his wife; Oliver Farwell of Merrimack, N. H., yeoman, and 
Abigail his wife ; Rebecca Blanchard of Dunstable, widow ; and Ruth 
Stearns of Lunenburg, widow,* for £30 lawful money, sell to James 

* These five ladies were all sisters, and daughters of Major Jonathan Hubbard 
of Groton, afterwards of Townsend, where he died, April 7, 1761. Josiah Willard 
was Colonel Willard, formerly of Lunenburg. His son Josiah m. Mary Jennison, 
[Jennison 76]. Benjamin Bellows was Colonel Bellows of Walpole, N. H. [See 


Giles of said Lunenburg, yeoman, the second division lot in Townsend, 
No. 82, containing fifty acres, being in that part of Townsend called 
Bayberry Hill. [Midd. Deeds, 72 : 223. 

1764, June 6. Jonathan Goss of Townsend, husbandman, for £20, 
sells to James Giles of Townsend, a piece of land [area not stated] in 
Townsend, bounded E. on land of said James Giles, S. on Daniel 
Sherwin, W. on Abraham Clark, N. on the highway. [Ibid, 72 : 224. 

17G8, Jan. 8. Jonas Minot of Concord, for £20, sells to James Giles 
of Townsend, 70 acres of land on Bayberry Hill in Townsend. [Ibid, 
72 : 224. 

1769, Dec. 4. Daniel Farwell, for £4, sells to James Giles of 
Townsend, 15 acres of land in Townsend, on the south side of Squani- 
cook river. [Ibid, 72 : 225. 

17G9, Dec. 7. James Giles of Townsend, and Elizabeth his wife, 
for £12, sell to Nowell Dodge of Townsend, 40 acres in Townsend, on 
the east side of Bayberry Hill. [Ibid, 74 : 490. 

1773,' April 22. John Page of Groton, yeoman, and Martha his 
wife, for £350, convey to James Giles of Townsend, yeoman, three 
parcels of land in Groton, containing in all 105 acres, with the buildings 
thereon. [Ibid, 74 : 352. 

1774, April 26. This last purchase was conveyed by James Giles, 
for £286, to Benjamin Bancroft, Jim--. [Ibid, 76:192. 

James Giles of Townsend was one of a party of thirteen men, who 
marched to Cambridge upon the " Lexington alarm," under the com- 
mand of Lieut. Daniel Sherwin, in Col. James Prescott's regiment. 
[Mass. Archives.] James Giles d. in Townsend about 1817. His 
wife Elizabeth d. not long before. 

The children of James 4 and Elizabeth (Green) Giles, b. in Town- 
send, were — 

132. Mary, 5 b. April 4, 1765; m. Stephen Warren. 

133. James, 5 b. Feb. 3, 1767 ; m. Lvdia Russell, March 23, 1789. 

134. Isaac, 5 b. Feb. 19, 1769; m. Jenny Wallis, Sept. 5, 1794. 

135. Elizabeth, 5 b. April 5, 1771; m. Jonathan Shattuck, Sept. 19, 1793. He 

was b. in Pepperell, Nov. 9, 1771 ; and was still residing there, as a mil- 
ler and farmer, in 1854. She d. June 8, 1841, a. 70 yrs. 2 mos. 3 days. 
They had nine children, of whom seven were married and had families. 
A full account of them, and of Mr. Shattuck's pedigree and connections, 
may be found in that excellent work, The Shattuck Memorial, by Lem- 
uel Shattuck of Boston, pp. 291, 292. 

136. Martha, 5 b. Dec. 19, 1774; m. Francis Butterfield, Nov. 1798. 

137. Abigail, 5 b. Jan. 30, 1776; m. Uriah Searle, April 27, 1800. They lived 

in Charlestown, N. H. 

138. Susanna, 5 b. April 19, 1778; m. Jacob Russell, Oct. 1800. 

139. Luther, 5 b. June 19, 1780 ; m. Eliza Harris, (?) April 22, . 

140. tNehemiah, 5 b. July 1, 1783; m. Mary Cowdin, Jan. 10, 1809. 


JOSEPH GILES, 4 (Eleazar, 3 Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) brother of the 

preceding; bap. Oct. 16, 1743; m. Mary . 

He came from Hopkinton to Townsend, with his mother and brothers, 

Jennison 21]. Rebecca Blanchard was widow of Col. Joseph Blanchard of Dun- 
stable. Ruth Stearns was widow of Rev. David Stearns of Lunenburg. [Bond's 
Watertown Genealogies, p. 797. 


and settled there. About 1785, he moved to New Ipswich, N. II., 
where he bought a farm, and where he probably resided the remainder 
of his days. 

1769, Nov. 1. David Sloan of Townsend, and Lydia his wife, for 
£13.6.0, sell to Joseph Giles of Townsend, yeoman, five acres of land 
in Townsend. [Here was a house-lot, but no buildings on it.] [Midd. 
Deeds, 71 : 406. 

1785, March 14. Joseph Giles of Townsend, yeoman, and Mary his 
wife, for £133.6.8, sell to Isaac Mulliken of Townsend, physician, 40 
acres of land in Townsend. [Ibid, 89 : 377. 

Joseph Giles of Townshend, marched as one of a party of men, on 
the "Lexington alarm," to Cambridge, April, 1775; and "continued 
in the service till [the party was] ordered back to take care of the 
tories in said Townshend." [Mass. Archives. 

The children of Joseph and Mary Giles, so far as appears from the 
records of Townsend, were — 

141. Joseph, 5 b. April 8, 1773. 

142. Rebecca, 5 b. June 26, 1775 ; or Tlebena. (?) 

143. Daniel, 5 b May 18, 1778; d. 1813, in New Ipswich, N. H. See History 

of New Ipswich, p. 277. 

144. Polly, 5 b. Jan. 6, 1781. 

145. Noah, 5 b. March 10, 1783. 


JOHN GILES, 4 (John, 3 John,' Edward, 1 ) eldest son of John 3 and 
Abigail (Raymond) Giles of " Salem Village," now North Danvers ; b. 
there, Jan. 21, 1695-6; m. 1, March 27, 1718, Susanna Hall, b. 
Aug. 30, 1696, dau. of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Cutter) Hall of Med- 
ford. She d. in Medford, May 21, 1754. 2, Nov. 25, 1756, Lydia 
Atwood of Woburn. She was probably widow of John Atwood. 

Like his father, he was a " cordwainer ;" though, like him also, an 
owner and cultivator of the soil. He lived in Medford from the time 
of his marriage, 1718, until a little while before his father's death, in 
1731, when he returned to "Salem Village," where he resided till the 
sale of his property in 1746. He then seems to have returned to Med- 
ford, where he resided, at least till his second marriage, in 1756. His 
last days appear to have been spent in Woburn, where he died Jan. 20, 
1761, and was buried in the Old Cemetery in that place. [Gravestone. 

He and his wife Susanna removed their relation from the church in 
Medford, and were "propounded for communion by letter of dismission 
from [said church to the church in Salem Village] May 2, 1731." 
[Records of Church in North Danvers. 

He was administrator, 1731, oh the estate of his father. [Essex 
Prob.. 19 : 13. 

1731, Nov. 15. John Giles of Salem, administrator on the estate of 
John Giles, late of Salem, deceased, for £32, conveys four acres of land 
in Salem to Benjamin Towne of Topsfield. [Essex Deeds, 60 : 12. 

1731, Nov. 16. Benjamin Towne of Topsfield, and Susanna his 
wife, for £33, convey the same four acres of land to John Giles of Sa- 
lem, cordwainer. [Ibid, 60 : 33. 

1732, Sept. 2. Benjamin Towne of Topsfield, and Susanna his wife, 
for £48, convey to John Giles of Salem, cordwainer, 3£ acres of land 


in Salem, in two parcels; the first parcel being the two acres which 
John Giles, deceased, bought of Samuel Parris, July 2, 1700. [Ibid, 
60 : 218. 

1746, March 31. John Giles of Salem, cordwainer, and Susanna his 
wife, for £620, old tenor, convey to Solomon Putnam of Salem, black- 
smith, my now dwelling-house and three acres of land in Salem, adjoin- 
ing the same; also 13 acres of land in Salem. [Ibid, 88 : 99. 

The sum here received was equivalent to about 370 silver dollars. 

We think he did not reside in ''Salem Village" after this. We find 
in Medford a record of his daughter's death, in 1750, of his wife's 
death, in 1754, and of his second marriage, in 1756. 

The children of John 4 and Susanna Giles were — 

146. Susanna, 5 b. in Medford, Jan. 26, 1718-19 ; d. there nnra. June 20, 1750. 

147. John, 5 b. in Medford, June 27, 1721 ; d. there, July 2, 1747, "the first of 

the nervous fever which swept many away." [Medford Records.] I 
suppose he was the father of — 
148. John, e b. perhaps 1742; m. Margaret Masury of Danvers, Feb. 
15, 1763. He resided in North Danvers, and had — 

149. Margaret, 7 bap. Sept. 30, 1764. 

150. John"/ bap. Oct. 14, 1764. (?) 

151. Abigail, 5 b. in Medford, Au<j. 19, 1723. Did she die young or was she of 

Gloucester, "spinster," in 1764? [Essex Deeds, 116*: 54.] See No. 160^. 

152. Samuel, 5 b. in Medford, June 30, 1726; m. Jan. 31, 1754, Abigail Hall, b. 

Aug. 10, 1733, dau. of Edward and Abigail Hall of Medford. He was 
a tailor in Medford; sold half a house there, Dec. 17, 1753, to Aaron 
Blanchard of Medford. [Midd. Deeds, 54 : 231.] Samuel and Abigail 
Giles were the parents of — 
152^. Abigail, 6 b. in Medford, April 20, 1756. 

153. Edward, 5 b. in Medford, March 2, 1729; m. Dec. 12, 1751, Hannah Skin- 

ner, dau. of Thomas Skinner of Charlestown. 

He was a brickmaker of Medford ; failed in business there; an Exe- 
cution against him for £82.5.10. on a debt due to Jeremiah Page of 
Danvers, was levied July 1, 1754. [Midd. Deeds, 53 : 81.] Shortly 
after, we find him in Providence, R I. April 4, 1755, Edward Giles of 
Providence, R I., brickmaker, and Hannah his wife, for 40 dollars, sell 
to John Bishop of Medford, brickmaker, eleven rods of land in Medford. 
[Ibid, 53 : 194.] At length, we rind him at Windsor, Ct. Jan. 31, 1774, 
Edward Giles of Winsor, Ct., for £50, sells to John Bishop of Medford, 
merchant, all my right in the estate of my uncle, Nathaniel Hall, late of 
Medford, veoman, deceased. [Ibid, 75 : 381.] Nathaniel Hall d. at Med- 
ford, Sept. 22, 1773, a. 79. 

The children of Edward and Hannah Giles were — 
153^. Susanna, 6 b. in Medford, Mav 28, 1752. 
154T Hannah, 6 b. in Medford, March 18, 1754. 

155. Mary, 6 b. in Windsor, Ct., April 15, 1760; m. Jan. 5, 1783, Dea. 
Joseph Nash of Charlemont, Mass., b. March 3, 1760, son of 
Joseph Nash of Wintonhury, now Bloomrield, Ct., and grand- 
son of Moses Nash of West Hartford, Ct. She d. Sept. 22, 
1813. Dea. Joseph Nash d. in Charlemont, April 8, 1834. 
[Nash Genealogy 

156. William, 5 bap. in North Danvers, March 21, 1730-1. 1774, Jan. 6, William 

Giles of East Greenwich, R. I., shipwright, [a trade much practised at 
Medford, where he had doubtless previously resided,] for £33, [SI 10,] 
conveys to John Bishop of Medford, merchant, all my right in the estate 
of my uncle Nathaniel Hall, late of Medford, &c. He speaks of " my 
brother Edward Giles," who executed a similar conveyance about the 
same time. [Midd. Deeds, 75 : 185. 

157. Bartholomew, 5 bap. in North Danvers, June 9, 1733. He was of Boston, 

and a "matross" [or common artilleryman] in a company of artillery in 
His Majesty's service, under the command of Col. Richard Gridley, in 


1756. | Mass. Archives.] Bartholomew Giles of Boston enlisted April 
14, 1758, as a private, in Capt. Jonathan Brown's company of foot, in 
Col. William Williams's regiment, raised by the Province of Mass. Bav 
for the reduction of Canada. He was at Lake George, and served till 
Nov. 11, 1758. [Ibid. 

158. Jonathan, 5 b. about 1735;* m. Elizabeth Twist of Danvers, April 26, 

1757. He was a " fisherman ;" he bought a house and land in Danvers, 
Dec. 11, 1759. [Essex Deeds, 123 : 176.] He enlisted March 17, 1757, 
as a private in the company commanded by Capt. John Tapley, in the 
king's service, raised by the Province of Mass. Bay ; continued in the 
service till Nov. 17, 1757. [Mass. Archives.] Perhaps he removed to 
the western part of Massachusetts ; for Jonathan Giles was in a company 
of militia from the county of Berkshire, who marched on an alarm to 
the northern frontier, 1780. [Ibid. 

159. Nathaniel, 5 bap. in North Danvers, Oct. 3, 1736. 

160. Martha, 5 b. about 1738 ;* m. Ichabod Southwick of Danvers, Dec. 4, 1757. 
160^. Abigail, 5 bap. in North Danvers, March 21, 1741-2. See No. 151. 


ELEAZAR GILES, 4 (Eleazar, 3 John, 2 Edward, 1 ) eldest son of 
Eleazar* and Lydia (Grover) Giles of Beverly; b. there, Oct. 18, 1704; 
m. 1730, Rebecca Chapman of Beverly, published Oct. 25, 1730. 

Like his father, he was a " wheelwright ;" like him, too, he spent his 
life, except the last two years, in Beverly. 

1729-30, Feb. 14. Thomas Hardee, 3d, of Bradford, and Hannah 
his wife, for .£171, sell to Eleazar Giles, Jun r , wheelwright, a dwelling- 
house and two acres of land in Beverly, bounded E. on land of Eleazar 
Giles, Senior, S. on the highway ,W. on the Training field. The Train- 
ing field here doubtless means the common. [Essex Deeds, 52 : 146. 

Eleazar Giles of Beverly was a private in a company of fifty men. 
including officers, enlisted in Beverly, 1744, for the Expedition against 
Louisburg. [Mass. Archives. 

According to Col. Hale's MS., (see p. 24, note,) he d. at Louisburg 
in 1746. The date is not more fully given. 

Dying intestate, administration was taken on his estate, April 4, 
1757. [Essex Prob., 34 : 144. 

His widow Rebecca m. Benjamin Roundy of Beverly, 1748. They 
were published, May 8, 1748. 

The children of Eleazar and Rebecca Giles were — 

Rebecca, 5 b. Nov. 5, 1734 ; m. 1752, Dea. Caleb WallisJ of Beverly; pub- 
lished Oct. 22,17 52, He d. very suddenly, Feb. 9, 1780, a. 53. Shed. 
Sept. 25, 1796, a. 62. 

162. Lydia, 5 b. Nov. 25, 1736; m. William Curtis of Danvers, published Dec. 
3, 1753. 

162£. A child, 5 b. ; d. July, 1743. [Col. Hale's MS. 

*I have placed Jonathan and Martha in the above list because I find them re- 
corded as of Danvers at the time of their marriage ; and I can think of no other 
man who could be their father. 

In taking leave of Danvers, I would say that the only two names of persons be- 
longing to the Giles family found on the Town Records there, are stated to be the 
following : 

Benjamin Giles m. 1810, to Huldah Southwick. No children, 

Charles Giles ra. 1842, . 

I know not their line of descent, and put them here because I know not their 
proper place. 

\ He was a descendant of Nathaniel Wallis, who was born in Cornwall, Eng., in 
1732 ; settled in Casco ; was driven away by the Indians, 1675 ; came to Beverly, 
where he died, Oct. 18, 1709, a 77. See a subsequent page in this Memoir. 




JOHN GILES, 4 (Eleazar? John, 2 Edward, 1 ) brother of the pre- 
ceding; b. in Beverly, April 24, 1711: m. Martha Pitman of Bev- 
erly, Sept. 25, 1730. 

Like his father and elder brother, he was a " wheelwright." 

1742, Nov. 1G. John Giles of Beverly, wheelwright, and Martha 
his wife, for £65 in Bills of the Old Tenor, convey land in Beverly, 
partly bounded on land lately belonging to his father Eleazar Giles, 
also a house. [Essex Deeds, 82 : 1 66. 

The consideration for which this property was sold being so small, 
only a little over 50 dollars of "hard money" — worth then, it is true, 
four times its present worth — that we deem the seller to have been not 
in prosperous circumstances. 

The children of John and Martha Giles were — 

163. Sarah, 5 b. June 18, 1731 ; d. in 1733. 
163£. A child, 5 b. in 1733; d. in 1737. 

164. John, 5 b. Sept. 12, 1735; d. in 1737. 
164^. Sarah, 5 b. Feb. 27, 1737-8; d. in 1737. 

Col. Hale's MS. (see p. 24, note,) states that John Giles lost four 
children, one in 1733, and three in 1737. These three probably died of 
the throat-distemper, which committed great ravages about 1737 in New 
England, carrying off great numbers of children, even whole families ; 
which was doubtless the fact in this instance. 


SAMUEL GILES, 4 (Eleazar, 9 John, 2 Edward, 1 ) brother of the 
preceding; b. in Beverly, Feb. 12, 1716-17; m. 1747, Eunice Her- 
rick, b. June, 1718; jmblished, Nov. 23, 1747. She d. Dec. 20, 1799, 
a. 81 yrs. 6 mos. 

He lived in Beverly ; probably spent his days there. 

I find no further record, except of his children. 

The children of Samuel and Eunice Giles, b. in Beverly, were — 

165. Eunice, 5 b. Jan. 16, 1748. 

166. ISamuel, 5 b. Dec. 18, 1750. A Revolutionary soldier. 

167. tHenrv, 5 b. Feb. 14, 1753. A Revolutionary soldier. 

168. Susanna, 5 b. Oct. 30, 1756; d. Aug. 1758. 


JAMES GILES, 4 (Eleazar, 3 John, 2 Edward, 1 ) brother of the pre- 
ceding; b. in Beverly, April 8, 1723; m. Nov. 16, 1749, Hannah 
Thompson of Chebacco parish in Ipswich, now the town of Essex. 

He was a "joiner;" lived and died in Beverly. 

1745-6, Feb. 18. Bartholomew Brown of Beverly, and Lydia his 
wife, for £50, convey a house, shop, and 12 poles of land adjoining, 
situated in Beverly, to James Giles, joyner, and Edmund Giles, cooper, 
both of Beverly, in equal proportions. [Essex Deeds, 87 : 213. 

This Bartholomew Brown was the husband of James Giles's sister 

1751, May 6. James Giles of Beverly, joiner, and Hannah his wife, 
convey to Edmund Giles of Beverly, cooper, his part of the purchase 
made Feb. 18, 1745-6. [Ibid, 96 : 138. 


James Giles of Beverly was a private soldier in the king's service, 
in the company of Capt. Stephen Whipple of Ipswich, in the regiment 
of Col. Jonathan Bagley of Amesbury, from May 2 to Nov. 10, 1758 ; 
a regiment "raised by the Province for the reduction of Canada." He 
was in the Expedition against Canada and at Lake George. Wages 
£1.16.0=6 dollars per month. On the several rolls of Col. Bagley's 
regiment are borne the names of 1028 men. [Mass. Archives. 

James Giles of Beverly, aged 36, enlisted in His Majesty's service, 
March 23, 1759, in a company commanded by Capt. Andrew Giddings. 
He continued in the service till Nov. 8, 1759, at £1.16 per month. [Ibid. 

He was also a private in Capt. Giddings's Co. in Col. Bagley's regi- 
ment, in the king's service at Louisburg, when discharged, Jan. 12, 
1761. [Ibid. 

He died April 14, 1764. 

The children of James and Hannah Giles, b. in Beverly, were — 

169. James, 5 b. Aug. 23, 1750: d. April 13, 1752. 

170. Hannah, 5 b. Aug. 7, 1753; m. David Raymond. 

171. Mary, 5 b. April 7, 1755; d. Feb. 1756. 

172. Elizabeth, 5 b. Sept. 10, 1763. 


Capt. EDMUND GILES, 4 (Eleazar? John, 2 Edward, 1 ) youngest 
son of Eleazar 3 and Lydia (Grover) Giles of Beverly; b. there, Aug. 
22, 1725 ; m. July 9, 1744, Esther Ellingwood, b. Jan. 29, 1721-2, 
dau. of Ralph and Sarah Ellingwood, and grand dau. of Ralph Elling- 
wood, all of Beverly.* 

He lived and died in Beverly. He was a "cooper," and also a "mar- 
iner," as appears by conveyances of land in which his name is mentioned. 
He was master of a schooner in 1768, owned by Jonathan Ropes. He 
bought land in Beverly in 1763 and 1769, also in 1774. [Essex Deeds, 
114 : 230, and 127 : 18, and 134 : 143. 

He died, intestate, about 1786; as appears from a deed dated June 
22, 1787, wherein Edmund Giles of Beverly, cooper, adm r . of the es- 
tate of his father Edmund Giles of Beverly, cooper, deceased intestate, 
sells to George Cabot, Esquire, of Beverly, 2 acres 95 poles, of his 
said father's land. [Essex Deeds, 148 : 39. 

The children of Edmund and Esther Giles, b. in Beverly, were — 

173. Ebenezer, 5 b. Aug. 17, 1744; was living in Salem or vicinity, Jan. 1787.J 

174. Edmund, 5 b. Oct. 6, 1746; d. Aug. 17, 1747. 

175. Esther, 5 b. May 11, 1752; m. Thomas Sanders, baker, of Salem. She 

was a widow, 1797. 

176. Edmund, 5 b. Feb. 7, 1756; d. July 29, 1759. 

177. tEdmund, 5 b. May 10, 1762; m. Sarah Smith of Beverlv. 

178. Sarah, 5 b. Aug. 21, 1766: m. Hugh Pike, blacksmith", of Beverly. She 

was a widow, 1796. 

* He was doubtless a grandson of Ralph Ellingwood, who embarked at London 
in the Truclove, Sept. 1635, as Ralph Elhvood, a. 28. He was of Salem, 1637, (the 
part now Beverly,) and was one of' the founders of the church in Beverly, 1667. 
The name is also written EUenwood. 

% He signed a receipt for six barrels of flour had of Elias Hasket Derby, Salem, 
Jan. 13, 1787. Possibly the signer of the receipt was Ebenezer Giles.[185J 


Jfiftlj <&tntx<xtittxi. 


SAMUEL GILES, 5 (Samuel, 4 James, 3 Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) supposed 
to be the son of Samuel Giles 4 of Marblehead, by his wife Lydia 
Decoster; b. there about 1763; m. 1784, Elizabeth Reitii. 

I think I do not err in inserting this individual in this place, with the 
parentage preceding, and the progeny following; yet the case is not 
Avholly free from uncertainty. I find the records quoted below ; and I 
think there is a very strong probability that the father of the family 
whose names follow, was the son of Samuel and Lydia (Decoster) Giles 
of Marblehead ; though the records fail here. The residence and simi- 
larity of names favor the supposition. There are two Samuels and two 
Lydias, and an Alice, among the children. Compare this with the 
supposed grandfather's family. 

Samuel Giles was a fisherman, and lived in Marblehead. 

Jan. 15, 1701. Samuel Giles of Marblehead, mariner, buys a house. 
[Essex Deeds, 153 : 5. 

May 28, 1704. Samuel Giles of Marblehead, fisherman, and Eliza- 
beth his wife, for £10, sell to John Jarvis of Marblehead, fisherman, 
one moiety or half part of the northwest end of a certain dwelling- 
house, situate at the southwest part of Training-field Hill. [Ibid, 
157 : 180. 

Feb. 25, 1802. Benjamin T. Reed and William Reed of Marble- 
head, merchants, for 180 dollars, convey land to Samuel Giles of 
Marblehead, fisherman. [Ibid, 160 : 230. 

The children of Samuel 3 and Elizabeth Giles were — 

179. Samuel, 6 bap. , 1785; d. young. 

180. Lvdia, 6 bap. , 1788; d. young. 

181. Samuel, 6 bap. ,1791. 

182. Betsev, 6 bap. , 1792. 

183. Lvdia, 6 bap. , 1794. 

184. Alice, 6 bap. , 1796. 


Capt. ELEAZAR GILES, 5 (Eleazar* Samuel, 3 Eleazar, 2 Edivard,') 
eldest son of Eleazar* and Elizabeth (Smith) Giles of Salem ; b. in 
Salem, the part now S. Danvers, Oct. 1744; m. March 0, 1768, Sarah 
Ellenwood of Beverly. They were published Dec. 27, 1767. 

He was a seafaring man ; a shipmaster ; a man of great personal 
courage, determination, and energy. At the age of twenty-four, he 
commanded a schooner belonging to Salem, and owned by John Prince 
and Miles Ward, Junior.* 

In the war of the Revolution, we find him for a time in command of 
the private armed brig Saratoga, of Beverly, belonging to John and 
Andrew Cabot. Thomas Giles of Salem, his brother, was a "lad" on 
board of the same. The owners, in a certificate, say that neither these 

* Dea. Miles Ward, Sen., d. at Salem, Aug. 20, 1764, a. 92. For his character, 
see Geneal. Keg , Vol. X., p. 35. For Dr. John Prince, see Sabine's Loyalists. 


nor the other fourteen men on board, whose names are given, have been, 
within the preceding three years, in the service of the United States. 
[Mass. Archives.] There is no date to the list of men, nor to the cer- 
tificate ; but the Saratoga was doubtless fitted out after the surrender 
of Burgoyne, Oct. 1777, which made the name so renowned. 

"In 177G, Capt. Eleazar Giles sailed from Beverly in a brig of ten 
guns, and soon after fell in with a fleet of merchantmen, laden with 
stores, bound from Jamaica for London, four of which he succeeded in 
capturing, viz., the ship Lucia, 400 tons; brigs . Alfred, Success, and 
another, name unknown, of 300 tons each." Whether the vessel in 
which he made this successful cruise was the brig Saratoga, Ave are not 
informed. Perhaps it was ; and the small number of men on board, as 
given in the certificate of the Messrs. Cabots, may have been all that 
remained after manning the four captured vessels. If so, the success- 
ful cruise must have been in 1778, or later. The account proceeds: — 
" On another cruise, he was less successful. Falling in with a British 
vessel, of equal or superior force, and relying on the boasted bravery 
of a newly-shipped crew, he gave battle. Immediately upon the attack, 
a portion of his men proved by their conduct that his confidence in their 
bravery had been misplaced; and after a short, but sharp, engagement, 
in which he was wounded, he was compelled to surrender, and was car- 
ried into Halifax." [Stone's Hist, of Beverly, pp. 70, 71. 

The battle with the British vessel is represented by his daughter, 
who is still living, as having been very severe. His brothers Thomas 
and Benjamin were killed, and his brother-in-law Benjamin Ives was 
wounded. Capt. Giles himself was severely wounded in the leg, and 
was obliged to have the limb amputated, twice in one day, below and 
above the knee. This operation was performed at Halifax, by Dr. 
Jeffries, who was then sojourning at Halifax, since of Boston, assisted 
by the surgeon of the privateer, Dr. Elisha Whitney of Beverly. Mrs. 
Wright says the privateer in which her father made this unfortunate 
cruise, was the brig Saratoga of Beverly. A wooden leg supplied the 
place of the original member, and he lived thirty years afterwards. 

After the war, he went as master and owner of a brig, which was 
built for him, and altered into a ship. It was called the Harriet, the 
name of his then youngest daughter ; and was employed in the Liver- 
pool trade. He was supposed to be the possessor of a large property ; 
but dying abroad, his family were wronged out of it, and little or nothing 
came to them. 

His home was in Beverly. He was a warm and active politician. 

1777, March 31. Isaac Kimball of Beverly, cordwainer, and Abi- 
gail his wife, for £600, sell to Eleazar Giles of Beverly, mariner, a 
dwelling-house and 30 poles of land in Beverly. [Essex Deeds, 
135 : 50. 

1794, Oct. 31. Eleazar Giles of Beverly, mariner, buys land in 
Beverly. [Ibid, 163 : 84. 

He adopted a young man of foreign birth, who afterwards bore the 
name of Mark Giles. This young man resided in Beverly ; m. Judith 
Haskell; and d. there, leaving a son Eleazar, b. Jan. 10, 1826, and a 
dau. Martha. Eleazar Giles was Second Lieut, of the Beverly Light 
Infantry, Co. E. in the Eighth Regiment of Mass. Volunteers, (three 
months men,) in the campaign of 1861. 


Capt. Eleazar Giles d. in Liverpool, in 1809. His funeral was 
attended by a large number of friends, and people in good standing. 
Rev. Elisba Williams, Baptist minister of Beverly, was administrator 
on his estate. 

The children of Capt. Eleazar and Sarah (Ellenwood) Giles were — 

185. Ebenezer, 6 b. April 15, 1769; m. Hnnnah Woodbury of Beverly, about 

1792. They had no children. He was a shipmaster, and lived in 
Beverly many years. In declining life, he removed to Prospect, Me., 
where "he owned a place," and d. about 1842, a. 72. 

186. Eleazar Bishop, 6 -b. March 16, 1771 ; d. in early childhood. 

187. Elizabeth, 6 b. April 27, 1773; m. 1790, James Wright, a native of Scot- 

land. They resided in Salem, and carried on the baking business some 
years with good success. He d. July, 1825, a. 65. She is still living, 
April, 1862, a widow, in her ninetieth year, an inmate of the almshouse 
in Beverly. She is a religious woman ; her mind is very clear, and she 
well recollects the scenes and transactions of her earlier years. She has 
furnished, from memory, this account of her father's family; also the 
account which this volume contains of the families of her grandfather 
and of her uncle Thomas, including both names and most of the dates. 

188. Eleazar, 6 b. Jan. 23, 1775; d. in infancy. 

189. Eleazar, 6 b. Ecb. 23, 1777 ; d. May 21, 1779. 

190. fBenjamin, 6 b. Feb. 23, 1779; m. Nancy Williams of Beverly. 

191. Sarah, 6 b. Jan. 9, 1781 ; m. Oct. 2, 1798, John Lemon, a native of Ireland. 

He was a cabinet-maker. They lived in Andover. In 1S52, both were 
living, it was said, in Maiden. She d. in Andover, Sept. 18, 1853. Their 
children were — 

192. John James. 

193. Eleazar Giles. 

194. Hannah Giles. 

195. Elizabeth. 

196. Amelia. 

197. Jane McKelvey. 
203. Harriet, 6 b. Jan. 29, 1784; m. in Charlestown, Jan. 1S22, Capt. Benjamin 

Russell of Salem, a shipmaster. She d. about 1836. Their children 
were — 

204. Thomas. 205. Harriet Elizabeth. 

206. Eleazar, 6 b. Jan. 3, 1786; d. at his father's house, about 1803. 

207. Amelia, 6 b. July 9, 1788 ; m. John Brown from Ossipee, N. H. They kept 

a boardintr-house in Boston, about 1842. Their children were — 

208. William. 212. Eleazar Giles. 

209. George Edgar. 213. Harriet Amelia. 

210. Moses Tho'rndike. 214. Charles Frederic. 

211. John Francis. 


THOMAS GILES,* {Eleazar,* Samuel? Eleazar? Edward?) brother 
of the preceding; b. about 1745 ; m. Kiioda Lowell, who came from 

He lived in Salem ; was a seafaring man ; was with his brother 
Eleazar in the privateer Saratoga; and is believed to have been killed 
in the terrible encounter with a British armed vessel, as related in the 
preceding article.* 

* I find the following in the Massachusetts Archives. I am by no means certain 
that the man in the text is intended ; but know not who else it could be : — 

Thomas Giles was a private in a company in Roxbury, commanded by Capt. 
William Draper, in Col. William Heath's regiment, called into the field April 19 
to May 3, 1775, and then dismissed. 

Thomas Giles was a matross in Capt. Philip Marett's company, in Col. Thomas 
Crafts's regiment of artillery, eight months, from April 30 to Dec. 30, 1777. 

Thomas Giles of Boston enlisted, March 11, 1780, as a private in Col. Sheldon's 


Sarah Ellenwood. 




Charles Frederic. 




Augustus Franklin, 


The children of Thomas and Rhoda Giles were — 


Thomas, 6 b. 

■ ; d. at sea, quite young. 


Barnet, 6 b. ; 

was drowned. 


Eleazar, 6 b. 

; probablv d. at sea. 


Rhoda, 6 b. ; 

m. Wheelwright, and had one child. 


Priscilla, 6 b. 

■ ; m. Harrison, and had — 

220. Harriet. 

221. Elizabeth, and another. 


Elizabeth, 6 b. 

— ; d. young, of consumption. 


ELIZABETH GILES, 5 (Eleazar,* Samuel, 3 Eleazar? Edward?) 
sister of the preceding; b. in Salem, Feb. 1, 1750; m. 17G8, Capt. 
Benjamin Ives of Salem, b. 1744. 

He followed the sea from childhood. He was with his brother-in- 
law, Capt. Eleazar Giles, [91] in the privateer brig; was wounded in 
the severe encounter with the British vessel ; was taken prisoner, and 
carried into Halifax. After the war, he was a shipmaster, and lived in 
Beverly. He was master of the Sirius, or Ceres ; — his grand-dau., 
Mrs. Meacom, who gave me the account, and who also gave me the 
subjoined account of the family, could not tell which of these names 
the vessel bore. The vessel was bound to Corunna in Spain, in 1790; 
but was lost, it was supposed, on George's Bank, with every one on 

The children of Capt. Benjamin and Elizabeth (Giles) Ives were — 

223. Anna, b. ; m. 1, Thomas Ober of Beverly. They had only one 

child — 

224. Benjnmin Ives (Ober). He m. 1, Harriet Hart of Beverly. 

2, Parkhurst. He is living, 1862, in Washington, Vt. 

Anna Ives m. 2, Jonathan Larcom of Beverly. Their children were — 

225. Mary Ann (Larcom), m. George Perkins. 

226. Lucia (Larcom J, d. at the age of 16. 

227. Jonathan (Larcom), d. at the age of 14. 

228. Hannah (Larcom), m. Capt. Benjamin Tay of Salem. 
• 229. Elizabeth, b. ; m. Hezekiah Lovett. Their children were — 

230. Elizabeth (Lovett), m. Levi Adams, baker, of Boston. 

231. Anna (Lovett), m. 1, Levi Sprague. 2, Ezra Chaffee. 

232. Charlotte (Lovett), unm.; d. at the age of 19. 

233. Benjamin Ives (Lovett), d. young. 

234. Augusta (Lovett), m. Alden Gilford of Boston. 

235. Sarah (Lovett), unm.; d. at the age of 16. 

236. Hezekiah (Lovett), m. Judith Lovett of Beverly. 

237. Joseph (Lovett), m. Mary Thompson of Manchester. 

238. Mary, b. ; m. John Adams of Beverly. Their children were — 

239. Mary (Adams), m. John Kirby. 

240. Elizabeth (Adams), m. Joseph Henderson of Salem. 

241. Augusta (Adams), m. Henry Cobb of Lynn. 

242. Charlotte, b. Feb. 17, 1784; m. 1804, Capt. Benjamin Larcom* of Beverly, 
Their children were — 

243. Charlotte (Larcom), m. Capt. Robert Williams Welch of New- 
buryport. She d. at sea, on her passage from London. 

regiment of dragoons, during the war. It does not appear how long he served in 
this capacity. 

* The ancestor of this family, Mordecai Larkham, is said to have come from 
Wales. He was in Beverly, 1681, and probably much earlier. His wife's name 
was Abigail. He has many descendants in that town, at a place called Beverly 


244. Adeline (Larcom), b. Marcli 5, 1810; m. March 6, 1831, Capt. 
George Meacom of Beverly. They are both living, April, 
1862. Their children are— 
245. Charlotte A. (Meacom), m. Capt. John Endicott 
Giddings of Beverly, who is now in command of 
the U. S. steam gunboat Henry Brinker, em- 
ployed in Burnside's expedition," on the coast of 
North Carolina. He was in the battle of Roanoke 
Island, and at the capture of Newbern ; and hopes 
that, while thus engaged in the service of his 
country, he has also enlisted under the banner 
of Immanuel. 
George (Meacom), d. in infancy. 
George (Meacom). d. in infancy. 
Geonre (Meacom), b. June 6, 1*839. 
Adelaide L. (Meacom), b. Jan. 31, 1842. 
Margaret Curtis (Meacom), b. Jan. 22, 1846. 
Mrs. Charlotte Larcom, [242] d. March 22, 1810, a. 26. Capt. Larcom 
then m. Lois Barrett of Beverly. They were the parents of Mrs. Har- 
ington of Beverly, and of Lucy Larcom, a teacher in the Wheaton 
Female Seminary at Norton, Mass., and a poet and prose writer of 
considerable merit. 

246. Sarah, b. ; unm.; d. in Pepperell, April, 1852. 

247. Samuel,.b. Aug. 1786; m. Mary Dyson of Beverly. He was a shipmaster 

many years; lived in Pepperell till about 1855, then removed to Mobile, 
Ala., where he now resides, 1862. His children are — 

248. Mary Elizabeth. 250. Frances Dyson. 

249. Charlotte. 

Besides the above, there were — 

251. Benjamin, b. ; d. young. 

252. Benjamin, b. ; d. young. 

253. Benjamin, b. ; d. young. 


SAMUEL GILES,' (Eleazar* Samuel* Eleazar,* Edward, 1 ) brother 
of the preceding; b. 176- ; m. in Salem, Jan. 31, 1786, Mehitable 
(Hatiioune) King of Salem, a widow. 

Samuel Giles of Salem, aged 14, stature 4 feet 11 inches, light com- 
plexion, was one of the crew of the private armed ship Jack, Nathan 
Brown, commander, in 1780. This vessel had 76 men, including 
officers. [Mass. Archives. 

I suppose that the quotation, just made, refers to him, but am not 
certain. If it does, it probably states his age much below the truth, as 
is sometimes done. 

After the war, he resided in Salem, and followed the sea. He was 
mate of a brig. In 1803, he went to sea, and never returned. 

1794, Oct. 28. William Safford of Salem, baker, and Abigail his 
wife, for £125, sell to Samuel Giles of Salem, mariner, a piece of 
land bounded W. on the highway leading from Salem Town Common 
to Essex Bridge, [now Bridge Street,] there measuring six poles and 
more, etc. [Essex Deeds, 157 : 264. 

1794, Oct. 31. Samuel Giles of Salem, mariner, and Mehitabel Ins 
wife, for £72.15, sell to John McVay of Salem, mariner, a piece of 
land in Salem, being a part of the preceding purchase. [Ibid, 157 : 266. 

1795, Nov. 17. Samuel Giles of Salem, mariner, and Mehitabel his 
wife, for 42 6§ dollars, sell to Joseph Bishop of Salem, the remainder. 
[Ibid, 160 : 115. 


The children of Samuel 8 and Mehitable Giles, b. in Salem, were — 

254. tSamuel, 6 b. Sept. 18, 1787; m. 1812, Lydia Greenleaf Wonson. 

255. John Foster, 6 I). ; " enlisted in the United States' service" [in the 

navy ?| in the war of 1812. Since that time, he has never been seen by 
his friends, except that his brother Samuel saw him just before the con- 
clusion of peace, 1815. 

256. Mehitable, 6 b. ; d. at the age of 16, probably in Boston. 


Capt. ISAAC VERY, 5 (Elizabeth Giles* Samuel, 3 ffleazar,' Ed- 
ward, 1 ) son of Isaac Very, by his wife Elizabeth Giles; b. in Salem, 

1745; m. 1, Knapp. 2, Margaret Brown. 3, Rachel 

Jones of Charlton. 4, Harwood. 

In 1829, at the age of 84, he remembered the great earthquake of 
1755, and spoke of it as the immediate occasion of deep religious im- 
pressions, which resulted in his saving conversion. 

He lived in Salem, in May Street ; was master of a vessel ; also an 
officer of the customs in Salem. He also resided some years in Charl- 
ton and Spencer. The latter part of his life was spent in Salem, where 
he d. in 1831, a. 86. 

His children were — by first wife — 

257. Isaac, 6 b. Oct. 31, 1766 ; d. at Guadaloupe, W. I., May, 1805 ; m. 1, Han- 

nah Twist. She d. Sept. 8, 1791, a. 27. One son — 

258. Daniel T. 7 He d. 1814, in Dartmoor prison, Eng. 
2, Margaret Townsend. Children — 

259. Albert. 7 260. Isaac. 7 

By second wife, Margaret Brown — 

261. Jacob 6 ; a mariner ; d. in the West Indies. 

262. Margaret, 6 b. in Charlton ; m. Harwood. 

By third wife, Rachel Jones — 

263. Rachel, 6 b. in Charlton ; m. William Robinson. 

264. Sarah, 6 b. in Charlton ; m. Hazelton. Children — 

265. Caroline (Hazelton). 266. Samuel (Hazelton). 

267. Nathaniel, 6 b. in Charlton; m. H. A. Witherbee ; merchant, Charleston, S. 
C, and New York. One son — 

268. Julian C., 7 b. 1834 ; broker in New York ; d. 1856. 
269. Nancy, 6 b. ; m. Richard Manning; one dau. — 

270. Nancy (Manning). 

271. tJones, 6 b. in Spencer, Nov. 17, 1790; m. 1813, his cousin, Lydia Very.[289] 

By fourth wife — 

272. Benjamin. 6 

273. Mary. 6 

274. Abraham, 6 ; m. Hannah Ingalls. Children — 

275. Abraham. 7 276. Isaac. 7 


Capt. SAMUEL VERY, 5 brother of the preceding; b. in Salem, 
Dec. 10, 1755 ; m. 1, in 1776, Hannah Putney, dau. of Jonathan and 
Sarah (Very) Putney. Her mother, Sarah, was a descendant of Bridget 
Giles, by her first husband, Very. Mrs. Hannah Very d. Feb. 4, 1799 ; 
and he m. 2, in 1799, Lydia Clough, only child of Joseph Clough by 
his first wife, who was a sister of Hon. William Gray, a wealthy mer- 
chant and shipowner, then of Salem, afterwards of Boston; and in 1810 
and 1811, lieutenant-governor of Massachusetts. 


lie was master and owner of a vessel ; but kept a store many years in 
Salem at the corner of Essex and Boston Streets, well known as " Buf- 
fum's Corner." He lived there, and owned the place. He d. 1824, a. G'd. 

His children were — by first wife, Hannah Putney — 

277. Hannah, 6 b. Sept. 9, 1781 ; d. Jan. 13, 1820; m. May 2, 1802, Isaac Shrevc 
of Alexandria, Va. Children — 

278. Rebecca (Shreve), b. in Alexandria, Feb. 25, 1803; m. John 


279. Samuel Very (Shreve), b. in do., Sept. 25, 1804; shipmaster; 

m. 1, Sarah Price; 2, Marv Moore. 

280. Hannah (Shreve), b. in do., Oct. 15, 1807; m. Eben N. Price. 

281. Isaac (Shreve), b. in do., April 10, 1810; m. Margaret Curran. 

282. Benjamin (Shreve), b. in Salem, Feb. 17, 1813; m. Elizabeth 


283. Louisa (Shreve), b. in do., Jan. 14, 1817 ; m. Henry Osborne. 

284. Samuel, 6 b. June 29, 1784 ; m. an English lady. Children— 

285. Samuel, 1 b. 1832; m. Rhoades. 

286. Lydia 1 b. ; m. Carr. 

287. Louisa 1 b. ; m. Tolman. 

285. James, 6 b. May 29, 1789 ; lost in the U. S. sloop-ofwar Wasp, Capt. Blake- 

ly, 1814. 

289. Lydia, 6 b. June 14, 1792; m. her cousin, Jones Very.[271] 

290. Fanny, 6 b. May 15, 1795; m. Jas. Macomber; live in Utica, N. Y. Chil.— 

291. James Gregg (Macomber). 

292. Frances (Macomber). 

293. Emma (Macomber). 

294. Louisa, 6 b. Oct. 18, 1798; unm. 

By second wife, Lydia Clough — 

295. William Gray, 6 b. July 8, 1800; a tanner; d. 1830; m. Elizabeth Warden, 

dau. of* John Warden. One dau. — 
296. Elizabeth 1 m. John Niles. 
297. Henry, 6 b. Nov. 29, 1804; m. Elizabeth Brockwell ; lives in Hartford, 
Conn. Children — 

298. William. 1 

299. Anna B. 1 

300. Edwin. 1 

301. Alice. 7 

302. Louisa. 1 

303. Francis, 6 b. June 10, 1807 ; m. 1, Mary Melborne. One child — 

304. Sylvester. 1 

2, Caroline Wakefield. Three children— 

305. James H. 1 

306. Rebecca. 1 

307. Franklin D. 1 

308. Eliza Gray, 6 b. Nov. 16, 1809. 


THOMAS GILES, 5 (Thomas, 4 Samuel,' Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) eldest 
son of Thomas 4 and Mary (Jennison) Giles of South Danvers; b. there, 
Oct. 6, 1754; m. June 22, 1780, Mary Soper Marshall, b. in 
Boston, Aug. 9, 1756, dau. of Zerubbabel and Elizabeth (Soper) Mar- 
shall of Boston. They Avere married by Rev. Stephen Lewis of Christ 
Church, Boston. On the same day, and by the same clergyman, her 
mother was married to her fourth husband, Luke Howell. 

Thomas Giles learned the trade of sailmaker, of Nicholas Lane, at 
his loft on Union Wharf, in Salem. He was reputed an excellent 


At the breaking out of the Revolutionary war, he took arms in behalf 
of his country, and continued in the military or naval service, with a 
slight intermission, which we shall notice in its place, until the very 
close of the war. Of this, the proof is abundant and wholly satis- 
factory ; and it is believed to be a case which had few parallels in the 
history of that great contest. His widow often said, in the hearing of 
her children, that their father served his country through the whole 
of the Revolutionary war — five years in the army, and three in the 
navy. I remember to have heard this statement from my mother, 
when I was young. 

The muster-rolls and pay-rolls of the Revolution, preserved in the 
Massachusetts Archives, are known to be very imperfect. There are 
scarce any, for the year 1776; while those for 1775 have many defi- 
ciencies. Those for 1777, and the following years, are, to a great extent, 
wanting ; and, indeed, were it not for the " Continental Army Book," 
the names of the brave soldiers from the Bay State, during three- 
fourths of that great struggle, would be wholly unknown. The pay- 
rolls of the frigate Alliance, and of many other ships of war, are not to 
be found. It is supposed that all these missing rolls are in the War 
office at Washington. For purposes of genealogical investigation, they 
might as well be at the bottom of the Red Sea. But notwithstanding 
these deficiencies, the State Archives furnish ample proof of what has 
been asserted of the revolutionary services of our ancestor. 

I now quote the following certificate : — 

" Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Secretary's Office, Boston, Nov. 21, 1860. 

" I hereby certify, that from an examination of the books and docu- 
ments relating to military services in the war of the Revolution, which 
remain in this department, it appears that the name of Thomas Giles 
is borne on the return of Capt. Timothy Barnard's company, in Col. 
Moses Little's regiment of eight months' service. Name borne on coat 
roll, dated in camp, Dec. 11, 1775, as private from Amesbury. 

" Also, on Continental army books, in Col. Calvin Smith's regiment, 
Capt. [Daniel] Pillsbury's company, from May 3, 1777, to May 3, 1780, 
36 months, as private from Newburyport. 

"Also, on roll of officers and marines on board ship Mars, Capt. 
Simeon Sampson, commander, from June 8, 1780, to March 12, 1781, 
nine months and four days, as sailmaker. 

" In testimony whereof, I have hereunto affixed the seal of the Com- 
monwealth, the date above written. 

(Signed) Oliver Warner, 

Secretary of the Commonwealth" 

It appears from the muster-roll, that Thomas Giles enlisted May 15, 
1775, in Capt. Timothy Barnard's company, of Little's regiment. Mr. 
Frothingham, in his History of the Siege of Boston, informs us that 
only Perkins's, Wade's, and Warner's companies, of Little's regiment, 
were in the battle of Bunker Hill ; though Lunt's company of sixty 
men were in the fight near its close. It appears, therefore, that Thomas 
Giles* was not present in that memorable encounter ; and I have never 
heard that he was present ; though I have shown that his father was 


there, and died the next day. Little's regiment was from Ipswich, 
Newbury, and the vicinity. 

Mrs. Beach, of Gloversville, N. Y., niece to Thomas Giles,[319] has 
in her possession a copy of Watts' Psalms and Hymns, on the fly-leaf 
of which is the following: " Thomas Giles — His Book, 1776 — Bought 
of Mr. John Murey [Murray] in campt on Prospect hill y e 9 th of 
Jan y ." Here is full proof of his being in the army at the beginning 
of 1776. 

The lack of army rolls for 1776 has already been noticed. There 
is no reason, however, to doubt that Thomas Giles continued in the 
service through the whole of that year, and the year following. 

The " Continental Army Book " is a kind of ledger, or account book, 
in which the individual soldiers are credited with their services, and 
charged with the amounts received by them, respectively. For the 
purpose of showing how the soldiers of the Revolution were dealt with, 
1 will here quote the account with Thomas Giles. 

The "Army Book" states that — 

Thomas Giles of Newburyport enlisted, May 3, 1777, in the Thirteenth Massachu- 
setts Regiment, under the command of Lieut. Colonel Calvin Smith.* 

He is charged, Dec. 31, 1779, with sundry values, viz. : — 
Cash paid him from Proceeds of State Lottery, £30 ; value, . . . £2.8.7 
3 shirts, 3 pair Shoes, 3 pair Hose, supplied hy the State at a regulated 

price, 3.13.0 

His Proportion of small stores, delivered in camp at a regulated price, . 2.10.0 
Bounty of .£30, paid him by the town of Newburyport, May 3, 1777; 

value, 19. 2.2 

31 months, 28 davs, wages paid him by the Continent, at 40 shillings 

[=6.66] per month, £63.17.4; value, 11.3.0 

1779, Dec. 31. To Balance, (now due him,) 25.0.7 

He is credited by his service, from May 3, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779, 31 

months, 28 days, at 40 shillings a 'month, £63.17.4 

The above balance, [the account subjoins,] £25.0.7, multiplied by 32^, to make 
good the Depreciation, is, in current money, £813.8.114 
Certified, May 25, 1780. 

Again : — 

1780. Thomas Giles, private, of Newburyport, in Capt. Daniel Pilsbury's com- 
pany, Smith's regiment, is charged with — 

Cash paid by the United States £0. 2.5 

Small stores delivered in camp, at prime cost and charges of trans- 
portation, 0. 4.0 

0. 6.5 
Certificate for the balance, 36. 7.0 


* Thomas Giles is not said to belong to Newburyport, but for that town he 
enlisted. See "Loose Rolls," in the Mass. Archives. Lieut. Col. Smith belonged 
to Newburyport. See Coffin's Hist, of Newbury. 

\ This means that one Spanish milled dollar was worth 32^ of the "current 
money" of the day. In fact, at the date of the certificate, May 25, 1780, it was 
worth fifty or more of that currency ; and within a year afterwards, the currency 
sunk to a hundred for one ! 


He is credited by the Depreciation or delay of payment of his wa^es to 

Dec. 31, 1779, * £3. 1.2 

Interest on the above sum, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 1780, ... 0. 38 

Value of a Town Bounty charged in his account, settled Dec. 31, 1779, . 23.16.1 

Interest on the last mentioned sum, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 1780, . . l. 8.6 
3 years — His service, from Jan. 1 to May 3, 1780=4 months, 3 days, at 

40s. per month, ' . 8. 4.0 

March 18, 1782. Examined. 36.13.5 

From the above account, it appears — 

That Thomas Giles enlisted, May 3, 1777, in the thirteenth Massa- 
chusetts regiment, for three years, and faithfully served out the whole 

That the bounty for enlisting, which was to be £30, or 100 dollars, 
was not paid, but comes into the foregoing account as a mere make- 
weight, and in fact was never paid. 

That he was to receive 40 shillings, or $6.66, a month, for his 

That he was actually paid only a small part of this small stipend ; 
the government being in debt to him, at the close of the war, £61.7.7, 
out of £72, for his three years' service in the army, 1777-1780. 

It is not likely that he was paid in any better style for the remaining 
two years of his service in the army, 1775-1777, and his three years' 
service in the navy. 

There is reason to think that, at the close of the war, the United 
States were in debt to him not far from Jive hundred dollars. This 
debt has never been paid. Let the reader take his pen and 
calculate what this sum, with eighty years' interest, would amount to 
at this time ! 

The following is a copy of Ms discharge, now in the hands of his son 
Thomas : — 

" Thomas Giles, a soldier in the Thirteenth Massachusetts regiment, 
having served three years, the time for which he enlisted, as a good 
soldier, is hereby discharged from the service. 

Calvin Smith, L\ Col. Com dt . 

Highlands, 2 May, 1780." 

On the foregoing discharge, is the following endorsement : — 

" This is to certify, that Thomas Giles has returned in his arms and 
accoutrements. N. Green, Q. M. 

May 2, 1780." 

Thomas Giles, after his honorable discharge from the army, returned 
to Boston, which, at this time, he seems to have considered his home. 
His father was dead, and the family was probably broken up. In the 
following month, as we have seen, he was married to a native of that 
city. But before the nuptials, and, as it would appear, on the very day 
when his "intention of marriage" was signified to the town clerk, he 
shipped as sailmaker of the armed ship Mars, in the service of the State 
of Massachusetts, under the command of that brave officer, Capt. Sim- 
eon Sampson of Kingston.* 

* Capt. Simeon Sampson was born in Kingston, Mass., in the year 1736. He 
was a descendant of Miles Standish and of John Alden. At the commencement 


The short interval of five weeks, between his discharge from the 
array and his enlistment on board the Mars, is, I believe, the only 
interval between his enlistment, May 15, 1775, in Little's regiment, and 
his discharge from the frigate Alliance, at the end of the war. 

He was sailmaker of the ship Mars, from June 8, 1780, to March 12, 
1781, as already stated. His wages were £33.15 per month. [Mass. 

The currency being then greatly depreciated, probably to the low rate of 
sixty for one, the wages allowed did not exceed two dollars per month. 

A foot note contains a " Power of Attorney," which the subject of this 
article executed and gave to his wife, before the ship sailed on her cruise.* 

The Mars sailed from Boston in the latter part of July, 1780, proba- 
bly with dispatches for France. On the 12th of March, 1781, Thomas 
Giles was transferred from this ship to the Continental frigate Alliance, 
the " crack ship " of the American Revolution, then lying in the port of 
L'Orient, in France, under the command of that meritorious officer, Capt. 
John Barry.J He was sail-maker of the Alliance, as he had been of 
the Mars. 

of the Revolutionary war, the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts appointed him 
their first naval captain. He immediately took command of the brig Independence, 
belonging to the Colony, which was built at Kingston under his direction. In this 
vessel he was eminently successful, hut was taken by the British in the autumn of 
1776. After his return from captivity, he was appointed to the command of the 
brig Hazard, helonging to the State, and took several prizes. In 1779, he com- 
manded the Continental packet-ship Congress, and carried despatches to France ; 
returning in the winter of 1780. Soon after, he was promoted to the command of 
the Mars, a larger ship, likewise belonging to the State ; and in this vessel he was 
employed in the most responsible trust, in carrying despatches, and in one cruise 
carried one of our ministers to Europe. The British flag-ship Trial was captured 
by him while in the Mars. At the close of the war, he retired, like most of the 
faithful servants of our country, with a very scanty estate, and a numerous family 
dependent on him for support. He died at Plympton, to which place he removed 
in 1788, of apoplexy, June 22, 1789, ae. 53. His descendants reside in Western 
New York. [Thachcr's History of Plymouth. 

* "Know all men by these presents, that I, Thomas Giles of Boston, in the Coun- 
ty of Suffolk, and State of Massachusetts Bay, mariner, now being bound on a 
Cruise in the State ship Mars, whereof Capt. Simeon Sampson is commander, have 
constituted, ordained, &c, my beloved wife Mary Giles, of Boston aforesaid, to be 
my true, sufficient and lawful attorney, for me and in my name and stead, and to 
my use, to ask, demand, levy, require, &c, all and singular sum and sums of Money, 
Debts, Goods, Wares, &c, whatsoever they shall be found due, &c, also all Prize 
Money and Effects that may be captured and coming unto me from all Prizes cap- 
tured by said ship Mars as aforesaid. Giving and hereby granting unto my said 
Attorney my full and whole strength, power, authority, &c. 

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the eighteenth day of 
July, in the year of our Lord 1780. 

Signed, sealed, and delivered in presence of Thomas Giles. 

Francis Southack, 
Mary Baker." 

$ The frigate Alliance, of thirty-two guns, built at Salisbury, on the Merrimac, 
and so named in honor of the alliance with France, was fitted out in 1778, by order 
of Congress, and became the favorite ship of the Americans. She filled a space in 
the public mind, like that which has more recently been occupied by the Constitution. 
She was a beautiful and an exceedingly fast-sailing ship. It is said that in 1782, 
when chased by a two-decker of the enemy, she ran fifteen knots an hour by the log, 
with the wind a-beam, in making her escape. She sailed for France, Jan. 11, 1779, 
under the command of Capt. Landais, a Frenchman, having Lafayette on board as 
passenger. The command was given to a French officer, in compliment to the new 


He was in the Alliance, May 28, 1781, when she had that severe 
encounter with two English armed ships, which is related in the note at 
the foot of this page. He continued in her till the war was over, and 
was in her when she brought from France the Treaty of Peace. 

He was doubtless in many other battles, by land as well as by sea ; 
he encountered many dangers, and suffered many hardships, the mem- 
ory of which has vanished from the earth. Would that we could trace 
all his experience during those eight long years ! But no memorial 
now remains of all those exposures and sufferings. 

He was sick once, I presume dangerously sick, when he was at Ha- 
vana in the Alliance. The details are unknown. 

It is painful to reflect that for all these services, perils, and hardships, 
he received, as we may say, nothing at all by way of recompense. Nor 
have his family ever received a dime by way of pension or otherwise. 
The matter was brought to the notice of Congress, a few years ago, and 
some relief asked for his family. The justice of the claim was fully 
acknowledged. The case was seen to be peculiar. A bill was reported, 
by a committee, granting the desired relief; but through the opposition 
of some of the Southern members, ever ready to manifest their hatred of 
the North, the bill failed of a majority in that body. 

allies of the republic. She arrived at Brest, Feb. 6. Soon after, the Alliance was 
one of the squadron which left L'Orient, under the command of the celebrated John 
Paul Jones, to cruise on the coast of Scotland. The squadron consisted of the 
Duras, Alliance, Pallas, Vengeance brig, and Cerf cutter. The Duras was a large 
old Indiaman ; her name was now changed to Bon Homme Richard, in compliment 
to Doctor Franklin. The Pallas had been a merchantman. The Vengeance was a 
small brig. The Duras, Pallas, and Vengeance were French vessels, expressly- 
bought for this expedition, and for this particular service, which was to furnish em- 
ployment for that daring officer, John Paul Jones, on the British coasts. Few 
Americans were on board : the crews being a motley collection from all the mari- 
time nations. 

The squadron sailed June 19, 1779, and returned about the last of the same 
month. It again departed from L'Orient, Aug. 14. It sailed around Scotland ; 
and, on the 23d of September, the British frigate Serapis, of far superior force, was 
taken by Paul Jones, in the Bon Homme Richard, after a most prolonged and des- 
perate contest. The corvette Countess of Scarborough, the consort of the Serapis, 
was also taken, by the Pallas, at the same time. Through the gross misconduct of 
Landais, who refused to obey the orders of the commodore, and even fired into his 
vessel while engaged in a struggle terrible beyond almost all precedent, the Alliance 
failed of rendering any aid in this memorable conflict. As may be supposed, the 
villainous Frenchman was soon dismissed from the service. 

At the close of 1780, Capt. John Barry was appointed to the command of the 
Alliance, and sailed from Boston early in February, 1781, with Col. John Laurens 
as passenger for France. On the way, she captured the privateer Alert. After 
landing Col. Laurens at L'Orient, she sailed again in March on a cruise, having in 
company the ship Marquis de la Fayette, of 40 guns, bound to America with stores. 
April 2, she captured two Guernsey privateers, one the Mars, of 2f> guns and 112 
men ; the other the Minerva, of 10 guns and 55 men. She took them without resist- 
ance. After parting company with her consort, the Alliance had a severe action 
with the sloop-of war Atalanta, of 16 guns and 130 men, and brig-of-war Trepassy, 
of 14 guns and 80 men. This was on the 28th of May, 1781. There was no wind, 
and the sea was perfectly smooth. The Alliance was becalmed, and lay like a log 
in the water. The other vessels got out their sweeps, and selected their positions at 
will. The cannon was well served on both sides. At length the enngn of the Al- 
liance was shot away ; and the people of the hostile ships quitted their guns and 
gave three cheers for victory. Capt. Barry was wounded, and carried below. The 
Lieutenant left in command on deck, seeing no chance of success, went below and 
asked the Captain if they should surrender. The noble man replied, " No ! if the 


After the conclusion of the war, Thomas Giles returned to the bosom 
of his family, and took up his residence in Boston, which was his wife's 
native place. Here Ids first three children were horn. He remained 
in that metropolis till April, 1786, when he removed to Sandy Bay,* 
then a Precinct in Gloucester, hut incorporated Feh. 27, 1840, as a dis- 
tinct town by the name of Rockport. He continued to work at his 
trade, that of a eailmaker, — being an approved workman, — till his decease, 
which occurred Nov. 18, 1795, in the following manner:— He went to a 
well, to get a pail of water for his family. Letting down his pail with 
a pole, which was then a common method, he lost the pail, and descend- 
ed into the well to recover it. He obtained it, and had got part of the 

ship cannot be fought without mo, I'll lie carried on deck again." This reply so 
inspirited the men, that they fought with new courage. A light breeze springing 
up, the Alliance obtained a temporary advantage : and pouring a broadside into her 
antagonists, she compelled them both to haul down their colors. The enemy's 
ships were much cut up, and lost 41 men in killed and wounded. The Alliance 
had 11 killed and 21 wounded. 

In 1782, Capt. Barry in the Alliance was actively employed, but there were no 
memorable engagements resulting in captures. Among other services, the Alliance 
was sent to Havana for specie. Shortly after leaving port, she was chased by a 
squadron of English frigates ; one of which, the Sibyl, she engaged with very 
heavy loss on the part of the enemy. The Sibyl had, it is said, 37 killed and 5*0 
wounded, while the Alliance had only .3 killed and 11 wounded. The other English 
ships coming up, the Alliance hauled off. 

At the close of the war, there remained only two frigates in the American marine, 
the Alliance and the Hague. Not long after, the Alliance was sold, and converted 
into an Indiaman. [Cooper's Naval History. Lossing's Eield-book of the Revo- 

Mrs. Sarah Choate of Rockport, b. 1777, dan. of Benj. Soper Marshall, and niece 
of the wife of Thomas Giles, said in 1854, " I remember, perfectly well, to have 
heard my uncle say, that he was on board of the frigate Alliance when she fought 
the two ships; that the Captain was wounded, and carried below, much covered 
with blood ; that, not long after, the Lieutenant went below, and asked the Captain 
if they should surrender ; to which he answered, ' No ! if the ship can't be fought 
without me, I'll be carried on deck again.' His reply so encouraged the men, that 
they took both of the ships." This same account she had given in former years. 

The news of peace between the United States and Great Britain was first received 
in Boston, April 23, 1783. The Preliminary Treaty was signed at Paris, Nov. 30, 
1782 ; but as late as Jan. 21, 1783, it was known merely as a rumor in the English 
capital. The first publication of what was supposed to be the terms of a Treaty of 
Peace was in a Postscript of the London papers, Jan. 28, 1783. The king's procla- 
mation was first published, Feb. 15, 1783. So reluctant were the king and the min- 
istry to acknowledge the independence of the United States. '" I was," said the 
king to John Adams, on the first audience of the latter, "I was the last man in my 
dominions to consent to the independence of your country." It is well known that 
the negotiation was tedious and intricate, and that the patience and firmness of the 
American plenipotentiaries, Adams, Franklin. Jay, and Laurens, were severely tried. 

The frigate Alliance brought this treaty to Boston, where she arrived as above. 
Thomas Giles was in her at the time. Old Mr. Nathaniel Foster, a fisherman, of 
Rockport, told my uncle, Thomas Giles, in 1813, that he well remembered being at 
anchor, in a fishing vessel from that place, near Thatcher's Island Light, on a foggy 
morning in April, 1783, when the Alliance hove in sight, close in with them in the 
direction of the Salvages, bound for Boston. The frigate spoke with them, inquired 
their bearings, and said they had on hoard the Treaty of Peace. "And your father," 
added the old man, " was in her. I knew him well." 

* Is " Sandy Bay " a corruption of Tragabiyzanda, the name of the Turkish lady 
to whom Capt. John Smith owed his escape from slavery among the Tartars, and 
whom he remembered when he gave that euphonious name to Cape Anne ? Prince 
Charles (afterwards king Charles I.) changed the name to that of his mother, Anne 
of Denmark. 


way up, when his foot slipped, he fell into the well, and no assistance 
being near, he was drowned. Thus did the man, who had braved death 
in every form, on the field of battle and on the man-of-war's deck, come 
to his end in an unthought-of way. He was but 41 when he died ; 
and as his children were all young at the time, — the eldest at home 
being but eleven years old, — this may account for the fact that so few 
of the details of his personal history, though an eventful one, are known. 

He left little or no property ; his best years having been given, with- 
out recompense, to the service of his country. His widow found herself 
left in straitened circumstances. She had six young children, beside the 
eldest, who was with a friend in Boston. She had no earthly friends 
on whom to rely; and no earthly resources, but her own energy and 
resolution. But her courage did not fail. She opened a little shop, 
and, by the blessing of God on her endeavors, she was enabled to keep 
her children together, to provide for them decently, and to train them 
up for respectability and usefulness. She lived to see them all, except 
one who died young, comfortably settled around her. She built a house 
with the avails of her industry and economy ; and lived in comfort, 
though not in affluence. She died of jaundice, Sept. 27, 1822, a. 66. 

The children of Thomas 5 and Mary (Marshall) Giles were — born in 
Boston — 

309. tBetsev Snow, 6 b. March 29, 1781 ; m. Josiah Vinton of Boston. 

310. tMatthew Smith, 6 b. Aug. 16, 1784; m. 1, Sally Webster; 2, Lydia (Lee) 


311. fThomas, 6 b. Nov. 16, 1785; in. 1, Olive Tarr; 2, Mary Cotton Holmes. 

Born in Rockport — 

312. tMary, 6 b. Sept. 3, 1787; m. Daniel Smith Tarr. 

313. tSam'uel, 6 h. Aug. 22, 1789; m. Margaret ( Davis j Norwood. 

314. Abigail, 6 b. Julv 11, 1791 ; d. Jan. 31, 1799. 

315. tWilliam. 6 b. Sept. 16, 1793; m. Hannah Gott. 


MARY GILES,* (Thomas, 4 Samuel? Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) eldest 
dau. of Thomas 4 and Mary (Jennison) Giles of South Danvers; bap. 
Feb. 1, 1756; m. Solomon Stevens. 

From a deed, which is quoted on p. 31, it appears that she was still 
a "spinster," in April, 1793, being then 37 years of age. When her 
marriage took place, I have not been able to learn. I suppose it was 
not till a number of years afterward. Her uncle, Dr. William Jennison, 
who d. May 8, 1798, gave her ten dollars in his will. At the date of 
the will, she was still unmarried ; but the date of the will I know not. 

Mr. Stevens, her husband, had some peculiarities; he has been 
described as "a queer specimen of humanity." He owned a farm in 
Springfield, Windsor County, Vermont. In April, 1816, they removed 
to Genesee County, N. Y. ; my informant thinks, to LeRoy. In 1819, 
they removed to Indiana. She became deranged in the winter of 1815- 
1 6, or not long before, and seems never to have fully recovered. She 
died many years ago, having had no children. 


Deacon SAMUEL GILES,* ( Thomas, 4 Samuel, 3 Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) 
eecond son of Thomas 4 and Mary (Jennison) Giles ; b. in South Danvers, 


April 6, 1757 ; m. Jan. 8, 1783, in Springfield, Vt., Laurana Holmes, 
b. in Pembroke, Mass., Jan. 17, 17G2, dau. of Hezekiah and Mercy 
(Bisbee) Holmes of that place.* 

At the age of eight years he left home, and seems never to have re- 
turned to reside with his parents. He lived with John Jacobs of Sutton, 
in the section of that town which is now Millbury, from the age of eight 
to that of fourteen. I account for his going so far from home, by the 
consideration that his mother's brother, Dr. William Jennison, lived in 

* Mercy Bisbee was the dau. of John Bisbee bj his wife Abiah Bonney. They 
were of Plymouth County, the Old Colony. Undoubted tradition reports "that Mer- 
cy's grandmother once walked fifteen miles on snow-shoes, to visit her daughter, and 
ai rived just at the time when her presence was most needful. Whether it was at 
Mercy's birth does not appear ; but ft was certainly an errand of Mercy. 

Hezekiah Holmes was a blacksmith, and very ingenious at his trade. He was a 
man of robust health, and of great physical power. He also possessed a vigorous 
understanding and a sound judgment, and sometimes amused himself with writing 
poetry. A poetic paraphrase by him, of the 137th Psalm, is still remembered. He 
was a selectman of Pembroke, and held other town offices. He was an officer in 
the "Old French War," and — a little less than two years — in the war of the Revo- 
lution. About the year 1773, he removed with his family to Springfield, Vt. He 
afterwards removed to Kingsborough, N. Y., where he spent his remaining years. 

Hezekiah Holmes of Pembroke was Lieut, in His Majesty's service, in the com- 
pany under the command of Capt. John Loring, in the expedition against Crown 
Point, from Feb. 18 to Oct. 27, 175»i. 

Hezekiah Holmes of Pembroke was First Lieut, in His Majesty's service, in a 
Company of Foot, under the command of Capt. Abel Keen, in the regiment of 
Col. Thomas Doty, raised by the Province for the reduction of Canada, from March 
13 to Nov. 25, 1758, at £5 per month. [Mass. Archives. 

He had a brother Ephraim Holmes of Halifax, who was a Captain of the Prov- 
ince troops in His Majesty's service from March 31 to Nov. 1, 1759. He was also 
a captain in several other campaigns, e. g. 1762. [Ibid. 

Hezekiah Holmes also had a son Orsamus, the only son who lived to manhood, 
who was a soldier three or four years in the Revolutionary war. Orsamus Holmes 
has given the following account of his services and hardships, in a statement now 
before me. Though not strictly belonging to this volume, I here transcribe it, as it 
will serve to convey a definite impression of the hardships endured by the soldiers 
of the Revolution. 

"In May, 1775, being then a resident in Pittsfield, Mass., and in the seventeenth 
year of my age, I enlisted as a private in a company of Provincial troops, com- 
manded by Capt. Lusk, in Col. Easton's regiment. This regiment soon after 
joined General Montgomery's army at Crown Point. The army moved down Lake 
Champlain to St. John's, where was a British fort and garrison. After demanding 
a surrender and receiving a refusal, Gen. Montgomery commenced a siege. In this 
siege very severe hardships were endured by our troops. Our encampment was a 
mile and a half from the fortress, on low clayey ground, which was inundated by a 
rain in the mouth of September, which continued a week with scarce any intermis- 
sion. To keep out of the muddy water, the soldiers were obliged to set crotches in 
the ground, put poles on them, and cover them with small brush, on which they 
slept in their tents. Many were not careful of their health, and were attacked with 
bilious complaints. Some were discharged, some sent home on furlough, and some 
died in camp. Our regiment was so reduced that, for a considerable time, one com- 
pany had only one private fit for duty. When we were called on the main guard, 
we had no shelter, but were obliged to stand or sit in the rain ; and frequently were 
called on fatigue duty to haul cannon through the mud, like a team of horses or 
oxen. About the first of November, our reduced regiment, now consisting of only 
about two hundred rank and file, were sent to Sorel, where Lake Champlain dis- 
charges its surplus waters, through the river Sorel into the St. Lawrence. On our 
way, our numbers were augmented by a few Canadian volunteers. About the time 
of "our arrival at Sorel, the British garrison at Montreal evacuated that place, taking 
passage in eleven sail of vessels, deeply laden with clothing and military stores. 


Douglas, an adjoining town. Several Danvers people had removed to 
Sutton not long before ; and perhaps Jacobs was one of them. At 
fourteen, Samuel Giles was apprenticed to Daniel Porter, a tanner and 
currier, in Topsfield, a town contiguous to Danvers. He lived with 
him till he enlisted in the army. 

In his twentieth year, he followed the example of his elder brother 
Thomas, and entered the military service of his country. He seems to 

and descended the St. Lawrence. Our regiment succeeded in capturing the whole 
fleet, a short distance above the mouth of the Sorel river; thus procuring a welcome 
and much needed supply for our suffering army. 

"After the surrender of St. John's, the army of Montgomery descended the St. 
Lawrence to the neighborhood of Quebec. Before we left Sorel, my first enlistment 
expired. I then enlisted under Capt. Babcock, in Major Brown's detachment. Not 
long after our arrival at Quebec, many of our officers and soldiers were attacked 
with the small-pox, of which some died. The army suffered greatly by the inclem- 
ency of the weather, in that cold, snowy region. On the night of December 31, 
177*5, an attempt was made to take the city by assault. Gen. Montgomery fell, and 
with him his aid, [Capt. Macpherson,] and also Capt. Cheeseman, which caused 
the attempt to fail. On the 1st of May, my second enlistment expired ; and I again 
enlisted in Capt. Wheeler's company, in the regiment of Col. Porter. May 6, our 
army left Quebec, and continued their retreat till they reached Ticonderoga. In 
Nov., 1776, the brigade, to which I belonged, was called to the assistance of the 
army of Washington, and marched to Morristown, N. J. On the 31st of Dec. my 
enlistment again expired, and I returned home to my father in [Springfield] Ver- 
mont, having been absent almost three years. When Burgoyne's army appeared 
before Ticonderoga, [July 1, 1777,] the militia of Vermont were called for. I went 
for one. The militia arrived just in time for a precipitate flight before the enemy. 
I next enlisted under Capt. Allen, in a regiment commanded by Col. Herrick, de- 
nominated the Green Mountain Corps. Our duty was constant scouting in the 
woods, and other lurking-places of the enemy. 

" On or about the 6th of November, 1777, Capt. Allen called for volunteers to pur- 
sue the British, who were evacuating Ticonderoga and Crown Point ; and a few 
militia joined us. On the night of Nov. 12, a militia-man and myself, from ven- 
turing too far, were taken prisoners by the British. We were conveyed to St. 
John's; and thence to Montreal and Quebec. On the 26th July, 1778, about ten 
o'clock at night, myself and three others made our escape from on board a prison- 
ship, leaving about 35 of our fellow-sufferers behind. The ship's watch and two 
sentinels were on deck at the time. We crossed the St. Lawrence in the ship's 
boat, and entered the woods without guide or compass. We travelled seventeen 
days in that dreary region. The first seven days we subsisted on four hard bis- 
cuits and about eight ounces of salt pork a day. The remaining ten days we lived 
principally on the inner bark of the white pine ! On the seventeenth day, we were 
taken by the Indians, and carried to Montreal. But on the night of the 18th of 
September, 1778, three of us escaped again by leaping: from the windows of the 
.second story of the Provost prison, which had a guard of eighteen men, three of 
whom guarded the prison at the time. We then made for the gate of the prison- 
yard, where we were attacked by the sentinel, and one of us slightly wounded. 
After opening the gate, we ran for the walls of the city, leaped from them, and 
reached the St. Lawrence about two miles below the city, where we found a ca^oe 
without paddles. By the aid of two stakes from a fence, we succeeded in crossing 
the river, though it was four miles wide, in safety. Sixteen miles from the St. 
Lawrence, we came to the Chamblee river, which we crossed in a canoe on the 
second night. After much fatigue, encountering many difficulties and dangers, 
crossing rivers, and being pursued by Indians, whose grasp we twice eluded by 
stratagem, on the fourteenth day we reached a frontier settlement at Monckton, 

" Let Americans remember their obligations of gratitude to God for our deliver- 
ance, and forget not the fathers of the Revolution who were the instruments in pro- 
curing our independence." 

Orsamus Holmes was a fine singer. When a prisoner, he would often provoke 
the British soldiers by singing patriotic songs. 


liave enlisted at first for six months. March 1, 1777, he enlisted for 
three years. After his discharge in 1780, he enlisted again, for one 
year ; and, at a snhsequent time, for three months. His daughter, Mrs. 
Beach, often heard him say, that he served in the Revolutionary war 
nearly five years. 

From the " Continental Army Book," it appears that Samuel Giles, 
corporal, of Topsfield, enlisted March 1, 1777, for three years, in Capt. 
Page's company, in the Eleventh Massachusetts Regiment. That reg- 
iment was then commanded by Col. Ebenezer Francis of Beverly. It 
was raised by Col. Francis a few weeks before. At the time of Samuel 
Giles's enlistment, it was stationed at Ticonderoga, After the death of 
Col. Francis, it was commanded by Col. Benjamin Tapper, then of 
Chesterfield, but a native of Sharon," near Boston, (b. 1738,) and after 
the war one of the two leaders (the other was Gen. Rufus Putnam) 
of the party which commenced the settlement of Ghio, and of the Great 
Northwest, at Marietta, in 1788. He d. June, 1702. 

In the account, which follows his name in the "Army Book," Samuel 
Giles is charged with sundry items, like those which appear in the ac- 
count with his brother Thomas, (for which see p. 50,) and credited in 
the same way. The "Town Bounty" from Top.-field, March 1, 1777, 
was £14.13, and its value is set down at £14.4. This Bounty, as in 
the other case, is charged Dec. 31, 1779, as a part of his regular pay, 

The pedigree of Laurana Holmes, wife of Dea. Samuel Giles, has not been fully 
made out. "Her father, Hezekiah Holmes, was the son of William and Bathsheba 
Holmes of Pembroke. But the name of the father of William Holmes has not been 

The children of William and Bathsheba Holmes, so far as Pembroke records give 
them, were — 

Simeon, b. in Pembroke, Nov. 3, 1721. 

Hezekiah, b. in do., Jan. 25, 1727-8; m. Mercy Bisbee. 

The children of Hezekiah and Mercy (Bisbee; Holmes, all b. in Pembroke, were— 

Lucinda, b. April 24, 1756. 

Orsamus, b. Oct. 11, 1757. 

Cvnthia, b. June 24, 1760; d. May 2.3, 1761. 

Laurana, b. Jan. 17, 1762; m. Samuel Giles, Jan. 8, 1783. 

Abiah, b. Jan. 6, 1765. 

Abner, b. May 6, 1760 (?) 

There was also a John Holmes in Pembroke, whose wife, Susannah, d. Oct. 22, 
1732. Their son, Jacob, was b. April 13, 1726. John and William Holmes may 
have been brothers. 

Josiah Bourne, Jr., and Abigail Holmes, both of Pembroke, m. April 5, 1744. 

Ebenezer Holmes and Abigail Neweomb, both of Pembroke, m. April 5, 1744. 

The foregoing .is all which the Pembroke records contain, in reference to the 
Holmes family, previous to 1772. 

Who was the father of William Holmes of Pembroke ? 

We do not know. But there is a strong probability that he [William] was a 
grandson of Rev. John Holmes of Duxbury. This worthy man is supposed to 
have been the eldest son of Lieut. William Holmes, who was of Plymouth in 1634, 
and of Scituate, 1643. 

Rev. John Holmes was ordained, 1659, pastor of the Church in Duxbury; being 
the second minister of the second church in the Plymouth Colony. He was much 
respected, and was endeared to his people by the humility and meekness of his char- 
acter. His name is not found in the list of graduates of Harvard College, but it is 
known that he was an under-graduate at Cambridge in 1658. Rev. Ralph Part- 
ridge, the first minister of Duxbury, who was settled there in 1637, died a few days 
before the probate of his will, which was May 4, 1658; and Mr. Holmes may have 
been desired immediatelv to fill his place, being doubtless well known to the people 


and then in the second account, March 1, 1780, he is credited with it. 
His wages at the close of his three years' service, at forty-four shillings 
(= $7.33) per month, amounted to £79.4; of which there was a balance 
due him of <£G4.17.G. 

Samuel Giles had his full share of perils, exposures, and hardships. 
We know what they were, for we have heard of them from his own 
lips. He was with Washington at the crossing of the Delaware, and 
the consequent battle of Trenton, Dec. 25, 1776. The following March, 
he joined the Eleventh regiment at Ticonderoga, and shared in the dis- 
asters and sufferings, as well as in the triumphs, of that memorable 
campaign. Burgoyne having invested that fortress, on the first day of 
July, 1777, and having occupied Sugar Hill, an eminence which had 
been believed to be inaccessible, and which perfectly commanded the 
American defences, Gen. St. Clair found himself under the necessity 
of abandoning the plate, which was clone on the sixth of that month. 
His force amounted to 3000 men; and the evacuation of a stronghold 
like Ticonderoga, which was supposed to be impregnable, sent a thrill 
of astonishment and dismay through all the Northern States. The rear- 
guard of St. Clair's retreating army, consisting of the regiments of 
Hale, Francis, and Warner, was overtaken, a few minutes after seven 
o'clock on the morning of July 7, at Hubbardton, Vt., by a detachment 
of Burgoyne's army, consisting of light infantry and grenadiers, under 

of Duxbury, as having been brought up in their neighborhood. This was probably 
the reason why tie did not take his degree at college. He m. Dec. 11, 1661, Mary 
Wood, dau. of John Wood, otherwise Atwood, of Plymouth; and d. Dec. 24, 1675. 
His widow became the third wife of Major William Bradford, a distinguished officer 
in "Philip's War," and son of Governor William Bradford of Plymouth. She d. 
Jan. 6, 1714-15. 

The children of Rev. John Holmes, so far as known to us, were Joseph, Mary, 
Isaac. But there may have been others ; as the records are known to be deficient. 
I have seen a MS. Genealogy of the descendants of Rev. John Holmes, — made out 
by his descendant, Mr. David W. Holmes, now of Cambridge, — which does not pro- 
fess to be full or complete ; and while I do not there find any of the Holmes family of 
Pembroke, — the genealogy being chiefly compiled from the Kingston records, — the 
similarity of names is such that I cannot doubt that the Pembroke Holmes family 
were descended from the Duxbury minister; e. g., I find Ephraim, Lemuel, and Lau- 
rana, which are unusual names, in both families. Pembroke joins Kingston and 
Duxbury ; also Halifax. 

Ephraim Holmes of Halifax is known to have been a brother of Hezekiah; and 
he is believed to have had a brother John. But neither of these appear on the Pem- 
broke records. 

It may be well to note here that Hon. John Holmes 6 of Alfred, Me., was of this 
family. He was son of Melatiah, 5 b. in Kingston, March 30, 1745, who m. Eliza- 
beth Bradford of Kingston, Jan. 31, 1771 ; and d. Jan. 19, 1827. Melatiah was son 
of Joseph, 4 b. Oct. 4, 1691 ; m. Rebecca Waterman of Plympton ; lived in King- 
ston; d. April 26, 1756. Joseph 4 was son of Joseph, 3 b. July 9, 1665; lived in 
Kingston; m. 1, Mary Sprague ; and 2, Mary Brewster; and this Joseph 3 was son 
of Rev. John Holmes 2 of Duxbury. Hon. John Holmes 6 m. 1, Sally Brooks of 
Scituate. She d. 1835 ; and he m. 2, in 1837, Caroline F. Swan, a widow, of Thom- 
aston, Me., and youngest dau. of Maj. Gen. Henry Knox of Revolutionary fame, 
and President Washington's first Secretary of War. She d. a widow, in Oct. 1851. 
After his second marriage, he lived in Thomaston. The writer well recollects him 
as a fellow-traveller in the steamer on a passage from Boston to Bangor, in April, 
1837 ; Mr. Holmes leaving the steamer at Thomaston. He was a man of decided 
talent ; for some years Representative in Congress from the York District, and after 
the separation of Maine from Massachusetts, one of her first two Senators at Wash- 
ington. He had a sister Laurana, and his father's sister bore the same name. 


General Frazer, supported by the Brunswick troops under General 
Baron Reidesel ; and a fierce engagement ensued. Hale's regiment, 
without waiting for the shock of battle, made a hasty and inglorious re- 
treat. The two remaining regiments, numbering only about 700 men, 
sustained the attack with so much resolution and gallantry, that the 
British grenadiers at first broke and gave way. They soon formed 
again, however, and used their bayonets (a weapon in which the other 
party were deficient) with so much effect, that the Americans were 
thrown into confusion, which was increased by the arrival of the Bruns- 
wickers at the critical instant, who were immediately led into action. 
The conflict, which lasted an hour and a half, (from 7^ to 8f o'clock, A. M.) 
was one of the most sanguinary, for the numbers engaged, that occurred 
during the war. Col. Francis* was killed, with nearly 200 of his men. J 
The entire loss of the Americans, in killed, wounded, and prisoners, 
was 324. The royal troops, including British and German, had 183 
killed and wounded. The Americans, overpowered by greatly superior 
numbers, fled on all sides; Hale, who had sought safety by flight, was 
not long after overtaken, and compelled to surrender. 

Samuel Giles spoke of being in this terrihle fray, and of the fall of 
Francis and many of his men, when the compiler visited him, in May, 

In October, 1777, he was present at the surrender of Burgoyne, at 
Saratoga, an event which filled the whole country with joy and hope. 

The ensuing winter, 1777-8, he spent in the camp at Valley Forge, 
on the Schuylkill, fifteen miles from Philadelphia, under Washington. 
He often spoke of the hardships and distresses of that dreadful season. 
Before the battle of Hubbardton, he had a good supply of clothing ; 
but in the utter rout of that occasion, or in the hot pursuit that fol- 
lowed, he was compelled to leave it by the way-side; and with only the 
remnants of his summer apparel, he spent that severe winter at Valley 
Forge ; where, also, he had the small-pox. The suffering was general 
and extreme throughout the camp. The only shelter for the soldiers 
were rude huts. Provisions nearly failed. There was a great Avant of 
clothing. Many, for lack of shoes, went barefoot on the frozen ground. 
Few had blankets for the night. Nearly three thousand, it is stated, 
were at one time incapable of bearing arms. 

He was in the battle of Monmouth, Sunday, June 28, 1778, and fre- 
quently spoke of his sufferings at that time from the extremely hot 

He had many narrow escapes from death. At Hubbardton, a ball 

* Col. Ebenezer Francis, b. in Medford, Dec. 22, 1744, removed to Beverly, 1764. 
His only son Ebenezer, b. Oct. 15, 1775, was for many years a mercbant of Boston, 
and President of the Suffolk Bank, where he originated the well-known " iSnffolk 
Bank System," which, during more than forty years, assured to New England a 
sound paper currency, based on the speedy exchange of bank bills for specie or its 
equivalent, at the counter of the Suffolk Bank ; all the banks, out of Boston, which 
were parties to the arrangement, (and nearly all were,) being obliged to keep a 
constant deposit of rive thousand dollars for that purpose in said institution. He died 
in Boston, Sept. 21, 1858, leaving the largest estate ever accumulated in New Eng- 
land. He came to Boston in Jan. 1787, a poor boy, and died in the possession of a 
properly of from 3^ to 4 millions of dollars. See Geneal. Reg., Vol. XIII., p. 88. 

I For an interesting account of Col. Francis and the battle, see Stone's History of 
Beverly, pp. 73-79, where the loss in this regiment is thus stated. 


cut his coat — probably a thin, summer coat — across his shoulders. At 
another time, his musket was broken in his hand by a ball. Once, as 
he was standing in the door of a house, by the side of another man, 
looking at a company who were performing military exercises before 
the house, the man by his side was shot dead by one of the company, 
who had neglected to draw the ball from the cartridge. On various 
other occasions he barely avoided death. He retained a vivid remem- 
brance of the scenes of the Revolution, and recounted them, with much 
animation, till the close of life. He was much aifected with a sense of the 
goodness of God in his preservation, so that he perished not in his sins. 

Samuel Giles was never paid for his five years' Revolutionary ser- 
vices. He was furnished with an army certificate, which he parted 
with for a few shillings, despairing of ever getting more for it. The 
person to whom he sold it, and who "came around, picking up such 
things," obtained for it a considerable sum of money. 

When the first Act of Congress was passed, providing for the pay- 
ment of pensions to Revolutionary soldiers, he applied for a pension, 
received a certificate, and for about two years drew the money. A new 
Act was then passed, requiring pensioners to make oath that they were 
destitute of property, which he could not conscientiously do. After 
this, an Act was passed, giving pensions to all surviving Revolutionary 
soldiers, without regard to the amount of their property. Under this 
Act, he received a pension during the remainder of his life. After his 
death, his widow became entitled, under still another Act, to a pension, 
which she received during her remaining days. 

After leaving the army, 1782, he took up his residence in the County 
of Windsor, Vermont, then a new and inviting region ; where he was 
married in 1783, as before related. He resided for some time in Spring- 
field, and after that in Weathersfield, in that County and State, until March, 
1792, when he settled permanently in Kingsborough, then a section of the 
large township of Johnstown, N. Y., about forty-five miles N. W. from 
Albany, and in the "Mohawk country." In this township was the ele- 
gant seat of General Sir William Johnson, who was, under the crown, 
Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the " Old French War," and exer- 
cised an unbounded influence over the Six Nations.* Here Samuel 
Giles underwent all the privations and hardships of a new settlement ; 
and had the satisfaction, at length, of seeing the wilderness around bud 
and blossom as the rose. 

Though not at the time regarding himself as a partaker of inward 
religion, he assisted in erecting a house for public worship, and in sus- 
taining the ministry of the gospel. He was among the early subjects 
of the first revival in that place in 1803; a place which has since been 
repeatedly and eminently favored with the effusions of the Divine 

* He conducted an expedition against Crown Point, and signally defeated the 
French, under Baron Dieskan, in 1755, at the battle of Lake George. He died in 
1774. His son, Sir John Johnson, succeeded in part to his influence over the In- 
dians, and is infamous for the part he acted, along with his savage allies, in the 
frontier massacres of 1778. Those incarnate fiends, John and Walter Butler, who, 
with more than Indian ferocity, led the combined forces of the tories and savages in 
the attacks made on Wyoming and Cherry Valley, in July and November, 1778, and 
exercised the dismal barbarities there witnessed, lived at Caghnewaga, four miles 
Southeasterly from the village of Johnstown, on the same side of the Mohawk River. 


Spirit. He became a member of the Congregational Church there in 
April. 1804;* and ever afterwards presented a bright example of 
christian fidelity and usefulness. Not long after, he was chosen to the 
office of Deacon, which he sustained, with great acceptance, till the in- 
firmities of age compelled him to withdraw from active duty. He pos- 
sessed, in a high degree, the respect and confidence of his neighbors, 
and was always one of the first to be called on to settle any difficulty in 
the church or civil community. 

He was exemplary in all the duties of religion and of morality. 
Family worship was performed as soon as the family arose in the morn- 
ing; a custom well suited to impress the mind with the thought that our 
duties to God take precedence of all others. All yvere required to be 
present. lie was always present at the meetings of the church, espe- 
cially prayer-meetings, when able to attend. He often walked two miles, 
after the fatigues of a summer's day, to enjoy the privilege of a weekly 
pruyer-meeting. lie was an early, a consistent, and an efficient laborer 
in the Temperance cause; joining in the earlier movements made, in 
1814, to diminish the use of distilled liquors; and arriving in due time 
at the position taken, about twenty years after, by all true friends of 
that noble enterprise, that of entire abstinence from all intoxicating 
drinks. He contributed liberally, and to the extent of his ability, to the 
cause of Foreign Missions, and to other benevolent operations. 

His personal appearance, as the compiler well remembers, after the 
lapse of thirty-nine years, was most venerable. His silver locks, his 
mild yet firm bearing, his animated countenance, are still before me. 

He frequently visited his friends in Boston, Rockport, &c, making 
the journey of 300 miles twice alone on horseback, and several times 
with one of his family in his own vehicle. 

In February, 1837, Deacon Giles was arrested with a sudden stroke 
of palsy. He became helpless at once ; his sufferings were at times 
severe; but he Avas, to the end, patient and submissive, humble and 
gentle, even cheerful and contented ; calmly waiting till his final change 
should come. From May, 1839, till October, 1840, he and his wife re- 
sided with their daughter. Mrs. Beach. The last year of his life was 
spent at his son's house in St. Johnsville, and there his death occurred, 
Oct. 30, 1841, a. 84. His wife Laurana d. Oct. 23, 1850, a. 88. 

Their children were — 

316. Lemuel, 6 b. July 5, 1784 ; d. July 20, 1784. 

317. tJennison, 6 1). Sept. 5, 1785; m. 1, Philenda Beach; 2, Prudence Hatch. 

318. tMary, 6 b. Julv 23, 1787; m. Henrv Dubois Lounsberv. 

319. tSarah, 6 b. May 26, 1792; m. Amos Beach. 


WILLIAM GILES, 4 (Thomas,* Samuel, 3 Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) son 
of Thomas'* and Mary (Jenniso.i) Giles of South Danvers; bap. Feb. 
28, 1762; m. . 

* Of this church, Rev. Elisha Yale, D. D., was ordained the first pastor, in May, 
1804, having previously labored some months in that place. He continued to dis- 
charge the duties of a pastor there, with almost apostolic zeal, fidelity, and success, 
until some time in the year 1852, when his advanced years required "the settlement 
of a colleague, Rev. Edward Wall. He was b. in Lee, Mass., June 15, 1780, and 
died of a paralytic shock, on Sunday, Jan. 9, 1853, leaving a name uncommonly 
respected, through all the land, for christian piety, prudence, and dcvo:ion. 


We have no record of his birth, or marriage, or death. 

When a boy, he went to Whately, on Connecticut River, and lived 
with a Mr. Edward Brown. At the age of eighteen, or a few months 
later, he enlisted in the Continental army, and served something less 
than six months, to wit, from July 6 to Dec. 28, 1780. lie was in the 
second company in the Tenth Massachusetts Regiment, commanded by 
Col. Thomas Marshall. In a certificate, made and swo.n to by the 
Selectmen of Whately, the length of his service is given as above, and 
it is stated that he marched 150 miles. In a "Descriptive List" of 
the " Six-months' men," who marched from Springfield, July 9, 1780, 
William Giles is described as 18 years of age, 5 feet 4 inches in stature, 
of a ruddy complexion, and a resident in Whately in the County of 
Hampshire.* [Mass. Archives. 

In the " Continental Army Book," William Giles is said to have en- 
listed for three years , which must be a mistake ; and is credited with 
his service from July 16 to Dec. 31, 1780, being 5 months and 14 clays, 
at 40 shillings per month. [Ibid. 

After the war, he returned to Whately, and was admitted to the 
church there, Aug. 10, 1783. Some time after this, he left Whately 
and took up his residence in Middletown, Ct. He was married, but 
to whom, and whether in Whately, Middletown, or elsewhere, I am not 
informed. He was living in June, 1792, as appears from a deed quoted 
on p. 31. He was drowned in an attempt to cross the Connecticut River 
in a boat alone. He left no children. His widow was afterwards mar- 
ried to a Mr. Duball. 


JAMES LINDALL GILES, 5 (Thomas* Samuel, 3 Eleazar, 2 Ed- 
ward}) youngest son of Thomas 4 and Mary (Jennison) Giles of South 
Danvers; bap. March 30, J 766; m. 1, Anna Page of Salem, Jan. 6, 
1794; 2, Martha Bellamy of Kittery, Me. 

He received his name from a cherished remembrance of his mother's 

He was a tailor by trade ; and resided successively in Salem, Balti- 
more, Md., Portsmouth, N. H., and finally in Pembroke, N. H., where 
he d. Jan. 1821. He left no children. His widow, in April, 1823, 
married John Norris of Raymond, N. H., son of Deacon Norris of that 
place. He was a tailor formerly, but, in 1823, a yeoman. I enjoyed 
a pleasant visit at their house in Raymond, in Oct. 1823, while pursuing 
my studies at Phillips Exeter Academy. 


ABIGAIL GILES,* (Thomas* Samuel, 3 Eleazar, 2 Edward, 1 ) 
youngest child of Thomas 4 and Mary (Jennison) Giles of South Dan- 
vers, bap. May 7, 1769; m. 1, about 1794, Robert Watson; 2, Adna 
Bates, a native of Springfield, Vt. 

She lived with her mother in South Danvers and Salem, till the 
death of the latter in Nov. 1784. She then seems to have gone to re- 

* This List contains the names of a large number of men, not only from the 
Western Counties, but from the Eastern and Southern portions of Massachusetts. 
There are 31 from Old Braintree. Each man's age, stature, complexion, and resi- 
dence is given. 


side in the family of her brother Samuel in Springfield and "Weathers- 
field, Vt. This brother speaks of her as "lately living with" him, in 
June, 1792. See p. 31. Dr. William Jennison, her uncle, who died 
May 8, 1798, gave her in his will ten dollars; and in that will calls her 
"Abigail Giles, alias Watson." 

Robert Watson lived in Kingsborough, N. Y., some time previous to 
their marriage. About two years after that event, they removed to 
Salina, Onondaga Co., N. Y., and thence to Canada; where, at the end 
of six or eight years, he died. She then visited her brother at Kings- 
borough, and spent several weeks. She returned to Canada, where she 
married a second husband, Bates, as already stated. She visited her 
brother in the summer of 1824, in company with her husband. They 
appeared to be in easy circumstances; though not religious people. 
They returned in September to their home in Scarborough, near To- 
ronto, Canada West. Afterwards, they resided at some place in Ham- 
ilton District, in the same province. It is supposed that both have long 
since deceased. 

She had no children. Her second husband had a son Roger Bates, 
by a former marriage, who many years since resided at Syracuse, N. Y. 

She is represented as having been very attractive in person, and 
amiable in disposition. 


EBENEZER GILES,* (Ebenezer* Eleazar,* Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) 
eldest son of Ebenezer 4 and Esther Giles of Townsend ; b. there, Aug. 

14, 1759; m. 1, Melvin of Concord; 2, Abigail Clark of 


He served his country as a soldier five years during the war of the 
Revolution ; enlisting when under the age of eighteen. He received a 
wound in the shoulder from a sabre, in an encounter with the enemy's 
cavalry. After the pension Act was passed in 18 — , he drew a pension. 

Ebenezer Giles was called out for service in Rhode Island, July 1 to 
Dec. 18, 1777. 

Ebenezer Giles of Townsend enlisted Aug. 1, 1777, in Col. John 
Robinson's Company, in the service of the United States, for six months. 

Ebenezer Giles of Townsend, aged 20, stature 5 feet 7 inches, en- 
listed July, 1779, to serve in the Continental army. [Mass. Archives. 

He lived in Townsend many years ; removed to Pawlet, Vt., where 
he d. about 1830. By his first wife he had several children, who are 
now living in the Western States. We have the name only of — 

320. Ephraim, 6 who removed to Western New York, and a few years since again 
removed to some State or Territory still farther West; perhaps Kansas. 

By his second wife, Ebenezer Giles* had no children. 


Deacon JOHN GILES,* (Ebenezer* Eleazar, 3 Eleazar? Edivard, 1 ) 
second son of Ebenezer 4 and Esther Giles of Townsend ; b. there, Nov. 
4, 1762 ; m. 1, March 15, 1787, Susan Baldwin, b. 1764, who d. Oct. 
17, 1788, "aged 24 years, 5 m os - 25 days"; 2, April 6, 1789, Mary 
Adams of Townsend. She was b. July 23, 1765, and was one of the 


sixteen children of Capt. Daniel Adams, one of the early settlers of 
Townsend. Twelve of these lived to maturity, whose names follow: 
Daniel, Abner, Rebecca, Benjamin, Ephraim, Kezia, Mehitable, Eliza- 
beth, Mary, Joseph, Phebe, James. Eleven of these married, and had 
families. All are now deceased. The parents, and many if not all of 
the children, were pious. Mary, the wife of John Giles, became an 
earnest disciple of Christ in the morning of life, and connected herself 
with the Congregational Church. 

John Giles, in early life, became a decided follower of Christ, and 
united with the Congregational Church in Townsend. He was chosen 
Deacon in Dec. 1812, and sustained the office acceptably till his death. 
He spent all his days there, and d. Aug. 24, 1825, aged 62 years, 9 
months, and 20 days. Mrs. Mary Giles, his widow, survived him thirty- 
two years, and d. Nov. 2, 1857, a. 92. 

Their children were — 

321. tDaniel, 6 b. Feb. 28, 1790; m. 1, Betsey Stone; 2, Hannah Hart ; 3, Betsev 

(Pratt) Hodgman. 

322. John, 6 b. Nov. 11, 1791 ; d. Sept. 12, 1800. 

323. Samuel, 6 b. June 24 , 1793; d. Aug. 22, 1800. 

324. Abner, 6 b. March 16, 1795; d. Aug. 22, 1800. 

325. Susan, 6 b. Aug. 25, 1797 ; d. Mav 8, 1798. 

326. Joel, 6 b. April 9, 1799; d. Aug. 28, 1800. 

327. Mary, 6 b. Dee. 18, 1801 ; unm. ; a devoted christian ; d. Nov. 5, 1857, se. 56. 

328. Joel, 6 b. May 6, 1804 ; unm. ; H. C. 1829 ; Tutor in Harvard Coll. ; LL. B. 

in same, 1837 ; a distinguished lawyer in Boston. He has been a mem- 
ber of the Massachusetts Senate, and of the House of Representatives ; 
a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1853; one of the Com- 
missioners of the Back Bay Lands, &c. He holds a high rank in his pro- 
fession, has more than ordinary legal attainments, enjoys an extensive 
and lucrative practice, and possesses in a high degree the confidence of the 
business world and of the religious community. He is scholarly in his 
tastes, unassuming in his deportment, and has long been known as a 
decided and devout christian. 

329. John, 6 b. March 23, 1806; unm. ; H. C. 1831 ; became hopefully pious, and 

united witli the Orthodox Church in Cambridgeport, under the pastoral 
care of Rev. William Augustus Stearns, D. D., now President of Am- 
herst College. He suffered many years under pulmonary disease; and 
d. at the house of his brother, Dea. Daniel Giles, in Townsend, June 14, 

* 127. 
SARAH GILES,* (Ebenezer* Eleazar? Eleazar,* Edward, 1 ) sister 
of the preceding; b. in Townsend, March 6, 1766; m. Capt. James 
Pratt of Pawlet, Yt. They had nine children, all of whom lived to 
be more than forty years of age. Their names follow — 

330. Elisha, 6 b. 1784; m. 1, Sarah Munroe. She d. in little more than a year 

after marriage ; 2, Lucy Sumner of Halifax, Vt. They had a large fam- 
ily of children. He early removed to Ypsilanti, Mich., where hed. in 
1833, a. 49. 

331. Lucy, 6 b. 1786; never married ; d. in Pawlet, Vt., in 1830, a. 44. 

332. Sarah, 6 1 f m. Stephen Loomis of Rushville, N. Y. She d. in 1849, 
leaving several children. 

333. Esther, 6 I ^"l'J m. Ephraim Giles. They live in Oswego, Mich., and 
1788 I have a lan,re famil y of children, all living at the West, 
U88- except two sons, one of whom lives in Westborough, 

[ Mass., and the other in Pawlet, Yt. 

334. Dorcas, 6 b. ab. 1790; m. 1, Braman Fitch of Pawlet, Vt., and removed to 

Rochester, N. Y. 2, Elisha Smith. She d. in 1831, leaving three chil- 
dren by the first husband and one by the second. 


335. Miner Giles, 6 b. Nov. 13, 1800; grad. Midd. Coll. 1823, and studied The- 

ology at Andover Theol. Sera. The first year after leaving the seminary 
he spent in connection with the Am Tract Society, New York. From 
1828 to 1848 he was Pastor of the First Congregational Church in Au- 
burn, Mass., acceptably performing the duties of that office. In 1848 
he was dismissed therefrom at his own request, and soon after accepted 
the appointment of Financial Agent of the Massachusetts Colonization 
Society; which position he still holds. Soon after his settlement in Au- 
burn, he m. Caroline Drury, dau. of Maj. Thomas Drury of that place, 
by whom lie has had nine children, three of whom d. in infancy. The 
remainder are mostly in New York. Mrs. Caroline Pratt d in 1860, 
and was buried in the cemetery of the Theol. Sem. Andover, in which 
town he still resides. 

336. James, 6 m. Philena Sheldon of Pawlet, Vt. He removed to Westfield, N. Y., 

where he still lives. He had held several civil offices in that State ; and 
has had three children, of whom two are still living. 

337. Alvah, 6 m. Sarah Cranch of Pawlet, Vt. He removed to Ypsilanti, Mich., 

where he has filled a number of civil and ecclesiastical offices with good 
success. He has had no children. 
337^. Ervin, 6 m. Caroline El well of Rupert, Vt. He lives on the old homestead 
in Pawlet. He has nine children. 


NEHEMIAH GILES, 5 (James* Ehazar* Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) 
youngest child of James 4 and Elizabeth (Green) Giles of Townsend ; 
b. there, July 1, 1783; m. Jan. 10, 1809, Mary Cowdin, dau. of 
Thomas and Mary (Farrington) Cowdin of Fitchburg. The mother 
of Mary Farrington was a sister of Israel Putnam, Major General in 
the army of the Revolution. 

Mr. Giles learned the trade of a blacksmith ; but possessing strong 
mental faculties, and an inventive genius, he turned his attention to the 
improvement of machinery. The circular saw was invented by him, 
although it had been, six or seven years previous, without his knowledge, 
invented in England, where it was known as "Sheldon's Circular Saw." 
The Patent Laws in this country were then less definite than at present, 
and no patent was taken out by Mr. Giles, and thus he failed of any 
special benefit from what was really his invention. He was among the 
earliest cotton spinners in the country; having established a cotton 
manufactory in Fitchburg as long ago as 1812. The business w T as con- 
ducted by the firm of Farwell & Giles. He removed to Walpole, N. IL, 
in 1828, and there having purchased a farm, he devoted himself to 
agriculture. He still resides in that town. 

His wife united with the Congregational Church in Walpole, about 
thirty years ago, and was a most excellent woman. She endured a 
distressing sickness of many years with exemplary christian fortitude, 
resignation, and cheerfulness ; and went to her heavenly home March 
81, 18G2. 

The family are highly respectable in point of intelligence, moral 
character, and social position. 

The children of Nehemiah and Mary (Cowdin) Giles were — 

338. tMariannc Cornelia, 6 b. June 8, 1810; m. Hon. Emory Washburn. 

339. tSarah Farrington, 6 b. July 8, 1812; m. William Bellows. 

340. Elizabeth Green, 6 b. May 31,1816; m. Charles E. West, LL. D. of N. York, 

formerly Principal of Rutgers Institute in that city, now of Buffalo, and 
Principal of the Buffalo Female Academy. Their children are — 
341. Emory Washburn. 342. Charles. 


343. Elizabeth. 345. Herbert. 

344. Marianne W. 346. Bertha. 

347. "Warren Augustus, 6 b. March 27, 1820; grad. D. C. 1839 ; went to Georgia 
as a teacher in September, and d. at Summerville, Chattooga Co., in 
the N. W. part of that State, Dec. 12, 1839. 


SAMUEL GILES,* (Samuel* Eleazar? John, 2 Edward, 1 ) son of 
Samuel 4 and Eunice (Herrick) Giles of Beverly ; b. there, Dec. 18, 

Samuel Giles of Salem — he is also said to be of Beverly — enlisted 
May 6, 1775, as a private, in Capt. Nathan Brown's company, in Col. 
John Mansfield's regiment. Opposite to his name is the remark, 
"entered in Train, June 15." This means, he was transferred at that 
time to the artillery company, commanded by Capt. Samuel Russell 
Trevett of Marblehead, in Col. Richard Gridley's regiment. [Mass. 

This company, or train of artillery, or battery, as it would now be 
called, fought valiantly at Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775, and brought 
away the only field-piece which was saved, out of six taken to the field. 

Samuel Giles was chief gunner in a company raised for coast defence 
in Marblehead, under command of Capt. Edward Fettyplace. He en- 
listed Feb. 14, 1776, and served till the end of the year. This com- 
pany consisted of just 100 men, including officers. [Ibid. 

Samuel Giles was a matross (or common soldier) in the first company 
in the Massachusetts train of artillery, commanded by Capt. Philip Mar- 
ett, in Col. Crafts's regiment, from Dec. 1, 1776 to May 8, 1777. [Ibid. 

Samuel Giles was pilot of the State ship Tartar, under command of 
Capt. John Cathcart, from May 30, 1782, to Nov. 11, 1782, at £5 per 
month. There were 103 men, including officers.* [Ibid. 

Of the remainder of his history I am Avholly ignorant. 


HENRY GILES, 5 ( Samuel* Eleazar, 3 John 2 Edward, 1 ) brother of 
the preceding; b. in Beverly, Feb. 14, 1753. 

Henry Giles of Beverly was a matross in a company of artillery, 
commanded by Capt. Samuel R. Trevett, in Col. Richard Gridley's reg- 
iment. He enlisted, May 29, 1775. Previously to this, he had en- 
listed as a private in Capt. William Curtis's company of infantry, in 
Col. John Glover's regiment. [Mass. Archives. 

As has been already stated, Capt. Trevett's company of artillery was 
in the battle of Bunker Hill, and did good service on that memorable 

There is some reason to think that this Henry Giles afterwards re- 
moved to Nova Scotia, and d. at Cole Harbor, five miles from Halifax, 
in that Province, Nov. 1832, a. 81. 

* David Giles was a seaman on board the brig Hazard, commanded by Capt. 
John F. Williams, in the service of the State of Massachusetts Bay, from July 10, 
1779, to Sept. 6, 1779, one month, 28 days. [Mass. Archives.] I know not his 
connection with the Giles Family. The Hazard, in 1777-8, was under the command 
of Capt. Simeon Sampson of Kingston. 


The children of this individual, who d. near Halifax, were — * 

348. Joseph, 6 ; lives at Cole Harbor, N. S., on the farm formerly owned 

and occupied by his father. He m. Ann Morash, (?) and had children — 

349. Alexander. 7 353. Mary Ann.'' 

350. Henry. 7 354. Harriet. 7 

351. John. 7 355. Joseph. 7 

352. Elizabeth 7 

356. Samuel, 6 ; lives also at Cole Harbor, N. S.; m. Elizabeth Otto, of 

German parentage. Their children were — 

357. Barbara, 7 b. March 31, 1810. 

358. Samuel. 1 

359. Catharine. 7 

360. Elizabeth. 7 

361. Louisa, 7 b. April 8, 1817 ; m. James Gillespie. They now live in 

Salem, Mass., and are members of the Howard Street (Ortho- 
dox) Church, Rev. C. C. Beaman, pastor. 

362. Sophia, 7 ; d. March 9, 1859, a. 30. 

363. John. 7 

364. Joseph. 7 

365. William. 7 

366. Peter. 7 

367. Catharine, 6 ; m. William Osborn, a farmer. 

368. Louisa, 6 ; m. Benjamin Bissett, a farmer. 

369. Mary, 6 ; m. John Hawkins, a seaman. 

370. Margaret, 5 ; d. young and unmarried. 


EDMUND GILES, 5 (Edmund, 4 Meazar, 3 John,' Edward?) son of 

Edmund 4 and Esther (Ellingwood) Giles of Beverly ; b. there, May 
10, 1762; m. 1785, (published, April 17, 1785,) Sarah Smith, b. 
May 6, 17G0, dau. of James and Abigail (Baker) Smith of Beverly.} 

Like his father, he was a " cooper," and spent his life in Beverly. 

1787, June 22. Edmund Giles of Beverly, cooper, administrator of 
his father Edmund Giles of Beverly, cooper, deceased, intestate, sells 
land to George Cabot, Esq., of Beverly. [Essex Deeds, 148 : 39. 

The children of Edmund and Sarah Giles were — 

371. fLvdia, 6 b. Aug. 6, 1785 ; m. David Joseph of Beverlv. 

372. tEdmund, 6 b. May 6, 1787 ; m. Jane Wallis of Beverly. 

373. Hannah, 6 b. April 19, [17891] d. young. 

* The account which is given of this family was received from Mrs. Louisa Gil- 
lespie of Salem. She also says that her grandfather's name was Joseph Henry 
Giles ; that he was tall and thin ; he had a sash and tassel, a high cap with a wav- 
ing plume, and, she thinks, a long sword, all of which he used to exhibit as worn 
by him in the Revolutionary War; and she says he was in the battle of Bunker 
Hill, and, as I understood, fought on the side of liberty. He was from Roxbury, or 
Salem. I am not sure of the identity of the grandfather of Mrs. Gillespie, with 
Henry Giles, 5 [167] but consider it probable. 

% James Smith, b. Nov. 21, 1730, was son of James Smith, b. Feb. 2, 1694-5, by 
wife Sarah Creesy, m. Feb. 2, 1719. The last named James was son of Hazadiah 
Smith, by wife Hannah Grover, m. May 27, 1684. This Hannah Grover was doubt- 
less a granddaughter of Edmund Grover, who was of Salem, 1637, and d. in Bev- 
erly, June 11, 1683; and either sister or cousin of Lydia Grover, grandmother of 
Edmund Giles 5 in the text. See p. 23. 


J5i*tlj (SSnuratioir. 


Capt. BENJAMIN GILES, 6 (Eleazar, 5 Eleazar? Samuel? Elea- 
zar? Edward] ) son of Capt. Eleazar 5 and Sarah (Ellenwood) Giles of 
Beverly; b. Feb. 23, 1779; m. July 26, 1804, Nancy Williams, b. 
in Stockbridge, Sept. 24, 1783, dau. of Rev. Elisha Williams, pastor of 
the Baptist Church in Beverly, by his wife Abigail Livermore.* 

He lived in Beverly ; was a sea captain ; a smart, active man, and a 
good manager of business. He d. in Beverly, Sept. 2, 1849. His 
widow is still living, with her dau. Mrs. Potter, at Cambridge. 

Their children, all b. in Beverly but the last, were — 

374. Sarah Ellenwood, 7 b. April 30, 1805; m. Oct. 12, 1825, Jonathan Minot, 

formerly of Westford, now of Northfield. 

375. Benjamin," 7 b. about 1806 ; d. at 9 months old. 

376. Ann Williams, 7 b. May 5, 1808; m. Oct. 25, 1829, Thomas Jefferson Le- 

land, b. 1801, in Chester, Vt., son of Joshua and Thankful (Sherman) 
Leland of that place. For his pedigree, see Genealogy of Leland Fam- 
ily, p. 148. He now resides in Somerville, and is a wholesale provision 
dealer in Boston. Children — 

377. Julia G., b. 1830. 380. Abby E., b. 1840. 

378. Francis A., b. 1832. 381. Anna W., b. 1845. 

379. Thomas J., b. 1835. 

382. Abigail Livermore, 7 b. Feb. 10, 1810; m. Aug. 15, 1843, Henry Potter, 

now resident in Cambridge, and a merchant in Boston. 

383. Alfred Ellenwood, 7 b. in Boston, Nov. 2, 1820 ; m. June 9, 1853, Susannah 

Ridgway Homer Lord, dau. of Melvin Lord of Boston, who was one 
of the firm of West, Richardson & Lord, and after that of Richardson, 
Lord & Holbrook, booksellers and publishers in Boston, 30 or 40 years 
ago. Mr. Giles grad. Brown Univ. 1844; LL. B. Harv. 1846; is a 
counsellor of law in Boston; resides in Roxbury. Children — 

384. Emily Lord, b. July 31, 1860. 

385. Melvin Lord, b. April 16, 1862. 


Capt. SAMUEL GILES, 6 (Samuel, 5 Eleazar* Samuel? Eleazar? 
Edward, 1 ) son of Samuel* and Mehitable (Hathorne) Giles ; b. in Salem, 
Sept. 18, 1787; m. Nov. 17, 1812, Lydia Greenleaf Wonson, b. 
Nov. 13, 1793, dau. of Samuel and Lydia Wonson of Gloucester. Her 

* Rev. Elisha Williams was b. Oct. 7, 1757; grad. Yale Coll. 1775; A. M., 
Harv. and Yale; m. 1780, Abigail Liveimore of Livermore, Me. About 1790, he 
removed to that town ; was the first schoolmaster there. About 1798, he became 
pastor of the Baptist Church in Brunswick, Me., and afterwards of the Baptist 
Church in Beverly. Several of the latter years of his life were spent in Cambridge, 
without a pastoral charge ; and he d. there, Feb. 3, 1845, as. 88. [Hist, of Williams 
Family, pp. 165, 168, and Bond's Watertown Genealogies, p. 349. 

Abigail Livermore, wife of Rev. Elisha Williams, was b. Nov. 20, 1758; d. 1817. 
She was the eldest dau. of Deacon Elijah Livermore, 5 b. March 4, 1730-1 ; d. Aug. 
5, 1808 ; a native of Waltham and deacon in that town. He removed to Livermore, 
Me., in 1779, of which township he was chief proprietor and first settler. He was 
emphatically the father of that town, and a man of great worth. [Bond's Water- 
town, p. 346. 


father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all hore the name of Samuel 

When a boy of eight or ten years of age, he engaged in the naval 
service of the United States, in the commencing difficulties with France. 
At the age of fifteen, lie received seaman's wages in a merchant ship. 
In the war with Great Britain, he was sailing-master of a large private- 
armed schooner, of about 400 tons, called the Thrasher, which was fit- 
ted out from Gloucester, in 1813 or 1814, to cruise against the com- 
merce of the enemy. After the war, he superintended the building of 
the ship Augusta, and went master of her, from 1816 to 182'.), in the 
China and London trade, in the employ of Thomas Handasyd Perkins, 
his brother James, and John P. Cushing ; the firm being James & T. H. 
Perkins & Co. of Boston. During that period of thirteen years, he 
had uncommonly good success, meeting with no serious accident, and 
having the entire confidence of his employers. In 1829, he retired 
from the sea, with an ample fortune. He was much respected as a 
ship-master ; and, after his retirement, was often solicited, with tempting 
offers, to resume the occupation. A strong desire to enjoy his pleasant 
home overcame every solicitation of this nature. 

At the age of twenty-two, he regarded himself as having become a 
subject of renewing grace, and united with the Baptist Church in Salem. 
Four years later, he removed to Gloucester, and transferred his church 
relations to that place. To the interests of the Baptist Church there, 
he was a liberal contributor. He was exemplary as a christian, and 
upright as a man. He spent the remaining years of life in Gloucester, 
and died there, March, 1850, ve. 63. He had no children of his own; 
but adopted his wife's younger sister Eliza, who is now the wife of Rev. 
William Lamson, D. D., some years minister of the Baptist Church in 
Portsmouth, N. H., and installed pastor of the Baptist Church in Brook- 
line, Jan. 29, 1860. They have a son Samuel. 

Mrs. Giles now resides in Salem. 


Capt, JONES VERY, 6 (Isaac Vert/,' Elizabeth Giles, 4 Samuel, 3 
Eleazar? Edivard, 1 ) son of Capt. Isaac Very, and grandson of Isaac 4 
and Elizabeth (Giles) Very, all of Salem; b. in Spencer, Nov. 17, 1790; 
m. Feb. 3, 1813, his cousin, Lydia Very, 6 b. June 14, 1792, dau. of 
Capt. Samuel Very, and gr. dau. of the same Isaac 4 and Elizabeth.* 

He was a shipmaster, and lived at the corner of Essex and Boston 
Streets, in Salem. 

He d. Dec. 22, 1824. Mrs. Very still resides in Salem, with her 

Their children were — 

386. Jones, 7 b. Aug. 28, 1813; in 1823-4, accompanied his father on the last 
two voyages of the latter to Europe ; grad. H. C. 1836 ; had the second 
honors of Commencement day; Greek tutor in Harvard College, 1 836— 
1838; author of a volume of Essays and Poems, published 1839 ; unm. 
In 1843, he was approbated as a preacher by the Cambridge (Unitarian) 
Association, and is still engaged in that vocation, though without a 
pastoral charge. From 1833 to 1839, he was a contributor to the Salem 

* For further information respecting the Very Family, see Appendix A. 


Observer. Since 1839, to the Salem Gazette ; also since 1846, to the 
(Boston) Christian Register. He has furnished for this volume nearly 
all the information it contains touching the Very family. 
387. Washington, 7 b. Nov. 12, 1815. In 1829, he entered as "a clerk the Mer- 
cantile Bank in Salem, where he remained until May, 1835. He was 
bookkeeper of the Naumkeag Bank from that time till 1837. In 1S39, 
he entered Harvard College, and graduated in 1843, with the second 
rank in his class. In the same year, he entered the Divinity School, 
Cambridge. In 1844-5, he spent about five months in travelling in 
Europe, in which time lie wrote a very full and interesting journal He 
graduated from the Divinity Sehoofin 1846, in which year lie wrote a 
dissertation on "The Jesuits"" which obtained the Bowdoin prize. After 
preaching about a year, he opened a private school in Salem, which he 
successfully continued till his decease, April 28, 1S53. His sermons 
were the product of a thoughtful, scholarly mind, and were of a pure 
and high character. He wrote a few, very beautiful poems. Of these 
may be named " Lines on the Old Putney Burial Place in Danvers ; " 
" On some Ivy seen at Heidelberg Castle," 1 845 ;" " Spring, a Hymn;" 
"To Frank;" "The Snow." He published also three letters in the 
Essex County Freeman, containing his observations while on a visit to 
the White Mountains in 1852, signed V. He m. April, 1851, Martha 
N. Leach of Salem. Their children were — 

388. Franklin* b. Feb. 12, 1852. 

389. Martha b. April, 1853 ; d. Feb. 2, 1855. 

390. Franklin/ b. June 20, 1818 ; d. July 3, 1822. 

391. Horace, 7 b. June 5, 1820; d. July 5, 1820. 

392. Frances Eliza, 7 b. June 28, 1821. 

393. Lydia Louisa Ann, 7 b. Nov. 2, 1823. 


BETSEY SNOW GILES, 6 (Thomas, 6 Thomas* Samuel, 3 Meazar. 2 
Edivard, 1 ) eldest dau. of Thomas* and Mary (Marshall) Giles ; b. in 
Boston, March 29, 1781 ; m. April 7, 1800, Josiah Vinton, 6 b. in 
Braintree, July 27, 1777, eldest son of Josiah and Anne (Adams) Vin- 
ton of that town.* 

* The pedigree of Deacon Josiah Vinton, the compiler's father, is fully given in 
the Vinton Memorial, issued from the press early in March, 1858. The follow- 
ing is a synopsis: — 

I. JOHN VINTON was the ancestor of all persons bearing the name of Vinton 
in America, except of a few who may have emigrated to this country within a few 
years. He is believed to have been of French extraction ; the son or grandson of 
some pious Huguenot, exiled for religion's sake from la belle France, either about the 
time of the siege of Rochelle, 1625, or, still earlier, about the time of the atrocious mas- 
sacre of St. Bartholomew's day, 1572 ; at both which times great numbers of the dis- 
tressed Protestants of France" took refuge in England. Of John Vinton, my first 
American ancestor, our information is exceedingly limited. He was probably born 
in England, not far from 1620, since he was a young man in 1648. He came to 
America perhaps somewhere about 1640, and settled in Lynn, between Salem and 
Boston. By his wife Ann he had seven children, between 1648 and 1662, Eleanor, 
John, William, Blaise, Ann, Elizabeth, Sarah. He d. in New Haven, Ct., 1663, and 
his wife also was deceased in 1664, when the Court directed the children to he sent 
to Lynn. It is erroneously stated in the Vinton Memorial that William m. a dau. 
of Joseph Hills of Maiden. We know nothing about his wife or children. Blaise 
Vinton m. Lydia Hayden ; settled in Hingham, and d. there, Sept. 26, 1716. 

II. John Vinton, his eldest son, b. in Lvnn, March 2, 1650 ; m. Aug. 26, 1677, 
Hannah Geeen, 3 b. Feb. 24, 1659-60, dau. of Thomas 2 and Rebecca (Hills) Green, 
and gr. dau. of Thomas 1 and Elizabeth Green, all of Maiden. He was a worker in 
iron, a "forgeman"; was successful in business; lived in Maiden eighteen or twen- 
ty years; then, in 1695, removed to Woburn, where he purchased a farm of about 
70 acres, and devoted himself till his death to agricultural pursuits. He d. Nov. 13, 


She received her name from a cherished remembrance of her mater- 
nal grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Snow ; the name Elizabeth being sup- 
planted by Betsey, as Mary has often been by Polly, and Sarah by Sally. 
She was frequently called Eliza, and ought always to have borne that 
name or that of Elizabeth, though Betsey got the upper hand. Her 
eldest daughter was supposed to bear her name. In her younger years 
she was beautiful in person, and was always graceful and polite in man- 
ners. Severe and long-continued sickness broke down a constitution 
originally vigorous, and during forty years, ending in death, she was a 
constant sufferer. 

She went with her parents to Sandy Bay, (now Rockport,) in April, 
1786. After a short stay there, she came back to Boston, to live with 
her grandmother's sister, Mrs. Sarah Sweetser, of whom some notice 
will be taken in the Sketch of the Marshall Family. She took care of 
this old lady in her last years ; and, in grateful recognition of the ser- 
vice, Mrs. Sweetser left to her by will most of her property.* 

1727, a. 77. His wife (bed in Braintree in 1741, ce. 82. Their children, b. between 
1680 and 1700, were, John, Hannah, Rebecca, Thomas, Mary, Samuel, Abiathar. 

III. Thomas Vinton, second son of the preceding, b. in Maiden, Jan. 31, 
1686-7 ; m. Aug. 10, 1708, Hannah Thater, 4 b. Feb. 17, 1685-6, dau. of Nathan- 
iel 3 and Hannah (Hayden) Thayer of Braintree. He was a "bloomer," or black- 
smith, by occupation ; a man of capacity, activity, and enterprise ; went to Brain- 
tree, probably some time before 1708; and by his industry and thrift obtained the 
means of purchasing a homestead of twenty-one acres in 1714. His continued pros- 
perity enabled him to purchase, in 1720, the Braintree Iron Works, the first 
establishment for the manufacture of iron in America, and indeed the first manufac- 
turing establishment of any sort. These Iron Works were then, however, in a state 
of decline ; the result of early miscalculation and later competition. See a History 
of the Braintree Iron Works, in the Vinton Memorial. Thomas Vinton d. in Brain- 
tree, Jan. 18, 1757, re. 70. His wife Hannah d. there, Nov. 14, 1762, se. 77. Their 
children, b. between 1708 and 1723, were, Hannah, Dorcas, Thomas, Rachel, Nathan- 
iel, Anna, John, William. John and William died young. 

IV. Thomas Vinton, eldest son of the preceding, b. in Braintree, Aug. 22, 
1714 ; m. 1, Jan. 15, 1735-6, Mehitable Allen, 4 b. May 30, 1717, youngest dau. 
of Joseph 3 and Abigail (Savil) Allen of Braintree. Shed, about 17*60, s&, 44. 2, 
Sept. 18, 1762, Mary (Hunt) Allen, dau. of Dea. William and Sarah Hunt, and 
widow of Dea. Thomas Allen, all of Braintree. He was a blacksmith ; his father 
left him a good property and he added to it. He died Feb. 28, 1776, se. 62. His 
children, b. between 1736 and 1757, were, Mehitable, Thomas, Rhorla, John, Abigail, 

William, Joseph, Josiah, Josiah, Betsey. Rhoda was unni.; the first Josiah, and 
Betsey, died young. 

V. Josiah Vinton, youngest son of the preceding, h. April 25, 1755; m. Oct. 
24, 1776, Anne Adams, 6 b. Feb. 8, 1757, dau. of Boylston 3 and Mary (Allen) Ad- 
ams of Braintree. Boylston Adams, h. Feb. 28, 1734, was first cousin to JOHN 
ADAMS, "the very soul of the American Revolution ;" the chief negotiator of the 
Treaty of Peace in 1783; and the successor of Washington in the Presidency of 
the American Republic. Josiah Vinton was a gold and silver smith; a trade which 
he pursued about twenty years, and then gave it up for store-keeping and agricult- 
ure. He met with alternate successes and reverses ; but was uniformly an upright, 
conscientious, trust-worthy man. He died of lung fever, Dec. 27, 1843, re. 89. His 
wife d. of dropsy, Dec. 18, 1851, re. 95. They lived together in the conjugal rela- 
tion more than 67 years. Their children, b. between 1777 and 1800, were, Josiah, 
Boylston, Thomas, Abel, Nancy Adams, Mehitable, Henry, Betsey, Elisha, Mehitable, 
Henry, Mary. Nancy A., the first Mehitable, and the two Henrys, died young. 

VI. Josiah Vinton, the eldest of these children, was the' husband of Betsey 
Snow Giles, in the text. 

* Abstract of the will of Sarah Sweetser, widow, of Boston. It was dated May 
5, 1794; proved Sept. 8, 1795; recorded Suff. Prob. 93 . 315. She devises all her 


After the death of Mrs. Sweetser, in Aug. 1795, a. 70, Betsey Giles 
went to Sandy Bay, in the autumn of 1795, and was there when her 
father died. In the spring of 1796, she returned to Boston, and resided 
with Mrs. Cunningham, her mother's kinswoman, till her marriage in 

1800. Mrs. Cunningham lived on the north side of Hanover Street, in 
a house not now standing, between Union and Marshall Streets. Thomas 
Dakin was, at Betsey's request, appointed her guardian, in reference to 
the property left her by Mrs. Sweetser. This property was sold in 

1801, as appears by the following deed: 

1801, Oct. 20. Josiah Vinton, Jun r ., of Boston, trader, and Betsey 
Vinton his wife, for 1085 dollars, convey to Henry Farnham of Boston, 
Jeweller, the front end of a dwelling-house, whereof Sarah Sweetser, 
late of Boston, widow, deceased, testate, died seized and possessed, situ- 
ate on Prince Street, there measuring 17 J feet, &c. [Suffolk Deeds, 
199 : 74. 

Josiah Vinton was a dry-goods merchant in Boston, from 1797 to 
1824, with the exception of the interval from 1808 to 1813, which he 
spent in trade in Braintree. He commenced with nothing but an up- 
right heart and a good name ; and though his gains were moderate and 
his success not uninterrupted, he acquired ultimately a handsome prop- 
erty. He was eminently conscientious in the management of his busi- 
ness, and enjoyed in a high degree the confidence of all who had deal- 
household furniture, after the payment of her debts, to Betsey Gyles, dau. of Mary 
Gyles ; also to the said Betsey Gyles my mansion-house on Prince Street, Boston, 
which I bought of Mary Polley. " I request my friend Mary Cunningham of Bos- 
ton, widow, to take charge of the said Betsey Gyles, and to let out the house, and 
apply the net proceeds of the same towards the maintenance of the above-named 
Betsey, till she arrives at the age of eighteen, or day of marriage. Also the testa- 
trix gives to Mary Gyles of Sandy Bay, wife of Thomas Gyles, a gown and petti- 
coat. Gives clothing, &c., to Anna, wife of Benjamin Marshall of Sandy Bay. 
Gives clothing, &c, to the wife of Pharase [Ferrers] Shirley. Gives to Sally Mar- 
shall a gold necklace. To Hannah Bradley, wife of Moses Bradley, a scarlet riding- 
hood. Gives all the rest of her estate to the above-named Betsey Gyles. Appoints 
Thomas Dakin of Boston, blacksmith, executor. 

Mrs. Mary Cunningham was the widow of Joseph Cunningham. She was b. Jan. 
6, 1742, dau. of Jonathan and Sarah (Soper) Dakin of Boston.* She m. 1, Abra- 
ham Bartlet, Jan. 23, 1781. He had by a former wife, a son, Abraham. 2, Joseph 
Cunningham, July 15, 1786. He had by a former wife, a dau. Mary. Mrs. Hannah 
Bradley, b. 1739, also named in the will, was a sister of Mrs. Mary (Dakin) Cun- 
ningham. Thomas Dakin, the Executor, was their brother. These three were 
cousins of Mrs. Sweetser, their mother being her aunt. Mr. Dakin lived at the 
corner of Union and Hanover Streets, at the sign of the Blue Ball, in a house 
which was pulled down a few years since to widen Union Street. It was once the 
residence of the father of Dr. Franklin, and there is reason to think that it was 
Dr. Franklin's birthplace. See Drake's History of Boston, p. 492. Mr. Dakin d. 
Feb. 12, 1802, a. 73. Mrs. Jane Dakin, his wife, d. Jan. 6, 1808, a. 71. Mrs. Cun- 
ningham d. Oct. 22, 1811, a. 69, and was buried under Christ Church. Mrs. Brad- 
ley d. in Boston, of old age, Oct. 15, 1820, a. 81, at the house of John Pierce, optician. 
Benjamin Marshall was the sister's son of the testatrix and brother of Mrs. Mary 
Giles. Sally Marshall was his daughter. Ferrers Shirley was also her sister's son, 
by a second husband. My mother long maintained an intimacy with the Dakin 

" Anthony Dumesnil and Polly Cunningham were mar d April 28, 1798, by Rev. 
John Eliot, D. D." [Boston Records.] Anthony Dumesnil was a French gentle- 
man, a jeweller. Mrs. Dumesnil was an intimate friend of my mother's. They, 
not long after marriage, settled in Lexington, Kentucky. 

* Jonathan Dakin and Sarah Soper were m. in Boston, Oct. 3, 1728, by Rev. John Webb. 


ings with him. From his promptness and punctuality in the payment 
of all his dehts, and from never allowing himself to be embarrassed, he 
was often taken to be the owner of more property than he really was. 

In Nov. 1824, he removed to Braintree, intending to reside there 
permanently. He built and occupied the house where Caleb Stetson 
now lives, in East Braintree. He was President of the Union Bank 
of Braintree and Weymouth, from May, 1832, till Oct. 1833. In 
March, 183G, he removed to South Boston, and continued to reside 
there till his death. He served the city as one of its Representatives 
in the Legislature during the session of 1840. 

He united with the Old South Church in Boston, Aug. 21, 1803. 
Of 'this church he was a member till 1810, when, on the organization 
of the Union Church of Weymouth and Braintree, he transferred his 
relation to that body. In 1822, he became a member of the church 
then recently gathered in Essex Street, Boston. Of this church he was 
chosen Deacon, in Feb. 1823. On his removal to South Boston he be- 
came connected with Phillips Church in that place ; was soon after 
chosen Deacon ; and continued in these relations till death. 

His natural talents were respectable; his mind was clear and strong; 
his judgment sound and reliable. In his early life, the schools were of 
an inferior order, and continued only half of the year. After coming 
to Boston in 1792, he resolved to supply, as far as possible, by his own 
unaided endeavors, the defects of his early education. It was not 
allowed to read or study in the store. At an early hour in the morning, 
therefore, as soon as he could see, and in the evening after the labors of 
the day were over, he applied himself earnestly to books. He thus be- 
came able to perform operations in algebra, to read Virgil and Livy, 
and to write a terse and vigorous English. Had opportunity been 
allowed, he would have made a good classical scholar. To the end of 
his life, Beza's Latin Testament was his cherished companion after pub- 
lic worship on the Sabbath. But the injudicious use of his eyes in 
youth produced a weakness of the organ from which he never recovered. 

He was retiring in his disposition, and preferred the quiet of his own 
pleasant home to any exhibition of himself before the public eye. He 
never sought for office, though it was sometimes conferred upon him. 
A commission of Justice of the Peace was sent to him at Braintree, 
without his seeking; but he never used it. Yet he never shrunk from 
responsibility. At different times he was called, in the Providence of 
God, to arduous and self-denying labors in the cause of evangelical re- 
ligion, and to endure no small amount of obloquy and reproach for 
doing what he thought to be only his simple duty. 

Deacon Josiah Vinton died of apoplexy, Oct. 17, 1857, a. 80 years, 
2 months, 20 days. He was apparently in usual health up to the very 
moment of his departure. His departure was without a struggle, or 
any mention of illness on his part. "In a moment, in the twinkling of 
an eye," he was ushered into the presence of that Saviour, of whom he 
had been a steadfast and consistent follower during a long life. He re- 
tained all his faculties of body and mind in cheerful exercise to the end ; 
and only three clays before his decease visited the sepulchres of his 
fathers and of his deceased wife, in Braintree. 

On the Friday evening succeeding his death, the Phillips Church 


unanimously adopted a resolution, to be entered on their records, recog- 
nizing "his faithfulness as an officer of the church, his devotedness to 
the cause of Christ, and his integrity as a citizen ;" adding, "that like a 
shock of corn fully ripe, he has been gathered into the granary of God." 

Mrs. Vinton was conscientious, faithful, and exemplary in all the 
relations of life. She made a public profession of religion, at the Essex 
Street Church, Boston, Rev. Samuel Green, pastor, June 1, 1823, 
though regarded as truly religious long before. She was a faithful 
wife, an affectionate mother, a kind and disinterested friend. Her 
children had implicit confidence in her, and their best interests lay 
nearest her heart. She d. Aug. 9, 1849, a. 68. 

The children of Dea. Josiah and Betsey (Giles) Vinton were — 

400. tJohn Adams, 7 b. Feb. 5, 1801 ; m. 1, Orinda Haskell. 2, Laurinda Rich- 


401. tGeorge, 7 b. Aug. 13, 1803; m. 1, Charlotte W. Callender. 2, Mary Cul- 


402. Eliza Ann, 7 b. Jan. 31, 1806 ; unm.; resides in Boston. 

403. tNaney Adams, 7 b. Oct. 26, 1807 ; m. William V. Alden. 

404. Mary Marshall, 7 b. March 30, 1809 ; d. Oct. 31, 1821. 
405 t Alfred, 7 b. Dec. 28, 1815 ; m. Sarah Martin. 

406. tFrederic, 7 b. Oct. 9, 1817 ; m. 1, Fhebe Worth Clisby. 2. Mary B. Curry. 

407. Harriet Newell, 7 b. March 8, 1819; unm.; resides in Boston. 

All the above were b. in Boston, except Mary, who was b. in Brain- 


MATTHEW SMITH GILES, 6 (Thomas," Thomas, 4 Samuel? 
Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) eldest son of Thomas* and Mary (Marshall) Giles; 
b. in Boston, Aug. 16, 1784; m. 1, Dec. 14, 1806, Sally Webster, 
dau. of Joshua and Esther (Pool) Webster of Sandy Bay, now Rock- 
port. She d. March 6, 1840, a. 50 years, 9 months. 2, Lydia (Lee) 
Clifford, a widow, of Wenham, March 22, 1841. 

His name was given out of respect to Capt. Matthew Smith, a ship- 
master, who was the first husband of Mrs. Sarah (Soper) Sweetser, his 
grandmother's sister. See the preceding article. He has resided in 
Rockport all his life, except the first twenty months. He has been 
connected with sea-faring business ; was master of his own vessel in 
trading voyages to Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, and to ports 
in the State of Maine. At the age of twenty-two, he united himself to 
the First Congregational Church in Rockport, under the pastoral care 
of Rev. David Jewett. He has ever been exemplary and devoted as a 
christian. When a Congregational Church was formed at Lanesville, 
two or three miles distant, about thirty years since, there was found to 
be a lack of male members. To supply this deficiency, Mr. Matthew S. 
Giles and his cousin by marriage, Mr. William Choate, were designated 
by their brethren to join and thus to strengthen the new church ; in 
which they sustained the office of Deacon several years. 

His children, all by first wife, have been — 

408. tMatthew, 7 b. Nov. 28, 1807; m. Harriet Allen of Manchester. 

409. tJohn James, 7 b. Feb. 1, 1810; m. 1, Betsey G. Lane. 2, Margaret S. 

Stockman. 3, Catharine A. McFarland. 

410. William, 7 b. Nov. 14, 1812; d. of consumption, July 19, 1834, SB. 22. He 

was in declining health, at his father's house, from Oct. 1833, till his 


death. During this period he appeared to experience the renewing in- 
fluence of the Holy Spirit. 

411. Darius, 7 b. Jan. 23, 1815; d. of consumption, at his father's house, April 

12, 1842, a. 27. He had learned the trade of a cabinet-maker, but it 
proved unfavorable to his health. In his last illness he was supposed 
to experience a saving change. His last words were — "Lord Jesus, 
receive my spirit! " 

412. Lydia Dodge, 7 b. Dec. 23, 1817 ; m. Jabez Richardson of Rockport, Feb. 

' 15, 1838. They were both sick at the same time, and of the same dis- 
ease, consumption, at her father's house. They were admitted to the 
communion of the church, at the dwelling-house, a few weeks before 
death. He died June 7, 1843; and she followed him, June 22, fifteen 
davs after. They had a child, which d. in infancy. 

413. t Alfred, 7 b. July 31, 1820 ; m. Eliza Jane Torrey, 1846. 

414. Marv, 7 b. Oct.*22, 1822; d. of consumption, Oct. 20, 1840, a. 18. 

415. Calvin, 7 b. Aug. 24, 1828; d. of fever, Sept. 28, 1828. 


Deacon THOMAS GILES, 6 (Thomas," Thomas* Samuel? Eleazar? 
Edward, 1 ) second son of Thomas 5 and Mary (Marshall) Giles ; b. in 
Boston, Nov. 16, 1785 ; m. 1, Aug. 9, 1808, Olive Tarr/* b. Nov. 3, 
1791, dau. of Benjamin 4 and Lucy (Pool) Tarr of Rockport. Her 
father was a Tarr, the son of a Pool; her mother was a Pool, the 
daughter of a Tarr. S!ie d. March 3, 1831, a. 39 years, 4 months. 
2, Jan. 3, 1833, Mary Cotton Holmes, b. July 10, 1796, dau. of Col. 
Robert and Susanna (Chandler) Holmes of Dunbarton, N. II. She 
was a descendant of JOHN COTTON, that eminent minister of Boston, 
in both Englands, whose fame has gone out through all the world. She 
d. Aug. 6, 1855.| 

* For the pedigree of Olive Tarr, first wife of Thomas Giles, and for Sketches of 
the Tarr and Fool families, see Appendixes B. and O. 

t The pedigree of Mary Cotton Holmes appears to be as follows : — 

I. Abuaham Holmes, with his first wife and their children, came from Ireland 
in 1719, and soon joined the settlement which had been commenced by his country- 
men at Londonderry, N. II., the year previous.* His second wife was Mary Mor- 
rison. He was early elected an elder in the First Presbyterian Church there, and d. 
1753, a. 70. 

II. John Holmes, his son, b. 1709, was ten years old when he came to America; 
and was also an elder in the Church at Londonderry. His wife was Grizel Givean. 
They had nine children, Sarah, Manjaret, Abraham, Eleanor, Robert, Mary, Thomas, 
Mary Ann, Martha. [Hist, of Londonderry, by Rev. Edw. L. Parker. 

III. John Holmes, b. 1731, whom I take to be a son of the preceding John 
Holmes, though Mr. Parker does not record him as such — was in Dumbarton, N. H, 
as early as 1762; and in 1764, he bought a lot of land in that town. He was 
chosen tythingman in 1765, and constable in 1769. He was in the battle of Bunker 
Hill. He m. Mary McCalley, Oct, 31, 1759 ; and d. May 1, 1804, a. 73. His wife 
d. at the age of 70. Their children were — 

William, b. at Goffstown, N. H, July 28, 1760. 
Mary, b. at Dunbarton, June 17, 1762. 

Robert, b. at do. March 5, 1766; [m. Susanna Chandler;] Col. of militia, 1811 ; 
was a good officer; d. Feb. 28, 1850, a. 84. [Father of Mary C. Holmes, sec- 

* For an account of the Scotch-Irish emigrations to America, and Ihe causes, sec Geneal. Reg. 
Vol. XII., pp 231-237. See also Parker's Hist, of Londonderry. The causes were, in brief, the op- 
pressive rule of the government at home ; advance of rents by landlords ; and disastrous seasons. 
The first organized company of these emigrants came in five vessels, consisting of 12U families, and 
arrived in Uoston. Aug. 4, 1718. A portion of these settled in Nuffield, N. II., where they founded 
a town, which, from their celebrated city in Ireland, they called Londonderry. 


He has always resided at Rockport, since he was five months old. 
His business, during all the earlier years of his life, was on the water, 
as was that also of his brothers. In 1810, he took his mother's shop, 
and engaged in trade ; at the same time pursuing the business of navi- 
gation. He kept a store in Rockport from 1810 to 1847, without in- 
terruption. He was also in the coastwise trade, visiting the ports from 

ond wife of Thomas Giles.] His son diaries now resides upon the homestead 
in Dunharton. 

Charles McCalley, b. Aug. 30, 1767 ; a wealthy merchant in Boston. [His dau. 
Susan m. Hon. Alpheus Hardy, a native of Chatham, Mass., now an enterpris- 
ing and prosperous merchant in Boston, a resident in Dorchester, and member 
of the Senate of Massachusetts, President of Seamen's Friend Society, &c] 

Bcttv, b. April 15, 1769. 

Johii, b. Nov. 8, 1771. 

Abraham, b. May 15, 1772. 

Alexander, b. Feb. 17, 1774. 

Margaret, b. Jan. 4, 1776. 

Anna^' } twins ' b " Nov ' 24 ' 1777, l Hist01 T of Dunharton, N. H., by Caleb Stark. 
Mrs. Mary C. Giles, second wife of Thomas Giles in the text, assured the compiler, 
that her father's grandfather was a native of Ireland, and was one of those who set- 
tled in Londonderry in 1719. She also stated that her father, Robert Holmes, had 
a brother Abraham, and sisters Mary Ann and Martha. The similarity of the names 
in the families of John Holmes of Londonderry and John Holmes of Dunharton, is 
remarkable. Six names out of nine, in the family of the former, are found in the 
family of the latter. Putting all these things together, we feel warranted in the 
conclusion that John Holmes of Dunharton was the son of John Holmes of Lon- 
donderry, notwithstanding the omission of his name by Mr. Parker. 

Josiah Chandler of Hopkinton, N. H., married Marta Cotton, dau. of Rev. 
Josiah Cotton, formerly of Providence and Wolmrn. Their children were — 

Josiah, m. ; a farmer; lived on the old homestead in Hopkinton ; deceased 

some years since ; left no children. 

Isaac, m. Worthington ; was a prosperous merchant in Boston, 1S15-1835, 

of the firm of Holmes & Chandler, wholesale grocers in Merchants' Row. His 
partner was Charles Holmes, brother of Robert Holmes, who m. his (Isaac's) 
sister Susanna. See above. He afterwards returned to Hopkinton, N. H, his 
native place, where he d. Aug. 1861. 

Moses, m. ; had a son John. 

Timothy, m. Estabrook of Concord; d. Aug. 1861, or about that time; 

about two weeks after his brother Isaac. 
Susanna, m. Robert Holmes. They were parents of Mary Cotton Holmes. 

A daughter, m. Eaton. They had a dau. Charlotte, wife of Dr. Eaton of 

Merrimack, N. H. 
The children of Robert Holmes, by his wife Sisanna Chandler, were — 
Charles, m. Louisa Pope ; a farmer; lives on the homestead in Dunharton, N. H. 
Chandler, m. Julia Bosworth; was for many years overseer of cotton manufactur- 
ing establishments in divers places ; now owns and cultivates a farm in Provi- 
dence, Illinois. 
John, d. young. 

Mary Cotton, m. Dea. Thomas Giles in the text. 
Charlotte, unm. ; a teacher ; deceased. 

Elizabeth, m. Jonathan Wheeler, a native of Sutton, N. H. ; many years a teach- 
er of youth ; now resides in New Bedford. 
The descent of Mary Cotton Holmes from Rev. John Cotton of Boston, is thus 
traced : 

I. Rev. JOHN COTTON, b. in Derby, Eng., Dec. 4, 1585, son of Roland 
Cotton, a lawyer of eminence ; educated at Trinity College, Cambridge ; rector of 
St. Botolph's Church in Boston, Lincolnshire, which was perhaps the most stately 
parish church edifice in England, a cathedral in size and beauty. This superb 
building, which would contain five thousand persons, he exchanged for the mud 
walls and thatched roof of a rude meeting-house on these western shores. He came 


Halifax to New York inclusive, more than thirty years; and from 1807 
to 1830 was master and pilot of his own vessel, without ever meeting 
with any accident or damage, though often in imminent danger. He 
was successful in business, and acquired a fair property. 

He was one of the first movers in the enterprise of the Sandy Bay 
Pier Company, which was started in 1809; and was a Director of the 
company for many years. This company began with eight thousand 
dollars, and expended eighty thousand, in the construction of two mas- 
sive granite piers, for the protection of shipping against the northeast 
storms, which often beat with inconceivable fury upon that salient angle 
of the coast. These piers now form a safe and convenient harbor, which 
had been greatly needed. They were pronounced by competent judges, 
such as Commodore Bainbridge, commandant at the Navy Yard, and 
General Dearborn, Collector of the Port of Boston, the most massive 
piece of stone work then in America. This enterprise laid the founda- 
tion for the subsequent prosperity of Rockport. The United States 
Government has since laid out from eighty to one hundred thousand 
dollars in furtherance of the same design. 

When about fifty years of age, he turned his attention more than for- 
merly to agricultural pursuits, especially the raising of apples, with 

to Boston in New England, in the Griffin, a ship of 300 tons; arriving there Sept. 
4, 1633, with his second wife and their children. Her name had been Sarah Story, 
a widow. She was the mother of all Mr. Cotton's (six) children. After Mr. Cot- 
ton's death, she became the wife of Rev. Richard Mather of Dorchester. " Mr. 
Cotton was a famous light in his generation ; a glory to both Englands." [Hub- 
bard's Hist, of N. E.] He died greatly revered and lamented, Dec. 15, 1652. a. 67. 

II. Rev. John Cotton, his son, b.'in Boston, N. E., March 15, 1639-40; H. C. 
1657; m. Nov. 7, 1660, Joanna, dan. of Dr. Brian Rosseter of Guilford, Ct. ; ord. 
pastor, Plymouth, June 20, 1669; d. Sept. 18, 1699, at Charleston, S. C, whither 
he went in 1697. 

III. Rev. Roland Cotton, his son, b. at Plymouth, Dec. 27, 1667; H. C. 
1685; m. Sept. 1692, Elizabeth, widow of Rev. John Denison of Ipswich, 
only dau. of Col. Nathaniel Saltonstall, 3 of Haverhill, and sister of Gurdon Salton- 
stall, 4 Governor of Connecticut 1708-1724. Rev. Roland Cotton was ord. pastor, 
Sandwich, Nov. 28, 1694 ; and d. there, March 18, 1721-2. His widow Elizabeth d. 
at Boston, July 8, 1726. Thev were parents of Rev. John Cotton of Newton, b. 
July 15, 1693;' II. C. 1710; d."May 25, 1757; of Rev. Nathaniel of Bristol, R. I., 
b. 1694; H. C. 1717; d. July 3, 1729; of Roland, 11. C. 1719; of Rev. Ward of 
Hampton, N. H., b. 1711 ; H. C. 1729; d. Nov. 27, 1768; and of— 

IV. Rev. Josiah Cotton, b. at Sandwich, June 1703; H. C. 1722; ord. at 
Providence, R. I., Oct. 23, 1728, pastor of a Congregational Church gathered that 
day; installed pastor of the Third Church in Woburn, July 15, 1747; dismissed 
June 30, 1756; installed at Sandown, N. II., Nov. 28, 1759; d. May 27, 1780, a. 
77. He m. Susanna, dau. of Thomas Salter of Boston. They had a son Roland, 
who d. at his father's house in Woburn, when but 21 years of age; and three daugh- 
ters. One of the daus. m. Townsend, removed to Rindge, N. H. ; lived to a 

great age, and, as the widow of a Revol. soldier, drew a pension in her old age. 
Another m. Wilkinson ; history unknown. The other was — 

V. Maria Cotton, dau. of Rev. Josiah ; m. Josiah Chandler of Hopkinton, 
N. H. Their daughter — 

VI. Susanna Chandler, m. Col. Robert Holmes of Dunbarton, N. II., who 
was b. March 5, 1766; d. Feb. 28, 1S50, a. 84. They were the parents of— 

VII. Mary Cotton Holmes, second wife of Dea. Thomas Giles. 6 in the text. 
For a more complete Genealogy of the Cotton Family, see Drake's History of 

Boston, folio edition ; also GeneaL Register, Vol. I., p. 164*; also Bond's Watertown 
Genealogies, p. 922. 


good success. Few towns now excel Rockport in the variety and ex- 
cellence of its fruit trees. 

At the age of thirty, he made a public profession of religion, and 
united with the First Congregational Church in Rockport; of which 
for the last thirty-four years he has been Deacon. He has been a 
warm friend and generous contributor to Foreign Missions from the 
time of their commencement in this country, 1810; and has rarely 
failed of attending the meetings of missionary and other benevolent 
societies, when held within a convenient distance. During many years, 
he was a teacher in the Sabbath School ; and for a few years, superin- 
tendent. Of a class of fourteen young men, which he taught more than 
thirty years ago, eleven became members of the church. 

He was in the foremost rank, in his vicinity, of the great Temper- 
ance movement in 182G, as will appear from the following statement. 
In 1826, he had just purchased a considerable quantity of spirituous 
liquors, for sale in his store at Rockport. Such purchases were made 
by nearly every country merchant previous to that time. Becoming 
convinced that the traffic in intoxicating drinks was wrong, he resolved 
to sacrifice the whole. Accordingly he either poured it out, or put oil 
into the casks, that it might not be used as a beverage. 

All his children, who are now living, with their married partners, are 
members of Congregational Churches, and all adorn their profession, 
and are useful and respected members of society. 

His children have been — by first wife, Olive Tarr — 

416. tThomas, 7 b. March 20, 1809 ; unm. ; lost at sea, March 9, 1832. 

417. tSamuel Jennison, 7 b. Nov. 15, 1811 ; m. Elizabeth Leonard. 

418. tBenjamin, 7 b. Feb. 1, 1816; m. Susan Bartlet Haskell. 

419. tNewell, 7 b. Feb. 14, 1818; m. Elizabeth Whipple Gott. 

420. George Vinton, 7 b. March 26, 1820 ; d. Sept. 10, 1820. 

421. George Vinton, 7 b. Jan. 1. 1822; d. of consumption, Sept. 7, 1842. He 

had been religiously inclined during some years. He made a public pro- 
fession of religion, with his sister Lucy, July 3, 1842. He gave cheering 
evidence of piety, and was very happy in his last hours. 

422. tOlive, 7 b. Feb. 9, 1824 ; m. Nathaniel Tarr. 

423. Lucy, 7 b. Sept. 26, 1826 ; unm. ; resides with her father. 

424. Thaddeus, 7 b. Feb. 27, 1829; m. Nov. 24, 1859, Harriet Newell Dennen, 

dau. of Job and Lucy Dennen of Rockport. She d. of consumption, 
Sept. 10, 1861, her birthday, being then 23 years of age. 

By second wife, Mary Cotton Holmes — 

425. Susan Elizabeth, 7 b. Oct. 28, 1833; unm.; resides with her father. A con- 

stant sufferer from pain and disease, which she bears with uncomplaining 
fortitude and resignation. 

426. Walter Harris, 7 b. Oct. 6, 1837; received his name out of respect to that 

most worthy minister of Dunbarton, N. H. He graduated at Amherst 
College in 1861 ; now, 1862, a member of the Theological Seminary at 
Princeton, N. J. 


MARY GILES, 6 (Thomas, 5 Thomas,' 1 Samuel, 3 Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) 
dau. of Thomas* and Mary (Marshall) Giles; b. in Rockport, Sept. 3, 
1787; m. Aug. 16, 1804, Daniel Smith Tarr, s son of Benjamin Tarr 4 
of Rockport. For his pedigree, see Appendix B. 

He was a fisherman, and resided in the present town of Rockport. 
He died of consumption, Aug. 12, 1813. She was thus left a widow, 


having been the mother of five children, at the early age of twenty-six. 
And a widow she ever after remained, until her death, which took 
place, from congestion of the lungs, at the house of her son in Glovers- 
ville, N. Y., March 20, 1858, a3. 71. She had resided in his family 
some years previous. She was a member of the First Congregational 
Church in Rockport. 

The children of Daniel S. and Mary (Giles) Tarr were — 

427. t Abigail Giles, b. March 3, 1805; m. her cousin Fitz Tarr. 

428. tDaniul Smith, b. March 12, 1807 ; m. 1, Charlotte M. Case. 2, Nancy Case. 

3, Abigail L. Heacock. 

429. Laurana Giles, b. Jan. 7, 1810; d. of scarlet fever, June 8, 1830. 

430. Mary Eliza, b. Oct. 1811 ; d. May 8, 1812. 

431. David, b. June 1, 1813 ; d. Feb. 20, 1814. 


SAMUEL GILES, 6 (Thomas," Thomas* Samuel, 3 Meazar,* Ed- 
ward, 1 ) son of Thomas 6 and Mary (Marshall) Giles; b. in Rockport, 
Aug. 22, 1789; m. March 10, 1811, Margaret (Davis) Norwood, 
b. Oct. 21, 1790, dau. of Samuel and Margaret (Grover) Davis, and 
widow of Stephen Norwood, all of Rockport. By her first husband she 
had a son, Stephen Norwood. 

He has always resided in Rockport. He led a sea-faring life ; part 
of the time in the fisheries ; part of the time as master and part owner 
of a vessel engaged in the carrying trade. He was a good navigator, 
and conducted his voyages with skill and success; an active, capable, 
energetic man. His wife was a member of the Congregational Church ; 
of a cheerful disposition, amiable in temper, and correct in deportment. 
Her pious example and fervent prayers have borne rich fruit in the 
christian lives of her children. She died of consumption, after a linger- 
ing illness, about the Gth of Sept. 1854, se. 64. 

Their children were — 

432. tOlive, 7 h Oct. 11, 1811 ; m. Stephen Andrews. 

433. tAzubah Prentiss, 7 b. April 16, 1813; m. Nathan F. Burr. 

434. Samuel, 7 b. Sept. 4, 1815 ; d. June 25, 1817. 

435. Maroaret, 7 b. May 17, 1817 ; d. April 8, 1819. 

436. f Margaret, 7 h. Feb. 28, 1819; m. William Foster. 

437. tMarv Marshall, 7 b. Oct. 3, 1821 ; m. Thomas W. Knowlton. 

438. Samuel, 7 b. Jan. 27, 1824; d. Oct. 7, 1825. 

439. An infant son, 7 b. Sept. 14, 1825 ; d. Oct. 5, 1825. 

440. tLaurana Tarr, 7 b. Nov. 5, 1826; m. William W. Marshall. 

441. Lucy Elvira, 7 b. Dec. 7, 1828 ; m. her cousin Eben Giles [448]. 

442. tJason, 7 b. Nov. 28, 1830 ; m. Delphina Pool. 

443. Sarah Beach, 7 b. Dec. 30, 1833 ; d. Oct. 22, 1837. 


WILLIAM GILES, 6 (Thomas," Thomas* Samuel, 9 Eleazar,* Ed- 
ward, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Rockport, Sept. 16, 1793; m. 
Oct. 10, 1814, Hannah Gott, b. March 7, 1797, dau. of Ebenezer 
and Betsey (Goss) Gott of Rockport. She is sister of Dea. Jabez 
Richardson Gott, formerly a teacher, afterwards a merchant, and during 
many years past Cashier of the Rockport Bank. 

Pie always resided in Rockport, and like his brothers was a sea-faring 
man ; at first a fisherman, then master and part owner of a vessel in 


the fishing and trading business from Rockport. He was a first-rate 
pilot. He died June 1, 1859, as. 66. His widow is still living, and has 
long been a member of the Congregational Church in Rockport. 
Their children were — 

444. William, 7 b. Aug. 19, 1815; d. Sept. 1826. 

445. James, 7 b. June 16, 1817 ; m. Oct. 1849, Hannah Elizabeth Long of White- 

field, Me. He has been a piano-forte maker, and resided and worked 
several years in Boston. He has travelled much, and is now a house- 
wright, with his brother Jabez, in San Francisco, Cal. Children — 

446. George Frederick. 8 

447. Antoinette.* 

448. Eben, 7 b. June, 1819 ; m. his cousin Lucy E. Giles [441], July 10, 1851. 

He is a shoe dealer in Gloversville, N. Y. No children. 

449. Jabez, 7 b. Oct, 11, 1821 ; unm. He has spent many years in San Fran- 

cisco, Cal., where he has been very successful, and has acquired a hand- 
some estate, as a master-builder and a dealer in lumber. 

450. Elizabeth, 7 b. Aug. 30, 1823; m. Dec. 31, 1844, William Goss. Shed. 

Nov. 14, 1847, without issue. 

451. Laura, 7 b. Jan. 10, 1826 ; unm.; a milliner; resides with her mother. She 

united with the Congregational Church in Rockport, at the same time 
with her sister Hannah, Jan. 8, 1854. 

452. Hannah Jewett, 7 b. Feb. 10, 1829; m. April 22, 1856, Ephraim Doane 

Nickerson, a son of Israel Nickerson of Chatham. Children — 

453. John Franklin. 

454. William. 

455. William, 7 b. Sept. 1831 ; d. June 1833. 

456. Frederick, 7 b. July 3, 1835 ; unm. ; a housewright in San Francisco, Cal. 

457. Newell, 7 b. April 26, 1837 ; unm.; a housewright in San Francisco, Cal. 

458. Eliza, 7 b. Nov. 7, 1839; unm. ; resides with her mother in Rockport. 

459. George, 7 b. Aug. 29, 1841 ; book-keeper in Rockport Bank. 


Deacon JENNISON GILES, 6 ( Samuel," Thomas* Samuel, 3 Eleazar 3 
Edward, 1 ) son of Samuel* and Laurana (Holmes) Giles; b. Sept. 5, 
1785; m. 1, Sept. 24, 1806, Philenda Beach, dau. of Amos Beach 
of Kingsborough, N. Y. She died Dec. 28, 1821, a. 36, fourteen days 
after the birth of her last child. 2, July 17, 1822, Prudence Hatch 
of Sherburne, N. Y. 

He was a tanner and currier, as was his father before him. He also 
owned and cultivated a farm. He is a worthy member, and has been 
many years a Deacon in the Presbyterian (formerly Congregational) 
Church in Kingsborough, N. Y., where he resides, and where he has 
spent most of his long life. An estimable and worthy man. 

His children — all by first wife — have been — 

460. Samuel Lindall, 7 b. Nov. 14, 1807; d. Sept. 28, 1808. 

461. tAlbert, 7 b. May 10, 1809; m. Ann Osborn, 1836. 

462. fLaurana, 7 b. June 3, 1811 ; m. Ebenezer Rowe, 1831. 

463. Orsamus Holmes, 7 b. April 6, 1814 ; drowned in a tan-vat, July 19, 1816. 

464. tJames Jennison, 7 b. Jan. 9, 1816; unm.; d. Oct. 1846. 

465. tAmos Beach, 7 b. July 14, 1818; m. Harriet N. Wadsworth. 

466. tJohn Adams Vinton, 7 b. Dec. 14, 1821 ; m. Elizabeth McDonald. 


MARY GILES, 6 (Samuel,* Thomas* Samuel, 3 Eleazar, 2 Edward, 1 ) 
sister of the preceding; b. July 23, 1787; m. Henry Dubois Louns- 
bery, Dec. 30, 1807. She d. April 23, 1813, a?. 26. He d. in Virginia, 
Oct. 1846. 


Their children — all b. in Kingsborough — were — 

467. tSamuel Giles, b. Nov. 14. 1808; m. Harriet Susan Kinney. 

468. tEdward, b. Jan. 3, 1811; m. 1, Anne M. Vosburgh. 2, Elizabeth Butler. 

469. Mary Giles, b. March 20, 1813 ; m. 1835, Rufus Hosmer, son of Jonathan and 

Miriam (Leonard) Hosmer of Kingsborough, N. Y. Miriam was twin- 
sister of Elizabeth Leonard, wife of Darius Case. See Daniel S. Tarr 
[428]. Elizabeth and Miriam Leonard were twin-daus. of Josiah and 
Elizabeth Leonard of Kingsborough, formerly of Connecticut. Mary's 
mother died when she was scarcely live weeks old, and she was left in the 
care of her aunt Sarah Giles [319], who trained her up to womanhood, with 
exemplary diligence and fidelity. When Sarah was married, April, 1825, 
Mary went with her to her new home. After Mary's marriage, she re- 
moved to Lysander, N. Y. She died March, 1845, leaving no children. 


SARAH GILES,* (Samuel," Thomas* Samuel, 3 Eleazar? Edivard, 1 ) 
sister of the preceding; b. in Kingsborough, Fulton Co., N. Y., May 26, 
1792; m. April 5, 1825, Amos Beach, b. in Florida, N. Y., Feb. 20, 
1793, son of Amos Beach of that place, afterwards of Kingsborough. 
He died of paralysis, Nov. 16, 1861, se. 69. She was his second 

After a protracted season of deep religious concern, she was brought 
into the light and liberty of the gospel, and made a public profession of 
religion by uniting with the Congregational Church in Kingsborough, 
under the pastoral care of that excellent and devoted minister, Rev. 
Elisha Yale, D. D. She improved her mind by reading, and taught 
school in the vicinity of her native place many summers, with good 
success. She has been a correspondent of the compiler of this volume 
forty-six years ; and from her letters he confesses himself to have de- 
rived no small instruction and benefit. For her intellectual and religious 
character he has ever entertained a high degree of respect. She has 
been faithful and diligent in all the relations of life ; an exemplary and 
devoted christian. 

The only child of Amos and Sarah (Giles) Beach is — 

* Amos Beach, the father, born 1750, was a native of Goshen, in Litchfield County, 
Ct. His wife was Olive Carrington of Farmington, Ct. They first settled in Flor- 
ida, N. Y., where their son Amos was born, as above. The next year, 1794, they 
removed to Kingsborough, where he died, Feb. 1, 1831, a. 81. The business of 
Amos Beach, Senior, was that of a tanner, currier, and shoemaker. The confine- 
ment of the workshop was not congenial to the taste of the son ; and as the father 
owned a farm, the son preferred the labors of husbandry, and became a scientific 
farmer. He was fond of reading ; but his earnest desire for literary pursuits he was 
not able to gratify. He early espoused the Anti-Slavery cause. His first wife was 
Huldah, dau. of Stephen Gillett, Esq., of Kingsborough. They were both mem- 
bers of the Congregational (now Presbyterian) Church in that place, before their 
marriage. Their first child, Edwin, died at the age of twenty months. The next, 
Huldah Gillett, was two months old when her mother died. Huldah m. Sept. 14, 
1847, Laban Franklin Clark of Schenectady, N. Y. They now reside at Susque- 
hanna Depot, Pa. They are members of the Methodist Church. He is a machinist, 
and is very active in the Sabbath School cause. 

Amos Beach, husband of Sarah Giles, has a brother, Rev. Ebenezer C. Beach, 
many years pastor of the Presbyterian Church, Lysander, N. Y. 

$ She was dau. of Samuel Smith, son of James Smith, who came from Connect- 
icut, and was one of the original members of the Congregational Church in Kings- 
borough. The mother of Charlotte Camilla Smith was Elizabeth, fourth dau. of 
Azariah Baird, who also removed from Connecticut to Kingsborough, soon after 
the close of the Revolutionary War. 


470. Giles, b. May 29, 1826; m. Charlotte Camilla Smith} of Kingsborough, 
June 24, 1*851. He is a skilful organ builder, and is well acquainted 
with music ; of refined taste and excellent character. He resides at 
Glovcrsville, a flourishing village, adjacent to Kingsborough. They 
have one child — 

Charles Sumner, b. at Gloversville, Dec. 15, 1856. 


Deacon DANIEL GILES, 6 (John? Menezer, 4 ffleazar,' Eleazar? 
Edward, 1 ) eldest son of Dea. John* and Mary (Adams) Giles of Town- 
send; b. there Feb. 28, 1790; m. 1, Sept. 23, 1813, Betsey Stone, b. 
May 27, 1788, dau. of Samuel Stone. She, with the other five children 
of her parents, was by them consecrated to God in infancy ; and all but one 
became hopefully pious, and united with the church. She d. Nov. 28, 
1823, a. 35. 2, May 31, 1827, Hannah Hart, b. March 5, 1804, dau. 
of Daniel Hart. She united with the church in 1826. During several 
years she suffered from pulmonary disease, of which she d. Oct. 6, 1840. 
As the disease advanced, her faith in Christ, and in his atoning sacrifice, 
became more firm and sustaining, and so continued even to the end. 3, 
May 12, 1842, Betsey (Pratt) Hodgman, b. in Lunenburg, April 3, 
1795, dau. of Benanuel and Lucy (Hosmer) Pratt of that place. She 
became the wife of Buckley Hodgman of Camden, Me., Oct. 11, 1818. 
He was the son of Job and Anna (Hosmer) Hodgman of Mason, N. H. 
Anna w r as cousin of Lucy Hosmer, just named. He died Feb. 3, 1830, 
leaving her with two sons and a daughter, who are mentioned in the note 
at the foot of the page. She remained a w r idow twelve years. In 1837, 
she united with the Congregational Church in Camden. 

She died July 12, 1857, a. 62. She possessed good sense, energy of 
character, a strong mind, expansive benevolence, and a genuine, unosten- 
tatious piety. In her life, and especially in her last days of weakness 
and suffering, the grace of God shone clearly and brightly. 

Her character is more fully drawn in an Obituary Sketch which ap- 
peared in the (Boston) Puritan Recorder, Aug. 27, 1857.* 

Deacon Daniel Giles spent his whole life in Townsend, and d. Dec. 5, 
1858, a. 68 yrs. and 9 mos. As a man of business he was widely known. 

*Benanuel Pratt, father of Mrs. Betsey (Pratt) Giles, was b. in Needham, Sept. 
26, 1756. He was probably descended from Joshua Pratt, who came over to Ply- 
mouth in the Ann, in 1623. He lived in Lunenburg, where five of his eight children 
were born, till 1795, and then removed to Townsend, where he d. June 6, 1825, a?. 
69. Lucy Hosmer, his wife, was b. at Concord, March 6, 1762, a descendant of 
James Hosmer of Concord, 1635. She d. at Chester, Vt., March, 1849, a. 87. She 
was an excellent woman, and was many years a member of the Congregational 
Church in Townsend. 

The children of Betsey Pratt, by her first husband, Buckley Hodgman, were — 
Edwin Ruthven, b. at Camden, Me., Oct. 21, 1819 ; grad. at Dartmouth College, 
1843; at Andover Theol. Sem. 1846; m. 1, Sept. 17, 1846, Martha Hill, dau. 
of Rev. Ebenezer Hill of Mason, N. H. She d. May 2, 1854. 2, Abbie P. 
Simonds, Jan. 15, 1856. He was ordained as an evangelist, at Orford, N. 
H., May 17, 1849; installed at Lunenburg, Mass., Feb. 18, 1852, dismissed 
March 26, 1855 ; installed at Lynnfield, Jan. 9, 1856, dismissed Nov. 30, 1858. 
He is now, 1862, acting pastor of the Congregational Church in Westford. 
Lucy Ann, b. at Camden, Jan. 28, 1821 ; m. Dec. 1, 1852, Joshua Sawyer Page 

of Warren, Me. They now reside in Townsend. 
Albert Heald, b. at Camden, Oct. 25, 1823 ; m. Feb. 14, 1846, Elizabeth K. Dyer 
of Searsmont, Me. They at first settled on the homestead at Camden, but 
during three years past (1862) they have lived in Townsend. 


From 1811 to his death, a period of forty-seven years, he was a mem- 
ber of the Congregational Church in Townsend, of which, in 1828, he 
was chosen Deacon. He was a good man, "full of faith and of the 
Holy Ghost ;" a firm friend of the church, and ready at all times to 
promote what he regarded as its best interests. His doctrinal views 
were distinctively Calvinistic. His last sickness was painful, but he 
bore it with submission, and there was peace in his death. All his 
chil Iren, who came to mature years, gave pleasing evidence of piety ; 
but all were cut off in the flower of life. 
His children were — by first wife — 

471. Elizabeth, 7 b. Feb. 26, 1817 ; unm.; d. of consumption, Jan. 25, 1842. 

472. Mary, 7 b. July 4, 1819; unm.; d. of consumption, Nov. 19, 1837. 

By second wife — 

473. Ellen Augusta, 7 b. April 26, 1834; m. Walton Bancroft of Townsend, in 

the autumn of 1855; removed to Warsaw, Illinois, and d. there Oct. 2, 
1856. "She was buried in Woodland Cemetery at Quincy, 111., on the 
high bank of the Mississippi, a beautiful spot, fit for a christian's grave." 
She was a young woman of rare promise ; a member of the Congrega- 
tional Church in Townsend ; well educated ; of comely person, and of 
good native talents ; beloved in life, and much lamented in death. Her 
only child, Walton Giles, b. Sept. 1856, d. April, 1857, on the way to 
Townsend, where it was buried. 

474. John Marshall, 7 b. Nov. 23, 1839; d. Nov. 4, 1840. 


MARIANNE CORNELIA GILES,' (Nehemiak? James* Eleazar* 
Eleazar, 2 Edward?) eldest dau. of Nehemiah 6 and Mary Giles; b. June 
8, 1810; m. Nov. 2, 1830, Hon. Emory Washburn, b. at Leicester, 
Feb. 14, 1800, son of Joseph and Ruth (Davis) Washburn of Leicester, 
and grandson of Col. Seth Washburn of Leicester, formerly of Bridge- 

He grad. Williams Coll. 1817; was admitted to the bar, March, 1821 ; 
practised law in Leicester from Sept. 29, 1821, to March 28, 1828, 
when he removed to Worcester. He has been a member of both 
branches of the State Legislature ; Judge of the Court of Common 
Pleas for the County of Worcester; Governor of Massachusetts in 
1854. Received the Honorary Degree of LL. D. from Harvard and 
Williams Colleges in 1854; has been University Professor of Law in 
Harvard University from 1856 till the present time. 

He row resides at Cambridge; a gentleman of scholarly taste, of 
refined manners, and high moral character. His tastes are historical 
as well as legal ; as is shown by a History of Leicester, compiled by 
him and published in 1860; also by an Address at the Two-Hundredth 
Anniversary of the Incorporation of Bridgewater, delivered at West 
Bridge water, June 3, 1856; and a Discourse before the Congregational 
Library Association in 1860. 

Mrs. Washburn is a lady of superior intelligence and accomplishments. 

Their children have been — 

475. Marianne G., b. Nov. 24, 1831. 

476. Charles B., b. Dec. 30, 1833 ; d. Oct. 16, 1851. 

477. Emory, b. June 26, 1837 ; grad. H. C. 1860; now a member of the Law 

Sc hool in Harvard University. 

478. Alfred Foster, b. Nov. 16, 1852. 



SARAH FARRLNGTON GILES, 6 (Nehemiah, b James* Eleazar, 3 
Eleazar, 3 Edward, 1 ) sister of the preceding; b. July 8, 1812 ; m. 1836, 
William Bellows, b. 1808, son of Col. Josiah Bellows, b. Oct. 31, 
1767, and grandson of Col. Benjamin Bellows, all of Walpole, N. H. 
The grandmother of William Bellows was Mary, dau. of Major Jona- 
than Hubbard ; she had been widow of John Jennison. [Jennison, 
21.] For an account of the Bellows Family, see Bond's Watertown 
Genealogies, pp. 532-539. See also a separate History of the Family 
by Rev. Dr. Henry Whitney Bellows of New York, which I have not 
had the pleasure of examining. 

Mr. Bellows was an agriculturist in Walpole ; afterwards resided in 
Cincinnati; d. at Walpole, May 7, 1862. 

Their children are — 

479. William, b. July, 1837 ; a merchant in Cincinnati. 

480. Edward Warren, b. 1842; at school. 


LYDIA GILES,* (Edmund* Edmund* Eleazar, 3 John,' Edivard, 1 ) 
dau. of Edmund* and Sarah (Smith) Giles of Beverly ; b. there, Aug. 
6, 1785 ; m. David Joseph of Beverly. They were published, Dec. 
6, 1801. 

Their children were — 

481. David, d. at sea, young and unm. 

482. Hugh, d. at sea, young and unm. 

483. Edmund Giles, b. March 5, 1808 ; m. March 15, 1833, Mahala Galloupc, b. 

May 17, 1806, dau. of Edmund and Mahala (Stone) Gallop. He d. of 
consumption, Sept. 22, 1846. His children were — 

484. Sarah Jane, b. July 11, 1834; d. young 

485. Mahala Elizabeth, b. Dec. 23, 1835; m. Oct. 10, 1854, Stephen 

Furbush, from Rome, Maine. Children — 

486. Eva Theresa, b. June 15, 1855. 

487. Stephen Fowler, b. Dec. 8, 1856 ; d. Nov. 7, I860. 

488. Charles Edmund, b. Dec. 7, 1858. 

489. Frank Augustus, b. Jan. 27, 1861. 

490. Edmund Giles, b. Nov. 29, 1836 ; d. young. 

491. Joanna Galloupe, b. Feb. 11, 1841; m. George W. Lovett of 

Beverlv, Dec. 6, 1859. Had a dau. b. April, 1862. 

492. Edmund Giles, b. April 26, 1844. 


EDMUND GILES, 6 (Edmund* Edmund* Eleazar, 3 John 3 Ed- 
ward*) son of Edmund* and Sarah (Smith) Giles of Beverly; b. there, 
May 6, 1787 ; m. May 24, 1812, Jane Wallis, dau. of Ebenezer and 
Jane (Carrico) Wallis of Beverly. They lived in Beverly. 

Their children were — 

493. fMary Jane, 7 b. Jan. 19, 1813; m. Benjamin Goldsbury. 

494. tEdmund, 7 b. Sept. 6, 1815; m. Elizabeth F. Vickery. 

495. tAugustus, 7 b. Aug. 18, 1817 ; m. Priscilla O. Hale. 

496. Sarah Smith, 7 b. Jan. 21, 1820; m. July 30, 1846, John Ellingwood Wal- 

lis, son of John and Ruth Wallis of Beverly. They had one child — 
Sarah Jane, b. Sept. 3, 1848. Mrs. Wallis d. Sept. 5, 1848, and he m. 
for second wife Eliza W. Foster of Beverly. 

497. Rebecca Cleaves, 7 b. Oct. 19, 1822; m. Oct. 20, 1846, Zebulon Ober Hale, 


son of Henry Hale of Beverly. She d. June 2, 1857. Their children 
were — 

498. diaries, b. Aug. 15, 1849 ; d. March, 1856. 

499. Sarah Eliza, b. May 5, 1852. 

500. tBenjamin Very, 7 b. Aug. 31, 1825 ; m. 1, Aurelia Patch. 2, Nancy C. Perry. 


Rev. JOHN ADAMS VINTON, 7 (Betsey S. Giles, 6 Thomas," 
Thomas* Samuel, 3 Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) eldest son of Dea. Josiah 6 and 
Betsey S. 6 (Giles) Vinton; b. in Boston, Feb. 5, 1801 ; in. 1, at Hano- 
ver, N. H., June 6, 1832, Orinda Haskell, 7 b. in Strafford, Vt., Jan. 
14, 1805, dau. of Thomas L. and Orinda (Carpenter) Haskell of that 
place, afterwards of Hanover, N. H. She d. of consumption, at East 
Bridgewater, Aug. 4, 1838. 

2, at Stoneham, Feb. 24, 1840, Laurinda Richardson, 7 b. in 
Stoneham, Oct. 26, 1813, dau. of Dea. Reuben 6 and Sarah 6 (Vinton) 
Richardson of that place. Sarah Vinton, her mother, was dau. of Ezra 
Vinton, 5 son of Thomas, 4 son of John Vinton, 3 all of Stoneham. John 
Vinton' was brother of Thomas Vinton 3 of Braintree, gr. gr. father of 
John A. Vinton, who has already been mentioned as purchaser, in 1720, 
of the Iron Works in that town. See p. 72, note. 

Mr. Vinton spent most of his childhood and youth in his father's 
store ; being designed by his father for a merchant ; but at mature age, 
in pursuance of a desire to be a scholar and a minister, which he had 
secretly but unavailingly cherished during many years, he forsook the 
walks of commerce and entered Phillips Exeter Academy, in June, 
1823 ; graduated at Dartmouth College, August 20, 1828, and complet- 
ed a full course of theological study at the Seminary in Andover, Sept. 
1831. He received ordination as a minister of the gospel, May 16, 
1832 ; and labored in the work of the ministry, for a longer or shorter 
period, in Bloomfield, New Sharon, Exeter, and Bristol, all in Maine ; 
in Chatham, Kingston, and Stoneham, in Massachusetts ; in West Ran- 
dolph and Williamstown, in Vermont. He also was Chaplain of the 
State Almshouse, Monson, Mass., 1859-60. Having a weak voice, and 
a slender physical frame, he was reluctantly compelled at length to re- 
tire from the good work which he had always preferred above all others ; 
and during the last ten years has resided in South Boston. 

A more particular account of Mr. Vinton and of his kindred, on the 
father's side, has been given in the Vinton Memorial. 

Children by first marriage — 

501. Edward Payson, 8 b. in New Sharon, Me., Eeb. 10, 1834 ; unm.; an organ 

builder with Giles Beach, [470] at Gloversville, N. Y. He d. at his 
father's house, in South Boston, of consumption, in the peace and hope 
of the gospel, Oct. 13, 1861. 

502. Mary Orinda, 8 b. in New Sharon, Feb. 18, 1835. 

503. John Francis, 8 b. in Exeter, Me., Oct. 3, 1836; d. at his grandfather's 

house in South Boston, Aug. 8, 1847. 

" So fades the lovely blooming flower." 

/Lz^ .. /. & L Zl fc-i^ 


Children by second marriage — 

504. Arthur, 8 b. at West Randolph, Vt., March 22, 1841 ; d. at Williamstown, 

Vt., Ail?. 25, 1842. 

505. Laurinda Ellen, 8 b. at Williamstown, Vt., March 31, 1843; d. at Stone- 

ham, Oct. 4, 1843. 

506. Alfred Clarence, 8 b. at Stoneham, July 16, 1844; now a member of Har- 

vard College. 

507. Lucy, 8 b. at Bristol, Me., May 2, 1849 ; d. same day. 


GEORGE VINTON, 7 ( Betsey S. Giles, 6 Thomas," Thomas,' 1 Samuel? 
Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Boston, Aug. 13, 
1803; m. 1, Sept. 14, 1826, Charlotte Williams Callender, b. 
in Boston, Feb. 14, 1802, dau. of Joseph and Mary Callender of that 
city. She d. at Cambridge, Aug. 6, 1842. 2, Nov. 28, 1844, Mary 
Callender, a sister of the former wife. 

He was a dry-goods merchant in Boston, eighteen or more years. 
In October, 1845, he removed to Old Hadley, and thence, in March, 
1851, to South Hadley, where he now resides, still engaged in mercan- 
tile pursuits. He has been, for forty-one years, a worthy and exem- 
plary member of a Presbyterian or Congregational Church. 

Children, all by first marriage, and all b. in Boston but the last — 

508. Charlotte Ann, 8 b. Jan. 12, 1828 ; unm. ; has been an accomplished teacher 

in Morristown, N. J., and in New York City; resides now with her 

509. George, 8 b. Feb. 21, 1830; d. Sept. 10, 1831. 

510. George, 8 b. July 26, 1831 ; d. April 22, 1832. 

511. Mary Callender, 8 b. Jan. 27, 1835; d. July 29, 1835. 

512. Mary Callender, 8 b. April 19, 1837 ; d. Aug. 8, 1852. 

513. Sarah Ann, 8 b. in Brighton, June 15, 1839 ; unm.; resides with her father. 


NANCY ADAMS VINTON, 7 (Betsey S. Giles, 6 Thomas," Thomas* 
Samuel? Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) sister of the preceding; b. in Boston, Oct. 
26, 1807 ; m. Nov. 28, 1833, William Vinton Alden, 7 b. Aug 4, 
1809, son of Ezra 8 and Abigail 6 (Vinton) Alden of East Bridgewater. 
His mother, Abigail Vinton, was dau. of William Vinton, 6 who was 
brother of Josiah Vinton,* grandfather of Nancy A. Vinton. And both 
are descendants in the seventh generation from John Alden, 1 the 
youngest of the Pilgrims of the Mayflower, who signed that memorable 
compact at anchor in the harbor of Provincetown, Nov. 11, 1620, O. S. 

Mr. Alden was in company with his brother-in-law, George Vinton, 
from 1830 to 1843, in the wholesale dry-goods business in Boston. 
Since 1849, he has been a partner in the large furniture establishment 
of Blake, Ware & Co., now Blake & Alden, Brattle Street, in the same 
city. He and his wife are members of Essex Street Church. Of that 
Church he has been clerk the last twenty-five years. He is a man 
prompt, punctual, accurate, and reliable, in an eminent degree. 

Their children are — 

514. William Edward, 8 b. June 17, 1837 ; unm. In business in Boston. 

515. Leonard Case, 8 b. Dec. 22, 1839. Graduated with the highest honors of 

his class, at Harvard College in 1861. Now resident graduate at Cam- 
bridge, and an officer of the college. 



ALFRED VINTON/ (Betsey S. Giles? Tliomas? Thomas* Samuel? 
Eleazar? Edward?) brother of the preceding ; b. in Boston, Dec. 28, 
1815; m. at Philadelphia, Feb. 20, 1839, Sarah Martin, of the 
borough of Lancaster, Pa. 

He was a clerk in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In July, 1843, he 
went to St. Louis, Mo., to take charge of extensive mercantile concerns 
under the direction of Lyon, Shorb & Co., of Pittsburgh, a company 
largely engaged in the manufacture of iron. In that city he resided 
nearly thirteen years, transacted a large business, and was considered a 
prosperous and able merchant. He was a Director of the State Bank 
of Missouri, and President of the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce ; 
both of these offices being conferred on him without solicitation, and 
when eagerly coveted by others. In March, 1855, he refused the office 
of President of the Pacific Railroad Company, with a salary of 5,000 
dollars, because it would interfere with his more lucrative business. 
Since the spring of 1856, he has resided in Europe. 


FREDERIC VINTON, 7 (Betsey S. Giles? Thomas? Thomas? 
Samuel? Eleazar? Edward?) brother of the preceding; b. in Boston, 
Oct. 9, 1817; m. 1, at Nantucket, Sept. 13, 1843, Phebe Worth 
Clisby, dau. of Seth and Elizabeth Clisby of Nantucket. She d. of con- 
sumption at St. Louis, Feb. 23, 1855, and her remains rest in the Vin- 
ton tomb at Braintree. 2, at Boston, June 1, 1857, Mart Blanch ard 
Curry, dau. of Cadwallader and Julia (Mitchell) Curry of Eastport, Me. 

He graduated at Amherst College in 1837 ; and after teaching three 
years in Pawtucket and Nantucket, completed a full course of Theolog- 
ical study at Andover, in September, 1843. 

Considerations affecting his health compelled him to relinquish the 
ministry, and also the employment of an instructor of youth, in which 
he had been very successful, in 1848. Since that time he has been em- 
ployed as a librarian in St. Louis and in Boston. He has an extensive 
acquaintance with books, and was for several years engaged, with others, 
in the preparation of the Catalogue of the Boston Public Library, 
which for its thoroughness and excellent arrangement has won the ad- 
miration of the reading public on both sides of the Atlantic. He resides 
in South Boston. 

His children — by first wife — 

516. Frederic,® b. at Nantucket, Aug. 27, 1845; d. same day. 

517. Maria Mitchell, 8 b. at do. April 17, 1847 ; d. at Eastport, Sept. 11, 1848. 

518. Alfred, 8 b. at Eastport, Oct. 18, 1849: d. at Eastport, Oct. 9, 1850. 

519. Sarah Martin, 8 b. at Philadelphia, May 6, 1851; d. at St. Louis, July 25, 

By second wife- — 

520. Cadwallader Curry, 8 b. in S. Boston, Dec. 30, 1859. 

521. Maria Mitchell, 8 b. in do. Feb. 1, 1862. 


MATTHEW GILES, 7 (Matthew S.? Thomas? Thomas? Samuel? 
Eleazar? Edward? ) eldest son of Matthew S., and Sally ("Webster) 
Giles ; b. at Rockport, Nov. 28, 1807 ; in. at Manchester, May 30, 1831, 
Harriet Allen of that place., b, Dec. 14, 1807. 


He is a cabinet-maker at Manchester, Ms., and has for many years 
had his residence there. A worthy man and a good citizen. 
His children have been — 

522. Eliza, 8 b. Oct. 22, 1832 ; unm. ; d. early in the present year, 1862. She 

was a worthy member of the Congregational Church in Manchester ; 
an active laborer in the Sabbath School ; beloved in life, regretted in 

523. Harriet Atwood, 8 b. Aug. 23, 1834. 

524. John James, 8 b. July 20, 18^6; unm. When the whole North rose in 

arms, 1861, to resist the insolent demands of the slave power, he ship- 
ped on board the U. S. steam-frigate Colorado, then lying in the harbor 
of Boston. 

525. Sarah Webster, 8 b. Aug. 10, 1839. 

526. Anna Allen, 8 b. April 5, 1841. 

527. William Darius, 8 b. July 22, 1843. 

528. Mary Dodge, 8 b. Jan. 21, 1846. 

529. Lydia Smith, 8 b. Nov. 13, 1850 ; d. March 27, 1851. 


Capt. JOHN JAMES GILES, 7 (Matthew S., 6 Thomas," Thomas* 
Samuel, 3 Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) brother of the preceding ; b. in Rockport, 
Feb. 1, 1810; m. 1, Nov. 1833, Betsey Goss Lane, dau. of Capt. 
George and Sally (Goss) Lane of Rockport. She died -without issue, 
June 11, 1835, a. 23. 2, April 11, 1840, Margaret Somes Stockman, 
dau. of John and Sally Stockman of Rockport, who d. Oct. 11, 1842. 
3, Feb. 3, 1845, Catharine Ann McFarland, b. March 25, 1820, 
dau. of Daniel and Catharine McFarland of Broadalbin, a township 
near Johnstown, N. Y, She is still living, and is a member of the 
First Congregational Church in Rockport. 

He is a sea-faring man, and has always had his home in Rockport. 
He has been master and in part owner of a trading vessel for about 
twenty-five years. Has been in the trade between Boston or New York 
and the Southern States or the West Indies. Has made several voyages 
to England and France. In 1861 he was in the Mediterranean trade. 

His children have been — by second wife — 

530. Margaret Somes, 8 b. July 4, 1842. 

By third wife — 

531. Mary Janet, 8 b. Dec. 25, 1845. 

532. Catharine Ann, 8 b. July 26, 1848; d. of scarlet fever, June 6, 1852. 

533. Catharine Amelia, 8 b. March 9, 1854. 

534. John Henry, 8 b. March 25, 1856. 


ALFRED GILES, 7 (Matthew S.* Thomas* Thomas* Samuel 3 
Eleazar, 2 Edward, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Rockport, July 31, 
1820 ; m. Eliza Jane Torrey of Rockport, Nov. 7, 1846. Her father, 
if I rightly remember, was Elias Torrey, a native of Quincy, who settled 
in Rockport, to carry on the stone business. 

He resides in Rockport, and for many years was engaged in the busi- 
ness of a cabinet-maker. Within two years he has led a sea-faring life. 

His children have been — 

535. Alfred Darius, 8 b. May 28, 1847. 

536. Charles Hale, 8 b. Aug. 6, 1849. 


537. Marv Frances, 8 b. July 3, 1852. 

538. Annie Eliza, 8 b. June "21, 1854; d. Sept. 24, 1855. 

' " > Two others, whose names have not been received. 


Capt. THOMAS GILES, 7 (Thomas? Thomas," TJiomas? Samuel, 3 
Eleazar? Edivard, 1 ) eldest son of Dea. Thomas 6 and Olive (Tarr) Giles 
of Rockport; b. there March 20, 1809 ; never married. 

He chose a sea-faring life, and rose through the several grades to that 
of shipmaster. He went several voyages to Canton and London with 
Capt. Samuel Giles [254]. On his first voyage in the capacity of mas- 
ter, being in a hermaphrodite brig, the Kosciusko, belonging to his 
father, Capt. John Burns of Rockport, and others, as he was returning 
home from the West Indies, he was knocked overboard and drowned. 
It was at daybreak, on the morning of March 9, 1832. He was at the 
helm, and faithfully performing the duties of his station, the crew being 
engaged in taking out the reefs of the sails after a heavy blow, when 
he was forced overboard by the spanker-boom. This was near Gayhead, 
Martha's Vineyard. He was expecting to reach home the next day, 
and was soon to be married to an estimable young lady, the adopted 
daughter of his father's cousin, Capt. Samuel Giles of Gloucester. 
Thus, in an instant, was he separated from all earthly hopes, and his 
lifeless form found a sepulchre in the insatiable ocean. " He was enter- 
prising, generous, and in his death much lamented." [Cenotaph at 


SAMUEL JENNISON GILES, 7 (Thomas? Thomas," Thomas? 
Samuel? Eleazar? Edward? ) eldest surviving son of Dea. Thomas 
Giles 6 of Rockport ; b. there, Nov. 15, 1811 ; m. at St. Johnsville, N. Y., 
June 6, 1835, Elizabeth Leonard, b. at Kingsborough, N. Y., Dec. 
5, 1813, dau. of Daniel, fourth son of Josiah Leonard, who removed 
from Connecticut to Kingsborough many years ago, and has had nu- 
merous descendants. Her mother was Mary Easton, niece to Daniel 
Potter of Kingsborough. 

He was brought up to a mercantile life in his father's store. During 
some years he had a clothing establishment in Rockport. He was in 
business twelve years or more in Kingsborough; and some further 
time in St. Johnsville and in Utica, N. Y. Afterwards, he resided, and 
conducted a successful business in Rockport. At one time, he was en- 
gaged in the manufacture of Iodine. He now resides in Gloucester, 
and is Cashier of the Bank of Cape Ann, in that flourishing town. 

He has a taste for mechanical pursuits, and a fine ear for music. 
Without any instruction he became a skilful performer on the organ, 
and built a fine-toned parlor organ for his own use. He and his wife 
and daughter are members of the Congregational Church. 

His children have been — 

541. Newell, 8 b. at St. Johnsville, N. Y., May 25, 1837; unm. ; was a good 

seaman, and an enterprising man. In 1860, was chief mate of ship 
Huntress, in the Australian trade. He d. of consumption, in Hongkong, 
China, Aug. 1, 1861, a. 24. 

542. Mary Olive, 8 b. at Kingsborough, N. Y., March 5, 1841. 

543. Wiliiam Henry, 8 b. at Gloversville, N. Y., Feb. 10, 1844. He pursues a 


sea-faring life. Is now, 1 862, engaged in the naval service of the United 
States, in the new sloop-of-war Kearsarge. 

544. Newton Leonard, 8 b. at Kockport, Nov. 26, 1861; d. Aug. 23, 1857. 


Dea. BENJAMIN GILES, 7 {Thomas, 6 Thomas," Thomas,* Samuel? 
Eleazar, 2 Edward, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Rockport, Feb. 1, 
1816; m. Nov. 30, 1843, Susan Bartlett Haskell, b. April 22, 
1820, adopted dau. of Capt. Josiah Haskell of Rockport. 

He was fitted for College at Phillips Academy, Andover, and spent 
two years as a member of Dartmouth College. He was an approved 
teacher several years at Rockport and Beverly. He has been engaged 
in mercantile pursuits during some years past at Rockport and Glouces- 
ter. With the First Congregational Church in Rockport he and his 
wife united many years since ; of that church he was for many years a 
Deacon. Mrs. Giles was a pupil of Mary Lyon, at the Mount Holyoke 
Seminary. They now reside in Gloucester. 

Their children have been — - 

545. Lorenzo Tarr, 8 b. at Rockport, April 4, 1847; d. Aug. 30, 1848. 

546. Susan Adeline, 8 b. at Beverly, April 12, 1850. 

547. Benjamin Herbert, 8 b. at Rockport, May 8, 1855. 

548. Thomas Lamson, 8 b. at do. May 11, 1857. 


NEWELL GILES, 7 {Thomas,' Thomas," Thomas* Samuel? Eleazar? 
Edward, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Rockport, Feb. 14, 1818; m. 
on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 28, 1844, Elizabeth Whipple Gott, b. 
July 5, 1820, dau. of Deacon Jabez R. and Hannah (Jewett) Gott, all of 
Rockport. Her mother was niece to that excellent minister Rev. David 
Jewett, a native of Hollis, N. II., and many years pastor of the Con- 
gregational Church in Rockport. 

He has always resided in Rockport. He chose the pursuits of com- 
merce and finance, and in them has manifested much ability. He has 
also been successfully engaged in manufactures. He is Treasurer of 
the Rockport Steam Cotton Mills, and President of the Rockport Rail- 
road. In building this railroad he took a prominent and active part ; 
and had the pleasure of seeing it opened for travel, Nov. 4, 1861. 

Mr. and Mrs. Giles are members of the First Congregational Church 
in Rockport, of which Rev. Wakefield Gale has long been pastor. 

Their children have been — 

549. Ellen Elizabeth, 8 b. July 5, 1847 ; d. Feb. 28, 1851. 

550. Mary Greenwood, 8 b. Sept. 17, 1850. 

551. Jabez Edward, 8 b. Jan. 23, 1853. 

552. George Lindall, 8 b. Oct. 22, 1854. 


OLIVE GILES, 7 (Thomas, 6 Thomas," Thomas* Samuel, 3 Eleazar? 
Edward, 1 ) sister of the preceding; b. in Rockport, Feb. 9, 1824; m. 
Dec. 18, 1847, Nathaniel Tarr, 6 son of Nathaniel 5 and Mary (Turner) 
Tarr of Rockport. His father Nathaniel* was son of Nathaniel, 4 who 
was son of Henry, 3 who was son of Benjamin, 2 who was son of Richard 
Tarr, 1 the first settler of Rockport. See Appendix B. 


He is engaged in mercantile pursuits in Boston. They resided in 
Boston several years. They now reside in Roxbury, and are members 
of the Vine Street Congregational Church in that city, Rev. John 0. 
Means, pastor. 

Their children are — 

553. Olive Geneva, b. in Boston, March 20, 1852. 

554. Mary Lindall Giles, b. in Roxbury, April 11, 1861. 


ABIGAIL GILES TARR, 7 (Mary Giles, 6 Thomas," Thomas, 11 
Samuel, 3 Eleazar? Edward? ) eldest dau. of Daniel S. and Mary 6 
(Giles) Tarr; b. in Rockport, March 3, 1805; m. May 12, 1824, her 
cousin, Fitz Tarr,* b. Feb. 15, 1801, son of Jabez Tarr, 4 who was 
brother of her grandfather Benjamin Tarr 4 ; all of Rockport. See 
Tarr Family, Appendix B. 

He is a farmer, a worthy citizen, and has always resided on the spot 
where he was born. 

Their children have been — 

555. Mary Abigail, b. Sept. 29, 1826 ; d. of scarlet fever, July 30, 1832. 

556. Fitz William, b. May 30, 1828; m. Nov. 10, 1850, Frances Ingalls of 

Bridgeton, Me. He is a currier and leather-dresser. They resided some 
years in Bridgeton, Me., and now, 1860, reside in Fryebuig, in the same 
State. Children— 

557. Catharine Eliza, b. Oct. 30, 1851 ; d. in 1855. 

558. Alice, b. June, 1856. 

559. An infant, b. about August 1, 1860. 

560. Laurana, b. July 28, 1830; d. Nov. 3, 1830. 

561. Daniel Smith, b. July 29, 1832; m. Dec. 23, 1858, Sarah Jane Tarr, dau. 

of David and Sarah (Day) Tarr of Rockport. They reside in Rockport. 

562. Jabez, b. Dec. 18, 1834; d.*Feb. 6, 1835. 

563. Mary Abigail, b. Dec. 6, 1836. 


DANIEL SMITH TARR, T (Mary Giles,' Thomas," Thtomas, 4 
Samuel, 3 Eleazar,* Edward, 1 ) son of Daniel S. and Mary 6 (Giles) 
Tarr ; b. in Rockport, March 12, 1807 ; m. 1, Aug. 19, 1830, Charlotte 
Maria Case, b. 1806, dau. of Elihu Case of Kingsborough, N. Y. 
She d. Nov. 8, 1837, a. 31. 2, Oct. 1G, 1838, Nancy Case, b. 1806, 
dau. of Darius and Elizabeth (Leonard) Case* of Kingsborough afore- 
said. She was a second cousin of the former wife. She d. April 25, 
1846, a. 40. 3, April 1, 1847, Abigail Leavenavorth Heacock, 
dau. of Lemuel and Sophia (Leavenworth) Heacock, of the same place. 

* Darius Case, father of Nancy in the text, was b. March 31, 1782, son of Darius 
Case, b. 1748, a native of Simsbury, Ct., who settled in Kingsborough, N. Y., and d. 
there, May 23, 1797, a. 49. Darius, grandfather of Nancy Case, m. Nov. 21, 1779, 
Hephzibah Foote, 6 b. Feb. 1, 1762, dau. of Samuel Foote, 5 of Simsbury, son of 
Daniel 4 of Hartford and afterwards of Simsbury, son of Samuel 3 of Hatfield, Mass., 
son of Nathaniel 2 of Wethersfield, Ct., who was b. in England about 1620, and 
came to America with his father Nathaniel Foote, 1 one of the first settlers of 
Wethersfield, Ct. [Foote Genealogy. 

A brother of Mrs. Nancy (Case) Tarr was Rev. Josiah Leonard Case, b. March 
5, 1808; grad. Union Coil. 1830; pursued a full course of Theological study at 
Andover; ord. pastor, Kingston, N. H., Oct. 17, 1839; d. there, Nov. 15, 1839, ae. 
32, much lamented. 


His father died, without property, when he was but six years and five 
months old. He came to Boston in the year 1828, and learned the 
trade of a cabinet-maker. While thus employed he became a partaker 
of divine grace, and united, Sept. 1828, with the Essex Street Church, 
of which the earnest and warm-hearted Samuel Green was then pastor. 
In Oct. 1828, he went to Kingsborough, N. Y., and commenced business 
as a cabinet-maker. By the blessing of God he has been successful, 
and has acquired the esteem and confidence of the community. 

A new and flourishing village has, in the meantime, grown up in 
Kingsborough, called Gloversville ; eminent, above all others in the 
United States, for the manufacture of Buckskin Gloves and Mittens. 
Hence the name. Mr. Tarr resides in that village, and has for many 
years been successfully engaged in that business. He is a reliable man, 
and a good citizen. 

His children have been — by first wife — 

564. A son, b. July 29, 1831 ; d. at two weeks old. 

565. Jerusha Case, b. April 26, 1833; m. Jan. 20, 1853, Jesse Heacock, son of 

Philander Heaeock of Kingsborough, a cousin to the present wife of 
Mr. Tarr; a manufacturer of buckskin mittens and gloves. Children — 

566. Charlotte Case, b. Feb. 26, 1854. 

567. Jessie Louisa, b. Sept. 22, 1856. 
5C8. Edward Lounsbery, b. Nov. 15, 1858. 
569. Catharine, b. Aug. 9, 1861. 

By second wife — 

571. An infant, b. Nov. 1839 ; d. same day. 

572. An infant, b. about Oct. 1841 ; d. on* the third day. 

573. Eliza Vinton, b. April 7, 1844; d. Sept. 29, 1844. 

574. Helen Maria, b. Sept. 6, 1845. 

By third wife — 

575. David Henrv, b. Mav 13, 1848. 

576. Daniel Edward, b. March 8, 1850. 

577. An infant daughter, b. Feb. 27, 1853 ; d. same day. 


OLIVE GILES, 7 (Samuel, 6 Thomas, 11 Thomas* Samuel, 3 Eleasar? 
Edward, 1 ) eldest dau. of Samuel 6 and Margaret (Davis) Giles; b. in 
Rockport, Oct. 11, 1811; m. Nov. 27, 1831, Stephen Andrews of 
Rockport, son of Stephen Andrews of Lanesville, Cape Ann. He is a 
sea-faring man. 

She died May 5, 1859. She was a woman of deep and consistent 
piety ; a member, with her husband, of the First Congregational Church 
in Rockport ; and greatly beloved by all who knew her. 

Mr. Andrews has since married Ruhamah (Holmes) Young, widow of 
Frederic Young of Lanesville. 

The children of Stephen and Olive (Giles) Andrews were — 

578. Nathan Franklin, b. 1833; d. at 18 months old. 

579. Joseph, b. ; d. in early infancy. 


AZUBAH PRENTISS GILES, 7 (Samuel, 9 Thomas," Thomas* 
Samuel, 3 Eleazar? Edward? ) sister of the preceding ; b. in Rockport, 
April 16, 1813; m. Nathan Franklin Burr of Kingsborough, N.Y., 
March 3, 1833. 


They resided for twenty-five years after marriage in Kingsborough. 
In 1858, they removed to Thompson, Susquehanna County, Pa., where 
they now reside, 18G2. He is a farmer. Both are members of the 

Their children are — 

580. Lucius Franklin, b. Dec. 7, 1833; m. Margaret MePherson, March 20, 
1850. Their children are — 

581. Mary Etfdeen, b. Feb. 8, 1857. 

582. George Major, b. July 10, 1858. 

583. Lucius Franklin, b. Oct. 25, 1859. 

584. Maggie Louisa, b. Feb. 10, 1861. 

They reside at Fonda's Bush, near Gloversville, N. Y. 

585. Stephen Norwood, b. Mav 21, 1835. 

586. Thaddfius Giles, b. Oct. 4, 1836 ; m. Catharine Cole, Dec. 25, 1859. They 

reside at Fonda's Bush, and have one child — 
587. Nellie Maria, b. Oct. 1860. 

588. Julius Henry, b. April 28, 1838; d. Aug. 8, 1839. 

589. Ellen Calista, b. March 2, 1840. 

590. Julius Herbert, b. Aug. 20, 1841. 

591. Wilbur Jason, b. May 7, 1843. 

592. Harriet Mills, b. Aug. 8, 1845. 

593. Samuel Giles, b. April 20, 1847. 

594. Mary Laurana, b. Aug, 7, 1848. 
695. Nathan Henry, b. Aug. 15, 1850. 

596. Charles Leavenworth, b. Sept. 15, 1852. 

597. Margaret Davis. 

598. Frank Lindall. 


MARGARET GILES, 7 (Samuel, 6 Thomas," Thomas* Samuel, 3 
Eleazar, 9 Edward, 1 ) sister of the preceding ; b. in Rockport, Feb. 28, 
1819; m. on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 28, 1844, William Foster, son 
of John and Deborah (Tarr) Foster of Rockport. 

He is an esteemed citizen, and a Deacon in the Second Congrega- 
tional Church, Rockport, Rev. David Bremner, pastor. Mrs. Foster is 
a member of the same church. They have but one child — 

599. Betsey Marshall, b. March 21, 1846. 


MARY MARSHALL GILES, 7 (Samuel, 6 Thomas," Thomas* Sam- 
uel, 3 Eleazar, 2 Edward, 1 ) sister of the preceding; b. in Rockport, Oct. 
3,1821; m. Feb. 9, 1848, Thomas Woodbury Knowlton, from 

They reside in Worcester. He is a dealer in ship-timber, which he 
supplies to ship-builders, and particularly to the government of the 
United States. She is a member of the Congregational Church. 

They have had but one child — 

600. Effie, b. May 8, 1850; d. Aug. 22, 1851. 


LAURANA TARR GILES, 7 (Samuel, 6 Thomas," Thomas* Sam 
uel, 3 Eleazar 2 Edward 1 ) sister of the preceding; b. in Rockport, Nov 
5, 1826; m. Jan. 31, 1849, William White Marshall, b. Feb 
1825, son of Daniel Oakes and Mary (White) Marshall, all of Rockport 

They are members of the Second Congregational Church in Rock 
port, where they reside. He represented the town of Rockport in the 


Legislature of Massachusetts in the session of 1858. He is now, 18G2, 
postmaster of Rockport. He is an intelligent, influential, estimable, 
and upright man. Their children have been — 

601. William White, b. Sept. 24, 1851 ; d. Nov. 18, 1851. 

602. Daniel Oakcs, b. Feb. 1, 1853. 

603. Lucy Giles, b. Dec. 7, 1860. 


JASON GILES, 7 (Samuel, 6 Thomas,'' Thomas, 4 Samuel? Eleazar? 
Edward?) brother of the preceding; b. at Rockport, Nov. 28, 1880; 
m. September 24, 1854, Delphina Pool, b. April 16, 1832, dau. of 
Ebenezer and Jerusha (Norwood) Pool, all of Rockport. Mr. Pool, 
her father, was formerly a trader in Rockport, and for many years past 
has been the chief antiquary of the place. His wife was Jerusha, dau. 
of Major Francis Norwood, and sister of Rev. Francis Norwood, for- 
merly of Wilmington and Washington, Mass., now of Phipsburg, Me. 

Mr. Giles is a machinist by trade: has been engaged in the manu- 
facture of sewing machines in Boston. He now resides in Worcester, 
where he is employed in making bands to hold the barrels of rifles to 
the stock. He and his cousin and brother-in-law Eben Giles [448] 
were among the few passengers in the steamer Northern Indiana, who 
were saved when that vessel was burned on Lake Erie, ten or twelve 
years ago. The scene was most appalling. He was the last person 
saved. He made fast a rope over the vessel's bow, and lowered him- 
self into the water, where he remained nearly an hour before a boat 
came to his rescue. 

The children of Jason and Delphina Giles are — 

604. Hattie, 8 b. July 6, 1855. 


Dr. ALBERT GILES, 7 (Jennison? Samuel? Thomas* Samuel? 
Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) eldest son of Jennison 6 and Philenda (Beach) 
Giles of Kingsborough, N. Y.; b. there, May 10, 1809; m. Jan. 1836, 
Ann Osborn of Troy, N. Y. 

He learned the trade of a printer, with a Mr. Child, at Johnstown, 
near his father's residence. He united with the Congregational Church 
in Kingsborough, Rev. Elisha Yale, pastor, on the first Sabbath in 
1829, at the same time with his cousin, Edward Lounsbery. About 
this time, he engaged in studies preparatory to the ministry, at the 
Oneida Institute, Whitesborough, N. Y. After a sufficient experiment, 
it was found that his health was not adequate to the further prosecution 
of those studies. He was induced, therefore, to enter on the study, and, 
ultimately, on the practice, of medicine. He spent a number of years 
as a practising physician at Racine, Wisconsin ; skilful in his profession, 
esteemed as a man and useful as a christian. He suffered much from 
bronchitis, for relief from which he was induced to go to California in 
1859. He died at Racine, Wis., June 7, 1862. He had long antici- 
pated this result of his long illness, and was prepared for it. 

His children were — 

605. Frances Mary, 8 b. Nov. 1836; m. July, 1861, Wainwright, attorney 

at law, Racine, Wis. They have one child — 
606. Albert Giles, b. June 29, 1862. 
607. Willard Parker, 8 b. abt. Sept. 1839; d. at Cohoes, N. Y., Oct. 30, 1841. 


608. Martha Ann, 8 b. Sept. 1840; unm. ; teacher in Wisconsin. 

609. Jane Sophia, 8 b. 1843; unm.; teacher in Wisconsin. 

610. James Albert, 8 b. ; d. at the age of about two years. 


LAURANA GILES, 7 (Jennison? Samuel," Thomas* Samuel, 3 
Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) sister of the preceding ; b. in Kingsborough, June 
3, 1811 ; m. Oct. 8, 1831, Ebenezer Rowe, b. June 20, 1807, son of 
Jabez and Polly (Jackson) Rowe, all of Rockport. 

They reside in Rockport, and are members of the Second Congrega- 
tional Church in that place. During the summer months their house is 
a pleasant temporary home for invalids, and others, who resort to the 
sea-shore for recreation and the benefit of their health. Rockport, with 
its cool, refreshing breezes, magnificent prospect of the ocean, and 
advantages for sea-bathing, is well suited for such a purpose. The 
village is populous and pleasant, yet retired from noise and tumult ; 
the moral atmosphere is healthy, and a railway, completed within a 
year past — this is written in June, 18G2 — brings the place within two 
hours' ride from Boston. 

Mr. and Mrs. Rowe have had no children. 


JAMES JENNISON GILES, 7 (Jennison? Samuel," Thomas* 
Samuel, 3 Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) brother of the preceding ; b. in Kings- 
borough, Jan. 9, 1816; never married. 

He was from a child amiable in disposition, unassuming in manners, 
and fond of books. He spent one year at Dartmouth College, and two 
years at Union College, where he graduated in 1843, having, it is un- 
derstood, the second appointment in his class. He was one year at the 
Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York, and was two 
years a member of the Theological Seminary at Princeton. He had 
thus completed, with honor, his full course of Collegiate and Professional 
study, and was expecting soon to go to China as a missionary, but his 
health failed just before the completion of his studies, and his Divine 
Master summoned him to higher service, in October, 1846. "Verily 
thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour !" Isa. 
45 : 15. 


Deacon AMOS BEACH GILES, 7 (Jennison? Samuel," Thomas* 
Samuel, 3 Eleazar, 2 Edward, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Kings- 
borough, July 14, 1818; m. June 5, 1849, Harriet Newell Wads- 
worth of Westford, Otsego County, N. Y. 

He was formerly a merchant in Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., N. Y., 
and was an officer in the Presbyterian Church in that place. He re- 
moved in 1861 to Gloversville, and is now doing a good business in 
that village. 

He has but one child — 

611. Henry Wadsworth, 8 b. July 8, 1851. 


JOHN ADAMS VINTON GILES, 1 (Jennison? Samuel," Thomas* 
Samuel, 3 Eleazar? Edward, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Kings- 


borough, Dec. 14, 1821; m. Dec. 18, 1850, Elizabeth McDonald of 
Gloversville, N. Y. 

His mother having deceased when he was but two weeks old, the 
care of him devolved on his father's sister, Sarah Giles [319]; and this 
duty she performed with exemplary fidelity and diligence. Having the 
privilege of naming him, she gave him the name of her cousin and 
correspondent in Boston, the compiler of this volume. 

He was a merchant in Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., N. Y.; but re- 
moved, in 1857, to Morrison, Whiteside Co., Illinois. 

His children are — b. in Cherry Valley — 

612. Helena Francis, 8 b. Jan. 27, 1852. 

613. Laurana Rowe, 8 b. Nov. 13, 1853; d. of diptheria, Jan. 4, 1861. 

614. Elizabeth, 8 b. Nov. 3, 1855. 

Born in Morrison — 

615. James Jennison, 8 b. Sept. 20, 1858. 

616. Charles, 8 b. Dec. 31, 1859. 

617. Eleanor Rowe, 8 b. Feb. 19, 1862. 


SAMUEL GILES LOUNSBERY, {Mary Giles* Samuel? Thomas* 
Samuel? Eleazar? Edward?) son of Henry Dubois and Mary (Giles) 
Lounsbery; b. in Kingsborough, N. Y., Nov. 14, 1808; m. about 
1832, Harriet Susan Kinney of Clay, Onondaga Co., N. Y.* 

His mother dying when he was between four and five years old, he 
lived in several families, and in different places, until he became of age. 
In the summer of 1828, he visited his grandparents at Kingsborough, 
after an absence of seven years. He returned to Clay, Onondaga Co., 
where he had spent some time previous ; and made his home there. 
He also resided, subsequently, in Euclid, in the same county and state. 
He married an amiable and pious woman; became prosperous; was 
thorough and successful in business ; acquired a handsome property, and 
was much respected. He died at St. Joseph, Mich., July 16, 1841. 
His life was short, but full of vicissitude. His children, those who sur- 
vive, are all respectable, useful, and happy. 

His widow still survives. She and her son Edward, and dau. Amanda, 
continued to reside in Euclid till 1856, when they removed to Michigan. 
Since that time they have resided at South Haven in that state, and are 
members of the Congregational Church there; a church formed in 
1856, Rev. Nathaniel Grover, pastor. Mrs. Lounsbery was married in 
March, 1860, to Mr. Conger, merchant, of South Haven. 

The children of Samuel Giles Lounsbery were — 

618. Mary Giles, b. June, 1833. She was educated at the well-known Troy 

Female Seminary, and afterwards was an approved and successful 
teacher in divers places. In 1858 she spent some time as a governess 
in the family of Dr. Vaughan, Philadelphia. She was married Oct. 19, 
1858, to Rev. Jacob Rambo. He was b. 1820, near Swedesborough, 
N. J., and was educated at the (Episcopal) Theological Seminary near 
Alexandria, Va. Mr. and Mrs. Rambo sailed for West Africa, as mis- 
sionaries, Nov. 9, 1858, and arrived at Cape Palmas in January follow- 

* Dubois was the family name of Henry Dubois Lounsbery's mother; she was the 
descendant of a French Huguenot. 



ing. They were stationed first at Rocktown, and afterwards at Cape 
Palmas, West Africa, where they suffered much from sickness, but 
were happy in their benevolent labors. Mrs. Ramho's failing health 
at length compelled them to return to this country, in March, 1861. 
Mr. Rambo is an Episcopal clergyman, and is now, July, 1862, in 
charge of two or three country parishes in Sussex County, Delaware. 
Their present residence is Miilsborough, in the same state. They have 
one child — 

619. Mary Louisa, b. Aug. 2, 1861. 

620. Edward Henry, b. June, 1835. He began to prepare for the ministry, hut 

gave it up from failing health. He removed with his mother to Michigan 
in 1856, and is still unm., July, 1862. He is a young man of superior 
business talents, and is in the employ of a mercantile firm in South 
Haven, Mich. 

621. Sarah Beach, b. April, 1837 ; d. of consumption, March 15, 1856. 

622. Amanda Hale, b. Feb. 1839 ; m. June, 1858, Samuel A. Tripp, a lawyer, in 

South Haven, Mich. No children. 

623. Samuel Giles, b. 1841 ; d. of croup, at five years old. 


Rev. EDWARD LOUNSBERY, {Mary Giles," Samuel," Thomas* 
Samuel? Eleazar? Edward^) son of Henry D. and Mary (Giles) 
Lounsbery; b. in Kingsborough, N. Y., Jan. 3, 1811 ; m. 1, April 18, 
1844, Anne Maria Vosburgh, of the city of New York; his cousin, 
dau. of his father's sister. She d. at Troy, N. Y., April 17, 1853. 2, 
Aug. 5, 1856, Eilizabeth Butler, dau. of Jeremiah B. of Philadelphia. 

After the death of his mother, the care of him devolved on her par- 
ents. He lived and studied for some time with that excellent minister, 
Rev. Elisha Yale, D. D., of Kingsborough, who has already been re- 
peatedly mentioned. In the first Sabbath in 1829, he united with the 
church under the pastoral care of Dr. Yale ; his cousin, Albert Giles, 
accompanying him in the same delightful duty. He continued his 
course of study, with some unavoidable interruptions; taught school; 
and maintained a long and hard struggle against feeble health, and dis- 
couragements of almost every description. He studied at Kenyon Col- 
lege, Gambier, Ohio ; and subsequently at the Theological Seminary 
near Alexandria, Virginia. He was for some months in 1838 Principal 
of the Academy in Kingsborough, his native place. In 1839 he was 
Principal of a Female Seminary in Danville, Va. After this he " took 
orders" in the Episcopal Church; was assistant minister in Christ 
Church, Cincinnati; was located at Sandusky City in 1844, but was 
obliged to leave by reason of his health, which has always been feeble. 
From 1847 to 1854 he was Rector of St. John's Church, Troy, N. Y. 
Since 1854 he has been Rector of St. Jude's Church, Philadelphia. 

He is evangelical in his doctrinal views; earnest in his pulpit labors; 
faithful and affectionate as a pastor; devoted to his great Master's work ; 
and acceptable to his people. He has a large heart, and a kind, 
benevolent spirit. 

His children have been, by first wife — 

624. Louisa Brooke, b. in Covington, Kv., March 6, 1845; d. in Cincinnati, 

March 7, 1847. 

625. Edward Leighton, b. in Trov, N. Y., Jan. 4, 1848. 

626. Willard, h. in Trov, Aug. 13. 1850; d. March 25, 1851. 

627. Lindall, b. in Troy, Jan. 27, 1853 ; d. May 2, 1853. 



MARY JANE GILES, 7 (Edmund, 6 Edmund," Edmund* ffleazar,' 
John, 2 Edward, 1 ) eldest dau. of Edmund 6 and Jane (Wallis) Giles of 
Beverly; b. there, Jan. 19, 1813 ; m. April 3, 1834, Benjamin Golds- 
burt, son of Joseph and Mary (Clark) Goldsbury, all of Beverly. 
They reside in Beverly. Their children have been — 

628. Mary Eliza, b. Oct. 4, 1 834 ; d. Feb. 11,1 836. 

629. Mary Ellen, b. June 16, 1836; m. Nov. 15, 1860, Ezra Stanley, son of 

John Stanley of Beverly. 

630. Benjamin, b. Aug;. 10, 1837; d. Aug.1841. 

631. Joseph, b. Oct. 1838; d. June 20, 1839. 

632. Albert, b. June 19, 1843; d. Aug. 1845. 

633. Benjamin, b. May 7, 1849; d. Aug. 12, 1852. 


EDMUND GILES, 7 (Edmund, 6 Edmund,' Edmund,* Eleazar, 3 
John, 2 Edivard, 1 ) eldest son of Edmund 6 and Jane (Wallis) Giles of 
Beverly; b. there, Sept. 6, 1815; m. Dee. 28, 1843, Elizabeth 
Fielder Vickery, dau. of Richard and Mary W. (Lamson) Vickery 
of Beverly. They reside in Beverly. Their children have been — 

634. Edmund, 8 b. June 29, 1844, d. 1851. 

635. Edmund, 8 b. Mav 27, 1858. 


AUGUSTUS GILES, 7 (Edmund, 6 Edmund," Edmund* Eleazar? 
John, 2 Edward, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Beverly, Aug. 18, 
1817; m. March 9, 1841, Priscilla Ober Hale, 7 b. Oct. 21, 1821, 
dau. of Henry and Lucy (Ober) Hale of Beverly.* 

He is a shoemaker, and lives in Beverly. His children are — 

636. Lucy Ober, 8 b-. Dec. 10, 1841; m. Dec. 15,1859, John Fullerton. Children— 

* The pedigree of Priscilla Ober Hale and of her brother Zebulon Ober Hale 
[497] is thus exhibited : 

1. liOBERT HALE 1 is supposed to have been born in England in 1610, son of 
Richard, who married Elizabeth Dacres ; grandson of Richard by his second wife 
Dionysia Gilford ; and great-grandson of Thomas Hale of Codicote, Hertfordshire, 
England, whose wife was Anne, dau. of Edmund Mitchell. 

Robert Hale 1 was Deacon of the Church in Charlestown, 1633 ; admitted freeman, 
May 14, 1634; selectman 11 years, and served in various other public capacities. 
He died July 16, 1659. His widow, Joanna, m. Richard Jacob of Ipswich, and d. 
1679. The children of Robert and Joanna Hale were John, Zechariah, Samuel, b. 
1644, d. 1679; Mary, m. Wilson; and Joanna, m. 1, Larkin of Charles- 
town ; 2, Capt. William Dodge of Beverly. 

II. Rev. John Hale, 2 son of Robert and Joanna, was b. June 3, 1636 ; H. C. 
1657; ord. first Pastor of the Church in Beverly, Sept. 20, 1667 ; and d. there, May 
15, 1700. He was a devoted christian minister, and a true patriot. In 1692, when 
the witchcraft delusion prevailed, he boldly confronted the popular sentiment, and 
was one of those whose exertions contributed to stem the almost resistless tide. 

He was thrice married. His first wife, m. Dec. 15, 1664, was Rebecca, dau. of 
Henry Byles, who came from Salisbury in England, and settled in Salisbury on the 
Merrimac, as early as 1640. She d. April 13, 1683, a. 45. They had two children, 
Rebecca; 6 b. April 28, 1666; Robert? b. Nov. 3, 1668, of whom more at the close. 

2, March 31, 1684, Sarah, dau. of Rev. James Noyes of Newbury, who was b. 
March 25, 1656, and d. May 20, 1695, a. 39. Thev had four children— James? b. 
Oct. 14, 1685 ; H. C. 1703 ; ord. first pastor of Ashford, Ct., Nov. 26, 1718; d. there, 
Nov. 22, 1742. For his posterity, see Geneal. Reg., Vol. VII. p. 271. Samuel, 3 b. 
Aug. 13, 1687 ; m. Apphia Moody, May 29, 1714; settled in Newbury, and d. 1724, 
leaving five children. His son Richard, 4 b. 1717, settled in Coventry, Ct., and was 


637. Frank Tilton, b. March 21, 1860. 

638. Abhy, b. March, 24, 1862. 

639. Augustus Albert, 8 b. Feb. 25, 1846. 


BENJAMIN VERY GILES, 7 {Edmund, 6 Edmund? Edmund* 
Eleazar? John? Edward?) brother of the preceding; b. in Beverly, 
Aug. 31, 1825 ; m. 1, Aug. 9, 1850, Aurelia Patch, dau. of Robert 
and Anna Patch of Beverly. She d. Dec. 2, 1858. 2, Dec. 22, 1859, 
Nancy C. Perry, dau. of Jacob F. and Anna Perry of Danversport. 

Children, by first wife — 

640. Charles Albert, 8 b. June 12, 1851. 

641. Anna, 8 b. March 19, 1854 ; d. Nov. 29, 1858. 

By second wife — 

642. Anna Maria, 5 b. Oct, 5, 1860. 

father of Nathan Hale, 5 "the hero-spy of the Revolution," as he has with just 
emphasis been called. 

A twin-brother of the "hero-spy" was Rev. Enoch Hale, 5 Y. C. 1773; ord. Pas- 
tor, Westhampton, Mass., Sept. 29, 1779; d. Jan. 14, 1837, a. 83. He was father 
of Nathan Hale, 6 many years editor of the Boston Daily Advertiser. 

Another son of Richard, 4 was Rev. David Hale, 5 grad. Y. C. 1785 ; ord. Pastor 
Lisbon, Ct., 1790; d. Feb. 1822; father of David Hale, 6 the able and energetic 
editor, during twenty-one years, of the New York "Journal of Commerce." 

The remaining children of Rev. John Hale, 2 by his wife Sarah Noyes, were — 
Joanna? b. June 15, 1689; living in 1700. John} b. Dec. 24, 1692; drowned in 
Wells Haibor, while young, by the upsetting of a boat, though a good swimmer. 

Rev. John Hale m.*3, in 1698, Elizabeth, widow of Nathaniel Clark, and dau. of 
Henry Somerby, all of Newbury. 

III. Samuel Hale, 3 b. 1687, third son of Rev. John, 2 m. Apphia Moody, 1714, 
and had three sons and two daus. Of his eldest son Richard* we have already 
spoken. His second son was Samuel* b. 1718; H. C. 1740; settled in Portsmouth, 
N. II.; d. July 10, 1807. His third son was— 

IV. John Hale, 4 b. 1722. He settled in Annisquam, Gloucester, and had four 
sons and three daus. His sons were — Samuel, 5 who settled in Portsmouth, N. H. 
(near his uncle Samuel 4 ;) he was grandfather of Hon. John P. Hale, 7 of Dover, 
N. H , a distinguished Senator in Congress from New Hampshire. John, 5 who set- 
tled in Beverly. Benjamin, 5 remained in Gloucester, and m. 1, Martha Woodbury, 
by whom he had John 6 and Benjamin 6 ; (the latter was the founder of the Baptist 
Church in Gloucester;) 2, Lucy Tarr, by whom he had William, 6 who was killed 
by a kick from a horse, a second" William, 6 George D., 6 and seven daughters. Mr. 
George 1). Hale, 6 of Rockport, is the only one of this numerous family now living. 
The fourth son of John Hale 4 was Ebenezer, 5 who settled in Newburyport, and left 
children. The daus. were, Jane, 5 m. a Dennison, Hannah, 5 m. John Cleaveland, and 
Sally, 5 d. young. 

V. John Hale, 5 son of the preceding; settled in Beverly; and was father of — 
VI. Henry Hale, 6 lived in Beverly; a sea-faring man; m. Lucy Ober. They 

were the parents of Zebulon Ober Hale and Priscilla Ober Hale in the text. 

Robert Hale, 3 was the son of Rev. John Hale, 2 by his first wife, Rebecca Byles. 
He grad. H. C. 1686 ; studied for the ministry ; preached several years, but was not 
ordained over any church ; was obliged, from ill health, to relinquish that "best of 
employments," as he styled it, and engaged in the practice of medicine in his native 
town, till his death, which occurred, Jan. 12, 1719. He was also for many years a 
magistrate in Beverly. He m. 1700, Elizabeth, dau. of Nathaniel Clark of Newbury, 
who was also dau. of his father's third wife. They had Rebecca,* b. Nov. 19, 1701 ; 
m. Feb. 12, 1719, Rev. John Chipman. Robert,* b. Feb. 17, 1702-3; H. C. 1721 ; 
m. Elizabeth, dau. of Col. John Gilman of Exeter. He had no male children. He 
was. a physician; a faithful magistrate; representative of Beverly 13 years; and in 
1745 Col. of a regiment in the expedition against Louisburg. He d. 1767. Henry,* 
b. Dec. 19, 1712; H. C. 1731; m. 1735, Anne, dau. of Benjamin Ober; and d. 
without issue, 1740, 86. 28. He taught the Grammar School in Beverly several years. 


The preceding pages contain a Memoir of EDWARD GILES 1 of 
Salem, freeman 1634, and his descendants. 

There is reason to believe that about the year 1650, there resided in 
Salem another man of the name of Giles, to wit, Thomas Gyles.* 

The proof is scanty, and is derived, not from the records of Salem, 
but from those of Gloucester. The Gloucester Register of Births, 
Marriages, and Deaths has the following : — 

" Thomas Verrey, sonne of goodwife Gyles, was married by the 
Deputy Governor, Mr. Endicott, unto Hannah Gyles, daughter of 
Thomas Gyles of Salem, upon the 6 th of the 5 U > mo. 1650." The 
Thomas Very here mentioned was the step-son of Edward Giles 1 of 
Salem. He lived in Gloucester, and the record was doubtless made 
under his sanction. And, by the way, here is clear proof that Edward 
Giles was dead in 1650. See p. 7. 

It is singular that no record of this Thomas Gyles exists in Salem. 
The Book of Land Grants, and the Registry of Births, Marriages, 
and Deaths in Salem, the Essex Registry of Deeds, and Registry 
of Probate, have all been thoroughly examined, without finding his 
name. Yet there is no reason, known to me, for discrediting the 
Gloucester record, as just now quoted. There is a tradition, believed 
to be well established, that a man by the name of Thomas Gyles, did, 
in the olden time, live in Salem, next to the Beverly ferry, where the 
Beverly bridge now is. Mr. Jones Very, who is well versed in the 
History and Antiquities of Salem, informs me of this tradition, and 
adds, — " The Gileses long held land there." j 

I have quoted the only record, within my knowledge, in which this 
Thomas Gyles is mentioned. It seems evident that he did not reside in 
Salem, or anywhere in New England, for any great length of time. 
It is not an unreasonable conjecture that he returned to England with 
his family; as we know many did about that time. 

There is no improbability in the following hypothesis ; that he was 
a brother of Edward Giles 1 ; that he returned to England soon after 
1650, to take possession of property left him by some deceased relation; 

* I have already said that Giles and Gyles are the same name. See p. 3. Ed- 
ward Giles is sometimes Edward Gyles, and Thomas Gyles is sometimes Thomas 
Giles, in the early documents. But as the descendants of Thomas Gyles have been 
careful to retain the y, I follow their lead in this part of the volume. 

J I venture to suggest that this statement — " The Gileses long held land there," — 
may possibly rest on the fact that Eleazar Giles 4 [47] owned a quarter of an acre of 
land at that precise spot, from 1746 till his death in 1781. 


and that lie was the father of Thomas Gyles of Pemaquid, who was 
killed by the Indians in 1 689, and the father also of James Gyles and 
of John Gyles, of whom notice will be taken in the sequel. This is a 
mere conjecture; and, if the reader pleases, a mere fancy, for there is 
no positive proof of it. But it is not unlikely to be the true state of 
the matter. And there are two or three things which are in favor of 
this hypothesis. 1. Edward Giles being already settled in Salem, if 
we find another Giles there, it is a fair presumption that they were 
brothers. 2. A coat of arms found among the descendants of Edward 
Giles is almost, if not quite, identical with a coat of arms found among 
the descendants of Thomas Gyles of Pemaquid. and another coat of 
arms found among the descendants of John Gyles of Boston, formerly 
of Pemaquid. These coats of arms are known to be ancient ; probably 
come down from the first generation in New England. And, as it ap- 
pears from West cote's "View of Devonshire," (see p. 2,) that in 1630 
the honor of knighthood had not long been enjoyed by the Giles family 
of that county, these coats of arms seem to prove a near relationship 
between Edward Giles 1 of Salem and the others just named. In fact, 
it seems to be proved that they were of the same family. 3. Capt. 
John Gyles, son of Thomas of Pemaquid, refers, somewhat obscurely, 
to the fact that his ancestors were both virtuous and honorable. If he 
were of the family of Sir Edward Giles of Devonshire, we can in some 
measure appreciate his pregnant allusion to his ancestors. Sir Edward 
was a man of decided religious character ; a staunch Puritan ; a knight, 
connected with influential persons ; a member of parliament ; and Sher- 
iff of the County of Devon. 4. John Gyles of Pemaquid, on being 
compelled to quit that place, 1689, retires to Salem, where others of 
the family were settled. 

It will be a matter of convenience to me, if the reader will allow me 
to proceed on the hypothesis now suggested ; a hypothesis which agrees 
with all known facts, though it may possibly prove to be unfounded ; 
since it gives me the advantage of presenting Thomas Gyles of Pema- 
quid, James Gyles of New Jersey, and John Gyles of Boston, as brothers, 
the sons of one man, which there is no reason whatever to doubt. And 
the father's name — what more likely than Thomas Gyles ?* 

The father of Thomas Gyles of Pemaquid died in England about the 
year 1673. He had, if we mistake not, the following sons, all born in 
England — 

651. tThomas, 2 m. Margaret 

652. t James/ 2 m. Elizabeth 

653. tJohn,2 b. 1653 ; m. Mary 

* Since the above was in type, further investigations have involved in much 
doubt the hypothesis here su^ested. James Gyles of New Jersey j 652] certainly 
was from Kent; and a note on p. 113, which is derived from an authentic History 
of Kent, shows that his family had been residents and landholders in that county at 
least three centuries previous to his removal to America. Thomas Gyles of Pema- 
quid [651 1 and John Gyles of Boston [6531 appear to have been his brothers. The 
evidence furnished by the three coats of arms, which are almost precisely alike, is of 
much value ; otherwise I do not see how the family of Thomas Gyles could be 
related to that of Edward Giles of Salem, unless Edward Giles of Salem went from 
Kent, instead of Devonshire, as heretofore believed. 



THOMAS GYLES, 8 ESQ., presumed to be the son of Thomas 
Gyles, formerly of Salem. 

There is reason to suppose that he was born in England about the 

year 1640. His wife was Margaret . So far as we can learn, 

she was his only wife, and the mother of all his children.* 

Our first information touching him bears the date of May 8, 1669, 
when he purchased of Thomas Watkins a tract of land two miles long 
and one mile broad, on the left or north bank of the Pejepscot River. It 
was at the point where that river unites with the broad Kennebec, 
within the present township of Topsham. These two large rivers, at 
their confluence, spread themselves into a broad expanse called Merry- 
meeting Bay. Thomas Gylcs's land was bounded on the South and 
East by Merrymeeting Bay; North by Muddy River, which empties 
into that bay, and West by land of Capt. Reynolds. His land was 
divided from that of Reynolds by a Cedar Swamp, and by marked 
trees. Reynolds, however, was not his neighbor till some time after- 
wards. Thomas Gyles built a house on the point of land between 
Muddy River and the aforesaid bay, and continued to reside there until 
his departure for England.} 

* In the collections of the Maine Historical Society, Vol. III. p. 314, there are 
several palpable errors in regard to Thomas Gyles, which I will take this opportunity 
to correct. 1. Thomas Gyles, it is said, settled near Merrymeeting Bay, some years 
prior to 1666. I have a copy of the deed from Thomas Watkins, which conveyed 
to him his estate in that vicinity. This deed is dated May 8, 1669. The consider- 
ation of £21 was to be paid in English Goods. It is certain that he did not settle 
there till 1669. 2. It is stated that Thomas Gyles lived on the right bank of the 
Pejepscot River. The right bank of a river is that bank which is on the right hand 
of a person whose face is toward the mouth of the river ; as the Dictionaries tell us. 
The right bank of the Pejepscot would be its south side, in the town of Brunswick 
or perhaps Bath. But Thomas Gyles lived on the north side, the left bank of the 
Pejepscot, in what is now the town of Topsham. 3. It is said that Thomas Gyles, 
at the commencement of "Philip's War," was taken prisoner, and his wife was 
killed while in the garden picking heans. This statement is repeated by Rev. Rufus 
K. Sewall, in his "Ancient Dominions of Maine." It was doubtless copied from 
the Maine Hist. Collections. But there is no allusion to anything of this sort in 
Capt. John Gyles's Narrative, from which we derive most of our knowledge of his 
father, Thomas Gyles. The contrary is strongly implied. " On the death of my 
grandparents," says the narrator, "he, [my father,] with his family, returned to 
England to settle his affairs ;" i. e. to be put in possession of the estate which his 
father had left him. " This done, he came over with the design to have returned to 
his farm; but on his arrival at Boston, the eastern Indians had begun their hostili- 
ties." This certainly implies that "Philip's War" had not commenced when he 
left Maine for England. Thomas Gyles's youngest dau., who in 1717 m. Jonas 
Webber, and who was certainly born between 1680 and 1687, was named Margaret, 
which was the name of the wife who went with him to Merrymeeting Bay in 1669. 

X The Pejepscot River is that portion of the Androscoggin which is below Lew- 
iston Falls. [Maine Hist. Soc. Collections, Vol. III. p. 322. 

That designation, I believe, has ceased to be applied to the great river of Western 
Maine, or to any part of it. The eatise river is now called the Androscoggin. 


The charter of the Massachusetts Company — March 4, 1C28-9 — 
granted to them all that part of New England which lies between the 
Merrimack and Charles Rivers, "and also all lands lying within the 
space of three miles on the South part of the said Charles River, or of 
any or every part thereof; and also all lands lying within the space of 
three miles to the Northward of the said river Merrimack, or of any 
part thereof;" and from the Atlantic Ocean straight through to the 
Great South Sea. Not long before the time of Thomas Gyles's settle- 
ment in Maine, it had been ascertained that Merrimack River takes its 
rise near the parallel of forty-four degrees, and consequently that much 
the greater part of New Hampshire, together with all of Maine which 
lies South of that parallel, came within the chartered limits of Massa- 
chusetts ; thus extending the jurisdiction of that Colony as far to the 
Eastward as the present town of Rockland, on Penobscot Bay. Mas- 
sachusetts accordingly took possession of this whole territory. This 
measure was cheerfully acquiesced in by the inhabitants generally, as 
they hoped for greater security under the powerful protection of Massa- 
chusetts, than they had enjoyed under the proprietary authorities. The 
endeavors of the Royal Commissioners, in 1665, to dispossess her of 
that territory having failed, the "re-annexation" of Maine was effected 
in 1668, and a new impulse was thus imparted to settlement and immi- 

This desirable change seems to have encouraged Thomas Gyles, "the 
eminent pioneer of the East," as he has been called,* to locate himself 
on Merrymeeting Bay. To that vicinity he was followed by many 
others. A degree of prosperity and growth in ail that region imme- 

After its confluence with the Kennebec, their united stream is called the Sagadahock. 
Merrymeeting Bay, from Pejepscot Lower Falls in Brunswick to its outlet, may 
be ten miles in length, winding round to the north till it embraces the waters of the 
Kennebec; receiving on its northwest side Muddy Iliver, which is merely an arm of 
the sea, collateral to the Bay, and Cathancc, [pronounced Cat-hance,] which is most- 
ly, also, a salt-water river and navigable three miles. 

Williamson, in the second volume of his History of Maine, has widely erred iu 
saying that Thomas Gyles settled in Topsham after Queen Anne's war. 

Thomas Gyles, a man of the strictest Puritan integrity, was not content with pur- 
chasing the land of Watkins, but was careful to procure the consent of the Indian 
Sagamore Darumquin, who might be deemed to have a claim to it. If this volume 
should not outgrow its proper dimensions, we shall insert the deed of Watkins, the 
Indian deed, and some other ancient and curious documents, in Appendix 1). 

The Maine Historical Collections, and Sewall, in his "Ancient Dominions of 
Maine," call the place where Thomas Gyles's house stood, "Pleasant Point." I 
am not personally cognizant of the locality. It was no doubt an attractive spot. 
But if Pleasant Point be "on the right bank of the Pejepscot," Thomas Giles did 
not reside there. 

Thomas Watkins, who sold the land to Gyles, was admitted a freeman of the 
Colony of Massachusetts Bay, May 30, 1660. He was one of the residents on the 
Kennebec River who submitted to the government of the Duke of York in 1665. 
He d. before 1674, and ids widow married Thomas Stevens, the Indian trader, who 
lived about five miles east of Bowdoin College, on Stevens's River; and had Thomas 
Purchas, the first settler of Pejepscot, (Brunswick), for a near neighbor. 

* By Rev. Rufus K. Sewall, in his "Ancient Dominions of Maine." Hon. James 
Savage, in a letter to the compiler, styles him " the great promoter of settlement at 
Kennebec in 1669." 

There had been a few settlers in that region before. About 1623, permanent set- 
tlements seem to have been effected on Arrowsic Island, at Shccpscot, at Damaris- 
cotta, at Pemaquid, Monhegan, and St. George's River; and it is said that, in 1631, 


diately ensued, as Ave gather from the beginning of the Narrative of 
John Gyles, his son. 

Thomas Gyles continued to reside at his home on the Kennebec until, 
hearing of the death of his father, he, with his family, returned to Eng- 
land, to transact the business which that event naturally threw upon 
him. This was late in the autumn of 1674.* 

After being put in possession of the large property which his father 
left him, Thomas Gyles returned to New England. This Avas probably 
not till the autumn of 1675 or spring of 1676 ; for, "on his arrival at 
Boston, the eastern Indians had begun their hostilities." These hostili- 
ties did not commence till August, 1675, and were not vigorously prose- 
cuted in Maine till a year after. Mr. Gyles came back with the inten- 
tion of resuming his residence on the Kennebec ; but the Indian War 
induced him to begin a settlement on Long Island. "The air of that 
place not so well agreeing with his constitution, and the Indians having 
become peaceable" — in the summer of 1677 — "he again proposed to 
re-settle his lands at Merrymeeting Bay ; but finding that place deserted," 
he directed his energies to another quarter. 

King Charles II. had given to his brother James, duke of York, 
March 12, 1661-5, all the territory between the Pemaquid River and 
the St. Croix, being considerably more than one-half of the present 
State of Maine. The duke and his officers, however, utterly neglected 
this territory for more than twelve years. After the Indian War was 
over, Major Edmund Andros, who governed for the duke at New York, 
took possession of Pemaquid, in June, 1677. Under his direction the 
fort was rebuilt, and a company of soldiers stationed there. The settlers 
who had been driven away by the Indians now returned, but were 
obliged to take new deeds from the New York authorities, and pay 
considerable sums into the pockets of the ducal officers. 

eighty-four families, besides transient fishermen, were dwelling upon the shores of 
this region. We omit all mention of Saco, and other plaees west of Casco Bay. 
Thomas Purchas and George Way had settled at Pejepscot, [Brunswick,] as early 
as 1625 or 1626. The Colony of Plymouth had a trading establishment on the 
Kennebec as early as 1629, and a grant or patent from the Council in Plymouth 
(Eng.J in 1630, which was followed by small settlements in what are now the towns 
of Phipsburg and Augusta. John Brown removed from New Harbor and settled, 
with Edward Bateman, in Nov. 1639, in the present town of Woolwich. From 
various causes, especially the uncertainty of land titles, and the want of a well- 
organized and efficient government, the settlements advanced but slowly, and at the 
commencement of the first Indian War, fifty years after the first permanent settle- 
ments, the whole population of Maine is supposed not to have exceeded 6000. 

* It has often been stated that Thomas Gyles was driven away by the Indians in 
1675. This is a mistake. For, 1. John Gyles says that his father went to England 
prior to the commencement of the Indian hostilities ; these hostilities had com- 
menced in his absence. 2. The deed of Thomas Watkins to Thomas Gyles was 
recorded at Boston, Nov. 9, 1674 ; which must have been at the time when Mr. 
Gyles was in Boston on his way to England. He doubtless brought it from Maine 
to Boston to be recorded, and took it with him to England. The statement, already 
quoted, appears to rest on the Deposition of Edward Keemer and Andrew Willett, 
sworn to in Boston, April 21, 1696, and recorded with Suffolk Deeds, Lib. 27, fol. 
30. This statement, however, is there made incidentally and casually. In other 
words, the statement is that Thomas Gyles quietly possessed and enjoyed his lands 
on the Kennebec, " before his being driven away by the Indians." But though the 
Indian War excluded him from his lands on his return, it did not expel him from 
them at his departure, as is evident from the facts already stated. 


Thomas Gyles, finding that Pemaquid was likely to rise to its former 
importance, and hoping for greater security from savage incursion, con- 
cluded to settle in that place ; purchased several tracts of land from the 
inhabitants there, and took out patents under the duke of York. When 
Pemaquid, with the line of coast of which it was the principal settle- 
ment, was constituted a judicial district, under the name of the County 
of Cornwall, Thomas Gyles was made Chief Justice of the same by 
Governor Dongan, who had succeeded Andros, in 1G82, as the ducal 
Governor of New York."* 

His name appears, with the names of eighteen others, attached to a 
petition addressed to Governor Dongan, dated in 1683, and beginning 
thus — " The Humble Petition of the inhabitants of the extreme partes 
of his Riall Hiness Territory Between the River Kenybeke and St. 
Croix."| The petitioners complain of the ducal government as " allto 
gether arbytrary"; they speak of its " Grand abusses as not to be en- 
dured any longer"; and they ask that "the freeholders of Pemaquid 
and its Dependancies " may have a Representative at New York. Mr. 
Giles Goddard was accordingly chosen, and he represented Pemaquid at 
one session of the General Assembly of the Province of New York.§ 

The name of Thomas Gyles is signed to another petition, dated April 
21, 1684, which, with the previous one, is found among the Pemaquid 

He was a man of wealth, and laid out a considerable income, which 
he annually derived from the estate left to him in England, in improving 
and cultivating his lands at Pemaquid. He was also a gentleman of 
great personal worth; of high religious character; a strict, unbending 
Puritan; a careful observer of the Sabbath ; faithful and fearless in the 
discharge of all his duties. As a magistrate and ruler, who must be a 
terror to evil doers, as well as a rewarder of those who do well, he met 
with much difficulty in enforcing the laws among a people who had long 
been accustomed to live without restraint. || 

He lived at Pemaquid, happily and usefully, till Aug. 2, 1689, when 
he was slain by the brutal savages, in a sudden incursion made by them, 
instigated, as there is no room to doubt, by the French Baron Castine 
and his Jesuit countrymen.^" 

War with the Eastern Indians had existed since August, 1688. Their 
jealousy was excited by the progress of the English settlements, and they 
were continually stimulated by the Romish missionaries among them, 
who went so far as to tell them that Jesus Christ was a Frenchman, 
and that the English had put him to death in London, with many other 
misrepresentations equally extravagant. The immediate cause of the 

*For an account of Pemaquid, see Appendix E. 

J The Duke of York claimed the whole country East of the Kennebec, and had 
erected it into a Province, under the name of Sagadahock. 

(j Pemaquid Papers, Me. H. Coll. || See Narrative of his son, Capt. John Gyles. 

*[[ Capt. John Gyles, writing in 1736, states that his father was killed and himself 
taken prisoner by "the Indians, on the second day of August, 1689. He also repre- 
sents the surrender of the fort as having occurred on the following day. The same 
dates are given by Mather, in his Magnalia, Vol. II., pp. 590, 591, by Williamson, 
and by other historians. But Capt. Weems, who commanded in the fort, says in a 
petition to the Governor of Massachusetts, Lord Bellamont, 1700, that the surrender 
took place on the 13th of August, 1689, and the pa} of the soldiers was reckoned 
and allowed up to that date. [Mass. Archives, 70 : 502.] See p. 108, note. 


war seems to have been the purpose of Castine to be revenged on the 
English for the plunder of his house and village on the Penobscot, dur- 
ing a visit made by Andros in April, 1688. No effectual measures bad 
been taken to bring the war to a close. Sir Edmund Andros, who was 
now the king's " Captain-General and Governor-in-chief of our Territory 
and Dominion of New England," marched by land, with a force of about 
one thousand men, to Pemaquid, in November of that year. This force, 
which, if employed earlier in the season, might have at once terminated 
these hostilities, was now collected, as many believed, for no good pur- 
pose. The men suffered extremely, there being no shelter from the 
rigors of the season ; and more of them died, it was affirmed, than the 
whole number of Indians in hostility ; while not one Indian was killed. 
The soldiers believed that Andros brought them thither to sacrifice them 
to the French and Indians. 

About the beginning of 1 689, rumors came that the Prince of Orange 
was about to assert his right to the English throne ; and Andros has- 
tened back to Boston. Most of the soldiers were withdrawn from the 
place, and the inhabitants were left without any adequate protection. 

Tidings at length came to Boston, early in April, that James Stuart 
had fled the realm, and that William and Mary were now King and 
Queen of England. The oppressive and tyrannical Andros was deposed 
April 18, by a spontaneous and violent uprising of the people. 

"A Council of Safety," at the head of which was the venerable Simon 
Bradstreet, who, as Governor of Massachusetts, had been superseded 
by the arrival of Andros in December, 1686, and who was now eighty- 
six years of age, was elected by a convention of the people hastily 
gathered, to administer a Provisional Government. This organization 
was sanctioned by the General Court, holden in Boston, May 22, and 
continued to exercise the powers of government till the arrival of Sir 
William Phips, with the new charter, May 14, 1692. Information of 
these transactions having reached Pemaquid, most of the soldiers in 
the fort, at this* time called Fort Charles, deserted. It appears that 
only thirty men were left.* 

* A letter from Lieut. James Weems, who was now left in command of Fort 
Charles, dated Pemaquid, May 11, 1689, and addressed to "the Honorable Simon 
Bradstreet, President of the Councill of Safety and other Gentlemen of the Council 
at Boston," states that "a party from New Dartmouth [the present Newcastle] had 
arrived that day to take the fort and seize us, not meeting with any resistance, I 
being willing to'have rendered it up before, had particular orders been sent from 
yo r hands, or a line from Sir Edmund Andros who posted me here, neither shall 
any man be more Readye to p r sue y" Enterest of y e true protestant Religion, &c. 

The Fort I shall Hono r ahly maintain and Defend against all Enemies in 

Vindication of the Protestant Religion," &c. 

Eight inhabitants of Pemaquid petition, same date, May 11, 1689, that "Lieut. 
James Weems stay commander here, until yo r Hono 1 ' 8 see cause to send another." 
Signed by Jn° [obscure], Dennis [obscure], Elihu Gunnison, Alex. Wooddrop, 
George Jackson, John Bullock, Jonas Bogardus, John Starkey. [Mass. Archives, 
107 : 35. 

May 20, 1689. The Council of Safety at Boston voted that Lieut. James Weems 
be continued in command at Pemaquid. [Ibid, 107 : 48. 

June 1, 1689. A letter from Lieut. James Weems, at Pemaquid, complains of 
the council's want of care of "these parts" — neither have I been accustomed to 
Live upon Sault provisions and Drinking of Bad water; however I Rest Satisfeyd 
for this place affordeth nothing but pouerty — Whereas formerly they ware well sup- 


Though an attack from the Indians upon Pemaquid was considered 
probable, and a degree of* alarm was felt there and all along that coast, 
— Dover having been utterly destroyed, June 7, and several men killed 
at Saeo in July, — no special measures seem to have been taken for the 
safety of that important post. At length, near the end of July, a war 
party of one hundred Indians* came in canoes from Penobscot to New 
Harbor, a cove about two miles East of Pemaquid Fort. Here were 
about twelve houses, but the inhabitants, upon the rumor of war, had 
deserted the place. Here the Indians left their canoes, and secreted 
themselves during some days. They sent scouts to observe the habits 
of the people at Jamestown — the name which Andros had given to the 
settlement — near the fort, and to learn the best mode of attack. They 
found that the men were generally absent during the day, leaving at 
their houses only the women and children. Early on the morning of 

ployd by y e Costers, but now there comes none but passers by to supploy the 
and Indeans, and intbrmes you doe intend to Slight and Disowne these Estturne 
parts which now is like to Cause the people to leave their habitations and Desartt 
the Country, neither can I oblidge the souldiers to staj with me unless they know 
vpon what tearms, they being in great want of seaverall ncsesaries which would not 
have bin wanting had the Gouer r conti d in his power, this is all att p r sant weight- 
ing yo r Ansure I Remaine Yours J. Weems. 
[Ibid, 107 : 70. 

June 14, 1689. The Council and Representatives voted that Lt. Weems be writ- 
ten to forthwith at Pemaquid to take care of that Garrison, and that a promise be 
made him and his Company of the King's pay from this time forward till further 
and that there go a suply of what provision &c is necessary for s d Garrison. [Ibid, 
107 : 99. 

June 23, 1689. Lieut. James Weems answers in a style of great insolence that 
the Council propose very fair providing it might stand w lh my Advantage and 
Hono r I would imbrace, but I must tell you y' my Dependence is elsewhere for since 
you have seen cause to Displace the Governo r and all other Gentlemen vnder his 
comand I am resolved to take my fortune w ,h them therefore I advise you to hasten 
and send yo r forces and take possession of this place for I cannot promis to secure 
it, my men being all resolved to leave me as some have done already but have pre- 
vailed with them for a short time, &c. [Ibid, 107 : 139. 

July 23, 1689. Letter from Lieut. James Weems, apologizing for his letter of 
23d June. [Ibid, 107 : 231. 

Capt. James Weems, in a petition addressed, 1700, to Richard, Earl of Bellamont, 
Governor-in-Chief, &c, of the Province of Mass. Bay, says that " he continued in 
charge of the garrison at Pemaquid till the 13"» day of August 1689 when yo r pet r 
suffered very much hardship, severall of his Company deserting him, and those that 
remained were very disorderly and threatened to run away unless yo r pet r would 
pay them dayly w ch he was necessitated to do for the preservation of the said Gar- 
rison and having but 30 men left the said Garrison was forced out of his possession 
by the french & Indians when yo r pet r also suffered greatly having his face very 
much injured with the blowing up of some gunpowder & narrowly escaped with his 
life," &c. 

A list of the garrison follows, amounting to 30 men. There was a gunner, ser- 
geant, corporal, drummer, and 26 privates. The names of the soldiers are chiefly 
outlandish ; very few being such as are common in New England. 

The privates were paid sixpence per day. 

The drummer and corporal, twelve pence per day. 

The sergeant and gunner, eighteen pence per dav. 

Pay is charged from April 18, 1689, to Aug. 13," 1689. [Ibid, 70 : 498-504. 

* This was the number according to Charlevoix. They were Penobscot Indians, 
but Moxus, a Kennebec chief, was among them. We hear of him frequently after- 
wards. "The fierce Moxus," as Mather calls him, attacked Wells, June 9, 1691, 
with 200 Indians, but was repulsed. He made an attempt in 1703, upon the fort at 


the second day of August, John Starkey, a man of Pemaquid, on the 
way from the fort to New Harbor, fell into the hands of the In- 
dians. To obtain his liberty, he gave the information they sought. 
They learned that the fort had few men in it; that no suspicion of im- 
mediate danger existed ; and that Thomas Gyles, the principal inhabi- 
tant, with fourteen hired men, had that day gone up to his farm, near 
Pemaquid Falls, three miles distant ; while the rest of the people were 
scattered about, each attending his daily business. The Indians, there- 
fore, dividing themselves into several parties, fell at once upon the de- 
voted settlement. Some posted themselves between the fort and the 
houses ; others between the houses and the distant fields, to cut off all 
succor. Then, beginning with those who were furthest off", they killed 
or took captive the settlers as they hurried towards the town and the 
fort. So complete was the surprise, that very few of the town's people 

Meanwhile, a party of thirty or forty Indians had gone up the river, 
on its Eastern bank, in quest of Mr. Gyles. They found him with his 
laborers and his three elder sons, Thomas, aged nineteen, James, aged 
fourteen, and John, aged eleven, at one of his farms, three miles above 
the fort. There the men had labored until noon, secure from danger as 
they thought; some cutting and curing the crop of English hay; the 
others in a field at a little distance, gathering the English harvest, of 
wheat, rye, or oats. *The workmen had already dined at the farm-house, 
and had resumed their labor in the fields. Mr. Gyles and his sons, 
James and John, after dinner, tarried near the house. It was now one 
o'clock ; and, on a sudden, the report of several cannon at the fort was per- 
ceived. Mr. Gyles said he hoped it betokened good news from Boston, and 
that the Council of Safety had sent soldiers to protect the settlers at Pema- 
quid. But, no ! It was the alarm given by the weak garrison of the 
stealthy approach of a merciless foe ! Immediately after, the Indians, 
from a rising ground in the near vicinity, announced their presence and 
their murderous purpose, by the terrific war-whoop, and a discharge of 
small arms at the unsuspecting party at the farm-house. The shot took 
effect on several of the laborers, and severely wounded Mr. Gyles him- 
self, while his two sons vainly endeavored to escape. The Indians 
rushed into the fields of hay and grain, killing some with their hatchets, 
and taking others captive ; the wounded men writhing in agony, and 
calling on God for mercy. 

The Indians at the Falls, having done all the mischief they could, 
and leading James and John Gyles, and some others, as captives, now 
prepared to join their fellow savages in the neighborhood of the fort. 
Proceeding a couple of furlongs, they made a halt. Here Mr. Gyles 
was brought in by those who had taken him. Old Moxus, who, perhaps, 
had formerly known Mr. Gyles on the Kennebec, now professed to feel 
sorrow for what had been done, telling him that they were strange In- 
dians who shot him. Mr. Gyles replied that he was a dying man, and 
desired no favor from them, save the privilege of once more praying 
with his children. He then, in the hearing of his sons, fervently com- 
mended them to the protection and favor of God; gave them his parting 
counsels, and bade them a final farewell for this life, in the earnest hope 
of meeting them ia a better. " He parted with a cheerful voice," says 


his son, forty-seven years after, describing what he could never forget ; 
" but looked very pale, by reason of his great loss of blood ; which now 
gushed out of his shoes. The Indians led him aside ! — I heard the 
blows of the hatchet, but neither shriek nor groan ! I afterwards heard 
that he had five or seven shot-holes through his waistcoat or jacket, and 
that he was covered with some boughs."* 

Such was the end of a man who never did the Indians any harm ; 
whose constant endeavor was to serve God and promote the good of his 
fellow men ! 

The Indians led their captives towards the fort, securing themselves 
from its guns by going into a thick swamp, three-fourths of a mile dis- 
tant therefrom. There they were joined, by their fellows of the other 
division, who had taken captive the wife and the two young daughters 
of Thomas Gyles, with many others, found in the village of Jamestown. 
Samuel, the youngest son, who had seen only some eight or nine sum- 
mers, happened to be at play near the fort, when the first onset was 
made by the savages, and, running in at the open gate, escaped. 

Williamson, in his History of Maine, says there were but fifteen men 
in the fort at this time. It appears from the petition of Captain Weems 
to Lord Bellamont in 1700, already quoted, that he had thirty, whose 
names are given in full. These thirty well-trained soldiers, with seven 
great guns, and plenty of ammunition, behind the walls of Fort Charles, 
ought to have made a better defense against less than a hundred undis- 
ciplined Indians, with small arms only. The Indians, however, dis- 
charged their pieces from a rock near the fort, which completely over- 
looked it, and from the tops of houses in the vicinity. Lieutenant 
Weems, the commander, was himself severely wounded, "his face being 
horribly scorched with gunpowder." Resistance seemed to be vain ; 
and on the second day the fort was surrendered on condition that all 
who were in the fort should depart unmolested, with what they could 
carry away. 

The eldest son of Thomas Gyles, whose name was also Thomas, was 
with his father, during the forenoon of that doleful day, dined with him, 
and was not far off when the assault was made. But the Pemaquid 
River, near the falls, is easily forded ; and escaping from the scene of 
the massacre, he hurried across the stream, and on its Western side 
down to the Barbican, opposite the fort, where several fishing vessels 
lay. He went on board one of them, and sailed that night; reached 
Boston in safety, and lived there many years. 

But the agonized widow of Thomas Gyles, and four of their children, 
the eldest about fourteen, and youngest perhaps not more than four 
years of age, were led away into a captivity which seemed worse than 
death. Gladly would that weeping mother have accepted the stroke 
which should at once have sundered her connection, and that of those 
four children, with all things here below. Oh it was a sad thing for 
delicate women and helpless children to be carried away, without warn- 
ing, from the delights of such a home, into the distant and lonely wil- 
derness, and to find themselves in the power of men whose hearts knew 
no pity ; " brutish men and skilful to destroy !" 

* Should this volume not exceed the bounds prescribed to it, the reader may find 
in Appendix F large extracts from Capt. John Gyles's simple, yet affecting " Narra- 
tive," originally published in Boston, 1736. 


The Indians, having set fire to the fort and the houses, — there were 
about twenty houses then in Jamestown, — retired to New Harbor, be- 
fore mentioned ; and the next day set sail in their canoes for the Penob- 
scot. Tarrying eight days at " Penobscot Fort" — ah ! this may explain 
this fearful massacre ! " Penobscot Fort " we take to be Castine's for- 
tification, on the beautiful peninsula that bears his name — which rather 
should have been suffered to "rot," (Prov. 10 : 7) — where this blood- 
thirsty Frenchman, the son-in-law of Madokawando, resided thirty 
years, with several Indian wives; where he amassed a princely fortune,* 
by trading with the Indians, himself an Indian Sachem ; and whence 
he excited the children of the neighboring forest to go forth in their 
merciless expeditions against the English settlements. The Indians 
who had destroyed Pemaquid, stayed with him eight days on their re- 
turn; and doubtless were congratulated and feasted by him for having 
performed so worthy a service for Mary and the Holy Catholic Church! 
How long they stayed with him before their setting out, we are not 
informed. But very likely he planned the whole affair ! 

Here, at " Penobscot Fort," the mother of John Gyles was separated 
from her sons, and they never again met in this world. She and her 
two little girls were redeemed, after a captivity of several years ; but 
she died before John returned. 

The two boys, James and John Gyles, were carried far up the Pe- 
nobscot River, and thence to the river St. John. A severe winter soon 
came on, and the Indians laid up their canoes ; but they travelled on 
foot, still North and East, eight or ten of them, with their captives, a 
great part of the winter, sometimes on the frozen ground, sometimes on 
the ice of the river, suffering much from the cold, and from want of 
food; now and then killing a moose or a bear, and having a feast; then 
fasting till they killed another. 

John was a captive and a slave to the Indians about six years, and 
was then sold to a French gentleman, who lived in what is now the 
Province of New Brunswick, on the River St. John, seventy-five miles 
above its mouth. His French master treated him well. 

But his elder brother James — poor fellow ! — having reached the age 
of seventeen, and tired of three years' captivity, planned an escape. 
It was a practice of the Indians, as now of the Southern planters, — and 
I will not decide which are the greater savages, — when any of their 
captives abscond and are retaken, to torture them cruelly, and even put 
them to death. James Gyles deserted with another English captive, 
who had been taken from Caseo. They had proceeded as far as New 
Harbor, only two miles from James's now desolate home. There they 
were retaken by the Indians and carried back to "Penobscot Fort!"J 
" Here they were both tortured at a stake by fire, for some time ; then 
their noses and ears were cut off, and they made eat to them; after this, 
they were burned to death at the stake; the Indians at the time declar- 

* He amassed a property worth 300,000 French crowns. A crown is equivalent 
to $1.11. Madokawando was the chief Sagamore of the Tarratines, or Penobscot 
Indians. Castine lived among them about thirty years, from 1670 to 1701, and 
had such influence over them as to be almost worshipped as a god. He conformed 
in all respects to their manners and customs. He returned to France in 1701. 

J Where was Castine, and what was he doing at this time 1 


ing that they would serve all deserters in the same manner ;" the merci- 
less savages at the same time diverting themselves with a dance! * 
The children of Thomas and Margaret Gyles were — 

654. tThomas, b. June, 1670; m. Martha Bill of Boston. 

655. James, b. , 1675; tortured to death by the Indians, 1692, a. 17. 

656. tJohn, b. about 1678; m. 1, Kuth True of Salisbury, 1703. 2, Hannali 

Heath of Roxbury, 1721. 

657. Samuel, b. about 1680; living in 1699. That he died young and num. is 

clearly evident from a quit-claim deed, given Aug. 15, 1727, by his broth- 
ers Thomas and John, and his sisters Mary Brewer, widow, and Margaret 
Webber, wife of Jonas Webber, sawyer, all of Boston, as heirs of Thomas 
Gyles, late of Pemaquid, to the Pejepseot Company, of lands once be- 
longing to the said Thomas Gyles, in the township of Topsham. The 
said Pejepseot Company quit-claim to the said heirs sixty acres of land 
on the point where their lather's house stood on Muddy River, and five 
hundred and fifteen acres on Cathance Point, over against it, as an 
equivalent for their father's land on the South side of said Muddy River. 
[York Deeds, 28 : 102.] This instrument, in which Samuel Gyles is 
not mentioned, is full proof that he was not then living, and that he had 
no heirs. 

658. Mary, b. about 1682; m. 1, Andrew Ham of Boston, Nov. 17, 1710. They 

were married by Rev. Samuel Myles, minister of King's Chapel. 2, John 
Brewer of Boston, Oct. 6, 1719. She was Widow Brewer in 1727. In 
1760 she was deceased, but had two sons living, Gyles Brewer, house- 
wright, and Thomas Brewer, mastmaker, both of Boston. These two 
sons, for £76.10.8, gave to James Fulton a deed of one-fourth part of 
a tract of land, containing 515 acres, in the "intended township or dis- 
trict of Topsham," the title to which land was derived to them from their 
mother, Mary Brewer, late of Boston, deceased. Of course it came 
through her from their grandfather Thomas Gyles, and was a part of 
the land assigned to his heirs by the Pejepseot Proprietors as an equiva- 
lent for his large farm on Merrymceting Bay, as already stated. The 
deed bears date April 16, 1760, and is recorded with Lincoln Deeds, 
lib. 1, fol. 93. 

659. Maigaret, b. about 1685; in. Jonas Webber of Boston, Oct. 31, 1717. 

They were married by Rev. Benjamin Wad-worth, pastor of the First 
Church, Boston. They had Margaret, b. Feb. 4, 1718-19. Ann, b. March 
8, 1725. Jonas and Margaret Webber, in her right, for £60.1.8, gave 
to John Fulton of Topsham, a deed of one-fourth part of 515 acres of 
land in Topsham, lying as yet undivided, which tract of land was as- 
signed to them and the other heirs of Thomas Gyles, late of Pemaquid, 
by the Pejepseot Proprietors it 1727, in consideration that the said heirs 
quit-claim their right to other lands in said Topsham. This deed is 
dated Oct. 4, 1758, and is recorded with York Deeds, lib. 36, fol. 19. 


JAMES GYLES, presumed to be brother to the preceding. 

Our knowledge of him is wholly derived from a manuscript now ex- 
tant in New Jersey, and in the possession of Hon. Charles S. Olden, 
the present governor of that state, who is a descendant of James Gyles. 
By some means, the existence of this MS. became known to some 
members of the Maine Historical Society, and a copy of it was furnished 
by Mr. Olden in Sept. 1853, to Bishop Burgess of Maine, by whom it 

* Let those who are so disposed, weep over the sad fate of the Indians, and the 
wrongs they have endured from the white man. The writer is rather inclined to 
think it a most merciful dispensation of Heaven, which has swept such a race of 
hellhounds from the face of the earth. The horrid scene described above, is a fit 
exponent of the Indian character generally. 


was given to John Mclveen, Esq., of Brunswick, Me., for the Maine 
Historical Society. Mr. McKeen kindly permitted me to take a tran- 
script of it, which is now inserted, entire, verbatim et literatim, in this 
volume. It has never before been printed : — 

"A true account of our travels from Old England to New England 
in the year 16G8, with the several transactions and removes in America. 

"August 22 nd 1G68. We took our journey from the Park to Fevers- 
ham, and so to London, where we staid some days, till the ship was 
ready, and then fell down to the Downs, where we staid two days for a 
wind ; and the 5 th of September, the wind being fair, we hoisted sail 
and proceeded on our voyage, but the third day after, met with a con- 
trary wind and a storm, which forced us into Cowes in the Island of 
Wight ; where we staid two days, and then proceeded on our voyage.* 

"November the 9 th we arrived at Boston in New England, having 
been nine weeks and two days at sea ; and winter coming on so fast, as 
we- could not look out for a place to settle, and being unwilling to win- 
ter in the town, after three weeks stay, and having refreshed ourselves 
after our long voyage at sea, November the 30 th we went to Braintree, 
where we hired a house until Spring, in which time I took a voyage 
eastward to look out for a place to settle. J 

"Winter being over, the 3 rd day of May 1669, we went from Braintree 
to Boston to get a passage eastward. May 10 th we hoisted sail from 
Boston, and proceeded on our voyage eastward. May 17 th we arrived 
at Merrimathing in Kennebec River, and not liking that house, the 14 th 
of October, we removed from thence to Whidby, a house on the same 
river, and having lived there two years I bought a tract of land of the 
Indians, and having bought a house upon the same, October 31 st 1671, 
we removed from Whidby to go into our own house ; but Muddy river 
being frozen over, we were fain to go into James Thomas' house. § 

* " We " — includes himself and wife, and what children he may have had. His 
wife's name was Elizabeth ; she was a second wife. See letter of Gov. Olden, fol- 
lowing this journal. Possibly, Thomas Gyles was in his company during the pas- 
sage from England to America; as he certainly came from England, with his wife, 
not far from this time. 

"Feversham" is in Kent ; why did James Gyles take Feversham in his way? 
and why is Feversham mentioned at all ? Was it the residence of Thomas Gyles ; 
and was he there joined by Thomas Gyles ? Mrs. Ann Chalker, who was the sister 
of Thomas Gyles or of his wife (being aunt to their children) lived at Canterbury 
in Kent, and this renders it probable that Thomas Gyles lived in that county, before 
coming to America. The Park here mentioned seems to have been in the parish of 
Challock, which lies in the Hundred of Felborough, Lathe of Scray, and County of 
Kent, on the river Stour, four miles east from Charing, and between Ashford and 
Faversham. The Gyles family were residents in this parish, possessed considerable 
estates, and were also owners of land in Sheldwick, another parish, (2^ miles south 
from Faversham) as early as the reign of Richard II., 1377-1399. This family is 
now extinct in that place. A Park is mentioned in the parish of Challock. [Ireland's 
Hist, of Kent, (London, 1829 J Vol. II., p. 549.] A Lath or Lathe is a division of 
a County in England. Faversham, sometimes written Feversham, is a seaport and 
parish, nine miles west from Canterbury, and forty-seven east from London. 

% During the sojourn of James Gyles at Braintree, a child was born to him, as 
appears by the following extract from Braintree Records : — 

" Amma Giles, daughter of James and Elizabeth, born April 15, 1669." 

This extract must refer to the writer of this Journal, because the name Giles ap- 
pears nowhere else on Braintree Records. He doubtless spent the winter in that 
part of Braintree which is now the town of Quincy, about eight miles from Boston. 

§ " May 10 lh we hoisted sail from Boston, and proceeded on our voyage eastward." 
It is certainly a remarkable coincidence that Thomas Watkins's deed to Thomas 


"April 16, 1G72, we removed from thenee into our own house at 
Muddy river, and having lived there three years and four months, the 
Indian war began in New England about June 1675, and in August 
the Indians rose at the Eastward and forced us to forsake our house 
and go to Samuel York's house to garrison, where we staid about a 
month, but the Indians growing too strong for us, killed our cattle and 
swine, plundered our houses ; and having killed several people in Casco 
bay, several of our men grew faint-hearted and left us, so as we had 
but nine men left in garrison, and too weak to withstand so great a 
power of Indians if they should set upon us. About the middle of 
September, we were forced to forsake our garrison and go down to 
Rowseck house to the main garrison, where we staid about six weeks, 
in which time we had some skirmishes with the Indians as we were 
gathering our corn at Muddy river, and having killed several, the rest 
ran away, and came no more to trouble us all the winter.* 

Gyles is dated May 8, 1669, two days before "we hoisted sail." It seems to indi- 
cate a connection between the movements of James Gyles and of Thomas Gyles. 
It is also worthy of remark, that while Watkins, in the deed, gives his own residence — 
"now living on the westerly side of Caneback river," no residence is assigned to 
Thomas Gyles; and the reason was, he had just arrived from Old England. 

" Whidby " is the same as Whisgeay. It is a creek or arm of the sea, which ex- 
tends south from Merrymeeting Bay two miles into the land. Thomas Stevens, an 
Indian trader, who married the widow of Thomas Watkins not long before 1674, 
lived on Stevens river, two miles above the turnpike bridge, on the road from Bruns- 
wick to Bath, and very near VVhisgeag. Thomas Purchas lived in the same vicin- 
ity, six miles below the Falls in Brunswick. He came there in 1625, and his house 
was plundered by the Indians, Sept. 5, 1675. [Williamson's History of Maine, pp. 
33, 47, 266, 520. 

Thomas Gyles's land had Muddy River on the north, and Merrymeeting Bay on 
the south and east. James Thomas's land lay on the north side of Muddy River. 
James Gyles landed, May 17, 1669, on the south side of Merrymeeting Bay. Oct. 
14, following, he removed to Whisgeag, on the same side. Two years after, he 
bought land on the north side of Muddy River, in Topsham, very near to the land of 
Thomas Gyles, but spent the winter of 1671-2 in James Thomas's house, near by. 

Muddy River is an arm of the sea, (so to speak,) collateral with Merrymeeting 
Bay, and uniting with that bay on the northern side of the latter. At the point of 
confluence is an elevated headland, where Thomas Gyles built his house. James 
Gyles lived in the near vicinity, and from this circumstance, as well as from their 
arrival at or near the same time, and coming both of them from Kent in England, 
there arises a strong presumption that they were brothers. 

* The Indian War, commonly known as "Philip's war," commenced in the Col- 
ony of Plymouth, June 24, 1675, in the killing of ten or twelve persons at Swanzey, 
as they were returning from meeting. " In August, the Indians rose at the East- 
ward," says James Gyles. This may be true, for all summer long they had been 
exhibiting uncommon insolence towards the settlers. But the first act of war, com- 
mitted by them in Maine, so far as I can find, was their hostile visit to the house of 
Thomas Purchas, on Stevens's River, in what is now Brunswick, some three or four 
miles from the abode of James Gyles. They killed a calf of his and several sheep, 
and robbed the house, but offered no personal violence to the inmates. About a 
week afterwards, viz., on Sept. 12, in Falmouth, they killed Thomas Wakely, an 
old man, his wife, his son John and his wife, and three children of the latter couple, 
in all seven persons; and burned the house. These were the "several persons 
killed in Casco Bay," the first persons in Maine slain in that war, at the news of 
which several of the garrison in York's house became "faint-hearted." The scene 
of massacre was 25 or 30 miles distant. 

Samuel York was a son of Richard York of Dover, N. H. He had two brothers, 
Benjamin and John. Benjamin York was 23 years of age in 1678. He has de- 
scendants in Lee, Durham, &c. One of his descendants is Jasper Hazen York, 


" About the latter end of November, the winter setting in so violent, 
and the house being so full of people, as we could not endure there any 
longer, five families of us joining together went to Sylvenus Davis 
house on the westward side of the river, where we staid all the winter. 
Towards spring, the Indians sent down to make peace with the inhabi- 
tants ; upon which we gave them a meeting at Pemaquid, and there 
concluded a peace with them, which continued until they had an oppor- 
tunity to break it in August after. [The peace was made] about the 
beginning of April 1676.* 

" All being at peace and quiet, I went down the river to M r Weaswell's 
house which stood empty, and there planted some Indian corn and 
other things, intending in the fall to go up again to our own house at 
Muddy river, with the rest of our neighbors, if the peace had continued 
with the Indians ; but the Providence of Almighty God had otherwise 
ordered it, for about the middle of summer, Philip being killed, and 
most of the chief sachems being killed and driven out of the Narragan- 
set country, such as were left alive came away Eastward to join with 
these Indians, who were glad of an opportunity to play the rogue ; and 
the ninth of August 1676, early in the morning, when no Englishman 
thought of any war, they came down to Eouseck, and took it, and killed 
and took away about fifty people, and burnt down the house and all 
other buildings about, killing and destroying all that came in their way ; 
so as we were forced to fly for our lives in a canoe and leave all ever 
we had, and glad that we could save our lives.j 

M. D., of South Boston. Samuel York lived on the north side of Merrymeeting 
Bay, in the present township of Topsham. His land fronted on that Bay, and was 
a short distance southwest of Thomas and James Gyles. Samuel York, after being 
driven away by the Indians, settled in Gloucester, and died there in 1718. He has 
descendants now living in Gloucester and Kockport. 

Capt. Thomas Lake and Capt. Thomas Clark, merchants of Boston, and efficient 
military officers also, owned Arrowsic Island in the Kennebec or Sagadahock River, 
and had erected upon it a trading house and a strong fortification, called by James 
Gyles "the main garrison." Capt. Silvanus Davis, who then resided on the main- 
land on the west side of the river, was their general agent. There were about fifty 
dwelling-houses on this island previous to this war. [Williamson, Vol. I., pp. 53, 526. 

* Capt. Silvanus Davis, as already stated, lived on the west side of Sagadahock 
River, we suppose in the present town of Phipsburg. He afterwards lived in Fal- 
mouth. He was a man of note, and his name is often mentioned in those early times. 

The peace, or rather truce, made at Pemaquid, was effected mainly by the efforts 
of Abraham Shurte, the excellent magistrate of that place, who had resided there 
fifty years, and was now about 76 years old. It is supposed that he died in 1680. 
The Indians, as well as whites, had great confidence in his wisdom and integrity. 
Some time in the spring or summer of 1676, the Indians having exhausted their 
powder and shot, wished to procure a supply from the English for their next winter 
hunt, as they said. The refusal of the English to sell them these dangerous com- 
modities, was one prime cause of the rupture in August, 1676. Another cause was 
that which is stated in the Narrative of James Gyles, viz., the advent among the In- 
dians of Maine of some of king Philip's adherents. Several of them came before 
Philip's death, which took place Aug. 12, 1676. They were intensely hostile to the 

X Williamson, in his History of Maine, and Drake, in his History of Boston, rep- 
resent the destruction of Arrowsic as having occurred Aug. 14, 1676. On the day 
before, Aug. 13, Williamson says, quoting from Hubbard, the Indians had killed 
Richard Hammond, Samuel Smith, and Joshua Grant, in Woolwich, and taken six- 
teen captives. They landed the night following, in great silence, on Arrowsic Isl- 
and, approached the fort, and waited till the sentinel retired from his post, early on 


" "VVe and the rest of Kennebec neighbours, whom God had preserved 
from the cruelty of the Indians, got to Damoras Cove, a fishing island 
about two miles from the main land, where we met the people of Ships- 
cut, Pemaquid, and all other places thereabout, who fled thither to save 
their lives. We staid there a week, in which time we made several 
attempts into the river to see if we could get off any thing that was 
left behind ; but all in vain, for the Indians lay in ambush and beat us 
off, so as we could get nothing from the main land but blows, and saw 
all our houses burnt and our cattle killed, and every thing ruined and 
destroyed, and no help like to come to us from the Bay; and we being 
about three hundred souls on a little island, and no meat, drink, or any 
thing else to relieve us, and being in a poor condition, we thought good 
to call a council to consult what course to take for relief; and first to 
consider what vessels and boats there were in the harbour, and finding 
there was enough to carry all the people away, the 16 th day of August 
at night we set sail and left not one man, woman, or child behind; some 
for Piscataway, Salem, Boston, and other towns in the Bay, accord- 
ing as they had friends and relations.* 

"August 18, I arrived at Boston, where we found good friends and 
relief, and there we staid about seven weeks ; but the town being very 

the morning; of the 14th, when they rushed in at the gate, taking the garrison com- 
pletely by surprise. Captains Lake and Davis, and others, roused from sleep, and 
rinding resistance vain, fled by a back pa-sage, and leaping into a canoe, endeavored 
to reach another island. The savages pursued them, and just as the fugitives were 
stepping on shore, Lake was slain by a musket shot, and Davis severely wounded. 
Capt. Lake was an enterprising and excellent man. He was an ancestor of General 
Lake, who gained distinction in the Crimean War. 

James Gyles was in Capt. Lake's fort, but made his escape, with perhaps ten or 
twelve others, by fleeing to the other end of the island, where they found canoes, 
and escaped with their lives. The ruin of the flourishing plantation of Arrowsic 
was complete. It was a large and beautiful establishment; there was a mansion 
house, block-house, mills, dwelling-houses, and out-buildings, fifty or more in num- 
ber, which had been erected at the cost of several thousand pounds. But all were 
in a few hours reduced to a heap of smouldering ruins. [Williamson's Maine, Vol. 
I., pp. 53, 536. 

The statement that Arrowsic was taken and burnt on the 14th of August, 1676, 
rests on the authority of Francis Card, a man who lived on Kennebec River, and 
was taken, with his family, by the Indians, the same day that Richard Hammond 
was killed at Woolwich. In other respects his statement corresponds with that of 
Gyles. He was carried to Penobscot, made his escape, came to Boston, where he 
made a statement of Indian ravages, which is copied by Hubbard in his Narrative 
of the Indian Wars. 

But James Gyles's recollection of the matter is as likely to be correct as that of 
Card ; he was an eye witness and a sufferer in the whole transaction ; and on the 
whole we prefer his" statement. Card says the whole number of Indians who com- 
mitted these devastations did not exceed eighty, for he counted them. 

* The Damariscove Islands, to one of which the narrator escaped, are six in 
number, small in size, lying in the ocean, nine miles west of Pemaquid Point, two 
or three miles southwest of Damariseotta River, and a mile or two southeast of 
Boothbay. They were inhabited by fishermen. If we may judge from the appor- 
tionment of taxes in 1674, there was more property here than at Pemaquid ; Dam- 
ariscove being assessed five pounds and Pemaquid only two. Seventeen fishing 
boats were owned here. 

The settlers at Sheepscot, Pemaquid, &c, having notice of the massacre and de- 
struction of Woolwich and Arrowsic, waited not for the savage foe, but went on board 
their fishing vessels, and fled to Damariscove. Callicoft, Wiswell, and others were 
also there, from the western side of the Kennebec. No help was to be expected 
from " the Bay," i, e. from Boston. 


full of people, and winter coming on, and no hope of returning again to 
our former habitation, we thought it time to look out for some other 
place of settlement ; and consulting with several friends what course to 
take, I met with one at last that advised me to go westward, and also 
gave me a letter of commendation to Richard Brown of the town of 
Southold on Long Island in the Province of New York ; and looking 
out for a passage, I met with a sloop belonging to the same town, with 
whom I bargained for a passage.* 

"October 11, 1676, we set sail from Boston, and 26 th of same month 
we arrived at the town of Southold at the house of Richard Brown, 
who received us kindly, and took us into his own house, and provided 
for us like a father, until we were able to shift for ourselves ; the rest 
of the neighbours being very helpful unto us, with whom Ave staid one 
year; in which time I bought a lot of land lying about fourteen miles 
westward from the place ; and being desirous to be as near it as I could, 
October 26 th 1677, we removed from Richard Brown's to Mattetock, a 
house that was empty and about two miles from my lot, where we staid 
about one year. 

"November 1678, we removed to Thomas Mape's house, which was 
very near to my lot of land, intending to build a house upon it as soon 
as I possibly could ; but after some improvements made upon it, I found 
the land very poor and barren, and no meadow to be got for my cattle, 
and having lived there almost a year and a half, I began to dislike the 
place. In the mean time, Sir Edrnond Andross, then governor of New 
York, sent for me to come to him at the fall of the year to York to wait 
upon his honor at York, and he promised to give me a lot of land upon 
Staten Island ; but winter coming on so fast, as I could not remove till 
Spring, and then I hired a small ketch to carry me away ; and the 7 th 
of April, 1680, we set sail from Southold for York, where we arrived 
the 17 th day, and were kindly received by Sir Edmond Andross, who 
provided a place for us for the present. May 22 nd we went from York 
to the Governor's house on Staten Island, where we staid four months. 
September 7, we removed to Mr. Witt's house, to look after his land, 
until Sir Edmond could get a lot of land laid out for me ; but he being 
called home for England so suddenly that I could not get a good lot of 
land as I did expect, for I did not think it worth building a house upon 
it, and therefore I sold it to Captain Palmer of Staten Island, who car- 
ried me over to New Jersey to see if I could meet with a better lot of 
land ; and meeting with a lot to my mind that was to be sold, lying upon 
Rariton river, I got Captain Palmer to buy it for me, which he did. 

"October 14 th 1681, we removed from Staten Island to Benjamin 
Hull's house in Piscataway, where we staid all the winter, until our 
own house was ready. April 6 th 1682, we removed into our own house 
at the Bound Brook upon Rariton River in Piscataway in the East 
Province of New Jersey. James Gyles." 

* Thomas Gyles, on his return from England, this same year, " began a settle- 
ment on Long Island," says the Narrative of his son, John Gyles. Here is another 
point of contact between Thomas and James Gyles. Southold is near the eastern 
end of the Island. It was settled from New England. 

The war was not brought to a close in Maine till July, 1677. About 300 of the 
6ettlers in Maine lost their lives in it, out of a population of about 6000. 


Rev. Edward Ballard of Brunswick, Maine, having made some in- 
quiries respecting the writer of the preceding narrative, received from 
Gov. Olden the following reply : — 

"■Princeton, N. J., June 10, 1859. 
"Edward Ballard, Esq. 

" Dear Sir, — I regret that it is not in my power to give you much in- 
formation on the subject of your inquiries about the family of Gyles, 
who at one time lived in the State of Maine. 

"James Gyles, whose Journal you refer to, at his death left no sons, 
but four daughters. The eldest married, William Olden ; the second, 
Benjamin Clarke ; the third, John Worth ; and the fourth, Joseph 
Worth. From the third, the wife of John Worth, was descended the 
late General Worth of the U. S. army. There is no account, that I 
can discover, that James Gyles had any male relations in this country, 
named Gyles. The wife of James Gyles, who accompanied him to 
Maine, and was the mother of the daughters named, was his second 
wife. It may be that he had sons by his first wife, who came to this 
country after their father, and the names you mention, it is possible, 
were those sons or their descendants ; but I can find no evidence of 
such being the case. Very respectfully, yours, &c, 

Charles S. Olden." 

On a careful consideration of the case, the compiler sees no reason to 
doubt that James Gyles, the writer of the foregoing narrative, was a 
brother of Thomas Gyles, who was killed at Pemaquid, Aug. 2, 1689. 
When it is considered that these two men came from England, and 
from the same County in England, about the same time ; that they set- 
tled near each other on Merrymeeting Bay; that they both went to 
Long Island in 167G; that they both had interest with Gov. Andros; 
and that Thomas Gyles named his second son James, as it would seem 
after a brother of his, his third son being named for his younger brother 
John ; the case seems not to admit of a doubt. 


JOHN GYLES. 2 He was, without any doubt, a younger brother 
of Thomas Gyles, Esq., of Pemaquid, of whom an account is given in 
the preceding pages. I have met with no record, or positive statement, 
of the fact of such relationship ; but the circumstances of the case are 
such as to leave no doubt of the fact. 

He was born in 1653, and married Mary , before 1686. She 

was born in 1666. 

A coat of arms has come down from his grandson John Gyles, and 
doubtless from him, almost precisely similar to one found among the 
descendants of Thomas Gyles. The similarity of names in the two 
families is also to be noted. And, what is still more to the purpose, he 
lived at Pemaquid, in a house belonging to Thomas Gyles. How long 
he lived there we have no means of judging, only that he was there be- 
fore 1686, and left there in 1689. It does not appear that he was there 
at the time of the incursion of the Indians, when Thomas Gyles was 
slain, for his name is not mentioned in connection with that event. He 
had probably left that place not long before. 


He was a man of some pretensions to education, as appears from the 
fact that he taught school in Salem during his residence there, and also 
from the fact stated in the following petition : 

"To Sir Edmund Andros, Knt. and Governor-in-chief in and over 
His Majesty's Territories and Dominions of New England," &c. 

" May it please yo r Excellency. That yo r Humble Petitioner desir- 
eth a certain Tract of upland laying upon y e westward side of Pema- 
quid River, with sufficient meadow as can be found, not already taken 
up. You r Excellency's Humble Petitioner hath by order from Capt. 
Nickolson, ever since June last, read prayers at the Garrison on Wednes- 
days and fridays, and hath not received any thing for it. Your Excel- 
lency's humble Petitioner desireth one man's provision from said Gar- 
rison, and is willing to officiate still, if it so please you r Excellency," etc. 
(Signed) John Gyles. 

This petition was made in [November?] 1688. See p. 107. It was 
found among some of the old residents of Bristol, by Rev. Rufus King 
SeAvall of Wiscasset, Me., and by him kindly communicated to the com- 
piler. Mr. Sewall is the author of a volume entitled "The Ancient 
Dominions of Maine," Bath, 1859, which is a valuable contribution to 
the early history of that State, especially of the County of Lincoln. 

John Gyles was not a clergyman, as some of my correspondents have 
supposed ; he did not preach ; he was not the chaplain of Fort Charles. 
In the absence of an official person, a man " in orders," he read prayers 
during a few months at the Garrison ; and for this he received no pay. 
He would have received pay, had he been the chaplain. He did not 
reside in the fort, but in one of the houses in the neighboring village. 

The following statement is made in a Deposition, recorded in the 17th 
volume of York Deeds.* " Mary Gyles, now aged about seventy years, 
lived with her late husband John Gyles for more than fifty years past, 
in a dwelling-house of Thomas Gyles, at Pemaquid." " Thomas 
Gyles was killed by the Indians." This deposition was taken at Boston, 
July 12, 1736, before Anthony Stoddard and Samuel Sewall, Justices 
of the Peace. 

This statement makes it clear that John and Mary Gyles were mar- 
ried previous to 1686, when she was under twenty years of age. 

John and Mary Gyles, after leaving Pemaquid, resided in Salem 
four or five years, where he taught school, and where his children, Sarah 
and John were born. The Salem Register, in recording their births, 
speaks of them as the children of "Mr. John Giles, schoolmaster, and 
Mary his wife;" thus distinguishing him from John Giles of Salem 
Village [36]. 

Perhaps the Salem and Beverly Gileses were his cousins. 

He was one of the three witnesses to the will of Gyles Corey of 
Salem, who was executed for witchcraft in that town, Sept. 16, 1692. 
The will is dated April 24, 1692, and may be found in the Geneal. 
Reg , Vol. X., p. 32. Corey was the first and only person in New 
England who was ever, in pursuance of an old English law, " pressed 
to death," for refusing to answer to an imputed crime ; " pressed to 

* From 1692 till 1760, the whole territory now constituting the State of Maine, 
was included within the County of York. 


death," because lie would not submit to be tried by a jury and before 
judges who were sure to condemn him, as they had condemned every 
one who had been brought before them charged with that imaginary 

After this, John Gyles removed to Boston, and lived there until his 
death. A gravestone may still be seen in the Granary Burying Ground 
in that city, with this inscription : " Here lyes buried the body of Mr. 
John Gyles, aged 77. Dec d . Aug. 29, 1730." The stone adjacent is 
that of his eldest daughter, — " Sarah, wife of Thomas Shaw, died Dec. 
11, 1741, in 51 8t year. John Shaw, son of Thomas and Sarah Shaw, 
dec d . Jan. 5, 1736, in 20 th year." 

The children of John and Mary Gyles were, born in Salem — 

660. Sarah, 3 b. Jan. 24, 1689-90; m. Thomas Shaw, in Boston, July 29, 1716. 
Thev had — all horn in Boston — 

661. John, b. Mav 6, 1717 ; d. Jan. 5, 1736-7. 

662. Sarah, b. Ja*n. 13, 1718-19. 

663. Francis, b. March 29, 1721. 

664. Thomas, b. Oct. 17, 1722; d. young. 

665. William, b. Oct. 20, 1724. 

666. Thomas, b. June 21, 1730. 

667. John, 3 b. Aug. 31, 1693. 

Bom in Boston — 

668. tCharles, 3 b. June 12, 1696; m. Mary Craft, 1717. 

669. tWilliam, 3 b. Julv 7, 1698 ; m. 1, Mary Codner. 2, Anna Parker. 

670. Thomas, 3 b. Oct! 8, 1700; d. Dec. 18,' 1702. 

671. Mary, 3 b. 1702 ; d. Dec. 24, 1702. 

672. Mary, 3 b. Jan. 24, 1703-4; d. in infancy. 

673. Man, 3 b. June 9, 1705. 

SDjjirb (£ciuniti0ir. 


THOMAS GYLES, 3 eldest son of Thomas Gyles, Esq., of Pema- 
quid; b. at Merrymeeting Bay, in the present township of Topsham, 
Me., June, 1670;* m. in Boston, Jan. 18, 1690-1700, Martha Bill, 
dau. of Jonathan Bill, of Pulling Point, then a part of Boston, now in 
the town of Winthrop. 

His escape from the merciless savages, who killed his father, and car- 
ried captive his father's family, Aug. 2, 1 689, has already been related. 
He came from that melancholy scene directly to Boston, where he ap- 
pears to have spent the remainder of his life. In 1727 he was a "ferry- 
man;" in 1730 a "retailer." He seems to have lived in Fish Street, 
a section of the present North Street, which extended from Cross Street 

* The Deposition of Lydia Felt, atred 61 years, July 22, 1718, furnishes us with 
this date. She deposes, " that she lived a servant with Mr. Thomas Giles of Kennebec 
on his farm there for five years together, and was there when his son Thomas was 
horn which was forty-eight years ago last June to the best of her remembrance," &C. 
If Lydia Felt began to live with Thomas Giles in 1669, as is probable, five years 
would bring it to 1674, when he went to England, after his father's death. 


He lived in Boston in 1733, after which there is no further record of 

The children of Thomas and Martha (Bill) Gyles, b. in Boston, were — 

674. Hannah, 4 b. Feb. 4, 1701-2 ; seems to have d. unm. Feb. 177.3. 

675. Martha, 4 b. July 9, 1704 ; m. Charles Warham, in Boston, Dec. 25, 1722, 

by Rev. Peter Thacher of New North Church. 

* A copy of the following letter is preserved among the Massachusetts Archives, 
Vol. 62, No. 348. It throws some light on the history of this interesting family. 
" Canterbury, \Eng.] March y e 22, 1699-1700. 
" Cous. Tho. Gtles, 

I received yo r letters by Mr. George Long, and also one by another hand. I was 
sorry that Mr. Long could not help you, but I am very glad to hear it is something 
better with you all than it hath been. You did desire me to send you what I design 
you in English Goods, which I should have done but had not the opportunity of 
buying them at the best hand, and silks are very dear here, w ch makes me think 
you could not make return to answer what they will cost here, and as for fine linnen, 
it is the same. So I thought it best to send it in money. I have sent five & twenty 
pound in English money. I do intend you Five pound & to ever one of yo r brothers 
& sisters rive pounds apiece. I think y' there is five of you in all, and would de- 
sire you to take care y l they may have it when it will do y m y e most good, as 
for yo r brother Samuel I think his ought to be keep and improve some way for 
him til he is out of his time; but must wave it to you, hoping you will have the 
same care for them as you have had. My service to all my Cousin & to yo r self. I 
thank God my to children are well & give their service to you. Pray let me hear 
from you as soon as you have rece'd the money — w uh is all at p r sent. 

From yo r loving Aunt Ann Chalkee. 

" You may direct yo r letter to me in S l Alphage lane in Canterbury, in Kent." 

The foregoing was addressed thus : — " This for M r Thomas Gyles, to be left at 
the Salutation in Boston, in New Engl d ." 

" The Salutation," was a noted house of entertainment, at the corner of Saluta- 
tion Alley and Ship Street [now the north part of North Street]. It was so named 
from a sign of much elegance at that day, which represented the meeting of two 
gentlemen, dressed in the height of fashion, with small clothes, and cocked hats, 
and in the act of shaking hands. [Drake's Hist, of Boston, p. 816. 

Thomas Gyles desired Mrs. Chalker to "send what she designed to give in Eng- 
lish goods," that by the sale of the goods in Boston a larger benefaction might be 
obtained from his aunt than the sum she paid for the goods in England. 

The foregoing letter was brought from England by Mr. George Long, who also 
brought a box with money in it, directed to Thomas Gyles. Mr. Long writes from 
Portsmouth, N. H., dated July 24, 1700, to Thomas Gyles, giving notice of the same, 
and enclosing the letter. In his letter, Mr. Long speaks of having seen " Madam 
Chalker" just before his leaving England. Nothing is said of her husband. Prob- 
ably he was dead. Mrs. Chalker was doubtless the sister of Thomas Gyles of Pem- 
aqiiid, or of his wife. Capt. John Gyles represents bis mother as saying to him 
when in the hands of the Indians, and on the way to Penobscot, " O my child ! how 
joyful and pleasant it would be, if we were going to Old England, to see your uncle 
Chalker and other friends there!" Perhaps Mr. Chalker was brother to John 
Gyles's mother. It appears, from a deposition of John Gyles, taken at Boston, 
Aug. 22, 1700, before Elisha Hutchinson, Justice of the Peace, that the money sent 
by "Madam Chalker" did not reach those for whom it was intended. George 
Long, who was second mate of a ship from England, then lying in Portsmouth har- 
bor, had placed the box containing the money in his chest, but when he went to his 
chest to obtain the money to deliver it to John Gyles Cwho went to Portsmouth for 
the same) it was not there. Long said it must have been taken out by somebody, 
when the key was in the chest. [Mass. Archives. 8 : 91- 

Jonathan Bill of Pullen Point had two daughters, Martha, the wife of Thomas 
Gyles, " retailer," and Mary, the wife of Thomas Waite of Boston, " taylor." 
These parties made an agreement, Aug. 24, 1730, in regard to a dwelling-house, 
land, and shops, situate on Fish Street, which had been the property of Jonathan 
Bill, and which Gyles and Waite now divide between them. [Stiff. Deeds, 44 : 238. 


676. Thomas, 4 b. Sept. 29, 1709; d. Feb. 1, 1713-14. 

677. Mai v, 4 b. Dee. 26, 1714 ; m. (so it seems) Samuel Tolman, in Boston, 

Nov. 24, 1743, by Rev. John Webb of New North Church. 

678. James, 4 b. June 15,"l717. 


Captain JOHN GYLES, 8 brother of the preceding, and son of 
Thomas Gyles of Pemaquid ; b. about 1678; m. 1, at Salisbury, Oct. 
26, 1703, Ruth True, b. at Salisbury, Oct. 5, 1683, dau. of Joseph 
and Ruth (Whittier) True of that place: who were, married April 20, 
1675. Mrs. Ruth Gyles d. at Salisbury, 27, 1720. 

2. at Roxbury, Nov. 6, 1721, Hannah Heath, 4 b. 1689, eldest dau. 
of Capt. William 3 and Hannah (Weld) Heath, all of Roxbury.* 

His captivity by the Indians has already been mentioned. He was 
kindly treated by his French master, who kept a store, and had a large 
trade with the Indians. Like Joseph of old, he was faithful to his mas- 
ter, and gained his confidence and that of his family. In the year 
1697, John Gyles says, — but Williamson places the event in October, 
1696. — an expedition from Boston, consisting of the Arundel, the 
Province galley, and a transport, with a body of troops on board, under 
Col. Hawthorne, one of the Council of Massachusetts, ascended the 
River St. John, with intent to drive Villebon, governor of Acadia, 
[Nova Scotia,] from his fort, which was 1<>0 miles from the sea. Gyles 
might now have escaped ; but his master being absent in France, his 
mistress, reminding him of the kindness he had received from them, ap- 
pealed successfully to his gratitude and sense of honor. He remained 
with her, and was the means of saving her property from plunder and 
destruction by the invaders. His mistress promised that if he would 
stay with her and help her save her family and property, he should 
have his liberty after his master's return, on the first opportunity of a 
passage to Boston. His master returned from France the spring fol- 

* I. WILLIAM HEATH, 1 from London, arrived at Boston in the ship Lion, 
Sept. 16, 1632, with wife Mary and five children, Isaac, Mary, Pelefj, Hannah, and 
perhaps Martha. He settled in Roxburv; was freeman, March 4, 1633; represen- 
tative, 1634,7,9,40, 41, 42; d. May 29, 1652. "An able, godly, and faithful 
brother," is the entry by the apostle Eliot, after his name, in the Church Record. 
His widow Mary d. Dee. 15, 1659. 

II. Peleg Heath, 2 his son, was b. in England; settled in Roxbury; m. Su- 
sanna King. Thev had Susanna, 1652, Hannah, 1654, Abigail, 1658, Joseph, 1660, 
d. young, Mehilable, 1662, William, 1664, Joseph, 1666, d. young, Peleg, 1668, Doro- 
thy, 1670, d. young. He d. Nov. 1671. 

III. Capt. William Heath, 3 his son, b. 1664, lived and d. in Roxbury; m. 
Nov. 11, 16*5, Hannah Weld, dau. of John Weld of Roxburv. Thev had Wil- 
liam, Sept. 25, 1686, Hannah, 15, 1688-9, Joseph, Nov. 29, 1690, Susanna, Nov. 

23, 1693, Margaret, Aug. 29, 1694, Peleg, Oct. 2, 1696, d. voung, Peleg, July 26, 
1700, Samuel, Dee. 27, 1701, Abigail, July 12, 1704. He d. Nov. 3, 1738, a. 74. She 
d. Feb. 3, 1758, a. 86. 

His long and very singular will, more like a harangue than a lee:al conveyance of 
land, is dated Sept 17, 1735 ; proved Nov. 21, 1738 ; recorded Stiff. Prob. 34": 75, &c. 

IV. Samuel Heath, 4 his son, b. Dee. 27, 1701, lived in Roxburv; m. Eliza- 
beth Payson, of that place, Dec. 3, 1733 ; she d. May 17, 1763, a. 56". They were 
parents of — 

V. William Heath, 5 b. March 2, 1737; lived in Roxbury ; m. Sarah Learned 
of Cambridge, April 19, 1759. He was a Major General in the army of the Revolu- 
tion, and was elected Lieut. Governor of Massachusetts in 1806, but declined accept- 
ing the office. He d. Jan. 24, 1814, x. 77. His wife Sarah d. Oct. 10, 1814. 


lowing ; thanked him for the care of his affairs, and said he would fulfil 
what madam had promised. 

Accordingly, in the year 1698, peace being proclaimed, a sloop came to 
the mouth of the river, with ransom for one Michael Coombs, and Gyles 
put monsieur in mind of his word. On the 13th June, Gyles took leave 
of his French master, the sloop sailed for Boston, and Gyles arrived 
there on the night of the 19th. "On the morning after my arrival, a 
youth came on board, and asked many questions relating to my captivity, 
and at length gave me to understand that he was my little brother 
[Samuel], who was at play with some other children at Pemaquid, 
when I was taken captive, and who escaped into the fort at that perilous 
time. He told me my elder brother, who made his escape from the 
farm, when it was taken, and our two little sisters, were alive, but that 
our mother had been dead some years. Then we went on shore, and 
saw our elder brother. 

" On the second of August, 1689, I was taken, and on the nineteenth 
of June, 1698, 1 arrived at Boston ; so that I was absent eight years, 
ten months, and seventeen days. In all which time, though I under- 
went extreme difficulties, yet I saw much of God's goodness."* 

His long residence among the French and Indians, and consequent 
intimate acquaintance with their customs and languages, qualified him 
in an eminent degree for the work of an interpreter. Accordingly, he 
speedily found employment in this capacity. He says : 

"After my return out of captivity, I applied, June 28, 1698, to the 
government for their favor. Soon after, I was employed by old father 
Mitchell, of Maiden, to go as his interpreter on trading account to St. 
John's river. 

" October 14, 1698. I was employed by the Government, Lieut. Gov. 
Stoughton commander-in-chief, to go as interpreter, at three pounds 
per month, with Major Converse and old Capt. Alden to Penobscot to 
fetch captives. After our return to Boston, I was dismissed ; but 
within a few days the Governor sent for me to interpret a conference 
with Bomazeen and other Indians then in jail.J 

* Mr. Jacob Stone of Newburyport, a descendant of Capt. John Gyles, has in 
his possession a cup, carved from some hard wood, which lie brought from his In- 
dian captivity. It is mounted with silver, with the date and term of his captivity 
inscribed upon it, as follows : " This cup was brought by John Gyles from among 
the Indians, in June, 1698, after 8 years, 10 months, and 17 days of his captivity." 
Mr. Stone once had a cup or bowl," also brought from the Indian captivity, consid- 
erably larger, which he deposited in a Museum in Newburyport ; but the Museum 
was sold and carried out of town, beyond his knowledge. A beautiful and massive 
gold ring, with an inscription, once worn by Capt. John Gyles, also descended to 
Mr. Stone's mother, his great-granddaughter; who, on a certain occasion, after 
hearing an impressive discourse on Foreign Missions, suffered her pious zeal to 
overpower her veneration for antiquity, and happening to be at the time without 
money, deposited the precious jewel in the contribution-box, and when it was too 
late, tried in vain to redeem it. 

J Three pounds were equivalent to ten dollars. Major James Converse was of 
Woburn ; b. there Nov. 16, 1645; selectman of that town, 1680, and some years 
after; town clerk 1686, and some following years ; representative, 1679, 1684-5-6, 
1689; an able and very distinguished officer in the Indian war of 1688-1698. He 
d. July 8, 1706. 

Capt. John Alden was son of John Alden, 1 the Pilgrim of the Mayflower. 
He lived, after 1659, in Boston, on Alden's Lane, now Alden Street. He com- 


" Some time after, I was again put in pay to go as interpreter with 
Col. Phillips and Capt. Southack, in the Province galley, to Caseo 
Bay, to exchange said Indians for English captives. In December, 

1698, we returned to Boston, with several captives whom we had 
liberated, and I was dismissed the service, and desired to attend it in 
the spring [following]. I pleaded to be kept in pay, that I might 
have wherewith to support myself at school. I went into the country, 
to Rowley, where boarding was cheap, to practise what little I had 
attained at school. 

"March, 1G99, with the little of my wages that I could reserve, I 
paid for my schooling and board, and attended the service upon 
request, and was again put into pay, and went with Col. Phillips and 
Maj. Converse in a large brigantine up Kennebec river for captives. 
At our return to Boston, the Province galley being arrived from New 
York, with my lord Bellamont, and the Province truck put on board, 
I was ordered on board. We cruised on the eastern shore. In 
November, 1699, I was put out of pay, though I ploiided to be con- 
tinued in it, seeing I must attend the service in the spring, and be at 
considerable expense in the winter for my schooling.* 

"In the spring of 1700, I attended the service, and was under pay 
again. Aug. 27, a fort was ordered to be built at Casco Bay, which 
was finished the 6th of October following, and the province truck land- 
ed, and I was ordered to reside there as interpreter, with a captain, &c. 
Not long after, Gov. Dudley sent me a lieutenant's commission, with a 
memorandum on its back, ' No further pay but as interpreter at three 
pounds per month.'! 

manded one of the armed vessels of the Province. He d. March 14, 1702, being 
then not far from 80 years old. 

Bomazeen was a Sagamore of the Canihas or Kennebccks, whose residence was at 
Norridgewock. lie was a prime actor in the savage assault on Oyster River, now 
Durham, N. H, July 18, 1694; also on Groton, Kittery, and other places. 
Coming, with two others, to Pemaquid, Nov. 19, 1094, he was seized by Capt. 
March, the commander of the fort, and sent to Boston, where he was confined in 
prison more than four years. He came to Pemaquid under a flag of truce, and 
Capt. March has been censured for his seizure. But the flag of truce was a mere 
trick, and Bomazeen came only as a spy. The Indians were notorious liars as well 
as merciless savages. Certainly we need not waste our sympathy on such as 
Bomazeen, the murderer of helpless women and children. He was sent to Casco in 
the Province galley, and was exchanged in Dee. 1698, as stated in the next para- 
graph. At the same time and place, peace was made with the Eastern Sagamores, 
by Col. Phillips and Major Converse, who were commissioners to treat with the 
Indians. Williamson gives Jan. 7, 1699, as the date. 

* Richard Coote, earl of Bellamont, arrived in Boston from New York, May 26, 

1699. He was one of the first who embraced, in England, the cause of the Prince of 
Orange, in 1688. He was Governor, not only of Massachusetts, but of New 
Hampshire, and New York. He was very popular as a governor, and died in New 
York, March 5, 1700-1. [Drake's History of Boston, pp. 516-518. 

J In this and the preceding paragraphs, the " province-truck" is mentioned. The 
explanation is this. To detach the Indians from the interest of the French, and to 
attach them to the English, the Government of Massachusetts established trading- 
houses among the Eastern Indians, where commodities, such as the Indians needed, 
were exchanged for their furs and peltry. These were called truck-houses, and those 
who had charge of them were called' truck-masters. Three of these truck-houses 
were established about 1725, one at the fort on St. George's river, now Thomaston, 
one at Fort Richmond, in the present town of that name, on the Kennebec ; and one 
at Fort Mary, in Saco. It appears from John Gyles's Narrative that this system, 
to some extent, had been inaugurated as early as 1699. 


"Aug. 10, 1703. The French and Indians besieged our fort for 
six days." * [The fort was relieved on the 1 6th by the arrival of the 
Province galley under the command of Capt. Cyprian Southack.] 

Between this date and the next he was married. 

" May 19, 1704. I received a few lines from his excellency, direct- 
ing me to leave my post, and accompany Col. Church on an expedition 
round the Bay of Fundy. September following, I returned to my 
post. [Pay the same as before, three pounds per month] J 

"April, 1706. There was a change of the chief officer at our gar- 
rison. [Casco.] I chose to be dismissed with my old officer [Major 
John March of Salisbury], which was granted." 

After this, he spent several months in Salisbury, the residence of his 
wife ; bought a dwelling-house there, and three-fourths of a saw-mill. 

"The same year, 1706, His Excellency Gov. Dudley presented me 
with a captain's commission, and ordered Col. Saltonstall to detach fifty 
effective men to be delivered to me in order for a march.§ 

" May 1707, I entered on an expedition under Col. March, for Port 
Royal; at the termination of which I was dismissed. || 

"May 12, 1708. I received orders from His Excellency to go to 
Port Royal with a flag of truce to exchange prisoners, and brought off 
all. At my return, I was dismissed the service. 

"In 1709, I received a commission, and Col. Noyes had orders to 
detach forty men, whom he put under me, with orders to join the forces 
for Canada. At Hull, August 1, 1709, I received orders from His 
Excellency to leave my company with my lieutenants, and go to Port 
Royal with a flag of truce to exchange prisoners. I brought away 
above one hundred prisoners. Soon after my return, our forces were 
dismissed, and I received no other consideration for my service than 
pay as captain of my company." 

In the interval between 1709 and 1715, he resided in Salisbury, and 
was an " innholder" there. 

* The fort at Casco was under the command of Major (afterwards Col.; John 
March of Salisbury, a brave officer, who d. before 1719. "The fierce Moxus" led 
the Indians. The entire force of the enemy was not less than 500 men. They would 
soon have taken the fort, had not Capt. Southack, in the province galley, arrived. 
[Williamson, Vol. II., pp. 4.3, 44. 

f. Col. Benjamin Church, the conqueror of Philip, sailed from Boston, May 21, 
1704, with 550 men, in fourteen transports, under convoy of the Jersey, of 48 guns, 
Gosport of 32 guns, and the Province galley. They visited Matinicus, Mount 
Desert, Penobscot, Machias, Passamaquoddy, &c. He, also, in the language of 
Governor Dudley, destroyed all the settlements in the vicinity of Port Royal, and 
took 100 prisoners, and a "large amount of plunder, with the loss of only six men. 
[Ibid. pp. 46-48. 

§ Col. Nathaniel Saltonstall was grandson of Sir Richard Saltonstall of Water- 
town, and son of his son Richard of Ipswich. He was b. in Ipswich about 1640; 
H. C. 1659; town clerk of Haverhill, 1668-1700=32 years; d. May 21, 1707. He 
was one of the Council of Massachusetts, who, on the deposition of Sir Edmund 
Andros, took the government of the Colony into their hands. His eldest son, 
Gurdon Salstonstall, was Governor of Connecticut, 1708-1724. [Bond's Water- 
town, p. 921. 

|| Col. March sailed from Nantasket, May 13, with a force of 1000 men, in 23 
transports ; arrived at Port Royal on the 26th, and disembarked his men; but after 
a skirmish with the enemy, withdrew, June 7, in a disorderly manner, having ac- 
complished nothing. March was sent back, with his forces, to Port Royal, in 
August, by Gov. Dudley, but all in vain. Port Royal and all Acadia were taken by 
Nicholson in Sept. 1710. it has ever since been in the possession of the English. 


''August 1715. I received orders from His Excellency to build a 
fort at Pejepscot, [now Brunswick, Me.] The fort was fin- 
ished Nov. 25, 1715. My wages were very small, yet the proprietors 
ordered me only five pounds for my good services.* [While building 
the fort, which stood near where the bridge now is, between Brunswick 
and Topsham, he had some trouble with the Indians, who regarded the 
fort as intended to restrain and overawe them.] 

"July 12, 1722. A number of Indians engaged Fort George [at 
Brunswick] about two hours, killing one person, and then drew off to 
killing cattle, &c. [The " village" of Brunswick, which, having been 
destroyed by the Indians in 1(57(5 and 1G90, had been resumed in 1714, 
was now again reduced to ashes.] 

" Dec. 12, 1725. I was dismissed from Fort George 

" Dec. 13, 1725. I was commissioned for the garrison at St. George 
river. \ 

" September, 1726. I was detained [at Boston] some months from 
my post, by order of Gov. Dummer, to interpret for the Cape Sable 
Indians, who were brought in and found guilty. There was no other 
person in the province that had their language. § 

" Nov. 28, 1728. I was commissioned for the peace [Justice of 
Peace.] || 

* The Pejepscot Proprietors. The Pejepscot purchase began with Richard 
Wharton, a merchant of Boston, who, in 1684, bought a large tract of land of 
Warumbee and five other Indian Sagamores on both sides of the Pejepscot river. 
Wharton died in 1714, and this purchase was sold by his administrator for only- 
one hundred pounds, to a company, consisting of Adam Winthrop, (great-grandson 
of the first Governor Winthrop,) Thomas Hutchinson, (father of Governor Hutch- 
inson,) Dr. Oliver Noyes, Stephen Mitiot, John Ruck, Edward Watts, Jonathan 
Mountfort, and two others, all of them, it is believed, wealthy men of Boston. 

The Pejepscot Proprietors claimed from a point five miles above what are now 
known as Lewiston Falls, northeast, over to Kennebec river, and from said Falls 
west four miles, all the land south of this line down to Merrymeeting Bay; likewise 
the lands south of said Bay, between it and the ocean. This claim included the 
towns of Brunswick, Harpswell, Topsham, Lewiston, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Rich- 
mond, Lisbon, Poland, Durham, Danville, and several others. A modest claim, 
surely ! Fort George was erected within their limits, and upon their petition, 
in 1715. Capt. John Gyles had command of this fort, built by him, at Bruns- 
wick, from this time till Dec. 12, 1725. He seems to have been a vigilant and faith- 
ful officer. Many letters from him to the Governor of Massachusetts Bay, are 
preserved among the Massachusetts Archives. He apprises the Governor, from time 
to time, of the intrigues of Vaudreuil, the French Governor of Canada, with the 
Eastern Indians, and generally with what was taking place among them. His 
Muster Rolls are also there. From a Muster Roll, dated Jan. 1723, we learn that 
he had Isaac Gardner as his lieutenant, and 28 men. His Muster Roll, June, 1724, 
gives, as his lieutenant, Samuel Eaton of Salisbury, and 24 men. The private men 
are called centinels. Capt. Gyles's pay was thirty shillings per week. The lieuten- 
ants' pay eleven shillings and three pence. See Mass. Archives, Vol. 51. 

% Two strong blockhouses, or timber-forts, had been erected, 1719, 1720, on the 
eastern edge of St. George's River. Here were mounted 12 or 15 pieces of cannon. 
The block-houses were connected by a covered way, 200 feet long. This was in 
the present town of Thomaston, in front of the mansion of Gen. Henry Knox of 
Revolutionary fame. 

f) A Frenchman, named John Baptiste, his son, and three Indians, who, in 
August, 1726, seized a fishing vessel belonging to Plymouth, in a harbor in Nova 
Scotia, were overcome, carried to Boston, tried for piracy, condemned, and executed. 
[Williamson, History of Maine, Vol. II., p. 148. 

|| He was the first civil magistrate, it is believed, resident on the banks of St. 
George's River. 


" I have had the honor to serve this Province under eight com- 
manders-in-chief, governors, and lieutenant governors, from the year 
1698 to the year 1736."* 

A colony of Scotch-Irish, i. e. Irish protestants of Scottish descent, 
having been, in 1736, settled in the "Upper and Lower towns," on 
St. George's River, or the present towns of Warren and Thomaston ; 
and it being a time of profound peace ; the forts on St. George's River, 
Pemaquid, and other places, were to some extent dismantled, and the 
garrisons chiefly withdrawn.} Capt. Gyles, being then on the verge of 
sixty, accordingly retired from the military service, in June, 1737, and 
took up his residence at Roxbury, near Boston, among the connections 
of his wife, where he died in 1755, a. 77. 

He was a man of stern, unbending virtue ; a true patriot, and a 
sincere christian ; upright in the discharge of duty, both to God and 
man. He served his country faithfully on a dangerous frontier, and 
was just and kind, yet ever vigilant, in his transactions with the 
aborigines. § He was a man of energy and activity, and became pos- 
sessed of considerable property, as appears from his will, and from 
many deeds on record. Some of these will now be quoted. 

1706, Aug. 29. Josiah Wheeler of Salisbury, for £16, conveys to 
Lieut. John Gyles of Salisbury, a dwelling-house and a quarter of an 
acre of land in Salisbury. [Essex Deeds, 20: 113. 

* These were — 
William Stoughton, who was Lieut.-Governor, and Acting Governor, from Nov. 

17, 1694, to May 26, 1699. 
Richard, Earl of Bellainont, Governor, from May 26, 1699, till his death, March 5, 

Joseph Dudley, Governor, from June 11, 1702 to Nov. 1715, when he was removed. 
William Tailer, Lieutenant-Governor and Acting Governor, from Nov. 1715, to Oct. 

1716, when he was superseded. 
Samuel Shute, Governor, from Oct. 1716, to Dec. 1722, when he embarked for 

William Dummer, Lieutenant-Governor and Acting Governor, from Dec. 1722, to 

June 13, 1728. 
William Burnet, Governor, from June 13, 1728, to Sept. 7, 1729, when he died. 
Jonathan Belcher, Governor, from Aug. 8, 1730, to 1741, when he was removed. 

| Samuel Waldo, of Falmouth, Me., son of Jonathan Waldo, a wealthy mer- 
chant of Boston, Colonel of the second Maine regiment, and Brigadier-General and 
second in command, under Sir William Peppered, in the expedition against Louis- 
burg in 1745, was a large proprietor of lands under the Muscongus patent, including 
the territory on St. George's River and the vicinity. It was chiefly by him that 
these Colonists were introduced, as also the German Colony at Broad Bay. now 
Waldoborough, in 1740, and afterwards. From him the County of Waldo derived 
its name. The fort at St. George's [Thomaston] was not wholly given up, but was 
strengthened and enlarged in 1 740, and in subsequent years. The fact was similar 
with Fort Frederick, Pemaquid. 

§ The following honorable testimonial is preserved in the Massachusetts Archives : 

" In Council, Dec. 23, 1726. 

" In consideration of Capt. John Gyles's good services to this Governm 1 for many 
years past & his present usefulness to the Publick by Reason of his great Knowledge 
of the Indian Affairs & Customs : 

" Ordered, that a Message be sent down to the Hon b,e House of Represent 1 " 58 To 
propose that an Augmentation be made to the said Capt. John Gyles's support & 
Encouragem'. J. Willard, Secry." 

At that time, the pay of Capt. Gyles was twenty shillings a week, which, as the 
currency was greatly depreciated, amounted to only a dollar and a quarter. The 
centinels (privates) had half that sum, besides their rations. 


At this time he seems to have taken up his abode in Salisbury. This 
dwelling-house was on the " Meeting House Green," and was the abode 
of his family till his first wife's death, in 1720. 

170G, Sept. 21. Joseph True, senior, [his wife's father] of Salisbury, 
house-carpenter, for £25, conveys to John Gyles of Salisbury, a parcel 
of land, six rods wide on the east side of Back River, and six rods 
wide on the west side of Back River, and north to a certain described 
extent ; also three-fourths of the saw-mill now standing there. Also the 
privilege of making further use of the land and river, to erect other 
mills. [Ibid, 21:156. 

1707-8, March 10. William Osgood, Jan., of Salisbury, sells to 
Capt, John Gyles of Salisbury, a strip of land twenty feet wide, the 
whole length of the drift-way. [Ibid, 21 : 213. 

1711, Sept. 25. Robert Pike of York, physician, administrator of 
estate of Major Robert Pike, late of Salisbury, deceased, for £102, sells 
several parcels of land in Salisbury to Capt. John Gyles. [Ibid, 26 : 194. 

1713, May 16. Capt. John Gyles, of Salisbury, innholder, for ,£102, 
quitclaims to Robert Pike of York, physician, the property described in 
the preceding deed. [Ibid, 25 : 230. 

1714-15, Jan. 29. John Gyles of Salisbury, innholder, and Ruth 
his wife, for £20, sell to Capt. John Wadleigh of Salisbury the land he 
bought of Joseph True, Sept. 21, 1706, also one acre of land adjoining. 
[Ibid, 32 : 47. 

1718, July 23. John Flanders of Salisbury, blacksmith, for ten 
pounds, sells to Capt. John Gyles of Salisbury, and now resident at 
Fort George, in Brunswick, in the County of York, one half of a nine 
acre lot in Salisbury. [Ibid, 39 : 28. 

1719, July 2. John March, late of Salisbury, now of Newbury, for 
£7.5, conveys to Capt. John Gyles, late of Salisbury, now of Bruns- 
wick, in the County of York, all my right, title, &c, to certain lots of 
land, by virtue of my father, Col. John March's last will and testament. 
[Ibid, 39 : 28. 

1721, April 22. John Gyles, formerly of Salisbury, now of Bruns- 
wick, (no wife) for £36, sells to Rev. Caleb Cushing, of Salisbury, two 
lots of land in Salisbury. [Ibid, 40 : 89. 

1722, Oct. 4. John Gyles, of Brunswick, for £35, sells to Weymand 
Bradbury, Jan., of Salisbury, cooper, one acre of land in y e Meeting 
House Green, so called, containing the Living which I formerly bought 
of Josiah Wheeler, and a certain grant of half an acre of land adjoining 
thereto, which was made to Weymond Bradbury, senior, by the Pro- 
prietors of s d Salisbury, and since purchased by me, Together with the 
dwelling-house, orchard, &c. [Ibid, 58 : 153. 

This document determines the place of his residence, in Salisbury. 
The house was standing in 1854, where he lived, and where he exer- 
cised the function of " innholder." 

1746, April 4. Capt. John Gyles of Roxbury, for £80, in Bills of 
Credit sells to William Moody of Salisbury, yeoman, 15 J acres in the 
upper end of Moody's Pasture, so called. [Ibid, 92 : 197. 

1738, March 30. Joseph Bill and Rebekah his wife, for £700 law- 
ful money of New England, sell to John Gyles Esq. of St. George's 
River, in the Province aforesaid [Mass. Bay] a house and barn in Rox- 


bury, with, the lot of land adjoining, containing nine acres, bounded 
N. E. on a Town Way leading to Stony River ; S. E. on land of Peter 
Stone ; S. W. on land of Capt. Nicholas Davis ; N. "W. on the Country 
Road leading to Dedham. [Suff. Deeds, 56 : 95. 

The currency was now so depreciated that it required 28 shillings to 
be equal to an ounce of silver. The price paid by John Gyles as 
above, was therefore equal to about 555 Spanish dollars ; which would 
probably purchase as good an estate as 2500 dollars would at the 
present time. 

1751, Nov. 9. John Gyles, Esquire, of Roxbury, makes his will. 
He constitutes his wife Hannah Gyles, and his son-in-law Nathaniel 
Loring, his Executors. Gives his grand-dau. Hannah Gyles, only child 
of his late son Samuel Gyles, twenty acres orchard and tillage land, 
and eleven acres of meadow and upland, situate in Salisbury, valued 
together at £500, Old Tenor.* Also gives her in money £100, Old 
Tenor.* Gives his son-in-law Nathaniel Loring his gun and sword. 
To his dau. Mary Loring, wife of Nathaniel Loring, he gives his negro 
girl Phebe. All the residue of his houses, lands, negro slaves, goods 
and chattels, in Roxbury and elsewhere, he gives to his wife Hannah 
Gyles, during her life ; and after her death to descend to his son and 
daughter Nathaniel and Mary Loring. Proved, June 6, 1755. [Suff. 
Prob. 50 : 139. 

[His autograph, from 
Mass. Archives :] '//^//a* si "Alsy/7/7 C^f 

A coat of arms descended from John Gyles, Esq., to Mrs. Hannah 
Gyles Jackson, the grand-daughter of his only son, Doctor Samuel 
Gyles. It is now in the possession of the family of her son, Isaac R. 
Jackson, Esq., of Philadelphia, who died at Copenhagen in 1842, while 
United States Charge dAffaires. 

The children of John- Gyles, Esq., were — by first wife — 

674. tSamuel, 4 b. hi Salisbury, June 30, 17C6 ; m. Elizabeth True. 
By second wife — 

675. Hannah, 4 b. in Roxbury, Aug. 12, 1722 ; seems to have d. young. 

676. fMary,* b. in Boston, May 11, 1724 ; m. Nathaniel Loring. 


CHARLES GYLES, 3 son of John and Mary Gyles of Pemaquid, 
Salem, and Boston; b. in Boston, June 12, 1696; m. in Boston, July 
30, 1717, Mary Cruft, b. Dec. 22, 1698, dau. of Edward and Sarah 
Cruft of Boston. 

He spent his life in Boston, where he followed the respectable em- 
ployment of a " peruke-maker." In those days, the peruke or wig was 

* In 1750, 45 shillings, Old Tenor, were worth only one Spanish dollar, and ten 
pounds of this currency were equivalent to just one pound sterling. Therefore, 
£500, Old Tenor, were equivalent to 222 2-9 dollars, and £100, Old Tenor=44 4-9 




worn by all gentlemen of elevated social position. It was an ex- 
pensive article, costing not unfrequently as high as twenty pounds ster- 
ling, or a hundred dollars of our money; which was a much greater 
sum, relatively, than it is at present. The manufacture of it was 
therefore a profitable business. The writer still remembers the well- 
powdered wigs, and three-cornered hats, worn in the days of his early 

17-28, May 6. Daniel King of Boston and Anne his wife, for £200 
in Bills of Credit, sell to Charles Gyles of Boston, barber, a house with 
the land, 34 feet by 44, at the north end of Boston, situated on a pas- 
sage-way or alley six feet wide, leading into Charter Street. [SufF. 
Deeds, 42 : 277. 

At this time, an ounce of silver was worth 18 shillings of the cur- 
rency ; so that the price paid for this estate was equivalent to 247 
Spanish dollars. The same property was valued in 1757, at £66 law- 
ful money, or 220 Spanish dollars. 

His will, dated May 4, 1742, was proved Nov. 24, 1759; recorded 
SufF. Prob. 55 : 149. He mentions his children, Edward, Mary, 
Charles, John, Sarah, Robert, and Marcy. Appoints wife Mary and 
son Edward, Executors. The inventory of his estate, including " man- 
sion-house," £66, and a pew in the gallery of Rev. Mr. Eliot's meeting- 
house [the New North, corner of Hanover and Clark Streets] was pre- 
sented, Dec. 30, 1757, by Edward Giles, "surviving executor." [Suff. 
Prob. 52 : 439. 

Hence it appears that Charles Gyles d. in 1757. His wife Mary d. 
Oct. 30, 1757, se. 59. [Grave-stone in Copps Hill Burying Ground. 

The children of Charles and Mary Gyles, all b. in Boston, were — 

677. tEdward, 4 b. May 23, 1718; m. 1. Elizabeth Holland; 2. Abigail (Hartt) 

G78. tMarv, 4 b. March 26, 1 720 ; m. Silas Atkins. 

679. Charles, 4 b. May 1, 1722. 

680. John, 4 b. June 4, 1724; d. in infancy. 

681. tJohn, 4 b. Aug. 29, 1725; m. Marv Maverick. 

682. Sarah, 1 b. Nov. 15, 1727 ; ni. Joseph Trout of Boston, Oct. 12, 1752, by 

Rev. Andrew Eliot of the New North Church. 

683. Robert, 4 b. Dec. 6, 1729. 

684. Mercy, 4 b. Sept. 6, 1732. 

685. Abigail, 4 l>. Dec. 1737 ; d. July 2, 1740, a. 2 y. 7 mo. [Grave-stone. 

686. William, 4 b. Sept. 14, 1743. 


WILLIAM GYLES, 3 brother of the preceding; b. in Boston, July 
7, 1698; in. 1, in Boston, Sept. 8, 1720, Mary Codner, b. March 3, 
1702, dau. of James Codner of Boston, cooper, and Mary his wife. 
She was a member of the Second Church or Old North, in Boston. 
2, Anna Parker of Boston, March 9, 1726. 

He was a ship-carpenter; spent his life in Boston, and d. there Sept. 
22, 1730, a. 32. Dying intestate, his widow Anna was appointed ad- 
ministratrix, March 22, 1730-1. Inventory of personal estate £51.11.4, 
equivalent, at that time, to 57 Spanish dollars. There was no real 
estate. After subducting funeral charges, costs of administration, and 
allowance to the widow, the estate paid the creditors only one shilling 
and five pence on the pound. [Suff. Prob. 28 : 246, 259, and 29 : 184. 


His children were — by first wife — 

687. William, 4 b. July 14, 1721 ; m. Abigail Everton, in Boston, Jan. 3, 1754; 

by Rev. Andrew Eliot of the New North Church. 

Feb. 24, 1743-4, William Gyles of Newport, R. I., son of William 
Gyles, late of Boston, and Mary his wife, which Mary was one of the 
children and heirs of James Codner, quitclaims to William Codner a 
house and land in Cross Street, Boston. [Suff. Deeds, 67 : 262. 

688. Mary, 4 b. March 15, 1722-3 ; m. Henry Emmes, in Boston, July 7, 1743. 

689. Elizabeth, 4 b. Dec. 25, 1724 ; m. Caleb Hacker, in Boston, July 21, 1748. 

By second wife — 

690. Samuel, 4 b. Feb. 28, 1728-9. 

691. Benjamin, 4 b. Oct. 14, 1730. 

Jfoxtrtlj 6nunttbn\ 


Doctor SAMUEL GYLES, 4 (John, 3 Thomas, 2 Thomas, 1 ) only son 
of Capt. John Gyles, the Indian captive ; b. in Salisbury, on the Merri- 
mac, June 30, 1706; m. there, July 2, 1734, Elizabeth True of that 
place ; perhaps his cousin. Married by Rev. Caleb dishing. 

Family tradition affirms that, while a member of Harvard College, 
" he was a room-mate of Judge Cushing of Salisbury, an ancestor of 
Hon. Caleb Cushing," and a son of Rev. Caleb Cushing, who was 
pastor of Salisbury 54 years. Unfortunately, I do not find the name 
of either on the Triennial Catalogue of that College, so that if either 
or both of them were members of that institution, the connection ceased 
without taking a degree. 

He was a physician at Salisbury, and probably also in Brunswick, 
Me. He died in Brunswick, Feb. 11, 1738-9, in his 33d year. His 
grave-stone is still standing in Brunswick, with this inscription : 

" Here lyes buried the 

body of Doc. Samuel Gyles, 

aged 32 years. Dec d Feb y y° 11 th 

17 3 8." 

He died intestate ; at least, there is no will on record. The inven- 
tory of his estate is dated July 31, 1739, and it represents him as "late 
of Salisbury, deceas d ." [Essex Prob. 24 : 53.] He probably, there- 
fore, did not reside in Brunswick, though buried there ; or if he did, had 
not been there long. His widow Elizabeth, then of Newbury, m. Capt. 
William Allen of Salisbury, Oct. 10, 1745, and d. May 23, 1787, a. 73. 

His grand-daughter, Mrs. Brown, who died in 1858, a. 90, had a 
mourning ring, commemorating his death ; with an inscription, agreeing 
with the inscription on the grave-stone. In the summer of 1853, the 
city of Newburyport employed some laborers to grade a street in the 


south part of said city, which was laid out about forty years before 
through a field once owned by his son-in-law, Capt. Jonathan Parsons. 
One of these laborers, in turning over the soil, picked up a silver shoe- 
buckle, marked Samuel Gyles. The inscription was perfect, and the 
buckle in perfect order. Mr. Samuel Mulliken, husband of his grand- 
dau. Phebe Parsons, then lived on the corner of the street, and he 
purchased the buckle of the finder. 

The children of Dr. Samuel and Elizabeth Gyles, both born in 
Salisbury, were — 

692. John, 5 b. Feb. 12, 1734-5 ; (1. Sept. 9, 1736. 

693. t Hannah, 5 b. May 25, 1738; in. 1, Jonathan Parsons; 2, Stephen Cross. 


MARY GYLES, 4 {John, 3 Thomas? Thomas,') dan. of Capt. John 
Gyles, the Indian captive; b. in Boston. May 11. 17*24; m. at Eox- 
bury, June 18, 1746, Nathaniel Loring, b. in Boston, June 11, 
1713, son of Capt. Nathaniel Loring, who in. Susanna Butler of Boston, 
Dec. 13, 1G99, and was one of the founders of the New Brick Church, 
Nov. 14, 1719, and chairman of the building committee.* 

She was his second wife. His first wife, to whom he was married 
June 7, 1739, was Mary Gray, dan. of Edward Gray, who was the 
owner of the ropewalks where occurred the affray in which originated 
the "Boston Massacre." \ By her, he had Susanna, b. March 4, 1742, 
who became non compos mentis, and was, after the decease of her 
father, under guardianship until her death in 1813, when the large 
estate passed to the Gray family. 

Mr. Loring, it is said, kept a store on Queen [now Court] Street, 
Boston. In 1750, he was on the Grand Jury. He was a member of 
the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1758, and was one 
of the substantial citizens of Boston ; officiating on the Committee of 
Public School Visitations during several years prior to 1707. He was 
one of the subscribers to Prince's "New England Chronology," a work 

* The New Brick Church was formed by a secession from the New North 
Church — itself formed only five years before, in 1714 — on occasion of a determined 
opposition made to the settlement of Rev. Peter Thacher as colleague with Rev. 
John Webb. The minority in the New North withdrew and constituted the New 
Brick. They erected a house of worship in Hanover Street, not far from the New 
North. It may easily be distinguished from all others by the figure of a Cock as a 
vane upon the steeple, originally placed there in derision of Rev. Peter Thacher. 
The Church was organized May 23, 1722, and on the same day Rev. William 
Waldron, b. 1697, son of Col. Richard of Portsmouth, N. H., and grandson of Major 
Richard Waldron of Dover (killed by Indians, June 27, 1689) was ordained its 
pastor. He d. Sept. 20, 1727. Rev. William Welsteed was ordained his successor, 
March 27, 1728. He d. Sept 29, 1753, a. 58, and was succeeded by Rev. Ebenezer 
Pemberton, D. I)., who d. Sept, 15, 1777, a. 72. The New Brick Church and 
Society was united in 1777, with the Second Church or Old North, Rev. John 
Lathrop, D. D., pastor, whose meetinghouse, on the North Square, had been pulled 
down and used for fuel by the British in 1775. [Drake's Hist, of Boston, pp. 311, 
545, 558. 

f For the information given above respecting Nathaniel Loring, I am indebted to 
Mr. James S. Loring, in Geneal. Reg. Vol. VII., pp. 163, 164. It is proper here 
to remark that Drake, Hist, of Boston, p. 778, represents the " affray," March 3, 
1770, as having occurred at the ropewalk of Mr. John Gray, Atkinson Street. 


of great value, the first volume of which was issued in 173G. The List 
of Subscribers is supposed to include, in great part, the reading public 
of New England at that period. He was the guardian of his dau. 
Hannah, for property bequeathed by her mother's uncle, Joseph 
Heath of Roxbury, who gave her mother five hundred acres of land in 
Shrewsbury.* Mr. Loring died in 1770. 

A silver tea-pot and sugar-bowl are still in existence, which belonged 
to Mrs. Loring, and were a present to her from her father. On one 
side are engraven the arms of the Gyles family, and under them the 
following inscription: — "Mary Loring — the gift of her father, John 
Gyles, Esq. 1728." These were, in 1854, in the possession of her 
grand-niece, Mrs. Mary Loring Brown, of Hallowell, Me. See pp. 131, 
140. Mrs. Brown also had, at that time, a portrait of Mrs. Loring, in 
very good condition, representing a handsome woman ; the dress, 
though a century old, quite becoming, and not unlike that of the present 
day. Mrs. Brown likewise had portraits of Mrs. Loring's daughters 
taken at an early age. All these relics are now (1862) in the posses- 
sion of Miss Lucia P., dau. of Mrs. Mary Loring Brown [7 04], 

The children of Nathaniel and Mary (Gyles) Loring, were — 

694. Marv, b. June 4, 1748 ; d. young. 

695. Hannah, b. Auff. 30, 1750. 

696. John Gyles, b. March 25, 1753; d. young. 


EDWARD GYLES, 4 (Charles? John? Thomas, 1 ) eldest son of 
Charles 3 and Mary (Cruft) Gyles of Boston; b. there, May 23, 1718; 
m. 1. Elizabeth Holland of Boston, June 28, 1743. 2. Abigail 
(Hartt) Treat, b. 1727, dau. of Ralph Hartt of Boston, and widow of 
Capt. John Treat-! Her children by John Treat were Abigail, b. 

* Capt. Joseph Heath, b. Nov. 29, 1690, (see p. 122, note,) was of Roxbury, and 
was commandant of Fort Richmond on the Kennebec, 1724-7, and probably a 
longer period of time. He was an experienced surveyor and draftsman. 

% John Treat was a Captain in the "Old French" War," and was killed at the 
taking of Louisbur^ in 1758. He was a son or grandson of Rev. Samuel Treat 
of Eastham, Cape Cod. If a son, he was b. May 17, 1693. But probably he was a 
grandson. Rev. Samuel Treat was the eldest of twenty-one children of Robert 
Tueat, who was a distinguished officer in " Philip's War," and Governor of 
Connecticut from 1683 to 1697, except when the charter was suspended by the 
usurpation of Andros, which was from October 31, 1687, to May 9, 1689. Rev. 
Samuel Treat was b. in Milford, Ct., in 1647 or 1648; grad. H. C. 1669; ord. 
pastor at Eastham, 1672; m. 1. March 16, 1674, Elizabeth Mayo, b. 1653, dau. of 
Samuel, and grand-dau. of Rev. John Mayo, all of Eastham. She d. Dec. 4, 1696, 
and he m. 2. Aug. 29, 1700, Abigail (Willard) Estabrook, dau. of Rev. Samuel 
Willard of Boston, and widow of Rev. Benjamin Estabrook. She d. Dec. 27, 1746. 
Mr. Treat d. March 18, 1716-17, sb. 69, at 'the time of the " Great Snow," when the 
snow fell six feet deep. He was a faithful and earnest preacher of the gospel, both 
to the white people, and to the Indians who lived near him. He gathered a church 
among the Indians, and many of them were worthy members of it. They loved 
and respected him as a father, and at his funeral bore his body to the grave. In 
1693, within the limits of Eastham, then including Orleans, Brewster, Harwich, 
Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown, there were 505 Indians. He acquired their 
language, so as both to speak and write it with great facility. He was a strict 
Calviuist, an eminently holy and useful man. He was the father of thirteen children, 
whose names may be found in the Geneal. Reg. Vol. VII., p. 347. His dau. Plunice 
was mother of Robert Treat Paine, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, 
and grandmother, I believe, of Robert Treat Paine, the poet. 


Dec. 29, 1747, m. Elias Parkman; Samuel, b. 1750. Of this Samuel 
Treat, we shall hear more soon. See below, and [782]. 

Edward Gyles spent his life in Boston, and was by occupation a 
painter. He appears to have been a man of energetic character, and 
to have held a respectable position in society. His will is dated Dec. 
28, 1778; proved, Aug. 9, 1785 ; recorded, Suff. Prob. 84 : 240. He 
gives to his wife Abigail the use and improvement of all my estate, 
both real and personal, so long as she continues my widow. Provides 
for son Robert and dau. Abigail, who are now under age. They are 
each to have one half of the property, after their mother has done with 
it. To my eldest son, Edward Gyles, I give the sum of five shillings 
and no more, and the reason for my so doing is best known to myself. 
To my dau. Elizabeth D. S l Prey, formerly Elizabeth Gyles, I give 
one silver can. This, with what 1 gave her at and before her marriage, 
is in full for her portion. Wife Abigail is appointed Executrix. 

Edward Gvles died July 18, 1785, a. 67. His widow Abigail died 
May 10, 1790, a. 03. 

The Inventory of Edward Gyles, painter, is dated Oct. 27, 1785. 
Amount, £380.5.9, equivalent to 1207 dollars. This includes a brick 
house and land on a passage way leading from Charter Street, £150= 
500 dollars ; also, 99 ounces of silver plate, at one dollar per ounce. 
[Suff. Prob. 84 : 336. 

1790, July 13. Abigail Gyles, widow of Edward Gyles, having 
deceased, Thomas May of Boston, merchant, is appointed administrator 
de bonis non of the estate of said Edward, and Samuel Treat, adminis- 
trator of said Abigail. [Ibid, 89 : 244, 246. 

On settling the estate of Mrs. Abigail Gyles, it was found that after 
paying debts and expenses, sixty pounds — two hundred dollars — re- 
mained ; which sum was equally divided between her daughters Abigail 
Parkman (by first marriage) Abigail May (by second marriage) and 
son Samuel Treat. 

The children of Edward Gyles, were — by first marriage — 

697. Edward, 5 b. April 8, 1744 ; living in 1778. 

698. Samuel, 5 b. March 24, 1746 ; d. young. 

699. Charles, 5 b. 1749; d. May 16, 1754. [Grave stone on Copps Hill. 

700. tElizabeth, 5 b. ; ra. Bennette Merlino de St. Pry. 

By second marriage — 

701. Samuel, 5 b. April, 17G9; d. Oct. 25, 1773, a. 4 y" 6 m°. [Grave-stone, 

Copps Hill. 

702. Abigail, 6 b. ; m. Thomas May of Boston, May 19, 1788. 

703. Itobert, 5 b. . 


MARY GYLES, 4 {Charles, 3 John, 2 Thomas,') sister of the pre- 
ceding; b. in Boston, March 26, 1720; m. March 30, 1742, Silas 
Atkins of Boston, supposed to be a native of Truro. The marriage 
was performed by Rev. John Webb, of the New North Church. 

They resided in Boston. He was a mariner, perhaps a shipmaster. 
He d. in 1778, intestate; and his son Silas was appointed administrator 
on his estate, Dec. 18, 1778. Their children were — 


704. Mary, b. Feb. 1, 1742-3. Never married. During the siege of Boston, 

1775, she remained and took charge of the house, while her parents and 
the other children were absent in the country. The house was in Prince 
Street, very near Charlestown Ferry. At the hack of the house was 
Copps Hill. She was there at the time of the battle of Bunker Hill. 
From the top of Copps Hill, the preparations for the battle were dis- 
tinctly seen. A British officer, with his wife and two children, stayed 
with her at her father's house at the time, before and long after the 
battle. She saw carts pass her house with wounded soldiers from 
that sanguinary encounter. Often, during the night, she heard the balls 
whistling over the house, and in the morning, the balls were sometimes 
found in the garden. One of her father's houses, near the ferry, was 
demolished for fuel for the British troops. On her father's return to 
town, he found his dwelling-house and furniture in as good order as 
when he left it. Mary Atkins died in 1802, a. 59. 

705. tSarah, b. Oct. II, 1745; m. Nathaniel Howland. 

706. tSilas, b. about 1747 ; m. Martha Howland. 

707-716. Ten sons, names to the compiler unknown. Many of them died from 
home. Though some of them were married and had children, yet none 
of their descendants are now living. 

717. Winifred, one of the youngest, m. John Otis, 5 b. July 9, 1754, d. July 11, 

1832, a large landowner in Scituate. They had ten children, whose 
names may be found in the Otis Genealogy, in the Geneal. Reg. Vol. 
IV., p. 146. But Mrs. Abigail A. Quincy [793], a niece of Mrs. Otis, 
now, 1860 eighty-eight years of age, says there were seventeen children 
of John and Winifred Otis, some of whom are now living in Scituate. 


JOHN GYLES, 4 {Charles, 3 John, 2 Thomas, 1 ) brother of the pre- 
ceding; b. in Boston, Aug, 29, 1725; m. Mary Maverick, dau of 
John Maverick. She was a descendant, it is believed, of Samuel 
Maverick, b. about 1602, the original possessor and inhabitant of 
Noddle's Island [now East Boston], whom Winthrop and his company 
found already settled there in 1 630.* 

He resided in Boston, and was a dealer in fancy goods. He died of 
camp-fever, contracted from the barracks of the British troops, who were 
at that time quartered near the place of his residence, shortly before 
Boston was declared by General Gage to be in a state of siege. 
[Sumner's History of East Boston, pp. 170, 173. 

His children were — 

718. Mary, 5 m. Dec. 19, 1771, Ebenezer Howard, a dealer in cabinet-ware. 

719. Ann, 5 m. Adam Knox, a sea-captain. 

720. Elizabeth, 5 m. Levi Lane, a merchant on Long Wharf, Boston. 

721. tSarah, 5 m. Joseph Mountfort, a sea-captain. 

722. Mercy, 5 m. Nov. 14, 1784, Richard Roberts, a sea-captain, a native of 

Rfchmond, Va. He was lost at sea, in his vessel, about 1795. He had — 

723. Richard, d. in Boston, 1812, a. 25. 

724. Elizabeth, d. in Boston. 1805, a. 13. 


Two sons, who d. young. 

* Samuel Maverick was also a Royal Commissioner, with Col. Richard Nichols, 
Sir Robert Carr, and Col. George Cartwright, who were sent over from England by 
Charles II., ostensibly to hear complaints and correct abuses, but in reality to crush 
the liberties of the country. The Commissioners arrived in Boston, in July, 1664. 

Some have supposed that Samuel Maverick was a son of Rev. John Maverick, 
who came to New England in the Mary and John in 1630, and, with Rev. John 
Warham as colleague, was the first minister of Dorchester. But this statement is 
wholly discredited by Palfrey, in his History of New England. Rev. John Maverick 
d. Feb. 3, 1636-7, being about 60 years of age. 


Jfiftlj (fetttttutian* 


HANNAH GYLES,* (Samuel, 4 John, 3 Thomas, 2 Thomas, 1 ) only 
dau. of Doctor Samuel Gyles 4 of Salisbury; b. there, May 25, 1738; 
m. Aug. 26, 175G, Capt. Jonathan Parsons, 4 b. at Lyme, Ct., April 
25, 1735, son of Rev. Jonathan Parsons, 3 formerly of Lyme, and then of 

He was at first a goldsmith ; but soon exchanged that occupation for 
the more exciting scenes of the sea. He speedily rose to the position 
of master-mariner ; and for temperance, sobriety, integrity and truth, 
as well as for courage and skill, was a fit model for imitation by his sea- 
faring brethren. After a long season of spiritual darkness and dis- 
tress — continuing eight years — the Sen op Righteousness shone 
brightly into his heart ; and he joined in full communion with the First 
Presbyterian Church in Newburyport, Nov. 4, 1772. He carried his 
religion into all his conduct ; had prayers daily on board of his vessel, 

* Rev. Jonathan Paksons 3 was b. at West Springfield, Nov. 30, 1705; son of 
Ebenezer Parsons, 2 b. Nov. 17, 1668, who was son of Benjamin Parsons, 1 one of 
the first settlers of Springfield. 

He grad. Yale Coll. 1729 ; studied divinity with Rev. Elisha Williams, President 
of Yale College, and with that eminent theologian, Rev. Jonathan Edwards of 
Northampton; was ordained pastor at Lyme, Ct., March 17, 1730-1 ; dismissed, 
Oct. 1745; came to Newbury the following month, being invited thither by the 
advice of Whitefield ; removed his family to Newburyport, March, 1746, and took 
charge of the First Presbyterian Church there, which had been formed on the third 
of January preceding, and which the revival had called into existence. He was an 
eminently devoted, faithful, and useful minister;* one who lived near to God, and 
had much of the influence of His Holy Spirit ; a decided and distinguished friend of 
the Great Revival in 1740-3, and of the illustrious Whitefield.:): The great evange- 
list, just named, died at his house on the morning of the Sabbath, Sept. 30, 1770, 
and was buried, according to his own desire, in front of his pulpit, where the precious 
remains still repose. Mr. Parsons, himself, died July 19, 1776, a. 71, and was 
buried by his side. He was twice married — 1. to Phebe, dau. of John Griswold of 
Lvme, Ct., and sister of Gov. Matthew Griswold. She was a woman of superior 
understanding, and of eminent piety. She d. Dec. 26, 1770. 2. Mrs. Lydia Clark- 
son, widow of Andrew Clarkson, Esq., of Portsmouth, N. H. She d. April 30, 1773. 
Rev. Jonathan and Phebe Parsons were parents of Samuel Holden Parsons, b. 
May 14, 1737, a Major General in the Army of the Revolution, a brave and 
distinguished officer. 

Rev. Jonathan Parsons was the author of several occasional sermons, originally 
issued in pamphlet form. Two volumes of his sermons, sixty in number, were 
printed in Newburyport, in 1781, by John Mycall, the husband of his grand-dan. 
Elizabeth Parsons [728]. For a Memoir of this eminent servant of Christ, see 
Rev. Dr. Sprague's Annals of the American Pulpit, Vol. III., pp. 47-52. See also, 
American Quarterly Register, Vol. XIV., p. 109, &c. See also, an Account of the 
Parsons Family, in Geneal. Reg., Vol. I., p. 363, &c. For an account of his labors < 
in his parish in Lyme, during the Great Revival, 1741-2, see " The Great Awaken- 
ing," by Rev. Joseph Tracy, Chap. XI. 

* Not less than two hundred persons, it is supposed, were converted in Newburyport, through 
his instrumentality 

J Kev. George \Vhitefield was h at Gloucester, Eng. Dec 16, 1714. 


which all were required to attend ; and ever made Duty his guiding 
star. He sometimes read the Bible through, in a single voyage ; and 
made it the rule of his daily life. He was strict in his observance of 
the Sabbath ; on that day he would never sail out of port ; and never 
would buy or sell till the day was over. No fraud was ever suspected 
where his word was given. He was sympathizing in distress, and his 
hand was never slack in relieving affliction. 

His voyages were chiefly to the West Indies. His last voyage was 
made in the schooner Bee. She sailed from Newburyport to Point-a- 
Petre, Guadaloupe ; thence to Turk's Island; thence to Port-au-Prince, 
St. Domingo ; thence homeward to the place first mentioned. On the 
passage from Point-a-Petre, he was attacked with a malignant fever, 
occasioned by daily attendance on an American captain there who died 
of that complaint ; and died at sea, after an illness of nine days, on the 
evening of December 29, 1784, re. 50. 

Rev. John Murray, his minister, and the successor of his father in 
the pastoral office, preached a sermon in commemoration of his virtues, 
Feb. 27, 1785, which was printed at the request of the Marine Society. 
The text was the very appropriate passage in Heb. 6 : 19, "Which 
hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and 
which entereth into that within the vail." The discourse was a curious 
and ingenious performance, and very characteristic of the earnest, elo- 
qent preacher. A copy of it, furnished to me through the kindness of 
Mr. Jacob Stone, a grandson of Capt. Parsons, has supplied some of 
the materials for this notice. 

It appears from the sermon, that Capt. Parsons had also seen ser- 
vice in the array ; he had " braved the dangers of the field" in his 
country's cause ; taken by the enemy on the high seas, he had stood 
firm and undismayed before his captor, an admiral of high rank, plead- 
ing resolutely against insolence, injustice, and outrage, and to his firm- 
ness on such an occasion, his owners were indebted for the restoration 
of their property, and his crew for the saving of their lives. The 
special circumstances are not given. 

After his death, his widow Hannah m. Col. Stephen Cross of New- 
buryport.* He was postmaster there. 

The children of Capt. Jonathan and Hannah (Gyles) Parsons, were — 

727. Samuel Gyles, b. 1757; drowned at the age of twelve in Merrimac River. 
Tradition says he was pushed off the wharf by a schoolmate, in wanton 

* The father and grandfather of Mrs. Hannah (Gyles) Parsons were men of 
handsome property ; but in consequence of a connection with some obnoxious tory, 
the family estates were, during the Revolutionary War, confiscated. After the 
establishment of our Independence, Capt. Parsons, her husband, made efforts to 
recover them, and nearly succeeded. There was a majority of only one in the 
legislature against the petition, and that one was the abovenamed Col. Cross, the 
member from Newburyport. Could he have foreseen his own marriage with the 
widow of Capt. Parsons, his vote might have been given the other way, and the 
property been saved. 

\ His grave-stone has the following, as a part of the inscription upon it : " Quis 
puer, quoad mores et sapientiam celestem morietur, etsi esset centum annorum." 
The Latin is difficult, but it may mean that the deceased, if truly virtuous and 
prepared for heaven, did not die prematurelj . 


728. Elizabeth, b. 1759 ; m. 1, Samuel Chandler, b. 1760 ; son of Rev. Samuel 
Chandler of Gloucester. He grad. H. C. 1779; was a teacher in New- 
buryport, and d. 1786. Their children were — 

729. Samuel (Chandler), b. 1782. He lived in Medford ; was a ship- 

master, bold, fearless, resolute, daring. In Aug. 1823, he 
returned to Boston from a voyage to the Northwest Coast of 
America, in the brig Pearl, owned by Bryant & Sturgis. 
The brio: touched at the Sandwich Islands, and brought home 
Mr Daniel Chamberlain, wife, and six children, who went 
out as missionaries in 1819. Capt Chandler was lost at sea, 
1827. His dan. Elizabeth Parsons (Chandler), b. 1825, m. 
Isaac A. Hatch, of Bangor, now a drvgoods merchant in 
Boston. She was very amiable, and all who knew her loved 
her. She had a taste for literature, and was a frequent con- 
tributor to newspapers and magazines. Above all, she was 
a devout Christian. She d. 1857, a. 32. 

730. Elizabeth Parsons (Chandler), b. 1784 ; d. 1786. 

2, John Mycall, a native of Worcester, England, b. 1757, d. June 1, 
1840, a. 83. He came to this country in 1775; for some time taught 
school at Amesbury; was a printer, and the Editor and Publisher of the 
Essex Journal and New Hampshire General Advertiser, a newspaper, 
printed at Newburyport, from about 1780 to 1790. He was also a book- 
publisher. He afterwards resided at Harvard and Cambridge; but died 
in Newburyport. He was generally called Master Mycall, from having 
been a teacher. He had a personal acquaintance with Isaiah Thomas, 
the father of American printing; also with Benjamin Franklin. His 
acquaintance with the latter resulted from an extensive knowledge of 
Electricity, which gave him opportunity, at times, to indulge in some 
severe practical jokes. He had an inexhaustible vein of humor, which 
he often gratified at the expense of others. He once published in his 
paper the death of a mechanic, who had promised to repair his chaise 
on a certain day, " if he was alive" ; and failed of so doing. He was a 
great word-catcher, and caviller at inaccuracies in conversation. He 
was fond of anecdotes, and many anecdotes might now be related of 
him. But he was a man of good education, a proficient in science, and 
fond of music. He was a line specimen of what the English call a 
clever man ; ingenious, shrewd, dextrous, and useful in emergencies. 
He happened to be passing through Brattle Square, in Boston, when 
they had just placed the bell in the belfry of the meetinghouse there. 
It was a large, heavy bell, the present one, weighing 4000 pounds ; the 
people were quite proud of it, but nobody could set it! A crowd had 
collected to hear, and there was great disappointment, for what is a bell 
without being carefully set? He made his way through the crowd, and 
set the bell, much to their admiration. In his native city, it had been 
his amusement to ring bells, and he often stole away from school for that 
purpose; and he thus acquired the necessary sleight. He set up the first 
organ in Newburyport, and was himself the organist from about 1795 to 
1801. He sent up the first balloon ever seen in Newburyport. He had 
his telescope, musical clocks, and a variety of other things, both curious 
and useful. He left considerable property to his wife. 

731. Jonathan, b. 1761 ; uiiin. ; lost at sea, during the Revolutionary War, in a 

" letter of marque." 

732. Hannah Gyles, b. 1763; m. Abraham Jackson of Newburyport. He was 

b. 1748;' d. 1823, a. 75. A man of vigorous intellect, and strongly 
marked character; an officer of the Excise under King George III., 
and retained his royalist sympathies through life, never fearing to ex- 
press his opinions on the English government, and the causes which led 
to the American Revolution. A handsome fortune, acquired by him in 
trade and commerce, was much impaired by the depredations of the 
European belligerents, under the British Orders in Council, and the 
Beilin and Milan Decrees of Napoleon; also, by the "Great Fire" 
in Newburyport, May 31, 1811. Mrs. Jackson was attractive in per- 
son, amiable in temper, a fine singer, and was habitually governed 


by firm religious principles. She died Nov. 23, 1827, a. 64. Their 
children were — 

733. Charlotte (Jackson) ; nnm., and still living, 1862. 

Three children died in infancy, between Charlotte and Ellen. 

734. Ellen (Jackson); m. 1829, Capt. George F.Pearson, a Post- 

Captain in the United States Navy. His last duty at sea 
was in command of the United States stearn-frigate Pow- 
hatan, on a cruise to the East Indies, China, and Japan ; 
from which he returned in August, 1860. Ho entered the 
Navy in 1815, and, having been in that service 45 years, has, 
by a recent law been placed upon the Retired List, though 
now retained in duty as commandant of the Navy Yard, 
Portsmouth, N. H. Mrs Pearson is a lady of quick intel- 
lectual perceptions, and extensive literary attainments. 
Their children have been — 

735. Ellen Lavinia (1'earson), m., 1854, Capt. William 

Hearl Treadwell. She d. July, 1858. 

736. Louisa (Pearson) ; unm. ; d. at Portsmouth, 1846. 

737. Elizabeth Herrick (Pearson). 

738. Isaac Rand (Jackson), b. 1804 ; a man of brilliant parts, and of 
great promise; of highly cultivated mind, of refined taste, 
and remarkable for a pleasing and easy address, and grace- 
ful manners. He practised law in Philadelphia ; moved 
in the best society, and exhibited great energy, courage and 
decision of character. He was equal to any emergency, ancf 
filled with credit every position in which he was placed. He 
was a devoted virtuoso, collecting minerals, coins, statuary, 
&c, and his natural taste for these pursuits was cultivated 
and strengthened by a residence of two years in Europe, and 
a pedestrian tour through Switzerland. He left the largest 
cabinet of minerals in the United States. He died at Co - 
penhagen, July 27, 1842, as. 38, at the time occupying 
the post of Charge d'Affaires at the Court of Denmark, 
to which he had been appointed by President Harrison, 
who was his personal friend. He married, in 1833, Louisa 
Catharine Carroll, daughter of Charles Carroll of Philadel- 
phia, only son of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the last 
survivor of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. 
She is still living, a widow, in Philadelphia. Of their five 
children — Louisa, Harriet, Charles Carroll, Oswald, and 
Mary Ellen— Louisa died in 1854, and Oswald volunteered 
in the army at the commencement of this rebellion ; has since 
been promoted to the rank of Captain, and, as an aid to 
General Keyes, has been with that general in all the recent 
battles in Virginia and Maryland. The other children are 
now with their mother in Philadelphia. 
739. Lois, b. Feb. 9, 1765; m. May, 1797, Capt. Jacob Stone, b. Dec. 4, 1764, 
a respectable shipmaster aiid factor of Newburyport, engaged in the East 
and West India trade, from 1795 to 1806, after which he retired from the 
sea, and engaged in the pursuits of commerce on the shore. In 1799 
he commanded the armed schooner Maria, owned by Abraham Jackson 
and Prout & Parsons, bound for the Mediterranean, with a cargo of cof- 
fee, valued at forty thousand dollars. She was captured by two French 
cruisers, after ("une resistance opiniatre," was the expression used by 
the French commander, in his testimony before the Court of Admiral- 
ty) a stubborn resistance, carried into the Spanish port of Algesiras, and 
condemned. A portion of this loss, about one half, was recovered, under 
the Treaty between Spain and the United States, in 1819 ; the United 
States paying the claimants five millions of dollars, and gaining the terri- 
tory and jurisdiction of Florida. He made the first entry of an East India 
cargo at Newburyport, imported in the brig Industry, in March, 1805.* 

* The Industry was a brig of about 200 tons, owned by Abner Wood. The fol- 
lowing is a copy of Capt. Stone's letter of instructions. Some of the names will be 


He died June 23, 1831, a. 66. With a feeble constitution, and a deli- 
cate physical organization, Mrs. Stone had a large amount of energy 
and activity, and a courage that never faltered in danger or emergency. 
She had a remarkable sprightliness and vigor of intellect, cultivated and 
improved by reading and reflection, and tempered with practical good 
sense. A dark, bright, sparkling eye, flashing high thought and pur- 
pose, gave animated expression to her pale features. Plainness, truth- 
fulness and sincerity, united with warmth and tenderness of feeling, 
were her characteristics. Religion was her constant theme, and her 
daily employment, gilding every act and duty ; a principle of action, as 
well as an emotion of the heart. Calm, steady, yet fervent, it shone in 
her life, it graced and sustained her last moments, and still hallows her 
sleeping dust. Mrs. Stone died Aug. 12, 1828, a. 63. Their children 
were — 

740. Gyles Parsons (Stone), b. Sept. 4, 1798; m. 1831, Sarah Mul- 
liken [773]. Both are still living. He was a shipmaster for 
several years, and for the last twelve years has been Cashier 
of the Merchants' Bank in Newburvport. Thev have — 
741. Charles Edward (Stone), b. , 1832. 

recognized as those of leading merchants in that day, known through the commer- 
cial world : — 

" Newburyport, November 14, 1803. 
" Cap n Jacob Stone, 


We the subscribers having freighted of Mr. Abner Wood the 
Brig Industry, of which you are Master, for a Voyage to be performed from this to 
the Isle of France, Batavia, &c. with Specie Dollars, for the purpose of procuring a 
Load of Coffee, our general Instructions to you are : 

" That on your arrival at the Isle of France, if you can purchase Coffee at Twelve 
Dollars per French Hundred, including all charges, on board, you are to purchase, 
investing all our Money therein, with which you will return immediately to this Port. 
" Shou'd Coffee be higher than this at the Isle of France, you are to proceed to 
Batavia, where if it is to be procured, it is not probable that the price will be so 
high, but that it will be proper for you to purchase. If, however, it shou'd be, that 
there is no Coffee to be had, or that the Price is so high, that Pepper, Sugar, Salt- 
Petre, or Cotton Goods wou'd pay us a greater profit [at] home, you are then to 
nuke your Purchases in the latter Articles, laying out our money in such proportion 
therein, as that we shall receive the greatest possible advantage therefrom. 

"If Pepper is to be preferred, and it can be procured at a much less rate by going 
to Sumatra, you will proceed there for it. If Sugar, Salt-Petre, and Cotton Goods, 
are the best Articles, you are to proceed to Calcutta for them. 

" In whatever Articles you may Invest our Money, you are to observe that it is 
all to be invested in the Heavy Articles, paying the greatest Freight, if the Brig will 
carry it ; if not, as much is to be invested as the Brig will carry, and the residue in 
light goods. 

" Herewith we hand you Bills of Lading of our Specie, containing on the backs 
thereof our Freight Agreement for the Brig. 

" Wishing you Health and success, we are your Friends — 

William Bartlet, $18,000 

Thomas Carter, 3,000 

Oliver Putnam, 3,000 

Anthonv Davenport, 2,000 

Samuel" Foster, 2,000 

Edward Rand, 1,000 

Nicholas Johnson, 1,000 

Abner Wood, 4,000 

William Bartlet, for ) „ nnn 

Sawyer & Wigglesworth, J AUUU 

Making in the whole, $36,000 

[Sawyer & Wigglesworth were merchants in Boston, on India Wharf ; William 
Sawyer, H. C. 1788, d. 1859; Thomas Wigglesworth, II. C. 1793, d. 1855. Wil- 
liam* Sawyer was son of Dr. Micajah Sawyer of Newburyport.] 


741a. Phebe Elizabeth Parsons (Stone). 
7416. Margaret Marshfield (Stone). 

All unmarried, and still living. 
Three others have deceased. 

742. Jacob (Stone), b. 1800; d. 1804. 

743. Charles (Stone), b. Nov. 20, 1802; unm. ; d. Nov. 13, 1826, a. 

24. He was an apothecary ; well instructed in his employ- 
ment ; faithful in duty ; successful in business. He was a 
sincere Christian, and died trusting in Christ as his Saviour. 

744. Jacob (Stone), b. Nov. 6, 1805; now, and for eighteen years 

past, Cashier of the Ocean Bank in Newburyport. To him 
the Compiler and the readers of this volume are mainly in- 
debted for the information it contains touching the descend- 
ants of his honored grandparents, Jonathan and Hannah 
(Gyles) Parsons. He m. November 3, 1830, Eliza Atkins 
of Boston, dau. of Capt. Isaac Atkins, son of Capt. Henry 
Atkins, of Boston, who came from Truro, Cape Cod, and d". 
about 1834, a. 93. The wife of Henry Atkins was Mary 
Lombard of Truro. Their children are — 

745. Eliza Atkins (Stone), b. April 19, 1832; m. Sept. 
20, 1854, Brevet Capt. Charles G. Merchant of 
the United States Army ; a native of New Hamp- 
shire; who graduated at West Point in 1843; 
served with credit through the Mexican war ; was 
in some of the severe battles, as those of Molino 
del Hey and Chapulrepec, and was twice breveted 
" for gallant and meritorious conduct" ; after the 
war, was severely wounded in an encounter with 
the Camanches in Texas ; and d. in Pascagoula, 
Miss., Sept. 4, 1855. Mrs. Merchant is still liv- 
ing in Newburyport. Their daughter — 

746. Louisa Stone (Merchant) was born at 
Carlisle, Pa., Jan. 6, 1856. 
747. Louisa Parsons (Stone), b. April 19, 1834; grad- 
uated at the Normal School, West Newton ; a 
Teacher in the Albany Female Academy, N. Y. ; 
m. Oct. 4, 1859, John Hopkins, merchant, New 
Bedford. They have one son — 

748. Frederic Stone (Hopkins), b. Nov. 27, 
749. George Frederic Pearson (Stone), b. April 24, 1836 ; 
m. July, 1861, Julia S. Spaulding, dau. of Rev. 
Ephraim and Julia (Brooks) Spaulding, Mission- 
aries to the Sandwich Islands, from 1831 to 1837.* 
Mr. Stone is a merchant in Boston, and resides in 
Melrose. Thev have a daughter — 

750. Mary Grant (Stone), b. Sept. 2, 1862. 

* Rev. Ephraim Spaulding was b. in Ludlow, Vt., Dec. 10, 1802; experienced 
the converting grace of the gospel as early as 1815; grad. Midd. Coll. 1828, and 
pursued the full course in Theology at Andover, closing in 1831. At Andover, the 
compiler of this volume enjoyed the privilege of an intimate and endeared friend- 
ship with him, nurtured by similarity of tastes, pursuits, and prospects. About the 
first of January, 1831, both of our names, with those of Sherman Hall, David Belden 
Lyman, and Asher Wright, were signed to an offer of our services to the American 
Board, to go forth as missionaries to the heathen. He was married, in the autumn 
of that year, to Julia Brooks, of Buckland, Mass., b. April 7, 1810, a pupil of Miss 
Grant's and Miss Lyon's Seminary at Ipswich ; was ordained as a missionary at 
New Bedford, Nov. 21, 1831, and on the 26th of the same month, sailed from that 
port in the ship Averick, Capt. Swain, with his wife, and Rev. Messrs. John S. 
Emerson, David B. Lyman, William Patterson Alexander, Richard Armstrong, 
Cochran Forbes, Harvey Rexford Hitchcock, and Lorenzo Lyons, and Doctor Alonzo 
Chapin (physician) and their wives, and Edmund H. Rogers, printer, as missionaries 
to the Sandwich Islands. The failure of Mr. Spaulding's health compelled him to 
return in June, 1837, and he died June 28, 1840. His widow resides in Melrose. 


751. Henry Atkins (Stone), b. Jan. 7, 1838; unm. ; a 

pioneer settler and farmer, in Township No. 3, 
Aroostook County, Maine ; and now a patriotic 
soldier in the Eighth Regiment of Maine Volun- 
teers, in General Mitchell's Division, at Beaufort, 
S. C. He now acts as Regimental Clerk. 

752. Goodwin Atkins (Stone), b. July 12, 1841 ; grad. 

with honor at H. C. 1862 ; now Teacher of the 
High School, Concord, Mass. 

753. Sophia May (Stone), b. Oct. 12, 1843. 

754. Jacob (Stone), b. Aug. 18, 1845. 

755. Sarah Goodwin (Stone), b. May 19, 1851 ; d. Sept. 

2, 1851. 
756. Lois Parsons (Stone), b. April 2, 1808 ; m. Oct. 27, 1831, Rev. 
Edward Henry Edcs of Boston. He studied Theology at the 
Divinity School, Cambridge; was ordained pastor of the 
Unitarian Society at Eastport, Me., in 1831 ; was obliged to 
leave that place by reason of ill health ; was installed at 
Augusta, Me., 1836, where he remained three years; was 
settled again, 1839, at Kennebunk, Me. ; d. of consumption, 
May 31, 184 3. He was an exemplary Christian, and a writer 
of considerable merit, and was much beloved by his people. 
A Memoir and a few Select Sermons of his were issued from 
the press, in 1846, under the supervision of Rev. Andrew P. 
Peabody, D. D., now (1862) acting President of Harvard 
University. Mrs. Edes is still living, and resides in New- 
buryport. Children — 

757. Mary Gardiner (Edes), b. Oct. 1832 ; d. Sept. 1833. 

758. Edward Henry (Edes), b. Jan 1834 ; d. Aug. 1834. 

759. Mary Gardiner (Edes), b. Aug. 1835; d. Sept. 1836. 

760. Edward Henry (Edes), b. Nov. 12, 1836; now in 

the dry goods business in Boston. 

761. Mary Olivia (Edes), b. Nov. 15, 1838; unmarried; 

resides in Newburyport. 

762. Henry (Edes), b. May, 1842; d. Oct. 1844. 

763. Mary Loring, b. 1768; m. about 1798, Nathaniel Brown, who d. about 
1825. She spent most of her long life in Hallowell, Me., where she 
died Oct. 29, 1858, a. 90, the last survivor of her mother's numerous 
family. Her mind was above mediocrity, her perceptions clear, and her 
judgment uncommonly good. Her faculties continued unimpaired to 
the last, with only a slight and occasional failure of the memory. 

Her piety was silent and unobtrusive, and always accompanied with a 
deep sense of personal unworthiness, yet her faith in the merits of a cru- 
cified Saviour, was strong and unwavering. She was much attached to 
the old-fashioned doctrines of the Cross, and this belief afforded her, in 
her last sickness, a peace which nothing could disturb. As one who saw 
her often in those closing days expressed it — Her death was beautiful as 
sunset, and peaceful as the fall of a leaf on a still October day. Her 
daughter and only child — 

764. Lucia Parsons (Brown), unm. ; is still living in Hallowell. 
Having enjoyed the advantages of a superior education, she 
has been for several years an approved and successful teacher 
in the higher and ornamental branches. She is an accom- 
plished lady, with fine intellectual endowments, and is also 
an active, earnest Christian, foremost in every good enter- 
prise, with head, and heart, and hand. 
765. Samuel Gyles, b. 1773 ; unm. ; was a very enterprising, active, intelligent, 
and successful merchant in Newburyport; a partner in business with 
William Prout, in the linn of Prout & Parsons. Although he died at 
the early age of 26, he acquired and left a handsome fortune, for that 
day. He had a good education and a taste for literature. To his 
sisters he was a favorite and dear brother, and they deeply lamented his 
untimely death. He died suddenly of yellow fever, caught from a West 
India trader in the harbor, July 22, 1799. 


766. Phebe, b. Nov. 4, 1776; m. 1797, Samuel Mulliken, b. 1769; more than 
forty years Cashier of a Bank in Newburyport ; first of the Newburyport 
Bank, then of the Merchants'. He resigned the office in 1850. He was 
an intelligent and faithful bank officer; a gentleman of the old school; 
well read in history and biography; and d. in 1858, a. 89. Mrs. Mulli- 
ken, through a life of much anxious care and constant ill health, was a 
quiet, amiable woman, and a devout Christian. She was gifted with a 
sweet voice in song. She rested from life's labor, with the gladness of a 
weary traveller, who has at last arrived at home, and her chamber of 
death was an illuminated passage to Heaven. She died Aug. 29, 1836, 
se. 60* 

Those spiritual and sublime stanzas, from Mrs. Hemans, are most ap- 
propriately inscribed upon her tablet in the old church-yard in New- 
bury : — 

Calm on the bosom of thy God, 

Fair spirit ! rest thee now ; 
E'en while with us, thy footsteps trod, 
His seal was on thy brow. 

Dust, to its narrow house beneath ! 

Soul to its place on high ! — 
They that have seen thy look in death, 

.No more may fear to die. 

The children of Samuel and Phebe (Parsons) Mulliken, were — 

767. Hannah Gyles (Mulliken), b. 1798; m. Hon. Micajah Lunt, an 

opulent, and highly respected citizen of Newburyport. He 
has been prominent in City, County, and State Affairs; 
President of the Merchants' Bank ; a Director of the Eastern 
Itailroad; a member of the State Senate, &c. He is largely 
engaged in commerce ; and has probably been owner and 
manager of more tons of shipping, than any other gentleman 
in Newburyport. Mrs. Lunt was a matronly lady, of well- 
balanced mind, fine education, and agreeable manners. She 
visited Europe, in company with her husband. She d. 1829, 
a. 30. No children. 

768. Susannah (MullikenJ, d. 1856, unmarried. 

769. Nathaniel (Mulliken), b. 1803; m. Adeline White, about 1829. 

He d. 1848, a. 45. Children— 

770. Elizabeth (Mulliken), m. "William Macy, merchant, 

of New Bedford. 

771. Mary Adeline (Mulliken), m. Gilbert Allen, mer- 

chant, of New Bedford. 

772. Thomas White (Mulliken), unmarried. All living 

in New Bedford. 

773. Sarah (Mulliken), m. Gyles P. Stone [740]. 

774. Phebe (Mulliken J, b. 1807 ; d. Nov. 26, 1828, a. 21. 

775. Caroline (Mulliken;, m. George Wise of Kennebunk, Me. Still 


776. Moses J. (Mulliken), m. 1860, Sarah D. Gibbs, of Sandwich. 

He is a shipmaster in the European and East India trade. 
No children. 

* All the six daughters of Capt. Jonathan and Hannah (Gyles) Parsons were 
women of superior excellence, of line social qualities, of cultivated minds, and 
eminently religious. These ladies, while agreeing in the possession of an earnest 
Christian character, had each her peculiarities of mind and temperament. Mrs. 
Mycall was quick and impulsive, with great strength and tenacity of purpose ; Mrs. 
Jackson, aspiring and ambitious, adorned her station in society ; Mrs. Stone was 
artless, and plain-hearted, yet active and energetic ; Mrs. Brown, stately, reserved, 
dignified, and self-reliant; Mrs. Mulliken, diffident, retiring, - quiet, and sweet- 
tempered ; Miss Lucia was kind and affectionate. 

" These all died in faith," and the chamber where they met, and through grace 
divine vanquished the King of terrors, was quite on the verge of heaven, and seemed 
illuminated with its radiance. The savor of their piety, like choice perfume, still 
remains. May it ever remain with their descendants ! 


777. Samuel Gyles Parsons (Mulliken), unm. ; a shipmaster. Ee- 

sides in Newburyport. 

778. Lucia Parsons (Mulliken), nnm. Eesides in Newburyport. 

779. Elizabeth Chandler (Mulliken), unm. Eesides in Newburyport. 

780. Lucia, b. Oct. 1778 ; never married ; d. Jan. 28, 1826, a. 47. 

781. Jonathan, b. , 1780; unm.; d. at the Island of St. Bartholomew, in 

the West Indies, July 10, 1811, a. 31. 


ELIZABETH GYLES, S {Edward* Charles, 3 John, 2 Thomas, 1 ) 
dau. of Edward 4 and Elizabeth (Holland) Gyles of Boston ; b. there. 
175- ; m. Feb. 22, 1778, Bennette Claude Meelino de St. Pry, 
So his name appears on the records, and in the documents before me ; 
but the first name, if written in French, should be JJenoit, which an- 
swers in French both to Bennet and to Benedict. 

There is not a little of mystery, perhaps we may call it romance, 
shrouding the history and character of the individual who was the 
husband of Elizabeth Gyles. He was of a distinguished and opulent 
family in France. Some who were well acquainted with his wife, say 
that he was a French Marquis. My principal informant, an intelligent 
descendant of his, says — " We know for certainty that he was a French 
nobleman of some order or other; and that he was an officer under 
Louis XVI. He was a native of Lyons, but his mother belonged to 
the nobility of Sardinia." He came to this country as early as 1775, 
probably in the former part of that year; possibly in 1774. This is 
inferred from a letter still extant addressed by a French gentleman, 
St. George de Viast, " to Dr. Joseph Warren, Present," introducing St. 
Pry to him as a person desirous of learning the English language ; also 
from a bill of St. Pry against a certain individual, dated 1775. That 
he was settled in Boston in 1778, is evident, not only from his marriage 
as above given, but from the fact that he was taxed in Boston in that 
year. His tax then amounted to £G.0.10. In 1770, it was £01.14.2. 
In 1780, he owned extensive salt-works on Plum Island, near New- 
buryport, valued at 1500 dollars. lie was a large ship-owner. He 
was on familiar terms with Count d'Estaing, Count de Grasse, and the 
Marquis de la Fayette. Repeatedly the French consul sent invita- 
tions (still in being) to him to repair to the consulate, " pour y deliberer 
sur des affaires qui concernent la nation." It seems that he made one 
or more voyages to France before his final return to that country. On 
one of these voyages, he and two other gentlemen were taken prisoners 
by the English, paroled, and sent to Newburyport. While there, he 
stayed at the house of Mr. Parsons. This was probably in July, 1780, 
as we find a bill from Dr. Micajah Sawyer against St. Pry for medical 
attendance at the house of Mr. Parsons in Newburyport. The wife of 
Capt. Jonathan Parsons, of that town, was a distant relative of Mrs. St. 
Pry ; and it was probably at his house that St. Pry sojourned. 

When the relatives of St. Pry in France heard that he had married 
a heretic, they were much displeased ; but when they learned that his 
daughter had been named after his mother and sister (Eleanor, or 
Helena, these being equivalent names) and baptized by a Catholic 
priest (Matignon of Boston) they were so well satisfied that they sent 
to this child, afterwards Mrs. Treat, a ship richly laden with valuable 
presents, among which were a coach and horses, and a large sum of 


money. These were all captured by the English fleet under Lord Howe, 
when within three days' sail of Boston.* Lord Howe wrote a sauey 
note to St. Pry, informing him that he was enjoying his luxuries. 

St. Pry, during his residence in Boston, or shortly after, wrote an 
article, and had it printed over his signature in some Boston newspaper, 
perhaps the Columbian Centinel, accusing the French consul at Boston, 
whose name was de la Tume, or some similar name (it was pronounced 
as if spelled Toom) of complicity with the English. This made the 
consul a mortal enemy to St. Pry and to his family. 

About the year 1783, St. Pry, at the request of his mother, returned 
to France, to obtain property left to him by some relatives. He 
expected before long to come back to Boston, with his property, and 
therefore made no adequate provision for the support of his family dur- 
ing a long absence. Contrary to their expectation and to his, he soon 
after died. The French consul now found ample opportunity to wreak 
his vengeance on the unoffending family of St. Pry. The relatives of 
the latter wrote letter after letter to Mrs. St. Pry, inviting her to come 
to France with her family ; but the letters never reached her. It was 
afterwards found that nineteen of these letters had been addressed to 
her in the care of this villainous consul, and had all failed of their 
destination, although she lived in the same city. One of the letters 
contained a draft for ten thousand crowns, to pay her expenses, of which 
she never received a sou. At length, the friends in France sent a let- 
ter through the French consul at Philadelphia, at that time the seat of 
our Federal Government. He gave it to Hon. Fisher Ames, repre- 
sentative from the Suffolk district, with the request to see if there was 
such a family in or near Boston. Mrs. St. Pry got this letter, and was 
about to sail with her family, when the French Revolution, in its deso- 
lating progress, defeated the project. The title and estates of St. Pry 
were confiscated. A large amount of property, invested in the French 
funds, was converted to public uses. In addition to all these misfor- 
tunes, some ill-disposed persons got possession of all the valuable papers 
which belonged to St. Pry in this country, including his coat of arms 
and Family Record, and thereby obtained all the property which he 
had left in America. Mrs. St. Pry, therefore, found herself in circum- 
stances of great want and distress, with no prospect of relief. The re- 
sult was, she became of unsound mind, and put a period to her worldly 
troubles, about 1804, by drowning herself in the mill-pond, in Boston, 
near where the Leverett Street Jail afterwards stood. Her grand- 
daughter Sarah, some years ago, met in Baltimore a French ecclesiastic, 
Avho knew the family of St. Pry, or at least knew of it ; and he said it 
was a family of which one might well be proud. 

The children of Mons. St. Pry, by his wife Elizabeth Gyles, were — 

782. tHelena Merlino, b. Aug. 19, 1779; m. Samuel Treat. 

783. Charles Francis, b. June 28, 1783. He was absent many years ; visited his 

sister when he was about twenty-one years of age ; went to sea, and was 
never heard of afterwards. 

The name of the daughter appears on Boston Eeeords as Eleanor 
Merlino de St. Pry, born Aug. 9, 1779. The name of the son appears 
as Charles Francis de Guerdig Merlino de St. Fry, b. June 28, 1783. 

* We have the authority of Mrs. Treat for this statement. But was Lord Howe 
then in command of the British fleet in the American waters ? We think not. 



SARAH ATKINS, (Mary Gyles* Charles? John, 9 Ttwmas, 1 ) dau. 
of Silas and Mary (Gyles) Atkins of Boston; b. there, Oct. 11, 1745 ; 
m. Aug. 10, 17G7, Nathaniel Rowland of Boston. Married by Rev. 
Andrew Eliot of the New North Church, Boston. 

Their children were — 

784. Sarah, b. Nov. 16, 1768 ; m. 1789, Asa Whitaker. Their only child was— 
Nathaniel Rowland (Whitaker), b. April 25, 1790; an auctioneer in 
Boston ;.d. Aug. 28, 1849 ; m. June 7, 1S39, Nancy Wilson, widow of 
Ebenezer Alexander. Their only child is — Alexander Howland (Whit- 
aker), b. Nov. 21, 1841. 

7S5. Nathaniel, b. Feb. 14, 1770; never married ; a ship-master, a man of prop- 
erty, and much respected. He d. Oct. 22, 1836, a. 66. 

786. Silas Atkins, b. Jan. 15, 1772 ; d. Jan. 15, 1795, a. 23. 


Capt. SILAS ATKINS, (Mary Gyles* Charles, 3 John,' T/tomas, 1 ) 
eldest son of Silas and Mary (Gyles) Atkins of Boston; b. there about 
1747 ; m. Martha Howland, sister of the abovenamed Nathaniel, 
and sister also of Joseph Howland of New York. He was a ship- 
master, and lived in Boston. 

Their children were — 

787. Martha, b. October, 1770; m. Capt. Robert Gray of Boston, a native of 

Tiverton, R. I., who, in the ship Columbia, under his command, crossed 
the bar of Columbia River, on the Northwest Coast of America, per- 
haps in the year 1790, and, in consequence of that fact, has been re- 
garded as the " Discoverer of Columbia River." The river, at all 
events, received its name from the first ship that floated on its waters ; 
and the incident at length became of intense interest and high value as 
the foundation, in negotiations with Great Britain, of a claim on the 
part of the United States, to the immense regions comprised in the 
State of Oregon and Territory of Washington. The ship Columbia 
was on a voyage to the Sandwich Islands and the Northwest Coast. 
Her return "to Boston was warmly greeted. A company of artillery 
fired a salute ; Governor Hancock and a large number of the principal 
citizens came down to meet Capt. Gray. He d. in one of the Southern 
ports of the United States. Mrs. Gray survived him nearly or quite 
half a century, and d. March 26, 1857, a. 86. Capt. Robert and Martha 
(Atkins) Gray were the parents of — 

788. Robert ("Gray), b. d. at the age of 7 years. 

789. Martha Howland (Gray), b. May 31, 1796; m. Oct. 29, 1822, 

Jacob Bancroft of Boston ; his second wife. His first wife 
was Frances Butterfield. She d. Oct. 28, 1821, a. 34. The 
present wife united with Park Street Church, Boston, Sept. 6, 
1818, as he also did, June 2, 1822. Mr. Bancroft was formerly 
a dealer in dry goods in Boston, and is now a respectable 
inhabitant of that city. He has several children, but declines 
to furnish a record of his family for this volume. 

790. Elizabeth Dennis (Gray), b. Jan. 1, 1798; m. Charles Willey. 

He was formerly a merchant in Boston; now retired on*a 
farm in South Windsor, Ct. She united with Park Street 
Church, April, 1820. Both are still living. 

791. Abigail Quincy (Gray), b. April 9, 1800; unm. United with 

Park Street Church, June 2, 1822. Still living. 

792. Mary Ann (Gray), b. May 18, 1801 ; unm. United with Park 

Street Church, Sept. 7, 1823. Still living. 


793. Abigail, b. Aug. 10, 1772; m. John Williams Quincy, 6 son of Dr. Jacob 5 
and Elizabeth (Williams) Quincy of Boston.* He was a merchant and 
notary public, in Boston, where he d. Jan. 20, 1834. She united with 
Bark "Street Church, April 28, 1834. Mrs. Quincy d. Aug. 24, 1861, a. 
89. Their children were — 

794. Abigail B. (Quincy), d. 1834? United 

with Bark Street Church, Dec. 1817. 

795. John Williams (Quincy), ; drowned, at ten years 

of age, at Freeport, Me., where his parents then lived. 

796. Martha Atkins (Quincy), unm. United with Bark 

Street Church, Boston, Nov. 30, 1816. She is still living 
in New York City. 

797. Silas Atkins (Quincy), ; m. Hannah II. Butnam 

of Boston. She is deceased. He is living. He united with 
Bark Street Church, Feb. 25, 1834. He resided many years 
in Boston ; now resides in Roxbury. They have an only 
child — Anna Winifred (Quincy). 

798. Thomas Dennie (Quincy), b. June 1, 1807; m. Julia Child 

Bradford, dau. of William B. Bradford of Boston, and a 
descendant of Governor William Bradford. United with 
Bark Street Church, April 29, 1842. He is a Commission 
Merchant on Commercial Street, Boston, and has long been 
Treasurer of the Seaman's Friend Society. He resides in 
Dorchester, and has a son and a daughter. 

799. John Williams (Quincy), ; m. Catharine F. 

Allen, dau. of Hon. Stephen Allen of New York. He is a 
Hard-ware Merchant in New York City. He united with 
Essex Street Church, Boston, June 1, 1832. He is connect- 
ed with various enterprises of benevolence. Mrs. Quincy 
d. Oct. 1, 1857, leaving an only child, a daughter, Kate A. 

* The Bedigree of John W. Quincy is as follows : — 

I. EDMUND QUINCY 1 came from England, with his wife Judith, in companv 
with Rev. John Cotton, and arrived in Boston, Sept. 4, 1633. (See p. 78, note.) 
He was freeman, 1634; deputy to General Court same year, and received a grant of 
land at Mount Wollaston [now Quincy] where he d. soon after, a. 33. His only son — 

II. Edmund Quincy, 2 !). 1627, m. 1, Joanna Hoar, sister of Leonard Hoar,M.D., 
Bresident of Harvard College, by whom he had Daniel 1651, John 1652, Joanna 1654, 
Judith 1655, Elizabeth 1656, Edmund 1657, d. 1661, Ruth, Experience. 2, Elizabeth, 
dau. of Major Gen. Gookin, and widow of Bev. John Eliot of Roxbury. She d. 
Nov. 30, 1700. By the second marriage he had (besides Mary, b. 1684) — 

III. Edmund Quincy, 3 b. 1681, in which line alone the name has been pre- 
served. He grad. H. C. 1699; was Judge of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, 
and agent for the Brovincc in London, where he d. Feb. 23, 1738, greatly lamented. 
His wife was Dorothy, dau. of Rev. Josiah Flint of Dorchester. She d. Aug. 29, 
1737. They had Edmund, b. 1703; Elizabeth, m. John Wendell; Josiah, b. 1709, 
the father of Josiah 5 the Batriot (b. Feb. 23, 1744 ; d. April 26, 1775) and grand- 
father of Josiah, 6 b. Feb. 4, 1772, H. . C. 1790, Mayor of Boston, 1823-1828; 
Bresident of Harvard University, 1829-1845; now living, at the age of 90. 

IV. Edmund Quincy, 4 b. 1703, the eldeslr son of the preceding; H. C. 1722; 
d. 1788. He was Judge of the Court of Common Bleas. He ra. Elizabeth Wendell, 
sister of John Wendell, already named, and had by her, Edmund; Henry; Eliza- 
beth; Abraham, unm. ; Catharine, unm.; Sar r ih, m. William Greenleaf; Esther, m. 
Jonathan Sewall; Jacob ; Dorothy, m. 1, John Hancock, Governor of Massachusetts ; 
2, Capt. James Scott. 

V. Jacob Quincy, 5 a physician, m. Elizabeth Williams in 1760; d. at St. 
Eustatia, June 15, 1773. They had Jacob, m. Ann Bigelow; Elizabeth Wendell, in. 
Asa Clapp ; Mary, m. James Kettell ; Abraham. Howard, m. Mary Holland ; John 
Williams, m. Abigail Atkins; Samuel Maverick, m. Sally Smart, of Haymarket,[?l 
N. H. [Geneal. Reg., Vol. XL, pp. 71, 157. 

The children of the last pair were — Sarah, m. Goodhue — both are dead ; Eliza, 
m. Timothy Keith ; Helen, unm.; Caroline, unm.; Nancy, m. Norton; Mary, m. 
Wood ; Charles, deceased. 


Marv Gvles, 


Sarah Burt, 

She is still 





April, 1820. 


800. Buhert (Quincy), d. young. 

801. Elizabeth Ann Williams (Quincy), ; m. William 

Wales, a distinguished florist of Dorchester. United with 
Park Street Church, June 2, 1827. Both are now living in 
801. Mary Nash (Quincy), ; m. John A. Perry of 

Manchester, N. H. United with Park Street Church, June, 
802. Silas, b. about 1774 ; at twenty-two years of age went to South America, 
and settled there ; m. in Buenos Ayres a lady of Spanish descent, and 
by her had twelve children, all of whom lived to maturity, and are sup- 
posed to be still living in that country. The father d. in"lS32, a. 51. 
; m. Capt. Joshua Nash. 

; m. Oliver Farwell. He d. many years since, 
iving in New Boston, N. H. 

; unmarried ; died at the age of 21 . 
; unmarried. She united with Park Street Church, 
Is still living in Dorchester. 


SARAH GYLES, 5 (John* Charles, 3 John, 2 Thomas,') dau. of John 4 
and Mary (Maverick) Gyles of Boston ; b. there, 1759 ; m. 1777, Joseph 
Mountfort of Boston, a sea-captain in early life ; after which, for 
many years, he was in the Surinam trade. He was a son of Joseph, who 
was son of John, who was son of Edmund Mountfort, who, with his brother 
Henry, arrived in Boston from London in the ship Providence, in 1G56. 
He left six sons and two daughters, and d. Aug. 14, 1G90, ae. Gl.* 

Joseph Mountfort was a lieutenant in the Navy, under the brave 
Captain Manley, and was with him in several naval engagements during 
the Revolutionary "War. He was also one of the party which destroyed 
the tea in Boston harbor, Dec. 1773. [Sumner's Hist, of East Boston, 
p. 170.] Mrs. Sarah (Gyles) Mountfort d. in 1836, a. 77. 

The children of Joseph and Sarah (Gyles) Mountfort J were — 

807. Joseph, b. ; m. Lucretia Harris; a ship-master; d. in 

Demarara many years ago. 

808. John, b. 1788; m". June, 1828, Matilda D. McNeil of New Orleans. He 

was a Lieut, in the United States Artillery; was wounded in the battle 
at Little York, now Toronto, Canada West, under the command of Gen. 
Zebulon Pike, April 27, 1813, and distinguished himself at the battle of 
Plattsburg, Sept. 11, 1814, and in several other actions in that war. 
At the battle of Plattsburg, he commanded the artillery in Fort Brown, 

* According to Dugdale's History of Warwickshire, this family is descended 
from Hugo de Montfort, a Norman, who commanded the cavalry of William the 
Conqueror, at the battle of Hastings. Edmund, and his brothers Henry and 
Benjamin, were merchants in Boston, the father of whom was one of the founders 
of the King's Chapel, of which he was Warden in 1600 and 1696. His warehouse 
stood at the corner of Peirce's Alley and Faneuil Hall Square. Messrs. Lane & 
Bead long occupied this building, which has recently been torn down to give place 
to the present elegant cut granite structure. The warehouse of Henry Mountfort 
was on the opposite corner, on the site of the present Bite Tavern. This location, 
as per Drake's History of Boston, was long called " Mountfort' s Corner." 

J Gen. Sumner, in his valuable History of East Boston, notices this family, but 
commits an error in giving to Joseph and Sarah (Giles) Mountfort a son " Captain 
George Mountfort, who died many years ago." It should be " Captain Joseph 
Mountfort." He also errs in saying that Col. John Mountfort and his brother 
Charles died in 1856. 


and for gallant conduct on that occasion was made a Captain. He after- 
wards rose to the rank of Lieut. Colonel. He had a command in the 
Florida war, and resigned his commission in the army in 1838. After 
this he located himself at New Orleans, where he had married as ahove. 
A gunner's quadrant, used in the British artillery to determine the eleva- 
tion of a cannon, was taken by him from among the slain in a British 
battery, immediately after the battle of Plattsburg, and is still preserved 
as a trophy. He died suddenly, in Boston, Oct. 22, 1851, while on a 
visit to that city, and preparing to embark for Europe, with his family, 
aged 63. He was buried with military honors, in the old familj tomb, 
in Copps Hill Cemetery; since which his remains have been removed to 
the new family tomb at Mount Auburn. His only son, John, b. 1839, has 
resided for the past two years in Paris, to perfect his education. His 
only daughter, Laura, m. Stanford Emerson Chaille, M. D., who grad. 
H. C. 1851, and resides in New Orleans. She d. in that city, 1858, 
leaving one child. 

809. Charles, b 1791 ; m. Ann (Wilbur) Smith, widow of Capt. Charles Smith. 

He died Nov. 18, 1841, a. 50. 

810. Napoleon Bonaparte, b. Dec. 1800 ; m. Mary Trull, dau. of Ezra Trull, a 

distiller, of Boston. She d. Oct. 1858. He has been Judge of the 
Police Court in New York City. Now, June, 1860, practises law in 
New York. 

811. George, b. ; unm. From 1850 to 1858, he was Consul of the 

United States, for all the ports in the Island of Candia. He now resides 
in Boston, with his sisters. He is still engaged in the trade of the Levant. 

812. Sarah, b. ; unmarried. 

813. Elizabeth, b. ; unmarried. 

814. Rhoda, b. ; unmarried. 


HELENA MERLINO DE SAINT PRY, (Elizabeth Gyles,' Ed- 
ward* Charles? John? Thomas, 1 ) dau. of Bennett e Merlino de St. Pry, 
by his wife Elizabeth Gyles; b. in Boston, Aug. 9, 1779; m. about 
1800, Samuel Treat, b. 1750, son of Capt. John and Abigail (Hartt) 
Treat. John Treat, as we have already stated, was a son or grandson of 
Rev. Samuel Treat of Eastham. 

Samuel Treat was commissioned, Aug. 16, 1777, as lieutenant in a 
company commanded by David Bell. The commission is signed by the 
major part of the Council of Massachusetts Bay. He was stationed at 
Castle William, now Fort Independence, in Boston Harbor, from 1780 to 
1789. There is also a commission, (conferring on him the rank of Cap- 
tain,) preserved, with the other, among his descendants, signed by John 
Hancock, Governor, dated March 19, 1789. He was in the military 
service of the State of Massachusetts twenty-one years. He died May 
1, 1806, and was buried with military honors. 

He was thrice married; 1, to Eliza Brewer, who d. Jan. 6, 1786, a. 
25. 2, In 1790, to Ann May, dau. of Aaron May of Boston ; she d. 
1795, a. 33. By the first marriage he had four children ; by the second, 
five. 3, Helena Merlino de St. Pry. 

Mrs. Treat resided during many years in Boston, or its vicinity. 
She made vigorous efforts to recover a portion of the inheritance in 
France to which she was justly entitled in right of her father, but was 
only partially successful. She was a woman of sincere and earnest 
piety, which was manifested through her long widowhood of nearly forty 
years. She d. in Pittsfield, N. EL, Aug. 24, 1845. A sermon was 
preached at her funeral, Aug. 26, by Rev. Jonathan Curtis, pastor of 


the Congregational Church in that place, from which some extracts are 
made in the foot-note below.* 
Her children were — 

815. Charles Francis, 1> . He was last heard fiom in 1845; being then 

on his way to Texas. It is supposed he was killed in the Mexican war. 

816. Eliza Parkman, b. ; m. Daniel Sanderson of Lowell. They reside 

at Pittsfield, N. H. Their children are— 

817. Daniel Parkman (Sanderson), m. Elizabeth Norris, niece of Hon. 

Moses Norris, formerly United States Senator from New 

818. Sarah Amanda (Sanderson), m. Win. Wyman of Baltimore, Md. 

819. Charles St. Pry ( Sanderson ), m. Anna Mack of Gilmanton, N. II. 

820. James Augustus (Sanderson). 

821. Edward Oscar ( Sanderson ). 

822. Joseph Bennette, b. July 18, 1804 ; m. July 16, 1826, Mary Wellington, b. 
June 4, 1807, dan. of Joel Wellington of Watertown. Their children 
were — 

823. Mary Ellen, b. May 1 1 , 1827 ; m. Win. Lake of Chichester, N. H. 

824. Frances Elizabeth,'b. Oct. 5, 1830. 

825. Edward Giles, h. Oct. 27, 1833 ; d. Feb. 16, 1834. 

826. Anna Maria, b. Feb. 27, 1835. 

827. Charles Henry, b. March 31, 1837 ; d. June 12, 1840. 

828. Isabella Martha, I). April 10, 1847. 

829. James Augustus, (twin), b. April 13, 1806; m. Feb. 27, 1838, Dorothy 
Wentworth Harvey, dau. of lion. John Harvey of Northwood, N. H, 
Representative, Senator, Judge of Court of Common Pleas, &c., by his 
wife Dorothy Wentworth. J They lived in Pittsfield, N. H. Children — 

830. John Harvey, b. July 23, 1839; grad. at II. C. 1862. He has 

furnished most of the information respecting his great-grand- 
father St. Pry and his descendants. 

831. James Oberlin, b. Feb. 5, 1841. 

S32. Elizabeth Wentworth, b. July 23, 1843. 
833. Helena Medina, b. May 3, 1849. 
834. Sarah Amanda, (twin), b. April 13, 1806; m. Feb. 28, 1833, William 
White Wyman of Lowell, b. July, 1807, at Roxbury. Children — 

835. William (Wyrrian), b. April 4, 1834; d. July 27, 1841. 

836. Mary Elizabeth (Wyman), b. Oct. 8, 1840; d. April 23, 1842. 

837. Sarah (Wyman), b. at Baltimore, Dec. 5, 1842. 

838. Charles (Wyman), b. at Baltimore, July 5, 1845. 

* " Though heiress of a princely fortune, yet by the chances of war, and the 
fraudulent dealings of unprincipled men, she never was able to realize but a small 
portion of it. A ship, richly laden, and intended as a present to her, while a child, 
was taken on its way to Boston, by the forces under Lord Howe. Of ten thousand 
crowns, sent in trust to the French consul for her, she never received a farthing. 
And the remainder of her large fortune, being invested in the French funds, during 
the changes and confiscations of the Revolution, became so involved, that after 
many years of trying litigation and effort, and even by the influence and aid of 
Albert Gallatin and Lafayette, she was able to obtain but a small portion of the 
large inheritance, which of right she should have received. The generous and 
noble Lafayette was an early and constant friend of the deceased. When visiting 
at her father's house, in her childhood, he used to dandle her upon his knee and 
carry her in his arms ; and when he was last in this country, he greatly rejoiced to 
meet the widowed mother, whom he had thus fondly known and caressed in her 

The facts here stated must have been communicated to Mr. Curtis by Mrs. Treat, 
and rest therefore on her authority. 

I have an autograph letter from Lafayette to Mrs. Treat, dated Paris, Aug. 14, 
1823, relating the efforts he had made for the recovery of her property, and his 
final, though partial, success. This letter, with the letter of Mrs. Treat, to winch 
it is an answer, may appear in Appendix G. 

t For the Pedigree of Dorothy Wentworth, see page 168. 




MATTHEW GILES 1 was of Dover, 1G43; was taxed there, 1648. 
Our knowledge of him is very limited. We know not of any connection 
between him, and the persons already mentioned in this volume. Even 
the name of his wife has not come down to us. Nearly all that the 
compiler has been able to gather respecting him, and his descendants 
for three or four generations, is derived from the researches of Rev. 
Alonzo Hall Quint, pastor at Jamaica Plain, near Boston, but now 
Chaplain of the Second Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, as pub- 
lished in the Genealogical Register, Vol. VI., p. 259, and elsewhere. 

Of fifty-six persons taxed in Dover, Oct. 19, 1648, Matthew Giles 
was rated the highest, being put down as worth £294.10. The whole 
amount taxed that year, in Dover, was £4062.4. 

He lived at Oyster River, then a part of Dover, but now the town 
of Durham; was taxed there, 1657-1666. His inventory was entered 
in the Probate Court, June 30, 1668, and he probably died not long 

At a Court held for the County of York, July 3, 1660, Matthew Giles 
had a cause as Plaintiff versus Matthews. [York Judicial Court 
Records, Vol. II., 36. 


Mark Giles, 2 probably son of Matthew, preceding, was of Cochecho 
[Dover], 1666-1675; was mortally wounded by a party of seven or 
eight Indians, at Dover, Aug. 11, 1704, when his son John was also 
killed. [Penhallow's Indian Wars, Cincinnati edition, 1859, p. 35. 

Penhallow does not give the name of the son, and states that the son 
was wounded. But Quint says that John, son of Mark, was killed, 
Aug. 11, 1704. 

Mark Giles 2 had two sons — 

843. tMark.s 

844. tJohn.3 


Mark Giles, 3 son of Mark, 2 lived at Dover, and was constable 
there, in 1710. His wife w r as Sarah . Their children were — 

845. Abigail, 4 b. July 18, 1698; m. Nathaniel Lamos. Their dau. Deliverance 

m. Stephen Varney. 


846. Ann, 4 b. Oct. 1, 1702. 

847. tiMark, 4 b. June 28, 1706 ; m. Lydia Tebbets. 

848. Paul, 4 b. Dec. 1, 1708. 

849. Sarah, 4 b. April 9, 1711. 

850. Esther, 4 b. Nov. 21, 1713. 


John Giles, 3 brother of the preceding, and son of Mark.* Lived in 
Dover, and was killed at the same time with his father, Aug. 11, 1704. 
His wife was Mary . They had one son — 

851 John, 4 b. Sept. 30, 1703. 


Mark Giles, 4 son of Mark 3 and Sarah Giles, was of Dover; m. 
Lydia Tebbets, b. Aug. 4, 1704, dau. of Joseph and Elizabeth Tebbets. 
Their children were — 

852. Elizabeth, 5 b. Vlav 2, 1737. 

853. Mark, 5 b. June 22, 1739. 

854. Lvdia, 5 b. Dec. 15, 1741. 

855. Paul, 5 b. July 20, 1743. 

856. Joseph, 5 b. May 22, 1746. 

[Was there a son Daniel, older than any of these ?] 

Thus far we are sustained by the Dover Records, and have gone on 
safe ground. As to what remains, I have this to say — the information 
is authentic, and the facts are in themselves true ; but their connection 
with the preceding schedule is not so easy to ascertain. I have written 
to Durham, Rochester, Northwood, and Concord, in the State of New 
Hampshire : and to Sanford, Alfred, and Boothbay in the State of 
Maine, in all which towns descendants of Matthew Giles are supposed 
to have a present abode ; but from none of them have I obtained satis- 
factory answers to my inquiries. From Durham, Rochester and North- 
wood, no reply whatever was received. Concord and Boothbay alone 
furnished any information which I can use. I have also made inquiries 
of persons residing in Boston who bear the name, and are presumed to 
be descendants of this family. They have readily given what informa- 
tion they possessed ; but it did not connect itself immediately with the 
preceding ; several links were wanting. 

The information which follows may be useful to some future genealo- 
gist, who may undertake the work which I am now compelled to leave 
in an unfinished and fragmentaiy state. 

857. Benjamin Giles was a member of the Council of New Hamp- 
shire, one year, 1776. He resided in Newport, N. H, and died Dec. 
9, 1787, a. 70. [See Belknap's History of New Hampshire, p. 413.] 
He may have been a son of Mark Giles. 3 

858. Richard Giles of Londonderry enlisted, April 19, 1775, as a 
private in Capt. Ephraim Corey's Company, in Col. William Prescott's 
regiment. [Massachusetts Archives. 

859. Mark Giles of Salem was a private in Capt. Benjamin 
Bowne's Company, in Col. Thomas Gardner's regiment. Enlisted, 
May, 1775. [Ibid. 


860. John Giles of Sanford, Me., was a private in Capt. Samuel 
Leighton's Company, in Col. Ebenezer Francis's Regiment, October and 
November, 1776, at Dorchester Heights. [Massachusetts Archives. 

John Giles of Sanford received, May 10, 1781, a bounty of £60, 
on engaging to serve in the Continental Army three years. [Ibid. 

861. Daniel Giles of Sanford, Me., and Joseph Giles, Jun., of same, 
place, were privates in Capt. John Smith's Company, which marched 
upon the "Lexington Alarm," April, 1775. [Ibid. 

862. Joseph Giles of Sanford was a private, Paul Giles of San- 
ford was a corporal, in Capt. Morgan Lewis's Company — same " alarm." 

Paul Giles and Daniel Giles, both of Sanford, enlisted, May 3, 1775, 
as privates, in Capt. Joshua Bragdon's Company, in Col. James Seam- 
mon's regiment. Both " enlisted in the Train, or Battery of Artillery, 
June 3." These were enlisted for eight months. [Ibid. 

Paul Giles of Boothbay was a private in a company of foot, sta- 
tioned at Boothbav, from July 14 to Dec. 31, 1775 ; also, from April 2 
to Dec. 5, 1776. [Ibid. 

Paul Giles of Sanford, and Paul Giles of Boothbay, were undoubt- 
edly the same individual. I think he did not stay long at Boothbay, 
but settled at Lee, N. H., where he was a farmer, trader, and inn- 
holder, and where he died in 1824, a. 84. It seems highly probable 
that he was the son of Mark 4 and Lydia (Tebbets) Giles, b. July 20, 
1743, as set forth in the preceding schedule [855]. Capt. Paul Giles* 
of Lee, N. H., had six children, of whom only one was married and had 
a family, viz. : — 

863. tPaul, 6 b. Oct. 4, 1790; m. Sally Randall. 


Paul Giles, 6 son of Capt. Paul Giles 5 of Lee, N. H. ; b. Oct. 4, 
1790; m. Sally Randall, b. Aug. 3, 1789, dau. of Job Randall. 
He d. Jan. 16, 1855, ae. 65. 

Their children — -all b. in Lee, N. H. — were 

864. Paul, 7 b. Nov. 29, 1812 ; farmer; lives in Durham, N. H. 

865. William, 7 b. Sept. 19, 1814; farmer; lives in Kingston, N. H. 

866. John, 7 b. Oct. 24, 1816 ; farmer; d. Sept. 9, 1857. 

867. Susan, 7 b. Sept. 19, 1819; m. Edwin Stevens. They live in Durham, 

N. H., and have two sons and two daughters. 

868. Elizabeth, 7 b. June 2, 1822 ; unmarried ; d. Sept. 22, 1838. 

869. Sally, 7 b. Nov. 21, 1824 ; supposed unmarried ; d. Jan. 6, 1853. 

870. Charles H , 7 b. Sept. 24, 1827; carriage-smith; lives in Concord, N. H. ; 

m. , onlv child of William and Mary (Campbell) Goudy, of 

Wakefield, N. H. Thev have had— 

871. William H., 8 b." Aug. 9, 1852 ; d. July 30, 1854. 

872. Charles H., 8 b. Jan.' 9, 1859. 

873. Job R., 7 b. Aug. 6, 1829; carriage-smith; in June, 1860, had one child, 

three years old. 

874. Joseph, 7 b. June 2, 1832 ; d. Jan. 6, 1856. 

The following was received from Boothbay, in June, 1862 : — 


Joseph Giles came to Boothbay, Me., from York. [This means, I 
presume, from Sanford, in the County of York.] He married Martha 


Pinkham, before he came here. He bought a farm, near a place called 
" The Oven's Mouth," in Boothbay. He was a Revolutionary soldier, 
and a farmer. He died about the year 1821, aged about 84. [This 
date, being given from memory, after the lapse of forty years, may not 
be perfectly accurate. Joseph Giles of Boothbay was, probably, the 
brother of Capt. Paul Giles of Lee, and son of Mark 4 and Lydia 
(Tebbets) Giles of Dover [856]. If so, he was b. May 22, 1746. 
If he d. in 1821, he was then 75 years of age. If he was 84 when he 
died, he d. in 1830. Such a mistake in dates might easily be made.] 
The children of Joseph and Martha (Pinkham) Giles were — 

875. Paul, 6 ; unm. ; d. in the hospital when a young man, — the effect of 

a broken leg. 

876. Martha, 6 ; m. Ebenezer Sawyer, and removed to Isle au Haut, 

on the coast of Maine. They had several children, of whom one was 
Betsey, who lived in Boothbay some years, m. John Bacon, and moved 
to New Hampshire. 

877. Mary, 6 ; m. Regulus Cunningham. They moved to Edgecotnb, 

Me., where they lived to an advanced age. They had three sons and 
a number of daughters. 

878. Abigail, 6 ; m. Benjamin Pinkham, a farmer, of Boothbay. 

879. Joseph, 5 ; m. Sally Reed of Boothbay, and mrved to St. George, Me. 

They had several children. He d. of disease of the heart, dropping 
down dead instantly. 

880. tSamuel, 6 b. ul Boothbay, 1776; m. Elizabeth Sherman. 

881. John, 6 m. Mary Tebbets of Boothbay, and lived on a farm adjoining that 

of his father. He lived to an advanced age, fell on the ice, and died 
immediately. He had several children, some of whom are yet living. 

882. Ann, 6 m. Mark Tebbets of Boothbay. They resided successively in 

Boothbay, Richmond, Me., and Boston It is supposed that she is still 
living. If so, she is the only survivor of the children of Joseph Giles. 

883. Lydia, 6 m. John Tebbets of Boothbay. Had several children. 

884. Hannah, 6 in. Isaac Lewis, a farmer, of Boothbay. She lived and died in 



Samuel Giles, 6 third son of Joseph and Martha (Pinkham) Giles ; 
b. 1776; m. Elizabeth Sherman of Boothbay; was a farmer, by 
occupation, and spent his life in Boothbay. He was orderly sergeant 
of a military company in the war of 1812. He was a member of the 
Free-Will Baptist Church a number of years. He died of dropsy, Oct. 
3, 1820, a. 44. His widow Elizabeth is still living, at an advanced 
age, with her eldest son, on the homestead. She has been a member of 
the Free- Will Baptist Church fifty years, or more. 

Their children were — 

Lydia,? b. Oct. 1, 1798 ; m. Jacob Toothakcr of Boothbay, Sept. 1, 1826. 
Children — 

886. Andrew D. (Toothaker), b. Sept. 8, 1827; d. Sept. 12, 1828. 

887. Samuel G. (Toothaker), b. July 13, 1829; m. Annie E. Rines, 

March 27, 1852. They reside in Charlestown, Mass. He is 
in the service of the United States, in one of the gunboats. 
88S. Sarah E. (Toothaker), b. Nov. 3, 1831 ; m. Charles Wylie, 
Jan. 4, 1854. She had one son, and d. March 27, 1861." 
889. Charles,? b. Nov. 12, 1801; m. 1, Martha McFarland of Bristol, Me. 
She d. Aug. 29, 1851, a. 47. 2, Sarah N. Trask, a widow, of Wiscasset. 
His children, all born in Boothbav, were, by first wife — 

890. Mary J., 8 b. Aug. 29, 1826 ; m. Charles E. Sherman of Edge- 
comb, Me., Sept. 8, 1850. They had two children, both now- 
living. She d. of consumption, April 24, 1855. 



891. Aaron, 9 b. Nov. 23, 1827 ; drowned, Oct. 1, 1830. 

892. William, 8 b. May 29, 1830 ; a mason by trade ; has been missing 

several years. 

893. Elizabeth A., 9 b. March 21, 1832; m. Jolin Wyhe, Sept. 16, 

1855. Thev have one child, Rums. 

894. Charlotte, 8 b. Jan. 5, 1835 ; m. John A. Knight of Edgecomb, 

Me., March 8, 1858. Thev have two children. 

895. Iinfus 8 b. Feb. 4, 1837 ; a mason by trade ; d. July 20, 1860. 

896. Martha L., 8 b. Dec. 4, 1838 ; m. Isaac Pinkham of Boothbay, 

Dec. 19, I860. 

897. Harvey* b. Aug. 21, 1840; he is in the Fourth Regiment of 

Maine Volunteers. 

898. Emmarilla, 8 b. Oct. 9, 1843 ; bad a fever, at five years of age, 

and took medicine, from the injurious effects of which her 
legs have become contracted, so that she has not since stood 
By second wife — 
"899. Mary P., 8 b. Dec. 2, 1854. 
900. Francis S., 8 b. Nov. 11, 1856. 
Elizabeth, 7 b. Jan. 15, 1S07 ; resided in Boston, and was a member of the 
Essex Street Church, 1824-1S28; m. John Bryer, a farmer, Nov. 20, 
1828. Their children are — 

902. Harriet S. (Bryer), b. Nov. 11, 1829; resides in Boston; a 


903. Martha C. (Bryer), b. Nov. 19, 1831 ; m. John S. Knight, a 

fisherman, of Westport, Me., Dec. 20, 1851. Children— 

904. Leonard F., b. Dec. 3, 1852. 

905. Olivia C, b. July, 1855. 

906. Flora, b. Aug. 1857. 

907. Delia W., b. Oct. 1859. 

908. John, b. Jan. 1, 1862. 

909. John (Bryer), b. Aujr. 15, 1834; a seaman ; m. Mary E. Segur 
of Dresden, Me., Jan. 5, 1859. Thev have one son — 
910. Jesse Herbert, b. Aug. 11, 1861. 

911. Samuel G. (Bryer), b. Dec. 23, 1836 ; by occupation formerly a 

housewright, but now seaman on board barque Kingfisher, 
employed by the United States, in the Gulf of Mexico. 

912. Charles A. (Bryer), b. April 17, 1839; a mason ; lives in Booth- 


913. Elizabeth S. (Bryer), b. Jan. 14, 1842 ; teacher in Charlestown, 


914. Llewellyn R. (Bryer), b. Sept. 20, 1844. 

Samuel, 7 b. 1809; a* blacksmith, went out South West as far as 

Mississippi, and was a seaman when last heard from, which was thirty- 
four years since. 
Benjamin P., 7 b. July 15, 1811 ; lives in Boothbay; Justice of the Peace 
since 1853 ; m. Mary Merry, Sept. 15, 1833. Their children are, all b. 
in Boothbay — 

917. George E., 8 b. Aug. 19, 1834; m. Margery Brewer, Nov. 3, 
1854. Children— 

918. Cleaveland, 9 b. Sept. 8, 1855 ; d. March 20, 1857. 

919. Willie F., 9 b. Nov. 22, 1857. 

920. Abby F., 9 b. Sept. 9, 1859. 

921. Imogene, 9 b. Feb. 8, 1862. 

922. Christa E., 8 b. May 31, 1836; m. William, C. Pinkham, Feb. 

24, 1861. 

923. Pad C,, 8 b. March 13, 1838; d. April 18, 1854. 

924. John M., 8 b. October 2, 1841. 

925. Frederic M., 8 b. April 25, 1843. 

926. Henry K., 8 b. February 3, 1845. 

927. Truman L. 8 b. July 27, 1847. 

928. Byron D., 8 b. May 25, 1850. 

929. James F. 8 b. January 3, 1852. 

930. Benjamin M.* b. February 28, 1854. 


931. Mary C. 8 b. March 27, 1856. 

932. Edson C., 8 b. January 22, 1858. 

930. Paul, 7 b. March 10, 1814; a housewright and joiner; m. Mary A. Pink- 
ham, Feb. 14, 1839. Their children are— 

934. Mary E., 8 b. May 26, 1840, m. James F. Matthews of Booth- 

hav, March 22", 1862. 

935. John P., 8 b. July 30, 1K41. 

936. Charles E. 8 b. October 14, 1843; ha? furnished this account 

of the descendants of his great-grandfather, Joseph Giles. 5 

937. Lydia Ann 8 b. November 16, 1845. 

938. Julia P. 8 b. April 16, 1848. 

939. Albion P. 8 b. August 17, 1851. 

940. Frank Lester 8 b. November 21, 1857. 

941. Nellie, 9 b. February 22, 1860. 

942. Elenzar S., 7 !>. April 1. 1816 ; Captain ; m. Syrena Tebbetts, Oct. 28, 1841. 
Children — all b. in Boothbay — 

943. Sarah E. 8 b. September 1, 1842. 

944. Joseph R. 8 b. Julv 27, 1845. 

945. Helen J. 8 b. April 28, 1850. 

946. Norman P , 8 b. June 1, 1853. 

947. Samuel F. 8 b. November 6, 1855. 

948. James IF., 8 b. March 19, 1858. 

949. Annie A. 8 b. March 2, 1862. 

950. Martha, 7 b. ; m. Nathan Grcenleaf of Westport, Me., Septem- 

ber, 1833. They had three sons and two daughters. 

951. Susan, 7 b. April 29," 1821; m. 1, Jonas Knight of Westport, Me., Oct. 

30, 1842. He was a seaman, and d. in Westport, Oct. 18, 1845. 2, 
Moses Nason of Boothbay, where they lived some years, and then 
moved to Edgecomb. Her children are — 

952. James A. (Knight), b. September 17, 1843. 

953. Ameer E. (Knight), b. June 26, 1845. 

954. Ltjdia (Nason), b. October 2, 1847. 

955. Elizabeth (NasonJ, b. January 27, 1849. 

956. Albertine (Nason), b. October 13, 1851. 

957. William J. (Nason), b. July 9, 1859. 

The following was received from Concord, N. H. : — 


Daniel Giles* of Exeter, married Magotjn of Exeter, 

went to Cape Breton with the Colonial forces, in the French war, and 
was killed at the storming of the fort. 

[This Daniel Giles may have been an elder son of Mark 4 and Lydia 
Giles of Dover, born, perhaps, in 1732. See page 152. If so, and 
if he was killed at the second capture of Louisburg, in 1758, by Am- 
herst and Wolfe, he was 2G years of age at the time of his death.] 

He left three children — 

959. Daniel 6 ; m. ; was a Revolutionary soldier, and died in 

the army. [Perhaps he was the Daniel Giles of Sanford, whose name 
we have already noticed, as found in the Massachusetts Archives [860.] 
He had one son — 

960. James, m. Roberts, and settled in Vermont. 

961. Sally, 6 d. young, and without issue. 

962. Nicholas, 6 m. 1, Smith; 2, Hersey; settled in San- 

bornton, N. II. His children were — by first wife — 

963. Daniel, 7 d. young, and without issue. 

964. Josiak, 7 m. " settled in Portsmouth, N. H. Children — 

965. Susan, and 966. Dorothea, neither of whom had issue. 


967. Benjamin, 7 d. young. 971. Tabitha, 7 d. young. 

968. Elijah, 7 d. young. 972. Reuben, 7 d. young. 

969. Susan, 7 d. young. 973. Abigail. 7 

970. Sally 7 d. young. 

974. Nicholas 7 m. Emerson ; settled in Sanbornton, N. H. 

975. Emerson, 8 m. Blake; settled in Sanborn- 
ton, N. H., and had five children — 

976. Mary E. 9 977. Cyrus. 9 978. Albert. 9 
979. Frank Nicholas. 9 980. Helen. 9 

981. Sally, s 

982. Josiah, 8 m. Spaulding ; settled in Connecti- 

cut, and had four children — 

983. Charles S. 9 985. Charlotte. 9 

984. William H. 9 986. Josiah E. 9 

987. Moses, 8 d. young. 

988. Nicholas 8 ; lives in Concord, N. H, and furnished 

thw account. 

989. Reuben, 8 m. Stanvan, and settled in Laconia, 

N. H. 
Children of Nicholas Giles 6 [962], by second wife — 
990. Daniel 7 991. Betsey. 7 

Nicholas Giles 8 [988] of Concord, N. H., who furnished this ac- 
count, believes his great-grandfather, Daniel Giles, 5 was a descendant 
of Mark Giles of Dover. 

The following was received from Mr. Alonzo M. Giles of Boston : — 


Nathaniel Giles settled in Nottingham, N. H. He had three 

993. Nathaniel, m. , probably in North wood, N. H. 

[Nathaniel Giles of Northwood, m., April 7, 1805, Mary Hoit, dau. of 
Daniel and Mary Hoit of that place. [Hoyt Genealogy.] 

994. John, m. Phebe Kenniston of Brooktield, N. H. He d. about 1827. 

They were the parents of — 

995. John C, b. in Northwood, N. H, now living in Somerville, near 
Boston. He is the father of — 

996. John French Giles, a printer, of Somerville, who 

was a private in the Somerville Light Infantry, 
Company I. of the Fifth Regiment of Massachu- 
setts Volunteers — three months' men. This Com- 
pany was in the battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861. 

997. Joseph J. Giles, of Somerville, was a private in the 

same Company, at same time, and was, perhaps, 
a brother of John. 

998. Joseph, drowned in Saco river. 

999. Charles. 1000. Mehitable. 1001. Phebe. 1002. Betsey. 
1003. Charles, b. 1770; d. 1822, a. 62. Resided in Brookfield, N. II.; m. 1, 

Catharine Piper of Tuftonborough, N. H; 2, Mary Warren of Brook- 
field, N. H, who is now living. 
Children by first wife — 

1004. Shepard. 1007. Maria. 1009. Charles. 

1005. Hannah. 1008. Lois. 1010. Betsey. 

1006. Stephen. 

Children by second wife — 

1011. Sias Munroe. 

1012. Alonzo Madison ; resides at No. 1 Snowhill Street, Boston ; su- 

perinte dent of the Boston Gas Works ; has been two years 
a Representative of Boston, in the Legislature of Massa- 

1013. Sophronia. 1015. Lorenzo. 1017. John. 

1014. Mahala. 1016. Chanddar. 1018. Livonia. 


[1019. Benjamin Giles m. Lucinda Hoit, b. Oct. 19, 1807, dau, of Philip Hoit, of 
Northwood, N. H., brother of Mary Hoit, who was the wife of Nathaniel 
Giles, above. [Hoyt Genealogy. 


Paul Giles came from New Hampshire, and settled in Belfast, Me.. 
about 1810. His wife was Elizabeth Webster of Boseawen, N. H. 
He was a tanner by trade, and died in 1824, being lost in the wreck 
of a vessel from St. John, N. B., bound for Belfast. 

His children were — 

1022. Chandler, unmarried ; a seaman ; d. of yellow fever, beyond sea. 

1023. Plummer, unmarried ; a sailmaker and seaman. 

1024. Susan, m. Cant. Josiah Simpson of Belfast, a shipmaster. 

1025. Hannah, m. Robert Quimby of Belfast. 

1026. Olive, m. William T. Colburn of Belfast, 

1027. Charles, m. Eunice Bass Salmon of Belfast. He was a private in the 

Fourteenth Regiment of Maine Volunteers, and was killed, Aug. 5, 1862, 
in the attack made by the rebel forces on Baton Rouge, La. His widow 
resides in Boston. Children — 

1028. Julia Antoinette, b. June 22, 1844. 

1029. Edwin Paul, b. August 12, 1849. 

1030. Florence, b. Februarv 11, 1853. 


GILES is not a common name in this country. It appears evident 
that most of the persons by whom it is borne are descendants, either of 
Edward Giles 1 of Salem, or of Matthew Giles 1 of Dover, N. H. 
Most of the living descendants of Thomas Gyles of Pemaquid, of James 
Gyles of New Jersey, and of John Gyles of Boston, bear other names. 

Mr. James Savage, in his great work, the Genealogical Dictionary, 
which includes the first three generations of New England people, gives 
no information of any other persons of this name, than those mentioned 
in the foregoing pages. 

Nevertheless, the compiler of this volume has found the names of 
some persons bearing this name, whom he cannot connect with the lines 
of pedigree already drawn, and who must therefore be noticed in this 

On the 13th page of this volume, a deed is quoted, which is found 
on record in the Essex Registry, at Salem, liber 21, folio 30. In that 
deed, which is dated Feb. 8, 1708-9, John Giles of Beverly, "for love, 
good-will and natural affection," conveys to his son Eleazar Giles, and 
his son-in-law, John Wheeler, a certain parcel of land in Beverly, 
" formerly belonging to my father-in-law John Giles of the town and 
county aforesaid." 

There are three suppositions touching this record, which may be 
entertained: 1. There was, living in Salem, between 1650 and 1670, 
a man bearing the name of John Giles. Two grave objections 
exist to this supposition : first, in no other record is such a man men- 
tioned ; secondly, " for the sake of natural affection," is it likely that 
land, once belonging to John Giles, father of the first wife, should be 
given to the grandchildren of John Galley, father of the second wife, 
while a child of the first wife was yet living? 2. By a clerical error 
in the record, the name of John Giles is put for Thomas Giles. It has 
already been shown, pp. 7, 101, that, in 1650, there was a Thomas Giles 
in Salem, whose daughter became the wife of Thomas Very of Glouces- 
ter. Not improbably, another daughter was the first wife of John Giles 
of Beverly. 3. By a clerical error in the record, the name of John 
Giles is put for John Galley. On this supposition the property of 
John Galley was transmitted to his grandchildren ; which would seem 
altogether the natural and proper course. 

After much consideration, I adopt the last of these suppositions. 
Such a clerical blunder could not well occur in these more careful days. 
But clerical blunders are sometimes found in the early records. E. g., 
in another deed, dated in 1706, and recorded in the same Salem Regis- 
try, [37 : 193] Ebenezer Giles is put for Eleazar Giles. Such things 
are sore vexations to the genealogist. 


But who could be the father of Daniel Gyles of Salem, fisherman, 
who was skipper of the ketch Margaret of Salem, and was taken at 
Canso, Sept. 17, 1G89, hy two French frigates? 

Who was the father of Robert Gyles, who m. Margaret Barrett, in 
Boston, Feb. 17, 1692-3? 

Who was the father of Elizabeth Giles of Billerica, who was m. to 
Jonathan Baker of Woburn, Jan. 3, 1694-5? The bridegroom was b. 
in Woburn, April 2. 1674. [Wob. Records. 

"John, son of Valentine and Mary Giles of Boston, was b. Aug. 10, 
1680." [Boston Records.] Who was the father of Valentine Giles? 

These persons may have been children or grandchildren of early 
emigrants to this country, perhaps of the John Giles of Salem men- 
tioned in the deed from John Giles of Beverly, quoted above, if there 
was such a man ; or of Thomas Gyles of Salem, or of Matthew Giles 
of Dover. Another supposition may be made, viz., that they them- 
selves were recent emigrants from England. But this is less probable. 

We find a Francis Gyles, in Boston, between the years 1712 and 1725. 
He was a " perri wig-maker." Pie bought, Nov. 25, 1712, for £125, "a 
piece of pasture land fronting northerly on Bennet Street in Boston 40 
feet, and 102 feet in depth." [Surf. Deeds, 26 : 274.] May 1, 1713, 
for £80, he bought another piece of pasture land fronting northerly on 
Bennet Street, there measuring 30 feet, and 70 feet in depth. [Ibid, 
27 : 124.] The second piece of land he sold, Nov. 28, 1719, for £134, 
in Bills of Credit. [Ibid, 34 : 117.] The first piece of land he sold, 
Oct, 6, 1725, for £160, current money of New England, to Peter 
Papillon,* of Boston, merchant. [Ibid, 40 : 229.] No house is men- 

I find no other mention of Francis Gyles in any document. 

In the Mass. Archives, Vol. 63, 341-394, is a voluminous account of 
several trials for piracy, before a Court held in Boston, May 12, 1724, 
and some days after. The following facts appear from this record : John 
Fillmore, Isaac Lassen, Henry Gyles, Charles Ivemey, John Bootman, Ed- 
ward Cheeseman, John Coombs, and Henry Payne, also John Baptiste 
and Peter Tatfery, were put on trial for piracy, charged with having plun- 
dered sundry vessels, ten or twelve in number, whose names are men- 
tioned, and whose cases are particularly described. It appeared that 
all these ten men were found on board of a piratical vessel, commanded 
by the notorious pirate, John Phillips. But the indictment and their 
trial seems to have been jjro forma, for the purpose of establishing their 
innocence, and for the purpose also of bringing out the real facts of the 
case, which were to be used for the conviction of the actual pirates ; for 
it was clearly proved that the ten men above named were taken by 
force out of vessels pursuing an innocent business, and that they con- 
tinued in the piratical craft only through compulsion. Andrew llarra- 
dine [Haraden] master of the sloop Squirrel [of Annisquam] deposed 
that he was taken by John Phillips the pirate, April 14, 1724, about 
twelve leagues southeast of the Isle of Sables. He related the particu- 

* In June, 1722, Capt. Peter Papillon commanded a ship, fitted out by the Gov- 
ernment of Massachusetts, to go in quest of pirates who had been seen" off Block 
Island. [Drake's History of Boston, p. 564. 


lars of the capture, and fully exonerated the ten men mentioned above 
from any voluntary connection therewith. His testimony being con- 
firmed by that of others, these men were acquitted. They were then 
admitted to give evidence against the surviving real pirates, William 
Phillips, William White, John Eose Archer, and William Taylor, 
who were accordingly found guilty. It appeared that John Fillmore 
and Henry Gyles were taken, Feb. 7, 1724, out of a ship bound from 
London for Virginia, and compelled by the pirate, Capt. John Phillips, 
to serve on board his own vessel. The other acquitted men were taken 
out of other vessels, and "forced to go with the pirates," being threatened 
with instant death if they refused : Phillips presenting a loaded pistol, 
and uttering the most violent language to them. John Nutt, the master 
[sailing-master] of the pirate vessel, obliged Henry Gyles to keep a 
journal, " he being an artist," [or man of some education.] But " he 
was always contriving to get away," and often told Fillmore and Cheese- 
man that he would escape, if possible. After the capture of the Squirrel, 
a plan was formed for retaking the vessel, and subduing the pirates. 
The parties to this design were Haraden, Fillmore, Gyles, Lassen, 
Ivemey, Bootman, also Edward Cheeseman, an English ship-carpenter. 
Cheeseman threw overboard Nutt, the sailing-master. Fillmore struck 
John Burrell, the boatswain, on the head with the carpenter's broad 
axe, while Haraden and others dispatched the Captain (John Phillips) 
and James Sparks the gunner. Lassen took hold of Capt. Phillips's 
arm, and held him, when Haraden struck him with an adze on the 
head and killed him. Lassen was an Indian man who had been by the 
pirates taken out of a schooner, near Newfoundland, and forced to join 
them. John Baptiste and Peter Taffery were Frenchmen, and, not 
being well acquainted with the English tongue, had a separate trial, but 
were acquitted. John Rose Archer [aged 27] and William White 
[aged 22] were executed on Bird Island, in Boston Harbor, June 2, 
following. Thus far the Archives. 

Babson has given an account of this affair, in his History of Gloucester, 
pp. 286-288. Drake has also noticed it in his History of Boston, p. 
570. There is, moreover, an account furnished by Fillmore himself 
printed at Aurora, N. Y., in 1837, and copied, with additions, into the 
Genealogical Register, Vol. XL, pp. 62-G4. These several accounts 
are incomplete, and do not perfectly harmonize, though they agree in 
the essential facts. E. g., Fillmore say? — " Harridon was so overcome 
with fear that he durst not engage to assist ;" and again, " Harridon. 
being overcome with fear, could not conceal his trepidation." Whereas 
it appears from the evidence given at the trial, as well as from the 
account published in the Bostou Gazette, May 4, 1724, only two days 
after the arrival of the pirate vessel in Boston, that Haraden struck 
down Philips with an adze and killed him. 

Fillmore's account was drawn up many years after the affair, and 
apparently from memory : whereas the account given on the trial was 
while the transaction was but a few days old.* 

* John Fillmore, who is repeatedly mentioned above, was b. in Ipswich, March 
18, 1702, m. Mary Spiller of that town, Nov. 28, 1724, and soon after removed to 
Franklin, Ct., then a part of Norwich, where he d. Feb. 22, 1777, a. 75. By second 
wife, Dorcas Dav, he had Nathaniel, b. March 20, 1739-40, who was father of 



The Squirrel was taken by Phillips, April 14, 1724. The next day, 
Phillips and his whole crew, ten in all, besides the impressed men, went 
on board the prize, a fine new vessel, with all their stores. The same 
day, Haraden, with several other prisoners, conspired to destroy the 
pirates and deliver themselves. Upon the 18th of the same month, 
this design was executed by the eight men who were privy to it. The 
four principal pirates — the officers- — were killed in a few minutes' time ; 
four others submitted, and were brought into port as prisoners. The 
vessel arrived iti Boston, May 3. Two pirates, William White, and 
John Rose Archer, were executed on Bird Island ; the others were sent 
to England, and executed there.* 

I have not been able to ascertain to what place Henry Gyles belonged, 
or whether he had any connection with the Giles families settled in 

We find the following in the Massachusetts Archives. 

Samuel Giles of Swanzey, Mass., enlisted for the war in the Six- 
teenth Massachusetts (Col. Henry Jackson's) regiment of Continental 
troops, and served 4G months and 21 days. 

Samuel Giles was a private in a company of militia from the County 
of Berkshire, October 11 to October 28, 1781, who marched to reinforce 
Gen. Stark. See p. 34, note. 

Samuel Giles was, in June, 177G, drafted to go to Nantasket to drive 
the ships out of Boston harbor. 

Thomas Giles of Boston enlisted, March 11, 1780, as a private in 
Col. Sheldon's regiment of dragoons, during the war. See p. 44, note. 

David Giles was a seaman on board the brig Hazard, commanded by 
Capt. John F. Williams, in the service of the State of Massachusetts 
Bay, from July 10, 1 779, to Sept. G, 1779, one month, 28 days. 

James Giles was a private in a regiment which marched about Oct. 
1. 1777, to reinforce Gen. Gates's army. Service, from Sept. 2G to 
Nov. 9. See p. 16, note. 

From the Boston Records. 

Emanuel Perero and Elizabeth Gyles married in Boston, Nov. 30. 
1739, by Rev. Thomas Prince. 

Michael Butler and Jane Gyles married in Boston, Jan. 11, 1753, by 
Rev. Dr. Henry Caner of King's Chapel. 

Thomas Giles and Anne Evans m. in Boston. Dec. 10, 1752, by 
Rev. William Hooper of Trinity Church. 

Nicholas Nay and Anne Gyles m. in Boston, July 5, 1773, by Rev. 
Mather Byles of Christ Church. 

Edward Langford and Mary Gyles m. in Boston, June 9, 1761, by 
Rev. Samuel Checkley of the New South Church. 

Hannah Gyles d. in Boston, Feb. 1773. See p. 121. 

Nathaniel, b. in Bennington, Vt., April 19, 1771, who was father of Millard 
Fillmore, b. in Locke, N. Y ., Jan. 7, 1800, Ex-President of the United States. 
| Genealogical Register, Vol. XL, pp. 141-145. 

* Drake's History of Boston says — Six pirates submitted, who were tried, con- 
demned and executed. The Genealogical Register, at the place quoted, says, three 
were executed in Boston, June 2, and three executed in England. The Archives 
speak of only four tried in Boston, and two executed there. 


Mrs. Giles d. in Boston, April, 1795, a. 70. 

Miss Maria Gyles d. in Boston, June, 1791, a. 20. 

Mary Gyles d. in Boston, June 27, 1791, a. 20, "grand-dau. of Mr. 

Margaret Giles d. in the Alms House, Boston, May 21, 1805, a 
native of Rhode Island. See p. 38, [156.] 

Hitty Giles d. in the Alms House, Boston, May 13, 1811, a. 27. 

Mary Giles d. in Boston, Sept. 2, 1814, a. 77, of old age. Buried 
in the Atkins tomb, Old Burying Ground. 

Charles Giles d. in Boston, April 12, 1811, a. 2. 

Lydia Giles d. in Boston, Oct. 19, 1812, a. 23, in family of Widow 

Edward, son of Edward Giles, d. in Boston, Jan. 27, 1815, a, 8 

John Giles d. in Boston, Nov. 26, 1805, a. 33. Probably a native 
of England. 

Hannah Giles d. in Boston, Aug. 12, 1805, a. 26, wife of John Giles, 
a native of Plymouth, Eng. 

The will of Charles Giles of Boston, mariner, is dated Aug. 8, 1800 ; 
proved, Dec. 22, 1801; recorded, Suff. Prob. 99 : 604. Gives to Rob- 
ert Woodson of Boston, laborer, all his wages and money, which shall 
be found due ; also his chest, clothing, &c. Signs with his mark X • 
Probably a native of England. 

Ira Giles, a farmer, m. Sarah Leland, b. 1808, dau. of William and 
Reliance (Higgins) Leland. They live in Mariaville, Me. [Leland 
Genealogy, p. 160. 

John Giles, of New Market, N. J., m. Nov. 6, 1824, Sarah R. Morse, 
b. May 30, 1804, dau. of Anthony Morse. [Morse Genealogy, p. 136, 

At Gainesville, N. Y., July 28, 1854, Miss Lydia Giles was riding 
out with her brother and sister, when the horse suddenly started, and 
threw the party out. Lydia's dress caught in the top of the carriage, 
and she was thus drawn, head downwards, near half a mile. She 
survived about three hours. [Papers of the day. 

There was a Daniel Giles in Lincoln, Mass., in 1855. [Ibid. 

" Died, in New Salem, Mass., Eeb. 20, 1860, Hannah, widow of 
Daniel Giles, aged 84." [Ibid. 

Rev. John Giles, b. in Caerleen, Monmouthshire, Eng., 1758, was 
one of the ministers of Newburyport, where he d. Sept. 28, 1824, a. 66. 
He was a flaming democrat ; used to pray for the success of " thy ser- 
vant Napoleon " ! ! He preached a East Sermon, which his people greatly 
admired, and which was published. It was proved to be a wholesale 
plagiarism from one of Tom Paine's political tracts! This was his only 
attempt at authorship.* 

* Rev. John Allen Giles, D. C. L. [Doctor of the Civil Law] is a clergyman of 
the Church of England, and formerly Fellow of Corpus Christi College, "Oxford. 
He is a very learned man. He edited many of the works included in the " Patro- 
logiae Cursus Completus," of J. P. Migne, a vast collection of about sixteen hun- 
dred Latin Ecclesiastical writers, mostly of the Romish Church, who flourished 
during the first twelve centuries of the Christian era. This Collection is in the 
Boston Public Library. The Compiler made a Catalogue of it in 1858; it forms a 
part of the General Catalogue. 


Rev. Henry Giles is a distinguished lecturer, residing. I believe, in 
Bucksport, Me. I think he is a native of England. 

Judge Giles, of the United States Circuit Court for the District of 
Maryland, decided, in July, 1859, the famous India Rubber Case of 
Horace H. Day of New York, and others, versus John Stellman and 
others, involving the right to the manufacture and sale of India Rubber 
fabrics, under a patent granted to Charles Goodyear, for fourteen years, 
in 1844, and renewed for seven years more, in 1858. 

From the Massacliv setts Register for 1862. 

Charles II. Giles, Salem, was a private in the Mechanic Light 
Infantry, Company A., in the Fifth Regiment of Massachusetts Volun- 
teers, 1861. These were three months' men. This company was in 
the battle of Bull Bun, July 21, 1861. 

Nathan R. Giles of Newburyport was a private in the dishing 
Guards, Company A, in the Eighth Regiment of Massachusetts Volun- 
teers, of three months' men, in 1861. Now, 1862, musician in the 
Twentieth Regiment. 

Eleazar Giles of Beverly was Second Lieutenant of the Beverly 
Light Infantry, Company E, in the same Regiment. See p. 43. 

Isaac W. Giles of Attleborough is a sergeant in Company I, (Dean 
Guards) in the Seventh Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, three 
years' men. 

George W. Giles of Attleborough is a private in Company C, in 
the Twenty-Sixth Regiment, Col. Jones. 

Charles II. Giles of Lawrence is a private in Company F, same 

Israel Giles of Salem is a private in Company A, in the Nineteenth 

John H. Giles of South Danvers is a private in Company II, same 

Edward Giles of Marblehead is a private in Company II, in Twen- 
ty-Fourth Regiment. 

E. A. Giles of New Salem is a private in Company B, in the 
Twenty-Seventh Regiment. 

Sumner S. Giles of Athol is a private in Company E, in the 
Thirtieth 'Regiment. 

Tradition reports that a branch of the Giles family settled in 
Portsmouth, Virginia. Capt. Samuel Giles, of Gloucester [254] on a 
certain voyage, had, as a passenger, an individual of this Giles family of 
Virginia, and learned from him that his own family and that of- Capt. 
Giles, were originally one. But how much this information was worth, 
cannot now be ascertained. 

I copy the following from Allen's Biographical Dictionary, for the 
information of my readers ; though I do not think that the Giles family 
will derive any additional lustre from so unsound a statesman, and so 
unscrupulous a politician. 

" Giles, William Branch, governor of Virginia, was for many years 
a member of Congress. He was a Representative, as early as 1796. 
In 1802, he voted for the repeal of the judiciary law; and in 1812 he 
voted for the war. He was elected to the Senate in January, 1811, 


and resigned his office in October, 1815. He was again a candidate for 
election to the Senate, in 1825 ; but his rival, Mr. Randolph, was 
chosen. In 1826, he was chosen Governor, and continued in office till 
1829. He died at his residence, the Wigwam, in Amelia County, 
December 8, 1830, at an advanced age. He published a Speech on 
the embargo law, 1808 ; in November, 1813, Political Letters to the 
People of Virginia; a Series, signed A Constituent, in the Richmond 
Enquirer of January, 1818, against the Plan for General Education ; in 
April, 1824, a singular Letter of Invective against President Monroe 
and Henry Clay, for their 4 hobbies ' — ' the South American Cause, the 
Greek Cause, Internal Improvements, and the Tariff.' In November, 
1825, he addressed a Letter to Chief Justice Marshall, disclaiming the 
expressions, but not the general sentiments, in regard to Washington, 
ascribed to him in the Debate of 1796, in [Marshall's] Life of Wash- 
ington, V., 722." 

There is a Giles County in Virginia, and one in Tennessee. 

Thomas Giles was b. at Shipton Mallet, Somersetshire, England. 
He left that place, married a Guy, and settled at Tilbury, Gloucester- 
shire, Eng. They had eight children, viz.: Thomas, who came to 
America, and d. a few years since at Pulaski, N. Y., a. 92 ; John, b. 
March 7, 1777; Richard, never married, died about 1810; William, 
came to America, and d. at Blackstone, R. I., about 1853 ; Mary, m. a 
Vanstane, and d. at Tilbury, Eng. ; Sarah, m. a Mills ; Maria, m. a 
McDonald ; Catharine, m. a Hume, and was supposed to be living in 
London, in 1859. John Giles, the second of these children, b. 1777, m. 
Betty Morse, who d. in England, about 1824. He came to America, 
and d. at East Greenwich, R. I., about 1849, a. 72. They were the 
parents of John Giles, b. in Tilbury, Eng., November 8, 1 802 ; removed 
thence, when young, to Leicester, Eng. ; m. Maria Cooper, a native of 
Leicester; came to America, about 1820; father of Maria, b. 1822; 
George, b. 1824; Edwin, b. 1826; John T., b. 1830. John Giles, 
father of the last-named children, was living in Woodstock, Ct. in 1859. 

The following persons reside in Wisconsin : — 

Hiram H. Giles, Stoughton, Dane Co., State Senator in 1857. 

Sylvester Giles, same place. 

Emerson F. Giles, same place. 

Joseph Giles, Sheriff, Jefferson, Jefferson Co. 

John Giles, Milwaukee. 

Robert Giles, Milwaukee. 

William Giles, Juneau. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Giles, Spring Green, Walworth Co. 

Robert Ross Gyles, Madison, Dane Co. 

Mrs. Mary Gyles Gault, his daughter, same place. 

. The following persons reside in Chicago, Illinois : — 
Charles Giles, Richard Giles, Thomas W. Giles, William Giles. 
To about half of these persons, in Wisconsin and Illinois, I addressed 
letters of inquiry, but received no answer. 



Page 16, note. It is there stated, from the Salem Records, that 
Eleazar Giles and Rebecca Muchmore, were married, January 27, 1 762. 
Rebecca Giles, widow of Eleazar Giles, and dau. of Capt. John White, 
with eight others, were drowned by the upsetting and sinking of the 
Custom-House boat, in Salem harbor, June 17, 1773. It appears, from 
the words in italics, that she was a widow when married to Eleazar 
Giles, having had a first husband — Muchmore. 

Family of John Giles 4 [62], pp. 37, 38. 

April 3, 1755. John Giles of Medford, for £53.6.8 [=$177.78] 
sold his house in Medford to Samuel Hall. [Midd. Deeds, 52 : 615.] 
At this time, or soon after, probably, he removed to Woburn. 

His son Edward Giles 5 [153] had the following six children: — 

153£. Susanna," 1). 1752. See p. 38. 

154. Hannah, 6 b 1754. See p. 38. 

tEdward, 6 b. about 1756 ; m. 1, Martha Kinnon ; 2, Roxana Loomis. 
John, 6 b. about 1758 ; never married. 

155. Mary, 6 b. 1760; in. Joseph Nash. See p. 38. 

Margaret, 6 b. about 1763; m. Wilson; lived iD Windsor, Ct. 

Of the two eldest daughters, Susanna and Hannah, one m. Pike. 

and lived in Charlemont; the other m. Taylor, and lived in 

Buckland. But which dau. was Mrs. Pike, and which was Mrs. Taylor, 
the compiler does not know. 

Edward Giles 6 lived in Charlemont, and had, by first wife, Martha 
Kinnon — 

Uohn, 7 b. in Charlemont, May 14, 1790; m. Almira Avery. 
Margaret. 7 

By second wife, Roxana Loomis, of Windsor, Ct. — 

Whitman, 7 d. many years ago. 

Henry, 7 supposed to "be still living in Charlemont. 

Emily, 7 deceased. 

Roxana, 7 supposed to be still living in Buckland. 

John Giles, 7 son of Edward" and Martha (Kinnon) Giles, m. Almira 
Avery, about 1812. She is still living. He d. in Hamilton, Ohio, 
July 8, 1844. Their children were — 

Chauncey, 8 b. May 11, 1813 ; a clergyman of the New Jerusalem Church, 

in Cincinnati, able, influential, and respected. 
Almira Avery, 8 b. March 4, 1817. 

Caroline, 8 b. 1819. 

James, 8 b. January 8, 1821. 

Maria Avery, 8 b. - 1823. 

Edward, 8 b. 1825. 

Ellen Maria, 8 b. May, 1827 ; d. 1859. 

Family of John Giles 4 [74], p. 40. 

It is now ascertained, Nov. 1862, that John and Martha (Pitman) 
Giles of Beverly had four children, who lived to mature years, and 
three of them, at least, married, and had families. Their names arc — 


John, 5 m. Mary Corning, and settled in New Salem, N. H. 
Sarah, 5 m. John Ellemvood (of Beverly'?) and settled in Maine. 
Edmund, 5 was a seafaring man ; what 'became of him, and whether he was mar- 
ried, is not known. 
Lydia, 5 m. Amos Merrill, and settled in Windham, N. H. 

A mistake has probably been made on p. 40, in saying that John 5 
[164] and Sarah 5 [164$] died in 1737. The only authority for say- 
ing so is Col. Hale's MS., which affirms that John Giles lost three 
children in 1737, but does not give their names. John and Sarah 
lived to maturity, as has been now ascertained. 

The children of John 5 and Mary (Corning) Giles of New Salem, 
N. H., afterwards of Londonderry, N. II., were — 

Mary, 6 b. Sept. 16, 1758 ; m. James Boyes, and settled in Londonderry. 

Sarah, 6 h. Nov. 22, 1760 ; never married. 

Ebenezer, 6 b. Feb. 8, 1763 ; lived and died in his native town, Londonderry ; was 

a man of eminent piety. 
Lydia, 6 b. April 3, 1765 ; m. William Boyes, and settled in Londonderry. 
John, 6 b. April 2, 1767 ; lived in his native town, and died at an early age. 
Elizabeth, 6 b. March 17, 1769; m. Capt. James Moore; settled in Dorchester, 

N. H., and were parents of Dr. Ebenezer Giles Moure, an esteemed physician of 

Concord, N. H. They died at an advanced age. 
Samuel, 6 b. July 22, 1771. 
Benjamin, 6 b. April 28, 1774. 
Hannah, 6 b. Feb. 11, 1777 ; unmarried ; d. a. 18. 
Nathaniel, 6 b. April 22, 1780; is now living in Danbury, N. H. Helms been 

Deacon of the Baptist Church there many years. 

May not Richard Giles of Londonderry (p. 152) have been con- 
nected with this familv ? 

Page 42. The widow of Capt. Eleazar Giles [91] was living in 
1810.° Sarah Giles, Executrix of Eleazar Giles, late of Beverly, 
mariner, for $50, sold, in 181 0, to the town of Salem, the landing-place 
on the east side of Beverly Bridge. [Essex Deeds. 

Page 61. In the revival of 1803, at Kingsborough, not only Samuel 
Giles, but his wife and son Jennison, then eighteen years of age, be- 
came pious. Both father and son are reckoned among those who have 
contributed to give to the village of Gloversville its high character for 
industry, thrift, and enterprise, as well as for morality and religion. 
That village contained, in 1830, only fourteen dwelling-houses. It now 
contains five hundred dwelling-houses, and three thousand inhabitants. 
See p. 93. There are three houses of public worship, Congregational, 
Baptist, and Methodist ; an Academy, Bank, and Printing Office, where 
a newspaper is issued, called the Gloversville Standard. Samuel and 
Jennison Giles, previous to 1830, owned a considerable part of its terri- 
tory. From 1816 to 1828, it was generally, and appropriately, called 
Stump City. A post-office being located there in 1828, it received, at 
the suggestion of Jennison Giles, the more euphonious name of Glov- 

Page 81. Eben Giles was b. June 9, 1819. Philenda Beach was 
born Oct. 4, 1786. There are no deacons in Presbyterian Churches. 
Jennison Giles was a Deacon in the Kingsborough Church when it 


was Congregational ; when it became Presbyterian, lie was chosen 
Ruling Elder. 

Page 86. Mary Orinda Vinton, originally named Mary Marshall 
Vinton, dan. of the compiler of this volume, was married, Oct. 23, 1862, 
to Henry Chase Stevens, of Centreville, a village in Barnstable. 

Page 87. William Vinton Alden, brother-in-law of the compiler, 
died of apoplexy, Oct. 22, 1862, a. 53. He was in usual health on the 
morning of the 2<>th, and was struck down in a moment, while writing 
at liis desk ; was conveyed to his residence in a state of insensibility, 
and so remained till he expired, at 6 A. M., on the morning of the 22d. 

Wentworth Pedigree. See page 150. 

I. WILLIAM WENTWORTH' came from England and settle.! at Exeter, 
N. H, as early as 1639. He was of the same family as Sir Thomas Wentworth, 
earl of Strafford, the obnoxious minister of Charles I., "who was executed for treason 
in 1641. He was one of the thirty-five men who combined at Exeter, Aug. 4, 1639, 
" to erect and set up among themselves such a government as should be, according 
to their best discerning, agreeable to the will of God." He removed to Dover 
previous to 1650, and remained there till his death, March 16, 1696-7, at the age of 
88, or upwards. He was a ruling elder in the church at Dover, and also preached 
at Exeter and elsewhere, even when more than 80 years of age. His sons were, 
Samuel, (father of John, 3 who was Lieut. Gov., 1717-1729, and grandfather by him 
of Benning, 4 who was Governor, 1741-1766), Paul, John, Sylvester, Gershom, 
Ephraim, Benjamin, Ezekiel. 

II. Ezekiel Wentworth, 2 the last named of these sons, was taxed in Dover, 
1672. His children were (Col.) Paul, Thomas, John, Gershom, Elizabeth, m. Brown, 
Tamson, m. Hayes, William, Benjamin. 

III. Benjamin Wentworth, 3 the youngest of these children, lived in Dover, 
was a Captain in 1/22, and d. in 1731. His wife Elizabeth survived him 48 years, 
and d. in Oct. 1779. Their children were— John, b. March 30, 1719; Elizabeth, b. 
Feb. 15, 1721, m. Mark Wentworth ; Abigail, b. Feb. 12, 1723, m. Ichabod Rollins ; 
Mary, b. July 29, 1725. 

IV. John Wentworth, 4 the eldest of these children, lived in Dover, was Col. 
of the Second New Hampshire Regiment, in 1772; Speaker of the House of Repre- 
sentatives, after 1771 ; President of the First Revolutionary Convention, held in 
Exeter, July 21, 1774; State Councillor, 1776-1781; Judge'of the Court of Com- 
mon Pleas for Stratford County, 1773; Judge of the Superior Court, 1776-1781. 
He d. May 17, 1781, a. 61. He m. 1, Dec. 9, 1742, Joanna Oilman, b. July 14, 
1720, dau/of Judge Nicholas Oilman of Exeter; she d. April 3, 1750. 2, Oct. 16, 
1750, Abigail Millet, dan. of Judge Thomas Millet of Dover ; she d. July 15, 1767, 
a. 45. 3, June 1, 1768, Elizabeth ( Wallingford) Cole of Dover ; shed. July 11, 1776. 
By the first wife he had four children; by the second, eight; by the third, two. 
The second child of John and Joanna (Oilman) Wentworth, was — 

V. Jonv Wentworth, 5 b. July 17, 1745; II. C. 1768; of Dover; was Dele- 
gate to the Continental Congress ; member of both branches of the the State Legis- 
lature ; member of the Committee of Safety, &c. He d. Jan. 10, 1787, a. 42. He 
m. July, 1771, Margaret, dau. of Joseph Frost of Newcastle, N. H. Their children 
were— John, b. April 5, 1772, unm. ; Margaret, b. May 27, 1773, unm. ; Elizabeth, b. 
Aug. 9, 1774, m. Hon. Daniel M. Durell, a lawyer of Dover; Joseph, b. Dec. 23, 
1775, unm. ; Meshech Weave,, b. June 17, 1777, unm. ; Dorothy, b. June 24, 1779, m. 
Jan. 10, 1815, Hon. John Harvev. in the text of page 150. She d. at Northwood, 
N. H, Dec. 28, 1849. [Geneal/Reg., Vol. IV., pp. 321-331. 




JOHN GOULD 1 was admitted a freeman of the Massachusetts 
Colony, May 2, 1638. He lived in Charlestown; not on the peninsula, 
to which the name is now confined, but in that section of the old town 
which was known as " Charlestown-End," and was incorporated as the 
town of Stoneham, Dec. 17, 1725. He was probably one of the earliest 
inhabitants of Stoneham. 

There was a John Gould, who, with his wife Grace, each of the 
age of 25 years, embarked for America in the Defence from London, 
July 7,1635. They were from Towcester, in Northamptonshire. It 
has been supposed that this John Gould was the father of the Gould 
family of Stoneham. This is by no means certain. The officer whose 
duty it was to record the names of the emigrants from Old to New 
England, in 1635, would hardly have made the mistake of writing 
Grace, instead of Mary, as the name of John Gould's wife. Yet, if any 
of the readers of this Sketch should be inclined to think that the father 
of the Stoneham Goulds brought with him from London a wife Grace, 
in 1635; that she died shortly after their arrival; and that he then 
married a second wife, Mary; there is certainly nothing to forbid the 
supposition. The matter must be left in doubt : the probabilities are 
perhaps equal on both sides. 

Mary, the wife of John Gould, died Sept. 28, 1642. [Charlestown 

Records.] He then married Joanna , who survived him, and 

died, Aug. 27, 1697, aged one hundred years, j 

John Gould — or Gold, as the name appears in his will — seems to 
have died'in the year 1690. His will is dated Jan. 3, 1688-9 ; proved, 
July 2, 1690; recorded, Midd. Prob. 7 : 85. He says nothing of his 

* This family is not allied with any other families of which sketches are given in 
this volume. It is introduced here for other reasons. Mr. Savage, in his Genea- 
logical Dictionary, gives the names of twenty or more, among the early settlers of 
New England, who bore the name of Gould, or Gold. 

t Her age is thus given on the Charlestown Records, with this note, added by the 
transcriber : " This age is demonstrated to have been about ten years less." " We 
respect the judgment of the transcriber, as an experienced genealogist, but we can- 
not accept of his "demonstration" in this case. He believed the husband of this 
old lady to be the same person as the John Gould, who embarked in the Defence, 
in 1635, being then 25 years of age, and on this ground, apparently, discredited 
the positive statement of the Charlestown Records. But we have shown that this 
supposition is not clear of difficulties ; and we know, from other sources, that Joanna 
Gould was about one hundred vears old in 1697. 


wife, though living. He speaks of his sons John Gold, Daniel Gold, 
and Thomas Gold. The last (Thomas) seems to have deceased, some 
time before ; for he is mentioned only in connection with the testator's 
"grandson, Thomas Gold, son of my son Thomas Gold." then under 21 
years of age. The testator's son-in-law, John Birbene, is also men- 
tioned. His estate is bounded, in part, by Thomas Cutler's fence — 
"that is the north line;" '•south on y f: River; east on y e Pond." As 
Thomas Cutler lived in Stoneham, near the line of South Reading, 
there can be no doubt that John Gould, 1 the testator, also lived in 
the present territory of Stoneham. 

His children were — by first wife, Mary — 

2. Mary, 2 bap. Jan. 29, 1636-7. 

3. Sarah, 2 bap. Djc. 15, 1637; m. April 2, 1660, John Burbeen, of Woburn. 

She d. May 14, 1670. Children— 
Mart/, b. Julv 2, 1661. John, It. Aug'. 9, 1663. Jamts, b. Mav 15, 1663. 

4. Elizabeth, 2 bap. 'Feb. 17, 1640. 

5. Abigail, 2 bap. Sept. 26, 1642; m. April 1, 1669, William Rogers. They 

probably lived in Stoneham ; as we find a William Kogers, cither the 
same, or their son, who was taxed there in 1726. 

By second wife, Joanna — 

6. Hannah, 2 b. Oct. 26, 1644; m. Thomas Elliot, June 10, 1675. 

7. John, 2 b. Jan. 21, 1646-7 ; d. March 8, 1647. 

8. tJohn, 2 b. Aug. 5, 1648 ; in. 1, ; 2, Martha . 

9. Thomas, 2 b. ; had a son Thomas, 3 as mentioned in the will, already 

10. tDanicl, 2 b. 1653 ; m. Dorcas . 


JOHN GOULD, 2 son of John 1 and Joanna Gould of Stoneham, 
then part of Charlestown ; b. about 1652, if we may credit his grave- 
stone, but Aug. 5, 1648, according to the record of his birth; m. 1, 
; 2, Martha . 

He lived in " Charlestown-End," now Stoneham, and seems to have 
been a large landholder. He died Jan. 24, 1711-12, a. about 69, ac- 
cording to the grave-stone ; about 70, according to Charlestown Record. 
He was buried in the Old Cemetery in South Reading; there being 
then no burial-place in Stoneham. 

His will is dated Jan. 2, 1711-12 ; proved, in part — i. e. part of the 
will was established, the remainder being in dispute among the heirs — 
Feb. 11, 1711-12; recorded, Midd. Prob, 13 : 4. His will makes it 
evident that he resided within the present territory of Stoneham. lie 
speaks of wife Martha, and son Samuel, who are appointed Executors. 
He mentions eldest son John, son Thomas, other children, Abigail, 
Daniel, Mehitabel, Jeremiah, Mary, Abraham, Isaac. The overseers 
of the will are Joshua Eaton and Kendall Parker. We learn from the 
Probate of the will that Ebenezer Knight m. Mary Gould, a daughter 
of the testator, and that Benjamin Geary m. Abigail Gould, another 
daughter. Abraham and Isaac were minors. John, Abigail, Jeremiah, 
Daniel, Mehitabel, and Mary, were "children of y e first venter;" 


Samuel, Abraham, and Isaac, "of y e 2 d venter." " Tlio 8 Gould lives in 
Connecticut Colony atWittingly" [Killingly.] 

We make ou/ therefore the following schedule of the children of 
John Gould — by first wife : — 

11. tJohn, 3 b. about 1672; m. Sarah . 

12. Abigail, 3 ; m. May 15, 1693, Capt. Benjamin Geary of Stoneham ; a 

wealthy citizen, and selectman of Stoneham several years. 

13. tThomas, 3 ; m. P»uth Wyman of Woburn. 

14. fDaniel, 3 b. 1682; m. 1, Sarah Grover ; 2, Abigail Richardson. 

15. Mehitabel, 3 ; m. James Hay of Stoneham, and d. March 23, 1721. 

16. Jeremiah, 3 . He is mentioned in his father's will, and in the settlement 

of the estate ; which is all we know of him. 

17. Mary, 3 ; m. Ebenezer Knight, of Stoneham. 

By second wife — 

18. Samuel, 3 . We know nothing more of him than is stated above. 

19. tAbraham, 3 b. 1692 ; m. Mary . 

20. Isaac, 3 . We know nothing further of him. 


DANIEL GOULD, 2 son of John and Joanna Gould; b. 1653; m. 

Dorcas . She was b. 1656; and died June 5, 1730, ae. 74. 

[Grave-stone.] She lies buried next her son David, and near her son 

He lived in Stoneham, and died intestate, March 25, 1697, a. 44. 

His widow Dorcas was appointed administratrix, April 16, 1697. 
The inventory includes 90 acres at the homestall, valued at £225 ; 29 
acres near the homestall, valued at £29; one quarter part of a saw- 
mill, £8 ; 500 acres on the North of Merrimack, £25 ; one negro man, 
about twenty years old, £35 ; and moveables ; all amounting to £424.15. 
The estate is credited "for keeping his ancient mother for seven years 
last past, at £10 per year, she being noAV near 100 years old, £70."* 
[Midd. Prob. 9 : 69, 70. 

We know of no other children of his than the following : — 

21. tDaniel, 3 b. 1688; m. Susanna Pearson, 1710. 

22. fDavid, 3 b. 1691 ; m. Elizabeth Green, about 1715. 

Probably there were others, whose names are not preserved. 



JOHN GOULD, 3 (John, 2 John, 1 ) eldest son of John Gould, 2 of 
Stoneham, b. about 1672 ; m. Sarah . 

He spent most of his life in Stoneham, and is known as John Gould, 
senior, on the early Stoneham Records. He was a member of the 
church in that town, but not from its formation. Was taxed in Stone- 
ham, 1726 and 1727. He removed io Southborough previous to 
December, 1742. His children were — 

* Here is full confirmation of the statement in Charlestowh records, respecting 
the age of widow Joanna Gould. But she must have been about 56 years old when 
her son Daniel was born. 


23. Sarah, 4 b. Jan. 31, 1694-5 ; m. John Howe of Stoneham, Feb. 13, 1717-18. 

24. tJohn, 4 b. Julv 3, 1697 ; m. Judith Walker of Woburn. 

25. Thomas,'' b. March 11, 1699-1700. 

26. tBenjamin, 4 b. March 31, 1702; m. Elizabeth Watkins of* Concord. 

27. Abigail, 4 b. April 21, 1706 ; in. John Tidd of Woburn, Nov. 6, 1729. 

28. Elizabeth, 4 b. Jan. 21, 1708-9; died young. 

29. Mary, 4 b. March 16, 1711-12. 

30. Lvdi'a, 4 b. July 29, 1714 ; in. John Clemens of Stoneham, Feb. 10, 1735. 

31. Elizabeth, 4 b."Nov. 29, 1717. 


THOMAS GOULD, 3 {John, 2 Join,, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in 
Stoneham, about 1G80; m. Aug. 1, 1721, Ruth Wyman, 3 b. April 17, 
1697, dau. of Nathaniel, 2 son of Francis Wyman, 1 one of the first 
settlers of Woburn. For a Sketch of the Wyman Family, see Genea- 
logical Register, Vol. III., pp. 35-38. See also, Vinton Memorial, 
pp. 383, note. 

It appears from Micld. Prob., 13 : 4, that at the date of the probate 
of his father's will, Feb. 11, 1711-12, he (Thomas) lived in Killingly, 
Ct., a town then newly settled, to which several other people, about 
that time, removed from Stoneham and its vicinity. (See Vinton Me- 
morial, pp. 402, 404, 415, 417.) And yet, in the record of his mar- 
riage, 1721, he is said to be "of Charlestown," and the birth of his 
first child is recorded in Charlestown ; which seems to prove that he 
then lived in Stoneham. Moreover, the Act of the Legislature, by 
which Stoneham was incorporated, Dec. 17, 1725, provides that the 
Town of Stoneham " should have and enjoy that tract of land lying 
within the bounds [of Stoneham] commonly called and known by the 
name of Gould's Farm, now under lease to Messrs. Thomas and Daniel 
Gould, containing one hundred and ten acres, or thereabouts." June 
13, 1711, Thomas Gould of Charlestown — the same man — for £40, 
conveys to John Vinton of Charlestown, ten acres of land in Charles- 
town, "near Doleful Pond." In Dec. 1710, he also sold land in 
Charlestown to the same John Vinton. [Midd. Deeds, 16 : 113, and 
23 : 352. 

It would seem, therefore, that he removed to Killingly, in 1711, but 
afterwards came back to Stoneham ; and again moved away. We have 
notice of only one child of his, viz. — 

32. lluth, 4 b. in Stoneham, July 27, 1722. 


Deacon DANIEL GOULD, 3 (John, 2 John 1 ) brother of the pre- 
ceding; b. in Stoneham, 1682; m. 1, in Woburn, Oct. 21, 1702, Sarah 
Grover of Stoneham, b. 1682, probably sister of Thomas Grover of 
that place. She d. Dec. 4, 1745, ae. 64. [Grave-stone.] 2, April 15, 
1747, Abigail Richardson, 4 of Woburn, b. April 18, 1709, dau. of 
William 3 and Rebecca 3 (Vinton) Richardson of that place. See Vinton 
Memorial, p. 29. 

He was an original member of the Church in Stoneham, formed July 
2, 1729. lie was chosen deacon, Nov. 27, 1730. The other deacon, 
then chosen, was Daniel Green. [Ibid, p. 403.] He was also a lead- 
ing man in the town, and was often chosen on important committees. 


His will is dated June 10, 1756 ; proved, March 23, 17G1 ; recorded, 
Midd. Prob. 27 : 296-299. He mentions his wife Abigail, and « con- 
firms and establishes a written covenant made with her before mar- 
riage." He makes very particular provision for her ; — a good cow, the 
use of the west room, and so much of the back room as she has occasion 
for; also 13 bushels of Corn, 2 bushels of Rye, 60 pounds of Pork, 40 
pounds of Beef, half a bushel of Beans, half a bushel of Turnips, half a 
bushel of Potatoes, five cords of Wood, cut fit for her fire and laid near 
her door, and as much Cyder and Apples as she wants.* This pro- 
vision to be made and continued to her for two years next after the 
testator's decease, and no longer. He gives his Real Estate to his two 
grandsons, Joseph Bryant and Daniel Bryant ; also to them his money- 
bills, bonds, notes, accounts, live-stock, farming utensils, &c. He gives 
to his grandson, Daniel Bryant, my negro man, Obediah. He also 
makes some provision for his grand- daughter, Hannah Bryant. 

He d. March 7, 1761, a3. 79. His widow, Abigail, d. Jan. 1771, 
as. 65. [Grave-stones. 

His children, both by first wife, were — 

S3. Sarah, 4 b. Aug. 29, 1706; m. Joseph Bryant of Stoneham. He was taxed 
there, 1727, and was an original member of the church there. Their 
children were, Joseph, hi. 1730; d. 1810; a colonel in the militia, and a 
leading man in the town of Stoneham ; town clerk, Justice of the Peace ; 
Representative to General Court, in July, 1775. Also, Daniel, b. 1732, 
d. 1779; Hannah; Sarah, who d. July 16, 1741, a. 5 years, 11 months; 
John, who d. Dec. 5, 1745, a. 3 months. 

34. Daniel, 4 b. June 10, 1709; d. Oct. 25, 1734, se. 26. 


ABRAHAM COULD, 3 {John, 2 John, 1 ) half-brother of the preceding ; 
b. in Stoneham, 1692; m. Mary . 

He spent all his days in Stoneham. Of the church in that town, he 
was an original member ; as were his brother Daniel, his brother-in-law, 
Ebenezer Knight, his cousins Daniel and David Gould, and Joseph 
Bryant, already mentioned. \ He d. Sept. 4, 1776, a?. 84. His wife 
Mary d. Aug. 5, 1764, "a. about 65." [Grave-stones. 

Their children were — 

35. Mary, 4 b. Nov. 10, 1725 ; d. Dec. 14, 1726. 

36. Samuel, 4 b. June 3, 1727 ; d. June 24, 1727. 

37. + Abraham, 4 h. March 1, 1728-9; m. 1 , Mary Flowers ; 2, Mary Dead man ; 

3, Mary Brown ; 4, Tabitha Pratt. 

38. Joseph, 4 b. Dec. 30, 1730. 

39. Mary, 4 b. Feb. 1, 1732-3; m. Jonas Parker of Reading; published, Feb. 13, 


* These details will give a general idea of the way of living in those days, com- 
mon among the farmers of our country towns. It seems that potatoes were not so 
much an article of diet then as afterwards. The dwelling-house was wooden, of one 
story, with two rooms in front, separated by an entry, and with a large room in the 
rear, which extended back of both the other rooms, and was used for kitchen, dining- 
room, and for the general purposes of the family. 

J The six names here given, and the following, are appended to the original cov- 
enant, July 2, 1729 : Ephraim Larrabee, Jacob Howe, Edward Bucknam, Jonathan 
Griffin, Samuel Sprague, Ebenezer Parker, Thomas Cutler. So that about half of 
the original male members of the Stoneham Church were of the Gould family. 


40. Samuel, 4 b. Oct. 27, 1735. 

41. Daniel, 4 b. July 24, 1737 ; d. voting. 

42. William, 4 b. Jan. 11, 1739-40. 

43. Daniel/ b. Oct. 14, 1742. 


Lieut. DANIEL GOULD, 3 {Daniel 2 John, 1 ) son of Daniel 2 and 
Dorcas Gould of Stoneham, b. 1688; m. Dec. 26, 1710, Susanna 
Pearson 3 of Reading, b. Aug. 10, 1690, dau. of John 2 and Tabitha 
(Kendall) Pearson of that place, and grand-dau. of John Pearson, 1 who 
was of Lynn, 1637, and afterwards of Reading. 

He lived in Stoneham. near the line of the present town of South 
Reading. In 176G, he petitioned to be set off to the town of Reading, 
alleging that it would lie more convenient for him to attend public 
worship there, &c. It seems strange that he should have waited, before 
making such a request, till he was 78 years of age. The petition was 
not granted. 

To distinguish him from his cousin Deacon Daniel Gould, he was 
called Daniel Gould, Junior, till he was long past the meridian of life. As 
such, he is known on the early Stoneham records. He was a leading 
man in that town, and was town clerk from the organization of the 
town in Feb. 1725-6 to March, 1747-8, a period of twenty-two years. 
He was then succeeded by his son-in-law, Capt. Jonathan Green, who 
held that office twenty-live years. Mr. Gould was also chosen clerk of 
the church at its organization, July 2, 1729. But we cannot say much 
in praise of the manner in which those early records were kept. 

lie died at the age of one hundred tears, March 8, 1788. 

His wife Susanna d. March 29, 1757, ae. 67. 

Their children were — 

44. Susanna, 4 h. Aug. 14, 1714; m. June 17, 1736, William Green, 4 b. in 

Maiden, May 17, 1715, son of William 3 and Elizabeth (Farmer) Green of 
that place. See Vinton Memorial, p. 418. lie d. in 1772, x. 58. She 
d. 1790, a. 76. 

45. Dorcas, 4 b. Nov. 20, 1716; m. Peter Hay of Stoneham, Feb. 14, 1737-8. 

She d. May 26, 1813, "a. 96 years, 6 months, and 10 days." [Grave- 

46. Sarah, 4 b. July 8, 1719 ; m. Jan. 22, 1744-5, Capt. Jonathan Green, b. Nov. 

23, 1719, a prominent citizen of Stoneham; selectman, twenty years; 
town clerk and town treasurer, twenty-five years. See Vinton Memorial, 
p. 419. She d. in child-bed, Feb. 25, 1745-6, "a. 26 years, 7 mos., 18 
days." [Grave-stone. 

47. Tabitha, 4 b. Nov. 14, 1721 ; m. Nathan Parker of Reading, June 16, 1741. 

48. tDaniel, 4 b. Feb. 23, 1723-4; m. 1, Ruth Bancroft; 2, Mary Upham. 

49. Hannah, 4 b. Feb. 6, 1726-7 ; m. Phineas Sprague of Maiden, Dec. 6, 1748. 

[Sept. 21, 1748, according to Maiden Records.] 

50. Joseph, 4 b. Feb. 3, 1728-9 ; d. Sept. 25, 1730. 

51. Joseph, 4 b. June 21, 1731 ; m. Mary Madelock of Maiden; published, Nov. 

26, 17 36. They seem to have lived in South Reading. " Joshua, son of 
Joseph and Mary Gould, drowned Aug. 25, 1772, a. 3 years, 3 mos., 7 
days." [Grave-stone in South Reading.] 

52. Ebenezer, 4 b. Sept. 4, 1734 ; probably unm. ; d. Aug. 8, 1790. 


DAVID GOULD, 3 (Daniel, 2 John,') brother of the preceding; b. in 
Stoneham, 1691; m. about 1715, Elizabeth Green, 3 b. in Maiden, 


Nov. 16, 1G87, dau. of Samuel 2 and Mary (Cook) Green. Samuel 2 
was a son of Thomas Green 1 of that place. See Vinton Memorial, 
p. 399. 

He resided in Stoneham all his days ; and, with his brother Daniel, 
was a member of the Church there, from its formation. He d. April 
3, 1760, ae. 69. His wife Elizabeth d. April 18, 1753, ae. 64. [Grave- 

His will is dated Jan. 10, 1760; proved, April 14, 1760; recorded, 
Midd. Prob., 23 : 194-200. He leaves property to grandson David 
Gould, then under 21 years of age, son of my son David Gould; to 
grand-daus. Mary Lynde and Lydia Lynde, who are under 18 years of 
age ; dau. Mary Lynde ; grand-daus. Elizabeth Damon and Mary 
Damon ; grandson Daniel Gould, brother of David, under 21 years of 
age ; grand-daus. Esther Gould and Sarah Gould, sisters of Daniel, 
who are also minors. Son Jacob Gould is appointed Executor. 

His children were — 

53. fDavid, 4 b. Nov. 2, 1716; m. 1, Esther Green ; 2, Sarah Richardson. 

54. Elizabeth, 4 b. Sept. 4, 1718 ; d. Sept. 7, 1719. 

55. Elizabeth, 4 b. Sept. 7, 1721 ; m. Jabez Damon of Stoneham, Nov. 22, 1744. 

They had Elizabeth, and Mary. 

56. Marv, 4 "b. April 6, 1724; m. Jacob Lynde of Maiden, March 28, 1746. 

They had Mary, and Lydia. 

57. tJacob, 4 b. Oct. 14, 1726; m. Elizabeth Holden of Stoneham. 


JOHN GOULD, 4 (John, 3 John? John, 1 ) eldest son of John and 
Sarah Gould; b. in Stoneham, July 3, 1697; m. Nov. 29, 1715, 
Judith Walker, b. March 16, 1691-2, dau. of Samuel and Judith 
(Howard) Walker of Woburn. Samuel Walker, b. Jan. 25, 1667-8, 
was son of Samuel and Sarah (Read) Walker, all of Woburn. 

He resided in Stoneham till some time previous to Dec. 3, 1742, at 
which date he and his father were living in Southborough, as appears 
by a bond then given by them to the town of Stoneham for the main- 
tenance of Abigail Howe ; who, as I suppose, was a sister of our 
John Gould. 4 He was taxed in Stoneham, 1726 and 1727. 

His children, born and recorded in Stoneham, were — 

58. John, 5 b. Oct. 3, 1716. 

59. Judith, 5 ; m. July 4, 1738, Samuel Grover of York, Me., probably a 

native of Stoneham. 

60. Elizabeth, 5 b. Aug. 26, 1720. 

61. Jonathan, 5 b. Dec. 12, 1722. 

62. Thomas, 5 b. May 21, 1725. 

63. Caleb, 5 b. July l", 1728. 


BENJAMIN GOULD, 4 (John 3 John, 2 John, 1 ) brother of the pre- 
ceding; b. in Stoneham, March 31, 1702; m. Elizabeth Watkins, 
of Concord, March 24, 1723-4. 

He was living in Stoneham at the incorporation of that town in 
1725, and was taxed there in 1726 and 1727. 


I find no record of his death or removal. I suppose he died in 
Stoneham in 173- and that the following refers to his widow — " Wid- 
ow Gould died Feb. 1801, aged 92." [Stoneham Records. 

The children of Benjamin and Elizabeth Gould were — 

64. fBenjamin, 5 b. Feb. 25, 1724-5 ; m. Hephzibah . 

65. Sarah, 5 1). May 20, 1727. 
60. Lydia, 5 b. Oct. 6, 1731. 


Capt. ABRAHAM GOULD, 4 (Abraham, 3 John, 2 John,' 1 ) eldest son of 
Abraham 3 and Mary Gould; b. in Stoneham, March 1, 1728-0; m. 1, 
1754, Mary Floavers of Stoneham, b. 17 '31, published, Feb. 13, 1754. 
She d. April 9, 1771, a. 40. 2, 1773. (pub. June 18) Mary Dead- 
man of Salem, b. 1742 ; d. Jan. 0, 1787, se. 45. 3, 1788, (pub. Jan. 4) 
Mary Brown of Reading, b. 1740; d. of small-pox, May 26, 1793, 
a. 53. [Grave-stones.] 4, 1797, (pub. April 8) Tabitha Pratt of 
Reading, b. 1744; d. April 5, 1831, a?. 87, [Grave-stone], or April 4, 
1832. [Town Record. 

He spent all his days in Stoneham, and d. there, Jan. 9, 1821, se. 92. 
The Records of the Church, on mention of his death, describe him as 
" a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost." He and his four wives 
lie side by side, in the Old Cemetery, in Stoneham. 

By first wife he had — 

67. Mary, 5 b. May 1, 1755; m. Dr. John Hart, a surgeon in the army of the 

Revolution, and afterwards, for many years — till after 1820— a physician 
in South Reading. They vt ere published, Dee. 28, 1778. 


DANIEL GOULD, 4 (Daniel, 3 Daniel,- John, 1 ) son of Lieut. Daniel 
and Susanna (Pearson) Gould; b. in Stoneham, Feb. 23, 1723-4; m. 

1, 1752, (pub. Nov. 15) Ruth Bancroft of Lynn, b. Aug. 9, 1731 ; 
and d. Aug. 22, 1758, "aged 27 years and 13 days." [Grave-stone.] 

2, Dec. 9, 1762, Mary Uphah of Stoneham, who d. of small-pox. 
June 3, 1793, a?. 52. [Ibid.] She was probably one of the Upham 
family of Maiden. 

He lived and died in Stoneham. In the Town Records, made in the 
earlier part of his life, he is called " Daniel Gould the third," to distin- 
guish him from his father and his father's cousin, Dea. Daniel Gould. 

He d. March 14, 1797, a. 73. [Grave-stone. 

His children were — by first wife, Ruth^- 

68. Ruth, 5 b. Oct. 17, 1753 ; m. 1773, (pub. June 4) Elijah Richardson, 5 b. May 

4, 1741, son of Reuben 4 and Esther (Wyman) Richardson of Stoneham. 
See Vinton Memorial, p. 390. She d. Sept. 1811, a. 58. He d. May 
20, 1832, a. 91. 

By second wife, Mary — 

69. tDaniel, 5 b. March 11, 1767 ; m. Eunice Coates. 

70. Charles, 8 b. Dec. 27, 1779. 



DAVID GOULD, 4 (David, 3 Darnel, 2 John, 1 ) eldest son of David' 
and Elizabeth (Green) Gould; b. in Stoneham, Nov. 2, 1716; in. 1, 
Feb. 11, 1740-1, Esther Green, 4 eldest dau. of Dea. Daniel 3 and 
Mary (Bucknam) Green of Stoneham. See Vinton Memorial, p. 403. 
She d. Feb. 8, 1752. 2, 1754 (pub. Dec. 20) Sarah Richardson of 
Woburn, b. Feb. 28, 1723-4, dau. of Jonathan 3 and Abigail (Wyman) 
Richardson. Her father Jonathan was son of Samuel 2 and Sarah, and 
grandson of SAMUEL RICHARDSON, 1 all of Woburn. See Vinton 
Memorial, p. 382. 

He resided in Stoneham, but from some cause was long absent in 
parts unknown. In his father's will, dated Jan. 10, 1760, it is said — 
" My son David Gould is absent, and is supposed to be dead." It was 
provided, that if be should return, he should share in the estate. We 
hear nothing further concerning him. No grave-stone in the Old Cem- 
etery marks the place of his burial. 

His children were — by first wife, Esther — 

71. tDavid, 5 h. July 7, 1741 ; m. Dorcas . 

72. Esther, 5 b. Nov. 22, 1744; m. Cornelius Baker of Grafton, May 13, 1763. 

73. Daniel, 5 b. Feb. 5, 1746-7 ; m. Martha Nichols of Reading, 1765. 

74. Mary, 5 b. July 10, 1751 ; d. Aug. 15, 1753. 

By second wife, Sarah — 

75. Sarah, 5 b. March 31, 1755. 

76. Abigail, 5 b. Oct. 17, 1758. 


JACOB GOULD, 4 (David, 3 Daniel, 2 John, 1 ) brother of the preced- 
ing ; b. Oct. 14, 1726; m. in Woburn, Nov. 25, 1751, Elizabeth 
Holden, b. Feb. 22, 1730-1, dau. of Samuel and Elizabeth Holden of 
Stoneham. She d. Aug. 6, 1775, a. 44. [Grave-stone. 

He spent his days in Stoneham; and died there, June 14, 1801, 
a. 74. [Ibid. 

His children were — 

77. Elizabeth, 5 b. March 2, 1752; m. 1768 (pub. Nov. 12) Thomas Knight, b. 

Jan. 26, 1748-9, son of Elisha and Sarah Knight of Stoneham. 

78. tJacob, 5 b. March 30, 1754; unm. ; murdered for money, Nov. 26, 1819, a. 65. 

79. Thomas, 5 b. Oct. 2, 1755 ; d. March 15, 1756. 

80. Marv, 5 b. Julv 18, 1757 ; unm.; d. Nov. 21, 1836, a. 79. 

81. Lydia, 5 b. Nov. 17, 1759. 

82. t Thomas, 5 b. April 27, 1761 ; m. Hannah Hill of Stoneham. 

83. David, 5 b. June 5, 1763 ; unm. ; d. July 6, 1834, as. 71. 

84. Nathan, 5 b. March 20, 1768; m. 1789 (pub. Jan. 15) Abigail Evans of 


85. Susanna, 5 b. June 21, 1772 ; m. April 11, 1793, Jesse Converse of Woburn. 


BENJAMIN GOULD, 4 (Benjamin* John? John 2 John, 1 ) son of 
Benjamin 4 and Elizabeth Gould; b. in Stoneham, Feb. 25, 1724-5 ; m. 

Hephzibah . 



They lived in Stoneham, but moved away to parts unknown. 
Their children, born and recorded in Stoneham, were — 

86. Nathan, 6 b. July 26, 1747. 

87. Ehenezer, 6 b. July 30, 1750. 

83. Benjamin Parker^ 6 b. April 6, 1753. 


DANIEL GOULD, 4 Esq. (Daniel* Daniel? Daniel? John?) son 
of Daniel 4 and Mary (Upham) Gould; b. in Stoneham, March 11, 
17G7; m. Eunice Coates. 

He resided through his whole life in Stoneham ; was a leading man 
there ; a Justice of the Peace ; and the first representative sent by that 
town to the Legislature of Massachusetts, from its incorporation in 1725 
to 1806, with two exceptions, viz. Capt. John Yinton in 1734, and Col. 
Joseph Bryant in 1775. 

He d. May 1, 1831, a. 04. His wife Eunice d. Feb. 27, 1826, a. GO. 
[Grave-stones.] Their children were — 

89. Daniel, 6 b. Jan. 17, 1789. He was a physician in Maiden, now deceased. 

90. Mary Upham, 6 b. Dec. 25, 1792 ; m. April 9, 1807, Capt. William Richard- 

son, 6 b. Jan. 30, 1786, son of Thaddeus 5 and Lydia 8 (Vinton) Richardson 
of Stoneham. For her family, see Vinton Memorial, p. 207. She is 
still living in Stoneham, 1862. 

91. Eunice, 6 b. March 12, 1797 ; m. Eli A. Yale of Lynn, Nov. 20, 1823. 

92. Lueinda, 6 b. Feb. 26, 1802 ; m. March 1, 1824, David Tilton, Esq., a native 

of Sanhornton, N. H. They have resided in Sanbornton, in Lynn, and in 
Stoneham. They are now, 1862, living in Stoneham. Their children 
are Lueinda, Horace. 

93. Abraham, 6 b. Nov. 7, 1805, rn. Mary Sprague of Maiden ; a physician in 

94 Sophronia, 6 b. Feb. 21, 1808; m.Nov. 25, 1830, Samuel Sweetser of Boston. 


DAVID GOULD, 5 {David? David? Daniel? John,') eldest son of 
David 4 and Esther 4 (Green) Gould; b. in Stoneham, July 7, 1741 ; m. 
Dorcas . 

He lived in the southeast part of Stoneham, and d. there, Feb. 17, 
1834, a3. 93. She d. Oct. 13, 1831, a. V3. [Grave-stones. 

Their children were — 

95. Daniel, 6 b. July 20, 1765. 

96. Joseph, 6 b. May 23, 1767 ; unm. ; d. Nov. 28, 1800, a. 33. 

97. Mary, 6 b. Aug. 15, 1772 ; d. Jan. 21, 1791, a. 18. 

98. Elizabeth, 6 b. Dec. 3, 1777; m. Asa Holden of Billerica, July 10, 1834. 

She d. April 2, 1841, a. 63. [Grave-stone in Stoneham. 


JACOB GOULD,* (Jacob? David? Daniel? John?) eldest son of 
Jacob 4 and Elizabeth (Holden) Gould; b. in Stoneham, March 30, 
1754 ; never married. 

His name is connected with one of the most tragical events which 
have occurred in the County of Middlesex. He, and his brother David 
and sister Mary, all unmarried, and all quite advanced in years, com- 
posed a family by themselves, living in the southeast part of Stoneham, 
east of Spot Pond, and on the old road to Medford and Boston. Being 


rather penurious in their habits, they were supposed to have a large 
amount of silver coin in their possession. There is no reason to doubt 
that information of this fact had extensively gone abroad, and that by 
some means it had become known among the convicts in the State 
Prison at Charlestown. 

On the evening of Nov. 2G, 1819, about eight o'clock, the humble 
dwelling of the Goulds in Stoneham was entered by three men, who 
determined to obtain their money. Jacob Gould was stabbed in several 
places, and died in about five hours. His brother David and sister 
Mary were wounded, but survived many years. The family were 
robbed of about one thousand silver dollars. 

The impression made by this event on the town and the whole vicin- 
ity, is indescribable. Astonishment, alarm, and terror, sat on every 
countenance. Whose dwelling could be secure from such a visit? 
Every possible effort was immediately made to discover the perpetrators, 
and bring them to justice. Suspicion soon fell heavily on a man of the 
name of Daniels, formerly belonging to Boston. He had just been 
discharged from the State Prison, and either he or an accomplice had 
been in the town a few days before, inquiring into the circumstances 
and habits of the family ; whether they had money, whether they kept 
weapons, &c. He was speedily arrested, and committed to the County 
Jail in East Cambridge. The evidence against him appeared so con- 
clusive, that just before his trial was to occur, he hanged himself in his 
cell. Another man, named Phillips, was arrested on suspicion, but 
got clear. 

"The Stoneham murder" is remembered with a strange and painful 
interest to this day ; and the grave-stone of Jacob Gould in the Old 
Cemetery still commemorates the awful event. 


THOMAS GOULD, 5 (Jacob,* David, 3 Daniel, 2 John,') brother of 
the preceding; b. in Stoneham, April 27, 1761; m. Aug. 29, 1790, 
Hannah Hill, b. Jan. 24, 1760, dau. of James and Susanna Hill of 

He lived in the southeast part of Stoneham, east of Spot Pond, and 
was a man of property. He d. Sept. 22, 1838, "aged 77 years, 4 mos. 
26 days." [Town Record.] His wife Hannah d. Sept, 1, 1828, a. 68. 
[Grave-stone.] They lie buried in a small private Cemetery, belong- 
ing to the families of Thomas Gould, Elijah Richardson, and Thaddeus 
Richardson, and adjacent on the west to the Old Cemetery in Stone- 

The children of Thomas and Hannah Gould were — 

99. Thomas, 6 b. 1791 ; m. Nov. 17, 1836, Pamela (Waite) Andrews, a 

widow, of Maiden. He d. June 5, 1848, a. 57. They had — 
100. Thomas,' 7 b. Sept. 17, 1838. 

101. Susanna, 6 b. 1794; unm. ; d. of cancer, Aujr. 2, 1837, ve. 43. 

102. James Hill, 6 b. ; m. Jan. 23, 1818, Hephzibah Lynde, daughter of 

Dea. Jabez Lvnde of Stoneham. Their only child was 

103. Hephzibah,' 7 b. 1822, d. Dec. 18, 1852, a. 30. [Grave-stone. 
104. Jacob, 6 b. ; m. May 3, 1821, Phebe Catharine Parker of Stoneham. 

Both are deceased. Their children have been — 

105. Phebe,'' b. ; m. Issachar W. Langley, Jan. 1, 1844. 


106. Jacob Parker, 7 b. May 15, 1822 ; iinm. ; studied at the Military 

Academy, Norwich, Vermont ; afterwards Instructor there; 
has been a leading man in Stoneham, and deservedly con- 
fided in by his fellow citizens there. Not long after the 
commencement of the present war, he raised a company of 
volunteers, and marched at their head to the field of action ; 
now, 1863, Major and commander of the Thirteenth Regi- 
ment of Massachusetts Volunteers in the service of the 
United States. A brave, skilful and accomplished officer. 
He is a member of the Congregational Church in Stoneham. 

107. Levi, 7 b. Nov. 25, 1823; m. ; lives in the house formerly 

occupied by his father. 
1 OS. Catharine Elizabeth, 7 ) , fe ^ 833 _ 

109. Man/ Susanna 7 ) ' - ' 

110. Hannah Hill, 7 b. Oct. 2, 1837 ; m. Lucius Bucknam ; d. . 

111. Ably 7 b. June 16, 1842 ; d. Sept. 14, 1843. 

112. Orator, 7 b. Aug. 8, 1843. 

113. Levi, 5 b. May 3, 1800; m. Elizabeth W. Chadbonrne of , Maine. 

He was a physician, an active christian, and a most estimable man ; 
practised medicine in Dixmont, Me., and in Melrose. He d. in Melrose, 
Jan. 6, 1850, re. 50. His wife Elizabeth d. April 4, 1849, re. 46. They 
lie buried in the private Cemetery, already mentioned. 

114. Hannah, 6 b. ; unra. She lives, 1862, o"n the old homestead. 

Note to page 169. 

Since the foregoing was in type, the compiler has received from the transcriber of 
the Charlestown Records, Mr. Thomas B. Wyman, the following evidence that 
Joanna Gould, wife of John Gould, 1 was not so old by ten years as is stated on 
the aforesaid records, in the record of her death, as quoted on page 169 : — 

In a deposition, dated "6 (2) 1658," that is, April 6,1658, "Johanna Gould, 
aged fiftie years, or thereabouts, deposes," &c. At the same time, her husband's 
age is stated to be forty-seven. In another deposition, dated in 1676, Johanna 
Gould's age is said to be sixty-seven. This evidence, of course, is decisive. The 
age of Joanna and her husband, therefore, will correspond nearly with the age of 
John and Grace, who were passengers in the Defence, in 1635 ; and the probabili- 
ties incline to the supposition that John Gould the husband of Grace, and John 
Gould the husband of Joanna, were one and the same person. I may add that it 
now appears that Joanna Gould was 45 years of age when her son Daniel was born ; 
instead of 56, as the, Charlestown Records would require us to believe. 



There were several families among the early settlers of New 
England, who bore the name of Holmes. We find a George Holmes 
in Roxbury, who was made freeman, May 22, 1639 ; and died Decem- 
ber 18, 1(345. His children were Joseph, Nathaniel, Deborah, and 
Sarah. There was a John Holmes of Portsmouth, whose wife was a 
dau. of Thomas Walford of Mishawum [Charlestown.] There was a 
Thomas Holmes in Hingham in 1637 ; and another Thomas Holmes in 
New London in 1665. David Holmes of Dorchester had wife Jane, son 
David, and daughter Margaret, and died in 1666. Robert Holmes of 
Cambridge, 1636, was freeman June 2, 1641; his wife was Jane, and 
his children John, Elizabeth, Sarah, Joseph. Richard Holmes was at 
Rowley, in 1643: he was born in 1610. 

Obadiah Holmes, originally from Preston in Lancashire, England, 
was admitted to the Church at Salem, March 24, 1639 ; became a 
Baptist, and was for this oifence excommunicated ; went to Rehoboth, 
where he had an allotment of land in 1645 ; was arrested with several 
others at Lynn, on Sunday, July 20, 1651, for attending a Baptist 
meeting; was carried to Boston the next day, and imprisoned till 
September ; then taken out and whipped with exceeding severity in 
State Street; removed to Newport, and was a minister there in 1652; 
died Oct. 16, 1682, a. 76. He had eight children, and his descendants 
were in 1790 estimated at five thousand. For a further account of him, 
see Backus's History of New England, and Benedict's History of the 

Lieut. William Holmes was at Plymouth, in Oct. 1632, at the time 
of Governor Winthrop's visit to that place, and with others accompanied 
the Governor ten miles on his return. He was sent by the authorities 
at Plymouth, in October, 1633, with an armed force to reestablish a 
trading-house on Connecticut river, in opposition to the plans of the 
Dutch, who claimed that fine region. He built a "truck-house" at the 
place afterwards known as Windsor, which he fortified with a palisade. 
He instructed the people of Plymouth and Duxbury, 1635, in the use 
of arms ; was an officer in the Pequod war, 1 637 ; afterwards went to 
England, where he served in the civil war ; came back to America, 
and died at Boston, Nov. 12, 1649. His will, dated on the day of his 
death, makes no mention of wife or children, but leaves a plantation in 
the island of Antigua to Margaret and Mary Holmes, daughters of his 
deceased brother Thomas Holmes, who were then in Antigua ; and his 


farm in Scituate to Rachel and Bathsheba Holmes, two other daus. of 
his said brother, who were then living in London, if they should after- 
wards come over to New England. In the record of his will at Plym- 
outh, he is called ''Major William Holmes." [Old Colony Records, 
Vol. II., p. 60.] It appears from the Old Colony Records,' 1 654, that 
he had lands on the Marshfield side of the North River. At that date, 
Job Hawkins of Boston appeared as a claimant of those lands, and was 
allowed to take possession, until a better claim should be established. 

It is thought probable that his niece Mary Holmes afterwards came 
to New England, and settled in Scituate. The marriage of Mary 
Holmes with Thomas Tilden, his second wife, is recorded in Marshfield 
under date of Jan. 24, 1664. There is some probability, moreover, that 
" Major William Holmes" was uncle or cousin to William Holmes of 
Marshfield, whose posterity we are about to record. 

John Holmes 1 was taxed at Plymouth in 1G33 and 1634, and was 
freeman in the latter of these years. He was often messenger to the 
General Court. We find his name on the list of those in Plymouth, 
who were "able to bear arms," in 1 043. He was the father of John 
Holmes, 2 who had a grant of land in Dnxbury, 1665, and was afterwards 
of Plymouth; m. Nov. 20, 1661, Patience, dau. of John Faunce, the 
Plymouth Pilgrim, who came in the Ann, 1623, [and died Nov. 29, 
1653] and sister of the venerable elder, Thomas Faunce; and had 
John," 3 b. March 22. 1663; Nathaniel 3 ; Ebenezer 3 ; Thomas 3 ; Joseph 3 ; 
Desire, 3 m. John Churchill; Richard 3 ; Patience. 3 m. Nov. 27, 1712, 
Ichabod Cushman of Middleborough ; Mehitabel 3 ; Sarah 3 ; George 3 ; 
the last five being minors in 1700. The father of this numerous family 
died in the summer of 1697. [Plym. Prob. 1 : 347.] He had a 
brother Nathaniel 2 who m. Mercy Faunce at Plymouth, Dec. 29, 1667. 
Nathaniel Holmes 2 d. at Plymouth, July 25, 1727, a. 84. His wife 
Mercy d. Feb. 11, 1731-2, a. 81. 

From John Holmes 1 of Plymouth and William Holmes 1 of Marsh- 
field, most of the families bearing the name of Holmes in the Old 
Colony are descended. So far as the present writer is aware, they 
have always sustained a high character for intelligence, thrift, and all 
the moral virtues. 

For the information of readers at a distance, we would state, that 
Marshfield is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, about thirty 
miles southeast from Boston ; having Scituate on the north, Pembroke 
on the west, Duxbury on the south, and the ocean on the east. Kingston 
lies immediately south from Duxbury, and separates it from the town 
of Plymouth. Halifax joins Kingston on the west. Pembroke was 
taken from Duxbury in 1711-12, and Halifax was formed in 1734, of 
portions of Pembroke, Plympton, and Middleborough. The town last 
named extends from Plympton and Halifax to Rochester. Marshfield 
was the residence, in the olden time, of the Winslow family, and more 
recently, the residence and burial-place of Daniel Webster. 

The materials for the ensuing sketch have been derived from many 
different sources, among which it would be unjust not to name the 
researches of Dr. Ezekiel Holmes of Augusta, Me., editor of the Maine 
Farmer; of Abraham Holmes, Esq., of South Abington, and his grand- 
father of the same name, who died in 1839; and of Miss Marcia A. 


Thomas of Marshfield. The compiler has also personally examined the 
Old Colony and Probate Records at Plymouth. 



WILLIAM HOLMES 1 must have been born in 1592, if the record 
of his death in Marshfield is to be credited. He was of Scituate as 
early as 1641, and perhaps some few years previous. He was on the 
list of those in Scituate " able to bear arms," in 1 643 ; was one of the 
" Conihasset planters"* in 1646; and freeman of Plymouth Colony in 
1658. In 1661 he removed across the North River into Marshfield; 
settled next south from Goodman Carver and Goodman Dingley, near 
the Lindall estate. There he died Nov. 9, 1678, "being 86 years old," 
as the records say. His widow Elizabeth d. Feb. 17, 1688-9, a. 86. 

There seems to be a degree of probability that he was a cousin or 
nephew of Major William Holmes, of whom we have spoken in the 
Introduction to this Sketch ; but whether he was a kinsman of that 
Abraham Holmes who was wounded and taken prisoner at Sedgemoor, 
July 6, 1685, and soon after executed, it is impossible even to conjecture. 
For the affecting story, see Macaulay's England, Vol. I., Chap. V. 

His will is dated March 4, 1677-8; proved Feb. 25, 1678-9; and 
may be found in the Old Colony Records, Vol. IV., p. 2. He be- 
queaths to his wife, whose name, however, he does not give, one third 
part of all my housings, lands, chattels, and moveables, after my debts 
and funeral charges are payed, to be enjoyed by her during her widow- 
hood ; but in case of her marrying [she was then 75 years of age !] I 
bequeath to her five pounds to be paid her by my two sons, Israel and 
Isaac; and I do give unto my two sons Israel and Isaac [not only their 
mother's third, but also] two thirds of my whole estate. And I do give 
to my two sons Josiah and Abraham five shillings each; and to my 
daughters Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah, and Rebecca twenty shillings a 
yeare, each of them ; and I do give unto all my grandchildren that are 
now extant five pounds, to be equally divided among them. And I do 
hereby appoint and constitute my two beloved sons Israel and Isaac to 
be my executors, &c. In immediate connection with the will, the 
Records say — "William Holmes of Marshfield deceased Nov. 8, 1678." 
The Inventory is dated Nov. 25, 1678; the personal estate amounting 
to £70. 

In this will, the testator does not mention his son John, for the rea- 
son, as I conceive, that John was then deceased. Another reason prob- 
ably was, that John had already received, in the cost of his education, 
his full proportion of the father's estate. But John's children were no 

* The " Conihasset Planters" were a company of twenty-six individuals, who in 
1646 purchased a tract of land in Scituate " extending three miles up into the woods 
from the high-water mark," and a considerable distance along the shore. They 
were an Association of Proprietors, who conducted their affairs in the manner of 
a corporation; employing clerks, surveyors, committees, and agents, till 1715. 
[Deane's Scituate.] Their Records are still preserved in. the office of the town 
clerk of Scituate. Their last meeting on record was in 1767. 


doubt included in the phrase, " all my grandchildren." It is worthy of 
note that the testator mentions Josiah before Abraham, seeming to 
imply that Josiah was older than Abraham, which was doubtless the 

His children were — 

2. tJohn, 2 ; m. Mary Wood. 

3. tJosiah, 2 ; m. Hannah Sampson. 

4. j Abraham, 2 hap. 1641 ; m. 1, Elizabeth Arnold. 2, Abigail Nichols. 

5. t Israel, 2 hap. 1642 ; m. Desire (Dotey) Sherman. 

6. tlsaac, 2 hap. 1644 ; m. Anna Rouse. 

7. Sarah, 2 hap. 1646. 

8. Rebecca, 2 hap. 1648. 

9. Mary, 2 bap. 1655; m. Cheney of Newbury. "Dismissed to the 

Church in Newbury, Aug. 28, 1698, Mary Holmes, now Cheny." [Chh. 
Records.] Mary Holmes m. in YVatcrtown, Oct. 7, 1691, Peter Cheney. 
10. Elizabeth, 3 bap. 1661 ; m. Nov. 23, 1702, Thomas Rourne ; his second wife. 
His first wife was Elizabeth Rouse, m. April 18, 1681, and d. April 9, 1701. 
She was sister of Anna Rouse, already mentioned. 



Rev. JOHN HOLMES, 2 presumed to be the eldest son of William 
Holmes 1 of Marshfield ; b. probably in England; m. Dec. 11, 1661, 
Mary Wood, dan. of John Wood of Plymouth.* 

He was ordained in 1659, as pastor of the church in Duxbury; 
being the second minister of the second church in Plymouth Colony. 
He succeeded Rev. Ralph Partridge, the first minister, who was settled 
there in 1637, and who was eminent for talents and learning, as well as 
for deep piety. Mr. Partridge died a few days before the probate of 
his will, which took place May 4, 1 658. Mr. Holmes, who was doubt- 
less well known to the people of Duxbury, as having been brought up 
in Scituate, a neighboring town, seems to have been desired by them 
immediately to fill the place of their deceased pastor; and this was 
probably the reason why the name of Mr. Holmes is not found in the 

* He is designated on the Records as "John Wood alias Atwood" ; and must 
not be confounded, as he often has been, with John Atwood, gentleman, formerly of 
London, the Assistant of Plymouth Colony in 1638, and Treasurer thereof till 
death ; who d. in 1643, and left no issue. See the will of the latter, in Genealogical 
Register, Vol. IV., p. 173. 

It is no where recorded that Rev. John Holmes of Duxbury was a son of William 
Holmes of Marshfield ; but the evidence is such as to remove all reasonable doubt. 
The father of the Duxbury minister must have been a resident in the Old Colony, 
for a reason which may be" deduced from a grant made to Rev. John Holmes from 
the Court, June, 1675, of land in Pinguine-hole [in Sandwich], "in the right of his 
father." His father's name is not mentioned in the Order of Court, [Old Colony 
Records, Court Orders, Vol. V., p. 118.1 But it is clearly implied therein that 
the father lived in the Old Colony. The father could not have been John Holmes 
of Plymouth, the messenger of the General Court, for this man had a son John, the 
husband of Patience Faunee, and the father of eleven children. See Introduction to 
this Sketch. There was no man in the Old Colony who could be the father of the 
Duxbury pastor, save William Holmes of Marshfield. The similarity of names 
confirms" the position now assumed. William Holmes had a son Isaac, and we find 
an Isaac among the children of Rev. John Holmes. 


Catalogue of Graduates of Harvard College. It is known, however, 
that in 1658 he was " studying at Cambridge under President Chauncy," 
a former minister of Scituate. 

He was much respected as a minister, and was endeared to his people 
by the humility and meekness of his character. His pastorate was 
peaceful and happy ; and, so far as we can now judge, productive of 
none but desirable results.* 

Eev. John Holmes died December 24, 1675. His will is dated Dec. 
16, 1675 ; it was exhibited to the Court hodden at Plymouth in March, 
1675-6; and is found in the Old Colony Records, Wills, Vol. III., 
Part I., p. 169. He describes himself as "teacher of the Church of 
Christ at Duxburrow" ; gives to his eldest son Joseph all my lattin and 
Greek books ; gives to wife Mary, during her natural life, all my 
houses and lands in Duxburrow, with all my moveables, excepting, &c. 
Gives to my three children, Joseph, Mary, and Isaac, all my estate that 
my said wife shall die possessed of, to be equally divided amongst them. 
Appoints wife Mary, executrix. "I doe Request my trusty and well- 
beloved friends, Mr. John Alden and Mr. Constant Southworth to be 
the overseers of this my last will and testament." Witnesses, Josiah 
Standish, John Tracye. 

His widow Mary became the third wife of Major William Bradford, 
a distinguished officer in " Philip's war," son of Gov. William Bradford, 
and himself Deputy Governor from 1682 till the arrival of the new 
Charter, 1692, except during the usurpation of Andros. She died 
Jan. 6, 1714-15. 

The children of Rev. John Holmes were — 

11. tJoseph, 3 b. July 9, 1665 ; m. 1. Sarah Sprague. 2. Mary Brewster. 

12. Mary, 3 b. ; is mentioned in her father's will, but of her we have no 

further knowledge. 

13. flsaae, 3 b. 1674; m. Mary Allerton. 


JOSIAH HOLMES, 2 son of William Holmes 1 of Marshfield ; m. 
March 20, 1665-6, Hannah Sampson, 2 dau. of Henry Sampson of 
Duxbury. See Sampson Family, in the sequel. 

He resided a long time in Duxbury and Marshfield. He was a 
surveyor of highways in Duxbury, 1681, and constable, 1683. He was 
of Marshfield in 1696, as appears from a list of the male members of 
the church in that town at the settlement of Rev. Edward Tompson in 
that year.j The list is contained in the Church Records, and names 

* In 1667, Nathaniel Soule was brought before the Court, charged with abusing 
Mr. Holmes "by many false, scandalous, and approbuouse speeches;" and was 
sentenced to make a public acknowledgment, to pay a fine of twenty pounds, and 
sit in the stocks at the pleasure of the Court. The latter part of the penalty was 
remitted at the urgent solicitation of Mr Holmes. Soule confessed that he had 
been guilty of " wickedly speaking, and with a high hand eontumeliously villifving 
and scandulizing Mr. John Holmes," and added, "this my wickedness in soe 
speaking of soe godly a man, is greatly aggravated in that it hath a tendency to 
the hinderence of the efficacye of that great and honorable worke of the preaching 
of the Gospell, unto which lie is called." [Winsor's History of Duxbury, p. 179. 

X He was son of deacon Samuel, and grandson of Rev. William Tompson, both of 
Braintree ; was born in that town April 20, 1665 ; H. C. 1684; ordained pastor in 
Marshfield, Oct. 14, 1696; died March 16, 1704-5, ae. 40. 


Josiah Holmes before his brother Abraham. This circumstance, to- 
gether with the fact that William Holmes, in his will, places the name 
of Josiah before that of Abraham — thus, " my two sons Josiah and 
Abraham" — and the more important fact that Josiah was married in 
1665, — induce the belief that Josiah was the elder of the two; and this 
notwithstanding the Church Records of Scituate represent Josiah as 
having been baptized in 1650, and Abraham in 1641. Probably there 
is an error often years in the former case ; no unusual affair in records. 

Josiah Holmes, and his brothers Abraham and Isaac, removed to 
Rochester before 1700; probably in 1697 or 1098; and were among 
the early settlers of that town. 

The children of Josiah Holmes were — 

14. Hannah, 3 1.. Oct. 11, 1667. 

15. Darbous, 3 b. Aug. 4, 1669.* 

16. Jonah, 3 b. Aug. 13, 1672; m. ; lived in Rochester, in the same 

house with his father. He lived to old age. His children having all died 
young, he adopted James Cowing as his heir, who had lived with him from 

17. Mar'v, 3 b. Nov. 5, 1674. 

18. tJohn', 3 b. Mav 28, 1678 ; m. Susanna Randall. 

19. t William, 3 b. Jan. 18, 1679-80; in. Bathsheba . 


ABRAHAM HOLMES, 2 son of William 110111165' of Marshfield ; 
bap. 1641 ; m. 1, Elizabeth Arnold, dan. of Rev. Samuel Arnold, 
Avho was pastor of t lie Church in Marshfield from 1659 to 1693; and 
died there Sept. 3, 1693. She died May, 1690. 2, in 1695, Abigail 
Nichols of Hingham. 

He lived in Marshfield till about 1698, when he removed to Roch- 
ester, with his brothers Josiah and Isaac. His brother-in-law Samuel 
Arnold, (b. at Yarmouth, 1649) with a number of others from Marsh- 
field and Duxbury, were already there ; and Samuel Arnold, the 
younger, was ordained their pastor in 1 684. Abraham Holmes was 
town treasurer of Rochester in 1698. His house stood a fourth of a 
mile southeast from Snow's Pond, on the westerly side of the road. 
He died April 17, 1722, a. 82. His grave-stone is still standing in the 
Old Cemetery at Rochester Centre, and is perfectly legible. 

His children, all by first wife, were — 

20. Elizabeth, 3 b. 1666. 

21. Isaac. 3 

22. Bathsheba, 3 m. Jan. 21, 1691, Samuel Dojrtrett, son of Thomas Doggctt, 

his second wife. His first wife was Mary Rogers, m. Jan. 24, 1682. "She 
d. 1690. Samuel and Bathsheba Dogjiett had Elizabeth, Ebenezer, Bath- 
sheln, John, Isaac, who were all baptized Sept. 27, 1702; also Lydia, 
Persis, Seth, Abigail. 

23. Rose, 3 in. March 22, 1698-9, Thomas BUnchard of Andovcr. The records 

speak of her as " of Marshfield " at the time of her marriage. 

24. Susanna. 3 

25. tExperience, 3 b. 1681 ; m. Patience Nichols. 

* I take this name from Winsor's History of Duxbury. Mr. Savage, in his 
Genealogical Dictionary, calls it (very properly) an impossible name. Probably it 
is a blunder of the Town Clerk for Dorcas. 



ISRAEL HOLMES, 2 brother of the preceding; bap. 1642 ; m. Nov. 
24, 1681, Desire (Dotey) Sherman, dau. of Edward Dotey, who 
came a youth in the Mayflower in 1620, and widow of William Sher- 
man, Jun., all of Marshfield. She was married to Sherman, Dec. 25, 
1667. He d. 1679. 

If Israel Holmes had a wife before his marriage with Desire Sher- 
man, nothing is now known of it.* 

He spent his youth in Scituate, and his manhood in Marshfield. He 
was, with Joseph Trouant, " cast away, sailing into Plymouth Harbor, 
Feb. 24, 1684-5, and drowned, and was buried at Plymouth." [Marsh- 
field Records. 

His widow married for her third husband, Alexander Standish, 2 son 
of Capt. Miles Standish 1 of Duxbury. He d. 1702. She d. 1723, and 
her remains rest in the Old Cemetery at Marshfield, near the Church 
of the First Parish, among the family of her first husband, Sherman. 
She had five children by the first husband, two by the second, and 
three, Desire, Thomas, and Ichabod (Standish) by the third. J 

The children of Israel and Desire Holmes were — 

26. tlsrael, 3 b. Feb. 4, 1682-3 ; m. Elizabeth Turner. 

27. tJohn, 3 b. Jan. 15, 1684-5 ; m. 1, Joanna Sprague. 2, Sarah Thomas. 

Capt. ISAAC HOLMES,' 2 brother of the preceding; bap. 1644: m. 
April, 1678, Anna Rouse, dau. of John and Anna (Pabodie) Rouse of 
Duxbury and Marshfield. She d. Nov. 30, 1715, a. 64 years, 6 months. 
[Grave-stone.] Her grave-stone is still standing in the Old Cemetery 
at Rochester Centre. 

He removed from Marshfield to Rochester, about 1697, with his 
brothers Josiah and Abraham. He settled about half a mile southwest 
from Abraham, on land not long ago owned and occupied by Capt. 
Jonathan Vaughan. Josiah lived about half a mile southerly from 

He was Captain of the Company of militia in Rochester. 

His will is dated April 29, 1723; proved May 1, 1724; recorded 
Plym. Prob. 4 : 415. He speaks of himself as "well stricken in years." 
He mentions " my eldest sons Ebenezer and Cornelius "; of whom 
Ebenezer is the eldest of the family ; " my two youngest sons Isaac and 
Josiah," and my son Isaac's wife Sarah. He died therefore in 1724, 
a. 80. 

His children, as recorded in Marshfield, were — 

28. Abigail, 3 b. Oct. 21, 1680; d. 1683. 

29. jEbenezer, 3 b. April 25, 1683 ; m. Hannah . 

* There is an error in the Genealogical Register, Vol. VI , p. 348, which mar- 
ries Israel Holmes to Anna Rouse in 1678. It should be Isaac. 

{ Her dau. Experience Sherman, b. 1678, m. Miles Standish, 3 her step-son. He 
inherited the homestead of his father and grandfather at Captain's Hill in Duxbury, 
where he died 1739. His widow Experience lived till 1744, and is supposed to have 
been the last individual bearing the name of Standish, who occupied that beautiful 


30. John, 3 1). Nov. 18, 1686. 

31. Cornelius,3 b. Nov. 10, 1688. 

32. Mercv, 3 b. Jan. 1, 1690. 

33. tlsaae> b. April 5, 1693 ; m. Sarah 

34. Josiah.3 b. July 23, 1696; m. May 12, 1721, Hannah Sherman of Marsh- 
fleld, and had Hazadiahf b. Dec. 3, 1721. 

As Hon. Abraham Holmes [177] knew nothing of any of these 
children, except Isaac — knew not even that Capt. Isaac Holmes had 
such children — it seems to be a matter of plain inference that none 
except Isaac had in his day, descendants in Rochester. 



JOSEPH HOLMES, 3 (John, 2 William?) son of Rev. John Holmes 2 
of Duxbury; b. there July 9, 1GG5; m. 1, Sarah Sprague, 3 dau. of 
Samuel Sprague 2 of Duxbury, Representative of Duxbury, and Secre- 
tary of the Colony, who was son of William 1 of Hingham, 1G36. 
2, Mart Brewster, b. in Kingston, Feb. 10, 1G78-9. She was a 
dau. of Wrestling, 3 son of Love, 2 son of Elder William Brewster. 1 

He lived for many years in Kingston near Duxbury line, on the 
place where Elisha Brewster now lives. In 1713 he exchanged farms 
with Wrestling Brewster, his wife's brother, and thenceforth lived on a 
farm in Kingston, near Plymouth line, owned and cultivated in 1850 
by Pelham Brewster; where he died, June 2G, 1753, a. 88. His 
widow Mary died April 17, 1761, a. 82. 

His will is dated June 2, 1733; proved Aug. 10, 1733; recorded 
Plym. Prob. G : 382. He mentions wife Mary and son John ; also 
children Joseph Holmes, Ephraim Holmes, Mary Dingley, Sarah 
Bearce, Abigail Turner, Jonathan Holmes, Micah Holmes, Kezia 

His children were — by first wife — 

33. John,' b. . lie is said to have lived in Marshfield. Bat those who 

make this statement, have confounded him with another John Holmes [27], 
son of Israel, who did live in Marshfield, and m. Joanna Sprague, 1710. 

By second wife — 

36. tJoseph, 4 b. Oct. 4, 1696; m. Rebecca Waterman. 

37. Wrestling, 4 b. Feb. 8, 1698 ; d. young. 

38. tEphraim, 4 b. March 14, 1699; m. Sarah Tilden. 

39. fMarv, 4 b. June 4, 1701 ; m. Jacob Dingley of Marshfield. 

40. Sarah, 4 b. April 11, 1703 ; m. John Bearce of Halifax. 

41. tAbigail, 4 1). July 18, 1705 ; m. Israel Turner of Pembroke. 

42. tJonathan, 4 b. July 5, 1709 ; in. 1, Mary Waterman; 2, Rebecca Tilden. 

43. tMieah, 4 b. April 11, 1714; m. Rebecca Bradford. 

44. Lydia, 4 b. June 5, 1717 ; d. young. 

45. Kezia, 4 b. March 23, 1719 ; m. Isaiah Thomas, and removed to Newport, R. I. 


ISAAC HOLMES, 3 (John 2 William?) son of Rev. John Holmes of 
Duxbury; b. there 1674; m. Mary Allerton. 


He lived in Kingston, near Blackwater Pond, on the place now, or 
not long since owned and occupied by Benjamin Sampson. He died 
there, April 11, 1738, a. 64. All of his surviving children moved away, 
and none of his descendants, it is said, now reside in Kingston. 

His will is dated March 30, 1738; proved May 3, 1738; recorded 
Plym. Prob. 7 : 404. He mentions wife Mary ; son Isaac, then under 
21 years of age; and daus. Hannah Everson, Mary Phillips, Zerviah 
Chandler, Susanna Holmes. 

His children were — 

46. Hannah, 4 ; m. Everson. 

47. Mary, 4 ; m. [John?] Phillips. 

48. Zerviah, 4 ; m. Chandler. 

48^. Susanna. 4 

49. Isaac, 4 ; m. Mary ; was a soldier in the "Old French War." 

His will, dated May 3, 1756, states that he was then " hound on the Expe- 
dition to Crown Point." It is likelv that he never returned, for the probate 
of his will is dated Nov. 1, 1756. "[Plvm. Prob. 14 : 182.] Children— 
49£. Benjamin, 5 b. July 18, 1747 ; d. Aug. 13, 1748. 

50. Isaac* b. July 10*, 1749. 

51. Benjamin, 5 b. Sept. 13, 1754. 

52. Sally 5 b. Oct. 14, 1756. 

53. Benjamin, 4 ; d. young. 


JOHN HOLMES, 3 (Josiah, 2 William, 1 ) son of Josiah Holmes 2 of 
Marshfield; b. May 28, 1678; m. Susanna Randall, according to 
the testimony of her grand-daughter Betsey Holmes [139] ; though 
Deane, in his History of Scituate, p. 288, gives her name as Susanna 

He resided at Holmes Hill, so called, in East Pembroke, near Marsh- 
field. His wife Susanna d. Oct. 22, 1732. 

His children were — 

54. tJosiah,* b. Sept. 26, 1715; m. Sarah Rogers. 

55. Mary, 4 b. April 29, 1717 ; m. Nathaniel Sampson, 4 b. Feb. 22, 1716, son of 

Nathaniel 3 of Duxbury. He d. 178?. 

56. Deborah, 4 ) . . , T no ._,_ ( m. Delano. 

., -,, ,, . 'J- twins, b. June 22, 1/19, < -r, 

57. liuth, 4 ) ' ' ' } m. Bourne. 

58. Abigail, 4 b. Feb. 21, 1720; m. 1, April 5, 1744, Josiah Bourne, Jr. ; 2, Solo- 

mon Cushman. 

59. Lemuel, 4 b. Nov. 24, 1723 ; removed to Boston. 

60. Jacob, 4 b. April 13, 1726 ; m. ; died at sea. 

61. Nathaniel, 4 b. Dec. 8, 1729 ; m. the widow of his brother Jacob. 


WILLIAM HOLMES, 3 (Josiah, 2 William, 1 ) brother of the pre- 
ceding; b. in Marshfield, Jan. 18, 1679-80; m. Bathsheba . 

He lived in Pembroke, in a section of that town, it would seem, 
which was set off, July 4, 1734, to form, in conjunction with portions 
of Plympton and Middleborough, the town of Halifax. 

He died probably in 1760, and his widow Bathsheba probably in the 
earlier part of 1763. 

June 2, 1760. William Holmes, late of Halifax, having deceased, 
Robert Waterman of Halifax is appointed administrator. [Plymouth 
Prob. 15 : 522. 


Amount of inventory, June, 1760, £35.3; all of -which was personal 
estate ; which induces the belief that he had previously divided his real 
estate among his children. 

The will of Barshaba [Bathsheha] Holmes, widow of William 
Holmes of Halifax, is dated Dec. 25, 17G2; proved April 4, 1763; 
recorded Plym. Prob. 16 : 436. She gives to [eldest] son "William 
Holmes, a cow. To sons Simeon Holmes and Hezekiah Holmes, eight 
shillings each. To the children of my dan. Lydia Tilden, deceased, 
eight shillings. To my dau. Hannah Bears [Bearce], the wife of 
Joseph Bears; to my dau. Zilpha Holmes; to my dau. Elizabeth 
Holmes, the wife of my son William Holmes; to my dau. Jane Holmes, 
the wife of Capt. Ephraim Holmes ; [a small sum to each.] Noah 
dishing of Halifax, executor. 

The children of William and Bathsheha Holmes were — 

62. tWilliam, 4 b. ; m. Elizabeth . 

63. fSimeon, 4 b. Nov. 3, 1721 ; m. Abiah Sturtevant ; lived in Plvmpton. 

64. Jane, 4 b. 1724; m. Capt. Ephraim Holmes 5 of Halifax* She d. 1775, a. 

51 £ years. [It is erroneously stated in the former part of this volume, 
pp. 56, 59, that Ephraim Holmes was a brother of Hezekiah Holmes. He 
was his brother-in-law.] 

65. Lvdia, 4 b. ; m. Tilden ; lived in Hanover, Mass. She died 

before 1762. Children— 
I Jane. Mary. Friend. 

66. tllezekiah, 4 b. Jan. 25, 1727-8; m. Mercy Bisbee. 

* The Pedigree of Capt. Ephraim Holmes is as follows: — 

I. JOHN HOLMES, 1 who was taxed at Plymouth, 1633 and 1634; freeman, 
1634 ; was messenger of the General Court, and was on the list of those in Plym- 
outh " able to bear arms," in 1643. 

II. John Holmes, 2 also of Plymouth; m. Nov. 20, 1661, Patience Fannce. 
He d. in the summer of 1697. For his numerous family sec the Introduction to this 

III. John Holmes, 3 b. March 22, 1663; settled in Middl borough, where he died 
in 1728, se. 66. 

IV. John Holmes, 4 b. 1694; of Middleborough ; m. Elizabeth , and had 

Ephraim, 5 b. April 19, 1719; John? b. April 25, 1721 ; Sarah? b. Oct. 21, 1724; 
Betty? b. Sept. 24, 1727. John Holmes, 4 the father of these four children, d. in 
Middleborough, Feb. 14, 1729-30, as. 36. He and his father probably lived in that 
portion of Middleborough which was set off in 1734 to form the town of Halifax. 
After bis death, his widow Elizabeth m. Jacob Thomson of Middleborough. 

V. Ephraim Holmes, 5 his eldest son, b. 1719, was the husband of Jane Holmes 4 
in the text. He chose Jacob Thomson for his guardian, March 14, 1733-4. [Plym. 
Prob. 7 : 6. 

Ephraim Holmes was a Captain of the Province troops in His Majesty's service 
in several campaigns for the reduction of Canada, 1759-1762. See Massachusetts 

Nathaniel Holmes 4 of Middleborough, who was doubtless an uncle of Ephraim, 
and son of John Holmes, 3 m. June 6, 1717, Martha Cushman, 4 bap. 1691, dau. of 
Deacon Elkanah Cushman of Plvmpton, and had Nathaniel? b. June 21, 1718; 
d. 1779 ; Jedidiah? b. Mav 19, 1720; Jabez? b. Sept. 13, 1723; Elkanah? b. Aug. 
1, 1725 ; John? b. April 20, 1727. 

Thomas Holmes 4 of Middleborough, presumed to be a brother of Nathaniel, 4 m. 
April 1, 1731, Mary Sproat ; had a dau. Experience? b. Feb. 12, 1731-2. He had 
a brother Benjamin. Thomas d. in the autumn of 1733. Will dated Sept. 8 ; 
proved Dec. 20, 1733. 

Jedidiah Holmes 5 of Middleborough, son of Nathaniel, 4 m. Ruth Barrows, Dec 
12, 1746; and had Joanna* b. April 20, 1747; Martha? h. April 25, 1749; Mary? 
b. Dec. 13, 1753; Samuel? b. Dec. 21, 1758; Ruth? b. Sept. 12, 1761. 


67. Hannah, 4 b. ; m. Joseph Bearce ; lived in Pembroke; had a son 

who was a lieutenant in the Revolutionary war ; besides other children. 

68. Zebulon, 4 b. ; a soldier in the " Old' French War." 

69. Zilpah, 4 b. ; never married ; lived to old age. 


EXPERIENCE HOLMES, 3 {Abraham, 2 William, 1 ) son of Abra- 
ham 2 and Elizabeth (Arnold) Holmes; b. in Marshfield, 1G81; m. 
Patience Nichols. 

He settled just within the line of Dartmouth, in what was afterwards 
Faii-haven, on a farm which w T as afterwards known as the Parish Farm, 
having been purchased by the parish for the use and occupancy of Rev. 
Thomas West.* He died in 1715, a. 34. His widow married Dea. 
Ephraim Wood, who lived in Middleborough, near the slitting mill, 
sometimes called Oliver's Works. By him she had Manasseh and 
Bathsheba. Manasseh m. a Pomeroy, and had Pelham, Manasseh, 
Thomas, Nichols, and Sarah, who m. a Haskell. Bathsheba m. Col. 
Ebenezer Sproat, the owner of a fine farm, an innkeeper, colonel in the 
militia, and many years Representative of the town of Middleborough ; 
their children were, Mary, who m. William Torrey, Esq. ; Ebenezer, 
b. 1752, a Colonel in the Army of the Revolution ;\ Bathsheba, m. 
Cyrus Keith, Esq. ; Thomas, m. a Briggs from Pembroke ; James, a 
lawyer, of Taunton ; Samuel, an invalid ; Earl, who lived in Ohio, and 
was never married. 

Mrs. Patience Wood survived her second husband. 

* Rev. Thomas West was the first pastor of the Third Parisli in Rochester, in the 
northwest part of that town ; was installed there about 1758. He was previously 
colleague pastor with Rev. Experience Mayliew, on Martha's Vineyard. He d. in 
Rochester in 1790. He was father of Rev. Dr. Samuel West, of Hollis Street 
Church, Boston. 

% Col. Ebenezer Sproat, b. 1752, entered the army as Captain, and soon rose to 
the rank of Major, in the Tenth Massachusetts Regiment, commanded by Col. 
Shepard. In 1778, he was Lieutenant-Colonel in Gen. John Glover's brigade of 
four regiments, which was stationed at Providence. He was then said to be the 
tallest man in the brigade, being six feet and four inches high, with limbs perfectly 
correspondent. Of the perils of the war he largely partook, being engaged in the 
battles of Trenton, Princeton, Monmouth, and many others. His superior excel- 
lence as a disciplinarian attracted the notice of the Baron Steuben, who appointed 
him Inspector of the Brigade. 

In January, 1781, a dangerous mutiny broke out in the New Jersey line, stationed 
at Pompton, N. J., and a detachment of five hundred men was ordered out to sup- 
press it. Of this detachment Col. Sproat was second in command, Gen. Robert 
Howe being the chief. 

After the war, he lived for some time in Providence, and married Catharine 
Whipple, daughter of Commodore Abraham Whipple. They had but one child, a 
daughter, who married Solomon Sibley, Esq., of Detroit. Col. Sproat was one of 
the leaders in the enterprise of settling the present State of Ohio, and was one of the 
party, forty-eight in number, which arrived at the mouth of the Muskingum on the 
7th of April, 1788, and commenced the town of Marietta, the first white settlement 
in that State. He was known to the Indians as the Big Buckeye, from which 
originated the term now applied to all the people of Ohio. He was sheriff of the 
County fourteen years, till removed from office under the administration of Jefferson 
in 1802, for his political opinions, being a Federalist of the Old School, the School 
of Washington. He died suddenly, in the full vigor of health, in February, 1805. 
His name was held in grateful remembrance by all ho knew him. [Hildreth's 
(S. P.) Early Settlers of Ohio. 


The children of Experience and Patience Holmes were — 

70. fElizabeth, 4 ; m. Jethro Ashley. 

71. tSarah, 4 ; m. Elias Miller of Middleborough. 

72. {Experience, 4 ( twins (posthumous), I m. Hannah Sampson. 

73. An infant, \ b. May 29, 1716, { d. very soon. 


ISRAEL HOLMES, 9 (Israel? William, 1 ) son of Israel and Desire 
Holmes of Marshfield ; b. there, Feb. 4, 1682-3; m. Elizabeth 
Turner, 3 dau. of Daniel Turner, 2 who was son of Humphrey Turner, 1 
all of Scituate. 

They lived and died in Marshfield, and their memorial-stones are 
still in a state of good preservation. " Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of Israel 
Holmes, died Jan. 23, 1754, aged 72. Israel Holmes died Sept. 7, 
1760, aged 78." [Church Records. 

They seem to have had a son — 

74. Israel. 4 " He resided on the olden Holmes estate in South Marshfield. 

Having no children, he gave it to his next neighbor, Col. Anthony 
Thomas, to support himself and wife [from the proceeds] during their life. 
It is now owned by Mr. Charles Sampson, whose second wife was great- 
grand-dau. of Col. Anthony Thomas." [Letter of Miss M. A. Thomas. 


JOHN HOLMES, 3 (Israel, 7 William, 1 ) brother of the preceding; 
b. in Marshfield, Jan. 15, 1684-5; m. 1, May 11, 1710, Joanna 
Sprague, dau. of Secretary Samuel Sprague of Duxbury. 2, Sept. 8. 
1720, Sarah Thomas, dau. of Samuel Thomas of Marshfield.* 

He died Jan. 23, 1748. His wife Sarah lived to be one hundred 
years of age. 

The children of John and Sarah (Thomas) Holmes were — 

75. Thomas, 4 b. Oct. 15, 1720 ; m. Oct 12, 1743, Lydia White, a great-prand- 

daughter of Peregrine White. They settled near Stockbridge's mills in 
Scituate. They had — 

Benjamin, 5 b. April 10, 1749 ; m. Kczia Cudworth. 

Sarah, 5 b. Feb. 8, 1751 ; in. Benjamin James; parents of the late Dr. 

Elisha James of Scituate, and grandparents of Benjamin James, now 

of South Boston. 

Faith, 5 b. Feb. 10, 1753 , m. Bartlett. 

Christina, 5 b. April 27, 1755. 

Thomas, 5 b. March 4, 1758. 

Lydia, 5 b. March 25, 1760; m. Clapp. 

76. Sarah, 4 b. Sept. 17, 1722 ; m. Aaron Simmons, Jan. 14, 1749. 

77. Samuel, 4 b. Nov. 20, 1724 ; m. Zeruiah Simmons, 1757. They had — 

Isaac, 5 ; m. Bethiah Thomas of Marshfield. They removed to 

Winthrop, Me. They had a family, and lived to an advanced age. 

Martha 5 ; m. •"Mitchell. 

Susanna. 5 

* Some have supposed that Joanna Sprague was the wife of John Holmes 4 [35], 
son of Joseph 3 and Sarah (Sprague) Holmes of Kingston. But Joanna Sprague 
and Sarah Sprague were sisters ; and it cannot be believed that John Holmes 4 [35] 
would marry his own aunt. 

An additional ground of support for the statement in the text is this : Samuel 
Sprague, Junior, the brother of Sarah and Joanna Sprague, married Bethiah 
Thomas, the only sister of Sarah Thomas, second wife of John Holmes 3 [27.] 
Nothing was more common, in those days, than such double alliances. Whether 
John Holmes 3 [27] had children by Joanna Sprague is not known. 


78. Lydia, 4 b. April 24, 1729 ; never married ; died at the age of one hundred 


79. Ruth, 4 b. Jan. 3, 1735 ; never married ; died at an advanced age. 

80. John, 4 b. March 14, 1738; m. Bathsheba Walker, 1772. They had— 

Mary, 5 b. Oct. 25, 1772; m. Aaron Sampson. 

Nancy, 5 b. Dec. 19, 1775; m. Amos Sherman. 

Sarah, 5 b. Jan. 25, 1780; m. Japhet Mitchell. She is still living, 1862. 

John, 5 b. ; m. Margaret Porter. They left a number of sons. 


EBENEZER HOLMES, 3 {Isaac? William, 1 ) eldest son of Capt. 
Isaac 2 and Anna (Rouse) Holmes of Rochester; b. in Marshfield, April 
25,1683; m. Hannah . 

They lived in Rochester. Their children were — 

81. John, 4 b. Aug. 19, 1717. 

82. Barnabas, 4 b. May 5, 1719. 

83. Ebenezer, 4 b. Sept. 3, 1720; m. April 5, 1744, Abigail Newcomb of Pem- 


84. Seth, 4 b. Dec. 22, 1721. 

85. Rebecca, 4 b. March 8, 1722-3. 

86. Lvdia, 4 b. Feb. 22, 1724-5. 

87. Hannah, 4 b. Dec. 17, 1727. 


ISAAC HOLMES, 3 {Isaac, 2 William, 1 ) brother of the preceding, 
b. in Marshfield, April 5, 1693; m. Sarah . 

He lived in Rochester ; was a blacksmith ; and easily irritated. 
"When at work over his anvil, if the iron did not easily assume the 
shape he desired, he would say, " I'll smash you," and throw it and his 
hammer across the shop ; then would stand still, scratch his head, and 
say, " I'm a fool, I think ;" pick up the hammer and iron and go to 
work again. He was very deaf, which was supposed to be occasioned 
by the noise of his drum, having, when young, been a drummer in his 
father's company. He was one of those that united in forming the 
parish in the northwest part of the town of Rochester.* 

He died about the year 1747. His children were — 

88. A daughter, 4 ; m. Goodspeed. 

89. Sarah, 4 ; m. Williams, and moved to Western Massachusetts. 

90. Mercy, 4 ; m. John Perry; they lived and died in Assawampset, a 

locality in Middleborough. 

91. Abigail, 4 ; m. Elijah Parker. 

* About the time of Isaac Holmes's death, a minister of the name of Pell preached 
in that parish, though he was never settled there. This minister had on one side of 
his face a mark resembling the impression of a man's hand, of which he cave the 
following; account : When young, as he was taking a morning's walk, he saw in the. 
road before him a young woman of pleasing form and motions, and quickened his 
steps to overtake her. When he came up, he accosted her with — " Good morning, 
ma'am ; well overtaken !" She turned round, and he found she was an utter 
stranger. She made no reply, but with her open hand gave him a severe slap on 
the side of his face, and left him. The slap left an impression on his face, which 
remained ever after. He was seized with a kind of stupor, and what became of her 
he could not tell. This story he told, and none ever doubted it ; for he was con- 
sidered a very pious man. 

I have given this story from the MS. of Hon. Abraham Holmes [177], who 
received it from an aunt of his, one of Mr. Pell's hearers. It may pass as a specimen 
of the stories which were often circulated among our worthy, but too credulous pro- 




JOSEPH HOLMES, 4 {Joseph, 3 John, 2 William, 1 ) son of Joseph 3 
and Mary (Brewster) Holmes of Kingston; b. Oc^. 4, 1G96; m. May 
20, 1731, Rebecca Waterman, b. Oct. 9, 1710, dau. of Robert and 
Mary Waterman of that section of Plympton, which in 1734 became 
a part of Halifax. He lived in Kingston, and occupied the homestead. 

His will is dated April 22, 1756. He mentions wife Rebecca and son 
Joseph ; also sons Lemuel, Melatiah, John, and Thomas, these four 
being under twenty-one years of age ; likewise daus. Lydia, Rebecca, 
Susanna, Anna. [Plym. Prob. 14 : 132]. The name Susanna is 
probably a clerical error for Laurana. 

He d. April 26, 1756, a. 60. His widow m. Rev. William Rand, 
who was b. in Charlestown, 1700 ; H. C. 1721 ; minister of Sunderland, 
1724-1745, and of Kingston, 1746-1779; d. March 1779, six weeks 
after his marriage. 

The children of Joseph and Rebecca Holmes were — 

92. Mary, 5 b. Feb. 21, 1732 ; d. May 22, 17.35. 

93. tJoseph, 5 b. Oct. 20, 1733; m. Jemima Adams. 

94. Lydia, 5 b. Nov. 9, 1736; never married. 

95. Rebecca, 5 b. Jan. 17, 1738 ; m. her cousin Jonathan Holmes [121]. 

96. Laurana, 5 b. April 7, 1740; m. October 31, 1771, Stetson Bradford 6 of 

Kingston, b. Feb. 17, 1739, son of Capt. Robert 5 and Sarah (Stetson) 
Bradford. Robert 5 was son of John, 4 who was son of John, 3 who was 
son of Major William, 2 and grandson of Gov. William Bradford. 1 See 
Genealogical Register, IV., p. 237. She had four sons and two daus., 
and d. March 13, 1825, je. 85. 

97. Lemuel, 5 b. Feb. 11, 1742 ; d. April 6, 1771, je. 29. 

98. Jedidiah, 5 b. Jan. 1, 1744; d. Feb. 18, 1744. 

99. tMelatiah, 5 b. March 30, 1745; m. Elizabeth Bradford. 

100. Anna, 5 b. July 16, 1748 ; m. Paul Bailey of Scituate, March 8, 1769. 

101. John, 5 b. Jan. 14, 1751 ; unm. ; was master of a vessel, and d. in Virginia, 

or North Carolina, March 20, 1772, a. 21. 

102. tThomas, 5 b. Jan. 28, 1755; m. Deborah Delano. 


EPHRAIM HOLMES, 4 (Joseph, 3 John,' William, 1 ) brother of the 
preceding; b. March 14, 1699 ; m. Jan. 1, 1733-4, Saraii Tilden of 
Marshfield, b. 1703. 

He lived in Kingston, at the locality known as Blackwater, on the 
place afterwards owned and occupied by his grandson Nathaniel Holmes' 
[225]. The house which he built in 1733, in which he was married, 
and where he lived and died, is yet standing. He was a large land- 
owner, and a principal proprietor of the forge on Hall's Brook, in the 
northwest part of Kingston, long since demolished; also of the Upper 
Iron Works. 

He d. Nov. 10, 1780, a. 81. His wife d. March 27, 1773, a. 70. 

Their children were — 

103. tEphraim, 5 b. Oct. 31, 1734; m. Zeruiah Bryant. 

104. Sarah, 5 b. March 23, 1740-1 ; m. David Carver of Marshfield, November 

23, 1775. 

105. fLevi, 5 b. Nov. 28, 1747; m. Lydia Bradford. 



MARY HOLMES, 4 {Joseph, 3 John? William, 1 ) sister of the pre- 
ceding ; b. June 7, 1701 ; m. Jacob Dingley 4 of Marshfield, who also 
lived in Duxbury. He was son of John 3 and grandson of Jacob, 2 who 
was son of John, 1 all of Marshfield. He d. Dec. 24, 1772, a. 69. 

Their children were — 

106. Abner (Dingley), b. Jan. 31, 1732 ; m. Ruth . (?) 

107. Marv (Dinglev), b. Nov. 10, 1735; m. Simeon Cook, Jan. 1, 1756. 

108. Sarah (Dingley), b. April 11, 1742. 

109. Abigail (Dingley), b. May 5, 1745. 

110. Jacob (Dingley), b. ; m. Susanna . She d. March 17, 1782. 


ABIGAIL HOLMES, 4 (Joseph, 3 John, 2 William, 1 ) sister of the 
preceding; b. July 18, 1705; m. Israel Turner* of Pembroke. He 
was son of Japhet, 4 who was son of Japhet, 3 son of John, 2 son of 
Humphrey Turner, 1 who settled in Scituate, 1633. 

He d. Sept. 24, 1760. She died Oct. 25, 1787, se. 83. 

Her children were — 

111. Deborah (Turner), b. June 20, 1731 ; m. Israel Cozzens. 

112. Jonathan (Turner), b. March 24, 1732 ; m. Mary Bonney. 

113. Abigail (Turner), b. May 7, 1735. 

114. Priscilla (Turner), b. Dec. 31, 1736; m. Isaac Phillips. 

115. Betty (Turner), b. May 27, 1739 ; m. Robert Barker. 

116. Christiana (Turner), b" June 20, 1741 ; m. Pool Spear. 

117. Israel (Turner), b. April 6, 1743 ; m. Elizabeth Hall. 

118. Daniel (Turner), b. Feb. 7, 1744. • 

119. Elisha (Turner), m. Sarah Keen. 


JONATHAN HOLMES, 4 (Joseph, 3 John 2 William, 1 ) brother of 
the pi-eceding; b. July 5, 1709; m. 1, Mary Waterman of Plymp- 
ton, who was b. Feb. 25, 1715-16, and d. Jan. 26, 1749-50, a. 34. 
2, Dec. 19, 1752, Rebecca Tilden, b. April 27, 1705, sister of Sarah, 
his brother Ephraim's wife. 

He lived in Kingston, on the place where his grandson Lewis Holmes 
[259] has since lived, near the Upper Iron Works, of which he owned 
a part. He was a "bloomer," and was overseer of the forges in 

He d. Aug. 5, 1787, a. 78. His wife Rebecca d. Dec. 12, 1791, se. 87. 

His children, all by first wife, were — 

120. Abigail, 5 b. Oct. 18, 1734; m. John Bearce of Kingston. They lived on 

the north side of Jones River Pond, on the place where John and Icha- 
bod Bearce lived in 1850. They had six children. He d. July 16, 
1806, a. 80. She d. Jan. 10, 1810, se. 75 years, 3 months. 

121. tJonathan, 5 b. April 27, 1736; m. his cousin Rebecca Holmes [95]. 

122. Charles, 5 b. Aug. 1, 1741 ; d. Aug. 8, 1741. 

123. fRobert, 5 b. June 16, 1743 ; m. Abigail Howland. 

124. Mary, 5 b. May 1, 1745; m. Oct 9, 1766, James Morton of Plympton, 

afterwards of Chesterfield, in Western Massachusetts. 

125. tJedidiah, 5 b. March 4, 1749 ; m. Sarah Adams. 



MXCAH HOLMES, 4 {Joseph? John,* William, 1 ) brother of the 
preceding; b. April 11, 1714; m. Jan. 31, 1753, Rebecca Bradford,' 
b. Dec. 31, 1730, sister of Stetson Bradford, who m. Laurana Holmes, 
his brother's daughter. 

They lived in Kingston, on the place afterwards occupied by Col. 
Charles Holmes [241] and since that by his son James W. Holmes. 
The family afterwards removed to Woodstock, Vt. She d. Sept. 25, 1778. 

Their children were — 

126. Abigail, 5 b. Oct. 17, 1753. 130. Micah, 5 b. Nov. 4, 1762. 

127. Kezia, 5 b. Feb. 4, 1755. 131. Oliver. 5 

128. Orpah, 5 b. March 16, 1757. 132. Israel. 5 

129. Rebecca, 5 b. Aug. 11, 1760. 


JOSIAH HOLMES, 4 {John? Josiah, 2 William, 1 ) eldest son of 
John 3 and Susanna (Randall) Holmes of Pembroke; b. 'Sept. 26, 
1715; m. Sarah Rogers of Marshfield. 

They seem to have lived in East Pembroke, near Marshfield. 

Their children were — 

133. Abigail, 5 b. Sept. 7, 1737 ; m. Jonathan Joice. 

134. Mercy, 5 b. Oct. 5, 1739; m. Obadiah Damon, 1761. 

135. Ruth, 5 b. July 29, 1745 ; never married ; died at the age of 87. 

136. Jo-iah, 5 b. July 12, 1748. 

!'"■ f^lly,' } twins, b. May 4, 1756. 

138. Lydia, 5 ) ' J ' 

139. Betsey, 5 b. June 5, 1758; d. April, 1856, se. 98. She had an old Family 

Bible, from which this record and that of her grandfather Holmes's 
family, [18] were transcribed. 


WILLIAM HOLMES, 4 {William, 3 Josiah,' William, 1 ) eldest son of 
William 3 and Bathsheba Holmes of Pembroke ; b. there about 1720 ; m. 
Elizabeth . 

He removed from Pembroke to Winchester, N. H., about 1765. He 
lived there till about 1785, when he removed with his son Stetson to 
Hartland, Vt., on Connecticut River. He was a man of odd, eccentric 
character, and full of low wit, specimens of which are still retained in the 
memories of the aged. His children were — 

140. tStetson 5 ; m. Anna ; removed to Hartland, Vt., about 1785. 

141. Prentice. 5 

142. Zebulon 5 ; was a soldier of the Revolution. 

143. Ruth. 5 

144. tAbsalom 5 (probably) ; m. Deborah Williams. 

145. Elizabeth 5 (probably) ; m. Stephen Maine, Esq., in Hartland, Jan. 29, 1804. 

There were several other daughters, whose names are unknown. 


SIMEON HOLMES, 4 ( William, 3 Josiah, 2 William, 1 ) brother of the 
preceding; b. Nov. 3, 1721 ; m. Abiah Sturtevant of Plympton. 

He lived for a time in Plympton, but appears to have soon moved 
away, as no record of his family appears on Plympton Records, and no 
will or settlement of his estate appears on the Probate Records at 



HEZEKIAH HOLMES, 4 (William, 3 Josiah? William, 1 ) son of 
William' and Bathsheba Holmes of Pembroke, the part afterwards 
included in Halifax; b. Jan. 25, 1727-8; m. 1755, Mercy Bisbee, 8 
b. Oct. 28, 1736, 0. S., dau. of John 4 and Abiah (Bonney) Bisbee of 

* Hezekiah Holmes of Pembroke was a Lieutenant in His Majesty's service, in 
the Company under the command of Capt. John Loring, in the Expedition against 
Crown Point, from Feb. 18 to Oct. 27, 1756. 

Hezekiah Holmes of Pembroke was a First Lieutenant in His Majesty's service, 
in a Company of Foot, under the command of Capt. Abel Keen, in the Regiment of 
Col. Thomas Doty, raised by the Province for the reduction of Canada, from March 
13 to Nov. 25, 1758, at £5 per month. [Mass. Archives. 

The pedigree of Mercy Bisbee is as follows : — 

I. THOMAS BISBEE 1 came from Sandwich, Eng., with six children and three 
servants, and settled at Scituate as early as 1634. He was admitted freeman of 
Plymouth Colony, Jan. 2, 1637-8. The name in the early records is Besbeach, 
Besbetch, Besbitch, Besbege, Beesbeech, &c. " Goodman Besbitch joyned the Church 
in Scituate, April 30, 1637 ; and was invested into the office of Deacon, Feb. 22, 
1637-8." [From an original MS. of Rev. John Lothrop, first pastor of Scituate, 
afterwards of Barnstable, printed in the Genealogical Register, Vol. IX., p. 280, 
and X., p. 37. 

He was of Duxburv, 1638, and representative of that town in 1643. Afterwards 
he was of Marshfield. Of his six children we know the names of only Elisha, 2 and 
Alice? who m. John Bourne, and d. 1686. 

II. Elisha Bisbee 2 was a cooper by trade, though in his will he calls himself 
"glover." He was on the list of those in Scituate "able to bear arms," 1643. 
He kept a ferry and a tavern in 1644. His children, were Hopestill,? b. 1645; 
John, 3 b. 1647; Mary, 3 b. 1648, m. Jacob Beals ; Martha, 3 m. Jonathan Turner, 
1667 ; Elisha, 3 b. 1654, d. 1715; Hannah, 3 b. 1656, m. Thomas Brooks, 1687. 

His will is dated April 6, 1688; proved June 4, 1690 ; recorded Plym. Prob. 1 : 64. 
He calls himself Elisha Besbey, senr., glover, of Marshfield ; mentions eldest son 
Hopestill Besbey and wife, to whom he gives land in Marshfield and in Scituate, up 
the North River. Mentions also my son John Besbey's children ; my son Elisha 
Besbey's children ; children of my daughter Mary Beals, wife of Jacob Beals ; 
children of my daughter Martha" Turner, deceased, wife of Jonathan Turner; 
children of my daughter Hannah Brooks, wife of Thomas Brooks. 

III. Hopestill Bisbee, 3 b. 1645; m. Sarah . He was of Marshfield, 

and died there intestate, Nov. 12, 1695. His widow Sarah was appointed adminis- 
tratrix, Feb. 18, 1695-6. Before Dec. 4, 1696, when she rendered her account, she 
had changed her name to Lincoln. 

IV. John Bisbee, 4 son of Hopestill Bisbee, was b. 1688. He was a farmer; 
lived in Pembroke, and died there, intestate, i774, a. 86. His son Jonah was 
appointed administrator, Feb. 7, 1774. His son, 

V. John Bisbee, 5 b. about 1710, m. Abiah Bonnet, dau. of James Bonney of 
Pembroke.* He was a farmer; lived in Pembroke, and died about 1756. 

The children of John Bisbee, by his wife Abiah Bonney, were — 
Abner, 6 b. 1734; removed to Springfield, Vt. Children— 

Elizabeth? m. David Toles ; lived in Windsor, Vt. ; no children. 

Abner, 7 lived in Springfield, Vt. ; had five sons and two daughters. 

John," 1 lived in Springfield ; removed to Newport, Vt. ; had issue. 

Elisha, 7 lived in Springfield ; had twelve children. 

Elijah,' 7 lived in Springfield ; had two daughters. 

Gad 7 moved to Newport, Vt. 

Sally, 7 m. Benjamin Toles ; lived in Weathersfield, Vt. ; had 12 children. 
Mercy, 6 b. Oct. 28, 1736 ; m. Hezekiah Holmes, in the text. 
Sarah, 6 b. ; unmarried. 

* James Bonney, the father of Abiah Bonney. died in the winter of 1723-4. He left a widow, 
Desire ; a eon .lanies, who was of age ; a dau. Abiah, and sons Job and Klijah ; these three being 
minors above fourteen years of age in 1726, when Nehemiah Cuthing was appointed their guardian. 


He was a blacksmith, and very ingenious at his trade ; a man of 
robust health, and of great physical power. He also possessed a vig- 
orous understanding and a sound judgment, united with a fondness for 

Elizabeth,' 5 b. about 1740; m. John Thompson; lived for a time in Halifax, 
Mass. ; removed to Springfield, Vt. ; thence to Kingsborough, N. Y. Her 
children were — 
John Bisbee (Thompson), d. in Vermont, after the removal of his parents to 

Peter (Thompson), never married ; joined the Society of Friends. 
Cynthia (Thompson), never married. 
James (Thompson), never married ; died in middle age. 
fWilliam (Thompson), m. Belinda Reeve. See his Family in the sequel. 
Barzillai (Thompson), "went to the Western country" [perhaps Western 

New York] ; died many years ago, without issue. 
Calvin (Thompson), settled in Western New York. 
Joseph (Thompson), settled in Western New York. 
Sarah (Thompson), m. Elijah Foster ; lived in Sherburne, Chenango Co., 

N. Y. She died, leaving two daughters. 
Elizabeth (Thompson), m. Pelatiah Shepard of Kingsborough, N. Y. They 
removed to Wisconsin. They had — 

Elizabeth (Shepard), unmarried ; died at the age of about 30. 
Stephen (Shepard), b. at Kingsboro', N. Y., July 26, 1S00; embarked at 
Boston, Nov. 3, 1827, with a company of missionaries, for the Sand- 
wich Islands; arrived at Honolulu, March 31, 1828; was in the ser- 
vice of the A. B. C. F. M. as missionary printer, till his death, which 
took place at Lahaina, Julv 6, 1834. His wife was Margaret C. Slow 

of Champion, N. Y., h. in ' , Pa., March 6, 1801. She returned 

to this country with two children, Jan. 6, 1835. 
John Bisbee (Shepard), m. Rachel Willis: they have four or five 
children ; and live in Delavan, Walworth Co., Wisconsin. 
Lucinda (Thompson), m. Jacob Mead; settled in Palatine, N. Y. ; had two 

sons, Isaac and Charles. 
Chloe (Thompson), m. Richard Horth ; had four sons and two daughters; 
lost her husband, and now (1862) lives with her children in Cattaraugus 
County, New York. 
John, 6 b. 1750 ; moved to Springfield, Vt., and Hubbardton, Vt. Children — 

Ro.rana, 7 m. Lathrop ; settled in Sudbury, Vt. ; had several children. 

Belinda, 7 m. Goodell ; lived in Sudbury or Hubbardton, Vt. ; had two 

Rispah 7 m. Ezekiel Newton ; lived in Weathersfield, Vt. ; one child. 
Charles, 7 lived in Bethany (?) ; had one son, a teacher at St. Albans, Vt.,and 

Jason. 7 

Jotham 7 was an officer in the war of 1812. 

Poll//, 7 m. Frederic Hopkins; settled in Norwich, Chenango Co., N. Y. ; had 
ten children. 
William Thompson, son of John and Elizabeth (Bisbee) Thompson, in the fore- 
going series, lived in Kingsborough, N. Y. He was not possessed of much worldly 
property, though respectably connected. He married Belinda Reeve, a relative of 
Tapping Reeve of Litchfield, Ct., Chief Justice of Connecticut, After her husband's 
death, Mrs. Thompson resided at Whitestown, Oneida Co., N. Y. Their children 
were — 

Sarah, who m. a Rowe, removed to the Black River Country [near the east 

end of Lake Ontario 1] and died soon after. 
William, a wavward vouth, went to the far West. 
John, b. July 17, 1799. See below. 
Abner, d. many years since, in Florida, N. Y. 
Belinda, m. Aaron Smith. 
Mary, resides in Ohio. 

Eliza, m. Josiah Houghton ; resides in Ohio. 
David, resides in Ohio. 
Rev. John Thompson, the third of these children, deserves special notice, both 
on account of the excellence of his character, and the remarkable experience through 


reading and a taste for poetry. A poetic paraphrase by him of the 
137th Psalm, is still remembered. He was a selectman of Pembroke, 
and held other town offices. He was an officer in the " Old French 
War," as appears from the Massachusetts Archives, as quoted in the 
note below. He was also an officer, for about two years, in the war of 
the Revolution. 

which the Providence of God led him. He was born in Kingshorough, July 17, 
1799. When about ten years old, he went to live with that most worthy man, 
Deacon Samuel Giles, whose wife was a cousin of his father. Deacon Giles's house 
was from this time his home. Here he was treated as a child, and trained up in 
habits of industry and in the fear of the Lord. He became much attached to the 
family; was as a dutiful son to Mr. and Mrs. Giles, and a kind, affectionate brother 
to their daughter Sarah, the only child remaining at home. 

In the summer of 1819, in a time of religious revival, he became a subject of the 
renewing grace of God, and united himself, in December of that year, to the Congre- 
gational (now Presbyterian) Church in Kingsborough, Rev. Elisha Yale, D. D., pastor. 
Very soon after, he conceived the purpose of preparing himself to go as a missionary 
teacher to the Indians of our country. Dr. Yale, however, thought it desirable 
that he should obtain a thorough education, and he assented. I have his own 
declaration, that he "commenced a course of liberal study that he might be pre- 
pared to preach Christ to the heathen." He fitted for College with Dr. Yale, who 
gave him his tuition ; other friends of Christ — especially Deacon Giles — gave him 
his board ; Mrs. Giles, her daughter, and other ladies, furnished his clothing. He 
entered the Sophomore class in Middlebury College, September, 1823, and grad- 
uated there in 1826. While a member of College, he paid a portion of his expenses 
by teaching school in vacation. Having pursued a course of Theological study two 
years at the Seminary at Princeton, N. J., he was licensed to preach in September, 
1828, by the Presbytery of Albany, and shortly after ordained at Kingsborough a 
missionary to the heathen. His teacher and patron, Dr. Yale, preached the Sermon 
on the occasion, and gave the Right Hand of Fellowship. 

Having previously been accepted as a missionary of the A. B. C. F. M. he 
embarked at New York, December 16, 1828, in the ship Saluda, Capt. Jennings, for 
Charleston, S. C, on the way to the Cherokee country, the scene of his future labors. 
He arrived at Carmel, the missionary station to which he was destined, Jan. 23, 1829. 
Among the dark sons of the forest, who had already arisen to a degree of civiliza- 
tion, and to some knowledge of the Gospel, under the self-denying labors of the 
missionaries, he spent more than three years of faithful, earnest toil. His exertions 
in their behalf were cut short by the violent interference of white men, more savage 
than the Indians themselves. The people of Georgia had long coveted the lands of 
the Cherokees, and now determined to obtain possession of them, though secured to 
the rightful owners by many solemn treaties. The laws of Georgia were extended 
over the Cherokee Territory, and all persons residing within those limits received 
notice to swear allegiance to the State aforesaid or to quit the country. The mis- 
sionaries, who were residing there under the authority of the United States, resolved 
to do neither. Mr. Thompson, therefore, was arrested by a band of ruffians, appro- 
priately styled " The Georgia Guard," on the 8th of July, 1831 ; and on one of the 
hottest days of the year, in that Southern climate, he was chained to the tail of a 
cart, and compelled to travel at an equal pace with the horses, or be dragged 
through mud and water, over the roughest roads, till his feet bled profusely and 
were badly swollen. What little property he had was taken from him. He was 
thrown into prison, and detained for some time; suffering great hardship and ill 
treatment from the Georgia Guard. He was released and arrested three times ; and 
remained in prison in all, three months. At length, he was allowed to depart and 
return to the North, hut without anything to supply his wants by the way. Such 
was the boasted chivalry of the South! Such the brutal character of slave-holders ' 
Notwithstanding this infamous treatment, he would have continued to labor among 
the Cherokees — a service he greatly loved ; but the failure of his wife's health, and 
the impossibility of her recovery if she remained there, constrained him to seek a 
more northern clime. By great effort, he reached, in April, 1832, with his wife and 
children, the State of Ohio, where he remained some years, laboring, as he could, 
in the cause of his Master. 

On the 5th of April, 1840, he commenced his labors as pastor of the Congrega- 
tional Church in Winchester, N. H. Here he spent six years in faithful service in 


He lived in Pembroke till about the year 1773, when he removed 
with his family to Springfield, Vt. He afterwards removed to Kings- 
borough, N. Y., where he d. Jan. 14, 1814, a. 86. His wife Mercy °d. 
at the residence of her son, Orsamus, in Pomfret, Chautauque Co., N.Y., 
March 1, 1821, a?. 85. 

Their children, all born in Pembroke, were — 

151. Lucinda, 5 b. April 24, 1756 ; m. Ichabod Wadhams ; she d. Sept. 30, 1S11. 

152. tOrsamus, 5 b. Oct. 11, 1757 ; m. Ruth Webb. 

153. Cynthia, 5 b. June 24, 1760; d. May 23, 1761. 

154. Laurana, 5 b. Jan. 17, 1762; m. Dea. Samuel Giles. See pp. 55-62 of 

this volume. 

155. Abiah, 5 b. Jan. 6, 1765; m. William Bragg ; ]i ye d in Springfield, Vt. ; no 


156. Abner, 5 b. May 6, 1766; d. in 1777, in the 12th year of his age. 

the Gospel ; and won the esteem and confidence of all by his upright life and kind, 
affectionate demeanor. There he closed his earthly career, April 3, 1846, se. 47. 

Mr. Thompson married, Nov. 20, 1828, Ruth Bateman Johnson, b. at Shoreham, 
Vt., May 23, 1805, dau. of William and Mary (Bateman) Johnson of that place. 
Their children were — 

Mary Eliza, b. in Georgia, Dec. 1, 1829 ; formerly a teacher in Mrs. Willard's 
Seminary, in Troy, N. Y., now wife of S. B. Saxton, flour merchant, of Troy. 

William Johnson, b. in Georgia, Aug. 16, 1831 ; d. Aug. 18, 1831. 

Edwin Johnson, b. in Middlebury, Ohio, Oct. 7, 1833; resides in Minnesota, a 
teacher ; m. Ellie P. Armstrong of Shoreham, Vt. Thev have two children. 

George Bates, b» in Middle Granville, N.Y., Jan. 12, 1839 ; resides in Troy, N.Y. 
Mrs. Thompson, widow of Rev. John Thompson, died Aug. 3, 1854, after years 
of suffering, from diseases aggravated by the privations and toils of her missionary 

The Compiler trusts that he may be indulged in what is to him a very pleasant 
reminiscence. In May, 1823, I left my commercial employment in Philadelphia, 
and returned to my native city, Boston, for the purpose of engaging in studies pre- 
paratory to the ministry of the Gospel. I took Kingsborough, N. Y., in my way, 
and passed a very happy week in the family of my mother's uncle, Deacon Samuel 
Giles. While there, I called, one day, at the house of Rev. Mr. Yale to see some 
young men who were under his tuition preparing for College, with the expectation 
of devoting their lives to the same blessed work of preaching salvation to a dying 
world. In a small room, in Mr. Yale's house, which was used for the purpose, I 
found Ebenczer C. Beach, John Thompson, Samuel W. Cozzens, and John Jason 
Owen, all of them from families in moderate circumstances, residing in Kings- 
borough or the vicinity. Beach and Thompson entered Middlebury College in Sept., 
1823; Cozzens and Owen, a year after. All of them became useful and worthy 
ministers. Beach was settled as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Lysander, 
N. Y., and has never changed his field of labor, but still remains there, though, as 
he has been suffering from great deafness during some years past, he may have been 
compelled to retire from official duty. He was son of Amos and Olive Beach of 
Kingsborough. See p. 82 of this volume. Of Thompson, I have already spoken 
in full. Cozzens and Owen were class-mates of mine at the Seminary at Andover, 
1828-31. Cozzens was settled in the ministry at Marblehead and Milton, near 
Boston, and is now acting pastor at Weybridge, Vt., a town adjacent to Middlebury. 
His wife was a dau. of Dr. Bass of Middlebury, and a sister of the wife of Rev. 
Justin Perkins, D. D., the founder of the Mission of the A. B. C. E. M. to the 
Nestorians in Persia. Owen has greatly distinguished himself as Editor and 
Annotator of Greek Classics, such as the Anabasis of Xenophon, the Iliad and 
Odyssey of Homer, and some of the books of the New Testament. His edition 
of the Anabasis is used as a text book in our best Academies, and his Iliad and 
Odyssey in Harvard and other Colleges, and his judgment as a Commentator is 
greatly respected. He is Professor of the Greek and Latin Languages in the Free 
Academy in the City of New York ; and has received the Honorary Degrees of 
D. D. and LL. D. 



ELIZABETH HOLMES, 4 {Experience, 3 Abraham, 2 William, 1 ) dau. 
of Experience Holmes 3 of Rochester ; m. Jethro Ashley, b. Jan. 11, 
1706-7, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Ashley of Rochester. 

They lived for sometime in Rochester on a part of her father's farm, 
and at length removed to the " Nine Partners " in the State pf New 
York, where the family embraced the Moravian system of religion, and 
all, save the youngest daughter, Elizabeth, removed to Bethlehem in 
Pennsjdvania, a place wholly inhabited by Moravians. The daughter 
Elizabeth was living, in 1784, near a place called Livingston's Manor, 
New York. The children of Jethro and Elizabeth (Holmes) Ashley 
were — 

157. Fear (Ashley). 

158. Patience (Ashley). 

159. Othniel (Ashley) ; was a soldier of the Revolution, and fell in the disastrous 

retreat from New York in 1776. 

160. Noah (Ashley). 

161. Nichols (Ashley). 

162. Elizabeth (Ashley). 


SARAH HOLMES, 4 (Experience 3 Abraham, 3 William, 1 ) sister of 
the preceding; m. Elias Miller. 

They lived, after her father's death, for sometime in the house which 
he occupied. Her mother lived with her, after the death of Dea. 
Wood, her mother's second husband. Thence they removed to Middle- 
borough, near the Four Corners. 

Their children were — 

163. Sarah (Miller), m. Isaac Cushman. They had four sons, none of whom 

were living; in 1836 ; and five daus. all of whom were then living, three 
of them widows. 

164. Elias (Miller), m, widow Ling, (?) sister of E. L. Bennett. No children. 

165. Abraham (Miller), m. 1, Susanna Tucker of Milton ; within a year after 

marriage, she and her child died. 2, Macomber. 

166. Hannah (Miller), m. Zebulon Learned; had only Olive, who became the 

wife of Dr. Samuel Shaw of Bridgewater. They had John (Shaw), a 
Senator in the Legislature of Mass., and Sarah (Shaw), a teacher in the 
Bridgewater Academy. 

167. Isaac (Miller), d. a bachelor, on his birth-day, April, 1827, 84 years old. 

168. Jacob (Miller), m. Deborah Soulc ; had several children; removed to the 

District, now State of Maine ; lost his wife and m. again. 

169. Eliphalet (Miller), d. young. 

170. Elizabeth (Miller), b. 1750; unm. ; a very fine girl; d. 1773, a 23. 

171. Olive (Miller), d. young. 


EXPERIENCE HOLMES, 4 (Experience, 3 Abraham,' William., 1 ) 
posthumous son of Experience Holmes 3 of Rochester ; b. there May 
29, 1716, O. S., answering to June 9, N. S. ; m. Dec. 13, 1737, Han- 
nah Sampson, 4 b. Nov. 4, 1715, dau. of Abraham Sampson 3 of Dux- 
bury, " who lived on the north side of Bluefish river at the going on 
to Powder Point." 

After his mother's second marriage, he lived with his grandfather dur- 
ing the remainder of the life of the latter. After this, he lived with Rev. 


Peter Thacher, minister from 1709 till 1744, of the First Church in 
Middleborough. After his marriage, he occupied the homestead of his 
father in Rochester. Here his first child, Susanna, was born. His 
next place of residence was in Sniptuit, a locality in Rochester, on the 
westerly part of the Bacon farm. This house was struck with light- 
ning, and was famed for being haunted, and for strange and preter- 
natural noises. He had several other places of residence in the 
vicinity. From 1757 to 1782 he occupied and owned a farm, about 
one hundred rods west of Mr. Chaddock's meeting-house, in the Third 
Parish in Rochester, in the N. W. part of that town. 

He was a man of small size, and never weighed more than 13G 
pounds, but was agile and quick in his motions, and in wrestling, which 
was then considered a great accomplishment, few could excel him. He 
was expert in handling a gun, and fond of hunting and fowling, which 
he sometimes pursued to excess, and to the injury of his health. His 
education had been neglected ; but he had strong reasoning powers ; 
was well acquainted with the Bible and well read in polemical divinity, 
so that few clergymen could baffle him in argument. He had a ready 
flow of animal spirits, though at times, and for a year or two together, 
it was altogether the reverse. He possessed a good share of native 
wit, and was prompt at repartee. In 1702, he with many others left 
the Third Parish in Rochester and embraced Baptist sentiments.* 

He died March 14, 1794, se. 78. His wife Hannah died Nov. 30, 
1797, a. 82. . 

Their children were — 

172. tSusanna, 5 b. 1739 ; m. Hezekiah Purin£ton. 

173. James, 5 b. 1741 ; d. Sept. 1754, a. 13, of the throat distemper, which spread 

through the County, and was extremely fatal. There were few families 
but lost one or more children. 

174. tBathsheba, 5 b. 174- ; m. Joseph Rounceville. 

175. tElizabeth, 5 b. Sept. 30, 1746 ; m. Job Sherman. 

176. Experience, 5 b. Aug. 14, 1749 ; unm ; d. of pleurisy, April 14, 1768. 

177. fAbraham, 5 b. June 9, 1754; m. Bethiah Nye. 


JOSEPH HOLMES, 5 (Joseph, 4 Joseph, 3 John, 2 William, 1 ) eldest 
son of Joseph 4 and Rebecca (Waterman) Holmes of Kingston ; b. 
there, Oct. 20, 1733; m. Nov. 29, 1770, Jemima Adams of Kingston, 
b. Oct. 6, 1746, dau. of John and Thankful (Washburn) Adams. John 
Adams, b. June 14, 1714, was son of Francis Adams, who was b. in 
England, 1G77, came to America about 1692, and d. in Kingston, April 
16, 1758. [Adams Genealogy. 

He lived on the old homestead in Kingston. He d. Feb. 8, 1822, a 1 . 89. 
His wife Jemima d. Jan. 3, 1821, as. 75. 

* Hon. Abraham Holmes mentions, incidentally, that in his father's time, and 
about the time of his own birth, 1754, the price of a day's work of a common la- 
borer was 33 cents, and the price of a bushel of Indian corn fifty cents. 


Their children were — 

178. Lemuel, 6 b. Oct. 15, 1771 ; m. Patience Harlow of PI} mouth. Children— 

Henrietta, 1 Melinda, 1 Lemuel. 7 

179. tJoseph, 6 b. Dec. 1, 1772 ; m. Lucy Holmes [256]. 

180. Pelhiyn, 6 b. Nov. 10, 1774; m. Nov. 11, 1799, Mary Lohdell of Plymp- 

ton, who was b. July 24, 1777, and d. Aug. 19, 1840. He died by his 
own hand, Sept. 8, 1831, a?. 57. They had one son. 
181. Pelham, 7 m. Mary Sturtevant. 

182. Clarissa, 6 b. Jan. 31, 1779 ; m June, 1803, Lemuel Bryant of Plvmpton. 

He d. Oct. 31, 1825, a. 53 y. 7 m. 11 d. They had Adeline, Eliza H., 
Alvin, Mary, Edwin, Lemuel, Clarissa. 

183. Pamela, 6 b. March 8, 1781 ; m. Dec. 5, 1805, Capt. Robert McLaughlin 

of Kingston. They lived on the place where Pelham Brewster, their 
son-in-law. afterwards lived, now owned by Joseph Holmes. It was the 
place where her father, grandfather and great grandfather lived, but 
not the same house. She d. March 10, 1816, a. 35. He was b. June 12, 
1770, and d. Dec. 28, 1836, a. 66. They had— 

184. Pamela (McLaughlin) ; m. l/john McLaughlin. 2, 

Streeter. Live in California. 

185. Mary (McLaughlin) ; m. 1, Spencer Holmes. 2, Ferdinand 

Hull. All dead. 

186. Lucia (McLaughlin); m. James W. Holmes. 

187. Ann (McLaughlin), b. Oct. 22, 1808; m. Pelham Brewster. 

She d. Nov. 18, 1857. 

188. Polly, 6 b. Sept. 24, 1783; m. Solomon Leach of Titicut Parish, Middle- 

boro'. She d. Dec. 9, 1850. They had Marshall; Milton, drowned at 
New Orleans ; Alexander, lost at sea ; Catharine, Harrison. 


MELATIAH HOLMES, 4 (Joseph, 4 Joseph, 3 John, 2 William, 1 ) brother 
of the preceding; b. in Kingston, March 30, 1745; m. Jan. 31, 1771, 
Elizabeth Bradford, 5 b. Sept. 23, 1747, dau. of Simeon Bradford 4 
of Kingston, and grand dau. of Ephraim, 3 who was son of Maj. Wil- 
liam, and grandson of Gov. William Bradford. 1 

He lived in Kingston, near Jones River Pond, on the place where 
his son Melatiah afterwards lived. He d. Jan. 19, 1827, as. 82. 
His wife Elizabeth d. Feb. 9, 1825, se. 78. 

Their children were — 

189. tWilliam, 6 b. 1772; m. 1, Nancy Holmes [242] ; 2, Eunice Alexander. 

190. Bartlett Bradford, 6 b. 1775 ; d. young. 

191. tJohn, 6 b. ; m. 1, Sally Brooks; 2, Caroline F. Swan. 

192. Susanna, 6 b. June 20, 1779 ; m. Benjamin Delano of Kingston. They lived 

in that part of Kingston, which is known as "Rocky Nook." Their 
children were — 

193. Eliza (Delano). 197. Joshua (Delano). 

194. Augusta (Delano). 198. Augustine (Delano). 

195. Benjamin (Delano). 199. Lucy (Delano). 

196. Susamia (Delano). 200. Catharine (Delano). 

201. Elizabeth, 6 b. ; m. Oliver Sampson of Kingston. They removed to 

Winchester, N. H., where they lived about ten years, and then moved to 
Boston. She d. 1852. Children— 

202. Judith (Sampson). 203. Maria (Sampson). 

204. James (Sampson), b. May 1812; d. in Winchester, Aug. 9, 
1819, a. 7 years, 3 mos. [Grave-stone. 
205. Prudence, 6 b. 1782; m. Ira Chandler of Duxbury. She d. July 2, 1830, 
a. 48. One son — 

206. Bartlett (Chandler). 
207. Melatiah, 6 b. Dec. 1783 ; m. 1, Jan. 20, 1811, Lucy White of Pembroke, 
who was b. 1786, and d. June 8, 1838, a. 52. 2, Sarah Clapp of Boston, 
Aug. 18, 1839. He d. Sept. 30, 1861. She is still living. No children. 



THOMAS HOLMES,* (Joseph* Joseph? John? William, 1 ) brother 
of the preceding; b. Jan. 28, 1755 ; m. Deborah Delano of Dux- 
bury, who was b. July 25, 1765, and d. Nov. 20, 1828, a. G3. 

He lived in Kingston on the place occupied afterwards by Nathaniel 
Waterman ; and d. Feb. 24, 1828, a. 73. 

Their children were — 

208. Olive, 6 b. March 24, 1796 ; m. March 27, 1822, Uriah Bartlett of Kingston. 
She d. June 21, 1850, a. 54. Children— 

209. Mahala (Bartlett), b. Oct. 13, 1823 ; m. Stephen Holmes [346]. 

210. Frederic William (Bartlett), b. Jan. 8, 1S26; m. Jan. 1, 1855, 

Adelia Hunter of New York. He is a physician in Buffalo, 
N. Y. 

211. George (Bartlett), b. Sept. 19, 1827 ; m. July 17, 1853, Susan 

H. Richardson of Kingston. He was killed by the falling of 
a bowlder, while digging for gold in California, June 28, 1854. 

212. Ichabod (Bartlett), b. Sept. 29, 1829; m. Caroline F. Gould of 

Oldtown, Me. He is an officer at the Sandwich Islands 
under the Native Government. 

213. Thomas Holmes (Bartlett), b. Oct. 4, 1831 ; m. 1855, Caroline 

E. Fuller of Kingston. He died Jan. 12, 1859. 

214. Robert Bruce (Bartlett), b. March 16, 1833 ; unm. 1863. 

215. Eugene (Bartlett), b. June 7, 1835 ; d. Oct. 26, 1862. 

216. Beriah, 6 b. July 16, 1798 ; unm. ; d. at Boston of the cholera. 

217. Thomas, 6 b. Jan. 29, 1800; m. Sept. 3, 1837, Hannah Gurney of Sand- 


218. Isaac Bartlett, 6 b. Feb. 7, 1802 ; unm. ; d. Feb. 4, 1830. 

219. Araunah Fullington, 6 b. July 13, 1804 ; unm. ; d. Mav 29, 1831. 

220. tGaius, 6 b. Sept, 13, 1806; ni. 1, Mary Faunce ; 2, Lydia Shields. 

221. Amasa, 6 b. Aug. 12, 1810; unm ; d.' at sea, Jan. 30," 1834. 


EPHRAIM HOLMES, 5 (Ephraim,* Joseph? John? William, 1 ) 
elder son of Ephraim 4 and Sarah (Tilden) Holmes of Kingston ; b. 
there, Oct. 31, 1734 ; m. Oct. 31, 17G5, Zeeuiaii Bryant of Plympton, 
who was b. July 24, 1739. 

He lived in the old homestead, since occupied by his son and grand- 
son, both named Nathaniel. 

He d. June 23, 1808, se. 74. His wife d. Jan. 27, 1809, a\ 70. 

Their children were — 

222. tTilden, 6 b. Oct. 28, 1766 ; m. Eunice Bearce. 

223. Ephraim, 6 b. Sept. 23, 1768 ; unm. ; d. March 23, 1795, a. 26^. 

224. Zeruiah, 6 b. Jan. 25, 1771 ; m. Feb. 24, 1790, Levi Walker of Marshfield. 

She d. April 5, 1857. They had three sons and three daughters. 

225. tNathaniel, 6 b. Aug. 9, 1773; m. Asenath Chandler. 

226. Ezekiel, 6 b. Feb. 7, 1776 ; d. Aug. 22, 1793, a. 17f 

227. Stephen, 6 b. Oct. 27, 1780; unm. ; he built a house on the north part of 

his father's farm, where he still lives, 1862. 


LEVI HOLMES, 5 (Ephraim,* Joseph? John? William:) brother of 
the preceding, b. at Kingston, Nov. 28, 1747; m. April 19, 1770, 
Lydia Bradford, 5 b. June 7, 1749, dau. of Benjamin 4 and Zeresh 
(Stetson) Bradford of Kingston. Benjamin 4 was son of Israel, 3 who 
was son of Major William, 2 and gr. son of Gov. Wm. Bradford. 1 


Lydia Bradford was the youngest and only survivor of eight children, 
six of whom died of the terrible " throat distemper" in 1748, and one 
had already died in 1745. 

He lived in Kingston, near Hall's Brook, on the hill westward from 
where his brother Ephraim lived. The house has since been taken 

He d. May, 1795, a?. 48. 

His children were — 

228. Zeresh, 6 b. Jan. 23, 1772 ; m. Jan. 4, 1795, Asa Phillips of Duxbnrv. She 

d. March, 1795. 

229. Sallv, 6 b. Dec. 13, 1773; unm ; d. May, 1843, se. 70. 

230. Bradford, 6 b. March 1, 1776 ; m. Feb. 24, 1803, Betsey Bartlett of Kings- 

ton. They lived in Duxbury, and had nine children. She d. June 19, 

231. Lydia, 6 b. April 26, 1779 ; m. July 2, 1805, E=aias Peterson 5 of Duxbury. 

He was b. Dec. 12, 1782, srn of Nehemiah, 4 son of Reuben, 3 son of 
Jonathan, 2 son of Joseph 1 Peterson, all of Duxbury. They lived in 
Duxbury, and had eight children. 

232. Mercy, 6 b.'Sept. 10, 1781 ; m. July 1, 1802, Nathan Delano of Duxbury, 

afterwards of Plympton. Thev had eight children. 

233. Levi, 6 b. Feb. 8, 1784 ; m. Anna Oldham, b. March 15, 1789, dau. of John 

and Elizabeth (Chandler) Oldham, all of Duxbury. He lived in Dux- 
bury, and d. in 1827, a 43. 

234. Lucy, 6 b. May 12, 1787 ; m. March 12, 1806, James Polen of Plymouth. 

235. Sylvester, 6 b. Nov. 19, 1789 ; she m. Levi Chandler of Duxbury. 

236. Charlotte, 6 b. Oct. 30, 1792; m. Peter Ashley, of foreign birth. No 



JONATHAN HOLMES, 4 {Jonathan* Joseph? John, 2 William, 1 ) 
eldest son of Jonathan 4 and Mary (Waterman) Holmes of Kingston ; 
b. April 27, 1736 ; m. in 1763, (published July 16) his cousin Rebecca 
Holmes* [95] ; b. Jan. 17, 1738, dau. of Joseph 4 and Rebecca (Water- 
man) Holmes. 

They lived in Kingston, near Jones River Pond, also called Silver 
Lake, on the place where Cephas Waterman has since lived. He d. 
Oct. 18, 1806, a. 70. She d. June 30, 1811, a. 73. 

Their children were — 

237. IHeman, 6 b. Aug. 24, 1764 ; m. 1, Mercy Bass. 2, Polly Bailey. 

238. Christiana, 6 b. July 17, 1766; m. Jan. 20, 1788, Capt. Elkanah Cook of 

Kingston, who was b. May 17, 1759. She d. Feb. 27, 1796, se. 30. 
Children — 
239. Eernan (Cook). 240. Martin (Cook.) 

241. tCharles, 6 b. Jan. 26, 1769; m. Rebecca Briggs of Halifax. 

242. Nancy, 6 b. Oct. 26, 1771 ; m. William Holmes [189|. 

243. fDaniel, 6 b. Feb. 2, 1774 ; m. 1, Aminta Day. 2, Mercy Day, her sister. 

244. Rebecca, 6 b. June 8, 1777 ; never married. She owned a house, on the 

north side of Jones River Pond, in Kingston, where she kept a store of 
goods. On an extremely cold day, Dec. 16, 1835 — the day of the Great 
Fire in New York — it was burned down. She was many years blind, 
and d. Jan. 26, 1849, a. 71 years, 7 months. 

245. Sophia, 6 b. Dec. 19, 1781 ; m. Lewis Holmes [259]. 


ROBERT HOLMES, 4 (Jonathan,* Joseph, 3 John," William, 1 ) brother 
of the preceding; b. in Kingston, June 16, 1743; m. November, 1772, 
Abigail Howland, born August 19, 1748. 


He lived in Kingston on the hill, eastward from the Upper Iron 
Works on Jones River. He d. Nov. 19, 1817, a. 74 years, 5 months. 
She d. Oct. 7, 1820, a. 72. 

Their children were — 

245^. Marv, 6 b. Sept. 5,1773; m. Oct. 15, 1810, Dea. Oliver Whitten of Ilanson. 
He d. Jan. 13, 1834, a. 68. She d. Feb. 4, 1824. Children— 
John Addison (Whitten), b. Sept. 1811 ; m. Almira Fish. 
Amanda (Whitten), b. April, 1813; m. Hiram Munroe. 

246. tRobert, 6 b. Jan. 14, 1780 ; m. 1, Lydia Phillips. 2, Nancy White. 

247. Charlotte, 6 b. March 19, 1782. 

248. Samuel, 6 b. Aug. 3, 1784 ; unm. ; d. July 28, 1833, ce. 48. 


JEDIDIAH HOLMES, 5 (Jonathan, 4 Joseph, 3 John* William, 1 ) 
brother of the preceding; b. in Kingston, Feb. 21, O. S., equivalent 
to March 4, 1749, N. S. ; m. Jan. 21, 1773, Sarah Adams, b. Jan. 7, 
1752, 0. S., dau. of John and Thankful (Washburn) Adams of Kings- 
ton, and sister of Jemima, who m. Joseph Holmes [93]. 

He lived in Kingston, near the Upper Iron Works, on the place 
where his father lived, and where his son Lewis has since lived. He d. 
Oct. 12, 1829, ae. 80 yrs. 7 mos. 8 dys. She d. March 5, 1837, a, 85. 

Their children were — 

249. tJedidiah, 6 b. Aug. 2, 1773; m. 1, Marcia Drew. 2, Priscilla Wilder. 

250. Melzar, 6 b. Dec. 8, 1774; m. Oct. 13, 1800, Betsey S. Beal of Kingston. 

He d. at Batavia, Nov. 15, 1813, aj. 39. Children— 

251. Augustus. 7 254. Mary. 7 

252. Giislavus Melzar, 7 d. at sea. 255. Eliska. 7 

253. Elizabeth. 7 

256. Lucy, 6 b. Oct. 9, 1776 ; m. Joseph Holmes, 6 her cousin [179]. 

257. Elisha Turner, 6 b. Aug. 9, 1778; m. Elizabeth Ball of Charlestown. He 

d. Sept. 5, 1860, a. 82. She d. May 27, 1855. They had one child, a 
daughter. He was the first that carried the " Stars and Stripes" into 
the Black Sea. 

258. tSpencer, 6 b. Jan. 13, 1781 ; m. 1, Judith McLaughlin. 2, Lucy (Sampson) 


259. tLewis, 6 b. May 15, 17S.3; m. his cousin Sophia Holmes [245]. 

260. Henry, 6 b. Dec. 28, 1784; m. Mary Wilder of Middleborough. He d. 

April 2, 1852, a. 67. She d. Jan. 14, 1848. He was a lawyer ; lived 
and d. in Maine. Children — 

261. Lucy 7 m. William C. Allen of Alfred, Me. They had— 

Henry (AllenJ ; resides in New York City. 

Weld N. (Allen); grad at the Naval Academy, Annapolis. 
Now, 1863, Lieutenant commanding a United States gun- 
boat, blockading Mobile. 

262. Columbus 7 lived in New York City. 

263. Bartlett, 6 b. March 25, 1787 ; d. at his father's house in Kingston, April 

26, 1827, a. 40. 

264. Harvey, 6 b. Nov. 27, 1789 ; m. Lydia Cushing of Kingston. He d. Feb. 10, 

184*4, a. 54. Three children 

265. Cornelius, 6 b. June 6, 1792; d. March 3, 1793. 

266. tMartin, 6 b. March 7, 1794; m. Dec. 3, 1818, Mary Turner Johnson of 

Kingston, who was b. April 22, 1793. Two children. 


STETSON HOLMES,' ( William* William, 3 Josiah? William,') son 
of William 4 and Elizabeth Holmes; b. in Pembroke about 1750; m. 
Akna . 


He removed from Pembroke to Winchester, N. H. about 1765 ; thence 
to Hartland, Vt., about 1785, where he had the following children : — 

267. Lucinda, 6 b. March 7, 1786. 269. Ruth, 6 b. Julv 27, 1791. 
2674. Clorinda, 6 b. Sept. 29, 1787. 269|. Arnold, 6 b. April 7, 1793. 

268. Vina, 6 b. Oct. 6, 1789. 270." Anna, 6 b. March 7, 1794. 


ABSALOM HOLMES, 5 (William* William, 3 Josiah? William, 1 ) 
presumed to have been a son of William 4 and Elizabeth Holmes, be- 
cause he is found on the records of Hartland, Vt., as the father of the 
children whose names follow; and because no other family of the name 
of Holmes appears there, save the family of Stetson Holmes" [140], 
who is known to have been a son of William'* and Elizabeth [62]. 
Absalom Holmes m. Deborah Williams, Feb. 7, 1789, at Hartland. 
Their children were — 

271. Mary, 6 b. Feb. 24, 1790. 273. William, 6 b. Aug. 10, 1796. 
271i Hannah, 6 b. June 23, 1792. 2734. Helena, 6 b. June 19, 1801. 

272. Sarepta, 6 b. July 16, 1794. 274. Samuel W., 6 b. July 13, 1803. 


ORSAMUS HOLMES, 5 (HezeMah* William, 3 Josiah? William, 1 ) 
son of Hezekiah 4 and Mercy 6 (Bisbee) Holmes ; b. in Pembroke, Oct. 
11, 1757 ; m. Feb. 18, 1780, Ruth Webb, dau. of Disbro and Jerusha 
(Wood) Webb of Charlestown, N. H.* 

Orsamus Holmes has given an interesting account of himself, and of 
his services and sufferings in the Revolutionary war. This account 
having been printed in the former part of this volume, pp. 56, 57, 
before this History of the Holmes Family was contemplated, need not 
here be repeated in full. It appears that in May, 1775, being then a 
resident in Pittsfield, Mass., and in the eighteenth year of his age, he 
enlisted as a private in a regiment of Provincial troops, commanded 
by Col. Easton. This regiment, in the autumn of that year, formed a 
part of the army of General Montgomery, in the invasion and nearly 
accomplished conquest of Canada. The soldiers suffered much from 
fatigue, sickness, and the inclemency of the season. The small-pox 
broke out among them, and many died. The assault on Quebec, upon 
the last night of the year, 1775, failed ; and Montgomery was killed. 
On the arrival of reinforcements to the enemy, early in May following, 
the American forces were compelled to a hasty evacuation of the 
Province. In Nov. 1776, the regiment was called to the assistance of 
the main army under Washington, then lying at Morristown, N. J. 
On the 31st of Dec, at the expiration of his term of enlistment, Orsa- 
mus Holmes went home to his father at Springfield, Vt., having been 
absent three years. 

On the invasion of Burgoyne, July, 1777, the militia of Vermont 
were called out, and Orsamus Holmes again appeared among the de- 
fenders of his country. He next enlisted in Col. Herrick's regiment, 

* Jerusha, the widow of Disbro Webb, m. Jacob Sartwell. Ruth Webb had a 
brother, Joseph Webb, who m. Betsey Williams ; they lived for a time in Weathers- 
field, Vt., and removed to the Black River, (in State of New York?,) 


which was constantly employed in the scouting service. Venturing 
too far, on the night of Nov. 12, he was taken prisoner; conveyed to 
St. Johns, Montreal, and Quebec. "With some others, he made his 
escape, by night, July 26, 1778, from the prison-ship in which he was 
confined. Before he could reach the New England settlements, he was 
retaken and carried back to Montreal. Again, on the night of Sept. 
18, 1778, he escaped by leaping from a window of his prison, and after 
much fatigue and hardship, arrived at a frontier settlement at Monck- 
ton, Vt. 

After this, he retired from the tumult of war, to the peaceful abode 
of his father in Springfield, Vt., where he entered on married lii'e, as 
already stated. He settled on a farm in Springfield, and lived there 
until 1793, when he removed with his family to Sherburne, Chenango 
Co., N.Y.* He resided in the latter place till March, 1805, when he 
moved to Pomfret, Chautauque Co., N. Y. He was one of the earliest 
pioneers of that County. A notice of him and of his daughter Ruth, 
may be found in Orsamus Turner's History of the Holland Purchase, 
p. 510. He held the office of Postmaster, and was an elder in the 
Presbyterian Church in that town. He continued to reside there until 
1833, when he moved with his wife to the town of Killbuck, in Holmes 
Co., Ohio, where his son Abner had preceded him. He died Aug. 26, 
1835, a3. 78. His wife Ruth died Oct. 7, 1835. Both are buried in 
the village of Oxford, in the same County. 

Their children were — 

Born in Springfield, Vt. — 

275. tAlanson, 6 b. March 11, 1781 ; m. Olive Lee. 

276. t Abner, 6 b. April 10, 1783 ; m. Betsey Young. 

277. jBrilliant, 6 b. Oct, 22, 1785 ; m. John Scott. 

278. Origen, 6 b. March 7, 1788 ; unm. ; d. in Pomfret, N. Y., Jan. 1, 180G. 

279. fKuth, 6 b. Sept. 20, 1790; m. John Ellis Marshall. 

280. Augustine, 5 b. Jan. 31, 1793 ; d. Jan. 24, 1802. 

Born in Sherburne, N. Y. 

281. tMvron, 6 b. May 19, 1795 ; m. Sally Taylor. 

282. tAsher, 6 b. Sept. 28, 1797 ; m. Eliza Elmore. 

283. fLaurana, 6 ) . , M . . j m. Lewis Wooster. 

284. William," \ tmn8 > b> March 10 ' 180 ° ' | d. May 12, 1800. 

285. tAugustine, 6 b. June 4, 1803 ; m. Sarah Ley. 


SUSANNA HOLMES, 5 (Experience, 4 Experience? Abraham? Wil- 
liain, 1 ) eldest child of Experience 4 and Hannah (Sampson) Holmes of 
Rochester; b. 1739; m. Eeb. 11, 1763, Hezekiaii Purington. 

She survived her husband, and d. suddenly, Dec. 31, 1808, a. 69. 

Her children were — 

286. Elias (Purington), left no sons. 

287. Hezekiah (Purington), served in the Revolutionary War; was in Gen. 

Brooks's family ; afterwards studied medicine with Dr. Foster ; settled 
as a physician in North Carolina; fell into a state of ill health ; returned 
to the North and died, leaving in N. C. a widow, and a daughter. 

288. Hannah, m. a Benson, who settled at New Salem, but removed 
to the far West. 

* An interesting account of the Holmes Family may be found in Hatch's His- 
tory of Sherburne, N. Y., published at Sherburne in the Spring of 1862. 


289. John (Purington), a physician in North Carolina. 

290. Hannah (Purington) ; m. Consider Benson; removed to New Salem. 

291. Elizabeth (Purington), m. 1, Capt. Lot Crapo, who was lost at sea. 

2, Jesse Martin, Esq. She is still living, 1863. No child. 

292. Henry (Purington), m. ; left a number of children. 

293. Judith (Purington), m. a son of Perez Clark; went to New Salem ; d. a 


294. James (Purington), m. ; had children ; is living in Mattapoisett, 1S63. 


BATHSHEBA HOLMES, 4 (Experience,* Experience? Abraham? 
William, 1 ) sister of the preceding; b. 174- ; m. April, 1767, Joseph 
Rounceville, Esq. She was his second wife. 

They lived in Middleborough. She d. Jan. 1772, and was interred 
in the Nelson burying ground near the Pond, in that town. 

Her children were — 

295. John (Rounceville), b. Sept. 1768; settled in Tioga Co., N. Y. 

296. Rosamond (Rounceville), m. Putnam. 

297. Royal (Rounceville), m. the daughter of a rich Quaker farmer in Wash- 

ington, N. H, had a family, and died there. 


ELIZABETH HOLMES,* (Experience* Experience? Abraham? 
William?) sister of the preceding; b. Sept. 30, 1746; m. Sept. 5, 1768, 
Job Sherman, eldest son of John Sherman of Rochester. 

They lived some years on Walnut Plain, in Middleborough, about 1 £ 
mile west from the Spruce Meeting House, so called. Thence they 
removed to Oxford, and after a year or two returned to Rochester ; 
whence they removed to Foxborough, where he died 1837, a. 93. 
His wife d. some years previous. 

Their children were — 

298. Susanna (Sherman), b. June, 1769 ; unm ; living in 1836, with her father. 

299. Obed (Sherman), m. ; had children; d. before 1836. 

300. Job (Sherman), m. ; had no child ; d. before 1836. 

301. John (Sherman), m. ; had children ; living in 1836 in Foxborough, 

which town he had represented in the Legislature; Justice of the Peace. 

302. George (Sherman), m. ; d. before 1836, leaving a widow and one 


303. Stephen (Sherman), m. ; had children; living in Foxborough, 

in 1836. 

304. Holmes (Sherman), unm. ; living, 1836. 

305. Elizabeth (Sherman), unm. ; was living with her father and sister in 1836. 


Hon. ABRAHAM HOLMES,* (Experience? Experience? Abraham? 
William? ) brother of the preceding ; b. in Rochester, on his father's 
birth-day, Sunday, June 9, 1754; m. Dec. 26, 1776, Bethiah Nye, 
b. Feb. 16, 1759, dau. of Ichabod and Bethiah (Blackwell) Nye, all of 


* The Nye Family. 

ICHABOD NYE in 1720, and previously, lived where Sampson's Tavern now 

is (or was in 1836) in Middleborough. Here his son Ichabod was born in 1719. 

In 1722, he sold his place, and purchased a farm in Rochester, not far from where 

Ebenezer Holmes lived in 1836. His wife was a Bonum, a name now apparently 



Mr. Holmes was admitted to the Bar of Plymouth County, at the 
April Term, 1800. He was then nearly forty-six years of age. He 

extinct, unless Burnham has succeeded to it. Her grandfather lived in Plymouth. 
Here Mr. Nye lived and died ; and his grave-stone is still to be seen in the Old 
Cemetery at Little Neck, so called, in Rochester, with three other grave-stones, 
hearing the name of Ichabod Nye ; father, son, grandson and great grandson. 
His children were — 

Samuel — "removed to Ware, or somewhere near it, where he lived to old age, 
and died." His children were — 

pjbenezer; John; a dau. m. Capt. Samuel Briggs of Rochester, who sold his 
place to Rev. Oliver Cobb, and moved to the State of New York ; another 
dau. m. Joseph Barr, lived and died in New Braintree ; another dau. m. 
Lot Whitcomb, a native of Rochester, who settled in New Braintree ; 
another dau. m. James Barr, lived and died in New Braintree ; another 

dau. m. Cummings ; she was living in Ware in 1836. 

George, m. Sarah Blackwell, dau. of Caleb Blackwell.* She d. at Rochester, 
about 1762, leaving two sons, John and Philip. Not long after her death, or 
about 1765, he sold his farm to his brother Ichabod, and removed to New 
Braintree. Here he had a second, a third, and a fourth wife. His third wife 
was a widow Fenton. His fourth wife, a widow Gilbert of Brookfield. He 
was an independent farmer, had a large stock of cattle, and a large dairy. 
By his second wife, he had a dau. Sarah, who m. Simeon Gilbert, who was an 
innkeeper in Oakham, and removed to the West. His son John, m. a Witherell, 
whose mother was a Delano. John and his wife died in middle age. They 
had a son, Col. Pliny Nye of North Brookfield ; his wife was a dau. of Eb- 
enezer Nye. This Ebenezer was a son of the second Ichabod, and cousin 
of John Nye. See below. Philip Nye, son of George, m. Persis Pollard. 
He was a respectable man; in easy circumstances; died in middle age, 
leaving several sons. 
Ichabod, b. Sept. 22, 1719 ; m. 1, Jan. 1745, Bethiah Blackwell, b. Jan. 1723, 
dau. of Caleb Blackwell, and sister of Sarah, his brother George Nye's wife. 
She d. Oct. 1767, a. 44. 2, Mary Spooner of Dartmouth, the part now Fair- 
haven. His children were — by first wife — 

Caleb, b. Nov. 1745 ; d. Sept. 1754, of the terrible throat distemper. 
Jonathan, b. Mav 22, 1748; m. 1, Margaret Barr, Feb. 16, 1775. 2, Widow- 
Mary Ayers, Oct. 1816. He d. Nov. 28, 1832. By first wife, he had 
Ichabod, Jonathan, Polly, Margaret, Lois, Asenath, Kezia. 
George Bonum, b. Nov. 15, 1750; m. March 12, 1792, Sarah Handy, b. July 
25, 1752. He d. Dec. 30, 1832. Children— 
Caleb, b. May 31, 1773; d. Jan. 22, 1777. 

Sarah, b. June 9, 1775 ; d. April 7, 1851 ; m. Oct. 26, 1794, Barnabas 
Blankenship. Children — 

John Bates (Blankenship), b. July 26, 1795. 

Barnabas Bates (Blankenship), b. March 1, 1799; had his name 
changed by an Act of the General Court, to Barnabas Bates Nye. 
Bethiah, b. July 22, 1777 ; d. Aug. 2, 1777. 
Ichabod, b. May 30, 1790 ; d. July 25, 1813. 
Seth, b. June 17, 1755; d. Sept. 1755, of throat distemper. 
Ichabod, b. July 20, 1756; d. June 9, 1776. He was accidentally shot by a 

gun, not known to be loaded. His grandmother Nye, d. the same day. 
Bethiah, b. Feb. 16, 1759; m. Hon. Abraham Holmes. She d. Dec. 14, 

Ebenezer, b. July 20, 1761 ; m. June, 1790, Lucy Wood. He d. Dec. 28, 

Of these children there was but one death for more than 70 years, and no 
death for 56 years. Then three of them died within 34 days. 

A daughter, m. Tilson. They removed to Ware. He died early, leaving 

her with a son, Edmund. She continued a widow to advanced age. 
A daughter, m. Benjamin Clapp. They had two sons, Ichabod and Increase, 
and four daus., one of whom, m. John Briggs, son of Cornelius Briggs; another 

* Caleb Blackwell came from Sandwich to Rochester some time before 1700. He was a town 
officer of Rochester, in 1G98, and very often presided at town meetings as Moderator. lie died ia 


had previously been President of the Court of Sessions, and though not 
regularly educated for the profession, the members of the Bar voted 
his admission in consideration of " his respectable official character, 
learning, and abilities, on condition that he study three months in some 
attorney's office." He might be called, with great propriety, a self- 
made lawyer. He continued in practice till August, 1835, when eighty- 
one years of age, with a considerable degree of reputation and success. 
Even when thus advanced in life, he was a regular attendant upon the 
sessions of the Courts, and was regarded as an acute and learned 
lawyer. In his intercourse with the Bar, he was courteous and familiar, 
especially toward the younger members. He was full of anecdote and 
traditional lore, abounding in wit and humor. His mind was well 
stored with facts, relating to the older members of the Bar, and so 
late as June, 1834, when eighty years of age, he delivered a very 
interesting address at New Bedford, to the Bar of Bristol County, in 
which he discoursed of the rise and progress of the profession in Mas- 
sachusetts, with sketches of the early lawyers, of the necessity of such 
an order of men, and upon the duties of the profession. 

He was a member of the Executive Council of Massachusetts, for 
the political year May 1821-22, and May 1822-23, when Governor 
Brooks was in office. After his decease, the members of the Bar of 
the Counties of Bristol, Plymouth, and Barnstable, at a meeting held 
at Plymouth, Oct. 25, 1839, paid a most respectful tribute to his talents, 
learning, and character; and adopted a resolution expressing a high 
sense of his professional worth ; as a man " whose mind was enriched 
with various learning, whose memory was a repository of the most 
valuable reminiscences ; whose legal attainments gave him high pro- 
fessional eminence ; and whose social qualities were an ornament of 
the circle of friendship during a long life of integrity and usefulness." 

He collected for the entertainment of his children a large mass of in- 
formation touching the several families from which they were descended ; 
of which the present writer has availed himself, through the kindness 
of his grandson Abraham Holmes, Esq., of South Abington. 

He spent his life in Rochester; and died Sept. 7, 1839, a. 85. His 
wife Bethiah'died Dec. 14, 1832, a?. 74. 

Their children were — 

306. Bathsheba, 6 b. May 18, 1779 ; unin. ; died February 1, 1853. 

307. IRosalinda, 6 b. Aug. 10, 1784; m. Anselm Bassett,"Esc]. 

308. tGeorge Bonura Nye, 6 b. March 1, 1788 ; m. Elizabeth Valentine. 

309. tCharles Jarvis, 6 b. May 9, 1790; m. 1, Cynthia Crocker, 1814. 

2, Louisa Haskell, 1830. 

m. Joel Ellis ; another, Charity, m. 1, Resolved White, who was drowned ; 2, 
Daniel Vaughan ; another, m Stephen Delano ; she was a widow, in 1836. 

1763. His wife was a Tuber from Dartmouth. They had Jane, who d. unm. ; Sarah, m. George 
Nje ; Bet/uali, ni. his brother, Ichabod Nye ; Alice, m. Nicholas (,'rapo of Rochester. Caleb Blark- 
well was one ot the m;iin pillars of the Parish formed in the Northwest part of Rochester, about 
1750, of which Rev. Thomas West was the first pastor, installed, 1758, father of Key Samue. 
West, D. 1)., first of Needham, afterwards pastor of Uollis Street Church, Boston. 




JOSEPH HOLMES,' {Joseph,' Joseph,* Joseph? John? William, 1 ) 
son of Joseph* and Jemima (Adams) Holmes of Kingston ; b. there, 
Dec. 1, 1772; m. Nov. 11, 1799, his cousin, Lucy Holmes' [269] t 
b. Oct. 9, 1776, dan. of Jedidiah and Sarah (Adams) Holmes, also of 
Kingston. She d. Feb. 7, 1862, a. 85. 

He grad. Brown University, 1796 ; but turned his attention to the 
pursuits of navigation and commerce, in which he has been eminently 
successful. He has been a large ship owner. It is said that he was by 
far the largest stockholder in the Old Colony and Fall River Rail- 
road Corporation. He was said moreover to be the most wealthy man 
in Plymouth County. 

He died at his residence in Kingston, nearly opposite the Unitarian 
Church, April 8, I860, at the advanced age of ninety. 

His children are — 

310. tAlexander, 7 b. March 31, 1803 ; m. Eliza Ann Holmes, [389.] 

311. Paraclete, 7 b. Oct. 3, 1804. He has been a shipmaster; is now President 

of an Insurance Company in Boston. 

312. tEdward, 7 b. Sept. 15, 1806; m. 1, Eliza Bryant; 2, Abigail Bosworth. 

313. tHorace, 7 b. Jan. 4, 1809; m. 1, Ann G. Bradford; 2, Betsey Ward; 3, 

Nancy Stetson. 

314. Lucy Eveline, 7 b. Dec. 28, 1812 ; m. Capt. William S. Adams, b. March 

12, 1808, son of Charles and Mary C. (Sampson) Adams of Kingston. 
Resides in Kingston ; has been a shipmaster more than 20 years. 

315. Cornelius, 7 b. Oct. 29, 1814; unm. ; a farmer. 

316. Pamela, 7 b. Sept. 7, 1816 ; m. Joseph Sampson Beal, Esq., of Kingston. 


WILLIAM HOLMES, 6 Esq., (Melatiah* Joseph, 4 Joseph? John,' 
William?) eldest son of Melatiah* and Elizabeth (Bradford) Holmes of 
Kingston; b. there, 1772; m. 1, Nancy Holmes* [242], b. Oct. 26, 
1771, dau. of Jonathan 6 and Rebecca Holmes. She d. Dec. 11, 1831, 
a. 60. 2, May 24, 1834, Mrs. Eunice Alexander, widow of Luther 
Alexander of Winchester, N. H. 

He was an Iron Founder at Windsor Locks, Ct., but removed thence 
to Winchester, N. II., with Oliver Sampson, the husband of his sister 
Elizabeth. He was a man of intelligence, enterprise, and influence, 
and did considerable business. He was a Surveyor of land, and Justice 
of the Peace. His second marriage was fortunate for him, as he was 
reduced in property, and the lady was possessed of a handsome estate. 
In the latter part of his life, he became the subject of mental de- 
rangement. He died Nov. 22, 1846, a. 74. His widow is still living, 
Dec. 1862, at the age of 80. 

His children, b. in Kingston, and by first wife, were — 

317. William, 7 b. 1804 ; unm. ; d. in Winchester, N. H., April 3, 1826, se. 22. 

318. tErastus, 7 b. Nov. 3, 1808 ; m. 1, Sarah J. E. Hunter. 2, Kate Williams. 

Mr. Holmes also had an adopted daughter, Aminta Day Holmes 
[368], a niece of his first wife. 



Hon. JOHN HOLMES, 6 {Melatiah? Joseph? Joseph? John? Wil- 
liam?) son of Melatiah* and Elizabeth* (Bradford) Holmes of Kingston ; 
b. there, March 28, 1773; m. 1, Sept. 22, 1800, Sally Brooks, b. at 
Dighton, Feb. 23, 1773, dan. of Noah and Hannah Brooks of Scituate. 
She d. at Alfred, Me., Dee. 6, 1835, &. 63. 

2, July 31, 1837, at Thomaston, Me., Caroline F. (Knox) Swan, 
widow of James Swan, son of Col. James Swan of Boston, and 
youngest daughter of Major General Henry Knox, a distinguished 
commander in the Revolution, and President Washington's first Secre- 
tary of War. She d. a widow, in Thomaston, in October, 1851. 

His early life was passed as a manufacturer, in the extensive Iron 
Works of his father in Kingston. A college student, who was teaching 
school in the village, struck with the intelligence he discovered, advised 
his father to have him educated. He was prepared for college under 
the instruction of Rev. Zephaniah Willis of Kingston. He entered 
Brown University, one year in advance, and graduated at that institution in 
1796. He studied law with Benjamin Whitman of Hanover, who was 
then in full practice in the Old Colony. Admitted to the Bar in 1799, 
he established himself as a lawyer, in September of that year, in Al- 
fred, then a district of the town of Sanford in Maine, and incorporated 
as a town in 1808. The titles to land in that part of the country, much 
of which had been recently peopled, were then in an unsettled state ; 
many actions were brought in the Courts, and much legal talent was 
called into exercise. These cases brought Mr. Holmes into extensive 
and lucrative practice. For several years he was the leader of the 
York Bar. Yet he was not a lawyer of the first order ; he was not 
profound as a thinker, nor deeply read as a scholar, and his reputation 
seemed to rest chiefly on his ready wit and quickness at rejoinder and 
repartee. He never allowed his temper to be discomposed, and was 
found an equal, if not in argument, at least in the adroitness with 
which he managed his cases, to the ablest members of the profession in 
that region. 

After eleven or twelve years of successful practice of the law, his 
ambition led him to abandon that noble profession for the keen com- 
petition and unworthy methods of party politics. Originally a federalist 
of the school of Washington, but finding that side unpopular in Maine, 
he suddenly forsook his old associates, and in 1811, became the advo- 
cate of the national administration, and the war measures of Clay and 
Madison. At the very next election he was chosen representative from 
Alfred to the Legislature of Massachusetts', and a member of the Senate 
in 1813. He immediately became an ardent and active leader of the 
party he had espoused. The suddenness of his change of sentiment, 
and the zeal he now exhibited against the cause he had so many years 
upheld, became the subject of severe rebuke on the part of his former 
associates. In 1816, he was chosen to represent the York District 
in Congress, and was reelected in 1818 without opposition. He had a 
principal hand in the measures which resulted in the separation of 
Maine from Massachusetts. He sanctioned, if he did not invent, that 
new arithmetic which found in five-ninths of the aggregate majorities in 
the several towns the requisite five-ninths of the whole number of votes 


t.-;t>t in the then District of Maine, for or against separation. This strange 
arithmetic did not satisfy the Legislature of Massachusetts, nor the 
great body of intelligent people ; and the separation was therefore de- 
ferred two or three years. When at length, after much effort, the sepa- 
ration was accomplished, in 1820, Mr. Holmes was elected the first 
Senator in Congress from the new State, and continued to hold that 
honorable station till 1827. In 1828, he was again elected to the 
Senate for the unexpired term of Judge Parris, who was appointed 
to the bench of the Supreme Court of Maine. In 1833, his Congres- 
sional life ceased. 

" Few persons have had their ambition more fully gratified than Mr. 
Holmes. The road of public life was freely opened before him, and he' 
appeared to have attained whatever in that direction he most desired. 
That he acquired a very exalted or enviable reputation cannot be truly 
asserted. That he derived from his public honors as much satisfaction 
as he would have acquired in the quiet progress of his profession, we 
do not believe." 

He removed, after his second marriage, to Thoma^on, where he re- 
sided the principal portion of the time till 1841 ; when, having been 
appointed District Attorney of the United States, he divided his resi- 
dence between Portland and Thomas ton. He died at Portland, July 
7, 1843, a. 70. 

The preceding sketch is abridged from a Biographical Memoir of Mr. 
Holmes, contained in a " History of the Law, the Courts, and the 
Lawyers of Maine," by Hon. William Willis of Portland, just pub- 

His children, all by first wife, were — 

319. William Bradford, 7 b. Sept. 16, 1801; m. 1835, Phoebe Little of Castine, 

Me. He d. Dec. 1850. Left no children. 

320. Sarah Ann, 7 b. March 21, 1805 ; m. June 4, 1828, Hon. Daniel Goodenow, 

afterwards Judge of the Supreme Court of Maine. She d Nov. 2, 
1840. Children— 
Ann Augusta (Goodenow), b April 15, 1S29; m. May 30, 1853, Rev. 

William H. Willcox, pastor of the Bethesda Church in Reading. 
John (Goodenow), b. Sept. 25, 1832; a lawyer; resides in Alfred, Me. 

President of the Senate of Maine, 1861-2. 
Henry Clay (Goodenow), b. June 23, 1834; a lawyer; resides in Lew- 

istown, Me. ; m. Dec. 4, 1860, Mary Brown of Bangor, Me. 
Sarah Brooks (Goodenow), b. Aug. 1840 ; d. Jan. 8, 1841. 

321. Hannah Stetson, 7 b. May 8, 1808 ; unm ; resides in Topsfield, Mass. 

322. Charles Henry, 7 b. Oct. 30, 1810; m. March 20, 1836, Harriet Josephine 

Emerson, b. Jan. 22, 1813 ; d. Sept. 1, 1839. He resides in Topsticld. 

1 220. 

GAIUS HOLMES, 6 {Thomas," Joseph, 4 Joseph, 9 John,* William, 1 ) 
son of Thomas* and Deborah (Delano) Holmes of Kingston ; b. there, 
Sept. 13, 180G; m. 1, Aug. 5, 1829, Mary Faunce, dau. of Stephen 
Faunce of Kingston. She d. Oct. 5, 1839, a. 37. 2, Lydia Shields. 

His children were, by first wife — 

323. Mary Sampson, 7 b. April 29, 1830; m. 1, Donelly; 2, James E. 

Stillman. She d. at Plymouth, March 10, 1860. 

324. Araunah Thomas, 7 b. Sept. 18, 1833; unm.; d. May, 1856. 

325. Olive, 7 b. Jan. 12, 1837 ; m. John S. Chandler. 

326. Amasa D., 7 b. July 18, 1839 ; d. Nov. 21, 1839. 


By second wife — 

327. Lvdia T., 7 b. April 17, 1841. 

328. Sarah, 7 b. Aug. 16, 1842. 

329. Gaius, 7 b. Oct. 5, 1844. 


TILDEN HOLMES, 6 {Ephraim? Ephraim? Joseph,'' John, 2 Wil- 
liam, 1 ) eldest son of Ephraim* and Zeruiah (Bryant) Holmes of Kings- 
ton ; b. Oct. 28, 1766 ; m. Dec. 4, 1791, Eunice Bearce of Pem- 
broke, who was b. July 6, 1767. 

He lived in the northwest part of Kingston, near Hall's brook. The 
compiler remembers him as a worthy member, in 1838-9, of the Ortho- 
dox Church, and a constant attendant on religious meetings, on week- 
days as well as on the Sabbath, albeit he had to walk two miles, and 
was "well stricken in years." He d. Sept. 10, 1842, a;. 76. His wife 
Eunice d. Sept. 21, 1853, a. 86 years, 2 months, and 15 days. 

Their children were — 

330. Polly, 7 b. Nov. 4, 1792; m. March 20, 1813, Joseph Aldrich of Middle- 

borough. They had nine children. 

331. Zeruiah, 7 b. Sept. 30, 1794 ; m. Hosea Aldrich of Middleborough. She d. 

March 15, 1854. They had five children. 

332. Eunice, 7 b. about 1796 ; d. young. 

333. Eunice, 7 b. Dec. 18, 1797; m. Oct. 4, 1849, Charles Simmons of Kings- 

ton. No children. 

334. Ephraim, 7 b. May 9, 1801); m. Oct. 19, 1835, Abigail Aldrich of Middle- 

borough. Thev Uvea in Kingston ; had no children. 

335. Desire, 7 b. Aug. 29, 1802 ; d. Nov. 16, 1818. 

336. Elizabeth, 7 b. Sept. 28, 1804 ; m. Charles Washburn of Bridgewater. They 

lived in Kingston ; had no children. 

337. fJoseph, 7 b. Sept. 3, 1809 ; m. 1, Elmira McLaughlin ; 2, Rebecca D. Chand- 



NATHANIEL HOLMES, 6 {Ephraim, 6 Ephraim* Joseph? John? 
William, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Kingston, Aug. 9, 1773; 
m. Dec. 27, 1798, Asenath Chandler of Duxbury, who was b. July 
14, 1777. 

He lived in Kingston, at Blackwater, in the house built by his grand- 
father in 1733, and occupied by his grandfather and father. He, his 
father, and grandfather, had each but one daughter. 

He d. Nov. 7, 1848, a. 75. His wife Asenath d. March 2, 1857, ae. 80. 

Their children were — 

338. tNathaniel, 7 b. Nov. 27, 1799 ; m. Hannah Church Taber. 

339. tEzekiel,' b. Aug. 24, 1801 ; m. Sarah E. Benson. 

340. Asaph, 7 b. Feb. 20, 1804; m. Sally Curtis Johnson of Kingston, March 

8, 1832. They lived at Kingston, where he d. March 19> 1845; Nu 

341. tPhilip Chandler, 7 b. Dee. 21, 1805; m. Sarah Ann Davis. 

342. t Asenath, 7 b. Dec. 22, 1807; m. John Mitchell. 

343. tAllyn, 7 b. Aug. 14, 18<>9 ; m. Hannah J. Sawyer. 

344. Patrick, 7 b. Aug. 28, 1811 ; d. April 25, 1818. 

345. Seth, 7 b. Jan. 17, 1814; received on the head a kick from a horse, which 

caused permanent mental derangement. He d. at the Hospital in > Brat- 
tle boro, Vt., May 21, 1859. 


346. tStephen,' b. Sept. 10, 1815; m. Mahala Bartlet [209]. 

347. Harvey, 7 b. Jan. 10, 1818 ; d. Mav 10, 1818, a. 4 months. 

348. Henry Smith, 7 b. Oct. 21, 1821 ; unm. ; d. Aug. 20, 1842, se. 21. 


HEMAN HOLMES, 6 {Jonathan," Jonathan," Joseph, 3 John? Wil- 
liam, 1 ) eldest son of Jonathan 5 and Rebecca* Holmes of Kingston; 
b. there, Aug. 24, 1764; m. 1, Mercy Bass, dau. of Dea. Benjamin 
Bass of Hanover. She was b. Sept. 14, 1766, and d. June 9, 1794, a. 
27. 2, Polly Bailey of Scituate, who was b. March 16, 1777, and 
died Jan. 10, 1854. 

He lived in Plymouth, and d. May 8, 1810, a. 45 years, 8 months. 
15 days. 

His children were — by first wife — 

349. Heman, 7 b. March 31, 1793 ; m. Mary B. Watts of Boston. He d. in Illi- 

nois, March 6, 1844. Children — * 
3:>0. Mary IF., 8 b. Aug. 7, 1826 ; d. April 6, 1828. 
351. Maria Frances, 3 b. Oct. 11, 1835; m. Feb. 10, 1856, Charles 
Dyer, Hanover, where they reside. They have — 
Charles Heman (Dver,) b. Jan.28/l857. 
Francis Waldo (Dyer,) b. June 5, 1862. 

352. tGeorge Bass, 7 b. April 16, 1794;" m. Maria Holmes [361]. 

By second wife — 

353. Bailev, 7 b. Sept. 13, 1801 ; m 1831, Mrs. Fanny Cook of Scituate. He 

d. Oct. 29, 1833. One child— 

354. Sally, 8 b. 1832 ; m. Hardwick; reside in Lawrence, Kansas. 

355. fHenrv, 7 b. Nov. 24, 1803; m. Laura Beard 

356. Daniel, 7 b. Marcb 3, 1806; m. Joanna Lord, Boston, April 19, 1832. 

They reside in New York City. 

357. Francis, 7 b. Sept. 19, 1808 ; d. Oct 19. 1809. 

358. Francis, 7 b. June 22, 1810; m. Nancy Brown, Seabrook, N. H., Nov. 3, 

1835. They reside in East Boston." 


Col. CHARLES HOLMES, 6 (Jonathan, 6 Jonathan* Joseph, 3 John, 2 
William, 1 ) son of Jonathan* and Rebecca Holmes ; b. in Kingston, Jan. 
26, 1769 ; m. Jan. 28, 1796, Rebecca BriCxGS, 6 dau. of Rev. Ephraim 
and Rebecca (Waterman) Briggs of Halifax.* 

* Pedigree of Rebecca Briggs :- r 

I. CLEMENT BRIGGS, 1 arrived at Plymouth from England, in the Fortune 
of 55 tons, Nov. 9, 1621. His wife was Joann Allen. They settled in Wey- 
mouth. Their son — 

II. Richard Briggs, 2 was an early settler of Taunton. He m. Rebecca 
Haskins of Lakenham, Aug. 15, 1662. They were the parents of — 

III. Dea. Richard Briggs, 3 who lived" in Mansfield ; was deacon of the 
Church there ; and was father of — 

IV. Dea. Richard Briggs, 4 also deacon of the Church in Mansfield ; his 
wife was Abigail Anuros. He d. 1789, a. 79. She d. 1812, a. 9S. They were 
the parents of — 

V. Rev. Ephraim Briggs, 5 b. in Mansfield, 1735; II. C. 1764 ; m. Rebecca 
Waterman, dau. of Dea. Robert Waterman ; ordained pastor of the Congrega- 
tional Church in Halifax, April 29, 1767 ; and continued pastor there thirty-two 
years, till his death, Dec. 2.2, 1799, a. 64. His wife Rebecca, d. 1841, a. 90. She 
■was a descendant from Robert Cusiiman, who procured the Mayflower for the 
voyage of the Plymouth Pilgrims in 1620, and embarked with them, though 


He lived in Kingston ; was a colonel of the militia, and held many- 
offices of trust. He d. Feb. 19, 1845, a. 76. 
His children were — 

359. Charles/ b. Sept. 10, 1797; d. Dec. 8, 1797. 

360. tChristiana, 7 b. Oct. 11, 1798 ; m. John Tillson. 

361. Maria, 7 b. April 24, 1801 ; m. George B. Holmes [352]. 

362. tCharles, 7 b. Jan. 17, 1804 ; m. Susan S. Wyman. 

363. tLucia, 7 b. Nov. 3, 1806 ; m. Lucius Kingman. 

364. tHiram, 7 b. March 8, 1809; m. I, Beulah P. Tufts ; 2, Sarah E. Gilbert. 

365. James Wheaton, 7 b. June 8, 1811; m. Lucia McLaughlin of Kingston. 


Lucia, 9 b. Sept. 6, 1838. 

Anne Maria, 9 b. June 26, 1841. 

366. tJohn Martin, 7 b. Nov. 5, 1813; m. Sophia C. Wyman. 

367. tGeorge Briggs, 7 b. Oct. 28, 1816 ; m. Margaret J. Riehey. 


DANIEL HOLMES, 6 (Jonathan," Jonathan* Joseph, 3 John," Wil- 
liam, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Kingston, Feb. 2, 1774; m. 1, 
March 21, 1801, Aminta Day, b. Dec. 7, 1775; d. Jan. 11, 1811. 
2, Mercy Day, b. Sept. 28, 1783; d. Aug. 25, 1815. They were 
sisters, and daus. of Joel* and Mercy (Chapin) Day of Springfield. 
Joel was a son of Jonathan 4 of Springfield, who Avas gr. grandson of 
Robert Day 1 of Hartford. [See Day Genealogy. 

obliged to return in the Speedwell. They had six sons, five of whom were graduates 
at Harvard and Brown Universities, and were all settled in the ministry; the 
other was a respectable phvsician. Their names follow : — 

1. Rev. Ephraim Briggs,* 5 b. 1769 ; H. C. 1791 ; ord. pastor, Chatham, 1796, and 
preached till only three days before his death, which occurred July 22, 1816, 
a. 47. 

2. Rev. William Briggs, 6 b. 1771 ; grad. Brown Univ., 1794; ord. pastor, Kit- 
tery, Me. ; preached a few years in Kittery, and retired to Bridgewater, where he d. 
1848, a. 77. 

3. Rev. Isaac Briggs, 6 b. May 7, 1775 ; grad. Brown Univ., 1795; ord. pastor, 
York, Me., 1797, where he remained eight years ; installed pastor, Boxford, Sept. 
1808, and continued there twenty-five years, being dismissed, Dec. 3, 1833. He 
preached at Chatham as a "stated supply," two years, 1834 to 1836. He then 
removed to North Rochester, where he remained as pastor of a small Society twenty- 
three years ; his services being chiefly gratuitous. He relinquished his charge in 
1858, and died at East Morrisania, N. Y., Feb. 22, 1862, a. 87 years, 9 months. 
The present writer succeeded him in the ministry at Chatham, and remembers him 
as a worthy, a kind-hearted, a truly good man. 

4. Rev. Richard Briggs, 6 b. 1782; grad. Brown Univ. 1804; ord. pastor, Mans- 
field, May 24, 1809 ; was dismissed on account of impaired health and mental de- 
rangement, Dec. 8, 1834 ; d. July 5, 1837, a. 55. 

5. Rev. Charles Briggs, 6 b. Jan. 17, 1791 ; H. C. 1815 ; ord. pastor, Lexington, 
April 28, 1819 ; was dismissed July 28, 1835, that he might become the Secretary 
and General Agent of the American Unitarian Association. He is still living ; re- 
sides in Roxbury ; and preaches occasionally. All the other clerical members of 
this family were, I believe, of the Orthodox faith. 

6. John Briggs, 6 M. D., b. 1794 ; received his education at Phillips Exeter Acad- 
emy ; was a practising physician in Dedham many years ; d. 1843, a. 49. 

Rebecca (Briggs) Holmes, 6 sister of the foregoing, and widow of Col. Charles 
Holmes, is still living, at the age of ninety, in the family of her dau. Maria, the 
wife of George B. Holmes of Providence, R. I. She retains in a remarkable de- 
gree her mental and physical faculties ; employs herself in knitting for the soldiers 
of our army, and well remembers her mother as employed in the same manner for 
the soldiers of the Revolution. 


He resided at Alfred, Me., and died there, Sept. 10, 1815, a. 41. 
His children were — by first wife, Aminta — 

367^. Joel Day, 7 b. March 3, 1802 ; d. July 28, 1810. 

368. Aminta Day, 7 b. March 31, 1803. She was adopted by her uncle Wil- 

liam Holmes [189 J ; and m. Dec. lfi, 1821, Thurston" Andrews, son of 
a Baptist minister in Hinsdale, N. II. She had five sons; her husband 
died in 1836 ; she went to Boston, and died there, Oct. 15, 1850, a. 47. 
At the time of her death, she was First Matron of the " Home for 
Aged and Indigent Females " in Boston. 

369. Sophia, 7 h. Nov. 17, 1805. 

370. jGcorge Francis, 7 I). Jan. 24, 1807 ; m. Rhoda Ann Baldwin. 
370^ Harriet, 7 b. Nov. 17, 1808; d. Dec. 24, 1809. 

371. Heman, 7 b. July 1, 1810; d. Dec. 17, 1810. 

By second wife, Mercy — 

372. tJoel Dav, 7 b. April 3, 1813; m. Marandis D. Bennett. 
372i. William, 7 b. Jan. 18, 1815 ; d. Aug. 24, 1815. 


ROBERT HOLMES, 6 (Robert* Jonathan? Joseph? John? Wil- 
liam, 1 ) son of Robert 6 and Abigail (Howland) Holmes of Kingston; b. 
there, Jan. 14, 1780; m. 1, March 22, 1812, Ltdia Phillips of Pem- 
broke, the part afterwards included in Hanson. She was b. April 7, 
1786 ; d. Oct. 2, 1820. 2, July 9, 182G, Nancy White of Pembroke, 
who was b. Aug. 4, 1797, and d. Aug. 21, 1842. She is called Anna, 
on the town record of Pembroke. 

He lived on the hill, eastward from the Upper Iron "Works on Jones 
River, in Kingston; and d. Oct. 12, 1852, a. 72 years, and 9 months. 

His children were — by first wife — 

373. Ira, 7 b. Sept. 24, 1813 ; m. Jan. 27, 1846, Margaret Lee, who was b. April 

26, 1826. Thev had— 

374. Margaret? b. Sept. 11, 1847. 

375. Robert Waterman, 7 b. April 5, 1817. 

376. Lydia Phillips, 7 b. Aug. 14, 1820; d. Dec. 23, 1820. 

By second wife — 

377. Lvdia, 7 b. June 10, 1827 ; m. Dec. 2, 1849, Benjamin Thomas, b. March, 

1820. They had— 

378. Benjamin F. (Thomas), b. April 22, 1852. 
379. Samuel, 7 b. Sept. 4, 1833; m. Nov. 20, 1856, Mary Reed, b. May 9, 1836. 
They had— 

380. George Elmer? b. June 27, 1861. 


Deacon JEDIDIAH HOLMES, 6 (Jedidiah? Jonathan? Joseph? 
John? William}) eldest son of Jedidiah* and Sarah (Adams) Holmes 
of Kingston; b. Aug. 2, 1773; m. 1, Sept. 20, 1795, Marcia Drew 
of Kingston, who was b. April 29, 1774, and d. May 13, 1800, a. 26. 
2, Oct. 18, 1801, Priscilla Wilder, dau. of Nathaniel Wilder of 
Middleborough. She died Dec. 3, 1844, a. GO. 

He owned the Lower Iron Works on Jones River in Kingston, and 
his residence was near the same. He d. April 15, 1862, a\ 88 years, 
9 months, 13 days. 

His children were — by first wife. — 


3S1. Sarah Adams, 7 b. May 12, 1797 ; m. Wiswall S. Stetson. Children — 

382. Judith S. (Stetson), b. Aug. 1, 1817. 

383. Lorenzo (Stetson), b. Aug. 18, 1819 ; d. at sea, Feb. 1846. 

384. Marcia H. (Stetson), b. Aug. 21, 1821. 

385. Elizabeth E. (Stetson), b. Aug. 11, 1823. 

386. Sarah A. (Stetson), b. July 3, 1828. 

387. Marcia Drew, 7 b. April 24, 1800 ; m. George Holmes. 

By second wife — 

388. Eveline, 7 b. April 26, 1803 ; d. May 16, 1806. 

389. Elixa Ann, 7 b. Jan. 31, 1805 ; in. Alexander Holmes [310]. 

390. Christopher Columbus, 7 b. Dec. 9, 1812 ; d. Jan. 25, 1814. 

391. Christopher Columbus, 7 b. Sept. 14, 1817 ; m. Elizabeth Rich. They live 

in Milton, and have no children. He is a physician, and about 1860 
was commander of the Independent Corps of Cadets in Boston. 


SPENCER HOLMES, 6 (Jedidiah? Jonathan, 4 Joseph? John, 2 Wil- 
liam, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Kingston, Jan. 13, 1781 ; m. 
March 24, 180- Judith McLaughlin of Kingston, who was b. Feb. 
26, 1779, and d. Aug. 2, 1818, se. 40. 2, Jan. 3, 1820, Lucy (Samp- 
son) Pearce, a widow, dan. of Oliver Sampson of Kingston. She 
was b. Nov. 17, 1784, and d. June 5, 1842, a. 57 years, 7 months, 19 

He lived near Blackwater Pond in Kingston, but the births of his 
children are recorded in Plympton. He d. June 16, 1846, a. 65 years, 
5 months. 

His children were — by first wife — 

392. Spencer, 7 b. Nov. 8, 1805; m. Mary McLaughlin of Kingston. He lived 

in Kingston, and d. Oct. 3, 1840, as. 35. 

393. Judith, 7 b. Oct. 4, 1807 ; m. Thomas Soule of Duxbury. 

394. Jedidiah, 7 b. July 22, 1810. 

By second wife — 

395. Lucy Sampson, 7 b. June 6, 1821 ; m. Lewis Gray. 

396. Mary A., 7 b. Aug. 15, 1823 ; m. 1, Parker Baker. 2, Capt. Otis Baker. 

397. Alphonso, 7 b. ; m. . 


LEWIS HOLMES, 6 (Jedidiah," Jonathan? Joseph? John? Wil- 
liam, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Kingston, May 15, 1783; m. 
May 20, 1810, his cousin, Sophia Holmes, 6 [245] b. Dec. 19, 1781, 
dau. of Jonathan* and Rebecca* Holmes, who were themselves cousins. 

He lived in Kingston, on the place where his father and grandfather 
had lived. He d. April 29, 1853, ae. 70. His wife Sophia d. May 11, 
1850, a?. 69. 

Their children were — 

398. Lewis, 7 b. May 6, 1811 ; d. Sept. 16, 1814. 

399. Sophia Ann, 7 b. May 15, 1813 ; unm., resides in Providence, R. I. 

400. Horatio Lewis, 7 b. Oct. 24, 1815 ; m. 1, Sept. 30, 1840, Mary Gladding, 

who d. Feb. 5, 1842. 2, Nov. 25, 1845, Nancy Hardenburg; both of Prov- 
idence, R. I. 
Child by second wife — 

401. Henrij L.? b. Sept. 26, 1846. 

402. Almira, 7 b. Aug. 7, 1821 ; d. Oct. 7, 1826. 

403. tWilliam Henry, 7 b. June 13, 1824; in. Harriet Handy of Providence. 



HENRY HOLMES, 6 (Jedidiah, 6 Jonathan, 4 Joseph, 3 John, 2 Wil- 
liam, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Kingston, Dec. 28, 1784; m. 
March 1, 1813, Mary Wilder, b. Jan. 17, 1785, dau. of Nathaniel 
Wilder of Middleborough. 

He grad. Brown Univ. 180G; was a lawyer; and resided in Alfred, 
Me. He d. April 2, 1852, x. G8. His wife Mary d. Nov. 14, 1847, se. 63. 

Their children were — 

404. Lucy Maria, 7 b. Jan. 1, 1814; m. Dec. 29, 1830, Hon. William Cutter 
Allen of Alfred, Me., who was b. Jan. 25, 1795 ; and d. in Washing- 
ton City, Aug. 12, 1859, a. G4. He was by profession a lawyer; Register 
of Probate for the County of York, Me., from 1827 to "l 838; Repre- 
sentative of Alfred, in the Legislature of Maine, 1839, 1843, and 1844; 
Senator 1845; Judge of Probate from 1847 to 1854; and Special 
Apent of the Post Office Department at Washington, from 1854 to 
1859. Children— 

405. Ann (Allen), b. Oct, 17, 1831 ; d. Dec. 5, 1832. 

406. Henri/ Wilder (Allen), b. Oct. 18, 1834; grad. at Dartmouth 

Coll., 1854; a lawyer in New York City. 

407. Weld Noble (Allen), b. March 27, 1837 ; "g™d. at the U. S. Na- 

val Academy, Annapolis, 1855 ; now, 1863, a Lieut. Com- 
manding a gunboat in the U. S. Navy. 
408. Christopher Columbus, 7 b. Oct. 16, 1817 : m. Nov. 23, 1852, Emma Win- 
dust of New York Citv. He was a merchant in New York City, and d. 
Oct. 31, 1862, a. 45. Children— 

409. Henry* b. 1853 ; d. in infancy. 

410. Man/* b. Aug. 29, 1854. 

411. Emma Wilder* b. Jan. 23, 1857. 

412. Alfred Columbus* b. June 23, 1859. 


MARTIN HOLMES, 6 (Jedidiah, 5 Jonathan, 4 Joseph, 3 John, 2 Wil- 
liam, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. March 7, 1794; m. Dec. 3, 1818, 
Mary Turner Johnson of Kingston, who was b. April 22, 1793. 

Their children were — 

413. Martin, 7 h. Oct. 12, 1819 ; d. Oct. 28, 1819. 

414. fLothrop Turner, 7 b. March 29, 1824 ; m. Elizabeth Washburn. 


ALANSON HOLMES, 6 (Orsamus,* ffezekiah* William? Josiah 2 
William, 1 ) eldest son of Orsamus* and Ruth (Webb) Holmes ; b. in 
Springfield, Vt., March 11, 1781 ; m. Olive Lee, dau. of Uriel Lee 
of Sherburne, Chenango Co., New York. 

He removed from Sherburne to Pomfret, Chautauqua Co., New York, 
where he resided till his death, Jan. 3, 1818. His widow d. Aug. 
31, 1827. 

Their children are — 

415. Joseph EIHcott, 7 ; a Civil Engineer by profession. He is now, 1862, 

in London, and represents with credit to the country and to himself, 
the interests of the American Exhibitors at the present World's Fair, 
in that city. He is married, and has a daughter. 

416. Fidelia* ; m. Taylor. No issue. 

417. Miranda, 7 m. Wilcox: resides in Napoli, Cattaraugus County, 

N. Y. 

418. Zelotes Lee, 7 is a Presbyterian Clergyman, and m. Nichols, the 

dau. of a planter in South Carolina." He is a resident of Laurens, S. C:, 
and Professor of Mathematics and Natural Thilosophy in the Laurens 
Female Institute. He has several children. 



ABNER HOLMES, 6 (Orsamus,* Beseh'ah* William, 9 Josiah* Wil- 
liam, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Springfield, Vt., April 10, 1783 ; 
m. Betsey Young. 

He removed, in 1832, from Chautauqua County, to Killbuck, Holmes 
Co., Ohio, and resided there a few years, when he moved to Mason 
County, Elinois, where he settled on a farm, and died Feb. 17, 1859. 

He has numerous descendants. His children were — 


Laurana, 7 ; ra. 


Zelmon, 7 ; unm. ; d. ; 



Harriet. 7 


Sophia. 7 


Devillo. 7 


Allen E. 7 


Caroline. 7 


Sarah. 7 


BRILLIANT HOLMES, 6 (Orsamus? Hezekiah* William* Josiah? 
William, 1 ) sister of the preceding; b. in Springfield, Vt., Oct. 22, 
1785 ; m. John Scott. 

He was an innkeeeper in Mayville, Chautauqua Co., N. Y., for 
some time. They removed thence to Ogle Co., Illinois, and settled on 
a farm near Dixon. They both died many years since. 

Their children were — 

428. Sophia (Scott), b. Feb. 9, 1809 ; m. Sept. 16, 1828, Edward Y. Hickeox, 
who was b. June 8, 1804. Children — 
429. Sophia (Hickeox), b. Oct. 11, 1829 ; m. March 12, 1853, James 
C. Cary, a lawver, residing in San Francisco ; one child — 
430. Harrie't (Cary), b. Feb. 20, 1854. 

431. Edward (Hickeox), b. April 5, 1831. 

432. Harriet (Hickeox), b. Dec. 7, 1832; died Aug. 21, 1841. 

433. John Scott (Hickeox), b. Nov. 10, 1835. 

434. Sttk H. (Hickeox), b. Dec. 30, 1840. 

435. Benjamin (Hickeox), b. May 31, 1842 ; d. June 2, 1842. 

436. Miilicent Marshall (Hickeox), b. Jan. 18, 1844. 

437. Seraphina (Scott), m. David Welty. They reside in Illinois, and have — 

438. John (VVeltv.) 

439. Addie (Welty.) 

Several others, names unknown. 
440. Sarah ( Scott j, m. Hickeox. 


RUTH HOLMES, 6 (Orsamus,' Hezehiah* William* Josiah* Wil- 
liam, 1 ) sister of the preceding; b. Sept. 20, 1790; m. Sept. 12, 1810, 
Dr. John Ellis Marshall, 6 b. in Norwich, Ct, March 18, 1785, son 
of Thomas and Sarah (Egerton) Marshall of that place.* 

* The Maeshall Family, of Norwich, Ct. 

There were several original emigrants to these shores, of the name of Marshall ; 
and the name is now quite common in the United States. 

I. EDMUND MARSHALL, 1 came from England, about 1636. He was ad- 
mitted freeman of Massachusetts, May 17, 1637. It is supposed that he emigrated 
from the Old Country with Rev. Richard Blinman, who is said, perhaps inac- 
curately, to have been a Welshman, who was minister of Chepstow, England, and 


He was adopted, when an infant, on the death of his mother, by 
Daniel Ellis, son of Rev. John Ellis, who was minister of West Farms, 
(then a part of Norwich, but now and since 1786, the town of Franklin, 
Ct.,) from 1752 to 1779, and who died in said Franklin, in 1805. He 
went to school to Rev. Samuel Nott, D.D., the successor of Mr. Ellis ; 
and resided in Franklin, and in Norwich, until 1808. He studied 
medicine with Dr. Philemon Tracy of Norwich, and was licensed to 
practise by the Connecticut Medical Society, Aug. 3, 1808. 

He first settled in Oxford, Chenango County, N. Y., in 1808, and re- 
mained there until the autumn of 1809, when he removed to Mayville, 
Chautauqua County, in the same State. On the organization of that 
County, Feb. 9, 1811, he was appointed its first clerk, and held the 
office until he moved, in March, 1815, to Buffalo, where he continued to 

came to New England through the influence of Governor Winslow of Plymouth 
Colony. Mr. Blinman, or Blynman, preached at Marshfield, the residence of Gov. 
Winslow, for some brief tiine after his coming over, and was the first minister of 
that place ; although that honor has been commonly assigned to Rev. Edward 
Bulkley, son of Rev. Peter Bulkley of Concord. Mr. Blinman, however, removed 
to Gloucester in 1641 ; and subsequently to this removal became a freeman of 
Massachusetts Colony, Oct. 7, 1641. Mr. Blinman preached at Gloucester about 
seven years, and in 1648, went to New London, Ct., where he was the first min- 
ister, and where he remained ten years. He is styled " a godly, able minister." 
He went to New Haven, in 1658, and altera short residence there, returned to 
England, and died at Bristol, " in a good old age." 

Edmund Marshall, it appears, removed to New London, with Mr. Blinman, 
either in 1648, or as others think, in 1651. 

II. John Marshall, 2 son of Edmund, came with his father to New London, 
and settled there. 

Of Edmund Marshall and his son John, our knowledge is very limited, and we 
are not sure that they belong in this pedigree. What now follows is matter of 

III. Abial Marshall, 3 we suppose to have been a son, possibly a grandson, 
of this John Marshall, though we have no positive proof of it. There seems how- 
ever to be no reasonable doubt of the fact. He m. at New London, Nov. 18, 
1708, Abiaii Hough, b. 1690, third dau. of Capt. John and Sarah (Post) Hough 
of New London. They settled at Norwich, lie is mentioned in Miss Calkins's 
History of Norwich, p. 155, as owner of land there in 1729. 

The* children of Abial and Abiah (Hough) Marshall, all b. in Norwich, were — 

Anne, 4 b. Aug. 16, 1711 ; m. May 23, 1729, Noah Abel of Norwich. Children— 
Jabez, Caleb, Thomas, Lucy, Abiah, HannaJi. 

Sarah, 4 b. Sept. 7, 1713 ; d. July, 1719. 

Abial, 4 b. Sept. 30, 1715 ; m. 1, July 12, 1743, Anne Waterman. 2, Sybil . 

He d. at Bozrah, in 1799. 

John, 4 b. March 25, 1718. 

Sarah, 4 b. April 12, 1720; m. Dec. 26,1743, Capt. James Hyde, b. Feb. 28, 
1707, second cousin to her mother. They had rive sons and one daughter, all 
of whom except one (Rev. Simeon Hyde, minister of Deerheld, N. J.,) married 
and had large families. The Rev. and venerable Charles Cleveland of Bos- 
ton, born June 21, 1772, whom we still see in our streets, pursuing his benevolent 
labors as minister and almoner to the poor of our city, is her grandson. His 
son Charles Dexter Cleveland of Philadelphia, formerly Professor of Latin 
in the University of New York, a distinguished scholar and classical annota- 
tor; William E. Dodge, of the firm of Phelps, Dodge, & Co., an eminent 
and prosperous merchant of New York, well known for his princely donations 
to every benevolent enterprise ; Margaret Cleveland, wife of Lewis F. Allen 
of Buffalo; the late Judge James Hyde of Richfield Springs; and many 
other respectable names, are among her descendants. 

IV. Thomas, 4 b. July 1, 1724; m. March 23, 1750, Anne Man waring, b. Nov. 20, 
1725, dau. of Oliver and Hannah (Hough) Manwaring of New London. She 
was his first cousin, her mother Hannah Hough being sister of Abiah Hough, 


reside till his death. He was commissioned by Gov. Clinton, as Clerk 
of Erie County, March 2, 1819, and held that office about two years. 
He was commissioned by Gov. Tompkins, Feb. 29, 1812, Surgeon of 
Col. McMahan's Regiment of Chautauqua County Volunteers, and 
served with the regiment on the Niagara frontier during the years 1813 
and 1814. 

He had an extensive practice and a high reputation as a physician 
and surgeon ; and was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church in 
Buffalo. A copious obituary notice of him may be found in the Buffalo 
Medical Journal, Vol. VI., p. 382. There are also notices of him in 
the American Almanac for 1841, and in Allen's American Biography. 

He died Dec. 27, 1838, a. 53. His widow, Mrs. Ruth Marshall, still 
survives, 1863, and resides with her son in Buffalo. 

Their only child was — 

442. tOrsamus Holmes (Marshall), b. Feb. 1, 1813; m. Millicent Ann De 

his mother. They settled at Norwich, where he d. April 26, 1761, ae. 37, and 
where she d. Jan. 26, 1799, se. 74. Their children, all b. in Norwich, were — 
Lucretia 5 b. Jan. 19, 1751 ; d. Aug. 17, 1753. 
John, 5 b. June 14, 1753 ; d. July 23, 1753. 
Lucretia, 5 b. Dec. 14, 1754; unm. ; d. Jan. 3, 1774. 

Sarah, 5 b. Sept. 20, 1757; m. June 24, 1784, Capt. Silas Goodell. They 
settled at Norwich, and had — 

Charles, b. 1785. Lucretia, b. 1789. 

William, b. 1786; drowned, 1796. William, b. 1795. 
Nancy Ann, b. 1787. Oliver, b. 1797. Sally. 

V. Thomas 5 b. June 29, 1759; m. 1, May 27, 1784, Sarah Egerton, 5 dau. of 
Benjamin Egerton of Norwich, Ct.* They settled at Norwich, where 
she d. April 21, 1785, leaving one child. 2, June 13, 1787, Freelove 
Egerton. These two wives, though bearing the same name, do not 
seem to have been related. He d. Feb. 8, 1829, ce. 70. His children, 
all b. in Norwich, were — 

By first wife, Sarah Egerton — 
John Ellis, 6 b. March 18, 1785 ; in. Ruth Holmes, 6 in the text. 

Bv second wife, Freelove Egerton — 
Thomas, 6 b. May 4, 1790; d. Feb. 1822, without issue. 
William, 6 b. April 10, 1793; d. Oct. 14, 1808, without issue. 

Sarah Egerton, 6 b. May 6, 1797 ; d. . 

Anne Manwaring, 6 b. June 11, 1800; d. . 

Freelove, 6 b. Sept. 21, 1806; d. Nov. 21, 1806. 
Lucv Freelove, 6 b. Aug. 14, 1812. 
Anne, 5 b. — — , 1761 ; d. March 27, 1786, re. 25. 

* Pedigree of Sarah Egerton : — 

I. Richard Edgerton,i of Saybrook, m. April 7, 1653, Mary Sylvester; moved to Norwich, Ct., 
and died March, 1692 Their son, 

II. KicatRD Edgerton,2 m Elizabeth Scudder. Their son, 

III. Joseph Edgerton," m Elizabeth Ilaskins. All the above lived in Norwich, Connecticut, 
as did also, 

IV Benjamin Edgerton,4 son of Joseph and Elizabeth, b. Sept. 20, 1726; d. Aug. 13, 1800; 
m. Susanna Griswold, b. Jan. 25, 1730. or June 29, 1730, dau of Joseph and Sarah (Durkee) 
Griswold; Brand dau. of Capt Sarm.el and Susanna (Huntington) Griswold, and gr. gr. dau. of 
Lieut. Francis Griswold of Saybrook and of Norwich, who was b. at Kenilworth in England, 
and d. at Norwich, Ct., Oct. 1671 

The children of Benjamin and Susanna (Griswold) Edgerton were — 
Susanna,5 b. June 29. 1756 ; m. Nathan Chappel. 
Lucv, 5 b. Feb. 19, 1759. 
Ben'j'min,5 b. Sept 28, 1761. 

Sarah,5 b Feb. 17, 1764 ; m. Thomas Marshall, as above 
Joseph, b May 16, 1766. 
Giles,5 b. Oct 5, 1771. 
The family of Edgerton now commonly omit the d from the name. 



MYRON HOLMES, 6 (Orsamvs," Hezehiah,* William? J osiah? Wil- 
liam, 1 ) brother of the preceding ; b. in Sherburne, Chenango County, 
N. Y., May 19, 1795 ; m. 1, Sally Taylor. 2, . 3, . 

He Avas a farmer, residing in Pomfret, Chautauqua County, N. Y., 
until 1835, when he removed to Will County, in the northeast part 
of Illinois, not far from Lake Michigan, and settled on a farm adjoin- 
ing his brother Asher. He now resides, with his third wife, in Joliet, 
in the same County. He has a numerous family. "We have the names 
of only the following : — 

443. Corydon. 7 

444. Diantha. 7 

445. Velona. 7 

446. Hush. 7 


ASHER HOLMES, 6 (Orsamus? Hezehiah? William? Josiah? Wil- 
liam, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. Sept. 28, 1797; m. Eliza El- 
more, dau. of James Elmore, of Sherburne, N. Y. 

He lived in Pomfret, now Sheridan, Chautauqua County, N. Y., until 
1835, with the exception of two or three years' residence in Smyrna, 
Chenango County, N. Y. He moved, in 1835, to "Will County, Illinois, 
and settled on a farm on the south side of Hickory Creek, six miles 
east from Joliet. He died about 1858. His widow survives. Their 
children are — 

447. James. 7 

448. Myron. 7 

449. Eliza. 7 


LAURANA HOLMES, 6 {Orsamus? Hezehiah? William, 3 Josiah? 
William, 1 ) sister of the preceding; b. in Sherburne, N. Y., March 10, 
1800 ; m. Lewis Wooster. 

She removed, with her husband, about 1818, first to Great Valley, 
N. Y., then to Girard, Pa.; then to Killbuck, Ohio, and finally to 
Marquette County, Wisconsin, in 1836. She d. Sept. 17, 1862. Mr. 
Wooster, who is a farmer, still survives. They have several married 
children. We have the names of — 

450. John (Wooster). 

451. Alanson (Wooster). 

452. Mai vina (Wooster). 

453. Mary (Wooster). 

454. Augustine (Wooster). 

455. Sarah (Wooster). 


Dr. AUGUSTINE HOLMES, 6 ( Orsamus? Hezehiah* William? 
Josiah? William 1 ) youngest son of Orsamus* and Ruth Holmes; b. 
in Sherburne, N. Y., June 4, 1803 ; m. Sarah Ley, dau. of William 
Ley of Meyerstown, Pa. 

He studied Medicine with Dr. John Ellis Marshall in Buffalo, and 
with Dr. John F. Gray, the distinguished Homeopathist — but before 


he abandoned Allopathy — in New York. "When licensed to practise, 
he settled at Meyerstown, Lebanon Co., Pa., and practised in that and 
the adjoining town of Pine Grove, in Schuylkill Co. He was resident 
in the latter town at the time of his death, Oct. 18, 1849. He was a 
member of the Pennsylvania Legislature, and at one time Superin- 
tendent of the Canals and Public Works of that State. His widow 
still survives him. They had no children. 


EOSALINDA HOLMES,* (Abraham,* Experience, 4 Experience, 3 
Abraham, 3 William, 1 ) dau. of Abraham* and Bethiah (Nye) Holmes of 
Rochester; b. there, Aug. 10, 1784 ; m. Jan. 13, 1811, Anselm Las- 
sett, Esq., attorney-at-law. 

Mr. Bassett was fitted for College at the Academy or School kept 
in the North Precinct of Rochester (" Sniptuit"), by Rev. Calvin 
Chadclock, then minister of that place, afterwards of Hanover. He 
grad. at Brown Univ. 1803 ; studied law with Hon. Abraham Holmes, 
whose dau. he married. Immediately after his marriage, he removed 
to Columbia, in the County of Washington, Me. After a residence 
there of between two or three years, he settled, Oct. 1813, in West- 
port, Mass., where he remained till 1832, when he was appointed 
Register of Probate for the County of Bristol. He then removed to 
Taunton, where he still resides, 1863. 

Mrs. Rosalinda Bassett d. Sept. 1846, a. 62. 

Their children have been — 

456. Thomas Holmes (Bassett), b. at Columbia, Me., Dec. 30, 1811 ; d. iu 

Louisville, Ky., 1835, on his return from New Orleans. 

457. Charles Jarvis Holmes (Bassett), b. in Westport, July 10, 1814 ; m. 1, Jan. 

1840, Emeline D. Seabury, dau. of John W. Seabury of Taunton. She d. 
April 1, 1842. 2, 1845, Nancy Gibbs of Bridgewater, who d. May 12, 

1848. 3, French of Fawtucket. He is Cashier of Taunton 


Children by first wife — 

458. Sarah Seabury (Bassett), b. Nov. 1840. 

459. Charles Anselm (Bassett), I twins, b. April 1, 1842, and baptized 

460. John Seabury (Bassett), ) at their mother's funeral. 

By second wife — 

461. Louisa (Bassett), b. Oct. 1846. 
By third wife — 

462. Frank (Bassett). 

463. Rufus (Bassett). 

464. George Fitz Henry (Bassett), b. June 21, 1817 ; d. Oct. 7, 1820. 

465. Cynthia Crocker Holmes (Bassett), b. Aug. 25, 1821 ; unm. ; of Taunton 


466. Elizabeth Martin (Bassett), b. Dec. 19, 1824; unm. ; of Taunton, 1863. 


GEORGE BONUM NYE HOLMES, 6 Esq., (Abraham* Expe- 
rience, 4 Experience, 3 Abraham, 3 William, 1 ) son of Abraham 5 and 
Bethiah (Nye) Holmes of Rochester; b. there, March 1, 1788; m. 
Jan. 3, 1813, Elizabeth Valentine, b. Feb. 17, 1796, daughter of 


Thomas and Abigail (Paine) Valentine of Freetown.* He was admit- 
ted to the Plymouth Bar, April, 1809; commissioned as a Justice of 
the Peace, in 1812. After having been in the practice of law a few 
years at Assonet (Freetown), and Fall River, he relinquished the 

profession and entered the United States Navy. He d. . His 

wife Elizabeth d. at Newport, P. I., July 19, 1841. 
Their children were — 

467. Amanda Malvina, 7 b. Dec. 19, 181.3 ; d. March 31, 1815. 

468. tAhraham, 7 b. June 23, 1816 ; m. Susan Blake. 


Hon. CHARLES JARVIS HOLMES, 6 (Abraham? Experience* 
Experience, 3 Abraham? William, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. at 
Rochester, May 9, 1790 ; m. 1, Oct. 17, 181 4, Cynthia Crocker. She 
d. Aug. 17, 1828, a. 40. 2, 1830, Louisa Haskell, dau. of Ebenezer 
and Bathsheba (Crocker) Haskell. She d. Oct. 11, 1846, a-. 44. 

He studied law in the office of his father in Rochester, and was 
admitted to the Plymouth Bar, in 1812, just before the commencement 
of the second war with Great Britain. He practised his profession in 
his native town more than a quarter of a century ; identified with the 
feelings and interests, and enjoying the confidence of his fellow citi- 
zens. He represented Rochester in the Legislature of Massachusetts 
in the years 1816, 1817, 1819, 1820, 1824, 1826, 1827, 1831, 1832. 
He was a Senator from Plymouth County, in 1829 and 1830 ; a 
member of the Executive Council, in 1835, and an Elector of Presi- 
dent and Vice President in 1836. He filled all these offices while re- 
siding in Rochester. 

In December, 1838, with a view to more extended professional 
practice, he removed to Taunton. In 1842, he was appointed by 
President Tyler, Collector of the Customs for Fall River; to which place 
he removed his residence. He remained there till towards the close of 
his life. He filled at various periods other offices of some importance, 
as Master in Chancery, Commissioner of Bankruptcy, &c. 

All the duties of these- offices he faithfully discharged. He was a 
man of ardent friendships, genial temperament, of a high sense of 
honor. His intellectual powers were strong and well cultivated, al- 
though he was not educated at college. He was a careful reader of 
the English classics, and a thorough student of the law. In political 
life, he was ardent, sanguine, strong in his convictions, and indefati- 
gable in maintaining them. He wrote his own epitaph, closing with 
these words : " By profession a lawyer ; by practice a peace-maker." 

He died at Fall River, May 13, 1859, a. 69. He was buried in the 
same Cemetery in Rochester, where repose the remains of his father, 
grandfather, great grandfather, and gr. gr. grandfather ; five genera- 

* Lot Strange had a dau. Philippa, who became the wife of John Payne. Their 
son, John Payne, m. Barbara Rice. Their dau. Abigail was the wife of Thomas 
Valentine, whose dau. Elizabeth married George Bonum Nye Holmes, in the text. 


His children were, by second marriage, and b. in Rochester — 

469. Emma Louisa, 7 b. Nov. 4, 1830; m. Aug. 20, 1856, Daniel Stilhvell of 
Fall River, son of Daniel and Sarah (Richmond) Stilhvell. Children — 

470. Louisa Holmes (Stillwell), b. April 17, 1858. 

471. Sarah Richmond (Stillwell), b. Nov. 21, 1861. 

472. Charles Jarvis, 7 b. March 4, 1^34 ; m. May 4, 1858, Mary A. Remington, 
dau. of Joshua and Joanna (Lawton) Remington. He is Cashier of the 
Wamsutta Bank, Fall River. Children — 

473. Mary Louisa, 8 b. Mav 15, 1859. 

474. Anna Cove/l, 3 b. March 5, 1861. 



ALEXANDER HOLMES, 7 (Joseph, 6 Joseph? Joseph* Joseph? 
John, 2 William, 1 ) eldest son of Joseph 6 and Lucy 6 Holmes of King- 
ston ; b. there, March 31, 1803; m. Eliza Ann Holmes 7 [389], b. 
Jan. 31, 1805, dau. of Jedidiah 6 and Priscilla Holmes. 

He resides in Kingston ; has long been President of the Old Colony 
and Fall River Rail Road, whose affairs he has managed with much 
ability and success. 

His children are — 

475. Joseph Alexander, 8 b. June 20, 1832. 

476. Frank Henry, 8 b. May 7, 1837. 


EDWARD HOLMES, 7 (Joseph, 6 Joseph, 5 Joseph* Joseph? John? 
William, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Kingston, Sept. 15, 1806; 
ro. 1, Eliza Bryant, who died, Dec. 15, 1842. 2, Abigail Bos- 
worth of Plympton. 

He has been a mariner and ship-builder ; now resides in Kingston. 

His children, by first wife, were — 

477. Ann Eliza, 8 b. Feb. 2, 1839. 

478. Edward Kent, 8 b. Jan. 20, 1841. 

479. Lemuel Bryant, 8 b. Nov. 24, 1842; was drowned, May 5, 1862, by the 

upsetting of his boat in the harbor ; Levi Prince and Daniel Ripley 
being drowned at the same time. 

By second wife — 

480. Abigail B. 8 

481. Paraclete W. 8 

482. Lucy. 8 


HORACE HOLMES, 7 (Joseph, 6 Joseph," Joseph,* Joseph, 3 John, 1 
William, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. Jan. 3, 1809; m. 1, Oct. 21, 
1837, Ann Gurley Bradford, who d. March 29, 1838. 2, Betsey 
Ward of Middleborough, who d. Sept. 4, 1844. 3, 1849, Nancy 

He resided in Kingston, and d. Jan. 17, 1855. His children were — 

By first wife — 

483. Horace Gurley, 8 b. March 25, 1838 ; d. Oct. 8, 1833. 


By second wife — 

484. Mary Ward, 8 b. July 27, 1842. 

485. Lucy, 8 deceased. 

By third wife — 

486. Gray. 8 


Dr. ERASTUS HOLMES, 7 ( William, 6 Melatiah? Joseph* Joseph? 
John? William, 1 ) son of "William 6 and Nancy Holmes ; b. in Kingston, 
Nov. 3, 1808; m. 1, Sept. 14, 1887, Sarah Jane Eliza Hunter, 
b. Sept. 14, 1811 ; d. May 23, 1851. 2, July 22, 1852, Kate Wil- 
liams, b. July 23, 1831. 

He grad. at a College in Western New York ; studied medicine ; set- 
tled at Mina Villa, Montgomery County, N. Y. He is now a practising 
physician in Auriesville, in the same County. 

His children were, by first wife, Sarah — 

487. William Jay, 8 b. Sept. 13, 1838; resides in the City of New York; is 

Deputy Superintendent of the New York and Erie Telegraph. 

488. Harriet Waters, 8 b. April 2, 1840 ; d. Jan. 2, 1841. 

489. Hector Hunter, 8 b. Feb. 5, 1842 ; d. April 6, 1844. 

490. Frank, 8 b. Jan. 23, 1845. 

491. Heber,» b. Sept. 6, 1847. 

492. liobert Hunter," b. July 17, 1850. 

By second wife, "Kate — 

493. Anna Putnam, 8 b. July 15, 1855. 

494. Charles Erastus, 8 b. March 9, 1860. 


JOSEPH HOLMES, 7 ( Tilden, 6 Ephraim? Ephraim 4 Joseph, 3 John, 2 
William, 1 ) youngest son of Tilden 6 and Eunice Holmes of Kingston ; 
b. Sept. 3, 1809; m. 1, Dec. 20, 1835, Elmira McLaughlin of 
Kingston, who died in 1842. 2, Sept. 5, 1849, Rebecca D. Chand- 
ler of Barre, Vt. 

His children were, by first wife — 

495. Elmira E., 3 b. March 9, 1837 ; d. Feb. 28, 1854. 

496. Charles H., 8 b. April 5, 1839. 

497. John Tilden, 8 b. Jan. 1841 ; d. Aug. 1842. 

By second wife — 

498. Sarah Semantha, 8 b. Aug. 1, 1850. 

499. John Tilden, 8 b. Dec. 7, 1852. 

500. Frank Doten, 8 b. Sept. ; d. Nov. 15, 18C2. 

501. Harriet Farnum, 8 b. May 1, 1857. 

502. Albert Curtis, 8 b. Nov. 28, 1860. 

503. Rebecca, 8 b. Sept. 15, 1862. 


NATHANIEL HOLMES, 7 {Nathaniel," Ephratm* Ephraim 4 Jo- 
seph? John,- William, 1 ) eldest son of Nathaniel 6 and Asenath (Chandler) 
Holmes of Kingston ; b. there, Nov. 27, 1799 ; m. Sept. 24, 1830, 
Hannah Church Taber of Washington, N. II., who was b. Nov. 
13, 1803. 


They reside at Boston. Their children, born in Boston, all of whom, 
except the eldest, died young, were — 

504. David Wilson, 8 b. July 9, 1831 ; m. May 1, 1856, Mary Anna Chesley 

Wedgewood. He is engaged in mercantile business" in Boston. To 
him the compiler is much indebted for information embodied in this 

505. Sophronia Johnson, 8 b. Oct. 23, 18?2 ; d. Aug. 20, 1833. 

506. William Hassam, 8 b. Jan. 22, 1835 ; d. Sept. 8, 1843. 

507. Calvin Magoun, 8 b. May 24, 1837; d. Dec. 2, 1837. 

508. Julia Maria, 8 b. Aug. 29, 1839 ; d. Jan. 19, 1842. 

509. Julia Hannah, 8 b. March 12, 1843 ; d. Aug. 4, 1843. 

510. Sarah Spencer, 8 b. May 15, 1846 ; d. April 29, 1847. 


Dr. EZEKIEL HOLMES, 7 {Nathaniel, 6 Ephraim? Ephraim 4 
Joseph? John, 1 William, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Kingston, 
Aug. 24, 1801 ; m. Aug. 14, 1825, Sarah Elizabeth Benson of 
Livermore, Me., who was b. July 21, 1800. 

He graduated at Brown Univ. 1821 ; took the degree of M. D. at 
Bowdoin Coll., 1824; practised medicine for a time; is now editor of 
the Maine Farmer, an agricultural paper, printed in Augusta, Me. 
He resides in Winthrop, Me. He was a candidate for Governor in 

His children are — 

511. Patrick Henrv, 8 b. May 31, 1826; m. Jan. 31, 1852', Marv W. Hilliard of 

Pembroke* Me. She d. Oct. 1860, a. 30. 

512. Sarah Elizabeth, 8 b. June 12, 1831 ; m. Aug. 6, 1849, Samuel Dexter 

Besse of Wayne, Me. 


PHILIP CHANDLER HOLMES, 7 {Nathaniel? Ephraim? Ephra- 
im? Joseph, 3 John, 2 William, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Kingston, 
Dec. 21, 1805 ; m. Sept. 9, 1833, at Boolhbay, Me., Sarah Ann Davis 
of Kennebunkport, Me. She was b. May 26, 1813. 

He conducts an Iron Foundry and Machine Shop in Gardiner, Me. 
His children are — 

513. George M., 8 b. June 14, 1835 ; m. Lizzie E. Lord. 

514. Philip Henry, 8 b. April 23, 1845. 


ASENATH HOLMES, 7 {Nathaniel, 6 Ephraim? Ephraim? Joseph, 3 
John? William, 1 ) only dau. of Nathaniel and Asenath Holmes, and 
sister of the preceding ; b. in Kingston, Dec. 22, 1807; m. Nov. 21, 
1827, John Mitchell of Kingston, who was b. Feb. 18, 1802. 

They reside in Kingston. Their children are — 

515. Benjamin Ransom (Mitchell), b. March 21, 1828. 

516. Julia Ann (Mitchell), b. March 20, 1836. 

517. Cordelia Frances (Mitchell), b. Oct. 17, 1844; d. Sept. 11, 1848. 


ALLYN HOLMES, 7 {Nathaniel? Ephraim? Ephraim, 4 Joseph? 
John? William?) brother of the preceding; b. in Kingston, Aug. 14, 


1809 ; m. Jan. 28, 1838, Hannah Jordan Sawyer of Webster, Me., 
who was b. March 11, 1811. 

They live in Kingston, at Blackwater, on the old homestead, which 
has been the family mansion during four whole generations. 

Their children are — 

518. Asenath Ann, 8 b. Nov. 11, 1838 ; d. at Gardiner, Me., Sept. 3, 1840. 

519. Allyn, 8 b. Dee. 17, 1841 ; of the Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Vol- 

unteers ; d. at Baton Rouge, La., March 28, 1S63. He was a young 
man of good principles, and of great promise. 

520. John Quincy, 8 b. Aug. 15, 1843 ; d. Aug. 1, 1844. 

521. Hannah Frances, 8 b. Aug. 30, 1845. 

522. Abby, 8 b. April 16, 1850; d. young. 

523. Abby Eldora, 8 b. Feb. 20, 1853. 


STEPHEN HOLMES, 7 (Nathaniel? Ephraim? Ephraim* Joseph? 
John? William?) brother of the preceding; b. in Kingston, Sept. 10, 
1815 ; m. Mahala Bartlett [209], daughter of Uriah and Olive 
(Holmes) Bartlett of Kingston. 

They reside in Kingston. Their children have been — 

524. Henry Smith, 8 b. Aug. 12, 1843. Of the Fourth Regiment Mass. Vols. 

525. Susan Brigham, 8 b. Oct. 28, 1845. 

526. Carrie Brooks, 8 b. Oct. 23, 1847. 

527. Olive Bartlett, 8 b. Sept. 17, 1849. 

528. Asenath Chandler, 8 b. March 20, 1851. 

529. Ichabod, 8 b. Nov. 22, 1852 ; d. Oct. 8, 1853. 

530. Addie Eugenia, 8 b. Aug. 25, 1854. 

531. George Bartlett, 8 b. Mav 24, 1856. 

532. Nathaniel Stephen,* b. Oct. 17, 1857 ; d. Sept. 8, 1859. 

533. Frederick, 8 b. March 17, 1859. 


GEORGE BASS HOLMES, 7 (Heman? Jonathan? Jonathan? Jo- 
seph? John? William?) son of Heman 6 and Mercy (Bass) Holmes of 
Kingston; b. April 1G, 1794; m. Oct. 15, 1822, his cousin Maria 
Holmes 7 [361], dan. of Col. Charles Holmes of Kingston. They re- 
side in Providence, R. I. 

Their children were — 

534. Maria Waldo, 8 b. Jan. 14, 1824. 

535. Rebecca Briggs, 8 b. March 20, 1830; m. Charles J. Dow, Boston, Dec. 10, 

1851. He d. at Brooklyn, N. Y., Dec. 10, 1859, a. 40. 

536. George Heman, 8 b. April 14, 1832 ; d. Aug. 17, 1833. 

537. Lucy Ames, 8 b. Dec. 3, 1835. 

538. Henry Greene, 8 h. June 24, 1840; d. Nov. 24, 1842. 

539. Amefia Frances, 8 b. July 23, 1842 ; d. April 3, 1846. 

540. William Preston, 8 b. July 15, 1844 ; d. Sept. 16, 1845. 


HENRY HOLMES, 7 (Heman? Jonathan, 5 Jonathan. 4 Joseph? 
John? William?) son of Heman 6 and Polly (Bailey) Holmes; b. Nov. 
24, 1803; m. Nov. 21, 1827, Laura Beard of Keene, N. II. 

He d. March 10, 1850. She d. Aug. 4, 1847. 

Their children were — 

541. Mary Amanda, 8 b. Oct. 5, 1828; m. July 2, 1859, Charles Dauforth of 

Concord, N. H. 


542. Heman Henry, 8 b. Aug. 3, 1830 ; d. Nov. 23, 1832. 

543. Lucy Goodnow, 8 b. March 15, 1833; d. Feb. 28, 1836. 

544. Laura Frances, 8 b. March 20, 1836 ; m. Dec. 24, 1857, Burrill H. Kittredge 

of Nelson, N. H. 


CHRISTIANA HOLMES, 7 (Charles? Jonathan," Jonathan* Jo- 
seph, 3 John, 2 William, 1 ) dau. of Col. Charles 6 and Rebecca (Briggs) 
Holmes of Kingston; b. Oct. 11, 1798 ; m. Oct. 8, 1822, John Tillson 
of Halifax, who was b. March 13, 1796, and d. at Peoria, Illinois, Mav 
11, 1853. 

Their children were — 

545. Charles Holmes (Tillson), b. Sept. 15, J 823; resides in St. Louis, Mo. 

546. John (Tillson), b. Oct. 12, 1825; m. Oct. 22, 1851, Ann Eliza Wood, dau. 

of John Wood of Quincy, 111. He is now, 1862, Colonel of the 107th 
Illinois Regiment of Volunteers. Children — 

547. Ann Eliza (Tillson), b. Sept. 25, 1852. 

548. Ada Maria (Tillson), b. Feb. 16, 1854. 

549. Carrie (Tillson), b. Jan. 17, 1856. 

550. John Wood (Tillson) b. Sept. 15, 1859. 

551. Robert Hiram (Tillson), b. at Hillsboro', 111., Oct. 22, 1830; resides in 

New York City. 

552. Christiana Holmes (Tillson), b. at Brookline, Mass., Feb. 25, 1838; resides 

in Quincy, 111. 


CHARLES HOLMES, 7 (Charles, 6 Jonathan,' Jonathan,* Joseph, 3 
John, 2 William, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Kingston, Jan. 17, 
1804 ; ra. Dec. 1, 1831, Susan S. Wyman. 

They reside in St. Louis, Mo. Their children have been — 

553. Susan Maria, 8 b. Nov. 22, 1832 ; d. July 1, 1833. 

554. Charles Francis, 8 b. April 20, 1836; m. Mary L. Parry, Oct. 7, 1859. 

Thev reside in St. Louis. Children — 

555. Charles Edwin, 9 b. April 15, 1860; <1. July 12, 1860. 

556. Laura, 9 b. Nov. 28, 1861. 


LUCIA HOLMES, 7 (Charles? Jonathan," Jonathan* Joseph, 3 John, 2 
William, 1 ) sister of the preceding; b. in Kingston, Nov. 3, 1806; m. 
Lucius Kingman. 

She d. Nov. 21, 1845. Her children were — 

557. Adeline (Kingman), b. Sept. 6, 1836 ; d. Sept. 7, 1838. 

558. Ada (Kingman), b. April 15, 1838 ; d. Sept. 6, 1838. 

559. Lucius (Kingman), b. Sept. 11, 1839; belongs to the Second Regiment of 

Kansas Cavalry. 

560. Lucia (Kingman), b. Nov. 16, 1841 ; d. Nov. 14, 1843. 

561. Eugene (Kingman), b. Aug. 8, 1843. 

562. Ambrose (Kingman), b. Nov. 18, 1845>; d. same day. 


HIRAM HOLMES, 7 (Charles, 6 Jonathan," Jonathan,* Joseph, 3 John, 2 
William, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Kingston, March 8, 1809 ; 
m. 1, Sept. 8, 1842, Beulah P. Tufts of Charlestown, Mass., who d. 
Sept. 22, 1853, a. 31. 2, Dec. 12, 1855, Sarah E. Gilbert of Glou- 
cester, Mass. 


They have resided at several places in Illinois, and now reside in 
Peoria, in that State. Their children have heen — 

563. A son, h. at Audubon, 111., Mav 29, 1843 ; d. June 1, 1S43. 

564. Hiram, 8 b. at Hillsboro', 111., Sept. 15, 1844. 

565. Beulah, 8 b. at Cedar Point, 111., Oct. 1, 1846 ; d. Aug. 26, 1847. 

566. Beulah, 8 b. Julv 29, 1848. 

567. Horace, 8 b. Aug. 7, 1850. 

568. Christiana,* b. March 27, 1853 ; d. Aug. 12, 1853. 

569. Edward Dolliver, 8 b. at Lasalle, 111., April 1, 1861. 


JOHN MARTIN HOLMES, 7 (Charles? Jonathan," Jonathan* 
Joseph, 3 John, 2 William, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Kingston, 
Nov. 5, 1813; m. Nov. 13, 1838, Sophia C. Wyman. 

He d. at St. Louis, Jan. 9, 1852; a. 38 years, 2 months. His chil- 
dren were — 

570. Edward Wyman, 8 b. Sept. 28, 1839 ; d. Oct. 16, 1849. 

571. Susan Frances, 8 b. Aug. 9, 1841. 

572. Ellen, 8 b. April 7, 1846. 

573. John Martin, 8 b. Jan. 25, 1848. 

574. George, 8 b. Nov. 9, 1849. 

575. Rebecca Waterman, 8 b. Dec. 31, 1S51 ; d. at Hillsboro', III., Feb. 5, 1863. 


GEORGE BRIGGS HOLMES, 7 {Charles? Jonathan," Jonathan* 
Joseph? John, 2 William, 1 ) youngest child of Col. Charles 6 and Rebecca 
(Briggs) Holmes; b. in Kingston, Oct. 28, 181 G; m. May 9, 1850, 
Margaret J. Richey of Peru, Illinois. 

They reside at Topeka, Kansas. Their children have been — 

576. Rebecca Briggs, 8 b. March 7, 1851. 

577. Ella Maria, 8 'h. May 22, 1854 ; d. April 19, 1857. 

578. Susanna Richev, 8 ). . , T „„ ,„„ 

579. Christiana Tillson, 8 } tWinS « b " June 23 ' 18d3 - 

580. Ella Maria, 8 b. Dec. 3, 1S60 ; d. Sept. 18, 1861. 

581. A child, b. Dec. 3, 1862. 


GEORGE FRANCIS HOLMES, 7 (Daniel? Jonathan? Jonathan? 
Joseph? John? William?) son of Daniel 6 and Aminta (Day) Holmes ; 
b. at Alfred, Me., Jan. 24, 1807 ; m. Rhoda Ann Baldwin of New 
York City, who was b. June 6, 1810. 

They resided in New York City. Their children have been — 

582. Aminta B., 8 b. Aug. 1, 1834. 

583. George F., 8 b. Dec. 12, 1836 ; m. Mary A. Jeffries. 

584. Ellen W., 8 b. Feb. 12, 1843. 

585. Henry D., 8 b. June 3, 1848. 


JOEL DAY HOLMES, 7 (Daniel? Jonathan? Jonathan? Joseph? 
John? William?) son of Daniel 6 and Mercy (Day) Holmes; b. in 
Alfred, Me., April 3, 1813; m. Marandis D.Bennett of Wilbraham, 
Mass., who was b. Dec. 29, 182G. 


They reside in Hillsborough, Illinois. Their children, all b. in Hills- 
borough, have been — 

586. Marv M., 8 b. Jan. 1.3, 1845. 

587. Morrill D., 8 b. Sept. 5, 1848. 

588. Joel F., 8 b. Dec. 29, 1849. 

589. Lucv N., 8 b. Feb. 9, 1852 ; d. Aug. 14, 1852. 

590. Edward^ b. Aug. 16, 1854 ; d. Aug. 30, 1854. 

591. Alice A., 8 b. March 28, 1857 ; d. Sept. 13, 1857. 


WILLIAM HENRY HOLMES, 7 {Lewis, 6 Jedidiah? Jonathan* 
Joseph, 3 John, 2 William, 1 ) son of Lewis 6 and Sophia Holmes; b. in 
Kingston, June 13, 1824; m. Oct. 5, 1847, Harriet Handy of 
Providence, R. I. 

They reside in Providence. Their children have been — 

592. Isabel Barber, 8 b. Dec. 9, 1848 ; d. Aug. 11, 1853. 

593. William Lewis, 8 b. May 31, 1851. 

594. Mary Ella, 8 b. Julv 22, 1853. 

595. George Henry, 8 b. June 13, 1858. 


LOTHROP TURNER HOLMES, 7 (Martin, 6 Jedidiah," Jonathan* 
Joseph, 3 John, 2 William, 1 ) son of Martin 6 and Mary Turner (Johnson) 
Holmes; b. April 29, 1824; m. Elizabeth Washburn, who was b. in 
Kingston, Oct. 18, 1831. 

They reside in Providence, R. I. Their children have been — 

596. Mary E., 8 b. March 3, 1849 ; d. Jan. 3, 1861. 

597. Emma F., 8 b. Sept. 1, 1850 ; d. March 26, 1851. 

598. Edgar D., 8 b. Nov. 23, 1851. 

599. An infant son, d. March 11, 1856. 


ORSAMUS HOLMES MARSHALL, 7 Esq., (Ruth flolmrs* Orsa- 
mus,* Jlezekiah, 4 William, 9 Josiah? William, 1 ) only son of Dr. John Ellis 
Marshall and of Ruth Holmes his wife ; b. Feb. 1, 1813 ; m. Feb. 20, 
1838, Millicent Ann De Angelis, dau. of Judge Pascal Charles 
Joseph De Angelis of Holland Patent, Oneida County, N. Y., by his 
wife, Elizabeth Webb, dau. of William Webb of Haddam, Ct* 

He was fitted for College by Dr. Andrew Yates in his Polytechny at 
Chittenango, Madison County, N. Y. ; graduated at Union College in 
1831 ; and after attending a course of study in Yale College Law 
School, was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 1834. 
Ever since that time he has continued to reside in the City of Buffalo, 
as a practising Attorney and Counsellor at Law. 

* Judge De Angelis, was born, Oct. 14, 1763, in the Island of St. Eustatia, in 
the West Indies. He was married to Elizabeth Webb, March 8, 1791. His father's 
name was Constant Petit De Angelis, a native of Naples, a younger son of a noble 
family, and early destined for the Church. Disliking that profession, he left his 
home", and subsequently resided at Cayenne, where he married his wife, whose name 
was Hannah Le Movne. Judge De Angelis died at Holland Patent, Oneida Co., 
N. Y., Sept. 8, 1839. He was a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of that 


His children are — 

600. John Ellis" (Marshall), b. Aug. 5, 1839; grad. Yale College, 1861; 

joined the army in the autumn of that year, as First Lieutenant in the 
Second Regiment of New York State Artillery, and Aid-de-Camp on the 
Staff of Brig. Gen. W. F. Barry, Chief of Artillery in the Army of the 
Potomac j with whom he passed through the trials and danger's of the 
Peninsular Campaign, displaying much ability, courage, and energy, 
lie has just l>een appointed (March, 1863) Assistant Adjutant General, 
witli the rank of Captain, in the office of the Inspector of Artillery at 

601. Charles De Angelis 8 (Marshall), b. Nov. 14, 1841. 

602. Elizabeth Coe s (Marshall), b. June 4, 1847. 


ABRAHAM HOLMES, 7 {George B. N.? Abraham," Expe- 
rience, 4 Experience? Abraham, 2 William, 1 ) only son of George B. N. 
Holmes; b. June 23, 1816 ; m. May 23, 1844, Susan Blake, b. Jun. 
8, 1814, dau. of Samuel and Susanna (Bates) Blake of Abington. 

He has resided, since 1843, in South Abington. Their children are — 

603. George Nve, 8 1». Feb. 4, 1845. 

604. Samuel B'lake, 8 b. July 17, 1846. 

605. Susan Elizabeth, 8 b. Julv 11, 1848. 

606. Sally Blake, 8 b. Feb. is", 1851. 

607. Mary Robinson, 8 b. May 21, 1853 ; d. Nov. 19, 1856. 

608. William Ennis, 8 b. June 29, 1855 ; d. Aug. 15, 1856. 

609. Benjamin Blake, 8 b. Oct. 13, 1857. 

The following record of the family of Myron Holmes [281], was 
received from him after the sheet containing the imperfect account, on 
page 224, was printed : — 

MYRON HOLMES, 6 b. May 10, 1795; m. 1, May 15, 1817, 
Sarah Taylor, who d. July 3, 1847. 2, April 8, 1849, Mary Jane 

Grant, who d. . 3, . The name of the third wife does 

not appear. 

His children, by first wife, Avere — 

610. Orilla, 7 b. March 10, 1818; m. Jan. 25, 1837, Herman B. Benedict of 

Booneville, Missouri. She d. Sept. 2, 1838. 

611. Diantha, 7 b. Sept. 2, 1819; m. Jan. 4, 1838, Seymour Ensign of Chau- 

tauqua County. She died April 4, 1844. 

612. Vallona, 7 b. June 27, 1822 ; in. in 1839, Herman B. Benedict, her brother- 

in law. Children — 

613. Annetta (Benedict). 615. Marion (Benedict). 

614. Herbert (Benedict). 616. Lillian (Benedict). 

617. Condon, 7 b. March 11, 1827; m. Sept. 26, 1847, Mary E. Conant. 
Children — 
618. Ida. 8 619. Emma. 3 

620. Rush, 7 b. June 27, 1833; d. July 14, 1849. 

By second wife — 

621. Addison L., 7 b. 185-. 622. Myron D., 7 b. 185-. 

gg 3 Further information respecting the descendants of William 
Holmes 1 of Marshfield, is solicited from persons who may possess the 
same. It may be transmitted to the. Compiler, at South Boston, Mass., 
or to Mr. David W. Holmes, care of Ross & Pearce, Liberty Square, 



The compiler of this volume, who is a descendant of the Jennison 
family, had begun to investigate its history and had written out a 
Memoir, occupying a dozen pages quarto, as long ago as March, 1852. 
A year afterwards, it accidentally came to his knowledge, that Dr. Bond 
of Philadelphia had compiled a brief account of the Jennisons ; and 
a proof-sheet containing this account was put into his hands. Finding 
therein some errors and deficiencies, he wrote to Dr. Bond on the sub- 
ject ; and the result was the enlarged and corrected account, which is 
inserted in the Second Part of that most elaborate and admirable work, 
The Watertown Genealogies, pp. 801-814, prepared for it by 
the present writer and his esteemed friend, Rev. Edwin Jennison, whom 
he had the pleasure of introducing to the author of the volume just 
referred to. 

The account of the Jennisons, which has already appeared in Dr. 
Bond's work, does not render the ensuing Memoir unnecessary. In the 
following pages, large additions have been made ; many errors have 
been corrected ; a new and better arrangement has been introduced ; 
and a copious Index at the end of the volume will enable the reader 
to lind any name without loss of time. Dr. Bond's work has no Index ; 
a most serious deficiency. 

To the ensuing Memoir, a few notices of the name as existing in 
England are here prefixed. The number might be greatly increased. 

Thomas Ward, a papist in the sixteenth century, published a Poem, 
entitled " England's Reformation," recounting the persecutions, as he 
regarded them, suffered by the Roman Catholics, and the secularization 
of the abbeys and other religious houses under Henry VIII. In this 
connection, he says — 

" The learned abbot Farringdon, 

And Commissary Peterson, 
John Beck, abbot of Colchester, 
And Jennison, renowned in war, 
Were put to death ," etc. 

This Jennison, he adds in a note, " was a Knight of Malta." 
The following is an extract from " The History of Popish Sham 
Plots," etc., printed London, 1G82 : — 


" We must not here forget, how Mr. Tho. Jennison, a Jesuite, and 
then in Newgate for the Plot (though dead since) endeavored to 
frighten his brother, Mr. Eobert Jennison, from prosecuting his dis- 
covery, by charging him, in a letter he wrote to him, with the blood of 
an innocent man, and a kinsman, perjury, perfidiousness, apostasy, 
imitating, yea, outdoing Judas himself, and then devoting him to 
destruction, in several verses collected out of the Psalms. But he, 
being wholly innocent of all these crimes, slighted this vain and empty 
thunder ; for as birds flying, so the curse causeless shall not come ; and 
his brother could not pervert him, though he did the Holy Scriptures." 
Pp. 39, 40. 

This Eobert Jennison, it appears, was " a Gentleman of Gray's Inn," 
who bore testimnoy, in 1678, in concurrence with Oates, Bedloe, 
Prance, Dugdale, and others, to the existence of a Popish plot to 
murder King Charles II., set fire to London, murder the Protestants, 
and elevate the Duke of York to the throne. 

Thoresby, in his Diary, speaks of Sir Ralph Jenison of Newcastle, 
in 1681, and of Walworth Hall, "a delicate seat of the Jenisons," near 
Peirce Bridge. 

The niece and heiress of Sir Matthew Jenison married Sir Samuel 
Gordon, who was created a baronet in 1764. They were the parents 
of Sir Jenison William Gordon, " customer," or collector, of the port 
of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who died in 1831, aged 84. 


Among the early settlers of Watertown, were two who bore the 
name of Jexnisox, William and Robert. They were brothers. 

The New England families, now bearing this name, are all, it is be- 
lieved, descendants from Robert. But as William was the more eminent 
of the two, and as he occupies an honorable place in the early history of 
the country, this Memoir would not be complete without some notice of 

WILLIAM JENNISON, 1 * the elder of the two brothers, came 
from England in the fleet, and probably in the ship Arbella, (properly 
Arabella) with Winthrop, in 1 630. No notice has been discovered of 
either wife or children. 

His name appears on the list of those who first signified their'" desire 
to be made freemen," Oct. 19, 1630; and he was admitted freeman 
on the 18th of May following; the earliest date of the admission of 
any persons of the Colon}'. There is no reason to doubt that he came 
to Watertown at its earliest planting, and that he was one of the forty 
men, who with " that excellent knight," Sir Eichard Saltonstall, united 

* He wrote his name Jenison ; so did his brother Robert ; and this continued 
to be the prevailing orthography during the first four generations. But as the name 
is now invariably written Jennison, and was sometimes so written in the early 
times, we shall so write it throughout. ♦ 


in the formation of the church there, July 30, 1630. He was a leading 
man in that town, and was chosen selectman, from 1634 to 1644, with 
the exception of one year. He was one of the first three Commission- 
ers for Watertown, appointed in 1638, " to end small causes" ; and he 
appears to have held this office, by re-appointments, until his return to 
England. The Colonial Records show that the Court had great confi- 
dence in his capacity and integrity. He received numerous appoint- 
ments on committees, of which he was often chairman, for determining 
boundaries between towns, and for laying out new towns ; also to con- 
sider questions of taxation, Indian affairs, and contested land claims. 

The prefix " Mr." was commonly attached to his name ; it was then 
an honor sparingly bestowed. He was Deputy, or Representative, of 
the town in the General Court, from 1635 to 1642 ; also 1645. 

Aug. 16, 1631, "Mr. William Jennison was chosen," by the Court, 
" Ancient [Ensign] to Capt. Patrick." Captain Daniel Patrick of 
Watertown, had been a soldier in the Prince's Guard in Holland. He 
and Capt. John Underbill of Boston, were appointed, in Sept. 1630, to 
have the charge of military affairs in the Colony, which office they 
continued to hold till 1637. Mr. Jennison was Ensign till March 9, 
1636-7, when he was chosen Captain of the Watertown Train-band; 
which office he held till his return to England. He was, so far as we 
are informed, the first captain of that train-band, or company; the 
order for the organization of the military force of the Colony in three 
regiments, composed of town companies, having been passed only in the 
December previous. 

Mr. John Oldham having been murdered in July, 1636, by the Pe- 
quod Indians, a force of ninety men was sent from the Colony of 
Massachusetts Bay, in September following, to punish those Indians 
for that atrocity. This force was placed under four commanders, of 
which Ensign Jennison was one. In May, 1637, Captain Jennison was 
appointed by the Court one of four commissioners for providing men, 
munitions, and provisions, for this dangerous Avar. He was an original 
member of the "Great Artillery Company," incorporated March 13, 
1638-9, which has long and favorably been known as "The Ancient 
and Honorable Artillery Company." 

He had a homestall of fifty acres, on the north side of what is now 
Mount Auburn Street, between Common and School Streets, a little to 
the south of Strawberry or School-House Hill. This was much larger 
than the average of the homestalls or home-lots, assigned to the first 
settlers by the freemen of the town. Few of them exceeded sixteen 
acres. Probably, Capt. Jennison had at first a smaller lot, afterwards 
increased by grant or purchase to fifty acres. We find, indeed, that he 
was grantee of eleven lots, of which he had sold seven before 1 644. 
Besides his homestall, he had 220 acres of land in Watertown. The 
Court also granted him, Sept. 3, 1638, two hundred acres of land, in 
what was afterwards Framingham. 

About 1645, he sold his homestall to Rev. John Knowles, who had 
been ordained, Dec. 9, 1640, as the colleague pastor of the Rev. 
George Phillips, over the Church in Watertown. Soon after this, 
Capt. William Jennison went to England, where he resided during the 
remainder of his life. He was " of Colchester, Old England," April 


8, 1657, when his brother Robert, as his attorney, conveyed to Ed- 
mund Rice two hundred acres of land in Framingham, granted to him 
in 1038, by the General Court, as already stated; bounded west by 
the Dunster farm, north by Sudbury line, east by Watertown line, 
south by Dedham bounds. Watertown at that time included Waltham, 
Weston, and most of Lincoln. This conveyance shows that William 
Jennison was living in England, in 1657, and renders it probable that 
the Jennison family came from Colchester, in Essex. At what time 
he died, we are not informed. 

For a view of Capt. Jennison's character and worth, see Winthrop, 
II. 176. 

He was a staunch friend of civil and religious liberty ; and some- 
times a sufferer for this cause. He was fined £20 by the Court, Oct. 
6, 1634, "for upbraiding the Court with injustice, uttering these words, 
' I pray God, deliver me from this Court ;' professing he had waited 
from Court to Court, and could not have justice done him." This, of 
course, was an arbitrary and high-handed proceeding. At the next 
Court, April 7, 1635, this fine was remitted. Not far from this time, 
he was arraigned tor privately expressing his opinion in reference to 
the course pursued by the British Parliament. He refused to vote for 
the condemnation and banishment of Mrs. Anne Hutchinson, in 1637. 

The foregoing notice of William Jennison is gathered chiefly from 
Bond's Watertown Genealogies. 


ROBERT JENNISON,' brother of the preceding, was, as already 
stated, the ancestor of the existing New England families. He was 
probably several years younger than William. His name is not on the 
earliest list of Watertown Proprietors (Feb. 1636-7), but he was 
certainly there at that time, or very shortly after, as he had a daughter 
born in that town, April 1637; the earliest notice of him which has 
been discovered. He was admitted freeman, in May, 1645. 

He was grantee of six lots of land, in Watertown. His homestall of 
six acres was in the angle where Cambridge Road and Bank Lane 
began, a little to the east from Mill Bridge.* Besides this, we find him 
in 1644, in possession of eighty-five acres; and he afterwards seems to 
have been the possessor of much more. 

In a deed given by him, Aug. 10, 1672, he calls himself "yeoman." 
His will is dated Sept. 15, 1683, with a codicil, April 2, 1687 ; proved 
Oct. 7, 1600; recorded Midd. Prob. 7 : 09. He gives to his wife his 
whole estate, during her natural life ; to his dau. Michal Warren, forty 
shillings ; to his son-in-law George Read, twenty shillings ; to his 
grandson William Jennison, forty acres of land, " which was my broth- 
er's, formerly granted to him by this town ;" to his grandson Robert 
Jennison, thirty acres of my farm, " which was formerly my brother 
William Jennison's." After the wife's death, his son Samuel is to have 
the whole estate, except as above given. His son Samuel Jennison 
is appointed Executor. Inventory taken July 24, 1600. 

* His homestall was cast of the lowest falls on Charles River, at the head of 
tide-water. " Cambridge Road," i. e., the road to the College, is now called Mount 
Auburn Street. 


He died July 4, 1G90. 

He was twice married; 1, to Elizabeth , who d. Oct. 30, 

1638, a. 30. 2, to Grace , who d. Nov. 26, 1686. 

His children were — by first wife, Elizabeth — 

2. Elizabeth, 2 b. April 12, 1637 ; m. in Woburn, Oct. 4, 1652, George Read, b. 

1629, son of William and Mabel Read of Woburn. She died Feb. 26, 
1664-5, aj. 28. 

By second wife, Grace — 

3. Michal, 2 b. Dee. 17, 1640 ; m. 1, Feb. 10, 1657-8, Richard Bloys, 2 or Blois, 

son of Edmund and Marv Blovs of Watertown, and had by him, Richard? 
b. Dec. 7, 1659; Mary', 3 b. Dec. 11, 1661; Miclial, 3 b. April 3, 1664. 
2, July 11, 1667, Capt. John Warren, 2 b. 1622, son of John 1 and Mar- 
garet Warren. They had, Margaret, 3 b. 1668; Sarah 3 1670-1 ; Elisabeth 3 
1673 ; Mart/, 3 1675 ; John, 3 1678 ; Grace 3 1679-80; Samuel, 3 1683. She d., 
a widow, July 14, 1713. 

4. Samuel, 2 b. Dec. 15, 1642; d. in infancy. 

5. ISamuel, 2 b. 1645 ; m. Judith Macomber, 1666. 

There may have been others, for the records are imperfect. 


Ensign SAMUEL JENNISON, 2 son of Robert 1 and Grace Jennison 
of Watertown; b. there, 1645; m. Oct. 30, 1666, Judith Macomber. 

He spent his life in Watertown, and had for those days a handsome 
property, chiefly in land. In sundry deeds, he is called "yeoman," 
and "gentleman." He was admitted freeman, Oct. 11, 1682; and was 
town clerk, in 1691. His will, dated Nov. 30, 1700; proved Nov. 3, 
1701 ; recorded Midd. Prob. 10 : 167 ; makes bequests to wife Judith, 
eldest son Samuel, second son William Jennison of Sudbury, son Peter, 
youngest son Robert, then a minor ; also to eldest dau. Judith Barnard, 
second dau. Rachel Barron, dau. Grace Holden, youngest dau. Lydia, 
then under eighteen years of age ; also ten shillings apiece to my five 
grandchildren now living, viz., Mary Jennison, James Barnard, Samuel 
Barnard, Timothy Barron, and John Holden. Also to my grandchild 
Joseph Bowman, forty acres of my farm in Watertown. 

Inventory, dated Oct. 31, 1701; house, &c, £95 ; farm, 50 acres, 
£90 ; farm, 20 acres, £60 ; 12 acres in lieu of township, &c, £5 ; one 
acre of meadow, £10. Total, real and personal estate, £383.1. As 
the currency was not then depreciated, the whole amount was equiva- 
lent to 1270 silver dollars, which in those days entitled the possessor to 
be considered a rich man. 

He died Oct. 15, 1701. His widow Judith, died March 1, 1722-3. 

Their children, all b. in Watertown, were — 

6. Judith, 3 b. Aug. 13, 1667 ; m. 1, Dec. 16, 1692, James Barnard, 3 b. Jan. 14, 
1666-7, son of John, 2 and grandson of John 1 and Phebe Barnard, who 
embarked at Ipswich, England, April 10, 1634, for New England, and 
settled in Watertown. They had James* 1696; Samuel, 4 1699; Isaac* 
1702; Hannah* 1705. James Barnard, d. Jan. 23, 1725-6, and the 
widow m. 2, Mav 30, 1726, John Bemis, 2 b. Aug. 1659; his third wife. 
He d. Oct. 24, 1732. All of Watertown. 


7. Mercy, 3 b. Jan. 23, 1669-70 ; d. Feb. 28, 1671-2. 

8. Rachel.s b. Oct. 8, 1671; m. 1, March 10, 1698-9, Timothy Barron, 3 b. 

April 18, 1673, son of Ellis, 2 and grandson of Ellis Barron, 1 who was 
freeman, 1641. They had Joseph* 1698; Timothy* 1700; Peter* 1702. 
2, before 1721, John King. 

She had also an illegitimate son, Joseph Bowman, b. Sept. 16, 1697, 
mentioned in the will of her father, Samuel Jennison. 2 He was son of Joseph 
Bowman, b. May 18, 1674; afterwards a Captain and Justice of Peace, in 
9. ISamuel, 3 b. Oct. 12, 1673 ; m. Mary Stearns. 

10. t William 3 ( > m. Elizabeth Gokling. 

11. Elizabeth, 3 ) ' ' ' ' J d. before her father. 

12. Grace, 3 !). Feb. 11, 1678-9; m. Nov. 7, 1699, John Holden, 2 b. July 18, 

1675, son of Justinian Holden, 1 who embarked at Ipswich, England, 
April, 1634, a. 23, and settled at Watertown. 

13. tPeter, 3 b. Oct. 1, 1681 ; m. Jane 

14. tRobert, 3 b. July 24, 1684; m. Dorothy (Thomas) Whittemore. 

15. Lydia, 3 b. May 18, 1688; m. May 5, 1705, John Train, 3 b. Oct. 31, 1682, 

son of John, 2 and grandson of John Train, 1 who came to America, iu 
1635, a. 25, and settled in " Watertown Earms," now Weston. 



SAMUEL JENNISON, 3 (Samuel? Robert, 1 ) son of Samuel 2 and 
Judith Jennison of "Watertown ; b. there, Oct. 12, 1G73 ; m. Nov. 2, 
1699, Mary Stearns, 3 b. April 5, 1G79, dau. of Samuel 2 and Hannah 
(Manning) Stearns of "Watertown.* 

He was a " yeoman," a man of much respectability, as may be seen 
in the marriage connections of his children. He spent all his days in 
Watertown, and died there intestate, Dec. 2, 1730. His widow Mary 
and eldest son Samuel were appointed administrators, Dec. 28, 1730. 
[Midd. Prob. 19 : 162. 

His children, all b. in "Watertown, were — 

16. Mary, 4 b. Aug. 17, 1700; m. Nov. 6, 1733, John Gerrish of Salem. 

17. Hannah, 4 b. July 17, 1702; m. 1, Feb. 15, 1724-5, Jonathan Stone, 4 b. 

1702, son of Jonathan 3 and Ruth (Eddy) Stone. He d. Oct. 27,1725. 
2, Sept. 4, 1729, John Goddard 3 of Brookline, b. 1699; his second wife. 
She d. Dec. 4, 1777. He removed to Worcester, where he d. June 26, 
1785, x. 87. Sec a full account of these families in Bond's Wat- 
ertown Genealogies. 

18. tSamuel, 4 b. Sept. 26, 1704; m. Abigail Holden. 

19. tWilliam, 4 b. Feb. 6, 1706-7 ; m. Abigail Lindall. 

20. tNathaniel, 4 b. April 5, 1709; m. Abigail Mead, 

21. tJohn, 4 b. Feb. 19, 1710-11 ; m. Mary Hubbard. 

* Samuel Stearns, 2 b. April 24, 1638; d. Aug. 3, 1683; was son of Isaac 
Stearns, 1 who came from England in 1630, in the fleet with Winthrop, and, there 
is reason to believe, in the same ship, the Arbella. He was admitted freeman, 
May 18, 1631 ; settled in Watertown, near Mount Auburn, where he was Select- 
man several years; and died June 19, 1671. His wife Mart d. April 2, 1677. He 
probably came from the parish of Nayland, in Suffolk. He has had numerous 
descendants, of whom see an extended account in Bond's Watertown Genealogies, 
pp. 450-552. 

Hannah Manning, wife of Samuel Stearns, 2 was b. June 21, 1642, eldest dau. of 
William and Dorothy Manning of Cambridge. She d. Feb. 26, 1723-4. 


22. Lydia, 4 b. April 2, 1712; m. Jan. 11, 1736-7, Rev. Ebenezer White/* 

b. at Brookline, March 29, 1713; son of Deacon Benjamin White of 
that town ; H. C. 1733 ; ord. pastor of North Precinct of Norton, (after- 
wards, April, 1770, incorporated as the town of Mansfield,) Feb. 23, 
1737, being the first minister of that Society ; was frequently interrupted 
in the discharge of his ministerial duties by ill health, but continued in 
the pastoral office there, till his death, Jan. 18, 1761. He protested with 
some other ministers, against Mr. Whitefield, and the Revival of 1740, in 
an uncandid, ill-natured document, which may be found in Tracy's 
" Great Awakening," p. 363. His wife Lydia d. March 28, 1749, a. 37. 
His second wife was Hannah Richards of Milton. His children, by 
Lvdia Jennison, were — 
'John (White), b. 1737 ; d. Nov. 23, 1743. 

Betsey (White), ; m. Lincoln of Norton. 

Ebenezer (White), b. March 31, 1742; m. Mary Hinks of Boston, 

Mart/ (White), ; m. Lemuel Fisher, April 7, 1763. 

. Margaret (White), ; m. Job Hodges, April 15, 1771. 

23. Abigail, 4 'b. April 22, 1715 ; m. in Lunenburg, Sept. 24, 1739, Jonathan Hub- 

bard 5 of that place, afterwards of Charlestown, N. H. He was son of 
Major Jonathan Hubbard of Concord, and brother of the five ladies men- 
tioned, p. 35, note. Also, see p. 247. Their second dau. Abigail, b. iu 

Lunenburg, Sept. 17, 1742, m. 1, Giles; 2, Stevens of Goshen, 

N. H She had no children. 

24. Mercy, 4 b. March 11, 1717-18; m. June 26, 1740, Dr. Stanton Prentice of 

Lancaster. He was b. 1711, son of Rev. John Prentice of Lancaster. 
See Prentice Genealogy, p 167. She d. 1756, and he m. Jan. 5, 1758, 
Rebecca Stevens of Groton. He d. Dec. 1, 1769, a. 58. 

55. Sarah, 4 b. Aug. 1720 ; d. Nov. 1720. 

26. Eunice, 4 b. Feb. 1721-2 ; m. July 11, 1739, Joshua Richardson 4 of Woburn, 
b. Oct. 18, 1716, son of Joshua, 3 who was son of Nathaniel, 2 and grandson 
of Thomas Richardson 1 of Woburn. For her family, see Vinton 
Memorial, p. 393. She d. in childbed, April 13, 1748, a. 26. 


Hon. WILLIAM JENNISON, 3 (Samuel, 2 Robert, 1 ) brother of the 
preceding; b. in Watertown, April 17, 1676; m. Elizabeth Gold- 
ing, b. Oct. 6, 1673, dau. of Peter and Sarah Golding, first of Boston, 
afterwards of Sudbury. We find in the Diary of Rev. Ebenezer 
Parkman of Westboro', mention made of " Mrs. Jennison's brother 
Golding." This is our authority for the statement now made. 

He settled at first in Sudbury, where his father gave him, Sept. 10, 
1700, one half of ninety-two acres, " for his natural love and affection." 
[Midd. Deeds, 12:556.] In this deed, he is called "husbandman." 
Afterwards, he removed to Worcester, where he was Judge of the Com- 
mon Pleas. He d. Sept. 19, 1744, a. 68. His widow, Elizabeth, d. 
Dec. 2, 1756, a. 83. Her will was proved, 1757 ; Luke Brown, 
[husband of her daughter Lydia] executor. 

* Pedigree of Rev. Ebenezer White : — 

I. JOHN WHITE, 1 settled in Brookline, (then Muddy River) as early as 

1666. His will is dated April 30, 1691 ; proved March 8, 1692; recorded 
Stiff. Prob. 8 : 75. His widow, Frances, d. Feb. 26, 1695-6. He had three 
sons — John, 2 Joseph, 9 Benjamin. 2 The second of these — 

II. Joseph White 2 of Brookline, had three sons— Rev. John, 3 b. 1677 ; H. C. 
1698 ; ord. pastor, Gloucester, April 21, 1703 ; d. Jan. 16, 1760. He was an 
eminent minister in his day. Samuel, 3 Esq., and Benjamin. 3 

III. Dea. Benjamin White, 3 the third of these, was also of Brookline. His 
children were — Joseph,* Benjamin* Moses,* Ebenezer,* Sarah,* m. Davis ; 
Hannah* m. Seaver. 



Their children were — 

27. Samuel, 4 b. May 10, 1701; H. C. 1720; preached as a candidate in Rut- 
land, 1721 ; taught school in Sudbury, 1722; d. unm. Oct. 14, 1729. 

2b. Abigail, 4 b. Dec. 1702; m. Capt. David Baldwin, 3 b. in Woburn, April 9, 
1696, son of Henry, 2 who was son of Henry 1 and Phebe (Richardson) 
Baldwin of the same place. They lived in Sudbury. For their family, 
see Vinton Memorial, p. 378. 

29. Elizabeth, 4 b. July 12, 1704 ; m. John Coggin. She d. Jan. 25, 1725. He 

was of Woburn; b. Aug. 3, 1699, son of Capt. John and Elizabeth 
(Richardson) Coggin of that place. See Vinton Memorial, p. 381. After 
her death, he m. Aug. 31, 1726, Sarah Wyman, 3 b. Feb. 2, 1698, dau. of 
Samuel 2 and Rebecca (Johnson) Wyman of Woburn. She d. May 22, 
1732. See Geneal. Reg., Vol. III., p. 37. Four of the sisters of the 
second wife married Richardsons. See Vinton Memorial, pp. 382, 386, 

30. Lydia, 4 b. April 11, 1706 ; m. Luke Brown of Worcester. 

31. Mary, 4 b. Aug. 21, 1708 ; m. (a second wife) Dec. 29, 1729, Capt. Thomas 

Stearns, 3 son of John, 2 who was son of Charles Stearns, 1 an early settler 
of VVatertown. He was freeman, 1646, and a "kinsman" of Isaac 
Stearns, already mentioned. Capt. Thomas Stearns was an innkeeper of 
Worcester; was executor of the will of his father-in-law, Hon. William 
Jennison. His wife, Mary, d. a widow, July 19, 1784, re. 76. They had 
ten children. For an account of them see Bond's Watertown Genealo- 
gies, p. 560. 

32. Mercy, 4 b. March 9, 1709-10; m. William Johnson. 

The name of Jennison in this line here became extinct. 


PETER JENNISON, 3 {Samuel, 2 Robert,') brother of the preceding ; 
b. in Watertown, Oct. 1, 1G81 ; m. Jane . 

He lived in Sudbury, a township then bordering on Watertown, and 
settled from it. He d. there, intestate, Jan. 17, 1722-3; and at the 
desire of Joan, the widow of deceased, his brother William Jenni- 
son of Sudbury was appointed administrator, March 1, 1722-8. [Midd. 
Prob. 16 : 490. 

The widow Jane m. July 29, 1725, Joseph Brooks of Weston ; which 
was set off from Watertown, and incorporated, Jan. 1, 1712-13. By 
him she had Joseph (Brooks), b. in Weston, June 14, 1726. 

The children of Peter and Jane Jennison, were — 

33. Peter, 4 b. 1710. He was a landholder in Worcester, 1738. Peter Jenni- 

son — probably his son — m. Jerusha Smith, in Boston, Jan. 3, 1759. 

34. Sarah, 4 b. 1711. 

35. tlsrael, 4 b. 1713 ; m. 1, Mary Hevwood ; 2, Margaret Coolidge. 

36. tRobert, 4 b. 1715; m. Svbilla Brintnall. 

37. Jane, 4 b. 1717. 

38. Eunice, 4 b. 1719. 

39. tSamuel, 4 b. 1722 ; m. Mary Haywood. 

A numerous posterity has descended in this line. 


ROBERT JENNISON, 3 (Samuel, 3 Robert, 1 ) brother of the pre- 
ceding; b. in AVatertown, July 24, 1684; m. Dorothy (Thomas) 
Whittemore, widow of Thomas Whittemore of Watertown. To her 
first husband, she was m. in Boston, 1715. 

He lived in Cambridge, in Framingham and in Sutton. He was a 
land-owner in Sutton, in 1736. He and his wife were members of the 
Church in Sutton. 


Their children were — 

40. t Joseph, 4 b. in Cambridge, Dec. 6, 1720 ; m. Martha . 

40^. Mary, 4 b. in Framingham, Oct. 16, 1722; m. Feb. 23, 1741-2, Zaccheus 

Hall of Sutton. She was a churcb member in Suttr.n. 
41 tElias, 4 b. in Framingham, Sept. 23, 1724 ; m. Hannah Twist, 1748. 
42. tSamuel, 4 b. in Sutton, Jan. 16, 1728-9 ; m. Hannah Perkins, 1757. 
42j. Lydia, 4 b. in Sutton, June 9, 1731 ; m. Amos Dwinel, Dec. 7, 1756. 



SAMUEL JENNISON, 4 {Samuel, 3 Samuel, 3 Robert, 1 ) eldest son of 
Samuel* and Mary 3 (Stearns) Jennison ; b. in Watertown, Sept. 26, 
1704; m. Feb. 13, 1733-4, Abigail Holden, 3 b. May 30, 1710, dau. 
of Samuel 2 and Susanna, and gr. dau. of Justinian Holden, 1 all of 
Watertown. Her uncle, John Holden, m. her husband's aunt, Grace 
Jennison [12]. 

They lived in Watertown. Their children were — 

43. tSamuel, 5 b. Nov. 6, 1734; m. Abigail Newton. 

44. Abigail, 5 b. Oct. 7, 1736 ; m. July 24, 1755, William Sanger 5 of Watertown, 

h. Jan. 20, 1730-1. For their nine children, see Bond's Watertown Gen- 
ealogies, p. 422. He d. April 21, 1798. She d. Aug. 22, 1813. 

45. Mary, 5 b. June 27, 1741 ; m. Dec. 25, 1764, Simon Coolidge, 5 b. Dec. 29, 

1741, son of Simon 4 and Abiah (Sanderson) Coolidge of Watertown. 
Between 1780 and 1785, he removed to Jay, Me., of which town he was 
the first settler. For their family, and the families of her sisters Lucy 
and Sarah, see Bond's Watertown Genealogies, pp. 175, 296, 605. 

46. tPhinehas, 5 b. Sept. 27, 1743; m. Susanna Newton. 

47. Lucy, 5 bap. April 20, 1746 ; m. Jan. 10, 1766, Abraham Hewes of Weston. 

Six children. 

48. Sarah, 5 b. June 8, 1748 ; m. Nov. 24, 1773, David Townsend 4 of Waltham, 

b. Mav 14, 1746. Nine children. She d. Jan. 20, 1814. 

49. William, 5 bap. Sept. 23, 1750; m. May 17, 1772, Phebe Baldwin, perhaps 

dau. of William Baldwin, 4 H. C. 1748, a deacon and magistrate; also 
innkeeper in Watertown, in 1753. See Vinton Memorial, p. 379. Wil- 
liam Jennison 5 was a " eordwainer" in Boston; d. 1785, leaving five 
young children, whose names do not appear. April 12, 1785, Phebe 
Jennison is appointed administratrix of her husband, William Jennison, 
late of Boston, deceased, intestate. Phineas Jennison of Watertown, and 
Elijah Tolman of Boston, were her sureties. Inventory, £60.5.2. [Suff. 
Frob. 84 : 101.] Phebe Jennison (the widow) m. Abraham Frost, in 
Boston, March 20, 1788. 

50. Joshua, 5 bap. April 22, 1753; of Weston ; m. Dec. 23, 1774, Hannah 

Ward of Watertown. Their children were — 

51. Hannah* b. May 12, 1776. 

52. P/unehas* b. Jan. 13, 1778. 

53. Mercy, 5 (" Mary,") bap. April 22, 1753 ; m. April 18, 1774, Elijah Tolman 
of Boston. 

To the preceding family, probably belongs the following : 
" Miss Sally Jennison, d. April, 1801, a. 25" — probably dau. of Wil- 
liam [49]. [Boston Records. 
I cannot locate the following : 
" Joanna Sophia Jennison, d. Sept. 30, 1819, a. 92." [Ibid. 



Eev. WILLIAM JENNISON, 4 {Samuel, 9 Samuel? Robert, 1 ) second 
son of Samuel 3 and Mary 3 (Stearns) Jennison ; b. in Watertown, Feb. 
6, 1706-7; m. in Salem, May 15, 1730, Abigail Lindall, 4 b. 
June 16, 1713, fourth dau. of James Lindall, Esquire, of Salem. 
[Lindall 33]. 

He grad. H. C. 1724 ; in February 1728, was chosen pastor of the 
East Church, in Salem ; and ordained on the second day of May fol- 
lowing. The sermon on the occasion was preached from Rom. i : 9, by 
the Rev. Peter Clark of the Second Church in Salem, now the First 
Church in Danvers.* 

His prospects, for a time, were bright and flattering. Connected by 
marriage with one of the most respectable and wealthy families in Sa- 
lem, and pastor of a flourishing Church in that ancient town, he might 
promise himself a long life of comfort and usefulness. But the gay 
illusions of hope were soon changed to bitter disappointment. A general 
disaffection of the Society towards him ere long arose ; the cause of 
which is now unknown. Sept. 13, 1736, he asked, and soon after re- 
ceived, a dismission from his pastoral charge. In the absence of in- 
formation to the contrary, it is fair to presume that he had done nothing 
to forfeit his Christian or ministerial character. From a proposition 
made to one of the Committee, that the parish should supply the pulpit 
for a certain term of time, and continue his salary, it would seem as 
if he were disabled by some bodily infirmity from discharging his du- 
ties. Whatever may have been the reason of his dismission, he received 
it submissively and sorrowfully, as he tells the Society in a letter which 
we shall place in a note below.| 

* He was a native of Watertown, son of Uriah Clark, 2 b. in Watertown, June 
5, 1644, whose second wife was (not Martha Pease, as in Bond's Watertown Gene- 
alogies, hut) Joanna Holbrook, 3 dau. of Thomas Holbrook' 2 of Braintree. See 
Vinton Memorial, p. 334. Martha Pease was Uriah Clark's third wife. 

Rev. Peter Clark, son of Uriah and Joanna (Holbrook) Clark, was b. March 12, 
1693-4; II. C. 1712; ord. pastor, at "Salem Village," now Danvers, June 5, 
1717 ; and died much honored and lamented, June 10, 1768, re. 75. He was pastor 
at Danvers, 51 years, and had a high reputation for learning and piety. " The 
learned minister of Danvers." [Bond's Watertown Genealogies, p. 160. 

t The following is his letter of acquiescence in a dismission, addressed to the 
Church and Society. We take it from Rev. Dr. James Flint's Discourse at the 
Dedication of the New Meeting House of the East Society, Salem, Jan. 1, 1846. 

" Honored and Beloved — I esteem myself very unhappy that I have fallen 
under your displeasure. Glad would I be, if it lay in my power to fulfil the min- 
istry I have received among you [so] as to approve myself to God and the 
consciences of all of us. But when I consider the great and long uneasiness 
and dissatisfaction you have labored under, (for which I am heartily sorry,) I 
despair of being reinstated in your love and affection so as to answer the great 
ends of the sacred office among you. I am therefore willing to accept a dismission 

from the sacred office among you : which I write with fear and trembling, 

not knowing at present what will become of me and mine; but earnestly trusting 
to your favor and kindness towards us under the difficulties of my situation ; and 
which you have encouraged me to hope for, upon my being freely and willingly 
dismissed. I heartily wish the best of blessings to your dear Church and flock. 
My eye and heart is lifted up to the Lord Jesus, the Great Shepherd and Bishop of 
souls, that he would feed and lead you ; and that you may again be settled in the 
peaceable and profitable enjoyment of the word and ordinances of God. Thus 


The kind spirit of this letter, its meek and gentle tone, the entire 
absence of all bitterness and recrimination, with its calm and childlike 
trust in God, are in a high degree honorable to the heart of him who 
penned it. Rarely if ever have we met with any document of the kind 
more touching. It was then no light calamity for a minister of the 
gospel to be dismissed ; to be cast adrift on the wide world, not knowing 
where to go. It was no easy matter to retrieve the blow. Even the 
" prince of modern divines," whose superior has perhaps not been seen 
since the days of Paul, and whose reputation, after the lapse of a 
century, is still in the ascendant, — even he, when dismissed from North- 
ampton, in 1751, found no place open to receive him; and it may be 
doubted whether even his extraordinary talents and transcendent moral 
worth would have saved him from absolute and pinching want, had the 
question been left to the decision of a Parish Committee. It seems 
that our afflicted ancestor had distressing apprehensions as to the result 
in his case ; but God took care of him and his, in the time to come. 

He preached as a temporary supply in Westborough, Holden, and 
other places ; he also taught school in Worcester, but did not again 
assume a pastoral charge.* He was the teacher of the Public School 
in his native town of Watertown, at the time of his decease, April 1, 
1750, a. 43. 

Mrs. Abigail Jennison died Jan. 1, 1765, a?. 52. In the latter part 
of her life she resided in (South) Danvers ; perhaps with her daughter, 
Mrs. Giles. Her father, James Lindall, Esq., of Salem, left her some 
property, which descended to her children. See p. 30. She died in- 
committing you to God and the word of his grace, which is able to build you up 
again, and to give you an inheritance araotif; them that are sanctified by faith in 
Christ Jesus, I remain vour sorrowful friend, but very humble servant. 


* An autograph letter of his is in my possession, which I here copy : 

" Boston, Dec br 6 th 1739. 

" Dear Wife — I dont wonder if you think it strange that I have not visited 
you for so long a Time and I am afraid you wont believe me If I say it is not for 
want of the most Endeared Love to you and my Dear Children but must Begg 
your Pardon and hope within about a fortnight or three weeks to see you when 
(though I have been sadly Dissapointed as to what was my Just Due) I hope 
I shall answer some Small Debts at Salem. So Remain your sincere Friend as 
well as affectionate Husband Will™ Jenison 

P. S. 1 am Now engaged in Preaching at Westborough otherwise would come 
and see you before the Time I speak of. Please to give my Duty to your Hon a . 
Father and Mother and love to all as is convenient So Dear Soul Farewell." 

The address on the outside is — 

" For Mrs. Abigail Jenison, in Salem. These." 

There is another letter of his, dated May 7, 1741, in which he says — 

" I am now at Worcester, in the business of the School, and preach at Holden" — 
formerly a part of Worcester; incorporated as a town, Jan. 9, 1740; a church or- 
ganized there, Dec. 22, 1742, and Rev. Joseph Davis ord. its pastor same day — "but 
am uncertain whether I shall continue in the School, because it won't do for me to 
oblige myself to take my pay in Land Bank." 

The " Land Bank" was a Company formed in 1741, or about that time, but not 
incorporated, which issued Bills of Credit to a large amount, on land security. The 
Bills were redeemable in twenty years, not in gold and silver coin, but in the" manu- 
factures of the Province. It was a very unsafe scheme, and came to an end the 
next year, 1742. 


testate, and her son, Dr. William Jennison of Mendon, was her admin- 

Her grave-stone is still standing in the Old Cemetery, in South Dan- 
vers, with this inscription : — " Here lyes buried y e body of Mrs. Abi- 
gail Jennison, Relick of the Rev. Mr. William Jennison of Salem, who 
departed this life, Jan. 1, 17G5, In the 52 year of her age." 

The children of Rev. William and Mrs. Abigail Jennison, were — 

54. Abigail, 5 b. Feb. 10, 1730-1 ; (1 vountr. 

55. t William, 5 b. March 19, 1731-2 ; m. Mary Staples. 

56. jSamuel, 5 b. 1733; m. Naomi Everden. 

57. Mary, 5 b. 1734; m. Thomas Giles. Her descendants are recorded in 

previous parts of this volume. See page 29. 

58. Timothy, 5 b. 1735; d. young. 

59. James, 5 b, 1736 ; d. young. 

All the above were born in Salem. 


NATHANIEL JENNISON, 4 {Samuel, 9 Samuel: Robert, 1 ) third 
son of Samuel 3 and Mary 3 (Stearns) Jennison ; b. in Watertown, April 
5, 1709 ; m. Oct. 23, 1729, Abigail Mead, presumed to be the eldest 
dau. of David and Hannah (Smith) Mead, of that part of Watertown 
which was incorporated, April 19, 1738, as the town of Waltham. 

He resided in Watertown, Weston, and Barre. He seems to have 
been a large land-owner in Bane. His children were — 

60. Josiah, 5 b. Jan. 22, 1729-30; m. Mary Tidd, dau. of Joseph and Dorotby 

Tidd of Lexington. He was of Brookfield ; joined in the Shays In- 
surrection, 1786 ; became thereby involved in difficulty; lost his prop- 
erty and removed to Peacliam, Vt., where one or more of his sons 
had already settled, and where he died. lie has grandsons now in Dan- 
ville and Walden, Vt. Of his children we have the names only of 

61. Betti/, 6 b. Sept. 2.3, 1757; m. Thomas Russell of Weston; pub- 

lished, March 17, 1781. 

62. .Josiah, 6 b. Sept, 4, 1759. 

63. Elizabeth, 5 bap. May 23, 1731 ; m. May 25, 1749, Capt. Ezra Jones, 4 b. April 
13, 1727, son of John 3 and Mehitable Jones of Weston ; a very opulent 
farmer of Barre. They had — 

64. Ezra (Jones), b. April 13, 1752 ; had three wives. 

65. Nathaniel (Jones), a wealthy and influential citizen of Barre, who 

remained on the farm during his life ; and died about 1831. He 
was a Representative of Barre, in the General Court, and a 
Senator from Worcester District ; Chairman of the Board of 
Selectmen for many years, and Major of the Artillery. He left 
a son named Horatio, a painter by trade, now living in Chelsea, 
near Boston. 

66. Elisha (Jones). 

67. Abraham (Jones), grad. at Dart. Coll., 1778; d. 1790, a. 29. 

68. Abigail (Jones), h. 1762; m. Dr. John Williams. 

69. John (Jones), grad. at Dart. Coll., 1779. 

A more particular account of this Jones family will be found at 
the end of the Jennison Memoir, if we should have room for it. 
70. Nathaniel, 5 b. Dec. 5, 1732 ; of Barre; wealthy; used to ride in a curricle, 
with a negro servant to drive, and another to follow; m. 1, widow Cald- 
well. 2, at Roxbury, Aug. 4, 1774, Mehitable Shirley, widow of John 
Shirley, " victualler," of Roxbury, (not of Gov. William Shirley, as 
some have supposed.) John Shirley, " butcher," of Roxbury, by will, 
dated Aug. 21, 1773, proved Aug. 27, 1773, gave his wife Mehitable, all his 
estate, real and personal, " to be hers forever." Shirley had a handsome 
estate, as appears from his inventory ; mansion house, barn, and other build- 


ings, with about 5 acres of land, £466.13.4 ; he had a negro man, valued 
at £40; a negro woman and child, £42.13.4; a negro boy, £20; and all 
his property came into the possession of Jennison, who was probably 
already rich. In 1783, he sold 5 acres of land and the buildings in 
Roxbury, which formerly belonged to John Shirley. [Suff. Deeds, 
139 : 136.1 Nathaniel Jennison had no children, at least none that lived 
to mature age. Mehitable Jennison d. in Boston, Nov. 4, 1818, a. 88. 

71. Mary, 5 h. March 27, 1735; m. Dec. 4, 1755, Francis Low of Rutland. 

72." Abigail, 5 ( twins, b. Ira., Nov. 29,1759, Andrew Parker of Lex- 

A*. Sarah.s \ April 21, 1737 ; j [ington. 

74. Anne, 5 b. July. 4, 1739 ; m.'Nov. 1760, Edward Clark of Rutland. 

75! Eunice, 5 b. Feb. 10, 1741-2; m. Dec. 1, 1758, Josiah Priest of Bolton. 

76. Abijah,' 5 b. Nov. 8, 1747. 

77. Hopestill, 5 b. Sept. 2. 1751. He lived in Columbia, N. H, in the early part 

of this century. He was Selectman of that town, in 1807. The follow- 
ing persons also lived in that town many years ago, and removed thence 
"to the West," probably to the State of New York; Victory Jennison, 
Abigail Jennison, Nathaniel Jennison, Fletcher Jennison. They were prob- 
ably children of Hopestill Jennison. 5 

One of the daus. of Nathaniel Jennison, 4 is said to have m. (second 

•wife) Smith ; a large, stout woman, weighing over 300 pounds, 

her husband equal in weight ; another m. Dr. Brooks. 


JOHN JENNISON, 4 - (Samuel, Samuel, 9 Robert, 1 ) fourth son of 
Samuel 3 and Mary 3 (Steams) Jennison; b. in Watertown, Feb. 19, 
1710-11; m. in Lunenburg, July 21, 1740, Mary Hubbard,* b. in 
Groton, April 12, 1725, dau. of Major Jonathan and Rebecca (Brown) 
Hubbard, first of Groton, afterwards of Townsend. Her brother 
Jonathan, m. her husband's sister, Abigail Jennison [23].* 

He lived in Lunenburg, and died in 1751. His inventory, dated 
Nov. 27, 1751, amounted to £205. His widow, Mary, m. April 21, 

* Marv Hubbard's Pedigree, is as follows : 

I. GEORGE HUBBARD 1 with wife MARY, came from England, about 1635, 
and' settled in Wethersfield, Ct., of which he was delegate, 1638. He removed 
first to Milford, and then iu 1648 to Guilford, in that Colony, where he was living 
in 1665. His son — 

II. John Hubbard 2 settled in Wethersfield, but in 1659 removed with many 
others, to Hadlev, of which town they were the first settlers. He m. a Meriam. 
He d. in Hatfield, originally a part of Hadlev, in 1705 or 1706. His second son- 
Ill. Jonathan Hubbard, 3 b. in Wethersfield, Jan. 3, 1658-9; m. Hannah 

Rice of Marlborough; went to Concord, as early as 1680, and settled on a farm 
bequeathed to him bv his uncle, Robert Meriam. He d. July 17, 1728, s>. 70. His 
widow, Hannah, d. April 9, 1749, a. 89. Their eldest son— 

IV. Major Jonathan Hubbard, 4 b. 1682, m. Rebecca Brown of Concord, 
Sept. 26, 1704. Their children were— Rebecca, 5 m. 1722, Col. Joseph Blanchard of 
Dunstable. Hannah, 5 m. 1732,. Col. Josiah Willard of Lunenburg, afterwards of 
Winchester, N. H. Ruth, 5 b. 1716; m. 1, April 7, 1736, Rev. David Stearns 
of Lunenburg; 2, Nov. 9, 1768, Rev. Aaron Whitney of Petersham. Jonathan, 5 
b. 1719, m. Abigail Jennison [23]. Abigail, 5 b. 1721, m. Dec. 25, 1738, Oliver 
Farwell of Dunstable, afterwards of Merrimack, N. H. John, 5 b. 1723, d. 1724; 
Mary, 5 b. 1725, m. 1, John Jennison [21], in the text ; 2, Col. Benjamin Bellows. 
John, 5 b. April 3, 1727 ; of Townsend, afterwards of Walpole, N. H.; m. in Lunen- 
burg', March 20, 1748-9, Hannah Johnson. These last were the parents of Rebec- 
ca, 8 m. Col. John Bellows of Walpole, and of John, 6 b. Aug. 8, 1759; grad. at 
Dart. Coll. 1785; Preceptor of New Ipswich Academv, 1789-1795; Judge of 
Probate for Cheshire County, N. H, 1798-1802; Prof, of Nat. Phil. Dart. Coll., 
1804-1810; d. June 1810. "[Bond's Watertown Genealogies, pp. 795-797. 


1758, Col. Benjamin Bellows of Lunenburg, afterwards of Walpole, 
N. H., of which he was one of the first settlers. " Bellows Falls," in 
that vicinity, were named from him. " He possessed wonderful energy 
and decision, with a great capacity for business." She was his second 

The children of John and Mary (Hubbard) Jennison, were — 

78. tMary, 5 b. March 12, 1741-2; m. Major Josiah Willard. 

79. tJohn', 5 b. June 15, 1744 ; m. 1, Kezia Spring. 2, Sybil Bishop. 
79.y. A child, ; d. in infancy. 

8(X Rebecca, 5 b. 1748 ; 'unm. ; d. at Walpole, N. H., Feb. 5, 1771. 

80^. A child, ; d. in infancy. 

81. tJonathan, 5 (posthumous), b. Dec. 25, 1751 ; m. Rhoda Ashley. 


Capt. ISRAEL JENNISON, 4 {Peter? Samuel? Robert, 1 ) son of 
Peter 3 and Jane Jennison; b. in Sudbury, 1713; m. 1, Feb. 1739, 
Mary Heywood, who d. June 19, 1775, a. 57. 2, in Boston, Dec. 
9, 1775, Margaret (Olivier) Coolidge, widow of Joseph Coolidge 
of Boston, and dau. of Antoine Olivier, a French Huguenot. She was 
b. at Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Nov. 6, 1726. She had three husbands, 
outlived them all, and d. Dec. 25, 1816, a. 90. 

He lived in Worcester, and died Sept. 19, 1782, a. 69. After his 
death, his widow m. Rev. Joseph Wheeler, Avho was b. in Concord, 
1735; H. C 1757; ord. pastor, Harvard, Dec. 12, 1759; dismissed 
on account of ill health, July 28, 1768 ; afterwards resided several 
years in Harvard, as a useful citizen, and sustained various offices ; 
representative ; justice of the quorum ; member of the Provincial Con- 
gress in 1774; removed to Worcester, in 1781, where he was register 
of probate until his death, Feb. 10, 1793. He was evangelical in his 
sentiments, amiable in disposition, exemplary in life, and distinguished 
for his talents and attainments. 

The children of Capt. Israel Jennison were, by first wife — 

82. Abigail, 5 b. Julv 30, 1744 ; unm ; d. June 29, 1798. 

83. John, 5 b. 1*748 ; d. Jan. 15, 1755, a. 7. 

84. Faith, 5 b. Aug. 30, 1751 ; unm.; d. Sept. 24, 1782, a. 31. 

85. Relief, 5 b. about 1754; m. Abel Stowell of Worcester. He d. Aug. 3, 

1818, a. 66. She d. April 14, 1817, a. 62. 
S6. Betsev, 5 ; m. Peter Stowell, brother of Abel. He d. July 10, 

18 fo. a. 48. 
87. tWilliam, 5 b. April 12, 1758; m. 1, Elizabeth Stowell. 2, Sarah Sumner. 

The three Stowells, mentioned above, were children of Cornelius and 
Levilla (Golding) Stowell of Worcester. 

ROBERT JENNISON, 4 (Peter, 3 Samuel, 2 Robert:) brother of the 
preceding; b. in Sudbury, 1715; m. Sybilla Brintnall, Jan. 18, 

They lived in Sudbury and Natick. 

Their children were — 

88. Eunice, 5 b. in Sudbury, 1739 ; m. 1761, Isaac Baldwin. 

89. Nathaniel 5 ; of Natick; m. 1, Sarah Dowse, in Boston, May 5, 1773. 2, 

Mercy Jones of Weston, Dec. 9, 1779, She was b. Dec. 19, 1756, 


dau. of Abraham 4 and Mercy Jones. Abraham 1 was brother of Ezra 
Jones 4 [63]. 

90. Lot 5 ; of Hillsboro', N. H. ; m. Nov. 30, 1773, Susanna Coolidge, b. April 

12, 1750, dau. of Nathaniel and Sarah Coolidge of Sudbury. 

91. Phinehas, 5 b. in Natiek. 

92. Hannah. 5 


SAMUEL JENNISON, 4 (Peter? Samuel, 7 Robert, 1 ) brother of the 
preceding; b. in Sudbury, 1722; m. April 10, 1755, Mary Haywood, 
dau. of Phinehas Haywood of Shrewsbury. See Ward Genealogy, 
p. 337. 

He lived in Shrewsbury, and d. May 18, 1804, a. 81. His widow, 
Mary, d. Sept. 8, 1820, a. 87. 

Their children were — 

93. tJoseph Brooks, 5 b. Jan. 5, 1756 ; m. Damaris Howe. 

94. Catharine, 5 b. July 20, 1757; d. Feb. 5, 1760. 

95. Mary, 5 b. April 30, 1759 ; d. April 17, 1775. 

96. tJohn, 5 b. July 21, 1761 ; m. 1, Sarah Flint. 2, Dolly Spooner. 

97. tLevi 5 b. July 20, 1763 ; m. Ruth Hemenwav. 

98. Samuel, 5 b. Aug. 7, 1765 ; m. Dec. 10, 1789* Sarah Drury of Grafton. 

99. Catharine, 5 b. Aug. 2, 1767 ; m. Newton. 

100. Rebecca, 5 b. ; m. 1784, Solomon Howe. (?) 


JOSEPH JENNISON, 4 {Robert* Samuel? Robert,') son of Robert 3 
and Dorothy Tlennison ; b. in Cambridge, Dec. 6, 1720; ra. Martha 

They lived in Sutton. Their children were — 

101. Sarah, 5 b. April 21, 1746; m. John Singletary, in Sutton, April 17, 1767. 

102. Anne, 5 b. Sept. 15, 1747; m. Anthony Dike, in Sutton, Jan. 15, 1775. She 

was a member of the Church in Sutton. 

103. tPeter, 5 b. Jan. 6, 1749-50; m. Mehitable Singletary, in Sutton, March 

31, 1769. 

104. Daniel, 5 b. Sept. 1, 1757 ; m. Molly Putnam, in Sutton, Jan. 29, 1778. 


ELIAS JENNISON, 4 {Robert* Samuel* Robert, 1 ) brother of the 
preceding; b. in Framingham, Sept. 23, 1724; m. in Sutton, June 16, 
1748, Hannah Twist. 

He settled in Sudbury, but soon removed to Sutton, where, in the 
part which is now Millbury, he spent the rest of his life. He died 
previous to March 4, 1760, when his estate was appraised by Isaac 
Barnard, Lemuel Chase, and Amos Dunnell. 

His widow, Hannah, m. Ebenezer Gould, Aug. 12, 1760. 

The children of Elias and Hannah Jennison, were — 

105. Abigail, 5 b. Jan. 20, 1749 ; m. William Dike, in Sutton, Sept. 21, 1769. 

106. Olive, 5 b. Aug. 20, 1751 ; m. Reuben Barton, in Sutton, June 1, 1770. 

107. Mary, 5 b. Nov. 18, 1754; m. Ezra Lovell, in Sutton, Sept. 24, 1776. Ezra 

Lovell, Esq., of Millburv, 1862, is their son. 

108. tElias, 5 b. July 4, 1756 ; m." Betty Gage, in Sutton, July 1, 1779. 

109. tRobert, 5 b. May 18, 1758; m. Hannah Howe. 

110. fWilliam, 5 b. Jan. 18, 1760 ; m. Judith Kenney, July 7, 1784. 



SAMUEL JENNISON, 4 {Robert? Samuel,' Robert, 1 ) brother of the 
preceding; b. in Sutton, Jan. 10, 1728-9 ; m. in Sutton, Oct. 30, 1757, 
Hannah Perkins. 

They lived in Sutton. Their children were — 

111. Lydia, 5 b. Sept. 19, 1758 ; m. Jonathan Gould, in Sutton, July 11, 1776. 

112. Hannah, 5 b. June 10, 1762; m. Isaac Lincoln, in Sutton, Aug. 24, 1784. 


SAMUEL JENNISON, 5 (Samuel, 4 Samuel? Samuel* Robert, 1 ) 
eldest son of Samuel 4 and Abigail 3 (Holden) Jennison ; b. in Water- 
town, Nov. 6, 1734; m. Nov. 11, 1761, Abigail Newton. 

They settled in Watertown, but seem to have removed to Boston, 
about. 1785. He was taxed for a poll, in Boston, 1788. It is remarked 
on the Assessors' books for that year, that he was " at the Eastward — 
y e woman makes Cakes." By " the Eastward," was commonly intended 
the " District of Maine." 

He d. in Boston, March 20, 1808, "a. 79." [Boston Becords. 

His children were — 

113. Elizabeth, 8 b. May 15, 1762 ; m. in Boston, Nov. 30, 1785, John Nichols of 


114. Samuel, 6 b. Mav 3, 1764 ; m. in Boston, June 22, 1794, Betsev Hathorne. 

115. Abigail, 6 bap. May, 1766. 

116. Nathaniel, 6 bap. Nov. 4, 1770. 

117. Lydia, 6 b. Dec. 25, 1774. 

118. Abraham, 6 ) twins, b. ) 

119. Lucy, 6 ) March 23, 1777 ; J m. Jan. 21, 1798, Osemus Daniels. 


PHINEIIAS JENNISON, 6 (Samuel, 4 Samuel? Samuel? Robert, 1 ) 
brother of the preceding; b. in Watertown, Sept. 27, 1743; m. Aug. 
28, 17G9, Susanna Newton. 

He resided in Watertown, until about 1795, when he removed to 
Newton, where he d. 1825, a. 82. His wife Susan, d. 1815, a. 72. 

Their children were — 

120. Phinehas, 6 bap. Jan. 14, 1770 ; m. Aug. 27, 1792. Sarah Whitney, 6 b. Jan. 

25, 1773, dau. of Simon 5 and Mary (Rubles) Whitney of Framingham. 

121. Susanna, 6 bap. Jan. 14, 1770; m. William Adams, son of Smith and 

Lucv Adams. 

122. Elias, 6 "bap. April 26, 1772 ; m. Feb. 5, 1795, 

a. 70. 

Their children were — 

123. Susan."* )27. William.'' 

124. E/iasJ 128. Elijah.'' 

125. Joseph.'' 129. Horace.'' 

126. Joshua. 7 130. Henry.'' 
135. Benjamin, 6 bap. Oct. 23, 1774 ; m. 1804, Sukey Tolman. 

a. 60. Their children were— 

136. Joel,'' m. 1831, Lucy W. Trowbridge, and settled in Bangor. 

137. GeorqeJ 139. Edwin.'' 

138. Albert? 140. Martha.'' 141. Mary.* 

Tolman. He d. 



She d. in 



Fanny, 6 bap. Sept. 30, 1781. 


Josiah, 6 bap. Sept. 30, 1781; of Newton ; m. March 14, 

Howard. [Holden ?] 


144. Josiah. 1 146. Lucia.'' 148. 

145. John. 7 147. Hannah. 7 


William, 6 bap. 1784 ; d. unm. 


1808, Hannah 


Dr. WILLIAM JENNISON, 5 ( William,* Samuel? Samuel? Robert, 1 ) 
eldest son of Rev. William 4 and Abigail 4 (Lindall) Jennison ; b. in 
Salem, March 19, 1731-2; m. in Mendon, April 25, 1754, Mary 
Staples, who survived him twenty-four years, and d. at the house of 
her son, Dr. Timothy Lindall Jennison, in Cambridge, May 3, 1822, 
aged upwards of 80. 

He studied medicine with Dr. Stanton Prentice of Lancaster, who 
had married his aunt, Mercy Jennison [24]. lie commenced the 
practice of medicine in Mendon, in that part of it which is now Mil- 
ford, in May, 1753. He afterwards engaged in trade. He also re- 
sided in Douglas, Sudbury, and Brookfield. He was of Douglas, in 
177G. See p. 31, of this volume. He transacted a large amount of 
business ; was a man of great activity and energy ; and during the 
Revolution, was a zealous and leading whig. He was a member of the 
Provincial Congress of 1774, from Mendon. 

He purchased, in 1780, a tract of one thousand acres of land in 
Union, Maine, then called Sterlingtown Plantation (also called Taylor- 
town) of Dr. John Taylor, a physician and trader of Lunenburg, after- 
wards of Pomfret, Ct., and of Douglas, Mass., the proprietor of said 
township. Taylor took in pay Dr. Jennison's real estate, consisting of 
three farms, and some wild land, in Douglas. The transaction led to 
quarrels, lawsuits, and executions, till the end of Taylor's life, which 
was April 27, 1794, a. 60. No blame is imputed to Dr. Jennison. 
[Sibley's History of Union, pp. 47-49. 

Dr. Jennison died of a casualty — having been thrown from his horse — 
at Brookfield, May 8, 1798, a. 6G. 

I have before me Dr. Jennison's Family Record, copied by myself 
from his Family Bible ;* and am thus enabled to construct the follow- 
ing register of his children by his only wife, Mary Staples — 

150. tMarv, 6 b. Oct. 13, 1755 ; m. Jonathan Whipple of Uxbridge. 

151. tWiliiam, 6 b. Aug. 4, 1757 ; m. Mary Vibert of Boston. 

152. tSamnel, 6 b. May 26, 1759 ; m. Sally Fiske of Brookfield. 

153. tTimotbv Lindall, 8 b. Julv 15, 1761 ; m. Mary Emilia Elizabeth Belcher. 

154. Abigail* 6 b. Oct. 31, 1763 ; d. of canker, Dec. 13, 1765. 

155. fEbenezer, 6 b. March 27, 1766 ; m. Sally Webb of Boston. 

156. John Flavel, 6 b. Sept. 2, 1769 ; grad. Dart. Coll., 1797 ; was a teacher of 

music. He m. in Boston, June 13, 1803, Nancv Band, (m. bv Rev. 
Joseph Eckley, D. D., of the Old South Church); and d. Dec. 12, 
1804, a. 35. They had Ann Rand, 7 d. Aug. 1805, a. 1 y. 2 ms. 

* This Family Bible oiiginally belonged to his grandfather, Dea. James Lindall 
of Salem, and contained a record of the family of his grandfather and of his great 
grandfather. From Dr. William Jennison, it descended to his son. Dr. Timothy 
Lindall Jennison, and from him to his (Timothy's) son William Jennison, who 
loaned it to me, in the year 1853. It contained the Registers of all their families. 


157. Nathaniel, 6 b. Jan. SO, 1772 ; d. Sept. 25, 1776, "a. 4 years, 7 mos., and 

26 days." 

158. Abigail Lindall, 6 b. Jan. 20, 1776; never married; resided with her 

nieces, in Uxbridge, and d. there about 1860. 


Lieut. SAMUEL JENNISON, 5 ( William, 4 Samuel, 3 Samuel, 2 Rob- 
ert, 1 ) second son of Rev. William 4 and Abigail 4 (Lindall) Jennison; b. 
in Salem, 1733 ; in. in Oxford, Naomi Everden. 

He resided at (South) Dan vers, with his mother, during some of his 
earlier years, and seems to have followed the occupation of a clothier. 
in that town, in 1755. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the 
king's service, Feb. 18, 1756. He was a Lieutenant in the company, (so 
it reads) under the command of Col. Ichabod Plaisted, 1756, in the 
Expedition against Crown Point. [Mass. Archives. 

About 1765, he was a merchant, in New London. Ct., and made sev- 
eral voyages to the West Indies. See page 30, of this volume. After- 
wards he settled in Oxford, Mass., where he married as above. He 
represented Oxford in the Provincial Congress of 1774. He died in 
that town, in 1789, re. 57 ; leaving no children. 

His widow, Naomi, m. John Wolcott, Esq., and died in 1848, aged 



MARY JENNISON. 5 {John* Samuel? Samuel? Robert?) eldest 
dau. of John 4 and Mary 5 (Hubbard) Jennison; b. in Lunenburg, 
March 12, 1741-2 ; m. about 1770, Major Josiah Willard of Keene, 
N. H., b. 1737, presumed to be the son of Col. Josiah and Hannah 
(Hubbard) Willard of Lunenburg, Mass., and Winchester, N. II. See 
p. 247, note. The parties were cousins, their mothers being sisters. 
She was his second wife. 

She died on the day of the birth of her last child, July 20, 1779. He 
then m. April 15, 1785, Susanna Wyman, who d. Oct. 25, 1785. He 
d. June 29, 1801, a. 64. 

The children of Major Josiah and Mary (Jennison) Willard were — 

159. Rebecca (Willard), b. May 24, 1772 ; m. June 24, 1790, John Stimpson of 

Watertown, his second wife. Children — 

160. Hannah (Stimpson.) 161. Rebecca (Stimpson.) 

162. Hannah (Willard), b. Jan. 14, 1774 ; m. Sept. 5, 1790, Joshua Wyman of 
Keene, N. H., b. Jan. 9, 1769, son of Col. Isaac Wyman. They had— 

163. Marij Jennison (Wyman), b. Dec. 4, 1790; d. young. 

164. Josiah (Willard), b. March 23, 1776; d. Nov. 5, 1776. 

165. Josiah (Willard), b. Jan. 9, 1778; a Major; a mechanic; some time of 

Keene; in 1854, he was living in Needham, near Boston. He d. at 
Bloomfield, Me., Feb. 16, 1859, a. 81. 
He m. 1, Bial Wellman, a native of Keene, in 1799. 

2, Prudence Morse, Oct. 27, 1805. She was b. in Sutton, 1783. 
Children by first wife, Bial Wellman— 

166. Henry (Willard), b. Aug. 14, 1799; a machinist of Keene, N. 
H. ; m. June 22, 1822, Varah Perry of Keene. Children— 

167. Lafayette (Willard), b. April 29, 1823. 

168. Sarah Ann (Willard), b. Jan. 28, 1826. 

169. Marietta Keep (Willard), b. Oct. 8, 1828. 

170. Henry Clay (Willard), b. Sept. 30, 1829. 


171. Catharine Hale (Willard), b. Oct. 31, 1831. 

172. Edwin Thompson (Willard), b. Sept. 9, 1833. 

173. Caroline Eliza (Willard), b. June 9, 1836. 

174. Bial Wellman (Willard), b. May 4, 1839. 

175. George Clarence (Willard), b. Sept. 29, 1842. 

176. Eliza (Willard), b. Sunday, Jan. 1, 1801, (the first day of the 

first week of the first month of the first year of the nineteenth 
century) ; d. at the age of two years. 

177. Josiah (Willard), b. 1803 ; d. soon. 

178. Mary Jennison (Willard), b. Aug. 7, 1804; m. Silas Perry. 

They lived at Wilton, Me., and had four children. She d. 
Children bv second wife, Prudence Morse — 

179. Josiah (Wiflard), b. Julv 9, 1806 ; d. at Wilton, Me., in 1833. 

180. Charles Morse (Willard), b. July 31, 1808; m. Mary Russ. 

They had — 

Kandilla H. (Willard), b. 1835. 
Sarah E. (Willard), b. 1836. 
Emily W. (Willard), b. 1842. 
Mary E. (Willard), b. 1845. 
Charles F. (Willard). 
William H. (Willard). 

181. Hannah ("Willard), b. July 31, 1810; m. Jacob R. Farwett of 

Wilton, Me., a boot and shoe dealer of Boston. They 

182. Charles W. (Farwell), d. 1845. 

183. Helen (Farwell), b. 1853. 

184. Edward (Willard), b. July 21,1812; m. Martha Dunn. They 

live at Wilton, Me., and had — 

185. George Edward (Willard), b. Nov. 8, 1839. 
186. Abigail Rebecca (Willard), b. Sept. 15, 1814; m. Stephen F. 

Harvey, merchant, of Boston ; residing at Needham. They 

have — 

187. Martha E. (Harvey), b. 1839. 

188. James E. (Harvey), b. 1842. 

189. Sarah E. (Harvev), b. 1844. 

190. Mary J. (Harvey), b. 1847. 

191. Caroline J. (Harvey), b. 1849. 

192. Harriet F. (Harvey), b. 1852. 

193. Catharine (Willard), b. 1819; m. William Howe. Live at 

South Braintree. 

194. James Dascom (Willard), b. 1821 ; d. at Wilton, Me., 1844. 

195. Sarah M. ( Willard), b. 1824 ; d. 1834. 

196. Emily W. (Willard), b. 1826; d. 1842. 

197. Lucian Francis (Willard), b. March 30, 1830. 

198. Henry (Willard), b. July 20, 1779; a merchant, in Washington, N. H. ; 
m. in 1804, Lovey Adams of Keene. He d. in Feb., 1815, of malig- 
nant spotted fover, or according to another account, of hemorrhage of 
the lungs. His wife died of grief, about a week after. Their children 
were — 

199. Mary (Willard), b. May 12, 1805 ; unm. ; d. July 1827. 

200. Catharine Hannah (WHhird), b. Jan. 1, 1807; m. June 12, 

1832, George Adams Kettell of Charlestown. Children — 

201. Mary Soley (Kettell), b. April 21, 1833. 

202. Catharine Hannah (Kettell), b. Nov. 4, 1835. 

203. Henry Augustus (Kettell), b. Feb. 8, 1838. 

204. Frances Elizabeth (Kettell), b. Oct. 16, 1841. 

205. Louisa Cary (Kettell), b. Nov. 11, 1843. 

206. George Adams (Kettell), b. May 10, 1846. 

207. Charles Willard (Kettell), b. Nov. 3, 1848. 

208. Helen Lee (Kettell), b. March 1, 1851. 

209. Joseph Henry (Willard), b. Sept. 27, 1808; unm.; d. at Lit- 
tleton, Mass., 1833. 


210. Elisha Wheeler (Willard), b. May 22, 1810 ; went to the West, 
in 1833, and there m. Mary Ellen Estabrook. Resided, 1854, 
a banker, in Chicago. Children — 

211. Julia (Willard), h. 1837 , d. soon. 

212. Joseph Henry (Willard), b. 1843. 

213. Mary Adams" (Willard;, b. Oct. 1851. 

214. Martha Lawrence (Willard), h. Sept. 17, 1812; m. Feb. 1837, 
Charles Hunter Jackson, a Commander in U. S. Navy, resi- 
dent in Middletown, Ct. Children — 

215. Catharine Theresa (Jackson), b. 1840. 

216. Mary Alsop (Jackson). 

217. Martha Lawrence (Jackson). 

218. Alice Fen wick (Jackson). 

219. Sarah (Willard), b. July, 1814; d. at Littleton, 1821. 


Capt. JOHN JENNISON, 5 (John, 4 Samuel, 3 Samuel, 1 Robert, 1 ) son 
of John 4 and Mary* (Hubbard) Jennison of Lunenburg ; b. there, 
June 15, 1744; m. 1, in 17G7, Kezia Spring, 6 b. Oct. 21, 1745, 
dau. of Josiah 4 and Catharine Spring of Ashford, Ct. She was a 
descendant of John 1 and Elinor Spring, who embarked at Ipswich, 
England, for New England, April 10, 1634, in the Elizabeth. They 
settled at Watertown, as early as 1036; and from them, it is be- 
lieved, all the families bearing the name of Spring, in New England, 
and perhaps in the United States, are derived. She d. April 10, 1771, 
a. 26. Capt. Jennison, then m. 2, May 6, 1772, Sybil Bishop of 
Woodstock, Ct. 

On the marriage of his mother with Col. Bellows, in 1758, he went 
with them to AValpole, N. H., where he owned and cultivated a farm, 
and spent the remainder of his days. He d. Oct. 16, 1804, a. 60. 

His children were, by first wife — 

220. Josiah, 6 b. Nov. 1, 1767; m. in Savannah, Ga., April 22, 1792, Ann 

Chevalier, dau. of Charles Francis Chevalier, Esq. He was appointed 
Inspector of Customs of the port of Savannah, Sept. 12, 1792, and died 
there, Nov. 2, 1792. It is supposed he had a posthumous son. 

221. tSamuel, 6 b. Aug. 29, 1769; m. Ruth Porter Steele. 

By second wife — 

222. tJohn, 6 b. Feb. 7, 1773; m. Polly Gage. 

223. fRebecca, 6 b. Aug. 13, 1774; m. 'Elijah Kilburn. 

224. tMary, 6 b. Dec. 7, 1777; m. Solomon Godfrey. 

225. t William, 6 b. Dec. 29, 1778 ; m. Phebe Field! 

226. tLucinda, 6 h. Sept. 3, 1780; m. Prosper Booth. 

227. tLevi, 6 b. Dec. 13, 1781 ; m. 1, Prudence Fuller; 2, Eliza Ann Howard. 


JONATHAN JENNISON, 5 (John* Samuel, 3 Samuel, 2 Robert, 1 ) 
posthumous son of John Jennison 4 of Lunenburg; b. there, Dec. 25, 
1751 ; m. Rhoda Ashley of Ilartland, Vt. 

He went, in childhood, with his mother, to Walpole, N. II., and be- 
came a farmer there. He d. Sept. 11, 1835, a?. 84. His widow, 
Rhoda, d. Eeb. 20, 1840, a. 90. 

Their children were — 

228. tJonathan, 6 b. Aug. 30, 1775; m. Danie Dunham. 

229. tThomas, 6 b. Oct. 4, 1776 ; m. Martha Moore. 


230. Abigail, 6 b. March 22, 1778; d. May 8, 1778. 

231. Martin, 8 b. June 30, 1779; m. Hepzieth Fitch; went to the West ; d. at 

Bowling Green, Ky., May 20, 1816. His widow d. Jan. 10, 1824, a. 
39. Thev had— 

232. Alfred,'' b. Oct. 2, 1805 ; d. . 

233. Rhoda, 6 b. Sept. 3, 1781 ; m. June 4, 1812, Capt. Pliny Bliss, a very enter- 

prising man ; moved from Walpole to Cincinnati, in 1815, and soon 
after to Covington, Ky., where he d. March 4, 1854, a. 78. His wife, 
Rhoda, d. of cholera, May, 1849. 

234. Daniel, 6 b. Nov. 30, 1782; in. Martha Ashley of Hartland, Vt. He was 

a physician, of Hartland. He d. many years ago. One child — 

235. Martha, 7 m. W. S. Dickinson of Lebanon, N. H. Both are 

236. Abigail, 6 b. Sept. 23, 1786 ; unm. ; of Walpole, N. H., in 1863. 

237. tCharles, 6 b. Feb. 1789 ; m. Betsey Mahan. 


WILLIAM JENNISOX,* (Israel* Peter, 3 Samuel, 2 Robert, 1 ) 
youngest son of Capt. Israel 4 and Mary (Hey wood) Jennison of Wor- 
cester ; b. April 12, 1758; m. 1, Jan. 22, 1783, Elizabeth Stowell, 
b. 1763, dau. of Cornelius and Levilla Stowell of Worcester. She d. 
Nov. 21, 1784, a. 21. 2, Oct. 31, 1788, Sarah Sumner, 6 b. May 6, 
1764, dau. of Rev. Joseph Sumner, D. D., ord. pastor at Shrewsbury, 
June 23, 1762, and d. Dec. 9, 1824, having sustained the pastoral office 
there, 62 years. His wife was Lucy Williams of Pomfret, Ct. See 
Geneal. Reg., Vol. VIII., pp. 128/, VzSn. 

He lived at Shrewsbury, until September. 1803 ; then removed to 
S wanton, Vt., where he resided the remainder of his life. He died 
July 19, 1819, a. 61. His wife Sarah died Feb. 1, 1832, a?. 68. 

His children, all by second wife, were — born in Shrewsbury — 

238. Elizabeth, 6 b. July 24, 1789; m. Paul Robinson, who d. June 15, 1828. 

She is now living, 1863, at Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

239. tJoseph Sumner, 8 b. March 15, 1791 ; m. Theda Barber. 
i/^40. tNahum Eager, 6 b. April 25, 1793; m. Betsev Hubbard. I 

241. tCharles Horace, 6 b. March 2, 1796; m. Olive (Wait) Herrick. 

242. tWilliam Danielson, 6 b. Sept. 10, 1798; m. Mary Valentine. 

Born in S wanton, Vt. — 

243. Israel Stowell, 6 b. May 24, 1801 ; m. Jan. 1, 1832, Phebe Clark, who was 

b. Jan. 29, 1808, and d. June 9, 1861. He is still living, 1863, a farmer, 
in Highgate, Vt., which joins Swanton on the north. His children 
were — 

244. Homer Clark, 7 b. Dec. 31, 1834 ; carries on his father's farm. 

245. Sarah Frances, 7 b. Dec. 10, 1839 ; d. Dec. 2, 1845. 

246. Sarah Sumner,' 5 b. June 6, 1803 ; m. Stephen P. Hollenbeck, and d. 1833. 

247. Samuel Williams, 6 b. Aug. 2, 1807 ; unm. ; d. July 27, 1825. 

248. Erastus Griffin, 6 b. March 4, 1810 ; m. Oct. 14, 1841, Mary Ann Hollenbeck, 

who was b. July 1, 1811. He is, 1863, an innkeeper in Swanton, Vt. 
Children — 

249. Stunner Hollenbeck, 7 b. March 6, 1843 ; he is in the army. 

250. Stephen Erastus, 7 b. June 5, 1848 ; now in school. 


JOSEPH BROOKS JENNISON, 5 (Samuel* Peter, 3 Samuel 2 
Robert, 1 ) eldest son of Samuel 4 and Mary (Haywood) Jennison of 
Shrewsbury; b. Jan. 5, 1756; m. June 24, 1792, Damaris Howe, 
dau. of Gideon Howe. 


He lived in Shrewsbury, and served in the war of the Revolution, 
for which he obtained a pension, in 1818. 
His children were — 

251. Mary, 8 b. March 2, 1793. 256. Eunice, 6 b. Aug. 15, 1801. 

252. Oliver, 6 b. July 5, 1794. 257. Relief, 6 b. Feb. 16, 1804. 

253. Henry, 6 b. March 25, 1796. 258. Samuel, 6 b. Jan. 25, 1806. 

254. James, 6 b. Jan. 21, 1798. 259. Andrew, 6 b. Aug. 28, 1808. 

255. Levi, 6 b. Sept. 20, 1799. 

I have endeavored, without success, to obtain a more complete ac- 
count of this family. Mr. James Jennison, 7 Tutor in Elocution at 
Harvard University, is of this family, and, I believe, a son of 
James 6 [254]. 


JOHN JENNISON, 5 (Samuel* Peter, 3 Samuel? Robert, 1 ) brother 
of the preceding ; b. in Shrewsbury, July 21, 17G1 ; m. 1, Feb. 26, 
1799, Sarah Flint, dau. of Edward Flint. 2, in 1806, Dolly 
Spooner, 5 b. May 12, 17G9, dau. of Wing and Eunice (Stevens) 
Spooner of Petersham. She d. Sept. 23, 1852, a. 83. 

He lived in Petersham ; also, it is said, in Phillipston. 

His children, by second wife, were — 

260. Sally, 6 b. April 25, 1808 ; unm. ; d. June 5, 1831. 

261. Flint, 6 b. Jan. 9, 1810 ; of Petersham ; m. 1836, Mary Stone, b. Aug. 21, 

1810, dau. of Ebenezer and Hannah (Murdock) Stone. Their chil- 
dren were — 

262. Sarah A.? b. July 23, 1840. 

263. John F? b. Oct. 24, 1843. 

264. Edward? b. Nov. 8, 1845. 

265. Ella M.i b. Dec. 31, 1850. 

266. Joseph, 6 b. Jan. 28, 1816; of Belleville, Illinois; m. Nancy Whiteside, b. 
Feb. 25, 1825. He d. March 6, 1845. His children were— 

267. Sarah E., 7 b. Oct. 1842 ; d. Nov. 1842. 

268. John E. 7 b. April 22, 1843. 


LEVI JENNISON,* (Samuel* Peter, 3 Samuel, 2 Robert, 1 ) brother 
of the preceding ; b. in Shrewsbury, July 20, 1763 ; m. March 28, 
1789, Ruth Hemenway, b. 1769, dau. of Silas Hemenway. 

He lived in Shrewsbury, till after the birth of his son, Ethan ; then 
removed to Shoreham, Vt., where he d. Dec. 21, 1798, a. 35. His 
widow, Ruth, m. Benjamin Tower, and was living, in 1854, a. 85. 

The children of Levi and Ruth Jennison, were — 

269. Ethan, 6 b. in Shrewsbury, July 6, 1789; d. young. 

270. tSilas Hemenway, 6 b. in Shoreham, May 17, 1791 ; m. Manila II. Bush. 

271. ti J olly, 6 b. May 20, 1795 ; m. Levi Bigelow Harrington. 


ELIAS JENNISON, 5 (Ellas* Robert? Samuel? Robert, 1 ) son of 
Elias 4 and Hannah (Twist) Jennison ; b. in Millbury, then a part of 
Sutton, July 4, 1756; m. Betty Gage of Sutton, July 1, 1779. 

He settled, soon after the Revolutionary War, in Western New 
York, then the limit, or nearly so, of emigration to " the West." Not 


long after, he was killed by the falling of a tree. The family removed 
to Saratoga County, N. Y., and settled there. Here Mrs. Jennison 
died many years ago. 

Their children, so far as is now known, were — 

272. Elias, 5 ; removed about 1830, to Ohio, where it is presumed his family 

now are. 

273. A dau. 6 ; m. Barker; had several children, one of whom is 

living in Brooklyn, N. Y. 

274. A dau. 6 ; m. Green ; lived near Albany, but moved away. 

275. William, 6 ; had a wife and four children ; lived in Stillwater, Saratoga 

Co., N. Y. He d. of consumption, July 18, 1827. Children, all b. in 
Stillwater — 

276i William L. 7 ; an apothecary, in Albany, N. Y. 

277. Harriet L. 7 ; m. Silas G. Smith; lives in Mechanics ville, 

Saratoga Co., N. Y., 1859. 
Two daughters, names unknown. 

There may have been others. 


ROBERT JENNISON,* {Elias* Robert, 9 Samuel, 2 Robert, 1 ) son of 
Elias 4 and Hannah (Twist) Jennison of Sutton ; b. there, May 18, 
1758; m. Hannah Howe of Townshend, Vt. 

He lived in Sutton, in the part which is now Millbury. He and his 
brother William were Revolutionary soldiers. After the Revolutionary 
war he settled in Townshend, Vt., and married there, as above. 

Robert Jennison of Sutton enlisted for the war as a private, April 
1, 1777, in Capt. Blanchard's Company, in the Ninth (Col. James 
Wesson's) Massachusetts Regiment of Continental troops, and served 
45 months. [Mass. Archives. 

His children were- 

278. Elias. 6 281. Warren. 5 

279. Hannah. 6 282. Sally. 6 

ocn r!.,»Jn„» S oqq KoIoiy. 6 

-J,'. i l, mil. in. ^.o-. kjaii^. 

280. Gardner. 6 283. Salem. 6 


WILLIAM JENNISON, 3 {Elias* Robert, 9 Samuel, 2 Robert, 1 ) 
brother of the preceding; b. Jan. 18, 1760; m. in Sutton, July 7, 
1784, Judith Kenney of Sutton, who was b. Jan. 27, 1766. 

He lived in Sutton, in the part which is now Millbury. He and his 
brother, Robert, were soldiers of the Revolution, in the same company 
and regiment. 

William Jennison of Sutton was a private in Capt. Blanchard's 
Company, in the Ninth (Col. James Wesson's) Regiment of the Massa- 
chusetts Line, in the Continental Army. He enlisted, April 1, 1777, 
for three years, and served 35 months. [Mass. Archives. 

After the war, he married, as above, and removed to Townshend, Vt., 
in the spring of 1787 or 1788. He d. Feb. 14, 1838, a?. 78. His widow 
Judith d. March 19, 1855, se. 89. 

Their children were — born in Millbury — 

284. John, 6 b. Feb. 3, 1785 ; m. Hannah Brown. Children— 

285. Lorencia. 7 289. Lorinda. 7 

286. Lucius Alexander. 7 290. Elhanan Winchester. 7 

287. Joseph Austin. 7 291. Samuel Alson. 7 

288. Orra Amsdel. 7 

" The preceding are farmers, residing in Pennsylvania." 


292. Hannah, 6 b. Nov. 14, 1786 ; m. Zolva Cobleigh. Children— 

293. Sophronia, ra. John Sweet. 297. Nelson, m. Powers. 

294. Joseph. 298. Diantha, m. Powers. 

295. Lucinda, m. Dennis Phelps. 299. Pkinicy, m. St. Johns. 

296. Sophia, m. Edwin Baldwin. 300. Emetine, m. McLane. 

*' The above reside mainly in Illinois." 

Born in Townshend, Vt. — 

301. Olive, 6 b. Jan. 4, 1789 ; m. her cousin, Ezra Lovell, Esq., of Millbury [107]. 

302. Austin (Lovell), m. Mallory. 

303. Russell (Lovell), unm. 

304. Ann (Lovell), m. Hardy. 

" The preceding are manufacturers in Massachusetts." [In Millbury?] 

305. Reuben, 6 ; d. at nine years of age. 

306. Samuel, 6 ; d. at four years of age. 

307. Betsey, 6 twin of Sophia, 6 b. Feb. 9, 1796 ; m. John Gould. Children— 

308. William (Gould), m. Helen Merry; a baker, in Boston. 

309. John (Gould), m. Sarah Morse; in Boston. 

310. Chandler (Gould). 

311. Elvira (Gould), m. Sylvester Sparks. 

312. Ahnira (Gould), m. James Shipman. 

313. Joseph (Gould), m. Marilla Copeland. 

314. Sarah (Gould), m. Charles Carter. 

"The preceding are mostly farmers .in Newfane, Vt." 
315. Sophia, 6 twin of Betsey, 6 b. Feb. 9, 1796; m. Dec. 20, 1819, Benjamin 
Howe of Townshend, Vt., b. April 23, 1796. Children— 

316. Mary (Howe), b. Sept 2, 1818 ; m. Richard Everett, after 1857. 

317. Leland (Howe), b. Feb. 13, 1821 ; m. . 

318. Sophia (Howe), b. June 10, 1824; m. July 26, 1848, Jerome S. 

Parker of Worcester, Mass. 

319. Oscar (Howe), b. Dec. 15, 1826; m. 1, Dec. 15, 1S50, Olive 

Davis of Royalston, Mass. 2, Fiorina Pierce. 

320. Benjamin (Howe), b. Aug. 25, 1829; a Methodist minister; 

321. Alphonso (Howe), b. Dec. 20, 1832; unmarried, 1862. 

322. Ellen J. (Howe), b. June 17, 1839 ; unmarried, 1862. 
" The preceding are mostly farmers in Townshend, Vt." 

323. Polly, 6 b. Feb. 15, 1798; m. Dudley Howe. Children — 

324. Mary (Howe), m. Alonzo Stevens. 

325. Alden (Howe), m. Mary Stevens. 

326. Daniel (Howe), d. — . 

327. Albert (Howe), m. Emeline Melendy. 

328. Emerson (Howe), m. Elnora Dodge. 

329. Bradley (Howe), m. Loriuda Abbot. 

330. William (Howe), unm. 

" The preceding reside in Londonderry, Vt." 

331. Samuel, 6 b. Aug. 29, 1800; m. Pamela Newell. He is a farmer, and 

resides in Sunderland, Mass. Had two children, both deceased. 

332. Havel, 6 b. Nov. 20, 1803; m. Almira Farwell. He is a farmer. Resides 

in West Townsend, or Windham, Vt. Children — 

333. Ellen AlzinaJ 

334. Romanzo Farmell, 7 m. . 

335. Ormando S. 7 

336. Almira Frances. 7 

337. tJoseph, 6 b. May 4, 1807 ; m. Persis C. Rice. 

338. Silence, 6 b. May 5, 1810; m. Jonathan Melendy. No child. 



MARY JENNISON,* (William? William* Samuel, 3 Samuel? 
Robert, 1 ) eldest child of Dr. William* and Mary (Staples) Jennison ; 
b. in Milford, Oct. 13, 1755 ; m. Dec. 25, 1776, Jonathan Whipple,* 
b. Sept. 8, 1752, son of David 4 and Martha (Reed) Whipple,* 

He resided at Douglas and Uxbridge ; and died at the latter place, 
Dec. 17, 1839, a. 87. She died Sept. 3, 1812, sb. 57. 

Her father, Dr. Jennison, was a zealous supporter of the Revolution, 
and on the birth of her twin sons, within the first year after marriage, 
and while the country was rejoicing over the surrender of Burgoyne, 
insisted on naming them Liberty and Independence. These names, 
accordingly, they bore during life. 

The children of Jonathan and Mary (Jennison) Whipple, were — 

339. Liberty ("Whipple), ) twins, b. ) d. Aug. 6, 1851, re. 74. 

340. Independence (Whipple), j Oct.31, 1777 ; j no. Jan. 25, 1824, Sophia Man- 

ton, dau. of Daniel Manton of Johnston, R. I. He was a " yeoman," at 
Uxbridge. She d. July 1.3, 1830. Their children were — 

341. Liberty (Whipple), b. Jan. 25, 1825 ; m. May 23, 1849, Eliza- 

beth Thayer Kelley, b. Jan. 22, 1822. He is a painter. 

342. George Manton (Whipple), b. July 24, 1827; a machinist; d. at 

Johnston, R. I., April 17, I860. 

343. Nathaniel Jennison (Whipple), b. May 29, 1779 ; d. Sept. 8, 1786. 

344. Charles (Whipple), b. March 21, 1781 ; m. 1, Sept. 10, 1807, Mary King, 

dau. of James and Judith (Norris) King of Salem. She was b. July 22, 
1781, and d. at Newburyport, June 9, 1834. 2, Mrs. Rebecca King, 

widow of . He was a bookseller, of Newburyport, and d. there, 

July 28, 1859. His children were— 

* The Whipple Family. 

Tradition reports that the Whipple family came originally from "Wales, and that 
there were four brothers, David, Jeremiah, William, and Thomas. The present 
sketch is concerned only with the posterity of David. 

David Whipple 1 purchased lands in Cumberland, R. I., then a part of Rehoboth, 
Mass., of Mr. Blackstone, son of the celebrated William Blackstone, the first settler 
on the peninsula of Shawmut, [Boston] which he occupied probably as early as 
1624. He settled in Rehoboth, the part which is now Cumberland, in 1634, where 
he lived till his death, May 26, 1675. At what time David Whipple made the land 
purchase of his son, the writer is not informed ; the purchaser, however, seems to 
have been in advanced years. Some of his descendants occupied the same land in 
1848, and they probably still occupy it. The estate descended to his son Jeremiah 

Whipple, 2 who was b. 1655, m. — Shippy [Shippen 1] and (1. 1720, leaving 

his property to his son Jeremiah. 3 

Jeremiah Whipple, 3 b. 1684, m. Deborah Bucklin ; and d. 1760. Children- 
Jeremiah, 4 ; m. Hannah Bowen. 

David, 4 ; m. Martha Reed. 

Martha, 4 ; m. . 

Sarah, 4 ; m. John Dexter. 

David Whipple. 4 ; m. Martha Reed, July 7, 1737 ; he d. 1776. Children- 
Simon, 5 b. Sept. 28, 1738; m. Miller; lived in Cumberland. 

David, 5 b. July 14, 1740; a bachelor. 

George, 5 b. July 11, 1742 ; m. Sarah Corey; lived in Providence, R. I. 

0;is, 5 b. Aug. i9, 1744 ; m. Mary Arnold ; lived in Utica, N. Y. 

Cynthia, 5 b. Aug. 17, i746 ; m. Isaac Bray ton ; lived in New York. 

Lydia, 5 b. Sept. 7, 1748; m. Zebedee Arnold; lived in Smithfield, R. I. 

Amy, 5 b. Nov. 2, 1750 ; m. Joseph Bucklin. 

Jonathan, 5 b. Sept. 8, 1752 ; m. Mary Jennison, in the text; lived in Douglas. 

Benjamin, 5 b. Nov. 17, 1754. 

Joseph, 3 b. March 21, 1761 ; d. July 18, 1762. 


345. Charles King (Whipple), b. Nor. 17, 180S; m. Sept. 22, 1853, 

Mrs. E. C. Goodwin, b. April 13, 1813, daughter of Rev. 
Calvin and Elizabeth (Wheeler) Philleo. Mr. Whipple grad. 
Amherst College, 1831 ; studied medicine; was for twenty 
years an apothecary, and afterwards an Agent of the Ameri- 
can Anti-Slavery Society. Lives in Boston. 

346. James King (Whipple), b. March 12, 1810; was a bookseller in 

Boston ; unmarried ; died June 21, 1850. 

347. Henry (Whipple), b. Jan. 28, 1812; d. Dec. 2, 1830. 

348. Mary Elizabeth (Whipple), b. July 21, 1813 ; d. Sept. 2, 1825. 

349. Sarah King (Whipple), b. Aug. 8, 1815; m. April 16, 1845, 

George Lambert, son of Luke and Celia Maria Lambert. 
She d. Sept. 6, 1848. Children— 

350. Mary Whipple (Lambert), b. Aug. 10, 1846; d. 

A"ug- 23, 1848. 

351. Alice (Lambert), b. Aug. 30, 1848; d. ab't 6 ms. old. 

352. Samuel King ( Whipple), b. April 28, 1817 ; unm. ; was a book- 

seller, and publisher, (firm, S. K. Whipple & Co.,) Boston. 

353. Martha Ann (Whipple), b. March 9, 1819 ; d. 8 months old. 

354. George (Whipple), b. Sept. 23, 1820 ; d. 4 weeks old. 

355. George (Whipple), b. Dec. 24, 1822; m. Oct. 25, 1854, Eliza- 

beth A. Noyes, dau. of Daniel and Mary H. (Parish) Noyes 
of Byfield. He was a bookseller, in Boston, and d. Dec. II, 
1856. One child— 
356. George Noyes (Whipple), b. Oct. 18, 1856. 

357. Sophia (Whipple), b. March 19, 1783; unm. ; d. Jan. 26, 1859. 

358. William Jennison (Whipple), b. May 28, 1787; H. C. 1805; studied law 

at Newburyport, with Hon. D. A. White ; practised law at Cambridge ; 
m. May 21, 1841, Charlotte M. (Holden) Lander, formerly of Salem, 
then of Cambridge. He d. Nov. 4. 1850, a. 63. 

359. Henry (Whipple), b. at Douglas, June 24, 1789 ; m. Sept. 25, 1816, Har- 

riet King, b. Nov. 8, 1793, dau. of James and Judith (Norris) King of 
Salem. She d. at Salem, Jan. 13, 1854, having had ten children. He 
engaged in the bookselling and book-publishing business, in Salem, Oct. 
1810, and continued in it — the latter part of the time having his son as 
a partner — more than half a century, viz., till July, 1861, when he sold 
his interest therein to A. Augustus Smith. The business is now con- 
tinued under the firm of George M. Whipple and A. A. Smith. He 
was Lieut. Colonel of the Regiment of Artillery in the County of Essex, 
in 1819; and member of the first Board of Aldermen at the organiza- 
tion of the City Government of Salem, in 1836. He is, and has long 
been a member of the Tabernacle Church. 
His children have been — 

360. Harriet Lawrence (Whipple), b. Aug. 31, 1817 ; unm. 

361. Mary Jennison (Whipple) b. July 23, 1819; m. May 19, 1845, 

Rev. George B. Jewett, b. Sept. 11, 1818; son of Rev. 
Paul Jewett, by his wife Eleanor M. Punchard, dau. of 
John Punchard, Esq., of Salem. Mr. Jewett grad. Amherst 
College, 1840; was Professor of Latin, in Amherst College ; 
settled in the ministry at Nashua, N. H. ; dismissed in con- 
sequence of severe injuries received at a railroad crossing, 
in Nashua; now resides in Salem. Their only child — 
362. Henry Paul (Jewett), b. June 5, 1846 ;* was killed by 

the same casualty which disabled his father, April 

15, 1856. 

363. Henri/ (Whipple), b. June 18, 1821 ; unm. ; d. Aug. 26, 1843. 

364. Elizabeth King (Whipple), b. Nov. 7, 1823 ; unm. 

365. Charles Horace (Whipple), b. June 4, 1826; d. Nov. 20, 1827. 

366. Charles James (Whipple), b. Sept. 9, 1827; Teller in Traders' 

Bank, Boston ; unm. ; d. at Salem, July 6, 1860. 

367. Geon/e Manton (Whipple), b. Jan. 9, 1830; m. May 4, 1854, 

Elizabeth Donaldson Webb, b. Nov. 6, 1831, dau. of William 
and Isabella (Donaldson) Webb of Salem. He is a book- 
seller, in Salem ; formerly in company with his father, now 


with A. A. Smith. He was also Captain of Company F, in 
the 23d Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, in General 
Burnside's Expedition ; was in the battle of Roanoke Island, 
Feb. 8, 1862, and taking of Newbern ; was also in the battles 
of Kinston and Whitehall, under Gen. Foster; resigned, 
May, 1863, in consequence of ill health. Children — 

368. Isabella Graham (Whipple), b. Feb. 27, 1855. 

369. Alice Bridges (Whipple), b. Oct. 5, 1858. 

370. Martha Ellen (Whipple), b. Jan. 16,1832; m. Oct. 19, 1854, 
John Christopher Osgood, b. March 21, 1826, son of John 
B. and Hannah Osgood of Salem. He is a merchant, in 
Salem. Children — 

371. Harriet King (Osgood), b. March 14, 1857. 

372. Margaret Manton (Osgood), b. May 1, 1860. 

373. William Horace (Whipple), b. Dec. 18, 1833; book-keeper in 

Merchants Bank, Salem. 

374. Catharine (Whipple), b. March 11, 1836 ; d. April 8, 1838. 
375. Mary (Whipple), b. June 16, 1791 ; m. May 6, 1812, Joseph Manton of 

Providence, who was b. Aug. 1, 1784. She d. Aug. 18, 1832, having 
had nine children — 

376. Charles (Manton), b. June 26, 1813 ; d. Dec. 20, 1830. 

377. William Henri/ (Manton), b. Sept. 2, 1815 ; d. . 

378. Sarah (Manton), b. March 10, 1818 ; m. April 28, 1842, Charles 

S. Bradley of Providence, b. July 18, 1819; grad. Brown 
University. A lawyer, in Providence ; d. Dec. 12, 1854. 

379. Manton ("Bradley), b. April 12, 1843. 

380. Charles (Bradley), b. May 6, 1845. 

381. George Lothrop (Bradley), b. Oct. 4, 1846. 

382. Mary (Bradley), b. April 12, 1849 ; d. Oct. 2, 1850. 

383. Susan (Bradley), b. Jan. 6, 1852 ; d. Aug. 20, 1854. 

384. Mary Whipple (Manton), b. May 16, 1820 ; d. July 31, 1821. 

385. Mary Whipple (Manton), b. De'c. 28, 1821 ; m. 1, March 28, 

1842, Walter Nesmith, who d. 1847. 2, March 8, 1853, 
Isaac Proud, b. March 8, 1822, son of Samuel and Amy 
(Hill) Proud; grad. Brown University, 1847. Children — 

386. Mary Manton (Proud), b. March 21, 1854. 

387. Sarah Bradley (Proud), b. Feb. 20, 1856; d. a week 

387*. Amy (Proud). 

388. Joseph Borden (Manton), b. Dec. 18, 1823; a merchant in 

Mobile. Died several vears since. 

389. Walter Bartlet (Manton), b. Oct. 27, 1827 ; d. Aug. 19, 1832. 

390. Edward George (Manton), b. Dec. 1, 1829 ; d. Aug. 5, 1832. 

391. Walter Bartlet (Manton), b. Aug. 10, 1832; m. June 4, 1856, 

Helena A. Stevens, b. Jan. 14, 1836, dau. of Asa and 
Sarah Rowena (Porter) Stevens. He was a Lieutenant in a 
Rhode Island regiment, at Hilton Head, S. C, at which 
place he died a few months since. 


WILLIAM JENNISON, 6 ( William, 5 William* Samuel, 3 Samuel? 
Robert, 1 ) eldest son of Dr. William 5 and Mary (Staples) Jennison ; b. 
in Milford, Aug. 4, 1757 ; m. in Boston, March 3, 1784, Mary 
Vibert* of that town. 

He grad. H. C. 1774, and shortly afterwards commenced the study 
of law, with Caleb Strong of Northampton, afterwards Governor of 

* So the name is spelled on the Boston Town Records, and in the letter to me 
of her grandson, Joseph F. Jennison. But Dr. Jennison's Family Record, (see 
p. 251,) calls her Polly Wibert, and Dr. Bond, in his Watertown Genealogies, sup- 
poses the name may' be Wibird. For an example of Wibird: — Rev. Anthony 
Wibird, b. in Portsmouth, N. H., 1728; H. C. 1747; was ord. pastor of the First 
Church in Braintree, (now Quincy,) 1755; d. there, June 4, 1800, a. 72. 


Massachusetts. When the war of the Revolution broke out, he with 
his brother, Samuel, entered the military service of their country. It 
is said that he served during the whole war ; at one time, as lieutenant 
of marines.* In his later years, he received a pension, which was 
continued to his widow, till her death. After the war, he resided in 
Pennsylvania, and still further south, as a teacher. The closing years 
of his life were spent [in Boston ?] in literary pursuits for which he 
had a fondness. He suffered much from rheumatism, contracted in the 
military service. 

He d. in Boston, Dec. 24, 1843, a. 8G. His widow Mary d. there, 
April 11, 1853, a. DO. 

Their children were — 

392. Charles, 7 b. ; m. Ruth Beals of Boston, Dec. 26, 1816; m. by Rev. 

Francis Parkman of the New North Church. He was a ship-master, 
and died many years since. His widow was living in Boston, 1854. 
They had — 

.393. A dau. ; d. unm, 

394. ManjE.* m. Calvin Slade of Boston, Oct. 17, 1843. Mr. Slade 
was, in 1854, a merchant in San Francisco. 

395. tWilliam, 7 b. Aug:. 4, 1795 ; m. Maria Antoinette Fowler. 

396. Isaac W., 7 b. 1803; some time a merchant in Mississippi ; never married ; 

d. in Boston, April 10, 1847, a. 44. 

397. Benjamin, 7 ; "a merchant in the South" [Mississippi?] "where he 

married." He and his wife d. of cholera in the same year [18^2 I] 
leaving a dau. — 

398. Frances, 8 who m. Hooker, a lawyer of Jackson, Miss. 

399. Sarah Gummer, 7 ; m. Thomas Dunn of Boston, Dec. 9, 1838. They 

were m. by Rev. William Croswell, rector of Christ Church ; and were 
divorced, not long after. She was living in Boston, in 1854. Her 
only son — 

400. Benjamin Jennison (Dunn) was accidentally killed by being run 
over, in Cambridge Street, Boston, Jan. 5, 1854, a. 13. 


SAMUEL JENNISON, 6 Esq. ( William, 6 William? Samuel? Samuel? 
Robert?) brother of the preceding; b. in Milford, May 26, 1759 ; m. 
Dec. 25, 1781, Sally Fiske,* dau. of Rev. Nathan Fiske, 5 D. D., of 

* Such is the statement made to me by his grandson, J. F. Jennison. I do not 
find his name in the Mass. Archives ; but the Archives are defective. See p. 49. 
{ The Pedigkee of Sally Fiske is as follows: — 

I. NATHAN FISKE 1 settled in Watertown, as early as 1642; freeman, May 
10, 1643 ; Selectman of Watertown, 1673. His wife was Susanna, and he d. June 
21, 1676. 

II. Lieut. Nathan Fiske, 2 b. in Watertown, Oct. 17,1642; m. Elizabeth 
. Lived in Watertown; d. Oct. 1694 ; his wife d. May 15, 1696. 

III. Dea. Nathan Fiske, 3 b. in Watertown, Jan. 3, 1672-3; m. 1, Oct. 14, 
1696, Sarah Coolidge, 3 dau. of John, 2 who was son of John Coolidge 1 of Water- 
town. She d. Nov. 27, 1723. 2, May 22, 1729, Hannah (Coolidge) Smith, widow 
of Daniel Smith, and dau. of Simon Coolidge, 2 son of John. 1 He d. 1741. His 
eldest son, by first wife, was — 

IV. Nathan Fiske, 4 b. Feb. 25, 1701-2; of Weston. By his first wife, Anne 
Warren, dau. of Dea. John and Abigail (Livcrmorc) Warren, he had — 

V. Rev. Nathan Fiske, 5 b. Sept. 9, 1733 ; H. C. 1754; D. D., 1792 ; d. Nov. 
24,1799. He m. Oct. 19, 1758, Sarah Hill of Cambridge. He was pastor many 
years in Brookficld, and father of Sarah Fiske, 6 wife of Samuel Jennison, 6 in the 
text. [Bond's Watertown Genealogies. 


He grad. H. C. 1774, in the same class with his elder brother, Wil- 
liam. He served in the army of the Revolution three years as Lieu- 
tenant and Quartermaster in the Massachusetts Sixth Regiment (Col. 
Thomas Nixon's) of Continental troops, from 1777 to 1780. [Mass. 

Afterwards, he studied law, and was admitted to the Bar of Wor- 
cester County. He practised law, in Oxford, in that County, and else- 
where. He d. in Thomaston, Me., Sept. 1, 1826, a. 67. 

His children were — 

401. Nathan Fiske, 7 b. , 1783 ; unm. 

402. Sally, 7 b. Aug. 25, 1785 ; unm. 

403. tSamuel, 7 b. Feb. 24, 1788 ; m. Mary Gould Ellery. 

404. William, 7 b. Jan., 1790 ; of Worcester; m. 1, Mary Lynde Wheeler, dau. 

of Tlieophilus Wheeler, Esq., of Worcester; 2, Mrs. Walker, formerly 
Fiske, of Concord, N. H. His children have been — 

405. William Charles* unm. ; d. 1851. 

406. Harriet Lynde, 8 m. Charles Damon of Boston. 


Dr. TIMOTHY LINDALL JENNISON, 8 (William? William* 
Samuel, 2 Samuel? Robert?) brother of the preceding ; b. in Milford. 
July 15, 1761 ; m. Aug. 24, 1790, Mary Emilia Elizabeth Belcher* 
of Boston, b. in Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 3, 1760, dau. of Hon. 
Jonathan Belcher 4 by his wife, Abigail Allen.* 

* The Pedigree of Mary E. E. Belcher is as follows : — 

I. ANDREW BELCHER, 1 was of Sudbury, 1640; of Cambridge, 1646; m. 
Elizabeth, dau. of Nicholas Danforth. She d. June 26, 1682, a. 62. 

II. Hon. Andrew Belcher, 2 b. in Cambridge, Jan. 19, 1646-7 ; was of Bos- 
ton, 1677, where he d. Oct. 31, 1717, a. 70, " the most opulent merchant of his time 
in Boston, an ornament and blessing to his country." He was a Captain, an Assist- 
ant, a member of the Council of Safety in 1689, (see p. 107 of this volume,) 
and a member of the Council under the Charter, from 1702 till his death. He m. 
July 1, 1670, Sarah Gilbert, b. July 25, 1651, dau. of Jonathan Gilbert of Hart- 
ford. Their only son — 

III. Hon. Jonathan Belcher, 3 b. in Boston, Jan. 8, 1681-2 ; H. C. 1699 ; 
spent six years of travel in Europe ; returned to Boston ; m. at Portsmouth, N. 
H., Mary, dau. of William Partridge, Lieut. Gov. of New Hampshire ; was a 
member of the Provincial Assembly, and afterwards of the Council of Massachu- 
setts Bay; went to England as Agent of the Province, in 1729 ; was appointed by 
the king, Governor of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Nov. 29, 1729; con- 
tinued in that office till 1741, when he was superseded in Massachusetts by William 
Shirley, and in New Hampshire by Benning Wentworth ; was appointed Governor 
of New Jersey, in 1747, in which office he continued till his death, which occurred 
at Elizabethtown, Aug. 31, 1757. He was a man truly religious, a warm friend of 
the Revival of 1740, and of great worth of character. His second son — 

IV. Hon. Jonathan Belcher, 4 was b. in Boston, July 23, 1710 ; H. C. 1728 ; 
studied Law at the Temple, in London ; attained some eminence at the English 
Bar; m. in Boston, April 8, 1756, Abigail Allen; removed to Chebucto, now 
Halifax, N. S., where, in 1760, he was appointed Lieut. Governor of Nova Scotia, 
and in 1761, Chief Justice of the same Province; and where he died, March 29, 
1776, 03. 66. [Geneal. Reg. III., 281 ; IV., 345. 

The following is copied from the Family Bible of Hon. Jonathan Belcher 4 of 
Halifax, loaned to me in 1853, by his grandson, William Jennison 7 [408]. It is 
now in the possession of Col. Henry Whipple, Salem [359] : — 

" Jonathan Belcher, Chief Justice of His Majesty's Province of Nova 
Scotia, son of Jonathan Belcher, Esq., Governor of New Jersey, was married to 
Abigail Allen,* daughter to Jeremiah Allen, Esq., of Boston, New England, 

* Abigail Allen was sister to Jeremiah Allen, Sheriff of Suffolk. He was a bachelor. 


He grad. H. C. 1782; was Tutor there, from 1785 to 1788; and 
received from that college the degree of M. D., in 1 824. He was long 
a physician, in Cambridge, and a member of the Massachusetts Medical 
Society. In his latter years he was in reduced worldly circumstances. 

He d. in Cambridge, Oct, 19, 1845, a. 84. His widow d. Aug. 16. 
1848, a. 88. [Family Bible. 

Their children were — 

407. Mary Ann, 7 b. Aug. 5, 1792 ; d. Anrr. 27, 1792. 

408. William, 7 b. April 1, 1794; iinm. ; formerly of Cambridge, afterwards of 

Boston. He was of defective mental constitution, and although de- 
scended from a long line of almost princely ancestors, gained a sub- 
sistence as a carrier of newspapers about the streets of Boston. He d. 
of erysipelas, in Boston, Feb. 8, 1859, as. 65. The following no'ice of 
him appeared after his death, in the (Unitarian) Christian Register of 
Feb. 12, 1859. 

" Mr. Jennison has been for nearly twenty years a faithful carrier on 
one list of our city subscribers. He was a ma'n of moral worth, strictly 
conscientious, and of unquestionable integrity. We may say also that 
he was a well-established Christian believer, and after the decease of all 
his near relatives, found support from his faith in his last solitary days." 

409. Andrew Belcher, 7 b. July, 1795; d. July 12, 1795. 

410. Marv Emilia Elizabeth, 7 ' b. Oct. 27, 1796; unm.; d. at Cambridge, Feb. 

20, 1853. 

411. Andrew Belcher, 7 b. Dec. 8, 1798; unm.; d. at Baton Rouge, La., July 

12, 1829. 

412. Francis, 7 b. July 10, 1801 ; unm.; d. May 28, 1826. 

413. Louisa, 7 b. July 29, 1804 ; unm.; d. July* 15, 1843. 


EBENEZER JENNISON, 5 Esq., (William? William* Samuel, 3 
Samuel? Robert, 1 ) brother of the preceding ; b. in Milford, March 27, 
17G6; m. Sally Webb, in Boston, Aug. 4, 1791. Married by Rev. 
Joseph Eckley, D. D., of the Old South Church. 

Mention has already been made of the purchase by his father, in 
1 780, of one thousand acres of land, in Sterlingtown Plantation, now 
Union, Me. As early as 1786, Ebenezer Jennison went there to re- 
side. He taught the first " man's school" in that town, in a log-house, 
about 1788. He also taught the first singing-school there, in the same 
log school-house. He was also a surveyor, and, about 1795, made a 
plan of the town, which is now in the office of the Secretary of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was Selectman, 1795 and 1799; 

the 8th day of April, 1756, being Thursday, about 9 o'clock in the evening; said 
Jonathan Belcher being then 45 years and about 9 months old, and said Abigail 
Allen being 27 years and near 11 months old. Were married at Boston, by the 
Rev. Mr. Henry Caner, minister of King's Chapel, Boston, aforesaid. 

" Children horn to Jonathan Belcher and Abigail his wife — 

Jonathan Belcher was born 22 Jan. 1757, at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Died 26 
Aug., 1757. 

Gilbert Jonathan Belcher was born at Halifax, 17 May, 1759. Died Aug. 31, 1763. 

Mary Emilia Elizabeth Belcher was born at Halifax, 3 June, 1760. 

Abigail Belcher was born at Halifax, 12 Nov. 1761. Died 6 Sept. 1766. 

Andrew Belcher was born at Halifax, 22 July, 1763. 

Jonathan Belcher was horn at Halifax, 14 Aug. 1765. Died 29 June, 1772. 

William Jeremiah Belcher was born in Halifax, .7 May, 1770, at 11.55 P.M. 
Died at 4 the following morning. 

All baptized by Rev. John Breynton, Episcopal minister of Halifax." 


Assessor, 1801 ; was the first Justice of the Peace, in the town, 1795. 
Soon after 1802, he removed from Union to Dixmont, Me., where he 
died, Oct. 1843, a. 77. [Sibley's History of Union. 
His children were — 

414. Ebenezer, 7 ; a farmer, of Charleston, Me. ; living in 1854. 

415. Timothy Lindall, 7 a carpenter and farmer ; of Dixmont, Me. 

416. Mary Emilia Elizabeth, 7 m. Bartlet Jackson of East Corinth, Mc. In Oct. 

1854, he had sold his place there, and expected to remove. 

417. A daughter, 7 m. Wilder of Dixmont, Me. 

418. A daughter, 7 m. ; names not recollected. 


SAMUEL JENNISON, 6 {John," John, 4 Samuel, 3 Samuel, 2 Robert, 1 ) 
second son of Capt, John 5 and Kezia (Spring) Jennison of Walpole, 
N. H. ; b. Aug. 29, 17G9; m. in Weathersfield, Vt., in 1802, Ruth 
Porter Steele, who was b. there, June 8, 1 784. 

He was a mason ; of Weathersheld, Vt. and Windsor, Vt. ; after- 
wards of Peru, Ind., where he d. Feb. 2, 1835, a. G5. His wife Ruth 
d. in Pike County, Ohio, July 16, 1834, a. 50. 

Their children were — 

419. tOzro P., 7 b. Oct. 20, 1802 ; m. Margaret McMaster. 

420. Eloisa, 7 b. May 26, 1804; d. March 16, 1815. 

421. George Hubbard, 7 b. July 28, 1806 ; d. March 17, 1815. 

422. tHenry Quartus, 7 b. Oct. 17, 1810; m. Mary Beal Steinberger. 

423. Louisa Marion, 7 b. Sept. 14, 1816 ; m. in Roekville, ()., Sept. 1833, Robert 

James Preston, merchant, of Augusta, Ivy., now, 1854, in California. 
She d. July 26, 1842. Four children. 

424. George Hubbard, 7 b. Dec. 15, 1819 ; a minister of the Methodist Episcopal 

Church; m. in Fairfield, Iowa, Jan. 16, 1843, Adeline Phenegar. 

425. Alice Gray, 3 b. Nov. 17, 1843. 

426. Mary Elizabeth, 8 b. Nov. 26, 1847 ; d. 1851. 

427. Louisa Preston, 8 b. Oct. 21, 1850. 

428. Joseph Hawkins, 8 b. July 14, 1853. 

429. John Spring, 7 b. Dec. 13, 1823 ; a mechanic, of Cincinnati; m. in Cincin- 

nati, Aug. 18, 1852, Elizabeth Amanda Monjar. 

430. James Steele, 7 b. Aug. 18, 1825 ; printer, and publisher of a paper in Ma- 

rion, Iowa; m. in Cincinnati, March 19, 1849, Frances Barker. 


JOHN JENNISON, 6 {John* John* Samuel? Samuel, 9 Robert, 1 ) 
son of Capt. John* and Sybil (Bishop) Jennison ; b. in Walpole, N. 
H., Feb. 7, 1773 ; m. there, March 18, 1794, Polly Gage, who d. 
Sept. 11, 1837. 

He resided in Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., where he bore sundry town 
and County offices. His children were — 

431. John Hubbard, 7 b. Feb. 15, 1795 ; a book keeper in a foundry, in Buffalo, N. 

Y., where he d. Dec. 17, 1846; m. in Pembroke, N. Y., Feb. 22, 1818, 
Sarah F. Sawver. His children were — 

432. Sarah Adeline, 8 b. April 17, 1819; m. Walter Campbell. 

433. Hannah Sophia 8 b. Nov. 3, 1821 ; m. Jacob L. Hilliker. 

434. Lafayette, 8 b. Oct. 21, 1824; a farmer; m. March 31, 1851, 

Henrietta Cook. 

435. Mary Jane, 8 b. May 15, 1828 ; m. Albert M. Waterman. 

436. Emma Caroline, 8 b. Jan. 30, 1836. 

437. Harriet Augusta 8 b. Oct. 7, 1842. 


438. Roderick, 7 b. April 15, 1796 ; of Monroe, Greene County, Mich. ; has had 

two wives and three sons. 

439. Josiah, 7 b. Feb. 13, 1798 ; d. in Oswego, N. Y., 1849, leaving a wife, three 

sons, and one daughter. 

440. Harry,* b. Feb. 16, 1800; of Niles, Mich., where he d. in 1847, leaving a 

wife and two sons. 

441. Alonzo, 7 I). March 22, 1803 ; of Sackett's Harbor; wife and one son. 

442. Mary Adeline, 7 b. July 2, 1809 ; m. at Sackett's Harbor, Dec. 10, 1829, 

Chester Mellen, merchant, of that place. Children — 

443. George Chester (Mellen), b. April 11, 1831. 

444. Sophia Adeline (Mellen), b. Sept. 6, 1832; m. Oct. 12,1858, 

Lieut. Charles B. Morgan, U. S. Army. 

445. Mary Glitz (Mellen), b. Oct 1, 1842; m. May 1, 1860, M. P. 

Small, U. S. Armv. 
446. William Henry, 7 b. April 25, 1815; of New York City; m. Oct. 8, 1840, 
Mary Cheesebrough of New Haven, Oswego Co., N. Y. Children— 

447. Helen Mary, 8 b. in Oswego, Oct. 7, 1841. 

448. Surah Cheesebrough, 8 b. in Brooklyn, N. Y., Jan. 27, 1847; 

d. . 

449. George, 7 b. Aug. 3, 1821 ; of New York City; m. Nov. 24, 1S47, Mary 
Nye of Sandwich, Mass. They had — 

450. George Augustas, 3 b. in' New York, Oct. 19, 1851. 


REBECCA JENNISON, 6 (John, 5 John* Samuel? Samuel? Robert, 1 ) 
sister of the preceding; b. in Walpole, N. H., Aug. 13, 1774; m. 
Feb. 11, 1798, Elijah Kilburn, son of John, and grandson of John 
Kilburn, the first settler of Walpole. 

He was a carpenter, of Walpole. He d. March 19, 1847. She d. 
Jan. 20, 1849. Their children were— 

451. Harriet (Kilburn), b. June 19, 1799 ; unm. ; d. April 8, 1830. 

452. Josiah (Kilburn), b. Jan. 2, 1801 ; m. 1, March 1, 1827, Emily Bonnev of 

Littleton, N. H. She d. Aug. 1860. 2, March, 1861, Mrs. Lydia Ann 
Colby, widow of Dr. John C. Colby of Franconia, N. H. He was first a 
fanner, afterwards a machinist, in Littleton. Has been a Representative 
in the New Hampshire Legislature. Bv first wife, three children. 

453. Mary Hubbard (Kilburn), b. Jan. 15, 1802; m. in Walpole, N. H., July 

15, 1825, Noah Smith, an iron-founder, of Fullersville, N. Y. Eight 

454. George (Kilburn), b. Dec. 1, 1803 ; m. 1, in Walpole, Dec. 18, 1825, Laura 

Hooper. She d. Aug. 25, 1855. 2, Oct. 1856, Elizabeth Kent. He 
was first a mechanic, of Walpole, afterwards a manufacturer at Fall 
River, and at Lonsdale, R. I. Ten children. 

455. John Jennison (Kilburn), b. Feb. 21, 1808 ; m. Jan. 11, 1831, Maria Eliza- 

beth Gage. He was keeper of a public house, in Boston ; afterwards a 
machinist at Fall River. Five children. 

456. Frederick (Kilburn), b. April 4, 1809; m. June 29, 1835, Mary Ann Wat- 

kins of Walpole. A fanner and mechanic, successively, in Littleton 
and Walpole. Five children. 

457. Elijah Carpenter (Kilburn), b. June 10,1811; m. in Boston, Sept. 24, 

1835, Mrs. Hannah S. (Carter) Upham of Boston. Formerly of Wal- 
pole ; a machinist, in 1854, of Fall River. Four children. 

458. Rebecca (Kilburn), b. Aug. 21, 1815; m. Oct. 20, 1841, Rodney Smith, 

a manufacturer of paper, of Hndley, Mass. Five children. 

459. William Jennison (Kilburn), b. Sept. 21, 1819; a merchant, of Augusta, 

Me. ; m. Nov. 24, 1857, Augusta P. Aiken of Hallowell, Me. 

The names of the grandchildren of this family, and the dates of (heir 
birth, etc., may be found in Bond's Watertown Genealogies, pp. 810, 811. 



MARY JENNISON, 6 (John, 5 John, 4 Samuel, 3 Samuel, 2 Robert, 1 ) 
sister of the preceding; b. in Walpole, N. II., Dee. 7, 1777 ; m. Sept. 
20, 1801, Solomon Godfrey. 

He was a blacksmith of Walpole ; afterwards of Langdon, N. H., 
and d. in Rochester, N. Y., Nov. 8, 1848. Their children were — 

460. Sarah Maria (Godfrey), b. Feb. 28, 1802; m. May 26, 1830, Willard S. 

Church, a farmer, of Northrield, Mass. No children. 

461. Clement Jennison (Godfrey), b. Nov. 14, 1803; m. May 13, 1834, Mary 

Boltwood Cooley of Amherst, Mass. He is a button manufacturer of 
Waterbury, Ct. " One child. 

462. Caroline Frances (Godfrey), b. Jan. 8, 1806 ; m. Aug. 11, 1830, Leander 

Goodwin, a merchant, of Forsyth, Ga. ; afterwards of Cassville; was 
quarter-master in the Florida war; d. in Cassville, Sept. 16, 1848. 
Four children. 

463. Eleanor Ann (Godfrey), b. Aug. 29, 1810 ; m. April 19, 1830, Ira Waldo, 

a carriage manufacturer, of Rochester, N. Y. No children. 

464. Henry Nelson (Godfrey), b. Feb. U, 1814 ; m. Jan. 1, 1839, Nancy Coch- 

ran Martin of Landgrave, Vt. A partner in business with his brother, 
Clement. Two children. 

465. Mary Isabella (Godfrey), b. Oct. 30, 1819; m. 1, April 29, 1840, Levi S. 

Wyman, a farmer, of Landgrove, Vt., where he d. July 8, 1853. Three 
children. 2, Feb., 1859, Samuel Perham of Brattleboro', Vt. 
For the grandchildren, see Bond's Watertown Genealogies, p. 811. 


Major WILLIAM JENNISON, 6 {John, 5 John* Samuel 3 Samuel 2 
Robert, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Walpole, N. II., Dec. 29, 
1778; m. Dec. 14, 1804, Phebe Field, b. Aug. 19, 1782, dau. of 
James and Mary (Woodcock) Field of Nelson, N. H. 

Pie was a respectable farmer in Walpole ; one of the first in that 
section of the country who engaged in the business of rearing fine- 
Avoolled sheep. He was an honest man, and a good citizen. He d. at 
Walpole, July 2, 1855, se. 77. His wife Phebe d. there, May 13, 1860, 
a?. 78. Their children were — 

466. tEdwin, 7 b. Aug. 26, 1805; m. Marv Barker Shannon. 

467. Orville, 7 b. March 17,1808; m. March 16, 1835, Lucy Mehitabel Field, 

dau. of Nathan Field of Peacham, Vt. He was formerly a farmer of 
Walpole, N. H, afterwards of Danville, Vt. In 1855, he removed to 
the West, and now, 1862, resides at Fort Atkinson, Iowa. Children — 

468. Caroline Rebecca? b. June 25, 1837. 

469. Lucy Augusta, 8 b. May 9, 1839. 

470. Helen Eliza, 8 b. Nov. 25, 1840 ; d. 1843. 

471. Martha Ann 8 b. Nov. 4, 1843. 

472. William, 7 b. April 30, 1812 ; d. Aug. 15, 1813. 

473. Eliza Emily, 7 b. April 11, 1814; m. Feb. 21, 1839, Charles Grandison 

Livermore of Alstead, N. H. Children — 

474. Ozro Jennison (Livermore), b. Jan. 6, 1840. 

475. Adeline Eliza (Livermore), b. July 29, 1841. 

476. Char/ton Eield (Livermore), b. Oct. 10, 1842. 

477. Enrico Edwird (Livermore), b. April 13, 1845. 

478. William Wallace, 7 b. Jan. 23, 1816 ; d. June 18, 1816. 

479. Phebe Augusta, 7 b. July 20, 1820 ; unm. 


LUCINDA JENNISON, 6 {John," John* Samuel 3 Samuel, 3 Robert, 1 ) 
sister of the preceding ; b. in Walpole, N. H, Sept. 3, 1780 ; m. Nov. 
23, 1809, Prosper Booth. 


He was a cabinet-maker of Walpole, until 1813, when he removed 
to West Bloomfield, N. Y. She d. Feb. 27, 1847. 
Their children were — 

480. Edna Bishop (Booth), b. May 17, 1810 ; m. April, 18.3. r ., George Stubber- 

field, a farmer of West Bloomfield, N. Y., afterwards of Gorham, Ohio. 
Six children. 

481. Amanda Jennison (Booth), b. Sept. 21, 1811; m. Feb. 14, 1833, Hiram 

Hadley, a farmer of West Bloomfield. Three children. 

482. Sarah E. (Booth), b. Aug. 11, 1813; m. in 1841, Joseph Hayes, a farmer 

of West Bloomfield. Three children. 

483. Fanny C. (Booth), b. July 16, 1815 ; m. 1, Sept. 1834, Chauncv A. Rich- 

ards of Lima, N. Y., who d. Jan. 1836. 2, in 1839, James T." Boniface. 
One child by first marriage ; two, by the second. 

484. Mary A. (Booth), b. July 3, 1817 ; m. Aug., 1832, Joseph Lotee, a cooper 

of Lima, N. Y. Three children. 

485. Noble Orr (Booth), b. May 18, 1819; m. Oct., 1849, Henrietta Kinney of 

West Bloomfield. He is a farmer of Arkport, N. Y. Two children. 
For the grandchildren, see Bond's Watertown Genealogies, p. 812. 


LEVI JENNISON,' (John? John, 4 Samuel, 3 Samuel? Robert, 1 ) 
brother of the preceding; b. in Walpole, N. II., Dec. 13, 1781 ; m. 1, 
in 1813, Prudence Fuller of Walpole, who d. July 21, 1832. 2, 
Nov. 5, 1833, Eliza Ann Howard of Alstead, N. II. 

He was a subaltern officer of the U. S. army, at the battle of Tip- 
pecanoe, Nov. 7, 1811, fought under General Harrison against the 
Indians of the Northwest ; and was there wounded. Afterwards, in 
the war of 1812, he was taken prisoner by the British, and sent home 
on parole. Subsequentlv, he was a farmer in Walpole, and in Lanc- 
don, N. H. He d. Aug." 10, 1850, se. 69. 

His children were, by first wife — 

486. John Fuller, 7 b. Aug. 13, 1814; m. in Keene, N. H, March 25, 1857, 

Elizabeth E. Ross. He received the degree of M. D. from Dartmouth 
Coll., 1843 ; resided some years as a physician and farmer, in Swanzey, 
N. H ; removed to Keene, in 1854, where he now resides, 1862. 

487. Albert Bishop, 7 b. March 19, 1817 ; m. Sept. 9, 1841, Mary Jane Howard 

of Alstead, N. H. ; removed to California, 1851. Children — 

488. Kathleen, 8 b. June 15, 1842; d. 1846. 

489. Mary Ellen, 8 b. Jul v 31, 1845. 

490. Julian Albert, 8 b. Jan. 1, 1849 ; d. Jan. 28, 1851. 

491. Amanda Pamela, 7 b. June 22, 1819; m. Nov. 25, 1838, Luther J. Fletcher. 
She d. Feb. 19, 1846, leaving one child — 

492. Rosabella Amanda (Fletcher), b. June 30, 1840 ; d. April 5, 1857. 

493. Louisa, 7 b. 1821 ; d. 1821. 

494. Mary Louisa, 7 b. April 9, 1829 ; was a teacher in New Orleans, where she 

m. Jan. 1, 1854, Edward Ileaton, a merchant of that city. Their 

495. Robert Wade (Heaton), b. June 24, 1856 ; d. June 9, 1857. 

By second wife — 

496. Frederic Levi, 7 b. Aug. 21, 1834; m. Nov. 28, 1855. Mary Elizabeth 
Kent, dau. of Isaac. Kent of Paper Mill Village, Alstead, N. H. They 
have — 

497. Mary Isabel* b. Oct. 19, 1856. 

498. Isabella Eliza, 7 b. July 21, 1840 ; d. of a casualty, June 23, 1843. 

499. Ella Eliza, 7 b. Feb. 5,* 1845. 



JONATHAN JENNISON, 6 {Jonathan? Jo/m, 4 Samuel, 3 Samuel? 
Robert, 1 ) eldest son of Jonathan* and Rhoda (Ashley) Jennison of Wal- 
pole, N. H. ; b. Aug. 30, 1775 ; m. Danie Dunham, in Mansfield, Ct., 
Dec. 1798. 

He was a farmer, in Walpole, N. H., and d. March 29, 1818, ae. 43. 
His widow Danie survived him twenty-nine years, and d. June 21, 
1847, a. 74. Their children were — 

500. Henry,' b. Nov. 28, 1800, a farmer, of Walpole ; m. Harriet Fav, Sept. 
18, 1839. They have— 
501. Josiah,s b. Aug. 1841. 

502. Levi Dunham, 7 b. Aug. 11, 1802. 

503. Josiah, 7 b. April 28, 1804 ; d. March 29, 1806. 

504. Lurancy, 7 b. April 27, 1807 ; m. July, 1852, David C. Thompson, Esq., a 

farmer of Walpole, and some time Representative in the State Legis- 

505. Rhoda Ashley, 7 b. Dec. 23, 1808 ; m. March 20, 1835, Denison E. Hazen, 

in Romeo, Michigan. Three children, two of whom died young. 

506. Horace Allen, 7 b. Jan. 18, 1811. 

507. An infant, b. and d. 1812. 


THOMAS JENNISON, 6 (Jonathan," John* Samuel, 3 Samuel? 
Robert, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Walpole, N. H., Oct. 4, 1776 ; 
m. Martha Moore. 

He resided in Walpole ; was a farmer; and d. June 24, 1823. His 
widow Martha survived him more than twenty years. 

Their children were — 

508. Thomas Moore, 7 b. Nov. 18, 1805; m. March 21, 1839, Fanny A. Hixon. 

He was a farmer, of Lancaster, N. H., and d. June 15, 1862. Chil- 
dren — 

509. Mary Ellen* born Februarv 12, 1841. 

510. Martha C., 8 born April 8, 1845. 

511. tJohn, 7 b. June 14, 1807; m. Elvira Russell. 

512. tDaniel Ashley, 7 b. Sept. 3, 1808 ; m. Martha Frost. 

513. Mary Holland, 7 b. March, 1810 ; d. 1811. 

514. Mary Holland, 7 b. June 5, 1813 ; m. Oct. 21, 1838, John W. Lovejoy of 

Lancaster, N. H. 

515. tGeorge Charles, 7 b. Oct. 4, 1814 ; m. 1, Elizabeth Wilder; 2, Maria Cole, 


Dr. CHARLES JENNISON, 6 (Jonathan? John* Samuel? Samuel? 
Robert?) youngest child of Jonathan* and Rhoda (Ashley) Jennison of 
Walpole, N. H., b. Feb., 1789 ; m. at Orangeville, Wyoming County, 
N. Y., July 13, 1820, Betsey Mahan, b. May 17, 1804, a sister of 
Rev. Asa Mahan, formerly President of Oberlin College, now of 
Adrian, Michigan.* 

He passed most of his life at Orangeville, as a physician. He died 
at Olivet, Mich., Aug. 1, 1846, a. 57 years, 5 months. His wife Betsey 
d. at Spring Arbor, Mich., Sept. 21, 1850, a. 46 years, 4 mos., 4 days. 

Their children, all b. in Orangeville, N. Y., were — 


516. Charles Ashley, 7 b. June 5, 1821 ; grad. at Oberlin College, Ohio, in 1840, 
. and from the Theological Department in the same Institution, in 1843. 

* In Dr. Charles Jennison's Family Record the name is spelled Jenison, 


lie was then Tutor in the College, two years ; was a superior scholar, 
and teacher. He was married to Angeline Fisher, Aug. 27, 1845. 
After his marriage, he left the Congregational Church, and joined the 
Baptists. He was regarded as a man of devoted piety. In conse- 
quence of ill health, he went to the South ; at one time was editor of 
a Baptist paper, in Jackson, Miss. After this, he went as far as Texas; 
but rinding his health no better, he returned to Fort Adams, Miss., 
where he d. of consumption, July, 1859, a. 38. His was a happy, 
peaceful death. He had one child — 

517. Mary, 9 b. at Algansee, Mich., Nov. 15, 1846. 

518. An infant son/b. Oct. 22, 1822 ; d. the same day. 

519. Lucia,? b. March 1, 1824; grad. from the College Department, at Oberlin, 

in 1845 ; a woman of superior intellect and education; married Rev. Ed- 
mund B. Fairfield, Aug. 27, 1845, at the same time with her brother 
Charles ; the service being performed by their uncle, President Mahan. 
Mr. Fairfield was for a time pastor of a Free Will Baptist Church, in 
Roxbury, Mass. After this, he removed to Spring Arbor, Mich., where 
he was a Teacher. He was the agent in establishing the Free Will 
Baptist College, at Hillsdale, Mich., of which he is still, 1862, the 
President. Mrs. Fairfield died of consumption, at Hillsdale, July 3, 
1858, a. 34 years, 4 months. 

520. Polly Anne, 7 b. Oct. 20, 1825 ; unm. ; d. of consumption, at Olivet, Mich., 

April 1, 1846, a. 20 years, 5 months. 

521. Lorenzo Bliss, 7 b. Sept. 1, 1828 ; d. June 24, 1829, at Orange ville, N. Y. 

522. Mary Mahan, 7 b. March 28, 1830; d. Sept. 23, 1832, at Orangeville. 

523. Amarette Elizabeth, 7 b. May 31, 1832; d. of fever, Nov. 1, 1850, at 

Spring Arbor, Mich., a. 18. 

524. Mary Ellen, 7 b. Feb. 7, 1834 ; d. of fever, June 21, 1849, at Spring Arbor, 

a." 15. 

525. Lorenzo Dana, 7 b. May 23, 1836 ; d. of consumption, at Eekford, Mich., 

March 31, 1861, a. 24 years, 9 months, 8 days. 

526. Sewall Asa, 7 b. June 3, 1838 ; unm. ; a young man of fine promise. He 

has at different times studied at Hillsdale College, but has been pre- 
vented from pursuing a regular and prolonged course of study by the 
remonstrances of his brothers and sisters, who have felt that the result 
would be consumption, as in their case. In June, 1861, he enlisted as 
a private, in the Fourth Regiment of Michigan Volunteers. He was in 
the Division of Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter, in the army of the Potomac, 
commanded by Major General McClellan. He spent the winter of 
1861-2, in the cantonments on the South of the Potomac; in the spring 
following, he was in the campaign near Yorktown ; spent the sum- 
mer of 1862, in the swamps of the Chickahominy ; afterwards in the ter- 
rible battles in Maryland. 


JOSEPH SUMNER JENNISON,* {William? Israel* Peter? 
Samuel? Robert?) eldest son of William* and Sarah 6 (Sumner) Jenni- 
son ; b. in Shrewsbury, March 15, 171)1 ; m. Tiieda Barber, March 
8, 1819. 

He went with his father's family to Swanton, Vt., in 1803 ; settled 
in that place as a farmer ; and d. . 

His children were — 

527. Caroline Eliza, 7 b. March 4, 1821 ; unm. ; d. Jan. 13, 1842. 

528. Humphrey Sumner, 7 b. June 15, 1823 ; m. Calista Olds, dau. of Dea. Elias 

Olds of Swanton, Vt. They now reside at Fort Wavne, Indiana. 

529. Samuel Williams, 7 b. Oct. 16, 1825 ; m. 1, Emily Janes", dau. of Dr. Lewis 

Janes of Swanton, Dec. 14, 1848. She was b. June 5, 1826, and d. 
June 12, 1857. 2, Lucia Catlin of Burlington, Vt. He is a farmer in 
Highgate, Vt. Children by first wife — 

530. George Herbert, 8 born January 10, 1851. 

531. Homer Lewis* born February, 185-. 


532. Sarah S., 7 b. Dec. 26, 1827 ; m. George Hastings. They live in Canada. 

533. Luev W., 7 b. July 15, 1830; m. James Crittenden. The v reside " at the 


534. Allen B., 7 born February 23, 1832. Resides " at the West." 

535. Charles, 7 b. Nov. 5, 1834 ; m. Alice Bennett. A farmer, " at the West." 


NAIIUM EAGER JENNISON, 6 ( William; Israel* Peter, 9 Samuel; 
Robert, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Shrewsbury, April 25, 1793 ; 
m. Betsey Hubbard of S wanton, Vt., Jan. 5, 1824. She was b. Jan. 
28, 1801, and d. May 1, 1851, a. 50. 

He settled as a farmer in S wanton, and d. there, Aug. 8, 1849. 

Their children were — 

536. William Hubbard, 7 b. Dec. 24, 1824 ; m. Oct. 7, 1856, Sarah J. Walker of 

Swanton. Their home is Swanton. He is a farmer. Tliev have one 

537. Mary Elizabeth. 9 

538. Arethusa Atherton, 7 b. March 31, 1827 ; m. George C. Mason of Highgate, 

Vt., Dec. 3, 1850 ; and d. Sept. 17, 1861. They lived in Highgate. 

539. Clark Sumner, 7 b. Oct. 21, 1828; m. Sept. 9, 1851, Frances Louisa Farrar, 

who was b. Dec. 14, 1831, and d. Dec. 26, 1858. He is a farmer, and 
lives in Swanton. Their son — 

540. Nahurn Edward, 9 was born Januarv 21, 1855. 
541. Albert Godfrey, 7 b. May 17, 1830; m. Harriet L. Wood, Jan. 1, 1855. 
Their home is in Swanton. He is a farmer. They have one child — 

542. Morton Wood. 8 

543. Sanford, 7 b. June 1, 1833 ; m. Mariette Bullard of Swanton, May 22, 1859. 

He is a farmer, and resides " at the West." 

544. Morton, 7 born October 10, 1835 ; died June 16, 1854. 

545. George H., 7 born November 7, 1837 ; died April 11, 1838. 

546. Harriet Elizabeth, 7 born August 10, 1839; m. January 21, 1862, Harlan 

Page Bullard of Swanton He is a farmer, and is now in the army. 

547. George Henry, 7 born April 10, 1842. He is in the army, 1863. 


CHARLES HORACE JENNISON. 6 ( William; Israel,* Peter, 3 
Samuel,- Robert, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in Shrewsbury, March 
2, 1796 ; m. March 13, 1826, Olive (Wait) Herrick, a widow. 

He was a farmer, in Highgate, Vt., which town he represented in 
the Legislature of Vermont. He d. Aug. 1843. 

His children were — 

548. Rodney Charles, 7 b. March 3, 1827 ; m. Davis, from whom he was 

afterwards divorced. He lives in St Albans, Vt. 

549. Horace, 7 b. April, 1829; m. Leonora Walker. He is a stove-merchant in 

St. Albans, Vt. They have two children. 


WILLIAM DANIELSON JENNISON, 6 ( William.; Israel* Peter, 3 
Samuel, 2 Robert, 1 ) brother of the preceding ; b. in Shrewsbury, Sept. 
10, 1798; m. Dec. 15, 1823, Mary Valentine of Hopkinton, Mass. 

He was a merchant [in Swanton ?] and d. . His widow is a 

resident in New York City. Their children were — 

550. William Clark, 7 b. May 28, 1824. He resides in New York city. 

551. Frances, 7 born May ; died in childhood. 

552. Albert, 7 born . Resides in New York city. 

553. Fanny, 7 born . 



JAMES JENNISON,* {Joseph B., b Samuel, 4 Peter, 3 Samuel? Rob- 
ert, 1 ) son of Joseph Brooks Jennison* ; b. Jan. 21, 1798; m. 1, Aug, 
10, 1819, Mary Lamb, b. at Spencer, June 20, 1797 ; d. at Southbridge, 
July 12, 1836. 2, Aug. 23, 1837, Maria W. May, widow of Samuel 
May, and dau. of Alpha Morse of Southbridge. 

He settled in Southbridge ; and is still living there, May, 1863. 

His children, all by first wife, and b. in Southbridge, were — 

554. Emily, 7 b. May 20, 1820 ; m. Nov. 1841, Willard W. Bowen, of Killingly, 
Ct. She d. Aug. 30, 1849, leaving one son — 
555. Willard J. (Bowen), b. March 18, 1849. 

556. James, 7 b. Oct. 21, 1821 ; m. May 25, 1859, Margaret Edgecombe, dau. 

of James Edgecombe of Bath, Me., and Nancy (Chase) Edgecombe, 
his wife, of Kittery, Me. She was b. at Washington, D. C, May 
16, 1825, and d. at 'Portsmouth, N. H., Dec. 13, 1861. Mr. Jennison 
grad. H. C. 1847; M. A. 1850; and has been Tutor in Harvard Col- 
lege from 1851 to the present time, 1863. 

557. Samuel Pearce, 7 b. May 9, 1830; m. Aug. 2, 1858, Lucia A. Wood, b. 

at Concord, N. H., June 4, 1838, dau. of Amos and Louisa (Welling- 
ton) Wood. He studied law, in the office of Judge Fowler of Concord, 
N. IL, and established himself in that profession, at St. Paul, Minnesota, 
in 1857; but at the first call of President Lincoln for Volunteers, in 
1861, he entered the military service of his country as Second Lieuten- 
ant in the Second Regiment of Minnesota Volunteers. This regiment 
earned distinction in the battle of Mill Spring, Kentucky, sometimes 
called the battle of Somerset, or of Logan's Cross Roads. On that 
day, Lieut. Jennison served as Adjutant, having been appointed to that 
post the day before. He continued in that position through the summer 
campaign, and in the autumn received a commission as Lieut. Col. of 
the Tenth Regiment of Minnesota Volunteers. His military experience 
affords many incidents worth reading ; but our limits will not allow a 
more extended account. He has one son — 
558. James, 9 b. Jan. 26, 1860. 


LEVI JENNISON, 6 (Joseph B., b Samuel,* Peter? Samuel? Robert, 1 ) 
brother of the preceding; b. Sept. 20, 1799; m. Lucy Smith, at 
Holden, July 18, 1830. 

He resided at Holden, Mass., Norwich, N. Y., and Lapeer, N. Y., 
and d. at the place last named, April 4, 1863. For the circumstances 
of his death, see the account of his eldest son, immediately following 

His children were — 

559. William Wallace, 7 b. at Holden, May 6, 1833 ; died of consumption, after 

an illness of six weeks, in the Army Hospital at Falmouth, Virginia, 
March 20, 1863; being then a private in Company H, of the Fiftieth 
Regiment (Engineers) of New York Volunteers. His father's family 
had known for several weeks that he was off duty at Falmouth, in con- 
sequence of a severe cold taken early in February. When the tidings 
came, on the 20th of March, that he was dangerously ill, his father 
started without delay, in great anxiety, and travelled with the utmost 
haste to visit him ; but found on his arrival that he had died the day 
before, and was just buried. The body was disinterred, carried to 
Lapeer, and deposited in the family burying-ground. The father, over- 
come bv the terrible shock, and by severe fatigue, fell ill immediately, 
and died in five days of congestion of the brain. 

560. Marion, 7 (dau.) b. at Norwich, N. Y., Jan. 21, 1835. 

The following were b. at Lapeer, N. Y. — 


561. John, 7 h. Feb. 18,. 1836-; d. the same day. 

562. Smith Bryant, 7 b. May 27, 1837 ; m. March 23, 1859, Orpah A. Eldridge, 

at Pitcher, N. Y. 

563. Joseph Brooks, 7 b. Feb.. 20, 1839; d. Sept. 20, 1840. 

564. Luke, 7 b. March 5, 1840 ; d. the next day. 

565. Joseph Brooks, 7 b. July 26, 1841 ; d. of diptheria, Jan. 17, 1862. 

566. Lurana, 7 b. March 14, 1843. 

567. Larkin, 7 b. March 28, 1845. 

568. Levi, 7 b. Jan. 7, 1848. 

569. Samuel Adelbert, 7 b. June 28, 1849. 

570. Lucv Angelina, 7 b. Aug. 24, 1851 ; d. May 3, 1852. 

571. Burritt, 7 b. Dec. 23, 1856 ; d. Dec. 14, 1858.. 

To the foregoing some information may now be added which was not 
received in season to>be inserted in its proper place. 

Joseph Brooks Jennison 5 [93] father of Levi Jennison 6 [255] 
died at Norwich, N. Y., March 5, 1839, a. 83. His wife d. at the same 
place, May 26, 1835. 

That place appears to have been their home for many years previous. 

Their son Henry [253] d. at the same place, May 12, 1852. Their 
son Samuel [258] d. at the same place, March 17, 1850. Their dau. 
Eunice [256] m. Nov. 26, 1821, Stephen Keyes of Princeton, and had 
Rosina, Eunice R., Anne Maria, and Stephen. 


Hon. SILAS HEMENWAY JENNISON, 6 {Levi," Samuel* Peter, 3 
Samuel, 2 Robert, 1 ) son of Levi 6 and Ruth (Hemenway) Jennison of 
Shoreham, Vt. ; b. there, May 17, 1791 ; m. in 1814, Marilla Hanks 
Bush, b. in Shoreham, June 24, 1791, dau. of Eben and Sally (Cary) 
Bush, from Becket, Mass. 

He was a substantial farmer in Shoreham, Vt. ; represented that 
town in the Vermont Legislature, 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829, 1830; was 
Councillor, 1832, 1833, and 1834; Lieutenant Governor, 1835; and 
Governor of Vermont, 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839, 1840. He died Sept. 
30, 1849, a. 58. He wrote his name Jenison. His children were — 

572. Lurana Sandford, 7 born January 3, 1815 ; m. in 1845, Dr. James Little of 

Beverly, Ohio. Children — 

573. Silas Jennison (Little). 

574. Mary (Little). 

575. Levi, 7 born October 1, 1816 ; died December 22, 1839. 

576. Kuth, 7 born May 16, 1821 ; m. in 1851, Myron Orvis. 

577. Sarah Gary, 7 born August 27, 1824. 

578. Laura Louisa, 7 bom April 21, 1829. 


POLLY JENNISON, 6 (Zem, 5 Samuel* Peter, 3 Samuel, 2 Robert, 1 ) 
sister of the preceding; b. May 20, 1795 ; m. in 1815, Levi Bigelow 
Harrington, b. in Worcester, Mass., March 12, 1792. He d. Dec. 
23, 1853. They lived in Shoreham, Vt. Their children were — 

579. Eliza (Harrington), born November 10, 1815. 

580. Edward A. (Harrington), born August 30, 1817. 

581. Mary (Harrington J, born Nov. 7, 1819; died August 21, 1840. 

582. Marcia (Harrington), born June 19, 1822; died December 14, 1847. 

583. Ruth (Harrington), born July 10, 1824; m. 1845, Charles H. Day of 

Ticonderoga, N. Y. 

584. Sarah (Harrington), born December 19, 1827 ; died January 3, 1828. 



585. Almira Chapin (Harrington), born February 17, 1828 ; m. in 1852, Curtis 

Z. Beaman of Marengo, 111. 

586. Sarah Bigelow (Harrington), born April 22, 1830. 

587. Ellen Lucretia (Harrington), born April 26, 1834. 

588. Levi (Harrington), born April, 1836; died May, 1836. 

589. Levi Franklin (Harrington), born June 14, 1839 ; died February 13, 1840. 


JOSEPH JENNISON, 6 ( William,* Ellas,* Robert, 3 Samuel, 2 Robert, 1 ) 
youngest son of William* and Judith (Kenney) Jennison ; b. May 
4, 1807 ; m. Jan. 29, 1833, Persis Chase Rice, who was b. June 2, 

He is a farmer ; resides in West Townshend, Vt. ; " has a good situa- 
tion, and a fine family, of the Baptist denomination," says one who 
visited him, Feb. 2, 1863. The following record was received from the 
family, at the visit just referred to. 

Their children are — 

590. Joseph Rice, 7 b. Aug. 24, 1834. 

591. Mary Maria, 7 b. Feb. 29, 1836; m. Jan. 18, 1860, Orlando Burton, a 

farmer in Windham, Vt. 

592. Francis Henry, 7 b. Sept. 8, 1837; m. Jan. 22, 1861, Lovisa Betsey Rawson. 

He is now in the army. 

593. Sarah Sophia, 7 b. March 9, 1839 ; unm. 

594. William Oscar, 7 b. Jan. 24, 1841 ; unm. ; in the army. 

595. Etta Persis, 7 b. May 12, 1843 ; unm. 

596. Fannie Lucinda, 7 b. May 27, 1846 ; d. Sept. 19, 1849. 

597. Silence Fidelia, 7 b. April 28, 1848 ; d. Sept. 11, 1848. 

598. Fannie Fidelia, 7 b. Jan. 29, 1850. 

599. Adoniram Judson, 7 b. May 8, 1853. 

" There are other families of the same name in this town, [Towns- 
hend, Vt.,] and region, remotely connected. But it would take much 
time to ascertain the facts." [Letter of Rev. S. S. Arnold. 



WILLIAM JENNISON, 7 ( William, 6 William," William, 4 Samuel, 3 
Samuel, 2 Robert, 1 ) son of William 6 and Mary (Vibert) Jennison; b. 
Aug. 4, 1795; m. in 1824, at Baton Rouge, La., Maria Antoinette 
Fowler of that place, dau. of an English officer. 

When a young man, he went to the far South, and was a merchant, 
in Baton Rouge, La., about ten years. After that, he returned to the 
North, and in 1837, engaged in the wholesale Iron trade, as a partner 
in the firm of Mackay, Oakley, and Jennison, Water Street, New York. 
He resided, the while, in Brooklyn, and was connected with the Pres- 
byterian Church there, under the pastoral care of Rev. Ichabod S. 
Spencer, D. D. In 1854, he had retired from active business on a 
competency, and was a resident in Danville Pa. 

His children, all b. in Baton Rouge, we suppose, with the exception 
of the three or four youngest, were — 

600. Mary Elizabeth, 8 b. 1825; m. 1844, Edward H. Baldy, Esq., a lawyer of 
Danville, Fa. Six children, in 1854. 


601. William. 8 b. 1826; LL. B. Harv. Univ., 1851 ; a lawyer, in Detroit, 1854. 

602. Henry Waller, 8 unm., in 1854, and then residing near Danville, Pa. 

603. Charles Ewer, 8 ; a merchant, of Lower Saginaw, Mich., in 1854 ; of 

Bay City, in Mich., in 1860; m. 1853, Flora Birney, dau. of Hon. 
James G. Birney, the distinguished advocate of Freedom. 

604. Joseph Fowler, 8 b. at Baton Rouge, Aug. 13, 1830; grad. New Jersey 

College, 1852; of Theological Seminary, Princeton, 1855; now, 1862, 
a clergyman at Pontiac, Mich. 

605. Melinda Anna, 8 b. 1832 ; d. 1836. 

606. Maria Antoinette, 8 b. 1833. 

607. Benjamin Spencer, 8 d. in infancy. 

608. Miriam Wycoff, 8 b. 1836. 

609. Edward Oakley ,8 d. in infancy. 

610. John Morgan, 8 b. 1840. 

611. Albert, 3 b. 1847 ; d. in infancy. 


SAMUEL JENNISON, 7 Esq., (Samuel? William; William,* Sam- 
uel, 3 Samuel? Robert, 1 ) son of Samuel 6 and Sally (Fiske) Jennison ; b. 
in Brookfield, Feb. 24, 1788 ; m. Oct. 15, 1816, Mary Gould Ellery, 
dau. of Edmund Trowbridge Ellery of Newport, R. I., who was a son 
of William Ellery, one of the signers of the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence. Her mother was Katharine Almy. 

He was living in Brookfield with his maternal grandfather, Rev. 
Nathan Fiske, D. D., at the death of the latter, which occurred Nov. 
24, 1799. Early in 1800, at the age of twelve, he came to Worcester, 
to live with his uncle, Hon. Oliver Fiske, a respectable physician, who 
also had a store of " English and West India Goods." He tended his 
uncle's store till April, 1810, when he was appointed accountant in the 
Worcester Bank, then the only institution of the kind between Boston 
and Pittsfield. Of this bank, he was chosen Cashier, Aug., 1812 ; an 
office which he held until his resignation in Sept., 1846, thirty-four 
years. He was also Treasurer of the Worcester County Savings In- 
stitution, from April, 1828, till Oct., 1853, a period of twenty-five and 
a half years ; and was more than ten years Treasurer, (viz., from 
Feb., 1847, to June, 1857,) of the State Lunatic Hospital, at Worces- 
ter. He was one of the early members of the American Antiquarian 
Society; its first Librarian, 1814-1825; its Treasurer, 1829-1843, 
and again from 1846, till his death. In all the trusts with which he 
was honored, he was found competent and faithful ; and had the respect 
and confidence, in a high degree, of all who knew him. 

Of him it may be truly and emphatically said, that he was a gentle- 
man, and a Christian ; a man of large benevolence, of gentle spirit, of 
polished manners, and of incorruptible integrity. Fond of historical 
and antiquarian research, it is safe to say, — says one* who may well 
be supposed to know — that no man in our Commonwealth knew so 
extensively, minutely, and accurately, the personal history of men who 
have become eminent on the American soil. He was familiar, more- 
over, with the whole range of British classical literature, from Chaucer 
to the present time. 

He died at Worcester, after a brief illness, on Sunday, March 11, 
1860, a. 72. His widow still resides at Worcester. 

* Rev. George Allen of Worcester, an intimate friend of Mr. Jennison, who 
wrote, upon his death, a sketch, from which the above is condensed. 


Their children are- 

612. Katharine Almy, 8 b. July 14, 1816; unra. 

613. Sarah Fiske,» b. Oct. 22, 1818; m. Rev. John Weiss, formerly of Water- 

town ; and from 1854 to 1860, of New Bedford. Children — 

614. Bertha (Weiss), d. a. 18 mos. 617. Charles Morgan (Weiss). 

615. Henry Ware (Weiss). 618. Mabel (Weiss). 

616. Robert Browning (Weiss). 619. Sarah (Weiss). 

620. Samuel, 3 b. Jan. 30, 1821 ; H. C. 1839; studied at the Law School, in 
Cambridge ; Counsellor of Law, in Boston, but resides at Newton ; m. 
Mary Lincoln Thaxter, dau. of Levi and Lucy (White) Thaxter of 
Watertown. Children — 

621. Lucy White? 623. Katharine Almy. 9 

622. Samuel Ellery, 9 b. 1856. 624. Robert 9 b. 1861 ; d. ae. 1 mo. 
625. Mary Ellery, 8 b. April 10, 1823 ; m. John Bangs of Springfield. Children— 

626. Samuel Allen (Bangs). 628. Kate (Bangs), d. a. 1 year. 

627. Mary Jennison (Bangs). 629. Elizabeth (Bangs). 

630. Ann Elizabeth, 8 b. Feb. 7, 1827 ; m. April 4, 1849, William Sumner 
Barton, Esq., of Worcester; a graduate of Brown University, and At- 
torney at Law. Children — 

631. Mary (Barton), b. Sept. 29, 1853. 

632. Lucy (Barton). 633. Anna (Barton). 


OZRO P. JENNISON, 7 (Samuel, 6 John? John* Samuel, 3 Samuel* 
Robert?) eldest son of Samuel 6 and Ruth Porter (Steele) Jennison; b. 
in Weathersfield, Vfc, Oct. 20, 1802 ; m. in Circleville, Ohio, Oct. 7, 
♦830, Margaret McMaster, b. at Mount Pleasant, Pa., Jan. 27, 
1809, dau. of John and Mary (Cunning) McMaster. 

He is a civil engineer; has resided at Circleville and Rockville, 
Ohio ; and at Indianapolis, Ind. He now resides at Crawfordsville, 
Ind. His children have been — 

634. Mary Elizabeth, 8 b. Aug. 23, 1831 ; m. at Crawfordsville, April 13, 1852, 

John Lindsey Herndon, son of Dr. Milton Herndon of Crawfordsville. 

635. Martha Louisa, 8 b. May 19, 1833; m. Oct. 31, 1853, Lurton Dunham 

Ingersol, a teacher, "at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, son of Stephen Inger- 
sol of Crawfordsville. In 1855, he was editor of a newspaper, at Oska- 
loosa, Iowa. She d. at Oskaloosa, Oct. 23, 1854. 

636. Samuel McMaster, 8 b. Jan. 10, 1836; d. Sept. 1838. 

637. Susan Williams, 8 b. Jan. 8, 1838. 

638. Fanny Hubbard, 8 b. July 11, 1840. 

639. Albert Cunning, 8 b. Aug. 17, 1842. 

640. Henry Steele, 8 b. Aug. 9, 1846. 


Col. HENRY QUARTUS JENNISON, 7 (Samuel 6 John," John* 
Samuel, 3 Samuel, 11 Robert, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. Oct. 17, 1810 ; 
m. in Pike County, Ohio, March 5, 1833, Mary Beal Steinbergen. 

He has been a merchant, in Muscatine, Iowa. He is now, April, 
1862, sutler to the Eleventh Regiment of Iowa Volunteers. 

His children were — 

641. Rebecca Knapp, 8 b. Jan. 19, 1834; m. Jan. 19, 1854, (her birth day) 

Joseph B. Cass, a merchant, in Muscatine. 

642. Lucy Ellen, 8 b. Aug. 25, 1837 ; d. Aug. 20, 1838. 

643. William Henry, 8 b. Sept. 10, 1839 ; d. July 17, 1841. 

644. Charles, 8 b. Sept. 2, 1841 ; in the army, April, 1862. 

645. Walter, 8 b. March 3, 1844 ; in the army, April, 1862. 

646. Henry, 8 b. Jan. 23, 1848 ; d. Feb. 28, 1848. 

647. Mary Bell, 8 b. May 1, 1849 ; d. July 17, 1852. 

648. Louisa, 8 b. May 17, 1852. 



Rev. EDWIN JENNISON, 7 (William, 6 John," John* Samuel, 3 
Samuel, 2 Robert, 1 ) eldest son of Major William 6 and Phebe (Field) 
Jennison of Walpole, N. H. ; b. there, Aug. 2G, 1805; m. Jan. 25, 
1832, Mary Barker Shannon, b. May 3, 1810, dau. of Dr. Richard 
Cutts Shannon of Saco, Maine, who grad. II. C. 1795 : d. 1828. 

He grad. Dart. College, 1827 ; at the Theol. Seminary, Andover, 
1830 ; ordained pastor of the Congregational Church in Walpole, N. 
II., Aug. 17, 1831 ; dismissed on account of ill health, March 17, 1835 ; 
installed at Mt. Vernon, N. II., April 6, 1836 ; dismissed for same cause, 
Aug. 19, 1841 ; installed, Ashburnham, Mass. May 12, 1842 ; dismissed 
for like reason, May 12, 184G; installed, Hopkinton, N. H., Jan. G, 
1847; dismissed on the same account, Sept. 5, 1849. Since that time, 
he has performed ministerial labor at Langdon and Alstead, N. H. Con- 
stitutional debility made intervals of repose necessary to him ; and in 
1841, he visited England and Scotland, for the improvement of his 
health. During some years past, he has been, from bodily infirmity, 
wholly laid aside from that " good work " of the ministry to which he 
devoted himself, and now resides upon a small farm, in Winchester, N. 
H., to which he removed in the spring of 1860. 

The compiler of this volume was well acquainted with him both at 
College and at the Theol. Seminary, and highly esteemed him for his 
kind spirit and his sincere piety. 

He has made extensive inquiries into the History of the Jennison 
family, and has furnished nearly all the information contained in this 
volume touching the descendants of John Jennison, 4 [21] his great 
grandfather. His children have been — 

649. Edwin Shannon, 8 b. Dec. 13, 1832; m. in Keene, N. IL, Jan. 9. 1855, 
Amelia E. Smith, dau. of Asa G. and Esther Smith. He is a clerk, in 
Springfield, Mass. They have one child — 
650. Charles Smith, 3 b. March 20, 1856. 

651. William Cutts, 8 b. May 29, 1837 ; d. July 28, 1841. 

♦552. Mary Theresa, 8 b. April 4, 1840 ; d. July 20, 1841. 

653. Helen Maria, 8 b. April 23, 1844. 


JOHN JENNISON, 7 (Thomas 6 Jonathan," John* Samuel, 3 Samuel, 2 
Robert, 1 ) son of Thomas 6 and Martha (Moore) Jennison of Walpole, 
N. II.; b. June 14, 1807; m. April 30, 1833, Elvira Russell of 
Walpole. They reside in Walpole, N. H. Their children are — 

654. George R., 8 b. Jan. 13, 1834; m. Nov. 6, 1 861, Emily Sparhawk of Walpole. 

They have — 

655. Mary Rebecca? b. Sept, 25, 1862. 

656. William White,* 8 b. Aug. 31, 1835 ; d. March 23, 1836. 

657. John, 8 b. Oct. 4, 1836 ; m. Mary E. Grout, April 12, 1860. 

658. David A., 8 b. Jan. 28, 1838 ; m. Louisa M. Brockway, Feb. 13, 1862. 

659. Charles H., 8 b. Aug. 28, 1839. 

660. Edwin M., 8 b. Nov. 4, 1840. 

661. Mary E., 8 b. March 3, 1842. 

662. Warren H., 8 b. March 28, 1844. 

663. Frank R., 8 b. Dec. 31, 1847. 



DANIEL ASHLEY JENNISON, 7 {Thomas? Jonathan, 5 John* 
Samuel, 3 Samuel, 9 Robert, 1 ) brother of the preceding : b. in Walpole, 
N. II., Sept. 3, 1808; m. April, 1833, Martha Fkost of Rocking- 
ham, Vt. They reside in Starkey, N. Y. Their children are — 

664. Maria W.9 

665. Martha Ellen. 8 

666. Hcnrv. 8 

667. Mary Adeline. 8 


GEORGE CHARLES JENNISON, 7 (Thomas, 6 Jonathan," John* 
Samuel, 3 Sanmel, 2 Robert, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. Oct. 4, 1814; 
rn. 1, Elizabeth Wilder of Petersham, Mass. She d. Jan. 2, 1857. 
2, Mrs. Maria Cole, Aug. 18,57. He is a farmer ; resides in Hamil- 
ton, New Jersey. His children have been, by first wife — 

672. Mary Jane. 8 673. Alice. 8 

By second wife — 
674. Nettie, 8 b. Oct. 1859. 675. Grace, 8 b. Dee. 1861. 


George. 8 


Sarah. 8 


Belle. 8 



676, 677. L. W. Jennison and W. B. Jennison, both of Holliston, were privates, 
1861, in Company B, in the 16th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers. 

678. Luther P. Jennison of Holliston, was a private, 1861, in Company E, in 
the same regiment. 

679. George W. Jennison of Templeton, was a private, 1861, in Company A, in 
the 21st Regiment, in the battle of Roanoke Island, February 8, 1862. 

680. Clarence W. Jennison of Grcenbush, was a private, 1861, in Company I, in 
the 25th Regiment. 

There is a Samuel Jennison in Sunderland ; a Daniel in Fitchburg, who came 
from Auburn ; three brothers, Reuben, Lewis, and Nathaniel, in Orange, who have an 
aged father Nathaniel, living, a widower, with his son Lewis ; industrious, respecta- 
ble farmers ; settled in Orange some twenty years ago. 

Col. Charles R. Jennison, of the Seventh Regiment of Kansas Volunteers, is 
understood to be a native of England. 

Account of the Jones Family, promised on p. 246. 
EzraJones [64], son of Ezra and Elizabeth (Jennison) Jones ; b. April 13,1752; 
m. 1, Susan Stone of Barre. 2, Esther Royce. 3, Mary Farrar of 
Barre. He lived on the same farm in Claremont, N. H., from 1772 to 1841. 
He died in Claremont, Aug. 11, 1841, a. 89. At his death he had more than 
seventy grandchildren. His children by first wife, Susan, were — 
Elizabeth, b. Feb. 2, 1773; m. May, 1793, Stephen Glidden of Unity, N. H. 

They had eight children, who lived to mature years. 
Ezra, twin of Jennison; settled in Waitsfield, Vt. ; m. Hannah Taylor of 
Hartland, Vt. They were the parents of Rev. Ezra Jones, who grad. 
Middlebury College, 1831 ; Theological Seminary, Andover, 1834; pastor 
Presbyterian Church, Somerset, N. Y., 1856. 
Jennison, twin of Ezra; m. Phila Holmes of Claremont, N. II., and settled in 

Waitsfield, Vt. 
Matthias, m. Betsey Joslyn of Woodstock, Vt. 
By second wife, Esther — 
Nathaniel, m. Cynthia Stevens; lived in Northfield, Vt. 
Royce, m. Lydia Farrar of Barre; lived in Barre. 
Caroline, m. Isaac Hubbard of Claremont, N. H. 
Fanny, m. David Parker of Charlestown. 
Henry, m. Lucy Sartwell of Charlestown. 
Charles, m. Ann Cobb of Claremont ; lived in Claremont. 
Abraham, m. Susan Long of Claremont; lived there. 



The Genealogical Register for October, 1851, contains an interest- 
ing Memoir of the Leonard Family of Taunton, prepared by Mr. 
William Reed Deane of Brookline, whose wife was a descendant of 
that Family. The Leonards of Taunton deduce their origin from 
James Leonard, as their first American ancestor. He and his 
brother Henry, came to this country previous to 1650, and were em- 
ployed during some years in connection with the Iron "Works at Brain- 
tree and Lynn, owned by the " Company of Undertakers," in London. 
For a History of these Iron Works, see Vinton Memorial, pp. 463- 
473. Henry and James Leonard came from Pontypool, Monmouth- 
shire, South Wales, a place situated among iron mines, and celebrated 
for the working of iron from an early date. They left Braintree, in 
1652, and established a forge in Raynham, which was then a part of 
Taunton. This forge, the first erected in Plymouth Colony, continued 
in successful operation in the hands of James Leonard and his pos- 
terity during several generations, and indeed is still in existence, and 
owned by a descendant of that family. Henry Leonard, brother of 
James, went to New Jersey, soon after 1 674, and established the iron 
manufacture, in that Colony. 

It has been supposed that John Leonard 1 of Springfield, 1636, 
was a brother of James and Henry Leonard, already mentioned. There 
is a tradition among the Springfield Leonards, that such was the fact. 
Indeed, we know that Jatnes Leonard had a brother John. We learn 
this from a statement made by Mrs. Hannah Deane, dau. of the said 
James, to Zephaniah Leonard,* grandson of her brother James. 2 This 
statement was made, Feb. 2, 1732-3, and by Zephaniah 4 committed to 
writing ; it was copied from the original manuscript, at Taunton, March 
12, 1806, by Mary Leonard, 6 grand-dau. of Zephaniah 4 ; and by her 
brother, John B. H. Leonard* of Providence, communicated to Mr. W. 
R. Deane, already mentioned. It may be found in the Genealogical 
Register, Vol. VII., p. 72. In this authentic and valuable document, 
Mrs. Deane gives a particular account of her father's family connec- 
tions. She says that the father of her father, Thomas Leonard, had 
six sons, Henry, James, William, John, Philip, and Thomas. Of these 
sons, Henry and James came to this country, and were connected with 
the iron-manufacture, as has already been mentioned. Philip, she 
says, also came to this country ; lived at Marshfield, and died at Taun- 
ton. Thomas also came, and " was drowned at Piscataway." But 
William and John, she affirms, " never came out of England." This, 
of course, excludes John Leonard 1 of Springfield from being a brother 


of James Leonard 1 of Taunton. It is possible that she may have erred 
in this statement ; the present writer leaves it for the reader to decide. 

It is stated by Rev. Dr. Perez Fobes of Raynham, whose wife was 
a descendant of James Leonard 1 of Taunton, in an account of the 
Leonard Family, found in the Massachusetts Historical Collections, 
Vol. III., p. 173, that James Leonard 1 had three brothers; and we 
presume he means to say, three who came to America. Mrs. Deane's 
statement gives us their names, viz., Henry, Philip, and Thomas- Of 
course, John Leonard 1 of Springfield is excluded. Another fact is 
adverse to the supposition that he was a brother of James Leonard. 
It is this : James, Henry, and Philip Lecnard, were iron-workers ; so 
were many of their descendants. But John Leonard and his descend- 
ants were cultivators of the soil. 

The ensuing Memoir has, in part, been compiled from a Genealogy 
made out, in 1852, by Mr. E. Clark Leonard of New Bedford, 
from the Records of Springfield and West Springfield, and from the 
recollections of aged persons in that vicinity. That portion which 
particularly relates to the Leonards of Gloversville, N. Y., was furnished 
to the compiler of this volume, by his intelligent and valued relative, 
Mrs. Sarah Giles Beach, expressly for this memoir. She obtained it 
from the Gloversville families. 

The Springfield Leonards were generally of that honest, respectable, 
hard-working, substantial class, the. " yeomanry." After the Revolu- 
tion, many of them moved away to New York, Ohio, and other recently 
settled portions of the country. Where notice is not given to the con- 
trary, the residence of every individual in the ensuing series, may be 
presumed to have been in Springfield, Mass., or in one of the towns 
originally included in that ancient settlement. 



JOHN LEONARD* of Springfield, 1 636, Was an early settler of that 
town. On the second division of Springfield his lot was the one on which 
stood " Uncle Jerry's [Warriner] Hotel," now occupied by Foot's Block. 
It was eight rods wide, running from the river, east onward to Armory 
Hill. He sustained the respectable office of constable in that town. 

He m. Nov. 12, 1640, Sarah Heath. 

He was killed by the Indians, early in 1676; and his widow Sarah 
m. Feb. 21, 1677, Benjamin Parsons; again, in 1690, she m. Peter 
Tilton. She d. at Springfield, Nov. 23, 17 11. 

They had fifteen children, viz.* 

* The reader who compares the dates of the births of these children with those 
assigned to them in Savage's Genealogical Dictionary, will notice a discrepancy. 
The account here given is correct ; and the discrepancy arises from the fact that the 
Springfield Records give the birth of John, 2 as having occurred, " 6 mo. 25, 1641 ;" 
of Joseph, 2 as on "1 mo. 1, 1642—3," and so on, reckoning March as the first 
month, and February as the 12th. The individual who furnished the account to 
Mr. Savage, supposed the year at that time to have begun in January, as it now 
does, and hence wrote Jan. for 1 mo., when he should have written March ; and 
June, instead of Aug., for G mo., and so forth.. 


2. John, 2 b. Aug. 25, 1641 ; d. April 22, 1648. 

.3. Joseph, 2 b. March 1, 1642-3 ; d. March 20, 1642-3. 

4. tJoseph, 2 b. May 20, 1644; m. 1, Mary ; 2, Elizabeth Livermore. 

3, Rebecca Dumbleton. 

5. Sarah, 2 b. Dec. 13, 1645 ; m. John Keep, Dec. 31, 1663. They and one 

child were killed by the Indians, when coming from Longmeadow to 
attend public worship, at Springfield, March 26, 1676. 

6. Mary, 2 b. Sept. 14, 1647 ; m. Samuel Bliss of Springfield, Nov. 10, 1665. 

He died March 23, 1720. She died March 11, 1724. They were the 
ancestors of Hon. George Bliss of Springfield. 

7. Martha, 2 b. April 15, 1649; m. Benjamin Waite, June 8, 1670. 

8. Lvdia, 2 b. Oct. 2, 1650; m. John Dumbleton of Springfield, March 18 


9. John, 2 b. Sept. 10, 1652 ; d. March 13, 1662. 

10. fBenjamin, 2 b. Sept. 5, 1654; m. Sarah Scott. 

1 1. tAbe'l, 2 b. Julv 22, 1656 ; m. Marv Remington. 

12. tJosiah, 2 b. March 2, 1658; m. Sarah Dumbleton. 

13. Hannah, 2 b. Feb. 19, 1659-60; m. Daniel Denton of Springfield, April 

24, 1676. 

14. Rebecca, 2 b. May 26, 1661 ; m. 1, Thomas Miller of Springfield, Dec. 1, 

1681. He was killed by the Indians, Oct. 5, 1695 111. 2, Thomas 
Billings, Dec. 30, 1691. 

15. Deborah, 2 b. Oct. 15, 1663. 

16. Rachel, 2 b. Nov. 8, 1665 ; m. Thomas Hancox, March 17, 1684-5. 


JOSEPH LEONARD, 2 son of John 1 and Sarah Leonard of Spring- 
field ; b. May 20, 1644; m. 1, Mary , who d. Jan. 29, 1680. 

2, March 29, 1683, Elizabeth Livermore, who d. July 6, 1689. 3, 
March 1, 1692-3, Rebecca Dumbletoij, who d. Feb. 16, 1693-4. 

They lived in Springfield. He d. 1716. His children were — 

By first wife, Mary — 

17. Mary, 3 b. Feb. 1674; d. 1676. 

18. tSamuel, 3 b. May 16, 1677; m. Penelope Philips. 

19. John, 3 b. Sept. 12, 1679- ; d. Oct. 12, 1679. 

20. tJoseph, 3 b. Jan. 1. 1680-1 ; m. Sarah Beckwith. 

By second wife, Elizabeth — 

21. Mercy ,3 b. Nov. 6, 1683 ; d. Nov. 13, 1683. 

22. Eliziir,3 b. March 15, 1685 ; d. March 30, 1688. 

23. Mehetabel, 3 b. Sept. 5, 1686 ; d. Julv 8, 1689. 

24. Elizabeth, 3 b. Jan. 14, 1689; m. James Phipps or Philips, Jan. 11, 1711. 

By third wife, Rebecca — 

25. tEbenezer, 3 b. Jan. 16, 1693-4 ; m. Martha Miller. 


BENJAMIN LEONARD, 2 brother of the preceding; b. in Spring- 
field, Sept. 5, 1654; m. Sarah Scott, Feb. 9, 1679-80. 

They lived in Springfield. He d. Dec. 21, 1724, a. 70. She d. 
Dec. 2, 1751. 

Their children were — 

26. tJohn, 3 b. July 12, 1681 ; m. Sarah Dickinson. 

27. Benjamin, 3 b. Oct. 3, 1683 ; d. before 1702. 


28. INathaniel, 3 b. Nov. 6, 1685 ; m. Sarah Ely. 

29. tEbenezer, 3 b. Jan. 20, 1687 ; m. Joanna Stevenson. 

30. Margaret, 3 b. 1689 ; m. Joseph Ely, Dec. 24, 1713. 

31. Sarah, 3 b. March 23, 1691 ; m. Francis Ball, Jan. 28, 1714. 

32. Martha, 3 b. Oct. 23, 1695 ; m. Joseph Ashley, Feb. 18, 1710. 

33. Kezia, 3 b. Nov. 25, 1697; m. Dea. Lamberton Cooper, Dec. 25, 1734. She 

d. March 22, 1742. He d. Dec. 22, 1755. 

34. tAbel, 3 b. July 27, 1700; m. 1, Esther Austin; 2, Hannah Wooster. 

35. fBenjamin, 3 h. Aug. 17, 1702; m. Thankful Merrick. 

36. Rachel, 3 b. Jan. 9, 1706. 


ABEL LEONARD, 2 brother of the preceding ; b. in Springfield, 
July 22, 1656 ; m. Mary Remington, March 4, 1686-7. 

He lived in Springfield, and d. March 10, 1690, se. 34. His widow 
Mary m. Samuel Bedortha, July, 1G91. 

The children of Abel and Mary Leonard were — 

37. Marv, 3 b. Dec. 12, 1687 ; d. March 19, 1690. 

38. Sarah, 3 b. Oct. 8, 1689 ; d. Nov. 12, 1690. 


JOSIAH LEONARD, 2 brother of the preceding ; b. in Springfield, 
March 2, 1G58; rn. Saraii Dumbleton, dau. of John Dumbleton, 
Dec. 19, 1678. 

He lived in Springfield ; was in the "Falls Fight," 1676; and d. 
Feb. 13, 1688-9, a. 30. His widow Sarah m. Thomas Root, Jan. 
25, 1692. 

The children of Josiah and Sarah Leonard were — 

39. iJosiah, 3 b. Oct. 21, 1680 ; m. Ruth Allyn [or Allen.] 

40. Sarah, 3 b. Sept. 16, 1682. 

41. Abel, 3 b. 1685. 

42. Mary, 3 b. March 12, 1687. 



SAMUEL LEONARD, 9 (Joseph? John*) son of Joseph 2 and Mary 
Leonard of Springfield; b. May 16, 1677; m. Penelope Philips, 
June 3, 1701. 

He lived in Springfield; and d. July 17, 1713, a. 36. His widow 
Penelope m. Nathaniel Strong of Northampton, Oct. 1718. 

The children of Samuel and Penelope Leonard were — 

43. Margaret, 4 b. Sept. 16, 1703. 

44. Mary, 4 b. Jan. 20, 1706. 

45. tSamuel, 4 b. April 19, 1708; m. Mercy Merrick. 

46. Aaron. 4 b. June 13, 1710. 

47. Rebecca, 4 b. June 13, 1713. 

These children probably went to Northampton with their mother, 
upon her second marriage. Hence no trace of them is found on the 
Springfield records, except of Samuel, the elder son. 



JOSEPH LEONARD, 3 {Joseph; 1 John, 1 ) second son of Joseph 2 and 
Mary Leonard of Springfield; b. Jan. 1, 1680-1 ; m. in 1704, Sarah 
Beckwith, who d. Feb. 28, 1773, a. 89. 

He d. Nov. 19, 1737. They lived in Springfield. 

Their children were — 

48. f Joseph, 4 b. July 1705 ; m. 1, Thankful Bagg ; 2, Elizabeth Bagg. 

49. Sarah, 4 b. Aug. 10, 1707; m. Jabez Keep, April 16, 1730. 

50. Elizabeth, 4 b. March 19, 1709 ; m. Abel Leonard 4 [102], June 12, 1729. 

51. tMoses, 4 b. Nov. 5, 1711 ; m. Constance Dewey. 

52. Dehorah, 4 b. Nov. 18, 1713; m. Israel Cooley", April 9, 1735. 

53. An infant, b. 1716 ; d. 1716. 

54. Penelope, 4 b. Oct. 29, 1717 ; m. her second cousin, Daniel Leonard 4 [68]. 

55. Marv, 4 b. Jan. 27, 1719 ; m. John Dorchester, Feb. 12, 1736. 

56. Dinah, 4 b. March 14, 1722 ; d. Nov. 14, 1736. 

57. Lucy, 4 b, March 15, 1724 ; m. Aaron Ely, July, 1744. 

58. Phinehas, 4 b. March 24, 1729 ; died, in the armv. 

59. Stephen, 4 b. Dec. 4, 1731 ; m. 1, Elizabeth Mighill, 1755. 2, Editha Leon- 

ard [216]. 

60. Noah, 4 b. Jan. 4, 1735. 


EBENEZER LEONARD, 3 {Joseph, 2 John,') son of Joseph* and 
Rebecca Leonard of Springfield; b. Jan. 16, 1693; m. Martha Mil- 
ler, March 22, 1722. 

They seem to have lived in Springfield. He d. Feb. 22, 1762, a. 69. 
She d. Sept. 23, 1767, a. 67. Their children were — 

61. Martha, 4 b. Oct. 16, 1725; d. before 1730. 

62. tLuther, 4 b. Oct. 31, 1727 ; m. Anna Bancroft. 

63. Martha, 4 b. Jan. 24, 1730 ; m. Edmund Lewis, Oct. 23, 1757. 

64. Margaret, 4 b. April, 1732; m. Samuel Palmer, Oct. 17, 1751. 

65. tEliphalet, 4 b. Dec. 28, 1733 ; m. 1, Abigail Horton. 2, Mary Pierpont. 

66. Jemima, 4 b. Oct. 22, 1735 ; m. Nathaniel Rowley, March 12, 1764. 


Deacon JOHN LEONARD, 3 {Benjamin? John, 1 ) eldest son of Ben- 
jamin 2 and Sarah (Scott) Leonard; b. in Springfield, July 12, 1681; 
m. Sarah Dickinson, Jan. 8, 1709. 

He lived in Springfield, and d. Nov. 28, 1744, a. 63. His widow 
Sarah d. March 29, 1768. Their children were — 

67. tJohn, 4 b. Sept. 5, 1710 ; m. Anna Noble. 

68. tDaniel, 4 b. March 21, 1713 ; m. Penelope Leonard 4 [54]. 

69. Asaph, 4 b. April 11, 1717 ; m. Naomi Parsons, Nov. 1748. 

70. Sarah, 4 b. March 27, 1720; m. Edward Upham, March, 1740. 

71. Marv, 4 b. Sept. 1723 ; d. April 16, 1724. 

72. Priscilla, 4 b. June 25, 1725 ; m. Daniel White, 1746. 

73. fRussell, 4 b. Dec. 21, 1730; m. 1, Tamar Leonard [96]. 2, Anna Leon- 

ard [85]. 


NATHANIEL LEONARD, 3 {Benjamin? John, 1 ) brother of the 
preceding; b. in Springfield, Nov. 6, 1685; m. Sarah Ely, April 
24, 1726. 

He d. July 6, 1734, a\ 49. His widow Sarah m. William Mclntyre, 
July 31, 1736. 


The children of Nathaniel and Sarah Leonard were — 

74. fPreserved, 4 b. March 13, 1728 ; m. 1, Sarah Keep; 2, Mary Mor'.ey. 

75. t Nathaniel, 4 b. Feb. 2, 1730; m. Sarah Flowers. 


EBENEZER LEONARD, 3 {Benjamin? John, 1 ) brother of the pre- 
ceding; b. Jan. 20, 1687; m. May 12, 1720, Joanna Stevenson, who 
d. June 15, 175G. 

Their children were — 

76. Ebenezer, 4 b. Sept. 23, 1720; m. Hannah Long:, Julv 12, 1761. 

77. Rhoda, 4 b. April 8, 1722 ; d. Oct. 18, 1814, as. 93. 

78. Joanna,' 1 b. May 28, 1724. 

79. Joel, 4 b. March 20, 1728 ; m. Margaret Cook of Hartford, Jan. 24, 1770. 

80. Rebecca, 4 b. March 21, 1730. 

81. Eunice, 4 b. Feb. 22, 1733. 

82. Mary, 4 b. March 5, 1736. 

83. Obadiah, 4 b. June 18, 1739. 


ABEL LEONARD, 3 (Benjamin? John, 1 ) brother of the preceding ; 
b. July 27, 1700; m. 1, Esther Austin, 1731. 2, Hannah Woos- 
ter, 1762. 

His children, all by first wife, were — 

84. Abel, 4 twin of Esther, b. Dec. 4, 1731 ; m. Experience Miller, Julv 4, 

1754. They had— 
Experience, 5 b. Dec. 11, 1758 ; m. I, Aribert Leonard [246]. 2, Daniel 
84^. Esther, 4 twin of Abel, b. Dec. 4, 1731 ; d. June 21, 1732. 

85. jElijah, 4 b. April 14, 1733; m. Anna Adams. 

86. Esther, 4 b. March 30, 1735 ; m. Nathaniel Elv, April 1759. 

87. Abigail, 4 b. June 8, 1737. 

88. Jerusha, 4 b. Oct. 18, 1739. 

89. Deborah, 4 b. June 12, 1742 ; m. Joseph Merrick, Dec. 16, 1762. 

90. Lois, 4 b. March 13, 1746 ; hanged herself. 

91. tAustin, 4 b. March 4, 1749 ; m. Nancy Upham. 

92. Priscilla, 4 b. May 4, 1756 ; m. - White. 


Lieut. BENJAMIN LEONARD, 3 (Benjamin? John, 1 ) youngest 
son of Benjamin 2 and Sarah (Scott) Leonard; b. Aug. 17, 1702; m. 
Thankful Merrick, Aug. 3, 1727. He d. Feb. 25, 1785, fe. 83. 
She d. Dec. 31, 1779, a. 79. 

Their children were — 

93. Thankful, 4 b. Nov. 8, 1728 ; d. Sept. 27, 1747. 

94. tBenjamin,< b. March 4, 1731 ; m. Catharine Miller. 

95. Thomas, 4 ) twins, b. ( 

96. Tamar, 4 ) Oct. 27, 1735; ( m. her cousin, Russell Leonard 4 [73]. 

97. tDavid, 4 b. 1737 ; m. Marv Miller, 1760. 

98. tl'liny, 4 b. Oct. 26, 1740; m. Constance Leonard 5 [118]. 

99. tGideon, 4 b. Sept. 20, 1744; m. 1, Mary Warriner ; 2, Phebe Parmclee. 
100. tJuba, 4 b. March 12, 1747 ; m. Anna Worthington. 



JOSIAH LEONARD, 3 (Joriah? John, 1 ) son of Josiah 2 and Sarah 
Leonard; b. Oct. 21, 1G80 ; m. Ruth Allyn [Allen] of Northamp- 
ton, Nov. 23, 1702. He d. Feb. 14, 1748, se. 68. 

Their children were — 


101. tJosiah, 4 b. Oct. 21, 1703 ; m. Sarah Day, 1730. 

102. tAbel, 4 b. Nov 22, 1706; m. Elizabeth Leonard 4 [50]. 

103. Sarah, 4 b. Nov. 4, 1709 ; d. Nov. 16, 1709. 

104. An infant, b. 1711 ; d. 1711. 

105. Ruth, 4 b. April 24, 1713 ; d. 1715. 

106. tReuben, 4 b. Nov. 25, 1716 ; m. Miriam Day, 1740. 

107. tJonathan, 4 b. Jan. 24, 1720; m. Eleanor Day, 1746. 

In the above family, three brothers married three sisters. The 
youngest brother married the youngest sister. 


SAMUEL LEONARD, 4 (Samuel, 3 Joseph, 2 John,') son of Samuel 5 
and Penelope (Philips) Leonard; b. in Springfield, April 19, 1708; 
m. Mercy Merrick, 1731. 

He d. March 11, 1744, se. 36. She d. Jan. 30, 1745. 

Their children were — 

108. fSamuel, 5 b. Aug. 15, 1731 ; m. Elizabeth Stebbins, 1752. 

109. Mercv, 5 b. Nov. 29, 1733 ; m. Jonathan Smith, March 27, 1755. 

110. Noadiah, 5 b. Sept. 10, 1737. 


JOSEPH LEONARD, 4 (Joseph, 3 Joseph, 2 John, 1 ) eldest son of 
Joseph 3 and Sarah Leonard ; b. July, 1705 ; m. 1, Thankful Bagg, 
Aug. 3, 1727 [?]. She was killed, July 8, 1747, by lightning, which 
struck the house of Moses Leonard [51], brother of Joseph. Her son, 
Fellows, [113] and a son of Dea. Lamberton Cooper [33], Joseph's 
kinsman, were killed at the same time. 2, Sept. 16, 1747. Elizabeth 

His children, all by first wife, were — 

111. tJoseph, 5 b. July 27, 1727 ; m. 1, Mercv Ashley ; 2, Mary Mclntyre. 

112. Thankful, 5 b. Jan. 5, 1729 ; m. Joel Ely, 1750. 

113. Fellows, 5 b. 1730 ; killed bv lightninsr, as above, July 8, 1747. 

114. Hannah, 5 b. Julv 15, 1732; m. William Miller, 1749. 

115. tGeorge, 5 b. Oct.' 22, 1735 ; m. Lucy Palmer, 1759. 

116. Eleanor, 5 b. Nov. 24, 1740 ; m. Nathaniel Williston, Dec. 9, 1762. 

117. Lucy, 5 b. Sept. 23, 1746 ; m. Samuel Philips. He d. June 21, 1800, a. 58. 

She d. Jan. 9, 1802, a. 56. 


MOSES LEONARD, 4 (Joseph, 3 Joseph 3 John, 1 ) brother of the pre- 
ceding; b. Nov. 5, 1711 ; m. March 5, 1744, Constance Dewey of 
Westfield. He d. Feb. 5, 1788, se. 77. She d. Dec. 16, 1799, a. 84. 


Their children were — 

118. Constance, 5 b. Julv 22, 1746; m. Plinv Leonard 4 [98]. 

119. Moses, 5 h. July 2,*1749 ; d. Oct. 10, 1/57. 

120. tPhinehas, 5 b. Aug. 19, 1751; m. 1, Sybil Leonard [240]. 2, Content 


121. Mary, 5 b. July 13, 1754; in. Nathaniel Sylvester of Chesterfield, Feb. 2, 


122. Huldah, 5 b. May 8, 1756 ; m. George Blake of Springfield. 

123. tyloses, 5 b. Aug." 27, 1758 ; m. Fanny Leonard [165]. 


LUTHER LEONARD, 4 (Ebenezer, 3 Joseph,' John, 1 ) son of Eb- 
enezer 3 and Martha Leonard; b. Oct. 31, 1727 ; m. Anna Bancroft, 
Oct, 9, 1749. 

Their children were — 

129. tOliver, 5 b. Feb. 13, 1749-50; m. 1, Hannah Day; 2, Abiah Warriner. 

130. Martin, 5 b. June 16, 1751 ; unm. ; broke his neck, 1805. 

131. Nancv, 5 b. Aug. 28, 1753; unm. ; d. of cancer, 1801. 

132. Vinton, 5 b. Nov. 13, 1755 ; unm ; d. 1803. 

133. Martha, 5 b. 1758 ; m. Griffin. 

134. Ebeuczer, 5 b. Oct. 2, 1762; d. in the army of 1812. 


ELIPHALET LEONARD, 4 (Bbenezer, 3 Joseph, 3 John, 1 ) brother 
of the preceding; b. Dec. 28, 1733 ; m. 1, July 14, 1764, Mrs. Abigail 
Hokton, who was b. June 2, 1730, and d. May 30, 1773, a. 43. 2, 
widow Mary Pierpont of Boston. 

His children were, by first wife — 

135. Rachel, 5 b. April 29, 1766 ; d. Oct. 19, 1772. 

136. t Henry, 5 b. June 15, 1770; in. Olive Remington. 


JOHN LEONARD, 4 (John, 3 Benjamin 3 John, 1 ) eldest son of Dea. 
John 3 and Sarah Leonard; b. Sept. 5, 1710; in. Jan. 1743, Anna 

Their children were — 

137. Anna, 5 b. April 11, 1744 ; d. Sept. 23, 1747. 

138. Sarah, 5 b. Oct. 20, 1745 ; d. Oct. 11, 1747. 

133. Anna, 5 b. April 16, 1748 ; m. Thomas Baker, Aug. 4, 1766. 

140. tJohn, 5 b. March 8, 1749; m. Mary Selden, 1771. 

141. Sarah, 5 b. April 27, 1752. 

142. Abigail, 5 b. April 8, 1755 ; m. Aug. 20, 1778, Jacob Day, 5 b. Aug. 4, 1753, 

son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Mattoon) Day of West Springfield. About 
1803, they removed from West Springfield to Chester, and afterwards 
to Moravia, N. Y., where he d. Sept. 5, 1816. She d. in Chester, March 
5, 1814. [Day Genealogy. 

143. Elizabeth, 5 b. Dec. 26, 1758 ; m. Aribert Leonard [246]. 

144. fJustin, 5 b. May 16, 1763; m. Theodosia Leonard [361]. 


DANIEL LEONARD, 4 (John, 3 Benjamin, 3 John, 1 ) brother of the 
preceding; b. March 21, 1713; m. Feb. 4, 1740, his second cousin 
Penelope Leonard 4 [54]. 


Their children were — 

145. tDaniel, 5 b. June 10, 1747 ; m. 1, Sarah Pierpont ; 2, Eleanor Ripley. 

146. tWilliam, 5 b. Feb. 23, 1749; m. Thankful Palmer. 

147. Penelope, 5 b. 1752 ; m. Gad Lamb, Oct. 15, 1772. 


RUSSELL LEONARD, 4 (John,' Benjamin, 9 John, 1 ) brother of the 
preceding; b. Dec. 21, 1730; m. 1, Dec. 29, 1757, his cousin Tamar 
Leonard 4 [96]. 2, Oct. 28, 1804, Anna (Adams) Leonard, widow of 
his cousin Elijah Leonard 4 of Conway [85]. 

He d. Sept. 16, 1807. His children were — by first wife — 

151. Edward, 5 b. June 7, 1758; d. Aug. 24, 1760. 

152. Levi, 5 b. June 13, 1760 ; unm. ; d. 1795. 

153. Russell, 5 b. April 13, 1762. Killed by the Indians. 

154. Edward, 5 b. Oct. 24, 1764 ; a deaf-mute, and blind also. 

155. f Asaph, 5 b. March 15, 1767 ; m. Anna Phelan. 

156. tRufus, 5 b. Aug. 30, 1774 ; m. 1, Betsey Flowers ; 2, Anna Phelan. 


PRESERVED LEONARD, 4 (Nathaniel,' Benjamin, 9 John,') son of 
Nathaniel 3 and Sarah (Ely) Leonard; b. March 13, 1728; m. 1, 
1751, Sarah Keep, who d. Jan. 18, 1761. 2, Sept. 23, 1761, Mary 
Morley, who d. March 3, 1786. He d. May 18, 1801, a. 73. 

His children were, by first wife, Sarah — 

157. Lucy, 5 b. May 17, 1752 ; m. Benjamin Loomis, and moved to New Jersey. 

158. Abiah, 5 b. Nov. 18, 1753 ; m. 1, Granger. 2, May 18, 1788, Daniel 

Day, 5 b. July 8, 1749, son of Col. Benjamin Day< of West Springfield. 
She had by Mr. Dav, five children. [Day Genealogy. 

159. Sarah, 5 b. Aug. 18, 1755 ; m. Cook, of Otis. 

160. tEzekiel, 5 b. July 30, 1757 ; m. 1, Huldah Sexton. 2, Rhoda Sexton. 

161. Preserved, 5 b. Oct. 15, 1758; m. Joanna Langdon of Wilbraham, Aug. 

24, 1798. They removed with the family of Oliver Leonard [129], to 
the vicinity of Columbus, Ohio, after having had — 
162. Solomon [Salmon 1] Langdon, 5 b. Jan. 30, 1800. 

163. Ely, 5 b. 1762 ; d. Oct. 25, 1787, a. 25. 

By second wife, Mary — 

164. Salmon, 5 b. June 5, 1766 ; d. Aug. 5, 1786, a. 20. 

165. Fanny, 5 b. Oct. 6, 1768; m. Moses Leonard 5 [123]. 

166. Mary, 5 b. Dec. 24, 1770 ; m. Enoch Cooper. 


NATHANIEL LEONARD, 4 (Nathaniel? Benjamin, 9 John,') 
brother of the preceding; b. Feb. 2, 1730; m. Sarah Flowers, 
Sept. 1, 1757. 

They resided in Suffield, Ct. Their children were — 

167. Mary, 5 b. 1758 ; m. Thaddeus Leonard [241]. She d. 1813. 

168. Huldah, 5 b. ; m. Joseph Smith. 

169. Abigail, 5 b. . 

170. Nathaniel, 5 b. . 


ELIJAH LEONARD, 4 (Abel, 3 Benjamin, 9 John, 1 ) son of Abel 3 
and Esther Leonard ; b. April 14, 1733 ; m. Feb. 8, 1753, Anna 
Adams of Suffield, Ct. 


After the birth of three children, in Springfield, they removed to 
Conway. After his death, the widow Anna m. Oct. 28, 1804, his 
cousin, Russell Leonard [73]. The children of Elijah and Anna 
Leonard were — 

171. Roger, 5 b. March 15, 1760. 

172. Augustus, 5 b. Nov. 24, 1761 ; d. May 27, 1765. 

173. Elijah, 5 b. Dec. 4, 1766. 


AUSTIN LEONARD, 4 {Abel, 3 Benjamin, 2 John?) brother of the 
preceding; b. March 4, 1749 ; m. 1774, Nancy Upham. 

After the birth of two children, in Springfield, they removed to 
Springfield, Pa. These children were — 

174 fTheodore, 5 b. Oct. 3", 1776 ; m. Elizabeth Salisbury. 

175. Abel, 5 b. 1778; m. 1809, Abiah Leonard [316]; moved to Penn- 



BENJAMIN LEONARD, 4 (Benjamin? Benjamin, 2 John, 1 ) eldest 
son of Benjamin 3 and Thankful (Merrick) Leonard; b. March 4, 1731 ; 
m. Catharine Miller, July 4, 1754. She d. Dec. 13, 1801, a. 68. 

Their children were — 

176. Thankful, 5 b. Dec. 19, 1754 ; m. David Fowler. 

177. Jared, 5 b. Nov. 20, 1756 ; d. June 3, 1757. 

178. Catharine, 5 b. April 30, 1758; m. Hezekiah Warriner of Hawlev. 

179. Mary, 5 b. March 26, 1760 ; m. Elijah Day, 5 b. June 6, 1754, son of Heze- 

kiah Day" of West Springfield, (Ireland Parish). He was a Lieutenant, 
in the Revolutionary army, and d. in Delaware County, N. Y. 

180. Benjamin, 5 b. June 3, 1762. 

181. George, 5 b. July 8, 1764 ; removed to Delaware County, N. Y. 

182. Jared, 5 b. Sept. 6, 1766. 

183. Frederic, 5 b. 1770 ; m. Rebecca Bush. He removed to Wilmington, 

Del., where he was a man of note ; Justice of the Peace ; a Captain in 
the war of 1812. He had one dau., who d. in her 18th year. 

184. Rachel, 5 b. June 5, 1771 ; m. 1, Gaius Vanhorn, 1790. 2, Warriner. 

185. Aaron, 5 b. Oct. 2, 1773. 

186. Harry, 5 b. April 15, 1775. 

187. Araunah, 5 b. April 6, 1778; unm. ; d. July 17, 1818, a. 40. 


Col. DAVID LEONARD, 4 {Benjamin, 3 Benjamin, 2 John, 1 ) brother 
of the preceding, b. 1737; m. Nov. 19, 1760, Mary Miller, who d. 
Nov. 27, 1804. 

He was a man of considerable note in "West Springfield. He was a 
Colonel in the army of the Revolution, and d. of small pox, at Lake 
George. He was buried in West Springfield. The soldiers under his 
command, spoke of him in later years with great respect. 

His children were — 

188. Clarissa, 5 b. May 9, 1761 ; unm. ; d. 1822. 

189. tDavid, 5 b. Aug. 2, 1762; m. Elizabeth Sexton. 

190. Dolly, 5 b. Nov. 24, 1764 ; m. Archibald Armstrong. 

191. tSeth, 5 b. July 19, 1766 ; m. Rebecca Smith. 

192. Mela, 5 b. Oct. 15, 1768 ; m. 1, Welch. 2, Wheeler. 



PLINY LEONARD, 4 (Benjamin? Benjamin, 2 John,') brother of 
the preceding; b. Oct. 26, 1740; m. Jan. 4, 1770, Constance 
Leonard 5 [118]. 

He d. July, 1831, ae. 91. She d. March 23, 1836, x. 90. 

Their children were — 

193. fTemperance, 5 b. July 2, 1771 ; m. Gaius Bliss, Nov. 17, 1798. 

194. Lucy, 5 b. Dec. 24, 1773 ; d. Feb. 26, 1833, a. 59. 

195. ITHny, 5 b. March 4, 1778 ; m. Margaret Fowler. 

190. Constance, 5 b. Aug. 12, 1785; unm. She lived to an advanced age, in 
West Springfield, and died, Feb. II, 1855. To her the readers of this 
memoir are much indebted for information not to be found on the 
records of either Springfield or West Springfield. She was much in- 
terested in the Genealogy of the Springfield Leonards, and although 
possessing no record, she had a wonderful recollection concerning the 
different families, and their marriage connections. She affirmed that 
her grandfather, Benjamin 3 [35] used to say that his grandfather, John 
Leonard [1] of Springfield, was a brother of James 1 and Henry 1 
Leonard of Tanntun. 

197. Tamar, 5 b. Sept. 12, 1789; m. Abel E. Ely, April 13, 1815. She d. at 

Madison, Geauga County, Ohio, October 1, 1840, a. 51. 


GIDEON LEONARD, 4 (Benjamin, 3 Benjamin? John, 1 ) brother of 
the preceding ; b. Sept. 20, 1744; m. 1, Mary Warriner, Aug. 1, 
1771. 2, Mrs. Phebe Parmelee of Suffield. 

His children were, all by first wife — 

198. Artemisia, 5 b. 1772 ; d. in a fit, 1828. 

199. Cynthia, 5 b. 1775; d. young. 

200. Tamar, 5 b. 1777; d. young. 

201. Mary, 5 b. 1779; d. young. 

202. Sewall, 5 b. 1781 ; m. Bettes or Billes. Removed to the vicinity of 

Columbus, Ohio. 
£03. Mary, 5 b. April 9, 1783 : m. Jesse Cooley. 

204. Harvey, 5 b. 1785; d. young. 


JUBA LEONARD, 4 (Benjamin, 3 Benjamin,' John, 1 ) brother of the 
preceding ; b. March 12, 1747 ; m. Anna Worthington, Dec. 10, 

Their children were — 

205. Amy, 5 b. Jan. 27, 1773 ; m. Eli Bedortha, published, Aug. 20, 1799. 

206. tJuba, 5 b. Feb. 11, 1776 ; m. Sophia Cooper, 1802. 

207. Numa, 5 b. March 25, 1778; m. Betsey Landruff, Rome, N. Y. He d. 

Jan., 1855. 

208. Thankful, 5 b. Sept. 5, 1780 ; d. 1820, a. 40. 

209. Arab, 5 b. May 10, 1783 ; removed to Rome, N. Y., and married there. 

210. tBenjamin, 5 b. Aug. 11, 1785 ; m. Jane Barker. 

211. Alfred, 5 b. Dec. 24, 1788 ; m. Betsey Warriner, 1811 ; d. July, 1812. 

212. Calvin, 5 b. March 29, 1792 ; d. 1841. 


JOSIAH LEONARD, 4 (Josiah 3 Josiah 2 John, 1 ) eldest son of 
Josiah 3 arid Ruth (Allen) Leonard ; b. Oct. 21, 1703 ; 'in. Sarah Day, 4 
Feb. 25, 1730. She was b. Nov. 3, 1709, dau. of Ebenezer 3 and Mary 


(Hitchcock) Day of West Springfield. Ebenezer 8 was son of Thoma» 2 
of Springfield, and grandson of Robert Day 1 of Hartford, the original 

He d. June 10, 1761, a\ 58. His children were — 

213. Sarah, 5 b. Oct. 29, 1733. 

214. tNoah, 5 b. Aug. 3, 1738 ; m. Miriam Kent. 

215. Timothy, 5 b. Aug. 22, 1739. 

216. Editha, 5 b. Oct. 29, 1741 ; m. Stephen Leonard [59]. 

217. Louisa, 5 b. Feb., 1742 ; d. Dec. 22, 1760. 

218. Luev, 5 b. Aug. 20, 1745; m. Benjamin Loomis of Southwick, May 21, 


219. Chloe, 5 b. Feb. 2, 1747 ; m. Wool worth of Westfield. 


ABEL LEONARD, 4 (Josiah? Josiah, 2 John, 1 ) brother of the pre- 
ceding; b. Nov. 22, 170G ; m. June 12, 1729, his second cousin, Eliza- 
beth Leonard 4 [50]. 

He d. June 3, 1770, a. 64. Their children were — 

220. Elizabeth, 5 b. Jan. 15, 1730; m. Erastus Sackett, May 2, 1747. 

221. Ruth, 5 b. Julv 16, 1731 ; d. Oct. 8, 1746. 

222. Miriam, 5 b. Oct. 5, 1733 ; d. 1736. 

223. Lydia, 5 b. Feb. 12, 1736 ; m. Dudley Doming, Dec. 22, 1762. 

224. Miriam, 5 b, April 5, 1738 ; d. Nov. 29, 1758." 

225. Soh mon, 5 b. June 13, 1740. 

226. Kezia, 5 b. April 22, 1743 ; m. Nathaniel Eaton, Feb. 19, 1761. 

227. Abel, 5 b. Jan. 17, 1744 ; d. Aug. 11. 1747. • 

228. Sarah, 5 b. June 8, 1 746 ; m. Isaac Colgrove. 

229. Ruth, 5 b. Aug. 1, 1749. 

230. Abel, 5 b. Dec. 3, 1751 ; m. Lucy Miller. 

231. Dinah, 5 b. ; d. 1757. 


Dea. REUBEN LEONARD, 4 (Josiah, 3 Josiah, 3 John, 1 ) brother of 
the preceding; b. Nov. 25, 1716; m. 1740, published Dec. 22, 1739, 
Miriam Day, 4 b. March 4, 1718, sister of Sarah Day, wife of Josiah 
Leonard [101]. They were of Springfield. 

He d. Aug. 23, 1S05, a-. 89. She d. Aug. 7, 1791, a. 73. 

Their children were — 

232. Miriam, 5 b. Oct. 13, 1740 ; d. July 4, 1760. 

233. t Reuben, 5 b. 1742 ; m. Martha Lewis, 1764. 

234. tAbner, 5 b. Feb. 13, 1744 ; m. Mary Cooper, 1767. 

235. Enoch, 5 b. July 29, 1747 ; d. young. 

236. tJosiah, 5 b. March 27, 1750; m. Elizabeth Hilliard, 1772. 

237. tElias, 5 b. July 24, 1753 ; m. Susanna Selden, 1775. 

238. Enoch, 8 ) twins, b. I 

239. Timothy, 5 ) Dec. 14, 1755 ; ( went to Albany, N. Y., and married there. 

240. Sybil, 5 b. June 20, 1758 ; m. Phinehas Leonard 5 [120|. 

241. Thaddeus, 5 . b. Nov. 2,1762; in. Mary Leonard 5 [167]. Shed. Jan. 29, 

1813, a. 55. He d. March 11, 1843, a. 80. 


JONATHAN LEONARD, 4 (Josiah, 2 Josiah, 2 John, 1 ) brother of 
the preceding ; b. Jan. 24, 1720; m. 1746, (pub. Feb. 24) Eleanor 
Day, 4 b. Dec. 10, 1725, sister of Sarah and Miriam Day, his brothers' 


Their children were — 

242. Eleanor, 5 b. March 24, 1747 ; m. Elijah Coleman, Hartford, 1762. 

243. Sebria, 6 b. March 19, 1749 ; m. Henry Lester. 

244. Kezia, 5 b. Jan. 3, 1754; m. Jesse Rogers, Dec. 15, 1796, after a courtship 

of 22 years ; published 8 years before marriage. 


SAMUEL LEONARD,* {Samuel* Samuel? Joseph, 2 John, 1 ) son of 
Samuel 4 and Mercy Leonard; b. Aug. 15, 1731 ; m. 1752, (pub. Aug. 
22) Elizabeth Stebbins. He d. Jan. 24, 1797, a. 6G. She d. Feb. 
18, 1822, a. 93. 

Their children were — 

245. Samuel, 6 b. Feb. 9, 1753; m. Jemima Robinson, who d. Nov. 6 178° 

a. 25. 

246. tAribert, 6 b. Oct. 2, 1755; m. 1, Elizabeth Leonard [143]. 2, Experience 

Leonard 5 [84]. 

247. Marcy, 6 b. 1760; d. April 8, 1786, a. 26. 

248. Percia, 6 b. April 21, 1766 ; m. Josiah White of Northfield, March 22, 1796. 

249. Fanny, 6 b. Jan. 2, 1770 ; m. Joseph Merrick. 


JOSEPH LEONARD, 5 {Joseph? Josejih? Joseph? John?) eldest son 
of Joseph 4 and Thankful 'Leonard; b. July 27, 1727; m. 1, 1756, 
(pub. March 16,) Mercy Ashley, who d. in childbed, April 4, 1757. 
2, June 2, 1763, Mary McIntyre. 

His children were, by first wife — 

250. Joseph, 6 b. April 4, 1757 ; his dau. Amelia, m. 1, White; 2 

S. Leonard [422]. 

By second wife — 

251. Alexander, 6 b. Nov. 11, 1763. 

252. Israel, 6 b. March 4, 1765. 


GEORGE LEONARD, 5 {Joseph? Joseph? Joseph? John?) brother 
of the preceding: b. Oct. 22, 1735; m. March 22, 1759, Lucy 
Palmer. He d. Dec. 5, 1809, a. 84. She d. Oct. 11, 1803, a. 76. 

Their children were — 

253. Esther, 6 b. Aug. 6, 1760; d. Dec. 6, 1809, a. 49. 

254. Flowers, 6 b. Jan. 15, 1763 ; in. in Vermont, and moved to Ohio. 

255. Charles, 6 b. June 23, 1764 ; m. Mercv Remington. 

256. tRoswell, 6 b. 1765; m. Diana Kent, 1789. 

257. George, 6 b. 1767; m. Nancy Petty, Nov. 22, 1808; moved to the 

vicinity of Buffalo, N. Y. 


PHINEHAS LEONARD,* {Moses? Joseph? Joseph? John?) son 
of Moses 4 and Constance Leonard; b. Aug. 19, 1751; m. 1, 1782, 
Sybil Leonard* [240]. 2, Content Wheeler. 


He resided in West Springfield; was a soldier of the Revolution, 
and obtained a pension. He d. Nov. 1G, 1847, a. 9G. His widow, 
Content, d. July 23, 1854, a. 91. 

His children were — by first wife, Sybil — 

258. Stephen, 6 b. Oct. 29, 1783 ; moved to Lowville, N. Y., and there m. Jane 

Ann Martin. 

259. Lucinda, 6 b. Aug. 10, 1785 ; m. Samuel dwell, June 30, 1805. 

260. tChauncy, 6 b. ; m. Content Wheeler, perhaps his step-mother's dau. 

by a former husband. 

261. Phinehas, 6 ; removed to Lowville, N. Y. 

263. Reuben, 6 ; d. at Montreal. 

By second wife, Content — 

263. Harvey, 6 ; d. young. 

264. fDwight, 6 ; m. 1, Cyrene Tuller. 2, Maria Rising. 


MOSES LEONARD,* (Moses, 4 Joseph, 3 Joseph, 2 John, 1 ) brother of 
the preceding; b. Aug. 27, 1758; m. 1789, Fanny Leonard [165]. 
He d. Oct. 16, 1845. She d. April 28, 1847. 

Their children were — 

265. Eli, 6 b. Sept. 12, 1790; m. Amanda Noble, Warren, N. Y. Children— 

266. Bildad Noble. 7 267. Lucian. 7 268. Dwight. 7 

269. Moses, 6 b. Aug. 20, 1792 ; m. Sarah Bloomfield. Children— 

270. Marcus Bloomfield 7 resides in East Boston. 

271. Edward. 7 

272. Marcus, 6 b. Jan. 9, 1795 ; went to Buffalo, N. Y. ; married; and d. there 

of cholera, in 1850. 

273. Fanny, 6 b. Jan. 24, 1797 ; m. Isaac Candy of Trenton, N. Y. 

274. Flavia, 6 b. April 26, 1799 ; m. David Walkley of Rome, Ohio. 

275. Mary, 6 b. Oct. 6, 1801 ; m. Justin Williams. 

276. Eliza, 6 b. Feb. 25, 1805 ; living at Utica, N. Y. 

277. Sarah, 6 b. May 13, 1807 ; m. Levi Crosby; of Rome, Ohio. 

278. Julia Ann, 6 b.'Dec. 9, 1809 ; m. Thomas : E. Jones, Utica, N. Y. 


OLIVER LEONARD, 4 (Luther, 4 Menezer, 3 Joseph, 2 John, 1 ) eldest 
son of Luther 4 and Anna (Bancroft) Leonard; b. Feb. 13, 1749-50 \ 
m. 1, Oct. 10, 1771, Hannah Day, 5 b. Nov. 14, 1750, dau. of 
Joseph 4 and Elizabeth (Mattoon) Day of West Springfield, (Ireland 
parish.) 2, Abiah Warrinek. 

About the commencement of the present century, this family, to- 
gether with that of Preserved Leonard [161] removed to the vicinity 
of Columbus, Ohio. 

Oliver Leonard d. Oct. 11, 1804, at. 55. 

His children were, by first wife, Hannah Day — 

279. Jared, 6 b. Jan. 14, 1772. 

280. Herman, 6 b. April 16, 1775. 

281. tAsa, 6 b. 1776; m. 1, Huldah Kent. 2, Gratia Ely. 

282. Chester, 6 b. ; moved to the vicinity of Boston, and died there. 

283. Linus, 6 b. ; d. in Roxbury. 

By second wife, Abiah Warriner — 

284. Abiah, 6 b. ; removed with her father to Ohio, and m. there. 

285. Lois. 6 

286. Hannah,* b. April 9, 1799. 

287. Gad, 6 b. ; d. young. 



HENRY LEONARD,* {Eliphalet? Ebenezer? Joseph? John, 1 ) son 
of Eliphalet 4 and Abigail Leonard; b. June 15, 1770; ra. Olive 

After the birth of their fourth child, they removed to Gill. 

Their children were — 

288. Abigail, 6 b. Sept. 16, 1792 ; d. soon. 

289. Rowley, 6 b. April 18, 1794; m. Phebe Day. Lived in Elyria, Ohio. 

290. Mercv', 6 b. March 29, 1797 ; m. Martin King, Aug. 24, 1821. 

291. Mary, 6 b. April 13, 1803 ; d. young. 

292. Olive Remington, 6 h. ; m. Aaron D. Rogers, 1830. 

293. Meshach, 6 b. ; m. 1, Fanny Marcy. 2, Caroline Marcv. 

294. Caroline, 6 b. . 

295. Fanny. 6 

296. Eliphalet. 6 

297. Henry, 6 ; d. in California, 1851. 


JOHN LEONARD, 5 {John,* John, 3 Benjamin? John, 1 ) son of John 4 
and Anna Leonard ; b. March 8, 1749; m. Mary Selden, Sept. 5, 

Their children were — 

298. Sophia, 6 b. April 5, 1773 ; m. 1810, Apollos Leonard 5 [387]. 

299. Joanna, 6 b. Jan. 20, 1775 ; m. John Remington. She d. 1795. 

300. Norman, 6 b. April 25, 1777. 

301. Newell, 6 b. July «6, 1779. 

302. Sally, 6 b. 1781 ; m. Dr. Wright. 

303. Lucy, 6 b. ; d. young. 

The sons of this family removed to the State of New York. 


Capt. JUSTIN LEONARD, 5 {Johnf John? Benjamin? John?) 
youngest child of John 4 and Anna Leonard; b. May 16, 1763; m. 
1789, Theodosia Leonard 6 [391]. 

Their children were — 

304. John, 6 b. Feb. 25, 1790; m. April 4, 1814, Lucy Ely Day, 6 b. June 25, 

1786, dau. of Jacob and Abigail (Leonard) Day [1421- 

305. Martha, 6 b. Oct. 5, 1793 ; m. 1, Svlvanus Griswold. 2, Timothy Barker. 

306. Justin, 6 b. Mny 20, 1799 ; d. in 1851. 

307. Asaph, 6 b. Nov. 29, 1801 ; moved to Auburn, N. Y. ; d. March 1846. 

308. Christopher, 6 b. Sept. 28, 1806 ; moved to Auburn, N. Y. 


DANIEL LEONARD, 5 {Daniel? John? Benjamin? John?) son of 
Daniel 4 and Penelope Leonard; b. June 10, 1747 ; m. 1, Sarah Pier- 
pont, Oct. 5, 1765 [?]. 2, 1776, Eleanor Ripley, who d. Oct. 16, 
1814, a. 65. 

Children by second wife — 

309. James, 6 b. Nov. 20, 1777 ; d. young. 

310. Harriet, 6 b. Oct. 10, 1779 ; m. Alfred Flowers, May 26, 1803. 

311. tDaniel, 6 b. July 7, 1781 ; m. 1, Nancy Terry. 2, Alden. 

312. Julia, 8 b. July'lO, 1783 ; resides in Cherry Valley, N. Y. 

313. Lucius, 6 b. July 11, 1785 ; d. Dec. 1796, a. 11. 

314. Lucia, 6 b. — — ; m. Christopher Burbank, May 16, 1813. 



WILLIAM LEONARD, 5 (Daniel,* John? Benjamin? John?) brother 
of the preceding; b. Feb. 23, 1749; m. Thankful Palmer, Dec. 
16,1773. He d. Dec. 8, 1821, a. 71. She d. Sept. 11, 1833, a. 81. 

Their children were — ' 

315. Margaret, 6 b. ; m. Gardiner of Boston. 

316. Susanna, 6 b. ; m. 1, Newell. 2, Bemis. 

317. Lora, 6 b. ; m. Northum. 

318. Delia, 6 b. 1789 ; d. April 9, 1837, a. 48. 

319. William, 6 b. ; m. Lucy Wait, 1834, and had— 

320. Frances, 1 b. Nov. 9, 1844. 

321. Caroline. 6 

322. Mary Ann, 6 b. ; m. Northum. 


ASAPH LEONARD, 5 (Russell? John? Benjamin,- John,') eon of 
Russell 4 and Tamar Leonard; b. March 15, 17G7 ; m. Anna Phelan, 
June 24, 1797. He d. June 25, 1839, a. 72. 

His children were — 

323. Asaph, 6 h. ; m. M. Cleveland. 

324. Russell, 6 b. Nov. 3, 1802 ; killed by a horse. 

325. Anna, 6 b. ; m. 1, J. T.Brooks, 1833. 2, Charles Blackman, Nov. 

7, 1850. 

326. Valeria, 6 b. ; d. young. 


RUFUS LEONARD, 5 (Russell? John? Benjamin? John?) brother 
of the preceding; b. Aug. 30, 1774; m. 1, Betsey Flowers, 1792. 
2, Anna Phelan, 1806. He d. April 1G, 1840, a. GG. 

His children were, by first wife — 

327. Tamar, 6 b. 1793; m. John Holt, May 16, 1821. 

328. Hannah, 6 b. Jan. 2, 1 795. 

329. Maria, 6 b. ; m. Joseph Flowers, of Rupert, Vt., 1825. 

33o! Flowers, 6 b. ; m. Harriet Merrick, Sept. 29, 1828. 

By second wife — 

331. Aratine, 6 b. 1807 ; m. Rodney Leonard [357]. 

332. jRufus, 6 b. July 12, 1809; m. Abigail Smith. 

333. Clarissa, 6 b. - — 1811 ; m. Jason Clark. 

334. Anna, 6 b. 1813 ; m. Joseph Bridgman. 

335. Thankful,' 5 b. 1815 ; m. Daniel White. 


EZEKIEL LEONARD, 5 (Preserved? Nathaniel? Benjamin? John?) 
eldest son of Preserved 4 and Sarah Leonard; b. July 30, 1757; m. 
1, 1782, Huldaii Sexton. 2, 1784, Rhoda Sexton. Not long 
after 1800, he removed with his family to Springfield, Penn. 

Children, by first wife — 

336. Abiah, 6 b. Aug. 11, 1783; m. 1809, Abel Leonard 5 [175.] 
By second wife — 

337. Laura, 6 b. June 16, 1785. 

338. Ezekiel, 8 b. Oct. 21, 1787. 

339. Nathaniel, 6 b. Dec. 18, 1790. 


340. Lyman, 6 b. June 3, 1793. 

341. Ebenezer, 6 b. July 27, 1795. 

342. Eber, 6 b. 1797. 

343. Frederic, 6 b. Julv 13, 1799. 

344. Albert, 6 b. July 24, 1801. 


THEODORE LEONARD, 5 (Austin* Abel, 3 Benjamin, 2 John, 1 ) 
son of Austin 4 and Nancy Leonard; b. Oct. 3, 1776 ; in. Elizabeth 
Salisbury. Their children were — 

345. Hope Jefferson, 6 b. Mav 15, 1799. 

346. Austin, 6 b. Aue:. 17, 1802. 

347. Elizabeth Salisbury, 6 b. Sept. 12, 1805. 

348. Nancv Upbam, 6 b*Aug. 29, 1807 ; m. William B. White, Collinsville, Ct. 

349. Theodore Lafayette, 6 b. Nov. 10, 1808. 

This family removed to Springfield, Perm. 


DAVID LEONARD, 5 (David* Benjamin, 3 Benjamin 2 John, 1 ) son 
of Col. David 4 and Mary Leonard; b. Aug. 2, 1762 ; m. Elizabeth 

Their children were — 

350. David, 6 b. Nov. 14, 1784; m. Jane Hawkes, or, according to another 

account, Susan Fosket. He d. Dec. 14, 1854. 

351. tAsher, 6 b. Jan. 20, 1787 ; m. 1, Mary Gates. 2, Ann White. 

352. tCharles, 6 b. , 1789; m. 1, Abigail Doyle. 2, Amanda . 

353. tLoring, 6 b. , 1791 ; m. Eunice Evans. 

354. Harriet, 6 b. , 1793 ; m. Edward Doyle of Hancock, N. Y. 

355. Maria, 6 b. , 1795; m. 1, John Barber. 2, Dr. Basset of Colchester, 

N. Y. 

356. fEbenezer Wheeler, 6 b. , 1797 ; m. Christiana Jones. 

Betsey, 6 ; d. . Mary, 6 ; d. . 

Eliza,' 6 ; d. . Rensselaer, 6 ; d. . 

This family removed to Hancock, N. Y., on the Delaware River. 


SETH LEONARD, 5 (David, 4 Benjamin, 3 Benjamin, 2 John, 1 ) brother 
of the preceding; b. July 19, 1766 ; m. 1792, Rebecca Smith. 

They lived in West Springfield. She became hlind several years be- 
fore her death. Two children were born after she became blind. She 
bore her trials with pious resignation, and her christian character 
constantly brightened till the last. She d. Nov. 30, 1819, a. 49. Mr. 
Seth Leonard d. Sept, 23, 1828, a. 62. 

Their children were — 

357. tRodney, 6 b. Sept. 16, 1793 ; m. Aratine Leonard 6 [331]. 

358. tClarissa, 6 b. Jan. 14, 1795; m. Charles Corey. 

359. Mary, 6 b. Dec. 11, 1796 ; d. Sept, 7, 1800. 

360. Seth, 6 b. Jan. 31, 1799 ; d. Sept. 2, 1800. 

361. jSamuel Smith, 6 b. June 29, 1801 ; m. Adeline Eliza Newton. 

362. fSophia, 6 b. Oct. 28, 1803 ; m. 1827, Joshua B. Tyler. 

363. Seth, 6 b. July 30, 1805 ; d. Feb. 23, 1834, a. 28. 

364. Jere, 6 b. April 18, 1807; m. Elizabeth Parker of Brattleboro', Vt. He 

d. Dec. 15, 1841, a. 34. 

365. tAnna, 6 b. Feb. 11, 1809 ; m. Enoch Brown. 

366. tAlfred E., 6 b. Nov. 2, 1811 ; in. Mary Andrews. 



TEMPERANCE LEONARD,* {Pliny? Benjamin, 5 Benjamin? 
John, 1 ) dan. of Pliny 4 and Constance Leonard; b. July 2, 1771; m. 
Gaius Bliss of Springfield, Nov. 17, 1798. 

She d. April 9, 1850, ae. 79. He d. March 17, 1851, a. 82. 

Their children were — 

367. Reman (Bliss), b. Nov. 29, 1799 ; d. May 6, 1823. 

368. Chloe (Bliss), b. July 20, 1801 ; m. Elijah Blake, Oct. 4, 1854. 

369. Lucy (Bliss), b. April 10, 1803; m. Calvin Barker, April 3, 1836. She 

resides in Millburv, 1863. 

370. Robert H. (Bliss), b" Jan. 28, 1806 ; d. Aug. 17, 1831. 

371. Alfred (Bliss), b. Dec. 12, 1808; d. Sept. 9, 1809. 

372. Alfred (Bliss), b. Aug. 13, 1811. 


PLINY LEONARD,* {Pliny* Benjamin 5 Benjamin, 2 John, 1 ) son 
of Pliny 4 and Constance Leonard; b. March 4, 1778; m. Margaret 
Fowler, Dec 31, 1807. 

He resided in Agawam, a parish in West Springfield, which was not 
long since incorporated as a town. He d. Jan. 9, 1859. 

His children were — 

37.3. Charles Ingersol!, 6 b. March 26, 1808 ; d. April 11, 1810. 

374. tCharles In<;ersoll, 6 b. Julv 8, 1811 ; m. Mary Ann Utley. 

375. Margaret, 6 b. April 8, 1814 ; d. Feb. 20-, 1815. 

376. tFrederic Numa, 6 b. Dec. 31, 1818 ; m. 1, Mary Ann Brown. 2, Jane Cady. 


.TUBA LEONARD,* (Jvba? Benjamin 5 Benjamin? John, 1 ) son of 
.tuba 4 and Anna Leonard; b. Feb. 11, 1776; ra. Sophia Cooper, 
Dec. 29, 1802. 

Their children were — 

377. Mary Ann, 6 b. Jan. 6, 1804 ; m. William Bailev, 1831. She d. Feb. 23, 

1849, a. 45. 

378. Thankful, 6 b. Auff. 9, 1810 ; m. Charles Moore. 

379. Benjamin, 6 b. Nov. 5, 1816; m. Maria Perry of Rome, N. Y. He d. 

June 9, 1853. 


BENJAMIN LEONARD,* (Juba* Benjamin, 5 Benjamin? John 1 ) 
brother of the preceding ; b. Aug. 11, 1785; m. Jane Barker, who 
d. in 1858. 

After the birth of the following children, the)' moved into Connecti- 
cut; afterwards to New York City. 

380. Elizabeth, 6 b. July 1, 1822 ; m. Benham of N. Y. 

381. Catharine," b. Aug. 17, 1823; m. Clarke, in Michigan. 

382. Albert, 6 b. July 31, 1826 ; resides in California ; married there. 

383. Jane Barker, 6 b. July 22, 1828 ; m. John Atwater, New York. 


NOAH LEONARD,* {Josiah? Josiah? Josiah? John, 1 ) son of 
Josiah 4 and Sarah (Day) Leonard; b. Aug. 3, 1738; m. Oct. 25, 
1765, Miriam Kent of iSuffield, .Ct. 


Their children were — 

384. Louisa, 5 b. Feb. 21, 1767 ; d. young. 

385. Clarissa, 5 b. Aug. 20, 1768 ; m. Stephen Bliss. 

386. Miriam, 5 b. Feb. 13, 1770 ; m. Joshua Spear, May 5, 1796. 

387. Apollos, 5 b. July 26, 1771 ; m. Sophia Leonard 6 [298], Jan. 25, 1810. 

One child — 
388. Newell, 6 b. Aug. 23, 1811 ; d. 1849. 

389. Tilley, 5 b. Feb. 17, 1773 ;~m. Mclntyre. 


REUBEN LEONARD, 5 {Reuben* Josiah? Josiah,' John, 1 ) eldest 
son of Dea. Reuben 4 and Miriam (Day) Leonard ; b. 1742 ; m. 1, 
Martha Lewis, April 29, 1764. 2, Widow Thankful McIntyre. 

His children were, by first wife — 

390. Robert, 6 b. Oct. 11, 1764. 

391. Theodosia, 6 b. 1767 ; m. Justin Leonard 5 [144]. 

392. Jemima, 6 b. 1769 ; m. Robert Ely. He d. Aug. 7, 1847, a. 84. She 

d. Oct. 29, 1849, a. 80. 


ABNER LEONARD,* (Reuben* Josiah, 3 Josiah, 2 John, 1 ) brother 
of the preceding: b. Feb. 13, 1744 ; m. Mary Cooper, July 9, 1767. 
He d. March 3, 1793, a. 49. She d. March 2, 1827, a. 82. 
Their children were — 

393. Mary, 6 b. June 29, 1770 ; d. Aug. 27, 1S14, a. 44. 

• 394. Violet, 6 b. Nov. 16, 1774; m. Ebenezer Wvman, Julv 11, 1804. 

395. Ruth, 6 b. Oct. 6, 1779 ; m. George Ely, May 15, 1811. 

396. Timothy Cooper, 6 b. ; m. Oct. 2*2, 18'l0, Marcy Burgess, a widow. 

Children — 

397. Helena Maria, 7 b. June 4, 1811 ; m. Henry B. Granger, 1851. 

398. Enoch Cooper, 7 b. Jan. 30, 1813. 


JOSIAH LEONARD, 5 (Reuben, 4 Josiah, 3 Josiah, 2 John, 1 ) brother 
of the preceding ; b. March 27, 1750, O. S., equivalent to April 7, N. S. ; 
m. Aug. 6 V 1772, Elizabeth Hilliard, b. Oct. 13, 1748. 

Their first child's birth is recorded in Springfield, and no more. 
The presumption is, therefore, that soon after that date, 1773, they re- 
moved away. In 1793 they settled in Kingsborough, N. Y., then a 
newly settled region, where they passed their remaining davs. He d. 
Nov. 9, 1817, a. 67 years, 7 months. She d. March 1, 1820.' 

Their children were — 

399. Miriam, 6 b. Nov. 27, 1773; d. July 1, 1775. 

400. Rufus, 6 b. Ju^e 25, 1775; m. about 1799, Rachel Clark. They remained 

in Kingsborough onlv a vear or two after marriage, and then removed 
to Winfield, Otsego County, N. Y. He died February 5, 1853. Their 
children were — 

401. Cliauncy. 7 403. Rachel 7 

402. Norman. 7 404. Maria 7 

405. Reuben, 6 b. Nov. 10, 1777 ; m. 1796, Nancy Patterson. About 1800, they 
removed to Rochester, N. Y. He is deceased. His widow, with two 
of her daughters, is now living in Chicago. Their children were — 

406. Hamilton. 7 410. Mary Ann 7 

407. Hervey. 7 411. Emly. 7 

408. Grata. 7 412. Julia Ann. 7 

409. Cornelia 7 413. Caroline. 7 

Of the children of Rufus and Reuben Leonard little is known. 


414. fJosiah, 6 b. Sept. 22, 1779 ; m. Freelove Case. 

415. tDaniel, 6 b. Oct. 19, 1781 ; m. 1, Polly Kellogg. 2, Mary Easton. 

416. tMiriam, 6 ( twins, b. \ m. Jonathan Hosmer. 

417. tElizabeth, 6 \ Feb. 21, 1784 ; j in. Darius Case. 

418. tAbner, 6 b. June 4, 1786 ; m. 1, Candace Owen. 2, Susan (Steele) Mills. 

419. tHarvev, 6 b. Feb. 10, 1790 ; m. 1, Olive Beach. 2, Eliza Johnson. 

420. Luna," b. Feb. 14, 1792; in. Feb. 5. 1810, Jesse Smith of Kingsboro', b. 

July 12, 1787, in Claverack, ( Columbia County, N. Y. A strong advocate 
of Temperance and Anti-Slavery; and Deacon in the Church in Kings- 
boro'. They now reside in Gloversville. Their only child was — 

421. Reuben Leonard (Smith) — a very promising young man, who 
bade fair for usefulness, but died before completing bis col- 
legiate course of study. 


ELIAS LEONARD, 5 (Reuben* Josiah* Josiah? John?) brother 
of the preceding; b. July 24, 1753 ; m. 1775, Susanna Selden. 
Their children were — 

422. Joseph Selden, 6 b. April 18, 1776; m. widow Amelia (Leonard) White, 

daughter of Joseph Leonard [250]. 

423. Gratia, 6 b. 1778 ; m. Jonathan Parsons, pub. Dec. 26, 1798. 

424. James Hervev, 6 b. Sept. 22, 1780. 

425. Rodney, 6 b. June 8, 1784 ; m. Polly Bates, Oct. 11, 1812. 

426. Francis, 6 b. March 23, 1793 ; removed to Lowville, N. Y. 

427. Loring, 6 b. Sept. 22, 1797. 

This family removed to Lowville, N. Y., after the birth of the 
children here enumerated. 


ARIBERT LEONARD, 6 (Samuel, 6 Samuel* Samuel, 3 Joseph, 1 
John, 1 ) son of Samuel 6 and Elizabeth (Stebbins) Leonard; b. Oct. 2, 
1755; m. 1, Elizabeth Leonard [143]. 2, 1778, Experience 
Leonard 5 [84] ; who d. Nov. 10, 1837, a. 70. He d. Nov. -11, 1819, 
a. G4. 

His children were, by second wife — 

428. Anna, 7 b. Feb. 22, 1782 ; d. young. 

429. James, 7 b. Nov. 19, 1783; m." 1, Sophia Starkweather. 2, Maria Steven- 

son, 1847. 

430. tSamuel, 7 \ twins, b. | m. Harriet Comstock. 

431. Elizabeth, 7 \ Dec. 29, 1789; ( m. Judah Ellis, March 11, 1812. 

432. tDaniel Merrick, 7 b. June 28, 1792; m. 1819, Diana Leonard [441]. 

433. fFrancis, 7 b. July 12, 1795; m. Lois Burns, 1820. 

434. Caroline, 7 b. Feb. 16, 1801 ; m. Oliver Moore of Berlin, Ct., Oct. 3, 1819. 

435. Electa, 7 b. June 26, 1802 ; m. Hooker of , Ct. 

436. Nancy, 7 b. April 6, 1804 ; d. March 25, 1823. 


ROSWELL LEONARD, 6 (George 6 Joseph, 4 Joseph, 3 Joseph, 9 
John, 1 ) son of George" and Lucy (Palmer) Leonard; b. 17 05; m. 
Diana Kent, 1780. 


He d. April 25, 1816, a. 51. She d. June 15, 1849. 
Their children were — 

437. Aurelia, 7 b. Jan. 30, 1790 ; m. Horace Allen, Nov. 8, 1810. 

438. Orpha, 7 b. March 17, 1792 ; m. Eli Ball, Dec. 6, 1821. 

439. Lucy, 7 b. Jan. 24, 1794; m. Alexander Allen. 

440. tCvriis, 7 b. Feb. 8, 1796; m. Bede Day. 

441. Diana, 7 b. Jan. 14, 1798 ; m. 1819, Daniel M. Leonard [432]. 

442. fJoseph, 7 ; rn. Catharine Granger of Suffield, Ct. 

443. Roswell. 7 


CHAUNCY LEONARD, 6 (Phinehas," Moses, 4 Joseph, 3 Joseph, 2 
John, 1 ) son of Phinehas 8 and Sybil Leonard; b. about 1787; m. 
Content Wheeler. 

Their children were — 

444. Sybil Maria, 7 b. March 12, 1810; m. Henry Winchell, 18^4. ' 

445. Adeline, 7 b. Sept. 3, 1811 ; m. Clapp. 

446. Jane Ann, 7 b. June 2, 1814. 

447. Julia, 7 b. Dec. 18, 1817. 
4474. Pamelia. 7 

448. Chauncy B. 7 

449. Harvey.' 7 

This family removed to Austinburgh, Ohio. 


JDWIGHT LEONARD, 6 (Phinehas, 5 Moses* Joseph 3 Joseph? 
John, 1 ) son of Phinehas* and Content Leonard ; m. 1, Cyrene Teller. 
2, 1847, (pub. Oct. 7,) Widow Maria Rising of Southwick. 
His children were — 

450. Emerson Dwight, 7 b. Nov. 26, 1822; m. Maria Rising, niece of his step- 


451. James, 7 ; removed to New Orleans. 

452. Harriet, 7 ; m. William H. Brown of Granby; removed to Roches- 

ter, N. Y. 

453. John. 7 

454. Juliet, 7 ; d. young. * 

455. Cyrene. 7 


Lieut. ASA LEONARD, 6 (Oliver? Luther, 4 Ebenezer* Joseph 2 
John, 1 ) son of Oliver 5 and Hannah Leonard; b. 1776; m. 1, Dec. 3, 
1806, Huldah Kent, who d. May 10, 1816, a. 35. 2, Feb. 16, 
1817, Gratia Ely. 

He d. Jan. 5, 1845, a. 69. 

His children were, by first wife — 

456. Horatio Kent, 7 b. June 29, 1808; d. Oct. 5, 1811. 

457. Thaddeus, 7 b. 1809 ; d. March 11, 1843. 

By second wife — 

458. Frances Maria, 7 b. ; m. 1847, William R, Lee of Newark, N. J. 

459. Lewis F., 7 b. ; m. 1847, Lucinda Cooley; removed to Newark, N. J. 

One child — 

460. Frederic Lewis, 3 b. June 17, 1848. 

461. Sargent. 7 ' 

462. Frederic 7 

463. Edward. 7 



DANIEL LEONARD, 6 (Daniel? Daniel," John? Benjamin? John, 1 ) 
son of Daniel 5 and Eleanor (Ripley) Leonard; b. July 7, 1781; m. 

1, Nancy Terry of Plymouth, Ct., Aug. 26, 1805 ; 2, Alden 

of Suffield, Ct. 

His children, by first wife, were — 

464. James, 7 ; m. Marv Rood. Children — 

465. Mary? ; m. Oct. 1852, Lorin Palmer. 

466. Harriet, 8 ; m. Oct. 6, 1853, Olcott of Cherry Val- 

ley, N. Y. 

467. Daniel 8 

468. Julia, 7 ; m. Frederic Hazen. 

469. Nancy, 7 ; m. Olcott of Cherry Valley, N. Y. 


RUFUS LEONARD, 6 (Rufus? Russell,* John? Benjamin?- John?) 
son of Rufus 5 and Anna Leonard; b. July 12, 1809; m. Abigail 

Their children were — 

470. Daniel, 7 b. Oct. 31, 1837. 

471. Morton, 7 b. Oct. 19, 1839. 

472. Ambrose, 7 b. Nov. 16, 1841. 

473. Franklin, 7 b. Oct. 29, 1843. 

474. Rufus M., 7 ) twins,!). ) d. Dee. 19, 1851. 

475. Abbot, 7 j Dec. 8, 1849 ; \ d. Dec. 6, 1851. 

476. James, 7 b. May 1, 1851. 


ASIIER LEONARD, 6 (David? David? Benjamin? Benjamin? 
John,' ) son of David 5 and Elizabeth (Sexton) Leonard ; b. Jan. 20, 1787 : 
m. 1, Mary Gates. 2, Ann White. 

His children were — by first wife — 

477. David Gates. 7 

478. Oliver. 7 He is now, 1863, in the 144th New York Regiment of Volun- 

teers, Company F. 


CHARLES LEONARD, 6 (David? David? Benjamin? Benjamin? 
John?) brother of the preceding; b. 1789; m. 1, Abigail Doyle. 

2, Amanda . His children were — by first wife — 

479. Betsey. 7 481. Emeline 7 483. Charles. 7 

480. William. 7 482. Sarah. 7 

By second wife — 

484. Abby. 7 485.- Amanda. 7 486. Hanson. 7 

487. A son, who died young. 


LORTNG LEONARD, 6 (David? David? Benjamin? Benjamin? 
John?) brother of the preceding; b. 1791 ; m. at Hancock, N. Y., July 
16, 1820, Eunice Evans. 

Their residence is, or was, at Hancock, N. Y. 

Their children have been — 

488. Rensselaer, 7 b. 1821 ; m. Sarah S. Boyd, Jan. 24, 1849. He is a phy- 

sician, at Mauch Chunk, Pa. He has one child — 


489. Carrie B.* b. at Wellsville, N. Y., 1856. 

490. Erastus R., 7 b. 1822 ; m. Elizabeth Ferry, Feb. 4, 1862. He is a farmer; 

lives in Wellsville, N. Y. 

491. Margaret T., 7 b. 1831. 

492. Maria, 7 b. 1832 ; m. Frederic Osborne, Feb. 20. 1851. 

493. Wesley B., 7 b. 1835 ; unm. ; is a lawyer at Mauch Chunk, Pa. 

The above are now living, 1863. Six others, whose names have 
not been reported, died in infancy. 


jamin? Benjamin? John, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. 1797; m. 1, 
Christiana Jones. 2, . 

They reside in Enfield, Tompkins Co., N. Y. His children are, by 
first wife — 

494. Richard. 7 495. Harriet. 7 
496. A younger daughter, name not known. 


RODNEY LEONARD, 6 (Seth, b David* Benjamin, 3 Benjamin? 
John, 1 ) eldest son of Seth* and Rebecca (Smith) Leonard of West 
Springfield; b. Sept. 16, 1793; m. Aratine Leonard [331], who 
d. March 31, 1861. Their children were— 

498. Rufus, 7 b. March 12, 1823 ; m. Ellen Ainsworth. 

499. Joseph, 7 b. Sept. 29, 1824. 

500. Ann, 7 b, July 15, 1826 ; m. Henry D. Shaw. Reside in Cleveland, Ohio. 

501. Sarah, 7 b. June 14, 1829 ; m. Theodore Ludington. 

502. Sophronia, 7 b. Feb. 11, 1831 ; m. John H. Shaw. 

503. Mary, 7 b. Oct. 24, 1832 ; d. Feb. 21, 1834. 

504. Mary C., 7 b. Oct. 18, 1834 ; d. Dec. 1838. 

505. John, 7 b. May 30, 1837 ; d. Sept. 1838. 

506. Jay, 7 b. May 25, 1840; a private in Co. G, of 37th Regiment Massachu- 

setts Volunteers. 


. CLARISSA LEONARD, 6 (Seth? David* Benjamin, 3 Benjamin, 2 
John, 1 ) sister of the preceding ; b. Jan. 14, 1795 ; m. Charles Corey, 
1818. She d. in Kansas, Sept. 1859. 
Her children were — 

507. Charles B. (Corev), b. 1819; m. 1, Lucinda Holmes. 2, . Still 

living, 1863, in Mystic, Ct. 

508. Albert (Corey), b. ; m. Elizabeth Pratt; lives in Kansas, 1863. 

509. George (Corey), b. ; m. Mary Baker. He d. in California. 

510. Newton (Corey), b. ; was burned to death when young. 


SAMUEL SMITH LEONARD, 6 (Seth* David* Benjamin, 3 Ben- 
jamin," John, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. in West Springfield, June 
29, 1801 ; m. in Bolton, March 25, 1824, Adeline Eliza Newton, 
dau. of Haven and Betsey Newton of that place. She d. Oct. 29, 

He has resided in Bolton, Brattleboro', Vt., Millbury, and Wor- 
cester. He was a hatter by trade; but in August, 1840, established 


"Leonard's Express," between Worcester and Boston, which has been 
successfully conducted till the present time, by himself and his sons. 
Twelve or thirteen years since, he was afflicted with partial blindness, 
which at length became total ; not being able now to distinguish night 
from day. He has taken much interest in the Genealogy of the 
Leonard Family, and to him and his daughter, Mrs. Humphreys, the 
compiler is indebted for a considerable portion of the information exhib- 
ited in this Memoir. 

His children have been — 

511. tSiimuel Haven, 7 b. July 10, 1825; m. Lucy E. Putnam. 

512. tAugusta Eliza, 7 b. Jan". 15, 1827 ; m. Richard G. E. Humphreys. 

513. Frederic Seth, 7 b. Sept. 23, 1828 ; m. Ruth A. Colby, May 5, 1853. He 

is at present, the chief director of " Leonard's Express." He has one 

514. Eliza Augusta, 9 b. March 18, 1854. 

515. John Smith, 7 b. Dec. 28, 1830. He was a young man of high promise. 

He went to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the purpose of introducing the 
Magnetic Telegraph into that country ; and was the bearer of despatches 
relating to this matter to the Brazilian government from their minister 
at Washington ; but eleven days after he landed he fell a victim to 
yellow fever, March 3, 1850, a. 19 years, and 3 months. He was car- 
ried to his grave at the hour which had been appointed for the audience 
with the officers of the government, to explain the object of his mission. 


SOPHIA LEONARD, 6 {Seth? David* Benjamin? Benjamin? 
John?) sister of the preceding; b. Oct. 28, 1803; m. in Brattleboro', 
Vt., 1827, Joshua B. Tyler. She d. Dec. 13, 1843, a. 40. 

Her children were — 

516. Joshua D. (Tyler), b. 1829; m. Jennie Lathrop of Springfield, Mass. 

Living in Cleveland, Ohio, 1863. 

517. George (Tyler), ; d. Sept. 25, 1833, a. 7 months. 


ANNA LEONARD, 6 (Seth? Devoid? Benjamin? Benjamin? John?) 
sister of the preceding; b. Feb. 11, 1809; m. Nov. 2, 1828, Enoch 
Brown of Hancock, N. Y. 

They resided in Almond, N. Y. He was a prominent man in that 
place; was a Justice of the Peace some years. He d. May 20, 1851. 

Their children have been — 

518. Joel (Brown), b. April 30, 1830 ; m. Mary Wilcox, January, 1852. 

519. Francis (Brown), b. May 2, 1832; in the Eighty-Seventh Indiana Regi- 

ment of Volunteers, Company G. 

520. George M. (Brown), b. Sept. 26, 1834. 

521. Albert L. (Brown), b. July 27, 1838. At the call of his country he entered 

its military service ; then residing in Jefferson County, Pa. He enlisted 
as a private in the Eleventh Regiment of Pennsylvania Reserves, Corn- 
puny K. He was in the army of the Potomac, June, 1862, in the severe 
battles before Richmond, in one of which he was taken prisoner. After 
being exchanged, he was in the f^reat battle of Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862, 
where he was wounded in the thigh, placed in an ambulance, and sent 
to the rear. He has never been seen or heard from, since that time. 
The First Lieutenant of the Company — the Captain being killed — wrote 
to his mother that he was one of the best soldiers in the army, universally 
beloved, and sadly missed. He was a dutiful and affectionate sou to his 
widowed mother. 



ALFRED E. LEONARD, 6 (Set/** David,* Benjamin, Benjamin? 
John, 1 ) youngest child of Seth 5 and Rebecca (Smith) Leonard; b. in 
West Springfield, Nov. 2, 1811 ; m. Mary Andrews, Jan. 1, 1834. 

He d. Sept. 7, 1849, a. 38. His children were — 

522. Anna Rebecca,'!' b. Oct. 20, 1836; d. Feb. 20, 1837. 

523. Anna Rebecca, 7 b. Feb. 27, 1838 ; d. March 10, 1842. 

524. Alfred Edward, 7 b.May 7, 1842 ; in the First Connecticut Battery. 

525. Mary Emetine - ; 7 b. Aug. 23, 1844; in. Aug. 1862, Charles Bu'rnham, of 

Hebron, Ct., who is in the First Connecticut Battery. 


CHARLES INGERSOLL LEONARD, 6 (Pliny? Pliny, 4 Benja- 
min? Benjamin? John, 1 ) son of Pliny 3 and Margaret (Fowler) Leon- 
ard; b. July 8, 1811 ; m. Mary Ann Utley, of Chesterfield. 

Their children were — 

526. Charles Ingersoll, 7 b. Mav I, 1845 ; d. March 1, 1846. 

527. Charles Edward, 7 b. Jan.'29, 1847 ; d. 1847. 

528. Emma Estella, 7 b. May 9, 1850. 


FREDERIC NUMA LEONARD, 6 (Pliny? Pliny? Benjamin* 
Benjamin? John, 1 ) brother of the preceding; b. Dec. 31, 1818; m. 
1, Mary Ann Brown, Dec. 1, 1849. She d. May 8, 1851. 2, Jane 
Cady, Nov. 26, 1857. 

His children were, by first wife — 

529. Mary Ann Brown, 7 b. April 30, 1851. 
By second wife — 

530. Alice M., 7 b. Oct. 10 ; 1858. 

531. Archer F., 7 b. Aug. 7, 1860. 


JOSIAH LEONARD, 6 (Josiah? Renben? Josiah? Josiah? John?) 
son of Josiah 5 and Elizabeth (Hilliard) Leonard; b. Sept. 22, 1779; 
m. Nov. 19, 1801, Freelove Case, b. Sept. 2, 1780, dau. of Elihu, 
and gr. dau. of Reuben Case, who came from Simsbury, Ct., to Kings- 
borough, N. Y. See p. 305, note. 

They resided in Kingsborough, N. Y. He d. Oct. 12, 1852. She 
d. Nov. 29, 1842. 

Their children were — 

532. Minerva, 7 ; d. in infancy. 

533. Willard, 7 b. June 6, 1804; m. I, Aug. 26, 1829, Sarah Chcadel, dau. of 

Doct. Elijah and Anne (Wilson) Chcadel of Kingsboro'. Dr. Cheadel 
was son of Benjamin Chcadel of Norwalk, Ct. ; b. there, 1762 ; he came 
to Kingsboro' about 1795, and was a physician there, over 40 years. 
She lived but a few months after marriage. 2, Oct. 2, 1834, Maria 
V. Arnold, dau. of Benedict Arnold of Amsterdam, N. Y. After her 
death, .he went to California, and married a third time. Children by 
second wife — 

534. Benedict Arnold* 535. Mary. 6 

536. Harriet, 7 ; unm.; living, in 1863. 

537. Elihu Case, 7 ; d. young. 


538. Freelove Sophronia, 7 ; m. James Root, from Southington, Ct. ; had 

one child ; parents and child are now deceased. 

539. Josiah A., 7 d. in infancy. 

540. Elijah II., 7 d. in infancy. 

541. Jane, 7 ; d. young. 

542. Ann Cornelia, 7 b. March 22, 1819; m. May 21, 1839, Elias Gilbert Burr, 

b. July 23, 1808, son of Elijah Burr of Kingsborough. She is now a 
widow, 1863. Children— 

543. Willard Romanzo (Burr); m. March 4, 1863, to Jerusha 

Wooster. They live in Kingsborough. 

544. Remus Delos (Burr). 

545. Marcellus Gilbert (Burr). 

546. Amelia Philena (Burr). 

547. Mary Freelove (Burr). 

548. Josiah Leonard (Burr). 

549. Amelia Clotilda, 7 in. Dewitt Smith, b. Oct. 28, 1814, son of Samuel 

Smith, who came from New Jersey to Gloversville. Some years after 
her death, he m. her cousin, Anna (Leonard) Hayes [578]. 

550. Elvira E., 7 ; d. young. 


DANIEL LEONARD, 6 {Josiah? Reuben* Josiah? Josiah? John, 1 ) 
brother of the preceding; b. Oct. 19, 1781; m. 1, Polly Kellogg 
of New Hartford, N. Y., who d. April 21, 1808. 2, April 23, 1809, 
Mary Easton, b. Aug. 22, 1789. She d. at Fulton City, Illinois, on a 
visit to her son, Josiah. in May or June, 1861. 

He settled in Kingsborough, N. Y., and passed most of his life there ; 
now resides in Gloversville, N. Y. 

His children were, by first wife — 

551. Margaret, 7 ; unm. ; d. Aug. 18, 1838. 

552. Horace Kellogg, 7 b. May 22, 1806; m. Minerva Jocelyn. They live in 

Iowa. Children — 

553. Minerva. 8 555. Daniel. 8 

554. Josiah. 8 556. Josephine. 8 
557. Frederic, Webster, 7 ; m. Emily Newton. Children — 

558. Ann M'iry. 8 560. Frances. 8 

559. Eliza Neivton. 8 561. Hiram. 8 

By second wife — 

562. Edward, 7 b. March 16, 1810; m. March 27, 1832, Clarissa Bri-gs, b. 
Nov. 15, 1810, dau. of Korah Briggs of Kingsborough. He has thus 
far resided in Gloversville, where he was a manufacturer of Deerskin 
gloves. Children — 

563. Mary Elizabeth 8 m. William Ransom Port. They reside at 

Prairie du Chicn, Wisconsin. -■ 

564. Edward 8 ; d. young. 

565. Reuben Smith 8 b. June 29, 1838. 

566. Edward Payson 8 b. July 2, 1840 ; d. June 2, 1845. 

567. Polly, 7 b. Sept. 23, 1811 ; m. Rev. Stephen W. Champlin, a Lutheran 
minister in Poplar Grove, Illinois. She d. at her brother Josiah's house 
in Fulton City, 111., April 10, 1861. Children— 

568. Edward Leonard (Champlin). 571. Peter Staats (Champlin). 

569. Margaret (Champlin). 572. MaryFiddia (Champlin). 

570. Elvira (Champlin). 573. Anna (Champlin). 

574. Elizabeth, 7 b. Dec. 5, 1813: m. Samuel Jennison Giles. For their 

family, see p. 90, of this volume. 

575. Josiah, 7 b. April 15, 1816; m. 1, Sarah Parsons of Northampton. Mass. 

2, Mary Smith. 3, Eliza Isham. He grad. Union Coll. Studied the 
full course of Theology at Union Theol. Seminary, in New -York City, 
and is now, April, 1863, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, in Fulton 
City, 111. Children by second wife — 


576. James Roosevelt. 8 577. Mary. 8 

578. Anna, 7 b. Dec. 24, 1817 ; m. 1, Newton Hayes of Earleville, Chenango 

Co., N. Y. 2, Dewitt Smith of Gloversville [549]. No children. 

579. tDaniel, 7 b. Feb. 20, 1821 ; m. Sarah A. Smith of Hanover, N. H. 

580. Mareellus Gilbert, 7 b. May 20, 1823 ; m. Mary Root of Burlington, Vt. He 

conducts a private banking establishment in Belvidere, 111. Children — 
581. Gertrude* 582. Jessie. 8 


MIRIAM LEONARD, 8 (Josiah? Reuben* Josiah,* Josiah, 2 John, 1 ) 
sister of the preceding; b. Feb. 21, 1784; m. Jonathan Hosmer. 

They lived in Kingsborough, N. Y. She d. Feb. 18, 1840. He d. 
about the same time. Their children were — 

583. Rufus Leonard (Hosmer), m. 1, 1835, Mary Giles Lounsbery, b. March 20, 

1813, dan. of Henry Dubois and Mary (Giles) Lounsbery, and grand 
dau. of Dea. Samuel Giles. See p. 82, of this volume. 2, Mary Ann 
Mills of Gloversville. He is living, 1863. No children. 

584. Belden (Hosmer), b. Aug. 24, 1810; m. May 13, 1834, Margaret Case, b. 

March 12, 1813, dau. of Ira Case of Kingsborough. He had three 
children, all of whom d. young. He d. Dec. 15, 1845. She is still 

585. Alanson (Hosmer), b. Ang. 28, 1813; m. 1, Martha Parsons, daughter of 

Oliver and Clarinda (Beach) Parsons of Governeur, St. Lawrence Co., 
N.Y. 2, Feb. 4, 1840, Mary A. Saxton, b. Feb. 20, 1820. He is deceased. 
He had by second wife — James Sexton; Frances M., (deceased); Mary 
A.; Emerson B., (deceased) ; Frances B. 

586. Elizabeth (Hosmer), b. Feb. 16, 1816; m. May 30, 1836, Horatio L. 

Burr, b. Sept. 19, 1810, son of James and Amaryllis (Mills) Burr, 
and grandson of Nathaniel Burr, who emigrated from Connecticut, and 
settled in Kingsborough, about 1790. She d. Dec. 19, 1848, without 


ELIZABETH LEONARD, 6 (Josiah* Reuben* Josiah? Josiah? 
John, 1 ) twin sister of the preceding; b. Feb. 21, 1784; m. Dec. 28, 
1803, Darius Case, b. March 30, 1782; son of Deacon Darius, and 
grandson of Deacon Reuben Case, who came from Simsbury, Ct., to 
Kingsborough, N. Y.* 

They resided in Kingsborough, where she d. Sept. 26, 1824. After 
her death, he m. 2, Sept, 13, 182G, Amelia Potter, who d. April 
20, 1829. 3, Feb. 25, 1830, Sophia Boylston, who was b. Nov. 5, 
1793, and d. Dec. 16, 1857. 4, July 15, 1862, Hannah Becker. Mr. 
Case died March 30, 1863. 

The children of Darius and Elizabeth (Leonard) Case were — 

587. Nancy (Case), b. March 19, 1806 ;'m. Oct 16, 1838, Daniel Smith Tarr. 

She d. April 25, 1846. For their family see p. 93, of this volume. 

* Deacon Reuben Case and his sons Reuben, Ashbel, Darius, Elihu, and Allen, 
came from Wintonbury, Ct., and settled in Kingsborough, N. Y., or its vicinity, 
not far from the year 1790. Wintonbury is now the town of Bloomfield. It 
was a precinct composed of contiguous positions of lFi'«dsor, Farmingfon, and 
Simsbury ; hence the name, compounded in Connecticut fashion. The Case family 
were from the Simsbury portion. 

Dea. Reuben Case died soon after the removal, at an advanced age. His son 
Darius, m. Nov. 21, 1779, Hephzibah Foote, 6 b. Feb. 1, 1762, dan. of Samuel 
Foote 5 of Simsbury, and a descendant of Nathaniel Foote, 1 one of the first 
settlers of Wethersfield, Ct. Dea. Darius Case, son of Dea. Reuben, d. in Kings- 
borough, May 23, 1797, a. 49. See p. 92, of this volume. 


588. Josiah Leonard (Case), b. March 5, 1808; grad. Union College, 1830; 

pursued a full course of Theological study at Andover; ordained pastor 
at Kingston, N. H., Oct. 17, 1839; d. there, Nov. 15, 1839, much re- 

589. Helen (Case), b. Aug. 5, 1810; d. Dec. 23, 1816. 

590. Harvey (Case), b. May 16, 1813; d. Nov. 23, 1815. 

591. Jason (Case), b. April 26, 1815 ; unra. ; d. Dec. 8, 1862. 


ABNER LEONARD, 6 (Josiah,* Reuben* Josiah? Josiah, 2 John, 1 ) 
brother of the preceding; b. June 4, 1786; m. 1, Cakdace Owen, 
who was b. Aug. 14, 1789. 2, Dec. 18. 1839, Susan (Steele) Mills, 
widow of Philo Mills, who d. of a casualty, Dec. 30, 1835, and dau. 
of Frederic Steele, ,all of Kingsborough. Philo Mills, her first hus- 
band, was b. March 28, 1791, son of William C. Mills, b. Aug. 19, 
1758, one of the early settlers of Kingsborough. » 

They reside in Gloversville. His children were, by first wife — 

592. Candace Electa, 7 b. Sept. 5, 1807 ; unm ; d. July 6, 1828. 

593. Aimer Hilliard, 7 b. July 7, 1810 ; d. Dec. 27, 1810. 

594. Josiah Clinton, 7 b. July 31, 1813 ; m. 1, Mary Case, dau. of Elihu Case 

of Kingsborough. 2, Mariette Heacock, dau. of Philander Heacock. 
Lives in Kingsborough, a manufacturer of deer-skin gloves. Children — 

595. Marion, 8 (dau.) ; m. Decker. 

596. Willard. 8 

597. Elizabeth, 7 ; m. Augustus Cheadel, son of Doctor Elijah and Ann 

(Wilson) Cheadel of Kingsborough. 

598. Jason Stilhvell, 7 b. March 10, 1818; m. Mary Cheadel, dau. of Doctor 

Elijah Cheadel. They live in New York City. Children — 
599. Ann Cheadel.' 1 600. Aimer. 8 

601. Hiram Marcellus, 7 b. Jan. 12, 1821 ; m. Roxana Stanley. Is a Glove Man- 
ufacturer in Gloversville. Children — 

602. Candace. 8 603. Amelia. 8 

604. Eloisa Andalusia, 7 b. Dec. 1 5, 1823 ; m. Darius Case Mills, son of Wil- 
liam T. and Polly (Case) Mills, and grandson of William C. Mills, 
already mentioned. They have — 
605 ." Celia A ndalusia ("Mills). 

606. Willard Darius (Mills), b. July 9, 1849 ; d. Feb. 1850. 

607. Elcina Frances (Mills), b. Aug. 6, 1851. 

608. Edward Hiram (Mills), b. Aug. 24, 1853. 

609. Harriet (Mills), b. July 10, 1855 ; d. Feb. 4, 1856. 

610. Leonard Case (Mills), b. Jan. 12, 1857. 

611. William Ellison (Mills), b. April 28, 1859. 

612. Charles Owen (Mills), b. Dec. 19, 1861. 

613. Harriet Electa, 7 b. Jan. 15,1830; in. William Ellison. He is deceased. 
They had — 

614. Augusta (Ellison). 


HARVEY LEONARD, 6 (Josiah* Reuben* Josiah? Josiah, 2 John, 1 ) 
sixth son of Josiah 5 and Elizabeth (Hilliard) Leonard of Kingsborough, 
N. Y., b. Feb. 10, 1790 ; m. 1, Olive Beach, dau. of Amos and Olive 
(Carrington) Beach. For further particulars respecting her father's 
family, see p. 82, of this volume. 2, Eliza Johnson. She"is deceased. 

He lives in Chicago. His children, all by first wife, were — 

615. Austin, 7 ; m. Charlotte Rood. Both are deceased. Children — 

616. Ann Eliza. 8 

617. William Rood. 8 

618. Selina, 7 ; unm. Lives with her sister, Mrs. Burton. 

619. Louisa, 7 ; m. Feb. 14, 1837, Zina Case, b. Feb. 25, 1815, son of Ira, 


and grandson of Elihu Case, and gr. grandson of Reuhen Ca