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HISTORIC HOMES and PLACES 

AND 

GENEALOGICAL 
and PERSONAL MEMOIRS 

RELATING TO THE FAMILIES 

OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY, 

MASSACHUSETTS 



PREPARED UNDER THE EDITORIAL SUPERVISION OF 

WILLIAM RICHARD CUTTER, A. M. 

Historian of the New England Historic Genealogical Society; Libra- 
rian of Woburn Public Library; Author of "The Cutter Family," 
"History of Arlington," "Bibliography of Woburn," etc., etc. 



VOLUME IV 



ILLUSTRATED 



New York: 

LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY 

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Genealogical and Personal Memoirs. 



(For first generation see Thomas Sawyer 1.) 

(II) Caleb Sawyer, son of 
SAWYER Thomas Sawyer (i), born at 

Lancaster, April 20, 1659, died 
there February 13, 1755. He married, De- 
cember 28, 1687, Sarah, daughter of Ralph 
Houghton, died November 15, 1757, in her 
ninetieth year. He had a grant of thirty 
acres on the east side of Bare Hill, now Har- 
vard. He probably built his house soon after 
the massacre of 1697, and he was in the Bare 
Hill garrison in 1704. Near his home was 
the famous "Rendezvous" tree, often men- 
tioned in old records. Sawyer outlived all 
other pioneer settlers of Harvard. His old 
house, now or lately owned by James Ford, 
is still known as the Washington Warner 
place. Before his death Caleb divided his 
farm between his sons Seth and Jonathan. 
Seth lived in the old house with his father; 
Jonathan built a new house to the northward. 
Caleb was selectman in 1737. He married, 
December 28, 1687, Sarah Houghton, whose 
brother James went to Harvard to settle with 
him and is the ancestor of the Houghtons of 
Harvard. Children: i. Jonathan, mentioned 
below. 2. John. 3. Hepsibah, baptized at 
Lancaster, 1708. 4. Abigail, baptized 1708. 
5. Seth, born 1705, baptized with Hepsibah 
and Abigail; died March 29, 1768. 

(III) Captain Jonathan, Sawyer, son of 
Caleb Sawyer (2), born in Lancaster, 1690. 
He removed with his parents to Harvard 
when a lad, and lived there all his life; was 
selectman 1734, on building committee of the 
church 1732. He was in the Lancaster 
Troop, and in 1737 succeeded Captain 
Thomas Carter as captain under Colonel 
wSamuel Willard. He married Elizabeth 
Wheelock. Children, baptized in First Church 
of Lancaster: i. Jonathan, born 1716. 2. 
Elizabeth, 1717. 3. Caleb, 1720; a prominent 
citizen of Harvard. 4. Lois, 1724. 5. Olive, 
1726. 6. Sarah, 1727. 7. Manasseh, men- 
tioned below. 8. Lois, 1732. 

(IV) Manasseh Sawyer, son of Jonathan 
Sawyer (3), was born in Harvard, 1729, bap- 
tized in First Church of Lancaster. He had 
half his father's homestead, upon which he 
built his house. He bequeathed his home to 
his son, Luther, who left it to his son Arad, 



and all three generations spent their lives on 
this farm. He had the third seat in the meet- 
ing house in 1775. He marched to Lexing- 
ton, April 19, 1775, under Captain Joseph 
Fairbanks, regiment of Colonel Asa Whit- 
comb. He was too old to enter the Continen- 
tal army, but on the Rhode Island alarm, 
1777, served again under Captain Hezekiah 
Whitney, Colonel Josiah Whitney's regiment. 
He married at Harvard, February 18, 1756, 
Lydia, born August 16, 1731, daughter of 
Joseph and Mary (Brown) Fairbanks, de- 
scendant of Jonathan Fairbanks, of Dedham. 
Children, born at Harvard: i. Jonathan, 
March 9, 1758. 2. Jabez, December 24, 1759. 

3. Lydia, November 30, 1761. 4. Rhoda, 
March 30, 1764. 5. Abijah, August 12, 1766. 
6. Manasseh, Jr., mentioned below. 7. Jo- 
seph, April 4, 1 771. 8. Luther, April 18, 

1773- 

(V) Manasseh Sawyer, Jr., son of Man- 
asseh Sawyer (4), was born in Harvard, 
September 6, 1768. He received a common 
school education, was naturally studious, 
given to reading, and took a lively interest in 
public questions. He was one of the ten who 
founded the Harvard Social Library, 1808. 
His farm was on Bare Hill, some fifty acres, 
and he owned various other lots. He was 
prosperous, and for his time had a large 
property. Of large physique, quiet and self- 
possessed in manner, he commanded the re- 
spect of all his townsmen. He was a mem- 
ber of the Harvard church. He died at Har- 
vard. He married, April 22, 1789, Mercy 
Mead, born at Harvard, February 15, 1769, 
daughter of Samuel and Hannah (Willard) 
Mead. Her father was born June 18, 1732, 
son of Samuel Mead, who came frorh Little- 
ton, Massachusetts, to Harvard. Children, 
born at Harvard: i. Jonathan, July 26, 1789. 
2. Manasseh. July 28, 1791. 3. Rebecca, No- 
vember 14, 1793; died September 16, 1798. 

4. Nathaniel, born December 10, 1795. 5. 
Mercy, December 26, 1798. 6. Josiah-. 

(VI) Josiah Sawyer, son of Manasseh 
Sawver(5), born in Harvard, December 9, 
1802". died March 2, 1884. He attended the 
district schools, and worked on the farm of 
his father. He employed workmen under 
contract for Silas Baker, a manufacturer of 



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boots in lioston. He brought the stock from 
Boston and returned with the finished boots. 
He carried on a general store at Harvard 
under the firm name of W'hitcomb & Saw- 
yer. At the time of the financial crash of 
1837 Mr. Baker was one of the multitude 
that failed. ^Ir. Sawyer closed his store and 
paid all his debts at Harvard. In 1838 he 
opened a shoe store in East Cambridge and 
employed a number of hands manufacturing 
shoes there also. In 1840 he moved his 
store to Cambridge. His store there was on 
what is now called ^lassachusetts avenue, near 
the corner of Brookline street. He resided at 
the corner of Pearl and Franklin streets, Cam- 
bridge. After a year he engaged in the man- 
i]facture of ladies' shoes for the custom trade, 
and for about five years had all of the best 
trade of the city. Later he engaged in the 
manufacture of slippers on his own account. 
He bought the residence on Brookline street 
where he lived to the time of his death, March 
2, 1884. 

Mr. Sawyer was an active member of the 
Unitarian church. He served on the music 
committee of the Harvard Unitarian church, 
and for some years played the violincello in the 
church choir. In politics he was a Whig or- 
iginally, but having strong anti-slavery senti- 
ments joined the Free Soil party and, when 
it was organized, the Republican party. He 
served on the school committee at Harvard, 
was town treasurer, was lieutenant of the mili- 
tary company and was chosen captain, but de- 
clined the honor. He was active in various 
temperance movements. He read much and 
thought seriously on political and social ques- 
tions. He was distinctly a man of public spirit, 
doing the utmost for the community in wiiich 
he lived and for all men to the extent of his 
means and opportunities. He was universally 
respected and had many warm friends. 

He married, at Sandwich, Massachusetts, 
1827, Agatha Gardner, who died the following 
year. He married second, at Boston, May, 
,1829, Mary Sanger, born August 16, 1809, at 
Hopkinton, Massachusetts, daughter of Zede- 
kiah and Mary (Dench) Sanger, of Hopkin- 
ton. Her father was a farmer and music mas- 
ter. The only child of Josiah and Agatha 
Sawyer was: i. Gardner, born 1828. Chil- 
dren of Josiah and Mary Sawyer: 2. ?»lary 
Ellen, born April 9, 1834; unmarried. She 
was a teacher in the public schools of Cam- 
bridge for over fifty years. 3. Albert Josiah, 
mentioned below. 

(\'II) Dr. Albert Josiah Sawyer, son of 
Josiah Sawyer (6), was born at East Cam- 



bridge, Massachusetts, October 4, 1840. He 
attended the common schools of Cambridge 
until he was eighteen years old, when he en- 
tered the employ of William Wallace, whole- 
sale coal merchant at 1 1 Devonshire street, 
Boston, and was clerk in Mr. Wallace's of- 
fice five years. He then decided to study the 
profession of dentistry, and after the custom of 
that time became an apprentice in the ot^ce of 
Dr. Royal A. Munscll, Boston. After a year 
he left Dr. Munscll and worked in various 
dentist's offices for the experience. He was 
with Dr. Charles Bullock, of Boston, for six 
months. When the civil war broke out he took 
a position in Colt's Armory, at Hartford, Con- 
necticut, and remained there until 1866. Among 
other work in this shop he made guardplates 
for guns and sidearms. When he left Hart- 
ford it was to return to the office of Dr. Bul- 
lock to complete the apprenticeship which had 
been interrupted by the war. He remained in 
the employ of Dr. Bullock as assistant dentist 
until during the eighties, when he was ad- 
mitted to partnership under the firm name of 
Bullock & Sawyer. In 1890 he bought out the 
interests of his partner, and since then has 
been alone in business. His son now occupies 
offices with him, in the Harvard Trust Build- 
ing, Massachusetts avenue, having moved re- 
cently from 569 Massachusetts avenue. Dr. 
Sawyer is one of the charter members of 
Emanuel Church ( Baptist) at Cambridge, and 
is at present a member of the First Baptist 
Church on Magazine street, Cambridge. He 
is a Republican in politics. He is a member of 
Cambridge Lodge of Odd Fellows, and of 
Amicable Lodge of Free Masons. 

He married. March 2, 1862, Emma Betsey 
Carrier, born at Hartford, Connecticut, Feb- 
ruary 8, 1845, daughter of Salmon and Betsey 
(Bullock) Carrier, of Hartford, Connecticut. 
Her father was in the freight department of 
the New York, New Haven & Hartford Rail- 
road Company. Children of Dr. Albert Josiah 
and Emma B. Sawyer: i. Frederick Albert, 
born January 14, 1869; mentioned below. 2. 
Edith Lillian, born February 22, 1875 ; mar- 
ried June 15, 1899; Harrison Gardner Bourne, 
of Dorchester, INIassachusetts ; child: Har- 
rison Gardner Bourne Jr., born Alarch 6, 1907. 
3. .Arthur Harold, born .April 26, 1879 ^ gi"adu- 
ate of Alassachusetts Institute of Technology ; 
now a mining expert in Michigan. 

f VITI ) Dr. Frederick Albert Sawyer, son of 
Dr. Albert Josiah Sawyer (7), was born at 
Cambridge, January 14, 1869. He attended 
the public schools of his native city, and the 
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position in the office of Rogers, Wood &: Lor- 
ing, bankers, in Boston. He was there two 
years and then for one year clerk in the store 
of Fenno Brothers & Childs, dealers in wool. 
In the fall of 1887 he entered the Boston Den- 
tal College, graduating in 1890 with the de- 
gree of D. D. S. He immediately began to 
practice his profession in the office of his 
father, as assistant dentist, and has been as- 
sociated with his father ever since. At present 
they have offices at 689 Massachusetts avenue, 
in the Harvard Trust Building, each having a 
separate business, however. He resides at 
Arlington. In politics he is a Republican. 
He is a member of Amicable Lodge of Free 
Masons of Cambridge ; of the Economy Club 
of Cambridge ; of the Citizens' Trade Associa- 
tion, and of the Young Men's Christian Asso- 
ciation. He is a member of the Alumni Asso- 
ciations of Boston Dental College of Tufts 
Dental School ; of the Massachusetts Dental 
Society. He served as a private in Company 
B, First Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer 
Militia, in 1886, 1887, 1888 and 1889. 

He married, June i, 1898, Grace Edna Dean, 
born November 7, 1875, ^t Boston, daughter 
of Frederick Brainard and Anna Brookings 
(Loud) Dean. Her father is a leather mer- 
chant of Boston. They have no children. 



James Davis, immigrant ances- 
DAVIS tor, born in England, in 1583-84, 

was among the early settlers of 
Newbury, Massachusetts, whence about 
1640 he removed to Haverhill, and was one 
of the first selectmen, 1646. He was probably 
brother of Thomas Davis, sawyer, born about 
1602, who came from Marlborough, Eng- 
land, in the ship "James," April 5, 1635, and 
settled at Newbury also; was admitted free- 
man June 2, 1641; removed also to Haver- 
hill, where he was a proprietor and town offi- 
cer; wife Christina died April 7, 1668; he died 
July 27, 1683; so far as known he had no male 
descendants. James Davis was excused from 
training by Hampton Court on account of his 
age, in 1650. His sons James Jr., and John 
were also proprietors of Haverhill. His wife 
Cicily died there May 28, 1673; he died, aged 
about ninety-six years, January 29, 1678. His 
will dated March 17. 1675, with codicil July 
22, 1678, proved 1680, named children given 
below and various grandchildren. Children: i. 
James, Jr., mentioned below. 2. John, born 
about 1623, married, December, 1646, Jane 
Peaslee. 3. Judith, married, September i, 
1647, Samuel Gile. 4. Ephraim, died Sep- 



tember 28, 1679; married, December 31, 1659, 
Mary Johnson, who married (second), No- 
vember I, 1682, Edward Clarke. 5. Samuel, 
married, December, 1663, Deborah Barnes. 6. 
Sarah, married, June r8, 1683, John Page. 

(II) James Davis, son of James Davis (i), 
was born about 1620. He was admitted a 
freeman in 1666, took the oath of allegiance 
and fidelity 1677. He married (first) Eliza- 
beth Eaton, daughter of John Eaton (i), De- 
cember I, 1648. He married (second) Mary 

, who is mentioned in his will, proved 

August 2, 1694, dated the day of his death 
July 18, 1694. Children, born at Haverhill: i. 
Hannah, born June 19, 1650, died July 8, 
1650. 2. Esther, born October 8, 165 1. 3. 
Elizabeth, born March 11, 1653-54; married, 
October 31, 1676, Robert Hastings. 4. Ann, 
born February 13, 1655: married James 
Pecker, Jr. 5. Sarah, born August 5, 1658; 
married. May 2, 1693, Thomas Litchfield. 6. 
James, born October 3, 1660. 7. John, born 
June 30, 1664, soldier slain in Phipps expedi- 
tion to Canada, October, 1690. 8. Daniel, 
born September 19, 1666, died at Pemaquid, 
April, 1689. 9. Elisha, mentioned below. 

(HI) Elisha Davis, son of James Davis (2), 
born August 30, 1670; married, June 14, 
1694, Grace Shaw. He died January 18, 
1738-39, at Haverhill. His will was dated 
January 15, 1738-39, and proved February 
10 following. His widow's will was dated 
August 18, and proved September 21 1741. 
Many of this family resided at Haverhill and 
Oyster River (Dover) Maine. Children, 
seven of whom were born at Haverhill: i. 
James, born June 24, 1695; married, March 

29, 1716, Sarah Bagley. 2. Daniel, born De- 
cember 2, 1697; married Esther Barney, 
April 22, 1729; five children born in Haver- 
hill. 3. Elizabeth, born February 29, 1699- 
1700; married Caleb Dalton. 4. Abigail, 
born March 11. 1702-03: married, December 
2"/, 1722, Richard Hubbard, of Kingston, 
New Hampshire. 5. Esther, born October 

31, 1706, married Ford. 6. John, born 

March 13, 1708-09, mentioned below. 7. Su- 
sanna, married Black. 8. Moses, mar- 
ried Hepzibah Richardson. 9. Daughter, 
married Wilson. 

(IV) John Davis, son of Elisha Davis (3), 
was born March 13, 1708-09, at Haverhill, 
and was of that place when he married, June 

30, 1732, Sarah Barney, of Rehoboth. He 
was called "Jr.," 1730-40: died July 14, 1781, 
at Haverhill. He was living in Rehoboth in 
1750, when his son Joseph was born there, 
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for a time. Children, all recorded at Haver- 
hill, where all but the youngest was born: i. 
Barney, born August 18, 1733; married Ann 
Bullock; settled in Rehoboth. 2. John, born 
January 4, 1734-35: married, at Rehoboth, 
September 4, 1760, Joanna Hix. 3. Anne, 
born August 31, 1738. 4. Mary, born April 

3. 1742. 5. Sarah, born August 28, 1744; 
married. January 10, 1765, Nathan Pearce. 
6. James, born J'>bruary 9. 1746-47; married 
Nanne Haskins; son Daniel born there No- 
vember 8, 1 78 1, and other children in Reho- 
both. 7. Joseph, mentioned below. 

(\') Joseph Davis, son of John Davis (4), 
born at Rehoboth, May 24, 1750. was reared 
at Haverhill, and settled later with most of 
the family at Rehoboth. He married, April 
12, 1772, Sarah Baker. Children, all record- 
ed at Rehoboth except Daniel: i. Joseph, 
born August 24, 1772, died November 2^, 
1775. 2. Betty, born November 5, 1774. 3. 
Daniel, born about 1776, mentioned below. 

4. Joseph, born June 20, 1780, married 

Campbell. 5. Xathaniel Baker, born 

February g, 1783. 6. Barney, born January 
9, 1787. 7. Rufus, born May 12, 1790. 8. 
John, born September 30, 1793. 

(VI) Daniel Davis, son of Joseph Davis 
(5), was born in Rehoboth about 1776. Set- 
tled in Ashby, Massachusetts, from whence 
he removed to Washington, Maine. He mar- 
ried Olive, daughter of Josiah Winslow\ 
granddaughter of Edward Winslow, and 
great-granddaughter of Kenelm Winslow. 
(See Winslow family). They were the par- 
ents of fourteen children. 

(VTI) Hannah Davis, daughter of Daniel 
Davis (6), was born at Washington, Maine, 
1827. Married, in Warwick. Massachusetts, 
Richard Weeks (see Weeks familv). 



Richard Weeks, immigrant an- 
WEEKS cestor. born in England about 
1670. came to America in 1690. 
He settled in the town of Attleborough. Mas- 
sachusetts. He may have been a soldier in 
the expedition of 1690. as the town of War- 
wick, where his descendants lived, was 
granted to the heirs of soldiers, and known 
as Roxbury, Canada, but his record does not 
appear. He married second, at .Attleborough. 
August 10, T724, Mary Leonard, widow, who 
died March g. 1728-9. Children: i. John, 
mentioned below. 2. Mehitable. married July 
3. T724. Moses Rowley. 3. Joseph (?). of 
whom nothing is known except that soon 



after the settlement of Warwick he owned the 
lot originally drawn by Shubael Seaver. 

(11) John Weeks, son of Richard Weeks 
(i). was born about 1695, '" Attleborough. 
He administered his father's estate, and lived 
at Attleborough. He married Mary Rowley; 
second. Silence Converse. He and his wife 
were living as late as 1753; ^^te of their 
deaths unknown. Children, born in Attle- 
borough: I. Mary, bom March 21, 1720; died 
before 1732. 2. Richard, born December 26, 
1721. 3. Nathan, born August 26, 1725. 4. 
John, born March 15, 1726-7; was a soldier in 
1745 in the French war. and took part in the 
attack on Louisburg; married October 15, 
1757. Hannah Day. 5. Samuel, born April 
6, 1730. 6. Mary, born December 25, 1732; 
died July 19, 1740. 7. Sarah, born July 11, 
1735; married (published August i, 1755) 
John Clark. 8. William, born August 14, 
1737; see forward. Child of second wife: 9. 
David, born March 26, 1744. 

(HI) William Weeks, son of John Weeks 
(2). was born in Attleborough, Massachu- 
setts. August 14, 1737. He and his brother 
Samuel settled in Warwick, Massachusetts, 
during the Revolution. Samuel removed to 
Warwick in 1778. and to Amherst, Massachu- 
setts, in 1785. Children: i. Joseph, born 
T773; father of L. F. Weeks, late of Keene, 
New Hampshire. 2. Richard, married Jud- 
ith ; children: i. Joseph, settled at 

Richmond. New Hampshire; ii. Caleb; iii. 
Samuel; iv. Susannah; v. Betsey. 3. Will- 
iam. 4. Caleb, mentioned below. 

(IV) Caleb Wrecks, son of William Weeks 
(3). was born in Hinsdale or Warwick, in 
1776, and died in Warwick. February i. 1854, 
aged seventy-eight. He married Sarah Taft, 
a native of New Hampshire, and she lived to 
be over seventy-five years old. He was a 
hatter by trade, residing in Warwick. Chil- 
dren, born in War\\ack: i. Amariah. 2. 
Caleb, Jr.. lived in New York, and had sev- 
eral children. 3. Wilham, married Julia Cor- 
nell, of Worcester. Massachusetts; one 
daughter and three sons. 4. Richard, men- 
tioned below. 5. Amzi, unmarried; was liv- 
ing at Saratoga. New York, in 1855. 6. 
Sarah, married first. Othniel Day; three chil- 
dren, one of whom, Caleb Day, resides at 
present at South Royalston, Massachusetts; 
married second, Lewis Fisher. 7. Amanda. 8. 
Angeline; married first, George Orcutt, of 
Vermont; second. James Bishop, of New Jer- 
sey; one daughter by first marriage. 9. Han- 
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second, Xenophon Streeter. 10. Laura, mar- 
ried Caleb Mitchell, of New York; second, 
Frank Damon, of New York. 

(V) Richard Weeks, son of Caleb Weeks 
(4), was born in Warwick, Massachusetts, 
about 1820, and died in 1868. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools of Warwick, and 
inheriting his father's farm settled in his 
native town, and later was a bookkeeper for 
various New York concerns. He married 
Hannah Davis, who was born in Rockland, 
Maine, and who died in 1870. He died in 
1869. Children: i. Lizzie D., born 1852; now 
living in Springfield, Massachusetts. 2. Win- 
field. 3. Lottie. 4. Etta. 5. Frederick Dan- 
iel, mentioned below. 

(VI) Frederick Daniel Weeks, son of 
Richard Weeks (5), was born at Warwick, 
Massachusetts, July 15, 1865. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools and at Cushing 
Academy, Ashburnham, Massachusetts. Then 
he started to learn the business of wool manu- 
manufacturing, and rose to the position of 
superintendent of a woolen mill at Royalston 
in 1888, for the George Whiting Woolen 
Company. In 1892 this mill was destroyed 
by fire, and the owners chose a new location 
in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Mr. Weeks re- 
tained his position in the new mill for a year 
and a half, when he was transferred to mills 
owned by the same company at Enfield, New 
Hampshire, where he remained during the 
four years ensuing. He resigned to engage 
in business on his own account under the 
firm name of F. D. Weeks Extracting Com- 
pany, carbonizing woolen rags, and he has 
been very successful in this industry. His mill 
is located at Shirley, Massachusetts, and he 
has made his home there also. 

In politics Mr. Weeks is a Republican, and 
he has been active and influential in party 
councils, being a delegate to various nomin- 
ating conventions, serving the town as over- 
seer of the poor, selectman, and of other of- 
fices of trust and responsibility. He is a mem- 
ber of Fredonia Lodge of Odd Fellow^s. He 
is one of the leading business men and public- 
spirited citizens of Shirley; of strong char- 
acter and integrity. His first marriage was in 
1889, to Mary Swinney. He married second, 
June 3. 1904, Emma W. French, born at 
Leominster, Massachusetts, daughter of 
James Lewis and Nellie Perry. Children by 
first wife: i. Richard Frederick, born June 
29, 1890. 2. Bertha Linnie, born March 
12, 1892. 3. Winfred, born April 14, 1894. 



Charles Mingo, the pioneer an- 

MINGO cestor of the branch of the fam- 
ily of which Philip Vincent 
Mingo is a representative, was born in 1799, in 
Switzerland, a member of an ancient and dis- 
tinguished family. He served in the English 
army, and when peace was declared the Eng- 
lish government sent him to Nova Scotia, 
from whence he came to Boston, Massachu- 
setts, and later to Tatamagowch, Nova 
Scotia. He was one of three brothers, one of 
whom, George, settled on George Island, 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, which is known by his 
name to the present time, and the other 
brother settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Charles Mingo removed to River John, Nova 
Scotia, where he had a farm of three hundred 
acres, on which he resided until his death, 
leaving it to his three sons: George, John and 
David. 

George Mingo, son of Charles Mingo, re- 
sided on the farm at River John until the 
family had attained adult age, when they 
leased the property, after which he removed 
to Denmark, Nova Scotia, where he pur- 
chased some land, which he afterward dis- 
posed of and removed to Calais, Maine. He 
was the father of several children, among 
whom were Charles and David. 

Charles Mingo, son of George Mingo, was 
born in River John, Nova Scotia, 1805, and 
died at the advanced age of eighty-seven 
years. He was a farmer by occupation. He 
married Jane Wilson, who died February 4, 
1856, aged about forty-five years. They were 
the parents of seven children: John Wilson, 
Mary, William, George, Thomas, deceased; 
Jane Verity and Eliza McDonald. 

John Wilson Mingo, son of Charles Mingo, 
was born March, 1829, at River John, Nova 
Scotia. He was a farmer, a man of strong 
character, and of great prominence in the 
community. He married Catherine Warke, 
born February, 1827, in Kemptown, Nova 
Scotia, daughter of William and Mary (Mc- 
Canlas) Warke. Children: i. Sarah, born 
1852, died 1893; she was the wife of James 
Heverstock. 2. Mary, bom 1854; married 
Robert Boutlier, of Halifax, Nova Scotia. 3. 
Thomas, born 1856, died at the age of twenty- 
five years. 4. John, born 1858, now living 
at Cos Cob, Connecticut; married Mary 
Patrequin. 5. Philip Vincent, born January 
21, i860, see forward. 6. Isabelle, born 1862; 
wife of Walter Aldrich. of Fishkill-on-the- 
Hudson. 7. James, born 1864; residing in 
Maiden. Massachusetts; married Ida Sher- 



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man. 8. William, residing in Charlestown, 
Massachusetts; married Rebecca Spencer. 9. 
Charles, residing in Kemptown, Nova Scotia; 
married Etta Langiell. 10. George, residing 
in Lynn, Massachusetts. 

Philip Vincent Mingo, son of John Wilson 
Mingo, was born in Kemptown, Colchester 
county, Nova Scotia, January 21, i860. He 
was educated in his native town. 7\t the age 
of twenty he came to Maiden, Massachusetts, 
and for about two months worked in Saugus, 
Massachusetts. He then entered the employ 
of C. E. Fuller, who was engaged in the milk 
business, and finally entered into partnership 
with his former employer. They conducted a 
successful business for a number of years, 
when Mr. Mingo retired from the firm to de- 
vote his entire attention to the real estate 
business. He is interested in the Maplewood 
section of Maiden, in which he is a large in- 
vestor, and he has neglected no opportunity 
for the improvement of the city, especially in 
the section in which he resides. He is ac- 
counted a good judge of the value of real 
estate. He is a Republican in politics; has 
served his party in various conventions, and 
is treasurer of the ward committee, but has 
always declined public office. He takes an 
active interest in automobiling, and is a mem- 
ber of the Maiden Automobile Club, Massa- 
chusetts Automobile Club and the Bay State 
Automobile Club. He is a director of the 
high school athletic field; and a director of 
the Odd Fellows' Building now being erected. 
He is a commissary general of the Second 
Massachusetts Regiment, P. M., with the title 
of major. He is a prominent member of 
Middlesex Lodge, No. 17, Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows; Middlesex Encamp- 
ment. No. 9, and Maiden Canton, No. 55, of 
the same order ; Webconnett Tribe, No. 160, 
Impoved Order of Red Men ; Maiden Lodge, 
No. 965, Benevolent and Protective Order of 
Elks; Syrakus Sanctorum, No. 79, O. O. H. 
and P. 

Mr. Mingo married, February 21, 1884, 
Frances Fuller, born in Maiden, Massachu- 
setts, January 3, 1858, daughter of Edward 
and Martha (Waitt) Fuller, of Maiden (see 
sketches of Waitt and Fuller families here- 
with). They have no children. 



Lieutenant Thomas Fuller, the 
FULLER immigrant ancestor, was a 

proprietor of Woburn, Massa- 
chusetts, in 1640. He was a blacksmith by 
trade. He had a grant of meadow land at 



Ragg Rock in 1648, also of swamp land De- 
cember 28, 1648. He signed a petition in 
1664 to the general court for a grant of land. 
He was sergeant in 1656, and lieutenant in 
1685, and selectman in 1663, 1664 and 1685. 
He left Woburn for Salem Village about 1664 
and returned in 1684, when he married his 
second wife, .\fter her death he returned 
again to Salem Village (Danvers) and mar- 
ried his third wife. He married first, June 
13, 1643, Elizabeth Tidd, daughter of John 
Tidd. He married second, August 25, 1684, 
Sarah (Nutt) Wyman, died May 24, 1688, 
daughter of Myles Nutt, and widow of John 

Wyman. He married third, Hannah , 

who died abroad. She survived her husband 
and returned to Woburn, and resided with 
her daughters, who gave bonds to support 
her, June 21, 1697. His will was dated June 
9, 1698, and proved July 4, 1698. He be- 
queathed to daughters Elizabeth Dean, Ruth 
Wilkins, Deborah Shaw; to sons Thomas, 
Jacob and Benjamin, and to his grandchil- 
dren. Children: i. Thomas, born April 30, 
1644. 2. Elizabeth, born September 12, 1645; 
married Joseph Dean, and resided at Con- 
cord. 3. Ruth, born May 17, 1645; married 
first, Wheeler; second, Wil- 
kins. 4. Deborah, born May 12, 1650; mar- 
ried Shaw. 5. John, born March i, 

1652-3. 6. Jacob, born May 14, 1655; men- 
tioned below. 7. Joseph, born August 8, 
1658; died young. 8. Benjamin, born April 
15, 1660. 9. Samuel, born May 9, 1662; died 
young. 

(II) Jacob Fuller, son of Thomas Fuller 
(i), was born May 14, 1655. Children: i. 
Mary, married Whipple. 2. Eliza- 
beth, married Fish, and had nine chil- 
dren. 3. Edward, mentioned below. 4. 

Sarah, married Fish, and had eight 

children. 5. Jacob, born 1700; married Abi- 
gail Holton; died October 17, 1767. 

(HI) Edward Fuller, son of Jacob Fuller 

(2), was born about 1695. He married 

Quarles. Children: i. Josiah. 2. Edward, 
mentioned below. 3. Ephraim. 4. Israel. 5. 
Mary. 6. Sarah- 7- Benjamin. 

(iV) Edward Fuller, son of Edward Fuller 
(3), was born about 1726, and resided in Mai- 
den, Massachusetts. He married Sarah 
. Children, born at Maiden, i. Jona- 
than, born June 16, 1746; mentioned below. 
2. Sarah, born February 9, 1748. 3. Mary, 
born July 27, 1750. 4. Lois, born April 6, 
T752. 5. Mercy, born April 28, 1754; mar- 
ried John Robbins. 6. Huldah, born January 
I- 1757- 




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(V) Jonathan Fuller, son of Edward Fuller 
(4), was born at Maiden, June 16, 1746. He 
resided in Chelsea, Massachusetts, and was 
a soldier in the Revolution from that town, 
in Captain Samuel Sprague's company, on the 
Lexington alarm, April 19, 1775. Children: 
I. Josiah, born 1791, died at Maiden, 1834, 

aged forty-three; married Sally . 2. 

Charles, mentioned below. 

(VI) Charles Fuller, son or nephew of 
Jonathan Fuller (5), was born at Leominster, 
about 1795. He settled at Maiden, but was 
a resident of Chelsea, according to the record 
at the time of his marriage to Jane Blodgett, 
March 14, 1824. She was a native of Linden. 
Children, born at Maiden: i. Charles, Jr., 
married, May 29, 1849, Elizabeth Luke. 2. 
Edward, see forward. 3. Mary Jane, wife of 
Samuel Neagles, of Maiden. 

(VII) Edward Fuller, son of Charles Fuller 
(6), was born in Maiden, Massachusetts, No- 
vember 8, 1828, died December 17, 1904. He 
was educated in the old school on Rockwell's 
ledge, and Twin school on Walnut street, 
completing his studies at the old engine house 
on Laurel street, Maplewood. He began his 
active career by working at shoemaking, after 
which he engaged in the milk business at 
Lynn, remaining at it fifteen years. He still 
retained his residence at the old homestead 
on North Broadway. He took an important 
part in the public aflfairs of Maplewood and 
Maiden, serving ten years as selectman, 
tw'elve years as superintendent of streets, 
during which time the first street was graded, 
and was also elected assessor, but declined 
to serve. He was a constant attendant of the 
Maplewood Methodist church, having been 
a trustee of the first church when it was built. 
He married Martha Ann Wiite, born March 
13, 1832, in Maiden, Massachusetts, daughter 
of Nathaniel and Sarah (Neagles) Waite, and 
a descendant of Michael Neagles. a Revolution- 
ary soldier. Their children were: i. Charles 
Edward, born November 10, 1855, died De- 
cember 28, 1904; married, April 18, 1903, 
Anna Grace Jacobs, 2. M. Frances, wife of 
Philip V, Mingo, aforementioned. 3. Grace 
R., born June 18, 1864; married, December 
10, 1896, Benjamin P. Bill, of Springfield, 
Massachu' etts ; children : Charles Dana, born 
May 23, 1898; Benjamin P., Jr., November 
21, 1899. 

Mr. atd Mrs. Fuller celebrated the golden 
anniversc ry of their marriage, May 25, 1903. 
They were assisted in receiving by their daugh- 
ters, and were the recipients of many beautiful 
presents ct gold, silver, decorated china and 



flowers. A social time was enjoyed during the 
evening, which included the reading of an 
original poem written for the occasion by an 
intimate friend of Mr. and Mrs. Fuller, which 
was as follows : 

1853-1903. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Edward Puller. 

Spring hath its south wind and the mellowing earth, 
The blooming bough and flutter of the leaves, 
And summer hath its labor and its mirth, 
But autumn binds the sheaves. 

Dawn brings the gladness and awakening thought, 
The quickened heart-throb and the will to roam; 
Noon brings us nearer to the things we sought, 
But twilight brings us home. 

Even so with you, dear friends, this time is best. 
Good was the past, in which ye twain did prove 
Sorrow that leads to gladness, toil to rest, 
And love begetting love. 

Yet this better, when ye sit to view 
Your own past lives made beautiful by care, 
While children's children at your feet renew 
The youth ye once did share. 

Lo, how the love ye planted long ago 
Hath sprung and grown around you without end. 
Love of the kinsmen, love of those ye knew, 
Of child, and wife and friend. 

And may the coming years with rich increase 
Bloom 'round you in the paths your feet have trod. 
Until you waken in the radiant peace 
Of the harvest time of God. 



Samuel Waitt, of Wethersfield, 
WAITT county Essex, England, was the 
progenitor of the Maiden and 
probably of the Ipswich branches of the Waitt 
family in America. He married Mary Ward, 
of Rivenhall, county Essex, England. Accord- 
ing to the Candler manuscripts in the Bodleian 
Library, London, she was the daughter of the 
Rev. John and Susanna Ward, of Haverhill, 
county Suffolk, England. Children : i . Mary, 
married Robert Lord, afterwards clerk of the 
court and register of deeds in Essex county. 
New England ; she died August 21, 1683, aged 
seventy-nine years. 2. Samuel, married Helen 
Crosse. 3, John, born about 1618 ; mentioned 
below. 4. Joseph, married Margaret Law- 
rence, daughter of Matthew Lawrence ; was 
preacher at Ipswich, England, and rector of 
Sproughton, county Suffolk, England. 5. 
Anne, married Philip Bill, who settled in Ips- 
wich and removed to New London. Connecti- 
cut. 6. Thomas, an early settler of Ipswich, 

Massachusetts. 7. Susan, married — -■ Red- 

ington in New England. 8. Abigail. 9. Sarah. 
(II) Captain John Waitt, son of Samuel 
Waitt, was born about 1618, and was the im- 
migrant ancestor. He came with his father- 
in-law, Joseph Hills, to New England in the 
ship "Susan and Ellen," from London, in 1638, 
and was an early settler at Mystic Side (Mai- 



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denj, where he bought a house and land of 
Martha Coyte, widow, in 1644. He was ad- 
mitted to the church in Charlestown, January 
II, 1646-7, and was admitted a freeman May 
26, 1647. He was allowed four pounds eigh- 
teen shillings "for his writing one booke of the 
lawes and for finding paper for both bookes." 
This was the manuscript of the celebrated 
Massachusetts laws of 1648, compiled and per- 
fected by Joseph Hills, the first body of laws 
established by authority in New England. 
After the incorporation of Maiden in 1649, he 
became a leader in its civil and religious life. 
He was a stout supporter of Rev. Marmaduke 
Matthews in the strife which followed his un- 
happy settlement. He was town clerk and 
selectman for many years, captain of the train 
band, commissioner to end small causes, in 
1666 he succeeded Joseph Hills as deputy to 
the general court, and represented the town 
eighteen years. In 1675 he was in the de- 
tachment which King Philip was ordered to 
take to the rendezvous of Major Pynchon, at 
Marlborough, and in certain contingencies 
was to take command of a company in active 
service. In 1680 he was appointed member 
of a committee to revise the laws, his labor 
with which in 1647 and his long experience 
as a legislator had doubtless made him famil- 
iar. He was identified with the popular party, 
and was one of the faction denounced by Ed- 
ward Randolph in his "Articles of High Mis- 
demeanor." With Deputy Governor Stough- 
ton and others, in 1681, he was chosen to pre- 
pare papers for the agents in England and "to 
do therein as in their wisdom they shall see 
meet for the end proposed." He was a mem- 
ber of the committee to correspond with and 
to provide with them. He received the nom- 
ination for the magistracy in 1683, and in 
1684 w-as chosen speaker of the house of dep- 
uties. A little later he became blind and re- 
tired from public life. He died September 26, 
1693, ag"sd seventy-five years. 

He married first in England, Mary Hills, 
daughter of Joseph and Rose Hills. She died 
November 25, 1674, and he married second, 
August 4, 1675. Sarah Parker of Chelmsford, 
who died January 13, 1707-8, aged eighty- 
one. Children, all by the first wife: i. John. 
2. Joseph, mentioned below. 3. Samuel, born 
October 11, 1650. 4. Mary, born August 31, 
1653; died August 9. 1657. 5. Hannah, born 
September 9, 1656; married October tt, 1676, 
William Buckman, of Maiden. 6. Mehitable, 
born September 15, 1658; married Deliver- 
ance Parkman, of Salem, son of Elias Park- 
man. 7. Thomas, born September i, 1660. 8. 



Rebecca, born November 22, 1662; married 
March 31, 1681, Jonathan Tufts, son of Peter 
Tufts. 9. Sarah, married April 25, 1684, Na- 
thaniel Stone, of Sudbury. 10. Nathaniel, 
born May 27, 1667. 

(HI) Joseph Waitt, son of John Waitt (2),. 
w^as born about 1645, a^^d resided at Maiden, 
Massachusetts. He was admitted freeman in 
1690 and died in 1692. He married first, Au- 
gust 7, 1672, Hannah Oakes, born in Cam- 
bridge, Massachusetts, May 4, 1657, daughter 
of Thomas and Elizabeth Oakes. He married 
second, October 24, 1688, Mercy Tufts, daugh- 
ter of Peter and Mary (Pierce) Tufts. She 
married second, June 11, 1694, Lemuel Jen- 
kins, of Maiden, and died July 19, 1736. Chil- 
dren : I. Joseph, born about 1675. 2. Thomas, 
born about 1679. 3. Peter, born January 20, 
1689-90. 4. Jonathan, born February 24, 
1691-2; mentioned below. 

(IV) Jonathan Waitt, son of Joseph Waitt 
(3), was born at Maiden, Massachusetts, Feb- 
ruary 24, 1 69 1 -2. He resided at East Maiden 
until the fall of 1716, when he removed to 
Lynn, near the Chelsea line (now Saugus). 
He died in 1775. He married first, November 
20, 1712, Elizabeth Pratt, born 1694-5, died 
March 10, 1714-5, daughter of John Pratt, of 
Maiden. He married second, September 26, 
1 716, Abigail Waitt, widow of William Waitt, 
who died before her husband. Children: i. 
Jonathan, married at Lynn, July 10, 1739^ 
Hannah Hawkes ; was living in 1775. 2. Eliz- 
abeth, intention of marriage with Deacon Ben- 
jamin Brintnall, of Chelsea, published March 

7, 1 741. 3. Ezra, mentioned below. 

(V) Ezra Waitt, son of Jonathan Waitt 
(4), married at Lynn, Massachusetts, March 

8, 1752, Sarah Hawkes, and died in 1765. His 

widow married second Dagge. They 

had one son, Ezra, born about 1755, mentioned 
below. 

(VI) Ezra Waitt, son of Ezra Waitt (5), 
was born about 1755, and died July 2, 1831. 
He was a soldier in the Revolution, in Cap- 
tain Edward Burbeck's company. Colonel 
Richard Gridley's regiment (artillery) in 1775, 
and also in Captain Newhall's company in 
1776. He resided in Lynn, but removed to 
East Maiden, where he died. He married at 
Lvnn, May 15, 1778, Sarah Hutchinson, who 
died at Maiden, September 27, 1839. aged 
eightv-two. Children, born at Maiden: i. 
William, born December 7, 1783. 2. John, 
born January 15. 1785. 3. Nathaniel, born 
December 21, 1787; mentioned below. 4. 
Sarah, born May 28. 1790. 5. Jonathan, born 
Tulv ID. 1792. 6. David, born May 5, 1795. 



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(VII) Nathaniel Waitt, son of Ezra Waitt 
(6), was born at Maiden, Massachusetts, De- 
cember 21, 1787. He married, September 15, 

1814, Sarah Neagles, of Maiden. Children: 
born at Maiden: i. Sarah, born March 9, 

1815. 2. Harriet, born July 19, 1816. 3. 
Nathaniel, born March 4, 1818. 4. Ehzabeth, 
born January 14, 1819. 5. Michael, born May 
21, 1822. 6. Joanna, born September 28, 
1824. 7. Ephraim Buck, born November 14, 
1827. 8. Caroline Brown, born April 20, 
1830. 9. Martha Ann, born March 13, 1832; 
married Edward Fuller (see sketch of Fuller 
family herewith). 10. George Wayland, born 
May II, 1834. II. Charles Wallace, born 
September 8, 1836. 



The statement that the Rev. Jabez 
FOX Fox, of Woburn, was descended 

from John Fox, the martyrologist. 
was given currency in print in 1814 by Rev. 
Timothy Alden, a descendant, who copied into 
his work a latinized notice of John Fox (1517- 
1587) whom he called a "learned and remote 
ancestry," of Rev. Jabez Fox. This theory 
does not seem feasible and its form was in a 
way exploded as long ago as 1829, when John 
Farmer, the genealogist, struck it a severe 
"blow by stating that the martyrologist was 
born in Boston, Lincolnshire, 15 17. and left 
two sons, Thomas, who was fellow of King's 
College, Cambridge, and Samuel, fellow of 
Magdalen College, Oxford, who wrote • his 
father's life. Besides there were two men 
named Thomas Fox among the early settlers 
of Massachusetts, one of Cambridge, admitted 
freeman in 1638, and the other of Concord, so 
called, admitted a freeman of the colony in 
1644. It does not appear that either of these 
were grandsons of John Fox, the annalist, and 
they were too nearly contemporaneous with 
the children and grandchildren of that worthy 
to be of that stock. Savage, in i860, speaks 
of Jabez, probably the only child of Thomas 
of Cambridge, and the only one "to bear up 
the uncertain traditionary honor ascribed to 
him, of descent from the author of the Book 
of Martyrs." 

It may be remarked in passing that while 
the Fox family are numerous in England and 
possess some eminent members, there is a 
family of Fox in Ireland, and the statement 
current in the Woburn family and of which, 
there is no doubt is that John Fox, born 
1704, son of Rev. John Fox, went to Ireland 
in early life to live with a wealthy relative, 
has some bearing on this subject, and that the 



Fox family who have been eminent for so 
many generations in New England may have 
come from that part of the British Kingdom. 

(I) Thomas Fox, of Concord and Cam- 
bridge, Massachusetts, died at Cambridge, 
April 25, 1693, aged eighty-five years. Mar- 
ried (first) Rebecca , who died at Con- 
cord, May II, 1647; married (second), in 
1650, (marriage contract dated May 24, 1650) 
Ellen Green, widow of Percival Green, of 
Cambridge, who died May 27, 1682, aged 
eighty-two; married (third), April 24, 1683, 
Elizabeth Chadwick, widow of Charles Chad- 
wick, of Watertown, who died February 22, 
1684-85; married (fourth), December 16, 
1685, Rebecca Wyeth, widow of Nicholas 
Wyeth, of Cambridge, and formerly widow of 
Thomas Andrew, of Cambridge. She died 
his widow in 1698. Thomas Fox moved from 
Concord to Cambridge, where in 1652, and 
repeatedly afterwards, he was selectman and 
resided in Holmes place, midway between its 
northeasterly angle and North avenue until 
the house was destroyed by fire about 1681- 
82. With the exception of a very short resi- 
dence in Watertown, he afterward probably 
occupied the estate on the east side of 
Holmes place, subsequently owned by Stew- 
ard Hastings and still later by Abiel Holmes. 
Child by first wife: Jabez, born at Concord, 
about 1647. See forward. 

(II) Rev. Jabez Fox, son of Thomas Fox 
(i). born at Concord, 1647, died at Boston, 
February 28, 1702-03, aged fifty-six years. He 
married Judith Rayner, daughter of Rev. 
John and Frances (Clark) Rayner, of Plym- 
outh, Massachusetts, and Dover, New 
Hampshire. She married (second) Colonel 
Jonathan Tyng, of Dunstable, and died his 
widow. June 5, 1736, "in ye 99th year of her 
Age." Gravestone at Woburn. Jabez Fox, 
M. A., the only child of his parents, was bap- 
tized at Concord, where he was born in 1647, 
the year in which his mother died. His part 
at Commencement on taking his second de- 
gree is noticed by Sibley, ii, 164. He was a 
member of the class of Harvard College 1665. 
His part noticed by Sibley is a skeleton of 
"Questions in Philosophy." a discussion held 
at Commencement. To part 3, "Is all good 
necessarily communicative of itself?" Jabez 
Fox replies in the affirmative. A translation 
of the theme of his remarks from the original 
Latin is as follow^s: "Good is apparent or 
superficial: everything good is pleasant. Use- 
ful things do not always spread abroad bless- 
ings, but often evils: but the greatest good 
w^hich truly through itself scatters the high 



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est blessing is good from essential goodness. 
Whatever the cause such is the effect (or, 
more freely, the effect depends upon the 
cause); and hence the many good things 
which flow from a good treasure house." He 
was made a freeman, or voter, in 1667. He 
began to preach and was married, when, in 
1678, he was invited to Woburn as a colleague 
pastor with Thomas Carter for one year. 
When the year had nearly expired he received 
a call from the inhabitants with a liberal sal- 
ary for those times. The call stated that he 
was "to be their minister for his life time." 
Thomas Carter died September 5, 1684, and 
the day of Jabez Fox's ordination as Carter's 
colleague is not recorded, but it is supposed 
to be shortly after his call, or sometime in 
November, 1679. The town agreed to build 
him a house, which was accordingly done. 
This house was a large one, and was occupied 
by him and his son, his successor in the min- 
istry, at Woburn, for about seventy-six years. 
It stood a long time after this period, and the 
writer has seen persons who remembered it. 
Jabez Fox had undoubtedly the confidence 
and affections of his parishioners through 
life. His salary, as with other country min- 
isters, was commonly in arrears, and once to 
the amount of seventy pounds. This was cer- 
tainly unfair, but it may be blamed upon the 
pressure and poverty of those times. It was 
also due to the want of skill in managing fi- 
nancial affairs. Thus his life as a country 
minister was for the greater part an unhappy 
one, so far as money was concerned, and this 
state of affairs was still worse in the case of 
his son, as is shown in the sketch of that in- 
dividual. He also was engaged in the latter 
part of his life to teach the children of the 
town to write, and also to give instruction in 
grammar to such as needed it. But in neith- 
er of these engagements is there any mention 
of compensation, nor any record of receiving 
any; the object of the town being to evade 
the penalty of disobeying a law providing for 
a grammar school, and probably humbled by 
past experience in collecting money of the 
town he demanded nothing. It is probable 
also that he smoked tobacco, and he and two 
others in order to raise some of their own, 
were once gently reprimanded by the select- 
man for their illegal conduct in taking a 
small piece of land belonging to the highway 
for that purpose. He died of the small pox on 
the Sabbath, in the forenoon, in Boston, Feb- 
ruary 28, 1702-03, and was buried in Woburn, 
where his gravestone is still standing. He 
was aged fifty-six, and had been pastor of the 



Woburn church twenty-three years. His 
widow, after a second marriage, died in her 
ninety-ninth year: her epitaph saying of her 
that she was a "wcnnan of most exemplary 
virtue and piety ; rich in grace, ripe for glory." 
The town voted to pay her husband's salary 
for 1703, he dying when but four months of 
the year had expired. It is not known that 
he published anything. An abstract of two of 
his sermons have been printed. His resi- 
dence was in a part of the lot now occupied 
by the Woburn Public Library. Children: i. 
John, born at Cambridge, May 10, 1678, see 
forward. 2. Thomas, born at Woburn, July 
6, 1680, died July 10, 1680. 3. Thomas, born 
November 13, 1681. 4. Jabez, born Decem- 
ber 2, 1684, married, March 8, 1705, Hannah 
Burroughs, daughter of Rev. George Bur- 
roughs. 5. Judith, born June 19, 1690, died 
1690. 

(HI) Rev. John Fox, son of Rev. Jabez 
Fox (2), born at Cambridge, May 10, 1678, 
died at Woburn, December 12, 1756, aged 
seventy-nine years. He married Mary Tyng, 
who died at Woburn, February, 1764, daugh- 
ter of Hon. Edward and Elizabeth (Clark) 
Tyng. of Boston. 

John Fox, M. A., was connected through 
his w'ife with some of the most prominent 
families in Massachusetts, at a time when the 
aristocracy in the Province was a power. He 
was graduated at Harvard College in 1698, 
and from 1700 to 1703, the time of his father's 
death, he was master of the grammar school 
in Woburn. He was next invited to become 
his father's successor as pastor of the church. 
He was ordained October 4, 1703, and re- 
tained the position of pastor until his death, 
December 12, 1756, in his seventy-eighth year. 
Long before the end of his ministry his health 
became impaired and he was often unable to 
preach. For fifteen years also before his 
death he was totally blind. It is said that not- 
withstanding these obstacles to his usefulness, 
he occasionally preached in public, and often 
instructed the youth of the parish in their re- 
ligious duties, who used to resort to his house 
for this purpose. This house was the same 
that was occupied by his father, and built by 
the town, and it stood on a site directly in' 
front of the present Woburn Public Library 
building. His widow survived him about 
eight years, but no stone was ever erected to 
designate the spote of either his or her inter- 
ment. Rev. Timothy Alden, their great- 
grandson, who visited Woburn about 1814, 
is also authority for this statement concerning- 
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church in Newark, New Jersey, president ot 
a college, and author of the celebrated "Al- 
den's Epitaphs." Mr. Fox during his pastor- 
ate of the Woburn church had two colleagues. 
The first, Edward Jackson, ordained August 
I, 1729, died in office, September 24, 1754. 
The second, Josiah Sherman, ordained at 
Woburn, Januar}' 28, 1756, was dismissed 
from his charge at his own request, April 11, 
1775. The lack of harmony between Mr. 
Jackson and himself from the beginning of 
their connection resulted in a controversy, 
which for bitterness and hatred between the 
parties on both sides has rarely been equalled 
in New England. While its origin was ac- 
counted obscure, it is now plain from docu- 
ments which we will not cite that Mr. Fox 
was not primarily to blame. The same trou- 
bles about his salary which had afiflicted his 
father were his also, only worse. The com- 
munity w^as oppressed by poverty, and had 
besides two ministers on its hands, when one 
was more than it covild afiford to support. 
One of them was elderly and ill, with a large 
family to provide for, and incapable of doing 
his full share of work. The other was young, 
unmarried, and ambitious, and not discreet 
with his tongue. The temperament of the 
in the town which desired the young minister 
latter was peculiar and he was also extrava- 
gant in his personal expenditure, and being 
single there were certain important families 
for a son-in-law. This added tO' the compli- 
cations. Charles Walker, of Concord, New 
Hampshire, who made researches in Woburn. 
about 1830, has left on record the fact that 
Miss Esther Poole, the only daughter of Jon- 
athan Poole, Esquire, of Woburn, whose wife 
(Mrs. Poole) was sole heiress of Colonel 
Eleazer Flagg, formed a "mutual attachment" 
for Joseph Burbeen, Mr. Walker's ancestor. 
The Pooles, however, disapproved of the 
match, wishing to have their daughter Esther 
married to Rev. Edward Jackson, who had 
then been settled about eight years as a col- 
league to the Rev. John Fox. The young 
couple finding their wishes likely to be 
thwarted, mounted their horses and fled to 
New Hampshire, where they were married 
October 8, 1736. So much for Mr. Walker. 
A very rare pamphlet published in 1750, and 
another still older printed in 1740, shows the 
bitterness of the long controversy which fol- 
lowed. In the former pamphlet is presented 
an exorbitant bill of Edward Jackson's against 
Jonathan Poole for sundries furnished during 
the period of his residence with the latter. 
This bill was aired in court. The Poole fam- 



ily w-ere first on Jackson's side, and refused to 
receive Burbeen and their married daughter. 
But latterly affairs were turned around, and 
Burbeen and his wife were received, and the 
disappointed ministerial suitor retaliated on 
the Pooles by sending this bill to the family 
head. Of the justice of his claims no one at 
present knows, as only one side is heard 
from. The combat in town deepens. A third 
church (1746- 1 760) with another pastor is 
formed. Colonel Roland Cotton, a man of high 
position in Colonial affairs, comes to the front 
and under his leadership, apparently, Edward 
Jackson, by fair means and foul, is put to rout 
and dies in despair. President John Adams, 
who by some cause witnessed later some pro- 
ceedings connected with certain of these par- 
ties in court, said, that he never in his life 
saw such acrimony between contestants, or 
such feelings of hatred. 

Granted that Mr. Fox and his adherents 
were determined to keep him in his position 
during life, yet there are not wanting decisive 
indications that his ministry was a useful one, 
and that before the loss of his health and 
sight, it w^as for many years one of marked 
success. Two printed sermons of his give an 
idea of his style: They were preached on the 
subject of an earthquake, which occurred on 
October 29, 1727. The earthquake in his be- 
lief was "a work of God." His abilities were 
equal to the average of his time. His lan- 
guage is pure and simple, and his application 
of his theme direct. His sentences are short 
and his manner impressive. Considering the 
superstitious notions regarding earthqviakes 
which prevailed at that time, even among the 
clergy, his conclusions concerning them ap- 
pear sound and sensible. Children: i. John, 
born February 13. 1704, in early life went to 
Ireland to live with a wealthy relative. 2. Ja- 
bez, born May 25, 1705, died at Falmouth, 
now Portland, Maine. April 7, 1755; married 
(first), at York, Maine, 1743. Ann Bradbury, 
daughter of Wymond and Maria (Cotton) 
Bradbury, who died August 5, 1746, aged 
forty-three years, gravestone at Woburn; 
married (second) Mrs. Ann (Hodge) Jones, 
widow of Phineas Jones, of Newbury. 3. 
Mary, born October 26, 1706. married, Octo- 
ber 17, 1728, Rev. Abijah Weld, of. Attlebor- 
ough. She died January 7, 1799, aged ninety- 
three years. 4. Edward, born October 26, 
1708, lost at sea on his passage to England. 5. 
Thomas, born April 7, 1711, married. Octo- 
ber 30. 1735. Elizabeth Fothergill, of Boston. 
He resided at Boston, occupation goldsmith. 
6. Judith, born August 10, 17 12, married, 



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October 21. 1734, Rev. Nathan Stone, of 
Southborough, and died February 9, 1748-49. 
7. Jonathan, born March 26, 1716, see for- 
ward. 

(IV) Colonel Jonathan Fox, son of Rev. 
John Fox (3), born at Woburn. March 26, 
1716, died there April 7, 1790, aged seventy- 
four years. Married, August 17, 1737, Ruth 
Carter, born April 8, 1720, died October 6, 
1786, aged sixty-seven years, daughter of 
Captain Samuel and Margery (Dickson) Car- 
ter, of Woburn. Jonathan Fox first appeared 
prominently before the public in 1746, as a 
member of the Third Society in Woburn, dis- 
tinguished at that day as the "Separatists' So- 
ciety," formed by a secession from the First 
Parish in that town, because of the differences 
that had arisen years before, between his fath- 
er and the other minister, Edward Jackson. 
His father, the aged minister, appears to have 
assembled with them, when able to come 
abroad. The grandfather of Jonathan Fox, 
Edward Tyng, was appointed governor of 
Annapolis, Nova Scotia, and when he was on 
his way there he was captured by the French 
and carried to France, and there died. His 
great-uncle, Jonathan Tyng, known as col- 
onel, died suddenly in Woburn, while in 
church, after walking there, January 19, 1724, 
and was universally known as a brave and ac- 
tive military officer in his younger life. Oth- 
er members of the Tyng family were noted 
military men. Hence Jonathan Fox, their 
relative, inherited military talent, but his ser- 
vices as a young man have not been recorded 
in any list of names we have discovered. We 
find, however, that he was a captain of militia 
in Woburn from 1761 to 1774, and he was 
colonel of the local county regiment from 
1775 to 1 781. He did not receive so far as 
known a liberal education, and was probably 
a saddler by occupation. He inherited his 
father's estate in 1753, on which was standing 
a mansion house and a barn in 1772. In 1791 
the property became that of the Trowbridge 
and Hasting families of Cambridge, and ac- 
quired for a time the name of the Hastings 
Place. The property was held in the Fox 
name for one hundred and twelve successive 
years. Colonel Fox, about 1762, owned a 
part of the mansion house of Gershom Flagg 
— then directly behind the present edifice of 
the Unitarian Society, at the Common, where 
his son William Fox lived and owned from 
1764 to 1785. Colonel Fox's contemporary. 
Major Josiah Johnson (1710-1784), in a letter 
dated September 9, 1775, gives him great 
cr'^dit for the important part he took in the 



battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 
previous. Major Johnson says; "The town 
of Woburn upon the shortest notice mustered 
and marched one hundred and eighty brave 
men, well equipped to the field, whose heroic 
deeds under the prudent conduct of Captain 
Jonathan Fox and others, greatly added to 
the glorious achievements of that memorable 
day." Johnson also credits Fox with the ar- 
rest of Count Rumford at Woburn, on the 
evening of that day. See sketch of Count 
Rumford in this work. 

Fox was at this time about sixty-five years 
old. The rolls state that he, with his com- 
pany, was present in the engagement. His 
company was the East Company that went he 
says: "on the alarm of 19 April, 1775, for the 
defense of the Colony and the rights of Amer- 
ica, having marched from Woburn to Con- 
cord and thence to Cambridge on that day." 
He was in service for thirty-five days at this 
time. Captain of the train-band (Woburn 
second company) May 15, 1775. He was cho- 
sen by ballot February 8, 1776, by the house 
of representatives, colonel of a regiment of 
militia in Middlesex county, known as the 
second regiment, confirmed, February 12, and 
reported commissioned February 12, 1776. 
He was still the colonel of this regiment July 
5, 1779. per a return of that date, and still the 
colonel in 1781. Children: i. Mary, born 
March 27, 1738, married Nathaniel Brown. 2. 
Thomas, born December 16, 1739. see for- 
ward. 3. William, born February 24, 1742, 
married (first). June 6, 1765, Abigail Wyman, 
of Woburn. who died October 26. 1771, aged 
twenty-eight years; married (second). Sep- 
tember 24, 1772, Mary Wright, of Woburn. 
She married (second), 1793, John Hutchin- 
son, of Charlestown. 4. Ruth, born Febru- 
ary 29, 1744, married, February 18, 1762, 
Jonathan Brooks, of Woburn. 5. Elizabeth, 
born January 17, 1746. 6. Jonathan, born 
March. 1748. married. .April t8, 1769. Serviah 
Tidd. of Woburn, who died his widow, No- 
vember 30, 1786. 7. Judith, born November 
5, 1749. married, May 21, 1775, Josiah Wil- 
kins. of Marlborough. 8. IMargery. born May 
20, 1752, married Jonathan Hunt. 9. Ann, 
born June i, 1754. to. John, born July 3. 
T756. TT. Jabez, born May 11, 1758, died 
September 29. 1761. 12. Susanna, born Au- 
gust 3. T760, and died September, 1761. 13. 
Susanna, born July 31, 1762, died May 14, 
1793; married, September 16, 1782. Gideon 
Richardson, of Woburn. 

(V) Thomas Fox, son of Colonel Jonathan 
Fox (4), born at Woburn. December 16. 



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1739, died May 7, 181 5, aged seventy-five 
years. Married, March 31, 1763, Elizabeth 
Reed, of Wobiirn, daughter of Sweetern and 
Margery (Perry) Reed; she died his widow, 
December 9, 1818, aged seventy-seven. 
Thomas Fox resided at one time in Lexing- 
ton and in the latter part of his life on the 
Locke place in Woburn, afterward his son 
William's. He enlisted during the French 
war on March 3, 1760, to serve to December 
•8, following, in the company in His Majesty's 
service, under William Barron, captain, his 
whole time of service being thirty-nine weeks, 
four days. What his hard experience was is 
shown in the draft of a petition of his father, 
Jonathan Fox, for help from the Province 
treasury. The son was an enlisted soldier in 
the expedition against Canada in the above 
■company, and being taken sick at Crown 
Point was ordered to march homewards with 
the invalids, though very unable. He got 
through the woods to Number Four (Charles- 
town, New Hampshire), but with great diffi- 
ulty and expense. He was obliged to tarry 
at Number Four ten days, and he sent a man 
and horse to his father, to have the father 
send a man and horse from Woburn to help 
him home. This was done, and he remained 
sick for eight weeks after he returned home, 
and was unable to do any business. His 
Revolutionary service was as follows: He was 
of Lexington and a member of Captain Ed- 
mond Munroe's local company. May 16 to 20, 
1775, four days, being then on duty at Cam- 
bridge, also of Captain John Bridge's com- 
pany, stationed at Roxbury, for two days be- 
tween March 4. and 8, 1776. Child: William, 
born at Lexington, 1771, see forward. 

(VI) William Fox, son of Thomas Fox (5), 
born at Lexington, 1771. died at Somerville, 
February 10, 1852, aged eighty-one years. 
Married, June 20, 1793. Arethusa Munroe. of 
Lexington, born March 10. 1773, died July 
20, 181 7, aged forty-four years, daughter of 
Nathan and Elizabeth (Harrington) Munroe. 
Captain William Fox was a farmer and car- 
ried on an extensive butchering and tallow 
chandlering business, the latter extending as 
far as Portland, Maine. He was a man of 
wealth for his time and a prominent man in 
town affairs. He served in the militia in Wo- 
burn as ensign 1801, lieutenant, 1805, and 
captain, 1807-16. He lived in the house of 
William Locke, the immigrant of 1635. This 
house was situated on Lexington street near 
the corner of Cambridge street, about a mile 
and a half westerly of Woburn Center. He 
was here as early as 1798, having bought the 



place of Colonel Baldwin, of whom he hired 
other lands adjacent. Children: i. William, 
born January 22, 1794, married December 6, 
181 5, Abigail Eaton, of Woburn, and died 
June 12, 1863. 2. Celinda, born November 
II, 1795, married. April 29, 1814, General 
Abijah Thompson, of Woburn, and died Sep- 
tember II, 1866, aged seventy-one years. 3. 
Infant, died September i, 1797. 4. Samuel, 
born June 11, 1799, married, January 11, 
1827, Harriet Barrett, of Woburn, and died at 
Somerville, August 13, 1864. aged sixty-five 
years. 5. Elizabeth, born June 14, 1801, mar- 
ried, January 11, 1816, Dennis Munroe, of 
Woburn, and died his widow, January i, 1887, 
aged eighty-six years. 6. Warren, born Jan- 
uary 16, 1804, see forward. 7. Dorcas, born 
May II, 1806, married, March 15, 1827, Ste- 
phen D. Center, of Woburn, and died Au- 
gust 14, 1859, aged fifty-three years. 8. 
Thomas, born May 14, 1808, died at Medford, 
March 22, 1830. 9. Martha, born April 22, 
1810, married, December 29, 1835, Horace 
Conn, of Woburn, and died his widow. March 
I, 1888, aged seventy-eight years. 10. John, 
born July 29, 181 2, married, at Concord, New 
Hampshire, Clara Eastman; resided at Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania. 11. Fanny. died 
March 17, 1844, aged thirty years. 

(\TI) Warren Fox, son of William Fox (6) 
born at Woburn, January 16, 1804, died Jan- 
uary 22, 1887, aged eighty-three years. Mar- 
ried. May 14, 1827. Eliza Richardson Parker, 
born August 27. 1808, died October 21, 1886, 
aged seventy-eight years, daughter of Joseph 
and Betsey (Richardson) Parker, of Woburn. 
Children: i. Warren Parker, born May 
13, 1829. see forward. 2. Mary Eliza, born 
September 10, 1832, married. March 19, 1857, 
John S. Wheeler, of Woburn, and died April 
9, 1889, aged fifty-six years. 3. Sarah Jane, 
born June 30, 1835, married (first), December 
26, 1855, Silas N. Bedelle, of East Abington, 
and married (second), June 24, 1872, Moseley 
N. Brooks, of Woburn, who died October 15, 

1884. She died his widow November 26, 

1885, in her fifty-first year. Child by first 
husband: i. Joseph Warren Bedelle, born 
January 3, 1857, married, February 3, 1880, 
Louisa R. Fowle, of Woburn. Children by 
second husband: ii. Marv' Brooks,- born at 
Somerville, December 12. 1872, died July 20. 
1873. i"- Winthrop Brooks, born at Wo- 
burn, September 3. 1874, died August 25, 
1875. iv. Waldo Brooks, born at Woburn, 
September 3, 1874. 4. Celinda Thompson, 
born July 27, 1840, married, April 24, 1864, 
lacob C. Whitcher, of Woburn, as his second 



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wife; he died January ly, 1878. Children: i. 
Arthur Warren, born October 3, 1865, mar- 
ried, June 17, 1896, Edith M. Nickerson, of 
Woburn. ii. Jacob Frankhn, born March 31, 
1869, died December 7, 1875. i"- Jennie 
Ehza, born December 13, 1870, died May 23, 
1882. iv. Mary Celinda, born October 29, 
1874, married, April 5. 1898, Henry A. T. 
Dow, of Woburn. v. Carrie Louise, born 
January 28, 1877, died March 10, 1900. 

(^'III) Warren Parker Fox, son of Warren 
Fox (7), born at Woburn, May 13, 1829, died 
Noyember 2, 1905. Married, June 16, 1853, 
Maria M. Newhall, of Woburn, born March 
13' 1855. Children: i. Clara Maria, born 
September 19, 1855. 2. Everett Parker, born 
September 10, i860, see forward. 3. John 
William, born February 14, 1863, see forward. 

(IX) John William Fox, son of Warren 
Parker Fox (8), born at Woburn, February 
14, 1863, married. November 18, 1885. Carrie 
Belle Cook, born April 4, 1864, daughter of 
William Frederick and Arvilla (Fish) Cook, 
of Lewiston, Maine. Mr. Fox was educated 
in the Woburn public schools and was grad- 
uated from the high school in 1882. He then 
began work in his father's shop and learned 
the trade of tanner and currier. In 1902 h^ 
removed to Portville, New York, where he 
became superintendent of the leather finish- 
ing department of the Roulette Leather Com- 
pany, and remained in that position until 
1904. He then returned to Woburn and en- 
tered into business with his father and broth- 
er, and in 1904 was admitted to partnership 
in the concern and the name of the firm 
was changed to W\ P. Fox & Sons. At pres- 
ent Mr. Fox is general superintendent of the 
manufacturing plant of the concern. He is a 
member and for a number of years deacon of 
the First Congregational Church in Woburn, 
has been treasurer of the church and has 
served as one of the parish committee. He is 
a Republican in poHtics and has served as del- 
egate to numerous conventions of the party. 
He was an alderman of Woburn for one year, 
and was defeated the second year by only 
four votes. He is a member of the Towanda 
Club of Woburn. Child: i. Mildred Arvilla, 
born September 15, 1887. 

(IX) Everett Parker Fox, son of Warren 
Parker Fox (8), born at Woburn. September 
10, i860, married (first), November 29, 1882, 
Elona Sybil Dennis, of Boston, died at Wo- 
burn, August 22, 1892, daughter of Ward L. 
and Caroline (Parker) Dennis, of Boston; 
married (second). April 23, 1895. Mrs. Lizzie 
Katherine (Smith) Cummings, born July 28, 



1862, died November 13, 1901, daughter of 
Charles A. and Elizabeth A. (Robertson) 
Smith, of Woburn. 

Everett Parker Fox was educated in the 
public schools of Woburn, and graduated 
from the high school in 1878. He then en- 
tered the establishment of his father and 
learned the tanning and currying business, and 
continued in his father's employ until 1893, 
when he was admitted to partnership with his 
father and became general foreman of the 
plant and continued in that capacity until 
1895, when he took the business entirely in 
his own hands, his father having retired, re- 
taining the old firm name of W. P. Fox & 
Son. After 1895 the capacity of the plant was 
greatly increased, the output being more than 
doubled. In May, 1904, his brother, John 
William Fox, was admitted to partnership 
with him and the name of the firm was 
changed to W. P. Fox «& Sons. The firm 
manufactvtre large quantities of patent and 
other upper leathers, disposing of their pro- 
duct in the home market and in England, 
Germany and Switzerland. Their selling 
agents are Converse & Company, 27 South 
street, Boston, where Mr. E. P. Fox has his 
office. 

Mr. Fox is a member of the First Congre- 
gational Church in Woburn. Is a Republi- 
can in politics and served as a delegate to the 
Republican senatorial convention in 1906, 
and to various conventions the present year 
(1907). He has served in the city govern- 
ment of Woburn as a councilman for two 
years, and as alderman one year. He is a 
member and director of the Towanda Club of 
Woburn, and also of the Boston Shoe and 
Leather Association, and a director in the 
Woburn National Bank. Child by the first 
wife: Elona Sybil, born August 28, 1884, 
married. June 20, 1905, Dr. Joseph T. Calla- 
han, of Woburn. Child: Thomas Jerome 
(Callahan), born June 21. 1906. Child by sec- 
ond wife: Catherine Marjorie, born Novem- 
ber 2, 1901. died July 3, 1902. 



William Hall (i), the immigrant 
HALL ancestor, was a son of Rev. Wil- 
liam Hall, a clergyman, who is be- 
heved to be the William Hall who continued 
the "Fab you Chronical." begun by Sir Thom- 
as More, and there is reason to believe that a 
connection existed between William Hall and 
the Lord Chancellor's family (See article in 
Harper's Magazine by Mrs. Hall, of Chelsea 
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disappears from the London records in 1638, 
the year in which he appears in Portsmouth, 
Rhode Island. Thomas Clement, who was a 
connection of the More family, was an orig- 
inal founder of Portsmouth ; was a friend and 
neighbor of Hall's and administered his es- 
tate. The Hall coat-of-arms is : Three talbots' 
heads on a chevron sable. Crest : A griffin's 
head azure. He was one of the founders of 
Portsmouth, and one of the fifty-nine men 
who were admitted inhabitants of the island 
of Aquidneck, August 8, 1638. He was in 
Newport in 1639. A parcel of land at Ports- 
mouth was granted to him May 27, 1644. 
His name appears on the list of freemen in 
1655. He was a part owner of Canonicout 
Island and Dutch Island, and September 6. 
1654, sold to Richard Sisson a one three-hun- 
dredth share of each. Hall was a commis- 
sioner to the general court from Portsmouth 
in 1654, 1656, 1660 and 1663 ; deputy to the 
general assembly in 1665, 1666, 1667, 1668, 
1672 and 1673, and was on the town council 
in 1672. In 1673 he was on a very important 
committee to treat with the Indian chiefs 
about drunkenness and "seriously council them 
and agree on some way to prevent extreme 
excess of Indian drunkenness." The five 
chiefs named in the order appointing the com- 
mittee were : King Philip, of Mount Hope ; 
Mawsup and Mirecraft ; Weetano, of Pocas- 
set, and Awasunk, of Seaconnet. 

His will was dated February 20, 1673-4; 
proved April 19, 1676. His wife Mary was 
executor. She died in 1680. From his age 
at death, his birth is fixed at 1613 in England. 
Children: i. Zuriel, mentioned below. 2. 
William, resided in Portsmouth ; married 
January 26, 1671, Alice Tripp. 3. Benjamin, 
married July 27, 1676, Frances Parker, 
daughter of George. 4. Elizabeth, married 
April 13, 1676, Giles Pearce, son of Richard. 
5. Rebecca. 6. Deliverance, married January 
30, 1679, Abiel Tripp, son of Thomas Durfee. 

(II) Zuriel Hall, son of William Hall (i), 
was born about 1645, in Portsmouth, and died 
in 1 69 1. He was admitted a freeman of that 
town in 1677. He married Elizabeth Tripp, 
who was born in 1648 and died in 1701, 
daughter of John and Mary (Paine) Tripp. 
The inventory of his estate, dated September 
14, 1694, amounted to eighty-four pounds five 
shillings. Children: i. Mary, married Sep- 
tember 16, 1686, Robert Fish. 2. Zuriel, Jr.. 
born in 1677 ; mentioned below. 3. Joanna. 
4. Benjamin, born April 13. 1692 (posthu- 
mous). 

(III) Zuriel Hall, son of Zuriel Hall (2), 



was born in Portsmouth in 1677-8, and died 
there April 3, 1765, in his eighty-eighth year. 
He married Susannah Sheffield, daughter of 
William Sheffield, of Sherborn and Hingham, 
Massachusetts, September, 1697. She was 
born in 1676 and died August 3, 1742. He 
married second, Jane Smith (intentions dated 
December 14, 1742, widow of Peletiah Smith. 
She was born in 1670, and died January 8, 
1746-7. He settled in Bellingham, Massachu- 
setts, though some of his children were born 
in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Children: 

1. Elizabeth, born June 8, 1698. 2. Mary, born 
July 24, 1700. 3. Susannah, born August 2, 
1702. 4. Patience, born November 4, 1704. 

5. Seth, born April 2, 1707; mentioned below. 

6. Urania, born January 11, 1709; married 
June 26, 1729, Jabesh Lyon. 7. Abigail, born 
July 8, 1 7 12. 8. Zuriel, born October 20, 
1717. 9. Solomon, born May 6, 1719-20 (?). 
10. Ruth, born July 21, 1720. 11. Elizabeth, 
born February 22, 1722. 12. John, born Feb- 
ruary 7, 1724. 

(IV) Seth Hall, son of Zuriel Hall (3), 
was born in Bellingham, Massachusetts, April 

2, 1707, and died there April 27, 1780, in his 
seventy-fourth year. He was prominent in 
military and town afifairs. He married May 

28, 1737, Abigail Albee, of an old Rhode Isl- 
and family. Children, born in Bellingham : 
I. Zuriel, born March 23, 1738; died Decem- 
ber 26, 1738. 2. Seth. born May 15, 1739; 
mentioned below. 3. Zuriel, July i, 1741. 4- 
Deborah, born August 17, 174 — ; married 
April 27, 1786, Daniel Shepard. 5. John, 
born June 18, 1747; married April 28, 1768, 
Joanna Cook ; resided at Cumberland, Rhode 
Island ; had daughter Lillas, September 26, 
1768. 6. Marvellous, born November 26, 1752; 
married 1772, Esther Fuller, daughter of 
Peleg Fuller, at Cumberland. 

(V) Seth Hall, son of Lieutenant Seth Hall 
(4), was born in Bellingham, May 15, 1739. 
He married first Martha Thompson (inten- 
tions dated April 22, 1757) ; married second, 
December 17, 1761, Elizabeth Spear, a widow, 
at Cumberland. Children, born at Belling- 
ham: I. George, born May 3, 1762. 2. Wil- 
liam, born May 23, 1764. 3. Asa. born May 

29, 1770; died January 3, 1841 ; married Se- 

lissa . who was born September 21, 

1789. 4. Lemuel, born April 24, 1768; men- 
tioned below. 5. Benjamin, born July 9, 1770; 
married Sarah Bates, April 20, 1797, at Cum- 
berland ; she died at Bellingham. February 2, 
1824. 6. Elizabeth, born November 26, 1772. 

(VI) Lemuel Hall, son of Seth Hall (5), 
was born at Bellingham, April 24, 1768. He 



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resided at Cumberland. Rhode Island, and 
Belchertown, Massachusetts. He married at 
Cumberland, Lucina (or Louisa) Gaskill, 
daughter of William Gaskill. Children: i. 
Susanna, born at Cumberland, February 26, 
1790. 2. Levi Barton, mentioned below. 

(VII) Levi Barton Hall, son of Lemuel 
Hall (6), was born in Cumberland. He was 
educated there in the common schools and 
learned the trade of stone mason. He was 
also a fanner. He removed from Cumber- 
land to Belchertown. Massachusetts. He mar- 
ried Draper. Children, born at Bel- 
chertown : Caroline ; Ellen ; Susan ; Lucy ; 
Elizabeth; Mary; Seth Barton Hall, mention- 
ed below. 

(\TII) Seth Barton Hall, son of Levi Barton 
Hall (7), was born January i, 1830, at Bel- 
chertown. He was educated in the schools of 
his native town, and worked during boyhood on 
his father's farm in that town. He was ap- 
prenticed at an early age to learn the trade of 
butcher with a provision dealer, and after a 
few years engaged in business on his own ac- 
count at Blackstone, Massachusetts, dealing 
in meats and provisions. In 1869 he sold out 
his business in Blackstone and bought the 
business of Daniel Gage in Lowell, Massachu- 
setts, in the same line, and conducted a flour- 
ishing trade in meats and provisions. At that 
time each dealer was a butcher in fact as well 
as name. He bought cattle on the hoof and 
slaughtered them as business required in his 
own plant. Mr. Hall had one of the largest 
abattoirs in the county. In 1882 he disposed 
of his business, and since then he has been re- 
tired. For the past twenty years he has been 
mterested in Florida, where he spends his 
winters and where he has a large orange 
grove. In politics Mr. Hall is a Republican, 
but he has never sought public ofifice. He is 
an active member and liberal supporter of the 
Baptist church, and has been a deacon for 
twenty-five years. He is a director of the 
Wamesit National Bank of Lowell, and a trus- 
tee of the Savings Bank. A man of the strict- 
est integrity and unblemished character, he 
commands the esteem and confidence of his 
townsmen. He holds a high place in the busi- 
ness and financial circles of Lowell. He mar- 
ried first. Caroline Barrows, and they had one 
child who died young. He married second, 
January 10, 1854, Rexville Galloupe, who was 
born in Guilford, Vermont, August 14, 183 1, 
and died October 22, 1899. Children of Seth 
Barton and Rexville Hall: i. Mary, born Oc- 
tober 23, 1859: died February 4, 1862. 2. 
Carrie, born September 26, 1862. 3. Charles, 



born August 10, 1865. 4. Albert, born Feb- 
ruary 15, 1872. 5. Frank D. 6. Levi L. Mr. 
Hall married (third) Melissa Richards, 
widow of James Richards ; no children. 



Simon Stone, immigrant ances- 
STONE tor of this branch of the Stone 
family in America, was born in 
Great Bromley, Essex county, England, where 
he was baptized February 9, 1585-86. He was 
a son of David and Ursula Stone, and grand- 
son of Simon and Agnes Stone, also of Great 
Bromley. Simon Stone married, August 5, 
1616, Joan or Joana Clark, daughter of Wil- 
liam Clark, and their two eldest children were 
baptized in Bromley. Prior to 1624 they re- 
moved to Boxted, a few miles distant, and 
from Boxted he with his family is believed to 
have emigrated to America. 

April 15, 1636, the father, aged fifty; 
mother, aged thirty-eight ; and five children, 
embarked from London in the ship "In- 
crease," Robert Lee, master, for New Eng- 
land, the English government having pre- 
viously granted them leave to remove to the 
colonies. Mr. Stone settled in Watertown, 
Massachusetts, securing forty acres of land 
along the banks of the Charles river and south 
of the present Mount Auburn cemetery, al- 
though it is believed that a portion of Simon 
Stone's early homestead is covered by the 
cemetery. He was admitted a freeman May 
25, 1636, with his brother Gregory, who emi- 
grated at the same time, and a sketch of whom 
will be found elsewhere in this work. He was 
selectman from 1637 to 1656, and was a dea- 
con of the church many years. One of the 
pear trees planted by him is said to have 
borne fruit for two hundred and fifty years, 
and was still vigorous in 1889. Mr. Stone 
became a prominent real estate owner, and 
according to tradition built a large old fash- 
ioned house, colonial in style, which served as 
a home for his descendants for six genera- 
tions, but was finally destroyed by fire. After 
the death of his first wife he married (sec- 
ond), about 1654, Sarah Lumpkin, widow of 
Richard Lumpkin, of Ipswich. Massachu- 
setts. She also came from Boxted, Essex 
county, England, and left a well dated March 
25, 1663. (See N. E. Historical and Genea- 
logical Register, Vol. 8, page 71.) Simon 
Stone died in Watertown, September 22, 
1665. Children of the first wife: i. Frances, 
baptized January 20, 1618-19, married Rev. 
Henrv Green, of Reading. 2. Mary, baptized 
October i. 162T, died young. 3. Ann, born 




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1624, married John Orne, of Salem, his sec- 
ond wife. 4. Simon, born 1631, mentioned 
below. 5. Mary, born 1632, died unmarried 
June 25, 1691. 6. John, born August 6, 1635, 
married Mary Bass, of Braintree; died March 
26, 1691. 7. Elizabeth, born April 5, 1639, 
died young. 

(II) Simon Stone, son of Simon (1), born 
in 163 1 ; married Mary Whipple, born 1634, 
died June 2, 1720, daughter of Elder John 
Whipple, an early settler of Ipswich, Massa- 
chusetts. Simon and his brother John, di- 
vided the real estate left by their father, Si- 
mon retaining the paternal homestead for his 
residence. He was deacon of the church, se- 
lectman several years, town clerk ten years, 
representative to the general court 1678 to 
1684 inclusive, and in 1686-89-90 one of the 
original proprietors of Groton. In 1662 he 
owned an eighteen acre right in Groton, in- 
creasing his holdings there in 1670 to more 
than eighty-seven acres, although he may not 
have lived there. He died February 2j, 
1708. Children: i. Simon, born September 
8, 1656, died December 19, 1741. 2. John, 
born July 23, 1658, married Mrs. Sarah (Nut- 
ting) Farnsworth. 3. Matthew, born Febru- 
ary 16, 1659-60, married Mary Plympton. 4. 
Nathaniel, born February 22, 1661-62, died 
1661-62. 5. Ebenezer, born February 27, 
1662-63, married Margaret Trowbridge; died 
1754. 6. Mary, born 1665, married Comfort 
Starr, of Dedham. 7. Nathaniel, born 1667, 
married Reliance Hinckley; died 1755. 8. 
Elizabeth, born October 9, 1670, married 
Isaac Stearns, of Lexington. 9. David, born 
October 19, 1672, married Mary Rice; died 
October 7, 1750. 10. Susanna, born Novem- 
ber 4, 1675, married Hon. Edward Goddard; 
died 1764. II. Jonathan, born December 26, 
1677, mentioned below. 

(HI) Jonathan Stone, son of Simon Stone 
(2), born December 26, 1677, died January 7, 
1754, aged seventy-six years; married, No- 
vember 15, 1699, Ruth Eddy, born November 
3, 1681, died October 13, 1702, daughter of 
Samuel Eddy, who was born September 30, 
1640, and granddaughter of John Eddy, who 
was born 1595 and who was son of William 
Eddy, of Cranbrook, Kent, England. He 

married (second) Mary , died June 21, 

1720. He married (third), November 15, 
1720, Hepzibah Coolidge, born February 2'], 
168 1, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary 
(Bright) Coolidge, and granddaughter of 
John Coolidge. of Watertown. She died, a 
widow, March 25, 1763, aged eighty-three 
years. Child of the first wife: i. Jonathan, 



born 1702, married, February 25, 1724-25, 
Ilannah Jameson; died October 27, 1725, and 
his widow married (second), September 4, 
1729, John Goddard, of Brookline. Jonathan 
had a son Jonathan Stone, born November 

17, 1725, who married Ruth Livermore and 
had Ruth and John. Children of the third 
wife: 2. Hepsibah (twin), born August 9, 
1722, died April 14, 1723. 3. Anne (twin), 
born August 9, 1722, married, November 14, 
1745, Jonas Stone, of Newton. 4. Moses, 
born December i6, 1723, mentioned below. 

(IV) Moses Stone, son of Jonathan Stone 
(3), was born December 16, 1723, died De- 
cember 2, 1790. He married (first) Hannah 

; married (second) Hannah Tainter. 

Children: i. Mary, born November 3, 1743. 
2. Moses, born June 16, 1749, married, Feb- 
ruary 22, 1776, Elizabeth Stone; (second), De- 
cember 15, 1785, Abigail Learned. 3. Wil- 
liam, born October 6, 1750, married, Decem- 
ber 29, 1774, Hannah Barnard. . 4. Jonathan, 
born February 2, 1753, mentioned below. 

(V) Jonathan Stone, son of Moses Stone 
(4), was born at Watertown, Massachusetts, 
February 2, 1753, died April 25, 1825. He 
was a farmer of prominence. He bought the 
present Stone homestead of fifty-eight acres 
which in later years was divided between his 
two sons, Charles and Moses. He was a 
Unitarian in religion. He was a soldier in the 
Revolution, a private in Captain Samuel Bar- 
nard's company, Colonel Thomas Gardner's 
regiment, on the Lexington alarm, April 19, 
1775. He married, May, 1783, Sarah Wat- 
son, of Cambridge, born March 15, 1763. died 
February 2y, 1849. Children: i. Sarah, born 
October 15, 1784, died May 29, 1886; mar- 
ried, December i, 1806. Nathaniel P. Whit- 
ney, Jr. 2. Jonathan, born March 12, 1787, 
married Ann Coolidge, of Cambridge. 3. 
Charles, born April 8, 1789, mentioned be- 
low. 4. Samuel, born June 28, 1791, died 
January 22, 1864, married (first) Amelia Ho- 
vey, of Boston; married (second), November 

18, 1839, Lydia Turner. 5. Rebecca, born 
January 8, 1795, died September 22, 1801. 6. 
Joseph Watson, born April 24, 1797, died 
September 2, 1837; married, September, 1824, 
Mrs. Ann (Coolidge) Stone. 7. Anna, born 
March 21, 1800, died September 30,- 1801. 8. 
Edward, born February 14, 1803, died August 
13, 1874; married Harriet Scadding, of Bos- 
ton. 9. Moses, born January 2^, 1807, died 
February 10, 1884; married, August 21, 1839, 
Abigail Spear Afarsh, of Quincy, Massachu- 
setts. 

(VI) Charles Stone, son of Jonathan Stone 



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(5), born at W'atcrtown, now Belmont, April 
8. 1789, died there April 2. 1862. He was 
brought up on his father's farm, and had a 
common school education. He early began 
at market gardening on the Sheppard farm, 
and later was superintendent for John P. 
Gushing, wiiose farm later became Payson 
Park. He subsequently bought his father's 
farm, and built a house there. He followed 
market gardening up to the time of his death 
in 1862. His farm was on Washington street, 
Belmont, and consisted of twenty-five acres, 
where he raised general market produce, be- 
ing very successful. He was the first market 
gardener in that section to raise tomatoes 
from seed. In those days but little was 
known of this now popular vegetable. It was 
then known as the love apple and he found 
little sale for it except among the Italians of 
Boston. He was also a wholesale dealer in 
produce which he bought by the carload and 
sold in Boston. He was known to be an ex- 
cellent judge of horses. At one time he was 
associated with William Gay in the ice busi- 
ness. Mr. Stone was a man of attractive per- 
sonality and had many friends. He was of 
more than ordinarv' height. He was of strong 
temperance principles, and also a strong anti- 
slavery man. He was a Unitarian, much in- 
terested in church work, and served as dea- 
con of the Unitarian church at Watertown, 
besides holding other church offices. He was 
a Whig and later a Republican; he served as 
selectman, on the school committee, as over- 
seer of the poor and as road commissioner. 
He was a member of the early Watertown 
militia. He married, August 26, 1826, Sarah 
Hobart Spear, born February 8, 1805, died 
April 5, 1894, daughter of John and Mary 
(Hobart) Spear. Her father was a ship own- 
er and later a farmer. Children : 

I. Charles Hobart Stone, born May 25, 
1827, at Watertown, now Arlington, Massa- 
chusetts, ]\Tay 25, 1827, died at Newton, Mas- 
sachusetts. June 2, 1899. He received his ed- 
ucation in the nearby district school, working 
during his leisure time on his father's farm. 
After remaining at home until attaining 
young manhood, he decided that a mercantile 
life suited best his inclinations and desires, 
and accordingly he entered into the wholesale 
dry produce business with Isaac Stickney on 
Chatham street, Boston, and the present firm 
of C. H. Stone & Company is the outcome of 
the original business of Isaac Stickney, estab- 
lished by Mr. Stickney early in the forties as 
a commission house for dry produce coming 
from the northern states. After Mr. Stone 



was taken into partnership the firm became 
known as Isaac Stickney & Company, and this 
connection continued between five and six 
years when Mr. Stickney retired and Mr. 
Stone assumed the entire business. For nearly 
half a century the firm of Charles H. Stone 
& Company has been widely known, hand- 
ling large quantities of butter, cheese, eggs, 
beans and seeds. In the sixties the name of 
the firm was changed to C. H. Stone & Com- 
pany and has since continued so. x'Vbout 1880 
W. Russell Bracken, William Hills, and Fred- 
erick W. Stone, a son, were admitted to part- 
nership. The senior member, Mr. Stone, died 
in 1899, and Mr. Hills in 1901. Mr. Stone 
was a public-spirited citizen, a man of high 
honor and integrity, whose word was always 
considered as good as his bond. He was for 
several years a member of the Newton school 
board, and in that capacity rendered efificient 
service. He was also a delegate to the vari- 
ous conventions of the Republican party, in 
whose affairs he took an active interest. He 
was a charter member and one of the trustees 
of the Chamber of Commerce of Boston, and 
during the Civil war served in the old Home 
Guard militia in Watertown. He was an ac- 
tive and consistent member of the Channing 
Church (Unitarian) and a member of its 
standing committee. 

Mr. Stone married, November 22, 1855, 
Mary Augusta Green, born at Townsend, 
Massachusetts, daughter of George and Polly 
(Baldwin) Green, of Townsend, Massachu- 
setts. George Green was interested financially 
in railroad enterprises. At the time of his 
marriage Mr. Stone removed to Newton, 
Massachusetts, where he resided up to the 
time of his death, a period of forty-four years. 
Children: i. Frederick William, bom August 
30, 1858, married, October 7, 1885, Emma 
Curtis Coffin, of Newton, Massachusetts ; chil- 
dren : Marion, born January 27, 1891, and 
Katherine Louise, October 11, 1894. 2. 
Charles Augustus, born January 16, 1867, 
married Mary Leonard, of Hingham, and had 
Charles Augustus, bom February 2, 1903 ; 
Margaret, born January 8, 1904. 

2. George Edward Stone, son of Charles 
Stone (6), was born at Watertown. Septem- 
ber 24, 1828. He was educated in the public 
schools of his native town, with supplemen- 
tary courses at Wellington Academy and 
Macks School in Watertown, and private in- 
struction. From the time he was sixteen until 
he became of age he was associated with his 
father in market gardening. During this time 
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most of the time at Palermo. From 185 1 to 
1861 he conducted his father's farm, and then 
entered the real estate and brokerage business 
at Boston, with offices at 35 Congress street. 
He removed his offices to the comer of Lin- 
dell and Congress streets, where he remained 
until the great Boston fire in 1872, when he 
was burned out. He has since been located 
on Washington street. Mr. Stone is interest- 
ed in real estate speculation, and has handled 
much of the land at Quincy Point, Quincy, 
Massachusetts. He has resided at the old 
homestead on Washington street, Belmont. 
He formerly attended the Unitarian church at 
Watertown, but now he attends the church of 
the same faith at Belmont. In politics he is 
independent, but was formerly a Republican. 
He is a member of the Unity Club of Bel- 
mont, a church organization. Mr. Stone is 
unmarried. 

3. Sarah Watson, born October 10, 1830, 
living at the homestead at Watertown, now 
Belmont. 

4. Mary Spear, born September 4, 1834, 
married, December i, 1857, Charles E. C. 
Breck, of Milton, Massachusetts; children: i. 
Alice Cushing Breck, born November 7, 
i860; ii. Sarah Vose Breck, born January 5, 
1863, married, November i, 1893, Harry H. 
Cook, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and had 
Dorothy Spear Cook, born February 9, 1895, 
and Sarah Vose Cook, born November 12, 
1899; iii. Mary Adams Breck, born Novem- 
ber 26, 1868. 

5. Henry Franklin, born November 30, 
1837, died September 11, 1887. 

6. Frances Maria, born February 24, 1840, 
died October 29, 1888. 

7. John Howard, born September 28, 1842, 
veteran of the Civil war. Forty-fourth Regi- 
ment, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia; mar- 
ried, September 3, 1887, Mary C. Mellen, of 
Wayland, Massachusetts; children: i. John 
Howard, Jr. (twin), born June 13, 1888, died 
September 13, 1889; ^i- Edward Mellen 
(twin), born June 13, 1888; iii. Pickering 
Dodge, born June 19, 1889; iv. Charles, born 
May 8, 1891. 



(For early generations see preceding sketch.) 

(Ill) Hon. Ebenezer Stone, son 
STONE of Simon Stone (2), resided at 
Newton, Massachusetts. He 
married (first), in 1686, Margaret Trow- 
bridge, born April 30, 1666, died May 4, 17 10, 
daughter of James and Margaret (Atherton) 
Trowbridge, of Dorchester and Newton. He 



married (second) Abigail Wilson?, who died 
1720. He married (third), April 8, 1722, 
Sarah Livermore, widow. Children: i. Ebe- 
nezer, born December 21, 1686, mentioned be- 
low. 2. Margaret, born August i, 1688, died 
1776; married Nathaniel Hammond. 3. Sam- 
uel, born July i, 1690, resided in Framing- 
ham; married. May 21, 1716, Hannah Dearie. 
4. John, born September 18, 1692, deacon; 
resided in Framingham and Newton ; married 
Lydia Hyde. 5. Nathaniel, born September 6, 
1694, died 1713. 6. Mindwell, born June 26, 
1696, died 1774; married, 1716, Ebenezer 
Woodward. 7. David, born May 15, 1698. 
8. Mary, born April 19, 1700, married, Janu- 
ary 6, 1731-32, Deacon Ephraim Ward. 9. 
Simon, born September 14, 1702, died 1760; 
married Priscilla Dike. 10. Rev. James, born 
June 7, 1704, Harvard College, 1724; school- 
master at Framingham ; preached at Hollis- 
ton; married Elizabeth Surft. 11. Experience, 
born 1707, married, July 5, 1733, Joseph 
Ward; died in Spencer, 1798, aged ninety- 
one. 

(IV) Ensign Ebenezer Stone, son of Hon. 
Ebenezer Stone (3), was born December 21, 
1686, died February i, 1784, aged ninety- 
eight years. He was constable in 1730 and 
selectman in 1741-46 and 56. He was ensign 
in the militia. He married, January 28, 1712- 
13, Sarah Bond, born August 25, 1688, died 
May II, 1754, daughter of Sergeant John 
and Hannah (Coolidge) Bond. John Bond 
was born in December, 1652, and was a house 
joiner ; married August 6, 1679, Hannah 
Coolidge, and died March i, 1690-91 ; was 
called in the church records "a thrifty man 
both in this world and the next;" was the son 
of William and Sarah (Biscoe) Bond. Wil- 
liam Bond married, in 1695, Sarah Biscoe, 
daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Nevin- 
son) Biscoe; wrote deeds and wills, was se- 
lectman, town clerk, captain, justice of the 
peace, member of the council of safety in 
1690, member of the general court and speak- 
er in 1691-92-93-95 ; was first speaker under 
the Royal charter in the two colonies ; free- 
man on October 11, 1682; on the committee to 
rebuild Lancaster after King Philip's war. 
Children of Ensign Ebenezer and Sarah 
Stone: i. Nathaniel, born May 7, 1714, 
mentioned below. 2. Ebenezer, born Octo- 
ber 4, 1715, died October 17, 1783; married, 
March 14, 1756, Abigail Stowell. 3. Josiah, 
born September 8, 171 7. 4. William, born 
September 7, 1719. 5. Nathan, born October 
3, 1721. 6. Elizabeth, born August 29, 1723. 
7. Sarah, baptized July 18, 172 — . 8. Han- 



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nah, baptized November 15, 1726, married, 
January 8, 1752, Robert Goddard. 9. Mar- 
garet, born October 14, 1728, married David 
Goddard. 10. Keziah, born August 11, 1731. 

(V) Deacon Nathaniel Stone, son of Eben- 
ezer Stone (4), was born Mlay 7, 17 14. He re- 
sided in Watertown and kept a register of the 
deaths there bete ween 1738 and 1753. He 
married Ruth Stone, daughter of his great- 
uncle, David Stone, son of Simon (2), and 
of Mary (Rice) Stone. Children, i. David, 
born November 11, 1747, died December 22, 
1824. 2. Josiah, born September 3, 1749, 
died October 5, 1749. 3. Daniel, born De- 
cember 21, 1750, died August 16, 1780. 4. 
Abijah, born October 15, 1752, married, De- 
cember 5, 1782, Abigail Mason, daughter of 
Samuel and Esther Mason. 5. Daughter, 
born and died March 17, 1754. 6. Elizabeth, 
lx>rn May 3, 1756, married Captain Moses 
Stone. 7. James, born June 13, 1758, died 
August 2y, 1787. 8. Nathaniel, born July 
21, 1760, mentioned below. 9. Rhoda, born 
May 14, 1765, died February 9, 1766. 

(VI) Nathaniel Stone, son of Deacon Na- 
thaniel Stone (5), was born July 21, 1760. 
He was a soldier in the Revolution in Captain 
Edward Fuller's company. Colonel William 
Mcintosh's regiment, and served at Roxbury 
in 1778. He married Jerusha Learned, bap- 
tized April 18, 1773, daughter of Fanning 
(6) and Abigail (Jackson) Learned. Abigail 
Jackson was daughter of Sebastian and Abi- 
gail (Patten) Jackson, of Newton. Fanning 
Learned (6), was son of Jonathan (5), who 
was born September 15, 1708, in Watertown, 
and married Hannah White. Jonathan 
Learned (5), was son of Thomas (4), who 
was born February 11, 1681-82; was a pot- 
ter ; married Mary Mason ; kept a tavern on 
the present site of the Spring Hotel ; died De- 
cember 22, 1729. Thomas Learned (4), was 
son of Deacon Benoni (3), who was born 
November 29, 1657, and resided in Sherborn ; 
married, June 10, 1680. Mary Fanning, 
daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Fanning; 

married (second) Sarah . Deacon 

Benoni Learned (3), was son of Isaac (2), 
who was born in England ; married, July 9, 
1646, Mary Stearns, daughter of Isaac and 
Mary Stearns. Isaac Learned (2) was son 
of William ( i ) , the immigrant, who was ad- 
mitted a freeman May 14, 1634; admitted to 
the churcli at Charlestown. December 6, 1632 ; 
signed town orders of Woburn at Charles- 
town, December 18, 1640 ; settled at Woburn 
and died March i, 1645-46. 

Children of Deacon Nathaniel and Jerusha 



Stone: 1. Nathan, born December 29, 1783^ 
settled in Frankfort, Maine; married, in June, 
1800, Beulah Sullivan, of Frankfort; chil- 
dren: i. Jason, of Ohio; ii. Daniel, married 
Abigail Emery ; iii. Nathaniel, unmarried, lost 
at sea; iv. Jerusha, drowned; v. Otis, ship- 
master in New York City; several children 
died young. 2. James, born July 18, 1785, 
died at the age of two years. 3. Melinda, 
born P'ebruary 26, 1788, married, December 
6, 1810, Cornelius Stone. 4. James, born 
May 12, 1790, married Nancy Pidgeon; chil- 
dren: i. Albert; ii. Leander, died young; 
iii. Venera ; iv. Leander, ' married Adeline 
Everett; v. Mary Ann, married Anson J. 
Stone ; vi. Caroline, married Nathaniel Pease ; 
vii. Jerusha ; viii. Jane, died young ; ix. Jane. 
5. David, born December, 1793, mentioned 
below. 6. Lucinda, born July, 1795, married 
Samuel Olney, of Providence, Rhode Island ; 
children: Ellen Jerusha Olney, Julia Ann Ol- 
ney, Louisa Olney, Albert (Dlney. 7. Isaac, 
born March, 1797, married Elmira Atwood, 
of Frankfort, Maine; resided at East Cam- 
bridge, Massachusetts ; children : i. Harriet 
Eliza, married Stillman Willis French, of Den- 
ver, Colorado; ii. Jerusha Ann, died young; 
iii. Francis Atwood ; iv. Willis Freeman ; v. 
Anna Atwood, born May 5, 1849 ; vi. Grace 
Alice. 8. Jerusha. 9. David P., died young. 
10. Elmira, born February 26, 1803, mar- 
ried, November, 1844, Peter Underwood, of 
Lincoln; resided at East Cambridge. 11. Na- 
thaniel, born October, 1805, married Susan 
Dundee, of Lexington ; children : Martha E., 
Charles E., George F., Ella F. 12. Edwin,, 
born November, 1807, settled in New York ; 
married Elizabeth Durmeford, of New Hamp- 
shire ; married (second) Elizabeth ; 

children : i. Edwin Howard ; ii. John 
Walker, died young; iii. Benjamin F., died 
young ; iv. Mary E. ; v. Isaac F. 

(VII) David Stone, son of Nathaniel Stone 
(6), was born at Watertown, Massachusetts, 
in December, 1793. He was brought up on 
his father's farm, which was on the banks of 
the Charles river, fifty-six acres, and which 
on the death of his father he and his brother 
Nathaniel inherited. When a young man he 
met with an accident and fractured his knee, 
so that he was obliged to use a cane for the 
remainder of his life, and mu;ch of the work on 
the farm devolved on his son Joshua. He 
raised large crops of hay and grain, and was 
one of the largest fruit growers of that period. 
He found a ready market for his peaches and 
apples in Brighton and Cambridge. Part of 
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part of Mount Auburn cemetery, and he 
helped lay out the roads and lots. He was a 
man of quiet habits, greatly attached to his 
home. He was a great reader, and was ex- 
ceedingly well informed on the current events 
of the day. He was much respected and hon- 
ored for his good judgment and high intel- 
lectual attainments. He and his family at- 
tended the old Baptist church. He was a 
staunch Whig but never held a political of- 
fice. He married Sarah Coolidge, of Provi- 
dence, Rhode Island, daughter of John Cool- 
idge, who was a farmer and prominent in town 
affairs. Children: i. David, unmarried; re- 
sided in New York. 2. Joshua Coolidge, born 
May 8, 1835, mentioned below. 3. Eliza Ellen, 
died February 22, 1854. 4. Sarah Jane. 5. 
Joseph Harrison, born May 16, 1841, men- 
tioned below. 6. Adeline, married Thomas 
Carleton. 7. Theodore. 8. Emma, died 
young. 

(VIII) Joshua Coolidge Stone, son of 
David Stone (7), was born at Watertown, 
Massachusetts, May 8, 1835. He went to the 
district schools, helping his father on the farm 
until he was sixteen years old. His father was 
lame, owing to an accident, and Joshua did 
the most of the farm work and finally took en- 
tire charge of the farm. At the death of his 
father he bought from the heirs the farm, con- 
sisting of fourteen acres, part of which was a 
portion of the original grant to Simon Stone, 
the immigrant. The house had been built by 
Joshua's father, David. Joshua C. Stone be- 
came a successful market gardener, raising 
general produce which he carried every day 
to market in Boston. All his life he spent in 
the home of his birth, and for over fifty years 
conducted a successful business. He was well 
known in Watertown and the surrounding 
towns, and had hosts of friends. He was ad- 
mired for his sturdy common sense and rugged 
honesty. He was always interested in the 
welfare of his birthplace and was progressive 
in his ideas. He served several times as as- 
sessor and selectman, and was on the school 
committee for many years. He and his wife 
were ardent members of the First Baptist 
Church, and he contributed largely to its sup- 
port. He was actively identified with the Bos- 
ton Market Gardeners' Association and the 
jMassachusetts Horticultural Society, having 
served on important committees in both or- 
ganizations. He married. October 9. 1865, 
Martha Elizabeth Mason, of Cavendish, Ver- 
mont, died February 11, 1898. Children: i. 
Frank Mason, born July 19. 1866, married Jo- 
sephine Hall, of Watertown. and had twins 



Ruth and Rachel. 2. Edwin Lincoln, born 
January 19, 1869, married, November 5, 1895, 
Lena Frances Mason, of Watertown ; is in the 
insurance business in Watertown ; children : i. 
Ronald Mason, born March 9, 1899 ; ii. Helen 
Elizabeth, born September 16, 1900. 3. Walter 
Coolidge. born December 14, 1870, mentioned 
below. 4. Joshua Winthrop, born July 26, 
1873, rnentioned below. 5. Emma Gertrude, 
unmarried. 6. Martha Louise, unmarried. 

(VHI) Joseph Harrison Stone, son of 
David Stone (7), was born at Watertown, 
Massachusetts, May 16, 1841. He received his 
education in the public and high schools of 
Watertown, graduating in 1857. He then 
entered the employ of Royal Gilkey, of Water- 
town, as clerk and bookkeeper in his lumber 
business, remaining ten years, and another ten 
years as foreman of the yard, after which time 
he was admitted into partnership. Mr. Stone 
was in the lumber business as employee and 
partner for forty-one years, when the inter- 
ests of MV. Gilkey were sold to Chester 
Sprague, a Watertown contractor. Five years 
later, Mr. Stone sold his interest to Mr. 
Sprague. and retired from active business, 
after conducting a successful enterprise for 
many years. He removed to 40 Ashton Park. 
Newton, Massachusetts, where he has since 
lived, with his daughter Josephine. He is a 
man of retired manner, of sterling character, 
honored and respected by all who know him. 
He has been a member of the First Baptist 
Church of Watertown since 1868, and has 
served as clerk and on important committees 
of that society for many years. In politics he 
is a Republican. He was formerly a mem- 
ber of the Golden Cross, and the only society 
to which he now belongs is the Golden Star, 
church organization. 

He married, June i, 1865, Sarah Jane 
Thompson, born October 24. 1844, daughter 
of William and Elizabeth (Drake) Thompson, 
of St. John, New Brunswick. Her father was 
a merchant there. Children: i. David 
Coolidge, born February 22. 1866. died Au- 
gust I, 1866. 2. Josephine Harrison, born 
May 29, 1868, married. May 28, 1891, Rev. 
Clarence Eli Tullar; children: i. Frederick 
Harrison Tullar, born December 31, 1893; ii- 
Joseph Brainard Tullar. born April. 14, 1896, 
died young. 3. Grace Elizabeth, born June 
2y, 1871, married, March 28, 1894, William 
Austin Jepson ; (see Jepson). 4. William 
Harrison, born November 18, 1873, ^i^*^ Oc- 
tober 8, 1874. 5. Isabelle Nichols, born Au- 
gust 31, 1875, died January 25. 1880. 

(IX) Walter Coolidge Stone, son of Joshua 



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Coolidge Stone (8), was born in Watertown, 
Massachusetts, December 14, 1870. He was 
educated in the pubHc schools of his native 
town, graduating from the high school in 1889. 
He took a course of a year of private tuition 
with Dr. Anton Marquardt, of Watertown, 
and entered Harvard University, graduating 
in 1894 with the degree of A. B. He took 
special courses in history, economics and con- 
stitutional law. During the last year at col- 
lege he took the first year course in the Har- 
vard I^w School, and graduated in 1896, be- 
ing admitted to the bar in Suffolk county Oc- 
tober 2, 1896. He began practice at 10 Tre- 
mont street, Hemenway Building, Boston, 
with F. E. Crawford and H. T. Richardson, 
remaining in that office until 1897. He was 
then associated with William M. Noble in an 
office at State street, the Exchange building. 
In 1907 a partnership was formed, consisting 
of William M. Noble. Arthur S. Davis and 
Mi". Stone, under the firm name of Noble, 
Davis & Stone. They are in general practice. 
Mr. Stone is executor of his father's estate. 
He is a member of the Baptist church at 
Watertown. In politics he is a Republican, 
and has served his party at the various nom- 
inating conventions. He has been selectman 
since March, 1907, is clerk of the board, and 
assigned on the committee to attend to the 
police, street lighting, interest of town debt, 
sealer of weights and measures, inspector of 
buildings, milk and provisions, legal services, 
printing and fuel. He is a member of the 
board of health and was clerk of the board 
three years. He is a member of Lafayette 
Lodge, No. 31, Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows ; Windsor Club of Watertown ; Mid- 
dlesex Club of Boston ; Republican Cluib of 
Watertown ; Unitarian Club and the Baptist 
Club. He married, at Christ Church, Cam- 
bridge, June 4, 1902, Lao Beatrice Potter, 
born March 15, 1875, daughter of Henry 
Montague and Emma Frances (Romme) Pot- 
ter, of Cambridge. Her father is a tailor in 
Boston. Children : i. Pauline, born March 
6, 1904. 2. Beatrice, born April 21, 1905. 

(IX) Joshua Winthrop Stone, son of 
Joshua Coolidge Stone (8), was born at 
Watertown, July 26, 1873. He was educat- 
ed in the public schools, graduating from the 
high school in 1892. He entered Harvard 
University and graduated with the degree of 
A. B. in 1896. He took special courses in 
political science. After graduating he was 
employed by the town of Watertown as book- 
keeper of the street and sewer department. He 
subsequently went to Mount Ida, Arkansas, 



and taught in the high school department of 
the Normal Academy. He soon came east 
again and was engaged as principal of the 
high school at North Berwick, Maine, where 
he remained three years. Returning to his 
native town, he worked with his father at mar- 
ket gardening, and in the later years of his 
father's life took entire charge of the farm. 
At the death of his father, Mr. Stone leased 
the farm of the heirs and continued the busi- 
ness. He has recently purchased the Calvin 
Hoar estate of five acres, where he has erected 
two fine greenhouses and boiler house. The 
greenhouses have an area of forty-five by 
two hundred and fifteen feet. He has also 
erected on the homestead three new green- 
houses forty-two by two hundred feet, and 
two houses one hundred and fifty by twenty 
feet. In all he has about fifteen acres under 
cultivation. He raises fine market produce and 
has five crops a year. His specialties are let- 
tuce, cucumbers, radishes, early corn, beans 
and beets. During the busy season he em- 
ploys eighteen or twenty men, and in the win- 
ter twelve. He sells to the Boston market, 
and much of his produce goes to New York 
City. He resides in a beautiful home which 
he built at 165 Grove street. He is a member 
of the Phillips Congregational (Orthodox) 
Church at Watertown. In politics he is a Re- 
publican, but has had no time to give to pub- 
lic office. He is a member of the Phillips 
Congregational Club and of the Boston Mar- 
ket Gardeners' Association. He married, Oc- 
tober 25, 1889, Agnes Jessie Miayell, born Jan- 
uary 8, 1877, daughter of Alfred Edward and 
Mary (Ferris) Mayell, of Watertown. Her 
father is descended from an old and celebrated 
English family ; he is engineer of the Aetna 
Mills at Watertown. Children: i. Esther 
Mayell, born September 24, 1900. 2. Winthrop 
Ernest, born May 8, 1902. 



The Jepson family is doubtless 
JEPSON of Scandinavian origin. The 

name is not uncommon to-day 
in Sweden, and a family of this name resides 
in Worcester, Massachusetts, descended from 
an ancient family of Nalmo Higanas, Sweden. 
John Jeppson is superintendent of the Nor- 
ton Emery Wheel Company of Worcester; 
son of Gudmand and Bengta (Person) Jepp- 
son, of Nalmo Higanas, of an ancient and re- 
spected family. The family has been of Eng- 
land many centuries and may have come with 
one of the early Scandinavian invasions. 
There were two or three immigrants to New 



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England about 1630, probably related in some 
degree. Roger Jepson died in Saybrook, 
Connecticut, in 1680. In the Pilgrim Church 
at Leyden, whence came the immigrants of 
the "Mayflower" first, we find Edmund, Wil- 
liam and Henry Jepson. Henry Jepson was 
in Leyden, January 15, 1626; William was 
there December 13, 1629. The name of some 
branches of the family were spelt Jephson, 
corrupted to Jefferson, but in the Boston fam- 
ily given below the name has descended for at 
least three centuries unchanged in the spell- 
ing, Jepson, though sometimes misspelled 
Jipson, Gipson, Jypson, Gypson, Jephson and 
perhaps Gibson. 

(I) John Jepson, the immigrant ancestor, 
was born in England about 1618-20. The early 
records of him are meagre. We know that 
he was in Boston before 1639, and that he 
probably had a wife and one child at that time. 
Of the wife no record is found. The 
Boston records certainly show that July 
2» 1639, John Jepson, a shoemaker by trade, 
was granted "a great lot" at the Mount 
(Wollaston, later Braintree) for three heads 
at the rate of three shillings an acre "upon the 
entrance of the platforme or bounders there- 
of, after surveying of it, and that to be at the 
next townes meeting thereunto." (See Book 
of Possessions, page 41). He lived in Bos- 
ton, however, all his life. In 1670 and 1671 
he was sealer of leather; in 1676 on a com- 
mittee appointed by the general court to see 
that the law restricting the drinking of liquor 
be enforced. He was fined with others for 
giving employment to John Everson, a man 
that the colony had blacklisted. He died in 
1688. He married in Boston, May 7, 1656, 
Emma Coddington, widow of John Codding- 
ton. Children: i. John, born March i, 1657, 
died July 19, 1657. 2. Emma, born June 2, 
1658. 3. Richard, born June 14, 1660. 4. 
John, born May 8, 1661, mentioned below. 5. 
Thomas, born November 5, 1663; married, 
November 12, 1708, Eliza Talbot; settled in 
Boston, soldier in Captain Allen's company in 
1698; died 1722; son Richard born April i, 
1692. 6. Sarah, married Samuel Rolfe. 7. 
James, baptized in the First Church, Boston, 
of which the parents were members, Septem- 
ber 21, 1673. 

(II) John Jepson, son of John Jepson (i), 
was born in Boston, May 8, 1661, died there 
in 1721. He was a shoemaker like his father 
and brothers. He was sealer of leather in 
1719; tithingman in 1699 and 1700. He mar- 
ried (first) Ruth Gardner, daughter of Rich- 
ard Gardner, of Woburn. She died October 



17, 1695. He married (second) Apphia Rolfe, 
born March 8, 1667, daughter of Benjamin 
Rolfe, whose son Samuel married his sister, 
Sarah Jepson. Rev. Benjamin Rolfe, born 
September 13, 1662, graduate of Harvard 
College in 1684, a brother, was minister at 
Haverhill and chaplain of the Colonial troops 
at Falmouth in 1689; whose wife and two 
children were killed by the Indians, August 
29, 1708. Among the descendants of Ben- 
jamin Rolfe, father of Mrs. Jepson, was Gov- 
ernor Samuel Adams, and John L. Motley, 
the historian. Benjamin was born about 1642, 
son of Benjamin Rolfe (2) and his wife, Ap- 
phia Hale, born 1642 at Newbury, Massachu- 
setts. Benjamin died August, 1710, and his 
wife Apphia, December 24, 1708. Benjamin 
Rolfe (2) was son of the immigrant, Thomas 
Rolfe, of Newbury, the son of William Rolfe, 
of Kings Walden, Hertfordshire, England, 
and was born there May 15, 1606; settled in 
Haverhill in 1645, and died in Newbury, De- 
cember 21, 1682; his wife Thomasin died 
there January 30, 1682-83. He removed to 
Newbury in 1652; to Salem in 1657 and back 
to Newbury in 1661, where he lived the re- 
mainder of his days; a man of activity and 
public spirit, a glover by trade; was a com- 
missioner and constable. John Jepson mar- 
ried (third) Mercy Daniels, February 24, 
1 714. Children of John and Ruth (Gardner) 
Jepson: i. John, born August 24, 1687, died 
February 7, 1693. 2. Ruth, born June 7, 

1689, died young. 3. Ruth, born June 28, 

1690. 4. John, born August 15, 1692. 5. 
Anna, born April 9, 1694. Children of John 
and Apphia (Rolfe) Jepson: 6. Apphia, born 
January i, 1697-98. 7. Abigail, born Febru- 
ary 17, 1699. 8. John, born March 26, 1701. 
9. William, born 1703, guardian appointed in 
1721; mentioned below. 10. Benjamin, born 
March 21, 1705, guardian appointed in 1721, 
married, November 26, 1730, Sarah Crosby 
and has son William, born April 12, 1733, in 
Boston. II. Eliza, born August 17, 1708. 12. 
Mary, born March 17, 1710. Child of John 
and Mercy (Mary) (Daniels) Jepson: 13. 
Michael, born August 21, 1716. 

(HI) William Jepson, son of John Jepson 
(2), was born in 1703 in Boston. He had a 
guardian appointed at the time of his father's 
death in 172T. He made his will in 1746, the 
year of his death. He married. May 19, 1726, 
Margaret Sumner. A widow Margaret was 
living in 1796 with Benjamin Jepson, her son, 
on Sheafe street, Boston. Another William 
Jepson, son of Richard Jepson (2) or Thomas 
Jepson (2), married, March 16, 1726, Mary 



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Barger, and he died in 1747. Children: i. 
WilHam, born in Boston, January 2, 1727, 
died young. 2. John, born February 8, 1728, 
was a tailor; his house and shop on State 
street, then King street, were burned in the 
Great Fire of 1760; later he lived on Sheaf e 
street, 1789; was a soldier in the Revolution. 
3. Margaret, born February 9, 1730. 4. Will- 
iam, born January 2, 1732, soldier in the 
Revolution; resided on Charter street in 
1789; tailor by trade. 5. Benjamin, born De- 
cember 31, 1734, died 181 1 ; burned out in the 
Great Fire of 1760; was collector of taxes and 
man of prominence. 6. Samuel, born Janu- 
ary I, 1736, mentioned below. 7. Henry, 
born February 5, 1738, soldier in Revolu- 
tion. 

(IV) Samuel Jepson, son of William Jep- 
son (3), was born in Boston, January i, 1736. 
In 1789 and 1796 directories he is given as a 
hair-dresser living on Temple street. He 
was on the tax list in 1788 and 1794. He 
married Lydia . Children, born in Bos- 
ton: I. Samuel, born August 25, 1769, died 
1829. 2. William, born October 20, 1770, 
mentioned below. 3. Lydia, born January 31, 
1773. 4. Joseph, born January 12, 1781. 

(V) William Jepson, son of Samuel Jepson 
(4), was born in Boston, October 20, 1770, 
died 1820. He married in Boston, January 
17, 1797, Mary Call. Child, William, men- 
tioned below. 

(VI) William Jepson, son of William Jep- 
son (5), was born in Boston, about 1800. He 

married Ruth . Child. George Edwin, 

born 1844, mentioned below. 

(VII) George Edwin Jepson, son of Will- 
iam Jepson (6), was born in Boston in 1844. 
He received his early education in the public 
and high schools of his native city. He was 
a young man when the Civil war broke out; 
he enlisted and served creditably for three 
years in Company A, Thirteenth Regiment, 
Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. He has al- 
ways voted the Republican ticket and sup- 
ported the candidates of that party. He is 
past commander of Isaac Patten Post, Grand 
Army of the Republic, at Watertown, where 
he lived for some years. He also resided in 
Detroit City, Minnesota. He is now retired 
and lives in Newton. He married Emma 
Fitch, daughter of .Austin G. Fitch, of Hollis- 
ton. Children: i. WilHam Austin, born 1872, 
mentioned below. Florence Maria, 1873; 
Emma, 1875; Charlotte, 1877; George M., 
1879: Paul Revere, 1881. 

(VIIT) William Austin Jepson. son of 
George Edwin Jepson (7), was born in De- 



troit City, Minnesota, 1872. He was educat- 
ed in the public day and evening schools of 
Boston. He began to work at the age of 
twelve in the coal business, and has been in 
the coal business ever since. At present he 
has a large wholesale business. His office is 
at 141 Milk street, Boston. He is treasurer 
and general manager of the Carbon Coal and 
Coke Company, and a director of the Liberty 
Trust Company, of Boston. Mr. Jepson re- 
sides in Melrose, and is a prominent citizen. 
He is an active and influential Republican. 
He is a prominent member of the First Bap- 
tist Church of Melrose, and has been for 
eleven years its clerk. He is interested also 
in the Young Men's Christian Association, of 
which he was for five years president. 

He married at Watertown, March 28, 1894, 
Grace E. Stone, daughter of Joseph H. and 
Sarah Stone. Children: i. Dorothy Jepson, 
born December 20, 1894, died January i, 
1896. 2. William Donald Jepson, born No- 
vember 2, 1897. 3. Chauncey Le Baron Jep- 
son, born March 24, 1907. 



Jonathan Heald (i), the immi- 
HEALD grant ancestor of the Heald 
family, came, according to tra- 
dition, from Berwick-on-the-Tweed, on the 
border line between England and Scotland, 
and settling in Concord, Massachusetts, about 
the year 1635, was admitted a freeman there 
in 1641. He died May 24, 1662. The Chris- 
tian name of his wife, whom he married in 
England, was Dorothy. She survived him, 
and her name appears in the Concord assess- 
ment rolls of 1666. They were the parents of 
eight children, the eldest of whom, and per- 
haps one or two others, were born in the 
old country. Their names were: John, Timo- 
thy, Hannah, Dorcas, Gershom, Dorothy, 
Amos and Israel. 

(II) Sergeant John Heald, eldest son of 
John and Dorothy Heald, probably came to 
America with his parents when young, and 
grew to manhood in Concord. He was taxed 
there in 1666. and his death occurred June 
17, 1689. He was married June 10, 1661, to 
Sarah Dean, daughter of Thomas and Eliza- 
beth Dean, and she survived her husband but 
one month, dying July 17, 1689. Their chil- 
dren were: John, Gershom, Elizabeth and 
Sarah. 

(III) Lieutenant John Heald, eldest child 
of Sergeant John and Sarah (Dean) Heald, 
was born in Concord, September 19, 1666, 
and died there November 25. 1721. From 



MIDDLESEX COUNTY 



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1711 to 1715 he was a member of the board 
of selectmen. December 18, 1690, he mar- 
ried Mary Chandler, born in Concord, March 
3, 1672, daughter of Roger and Mary (Sim- 
ons) Chandler. She died August 14, 1759, 
having been the mother of nine children: 
Mary, Deacon John, Timothy, Josiah, Eliza- 
beth, Samuel, Amos, Ephraim and Dorcas. 

(IV) Deacon John Heald, eldest son of 
Lieutenant John and Mary (Chandler) Heald, 
was born in Concord, August 18, 1693. He 
settled at xA-cton, Massachusetts, and in 1738 
was with Joseph Fletcher, chosen a deacon of 
the church. He died in Acton, May 16, 1775. 
In 171 5 he married his cousin, Mary Heald, 
born April 28, 1697, died September i, 1758, 
and had a family of five children: John, Jo- 
seph, Oliver, Israel and Asa. 

(V) Lieutenant John Heald, eldest son of 
Deacon John and Mary (Heald) Heald, was 

Jborn February 14, 1721. He became an in- 
dustrious farmer, and when past middle life 
abandoned his plow to espouse the cause of 
American independence. His Revolutionary 
war record is as follows: "Lieutenant in Capt. 
John Hayword's Co. of minute men. Col. 
Abijah Pierce's regt. ; marched on alarm April 
19, 1775, 5 days." Also "list of men serving 
on picket guard under Major Baldwin, dated 
May 23, 1775; reported detailed under Cap- 
tain Jonas Hubbard." Also "Lieutenant in 
Captain William Smith's Co. list of oflficers of 
Col. John Nixon's regt. Resolved in Com- 
mittee of safety at Cambridge June 5, 1775, 
that said officers be approved and recom- 
mended to Congress for commissions; or- 
dered in Provincial Congress June 5, 1775, 
that commissions be delivered said ofihcers." 
Also "ist. Lieutenant in Capt. Smith's Co., 
Col. Nixon's regt., muster roll dated August 

I, 1775; Engaged April 24, 1775, services 3 
m-15 d." Also "company returns dated Sep- 
tember 30, 1775." Also "2d. Lieutenant Capt. 
Israel Heald's Co. Col. Ebenezer Brook's 
regt. service 6 d Company marched from x\c- 
ton to Roxbury March 4, 1776." Also "ist. 
Lieutenant Captain Simon Hunt's 5th. Co. 
Middlesex Co. Regt. of militia list of officers 
commissioned Mar. 7, 1776." Also "Lieut. 
Capt. Josiah Parker's Co., Col. Jonathan 
Reed's Regt., rations allowed from July 

II, 1776, to Nov. 30, 1776, credited 143 
days allowance." "September 22, 1777, he 
was one of a volunteer company of 63 
men, from Concord and Acton, command- 
ed by Col. John Buttrick, he being 
lieutenant under Colonel Reed, leaving Con- 
cord October 4. passing through Rutland. 



Northampton, etc.; arriving at Saratoga on 
the loth., encamping two days. On the 13th 
they went to Fort Edward and on the 14th 
and 15th on scout duty. The i6th they 
brought in fifty-three Indians and several 
Tories (one of whom had 100 guineas), and 
some women. On the 17th the company went 
to Saratoga where they witnessed the sur- 
render of Burgoyne's army. They then 
guarded the prisoners to Cambridge. $206.00 
were subscribed to encourage these men, be- 
sides the bounty specified in the table." 
"March 7, 1780, he was first lieutenant of a 
company in 3rd. Regiment." 

Lieutenant Heald died November 26, 1810. 
He was married July 18, 1745, to Elizabeth 
Barrett, born February 16, 1727, died Octo- 
ber 13, 1823, daughter of Jonathan (4) and 
Lydia Barrett, and a descendant of Thomas 
(i) Barrett, the immigrant, through John (2) 
and Jonathan (3). A list of the children of 
this union is not at hand. 

(VI) Jonathan Heald, son of Lieutenant 
John and Elizabeth (Barrett) Heald, was born 
August 8, 1757, in that part of Acton which 
was incorporated as Carlisle in 1780. Prior 
to his majority he enlisted for service in the 
Revolutionary war, and the following record 
of his military services is copied from "Mas- 
sachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of 
the Revolution," page 654: "Jonathan Heald, 
Acton. Private, Captain David Wheeler's 
Co., Colonel John Robinson's Reg.; enlisted 
June 7, 1777, served 5 mos. 28 days at Rhode 
Island." Upon leaving the army he resumed 
agriculture in Carlisle, and became the owner 
of quite an extensive farm. He was town 
clerk for the years 1804 and '05, and acted 
as a justice of the peace. He attended the 
Congregational church. His death occurred 
December 28, 1816. He was first married, 
May 12, 1 781, to Sarah Brown, who died July 
12, 1788, and on April 2 of the following year 
he married for his second wife, Hannah 
French, and she died August 3, 1859. His 
first wife bore him one son, Jonathan, and of 
his second union there was one daughter, 
Hannah. 

(VII) Jonathan Heald, only child of Jona- 
than and Sarah (Brown) Heald, was born in 
Carlisle, October 7, 1782. He pursued the 
usual elementary branches taught in the dis- 
trict schools, but possessing a natural capac- 
ity for study he acquired a good practical 
education through his own efforts, and was 
an excellent penman. He was a progressive 
farmer, owning fifty acres of land adjoining 
his father's property and bordering on the 



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Concord line, and he was actively engaged 
in tilling the soil until about 1850, when he 
became incapacitated by rheumatism. In po- 
litics he acted with the Whig party, and was 
prominent in local public affairs, serving as 
selectman, as town clerk for the years 1813- 
14-19-20, as representative to the legislature 
in 1816, and was a justice of the peace. He 
was a member of the Congregational church. 
When a young man he was a lieutenant in 
the state militia. He died in Carlisle, October 

13, 1858. He married Betsey Andrews, born 
in Carlisle. January 18, 1788, daughter of 
Issachar and Rebecca Andrews. She died 
February 7, 1855. She was the mother of 
fifteen children: Eliza and Lydia, twins, born 
May 24, 1807, Eliza died September of that 
year, and Lydia, who became the wife of 
Addison Bates, of Ludlow, Vermont, died 
Mav 14, 1876, having had four children: 
Abby S. M., Elizabeth, George W. and Mar- 
tha. Marshall, born November 13, 1808, 
died May 18, 1849. Shubael, born July 16, 
1810. Rebecca, born November 14, 181 1, 
died June i, 1855. Moses, born November 
12. 1814, died at Roseville, California, June 

14, 1878. Hannah, born December i, 1815, 
became the wife of John Drury, of Wendell, 
Massachusetts, and died May 4, 1880. 
Merriam, born December 30, 181 7, died De- 
cember 30, 1868. Abigail, born July 26, 
1819, died February i, 1875; became the wife 
of Daniel Brooks of Windsor, Vermont, and 
had three children: Anna E., Henry and 
Frank A. Elizabeth, born February 26, 1821, 
married Samuel P. Stevens, of Carlisle, and 
died November 12, 1886, leaving one son, 
Charles A., and a daughter Emily. Jona- 
than Bradford, who will be again referred to. 
Ellen, born March 14, 1826, died February 
16, 1889. Lssachar, born October 4, 1828, 
married Mary Amelia Pardy, and has four 
children: Susanna E., Adelaide M., Celestia 
E. and Ephigenia A. Martha, born Novem- 
ber 15, 1830, is now the wife of David B. Tay- 
lor, of the Province of Quebec, and has had 
six children: Francis E. (deceased), George 
A. (deceased). Frederick A., Nellie G., 
Charles P. and Alice H. (also deceased). Em- 
ily, born in October, 1833; is now the wife of 
Horace L. Barton of Ludlow, Vermont, and 
has had six children: Herbert (deceased), 
Ralph, .Susie, Hugh, Linda (also deceased) 
and Harry. Anna Brooks is the wife of Ben- 
jamin F. Chadbourne, of Lawrence, Massa- 
chusetts. Frank A. Brooks married Belle 
Arnold, of Nevada, and their children are: 
Florence A., Clarence and Belle. Charles S. 



Stevens married Jennie D. Fisher, of Wen- 
dell, and their children are: Elizabeth J., Car- 
rie E., who is the wife of Fred A. Lewis, of 
Winchester, Massachusetts, and has one son, 
Stevens A. Lewis. Adelaide M. Pardy is the 
wife of Talbert. Frederick A. Tay- 
lor, married Ruth Dow, of Maine. His sister 
Nellie G. is a teacher in I>owell, Massachu- 
setts, and their brother, Charles P. Tay- 
lor, married Charlotte Drake, of Michi- 
gan, and has two children: Frederick Will- 
iam and Muriel Gray. Ralph Barton married 
Bernice Allen. Harry Barton married Mary 
Greenleaf, of Hartford, Connecticut. 

(Vni) Jonathan Bradford Heald, fourth 
son and eleventh child of Jonathan and Bet- 
sey (Andrews) Heald, was born in Carlisle, 
March 31, 1823. He attended the district 
school during the winter season, assisting his . 
father in farming the remainder of the year, 
and resided at home until his marriage. Prior^ 
to that event he purchased a farm of seventy- 
five acres adjoining the homestead, erected a 
new residence, and immediately after the 
ceremony took possession of it. He resided 
in Carlisle until 1864, when he removed to 
Wendell, and having purchased the Reynold's 
farm of one hundred and fifty acres he con- 
duct'ed it for two years, raising the usual pro- 
ducts and cutting considerable timber. Dis- 
posing of that property in 1866, he leased the 
Bacon farm in Belmont, Massachusetts, but 
three years later moved to another farm in the 
same town, and in 1871 he bought the Parker- 
farm on Cambridge street, Woburn, compris- 
ing twenty-two acres of excellent tillage land. 
Here he resided for the rest of his life, carry- 
ing on general farming and making a speci- 
alty of market gardening. He was exceed- 
ingly industrious, devoting his time exclu- 
sively to his agricultural interests, and he 
stood high in the estimation of his fellow- 
townsmen as an honest, upright man and a 
useful citizen. In politics he acted with the 
Republican party, and in his rehgious belief 
he was a Congregationalist. His death oc- 
curred in Woburn October i, 1886. 

On January i, 1850, Mr. Heald married 
Maria Lee. who was born in Concord, Massa- 
chusetts, January 24, 1828, daughter of Will- 
iam and Dorcas (Wheeler) Lee. Maria Lee 
is a lineal descendant in the seventh genera- 
tion of John (i) Lee or Leigh, the immigrant, 
through Joseph (2), Woodis (3), Woodis (4), 
Isaac (5)" and William (6). John Lee, the im- 
migrant, born about the vear 1600 was an 
ancient and honorable family of London, and 
tradition savs that the name was written 




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Leigh. He was well educated, and probably 
served in the army before coming to New 
England about 1635. He was granted land 
in Ipswich, Massachusetts, the same year, 
and resided there until his death, which oc- 
curred July 18, 1671. In 1638 he married 
Anne or (Joanne) Hungerford, who died after 
September 30, 1684, 3^nd his children were: 
John, Joseph, Sarah, Mary, Ann and another 
daughter whose nam.e does not appear in the 
records. 

Joseph Lee, second son of John, was born 
at Ipswich in October or November, 1643. 
He is said to have changed the spelling of 
his name from Leigh to Lee. He resided in 
Ipswich until 1695, when at the request of his 
father-in-law, Henry Woodis, of Concord, 
Massachusetts, he went there to take charge 
of the Woodis farm and care for the owner in 
his old age. Joseph Lee died in Concord, 
November 4, 1716. The elder Lee and Henry 
Woodis had formerly been neighbors in Lon- 
don, and their friendship being continued in 
this country a marriage was arranged between 
Joseph Lee and Henry Woodis' daughter 
Mary. She died about 1696, and November 
15, 1697, Joseph married for his second wife 
Mrs. Mary Wigley (nee Miles) daughter of 
John Miles and widow of Edmund Wigley. 
Her death occurred November 17, 1708, and 
he was married for the third time, January 28, 
1712-13, to Widow Mary Fox, who after his 
death became the wife of Daniel Hoar, a 
nephew of Leonard Hoar, president of Harv- 
ard College in 1672. The children of Joseph 
Lee, all of his first union, were: Woodis 
(died young), Joseph, Mary, Ann, Henry, 
John. Woodis and Hannah. 

Woodis Lee, fifth son and seventh child of 
Joseph and Mary (Woodis) Lee, was born in 
Ipswich, December 18, 1689, died in Concord, 
December 31, 1771. August 4, 1715, he mar- 
ried Elizabeth Wood, born at Concord in 
1693, died in 1781, and was the father of 
Woodis, Bathsheba. Seth. Elizabeth and 
Thamar. 

Woodis Lee, eldest child of Woodis and 
Elizabeth (Wood) Lee, was born in Concord, 
ATarch 24, 1719, died there September 6, 1796. 
He was first married. December 20, 1744. to 
Ruth Warren, born March 30, 1723, daughter 
of Captain Samuel Warren, of Waltham. She 
died October, 1745, and on December 7 of the 
latter year he married Mary, daughter of 
Joseph and Hannah White of Lexington. His 
first wife bore him one daughter, Ruth. The 
children of his second marriage were: Mary, 



Hannah, Lucy, Sally, Jonathan, Elizabeth, 
Isaac. Nathan, Mittei, and Woodis. 

Isaac Lee, second son and seventh child of 
Woodis and Mary (White) Lee, was born in 
Concord, April 14, 1764, died August 25, 
1835. He was a farmer in Concord. He was 
married, in 1789, to Lucy Stearns, of Wal- 
tham. born in 1766. and she became the 
mother of nine children: William, Cyrus, 
Lydia, Eliah, Lucy (died young), Isaac 
Stearns. Lucy. Mary White and Louisa. 

William Lee, eldest child of Isaac and Lucy 
(Stearns) Lee, was born May 10, 1791, in 
Concord. He followed agriculture in Car- 
lisle, and died March 11, 1878. He married 
Dorcas Wheeler, who was born March 11, 
1794, died April 18. 1883. She was the mother 
of five children: Sarah Merriam, Maria, Dor- 
cas Ann. William Stearns and Marshall. 
Maria Lee, second child of William and Dor- 
cas (Wheeler) Lee, became the wife of Jona- 
than Bradford Heald, as previously stated. 
Mrs. Heald survives him. and is still residing 
in Woburn. She is the mother of four chil- 
dren: Alvah B. and Arthur F., both of whom 
will be mentioned at greater length presently; 
Fred Ervin. born September 26, 1856, and 
Fanny Maria, born December 10, 1858. Fred 
Ervin was married November 24, 1881, to 
Adelaide Aiken of Cambridge, and has one 
son, Ernest Aiken Heald. born December i, 
1887. Fanny Maria married for her first hus- 
band Frank J. Brown, of Woburn. and on 
June 27. 1900, she married for her second 
husband. Frank G. Allen of Essex, Massachu- 
setts. Of her first union there are two chil- 
dren, William Frank, born June 13, 1883; and 
Alice Lee. born March 16, 1885. The lat- 
ter is the w'ife of Thomas H. Saunders of 
Woburn, and has one daughter, Leila Alice, 
born November 17. 1904. 

Alvah Bradford Heald. eldest son of Jona- 
than B. and Maria (Lee) Heald, was born in 
Carlisle. November 12. 1850. He attended 
school in his native town until fourteen years 
old. when he began to be of much assistance 
to his father in carrying on the farm, and he 
accompanied the family to Wendell, later go- 
ing with them to Belmont. At the age of 
twenty he left his father's employ, and for a 
time worked for other farmers in Belmont, 
but in 1873 he engaged in market gardening 
on a part of his father's farm in Woburn, and 
during the succeeding six years acquired a 
good knowledge of the business. In 1879 he 
and his brother Arthur F. leased the Kendall 
farm on Russell street, Woburn, where they 



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established themselves as market gardeners 
under the firm name of A. B. and A. F. 
Heald, and have ever since carried on busi- 
ness on a large scale, furnishing the Boston 
market with celery, lettuce, cucumbers, to- 
matoes, rhubarb, and other garden products 
of a superior quality, and their teams are to 
be seen daily along the thoroughfare between 
Woburn and Boston. In January, 1895, Mr. 
A. B. Heald removed to his present farm, 
which was formerly a part of the old Flagg 
property. 

Although naturally unobtrusive and much 
devoted to his family, he possesses a genial 
disposition, is exceedingly fond of a good 
story, and enjoys the esteem and good will of 
his fellow citizens. In politics he is a Re- 
publican, and occasionally serves his party 
as a delegate to conventions. He was made 
a Master Mason in Hiram Lodge, at Arling- 
ton, in 1872, and has passed upward to the 
higher bodies, being a member of Montgom- 
ery Chapter, Royal Arch Masons. Arlington; 
Hugh de Payens commandery. Knights 
Templar, of Melrose, and Aleppo Temple, 
Order of the Mystic Shrine, Boston. He also 
affiliates with the Ancient Order of United 
Workmen, the Boston Market Gardeners' 
Association, and the Middlesex Sportsmen's 
Association. He attends the Baptist church. 
June I, 1879, Air. Heald married Miss 
Mary Adley Gustin, born in Fall River, Mas- 
sachusetts, June 7, 1849, daughter of James 
H. and Susan Crane (French) Gustin, of 
Winchester, this county. The children of this 
union are: Alvah Francis, born October i, 
1880. died February 24, 1887; Florence War- 
ren, born June 17, 1883, died April 29, 1893; 
and Bertha May, born August 31, 1884. 

Arthur Francis Heald, second child of 
Jonathan Bradford and Maria (Lee) Heald, 
was born in Carlisle, Massachusetts, Decem- 
ber 18, 1853. He was educated in the public 
schools of Carlisle. Wendell and Belmont, 
concluding his studies in the last-named town 
at the age of sixteen, and he then turned his 
attention to farming, so acquiring a good 
knowledge of agriculture under the direction 
of his father. In 1879 or '80 he became as- 
sociated with his brother Alvah B. in the 
market gardening business, under the firm 
name of A. B. and A. F. Heald. and acquiring 
possession of the Kendall farm on Russell 
street, Woburn, they engaged in the cultiva- 
tion of vegetables for the Boston market. 
For nearly thirty years they have devoted 
their time almost exclusively to this branch 
cf asrriculture in which thev have attained 



financial success, and at the present time are 
among the best known and most extensive 
producers of garden truck in this section of 
the state. ^Arthur F. Heald occupies a hand- 
some residence on Cambridge street, erected 
by him in 1896, and adjoining that of his 
mother. In 1879 '^^ entered the Masonic 
Order in Mount Horeb Lodge, Woburn, and 
in addition to that body he is now a member 
of Woburn Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and 
Hugh de Payens commandery. Knights 
Templar, Melrose. He formerly affiliated 
with Crystal Fount Lodge, Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows, of Woburn. In po- 
litics he acts with the Republican party, and 
in his religious belief he is a Unitarian. 

On May 23, 1883 Mr. Heald was united in 
marriage with Miss Imogene Blakely, a 
native of Burlington, Massachusetts, daugh- 
ter of Chambers and Elizabeth ( ) 

Blakely. Mrs. Heald died April 6, 1906, leav- 
ing three children: Addie Gertrude, born De- 
cember 29, 1884. married to Wilbur Damon, 
of Woburn; Charles Arthur, born December 
28, 1888; and Elmer Lee, born November i, 
1899. 



John Gould, immigrant ancestor, 
GOULD was born in England in 16 10. 
He died in Charlestown End, 
Massachusetts, March 21, 1 690-1. He came 
to this coimtry in the ship "Defence" in 1635, 
from Towcester, county Northamptonshire. 
He was a carpenter by trade. He was admit- 
ted a freeman May 2, 1638. His first wife 
Grace died in 1636, leaving one or two chil- 
dren. She was born in 161 1, in England. He 
married second. Mary , who was ad- 
mitted to the church January 8, 1636-7, She 
died at Ten Hills Farm, September 28, 1642. 

He married third, Joanna , who was 

born about 1608 and died August 27, 1697, 
called one hundred years old. but probably was 
about ninety, judging from the age of her 
husband, and that she was aged fifty in 1658. 
Gould lived in the section of Charlestown 
that became Stoneham. He had a double lot 
granted July i, 1636. In 1682 he was ex- 
cused from training in the militia. He fought 
in King Philip's war. and remained in the 
militia until over seventy-two years old. He 
was admitted to the church March 25. 1638-9. 
His house was at the west end of what is now 
Gould street, Wakefield. He and wife Joanna 
sold land at Maiden in 1658. His will was 
dated January 3. 1688, and proved June 19, 
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John Birben ; and grandson Thomas Gould. 
Children: i. Thomas. 2. Mary, baptized 
February 29, 1636-7. 3. Sarah, baptized De- 
cember 15, 1637; married, 1660, John Bir- 
ben (or Burbeen). 4. Elizabeth, born 1640; 
baptized February 17, 1639-40. 5. Abigail, 
born February 26. 1641-2 ; married, 1669, Wil- 
liam Rogers ; second, 1688-9, John Rogers. 6. 
Hannah, born October 26, 1644. 7. John, 
born January 21, 1646; died October, 1647. 
8. John, born August 5, 1648. 9. Daniel, 
born 1654 ; mentioned below. 

(II) Daniel Gould, son of John Gould (i). 
was born in 1654; was aged twenty in 1675, 
and died aged forty- four years, March 25, 
1697-8. He resided at Charlestown, now 
Stoneham. He had a deed of land from his 
father in 1687. His wife Dorcas was admin- 
istratrix. He had a house and ninety acres of 
land, called the Fowle place, in Stoneham, and 
also five hundred acres of land north of the 
Merrimac river. He married Dorcas Belcher 
(Essex Deeds Vol. V, page 39) sister of his 
brother John's wife, and descendant of Jere- 
miah Belcher, a pioneer at Ipswich in 1635. 
She died June 5, 1730, in her seventy-fourth 
year, according to her gravestone. Children : 
I. Dorcas, born March 5. 1784-5; married 
Joseph Brown. 2. Daniel, born June 30, 
1687; died February 15, 1687-8. 3. Lieuten- 
ant Daniel, born March 7, 1687-8. 4 David, 
born February 6, 1690-91 ; mentioned below. 
5. Joanna, born about 1695 ; married Ebenezer 
Brown. 

(III) David Gould, son of Daniel Gould (2), 
was born in Charlestown, February 6, 1690- 1, 
and died April 3, 1760, in his sixty-ninth year, 
according to his gravestone at Stoneham. He 
was a turner (dish turner) by trade. At that 
time most of the housebold dishes were of 
wood ; very few had silver or china or pewter. 
The plates, bowls, mortars, trenchers, trays, 
etc., were timed by hand by skilful craftsmen. 
He married, 171 5. Elizabeth Green, of Mai- 
den, born November 16. 1687, died April 18, 
1753, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Cook) 
Green, descendant of the pioneer Thomas 
Green of Maiden. Children: i. David, mar- 
ried November 2, 1 740-1, Esther, daughter of 
Deacon Daniel Green. 2. Elizabeth, born Sep- 
tember 4, 1718; died September, 1719. 3. 
Elizabeth, born September 7, 1721 ; married, 
November 22, 1744, Jabez Lynde. of Maiden. 
5. Jacob, born October 14, 1726: mentioned 
below. 

(IV) Jacob Gould, son of David Gould (3), 
was born at Stoneham, Massachusetts, Oc- 
tober 14, 1726, and died there in 1801. He 



was a farmer. He married, November 25, 
1 75 1, Elizabeth Holden, of Stoneham, born 
February 22, 1731, daughter of Samuel and 
Elizabeth Holden, of Stoneham. With two of 
his sons, Jacob and David, he was in the 
Stoneham company of minutemen in 1775, 
and all three were in the Concord fight. They 
went from, the old homestead at the head of 
Spot Pond, the land about which, now 
owned by the commonwealth, had been owned 
in the Gould family many generations. One 
of the three Goulds rode without saddle or 
bridle, it is said, into the trenches at Bunker 
Hill. Before firing began he turned the horse 
loose and she trotted safely back to her barn 
in Stoneham. It is said that Jacob (lOuld wore 
an old fashioned shaggy beaver hat of which 
he was very proud. In the excitement of the 
battle and the subsequent retreat he lost the 
headpiece. His comrades rallied him on the 
loss of the great hat, and he returned alone 
to the scene of battle, found his hat riddled 
with bullets, and bore it ofif. He was in the 
company of Captain Sprague of Stoneham. 
Children of Jacob and Elizabeth Gould, ac- 
cording to the records of Stoneham : i . Jacob 
Jr., soldier in the Revolution. 2. Lydia, born 
November 17, 1754. 3. Thomas, born Oc- 
tober 2, 1755; died March 15, 1756. 4. Mary, 
born July 18, 1757. 5. Thomas, born 1761 ; 
died 1835 ; married Hannah Hill and was 
father of Dr. Levi Gould, grandfather of Levi 
S. Gould. (See sketch). 6. Nathan, born 
March 20, 1768; m>entioned below. 7. Su- 
sanna, born June 21, 1772. 

(V) Thomas Gould, son of Jacob Gould 
(4), was born in 1761, at Stoneham, and died 
there in 1835. He resided on the homestead 
built about 1700 at the head of Spot Pond, 
Stoneham. He married Hannah Hill, whose 
grandfather James married Lois Upham, de- 
scendant of Lieutenant Phineas Upham, of 
Maiden, who was wounded in the Great 
Swamp fight at Narragansett against King 
Philip. Children: Levi, born 1800; men- 
tioned below. (See Vintan's memorial for 
other members of family.) 

(VI) Dr. Levi Gould, son of Thomas Gould 
(5), was born in Stoneham, in 1800, and died 
in Melrose, Massachusetts, January 6, 1850. 
He was educated in the public schools of his 
native town, and the Medical School of Maine, 
connected with Bowdoin College, where he 
was graduated in 183 1. He began the practice 
of his profession at Dixmont, Maine ; then in 
Wilmington, Lincoln, and North Maiden, now 
the city of M'elrose, "Massachusetts. He died 
in the prime of life. January 6, 1850. He was 



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a member of the Massachusetts Medical So- 
ciety. He married, August 30, 183 1, Eliza- 
beth Webb W hitmore, of Brunswick, Maine, 
a descendant in the seventh generation of Dea- 
con John Whitmore of Aledford, son of 
J^rancis Whitmore, the immigrant (who was 
an early settler in Cambridge, served under 
Major Millard in King Philip's war,) and 
Rachel (Poulter) wife of John Whitmore 
and daughter of P^ancis Eliot, of Braintree 
(now Quincy) Massachusetts. Mrs. Gould de- 
scended from Bennett Eliot, of Nazing, coun- 
ty of Essex, England, father of the Indian 
Apostle of Roxbury. The mother of Rachel 
(Eliot) Whitmore was Mary Saunders, daugh- 
ter of Martin, who came over in the "Plant- 
er" in i635> one of the earliest settlers of 
Braintree, selectman and first innholder. 
Francis Eliot died January 17, 1697. He had 
been a teacher among the Indians under his 
brother, Rev. John Eliot, from about 1650. 
Children: 1. Levi Swanton, born at Dix- 
mont, ^larch 27, 1834, mentioned below. 2. 
James Creighton, born August 22, 1838, died 
in California, 1905. 3. Edwin Carter, born Au- 
gust 19, 1840. 4. (Anne) Elizabeth, born 
January 22, 1845, at Maiden, now Melrose, 
died June 5, 1892. 5. Mary M., born Octo- 
ber 15, 1846; died July 25, 1847. 6. Charles 
W., born June 14, 1849, died August 15, 1849. 
(VTI) Levi Swanton Gould, son of Dr. Levi 
Gould (6), was born March 27, 1834, at Dix- 
mont, Maine. When he was six months old 
his parents removed to his father's native town 
( Stoneham, Massachusetts) and located in 
Wilmington, where the son attended the dis- 
trict schools. In 1843 the family moved to 
North Maiden (now Melrose) Massachusetts, 
where Mr. Gould has since resided. He at- 
tended the public schools of Maiden and the 
Waitt & Ingalls Academies of Melrose. Early 
in life he learned the trade of shoemaker, and 
worked at the bench in North Maiden, where, 
according to the custom of the time, he would 
make up a lot of shoes, pack them in a bag 
prepared for the purpose, carry them on his 
back to Stoneham, three miles from his home, 
and receive his pay and the stock for the next 
lot of shoes. When he was eighteen years 
old he took a position in a drug store in Wo- 
burn. but stayed there only a short time, 
leaving to become a clerk in the wholesale 
house of Messer, Warren & Davis, dealers in 
fancy goods, Boston. In 1857 he went to St. 
Louis and found employment with Alexander 
Leitch. a prominent druggist of that city. At 
the beginning of the civil war he returned to 
Melrose, and shortly afterward received. 



through the Hon. Salmon P. Chase, Secretary 
of the Treasury of Lincoln's cabinet, an ap- 
pointment as clerk in the Treasury Depart- 
ment. He was transferred later to Boston in 
the navy agent's department. In 1866 he be- 
came connected with F. M. Holmes & Com- 
pany, manufacturers of furniture, was ad- 
vanced to a responsible position and in 1878 
purchased the interest of his employer in the 
business. He continued the business under the 
firm name of F. M. Holmes Furniture Com- 
pany. His factory was in Charlestown and 
his warerooms and salesroom in Boston. His 
business was successful ; it grew to extensive 
proportions and he retired in 1887 with a 
competence. 

Mr. Gould is well known in business circles 
in Boston and throughout the furniture trade, 
and bears one of the best names for the qual- 
ity of goods and upright and square dealing. 
He is perhaps even more widely known as 
a town, city and county officer. Few if any 
men in Middlesex county have been called 
upon to fill more numerous positions of trust 
and honor. During the two sessions of 1868 
and 1869 Mr. Gould was representative in the 
general court for Melrose, his district includ- 
ing at that time Wakefield and Stoneham 
also. He was appointed both years to the 
committee on mercantile affairs. He was first 
elected a selectman of Melrose in 1869, and 
was chairman of the board of selectmen from 
1885 to 1892 inclusive. He has served one 
hundred and eight times as moderator of Mel- 
rose town meetings, and with one hundred 
and seven adjournments presided over two 
hundred and fifteen town meetings. When 
Melrose became a city in 1900 he was elected 
its first mayor. He has been on the board of 
county commissioners since 1897, serving all 
that time as chairman. He was for many years 
a member of the Melrose Board of Health, 
one of the overseers of the poor and chairman 
of the highway surveyors, and was for some 
years a water registrar of Melrose. He is an 
active and loyal Republican, a member of 
that party since it was organized. 

Mr. (lould was president of the New Eng- 
land Furniture Exchange in 1883 and 1884; 
president of the Furniture Club of Boston in 
1886; is president of the Melrose Co-opera- 
tive Bank, and a director of the Melrose Na- 
tional Bank. He belongs to most of the social 
organizations and clubs of Melrose. He was 
master of Wyoming Lodge of Free Masons 
in 1863 and 1864, and again in 1883 and 1884; 
is a member of and high priest of Waverly 
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ; and of Hugh de 



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Payens Commandery, Knights Templar ; and 
is past chancellor of Fordell Lx»dge, Knights 
of Pythias. He is a member of the Society 
of Colonial Wars, and of the Sons of , the 
American Revolution. 

He is an active and liberal supporter of 
the Congregational church, and is greatly in- 
terested in the work of the Young Men's 
Christian Association. Mr. Gould is well 
known in every walk of life, and distinguished 
bv his faithfulness to his duties as a citizen, 
as a public officer, and as a man. He is high- 
ly esteemed by his townsmen, and his popu- 
larity extends throughout the county of which 
he is the chief executive officer. The high 
reputation of the county commissioners of 
Middlesex is due in no small part to his zeal 
and sagacity. The mere recital of his varied 
public positions and other interests is enough 
to indicate his industry, breadth and force of 
character and his capacity to do many things 
well. 

He married, February 23, i860. Mary Eliza 
Payne, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Vose) 
Payne. Children: i. Mary Pearl, born Sep- 
tember 5, 1862 ; married Frederick L. Put- 
nam, of Melrose. 2. Annie Elizabeth, bom 
April 30, t866; married Joseph Remick ; has 
one child, Joseph Gould Remick, born Sep- 
tember 4, 1897. 



(For early generations see preceding sketch.) 

(V) Nathan Gould, son of Jacob 
GOULD Gould (4), was born in Stone- 
ham, March 20, 1768. In early 
life he was a shoemaker and also a farmer, 
but in later years followed farming exclusive- 
ly. He married April 23, 1789, Abigail Evans. 
He lived at Woburn and Maiden, and he left 
to his wife valuable property on Washington 
street. Maiden. He went to Ohio, and settled 
in what is now Cincinnati, in that state, and 
died there. His widow returned to Maiden. 
When the Boston & Maine railroad was built 
it passed within a few feet of her land, much 
to her disgust, and she made it as difficult as 
possible for the railroad to operate, notwith- 
standing her sex and age. Sometimes she 
would sit on the tracks and defy the engineers 
to run over her. Once she oiled the rails for 
a hundred yards or more, and blocked the road 
until the rails were cleaned. At length the 
railroad company bought her property. The 
place and date of her death are not known. 
Child of Nathan and Abigail (Evans) Gould: 
Nathan, mentioned below. 



(VI) Nathan Gould, son of Nathan Gould 
(5), was born in Woburn about 1790. He 
married Mary P. Hackett, who died at Mai- 
den, January 2, 1838, at the ripe old age of 
a hundred and one years and ten months. He 
was a shoemaker and farmer during his active 
life, removing when a young man from W^o- 
burn, Massachusetts, to Peterborough, New 
Hampshire, but both he and his wife are 
buried in the Wyoming cemetery, Melrose. 
Children: i. William. 2. Nathaniel B., men- 
tioned below. 3. Mary. 4. Cynthia. 5. Eliza- 
beth, (Mrs. George W. Seaver), still living 
at Harrisville, New Hampshire. 

(VII) Nathaniel B. Gould, son of Nathan- 
Gould (6), was born in the homestead on 
Washington street, Maiden, in 1817, and died 
February 20, 1865. He was educated in the 
public schools of Maiden. He established at 
Maiden the business now known as the firm 
of S. W. Gould & Brothers and conducted by 
his sons, dealing in herbs, roots, bark, etc., 
manufacturing and importing medicine and 
herb products of all kinds, and wholesale drug 
millers. The Gould firm established its witch 
hazel business in 1875 at Derry and Wind- 
ham, New Hampshire. In 1900 this branch 
of the business was sold to a corporation en- 
titled the Gould Witch Hazel Company of 
New Y'ork, and at that time the old firm had 
manufactured a hundred thousand barrels of 
witch hazel or extract of hamamelis. In this 
unique business Mr. Gould made a fortune, 
and was known throughout the country as a 
leader in his line of trade. He was an earnest 
Republican in politics, and before the civil 
war was a strong xA.bolitionist. He belonged 
to no secret societies nor clubs, but was an ac- 
tive and faithful! member of the Methodist 
Episcopal church of Maiden. 

He married Rebecca Pratt, of Maiden, 
daughter of Jacob Pratt. Children, born in 
Maiden: i. Rebecca Ann. born 1837. 2. Syl- 
vester Watson, born February 3, 1838; see 
forward. 3. Mary Eliza, born November 22, 
1842. 4. Emily Alice, born February 5, 1845. 
5. Alfred Monroe, born October 19, 185 1 ; 
see forward. 6. Albert W., born March 2, 
1855 ; see his sketch. All are living in 1908. 

(VIII) Sylvester Watson Gould, son of 
Nathaniel B. Gould (7), was born February 
3, 1838, in the home on Salem street, Maiden. 
He was educated in the public school of his 
native town, in the old red brick school house 
which is remembered by all the older natives 
of Maiden. In his youth he saw the first train 
from Boston pass over the tracks of the Bos- 



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ton & Maine railroad. He worked for his 
father until he was twenty-six years of age, 
and after his father's death succeeded him in 
business. Later, as his two younger brothers 
came of age, they became associated with him, 
in the firm of S. W. Gould & Lirothers, of 
which he was the head. To his enterprise and 
sagacity are due in large measure the material 
success and prominence of his firm. He is one 
of the best known and most successful men in 
his line of business in this country. 

In national affairs Mr. Gould has always 
been a Republican in politics, but in municipal 
affairs he is independent. He has never sought 
public office, though a man of large influence 
in local affairs. He is a member of Center 
Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Gould has 
perhaps the shortest military record known. 
During the civil war he was standing in front 
of the Boston & Maine railroad station in Bos- 
ton, one morning when a company of militia 
from Lynn was on its way to Boston to be 
mustered into service. One of the soldiers 
called to him to join the ranks and without 
hesitation he decided to go. But, after waiting 
for a day in Boston, the company was ordered 
home to await orders, and was never mustered 
in. So Mr. Gould was a soldier de facto from 
nine in the morning until five in the afternoon. 
He has always been an enthusiastic member 
of the Maiden Fire Department since his 
youth. He was a member of Volunteer Com- 
pany No. 2, in 1859, and later of the Steamer 
Company. He was on the board of fire en- 
gineers until 1875. He is a member of Mount 
\'ernon T^dge of Free Masons ; of the Royal 
Arch Chapter ; of Lafayette Lodge of Perfec- 
tion, Boston ; of Middlesex Lodge of Odd 
Fellows, and of Middlesex Encampment of 
the same order. 

He married first, in 1857, Hannah Eliza- 
beth Sumner, who died in 1881. He married 
second, January 29, 1884, Annie Biathrow, 
born January 25, 1861, in Melrose, Massa- 
chusetts, daughter of Stillman A. Biathrow, 
who was born May 6. 1828, at Strafford. New 
Hampshire, and died at Maiden, January 25, 
T891. Her mother. Mary S. (Jackson) Bia- 
throw. was born in West Paris, Maine, daugh- 
ter of Jacob Jackson, an early settler of Paris, 
Maine; a farmer and blacksmith in early life, 
town clerk many years, and honored with 
other positions of trust and honor ; married 
Nancy Besse. Stillman A. Biathrow was of 
French ancestry ; he lived in Reading. Mas- 
sachusetts, in early life, then in Melrose, and 
finally in Maiden, after 1861 ; was a cabinet- 



maker by trade; was a Baptist in religion; chil- 
dren : i. Charles Biathrow ; ii. Mary F, Bia- 
throw ; iii. Emma Biathrow, died young ; iv. 
Annie Biathrow, mentioned above ; v. Alice 
Isabelle Biathrow ; vi. Hattie Bryant Bia- 
throw ; vii. Alice Martha Biathrow, married 
Vernon Davis, and resides in Maplewood, 
Massachusetts, and has one daughter, Olive 
Bryant Davis. 

Children of Sylvester W. and Hannah E. 
Gould: I. Hattie Elizabeth, married Herman 
A. Morse, and lives in Maiden. 2. Charles 
Watson, married Nellie Hall, and lives in 
Windham, New Hampshire. 3. Everett Sum- 
ner, deceased. 4. Emma Ida Rebecca, mar- 
ried, first, Irvin Abbott, of Lawrence; and 
second, Frederick Chesley, and lives in Som- 
erville, Massachusetts. 5. Everett Sumner 
(2d), married Emma Clark, and lives in Mai- 
den. 6. Florence Bertha, married Perley 
Rich, and lives in Maiden. 7. Albert Wes- 
ton. 8. Carrie Bell, resides in Maiden. 9. 
Herman Sylvester, lives in Maiden. 10. Maude 
Gertrude, resides in New York. 11. Blanche 
May, lives with her sister, Mrs. Morse, in 
Maiden. Children of Sylvester W. and Annie 
Gould: I. Marion Wayne, born October 25, 
1884 ; married, June 26, 1906, Carroll R. Read, 
principal of school in Marlboro. 2. Harry 
Vernon, born June 21, 1886; at home. 

(VIII) Alfred Monroe Gould, son of Na- 
thaniel B. Gould (7), was born in Maiden, 
Massachusetts. October 19, 185 1. He was 
educated there in the public and high schools, 
and then became associated with his father and 
brothers in the herb business, entering the firm 
when he came of age in 1872, and continuing 
to the present time. The three brothers con- 
tinued the business that the father estab- 
lished, and have extended it greatly. Their 
place of business is on Miain street. Maiden. 
The firm has just purchased S. A. Fowle's 
Arlington Mills, where they have removed 
part of it. In politics Mr. Gould is independ- 
ent but has a great admiration for William J. 
Bryan. In religion he is a Methodist. He is 
a member of no clubs or societies, and devotes 
his attention mainly to his own business and 
home. 

He married, in November, 1871, Mary Ben- 
son, of Temple House, county Sligo, Ireland, 
daughter of Michael Benson, of Medford. a 
native of England, and his wife, who was a 
native of county Londonderry. Ireland. Chil- 
dren : I. Alfred M. Jr.. born April 2, 1873; is 
working for his father's firm. 2. Watson Ben- 
son, born March 9. 1876; also with the firm. 



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Albert Weston Gould was born 
GOULD in Maiden, March 2, 1855, son 
of Nathaniel B. and Rebecca 
Pratt Gould. (N. B. For an account of his 
parents and ancestors see preceding Gould 
sketches in this work, particularly those of his 
brothers, S. W. and A. M. Gould.) After con- 
cluding his attendance at the Maiden public 
schools he entered the botanical drug busi- 
ness in Maiden, and has ever since continued 
in that line of trade, with which he and his 
brothers, S. W. and A. M. Gould, are now 
prominently identified. He has always resided 
in Maiden, and that portion of his time which 
is not absorbed by his business interests he de- 
votes to his home and fainily. In politics he is a 
Republican. In 1889 Mr. Gould was married, in 
Maiden, to Miss Louisa Merrill, who was born 
in New Gloucester, Maine, March 13, 1859, 
daughter of William Henry and Elizabeth 
(Emery) Merrill, both of whom were born in 
Maine. Children of iVlbert Weston and Lou- 
isa (Merrill) Gould: i. Edith Alberta, born 
July 16, 1891, died January 7, 1893. 2. Al- 
bert Nathaniel, born December 8, 1892. 3. 
Edith Alberta, born March 26, 1894. 4. Amy 
Bell, born July 16, 1896. 

Mrs. Gould's paternal grandfather was 
Hiram Merrill, a native of New Gloucester, 
Maine, and a cooper by trade. This family 
is probably the posterity of Nathaniel Mer- 
rill, who came from England in 1633, settling 
in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and later in New- 
bury. John Merrill, a descendent of Nathan- 
iel, was bom in Arundel (now Kennebunk- 
port), Maine, January 20, 1734. He was em- 
ployed as a surveyor by Sir William Pep- 
perell, and in 1758 settled in Topsham, Maine. 
His death occurred in 1828. He married 
Susan Haley, of Kittery ; their children were 
Susannah, Mary, John, Joseph and Abel. 
The New Gloucester Merrills undoubtedly be- 
long to this branch of the family. Hiram 
Merrill married Rachel Campbell, of Poland, 
Maine, and had four sons : Gilman Henry, 
who died at the age of three years ; Lyrd ( ?) 
Granville, Amos Gilman and William Henry. 
Mrs. Gould is also descended on the patern- 
al side from the Webber and Bunker families 
of Maine. William Henry Merrill, youngest 
son of Hiram and Rachel (Campbell) Merrill, 
was born in New Gloucester, March 28, 1831. 
Learning the cooper's trade, he followed it 
for many years, and is now residing with his 
sons in Pownal. Elizabeth (Emery) Merrill, 
his wife, who was born in Poland, August 17, 
1835, daughter of John and Betsey (John- 
son) Emery, is a lineal descendant in the 



eighth generation of Anthony Emery, the em- 
igrant ancestor of the Emery family in south- 
western Maine. 

Anthony and John Emery, sons of John and 
Agnes Emery, of Rumney, Hants, England, 
embarked at Southampton, April 3, 1635, in 
the ship "James" of London, William Cooper, 
master, and arrived in Boston on June 3 of 
that year. They were probably accompanied 
by their wives and families. Anthony went 
first to Ipswich, Massachusetts, whence he 
moved to Newbury, and about the year 1640 
he removed to Dover, New Hampshire, set- 
tling on the "neck." October 22 of the latter 
year he signed the "Dover Combination," and 
continued to reside there until 1649, when he 
cast his lot with the colonists at Kittery, 
Maine. There he served as selectman, jury- 
man and constable, and in 1652 was one of 
the forty-one residents who acknowledged 
themselves subject to the Massachusetts Bay 
government. In 1656 he was sentenced to pay 
a fine of five pounds for having questioned the 
authority of the Kittery court, and four years 
later, for entertaining Quakers, he was again 
fined, and also deprived of his privilege as a 
freeman. Having lost his civil liberties in 
Kittery, he went to Portsmouth in 1660, and 
being received and accepted as a worthy, up- 
right man, was subsequently chosen juryman, 
constable, and deputy to the general court. 
The date of his death does not appear in the 
record at hand. The Christian name of his 
wife was Frances, and in addition to his son 
James, who was an immigrant, he had another 
son, name not given, and a daughter, Rebecca. 

James Emery, eldest child of Anthony and 
Frances Emery, was born in England, about 
the year 1630. He resided in Kittery, and died 
there prior to 17 14. He was twice married, 
and the Christian name of his first wife was 
Elizabeth. His second wife, whom he mar- 
ried December 28, 1695, was Mrs. Elizabeth 
Pidge (nee Newcomb), widow of John 
Pidge, of Dedham. His children were : 

James, Zachariah, Noah, Daniel, J , 

Elizabeth and Sarah. 

Daniel Emery, fourth son of James by his 
first marriage, was born in Kittery, Septem- 
ber 13, 1667. In 1706 he was chosen sur- 
veyor in Kittery, in which capacity he con^ 
tinned for a number of years, and he also 
served several terms as a selectman. He evi- 
dentlv resided in what is now Berwick. In 
1703 he became a deacon of the Congrega- 
tional church at Berwick, was chosen elder in 
1720. and was probably one of its founders. 
His death occurred October 15, 1722. He was 



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married, March 17, 1695, to Margaret Gowen 
(record says alias Smith) born November 15, 
1678. and died November 21, 1751. The ten 
children of this union were: Daniel, Noah, 
Simon. Zachariah. Margaret, Caleb, Ann, 
Jerusha. Tirzah and Holden. 

Zachariah Iuner}% fourth son and child of 
Daniel and Margaret (Gowen) Emery, was 
born in Berwick, March 12, 1704-5. He re- 
sided in Kittery, and died there prior to April 
30. 1789, on which date the administration of 
liis estate was begun. The maiden name of 
liis first wife was Ann Hodgdon, and that of his 
second wife was Hannah Johnson. The 
children of his first union were : Ann, James 
and Zachariah, those of his second marriage 
were : Peletiah, Huldah, Sarah, Betsey and 
Simeon. 

James Emery, second child and eldest son of 
Zachariah and xAnn (Hodgdon) Emery, was 
baptized in Kittery, November i, 1730. He was 
first married, July 4, 1752, to Mary Fogg, and 
she died in 1759. His second wife was Me- 
hitable Emery, daughter of Joseph and Mehit- 
able (Stacey) Emery, and on January 27, 
1782, he married for his third wife, Mrs. 
Catherine Jenkins (nee Frye), widow of Jo- 
seph Jenkins. His first wife bore him two 
children — James and Abigail. Those of his 
second wife were : Daniel, William, Mark, 
Josiah, Mary (or Molly), Mehitable, Betsey 
and Eunice. His third wife became the moth- 
er of two children — Catherine and Simeon. 

William Emery, second son and child of 
James and Mehitable (Emery) Emery, was 
born May 10, 1767. In 1875 he married 
Sarah ^Nlaguire, of New Gloucester, Maine, 
and settled in Poland, same state, where he 
died March 19, 1862, at the advanced age of 
nearly ninety-five years. He was the father 
of fourteen children: Betsey, William, Sally, 
Polly, Eunice. Rachel, Mehitable, Thankful, 
John. Celia, Eliphalet, Esther, Rebecca, and 
Jane. 

John Emery, second son and ninth child of 
William and Sarah (Maguire) Emery, was 

born in Poland, July 18, -. — , and his death 

occurred in 1889. He was the father of nine 
children: Jeremy, born February 26, 1826; 
Henry, born May 7, 1827; Edwin, born De- 
cember 31, 1829; Greenleaf, born July 20, 
183 1 ; Salome, born August 20. 1833, became 
the wife of Charles J. Peirce, of Poland; 
Elizabeth, the date of whose birth has already 
been given; Ellen, born July 13, 1838, became 
the wife of H. R. Lewis, of Maiden, Massa- 
chusetts : William, bom July 27. 1840, mar- 
ried first, Elizabeth James, and second, Mary 



James, a sister of first wife; and third, Mary 
Murtrie; Martha. 

Elizabeth Emery, second daughter and sixth 
child of John and Betsey (Johnson) Emery, 
married William Henry Merrill, as previous- 
ly stated, and is still living. In her younger 
days she was a Baptist. She is the mother 
of seven children — Louisa, now the wife of 
Albert W. Gould, of Maiden ; Herbert, Fred- 
erick Twombly, Lillian, Ina, Ellen and Edith. 



William Thrall, the immi- 
THRALL grant ancestor, was born in 
England in 1605. In March, 
1630, a Congregational church was formed at 
Plymouth, England, the minister being Rev. 
John Wareham, the minister and his people 
sailed for New England in the ship "Mary 
and John," March 20, 1630, and landed at 
Nantasket Point, May 30. They settled in 
Dorchester and soon afterward went to 
Windsor, Connecticut. Among those who 
went to Connecticut was William Thrall. He 
lived in what was known as Hoytes Meadow, 
Windsor, and some of his descendants still 
live on the property. He was a soldier in the 
Pequod war. He died August 3, 1679. 

(II) Timothy Thrall, son of William 
Thrall (i), born July 25, 1641, married, No- 
vember 10, 1659, Deborah Gunn, and they 
had eleven children. 

(HI) Sergeant John Thrall, son of Timo- 
thy Thrall (2), born June 5, 1671, married, 
January 6, 1697, Mindwell Moses. 

(IV) Moses Thrall, second son of Ser- 
geant Thrall (3), was born April 20, 1702. He 
settled at North Bolton, adjoining Windsor. 
He married February 4, 1730. Elizabeth Filer. 

(V) Lemuel Thrall, son of Moses Thrall 
(4). was born February 5. 1748-9. He mar- 
ried first Lydia King; second, Lydia Skin- 
ner, who died April 13, 1813. He was a sol- 
dier in the Revolution as follows: "This certi- 
fies that Lemuel Thrall of Bolton, Connecti- 
cut, served in the war of the Revolution, and 
the following is his service as shown by the 
records in this office. Corporal in Lieutenant 
Ezekiel Olcutt's company, marched for the 
relief of Boston in the Lexington Alarm, 
April 19, 1775; term of service eight days. 
The number of men who are reported to have 
marched in the Lexington Alarm was about 
four thousand:' the duty w^as necessarily tem- 
porary and brief: some of the companies re- 
turned home before reaching Boston as their 
presence was not needed. Corporal in Cap- 
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Colonel Erastus Wolcott's regiment. During 
the re-organization of the Continental force 
before Boston, December, 1775, February, 
1776, when the soldiers were coming and go- 
ing Washington called for regiments from the 
New England States to guard the line at 
various points until the new army had been 
well established. Connecticut sent three 
regiments under Colonel James Wadsworth, 
Erastus Wolcott and John Douglass. They 
reached Boston toward the end of January, 
and remained about six weeks. It formed a 
part of the detachment from the army that 
occupied Boston after the enemy evacuated 
the town." 

Child of first wife: i. Percy. Children of 
second wife: 2. Fyler, bom August 12, 1785; 
died March 21, 1797. 3. Amy, born May 21, 
1 791; died October 4, 1791. 4. Samuel South- 
mayd, mentioned below. 

(VI) Samuel S. Thrall, son of Lemuel 
Thrall (5), born November 27, 1793, died at 
Milford, Pennsylvania, February 12, 1862. He 
resided on the bluf¥ at Milford, Pennsylvania, 
and on the Thrall farm a mile below the 
village. He married June 11, 1817, Cynthia, 
daughter of Thomas and Cornelia (Randle) 
Newman. They had fifteen children, among 
whom are the following: i. Lydia Cornelia 
born June 25, 1818, married December 15 
1841, Amos Van Etten (see Van Etten fam- 
ily). 2. Sally Ann, born August 13, 1820 
married Rev. William Burroughs. 3. Dor 
leska Elizabeth, born December 24, 1826 
married Egbert Jansen. 4. John, born Octo- 
ber 4, 1828; married S. Marietta Babcock. 5. 
Charles Fyler, born January 23, 1832; mar- 
ried Caroline E. Warner. 6. Frances, born 
September 21, 1837; married Alexander Hen- 
derson. 7. Radph B., born January 19, 1840; 
married Emily Bowhanan. 8. Samuel S., Jr., 
born February 11, 1841; married Martha C. 
Biddis. 



The founder of the Van 
VAN ETTEN Etten family in America 

was Jacob Jansen, who 
came to this country from Etten, North Bra- 
brant, Holland. He married Annatje 
Adrianse, of Amsterdam, December 28, 1664, 
at Kingston, New York. Children: i. Jan, 
baptized January 3, 1666; mentioned below. 2. 
Sytie, baptized at Kingston, March 25, 1668; 
married (intentions published April 23, 1685) 
Jan Evertsen, born at Vienna, both residing 
at Marbletown. 3. Adriaen or Arie, baptized 
June 26, 1670; married Cartharina Crom. 4, 



Petronella, born at Marbletown about 1675; 
married Albert, son of Arien Roosa, born at 
Hurley; both residing at Hurley. 5. Pieter, 
married Eva de Hooges, October 12, 1696; 
both born and resided at Hurley; he settled 
in Dutchess county. New York, about 1720. 
6. Heiltje, born at Marbletown, baptized 
.A.pril 21, 1679; married November 12, 1699, 
while living at Hurley, William Van Vreden- 
burg, born in New York and living at King- 
ston. 7. Emanuel, born at Marbletown; bap- 
tized December 29, 1681 ; married Antje, 
daughter of Johannes de Hooges, born at 
Hurley. 8. Tietje, baptized F'ebruary 24, 
1684; married May 10, 1702, Evert Roosa, 
born in Hurley; resided at Hurley. 9. Jacob- 
us (James) baptized May 2, 1686; married, 
171 1, Rebekka Roosa; settled in Dutchess 
county, New York, about 1720. 10. Geesje, 
born at Hurley, baptized December 25, 1688; 
married, 1704, Jacob, son of Jacob Decker, 
born at Marbletown. 

(II) Jan Van Etten, son of Jacob Jansen 
Van Etten (i), baptized January 3, 1666; 
married, about 1692. Jannatje, daughter of 
Arien Roosa, granddaughter of xA.lbert Hey- 
manse Roosa and Wyntje AUard. He resided 
until his death in Hurley and Rochester, Ul- 
ster county. New York. Children: i. Arien, 
baptized August 15, 1693. 2. Aeltje, born at 
Hurley, baptized November 11, 1694; mar- 
ried April 30, 1714, Anthony Westbrock, bom 
at Kingston, son of Johannes Westbrock and 
Magdalena Decker. 3. Jacob, baptized De- 
cember 25, 1696; mentioned below. 4. 
Marytje, born at Hurley, baptized January 8, 
.1699; married Cornelius Ennis, born at Mar- 
bletown, son of William Ennis and Cornelia 
Viervant. 5. Annetje, born at Nysviel 
(Knightsfield) baptized September 21, 1701; 
married November 20, 1724, Broer Dekker. 
The patent of Knightsfield is in the present 
town of Warwarsing, Ulster county, New 
York. 6. Ariaantje, baptized November 7, 
1703; married Aard, son of the immigrant 
Joris Middag. 7. Rebecca, born at Nysviel, 
baptized March 17, 1706; married November 
6, 1733, Hendrik Bont. 8. Rachel, born at 
Nysviel, baptized June 20, 1708; married De- 
cember 23, 1724, Ritsert (Richard) Kittel. 9. 
Lea, baptized April 29, 1711; married, April 
20, 1729, Thomas Keeter. 10. Catrina, bap- 
tized August 28, 1715; married probably 
Franz Kool. 

(HI) Jacob Van Etten, son of Jan Van Et- 
ten (2), born at Hurley, baptized December 
25. 1696; married, April 22, 1719, Ant j en 
Westbroek, born at Kingston. They resided 



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at Rochester. Children: i. Jan, born at Nyts- 
field; baptized April ly, 1720; married April 
13, 1738, Alaritje Westfael; settled near East- 
on, Pennsylvania, about 1760. 2. Helena 
or Magdalena, baptized December 24, 1721; 
married July zt^. 1742, Rev. Johannes Caspar- 
us Fryenmuth, first pastor of the four Menis- 
sinck \ alley churches. 3. Cornells, baptized 
January 19, 1724; married March 26, 1746, 
Heyltje, daughter of Johannes Westbroek 
and Antje Roosa. 4. Anthony, born at Na- 
panoch, Ulster county, baptized June 12, 
1726; married August 3, 1750, Annatje (Han- 
nah) Decker. 5. Jannetjen, baptized April 
20. 1729; married at Namanoch, New Jersey, 
March 27,, 1750, Emanuel Gonsales, second 
wife; resided near Bushkill, Pennsylvania. 6. 
Johannes, born about 1730; mentioned below. 
7. Sarah, bom 1736. 8. Dirk, (Richard) bap- 
tized May 29, 1739; married Rusje Westfael. 

(IV) Johannes Van Etten, son of Jacob 
Van Etten (3), born at Namanoch about 
1730; married first, about 1750, Maria Gon- 
sales; married second, Rachel Williams, 
widow of Daniel Decker. He was a captain 
in the Pennsylvania militia in the revolution, 
and in a fight between his company and the 
Indians near Raymondskill, Pike county, 
Pennsylvania, in 1780, his son-in-law, Ben- 
jamin Ennis, was killed. About 1760 Johan- 
nes Van Etten settled in the present town of 
Delaware, Pike county, Pennsylvania, and 
died February 15, 1814, aged eighty-two 
years. 

(V) Cornelius Van Etten, second son of 
Johannes Van Etten (4), born in Delaware 
township, Pike county, Pennsylvania, De- 
cember 8, 1782; married, about 1803, Anna 
Smith. 

(\^I) Amos \'an Etten, son of Cornelius 
Van Etten (5), born September 25, 1808, died 
in Port Jervis, New York, October 15, 1889. 
He married Lydia Cornelia Tlirall, born June 
15, 1818, in Milford, Pennsylvania, daughter 
of Samuel S. and Cynthia (Newman) Thrall. 
(See Thrall family). Until her marriage she 
lived in her native town. They removed in 
1861 to Port Jervis from Hainesville, New 
Jersey, and in 1861 she became a member of 
the Reformed Dutch Church of Deerpark, 
Port Jervis. ''She was one who ennobled all 
who came in contact with her, and made 
pe(~»ple who knew her, welcome advancing 
years, if they would bring a life like hers." 
She died at her home in lV)rt Jervis. Decem- 
ber II, 1898. Children: T. Edgar, born April 
15, 1843; mentioned below. 2. John, born 
July I, 1846; merchant at Port Jervis, New- 



York. 3. Samuel Southmayd, born June 10, 
1848, at Hainesville, Sussex county, New 
York; was educated in the public schools of 
Port Jervis, graduating from the high school, 
and in a private school for two years after- 
ward; removed with the family to Port Jervis 
in 1861, and in 1868, at the age of twenty, be- 
gan railroading at Beardstown, Illinois, as 
clerk in construction work for the division 
engineer, on what is now part of Chicago, 
Burlington & Quincy railroad; after two years 
returned to Port Jervis to enter the employ 
of the Erie railroad at Hancock, New York; 
after two years and a half as clerk there he 
was appointed ticket agent at Port Jervis 
and remained there until 1874, when he be- 
came superintendent of Hoyt Brothers' tan- 
nery until 1884, when he was transferred to 
Hoytville, Pennsylvania, in a similar position; 
in 1890 he returned to Port Jervis and en- 
tered the firm of Swinton, Van Etten & 
Company, hardware and foundry, from which 
he retired in 1901;; from July, 1902, to June, 
1906, he was city ticket agent for the Boston 
& Albany railroad at Worcester, Massachu- 
setts; fromi that time to December, 1907, 
freight agent of that city and, since then, the 
agent at Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Mr. Van 
Etten was a Republican until the election of 
Cleveland, since then an independent; was 
postmaster at Hoytville, 1884 to 1890; mem- 
ber of board of village trustees of Port Jervis, 
1896-97-98-99; village clerk, 1902; past noble 
grand in the Odd Fellows Order. 4. Anna 
C, born May 5, 1850, died April 11, 1873. 5. 
Amos, born August 31, 1852; a prominent 
lawyer, residing at Kingston, New York. 6. 
Emma, married Charles F. Van Inwegen of 
Port Jervis. 

(VII) Captain Edgar Van Etten, son of 
Amos Van Etten (6), was born April 15, 1843, 
at Milford, Pennsylvania. He was educated 
in the public schools and at the Stillwater 
Academy, New Jersey, where he was gradu- 
ated in 1858. He enlisted in the civil war as 
a private in the Second New Jersey Infantry 
in j86i, and rose to the rank of captain. He 
was in the service three years. He began in 
the railroad business at the foot of the ladder 
as a freight brakeman, and won his promotion 
from grade to grade by hard work and dem- 
onstrated value to his employers. In 1893 he 
became a general superintendent of the New 
York Central & Hudson River Railroad 
Companv. and when that road leased the 
Boston & .Vlbany road he was made vice- 
president of the New York Central, in charge 
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office from 1901 to 1907. Since January, 1908, 
he has been president of the Cuba Eastern 
Raihoad Company, a line of great and grow- 
ing importance. His home is in South Eram- 
ingham, Massachusetts. He is a member of 
the Hohand Society of New York; the Bea- 
con Society of Boston; the Sons of the 
American Revolution; the Grand Army of 
the Republic; and the Loyal Legion. He is 
a director of the Bagdad Chase Gold-mining 
Company; the Beacon Trust Company; the 
Harvard Gas and Electric Company; the 
Ludlow and Southern Railroad Company; 
the Skanateales Railroad Company and trus- 
tee of the Massachusetts Lighting Corpora- 
tion. He belongs to the following clubs: The 
Railroad and Transportation Clubs of New 
York; Fort Orange Club of Albany; Com- 
mercial, Merchants, and New Algonquin of 
Boston. 

He married first, Emma Laurance, and by 
whom were two daughters. Married second, 
Lilian P'rances Cramblett. 



The Bliss family seems to be de- 
BLISS scended from the Norman family 
of Blois, gradually modified to 
Bloys, Blyse, Blysse, Blisse, and in America 
finally to Bliss, dating back to the time of the 
Norman Conquest. The name is not com- 
mon in England. The coat-of-arms borne by 
the Bliss and Bloys families is the same: 
Sable, a bend vaire, between two fleurs de lis 
or. The crest is a hand holding a bundle of 
arrows. The motto: "Semper Sursum." The 
ancient traditions of the Bliss family repre- 
sent them as living in the south of England, 
and belonging to that staunch class known as 
English yeomanry, or farmers, though at 
various times some of the family were knights 
or gentry. They owned the houses and lands 
they occupied, were freeholders, and entitled 
to vote for members of parliament. In the 
early days they w^ere faithful Roman Catho- 
lics, but later, after England had become Pro- 
testant, they became Puritans, and became 
involved in the contentions between Charles 
I and Parliament. 

(I) Thomas Bliss, the progenitor, lived in 
Belstone parish, Devonshire. England. Very 
little is known of him except that he was a 
wealthy landowner, that he belonged to the 
class who were stigmatized as Puritans on ac- 
count of the purity and simplicity of their 
forms of worship, that he was persecuted by 
the civil and religious authorities under the 
direction of Archbishop Laud, and that he 
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was maltreated, impovens.xed and imprisoned 
and finally ruined in health (as well as finan- 
cially) by the many indignities and hardships 
forced upon him by the intolerant church 
party in power. He is supposed to have been 
born about 1550 or 1560. The date of his 
death was about 1635. When the Parliament 
of 1628 assembled, Puritans, or Roundheads, 
as the Cavaliers called them, accompanied the 
members to London. Two of the sons of 
Thomas Bliss, Jonathan and Thomas, rode • 
from Devonshire on their iron grey horses 
and remained for some time in the city, long 
enough at least for the king's officers and 
spies to learn their names and condition, and 
whence they came; and from that time forth 
they with others who had gone to London on 
the same errand were marked for destruc- 
tion. They were fined a thousand pounds for 
nonconformity, and thrown into prison, where 
they lay many weeks. Even old Mr. Thomas 
Bliss, their father, was dragged through the 
streets with the greatest indignity. On an- 
other occasion the officers of the high com- 
mission seized all their horses and sheep ex- 
cept one poor ewe that in its fright ran into 
the house and took refuge under a bed. At 
another time the three brothers, with twelve 
other Puritans, were led through the market- 
place in Okehampton with ropes around their 
necks, and fined heavily, and Jonathan and 
his father were thrown into prison, where the 
sufferings of the son eventually caused his 
death. At another time the king's ofificers 
seized the cattle of the Bliss family and most 
of their household goods, some of the articles 
of furniture being highly valued for their 
beauty and age, having been in the family for 
centuries. In fact, the family was so reduced 
in circumstances that it was unable to secure 
the release of both Jonathan and his father, 
so the younger man had to remain in prison, 
and at Exeter he suffered thirty-five lashes 
with a three-corded whip which tore his back 
in a cruel manner. Before Jonathan was re- 
leased the estate itself had to be sold. The 
father and mother went to live with their 
daughter, who had married a man of the 
Established Church, Sir John CalclifYe. The 
remnant of the estate was divided among the 
three sons, who were advised to go to Am- 
erica where they might escape persecution. 
Thomas and George feared to wait for Jona- 
than, who was still very ill, and they left Eng- 
land in the fall of 1635 with their families. 
Thomas, son of Jonathan and grandson of 
Thomas (i), remained with his father, who 
finallv died, and the son then came to join his 



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uncles and settled near Thomas. At various 
times their sister sent from England boxes of 
shoes, clothing and articles that could not be 
procured in the colonies, and it is through her 
letters long preserved but now lost, that 
knowledge of the Devonshire faniil)- was pre- 
served. Children: i. Jonathan, died in Eng- 
land, 1635-6. 2. Thomas, born in England; 
mentioned below. 3. Elizabeth, married Sir 
John CalclifTe, of Belstone. 4. George, born 
1 591; died August 31, 1667; settled at Lynn 
and Sandwich, Massachusetts, and Newport, 
Rhode Island; left one son John. 5. Mary or 
Polly. 

(II) Thomas Bliss, son of Thomas Bliss (i), 
was born at Belstone, Devonshire, England, 
about 1585. He married, in England, about 

1612-5, Margaret . It is believed that 

her name was Margaret Lawrence, and that 
she was born about 1594. She was a good- 
looking woman, with a square chin that indi- 
cated strength of character. After the death 
of her husband, which took place about the 
close of 1639, she managed the affairs of the 
family with great prudence and judgment. 
Her eldest daughter Ann married Robert 
Chapman, of Saybrook, Connecticut, April 
29, 1642, and settled in Saybrook, where 
Thomas Bliss, Jr., also settled, removing in 
1659 to Norwich. In 1643 Margaret and her 
other children removed to Springfield; Mas- 
sachusetts, fearing the malarial fevers preva- 
lent in Connecticut. She sold her property 
in Hartford, and purchased a tract of land 
in Springfield a mile square, situated in the 
south part of the town on what is now Main 
street, on the Connecticut river. One of the 
streets laid out on this tract is called for her 
Margaret street; another is Bliss street, on 
which has been built a Congregational 
church. Margaret died August 28, 1684, forty 
years after the death of her husband and fifty 
after her emigration. She was an energetic, 
efficient woman, capable of transacting rfiost 
kinds of business, and was long remembered 
in Springfield as a woman of great intellectual 
ability. Her will, dated September, 1683. 
Children: i. Ann, born in England; married, 
April 29, 1642, Robert Chapman, of Say- 
brook. Connecticut. 2. Mary, born in Eng- 
land; married, November 26, 1646, Joseph 
Parsons, one of the most prominent pioneers 
of the town; she was tried on a charge of 
witchcraft and acquitted. 3. Thomas, died 
April T5, 1688. 4. Nathaniel, died Novem- 
ber 8, 1654. 3. Lawrence, died 1676. 6. 
Samuel, born 1624. in England; mentioned 
below. 7. Sarah, born at Boston, about 1635; 



married, at Springfield, July 20, 1659, John 
Scott. 8. Elizabeth, born about 1637, at Bos- 
ton; married, February 15, 1669-70, Miles 
Morgan, one of the founders of Springfield. 

9. Hannah, "born at Hartford, 1639; died un- 
married, January 25, 1662. 10. John, born in 
Hartford, 1640; died September 10, 1702. 

(HI) Samuel Bliss, son of Thomas Bliss 
(2), was born in 1624, in England. He re- 
moved with his father to America in 1635; 
married November 10, 1664-5, Mary Leon- 
ard, daughter of John and Sarah (Heathj 
Leonard, of Springfield. She was born Sep- 
tember 14, 1647, and died in 1724. He died 
March 2'^,, 1720, aged ninety-six years. Chil- 
dren: I. Hannah, born December 20, 1666; 
married John Haley and Simeon Smith. 2. 
Thomas, born February 8, 1668; mentioned 
below. 3. Mary, born August 4, 1670; mar- 
ried, 1687, Philip Smith. 4. Jonathan, born 
January 5, 1672; died about 1740. 5. Mar- 
tha, born June i, 1674; married November 

10, 1697, Samuel Ely. 6. Sarah, born April 
I, 1679; died April 7, 1717. 7. Mercy, born 
July 18, 1680; married John Ely. 8. Eben- 
ezer, born July 29, 1683, died September 7, 
1717. 9. Margaret, born September 11, 
1684; married January 16, 1707, Samuel Coi- 
ton. 10. Esther, born April 2, 1688 ; mar- 
ried May 10, 1716, Henry Chapin. 

(IV) Thomas Bliss, son of Samuel Bliss 
(3), was born in Springfield, February 8, 
1668; married Hannah Cadwell. He died No- 
vember 10, 1733. Children, born at Spring- 
field: I. Hannah, born August 12, 1699; mar- 
ried December i, 1724, Samuel Hubbard. 2. 
Samuel, born March 5, 1701 ; died February 
21, 1771. 3. Martha, bom January 8, 1703; 
married Benjamin Parsons. 4. Thomas, born 
April 20, 1704, died September 10, 1750. 5. 
Ichabod, born December 19, 1705 ; mentioned 
below. 6. Rachel, born September 8, 1707; 
married Nathan Sikes. 7. Abel, born Febru- 
ary 18, 1707-8; died April 30, 1862. 8. Mary. 
born October 21, 1710; married Jonathan 
Sikes. 9. Timothy, born March 2, 1713; died 
August 18, 1769. 10. Daniel, born January 
or June 21, 1715. n. Aaron (?) born 1717. 
12." Edward, born June 27, 1719. 13. Eliza- 
beth, born November, 1722; marrigd Nathan 
Flagg. 

(V) Ichabod Bliss, son of Thomas Bliss 
(4), was born in Springfield, December 19, 
1705; married January 15, 1734, Mehitable 
Stebbins. born 1709. died April 4, 1790, daugh- 
ter of Thomas and Sarah (Strong) Stebbins. 
He lived at Springfield and Brimfield, Massa- 
chusetts, where he died August 16, 1766. 




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Children: i. Sarah, born June 21, 1736; mar- 
ried John Moore, of Union, Connecticut. 2. 
Mehitable, bom January, 1738; married Janu- 
ary 6, 1760, Thomas Moore, of Union, 4. 
Thom.as, born October 26, 1742; died August 
15, 1806. 5. Eunice, born May 6, 1745; died 
September 5, 1747. 6. John, mentioned be- 
low, 

(VI) John Bliss, son of Ichabod Bliss (5), 
was born at Springfield, July 26, 1747; mar- 
ried November 25, 1774, Esther Wales, of 
Union, Connecticut. He was a soldier in the 
Revolution ; private in Captain Joseph Thomp- 
son's company. Colonel Timothy Danielson's 
regiment, April 19, 1775. He settled at Brim- 
field, Massachusetts. His wife died October 
24, 1781. He died July 15-18, 1782, from in- 
juries received from the upsetting of a load 
of hay. His only child was John, mentioned 
below. 

(VII) John Bliss, son of John Bliss (6), 
was born at Brimfield, Massachusetts, Sep- 
tember 8, 1775 ; married, September, 1800, 
Ruby Porter, daughter of Deacon Jonathan 
Porter, of Coventry, Connecticut. He was 
wounded in the breast by the handle of a plow 
while at work in the same field in which his 
father was killed, and died of the wound June 
28, 1804. His widow married second. May, 
1805, Royal Wales Esq., of Wales, Massa- 
chusetts, and had children Royal Jr. and Ho- 
ratio Wales. She died March 14, 1812. The 
only child of John and Ruby Bliss was John 
Wales. 

(VIII) John Wales Bliss, son of John. 
Bliss (7), was born at Brimfield, July 20, 
1802, and removed to Springfield about 1852. 
He married. May 4, 1826, Eliza C, daughter 
ot Charles and Ann (Edda) Bond, of Brim- 
field. She was born May 12, 1809. He rep- 
resented the town of Brimfield in the general 
court, 1838 ; town clerk 1841 ; assessor 1849. 
He died July 29, 1876. Children, born in 
Brimfield: i. John Porter, born February 25, 
1829; see forward. 2. Ann Elizabeth, born 
August 6, 1834; deceased; married. May 22, 
1856, Joseph C. Bridgman, bookseller, Spring- 
field, son of Sylvester Bridgman, of North- 
ampton, Massachusetts, where he vas born 
1831-2. 3. Charles, bom December 11, 1839. 
4. Frank, born October 21, 1846, clerk in 
Chicago, Illinois ; died of consumption, De- 
cember 27, 1870, unmarried. 

(IX) John Porter Bliss, son of John Wales 
Bliss (8), was bora in Brimfield, February 25, 
1829; married, December 28, 1851, Ann El- 
iza Mecum, born in Boston, January 24, 1832, 
daughter of George and Ann Elizabeth Me- 



cum. Bliss died at Maiden, where he lived for 
some years, November 3, 1877. Children: i. 
John Webster, born April 2}^, 1853, died 1872, 
aged nineteen years. 2. George Edward, 
born December 15, 1855; is in business in 
Maiden; married, July 20, 1889, Sarah A. 
Taylor, born November 14, 1858, died October 
13, 1907, daughter of Calvin M. and Sarah 
Jane (Pulsifer) Taylor, of Wells, Maine; 
children: Marie W., born July 19, 1890; 
Chester T., born October 17, 1895. 3. Alvin 
Evarts, born in Brookline, September 16, 
1858; see forward. 4. William Stanley, born 
in Brookline, June 10, 1861, died May 13, 
1901 ; married. May 4, 1887,- Marie Antoinette 
Raisbeck ; four children : Alice Raisbeck, Be- 
atrice Evans, Stanley Mitchell, Antoinette, 
deceased. 

(X) Alvin Evarts Bliss, son of John Porter 
Bliss (9), was born in Brookline, Massachu- 
setts, September 16, 1858. He was educated 
in the public schools of Brookline and Maiden, 
and attended Maiden high school. He entered 
the employ of Farley, Harvey & Company, 
61 Chauncey street, Boston, wholesale dealers 
in dry goods, and was connected with that 
house for five years. He engaged in the re- 
tail dry goods business in Maiden in 188 1, in 
partnership with Harvey L. Thompson, under 
the firm name of Bliss & Thompson. In 

1884 Mr. Bliss bought out his partner and 
continued alone until 1886, when he disposed 
of his store. In the meantime he had become 
interested in the electric lighting business. In 

1885 he organized the Maiden Electric Light 
Company, and established the electric light 
plant in Maiden. He was manager of the 
company until 1888, when the present corpor- 
ation purchased the property, and incorporated 
under the laws of Massachusetts as the Mai- 
den Electric Company, with Mr. Bliss as su- 
perintendent and general manager. Mr. Bliss 
created a large and flourishing business, and 
kept his plant thoroughly efficient and in keep- 
ing with all modern improvements. The com- 
pany serves not only the city of Maiden, but 
also Medford, Melrose and Everett. In 1905 
Mr. Bliss became the general superintendent 
of a consolidation including the Maiden Elec- 
tric Company, the Maiden and Melrose Gas- 
light Company, the Suburban Gas- and Elec- 
tric Company, and the Haverhill Electric Com- 
pany, and is at present filling this responsible 
position. He has been active in public affairs, 
and is a very earnest and faithful Republican. 
He served in the Maiden common council in 
1887 and 1888. He is prominent in Masonry, 
affiliated with Converse Lodge; Tabernacle 



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Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Melrose Coun- 
cil, Royal and Select Masters ; Beauseant Com- 
mandery. Knights Templar ; he is also a noble 
of the Mvstic Shrine. He is a member of 
Middlesex Lodge No. 17, and Middlesex En- 
campment No. 9, Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows ; department commander of the Pa- 
triarchs Militant of Massachusetts, of the 
same order; and is president of the Odd Fel- 
lows" Hall Association. He is also a member 
of F. E. Converse Lodge, Knights of Pythias ; 
Maiden Lodge No. 965, Benevolent and Pro- 
tective Order of Elks; Mystic Side Council, 
Royal Arcanum; the Kenwood Club, Melrose 
Athletic Qub, Maiden Oub, Melrose Club, 
and Maiden Automobile Club, and is presi- 
dent of that last named. He served in the 
state militia for three years as a private, and 
later was for five years a member of the staff 
of the commander of the Naval Brigade. He 
is a member of the First Congregational 
Church. 

Mr. Bliss married, November 24, 1881, Nel- 
lie S. Holden, who was born May 27, 1861, 
and graduated from the Maiden high school. 
Her father, Dana Holden, was city almoner 
of Maiden; he served through the civil war. 
Her mother was Ellen S. Pond. Mr. and Mrs. 
Bliss have one child, Harold Holden Bliss, 
born in Maiden, December 6, 1884, educated 
in the Maiden grammar and high schools, and 
is now associated with his father in the man- 
agement of the Maiden and Melrose Gaslight 
and Electric Company. 



Thomas Flint, immigrant ances- 
FLINT tor, was born in England in 1603. 

His brother. Rev. Henry Flint, 
came to New England in 1635, and was ad- 
mitted to the Boston church November 15, 
1635, and made a freeman May 25, 1636; was ■ 
dismissed to Braintree August ii, 1639, and 
was ordained teacher in company with Mr. 
William Thompson, pastor; married Margery, 
daughter of Charles Hoar Jr., of Gloucester, 
England; died April I'j , 1668. 

Thomas Flint, called by the title "Mr." in 
the early records, was hardly less prominent. 
Johnson calls him "a sincere servant of Christ, 
who had a fair yearly revenue in England, 
but having improved it for Christ by casting 
it into the common treasury, he waits on the 
Lord for doubling his talent, if it shall seem 
good unto him so to do and the meantime 
spending his person and the good of his people 
in the office of magistrate." And : 



"At Christ's command thou leav'at thy lands and native 

habitation ; 
His folke to aid in desert straid for gospel's exaltation. 
Flint, hardy thou, will not allow the undermining fox 
With subtill skill Christ's owls to spoil ; thy sword 

shall give them knocks. 
Yet thou base dust and all thou hast is Christ's and by 

him thou 
Art made to be such as we see ; hold fast, forever, now." 

The verse tells us that Flint was among 
the foremost and most self-sacrificing of the 
Puritan pioneers. He came about 1637 from 
his home in Matlock, Derbyshire, England, 
after his brother, and also settled in Boston. 
He was admitted a freeman there March 
1637-8; removed in 1637 or 1638 to the ad- 
jacent town of Concord, and there expended 
four thousand pounds in improving the town. 
He was deputy to the general court 1637-38- 
39-40 ; lieutenant-governor many years prior 
to his death, and one of the leading men of the 
colony, a man of wealth, talent and high char- 
acter. He received a grant of seven hundred 
and fifty acres of land extending from Flint's 
Pond to Beaver Pond and the town /ine, now 
of Lincoln, Massachusetts, one of the largest 
single grants made in his day. He died at 
Concord, October 8, 1653, ag'^d fifty years. 
His will was dated December 21, 1651. He 
left his children to the care of his wife, with 
the counsel of Rev. Mr. Bulkeley, teacher of 
the church at Concord. The will mentions his 
brother Henry, teacher of the church at Brain- 
tree ; also Captain Simon Willard, founder of 
Lancaster; also his uncle, William Wood of 
Concord. His widow died December 18, 
1689, aged eighty-two years. Flint's will is 
the first on the Middlesex probate records at 
Cambridge. Children: i. Colonel John, men- 
tioned below. 2. Ephraim, born January 14, 
1641-2; married March 20, 1683, Jane Bulke- 
ley, of Concord; he died August 3. 1723. 

(II) Colonel John Flint, son of Thomas 
Flint (I), was born about 1640, and died De- 
cember 5, 1686. He was called lieutenant and 
later colonel on the records ; was deputy to 
general court 1677 to 1687; town clerk 1680 
to 1686. He married Mary, sister of Presi- 
dent Uriah Oakes, of Harvard College, No- 
vember 12, 1667, daughter of Edward and 
Jane Oakes. She died in 1690. Children: 
I. Mary, born October 26, 1668; died May 
31, 1675. 2. Thomas, born December 12, 1670; 
died May 31, 1675. 3. John, born March 31, 
1673; died June 6, 1675. 4. Abigail, born 
January ii, 1674-5; married November 2, 
1 70 1, Captain Daniel Estabrook. 5. John, 
born July 18. 1677; mentioned below. 6. 
Mary, born August 11, 1680; died May 24, 
1748; married Timothy Green. 7. Thomas, 



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born January 16, 1682-3. 8. Edward, born 
July 6, 1685; died November 15, 1754; mar- 
ried Love (Minott) Adams. 

(III) John Flint, son of Colonel John Flint 
(2), was born in Concord, July 18, 1677, and 
died October 25, 1746. He lived at Concord. 
He married May 7, 1713, Abigail, daughter of 
Samuel and Elizabeth (Blood) Buttrick, born 
November 21, 1687, clied October 7, 1746, 
grand-daughter of William and Sarah (Bate- 
man) Buttrick. He was a lieutenant in the 
Concord Company. Children, born at Con- 
cord : I. Ephraim, born March 4, 1713-4; 
mentioned below. 2. Abigail, b ^^n February 
24, 1715-6; died 1762. 3. Mar> born De- 
cember 17, 1717; died May 20, 1719. 4. Sarah, 
born May 3, 1720. 5. John, born May 12, 
1722; died January 20, 1792. 6. Hannah, 
born September 23, 1724; died 1792. 7. 
Jane, born April 23, 1727; died 1786. 

(IV) Ephraim Flint, son of Lieutenant 
John Flint (3), born in Concord, March 4, 
1713-4; married there March 31, 1743, Ruth 
Wheeler. Children born at Concord: i. 
Ephraim Jr.. mentioned below. 2. Mary, 
born March 22, 1747. Perhaps others. 

(V) Ephraim Flint, son of Ephraim Flint 
(4), was born in Concord, January i, 1744. 
He was a soldier in the revolution, in Captain 
John Hartwell's company, Colonel Eleazer 
Brooks's regiment, serving at the time Wash- 
ington fortified Dorchester Heights and 
forced the British to evacuate the city of Bos- 
ton. He lived in that part of Concord set off 
as Lincoln, which was incorporated in 1754 
as a town. He married Katherine Fox, July 
2, 1772; she died October 18, 1785, in Lincoln. 
Children of Ephraim and Katherine (Fox) 
Flint: i. Catherine, born April 2, 1773. 2. 
Mary, born June 3, 1775, married. May 12, 
1801, Ebenezer Edwards, died January 15, 
1839. 3. Hannah, born November 6, 1777, 
married Timothy Fox. 4. Ruth, born May 
18, 1780, married General James Miller (who 
said "I'll try, sir.") 5. Ephraim, born Janu- 
ary 23, 1782, married Susanna Bemis ; he died 
October 9, 1871 ; she died May 15, 1878; chil- 
dren : i. Caroline Bemis, born March 28, 
1823, married May 24. 1848, Nathan Moss- 
mon, died 1878; their children: Edward Flint 
Mossman, born March 13, 1852, died August 
21, 1858; Walter Bemis Mossman, married 
Theodora Hyde, and their children are : Helen 
Hyde Mossman, Cornelia Hull Mossman, and 
Alexander Mossman, Susan Goodale Mossman 
born March 22, 1861, and Mary Caroline 
Mossman, born April 18, 1863. ii. Susan, 
married January 26, 1845, J- H. Shedd ; he 



died March 18, 1865 ; iii. Mary, born January 
24, 1827, died September 7, 1846; iv. Eph- 
raim, born November 29, 1828, married, 
March 7, 1857, Orilla J. Hager, who died in 
January 11, 1900, without children. He was 
a graduate and a trustee of Williams College, 
taught in the high schools, and became a Con- 
gregational clergyman. He was pastor of a 
church in Hinsdale, Massachusetts, where he 
died December 28, 1882. v. George, born No- 
vember 2.'], 1830, married, Novembei ^2, 1858, 
Caroline A. Rice; she died March 18, 1890; 
their children: Mary Caroline Flint, married 
Ansel Richards., of Reading, Massachusetts ; 
their children are : Homer and Hawthorne 
Howe Richards. 

Rev. George Henry Flint, a Congregational 
minister at Dorchester, married Mary P. 
Storm, of Hinsdale, Massachusetts. Children : 
Caroline Emily and Philip Ephraim. 

Clara Louise Flint, married George L. Cha- 
pin, of Lincoln. Children : Arthur Flint Cha- 
pin, Louisa Bemis Chapin, Marion Chapin, 
Bertha Loring Chapin. 

Edward Francis Flint, was born in Lincoln, 
and resides on the homestead ; he is unmar- 
ried. 

Ephraim Bemis Flint married Edith Whit- 
ney, of Weston, Massachusetts. Children: 
Edward Whitney, one daughter died in in- 
fancy, and George Bemis. 

(VIII) Francis Flint, son of Ephraim 
Flint (7), was born in Lincoln, Massachusetts, 
August 10, 1833. He was educated in the 
public schools of his native town. At the age 
of nineteen he left home and went to work as 
clerk in a store in Boston. Later he entered 
the employ of a wholesale grocery house and 
was afterward admitted to the firm of Nash, 
Spaulding & Co., and subsequently engaged 
in business as a member of the firm of Flint, 
Boardman & Nash, importers of tea, Broad 
street, Boston. He is a member of the First 
Church (Congregational) Cambridge, of 
which Rev. Dr. Alexander McKenzie is pas- 
tor, and he has been a deacon there since 1873. 
He is a well known citizen of Cambridge, and 
a man of public spirit and large influence. He 
was formerly a member of the school board. 
He married Celestia F., daughter of John and 
Sarah Ann (Locke) Barnes (see Barnes). 
Children: i. Helen Bemis, deceased. 2. 
Alice Curtis. 3. Howard Barnes. 4. Francis 
Stanley, deceased. 5. Herbert Lincoln, a 
graduate of Harvard. 6. Bertha Winthrop, 
married Charles Lane Hanson, of Cambridge ; 
one son. Paul Hanson. 7. Ethel May, died 
young. 8. Roger, graduate of Harvard. 



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Elder William Hatch, the im- 
HATCH migrant ancestor of this family, 

was born in Sandwich, county 
Kent, England, where he was a merchant, and 
whence he came to Scituate, Massachusetts, 
before 1633. In the course of a year or two he 
went back to England for his family, and re- 
turning in March, 1635, brought his wife Jane, 
fiv^e children and six servants^ in the ship "Her- 
cules," of Sandwich, John Witherly, master. 
He was a merchant of ability, and the first rul- 
ing elder of the second church of Scituate, 
founded in 1644, and was lieutenant of the mil- 
itary company. He had a brother, Thomas 
Hatch, who was in Dorchester, Massachusetts, 
1634, and soon afterward in Scituate, where 
he died 1646, leaving five children; Jonathan, 
William, Thomas, Alice and Hannah. The 
home of Elder William was on Kent street, 
first lot south of Greenfield Lane. His widow 
Jane married Elder Thomas King, in 1653. 
Children of William and Jane Hatch : i. Jane, 
married John Lovell. 2. Anne, married, 1643, 
Lieutenant James Torrey. 3. Walter, born 
about 1625, mentioned below. 4. Hannah, 
married Samuel Utley, 1658. 5. WiUiam, died 
in Virginia, about 1646 ; married Abigail 
Hewes, and had one child, Phebe. 6. Jeremiah, 
died in 1713; married, 1657, Mary Hewes; 
settled near his brother Walter, with whom 
he was engaged in ship-building for many 
years ; often deputy to the general court, se- 
lectman, of great usefulness as a citizen ; sons : 
Jeremiah, John, Israel, Joseph, Thomas, James. 
(II) Waker Hatch, son of William Hatch 
(i), was born in England, about 1625, and 
died in Scituate, in March, 1701. He was a 
shipwright by trade. He and his brother Wal- 
ter bought land of John Hanmer, in what is 
.now Hanover, Massachusetts, on Center street, 
near the residence now or lately of Albert 
White, about 1680. This was a portion of 
what is called Hanmer's Hook. Jeremiah, 
Isaac and Deacon James Hatch were living in 
Hanover in 1727 in the westerly part of the 
town. James Hatch owned a sawmill near 
Teague's Bridge, then called Hatch's Bridge, 
and which stood on the site of the mill of Cobb 
& Cushing, burned in 1852. The Hatch estate, 
improved as a farm, on which was a family 
burying ground, was sold about 1743 to Cor- 
nelius White, then of Marshfield, and a de- 
scendant of Peregrine White, the first white 
child born in Plymouth. The "History of 
Hanover" states that none of the Hatches there 
in the present generation were descended from 
Jeremiah. Therefore most, if not all, are de- 
scendants of Walter. Walter married first, 
May 6, 1650, Elizabeth Holbrook, of Wey- 



mouth ; and second, August 5, 1674, Mary 

, at Marshfield. He had no children 

by the second wife. Children of Walter and 
Elizabeth Hatch, all born in Scituate : i. Han- 
nah, born March 13, 1651. 2. Samuel, born 
December 22, 1653. 3. Samuel, born Decem- 
ber 22, 1653 ; descendants in Rochester, Mas- 
sachusetts. 4. Jane, born March 7, 1656. 5. 
Antipas, born October 26, 1658; died unmar- 
ried, December 7, 1705. 6. Bethia, born 
March 31, 1661 ; married, 1683, Michael Ford. 

7. John, born July 8, 1664; died August, 1737. 

8. Israel, born Alarch 25, 1667, mentioned be- 
low. 9. Joseph, born December 9, 1669. 

(III) Israel Hatch, son of Walter Hatch 
(2), was born in Scituate, Massachusetts, 
March 25, 1667, and died about October, 1740. 
He had a son, Israel, Jr., mentioned below. 

(IV) Israel Hatch, Jr., son of Israel Hatch 
(3), was born at Scituate, about 1700. His 
daughter Jane was baptized July 11, 1732, in 
the Second Church of Scituate (now Nor- 
well), Massachusetts. According to the "His- 
tory of Hanover" he resided at Marshfield, and 
had sons Thomas and Captain John, men- 
tioned below. 

(V) Captain John Hatch, son of Israel 
Hatch (4), was born in Marshfield, Massa- 
chusetts, May, 1739; married, 1760, Barsha- 
way Turner, and settled in Hanover, Massa- 
chusetts, where he built the house on Main 
street in which his son John lately lived. He 
was a soldier in the Revolution, first lieutenant 
in Captain Lemuel Curtis's company. Colonel 
Anthony Thomas's regiment (Plymouth coun- 
ty); "^77^', also first lieutenant in Captain Jo- 
seph Soper's company (first Hanover), Sec- 
ond Plymouth county regiment, commissioned 
May 10, 1776; also in the same company, on 
the Rhode Island alarm in 1776; also lieuten- 
ant in Captain Francis Cushing's company in 
1778, Colonel John Cushing's regiment ; also 
lieutenant in Captain Soper's company in 1781, 
in the Rhode Island expedition. After the war 
he was known as Captain Hatch. He died 
May I, 1809, and his widow in 1824. Chil- 
dren: I. Barshaway, born May 30, 1761 ; 
married Snow Curtis. 2. John, born July 28, 
1762; died April 27, 1774. 3. Ezekiel Turner, 
born June 14, 1764; died February i, 1797; 
married May 8, 1788, Hannah Bailey. 4. Mel- 
zar, born May 8, 1766. 5. Ruth, born October 
15, 1768, died March 7, 1775. 6. Sibyl, born 
September 7, 1770. 7. Lucy, born March 12, 
1772, married Ezra Beal, April 15, 1790. 8. 
Rachel, born March i. 1774; married Joshua 
Dwelley, March 16, 1797. 9. John, born April 
27, 1776, mentioned below. 10. Gamaliel^ 
born February 14, 1778; married Mary Wiler,. 



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and second, Ann Bowker. 11. Ruth, born 
January 5, 1780, married October 27, 1816, 
Stephen Bailey. 

(VI) John Hatch, Jr., son of Captain John 
Hatch (5), was born April 27, '1776; married 
Nancy Cleaves, of Beverly. He lived at Han- 
over, Massachusetts, on the homestead. Chil- 
dren : I. Lucy, married William E. Smith. 2. 
Sibyl, married Daniel Dill, of Hull. 3. John, 
lived in Hanover ; married Elizabeth E. Stet- 
son, August 25, 1836. 4. Benjamin C, lives 
in Taunton. 5. Ezekiel T. 6. Ruth. 

(VII) Ezekiel Hatch, son or nephew of 
John Hatch (6), was born about 1800; mar- 
ried Lucy Rich. Their daughter, Lucy Rich 
Hatch, married James W. Roberts, in Charles- 
town, Massachusetts. She was born in Jack- 
son, Maine. 

(I) James W. Roberts, grandfather of John 
A. Roberts, of Reading, Massacliuisetts, was a 
soldier in the war of 1812. 

(II) James W. Roberts, son of James W. 
Roberts (i), was born in Lyman, Maine, June 
12, 1825, and died November 17, 1889. He 
was a wholesale provision dealer in Boston, 
Massachusetts, and lived in Charlestown, 
where he was a member of the board of alder- 
men before that city was annexed to Boston. 
Children: i. Martha H., born May 13, 1850. 
2. John A., born May 12, 1855, rnentioned be- 
low. 3. James W. (twin), born May 31, 1873. 
4. Willard S., born May 31, 1873; married 
Luella Crockett, of Rockland, Maine. 

(III) John A. Roberts, son of James A. 
Roberts (2), was born in Charlestown, Massa- 
chusetts, May 12, 1855. He was educated in 
the public schools and at Chauncy HalWn Bos- 
ton. He succeeded his father in the wholesale 
flour and provision business, and enjoyed a 
large and flourishing trade until 1902, when he 
retired from active business. Since then he 
has lived quietly at his handsome home in 
Reading, Massachusetts. In politics Mr. Rob- 
erts is a Republican. He is a member of the 
Chamber of Commerce, Boston. His family 
belong to the Reading Baptist churcli. He 
married, November 8, 1886, Mary A. Freeman, 
born August 24, 1864. in Lowell, Massachu- 
setts, daughter of Qiarles I. and Roxanna W. 
(Chase) Freeman. They have one daughter, 
Paulina, born September 6, 1894. 



1873 he went to sea as ship's carpenter, and 
after eight years of life on board ship landed 
in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1881, and worked 
as a house carpenter in Cambridge, Massachu- 
setts. His first employer was John Quin, car- 
penter and builder, of Cambridge. In 1884 he 
began business on his own account and trade 
came to him rapidly and extended to Somer- 
ville, Belmont and other towns adjacent to 
Cambridge and to Boston, in all of which places 
he built many residences as well as business 
buildings and churches. On settling in Cam- 
bridge he became a member of the Swedish 
Congregational church then just organized, 
and of which he was made a trustee. He be- 
came active in church work and was instru- 
mental in helping to raise funds to build not 
only a church edifice for the Swedish Congre- 
gational church, but for others in the vicinity 
of Cambridge, where in 1902 the Swedish pop- 
ulation had grown to two thousand and that of 
the vicinity to seven thousand. The church 
of which he was a member and active worker 
had a membership of over two hundred, with a 
Sunday school attendance of over two hundred 
and fifty scholars, and over one hundred in the 
Somerville Sunday school. The Swedish Con- 
gregational church of Cambridge at that time 
had church property worth $12,000 on which 
there was a debt of only $2,000, and this prop- 
erty had been accumulated in less than ten 
years and without help outside their own de- 
nomination. The Swedes had also in Cam- 
bridge a Lutheran church building, a Baptist 
church and headquarters for a Swedish branch 
of the Salvation Army and all built since 1892, 
He was married in Cambridge, September 7, 
1884, to Mathilda Crossburg, of Sweden, and 
their six children were : Esther, Albert, Hilda, 
Axel, Oscar and Edith, and their home was at 
302 Columbia street, Cambridge. Their son 
Albert attended the public schools of Cam- 
bridge and Burdett's Business College in Bos- 
ton, graduating when fifteen years of age. He 
then worked for his father and subsequently 
attended the Manual Training School. He is 
now a student in the Massachusetts Institute 
of Technology, Boston, where he is studying 
for the profession of mechanical engineer. 



Gustave Wilson, carpenter and 
WILSON builder, was born in Coulstadt, 

Sweden, June 15. 1854. He 
was educated in the schools of his native town 
and learned the trade of carpenter there. In 



Wolfert Weber, the immigrant 
WEBER ancestor, was born in Amster- 
dam, Holland, about 1600, and 
came to New Amsterdam, now New York 
City, 'about 1633, with Dutch Governor 
Van Twiller. His original grant was that 
section of the citv between Duane and Warren 



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streets, on Broadway, amounting to sixty-two 
acres, now worth countless millions of dollars. 
A generation ago an attempt was made by some 
of his heirs to claim this property, the original 
lease having expired. At the same time claims 
were made that the Weber or Webber heirs of 
Wolfert Weber were entitled to a 
share in the estate of Wolfert's parents, 
Wolfert and Sarah Weber, of Amsterdam. It 
was said that under the will of the elder Wolf- 
ert the estate was placed in trust in 1645 for 
the heirs of the third generation and had never 
been distributed. Nothing came of the claims, 
however. It may have been one of the cases 
made plausible on its face by some ingenious 
claim attorney. Lamb's history of New York 
states that Anneke Jans, wife of Roelof Jans 
or Jansen, was an aunt of Wolfert Weber, Jr. ; 
that she married (second) Everardus Bogard- 
us. Wolfert Weber (page 182) kept a small 
tavern near the Fresh Water pond on Manhat- 
tan Island, then New Amsterdam. 

(I) James Webber, the first ancestor in New 
England, was very likely grandson of Wolfert, 
the immigrant to New Amsterdam. He 
was born probably in New Netherlands in 
1665, and died in Medford, Massachu- 
setts, March 19, 1729. His name was spelled 
W^eber on the Medford records. The history 
of Bedford says he was of Scotch descent, but 
W^ebber and Weber are not Scotch names. 
Possibly some maternal lineage of the Bedford 
family was Scotch. Little can be learned of 
the history of James Webber. He had four 
sons: Jonathan, James, Benjamin, mentioned 
below ; Nathan. 

(II) Benjamin Webber, son of James Web- 
ber or Weber (i), was torn in New York 
City about 1698, and died at Bedford, Massa- 
chusetts, July 27, 1732, aged thirty-four years. 
He spent his early life in Medford, but settled 
in Bedford about the time of his marriage. He 
married at Medford, September 6, 1727, Sus- 
anna Whitmore, daughter of John and Mary 
(Lane) Whitmore, of Mledford. She married 
(second) Christopher Page, of Bedford, and 
she died July 20, 1792. Children of Benjamin 
and Susanna Webber, born at Bedford: i. 
Susanna, born March 21, 1728, died April 2, 
1743. 2. Martha, born August 2, 1729, mar- 
ried John Hosmer and lx)th lived and died at 
Bedford. 3. Benjamin, born February 14, 
1 73 1, settled at or near Pomfret, Connecticut. 
4. John, born November 25, 1732, mentioned 
below. 

(IIP Captain John Webber, son of Ben- 
jamin Webber (2), was born November 25. 
T732, at Bedford, and died there April 29, li 



He married, April, 1760, Sarah Fassett, daugh- 
ter of Joseph and Amittai Fassett. She died 
May 9, 1782, having had twelve children, 
eleven of whom lived to maturity and their 
ages aggregating seven hundred and eighty- 
one years, an average age of seventy-one ; the 
average of the sons being seventy-six years. 
Captain John Webber married (second), No- 
vember 21, 1786, Susanna Simonds, daughter 
of Benjamin Simonds, of Woburn, and widow 
of Ebenezer Page, of Bedford. She died Feb- 
ruary 5, 1825. Captain Webber was a man of 
strong mind and great energy. In early life 
he followed the sea and rose to the command 
of his vessel. He was twenty-eight years old 
when he married and settled down. He was 
a farmer in his later years. He lived some 
years at East Bedford, Massachusetts, before 
he bought his farm. He bought it April, 1773, 
of Samuel Danforth (Kenrick's). He held 
many positions of trust and honor ; was on the 
committee of safety and correspondence in 
1774. He kept a hotel and his son John, Jr., 
succeeded him as tavern keeper in Bedford. 
He was town clerk, collector of taxes, town 
treasure/, delegate to Provincial conventions 
during the Revolution and deputy to the gen- 
eral court. His descendants are entitled to be- 
long to the Sons and Daughters of the Ameri- 
can Revolution on account of his patriotic 
service. Children of Captain John and Sarah 
Webber: i. John, Jr., born December 31, 
1764. 2. Sarah, bom March 18, 1766, died 
February 8, 1849 • married Roger Reed. 3. 
Job, born May 16, 1769, mentioned below. 4. 
Benjamin, born December 21, 1770. 5. James, 
born Qctober 16, 1772. 6. Susanna, born 
January 28, 1774, died June 8, 1774. 7. Asa, 
born June 20, 1775. 8. Thomas, born De- 
cember 27, 1777, married Bacon; died 

August 6, 1846. 9. Lydia (twin) born Octo- 
ber 27, 1780, died June 27. 1813 ; married 
Samuel Fletcher, of Littleton. 10. Lucy (twin), 
born October 27. 1780, died September 20, 
1837; married Elijah Putnam, of Amherst, 
New Hampshire. 

(IV) Job Webber, son of Captain John 
Webber (3), was born in Bedford, May 16, 
1769, and died there October 10, 1838. He 
married at Bedford, June 21, 1796, Sarah 
Davis, who died January 31, 1861. At the 
close of the Revolution he and his brother Asa 
enlisted for the war with the Indians on the 
frontier. Children, born at Bedford : i. John, 
born April 25. 1797. died September 24, 1879. 
2.- Sally (twin), born June 9, 1798, died De- 
cember 27. 1857; married James Park. 3. 
Nancy (twin), born June 9, 1798, died March 






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BENJAMIN N. WEBBER 



MIDDLESEX COUNTY. 



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6, 1879. 4. Artemas, born May 31, 1800. 5. 
Job, Jr., bom November 23, 1801, died Febru- 
ary 19, 1875. 6. Eliza Farley, born June 12, 
1805, died January 21, 1839. 7. Benjamin 
Newton, born August 24, 1812. Some of the 
children were born in Littleton whither the 
parents removed. 

(V) Benjamin Newton Webber, son of Job 
Webber (4), was born at Littleton, Massachu- 
setts, August 24, 181 2. He received his edu- 
cation in the district schools of Littleton and 
East Chelmsford, now Lowell, whither he 
came to live when he was thirteen years old. 
He began work when very young in the mill 
of the Merrimack Manufacturing Company, 
but left after a short time to attend the Pinker- 
ton Academy at Derry, New Hampshire, from 
which he graduated, and afterward became a 
teacher in the public schools of Derry. In 1833 
he returned to Lowell and entered the employ 
of Atherton & Buttrick as clerk in their grocery 
store, then located in the old city hall building 
on Merrimack street. In the meantime his 
family had returned to Bedford to live. Web- 
ber became a valuable asset in the business of 
his employers, and in 1850 was admitted to 
partnership in the firm and the name changed 
to Buttrick & Company. The store was lo- 
cated later on Market street. Mr. Webber was 
eminently successful, in his business ; he knew 
the grocery trade thoroughly. At the time of 
his death he had been in the grocery business 
longer than any other man in the city and was 
undoubtedly the best known man in the busi- 
ness in Lowell. In all he was in this business 
for fifty-eight years. In all lines of business 
and in all walks of life his name stood for the 
best qualities of manhood; for justice, honor 
and integrity in business relations ; kindness, 
benevolence and uprightness in private life. 
He was especially beloved by the friends who 
knew him well. He took but little interest in 
social or public afifairs ; he was devoted to his 
domestic and business concerns. He was pro- 
nounced and firm in his religious convictions, 
and for many years was a faithful member of 
Shattuck Street Universalist Church of Lowell. 
He was active in the support of its charities 
and in attendance upon its services. He died 
at his home in Lowell, January 9, 1892. 

He married, September 5, 1837, Ann Urie, 
of Bedford (see Bedford history.) She was 
born in Scotland in 1816, of good old Scotch- 
Presbyterian stock, and died at Lowell in 
1883. Their only surviving child was Annie 
Cora, who resides in Lowell in the house built 
by her father. Three other children died in 
infancy. 



Early ancestors of the Clapps 

CLAPP were closely identified with the 
settlement of Boston, Dorchester, 
Northampton and other places in Massachu- 
setts. The first of the name to arrive in New 
England was Captain Roger Clapp, who was 
chosen military commander at Boston with 
headquarters at the Castle. A favorable re- 
port sent by him to England induced his cous- 
ins, Nicholas and John, sons of Richard Clapp, 
to seek a home in the newly organized colony, 
the former arriving in 1633, and the latter 
shortly afterwards. 

Nicholas Clapp, born in England in 161 2, 
settled in Dorchester, where he became prom- 
inent in public affairs -and was deacon of the 
church. That he was regarded as a man of 
sound judgnient is attested by the fact of his 
being selected to serve upon a jury at a special 
court to settle certain disputes relating to the 
Lynn Iron Works, in 1653. He died Novem- 
ber 24, 1679. He resided in the northerly 
part of Dorchester, on the west side of what is 
now Columbia road, just south of Edward Ev- 
erett square, a locality long known as the Five 
Corners. For his first wife he married his 
cousin, Sarah Clapp, a sister of Captain Roger 
Clapp, previously mentioned, and his second 
wife was Abigail Sharp, widow of Robert 
Sharp, of Brookline. The children of his first 
union were : Sarah, Nathaniel, Ebenezer and 
Hannah. His second wife bore him' one son, 
Noah. 

Nathaniel Clapp, second child and eldest son 
of Nicholas and Sarah (Clapp) Clapp, was 
born in Dorchester, September 15, 1640. Joint- 
ly with his brother Ebenezer he was appointed 
administrator of his father's estate, and he ac- 
cumulated considerable property in addition to 
his inheritance. He was one of the two con- 
stables in Dorchester for the year 1671, and 
fully merited the esteem and confidence ac- 
corded him by his fellow-townsmen. His death 
occurred May 16, 1707. March 31, 1668, he 
married Elizabeth Smith, daughter of Law- 
rence Smith, and she died September 19, 1722. 
Their children were: Nathaniel, an early 
graduate of Harvard College : John, Jonathan, 
Elizabeth, Ebenezer and Mehitable. 

Ebenezer Clapp, fourth son and fifth child 
of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Smith) Qapp, 
was born in Dorchester, October 25, 1678. He 
resided at the Five Corners and died May 20, 
1750, leaving a large estate. He married Han- 
nah Clapp, who was born in Dorchester in 
1 68 1, daughter of Elder Samuel Clapp. and a 
granddaughter of Captain Roger Clapp. She 
died August 9, 1647. They were the parents 



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of eight children: Ebenezer, Hannah, John, 
Nathaniel, Joseph, Elizabeth, Roger and Mary. 

Ebenezer Clapp, eldest child of Ebenezer 
and Hannah ( Clapp) Clapp. was born in Dor- 
chester. October 4, 1705. He was an active, 
energetic man, carrying on a tannery in con- 
nection with his farm, and he died in the prime 
of life, January 10, 1752, aged forty-six years. 
He was married February 21, 1727-8, when 
twenty-two years old, to Hannah Pierce, who 
was then nineteen. She was a daughter of 
John and Abigail Pierce, of Dorchester, and 
her death occurred November 24, 1757, in the 
forty-ninth year of her age. She was the 
mother of eleven children : Abigail, Ann, Eb- 
enezer, Daniel, Lemuel,- Hannah, John, Eliza- 
beth (who died in infancy), Elizabeth, Elisha 
and William. 

William Clapp, youngest child of Ebenezer 
and Hannah (Pierce) Clapp, was born in Dor- 
chester, August 8, 1745. He was a carpenter, 
and resided in Boston where he plied his call- 
ing with energy, but his activities were sud- 
denly terminated by his untimely death, which 
occurred March 8, 1778, at the age of thirty- 
two years. He was married December i, 1768, 
to Sarah Tileston, of Boston, daughter of 
Oneisphorus Tileston, whose residence was 
on Purchase street, opposite his wharf. She 
bore him three children : William Tileston, 
John and Mary. 

William Tileston Clapp, eldest child of Wil- 
liam and Sarah (Tileston) Clapp, was born 
either in Dorchester or Boston, September 4, 
1770. He became a bookseller in Boston, hav- 
ing in 1795 a store at the corner of Proctor's 
lane (now Richmond street), and in 1799 was 
located on Fisk (now North) street. In 1807 
he issued a new edition of "The Memoirs of 
Captain Roger Qapp," at that time nearly out 
of print. He subsequently removed to Cincin- 
nati, Ohio, and died September 13, 1818, while 
on his way from that city to New Orleans. 
September 14, 1794, he married Lucretia 
Hewes, born April i, 1775, daughter of Shu- 
bael Hewes, and they became the parents of 
eleven children : Martha Hewes, William John, 
Sarah Tileston, Ann Lucretia, Charles, Shubael 
Hewes, Lucretia Hewes, Joseph Hewes, Abi- 
gail Seaver Hewes, Charlotte Ann Hewes and 
Lydia Carver. (N. B. Some of these children 
must have died young, for, had they been con- 
temporaneous with each other, the similarity 
of their names would have been rather per- 
plexing.) Mr. Clapp's widow, accompanied by 
her children, returned to Boston, where she 
resided for many years with two or three of 
her daughters, and she died April 4, 1857. 



Joseph Hewes Clapp, eighth child and 
youngest son of William Tileston and Lucretia 
(Hewes) Clapp, was born in Boston, Novem- 
ber 7, 1806. He learned the watch-maker's 
and jeweller's trade, and for a number of years 
was established in that business at Augusta, 
Maine. He died 1890. September 8, 1835, he 
married Caroline Allen, of Boston, who died in 
Roxbuiry, December 15, 1839, aged twenty- 
seven years, leaving one son, Joseph Willett, 
who will be again referred to. He was married 
a second time in Portland, Maine, September 
24, 1841, to Julia Octavia Chandler, of Au- 
gusta, born December 13, 182 1. She became 
the mother of seven children : George Allen 
and Julia Chandler (twins), born July 18, 
1843, died December 10, 1844. John Alphonzo, 
born September i, 1844. Julia Maria, born 
September 6, 1846. Ella Louise, born February 
13, 1848. Samuel Hewes, born November i6j 
1850. William Tileston Clapp. born January 

II, 1853- 

Joseph Willett Clapp, only child of Joseph 
Hewes and Caroline (Allen) Clapp, was born 
in Marlboro, New Hampshire, July 19, 1838. 
From the public schools of Boston he entered 
those of Augusta, where his studies were con- 
cluded, and while still young he obtained a po- 
sition in the service of the Portland and Ken- 
nebec Railroad, which is- now a part of the 
Maine Central system. He worked his way 
forward to a responsible position in the treas- 
urer's department, and was finally appointed 
general ticket agent, in which capacity he con- 
tinued for some time, but was finally com- 
pelled by impaired health to seek a more in- 
vigorating occupation, after having been con- 
nected with the railway service for twenty- 
one years. About the year 1895 he removed 
to Ashland, Massachusetts, where he engaged 
in farming, and he resided there for the re- 
mainder of his life, which terminated August 
17, 1907. 

In politics Mr. Clapp was a Republican, and 
while residing in Augusta participated quite 
actively in public aflfairs, serving with ability 
in both branches of the city government. He 
was made a Master Mason in Augusta and 
passed upward through the chapter and coun- 
cil to the commandery in that city. His re- 
ligious affiliations were with the Universalists. 
He was married November 8, i860, to Eliza 
Jane Downe, born in Bangor, Maine, April 18, 
1833. daughter of Joseph N. and Caroline M. 
(Taylor) Downe. Mrs. Clapp's father was a 
native of Boston and her mother was born in 
Castine, Maine. Of this union there is one 
son, Walter Allen Clapp. born in Augusta, 



MIDDLESEX COUNTY. 



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April 18, 1865. The latter acquired his early 
business training in the rubber stores of C. M, 
Qapp, in Boston, but later became travelling 
representative of the Hodgman Rubber Com- 
pany, and is now in the employ of a cutlery 
concern. He is unmarried and resides with 
his mother in Ashland. 



It is the general belief that the 
TRIPP Tripp family of Maine was found- 
ed on this side of the ocean by an 
immigrant from the county of Kent, England, 
who settled in Wells, that state. This immi- 
grant was Samuel Tripp, the date of whose 
arrival is somewhat uncertain, but it was prob- 
ably quite early in the eighteenth century. He 
cleared a farm from the wilderness, was in 
various other ways instrumental in developing 
the natural resources of southwestern Maine, 
and he reared a family of five children. Ben- 
jamin Tripp, a shipbuilder, probably went 
from York county to Waldo county very early 
in the last century, and locating at Prospect, 
or that part of it which is now Searsport, he 
constructed the first vessel ever launched in 
that town. He also engaged in farming. His 
death occurred in November, 1840. The rec- 
ords examined fail to give the maiden name 
of his wife, whom he married in York county, 
perhaps Alfred, but they state that Jessie, Ly- 
dia, Samuel, Mary and Benjamin were his 
children. 

Samuel Tripp, son of Benjamin Tripp, Sr., 
was born at Alfred in 1800. He was an in- 
dustrious farmer of Prospect, and died Decem- 
ber 30, 1870. He married Lucy Bean, of Al- 
fred, and reared a family of eleven children : 
Albion K., Mrs. Sarah A. White, Jefferson J., 
Mrs. Adeline P. Hopkins, George Addison, 
Nathaniel G., Martin V., Mrs. Annie Horton, 
Frances A. and Flavilla A. (twins), and Mrs. 
Abbie J. Courant. The mother of these chil- 
dren died 1886. 

George Addison Tripp, third son and fifth 
child of Samuel and Lucy (Bean) Tripp, was 
born in Prospect (Searsport), September 23, 
1833. After concluding his attendance at the 
public schools he served an apprenticeship at 
the carpenter's trade, which he followed as a 
journeyman for some years, and in i860 lo- 
cated in Hudson, Massachusetts. Relinquishing 
his trade he spent three years as an operative 
in a shoe factory, and in 1864 engaged in the 
manufacture of shoe boxes, establishing the 
firm of Tripp Brothers. This concern also 
engaged in the ice business, which they carried 
on some ten years, but in 1874 Mr. George A. 



Tripp sold his box manufacturing interests, re- 
taining his interest in the ice business and con- 
ducting it successfully for the succeeding 
twelve years. He was one of the organizers of 
the Hudson Electric Light Company, of which 
he acted as superintendent for eleven years, 
and at the present time is devoting a consider- 
able portion of his time to the banking interests 
of that town. For nearly thirty years be has 
been a director of the Hudson National Bank, 
has for a number of years served as one of the 
auditors and also- upon the investment com- 
mittee of the Hudson Co-operative Bank, and 
is also serving in the last-named capacity for 
the Hudson Savings Bank. In addition to 
rendering able service to the town as a select- 
man he was for fifteen years a member of the 
board of assessors, was for two years overseer 
of the poor and previously connected with the 
fire department. Politically he acts with the 
Republican party, having voted with that party 
since its organization. He is well advanced in 
the Masonic Order, being a member of Doric 
(Blue) Lodge, and is a charter member of 
Trinity Commandery, Knights Templar. 

In 1867 Mr. Tripp was united in marriage 
with Fanny S. Kidder, of Sterling, Massachu- 
setts. They have had three children : Charles 
A., born November 7, 1870, is an electrical and 
mechanical engineer, located in Indianapolis, 
Indiana; married (first) Nancy Brown, one 
child died in infancy; married (second) Maud 
Elizabeth Wright. Lucy, born 1871, died in 
1872. Mabel K., born June 24, 1876. 



Anthony Ludlam, the im- 
LUDLAM migrant ancestor, was born, it 

is said in the parish of Mar- 
loch, Derbyshire, England, and came with his 
brother William to America. Originally the 
name Ludlam and Ludlow were the same. 
Possibly James Luddam or Ludden, of Brain- 
tree, Massachusetts, was of the same family. 
Another authority says that Anthony Ludlam 
was from Yorkshire, England. He came to 
America before 1640 and settled in that year at 
Southampton, Long Island. His brother Wil- 
liam also settled there. Anthony was on the 
list of taxpayers in 1657. His family removed 
to Bridge Hampton. The family of William 
Ludlam removed to Watermill. According to 
the history of Southampton the children of 
Anthony were: i. Anthony, Jr., born 1652. 
died 1682. 2. Joseph, removed to Oyster Bay. 
mentioned below. 3. Isaac. 4. Henry. 

(II) Joseph Ludlam, son of Anthony Lud- 
lam (i), was born at Southampton, Long 



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Island, New York, in 1675. He removed to 
Oyster Bay, Long Island, and thence to Cape 
May, New Jersey, where he purchased a tract 
of land at what has since been known as Lud- 
1am 's Run or Debby Hands Run. on the di- 
vision line between Dennis and the upper town- 
the Pythian Sisters of Melrose. In politics he 
ship on the Seashore Road. It is about twenty 
miles northeast of Cape May Point. He also 
bought Ludlam's Beach, named for him. He 
raised cattle extensively and was also inter- 
ested in whaling vessels. He bought Dennis 
Neck, lying between Dennis creek and Sluice 
creek, in 17 19, for one hundred and sixty- 
three pounds. He divided this lot between his 
sons Anthony and Jeremiah. Anthony divided 
his Dennis Neck property between his sons 
Anthony, Reuben and Providence, bequeath- 
ing his saw mill to his son Providence. The 
history of Cape May county says that Ludlam 
came to Cape May with an emigration of 
whalers from Long Island in 1692 ; purchased 
beaches and upland on which he raised cattle. 
He was the founder of the Cape M'ay family ; 
a prominent citizen and often held public of- 
fices. The registered "ear-marks" of his cat- 
tle was "And El" "under the left Eare," re- 
corded by the phonographic clerk March 13, 
1696-97. This mark subsequently became that 
of his son Anthony. He died at Cumberland, 
New Jersey, in 1761. Children of Joseph: i. 
Anthony, was also prominent at Cape May. 2. 
Joseph, mentioned below. 3. Jeremiah. 

(III) Joseph Ludlam, son of Joseph Ludlam 
(2), was born about 1710 at Cape May, and 
settled at Dennisville on the north side of the 
creek while his brother Anthony had the south 
side of the creek. Jeremiah signed a petition 
in 1763 and was with Joseph on a committee 
of safety in 1775. Both were active patriots. 
Joseph Ludlam and Abraham Bennett were 
appointed inspectors of gunpowder October 4, 
1776. Joseph took the oath of allegiance to 
the new government May 27, 1778. Children: 
I. Henry, mentioned below. 

(IV) Captain Henry Ludlam, son of Joseph 
Ludlam (3), was born at Dennisville, Cape 
May county. New Jersey. May 15, 1752. He 
died there November 30, 1837. He was the 
most prominent man of his day in that section. 
He was elected lieutenant of his company in 
the Revolution, June 7, 1777. and his commis- 
sion dated June 17, 1777. signed by Governor 
Livingston, is in the possession of the family 
of Joseph S. Ludlam, Lowell, Massachusetts, 
who had also the original warrant granting his 
commission as judge of the court of inferior 
pleas, and a deed granting freedom to his 



slaves, Moses and Mary Jackson, signed by 
himself and wife Patience. Henry Ludlam 
was first lieutenant of the company of Captain 
Henry Townsend ( h'ourth Company), regi- 
ment of Major I^^noch Stilwell. Christopher 
Ludlam, brother or cousin, was lieutenant of 
the same company. He was an active and 
efficient officer. Henry Ludlam inherited large 
estates and built vessels on Dennis creek and 
had extensive shipping interests in West In- 
dies ; he was reputed one of the wealthiest men 
of southern New Jersey. He was made judge 
and justice of the peace January 28, 1797. 
Christopher Ludlam was also appointed judge. 
He married, 1772, Hannah Somers, daugh- 
ter of Richard and Hannah Somers, of South 
Atlantic county, New Jersey, of a leading 
Philadelphia family. Children: i. Joseph, born 
about 1775. 2. James (?). 

(V) Joseph Ludlam, son of Judge Henry 
Ludlam (4), was born in Dennisville, New 
Jersey, about 1775. He was a prominent citi- 
zen in civil and military life at Cape May. He 
was first lieutenant of the Artillery Company, 
October 2, 181 3, and commissioned captain 

May 20, 1816. He married . Children: 

I. Richard Smith, born 1792; in 1832 built the 
second large hotel at Cape May, the first "lath- 
ed and plastered" hotel, the famous old Man- 
sion House where he had Henry Clay as his 
guest in 1847 ; had a general store and wood 
business ; was instrumental in securing the in- 
corporation of Cape Island as a borough while 
he was in the legislature in 1846-47 ; was on 
the board of freeholders in 1853-55-62 ; was 
ensign of his company March 12. 1814, and 
lieutenant April 9, 1816; died at Cape May 
City, June 15, 1881. 2. Lewis, born about 
1800, became one of the most successful hotel 
keepers in Richmond, Virginia. 3. Joseph, 
bom May, 1807, mentioned below. 

(VI) Joseph Ludlam, son of Joseph Lud- 
lam (5), was born in Cape May county. New 
Jersey, May, 1807, died in New York City in 

1 85 1. He married . Child: Joseph 

Smith, born September 16. 1837, mentioned 
below. 

(VII) Joseph Smith Ludlam, son of Joseph 
Ludlam (6), was born in Cape May county. 
New Jersey, September 16, 1837. He passed 
his boyhood and youth in his native town and 
New York City, receiving his education in the 
public schools of Cape May and a private 
school in New York City. The life of the sea- 
faring man had great attractions for him. He 
was naturally venturesome and as a young 
man went to sea, making voyages to nearly 
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line of promotion he became mate and then 
captain of large vessels engaged in the East 
India trade. After long and able service as a 
mariner he became a pilot in the employ of the 
Chinese government. 

From this position Mr. Ludlam became a 
cc«nmander of Chinese troops during the Tai 
Ping Rebellion, and it was at this time he en- 
tered upon the most eventful period of his 
career. In this service he saw much of mili- 
tary life and became the intimate friend of 
Chinese Gordon, with whom he held close re- 
lations for a number of years. Sixteen years 
of his life Mr. Ludlam devoted to this cause 
and the life at sea, and the Chinese government 
conferred upon him marked honors in appre- 
ciation of his conduct. In 1872 he left China 
and traveled through Europe. During these 
wanderings he sought a commission in the 
Turkish army, but the conditions of the service 
were so harsh that he determined to return to 
America and this he did in 1874, Before ar- 
rival in this country he secured employment in 
the Lake Superior mining region as superin- 
tendent of a copper mine. There he remained 
until he came to Lowell in 1875 and there he 
lived the last twenty-one years of his life. 

And the coming to Lowell shows the re- 
markable ability of Mr. Ludlam to grasp the 
details of a new business and demonstrated 
again his remarkable powers of observation. 
It was this power that made him successful in 
his sea and army life and it was this power 
again that so impressed the officials of the 
Merrimack that here was a man who couild 
take that mill in charge and manage it with 
profit to its owners. Mr. Ludlam in a visit to 
the mill so successfully comprehended the 
whole scope of the plant and its innumerable 
details that he was offered the position of 
agent. He accepted the position and from that 
time to his death filled the office with con- 
spicuous ability and success. His home was 
on Andover street, and the house there was 
always a delight to the visitor interested in 
the collection of curios collected in his life in 
foreign lands. The house was burned in 1894 
and with it many of the valuable souvenirs it 
contained. Mr. Ludlam rebuilt the house in 
which he and his family have since lived. 

Mr. Ludlam was a Republican in politics, 
and during the campaign when James C. Ab- 
bott was elected mayor was very active. He 
did not seek political honors for himself, how- 
ever. He was a member of the Yorick Qub of 
Lowell and of the Somerset Club of Boston. 
He was a man of splendid physique. He at- 
tended closely to the duties of his position as 



the head of a great industrial business and he 
spent most of his time when not in his office at 
his home. But those privileged to know him 
well knew him as a charming personality. Few 
men have had wider range of experience 
in life and few could find in their ow;. 
lives more to talk about of interest we- 
athers. Some one has said that to the 
stranger and to others who were associated 
with him during the hours of business 
Mr. Ludlam was apparently brusque, as 
is usually the case with virile men. He under- 
stood men, his long life spent with hundreds 
of them in his charge giving him a fine insight 
into the character of those he controlled. 

He married, January 22, 1878, Annabelle 
Elizabeth Grant, daughter of Alexander and 
Sarah (Donaldson) Grant, of St. Johns, New 
Brunswick. She came of a long and distin- 
guished lineage traced to the year A. D., 800, 
when a prince named Woodine from Asia set- 
tled in Norway. This Grant family has an an- 
cient coat-of-arms and crest. 

Children : i . Emily Josephine, born Decem- 
ber 3, 1873. 2. Edward Gordon, born May 27, 
1875- 3- Elizabeth G., born December 21, 
1878. 



Samuel Goddard, grand- 
GODDARD father of Samuel John God- 
dard, of Framingham, Mas- 
sachusetts, was born at Child Okeford, Dorset- 
shire, England, in 181 5. He received a good 
education in the schools there. He served an 
apprenticeship from fifteen to twenty-one at 
the carpenter's trade, and became a well 
known and successful builder and contractor, 
employing a large force of men. When he 
was about thirty-five years old he took the 
superintendency of the saw mills of Lord Port- 
man, cutting and sawing the timber on his es- 
tates, remaining in that position for a period 
of forty years, after which he was retired, in 
1890, by Lord Portman. He died January 10, 
1892. He was a member of the Church of 
England. He married, July 4. 1837, Mary 
Ann Phillips, who was born in 1816, daughter 
of John and Sarah Phillips, the former a min- 
ister of the Church of England. Children : 
John, Ann, Edward, mentioned below ; Joseph. 
(II) Edward Goddard, son of Samuel God- 
dard (i), was born at Child Okeford, Dorset- 
shire, England, September 24, 1844. He was 
educated in the schools there, and at the age 
of fourteen began to learn the trade of car- 
penter as his father's apprentice. Two years 
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where he continued five years as gardener. 
Subsequently he engaged in business on his 
own account in Hampshire, England, where 
he has resided since 1890, working on the 
various estates in the vicinity. He is a mem- 
ber of the Church of England. He married, 
December 25, 1868, Elizabeth Watts, born 
April 29, 1847, daughter of William and Eme- 
line (Stephens) Watts, of Child Okeford. 
William Watts was a shoemaker or cordwain- 
er. Children: i. Samuel John, mentioned be- 
low. 2. Elizabeth Emeline, born June 9, 1873, 
married Philip Melhursh, of Bournemouth, 
England. 

(HI) Samuel John Goddard, son of Ed- 
ward Goddard (2), was born at Child Oke- 
ford, Dorsetshire, England, October, October 
14, 1869. He was five years old when the 
family moved to Bournemouth, Hampshire, 
and he attended school there until his fifteenth 
year. He served an apprenticeship under 
Enoch White, florist, at Bournemouth, subse- 
quently entering the employ of George Watts 
& Sons, florists, as journeyman. After eigh- 
teen months in this position he entered the 
employ of Edwin Morrell, at Shrewsbury, in 
1889. He then became foreman propagator 
for the entire plant of Hewett & Company, 
florists, Birmingham, England, which position 
he left in 1891, the year of his emigration to 
the United States. He finally settled in Fram- 
ingham, Massachusetts, where he served as 
foreman for William Nicholson, florist. In 
1898 he engaged in business on his own ac- 
count, erecting greenhouses on Main street, 
and has been very successful in building up a 
large and prosperous trade. He has an area 
of twenty-six thousand square feet of glass 
and foiuir acres of land. He produces general 
floral products, but has made a specialty of 
carnations, originating the Helen Goddard. 
Mr. Goddard attends Plymouth Congregation- 
al Church, Framingham. In politics he is a 
Republican; he served as delegate to the Re- 
publican councilor conventions of 1904-05. He 
is a member of Middlesex Lodge, Free and 
Accepted Masons, of Framingham; Concord 
Royal Arch Chapter. Natick Commandery, 
Knights Templar, Boston Lafayette Lodge of 
Perfection ; Pericles Lodge, No. 4, Knights of 
Pythias, of which he is past chancellor ; Fram- 
ingham Grange, Patrons of Husbandry; 
American Carnation Society; Boston Gardenn 
er's and Florist's Club; Rhode Island Horti- 
cultural Society, Massachusetts Horticultural 
Society. 

Mr. Goddard married, July 23, 1896, Han- 
nah Jane Brown, born June 30, 1869, daughter 



of Thomas and Mary (Jones) Brown, of 
Framingham. Her father was a gardener and 
is now retired. They have one child, Helen 
Brown, born January 12, 1898. 



John Carney was born in Ire- 
CARNEY land of ancient Irish family. 
He married there Mary Quiig- 
ley, who also was born in Ireland. Among 
their children was John Carney, mentioned be- 
low. 

(II) John Carney, son of John Carney (i), 
was txjrn in Ireland. He married Elizabeth 
Sullivan, who was also born in Ireland, she 
being the second wife. They came to America 
and made their home in Chelsea, Orange coun- 
ty, Vermont, where their son William Joseph, 
mentioned below, was born. 

(III) William Joseph Carney, son of John 
Carney (2), was born in Chelsea, Vermont, 
September 23, 1852. He received his early 
education in the public schools in Vermont, 
but left home at the age of twelve to enlist in 
the Union army. He lacked five months of 
being thirteen when he became a private in 
Company K, Fourteenth New Jersey Volun- 
teer Infantry, and served until 1865, when he 
was honorably discharged at the close of the 
war. He re-enlisted in the Second United 
States Cavalry, May 9, 1866, in Troop M, and 
served in the Indian campaign on the western 
frontier for eight years. He remained in the 
government service seven years more as a 
scout, messenger, etc. During the Indian ris- 
ings he was wbunded several times and to the 
day of his death carried a scar on his face 
caused by an Indian arrow. He had a taste 
for literature, and devoted himself for many 
years afterward in writing stories of frontier 
life for newspapers and magazines. He had 
a rich and extensive personal experience from 
which to draw his material, and he had ac- 
quired a graphic and popular style of telling 
his tales. He was very successful in a material 
way in his literary work. He continued a. 
rather remarkable career as an author until 
1899, when he engaged in business, building 
up a flourishing trade in dispensing a cure for 
the drug habit. He took up his residence in 
Melrose in 1900, and was popular and highly 
esteemed in that city, where he had a large 
circle of personal friends. He belonged to 
Melrose Lodge, No. 157, Odd Fellows; to 
Advance T^dge, No. 37, Goflfstown, New 
Hampshire; Knights of Pythias and to U. S. 
Grant Post, No. 4, Grand Army of the Repub- 
lic. He was and his family are members of 





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was a Democrat, but non-partisan in municipal 
elections. His family belongs to the Roman 
Catholic church at Melrose. 

Mr. Carney married, February 9, 1885, 
Mary Winne, born December 17, 1867, daugh- 
ter of Patrick and Mary (Eagan) Winne, of 
West Randolph, Vermont. Children: i. Mar- 
garet, born January 21, 1888. 2. Mary, born 
December 25, 1889. 3- Josephine, born No- 
vember lOj 1890, deceased. 4. William J., Jr., 
born December 19, 1894, deceased. 5. Bar- 
bara H., born November 18, 1896, deceased. 
6. Barbara H., born September 18, 1897. 7. 
John, born June, 1899, deceased. Two other 
children died in infancy. Mr. Carney died 
September 20, 1907 ; his interment was in Wy- 
oming cemetery, Melrose, Massachusetts. 



Abraham Pierce or Peirce, the 
PIERCE immigrant ancestor, was born in 

England. He first appears in this 
country in 1623 when he was a taxpayer at 
Plymouth. He took part in a division of cat- 
tle in 1627; sold land January 20, 1627, to 
Thomas Clark ; was admitted a freeman in 
1633; juror in 1636; was a soldier in 1643 '^^ 
Captain Myles Standish's company. He had 
many grants of land and bought and sold vari- 
ous parcels in Plymouth ; was one of the orig- 
inal purchasers of ancient Bridgewater, Mas- 
sachusetts ; was brought before the court un- 
der charge of neglecting to attend church, and 

acquitted. He married Rebecca . He 

died about 1673, intestate, and administration 
was granted to his son Abraham June 3, 1673. 
The son was allowed to take the residue after 
paying portions to his brother Isaac and sisters 
Rebecca Wills and Alice Baker. Children: i. 
Abraham, born January, 1638, married Han- 
nah Glass, of Duxbury. 2. Rebecca, married 

Wills and died March 30, 1724, at 

Marshfield. 3. M'ary, married Baker. 

4. Alice, baptized July 21, 1859, married 

Baker and died in Duxbury, 1673. 5- 

Isaac, mentioned below. 

(II) Isaac Pierce or Peirce, son of Abraham 
Pierce or Peirce (i), was born about 1661 in 
Plymouth. He was a soldier in King Philip's 
war and for his services received a grant of 
land. He died suddenly at Middleboro, 
Massachusetts, now Lakeville, February 28, 
1732. His will was dated 1722, bequeathing 
his real estate to sons Isaac and Thomas ; de- 
vising also to daughters Mary, Lydia, Mercy, 
Sarah and Rebecca, five pounds each. The land 
granted for his Narraganset service was in 



township No. 4, in New Hampshire ; exchang- 
ed later for land at Quabbin, where the grant 
being deficient in quantity, an additional grant 
was made in Chesterfield or Goshen, Massa- 
chusetts. Quabbin is now Greenwich, Massa- 
chusetts. It was 1763, or eighty-five years 
after the war before the grant was finally con- 
cluded. Isaac died before the origmal grant 
was made in 1733. Tradition says that he mar- 
ried Alice Chartley, a Scotch girl, whose pass- 
age he paid as one of the conditions of making 
her his wife. No records are found to sub- 
stantiate the story. Children of Isaac and 
Alice Pierce: i. Isaac, married Judith Booth, 
daughter of John, of Scituate ; he died Januc 
ary 17, 1757. 2. Thomas, mentioned below. 

3. Mary, married Saunders. 4. Lydia, 

married (first), July 3, 1706, John Heyford ; 
(second), January 12, 1725. Aaron Seekel. 5. 
Miercy, married. May 15, 1707, Joseph Trou- 

ant. 6. Sarah, married Macomber. 7. 

Rebecca, married Samuel Hoar, of Middlebor- 
ough ; she died July 12, 1765. 

(Ill) Thomas Pierce or Peirce, son of Isaac 
Pierce or Peirce (2), was born about 1690. 
Married, April 16, 1714, Naomi Booth, of Mid- 
dleborough, daughter of John Booth, of Scitu- 
ate, sister of Isaac Pierce's wife. The family 
historian says of Naomi : "Like the creaking 
wheel of the fable Naomi was always complain- 
ing ; sick, sick, always sick, too feeble to at- 
tend to a housekeeper's legitimate cares ; too 
feeble to cook a meal and indeed too feeble to 
get out of bed till it was cooked and fully pre- 
pared for eating. But though destitute of a 
proper sense of shame she lacked nothing in 
that of smell. And as the savory odor of tempt- 
ing viands reached her olfactories, a surprising 
change quickly came over the spirit of her 
sluggish dreams, when crawling from her bed, 
she came to the table to astonish all beholders 
with her surfeit and gluttony. The mulish 
Isaac Pierce, Jr., was probably as innocent of 
instituting the means which conspired, by and 
through the assistance of his model wife, to 
make his life a success, as was his more intel- 
ligent brother Thomas incapable of resisting 
the downward and destructive tendency in his, 
encumbered and ever discouraged as he was 
by this burden like a millstone about his neck." 
That appears to be an overdrawn attack on an 
invalid wife and mother. And we are told 
nothing further about Thomas except that he 
was an Anabaptist as early as 1737. He lived 
in Middleborough. Children, born there: i. 
Thomas, married Rebecca Jones. 2. Shad- 
rach, bom July 8, 1717, married, August 16, 



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1737, Abigail Hoskins, settled in Spencer, 
Massachusetts. 3. Naomi, born October i, 
1719, married, April 22, 1747, Josiah Jones, 
died in the military service November, 1762. 
4. Jonathan, born March 23, 1723. 5. Rich- 
ard, born April 15, 1725, mentioned below. 
6. Hilkiah, born October 19, 1727, married 
Hannah Briggs ; he was sergeant in the French 
and Indian war; was also in Revolutionary 
war. 

(IV) Richard Pierce or Peirce, son of 
Thomas Pierce or Peirce (3), was born in 
Middleborough, Massachusetts, April 15, 1725. 
Married, December 12, 1745, M'ary Simmons, 
born October 9, 1723, daughter of Abraham 
and Ann (Lee) Simmons, granddaughter of 
John Simmons, of Freetown ; great-grand- 
daughter of Moses Simmons, Jr., the son of 
Moses, the immigrant, who came over in 162 1. 
He married (second) Lois De Moranville, his 
first wife being separated from him. Richard 
Pierce was elected a deer ward in 1752. He 
was a soldier in the Revolution, a sergeant in 
Captain Abiel Peirce's company (Second Mid- 
dleborough) of militia, which marched on the 
Lexington alarm, April 19, 1775, to Marsh- 
field, Massachusetts. He was corporal in Cap- 
tain Levi Rounsevel's company, Colonel David 
Brewer's regiment (9th), at Roxbury, in the 
summer of 1775 ; also private in Captain Elisha 
Haskell's company. Colonel Benjamin Hawes's 
regiment, in the Rhode Island campaign of 
1778. His son, Richard, Jr., was also a soldier, 
serving three years in the Continental army. 

Children of Richard and Marv Pierce: i. 
Zilpah, born June 9, 1746, married, October 
30, 1770, Michael Mosher, a soldier in the 
Revolution. 2. Jesse, born July 12, 1747. 3. 
Richard, Jr., married, August 29, 1776, Lydia 
Booth, of Middleborough, and (second), No- 
vember 28, 1789, Sarah Booth. Children of 
Richard and Lois (De Moranville) Pierce : 
4. Abner, born April 2, 1778, married Lydia 
Chase. 5. Naomi, born January 19, 1782, 
married, August 16, 1798, Lewis de Moran- 
ville, of New Bedford. 6. Russell, born June 
25, 1784, married Sybil Chase, of Freetown; 
she died May 24, 1855, aged seventy-one years, 
nine months ; he lived at Long Plain, Roches- 
ter, Massachusetts. 7. Thomas, born March 

I, 1787, married, 1818, Phebe Strange, daugh- 
ter of Lot Strange, of Freetown, Thomas died 
April 24, 1850, and was buried in Freetown. 
8. Eli, born January 23, 1789. 9. Levi, born 
M'ay 25, 1792, died young. 10. Preserved, 
born March 14, 1794, married Webster. 

II. Zadoc, bom April 19, 1796. 12. Phillip 



P., born January 30, 1798, mentioned below. 
13. Lois, married Dunham. 14. Lem- 
uel, married Rebecca C. Glover. (See Peirce 
Genealogy by Ebenezer W. Peirce, page 88.) 

(V) Philip Paddleford Pierce, son of Rich- 
ard Pierce or Peirce (4), was born in Middle- 
borough, January 30, 1798, and was educated 
in the common schools there. He was a ship 
carpenter by trade, but in his youth went on a 
whaling voyage, as most young men of that 
section did. He was an old-line Democrat in 
politics, and a Christian Baptist in religion. 
He resided at Fall River, New Bedford and 
finally in Boston, where he died September 25, 
1840, in a drowning accident while at work at 
his trade. He married, at Assonet, Mary 
Strange Keith, born 1801 in Wareham, Mas- 
sachusetts, and was a school teacher before 
marriage, the daughter of Joseph and Mary 
(Strange) Keith. Her mother was a daugh- 
ter of Lot Strange, of Assonet, Massachusetts. 
Children : Mary, married George Newhall. 
Caroline, married Thomas Heath. Adeline, 
resides in Charlestown, Massachusetts. George 
W., born August 5, 1835, mentioned below. 
Philip, resides in Chicago. 

(VI) George Washington Pierce, son of 
Philip P. Pierce (5), was born in New Bed- 
ford, Massachusetts, August 5, 1835. His 
father died when he was less than five years 
old, leaving his mother with four children, and 
another bom six months later. The mother had 
a hard time to support herself and family, and 
at the end of ten years of hard work she too 
died. Mary, the eldest daughter, was sixteen 
years old when her father died and for four 
years she helped her mother, then she married 
and the mother upon the advice of her brother 
in Fall River moved to that city. The two 
elder daughters at home, Adeline and Caroline, 
worked in the mills to support the little family. 

After the death of the mother George resid- 
ed for a time with his sisters who had mar- 
ried. He had a common school education. In 
1852, at the age of seventeen, he enlisted in 
the American navy. He served at one time 
on the famous old "Cumberland." After his 
term expired he re-enlisted, and his second 
term expired before the Civil war broke out. 
He enlisted in the army and served through 
the Civil war and remained in the regular army 
afterward until 1876. He became a temperance 
lecturer of some prominence and was finally 
ordained as a minister. He was a member of 
the Methodist Episcopal church of Fall River 
in his youth. Mr. Pierce is now residing at. 
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John Cochrane, father of 
COCHRANE John Cochrane, of Maiden, 

Massachusetts, was born in 
Neilston Parish, Renfrewshire, Scotland, in 
181 1, the son of Hugh and Margaret (Coch- 
rane) Cochrane, and grandson of Hugh and 
Bethia (Douglas) Cochrane, of Gladerstone. 
He married Sarah, -daughter of Robert and 
Mary (Robinson) Melville, of the same 
parish. He was educated in Scotland 
and Belfast, Ireland, and was a printer 
and dyer of silk and cotton goods. He came 
to America with his family in 1844 and became 
manager for William Simpson & Co., of Phil- 
adelphia. In 1847, he established himself in 
business in Maiden, Massachusetts, for silk 
handkerchief dyeing and printing. He died in 
Mlalden in 1895. 

(II) John Cochrane, son of John and Sarah 
(Melville) Cochrane, was born in Barrhead, 
Renfrewshire, Scotland. He came to this 
country with his parents, attended school in 
Maiden and returned to Scotland in 185 1 to 
complete his education. On returning, in 1854' 
he became manager of the silk works in Lynn, 
Massachusetts, of Daniel K. Chase, a Boston 
merchant. In 1857 he established business for 
himself in South Reading (Wakefield), Mas- 
sachusetts, finally locating in Maiden, having 
purchased the Odiorne Mill property where he 
continues business in connection with his car- 
pet mills in Dedham and cotton mills in Daniel- 
son, Connecticut, under the name of Cochrane 
Manufacturing Company. 

He married Pauline, daughter of Nathaniel 
and Hannah (Pratt) Tufts, a descendant of 
Peter Tufts, the founder of the family in Mid- 
dlesex county. Peter Tufts came from Eng- 
land about 1617 and located in Charlestown, 
Massachusetts, where he was one of the larg- 
est land owners. He died in Maiden in 1700. 
Charles Tufts, the founder of Tufts College, 
was a descendant in the sixth generation. 



Hycent Purcell, son of Michael 
PURCELL and Elizabeth (Qark) Pur- 
cell, was born in county Clare, 
Ireland, and came to America in 1852, when 
he was about eighteen years of age. He had 
received a common school training in Ireland 
and had also learned the habits of industry and 
hard work that fell to the lot of so many of the 
Irish peasantry on account of the heavy land 
laws to which they were subjected. On arriv- 
ing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he found 
his first, and the only work he did as an em- 
ployee, in the cement works of Jacob Nutt, 
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who had carried on the works from 183 1 at 
Western avenue and Franklin street, where he 
was not only a diligent workman, but an apt 
pupil in the methods of manufacture. He re- 
mained with Mr. Nutt, who had found him a 
righthand man, always zealous of the interests 
of his employer. In 1871, after eighteen years 
service given to the business of Mr. Nutt, be 
engaged in the same business on his own ac- 
count at 441 and 443 Main street, Cambridge, 
where he manufactured original elastic cement 
for bedding slate and tile, repairing leaky 
roofs, etc., etc., and he had as customers the 
builders of the important public buildings of 
Cambridge, including the City Hall, Senior 
Hall, Harvard University, Registry of Deeds, 
and also in Boston numerous public school 
buildings, the Boston Custom House, Chicker- 
ing Piano Factory, City Hospital, Equitable 
Society Building, Post Office, etc., and outside 
the limits of Greater Boston on the Leland 
Stanford University buildings, Palo Alto, Cal- 
ifornia ; Carnegie Library and City Halls, 
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania ; Union Depot and 
City Hall, vSt. Louis, Missouri ; Ponce de Leon 
Hotel, St. Augustine, Florida, etc. He greatly 
improved the process of making cement, giv- 
ing to his employer the benefit of such improve- 
ment up to the time of engaging in business 
on his own account, and after that continuing 
his experiments induced by the trials of time 
and weather in that already laid, and house- 
holders and custodians of public buildings 
found in the preparation put up by Hycent 
Purcell a sure cure for leaks around chimneys, 
around lights on sidewalks, in poorly laid 
roofs of tile and slate and in places afifected 
by extremes of heat and cold. 

Mr. Purcell was married to Ann, daughter 
of John Mullen, a native of Ireland, residing 
in Cambridge, and their children were eight m 
number: i. Michael, who was educated in the 
parochial school and became an electrical en- 
gineer's helper in the works of the General 
Electrical Company at Lynn, Massachusetts. 
He married and had two children and made 
his home in Lynn. 2. William, who engaged 
in business in Cambridge, married and had 
four children. He died, December i, 1907, in 
Cambridge. 3. Mary A., who resides at home. 
4. Margaret, who married John T. Hughes, a 
graduate of Harvard, A. B., 1893, a lawyer in 
Boston with a home in Brookline; they have 
two children. 5. John, unmarried, in business 
with his father in Cambridge. 6. Catherine, 
who married Robert James, and resides in 
Cambridge. 7. Agnes, who resides at home. 
8. Edward, who died young. 



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(I) William Hodgkins, the 

HODGKINS immigrant ancestor, was 
born in England, as early 
as 1 590- 1600. He came to Plymouth, New 
England, among the early settlers and was ad- 
mitted a freeman several years afterward, in 
1634, and served as juryman in 1636. His 
first wife may have died in England. He mar- 
ried (second), December 21, 1638, at Plym- 
outh, Ami Hynes. Hodgkins removed to Ips- 
wich about 1641. His wife, Ann, deposed 
March 2, 1641, that she had lived before mar- 
riage at the house of Mr. Derby, father of John 
and Richard Derby. Hodgkins placed his 
daughter Sarah with Thomas and Winifred 
Whitney, January 2, 1643, to remain until 
twenty years of age. Children of his first mar- 
riage : I. William, mentioned below. 2. 
Sarah, mentioned above. Children of the sec- 
ond marriage : 3. Child, born at Ipswich, No- 
vember 30, 1647. 4. Samuel, born August 8, 
1654. 

(II) William Hodgkins, son of William 
Hodgkins (i), was born in England in 1622, 
according to his own deposition made Septem- 
ber 29, 1 69 1, giving his age as about sixty-nine 
years and stating that he had occupied beach 
privileges at Little Neck Beach at Ipswich for 
a period of fifty years. He lived the remainder 
of his life in Ipswich, coming there with his 
father about 1640 or 1641, and died December 
26, 1693, in his seventy-second year. He or 
his father was at one time of Gloucester. He 
built a house in Ipswich in 1668. He married 
Grace Dutch, of Gloucester, Massachusetts. 
She was daughter of Osman Dutch, who died 
at the age of one hundred years, in December, 
1684. Grace died October 10, 1694. Her 
brother. Robert Dutch, was in Bloody Brook 
battle, was wounded and left for dead on the 
field and found by Captain Moseley's men 
when the Indians were stripping the dead the 
day afterward, and recovered from his wounds. 

Children of William and Grace Hodgkins : 

I. William, married Elizabeth . 2. Samuel, 

born November 2, 1658. 3. Mary, born April 
6, 1661, married Robert Coates, of Lynn. 4. 

Edward, married Martha and removed 

from Ipswich. 5. Hezekiah, who figured in 
the courts for playing cards and was fined. 6. 
Thomas, born 1668, mentioned below. 7. 
Christopher, married Tabitha Hodgkins, of 
Linebrook, ancestor of many New Hampshire 
families. 8. John, died January 20, 1690. 9. 
Martha, married William Howard. 10. Abi- 
gail, died November 13, 1720. 11. Hannah, 
married, January 17, 1670, John Berry. 

(Ill) Sergeant Thomas Hodgkins, son of 



William Hodgkins (2), was born in Ipswich, 
1668, and died November 16, 17 19, aged fifty- 
one. He married, December 12, 1689, Abigail 
Hovey, daughter of Daniel and Abigail (An- 
drews) Hovey. His widow died November 
28, 1754. Mr. Hovey built the old house and 
wharf on Turkey shore, still in existence. 
Children: i. Daniel, born October 14, 1690, 
mentioned below. 2. Thomas, born 1692, died 
December 30, 1778, aged eighty-six. 3. Ezek- 
iel, died September 13, 1677. 4. Hannah, 
married, 1735, John Lakema. 5. John, bap- 
tized August 16, 1713, died 1797, aged eighty- 
four years, called "Carpenter John." 

(IV) Daniel Hodgkins, son of Thomas 
Hodgkins (3), was born in Ipswich, October 
14, 1690, and died June i, 1773, aged eighty- 
four. He married (first) in 1714, Abigail 
Hunt; (second), in 1737, Mary Harris, who 
survived him and administered the estate. 
Children, born in Ipswich: i. Abigail, born 
171 5, baptized October 9, 1715; married Wil- 
liam Stone. 2. Daniel, born April 10, 1716, 
mentioned below. 3. Benjamin, born Decem- 
ber 6, 1 7 18, died January 4, 1748. 4. Sarah, 
born July 2, 1721, died young. 5. George, 
born May 19, 1723, died October i, 1726. 6. 
Ezekiel, born November 14, 1725. 7. Sarah, 
born October 19, 1726. 8. Sarah, born May 
19, 1730. 9. George, born October 25, 1731. 
10. Elizabeth, born December 10, 1732. 

(V) Daniel Hodgkins, son of Daniel Hodg- 
kins (4), was baptized April 10, 1716, at Ips- 
wich, Massachusetts. Married, October 27, 
1739, Abigail Heard, daughter of Edmund 
and Deborah (Osgood) Heard. He was lost 
at sea in 1763 and Daniel Heard was appointed 
guardian of his children. His widow married 
(second) David Pulsifer. She died in 1786 
and at her burial the snow was so deep that 
the "bier was carried over the roof of a one- 
story house" which was buried in a huge drift. 
On the day of her death the snow fell to a 
great depth, covering doors and windows. 
Children: i. Abigail, born 1740, baptized Oc- 
tober 12, 1740; married John Caldwell. 2. 
Deborah, born 1742, baptized March 13, 1742, 
died young. 3. Daniel, baptized November 
18, 1744; mentioned below. 4. Deborah, bap- 
tized February 22, 1746, married, 1772, Jon- 
athan Lakeman. 

(VI) Daniel Hodgkins, son of Daniel Hodg- 
kins (5), was baptized at Ipswich, November 
18, 1744. He is believed to have been the Ver- 
mont settler who was unquestionably a near 
relation. Children: i. Daniel, mentioned be- 
low. 2. Betsey, married Sylvanus Sparks. 3. 
Sallie, married Saunders. 



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(VII) Daniel Hodgkins, son of Daniel 
Hodgkins (6), was born about 1780, and lived 
in the vicinity of Wardsborough, Vermont. He 
married Sylvania Brown. Children, born at 
Wardsborough: i. George, married Lucy Or- 
cutt, of Wardsborough, Vermont ; children : 
Martha and Lillian. 2. Levi, mentioned be- 
low. 3. Willard, married Delia Norton, of 
Bennington, Vermont, and has a son Clifford, 
born in Wilmington, Vermont. 4. Lydia, mar- 
ried Elbridge G. Crafts, of Whately, Massa- 
chusetts ; children : ' John Murray, born 1842, 
died June 24, 1847; John Murray (2d), born 
September 17, 1847; Edmund, born July 7, 
1850, died January 22, 1854; Edmund, born 
June 28, 1854; Earl, born February 22, 1861, 
died March 23, 1886. 

(VIII) Levi Hodgkins, son of Daniel Hodg- 
kins (7), was born in Wellington, Vermont, in 
the year 1820. When a young man he removed 
from Vermont to Boston, where he was en- 
gaged in the teaming business until shortly be- 
fore his death. He was an industrious and up- 
right man. In politics he was a Democrat. 
During his active career his residence was in 
Charlestown, where he died, April i, 1871. He 
married Hannah Clement, who was born in 
Hill, New Hampshire, October 4, 1816, and is 
still living at the venerable age of more than 
ninety-one years. Their children : Lydia, 
Henrietta, Emily, Annie, Levi Warren, see 
forward ; Carrie. 

(IX) Levi Warren Hodgkins, only son of 
Levi and Hannah (Qement) Hodgkins, was 
born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, August 
27, 1852. He received his education in the 
public schools in his native town, and at the 
early age of seventeen made his beginning in 
the business that proved to be his life occupa- 
tion, he having continued therein to the pres- 
ent time, achieving a large measure of success 
— a result due entirely to his own intelligent 
and industrious effort. He entered upon em- 
ployment as a clerk in the retail shoe store of 
Henry H. Tuttle & Company, Boston, in Sep- 
tember, 1869, and remained in that capacity for 
a period of twelve years ending in 1881, when, 
in February, he became a member of the firm 
of Thayer, McNeil & Hodgkins, of 47 Temple 
place and 15 West street, Boston, the most 
widely known and one of the most successful 
retail shoe stores in New England. 

Mr. Hodgkins is a resident of Maiden, 
where he is as favorably regarded for his per- 
sonal worth as he is in commercial circles for 
his abilities and integrity. He is a Republican 
in politics, and a staunch supporter of the can- 
didates and principles of his party, but has 



never aspired to official position. He is a mem- 
ber of the First Baptist Church of Maiden, and 
of the Baptist Social Union of Boston. He is a 
member of the Kernwood Club of Maiden, of 
which he was one of the incorporators at its 
organization. Mr. Hodgkins married, Septem- 
ber 27, 1881, Jennie A. Fernald, who was born 
December 23, i860, died at Maiden, June 14, 
1902, daughter of Mrs. A. T. Fernald. The 
children of Mr. and Mrs. Hodgkins, born in 
Maiden, are : Annie Qement, bc»rn April 12, 
1883; and Marjorie Fernald, born May 16, 



Winfield Scott Hutchin- 
HUTCHINSON son. of Newton, Massa- 
chusetts, is a lineal de- 
scendant of Richard Hutchinson, who was 
born in Arnold, England, in 1602, and who 
was a direct descendant of Bernard Hutchin- 
son, who was living in 1282, in Cowlan, county 
of York. The line of descent to Richard the 
immigrant, above named, is through John, 
James, William, Anthony, Thomas, Lawrence 
and Thomas. Richard, son of Thomas last 
named, emigrated to America in 1634 with his 
wife Alice and four children. His wife was a 
daughter of Joseph Bosworth, of Holgrave, 
England. Richard settled in Salem Village 
(now Danvers), where he and wife were 
members of the First Church. He became a 
large landholder and prominent citizen, but 
so far as is known held no public office and 
rendered no military service. He was known 
as a strict disciplinarian in religious affairs. 
He was three times married ; first, December 
7, 1627, to Alice Bosworth, as above ; and 
who gave birth to her eighth child in 1639; 
second, October 2, 1668, to Susannah, widow 
of Samuel Archard ; and third, 1681, to Sarah, 
widow of James Standish ; there were children 
by his first marriage only. 

(II) Joseph Hutchinson, son of Richard 
(i), and Alice (Bosworth) Hutchinson, was 
born at North Muskham, England, 1633, and 
came to America with his parents. He in- 
herited and acquired a large landed estate, was 
constable and tax gatherer, and was often chos- 
en administrator and overseer. He was one of 
the complainants for witchcraft against Tituba, 
the Indian woman servant of the Rev. Samuel 
Parris, and also two other women. He died 
aged eighty-three years, having had eleven 
children. 

(III) Richard Hutchinson, son of Joseph 
(2), Hutchinson, was born in Salem Village, 
Massachusetts, May 10, 1681. He removed 



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to Maine about 1713. He had been a large 
landholder. He married, 1713, Rachel Bance, 
and had six children. 

(IV) Stephen Hutchinson, son of Richard 

(3) and Rachel (Bance) Hutchinson, was 
bom August 14, 1715. He removed in 1737 
to Penobscot county, Maine, where he lived 
until the breaking out of the Indian war in 
1780, when he moved to Windham, where he 
died in 1788. He was a yeoman. He was 
married three times ; his first wife was Abigail 
Haskins, whom he married February 22, 

1737-8. 

(V) Joseph Hutchinson, son of Stephen 

(4) and Abigail (Haskins) Hutchinson, was 
born 1755. He was a soldier in the revolution, 
and was present at the defeat and capture of 
Burgoyne. He removed to Windham, and 
about 1794 to Hebron, where he died in Feb- 
ruary, 1800. He married, 1778, Rebecca Le- 
gro, of Marblehead, who bore him eleven chil- 
dren, and survived him. Soon after his mar- 
riage he was ordained to the ministry and be- 
came distinguished as a traveling preacher. 

(VI) Stephen Hutchinson, son of the Rev. 
Joseph (5) and Rebecca (Legro) Hutchin- 
son, was born in Windham, Maine, August 10, 
1787, and died in Buckfield, same state, Sep- 
tember, 1850. He was a yeoman. He mar- 
ried, 1809, Asenath D., born 1790, died 1828, 
daughter of Samuel Gilbert, of Leeds, Maine, 
who bore him six children. He married (sec- 
ond) Jennette Alden, who bore him four chil- 
dren. 

(VII) Stephen Drew Hutchinson, son of 
Stephen (6) and Asenath (Gilbert) Hutchin- 
son, was born in Hebron. Maine, September 
25, 1812, and died at Paris, Maine, September 
23, 1897. He was a man of various occupa- 
tions- — a farmer, then a school teacher, then a. 
trader ;■ was for eleven years register of deeds 
for Oxford county ; and then resumed trading, 
which he followed until his death. He mar- 
ried, June II, 1837, Mary Atkinson, who died 
at Paris, Maine, July 18, 1874, having borne to 
her husband five children, all of whom were 
living at the time of her death. She was a 
daughter of John and Lucy (Chipman) Atkin- 
son, of Minot, Maine. Her father was a de- 
scendant in direct line from John Atkinson, 
(born about 1640, and came to Newbury, 
Massachusetts, atx)ut 1663), and was the sixth 
John Atkinson of an unbroken line for eight 
generations, the last one now living at West 
Newton, Massachusetts. Through her mother, 
Lucy Chipman, Mary (Atkinson) Hutchin- 
son was a direct descendant from Governor 
Bradford, of the "Mayflower." 



(VIII) Winfield Scott Hutchinson, son of 
Stephen Drew (7) and Mary (Atkinson) 
Hutchinson,- was born in Buckfield, Maine, 
May 27, 1845. He received a liberal educa- 
tion, attending the common schools of his na- 
tive village, country academies at South Paris, 
Paris Hill and Hebron, Maine, and then enter- 
ing Bowdoin College from which he graduated 
(first rank) in 1867. While a student, he was 
also a teacher. He taught in district schools, 
beginning when sixteen years of age, every 
winter until his graduation from college, and 
then for three and a half years in a boys' 
boarding school, at Farmington, Maine. Com- 
ing to Boston in 1871, he studied law for a 
time in the office of Peleg W. Chandler, and 
then at the Harvard Law School, class of 1873, 
and in that year was admitted to the Massa- 
chusetts bar. Meantime he taught in the even- 
ing high school in Boston, holding the posi- 
tion for ten years, when he resigned. He was 
connected with Mr. Chandler until the death 
of that gentleman, in 1889. 

Mr. Hutchinson was engaged in the general 
practice of the law in Boston until September, 
1892, when he entered the employ of the 
American Bell Telephone Company in a pro- 
fessional capacity, and withdrew from other 
practice. Between 1898 and 1906 he was 
elected a director in eleven subsidiary tele- 
phone companies, being on the executive com- 
mittee of several of them. In 1902 he became 
president of the Western Telephone and Tele- 
graph Company. In 1905 he was elected a 
member of the corporation of the Sarah Ful- 
ler Home for Deaf Children at West Med- 
ford, Massachusetts. In politics he is an in- 
dependent, with Democratic instincts. He oc- 
cupies a pew in the Unitarian church, and was 
the first president of the Unitarian Club of 
Newton in 1891, holding that office two years. 
He is also a member of the Hunnewell Club, 
of Newton ; the Bowdoin Club, of Boston ; the 
Tuesday Club, of Newton, (literary) ; the 
Economic Qub, of Boston, and the City Club 
Corporation, of Boston, a lunch club. 

Mr. Hutchinson was married, January i, 
1870, at Brunswick, M&ine, to Adelaide L. 
Berry, a graduate of the high school at that 
place, and of Lasell Female Seminary, Au- 
burndale, Massachusetts; her parents were 
James and Rebecca M. (Higgins) Berry, her 
father being a hotel keeper, farmer and lum- 
ber mill owner. One son was born of this 
union : Harold, born at Brunswick, Maine, 
May 30, 1871, graduated from Harvard Col- 
lege in 1893, and from Harvard Law School in 
1897 ; married, February 16, 1903, Susan Abby 



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Rogers, of Sandy Hill, New York ; he died at 
Newton, July 15, 1906. 



James Cox and wife Mary, of Bos- 
COX ton, Massachusetts, appear to be the 
first settlers in America of this line 
of the Cox family. Their children : i . Mary, 
born November 3, 1696, at Boston. 2. Mary, 
born August 31, 1698. 3. Ann, born Febru- 
ary 10, 1699. 4. Elizabeth, born January 13, 
1701-2. 5. James, born August 12, 1704, men- 
tioned below. 6. William, born October 29, 
1707, member of the Ancient and Honorable 
Artillery Company; a master mariner. 7. 
Gideon, born August 15, 1709. 8. Sarah, 
born November 4, 171 1, 9. Richard, born 
July 4, 1713. 10. Benjamin, born July 10, 
1716. 

(H) Captain James Cox, son of James Cox 
(i), was born in Boston, August 12, 1704; 
married May 28, 1727, Hannah Flagg, sister 
of Gershom Flagg. He resided in Boston. He 
was a soldier in the expedition against Louis- 
burg, and his descendant, George Howland 
Cox, of Cambridge, has the original certificate 
showing that he took a Masonic degree while 
at Louisburg in 1739. He is said to have died 
at sea, leaving a widow and two children: i. 
Ann, born May 27, 1731. 2. James, born Sep- 
tember 18, 1733, mentioned below. " 

(HI) James Cox, son of James Cox (2), 
born at Boston, September 18, 1733; married 
Ann Babbage, daughter of Benjamin Babbage, 
of Boston. He settled on the Kennebec river, 
province of Maine, about 1762, having a five 
acre lot at Gardiner in 1762. He was moder- 
ator and selectman of Cobbisseconti, Lincoln 
county, August 6, 1766. In addition to farm- 
ing he followed the trades of housewright and 
glazier. He was with his wife Ann at Hallo- 
well, Maine, in 1772. His daughter was bap- 
tized at the New North Church, Boston, No- 
vember 22), 1762. He was captain of the first 
company of the Second Regiment of Massa- 
chusetts militia August, 1776, in the revolu- 
tion. He died September 3, 1809 ; she died 
in 1817. Her will was dated April 14, 1810. 
Children: i. John, born June 13, 1758, died 
1758. 2. Nancy, born November 4, 1760, 
married January 12, 1783, Timothy Page of 
Hallowell, Maine. 3. James, born March 16, 
1763. 4. Gershom Flagg, born December 29, 
1766, mentioned below. 5. Charles, born 
February 24, 1768. 6. Hannah, born Februf- 
ary 9, 1770; married December 11, 1794, Jesse 
Kimball. 7. John, born June 12, 1772; died 
June 2, 1795. 8. George, born March 27, 



1774; died October 4, 1774. 9. Sally, born 
July 23, 1775; married July 28, 1796, Shubael 
Pitts, of Augusta, Maine. 10. Fanny, born 
August 2, 1797; married, January 3, 1800, 
Clement Bunker. 

(IV) Gershom Flagg Cox, son of James 
Cox (3), was born at Cobbisseconti, Maine, 
December 29, 1765-6; married December 11, 
1794, Sarah Hussey, daughter of Obed Hus- 
sey of Hallowell, Maine, a descendant of 
Christopher Hussey and Tristram Coffin, of 
Nantucket. He was a seaman and rose to the 
rank of master mariner, sailing in the employ 
of his wife's father. In his later years he 
gave up his seafaring Hfe and settled on a 
farm. He was an active member and class 
leader in the Methodist Episcopal church. He 
died April 12, 1849. His widow died August 
21,1850. Children: i. Mary Ann, born Sep- 
tember 15, 1795 ; married November 30, 1818, 
Isaiah Thing. 2. Margaretta, born August 
28, 1797; married first, September 9, 1817, 
Gorham Metcalf; married, second, John D. 
Lord. 3. Julia Ann, born September 22, 1799; 
married first August 27, 1823, Hiram Wells; 
married second, NovemlDer 28, 1833, Captain 
E. Hinds. 4. Comfort Smith, born Septem- 
ber 22, 1801 ; married, July 22, 1827, Abigail 
L. Smiley. 5. Arthur, born November 5, 
1803, married, April 22, 1827, Julia M. Pierce. 
6. William Henry, born January i, 1806, mar- 
ried, October 19, 1830, Sarah C. Corey. 7. 
Eliza Ann, born October 29, 1808; married, 
August 27, 1829, Frederick Wells. 8. Delia 
Ann, born April 20, 1810; married, February 
28, 1828, Shepherd Laughton. 9. James Val- 
entine, tx)rn July i, 1813, mentioned below. 

10. Hester Ann, born August 9, 181 5; mar- 
ried, October 8, 1838, George W. Howland. 

11. Gershom Leander, born November 28, 
1817. 

(V) James Valentine Cox. son of Gershom 
Flagg Cox (4), was born in Hallowell, Maine, 
July I, 1813. Like his ancestors he followed 
the sea. He made his home at New Bedford, 
Massachusetts, and engaged in whaling, rising 
step by step to the position of master. He 
made many voyages at a time when the whal- 
ing industry was very profitable, and amassed 
considerable wealth for his day. He served 
several years in the office of inspector of cus- 
toms at New Bedford, and held various other 
positions of trust and honor in New Bedford. 
He married, November 19, 1838, Mercy Nye, 
daughter of John and Mercy (Howland) Nye, 
of Fairhaven, Massachusetts. He married sec- 
ond, Annie E. Edwards, October 5, 1869. He 
died November 23, 1884, beloved and honored 



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by the entire community. Children: i. James 

Nye, born April lo, 1844. 2. Myra, born Oc- 
tober 26, 185 1 ; died November 26, 1852. 3. 
Georg-e Howland, born October 9, 1854; men- 
tioned below. 

(VI) George Howland Cox, youngest child 
of James X'alentine and Mercy Nye (Howland) 
Cox, was born October 9, 1854, in Fairhaven, 
formerly New Bedford, Massachusetts. He 
attended the public schools of his native place, 
and was so well equipped that he was enabled 
to enter the West Point Military Academy. 
Owing to ill health he was obliged to resign, 
and this was the occasion of his reluctantly en- 
tering upon a civil rather than a military 
career. However, this change was anything 
but disastrous so far as concerns material suc- 
cess. He has proven himself an admirable 
financier, as is attested by his successful labors 
as vice-president of the Cambridge Trust 
Company, and a member of its directorate ; and 
his abilities as an executive officer have been 
abundantly evidenced in various important po- 
sitions — as president of the Cambridge Park 
Commission, and a member of the State Arm- 
ory Commission. His interest in local be- 
nevolent and charitable institutions is mani- 
fested by his connection with the Cambridge 
Home for Aged People, as director and treas- 
urer ; the Cambridge Hospital, the Cambridge 
School for Nurses and the Dowse Institute, in 
each of which he is a trustee. He is an active 
member of leading patriotic and social bodies — 
the society of Colonial Wars ; the Good Gov- 
ernment League of Cambridge, in which he is 
a director; the Colonial Club and the Cam- 
bridge Club, of Cambridge, in each of which 
he is an ex-president ; the Saint Botolph Club 
of Boston, and the Oakley Country Club, of 
^^'atertown. He is also a member of the Cam- 
bridge Board of Trade, and has served as pres- 
ident of that body. He is affiliated with Amic- 
able Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of 
Cambridge. He is a member of the Unitarian 
Church, and in politics is a Republican. 

Mr. Cox married, in New Bedford, Septem- 
ber 25, 1877, Ella P. Whittemore, and they 
have one child, George Howland, Jr., born 
February 8, 1880. The family residence is 
Riverbank Court, Cambridge. Mrs. Cox is the 
youngest daughter of Zenas and Mary (Toby) 
Whittemore, of New Bedford. 



In'ormation relative to the 
HICKOK early history of this family in 

America is wanting. 
David Hickok, a native of St. Albans, Ver- 
mont, was c'.n industrious farmer of that town 



at the beginning of the last century. His 
wife was before marriage Sylvia Green, and 
among his children was Myron Green 
Hickok. 

Myron Green Hickok was born in St. Al- 
bans, March 3, 181 r. His educational op- 
portunities were limited, as he was obliged to 
relinquish his studies at an early age in order 
to assist his father in carrying on the home- 
stead farm, but he nevertheless developed 
into a splendid type of manhood — sturdy, in- 
telligent, honest, kind-hearted, and exceed- 
ingly charitable. These attractive qualities 
naturally gained for him the sincere admira- 
tion of his neighbors and fellow-townsmen, 
and their love for him was equally pro- 
nounced. Upon attaining his majority he 
purchased a farm in Fairfax, Vermont, which 
he conducted for several years, but with other 
young farmers of his locality was induced to 
take up land in Canada, and accordingly re- 
moved to Dunham, Province of Quebec. A 
residence of three years on the other side of 
the boundary line convinced him that the 
Green Mountain state was eminently prefer- 
able as an abiding place, and returning to his 
farm in Fairfax a wiser and far more con- 
tented man, he resumed its cultivation with 
increased energy, realizing thereafter a com- 
fortable prosperity. He resided in Fairfax 
for the remainder of his life, which termin- 
ated July 8, 1900, at the age of nearly eighty- 
eight years, having lived to see his large fam- 
ily of children attain their maturity and be- 
come well established in life. In early life he 
acted with the Whigs, and joining the Re- 
publican party at its formation, he supported 
its candidates from that time forward. In his 
religious belief he was a Baptist. January 5, 
1836, he married Mary Howard, born in 
S wanton, Vermont, February 9, 18 18, daugh- 
ter of Moses and Mary Jones Howard. Her 
death occurred November 3, 1888. Myron 
Green and Mary (Howard) Hickok were the 
parents of seven children: i. Mary L., born 
November 2, 1837; married Truman Hickok, 
and has three children: Arthur, Elmer and 
Ida. 2. Charles Henry, who will be again re- 
ferred to. 3. Myron Wilson, born June 12, 
1846. 4. Anson, horn in Fairfax July 3, 
1849. 5- Fannie, born March 22, 1853. 6. 
Elizabeth, born January 15, 1856. 7. Sarah, 
born March 17, 1858. 

Rev. Charles Henry Hickok, second child 
and eldest son of Myron G. and Mary (How- 
ard) Hickok. was born in Dunham, Province 
of Quebec, October 21. 1839. He acquired 
his early education in the public schools of 



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Fairfax, whither his parents removed when 
he was one and one-half years old, and with 
the object of preparing himself for the Bap- 
tist ministry he entered the New Hampton 
Institution at Fairfax, Vermont. The breaking 
out of the civil war. however, caused him to 
suspend his studies, as, like most of the young 
men of that day, he was desirous of taking 
up arms in defense of the Union, and abruptly 
leaving school September 23, 1861, he pro- 
ceeded on foot to St. Albans, a distance of 
eleven miles, in order to enroll himself in 
Company B, First Regiment Vermont Volun- 
teer Cavalry for a period of three years. On 
account of physical disabilities received on 
many battlefields and long marches he was 
honorably discharged in November, 1862, at 
Alexandria, Virginia, but he subsequently re- 
enlisted in Company E, Thirteenth Regiment 
United States Veteran Reserve Corps, with 
which he served until finally mustered out 
November 10, 1865, after the close of the war. 
During his army service Mr. Hickok partici- 
pated in sixteen regular field engagements, 
among them Mount Jackson, Virginia, April 
16, 1862; Winchester, Virginia, May 25, 1862; 
in which his horse was shot from under him; 
second battle of Bull Run, August 28-31, 
1862; Ashby's Gap, September 22, 1862; and 
many others. 

Returning to Fairfax, he resumed his 
studies, and having pursued an elective course 
in the sciences at the Boston University, he 
accepted a call to preach the gospel at South- 
field (New Marlborough) Berkshire county, 
Massachusetts, in 1869, remaining there some 
two and one-half years. After preaching in 
Sterling, Massachusetts, for a year, he en- 
tered the Newton Theological Seminary in 
September, 1872, where he pursued the regu- 
lar course of study and was graduated with 
honors in the class of 1875. Responding to 
a call from the Baptist church in Montville, 
Connecticut, he occupied that pulpit for three 
years, and he afterward held pastorates at 
Quincy Point and West Harv\ach, Massachu- 
setts, and Thompson. Connecticut, receiving 
while in the latter place a call to Sterling, 
Connecticut, which he accepted. From June, 
1895, to the present time he has resided in 
Wakefield, having practically retired from the 
ministry, supplying vacant pulpits as oppor- 
tunities are given, and he is honored and 
esteemed by a wide circle of friends and ac- 
quaintances. In politics Mr. Hickok is a Re- 
publican, and although not active in civic 
matters, he nevertheless takes an earnest in- 
terest in the g^eneral welfare of the town and 



its public affairs. He is a comrade of H. M. 
X'arnum Post No. 12, Grand Army of the 
Republic, which he served as chaplain for ten 
years, as senior vice-commander for two 
years, and is now commander. He was chosen 
historian of the First Vermont Regiment of 
Cavalry, and has already accomplished a con- 
siderable portion of the work. He was unani- 
mously elected chaplain of the Department of 
Massachusetts, Grand Army of the Republic, 
in 1 90 1 and 1902. 

On February 28, 1867, Mr. Hickok mar- 
ried Miss Fannie Rebecca Clark, born April 
10, 1842, daughter of Phineas and Clara (Pat- 
tee) Clark, of Bolton, Massachusetts. Of 
this union there are three daughters, and one 
son — Fannie Ethel, Gara W., Mary Louise, 
and Charles Edward. The last three de- 
ceased. Fannie Ethel, born June i, 1869, be- 
came the wife of Walter E. Barber, April 4, 
1895, 3"cl has one son, Harold H. Barber, 
whose birth took place May 4, 1896. 



This surname, more commonly 
CHILDS spelled Child, Childe and Chyld, 

is one of tht oldest English fam- 
ily names. The progenitor was probably a 
Saxon chief who assumed the surname toward 
the end of the Saxon domination in England. 
After the Norman Conquest some of the fam- 
ily took the Latinized French form of L'En- 
fant for some generations, and several of that 
name were concerned in the conquest of Ire- 
land in the reign of Henry II and in the gov- 
ernment of the country in the twelfth century ; 
others had seats at various places in Worces- 
tershire and at Shrewsbury, England. Richard 
Le Childe was Lord of the Manor of North- 
wick in 1320, and was succeeded by his sons 
William and Thomas and grandson Thomas 
Le Childe, who was escheater for the county in 
1428. Tlie latter was progenitor of William 
Childe, of Northwick, Edmund Childe, of 
Northwick. William Child, high sheriff of 
Worcester county, in 1586, William Child, of 
Pensax. high sherifif in 1599, and William 
Child, Lord of the Manor of Northwick in 
1634. Sir Francis Child founded the ancient 
and famous banking house of Child & Co., 
London, a unique institution, at times a for- 
midable rival of the Bank of England. The 
Child coat-of-arms (W^orcestershire) : Gules 
a fesse ermine, between three doves argent. 
Crest, a dove wings expanded argent, with 
a snake twining about her neck and body, or. 
(I) William Childs or Child, the immigrant 
ancestor, was born in England about 1600, and 



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settled with his brother, Ephraim Child, in 
Watertown, Massachusetts. He was admitted 
a freeman in 1634 and was a man of large 
landed estate. He probably married in Eng- 
land and his son Joseph was doubtless born 
there, while his sons Richard and John were 
born in Watertown. He died early. His wid- 
ow is mentioned in the will of Elizabeth 
(Palmer) Child, who left her some of her 
wardrobe which was more ample and costly 
than usually found in the colonies. Ephraim 
Child, the brother, was admitted a freeman 
May 18, 1631 ; was town officer, deacon, depu- 
ty to the general court ; died without issue 
February 13, 1662-63, and mentions in his will 
Richard and John Child, sons of William. 
Children: i. Joseph, born about 1629, men- 
tioned below. 2. Richard, born in Watertown 
in 1631, married (first), March 30, 1662, 
Mehitable Dimmick ; (second), January 16, 
1678, Hannah Traine. 3. John, born in Water- 
town, 1636, married (first), about 1662, Mary 
; (second). May 29, 1668, Mary War- 
ren. 

(H) Joseph Childs, son of William Childs 
(i), was born in England about 1629, and 
came in infancy with his parents to Water- 
town, Massachusetts. He married in 1654 
Sarah Piatt. He was admitted a freeman in 
1654. He died May 5, 1698. His only child : 

1. Joseph, born January 7, 1659. 

(HI) Joseph Childs, Jr., son of Joseph 
Childs (2), was born in Watertown, January 
7, 1659. Married (first), September 2, 1680, 
Sarah Norcross ; (second), July 26, 1705, 
Ruth Maddock. He was a carpenter by trade ; 
his widow was an inn-holder, 17 19. Children, 
born in Watertown : i. Sarah, born Novem- 
ber II, 1681, married David Howard, of Mai- 
den. 2. Joseph, June 21, 1685, married Mary 
Thatcher. 3. Mary, April 11, 1687, died Au- 
gust, 1688. 4. John, March 29, 1689, men- 
tioned below. 5. Samuel, January 7, 1694-95, 
died 1707. 6. Isaac, March 5, 1699-1700, died 
February 7, 1789; a turner of Waltham, Mas- 
sachusetts ; married Eunice Pierce. 7. Lydia, 
June 2, 1706, married James Fay, of West- 
borough. 8. Abigail, September 19, 1708. 9. 
Ebenezer, January 19, 1711-12. 

(IV) John Childs. son of Joseph Childs (3), 
was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, March 
29, 1689. Married, October 5, 1715, Thank- 
ful Fuller, of the Newton family, born Sep- 
tember 25, 1704. daughter of Jeremiah and 
Thankful Fuller. They resided in Newton and 
probably also in P)rookline. Children born at 
Newton: i. ]5etsey, June 13, 1716, died 1717. 

2. F]>hraim, September 16, 1718. 3. Robert. 



February 28, 1720, married, 1761, Margaret 
Woodstock. 4. Caleb, September 10, 1721, 
mentioned below. 5. Thankful, September 4, 
1726, married, March, 1752, John Gapel, of 
Waltham, Massachusetts. 6. Hannah, Janu- 
ary 27, 1728. 7. Josiah, April 14, 1731, mar- 
ried, 1759, Rebecca Segar; (second) Lucy Os- 
good. 8. Sarah, February 6, 1733, died 1755. 
9. Lydia, April 3, 1736, married, 1754, Thomas 
Williams, Jr. 

(V) Caleb Childs, son of John Childs (4), 
was bom in Newton, Miassachusetts, Septem- 
ber 10, 1 72 1. Married, May 29, 1744, in Wes- 
ton, Lucy Greenwood, of the Newton family. 
He died according to the Hyde diary (Lieutenr 
ant William Hyde, 1706-1816) at Newton, 
possibly Brookline, September 27, 1773, and 
his wife, June 29, 1771. Children: i. Caleb, 
born about 1750, mentioned below. Perhaps 
others at Brookline or Roxbury. 

(VI) Caleb Childs, son of Caleb Childs (5), 
was born about 1750, probably in Brookline, 
Massachusetts. He was a soldier in the Revo- 
lution from Roxbury and Brookline, adjoining 
towns. He was a private in Captain John 
Baker's company (Tenth), Colonel Samuel 
G-errish's regiment, in the summer of 1775; 
also Captain Hopestill Hall's company. Colonel 
Lemuel Robinson's regiment, early in 1776; also 
Captain Stephen Dana's company. Colonel Sam- 
uel Thatcher's regiment, during 1776 ;then priv- 
ate and sergeant in Captain Joseph Pettingill's 
company, Lieutenant-Colonel Loammi Bald- 
win's regiment, in 1775-76-77 on various calls. 
He was in New York in 1776. All the records 
of Caleb Child or Childs found in the Massa- 
chusetts archives apply to this Caleb Childs, 
who lived in Ijrookline, but doubtless attended 
the Roxbury church. Others of the family 
lived in Roxbury and Brookline also. He mar- 
ried, in Weston, November 12, 1772, Esther 
Wheeler, of that town. He was living in 
Charlestown in April, 1789, according to the 
census, and his children, according to that 
record, were: i. William, born 1779, died 
February 3, 1821, at Charlestown, aged forty- 
two. 2. Amos, married, March 21, 1805, at 
Charlestown, Sally Wyman ; he died in 1819, 
leaving widow Sally and son Ames. 3. Sam- 
uel, born about 1790, mentioned below. 4. 
Sally. 5. Caleb. 

(VII) Samuel Childs, son of Caleb Childs 
(6), was born about 1790 at Brookline or Rox- 
bury, Massachusetts, and removed when young 
with his parents to Charlestown, Massachu- 
setts. He married Clairica Whiting, of Joy, 
Maine, October 11, 1819, and bad children at 
Charlestown: i. Caroline, born 1820. 2. Sam- 



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144 1 



uel AugTJstus, August 4, 1822, mentioned be- 
low. 3. William H., 1823. 4. Warren, 1825. 
5. Edward F., 1828. 6. Calvin, 1830, died 
at five years. 

(Vni) Samuel Augustus Childs, son of 
Samuel Childs (7), was born in Charlestown, 
Massachusetts, August 4, 1822. He was edui- 
cated in the public schools and at Worcester 
Academy, Massachusetts. He was a successful 
carpenter and builder in West Acton, Ayer, 
Groton and other towns. He was a prominent 
member, trustee and deacon of the Baptist 
church, He died November 29, 1849. 

He married Sarah Wright Brown, of West 
Acton, Miassachusetts, born January 28, 1822, 
daughter of Hayward and Sally (Walcott) 
Brown. Children: i. Melvin Augustus, born 
October 2, 1850, mentioned below. 2. Ara- 
bella, born June 5, 1852. 3. Alice May, born 
May 5, 1854. 4. Florence Emma, born Octo- 
ber 5, 1855, married Joseph W. Stevens, of 
North Dana, Massachusetts, no children. 
■ (IX) Melvin Augustus Childs, son of Sam- 
uel Augustus Childs (8), was born at West 
Acton, Massachusetts, October 2, 1850. He 
was educ-ated in the public schools of his na- 
tive town, at Lawrence Academy, Lawrence, 
Massachusetts, and at the Lowell Commercial 
School, Lowell, Massachusetts. He engaged 
in the business of carpenter and builder, suc- 
ceeding his father in business. He built many 
important structures in Lowell, Lawrence and 
vicinity, among them the high school building 
at Ayer, many residences, and remod- 
eled the Baptist church. He retired 
from active business in 1897 and since 
then has been living quietly at his handsome 
home in Ayer, Massachusetts, devoting his at- 
tention to the care of his property. In politics 
Mr. Childs has always been independent, not 
caring for public honors himself and preferring 
not to ally himself with any party organization. 
He has been a citizen of large influence and 
much usefulness. He is a member of the 
Protestant Episcopal church and a generous 
supporter of its benevolent work. A member 
of Robert Burns Lodge, Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows. 

Melvin Augustus Childs married, February, 
1876, Evelyn Cochrane, of Topsfield, Maine, 
born May 22, 1859, daughter of John and 
Orena (Day) Cochran. Six children: i. 
Florence Evelyn, born January 7, 1877. 2. 
Clarence Melvin Augustus, born November 6, 
1878. 3. Myrta Adelaide, born May 12, 1881, 
married December 5. 1901, Harry E. Woods, 
of Ayer, and have one child, Harold Woods. 
4. Ernest Sylvester, born January 19, 1882, 



married Annie Augusta Moulton, of Groton, 
died February 18, 1907, daughter of Noah 
Moulton. Married (second), November, 1907, 
Florence E. Rice, of Leominster. Children of 
first wife : i. Madeline Henrietta, born April 
9, 1902 ; ii. Lawrence, 1903 ; iii. Howard Rich- 
ard, died in infancy. 5. Emma Frances, died 
aged eighteen months. 6. Herbert Alfred, 
born September 6, 1889. 



Lawrence Mink was born in Bo- 
MINK loon, Alsace, Germany, April 15, 
1808. He resided there and at 
Westerhoffen, Alsace, Germany. He died 
/Vpril 15, 1849. Hs married Magdalina Wall- 
der, who was a native of Westerhoffen. Chil- 
dren: I. Lawrence, born 1830, died May 15, 
1850. 2. Alveus, born 1832, soldier, killed 
in the Crimean war at the siege of Sebasta- 
pol, when the French captured the Malakoff ; 
the Alsatian regiment serving under Napoleon 
III. 3. Mary, born 1834, died 1870. 4. Louis, 
born November 29, 1836, mentioned below. 
5. Magdalina, born 1842, married Ferdin- 
and Keppe; their one son Frederick has one 
child, Isabelle; resides in Belmont street, 
Somerville. 6. Francisca, born 1845, living. 
7. Joseph, born 1847, died 1865. 

(II) Louis Mink, son of Lawrence Mink 
(i), was born in Westerhoffen, Alsace, Ger- 
many, November 29, 1836. He was educat- 
ed in the common schools of his native place, 
and learned his trade there. He embarked 
for America, December 21, i860. He was 
employed first in Cambridge in i860 by Will- 
iam Muller, as a tanner and currier. In part- 
nership with Frederick Reitenbach he 
formed the firm of Reitenbach Bros. & Mink, 
tanners. They began business June 15, 1865, 
on Haverhill street, Boston. From the out- 
set the firm was prosperous and within two 
years had to seek larger quarters. From 
1868 to 1870 the business was located in a 
building on Pearl street, Boston, when a 
building was built in Somerville at the corner 
of Beacon and Sacramento streets, in which 
the business continued successfully until 
1888, completing a partnership of twenty- 
three years. The firm employed about a 
hundred hands in the Somerville, factory in 
the m.anufacture of leather. In 1872 another 
tannerv was established in Elmira, New 
York, ' and employed some thirty hands. 
Since retiring from business Mr. Mink had 
lived quietly' with his family in Somen'ille 
and was a highly esteemed citizen of that city. 
He died August 3, 1907. 



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He married. November 12, 1864, Regcnia 
\ ogel, who was born June 11. 1845, ^t Voh- 
lingen, Baden, Cicrmany; came to America in 
1864. She was the daughter of Johann Jo- 
seph and Alaria Eva (Folk) Vogel. Chil- 
dren: I. Frank Louis, born at Boston, Jidy 
31, 1866, educated in the public schools, the 
Bryant & Stratton Commercial School of 
Boston, and went to work for his father's firm 
at Elmira; was superintendent of that factory 
until it closed in July, 1881 ; he is not married. 
2. William, born in Boston, December 18, 
1867, educated in the public school and the 
Bryant and Stratton Commercial School, 
Boston ; was with his father's firm three years ; 
with the John L. Pray Company, carpet deal- 
ers, as bookkeeper two years; in Chicago 
three years; in Fort Worth, Texas, eight 
years; he is now in the commissary' depart- 
ment of the United States army at Washing- 
ton, D. C, an inspector of meats, fruits, 
canned goods, etc., bought by the govern- 
ment. Married, at Fort Worth, January. 
1898, Bertha Losh; children: Eldor, Oscar, 
Ruth. 3. Emma, born at South Boston, 
March 18, 1870, attended the public schools. 
Sacred Heart Convent at Providence, Rhode 
Lsland, a private boarding school at Elm- 
hurst near Providence for three years, finish- 
ing her education at Sacred Heart Seminary. 
November 12, 1895, married John Spang, a 
native of Germany; their children: Kather- 
ine. Louis. Joseph. Henry Spang. 4. Ed- 
ward, born at Somerville, September 15. 1872. 
was educated in the Somerville public schools. 
Canisius College, BufTalo, New York, a Jesu- 
it institution, Chauncey Hall School, Boston, 
and the Massachusetts Institute of Tech- 
nology, from which he was graduated in 1897 
with the Electrical Engineering degree; is at 
I)resent on the engineering force of the Gen- 
eral Electric Company at Lynn. 5. Josephine, 
born at Somerville, August 3, 1881. attended 
school at the Sacred Heart Convent of Bos- 
ton, and at Confeaur, France, graduating in 
July, 1899; July 31, 1907, she married John 
Eckert, D. D. S., of Cambridge. 6. Alexan- 
der, born at Somerville, January 3, 1884. at- 
tended school at the Holy Trinity parochial 
school in Boston, Canisius College, Bufifalo. 
the Bryant & Stratton Commercial College, 
then for a time under a private tutor. 7. Ber- 
tha, born at Somerville, July 7, 1887, was 
educated at Sacred Heart parochial school, 
Boston, and at Elmhurst. Rhode Island, 
where she studied five years; she is now at 
home. 



(I) Thomas Heming- 
HEMINGWAY way, the immigrant an- 
cestor and father of Jos- 
eph Henry Hemingway, was born in Sheffield, 
West Riding of Yorkshire, England, one hun- 
dred and sixty-five miles northwest of London, 
and forty-one miles east of Manchester. He 
immigrated to America and settled on Long 
Island, New York, where he engaged in con- 
ducting a dairy farm from which he sent milk 
to New York City, and he was also stage driv- 
er on a local stage route. His wife. Martha 
Boardmah, a native of Bolton, England, came 
with him to America and they had three chil- 
dren born at their home in Long Island ; Isaac, 
Charles and Joseph Henry. 

(II) Joseph Henry Hemingway, son of 
Thomas and Martha (Boardman) Heming- 
way, was born at Long Island, New York, 
December 2. 1841. He was educated in the 
public schools of his native town. In 1856 he 
removed to Lowell, Massachusetts, and there 
learned the business of cigar making, which 
vocation he followed for several years. He 
also conducted a restaurant in Middle street, 
Lowell, for some time, but gave it up to devote 
his entire time and energy to the manufacture 
of cigars. He was affiliated with the Masonic 
fraternity, being a member of the Ancient 
York Lodge chartered June 9, 1853, which 
declared the precedence of Ancient York 
Lodge in the Grand Lodge and elsewhere to 
commence June 9. 1852. This lodge was rep- 
resentative of English Masonry, as its success- 
or the Kilwinning Lodge, April 23, 1866, rep- 
resented Scotch Masonry in Lowell. Mr. Hem- 
ingway is a regular attendant with his wife at 
the Congregational church, and is a Republi- 
can in national and state politics. 

He was married June 28, 1894, to Emma 
Frances, daughter of James Walker and Abi- 
gail Emeline (Osborne) Mort, the former a 
native of England, the latter of Connecticut, 
who settled in Lowell, Massachusetts, where 
James W. ]\Iort was engaged in the manufac- 
ture and sale of cigars f6r many years. 



In England the surname Hos- 
HOSFORD ford is variously spelled 
Horseford. Horsefield. Hosse- 
ford ; in America the family is divided as to 
the spelling, some preferring Hosford. others 
FTorsford. and this diflference dates back to 
the days of the immigrant. Burke gives one 
coat-of-arms for this family : Azure a chevron 
argent three lions heads erased. Crest — out 
of a ducal coronet a demi-pegasus. 



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1443 



There is reason to believe that the Ameri- 
can family is descended from the English at 
Dorchester, Dorsetshire. William Horsford 
of that town made his will June 30, 1621, 
and it was proved January 25, 1622. He 
provided for his burial in the church of St. 
Peter's ; gave to the poor of the Hospital of 
Dorchester five pounds. He bequeathed "the 
house and lands with the appurtenances in the 
Parish of St. Peter's on the lane going to- 
ward Fryery, wherein George Hooper, needle- 
maker lately dwelt and which I purchased of 
Mr. Jos. Longe and Thomas Bullocke, unto 
Joan, my wife, for the term of her life and 
then to Joan, my daughter, and the heirs of 
her body ; then to my own right heirs forever." 
He mentions daughter Sarah who married 
John Hands, and his late brother Hugh Hors- 
ford ; also his daughter Grace, who married 
Thomas Frye. This William may be the fath- 
er or uncle of the American pioneer of the 
same name. 

(I) William Hosford, the immigrant an- 
cestor, was born in England, and settled in 
1630 or 1633 in Dorchester, Massachusetts ; 
he was a proprietor in 1633 and a freeman 
April I, 1634. He removed to Windsor, Con- 
necticut, with the early settlers. His wife died 
August 26, 1 64 1, and he married (second) the 
widow of Henry Fowkes. He removed to 
Springfield and preached there from October, 
1652, when Moxon gave up in disgust, to Oc- 
tober, 1654, and after several years he and his 
wife returned to England. He died in Eng- 
land and bequeathed his land at W^indsor to his 
two children and his wife. In 167 1 his wife 
was at Tiverton, Devonshire, England. She 
bequeathed land to her children at Windsor ; 
to Esther Samwise and Sister Wildish in Eng- 
land: Children: i. Sarah, married, Novem- 
ber I. 1642, Stephen Taylor. 2. John, men- 
tioned below. 

(H) John Hosford, son of William Hos- 
ford (i), was born about 1630, and died May, 
1698. Married, November 5, 1657, Philippa 
or Phillis Thrall or Trail, daughter of William 
Thrall. She died August 7, 1683. In his will 
he left a legacy for the Connecticut Fund for 
the relief of the poor of other colonies. When 
his father returned to England he remained 
in Windsor, and is the progenitor of all of the 
Hosford families in this country. Children, 
born at Windsor: i. William, October 25, 
1658. 2. John, October 16, 1660. 3. Tim- 
othy, October 20, 1662, married, December 5, 
1689. Hannah Palmer. 4. Esther, May 2'], 
1664. 5. Sarah, September 27, 1666. 6. 
Samuel, June 2. 1669; married, April 4, 1690, 



Mary Palmer; (second) Elizabeth Brown. 7. 
Nathaniel, August 19, 1671, mentioned below. 

8. Mary, April 12, 1674. 9. Obadiah, Sep- 
tember 20, 1677, married, May 4, 1705, Mind- 
well Phelps. 

(HI) Nathaniel Hosford, son of John Hos- 
ford (2), was born in Windsor, Connecticut, 
August 19, 167 1. He removed in early life 
from Windsor to Litchfield, Connecticut, where 
he died April 3, 1748. He married, April 19, 
1700, Mary Phelps, who died January 3, 1750- 
51. Children, born at Windsor: i. Sarah, 
April 3, 1701, died December 18, 1705. 2, 
Ann, August 3, 1702, died October 28, 1702. 
Children, born in Litchfield : 3. John, Octo- 
ber 3, 1703, died December 3, 1724. 4. Sarah, 
July II, 1706. 5. Nathaniel, Jr., October 31, 
1708. 6. Mary, x^ugust 8, 1710. 7. William, 
March 26, 171 5. 8. Isaac, February 4, 17 17. 

9. David. 

(IV) Daniel Hosford, son or nephew of 
Nathaniel Hosford (3), was born in Connecti- 
cut, in 1698, and settled in Canaan, Connecti- 
cut. He settled later in Vermont, and he or 
his son Daniel bought the original right of 
Zebulon Ferris in the new town of Charlotte, 
Chittenden county, August 20, 1777, for one 
hundred and five pounds. He died in 1777. 
He was the ancestor of Jerediah Hosford, who 
went to Western New York, became a con- 
gressman, was father of Professor Eben D. 
Horsford, of Harvard University, who dis- 
covered Norumbega and wrote much of the 
Norsemen. Children: i. Daniel, Jr., born 
about 1720-25 ; was a soldier in the Revolution 
according to the history of Charlotte ; was clerk 
of the first church organized in his house Jan- 
uary 3, 1792; was representative in the legis- 
lature. 2. David, mentioned below. 

(V) David Hosford, son of Daniel Hos- 
ford (4), was born in Canaan, Connecticut, 
about 1725. He married (first) Martha Dib- 
ble; (second) Packard. He settled with 

the family during the Revolution in Charlotte, 
Vermont. Children : i Roger, mentioned be- 
low. Probably others at Canaan and Charlotte. 

(VI) Roger Hosford, son of David Hos- 
ford (5), was born in Canaan or possibly in 
\>rmOnt. He married (first) Mary Brown; 
(second) Abbie Dean, widow of Nathaniel 
Dean. Children: i. Hannah, born July 2, 
1779. 2. Luman, December 20, 1782. 3. 
John, October 24.1784. 4. Grove, October 13. 
1786. 5. Huldah, July 29, 1788. 6. Jerediah, 
March 6, 1791. 7. Heman, January 18, 1793, 
mentioned below. 8. Joel, July 6, 1795. 9. 
Bezele (Bealeel), May 31, 1797. 

(\'II) Heman Hosford, son of Roger Hos- 



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ford (6), was born in Charlotte, Vermont, 
January i8, 1793, and died there May 24, 1877. 
He was a farmer during his active life. He 
was a drummer in a Vermont company during 
the War of 18 12, and took part in the battle 
of Plattsburg, New York. 

He married, January 10, 1817, Mary Dean, 
who was born July 25, 1789, and died Febru- 
ary 25, 1872. Children: i. Ezra, born Octo- 
ber 21, 1817, died March 2, 1900. 2. Mary, 
born 1819, died 1901. 3. Amanda, born Octo- 
ber 14, 1 82 1, resides at St. Paul, Minnesota. 4. 
Dean, born August 21, 1823, died 1898. 5. 
Hocum, born November 8, 1825, mentioned 
below. 6. Destiniah, born October 21, 1833, 
died May 16, 185 1. 7. Ellen, born October 6, 
1837, died August 24, 1884. 

(Vni) Hocum. Hosford, son of Heman 
Hosford (7), was born at Charlotte, Vermont, 
November 8, 1825. He received his education 
in the common schools of his native town, and 
at Shelburne Academy which he attended one 
term. He was sufficiently advanced in his 
studies to become a teacher, however, and for 
several years he taught school in Charlotte. 
During the summer season he worked with his 
father at home on the farm, and when he was 
seventeen he took charge of the farm for three 
years. He left home at the age of twenty years, 
and on September 5, 1845, began a mercantile 
career in Lowell, Massachusetts, as junior 
clerk in the dry goods store of Gardner & Wil- 
son. His salary the first year was one hun- 
dred and fifty dollars, from which he had to 
clothe and board himself. He was clerk for 
Daniel West in the same line of business dur- 
ing the year following and his wages were a 
dollar a day. During the four years he was 
employed in this store he had charge of the 
business for two years. By economy and fru- 
gality he had accumulated a thousand dollars, 
and with this capital he engaged in business 
for himself in the same line. He had a part- 
ner, Arthur G. Pollard ; he began in 1852 in a 
small way and increased trade at every oppor- 
tunity until he was able to buy out his former 
employer, Daniel West. The firm continued 
in business at the stand formerly occupied by 
Mr. West until the spacious and handsome 
building now occupied by H. Hosford & 
Company was erected in 1875. The business 
grew constantly and attained large proportions. 

Mr. Hosford was distinguished in political 
as well as business life. In i860 he made his 
first appearance in public life as member of the 
lower board of the city council. He was alder- 
man during the year following, and from 1862 
to 1865, three years, mayor of the city, at a 



critical time during the Civil war when the 
difficulties and responsibilities of the chief exec- 
utive of every city were enormously increased. 
So faithfully did he discharge the onerous and 
trying duties of his position, however, especi- 
ally in the raising of recruits and in caring for 
the soldiers at the front, for the sick and 
wounded in hospitals and the dependent fam- 
ilies of soldiers, that he received the commen- 
dation and support of all classes in the com- 
munity. Later he served another year in the 
board of aldermen, and in 1866 was elected 
representative to the general court from his 
district in Lowell. 

He was a director of the Boston & Lowell 
Railroad from 1865 to the time of his death, 
and also of the Lowell & Lawrence Railroad 
Company, in both of which he invested liber- 
ally. He was for a number of years a direc- 
tor of the Hamilton Manufacturing Com- 
pany, and of the Merchants' National Bank, 
of which he was president from 1864 to 1876, 
when he resigned. He was the general man- 
ager of the Boston and Lowell Railroad for 
eight years until the time of his death. At 
one time he was half owner and financial man- 
ager of the Chase Mills, now owned by the 
Faulkner Brothers. He was a director of the 
Traders' and Mechanics' and of the Massa- 
chusetts Fire and Marine Insurance com- 
panies; one of the vice-presidents of the Lo- 
well Five Cents Savings Bank; treasurer of 
the Vassalborough (Maine) Woolen Mills 
and treasurer of the Lowell Hosiery Mills, of 
which he was one of the founders in 1871. In 
1867 he was superintendent of the Middlesex 
Mechanics' Association Exhibition, one of 
the largest and best of the kind ever seen in 
New England. In politics Mr. Hosford was 
an earnest and loyal Republican, but his 
business was so varied and taxed his time so 
heavily that he had to abandon political as- 
pirations in his later years; but he retained his 
interest and never lost his commanding influ- 
ence in the party and at the polls. He was in- 
terested especially in the welfare and develop- 
ment of the city of Lowell where he built up 
his own fortunes. He helped to improve the 
city to the extent of his power. He built his 
handsome residence on Central street; re- 
modeled and enlarged his store building; 
built in 1871 the Masonic Temple, at that 
time the finest building in the business dis- 
trict. He had a taste' for fine architectural 
efifects. The iron-front building in which he 
located his dry goods business was an admir- 
able structure also. He was a prominent 
Free Mason, a member of Kilwinning Lodge. 








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He was one of the most valuable and useful 
citizens, both in private and public life, that 
the city had in his day. He was able, ener- 
getic, and industrious, beyond the limit of his 
strength. Upright, honorable, generous, he 
was excelled by none in his zeal for those 
things that he held of importance in life; he 
was a firm and faithful friend, a leader in fin- 
ancial and business afifairs; in political and 
municipal matters; one of the most able and 
popular mayors that the city ever had. He died 
at his home in Lowell, April 5, 1881. The im- 
mediate cause of death was a shock following 
a burglary in his room at night. 

He married, March 7, 1854, Rebecca T. 
West, daughter of Daniel West. Children: 
Harry W., who lived only six months, born 
August 3, i860. Arthur H., born September 
18, 1862, mentioned below. 

(IX) Arthur H. Hosford, son of Hocum 
Hosford (8), was born in Lowell, September 
18, 1862. He was educated in the public and 
high schools of Lowell and at the Roxbury 
Latin School and Brown University. He 
left college in his sophomore year, after his 
father's death, and engaged in the carriage 
business in Lowell in partnership with Fay 
Brothers. After three years he became a 
large owner of the business of manufacturing 
the proprietary medicine known as Father 
John's Medicines, which has enjoyed a large 
sale and great popular favor throughout the 
country. He is vice-president of the com- 
pany. His time is largely occupied in the 
management of his great real estate interests. 
Both his father and he invested extensively 
in Lowell property. He has traveled exten- 
sively in this country and abroad. In poUtics 
he is a Republican, but has never cared to ac- 
cept public office. 

He is prominent in Masonic circles, a mem- 
ber of Kilwinning Lodge of Lowell, and of 
the various bodies of Masonry to the Thirty- 
second degree. He is also a member of the 
Benevolent Order of Elks and Knights of 
Pythias. He is a member of the Unitarian 
church. He resides in the homestead built 
by his father at 574 Central street. Mr. Hos- 
ford is counted among the most prosperous 
and promising young business men of the 
city, and enjoys the fullest confidence of his 
associates and townsmen. 

(VIII) Professor Eben Norton Horsford, 
(as he spelled the name) son of Jerediah 
Hosford (7), was born at Moscow, July 27, 
1818. He was educated in the best schools, 
taking the engineering course in the Rens- 
salaer Institute, Troy, New York. He was 



employed first in the geological survey of 
New York. In 1840 he was appointed pro- 
fessor of mathematics and natural science in 
the Albany Female Academy. In 1841 he 
won the gold medal offered by the Young 
Men's Association of Albany for essays. His 
subject was "Mechanical Powers." In 1844 
he resigned his chair at Albany, and in De- 
cember went to Germany to study chemistry. 
For two years he was under Baron Liebig at 
Giessen. On his return he was elected Rum- 
ford Professor of Application of Science to 
the Useful Arts in Harvard University, and 
he filled that position with enthusiasm and 
credit for sixteen years. His investigations 
in chemistry led to inventions of great useful- 
ness and commercial value. In 1863 he re- 
tired from his professorship to give his atten- 
tion exclusively to manufactures based on his 
inventions. In 1843 he was elected a resident 
fellow of the American Academy of Arts and 
Sciences; in i860 a resident member of the 
New England Historic Genealogical Society; 
in 1873 he was United States commissioner 
to Vienna Exhibition; in 1876 juror in the 
Centennial Exhibition; twice an examiner of 
the United States Military Academy and was 
one of the board of managers of the Sons of 
the Revolution. He visited Norway in 1880 
and Carlsbad in 1890. He made his home in 
Cambridge until his death, January i, 1893. 

He married, in 1847, Mary L. Hommedieu 
Gardiner, daughter of Hon. Samuel Gardiner, 
of Shelter Island, New York. They had 
four daughters. She died in 1855 and he mar- 
ried (second), in 1857, her sister, Phebe Day- 
ton Gardiner. They had one daughter. Af- 
ter the death of Mr. Gardiner, his large es- 
tate at Shelter Island came to Professor 
Horsford and he usually spent his summers 
at the manor house there. He became inter- 
ested in the antiquities of the island and 
erected a monument to the Quakers who 
found shelter there from Puritan persecution. 
In the comparative leisure of his later years he 
became deeply interested in tracing the routes 
of the Northmen who early visited this con- 
tinent; with unwearied zeal and patience he 
studied the Sagas, pored over ancient charts, 
explored the coast of New England and at 
length became assured that he had found in 
Cambridge the location of the house built by 
Leif Ericson, and that at Watertown on the 
Charles river discovered the long-lost Nor- 
umbega, the settlement of the Icelandic voy- 
agers. Here he erected a substantial monu- 
ment to mark the spot. The result of his re- 
searches in this direction are embodied in a 



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series of monographs, richly illustrated with 
copies of ancient charts and maps. In 189 1 
the Scandinavian societies of North America, 
in testimon\- of their appreciation of Professor 
Horsford's efforts to demonstrate the discov- 
ery and colonization of America by the North- 
men, presented him at their annual assembly 
an engrossed address framed in wood from 
Norway elaborately carved by a Norwegian 
lady. In 1892 the King of Denmark created 
him a Knight Commander of the third grade 
of the Order of Dannebrog. In the same spir- 
it the Scandinavian Societies of Boston 
united in a special memorial service for Pro- 
fessor Horsford a few weeks after his death. 
Some of his publications were: "Discovery ol 
America by the Northmen;" "Discovery of 
the Ancient City of Norumbega;""The Prob- 
lem of the Northmen;" "The Defenses of 
Norumbega;" "The Landfall of Leif Eric- 
son" "Leif's House in Vineland;" besides 
various pamphlets on miscellaneous subjects. 

He made generous use of the wealth that 
came to him as the fruit of his inventive gen- 
ius. Wellesley College was the object of his 
largest benefactions. He was president of 
the board of visitors. He established by a 
large endowment the system of Sabbatical 
years, whereby one year in seven is given 
each professor for travel and study without 
loss of salary. He endowed the library and 
gave a fund for the purchase of scientific ap- 
paratus. 

He was personally cheerful, cordial and 
genial, with a high sense of honor and a most 
generous spirit and unquestioned honesty of 
purpose. He was an enthusiastic teacher, an 
ingenious and persistent investigator and 
a devout Christian. He sought always to 
make life brighter for his fellowmen. 



Roger Eastman, the immi- 
EASTMAN grant ancestor, was born in 
Wales, Great Britain, in 
161 1, and died in Salisbury, Massachusetts, 
December 16, 1694, aged eighty-three years. 
He came to this country in the ship "Confi- 
dence," sailing from Southampton, April 11, 
1838, a house Wright and carpenter in the em- 
ploy of John Sanders, of Lanford, Wiltshire, 
England. Eastman gave his age in the ship 
register as twenty-five. He is the ancestor of 
all the Colonial Eastman families in this coun- 
try. The name was frequently spelled Eas- 
man. He settled at Salisbury. Massachusetts, 
where many of his descendants have lived. 
He married, in 1639, Sarah . He paid 



the ministerial tax in 1650 and other years at 
Salisbury. His will was dated June 26, 1691; 
proved March 27, 1695. Children: i. John, 
born March 9, 1640. 2. Nathaniel, May 18, 
1643. 3- Philip, December 20, 1644. 4. 
Thomas, November 16, 1646. 5. Timothy, 
November 29, 1648. 6. Joseph, January 8, 
165 1. 7. Benjamin, February 12, 1652-53. 
8. Sarah, September 25, 1655, married (first), 
June 13, 1670, Joseph French; (second), Solo- 
mon Shepard, of Salisbury; she died Decem- 
ber I, 1745, aged ninety-three. 9. Samuel, 
November 20, 1657, mentioned below. 10. 
Ruth, March 21, 1660. 

(II) Samuel Eastman, son of Roger East- 
man (i), was born in Salisbury, Massachu- 
sett, November 20, 1657, he died February 
2"], 1725. He married (first) Elizabeth Sever- 
ance; (second), September 17, 1719, Sarah Fi- 
field, who died August 3, 1726. He removed 
to Kingston, New Hampshire, where he had 
a grant of land in 1720. Children, born in 
Salisbury: i. Ruth, born March 5, 1687. 2. 
Elizabeth, December, 1689. 3. Mary, Janu- 
ary 4, 1 69 1. 4. Sarah, April 3, 1693. 5- Sam- 
uel, January 5, 1695. 6. Joseph, January, 
1697. 7. Anna, May 22, 1700. 8. Ebenezer, 
January 11, 1702. 9. Thomas, January 21, 
1703, mentioned below. 10. Timothy, March 
29, 1706. II. Edward, March 30, 1708. 12. 
Benjamin, July 13, 1710. 

(HI) Thomas Eastman son of Samuel 
Eastman (2), was born January 21, 1703, at 
Salisbury, Massachusetts. He removed with 
his parents to Kingston, New Hampshire, 
about 1720. He married, January i, 1729, 
Abigail French, who died February 8, 1742. 
Children: i. Obadiah, born October 21, 1729, 

2. Edward, February 26, 1732, mentioned be- 
low. 3. Thomas, April 28, 1735. 4. Abigail, 
July 10, 1737. 5. Sarah, March, 1738. 6. 
Phebe, January 2, 1740. 

(IV) Edward Eastman, son of Thomas 
Eastman (3), was bom February 26, 1732, at 
Kingston, New Hampshire, and died at Salis- 
bury, New Hampshire, April 12, 1814, aged 
eighty-two. He removed to Salisbury in 
1765-66 or, according to another account, in 
1774. He cleared the farm now or lately 
owned by Titus W. Wardsworth on Smith's 
hill. He was a cooper by trade. He was on 
the committee of safety and correspondence 
during the Revolution and a soldier in the 
service. He married. May 6, 1758, Anna Jud- 
kins, who died March 24, 1817, aged seventy- 
seven years. Children: i. Benjamin, born 
June 19, 1759. 2. Joel, November 23, 1760. 

3. Hannah, February 12, 1764, married, De- 




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cember 29, 1785, William Calef. 4. Phineas, 
June 20, 1766. 5. Alehitable, June 20, 1768, 
married, April 26, 1794, William Hoyt. 6. 
Moses, August 11. 1770. 7. Nancy, August 

5, 1772, died April 2, 1814, unmarried. 8. 
Abigail, March 5, 1775, died unmarried. 9. 
Samuel, April 4, 1780, went west. 

(V) Moses Eastman, son or nephew of Ed- 
ward Eastman (4), was born December 21, 
1782, probably at Warren, New Hampshire, 
and died March 2.2, 1857, at Springfield, New 
Hampshire, aged seventy-four years. He re- 
sided in Wendell, now Sunapee, New Hamp- 
shire, a town adjoining Springfield, where 
some of his children settled. He married, at 
Croyden, October 20, 1805, (by Rev. Jacob 
Haven) Mary Hersey. He was a farmer. 
Children, born at Sunapee: i. Olive, March 
9, 1809. 2. Hersey. July 9, 181 1. 3. Moses, 
June 21, 1813, mentioned below. 4. Rodney, 
February 9, 1816. 5. Roswell, April 9, 1818. 

6. Walter. April 13, 1820. 7. James, January 
II, 1825. 

(VI) Moses Eastman, son of Moses East- 
man (5), was born in Sunapee, June 21, 1813, 
and died in Melrose. Massachusetts, in 1862. 
He was the founder of Eastman's Express in 
Melrose. He married Susan E. Treadwell, 
who was born at Warner, New Hampshire, 
daughter of Nathan D. Treadwell. Children : 
I. William H., born July 12, 1839, resides in 
Salem. 2. Caroline A., April 25, 1841, re- 
sides in Melrose. 3. Mary E., March 4, 1843, 
died single May 29, 1872. 4. Ahce Whitney, 
June 16, 1845, married George B. Barrett, 
died December 13, 1869, no issue. 5. Moses 
Franklin, July 16. 1847, see forward. 6. Al- 
bert G., September 29, 1849, died November 
5, 1850. 7. Susie E., March 9, 1858, died 
August 7, 1864. 8. Amy Leighton, May 
16, i860, died August, i860. 

(VII) M. Frank Eastman, son of Moses 
Eastman (6), was born in Salem, M^assachu- 
setts, July 16, 1847. He was educated in the 
public schools of Melrose, where his parents 
lived after 1855. Mr. Eastman has had an 
interesting and successful business experi- 
ence, beginning at the age of fourteen, at his 
father's death, in 1862, in his father's express 
business, which business he conducted suc- 
cessfully for twenty-three years. The busi- 
ness is still conducted under the name of 
Eastman's Express. In 1885 he established 
a coal and grain business, which business he 
conducted until 1887, when he sold it to C. B. 
& F. H. Goss, who now own and conduct the 
business. In 1887 he engaged in the real 



estate business, extensively buying and sell- 
ing large properties on his own account, as 
well as doing an extensive commission busi- 
ness. In 1888 he built a business block on 
Alain street, known as Eastman's Block. In 
1893 he was appointed by Sheriff Gushing a 
deputy sheriff for Middlesex county, which 
office he continues to hold, with an office at 
12 Pemberton square, Boston. Mr. Eastman 
has been prominent as a Republican for many 
years; for three years he was collector of 
taxes and he has been a member of the town 
and city governments. He is an active mem- 
ber of the Universalist church. He is a mem- 
ber of the Wyoming Lodge, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, of Melrose, of Waverly Chap- 
ter, Royal Arch Masons, of Melrose Council, 
Royal and Select Masters, of Hugh de 
Payens Commandery, Knights Templar and 
Aleppo Temple. Mystic Shrine. He married 
Abbie EHzabeth Maynard, daughter of John 
and Henry Catherine (Stowe) Maynard, of 
Marlborough, Massachusetts, May 19, 1870. 
1872, died in infancy. 2. Harry Maynard, 
January 2, 1874. 3. Ida Mell, February 9, 
Children: Ernest Franklin, born May 16, 
1876, married Herbert C. Blackmer, of Mai- 
den, June 23, 1897. 4. AHce Whitney, March 
10. 1878, married Natt Weston Brown, Janu- 
ary 16, 1907. 5. William Franklin, Januarv 
29, 1883. 



Thomas Barnes, immigrant 
BARNES ancestor, born in England, of 

an ancient and distinguished 
family about 1636. He came to this coun- 
try in the ship "Speedwell," in May, 1656. in 
company with Shadrach Hapgood, John Fay. 
Nathaniel Goodnow and Thomas Goodnow, 
whose daughter Abigail he married later. He 
gave his age as twenty on the passenger list. 
He was an early settler in Marlborough, Mas- 
sachusetts, and also lived at Concord, where 
his youngest child was born. He bought land 
at Marlborough in 1663 of Jonathan John- 
son. He died in 1679. His will made in that 
year mentions his wife Abigail; sons Thomas, 
John and William; and daughters Dorothy, 
Abigail and Susan. Children, all except 
youngest, born in Marlborough: i. Thomas, 
born March 23, 1662; married Mary Howe; 
removed to Brookfield; ancestor of most of 
the Worcester county Barnes. 2. Dorothy, 
born February 6, 1664. 3. John, December 
25, 1666; mentioned below. 4. William, born 
April 3, 1669. probably removed to Haddam, 
Connecticut. 5. Abigail, born June 14, 1671. 



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6. Susanna, born at Concord, February 2, 
1676; married June 4, 1699, Supply Weeks. 

(II) John Barnes, son of Thomas Barnes 
(i), born in Marlborough, December 25, 
1666; married Hannah , who died No- 
vember 8, 1742, aged sixty-six. He died April 
5, 1752, aged eighty-six years. He was 
a prominent citizen of Marlborough, deacon 
of the church in the pastorate of Rev. Mr. 
Breck. Children, born in Marlborough: i. 
Abigail, born October 5, 1695; married No- 
vember I, 1716, Joseph Morse. 2. Dorothy, 
born March 24, 1698; marched March 19, 
1719, James Woods. 3. Daniel, born April 
2, 1701; married 1723, Zeruiah Eager. 4. 
Jonathan, born November 26, 1703; men- 
tioned below. 5. David, born June 24, 1708; 
died May 9, 1720. 6. Hannah, born Febru- 
ary 17, 1712; married December 3, 1734, An- 
drew Rice. 7. John, born March 23, 1716; 
married December 6, 1738, Elizabeth Cran- 
ston. 

(III) Jonathan Barnes, son of John Barnes 
(2), born in Marlborough, November 26, 
1703; married Rachel , who died Janu- 
ary 20, 1784. He died October 10, 1783. 
Children, born in Marlborough: i. Silas, born 
January 21, 1735; married May 26, 1755, Bet- 
ty Bigelow. 2. Elisha, born October 28, 
1736; died June 7, 1740. 3. Fortunatus, born 
September 25, 1738; married Persis Hosmer. 
4. Rachel, born July 13, 1740; married Janu- 
ary 27, 1763, John Warren, Jr. 5. Lucy, born 
July 7, 1742; married Djecember 24, 1761, 
Joseph Hosmer. 6. Dorothy, born Decem- 
ber 18. 1747; married August 29, 1771, Solo- 
mon Bowker. 7. Rev. Jonathan, born De- 
cember 26, 1749; mentioned below. 8. David, 
bom September 2, 1751; died January 28, 
1756. 9. WilHam, born March 21, 1753; 
married May 22, 1773, Sarah Merriam. 

(IV) Rev. Jonathan Barnes, son of Jona- 
than Barnes (3), was born in Marlborough, 
December 26, 1749. He received his educa- 
tion at Harvard College, graduated in 1770. 
In the autumn of 1772, about ten years after 
the second permanent settlement of the town 
of Hillsborough, New Hampshire, the church 
and town united in extending a call to Mr. 
Barnes to become their pastor. The church 
was organized October 13, 1769, the tenth 
church formed in the county of Hillsborough, 
and John Mead and Tristram Cheney were 
elected deacons the same day. Mr. Barnes ac- 
cepted the call and became the first minister. 
He was invested with the pastoral charge of 
the church and congregation November 25, 
1772. Rev. Josiah Bridge, of East Sudbury, 



preached the ordination sermon. At a town 
meeting held the day previous to the ordin- 
ation the following provision was made for 
the minister's support: "Voted unanimously 
to fix the Rev. Mr. Barnes's salary, that we 
will give him thirty pounds by way of settle- 
ment, 35 pounds a year for the first four years 
then forty pounds a year, until there shall be 
seventy families in town, and when there 
shall be seventy families he is to be entitled 
to 50 pounds, whether sooner or later, until 
there be 90 families. When there is 90 fam- 
ilies he shall receive 60 pounds until there is 
1 10 families, when no families, he shall re- 
ceive sixty-six pounds, eight shillings and 
four pence a year, which last sum he shall 
continue to receive so long as he remain our 
minister." He was ordamed in a barn where 
the sei-vices were held at first. The first meet- 
ing house was completed in 1779 and the sec- 
ond in 1792. In the summer of 1803, while he 
was riding on horseback, a stroke of lightning 
threw him to the ground, stunned him, and 
so paralyzed his energies as to disqualify him 
for further duty as minister. He resigned his 
office and was dismissed October 19, 1803. 
He lived in ease and retirement that his feeble 
health demanded, surviving but two years. He 
died August 3, i3o5. The history of Hillsbor- 
ough says of him : "He was a man of very re- 
spectable tclents, possessed a vigorous and dis- 
crimii-itrng mind, and a lively and well culti- 
vated imagination. He had a strong sonor- 
ous voice, and an emphatic delivery. His 
manners were eminently dignified, polished 
and agreeable, a model of clerical urbanity. 
He was a charitable man with the sons and 
daughters of need, he was familiarly acquaint- 
ed, making it an object to seek out the chil- 
dren of sorrow, and administer to their ne- 
cessities, and by such he was regarded with 
the warmest affection. As a citizen he ex- 
erted a commanding influence in maintaining 
social order, preserving unanimity of feeling, 
and otherwise advancing the prosperity of 
the town. In his religious belief he is sup- 
posed to have been what was at that 
time styled an Arminian. He was not a rigid 
sectarian, but cherished a truly Catholic and 
liberal spirit towards those who differed from 
him in sentiment. Mr. Barnes was an active 
and laborious man. For many years after his 
settlement, his salary was inadequate to the 
support of his household, and he cheerfully 
assisted in subduing the wilderness besides 
administering to the spiritual wants of his 
charge. He became possessed of the land, 
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minister of the town, containing" between 
three and four hundred acres. He toiled as- 
siduously in clearing and preparing for culti- 
vation these and other lands which he ac- 
quired by purchase, besides laboring much in 
the newly settled towns in the vicinity which 
were destitute of a minister." Air. Barnes 
taught school before a regular school master 
was engaged in the town. 

Mr. Barnes married, 1774, Abigail Curtis, 
born in Sudbury, May 22, 1755, died Decem- 
ber 8, 1838. She was a woman of great ex- 
cellence of character, universally loved and 
esteemed. Children: i. William, born De- 
cember 26, 1775, removed to Lower Canada. 
2. Jonathan, born March 25, 1778. 3. Joseph 
Curtis, born April 24, 1780; died March 13, 
1817; kept a general store in Hillsborough. 4. 
Captain Samuel, born June 9, 1782; mentioned 
below. 5. Luther, born August i, 1784. 6. 
John, born December 30, 1786; died at sea, 
August 21, 181 1. 7. Cyrus, born January 14, 
1789; died August 9, 1819, in Porto Rico. 8. 
Abigail, married Rev. John Lawton, who was 
born May i, 1791. 9. Daughter, died in in- 
fancy, January 9, 1793. 10. Henry, born 
June 28, 1794; died May i, 1795. 11. Henry, 
born June 19, 1796, resided in his native town. 

(V) Captain Samuel Barnes, son of Rev. 
Jonathan Barnes (4), was born in Hillsbor- 
ough, New Hampshire, June 9, 1782. He was 
a well-to-do merchant in his native town, cap- 
tain of the militia company, held various town 
offices, and was a worthy industrious and en- 
terprising citizen. He married Nancy Tag- 
gart, born May 26, 1784; died in 1862. He 
died October 21, 1822. leaving a wife and six 
children. 

(VI) John Barnes, son of Captain Samuel 
Barnes (5), was born in Hillsborough, New 
Hampshire, August 22, 181 3, and died Octo- 
ber 14, 1897. He was a clerk in the Mer- 
chants' National Bank of Boston for sixty 
years, and well known in financial circles. He 
married, November 29, 1838, Sarah Ann 
Locke, born in Boston, April 30, 1816, died 
February 2, 1847. Children: i. Celestia F., 
born August 27, 1839, in Boston ; married 
November 20, 1862, Francis Flint (see 
sketch). 2. Estelle Maria, born February 23, 
1841. in Boston; married Oilman C. Shattuck 
of Nashua, New Hampshire ; children : i. 
Arthur Oilman Shattuck ; ii. Fannie Conant 
Shattuck ; iii. Harold Bemis Shattuck ; iv. 
Helen Barnes Shattuck ; v. Roger Conant 
Shattuck. 3. Melora Albertina, born Septem- 
ber ID. 1843, in Boston; married April 3, 1867, 
Oeorge Sackrider, of Cambridge, their only 

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child, Oertrude Estelle Sackrider, married 
Thomas C. Sias, of Lexington, Massachusetts ; 
children : Samuel Barnes ; Richard ; Donald ; 
Catherine ; Dorothy. 



Nathaniel Merrill, probably 
MERRILL brother of John Merrill, 

came from Salisbury, Eng- 
land, in 1635 or 1636, and settled in Ipswich 
before 1642. He married Susanna Jordan, 
and died March 16, 1654-55. His will was 
dated March 8, 1654-55, and proved March 
2"], 1654-55. Children: 1. Deacon John, born 
1632 or 34, removed to Hartford, Connecti- 
cut, before 1657; married Sarah Watson. 2. 
Abraham, born about 1636, died January 18, 
1700-01; married Abigail Webster. 3. Na- 
thaniel, born about 1638, married, October 
15, 1661, Joanna Kinney. 4. Susanna, mar- 
ried, October 15, 1663, John Burbank. 5. 
Daniel, born August 20, 1642, married. May 
14, 1667. Sarah Clough; married (second). 
May 29, 1708, Widow Sarah (Alorrill, Rowell) 
Page. 6. Abel, born 1644, mentioned below. 

(II) Abel Merrill, son of Nathaniel Merrill 
(i), was born in 1644 and settled in Newbury. 
He, with others, took the oath of fidelity in 
1668 and 1678. He married Priscilla Chase 
(q. v.). He married second Anne (Wheeler). 
See sketch of Wheeler family. His widow 
was appointed administratrix of his estate 
March 25, 1690. and the estate was divided in 
November, 1697. Children, born at New- 
bury; I. Abel, born December 28, 1671, mar- 
ried, June 19, 1694, Abigail Stevens. 2. Su- 
sanna, born November 14, 1673, married, Jan- 
uary 28, 1691-92, Benjamin Morse. 3. Na- 
than, born April 3, 1676, married, September 
6. 1699, Hannah Kent. 4. Thomas, born 
January i, 1678-79, married Judith Kent. 5. 
Joseph, born July 12, 1681, married Anne 
Wiggin. 6. Nathaniel, bom February 6, 
1684, mentioned below. 7. Priscilla, born 
July 13, 1686, married Nathaniel Noyes. 8. 
James, born January 27, 1689, married Mar}- 
Adams. 

(III) Nathaniel Merrill, son of Abel Mer- 
rill (2), was born February 6, 1684, at New- 
bury. He married, July 28, 1709, Hannah 
Stevens. His estate was administered May 7, 
1744. The only child, Roger, born at New- 
burv, Alarch 10. 171 1, mentioned below. 

(iV) Roger Merrill, son of Nathaniel Mer- 
rill (3), was born March 10, 1711, at New- 
burv. He married Mary Hall; had probably 
several children. 

(V) Nathaniel Merrill, son of Roger Mer- 



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rill (4), was born in Newbury about 1730. He 
resided in Nottingham West, now Hudson, 
New Hampshire. He married Mary Sargent, 
and had several children. 

(VI) Roger Merrill, son of Nathaniel Mer- 
rill (5), was born at Newbury, February i, 
1761. He married, February 2, 1785, at New 
Gloucester, Maine, Dorothy Austin, died at 
Litchfield, Maine, December 28, 1863, daugh- 
ter of John Austin, then of Royalsboro, af- 
terward of Freeport, Maine. They resided at 
Durham, Maine, until 1802, where the first 
eight children were born. They lived after- 
ward in Portland and Litchfield, Maine. He 
was a mason by trade and spent the last part 
of his Hfe at Durham, where he died June 15, 
1852, aged ninety-one years, four months and 
fifteen days. Before his marriage, while he 
lived at Nottingham West with his parents, 
he served in the Revolution, in 1779, in Cap- 
tain Daniel West's company, Colonel Her- 
cules Mooney's regiment. Children: i. 
Olando, born June 30, 1786, mentioned below. 
2. Dolly, born September 30, 1788, married 
1806, William Bartlett. 3. John, born De- 
cember II, 1790, died at sea. 4. Jonathan 
C, born February 20, 1793. 5. Polly, born 
May 5, 1795, died aged twenty-two. 6. Bet- 
sey, born December 8, 1797, married 

Robinson. 7. Edward, iDorn July 24, 1800, 
married, October 15, 1827, Mary Converse 
and resided at New Bedford, Massachusetts; 
died September 11, 1784. 8. Caleb, born 
June 24, 1802, died October 14, 1805. 9. Wil- 
liam, born September 20, 1804, died October 
9, 1805. 10. Jesse, born December 17, 1806, 
died July 10, 1813. 11. Mary S., born Sep- 
tember 20, 1809, married Aaron True, of 
Litchfield, Maine, January 27, 1830; died 
April 16, 1875. 12. Sarah, born December 
26, 1812, died August 19, 1813, at Portland. 
13. Infant, born November 22, 1817, died 
voung. 

(VII) Olando Merrill, son of Roger Mer- 
rill (6), was born June 30, 1786, at Durham, 
Maine. He was a farmer. He married Sar- 
ah Wagg, of Lisbon, Maine. Children: Eliza, 
born January 9, 1808. 2. WiUiam, born Oc- 
tober 28. 1809, died November 20, 1821. 3. 
Jane, born July 30, 181 1. 4. John, born May 
15, 1813. 5. Jane, born March 31. 1815. 6. 
Olando, born May 30, 1817, died January 17, 
1822. 7. Mary (twin), born October 6, 1819. 
8. Sarah (twin), born October 6, 1819, died 
August 26, 184 — . 9. Dorcas Cushing. born 
June 22. 1822. 10. Olando, born November 
19, 1823, mentioned below. 11. Dorcas, born 
January 26, 1826. 12. Irene, born January 



24, 1828, died January 24, 1833. 13. Wil- 
liam, born March 25, 1832. 

(VIIIj Olando Merrill, son of Olando Mer- 
rill (7), was born in Durham, Maine, Novem- 
ber 19, 1823, and died in 1872. He was edu- 
cated in the common schools, and was a farm- 
er by occupation. He lived at Durham and 
Lisbon, Maine. He was a selectman of the 
town of Lisbon at the time of his death, be- 
ing killed in a derrick accident while engaged 
in getting out stone for the use of the town in 
the construction of bridges. He lost his own 
life in attempting to save another's. He had 
been a selectman for a number of years and a 
member of the school committee. He was a 
prominent Republican. He was a well-to-do 
and enterprising citizen, much respected and 
esteemed by his townsmen. He married 
Mary Foss, born in Wales, Maine. Children: 
I. Edward Owen, born November 2^, 1847, 
resides in Maiden; married Carrie Turner and 
has one child, Mary. 2. Francis H., born 
August II, 1849. 3- Juli^ Eva, born October 
I, 1 85 1, married Henry Winn, of Maiden. 4. 
Albert Willis, born July 4, 1853, died at the 
age of twenty-one. 5. Sarah Jane, born in 
Wales, Maine, July 18, 1856, married William 
Penn Bailey. (See sketch of the Bailey fami- 
ly herewith). 



Bailey or Bayley is an ancient 
BAILEY English surname. There came 

to New England no less than 
eleven of this name before 1650 and many 
more afterward, and there is still a lack of 
uniformity in spelling even in the same 
branches. The ancient Bailey coat-of-arms 
is : Az. nine estoiles, three, three, two, and 
one, ar. Crest : A morning star, ppr. 

(I) Thomas Bailey, Sr., immigrant ances- 
tor, came from England and before 1640 set- 
tled in Weymouth, Massachusetts, where he 
was admitted a freeman May 13, 1640, and 
was a town officer in 1645. The name of his 
wife is unknown. He died in 1681. His will, 
dated May 23 and proved October 10, 1681, 
bequeathed to his eldest son John, his son 
Thomas, daughter Esther, wife of John King, 
and to each of his grandchildren. , Children : 
I. John, born about 1640, mentioned below. 2. 
Thomas, born about 1641. married Ruth 

; children: Christian, born February 

26. 1662; Samuel, February 21. 1666; Mary, 
February 10, 1670; Sarah, September 29. 
1674. 3. Esther, married John King, Jr., of 
Weymouth. 

(II) John Bailey, son of Thomas Bailey 



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(i), was born in Weymouth about 1640. He 
removed from Weymouth to Scituate before 
1670, and was tenant to Captain John Wil- 
liams at Farm Neck, Scituate. He died in 
1718, and bequeathed in his will to "sons 
John, Joseph, Benjamin, William and Samuel 
four pounds each in addition to what they 
have already received." To daughter Mary 
Perry sixty pounds, son William executor. 
His farm had been a gift from Captain John. 
Williams. He married (first), January 25, 

1672, Sarah White, of Weymouth, and (sec- 
ond), December 9, 1699, Ruth Clothier. Chil- 
dren of first wife: i. John, born November 5, 

1673, mentioned below. 2. Sarah, born Oc- 
tober, 1675. 3- Mary, born December, 1677, 
married, January i, 1701, James Perry. 4. 
Joseph, born October, 1679, married and left 
descendants in Scituate. 5. Benjamin, born 
April, 1682, removed to Marlborough, Massa- 
chusetts, about 1 71 2. 6. William, born Feb- 
ruary, 1685, married Judith Booth, January, 
1 7 14, settled in Scituate. 7. Hannah, born 
January, 1687-88, married, December 24, 
1716, James Briggs. 8. Samuel, born August, 
1690. 9. Elizabeth, married William Barrell, 
July 2, 1706. 

(HI) John Bailey, son of John Bailey (2), 
was born November 5, 1673. Married, Feb- 
ruary 19, 1700, Abigail, daughter of Deacon 
Samuel Clapp. His widow died March 2, 
1753. He died in June, 1752, at Hanover, 
Massachusetts, where he settled ; was select- 
man there 1735 to 1737, and a man of much 
influence in the town. Children, born in 
Scituate: i. Jane, born June 20, 1700. 2. 
John, born May 23, 1703. 3. Jacob, born 
December 13, 1706, mentioned below. 4. 
Captain Israel, born May 13, 1708, married, 
November 12, 1730, Keziah Perry and left 
descendants in Bridgewater and Scituate. 5. 
Timothy, born March 20, 1709. 6. Abigail, 
born February 4, 1712-13, married. May 21, 
1733, John Bates. 7. Sarah, born 1714, mar- 
ried, March 4, 1731, Thomas Jenkins. 8. De- 
borah, born 1717, married, 1738, Jeremiah 
Rogers. 9. Hannah, born 17 19. 10. Rachel, 
born 1719, married, 1741, James Rogers. 11. 
Naomi, born 1722, married, 1741, Benjamin 
Curtis. 

(IV) Jacob Bailey, son of John Bailey (3), 
was born in Scituate, Massachusetts, Decem- 
ber 13, 1706. He settled in Hanover, Massa- 
chusetts, and is the ancestor of all the families 
of this name in that town. He married, June 

10, 1728, (second) Hatch. Children : 

I. Jacob, born January 20, 1729, mentioned 
below. 2. Ruth, born January 10, 1731, mar- 



ried, May 13, 1788, George Sterling, a native 
of England, who died December 24, 1791 ; 
she died June 12, 1804; his gravestone, a 
curious specimen of the art, stands in the old 
burial ground near the meeting house. 3. 
Charles, born April 26, 1734. 4. Stephen, 
born February 27, 1737, 5. Hannah, born 
June 29, 1739, married Samuel House, of 
Pembroke. 6. George, born August 2, 1741. 

(V) Jacob Bailey, son of Jacob Bailey (4), 
was born in Hanover, Massachusetts, January 
20, 1729. He settled in Maine when a young 

man. Barry says he married Tink- 

ham. A Jacob Bailey, of Hanover, married 
Pegge Woods, of Abington, November 13, 
1782. He was a zealous Quaker in religion 
and therefore could not serve in the Revolu- 
tion. He was very active and industrious, 
and to an advanced age retained his vigor 
and agility. His son Jacob used to relate how 
his father, when very old, once vaulted over 
the back of a cow to show that he was still 
active. He was the father of thirteen children. 
His home was in what is now Leeds, Andros- 
coggin county, Maine. Child. Jacob, born at 
Hanover, Massachusetts, September 13, 1770, 
mentioned below. 

(VI) Jacob Bailey, son of Jacob Bailey (5), 
born September 13, 1770, died in Leeds, 
Maine, December 14, 1857; married, in Han- 
over, Sarah Berry, born in Hanover, May 12, 
1763, and died in Leeds, Maine, July 28, 1838. 
Children: i. Sarah, born at Leeds, March 11, 
1791, died May 14, 1854. 2. Jacob, born May 
7, 1792, died February 13, 1854. 3. Ezekiel, 
born September i, 1793, mentioned below. 4. 
Martin, born February 19, 1795, died Decem- 
ber 23, 1864. 5. Hannah, born April 12, 1796, 
died July 15, 1866. 6. Ruth, born June 21, 
1797, died January 12, 1868. 7. David, born 
February 24, 1799. 8. Anna, born August 
24, 1800, died May 28, 1861. 9. Mary, born 
March 4, 1802, died February 10, 1861. 10. 
Lucy, born August 5, 1803, died June 30, 
1861. II. Sands, born May 17, 1806, died 
July 24, 1877. 12. Esther, born June 2, 1809. 
died March, 1832. 

(VII) Ezekiel Barley, son of Jacob Bailey 
(6), was born in Leeds, Androscoggin coun- 
ty, Maine, September i, 1793. He had a com- 
mon school education and when a young man 
settled in Winthrop, Maine. In 1835 he es- 
tablished an oil-cloth manufacturing industry 
in Winthrop and was the most successful of 
the pioneers in this line of manufacturing in 
New England. At first he made hand-printed 
table cloths, which he peddled from a cart at 
retail. But business grew from small begin- 



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MIDDLESEX COUNTY. 



nings till this mill to-day has a daily output 
of twelve thousand five hundred yards of 
cloth, and the concern has four hundred per- 
sons on its pay-roll. Steady work is the rule 
in this mill, and the only holiday of the year it 
is shut down is Christmas ; on all others the 
employees may work or not, as they choose. 
He was well known in the industrial world 
and highly respected by his business associ- 
ates. In politics Mr. Bailey was a Whig, ac- 
tive and very influential. He was selectman 
of the town of Winthrop for many years and 
represented his district in the legislature. He 
died in Winthrop, November 28, 1873. He 
married ]\Iary Robbins, born in Winthrop, 
November 7, 1797, and died May 25, 1874, 
daughter of Daniel Robbins, of Walpole, Mas- 
sachusetts. He was born February 2^, 1757, 
and died in Winthrop, April 27, 1823. He 
was a well known Quaker whose patriotism 
overcame his prejudice and principles against 
war, and led him to enlist in the Revolution. 
Because of his Revolutionary service he was 
read out of the Society of Friends, and his 
wife, remaining faithful to the Quakers, was 
debarred by the principles of her denomina- 
tion from accepting the pension, to which, as 
his widow, she became entitled. He was a 
goldsmith and jeweler by trade. His family 
came from Walpole and was descended from 
the Robbins of the firm of Wingate and Rob- 
bins, the first makers in America of tall clocks, 
commonly called "Grandfather's clocks." 

Daniel Robbins married (first) Mary C. 
Clark, and had two children — Quilla and 
Clark Robbins. He married (second) Eunice 
Wads worth, born at Stoughton, Massachu- 
setts, May 10, 1766, and died at Winthrop, 
November 9, 1847. Children of second wife : 
i. Jerusha Robbins, born July 18, 1792, died 
October 18, 1844; ii. Hannah Robbins, born 
February 6, 1795, died July 28, 1828; iii. 
Mary Robbins, born November 7, 1797, mar- 
ried Ezekiel Bailey ; iv. Deborah Robbins, 
born October 2, 1803, died at Manchester, 
Maine, November 28, 1898; she was a mem- 
ber of the Daughters of the Revolution, and 
was nearly one hundred years old when she 
died. 

Children of Ezekiel and Mary Bailey: i. 
Daniel Robbins, born December 13, 181 5, died 
in Lynn, Massachusetts, July 21, 1858; mar- 
ried Winslow ; children : Samuel, Han- 
nah, George, Eunice. 2. Moses, born Decem- 
ber 18, 1817, died June 6, 1882. 3. Charles 
M., born October 24, 1820, lives at Winthrop, 
Maine, and has full charge of the business, 
active at the age of eighty-seven. 4. George, 



born December 24, 1822, living at Winthrop. 

5. Albert E., born May 24, 1834, died October 

6, 1857. 6. John Wadsworth, born September 
I, 1836. 7. William Penn, born March 29, 
1841, mentioned below. 

(VIII) William Penn Bailey, son of Ezekiel 
Bailey (7), was born in Winthrop, Maine^ 
March 29, 1841. He was educated in the 
common schools, and resided in Winthrop, 
Maine, until 1872, and at Skowhegan, Maine, 
up to 1899, when he removed to Maiden, Mas- 
sachusetts, in order to be near the Boston of- 
fice of his firm, C. M. Bailey, Sons & Com- 
pany, manufacturers of oil-cloth, etc., with 
mills at Winthrop, Maine, founded by his 
father. He is at present the New England 
selling agent of this firm. Mr. Bailey has al- 
ways been a Republican in politics, but strong- 
ly favors a reduction of the tariff. He enlist- 
ed in the Civil war. May 4, 1861, in the Third 
Maine Regiment of Volunteers under Colonel 
(now General) O. O. Howard, and served in 
the campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, 
taking part in both battles of Bull Run, the 
battle of Fair Oaks, battle of Williamsburg, 
and the seven days battle before Richmond. 
He was fortunate in escaping wounds, but 
finally was stricken with illness and received 
his discharge for disability in November, 1863. 
He is a member of Russell Post, Grand Army, 
of Skowhegan, Maine. He belongs to the 
Skowhegan Congregational church. He is a 
prominent Free Mason, a member of Somerset 
Lodge of Skowhegan, and of the various Ma- 
sonic bodies to the thirty-second degree, viz. : 
is past commander of De Molay Commandery 
of Skowhegan. He is a member of Carrabas- 
sett I^dge of Odd Fellows, of Sknowhegan. He 
was for three years a member of the Kernwood 
Club of Maiden, but resigned to give younger 
men a chance to join. He married (first), 
1863, Charlotte Gove, born at Readfield, 
Maine, December 15, 1842, died February 10, 
1884, at Skowhegan. He married (second), 
August 3, 1887, Sarah J. Merrill, born in 
Wales, Maine, July 18, 1856, daughter of 
Olando and Mary (Foss) Merrill. (See 
sketch of Merrill family). Children of the 
first wife: i. Mary F., born in Winthrop, De- 
cember 18, 1864. 2. Charlotte E., October 28, 
1866. 3. William, October 20, 1869. 4. Net- 
tie M., at Skowhegan, February 19, 1872. 
Children of the second wife: 5. Albert M., 
born at Maiden, Massachusetts, August 3, 
1890, died the same year. 6. Helen Louise, 
March 8, 1894. 7. Editb Merrill, December 
18. 1896. 



MIDDLESEX COUNTY. 



1453 



The surname Warner is of 
WARNER ancient English origin and 

the name has had many hon- 
ored and honorable representatives in Eng- 
land for many centuries. Miore than twenty 
families of this name have coats-of-arms of 
different design. Important branches of the 
Warner family bearing arms have lived and 
are now found in counties Kent, Norfolk, 
Suffolk, Warwick, York, England, in Ayr- 
shire, Scotland, and Ireland. 

(I) Andrew Warner, the immigrant ances- 
tor, was born in England about 1600. He 
came to America in 1632 and was a proprie- 
tor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1633. He 
was admitted a freeman May 14, 1634. In 
1635 he was living in Cambridge on the 
northeasterly side of Eliot street, about mid- 
way between the westerly end of Winthrop 
street and Brighton street. He owned also 
several other lots in Cambridge. He sold his 
property in Cambridge to Captain George 
Cooke, December 20, 1636, and removed to 
Hartford, Connecticut. He removed to Had- 
ley, Massachusetts, about 1659, and was one 
of the first settlers. He died there December 
18, 1684. His will was dated June 18, 1681, 
and proved March 31, 1685. He bequeathed 
to his wife Esther; sons Jacob, Daniel, Isaac, 
Andrew, Robert. John; daughters Ruth Pratt 

and Hills; and Mary, wife of John 

Taylor. He married (first), Esther, widow of 
Thomas Selden. She died in 1693, as is in- 
ferred from the fact that her inventory was 
taken December i, 1693. Children: i. An- 
drew, married Rebecca Fletcher, and died in 
Middletown, Connecticut. January 26, 1681. 
2. Robert, married, February. 1654. Eliza- 
beth Grant; (second) Deliverance Rockwell, 
widow, and he died in Middletown, April 10, 
1690. 3. Jacob, died November 29, 171 1. 4. 
Daniel, mentioned below. 5. Isaac, born 
about 1645. 6. Ruth, living in 1677 and pre- 
sented to the court for wearing silk. 7. 
Daughter married John or Daniel Pratt. 8. 
Marv. married John Steel, and William Hills. 
9. John, resided in Middletown. 

(II) Daniel Warner, son of Andrew 
Warner (i). was born about 1640. Married 

(first) Marv . who died September 19, 

1672. He married (second) Martha Bolt- 
wood, daughter of Robert Boltwood. She 
died September 22, 17 10. He resided in Hat- 
field. Massachusetts, and died there April 30, 
1692. Children: i. Mary, born February 24, 
1663. 2. Sarah, born about 1665. married, 
November 25, 1685, Isaac Sheldon. 3. Dan- 
iel, born about 1666. mentioned below. 4. 



Andrew, born June 24, 1667. 5. Anna, born 
November 17, 1669, married Isaac Hubbard. 
6. Mary, born September 19, 1672, perhaps 
wife of Samuel Sheldon. 7. Hannah, born 
January 24, 1675, married, October 14, 1696, 
Samuel Ingram, of Hatfield. 8. John, born 
April, 1677, removed to Wethersfield, Con- 
necticut, and died 17 14. 9. Abraham, born 
December 20, 1678. 10. Samuel, born April 
13, 1680. II. Ebenezer, born November 5, 
1681. 12. Mehitable, born October i, 1683, 
married Preserved Clapp, January 21, 1703. 

13. Elizabeth, married Thomas Wells, of 
Haddam, Connecticut, December 26, 1705. 

14. Esther, born December 15, 1686, married 
June 26, 1707. 15. Martha, born April 3, 
1688, died November 25, 1689. 16. Nathan- 
iel, born October 15, 1690. 

(III) Daniel Warner, son of Daniel Warn- 
er (2), was born in Hatfield, Massachusetts, 
about 1666. He resided there, at West Hart- 
ford, Connecticut, and finally removed to 
Hardwick, Massachusetts, where some of his 
children had settled. He died at Hardwick, 
March 12, 1754, in the eighty-eighth year of 
his age, and his burial place is marked by a 
gravestone. With the exception of Deacon 
John White, he was born earlier than any 
other person of English descent, known to 
have died in Hardwick. He married Mary 
Hubbard, daughter of John Hubbard, De- 
cember 12. 1688. Children: i. Mary, born 
August 31, 1689. Jied February 24, 1692. 2. 
Daniel, born March i. 1693. resided at Shef- 
field. Connecticut; probably married Thank- 
ful Billings and (second) Elizabeth Adams, of 
Suffield. Connecticut, December 29, 1719. 3. 
Mary, born August 17, 1694, married Joseph 
Wait. September 22, 1720. 4. Hannah, born 
1700, probably married Samuel Billings; re- 
moved to Hardwick and died March 5, 1767. 
5. Jonathan, born about 1704. 6. Sarah, born 
October 11, 1707. 7. Joseph, born January 
18, 1710. 

(IV) Jonathan Warner, son of Daniel 
Warner (3). was born at Hatfield about 1704- 
He removed when a young man to Hardwick, 
Massachusetts, and resided a few years in the 
southwest part of the town, but in 1743 
bought the farm adjoining the Common, 
which long remained in the family's posses- 
sion. He was an energetic, thrifty man, dealt 
much in real estate, and kept a general store 
there and a tavern at the south end of the 
Common. He was selectman for five years, 
beginning 1738, and treasurer nineteen years, 
from 1744 to 1762 inclusive. He died May 
28. 1763. aged fifty-nine. His widow Bath- 



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sheba married (second) John Burt, of Spring- 
field, Massachusetts, June 4, 1765. Children 
of Jonathan and Bathsheba Warner: i. Dan- 
iel, born December 2.2, 1734, mentioned below. 

2. Mary, born February 23, 1736-37, married 
Zurishaddai Doty, December 4, 1755. 3. 
Bathsheba, born October 7, 1738. 4. Lydia, 
born November 3, 1740, married, February 
8, 1760, Dr. Challis Safford, and (second) 
Hon. Jonas Fay, of Bennington, November 
20, 1777. 5. Sarah, born November i, 1742, 
married Thomas Wheeler, September 8, 1762, 
and (second) Captain Elijah Warner, Decem- 
ber 30, 1807. 6. Jonathan July 14, 1744. 7. 
Bathsheba, born July 24, 1746, married, 1764, 
Eliakim Spooner ; died January 29, 183 1. 8. 
Lucy, born May 10. 1748, married, January 
23, 1766, Asa Hatch. 9. Rhoda, born March 

3, 1752, died September 15. 1753. 10. Rhoda, 
born November 11, 1754, married, November 
26, 1772, Robert Mclntyre, and (second), 
April 26. 1778, Jonathan Lynde, of Peter- 
sham. 

(V) Daniel Warner, son of Jonathan War- 
ner (4), was born in Hardwick, Massachu- 
setts (or Hatfield), December 22, 1734. He 
married. May 31, 1758, Mary Wright, and 
was a farmer in Hardwick, residing near the 
present village of Gilbertville, on what is 
known as the May Farm. He was a soldier 
in the French and Indian war and afterwards 
captain of the Hardwick militia company. His 
descendants are eligible to the Sons and 
Daughters of the Revolution, as he was for 
five years member of the committee of safety 
and correspondence. He was also selectman 
six years and assessor ten years, one of the 
foremost men of the town. About 1807 he 
removed to Ohio, and died at Putnam, (Dhio, 
in the summer of 1823, aged nearly eighty- 
nine years. Children, born at Hardwick: i. 
Lydia, born August 12, 1759. married, Feb- 
ruary 23, 1775, Samuel French. 2. Daniel, 
born July 28, 1761. 3. Jonathan, born Sep- 
tember 13, 1763, mentioned below. 4. Mary, 
born October 19, 1765, married Rev. Solomon 
Aiken, of Dracut, in 1788, and died at Hard- 
wick, Vermont, October 30, 1820. 5. Justus, 
born May 22, 1766. 6. Alpha, born December 
I, 1770, married, January 14, 1796, Lydia 
Cobb ; settled in Hardwick, Vermont ; was col- 
onel of militia and an innkeeper for nearly 
sixty years ; his house the most noted in Ver- 
mont "and many a traveler would ride a little 
later or go a little farther to get to Warner's ;" 
was representative to the legislature ; removed 
to Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1853, and died there 
January, 1854. 7. Wright, born September 



II, 1773. 8. Charles Lee, born November 30, 
1776. 9. Betsey, born 1780, married Levi 
Whipple, August 21, 1803. 10. Patience, 
born December 2, 1782. 

(VI) Jonathan Warner, son of Daniel 
Warner (5), was born in Hardwick, Massa- 
chusetts, September 13, 1763. He married 
Sally Paige, daughter of John Paige, Febru- 
ary 25, 1789, and she died June 11, 1897, aged 
thirty-eight. He married (second) Annis 
(Agnes) Marsh, widow of Joel Marsh, Oc- 
tober 18, 1807. He was a judicious and 
thrifty farmer, inheriting the Warner home- 
stead, but after his second marriage he bought 
the Marsh farm and built a new house on the 
easterly road to Gilbertville at what is known 
as the A. Warner house. He was ensign in 
the militia, selectman for three years. He died 
July I, 183 1, aged about sixty-eight. His wife 
Annis died at Springfield, May 17, 1859, aged 
nearly ninety-four. Children (dates taken 
from family record, differing slightly from 
town records) : i. Mary, born December 3, 
1789, married, November 28, 1809, William 
Robinson; died in Barre, October 13, 1866. 

2. , born March 20, and died March 26, 

1792. 3. Moses Mandell, born March 30, 1793. 
4. Jonathan, born March 28, 1795, mentioned 
below. 5. Lewis, born January, 1797, died 
April I, 1797. 6. Daniel, born July 2, 1799. 
7. Lewis, born June i, 1801. 8. William Au- 
gustus, born January 8, 1804. 9. Levi Whip- 
ple, born June 7, 1806. 

(VII) Jonathan Warner, son of Jonathan 
Warner (6), was born in Hardwick, Massa- 
chusetts, March 28, 1795, died September 12, 
1867. He was brought up on the farm and 
educated in the district schools of his native 
town, and most of the time he rode a distance 
of four miles on horseback to school daily dur- 
ing the term. When he came of age, his father 
gave him a tract of land at Hardwick, Ver- 
mont, where many of the family, and others 
of Hardwick, Massachusetts, had settled. He 
had some three hundred acres of wild land. 
He cleared his farm and built his house. He 
became a well-to-do farmer, having many 
horses and fine herds of cattle and sheep. Of 
a jovial and agreeable disposition, Mr. War- 
ner made friends with everybody he met. Of 
strict integrity and unimpeachable character 
he had the respect and confidence of all who 
knew him. He was active in the temperance 
movement and was a faithful and pious mem- 
ber of the Baptist church of Hardwick, Ver- 
mont. He was a Whig in politics. He served 
six months in the War of 1812, when he was 
eighteen years old, going from Hardwick, 



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Massachusetts, to Boston harbor to do coast 
guard duty under Captain Gass. His widow- 
was granted a pension, dated March 4, 1879. 
He married at Hardwick, Vermont, Febru- 
ary 25, 1819, Emily Florilla Farnum, who 
was born January 16, 1801, and died April 6, 
1889, daughter of Aaron and Florilla (Strong) 
Farnum. Children, born at Hardwick, Ver- 
mont : I. Adeline Florilla, born December 23, 
1819, married (first), July i, 1850, Zacha- 
riah Shedd, of Franklin, Vermont; child, 
Emma Shedd, born June 4, 185 1, died May 
30, 1883; married, 1880, Otto Wilde. Ade- 
line F. married (second), November 25, 1858, 
David Camp, of Hanover, New Hampshire. 

2. Eliza Ann, born June 3, 1822, died July 4, 
1879; married Dr. Harrison W. Brockway, of 
St. Johnsbury, Vermont; child, Edward Au- 
gustus Brockway, born September 10, 1856, 
married, January i, 1880, Lizzie A. Emmons. 

3. Mary Jane Robinson, born 1827, married 
(first), October 6, 1859, Garret Van Riper, 
who died in 1866; (second), November 9, 
1866, Alfred Taber, of Franklin, New Hamp- 
shire. 4. Ariadne Tilton, born April 12, 1828, 
married, June, 1855, Asa Barton Closson ; 
children, born at Hanover, New Hampshire : 
i. Jessie Closson, born February 28, 1856 ; ii. 
Elsie Closson, born November 18, 1859; ii^- 
Carlos Farnum Closson, bom March i, 1868, 
married, April 20, 1898, Susan Stephens, of 
Franklin, New Hampshire. 5. Levi Whipple, 
born October 26, 1830, married (first), Anna 
Mann; (second), Adeline Dennison ; (third), 
Julia Griffin. 6. Augustus Jonathan, bom 
November 3, 1833. married (first), June 3, 
1869, Margaret Sherry, of Elmira, New York, 
who died January 7. 1874; married (second), 
August 19, 1879, Anna T. Hoag, born August 
12, 1847, died October 13, 1884; married 
(third), in 1890, Ora Ella DeVed ; child of 
first wife. Sherry A., born January 7, 1874; 
child of second wife, William C, bom Octo- 
ber 13, 1884; child of third wife, Doris E., 
born March 10, 1899. 7. Charles Davenport, 
born October 30, 1835, mentioned below. 8. 
Laura Annette, born April 20, 1837, married, 
January 8, 1862, George Sherman, of Tioga 
county. New York, born May 27, 1825, died 
October 10, 1883 ; children : i. Guy Warner 
Sherman, born October 21, 1862, married, 
1885, Harrietta Withington and had Cliflford 
Withington Sherman, born October 10, 1887 ; 
ii. William Tecumseh Sherman, born Sep- 
tember 29, 1865, married, November 29, 1890, 
Nellie Clark, (children: Rhoda May Sher- 
man, born October 20, 1891 : Ruth Belle Sher- 
man, born April 14, 1893 ; George Clark Sher- 



man, born in 1895) ; iii. Mary Maud Sherman, 
born October 29, 1867, married, January 20, 
1892, Irving Tarrant, (child, Stanley Sher- 
man Tarrant, born September 18, 1893) ; iv. 
Louis Alfred Sherman, born July 3, 1870, 
married, November, 1893, Carrie Cogswell, v. 
Levi Whipple Sherman, born January 28, 
1875, married, March, 1897, Almira Pinney 
(children: Phillis S. Sherman, bom April 14, 
1898; Vera S. Sherman, born April 12, 1900; 
Alfred C. Sherman.) 9. Sidney Smith, born 

June 14, 1839, married Mary ; no 

children. 10. Louis Alfred, born May i, 1841, 
died May 2y, 1870. 

(VIII) Charles Davenport Warner, son of 
Jonathan Warner (7), was born in Hardwick, 
Vermont, October 30, 1835. He received his 
early education in the district schools of his 
native town, and in the Colby Academy at 
Meriden, New Hampshire. He remained at 
home helping his father carry on the farm un- 
til the age of twenty-two, when he and his 
brother Levi formed a partnership to conduct 
the homestead and later they bought it of their 
father. The homestead is situated in the south- 
em part of the village of East Hardwick, 
about a mile from the center. The section own- 
ed by Charles D. Warner comprised one hun- 
dred and fifty acres. He was a prosperous 
farmer. Seeking to get nearer the markets, 
he moved to Arlington. Massachusetts, in 
1872, and being satisfied with the prospects 
there, sold his farm in Hardwick, the year 
following. He bought sixteen acres of land 
on Highland avenue, Arlington, and carried 
on a market garden in company with Alfred 
Taber, about five years. They then dissolved 
partnership and Mr. Warner engaged in the 
express business, running an express team be- 
tween Arlington and Boston. He built up a 
large business during the twenty-five years in 
which he conducted it and acquired a compe- 
tence. He sold out a few years ago to William 
Stiles, and has since been retired. He is liv- 
ing in Arlington in the residence that he built 
there in 1880 at 1180 ^Massachusetts avenue. 
He has also built for investment several other 
houses in Arlington. He is a highly respect- 
ed and usefwl citizen. He is a member of the 
Baptist church at Arlington. In politics he is 
a Republican, and while in Hardwick served 
the town as highway surveyor; He was a 
member and an earnest believer in the Ameri- 
can Protective Association while it was in ex- 
istence. 

He married (first), June 11, 1866, EHza- 
beth Johnson, of Enfield, New Hampshire, 
who was born in 1833 and died June 24, 1873, 



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daughter of John and Elizabeth (W'estgate) 
Johnson. He married (second), June 23, 1884. 
Marion Henderson, of North Cambridge, born 
November 20, 1843, daughter of Robert and 
Marion (Johnston) Henderson. Children: i. 
Alice Elvira, born March 9, 1867, died May 
27, 1894; married William Alanson Spauld- 
ing, of Hanover Center, New Hampshire : 
child, Charles Jackson Spaulding, born Au- 
gust 30, 1890. 2. Gertrude Elsie, born Octo- 
ber 30, 1868, married, May 25, 1899, Charles 
R. Houston, of Thornton, New Hampshire ; 
child. Elizabeth Marion, born May 2, 1900. 
3. Wallace, born June 22, 1870, died May 22, 
1872. 



• (For tirst generation see Thomas Brigham i,) 

(H) Thomas Brigham. son 
BRIGHAM of Thomas Brigham (i), was 

born probably in Cambridge, 
Massachusetts, about 1640, and died in Marl- 
borough, November 25, 1716. When his 
mother married Edmund Rice, he went with 
them to Sudbury and Marlborough. On at- 
taining his majority he bought of his step- 
father for thirty pounds a town right in Marl- 
borough of "twenty-four acres with the frame 
of a dwelling house thereon." This land, sit- 
uated near Williams Pond in the southwest 
part of the town, was the beginning of his 
large farm. He was also one of the purchas- 
ers of the old plantation "Ockoocangansett," 
which had been reserved for the Indians out 
of the ancient boundaries of Marlborough. 
On the old Thomas Brigham homestead on 
the south side of the present Forest street. 
about twenty rods from the highway, at the 
foot of Crane Hill, is a slightly raised rectang- 
ular plot, about 30 by 75 feet, in the center 
of which is a large apple tree. Here rest the 
last of the Marlborough Indians, including 
their last chief and about thirty of his follow- 
ers. This spot is sacredly cherished by the 
family of Brigham s. It is now or was lately 
owned by George F. Nicols, whose wife was 
a Brigham. The last male Brigham owner is 
said to have strikingly re?embled his paternal 
ancestry, "having thick, wavy, black hair, black- 
eyes and red checks ; a fine looking man." The 
house stood a few rods above the brook, 
which flowed through the farm to Williams 
Pond. The first dwelling, a log hut built by 
Thomas Brigham (2), was burned during his 
absence by flax catching fire. In 1706 he 
built a frame house which was left for an ell 
bv 1-iis son Gershom. who built a two-story 
hn>e about 1724. The old house was used 



as a garrison during Queen Anne's war. This 
ell was finally taken down in 1791, by War- 
ren Brigham, and the house was inhabited 
until 1859. After it had stood empty for some 
time, it was finally razed. The Gershom Brig- 
ham house "was clapboarded but never 
painted outside; only two rooms were fin- 
ished; the sitting room and the principal bed- 
room were plastered and painted." About 
1825 the present house was built on the oppo- 
site side of the road from the old house, by 
Barnabas Brigham. The old well still exists. 
Thomas Brigham was one of the principal 
citizens of the town, but owing to the loss of 
records, nothing is known of the offices he 
held. He made his will April 21, 1716, and 
died November 25 of the same year in his 
chair, which is now in the possession of Mar- 
tha L. Ames. His will was proved January 
2, 17 1 7. Pie married first December 27, 
1665, Mary, daughter of Henry and Eliza- 
beth (Moore) Rice, and granddaughter of Ed- 
mund Rice the immigrant. He married sec- 
ond, July 30, 1695, Susanna, daughter of Wil- 
liam Shattuck, of Watertown, widow first of 
Joseph Morse and second of John Fay, whose 
first wife was Mary Brigham, sister of Thom^- 
as Brigham. Children: t. Thomas, born 
February 24, 1666-7; probably died before his 
father. 2. Nathan, born June 17, 1671. 3. 
David, born August 11, 1673; <^^i€^d young. 4. 
Jonathan, born February 22, 1675. 5. David, 
born April 12, 1678. 6. Gershom, born Feb- 
ruary 23, 1680; mentioned below. 7. Elnath- 
an, born March 7, 1683. 8. Mary, born Oc- 
tober 26, 1687; married July 30, 17 10, Cap- 
tain Jonas Houghton, of Lancaster; seven 
children. 

(HI) Gershom Brigham, son of Thomas 
Brigham (2), born in Marlborough, February 
2T^. 1680, died there January 3, 1748-9; mar- 
ried. May t8, 1703. Mehitable, born 1684, 
daughter of Joseph and Experience (Whee- 
lock) Warren, an early settler of Medfield. 
of A. M. from Clare College, Cambridge, 
Ralph Wheelock, her father, was the founder 
of the town of Medfield and held the degree 
England; his house was burned in King Phil- 
ip's war. Gershom settled on the homestead 
of his father in Marlborough, and was survey- 
or for the west end of the town in 17 10; tyth- 
ingman 1716; constable 1721 ; one of a com- 
mittee to "seat the nieeting" 1727; selectman 
T733. Children, born in Marlborough; i. 
Martha, born October 6. 1704. 2. Joseph, 
born .April 21, 1706; mentioned below. 3. 
Abigail, born November 25, 1708; married 
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4. Gershom, born November 4, 1712. 5. 
Benjamin, born February 19, 1714-5. 

(I\') Joseph Brigham, son of Gershom 
Brigham (3), born in Marlboro, April 21, 
1706, died July 29, 1786; married, August 
26, 1728, Comfort Bigelow, died Septem- 
ber 24, 1755, aged forty-eight, daughter 
of John Bigelow. Her father was taken 
captive by the Indians, October 15, 1705, 
previous to her birth. x^fter his libera- 
tion he named his first born Comfort 
and his second Freedom. Joseph Brig- 
ham married second, May 3, 1757, Ruth Rice 
Ward, born September i, 1721, died Febru- 
ary I, 1786, daughter of Joseph Rice, of 
Marlborough, widow of Elisha Ward. He 
resided in Marlborough, and built the Joseph 
Brigham-Ames house. He was surveyor in 
1734 ; petit jury-man 1738 ; warden 1766 ; tyth- 
ingman 1775. He was in Captain Nathan 
Brigham's company in the French and In- 
dian war, on the Marlborough alarm list in 
1757. Children by first wife, born in Marl- 
borough: I. Mehitable, born July 14, 1729; 
died in Berlin, Massachusetts, 1762; married 
1748, Captain Samuel Jones. Jr. 2. Sarah, 
born May 13, 1731. 3. Lavinah, born July 
10, 1733. 4. Joseph, born June 14. 1735; 
died July 17, 1742. 5. Comfort, born July 29, 
1737; died July 17, 1742. 6. Martha, born 
September 9, 1739; married January 20, 1763, 
Daniel Barnes, Jr.; two children. 7. Stephen, 
born October 15, 1741 ; mentioned below. 8. 
Joseph, born September ij , i743- 9- Com- 
fort, born August 26, 1745; died May 19, 
1771; married March 14, 1770, Daniel Stev- 
ens. 10. Jonah, born November 19, 1747; 
died December i, 1827: married, 1771, Sarah 
Walker; no issue. 11. Lucy, born August 
19, 1752; married Samuel Stratton. 

(V) Stephen Brigham, son of Joseph Brig- 
ham (4), born in Marlborough, October 15, 
1741, died about 181 1; married first, 1764, 
Jemima Snow; married second. Wil- 
der. He moved to Shrewsbury, and thence 
to West Boylston, Massachusetts. He prob- 
ably was a private in Captain Maynard's 
company, Colonel Cushing's regiment, which 
marched on the alarm at Bennington in 1777. 
and was discharged after three days service. 
Children by first wife, born in Shrewsbury: i. 
Martha, born September 9, 1766; died May 
23, 1784. 2. Edmund, born September 29, 
1769- 3- Sarah, born February 21, 1772; 
married Gershom Flagg, of Boylston. 4. Ja- 
bez, born August 28, 1775. 5. Dolly, born 
July 10. 1777; died 1782. 6. Stephen, born 
September 21. 1779; mentioned below. 7. 



Dolly, born December 20, 1783; died January 
10, 1858; married first, Rev. Reuben Ball: 
second, James Libby, of Bridgton, Maine; no 
issue. Children probably by second wife: 8. 
Levi, born June 8, 1778. 9. Lucinda, mar- 
ried Simon Plympton, of West Boylston ; no 
issue. 

(\T) Stephen Brigham, son of Stephen 
Brigham (5), born in West Boylston, (then 
Shrewsbury), Massachusetts, September 21, 
1779, died in Roxbury, about 1819; married 
Lucy White, born March 27, 1777, died about 
1820, daughter of Aaron White, of Roxbury. 
He was a wholesale flour merchant in Boston, 
junior member of the well-known firm of 
Bigelow and Brigham. Children, born in 
Boston : i. William, died young. 2. Mary W., 
born September 2, 1806; died in Roxbury 
January 4, 1892. 3. Stephen A., born June 
28, 1808; died unmarried in Roxbury, No- 
vember 21, 1866. 4. Elizabeth D., born Feb- 
ruary 27, 1810; died in Roxbury, March 30, 
1898. 5. Lucy A., born December 8, 181 1, 
died September 9, 1896. 6. Louisa, born July 
27, T813; married November 18, 1S44, San- 
ford Kendall; resided in Worcester. 7. Car- 
oline, born February 15, 181 5; died unmar- 
ried, aged about seventeen. 8. Henry Bige- 
low, mentioned below. 

(VII~) Henry Bigelow Brigham, son of Ste- 
phen Brigham (6), was born in Boston, July 
15, 1818. When he was a year and a half old 
he lost both parents, and he and his brothers 
and sisters went to live with their uncles and 
aunts. Henry and his sister, Elizabeth, went 
to live with their uncle Isaac Davis, of Rox- 
burv', a farmer. They received the usual com- 
mon school education provided by the town 
of Roxbury. Henry worked with his uncle 
on the farm during his youth. When a young 
man he refused a flattering position with a 
business house in Boston, at his uncle's re- 
quest, and continued on the Roxbury farm, 
and at the death of Mr. Davis in 1857. Mr. 
Brigham had an equal share with the widow 
and daughter. He carried on the farm until 
the estate was divided in 187 1. In the fall of 
1870 he sold a section of the farm, and in 
April. 1871, removed to Lexington, where he 
had purchased a beautiful home in Hancock 
street, with seventeen acres of land, and vir- 
tuallv retired from active business devoting 
his time to the care of his property. He sold 
the remainder of his land in Roxbury, now 
part of the city of Boston. His home in Lex- 
ington included the old Hancock-Adams 
house, or Clark parsonage, which he sold to 
the Lexington Historical Society. The 



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house was removed to its present site on the 
opposite side of the street and is one of the 
historic treasures of New England. Mr. 
Brigham died January 24, 1887. He was a 
man of public spirit, of sound judgment and 
sterling character, and was held in the high- 
est esteem by his townsmen. He was for 
many years trustee of the Lexington Savings 
Bank, a position he held at the time of his 
death. He was a Republican in politics. He 
was a member of the L'nitarian church of 
Lexington and served on its parish commit- 
tee. He married, ^larch 26, i860, Mary E. 
Dudley, daughter of Samuel and Mary E. 
(Gay) Dudley of Roxbury, granddaughter of 
Colonel Joseph and Pedy (Whitney) Dudley. 
Colonel Dudley commanded the LTnited 
States garrison at Fort Warren in Boston 
harbor during the war of 1812; married July 
20, 1784. Pedy Whitney, descendant of John 
and Elinor Whitney, pioneers at Watertown. 
Judge Paul Dudley, grandfather of Colonel 
Joseph, born 1675, died 1751, married Lucy 
Wainwright. Governor Joseph Dudley, fath- 
er of Judge Paul Dudley, born 1647, died 
1720, married Rebecca Tyng. Governor 
Thomas Dudley, father of Governor Joseph, 
was born in England in 1596, died in 1652, 
married Catherine (Dighton) Hackburne. 
Governor Thomas Dudley was one of the 
most important and distinguished men of the 
colonial era in Massachusetts. Children of 
Samuel and Mary E. (Gay) Dudley: i. Mary 
E. Dudley, married Henry B. Brigham. 2. 
Sarah W. Dudley, married Quincy Adams 
Chandler, of Lexington. 3. Samuel Dudley, 
married Emily Brown; he was living in 1907. 
4. Joseph W. Dudley died when eight years 
old. Henry Bigelow and Mary E. (Dudley) 
Brigham had one daughter, Mary Louisa, 
born in Roxbury, March 3, 1862; now living 
with her widowed mother at the family home 
in Lexinfjton. 



Erasmus Darwin Leavitt. of 
LEAVITT Cambridge, son of Erasmus 
Darwin and Almira (Fay) 
Leavitt. was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, 
October 27, 1836. He was educated in the 
Lowell public schools and entered the machine 
shop of the Lowell Manufacturing Company 
in A;pril, 1852, where he served three years as 
an apprentice, at the close of which time he 
worked under instruction for a year at the 
works of Corliss & Nightingale, Providence, 
Rhode Island, the birthplace of the Corliss en- 
gine. From 1856 to 1858 he was engaged in 



developing some inventions in steam engineer- 
ing, for which a patent had been granted to 
him in 1855. In 1858 and 1859 he was as- 
sistant foreman at the City Point Works, 
South Boston, and had charge of building the 
engines for the Hagship "Hartford." From 
1859 to 1 86 1 he was chief draughtsman for 
Thurston, Gardner & Company of Providence, 
Rhode Island, leaving there to enter the 
United States navy in the summer of 1861 as 
third assistant engineer. He served through 
the war of the rebellion, and during his term 
of service was detailed to the Naval Academy 
at Annapolis as instructor in steam engineer- 
ing. Resigning in 1867, he resumed the prac- 
tice of mechanical engineering, making a 
specialty of pumping and mining machinery. 

In 1872 Mr. Leavitt designed and patented 
a novel pumping engine which was first used 
at Lynn, Massachusetts, and on account of its 
remarkable performance it became celebrated 
in Europe as well as in this country ; similar 
engines were subsequently erected at Law- 
rence, Massachusetts, Louisville, Kentucky, 
and at the sewage station of the city of Boston. 

In 1874 he became connected with the fa- 
mous Calumet and Hecla Copper Mine as an 
adviser of mechanical matters, and was con- 
sulting engineer of the company until 1904, 
when he retired from active practice. During 
his term of service with the company, he fur- 
nished the designs and plans for its huge 
equipment, which so materially reduced the 
cost of mining. He has also acted as consult- 
ing engineer to the cities of Boston and Louis- 
ville, and to the firm of Henry R. Worthing- 
ton, of New York, the celebrated builders of 
pumps. He is a member of the American 
vSociety of Civil Engineers, American Insti- 
tute of Mining Engineers, American Society 
of Mechanical Engineers (and past president 
of same), Boston Society of Civil Engineers, 
American Society of Naval Engineers, life 
member of British Association for the Ad- 
vancement of Science, member of the Ameri- 
can Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Insti- 
tution of Civil Engineers and the Institution 
of Mechanical Engineers of Great Britain. In 
1884 he received the honorary degree of Doc- 
tor of Engineering from the Stevens Insti- 
tute of Technology, of Hoboken, New Jersey. 
He is a member of the Union and Commercial 
Clubs of Boston and the Colonial Club of 
Cambridge. 

Mt. Leavitt was married, June 5, 1867, to 
Annie Elizabeth, daughter of William Pettit, 
of Philadelphia, who was the pioneer in loco- 
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connected with the Baldwin Locomotive 
Works. Mrs. Leavitt died December 28, 
1889. Their children were Mary Alford, Hart 
Hooker, Margaret Almira, Harriet Sherman 
and Annie Louise. Of these, three are living 
— Mary A., Margaret A. and Annie L. 

Mr. Leavitt's life has been one of close ap- 
plication to his chosen profession, and to-day 
he occupies a leading position among the most 
eminent engineers of this country and of 
Europe, his ability being recognized by all his 
contemporaries. During his several trips 
abroad he has received marked attention from 
engineers, and from the various engineering 
societies. He was a warm personal friend of 
the late Herr Krupp, of Essen, who frequently 
consu'lted him concerning engineering mat- 
ters. 



Gilbert Endicott, the immi- 
ENDICOTT grant ancestor, was born in 
England, son of John End- 
icott, of Marldon, Devonshire. He was bap- 
tized October 22, 1648, and died in Dorches- 
ter, Massachusetts, October 18, 1716, aged 
sixty-eight years. His brother, John Endi- 
cott, (or Indicott, as it was commonly spelled) 
resided in Boston and was warden of Kings 
Chapel in 1691. Another brother, William, 
lived in Canton, Massachusetts. All three 
brothers were inn keepers. In 1681 Gilbert 
Endicott was at Kennebunk, Maine, and liv- 
ing on land granted him^ in 1677 on condition 
that he build a house there and settle within 
a year, and in 1682 had a mill at Cape Por- 
poise. He was back in Dorchester in 1690; 
in Reading in 1696, when his son James was 
born. He probably left Maine on account of 
the Indian alarms. He was living in Canton 
and built a house there in 1700. He leased 
from the town, February 2^, 1704-05, a hun- 
dred acres of land, agreeing to pay a yearly 
rental of four pounds in pepper corn, the 
lease running for two hundred years. He 
had also land in Sharon, Massachusetts, 
bounded by the Massapoag brook and the 
road leading to Billings' Tavern. His son 
erected a house on land that Gilbert Endicott 
supposed to be his, but which was discovered 
to belong to Rev. Mr. Morse, in 1710. He 
seems to have retained the land and the min- 
ister got a new grant in compensation in 
1826. Gilbert was a soldier in King Philip's 
war under Captain John Jacobs, of Hingham, 
enlisting August 24, 1776. He was the first 
person buried in Canton graveyard, and his 
gravestone is the most ancient. The inscrip- 



tion is : "Here lyes the Body of Gilburt Indi- 
cott, aged 58 years Died October ye i8th, 
1716." The cellar hole of his house is now 
or was lately to be seen, though in 1727 it 
was called "ye old cellar hole." He had a 
tavern at Canton from 1702 to 1707, when he 
was succeeded by Daniel Morey. He kept 
an inn on Orange street, Boston, from June, 
1709, to 171 1. He was back in Stoughton 
(now Canton) in 1713, when he entertained 
Judge Sewall, who relates also a visit to the 
inn in his diary under date of September 15, 
1716, only a month before the landlord died. 
He married, April 28, 1686, Hannah Gooch, 
of York, Maine. She married (second), No- 
vember 4, (or 17) 171 7, John Minot. Chil- 
dren of Gilbert and Hannah Endicott: i. 
John. 2. James, mentioned below. 

(II) James Endicott, son of Gilbert Endi- 
cott (i), was born March 10, 1696, at Read- 
ing, Massachusetts. He settled in Canton. It 
was he who built his home on the minister's 
land by mistake, in 17 10. This was on the 
site of the brick house on Washington street, 
and it was burned October 29, 1806. He 
was an inn keeper. He married, November 
26, 1823, Esther Clapp,born February 10, 1699, 
died July 11, 1750, daughter of Ezra and Ex- 
perience (Houghton) Clapp. He married (sec- 
ond), January 9, 1752, Mrs. Hannah (Tilden) 
Lyon, widow, daughter of Elkanah Lyon ; she 
died May 22. 1778. He died October 21, 1767, 
and his administrator was appointed Novem- 
ber 13, 1767. The date on his gravestone is 
incorrect. Children of James and Esther: i. 
Ebenezer, born July 10, 1726. 2. James, born 
July 10, 1728; died April 27, 1729. 3. Han- 
nah, born April 12, 1730. 4. Esther, born 
March 14, 1734-35. 5- James, born August 
17, 1738, mentioned below. 6. Sarah, born 
August 10, 1 74 1. 

(HI) James Endicott, son of James Endi- 
cott (2), was born in Canton, August 17, 
1738, died there April 4, 1799. He was cap- 
tain of minute men of Stoughton; responded 
to the Lexington alarm April 19, 1775; served 
on Dorchester Heights; was stationed at 
Roxbury during the battle of Bunker Hill; 
was in Ticonderoga campaign, and at Rox- 
bury in 1778. He was a prominent citi- 
zen' in civil life also. In 1757 he gave land to 
the town for a highway. He was on a com- 
mittee with Preserved Lyon and Silas Crane 
to procure materials for the meeting house in 
1745. In 1778 he made frequent trips to Bos- 
ton and elsewhere, enlisting recruits for the 
Continental army, and he employed his wife 
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blanketing and spin thirty-two skeins of 
yarn for the army. He gave similar commis- 
sions to other women. In 1780 he was a 
representative to the general court, and also 
in 1784-85-86 and 1790: was town treasurer 
two years; appointed justice of the peace Feb- 
ruary II, 1785; and September 24, 1793, 
judge of the court of common pleas of Nor- 
folk county. His house was destroyed by fire 
October '29, 1806. He was universally re- 
spected by his fellow-citizens. He married, 
1 761, Abigail PufTer, born April 26, 1739, 
died May 26, 1833, aged ninety-four years, 
daughter of John and Abigail (Vose) Puffer, 
and great-granddaughter of Matthias Puf- 
fer, whose wife and eldest son were among 
the first victims of the Indians in the King 
Philip war. Children: i. Hannah, born Oc- 
tober 26, 1761, died June 3, i860, aged ninety- 
eight years; married John Eaton, July 17, 
1 79 1. 2. John, born February 4, 1764, died 
January 31, 1857, aged ninety-three; married. 
June 14, 1787, Mar\^ Humphrey. 3. James, 
born April 30, 1766, died February 22, 1834, 
aged sixty-eight; married Betsey Crane. 4. 
Elijah, born June 20, 1768, mentioned below. 
5. Abigail, born May 17, 1771, died Octo- 
ber 9, 1857, aged eighty-six; married Laban 
Lewis. 

(IV) Elijah Endicott, son of James Endi- 
cott (3), was born in Canton, June 20, 1768, 
died November 4, 1844, aged seventy-six 
years. He settled also in Canton. He mar- 
ried (first) Polly Spurr, of Canton, in Novem- 
ber, 1800. She died May 22, 1807. He mar- 
ried (second), October 31, 1813, Cynthia 
Childs (intentions at Stoughton October 10). 
Children of Elijah and Cynthia Endicott: i. 
Emil}-, born at Canton, February 14, 1814. 2. 
Evelina, born July 29, 181 5. 3. Elizabeth, 
born February 13, 1817. 4. Augustus B., 
born September 10, t8t8, mentioned below. 
5. Elijah, born May 5, 1821, married, April 
II. 1847, Clara Browning, died February 5, 
1899, aged seventy-seven years. 6. Charles, 
born October 28, 1822, mentioned below. 7. 
Henry, born November 14, 1824. mentioned 
"below. 

(V) Augustus B. Endicott, son of Elijah 
Endicott (4), was born at Canton. September 
10, 1818. He was educated in the public 
school and learned the carpenter's trade, 
serving an apprenticeship of four years and a 
half. He removed to Chelsea when he was 
twenty-one. and was employed for ten vears 
as pattern maker in a foundry there. In 
1852 he returned to Dedham and was ap- 
pointed deputy sheriff in 1853, serving until 



August, 1885, when he was appointed to 
serve the unexpired term of Sheriff Wood. He 
was elected sheriff in November following 
and re-elected to succeed himself at the ex- 
piration of each term until he declined to 
serve longer. He has been an active citizen of 
Dedham; selectman; overseer of the poor; 
many years on the board of health; presi- 
dent of the Dedham Institution for Savings 
and the Dedham National Bank; president of 
the Dedham Alutual Fire Insurance Com- 
pany. He married, July 22, 1845, Sarah, 
daughter of William and Millie Fairbanks, 
and descendant of the pioneer, Jonathan, of 
Dedham, ancestor of all of the name in Amer- 
ica. Children: i. Mary Augusta, married 
William H. Lord. 2. Lizzie, married George 
H. Young. 3. Henry Bradford. 

(V) Charles Endicott, son of Elijah Endi- 
cott (4), was born in Canton, October 28, 
1822, died August 19, 1889, aged seventy-six 
years, ten months and twenty-one days. He 
was educated in the common schools there 
and learned how to conduct a farm and manu- 
facture shoes. In 1846, at the age of twenty- 
four he was appointed a deputy sheriff of 
Norfolk county. He read law in the office of 
Ellis Ames, of Canton, and was admitted to 
the bar in 1857; was county commissioner six 
years; commissioner of insolvency; repre- 
sentative to the general court in 1851-57-58; 
state senator 1866-67; ^^ the executive coun- 
cil 1868-69; state auditor from 1870 to 1876; 
state treasurer from 1876 to 1881 ; deputy tax 
commissioner until 1889. He w^as a director 
of the Norfolk Mutual Eire Insurance Com- 
pany; of the Neponset National Bank; trus- 
tee for forty years of the Canton Institution 
for Savings and president many years. He 
married, at Canton, September 30, 1845, 
Miriam Webb, and (second), October 2, 1848, 
at Charlestown, New Hampshire, Augusta G. 
Dinsmore. Child of first wife: i. Charles 
W. Children of second wife: 2. Edward D. 
3. Cynthia A., married J. Montgomery 
Fields. 

(V) Henry Endicott. son of Elijah Endi- 
cott (4), was born at Canton, November 14, 
1824. He was educated in the pu,blic schools 
of his native town. He learned the trade 
of machinist, and in 1845 became a dealer and 
manufacturer of steam engines and boilers in 
Boston in partnership with Caleb C. Allen, 
under the firm name of Allen & Endicott. 
The firm was successful, and Mr. Endicott 
after acquiring a competence retired from 
active business in 1872. He is president of 
the Allen & Endicott Building Company of 








Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts 
Past Eminent Com, of Boston Commanderv of K T 



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Cambridge; director of the Cambridge Gas- 
light Company; director of the Harvard Trust 
Company of Cambridge; president of the 
Cambridgeport Savings Bank; president of 
the Hittinger Fruit Company of Behnont, 
Massachusetts. 

He is one of the most prominent and popu- 
lar Free Masons in Massachusetts, and has 
held many responsible positions in the order. 
He was raised to the degree of Master Mason 
in the Amicable Lodge of Cambridge in i860 
and became v^orshipful master of his lodge in 
1864, serving also in 1865-66. He was wor- 
shipful master of Mizpah Lodge (U. D.) in 
1868 and was elected worshipful master in 
1869. He was also district deputy grand mas- 
ter of District No. 4, 1867-68. He was ex- 
alted in 1861 in St. Paul's Royal Arch Chap- 
ter, Boston; was its scribe in 1862, king in 
1864, high priest in 1865-66. He was high 
priest of the Cambridge Royal Arch Chapter 
(U. D.) in 1865 and grand king of the Grand 
Chapter of Massachusetts in 1867. In 1861 
he became a member of the Boston Council 
and was made Royal and Select Master. In 
the same year he also became a member- of 
the Boston Commandery, Knights Templar, 
and he held in turn nearly all the minor of- 
fices; in 1868 he was elected captain general 
and in 1869-70 was generalissimo and in 1891- 
92 eminent commander. He was trustee of 
the permanent fund of this order from 1874 
to 1888. On May 9, 1862, he received the de- 
gree of Ancient and Scottish Rite from the 
fourth to the thirtieth degrees, both inclusive 
and on May 16. 1862. the thirty-first and 
thirty-second degree of the Grand Consistory 
of Massachusetts, of which he was created a 
sovereign grand inspector general, thirty- 
third degree, in 1874. He was senior grand 
warden of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts 
in 1873 3-nd most worshipful grand master in 
1888-89-90; was elected a member of its 
board of directors in 1869 and held that of- 
fice continuously to 1902. He is also honorary 
member of Mount Olivet, Amicable and Miz- 
pah lodges of Cambridge; Converse Lodge of 
Maiden, Massachusetts; St. Paul's and Cam- 
bridge Royal Arch Chapters; Boston Com- 
mandery and St. John Commandery, No. 4, 
of Philadelphia. In the printed volume, "Ex- 
ercises at the Centennial Anniversary of 
Amicable Lodge of Cambridge", appears the 
following : 

"In our roll of honor are reckoned three 
Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge, Samuel 
P. P. Fay, Deputy Grand Master in 1819, and 
Grand Master in 1820; Augustus Peabody, 



Senior Grand Warden in 1817, and Grand 
Master in 1843-4-5. Henry Endicott, Senior 
Grand Warden in 1873 and Grand Master in 
1887-8-9. 

I risk nothing in the fear that I may touch 
any sensitive spot or stir any envy or jealousy 
among the living Past Masters or the present 
Master of Amicable Lodge, in the statement 
that there is one Past Master to whom Amic- 
able Lodge, as well as Masonry in Cam- 
bridge, not to say in the Commonwealth, in 
the more recent years, owes a debt of grati- 
tude more than to any other. Henry Endi- 
cott is a name to conjure by, a name writ 
large in our history, and a name writ very 
large in the hearts of the Brethren. 

'•Let the loving-cup go 'round. 

The cup with blessed memories crowned. 

That flows whene'r we meet." 

Mr. Endicott made his home in Cambridge 
in 1859, and has resided there ever since. He 
built recently a beautiful residence at 151 
Brattle street, in one of the most attractive 
residential sections of the city. He and his 
family attend the LTnitarian church. In po- 
litics Mr. Endicott is a Republican. He is a 
member of the Union Club of Cambridge. 

Mr. Endicott married (first). May 4, 1847, 
Miriam Jane Smith, who died in 1849, at the 
age of twenty years, leaving no children. He 
married (second) Abigail (Hastings) Brown- 
ing, of Petersham, Massachusetts, daughter 
of Asaph and Lois (Hastings) Browning. 
Mrs. Endicott's paternal grandparents were 
John and Clara (Sherman) Browning. James 
was the son of James and Rebecca (Scott) 
Browning, and grandson of James and Eliza- 
beth (Davis) Browning. Tlie latter James 
Browning was the immigrant, born in Scot- 
land in 1672. Lois (Hastings) Browning was 
descended from Thomas Hastings, the immi- 
grant ancestor, who was born in England 
in 1605, settled early in Watertown, Massa- 
chusetts, a weaver by trade; married in 1651 
his second wife, Margaret Cheney. The line 
continues through Samuel (2) and Sarah 
(Coolidge) Hastings: Daniel (3) and Sarah 
(Ball) Hastings; Daniel (4) and Priscilla 
(Keyes) Hastings; and Asaph and Lois 
(Hastings) (5) Browning. 

Mr. and Mrs. Endicott have had four chil- 
dren, of whom the only one living is Emma, 
born January 20, 1854. She was educated in the 
public schools of Cambridge, and in Dresden 
and Hanover, Germany. She has contributed 
frequently to the magazines, and has pub- 
lished a volume of her verse. She married 
Joseph Mason Marean. of Cambridge. Chil- 



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dren: i. Edith Endicott Marean, born De- 
cember 31. 1876, married, October 2, 1901, 
Rev. Roderick Stebbins, of Milton, son of Dr. 
Horatio Stebbins, San Francisco, California. 
Children: Roderick Stebbins, born February 
2, 1903: Henry Endicott Stebbins, born June 
16, 1905. 2. Henry Endicott Marean, born 
September 13, 1878, married Edith Denton 
Brooks, born September 19, 1878, daughter 
of Eugene D. Brooks; children: Mary, born 
January 31, 1906, Henry Endicott, April 13, 
1907. 3. Parker Endicott Marean, born Sep- 
tember 19, 1880, married Clara Sortwell, 
daughter of Alvin F. and Gertrude W. (Daly) 
Sortwell. 4. Mason Browning Endicott Ma- 
rean. born February 20, 1884. 5. Endicott 
Marean. born January 5, 1890. 



Captain Richard Walker, im- 
WALKER migrant ancestor, born in 

England in 1592, came to 
New England in 1630, and settled at Lynn, 
Massachusetts. He was admitted a freeman 
March 4, 1633-4, and was ensign in the Lynn 
militia company in 1630, later lieutenant and 
captain ; in 1638 was member of the artillery 
company of Boston; deputy to general court; 
surety for Howes of Mattacheeset, in 1638. 
He removed to Reading, Massachusetts, 
where he was a proprietor in 1644, and later 
a town officer. He lent money on mortgage 
to Sir Richard Temple in 1660, and cancelled 
the bond in 1670. His son Richard, who came 
over in 1635 in the ship "Elizabeth," deposed 
in 1676 that he was aged about sixty-five 
vears. In 1630, while Walker was on 
guard duty, he was attacked by Indians, who 
were frightened away without casualties, how- 
ever. (Walker Genealogy of the Shirley 
branch and history of Lynn, pages 171, 172). 
Pope says : "He joined in 1639 with William, 
Robert and Thomas Talmage, brothers of his 
wife Jane, in a letter of attorney for the col- 
lection of moneys from the overseers of the 
will of John Talmage, of Newton Stacey, in 
the county of Southampton, husbandman, the 
brother of their father Thomas Talmage, and 
from the executors of the will of their brother, 
Symon Talmage." Captain Walker married 
first, Jane Talmage, daughter of Thomas ; 

second Sarah . He died May, 1687, 

and was buried May 16, aged ninety-five 
years. Administration granted June 19, 1688, 
to widow Sarah, who died December 21, 
1695. He had a long, useful and active career. 
Children: i. Captain Richard, born 161 1. in 
England. 2. Samuel, born 1615, ancestor of 



many of the family in Reading and vicinity. 
3. Tabitha, married March 11, 1662, Daniel 
King. 4. Elizabeth, married March 2, 1663, 
Ralph King. 5. Shubael, born about 1640, re- 
moved to Rowley, to Lynn, and finally Brad- 
ford, Massachusetts, where he was selectman, 
captain, etc. ; married Patience Jewett, and 
had among others a son Nathaniel. 6. John, 
mentioned below. 7. Obadiah. 

(II) John Walker, son of Captain Richard 
Walker (i), was born at Lynn, Massachusetts, 
about 1638-40. His age is given in a deposi- 
tion dated 1675 as thirty-five, but if correct, 
his first wife was ten years older, so it is likely 
that the age as given is merely a guess, as was 
often the case in court records. He lived at 
Charlestown and Woburn, towns adjoining 
Reading, and named his second son Richard 
for his father. He died September 25, 171 1. 
He married first, Anna Leager, who died Feb- 
ruary 17, 1671-2, aged forty-one. He mar- 
ried second, August i, 1672, Hannah Mirick, 
who was admitted to the Charlestown church 
October 3, 1675, and who died December 5, 
1714. Children: i. John, mentioned below. 
2. Richard, born January 4, 1668. 3. Samuel, 
born February 12, 1670. 4. Anna, born 
March 15, 1671, died March 20, following. 5. 
Joseph, baptized (Benjamin on birth record, 
born and baptized Nov. 17, 1675). 6. Mary, 
bom January 24, 1676, at Woburn, married 
1688, Edward Larkin. 7. Anna, bap- 
tized April 16, 1676; married 

Morre. 8. Benjamin, born June 3, 1678, died 
young. 9. Lydia ,baptized August 18, 1680. 
10. Benjamin, baptized August 7, 1681. 11. 
Sarah, baptized March 25, 1683, married 
Lewis Jones. 12. Hopestill, married John 
Sargent. 13. Rebecca, born December 5, 
1687. 14. Joseph, baptized July 5, 1691 ; sol- 
dier in Captain David Pigeon's company in 
1710 and 171 1, 173 days; died in the service 
April I, 171 1 (N. H. Rolls). 

(III) John Walker, son of John Walker 
(2), was born in Charlestown or vicinity, about 
1666; baptized May 13, 1670, at Charlestown. 
He removed to Newington, New Hampshire, 
before 1690, with other Walkers and neigh- 
bors to that town, York. Maine, and vicinity. 
He was an early settler at Newington, and 
left descendants in that vicinity. Isaac Walker 
from Boston and William Walker were in 
York in 1653, and Joseph Walker was there 
in 1669. All seem to belong to the same fam- 
ily as that given above, though not all traced, 
and none but Edward and John left descend- 
ants in that section. When his father's will 
was proved, John was living in Newington, 



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March i, 171 5-6. His son signed his name 
John Jr., October 5, 17 14, as witness to a deed 
in Kittery and he a similar document Septem- 
ber, 1715. He or his son John bought of Wil- 
liam Tucker two acres of land at Kittery Point 
alongside land of George Berry, June 3, 17 17. 
Children: i. John Jr., born at Newington in 
1692 ; mentioned below. 2. William, born 
about 1695. 3. Joshua, married Hannah Per- 
kins ; removed to Arundel, Maine. (See 
Kennebunkport history). There is no record 
of a Peter Walker in the ancestry of the family 
or in the public records. John (3), may have 
had other children. He left no will, and per- 
haps died soon after his father. 

(IV) John Walker, son of John Walker (3), 
was born at Newington, New Hampshire, 
1692, and died at Kittery, June 3, 1743, in his 
fifty-first year. He was at Kittery as early as 
October 5, 1714, when he witnessed a deed. 
He married first, January 24, 1714-5, Elizabeth 
Gunnison. He bought of William Tucker, 
June 3, 1717, two acres of land at Kittery 
Point, on the eastern side of Spruce creek and 
on the north side of George Berry's two-acre 
house-lot. He married Mary Bickford, Octo- 
ber 24, 1717, and settled on his farm in Kit- 
tery. His wife owned the covenant and joined 
the church at Kittery Point, November 26, 
1727. Her family was also from Newington. 
The farm he owned is still known in Kittery 
as the Walker Field. His will, dated May 13, 
1743. was witnessed by his brother William. 
Child of first wife, born at Kittery: i. John, 
born November 27, 1715, died June 26, 1718. 
Children of second wife : 2. Eliphalet, born 
August 12, 1718; died November 5, follow- 
ing. 3. Gideon, born October 6, 1719; mar- 
ried February 3, 1741, Hannah Palmer; sec- 
ond, Mrs. Hannah Lassell, and settled at 
Arundel, now Kennebunkport, Maine. 4. 
Eliphalet, born April 21, 1722, died August 
31, 1735. 5. Temperance, born September 9, 
1724: died August 21, 1735. 6. John, born 
September 8, 1727; died at Cape Porpoise, 
June 14, 1752; had son Tobias, of Ports- 
mouth. 7. Mary, born August 27, 1730; died 
September 10, 1735. 8. Elizabeth, bom March 
21, 1732-3; married February 2, 1759, Pelatiah 
Whittemore. 9. Mary, born August 18, 1736; 
married Joseph Pettigrew. The four youngest 
children were each baptized shortly after their 
births through the right of their mother. 

(IV) William Walker, son of John Walker 
(3), was born in Newington, New Hampshire, 
about 1695. He married January 16, 1723-4, 
Deborah Berry, daughter of George and Deliv- 
erance Berry, neighbor of his brother John, 



who had settled at Kittery Point some five 
years earlier. WiUiam and Deborah settled on 
a farm adjoining the Berry and John Walker 
farms and by deed of gift dated May i, 1727, 
George Berry and his wife Deliverance con- 
veyed the place where the Walkers were liv- 
ing "where said Walker's house now stands 
and as the land is now fenced five and three- 
quarters rods square" at Kittery Point in the 
township of Kittery. Another lot adjoining 
this house-lot was deeded March 30, 1739. 
(York deeds xii, p. 175). His wife Deborah 
must have died about 1737. Walker bought 
land at Kittery from John Hicks, May 23, 
1739, an acre and a half, "where I the said 
John Hix formerly lived as it is now fenced, 
bounded easterly by the highway that parts 
the parsonage land from this, northerly by 
George Berry's land, westerly by said Berry's 
and William Walker's (mentioned above) and 
southerly by the Piscataquis river and Joshua 
White's land, with the house and barn and 
land excepting the burying place three rods 
and a half square, which said Hicks reserves 
to himself, his heirs and assigns forever." This 
is the identical land on which Lady Pepperell 
built her residence about 1765. William and 
his second wife Mehitable sold this land Feb- 
ruary 19, 1742-3 (York Deeds, 23-199). They 
also sold other land in Kittery IDecember 14, 
1743. (York Deeds 24-87). He contributed 
the sum of ten pounds to the building of a new 
church at Kittery Point January 30, 1726. He 
was a private in Captain Jonathan Ingersoll's 
company. Colonel Jonathan Bagley's regiment, 
in camp at Fort William Henry and Lake 
George, 1756 (Mass. Arch. 94-463). Deborah 
Berry was born about 17 10; daughter 
of George and Deliverance (Haley) Berry, 
married at Hampton, January i, 1702. 
Deliverance was daughter of Andrew Haley. 
George Berry, born 1674, at Rye, New 
Hampshire, was son of John Berry, born 
about 1630, in England, and grandson of 
William Berry, who came to New Hampshire 
as agent of the proprietor Mason. Children 
of William and Deborah Walker, born at Kit- 
tery : I. Charles, baptized June 25, 1725. 2. 
William, baptized September 24, 1727; soldier 
in Captain Joseph Ingersoll's company. Colonel 
Jonathan Bagley's regiment, in camp, at Fort 
William Henry, Lake George, October 12, 
1756 (Mass. Arch. 94, 463-4); also private in 
First Company of Kittery, April 20, 1757 
(Mass. Arch. 95-366) in the French and In- 
dian war. 3. George, baptized January 11, 
1730, died young. 4. George, baptized June 6, 
173 1 : married Elizabeth Snow, daughter of 



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John and Mary, September 5, 1754; soldier in 
Captain Israel Davis's company in the French 
war ; also Captain Daniel Clark's company, 
Colonel Joseph Prime's regiment, in 1780, in 
the Revolution. (For children and descentl- 
ants and collateral lines see manuscript of 
Walker family in Maine Gencalog-ical Library, 
Portland, from which much information has 
been drawn for this sketch). 5. Miriam, bap- 
tized August 12, 1733, died young. 6. Miriam, 
born February 27, 1737. 7. Joseph (not re- 
corded) mentioned below. Children of second 
wife: 8. Deborah, baptized February 28, 1742. 
9. Mehitable, baptized August 24, 1747, died 
young. 10. Samuel, baptized October 15. 
1749. 11. Mary, baptized February 4, 1753. 
12. Mehitable. baptized April 19, 1755. 13. 
Sarah, baptized July 19, 1761. 

(V) Joseph Walker, son or nephew of Wil- 
liam Walker (4), was born about 1740, at Kit- 
tery, Maine. He married . 

(VI) Joseph Walker Jr., son of Joseph 
Walker (5), was born in Kittery, May 25, 
1777, and died there July 13, 1821. He mar- 
ried Sally , born 1780. 

(VII) Nathaniel Ken ward Walker, son of 
Joseph Walker (6), born in Kittery, Maine, 
January 3, 1807, died May 23, 1880, in Ports- 
mouth, New Hampshire. He was brought up 
on a farm, and educated in the common schools 
of his native town. He removed to Ports- 
mouth, learned the trade of hatter, and en- 
gaged in business on his own account, continu- 
ing for a period of fifty years. He married 
Sarah A. Pray, born at Kittery, July 29, 1814, 
died at Portsmouth April 6, 1875, daughter 
of Captain Samuel Pray. (See Prav fam- 
ily). 

(VIII) Hon. Clarence Orville Walker, son 
of Nathaniel Kenward Walker (7), was born 
in October, 1848, in Portsmouth, New Hamp- 
shire. He attended the public and high 
schools of his native town, and after gradu- 
ating began his career in business as clerk 
in a book store in Portsmouth, and after work- 
ing for the concern one year he entered the 
employ of C. J. Pickering & Co., flour and 
grain merchants. After being with this firm 
for two years, he purchased the store, form- 
ing a partnership with George Thompson, and 
conducting it under the ^rm name of George 
Thompson & Company. While still a young 
man he gave up the grain business and as- 
sociated with him his eldest brother, J. Albert 
Walker, in the retail coal business in the north 
end of Portsmouth. After three years he be- 
came a salesman for the Philadelphia & Read- 
ing Coal and Iron Company, with an ofifice on 



Exchange street, Boston. T'or eleven years 
he traveled through New England and Canada 
selling to prominent dealers. In 1888 he be- 
came a member of the well-known firm of 
J. Albert Walker & Company, wholesale deal- 
ers in coal, one of the largest concerns in this 
line of business in New England, owning im- 
mense pockets on the Mystic river, seen daily 
by many thousands in their ride to Boston on 
the Boston & Maine railroad, and also a large 
pocket on the Piscataqua river at Portsmouth, 
and still another at the old Boston & Lowell 
wharf, Boston. This firm sells coal to retail 
dealers and factories all along the line of the 
Boston & Maine railroad system. Every firm 
in Maiden is a customer of this wholesale 
house to some extent. The head of the firm. 
Colonel J. Albert Walker, is one of the leading 
citizens of Rockingham county, New Hamp- 
shire, prominent in the public affairs of Ports- 
mouth and a leading Republican. The other 
member of this firm is Elbert L. Churchill. 
Clarence O. Walker came to Maiden to live, 
March 17, 1877. When a young man just 
starting in life, he joined the Old North 
Church (Congregational orthodox) in Ports- 
mouth, and when he came to Maiden he joined 
the First Congregational Church there. He 
has been a deacon since 1887, and was for 
many years superintendent of its Sunday 
school and clerk of the society. He has been 
identified with the various benevolences of his 
church and was active in founding Forestdale 
Chapel ; he was also one of the founders of 
the Young Men's Christian Association and 
was for five years a director. The first lodge 
that Mr. Walker joined was Piscataqua Lodge 
of Odd Fellows, of Portsmouth, remaining an 
active member until he removed to Maiden, 
when he was transferred to Middlesex Lodge. 
But it is in Masonry that he is best known. 
It is no exaggeration to say that he is among 
the most popular, beloved and highly respected 
Masons in Maiden. He was raised to the de- 
gree of master mason September 4, 1884, and 
in 1887-88 was worshipful master, and for 
some years was a member of the grand lodge 
of Massachusetts, and trustee of the fund for 
widows and orphans of Mt. Vernon Lodge, 
this fund being the largest of its kind in New 
England. He has been chaplain of Taber- 
nacle Chapter. Royal Arch Masons, and of 
Melrose Council, Royal and Select Masters ; 
and member of Beauseant Commandery, 
Knights Templar. He is also a member of 
the Maiden Board of Trade, and of Mystic 
Side Council, Royal Arcanum. 

Mr. Walker has been a Republican from the 



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time he cast his first vote. He belonged to a 
Republican family, and in a community where 
political feeling ran high. Before he came of 
age, as a matter of fact, he was interested in 
the second Grant campaign, and in 1868 
marched with a company of young Republi- 
can torch-light bearers. He has done his ut- 
most to promote the interests of the Republi- 
can candidates and Republican principles. He 
was for several years a member of the Maiden 
Republican city committee ; became a member 
of the common council from ward three in 1889, 
and served two years; in 1891, 1892 and 1893 
represented his ward in the board of aldermen, 
and was chairman for the last two years. The 
Maiden News said of him: "Mr. Walker is 
one of the most faithful, honest, painstaking 
officials Maiden has ever had in its service. He 
is a member of the No-license League, and is 
sound in every way on the temperance ques- 
tion. He believes in no-license for Maiden, 
votes that way and works that way." In 1895 
he was elected mayor of Maiden. He mar- 
ried, 1879, Clara Isabel Stevens, daughter of 
Ezra A. Stevens, of Maiden, former represen- 
tative from Maiden, and sister of E. A. Stev- 
ens Jr., water commissioner. Children, Ed- 
gar, born 1874; graduate of Maiden high 
school. 2. Clarence. 3. Nathaniel. Mr. 
Walker's home is on Dexter street. West End. 



Quinton Pray, immigrant ances- 
PRAY tor, was born in England in 1595. 

The surname Pray is from the 
place-name pre, meaning in French and kin- 
dred languages, a meadow. The English his- 
tory of this family seems to extend back to the 
Norman Conquest in 1066. Quinton Pray was 
a fineryman by trade, and after coming to 
America worked in the iron foundry at Lynn, 
Massachusetts. He came before 1646. He 
deposed October 27, 1653, in the case of John 
Gifford vs. the Iron Works Company that he 
was aged about fifty-eight. He removed to 
Braintree and continued in the foundry there 
during his active life, and died there June 17, 
1667. The inventory of his estate was taken 
July 21, 1667, and administration granted to 
his widow Joan. He was the only immigrant 
of this name coming among the early settlers 
of Massachusetts. Children: r. Richard, 

married Mary ; settled in Providence, 

Rhode Island. 2. John, mentioned below. 3. 
Hannah, married Henry Neale. 4. Dorothy, 
born 1644; married December 24, 1661, at 
Braintree, Richard Thayer. Jr. 5. Joan. 
(II) John Pray, son of Quinton Pray (i), 

lv-13 ~ 



was born 1635, in England, probably; mar- 
ried at Braintree, May 7, 1657, Joanna Dow- 
man. He died 1676, and she was appointed 
administratrix October 31, 1676, and she mar- 
ried second, Daniel Livingstone. The Living- 
stones settled in York, Maine, with three 
youngest children by her first husband. Her 
second husband was killed by the Indians, 
August 20, 1694. Children of John and 
Joanna Pray: i. John, born March 11, 1658; 
died November 25, 1658. 2. John, born July 
II, 1659, died young. 3. Ephraim, born 
about 1661 ; married EHzabeth Hayden, 
daughter of John. 4. Hannah, born March 4, 
1663; died December 12, 1664. 5. Hannah, 
born March 16, 1665; married James Bell, of 
Taunton. 6. Richard, born May 3, 1767. 7. 
Samuel, born May 16, 1669; mentioned be- 
low. 8. Joseph, born about 1671 ; mar- 
ried Mary Grant. 9. John, born February 
10, 1673-4. 10. Dorothy, born about 1676; 
married Daniel Furbish. 

(HI) Samuel Pray, son of John Pray (2), 
born May 16, 1669; married Mary Fernald, 
daughter of Thomas and Temperance Fer- 
nald. They were living at Kittery as early as 
1696. She was appointed to administer his 
estate May 10, 1722. Children: i. Samuel, 
mentioned below. 2. Mary, married, Novem- 
ber 2. 1721, Samuel Stacy. 3. Hannah, mar- 
ried May 24, 1722, Thomas Rano, of New 
Castle. 4. John, married June 2, 1709, in 
Boston. 5. Daughter, married Robert Men- 
dum. 

(IV) Samuel Pray, son of Samuel Pray (3), 
was born in Kittery, about 1700; married No- 
vember 17, 1726, Alice ]\Iendum, daughter of 
Jonathan and Sarah (Downing) Mendum. 
His wife died April 20, 1757; married second, 
June 7, 1759, Sarah Beaver. Children: i. 
Ebenezer, born October 24, 1728; married 
Elizabeth Gunnison. 2. Samuel, born April 

19, 1731; married Susanna Dunn. 3. Joshua, 
born February 14, 1733; married Ruth Gun- 
nison. 4. John, mentioned below. 5. Will- 
iam, born May 16, 1740; married November 

20, 1784, Sarah Orr, sister of Mary Orr, who 
married her brother John Pray. 6. Joseph, 
born August 6, 1742. 7. Nathaniel, born 
March 29, 1747. 

(V) John Pray, son of Samuel .Pray (4), 
born February 14, 1736; married Mary Orr, 
daughter of John Orr and Eleanor (Dennett) 
Orr. vShe was a relative of John Orr, second 
mate of the ship "Alliance" in the battle with 
the "Serapis," September 17, 1779. Child, 
Samuel, mentioned below. 

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Pray (5), was born in Kittery, December 3, 
1789; married Lucy Fernald, born in Kittery, 
November .2^, 1791, and died October 27, 
1826. Child, Sarah A., born in Kittery, 
July 29, 1814; died April 6. 1875; married Na- 
thaniel Kenvvard Walker. (See Clarence O. 
Walker, their son, herewith). 



The Lowell coat-of-arms to 
LOWELL which all descendants of Per- 

cival Lowell are entitled is : 
"Sable, a dexter hand couped at the waist 
grasping three pointless darts (or bird bolts) 
one in pale and two in saltire argent. Crest — 
A stag's head cabossed or, between the attires 
a pheon az." 

The ancestors of the Lowell family in Eng- 
land came from Normandy with William the 
Conqueror, and were probably related to him. 
Some time after the Conquest the line was 
established at Yardley, Worcestershire, Eng- 
land, where the family remained several gen- 
erations, then moved westward to Somerset- 
shire and finally to Bristol, Gloucestershire, 
whence Percival Lowell emigrated to New 
England. The name Lowell is derived origin- 
ally from the Latin for wolf (lupus) and the 
early spelling in England was Lowle, though 
a great many variations were made by the 
phonetic-spelling clerks of England and the 
colonies. The English pedigree of Percival 
Lowell, given below, is taken from Harleian 
mss. 1559, folio 215, copied from "Heralds' 
Visitations of Somersetshire in A. D. 1573, 
1 591 and 1623.'' 

(I) William Lowell, the first ancestor defi- 
nitely known, lived at Yardley, Worcester- 
shire ; married Littleton, of a prom- 
inent family of that county. He was living 
about 1220. Children: i. James, mentioned 
below. 2. Andrew. 3. Samuel. 

(II) James Lowell, son of William Lowell 
(i), married Baskerville, a family hav- 
ing direct descent from Charlemagne, residing 
at Yardley. Children: i. Raffe (Ralph), 
mentioned below. 2. George. 3. Edmund. 
4. Andrew. 

(III) Raflfe Lowell, son of James Lowell 

(2), married Heselrigg, descendant of 

Robert de Hesilrage, one of the knights who 
came with WilHam. Children: i. Walter, 
mentioned below. 2. Thomas. 3. Anthony. 
4. Sabity. 

(IV) Walter Low^ell, son of RafTe Lowell 
(3), married Joan Russell, presumed to be de- 
scendant of Hugh de Rozel, who came with 
the Conqueror, and whose lineage is traced to 



Charlemagne. Child : Richard, mentioned be- 
low. 

(V) Richard Lowell, son of Walter Lowell 
(4), died at Yardley, and was buried with the 

arms described above ; married Turner. 

Children: i. Thomas, mentioned below. 2. 
Richard, slain at Birmingham, in county War- 
wick. 

(VI) Thomas Lowell, son of Richard Low- 
ell (5), married Mayhouse ; children: 

1. John, mentioned below. 2. William. 3. 
Thomas. 4. Roger. 

(VII) John Lowell, son of Thomas Lowell 
(6). died at Cliveden. Somersetshire; married 

Wake, of an ancient and distinguished 

family. Children: i. John, mentioned below. 

2. Roger, married Joan Gage, daughter of 
John. 

(VIII) John Lowell, son of John Lowell 
(7), married Apolyn Leversedge, daughter of 
Richard, who died in 1547. The Lowells and 
Leversedges resided in Poniberge. Children : 
I. Richard. 2. Edmund. 3. John. 

(IX) Richard Lowell, son of John Lowell, 
married a daughter of Edmund and Elizabeth 
(Panthuit) Percival, of Weston-in-Gordano. 
The pedigree of Edmund Percival is traced 
back to Endes, Sovereign Duke of Brittany, 
first cousin to Robert, father of William the 
Conqueror. Edmund is of the sixteenth gen- 
eration in the Percival lineage. From thi.y 
family Percival Lowell received his name. 
Child of Richard: Percival. bom 167 1 ; men- 
tioned below. 

(X) Percival Lowell, son of Richard Lowell 
(9), was the American immigrant ancestor. 
He was born in England in 1571, and died 
January 8, 1664, at Newbury, Massachusetts. 

He married in England Rebecca , who 

died in Newbury, December 28, 1645. He 
was sixty-eight years old when he left his 
home and business in England to settle in the 
wilderness of New England. He came over in 
1639 on the ship "Jonathan." His home in 
England was at Kingston- Seymour, Clivedon, 
Portbury, Weston-in-Gordano, all of Somer- 
setshire, and also at Bristol, in Gloucestershire, 
where he was at the head of a large mercantile 
establishment under the firm name of Percival 
Lowle & Co. This firm was composed of Per- 
cival, his son John and perhaps son Richard; 
also possibly William Gerrish, who came to 
America with the Lowells and subsequently 
married a sister of Percival, Mrs. Joanna 
Oliver, widow of John. At Kingston-Sey- 
mour, Percival Lowell was an assessor in 
1597. The Lowell family had acquired wealth 
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land extensively in Newbury after locating 
in Massachusetts. In 1653 Percival was ap- 
praiser of the estate of Thomas Millard, of 
Newbury. He was one of the organizers of 
Newbury in 1642. In 1678 he took the pre- 
scribed oath of allegiance. He must have been 
a man of unusual ability and attainments for 
his day. He wrote a poem on the death of 
Governor Winthrop not unworthy of the an- 
cestor of the illustrious James Russell Lowell. 
Children: i. John, born in England in 1595; 
died July 10, 1647. 2. Richard, born 1602 ; 
mentioned below. 3. Joan, born 1609; died 
June 14, 1677 ; married first John Oliver ; sec- 
ond, . 

(XI) Richard Lowell, son of Percival Low- 
ell (10), was born in England, in 1602, and 
died in Newbury August 5, 1682; came to 
Massachusetts, from Bristol, England, in 1639, 
with his father. He married first, in England, 
Margaret , who died in Newbury, Jan- 
uary 27, 1642 ; second, in Newbury, Margaret 

, who was born November 27, 1604, 

and survived him. In 1674 he and his wife 
were members of the Newbury church, and he 
had a right in the upper common. He made 
his will June 25, 1681 ; proved September 26, 
1682. Children: i. Percival, born 1639-40; 
mentioned below. 2. Rebecca, born Januafy 
27, 1642 ; died June i, 1662 ; married, Decem- 
ber 5, 1660, Sergeant John Hale, son of Thom- 
as. 3. Samuel, born 1644. 4. Thomas, born 
September 28, 1649. 

(XII) Percival Lowell, son of Richard 
Lowell (11), was born in Newbury 1639-40; 
married there September 7, 1664, Mary Chan- 
dler, who died in Newbury, February 5, 1708. 
daughter of William and Mary (Fowler) 
Chandler. Her mother was daughter of the 
immigrant Philip Fowler ; her father was born 
in 161 5 ; he gave to his daughter Mary his 
share of Plum Island, lot No. 33, as a dowry 
when she married. He probably married sec- 
ond, in 1709, Sarah . Upon going to 

South Carolina in 1696-7 he deeded land to his 
son Richard, November 6, 1696. Children : 
I. Richard, born December 25, 1668; died 
May 29, 1749. 2. Captain Gideon, bom Sep- 
tember 3, 1672 ; mentioned below. 3. Samuel, 
born January 13, 1675-6. 4. Edmund, born 
September 24, 1684. 5. Margaret. 6. Joanna, 
born about 1690; married January i, 171 5, 
Stephen Fosdick of Hardwick. 

(XIII) Captain Gideon Lowell, son of Per- 
cival Lowell (12), was born in Newbury, Sep- 
tember 3, 1672 ; died in Amesbury, before 
1753. He was a cordwainer or shoemaker by 
trade, and also followed the sea, and was 



called in deeds '"mariner" and "coaster." He 
bought land in Amesbury, January 19, 1718, 
of Fawne Clements, and in 1719 sold his land 
in Newbury. His house was but recently torn 
down. Tradition says that he opened a street 
through his land at Amesbury and built a 
house for each of his seven sons upon it. He 
was a sea captain, and his wife often went 
with him on voyages. It is said that his son 
John was born in South Carolina while they 
were in port. In 1728-9 he and his brother 
Samuel bought land in Falmouth (Portland) 
Maine, but he did not locate there permanently. 
He was a soldier in the expedition to Canada 
in 1690. He owned a wharf near Ames's 
Wharf, at the mouth of the Powow river, 
where he landed his cargoes of "rhum" and 
"shugar" from the W est Indies ; or rice, resin 
and tar from the Carolinas. "It would seem 
that he was a very bold and successful voyager, 
as he amassed a considerable fortune. Tradi- 
tion makes it seem probable that in his voy- 
ages the king's revenue was not always con- 
sidered, nor did he hesitate to run up aside of 
and board by force a French or Spanish craft 
as the opportunity presented." He married 
first, in Newbury, July 7, 1692, Miriam 
(Mary) Swett, born April 10, 1672, died No- 
vember 27, 1734, aged sixty-three, daughter 
of John Swett (3), who married December 6, 
1670, Mary Plummer, daughter of Samuel, 
granddaughter of Stephen, son of John Swett 
(i). Lowell married second, June 4, 1735, 
Elizabeth Colby, widow. Children, by the 
first wife: i. Mary, born March i, 1692-3; 
married July 9, 171 5, Zechriah Philbrook. 2. 
Lieutenant John, born February i, 1696-7. 3. 
Captain Samuel, born about 1698 ; soldier in 
French war. 4. Gideon, born about 1700. 5. 
Stephen, born February 19, 1703 ; mentioned 
below. 6. Corporal Moses, born about 1705. 
7. Hannah, born April ii, 1707. 8. Joseph, 
born about 1709. 9. Abner, born November 
29, 171 1. 10. Jonathan, born March 24, 1714. 
(XIV) Stephen Lowell, son of Gideon 
Lowell (13), was born in Newbury, February 
19, 1703, and died October 27, 1776. He mar- 
ried December 22, 1727, Miriam Collins, of 
Salisbury, born May 23, 1706, died April 29, 
1767, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Collins. 
He was a mariner. Children: i. Stephen, 
born in Amesbury. October 6, 1728; died in 
Buckfield, Maine, June 15, 1801. 2. Lewis, 
born December 17, 1729; mentioned below. 3. 
Captain Abner, born July 21, 1731 ; died April 
1815; appointed by President Washington 
keeper of the light-house on the north end of 
Plnmb Island, succeeded by his son Lewis and 



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grandson Joseph, the three generations occu- 
pying the position until 1833. 4. Sarah, born 
January 31, 1733; married May 17, 1753, 
Stephen Blaisdell. 5. Miriam, born January 
20, 1735; married Eliphalet Swett. 6. EHza- 
beth, born April 9, 1737; married Captain Ben- 
jamin Lurvey. 7. Reuben, bom June 29, 
1739; died June i, 1824. 8. Mary, born June 
16, 1743; married Samuel Hendrick. 9. 
Simeon, born October 6, 1745 ; died August 
26, 1830. 

(XV) Lewis Lowell, son of Stephen Lowell 
(14), was born in Amesbury, December 17, 
1729, and died there June 13, 1777; married 
in Amesbury, January 4, 1751, Miriam (Mol- 
ly) Blaisdell, both of Amesbury. He was a 
boat builder in Amesbury. Children: i. 
Miriam, born in Amesbury, 1751 ; died April 2, 
1762. 2. David Jr., born September 8, 1757; 
mentioned below. 3. Jonathan, born May 11, 
1759. 4. Molly, died in infancy. 

(XVI) David Lowell Jr., son of Lewis 
Lowell (15), was born in Amesbury, Septem- 
ber 8, 1757, and died there September 29, 
1854, aged ninety-seven years twenty days. 
He married (intention dated October 30, 1779) 
Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson, of Gloucester, born 
November 12, 1758, died in Amesbury, Janu- 
ary 28, 1836, aged seventy-seven. They lived 
at the Ferry, Amesbury. He was a ship build- 
er and pilot, and a man of means and influ- 
ence. He was a soldier in the Revolution in 
Captain William Ballard's company in 1778; 
also in Captain Oliver Titcomb's company, 
Colonel Jacob Gerrish's regiment, in 1777-8 ; 
also in same company engaged in guarding 
prisoners after the surrender of Burgoyne in 
1778. Children: i. Mary, born May 6, 1780; 
mentioned below. 2. Elizabeth, born March 
4, 1782; married November 28, 1810, Abner 
Keniston, of Newburyport. 3. Abigail, born 
June 9, 1784; married November 10, 1805, 
Jacob Morrill. 4. Jonathan, born October 30, 
1787; married at Amesbury, August 7, 1813, 
Betsey Lamphrey, of Kensington ; lost at sea 
in the privateering brig "Mars," which sailed 
from Portsmouth, December, 1814; no issue. 

(XVII) Mary Lowell, daughter of David 
Lowell Jr., (16), was born at Amesbury, May 
6, 1780; married fir-st William Dearborn, of 
Chester, New Hampshire, February 3, 1799. 
(See sketch of Dearborn family). 



Godfrey Dearborn, the 
DEARBORN immigrant ancestor, was 

born in England, in Exe- 
ter, Devonshire, according to tradition. He 
settled in Exeter, New Hampshire, about 



1639, under Wheelwright, and signed the 
famous Compact. After living there ten years 
he removed to Hampton, New Hampshire. 
He was a selectman of Exeter in 1648. On 
March 4, 1650, seats were assigned "Good- 
man and Goody Dearborn" in the Hampton 
meeting house. His home was in the west 
end of the town of Hampton, on the farm 
lately, if not now, occupied by a lineal de- 
scendant. His descendants have been very 
numerous in Hampton and vicinity. He mar- 
ried first, perhaps in England; second, No- 
vember 25, 1662; the widow of Philemon 
Dalton. Children of the first wife: i. Henry, 
born 1633 ; married Elizabeth Marrian ; died 
January 18, 1725. 2. Thomas, born 1634; 
mentioned below. 3. Sarah; died August 21, 
1714; married Thomas Nudd. 4. Esther^ 
married Richard Shortridge, of Portsmouth. 
5. Daughter. 6. John, born about 1742; 
married Mary Ward; died November 14, 

1731- 

(II) Deacon Thomas Dearborn, son of 
Godfrey Dearborn (i), was born in England 
in 1634, and died in Hampton, April 14, 1710. 
He married December 28, 1665, Hannah Col- 
cord, and resided in that section of Hampton 
known as "Drake Side." He was a leading 
citizen, and deacon of the Hampton church. 
Children, born in Hampton: i. Samuel, born 
May 2"], 1676; married Sarah Gove. 2. 
Ebenezer, born October 3, 1679; mentioned 
below. 3. Thomas, born about 1681; mar- 
ried Mary Garland. 4. Jonathan, born No- 
vember 18, 1686; married Mary ; sec- 
ond, Sarah Waite, who died September 10, 
1771. 

(HI) Lieutenant Ebenezer Dearborn, son 
of Deacon Thomas Dearborn (2), was born in 
Hampton, October 3, 1679, and died March 
15, 1772, at an advanced age. He married 
October 7, 1703, Abigail Sanborn, daughter 
of Joseph and granddaughter of John San- 
born. She was born October i, 1686, and 
died February 26, 1768. Like his father he was 
deacon of the church. He was one of the 
grantees of the town of Chester, New Hamp- 
shire, and with his five sons settled there in 
1729 or 1730. He had lot No. 121, the deed 
of which was dated October 3, 1729, and in it 
he was called of Hampton. His home lot was 
No. 17, at Chester, nearly opposite the old 
White place, where Joseph Webster now or 
lately lived. He was moderator at the town 
meeting in Chester, March 26, 1729-30, and 
was elected selectman at the town meeting 
following. He was elected deacon of the 
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other town offices. He served against the 
Indians in Captain James Davis's company of 
scouts in 1712, and was later Heutenant of his 
company. His will was dated March 17, 
1767, and proved May 2'j, 1772. Children: 
I. Ebenezer, bom January 7, 1705; men- 
tioned below. 2. Hanna, baptized March 9, 
'^y^J- 3- Mehitable, born November 4, 1708; 
married Deacon Nathaniel Fitts. 4. Peter, 
born November 14, 1710. 5. Benjamin, born 
August I, 1713. 6. Thomas, born Decem- 
ber 3, 1715. 7. Michael, born April 17, 1719; 
married Dorothy Colby. 8. Abigail, born 
January 2y, 1721 ; married October 26, 1742, 
James Varnum. 9. Mary, born June 11, 
1723. 

(IV) Lieutenant Ebenezer Dearborn, son 
of Lieutenant Ebenezer Dearborn (3), was 
born in Hampton, January 7, 1705, and died 
in Chester, January 10, 1790. He went to 
Chester with his father and brothers in 1730; 
married January 13, 1731, Huldah Nason; 
second, Elizabeth Swain, widow of Samuel 
Hills. He settled on lot No. 131, where 
James R. Gordon lately lived. His will was 
dated July, 1780, and proved January 20, 
1790. He was probably in the service against 
the Indians in the French and Indian wars. 
His wife Elizabeth died July 31, 1793. Chil- 
dren: I. Hannah, born October 13, 1731; 
married Elijah Heath. 2. Sarah, born Janu- 
ary 9, 1734; married John Shackford, Jr. 3. 
Huldah, born August 18, 1735. 4. Stephen, 
born May 15, 1738; appointed captain by 
Governor John Went worth. May 3, 1767; 
under Congress, September 25, 1775; major, 
September 25, 1785; lieutenant-colonel, April 
5, 1793; resigned September 18, 1800; com- 
manded his company in the battle of Ben- 
nington. 5. Phebe, born February 20, 1741; 
married Wilkes West. 6. Ebenezer, born 
September 6, 1744; mentioned below. 7. 
Jonathan, born December 26, 1746. 8. Rich- 
ard, born May 2, 1747, died young. 

(V) Ebenezer Dearborn, son of Lieutenant 
Ebenezer Dearborn (4). was born at Chester, 
September 6, 1744. and died there August 18, 
1825. He was a soldier in the Revolution, 
private in Captain Stephen Dearborn's com- 
pany (his brother's), in Colonel Thomas 
Stickney's regiment, in General Stark's army, 
and fought in the battle of Bennington. He 
married, in 1769, Ada Philbrick, daughter of 
Nathan Philljrick. of Hampton. She died 
May 5, 1819, aged seventy-two years. Chil- 
dren: I. John, married Susan Lufkin. 2. 
Jonathan, married Anna Dearborn, daughter 
of James: married second, Jane Stinson, who 



died in 1833; he was born the day the Ches- 
ter meeting house was raised; died Novem- 
ber 2, 183 1. 3. William, married February 3, 
1799, Mary Lowell, of Amesbury, Massachu- 
setts; mentioned below. (See Lowell family 
sketch). 

(VI) William Dearborn, son of Ebenezer 
Dearborn (5), was born at Chester, New 
Hampshire, about 1775 ; married February 3, 
1799, Mary Lowell, who was born in 
Amesbury, May 6, 1780, daughter of 
David Lowell, Jr. (See sketch). His 
widow Mary married second, December 18, 
1808, Enoch Bartlett. Children of William 
and Mary Dearborn: i. David Lowell Dear- 
born, born February 12, 1800; married Han- 
nah Mooney, of Durham, New Hampshire; 
children: i. Augusta B. Dearborn, born June 
16, 1838; died April 19, 1865; ii. John M. 
Dearborn, of Mt. Vernon, New Jersey; iii. 
Cyrus William Dearborn, of Mt. Vernon. 2. 
Eliza Lowell Dearborn, born in Amesbury, 
Aiay 23, 1803; mentioned below. Children of 
Enoch and Mary (Lowell) (Dearborn) Bart- 
lett: 3. William Bartlett, died 1893. 4. Caro- 
line Bartlett, married Henry Mowatt. 5. Mary 
Ann Bartlett; married Cyrus Hill of Ames- 
bury. 

(VII) Eliza Lowell Dearborn, daughter of 
William Dearborn (6), was born in Ames- 
bury, May 2T^, 1803, and died April 29, 1889. 
She married November 18, 1827, James Wor- 
then, who was born in Amesbury, Massachu- 
setts, in 1803, and died in 1893, descendant 
of one of the oldest families of SaHsbury and 
Amesbury. Lionel Worthen, born about 
1620, in England, was in Salisbury before 
1653, and for a time lived in Newbury; mar- 
ried Susanna Whipple, daughter of the pio- 
neer, John Whipple. Soon after their mar- 
riage James Worthen removed to Paris, Ten- 
nessee, where their children were born. Liv- 
ing in a border state during the civil war, he 
and his family sufifered much, and were in 
constant danger, having several hairbreadth 
escapes from the guerilla bands that infested 
that section. In 1870 the family returned to 
Massachusetts and settled in Melrose. Mr. 
Worthen served two years as town clerk of 
Melrose, 1871 and 1872. Children of James 
and Eliza L. (Dearborn) Worthen: i. Eliza- 
beth Lowell, resides in Melrose; unmarried. 
2. Maria Worthen ; married, August, 1864. 
fames Chase Currier, who died in 1882; they 
removed from Tennessee to Massachusetts in 
1864, and settled in Melrose; she is engaged 
largelv in philanthropic work in connection 
with the "Neighborhood House," Cam- 



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bridg'ep^:)rt, AJassacliusetts ; they have no 
children. 3. John F.. deceased. 4. James, 
died aged seven years. 5. CaroHne M., 
mentioned below. 6. Chase C. Worthen, 
born August 14. 1846; married, March. 1874, 
Alice Gray X'inton, who was born in Melrose; 
they live in Melrose; children: i. Francis, 
married Flora Lynch; ii. Cray V. Worthen, 
married Grace Rosenthal; iii. Carrie L., 
single; iv. James C. Worthen; v. Carl B. 
Worthen, married Ernestine Matteson; vi. 
Alice Gale. 

(Mil) Caroline AL Worthen, daughter of 
James and Eliza Lowell (Dearborn) (7) 
W'orthen. was bom in f^aris, Tennessee. She 
was educated in the public schools of Paris. 
In 1870 she was elected librarian of the Mel- 
rose Public Library, and has filled that posi- 
tion since with great fidelity and ability. She 
is well known in her profession, and highly 
esteemed, not only by her fellow-librarians of 
the state, but by her townspeople who know 
her so well. She resides with her sister, Eliza 
I.X)well Worthen, on Emerson street, Melrose. 



)For first genention see William Thompson I). 

(II) xA.lexander Thomp- 
THOMPSON son, son of William 
Thompson (i), was born 
in 1 67 1. He had a grant of land in Kittery, 
Maine, in 1694, and died there July 13, 1720. 
He married Anna Curtis, of York, Maine, 
and she survived him. being appointed 
administrator October 4, 1720. Children : i 
Elizabeth, married John Allen. 2. Abigail 
married in 1720, at York, John Geary. 3 
Benjamin, born October 14, 1702. 4. John 
born December 30, 1704, mentioned below. 5 
Samuel, born April 6, 1707, married Hannah 
Rrackett. of Berwick. 6. Joseph, born May 
13, 171 1, married Mary, daughter of Philip 
Welch, 1733. 7. Jonathan, born May i, 1713, 
married Dinah, daughter of James Thompson. 
8. Curtis, born June 2, 171 5, married Sarah, 
daughter of David Junkins. 9. James, died 
October 22, 1724. 

(Ill) John Thompson, son of Alexander 
Thompson (2), was born in Kittery, December 
30. 1704. He settled when a young man in 
Sanford. Maine. He was a farmer there. 
He married (published December 7. 1728) 
Priscilla, daughter of Stephen and Mary 
(Tucker) Davis. Children, born at York, 
Maine: i. Anna, born January 7, 1731-32. 2. 
John, born October 26, 1733, mentioned be- 
low. 3. Jesse. 4. Prisciba. 5. Naomi. 6. 
Olive. 7. Phinehas. 



(IV) John Thompson, son of John Thomp- 
son (3), was born in York, Maine, October 
26, 1733. He was brought up in Sanford, 
whither his father went among the early set- 
tlers. He married Keziah Lyons. Children, 
born in Sanford: i. John, born 1761, men- 
tioned below. 2. Sarah, 1763. 3. Reuben, 
1765. 4. Jesse, 1767. 5. Anna, 1769. 6. 
Keziah. 

(V) John Thompson, son of John Thomp- 
son (4), was born in Sanford, 1761. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Smith, and settled in Sanford. 
Children, bom there: 1. Abbie, born 1796. 
2. Lucretia, born 1798. 3. Lucy, born 1800. 
4. Elizabeth, born 1803. 5. Ebenezer, born 
January 9, 1806, mentioned below. 6. Oliver, 
born 1809. 7. Olive, born 181 1. 

(VI) Ebenezer Thompson, son of John 
Thompson (5), was born in Sanford, January 
9, 1806. He was educated there in the public 
schools. He engaged in the lumbering busi- 
ness, which he followed during his active life. 
He married Olive Butler. 

(VII) William H. Thompson, son of Eben- 
ezer Thompson (6) was born in Salmon Falls, 
Maine, February 9, 1824, and died in Salem, 
Massachusetts, November 19, 1893. He had 
a common school education, but was naturally 
studious and was well educated by private study 
and reading. His mechanical genius led him 
to become a machinist. He became a locomo- 
tive engineer on the Boston & Worcester rail- 
road in its early days (now the Boston & Al- 
bany division of the New York Central lines). 
He was with the Saco (Maine) Water Power 
Company from 1854 to 1867. He became a 
mill expert and his services were constantly 
in demand. He was deemed a leading expert 
of the country in his day. In 1869 he was 
elected treasurer of the Kearsage Mills of 
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and in 1871 he 
became treasurer of the Manchester (New 
Hampshire) print works. In politics Mr. 
Thompson was a Republican. He was a man 
of quiet and retiring disposition and was rather 
averse to public honors of any kind. He mar- 
ried Louisa Butler, daughter of Nathan and 
Ada (Chick) Butler. She was born in 1819 
and died June 26. 1898. Their children were: 
Henry M. Thompson, born February 19, 1847, 
mentioned below ; Emma O.. Alice. 

(VIII) Henry M. Thompson, son of Wil- 
liam H. Thompson, (7). was born in Ports- 
mouth. New Hampshire, February 19, 1847. 
He was educated in the public schools and at 
Phillips Academy, Andover, New Hampshire. 
He was appointed agent of the Kearsage Mills 
of Portsmouth, in 1869. and filled that posi- 



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tiou until 1872 when he became agent for the 
Manchester print works serving until 1874. 
In 1875 he came to Lowell and became con- 
nected with the Lowell Felting Mills, which he 
purchased in 1881, in which he built up a large 
and prosperous business. He recently retired 
from the active life of manufacturing, and is at 
present living quietly in his handsome resi- 
dence in Lowell. He is an independent Re- 
publican in politics, but has declined to become 
a candidate for public office or accept public 
positions, preferring to remain a private citi- 
zen. He has an excellent library, and spends 
much time in reading and study. 

He married, in 1872, Ellen Straw, daughter 
of Ex-Governor Ezekiel A. and Charlotte 
(Webster) Straw, of Manchester, New Hamp- 
shire. Mrs. Thompson is a leader of Lowell 
society ; regent of Molly Varnum Chapter, 
Daughters of the American Revolution, and 
one of the incorporators of the New Hamp- 
shire Society of Colonial Dames. She is active 
also in church and charitable work. Children : 
I. Albert W., born February 16, 1874, mar- 
ried Hildreth Nesmith and they have one 
child, Nesmith, born December 23, 1899. 2. 
Herman E., born April 25, 1881, married 
Mabel A. Tracy and they have one child, Her- 
man E., Jr., born September, 1906. 



(For early generations see preceding sketch and William 
Thonnpson 1.) 

(IV) Phinehas Thompson, 
THOMPSON son (according to the best 

evidence at hand) of John 
Thompson (3), who lived in York and San- 
ford, Maine, was born about 1745 at York. 
The history of Sanford, Maine, says : "The 
ancestors of Deacon Thompson lived in York." 
He married Martha Willard, April 13, 1762. 
She was the daughter of Samuel Willard, of 
York. Thompson removed to Gorham (then 
Gorhamtown) before his marriage, and in 
1765 settled in Sanford. He was a farmer 
and blacksmith, and lived near Thompson's 
now Butler's Bridge. He was a soldier in the 
Revolution, a private in Captain Morgan 
Lewis's company, on the Lexington Alarm, 
April 19, 1775, (page 53, "Mass. Soldiers," 
etc). He was one of the original members of 
the Baptist church and for many years one of 
its deacons. He died March 6, 18 15, aged 
about seventy years. Children : Ezra, men- 
tioned below : Samuel. Isaac, John. Martha, 
Hannah, Mary, Phinehas. 

(V) Ezra Thompson, son of Deacon Phin- 
ehas Thompson (4). was born in Gorham. 



Maine, March 29, 1763. He was a soldier in 
the Revolution in 1781, under Captain John 
Evans, of Sanford, on the Androscoggin river 
at what is now Bethel, Maine. He came to 
Sanford, Maine, with his parents when a 
young child and was educated there in the 
district schools and lived there the remainder 
of his days. The Sanford history states that 
his ancestors were of Scotch origin. On his 
father's farm at Thompson's bridge, Ezra 
grew up, learning the trade of blacksmith. In 
1 78 1 his younger brother, Samuel, enlisted in 
the Revolutionary war, and so great were the 
anxiety and grief of his mother that Ezra re- 
solved to take his place. While at Bethel in 
the service he came near losing his life through 
a severe cut, accidentally received from an ax. 
He was taken down the river in a boat, but 
came to some rapids around which the party 
felt unable to carry the wounded soldier and 
had decided to leave him when "Kit" Chifif- 
ener, a Scotchman, stepped forward, saying: 
"Thompson is too guid bluid to be left here!" 
placed him on his back, and carefully carried 
him three-quarters of a mile to the landing 
below the portage. 

When he was about twenty years old, he 
attended Master Clark's school a short term, 
in which he learned, as he used to say, inore 
than he learned in all his other schooling. For 
many years he was a public school teacher and 
was popular with his pupils. At the age of 
fifty-two, then the father of ten children, farm- 
er, blacksmith, teacher and surveyor, he took 
up the study of Latin and Greek under Parson 
Sweat and mastered the rudiments of those 
languages. He was universally known as 
"Master" Thompson. 

For thirty-six consecutive years, 1794- 1829, 
or more, Master Thompson held some public 
office. He was selectman fourteen years ; on 
the school committee eleven years ; the town 
treasurer three years ; coroner seventeen years ; 
and justice of the peace seventeen years, be- 
sides serving on many committees appointed 
by the town. He was on the board of select- 
men in 1808 when the town authorized them 
to petition President Jeflferson for the removal 
of the embargo, and in 1816 he was one of the 
delegates to the state convention in Brunswick. 
In politics he was later in life a Whig. He 
united with the Baptist church in 1798, and 
continued a strong pillar in church and society 
until his death. His farm was about two miles 
from Sanford Four Corners to the northeast. 
He died November 8, 1835. Elder Cook 
preached his funeral sermon from the text "He 
was a Good Man." "From all that has come 



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down to us," says the town historian, "we can 
assert with all confidence that a truer word 
was never spoken." 

He married (first), in 1784, Abigail Wilson, 
daughter of Moses Wilson. He married (sec- 
ond), July, 1820, Joanna Clark, daughter of 
David Clark, of Sanford, Maine. Children of 
Ezra and Abigail Thompson: i. Caleb, born 
1785. 2. Betsey, born 1788, married John 
Bachellor, of Sanford. 3. Martha, born 1790, 
married Joshua Batchelder. 4. Lucy, born 
1793- 5- Ezra, born 1795, mentioned below. 

6. John, born 1797, married Shackford, 

of Acton, Massachusetts. 7. Isaac, born 1799. 
8. Otis, born 1800, died unmarried. 9. Han- 
nah, born 1802. 10. Abigail, born 1806, mar- 
ried Timothy Garey. Children of Ezra and 
Joanna: it. Samuel, born 1821. 12. Mary, 
born 1823, married George D. Palmer. 13. 
Clark, born 1825. 14. Joanna, born 1828, 
died in Sanford. 

(VI) Ezra Thompson, son of Ezra Thomp- 
son (5). was born at Sanford, Maine, in 1795. 
He had a common school education, remaining 
at home until nearly manhood, assisting his 
father with the farm work. At the tune of his 
marriage he bought a farm about two miles 
from Shapleigh Corners, consisting of one 
hundred and sixty acres. Besides general 
farming he did much trading in horses and 
cattle, and raised much of the stock that he 
sold. He was prosperous and a man of in- 
fluence. He was self-educated to a large ex- 
tent, an excellent mathematician and of wide 
general information, good judgment and varied 
capacity. He was active in his support of 
the temperance movement, and of the Free 
Will Baptist church of which he was 
a member. In politics he was a Whig during 
the ascendancy of that party. He held the of- 
fice of road surveyor in Shapleigh, Maine. He 
served in the Shapleigh militia company. 

He married Patience Gerry, of Alfred, 
Maine, daughter of Eben Gerry. Children : 
I. Caleb, born May 13, 1825, died April 26, 
1874. Married in 1855, Mary Stillman of Rock- 
port, Massachusetts ; children : i. Emma, died ; 
ii. Eben ; iii. John. 2. Abbie,born June 25, 1828. 
died May 15, 1883; married, April 8, 1867, 
John Stone, of Shapleigh, Maine ; no children. 
3. Lucy, born October 13, 1830, married, Jan- 
uary 2, 1857, William Bradford, of Rockport, 
Massachusetts ; children : i. William Dadman 
Bradford, born February 9, 1858, married. 
Tune 23, 1883. Adelaide Chick; ii. Albert 
Sumner Bradford, born August 18, i860, mar- 
ried. March 24, 1882, Fannie R. Mead; iii. 



Ezra Otis Bradford, born October 25, 1862, 
married, 1895, Inez liatch ; iv. Loring Samuel 
Bradford, born October 31, 1864, married, 
May 7, 1884, Luella H. Bragg; v. Charlotte 
Patience Bradford, born November 18, 1867, 
married, July 4, 1894, Fred Thompson ; vi. 
Irving Timothy Bradford, born July 26, 1871, 
married, April 2, 1899, Celia A. Kimball. 4. 
Susan Jane, born February 2y, 1833, married, 
December 6, 1857, Nathaniel Thurston Abbott, 
of Shapleigh, Maine ; children : i. Eugene 
Wilson Abbott, born December 26, 1858 ; ii. 
Carrie Augusta Abbott, born October 7, i860, 
married, December 27, 1884, Stephen D. 
Blanchard ; children : Leon Blanchard, born 
May 20, 1887; Marion Idella Blanchard, born 
December, 1890 ; Amy Lenora Blanchard, born 
October 2, 1892; Margie Madeline Blanchard, 
born January 25, 1894 ; Esther Blanchard, born 
July 2, 1895 ; Elmer Steven Blanchard, born 
January, 1899 ; iii. Elmer Ellsworth Abbott, 
born March 19, 1863, married (first), Febru- 
ary 4, 1892, Eda M. Smith and had one child, 
Malcolm Abbott, born September 29, 1875 ; 
married (second). June 26, 1902, Agnes M. 
Stone, of Alfred, Maine ; iv. Abbie Luella Ab- 
bott, bom June 28, 1865, married, June 27, 
1891, Elmer Nason ; children: Grace Belle 
Nason, born September 22, 1892 ; Edna May 
Nason, born May 8, 1899; Marcia Nason, born 
December 8, 1902 ; George Abbott Nason, born 
AugU'st 3, 1905 ; V. Nathaniel Thurston Ab- 
bott, born November 18, 1867, married, Sep- 
tember 5, 1898, Lula O. Dalton, of Emery 
Mills. Maine, and had Mahlon Wilson Abbott, 
born July 16, 1905, died August 30, 1905. 5. 
Timothy Atkins, born August 17, 1835, men- 
tioned below. 6. John Warren, born Janu- 
ary 8, 1838, unmarried. 7. Ezra, born May 
28, 1841, died in Libby Prison, June 13, 1862, 
during the Civil war. 

(VII) Timothy Atkins Thompson, son of 
Ezra Thompson (6), was born in Shapleigh, 
Maine, August 17, 1835, ^"*^ attended the pub- 
lic schools during the winter terms, working 
for his father on the homestead at other sea- 
sons until he was twenty years of age. He 
then went to sea on a coasting vessel sailing 
from Rockport, Maine. Then for a year and 
a half he worked as teamster for Hatch & An- 
drews owners of a quarry. He removed to 
Winchester, Massachusetts, and worked there 
for three years on the Levi Johnson farm. He 
established a milk route in Charlestown. After 
a time he gave up this business and removed 
to Woburn where he engaged in the butcher- 
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market and selling- his meats in South Boston. 
He built up a large and profitable business. 
He finally returned to the Johnson farm and 
conducted it until 1881 when he leased it to 
his son, William L. Thompson, and engaged in 
the meat and provision business on Bunker 
Hill street, Charlestown. After two years he 
removed to Ipswich, Massachusetts, where he 
was in the employ of Charles Jewett, a stone 
contractor. He removed to Salem, Massa- 
chusetts, and thence to Islesboro, Maine, 
where he was employed by Daniel Sewell for 
a time. From there he came to Swamspcott, 
Massachusetts, and worked a year on Charles 
Sargent's farm, coming to Acton, May 3, 1898, 
and leasing the Charles Baker place near the 
center, and he is now conducting a flourishing 
market gardening business. In religion he is 
a Universalist ; in politics a Republican. 

He married, at Winchester, Massachusetts, 
March 28, 1859, Caroline Johnson, born at 
Woburn, died at Winchester, Massachusetts, 
July 31, 1868, daughter of Levi and Ruth 
(Eaton) Johnson, of Woburn. Her father 
was a farmer. Children: i. William Levi, 
born April 18, 1859, mentioned below. 2. 
Sarah Gardner, born at Woburn, January 5, 
1862, died at Winchester, February 10, 1893 ; 
married March 14, 1882, Joseph D. Sharon; 
children : i. Charles Willard Sharon, born 
September 6, 1884; ii. Annah Powers Sharon, 
born September 19, 1888. Timothy Atkins 
Thompson married (second), January 10, 
1870, Anne Elizabeth Johnson, sister of his 
first wife. She died January i, 1881, and he 
married (third), at Ipswich, Massachusetts, 
April 26, 1893, Marion Elizabeth Hall, born 
November 19, 1861, daughter of John and 
Catherine (Arrol) Hall, of East Boston, Mas- 
sachusetts. 

(VIII) William Levi Thompson, son of 
Timothy Atkins Thompson (7), was born at 
Winchester, Massachusetts, April 18, 1859. 
He was educated there in the public schools. 
At an early age he began to assist his father 
with the work of the farm and he continued 
until he was twenty-two years old, when he 
leased the farm of his father and engaged in 
the business of market gardening until 1883. 
He then became associated with Charles A. 
Frost, of Stoneham, for two years, again re- 
suming market gardening on the homestead 
until 1890, when he bought his father's lease 
of the place. The farm belonged to the mother 
of William L. Thompson, and at her death her 
son inherited his share of the property. The 
farm is one of the oldest in the town. It is 



known still as the old Johnson place, part of 
the original Johnson grant when the town was 
first settled. Mr. Thompson makes a specialty 
of early lettuce, spinach, squash, celery and 
raises rhubarb under glass for the Boston mar- 
ket. He has sixty-four acres of land in the 
northwest part of Winchester. He is domestic 
in his tastes and devotes himself almost ex- 
clusively to home and business. He is well 
known and much respected by his townsmen. 
He is a member of the Unitarian church of 
Winchester. In politics he is a Republican. 
He was made a member of Parkman Lodge of 
Free Masons at Winchester, March 14, 1882, 
but is now a member of Mount Horeb Lodge 
of Woburn. He was made a member of Wo- 
burn Royal Arch Chapter of Masons, May 29, 
1889 ; of Medford Council of Royal and Select 
Masters, January 21, 1904; of Hugh de 
Payens Commandery, Knights Templar, at 
Melrose, June 21, 1906; of Aleppo Temple, 
Order of the Mystic Shrine, February, 1907. 
He is a member of Middlesex Chapter, No. 64. 
Order of the Eastern Star, West Medford, 
Massachusetts. He is a member of Water- 
field Lodge, New England Order of Protec- 
tion, at Winchester; of the Boston Market 
Gardeners' Association. 

He married, January 27, 1881, Edith Ma- 
regena Mead, born August 14, 1857, on ship- 
board ofiF the coast of England, daughter of 
Samuel Hartwell Mead, born August 23, 1830, 
and Ellen M. (Richardson) Mead, of Win- 
chester, born October 15, 1824. Samuel H. 
Mead was a sea captain ; served in the Civil 
war; was lost at sea in 1867. Children: i. 
Margarita, born April 14, 1882, married, June 
9, 1906, Isaac Brewster Hazelton, of Welles- 
ley, Massachusetts ; they have one child. 2. 
Mildred Eaton, born August 9, 1883 married, 
September 30, 1903, Waldo Snow Hadley, of 
Everett, Massachusetts ; no children. 3. Helen, 
born November 16, 1884, unmarried. 4. 
Caroline Reed, born May 13, 1886, unmarried. 
5. Annie Zelinda, born June 17, 1887, unmar- 
ried. 6. Earle Lee, born July 21, 1892, died 
January 20, 1895. 7. Ralph Mead, born April 
13. 1895. 

(For early generationssee preceding sketches; also William 
Thompson 1.) 

(IV) Benjamin Thomp- 
THOMPSON son, son of Benjamin 
Thompson (3), and Abi- 
gail (Philbrick) Thompson, was born Septem- 
ber 7. 1727, at York Maine. He came to Ken- 
nebunk, Maine, with his uncle, Jonathan 



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Thompson, aiul lived with him. lie married, 
December 31, 1752, Emiice Lord, daughter of 
NatKan Lord; married (second) Mary Foster. 
(See the History of Kittery, Maine). Chil- 
dren: I. Benjamin, born 1754, married Eliza- 
beth Lord; he died February, 1839, aged eigh- 
ty-five years. 2. Xathan, mentioned below. 3. 
Alexander, married Lydia Wildes, of Kittery. 
4. Stephen, married Lois Taylor. 5. James, 
married Anna Walker. 6. Eunice, married 
Daniel Perkins. 7. Lemuel, married Lydia 
Thompson. 8. Lsaac. died at sea. 9. Hannah, 
married Abner Littlefield. 10. Ezra, married 
Mary Merrill. 11. Miriam, died young. Chil- 
dren of Benjamin and Eunice Thompson: 12. 
Moses. 13. Mary, died young. 14. Lydia, 
married Israel Burnham. 

(V) Nathan Thompson, son of Benjamin 
Thompson (4). was born in 1756. Married 
(first) Hannah Thompson and (second) - 
Esther Littlefield. He was a soldier in the 
Revolution in Captain Tobias Lord's company 
in 1776 at Falmouth in a Cumberland county 
regiment raised to protect the seacoast. 

(VI) Nathan Thompson, son or possibly 
nephew of Nathan Thompson (5), lived and 
died in Berwick, Maine. He was educated 
there in the public schools, and then engaged 
in the lumber business which through his ac- 
tive life he followed with success and profit. 
He was a Democrat in politics and an earnest 
supporter of his party. He was elected to 
various offices of trust and honor in South 
Berwick where he lived, and commanded the 
respect and confidence of his townsmen. He 
married Rebecca Chadwin. Children : Al- 
mira M., Sylvia, Albert G., born October 2, 
1853. mentioned below. 

(VII) Albert G. Thompson, son of Nathan 
Thompson (6), was born on the Thompson 
homestead at South Berwick, Maine. October 
2, 1853, and was educated there in the public 
schools. In 1872 he went to Lowell, Massa- 
chusetts, and established himself in the retail 
grocery business. He carried also meats and 
provisions and from the first was successful. 
He built up a large business and carried it on 
for a period of twenty-five years. In 1896 he 
was appointed postmaster of the city of Lowell 
and has held the office by successive re-appoint- 
ments since then. The business of the post- 
office has increased greatly during his adminis- 
tration of afifairs and he has handled the office 
with ability and efficiency, being especially 
careful of the comfort and convenience of both 
public and employees. He is one of the Re- 
publican leaders of Lowell. He served for ten 



years on the school board, and for two years in 
the general court. He was chairman for some 
years of the Republican city committee and 
was also a member of the Republican state 
committee and chairman of congressional com- 
mittee. He is a member of the Masonic (Jrder 
of Kilwinning Lodge. He is a member also of 
the Veritas Lodge of Odd Fellows, of Royal 
Arcanum and of the Knights of Pythias. He 
is an active member and treasurer of the Free 
Will Baptist church. He has the utmost con- 
fidence of the business men of the city, and 
has for many years been among the most in- 
fluential and prominent citizens. He was a 
close personal friend of the late General Ben- 
jamin F. Butler. 

He married, in 1872, Susan E. Tarbox, 
daughter of Daniel Tarbox, of Salmon Falls, 
New Hampshire. Children: i. Fannie A., 
single, resides at home with her parents. 2. 
Perry D.. married Alice Jaques and they have 
one child, Perrv. 



William Sherman, the immi- 
SFIERMAN grant ancestor, settled in the 

Plymouth colony about 1630, 
No connection has been established between 
him and the other .Sherman immigrants of 
New England. He lived first in Duxbury. 
where he was recorded as a yeoman and plant- 
er ; was a taxpayer there in 1652 and as early 
as 1637 was a proprietor; w^as on the Plym- 
outh list of those able to bear arms in 1643; 
removed to Marshfield where his descendants 
have lived to the present time. He was ad- 
mitted an inhabitant of Marshfield, November 
13. 1644. and held various town offices. He 
was a poor man when he came to this country, 
but was thrifty and energetic and left to his 
children a large inheritance, having property 
in Rochester as well as Marshfield, Massachu- 
setts. He was a useful and faithful citizen. 
Before his death he deeded much of his real 
estate to his sons : To Samuel June 9, 1673 ; 
to John February 5. 1673 ; to William August 
15, 1676. ?Te died October 25, 1679. The in- 
ventory of his estate was dated December 30, 
t68o. and he was buried in the family burial 
ground at ]\Tarshfield. Judging from the date 
of his marriage and the fact that he was re- 
ported an old man when he died he is believed 
to have been born about 16 10. He married, 

1638. Prudence . As far as known their 

children were: i. John, born 1646. died 1722. 
2. William, mentioned below. 3. Samuel, died 
1718. 




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(II) William Sherman, son of William 
Sherman (i), was born about 1640 in Marsh- 
field or Duxbnry, in New England ; was a sol- 
dier in King Philip's war and from witnessing 
the cruelties there became insane and the col- 
ony voted twenty dollars for the relief of his 
family ; later he seems tO' have recovered his 
reason. He died in 1724. Children: i. Han- 
nah, born February 21, 1668. 2. Elizabeth, 
born March 11, 1670, died 1695. 3. William, 
born April 19, 1672, mentioned below. 4. Pa- 
tience, born August 3, 1674. 5. Experience, 
born September 22, 1678. 6. Ebenezer, born 
April 21, 1680, died 1759. 

(HI) William Sherman, son of William 
Sherman (2), was born in Marshfield, Massa- 
chusetts, April 19, 1672, and followed farming 
in his native town. He married Mary White, 
daughter of Peregrine White, the first white 
child born in the Plymouth colony, born De- 
cember, 1620, on board the "Mayflower," son 
of William and Ann (Fuller) White. The 
descendants of William Sherman are not only 
descendants of three Pilgrim ancestors through 
Peregrine White and his parents but also 
through the wife of Peregrine, Sarah Bassett, 
daughter of William and Elizabeth Bassett. 
William Bassett, an Englishman, was married 
August 13, 161 1, to Margaret Oldham, at 
Leyden. Holland, where he lived with the Pil- 
grims. His first wife was Cecil Light as shown 
by the Dutch records at Leyden. Bassett was 
admitted a freeman at Plymouth, 1633 ; re- 
sided at Duxbury and represented the town in 
the general court. He was a gimsmith by 
trade. He resided at Sandwich, Massachu- 
setts, in 1650, and later at Bridgewater. Pere- 
grine White, was a prominent citizen of the 
Plymouth colony; died 1667; his wife died 
January 20, 171 1 ; they have a numerous pos- 
terity. Children of William and Mary (White) 
Sherman: i. Thankful, born April 4, 1690, 
married, 1726, Robert Atkins. 2. Samuel, 
born May 8, 1701, married Adam Hall. 3. 
Mary (twin), born June 6, 1711. 4. Abigail, 
(twin), born June 6, 171 1. 5. John, born July 
19, 1720, mentioned below. 6. Anthony, born 
December 21, 1722. 

(IV) John Sherman, son of William Sher- 
man (3), was born in Marshfield, July 19, 
1720. and was a farmer in that town. He 
married, 1746. Elizabeth Dingley, grand- 
daughter of John Dingley, of Marshfield, im- 
migrant, a prominent citizen and town ofiicer. 
Children: i. Nathaniel, settled in Plympton, 
married Maria Clark, daughter of James 
Clark. 2. Ruth, born 1750, married Josiah 
Bisbee, of Pembroke, Massachusetts. 3. 



Rufus, born 1754, settled in Plympton ; mar- 
ried, 1775, Phebe Rider. 4. Asa, born 1756. 
5. Betsey, born 1758, settled in Plympton; 
married Lydia Doten, descendant of Edward 
Doten who came in the "Mayflower;" was in 
Captain Shaw's company in the Revolution. 
And others. 

(V) Otis Sherman, of this family, son or 
near relative of John Sherman (4), was born 

about 1765. He married Jane H. , who 

died May 2'], 1822, in Scituate, Massachusetts, 
aged fifty-two years. He married (second) 
(intention dated March 23, 1823) Elizabeth 
Barker, of Hanson, formerly Pembroke, Mas- 
sachusetts. He resided in Scituate, Massa- 
chusetts. Children: i. Otis, born about 1795, 
married (intentions dated February 2, 1828) 
Angeline Whiton, of Hanson, formerly Pem- 
broke; she died September 19, 1831, aged 
twenty-eight years ; children : i. Lucy Jane, 
born August 17, 1829; ii. Otis William, born 
August 2, 1831. 2. Israel H., resided at Scit- 
uate ; married Clarissa Howard, of Hanson, 
formerly Pembroke, near Hanover Corners, 
Massachusetts ; children : i. Jane, married 

Brown ; ii. Clara, married Edmund 

Hersey ; no children ; iii. Warren Hobart, re- 
sides in Nebraska, married and has one child. 

3. Aaron H., born in Scituate, 1799, mention- 
ed below. 4. Charles, born in Scituate, died 
in Lowell, Massachusetts. 

(VD Aaron H. Sherman, son of Otis Sher- 
man (5), was born in Scituate, Massachusetts, 
in 1799, and died in Lowell, July 30, 1854, 
aged fifty-five years. He was educated in the 
public schools of his native town, and in his 
youth learned the business of carpet weaving. 
He removed to Lowell and became superin- 
tendent of the carpet mill, a position he filled 
with great credit for many years. He was a 
Republican in politics, but held no public 
offices. In religion he was a Universalist. He 
married Eliza Kenney, a native of Boston, 
Massachusetts. Children: i. Charles H. 2. 
Calvin Gardner. 3. Augusta C, died young. 

4. Augusta. 5. James O. 6. Alexander W., 
mentioned below. 7. Mary E. 8. and 9. Two 
died in infancy. 

(VII) Alexander Wright Sherman, son of 
Aaron H. Sherman (6), was born in Lowell, 
Massachusetts, Alarch 18. 1838. He received 
his early education in the public schools of his 
native city and graduated from the Lowell 
high school. He then learned the trade of 
brass fitter, finally becoming the head book- 
keeper of the firm of H. R. Barker & Company 
and was admitted to partnership. His busi- 
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the growth and prosperity of the firm's busi- 
ness. After a number of very active years his 
health failed and for three years he was un- 
able to pursue his vocation. In 1879 he en- 
gaged in the furniture trade in partnership 
with Mr. Manning and remained in this firm 
until his death, August 8, 1887. He devoted 
himself persistently to the business in hand 
and probably sacrificed his health in his zeal 
to make his business successful. Mt. Sher- 
man was a Republican in politics and a Uni- 
versalist in religion. He married, in 1862, 
Annie E. Watson, of Lowell, daughter of Wil- 
liam and Sarah (Mower) Watson, of Lowell. 
Her father was an overseer for the Lawrence 
Mills. Children: i. Etta W., born July 3, 
1863, married Frank Hanchett and has chil- 
dren: i. Hazel, born April 17, 1889; ii. Sher- 
man, died young; iii. Walter, born February 
25, 1893. 2. Arthur W., born July 5, 1867, 
married Caroline Cotton ; no issue. 3. Annie 
M., born November 24, 1878, married Allen 
Bouve and has one child, Dorothy Bouve, born 
May II, 1906. 

The immigrant ancestor of the Plymouth 
Shermans is said to be related to the ancestry 
of General William T. Sherman, of Civil War 
fame, in England, but the connection has not 
yet been proved. The Shermans of Connecti- 
cut and Rhode Island are of the same stock, 
both coming from Massachusetts originally. 



Colonel Thomas Stevens was 
STEVENS an armorer in Buttolph's 
Lane, London, England, who 
contracted with the governor and company 
in March, 1629, to supply arms for the Mas- 
sachusetts Bay Colony. He was himself a 
member of the company and gave fifty 
pounds to the common stock. Three sons 
and a daughter became settlers in the colony. 
He signed the instructions to Captain Endi- 
cott. Though the family was of Devonshire 
in the early days, he came to London, where 
his children were probably born. Children: 
I. Thomas, came over in 1660. 2. Richard, 
father of Samuel, of Marlborough. 3. Cyp- 
rian, mentioned below. 4. Mary, married 
Captain Whipple, of Ipswich. 

(II) Cyprian Stevens, son of Thomas 
Stevens (i), was born in London, England, 
about 1644-6. He sailed from London. He 
was at first a resident of Rumney Marsh, now 
Chelsea, settled at I^ancaster just about the 
time King Philip's war broke out, but had to 
find a safer place of residence for his family, 
and went to Sudbury. He was given author- 
tiy to receive an Indian child of six years, prob- 



ably of a friendly tribe, whose father might 
be serving in the English ranks. After peace 
was declared he returned to Lancaster and 
was elected to various town offices. He mar- 
ried, January 22, 1672, Mary Willard, daugh- 
ter of Major Simon Willard, the most prom- 
inent founder of Lancaster, by his third wife 
Mary Dunster, a relative of President Duns- 
ter, of Harvard College. Children: i. Cyp- 
rian, born November 22, 1672, at Lancaster. 
2. Mary, married Samuel Wright. 3. Doro- 
thy. 4. Simon. 5. Elizabeth. 6. Joseph, 
mentioned below. 

(Ill) Joseph Stevens, son of Cyprian 
Stevens (2), was born in Sudbury, about 1680. 
He returned to Lancaster with his father 
probably, but settled in early life in Fram- 
ingham, Massachusetts. In 1719 he removed 
to Rutland, Massachusetts, of which he was a 
very prominent citizen. He owned lots 15 
and 56, and part of his division was located on 
Stevens Hill and two hundred acres on Tur- 
key Hill adjoining. He settled on lot 15, and 
as he was one of the first settlers he was ex- 
posed to the dangers and privations of the 
pioneers of the frontier. He held many of- 
fices; was town clerk and clerk of the pro- 
prietors, first selectman, assessor, town treas- 
urer several years; committee to set ofif land; 
deacon of the church; captain of the military 
company of the town. He pastured his cattle 
some five miles from his house, and built 
there a hovel to shelter them. He went there 
daily in winter, usually on rackets or snow 
shoes, to feed his cattle. On August 23, 1723, 
after family devotion in the morning, he and 
his four sons set out for meeting house 
meadow to cut fodder for the winter. They 
were surprised and attacked by five Indians. 
The father escaped to the undergrowth; two 
sons, Sam.uel and Joseph, were slain, and the 
other two taken prisoners and carried to 
Canada, where they were held more than a 
year before they were redeemed. Deacon 
Stevens made two journeys to Canada before 
he succeeded in redeeming the young men. 
The cost of this ransom, and other misfortunes 
reduced Captain Stevens to straitened cir- 
cumstances, so that in his old age he had 
to accept relief from the town. His old friends 
at Framingham contributed to the ransom of 
the prisoners, April 19, 1724. The boys ar- 
rived home August 19. 1725. Captain Stev- 
ens died November 15, 1769. He married 
Prudence, daughter of John Rice, and de- 
scendant of Edmund Rice; she died 1776, 
Children: i. Phineas, born at Sudbury, Feb- 
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settled in Charlestown, New Hampshire. 2 
Azubah, born October 21, 1708. 3. Samuel, 
born September 17, 171 1, killed August 14, 
1723. 4. Mindwell, born in Framingham, 
February 24, 1713; married at Rutland, Oc- 
tober 20, 1732, Samuel Stone. 5. Isaac, men- 
tioned below. 6. Joseph, killed August 14, 
1723. 7. Dorothy, born March 20, 1720-1; 
married, March 7, 1744-5, Andrew Leonard, 
who married (second) Hannah Pierce, and 
settled in Oakham. 8. Joseph, born 1724; 
married, January 20, 1747, Dinah Rice. 9. 
Lucy, married December 14, 1753, Isaac 
Bullard. 10. Mary, baptized November 5, 
1727; died November 29, 1739. 

(IV) Isaac Stevens, son of Captain Joseph 
Stevens (3), was born about 171 5, in Fram- 
ingham. August 14, 1723, he and his brother 
Phineas were taken prisoners and conducted 
by the Indians to Canada. When he grew 
tired of walking, his elder brother carried him 
on his back. But he was so young that he 
seemed to thrive on the hardships, and grew 
to like the Indians. His squaw mother won 
his afifections, and he would willingly have 
stayed with the Indians, as some of the West- 
borough captives in the Rice family did. He 
learned how to fight in the Indian way, and 
his body was scarified and punctured from 
his lessons and combats. He settled at Rut- 
land, and April 11, 1743, he married Mercy, 
daughter of Captain John Hubbard. She 
died August 27, 1746, and he married (sec- 
ond), September 7, 1748, Abigail Perley. His 
widow married, May 12, 1758, Silas Rice. 
Children of Isaac and Mercy Stevens: i. 
John, born October 17, 1743. 2. Azubah, 
born February 7, 1746; married Captain 
Samuel Thompson, of Holden. Children of 
Isaac and Abigail Stevens: 3. Luther, born 
July 22, 1749, mentioned below. 4. Mary, 
born April 5, 1751. 5. Calvin, born January 
24, 1753. 6. Jonas, baptized June 22, 1755. 

(V) Luther Stevens, son of Isaac Stevens 
(4), was bom at Rutland, July 22, 1749. He 
was a soldier in the Revolution; corporal in 
Captain Luke Wilder's company. Colonel 
Samuel Denny's regiment, in 1779. He mar- 
ried, at Rutland, February 16, 1783, Lucy, 
daughter of Captain Elijah Stearns, of Rut- 
land. She died at Rutland, September 7, 
1812, aged fifty years. Children, born in Rut- 
land: I. Phinehas, born July 21, 1783, died 
November 15, 1801. 2. Calvin, born January 
15, 1786, died at Rutland, July 8, 1845. 3. 
Luther, Jr., born July 9, 1788, died Febru- 
ary 25, 1830. 4. Elijah, born 1791, baptized 
October 16, 1791. 



(VI) Elijah Stevens, son of Luther Stev- 
ens (5), was born at Rutland, October 16, 1791, 
and he died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 
May 2, 1852. He settled in Concord, Massa- 
chusetts, and married Charlotte Kittredge, 
who was born in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, 
and died in Cambridge, December 4, 1846, 
aged fifty years, six months, twenty-two days. 
Children, born at Concord: i. Charles, born 
June I, 1817. 2. William, born October 22, 
1818 ; died September 25, 1822. 3. Lorena, 
born June 5, 1820; died September 27, 1822. 
4. George Copeland, born January i, 1822. 5. 
William Gayland, born September 29, 1823. 
6. Elijah Crosby, born July 30, 1825 ; died 
September 12, 1826. 7. Laurena Maria, born 
April 22, 1827. 8. Mary EHza, born August 
25, 1828. 9. Elijah, born July 2'], 1830. 10. 
John Henry, born August 30, 1832, men- 
tioned below. II. Hannah Elizabeth, born 
December 27, 1834. 

(VII) John Henry Stevens was born in 
Concord, Massachusetts, August 30, 1832; 
died October 2, 1901. His parents moved to 
Cambridge, same state, during his early life. 
His father was a carpenter and builder. After 
attending the public schools, John became a 
plumber's apprentice, and after serving a few 
years as journeyman began business on his 
own account, continuing along that line in 
Cambridge for more than half a century. He 
was considered an expert in his business, and 
his customers were the leading citizens of that 
city, who consulted him on all matters of 
sanitary plumbing. Although he never held 
public office he was public-spirited and al- 
ways interested in good city government. He 
led a useful and active life, was generous and 
charitable to those in distress, and was highly 
respected by his fellow citizens. He married, 
August 30, 1858, Ellen K., daughter of James 
and Dorothy (Blake) Norton, of Bangor, 
Maine, born June 2, 1836. They had two 
children: i. John H., of whom later. 2. 
Charles W., born June 9, 1864, died April 29, 
1893; he was unmarried. 

(VIII) John H. Stevens, a member of the 
firm of Locke. Stevens & Company, of Bos- 
ton, a resident of Winthrop, Massachusetts, 
is numbered among the representative busi- 
ness men of that section of the state. The 
business of his firm is conducted along honor- 
able and straightforward lines, and the suc- 
cess which has attended the eflfor-ts of the firm 
has been fully merited. He is a native of 
Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 31, 1861, 
a son of John H. and Ellen K. (Norton) 
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public school of Cambridge. After complet- 
ing his studies he learned the trade of plumb- 
er with his father, with whom he worked for 
a period of ten years. He then became con- 
nected with the Boston office of the Henry 
McShane Company of Baltimore, Alaryland, 
one of the largest manufacturers of plumbers' 
supplies, and was one of their traveling sales- 
men for the New England states. Subsequently 
Mr. Stevens, Frank L. Locke and Herbert R. 
Kay (the two latter named having also been 
connected with the Boston office of the Mc- 
Shane Company), organized the firm of 
Locke, Stevens & Company for the manu- 
facture of a special line of goods and for deal- 
ing in plumbers' supplies, at No. lOO Warren- 
ton street, Boston. The business prospered, 
increasing in volume with each succeeding 
year, and now hold high rank in the industrial 
circles of the city of Boston. 

Mr. Stevens is a member of Amicable 
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, also 
Cambridge Chapter and Cambridge Com- 
mandery; Winthrop Lodge, Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks; Winthrop Yacht 
Club. He married Mary A. Connoly, of Ban- 
gor, Maine. 



The history of the Gray family 
GRAY dates back in England to the time 
of William the Conqueror, 1066, 
and to the earliest settlement of New Eng- 
land in this country. 

(I) Henry Gray, the immigrant ancestor, 
according to the history of Andover, Massa- 
chusetts, was with his son Robert among the 
early settlers of Andover. He may be the 
same Henry Gray who came from London to 
Boston; a tailor by trade; proprietor of Bos- 
ton in 1637; arranged for marriage in 1639. 
As to Robert, the son, there is difference of 
opinion as to whether the Salem records ap- 
ply to him or to another man of the same 
name. 

(H) Robert Gray, son of Henry Gray (i), 
was born in 1634, probably in England. He 
settled first in Salem; was a mariner; was 
fined as a Quaker in 1669; took the oath of 
allegiance at Andover in 1678. In 1699 he 
bought some hundred acres of Henry Holt 
and Dudley Bradstreet in Holt district of 
Andover, the south parish. One parcel was 
known as Colonel Bradstreet's Upper Falls 
meadow and the other as Lieutenant Os- 
good's Gibbet Plaine meadow, the deeds of 
which are still in the possession of his de- 
scendants, and is also a portion of the estate. 



He died at Andover in 17 18, aged eighty-four 
years, and his will dated February, 17 18, men- 
tions his children. He married' (first) Eliza- 
beth ; (second), March 8, 1668-9, Han- 
nah Holt, daughter of Nicholas Holt (see 
sketch), died March 30, 1728. Children: 1. 
Elizabeth, baptized March 9, 165 1, married 
William Abbott, son of George. 2. Joseph, 
born May 9, 1652. 3. Bethia, born June 11, 
1654. 4. Robert, born May 23, 1658, settled 
in Salem. 5. Hannah, born June 26, 1659. 
Children of Robert and Hannah Gray: 6. 
Katherine, born July 15, 1670. 7. Henry, 
born January 17, 1671; had mill for grinding 
scythes, etc., 1715, at Andover; married. May 
3, 1699, Mary Blunt. 8. Jemima, born No- 
vember, 1673, died young. 9. Hannah, born 
November 30, 1674. 10. Edward, born Sep- 
tember 12, 1679, married (first), December 2, 
1702, Sarah Osgood, children: i. Edward, 
born November, 1705; ii. Child, July 22, 
1709; iii. Child, March 6, 1711; iv. Priscilla, 
January 19, 1713; v. Daughter, August 13, 
1714; vi. Lydia, August 22, 1716; vii. Son, 
April 2, 1717-18. Married (second), October 
27, 1718, Hannah Burke, children: viii. 
Daughter, November, 1720; ix. Sarah, 
March 18, 1722-23. 11. Thomas, born Sep- 
tember 16, 1681. 12. Braveter, born Septem- 
ber 29, 1685. 13. Aaron, born April 14, 1692. 
(Ill) Braveter Gray, son of Robert Gray 
(2), born September 29, 1685, died November 
10, 1724, married, November 21, 1710, Doro- 
thy Abbott, daughter of Joseph and Lydia 
Abbott, of Charlestown. Children: i. Child, 
born April 3, 171 1. 2. Daughter, June 5, 
1712. 3. Joseph, March 28, 1715. 4. Brave- 
ter, July 19, 1717. 5. Timothy, July 19, 1721. 
6. Mary, February 6, 1723-24. 

(IV) Timothy Gray, son of Braveter Gray 
(3), born at Andover, Massachusetts. July 19, 
1721, and died at Wilton, New Hampshire, 
November 17, 1793. He settled in Wilton, 
where he bought of William Vance lot No. 6 
of the fifth range and thirty acres of the west- 
ern part of lot No. 5 in the fourth range. This 
farm he and his descendants held for about a 
hundred years. He was a cordwainer by 
trade ; was a substantial and infiuiential citi- 
zen; deacon of the Wilton church. He mar- 
ried (first) May 3, 1747, Eleanor Best, who 
died September 22, 1775, aged fixty-six years. 

He married (second) Abigail , who 

died May 20, 1801, aged seventy-seven years. 
Children, by first wife, bom at Andover: 
I. Timothy, born February 19, 1748. 2. 
James Best, born January 29, 1750-51, died at 
Halifax in the army, in the summer of 1777. 




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3. Eleanor, born March 7, 1752-53. 4. Jona- 
than, born March 18, 1754-55, died Septem- 
ber 15, 1775; soldier in the Revolution. 5. 
Mary, born February 19, 1756-57. 6. Sarah, 
bom March 2, 1758-59. 7. Joseph, born 
March 9, 1760-61. 8. Dorothy, born Octo- 
ber 8, 1763, married, August 3, 1786, Daniel 
Hall, a soldier in the Revolution. 9. Henry, 
born October 8, 1766, died March 31, 1776. 

(V) Timothy Gray, son of Timothy Gray 
(4), born in Andover, Massachusetts, Febru- 
ary 19, 1749, and died in Wilton. July 18, 
1807. He was educated in the common 
schools and inherited the homestead at Wil- 
ton. He was a farmer. He was a soldier in 
the Revolution at Winter Hill during the 
siege of Boston, in Captain Taylor's company, 
and later under Captain Nathan Bullard, in 
1776, with the Northern army. He married 

first. Hannah , who died July, 1784, 

aged thirty-one. He married second, April 
21, 1785, Ruth Burnham; she was born in 
1756, and died May 23, 1841, daughter of 
Jeremiah Burnham, who was born April 2, 

1732; married August 30, 1754, Mary , 

who died January 7, 1828, aged ninety-two. 
Jeremiah, father of Jeremiah, was born in 
1702, died 1783; married, 1730, Jane Pride. 
Tliomas. father of Jeremiah, Sr., was born 
September 20, 1673, and died 1748. John, 
father of Thomas, was born 1648 and died 
1704; married, 1668, Elizabeth Wells. Lieu- 
tenant Thomas, father of John, was born in 
England, in 1623, and died June, 1694; mar- 
ried, 1645, Mary Tuttle; was the progenitor 
of most of the families named Burnham in 
that section. Children of Timothy and Han- 
nah: I. Hannah, born July 4, 1770; died Au- 
gust 18, 1770. 2. Timothy, born September 
30. 1771; died December i, 1776. 3. Hannah, 
born June 17, 1773; married April 19, 1795, 
Abiel Blanchard. 4. Elizabeth, born Febru- 
ary 12, 1775; married February 12, 1801, 
Caleb Holt. 5. Timothy, born January 21, 
1778; died September 26, 1781. 6. Eleanor, 
born October 5, 1779; married November 15, 
1804, Uzziel Sheldon. 7. James Best, born 
May 26, 1781; died October 4, 1795. Chil- 
dren of Timothy and Ruth Gray: 8. Timothy, 
born May 14, 1787; mentioned below. 9. 
Henry, born October i, 1789. 10. Abel, born 
October 13, 1791; married Betsey Pettingill. 
II, Abiel, born July 25, 1793. 12. Lucy Burn- 
ham, born September, 1795 ; married Joel 
Chandler. 13. Ruth, bom May 24, 1800; died 
in Lowell, March 7, 1858. 

(VI) Timothy Gray, son of Timothy Gray 
(5), born at Wilton, New Hampshire. May 14, 



1787. died there August 4, 1867. He had a 
common school education and settled on the 
homestead, following farming as his occupa- 
tion. He sold part of his farm, and removed 
to Lowell, but after a few years returned to 
his native town to live. He was an early 
member of the Baptist society at Wilton and 
was Deacon of the church. In politics he was 
a Whig. He served the town on the board of 
selectmen. He married August 21, 1808, 
Fanny Burton, born February 21. 1779, died 
November 3, 18 10, aged twenty, daughter of 
Lieutenant Abraham and Betsey Burton. Her 
father was a soldier in the Revolution, son of 
John Burton, who came to Wilton from Mid- 
dleton, Massachusetts, with three sons; born 
171 1, died February 11, 1791. John Burton, 
father of John and grandfather of Lieutenant 
Abraham, died in 1750; his father was Isaac 
Burton, who died in 1706, a resident of Tops- 
field and Salem, Massachusetts. Isaac Bur- 
ton was the son of John Burton, who was 
admitted a freeman at Salem in 1638 and died 
October 14, 1684; persecuted as a Quaker. 
His father, Boniface Burton, settled at Lynn 
as early as 1635; died in 1669, said to be aged 
one hundred and thirteen years. Timothy 
Gray married second. April 14, 1812, Nancy 
Smith, of Medford, who died April 16, 1866, 
aged seventy-nine. Children, born at Wilton, 
by first wife: i. Fanny Burton, born August 
29, 1810; married December 4, 1832, Caleb 
Crosby, died in Lowell. Children of second 
wife: 2. Timothy, born June 7, 1813, died 
January 24, 1883. 3. Alanson, born January 
22, 1815. 4. Daniel Smith, born October 6, 
1816. 5. James B.. born July 29, 1818. 6. 
Nancy, born March 4, 1820, married Joseph 
W. Stiles. 7. Maria, born March 29, 1822, 
married Samuel N. Wood, of Lowell, and 
died in Lowell. 8. Hannah, born October 
12, 1824, married Joseph M. Melendy. 9. 
Robert, born March 23. 1827, died February 
17, 1865, in Salisbury, North Carolina, a 
prisoner of war. 10. Lorenzo, born March 
31, 1829, died in Wilton. 

(VII) Daniel Smith Gray, son of Timothy 
Gray (6), born in Wilton, New Hampshire, 
October 6. 1816, died October 9, 1900, at 
Lowell. He attended the district schools of 
his native town, and remained at home work- 
ing on his father's farm until he was about 
twenty years of age. When a young man on 
the farm. he was severely injured by the pre- 
mature explosion of a charge of blasting pow- 
der, causing permanent lameness. He went 
to Lowell in 1836, residing there the remain- 
der of his life, sixty-four years. He started 



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business for himself about -the year 1837 at 
the "old Market House," Market street, later 
opening a store on Chapel Hill, and con- 
tinued in business with unfailing success for 
a period of fifty-eight years. He finally re- 
tired at the age of seventy-eight. He accumu- 
lated a handsome property and invested 
shrewdly in city real estate, having the repu- 
tation for many years of being one of the best 
judges of real estate values in the city. He 
commanded the confidence and respect of all 
his townsmen. He was generous in con- 
tributing to various charitable objects and of 
conspicuous public spirit. In politics he was 
a Republican, but not an active partisan. He 
was one of the charter members of the Me- 
chanics' Association and Middlesex North 
Agricultural Society of Lowell. He was an 
attendant of the Unitarian church of Lowell, 
was liberal in his religious opinions and toler- 
ant of those of other men. He married (first), 
November 12, 1840, Mary Ann Wells, born 
October 18, 1819, died October 27, 1843. He 
married (second), September 26, 1844, Clor- 
inda Phelps, born in Wilton, May 5, 1821, 
died in Lowell, October 2, 1901, daughter of 
Joseph Phelps, of Wilton. Mr. and Mrs. Gray 
celebrated their golden wedding in 1894. The 
only child of Daniel Smith and Mary Ann 
Gray: Daniel Washington, born July 18, 
1841, member of Sixth Massachusetts Regi- 
ment, which marched through Baltimore, 
April 19, 1861. He married Helen A. Fland- 
ers, and they have one child, Helen Augusta, 
who married Josiah Estes, one child, Josiah 
Gray Estes. Children of Daniel Smith and 
Clorinda Gray: i. Albert, born June, 1845, 
died July 20, 1845. 2. Albert Montressor, 
born May 23, 1846; married, 1880, Fannie 
Estelle Piggott; children, born in Lowell: i. 
Florence Ethel, born October 19, 1880; ii. 
Alma Marion, born January 21, 1883, mar- 
ried, 1902, Dr. E. J. Clarke, of Lowell, one 
child, E. W. Clarke, born Lowell, August 30, 
1907; iii. Daniel Elmore, born February 13, 
1884, married Laura Hawkins, East Boston, 
1907; iv. Guy Burtt, born June 17, 1885; v. 
Winthrop Chester, born September 7, 1887, 
deceased; vi. Charles Loring, deceased; vii. 
Roland Hilton, born March 10, 1891. 3. 
Frank, born March 22, 1848, married, 1871, 
Sarah Collinge, of Lowell; children, born in 
Lowell: i. Nelson Smith, born August 22, 
1878; ii. Everett Frank, born September 25, 
1882, married, 1906, Agnes Whitney, Lowell. 
one child : Richard Frank, bom September 
28, 1907; iii. Robert Collinge, born July 27. 
1888. 4. Marianna. born February 25, 1850, 



died October 18, 1850. 5. Joseph Phelps,, 
born August 6, 1851, married, 1881, Annie H. 
Tyng, of Lowell; children, born in Lowell; i. 
Mabel Bartlett, born September 20, 1882, 
married, 1906, Herbert M. Andrews, of New- 
ton; ii. Richard Marshall, born October 27, 
1886, died April 18, 1906; the family later re- 
moved to West Newton, Massachusetts. 6. 
Harry, born November 12, 1853, married^ 
1879, Fannie A. Dodge, of Lowell; children, 
born in Lowell : i. Herbert Ballard, born No- 
vember 10, 1879, <^^i^<i June 7, 1900; ii. Sidney 
D., born January 13, 1881, died June 27, 1881;^ 
iii. Edith Maude, born June 12, 1882, mar- 
ried, Lowell, October 14, 1903, Hal R. Pierce^ 
of Melrose; iv. Florence Anna, born July 17, 
1884; V. Mildred Rebecca, born December 
31, 1894. 7. Alanson, born December 21, 
1855, married, 1881, Martha M. Williams, of 
Lowell; children, born in Lowell: i. Bernice 
Imogene, born March 5, 1883, died June 2, 
1893; ii- Sarah Alice, born March 12, 1885; 
iii. Bertha Clorinda, born April 5, 1888, died 
May 2^, 1893; iv. Annie Gertrude, born July 
16, 1889. 8. Nellie, born March 31, 1858, re- 
sides at the homestead in Lowell. 9. Wil- 
lie, born January 31, i860, married, 1888, 
Katie M. Butterfield, of Lowell; children, 
born in Lowell: i. Blanche Howard, born 
July 8, 1890; ii. Maude Phelps, born Decem- 
ber 24, 1891; iii. William Chester, born May 
21, 1895. 10. Anna Stevens (twin), born April 
29, 1863, resides at the homestead. 11. Ar- 
thur Smith (twin), born April 29, 1863, died 
May 14, 1864. 12. Arthur Lincoln, born 
May 24, 1866, married, 1894, Delia M. Story, 
of Essex, Massachusetts. 13. Minnie Clorin- 
da, born August 22, 1868, resides at the 
homestead, Lowell. 



James Bailey, the immigrant, 
BAILEY was born in England, about 
1612, and came to New Eng- 
land with the early settlers sent over by the 
Massachusetts Bay Company, and he is found 
among the settlers on "Mr. Ezechi Rogers' 
Plantation" established as the town of Row- 
ley, September 4, 1639. He married Lydia 
Emery, who lived to a very old age, and died 
at Rowley, April 29, 1704, twenty-eight years 
after the death of her husband, who died at 
his home in Rowley, and was buried August 
10, 1677. The children of James and Lydia 
(Emery) Bailey, were nine, four of which, 
John, Lydia, Jonathan and Damaris, married 
and had children. 

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Lydia (Emery) Bailey, was born in Rowley, 
Massachusetts Bay Colony, December 2, 1642. 
He was married June 16, 1668, to Mary, 
daughter of Deacon Thomas Mighill, whose 
prominence made him a deacon on the forma- 
tion of the church at Rowley.. John Bailey 
was a prominent man in the town government, 
and volunteered in the service of the colony 
as a member of Sir William Phipp's expedi- 
tion of 1690 against the French settlement of 
Port Royal to Acadia, and of the larger ex- 
pedition the same year when thirty-four ves- 
sels and two thousand men were sent by the 
Massachusetts Bay Colony against Quebec, 
and on the return of this unsuccessful ex- 
pedition John Bailey was among them who lost 
their lives, November 19, 1690, when nine of 
the vessels of the fleet were wrecked and lost. 
He had left at home his wife and eight chil- 
dren, and his widow gave birth to their ninth 
child after learning of his death. She ad- 
ministered his estate in Salem, and died about 
1693. Children of John and Mary (Mighill) 
Bailey: Jonathan, born August 31, 1670; Ann, 
1673, died 1690; Nathaniel, born 1675; Thom- 
as, October 7, 1677 ; James, 1680 ; Mary, born 
1683, died 1721 ; Ehzabeth, November 15, 
1685, married Daniel Tenney, lived in New- 
bury and died January 26, 1780; Lydia, April 
14, 1688, married Daniel Ritter, and lived in 
Lunenburg, Massachusetts ; John, January 
12, 1 69 1, lived in Boston, married Mehitable 

, and died before 1722. 

(HI) James Bailey, son of John and Mary 
(Mighill) Bailey, was born in Rowley, in 
1680. He lived in Bradford, Massachusetts, 
and married (first), July 14, 1702, Hannah 
Wood, born January 20, 1681, and she bore 
him thirteen children and died about 1730. He 
married, second, November 22, 1733, Mrs. 
Mary Bacon, and the occasion called for a 
smock marriage, described as weddings where 
the bride appears dressed in a white sheet or 
chemise furnished by the bridegroom. The 
reason was the prevalent belief that if a man 
married a woman who was in debt he could be 
held liable for her indebtedness if he received 
any property with her. Eventually all im- 
modesty was avoided by the bridegroom fur- 
nishing to the bride all the clothing worn at 
a wedding, retaining title to the same in him- 
self. James Bailey died early in 1769. and 
his will was probated in Salem, February 27, 
1769. Children of James and Hannah 
(Wood) Bailey :- Abigail, born at Bradford, 
Massachusetts, October 26, 1703, married Jo- 
seph Carleton, Jr., October 30, 1729; had two 
children, and died February 8, 1737-38. Sam- 

iv-14 



uel, February 20, 1705, married, February 2, 
1727-28, Mary Rolf, moved from Bradford to 
Andover ; his house lot now forms a part of 
the Hood Stock Farm. His second wife, Dor- 
cas Abbott, of Andover, born October 2, 1735, 
died December, 1774, ten years before the 
death of her husband, who died of cancer, 
January 5, 1784. Hannah, July 30, 1706, mar- 
ried James Hardy, July 4, 1727. Joseph, May 
18, 1708 (q. v.). Mehitable, August 8, 1709, 
married John Goss, July 30, 1728, and had 
seven children, four sons and three daughters. 
Edward, August 9, 171 1, married Elizabeth* 
Burbank, October 12, 1732, and had one son, 
Moses, and two daughters. Ednah, May 31, 
1 713, married Jonathan Griffin, of Newbury, 
October 28, 1731. Stephen, January 3, 171 5, 
lived at Bradford, married (first) Sarah 
Church, of Newbury, May 3, 1737, died three 
days after the birth of her son Abraham, who 
married Ruth Harris, July 10, 1763, and (sec- 
ond) Judith Varnum, of Amesbury, May 22, 
1740, and they had a daughter Mary, born Au- 
gust I, 1743. Miriam, June 14, 1716, married 
Moses Tyler. Beulah, December 20, 1718, 
married Daniel or Nathaniel Griffin, of New- 
bury, February 24, 1735-36, and had two sons, 
Samuel and Daniel Griffin. James, February 
II, 1721-22, was a ship carpenter, married 
Rachel Berry, about 1745, and by her had eight 
children. He married as his second wife Mary 
Kinard, who bore him three children after 
1762. Hepzibah, February 29. 1723-24, mar- 
ried a Mr. Beale. 

(IV) Joseph Bailey, son of James and 
Hannah (Wood) Bailey was born in Bradford, 
Massachusetts, May 18, 1708. He married 
Sarah Goss, 1709-1755, and moved to Tewks- 
bury about 1735. He was a member of the 
church of that place. His wife died April 22, 
1755, after bearing him nine children, and he 
married, October 3, 1755, Apphia Bartlett, 
who bore him two children. The children in 
the order of their birth were: Joseph, Sarah, 
Ebenezer, Jethro, James; Luther (q. v.), Wil- 
liam, Hannah, Timothy, Apphia and Tris- 
tram Bartlett. 

(V) Luther Bailey, fifth son and sixth child 
of Joseph and Sarah (Goss) Bailey, was born 
in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, August 2, 
1745. married Experience Bailey, of Tewks- 
burv, and they had ten children: Experience, 
Luther. Anna, Hannah. Calvin, Charlotte, 
Sarah, Joseph, Timothy (q. v.) and Elizabeth. 
Luther Bailey died at Maiden, Massachu- 
setts. November 10, 1830. 

(\T) Timothy Bailey, son of Luther and 
Experience (Bailey) Bailey, was born in West 



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Moreland, New Hampshire, September 20, 
1785. He was a farmer, but suffered from a 
sunstroke and removed to Maiden, Massa- 
chusetts. He married Eunice Sweetzer, of 
South Rea(Hng, Alas^achusetts, and they Iiad 
eight children. The mother died I'ebruary 
14, 1833, and he married as his second wife 
Mary B. Dingley, of Waterville, Maine, in 
1835, and she bore him four children. She 
died December 18, 1840, and he married for 
his third wife Nancy B. Dingley. who bore 
him no children. Timothy Bailey engaged in 
the manufacture of tin ware, and employed 
forty men. He was president of the Maiden 
Bank, 1832 to 1850, and First National Bank 
1850 to November 19, 1852. He died in Mai- 
den, Massachusetts, November 19, 1852. His 
children in the order of their birth' were: 
Marianne, born November 19, 1817; Almira, 
Abigail, Sarah Jane. John Calvin, John New- 
ton, George Timothy (q. v.), Joseph Henry, 
born February 8, 1833, died February 16, 
1833; Joseph Henry, born February 22, 1836. 
died September 2. 1836; Emma Octoria, 
Nancy Sophia and Sarah Jane. 

(VH) George Timothy Bailey, son of 
Timothy and Eunice (Sweetzer) Bailey, was 
born in Maiden. Massachusetts. February 15, 
1830. He was educated in the public schools 
of Maiden, and the Academy at Middleboro. 
graduating in 1848. and went to work in his 
father's tin ware factory; on the death of his 
father in 1852 he came into possession of a 
half interest in the business, his brother. John 
Newton Bailey, being an equal* partner. He 
sold out his interest soon after and established 
a hardware business in a new store on City 
Square. Maiden, and in 1856. moved into a 
new store, part of a four-story brick building. 
He erected at No. 56 Pleasant street, Maiden, 
the first four-story building in Maiden. In 
1868 he sold out the business on account of 
the many hours exacted by the custom of the 
trade, and engaged in the real estate business, 
including the care Of his own rapidly accum- 
ulating property, which, when he gave up the 
real estate business in 1880. had been aug- 
mented by the erection of twenty-five houses 
w^hich he readily sold or leased. He served 
the city of Maiden four years as commission- 
er of public property, commissioner of high- 
ways, commissioner of the fire department, 
commissioner of state aid. commissioner of 
street lights and commissioner of cemeteries. 
In the latter capacity he selected and pur- 
chased the property on which Forestdalc 
cemetery was created. The site was previous- 
Iv a farm of fiftv-two acres, valued bv the 



owner at $20,000, but which he purchased 
through a third party for $10,500, and it be- 
came the property of the city of Maiden at 
that price. He was chief engineer of the fire 
department of Maiden. 1862-80, and secured 
for the department the new fire engine house 
on Central Square, constructed under his sup- 
ervision, and accepted as a model in that class 
of city public buildings. As a highway com- 
missioner he aided in securing the extension of 
Mountain avenue to Summer street, and of 
Clifton street to Main street. He has served 
as a member of the Democratic city commit- 
tee since 1882. and was a member of the city 
council for the first four years of the exist- 
ence of the city government. He is a mem- 
ber of the United Order of the Golden Cross 
founded in 1876; of the United Order of Pil- 
grim Fathers, founded in 1879; of the Ancient 
Order of United Workmen, founded in 1868; 
and he was presiding officer of the command- 
ery and council of that order, and active in all 
these relations. 

He was married November 26, 1861, to 
Luella E., daughter of Samuel (1792-1875) 
and Sallie B. (1802- 1887) Hayes, of South 
Strafford. Vermont. The children of George 
T. and Luella E. (Hayes) Bailey are: Minnie 
E.. born in Maiden. September 3, 1862, mar- 
ried George C. Crosby, June 22, 1882; they 
have had three children, all of whom died. 
George A., born Maiden. September 18, 
1864. married September 3, 1899, Harriet 
Richards. Albert W., born September 3, 
1867. married Clara Love Porter Barnes, and 
has children, James Albert Bailey, born Au- 
gust 15, 1899, Clara Luella Bailey, born Au- 
gust 24, 1900, Dorothy Reed Bailey, born 
February 20. 1905. William M.. born Au- 
gust 6, 1869, married Inez M. Dodge, in De- 
cember. 1901. and has one child, Blanche J. 
Bailey, born September 22, 1907. Grace T., 
born October 20. 1871. Edward S., born 
May 5, 1873, died October 5, 1873. Sidney 
H.. born July 5. 1874. never married. 



Nathaniel Woodward, the 
WOODWARD immigrant ancestor, was 
born in England, and he 
and his sons John. Robert and Nathaniel, all 
approaching manhood, with other younger 
children, were among the first settlers of Bos- 
ton. Massachusetts. There are reasons for be- 
lieving that this family was from Boston. Eng- 
land. Nathaniel had a lot assigned to him in 
Boston, November 30, 1635 • was admitted a 
freeman April 17. 1637; was mathematician 



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and surveyor employed to run the line between 
Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colony, also 
between Massachusetts and Connecticut and 
later in the Merrimac survey. In 1642 he was 
appointed to fix the line between Charlestown 
and Lynn. He was allotted land at Muddy 
River, January 8, 1737, and from time to time 
had other grants of land. His house was at 
what is now the northeast corner of Summer 
and Washington streets. Boston. Children: i. 
Nathaniel, removed to Taunton about 1650. 
2. John, born in England ; descendants not 
traced. 3. . Robert, born in England ; men- 
tioned below. 4. Prudence, married July, 1661, 
Christopher Morse, mariner, of Boston ; possi- 
bly other children. 

(II) Robert Woodward, son of Nathaniel 
Woodward ( i ) , was born in England, came 
with his father to Boston, Massachusetts. 
He was a carpenter. He was granted a house 
lot in Boston, December 18, 1637, and had 
a house lot and garden in Boston in 1644. 
His house and garden in 165 1 was bounded 
on land of Jacob Leger, Thomas Botolph, 
High street, and. the lane. He died Novem- 
ber 21, 1653. He married Rachel Smith, 
daughter of John Smith, of Boston, tailor. 
His widow married July 7, 1654, Thomas 
Harwood, of Boston. She joined the church 
November 6, 1646. Her father, John Smith, 
in his will dated September 23, 1673, gave 
Robert and Nathaniel Woodward, his grand- 
children, land on which they had already 
built houses to be enjoyed in fee. Children: 
I. Joseph, born October 24, 1641 ; probably 
died young. 2. Nathaniel, baptized October 
30, 1642, when four days old. 3. Smith, bap- 
tized August 4, 1644, aged five days, men- 
tioned below. 4. Robert, born November 14, 
1646. 5. Mercy, baptized November 6, 1646. 
6. Thomas, baptized April 2, 1650. 7. John, 
baptized December 14, 1651; died August 23, 
1652. 8. Jeremiah, baptized August 28, 1653, 
died November 26, 1653. 

(III) Smith Woodward, son of Robert 
Woodward (2), was born in Boston, 1644. 
Children: i. Robert, mentioned below. 2. 
Smith, settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts; 
married July 29, 1691, Thankful Pope, daugh- 
ter of John and Margaret Pope, of Dorches- 
ter; she died June 15, 1738, a year after his 
death; had thirteen children. Perhaps other 
children. 

(IV) Robert Woodward, possibly son of 
Smith Woodward (3), was 1)orn about 1660. 
He settled in Scituate when a young man. 
Deane in his "History of Scituate" has made 
manv errors in his sketch of the Woodward 



family, the Robert Woodworth there men- 
tioned being Robert Woodward, the proba- 
ble son of Smith, of Boston. He was not a 
descendant of Walter of Scituate, although 
there may have been some relationship. He 
married, in 1684, Bethia Torrey, daughter of 
Lieutenant James Torrey. In 1728 he bought 
of his son Robert the land where he was then 
dwelling, and June 9, 1735, he sold his house 
and land to his son James, possession to be 
given him after the death of the grantor and 
his wife Bethia._ He died in 1744, and May 
21 of that year his son James was appointed 
administrator. Robert was upward of sev- 
enty years of age June 7, 1730. when he was 
admitted to full communion. Children: i. 
Bethia, born December 5, 1685; married May 
6, 1718, Benjamin Tower. 2. James, born 
January 25, 1687; died February 17, 1694. 3. 
Benjamin, born May 31, 1690. 4. Elizabeth, 
born August 23, 1692; married Thomas Tow- 
er. 5. Joanna, born February 20, 1694. 6. 
Robert, born August 15, 1697. 7. Mary, born 
April 27, 1699; married Joseph Garnett. 8. 
Deborah, born May 11, 1701. 9. Ann, born 
May 4, 1704. 10. Lydia, born September 3, 
1706; unmarried. 11. James, born August 9, 
1709; mentioned below. 

(V) James Woodward, son of Robert 
Woodward (4), was born in Scituate, August 
9, 1709; married December 16, 1731, Sarah, 
daughter of Thomas Soper, by whom he had 
nine children. She died in 1748, and James 
married (second) February 15, 1749, Mrs. 
Vinal, widow of John Vinal, Jr., by whom he 
had five children. James died in 1758, and his 
widow married James Lambert of Scituate. 
She spent the last years of her life in Bristol, 
Maine, with her son Samuel. Children by 
first wife: i. James, born September 17, 
1732, died in infancy. 2. Lydia, born August 
31, 1734, died July 8, 1821, unmarried. 3. 
Sarah, born March 2"/, 1736, died in infancy. 
4. Bethia. born January 23, 1737. 5. Sarah, 
born April 14, 1740, married, October 19, 
1768, Rev. Shearjashub Bourn. 6. Mary, 
born May 14, 1742. 7. Joseph, born June 6, 
1744, died in expedition to Canada. 8. John, 
born 1746, married, April 11, 1771, Mary 
Hodgkins, of Georgetown, Maine, and set- 
tled in Lisbon. 9. EHzabeth, born 1748. 
Children by second wife: 10. Samuel, born 
October 9. 17^0, mentioned below. 11. Wil- 
liam, born July 12, 1752, married Mehitable 
Beal, of Hingham. 12. James, born August 
T2. 1754. 13. Elisha, born September ' 27, 
1756. 14. Benjamin, born October 7, 1758, 
married Dollv I.owell. 



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MIDDLESEX COUNTY. 



(\ 1) Samuel Woodward, son of James 
Woodward (5), was born in Scituate, Massa- 
chusetts, October 9, 1750. He served an ap- 
prenticeship as shipwright under Thomas 
Barstow, of Hanover, Massachusetts. He 
married, December 30, 1779, Sarah Barstow, 
eldest daughter of his employer. She was 
born November 2^, 1754. and in the spring of 
1 78 1 they moved to Bristol, Maine. He built 
numerous vessels on the Damariscotta river 
and was the first ship builder in the town of 
Bristol, also built the Walpole Meeting 
House. He was on the school committee in 
1796. In the United States direct tax of 1798, 
he was assessed on four hundred and eighty- 
four acres of land, being one of the largest 
landholders in Bristol. He was also a soldier 
in the Revolution, and was in Colonel Wil- 
liam Jones' regiment in the Penobscot expe- 
dition. He died November 8, 1815, and his 
wife February 6, 181 1. Children: i. Samuel, 
born at Hanover, October 22, 1780, married, 
December i, 1802, Martha Twombly. 2. 
James, born January 20, 1783, mentioned be- 
low. 3. Perez, born December 2"], 1785. 4. 
John, born August 5, 1788. 5. Sally, born 
December 12, 1790, married, at Bristol, De- 
cember 9, 1817, John Wadsworth. 6. Mary, 
born May 2, 1793, married Samuel Russ. 7. 
Thomas, born May i, 1799, married, Novem- 
ber 29, 1826, Catherine Huston, of Bristol. 

(VII) James Woodward, son of Samuel 
Woodward (6), was born in Bristol, Maine, 
January 20, 1783. Married, October 4, 1807, 
Lavinia Wadsworth, born January 4, 1783, 
daughter of Cephas and Molly (Cook) Wads- 
worth, of Kingston. He lived in that part of 
Bristol which in 1847 became part of the 
town of Damariscotta. He was a ship-build- 
er, and in company with James Jones built 
numerous ships on the Damariscotta river. 
He died December 11, 1843, ^"^ his widow 
February 26, 1868. Children: i. Julia Ann, 
born 1808, married February 7, 1828, George 
B. Hussey, born January 29, 1804, son of Job 
and Sallie (Barstow) Hussey, of New Cas- 
tle 2. Perez, born March 22, 1810. 3. Ma- 
ria, born October 2, 1812, died unmarried 
November 30, 1854. 4.- James, born April 2, 
181 5. 5. ITriah Wadsworth, born October 
28, 1817. 6. Samuel, born August 7, 1819, 
mentioned below. 7. Mary Jane, born Feb- 
ruary 3, 1822, married, September i, 1846, 
Cephas Wadsworth. 8. Cephas Wadsworth, 
born April 20. 1824, died July 6, 1852. 9. 
Sarah Barstow, born March 13. 1827. mar- 
ried. November 6, 1849, George Baylis Poole, 



and settled in North Bridgewater, Massachu- 
setts. 

(\''II1) Samuel Woodward, son of James 
Woodward (7), was born in Bristol, Maine, 
August 7, 1819. Married Jerusha Baker 
Erskine, in Wiscasset, Maine, January 20, 
1848. Through his mother, Lavinia Wads- 
worth, he was descended of eight different 
pilgrims who came to Plymouth in the "May- 
llower's" first voyage — John Alden, Priscilla 
Mullins, William Brewster, Love Brewster, 
Francis Cook, Stephen Hopkins, William 
Mullins, Henry Samson and Richard Warren. 
His mother was a native of Kingston, Massa- 
chusetts. His wife, Jerusha B., was born No- 
vember 21, 1828, daughter of William and 
Betsey (Baker) Erskine, of Bristol. Samuel 
was a shipwright by trade, but taught school 
when a young man; was on the school com- 
mittee of Bristol for 1846 and of Damariscot- 
ta from 1851 to 1854. He removed from 
Damariscotta in 1866 to Chelsea, Massachu- 
setts, where he died May 18, 1875. Children: 
I. Samuel Walter, born December 13, 1848,. 
married, in Chelsea, June 24, 1874, Mary 
Catherine Wade, born May 31, 1853, daugh- 
ter of William and Irene (Nichols) Wade, of 
Chelsea, dry goods merchant of Chelsea, now 
of Washington, D. C. Children: i. Helen 
Clifton, born in Chelsea, April 30, 1876; ii. 
Irene, born in Chelsea, October 4, 1878; iii. 
Walter Lothrop, born in Washington, D. C, 
March 8, 1882, died of meningitis, at Paris, 
May 3, 1898, while travelling with his par- 
ents; iv. Margaret, born in Washington, D. 
C, July 20, 1884; V. Donald, born in Wash- 
ington, D. C, June 14, 1888; vi. Catherine, 
born in Washington, D. C, December 12, 
1889. 2. Frederick Eugene, born July 22, 
1850, married, in Chelsea, January 29, 1879, 
Sophie G. Coleman, born June 16, 1857, re- 
moved to Washington, D. C.; dry goods mer- 
chant. Children: i. Laura Alice, born in 
Chelsea, November 11, 1879, died in Wash- 
ington, D. C, April 22, 1884; ii. Frank Bar- 
stow, born in Chelsea, May 24, 1881, died 
March 5, 1900; iii. Ray Louise, born in 
Washington, D. C, November 13, 1885; iv. 
Edith D., born in Washington, D. C, Octo- 
ber 6, 1890. 3. Julia Hussey, born Septem- 
ber 16, 1851, died February 4, 1852. 4. Frank 
Ernest, mentioned below. 5. Maria Isabel, 
born November 30, 1854, married, in Wash- 
ington, D. C, November 2, 1893, John H. 
Oicott and has one son, John Woodward, 
born October 10, 1896. 6. Nellie Clifton, 
born December 30, 1857, died April 30, 1864. 



MIDDLESEX COUNTY. 



1485 



(IX) Frank Ernest Woodward, son of 
Samuel Woodward (8), was born in Damaris- 
cotta, Maine, January 2, 1853. After leaving 
the common school of his district he at- 
tended Lincoln Academy at .Newcastle, 
Maine, in 1865-66. In the fall of 1866 he re- 
moved to Chelsea, with his father, and attend- 
ed the grammar and high schools of that city. 
In 1869 he entered the employ of the Magee 
Furnace Company of Boston. In 1887 he be- 
came a stockholder in the corporation, and 
from 1895 until 1905 was manager of the 
heating and ventilating departments. The 
latter year he bought out the entire contract 
branch of the business and has since carried 
it on under the firm name of Frank E. Wood- 
ward & Company. Mr. Woodward is well 
known among the stove and furnace manu- 
facturers of the country. Since October 27, 
1881, he has made his home in Maiden. In 
1884 he was elected secretary of the Maiden 
school board and served in that office for ten 
years. He is a member of the Young Men's 
Christian Association and was treasurer of 
its building committee in 1893-4. In Febru- 
ary, 1895, he was elected secretary of the 
Maiden Historical Society, an office he has 
held to the present time. He is. a member of 
the American Historical Association, New 
England Historic Genealogical Society, board 
of managers of the Massachusetts Society of 
the Sons of the American Revolution, and 
president of the Maiden Chapter, Sons of the 
American Revolution, from its organization 
in 1900 until 1905. He was elected a trustee 
of the Maiden Public Library, January 12, 
1903, to succeed the late William A. Wilde. 
In 1905 he was elected one of the trustees of 
Pine Banks Park, a tract of one hundred and 
ten acres bequeathed to the cities of Maiden 
and Melrose by the late Elisha S. Converse, 
and accepted under a special act of the legis- 
lature. He was appointed with D. P. Corey 
on a commission to copy and supervise the 
printing of the vital records of Maiden. He 
was chairman of the committee having in 
charge the historic loan exhibition of the two 
hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the cor- 
poration of the town of Maiden in 1899. This 
exhibit was very extensive and formed one of 
the chief features of- the celebration. The 
success of this exhibition was due largely to 
the zeal and indefatigable personal efforts of 
the chairman of the committee. Mr. Wood- 
ward is a Republican, and has been very ac- 
tive in the political affairs of the city having 
been for some fourteen years on the Republi- 
can city committee and treasurer since 1900. 



He has contributed valuable historical and 
genealogical articles to various magazines 
and periodicals. He is the author of a care- 
fully prepared genealogy of 'the descendants 
of Samuel Woodward, of Bristol, Maine, and 
has been gathering for many years data re- 
lating to the various branches of the Wood- 
ward family in America. He is a member of 
the First Congregational Church of Maiden. 
He married, June 23, 1881, Alice Elizabeth 
Colesworthy, of Chelsea, Massachusetts, 
daughter of the late Daniel C. Colesworthy, 
a book-seller of Cornhill, Boston. She was 
born June 19, 1849. Her mother was Mary 
Jane (Bowers) Colesworthy. Children, all 
born in Maiden: i. Ernest Colesworthy, born 
August 29, 1882. 2. Lawrence Erskine, No- 
vember 28, 1884, died of acute bronchitis, De- 
cember 4, 1885. 3. Mary, born May 15, 1886. 
4. Adelaide, October 8, 1887. 5. Clarence Rich- 
ardson, April 22, 1889. 6. Stanley Wingate 
(twin), December 11, 1890. 7. Sidney Chaf- 
fin (twin) December 11. 1890. 8. Alice, 
March 14, 1893. 9. Isabel, March 17, 1895, 



The surname Jones is a common 
JONES one in Wales. Over fifty colon- 
ists by that name, and all progen- 
itors of families, were in New England before 
1700. There is a tradition among the de- 
scendants of Lewis Jones, of Roxbury and 
Watertown, that their ancestor was of Welsh 
origin, which is, without doubt, true. 

(I) Lewis Jones, of Roxbury and Water- 
town, Massachusetts, the ancestor of the 
Watertown- Weston family of Jones, was a 
resident of Roxbury as early as 1640. He re- 
moved to Watertown about 1650 or 165 1, and 
died there April 11, 1684. His wife Ann died 
May I, 1680, aged seventy-eight years, grave- 
7, 1678-9, mentions his wife x\nn, sons Shu- 
bael and Josiah, daughter of Lydia Whitney; 
son Josiah, executor, "my loving friend and 
brother," John Stone, overseer. In a codicil 
dated April 19, 1682. he refers to his son Shu- 
bael. Children: Lydia, married, October 30, 
1656, Jonathan Whitney ; Josiah, see forward ; 
Phebe! baptized at Roxbury, January i, 1645, 
died there,- July 6, 1650; Shubael, born at 
Watertown, October 8, 165 1. 

(II) Captain Josiqh Jones, son of Lewis 
Jones (i). married, October 2, 1667, Lydia 
Treadway, daughter of Nathaniel and SufTer- 
ana (Haynes) Treadway, of Watertown. He 
died at Weston, October 9, 1714, "in ye 74th 
year of his age," gravestone. She died Sep- 
tember 18, 1743, "full of days aet. 95." Mr. 



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M 1 1 )1)LESEX COUNTY. 



Jones was admitted a freeman April i8, 1690; 
was a captain ; one of the original members 
and the first deacon of the church in Weston, 
to which office he was elected January 4, 1709- 
10. Alx^ut 1690 the three portions of Water- 
town (W'atertown, Waltham, and "Weston) 
were designated as the precincts of Captain 
Bond's company, of Captain Garfield's com- 
pany, and of Lieutenant Jones' company. He 
was a selectman of Watertown, 1685- 1687, 
1690, 1702, 1709, and after 171 2 of Weston. 
He was a prominent and influential citizen, 
and among his descendants are to be found 
many who have been prominent in state, 
church and military service. Children: i. 
Lydia, born August 25, 1668 ; married, Janu- 
ary 2, 1687-8, Nathaniel Coolidge, Jr. 2. 
Josiah, born October 20, 1670 ; married Abi- 
gail P)arnes. 3. Mary, born December 10, 
1672, married, at Hannah, July 5, 1693, John 
Brewer, of Sudbury. 4. Nathaniel, born De- 
cember 31, 1674, married first, Mary ; 

married second F'agg : ^'ifi <^lied at 

Falmouth (Portland), Maine, November, 
1745. 5. Samuel, born Ju'ly 9, 1677.; see for- 
ward. 6. James, born September 4, 1679; 
married Sarah Moore, of Sudbury ; died Sepi- 
tember 14, 1770, aged ninety-one years. 7. 
Sarah, born February 6, 1681 ; married. May 
20, 1704, John Warren, and died July 9, 1705. 
8. Anna, born June 28. 1684, married Deacon 
John Mixer, and died in 1736. 9 John, born 
March 19, 1666-7; married December 8, 1715, 
Mehitable Garfield, who died February 13, 
1642; he died December 8, 1773, aged eighty- 
seven years. 10. Isaac, baptized May 25, 1690, 
removed to Bolton, Connecticut. 

(HI) Ensign Sanuiel Jones, son of Captain 
Josiah Jones (2), born at Watertown, west 
precinct, now Weston, July 9, 1677, died there, 
January 25. 1717-18; married. May 9, 1700. 
Mary W^oolson, born November 28, 1673, 
daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Hyde) Wocfl- 
son, of Newton; she married second, October 
I, 1724, Major Francis Fulham, of Weston, 
and died December 2, 1757, aged eighty-four 
years. Children: i. vSamuel, born May 13, 
1706, married, October 29. 1730, Tabitha 
Hobbs ; she married second. May 29, 1745. 
William Munroe, of Lexington. 2. Moses, 
born June 20, 1709, see forward. 3. Mary, 
died May 7, 1716. 

(TV) Moses Jones, son of Ensign Samuel 
Jones (3), born at Watertown, west precinct, 
June 20, 1709, died at Weston, July 21, 1755. 
married July 20, 1737, Hannah Bemis, of 
Watertown. who died December 27, 1798, 
daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Peirce) 



Bemis. Her father, Joseph Bemis, who died 
at Waltham, June 9, 1741, in his will dated 
May 4, 1738, says: "I give and beq^ueath unto 
my daughter Hannah Jones the sum of ten 
pounds to be paid within four years next after 
my wife's decease." Qiildren : i. Moses, born 
October 9, 1737. 2. Joseph, born December 
4» 1739- 3- Solomon, born April 20, 1742, see 
forward. 4. Mary, born December 23, 1744. 

5. Hannah, born September 23, 1747. 6. 
Phineas, born March 29, 1749-50. 

(V) Solomon Jones, son of Moses Jones 
(4), born at Weston, April 20, 1742, died at 
Hillsborough, New Hampshire, February 18, 
1806; married, March 14, 1764, Beulah Strat- 
ton, born at Weston, January 17, 1744, died at 
Washington, New Hampshire, June 28, 1832, 
daughter of Jonathan and Dinah (Bemis) 
Stratton. Solomon Jones was a soldier in the 
French and Indian war in 1759, and served 
also in the Revolutionary war. He removed 
from Weston to Hillsborough, New Hamp- 
shire, about the year 1800. Children: i. 
Moses, bom June 20, 1764, see forward. 2. 
Lydia, baptized August 24, 1766. 3. Sally, 
baptized March 27, 1768. 4. Solomon, bap- 
tized June 6, 1773. 5. Joseph, baptized June 

6, 1773- 

(YI) Moses Jones, son of Solomon Jones 
(5), born at Weston, June 20, and baptized 
October 22, 1764, died at Washington, New 
Hampshire, May 7, 1840 ; married first, at 
Weston, May 12, 1786, Hepzibah Dilloway, 
who died at Hillsborough, New Hampshire, 
January, 1801 ; married second, February 9, 
1802, Catherine Graves, born at Washington, 
New Hampshire. September 29, 1784, died 
there January 21, 1865, daughter of William 
and Lucy (Wheeler) Graves. Directly after 
his first marriage Mr. Jones removed to Hills- 
borough and settled on Bible Hill. Later he 
removed to the farm now known as the "Ten- 
ney Place," and about 1817 be removed to 
Washington. Children by first wife: i. 
Moses, born at Hillsborough. August 10. 1787. 
2. Charles, born at Hillsborough. September 
22, 1789, see forward. 3. William, born at 
Hillsborough, October, 1791. 4. Isaac, born at 
Hillsborough, January 7, 1795. 5. Mary D., 
born at Hillsborough, June 10, 1797, married, 
March 24, 1824, .Alfred Gordon, of Washing- 
ton, New Hampshire. 6. Martha, born at 
Hillsborough. April 13, 1799, married Asa 
Kimball, of Henniker, New Hampshire. Chil- 
dren by second wife : 7. Solomon E., born at 
Hillsborough, September 13, 1803 ; married, 
June 9, 183 1, Harriet L. Smith, of Sharon, 
"Massachusetts. 8. Simon W., born at Hills- 



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borough, February 6, 1805 ; married, June 4, 
1828, Eliza G. Newman, of Washington. 9. 
Nathaniel G., born at Hillsborough, May 20, 
1806, married first, December 21, 1826, 
Asenath Graves, of Washington, who died 
February 9, 1843 ; and married second, June 
7, 1843, Elvira Gage, of Wilton, New Hamp- 
shire. 10. Hiram, born at Hillsborough, May 
17, 1808, married Diadema Rand. 11. Cath- 
erine M., born at Hillsborough, February 22, 
1814, married first, November 7, 1834, Gilman 
Spaulding, pf Lempster, New Hampshire ; and 
married second, October 19, 1848, Stephen F. 
Farrar, of Washington, New Hampshire. 12. 
Amos B., born at Hillsborough, May 7, 181 5, 
married, April, 1841, Clarissa Millard, of 
Connecticut. 13. Eliza A., born at Washing- 
ton, March 15, 1820. married Samuel Gage, 
of Washington; she died there, December 25, 
1869. 

(VH) Charles Jones, son of Moses Jones 
(6), born at Hillsborough, New Hampshire, 
September 22, 1789, died there, December 12, 
1872; married, 1809, Abigail Severns. She 
died at Hillsborough, October 4, 1876. Mr. 
Jones resided a short time at Roxbury, Massa- 
chusetts, and in 1812 removed to Washington, 
New Hampshire. Children: i. Abigail S., 
born at Roxbury, March 26, 1810; married, 
April 29, 1830, Nathaniel B. Wilson. She died 
at Terre Haute, Indiana, June 13, 1880, and 
her husband died there January 20, 1884. 2. 
Adaline ,B.. born at Roxbury. June 18, 181 1, 
married, November .25, 1829. William L. 
Woods. 3. Charles, born at Washington, 
September 12. 1812; married, September 12, 
1838, Clarissa Cutler. 4. Samuel, born at 
Washington, March 29, 1814, died April 
15, 1814. 5. Martha J., born at Wash- 
ington, March 23, 1815; married first, 
January 15, 1839, George Smith of Mil- 
ford, New Hampshire ; and married second, 
January 24, i860, Simeon Buck, of W^indsor, 
New Hampshire. 6. Catherine M., born at 
Washington. September 23, 1816; married 
first, 1839, Sylvester Dean, of Burlington, 
Massachusetts ; and married second, Novem- 
ber 6, t86i, Henry Train, of Washington, 
New Hampshire. She died March 22, 1886. 
7. W^illiam Franklin, born at Washington, 
May I, 1818, see forward. 8. Henry D.. born 
at Washington, March 21. 1821 ; married 
Susan Nichols : resided at Hill, New Hamp- 
shire, and died October 6, 1857. 9. Joanna, 
born at Washington, March 7. 1822, died 
March 14, 1822. 10. Mary D., born at Wash- 
ington. June 17. 1823 ' married, December 22, 
1842, Henry Taylor; she died at Woburn. 



Massachusetts, May 19, 1889. 11. Joseph C, 
born at Washington, May 25, 1825 ; married 
first, January 28, 1847, Clara H. Dow, who 
died at Washington, September 16, 1865 ; and 
married second, October 16, 1866, Mrs. Mary 
Frances (Carr) Morrill. 12. Nancy A., born 
at Washington, August 28, 1827 ; married. 
May 25, 1847, Gilbert H. Buzzell. 13. Eliza 
A., born at Washington, October 29, 1829; 
married, December 11, 1849, Edward W. 
Dodge. 14. Moses G., born at Washington, 
December 2, 183 1, died April 18, 1834. 

(VIII) William Franklin Jones, son of 
Charles Jones (7), born at Washington, New 
Hampshire, May i, 1818, died at Hillsbor- 
ough, New Hampshire, June 21, 1872; mar- 
ried April 28, 1841, Ruth A. Wheeler, born at 
Unity, New Hampshire, April 11, 1820, died 
at Woburn, Massachusetts, August 19, 1901, 
aged eighty-one years, four months and eight 
days. Mr. Jones was educated in the district 
schools of his native town. In his early years 
he worked on his father's farm, and later en- 
gaged in the manufacture of washboards and 
bobbins at Washington, and carried on a suc- 
cessful business until 1851. when he removed 
with his family to Baltimore, Maryland, and 
entered the fur trade, buying and selling raw 
furs. In i860 he returned to Washington and 
settled on the farm which had been his father's, 
the farm containing some one hundred and 
fifty acres, and he also had a large sugar 
maple orchard. Here he carried on general 
farming for several years, when he sold his 
property and removed to Hillsborough. Chil- 
dren : I. Charlie Arthur, born at Washington, 
September 9, 1847, see forward. 2. Kate A., 
born at Baltimore, December 13, 1856. 

(IX) Charlie Arthur Jones, son of William 
Franklin Jones (8), born at Washington, New 
Hampshire, Septefiiber 9, 1847 ^ niarried, at 
Woburn. Massachusetts, August 3, 1870, 
Emily Eaton Tidd, born at Woburn, July 25, 
1849. daughter of Charles and Abigail 
(Eaton) Tidd. He spent a large part of his 
boyhood at Baltimore, Maryland, where he 
was educated in a private school, and later re- 
turned to Washington, where he concluded his 
education in the district schools. In 1867 he 
went to Boston and entered the employ of 
Lemuel A. Coolidge, grocer, as a clerk, in his 
store at the corner of Kingston and Beach 
streets ; later in the same year he became an 
apprentice of John Cummings, manufacturer 
of leather at Woburn, Massachusetts, where 
he remained until July 21, 1868. He then be- 
came bookkeeper for Alexander Ellis, grocer, 
of Woburn. leaving this position February 7, 



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1870. He accepted subsequently a similar po- 
sition with J. T. Steele & Company, successors 
to Steele, Eaton & Company, Franklin street, 
Boston, which he held for about a year. He 
next accepted a position with Samuel Walker 
& Company, wholesale boot and shoe manu- 
facturers. Summer street, Boston, and re- 
mained with them until January, 1873, when 
he entered the employ of Palmer & Whitman, 
manufacturers of furniture, Charlestown 
street, Boston, as traveling salesman and clerk 
until March i, 1888. He then accepted a po- 
sition in the Woburn-Five Cent Savings Bank, 
and has remained there, serving in all the 
grades from assistant treasurer to president, 
which place he still holds. He was a director 
of the old First National Bank of Woburn ; 
was connected with the Woburn Gas Light 
Company ; was for twenty-nine years treas- 
urer, and for twenty-five years clerk of the 
Woburn First Baptist church, a member of 
its standing committee, and for sixteen years 
a deacon. He was elected representative to 
the Massachusetts legislature from Woburn in 
1890, and was clerk of the committee on banks 
and banking. Since 1880 he has held a num- 
ber of town and city offices among them 
school committee and city auditor. He is a 
director of the Puritan Trust Company of Bos- 
ton, is on the executive board, and is (1907) 
acting president. He is a trustee and chair- 
man of the finance committee of the Newton 
Theological Institution ; a trustee of Colby 
College, Waterville. Maine ; and a member of 
its finance committee. He is a member of 
Mount Horeb Lodge of Masons of Woburn, 
of Woburn Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and 
of Boston Commandery, of Knights Templar, 
and of Massachusetts Consistory. 32nd degree. 
Scottish Rite Masonry. He is a member of 
the New Hampshire Natives Club of Boston, 
and is a member of Baptist Social Union, and 
has served as director and vice-president of 
that organization. Mr. Jones is a Democrat 
in politics, and served as a delegate to the state 
convention which nominated William E. Rus- 
sell for governor. Children : Emily. Amelia, 
Anna, born May 25, 1883, died in infancy; 
and Arthur A'iall. b<:>rn September 2. 1886, a 
student at Harvard Colleere. 



Deacon Paul Peck, immigrant an- 
PECK cestor of this family, born in coun- 
ty Essex, England, 1608. came to 
Boston in 1635 in the ship "Defense." and re- 
rip'^ed in Boston and vicinity until 1636. 
wli -.1 he went with Rev. Thomas Hooker and 



party to Hartford, and became one of the 
founders of that city and the state of Con- 
necticut. He was a proprietor of Hartford 
in 1639, and became a leading citizen. His 
home was on what is now Washington street 
not far from Trinity College site, and the lo- 
cality is still known among the old citizens 
by the name of the first settler. He was dea- 
con of the church from 1681 until his death, 
December 23, 1695. His will, dated June 25, 
1695, was proved January 15, 1695-96. His 
inventory amounted to 536 pounds five shill- 
ings. He bequeathed to his wife Martha; 
children Paul. Joseph, Martha Cornwall, 
Mary Andrew. Sarah Clark. Elizabeth How; 
grandsons Paul and Samuel Peck; son-in- 
law, John Shepherd; granddaughter, Ruth 
Beach, and son-in-law, John Bouton. Chil- 
dren: I. Paul, born 1639. 2. Martha, born 
1641, married, June 8. 1665, John Cornwall. 

3. Elizabeth, born 1643, married 

How, of Wallingford. 4. John, born Decem- 
ber 22, 1645. 5- Samuel, born 1647, nien- 
tioned below. 6. Joseph, born 1650, baptized 
December 22, 1650. 7. Sarah, born 1653. 
married Thomas Clark, of Hartford. 8. 
Hannah, born 1656. married. May 12, 1680, 
John Shepherd. 9. Mary, born 1662, mar- 
ried John Ai'drew, of Hartford; died in 1752. 

(H) Samuel Peck, son of Paul Peck (i), 
was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1647. 
He settled in West Hartford and lived there 
until his death. January 10, 1696. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth . 

(HI) Samuel Peck, son of Samuel Peck 
(2), as born in West Hartford, Connecticut 
in 1672. He settled in Middletown, now the 
town of Berlin, Connecticut, and married, 
1701. Abigail Collier, daughter of Joseph. He 
died December 9, 1765. and his wife October 
28. 1742. Children, born at Kensington: i. 
Sanniel, born January 6, 1701. 2. Moses, 
.April, 1703. 3. L^iaac. at Scarborough, No- 
vember 2. 1706. 4. Abijah, December 28, 
1707. 5. Zebulon. September i. 1712, men- 
tioned below. 6. Amos, at Kensington, 
March 5. 1715. 7. Abel, at Kensington, De- 
cember 28, 1717. died September 19, 1742. 8. 
Elisha, March 11, 1720. 9. Elijah, at Lynn, 
July 23, 1723. married Mary Strong, daugh- 
ter of Hewett Strong. 

(TV) Zebulon Peck, son of Samuel Peck 
(3). was born in Middletown, Connecticut, 
September i, 1712. and died at Bristol, Con- 
necticut. January 13. 1795. He married, July 
10. 1735, Mary Edwards, daughter of Josiah 
Edwards, of Easthampton. Long Island. His 
wife died May 23, 1790. Children: i. Abigail, 



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born May 20, 1736, married Hezekiah Gridley 
and removed to Clinton, New York, where 
she died April 21, 1826. 2. Justus, Novem- 
ber 14, 1737. 3. Elizabeth, September 30, 
1739, died November 16, 1741. 4. Mary, Au- 
gust 12, 1 741, married Israel Fuller, July 23, 
1761, and she died October 11, 1785. 5. Zeb- 
ulon, born at Meriden, April 15, 1743. 6. Abel, 
at Meriden in 1745, mentioned below. 7. David, 
at Bristol, May 13, 1749. 8. Lament, May 8, 
175 1, at Farmington, now Bristol. 9. Eliza- 
beth, at Bristol, married, December 16, 1772, 
Abel Hawley; died at Clinton, New York, 
March 12, 1816. 10. Josiah, January 19, 

1755- 

(V) Abel Peck, son of Zebulon Peck (4), 
was born at Meriden in 1745. He was a sol- 
dier in the Revolution, corporal in the Sixth 
Company, Captain Noahdiah Hooker, from 
May to December, 1775, in the Second Con- 
necticut regiment, under General Spence, and 
served during the siege of Boston at Rox- 
bury. Part of his regiment took part in the 
battle of Bunker Hill. He was also a soldier 
in the Eighth Connecticut Line in the Con- 
tinental army, and died on his way home from 
Valley Forge of disease contracted in the ser- 
vice, January 26, 1778. He married, Febru- 
ary II, 1768, Abigail Gaylord, of Bristol. His 
widow married (second) Deacon- James Wells', 
of Newington, September 4, 1785. Children 
of Abel and Abigail Peck: i. Samuel, born 
January 5, 1769, mentioned below. 2. Can- 
dace, January 16, 1771, married Jonathan 
Stoddard; died 1826. 3. xA.bel, Jr., January 
12, 1774, married Huldah Abernathy. 4. 
Abigail, May 13, 1776, married Timothy 
Steadman. 

(VI) Sarhuel Peck, son of Abel Peck (5), 
born in Bristol, Connecticut, January 5, 1769, 
died there April i, 1826. He was a farmer 
in his native town. He married there June 6, 
1791, Hannah Manross, who died May 5, 
1855. Children, born at Bristol: i. Sylves- 
ter, August 12, 1794, married, May 28, 1818, 
Fanny Roberts, who was born September 24, 
1792; he died at West Haven. May 11, 1868; 
children born at West Haven: i. Lafayette, 
January 22. 1822. died July 18, 1850; ii. Syl- 
vester B.. January 25. 1827, died August 27, 
1828; iii. Mary Jane. February 10. 1829, mar- 
ried Charles N. Shumwav. of Oxford. New 
York; iv. Angeline C. February 13, 1832, 
died June 21, 1856; v. Helen Sophie. July 19. 
1834. 2. Emily. April 21. 1797, died April 3, 
1803. 3. Angeline, May 28, 1799. married. 
December 23. 1824. Oren Ives. 4. Samuel. 
May 3, 1803. married, March 14. 1827, settled 



in Virginia. 5. Emily, March 9, 1805, mar- 
ried, July 25, 1825, Anson Beckwith; she died 
July 16. 185 1. 6. Abel G., January 8, 1807, 
mentioned below. 

(VII) Abel Gaylord Peck, son of Samuel 
Peck (6), born at Bristol, Connecticut, Janu- 
ary 8. 1807, died at Arlington, Massachu- 
setts. November 12, 1870. After a common 
school education he started in early life, in Bos- 
ton, selling dry goods from a cart in the 
surrounding towns. He gradually increased 
his stock until he had thirty teams on the road, 
peddling from house to house. About 1854 
he discontinued this method and opened a 
store on Milk street, Boston, corner of 
Theatre alley, in partnership with Samuel R. 
Payson and his brother. William W. Peck, 
who later died. The firm name was A. G. 
Peck & Co. They dealt in dry goods, doing 
a wholesale business until 1858, when they 
sold out to Rawson,Brigham& Pratt. Mr. Peck 
later entered the brokerage business, dealing in 
commericial paper, and having an office with 
Alderman Gore on Kilby street. In 1864 his 
son William G. entered his employ and in 
1869 was admitted as a partner under the 
firm name of A. G. Peck & Son, which con- 
tinued up to the decease of the senior mem- 
ber in 1870, since which time William G. 
Peck has conducted it. Mr. Peck owned one 
of the most beautiful and conspicuous resi- 
dences of Arlington, which is now standing at 
74 Pleasant street. August 15, 1850, he 
bought of the Nathaniel Lombard -estate the 
large tract of land on which this large man- 
sion was built. The old mansion house on' 
this estate was formerly occupied by the old 
First Parish Church building, built in 1734, 
and removed to that spot in 1804. This build- 
ing Mr. Peck sold, the purchaser sawing it 
into two equal sections so that it could be 
stone at Watertown. His will, dated January 
taken to its present location on Pleasant 
street. Mr. Peck was a man of medium size 
and of quiet habits, greatly devoted to his 
family. He was a man of sound judgment 
and quick decision. He was a member of Dr. 
Rogers' church, Winter street, Boston, and 
later of the Arlington Congregational church, 
where he served on the standing committee 
and as treasurer of the society. - He was a 
Whig, later a Republican, serving on vari- 
ous town committees. He was a director of 
the Atlantic National Bank of Boston, the 
Chelsea Gas Light Company, was vice-presi- 
dent of the Arlington Savings Bank, being 
one of its incorporators and trustees. 

He married (first) Lydia H. Reed, at 



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Stoughtoii, Massachusetts, • November 26, 
1834, who died at Boston, November 2'j, 1835, 
aged twenty years. He married (second), 
January 18, 1838, at Boston, Eliza Ann Boles, 
born (3ctober 28. 1814, at Methuen, Massa- 
chusetts, and died at Arlington, June 2, 1904, 
daug^hter of John and Persis Ann (Wood- 
bury) 15()le.-, of Methuen. Child of the first 
wife: I. Lydia Morgianna, born Noveniber 
17, 1835, married Dr. Henry M. Field, of Ar- 
lington, now of Los Angeles, California, and 
had three children. Children of the second 
wife: 2. Persis Ann, born October 17, 1838, 
drowned while skating on Spy Pond at Ar- 
lington, December 20, 1853. 3. William Gay- 
lord, born Noveniber 12, 1841, mentioned be- 
low. 4. Angeline Moore, born October 18, 
1848, married, June 20, 1878, John Q. A. 
l>rackett, governor of Massachusetts, and had 
four children. 5. ]o\\w Clifford, bprn 1851, 
died in infancv. 

(Vn) William Gaylord Peck, son of Abel 
(jaylord Peck (6), was born at Boston. Massa- 
chusetts, November 12, 1841. He entered the 
primary department of the Chauncy Hall 
school, attending until he was ten years of 
age, when he removed with his parents to 
.\rlington where he attended the public 
school until he was about fourteen years 
of age. In 1856 he entered Phillips 
Academy at Andover, Massachusetts, gradu- 
ating in i860, and entering Yale, graduating 
in 1864 with a degree of A. B. He later re- 
ceived a degree of A. M. Soon after leaving 
college he entered his father's employ, being 
taken into partnership with him in the 
brokerage business in 1868. Since his fa- 
ther's death in 1870 he has conducted the 
busines!-' himself. After the great Boston fire 
in 1872 he was forced to secure new quarters 
at Post Office square.where he remained till 
1898, then removing to 85 Water street, 
where he conducts a brokerage business 
chiefly in mortgage loans and fire insurance. 
Mr. Peck has. as one of the heirs, recently 
opened the property of his father into a new 
residential section known as Lombard road. 
The estate has been divided into building lots 
bordering on Spy pond and is valuable prop- 
erty in the best section of Arlington. In 
1872 was elected trustee of the Arlington Five 
Cents Savings Bank; 1873 a member of the 
investment committee ; 1883 chosen presi- 
dent; to all above offices he has been an- 
nually re-elected to this date; 1872, director 
of Chelsea Gas Light Company, and sub- 
sequently elected as president; director of 
North American Insurance Company and 



Boston Ice Com])an}'; 1894 elected director 
of Atlantic National Bank. Boston, holding 
that office at ])resent time. 

Mr. Peck is a Republican; he has served 
his party as delegate to the various conven- 
tions and on the Republican state committee; 
was a member of the house of representatives 
in 1877 an.d 1880; in 1877 was clerk of the 
committee on education, and in 1880 held the 
chairmanship of .'^ame committee. He was se- 
lectman of Arlington from 1874 to 1877 in- 
clusive; on the water board in 1880-81-82. 
He is at present chairman of the sinking fund 
commission; trustee of the Pratt fund for 
town purposes; trustee of the Elbridge 
Farmer fund, an endowment for the Robbins 
Library. He served on the committee of the 
Soldiers' Monument and was treasurer of that 
fund. He was formerly a trustee of the 
cemetery, and on the cemetery committee. 
He was member of the Sigma Epsilon and 
Alpha Sigma Phi clubs, and of the D. K. E. 
of Yale College; also editor of the Yale Lit- 
erary Magazine in 1863; formerly a member 
of the Exchange Club. He is an honorary 
member of the Arlington Boat Club, and was 
trustee of the old boat club. He is a life mem- 
ber of the Massachusetts Horticultural So- 
ciety of Boston. He is a member of the Con- 
gregational church, serving often as moder- 
ator. 

He married, November 22, 1878, Anna 
Maria Newell, born May i, 1854, at Arling- 
ton, and died September, 1884, daughter of 
Charles Henry and Maria Davidson (Gage) 
Newell. Her father was an ice merchant at 
I'oston, Massachusetts, and New Orleans, 
Louisiana. Children: i. Chester Gaylord, 
born November 22, 1879. 2. Lilian Newell, 
August 24, 1882, married, at Arlington, Oc- 
tober 31, 1906, William Davidson Elwell, of 
Arlington. 



The Staples family is of con- 
STAPLES siderable antiquity in Eng- 
land. The name has been 
variously written Staple, Stapel. Stapelle and 
Stapul. A number of persons are mentioned 
of this surname among the nobility of England 
and the coats-of-arms they have borne are de- 
scribed in various works on heraldry. The 
Irish family carries on its coat-of-arms a rep- 
resentation of an iron staple, showing perhaps 
the supposed origin of the name and two 
English branches carry similar designs on 
their armor. The family historian thinks it 
more likely that the surname was taken from 



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the trade, stapler, meaning wool dealer, and 
he gives also as the origin of part of the fam- 
ily at least the French village of Estaples, a 
small seaport eleven miles from Boulogne. 
Hugh d'Estaples figured in history in the days 
of William the Norman. 

(I) John Staples, the immigrant ancestor, 
was born in England and settled in Weymouth, 
Massachusetts, before 1636, when he had six 
acres of land assigned to him in the plain and 
three acres in the east field ; also in Harris 
lot in the West Plain and in a second division 
in 165 1 he drew a "great lot." His home was 
at the foot of King Oak hill in North Wey- 
mouth. Pie was admitted a freeman. May 10, 
1648. He and his son were active in town 
affairs. He died at Dorchester. His inven- 
tory was taken July 13, 1683. His will was 
dated March 18, 1681-82, and proved August 
2, 1683, bequeathing to sons John, Abraham, 
Joseph and to daughters Rebecca and Sarah. 
Children: i. John. 2. Rebecca, born Novem- 
ber 2, 1639, married Samuel Sumner. 3. 
Abraham, born about 1640, mentioned below. 
4. Joseph, born February 19, 1641-42. 5. 
Sarah, married Increase Sumner. 6. Joseph, 
born 1647, according to one authority, indi- 
cating that the first of the name died young. 

(II) Abraham Staples, son of John Staples 
(i), was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, 
about 1640. He was a weaver, and when a 
young man lived at Dorchester where he 
united with the church under the Rev. Rich- 
ard Mather, March 20, 1658, and from there 
he was dismissed to the Weymouth Church, 
January 13, 1660. He married, July 7, 1660, 
at Weymouth, Mary Randall, daughter of 
Robert Randall, -who came from Berkshire, 
England. Her sister, Hannah Randall, mar- 
ried John Warfield. Both the families settled 
at Mendon. Some of the town records have 
been shown to err in giving the name Han- 
nah as the wife of Abraham Staples ; he was 
married but once. In 1662 Abraham Staples 
was associated with a number of Weymouith 
and Braintree men to form a new settlement. 
Their petition to the general court was grant- 
ed, and after purchasing the tract from the 
Nipmuck Indians they began their settlement 
in Mendon, as the town was called later, in 
the fall of 1662 or spring of 1663, for Abra- 
ham Staples, Jr., was born in Mendon, June 
14, 1663. His lot was on the Main street 
west of the church from a little stream across 
the main street and down the eastern slope of 
the hill to Muddy brook ; the northern line cuts 
the present street diagonally, running through 
the villag:e near the brick office of the late 



William and Charles Hastings, and the south- 
ern line is marked. by the northern boundary 
of the farm of Nathan R. George. The place 
was known later as the Stone Tavern stand. 
Abraham was admitted a freeman in 1673 
and held various town offices, and was ser- 
geant in the military company of Mendon. He 
probably returned to Weymouth during King 
Philip's war, and he was among the first to re- 
turn and build a new house on the ruins of his 
former residence. He was one of the commit- 
tee who engaged the first minister. Rev. Jo- 
seph Emerson ; was on the committee to select 
a site for a new bridge across Muddy brook 
and to lay out the road to the grist mill ; to 
take a draft out of the town book of all records 
which are conflicting. He was selectman. 
His homestead remained in the possession of 
his children and grandchildren down to the 
close of the eighteenth century, a period pf 
one hundred and forty years. In 1685 a 
tract bordering on Little pond in the south 
part of the town was set off to him and more 
adjoining it to his estate after his death, and 
that farm has been held in the family to the 
present time, passing to Abraham, his grand- 
son, his son Abraham, another son Nahor, 
his son Abraham, his son Linus Staples and 
his heirs. Abraham resided in Taunton from 
1697 to about 1700. He died October 20, 
1703. His will was dated November 22, 1698. 
The graves of Abraham and Mary, his wife, 
are the only graves of original settlers of 
Mendon marked by stones bearing inscriptions 
and hence are the only ones now certainly 
known. A monument was erected by some 
of his descendants at Mendon in 1877, and 
dedicated October 31. 1877, with addresses 
by Rev. Carlton A. Staples and Hon. Hamil- 
ton B. Staples, two prominent descendants. 

Children: i. Abraham, born in Mendon, 
June 14, 1663, married Mehitable Hay ward, 
daughter of Samuel Hayward. 2. Ebenezer, 
born about 1665. was a blacksmith, lived on the 
homestead. 3. John, an invalid. 4. Jacob, 
mentioned below. 5. Ephraim, born in Men- 
don in 1678, married in Taunton 

Webster. 6. Mary, born 1680. 7. Benjamin, 
torn 1682, died young. 8. Hannah, married, 
1708, John Darling. 

(Ill) Jacob Staples, son of Abraham 
Staples (2), was born about 1676, before the 
family's absence from MIendon. He married 
in 1690 at Mendon, Abigail WintQr. He re- 
lieved to Taunton in 1697 and is the ances- 
tor of many of the Staples families of that 
town. He married (second), 1696, Mary 
Briggs. Children of Jacob and Abigail: i. 



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Abigail, died young. 2. Hannah. Child of 
Jacob and Mary Staples : 3. Jacob, Jr., men- 
tioned below. 

(iV) Jacob Staples, son of Jacob Staples 
(3), was born in Taunton about 1697. He 
settled in the Staples homestead at Taunton 
and was a farmer. He married Sarah Bren- 
non, of Taunton. 

Child, Nathaniel, born about 1718, mention- 
ed below. 

(V) Nathaniel Staples, son of Jacob 
Staples, Jr. (4), was born about 1718-19 in 
Taunton. He settled in that town and mar- 
ried in 1740 Susannah PauU, of an old Taun- 
ton family. He was a farmer. Children: i. 
George, born November 5, 1740, in Taunton; 
married, 1765, Phebe Paull. He died No- 
vember . 5, 1822. He was a soldier in the 
Revolution ; sergeant in Captain Josiah King's 
company, Colonel George Williams's regiment, 
in 1776, in the Rhode Island campaign; also 
in Captain Josiah King's company. Colonel 
Mitchell's regiment, Brigadier-General God- 
frey's brigade in 1780. At the time of his 
death the Taunton people made the following 
comment : "He lived with his wife the unusual 
period O'f fifty-seven years, during which time 
he had children, grandchildren and great- 
grandchildren, and, what is worthy of remark, 
till now not a death has ever occurred in the 
family or any of the descendants." Child, 
Paul, born 1786, mentioned below. 

(VII) Paul Staples, son of George (6), 
was born in Taunton in 1786. He settled in 
that town and married Hannah Thompson. 
Child, Nathaniel T., born September 21, 1815, 
mentioned below. 

(VIII) Nathaniel T. Staples, son of Paul 
Staples (7), was born in Taunton, September 
21, 181 5. He was educated in the common 
schools, and learned the trade of carpenter in 
his native place. In 1835 he came to the 
growing town of Lowell, Massachusetts, and 
engaged in the building business. He be- 
came one of the leading builders and con- 
tractors of that section. In 1868 he took his 
two sons into partnership under the firm name 
of N. T. Staples & Sons and the firm has done 
a large business ever since. The senior mem- 
ber retired in 1880, but the firm continued 
with his sons, Robert H. Staples and William 
H. Staples, as partners. Mr. Staples was one 
of the original members of the Worthen Street 
Baptist (Church. Among the important con- 
tracts executed by Mr. Staples and his firm 
were : Church edifices at Augusta, Maine, at 
Fitchburg and Winchester, Massachusetts ; 
mill buildings at Leominster, Lawrence, May- 



nard, an entire plant at Manchaug, Massa- 
chusetts, and what was at that time (1872) 
the largest cotton nlill in the United States, at 
Grosvenordale, Connecticut. In Lowell he 
and his firm built from one to a dozen build- 
ings for almost every mill corporation in the 
city. The Staples firm built the Hildreth and 
Mansur buildings, the Odd Fellows block, the 
Railroad Bank building and the Federal Post 
Office building. 

He married, December 6, 1838, Elizabeth 
Sarah Hoyt, who was born in July, 1818, and 
died April 25, 1873, aged fifty-five years and 
five months. Children: i. Robert Hoyt, 
born September 26, 1839, mentioned below. 
2. William Henry, born April 26, 1843, men- 
tioned below. 3. Arthur, born March 2, 1847, 
married Olive Edna Wiggin of Lowell, Au- 
gust 13, 1873 ; child : Blanche Wiggin, born 
June 4, 1877. 4. George Albert, born June 
14, 1859, married Ella Frances Seavey, of 
Laconia, New Hampshire, November 21, 
1883 ; child : William Henry, born January 2, 
1887. 

(IX) Robert Hoyt Staples, son of Nathan- 
iel T. Staples (8), was born in Lowell, Mas- 
sachusetts, September 26, 1839. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools and learned his 
father's trade of carpentering. In 1868 he 
was admitted to partnership by his father, 
and since then he has been actively connect- 
ed with the extensive business of N. T. Sta- 
ples & Sons, and is reckoned among the most 
prominent business mien of the city. Since 
the death of his brother in 1900 he has con- 
tinued in business alone. 

He married Annabelle Leach, of Lowell, 
January 2, 1870. Children :» i. Carrie Gert- 
rude, born July 10, 1873. 2. George Her- 
bert, born July 12, 1875. 3- Kate May, born 
March 15, 1879. 4- Etta Mildred, born Jan- 
uary 7, 1882. 5. Annabelle Hoyt, born 
March 9, 1886. 6. Ruth Elizabeth, born Oc- 
tober 7, 1889. 

(IX) WilUam Henry Staples, son of Na- 
thaniel T. Staples (8), was born in Lowell, 
April 26, T843, and died in Lowell, 1900. He 
was educated in the public schools of his na- 
tive city. He learned the trade of carpenter 
and in 1868 was admitted to partnership in 
the firm of N. T. Staples & Sons, contractors 
and builders, and had much to do with the 
great success of the business. He became one 
of the leading citizens of Lowell and was 
highly esteemed by his townsmen in all the 
walks of life. In politics he was a Republi- 
can. He was a member , of the order of 
Knights of Pythias and of the Odd Fellows of 




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Lowell. He married, February 17, 1865, Belle 
Mackey. Children: i. Robert Henry, born 
May 20, 1867. 2. Edward Franklin, born 
July 9, 1869. 3. Aiinee Edna, born January 
9, 1874. 4. Winnifred Bernice, born June 28, 
1878. 5. Arthur Wiggin, born December 
31, 1880. 6. Edith Louise, born November 
14, 1886. 



Joseph Hittinger was 
HITTINGER born in Holland, of an 
ancient Dutch family. 
Upon his emigration to this country he set- 
tled in Roxbury, Massachusetts, from whence 
he came to Charlestown, same state, and sub- 
sequently returned to the fatherland. He 
was a skillful currier and morocco dresser, 
and engaged in the latter line of work during 
his residence in this country. Family tradi- 
tion states that he died abroad in 1816. He 
married a lady of English extraction, who bore 
( him children: i. Eliza, married and had a 
daughter who married a Mr. Walton and re- 
moved to Cairo, Illinois, where they settled. 
2. Mary Ann, married a Mr. Baldwin, and 
had a son and daughter; the son migrated 
west and in many years has not been heard 
of. 3. Michael, married a lady from Maine, 
had sons George and James, the former now a 
resident of Somerville, Massachusetts; and 
daughters Hattie and Louise, who married, 
respectively, into the Hunt and Hillis fami- 
lies. 4. Jacob H., see forward. 

(II) Jacob ' H. Hittinger, son of Joseph 
Hittinger, was born in Roxbury, Massachu- 
setts, March 10, 181 1. He was educated in 
the public schools of Charlestown. In 1825 
he entered the employ of George Pierce as a 
gardener, and five years later engaged in the 
produce business in Boston, with William E. 
Otis & Company. For several years he was 
a member of the firm, and at the same time 
was actively interested in the firm of Hill & 
Hittinger, the business of which was the cut- 
ting and shipping of ice from Spy pond and 
Fresh pond. The firm of Hill & Hittinger 
was dissolved in 1841 and was succeeded by 
Gage, Hittinger & Company, of which Hon. 
T. T. Sawyer, of Charlestown, was a partner. 
It was to this firm, conjointly with John Hill, 
former partner of Mr. Hittinger, that the 
merchants of Boston were indebted for the 
notable enterprise in 1844 when, the harbor 
being frozen over, a passage was cut from the 
wharf at East Boston through which the Cun- 
ard line steamer sailed on the day appointed. 
It was thought that a failure to sail on time 



would seriously affect the future of Boston as 
a port of commerce. Mr. Hittinger sold his 
interests in the firm of Gage, Hittinger & 
Company a few years later, but he continued 
to furnish ice to his successors, Gage, Saw- 
yer & Company, and was interested in ship- 
ping ice to the Barbadoes through the firm 
of Lombard &: Whitmore, and in the last 
years of his life carried on this export trade 
under his own name. 

In 1846 Mr. Hittinger purchased a large 
tract of land adjoining the old Gushing estate, 
within the limits of the present town of Bel- 
mont, and with the exception of a few months 
spent in Charlestown resided there until the 
end of his life. His intelligent management 
redeemed from the marshes all that part of 
the estate occupied later by his three sons as 
one of the largest market gardens in the vi- 
cinity of Boston. Pecuniary difficulties aris- 
ing in the critical years of 1873-74 caused 
the loss of his fortune, and though he never 
became wealthy again, he could look with 
pride on the careers of his stalwart sons 
whose filial attention ministered to the com- 
fort and happiness of his last days. He was 
a man of unusual abilities and force of char- 
acter, a leader in business and public affairs. 
For four years in succession he led the fight 
for the separate incorporation of the town of 
Belmont. He gave freely of his money and 
time to effect this purpose, and must be 
counted as the principal founder of the town. 
He was a member of the first board of select- 
men after the town was organized, elected in 
1859, and re-elected in 1860-61. He was a 
Jeffersonian Democrat in politics, and always 
an influential factor in his party. He never 
lost his interest in the development and wel- 
fare of the town of Belmont. His was a long 
and busy life, and he won the esteem and con- 
fidence of all his townsmen and friends by 
his integrity, uprightness and high character. 
He died at Belmont, April 4, 1880. 

Jacob H. Hittinger married (first) Mary 
Wilson, born in 181 1, died at Charlestown, 
August 19, 1844. Married second, April 30, 
1846, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. Far- 
rington King, born in 1798, in New York, 
died at Charlestown, Massachusetts, Septem- 
ber 13, 1839, aged forty-one years, leaving 
three sons and three, daughters ; he was a Uni- 
versalist clergyman. She was a sister of Rev. 
Thomas Starr King, a well known Unitarian 
minister of Boston, formerly of Hollis Street 
Church. Child of Jacob H. and Mary (Wil- 
son) Hittinger; i. Sarah Anderson, born at 
Charlestown, March 24. 1836; married, Octo- 



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ber, 1856, Charles Willis Davenport ; sons liv- 
ing : i. Edward Augustus Davenport, born 
November 15. 1859, married, November 15, 
1880, at San P>ancisco, Sarah Little ; ii. 
Charles Willis Davenport, born in San Fran- 
cisco, 1869; iii. Howard Hittinger Davenport, 
born at San l'>ancisco, June 17, 1872. Chil- 
dren of Jacob H. and Mary Elizabeth (King) 
Hittinger: 2. Thomas Starr, born at Water- 
town, Massachusetts, January 11, 1847, <^^'ed 
at Belmont, ()ctober 26. 1904; married Car- 
olyn Hapgood, no issue. He was superintend- 
ent of the Fresh Pond Ice Company. 3. Jacob 
H., Jr., born at Watertown. November, 1848, 
married Annette Trull, no issue. 4. Edward 
King. Ixirn at Watertown, May 28, 1850, un- 
married. 5. Daniel Webster, born at Water- 
town. October 19, 1852, died unmarried at 
Belmont. October 28, 1875. 6. Charles Fred- 
erick, born at Watertown. July 15, 1854, mar- 
ried, October 29. 1886. Myra Woods, born at 
Chelmsford, Massachusetts, daughter of Isaac 
P. and Elmira (Hall) Woods; children: Mar- 
shall Woods, deceased ; Arthur W. Woods, 
broker. Boston. 7. Richard, born at Water- 
town, September 26, 1856, mentioned below. 8. 
Harry, born at Belmont, December 14, 1861, 
married a Miss McGregor ; they have one 
daughter. 

(Ill) Richard Hittinger. son of Jacob H. 
and Mary E. (King) Hittinger was born in 
Watertown, now Belmont, Massachusetts, Sep- 
tember 26, 1856. His educational training 
was acquired in the public schools of his na- 
tive town, and after completing a three years' 
course in the high school turned his attention 
to gaining a thorough knowledge of the rou- 
tine work of his father's farm. He remained 
under the parental roof until nineteen years of 
age. In 1875 he entered the ofifice of Putnam 
& Tilden, architects, of Boston, where he re- 
mained about one year. He next entered the 
employ of a Mr. Rawson, who was engaged 
in contracting and building in Boston, 
remaining about six months. He later fol- 
lowed carpentering and building and in 1876, 
with his brother, Charles F. Hittinger, en- 
gaged in the market gardening business on the 
old Hittinger homestead which his father had 
for many years successfully conducted. The 
firm became known as Hittinger Brothers, and 
under their careful management the enterprise 
has been developed to one of the largest in the 
neighborhood. In 1884 the brothers erected 
their first greenhouse, and since, that time have 
yearly increased their plant until at present 
(1908) they have nineteen modern green- 
houses, each covering a space of forty by one 



hundred feet. The plant is equipped with a 
modern boiler house and wash houses, having 
all the facilities and accessories necessary to 
conduct the business in a successful manner. 
They have a convenient, modern ofifice build- 
ing attached to the plant. On January i, 1898, 
the business was incorporated under the Mas- 
sachusetts laws under the name of the Hittin- 
ger I'^ruit Company, with Henry Endicott, 
president ; Charles F. Hittinger, secretary and 
treasurer ; Richard Hittinger, one of the board 
of directors. This company makes a specialty 
of raising lettuce in winter, and produce from 
three to four crops during the season. They 
also raise large crops of cucumbers during the 
early spring and summer months. They find 
a ready market for all their products in Boston 
at Faneuil Hall market. Richard Hittinger 
devotes his entire time and attention to the 
cultivation of the various crops, and Charles 
F. Hittinger attends to the business and 
financiering of the company. The selling 
agent for the company is Frank Rose. The 
Hittinger Fruit Company have over thirty-six 
acres of thrifty fruit trees and an area of about 
four acres covered with glass. 

Richard Hittinger erected his residence on 
School street. Belmont, opposite the office and 
plant of the company, in 1897. He has served 
the" town of Belmont as selectman for three 
years. He is a member of the Boston Market 
Gardeners' Association, and is a member of 
the Fruit Growers' Association at Boston. He 
is an attendant at the Unitarian church, where 
his family also worship. He formerly gave 
his political allegiance to the Democratic party, 
but in recent years has been independent, cast- 
ing his vote for the party who in his estimation 
is best quialified for office. 

Richard Hittinger married, August 21, 
1897, Mrs. Elizabeth Waite (Bacon) Potter, 
born at Arlington, Massachusetts, August 15, 
1863, daughter of Jesse Palmer and Altena 
(Bell) Bacon, of Arlington. Massachusetts. 
Jesse P. Bacon was a successful mason and 
contractor of Arlington. He served as se- 
lectman of the town, and was a member of 
the Massachusetts legislature. (See Bacon 
family). A4r. and Mrs. Hittinger are the par- 
ents of one child, Richard Waldorf, born 
April 22 1899. 



(Fer early generations see Ebenezer Allen 4.) 

(V) Elnathan Allen, cousin 
ALLEN of Ethan Allen, grandson of 
Samuel Allen (3), and son of 
Ebenezer Allen (4), was born in 1752 in Litch- 
field, or Woodbury, Connecticut. The record 



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in the family Bible of Captain Roswell xA.llen, 
his eldest son, states that his wife Sarah died 
August 29, 1827, and that he died October 21, 
1827. It is recorded on the tombstone in the 
Dana burying ground at Pomfret, Vermont, 
that Elnathan died at the age of seventy-five 
and his wife at the age of seventy-four, mak- 
ing their birth dates respectively 1752 and 
1753. Elnathan Allen was a soldier in the 
Revolution in the Tenth Company from East 
Windsor, Connecticut, enlisting first May 17, 

1775, in Hezekiah Parson's company, and 
was at the siege of Boston in Colonel Hun- 
man's regiment. This regiment was largely 
from Litchfield county. They reached Ticon- 
deroga and remained from June to December, 

1776. Captain Parsons was of Enfield, 
Connecticut. Allen settled at Pomfret, 
Vermont, at the close of the Revolution. 
He settled, lived and died on the farm 
occupied afterward by his son Cap- 
tain Roswell Allen, under Pinnacle Hill. 
He married Sarah Gibbs, who was born 
March 20, 1753, daughter of Giles (4) and 
descended from Samuel (3) ; Samuel (2) ; 
Giles Gibbs (1). Her brother Seth enlisted in 
the same company with Allen, May 16, 1775. 
Children: i. Captain Roswell, born March 
7, 1777; died November 9, 1857; married Be- 
linda Pratt ; children : i. Fanny, born Septem- 
ber 15, 1803; ii. Sarah, born September 23, 
1804; iii. Roswell Jr., born April 7, 1807, 
died January 5, 1879 ; iv. Adin, born April 
25, 1808, died October 6, 1844; v. James Mad- 
ison, born November 28, 1809^ vi. Behnda, 
born June 16, 1813, died June 28, 1862, at 
West Farmington, Ohio ; vii. George, born 
January 27, 1815 ;viii. Jeremiah, born December 
5, 1818. 2. Nathan, born February 19, 1780; 
married Theda Nobles, of Royalton, Vermont, 
in 1784; children: i. Henry, born October 16, 
1803 ; ii. Nathan, born March 16, 1805 ; iii 
Benjamin Franklin, born February 6, 1807 ; 
iv. Mary, ,born January i, 1809, died Septem- 
ber I, 1809; V. Orrilla, born May 10, 1811 ; 
vi. William, born February 23. 1812; vii. 
Charlotte, born July 19, 1814: viii. Calvin, 
born October 6, 1816 ; ix. Elijah Durfee, born 
April 30, i8i9;*x. Clarissa Belknap, born 
June, 1825 ; xi. Elizabeth Lydia, born March, 
1827, died January 20, 1873. 3. Sarah, born 
August II, 1783; died April 28, 185 1 ; mar- 
ried. February 8, 1807, Jeremiah Janes ; chil- 
dren : i. Alice, born April i, 1808: ii. Levi, 
born June 5, 1810 ; iii. Ira, born June 16, 
1812. died December 11, 1876; iv. Anna Eme- 
line. born February 17, 1815, died April 22, 
1836: V. Henry Harrison, born March 25, 



1818; vi. Alonzo Judson, born October 7, 
1827, died December 27, 1853. 4. Gil- 
bert, born September 20, 1786, mentioned be- 
low. 5. Levi, born May 9, 1788, died August 
14, 1844; married, February 9, 181 5, Peggy 
Winchell; children: i. Sarah Lurania, born 
April 30, 1819; ii. Levi Harrison, born June 
2, 1821; iii. Hartwell, born June 26, 1830; iv. 
Gilbert Lafayette, born Alay 15, 1834. 6. Ira 
7. Henry. 

(VI) Gilbert Allen, son of Elnathan Allen 
(5), was born September 20, 1786, at Pom- 
fret, Vermont, and died there April 11, 1870. 
He was brought up on his father's farm and 
received the education afforded by the dis- 
trict schools of his native town. He removed 
to East Barnard, V^ermont, where he had a 
general store, dealing also in horses. He was 
a natural salesman, and prospered in busi- 
ness. He sold calf-skins on commission, car- 
ried on a general merchandise store, and did 
some teaming and conducted a two hundred 
acre farm at the same time. In his later years 
he had the misfortune to lose most of his 
property, and after he gave up business he 
lived with his children. He was a shrewd 
business man, of a social and jovial disposi- 
tion, enjoying the respect and friendship of 
all his townspeople. He was a justice of the 
peace, a Universalist in religion, a Whig and 
later Free Soiler in politics, believing firmly 
in abolition. In his later years he was a 
staunch Republican. He served in the militia. 

He married, April 26, 1807, Lucy Winchell, 
a native of Turkey Hill, Connecticut, (now 
East Granby, Massachusetts), in 1788, and 
she died May 3, 1862, at Pomfret, Vermont, 
daughter of Dan and Lurania (Miner) Win- 
chell. Children: i. John, born June 5, 1808, 
mentioned below. 2. Alonzo Giles, born Sep- 
tember 2, 1811, died October 8, 1872; married 
September 5, 1836, Sarah Emerson of Wood- 
stock, Vermont ; children : i. William Henry, 
born October 12, 1837; ii. Adelia Anna, born 
May 30, 1840; iii. Lucy Elmina, born March 
30, 1842; iv. William Flavins, born Decem- 
ber 10, 1843; V. Alonzo Marcellus, born Oc- 
tober 26, 1846: vi. Sarah Maria, born Febru- 
ary 3, 1856. 3. Harry, born May 13, 1814; 
died May 31, 1901 ; married. May 23, 1839, 
Jane Whitman, of Pomfret, \'ermont; chil- 
dren: i. Miner William, born October 29, 
1840, died January 12, 1887; "• Oscar Fay- 
et1?e. born January 20, 1843; iii. Thirza Lucy, 
born February 17, 1846; iv. Clarissa Jane, 
born February 2, 1849, <^i^d June 17, 1905; v. 
Selden Harry, born May 2. 185 1. 4. Selden 
Miner, born January 21, 1817, died 1868; 



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married Eliza Miranda Leonard; children: i. 
Selden Miner, Jr.; ii. Rosaltha Sarah, born 
January 14, 1841 ; iii. Savillion Selden, born 
March 2"], 1842; iv. Joseph Rix, born No- 
vember ID, 1843; V. Augusta Eliza, born Au- 
gust 28, 1845; vi. Ethan; vii. Kezia Leonard, 
born November 14, 1850; viii. Grace Miran- 
da; ix. Lucy Winchell; x. Cynthia Bugbee'. 
5. Maria Lucy, born June 18, 1821; married 
June 18, 1840, Cyrus Alonzo Keith, of Pom- 
fret; children: i. Josephine Narcissa, born 
May 19, 1841, died January 29, 1843; "• JO" 
sephine Narcissa, born January 6, 1844; iii. 
Evangeline Loira, bom May 20, 1854; while 
she was named as before mentioned, from a 
child she has called herself Evangeline Ira; 
iv. Dr. Halbert Lynn, born April 7, i860; v. 
Avis Muna, born October 16, 1864. 6. Gil- 
bert Daniel, born March 2, 1825, died March 
3, 1887; married, June 4, 1847, Amity A. 
Leonard, of Pomfret; children: i. Ethan 
Warrington, born October 11, 1847, died Jan- 
uary 16, 1890; ii. Laura Malvina, born Au- 
gust 20, 1849. 

(VII) John Allen, son of Gilbert Allen (6), 
was born at Royalton, Vermont, June 5, 1808, 
and removed 1812 with his parents to Pom- 
fret, Vermont, where he attended the district 
school, but he was self-educated for the most 
part. In 1830 he left his father's farm and be- 
gan on his own account on a farm he bought. 
He was a typical Vermont farmer, raising 
cattle, horses and sheep, and making some- 
thing of a specialty of maple sugar. He was 
large and powerful frame and much force of 
character, sometimes rather brusque of 
speech, but always upright and straightfor- 
ward in all his dealings. He was a justice of 
the peace, and transacted much of the legal 
business of the community. He was a Uni- 
versalist in religion, and a Democrat in poli- 
tics. He died May 22, 1893. He married, 
March 4, 1830, at Pomfret, Eliza Fuller, born 
at Sharon, May 28, 1807, died April 29, 1861, 
at Pomfret, daughter of Joseph Fuller. Chil- 
dren: I. Edwin, born February 23, 1831, 
died December 16, 1832. 2. Edwin, born De- 
cember 16, 1832, mentioned below. 3. Edgar 
John, born Aligust. 21, 1835, died August 7, 
1905; married (first), October 10, 1858, Ro- 
sina Moore; married (second), November 10, 
1883, Alice Barrows, of Bridgewater, Ver- 
mont. Children of first wife: i. Eliza Chloe, 
born October 15, 1859; "• Rose Marion, born 
December 18, 1869; iii. Fred Edgar, born 
April 14, 1878; child of the second wife; iv. 
Truman. 4. Henry Charles, born March 7, 
1838; married Anna E. Colvin, of Illinois; 



child: Byron, died in 1883, aged thirteen. 5. 
Rev. Truman Follett, born June 18, 1840; 
married, August i, 1864, Hattie A. Coates, of 
Omro, Wisconsin; children: i. Mantie Helen^ 
born December 12, 1868; ii. Myrtie Louise^ 
born May 2, 1870; iii. Flora Evangeline, born 
November 4, 1871. 6. James Monroe, born 
September 28, 1848. James Monroe Allen is 
a well educated man; married, and has three 
very promising boys, the eldest, Warren, be- 
ing a piano and organ player and a music 
teacher of note. The family live in Berkeley^ 
California, 2738 Regent street, and are an in- 
teresting family. John Allen married for his- 
second wife Mrs. Ruth Childs (Leonard) 
Perry. 

(VIII) Edwin Allen, son of John Allen (7), 
was born at Pomfret, Vermont, December 16, 
1832, and died September 9, 1899. He was 
brought up on the farm of his father, and ed- 
ucated at the district schools and at Royalton 
Academy and Thetford Academy. While at- 
tending the academy he taught school in var- 
ious towns on Cape Cod. In 1852 he bought 
the farm on which he was born, and was as- 
sisted by his father in establishing his home. 
He lived on this farm of one hundred and fif- 
ty acres all his life. It is located in the north- 
west part of Pomfret, on what is called "Allen 
Hill." He made a specialty of Spanish meri- 
no sheep, and in later years raised much Jer- 
sey stock for his own dairy and for sale. His 
own herd numbered twenty-five or more, and 
was reckoned among the best in the state. 
He made butter of excellent quality, and had 
a cider mill which he operated during the sea- 
son. He was a man of much ability and some 
legal education, transacted much legal busi- 
ness, was the leading auctioneer and convey- 
ancer of the community for forty years, and 
settled more estates than any other man in 
the section. He was of social disposition,, 
well beloved and highly esteemed by his 
townsmen. He was a member of the Uni- 
versalist church, a constant attendant and an 
officer of the society. He was a Democrat 
in his younger days, but in his later life be- 
came a Republican. He was an assessor, se- 
lectman, member of the school committee; 
constable, cemetery commissioner and road 
commissioner. His position as justice of the- 
peace brought him the title of 'Squire Allen. 
He was a member of Woodstock Lodge, No. 
31, Free Masons, of Woodstock, Vermont. 
He married, November 18, 1852, Ruth Lull 
Keith, born February 16, 1830, at Pomfret, 
daughter of Vergene and Calista (Lull) Keith, 
of Pomfret. Her father was a farmer. Chil- 



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dren: i. Clarence Jean, born July 24, 1853: 
mentioned below. 2. Sherman Chancelloi. 
born 'September 8, 1857, died June 8, 1887. 3. 
Claude Henry, born February 15, 1862, died 
March 12, 1866. 

(IX) Dr. Clarence Jean Allen, son of Ed- 
win (8). was born at Pomfret, Vermont, July 
24, 1853. In early youth he began to work 
on his father's farm, and he attended the com- 
mon schools of his native town until fourteen 
years of age. He then attended the Green 
Mourttain Perkins Institute at South Wood- 
stock, Vermont, and took a two year course 
in the Randolph state normal school, from 
which he was graduated in June, 1873. ^^e 
had, however, been teaching school for four 
winters between terms at Sharon and Wood- 
stock, Vermont. He was for two years after 
graduation in charge of the graded schools 
of Harrington, Illinois, and for the next three 
years had charge of the graded schools of 
Wauconda, Illinois, and for five years had the 
schools of Marengo. Illinois. In the mean- 
time he had been studying medicine under 
Dr. George D. Carnes. and in the spring of 
1883 became a student in the Dartmouth 
Medical School, continuing at the University 
of Vermont in the winter and spring courses, 
and graduating there in the summer of 1884 
with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He 
was one of five who in taking post examina- 
tions received examination honors. He be- 
gan to practice his profession at Waitsfield. 
Vermont, but after five years entered the New 
York Post Graduate Hospital to take a post- 
graduate course of three months. During the 
next nine years he practiced medicine in Pet- 
erborough, New Hampshire, taking from 
time to time during the summer months 
courses and hospital work at the Massachu- 
setts General Hospital, City Hospital, and the 
Infirmary at Ash and Bennett streets, all in 
Boston. In 1898 he removed his office to 
Winchester, Massachusetts. After two years 
he removed his office from Winthrop street 
to 38 Church street, where he is at present lo- 
cated in a house that he built for office and 
residence. Dr. Allen joined the Congrega- 
tional church at Waitsfield. and is now a 
member of the Winchester Congregational 
church. He was chairman of the parish com- 
mittee while at Peterborough, and is director 
of the Sunday school at Winchester. In poli- 
tics he is a Republican, and served his party 
as delegate to the Vermont state convention 
some years ago. He was town auditor for 
several years in Peterborough, seven years 
on the board of health, and five years chair- 
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man of the board of trustees of the Peter- 
borough public library, and superintendent 
of schools at Waitsfield, Vermont. He is at 
present president of the British American 
Land and Development Company of Boston. 
He is a member of Waterfield Lodge, No. 
231. of Odd Fellows, at Winchester, Massa- 
chusetts, and past noble grand of that lodge. 
He is a member of Aberjona Council, Royal 
Arcanum; of the Massachusetts Society Sons 
of the American Revolution; Vermont Asso- 
ciation of Boston ; Calumet Club of Winches- 
ter; the Cheshire County Medical Society of 
New Hampshire; the New Hampshire State 
Medical Society; the Massachusetts State- 
Medical Society, and the American Medical 
Association. Dr. Allen is at present secre- 
tary of the Winchester Board of Health and 
one of the engineers of the Fire Department. 
He married, August 31, 1875, Eva Ophelia 
Joslyn, born March 5, 1853, at Waitsfield, 
Vermont, daughter of Cornelius Emerson 
and Josette (Dumas) Joslyn, of Waitsfield. 
Her father was a farmer. Their only child, 
Clara Jean, born June i. 1880, at Marengo, 
Illinois, married, June 28, 1905. Arthur Ever- 
ett Joslin. of Chicago. Illinois, and they have 
a cliild. Jean Joslin, born May 6, 1906. 



The surname Freeman is of 
FREEMAN ancient English origin. The 

coat-of-arms: Three loz 
enges. or. Crest — a demi-lion rampant, gules, 
holding between his paws a like lozenge. 
Motto: Liber et Audax. 

(I) Edmund Freeman, the immigrant an- 
cestor, was born in England in 1590, and 
came in the ship "Abigail" in July, 1635, with 
wife Elizabeth and children, AHce, Edmund, 
Elizabeth and John. He settled in Lynn, 
Massachusetts, as early as 1635. Mr. Lewis 
in his history of Lynn said: "This year (1635) 
many new inhabitants appear in Lynn, and 
among them worthy of note Mr. Edmund 
Freeman, who. presented to the colony twen- 
tv corslets or pieces of plate armor." He was 
subsequently in the Plymouth colony, and 
with nine associates was soon recognized by 
*^he government as a suitable person to origi- 
nate a new settlement. He was" admitted 
freeman at Plymouth January 2. 1637, and 
after being for a short time a resident of 
Duxbury. he settled in what was incorporated 
later as the town of Sandwich. Most of the 
grantees of this town were formerly of Lynn. 
Mr. Freeman had the largest grants and was 
evidentlv the foremost man in the enterprise. 



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He was elected as assistant to the governor 
and commissioner to hear and determine 
causes within the several contiguous town- 
ships. He was one of the first judges of the 
"select" court of Plymouth county. During 
the persecution of the Quakers he opposed 
the course of the government and was fined 
ten shillings once for refusing to aid in the 
baiting of Friends under pretense of law. 
"Pre-eminently respected, always fixed in 
principle, and decisive in action, nevertheless 
quiet and unobtrusive, a counsellor and lead- 
er without ambitious ends in view, of uncom- 
promising integrity and of sound judgment, 
■the symmetry of his entire character furn- 
ished an example that is a rich legacy to his 
descendants." He died in 1682 at the ad- 
vanced age of ninety-two. His will is dated 
June 21, 1682, land was offered for probate 
November 2, 1682. He was buried on his 
own land on the hill in the rear of his dwel- 
ling at Sandwich. It is the oldest burial place 
in the town. His grave and that of his wife 
are marked by two boulders which he placed 
in position after her death and called from 
fancied resemblances "the saddle and pillion." 
His home was a mile and a quarter west of 
the town hall and near the junction of the old 
and new county roads to the Cape. 

He married Elizabeth , who died 

February 14, 1675-76. Children: I. AHce. 
born in England, married Deacon William 
Paddy, November 24, 1639. 2. Edmund, born 
in England, married, April 22, 1646, Rebecca 
Prence ; (second) Margaret Perry. 3. Eliz- 
abeth, born in England in 1625, married John 
Ellis. 4. John, born in England about 1627, 
mentioned below. 5. Mary, married Edward 
Perry. 

(li) Major John Freeman, son of Edmund 
I'Veeman (i), was born in England about 
1627. He bought land at Sandwich on Skau- 
ton Neck, December 30, 1649-50, also called 
by the Indians Aquidneck. He removed to 
Eastham, where he was one of the early set- 
tlers with his father-in-law. Governor Prence. 
He was conspicuous in military service in the 
Indian wars. He was a wealthy landholder. 
and is properly regarded as one ni the found- 
ers of the town of Eastham. He was deputy 
to the general court from 1654, eight years; 
selectman from T663, ten years; assistant to 
the governor from 1666, several years, and 
l?ite in life, December 7, 1692, was appointed 
to the bench of the court of common pleas. 
Through a long period of years he was dea- 
con of the Eastham church. He married. 
February 13, 1649-50, Mercy Prence, daugh- 



ter of Governor Prence. She died September 
28, 171 1, aged eighty. He died October 28, 
1 719, aged ninety-seven, according to his 
gravestone, the inscription of which reads: 
"Here lies the body of Maj. John Freeman 
who d. October 28, 1719, in the 98th yr. of 
his age." The grave of his wife is also marked 
by a stone. His will was dated June i, 1716, 
and proved November 4, 1719, bequeathing 
to his surviving children ; emancipated his ne- 
gro slaves. Children: i. born February 2, 
1650, died in infancy. 2. John, born Decem- 
ber, 165 1. 3. Thomas, born September, 1653, 
married Rebecca Sparrow. 4. Patience, mar- 
ried Lieutenant vSamuel Paine, January 31, 
1682-83. 5. Hannah, married, April 14, 1681, 
John Mayo. 6. Edmund, born June, 1657, 
married Ruth Merrick. 7. Mercy, born July 
1659, married Samuel Knowles. 8. William, 
mentioned below. 9. Prince, born February 
3, 1665-66, died young. 10. Nathaniel, born 
March 20. 1669. 11. Bennet, born March 7, 
1670-71, married Deacon John Paine. 

(HI) William Freeman, son of Major John 
Freeman (2), was born about 1660 in Sand- 
wich, Massachusetts, and died in 1687 at the 
very beginning of his career. His widow was 
appointed administratrix May 31, 1687. Tra- 
dition says that he conceived a settlement at 
Portanumquit, Pleasant Bay, which after 
1694 was a part of Harwich and is now in Or- 
leans. He erected a house there, but his wife 
not liking the locality, "the frame was taken 
down and removed to another place." He 
married, about 1684, Lydia Sparrow, daugh- 
ter of John Sparrow. Children: i. Lydia, 
married, February, 1701, Richard Godfrey, of 
Chatham. 2. William, born February 24, 
1686, mentioned below. 

(IV) William Freeman, son of William 
Freeman (3), was born in Eastham, February 
24, 1686. Married, October 16, 171 1, Mercy 
Pepper, of Eastham. He lived in that part of 
Harwich which in 1726 was the school district 
adjoining Eastham. He was for many years 
selectman of Harwich and was a magistrate. 
His wife Mercy died 1769, aged seventy-eight; 
he died March 13, 1772, aged eighty-five years. 
His will was dated September 24, 1770, and 
proved April 7, 1772. Children: i. Mercy, 
born March 6, 1712-13. 2. Apphia, born April 
15, 1714, died young. 3. William, born May 
12, 171 5. married Hannah Atwood. 4. Daniel, 
■born December 30, 171 7. married Mercy Free- 
man. 5. Mercy, born February 19, 1719-20, 
married Nathaniel Knowles and Job Crocker. 
6. Apphia. born March 12, 1721-22, married 
Eben Mayo. 7. Isaac, born December 22, 



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1725, married Ruth Hatch. 8. Jonathan, born 
August 3, 1728, married Ruth Freeman. 9. 
Lydia, born February 7, 1730-31. 10. Solo- 
mon, born January 30, 1732-33, mentioned be- 
low. II. Simeon, born September 28, 1735. 

(V) Hon. Solomon Freeman, son of Wil- 
liam Freeman (4), was born January 30, 
1732-33. Married December 30, 1756, Mercy 
Foster,' daughter of Chillingworth Foster, 
who died May 4, 1760; (second), October 22, 
1761, Desire Doane, daughter of Joseph 
Doane. He died March 11, 1808, aged seven- 
ty-five ; she died November 20, 1807, aged sev- 
enty-eight years, eleven months, five days. 
"He was highly esteemed for his excellent 
qualities of mind and heart ; was called to 
many important trusts, and always acquitted 
himself with honor." He was at the time of 
his death state senator, having represented the 
county for a period of twenty years. He had 
also been selectman, representative and judge 
of the court of common pleas. His residence 
was in Brewster. Children: i. Thankful, born 
December 17, 1757, died young. 2. Isaac, 
born 1762, died young. 3. Solomon, died 
young. Children of second wife : 4. Mercy, 
born August 15, 1765, married William Cros- 
by. 5. William, born January 10, 1768, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Sparrow. 6. Solomon, Jr., born 
May 22, 1770, mentioned below. 7. Desire, 
born June 5, 1774, married Benjamin Foster. 

(VI) Hon. Solomon Freeman, son of Hon. 
Solomon Freeman (5), was born in Brewster, 
Massachusetts, May 22, 1770. Married, Sep- 
tember II, 1793, Abigail Clark, daughter of 
Reuben Clark. He was like his father promi- 
nent in public life and held various positions 
of trust and honor. He was a state senator. 
He died November 9, 1820; his wife March 
3, 185 1. Children: i. William, born Novem- 
ber 13, 1794, in Brewster, married Martha 
Simonds, of Newburyport. 2. Jonathan, born 
August 20, 1796, married Mary Winslow and 
Julia Kendrick. 3. Thankful, born March 21, 
1798, married Thomas Dalton. 4. . Solomon, 
born February 17, 1800, married, June 22, 
1824, Huldah Crosby. 5. Abigail, born De- 
cember 24, 1803, married, December 28, 1825, 
Elijah Knowles. 6. Hannah, born June 15, 
1806, married, May 7, 1829, Isaac Doane. 7. 
Jerusha, born August 19, 1808, married J. G. 
Ward, of Provincetown. 8. Varnum, born 
February 5, 1812, married Mary G. Irwin, of 
Scotland. 9. Henry, born November 30, 1817, 
married Mary B. Bangs. 

(VII) William Freeman, son of Solomon 
Freeman (6), was born in Brewster, Novem- 
ber 13, 1794. Married, in 1819, Martha Si- 



monds, of Newburyport, Massachusetts. He 
resided in Brewster, Massachusetts. Children: 
I. Captain William, born January o.j, 1820, 
married, September 28, 1845, Phebe Hurd and 
had: Willard K., born June 20, 1846, in Or- 
leans, and Clara D., born January, 1862, in 
Brewster. 2. Charles, born June 15, 1822, 
inarried Mehitable Ryder. 3. Caroline, bom 
April 13, 1824, married John Freeman, of 
Maine. 4. George, born April 20, 1826, men- 
tioned below. 5. Abigail, born April 25, 1828. 
(VIII) Captain George Freeman, son of 
William Freeman (7), was born April 20, 
1826. Married, March 14, 1852, Mary Hurd, 
born July 25, 1825, of Orleans, Massachusetts. 
He lived in Brewster. His children: i. Charles 
H., born June 29, 1853. 2. Florence, born 
June 28, 1855, married Granville M. Thomas 
(See sketch). 



John Thomas, the progeni- 
THOMAS tor of the Thomas family of 

Yarmouth, Maine, nephew or 
near relative of General John Thomas (4), 
probably grandson of John Thomas (3), was 
born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 1754, 
and was buried at North Yarmouth, Maine, 
July 24, 1843, aged eighty-eight years, ten 
months and twenty-two days. He had a pot- 
tery on the west side of Main street a little 
retired from the street which was removed 
thither from the site of Joseph Greenleaf's 
house. Thomas began business there in 1791, 
and was succeeded by Joel Brooks, who car- 
ried it on many years. Among his children 
was Captain William, mentioned below. 

(II) Captain William Thomas, son of John 
Thomas (i), born August 8, 1780, lived in 
the same enclosure in which the pottery was 
established on Main street in a cottage. He 
married Mercy Gooding, February 26, 1807, 
who died April 22, 1847. He died November 
4, 1873, aged ninety-three years. He followed 
the sea and commanded a ship which was cap- 
tured by the British navy during the War of 
181 2 and he was confined in Dartmoor Prison, 
England. Children: i. Joseph, mentioned be- 
low. 2. John, bom February 8, 1810. 3. 
Mercy Ann, born November 21, 1813. 4. 
Elizabeth Morss, born December 1,1817. 5. 
Hannah S., born October 8, 1820. 6. George 
William, born August 7, 1824. 

(III) Joseph Thomas, son of William 
Thomas (2), was born at Yarmouth, Maine, 
May 2-^, 1808, died in 1872. Married Abigail 
Lane. He lived in Melrose, Massachusetts. 
Children: i. Julian A., born March 18, 1849, 



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at Melrose. 2. Granville Al., mentioned be- 
low. 3. Inez M., bom May, 1853, at Melrose. 
{ly ) Granville M. Thomas, son of Joseph 
Thomas (3), was born January 6, 185 1, at 
Melrose, Massachusetts. He was educated in 
the public schools. He married, June 15, 
1880, at Brev^fster, Massachusetts, Florence 
Freeman, daughter of Captain George Free- 
man, of Brewster. (See Freeman sketch). 
Children: i. Charles Melville, born at Melrose, 
March 8, 1881, dentist, living in Maiden. 2. 
Joseph Irving, born November 16, 1882. 



(For preceding Kenerations see Nicholas Holt 1). 

(Ill) Thomas Holt, son of Nicho- 

HOLT las Holt (2), was born in z\n- 

dover, Massachusetts. August 16, 

1686; married first, December 14, 1708, 

AHce Peabody, who died July 29, 1726; 

married second, Abigail , who died 

November 29, 1766. aged eighty-eight. He 
died January 12, 1767, aged eighty-one. 
Children: i. Child, born at Andover, Septem- 
ber 5, 1709. died young. 2. Thomas, born 
March, 1712; mentioned below. 3. Lydia, 
born at Andover, January 2, 1714; married 
January 30, 1734, Benjamin Holt; he died 
July 19, 1784, she September 30, 1778. 4. 
Joseph, 1x)rn February 28, 1716; married 
Mary Abbot ; removed to Lunenburg. 5. 
Abiel, born April 25, 1718; died September 
II, 1744. 6. William, born December 10, 
1720; removed to Hampton, Connecticut; 
married Hannah Holt ; second, Sybil Durkee. 
7. Alice, born September 18, 1723; married 
John Barnard. Jr. 8. Jonathan, born May 18, 
1726; died June 2, 1726. 

(IV) Thomas Holt, son of Thomas Holt 
(3), was born at Andover. Massachusetts, 
March, 1712; married August 15, 1734, Han- 
nah Kimball, of Boxford, who died June 12, 
1748; married second, January 26, 1749, Dor- 
cas, daughter of Nicholas and Dorcas Holt. 
He was reputed to be the largest landholder in 
Andover, owning land a mile or more in every 
direction from his residence. His wife Dor- 
cas was^ the first owner of a gig in the village. 
It created no little wonder, as she drove to 
meeting at a rate not quite orthodox, the 
young people exclaiming: "Clear the road; 
Aunt Dorcas is comin' !" He died November 
21, T776; his widow afterward removed to 
Wilton, New Hampshire, where she died. 
Children of Thomas and Hannah Holt: i. 
Nathan, born at Andover. July 17. 1735. 2. 
Hannah, born February 11, 1739; married 
Daniel Holt. 3. Daniel, born September 11, 



1740; married Alice Holt. 4. Asa, born May 
3, 1743 ; married Dinah Holt ; second, Lydia 
Patten, widow. 5. Mehitable, born February 
8, 1744; married Samuel Lafkin and Abner 
Wilkins. 6. Abiel, born April 3, 1746, mar- 
ried Lydia Lovejoy. Children of Thomas and 
Dorcas Holt: 7. Thomas, born June 15, 1750. 
8. Dorcas, born March 19, 1753. 9. Mary, 
born March 11, 1758; married Lieutenant 
John Adams. 10. Lois, born October 29, 1760; 
married Moses Pearson. 11. William, born 
September 7, 1763; mentioned below. 12. 
Joseph, born September 29, 1766; married 
Abigail Holt. 

(V) William Holt, son of Thomas Holt 
(4), was born at Andover, Massachusetts, 
September 7, 1763; married July 29, 1784, 
Elizabeth Jones, daughter of Jacob. She died 
at Weld, Maine, 1829. He removed to Wil- 
ton, New Hampshire, subsequently returned 
to Andover, and died December 23, 18 10. 
Children: i. Jacob, born at Andover, Decem- 
ber 13, 1784; married Hannah Raymond. 2. 
Stephen, born at Andover, April 11, 1786. 3. 
William, born at Andover, March 6, 1788; 
married Lucy Woodbury. 4. Elizabeth, born 
at W' ilton, March 12, 1790; died 1797. 5. Jo- 
seph, born January 28, 1792; mentioned be- 
low. 6. Asa, born at Wilton, May 5, 1794, 
married Alethenia Butterfield, of Weld. 
Maine. 7. Nathan, born at Wilton and lived 
at Weld. 8. Elizabeth, married February 16,. 
1 8 18, Benjamin Houghton, 

(VI) Joseph Holt, son of William Holt (5), 
was born at Wilton, New Hampshire, January 
28, 1792; married, 1814, Betsey, daughter of 
Uriah Smith, of Wilton. He was for a time 
a carpenter, then a proprietor of the first line 
of stages running through Wilton, but for the 
greater part of his life was an itinerant mer- 
chant. Children: i. Varnum Sawtelle, adopt- 
ed son, mentioned below. 2. Mary Elizabeth, 
born August 18, 1817; died September 26, 
1837. 3. Olivia A., born February 11, 1820; 
died March 7, 1820. 4. Joseph Smith, born at 
Wilton, May 27, 1823: married July 31, 1853, 
Hannah Celestia, daughter of Moses Merriam, 
of Mason ; resided at Keene. 5. Helen Jane, 
born July 16, 1829; married August 31, 1853, 
Philander Ring. 

(VII) Varnum Sawtelle Holt, adopted son 
of Joseph Holt (6), was born January 22, 
181 5. His parents were named Sawtelle. He 
lived at Henniker and Wilton, New Hamip^ 
shire, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was 
a well-to-do merchant. He died January 28, 
1869, at Vicksburg, now Lake wood, New 
Jersey. He married, May 5, 1837, Caroline 




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Susan, third child of John and Susannah 
(Hale) Gibson. She was born in Henniker, 
New Hampshire, February 21, 181 5. Her 
father was born at Henniker, October 22, 1772 ; 
died there June 5, 1836. 

Captain Joseph Gibson, father of John Gib- 
son (6), was born at Stow, Massachusetts, 
July 8, 1750; died al^. Henniker, May 23, 1801 ; 
married, 1772, Olive Randall, of Stow, born 
August 26, 1749, died December 30, 1816. 
Captain Gibson was a settler in Henniker in 
1774; selectman there 90-91-96-97-99; captain 
for Henniker alarm list 1776, later command- 
er of the town company, one of the so-called 
"slam-bang" companies ; but was prevented 
by disability from doing active service in the 
war. 

Captain Timothy Gibson, father of Captain 
Joseph, was born in Stow, January 20. 1702-3 ; 
died at Henniker, January 18, 1782; married 
December 29, 1725, Persis Rice, born in Sud- 
bury, January 10, 1706-7, died at Henniker, 
March 22, 1781, daughter of Deacon Jonathan 
Rice,' granddaughter of Joseph Rice, and 
great-granddaughter of the immigrant, Ed- 
mund Rice, of Sudbury, Captain Timothy 
Gibson was brought up in Stow by Abraham 
Holman ; his boyhood and early manhood were 
spent in Sudbury ; removed to Groton, Massa- 
chusetts, and thence to Stow ; was selectman 
in Stow 1734-35-36-39, constable in 1745, 
and captain in militia ; removed to Henniker 
when- seventy-one years old, with his son, in 
1774; signed the association test, and was an 
earnest patriot. 

Deacon Timoth}^ Gibson, father of Captain 
Timothy Gibson, was born in Cambridge, 
about 1679; died at Stow, July 14, 1757; mar- 
ried first, at Concord, November 17, 1700, Re- 
becca Gates, of Stow, born in Marlborough, 
July 23, 1682, died in Stow, January 21, 1754, 
daughter of Stephen and Sarah (Woodward) 
Gates. Deacon Timothy married second. Sub- 
mit Taylor, widow, of Sudbury. Deacon Gib- 
son was brought up by Abraham Holman ; 
settled in Stow ; was a large land owner in 
Lunenburg, Massachusetts ; selectman of Stow 
1734-35-36 and 39. 

John Gibson, Jr., father of Deacon Timothy, 
was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, about 
1641 ; died October 15, 1679; married Decem- 
ber 9, 1668, Rebecca Errington (Harrington), 
born at Cambridge, died there December 4, 
17 13, daughter of Abraham and Rebecca (Cut- 
ler) Errington ; a witness in the witchcraft 
case ; soldier in King Philip's war under Cap- 
tain Thomas Prentice, in the Mt. Hope Ex- 
pedition. 



John Gibson (i), father of John Gibson, Jr., 
was born in 1601, in England; settled in Cam- 
bridge, Massachusetts. 1631; died 1694; mar- 
ried first, Rebecca , who was buried 

December i, 1661, in Roxbury; married sec- 
ond, July 24, 1662, Joan Prentice, widow of 
Henry Prentice of Cambridge; was admitted 
freeman May 17, 1637. (See Gibson family). 

Children of Varnum Sawtelle and Caroline 
Susan (Gibson) Holt: i. Joseph Gibson, born 
at Henniker, March 9, 1839, died June 18, 
1907, at Boston; a lawyer residing in Cam- 
bridge, practicing in Boston; married first, 
June 14, 1863, Mary A. Drake, of Leomin- 
ster, who died September i, 1877; second, 
January 27, 1880, Carrie C. Smith; children: 
i. Mary Gibson, born at Cambridge, August 
4, 1868, married January 7, 1889, Alfred H. 
Burlen, of Maiden, manufacturer, and have 
two children: Gertrude Frances Burlen, born 
February 16, 1891, and Robert A. Burlen, 
January 29, 1893; ii. Charles Joseph, borp at 
Cambridge, October 22, 1880; iii. Carroll 
Varnum. born at Cambridge, February 25, 
1884, died June 12, 1895; iv. Caroline Jo- 
sephine, born at Cambridge, December i, 
1887, niarried Charles H. Bowers. 2. Lieu- 
tenant Charles Varnum. born kt Wilton, New 
Hampshire. February 7. 1841 ; died at Cam- 
bridge, September 1864; married Sarah 
Fiske, of Cambridge; enlisted in Union army 
September 14, 1861, mustered September 18, 
as commissary sergeant First Massachusetts 
Cavalry, promoted second lieutenant July 25, 
1862, first lieutenant February 3, 1863, trans- 
ferred August 4. 1863, to Fourth Massachu- 
setts Cavalry, discharged for disability July 
26, 1864, and died soon after. 3. IJomer C, 
born April 4, 1846; mentioned below. 4. 
Caroline E., born at Wilton April 4, 1851; 
died October 27. 1851. 5. Edward Hale, born 
at Wilton July 9, 1854; residence. New York 
city: he died in Philadelphia in 1903. 

(VHI) Homer C. Holt, son of Varnum 
Sawtelle Holt (7), was born at Wilton, New 
Hampshire, April 4. 1846. He removed to 
Cambridge in 1858. He was educated in the 
public schools, and graduated at the Cam- 
bridge high school. He studied law in the 
office of his elder brother, Joseph Gibson 
Holt, Boston, and was admitted to the bar in 
1867 at the age of twenty-one. He' followed 
his profession as a lawyer in Middlesex county, 
Massachusetts, for a period of thirty-one 
vears and took high rank in the profession. 
For the past eighteen years he had been in- 
terested chiefly in the real estate business. 
His firm laid out the township of Lakewood, 



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New Jersey, formerly called Hricksburg, and 
have handled many large transactions in Bos- 
ton and vicinity. Mr. Holt was a justice of 
the peace and notary public for many years. 
He was a member of the Free masons and a 
Knight Templar, Cambridge. In religion he 
was a Congregationalist: in i^olitics a Repub- 
lican. 

He married (first), July 9. 1879, Alice M. 
Dresser, born at Portland, Maine, September 

12. 1857. died August 24, 1896. Edward K. 
Dresser, her father, married Mary L. Whit- 
ing and had: Fannie E. Dresser, mairied 
Robert A. Hancock; and Alice Dresser, mar- 
ried Mr. Holt. Robert Dresser, father of Ed- 
ward K. Dresser, was born in Scarborough, 
Maine, 'December 3, 1799. Wentworth Dress- 
er, father of Robert Dresser, and wife So- 
phia resided in Scarborough; children: i. 
John, born March 27, 1795; ii. Israel, Octo- 
ber 14, 1796; iii. Robert, December 3, 1799, 
mentioned; iv. Daniel, August 31. 1802; v. 
Lydia, February 12, 1805; vi. Asa, April 27, 
1807; vii. Joseph. October 27, 181 1. Jona- 
than Dresser, doubtless the father of Went- 
worth Dresser, was a member of the First 
Church of Scarborough, Maine, July 17, 1743. 
Nathaniel Dresser, father of Jonathan Dress- 
er, according to the best evidence at hand, 
and certainly grandfather of Wentworth 
Dresser, was born in Rowley, Massachusetts, 
August 2^, 1681; married there November 

13, 1707, Elizabeth Wentworth. born August 
2y, 1689. He received a gift of land from his 
father in Rowley in 1711-12. She was the 
daughter of Sylvanus and Elizabeth (Stewart) 
Wentworth, and granddaughter of Elder 
William Wentworth (See Wentworth sketch) 
and Duncan Stewart, of Rowley. Sylvanus 
Wentworth resided in Rowley and in Dover, 
New Hampshire. Lieutenant John Dresser, 
father of Nathaniel Dresser, born about 1640; 
married, November 27, 1662, Martha, prob- 
ably daughter of Richard Thorley. She died 
June 29, 1700; he married (second), January 
7, 1701-02, Rebecca Dickinson, widow of 
James Dickinson, and she died April 2, 1718. 
Lieutenant Dresser died March 14, 1723-24, 
Newbury or Rowley (records at both places). 
John Dresser (i), father of Lieutenant John 
Dresser, was one of the pioneers of Rowley, 
Massachusetts, where he had a house lot as 
early as 1643; ^I's wife Mary came with him; 
he died 1672, leaving a will, mentioning his 
children and others. 

Homer C. and Alice L. (Dresser) Holt had 
one child: Alice Louise, mentioned below. 
Homer C. Holt married (second) Aaigust 31, 



1898, Elizabeth \'. McCallum, born at Saco, 
Maine, July 4, 1856, daughter of John and 
Mary A. (Johnson) McCallum, whose chil- 
dren were: Elizabeth V., Jane, Lucy, Sarah, 
John, James, Ceorge, Mary, Fannie, Annie, 
William, the latter being the only one surviv- 
ing; he resides in Saco, Maine, and has sons, 
John and Paul McCallum. William McCal- 
lum, father of John McCallum, married Nan- 
cy Buchanan, and had children: Robert, 
John, William, Alexander, Andrew, James, 
Margaret, Elizabeth, Nancy McCallum. 
There w^ere no children by the second mar- 
riage of Mr. Holt. 

(IX) Alice Louise Holt, daughter of Hom- 
er C. Holt (8), was born in Cambridge, ]\Ias- 
sachusetts, March 20, 1882, She was edu- 
cated in the public and high schools of her na- 
tive city. She married, June 5, 1905, Walter 
L. Reynolds, born February 20, 1878, at La- 
moine, Maine. He was educated in the pub- 
lic schools and took up a mercantile career. 
He is at present a wholesale confectionery 
dealer of Boston, residing at 5 Hammond 
street, Somerville, Massachusetts. The only 
child of Walter L. and Alice Louise Holt is : 
Homer Holt Reynolds, born at Somerville, 
April 13, 1906. Charles A. and Mary Ellen 
(King) Reynolds, parents of Walter L. Rey- 
nolds, had also : i. Arthur W., married A. 
Gertrude Hutchins ; ii. Persis M. Reynolds, 
who married Sumner W. Foster ; iii. Louise 
Revnolds, immarried. 



Robert Lane, the English progen- 
LANE itor, lived at Rickmansworth, 

Hertfordshire. His will, dated 
July 4. 1542, proved June 11, 1543, provides 
that he be buried in the churchyard of Our 
Blessed Lady in Rickmansworth, and gives 
to daughters Annes (or Agnes) Page and 
Margaret Thorpe each one acre of wheat, one 
cow and ten sheep, and various articles of 
household furniture; to John Page, son Wil- 
liam Page, and John Thorpe, son of Edward 
lliorpe, each one sheep; and to Elyne, his 
son's daughter, one bullock. His son Thom- 
as was executor and residuary legatee. Chil- 
dren: T. Thomas, mentioned below. 2. 
Annes, married William Page. 3. Margaret, 
married Edward Thorpe. 

(II) Thomas Lane, son of Robert Lane (i), 
was born about 151 5. He was a yeoman of 
Rickmansworth. His will, dated December 
9, 1586, proved June 14, 1587, provides that 
his body be buried in the churchyard at Rick- 
mansworth, and bequeathed ten shillings to 



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the poor of the parish; to his son George 
"the table in the hall, and the form and settles 
about the window, and the horse mill stand- 
ing in the barn, with all things belonging to 
the said mill; also a brass pot which was his 
grandfather's, after the death of his wife; to 
son John; son Richard; daughter Joan 
Wynchfield; to Elizabeth Culverhouse; to 
Mary Page; to James Lane, house and land 
at Croxley Green, on condition that the 
aforementioned George Lane, father of James 
pays to testator's daughter Dorothy ten 
pounds at the time of her marriage; to sister 
Thorpe. His wife Alice was executrix and 
residuary legatee. Children: i. Elyne, men- 
tioned in her grandfather's will in 1542. 2. 
George, mentioned below. 3. John. 4. 
Richard. 5. Elizabeth, married Culver- 
house. 6. Dorothv, perhaps wife of Thomas 
Hull. 

(HI) George Lane, son of Thomas Lane 
(2), was born about 1550. His will, dated 
November 6, 1627, proved September 27, 
1628, bequeaths to son Henry; son Symon, a 
life annuity towards the bringing up of his 
children, upon condition that he shall not re- 
turn his children to his kindred, otherwise 
the legacy to be void; to daughter Isabel 
Lane; sons Jerome and James; to Edward, 
James's son; to Anne, daughter of Thomas 
Hull, and other children of Thomas Hull. 
Thomas and John were executors and resi- 
duary legatees. Children: i. Thomas, exec- 
utor of father's will and trustee under the will 
of his brother Symon in 1629, probably died 
before 1646, in England. 2. John,' ancestor 
of one branch of the American family. 3. 
Henry. 4. Symon, died in England. 5. Jer- 
ome. 6. James ; mentioned below. 7. Isabel. 
8. George, married and had children. 

(IV) James Lane, born in Rickmansworth, 
England, was the father of Job, James and 
Edward Lane, of Maiden, Massachusetts, 
1650. He died possessing a landed estate, 
before the year 1654. His wife's name was 
Katherine. Children: i. John, the eldest, 
remained in England and received joint in- 
heritance with his brother James in the par- 
ental estate prior to 1654. 2. Job. born about 
1620, in England; settled in Maiden. Massa- 
chusetts; ancestor of the Billerica and Bed- 
ford Lane families. 3. James ; mentioned be- 
low. 4. Edward, an early settler of Maiden; 
bought real estate there in 165 1 of Robert 
Harding; visited England, returning 1656; 
settled as a merchant in Boston. 

(V) James Lane, son of James Lane (4), 
was born in England, and perhaps was the 



craftsman and member of the guild of Turn- 
ers, London, 1654. That same year James, 
and John Lane, his brother, had joint owner- 
ship in real estate at Rickmansworth, Hert- 
fordshire, received from their parents. Job 
Lane, their brother, also claimed a share. 
James had paid debts on the property, "a good 
sum," and was reduced in circumstances. The 
brothers — Job, James and Edward — settled in 
Maiden about 1656, in some kind of partner- 
ship which did not continue long. James Lane 
soon removed to Casco Bay, Edward Lane to 
Boston, and Job to Billerica, about 1664. 
James Lane was called an inhabitant of 
Charlestown in 1658; in 1660 he was at Mai- 
den, according to a power of attorney given 
his brother Job. At North Yarmouth he ac- 
quired by purchase and improvement large es- 
tates in dififerent sections. He gave his name 
to a point of land and an island off the east 
coast of Royall's river, which still bear his 
name. The Indian headquarters for fishing 
the streams and coves along the shores of 
Casco Bay seems to have been on Lane's Isl- 
and. Lane was living in Falmouth in 1658, 
when he signed the petition to come under the 
Massachusetts government. He received a 
legacy from his uncle, John Lane, August 7, 
1661. In 1665-6 and probably afterward for 
some time he was sergeant of the military 
company. In King Philip's war Lane was 
killed by the Indians, and his family had to 
leave North Yarmouth. The inventory of his 
estate was dated August 18, 1681. James Lane 

married first, Ann , and second, Sarah 

White, daughter of John and Mary White. 
Mary (White) married first James Phips, and 
by her two husbands became the mother of 
twenty-six children. Sarah White w^as half- 
sister of Governor William Phips. James 
died intestate and left six children to share 
his estate. Children: i. Ann, lived in Billerica 
in 1678 ; married John Bray, son of Richard 
Bray — perhaps a Quaker marriage, as an at- 
tempt was made by some party to prove tthe 
marriage illegal. 2. John, mentioned below. 
3. Samuel, resided at North Yarmouth. 4. 
Henry ; lived at North Yarmouth ; died at 
Boston, June 4, 1690. 5. Job, married Mary 
Fassett. 6. James, was living August 25, 1679. 
(VI) John Lane, son of James Lane (5), 
born about 1652, died 1738. He testified July 
2, 1733, that "fifty-two or three years since, 
he went to live at Falmouth in Casco Bay, and 
there lived till he removed from thence in the 
second Indian war." Other records show that 
he was at Cape Elizabeth, under President 
Thomas Danforth, in 1680. He married Dor- 



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cas Wallis, daughter of John and Alary 
(Shepard) Wallis. John Wallis bought his 
property at Cape Elizabeth in 1667 of Nicho- 
las White. The locality was known as Papod- 
ing, in Casco J3ay. In the' attack upon Casco 
Bay, August 11. 1675, Wallis had his dwell- 
ing house burned. In this attack eleven mem 
were slain and. twenty-three women and chil- 
dren killed or taken captive. Wallis returned 
to Falmouth, where he was selectman in 1681. 
Compelled to leave again in the second Indian 
attack, he settled at Gloucester, where he died 
September 23, 1690. Nathaniel Wallis, father 
of John, was a native of Cornwall, England, 
and was with his son among the twenty-nine 
inhabitants of Black Point and Casco Bay, as 
early as 1658. John Lane was living near his 
father-in-law, John Wallis, at Purpooduclc 
Point, in 1687 and May 26, 1689. King Wil- 
liam's War, "the second Indian War" men- 
tioned in Lane's deposition, broke out in 1686. 
Falmouth was again abandoned May 17, 1690, 
when an expedition from Quebec dismantled 
three forts there, killed and captured one hun- 
dred inhabitants, and destroyed the town. The 
slain had no funerals, and were left unburied 
until the next year. From Casco Bay to Pem- 
aquid not one single English plantation re- 
mained. The families of John Wallis and John 
Lane, of Cape Elizabeth, and of Samuel Lane 
of North Yarmouth, are found soon after- 
ward at Gloucester, Massachusetts. Here the 
Lane family 'gave the name of Lanesville to a 
village of the town. He sold his land at Fal- 
mouth in 1700 and bought land in Gloucester. 
In 1 7 14-5 he presented claims for six parcels 
of land oi his father at North Yarmouth, and 
also claimed in his own right fifty or sixty 
acres of land at Pond Cove. Cape Elizabeth. 
These claims were established. John and 
Dorcas Lane shared in the division of the 
Wallis estate at Falmouth. February 19. 1723. 
In the records of the commission appointed to 
establish the land titles after the danger of In- 
dian attack had passed, several important de- 
positions of John Lane are on file. Lane was 
a member of the First Church of Gloucester ; 
also an original member of the Third Church 
at its organization in 1728. at Annisquam 
Harbor. Lane died January 24, 1737-8. aged 
eighty-si.x years. His wife Dorcas was ad- 
mitted to the church January 14, 1730. and 
died February 2. 1754. in her ninety-third 
year. Of the children, five were born at Cape 
Elizabeth and six at Gloucester; nine were 
baptizerl at the First Giurch of Gloucester 
before 1703. by Rev. John White: i. James. 
bo'-ii 1682; mentioned below. 2. John, born 



1688; married Mary Riggs. 3. Josiah, mar- 
ried January 15, 17 13, Rachel York. 4. Dor- 
cas, married January 8, 1713, William Tucker, 
born May 11, 1690. 5. Sarah, born about 
1690; married, December, 1713, Thomas 
Riggs ; he married second, Sarah Hunt, of 
Ipswich. 6. Hepzibah, born at Gloucester 
July 20, 1694, married November 27, 1718, 
Caleb Woodbury. 7. Mary, born August 8, 
1696 ; married first, Thomas Finson, who was 
klled by the Indians at Fox Island, June 24, 
1724. 8. Joseph, born October 15, 1698; mar- 
ried Deborah Harraden. 9. Benjamin, born 
July 25, 1700; married Elizabeth Grifiin. 10. 
Deborah, born February 19, 1703; died May 
9, 1729. II. Job, born February 8, married 
Mary Ashby. 

(VIII) Deacon James Lane, son of John 
Lane (7), was born at Cape Elizabeth, in 
1682 ; married first, October 25, 1710, Ruth, 
daughter of John and Ruth (Wheeler) Riggs; 
granddaughter of Thomas Riggs, who was 
educated as a scrivener in England, was in 
Gloucester by 1658. school master, town clerk 
1665 to 1716, fifty-one years, selectman over 
twenty years, representative in 1700. Mrs. 
Lane was born in Gloucester, November 4, 
1690, and died August 18, 171 1, aged twenty 
years. Deacon Lane married second, Judith 
Woodbury, widow of William Woodbury. She 
was admitted to the church November 13, 
1739. and died August 29. 1770. Lane resided 
at Lanesville. Gloucester, where he was a prom- 
inent citizen of wnde influence. He bought 
much land. James, John and Samuel Lane 
were among the forty petitioners in 1726 for 
the Third or .Xnnisquam Parish, incorporated 
June II. 1728. and they, signed the original 
covenant. James Lane was chosen deacon of 
this church at its organization ; was selectman 
of Gloucester 1726, 1727, 1730 to 1735 inclu- 
sive. He died intestate April 20, 1751. His 
estate was divided February 20, 1771. Chil- 
dren : I. James, born August 8. 171 1; died 
May 14, 1729. Children by second wife: 2. 
William, born June 24, 1716; married Lydia 
Griffin and Deborah (Lane) Langsford. 3. 
Ruth, born December 27, 1718; married April 

6. 1738. Paul Morgan. 4. Josiah, born March 
29. 1721, mentioned below. 5. Mary, born 
June 25, 1723. 6. John, born August 8, 1725. 

7. James, born October 9, 1729; master of 
fishing schooner, lost at sea in 1753. 

(IX) Josiah Lane, son of James Lane (8), 
bom in Gloucester. Massachusetts, March 29, 
1721 ; married March 20, 1743. Abigail Nor- 
wood, born March 28. 1723. daughter of 
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Francis Norwood, father of Thomas, was one 
of Cromwell's soldiers, and after the restora- 
tion of Charges II he fled from England. 
Joshua Norwood was a fisherman, and en- 
gaged in getting out mooring stones and mill- 
stones, the first man in Gloucester to quarry 
stone, an industry that has flourished in later 
years. Mr. Lane and his wife were members 
of the Third Church in Annisquam. He died 
1766, and administration was granted to his 
widow Abigail, November 3, 1766. The in- 
ventory included half a schooner, a pew in the 
/meeting house, and a third of another pew, 
and one-third of one-eighth of the vacancy 
in the gallery. His widow seems to have mar- 
ried second, Joseph Cafifareen, the schoolmas- 
ter, who died September 6, 18 14. The house 
formerly occupied by Josiah Lane is still 
standing at Bay View. Gloucester, though 
changed in appearance. Six or seven of his 
sons were soldiers in the Revolution. Chil- 
dren : I. Ruth, born October 8, 1743. 2. Ju- 
dith, bom June 23, 1745. 3. James, born June 
8, 1747; married Hannah Robinson. 4. Josiah, 
born December 6. 1748: mentioned below. 5. 
Isaac, born November 4, 1750; married Dor- 
cas Bennett and Jerusha . 6. Theophil- 

us, born July 9, 1752; married Susannah 
Davis. 7. Levi, born November 3, 1754; mar- 
ried Elizabeth Gyles and Susannah (New- 
man) Lane. 8. Francis, born December 12, 
1756, married Esther Griflin, Hannah Wyman 
and Betsey Gammon. 9. Abigail, born Octo- 
ber 19, 1759 ; married Nathaniel Bennett, re- 
sided at Mount Desert. 10. Mark, born Janu- 
arv' 8, 1762; married Esther Gott. 11. Ammi, 
born June 17, 1764. 

(X) Josiah Lane, son of Josiah Lane (9), 
was born December 6, and baptized Decem- 
ber II, 1748, at Annisquam, Gloucester, Mas- 
sachusetts. He married (intention dated De- 
cember 19) 1769, Jerusha Stevens. He set- 
tled with others of the family at New Glouces- 
ter. Maine. His only child was Josiah, men- 
tioned below. 

(XI) Josiah Lane, son of Josiah Lane (10), 
born in New Gloucester, Maine, January 15, 
1771 ; died there January 19, 1833, aged sixty- 
two years: married (intentions dated March 
30) 1795, Abigail (Rowe) Cleaves, who was 
born October 3, 1773, and died July 25, 1834, 
daughter of Jonathan Rowe, of New Glouces- 
ter. Josiah Lane settled at New Gloucester on 
a farm that he bought of Cotton Tufts and 
Samuel Tucker in 1799. This farm he be- 
queathed to his wife, and it was sold by his 
heirs to Benjamin Rollins. May i, 1838. Chil- 
dren: I. Isaac, born October i, 1795. 2. Dr. 



Josiah, born December 7, 1796, settled at Lis- 
bon, Maine: died June 11, 1850. 3. Jonathan, 
born May 26, 1798. 4. Abigail D., born Oc- 
tober 25, 1800; died January i, 1815. 5. Cyn- 
thia, born September 13, 1802; died June 28, 
1844. 6. Edmund Cleaves, born October 23, 
1804; married Mary Ring Humphrey. 7. 
Moses, born September 16, 1806; married Oc- 
tober 18, 1829, Angelina Tyler, and died in 
Minot. Maine, August 10, 183 1, leaving two. 
daughters. 8. M^ary E., born December 23, 
1808, lived at New Gloucester. 9. Jane C, 
born March 6, 1811 ; married Ephraim G. 
Gordon, of Poland, Maine, and died January 
25, 1858. 10. Sethi, born March 18, 1813; 
married Hannah C. C. Rowe. 11. Julia Anti, 
born March 24, 181 5 : died at New Gloucester, 
'February 27, 1853. 12. Abigail C, born June 
7, 1817. 13. Addison, born March i, 1821 ; 
mentioned below. 

(XII) Addison Lane, son of Josiah Lane 
(11), was born in New Gloucester, Maine, 
March i, 1821. In 1838 his guardian, Jesse 
Hayes, sold his share in his mother's estate to 
Benjamin Rollins. He was educated in the 
public schools of his native town. At the age 
of thirteen he began to earn his own living. 
He learned the trade of cabinet making. He 
removed to Melrose, Massachusetts, in 1851, 
and followed his trade in Boston until 1870, 
when he opened a place of business in Melrose. 
After about a year he was appointed superin- 
tendent of the Melrose Water Works, and he 
sold his store. He was at the head of the 
water department of Melrose for a period of 
seventeen years, and had much to do with the 
development and extension of the system in 
that rapidly growing municipality. When he 
left this position he engaged in the real estate 
business for four years. During the next 
eight years he served the city of Melrose as 
collector of taxes, a position in which he gave 
the utmost satisfaction to both taxpayers and 
city officers. When he retired from this office 
it was to give up active business, and he has- 
since then lived quietly in Melrose. In poli- 
tics Mr. Lane is a Republican. He was soiue- 
what active in party afi^airs in his younger 
days, and often served as delegate to nomina- 
ting conventions. In religion he is a Baptist, 
an earnest and faithful member of the Melrose 
Baptist Church, and for many years a deacon. 
He married twice : first Lucy A. Morrison, 
born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire: he mar- 
ried second . Children of Addison and 

Lucy A. Lane: i. Emily W. 2. Alice M. 3. 
Adelaide L.. married Edwin H. Downing, of 
Arlington Heights. Massachusetts. 4. Hattie 



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E., married Charles Royal, of Mechanics Falls, 
Maine ; now deceased. 5. Marv E. 6. George 
A. 



The immigrant ancestor of 
CHANDLER Frank E. Qiandler was 

William Chandler, who 
came to New England in 1637, with his wife 
Annis and four children — Thomas, Hannah, 
John and William. He died of consumption 
January 26, 1641, after a lingering illness of 
nearly a year, having "lived a very religious 
and godley life." Two years later his widow 
married John Dane, of Ipswich and Roxbury. 

(II) Thomas Chandler, born in 1630, died 
in 1703. He came to Roxbury with his par- 
ents when seven years old. He married Han- 
nah Brewer, of Roxbury. They were among 
the pioneers and early settlers of Andover. He 
was proprietor of an iron foundry, as well as 
farmer, and was also captain of the military 
company. He was representative to the gen- 
eral court in 1678 and 1679. 

(III) Captain Joseph Chandler, born Au- 
gust 3, 1669, married Sarah Abbott, daughter 
of Thomas and Sarah (Stewart) Abbott. He 
had a saw mill in Andover in 1695, but sold 
his property there and removed to Amesbury, 
then a new town. In 1709-10 he was survey- 
or, and like his father was captain of a mili- 
tary company. 

(IV) Joseph Chandler was the second of 
nine children. He married Mary Tucker, of 
Amesbury, December 28, 1717. He worked 
at blacksmithing and iron making, and lived 
many years in Salisbury, but removed to 
Southampton, New Hampshire, in 1753, and 
to Epping, New Hampshire, in 1755. 

(V) Captain Joseph Chandler, second of 
seven children, was born in Salisbury, in 1725, 
and married Lydia Eastman, of Epping, Jan- 
uary I, 1746. He was a blacksmith by trade, 
as well as farmer. He served in the French 

-and Indian war, and was captain of a com- 
pany in the Revolutionary war, and died at 
Fort Independence, September 17, 1776. His 
estate was valued at £849 os 3d. After his 
death his wife married John Bartlett, and out- 
living him she went to live with her son, John 
Chandler, at Monmouth, Maine. 

(VI) Nathaniel Chandler, the oldest of ten 
children, was born September 22, 1748. He 
married Ann Prescott, of New Hampton, New 
Hampshire. She was a descendant of James 
Prescott. of Hampton, New Hampshire, previ- 
ously of Dryby, England. Her father was 
Major Joseph Prescott, born November 17, 



1725, of Epping, who was a major in Colonel 
Stephen Evans' regiment, and was in the bat- 
tles of Bennington and Ticonfleroga, and at 
the taking of Burgoyne. Mr. Chandler was a 
blacksmith, and lived in Sanbornton several 
years, and removed to New Hampton. He 
died in 1795 in his forty-seventh year. 

(VII) Joseph Prescott Chandler, the sec- 
ond of nine children, was born December 29, 
1776, in New Hampton, February 22, 1816, 
he married Hannah Cram, daughter of Jon- 
athan Cram, of Hampton Falls, New Hamp- 
shire. He had charge of the light house on 
Burnt Island, Boothbay, for several years, 
and then settled down as a farmer at Exeter, 
Maine. He died January ist, 1864. 

(VIII) Joseph Cram Chandler, born in 
Monmouth, Maine, February 5, 1819, mar- 
ried, in 185 1, Mary Elizabeth Hicks, daugh- 
ter of David Hicks, of Corinna, Maine. He 
died December 3, 1905, in Medford. She 
died August 17, 1888, in' Medford, Massa- 
chusetts. He lived in Corinna for quite a 
number of years, and was chairman of the 
board of selectmen for several years. At that 
time he owned and operated a large corn- 
meal and flour mill in that town. He made 
a specialty of erecting mills for the manufac- 
turing of lumber, also grist mills and tanner- 
ies throughout New England and Canada, 
was afterwards associated with his son in the 
coal business at Medford, and in later years 
they were together in the milling business, 
having bought the City Flour Mills at Law- 
rence, Massachusetts. He belonged to the 
Republican party. Only one son, our subject. 

(IX) Frank Eugene Chandler, born in Ex- 
eter, Maine, September 14, 1852, fitted for 
college at Kent's Hill Academy. He did not 
go to college, preferring a business career, 
and came to Medford, Massachusetts, in 1873, 
and went into the coal business, which he fol- 
lowed for twelve years. In 1885 he bought 
the City Flour Mills of Lawrence, which were 
destroyed by fire July 23, 1907. He is treas- 
urer of the Dillon Machine Company of Law- 
rence, for the manufacture of machinery for 
paper mills. He is in the grain and luimber 
business, with office at the Chamber of Com- 
merce building, Boston. He has never held 
an elective office, but is one of the trustees 
of the Medford Savings Bqnk, and was a 
member of the board of investment fourteen 
years. He was chairman of the Medford 
water board twelve years, resigning two years 
ago. For his services on the water board the 
city of Medford is greatly indebted to him. 
His intimate knowledge of the water supply 




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and his sagacity as an adviser enabled the 
city of Medford to reahze more than two 
hundred and fifty thousand dollars after all 
expenses were paid, beyond what had been 
expected from the sale of the Spot Pond water 
system. It is understood that Maiden and 
Melrose benefited equally financially by his 
advice to Medford in the sale of their part of 
the same water supply. Mr. Chandler was 
president of the Maiden and Melrose Gas 
Light Company for seven years. He belongs 
to the Odd Fellows' Association of Medford, 
is a member of Mt. Vernon Lodge of Masons, 
a life member of the Medford Historical So- 
ciety and a member of the Medford Club. In 
politics he is a Republican. 



(I) William Thompson, 
THOMPSON the first settler of this 
family, was born, accord- 
ing to tradition, on the passage from Eng- 
land to America. The names of his parents 
are unknown. He settled in Sudbury, and 
we find him on the muster roll of Captain 
Wright's company of Sudbury, June 17, 1724. 
He was born about 1685. The old Thomp- 
son house in which his descendants and pos- 
sibly he himself lived, was at South Sudbury, 
just west of the Massachusetts Central rail- 
road tracks, at its junction with the county 
road. Part of the old house was moved to 
the Thaddeus Moore place, west of Hayden's 
Bridge. The "History of Sudbury" informs 
us that while he was living in Sudbury, but ab- 
sent fromi home, his house was attacked by In- 
dians. His wife and her infant child escaped 
to the woods, but in her flight she was 
wounded in the leg by a musket ball, and suf- 
fered greatly during the night which she 
spent hidden in the forest. Their children: i. 
James, mentioned below. 2. John, appears 
in the early history of Sudbury; married Feb- 
ruary 26, 1735-36, Abigail Farnsworth. 

(II) James Thompson, son of William 
Thompson (i ), was born about 1720. He mar- 
ried November 14, 1754, Mary Vorce. He 
served in the French and Indian wars as pri- 
vate in Captain Josiah Richardson's com- 
pany and in the Revolution in Captain Rice's 
company, 1778. He was at one time town 
clerk of Sudbury. Children, born in Sud- 
bury: I. Captain Abel, born May 26, 1755; 
died June 19, 181 1; married August 25, 1782, 
Sarah Brown. 2. Molly, born January 17, 
1757; married December 10, 1776, Jonas Hol- 
den, Jr. 3. Ann, born December 3, 1758. 4. 
Lucy, born June 6, 1760; married December 



I, 1784, at Way land, Jotham Brigham. 5. 
Prudence, born April 28, 1762; married Jan- 
uary 21, 1783, Joseph Cutter. 6. Sarah, born 
May 23, 1764. 7. Jedediah, born about 1766; 
mentioned below. 8. Nahum, born Septem- 
ber 4, 1768. 

(HI) Jedediah Thompson, son of James 
Thompson (2), was born in Sudbury, about 
1766. He was a farmer, living in Sudbury. 
He learned the carpenter's trade also in his 
youth, and followed it through life in connec- 
tion with his farm, finding employment in 
surrounding towns as well as his own. He 
used to raise hops for brewers in his later 
years. His farm was at South Sudbury, the 
homestead already described. He was ac- 
tive in town affairs, and was at one time 
town clerk. He was a member of the Sud- 
bury church. He married April 21, 1790, 
Mary Goodnow, who was born 1766, and died 
at Sudbury, of apoplexy. May 23, 1848, aged 
eighty-one years six months, daughter of 
John and Martha Goodnow. Children: i. 
Mary (Polly), born July 10, 1791; married 
Christopher G. Cutler, of Sudbury. 2. Jede- 
diah, born November 23, 1793 ; died No- 
vember 24, 1802. 3. Nahum, born December 
13, 1796, mentioned below. 4. Elizabeth, 
born February 24, 1801 ; married Stephen 
Morse of Marlborough. 5. Sally, born Febru- 
ary 22, 1804; married January 7, 1823, James 
Moore of Sudbury. 6. Lucinda, born May 20, 
1806 ; married September 26, 1836, Samuel S. 
Hunt, of Sudbury. 7. Emily, born February 
6, 181 2, unmarried. 

(IV) Nahum Thompson, son of Jedediah 
Thompson (3), was born in Sudbury, Decem- 
ber 13, 1796. He attended the public schools, 
and was fitted for college under the tutorship 
of Rev. Rufus Hurlburt. but owning to the 
untimely death of his father when he was 
about eighteen years old he had to forego a 
liberal education and go to work. He taught 
school first at Dorchester and later at Sud- 
bury. While teaching he bought out a gen- 
eral' store at North Sudbury of Lewis Brown, 
and continued it until his death in 1855. For 
several vears he continued to teach school 
during the winter term. He invested in good 
land m the vicinity of his store, and was pros- 
perous and highly respected and trusted. He 
was town treasurer and town clerk for many 
vears, and justice of the peace and magis- 
trate bv virtue of this office; overseer of the 
poor and school committee many years. In 
politics, during his later years, he was a 
Whig. He belonged to the Orthodox church, 
and was superintendent of the Sunday school. 



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He married July 5, 1824, at Sudbury, Abi- 
gail Hunt, who was born at Sudbury, August 
23, 1800, and died at Framinghani, August 
20, 1883, daughter of Jonas and Sally Hunt, 
of Sudbury. Children, all born in Sudbury: 
I. Aroline Emily, born July 3, 1825, married 
October 9, 1849, ^r. Otis E. Hunt, of Sud- 
bury. 2. Charles, born March 6, 1827; mar- 
ried Emily A. Barrett, of Concord, New 
Hampshire. 3. Alary, born February 18, 
1829; married John Johnson, Jr., of Framing- 
ham; children: i. John Waldo Johnson, born 
June 14, 1856; ii. Charles T. Johnson, born 
-August I, 1862, died June 29, 1885; i"- Ralph 
S. Johnson, born May 5, 1865. 4. Alfred Na- 
hum, born May 22, 1832. 5. Ann Maria, 
born November 17, 1834; died unmarried 
August 6, 1886. 6. Sarah Elizabeth, born De- 
cember 9, 1836; died unmarried May 4, 1905. 
7. George Hunt, born April 26, 1839; died 
unmarried April 16, 1905. 8. William Haven, 
born September 25, 1841; died August 20, 
■ 1842. 

(V) Alfred Nahum Thompson, son of Na- 
haum Thompson (4), was born at Sudbury 
May 22, 1832. He received his education in 
the public schools of his native town, at Law- 
rence Academy at Groton, Massachusetts, 
and in a private school at Weston, Massachu- 
setts. His early life in Sudbury was spent in 
the usual tasks of the farmer's son, when not 
in school, and in his father's store at North 
Sudbury, where he was clerk and his father's 
assistant most of the time until his father's 
death in 1855. He continued in the store in 
association with his brothers for a short time 
afterward, then the business was sold. He 
carried on the homestead for a time, and 
worked the farms of Samuel PufTer and Dr. 
Dakin on shares, before his father's death. 
After his father died he took a course in 
Comer's Commercial College, Boston, and af- 
terward entered the employ of English and 
Morrison, dealers in provisions, 199 Han- 
over street, Boston, where he remained but a 
short time. He and his brother Charles 
bought his present farm in Sudbury in 1868. 
It had descended from William Hunt, the 
great grandfather of his wife. A few years 
later he bought out his brother, and since 
then has carried on the farm alone. It con- 
sists of a hundred acres in North Sudbury on 
the road to Sudbury Village, known generally 
as the old Squire Hunt place. He attends the 
Orthodox church at Sudbury. He has been 
a Republican since the party was organized, 
and has been selectman, overseer of the poor 
twelve years; assessor; school committee six 



years. He is universally esteemed and hon- 
ored by his townsmen, as a man of model 
character. 

He married Ellen Lucretia Dakin, born at 
Bolton, Massachusetts, January 3, 1839, 
daughter of Levi and Ruth (Hunt) Dakin. 
Levi was a farmer. Children: i. William 
Haven, born August 9, 1859; married May 
24, 1892, Emma Clapp of Newton, North 
Carolina; children: i. William Haven Jr., 
born April 23, 1893; ii. Charles Crawford, 
born September 23, 1894; iii. Ruth Frances, 
born September 21, 1896; iv. Dorothy Lewis, 
born January 10, 1899; v. Marjorie Emma, 
born June 28, 1901. 2. Ellen I'>ances, born 
July 8, 1861; married February 2, 1888, Wil- 
liam Moore, of Sudbury; child, Helen, born 
November 3, 1889. 3. Alfred Nahum, born 
August 28, 1863, mentioned below. 4. George 
Hunt, born October 30, 1865; married Jan- 
uary 20, 1897, Lizzie Jacobs, of Gloucester, 
Massachusetts; children: i. Arthur Jacobs, 
born March 15, 1898; ii. Roger Burton, born 
April 25, 1904. 5. Mary Almira, born De- 
cember I, 1866; died May 20, 1874. 6. Al- 
berto Frederick, born August 26, 1869; mar- 
ried February 14. 1900, Lucy Haynes, of 
North Sudbury; child, Esther, born May 23, 
1902. 7. Elizabeth Maria, born December 
20, 1871; married October 12, 1898, Joseph 
B. Howe, of Sudbury; child, Mary Thomp- 
son, born April 12. 1901. 8. Emily Mehita- 
ble, born October 12, 1874, living at home 
with parents. 9. Florence Abigail, born July 
18, 1877, living at home with parents. 

(VI) Alfred Nahum Thompson, Jr., son of 
Alfred Nahum Thompson (5), was born at 
Sudbury, August 28, 1863. He attended the 
public schools of his native town, and worked 
with his father on the homestead until he was 
fourteen years old, when he went to live with 
his uncle George Hunt Thompson, in Fram- 
ingham. He assisted his uncle with the work 
of the farm, and attended the high school, 
from which he graduated in 1882. Afterward 
he continued in partnership with his uncle 
until the latter's death, April t6, 1905, when 
under the terms of his uncle's will the farm 
came to him. The farm has been known for a 
long time as the Socrates Fay place. It is 
situate in the western part of the town, and 
contains a hundred and ten acres of land. Mr. 
Thompson also owns the adjoining farm. 
While associated with his uncle he conducted 
an extensive milk business and dairy farm for 
a period of twenty years. He does consider- 
able teaming besides his farming. He is a 
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church, and has been superintendent of its 
Sunday school. In pohtics he is a RepubH- 
can. He belongs to Franiingham Grange, 
No. 113, Patrons of Husbandry, of which he 
is an officer. He married December 2, 189 1, 
Elizabeth Williams Lord, daughter of Henry 
M. and Carolyn (Williams) Lord of Framing- 
ham. Children: i. Carolyn Williams, born 
September 22, 1892. 2. Alfred Nahum, born 
February 24, 1895. 3. Charles, born January 
9, 1897. 4. Ellen Lucretia, born November 
18, 1900. 5. Elizabeth Williams, born Octo- 
ber 14, 1904. 



Richard Dole, immigrant ancestor, 
DOLE was born in England. The sur- 
name Dole was formerly de Dole, 
indicating the home of the family, and was de- 
rived, it is said, from an ancient city of the 
name. The Dole family is found on the Eng- 
lish records to the time of the Norman con- 
quest. It is one of the few names in England 
that have been spelled the same for fully five 
hundred years. 

(I) Richard Dole is the progenitor of most 
if not all of the families of Dole in this coun- 
try. He was son of William Dole, and grand- 
son of Richard Dole, and was baptized at 
Ringworth, in Gloucestershire, England, De- 
cember 31, 1622, old style. His father in- 
herited the Dole homestead in Ringworth. 
Richard was apprenticed in his youth to John 
Lowell, glover, of Bristol, and when his em- 
ployer, his brother, Richard Lowell, and their 
father, Percival Lowell, came to New England 
in 1639, they brought Dole with them. The 
Lowell family settled in Newbury, and for a 
time Dole was a clerk for them. He entered 
upon a business career early, and displayed 
great activity and enterprise, and became a 
prominent merchant and extensive land-hold- 
er. He was wealthy for his day ; his inven- 
tory at death shows an estate valvied at eigh- 
teen hundred and forty pounds, a large prop- 
erty compared with the possessions of the col- 
onists in general. He built his house and re- 
sided on the north bank of the Parker river, 
just below where the old town bridge is now 
located. He was active in town and church 
affairs, upright in his dealings with men, in- 
fluential and able. His inventory was dated 
July 26, 1705, soon ofter his death in his 
eighty-third year. , He married May 3, 1647, 
Hannah Rolfe, daughter of Widow Rolfe ; 
she died November 16, 1678. He married 
second, March 4, 1679, Hannah Brocklebank, 
widow of Captain Samuel Brocklebank, of 



Rowley; she died September 6, 1690. He 
married third. Patience Walker. Children: i. 
John, born August 10, 1648. 2. Richard, born 
September 6, 1650. 3. Anna, born March 26, 
1653; died July 6, 1653. 4- Benjamin, born 
June 14, 1654, probably died young. 5. Jo- 
seph, born August 5, 1657 ; captain of one of 
his father's ships. 6. William, born April 11, 
1660; mentioned below. 7. Henry, born March 

9, 1663. 8. Hannah, born October 25, 1665; 
married May 18, 1692, John Moody. 9. Ap- 
phia, born December 7, 1668; married Peter 
Cofiin. 10. Abner, born March 8, 1672. 

(II) William Dole, son of Richard Dole 
(i), born at Newbury, Massachusetts, April 
II, 1660; died there January 29, 1718. He 
lived in Newbury, near the homestead of his 
father. He married October 13, 1684, Mary 
Brocklebank, daughter of his father's second 
wife by her first marriage. Children, born in 
Newbury: i. William, born 1684; mentioned 

below. 2. Hannah, born 1685 ; married 

Kelly. 3. Mary, born February i, 1688; mar- 
ried April 30, 1708, Joshua Boynton. 4. Rich- 
ard, born December i, 1689. 5. Jane, born 
January 23, 1692; married August 17, 1711, 
Joseph Noyes. 6. Patience, born April 8, 
1694; married July 25, 1716, John Hale. 7. 
Apphia, born May 13, 1696; died unmarried 
in 1754. 8. Samuel. 9. Benjamin, born July 
2, 1702. 

(III) William Dole, son of William Dole 
(2), born in Newbury, in 1684, died there 
August 8, 1752; married January 8, 1714, 
Rebecca Pearson, of Rowley. He resided in 
that part of Newbury called Oldtown. Chil- 
dren, born in Newbury: i. Anna, born Febru- 
ary I, 1715; died i8to; married Moses Coffin, 
of Epping, New Hampshire, September 30, 
1732. 2. Daniel, bom September 28, 1716. 3. 
David, born August 25, 1718; lost at sea. 4. 
William, mentioned below. 5. John, born Au- 
gust 14, -1722, died young. 6. John, born No- 
vember 27, 1724; died June 14, 1729. 7. Jon- 
athan, born March 23, 1727. 8. Rebecca, born 
August 30, 1729; died unmarried. 9. Mary, 
born September 13, 1731 ; married April 8, 
T755, Samuel Plumer; their son was Gov- 
ernor William Plumer, of New Hampshire. 

10. Eunice, born June 18, 1733. 

(IV) William Dole, son of William Dole 
(3), was born in Newbury, September 19, 
1720. 

(V) William Dole, son of William Dole 
(4). was born in Newbury about 1760. Chil- 
dren: I. William, mentioned below. 2. Paul, 
settled in Haverhill, Massachusetts: a grocer 
and partner of his brother William in making 



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wagons and chaises. 

(\T) William Dole, son of William Dole 
(5), was born about 1790, in Haverhill, Mas- 
sachusetts. He had a common scIkjoI educa- 
tion, and learned the trade of wheelwright and 
carriage maker. In 1832 he was a partner in 
the firm of Dole & Kimball of Haverhill, 
chaise makers, and later was in partnership 
in the same line of business with his brother 
Paul Dole. He married Betsey Robinson of 
Haverhill. 

(VH) William H. Dole, son of William 
Dole (6), was born in Haverhill, Massachu- 
setts, November 17, 1830. He was brought 
up in Haverhill, but settled in Manchester, 
New Hampshire and Melrose, Massachusetts. 
He married Eliza Jane Andrew, born at 
Bradford, New Hampshire, January 22, 1833. 

(VHI) William A. Dole, only child of Wil- 
liam H. Dole (7). was born in Manchester, 
New Hampshire, July 22, 1859. He attended 
the public schools of his native town and .of 
Melrose, whither his father's family went in 
1870. He graduated from the Melrose high 
school in the class of 1878. After spendmg a 
year in travel, he entered the employ ot the 
firm of John A. Andrew & Company, as trav- 
eling salesman and other positions. John A. 
Andrew was a brother of Mr. Dole's mother. 
In 1902 Haskell, Adams & Company bought 
the business of John A. Andrew & Company, 
retaining Mr. Dole as their head salesman. 
Mr. Dole is a Republican in politics, but in- 
dependent in municipal elections. His family 
belongs to the Melrose Unitarian Church. 
Although a man of attractive personality and 
commanding the esteem of all his townsmen, 
Mr. Dole has devoted his time almost entirely 
to his business and his family. He married, 
December 6, 1893, Grace Soper, daughter of 
John Soper, of Waltham, Massachusetts. Chil- 
dren : I. Prescott, died in infancy. 2. John S., 
born April 13, 1896. 3. William A., Jr., Feb- 
ruary 26, 1898. 4. Malcolm (twin), March 4. 
1903. 6. Kenneth (twin), March 4. 1903. 
7. Alice Virginia, December 8, 1904. All 
were born at Melrose. 



No list of the representative 

DANSKIN citizens of Middlesex county, 

compiled from the general 

walks of life, would be complete that did not 

contain the name of Mr. John F. Danskin, of 

Cambridge. 

Mr. Danskin was born in the village of 
Cumbernauld, in the lowlands of Scotland, on 
March 19, 1854. Cumbernauld occupies a site 



which it was once the ambition of the proud 
Roman soldiery to possess, for at the outskirts 
of the town are to be seen to this day the ruins 
of a very old wall built in the days of the 
Roman invasion of Britain. It is always with 
a commendable pride that Mr. Danskin speaks 
of the stock from which he came. He comes 
of an ancestry resident in the land of Burns 
since early in the thirteenth century, for it 
was at that time that the early forbears left 
Denmark, where the family was known as 
Danski, to take up their abode in the land of 
the thistle and heather. There is a small river 
in the old Fatherland still known as the Dan- 
ski, and the change in name from Danski to 
Danskin is, as all familiar with the evolution 
of English names know, is the stamp of Eng- 
land's adoption. 

Spending his boyhood days in a home of 
mercantile pursuits, he early became pos- 
sessed of an ambition to some day be a factor 
in the business world. After attending the 
parish school of his natal town he went to 
Glasgow to visit an aunt, and there enjoyed 
the great boon of a term or two at that city's 
matchless opportunities for education and 
self improvement; but being the second old- 
est of a large family, he soon aspired to be 
self-supporting, and so, giving up his studies, 
he was apprenticed to the trade of a baker, 
which craft he has uninterruptedly pursued 
up to the present day. It was during those 
days of his apprenticeship that the solid rock 
foundation of the present successful manufac- 
turer of necessity and delicacy was laid, and 
it is often with a feeling expressive of regret 
that he speaks of what a great loss to Ameri- 
can industrial life has been the neglect and 
discontinuance of the apprenticeship system 
of producing master workmen as it is prac- 
ticed in the old world. 

His father, Robert H. Danskin, now de- 
ceased, was a successful merchant for many 
years in the native town, and only left the 
home-land under the stress of the village's de- 
clining industries. Other branches of the fam- 
ily of both mother's and father's relationship 
had come to America and become successful 
in their chosen fields. Especially was this true 
of an uncle of Mother Danskin's, named John 
Aitken, who, after managing an important de- 
partment in the firm of Andrew Mitchell & 
Company, of Canal street. New York City, 
started in business for himself and built up one 
of the largest silk and tapestry importation 
houses in that city. The concern is still con- 
ducted under the founder's name, on lower 
Broadway, New York City. 




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With the faiUng industries of Cumbernauld, 
it soon became apparent that an enforced 
change of ' residence was imminent. The 
question was discu'ssed, "Since we must change, 
why not try the States?" After much deUbera- 
tion it was decided by the head of the family 
to make the venture, but the one serious ob- 
stacle in the way of migrating to the New 
World was, what would be the attitude of 
those members of the family who by this time 
had become old enough to shift for themselves. 
But true 'to their instinct of clannishness for 
which the Scotch have attained world-wide 
reputation, all agreed to be together, whether 
in the Old World or the New. It was impos- 
sible for the entire family to come together, 
so John and his elder brother James left Glas- 
gow, October 6, 1871 — the others leaving at 
other times — and after a rough voyage of 
fourteen days landed at Point Lewis, Canada, 
October 20, arriving in New York City three 
days later. After making short stops in Staten 
Island, New York, Patersoii, New Jers'ey, and 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he finally secured 
what proved to be a somewhat permanent situ- 
ation in a very prosperous baking establish- 
ment conducted by a Mr. Frank Moore. It 
was during his employment there that he be- 
came acquainted with Mrs. Danskin, then 
Ella Reed, who was a niece of Mrs. Moore's, 
the proprietor's wife. The acquaintance soon 
ripened into affection, and on the nth of 
March, 1877, they were married, in Bowdoin- 
ham. Maine, which was the home town of the 
bride's parents, Captain Hiram and Aurillia 
Stinson. Of this marriage were born the fol- 
lowing children: i. Robert H., born Decem- 
ber 15, 1877; married Lizzie Parsons, of Cam- 
bridge ; children : Mildred, died young ; Har- 
court, Helen and Arnold.. 2. Aurelia Mazie, 
born April 23, 1880; married, April 3, 1902, 
Leroy Williams, of Bowdoinham ; graduate of 
Bates College, and is principal of high school 
at Lisbon Falls, Maine ; children : Hope, Ella, 
and Frances, last named deceased. 3. Clar- 
ence Leroy, born December 13, 1882 ; married, 
September 4, 1905, Flora Mae Swayne, of 
Cambridge ; children : One died in infancy ; 
second, Jeannette. 

In the spring of 1877 Mr. Danskin started 
in business for himself on Third avenue, New 
York City, but owing to a fault in his choice 
of location- as to possibilities of securing pat- 
ronage, he soon found the degree of success 
for which be yearned and felt confident of his 
capability of attaining was an impossibility in 
that extremely cosmopolitan population en- 
vironment. 



On the 15th of February, 1888, he landed in 
Cambridge, Massachusetts, and eight days 
later, the 23rd, opened for business at the cor- 
ner of Auburn and River streets, the establish- 
ment known as the Riverside Bakery. During 
all of his residence in Cambridge he has al- 
ways been actively interested in all that per- 
tains to the betterment of the municipality in 
general, and the well-being of individuals in 
particular. For two years as a member of the 
common council, and serving on many im- 
portant committees, besides rendering efficient 
service to the city, he won the lasting respect 
and esteem of those associated with him in 
shaping the city's policies ; and has only been 
deterred from holding further office in the gift 
of his fellow-citizens by the great demand 
made upon his time and attention by his busi- 
ness, which is one of the severest exactitude 
in these respects. 

In politics he has always been an enthusias- 
tic advocate of the non-partisan policy in con- 
ducting a city's affairs. "From every man ac- 
cording to his ability, to every man according 
to his needs," has been his motto, as a true 
disciple . of American Democracy — always 
placing the greatest possible value on his citi- 
zenship, in the land of his adoption, which he 
secured as soon as possible after the lapse of 
the necessary time for naturalization. An in- 
cident illustrative of the high estimate he 
placed upon citizenship is related by one fa- 
miliar with the occasion. When the time for 
registration had arrived, after his coming to 
Massachusetts from New York, he presented 
himself at the registrar's office, and on being 
questioned as to his eligibility to the voting 
list, informed the clerk that he was a natural- 
ized subject of the United States, and that he 
had voted in New York. The clerk, as is cus- 
tomary, requested to see his papers of natural- 
ization. Not knowing it was necessary to have 
his papers with him, he had to go home for 
them. When he presented to the clerk in 
charge his guarantee of citizen rights, neatly 
framed, he was warmly commended for his 
action, which called forth the remark from the 
officer in charge that how few there be who 
ever think to frame their naturalization papers. 
"Instead," he said, "We are continually con- 
fronted with dirty crumpled up documents." 
Always an unostentatious influence in ward, 
municipal and state politics, he is frequently 
in council with those who have the manage- 
ment of affairs. No-Hcense has no more ard- 
ent well-wisher than Mr. Danskin. When 
possible he takes his place at the polls to use 
his influence to secure as large as possible a 



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vote in the district in whicli he hves. A few 
years ago, when there was a perceptible lack 
of interest in the no-license policy, together 
with others he went about visiting factories 
during the noon hour and the churches in the 
evening, exhorting the voters to cast their 
votes so as to continue to keep Cambridge a 
saloonless city. 

Becoming identified with the Young Men's 
Christian Ass<:)ciation when it was under the 
presidency of the late Oliver W. Durrell, by 
whom so much was accomplished for that in- 
stitution in Cambridge, he has never ceased 
in his devotion to the cause, often serving on 
the board of directors, where his counsel and 
financial helpfulness have been greatly ap- 
preciated. 

Ever since the day he bid adieu to his native 
land he has dreamed of that time when he 
might return and live again the days of his 
boyhood ; but any shape of reality that dream 
might dare assume was always disorganized 
by the memory of those fourteen days of awfuil 
storm and seasickness experienced when he 
came to the country. During the winter of 
1906 and 1907 he managed to get his courage 
up to the point of determination. On the 28th 
day of May he left Boston on the^Cunard liner 
"Iverna," in partial realization of his long 
cherished dream, and according to all accounts 
a full realization of the nightmare of his sea- 
sickness forebodings. His visit abroad result- 
ed in an intensified feeling of endearment for 
the Mother Country, and more than ever is he 
enthusiastically appreciative of British culture, 
statesmanship, patriotism and hospitality, and 
it were safe to say that his continued residence 
in America is attributable to the fact not that 
he loves Britain less, but the United States 
more. "I would that every one in America 
could visit England, and every one in England 
could visit America. I think the benefit w'ould 
be mutual and far reaching in its international 
consequences," is a statement he made to many 
of his acquaintances on his return. 



Henn' Brooks, the immigrant 
BROOKS ancestor, was born in England 
about 1600. He appears to 
have been a brother or closely related to Thom- 
as Brooks of Watertown and Concord, and to 
Joseph Brooks, who was an inhabitant of Con- 
cord April 12, 1641. As many as ten immi- 
grants of this surname came to Massachu- 
setts before 1650. Henry Brooks settled first 
at Concord, and was admitted a freeman 
March 14, 1639. ^"t soon afterward settled in 



W()l)urn. He became a prominent citizen; 
was selectman in 1669, 1671 and 1672. He 
married first Susanna — ^ , who died Sep- 
tember 15, 1681 ; second July 12, 1682, Annis 
Jaquith. He died April 12, 1683-4. His will 
was dated July 18, 1682; he left estate to his 
wife. Children: i. John, mentioned below. 
2. Timothy, married, December 2, 1659, Mary 
Russell ; lived in Billerica. 3. Isaac, married 
January 10, 1665-6, Miriam Daniels ; he died 
September 8, 1686. 4. Sarah, married. May 
13, 1650, John Mousal. 5. Lester. 6. Jo- 
seph, born at Concord, April 12, 1641. 

(JI) John Brooks, son of Henry Brooks 
(i), born in England, about 1625, died in Wo- 
burn, January 2, 1691; married December i, 
1649, Eunice, daughter of Deacon John Mou- 
sall. She died January i, 1683-4, and he 
married second, January 30, 1684-5, Mary 
Cranston, who died August 26, 1704. Chil- 
dren, born in Woburn: i. John, born No- 
vember. 23, 1650, died November 22, 1653. 2. 
Sarah, born November 21, 1652; married 
Ephraim Buck. 3. Eunice, born October 
10. 1655. 4. Joanna, born March 22, 1659; 
married David Roberts. 5. John, born 
March i, 1664; mentioned below. 6. Eben- 
ezer, born December 9, 1666; died Decem- 
ber 31, 1686. 7. Deborah, born March 20, 
1669. 8. Jabez, born July 17, 1673; died Jan- 
uary 30, 1746; married December 18, 1694, 
Rachel Buck. 

(HI) John Brooks, son of John Brooks 
(2), was born in Woburn, March i, 1664; 
married February 25, 1683, Mary Richard- 
son, of Woburn, daughter of one of the 
founders of the town. Children, born at Wo- 
burn: 1. Mary, born December 14, 1685, 
died young. 2. John (twin), born December 
30. 1686, died young. 3. Ebenezer, (twin), 
born December, 30, 1686, died December 31, 
1686. 4. Mary, born April i, 1688; married 
May 26, 1712, Thomas Henshaw. 5. Sarah, 
born August 14, 1692; married October 18, 
1742, Thomas Richardson. 6. John, born 
November 28, 1694. 7. Abigail, born Au- 
gust 19, 1697; died October 12, 1697. 8. 
Timothy, born February 14, 1699; married 
January 19, 1725, Abigail Wyman. 9. Isaac, 
born 1703; died August 26, 1719. 10. Na- 
than, born November 7, 1706; married 1726 
Sarah Wyman who died February 21. 1747; 
died January 6, 1751. 

(IV) Timothy Brooks, son of John Brooks 
(3), born February 14, 1699, at Woburn, died 
there October 13, 1686; married Abigail Wy- 
man, of Woburn, Januarv' 19, 1725, and set- 
tled in Woburn. His wife died March 16,. 



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i',i 



1780, and he married second, Sarah Con- 
verse, widow, of Woburn, who died February 
22, 1789. Children of Timothy and Abigail 
Brooks: i. Timothy, mentioned below. 2. 
Abigail, born October 5, 1729. 

(\') Timothy Brooks, son of Timothy 
Brooks (4), born in Woburn, Xoveniber 3, 
1726; married, 1748, Ruth Wyman, of the 
Wyman family of Woburn. Children: i. 
John, born July 19, 1749; died April 22, 1796. 
2. Timothy, born October 24, 1751; died Sep- 
tember 27, 1810. 3. Ruth, born January 13, 
1753, died September 6, 1807. 4. Abigail, 
born June 18, 1756; died January 7, 1840. 5. 
Samuel, born December 2"/, 1758; mentioned 
below. 6. Seth, born March 2, 17 — ; died 
December 2, 1806. 7. Thomas, born March 
31, 1767; died March 20, 1827. 8. Asa, born 
August 2, 1768; died January 24, 1825. 9. 
Luke, born September 2^, 1782; died Mav 14, 
1850. 

(\ I) Samuel Brooks, son of Timothy 
Brooks (5), born at Woburn, December 27, 
1758, died there November 28, 1805; married 
December 22, 1791, Elizabeth Gill, of Salem. 
She died May 13, 181 1. They settled at Sa- 
lem, where he died November 28, 1805. Chil- 
dren, born at Salem: i. Samuel, born July 
5, 1792. 2. Eliza, born December, 1794; 
died October 9, 18 13. 3. Nancy, born IMay, 
1797; died July 28, 1813. 4. John Gill, born 
May, 1803, died July 8, 185 1. 5. Edward, 
born September, 1805; mentioned below. 
(See Essex Inst. vol. 21, page 24). 

(VII) John Edwards Brooks, son of Sam- 
uel Brooks (6), was born in September, 1805, 
at Salem. His name was originally Edward, 
changed to John Edwards. He was educated 
in the public schools, and for many years had 
a retail milk business in that city. He also 
learned the trade of baker and followed it sev- 
eral years. He married (intention dated 
Lynn, August 22), 1824, Dolly Butters, of 
Wilmington, October 10, 1824, born Febru- 
ary II, 1801, daughter of James. Jr., and Bet- 
sey Butters. Her father was born January 
I, 1777. son of James and Abigail Butters. 
James Butters, Sr., born February 22, 1746, 
was son of William Butters of Wilmington. 
Children: i. Susan Briggs, born September 
24, 1825. 2. James Whittemore, mentioned 
below. 3. Mary Elizabeth, born December 
28, 1828. 4. John Edwards, born April 8, 
1831; died young. 5. John Edwards. 6. 
Josie Whittemore. 

(\TII) James Whittemore Brooks, son of 
John Edwards Brooks (7), was born in Lynn. 
October 30, 1826. He was educated in the 

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public schools of his native town. He worked 
for the Hamilton Corporation when a boy and 
at the age of fifteen was made an overseer of 
the napping department. About 1856 he en- 
gaged in the undertaking business in Lowell, 
and for a period of fifty years was a suc- 
cessful and leading member of that line of 
business in his section. On account of fail- 
ing health he retired from active business in 
1906. Mr. Brooks has an extensive acquaint- 
ance and a host of friends in Lowell. He has 
the utmost confidence and respect of his 
townsmen. He is very fond of flowers and 
plants, and has an expert knowledge of flori- 
culture. The poor and sick of the city have 
been for years the recipients of the choicest 
products of his gardens and greenhouses. Mr. 
Brooks attends the Universalist church. 

He married, June 24, 1850, Lydia Bar- 
sheba Burns, of Andover, ^^lassachusetts, 
born June 24, 1830, died in 1897. Children, 
born at Lowell: i. Addie Augusta, married 
Lucien Iv. Leach, of Lowell, a contractor and 
builder. 2. Josephine Maria, married John 
Bartlett Sawtelle; they live in Pawtucket, 
Rhode Island. 



General Henry Parsons was 
PARSONS born in 1842 and educated in 

the public schools. At the age 
of twenty years he enlisted in Company H. 
One Hundred and Forty-eighth Regiment of 
New York X'olunteers. at Waterloo, New 
York, in August, 1862, and was commissioned 
second lieutenant the following month. He 
was promoted to the rank of first lieu- 
tenant in October, 1863, and captain in 
December, 1864. He was in active ser- 
vice to the end of the Civil war and was 
at the McLean House and witnessed Lee's 
surrender. He was breveted major by the 
concurrent vote of both house and senate of 
the state of New York for meritorious service 
and gallantry on the battle field. He was 
mustered out with his regiment at Elmira. 
New York, July 2, 1865. He had learned the 
trade of machinist, and at the close of the 
war returned to Auburn, New York, where 
he formerly lived, and became foreman of the 
Halladay machine shop. In 1867 .he came to 
}>Iarlborough, Massachusetts, where he has 
resided ever since. He began the manufacture 
of steam engines, elevators and shoe machinery 
of his own invention and found a market for 
his product all over the world. He has built 
up a large and prosperous industry. 

Mr. Parsons has been prominent not only 



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in military and business life, but in public af- 
fairs. He served three years in the city coun- 
cil of Marlborough and two years in the board 
of aldermen, acquiring a familiarity with city 
affairs and demonstrating exceptional ability 
as a member of the city government. In 1897- 
98 he was state senator from his district and 
served with credit as chairman of the com- 
mittee on federal relations and member of the 
committees on banks and banking, on drainage 
and on military affairs. He secured the first 
appropriation for state roads in Marlborough ; 
was the prime mover in securing state roads 
from Hudson ; and secured legislation reim- 
bursing the city for rebuilding Bolton street 
and other county roads. H^ is an influential 
Republican in the city and county. He was 
mayor of the city in 1905-06. He was elected 
mayor of the city for the third term by the 
largest majority that any mayor ever received 
in the city. He gave the city a thorough and 
capable business administration. Many new 
streets were built and others reconstructed, re- 
pairs were made on every road in the city, es- 
pecial care being taken with those of the out- 
skirts, new sewers and sidewalks were built 
and in every department an effort made to 
raise the standards and improve the city. 
Through Mayor Parsons' influence a steam 
roller for the city was secured without expense 
to the municipalit)^, and an appropriation of 
two thousand dollars from the county commis- 
sioners for the completion of West Main street. 
It is calculated that in repairing Main street 
alone General Parsons effected a saving of 
thirty thousand dollars for the city. General 
Parsons displayed his well-known executive 
ability to exceptional advantage in the office 
of mayor and won the approval of the business 
men and large tax-payers of both parties. 

General Parsons is president, and has been 
for several years of the board of trade, and 
was a leader in securing new industries. After 
Marcy Brothers had informed a committee of 
the board of trade that they had decided not 
to come to Marlborough, General Parsons suc- 
ceeded in persuading them to come, making 
personal inducements at a sacrifice of over 
three thousand dollars. He accepted a com- 
mission as first lieutenant in Company E, of 
Marlborough, in the Sixth Regiment, Massa- 
chusetts Volunteer Militia, August ii, 1873, 
a few years after he located in that town. He 
was chosen captain January 28, 1879 • iriajor 
April 9, 1879 ; lieutenant-colonel May 16, 1884, 
and promoted colonel of his regiment in 1889. 
He was retired with the rank of brigadier-gen- 
eral in 1899, after a long and faithful service 



in the militia of the state, following a brilliant 
record in the Civil war. He is a member of 
Grand Army Post, No. 43. He is a member 
of United Lodge of Free Masons ; Houghton 
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ; Trinity Com- 
mandery, No. 32, Knights Templar, and of 
Aleppo Temple, Order of the Mystic Shrine, 
Boston. 

General Parsons has had a noteworthy 
career in every walk of life. Beginning as a 
poor boy without the factitious aids of wealth 
and influence, he has made his way in civil and 
military life, in business and public life, and 
achieved distinction. During the forty years 
in which he has been a manufacturer his rela- 
tions with his numerous employees have been 
harmonious and exemplary. No citizen of 
Marlborough has exhibited more public spirit, 
given more in time and money, or done more 
to benefit his fellow-townsmen. 



This family is ancient English in 
LAND origin. Several immigrants of 
this name came to New England 
and Virginia among the earliest settlers. The 
name probably is distinct from Lane, but has 
always been confused with it, and many 
Lands spelled their names Lane. Samuel 
Land settled in the Barbadoes in 1638; 
George Land came to New England in 1635; 
Francis Land to Virginia in 1640, William 
Land had estates at Charlestown, Massachu- 
setts, in 1732, and Savage gives an Edmund 
Land of Duxbury in 1666. John Lande was 
a soldier in the Revolution, and later a chance 
record shows that Captain John Land, U. S. 
A., master of the ship "Challenge," born 
July 16, 1796, died in Canton, China, Julv 26, 
1852. 

(I) Nicholas Land, of Boston, was born 
about 1800, and died in New Orleans, Lou- 
isiana, in 1859. He was a sea captain for a 
great many years. He resided in Lands 
Court, off North Street, Boston, Massachu- 
setts; was buried in Mount Auburn cemetery. 

He married Augusta -, who died in 

Boston in 1869. Guardians were appointed 
for his children after his death: i. Abbie. 2. 
Nicholas Lawrence, mentioned below. 3. 
Katie I. 

(H) Nicholas Lawrence Land, son of Nich- 
olas Land (i). was born May 16, 1839, in Bos- 
ton. He resided in Chelsea, and during his 
active life was a traveling salesman for a hat 
and cap house, and in the course of his busi- 
ness visited all sections of the country. He 
was a soldier in the civil war from Chelsea, 



MIDDLESEX COUNTY. 



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Massachusetts, a private in the fourth unat- 
tached company of infantry from May 3, 1864 
to August 6, 1864. He married, November 
II, 1862, Mary Emma Pettingill, born at Bos- 
ton, July 18, 1840, died "September 8, 1882, 
daughter of Samuel Swanton Pettingill. Her 
father was born at Bath, Maine, November 
II, 1807, and died at Revere, in 1880; mar- 
ried Mary Pratt, born December 3, 1805; 
children : i. Gardner Pettingill, died young ; 
ii. Mary E. Pettingill, already mentioned ; 
iii. Sarah Elizabeth Pettingill ; iv. Francis 
Pettingill. Mrs. Land was an attendant of the 
Universalist church of Chelsea. She was a 
teacher in the Boston schools before her mar- 
riage. Children of Nicholas Lawrence and 
Mary Emma Land: i. Lawrence Pettingill, 
mentioned below. 2. Frank Herbert, born 
November 29, 1865; died January 28, 1904. 

(HI) Lawrence Pettingill Land, son of 
Nicholas Lawrence Land (2), was born at 
Chelsea, Massachusetts, August 2, 1863. He 
attended the public schools. He has always 
held a clerical position, and resides in Somer- 
ville. He is very active and popular in vari- 
ous fraternal organizations. He is a member 
of John Abbott Lodge, of Somerville, Free 
Masons; Somerville Chapter, Royal Arch 
Masons; Orient Council, Royal and Select 
Masters; Highland Chapter, Order of • the 
Eastern Star; he is past noble grand of Paul 
Revere Lodge, Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, in which he has filled all the chairs; 
a member of Winter Hill Encampment, and 
of Erminie Lodge, Daughters of Rebekah, 
of the local council of the Royal Arcanum, 
and at present Exalted Ruler of the B. P. O. 
of Elks, Somerville Lodge, No. 917. He is a 
very popular and energetic worker in all of 
the societies to which he belongs. 



Lewis Ripley, father of Fred- 
RIPLEY erick K. Ripley, was born in 

Walpole, New Hampshire, 
1802, and died in North Chelmsford, Massa- 
chusetts, 1885. He spent his active career at 
manufacture connected with woolen mills, 
and invented patents and improvements on 
woolen manufacture which proved of great 
value. He was a man of enterprise and abil- 
ity, a loyal and patriotic citizen, and faithfully 
and conscientiously fulfilled the duties which 
fell to his share. He married Sophia Gard- 
ner, of Temple, New Hampshire, who bore 
him seven children: Stearns L., Edward H., 
Royal S., Frederick K., Julia L., Sophia E., 
Isabel. All are deceased except Frederick 
K. and Royal S. 



Frederick K. Ripley was born in North 
Chelmsford, Massachusetts, 1846. He re- 
ceived a common school education, and later 
served an apprenticeship with Silver & Gay, 
machinists, North Chelmsford, and at the 
present time is connected with the Chelms- 
ford Foundry Company, Boston, Massachu- 
setts. He takes an active interest in the af- 
fairs of his town, and enjoys the confidence 
and respect of the members of the community 
in which he resides. He attends the Congre- 
gational church and, like his father, is a Re- 
publican in politics and a member of the In- 
dependent Order of Odd Fellows. He mar- 
ried Josephine A. Kidder, who was born at 
Westford, Massachusetts, in 1849, daughter 
of James O. and Charlotte F. (Bruce) Kidder, 
and a connection of the Kidder family of Bos- 
ton. Three children were the issue of this 
marriage: Gardner Kidder, born August 
29, 1878, died January 7, 1903; Carl H., born 
June 21, 1880. Rupert B., born November 
2. 1883. 



The family is of ancient Ger- 
CASTNER man origin. One branch set- 
tled early in New York and 
New Jersey. Joan Peter Kassener, as the 
name was formerly spelled, was a widower 
from the Palatinate, Germany. His name was 
anglicized to John Peter Castner, and the sur- 
name is spelled thus in the New York families. 
He married in New York, April 2, 171 1, Mag- 
dalena Paan, widow of Jacob Hoof (sic) from 
the kingdom Wurtemberg, Germany. Gover- 
nor Hunter apprenticed a child of this name 
with other children of the Palatines in 171 1-4. 
The early settlers in New Jersey, progenitors 
of a numerous family, said on good authority 
to be sons of this first settler, were: i. Peter, 
settled in Somerset county. New Jersey ; will 
dated September 14, 1756. leaving sons Peter 
and Jacob. 2. Jurgen (George), married 
Naomi ; apprenticed at age of thirteen in New 
York ; member of Lutheran church in New 
York, 1 72 1. 3. Daniel of New Jersey. John 
Castner, presumably of this family also, set- 
tled in Schoharie, ' New York, 1713. Paul 
Kastner was living in New Germantown, 1694. 
(See p. 288, "Early Germans of New Jer- 
sey.") Samuel Castner, of Montgomery coun- 
tv^ Pennsylvania, settled there before the Rev- 
olution, said to have been from Holland, but 
likely was of the family mentioned above ; he 
had a son Samuel bom 1762, and many de- 
scendants are living in Pennsylvania. 

The Castner family of Maine originated in 



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MIDDLESEX COUNTY. 



Waldoborough, a German settlement. As 
early as 1739 a few German families located at 
the site of the present town of Waldoborough, 
coming in the summer or autumn. These two 
or three families, whose names even are lost 
to history, received accessions in 1740. The 
French and Indians devastated the plantation 
in 1746, and the settlers left, not returning 
until 1748. In 1751 twenty or thirty families 
came from Germany. In 1732 General Samuel 
Waldo sent his son to Ciermany to form a 
colony for this settlement, promising a hun- 
dred acres of land and many other inducements 
to each family. x\fter the movement started, 
fully fifteen hundred Germans settled at Wal- 
doborough. or Broadbay. as the locality was 
then known. Some of them were killed in the 
French and Indian war. They suffered un- 
usual hardship in the early years of their life 
in Maine, and to cap the climax their titles to 
their homes given by Waldo proved worth- 
less. In 1763. when the titles given by Waldo 
were found defective, some of the settlers 
bought new titles, but others left in disgust, 
settling at Ivondonderry, New Hampshire, and 
in South Carolina, with a pious Moravian min- 
ister. At Broadbay a Lutheran and a German 
Reformed church (the Zwingli denomination) 
were established. Though dififering in lan- 
guage and customs from the English stock, 
these thrifty Germans slowly but surely be- 
came assimilated in the population. Some of 
the settlers were from the Palatinate, Ger- 
many. Philip Christopher Vogler. one of the 
leaders, was born April 7. 1725, at Grundels- 
heim, in the Palatinate, came to Broadbay with 
his father in 1742, died in 1761, in North Car- 
olina. A contract between Waldo and Se- 
bastian Zouberlinger, of Switzerland, in 1741, 
indicates that at least three hundred of the 
families were from Switzerland. 

Margaret Bornheimer married Charles Cast- 
ner. of the family given below. She was 
daughter of Godfrey and Catherine Elizabeth 
(Ludwig) Bornheimer. Her father was born 
in 1763, married, 1787, Mary Magdalena 
Hofses. Catherine Elizabeth Ludwig. only 
daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Kline), 
was born in Germany ; married Godfrey Born- 
heimer. about 1750, was a soldier in the 
French war and also in ,thc Revolution. Joseph 
Ludwig. the pioneer, was born in Konderroth. 
province Dietz, Germany, in 1699; started 
with wife Katherine (Kline), three children 
and sixty others, in June, 1753, but died and 
was buried on the coast of France, on the voy- 
age. 

(!) Ludwig (Louis) Castner. the immi- 



grant ancestor of the Waldoborough family of 
that name, was a young man when he came 
with others of his family. He was born in the 
grand duchy of Baden, Germany, and settled 
in Broadbay before 1763. When the Waldo- 
borough settlers went to the Carolinas, both of 
his brothers went with them. According to 
family tradition one settled in North Carolina 
and married seven times ; the other settled in 
X'irginia. We are told that the three brothers 
were over six feet in height, and over two 
hundred pounds in weight each. Ludwig 
Castner remained at Waldoborough, cleared 
his farm, and became a farmer, industrious, 
frugal, temperate, and finally became well-to- 
do. He was a Lutheran in religion. He mar- 
ried Sarah Schwartz, born in Germany. Chil- 
dren : I. John, left home when a young man 
and never heard from. 2. Frederick. 3. 
George. 4. Daniel, died of yellow fever in 
Tennessee. 5. Jacob, born 1783; mentioned 
below. 6. Anthony. 7. Charles. 8. Lud- 
wig. 9. Sally. 10. Peggy ; married Adam 
Hight ; son Gardner Hight. 

(II) Jacob Castner, son of Ludwig Castner 
(i), was born in Waldoborough, Maine, 
March 5, 1783, and died in that town Decem- 
ber 2, 1842. He worked on his father's farm 
during his youth, and his schooling was of a 
primitive kind. About the time of his mar- 
riage in 181 1, he bought a hundred acres of 
land about four miles northeast of the town, 
cleared away the forest, and built the first 
frame house in that section. There he spent 
his life in lumbering and farming. Although 
afflicted with lameness, he was an energetic 
and thrifty farmer. Much of the wool that he 
raised was carded and spun at home. He was 
a man of much force of character, fixed in his 
opinions and influential in the community. In 
religion he was a Universalist, and very liberal 
in his views. In politics he was a Whig. 

He married, July 10. 181 1, Sarah Benner, 
born at Waldoborough. October 10, 1790, died 
there November 16, 1866, daughter of Jacob 
and Sarah (Sherman) Benner of Waldobor- 
ough. Her father was a farmer at Filer's 
Corner in that town. Children: i. Calvin 
Haven, born January 23, 1812; died March 10, 
1883: married October 21, 1832, Charlotte 
Cotton ; children : i. Josiah A., born March 
22, 1833, died at Raleigh. North Carolina, in 
the civil war, August 20, 1865, (born with 
right arm ending at the elbow) ; ii. James 
Parker, born October 24, 1834. died at Val- 
paraiso, Chili, of small-pox, February 7, 1877; 
married first. July 14. 1863; married agai« at 
Liverpool ; iii. Algernon Enos. born July 12,. 



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1838; married first, October 3, 1863, Mary C. 
Teague, who died October 31, 1863; married 
second, March 24, 1867, Rosabelle Sproul, 
and had: Fred A., born December 21, 1867, 
died October 9, 1872, Charles F., born Septem- 
ber 9, 187 1, died March 6, 1872, Mary AUce, 
born October 9, 1872, Ernest L., born Novem- 
ber 13, 1877, died July 13, 1880; iv. Sarah C, 
born July 27, 1840; married September 10, 
1866, Joseph Porter Currell, of Charlestown, 
Massachusetts, and had : Addie Josephine 
Currell, born October 24, 1870, died April 4, 
1897 (married first, 1888, Albert Bradford, 
second, 1892, Frederick Teel), Lottie May 
. Currell, born May 11, 1877, married, 1905, 
John Webber, and had Helen Webber, born 
May, 1906, and George Porter Currell, born 
October 21, 1886, married June 6, 1906, Effie 
Graham, and had Noble Currell, born March 4, 
1907; V. Harriet Amanda, bom March 21, 
1843, cli^d August 17, 1863, married April 17, 
i860, Jotham Mink, and had Viola Allen 
Mink, boirn April 13, 1862, died January 28, 
1863 ; vi. Mahala Matilda, born February 26, 
1846, married Edwin C. Stevens ; vii. Calvin 
Henry, born December 10, 1848, died August 
5, 1897, married first, June, 1870, Sarah Edna 
Young, died September 3, 1891, and had Eva 
A., born November 14, 1876, married second, 
January 3, 1893, Charlotte O. Smith. 2. Dan- 
iel, born June 30, 1814 ; died May 17, 1891 ; 
married June 16, 1855, Melinda Meserve, of 
Jeflferson, Maine, who died March 9, 1906; 
children: i. Daniel Ozra, born June 21, 1857; 
married November 26, 1886, Hannie Louise 
Hill, of Waldoborough, Maine, who died May 
30, 1889; ii. Annie Frances, born March 24, 
i860, married December 5, 1888, Dr. Judson 
True Sanborn, of Waldoborough, Maine, and 
had John True Sanborn, born April 2, 1895, 
died April 6, 1895. 3. Julia, born April 17, 
181 7; died April 14, 1887; married October 
29, 1837, James Schwartz, of W^aldoborough ; 
children: i. Daniel Schwartz, married first, 

Delia Knowlton, second, , and of first 

marriage had (Carrie, Gardner and Delia 
Schwartz ; ii. Gardner Schwartz, died young ; 
iii. Lucretia Schwartz, born May 8, 1840, 
died November 18, 1899, married January 5, 
i860, Daniel Demuth, of Waldoborough, and 
had twins, Walter P. and Willis J. Demuth, 
born October 5, i860, died young; Gardner W. 
Demuth, born July 26, 1862, married Annie 
Winchenpaw, and had Evangeline and Marian 
Demuth ; Emma L. Demuth, born August 6, 
1864, married Ellis Fl. Wade, and had Charles 
E. and Ralph L. .Wade ; Alice S. Demuth, born 
January 21, 1867, married November 24, 1887, 



John M. Spear, and had Alice C. Spear, born 
January 21, 1889, Maynard J. Spear, born 
January 2, 1891, Mildred H. Spear, born Sep- 
tember 18, 1892, Edna S. Spear, born March 
5, 1896, Raymond M. Spear, born February 
25, 1898; Oscar C. Demuth, born September 
13, 1870, married Winnie Kaler, and had 
Willis G. Demuth ; Ernest A. Demuth, born 
January 15, 1874, married Ina Engley, and 
had Blanche Edna Demuth, died young; iv. 
Harriet Schwartz, v. Gardner Schwartz, 
killed at Fairplay, in July, 1863, five days after 
Gettysburg; vi. Annie Schwartz, born Sep- 
tember 6, i860, died June 2, 1881, married 
June 3, 1880, Shelton Simmons, and had 
Harry Schwartz Simmons, born May 14, 1881. 
4. Miles Thomas, mentioned below. 

(HI) Miles Thomas Castner, son of Jacob 
Castner (2), was born at Waldoborough, 
Maine, April 9, 1824. He was brought up on 
his father's farm, being educated in the com- 
mon schools, and at the age of eighteen, when 
his father died, he took charge of the farm and 
later bought out the heirs. He was a success- 
ful farmer, and kept a herd of ten to fifteen 
cattle and twenty-five to thirty sheep. The 
farm of two hundred acres was situated in the 
north part of the town, four miles from the 
village, and was considered desirable property. 
WHnen he was nineteen years old be began to 
teach the district school in the winter months, 
and taught in this way for nearly fifty years 
in the schools of Waldoborough, St. George 
and Friendship, Maine. He and his son San- 
ford owned the Weaver saw mill, and manu- 
factured staves and heads for lime casks, 
which they sold in Rockland, Maine. After a 
number of years they sold the business to 
Barden Turner. 

Mr. Castner is a man of large psysique, a 
typical New England farmer. He is a staunch 
Republican, and has served his party and town 
as assessor four years, tax collector twelve 
years, town constable thirty-four years, and 
deputy sheriff six years. He and his family 
attended the Methodist church. 

He married, June 14, 1845, Margaret Mink, 
born at W^aldoborough, September 22, 1825, 
died at Belmont, Massachusetts, December 14, 
1892, daughter of Isaac and Lydia (Flanders) 
Mink, of Waldoborough. Her father was a 
farmer at North Waldoborough, and a manu- 
facturer of power mills. Children: i. Hec- 
tor, born September 7, 1846; married Septem- 
ber 26, 1867, Ella S. Hahn, of Waldoborough; 
children: i. Alberti M., born February 13, 
1868, died April 13. 1896, married March 13, 
1891. Eldora J. Gross, and had Beryl H., born 



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April 18, 1892, and Lynne X'ernon, born June 
5, 1895 ; ii. Lena B., born August 2^, 1870, 
married first, May 7, 1887, Eli F. Havner and 
iiad Ethel A. Havner. born July 27, 1888, and 
married second, March 30, 1898, Eugene L. 
\'anner, and had Lisle J. Vanner, born Octo- 
ber 8, 1901 ; iii. Percy E., born June 7, 1872, 
died June 8, 1872; iv. Eva M., born May i, 
1873 ; V. Ernest G., born April 25, 1875, mar- 
ried August 9, 1902, Ida I. Bailey; vi. Alice 
L., born October 29, 1877, married August 7, 
1899, Charles M. Hardy, and had Hector H. 
Hardy, born July 9, 1906 ; vii. Frank P., born 
January 3. 1880, married May 13, 1901, Sadie 
Fogg, and had Clyde O., born January 8, 
1903, Mildred R., born December 17, 1904, 
died July 4. 1906, and Verna B., born August 
21, 1907; viii. Addie E., born October 22, 
1885. married November 29, 1905, Llewellyn 
E. Jackson, and had Eugene E. Jackson, born 
June 20, 1906; ix. Rosslyn E., born August 
18, 1887; X. Miles Thomas, born April 15, 
1890; xi. Forest D., born February 2, 1892, 
died March 7, 1892; xii. Charles L., born 
June 28, 1893 ; xiii. Audrey M., born August 
16, 1897. 2. Sanford Benner, born February 
20, 1848 ; mentioned below. 3. Norman Benja- 
min, born July 21, 1850; married Mlay 17, 1874, 
Bertha Miller of Waldoborough ; children: i. 
Alma Lydia, born November 20, 1875, married 
December 22. 1897, Fred O. Jameson, of War- 
ren, Maine ; ii. Sadie Bell, born April 29, 
1884, married June 14, 1905, Willis A. Moody, 
of Warren, Maine, and had Ruth Alma Moo- 
dy, born June 6. 1906; iii. Hattie Mae, born 
May I, 1889, married November 27, 1907, 
Leon L. Benner, of Waldoborough ; 4. Alman- 
za Sarah, born July 27, 1853 • niarried Septem- 
ber 20, 1873, Robert Sukeforth, of Washing- 
ton. Maine ; children : i. Lilla R. Sukeforth. 
born October 29. 1875, married January 7, 
1897, Charles Finn; ii. Maud Sukeforth, 
born May 3, 1877, married September 23, 
1902. A. L. Farwell, of Unity, Maine, and 
had Lilla M. Farwell, born November 15, 
1904; iii. Perlie Sukeforth, born August 16, 
1881, married May i, 1901, Sadie E. Grinnell, 
of Liberty, Maine, and had Hazel Maud Suke- 
forth, born October 29, 1902, and Clyde Leroy 
Swkeforth, born November i, 1904. 5. El- 
dorus .Austin, born July 17, 1859; mentioned 
below. 6. Ulysses Simpson, unmarried. 7. 
Chester Isaac, born M'ay 8, 1868; married July 
6. 1889, Cora Weaver, of Washington, Maine, 
born November 5, 1867; children: i. Ina Mae, 
born August 29, 1892; ii. Susie Cudworth, 
born February 11, 1893; iii. Sylvia Margaret, 
born June 23, 1895; iv. Donald Warren, born 



July 7, 1897, died 1904; v. Floyd Raymond, 
born April 30, 1900; vi. Shirley Mary Mink, 
born September 20, 1903; vii. Dorothy Ellen, 
born September 7, 1906. 

(IV) Sanford Benner Castner, son of Miles 
Thomas Castner (3), was born in Waldobor- 
ough, Maine, February 20, 1848. He received 
his education in the schools of his native town, 
assisting his father on the farm, and chopping 
in the woods. He and his father bought some 
woodland known as Hunt's Woods, which 
they converted into lumber for the manufac- 
ture of lime casks. They owned the Weaver 
mill, and found a market for the casks in 
Rockland, where the lime was made, Mr. Cast- 
ner attending to the teaming and selling. At 
the age of twenty-three, having sold this busi- 
ness, he went to Waltham, Massachusetts, and 
found employment with Alden Jameson, dr-iv- 
ing a milk wagon to Boston for two years. 
He then purchased the business of his em- 
ployer and was a member of his family in all 
four years. In 1876 he bought his present 
homestead and built a barn, building the house 
the following year. The place is situated in 
that part of Waltham known as the Trapelo 
district, and is near Mr. Jameson's. Until 
1892 Mr. Castner devoted most of his time to 
his market in Boston. He sold it at that time 
to Albert Kendall who still owns it. Mr. Cast- 
ner then purchased a milk route in Waltham 
of Sidnev Tyler. Two years later he bought 
the route of Oscar Hatch and added it to his 
business. In 1906 he purchased the route of 
Pierson Brothers, and at the present time he 
has nearly five hundred customers among the 
best families of Waltham. Mr. Castner is 
assisted in his business by his son Ervin. He 
owns considerable real estate in Waltham in 
the vicinity of his home. 

Mr. Castner and his family are members of 
the Universalist church. In politics he is a 
Republican, and he has been honored by his 
townsmen with many positions of trust and 
responsibility. He was a member of the Re- 
publican city committee 1890 to 1896; alder- 
man of the city of Waltham, 1899- 1900-01, 
and chairman in the latter year. He was a 
member of the license committee for three 
years, chairman of the board in his second 
year, was also on the committee on nomina- 
tion and on the finance committee. Tie is a 
member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging 
to Isaac Parker Lodge of Waltham. He was 
made a member of Union Lodge, No. 35, Odd 
Fellows, at Union, Maine, in September. 1871 ; 
now a member of Prospect Lodge, No. 35, 
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and Waltham Encampment No. 50, and has 
served in all its offices. He is also a member 
of the uniformed rank of Odd Fellows. Both 
Mr. and Mrs. Castner are members of Haw- 
thorn Rebekah lodge No. 57, at Waltham. He 
was formerly a member of the Ancient Order 
of United Workmen. He is a member of the 
Philedian Association of Waltham, and of the 
Sons and Daughters of Maine ; and formerly 
belonged to the Old Farmers' Club. He mar- 
ried, June 19, 1878, Addie Maria Wellington, 
born at Waltham, October 6, 1855, daughter 
of Charles Lowell and Cecilia Webb (Dalton) 
Wellington, of Waltham. Her father was a 
farmer. Their only child : Ervin Sanford^ 
born May 25, 1880. ' - 

(IV) Eldorus Austin Castner, son of Miles 
Thomas Castner (3), was born at Waldobor- 
ough, Maine, July 17, 1859. He attended the 
common schools of that town until eighteen 
years old, working in the meantime for his 
father on the farm. At the age of nineteen he 
came to Waltham, Massachusetts, and became 
associated with his brother Sanford in his milk 
business, first as driver and delivery clerk, in 
Boston, and continuing for eight years. He 
then began on his own account, establishing a 
milk route and driving his own wagons to the 
Boston market for two years. In 1890, at the 
time of his marriage, he bought his home- 
stead in Waverly, Massachusetts. He built 
a new stable and an addition to^ the house. He 
continued his milk business in Boston until 
about 1895, when he sold out to advantage, 
and later purchased a large route in Somer- 
ville. He remained in this business until Oc- 
tober, 1907, when he sold it and retired. He 
resides in a beautiful home at 616 Trapelo 
Road. He and his family attend the Waverly 
Unitarian church. He is a staunch Republi- 
can, has for a number of years been elected 
delegate to various nominating conventions of 
his party, and is a member of the Republican 
town committee. He was made a master mason 
in Belmont Lodge of Free Masons, November 
4. 1897, and is a member of Trapelo' Lodge No. 
238, Odd Fellows, and a past noble grand and 
secretary of this lodge. He is a member of 
Hawthorne Rebekah Lodge of Waltham, is 
past regent and collector of Waverly Council, 
313, Royal Arcanum ; and formerlv a member 
of the Boston Milk Dealers' Association. 

He married, April 2, 1891, Helen Welling- 
ton, sister of his brother's wife, mentioned 
above. She was born at Waltham, February 
14, 1864, daughter of Charles Lowell and Ce- 
cilia Webb (Dalton) Wellington, of Waltham. 
Children: i. Lena Wellington, born August 



7, 1893. 2. 
30, 1897. 



Myrtle Margaret, born October 



Edward Brewer, the EngHsh 
BREWER ancestor of Clifford M. Brew- 
er, came from England to 
New England some time between 1730 and 
1740, as a sailor, and landing in Connecticut. 
He was riiate of a brig at the time of the 
French and Indian wars. Business being dull 
at the time, the captain of the brig thought 
best to haul her up for awhile, and put Ed- 
ward Brewer on board as shipkeeper. The 
English press law was then in vogue, and a 
gang came on board the brig and pressed Ed- 
ward Brewer into the service to go to the 
provinces to fight the Indians, They were 
landed at Falmouth, now Portland, Maine, 
from there were taken to Yarmouth, and he, 
with five others, as scouts, started Monday 
morning from Yarmouth and visited the sev- 
eral block houses along the shore to Harps- 
well, a distance of about thirty miles, and ar- 
rived there the following Saturday, and the 
next Monday started back for Yarmouth. At 
the close of the war Edward settled at Yar- 
mouth and married. After living there a 
number of years he moved to Freeport and 
died there, and all the Brewers that ever lived 
in this vicinity are descendants of his. Ed- 
ward Brewer married Lucy Lake, and had 
six children, all born in Yarmouth, Maine: 

1. Daniel, born 1753. married Hannah Dill. 

2. Joseph, born 1755. 3. Reuben, 1770. 4. 
Eben, 1773. 5. Hezekiah, 1775. 6. Geor- 
giana, about 1777. 

(II) Daniel Brewer, born in 1753, married 
Hannah Dill; had nine children: Edward, 
Enoch. Daniel, James, Reuben, Sarah, Nellie, 
Jane and John twins, bom 1796, died 1882. 

(III) John Brewer, born 1796, lived in 
Yarmouth, Maine, and died in 1864. Chil- 
dren : I. William Litchfield, born 182 1, mar- 
ried Augusta Dunning: died 1881. 2. Dan- 
iel, born 1823, died 1901: married Susan A. 
Grant. 3. Elizabeth, born 1826, died 1876; 
married Nehemiah Brewer. 4. Sarah J., 
born 1828, died 1907; married Joseph True. 
5. Mary A., born 1830, died 1899; married 
William H. Thomas. 6. John, born 1832, 
died 1884; married Mary L. Cole. 7. Fan- 
nie M., born 1836, died 1872; married James 
Prithan. 8. Enoch, born 1836, died 1907; 
married Eliza E. Prithan. 

(IV) John Brewer, born in 1832, in Free- 
port, Elaine, died in 1884. He married Mary 
L., daughter of William Cole, of Buckfield, 



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Maine. They resided in Gorhani. Xew 
Hampshire, and later in Portland, Maine. 
Children of John and Mary (Cole) Brewer; 
I. Arthur \V., born in Ciorhani, New Hamp- 
shire, September 26, 1858; married Jessie 
Fisher, and lived in St. Paul, Minnesota, but 
died in Portland. Maine. 2. Nellie M., born 
in Gorham, J)eceml)er 13. 1862. 3. Ernest 
Everett, born in Lisbon, Maine, August 10, 
1864. 4. Clifford Merton; see forward. 

(V) Clifford Merton Brewer, was born in 
Portland, Maine, April 16. 1872. He was 
educated in the public schools of Portland 
and at a business college in Portland. He 
then entered the employ of J. B. Brown & 
Sons, bankers, in Portland, and remained 
with them five or six years. In 1894 he came 
to Boston and became connected with Kid- 
der, Peabody & Company, the well known 
bankers, where he now is. He has resided 
in Medford since 1895, ^^^ has taken an ac- 
tive part in city affairs, serving as an alder- 
man in 1904, 1905 and 1906; was elected 
mayor December, 1906, for two years, and 
has just entered upon his second year of ser- 
vice. He is af^liated with Mount Hermon 
Lodge of Masons, Medford; the Royal Arch 
Chapter of Medford, Medford Council, Bos- 
ton Commandery of Knights Templars, the 
Mystic Shrine, Boston, and the Economic 
Club, Boston. He is an honorary member 
of the Lawrence Light Guards of Medford; a 
member of the Medford Savings Bank Cor- 
poration, of the Citizens' Association, the 
Brotherhood of West Medford, the Medford 
Historical Society and the National Geogra- 
phic Society of Washington, D. C. He was 
one of the executive committee for the celebra- 
tion of the two hundred and seventy-fifth an- 
niversary of the settlement ■ of Medford in 
1905, and did much to promote its success. 
He married Harriet Merrill, daughter of Jos- 
eph T. Merrill, of Portland, Maine, June 19, 
1895. Children of CHfford M. and Harriet 
(Merrill) Brewer, born in Medford: i. Ar- 
thur Douglass. May 4. 1896. 2. Mary Mer- 
rill. June 17, 1902. 

On Mr. Brewer's maternal line he was a 
great-grandson of 

(I) John Cole, born June 22, 1765. and 
lived in Winthrop. Maine, then a part of 
Massachusetts. He married Anna Morrill, 
about 1785. Children, born in Winthrop. 
Maine: i. Nathan, born May 3. 1786. 2. 
William, born November 3. 1788. married 
Lupira Spaulding. 3. Lydia. born August 
7. 1790, married ThtMiias Elms. 4. John, 
bi rn .April 19. 1791.' 5. Cyrus, born June 



13, 1792, died in 1814. 6. Hiram, born De- 
cember 9, 1793, married Lois Young. 7. 
Susannah, born January 31, 1796, married 

Chase. 8. Lewis, born May 13, 

1798. 9. Morrill, born December 6, 1799, 
married Dorothy Joy. 10. Horatio G., born 
June 9. 1802. II. Ossian. September 25, 
1803. 12. Lyman, March 30, 1805. 13. 
Angelina, May 15, 1808. 14. Horace, Feb- 
ruary 29, 1810. 

(II) William Cole, born in Winthrop, No- 
vember 3, 1788, lived in Buckfield, Maine; 
married Lupira Spaulding, daughter of Ben- 
jamin Spaulding, October 3, 181 1, descended 
from 

(I) Edward (Spaulding) Spaulding, born in 
England, came to Braintree, Massachusetts, 
about 1633. His wife's name is not known. 
Children, born in Braintree: John, Edward, 
Grace, Benjamin, Joseph, Dinah, Andrew. 

(II) Andrew Spaulding married, and his 
children were: Hannah, Andrew, Henry, 
lohn, Rachel, William, Joanna, Benoni, 
Mary. 

(III) Henry Spaulding, married, and 
his children were: Henry. Thomas, William, 
Leonard. Eleazer. 

(IV) Leonard Spaulding, married, and his 
children were: Benjamin, Elizabeth, Thank- 
ful, Rachel, Sarah, Abel, Esther, Lucy. 

(\') Benjamin Spaulding, married Patty 
Barrett; lived in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. 
Children: i. Benjamin, born August 15, 
1768, in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. 2. 
Leonard. 3. Elizabeth. 4. Abel. 5. Esther, 
6. Stephen. 7. Thankful. 8. Rebecca. 9. 
Patty. 

(VI) Benjamin Spaulding, born in (Thelms- 
ford, Massachusetts, August 15, 1768, mar- 
ried Martilla Robinson. Children: i. In- 
crease, born October 2. 1791. 2. Lupira, 
born February 17. 1794; married William 
Cole, October 3, 1811. 3. Jonas, born April 
22, 1796. 4. Adrian, born July i, 1800. 5. 
Axel, born February 17. 1803. 6. Sidney, 
born January 20. 1807. 7. Melissa, born 
January 22, 1809. 8. Dastine. born January 
15. 1819. 9. Ozen, born December 2, 1821. 

(\ II) Lupira Spaulding married William 
Cole. Children: i. Addison, born Febru- 
ary 8. 181 2; married Eliza de Costa, of Buck- 
field. Maine. 2. Cyrus, born February 28. 
1814; married Sarah de Costa, of Buckfield, 
Maine. 3. Myrtilla, born July 16. t8i6; mar- 
ried George Bridgham. of Bridgton. Maine. 
4. William Llcnd. born January 29. 1819; 
married Cordelia Allen. 5. Lydia, born July 
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Nehemiah Douglass. 6. Maria Louise, 
born June 3, 1824; married Samuel Marble, 
of Paris, Maine. 7. A. Vernon, born March 
30, 1827; married Lucy Hall, of Buckfield, 
Maine. 8. Rotheus, born September 8, 
1830; married Margaret Allen. 9. Melissa, 
born January 5, 1834; married Charles Allen, 
of Buckfield. 10. Mary L., born January 9, 
1838; married John Brewer. 



Peter Gray, deceased, was during 
GRAY a long and active career one of the 
foremost business men of Cam- 
bridge, and a man of great nobility of charac- 
ter, a selfmade man in the finest and fullest 
sense of the term. 

He was a native of Scotland, born in Edin- 
burg, July 25, 1839, seventh in a family of 
nine children. As a lad he entered the employ 
of John and David Young, manufacturers of 
coach lamps and tinware and served an ap- 
prenticeship of six years, during which time 
he lost but six and one-half days. He re- 
mained with the firm as a journeyman for two 
years longer ; then worked in a similar es- 
tablishment in London for two years ; 
returning to the Youngs, whom he served 
for two years in the capacity of expert 
mechanic. On April 8, 1865, he sailed from 
Glasgow for New Brunswick, where he 
worked at his trade until November, 1866. 
Afterwards he went to Boston, Massachusetts. 
There he entered the employ of George H. 
Mason, and became his manager. This posi- 
tion he held until 1879. At this time he went 
into business on his own account, at No. 12 
Marshall street. He carried on a large and 
constantly increasing business there for twen- 
ty-five years, until January, 1903, when he re- 
moved to Nos. 88 and 90 Union street. At 
this time he took into partnership with him- 
self his sons, George M. and Mason H. Gray, 
under the firm name of Peter Gray & Sons. 
The occupation of the new quarters was the 
occasion of a "housewarming" which gave 
evidence of the very friendly feeling existing 
between Mr. Gray and his employees. To 
this business he gave his splendid abilities un- 
til his death. In his business career he was 
eminently successful. From a very small be- 
ginning he developed a business that won for 
him a place among the leading lantern manu- 
facturers of the country. His business meth- 
ods were always safe and conservative, and 
he made no attempt to build to a towering 
height upon a slender superstructure. Hence 
his development of his business was sure and 



substantial, without retrogression or halting 
in a single instance and he made for himself 
a name in the mercantile world of which any 
man might well be proud. 

Mr. Gray aspired to no official position. He 
was, however, a strong figure in the social as 
well as the commercial community. He was a 
member of long standing in the North Avenue 
Congregational Church, the welfare of which 
was ever dear to his heart, and he was constant- 
ly a liberal contributor to its support, and to the 
maintenance of its benevolent and charitable 
objects. He was a prominent Mason, affiliat- 
ed with Charity Lodge, Cambridge Royal 
Arch 'Chapter, Cambridge Commandery, 
Knights Templar, and the Scottish Rite bodies 
of Boston. He was for many years a member 
of the Royal Arcanum. He was keenly alive 
to the needs of suffering humanity, and was 
an active and liberal member of the Scots 
Charitable Society and the Massachusetts 
Charitable Mechanics Association. He held 
an associate membership in Kinsley Post, No. 
113, Grand Army of the Republic. 

Mr. Gray was married, June 3, 1869, to 
Antoinette S. Acres, a member of an old Bos- 
ton family, who survives her husband. Four 
sons also survive Mr. Gray ; George M. and 
Mason H. Gray, who were in business part- 
nership with their father ; James T. Gray, a 
well known life and fire insurance agent ; and 
Peter Gray, Jr., now in the employ of Peter 
Gray & Sons. 

Air. Gray died October 2"], 1906, at his resi- 
dence in Cambridge. He was confined tQ his 
bed only a fortnight before his decease. He 
succumbed to a combination of diseases. Sel- 
dom does the loss of any man so deeply afifect 
those who knew him, as did the death of Mr. 
Gray. Sorrow was general througliout North 
Cambridge, where by virtue of his long resi- 
dence he was best known. His unostentatious 
charity, his genial nature, his broad and dem- 
ocratic spirit, had won him the love of all 
men, while his business integrity and spotless 
life had commanded their sincere respect. The 
funeral took place from the North x\venue 
Congregational Church, on October 30. 1906. 
The large edifice was filled with friends from 
near and far and from all walks of life. The 
workmen of Peter Gray & Sons' factory made 
an imphessive part of the audience, the Ma- 
sonic fraternity attended in large numbers, 
and the great business world was represented 
by a host of the substantial representative men 
of Boston and Cambridge. His own country- 
men were numerously represented both indi- 
vidually and in a body, several Scottish or- 



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ganizations attending the funeral. All nation- 
alities and creeds were among the mourners, 
for Mr. Gray was indeed the friend of all hu- 
manity. The services were conducted by the 
Rev. Mr. Evans, who paid fervent tribute to 
the memor\f of his deceased friend and parish- 
ioner. In epitomizing the virtues of the dead 
philanthropist, the clerg\'man spoke warmly 
of his relations. "He proved himself a splen- 
did husband, and a noble father. There was 
much of the true boy nature in him, and it 
ever kept him close to his sons." A local 
newspaper contained a eulogy by the Rev. 
Peter MacQueen, an intimate friend of Mr. 
Gray, who. amid many touching allusions, 
said : 

"He gave the world better things than it 
gave him, though he was loved and honored 
everywhere. Beneath the toil and wounds of 
all his victories he carried the white lustre 
of his conscience, burning untarnished to the 
end. He enshrined honesty in the counting 
house, and truth and honor before everything 
else of gain or of success. He was an in- 
spiring example to the men about him. He 
was as true as steel to every obligation ; as 
clear as one of his own signal lamps to light 
up with cheer and charity the hom«s of want. 
If every poor soul to which he lent the white 
hand of christian help should bring a blossom 
to his grave in the springtime, he would sleep 
beneath a wilderness of flowers. If all men 
were like Peter Gray, this world would be 
God's paradise. Carrying to those in darkness, 
bereavement or in want, the lamp of charity 
he took his money to the poor — but what was 
better still, he took himself, his genial pres- 
ence, and his good, kind face. * * * 'pj^g 
Great Republic will never have in its citizen- 
ship too many men of his stamp. Power to re- 
sist, courage to wait, remorseless severity in 
toil, and firm reliance on Divine Providence, 
these were the guerdon he had won in life. 

"Perhaps in all his life Mr. Gray was never 
sc much interested in any special christian 
work as he was in the Bay Street Church, just 
over the line of Somerville, where he was a 
m.ember and a deacon for nearly twenty years. 
He was a deacon of the old school, but the true 
school, unfailing in his attendance, his work, 
his gifts. Many a home was sweetened by 
his kindliness. No good cause of the church 
ever was turned away from his door. It was 
to him the church always looked when in the 
hour of need. He was ever a tower of 
strength in the darkest weather, and always 
'a gentleman unafraid.' " 



" O maj I join the choir invisible 
Of those immortal dead who live again 
In minds made better by their influence. 
Be the sweet presence of a good diffused. 
And in diffusion evermore intense. 
So shall I join the choir invisible 
Whose music in the gladness of the world." 



Robert Lawrence, the 
LAWRENCE first known progenitor of 
this family, was of Lafica- 
shire, England, born probably as early as A. 
D. 1150 and the ancestor of the early families 
of Lawrence in England. Attending his sov- 
ereign Richard Coeur de Lion, to the War of 
the Crusades he distinguished himself in the 
Siege of Acre and was knighted Sir Robert 
of Ashton Hall. His arms: Argent, a cross 
raguly gules. 

(II) Sir Robert Lawrence, son of Sir Rob- 
ert Lawrence (i), and his immediate succes- 
sor to the estate of Ashton Hall, married a 
daughter of James Trafford, of Lancashire. 

(HI) James Lawrence, son of Sir Robert 
Lawrence (2), married, in 1252, Matilda de 
Washington, an heiress, daughter of John de 
Washington. 

(IV) John Lawrence, son of James Law- 
rence (3), succeeded to Ashton Hall; married 
Margaret Chesford, daughter of Walter Ches- 
ford. 

(V) John Lawrence, son of John Lawrence 
(4), was his father's heir; married Elizabeth 
Holt, of Stably, Lancashire, and died it is 
said in 1360. 

(VI) Sir Robert Lawrence, son of John 
Lawrence (5), succeeded to Ashton Hall; 
married Margaret Holden, of Lancashire. 
Children: i. Robert, mentioned below. 2. 
Thomas, father of Sir Arthur Lawrence of 
Prior's Court, Gloucestershire. 3. William, 
born 1425, fought under the Lancastrian ban- 
ner at St. Albans in 1455 and having fallen 
there was buried in the Abbey. 4. Edmund. 

(VII) Sir Robert Lawrence, son of Sir 
Robert Lawrence (6), had Ashton Hall; mar- 
ried Amphilbis Longford, daughter of Ed- 
ward Longford. Children: i. James, heir 
to the estate; married Cicely Boteler. 2. 
Robert, married Margaret Lawrence, daugh- 
ter of John Lawrence, of Lancashire ; their son 
John commanded a wing of the British army 
under Lord Stanley at Flodden Field. 3. 
Nicholas, mentioned below. 

(VIII) Nicholas Lawrence, son of Sir Rob- 
ert Lawrence (7) was of Agercroft. Chil- 
dren: T. Thomas, 2. Nicholas, Jr., 3. Rob- 
ert. 4. John, mentioned below. 5. Wil- 



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liani. 6. Henry. 7. Oliver, the ancestor of 
the Crich-Grange branch of the family. 

(IX) John Lawrence, son of Nicholas 
Lawrence (8), was of Agercroft, ancestor of 
the Lawrence family of St. James Park in 
Suffolk, it is stated in the pedigree of the 
Lawrences of Ashton Hall. He died in 1461. 

(X) Thomas Lawrence, son of John Law- 
rence (9), was of Rumburgh and held lands 
in other places. Children: i. John, men- 
tioned below. 2. Richard, of St, Ives. The 
will of Thomas is dated July 17, 147 1. 

(XI) John Lawrence, son of Thomas Law- 
rence (10), married Margery . Will 

dated July 10, 1504; his wife died in 1507 and 
both are buried in the church at Rumburgh. 

(XII) Robert Lawrence, son of John and 
Margery Lawrence (11), was named in his 
father's will, and his wife in that of her 
mother-in-law. 

(XIII) John Lawrence, son of Robert 

Lawrence (12), married Elizabeth . 

Children: i. Henry. 2. John, mentioned 
below. 3. Agnes. 4. Margaret. 5. Kath- 
arine. 6. William, of St. James Park, South 
Elmham, exiled during the reign of Queen 
Mary, he afterward returned and labored as 
a preacher at Fressingfield. 7. Richard, of 
Wissel and Rumburgh, died 1556. 

(XIV) John Lawrence, son of John Law- 
rence (13), married Agnes . Chil- 
dren: I. John, mentioned below. 2. Rich- 
ard, died in 1596. 3. Susan. 4. Elizabeth. 
5. Margaret. His will is dated April t."], 
1590; he was buried at Rumburgh, May 21, 
1590; his wife died January 22, 1583. 

(XV) John Lawrence, son of John Law- 
rence (14), was of Wisset in Stififolk county; 

married Joan . His will is dated June 

2, 1606; he was buried January 16, 1607. 
Children: i. Henry, mentioned below. 2. 
Robert, whose will names his kinsman Henry 
North, of Laxfield, a son of Sir Henry North 
and grandson of Lord North. 3. Margery. 
4. Katherine. 

(XVI) Henry Lawrence, son of John Law- 
rence (15), married Mary . His fath- 
er's will refers to him as having removed from 
Wisset to New England and settled in 
Charlestown. In the first division of land in 
Charlestown on the Misticke side he received 
five acres of land for a house lot February 
20, 1638. Another lot was transferred to him 
in 1635 by George Blott. He seems to have 
died in the early forties and it is supposed 
that his second wife Christian is the widow 
who with her son John sold house and land 
there July 22, 1646. The widow died March 



3. 1647-48. The only child known was John, 
baptized October 8, 1609, mentioned below. 
(XVII) John Lawrence, son of Henry 
Lawrence (i6j, usually known as the immi- 
grant ancestor of the family, was baptized at 
Wisset, Suffolk county, England, October 8, 
1609. In 1639 he gave his age as twenty- 
four; in 16*57 as about thirty-five. But he 
was married before 1635 and his statement of 
his age was not accurate in either case or the 
clerks of the court recorded incorrectly — a 
very common thing in taking the ages of wit- 
nesses. But Lawrence must have been born 
^as early as 1609, the date of his baptism in 
England. He was admitted a freeman April 
17, 1637, and he received a grant of land at 
Watertown of three acres February 28, 1636. 
In 1650 he bought of the town fifteen acres 
of common land. He was a carpenter by 
trade. He sold his mansion and land at 
Watertown in 1662 and removed to Groton. 
In December of that year he was elected se- 
lectman of the town of Groton. He was evi- 
dently a man of some intelligence and influ- 
ence and a large property owner. He con- 
tinued his business of carpenter at Water- 
town as well as at Groton, also in Boston. He 
died at Groton, July ii, 1667. In his will he 
appoints his wife and sons Nathaniel and Jos- 
eph executors, naming also sons Enoch, 
Samuel, Isaac, Jonathan, Zechariah, and 
daughters Elizabeth and Mary. His first 
wife Elizabeth died August 29, 1663, and he 
married (second) Susanna Bachelder, daughter 
of William Bachelder, of Charlestown. She 
died July 8, 1668, and mentions in her will her 
daughters Abigail and Susanna, and her sis- 
ters Rachel Atwood and Abigail Asting. 
Children: i. John, born March 14, 1636. 2. 
Nathaniel, born October 15. 1639, mentioned 
below. 3. Joseph, born March, 1642, died 
May, 1642. 4. Joseph, born May 30, 1643, 

married Rebecca . 5. Jonathan, 

buried April 6, 1648. 6. Mary, born July 16, 
1645, married Tuego Potter. 7. Peleg, born 
Januarv 10, 1646-47, married Elizabeth 
Morse.' 8. Enoch, born March 5, 1648-49. 
married Ruth Whitney Shattuck. 9. Samuel, 
removed to Connecticut, married Rebecca 
Luen. lb. Isaac, married. April .19, 1682, 
Abigail Bellews. 11. EHzabeth, bojn May 9, 
1655, in Boston; lived with Ensign Buss, of 
Concord, after father's death. 12. Jonathan, 
left a hundred y)ounds to buy a meeting house 
bell and it was voted by the town of Groton 
to inscribe his name on the bell ; married Re- 
becca Rutter. of Cambridge. 13. Zechariah. 
born March 9, 1658-59, in Watertown. Chil- 



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dren of John and Susanna: 14. Abigail, born 
in Groton, January 9. 1666. 15. Susanna, 
born at Groton, July 3, 1667. 

(XVIJI) Nathaniel Lawrence, son of John 
Lawrence (17), was born at Watertown, Oc- 
tober 15, 1639. He removed to Groton with 
his father. He married, March 13, 1660-61, 
in Sudbury, Sarah Morse, daughter of John 
and Hannah Morse, of Dedham. He was 
admitted a freeman in 1672; w&s a deacon of 
the Groton church, and was one of the first 
deputies to the general court. His son John 
having settled at Cambridge Farms, after- 
wards Lexington. Deacon Lawrence removed 
to Lexington, where he died April 14, 1724. 
His will was dated August 4, 1718, and 
proved May 8, 1724. His first wife died at 
Groton, August 29, 1683, ^"^ he married 
(second), November 9. 1687, Hannah Tarbell, 
'of Groton. Children of Nathaniel and Sarah 
Lawrence: i. Nathaniel, born April 4, 1661, 
at Sudbury. 2. Sarah, born January i, 1662- 
63, at Sudbury, died young. 3. Hannah, 
born in Groton. July 3, 1664. 4. John, born 
July 29, 1667, mentioned below. 5. Mary, 
born March 3, 1669-70, died young. 6. 
Sarah, born May 16, 1672. 7. Elizabeth, 
born July 6, 1674, died October 20, 1675. 8. 
Elizabeth, born at Groton. married Abner 
Harris, of Medford. 9. Deborah, born March 
24. 1683. Children of Nathaniel and Han- 
nah Lawrence : 10. Hannah, born April 26, 
1687, married Samuel Holden. 11. Mary, 
born October 16. 1690, married Zebadiah 
Wheeler. 12.. Jonathan, born June 14, 1696, 
settled at Stoneham. 

(XIX) John Lawrence, son of Nathaniel 
Lawrence (18). was born at Groton, July 29, 
1667, and died March 12, 1746-47. He mar- 
ried in Groton, November 9, 1687, Anna Tar- 
bell. who was born in 1670. Both were re- 
ceived into the church at Lexington. Febru- 
ary 9, 1698-99. She died December 19. 1732, 
He was a man of understanding and piety, 
and held important of^ces in the town, espe- 
cially active in the support of the schools and 
church. Children: 1. John, born January 
9. 1689. mentioned below. 2. Thomas, born 
December 23. 169T. 3. Nathaniel, born Jan- 
uary 31. 1694. 4. William, born August 11, 
1697. 5. Samuel, born July 9. 1700. 6. Anna, 
born October 29. 1702. 7. Jonathan, born 
February 13, 1706. 8. Sarah, born June 19, 
1708. 9. Benjamin, born May 24. 17 13. 10. 
Amos, born February 19, 1715-16. 

(XX) John Lawrence, son of John Law- 
rence (19), was born in Groton. January 9, 
1689. Married. May t8. 17 10. Elizabeth 



Stone, daughter of Deacon Samuel Stone, of 
Lexington, born June 19, 1693. He died Jan- 
uary 22, i7S~- ' At the first precinct meeting 
of that part of Woburn now Burlington in 
November, 1730, he was chosen collector. 
In 1732 he was next to the largest taxpayer 
of that precinct. Children: i. Elizabeth, 
born May 12, 171 1, married, June 22, i72>^, 
Thomas Ditson, of Billerica. 2. John, born 
September 21, 1713; mentioned below. 3. 
Samuel, born October 3, 1715. probably also 
of North Yarmouth, Alaine. 4. Isaac, born 
November 2"/, 17^7^ 5. Anna, born August 
8, 1720. 6. Nathaniel, removed to New 
Hampshire in 1754. 7. Rebecca, born 1728, 
married, June 27, 175 1. Thomas Locke. 8. 
Mary, married William Tuttle. 

(XXI) John Lawrence, son of John Law- 
rence (20), was born in Lexington, Massa- 
chusetts, September 21, 1713. He married, 
October 23, 1736, Mary Simonds, and after 
living in Medford, Massachusetts, for a time, 
settled in Alaine. It is known that his de- 
scendants were at North Yarmouth. Maine, 
and the history of Narragaugus Valley con- 
nects the family of that vicinity and the North 
Yarmouth family. 

(XXII) John Lawrence, son or nephew of 
John Lawrence (21). was born in Maine about 
1740. He had a cousin John of North Yar- 
mouth, who was probably, the son of Samuel 
Lawrence. Both John Lawrences were sol- 
diers in the Revolution, one from North Yar- 
mouth, the other from Narragaugus. Maine. 
The latter was corporal in Lieutenant Thomas 
Parrat's company. June 25. 1777. serving at 
Machias in a detachment drafted from the 
militia. He was sergeant in Captain Thomas 
Robbins's company in 1778 in Colonel John 
Allen's regiment at the defence of Machias. 
He was corporal in the detachment under 
Lieutenant John Buchanan. Colonel Foster's 
regiment, in 1778. called out to defend the 

state stores on board the "Merry " 

bound from Boston to garrison Machias. The 
pay roll was dated at Narragaugus. The 
history of the valley says: "He was one of 
the very early settlers on the river." It re- 
fer?; to the old tradition that a John Lawrence 
married a Townley. but strange to say failed 
to mention the vast English estates that most 
Lawrence-Chase-Townley families have been 
told falsely, of course, but none the less allur- 
ingly, awaited the American heirs of John 
Lawrence and Mary Townley in England. An 
association was formed and experts hired to 
investigate the tradition. There was no such 
estate, of course, though the families were 



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connected. John Lawrence came from North 
Yarmouth to Narragaugus and settled in 
what is now called the upper corner very 
near the house now or lately owned by Al- 
fred Small. As the very first settlers on the 
river were not there until 1757, Lawrence 
came we, believe about 1760, certainly be- 
fore the Revolution. He had but one child, 
John, mentioned below. 

(XXIII) John Lawrence, son of John 
Lawrence (22), was born about 1765. prob- 
ably in Narragaugus. He married Jennie 
Rolfe, whose parents settled in the Intervale 
District near where the schoolhouse now 
stands. John and his young wife settled on 
the lot now or lately of Gilbert Sproul and 
raised a large family of children: i. John, 

married Wilson. 2. Aaron, married 

Lucy Leighton. 3. Daniel, married 



Sumner. 4. Larkin, mentioned below. 5. 

William, married Reynolds. 6. James 

P., married Amy Patten; (second) 



Alline; (third) Matilda Jones. 7. Alpheus. 
8. Polly, married Aleander Leighton. 9. 
Jane, married William Campbell. 10. Sally, 
married Amos G. Guptill. 11. Nancy, mar- 
ried Otis Tucker. 12. Betsey, married 
George Guptill. 

(XXIV) Larkin Lawrence, son of John 
Lawrence (23), was born in Narragaugus 
Valley, Maine, probably in what is now Lu- 
bec, about 1790. He lived and died in Lu- 
bec. He was named probably for the Lakin 
or Larkin family, relatives and neighbors of 
the Lawrences at Groton first, and afterwards 
in other places. He was educated in the com- 
mon schools, worked on his father's farm, 
and followed farming as an occupation 
through life. He was a Whig in his later 
days in politics and a Baptist in religion. He 
was a soldier in the War of 181 2. He mar- 
ried thrice. One of his wives was a Kings- 
ley. He had six children by his first wife; 
one by his second and none by the third. 
Children of the first wife: i. Nelson Lar- 
kin, mentioned below. 2. Jotham. 3. Lor- 
ing. 4. Curtis. 5. Infant died young. 6. 
Louisa. The only child of the second wife 
was: 7. Mary J. 

(XXV) Nelson Larkin Lawrence, son of 
Larkin Lawrence (24), was born in Lubec, 
Maine, May 10, 1821, and died at East Ma- 
chias, Maine, April 30, 1876. He was edu- 
cated in the common schools, learned the 
trade of carpenter, worked in various ship- 
yards along the Maine coast and was a skil- 
ful artisan. He was a Republican in politics 
and a Baptist in religion. He married, in 



Maine, Anna Watson, daughter of Thomas 
Watson. She was born in 1823 and died in 
1886. Children, born at Machias: i. 
Thomas, born 1858. died 1878. 2. Francis, 
born March 8, i860, mentioned below. 3. 
Mary O., born 1862, died 1886. 4. Annie, 
born 1868. 5. Sarah W. 

(XXVI) Francis Lawrence, son of Nelson 
L. Lawrence (25), was ])orn in East Machias, 
Maine, March 8. i860. He was educated 
there in the public schools, and entered upon 
a mercantile career as clerk in various stores 
in Machias. In 1882 he came to Lowell, 
Massachusetts, and accepted a position as 
clerk in the hardware store of Charles Adams, 
in whose employ he remained until 1904, 
when he went into business for himself in the 
firm of Smith & Lawrence, hardware dealers, 
Market street, Lowell. The firm has been 
prosperous, and Mr. Lawrence is reckoned 
among the most promising and able business 
men of the younger generation. He is a Re- 
publican in politics, inclined to independence 
especially in municipal politics. He and his 
wife are members of the First Congregational 
Church, of which he is the treasurer. He 
married, September 19, 1895, Katharine M. 
Wager, daughter of William and Sarah 
(Spurbeck) Wager, of Lowell. Mr. and Mrs. 
Lawrence have no children. 



(For ancestry see preceding sketch.) 

(XVIII) Enoch (or En- 
LAWRENCE osk) Lawrence, son of 
John Lawrence, the immi- 
grant, (17), was born March 5, 1648-49; 
married Ruth, daughter of John and 
Ruth Whitney, and widow of John 
Shattuck, of Watertown. Soon after his 
marriage he removed to Groton and set- 
tled in the northern part of the town. He 
served the town of Groton as a surveyor of 
highways, tithingman and fence viewer. In 
King Philip's war in 1675, he served in a 
garrison and fought the Indians ; also served 
in King William's war. In the year 1702 the 
Provincial authorities granted him immunity 
from taxation and a pension of three pounds 
sterling yearly on account of physical dis- 
ability contracted in an encounter with the In- 
dians in the King William war. He died Sep- 
tember 28, 1744. aged ninety-five. The fol- 
lowing is from the third volume of the Groton 
Land Records. The lands of Enoch Law- 
rence "his houselot nineteen acres more or less 
bounded easterly by his own meadow and on 
all other points by the highways ; twelve and a 



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half (acres) of this land he had of his brother 
Zachary and seven acres he had of his brother 
Joseph Lawrence. Enoch Lawrence had also 
twenty-five acres near the Silver mine, ten 
acres at Babbet, and three and a half in 
Halfmoon meadow." His children were: i. 
Nathaniel, born February 21, 1O77. 2. Daniel, 

born March 7, 1681, married Sarah . 3. 

Zachariah, born July 16, 1683, married Abi- 
gail Parker. 4. Jeremiah, born May i, 1686. 
(XIX) Nathaniel Lawrence, born February 
21, 1677-78, married 'Anna Scripture, of Ma- 
son, New Hampshire, about 1701. In the 
Groton records he is called a sergeant. He 
was chosen constable in 171 1, and afterwards 
served as surveyor of highways and tithing- 
man. He died September 12, 1765. His wife 
died September 30, 1758, aged seventy-three. 
Children: i. Nathaniel, born May 13, 1702, 
married, February 4, 1728-29, Dorothy Cham- 
berlain. 2. James, born August 26, 1705. 3. 
Anna, born July 3, 1708, married Samuel 
Wright. 4. Enoch, born November 15, 17 10, 
married Sarah 'Stevens. 5. Sarah, born 
March 15, 1713, married Zachariah Lawrence. 
6. Martha, born December 7, 171 5, married 
William Blond, of Groton. 7. Joseph, born 
April 10, 1 7 18, married Elizabeth Martin.' 8. 
Benjamin, born November 6, 1720, married 
Ruth Dodge. 9. Rebecca, born April 17, 
1724, married Joseph Blanchard. 10. Lois, 
born September 26. 1726, married Bezaled 
Sawyer. 11. Eunice, born July 25, 1728, died 
November 15, 1747. 

(XX) Captain James Lawrence, born Au- 
gust 26, 1705, married Mary Martin, of Gro- 
ton. He was a resident of Groton, West Par- 
ish (Pepperell), and was chosen one of the 
standing committee of the parish at its first 
meeting in 1742. The second meeting was at 
his house. In 1745 and 1746 he served as 
selectman. He died January 27, 1800, aged 
ninety-five. She died in 1799, aged eighty- 
seven. They lived in Pepperell. Children: I. 
Mary, i>orn March 17, 1734, married Josiah 
Stevens, of Townsend. 2. James, born April 
II. 1736, married Elizabeth Fisk. 3. Lemuel, 
born June i, 1745. 4. Benjamin, born Octo- 
ber 9. 1747, married Sybil Parker, of Gro- 
ton. 

(XXI) Lemuel Lawrence, born Jvme i, 
1745, married, January 21. 1768, Sarah Wil- 
liams. He met with a fatal accident at the 
raising of a barn in Pepperell, April 24, 1773, 

■ and died in his twenty-eighth year. Children, 
bom in Pepperell: i. Sarah, born October 
13, 1768, married Mr. Bailey. 2. Lemuel, 
born August 6. 1770. 3. Olive, born Feb- 



ruary 13, 1772, married Mr. Bailey, the hus- 
band of his sister Sarah, after her death. 

(XXII) Lemuel, born August 6, 1770, mar- 
ried, November 5, 1794, Mercy Perham, of 
Tyngsborough. They resided in Tyngsbor- 
ough, and their children were born there. He 
died September 20, 1832. Children: i. Lem- 
uel, born September i, 1795, lived in Chelms- 
ford. 2. Daniel, born September 12, 1797. 3. 
Clarissa, born October 29, 1799, died unmar- 
ried. 4. Sarah, born August 23, 1806, mar- 
ried Lemuel Spaulding, of Winchester. 

(XXIIT) Daniel Lawrence, born September 
12, 1797, in Tyngsborough, married, Septem- 
ber 25, 1823, Elizabeth Crocker, of York, 
Maine. He came to Medford in 1823, and 
entered the firm of Bishop & Goodrich, distill- 
ers. From that time until the close of the 
Crimean war was engaged in that business, 
and he was very successful ; for a large por- 
tion of the time on his own account, and later 
under the firm name of Daniel Lawrence & 
Sons. He filled many positions of public trust 
in Medford, and great confidence was placed 
in his sound judgment and executive ability. 
At the breaking out of the civil war he showed 
a most loyal and patriotic interest in the effort 
to maintain the Union, and advanced the funds 
necessary for the equipment of the Lawrence 
Light Guard then going to the seat of war. 
In 1858, during a temporary residence in 
Tyngsborough, he represented the town in 
the legislature, giving his salary to the town. 
He died at Poland Springs, Maine, while on a 
visit, October 2, 1884. -Children: i. Mary 
Ann, born January 29, 1827. 2. Daniel War- 
ren, October 8, 1830, married Mary Ellen 
Wiley, October 18, 1857. 3. Samuel Crocker, 
born November 22, 1832. 4. Elizabeth Maria, 
born August 5, 1835, married George L. Barr, 
November 20, 185 1. 5. Rosewell Bigelow, 
born December 22, 1838. 6. William Harri- 
son, born July 24, 1840. 

(XXIV) General Samuel Crocker Law- 
rence was bom in Medford, November 22, 
1832, and was a son of Daniel and Elizabeth 
(Crocker) Lawrence. His early education 
was obtained in the Medford schools, and he 
was prepared for college at the Medford high 
school and the Lawrence Academy at Groton. 
He was graduated at Harvard College in the 
class of 1855, with the degree of A. B., and 
received the degree of A. M. in 1858. After 
graduation he was in the banking business of 
Bigelow & Lawrence for three years in Chi- 
cago with success, but returned in 1858 to en- 
gage in business with his father and brother, 
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Sons. Since 1867 he has been the sole pro- 
prietor. He early became interested in mili- 
tary affairs, and became a lieutenant in the 
Lawrence Light Guard at its start in 1854, an 
organization named in honor of his father. A 
little later he was chosen captain of the com- 
pany, and soon after that was commissioned 
colonel of the Fifth Regiment of the Massa- 
chusetts militia. April 15, 1861, or three days 
after the attack on Fort Sumter, President 
Lincoln issued a call • for seventy-five thou- 
sand volunteers for three months to defend 
the capital of the nation. On the i8th of April, 
Colonel Lawrence issued marching orders for 
the Fifth Regiment, and his brother, Daniel 
W. Lawrence, took the orders to the com- 
manders of the different companies. A con- 
siderable part of Mr. Lawrence's hurried jour- 
ney was over the same roads taken by Paul 
Revere on his famous midnight ride. The er- 
rands of the messengers were identical, and 
they were animated by an equally patriotic 
purpose. The next day the several companies 
of the regiment, including the Lawrence Light 
Guard, reported at Boston. The regiment was 
quartered in Faneuil Hall until the morning of 
the 2ist of April, when it left for New York, 
and then proceeded at once to Washington. 
Though the Fifth Regiment served only for 
three months, it took part in the first battle of 
Bull Run and suffered severely. The color- 
bearer of the regiment was killed and Colonel 
Lawrence was wounded in the battle. In June, 
1862, he was commissioned brigadier-general 
in the state militia, but resigned in 1864. He 
is a member of the Ancient and Honorable Ar- 
tillery Company, and was its commander in 
1869., For many years General Lawrence has 
been interested in railroad management. In 
1875 the Eastern Railroad was on the verge of 
bankruptcy. General Lawrence became a 
large owner of stock in the company. He was 
elected its president, and by his able manage- 
ment it was placed on a sound financial basis, 
and in 1884 it was united with the Boston & 
Maine Railroad. He has been a director of 
the joint corporation until the present time. 
He was elected a director in the Maine Central 
Railroad in 1875, and has continued in that 
position since that time, and is a director in 
many other corporations. When in Harvard 
College he became a member of the Masonic 
fraternity, and was a charter member of 
Mount Hermon Lodge, of Medford, and the 
Mystic Royal Arch Chapter of Medford, and 
Medford Council. He joined the Boston Com- 
mandery of Knights Templar in 1858, and was 
eminent commander from October, 1873, to 



1875; from all these organizations he has re- 
ceived the highest honors. He served as grand 
master of Masons in Massachusetts in 1881- 
82-83, and as grand commander of the Grand 
Commandery of Knights Templar of Massa- 
chusetts and Rhode Island in 1894-95. In 1866 
he was invested with the thirty-third degree 
in Masonry, Northern Masonic jurisdiction, 
and is now lieutenant grand commander of 
the Supreme Council of " the Northern 
Masonic jurisdiction, and representative 
there of the Southern jurisdiction. Gen- 
eral Lawrence has been chairman of the 
board of trustees of the JVIedford Public Li- 
brary for more than thirty years, and was 
chairman of the board of sinking fund com- 
missioners for several years. 

He was unanimously nominated for con- 
gress, but declined to be a candidate. He has 
been averse to holding public office, but yield- 
ed to the very strongly expressed wish on the 
part of the citizens of Medford that he serve 
as the first mayor of the newly organized city. 
He accepted the office and brought to the 
service of his native town the financial and ex- 
ecutive ability of an experienced, broad-mind- 
ed and large hearted business man. Mluch to 
the regret of his fellow citizens, he declined a 
re-election at the close of his two years' ser- 
vice. General Lawrence is a public spirited cit- 
izen with broad views. His residence is on 
Rural avenue, a short distance from Winthrop 
square, and his beautiful grounds are open to 
all. The northern part of his estate of nearly 
five hundred acres borders on the Middlesex 
Falls, and the best entrance way for many 
people is through his grounds. He has pre- 
pared roadways and proper sanitary conveni- 
ences and paths and seats at convenient points 
that are open to all. At the highest elevation, 
two hundred and twenty-nine feet above the 
sea level on Ramshead Hill, he has built an 
observatory, eighty-one feet higher, where a 
beautiful view can be had of the surrounding 
country, the sea horizon line being twenty-three 
and one-half miles, and Mt. Monadnock at 
Jaffrey, New Hampshire, fifty-eight and 
one-quarter miles away. He erected at large 
expense a few years since, an armory for the 
use of the Lawrence Light Guard, and in hon- 
or of his father's memory. The different 
rooms are fitted up for the use of the company 
and the Association connected with the Light 
Guard, in a manner unsurpassed by any in 
New England. He has been for many years 
a collector of books, and owns what is prob- 
ably the best masonic library in the world. He 
has also a large collection of local and military 



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histories which is extreniely vakiable. It was 
largely due to his co-operation that the celebra- 
tion of the two hundred and seventy-fifth an- 
niversary of the settlement of Aledford met 
with such remarkable success in June, 1905. 
One of General Lawrence's greatest services 
to his native town has been his indefatigable 
efforts to save the trees from the gypsy moths. 
In order to accomplish this he has spared no 
labor or expense for years, not only taking 
care of the trees on his own estate, but also 
those adjoining his own grounds. It has been 
a source of much regret to his friends that he 
has persistently declined high official position 
both in state and in nation. 

He was married in Charlestown to Carrie 
Rebecca Radger, daughter of Rev. William 
and Reoecca .(Taylor) Badger, of Wilton, 
?*laine. Children: i. William Badger, born 
November 16, 1856. 2. Louise, born Decem- 
ber 2, 1876, married George L. Batchelder. 

(XXV) William Badger Lawrence was 
born November 16, 1856. He was prepared 
for college at the Boston Latin School, and 
graduated at Harvard College in the class of 
1879. -"^t the Latin School he was a Franklin 
Medal scholar, and was colonel of the Boston 
School Regiment at the celebration of the two 
hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the settle- 
ment of Boston. In college he was a member 
of the Phi Beta Kappa and Signet societies. 
He fitted for his profession at the Harvard 
Law School, graduating in the class of 1882, 
and received the degree of LL.B. He was 
admitted to the state and United States courts 
in the spring of 1883. Upon his return from 
extended travel in Europe, he began the prac- 
tice of law in the office of the late Nathan 
Morse, one of Boston's best known lawyers. 
His office is now at 18 Tremont street (Kim- 
ball building). Boston. He has given special 
attention to railroad and corporation law. He 
is a member of the Boston Bar Association, 
and one of the proprietors of the Social Law 
Library. Mr. Lawrence has long been identi- 
fied with public affairs of Medford. While it 
was a town he served on the board of select- 
men, and as overseer of the poor 1888-89-90. 
He was mainly instrumental in securing the 
passage in 1890 of the original gypsy-moth 
legislation, appropriating $50,000. In 1891 and 
again in 1892, he represented Medford in the 
lower house of the legislature, and in 1893 
and 1894 was senator for the first Middlesex 
district, comprising the cities of Somerville 
and Medford, and the towns of Arlington and 
Winchester. While in the house he served on 
the committee on judiciary, probate, insolvency 



and drainage, and in the senate both terms as 
chairman of the committees on the treasury 
and of the joint committee on expenditures, 
and was a member of the committee on the 
judiciary and floor chairman of the commit- 
tee on rules. He has always taken a warm 
interest in public matters, and has been es- 
pecially active in promoting progressive miu- 
nicipal movements, notably the passage, 
against vigorous opposition, of the metropoli- 
tan sewerage act, which has proved of such 
benefit to the district, whereby was abated the 
sewage nuisance in Mystic river and lower 
Mystic pond. In the years 1885 and 1889 ^^^ 
was active in averting the threatened division 
of the town of Medford, and later in securing 
the city charter. He has been for some years 
a trustee of the New York Savings Bank. He 
was a charter member and one of the organiz- 
ers of the Medford Club, and has been a mem- 
ber of the University Club almost from its in- 
ception. He is a life member of the Medford 
Historical Society. In politics Mr. Lawrence 
is a Republican, an active member of the party 
organization, and for some years served on the 
Republican state committee. He has been 
much interested in congressional matters, and 
has been a strong supporter of the Hon. Henry 
CalxDt Lodge and of Hon. Samuel W. McCall. 
He was a delegate to the last National Repub- 
lican- convention that nominated Theodore 
Roosevelt for president, and Charles W. Fair- 
banks for vice-president. He has been much 
interested in railroad matters for quite a num- 
ber of years. He is clerk and director in sev- 
eral railroad corporations. He has given much 
study to the question of merging all the rail- 
roads of New England into one corporation. 
For ten years he was one of the directors of 
the Somerville Journal Company, and is now 
one of the proprietors of the Medford Mer- 
cury. 

Mir. Lawrence for several years devoted con- 
siderable time to the Masonic fraternity, being 
a past master of Mount Hermon Lodge, past 
high priest of Mystic Royal Arch Chapter, 
past thrice illustrious master of Medford Coun- 
cil, Royal and Select Masters, past commander 
of Boston Commandery, Ivnights Templar, 
past district deputy grand master, past junior 
grand warden of the Grand Lodge of Massa- 
chusetts, past deputy grand high priest of the 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts, 
past grand master of the Grand Council, Royal 
and Select Masters of Massachusetts, also its 
grand treasurer, and a member since 1896 of 
the Supreme Council thirty-third degree. 
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Mr. Lawrence was married October 2, 1883, 
to Alice May, daughter of J. Henry and 
Emily (Nickerson) Sears, of Brewster, Mas- 
sachusetts, and a lineal descendant of Rich- 
ards Sears, who settled in Plymouth in 1623. 
Mrs. Lawrence is also descended in eight dif- 
ferent lines of descent from Elder William 
Brewster, and also from George Soule, an- 
other of the "Mayflower" passengers. Chil- 
dren: I. Marjorie, born September 9, 1884. 
2. Samuel Crocker, (2), born September 12, 
1888. 3. Ruth, born August 10, 1890. 4. 
William B., Jr., born October 3, 1896. The 
family resides on Rural avenue, Medford, with 
a summer residence in South Yarmouth, Mas- 
sachusetts. 

On his mother's line William Badger Law- 
rence is descended from : 

(I) Giles Badger came from England about 
1643, ^^^ settled in Newbury, Massachusetts. 
He died there July 17, 1647. H^is wife's name 
is not known. His son 

(H) John Badger was born June 30, 1643, 
and lived in Newbur}^ His first wife Eliza- 
beth died April 8, 1669. For a second wife he 
married Hannah Swett, February 23, 1671. 
He had four children by the first wife, and ten 
by the second. He and his wife both died of 
small-pox. His estate was valued at £943 9s. 
, (HI) John Badger, son of the foregoing, 
was a trader and lived in Newbury. He mar- 
ried Rebecca Brown, October 5, 1691. They 
had seven children, all born in Newbury. 

(IV) Joseph Badger, son of the above, born 
in 1698. He went to Haverhill, Massachusetts, 
and became a successful merchant. He mar- 
ried Hannah,- the daughter of Colonel Na- 
thaniel Peaslee, of Haverhill, and he had seven 
children by her. She died, and he married 
Hannah, the widow of Rev. Ebenezer Pearson. 
Her maiden name was Mbody. She had three 
children. They lived in Haverhill, Massa- 
chusetts. 

(V) Enoch Badger, son of Joseph Badger, 
was born May 11, 1736, in Haverhill. He 
married Susanna White, of Haverhill. They 
removed to Gilmanton, New Hampshire, but 
died in Sandown. His brother Joseph was 
General Joseph Badger, member of the state 
council, judge of the probate court, and brig- 
adier-general in the New Hampshire militia. 
One of General Badger's sons was representa- 
tive to the New Hampshire legislature, state 
senator, president of the senate, and governor 
of the province of New Hampshire. 

(VI) Joseph Badger, son of Enoch Badger, 
was born November 2, 1766. He married 
Mary Webster, daughter of Caleb Webster, of 

iv— 17 



Gilmanton. They lived in Farmington, New 
Hampshire. He was a tanner by trade. Mary 
Webster Badger was a cousin of Daniel Web- 
ster, the great orator and statesman. 

(VII) Rev. William Badger, son of Joseph 
and Mary Webster Badger, was born April 
12, 1804, died in Medford, Massachusetts, 
May 14, 1865. He was a man of marked 
ability and distinguished himself in his profes- 
sion. He was settled some time in Wilton, 
Maine, and had other important pastorates. 
He married Rebecca Taylor, of Roxbury, 
Maine. She was a daughter of Captain Wil- 
liam Taylor, who served during the entire 
Revolutionary war. He told his children that 
the proudest moment of his life was at the sur- 
render of General Burgoyne, when the sol- 
diers of his company were dressed like scare- 
crows, while Burgoyne's men dressed in fine 
uniform passed between the lines. 

(VIII) Carrie Rebecca Badger, daughter 
of Rev. William Badger, was born at Wilton, 
Maine, November 12, 1837. April 28, 1859, 
she was married to General Samuel C. Law- 
rence, of Medford, Massachusetts. 



(For ancestry see preceding sketches). 

(XXIV) Daniel Warren 
LAWRENCE Lawrence, second child and 
eldest son of Daniel (23) 
and Elizabeth (Crocker) Lawrence, was 
born October 8, 1830. He has con- 
stantly been identified with Medford, ex- 
cept for two intervals — in 1849, when 
he went to California, during the gold 
fever, and there spent several months ; and in 
the summer of 1864, when he served for three 
months in the Union army. He has been effi- 
cient in various responsible public and private 
stations, serving as selectma'n in 1869-70, rep- 
resentative in the legislature in 1875-76-80, 
treasurer of the Medford Savings Bank for 
several years and afterward president, and for 
twenty-nine years a member and tr^surer of 
the boad of commissioners of the sinking fund. 
He is, as was his father, a member of the 
Universalist Society, and he recently present- 
ed a parsonage to the society. He is a Mlason, 
a member of Boston Commandery, Knights 
Templar, and has attained to the thirty-third 
degree of the Scottish Rite. He married, Oc- 
tober 18, 185 1, Mary Ellen Wiley, daughter of 
John Wiley, of Wakefield, and their children 
are: i. George W., born November 8, 1852, 
married Mary Witherell, of Medford. 2. 
Rosewell B.. January 31. 1856. 3. Samuel W., 
March 5, i860, married Helen E. Withington, 



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daughter of Henry W'ithington. of Medford, 
February 22, 1882. 

(XXV) Rosewell !>. La\yrencc, second child 
and second son of Daniel Warren and Mary 
(Wiley) Lawrence, was born in Medford, Jan- 
i;arv 31, 1856. He was educated in the schools 
of his native town, and at Harvard University, 
graduating in the collegiate course in 1878, 
and from the Harvard Law School in 1881. 
He is a lawyer by profession, having his ofifice 
in the. Tremont Building, Boston. He is a 
member of the board of trustees of Tufts Col- 
lege. He has been chairman of the Medford 
school committee since January, 1893, and is a 
trustee of the Medford Savings Bank, chair- 
man of the standing committee of the Univer- 
salist Society, one of the park commissioners 
since the organization of the board in 1893, 
a vice-president of the Medford Historical So- 
ciety, a member of the Medford Club, and sec- 
retarv of the Appalachian Club of Boston 
since' 1883. He is affiliated with Mount Her- 
mon I^dge, Free and Accepted Masons, Mys- 
tic Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and Boston 
Commandery Knights Templar. He is un- 
married. 



The Fiscs, or Fiskes, of England, 
FISKE are recorded as far back as May, 
1208, when the Duke of Lorraine 
granted land in Digneveton Park to the 
"Men of Laxfield," the list including one 
Daniel Fisc. It is supposed that this was the 
paternal grandfather of Lord Symond Fiske, 
from whom the American Fiskes are readily 
traced, and to him for the purposes of this 
sketch we give the designation of the first 
known generation. 

(I) Lord Symond Fiske was proprietor of 
the Manor of' Stadhaugh, parish of Laxfield, 
county of Suffolk, England, 1390-1422. He 
was married twice; first to Susannah Smith, 

and after her death to Katherine . 

In his will, probated at Norwich, England, 
February 26, 1463-4, he names as his chil- 
dren: William, Jeffrey, John, Edmund, Mar- 
garet ; and as his executors his wife Katherine 
and Nicols Nolock. The Lord Fiske died in 
February, 1464. 

(II) William Fiske. eldest son of Lord and 
Lady Susannah Fiske, was born at Stadhaugh; 
married Joan Lynne, of Norfolk, and died in 
1504. His widow made a will July 15, 1504, 
in which she names her sons Thomas, Wil- 
liam, Augustine, Simon, Robert and John, 
and daughters Margery and Margaret. This 
will was proved February 28, 1505, and Sir 



John, her iiusband's brother, and John and 
Simon, lier sons, were executors. 

(Ill) Simon Fiske, son of William and Joan 

(Lynne) Fiske, married Elizabeth , 

and died in Halesworth, June, 1538. Their 
children were : Simon, William, Robert, Joan, 
Jeffrey, Gelyne, Agnes, Thomas, Elizabeth, 
John. 

(I\') Simon Fiske, son of Simon and 
Elizabeth Fiske, married, but her name does 
not appear on the records. She was the 
mother of children as follows: Robert, John, 
George, Nicholas, Jeffrey, Jei^emy, William, 
Richard, Joan, Gelyne, Agnes. 

(V) Robert Fiske, son of Simon Fiske, and 
grandson of Simon and Elizabeth Fiske, was 
born in 1525. He married Sybil Gould, 
widow of a Mr. Barber. While a resident of 
the parish of St. James, South Elmham, his 
immediate family w^ere in danger of persecu- 
tion, and his wife's sister, Isabella Gould, was 
a prisoner in Castle Norwich for her avowed 
Puritan opinion, in which her sister's family 
were in sympathy, and they were obliged to 
leave the parish" of St. James in consequence 
of the prejudice against Puritans. The chil- 
dren of Robert and Sybil (Gould) Barber 
Fiske were: William Jeffrey, Thomas, Elea- 
zer, Elizabeth. 

(VI) William Fiske, son of Robert and Sy- 
bil Fiske, was born in the parish of All Saints, 
Laxfield, England, 1566. He married Anna, 
daughter of Walter Anstyle, of Tibbenham, 
Norfolk, and took for his second wife, Alice 
. While residing in St. James par- 
ish, Elmham, his father and family were 
obliged to leave the parish by reason of their 
Puritan views. His will, proved May 17, 
1623, names children: John, Nathaniel, 
Eleazer, Eunice, Hannah, Hester, Mary, wife 
of Anthony Fisher. The children were born 
in South Elmham. 

(VII) Nathaniel Fiske, son of William and 
Anna (Anstyle) Fiske, married Ahce Henel. 
widow of Mr. Leman, and they had two chil- 
dren, Nathaniel and Sarah. 

(VIII) Nathaniel Fiske, son of Nathaniel 
and Alice (Flenel) Leman Fiske, was born in 
Weybred, Suffolk county, England, married 
Dorothy Symonds, of Wendham. daughter of 
John Symonds. They had children as fol- 
lows: John, Nathan, Esther, Martha. 

(I) Nathan Fiske (In England, IX), the 
inmiigrant, son of Nathaniel and Dorothy 
(Symonds) P^iske, was born in England, in 
1615; came to New England and settled in 
Watertown, Massachusetts Bay Colony, where 
he was admitted a freeman May 10, 1643, and 



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became a landed proprietor by purchasing 
eighty acres of land, the same having been 
allotted to Mr. Robert Feake, whose name 
appears on the annals of the town as second 
on the list made July 25, 1636, when the de- 
sirable lands of the town were allotted to the 
inhabitants in quantities ranging from one 
hundred acres, to Sir Richard Saltonstall, 
down to twenty acres, and here the name 
"Mr. Robert Feake" appears next to Sir Rich- 
ard, and the quantity of land allotted as 
eighty acres. The land was on the north side 
of the great highway leading to Sudbury. 
This purchase by Nathan Fiske was made 
September 10, 1643. His sister Martha, who 
married Martin Underwood, of Weybred, 
Sufifolk, England, by trade a weaver, were 
also among the first settlers of Watertown, 
his name appearing on the list of names of 
persons to whom land was allotted July 25, 
1636, his share being twenty-five acres, and 
his name also appears on the list of early set- 
tlers who took the freeman's .oath in 1634. 
Nathan Fiske died in Watertown, Massachu- 
setts Bay Colony, June 21, 1676. His chil- 
dren were: Nathan, born October 17, 1642; 
John, born August 25, 1647; David, born 
April 29, 1650, married Elizabeth Reed; Na- 
thaniel, born July 12, 1653, married Mrs. 
Mary (Warren) Child; Sarah, born 1656, mar- 
ried, September 3, 1673, Abraham Gale, son 
of Richard Gale, the immigrant. 

(II) Lieutenant Nathan Fiske, son of Na- 
than Fiske, the immigrant, and grandson of 
Nathaniel and Dorothy fSymonds) Fiske, was 
born in Watertown, Massachusetts Bay Col- 
ony, October 17, 1642. He married Elizabeth 
Fry. He purchased from Thomas and Mag- 
dalen Underwood, lands allotted to or pur- 
chased by his uncle and aunt, Martin and 
Martha (Fiske) Underwood, and inherited by 
Thomas Underwood, to the extent of two 
hundred and twenty acres, paying therefor 
the sum of £10. He was selectman of Water- 
town 1684, 1688 and 1691. He died October 
II, 1694, and his widow Elizabeth was admin- 
istrator of his estate, being appointed by the 
general court December 10, 1694, and the es- 
tate was divided November 23, 1696, his 
widow having died May 15, 1696. The chil- 
dren of Lieutenant Nathan and Elizabeth 
(Fry) Fiske were: Nathan, born February 
9, 1665, died in 1668; Elizabeth, born Janu- 
ary 19, 1667, married James Ball (1670-1729) 
Weaver, January 16, 1693; Martha, born 
January 12, 1670, married, March 13, 1694, 
Edward Park (1661); Nathan, born January 
3, 1672; Susanna, born April 7, 1674, died un- 



married, 1752; Abigail, born February 18, 
1675, married John Mixer, August 15, 1695; 
William, born December 5, 1677, died same 
year; William, born November 10, 1678, mar- 
ried Eunace Jennings; Anna, died young. 

(III) Nathan Fiske, son of Lieutenant Na- 
than and Elizabeth (Fry) Fiske, and famil- 
iarly known as Deacon Nathan, was born in 
Watertown, Massachusetts, January 3, 1673. 
He married (first) Sarah (1678-1723), 
daughter of Ensign John Coolidge, of Water- 
town, and (second) on May 22, 1729, Hannah 
Coolidge Smith, daughter of Simon Coolidge, 
and widow of Daniel Smith, Jr. He was 
made a deacon of the church at Watertown 
before 1717. He died January 26, 1741, and 
his wife Hannah died in October, 1750. The 
children of Deacon Nathan and Sarah (Cool- 
idge) Fiske were; Sarah, born 1697, died 
1713; Elizabeth, died young; Nathan, born 
February 25, 1701, married (first) Anne War- 
ren, and as his second wife Mary Fiske, of 
.Sudbury; Josiah, born October 10. 1704, 
married Sarah, daughter of John and Anne 
(Tarbell) Lawrence, of Lexington; Henry, 
born January 24, 1706, married Mary Stone; 
Daniel, born August 19. 1709, married (first) 
Deliverance Brown, and (second) Jemima 
Shaw; Samuel, born February 16, 171 1, mar- 
ried Lydia Bond; Grace, born May 9, 1714, 
married Benjamin Goddard, of Shrewsbury; 
Hannah, born May 19, 17 19, married Wil- 
liam J. Smith, Jr., of Weston, died Septem- 
ber 2, 1813. 

(IV) Jonathan Fiske, son of Nathan and 
Sarah (Coolidge) Fiske, had children: Na- 
than, born September 7, 1760; Thaddeus, 
born June 22, 1762, graduated at Harvard, 
1785, was ordained pastor of church in West 
Cambridge, April 23, 1788, resigning April 
23, 1828. His ordination sermon was 
preached by his uncle, the Rev. Dr. Nathan 
Fiske. He' died November 14, 1855. 

(V) Nathan Fiske, son of Jonathan and 
Abigail Fiske, was born in Weston, Massa- 
chusetts, September 7, 1760, married Mary 
Stearns. Mary Stearns was born October 
1761, and they had five children, three boys 
and two girls. Captain Nathan Fiske was the 
fifth commander of the Weston Independent 
Light Infantry, organized 1787. and his son, 
Captain Sewell Fiske, was next to the last 
captain to command the organization which 
was disbanded in 183 1. 

(VI) Sewell Fiske, son of Nathan and 
Marv (Stearns) Fiske, was born in Weston, 
Massachusetts. September 8, 1792. He mar- 
ried Martha, daughter of Isaac and Mary 



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(Crosby) Stearns, April 8, 1818. Martha 
Stearns was born October 14, 1787, and died 
October i, 1868. Their children were eight 
in number, four boys and four girls. He was 
commander of the Weston Independent 
Light Infantry at the time the company wel- 
comed General Lafayette at Concord, Massa- 
chusetts, September -2, 1824. 

(\TI) Alonzo Sewell Fiske, son of Sevvell 
and ]\Iartha (Stearns) Fiske, was born in 
Weston, Massachusetts, October 4, 1818. He 
was educated at the Appleton Academy, New 
Ipswich, New Hampshire, and taught school 
for several years. He was a merchant in 
Boston during the earlier part of his business 
life, but retired to his estate in Weston, 
where he conducted an extensive and profit- 
able farm. During the civil war, 1861-65, he 
was a recruiting officer. He was selectman 
of the tpwn of Weston for over forty years, 
and during a greater part of that time was 
chairman of the board of selectmen. He 
married Susan, daughter of William and 
Nabby (Reed) Colburn. Susan Colburn was 
born in Lincoln, Massachusetts, August 30, 
1824. The children of Alonzo Sewell and 
Susan (Colburn) Fiske were: Nathan Sew- 
ell, born August 9, 1854. never married; 
Maria Antoinette, born February 17, 1845, 
died March 15, 1872; Helen Amelia, born 
June II. 1848; Martha Elvira, born Septem- 
ber 4, 1849; Abby Colburn, born December 
3, 1852. died June 11, 1899; Susan Frances, 
born February 7, 1857, died June 5, i860; 
Harriett Theodora, born February 15, 1862, 
died March 29, 1878; William Colburn, born 
January 5, t8 — , died in infancy. Alonzo 
Sewell Fiske died at his home in AY^ston, 
Massachusetts, August 27, 1893. 

(VTII) Nathan Sewell Fiske, son of Alon- 
zo Sewell and Susan (Colburn) Fiske, was 
born in Weston, Massachusetts, August 9, 
1854. He was educated in the public grammar 
and high schools of Weston, and at the Bry- 
ant and Stratton Commercial College, Bos- 
ton, Massachusetts, and on leaving school 
took up the business of farming, being well 
equipped by his boyhood training on his 
father's farm. He has been selectman of the 
town of Weston since 1889; is also an asses- 
sor of the town, one of the overseers of the 
poor, and a constable. His political affilia- 
tion has always been with the Republican 
party, and his church home the Congrega- 
tional church of Lincoln, where he has served 
as deacon since 1899. He occupies the orig- 
inal Fiske homestead, works the farm that 
has been in possession of the family since 



1643. -^ large part of the farm was conveyed 
to Lieutenant Nathan Fiske (i), and his di- 
rect descendants have since been in posses- 
sion. The residence was built in 1753, ^y 
the Rev. Samuel Woodward, minister of the 
church at Weston, and was occupied by him, 
1753-82. Nathan Sewell Fiske never mar- 
ried. 



(For early generations see preceding sketch). 

(VI) Jeffrey Fiske, son of Robert 
FISKE Fiske (5), was born at Laxfield, 
England. The account of his 
family is not so clearly given in the Candler 
manuscript in the British Museum as to re- 
move all doubt respecting the true descent as 
Mr. Candler understood it; but it appears that 
Jeffrey had a son David Fiske (see will of his 
uncle Eleazer) of this branch of the family 
who emigrated, whose wife was Sarah Smith, 
daughter of Edmund Smith, Mentham. He 
took his freedom in 1638 and possibly again in 
1647. (David, 1647, was no doubt son of the 
freeman of 1638-39). Jeffrey died in 1628. 
His will is dated October, 1628, and was 
proved November 25, 1628. He resided at 
Metfield, England. Children, born in Eng- 
land : I. Eleazer. 2. Daughter married John 
Sawyer. 3. David, mentioned below. 

(VII) David Fiske, son of Jeffrey Fiske 
(6), was born in England. He was admitted 
a freeman of the colony at Watertown, Massa- 
chusetts, March, 1637-38, and had probably 
come to America the year before, for he was 
not a proprietor until February, 1637. Before 
1644 he was a grantee of one lot and a pur- 
chaser of six other lots in Watertown. His 
homestall of twenty-two acres was granted to 
John Kingsbury, of whom he bought it just 
before Kingsbury removed to Dedham. It 
was bounded on the north by the Cambridge 
line and the property of J. Coolidge ; south 
by the highway (Pond Road) ; west by land 
of J. Coolidge and east by that of B. Bullard. 
The total amount of his real estate was two 
hundred and twenty-seven acres. He was a 
man of standing in the community and early 
held office. In 1639 ^^ was elected a member 
of the board of selectmen and again in 1642. 
He was a junior in 1652-54-55-57. His will is 
dated September 10, 1660, and was proved in 
January following. The instrument does not 
mention the name of his wife, but one daughter 
Fitch, and one son David who was sole execu- 
tor and residuary legatee, giving him his 
houses, lands, cattle and chattels. The son sold 
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Coolidge. He married Sarah Smith, daughter 
of Edmund Smith, of Wrentham, county Suf- 
folk, England. Children: i. Martha, born in 
England ; married Thomas Fitch, of Water- 
town, a cordwainer later in Boston. 2. David, 
born in England, 1624, mentioned below. 

(VIII) David Fiske, son of David Fiske 
(7), was born in England in 1624. He was 
admitted a freeman at Watertown May 26, 
1647. He settled in Cambridge and later in 
Cambridge Farms (Lexington). He married, 
in 1646, Lydia Cooper, sister of Deacon John 
Cooper, with whom he came to America, and 
step-daughter of Gregory Stone (see sketch). 
She died November 29, 1654, and he married 
(second), September 6, 1655, Seaborn Wil- 
son, of Ipswich, daughter of Theophilus Wil- 
son. The latter made his will October 2, 1690, 
and died the next year. Seaborn Fiske sold 
for eight pounds to Alexander Lovell and 
Thomas Lovell, of Ipswich, her undivided 
common right in Ipswich left her by her fath- 
er, March 3, 171 7. She died in Woburn, Jan- 
uary 12, 1721. Fiske's will is dated June 23, 
1708, and was proved December 20, 171 1, 
mentioning his wife Seaborn ; son Nicholas 
Wyeth, his daughter being dead ; children 
David, Elizabeth, Anna and Abigail ; cousin 
Samuel, son of Deacon Samuel Stone. His 
homestead in Cambridge was on the north side 
of what is now Linnaean street, near the 
Botanic Garden. It was bought by Joseph 
Daniel December 13, 1660, about the time the 
Fiskes went to Lexington. Fiske was a 
wheelwright by trade, but was employed much 
of the time in the public service, especially as 
a. surveyor of land. He was selectman in 1688, 
and deputy to the general court in the critical 
period of 1689. He was one of the most prom- 
inent men in the settlement at the Farms ; pre- 
cinct clerk and assessor ; the first subscriber for 
erecting a meeting house there, and the first 
named member of the church. In 1685 the 
work of settlement at Worcester was prosecut- 
ed with vigor, and about the middle of April 
surveys were made of the lands by David 
Fiske, of Cambridge. Partial surveys were 
made in May, 1685, at Worcester, for Gookin 
on the east side of Pakachoag hill and a lot 
of eighty acres on Raccoon plain. The set- 
tlement attempted at this time was the second 
failure, however. Fiske was also prominent 
in the military service and had the rank of lieu- 
tenant in the Lexington company. His grave 
is marked by a handsome monument erected 
in 1856 by Benjamin Fiske, Esq. His estate 
was settled by agreement February 3, 1720. 
He died February 14, 1710. Children: i. 



Sarah, born May 8, 1646-47, died in Boston, 
November 8, 1647. 2. Lydia, born in Boston, 
September 29, 1647-48, married, September 6, 
1 68 1, Nicholas Wyeth, Jr., of Cambridge, son 
of Nicholas and Rebecca (Andrews) Wyeth. 

3. David, born in Boston, September i, 1648, 
died September 20, 1649. 4- David, born 
April 15, 1650, mentioned below. 5. Sea- 
born. 6. Elizabeth, married John Russell. 7. 
Anna or Hannah, baptized November 27, 
1659, married. May 3, 1680, Timothy Carter. 
8. Abigail, born February i, 1674, married. 
May 4, 1692, Henry Baldwin, of Woburn. 9. 
Ephraim. 

(IX) David Fiske, son of David Fiske (8), 
was born at Watertown, April 15, 1650. Mar- 
ried, at Ipswich, June 17, 1674, Sarah Day, 
of that town, born 1654 and died April 22, 
1729. Her father was a brick manufacturer 
and mason. Fiske, like his father, was a sub- 
scriber to the first meeting house in Lexing- 
ton in 1692. He served the town as tithihg- 
man. He died October 23, 1729. Children: 
I. David, born January 5, 1676, married 

Elizabeth — '- . 2. Jonathan, born May 

19, 1679, married Abigail Reed. 3. Robert, 
born May 8, 1681, married Mary Stimpson. 

4. Anna, born April 2, 1683. 5. Lydia, born 
May 14, 1685, married Deacon Joseph Lor- 
ing, Jr., born September 26, 1684, died July 
4, 1746; went from Hingham to Lexington 
about 1706. 6. Sarah, born June 16, 1687. 
7. Abigail, born May 20, 1689, died August 
13, 1 69 1. 8. Ebenezer, born September 12, 
1692, mentioned below. 

(X) Lieutenant Ebenezer Fiske, son of 
David Fiske (9), was born at Lexington, Sep- 
tember 12, 1692. Married, December 4, 
1718, Grace Harrington, of Watertown, 
daughter of Samuel and Grace (Livermoore) 
Harrington. She was born August 26, 1694, 
and died August 29, 1721. He married (sec- 
ond) Bethia Muzzy, who was born in 1700 
and died November 19, 1774. He was' a man 
of prominence in the militia, in which he bore 
the rank of lieutenant, and in town affairs. 
He held many offices of honor and trust. He 
was selectman ten years between 1739 and 
1758. He resided on the highway to Con- 
cord a little more than a mile from the com- 
mon on the easterly side of what is known as 
Fiske hill. It was at his house "that Hay- 
ward of Acton and a British soldier had the 
encounter on April 19, 1775, both being 
slain. He bequeathed with his other prop- 
erty a negro slave Pompey. Fiske died De- 
cember 19, 1775. Children, born in Lexing- 
ton: I. Grace, born 1721, died August 25, 



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1721. 2. Ebenezer, born March 5, 1725, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Cotton. 3. Bethia, born Au- 
gust 1. 1729, married Oliver, of Bos- 
ton. 4. Elizabeth, born May 7, 1731, mar- 
ried. September 3, 1751, Rev. Robert Cutler, 
pastor of Greenwich. Massachusetts. 5. Jane, 
born March 21, 1733. married, October 24, 
1752, Josiah Hadley. 6. Anna, born July 30, 
1735, married, ( )ctober 24. 1754, Oliver Bar- 
rett. 7. Benjamin, born March 24, 1737, died 
young. 8. Samuel, born October 15, 1739. 

9. Benjamin, born August 10, 1742, men- 
tioned below. 10. Sarah, born 1743, bap- 
tized November 24. 1743. 

(XI) Benjamin Fiske, son of Ebenezer 
Fiske (10), was born at Lexington, August 

10, 1742. He married, May 14. 1767, Rebec- 
ca Howe, of Concord, Massachusetts, and she 
married (second). March 28, 1786, Lieuten- 
ant William Merriam, of Bedford. His es- 
tate was appraised April it. 1785. and divided 
March 2'/, 1786. He died February i, 1785. 
Children, born at Lexington: i. Benjamin, 
mentioned below. 2. Elizabeth, born April 7, 
1783, married. May 29, 1802, William Whit- 
ney, of Shirley, son of Rev. Phinehas Whit- 
ney, born October 3, 1778, died January 29, 
T837 ; resided at vShirley, Winchendon and 
Boston, Massachusetts ; children — i. William 
F., born May 19. 1803 ; ii. George H., born 
May 24, 1809, married Elizabeth B. White. 

(XII) Benjamin Fiske, son of Benjamin 
Fiske (11). was born at Lexington, August 
20. 1778. Married, in Chelmsford, May 16, 
1797, Elizabeth Bridge, daughter of William 
Bridge, .granddaugliter of Rev. Ebenezer 
Bridge, of Chelmsford. She died October 20, 
1814. Married (second) Nancy Adams, of 
Westford, born 1785, died September 6. 1865. 
A portrait of Elizabeth (Bridge) Fiske is 
owned by her great-grandson, William B. 
Fiske. of Plainfield. New Jersey. He re- 
moved to Boston in 1808 and was actively en- 
gaged in the shipping business "his sails 
whitening every sea." In 1843 ^^ returned 
to Lexington where he bought a farm on 
Lowell street. He was alderman of Boston 
in 1843 ^^^ representative to the general 
court from Boston from 1833 to 1838. He 
was justice of the peace for many years, and 
in every walk of life was upright, honorable 
and highly esteemed. He died at Lexington, 
February 2. 1863. Children: I. John Minot, 
born July 15, 1798, mentioned below. 2. 
Louisa, born May 30. t8ot, married in Bos- 
ton in 1826, Dr. Cyrus Briggs, of Augusta, 
Maine; he was born March 4, 1800. and died 
in Salem, Massachusetts. June, 1871; she died 



December 4, 1890; children: i. Sarah Louisa 
Briggs, born February 25, 1828, married Rev. 
Wheelock Craig (children: Annie Briggs 
Craig, born February 6, 1853, married 
George P. Dutton; Louise Craig, born May 
30, 1885); ii. Nancy Adams Briggs, born 
January 25, 1831, died August 4, 1882; mar- 
ried George Parkman Denny, November 9, 
1852, died January 23, 1885 (child : Arthur 
Briggs Denny, born April 24, 1855, resides 
at Chestnut Hill, Brookline, Massachusetts; 
married Frances Anna Gilbert, November i, 
1882, and had George Parkman Denny, born 
June 2, 1887, and Elizabeth Denny, born Sep- 
tember 4, 1888) ; iii. Elizabeth Church Briggs, 
born November 8, 1832 ; married, August, 1859, 
William A. Dana, banker, born 1818 in New 
Bedford, died 187 1, (children: Elizabeth, Wil- 
lie A., Alice Louise Dana, born August 24, 
1870); iv. Anne Briggs, born July, 1843, died 
May I, 1 85 1. 3. Charles, born November 17, 
1807, married Abigail M. Hayden and Mrs. 
Elizabeth P. Davis, of Nashua, New Hamp- 
shire; resided at Milford, Maine; Lexington 
and 70 Chandler street, Boston; children: i. 
Frances Albertine, born November i, 1832, 
married, June 8, 1852, Thomas B. Daven- 
port, of Hopkinton; ii. Charles, born May 27, 
1834, married AdeHne W. Shaw and Annie I. 
Crafts; iii. William B., born June 23, 1836, 
married Henrietta S. Lyford; iv. Henry A., 
born April 23, 1840; v. Marion A., born Jan- 
uary 28, 1846, died January 12, 1864; vi. Ab- 
bie Josephine, born November 18, 1848, mar- 
ried. November 18, 1869. Alonzo Austin 
Goddard. born April i, 1847, and had Henry 
Austin Goddard, born March 25, 1875, resided 
at 70 Chandler street, Boston. 4. Benjamin, 
born October 15, 1811, died June 18, 1812. 5. 
Benjamin, born November 20. 1820, married, 
October 21. 1842, Maria Spear; resided in 
New York City and in Medford, Massachu- 
setts. 

(XIII) Colonel John Minot Fiske, son of 
Benjamin Fiske (12), was born July 15. 1798, 
at Lexington. Married, at Salem. Eliza Maria 
Winne, daughter of Joseph Winne ; she was 
born June 30, 1800, and died December 17, 
1884. He was educated in the public schools 
of Lexington and at Harvard College where 
he was graduated in 181 5 ; studied law and 
was admitted to the bar, having offices in Bos- 
ton and Charlestown ; was interested in the 
state militia and rose to the rank of colonel. 
In politics he was a Democrat, a warm ad- 
mirer and ardent supporter of Andrew Jack- 
son. He died in Chelmsford, .August 16. 1841. 
Children: i. Joseph, died in infancy. 2. Ben- 



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jamin Minot, born in 1826, mentioned below. 
3. Joseph W., born May 22, 1832 ; died Octo- 
ber 20, 1903, at East Orange; married Caro- 
b"ne Gould, August 15, 1872, at Geneva, Swit- 
zerland. She was born August 2, 185 1, in 
Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the founder of the 
J. W. Fiske Iron Works of New York City; 
children: i. Caroline Eliza, born May 24, 1873 ; 
ii. Maud Brooks, born October 27, 1874; iii. 
Joseph Winne, born October 21, 1878. 4. John 
Minot, born August 17, 1834, married, at 
Stockbridge, June i, 1864, Isabella Landon 
Goodrich, daughter of Hon. John Z. Good- 
rich, and born April 13, 1845; fitted for col- 
lege at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massa- 
chusetts, graduating in 1852; graduated from 
Yale in 1856; the famous class "Chauncey 
Depew," "Judge Brown ;" graduated from 
Harvard Law School in 1858 and admitted 
same year to Suffolk bar and practiced until 
May, 1863, when he was appointed deputy 
naval officer of the port of Boston ; in Novem- 
ber was appointed deputy collector of customs 
and has been connected with this department 
since ; was chairman of civil service examin- 
ers under Arthur's administration ; was mem- 
ber of the city council of Boston in 1863 and 
,1864; children: i. Sallie Goodrich, born March 
17, 1870, married, November 16, 1892, J. L. 
Liecty; resided at 10 Webster street. Brook- 
line ; ii. John Landon, born November 6, 1873, 
resides at 139 Oxford street, Cambridge ; edu- 
cated at Boston Latin School, Phillips Acad- 
emy (Andover) ; in Harvard College in 1891 
for one year, leaving to enter business. 

(XIV) Benjamin A4inot Fiske, son of John 
M. Fiske (13), was born at Charlestown, 
Massachusetts, January 29, 1826. and died in 
Chelmsford, May 9, 1901. He was educated 
in the public, high and Latm schools of Bos- 
ton and Chelmsford. Succeeded to his father's 
farm in Chelmsford, and was in the Boston 
custom house thirty years, inspector of cus- 
toms. He resided on Summer street, near 
Cherry, Somerville, Massachusetts, from 1868- 
69 tO' 1896. He was a Republican in politics 
and interested in party affairs, but not active- 
ly. He was a faithful and consistent member 
of the Unitarian church at Chelmsford and a 
liberal contributor, to its support. He was 
highly esteemed by his townsmen for his in- 
tegrity, his fine personal qualities and gener- 
ous spirit. 

He married, in 1850, at Chelmsford, Eliza- 
beth Ann Parkhurst, who was born June 11. 
1823, daughter of Rev. John Parkhurst, who 
was for a period of fifty years pastor of the 
Chelmsford Baptist Church. She survives 



him and lives in the old home, honored and 
loved by her family and friends. Qiildren : i . 
John Minot. born December 31, 1853, men- 
tioned below. 2. Joseph Winn, born March 5, 
1857. mentioned below. 3. Frederick A. P.,- 
born October 4, 1859, mentioned below. 4. 
Elizabeth Minot, born October 14, i860, mar- 
ried Jose Edwin Warren, resides at Chelms- 
ford ; one child, Elizabeth Fiske, born Octo- 
ber 18, 1890. 

(XV) John Minot Fiske, son of Benjamin 
Minot Fiske (14), was born December 31, 
1853, at Chelmsford. Married, June 6, .1876, 
Katie S. Westervelt, who was born February 
20, 1857. He is in the ornamental iron busi- 
ness and resides in East Orange. New Jersey. 
Children: i. Kate Marion, born M'arch 20, 
1877. 2. Anna Adelle, born August 24, 1879, 
died February 26, 1882. 3. Lillian, born Jan- 
uary 12, 1885, died February 20, 1885. 4. 
Ethel, born January 17, 1888. 5. Dorothy 
Leonora, born May 9, 1896. 

(XV) Joseph Winn Fiske, son of Benjamin 
Minot Fiske (14), was bom March 5, 1857, 
at Chelmsford. Married, at Somerville, June 
3, 1885, Mary S. Harrington, who was born 
November 13, 1864. He is engaged in the 
ornamental iron business in New York City. 
He resides in Passaic, New Jersey. Children: 
I. Warren Russell, born July 8, 1886. 2. 
Howard Benjamin, born July 9. 1890. 

(XV) Frederick A. P. Fiske, son of Benja- 
min Minot Fiske (14), was born October 4, 
1859, at Chelmsford. He attended the public 
schools of vSomerville, graduating from the 
high school in class of 1877. He is a graduate 
of Harvard College, receiving the degree of 
Bachelor of Arts, class of 1881, and of Har- 
vard Law School, receiving the degree of 
Bachelor of Laws, class of 1884. He is a 
member of the Suffolk bar and a successful 
attorney, practicing in Boston with offices at 
10 Tremont street. He resides at Somerville. 
He was a member of the common council of 
Somerville, 1893-94: member of school board 
of Somerville since 1900, serving as chairman 
of the board five years ; president of Somer- 
ville board of trade. 1904. He is very active 
in the affairs of the Second Unitarian Society 
of Somerville, has been a member of the board 
of trustees for a number of years, and in 1905- 
06 served as president of the South Middlesex 
Conference of Unitarian Churches. He mar- 
ried (first), at Winchester. Massachusetts, 
July 2. 1890, Harriet Lydia Locke, who was 
born March 25, 1862, died September 16, 
1903. Children: i. Helen Locke, born Octo- 
ber 6, 1892. 2. Eustice Bridge, born March 



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26, 1898. 3. Wyman Parkhurst, born January 
II, 1900. 4. Rachel Minot, born March 2, 
1901. Mr. Fiske married (second). January 
18, 1905. Florence May Hamlin, daughter of 
Georg-e Beals and Emil\- Ann (Wood) Ham- 
lin,' of Somerville. 



Dr. Jeremiah Robinson, the 
RORTNSON first of this family known in 
America, was born about 
1710. He resided in Littleton, Massachusetts, 
where he was settled as early as 1740, and 
practiced his profession there. He died in 
the adjacent town of Westford, October 19, 

1 77 1. He married first Lydia ; second 

Eunice Amsden. of Marlborough, born 1720; 
married October 14, 1746, and died in 1801. 
Children: i. John, bonn December 26, 1733. 

2. Mary, born November 13, 1835. 3. Olive, 
born September 10. 1737. 4. John, born No- 
vember II, 1739. 5. Jeremiah, born April 4. 
1742; married Susanna Cogswell. 6. Zebu- 
Ion, born February 9, 1743; tradesman, re- 
sided in Pembroke, Massachusetts, in 1787, 
and had seven children. Children of second 
wife: 7. Thomas Amsden, born May 23, 
1747. 8. Thomas, born October 2"]. 1748. 9. 
Eunice, born October 13, 1750; married Em- 
erson Cogswell; died at Concord, September 
II, 1786. 10. Bradbury, born August 8, 1752; 

married Abigail ; died in Charlestown, 

June, 1801 ; was a Concord minute-man in the 
revolution. 11. Cane or Kane (also Cain and 
Keene) ; mentioned below. Three others not 
known. (See N. E. Gen. Reg. 1885, p. 323). 

(H) Keen Robinson, son of Dr. Jeremiah 
Robinson (i), was born about 1755. He set- 
tled near the line between Weston and Con- 
cord. His children were born, according to 
the records, in Concord. He was a soldier in 
the revolution from Weston, in Captain John 
Walton's company. Colonel Brooks' regiment, 
in 1776. He was in Captain Weston's com- 
pany. Colonel Brooks's regiment, in 1778. 
when he gave his age as twenty-three years 
and his height five feet four inches. He was 
also in Captain Daniel Harrington's company. 
Colonel Jonathan Reed's regiment, at Cam- 
bridge. His name was spelled Keen on the 
Concord records. Cane and Cain on the Wes- 
ton records of his revolutionarv service, and 
both Cane and Keen in the State Revolution- 
ary Rolls. He married Achsah . Chil- 
dren : I. John, born October 28, 1783: men- 
tioned below. 2. Bridget, born August i. 1785. 

3. Thomas Amsden (.Amsdell), born Februarv 
iC^. 1787. 4. Charlotte, born August 26. 1789. 



5. Henry, born June 18, 1799. 6. Charles, 
born April 12. 1802. 7. Eunice, born Novem- 
ber 24, 1804. 

(HI) John Robinson, son of Keen Robin- 
son (2), was born October 28, 1783, at 
Watertown, according to the records of Sid- 
ney, Maine, where he settled in early life, but 
his birth was recorded at Concord, the town 
adjoining. He was a shoemaker as well as a 
farmer, at Sidney, Maine. He was in the 
state militia, and an officer in the service in 
the war of 18 12. He married, December 18, 
181 1, Susannah Mason, born at Concord, Mas- 
sachusetts, September 25, 1779. In 1848 he 
removed to Stow, Massachusetts, with his 
family, and he died there in March, 1851. 
Children, all born in Sidney, Mlaine : i. JolTn 
Mason, born September 6, 1812; died August 
12, 1846. 2. Sarah Wood, born April 26, 
1814; married June 29, 1842, Solomon Nash; 
died March 9, 1892; children: i. Charles Au- 
gustus Nash, born June 18, 1843 • resides in 
Manchester, Maine, unmarried ; ii. Olive Eliz- 
abeth Nash, born August 23, 1844; married 
May 12, 1867, Charles A. Fifield ; had one son, 
Archer Edson Fifield, born in Manchester, 
Maine, July, 1870, who is unmarried; iii. 
George Byron Nash, born December 22, 1846; 
married Augusta M. Ireland; resided in Pea- 
body, Massachusetts. 3. Augustus Tower, 
born March 22, 1816; died June 7, 1843, un- 
married. 4. Catherine Hammond, born Sep- 
tember 27, 1819; married December 13, 1848, 
Joseph Nash; died December 24, 1894; chil- 
dren: i. Joseph Emery Nash, born October 
2"], 1849; resides in Sidney, Maine, unmar- 
ried; ii. Lucy Ann Nash, born September 30, 
1852; married November 19, 1871, Lorin C. 
Robinson; resides in Sidney, Maine. 5. 
Charles Henry, born February 14, 1821; 
mentioned below. 6. Elizabeth Susanna, 
born July 7, 1823; married November 6, 
1844, James Nash. These three Robinson 
sisters married brothers. 

(IV") Charles H. Robinson, son of John 
Robinson (3), was born in Sidney, Maine, 
February 14, 1821, and died in Hudson, Massa- 
chusetts, September 30, 1889. He was edu- 
cated in his native town, and learned the 
trade of carpenter. He _ settled in Stow, 
Massachusetts, and was in business as build- 
er and contractor many years in that town 
and Hudson, which was set ofif from Marlbor- 
ough and Bolton. March 18. 1866. He had 
the contract for building the Hudson town 
hall in 1871. He was prominent in public af- 
fairs, being town clerk of Stow and select- 
man many vears. He called the first town 



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meeting in Hudson, in the incorporation of 
which he was an active factor. During the 
last twenty years of his Hfe he was deputy 
sheriff of Middlesex county, and he became 
well known throughout the county. He was 
a useful and influential citizen in business, in 
town affairs and in society. He married first 
October 26, 1848, Eliza M. Tower, who died 
April 30, 1853, daughter of Charles Tower. 
He married second June 5, 1854, Susan A. 
Townsend, born at Sidney, Maine, January, 
1821, and died May 29, 1856. He married 
third, February 17, 1857, Ada J. Bragdon, of 
Sidney, Maine, born (October 22, 1834. Child 
of Charles H. and Susan (Townsend) Robin- 
son: I. John Henry, born April 14, 1855; 
mentioned below. Children of Charles H. 
and Ada J. (Bragdon) Robinson: 2. Charles 
Augustus, born August 20, 1858; died May 
28, 1893. 3. Sumner Banks, born January 6, 
1863. 4. x\nnie Eliza, born January 7, 1865. 
5. Sidney Maine, born October 15, 1868; 
mentioned below. 6. Edward Everett, born 
March 23, 1874. 

(V) John H. Robinson, son of Charles H. 
Robinson (4), was born in Stow, Massachu- 
setts April 14, 1855. He was educated there 
and in Hudson in the public schools. He be- 
gan his mercantile career as clerk in a gen- 
eral store, and since 1884, has been in busi- 
ness on his own account. In partnership with 
J. C. Holden, under the firm name of Holden 
& Robinson, a flourishing business was es- 
tablished, and continued until the death of the 
senior partner in 1884. They had one of the 
best hardware stores of Hudson or vicinity. 
Mr. Robinson admitted to partnership his 
brother Sidney M. Robinson, after the death 
of his original partner, and the firm of John 
H. and Sidney M. Robinson has continued 
with uninterrupted success and growth to the 
present time. Mr. Robinson is a member of 
Doric Lodge of Free Masons; of Houghton 
Royal Arch Chapter; of Trinity Command- 
ery. Knights Templar; and of Aleppo Tem- 
ple, Order of the Miystic Shrine ; of Corinthian 
Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star; of Hud- 
son Lodge of Odd Fellows, and of King Saul 
Encampment, and Magnolia Lodge of Rebe- 
kah. I. O. O. F. He has always taken a live- 
ly interest in town affairs. In politics he is 
an active and earnest Republican, and for 
eighteen vears has served on the board of 
registrars of voters for Hudson. He is vice- 
president of the First National Bank of Hud- 
son. For fifteen years he has been a trustee 
of the Hudson Savings Bank, and for five 
years a member of the investment commit- 



tee. He married, 1890, Ada Harriet Snow, 
born in Littleton, May i, 1864, daughter of 
Charles Prescott Snow, who was born at 
Concord, Massachusetts, March 13, 1823, and 
died in 1870: was a manufacturer of pencils; 
married Harriet B. Wilmont. Children of 
Charles Prescott and Harriet B. Snow: i. 
Enmia A. (Snow) Woodbury; ii. Charles E. 
Snow; iii. Harry P. Snow. 

Jonas Parker Snow, father of Charles Pres- 
cott Snow, was born in Westford, Massachu- 
setts, in 1800; married at Concord, Septem- 
ber 26, 1822; children: i. Charles Prescott 
Snow, born March 13, 1823; ii. Sarah Parker 
Snow, born December i, 1824; iii. Lucy 
Elizabeth Snow, born September 21, 1826; all 
born in Concord, Massachusetts. Hannah 
Hosmer Smith was born in 1789, and died in 
1882. 

Jonathan Snow, father of Jonas Parker 
Snow, was a farmer in Westford, Massachu- 
setts, born about 1760. He came to West- 
ford when a young man, with his brother 
Levi Snow, who married Lucy I^letcher, 
daughter of Ebenezer. They were doubtless 
descendants of Richard Snow, of Woburn, 
Massachusetts, whose descendants lived in 
Billerica and Chelmsford also. Jonathan 

Snow married Sarah , and lived on the 

Abbot Read farm, Westford: Children: i. 
Jonathan, born 1786; ii. Sarah Snow, born 
1788; married, 181 1, Joseph Wright, of Ded- 
ham; iii. Polly Snow, born 1791; married, 
1821, Joseph Harrington, of Concord; iv. 
Parker Snow, born 1792, died 1796; v. Lucy 
Snow, born 1795; vi. Nancy Snow born 1797; 
vii. Jonas Parker Snow, born 1800;' died in 
Littleton, Massachusetts, in 1881. John H. 
and Ada H. (Snow) Robinson have but one 
child — Gladys, born September 21, 1891. 

(V) Sidney M. Robinson, son of Charles 
H. Robinson (4), was born in Hudson, Mas- 
sachusetts, October 15, 1868. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools, and began in bus- 
iness as a clerk in the store of his brother's 
firm, Holden & Robinson. After Mr. Holden 
died he became a partner in the firm, and the 
present name of John H. and Sidney M. Rob- 
inson was adopted. He has been an active 
and prominent member of various fraternal 
and secret societies. He is past noble grand 
of Hudson Lodge of Odd Fellows, Hudson; 
grand sachem of Pompeseticut Lodge, Inde- 
pendent Order of Red Men. Since 1891 he 
has been collector of Rawson Council. Royal 
Arcanum, Hudson. He married, October 
14, 1891, Mary Grace Campbell, born Octo- 
ber 2, 1868, daughter of Howard and Annie 



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(Steele) Campbell. Children of Sidney M. 
and Alary Grace (Campbell] Robinson: i. 
Charles Howard, born January 30, 1900. 2. 
Florence Stella, born August 13, 1894. 3. 
Philip Sidney, born November 24, 1906. 



The Emerson family in Eng- 
EMERSON land seems to have sprung 

from that Aimeric, arch dea- 
con of Carlisle and Durham from 1196 to 1214 
and high sheriff of Northumberland from 1214 
to 1 21 5, who was nephew of Bishop Philip, of 
Poictou, Prince Bishop, of Durham, 1195, and 
previously clericum et familiarem of Richard 
Coeur de Lion. The family came from Aqui- 
tania, but the name is Norse, not French. His 
pedigree is given in Surtee's history of Dur- 
ham. The name in substantially its present 
form appeared in this family about 1300 and 
was used first by Johannes Emeryson. 

(I) Ralph Emerson, the progenitor in Eng- 
land to whom the Concord family traces its 
ancestry, was granted arms in 1535 and was 
described as of Foxton, county Durham. The 
arms were : A lion rampant vert, bezantee, 
holding a battle ax gules, headed argent. 

(II) Thomas Emerson, who was born some 
time before 1540, but whose place of birth is 
unknown was resident in Great Dunmow, 
county Essex, was probably son of Ralph Em- 
erson (i). His children: i. Robert, baptized 
at Great Dunmow, October 25, 1561. 2. Joan, 
baptized 1562. 3. John, baptized 1565. All at 
Great Dunmow, but if he removed from Dur- 
ham, other children may have been born there. 

(III) Robert Emerson, son of Thomas Em- 
erson (2), was baptized at Great Dunmow, 
October 25, 1561. He settled at Bishop's 
Stortford and married there, November 20, 
1578, Susan Crabb, who was buried there 
November 20, 1626, aged seventy years. He 
owned a field on the north border of the parish 
called Muggles Dale or earlier Muffles Dane. 
He was a currier by trade. He died in Janu- 
ary. 1620, at Bishop's Stortford. His will was 
proved 1620- 1. his name being spelled Ember- 
son, a form still in use in England. His chil- 
dren : I. Alice, baptized at Bishop's Stortford, 
November 22, 1579. 2. Margaret, baptized 
at Bishop's Stortford. February 21, 1581-2; 
married T. Browne of Southwark. 3. Thomas, 
mentioned below. 4. Anne, married July i, 
161 1. J. Rogers at Bishop's Stortford. 5. 
Robert, baptized at Bishop's Stortford. April 
12. 1596. 6. John, mentioned in his father's 
will, presumed to be father of John Emerson, 
the immigrant at Ipswich, Massachusetts. 



(IV) Thomas Emerson, son of Robert Em- 
erson (3), was baptized at Bishop's Stortford, 
England, Hertfordshire, July 26, 1584. He 
was collector for the poor in Bishop's Stort- 
ford in 1636. Major General Denison, famous 
in the early military history of the colonies, 
also came from Bishop's Stortford, and Dep- 
uty Governor Symonds resided in the neigh- 
boring towns of Great Yeldham and Upsfield, 
county Essex. The children were all baptized 
as given below in St. Michael's Church, Bish- 
op's Stortford. According to family tradition 
Emerson came over in the ship "Elizabeth 
Ann" in 1635. He was at Ipswich as early 
as 1638, when he had eighty acres granted to 
him, adjoining land of Goodman Muzzey. He 
was a baker by trade, but after his coming to 
America was generally called a yeoman. In 
1638 Samuel Greenfield, a weaver, who had- 
married Susanna Wise, widow of Humphrey 
Wise, of Ipswich, sold a farm of one hundred 
and twenty acres, formerly owned by Wise, to 
Thomas Emerson. This was the Turkey 
Shore property which remained in the hands 
of the Emerson family several generations. 
He was a commoner in 1641 and selectman in 
1646. He conveyed his farm to his son John for 
a yearly rental during the lives of himself and 
wife Elizabeth. His will was dated May 31, 
1653. and proved January 4, 1660, bequeath- 
ing to his sons Joseph. John and Nathaniel ; 
daughters Elizabeth Fuller and Susannah ; to 
son James if he shall come over into this 
country ; to wife Elizabeth whom he makes 
executor. The children: i. Robert, baptized 
May 24, 1612; was at Rowley, Massachusetts, 
as early as 1655 ; removed to Haverhill and is 
made a freeman there April 29, 1668 ; died 
June 25, 1694. 2. Benjamin baptized October' 
2. 1614. buried October 27, 1614. 3. Ralph, 
baptized October 19, 161 5, killed by falling 
from a tree and buried June 8, 1626. 4. James, 
baptized February 16, 1617, died at Tangiers, 
1664; never came to America. 5. Joseph, bap- 
tized June 25, 1620, mentioned below. 6. 
Elizabeth, baptized June 14, 1623. married 
John Fuller and resided at Ipswich. 7. John, 
baptized February 26. 1625, died December 2, 
1700; married Ruth Symonds; resided in 
Gloucester. 8. Thomas, baptized in England. 
9. Nathaniel, baptized July 18. 1630, died De- 
cember 29. 1712; resided at Ipswich, Massa- 
chusetts. 10. Susan, baptized March 17, 1632. 

(V) Joseph Emerson, son of Thomas Em- 
erson, the immigrant (4), was born in Bish- 
op's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, in 
1620, and baptized June 25 of that year, and 
he died at Concord. M'assachusetts Bay Col- 



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ony, January 3, 1680. He married, about 1646, 
Elizabeth Woodmansey, daughter of Robert 
and Margaret Woodmansey. Her father was 
a school master in Boston. Joseph Emerson 
resided at Ipswich, Massachusetts, York, 
Maine, and Milton, Massachusetts. He was 
a minister of the Puritans. Of his education 
nothing is known. Tradition s'ays he was ed- 
ucated in England. He may have studied at 
Harvard, but did not graduate. He was at 
Ipswich as early as 1638 and was admitted 
freeman there December 19, 1648. He preach- 
ed the same year at York. In 1653 he was a 
resident of Wells, Maine, and took the free- 
man's oath there July 4, 1653. and was an in- 
habitant when the commissioners took the sub- 
mission of the people, the court being held in 
his house. He favored submission to Massa- 
chusetts, in 1651-52, and was evidently a lead- 
ing man of the Massachusetts party. He sign- 
ed a petition to Cromwell as a resident of 
Wells, asking the protector to confirm the 
jurisdiction of Massachusetts over Wells. A 
faction developed in the church at Wells and 
Mr. Emerson accepted the pastorate at Milton 
about 1664. He was dismissed a few years 
later. He was settled at Mendon December 
I, 1669, and remained until the town was de- 
stroyed by the Indians during King Philip's 
war when he retired to Concord and lived un- 
til his death. 

He married (second), December 7, 1665, 
Elizabeth Bulkley, who was born 1638 and 
died September 4, 1693, daughter of Rev. 
Peter Bulkley, first minister of Concord, Mas- 
sachusetts. She married (second) Captain 
John Brown, of Reading. The children of 
Rev. Joseph and Elizabeth (Woodmansey) 
Emerson: t. Joseph, Jr. 2. James, married 

Sarah . The children of Rev. Joseph 

and Elizabeth (Bulkley) Emerson: 3. Lucy, 
born October 2, 1667, died 1740; .married, 
May 15, 1683, Thomas Damon; resided in 
Reading. 4. Edward, born April 26, 1 670. 5. 
Peter, born 1673, died 175 1 : married, 1696, 
Anna Brown. 6. Ebenezer, mentioned below. 
7. Daniel, married, A-Iay 19, 1709, Jane Armi- 
tage, and resided in Boston. 

(V) Ebenezer Emerson, son of Rev. Joseph 
Emerson (4), was born at Mendon, died in 
1 75 1. He married (first), in 1704, Bethia 
Parker, daughter of Nathaniel and Bethia 
(Polly) Parker, of Reading. She was born in 
1785 and died in 1815. He was a husband- 
man and resided in Reading at the Franklin 
Weston place. His will was proved in 1751, 
mentioned all the children given below. He 
married (second), 1716, Mary Boutwell, 



daughter of Captain James and Mary (Ken- 
dall) Boutwell, of Reading. She was born in 
1685. It is said that he had two more wives, 
but the record has not been found. Children 
of Ebenezer and Bethia Emerson: i. Na- 
thaniel, born March 31, 1705, married April 
15, 1725, Hepzibah Burnap. 2. Bethia, born 
July 27, 1709, married, April 14, 1731, Na- 
thaniel Parker of Reading. 3. Susan, born 
March 8, 1713; married February 19, 1736, 
Isaac Burnap. Children of Ebenezer and 
Mary Emerson : 4. Ebenezer, born January 6, 
1716, married. May 15, 1746, Anna Nichols; 
(second), December 7, 1749, Rebecca Putnam. 

5. James, torn January 9, 1720, married Mary 
Farrar; (second) Elizabeth Nichols. 6. Jo- 
seph, born November 3, 1721, married, De- 
cember 7, 1749, Phebe Upton and lived in 
Lynn. 7. Thomas, born July 12, 1724, men- 
tioned below. 

(VI) Thomas Emerson, son of Ebenezer 
Emerson (5), was born at Reading, July 12, 
1724, and died there January 15, 1810. He 
married (first), April 16, 1747, Elizabeth 
Bruce, who was born in 1733 and died Janu- 
ary 1, 1793. They resided in Reading. Em- 
erson was a farmer. He was a soldier in the 
Revolution and with the Reading company 
took part in the events of April 19, 1775. He 
married (second), October 24, 1793, Mary 
Dresser, of Reading, born 1732, died October 
28, 1806. Children of Thomas and Elizabeth 
Emerson: i. Elizabeth, born August 17, 1753, 
married, June 12, 1777, Benjamin Emerson. 
2. Hannah, born November 12, 1755, died 
January 10, 1832; married, April 9, 1793, 
Timothy W^akefield. 3. Thomas, born Decem- 
ber II. 1757, mentioned below. 4. William, 
born June 10, 1760, died July 23, 1848; mar- 
ried April 14, 1782, Sarah Cowdrey; (sec- 
ond) Mary Vinton. 5. Jerusha, born Septem- 
ber 4, 1762, married, May 23, 1782, Nathaniel 
Cowdrey. 6. Su'sanna, born November 21, 
1764, married, December 12, 1793. William 
Williams. 7. Jonathan, born March 15, 1768, 
died 1841 ; married, March i, 1796, Martha 
Williams. 8. Lucy, born February 21, 1770, 
married, November 23, 1788, Aaron Damon; 
resided in Vermont. 9. Lois, born November 

6, 1772. married, March 7, 1792, John Smith. 

(VII) Thomas Emerson, son of Thomas 
Emerson (6), was born at Reading, December 
Ti, 1757, and died at Lynnfield, Massachu- 
setts, February 17, 1837. He married, No- 
vember 21, 1782, Ruth Bancroft, daughter of 
Captain James and Sarah (Pierson) Bancroft. 
She was born in Reading, June i. 1761, and 
died at Lynnfield. February 28, 1852. They 



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resided at Lynnfield and Reading. He was a 
soldier in the Revolution, took part in the bat- 
tles of Lexington and Uunker Hill ; prisoner 
in Dartmoor, England. He was captain of 
militia, his commission being signed by Gov- 
ernor John Hancock. He was of great resolu- 
tion, bravery and patriotism. He was a Revo- 
lutionary pensioner during his last years. 
James Bancroft, father of Ruth, was a captain 
at the battle of Bunker Hill and an original 
member of the Society of the Cincinnati after 
the war; was selectman of Reading in 1776- 
88-93-94; member of the school committee in 
1799, 1805-06; representative to the general 
court in 1780-85-88-93-94-99, 1800-03; was 
deacon of the Reading church for many years. 
Captain Emerson's will was dated May 2, 
1834, and was proved May 16, 1837. Chil- 
dren, born at Reading : i . Ruth, born Novem- 
ber 3, 1783, died September 26, 1861 ; mar- 
ried, July I, 1806, Joseph Burnham; lived at 
Wakefield. 2. Thomas, born October 2, 1785, 
mentioned below. 3. Clarissa, born October 6, 
1787, died January 17, 1889; married, October 
26, 1805, Benjamin Cox; resided at Lynnfield. 
4. Charlotte, born May i, 1790, died August 
II, 1864; married, April 14, 1814, Mathew 
Cox ; lived at Lynnfield. 5. Hannah, born 
April 6, 1792, died June 9, 1873; married, 
May 13, 1819, Colonel Thomas Parker; lived 
at Wakefield. 6. Jam.es Bancroft, born July 

22, 1794, died September 2"], 1795. 7. James 
Bancroft, born January 26, 1797, died in 1822 ; 
married, in 1821, Lydia P. Parker; residence, 
Natchez, Mississippi. 8. Hubbard, born April 
30, 1799, died October 4, 1878; married, June 

23, 1825, Harriet Orne ; resided at Lynnfield. 
9. Sarah, born July i, 1801, died March 6, 
1825; married, 1822, Warren Aborn; resided 
at Natchez, Mississippi. 10. Eliza, born April 
6. 1806. died March 27, 1888; married. May 

24, 1827, Jacob Tufts ; resided in Westbor- 
ough, Massachusetts. 

(Vni) Thomas Emerson, son of Thomas 
Emerson (7), was bom at Reading, October 
2, 1785, and died at Wakefield, Massachusetts, 
November 29, 1871. He married, May 20, 
1813, Elizabeth Hartshorn, daughter of James 
and Sarah (Hopkinson) Hartshorn. She was 
born in Reading, April 24, 1790, and died at 
Wakefield, September 26, 1873. They re- 
sided at Wakefield, wbere he carried on the 
manufacture of boots and shoes. He was one 
of the most prominent citizens and business 
men, and active in municipal and political af- 
fairs. He was selectman of South Reading in 
1820-21-22-23-24; representative to the gen- 
eral court 1825 to 1830 inclusive, 1838-39-41 ; 



state senator from his district in 1846-47 ; 
member of the South Reading school commit- 
tee in 1824-30-36-37. He was the first presi- 
dent of the South Reading Bank and a direc- 
tor of the Citizens' Gas Company. He retired 
from business in 1854, after fifty years of suc- 
cess. His business grew from a humble be- 
ginning to large proportions. He instituted 
the system of paying wages in cash instead of 
barter at the store, the former practice of the 
shoe manufacturers. He was an active and 
prominent member of the Congregational 
church, which he served for a time as clerk 
and teacher in the Sunday school. He gave 
generously to missionary organizations and 
other benevolent and charitable purposes. He 
was a friend of the poor and suffering. His 
charming personality and sterling character 
won for him the respect and affection of all 
who knew him. He retained his health and 
strength to the end of life, and attended faith- 
fully and efficiently his duties at the national 
bank to the time of his death. Children, born 
in South Reading: i. Thomas, born December 
6, 1816, mentioned below. 2. Augusta Bu- 
chanan, born June 22, 182 1, mentioned below. 
3. Sarah Hartshorn, born February 24, 1824, 
mentioned below. 4. Maria Josephine, born 
October 29, 1828, mentioned below. 5. James 
Francis, born August ii, 1830, mentioned be- 
low. 

(IX) Thomas Emerson, son of Thomas 
Emerson (8), was born in South Reading, 
December 6, 1816, and died at Wakefield, 
December 3, 1895. Married, January 22, 
1840, Emily Minerva Swain, born at South 
Reading, August 26, 1820, daughter of 
Thomas and Mary (Parker) Swain. Emer- 
son became associated with his father in the 
manufacture of boots and shoes in 1837 under 
the firm name of Thomas Emerson. For 
nearly thirty years he made a winter trip to 
the south to sell the product of the factory 
and he had a wide business acquaintance. In 
1854 his father retired and the two sons con- 
tinued the business as Thomas Emerson's 
Sons. Under this name the reputation of the 
house was sustained and the business grew in 
volume and prosperity. The firm was always 
fortunate in avoiding labor difficulties. Mr. 
Emerson was one of the founders of the 
Wakefield Horticultural and Agricultural So- 
ciety, of which he was the vice-president sev- 
eral years. For twenty-four years he was 
president of the bank, the Mechanic and Ag- 
ricultural Institution. He was trustee of the 
Wakefield Savings Bank, director in the Na- 
tional Bank, member of the Ancient and 




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Honorable Artillery Company of Massachu- 
setts, of the Boston Commandery, Knights 
Templar, Souhegan Lodge of Odd Fellows, 
Wyoming Lodge of Free Masons, the Bos- 
ton Boot and Shoe Club and other organiza- 
tions. He was a man of strict integrity, hon- 
orable purposes and unswerving fidelity to 
duty; a constant attendant upon public wor- 
ship at the Congregational church, which he 
very liberally supported. Children: i. Thom- 
as Albert, born December 2"], 1840, men- 
tioned below. 2. Edwin Eugene, born Feb- 
ruary 4, 1843, married, June 5, 1867, Sophia 
P. Harnden, daughter of Sylvester and Mary 
(Sherman) Harnden; she was born in Read- 
ing, June 26, 1844, died January 31, 1908. He 
entered the firm of Thomas Emerson's sons 
■ in 1866; after the retirement from the firm of 
James Francis Emerson, the business was 
continued by Edwin Eugene Emerson and a 
cousin, Harry Foster, and was dissolved .in 
1902. He is now inspector of leather of 
army and navy shoes. He was director of the 
Mechanics' Institution and of the Wakefield 
Co-operative Bank; prominent in church and 
parish of the Congregational church of 
Wakefield, of which he was clerk many years. 
• 3. Emily Josephine, born December 2, 1847, 
died May 6, 1849. 4- George Dunbar, born 
September 16, 1849, married, September 14. 
1871, Estelle M. Walker; married (second), 
February 8, 1879, Emma Hunt Varney, now 
of New York city. 

(IX) Augusta Buchanan Emerson, daugh- 
ter of Thomas Emerson (8), was born in 
South Reading, June 22, 1821^ and died at 
Maiden, February 27, 1885. She married, 
June 7, 1848,' Francis Odiorne, son of Thom- 
as and Mary (Hussey) Odiorne. He was born 
at Maiden, September 25, 1821, and died at 
Maiden, October 2, 1878. Mr. Odiorne was 
a Boston merchant. Children, born at Mai- 
den: I. Frances Augusta, born February 11, 
1849. 2. Thomas Emerson, born May 7, 
1851. 3. Mary Hussey, born May 25, 1855, 
died May 6, 1898. 4. Emily Josephine, born 
September 14, 1857, died September 25, 1858. 
5. Frank Chester, born December 2, 1861, 
died January 25, 1863. 

(IX) Sarah Hartshorn Emerson, daughter 
of Thomas Emerson (8), was born in south 
Reading, February 24, 1824, and died at 
Wakefield. November 14, 1885. She mar- 
ried, April 24, 1850, Benjamin Franklin Bar- 
nard, born July lo, 1824, at North Reading, 
son of Jacob and Grace (Stearns) Barnard. 
They lived in Wakefield. Barnard was con- 
nected with the Boston firms of Banker & 



Carpenter, and Carpenter, Woodward & 
Morton, for fifteen years. He was among the 
first in organizing the Richardson Light 
Guard of Wakefield in 185 1, and was third 
lieutenant on the first board of officers. In 
1 861 he resigned his commission and enlisted 
as a private for three months. In October, 

1861, he was commissioned second lieutenant 
in the Twenty-third Regiment and served un- 
der General Burnside in the North Carolina 
campaign; in May, 1862, he was promoted 
first lieutenant and attached to General 
Burnside's stafif as a commissary of subsist- 
ence. Child : Grace Maria Barnard, born 
February 24, 1851, died December 14, 1886. 

(IX) Maria Josephine Emerson, daughter 
of Thomas Emerson (8), was born in South 
Reading, October 29, 1828. Married, Feb- 
ruary 6, 1850, George Oliver Carpenter, born 
December 26, 1827, and died December 25, 
1896, son of George and Mary (Bentley) Car- 
penter, of Boston. He was educated in the 
public schools of his native city and was a 
Franklin medal scholar in 1840. He became 
a partner in a paint and oil firm of Boston 
which became in 1861 Banker & Carpenter, 
and in 1864 Carpenter, Woodward & Mor- 
ton and finally Carpenter-Morton Company, 
of which Mr. Carpenter was president. Mean- 
while, Mr. Carpenter also became interested 
in insurance and conducted a large business. 
He was director of the Grand Lodge of Free 
Masons of Massachusetts; trustee of the Mas- 
sachusetts Charitable Mechanics' Association 
of Boston; commander of the Ancient and 
Honorable Artillery Company; director for 
twenty-five years of the Eliot National Bank 
of Boston; director of the South Reading 
National Bank; vice-president of the Home 
Savings Bank of Boston; director of the Bos- 
tonian Society; president of the Paint and 
Oil Club of Boston; president of the Com- 
mercial Club; member of the Art Club and of 
the Algonquin Club. In 1869-70 he was an 
alderman of the city of Boston. Children: i. 
George Oliver,. born February 17. 1852, mar- 
ried, April 7, 1880, Caroline Greeley; chil- 
dren: i. George Oliver, 3d., born August 24, 
1881 ; ii. Kenneth Greeley, born April 14. 
1886. 2. Frederick Banker, born April 21, 

1862. married, April 7. 1886, Alice Beebe; 
died November 4, 1907; children: i. Morris 
Beebe, born August 30, 1888; ii. Marjorie, 
born April 15, 1891. 

(IX) James Francis Emerson, son of 
Thomas Emerson (8), was bom in South 
Reading, in the Emerson homestead on Main 
street. August 11, 1830. He obtained a good 



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education in the schools of his native town, 
and on tlie organization of the high school in 
1845. "v^^s o"^ o^ t'""^ early members ; also at- 
tended a private school in Warren, Massachu- 
setts. On leaving school he entered the count- 
ing room of his father and brother, then con- 
ducting the largest shoe manufacturing estab- 
lishment in the region, and at the age of twen- 
ty-one was admitted a member of the firm, 
Thomas Emerson & Sons, and at the death of 
Thomas Emerson, senior, changed to Thomas 
Emerson's Sons, and so continued until his re- 
tirement a few years before his death, which 
occurred April 12, 1906. Notwithstanding the 
engrossing cares of an extensive private busi- 
ness. Captain Emerson always found time for 
the exercise of a broad and progressive public 
spirit, and during the last fifty years was 
prominently identified with nearly every move- 
ment and enterprise designed to promote the 
improvement and development of the town. 
He was a leading spirit in the organization of 
the still famous corps, the Richardson Light 
Guard, now Company A, Sixth Regiment, in 
1 85 1, and thrice was chosen commander of 
the company, for three different periods of 
service. He was town treasurer twenty-eight 
years, clerk of the First Parish of the Congre- 
gational Church of Wakefield twenty-five 
years, second president of the Wakefield Sav- 
ings Bank, president of the Board of Trade, 
director of the National Bank and of the South 
Reading Mechanics' and Agricultural Institu- 
tion, one of the organizers and director in the 
Wakefield Real Estate and Building Associa- 
tion, member of the Citizens' Gas light Com- 
pany, Water Committee, and formerly a mem- 
ber of the Old Yale Engine Company. He 
was a member of Souhegan Lodge, I. O. O. 
F., and treasurer of the same many years, 
and of Wyoming Lodge, A. F. and A. M. One 
of the organizers and charter members of 
Wakefield Home for Aged Women. In poli- 
tics he was a Republican. 

Captain Emerson was a representative citi- 
zen of the best type, deeply imbued with the 
municipal spirit or local patriotism, which has 
made the towns of New England so important 
a factor in working out the problems and tri- 
umphs of .American civilization. In the intro- 
duction of water, gas and electricity through 
the town he had a prominent part, and also in 
the acquisition of the land bordering on Lake 
Quannapowitt for a public park, in the change 
of the town's name from South Reading to 
Wakefield and treasurer of the general com- 
mittee of the celebration of the quarter millen- 
nial anniversary of the town, and was co- 



worker and counselor with the late Cyrus 
Wakefield, senior, in his far-reaching plans 
for the beautifying and development of the 
town. He was a generous giver to good 
causes, and his private benefactions were nu- 
merous, though in many cases known only to 
the recipients. He was a man of cheerful, 
happy disposition, of ready wit, and always 
had a smile and kind word for all. As one 
friend expressed it he had been all his life 
"smoothing things out." 

At a notable "Commemorative Gathering" 
of the Congregational church and First Parish, 
held in 1887, Captain Emerson was called up- 
on to respond to the following toast : "The 
Emerson Family — numerous, respected and 
influential', but especially noted for its minis- 
ters and military men, among whom may be 
named Rev. Joseph Emerson of Mendon. Rev. 
Dr. Brown Emerson of Salem. Rev. Reuben 
Emerson of South Reading, Rev. Alfred Em- 
erson of Lancaster, and Rev. Thomas A. Em- 
erson of Braintree ; Captain Thomas Emerson 
of Revolutionary fame, and Captain Thoinas 
Emerson, whose form and voice have been so 
often seen and heard in this place, and who, 
full of years, has lately passed to his rest." 
Captain James F. Emerson died at his home, 
corner of Main and Lawrence streets, and the 
funeral services were held by Rev. Robert W. 
Wallace, a former pastor, and 'the interment 
was in the family plot in Lakeside cemetery. 

He married (first) Hannah Orne Emerson, 
his cousin, October 29, 1856. She was born in 
Lynnfield, Massachusetts, June 6. 1836, and 
died in Wakefield, Massachusetts, August i, 
1 86 1. He married (second), May 8, 1889, 
Mrs. Lucy (Knight) Wood, born at Pownal, 
Maine, November 16, 1847, daughter of Ab- 
ner Knight, of East Boston, Massachusetts. 
Her father, Abner Knight, was also born in 
Pownal, Maine, April 15, 1795, and died Sep- 
tember 25, 1872 ; he was a bridge builder by 
trade. Her mother, Tamson Twining, was 
born in Orleans, Massachusetts, May 12 or 
13, 1799, and died October 5, 1883. Children 
of Abner and Tamson Knight : i. Daniel 
Knight, born June 28, 1821, died August 31, 
1883 ; married Elvira Goodwin, of Gardiner, 
Maine : ii. Harriet Knight, born July 4, 1823, 
died January 9, 1905 ; married George Hitch- 
born Gould, of Boston, Massachusetts ; iii. 
Eunice H. Knight, born April 28, 1826. mar- 
ried Reuben Wendell, of Truro, Massachu- 
setts ; iv. Rhoda Knight, born December 28, 
1828. died May 8, 1883: married Michael 
Kinney, of the British Provinces; married 
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chusetts, and (third) James Hunt, of Plain- 
field, Massachusetts ; v. True Knight, born 
July 12, 1830, died January 12, 1856, unmar- 
ried, in California ; vi. Eliza Ann Knight, born 
September 7, 1840, married James W. Potter, 
of Boston; vii. Lucy Jane Knight, born No- 
vember 16, 1847, married Amos Wood, of 
Concord, New Hampshire; married (second) 
James F. Emerson, mentioned above. Chil- 
dren of James F. and Harriet O. Emerson: i. 
Francis Hubbard, born September 12, 1857. 
2. Unnamed, born July 16, 1861 ; died July 22, 
1861. 

(X) Thomas Albert Emerson, son of 
Thomas Emerson (9). was born at South 
Reading, December 2^, 1840. Married, Oc- 
tober 27, 1875, Francis Huntington (Craw- 
ford) Brewster, daughter of Robert and Ellen 
Maria (Griffin) Crawford, and widow of Ed- 
ward P. Brewster, of New York. She was 
born at North Adams. September 24. 1841. 
He was fitted for college at Phillips Acade- 
my, Andover, Massachusetts, and was gradu- 
ated at Yale College in 1863, having been 
president of Linonia, a member of Psi Upsi- 
lon, the Phi Beta Kappa and a Scroll and Key 
man. He served during the war of 1861-65 in 
the United States navy as acting assistant pay- 
master and saw service aboard the United 
States Steamship "Vermont" at Port Royal, 
South Carolina ; on the United States Steam- 
ship "Perry" off Charleston, South Carolina, 
and at Fernandina, Florida. He studied theolo- 
gy at the Andover (Massachusetts) Seminary, 
graduating in 1869. He was ordained No- 
vember 25, 1869, pastor of the Congrega- 
tional church at Wolfborough, New Hamp- 
shire. After a pastorate of three years he re- 
signed and spent a year in Europe, Egy^pt 
and the Holy Land. On his return he was in- 
stalled, in 1874, pastor of the Congregational 
church, Braintree. Massachusetts. Mr. Emer- 
son went in 1885 from Braintree to Clinton, 
Connecticut, as pastor of the Congregational 
church in that town; now lives in Hadley, 
]^Iassachusetts, and is pastor of the Congre- 
gational church. In 1892 he was moderator 
of the general association of Congregational 
ministers of Connecticut, and on retiring 
gave an address on Loyalty to Congregation- 
alism. Child, Thomas, bom August 17, 1876, 
died August 18. 1876. 



John Hill, immigrant ancestor of 
HILL the Hill family of Medway and 

Sherborn, Massachusetts, was a 
proprietor of Dorchester in 1633. His wife 
Frances was admitted to the church before 



1639. He was a member of the Boston An- 
cient and Honorable Artillery Company. He 
died May 31, 1664. His will was proved June 
30. 1664. He bequeathed to his wife Frances, 
sons John and Samuel, and dauglUer Mary; 
at his wife's death the estate to be divided to 
the nine youngest children or as many of 
them as may survive. A son-in-law of the 
widow came from Bogistow (Medway) to so- 
journ at her house, June 12, 1665. She mar- 
ried second. Jonas Austin, and removed to 
Taunton, being dismissed from the Dorches- 
ter church June 28. 1674; she died at Dor- 
chester November 18, 1676. Children: i. 
John, mentioned below. 2. Frances. 3. Jon- 
athan, baptized August 12, 1640; removed to 
Bridgewater. 4. Mary, married April 12, 
1656, Thomas Breck, of Sherborn. 5. Sam- 
uel, baptized 1638, died young. 6. Samuel, 
born 1640. 7. Hannah, born 1641 ; removed 
to Taunton. 8. Mercy, born January 8, 
1642-3, baptized February 15, 1645. 9- 
Ebenezer, sold land in Dorchester, 1675. 10. 
Martha, baptized August 20, 1648. 11. Me- 
hitable, baptized February 18, 1650-1. 12. 
Ruth, married Roger Willis. 13. Rebecca, 
admitted to church September 11, 1664. 

(II) John Hill, son of John Hill (i), died 
before March 20, 1718. He settled at the 
"Farms," on Charles river, north of Bogis- 
tow, betw^een the Breck (Brick) and Hol- 
brook farms. His first wife Hannah died in 
1690; his second, Elizabeth, died his widow 
December i. 17 19. He was a petitioner for 
the incorporation of Sherborn in 1662 and 
again in 1674, being one of the wealthiest 
men of the vicinity. He drew land in Sher- 
born and New Sherborn (Douglas). He 
deeded his real estate in Sherborn to his chil- 
dren, September 16, 1715. His children: i. 
Samuel, married November 4, 1679, Hannah 
Twitchell. 2. Abigail, born February 2, 
1658; married Hopestill Leland. 3. John, 
born February 2, 1661; married Hannah 
Rockwood. 4. Mary, born October 28, 1662 ; 
married John Ellis. 5. Eleazer. born June 2, 
1664. 6. Johnson, born 1666. 7. Ebenezer, 
settled in Douglas. 

(III) John Hill, son of John Hill (2). was 
born in Sherborn February 2. 1661. He 
married first Hannah Rockwood - (Rocket) 
who died February 7. 1729-30, daughter of 
Deacon Samuel Rockwood of Medfield. He 

married second Rebecca who survived 

him and died February 17, 1738-9. He 
drew thirty-six acres and a half at Douglas in 
1 71 5 and fifty-eight acres in 1730. which his 
son Samuel sold to Ralph Shepard of 



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Stoughton in 1754. He inherited his father's 
farm at Sherborn. He died at Sherborn May 

Children: i. John; mentioned below. 2. 
Aaron, settled in Wrentham, a blacksmith; 
sold fifty-eight acres of land in Douglas to 
Samuel Hill in 1744-5. 3. Hannah, born Au- 
gust 9, 1702 ; married William Mann of Wren- 
tham. '4. Sarah, born November 11, 1705; 
married Samuel Morse of Wrentham. 5. 
Samuel, born August 11, 1710, died before 
1 77 1. 6. James, born March 3, 171 1-2; died 
May II, 1729. 

(1\) John Hill, son' of John Hill (3), was 
born in Sherborn about 1698. He married 

Ruth . Children, born at Sherborn: 

I. James, born August 13, 1734; died Janu- 
ary 9, 1810; married Grace Jones of Acton. 2. 
Caleb, born August 17, 1736; mentioned be- 
low. 3. Ruth, born April 22, 1739. 4. Han- 
nah, born October 16, 1741, married Asa P. 
Richardson of Medfield. 5. Ebenezer, born 
July 8, 1744; removed to Dublin, New 
Hampshire. 6. Abigail, born February 4, 
1746; married Isaiah Daniels of Medfield. 7. 
John, born April 28, 1750; died December 15, 
181 1. 8. Solomon (?). 

(V) Caleb Hill, son of John Hill (4), was 
born in Sherborn August 17, 1736. He mar- 
ried March 17, 1762, Hannah Fisk. Children, 
born in Sherborn: i. Rhoda, born January 
23, 1763; married September 27, 1781, Sim- 
eon Leland. 2. David, born July 13, 1765; 
died at Medfield, mentioned below. 3, Aaron, 
born April ii, 1767, settled in Worcester 
county. 4. Abigail, born April 26, 1769. 5. 
John, born November 21, 1771, baptized No- 
vember 24, 1 771; removed to Ohio. 6. La- 
vinia, born October 3, 1773. 7. Elijah, born 
May ID, 1775, probably died young. 8. 
Timothy, born March 3, 1778, removed to 
North Wrentham. 

(VI) David Hill, son of Caleb Hill (5), was 
born in Sherborn July 13, 1765, and died in 
1820. He married (intention dated October 
25, 1788) Lydia Cleveland, born 1767, died 
1863, daughter of Edward Cleveland, son of 
George. Her father was born in Walpole in 
1738; married 1760 Deborah Adams, lived in 
Walpole until about 1780 when he came to 
Medfield and bought the place on Walpole 
street opposite Plain street; first wife died, in 
1797 and he married second, 1798, Betsey 
Perry who died in 1825; he was selectman in 
1782, 1794 and 1801. After the birth of their 
first child the Hills moved to New York 
State, where their other children were born, 



but returned to Medfield with their family. 
After his death, his widow married Nathan 
Turner of Walpole and she died in 1863. 

Children: i. Caleb, born at Medfield, March 
17, 1789; died young. 2. Calvin, mentioned 
below. 3. Charlotte, born 1797, died 1858; 
married 1818 Willard Allen. 4. Caleb, born 
1800; married 1821 Sarah Cole. 5. Lydia, 
married 1824 Joseph Prince of Boston; second 
Jesse Newell of Dover; third, James Buntin. 
6. Corinna C. C, removed to Nashua, New 
Hampshire. 7. Harriet, born 1791, died 1877; 
married Ezra Leland. 8. Horace, born 1796, 
died 1878; married 1823 Sophia Beals of 
Medway, 9. David, born 1801 ; married Ann 
P. Blight. 10. Hiram of Medway. 

(\TI) Calvin Hill, son of David Hill (6), 
was born abput 1790. He married first Eliza- 
beth Knickerbocker who died in 1843. He 
married second Lydia Adams. He died in 
1870. Children: i. Hiram. 2. Louisa, born 
November, 1817. 3. Eveline, born February, 
1819. 4. Sumner. 5. Emory, born June 16, 
1823 ; mentioned below. 6. Caleb. 7. Clarissa. 
8. Adaliza. 

(VIII) Emory Hill, son of Calvin Hill (7), 
was born in Medfield, June 16, 1823. He re- 
ceived his education in the common schools of 
his native town, and when a young man learn- 
ed the trade of machinist. He worked at his 
trade for several years in the cotton mills at 
Newton Lower Falls, and later at Waltham, 
Massachusetts. In 1845 or 1846 he came to 
Saxonville, Massachusetts, as master mechan- 
ic for the Saxonville Mills, having charge of 
the machine shops and repairs of the concern. 
He returned to Waltham to take a similar po- 
sition, but after a year accepted his old place 
at Saxonville and remained during the re- 
mainder of his active life. He died April 19, 
1893. Mr. Hill was quiet, modest and unaf- 
fected in bearing; of high personal character, 
and an active worker in the various temper- 
ance movements of his time. A Baptist in re- 
ligious faith, he attended the Congregational 
church at Saxonville. He was fond of music, 
and for many years sang in the church choir,, 
both at Newton Lower Falls and at Saxon- 
ville. He was a Republican, but was not ac- 
tive in politics. He belonged to no secret 
orders. His home on Central street was very 
attractive. 

He married first, June 18, 1845, Lorinda 
Fletcher, of Waltham, who was born April 
10, 1825, at Washington, New Hampshire ; 
second, August 18, 1891, Mrs. Faustina (Tut- 
tle) Thompson, who was born October 9, 



MIDDLESEX COUNTY. 



^SA5 



1840, daughter of Joseph Walton and Sarah 
(Blodgett) Tuttle: (See sketch of Tuttle 
family). 



John Tuttle, immigrant ances- 

TUTTLE tor of the Tuttle family of New 
Hampshire, was born in Eng- 
land, in 16 1 8. The English spelling is Tuthill 
and Tothill, but in this line the American fam- 
ilies since the first few generations have spelt 
the surname Tuttle. There is good reason to 
believe that the American family springs from 
the old Devonshire family. England, the coat- 
of-arms of which is : Az. on a bend ar. cotised 
or, a. lion passant sable. The crest : On a 
mount vert a Cornish chough proper, in its 
beak a branch of olive, fructed, or. 

John, Richard and William Tuttle, with 
their families, all came in the ship "Planter." 
in 1635, to New England. William settled in 
New Haven, Richard in Boston, and John in 
Ipswich. What connection these three brothers 
were to John Tuttle of Dover, New Hamp- 
shire, who came over probably a few years 
earlier, is unknown. 

John Tuttle signed the protest of 1640 
against uniting the little republic at Dover 
with the Massachusetts Bay Colony. His 
home was then on the east side of Dover Neck, 
the river on the east, the lot of Thomas Bearde 
on the south, and the Great High street on the 
west. It was about forty rods south-southeast 
of the First Church, now or lately owned by 
Samuel Tuttle. This place has been longer 
than any other in Dover in the hands of the 
same family. Tuttle died intestate 1663, in 
May or June. His wife Dorothy was admin- 
istratrix, making her first return June 30, 
1663. Children: i. Daughter, married Cap- 
tain Philip Cromwell. 2. Thomas, accident- 
ally killed when a young lad by falling from a 
tree. 3. John, born 1646; died June, 1720, 
mentioned below. 4. Dorothy, married Cap- 
tain Samuel Tebbets, grandson of the pioneer 
settler, Henr\^ Tebbets. 

(II) Judge John Tuttle, son of John Tuttle 
(i), was a man of great distinction in both 
civil and military life. He filled every office 
in the gift of the people of Dover. He was 
appointed in 1695 judge of their Majesties 
court of common pleas under the administra- 
tion of Lieutenant Governor Usher. He was 
selectman of Dover 1686, 1687 and 1688; 
town clerk 1694 to 1717 inclusive; town treas- 
urer 1705 and many other years; member of 
the provincial assembly 1698, 1699, 1705. 
1706, and 1707; one of the six commissioners 

Iv— 18 



sent from Dover to the convention of 1689 
to meet the commissioners of other towns in 
"the province "to confer about and resolve up- 
on a method of Government within this prov- 
ince." He was also a leader in the Dover 
church. He was at the head of the military 
forces of the town in 1689, and later and for 
ten years was almost constantly scouting and 
hunting for Indians, performing highly dan- 
gerous and very arduous military duty. He 
resided on the west side of Dover Neck. His 
house was near the site of the residence now 
or late of Alonzo Pinkman, and his land 
reached from the road to Back River, and in- 
cluded what has since then been called Cap- 
tain's Hill in his honor. He gave the home- 
stead to his son Ebenezer, who sold it in 1738 
to Judge Millet. Three generations of the fam- 
ily are buried in the old Tuttle burial ground 
on the east side of the homestead, next to 
the road. He died June, 1720, leaving a large 
estate. He married Mary , who sur- 
vived him, and was his executor. Children: 
I. Mary, married John Wallingford. 2. 
Thomas, born April 4, 1674: died in Bay of 
Campeachy, April 26, 1699. 3. John, killed 
May 7, 1 712; mentioned below. 4. Sarah, 
married Edward Cloutman. 5. Elizabeth, 
married Samuel Edgerly. 6. James, born 
April 7, 1683; died May 15, 1709. 7. Eben- 
ezer, a minor in 1717. 

(HI) Ensign John Tuttle, son of Judge 
John Tuttle (2), was born about 1675, ^t Dov- 
er; married Judith, daughter of Richard and 
Rose (Stoughton) Otis. Rose and her broth- 
er. Sir Nicholas Stoughton, Bart., were the 
only children of Anthony Stoughton Esq., of 
Stoughton, Surrey, England. She gave to 
her third son the Christian name of his vmcle. 
Sir Nicholas, and the surname Stoughton has 
been for many generations since used as a 
Christian name in this family in commemora- 
tion of the connection. Ensign Tuttle, as he 
was generally known, held several civil offi- 
ces, and was ensign of the Dover military 
company. He lived on the west side of Back 
River, about one mile from his father's house, 
on the farm that his grandfather John Tuttle 
had owned. Doubtless his father intended to 
give the place to Ensign Tuttle had he lived 
to survive his father, but. instead,- it went to 
the two eldest sons. The cellar of the house 
was lately visible on a ridge in the field half- 
wav between the house now or lately owned 
bv Samuel Tuttle and the old burying 
ground, in the pasture near the river, where 
the Ensign and his wife are buried. He owned 
a large tract of land in Somersworth parish of 



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Dover, and another tract at Tole End. He 
was cut off in the prime of Hfe by the hands 
of the Indian enemies, May 7, 1712, while" 
attending to some business at his mill on the 
upper falls of Cochecho, accompanied by his 
eldest son. They were set upon by the In- 
dians and he was slain, but his son Thomas 
escaped. The Boston News Letter, May 12, 
1712, reported the nnuder thus: "On Tues- 
day they mortally wounded and scalped John 
Crommit of Dover. On Wednesday at Tole 
End mill about a mile from Colonel Wal- 
dron's, Ensign Tuttle was killed." His wife, 
Judith Otis, had a tragic experience earlier 
in life. At the time of the Great Massacre at 
Dover, in 1689, her father, mother, brother 
and sister were slain by the Indians, the gar- 
rison house of her father burnt, and she her- 
self taken captive with two other sisters and 
carried away. But the Indians were overtak- 
en by a party of English soldiers at Conway, 
on their way to Canada, and the captives res- 
cued. Judith was left a widow with six young 
children when her husband fell a victim to the 
savages. Their success in life indicate the 
abihty and intelligence of their mother. Chil- 
dren: I. Mary, born January 7, 1697-8, mar- 
ried James Canney. 2. Thomas, born March 
15, 1699; he and descendants were Quakers. 
3. Judith, born May 10, 1702. 4. John, born 
May 8, 1704. 5. Dorothy, born March 21, 
1706. 6. Nicholas, born July 27, 1708. 7. 
James, born February 9, 1710-11: died July 
9, 1790. 

(IV) Nicholas Tuttle, son of Ensign John 
Tuttle (3), was born at Dover, New Hamp- 
shire, July 27, 1708; died 1793. His de- 
scendants are very numerous. He married 
first Deborah Hunt; second Bethia Davis. He 
settled in that part of Dover called Lee, re- 
moving late in life to Nottingham, New 
Hampshire, in the vicinity where his son 
Stoughton settled. He received from his 
father lands on the east side of Dover Neck, 
between Lieutenant Beard's and Nutter's, 
bounded by High street on the west and the 
river on the east, and the place included the 
homestead of John Tuttle, the first settler. 
Nicholas sold the place in 1735 to Judge Mil- 
let. Children: i. George, born 1737, men- 
tioned below. 2. Stoughton, born Septem- 
ber 17, 1739, died August, 1812; married Ly- 
dia, sister of Catherine Stevens; he married 
second, Hannah Sanborn; they lived and died 
at Nottingham; he was a soldier in the revo- 
lution. 3. Nicholas, married Sarah Smart. 4. 
Judith, married Josiah Burleigh, of New- 
market. 5. Elizabeth, married Peter Still- 



ings. 6. Deborah, married Moses Perkins, 
of Newmarket. 7. Esther, married Joseph 
Sanborn. 8. Keziah, married Jeremiah El- 
kins; second, Robert Evans. Children of sec- 
ond wife: 9. Benjamin, born 1764. 10. 
Mary; married James Stokes. 

(V) Captain George Tuttle, son of Nicho- 
las Tuttle (4), was born at Lee, New Hamp- 
shire, in 1737, and lived there most of his life. 
He died April 12, 1816, in Effingham, New 
Hampshire (where his son George settled). 
He was a captain in the revolution, in the 
regiment of Colonel Stephen Evans, and was 
in the battle of Saratoga in 1777. He was 
selectman of Lee in 1780, with Job Runels 
and Zaccheus Clough; in 1781 with James 
Brackett, and in 1783. He was a justice of 
the peace, the local squire, and served many 
terms in the state legislature. He married, at 
Lee, Catharine Stevens. Their children: i. 
Lieutenant George, mentioned below. 

(VT) Lieutenant George Tuttle, son of 
Captain George Tuttle (5), was born at Lee, 
New Hampshire. He married Sarah Gile. 
He was a Free Will Baptist in religion. He 
had a large farm at Efifingham. Children: i. 
George. 2. Rev. John Gile. 3. Joseph Wal- 
ton, born March 4, 181 1, at Efftngham; men- 
tioned below. 4. Catherine, born January 6, 
1813 ; married Ebenezer Hodsdon, son of 
Ebenezer and Sally fWentworth) Hodsdon. 

(VII) Joseph Walton Tuttle, son of George 
Tuttle (6), was born in Efifingham, New 
Hampshire, March 4, 181 1. He received his 
education in the common schools of his native 
town, helping his father on the farm until he 
decided to try manufacturing. He learnt bis 
trade as finisher of woolen goods at the wool- 
en mill in Andover, Massachusetts. He work- 
ed next for a time in the Damon mills at Con- 
cord, Massachusetts, and at Acton ; and about 
1830 removed to Saxonville to work in the 
mills. He was promoted to the head of his 
department, and held the position until his 
death, March 23, 1870. He was a man of 
quiet domestic tastes, devoted to his home and 
family. LTpright and honorable, he com^ 
manded the respect and confidence of employ- 
ers and workmen alike. During the civil war 
he had entire charge of the army blanket 
work for the government. He was an active 
member and steward of the Methodist Episco-" 
pal church at Saxonville. He was a Republi- 
can in politics. 

He married first, Fannie Blodgett, daughter 
of Jesse and Sarah (Robinson) Blodgett; 
second, September 19, 1837, Sarah Blodgett, 
sister of his first wife ; third, July 26, 1846, 



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Susanna Livermore White, of Lancaster, 
Massachusetts, who died December 20, 1854, 
daughter of Jonas and Ann (Townsend) 
White; fourth, September 13, 1S59, EUzabeth 
(White) Hay den, sister of his third wife. 
Children of Joseph W. and Sarah (Blodgett) 
Tuttle : I. Rebecca Frances, born August 8, 
1838, died Ma:y 31, 1859. 2. Faustina Aman- 
da, born October 9, 1840; married first, No- 
vember 29, i860, WilHam Thompson, of 
Framingham, Massachusetts ; second, August 

18, 1891, Emery Hill, of Saxonville ; no issue 
by either marriage. (See Hill sketch). 3. 
Rowena Loring, born November 20, 1842 ; 
married September i, 1869, Daniel B. Hub- 
bard, of Charlestown, New Hampshire, a civil 
war sailor under Farragut ; had Lyman J. 
Hubbard. Children of Joseph W. and Susan- 
na (Livermore) Tuttle: 4. George, born April 

19, 1847; died July 6, 1849. 5. Joseph Wal- 
ton, born December 9, 1848; died September 
29, 1850. 6. Laura Ann, born October 3, 
1850, mentioned below. 7. Chester Field, born 
May 23, 1853. 8. Webster, born September 
II, 1856; died January 23, 1857. Children of 
Joseph W. and Elizabeth Tuttle : 9. Joseph 
Walton, bt)rn February 11, 1863; married 
June II, 1890, Diana McKay, of Prince Ed- 
ward Island, and had children : i. Jessie 
Squarebrigs, born March 29, 1891 ; ii. Joseph 
Walton, Jr., born August 20, 1894. 10. Lewis 
Everett, born July 30, 1865 ; died August 26, 
1866. II. Edwin QifTord. born June 5, 1867; 
married June 25, 1890, Caroline Ducette ; chil- 
dren : i. and ii. Frank Carlton and Fred Wal- 
ton, twins, born February 10, 1891 ; iii. Re- 
becca Frances, born May 27, 1892; iv. Pearl 
Elizabeth, born July 7, 1893 ; v. Charles Ed- 
win, born August 4, 1894; died February, 
1897; vi. Caroline Louise, born April, 1896; 
died November, 1896. 12. George Everett, 
born May 19, 1870; married Isabel Tilton, of 
Waltham, Massachusetts ; no issue. 

(VIII) Laura Ann Tuttle, daughter of Jo- 
seph Walton Tuttle (7), was born October 3, 
1850; married October 12, 1870, Edward O. 
Simpson, of Saxonville, Massachusetts. Their 
children: i. Edward CliflFord Simpson, born 
October 19, 1871 ; married December 25, 
1895, Josie Belle West ; children : i. Edward 
Olin Simpson, born August 8, 1896; ii. Or- 
ville West Simpson; born November 13, 1897; 
iii. June Elizabeth Simpson, born June 6, 
1899. 2. Harry Lyman Simpson, born De- 
cember 18, 1872; married Ethel G. Loker; 
children : i. Medeline Gertrude Simpson, born 
June, 1897; ii, Willard Simpson, born August 
27, 1901. 3. Susan Gertrude Simpson, bom 



May 6, 1875. 4. Laura Isabella Simpson, 
born April 10, 1877; married October 26, 
1904, Ralph W. Gibbs; child, Ralph Edward 
Gibbs, born January, 1806. 5. Edith Rowena, 
Simpson, born September 16, 1879. 6. Arthur 
Chester Simpson, born February 25, 1882 ; 
married October, 1905, Caroline Neal ; child, 
Harold Arthur, born August 19, 1906. 7. 
Bertha Louise Simpson, born June 20, 1883. 
8. Marion Faustina Simpson, born October 
2y, 1884. 9. Mildred Elizabeth Simpson, born 
May 14, 1887. 10. Clara Beatrice, born Oc- 
tober 25, 1888. II. John Carlton (twin), 
born January i, 1890. 12. Joseph Walton 
Simpson, born January i, 1890 (twin). 



Albert Andrews, the immi- 
ANDREWS grant ancestor, was born in 

England about 1580, and 
came to Ipswich, Massachusetts, to settle, 
about 1634. He was admitted a freeman May 
6, 1635. He was owner and master of the 
ship "Angel Gabriel" which was cast away 
and lost at Pemaquid, August 15,1635. He then 
made his home in Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, 
now the town of Essex. He was licensed to keep 
an ordinary September 3, 1635. His house 
lot was on the south side of the river near the 
South Church. His sister Mary married Rob- 
ert Burnham. He was from Norwich, Nor- 
folk county, England. He was a leading citi- 
zen of the town, had many grants of land, 
and left a numerous progeny. Many of his 
descendants have achieved distinction. He 
gave security April 2, 1641, to William Frank- 
lin, of Boston, for the marriage portion of his 
daughter, Alice, late wife of William Franklin, 
to be given her daughter Elizabeth. He died 
in 1643. His will is dated April 2, 1641, and 
proved October 22, 1647. He bequeathed to 
his wife Elizabeth, sons John and Thomas, 
son-in-law Franklin, and his daughter Eliza- 
beth ; grandson Daniel Hovey ; John Griffin, 
son of Humphrey Griffin, and two other sons, 
all under age; to kinsman John Thomas, and 
Robert Burnam. His widow had a lawsuit 
March 31. 1647-48, with her daughter Eliza- 
beth's husband, Humphrey Griffin. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth . Children: i. Alice, 

born about 1610, married William Franklin, 
died before 1644. 2. Abigail, married Daniel 
Hovey, of Ipswich ; she died June 24, 1665. 
3. John, born 1622, mentioned below. 4. 
Thomas, the schoolmaster, died unmarried at 
Ipswich, July 10, 1683. 

(II) Lieutenant John Andrews, son of 
Robert Andrews (i), was born in 1622 in 



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England, and resided in Chebacco, Ipswich, 
INIassachusetts. He was a minor at the time of 
his father's death or at the date of his will in 
1642. In 1692 he stated his age as seventy. 
He was probably born in 1622 or 1623. He 
seems to have had a cousin John whose record 
is confused with his and his son's. He was a 
lieutenant in 1683. He and five others were 
imprisoned and fined by Sir Edmund Andros 
for opposing him in town meeting. He mar- 
ried Jane . He deeded various lots of 

land to his children. He died in 1708. His 
will was dated March 13, 1705, and was 
proved May 17, 1708. He was a housewright 
by trade. Children: i. Corporal John, born 
about 1646, gave his age as thirty-six in 1697; 
lived on Averill's hill. 2. William, born 1649, 
mentioned below. 3. Elizabeth, married 
James Giddings, of Ipswich, resided on Aver- 
ill's hill. 4. Thomas, born 1654, married, Feb- 
ruary 9, 1681, Mary Belcher. 5. Joseph, mar- 
ried, February 16, 1680, Sarah Ring. 

(III) William Andrews, son of John An- 
drews (2), was born about 1649, at Chebacco, 
died February 17, 1715-16, aged sixty-seven 
years. He married, October 21, 1672, Mar- 
garet W^oodward. He was a farmer at Che- 
bacco. His estate was settled by partition, 
March 17, 1715-16. His widow was living in 
1723. Children, born at Ipswich : i. William, 
born October 2;^, 1674, (published July 29, 
1 7 10) married Elizabeth Curtis. 2. John, 

^ born February 2, 1675-76. 3. Margaret, mar- 
ried (published June 26, 1697) Samuel Gott, 
of Wenham. 4. Ezekiel, born June, 1680, 
mariner; married, February 19, 1707-08, Abi- 
gail Curtis. 5. Jonathan, mentioned below. 
6. Elizabeth, born January 15, 1684-85, died 
December 26, 1685. 7. Elizabeth, married, 
September 24,- 1704, Joshua Norwood. 8. 
Abigail, born 1687, married, August 29, 1704, 
Thomas Butler. 9. Rachel, married (pub- 
lished July 4), 1714, Zachariah Story. 10. 
Miriam, married (published January 12), 
1 7 16- 1 7, Nathaniel Rust. 11. Patience, mar- 
ried. February 6, 1719-20, Benjamin Stewart, 
of Weymouth. 12. Solomon, born August 8, 
1699. ' 

(IV) Jonathan Andrews, son of William 
Andrews (3), was born in Chebacco, about 
1682. He was a blacksmith by trade and re- 
sided in his native parish until 1733, when he 
settled in Scarborough, Maine province, York 
county, Massachusetts. He was admitted to 
the church there February 25, 1733-34. He 
married Sarah Smith (published December 6, 
1718). He proved a valuable addition to the 
town of Scarborough, both on account of his 



good qualities as a man and citizen and his 
skill as a blacksmith. His son Amos was also 
prominent in town affairs after him. Chil- 
dren: I. Amos, resided in Scarborough. 2. 
Jonathan, Jr., mentioned below. 3. Sarah, 
baptized July 24, 1726, in Ipswich. 4. Lydia, 
baptized in Ipswich, September 29, 1728. 5, 
Miriam, baptized September 10, 1732, at Che- 
bacco: 6. Nathan, baptized at Scarborough, 
July 28, 1734. 7. Sarah, baptized May 13, 
1/39' 'It Scarborough; married, October 20, 
1757, Sylvanus Scott. 

(V) Jonathan Andrews, Jr., son of Jon- 
athan Andrews (4), was born in Chebacco 
about 1722. He settled in Scarborough; mar- 
red there Hannah Seavey, of that town, March 
8. 1744. She died March 14, 1790. Children, 
born at Scarborough: i. Ephraim, born about 
1745. married, 1765, Anna Brown, of Scarbor- 
ough ; settled in Machias ; children : i. Israel, 
married Mary Seavey ; ii. Thankful, married 
Moses Howe ; iii. Nathan ; iv. Miriam ; v. 
Timothy. 2. Jonathan, born about 1750, men- 
tioned below. 3. Stephen, born December 7, 
1753, died September 24, 181 5 ; married, April 
4, 1776, resided at Scarborough and among his 
children were Jonathan and Ephraim. 4. 
Isaac. 5. Sarah, married George Watson. 6. 
Jeremy, married (first) Betsey Woodruff and 
(second) Dilla Maker. 7. Ruth, married 
Obadiah Allen. 8. John, married Mary Ann 
Cheever. 9. Lydia, married Moses Elsemore. 
10. Hannah, married George Smith and Jo- 
seph Clendennin. 

(VI) Jonathan Andrews, son of Jonathan 
Andrews (5), was born about 1750, and re- 
sided at .Scarborough. He was active in the 
militia. In the Revolution he was captain of 
the Second Scarborough company, Third 
Cumberland Regiment, commissioned May 
10, 1776. He was in Colonel Joseph Prime's 
regiment. May 8, 1780, and later serving at the 
Eastward (Thomaston and vicinity). Chil- 
dren, born at Scarborough : i. Thomas, born 
January 3, 1769, mentioned below. 2. Hannah, 
born April 2, 1772. 3. Anna, bom December 
13, 1774. 4. Polly, born August 5, 1779. ^ 5. 
Jonathan, born January 31, 1782. 6. Ezekiel, 
born October 21, 1784. 7. Ebenezer, born 
November 2, 1787. 8. Sally, born May 26, 
1790. 

(VII) Thomas Andrews, son of Jonathan 
Andrews (6), was born in Scarborough, 
Maine, January 3, 1769. He settled in M'achi- 
as. Maine, near where he was bom, but spent 
the greater part of his life in Saco, an adjacent 
town. He was selectman of Saco and a prom- 
inent citizen. His last days were spent at 



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Freedom, New Hampshire, where his son set- 
tle^. He married (first) x\nna Andrews ; 
(second) Nancy Mills Huckins and (third) 
Mehitable Mills. Children : i. Infant son, 
born January 16, 1796, Saco, Maine, died 
April 15, 1796, Scarborough, Maine. 2. Sam- 
uel M., born November 2, 1797, Saco, Maine. 
3. Anna L., born March 28, 1801, Saco, 
Maine. 4. Thomas, born November 20, 1805, 
mentioned below. 5. Jonathan, born August 
10, 1808. 6. John, born November 7, 1812, 
Effingham, New Hampshire. 

(\TII) Thomas Andrews, son of. Thomas 
Andrews (7), was born in Saco, Maine, No- 
vember 20, 1805, died February 14, 1866. He 
was educated in the common schools, and dur- 
ing his minority worked on his father's farm. 
He bought a farm and settled in Freedom, 
New Hampshire, and became a well-to-do 
farmer. He married Clara "Mills, daughter of 
John Mills, a prosperous farmer of Parsons- 
field, Maine. Children: i. Amos F., born 
July 6, 183 1. 2. Sarah Ann, born May 22, 
1833. 3. James M., mentioned below. • 4. 
Juliett W., born November 3, 1840, married 
Joseph Durgin. 5. Charles H., born March 
10, 1842. 

(IX) James Mills Andrews, son of Thomas 
Andrews (8), was born in Freedom, New 
Hampshire, May 22, 1837. He was educated 
in the public and high schools of his native 
town, and assisted his father on the farm until 
he was seventeen years old, when he was ap- 
prenticed to the carpenter's trade. In 1857 he 
came to Charlestown, Massachusetts, and as a 
journeyman carpenter worked for Amos 
Brown for six years, then for Page & Little- 
field, where he became foreman. In 1866 he 
was engaged to build the Baptist church at 
Freedom, and the railroad station, freight 
house and other structures in Ossipee, New 
Hampshire. Returning- to Charlestown in 
1872 he resumed his former position with 
Page & Littlefield and remained with them 
until he established his own business in 1892 
in Somerville. Fie made his home in Somer- 
ville, February i, 1882, and has resided there 
ever since. He took his son into partnership 
with him in 1896, the firm name being J. M. 
Andrews & Son. As a contractor and builder 
Mr. Andrews achieved a high reputation for 
ability and trustworthiness. He had the con- 
.tract for Cauley Hall at Charlestown Neck, 
the Hereford Block in Somerville, containing 
thirty-seven tenements and six stores, and 
many of the fine residences of Somerville and 
vicinty. He is interested in public affairs and 
does his duty as a citizen faithfully. In 1895 



he was a member of the common council from 
ward three, and in 1896-97 was in the board of 
aldermen of Somerville, serving as the chair- 
man of the committees on printing and police. 
He is a Republican. He joined Carroll Lodge 
of Free Masons at Freedom, New Hampshire, 
in i860. He is a member of the Royal Arch 
Chapter, of Charlestown, of Orient Council, 
Somerville, of Coeur de Lion Commandery, 
Knights Templar, of Charlestown, and his 
taken all the Scottish Rite degrees to and in- 
cluding the thirty-second. He is a member also 
of Ivanhoe Lodge, Knights of Pythias, 
of Charlestown, having joined in 1872. He 
married, in 1862, Mira A. Wood, daughter of 
Horace P. and Belinda A. Wood, of Freedom, 
New Hampshire. They had but one child, 
Horace W. Andrews, born April 12, 1866, ed- 
ucated in the public and high schools of 
Charlestown, of the firm of J. M. An- 
drews & Son, proprietors of the business es- 
tablished by his father. The children of Hor- 
ace P. and Belinda C. (Lange) Wood, of Ossi- 
pee, New Hampshire, were : Belinda, Horace 
v., John C. L., Mira A., mentioned above ; 
Frank C, Charles, Belinda A. Wood. John 
Wood was the father of Horace P. Wood and 
grandfather of Mrs. James M. Andrews. Mrs. 
Andrews died at Somerville, June 17, 1905. 
In 1893-94 she was supreme representative of 
Pythias Sisters ; she was the first worthy ma- 
tron of the Order of the Eastern Star of Som- 
erville. 



(i) James Runey, the immi- 
RUNEY grant ancestor, was a mariner, 
and resided in Charlestown, 
Massachusetts, where he was taxed in 1756- 
He died before 1804. He married, October 
18, 1753, Joanna Lane, born December 10, 
1732, daughter of Anthony Lane, fisherman, 
who married October 24, 1728, Katherine 
(Taylor) Sweetser, born November 10, 1694, 
daughter of John and Katherine (Johnson) 
Taylor. Richard Taylor, father of John Tay- 
lor, resided at Charlestown, and married Ann 
Wheden, who died October 21, 1694; he died 
in July, 1706. Joanna Runey owned the 
Covenant at the chuch in Charlestown. Au- 
gust 10. 1755. and died May i, 1804, aged 
seventy-three. Children: i. Jaanna. bap- 
tized September 21, 1755. buried October 8, 
1762. 2. James, baptized December 19, 

1756; was a potter; married Mary . 3. 

John, baptized October i. 1758; potter in 
Somerville: married Hannah Sargent. 4. 
George, baptized March 15, 1761; mentioned 



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below. 5. Robert, baptized October 10, 
1762; was a baker in Cambridge. 6. Joanna, 
baptized August 24, 1766; married John Tur- 
ner. 

(II) Captain (ieorge Runey, son of James 
Runey (i), was baptized March 15, 1761, and 
died February 13. 1797. He was a sea cap- 
tain. He married. January 24, 1793, Hannah 
Turner. She administered his estate De- 
cember 7, 1797, and deeded land to John 
Runey in 181 5. They had a daughter Han- 
nah, who married, August 11, 1816, Jonas 
Barrett. (See sketch of Barrett family here- 
with.) 



The surname Barrett belongs 
BARRETT to a very ancient and re- 
spectable English family. 
The progenitor came from Normandy with 
William the Conqueror, and his name is en- 
rolled in Battle Abbey. 

(I) James Barrett, of the Massachusetts 
Bay Colony, was born in England, in 161 5, 
and came to Massachusetts in 1635. He mar- 
ried Hannah Frederick, and had six children. 
He was an inhabitant and planter in Charles- 
town as early as 1643, ^"^ removed to Mai- 
den, where he bought land of George Felt, 
three acres, on the "Mystic Side;" in 1648, of 
Francis Mills and of A. Cole, nine and one- 
half acres at Mystic Side. Some of his land 
adoined land of Rev. John Harvard, for 
whom the college was named. He died Au- 
gust 16, 1672. His will was dated July 8, 1672, 
bequeathing to wife Hannah, eldest son 
James, daughters Hannah, Mary and Sarah, 
sons John and Stephen, and grandchildren 
John and Samuel Scollay and John Ross. The 
widow Hannah's will- dated April 9, was 
proved June 20, 1681, bequeathing to grand- 
children Samuel and Thomas Tingle; to 
daughter Hannah Scollay's two children; to 
daughters Mary Ross and Sarah Grover and 
their children; to grandchild John Barrett. 
"Brother" John Fosdick was executor. 
Children: i. James, born April 6, 1644; 
mentioned below. 2. Mary, married John 
Ross. 3. Hannah, born March 21, 1647; 
married John Scollay. 4. Stephen, who 
served as commissary for Connecticut in Phil- 
ips war, 1675; married May 14, 1680, Eliza- 
beth ; and died 1689; named in will of 

his grandfather Fosdick. 5. John, born May 
6, 1655; mentioned in will in 1678. 6. Sarah, 
married Simon Grover. 

(H) James Barrett, son of James Barrett 
(i), was born April 6, 1644. He was a car- 



penter by trade, and resided in Maiden. He 
married, January 11, 1671-2, Dorcas Green, 
born May i, 1655, daughter of Thomas and 
Elizabeth Green. Her father died in 1682, 
and his estate was inventoried at two hun- 
dred and sixty-four pounds. According to 
the records she was living in Charlestown 
June 15, 1680. The estate of James Barrett 
was divided in 1679. The widow's estate was 
inventoried November 3, 1682, at one hun- 
dred nineteen pounds. Children: i. James, 
born 1672; mentioned below. 2. John, born 
1675. 3- Jonathan, born 1678. 

(HI) James Barrett, son of James Barrett 
(2), was born in 1672, and died July 31, 1740. 
He was a carpenter, and resided at Charles- 
town and Maiden. He bought a farm ad- 
joining those of Joses and William Buckman, 
and "J- ^•" ^'^d John Green, and other lots 
of land. He married Anna — ■ — — , who died 
April 4, 1 74 1. Children: i. Dorcas, mar- 
ried, 171 5, Philip Viscount. 2. Anna, born 
December 4, 1699; married Robert Eames. 
3. James, born January 2, 1703-4; engaged 
in the coasting trade. 4. Ebenezer, born 
February 12, 1705-6; mentioned below. 

(IV) Ebenezer Barrett, son of James Bar- 
rett (3), was born February 12, 1705-6, and 
died at Maiden, November 25, 1788, aged 
eighty-three. He married November 7, 
1734. at Maiden, Elizabeth Sargent, who died 
February 11, 1769. He was a boatman, and 
resided at Maiden. Children: i. Ebenezer, 
Jr., married Phebe Wayte, 1764. 2. Eliza- 
beth, born October 20, 1738. 3. Ebenezer, 
born November 26, 1741. 4. Joseph, born 
June 2y, 1744; mentioned below. 5. Sarah, 
born January 4, 1746-7. 

(V) Joseph Barrett, son of Ebenezer Bar- 
rett (4), was born at Maiden, June 27, 1744, 
and died July 7, 1800, aged fifty-six years. He 
married first (intention published November 
15, 1767), Mary Smith, of Reading. He mar- 
ried second, Sarah . He was a soldier 

in the Revolution, the fourth sergeant in Cap- 
tain Nathan Sargent's company. Colonel Ja- 
cob Gerrish's regiment of guards, in 1778, (roll 
dated camp at Winter Hill), and in other ser- 
vice. Children of the first wife: i. Eben- 
ezer, born January 21, 1769; died February 
II, 1777. 2. Mary, born April 2, 1771. Chil- 
dren of the second wife: 3. Joseph, born De- 
cember 22, 1772, died young. 4. Martha, born 
June 26, 1774. 5. Jonathan, born y\ugust 2, 
1775. 6. Joseph, born April 19, 1777. 7. 
Sarah, born October 4, 1778. 8. Nancy, 
born April 19, 1780. 9. Peter, born October 
19, 1 78 1. 10. Rachel, born June 4, 1784. 11. 



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Hannah, born May 13, 1786. 12. Jonas, 
born July I, 1789; mentioned below. . 

(VI) Jonas Barrett, 'son of Joseph Barrett 
(5), was born at Maiden, July i, 1789. He 
was a master mason. The most notable per- 
haps, of his undertakings, was the construc- 
tion of the wall around the United States 
navy yard at Boston, which stands as a monu- 
ment to his skill and industry. He bought 
the estate at the corner of High street and 
Green street, Charlestown, where he lived un- 
til his death in 1850. He married at Charles- 
town, August II, 1816, Hannah Runey, 
daughter of Captain George Runey. (See 
sketch of Runey family herewith.) Children: 
I. George H. 2. Sarah Spring, born May 
1824; married William C. Lears (see sketch 
of Lears family herewith). 3. John. 4. Eliza- 
beth. 5. Joseph. 6. Jonas. 7. William S. 
M.; married Matha L. Burbank, and resides 
in Maiden, Massachusetts. 



John Christian Lears was born 
LEARS in Prussia, Germany. He came 

to this country when a young 
man, and was a soldier in the war of 181 2. 
He settled in Boston. He was married at 
Christ church, Boston, July 23, 1818, to Mary 
Tasker, daughter of Mathew and Mira (Ham- 
lin) Tasker, of Boston, married December 16, 
1792, by Rev. John Elliot. Children, born in 
Boston, baptized in Christ church: i. Mary, 
born 1819; married Henry Caryl. 2. William 
Charles, baptized September 9, 1821 ; men- 
tioned below. 3. John Mathew, baptized 
July 31, 1825. 4. Eliza Ann, baptized Septem- 
ber 25, 1826. 5. Susan x-Xrnanda, baptized 
April 30, 1829; married John Mullay, of Som- 
erville, Massachusetts. 6. Sarah Ann, bap- 
tized June 17, 1832. 7. Helen Augusta, bap- 
tized November 8, 1835. 8. Margaret Louisa, 
baptized June 16, 1839. 

(II) William Charles Lears, son of John 
Christian Lears, was born in Boston July 26, 
1 82 1, and died at Somerville April i, 1889. 
He was a printer by trade, and as a boy worked 
on the Saturday Evening Gazette, of which 
he afterwards became foreman, and later 
founded the Boston Sunday Times, of which 
he was proprietor and publisher for many 
years. He was a Mason and Odd Fellow, and 
member of St. John's Episcopal church of 
Charlestown. He married Sarah Spring Bar- 
rett, daughter of Jonas and Hannah (Runey) 
Barrett, born in Charlestown, May, 1824, died 
in Somerville, March 18, 1897. (See Runey 
and Barrett sketches herewith). They lived in 



Charlestown until 1859. when they removed to"* 
the house they had just completed at 429 ■ 
Broadway, Winter Hill, Somerville, M^assa- 
chusetts, which is still owned and occupied by 
the family. Children: i. Ella Francis, born? 
in Charlestown, April 21, 1854; married Peter 
Roos, September 9, 1880; lives in Cambridge, 
Massachusetts ; have one daughter, Annette 
Isabel, born in Champaign, Illinois, October 
28, 1888. 2. William, born in Charlestown, 
June 21, 1857; ^ives at 429 Broadway, Winter 
Hill. 3. Georgiana Turner, born in Somer- 
ville, March 26, 1859; lives at 429 Broadway, 
Winter Hill. 4. Sarah Spring, born in Som- 
erville, June 26, 1862 ; lives at 429 Broadway, 
Winter Hill. 

William Lears retired from business in 1902, 
and since then has been interested in the care 
of his real estate. 



The history of the O'Sul- 
O'SULLIVAN livan family is traced back 
to the very beginning of 
history in Ireland, as attested by the "Annals 
of the Four Masters" and other ancient chron- 
icles and genealogies. The ancient home of 
the family was in the counties of Cork, Kerry 
and Limerick. The chief of the family bore 
the title of Prince of Beare and Lord of Dunk- 
erton. In business, church, state and pro- 
fessional life the family won distinction and 
took a foremost place in Irish history. Branch- 
es of the family settled in every county in 
Ireland, and in later years have also achieved 
honor and fame ; they have made their homes 
in America and Australia and become pros- 
perous and honored. Many of the descend- 
ants have abbreviated the name by omitting 
the prefix "O," while others preserve it jeal- 
ously, preferring the ancient name of their 
forefathers, unaltered and unchanged. 

No sketch of this great family would be 
complete without the story of the struggle in 
which, in common with their fellow-country- 
men, the O'SuUivans as a clan lost property 
and prestige, in the land where formerly they 
flourished, struggling against the British 
agression and rule. During the reign of Eliza- 
beth, two of the most thrilling episodes of 
Irish history were the defence of the Castle of 
Dunboy by' Donal O'Sullivan. Beare, and his 
famous retreat from Glengarifif. at the head of 
Bantry Bay, to form a junction with the north- 
ern Irish forces at Leitrim. Donal set out on 
this retreat over the mountains of northwest- 
ern Cork and of Kerry^ with four hundred 
fighting men, and six hundred women, chil- 



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dren and servants. On his rear hung four 
thousand Enghsh soldiers, commanded by Sir 
George Carew. O'SuUivan marched day and 
night, constantly harassed by the enemy. With 
the^remnant of his fighting men. O'Sullivan 
made a stand on the banks of the Shannon 
and gave battle to the English vanguard while 
the few surviving women and children were 
carried across the river in boats made frqm 
the skins of his horses killed for that purpose ; 
and he crushed the English advanced line, 
killing their commanding officer, Manby, and 
then resumed his retreat. When he finally 
reached his destination at- Leitrim he had left 
but eighteen soldiers, sixteen servants and one 
woman, out of the thousand that started from 
Glengariff. This woman was the mother of 
the famous Philip O'Sullivan, of the Spanish 
navy, one of the most erudite writers of the 
age, and Of his brother Daniel, of the Span- 
ish army, who fell fighting the Mohammedans. 
O'Sullivan himself found refuge in Spain, where 
he was appointed governor of Coruna. The 
O'Sullivans had their estates confiscated and 
their lives declared forfeited by the English 
crown. "The harrow of the merciless conquer- 
or was over the scattered clansmen of Beare, 
many of whom still clung with grim tenacity 
to their lowly homes among the mountains 
and glens of Cork and Kerry." 

The following ballad, written by one of the 
family, the Irish Laureate, T. D. Sullivan, is 
as proud a possession of the O'Sullivans as the 
coat-of-arms with its lions rampant and the 
crest with a dove holding an olive branch in its 
beak. 

"Who will hold back when O'Sullivan loudly 

Calls on his people to haste to his aid ? 
Who will not rush to him gladly and proudly. 
Fire in his heart and an edge to hts blade ? 
Kindred ! Clansmen ! 
Seamen and landsmen ! 
Young men and old men. afar and anear 
Together 1 Together 1 
In calm or wild weather, 
When called by the shout of O'Sullivan Beare ! 

"Never a coward, a cringer or quailer. 

Was chief tan of Beare of late or of yore ; 
Ever a hero, a soldier and sailor 

Fearless at sea and valiant on shore 1 
Landsmen ! Seamen ! 
Fearless and free men. 
Namesake and kinsmen afar and anear. 
Together ! Together ! 
From sea-foam and heather. 
Come to the call of O'Sullivan Beare ! 

"Come with a rush when O'Sullivan needs you. 

Worthy vour cheerful devotion is he. 
Gaily dash on where O'Sullivan leads you. 
Fearing not. caring not. where it may be ! 
Tall men ! Small men ! 
Stout men and all men ! 
Horsemen and boatmen afar and anear. 
Together ! Together ! 
In calm or wild weather. 
When called by the shout of O'Sullivan Beare !" 

(I) Timothy O'Sullivan, a descendant of 
the O'Sullivans of Cork, and father of 



Humphrey O'Sullivan, of Lowell, was born in 
the parish of Castle Haven, East Division of 
West Carbur}', county Cork, Ireland, nea/r 
which his family has been resident for more 
than a thousand years. He was educated at 
the common schools of his day, took up 
farming for his calling, like his ancestors be- 
fore him and accumulated what for his day and 
generation passed for a competence. He was 
known through all that section of the country 
for his thrift, honesty and uprightness. His 
character was an example for children and 
neighbors to follow. He was a faithful Ro- 
man Catholic in religion, and a useful citizen. 
He married Catherine Barry, daughter of 
James Barry, of the parish of Caheragh, coun- 
ty Cork. He died in Skibbereen. Children : 
I. William, born May, 1844; mentioned be- 
low. 2. James, born December, 1848 ; men- 
tioned below. 3. Humphrey, born October 7, 
1853 ' mentioned below. 

(II) William O'Sullivan, son of Timothy 
O'vSullivan (i), was born in the town of Skib- 
bereen, county Cork, Ireland, May, 1844. He 
came to America when a young man, and soon 
afterward enlisted at Boston in the Second 
L^nited States Cavalry for three years, and 
was stationed on the frontier during his term 
of service from 1864 to 1867. He took an ac- 
tive part in police work and skirmishing with 
the hostile Indians. He was mustered out at 
Tucson, Arizona. He remained in that terri- 
tory for a time, and was a member of the 
Pioneers' Society of Arizona. He returned 
east and followed his trade as a carpenter un- 
til disabled by an accident that injured his 
spine. After sufifering for many years from 
this injury, he died from its effects in 1898, 
at his home in Tucson, Arizona. He left a 
widow and a son Humphrey, born 1873. An- 
other child died young. 

(II) James O'Sullivan, son of Timothy 
O'Sullivan (i), was born in Skibbereen, coun- 
ty Cork, Ireland, December, 1848. He was 
educated in the national schools and ap- 
prenticed to the shoemaker's trade. He fol- 
lowed his elder brother's example in coming 
to America, landing in Boston in March, 1867. 
He found employment at his trade there, and 
later in New York, but in the following year 
made his home in Lowell, where he has con- 
tinued to reside to the present time. He 
worked at his trade for about seven years. In 
1875 he purchased a shoe store in Lowell, of 
Frsuk Brady, and has conducted a large and 
successful business to the present time, alone 
at first, later in partnership with his brother 
Humphrey. When the firm of O'Sullivan 




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Brothers was org-anized, January 26, 1877, the 
combined capital was only about eighteen hun- 
dred dollars. From this modest beginning the 
business has grown to its present vast propor- 
tions. The brothers established their clothing 
business in 1893 and built the building in 
which the store is located. He has been as- 
sociated from the first with his brother in the 
rubber heel business, (See sketch of Humph- 
rey O'Sullivan) and is president of the O'Sul- 
livan Rubber Company. He married Cather- 
ine Connolly, in Lowell, Massachusetts', and 
had ten children: Timothy, William, (de- 
ceased), James, Helena, Humphrey (deceas- 
ed), Catherine, Francis, Jeremiah, Mary and 
Julia. 

(H) Humphrey O'Sullivan, son of Timothy 
O'Sullivan (i) and Catherine Barry, was born 
October 7, 1853, ^^ Skibbereen, county Cork, 
Ireland. His early education was received in 
the National school of his native town. He 
showed a marked prediliction for study, and 
such was his progress, that the position of 
teacher was offered him in a rural school. 

Conditions at home had become so changed, 
his father having been accidentally killed and 
two elder brothers having gone to the United 
States, that young Humphrey manfully strove 
to fit himself for life's conflict by learning the 
printers' art, and, at the same time, be of as- 
sistance to his now widowed mother. He be- 
came an apprentice in J. W. Potter & Sons 
office in July, 1868, and served five long years 
of practical training in job and newspaper 
work, in the meantime rising to the position of 
sub-foreman, and when Mr. Potter Jr. was 
selected as general manager of the Irish Daily 
Telegraph in Cork, young O'Sullivan was. put 
in charge of the afternoon edition of this en- 
terprise. 

While serving his apprenticeship, O'Sulli- 
van, under the vigilant eye of the accomplished 
scholar and gentleman. Rev. D. McCartie, de- 
voted himself to general literature, improve- 
ment of voice and acquirement of those graces 
which best win men. The training under Fr. 
McCartie stood him in good stead when he 
took part in an oratorical contest for a prize 
of five pounds sterling, in Munster Hall, Cork, 
donated by Sir. Wilfred Lawson, Bart., M. P. 
O'Sullivan won the prize, as he did also upon 
a subsequent occasion in the Rotunda, Dublin, 
A. M. Sullivan, M. P., chairman of the judges 
of the contest. His earnestness, perspicuity 
of thought, clearness of expression and excel- 
lent delivery brought to rebel Cork the coveted 
prize, and Humphrey O'Sullivan looks back on 
that dav as one most memorable in his life. 



Having served his apprenticeship and joined 
the Typographical Union (a step necessary for 
a journeyman printer), he worked for a while 
with Guy Brothers, job printers in Cork. Be- 
ing discontented with conditions in Ireland, 
he took out his travelling card from the Print- 
ers" Union in Cork and came to New York in 
the S. S. "City of Chester" (Inman Line) 
June, 1874, as a steerage passenger. On his 
arrival he immediately sought employment, 
having deposited his printers' card with the 
"Big Six," and worked for a while in Yonk- 
ers. , Then, coming to Lowell, where his 
brother James resided, he worked for a while 
upon the Courier and Po.r Populi. He went 
to Lawrence, being offered better inducements, 
and worked on the Sentinel. At that time 
there was no Typographical Union in either 
Lowell or Lawrence, and his printers' card 
was of no use to him. Change of management 
there made a change in the destiny of Mr. 
O'Sullivan. 

He returned to Lowell, gave up the occupa- 
tion of printer, joining with his brother James 
under the title of O'Sullivan Brothers in the 
retail and custom shoe business. The co-part- 
nership of the O'Sullivan Brothers brought to 
the surface the latent qualities of Humphrey, 
which needed but the field for display of ten- 
acity, far-sightedness, and positive genius, in 
the creation of an enterprise that became a 
revelation to Lowell, as to the possibilities of 
the boot and shoe trade, when grasped and 
mastered by the dominating and ambitious 
force of an O'Sullivan. Though the store was 
not advantageously placed, and quite limited in 
space, yet the determination to succeed, and 
the means taken for this end enabled the firm 
in a short period to enlarge their quarters. The 
members of the firm were content for years to 
draw ordinary wages from profits made, and 
put the remainder in enrichment of stock, ac- 
quiring a reputation for excellence of goods 
carried, and financial strength, that people sat 
up and took notice. It was something of an 
achievement for this graduate of the printers' 
office to devise and bring to successful com- 
pletion plans which made his firm so well 
known throughout the LTnited States, as that 
of any other firm of years of existence, so that 
it possessed a distinction all its own — like 
Cammeyer of New York City, Nolan of San 
Francisco, and Tuttle of Boston. The firm 
reached out and dealt directly with makers of 
shoes of international reputation, and created 
in Lowell and vicinity a taste for the choicest 
goods, of established merit, goods made in 
Paris, London, and the very cream of Ameri- 



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can skill and industry. The O'Sullivan shop 
became the Mdcca of Lowell people for foot- 
wear, and most worthily retains the prestige 
won by the skill, perseverance and sacrifices 
of earlier years, and is recognized as the store 
of quality, of excellence. 

While developing trade and gaining force 
in his chosen avocation of shoe dealer, Humph- 
rey O'Sullivan saw the possibilities of the rub- 
ber heel attachment to boots and shoes. His 
practical mind grasped the thought, and he 
knew no rest until he had devised a rubber heel 
of enduring quality, which the commercial 
world recognized at once as an article of prac- 
tical value, and undoubted merit. He had his 
invention protected by patent granted by the 
United States, likewise in Great Britain, Ire- 
land and upon the continent of Europe. With- 
drawing from active participation in the af- 
fairs of the shoe firm, Humphrey O'Sullivan 
devoted his talents. to the exploitation of the 
rubber heel. His name is as naturally asso- 
ciated with the creation of this vast new in- 
dustry as that of Bessemer with the steel in- 
dustry. Wherever the phrase "rubber heel" 
is used, the name "O'Sullivan" suggests itself, 
and Humphrey O'Sullivan can arrogate to 
himself the title of originator, patentee, and 
exploiter of the merits of the rubber heel. In 
the pages of the leading magazines of the coun- 
try and in the columns of the great dailies of 
the Republic, he keeps continually before the 
public (in characteristic telling fashion) the 
imperturbable value of his invention. Count- 
less imitators, in all countries, have paid their 
sincerest flattery, by their unscrupulous at- 
tempts to foist upon the public, their imita- 
tions of rubber heels, with the inevitable re- 
sults, that none have been, as yet, successful, 
each claiming for his own to be as good as the 
"O'Sullivan" — "The Standard" — the yard 
stick of the rubber heel industry. The name 
of the corporation of which Humphrey O'Sul- 
livan is treasurer and advertising manager is 
the "O'Sullivan Rubber Company," incorpor- 
ated August 28, 1899, with James O'Sullivan, 
president ; Humphrey O'Sullivan, treasurer ; J, 
Munn Andrews, secretary and manager. 

O'Sullivan is an honored name in the Old 
Land, and stands for fidelity to race and re- 
ligion. Its prowess has been shown under the 
fleur-de-lis of France, its valor bringing glory 
to the Eagles of Spain and Austria, and not 
unknown in America, when the idea of liberty 
was first heralded as the inalienable right of a 
people. But its celebrity is on the increase, 
for wherever the English tongue is spoken and 
civilization prevails, wherever the interchange 



of the world's commodities goes on — in Japan, 
China, in the countries of the Orient, the name 
O'Sullivan has penetrated as the originator of 
a worldwide enterprise, the rubber heel in- 
dustry. From Lowell, the distributing point 
of his unique invention, is sent to all parts of 
the universe the O'Sullivan Rubber Heel. 
Australia and New Zealand are great marts 
for these goods. The New Zealander, whom 
Macaulay describes as sketching the ruins of 
St. Paul from the broken arches of London 
Bridge, will come, upon his self-imposed pil- 
grimage, shod with the "heel of New Rubber," 
resilient and bounding, with the consciousness 
of inspiring ease, and bless that eminent bene- 
factor of coming generations. Humphrey 
O'Sullivan of Anglo-Saxon fame, Hibernian 
extraction and citizenship of the great Western 
Republic. 

Mr. O'Sullivan has one other enterprise in 
Lowell which claims his attention, and de- 
manded his best efforts — vigilance, courage 
and persistance — to bring the success now in 
evidence in the prosperity of the Merrimack 
Clothing Company, He looks back to the 
early years of business stagnation, when, only 
for his courage, the strength he had won in 
business circles, his forcefulness, brought to 
him the regard and admiration of strong finan- 
ciers who stood by him and enabled him, well- 
nigh bearing the burdeh alone, to direct the 
new business on his own lines and in his own 
way, so that from imminence of disaster he 
placed the business in such successful condi- 
tion that to-day the Merrimack Clothing Com- 
pany is Lowell's choicest morsel in its line, 
vmder the efficient management of Daniel S. 
O'Brien, a native of Lowell, and trained under 
the eye of Mr. O'Sullivan, and richly com- 
pensates its stockholders for investments held. 

Mr. O'Sullivan is an honored citizen of his 
adopted city. He is forceful and foremost in 
every work that makes for the progress of 
civic greatness. Of goodly height, graceful 
carriage, and kindly mien, his is a winning 
personality. His name in Lowell, is synonym- 
ous with business integrity, financial strength, 
and kindly qualities of heart and mind, which 
endear him to those who best know him. He 
is a member of the Roman Catholic church of 
St. Patrick's, Lowell, and his activities are not 
bounded by parish limits. His name is a 
household word for kindness done for every 
worthy cause. Within measure of his means, 
his charity is boundless as the wants of human- 
ity, and tills generosity, so characteristic of his 
kindly heart, endears him to the good-will of 
his fellow citizens. Forceful with determina- 



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tion to conquer all obstacles, the dominant 
quality of an aggressive personality, he has 
climbed the ladder of success and stands pre- 
eminent in Lowell for sound judgment, finan- 
cial strength, a leader of men in business pur- 
suits. 

This sketch of his life would be incomplete 
without unfolding other pages of the varied 
life of Mr. O'SulHvan, and telling the story 
of the reputation enjoyed in the very words 
of his neighbors and associates. 

The Typographical Journal, official organ 
of the printers, said of Mr. O'Sullivan, in Oc- 
tober, 1905 : "Thirty-one years ago Mr. O'Sul- 
livan was a printer and a member of the New 
York 'Big Six.' He came to Lowell, worked 
at the printing trade a while, drifted into the 
shoe business, and eventually into the rubber 
heel manufacture. Today he is a man of large 
means, a fine fellow in every walk of life, and 
has a great love for the friends of his youth 
— the typos. The eight-hour movement for 
the craft awakened all the enthusiasm of the 
old days, so upon being initiated into the Low- 
ell Union, in acknowledgment of the applause 
which greeted him, he said : 'Boys, this is 
one of the happiest moments of my life. I feel 
at home among you. The days of my youth 
are brought back to me ; the grand old prmt- 
irtg trade, to which I owe all the measure of 
success that has blessed me, has my warmest 
support and my best wishes. You are strug- 
gling for an eight-hour working day, and you 
will win. If I can assist in any way command 
me. If money will win, the victory is yours. 
If you stand together, I will pay the bill.' He 
gave five hundred dollars at once, and later 
from time to time sums amounting to six times 
that amount." 

That Humphrey O'Sullivan is popular with 
the union printers of the country goes without 
saying; his support in his liberal and charac- 
teristic way helped • the fight for eight hours 
throughout the country. 

He went further than to merely give his 
money to the printers ; he withdrew 
his support and his advertising from 
all magazines, newspapers and job of- 
fices declared "unfair" by the Typographical 
Union. He has the unique distinction of be- 
ing the only man in this country who has all 
the corporations, of which he is treasurer, issue 
their bank checks bearing the Lithographers' 
and Allied Printers' label. 

As a silent proclamation of his loyalty to 
unionism, he possesses the additional unique 
distinction of being the first man in this coun- 
try to issue his check upon a union bank, bear- 



ing the Allied Printers' Union label, in pay- 
ment of his union dues and assessments (to 
the Lowell Typographical Union, No. 310) of 
which he still is a member, always carrying 
his union card. He belongs to the front rank 
of active, leading, influential citizens who have 
co-operated to advance the interests of the city 
of Lowell whenever an opportunity offered. 
When an effort was made to raise funds for a 
gateway to the Lowell Cemetery, he wrote 
this letter to the treasurer of the fund, Charles 
L. Knapp : "I have read your appeal for money 
for purposes of erecting the new gateway at 
your cemetery. I recently saw the work. I 
have noticed, too, that you are dealing in this 
matter in a broad-spirited way and class it as 
a public improvement. It certainly is a fine 
piece of work and does credit to the Lowell 
cemetery and to our city. If I can do so with- 
out seeming to seek notoriety, I would like to 
make a contribution in money toward the cost 
of the work. I send you a signed blank check 
for you to fill out the balance you need. It 
would seem I can do no more. I should not 
want to do less. I wish matters had come to 
my attention earlier. If you accept my giving, 
the satisfaction will all be mine." In bis ac- 
knowledgment, Mr. Knapp said : "Your con- 
tribution is accepted in the spirit it is given. I 
bespeak to you from our Lowell people grate- 
ful thanks. * * * Both of us remember 
as boys when such an act as yours was next to 
the improbable, if not the impossible. We 
have lived to see conditions change ; we have 
lived to see the day when the Protestant gives 
his money toward the Catholic undertaking, 
the Father Garin monument in Merrimack 
street, and other daily acts bearing witness, 
while the Catholic responds to the Protestant's 
call with equal cheerfulness. It is but the 
truth, to say that the barriers of the old days 
are broken and are breaking down. * * * 
You are not the only Irish Catholic who has 
come forward in this work with money offer- 
ing and I assure you it has delighted, me be- 
yond power to express to have had such acts 
occur and to have been a part of the happen- 
ing. Somewhere I have' read of an extremely 
well advertised article on the market that is 
classed as being "Next to Wings." I don't 
know that you would look better than you look 
already, if you had wings, but you certainly 
are deserving of a pair — white ones at that." 

In 1893 Mr. O'Sullivan built the Associate 
Building, in which he located his business, one 
of the largest business buildings in the city. 
The two events in Lowell most talked about in 
recent vears originated with Mr. O'Sullivan 



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and were carried out through his consummate 
executive abiHty to successful issue — the great 
St. Patrick's Day parade of 1906 and the mem- 
orable Fourth of July celebration of 1907. For 
some years the old custom of celebrating St. 
Patrick's Day by a public procession was ail 
but abandoned. Some persons held that the 
celebration should be confined to banquets and 
similar festivities, and the annual parade grew 
smaller instead of larger as the years went by. 
In 1906 Humphrey O'Sullivan was con- 
sulted, and he favored a procession — a large 
parade with every able-bodied Irishman old 
and young in line. ''Show that you are live, 
earnest Irishmen, although three thousand 
miles from the motherland," he said. He in- 
spired the luke-warm and aroused the apathet- 
ic. The Irish societies of Lowell unanimously 
elected' him chief marshal with full power to 
direct the celebration. He took hold with 
characteristic energy and word was sent out 
that Lowell would have the greatest demon- 
stration in its history. Low railroad rates 
from towns in every direction were secured 
for St. Patrick's Day by the Chief Marshal, 
and thirty thousand people took advantage of 
them to witness the parade, and Lowell had 
the finest St. Patrick's Day parade ever wit- 
nessed in a city of its size. The business men 
of the city, who profited by the influx of sight- 
seers, were well pleased. It goes without say- 
ing that the Irish citizens who took part were 
pleased and proud of the day's events. The 
LflZi'dl Sun said : "The greatest St. Patrick's 
Day in the local history has come and gone, 
but the day and its observance will long be re- 
membered with keen delight by Lowellians 
of all races and creeds, but particularly by the 
Irish residents of this city and the children of 
Irish parentage. Never before in local history 
w-as St. Patrick's Day. so generally observed. 
People of all races wore the green, while the 
Portugese residents of this city paid a grace- 
ful tribute to the Irish Catholics who assisted 
them materially in building their church in 
Gorham street, by turning out in the parade 
with their own band, while their zealous pas- 
tor. Rev. Father Rosa, was a prominent figure 
both in the parade and at the Chief Marshal's 
bancfuet, where he invoked the Divine blessing. 
The celebration reflects the highest credit upon 
Chief Marshal Hiunphrey O'Sullivan and his 
hard-working chief of stafif, Fred H. Rourke. 
To these two men belong the lion's share of 
the praise, and, while they did not appear be- 
fore the public in the matter, the employees 
of the O'Sullivan Rubber Company are entitled 
to credit for a vast amount of clerical work. 



The parade, the entertainment of the visitors, 
and the other auxiliary features formed a 
mammoth undertaking, when one considers 
that one man had the entire aflfair, including 
the cost, in his charge, and Mr. O'Sullivan 
was most fortunate in the selection of a man 
of such hustling executive ability as Mr. 
Rourke to assist him with it." At the chief 
marshal's banquet James F. Miskella presided, 
and the chief speakers were John H. Harring- 
ton, editor of the Lowell Sun, Mayor Casey, 
Senator Hilton, Rev. Mr. Fisher, Rev. George 
F. Kenngott. John C. Burke, James O'Sulli- 
yan, Edward F. Slattery, two of whom are 
Protestant clergymen, who commended with 
much feeling the non-sectarian and broad- 
minded spirit of the celebration. Mr. O'Sulli- 
van was given an ovation when he rose to 
speak. He expressed his gratification at the 
success of the day. In a serious and thought- 
ful speech he talked of the political conditions 
of Ireland. ' He said he could not understand 
the blindness of England in refusing to grant 
the demands of Irish statesmen. There is a 
far greater Ireland across the ocean in this 
country, and an Ireland firmly opposed to the 
commercial interests of Great Britain, as long 
as she held Ireland in subjugation and until 
such time as Ireland is granted justice. But 
for the influence of the Irish in this country, 
we might see a treaty between the United 
States and England, worth a great deal more 
to the latter than her treaty with Japan. He 
would advise England, he said, to give Ire- 
land all she asks and then join, hand in hand, 
with the United States in having the English- 
speaking races dominate the world. In this, 
Ireland, if her rights are restored, would take 
an honorable part. 

Mir. O'Sullivan, himself, contributed several 
thousand dollars to insure the success of the 
St. Patrick celebration. There is no more 
earnest and influential friend of his native 
land than he. He was a prominent speaker at 
the celebration of the fortieth anniversary of 
the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Lowell. 
In January, 1906, he contributed five hundred 
dollars to the Home Rule Fund. He was the 
only man in this country who cabled to King 
Edward ATI upon his accession to the throne 
a plea for the freedom of Ireland. 

.\ month after the St. Patrick's parade a 
banquet was tendered the chief marshal by 
the business men of the city. Seven hundred 
gathered at Associate Hall April 26. and the 
banquet was a brilliant success. The hall was 
decorated with the stars and stripes and the 
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table at which the speakers were seated was 
hung a fine portrait of the guest of honor. The 
menus were elaborate and the several speakers 
s.et forth in glowing terms the excellent quali- 
ties of Mr. O'Sullivan. John H. Harrington, 
the toastmaster, made a felicitous speech and 
graceful introductions. Ex-Mayor Josiah 
Quincy of Boston, in response to the toast, 
"Our Country," paid an appreciative tribute 
to Mr. O'Sullivan, and said that the magnifi- 
cent gathering of the evening was evidence 
that the gates of opportunity stand open in 
America to everyone who is honestly seeking" 
for success and is willing to do the work that 
lies before him. Mayor Casey of Lowell 
spoke eloquently on the theme "Our City," 
giving credit to Mr. O'Sullivan for a large in- 
dividual share. Mayor Fitzgerald of Boston, 
unable to attend, was represented by W. T. A. 
Fitzgerald. Nathaniel C. Fowler, Jr., of Bos- 
ton made a witty speech on "Gumption," and 
commended that quality in the guest of the 
evening. John A. McKenna, secretary of the 
Board of Trade, spoke for that body and John 
C. Burke on "Our Honored Guest," and the 
part he had in the industrial development of 
Lowell. The last speech was by Mr. O'Sulli- 
van, who in expressing his thanks and pleasure 
at the event, again spoke for Ireland, stating 
that his greatest ambition in life was to see the 
day when his native country would be inde- 
pendent and the English-speaking nations 
would rule the entire earth. 

It was perhaps the great success of the St. 
Patrick's parade that led to the idea of the 
Fourth of July Celebration of 1907. The city 
of Lowell had been spending money from the 
public treasury for a perfunctory and spirit- 
less demonstration of joy over the nation's 
birthday. In 1907 it looked as if the whole 
afifair would be a fizzle when those in charge 
of the celebration gave up the attempt about 
the middle of June. Mr. O'Sullivan was ap- 
pealed to and asked to save the day. He final- 
ly consented to do his best. He announced 
that a popular subscription would be requested 
for the two thousand dollars necessary to pay 
the bills, and headed the list with a hundred 
dollars, guaranteeing to pay the whole amount 
or any part of it necessary. He called to- 
gether a committee that he appointed, and 
things were set in motion with the speed of a 
whirlwind. The newspapers co-operated and 
public interest soon became aroused to a high 
pitch. Those who were jealous of the success 
of Mr. O'Sullivan on similar occasions, ex- 
pected him to fail in the matter of a parade, 
but thev reckoned again without their host. 



He said nothing of his plan to anybody until 
sure of its success. He slipped out of town 
one day and hunted up the Governor of New 
Hampshire, a friend of his, and asked his per- 
mission for the militia to leave the state to take . 
part in the Lowell parade. Then he secured 
the necessary permit from Governor Guild of 
Massachusetts, for the troops to enter the 
state, and the problem was solved. He himself 
guaranteed the expenses of the militia. In a 
few days he had succeeded in getting all the 
New Hampshire companies within a feasible 
distance 'to promise to take part in the parade, 
and had offered large cash prizes for the 
militia. 

As soon as the military display was assured, 
Mr. O'Sullivan as chairman of the committee, 
and chief marshal of the day, telephoned and 
telegraphed in every direction until he was as- 
sured of an attractive automobile contest. Fin- 
ally he arranged for a great display of fire- 
works. The story of the celebration is a rec- 
ord of his forethought, energy and executive 
ability. The military parade had three thou- 
sand men in the line of march and was an 
event in the history of the city. Ten thousand 
people watched the automobile races on the 
Boulevard, and saw one of the big cars do a 
mile in forty-five seconds. This was a unique 
event in this section of the country. The dis- 
play of fireworks is said to have been the fin- 
est ever shown in the city. Thousands of vis- 
itors were in the city day and evening. The 
Lowell Sun said : "The generality and com- 
pleteness of the celebration seemed to have 
charmed the people, and as a result, although 
the streets were crowded at every point, yet 
there was no disturbance, and everybody 
seemed happy and good natured. There was 
a very striking absence of drunkenness on the 
streets from the night before until the close 
of the celebration." 

The Boston Traveler said of it : "The 
O'Sullivan — Humphrey of Lowell — gave Low- 
ell a first-class Fourth of July celebration, and 
set an example that some of the "tight-wads" 
in Lowell and elsewhere might well emulate. 
The O'Sullivan is a scion of a race of kings, 
and he is not above celebrating in a royal way 
the expulsion of the kings from America, who 
robbed the O'Sullivans of their crown at Cork. 
Some kings carry the insignia of their royalty 
on their heads, but the Lowell king gets his 
fame from the other end of his anatomy — 
from his heels. May he live to celebrate a lot 
of other Fourths, and so forth." 

In addition to the popular subscription of 
about $T.200, raised in two weeks, Mr. O'Sul- 



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livan spent his own money freely, as he had 
promised, but, to use his own words — "no 
man will ever know what it cost me, for I 
didn't give the money to brag about it. I did 
• it for the pleasure of seeing my townspeople 
and those from adjoining towns enjoy them- 
selves, and because when I set out to do any- 
thing I mean to do it." 

.\nother act of public spirit and generous 
impulse was his prompt contribution of five 
hundred dollars to the San Francisco relief 
fund. Afterward he added another hundred 
dollars to this contribution. Mr. O'Sullivan 
contributed a large part of the sum of one 
thousand dollars for the uniforms of the O. 
M. I. Cadets of Lowell July 20, 1907. 

Mr. O'Sullivan is one of the foremost Dem- 
ocrats of the commonwealth. For several 
years he has served on the Democratic State 
Central Committee, and his cool judgment and 
wise counsel have often brought harmony out 
of threatened factional fights. He is a mem- 
ber of the executive committee. He has de- 
clined various opportunities to fill public, of- 
fices on account of the pressing demands of 
his large and continually increasing business, 
but has given freely of his time, his influence 
and his money to support the candidates of his 
party in municipal and state campaigns. In 
city affairs he has been known to use printer's 
ink to advocate what he thought right and he 
is energetic and fearless in expressing his 
opinions when he believes it necessary. He is 
fond of travel, both in his own country and 
abroad. 

Mr. O'Sullivan is prominent in financial and 
banking circles of Lowell. He is treasurer of 
the O'Sullivan Rubber Company, O'Sullivan 
?)ros. Co., and the Merrimack Clothing Com- 
pany ; director of the Lowell Trust Company, 
trustee of the Washington Institution for Sav- 
ings. He is a faithful communicant and lib- 
eral supporter of Saint Patrick's Roman Cath- 
olic Church of Lowell. 

To the church edifice which was recently 
burned, he donated a marble shrine, and when 
the present church was being rebuilt, he do- 
nated the sum of one thousand dollars ($i,- 
000.00) to the building fund, for its immediate 
reconstruction, also, giving one of the large 
and valuable stained glass windows, which is 
a most artistic reproduction of "The Resur- 
rection." He is a member of the Lowell Coun- 
cil, Knights of Columbus ; the Celtics ; the 
Yorick Club: the Ancient Order of Hiberni- 
ans ; the American-Irish Historical Society ; 
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks ; 



Court Merrimack, Foresters, and the K. W, 
vSociety. 

The Hil>ernian of Boston, April 30, 1906, 
said of him : "We are glad to note that the 
people of Lowell, as represented by its leading 
citizens, recently honored Mr. Humphrey 
O'Sullivan by giving him a public banquet. 
M'r. O'Sullivan besides being a most enter- 
prising and successful business man, is one of 
the most public-spirited men in Massachusetts, 
and if the honors are measured out to him 
which he certainly deserves, the people of 
Lowell — and it may be said of the entire state 
— will scarcely limit them to a seat in Con- 
gress, for which he has already been men- 
tioned." 

The Sunday Telegram of Lowell, February 
18, 1906, said : "Mr. O'Sullivan is a fine type 
of what for want of a better phrase we are ac- 
customed to call "the self-made" man ; but he 
is lacking in the egregious conceit and purse- 
proud complacency which mark the great ma- 
jority of that ilk. He is in every sense a man 
of the people, familiar with their needs and 
wants, their aspirations and desires — a fact to 
which all his business and personal relations 
and doings bear eloquent testimony. From 
the day he landed in New York, a poor boy 
from Ireland — his only capital his printer's 
trade, his union card and his determined am- 
bition to make a place and name for himself 
in the land of his adoption — down to the pres- 
ent time, Humphrey O'Sullivan has been a 
worker as well as a dreamer — a rare combina- 
tion, and one which enables a man to rise to 
the highest pinnacles of success — the kind of 
success which is worth winning and which is 
good for others as well as himself. While he 
has worked to get ahead in the world, he has 
dreamed of making good use of what measure 
of worldly success might come to him, and he 
has made his dreams come true in larger meas- 
ure than any but himself has knowledge. Many 
a life has been made happier, many a man has 
been helped over a rough spot and had his 
faith in himself and the world revived and re- 
newed by the sympathetic and practical as- 
sistance extended by Humphrey O'Sullivan in 
the hour of need. Many a good cause has been 
advanced by the aid and comfort extended to 
it by Humphrey O'Sullivan. And in doing 
things like these he has not asked: "Will it 
pay?" but rather: "Is it right?" "Will it tend 
to make people happy — to make life better 
worth living?" 

Such a man is a help and inspiration in any 
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be had at the hands of the community and its 
official representatives." 

Of the many extensive advertisers in this 
country who use the cokimns of the magazines 
and big daihes, Mr. O'SulUvan stands pre- 
eminently at the head, as was demonstrated by 
his first prize winnings offered by the San 
Francisco News Letter in 1905, and Appleton's 
Booklovers Magazine in November, 1905. 

In the Christmas issue of the San Francisco 
Nezm Letter of 1905, there appeared an "ad." 
which won first prize of five hundred and 
twenty ($520.00) dollars offered by that paper 
for the best display advertisement, and that 
prize was won by I^Jr. O'Sullivan. When one 
considers that this contest was an open com- 
petition for the National advertisers (being 
such firms as expend from one hundred thou- 
sand, to a half a million of dollars each year 
on advertising) it can be readily seen that the 
winning of such a prize is not measured by 
the dollars and cents that go to make the prize, 
but rather, that to the winner belongs the 
credit and distinction of possessing a charac- 
teristic advertising acvnnen, second to no man 
in the country. 

As truth is never flattery, these facts, there- 
fore, attest the ranking of Mr. O'Sullivan 
among the National Advertisers of the United 
States. Another prize-winning contest of note 
in which Mr. O'Sullivan again received first 
honors was that offered by Appleton's Book- 
lovers Magazine of New York in November, 
1905.' and open to the advertisers throughout 
the country. This prize amounted to one hun- 
dred and fifty ($150.00) and was jealously 
sought for by each contestant, but once again 
Mr. O'Sullivan demonstrated his mental prow- 
ess by capturing the first prize. 

As he attends strictly to his own advertising, 
these prize-winning "ads." were conceived and 
executed by himself. 

He married January 26, 1877, Hannah Dris- 
coll, daughter of Daniel and Mary (Walsh) 
Driscoll of County Cork, Ireland. (See sketch 
of the Driscoll family.) They reside at 105 
Butterfield street. They had two children, 
both dying in infancy. 



Joshua Andros (the origi- 
ANDREWS nal form of the family name) 

of Berwick, York county, 
Maine, ancestor of J. Munn Andrews, of 
Lowell, Massachusetts, was baptized August 
7, 1720, and died T^Iarch 12, 1790. He was 
married February 9, 1743, to Olive Emery, of 
Berwick, Maine, who was baptized February 



9, 1724, and died February 13, 1817. They 
lived in that part of Berwick called Beaver- 
dam, a name given to the locality on account 
of the large numbers of beavers found in the 
so-called Beaver Brook. 

(I) Some of the early descendants of Josh- 
ua Andros declare the first settlers of this 
family to have been three brothers who were 
sons of an English Lord, while others credit 
him with Scottish parentage. During the 
lifetime of some of Joshua's children a con- 
siderable sum of money was left in England 
to these descendants, and an advertisement 
for information and location of the heirs fi- 
nally appeared in several papers. Although 
they knew they were the rightful claimants, 
and were able to establish their identity by 
line of descent, yet England would accept no 
proof without their coat-of-arms, which they, 
harassed as they were with the cares and trib- 
ulations of those early days, had neglected to 
preserve.. Information was afterward re- 
ceived that no other claimants appeared, and 
the money was turned over to the govern- 
ment, and used in the construction of a street. 
The earliest habitation of the pioneer An- 
dros family was a log cabin which in 1787, ac- 
cording to will of Joshua Andros, and prob- 
ably earlier, had been replaced by a dwelling 
house. Up to the present time (1908) the 
old homestead and lands have been in pos- 
session of, and occupied by, the direct de- 
scendants, having passed from father to son, 
and are thereby still retained in the family 
name. 

In the early days Berwick and vicinity was 
the scene of many severe Indian encounters, 
and during Joshua's time this locality was not 
free from disturbances. For protection a 
garrison was stationed at Blackberry Hill, so- 
called, in Berwick, which frequently respond- 
ed to signals for assistance from these early 
settlers. For a long time the lands around 
this homestead were infested with wolves, 
and members of the family were often terri- 
fied by their sudden appearance while passing 
along the road. They became so numerous 
that instances are recorded where travelers 
on the highway were attacked by them, and 
a bounty was offered by the government for 
their destruction. It is a matter of family 
tradition that Joshua traveled on foot from 
Berwick, Maine, to Amesbury, Massachu- 
setts, to learn the art of catching them, and, 
purchased a trap which he brought home on 
his shoulders. This wolf trap of Joshua's is 
still in existence and carefully preserved. The 
records show the receipt by Joshua of a 



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bounty for catching wolves, and in this con- 
nection the following, taken from his account 
book, (which is still in possession of one of 
the descendants), is of sdVne interest: 

John Andi-os to Joshua Andros, Dr. 

1762. August. 
To learning you the art to catch wolves, 2-0-0 

Joshua had a brother John, who lived alone 
at Pifackberry Hill, and this brother is un- 
doubtedly the one referred to in the above ac- 
count. That he alsO' had a mother living at 
that time is evident from the following ac- 
count with this same John Andros : 

John Andros to Joshua Andros. Dr. 

1768, Nov. To a days work with four 

oxen moving my mother, 0-9-0 

To keeping my 'Jiother, finding her a 
room and firewood ifrom the 20 of 
November to the first of May next 
following, 7-04-0 

1759, May. To 1 days work with my- 
self and 4 oxen moving mother 
home again, 0-9-0 

Nothing is known of this mother spoken 
of in this account, but there was one Re- 
bekah (Weymouth) Andros living in 175 1, 
who was at that time a widow, and related to 
this Joshua, but there is nothing to show 
what the relation'ship was. She was the 
daughter of William Weymouth, of Dover. 
Children of Joshua and Olive (Emery) An- 
dros: I. Oley, born December 2, 1744, bap- 
tized May 30, 1756; died young. 2. Moley, 
born July 4, 1747, baptized August 23, 1747, 
died September 23, 1819; married, Septem- 
ber 8, 1768, to Benjamin Hurd. 3. Joshua, 
born August i, 1749, baptized September 8, 
1749, died September 21, 1806; unmarried; 
served in the Revolutionary war. 4. William, 
born October 9, 1751, baptized July 24, 1754. 
5. Charity, born March 4, 1754, baptized 

July 24, 1754; married Heard. 6. 

Oley, born May 24, 1756, died December 24, 
1789. 7. Elisha, born August 19, 1758, bap- 
tized January 10, 1760, died January 2']. 1791. 
8. Benjamin, born September 25, 1760, bap- 
tized November 15, 1761. 9. Sarry, born 
September 13, 1763, baptized June 30, 1765, 

died November 14, 1791; married 

Dudley. 10. Simeon, born April 26, 1765; 
see forward. 11. Susey, born April 23, 1769, 
died November 5, 1833; unmarried. 

(H) Simeon Andros, tenth child and 
youngest son of Joshua and Olive (Emery) 
Andros, was born April 26, 1765, and died 
July 27, 1839. He was married September 
5, 1791, to Sarah Chick, of Berwick, who was 
born March 11, 1766, and died July 9, 1834. 
They had the following children: i. Apphia, 
born November 18, 1791; unmarried. 2. Le- 
vi, born June 26, 1795; married, January 16. 



1818, Lydia Hurd, daughter of Silas Hurd. 
3. James, born November 24, 1798; see for- 
ward. 4. Daniel, born April 12, 1801; mar- 
ried, October 26, 1823, to Eliza Goodwin. 5. 
Olive, born January 17, 1804; unmarried. 6. 
Susan, born December 2, 1805; married Ivory 
Knight. 7. Mary, born October 21, 1807; 
married Stephen Harvey. 8. William, born Au- 
gust 20, 181 1 ; married, December 18, 1842, 
to Abigail Lord. A child was born Febru- 
. ary 12, 1793, and died the following April 
20th, unnamed. 

(III) James Andrews, third child and sec- 
ond son of Simeon and Sarah (Chick) An- 
dros, was the first to adopt the present form 
of the family name, Andrews. He was born in 
Berwick, Maine, November 24, 1798, and 
died August 8, 1869. He married Patience 
Chick, daughter of William and Eleanor (Ste- 
vens) Chick; she was born June 18, 1800, and 
died April 30, 1878. Children: r. Luther 
Munn, born in Berwick, Maine, November 
28, 1833; see forward. 2. Howard, born in 
Berwick, died at Lynn, Massachusetts; mar- 
ried, at Wolfboro, > New Hampshire, Mary 
Hatch. 3. Albert, born in Berwick; mar- 
ried, at Somersworth, New Hampshire, Al- 
meda Webber. 4. Martin Van Buren, born 
April 23, 1837; unmarried. 5. Charles, born 
August 21, 1839, died December 4, 1903; 
married, January i, 1881, to Orilla F. An- 
drews, daughter of Edmund" Griffith and 
Mary (Seavey) Andrews. 

(IV) Luther Munn Andrews, eldest child 
of James and Patience (Chick) Andrews, was 
born in Berwick. Maine, November 28, 1833. 
He received his education in the schools of 
his native town. He located in 1864 in Low- 
ell, Massachusetts, where he died, March 4, 
1897. He was affiliated with Pentucket 
Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons 
of Lowell, Massachusetts. He was married 
in Great Falls, (now called Somersworth) 
New Hampshire, November 27, 1856, to Lois 
Wilkins, born at Waterford. Maine, January 
5, 1837,-- daughter of William Kimball and 
Lorena (Lovejoy) Wilkins. William Kim- 
ball Wilkins was born in Waterford, Maine, 
February 14, 1809. and died in Somersworth, 
New Hampshire, February 28, 1850; he mar- 
ried, December 3, 183 1, at Waterford, Lo- 
rena Lovcjoy, born May i. 1810, died at 
Somersworth, October 10, 1895. Children 
of Luther Munn and Lois (Wilkins) An- 
drews: I. J. Munn; born May 7, 1865; see 
forward. 2. Frances Eleanor, born in Low- 
ell, Massachusetts, June 24. 1869. 3. Edith 
Alberta, born in Lowell October 3, 1877. 





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(V) J. Munn Andrews, eldest child of Lu- 
ther Munn and Lois (Wilkins) Andrews, was 
born in Great Falls (now called Somers- 
worth) New Hampshire, May 7, 1865. When 
six months old he came with his parents to 
Lowell, Massachusetts, in which city he has 
since continuously resided. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools of Lowell, gradu- 
ating from the high school in 1882, and re- 
ceiving one of the Carney Medals awarded at 
that time. He is secretary and ilianager of 
the O 'Sullivan Rubber Company of Lowell. 
He has been prominently identified with the 
Masonic fraternity of Lowell for a great 
many years; he is a past master of William 
North Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; 
and a member of Mount Horeb Chapter, 
Royal Arch Masons; Ahasuerus Council, 
Royal and Select Masters; Pilgrim Comman- 
dery, Knights Templar ; the Scottish Rite bod- 
ies; and Massachusetts Consistory, S. P. R. 
S. ; and at one time served as junior steward 
of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. 

Mr. Andrews was married, at the Emanuel 
Church, Boston, Massachusetts, February 
10, 1891, to Isabel Almira Huse, born in 
Lowell, June 25, 1865, daughter of Nathan 
and Almira (Soper) Huse. Mr. and Mrs. 
Andrews have one child, Nathan Huse An- 
drews, born in Lowell, November 19, 1898. 



Thomas Hardy, immigrant an- 
HARDY cestor, born in England in 
1606, was one of the twelve 
founders of Ipswich, Massachusetts, April i, 
1633, and was for many years a proprietor 
and active citizen there. He removed to 
Rowley about 1653, and to Bradford in 1663. 
In his historical sermon on the history of 
Bradford, Perry says that Thomas and his 
brother John came in the family of Governor 
John Winthrop, and that the governor gave 
them land at Ipswich. In 1636 his house in 
Ipswich was on a lot near the river, adjoining 
Robert Adams, and Thomas Howlet's land. 
He was a subscriber to the Denison fund in 
1648. He gave land at Haverhill to his 
daughter Mary, wife of Samuel Currier, July 
I, 1679. He died January 4, 1678, aged sev- 
enty-two. In his will made at Merrimac Vil- 
lage, near Haverhill (Bradford) March 4, 
1672, with postcript added December 12. 
1677, proved March 7, 1678, he bequeathed 
to his wife; to sons Thomas, John, Joseph, 
Jacob and William; son-in-law William 
Hutchins, and daughter Mary Currier and 
her children. Children: i. Thomas, resided 
iv— 1» 



in Bradford; married Mercy Tenney. 2. 
Mary, married, 1670, Samuel Currier, of 
Haverhill. 3. John, resided in Bradford. 4. 
Joseph, mentioned below. 5. Jacob. 6. Wil- 
liam, married Ruth — '-^ . 7. Daughter, 

married William Hutchins. 

(II) Captain Joseph Hardy, son of Thomas 
Hardy (i), born in Ipswich, 1641, died in 
Bradford, January 11, 1726-7. He was cap- 
tain of the Bradford company, and was prob- 
ably in active service in King Philip's war. 
He married Mary Jackson; had a son Joseph, 
and perhaps other children. 

(HI) Joseph Hardy, son of Joseph Hardy 
(2), was born 1665-70, in Bradford, died 
there January, 1747; married April 6, 1698, 
Mary Burbank, of an old Rowley family at 
Bradford. Children, all born at Bradford: 
I. James, mentioned below. 2. Martha, 
born February 17, 1700-1. 3. Mary, January 
21, 1702-3. 4. Timothy, August 24, 1705. 5. 
Ebenezer, November 14, 1707. 6. David, 
October 3, 1709. 7. Jemima, May 13, 171 1. 
8. Stephen, August 29, 1713. 9. Amos, bap- 
tized July 15, 1716. 10. Mehitable, born 
March 20, 17 18. 

(IV) James Hardy, son of Joseph Hardy 
(3), -was born in Bradford, April 14, 1699; 
married there, July 4, 1727, Hannah Bailey. 
Children, all born in Bradford: i. Abigail, 
March 17, 1728. 2. Peter, baptized Decem- 
ber 21, 1729. 3. Beulah, born February 7, 
1 730- 1. 4. Asa, born January 20, 1732-3. 5. 
Silva, baptized December 8, 1734 (probably 
same as Zilpha, born December 3, 1734). 6. 
Ednah, born May 30, 1737. 7. James, born 
January 12, 1739. 8. Aaron, born August 
30, 1742; mentioned below. 9. Hepsebath, 
born December 16, 1745. 10. Peter, born 
April 25, 1748. 

(V) Aaron Hardy, son of James Hardy (4), 
was born in Bradford, August 30, 1742, and 
died in Hollis, New Hampshire, December 
26, 1775, aged thirty-three, according to rec- 
ord at Hollis. He settled at Hollis about the 
time of his marriage. He was a soldier in 
the Hollis company on the Lexington call, 
April 19, 1775, and marched to Cambridge 
under Captain Reuben Dow. His home in 
Hollis was on the east side, and he paid a tax 
of four pounds six shillings in 1774. -He mar- 
ried Abigail Dutton. of Tewksbury, Massa- 
chusetts, and she remained in Hollis after his 
death; she married second, Nehemiah Hardy. 
Children: i. Aaron, Jr., born October 24, 
1771 ; mentioned below. 2. Reuben, August 
28, 1773. 3. Abigail, October 12, 1775. 

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(5), born in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, Octo- 
ber 24. 1771, died September, 1849. J^e had 
a common school education in Hollis, and 
the training of a farmer. In 1794. when he 
was twenty-three, he settled in Lempster, 
New Hampshire, and followed farming for 
his occupation. He also taught school during 
the winter terms at Lempster and Hollis. He 
began to study for the ministry in Hollis, 
but found himself handicapped by his sur- 
roundings, and finally gave up the idea. His 
farm at Lempster comprised some eighty 
acres in the eastern part of the town. He 
owned a grist mill and a saw mill, and oper- 
ated both. In 1836 he sold his farm and re- 
moved to Hollis to occupy the farm that his 
father had owned there, buying the rights of 
his mother's second husband, Nehemiah Har- 
dy. Aaron Hardy was a rigid orthodox in 
religion, and deacon of the church many 
years. In politics he was a Whig. He was 
one of the early advocates of total abstinence. 
He belonged to the militia when a young 
man. He married February 12, 1795, Sally 
Shattuck, born May 4, 1774, died July, 1869, 
daughter of Zacharaiah and Elizabeth (Far- 
ley) Shattuck of Hollis, New Hampshire. Her 
father was a farmer. Children: i. Aaron, 
Jr.. died 1826. 2. James, born December 30, 
1797, died April 22, 1884; married January i, 
1824, Lucy Hurd, of Lempster, New Hamp- 
shire; children: i. Asenath, born January 
29, 1828; married June 20, 1848, Nathan M. 
Ames, of Holhs; resides at Vineland, New 
Jersey ; children : William Henry Ames, 
born March 21, 1851, married June 19, 1879, 
Florence M. Jolly, of Vineland. New Jersey, 
and have: Arthur Garfield Ames, born Sep- 
tember 16, 1880; Leroy Hardy, Ames, Feb- 
ruary 8, 1884; Pearl Ames, December 7, 
1886. Lucy Ella Ames, born June 8, 1852, 
died unmarried, January 3, 1878. Sarah 
EHzabeth Ames, bom January 14, 1854, mar- 
ried May 5. 1880. Leonard Spencer of Vine- 
land. New Jersey; ii. Henry Martin Luther, 
born 1832, died 1834. 3. Reuben, married 
Harriet Hurd. of Lempster; children: i. 
George Aaron; ii. Milan Reuben; iii. Harriet 
Louise; iv. Sarah Shattuck, married Kendall 
Tyler. 4. Sarah. 5. Mary. 6. Hiram, born 
February 12, i8to, died February 15, 1884; 
married April 22, 1841. Pamelia Kittridge. of 
Merrimac, New Hampshire ; children, i. Sarah 
Matilda, born lune 17, 1843, married Decem- 
ber 25, 1876, William Bennett, of Mil- 
ford, New Hampshire, and had Herbert Allen 
Bennett, born October 6. 1878. married Sep- 
tember 13, 1904, Clara Becker of Wheeling, 



Vermont, (child, Blanche Alda Bennett, born 
August 10, 1905;) ii. Mary Elizabeth, born 
June 24, 1845; unmarried. 7. Truman, born 
April 12, 1812; died February 5, 1889; mar- 
ried September zy, 1836, Ellen M. Beal; chil- 
dren: i. Clara Ellen, born November 3, 1837, 
died June 18, 1847; ii- Truman Alvah, bom 
October 21, 1839, married November, 1863, 
Louise R. Wheeler (Children: i. Frank, died 
young; 2. Richard, died young; 3. Lizzie 
Frances, born July 20, 1866; 4. Arthur Proc- 
tor, bom February 22, 1873 ; 5. Henry 
Wheeler, born May 5, 1876 ; 6. Daughter died 
in infancy.); iii. Milo Thomas, born October 
9, 1841, married February 27, 1866, Melissa 
H. Ober (Children: i. Etta Louise, born 
March 20, 1869; 2. Clara Ellen, born May 7, 
1870 ; 3. Eva Mary, born September 26, 1873 ! 
4. Laverne Melissa, born July 13 1875) ; iv. 
Lucy Caroline, born April 26, 1844, mar- 
ried June 2^. 1865, William Watermeyer 
(Children: i. Willie Watermeyer, born Jan- 
uary, 1867, died July, 1868; 2. E. Ada Water- 
meyer, born December 5, 1870; 3. Bertha D. 
Watermeyer, born April 23, 1876); v. Emma 
Jane, born May 15, i860, died December 14, 
1903; married September 27, 1888, Rev. N. 
E. Hurlbut; (Children: i. Nettie C. Huri- 
but. born October 17, 1889; 2. Roy Truman 
Hurlbut, born November 22, 1891; 3. Esther 
L. "Hurlbut, born September 17, 1894; 4. 
Frederick L., Hurlbut, born November 19, 
1896; 5. Howard H. Hurlbut, born May 20, 
1898). 8. John, born June, 181 5; mentioned 
below. 9. Tryphena. 10. Solon, born April 
3, 1817, died March 18, 1903; married April 
22, 1846, Martha Chenery; children i. Mary 
Arvilla, born December 6, 1848; ii. WilHs 
Chenery, born November 11, 185 1; married 
November 22, 1898, Lymena Thompson, of 
Charlestown, Massachusetts; iii. George Her- 
bert, born July 19, 1853, married May 11, 

1881, Hattie Moore, of Hollis, New Hamp- 
shire; (Children: i. son, born February 7, 

1882, died February 26, 1882; 2. Mabel 
Moore, born January 24, 1883; 3. Frank Wil- 
lis, bora December 14, 1885; 4. Grace Chenery. 
born December 22, 1888; 5. Henry Alpheus, 
born May 25, 1892. died August 6, 1892; 
6. Howard, born November 7, 1896, died No- 
vember 24, 1896); iv. Alice. 

(VII) John Hardy, son of Aaron Hardy 
(6), was born in Lempster, New Hampshire. 
June, 1815. He had a common school edu- 
cation. In his youth he worked on his fath- 
er's farm and in his mills, and learned the 
trade of carpenter. In 1836 he removed with 
his parents to Hollis. In the forties he set- 




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tied in Columbus, Ohio, and was engaged in 
the manufacture of winnowing machines for a 
time. He returned to HoUis, and in his later 
years was a miller most of the time. He died 
January 7, 1847, ^^i the prime of life. He was 
jovial, good-natured and philosophical in 
temperament. Amiable and attractive, he 
made many friends. He was a member of 
the Congregational church (orthodox) at 
Lempster and Hollis, New Hampshire; was 
active in the temperance movement and of 
high character. He was a Whig in politics; 
sergeant of his militia company. He married 
January i, 1845, Hannah Farley, who died in 
April, 18—. She was a descendant of George 
Farley, the first settler of Billerica, daughter of 
James and Jane (Wright) Farley. Samuel 
Wright, father of Jane, was a soldier in the 
Revolution, and fought in the battles of Bun- 
ker Hill and Bennington. James Farley was 
a millwright, carpenter and bridge builder. 
The orbly child of John and Hannah Hardy 
was John Henry, mentioned below. 

(VHI) Judge John Henry Hardy, son of 
John Hardy (7), was born in Hollis, New 
Hampshire, February 2, 1847. He was edu- 
cated there in the public schools, and in Ap- 
pleton Academy at Mont Vernon and the ac- 
ademy at New Ipswich, New Hampshire, en- 
tering Dartmouth College, where he was 
graduated with the degree of A. B. in 1870. 
While a college student he taught school in 
Mason and Hollis, New Hampshire, and at 
Provincetown and Southborough, Massachu- 
setts. After graduating from college he be- 
gan to study law in the office of Judge .Ed- 
ward F. Johnson, of Marlborough, Massachu- 
setts and at Harvard Law School. He then 
entered the office of Robert M. Morse, a 
prominent Boston lawyer, as a student. While 
there in i87iand 1872, he also taught Greek 
and Latin in Chauncy Hall School, Boston. 
In 1872 he was admitted to the Suffolk coun- 
ty bar and began to practice law in partnership 
with George W. Morse, at 5 Court street, 
Boston, under the firm name of Morse & 
Hardy. In 1874 this firm was dissolved and 
he became a partner in the firm of Hardy, 
Elder & Proctor. His partners were Samuel 
J. Elder, Esq., and Thomas W. Proctor, Esq. 
In May, 1885, he was appointed associate 
justice of the municipal court of Boston, an 
office he filled with ability until he resigned 
to accept the appointment from Governor 
Wolcott as associate justice of the superior 
court of Massachusetts, in September, 1896, 
a position that he has since filled with credit. 

He was a soldier in the civil war, enlisting 



September, 1862, in Company E, Fifteenth 
Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Mili- 
tia, for nine months, under Lieutenant Col- 
onel Henry W. Blair (afterward United 
States senator), and Colonel Hosea W. King- 
man. This regiment was in the Nineteenth 
Army Corps, General Neal Dow's brigade, 
and served at Carrolton, New Orleans, at 
Camp Parapet, and at the siege of Port Hud- 
son. He received an honorable discharge 
August 8, 1863. Judge Hardy is a member 
of the Unitarian church at Arlington, Massa- 
chusetts, and at one time was trustee of the 
American U^nitarian Association. He was 
superintendent of the Sunday school of this 
church for five years. In politics he is a Re- 
publican, and has frequently served as dele- 
gate to state and other nominating conven- 
tions of his party. He' was representative to 
the general court from Arlington and Win- 
chester in 1883 and 1884, and served on the 
committee on probate and chancery and also 
on banks and banking. He was for several, 
years counsel for the town of Arlington, and 
has been chairman of the Arlington school 
committee. He is a member of Hiram Lodge 
of Free Masons since October 17. 1872, and 
was its worshipful master from 1879 to 1880; 
was exalted in Menotomy Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons, May 3, 1875; received the 
Templar degrees in the Boston Commandery, 
Knight Templar, at Boston. He is a mem- 
ber of the Suffolk Bar Association. 

He married, August 30, 187 1, Anna Jane 
Conant, born at Littleton, Massachusetts, 
November 16, 1849, daughter of Levi and 
Anna (Mead) Conant, of Littleton. Her 
father was a farmer. Children: born at Ar- 
lington : I. Harry Ballard, born December 9. 
1872, died August 11, 1873. 2- John Henry 
Jr., bom June 10, 1874 ; mentioned below. 3. 
Horace Dexter, born February 28, 1877; 
married December 15, 1905, Harriet Louise 
Decker, of Madison, New Jersey; member of 
state legislature from the Arlington-Lexing- 
ton district: a practicing attorney in Boston; 
children: Harriet Louise, born September 23, 
1906; Anna Jones, born November 10, 1907. 

(IX) John Henry Hardy, son of 
Jonh Henry Hardy (8), was born at 
Arlington, Massachusetts, June 10, 1874. 
He attended the public and high schools 
of his native town, but left before 
graduation, and at the age of eighteen en- 
tered the employ of the Nathan Robbins 
Company, dealers in poultry and game, 33 
Faneuil Hall Market, as a clerk, and has re- 
mained with that concern in various capaci- 



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ties to the present time. In 1901 the firm 
was incorporated under the laws of Massa- 
chusetts with the following officers: Presi- 
dent, Michael W. Scannell; vice-president, 
Miss E. P. Robbins; secretary and treasurer 
Horace Bassett; director, John Henry Hardy. 
This concern is the oldest in their line of bus- 
iness in Faneuil Hall Market, having been es- 
tablished by the late Nathan Robbins in 1826. 
Mr. f'Jobbins was a pioneer in the game and 
poultry trade. The company has two stalls 
in the market, and a large store at 20 Clinton 
street, where the wholesale business is trans- 
acted. Among their customers are manv 
Maine and other summer hotels, the Boston 
hotels and the wealthy sections of Boston, 
such as the Back Bay. Mr. Hardy is one of 
the managers of the business, and he is es- 
pecially interested in game. He is a student 
of ornithology, for many years has been col- 
lecting specimens of bird life, and has one oi 
the finest and most complete private collec- 
tions ol American birds in this country, and 
is deemed an authority m this subject. He 
is a member of "the Nuttall Club; of the Bos- 
ton Society of Natural History; of the Audu- 
bon Society, and the American Ornithologist 
Union. He loves nature, and is devoted to 
the pleasures of the rod and gun. In relig- 
ion Mr. Hardy is a Unitarian; in politics a 
Republican. He was formerly a member of 
the Arlington Golf Club. He belongs to the 
Fruit and Produce Exchange of Boston. 

He married, September 15, 1898, Dorothy 
Myra Keeler. born at Hyde Park, Vermont, 
daughter of Fred Nelson and Ellen (Sawyer; 
Keeler, of Hyde Park. Her father was a ho- 
tel keeper and a prominent Free Mason. 
Children of John H. and Dorothy M. Hardy : 
I. John, born December 3, 1899. 2. Sher- 
man Keeler, May 10, 1902. 3. Ruth Whit- 
ney, born March 4, 1904. 



John Marshall, the immi- 
MARSHALL grant ancestor, was born 

in 1632, according to his 
gravestone, though he testified October 9, 
1677. giving his age as sixty. One of the 
statements is in error, possibly both. He set- 
tled in Billerica. Massachusetts. His first 
allotment was twenty acres "lying partly on 
the township and partly on the commons; 
bounded by John Sheldon north ; by the com- 
mons east; by Peter Bracket south; by Mr. 
Whiting and William Pattin west; and a par- 
cel of land reserved for the ministry on ye 
west and partly on ye south, and partly by 



East street on the south-west." The last 
bound is a reminiscence of the ancient An- 
dover road before it was changed in 1660 to 
its present location. _ It was then east of the 
narrow gauge railroad line, as it runs south 
from the street. When the road was altered 
Marshall was allowed a private way across 
Sheldon's land to reach it. He had later 
grants farther west by Low's Plain, and sold 
his first grant, above described, to Dr. Sam- 
uel Frost. The road running east across 
Low's Plain was known only as Marshall's 
Lane, and the old house in which the family 
long lived is still standing on the east road, 
near the turning of this lane. 

He married, November 19, 1662, Hannah 
Atkinson, probably daughter of Thomas At- 
kinson, of Concord, Massachusetts. She was 
born March 5, 1644, and died September 7, 
1665. He married (second), November 27, 
1665, Mary Burrage, who died October 30, 
1680, aged thirty-nine. He married (third), 
November 30, 1681, Damaris Waite, of Mai- 
den, widow. Sergeant John Marshall died 
November 5, 1702, aged seventy, and his 
widow married, July 14, 1703, Lieutenant 
Thomas Johnson, of Andover, Massachu- 
setts. Children: i. John, born June 7, 
1667, died July 7 following. 2. Mary, born 
October 2, 1668, died July 17, 1669. 3. Joan- 
nah, born April i, 1670, married Peter Cor- 
n.ell, of Billerica. 4. John, born August i, 
1671, married, December 8, 1695-96, Eunice 
Rogers, daughter of John Rogers. 5. Mary, 
born October 14, 1672, died October 18, 
1673. 6. Hannah, bom February 18, 1673- 
74, died June 21 following. 7. Thomas, born 
November 10, 1675, and baptized, perhaps 
on account of the Narragansett war, at 
Charlestown, November 14, and died Novem- 
ber 28, 1675, at Billerica. 8. Isaac, born 
January 31, 1677-78, died April 28 following. 
9. Mehitable, born August 13, 1680, died in 
August following. 

(II) John Marshall, son of John Marshall 
(i), was born August 2, 1671; married, De- 
cember 8, 1695-96, Eunice Rogers, daughter 
of John Rogers; children, born in Billerica: 
I. Mar\^ born October 28, 1696. married, 
June 27, 1734, Nathan Cross, of Nottingham 
West (now Hudson). New Hampshire. 2. 
John, born January 19. 1698-99, married, Au- 
gust 15, 1722. Abigail Parker; mentioned be- 
low. 3. Daniel, born May 13, 1701. 4- Eu- 
nice, born October 16, 1703. 5. Thomas, 
born March 28, 1706. 6. Samuel, born June 
23, 1708. 7. William, born July 28, 1710. 8. 
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(III) John Marshall, son of John Marshall 
(2), was born in Billerica, January 19, 1698- 
99. He was a sergeant of the Billerica mili- 
tia company; settled in Tewksbury, Massa- 
chusetts, where he died October 6, 1762. He 
married, August 15, 1722, Abigail Parker, 
daughter of Benjamin Parker. Children: i. 
John, bprn July 28, 1723, died August 14 fol- 
lowing. 2. John, born August 14, 1724. 3. 
Daniel, born August 29, 1726, mentioned be- 
low. 4. Abigail, born May 24, 1730, died 
October 22 following. 5. David, born March 
II, 1732-33, died April 11 following. 

(IV) Daniel Marshall, son of John Mar- 
shall (3), was born in Billerica, Massachu- 
setts, August 29, 1726. With others of the 
family he settled at Nottingham West (now 
Hudson), New Hampshire. Of this family 
the census of 1790 shows as heads of families 
and having children under sixteen years of 
age : Daniel, Samuel, Elijah, Nathaniel, Phil- 
ip, John, Lot, Benjamin and Henr\\ Daniel 
signed a petition relating to the protection 
of fish in 1778. In 1779 his name was third 
on the petition of most of the then residents 
of Nottingham West to substitute a ditch at 
Moses Hadley's mill for the flue ordered by 
the general court. His sons Elijah and Ben- 
jamin were also signers, and also Thomas 
Winn, Abiathar Winn, Joseph Winn and Jos- 
eph Winn, Jr. Children of his aunt, Mrs. 
Nathan Cross, also resided in this town. 

(V) Elijah Marshall, son of Daniel Mar- 
shall (4), was born in Nottingham West 
about 1750. Among his children was Eli- 
jah W., mentioned below. 

(VD Elijah W. Marshall, son of Elijah 
Marshall (5), was born in Nottingham West, 
now Hudson, New Hampshire, August 14, 
1788, died May 5, 1842. He served in the 
war of 1812. He married, October 4, 1808, 
in Hudson, New Hampshire, Elizabeth Winn, 
of the family mentioned. About 1823 they 
removed to Charlestown, Massachusetts. She 
died at Everett, Massachusetts, January 29. 
1880, aged ninety-two years, four months and 
twenty-five days. Children: i. Leonard, 
born May 3, 1809, at Hudson, died JulV i, 
1890. 2. Eliza, born October 26, 1810, died 
October 6, 1843. 3. Mary A., born May 15, 
1814, died May 28, 1901. 4. Wyzeman.'born 
September 26, i8t6, mentioned below. 5. 
Lucenna C born December 7, 1818, died 
February 15, 1885. 6. Otis, born August 3, 
1822, died May 29, 1893. 7- George, born 
December 11, 1824. died May 20, 1848. 8. 
Nathan W., born March 21, 183 1, died No- 
vember 3, 1835. 



(VII) Wyzeman Marshall, son of Elijah 
W. Marshall (6), was born in Hudson, New 
Hampshire, September 26, 1816, died Decem- 
ber 25, 1896. He received some slight early 
schooling, but the education he possessed 
(and he was a man of extensive reading and 
much culture) was attained by his own un- 
aided efforts. In his early youth he em- 
barked in various pursuits, among which was 
farming, but he was ambitious for a public 
career and cultivated natural ability in elo- 
cution and acting until he became proficient. 
In February, 1836, he made his first appear- 
ance in public on the boards 'of the Lion The- 
atre, in Boston, then under the management 
of William Barrymore, in the small part of 
Vibulanus, in James Sheridan Knowles' trag- 
edy "Virginius." After his first appearance 
he became permanently attached to the com- 
pany, and during the remainder of the season 
continued to fill small parts in the nightly 
bills, meantime studying hard, and fitting him- 
self for the upmost round of the ladder. Dur- 
ing the summer of this year he became a 
member of a dramatic company which per- 
formed in Providence and Newport, and ap- 
peared in such parts as Pizarro Angerstoff 
in "The Floating Beacon," and Duke of 
Buckingham in "Richard III." For the fall 
season of 1836 he was engaged at the Old 
National Theatre under the management of 
William Pelby, and played a variety of busi- 
ness — anything and everything for which he 
was cast. He remained at the Old National 
for a number of seasons, steadily advancing 
in his profession, and each season approach- 
ing nearer to the goal of his ambitions. Dur- 
ing the summer of 1839 Mr. Marshall first 
tried his hand at management. He organ- 
ized a small company and' gave performances 
in a number of country towns, doing a good 
business, and returned to the Old National 
for the fall and winter campaign. On July 
10. 1840, he opened Boylston Hall, in the 
Boylston Market building, a once popular 
concert hall, and for two months conducted 
a profitable business. For the regular sea- 
son of 1840-41, he was again engaged at the 
Old National; during the summer he again 
became the manager of a small traveling 
troupe, meeting with success; and on his re- 
turn to the Old National for the season of 
1841-42 found himself promoted to a singular 
combination of two lines of business — the 
leading "heavies" and "ballet master." x\t the 
close of the season he brought his connection 
with the Old National to a termination. On 
the 27th of Tune, 1842, Mr. Marshall took 



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possession of the Amphitheatre, formerly 
used for circus and kindred performances, 
situated on the corner of Haverhill and Trav- 
erse streets, and opened it as the Eagle Thea- 
tre. This establishment, in connection with 
his theatre at Providence which he had leased, 
he carried on until the spring of 1843. At 
the close of the season of 1843 Mr. Marshall 
went to Xew York and played a short en- 
gagement at the Chatham Theatre, after 
which he returned to Boston, but did not act 
again until the fall of 1844. -"^t the close of 
a brief season. Mr. Marshall went "down 
east" on a starring tour, and in May, 1845, 
accepted an engagement at the Chatham The- 
atre, and remained until June 17, 1847, when 
he transferred his services to the Bowery 
Theatre. During the vacation he played 
star engagements at Utica, Syracuse and Al- 
bany, and returned to the Bowery for the 
opening of the regular season. In 1848 Mr. 
Marshall was again in Boston, reappearing 
at the Federal Street Theatre with great suc- 
cess. At the close of this engagement he 
starred in the British provinces, and then 
went to the Arch Street Theatre, Philadel- 
phia. At the close of the Philadelphia sea- 
son he played engagements at Baltimore and 
Providence, returning to Philadelphia, where 
he remained until the close of the season of 
1850. He followed this up by engagements 
in Baltimore, Washington, Albany, New 
York, and then took a theatre in Portland, 
Maine, for a short season. From Portland 
he went south, and returning to Boston be- 
came the manager of the Howard Atheneum 
for the season of 1851-52. At the close of 
this season, which was pecuniarilv success- 
ful, he starred throughout the country and 
played in various theatres in Boston up to 
1857. On February 9, 1857, Mr. Marshall 
opened the new theatre in Worcester. On 
August 24, 1863, he opened the Boston The- 
atre for the fall season. The season, which 
was quite a profitable one, was brought to a 
close on June 13, 1864, and this terminated 
his connection with the theatre, and his ca- 
reer, long and honorable, as a theatrical man- 
ager. 

After retiring from active life as an actor, 
Mr. Marshall was engaged in giving lessons 
in elocution and fitting pupils for the stage, 
and for several years he gave dramatic read- 
ings and recitations before the lyceums of 
New England. At the centennial celebra- 
tion of the battle of Lexington, on the site of 
the historic fight, he was one of the guests of 
honor upon the platform. In politics he was 



an old line Whig until that party ceased to 
exist, when he became a Democrat. On two 
occasions he received the honor of nomina- 
tion for alderman, but failed of an election, 
at one time lacking but four votes in order 
to secure his seat at the board. In the early 
part of 1853 he became connected with the 
Masonic fraternity, taking membership in 
St. John's Lodge, St. Paul's Royal Arch 
Chapter, and Boston Commandery, Knights 
Templar. In the fraternity he has held many 
offices of trust and responsibility. He has 
been master of his lodge, high priest of St. 
Paul's Royal Arch Chapter, eminent com- 
mander of Boston Commandery, grand war- 
den of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, 
deputy high priest of the Grand Chapter of 
Massachusetts, grand generalissimo of the 
Grand Encampment of Massachusetts and 
Rhode Island, and temporarily filled other 
important positions. He attained the thirty- 
third degree in the Ancient and Accepted 
Scottish Rite. He attended the Unitarian 
church. He resided in Somerville, Massa- 
chusetts, and at Boston, and his last years 
were spent in caring for his estate. 

Mr. Marshall married. May 16, 1838, at 
Boston, Elmina Lawrence, born in Boston, 
August 23, 1816, died November 16, 1900, at 
the advanced age of eighty-four years, her 
death being caused by a fall and breaking of 
her hip. Children: Elmina F., Helen M., 
Daisy, all three died in 1844, and Charles 
Wyzeman, mentioned below. 

(VIII) Charles Wyzeman Marshall, son of 
Wyzeman Marshall (7), was born in Boston, 
Massachusetts, September 26, 1844. He was 
educated in the old Phillips school in his na- 
tive city, and at the Humphrey private 
school at Franklin Square, Boston, and at the 
Boston Latin school. He began his business 
career as clerk in the store of J. M. Green- 
wood & Company, dealers at wholesale in 
small wares. In 1861 he became associated 
with his father, who was then manager of the 
Old Howard Atheneum and the Boston The- 
atre, beginning as usher, ticket-seller and in 
general theatre work. In 1867 he entered 
the employ of the Metropolitan Railroad 
Company. He left this position to work for 
the Middlesex railroad, with which he re- 
mained for a period of thirteen years. From 
1891 to 1896 he was a clerk for the Fitchburg 
Railroad Company. In 1898 he engaged in 
business on his own account as a real estate 
broker, with offices in the Globe Building, 
Boston. .\t first he had a partner associated 
with him, but he bought out his interests and 



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continued alone until 1901, when he retired 
from business to devote all his time to his 
farm in Shirley. Middlesex county, Massa- 
chusetts. He owns some eighty acres of 
land there, and has a beautiful residence and 
artistically kept grounds. He has made his 
home in Shirley for many years, though his 
business has been in Boston, and while his 
aged parents were living there he had to di- 
vide his time between his home and theirs 
in Boston. He has from time to time bought 
small farms and added them to his original 
estate, built new houses and barns, until he 
has the finest and most attractive country estate 
in the town. He also owns property in the vil- 
lage of Shirley and Boston, and his time is 
fully occupied in managing his farm and 
property. He is a Republican in politics, but 
has held no office. He is treasurer of the 
Shirley Co-operative Bank. He is greatly 
interested in the town of Shirley, and is a 
man of conspicuous public spirit and wide 
influence. He is a member of Middlesex 
Lodge, No. 17, Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, of Maiden, and of Shirley Grange, 
Patrons of Husbandry. He attends the Prot- 
estant Episcopal church. 

Mr. Marshall married, May 15. 187 1, at 
Charlestown, Massachusetts. Fannie D. Wil- 
liams, of Boston, born at North Bridgewater, 
Massachusetts, now Brockton. They have 
no children. 



The family of Howes, Howys, 
HOWES Howse, House or De Huse, has 

an ancient English history dat- 
ing back to the Domesday Book and the Nor- 
man Conquest of 1066. In that year William 
the Norman granted John De Huse a manor 
in Berkshire, England. In 1457 a branch of 
the family settled in Norfolk county, England, 
from which time Besthorpe was the seat of 
the family for seven generations. Thorpe is 
old English for town or hamlet, and Bes 
meant best, indicating that the early owners 
appreciated the fertility of the soil. 

(I) Tohn Howys, first came to Norfolk in 

1457- 

(II) Robert Howys, son of John Howys 
(i), died in 1508. 

(III) Thomas, son of Robert Howys, with 
brother Richard, had a coat-of-arms granted 
in 15 19. in the reign of Henry VIII. He died 
in 1555. He had sons James and Robert. 

(IV) Robert Howes, son of Thomas Howys 

(3), died in 1618: married Ann . of 

Caralton Rode, whither he removed and was 



succeeded at Besthorpe by his eldest son 
James. Had also had sons John, of Besthorpe, 
who died in 1663, and Thomas. 

(V) James Howes, son of Robert Howes 
(4), married Tabitha Roope, of Morning- 
thorpe or Thorpe Hall manor, which has since 
been the seat of the Howes family. This place 
was settled in 1186 by Henry, son of Joselyn, 
who had it of the Vauxes by the Abbott of 
Bury; in 1198 it was settled on widow, who 
took the surname Thorpe ; was sold to Gurness 
of Boyland Hall about 1412, in whose posses- 
sion it remained until it came into the Roope 
family. 

(VI) Thomas Howes, third son of Robert 
(5), was the father of the American immi- 
grant, according to the authority of the family 
history and Rev. Reuben Wing Howes, D. D., 
of New York, who visited the English branch 
of this family to secure proof of the lineage 
presented. 

(VII) Thomas Howes, son of Thomas 
Howes (6), was born in England in 1590, and 
came to America with his wife Mary Burr, 
from' the county of Norfolk. In 1637 they 
lived in Salem, Massachusetts. About 1639 
they settled in that part of Yarmouth now 
Dennis. Massachusetts, and called Nobscussett. 
"It is well established that he was a man phys- 
ically strong and robust, of good moral char- 
acter, possessed a fair education, and was 
largely endowed with good common sense. 
That his character and standing was excellent 
in the commiunity where he lived is proved by 
the prominent part he took in the formation 
of the township where he located, and the 
many official duties he was elected to perform 
in the work of perfecting and developing its 
interests." He took the oath of allegiance in 
January. 1639, and was one of the first com- 
mittee to divide the planting lands ; constable 
in 1644; on the council of war in 1658; was 
often deputy to the general court, 1652-3-8-9 
and after ; on important committees. He died 
in 1665. On the eastern declivity of a hill to 
the northeast of the family seat of Thoma^s 
Howes is the burial place of himself and many 
of his descendants. In the enclosure is a granite 
shaft reared by the reverence of the posterity, 
bearing the following inscription : "Thomas 
Howes married Mary Burr; emigrated in 
1637 from England and brought three sons, 
viz : Thomas, Joseph and Jeremiah, who was 
born on the passage. This monument erected 
in 1836. Descendants living in Dennis 345 ; 
in Chatham. 133; in other places 396." His 
will is dated September 26, 1665, naming his 
three sons and wife Marv. and in March fol- 



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lowing she was administratrix of the estate. 
Children: i. Joseph, born in England; men- 
tioned below. 2. Thomas, born in England ; 
married, 1656, Sarah Bangs ; died November 
20, 1676. 3. Jeremiah, l>orn on passage to 
America; died January 5, 1705-6; married 
Sarah Prince. 

(VHI) Joseph Howes, son of Thomas 
Howes (7), was born in England, and came to 
America with his parents. He settled at Yar- 
mouth ; died there January 19, 1694-5 ; mar- 
ried Elizabeth Mayo, daughter of the famous 
Rev. John Mayo ; she died there March 16, 

1700. The will of Joseph Howes is dated 
January, 17, 1700. Children, ]5orn in Yar- 
mouth: I. Samuel, died January io> 1722-2. 
2. Joseph, married November 28, 1689, Mary 
Vincent. 3. John, married November 28, 1689, 
Elizabeth Paddock; second, July 8, 1691, 
Mary Matthews. 4. Nathaniel, married Feb- 
ruary 22, 1704-5. 5. Thomas, married Re- 
becca Howes. 6. Amos, married May 22, 

1701, Susanna Hedge. 7. Mary, married Feb- 
ruary 16, 1681, John Hallett. 8. Elizabeth. 9. 
Hannah, married December 15. 1698, William 
Mathews. 

(IX) Thomas Howes, son of Joseph Howes 
(8), was Iwrn about 1675, and married Re- 
becca Howes. They removed to Chatham, 
Massachusetts, and are the progenitors of the 
Howes family of that town. Children, born 
in Chatham: i. Daniel. 2. Joseph. 3. 
Thomas, born about 1700; mentioned below. 

(X) Thomas Plowes, son of Thomas Howes 
(9), was born in Chatham, Massachusetts, 
about 1700: married Rebecca Sears, born at 
Chatham, March 19, 1710-11; died of small 
pox, December 9, 1765, aged fifty-five. He 
married second, Augu.st 22, 1767, Hope Doane, 
daughter of Paul' Sears. Children of the first 
wife: I. David, born May 9, 1736, married Re- 
becca Baker. 2. Thomas, born October 31, 
1738. 3. Richard, born April 19, 1742; mar- 
ried Tabitha Collins ; mentioned below. 

Rebecca Sears, the mother of the foregoing 
children, was born in Chatham, daughter of 
Captain Daniel Sears, who was born in Yar- 
mouth, 1682, and died in Chatham; married 
February 12, 1708-9, Sarah Howes, daughter 
of Samuel Howes of Yarmouth, where she 
was born in 1685 : died at Chatham, Novem- 
ber 9, 1748. Paul Sears, father of Captain 
Daniel, was born at Yarmouth, died August 
10, 1756; was son of the pioneer. Richard 
Sears. 

(XI) Richard Howes, son of Thomas Howes 
(10), was born in Chatham, April 19. 1742; 
married. 1766, Tabitha Collins. Children, born 



in Chatham: i. Enoch, mentioned below. 2. 
Richard, married Mercy Rider. 3. Elijah, mar- 
ried Miriam Crowell. 4. John, married Re- 
becca Hopkins. 5. Tabitha, married Joshua 
Nickerson. 

(XII) Enoch Howes, son of Richard Howes 
(11), was born at Chatham, Massachusetts, 
alx>ut 1767; married Elizabeth Smith. Chil- 
dren, born in Chatham: i. Enoch, born Oc- 
tober 15, 1790, married Azubah Harding. 2. 
Collins, born February 27, 1793 ; mentioned 
below. 3. Reuben, born January 16, ,1795 ; 
married Betsey Crowell. 4. Betsey, born 
July 7, 1797 ; married Thomas Smith. 5. Azu- 
bah, born February 23, 1800; married George 
Smith. 6. Eliza, born November 28, 1802, 
married Stillman Clark. 7. Elijah, married 
Melvina Burns. 8. Charles, drowned when 
about thirteen years old. 

(XIII) Collins Howes, son of Enoch Howes 
(12), was born February 27, 1793, at Chat- 
ham, Massachusetts. He married Rhoda 
Bangs, and they had at Chatham children : 

1. Tabitha. born October 14, 181 5, married 
Nathaniel Kendrick. 2. Rhoda, born Janu- 
ary 16, 1817. 3. Collins, born February 16, 
1819; married Phebe G. Bearse, and second. 
Hannah G. Hammond. 4. Dorinda, married 
Sylvester K. Small. 5. Celestia B., born May 

2, 1821 ; married Simeon Taylor. 6. Andrew, 
born August 25. 1826; mentioned below. 7. 
Horatio, born 1829; married, 1851, Mercy A. 
Howes. 8. Webster. 9. Edwin. 

(XIV) Andrew Howes, son of Collins 
Howes (13). was born in Chatham, Massa- 
chusetts, August 25, 1826. He was educated 
in the common schools of his native town, and 
at an academy where for a time he was under 
the instruction of Hon. Charles R. Train, 
later attorney general of Massachusetts. At 
the age of seventeen he left home, and sailing 
from Boston he went to Charleston, South 
Carolina, thence to London. England, and 
home. Not liking the sea well enough to fol- 
low it as an occupation, he entered upon an 
apprenticeship to learn the trade of ship-joiner 
at the age of» eighteen and served three years 
at the trade in East Boston. He made his 
lionic in Essex. Massachusetts, the principal 
business of which at that time was ship-build- 

•ing, and followed his trade. In the year 1857, 
on account of the financial panic, he sold his 
Essex home, tools and business, and purchased 
the express route which was then established 
between North Reading. Reading and Boston, 
and settled in the town of Reading. Within a 
year he sold the express business and became 
a clerk in the ship chandlery and grocery 



MIDDLESEX COUNTY 



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store of Snow & Ryder, Boston. In 1864 the 
firm became E. H. Ryder & Company, and he 
was admftted to partnership. The business 
was continued until the fall of 1867, when the 
firm dissolved. In the following- spring he 
entered the employ of H. & G. W. Lord, Com- 
mercial street, Boston. With them he re- 
mained until his death, in September, 1906. 

On coming to Reading he joined the Uni- 
versalist Society, and with his wife and four 
children became deeply interested in the Sun- 
day school and benevolent work of the church.' 
He was superintendent of the Sunday school 
for several years. In all public and literary 
entertainments of the society he always took a 
leading part, and was especially active in the 
movement respiting in the erection of the pres- 
ent church edifice, Main street. During the 
civil war he joined the Spear Guards, who 
drilled under Lieutenant William Proctor, but 
were never called into active service. He was 
a Republican in politics, except for temporary 
disagreements with Republican policies or dis- 
approval of certain candidates. But his popu- 
larity is shown by the fact of all parties uniting 
in nominating and electing him to the legisla- 
ture while he was absent on a trip in the prov- 
inces. He served during the session of 1875. 
In public schools and literary gatherings he 
took much interest, meeting every fortnight 
with the Social Readers, an organization for 
mutual benefit. The demands of business 
compelled him to remove to Boston. He en- 
tered into the Chautauqua movement for the 
education of those kept at home of all ages, 
and was head of a class graduating in 1891, 
and' a member of Hurlburt Circle, C. L. S. C, 
of East Boston. 

He married, July 29, 1849, Mary S. Vose, 
born in Boston, April 23, 1830, daughter of 
Thomas S. and Mary Vose. Her mother 
married second, Samuel Holbrook, and lived 
many years in Reading. Mary S. Vose at- 
tended the famous Hancock School until she 
was fourteen years old. Four of her children 
were born in Essex and two in Reading, 
whither they removed in September, 1857, 
and resided for the next twenty years. She 
lived in Boston until September, 1892, when 
she removed to 51 Laurel street, Somerville, 
Massachusetts. From her childhood and in 
Essex and Reading she was constant in her 
attendance in Sunday school, first a teacher 
of a class of forty in the primary department 
of Father Streeter's church in Boston, later 
of a class of advanced pupils, a faithful mem- 
ber of the church choir until her removal to 
Boston, and alwavs foremost in all the Sun- 



day school entertainments, the festivities and 
fairs, a member of the Liberal Ladies' Benev- 
olent Association of Reading, fully alive to 
the importance of a good education for all, 
always encouraging the public school teach- 
ers by frequent visits and with invitations to 
her home. While in Reading she was a mem- 
ber of the Social Readers; later she took the 
Chautauqua course of four years, graduating 
with honor. In the civil war she was an 
able and earnest worker in aid of the Sanitary 
Commission, and all through her life she has 
been noted for activity in behalf of the re- 
forms of the day. She has been for several 
years a consistent advocate of woman's suf- 
frage, a persistent and earnest laborer in the 
ranks of the Woman's Christian Temperance 
LTnion, her particular field of labor being 
work among foreigners, holding the office of 
state superintendent. She was chosen one of 
the delegates to represent Massachusetts at 
the World's Women's Christian Temperance 
L'nion, held in London, England, in June, 
1895. O"^ the evening of Sunday, June i6th, 
she was one of the two hundred delegates 
who addressed as many different audiences in 
the churches to which they were invited, on 
the Women's Christian Temperance Union 
work, at the Presbyterian Church at Wood 
Green, a suburb of London, where she was 
heard with great interest by a large audience, 
and her sentiments heartily endorsed for a 
more earnest and systematic movement to 
abolish the saloons. She returned from her 
foreign trip much inspired and encouraged by 
the meetings she attended and acquaintances 
she made, together with the constant com- 
panionship of others through her journeys in 
Switzerland and France; and renewed her 
work at home with zeal. Children: i. Mary 
Holbrook, born June i, 1850; married Henry 
Robinson, member of the Municipal Light 
Board of Reading and a prominent citizen. 2. 
Andrew Newell, born in Essex, September 
12, 1851; mentioned below. 3. Lyman Fran- 
cis, born April 23, 1853. 4. Addie Blanch- 
ard. born June 12, 1856, died 1881 ; married 
Cyrus E. Pierce; she was a singer of note. 5. 
Carrie Weeks, born May 9, 1861. 6. George 
Edwin, mentioned below. 

(XV) Andrew Newell Howes, son of An- 
drew Howes (14). was born in Essex, Massa- 
chusetts, September 12, 1851. He removed 
with his parents to Reading, Massachusetts, 
in 1857. and was educated there in the pub- 
lic schools. From the latter part of 1869 to 
1874 he was superintendent and bookkeeper 
for a piano forte key manufacturing company 



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in Boston and later in Cambridge, and relin- 
quished this employment to fit himself for a 
more independent career. After taking a 
course in a commercial college, in July, 1875, 
he located in Boston, and became bookkeep- 
er for William Quirin & Co., leather manu- 
facturers and dealers, and was so engaged un- 
til 1882. He was for five years afterward en- 
gaged in the rubber business, and was subse- 
quently for three years with George Emer- 
son, in the leather business. In 1890 William 
Quirin & Co. incorporated as the Corey 
Leather Company, and Mr. Howes became a 
stockholder, and was elected to the director- 
ate, and also to the positions of secretary and 
treasurer, all of which he holds to the present 
time. His ample practical knowledge, broad 
business abilities and executive qualifications 
stamp him as abundantly equipped for his 
manifold duties, and his success has come 
solely from his own industrious and intelli- 
gent effort. He is deeply interested in all af- 
fecting the interests of the community, and 
in town meetings and other public councils 
he exerts a salutary influence. He was a 
member of the board of municipal light com- 
missioners of Reading for eight years, and 
has been treasurer of the Reading Co-opera- 
tive Bank for five years, and auditor of the 
same for fifteen years. Making his home in 
Reading, he is an active member of the Uni- 
tarian Church, which he served as a trustee 
for several years, and as a member of the 
choir for more than a score of years. He is 
affiliated with Zetland Lodge, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, Reading Royal Arch Chap- 
ter, and Security Lodge, Independent Order 
of Odd Fellows. In politics he is a Republi- 
can. Mr. Howes married, June 10, 1879, Lil- 
lian Frances Gray, of Reading, born Septem- 
ber 24, 1858, daughter of Ira C. and Nellie 
(Atwood) Gray. Of this marriage have been 
born two children: Clarence Gray, April 6, 
1880; and Marion Addie, November 9, 1882, 
the last named residing at home. The son, 
Clarence Gray Howes, was educated at Dart- 
mouth College, and took a post-graduate 
course at Harvard College. He is a skilled 
musician and fine vocalist, and a member of 
the choir of the Congregational church at 
Lynn. He married, July 19, 1905, Emily 
Freeman, and they have one child, Elizabeth 
Boit, born July 20, 1906. 

(XV) George Edwin Howes, son of An- 
drew (14), was born in Reading, August 2^, 
1865. His early education was received in 
his native town. At the age of thirteen, after 
spending one year in the Reading high 



school, he entered the sixth class of the Bos- 
ton Latin School, from which he was gradu- 
ated four years later in 1882, and entered 
Harvard. He made a specialty of the class- 
ics, and at commencement was the Latin salu- 
tatorian. He graduated in 1886, and took hon- 
ors in classics. In the year 1886-7 he was a 
teacher of classics in a private school in 
Stamford, Connecticut. The following year 
he was appointed junior master in the Boston 
Latin School, a position which he held four 
years. While teaching in Boston he took an 
advanced course in Harvard, receiving the 
degree of A. M. in 1890. During this period 
he assisted a professor in preparing an "Easy 
Latin Method." In 1891'he resigned his po- 
sition in the Latin School to accept a position 
as instructor of Latin in Haverford College 
Grammar School, Haverford College, Penn- 
sylvania. After staying there two years he 
resigned to carry out a project for fitting 
himself for a college teacher. In June, 1895, 
he received the degree of Ph. D. in classical 
philology, and at once accepted an appoint- 
ment as professor of Greek in the University 
of Vermont, where he remained for ten years, 
and in 1905 accepted a chair in Williams Col- 
lege. He married, in December, 1887, Sarah 
K. Dillaway, daughter of James H. and Han- 
nah Dillaway. of Cambridge. Children: 
Ralph and Margorie. 



William Robinson, the im- 
ROBINSON migrant ancestor of this 

branch of the Robinson fam- 
ily, was born about 1640. The first record ob- 
tainable shows that he was living in Water- 
town, Massachusetts, as early as 1670. He 
then had a farm of two hundred acres on the 
narrow neck of land claimed by both Concord 
and Watertown, but really in Watertown. He 
was a signer of the original petition for the 
separation of Newtowne and Cambridge in 
1678. He married in Cambridge, as early as 
1667, Elizabeth Cutter, born in Cambridge, 
July 15, 1645, daughter of Richard and Eliza- 
beth (Williams) Cutter. Elizabeth Williams 
is said to have come with her father, Robert 
Williams in the ship "John and Dorothy" to 
Massachusetts, April 8, 1637. Robert Wil- 
liams was born in 1608, in Norwich, Norfolk 
county, England, and was a cordwainer. His 
wife Elizabeth was born in 1626, in England, 
and was admitted to the church at Roxbury 
in 1644. She died at Cambridge, March 5, 
1662. Children: i. Elizabeth, born at Cam- 
bridge, 1669, married December 20, 1693, 



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Daniel McGregor, of Watertown. 2. Hannah 
(Ann), born at Concord, July 13, 1671 ; died 
at Cambridge, October 5, 1672. 3. William, 
born July 10, 1673; married Elizabeth Up- 
ham; died at Newton, 1754. 4. Mercy, born 
August 7, 1676. 5. David, born May 23, 
1678 ; died at the age of ninety-five, and was 
"lame and helpless" in his old age. 6. Samuel 
(twin), born April 20, 1680; resided at Graf- 
ton and Hardwick, Vermont, and was a prom- 
inent man. 7. Jonathan (twin), born iVpril 
20, 1680; mentioned below. 

(II) Jonathan Robinson, son of William 
Robinson (i), was born April 20, 1680. He 
was a weaver by trade. He removed to Cam- 
bridge farms in 1706, when he bought land of 
Isaac Powers, of Cambridge. The farm was 
in what is now Lexington, and was bounded 
on the north by the Concord road, on the south 
by land of John Dickson, and on the east by 
land of Joanna Winship. His residence was 
near the place lately occupied by Jonas Gam- 
mell, at the end of Oak street, Lexington. He 
was tythingman in 1735, and was on the com- 
mittee to seat the meeting house in 1744. He 
died in 1753. He married Ruth Morse, who 
died April 25, 1759, daughter of Jonathan 
and Abigail (Shattuck) M'orse. Children: i. 
Jonathan, born February 25, 1706-7 ; men- 
tioned below. 2. Ruth, born June 29, 1708-9; 
died October 23, 1722. 3. Abigail, bom Feb- 
ruary 4, 1710-11; married Nathaniel Bacon, 
of Lexington. 4. James, born August 30, 
1715; married, 1751. Anna Frost. 5. Lydia, 
born August 29, 1718; married Caleb Si- 
monds. 6. Hannah, born January 8, 1721 ; 
died October 24, 1721. 

(III) Jonathan Robinson, son of Jonathan 
Robinson (2), was born February 25, 1706-7, 
and died in 1748. He was admitted to the 
church July 18, 1742. He married Elizabeth 

. Children: j. Elizabeth, born June 

20, 1732. 2. Jonathan, born September 29, 
1733- 3- Jacob, born February 3, 1738-9; 
mentioned below. 4. Submit, baptized July 

17. 1743- 

(IV) Jacob Robinson, son of Jonathan 
Robinson (3), was born February 3, 1738-9, 
and died June 18, 177 — . He was admitted to 
the church at Lexington, March 21, 1775. He 
answered the Lexington Alarm, and was in 
Captain Munroe's company in the revolution. 
May 16, 1775. He married, February 23, 
1764, Elizabeth Draper, born at Newton, 
March 26, 1744, and died at Lexington, Sep- 
tember 24, 1830, daughter of Thomas and Re- 
lief Draper. Children: i. Jacob, born October 
28. 1762; baptized March 31, 1765; married 



Hannah Simonds ; died at Lexington, Septem- 
ber 12, 1848. 2. Elizabeth, born March 6, 
1765-6; died December 29, 1767. 3. Jesse, 
born July 14, 1767 ; married Rebecca Tidd, 
daughter of Daniel Tidd (4), Daniel (3), 
John (2), John (i), who settled in Charles- 
town in 1637. 4- Jonathan, born June 20, 
1769; married twice; died September 14, 
1853. 5. Betsey, born February 26, 1772; 

married White, of Watertown. 6. 

Anna, born June 28, 1774; married 



Gardner, of Cambridge. 7. Nathan, born De- 
cember I, 1775; died September 22, 1776. 8. 
Nathan, mentioned below. 

(V) Nathan Robinson, son of Jacob Robin- 
son (4), was born December 31, 1782, at Lex- 
ington. He was a mason by trade, and when 
a young man removed to Charlestown, where 
he married February i, 1803, Eliza Larkin, 
born February 16, 1783, at Charlestown, Mas- 
sachusetts. Soon after his marriage he ire- 
moved to Maiden, and purchased from Cap- 
tain Dexter a part of his farm including a 
house which had been set apart for the use of 
his two slaves, Plato and Maria. He was lib- 
eral in his religious views, and joined the Uni- 
versalist church. Children: i. Nathan, born 
September 5, 1803, married first ; sec- 
ond Hanscom, sister of Simon Parker 

Hanscom, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 2. 
Edward, born June 5, 1805, married Sally 
Greene, of Charlestown, and had Mary A., 
born March 30, 1844. 3. Samuel Larkin, born 
December 14, 1807: married September 10, 
1828, Abigail A. Wheeler, of Medford. 4. 
Eliza, born March 30, 1809, married May 7, 
1838, Joseph Poole. 5. Ann, born September 
15, 181 1 ; married October 25, 1829, Benjamin 
Johnson, and had Frank, Caroline and Minnie 
Johnson. 6. William, born September 26, 
1812; married July 7, 1836, Elizabeth B. 
Tufts, daughter of Nathan and Mary Tufts 
of Medford : he died of palsy November 4, 
1842, and she married second, Caleb Newton, 
son of Amos Newton. 7. Henry, born June 
5, 1814; married December i, 1836, Eliza 
Hazeltine, of Levant, Maine. 8. Hepzibah, 
born January 10, 1817; married December i, 
1836, Newman Barnard, of South Reading. 
9. Sarah, born February 10, 1820; died 1842, 
aged twenty-two. 10. Joseph Carter, born 
August 31, 1823: mentioned below. 

(VI) Joseph Carter Robinson, son of Na- 
than Robinson (5), was born August 31, 1823. 
He was named in honor of a close personal 
friend of* his father, Joseph Carter of Charles- 
town, a prominent furniture dealer. He began 
to work at the early age of ten years assisting 



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Nathan Tufts during the construction of the 
Middlesex canal, selling water to the residents 
of Charlestown, at what is now Sullivan 
Square, Charlestown. Mr. Tufts was a well- 
known itinerant dealer in spring water in 
summer and in kindling wood from the Med- 
ford shipyards at other seasons. At the age of 
fifteen young Robinson began to drive a stage 
for "Old Butler." Before then the only con- 
veyance was the Andover stage, which made a 
weekly trip between Boston and Andover 
through Maiden. lUitler started a line of 
stages making trips^to Boston on Wednesday 
and Saturday each week, going in the morn- 
ing and returning in the evening, giving a 
very satisfactory rapid transit for a generation 
ago. But the Andover line met the competi- 
tion by introducing a daily service called "The 
Tom Brown Line." Butler then put on a stage 
coach daily from. South Reading to Boston, 
and for many years Mr. Robinson drove this 
coach. Butler kept a tavern about opposite 
the present location of the Universalist church 
in Maiden Square, and when the temperance 
movement gained headway, Sylvanus Cobb, a 
practical reformer, raised a fund by subscrip- 
tion to buy an elegant new omnibus for But- 
ler's coach line provided he cease to dispense 
liquors in his tavern. Thus rum selling ceased 
in Maiden for a time and no-license prevailed. 
In 1840 Mr. Robinson was employed in the 
trade of carriage painting. He learned the 
trade of shoe-making afterward, and at length 
began in a small way to manufacture boots and 
shoes, but after two years gave it up and en- 
tered the employ of George P. Cox, manufac- 
turer of shoe lasts. But in July, 1857, he re- 
turned .to the transportation business, which 
the railroads had taken from the stage lines, 
and beginning at the foot of the ladder as 
night watchman for the Boston & Maine rail- 
road, in July, was promoted in the January 
following to clerk of the yard, and later be- 
came foreman of the freight yard house at 
Boston. He was again promoted to the im- 
portant position of yard-master in Boston, and 
in 1896 was appointed to his present office of 
freight train-master at the North Station of 
the Boston and Maine railroad, Boston. Dur- 
ing his long and active career as a railroad 
man he has never mis.sed a day's work. At 
the time he was with the wrecking crew he 
often had to work nights and Sundays after 
accidents on the railroad. He is still in the 
best of health, and a very efficient man ac- 
cording to the opinion of railroad itien. He 
has a wide acquaintance and popularity among 
the railroad men of New England, and es- 



pecially among the men in his department. 
He has had charge of a force of from four to 
five hundred men for the past twenty years 
and his relations with his subordinates have 
always been harmonious. His knowledge of 
the practical side of the railroad business is 
extensive, perhaps unsurpassed. Mr. Robin- 
son's home is in Maiden. He is a member of 
Mount Vernon Lodge of Free Masons, Mai- 
den ; of the Royal Arch Chapter ; of Melrose 
Council, Royal and Select Masters ; of Beau- 
seant Commandery, K. T., and of the Massa- 
chusetts Consistory, A. A. S. R., Boston. He 
also belongs to Middlesex Lodge, No. 17, I. 
O. O. F., of which he is a charter member.. 
This lodge was instituted in 1847. He attends 
Centre Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a 
Republican in politics. 

He married first, April 5, 1849, Roxalina 
Prentice, of Melrose, daughter of Joseph 
Prentice; she v/as born March 13, 1826, and 
died June 11, 1855. He married second, Oc- 
tober 19, 1856, Mary Bradbury, born Febru- 
ary 12, 18 19. in Warner, New Hampshire, 
daughter of Samuel and Phebe (Gould) Brad- 
bury. Her father was a farmer and shoe- 
maker. . Her grandfather William Bradbury 
lived in Canaan, New Hampshire, and was 
also a farmer. Child of Joseph Carter and 
Roxalina (Prentice) Robinson: i. Ella Jose- 
phine, born May 28, 1853, married Joseph 
Cromack ; reside in Maiden ; children : Alice 
Prentice Cromack. and May Cromack. Chil- 
dren of Joseph Carter Robinson and Mary 
(Bradbury) Robinson: 2. May Elizabeth, born 
August 15. 1857; married J. Y. McClintock, 
an engineer, residing in Rochester, New York ;- 
children : i. James R. McClintock ; ii. Ruth 
McClintock ; "iii. Elsie McQintock. 3. Addie 
Maria, born May 8, 1859, living in Melrose, 
Massachusetts ; married A. E. Steere ; no chil- 
dren. 4. Rosella Kelsie.^born August 8. 1864, 
educated in Maiden ; resides at home with her 
parents. Maiden. 



This surname is derived 
MARSHALL from the name of the occu- 
pation or office. The word 
has doubled in meaning in a singular fashion, 
Cotgrave. an ancient authority, says : "A mar- 
shal of a kingdome or of a campe (an honor- 
able place) ; also farrier, horse-shoer, black- 
smith, horse leech, horse-smith ; also harbin- 
ger." The word comes from French Maxres- 
Chal; Dutch niaer, meaning a horse and 
schalck, meaning servant ; and the compound 
word means literallv "one who cares for 



MIDDLESEX COUNTY. 



1573 



horses," but by degrees the word grew in dig- 
nity until it signified ''magister equorum," 
or master of cavalry. Hence, under the an- 
cient regime, we had the Grand Marshals of 
France, governors of provinces, as well as 
Earl-marshal of England and Lord Marischal 
of Scotland. The Earl of Pembroke is of the 
Marshall family of England. His arms : Per 
pale or and vert over all a lion rampant gules. 
Few names in England are more generally 
scattered through the kingdom or more nu- 
merous. There are no less than sixty-seven 
coats-of-arms of the Marshall family in 
Burke's General Armory. These more distin- 
guished branches of the family are located in 
the counties of Berks, Derby, Devon, Durham, 
Huntington, Essex, Hants, Lincoln, Middle- 
sex, Nottingham, York, Northumberland, and 
Surrey ; also in Ireland. The coat-of-arms in 
general use (that ilk) is: Argent a bishop's 
pall sable between three dock leaves vert. 

Among the early settlers in Massachusetts 
of this nam.e were twO' who lived in Ipswich. 
William Marshall Sr., born in England, 1598, 
residing in Salem in 1638, according to Felt, 
and having land granted him there, was doubt- 
less brother of Edmund mentioned below. 
He came over in the ship "Abigail," in 1635, 
from London, giving his age as forty. These 
records of age on passenger lists were almost 
invariably too small. Marshall may have 
been five years older, judging from other 
cases where the facts are known. William 
Marshall, Sr., and John Marshall, according 
to Hammett, owned shares in Plum Island 
in 1664. Nothing further is known of Wil- 
liam Marshall. It is possible that some of 
the last three children ascribed to Edmund 
(the birth records being missing-) belong to 
William's family, but it is more likely that 
he died without children or property, and 
still more likely that he returned to England 
or left New England. 

(I) Edmund Marshall, immigrant ancestor, 
was born in England in 1598, according to 
his own deposition in 1668, and his wife, Mil- 
licent, was at that time aged sixty-seven. His 
wife was a member of the Salem church in 
1637. He was a weaver by trade, was living 
at Salem as early as 1636, was admitted a 
freeman May 17, 1637. removed to Ipswich, 
Massachusetts, after 1646. The date of his 
death is unknown. Children, born in Salem: 
I. Naomi, baptized January 24, 1637. 2. 
Ann, born April 15, 1638. 3. Ruth, born May 
3. 1640. 4. Sarah, born May 29, 1642. 5. Ed- 
mund, born June 16, 1644: resided in Ips- 
wich and Newbur}^ 6. Benjamin, born Sep- 



tember 27, 1646; resided in Ipswich; mar- 
ried, 1677, Prudence Woodward; children: 
Edmund, Ezekiel, John, and four daughters. 
7. Thomas. 8. Peter. 9. Joseph; mentioned 
below. The dates of places of birth of the 
last three are unknown. 

(II) Joseph Marshall, son of Edmund 
Marshall (i), was born about 1650-60. Chil- 
dren, born in Ipswich: i. Joseph Jr., born 
May 18, 1690. 2. Thomas, born March 28, 
1692; mentioned below. 3. Abiezar, born 
September 28, 1695. Probably one daughter 
or more. 

(III) Deacon Thomas Marshall, son of Jo- 
seph Marshall (2), born in Ipswich, Massa- 
chusetts, March 28, 1691-2, died in Hol- 
liston, Massachusetts, April 3, 1766, the rec- 
ord of death giving his age as seventy-five. 
He settled first in Newton, Massachusetts, 
but in 1722 removed to Holliston, formerly 
part of Sherborn. His wife Esther died in 
Newton, December 16, 1761. He married 
second, in Newton, Abigail Cutler, widow of 
Jonathan Cutler, of Newton, 1762. He was 
one of the most prominent citizens of Hollis- 
ton, being selectman there eighteen years and 
deacon of the church thirty-eight years. Chil- 
dren: I. Thomas Jr., mentioned below. 2. 
Joseph, married Mary Leland; settled in Mil- 
ford, Massachusetts. 3. Ebenezer, born Sep- 
tember 18, 1721; settled at Park's Corner, 
Framingham; married, 1748, Alehitable Hav- 
en. 4. John, born November 21, 1723; mar- 
ried Mary Fransworth; settled in Framing- 
ham. 5. Dinah, born December 26, 1725. 6. 
Ezra, born September i, 1729; died May 7, 
1732. 7. Nahum, born October 3, 1732 
(graduate Harvard College 1755) : died at 
Somersworth, New Hampshire; married 
Martha Lord. 8. James, born 1734; married 
first, Lydia Harrington; second, Alay 16, 
1786, Sybil Holbrook. 

(IV) )Thomas Marshall, son of Thomas 
Marshall (3), born in Newton, about 1718 
married first, April 19, 1744, Beriah Grant 
second, September 12, 1754, Abigail Cobb 

third Mary , who survived him. He 

lived at Holliston and was a farmer; removed 
to Temple, New Hampshire, where he died. 
Children, born in Holliston, to Thomas and 
Beriah Marshall: i. Keziah, born March 2, 
T 744-5. 2. Thomas, born January 24, 1746. 
3. Aaron, born November 8, 1747; settled in 
1770 at Dublin, New Hampshire; learned the 
trade of scythe maker at Framingham; mar- 
ried Esther Townsend, born at Lynn, Sep- 
tember 5, 1751; died December 22, 1806. 4. 
David, born December 13, 1750; mentioned 



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below. 5. Jonathan, born October 26, 1752, 
died young. Child of Thomas and Mary: 6. 
Jonathan, born January 24, 1757. Others of 
this Marshall family also settled in Dublin. 

(\') David Marshall, son of Thomas Mar- 
shall (4), was born December 13, 1750, at 
Holliston. He went to Dublin with his father's 
family, removed from Dublin to Fryeburg, 
Maine, and thence to Bethel, Maine, and set- 
tled finally at Hebron about 1782. He married 
Lucy Mason, who died at Hebron, August 25, 
1824, daughter of Dr. Moses Mason, of Dover. 
At the time of the Indian raid into Bethel, 
August 3, 1781, Marshall and his wife and 
two children started through the wilderness 
for New Gloucester to seek safety. They stop- 
ped a short time at Jackson's camp on Paris 
Hill. (See "History of Paris," Maine, p. 66). 
Children, born at Bethel: i. David Jr., born 
February 1, 1779; settled on High street, 
Paris ; married Sarah Goss. 2. Asahel, born 
March 9, 1781. Children, born at Hebron: 3. 
Luly, born May 8, 1783. died unmarried. 4. 
Walter, born August 17, 1785 ; married Thirza 
Gurney ; was a Baptist minister. 5. John, born 
November 15, 1787; married Sally Gurney; 
lived near Marshall's Pond. 6. Moses, born 
July 25, 1789; mentioned below. 7. Aaron, 
"born January 19, 1792; married Bethia Bum- 
pus. 8. Nathan, born January 16, 1795; mar- 
ried Zilpah Dunham, daughter of Eleazer 
Dunham ; resided on High street, Paris. 9. 
Miriam, born April, 1798; married Joseph 
Irish. 

(VI) Moses Marshall, son of David Mar- 
shall (5), was born at Hebron, July 25, 1789. 
He married Ruth Whittemore. Child born 
at Hebron, Moses Mason, mentioned below. 

(VII) Moses Marshall, son of Moses Mar- 
shall (6), was born at Hebron, Maine, June 9, 
1824. He received his early education in the 
district schools of his native town, and worked 
at home on his father's farm until 1841, when 
he removed to Southborough, Massachusetts, 
and engaged in the butcher's trade on his own 
account. His meat business grew to such 
large proportions that he purchased a 
stall in Faneuil Hall Market ten years later. 
He continued in the wholesale and retail meat 
and provision business in Boston and South- 
borough for nearly half a century, acquiring a 
handsome fortune. He retired from active 
business in 1890. and died at his home at 280 
Harvard street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 
February 28, 1905. He had made his home 
in Cambridge since 1885. Mr. Marshall was 
a citizen of sterling character, upright, 
straightforward and conscientious in his busi- 



ness affairs, and of the ut:most integrity in all 
the relations of life. In religion he was a Uni- 
tarian ; in politics a Republican. He was a 
member of no segret societies, and preferred 
to devote himself during his active life to his 
home and his business. He applied himself 
to business with great industry and perhaps 
that trait of character, indicated by his great 
industry and application, was the chief cause 
of his success in life. 

He married, at Southborough, December 
15,, 1847, Caroline Draper Newton, born at 
Southborough, March 12, 1829, daughter of 
Sylvester and Mary S. (Ball) Newton. Her 
father was born in Southborough, December 
I, 1 80 1, son of Stephen and Sally (Fay) 
Newton, and was a prosperous farmer of his 
native town. The Newton family is one of the 
oldest and most distinguished families of 
Southborough, descendants of Richard New- 
ton, the immigrant, of Sudbury. Children: i. 
Ella Caroline, born at Southborough, February 
13, 1849; married Martin W. Stimpson, a 
banker and real estate broker, residing at Los 
Angeles, California ; child, Marshall W. 
Stimpson, lawyer, who married Marie Gor- 
don, of Los Angeles and they have three chil- 
dren — Marshall, Marion and Ethel. 2. Mar- 
ion, born September 28, 1850; married Albert 
F. Harlow, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 
manager of the office department of the Re- 
vere Sugar Refinery of Boston ; children : i. 
Caroline Harlow ; ii. Miarie Harlow, married 
Paul Poineer, of Newark, New Jersey, and 
they have one child. 3. Moses Sylvester, born 
May 3, i860, educated Chauncy Hall ; en- 
gaged in commission business in Boston ; 
member of Amicable Lodge of Free Masons, 
Cambridge, where he lives ; married Grace 
Clark, and they have one child, Dorothy, born 
February 8, 1889. 



The names of Simonds and 
SIMONDS Symonds are undoubtedly of 

the same origin, the latter be- 
ing the ancient form of speUing. The Sy- 
monds. of Hampshire, England, were people 
of quality and an ancient monument in Win- 
chester Cathedral bears the following inscrip- 
tion: 

"Here lieth Wm. Symonds, Gentleman, 

Of Winchester, twice Mayor and Alderman ; 

Alice, his wife lies buried by his side. 

The one in .June, in July the other died. 

On the 18th (lav, 1601. Shee ; 

On the 27th day, 1606, Hee; 

His merit doth inherit Life and Fame ; 

For whilst this city stands, Symonds, his name. 

In poor men's hearts shall never be forgotten ; 

For Poorer Prayers rise when flesh lies rotten." 



MIDDLESEX COUNTY. 



1575 



records is William Simonds, who, according 
to the history of Peru, Vermont, was a de- 
scendant of the William and Alice mentioned 
in the foregoing inscription. The date of his 
arrival in New England is unknown. About 
the year 1644 he settled in Woburn, Massa- 
chusetts, locating in the vicinity of Dry 
brook, and his death occurred June 7, 1672. 
January 18, 1643-44, he married Judith Hay- 
ward (nee Phippen), widow of James Hay- 
ward, and a passenger from England on 
board the ship "Planter" in 1635. She was 
the mother of twelve children by her second 
husband, whom she also survived, and she 
•died January 3. 1689-90. Their descendants 
became numerous in Woburn and Burling- 
ton, and spread out through Bedford, Biller- 
ica and other places. 

In or about the year 1744, a William Si- 
monds settled in that part of Groton which 
in 1756 was set olT as the town of Shirley, 
and his name appears in the petition for its 
incorporation. His farm was located in the 
northerly part of the town. The records of 
Shirley furnish no information relative to his 
family. 

Elijah Simonds, probably a son of William 
went from Shirley, to Gardner, Massachu- 
setts, about the year 1772, settling in the 
southerly portion of that town, and he re- 
sided there until 1802, when he removed with 
his family to Peru, Vermont. He settled up- 
■On new land just south of what is known as 
the Dudley place, first building a log house 
and later erecting a frame dwelling, and he 
resided there for the remainder of his life, 
Avhich terminated at the age of eighty-five 
ye^rs. The maiden surname of his wife does 
not appear in the records examined, but they 
state that her christian name was Abigail, 
and that she died at eighty-four. Elijah was 
a Revolutionary soldier and in his latter years 
was granted a pension by the federal govern- 
ment. He had a family of ten children: i. 
Ehzabeth, born April 7, 1774, died June 29, 
1776. 2. Elijah, born January 28, 1777, died 
September 10, of the same year. 3. Elijah, 
born November 14, 1778, married Persis 
Richardson. 4. Jonathan, born December 9, 
1780. 5. Ezekiel, born February 25, 1783. 6. 
David, see next paragraph. 7. Abigail, born 
July II, 1788, died August 5, 1791. 8. Asa, 
born November 7, 1790. 9. Abigail, born 
August 5, 1793. 10. Lucy, born November 

11/1797- 

Deacon David Simonds, fifth son and sixth 
child of Elijah and Abigail Simonds, was 



born in Gardner, March 4, 1786. He removed 
with the family to Peru in 1802, when six- 
teen years old, and in early manhood cleared 
a farm adjoining that of his father, contend- 
ing with the numerous hardships and vicissi- 
tudes which fall to the lot of a pioneer. Al- 
though his progress was for a time seriously 
retarded by the burning of his dwelling, his 
christian fortitude enabled him to bear his 
misfortune with meekness and submission, 
and he eventually attained a comfortable 
prosperity, which he sustained with equal 
humility, never for a moment neglecting his 
religious duties. He lived to be an octogen- 
erian and his death occurred in New Ipswich, 
New Hampshire, July 12, 1869. For thirty 
years he served as a deacon of the church in 
Peru, and was succeeded in that office by 
his son, Oliver P. Simonds, who was still act- 
ing in that capacity in 1891. Naturally intel- 
ligent he was inclined to be studious and was 
a constant reader, especially of works upon 
religious subjects. From the knowledge thus 
obtained he derived liberal views regarding 
theology and creeds, leaning toward the 
Armenian, instead of the Calvinistic doctrine 
and this freedom, from sectarian prejudice 
enabled him to conscientiously sympathize 
with all christian worshippers, irrespective of 
denomination or creed. With his wife he 
united with the Congregational Church at 
Peru in 1816. Deacon David Simonds was 
married February 26, 1811, to Anna Byam, 
born July 5, 1791, daughter of John and Sar- 
ah (Haywood) Byam, of Jafifrey, New Hamp- 
shire. She died in Peru in 1885, at the ad- 
vanced age of ninety-four years. They were 
the parents of eleven children: i. Sarah, died 
October 11, 1835. 2. David K., died June 
-25' ^835. 3. Oliver P., born in Peru in 1815, 
married Mary A. Cone. 4. Joseph H., born in 
1818, married Emily Messinger and died at 
Peru in 1876. 5. Amanda, who became the 
wife of Deacon John Frost, of Jafifrey, New 
Hampshire. 6. Stephen D., who married 
Emeline Carter for his first wife, Ellen Stiles 
for his second wife, and settled in Granville, 
Illinois, haying two children, George and 
Alice. 7. Elmina, who became the wife of 
Milo Simpson, and went to reside in Hoo- 
sick. New York. 8. Elijah, who will be again 
referred to. 9. Edwin B., who married Mar- 
ion Farnum and located in Virginia. 10. Afifa 
A., whO' became the wife of James Pebbles 
and settled in New Ipswich. 11. David K., 
born in 1839, married Ellen Clark and settled 
in Manchester, Vermont. The latter was a 



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MIDDLESEX COUNTY. 



lawyer, and later became proprietor of the 
Manchester (Vermont) Journal. 

Elijah Simonds, fifth son and eighth child 
of Deacon David and Anna (Byam) Simonds, 
was born in Peru, 1827. He was a lifelong resi- 
dent of Peru, and his death occurred March 
24, 1867. He married Angeline Eddy, of Win- 
hall, Vermont, and she became the mother of 
four children: i. Silas E., who will be men- 
tioned later. 2. Affa A., born January 3, 
1858, married Fayette I. Farnum, of Peru, 
Vermont; now lives in Manchester. Vermont. 
3. Anna F., born March 16, i860, married 
John L. Byard, of Peru, Vermont; now lives 
in Southboro, Massachusetts. 4. Blanche E., 
born November 16, 1864, died April 6, 1890. 

Silas Elijah Simonds, son of Elijah and An- 
geline (Eddy) Simonds, was born in Peru, 
March' 19, 1854. He attended school in his 
native town, and when seventeen years old 
came to Massachusetts, first locating in Natick. 
Entering the express business in 1879 h^ 
found ample opportunities for the exercise of 
his ability and sound judgment, and in 1885 
moved to Marlboro, Mlassachusetts, entering 
the employ of what was then known as Dart 
and Company's Express. In 1881 he acquired 
a half interest in the business, and in 1892 the 
business was incorporated under the laws of 
Massachusetts as the Dart Express Company, 
of which he became treasurer. Mr. Simonds 
is a well known local express official, having 
been connected with the business for a period 
of thirty-five years, and is therefore one of the 
oldest in point of service. He was instru- 
mental in organizing the Marlborough Awl 
and Needle Company, and being chosen its 
first president he continued in that capacity 
until the enterprise was sold to the United 
Shoe Machinery Company. He also conducts 
a local insurance agency, is a member of the 
board of directors of the Peoples' National 
Bank, with which he has been connected for 
many years, and is a trustee of the Marlbor- 
ough Savings Bank. In politics he is a Re- 
publican! His religious affiliations are with 
the Congregational church. 

November 22, 1875, Mr. Simonds was unit- 
ed in marriage with Alice Washburn, daugh- 
ter of Dexter Washburn, of Natick. Like the 
majority of this name in New England she is 
a descendant of John Washburn, who arrived 
from the mother country about the year 1631, 
and settled in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Mr. 
and Mrs. Simonds have four children : Fred 
Washburn, Jennie May, Warren James and 
Howard Messinger. 



While the origin of the 
DEVEREUX Devereux family was Nor- 
man, or French, the New 
England branch of the family claims relation- 
ship with Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex in 
the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and the New 
York family is doubtless descended from an 
English immigrant before the Revolution. The 
coat-of-arms of the English family is : Argent 
a fess and three tortouxes in chief gules. 
Crest-Issuing out of a coronet a talbot's head. 
This coat-of-arms has been in use in this 
country by the Marblehead (Massachusetts) 
family, which is descended from the immi- 
grant, John Devereux, since before 1750, per- 
haps from his time. He was a fisherman, born 
161 4. The Devereux family is also prominent 
in Ireland. 

(I) Charles Devereux resided in New York 
city, and was probably born there. 

(II) John Devereux, son of Charles Dever- 
eux ( I ) , was born in New York city. 

(III) Charles Joseph Devereux, son of 
John Devereux (2), was born in New York 
city. He married Lucretia Mary Best, born in 
Boston, Massachusetts. Children: i. Charles 
Best, born December 31, 1865; mentioned be- 
low. 2. Lucretia Mary, born October 19, 
187 1 ; married April 30, 1895, Arthur Well- 
ington Chesterton, of Boston ; children : i. Lu- 
cie Adele Chesterton, born October 11, 1896; 
ii. Arthur Devereux Chesterton, born July 27, 
1900, died February 11, 1901 ; iii. Arthur 
Devereux Chesterton, born February 7, 1902 ; 
iv. Thomas Warner Chesterton, born June 13, 
1906. 3. Florence Blackie, born May 4, 1876; 
married December 26, 1899, Vaughn J. 
Weatherly, of New York city ; children : i. 
Vaughn Meserve Weatherly, born April 20, 
1901 ; ii. Charles Gordon Weatherly, born 
December 6, 1905. 4. Blanche, born January 
2, 1880; married April 12, 1904, Stephen H. 
Plum, of Newark, New Jersey, and had Ste- 
phen Haynes Plum, Jr., born December 20, 
1906, and Lucretia Mary Plum, born Decem- 
ber 30, 1907. 

(IV) Charles Best Devereux, son of Charle» 
Joseph Devereux (3), was born at Boston, 
Massachusetts. December 31, 1865. He re- 
ceived his education in the Boston public 
schools, graduating from the English high 
school in 1885. He then entered the employ 
of the firm of Witchter & Emory, dealers in 
shoe findings, 4 High street, Boston, as clerk. 
After a short time he became clerk in the fur- 
niture store of Keeler & Co. for two years, and 
then engaged in business for himself in part- 



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nership with Arthur W. Chesterton, under the 
firm name of A. W. Chesterton & Co., manu- 
facturers of steam packing and mechanical 
tools, such as boiler tube cleaners, brushes and 
gauge glass cutters, etc., with factory in Mel- 
rose, Massachusetts, at the corner of Main and 
Emerson streets, and offices at 64 India street, 
Boston, and Chicago, Illinois. The firm is 
also represented by the Advance Packing and 
Supply corporation, of which A. W. Chester- 
ton is president, George L. Hammond vice- 
president, and W. A. Hanna secretary and 
treasurer. It is through this concern that A. 
W. Chesterton & Co. distribute a large part 
of their product in the south and west. Mr. 
Devereux is one of the directors of this com- 
pany and the capital stock is owned by A. W. 
Chesterton & Company. 

Mr. Devereux resides at 8 Wellington street, 
Arlintgon, where he built his handsome and 
substantial residence in 1895. He attends the 
Baptist church at Arlington, and has served on 
the music committee. He is a Republican in 
politics. He was made a member of St. John's 
Lodge of Free Masons, Boston, and is at pres- 
ent a member of Hiram Lodge of Arlington. 
He is a member of the Arlington Boat Club, 
and was its president three years. He is also 
a member of the Boston Athletic Club and the 
Boston Yacht Club, and was formerly of the 
Arlington- Golf Club. He belongs to the Bos- 
ton Oil Trade Association. 

He married, October 29, 1891, Katherine 
Chesterton, born in New York city, April 7, 
1866, daughter of Thomas Samuel and Sarah 
(Warner) Chesterton, of Maiden, Massachu- 
setts. Her father was formerly a brush man- 
ufacturer in England. Children: i. Marion, 
born September 17, 1892; died July 2, 1893. 
2. Aileen, born May 21, 1895. 3. Doris, born 
November 19, 1896. 



The name of Downer is Ang- 
DOWNER lo-Saxon, and originated in 

the fact that those to whom 
it was first given had their home in the 
"Downs," in the south of England. The fam- 
ily is an ancient one in England, and were 
large landholders. They bore arms with the 
motto "A Cruce Salus." The progenitors of 
the Downers in America lived near the city of 
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. 

(I) Robert Downer married Hannah Vin- 
cent. The family tradition is that Hannah 
Vincent made her escape from Paris with her 
brother, a Protestant preacher, at the time of 
the Huguenot persecutions in France, and fled 
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to England, where she soon married Robert 
Downer, and they had two sons, Robert, and 
Joseph, mentioned below. 

(II) Joseph Downer, son or grandson of 
Robert Downer, of Wiltshire, England, was 
the immigrant ancestor of the Downer family. 
He settled in Newbury, Massachusetts, where 
he died in 1715. He took the oath of allegi- 
ance there in 1678 and was a taxpayer of the 
town. He was a member of the Newbury 
church previous to 1674, and in the new meet- 
ing house built in 1700 he occupied the "first 
seat west." He had a lot of fifteen and one- 
half acres laid out to him by the town in 1678, 
and this is the earliest Downer land date found. 
He married July 9, 1660, Mary Knight, daughr 
ter of John and Elizabeth Knight, of Romsey, 
Hants county, England, who sailed from 
Hampton in the ship "James" of London, Wil- 
liam Cooper master. Children: i. Mary, 
born March 18, 166 1-2. 2. Joseph, born April 
25, 1666; mentioned below. 3. Andrew, born 
July 25, 1672; married December 20, 1699, 
Susannah Huntington. 4. Daughter, born 
January 16, 1675. 

(HI) Joseph Downer, son of Joseph Down- 
er (2), was born in Newbury, April 25, 1666. 
He removed to West Farms, (now Franklin) 
district of Norwich, Connecticut, and bought 
land there with buildings thereon, of John 
Wiborn, May 5, 1716. The land is described 
as three hundred and sixty acres "situated on 
Middle Hill, on the Windham road, partly in 
Norwich and partly in Lebanon." In Octo- 
ber of the same year he and his son Joseph 
were among those of the inhabitants of Nor- 
wich who signed a petition to the general court 
at New Haven asking to be set off as a separ- 
ate parish on account of the distance from the 
meeting house. He married, in 1692, Hannah 
Grafton, who died at Norwich, October 12, 
1 74 1. Children: i. Joseph, born September 
29, 1693 ; mentioned below. 2. John, born 
March 15, 1695, died at the age of sixteen. 
3. Andrew, born May 14, 1697 ; married Sarah 
Lazell. 4. Samuel, born April 12, 1699; died 
1797; married Phebe Bishop. 5. Richard, 
born February 11, 1701-2; married January 
13, 1726, Mercy Horton of Colchester. 6. 
Hannah, born February 16, 1704. 7. Benja- 
min, born February 24, 1706; died at sea. 8. 
Mary, born May 14, 1708. 9. Caleb, born 
July 8. 1710; married December 5, 1733, Mar- 
tha Smith, of Franklin. 10. Edmund, born 
about 1712; married October 2, 1741, Anna 
Munson (or Munsell) of Norwich. 11. John, ' 
born about 1714; married Mary Fry. 12. 
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married September ^'i, 1737, Martha Tyler, of 
Preston. 13. Elizabeth, born about 1719. 

(IV) Deacon Joseph Downer, son of Joseph 
Downer (3), was born September 29. 1693, 
and died at Franklin, Connecticut, November 
23, 1756. He was made administrator of his 
father's estate, and upon the death of his 
father came into possession of almost the en- 
tire homestead, which had been deeded to him 
in 1721 in consideration of "love and good- 
will." He marri^ed, October 14, 1724, Mary 
Sawyer, of Norwich, who died December 5, 
1758, in the fifty-fourth year of her age. Both 
he and his wife lie buried in the old Franklin 
burying ground, and their tombstones are in 
an excellent state of preservation, and bear the 
following inscriptions : 

"Here lies the body of Mr. Joseph Downer, 
who died Nov. 23, 1756, in the 64th year 
of his age. He was a professor of Religion, 
lived & died in The faith of the gospel, And 
is now hopefully Reaping the happy Conse- 
quences." 

"Here lies the body of Mrs. Mary Downer, 
the Relict Of Mr. Joseph Downer, who Died 
Decembr 5th, 1758, in The 54th year of her 
Age, with a joyful expectation of a happy Im- 
mortality ; her undiscembled piety & resigna- 
tion to ye will of God Was Remarkable. Ye 
living Immitate her shining example." 

Children: i. Susanna, born June 24. 172 — : 
married November 21, 1750, Amos Yeomans. 
2. Lavinia, bom December 31, 1728; married 
first, James Cushman, of Lebanon ; second, 
Giles Yeomans, of Stonington. 3. William, 
born April 22, 1730; mentioned below. 4. Jo- 
seph, born February 9, 1732; died July 21, 
1821, at Thetford, Vermont; married first, 
April 7, 1755, Alcessa Cushman ; second, Asen- 

ath . 5. Thankful, bom March 31, 

1735: married April i, 1756, Henry Fillmore, 
the ancestor of President Fillmore. 6. Dr. 
Abraham, born August 22, 1737; married Lois 
Abel. 7. James, born February 12, 1739; 
married April 30, 1761, Lois Lathrop ; died 
October 27, 1823. 8. Lucretia, born March 26, 
1742; died at Norwich, August 10, 1760. 9. 
Dr. Eliphalet, born April 4, 1744; died April 
4, 1806; married June 19, 1766, Mary Gard- 
ner, of Brookline, ^Massachusetts. 10. Mary, 
born June 27, 1749; probably died young. 

(V) William Downer, son of Joseph Down- 
er (4), was born April 22. 1730, and died at 
Lebanon, New Hampshire, December 27, 
1784. He first lived at Lebanon, Connecticut, 
then a part of Non\ach. He was executor of 
his father's will, which was proved February 
^^' 1757- He was one of four who in 1761 



went to New Hampshire and founded the town 
of Lebanon, named after their home town. 
He brought his family July 11, 1763, to their 
new home, and they were the first family to 
settle in the town. He was a soldier in the 
Revolution in Colonel Chase's regiment, and 
marched to reinforce the Continental army at 
Ticonderoga, MarA 6, 1778. He married Ex- 
perience . Children: i. William, born 

at Norwich, Connecticut, about 1755; soldier 
in the Revolution ; married November 21, 1778, 
Anna Wilson at Lebanon. 2. Joseph, born at 
Norwich ; mentioned below. 3. George Graf- 
ton, born June 2^, 1771, died February 28, 
1824; married, 1797, Susannah (Reed) Bull- 
ock. 4. Daughter. 5. Zilpah, married De- 
cember 3, 1772. Phineas Wright. 6. Martha, 
born June i, 1774. 7. Experience, born Sep- 
tember 8. 1776. 

(VI) Joseph Downer, son of William 
Downer (5). was born in Lebanon, New 
Hampshire, about 1758, and died at Lebanon, 
New Hampshire, August 24, 1841, aged eigh- 
ty-two years. He married Mary , who 

died at Lebanon, December 5, 1840, aged sev- 
enty-seven. Children, all recorded at Leba- 
non: I. Hannah, born December i, 1787. 2. 
Martha, born June 23, 1789. 3. Mary, born 
June 2, 1791 ; married January 19, 1823. Asa 
Parkhurst. 4. Joseph, born May 21, 1793. 5. 
Elisha, born February 24, 1795; mentioned be- 
low. 6. Eliza, born March 24, 1797 ; died 
March 4, 1824. 

(VII) Elisha Downer, son of Joseph Down- 
er (6), was born at Lebanon, February 24, 
1795, died at Charlestown, Massachusetts, 
April 9, 1880, aged eighty-five years one 
month sixteen days, the last survivor of his 
family. He was brought up on his father's 
farm in his native town, and educated in the 
public schools of that town. In 1838 he re- 
moved to Charlestown, Massachusetts, and 
established the grocery business which he con- 
ducted until 1847. He suffered many mis- 
fortunes, losing his stock by fire three times 
with no insurance. He was so thoroughly dis- 
couraged after the third disaster that he turned 
over the management of the store to his son, 
then only fifteen years old, and he succeeded 
in conducting the business profitably and sup- 
porting the family until he reached his ma- 
jority. Elisha Downer married Sarah A. 
Cooper, who was born in Canaan, Vermont, 
died at 109 Warren street, Charlestown, Octo- 
ber 26, 1891, aged eighty-six years, seven 
months ; she was a daughter of Jesse and 
Sarah (P.each) Cooper, natives of North 
Haven, Vermont, and a sister of Judge Will- 



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ard Cooper, of Colebrook, New Hampshire. 
Children: i. EUza, married Thomas Cun- 
ningham. 2. Amelia, died in infancy. 3. 
Sarah Helen, married Ira A. Merritt. She 
was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire, died 
in Charlestown, Massachusetts, August 10, 
1873 ; Ira A. Merritt, died at Charlestown, 
August 2, 1873. 4. Francis Elisha, mentioned 
below. 

(VIII) Francis Elisha Downer, son of 
Elisha Downer (7), was born in Lebanon, 
New Hampshire, March 6, 1832. He came to 
Charlestown, Massachusetts, with his parents 
when six years old, and was educated there in 
the public schools. When he was only fifteen 
years of age he took full charge of his father's 
grocery business in Charlestown, and con- 
dutted it for the family for six years. He 
assumed the ownership when he came of age, 
and continued the business all his life with the 
utmost success. He resided in Charl.estown 
until 1887, when he removed to Lexington, 
Massachusetts. He made his home in the 
beautiful residence at Lexington built by him, 
where his widow and daughters are now liv- 
ing. He died there May 29, 1891. 

Although his extensive business interests 
were always exacting, he found time to give 
to public affairs. He was an active and in- 
fluential Republican. For several years be 
was a member of the common council of the 
city of Charlestown, and he represented his 
district in the general court in 1875. He was 
a trustee of the Charlestown Five Cents Sav- 
ings Bank. He was a member of King Sol- 
omons Lodge of Free Masons, and of the 
Lodge of Knights of Honor. He attended the 
Baptist church, and was a liberal contributor 
to the support of that church and its various 
benevolences. He was a typical American 
business man, starting with few advantages in 
the way of education and capital and achieving 
a foremost position in the business world. He 
was gifted with unusual ability, and distin- 
guished by his uprightness and integrity. He 
had the force of character and intelligence that 
gave him a. position of leadership among men. 
Made familiar early in life with care and re- 
sponsibilities, he found out how to^ bear them 
easily and to make the most of the opportuni- 
ties they gave to him. He was popular with 
employees and associates in business, and won 
the respect and confidence of all men. 

He married October 31, 1865, Melissa E. 
Briggs, born in Charlestown, December 6, 
1843, daughter of Philander Stevens and Dor- 
othea (Scott) Briggs. (See sketch of Briggs 
family). Children of Francis E. and Melissa 



E. (Briggs) Downer: i. Sarah Zilpha, born 
1867; died February 22, 1888. 2. Charles 
Briggs, born July 28, 1870; educated in the 
public schools of Charlestown ; now engaged 
in the automobile business in New York City ; 
unmarried. 3. Francis Elisha, Jr., born Jan- 
uary 26, 1873 ; educated in the public schools ; 
now engaged in mercantile business in Boston ; 
married, 1905, Olive Currier, of Lexington; 
child: Stuart Briggs Downer, born January 
23, 1908. 4. Melissa E., born June 29, 1875 ; 
married, 1898, William Hunt, s banker and 
broker of Boston, residing in Lexington. 5. 
Mary Louise, born January 20, 1882, lives 
with her mother in Lexinarton. 



The surname Briggs is from the 
BRIGGS old Saxon word Brigg, meaning 

bridge, and has been in use from 
the earliest times in England. "William atte 
Brigge of Salle" was mentioned in the rec- 
ords of Edward I and Edward II, about 1272, 
and the Norfolk family of this name traces 
their descent from him. Various branches of 
the family in England have coats-of-arms and 
include many distinguished men. 

(I) Clement Briggs, the American immi- 
grant, came from Southwarke, England. At 
any rate he made an affidavit August 29, 1638, 
to the effect that in the year 1616 he was living 
with Samuel Latham, on Bermundsey street, 
Southwarke, England. He came to the Plym- 
outh colony in New England in 1621, in the 
ship "Fortune." He was a felsmonger by 
trade. Latham was also a felsmonger, and 
doubtless taught him his trade. In this af- 
fidavit Briggs states that Thomas Harlow was 
then dwelling with Robert Heeks at that place. 
Briggs is mentioned in a letter from Governor 
Bradford to Governor John Winthrop in 1631. 
Briggs was in Weymouth in 1633 ; acknowl- 
edged the sale of a piece of land at Plymouth 
to Robert Heeks, August 29, 1638 ; shared in 
the division of the common cattle May 22, 
1627, and owned land at Joanes Swamp, June 
3, 1639 ; was an innholder at Weymouth, June 
5. 1660, and earlier. His will was proved 
October 24. 1650, bequeathing to wife, to sons 
Thomas, Jonathan, Clement, David, Remem- 
ber. The widow made her will November 13. 
1683, bequeathing to grandchild Clement and 
to son Remember Briggs. He married Joane 
Allen. Mr. Thomas Stoughton performed the 
ceremony, and was fined for his action March 
I. 1630-1. Apparently the marriage was prop- 
erly legalized, but the magistrate exceeded his 
authority in some manner. Briggs was a resi- 



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dent of Weymouth from about 1630, though 
this marriage was before a Dorchester magis- 
trate. Clergymen were not allowed to ofificiate 
at marriages in the early coloniel days. He 
married second, Elizabeth . Children : 

1. Thomas, born June 14, 1633. 2. Jonathan, 
born June 14, 1635. 3. David, born August 
23, 1640. 4. Clement, Jr., born January 2, 
1642-3. Children of second wife : 5. John, 
died young. 6. Remember. 

(II) William Briggs of Taunton, Massa- 
chusetts, thought to be son of Clement Briggs 
and mentioned by Savage as probably brother 
of Clement's son Jonathan, settled with others 
of this family in Taunton. He married in No- 
vember, 1666, Sarah Macomber. Children, 
born in Taunton: i. William, born January 
25, 1667-8. 2. Thomas (twin), born Sep- 
tember 9, 1669; mentioned below. 3. Sarah 
(twin), born September 10, 1669, a day later 
than her twin brother. 4. Elizabeth, born 
March 14, 1671. 5. Hannah, born November 
4, 1672. 6. Mary, born August 14, 1674. 7. 
Mathew, born February 5, 1676. 8. John, 
born March 19, 1680. 

(HI) Thomas Briggs, son of William 
Briggs (2), was born September 9, 1669, and 
married Abigail Thayer. Children: i. Thom- 
as, born October 9, 1690; mentioned below. 

2. Sarah, born December 10, 1693. 3. Na- 
thaniel, born June 18, 1695. 

(IV) Thomas Briggs, son of Thomas 
Briggs (3), was born October 9, 1690, at 
Taunton, Massachusetts. He married Han- 
nah . He and his brother Nathaniel 

Briggs settled in the adjoining town of Reho- 
both. Children, born at Rehoboth : i. Deliv- 
erance, born June 11, 1712; died March i, 
1731. 2. Joshua, born November 25, 1714. 

3. Sarah, born January 5, 1717-8. 4. Han- 
nah, born May 25, 1724. 5. Silence, born 
July 5, 1729; died July 6, 1729. 

(V) Joshua Briggs, son of Thomas Briggs 
(4), was born at Rehoboth, Massachusetts, 
November 25, 1714. He married at Norton, 
Massachusetts, November 6, 1735, Sarah 
Luther. The residence of both husband and 
wife is given as Rehoboth, however. Chil-, 
dren, born in Rehoboth: i. Anna, born Jan- 
uary 16, 1736. 2. Joshua, bom March 10, 
1738-9 ; settled in Westmoreland, New Hamp- 
shire, about 1770. with his two brothers. 3. 
Deliverance, born September 26, 1740. 4. 
Caleb, born February 27, 1743-4". mentioned 
below. 5. Moses, married February 27, 1778, 
Deborah Corbin, of Taunton ; was soldier in 
the Revolution, a corporal in Captain John 
Cole's company, Colonel Ashley's regiment, 



from Westmoreland, in 1777. 6. Ephraim, 
settled in Westmoreland, head of a family 
there in 1790, according to the federal census, 
as were also his brothers Moses and Joshua; 
births of seven children recorded at West- 
moreland. 7. Aaron. 8. Rhoda. 9. Philan- 
der. 10. Sarah. 11. Jemima (?). (See p. 
215 of the old Briggs Genealogy, letter of 
Philander S. Briggs of this sketch). 

(VI) Caleb Briggs, son of Joshua Briggs 
(5), was born in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, 
February 27, 1743-4. He removed to Attle- 
borough, an adjoining town, and thence in 
1770 with his brothers, to Westmoreland, New 
Hampshire, and cleared his farm in the wil- 
derness. He married, in 1765, Anna Luther. 
They had three children, one of whom was 
Lemuel, born 1767, mentioned below. 

(VII) Lemuel Briggs, son of Caleb Briggs 
(6), was born in Rehoboth or Attleborough, 
Massachusetts, December 14, 1767, and was a 
young child when the family removed to 
Westmoreland. He became a farmer in that 
town, and died there of old age, September 25, 
1868, aged one hundred years nine months and 
nine days. (State Records, Concord, New 
Hampshire, copy of town record). He mar- 
ried at Westmoreland (by Samuel Works, 
Esq.,) January 16, 1792, Polly Stevens; sec- 
ond, December 10, 1826, at Westmoreland (by 
Rev. Allen Pratt) ; third, October 9, 1832, 
Nancy Kimpton, widow. Children: i. Len> 
uel Jr., born 1796; died March 31, 1873, aged 
seventy-seven; married March 10, 1817, at 
Westmoreland ; son Bradley, born 1823, died 
January 26, 1899, aged seventy-six. 2. Am- 
asa, married Sally Leonard ; children, born in 
Westmoreland, New Hampshire : Lucy, de- 
ceased, Oliver Leonard, who has one child, 
Fred ; Ortinsia A., born in Westmoreland, 
New Hampshire, married John Veazey, one 
child, a son ; lived in later life in Putney, Ver- 
mont. 3. Luther, born 1801 ; married at 
Westmoreland, June 15, 1828, Caroline Ben- 
nett ; he died September 24, 1888, aged eighty- 
seven. 4. Philander S., born December 7, 
1809 ; mentioned below. 

(VIII) Philander Stevens Briggs, son of 
Lemuel Briggs (7), was born December 7, 
1809, in Westmoreland, New Hampshire. His 
ancestors were among the early settlers of his 
native town, and came from old colonial stock. 
He attended the public schools of his native 
town, and worked during his minority on his 
father's farm and taught school. When he 
came of age he left home with only enough 
money to pay his fare to Boston on the stage 
coach. He found employment in Boston, how- 





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ever, as clerk in a grocery store, and soon 
mastered the details of the business. With his 
first savings he engaged in the grocery busi- 
ness on his own account, starting in a small 
and modest way in a store in Charlestown. 
His energy and foresight soon bore fruit, and 
his trade grew rapidly, and he became one 
of the most prominent and successful mer- 
chants of the city of Charlestown. Later he 
engaged in the manufacture of New England 
rum, then regarded by all classes of people as 
a prime necessity of life. His distillery also 
proved profitable. He was in partnership with 
Daniel C. Willis, and his distillery was con- 
ducted under the firm name of Briggs & Willis. 
So successful was Mr. Briggs that at the age 
of forty-two he retired from mercantile life 
with a competency and invested his capital in 
real estate, devoting his time to the care and 
improvement of his property. He continued, 
however, to be a power in the financial and 
business circles of Charlestown. He was ac- 
tive in public afifairs, a member of the com- 
mon council of the city of Charlestown, and 
alderman for many years ; one of the commis- 
sioners appointed to introduce the water of the 
Mystic river for domestic uses in Charles- 
town ; trustee, vice-president and member of 
the board of investment of the Charlestown 
Five Cents Savings Bank up to the time of 
his death. He was a member and liberal sup- 
porter of the Unitarian church of Charlestown. 
He took a great interest in the work of the 
Webster Historical Society, of which he was 
a member. Mr. Briggs ranked among the 
foremost citizens of the city of Charlestown in 
business, social and political life. He had 
those qualities of mind and heart that attract 
men and create friendship. He possessed a 
great capacity for work, an energy and in- 
dustry that accounted in large measure for his 
success. He was upright, public-spirited and 
charitable. Conservative, of sound judgment, 
strict integrity and strong convictions, he was 
often consulted by his townsmen when advice 
and counsel were needed. He died February 
I, 1889. 

He married Dorothy Scott, born October 1 1 , 
1809, died December 10, 1855, of Leominster, 
New Hampshire. Children: i. Lydia Jane, 
born June 23, 1839; married Horace C. 
Briggs. 2. Charles Gerome, born February 
7, 1841, died July 21, 1842, aged seventeen 
months and fourteen days. 3. Melissa E., 
born at Charlestown, December 6, 1843 ! mar- 
ried Francis E. Downer. (See sketch here- 
with). Mr. Briggs for his second wife mar- 



ried in May, 1857, Mrs. Zilpha Cobb (Hop- 
kins) Needham, widow, of Sardinia, New 
York. She was born November 12, 1810, died 
November 10, 1884. 



(I) William Robinson, one 

ROBINSON of the several early immi- 
grants of the same name, 
was born in England and settled in Salem. He 
was admitted a freeman May 18, 1642, and 
was a proprietor as early as 1637. He and his 
son had another grant of land at Salem in 
1649 and sold land in 1660. He was a tailor 
by trade. John Robinson, probably his broth- 
er, settled about the same time in the same 
town ; died 1653, leaving his property to his 
wife Eleanor during life ; then to the "first one 
of his kindred that shall come to seek it ;" be- 
queathing also to Elder Samuel Sharpe and 
John Jackson, of Boston. 

William Robinson died at Salem in 1678. 
His will was dated February 9, 1676-77, and 
was proved November 29, 1678, mentioning 
his son Joseph at Barbadoes ; sons Samuel and 
Timothy, executors ; daughter Sarah New- 
pury ; grandchild Timothy Robinson. His 
wife Isabelle joined the church in 1637. Chil- 
dren : 1. Ann, born 1637, baptized December 
3, 1637. 2. Samuel, born January 2, 1640, 
died 1678. 3. Mary, born March 12, 1643. 4. 
Timothy, born April 28, 1644, died 1668. 5. 
Mark, born and died 1645. 6. Esther, born 
May 2, 1646. 7. Martha, born February 2, 
1647. '^Iso mentioned in the will : 8. Joseph, 
eldest, then in Barbadoes — evidently a mariner 
or trader. 9. Samuel, an executor. 10. John, 

mentioned below. 11. Sarah, married ■ 

Newbury. 

(II) John Robinson, son of William Robin- 
son (i), was born in Salem or England, in 
1630-35, and died in Salem in 1678. He lived 
at Salem ; was one of the executors of his 
father's will. There is good reason to believe 
that Timothy Robinson (3) was his son. 

(Ill) Timothy Robinson, son of John Rob- 
inson (2), was born about 1670, in Salem or 
vicinity. He married Dorothy . Chil- 
dren : I. Elias, born March 6, 1706. 2. Budd, 
born March 29, 1709. 3. John, born March 
29, 171 1, mentioned below. 4. Timothy, born 
September 10, 17 14. 5. Timothy, born Au- 
gust 24, 1716. 6. Joseph, born June 6, 1719. 
7. Edward, born September 3, 1720. 

(IV) John Robinson, son of Timothy Rob- 
inson (3), was born March 29, 171 1, at Bos- 
ton. He married Rebecca . They lived 



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at Ipswich, Massachusetts. Children: i. John, 
born October 17, 1739, mentioned below. 2. 
Rebecca. 

(V) John Robinson, son of John Robinson 
(4), was born October 17, 1739, died August 
18, 1794, at Ipswich, Massachusetts. He mar- 
ried Catherine , born 1740, died Octo- 
ber 14, 181 2. He removed to Boston from 
Ipswich and followed his trade as shipwright 
there. Child: John, born in Ipswich in 1775, 
mentioned Ix^low. 

(VI) John Robinson, son of John Robin- 
son (5), was born in Ipswich in 1775. He re- 
moved to Boston and followed* his father's 
trade as shii>wright, until he was eighteen 
years old when, owing to an accident that dis- 
abled him for that trade, he engaged in the 
bakery business in Boston. He died there May 
23, 1822. He married, March i, 1801, Mary 
Clark, who was born in Boston in 1777, and 
died there March 5, 1826, daughter of Samuel 

and (Cary) Qark. He was educated 

in the common schools. The following records 
of the birth of children of John and Mary 
(Clark) Robinson are from the family Bible: 
I. John Taylor, born November 29, 1801. 2. 
Mary, born January 23, 1802, died August 10, 
1806. 3. Catherine, born September 11, 1804. 
4. Robert Gutteridge, born January 23, 1806, 
diied March 27. 1806. 5. iSfary, born Febru- 
ary I, 1807, died February 14, 1807. 6. Mary, 
born July 10, 1808, died September 2, 1809. 
7. William, born January 5, 1810. mentioned 
below. 

(VH) William Robinson, son of John Rob- 
inson (6), was born in Boston, January 5, 
1810, and died at Melrose Highlands, January 
4, 1899. H!e was educated in the common 
schools of his native city, but left school and 
went to work at the age of thirteen years. He 
learned the painting and glazing trade and 
followed it for a number of years, but succeed- 
ed his father eventually in the baking business 
and conducted it successfully in the same lo- 
cation until i860, when he retired from active 
labor and business. His residence until 1855 
was at the corner of Ship street (afterward 
North) and Clark street, Boston, and then he 
removed to a house on Sheafe street, Boston, 
where he resided until 1881. He lived at 
Somerville from that time to 1894. when he 
went to Melrose Highlands and lived there the 
remainder of his days. He left a widow and 
one son, William Parker. He married (first), 
March 29, 1838, Caroline Amanda Jones, of 
Weston, Massachusetts. She died December 
15, 1844. He married (second), September 



17, 1847, Olive Garrett Parker, of Boston, 
daughter of David Parker, and granddaughter 
of Ebenezer and Mary (Pitcher) Parker, 
(whose other children were: William, a sail- 
or lost at sea, unmarried ; Thomas Parker 
lived at Eastport, Maine, and had children : i. 
Ashley Parker, of South Boston ; ii. Robert 
Parker, of Eastport, Maine ; iii. Charles Park- 
er, died in Libby prison, Richmond, a prisoner 
in the Civil war ; iv. Rebecca Parker ; v. So- 
phronia Parker; vi. Mary Parker.) Mary 
Parker ; Robert Parker, left no issue. 

David Parker married Olive Garrett, daugh- 
ter of Major Andrew Garrett, of West Barn- 
stable, Massachusetts; married (second) So- 
phia Marston, daughter of Benjamin Marston, 
of Barnstable; married (third) Susan Shaw 
Plowland, of West Barnstable, daughter of 
Josiah Bodfish, of West Barnstable ; was 
wharfinger of City wharf, Boston, until about 
1850 when he removed to West Barnstable 
where he died April, 1866; was ten years of 
age when he located in Boston, living with a 
y\r. Davis from Shelburne, Nova Scotia, 
who brought him up and educated him ; em- 
ployed him as clerk in his fish and salt store on 
Codman's wharf and finally left him the busi- 
ness : he was master of the Lodge of St. An- 
drews, Free Masons, Boston. Children of 
David and Olive (Garrett) Parker: i. Rob- 
ert Parker, died in San Diego, California. 2. 
Olive G. Parker, married William Robinson, 
as mentioned above. Children of David and 
Sophia (Marston) Parker: 3. Benjamin 
Parker, died at Eureka, California. 4. David 
Parker, Jr., died aged nine years. 5. Sophia 
Parker, died in infancy. 6. Sophia Parker, 
died in infancy. 

Children of William and Caroline Amanda 
(Jones) Robinson: i. William Henry, born 
January 8, 1839, died April 14, 1839. ^• 
Henry Franklin, born July 9, 1841, died Sep- 
tember, 1 88 1. Children of William and Olive 
Garrett (Parker) Robinson: 3. Olive Gar- 
rett Parker, born January 7, 1849, ^^^^ March 
22. 1852. 4. Robert Parker, born February 19, 
185 1, died March 26, 1852. 5. William Park- 
er, born August 13, 1854, mentioned below. 6. 
Mary Amanda, born April 11, 1856, died Oc- 
tober I, 1866. 

(\^III) William Parker Robinson, son of 
William Robinson (7), was born in Boston, 
August 13, 1854. He received his education 
in the public schools and the Chauncy Hall 
School of Boston, and at the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology. He resided in Bos- 
ton until his marriage, when he made his 



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home in Chelsea. Massachusetts. In 1890 he 
removed to Melrose, where he has ever since 
resided. He was associated with a wholesale 
clothing business in 1874, and with the retail 
clothing business in Boston in 1891. In 1908 
he established a retail clothing business at No. 
5 Bromiield street. He is well advanced in 
Masonry, being affiliated with Zetland Lodge. 
Free and Accepted Masons ; Waverly Chapter, 
Royal Arch Masons ; and Hugh de Payens 
Commandery, Knights Templar. He married, 
August I, 1878, Mary Eunice Webster, born 
October 11, 1854, daughter of Charles Edward 
and Lydia A. (Sanderson) Webster, of Chel- 
sea. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson have children: i. 
Alice Webster, born July 30, 1879, is wife of 
Samuel Everett Eldridge, of Melrose ; one 
child, Samuel Webster. 2. Mary Parker, 
born November 19. 1880, died May 23, 1881. 
3. William Carleton. born March i, 1882, is 
associated with his father in business. 4. Reg- 
inald Gerrish, born March 23, 1892. The fam- 
ily attend the Universalist church. 



William Carvill, grandfather 
CARVILL of Dr. Alphonso H. Carvill, 
was born in Portland, Maine, 
November 10, 1763. He married January 24, 
1791, Rebecca Beard, of Portland, Jvlaine, born 
July 23, 1768. They had eight children : 
Rachel, born October 14, 1791 ; Sewall, March 
17, 1794; William, September 30, 1796; Mar)', 
March 22, 1799; Elijah, March 30, 1802; 
Simon, November 18, 1804; Nathan, June 8, 
1807; Rebecca, July 11, 181 2. In the war of 
the American Revolution both the Carvills and 
the Beards were well represented in the pa- 
triot army, and three of the brothers of Wil- 
liam Carvill were captured and carried to Can- 
ada as prisoners of war. and thfee or more of 
his wife's brothers took part in the same strug- 
gle. 

(II) Sewall Carvill, eldest son and second 
child of William and Rebecca (Beard) Carvill. 
was born in Lewiston, Maine. March 17, 1794. 
He served in the army in the war with Eng- 
land in 1812-15. He was married, March, 
1817, to Tamar Higgins of Lewiston. Maine, 
born November 13, 1797, and they had chil- 
dren named in the order of their birth : Mil- 
ton, Mary, died in infancy ; William, Elijah, 
Submit, Rebecca, Mary. Jefferson. Wesley, 
infant stillborn ; Jerusha Ann, Alonzo G. and 
Alphonso H.. all born in Lewiston, Maine. 

Alphonso Holland Carvill. thirteenth child 
and seventh son of Sewell and Tamar (Hig- 
gins) Carvill, was born in Lewiston, Maine, 



February 4, 1843. He attended the district 
school at No Name Pond, the Maine State 
Seminary (now Bates College), the Edward 
Little Institute, then Lewiston Falls Academy,, 
matriculated at Tufts College in 1862, and was 
graduated A. B. 1866, A. M. 1869. He then 
took a course in medicine at Harvard Uni- 
versity and received his M. D. degree in 1869. 
He practiced medicine in St. Cloud, Minne- 
sota, 1869-73, ^^cl in Somerville, Massachu- 
setts, from 1873, where he was a member of 
the school board for ten years and city physi- 
cian two years. He was a member of the 
commission that drew up the new charter for 
the city of Somerville. 

Dr. Carvill was married, August 18, 1869, 
at Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Jemima 
Swanson Gray, of St. Margaret's Hope, Scot- 
land, born November 16, 1842, and their chil- 
dren were : Sewall Albert, born in Kingston, 
Minnesota, July 31, 1870; Lizzie Maud, born 
at Lewiston, Maine, April 2^, 1873. 

Sewall Albert Carvill was a pupil of the 
grammar and high school of Somerville ; grad- 
uated from the Chauncy Hall School, Boston, 
in 1890, and martriculated at Tufts College, 
and after two years left college to take a 
course in medicine at Harvard University 
Medical School. He was married, Novem- 
ber 17, 1897, to Alice, daughter of Simon and 
Madeline (Lincoln) Goldthwaite, of Somer- 
ville, and their children were : Arthur Lin- 
coln, born March 18, 1902; Ralph Sewall, born 
October 14. 1906. Sewall A. Carvill was a 
salesman for the North Packing Company. 

Lizzie Maud, daughter of Dr. Alphonso H. 
and Jemima Swanson (Gray) Carvill, was 
born in Lewiston, Maine, April 27, 1873. She 
graduated at the Somerville high school ; at 
the Chauncy Hall School, Boston ; at Tufts 
College, A. B. 1899; at Tufts College Medical 
School, M. D., 1905 ; at Sargent's Nonnal 
School in Physical Training. 1895, and became 
a practicing physician as an eye specialist, and 
was teacher of physical training at Tufts Col- 
lege from 1897. She was president of the 
Powder House Club, a member of the Hep- 
torian Club, and the Delta Sigma fraternity. 

Dr. Alphonso Holland Carvill was a mem- 
ber of John Abbott Lodge. F. A. M.. of Som- 
erville Royal Arch Chapter ; a member of the 
American Institute of Homoeopathy, the Mas- 
sachusetts Homoeopathic Medical Society, 
Massachusetts Surgical and Gynecological So- 
ciety, and the Boston Homoeopathic Medical 
Society. His home in Somerville from 1893 
was at 28 Highland avenue. 



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Hamilton A. Marshall was 
MARSHALL born about 1800 in Ports- 
mouth, New Hampshire, 
and was educated in the public schools. He 
was married at Portsmouth (by Rev. L W. 
Putnam) January 16, 1828, to Lucretia S. 
Hall, who died there April 30, 1875. He was 
a cabinet maker by trade. He had twelve 
sons and two daughters, all of whom were 
born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, except- 
ing his son, George E. Marshall. Among his 
children were: t. Orlando Frederick, born 
October 19, 1828 : mentioned below. 2. Mary 
Lund, died August 19, 1895 ; married Edwin 
Storrs, of Boston ; no children. 3. Hamilton 
A., died May 30, 1854. 4. Alvin Hamilton, 
died May 3, 1864. 5. Albert Gillian, died 
June 18, 1864. 7. Ellen Lucretia. died May 
30, 1854. 8. Horace Almander, married Ellen 
Runlet, of Newburyport ; no children. 9. 
George Edwin, born October 6, 1848; died 
January 29, 1907; married January 14, 1875, 
Margaret Atwood, of Somerville ; children : 
i. Ernest, born April 12, 1876; married Jose- 
phine Bruce, of Medford. and have : Marjorie 
Frances, born June 8. 1903, and George Ham- 
ilton, born November 21, 1906; ii. Edith, born 
October 7, 1877, married Joshua H. Baker, of 
Wellfleet. Massachusetts, and have Lorenzo 
Dow Baker, born July 24, 1900. 

(H) Orlando Frederick M'arshall, son of 
Hamilton A. Marshall (i), was born at Ports- 
mouth, New Hampshire. October 19, 1828. 
He attended the common schools of that town 
until he was eleven years old, when he re- 
moved to Boston, Massachusetts, with his par- 
ents, and completed his schooling in the pub- 
lic schools of that city. He learned the trade 
of carpenter and followed it many years in the 
employ of B. D. Whitcomb, a prominent Bos- 
ton contractor, and was his superintendent for 
many years. Among the important contracts 
of which he had charge under the contractors 
were : the new Old South Church ; the Mu- 
seum of Fine Arts ; the residence of Hollif^ 
Hunnewell. and the Boston Theatre arch. 
Later he engaged in business as a carpenter 
and builder on his own account. He lived on 
Rochester, Seneca and Perry streets while in 
Boston. About 1880 he removed to Pownal, 
Maine, where he continued in the building 
business. He built the town hall and school 
houses there, and many of the fine residences. 
He conducted a farm also, making a specialty 
of poultry. He died October 18, 1904, aged 
seventy-five years eleven months and twenty- 
nine days. He attended the Unitarian church, 
and was a Republican in politics. While liv- 



ing in Boston he was foreman of Ladder Com- 
pany No. 3, Boston Fire Department. He was 
a member of the Bear Brook Grange, Patrons 
of Husbandry, at New Gloucester, Maine, and 
of Granite Grange No. 14, at Pownal. 

He married, at Boston, Mary Louisa Small, 
born June 30, 1835, and died January 4, 1892, 
daughter of Joseph W. and Deborah (Watts) 
Small, of Portland, Maine. Her father was 
a sea captain, and later in life had a meat and 
provision market. Children: i. Geraldine 
Louise, born July 26, 1852, died September 19, 
1853. 2. Frances Emeline, born January 22, 
1855; died July 21, 1856. 3. ElHs Homer, 
born June 10, 1857 ; mentioned below. 4. Al- 
bert Gilman, born February 28, 1862 ; died 
June 16, 1864. 

(HI) Ellis Homer Marshall, son of Orlando 
Frederick Marshall (2), was born at Boston, 
June 10, 1857. He attended the Rice gram- 
mar school, Boston, until he was fourteen 
years old. Before he left school he worked 
from time to time for Knowles, Freeman & 
Co., dealers in fish. Afterward he entered the 
employ of Joseph F. Paul & Son, dealers in 
lumber, corner of Dover and Albany streets, 
as surveyor of lumber, remaining seven years. 
He entered the employ of the Highland street 
railway, and worked for several years as con- 
ductor and starter. During the next ten years 
he carried on the farm that had been his 
grandfather's. In September, 1891, he pur- 
chased the Teel farm at Woburn, consisting of 
forty-three acres, on Cambridge street, in the 
west part of Woburn. and since then has de- 
voted his attention to market gardening. He 
has enjoyed a prosperous business, making a 
specialty of peppers, celery, cucumbers, and 
lettuce. His market is in Boston, where he 
sells to commission houses and for his own 
account. He is enterprising and progressive 
and his farm is among the most tidy and well- 
kept in that section. He attends the Unitarian 
Church at Woburn. In politics he is a Re- 
publican. He was made a member of Mount 
Horeb Lodge of Free Miasons, at Woburn, 
March 5, 1902. He was formerly a member 
of Bear Brook Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, 
of New Gloucester, Maine, and held offices in 
that body. He served five years as private in 
the Roxbury City Guards, Company D, First 
Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. 

He married May 25, 1881, Emily Louise 
Chamberlain, born at Boston, March 8, 1864, 
daughter of John L. and Lavina (Burke) 
Chamberlain, of Boston. Her father was sales- 
man in a grocery store. Children: i. Albert 
Lincoln, born August 3, 1882. 2. Walter Fred- 





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erick, born September 22, 1886. 3. 
Davis, born September 23, 1896. 



Roland, 



Hon. John J. Donovan vi^as 
DONOVAN born in Yonkers, New York, 
Juily 28, 1843. He was the 
son of Jeremiah Donovan, who was born in 
Ireland, and came among the first of the Irish 
whom famine drove to America in the forties, 
making his home in Yonkers, where he died 
in 1846. After his father's death in 1846 his 
mother removed to Lowell, Massachusetts, 
where Mr. Donovan lived all the remainder of 
his life. He attended the Lowell public schools 
and graduated from the Washington gram- 
mar school and the Lowell high school. After 
a term in Farnsworth Academy he entered the 
employ of David Gove, 223 Central street, 
Lowell, and when he came of age he was ad- 
mitted to partnership by his employer. When 
Mr. Gove retired a few years later Mr. Don- 
ovan took full control of the business and re- 
tained it to the time of his death, although 
during his last years he entrusted the active 
management to John T. Seede. 

In 1877 Mr. Donovan began the manufac- 
ture of paper at Dracut and he built up a large 
and prosperous business there. In 1884 he or- 
ganized the Atlantic Telegraph Company and 
established lines as far east as Bangor, M!aine. 
He was treasurer of the company from its 
organization until his death. In 1891 he was 
one of the founders of the Lowell Trust Com- 
pany and was its president from the first. He 
was also a trustee and president of the Wash- 
ington Savings Institution. In 1894 he was 
one of the organizers of the Fifield Tool Com- 
pany, the largest engine lathe manufactory in 
the country, and he was the treasurer from the 
first. From 1894 to the time of his death he 
was the active manager of the Coburn Shuttle 
and Bobbin Company. 

During the time that Mr. Donovan took 
an active part in politics, he was very prom- 
inent in public life. He was on the board of 
overseers of the poor in 1882, and in the fall 
of that year was elected mayor of the city on 
the Democratic ticket. He was re-elected the 
following year and during both years of his 
administration gave the city a conservative and 
economical administration. While he was 
mayor the large intercepting sewer was con- 
structed, the Aiken street and Central bridges 
were completed and the Taylor street bridge 
practically completed as well as the new build- 
ings at the City Farm. The Pawtucket gram- 
mar school building and the Powell street 



school building were erected. It was through 
his recommendation and influence that the 
public library was made free and the public 
reading room established. In 1886 he was 
nominated for congress in the eighth district, 
and he made an energetic campaign, reducing 
the Republican plurality from three thousand 
to about four hundred. In 1888 he was chair- 
man of the Democratic state convention, and 
his speech was received by the Democrats of 
the state with enthusiasm and by his opponents 
with much favorable comment. He was a 
brilliant public speaker, and was constantly in 
demand at occasions of public gatherings in 
Lowell. 

Among his more notable addresses were 
those at the dedication of various public build- 
ings and especially that at the Washington 
Centenary. Mr. Donovan's home was in the 
Highland ward and gave evidence of his in- 
terest in literature and art. He died there 
April 21, 1905. 

He married, 1869, Mary E. Seede, of Ports- 
mouth, New Hampshire. She was daughter 
of Augusta and Sarah Seede. Children: i. 
Katherine S., 2. John A., graduated from In- 
stitute of Technology at Boston. 3. Sarah E. 
4. Grace D., educated at Sunapee College. 5. 
Marianna, educated at Sunapee College. Ail 
his children are living in Lowell. Mrs. Dono- 
van, mother of these children, died March 2, 
iqo8. 



Daniel Webster BuUard, son 
BULLARD of Enoch and Olive (Gilbert) 
Bullard, was born in Med- 
field, Norfolk county, Massachusetts, Janu- 
ary 5. 1824. He was brought up on his fath- 
er's farm, where he became accustomed to the 
tasks at discipline incident to New England 
farm work as performed in those days by 
very young boys. His father was a man of 
considerable local reputation, being for twenty 
years deputy sheriff of Norfolk county, keeper 
of a country store, and selectman for the town 
of Medfield. He married Olive Gilbert, and 
they had six children, of whom Daniel Web- 
ster Bullard was the only survivor in 1907. 

After attending the public schools during 
the winter terms, he left the farm and accept- 
ed a position in a store in Roxbufy, where he 
was employed in 1861, when the call came 
from President Lincoln for seventy-five thou- 
sand men to put down the rebellion in the 
southern states. He enlisted for two years 
service, and was assigned to Company E, to 
which W. S. Cogswell had been assigned by 



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Governor Andrew as captain and Nelson Ap- 
pleton Miles as first lieutenant. The regiment 
was under command of Henry Wilson, and 
known as the Twenty-Second Massachusetts 
Volunteers, but the regiment was mustered in 
the United States service September 9, 1861, 
with Lieutenant Miles as captain, and he was 
so enrolled on the paymaster's muster, and to 
avoid conflict between the state of Massachu- 
setts and the United States authorities, Col- 
onel Wilson, on November 9, 1861, obtained 
for the future lieutenant-general of the United 
States army to stafif duty on the staff of Gen- 
eral Oliver O. Howard, and it is worthy of 
note that General O. O. Howard and General 
Nelson A. Miles were both living in 1907, 
while most of their companions in arms hold- 
ing commissions of the highest rank were at 
rest in Arlington cemetery. The Twenty-sec- 
ond Massachusetts passed to the command of 
Colonel Jesse D. Gore on the resignation of 
of Colonel Wilson to resume his seat in 
the United States senate in December, 1861, 
and Company E reverted to the command of 
Captain W. S. Cogswell under commission 
from Governor Andrew. ' The regiment saw 
service on the Peninsula in the Army of the 
Potomac under General McClellan ; at Me- 
chanicsville, June 26, 1862 ; Gaine's Mill, June 
2,y, 1862 ; Savage Station, June 29, 1862 ; 
White Oak Swamp, June 30, 1862; and Mal- 
vern Hill, July I, 1862. He was mustered out 
of the United States volunteer service in 
March, 1863, at Boston, M-assachusetts, with 
his regiment, its term of service having ex- 
pired, and he received an honorable discharge. 
He returned to Cambridge, and in August, 
1865, was appointed assistant clerk of the su- 
preme court, civil service, at Boston, which 
position he held for nearly thirty years, retir- 
ing in 1894, he having reached the age of 
seventy years. He assisted in founding Grand 
Army Post No. 186, in Boston, and was a 
charter member of the organization, and was 
largely instrumental in having it transferred to 
Cambridge. 

He was married to Martha Frances, daugh- 
ter of Francis and Martha (Morrill) Curtis 
and their children were : Fannie Bullard, de- 
ceased. Enoch Herbert Bullard ; he gave his 
time largely to the personal care of his father 
and of the property owned by him at No. 20 
Maple avenue, Cambridge, where he had es- 
tablished his home in 1880; he now resides at 
Raynham. Massachusetts, where he owns a 
farm. Martha Bullard, deceased. Florence, 
married Albert F. Rivard, a jeweler of Taun- 
ton, Massachusetts, and they had in 1907 one 



child, Alwin Curtis, born November 11, 1890, 
Frank Bullard, deceased. Nellie Bullard, mar- 
ried Charles E. Palmer, of Waltham, Massa- 
chusetts, employed in the Waltham Watch 
Company establishment of that place. Their 
only child was Bulah W. Palmer, born Sep- 
tember 21, 1882. 

Daniel Webster Bullard now resides with 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Palmer, 29 South 
street, Waltham, Massachusetts. 



- Elicom Robinson was born 

ROBINSON in Limington, York county, 

Maine, was a farmer and 

the father of five children : William, Albert, 

Edwin Allen, Alrida and Henry. 

Edwin Allen Robinson, son of Elicom Rob- 
inson, was born in Limington, Maine, April 3, 
1842. He was instructed in the public schools 
of his native town, and while not at school 
worked on his father's farm. He left the farm 
in 1862 to enlist on September 10, in Company 
A, Twenty-seventh Maine Volunteers for nine