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The object of this work is to preserve the family 
records of our lines, and we have recorded in a con- 
densed form many of the events in the lives of our 

The Hoar family records from 1759, Hunt from 
1727, Wyman from 1769, Jackson from a genealogy 
of the family by Francis Jackson, of Boston, Mass., 
and records of C. B. Jackson; McCobb's from printed 
pedigree by Samuel McCobb Crooker are to be found 
in this book, with our own to the present time. The 
histories of New England towns, as far as they relate 
to our families, have been carefully compared. We 
regret that we could not examine our lines more in 
the old county, but the coat of arms of Hoar and 
Hunt are here inserted. We are indebted to Hon. 
George F. Hoar, of Worcester, Mass., and Charles 
Horr, of Athol, for many favors; also to Parker M. 
Reed, of Bath, Me., and others in my wife's line. 
The full births, &c, in our lines will be found under 
the head of the several families Towns where state 
is not mentioned are in Massachusetts. The usual 
abbreviations are used. 

As we were connected with the early settlement 
of our county we have recorded a few notes of its 





When or where our race or family first became 
known as a distinct family cannot be traced. Asia 
is regarded as the birthplace of man, and we may be 
said to have come from the Indo- Germanic race. 
Caesar invaded EnglandinB. C. 55 The inhabitants 
then were Celtic, kindred to the Gauls. It was not 
until A. D. 43 that Claudius began the real conquest. 
The Romans abandoned the country before the mid- 
dle of the Fifth century. In 449 the Anglo-Saxons, 
led by Hengist with his brother, Horsa, landed in 
England with 300 men and were employed against 
the Picts and Scots. Horsa is said to have been 
killed in battle A. D. 455. This invasion is a matter 
of history, whether the names of these princes are 
correct or not. As we know that our family name 
was known in England as far back as the Twelfth 
century, we may have been connected with this 

The coat of arms of the "Hoare Family" of 
England is here shown more as an object lesson of 
the history of our race, than for personal use. "An 
eagle displayed with two heads within a brodure 
engrailed" is found on all the shields of the Hore, 
Hoore, Hoare and Hoar families. 

"The crest is the uppermost device of a coat of 
arms and is as ancient as devices on shields." 

Ours in America is an eagle, head erased, a ring 
in its beak, or, 

The eagle was at an early date adopted as the 
symbol of royal power. Nenophon relates that the 

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kings of the Medes bore a golden eagle on their 
shields. From the time of Marius it was the princi- 
pal emblem of the Roman republic, and the only 
standard of the legons; first silver, then gold. 

The double-headed eagle was in use among the 
Byzantine emperors to indicate their claims to (^he 
empire, both of the east and west. Afterwards the 
eagle was adopted by the Russian, Austrian and 
German emperors. The German, under Albert First, 
became the double-headed eagle as the successors of 
the Roman emperors. The English herald^ dates 
from the Tournaments, found on tombs in the 
Eleventh century, and became common in the Twelfth 

We have shown that our arms were the arms of 
dominion and sovereignty. 

Arms of assumption are: 

1st. Those taken by persons who assume them 
without a legal title. 

2nd. Arms assumed by the approbation of their 
sovereign. The surnames of persons in families is 
said to have been fixed in England at or about the 
conquest (1066). One name was generally used. 
The Romans had three. It appears that the name of 
Hoare (spelled in various ways) was well known in 
the Twelfth century from Kent to Gloucestershire. 

Our line came from Gloucester, England. This 
place was a Roman station, and the Saxons named 
it Gleau-Ceaster. It is on the left bank of the river 
Severn, 95 m. w. by n. of London. 

The date of the settlement of our ancesters in 
Gloucester is unknown, but that we are of Saxon 
blood cannot be doubted. It is probable that our 
line on the male side married into Roman families. 
We are of a migratory race, even down to the pres- 
ent time. Our characteristic qualities, amid all the 
changes of the past, still cling to us as a family. 
Combativeness is as strong today as in the time of 
the Crusaders, when perhaps the coat of arms was 


Hunt A. D. 1286—1635. 

bestowed upon our ancestors. We came, perhaps, 
from Horsa, as we have said, certainly from a fight- 
ing race. 

"Venit Hora 1 ' and "In Ardua" are mottoes that 
clearly expresses our character. 

Approbativeness is another trait of our ancesters. 
We wish to be well thought of at home and abroad. 
In size, of the German type, bald headed at quite an 
early age. Many are dark with piercing black eyes, 
but the majority are of a lighter complexion. 

Of the first Charles Hoare, of Gloucester, Eng., 
but little is known. He died in 1636 and left a will, 
and appears to have been a person of note in that 
place. The "coat of arms" of the "Hoare Family" 
were used by the Gloucester family. The following 
is a copy by Chitty & Phillips, London, of a visita- 
tion to Gloucestershire in 1623: 

"The visitation in the year A. D. 1623. Henry 
Clifford, of Frampton, of-da-and heire to Hoore, 
arms Quarterly of Sixteen — 4th sable, a double-headed 
eagle displayed within a brodure, engrailed, Argent, 

His son, the 2nd Charles, also lived in the same 
place. He was alderman of the city from 1632 to 
1638. Sheriff in 1634 He left a will dated Sept. 25, 
1638. "Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Doctors 
Commons, Adm'ion granted Dec. 31, 1638 to Joane 
Hoare the relict." (Will with notes by G. F. Hoar). 
He appears to have left quite a large estate and was 
a man much engaged in public affairs. His widow, 
with her five children, John, Daniel, Joanna, Leonard 
and Margerie came to this country in 1639-40, and 
settled in Braintree, Mass. 

About this date many families, who brought 
much wealth, came to New England. The cause of 
this emigration would appear to arise from the 
troublesome times in England. Charles I. became 
king in 1625. For eleven years he called no parlia- 
ment, and people were led to believe that the Catho- 
lic Church was in favor, also that he wished to 

introduce the form of government existing in France. 
Parliament was called in April, 1640, for only a few 

Then came the long parliament, and the civil war 
began late in 1642. 

Charles I. was condemned and executed in Lon- 
don Jan. 30, 1649. 

There is no doubt but that our line at the time of 
the second Charles Hoare belonged to the parliament 
side and were strong supporters of the Protestant 
faith, and this line of the Hoar family would proba- 
bly never have had to be recorded if Joane and her 
son John had remained in England. 

Joanna (Joane in will) the widow of the second 
Charles, died in Braintree, Sunday, Dec. 20, 1661. 
The meaning of the name (grace of the Lord) seems 
very happily merited. She was buried in the old 
Ouincy cemetery with her son Leonard and his wife 
and daughter. 

John Hoare, the first in our line in this country, 
first settled in Scituata, Mass., in 1643, and bore 
arms the same year. He was a lawyer, and noted 
"for his bold, independent mind and action." 

He had a farm on the west of litt tie Mascp^ashart 
Pond. While here he appears to have been engaged 
in the business of the town, drafting deeds, bonds, &c. 

We have not the date of his taking the freeman's 
oath. This oath was first printed at Cambridge, 
Mass., in 1639. Before a person could exercise the 
right of suffrage, or hold public office, he must be 
made freeman by the general or quarterly court. He 
must be a member of some Congregational Church. 
Afterwards modified in 1664 (Oath inNew Eng. His). 
He removed to Concord, Mass., in 1660, and our an- 
cestors remained there until about 1790. He continu- 
ed the practice of the law, except at one time he was 
prohibited from practicing, except his own cases, for 
not attending church, and speaking slightingly of one 
of the ministers. He took great interest in the wel- 
fare of the Indians, and built a house on his place for 

the Christian Indians. They at the time of King 
Philip's war were under his care by order of the gen- 
eral court. 

Capt. Samuel Mosely with 103 men took these 
Christian Indians (the Nashobahs) away from Mr. 
Hoare's place, insulted Mr. Hoare and plundered the 
poor, helpless Indians of all they had, and sent them, 
58 in number, (12 only able-bodied men) to Boston 
under guard of some 20 rough and brutal soldiers. 
Afterwards they were sent to Deer Island. The cap- 
tain went on his wa\ unrebuked, although the whole 
court were indignant. 

Feb. 10, 1676, Mrs. Mary Rowlandson and child, 
both wounded, wife of the minister at Lancester, 
Mass., were taken prisoners at that place. Efforts 
were made to secure her release, but without success, 
until Mr. Hoare by the desire of her husband made 
the attempt. Under date of April 28, 1676, he left 
Lancester with two guides, Xepphonet and Peter 
Tatatiquinea and met the hostile Indians at Wachu- 
sett Lake (now in Princeton. Mass.) May 2, 1676. 
He took £20 and some goods and secured her release, 
although King Philip refused his consent. They 
returned to Lancester and she went to Boston May 
7th. It is said no other person in the colony could 
have secured her release. 

His brother Daniel returned to England, was 
engaged in trade with the Colonies. Was in Boston 
in 1653. 

His brother Leonard graduated from Harvard 
College in 1650, took degree of Doctor of Medicine, 
returned to England and settled as a clergyman in 
Wenstead, Essex Co. Married Bridget Lisle, daugh- 
ter of John Lisle of Magles Court, Co. Southampton. 
He was one of the judges who condemned Charles I. 
He had to leave the,country and was murdered at 
Lausanne. He married Alice, daughter and co-heir 
of Sir White Beconsame, Kent. She was beheaded by 
order of Judge Jeffries at Manchester in 1685. 


Leonard returned with his wifeto Boston, Mass., 
in July 1672, and preached for a short time as assist- 
ant at the South Church. He was soon called to be 
president of Harvard College, December 1672. "At 
his inauguration the college was thinly attended and 
badly supported. With little profit and much 
anxiety, discipline was badly supported and he 
retired in 1675." (Clop. Am. Lit., vol. 1, p. 8.) 
"Epitaph wrote for the Tomb of 
Leonard Hoar, Doctour of 
Phisick, who departed this life 
In Boston the 28 November. 
Was interred* here the 6 December 
And was aged 45 years. 
Anno Dom. 1675. 
Three precious friends under this tombstone lie 
Patterns to aged, youth, and infancy, 
A great mother, her learned son, with child, 
The first and least went free, he was exil'd 
In love to Christ, this country, and dear friends, 
He left his own, crosse'd seas, and for amends 
Was here extoll'd, envy'd, all in a breath, 
His noble consort leaves, is drawn to death. 
Stranger changes may befall us ere we die, 
Blest they who well arrive eternity." 

Mrs. Bridget Hoar wife of Leonard m. 2d Hezekiah 
Usher 1686. They did not live together long. She 
went to England in 1687. She had two daughters, 
one died young. The other, Bridget, married in Lon- 
don June 21, 1689, Thomas Cotton, who was born 
at or near Worthy, England 1657, d. 1730. 

Mrs. Bridget Cotton was willed by her step- 
father, Mr Usher, the tumbler with the "Arms of 
Hoare" engraved thereon. He says in his will that 
the reason that she did not receive more was on 
account of her mother trying to get something from 
him, and further he did not see but that one head was 
enough for the eagle. (See Suffolk Co. Pro. Reg. B. 
11, P. 318.) 

*Quinc3 r cemetery. 


Joane, sister of John, married Col. Edmund 
Quuktv July 26,1648, Braintree, son of Edmund and 
Judith Quincy, who came to New England Sept. 4, 
1 633 . They had eight children . 

Margerie, sister of John, m. 1st Mathew, 

m. 2d Rev. Henry Flynt, of Braintree, Mass. 
He came to New England 1635. Ordained church at 
Braintree 1639. 

John Quincy Adams was a descendant from her. 

Daniel Hoar, son of John, in our line, lived in Con- 
cord and was a man much respected. 

Some of his sons moved to other towns in New 
England. The letter "e" seems to have been dropped 
from our name at this date. 

Lieut. Daniel, son of Daniel, lived in Concord 
about a mile easterl\ r of center. 

The arms of the Hoare's are carved on his tomb- 
stone. The motto "Paternal Coat Arms " 

Whether the shield of this came from England we 
do not know, but a shield of the coat of arms was in 
his grandson's family, and passed into some cousin's 
of my father, where it cannot be farther traced. His 
epitaph reads: "By honest industry and economy 
he acquired a handsome fortune for a man in private 
character. He enjoyed a long life and uninterrupted 
state of health, blessings that ever attend exercise 
and temperance." 

Of his sons, Jonathan graduated at Harvard 
College in 1740. Was an officer in the Provincial 
service 1744 to 1763. At Crown Point aide to Maj. 
Gen. Winslow; lieutenant colonel in 1756; colonel 
May 10, 1762. Afterwards went to England and 
was appointed governor of Newfoundland and he 
died on his passage hither. 

His brother Daniel settled in Narragansett No. 2 
(Westminster) 1740-1 and was one of the most 
capable and influential men in the early settlement 
of that town. Was captain of a company of infan- 
try and held town office for a long time. He lived 
most of the time on lot No. 11 which he bought of 


his father. He owned one slave. His brother John 
also was one of the early proprietors of Narragan- 
sett No. 2. The following are some of the lines from 
Lieut. Daniel: 

Capt. Daniel, John, John. 

Capt. Stephen; John, Samuel. 

Ezra, Jock, Samuel. 

S. R. Heywood, Banker, Hon. George F. Hoar, 
Worcester. Senator, Mass. 

Many of Lieut. Daniel's descendents are well 
known as public men in the history of this country, 
and also known as keepers of public houses. History 
of Groton, Mass., says that the female line there are 
famous for making pumpkin pies. 

Timothy, youngest son of the lieutenant, lived, 
my father says, on his father's farm at Concord. 

He appears to have been a man of property, and 
owned land in Westminster, Mass., at an early 

He died soon after Grandfather Timothy moved 
to Westminster. Grandfather Timothy was born in 
Concord, Mass. When sixteen years old he was 
milking the cows on that April morning (19, 1775) 
when the British soldiers were marching to Concord. 
He left the milk in the barn and went into the house, 
exclaiming to his mother, "How handsome their 
coats were with shining buttons." 

He lost his milk that morning. 

His services in the Revolutionary war, as reported 
by the secretary of state of Massachusetts, is as fol- 
lows: "Appears signed to a receipt for sevrice in the 
Continental army, dated Concord, May 14, 1778." 

"Appears with rank of Matross on muster and 
pay roll of Capt. Jonathan W. Edes, 4th Co. Col. 
Craft's Artillery from Feb. 1, 1777, to May 8, 
1777. Belonged to Concord. Appears in a list of 
men drafted from Capt. George Minot's Co. of Con- 
cord to go to Rhode Island on alarm of July 23, 
1777. Rank Private. 

Appears with rank of Private on muster and pay 


roll of Capt. Edward Richardson's Co., Col. Thomas 
Poor's Regiment, enlisted June 14, 177S; discharged 
Jan. 16, 1779.* 

In 1789 he removed to Westminster, Mass.. and 
settled on lot 101, which his father had owned since 
1761. His brother Jonathan first settled on it, but 
returned to Concord. Grandfather was to have the 
home place in Concord, but his brother returning he 
went to try the new place. His wife, with a child a 
few weeks old, rode horseback to their new home (30 
miles). For many years he had land to clear and at 
first the house was small, but he built a brick house 
large enough to hold his increasing family. The old 
brick fireplace in the back kitchen was ample enough 
to stow away a half cord of wood, and father tells 
me that his hair stood on end when the minister used 
to use those live coals in the fireplace to illustrate 
the nature of hell, whose heat is immeasurable. In 
my childhood days I can remember the pleasant mo- 
ments that were spent at parties in those back kitch- 
ens, the old sideboard and the cider that was always 
at hand. Grandfather Hoar used to place twenty or 
more barrels of cider in his cellar each year, and he 
and his neighbors drank it up during the year. In 
harvest or haying New England rum was a necessary 
drink. He would be ashamed if it was not in the 
house when the minister called. My grandfather was 
not a large man, black piercing eyes, bald headed and 
quick in his movements. He liked company , and as 
families were large in those days, there were many to 
come and go and his house was like a hotel. 

He never, it is said, spoke a cross word to his 
wife, and if he had any extra fruit it was always for 
her. He was a Free Mason. 

Most of the clothing for the family was made at 
home in those days. Grandmother used to make her 
boys caps out of cat skins, and she used a pine knot 
at night for a light. 

"Note — (Father says that he is not certain about 
this service.) 


With all of our modern improvements and rapid 
transit are we more happy and better governed in 
this year of 1898? We cannot answer. 

My father was the seventh child and was taught 
the lessons of economy and prudence in early life. At 
this writing, February, 1898, at the age of 95, it 
still clings to him. He is a true representative of the 
old New England families, who came from England 
with good estates. Father had but a common school 
education. He is a fair penman and good in arith- 
metic. He, at an early age, learned the cooper's trade. 
None of his brothers were farmers, although most of 
them owned farms or land. 

His brother William was a carpenter and helped 
build the first cotton mills in Lowell, Mass. 

His brother Timothy was a carpenter and in 
Athol, Mass., he carried on the wheelwright business, 
where he resided for many years. His brother John 
worked at the cutlery business in Greenfield, Mass. 
My father, on May 31, 1826, bought one-half of his 
father's farm for $1,000. His father was embar- 
rassed at that time with debts, and my father, 
unknown to him, paid them up, and his father gave 
him a deed of one-half of the place. After his death 
my father bought the other half, except his mother's 
rights. The place was known as Lot No. 101 Narra- 
gansett No. 2, Indian title from Sholon of the 
Nashuas. Said lot first belonged to Ephraim Cutler, 
of Watertovvn, then to Ephraim Stevens through his 
father, Ebenezcr, of Watertown; in 1760 to Joseph 
Bailey, in 1761 to Timothy Hoar, of Concord, then 
to his son Timothy, then to my father, then to 
his brother, Timothy, then to A. W. Benjamin. The 
lines were partly changed in grandfather's time. 
Timothy Hoar, of Concord, also owned lot No. 102, 
but it was lost through a defective title. My father 
removed to the place where S. H. Sprague now owns, 
where I was born. 

In May, 1835, my father bought the Joseph 
Brown estate part of lot No. 105, Narragansett No. 


2. This was his home as long as we lived in 
Wetsminster, Mass It contained fifty acres of land. 
My father worked in his cooper shop on the place for 
many years. Afterwards he worked in the chair shop 
in the village of Wachusettville. After his return 
from the west he lived many years in the village and 
was a superintendent in a department in his brother- 
in-law's paper mills. In October, 1854, nvy father 
and myself bade farewell to our old homestead and 
in company with George Brown and Harrison Per- 
kins and their families, with Joseph Brown, came to 
the territory of Minnesota. About Nov. 1 we all set- 
tled on lands now" known as Monticello Township, in 
the County of Wright. My father and myself took 
claims and they were patented April 10, 1860. To 
Ira Hoar lot 3 and the N. W. U of N. W. % of Sec. 
34 and the S. Vz of the S. W. H of Sec. 27. 

To Alfred W. Hoar. Jan. 10 and April 10, 1860, 
the S. W, % of X. W. % of Sec. 34, and the N. E. V^oi 
S. W. !/4 and lots 4 and 6 of Sec. 34. All in Town 
121 North of Range 25 West ol the 5th principal 
meridian. By James Buchanan, President of the 
United States. 

My father did much to advance the interest of 
the early settlement of the county, but he always 
thought more of his New England home and he 
returned east about 1861, and remained there as 
stated for many years. His two sons remained here 
and my father and mother returned before 1878 to 
their old home in the west. Heyward's History of 
Westminster mentions father and mother as follows: 
"They have always been actuated by much of the 
philanthropic spirit, and have displayed an abiding 
interest in the various reforms and in all movements 
looking to the welfare and happiness of their fellow 
men. They were among the earliest of the radical 
Abolitionists in Westminster, as they were also among 
the active friends and promoters of the cause of tem- 
perance, of woman's elevation, of universal suffrage, 
and of international peace. Formerh- they were 


members of the First Congregational Church of 
Westminster, but in later life they became sincere and 
earnest Spiritualists, in which faith they continue 
unto this day." 

My father, after he went west, helped to organize 
the Republican party in Wright county in 1856-7. 

My father is now a member of St. Paul Chapter 
of the Sons of the American Revolution. 

Of my own life there need not be much written. 
When I am gone to the life to come we will let others 
continue our history. I was a sickly child in my 
3'outh and have spent most of my days on a farm. 
They gave me a good common school education in 
New England, and we also attended the Westminster 
Academy in our town. In 1871 we went to Cleve- 
land, Ohio, to live, where we remained until 1879, 
clerk in the general office of the L. S. & M. S. Ry. Co. 
In the early days here we followed threshing in the 
fall for a business. We have kept a diary ever since 
1864. We have never sought public office, but we 
have been called to hold county, town and school 
offices. The Grange (P. of H.) has always received 
our support, as we believe the intelligence of the 
farmers of our country are its bulwark. 

A few years ago we were near^- blind with 
cataracts on the eyes, but by surgical operations our 
sight is well restored. 

There are many lines of the Hoar family in Min- 
nesota and other states, but we have not traced them 
as to their connection with the first John in our line. 
The name is now often spelled Horror Hoard. Heze- 
kiahHoar first settled in Scituate, Mass., afterwards 
Taunton, is mentioned as a brother of John, but we 
find no evidence of the fact. He came to New Eng- 
land perhaps before Joanna, and his children were 
Marcy, 1654; Nathaniel, 1656; Sarah, 1658; Eliza 
beth,1660; Edward, 1663; Lidia, 1655; Mary, 1669; 
Hezekiah, 1678. 

Richard Hoar, of Yarmouth (1641), was an early 
settler in New England. The name of Hore as an 


explorer with Hudson and others is mentioned in 

Settlers of Essex and Old Norfolk were Thomas 
Hoar and William Hore 1666-1670. 

The Hoar? did not escape being tried as witches. 
It is lucky that we of later days did not live in those 
days, or we would have to record more than one 
name. One Dorcus Hoar was tried for witchcraft in 
Essex Co., Mass., Sept. 9, 1692. Sentenced to death 
but was not executed. 


1st Gen. — Charles Hoare, Gloucester, Eng , b. , 

d. 1636; m. Margerie . 


1 Thomas, b. — , d. . 

2 Charles. 

3 , m. Thomas Hill. 

4 , m, Leonard Tarne. 

Note — My notes say "3" and "4-" were 3 Elinor' 
4 Anna (authority lost.) 

2d Gen.— Charles Hoare, Gloucester, Eng., b. , 

d. 1638. m. Joanna Hincksman, b. , d. Bain- 
tree Dec. 20, 1661. 

1 Thomas, (mother uncertain) bap. June 15, 1612. 

2 John. 

3 Daniel, b. Gloucester, Eng. 

4 Joanna, b. Gloucester, Eng., d. Braintree, m. 
Col. Edmund Quincy. He b. 1627, m. July 26, 

5 Leonard, b. Gloucester, Eng, 1630, d. Nov. 28, 
1675, Boston, m. Bridget Lisle, d. May 25, 1723, 

6 Margerie, b. Gloucester, Eng., d. March 10, 


1687,Braintree,m. 1st Mathewe, 2d m. Rev. 

Henry Flynt, Braintree. He d. April 27, 1668. 
3d Gen.— John Hoare, b. Gloucester, Eng., d. Con- 
cord, April 2, 1704, m. Alice in England 

(spelled Ales Con. Reg.), d. Concord June5, 1696. 

1 Elizabeth, b. , d. Concord Sept. 25, 1687, 

m. Jonathan Prescott, Concord, Dec. 23, 1675. 

2 Mary, b. , d. , m. Benj. Graves, Oct. 

21, 1668. 

3 Daniel. 

4th Gen.— Daniel Hoar, b. 1650, d. . 1st m. 

Mary Stratton, July 19,1677, dau. of Samuel and 

Mary. She b. Jan. 19, 1656, d. . 2d m. 

Mary Lee Oct. 16, 1717. 
Children by Mary Stratton— 

1 John, b. Concord Oct. 24, 1678, m. Ruth, settled 
in Sudbury. 

2 Leonard, b. Concord 1679, d. Brimfield April 
1771. Capt. 

3 Daniel. 

4 Jonathan, b. , d. at Castle (soldier) Oct. 26, 


5 Joseph, b. , d. at sea 1717. 

6 Benjamin, b. , m. Esther , d. . 

7 Mary, b. Concord March 14, 1689, d. June 10, 

8 Samuel, b. Concord April 6, 1691, des. in Ohio. 

9 Isaac, b. Concord May 1, 1695, settled in Sud- 

10 David, b. Concord Nov. 14, 1698, d. . 

11 Elizabeth, b. Concord Feb. 22, 1700-1 (Con. 
Reg. 1700.) 

5th Gen.— Lieut. Daniel Hoar, b. Concord 1680, d. 
Concord Feb. 8, 1773, m. Sarah Jones Dec. 20, 
1705 by Rev. Joseph Estebrooke. She dau. of 
John and Sarah (Farewell) Jones, b. June 4, 1686, 

d. . John Jones was b. July 6, 1656, and 

was son of John and Dorcas Jones of Concord. 
Sarah Farewell was dau. of John and Sarah, b. 

Ira Hoar. 
Died 10:10 A. M. March 17th. 1898. Aged 95 years. 1 month 
and 17 davs. 

Sarah Wyman (Hoar). 


May 2, 1662, m. John Jones May. 5, 1681. John 
Farewell m. Sarah Wheeler Nov. 4, 1658, and 
she d. May. 23, 1662. 
Children of Lieut. Daniel and Sarah— 
ljohn, b. Concord Jan. 6, 1707 or 1706, d. Lin- 
coln May 16, 1786, 1st m. Esther Pierce June 13, 
1734, 2d m. Elizabeth Cooledge Aug. 21, 1740. 

2 Jonathan; b. Concord Jan. 6, 1707, d. at sea 

3 Sarah, born Concord Sept. 3, 1710, d . 

Note— (See Con. Reg. p. 75.) Shatrick His. 
Con. has this child dau. of Leonard and Esther, 
but Con. Reg. p. 75 has a son Daniel b. to them 
May 7, 1710. 

4 Capt. Daniel, b. Concord 1713, d. Westminster 
Dec. 4, 1782, m. Rebecca Brooks, Concord Nov. 
24. 1743. She d. August 1764. 

5 Lucv, b. Concord 1714, d. May 5, 1798, m. 
John Brooks Oct. 23, 1745. 

6 Timothy. 

7 Elizabeth, b. , d. , m, Jacob Whitte- 

more of Lexington, Dec. 5, 1754. 

8 Mary, b. , d. , m. Zachariah Wesson 

May 10, 1750. 

6th Gen.— Timothy Hoar, b. Concord 1716, d. Jan. 
16, 1791, m. Abigail Brooks Jan. 23, 1752 by 
Rev. Daniel Bliss, dau. of Job and Elizabeth, b. 

April 21, 1734, d. . Job Brooks was son of 

Daniel and Hannah (Merriam) Brooks, b. April 
16, 1698, d. Oct. 26, 1788. Daniel Brooks was 
b. Nov. 15, 1663, d. Oct. 18, 1733, m. Hannah 
Merriam Aug. 9, 1692, and he was son of Josiah 
and Hannah Brooks. Hannah Merriam was 
dau. of John and Mary. She b. Sept. 7, 1669, d. 
Jan. 24, 1757. 

Children of Timothy and Abigail Hoar— 

1 Daniel, b. Concord Nov. 10, 1752, d. Dec. 16, 

2 Daughter, b. Concord. July 26, 1755, d. July 30, 


3 Isaac, b. Concord Dec. 29, 1756, d. , m.lst 

Anna Merriam Nov. 1,1781, d. Dec. 28, 1784, m. 
2d Mrs. Martha Bliss June 22, 1786. 

4 Timothy. 

5 Hannah, b. Concord Feb. 22, 1761, d. Jan. 19, 

6 Jonathan, b. Concord Jan. 7, 1763, d. Oct. 17, 
1808. m. Molly Bateman Sept. 19, 1786. 

7 Abigail, b. Concord April 23, 1768, d. Jan. 21, 

7th Gen.— Timothy Hoar, b. Concord, Thursday 4 
o'clock p. m., March 15, 1759, d. Westminster 
Jan. 10, 1832, m. Lydia Hunt, Concord Oct. 9, 
1788 by Rev. Ezra Ripley. (See Hunts.) She 
was b. Concord Aug. 24, 1768, d. Westminster 
Dec. 1, 1836. 
Children of Timothy and Lydia Hoar — 

1 William, b. Concord March 27, 1789 at 7 p. m., 
d. July 28, 1826, m. Mrs. Adiah (Upton) Mar- 
shall Jan. 15, 1814. She d. Aug. 12, 1867. 

2 Timothy. (See Timothy Horr family. ) 

3 Jonathan, b. Westminster Oct. 13, 1793, morn- 
ing, d. urn. Nov. 15, 1824. 

4 Lydia, b. Westminster Feb. 8, 1796 at 4:30 p. m. 
d. Feb. 18, 1873. 1st m. Sullivan Barns Jan. 1, 
1818. 2d m. Edward W. Kendall, May 1827. 

5 Leonard, b. Westminster July 3, 1798 at 1 a. m., 
d.July 25, 1863, m. Lucinda Sawin April 10, 
1823. She d. March 18, 1887. 

6 Abigail, b. Westminster July 2, 1800 at 6:30 p.m. 
d. Boston October 1852, m. Herman Torrey April 
2, 1831, 2 children. 

7 Ira. 

8 Louisa, b. Westminster Aug. 22, 1805 at 12:15 
a. m. (living), m. George Harris June 13, 1833, 2 

9 Nehemiah, b. Westminster Aug. 18, 1808 at 12 
night, d. March 4, 1866, urn., soldier in war of 
Rebellion; change name to Hunt. 

10 John, b. Westminster March 3, 1811, at 10:30 


p. m,, d. Greenfield, Jan. 30, 1897, m. Abiah Gan- 

nell Mp V . 15, 1842, 3 children. 
1846-7. Tneir cnuuicu are Harry Bowker, d 

Boston July 2, 1876. 

4 Christopher Columbus, b. Athol March 9, 1827, 

d. Dec. 15, 1889, 1st m. Mrs. Lucy F. Wadsworth 

December, 1868, b. Clarendon, Vt., May 23, 

Mav 9, 1833by Rev. Cyrus Mann. ' She 1>" ^Vest- 
minster March 31, 1806. (See Wyman.) 
Children — 

1 Alfred Wyman. 

2 Mary,b. Westminster April 10. 1838, m. Augustus 
Merritt, Monticello, Minn., Nov. 19, 1857. He 
b. Sept. 10, 1827 in New York, son of David I. 
Merrett and Sarah (Cropsey) Merrett. 

Their children are — 

1 Sarah Emma, b. Monticello, Minn., Sept. 23, 
1858, d. Cleveland, O., Feb. 6, 1878, urn. 

2 Mame Eva, b. Monticello Feb. 11, 1862. She m. 
Frank Hills, Cleveland, 0., Sept. 3, 1890. He b. 
Jan. 17, 1856, d. Kansas City Oct. 20, 1895. 
Mame Eva d. Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 4, 1892. 
One child, Eugene Hills b. Kansas City Oct. 19, 

3 William Henry, b. Cleveland, O., March 16, 1865, 
m. Anna Easter Wright June 27, 1894, Chicago, 
111., dau. of Thomas S. and Mary E. (Tuttle) 
Wright, b. Oct. 2, 1869. Children: 1 Rose 
Wright, b. Chicago, 111., Feb. 21, 1896. 2 Ruth, 
b. Chicago, 111., Aug. 16, 1897. 

4 Charles Augustus, b. Cleveland, O., July 17, 1867, 
d. Feb. 10, 1869. 

5 Rose Genevia, b. Cleveland, O., Feb. 8, 1869, m. 
Rotheus E. Byram Dec. 15, 1886, res. New York 
City. He born April 14, 1855. Children: Mil- 
dred, b. New York City June 22, 1890. 

6 Eugene Lansdall, b. Cleveland, 0.,Nov. 27,1870. 

7 Harry Davis, b. Cleveland, O., Jan. 7. 1874, d. 
April 7, 1877. 


3 William Harrison, son of Ira and Sarah, b. West- 
minster Anril 30. 1840, um. 
2d Mrs. Martha Bliss June 22, 1786. 

4 Timothy. 

5 Hannah, b. Concord Feb. 22, 1761, d. Jan. 19, 

6 Jonathan, b. Concord Jan. 7, 1763, d. Oct. 17, 
9th Gen.— Alfred Wyman Hoar, b. Westminster 

May 7, 1834; 9 a.m.,m. Josephine Jackson, Mon- 
ticello, Minn., May 25, 1869, by the Rev. L. C. 
Collins. Josephine Jackson b. Monticello, N. Y., 
Feb. 3, 1843. (See Jackson.) 

1 Charles Alfred, b. Monticello, Minn., Dec. 18, 
1871, at 9:40 p. m. 

2 Arthur Jackson, b. Cleveland, 0., Nov. 26, 1873, 
at 4:10 p. m., m. Florence Mae Holland, Minne- 
apolis, Minn., March 10, 1897. She b. Aug. 16, 


8th Gen.— Timothy Horr, b. Westminster July 24, 
1791, at 11 p. m., d. Worcester Feb. 20, 1868, 1st 
m. Lydia Bowker, Athol, Jan. 21, 1819. 2d m. 
Hannah H. Ellis, Providence, R. I., June 6, 1849. 
She b. Barre, June 7, 1814, d. Cambridgeport 
April 2, 1884. Lydia Bowker b. Phillipston, June 
9, 1794, d. Athol Sept. 11, 1848. 
Children by Lydia — 

1 Addison Dwight, b. Athol March 28, 1820, d. 
Boston Aug. 5, 1892, um. 

2 Lucy Ann, b. Athol, 1823, d. 1827. 

3 Susan Graves, b. Athol Jan. 24, 1825, d. Roxbury 
Aug. 13, 1892, m. Mathew Cheney May 25, 1846. 
Heb. North Orange June 21, 1821, d. Dorchester 
Dec. 3, 1896, 7:30 p. m. Children: Ella Bow- 


ker, b. Boston Nov. 22, 184-9. She m. Samuel D. 
Bowker, Boston, Dec. 17, 1873, He b. Jan. 17, 
1846-7. Their children are Hanw Bowker, b. 
Boston July 2, 1876. 

4 Christopher Columbus, b. Athol March 9, 1827, 
d. Dec. 15, 1889. lstm. Airs. Lucy F.YVads worth 
December, 1868, b. Clarendon, Vt., May 23, 
1836, d. Athol, June 14, 1886. She had dau. by 
1st hus., Jose, b. Oct. 23, 1855. 2d m. Ella Lou- 
isa Darling Jan. 28, 1888. No children. She 2d 
m. Howard and d. Athol Oct. 24, 1897. 

5 Charles, b. Athol Aug. 9, 1830, urn (living). 

6 Eliza, b. Athol 1832, d. 1834. 

Children by Hannah H. Ellis: 
1 Frederick Ellis, b. Athol April 11, 1853, m. Ellen 
Helena Dimond, Boston, Feb. 15, 1882. She b. 
Salisbury, X. H., June 29, 1845. No children. 


The name of Hunt is of English origin and dates 
far back in English History. It was spelled in differ- 
ent forms, and the meaning of the word is to "pur- 
sue." They appear to be a race of men devoted to the 
chase, and many of the branches were persons of 
wealth and leisure. Our line came from Halifax, 
Count}' of York, England, to New England about 
1635. The Hunts of this country in my line adopt 
the coat of arms of "Hunt of Carleton, Rothwell, 
County of York, England, A. D. 1286." The name is 
mentioned in the journals of the house of lords and 
commons, and in Queen Elizabeth's time many favors 
were bestowed upon the Hunts. If the lines of the 
Hunts have not kept up in qualit\ r in this country 
we certainly have in quantity. My father says that 


the Concord family sent a lawyer over to the old coun- 
try to establish their claim to a fortune, but he died 
on passage and nothing more was done about it. 

The first in our line that we have traced is one 
William Hunt, who is supposed to have settled in 
Concord Aug. 12, 1635. Bancroft says of this event: 
"As a little band toiling through thickets of rugged 
bushes, and climbing over crossed trees made its way 
along Indian paths to the green meadows of Con- 
cord." William Hunt was made freeman at Concord 
June 2, 1641. He was a large landholder, and left a 
large estate to his sons. A part of said lands are 
held to this day by William H. Hunt, a descendant 
of William. 

Nehemiah Hunt, father of Lydia, who married 
Timothy Hoar of Concord and Westminster, was 
engaged in the battle of Concord, April 19, 1775. 
My Grandmother, I/ydia, witnessed the battle, which 
was fought near her father's house. She said that 
there was no order on the American side that day. 
At first the Americans were on one side of the river 
and the British the other, but afterwards eve^one 
seemed to be firing as the}' pleased until the British 
soldiers left town. 

Revolutionary War Archives State of Massachu- 
setts, Secretary of State reports Nehemiah Hunt's 
services in Revolutionary war as follows: 

"Appears in an order for advance pay given by 
company, dated Cambridge, June 6, 1775, payable 
to Capt. Walker. Pay due on account ol service in 
Capt. Benj. Walker's Co., Col. Bridges Reg't. 

"Appears with rank of Private on muster and pay- 
roll ol Capt. Stephen Russell's Co., Col. Samuel 
Bullard's Reg't. Enlisted Aug. 15, 1777. Discharged 
Nov. 30, 1777. 

"Appears with rank of Private on muster and pay 
roll of Capt. Joshua Leland's Co. of Guards under 
Maj. Nathaniel He ith. Detached by order of Gen. 
Hancock to man forts in and about Boston. En- 
listed Oct. 5, 1779. Discharged Nov. 10, 1779." 


1st Gen. — William Hunt, b. Halifax, England, 

1605, 1st m. Elizabeth Best, who d. Feb. 27, 
1661. 2d m. Mrs. Mercy Rice 1664. He settled 
in Concord, Mass., Aug. 12, 1635, d. at Marlbo- 
rough October, 1667. 
Children of Elizabeth— 

1 Nehemiah. 

2 Samuel, b. , 1633. 

3 Elizabeth, b Concord 1636, d. Aug. 18, 1704, m. 
John Barron, April 1, 1664. 

4 Hannah, b. Concord Dec. 12, 1640. 

5 Isaac, b. Concord, 1647, d. Concord Dec. 12, 
1680, m. Mary Stone May 14, 1667. 


2d Gen. — Nehemiah Hunt, b.1631, d. Concord April 
6, 1717, m. Mary Toll June 2, 1663 (spelled Tooll 
Con. Reg.) She" b. 1644, d. Concord Aug. 29, 
Children by Mary— 

1 Mary, b. Concord Sept. 28, 1664, m. Eliphalet 
Fox Nov. 30, 1681. He d. Aug. 15, 1711. 

2 John, b. Concord April 16, 1666, d. May 19, 1666. 

3 John, b. Concord May 30, 1667, d. June 10, 1669. 

4 Nehemiah, b. Concord Sept. 29, 1669, d. Oct. 27, 
1718, m. Elener Hunt Aug. 23, 1705. 

5 William, b. Concord 1671, d. July 15, 1673. 

6 John, b. Jan. 12, 1673, d. May 3, 1765, m. Mary 
Brown April 29, 1703. She b. 1681, d. July 14, 

7 Mercy, b. Concord Nov. 29, 1676, d. Nov. 28, 
1733, m. David Whittaker Dec. 3, 1707. 

8 William. 

9 Hannah, b. Concord 1681, m. George Robbins, of 
Stow, March 3, 1719. 


10 Simon, b. Concord March 7, 1681, d. at Castle 
Soldier Oct. 8, 1702. 

11 Elizabeth, b. Concord 1684, m. Jeremiah Hop- 
kinson of Rowley, June 9, 1705. 

12 Rebecca, b. Concord 1686, m. Bateman. 


3d Gen. — William Hunt, b. Concord, Nov. 1,1678, d 
May 15, 1755, m. Mary Carly (maiden name 
French) widow of Abraham Carly. She b. 1685, 
d. Nov. 17, 1760. 
Children by Mary — 

1 Simon, b. Concord 1711, d. Aug. 9, 1777, m. Anna 
Barron Jan. 20, 1742. She d. Dec. , 1794. 

2 William, b. Concord, March 20, 1715, d. Jan. 14, 

3 Mercy, b. Concord May 22, 1718. 

4 William, b. Concord April 11, 1720, m. Elizabeth 
Hildreth of Wesford, April 3, 1746. 

5 Nehemiah. 


4th Gen. — Nehemiah Hunt, b. Concord April 19, 
1727, d. Nov. 14, 1785, m. Submit Bateman by 
Rev. Mr. Bliss April 11, 1762. She b. Concord 
Aug. 21, 1742, d. October 1791. 
Children by Submit — 

1 Mary, b. Concord Aug. 22, 1762, d. March 26, 

2 Nehemiah, b. Concord April 27, 1764, d. Feb. 18, 

3 David, b. Concord June 15, 1766, d. Nov. 1848. 

4 Lydia. (See Hoar.) 


5 John, b. Concord Nov. 17, 1770, d. Jan. 10, 1849. 

6 Hephsibah, b. Concord Feb. 4, 1773, d. Westmin- 
ster April 21, 1861, m. Thomas Estabrook, West- 
minster. He b. June 4, 1772, d. Jan. 1, 1849. 

7 Submit, b. Concord May 11, 1775, d. Westmin- 
ster Oct. 13, 1841, m. Timothy Fessenden, West- 
minster Published July 12, 1800. He b. June 6, 
1773, d. Westminster Oct. 22, 1834. 

8 Sarah, b. Concord May 5, 1777, m. 1st William 

Convers of Bedford, Nov. 13, 1800, m. 2d 


9 Polly, b. Concord May 11, 1779, m. Perley, 


10 Anna, b. Concord Sept. 16, 1781, m. Abner 
Wright Dec. 29, 1803. He b. Nov. 13, 1769. 

11 Meriam, bi Concord Dec. 15, 1784, d. Westmin- 
ster Jan. 10, 1812, m. Joseph Brown, Westmin- 
ster; 2 children. He married 3 times. He was b. 
Oct. 13, 1780, d. March 31, 1826. 


1st Gen. — Thomas Bateman, settled Concord, d. 
Feb. 6, 1669, m. 1st Martha , who d. Con- 
cord Aug. 3, 1665, m. 2d Margret Knite Jan. 27, 
1668; no children by Margret. 

2d Gen.— Thomas, son of Thomas and Martha Bate- 
man, m. Abigail Merriam, dau. of George and 
Susana Merriam, April 25, 1672. Sheb. May 15, 
1647-8, d. Aug. 14, 1684. 

3d Gen.— John, son of Thomas and Abigail, b. Con. 

cord April 12, 1679, m. Elizabeth . Shed. 

Nov. 20, 1715. 

4th Gen.— John, son of John and Elizabeth, b. Con- 
cord Oct. 18, 1706. He d. Nov. 17, 1752, m. 
Anna Wheeler Feb. 10, 1731-2. 
Children by Anna — 


1 Elizabeth, b. Concord March 25, 1733, m. John 
Brown Jan. 26, 1757. 

2 Jonas, b. Concord Jan. 17, 1735. 

3 John, b. Concord Oct. 21, 1737. 

4 Mary, b. Concord, Feb. 26, 1739-40. 

5 Submit, b. Concord Aug. 21, 1742, m. Nehemiah 

6 Thomas, b. Concord Feb. 3, 1744, d. May 1, 

7 Lydia, b. Concord March 7, 1746. 

8 Rebekah, b. Concord Sept. 15, 1749. 

9 Hephsibah, b. Concord Feb. 16, 1752. 


Timothy Wheeler, son of Thomas and Sarah, b. 
Concord July 24, 1667, d. April 14, 1718, m. 
Lydia, dau. of John and Sarah Wheeler, May 19, 
1692. Of their children Anna was b. Sept. 26, 
1713 and m. John Bateman Feb. 10, 1731-2. 


The name of Wyman is of German derivation. 
The first in my mother's line that we have traced was 
named Francis, of the parish of West Mill, Hereford- 
shire, England, husbandman. 

In his will, dated Sept. 15, 1658, and proved Feb. 
14, 1659, he gave to his son Thomas his tenement, 
lands, buildings, and all the rest of his goods, except 
unto Jane his wife 10s., sister Susan Hewitt (widow) 
40s, and "to his two sons over the sea, Francis and 
John, £10 each if they come over to demand same." 
We are not certain whether the two brothers came 
over the sea together or not, but Francis arrived in 


Charlestown prior to 1641 and settled in Woburn. 
With his brother John he buys of Joseph Rooke, at- 
torney of J. Coggin, the administrator of Thomas 
Costmere, 500 acres of land in 1665. Francis and 
John were the first settlers of the Wyman family in 

Francis was a tanner by trade. A selectman in 
167-4-5. Inclined to the Baptist faith. It is written 
on his tomb, "The memory of ye just is blessed." 

Lieut. John, brother of Francis, was b. 1621, m. 
Nov. 5, 1641 to Sarah Xutt and had ten children. He 
d. May 9, 1684. A John Wyman was killed by the 
Indians at the Narragansett fight, Dec. 19, 1676. A 
David Wyman was in Capt. Samuel McCobb's Co. in 
Revolutionary war, and many others of the Wyman 
family were in that war. 

From Francis' and Abigail's line my grandfather. 
David Wyman, was born in 1767, and came to West- 
minster in 1793. In July, 1792, he bought in lot 112 
water power with a fulling mill and clothiers shop 
on the same. He in early life learned the business of 
fulling cloth at Dracut and in Westminster he carried 
on a large business in that line during life. He left a 
large estate for those days at his death. After his 
death his son Franklin bought out all the water 
power, known as Wachusett Village, and established 
several paper mills in the village. He also had a 
chair shop for wood seat chairs. He retired from 
business and removed to Worcester in 1871. In 1892 
the water power and lands were sold to the cit\ T of 
Fitchburg, with all the buildings thereon. He held 
town office for several years and was a representa- 
tive in the general court from 1863 to '67. Joel, son 
of David, entered the first class at Amherst College, 
graduated in 1828, afterwards studied medicine at 
Charleston, S. C, and practiced medicine in that 
state and owned a large tract of land. 

Benjamin, son of David, was a prominent man in 
Westminster and held several town offices. He was 


postmaster of Wachusettsville and justice of the 
peace for many years. 

Alfred, son of David, established the "Westmin- 
ster Bakery," in Westminster, and afterwards carried 
on the business in Worcester. He was a friend of 
Garrison and for many years engaged in the anti- 
slavery movement. 

Our mother taught many terms of school in 
Westminster before her marriage. 


1st Gen.— Francis Wyman, Parish of West Mill, Eng., 

b. , d. 1659, m. 1st supposed Elizabeth , 

who was buried June 22, 1630. m. 2d Jane , 

mentioned in will. 
Children as in church register, West Mill Eng.: 

1 Francis, bap. May 2, 1617. 

2 Thomas, bap. April — , 1618. 

3 Frances, bap. Feb. 24, 1619. 

4 John, bap. Feb. 3, 1621. 

5 Richard, bap. March 14, 1623. 

6 William, bap. Aug. 31, 1628, d. July 1630. 


2d Gen.— Francis Wyman, bap. West Mill, Eng., May 
2, 1617, d. Woburn Nov. 28, 1699, m. 1st Dudith 
Pierce, dau. of John and Elizabeth, Jan. 30, 1644; 
m. 2d Abigail Reed, dau. of William Reed, Oct. 2, 
Children by Abigail — 

1 Judith, b. Woburn Sept. 29, 1652, d. Dec. 22, 1652. 

2 Francis, b. Woburn 1654, d. urn. April 26, 1676. 

3 William, b. Woburn 1656, d. 1705, m. Prudence 
Putman, dau. of Thomas. 


4 Abigail, b. Woburn 1660, d. Sept. 17. 1720. ra. 
Stephen Richardson. 

5 Timothy. (Farmer.) 

6 Joseph, b. Woburn Nov. 9, 1663 (trade, tailor) d. 
July 21, 1714, urn. 

7 Nathaniel, b. Woburn Nov. 25, 1665, d. Dec. 8,, 
1717, m. Alary Winn. 

8 Samuel, b. Woburn Nov. 29. 1667, d. May 17. 
1725, m. Rebecca Johnson. 

9 Thomas, b. Woburn April 1, 1671, d. Sept. 4, 
1731. m. Mary Richardson May 5. 1696, she d. 
Jan. 7, 1743. 

10 Benjamin, b. Woburn Aug. 25. 1674. d. Dec. 19, 
1735, m. Elizabeth Hanccck, who d. Bedford 
March 1749. 

11 Stephen, b. Woburn June 2, 1676. d. Aug. 19. 

12 Judith, b. Woburn Jan. 15, 1679, living in 1715, 
m. Nathaniel Bacon. 


3d Gen. — Timothy WvMAX,b. Woburn Sept. 15,1661, 

d. 1709, m. Hannah . 

Children by Hannah — 

1 Hannah, b. Woburn July 7, 1688, d. , m. 

Israel Reed June 1, 1717. 

2 Timothy, b. Woburn April 5, 1691. m. Hannah 

3 Solomon, b. Woburn Oct. 24, 1693, d. July 4, 

4 Joseph. 

5 Eunice, b. Woburn Feb. 24, 1698. d , m. Hen- 

r\- Tottingham Sept. 7, 1721. 

6 Ann, b. Woburn March 18-26, 1700. d. urn. 
March 25, 1744. 

7 Judith, b. Woburn Jane 11-16, 1702, d. , m. 

John Wright, Cambridge, March 23, 1725. 


8 Eli, b. Woburn March 11, 1704, d. um. Aug. 22, 

9 Ebenezer, b. Woburn March 21, 1706, d. . 

10 Hester, b. Woburn . 

11 Elizabeth, b. Woburn . 

12 Prudence, b. Woburn March 8, 1709, m. Thomas 


4th Gen.— Joseph Wyman, b. Woburn Nov. 1, 1695, 
living 1772, settled in Billerica, Mass., and Pel- 
ham, N.H., m. Ruth Baldin, b. 1702, d. Sept. 20, 
Children by Ruth— 

1 Ruth, b. Sept. 15, 1723, d. Aug. 8, 1805. 

2 Joseph. 

3 Levi, b. Dracut April 16 or July 11, 1731-2. 

4 John, b. Dracut Sept. 9, 1739. 


5th Gen— Joseph Wyman, b. Sept. 10, 1725, d. 1775, 
m. Mary Johnson April 16,1752. Shem.2dJohn 
Children by Mary— 

1 Mary, b. Oct. 22, 1752, d. about 1825, m. Joel 
Hardy, 1773. 

2 Sarah,.b. March 20, 1755, d. . 

3 Phoebe, b. Aug. 12, 1756, d. , m. James Brown; 

Windham, March 18, 1783. 

4 Joseph, b. May 18, 1761, d. 1763-4. 

5 Betsey, b. June 20, 1764, d. , m. at Brandon, 

Vt., Snow. 

6 David. 

7 Amos, b. Pelham, N. H., Jan. 12, 1770, d. Ben- 
nington, Vt., about 1824, m.two wives, last one 
d. 1816, at Westminster, Mass. 


6th Gen.— David Wyman, b. Pelham, N. H., March 
18, #767, d. Westminster March 7, 1839, m.Hul- 
dah Brown March 4, 1795. She b. Westminster 
Oct. 18, 1773, d. Westminster April 11, 1843. 
Children by Huldah— 

1 Huldah, b. Westminster Get. 31, 1795, d. West- 
minster Oct 4, 1800. 

2 Jonas, b. Westminster Dec. 4,1796, d. Oct. 3, 

3 Harriet, b. Westminster Oct. 25, 1798, d. Oct. 6, 

4 Joel, b. Westminster Dec. 6, 1800, d.S. C.Jan. 20, 
1883, m. Clemtina C. Hay, Beaufort, S. C, March 
20, 1832. 

5 Benjamin, b. Westminster Aug. 13, 1802, d. West- 
minster Oct. 22, 1894, m. 1st Lydia Bacon, West- 
minster Aug. 1, 1832, d. July 5, 1834; m. 2d Lu- 
cinda Merick, Princeton, 1836. d. June 7, 1842, 
m. 3d Mrs. Lovey (Hazen) Sprague, Aug. 23, 
1843, d. March 4, 1889, 2 children. 

6 Huldah, b. Westminstr Aug. 22, 1804, d. West- 
minster Jan. 24, 1865, m. Horatio Eager, West- 
minster, May 25, 1834, d. Sept. 30, 1875; 4 chil- 

7 Sarah (see Hoar.) 

8 Franklin, b. Westminster Jan. 20, 1808, d. Wor- 
cester Aug. 12, 1893, m. 1st Henrietta B. Hazen, 
Shirley, Dec. 3, 1839, d. June 26, 1860, 3 children; 
m. 2d"Amelia E. Brooks, Ashby, Dec. 19, 1861, d. 
Aug. 7, 1864, 1 child; m. 3d Sophia L. Gardner, 
Shirley, Dec. 7, 1865, 1 child. 

9 Marcus, b. Westminster Oct. 10, 1809, d. West- 
minster May 20, 1843, urn. 

10 David, b. Westminster Feb. 8, 1812, d. Minneap- 
olis, Minn., Oct 5, 1876, m. Mary Jackson, West- 
minster, Dec. 2, 1841. (See Jackson.) 

11 Harrison, b. Westminster Oct. 20, 1813, d. West- 
minster Oct. 11, 1855, m. Mrs. Jane (Wilder) 


Lock Nov. 16, 1846, 2 children. 

12 Adeline, b. Westminster April 5, 1816, d. Mon- 
ticello, Minn., Aug. 24, 1882, m. Fredrick J. Hay, 
Beaufort, S. C, May 25, 1844, 6 children. 

13 Alfred, b. Westminster March 13, 1819, d. Wor- 
cester June 13, 1895, m. Abbie Furbush, West- 
minster, May 25, 1843, d. Worcester July 13, 
1894; no children. 


Children by Mary Jackson. (See Jackson.) 

1 Marcus, b. Westminster Nov. 12,1846, d. Monti- 
cello, Minn., March 21, 1874. 

2 Ella Rosa, b. Westminster Nov. 9, 1850, d. Mon- 
ticello, Minn , Aug. 17, 1871. 

3 Ada Eudora, b. Westminster June 3, 1854, d. 
Minneapolis, Minn., May 16, 1890, m. Wilmot 
Parcher, Monticello, Minn., June 23, 1874; no 
children, family now extinct. 


1st Gen. — Edward BROWX,of Inkburrow, Worcester- 
shire, Eng. 

2d Gen. — Nichols Browx, son of Edward, who set- 
tled in New England. 

3d Gen.— Joxathax Browx, son of Nichols, m. Mehit- 
able Hay, Reading, Mass. 

4th Gen.— Joxathax Browx, son of Jonathan and 
Mehitable, b. Reading 1742, d. Westminster, 
March 14, 1821, m. Huldah Hawkes of Leomis- 
ter. She b. 1743, d. Westminster Jan. 1, 1819. 
Children by Huldah— 

1 Jonathan, b. Westminster Aug. 30, 1765, d. July 
24, 1840, m. Beulah Jackson. 

2 Benjamin, b. Westminster, March 9, 1769, d. 

1802. m. Jemima Jackson. 

3 Joseph, b. Westminster April 6, 1772, d. Sept. 11, 

8th Gen.— Cyrus B. Jackson. 

Rachel Jane (Crooker) Jackson. 


4- Huldah, b. (See David Wyman.) 

5 Sally, b. Westminster Dec. 14, 1778, d. ,1802. 

6 Joseph, b. Westminster Oct. 13, 1780, d. March 
31, 1826. m. Miriam Hunt. (See Hunt.) 

7 John, b. Westminster, March 13, 1785, d. March 
29, 1809, m. 1st Nancy Knower, March 2, 1805; 
she d. July 3, 1805; m. 2d Sally Knower Jan. 10, 

Jonathan Brown, 1th, services in the Revolu- 
tionary war: Went as Private in Capt. Esta- 
brook's Co., Col. Asa Whitcomb's Reg't, 10 days. 
Cambridge, Mass., April 1775, went as Private in 
Elisha Jackson's Co., Col. Bridges Reg't, 10 days, 
Aug. 1777. East Hoosick, X. Y. 


The name of Jackson is derived from Jack and Son; 
a worker in metals or engaged in trade. When first 
used as a surname is not known. The first that we 
have traced in my wife's line is Christopher, who 
lived in London, England, and owned a fine estate in 
the east part of the great metropolis. He had two 
wives, five sons, and ten daughters. His son, 
Deacon John Jackson, settled in Cambridge (now 
Newton. Mass.) in 1639. He was born in 1600, bap- 
tized in the Parish of Stepny, London, Eng., June 6, 
1602, and died in Newton, Mass., Jan. 30, 1674-5. 
He took freeman's oath in 1641. Left lands and 
£1230 in money. He was the first settler in Newton 
and it is said that his male descendants are now 

Edward Jackson, brother of John, is in our line, 
and came from White Chapel, London, Eng., to New- 
ton, Mass., about 1642. Took the freeman's oath in 
May, 1645. His trade was a nail maker. He pur- 
chased a farm of Gov. Bradstreet in 1646 of 500 acres 
for £140, which farm Gov. B. bought of Thomas 
Mayhew of Watertown in 1638, the consideration of 
which was six cows (see Suffolk deeds vol. 1), it 
being the same farm, in part, recently held by Jona- 
than Hunnewell, and the same in part by William 
Jackson and several others at Newton Corners. He 
is said to be one of the first men of the Colony. He 
was chosen Representative from Cambridge in 1647 
and was elected to that office for sixteen years, and 
was otherwise much engaged in public life. He was 
constantlv present with the Rev. John Eliot at his 



lectures to the Indians at Nonantum, to take notes, 
both of the questions made by the Indians and the 
answers by Mr. Eliot. He married 2d Mrs. Elizabeth 
Oliver after his arrival in this country. She was the 
widow of Rev. John Oliver, a graduate of Harvard 
College 1645, first minister of Runnery Marsh (Chel- 
sea) and a daughter of John Newgate of Boston. 
She was a woman of remarkable energy and useful- 
ness, and was long known and looked to as the 
mother of the village. She was so in a peculiar sense, 
for she not only left a numerous posterity herself, biit 
was present and assisted at the birth of every child 
in town for nearly half a century. Forty-four (44) 
descendants of Edward were in the Revolutionary 
w^ar from Newton or near that place. He died in 
1681 leaving an estate of 1,600 acres of land, two 
slaves valued at £5 each, and £2,477 19s. 6d. (See 
will Inv. Midd'l Prob. Office, Vol. 5 P. 111.) 

He bequeathed 400 acres of land in Billerica 
(bought in 1656) books and manuscripts, and all the 
debts due him in England to Harvard College, twen- 
ty-five (25) acres of land in Newton for the use of the 

His son, Sebus, or Seaborn, was a soldier in King 
Philip's war and his son Edward drew Lot No. 42 
(1st div.) in Narragansett No. 2 (Westminster). This 
Edward, with Samuel, were standing committee 
of the proprietors of Narragansett No. 2, 1733-4. 
Edward and Zachariah Smith built the first house in 
Narragansett No. 2. 

Sebus settled in Newton on part of his father's 

Of the other children of the 1st Edward Jackson, 
Sr., Jonathan settled in Boston; took freeman's oath 
in 1671. Kept shop in Cornhill and was burned out 
in 1679. 

Edward settled on homestead. Representative 
from Newton in 1702; ordained deacon 1707. He 
had Samuel b. 1695 and d. 1742. He m. Bovodell 
Jackson and she m, 2d Thomas Prentice. He settled 


on homestead and his son, Capt. Samuel, b. March 

6, 1739, married Balwinand had no children and 

the male descendants became extinct in this branch. 
He also settled on his father's place, but he was indo- 
lent and intemperate and the ancient and beautiful 
homestead passed out of the hands of the Jacksons. 

Isaac Jackson, 5th in our line held town office in 
Newton and had lands in Westminster. 

Edward Jackson, 6th, son of Isaac, was in the 
Revolutionary war as follows: Ten (10) days in 
Capt. John Estabrook's Co., Col. Asa Whitcomb's 
Reg't.; rank Private. 

Ten (10) days in Capt. Elisha Jackson's Co., Col. 
Bridges' Reg't., August, 1777. Also 27 days in same 
Com. under Gen. Gates, stationed at Fishkill, N. Y.; 
rank Private. 

Cyrus Brooks Jackson, son of Edward, the^th, 
was a prominent Odd-Fellow when living at Monti- 
cello, N. Y., belonging to Mongaapa Lodge No. 298. 
Also deputy sheriff of Sullivan Co., N. Y. He was 
Brigadier General of the State Militia of Pennsylva- 
nia of the counties ot Susquehanna and Wayne, First 
Brigade, 10th Div. Date of Com. June 6, 1859. 

He was a member of the Legislature (lower 
house) State of Minnesota, in 1872. 


1st Gen.— Christopher Jackson, b. , d. , m. 

two wives and had five sons and ten daughters. 
He died in London, Eng., in December 1633. His 
son John, b. in London, Eng., in 1600, d. at New- 
ton, Mass., Jan. 30, 1674 or '75. Settled in Cam- 
bridge, Mass., in 1639. His son Edward came to 
Newton, Mass., in 1642. Names of the other 
children not traced. 


2d Gen.— Edward Jackson, b. White Chapel, Lon- 
don, Eng., 1602, baptized Feb, 3, 1604, d. at 
Newton, Mass., July 17, 1681. m. 1st Frances 

, London, Eng.; m. 2d Mrs. Elizabeth Oliver, 

dau. of John Newgate, of Boston, March 14, 

1648. She b. 1617, d. at Newton, Sept. 30, 1709. 

Children by Frances, born in London, Eng. — 

1 Israel, bap. March 9, 1631. 

2 Margaret, bap. Jan. 1, 1633. 

3 Hannah, b. 1631, bap. May 1, 1634, m. John 

4 Rebecca, bap. Oct. 12, 1636, m. Thomas Prentice. 

5 Caleb, bap. Oct. 10, 1638. 

6 Joseph, bap. Sept. 13, 1639. 

7 Frances, b. , d. at Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 5, 


8 Jonathan, b. , d. at Boston, , 1693. 

9 Sebus (or Seaborn) b. on passage to America in 

Children by Elizabeth — 

10 Sarah, b. at Newton, Jan. 5, 1649; m. Rev. Nehe- 
miah Hobart, Newton, March 21, 1677. 

11 Edward, b. Newton Dec. 15, 1652, d. 1727 (will 
proved November, 1727), m. Abigail . 

12 Lydia, b. Newton 1656, d. July 12, 1726. m. 
Joseph Fuller, son of John Fuller, Newton, 1679. 

13 Elizabeth, b. Newton April 28, 1658, d. ; m. 

1st John Prentice, son of Capt. Thomas, June 28, 
1677; 2d unknown. 

14 Ruth, b. Newton Jan. 15, 1664, d. 1692, urn. 


3d Gen.— Sebus Jackson, b. 1642, d. Newton, Dec. 6, 
1690; m. Sarah Baker, of Roxbury, April 19, 
1671. She b. , d. 1726. 


Children by Sarah— 

1 Sebus, b. Newton, Sept. 12, 1672, d. young. 

2 Edward. 

3 John, b. Newton, Jan. 2, 1675, d. . 

4 Sarah, b. Newton, Nov. 8, 1680, m. John Draper, 

5 Elizabeth, b. Newton, March 2, 1683, m. 1st 

Grant, m. 2d John Taylor, 1714. 

6 John, b. Newton, March 15, 1685, m. Mary 


7 Jonathan, b. Newton, Dec. 10, 1686, went to sea 
1714, last known. 

8 Mary, b. Newton, Dec. 26, 1687, m. Daniel Cook, 
April 1722. 

9 Joseph, b. Newton, March 6, 1690, m. Patience 


4th Gen. — Edward Jackson, b. Newton, May 12, 

1673, d. Newton 1766, m. Mary . 

Children by Mary— 

1 Experience, b. Newton, Aug. 9, 1696, m. Jonathan 
Toser 1718. 

2 Edward, b. Newton, Oct. 1, 1698, m. Abigail . 

3 Isaac. 

4 Sarah, b. Newton, Oct. 28, 1703, m. Philip Nor- 
crose (see will vol. 30.) 

5 Sebus, b. Newton, April 20, 1706, m. Abigail 

6 Michael, b. Newton, Feb. 28, 1709-10, m. Phebe 

7 Rev. Jonathan, b. Newton, June 25, 1713, d. June 
26, 1736. Graduated Harvard College 1733. 

8 Anna, b. Concord, August 1714. 


5th Gen.— Isaac Jacksox, b. Newton, Feb. 2,1701, 
d. Feb. 5, 1769, m. Ruth Greenwood, dau. of John 
Greenwood. July 10, 1729. 
Children by Ruth— 

1 Josiah, b. Newton, April 23. 1730. d. Westmin- 
ster Feb. 5, 1776, m. Mary Darby Jan. 30, 1755. 
She 2d m. 1783 , Jonas Winship. She d. at West- 
minster, Feb. 4, 1823. 

2 Isaac, b. Newton, May 29, 1732; 3 wives. 

3 Oliver, b. Newton, Sept. 15, 1731, d. um. 1757. 
1 Elisha, b. Newton, Feb. 2. 1737. d. at Gardner. 

5 Edward. 

6 Ruth, b. Newton, Oct. 17, 1741, d. , m. Capt. 

Edward Fuller. 1759. 


6th Gen. — Edward Jacksox, b. Newton. Sept. 3, 
1739, d. Westminster, Aug. 25,1830. He settled 
in Westminster in 1766; m. Jemima S. Trow- 
bridge, dau. of Jonathan and Jemima, of Newton . 
She b. Newton 1715, d. Westminster Feb. 20, 
Children by Jemima — 

1 John, b. Westminster, July 19, 1767, d. Dec. 27, 
1855; m. 1st Susannah Sawyer, published April 
11, 1792, dau. of Jonathan and Susannah. She 
b. Westminster, Feb. 22, 1770, d. Dec. 1. 1831; 
8 children; m. 2d Mrs. Nancy Lynde. b. 1786, d. 
Feb. 8, 1869. 

2 Milicent, b. Westminster, June 12, 1769, d. Oct. 
28, 1825, m. David Cowee", Dec. 22, 1789. He b. 
March 2, 1763, d. 1828. 

3 Jemima, b. Westminster, Sept. 15, 1771. d. 1804, 
m. Benjamin Brown Jan. 25, 1796. He b, March 
9, 1769, d. 1802. 


4 Edward, b. Westminster, Feb. 25, 1774, d. Dec. 
15, 1776. 

5 Olive, b. Westminster, May 9, 1776, d. Aug. 18, 
1859, m. Samuel Bruce, who d. Feb. 26, 1830. 

6 Anna, b. Westminster, March 1, 1778, d. May 9, 
1821, m. Jonathan Whitman, published Sept. 30, 

7 Edward. 

8 Joseph, b. Westminster, Aug. 11, 1782, d. , m. 

Eunice Bolton. She b. Aug. 9, 1786. 

9 Ruth, b. Westminster, Aug. 26, 1784, d. Feb. 15, 

10 Josiah, b. Westminster, March 28, 1787, d. , 

res. N. Y., m. Betsey Kendell. 
11 Levi, b. Westminster, March 12, 1790, d. May 
25, 1799. 


7th Gen.— Edward Jackson, b. Westminster, Aug. 8, 
1780, d. Jan. 3, 1860, m. Dolly Brooks, May 16, 
1804, dau. of Jonathan and Mary (Winship) 
Brooks, of Fitchburg. She b. Aug. 31, 1781, d. 
July 15, 1863. 

Children by Dolly— 

1 Levi, b. Westminster, Oct. 10, 1804, d. Sept. 14, 

2 Edward Lyman, b. Westminster, April 17, 1807, 
d. Dec. 1, 1824. 

3 Levi, b. Westminster, Dae. 14, 1809, d. April 
21, 1865, m. Jane Grant, May 13, 1838, of 
Brunswick, Me. 

4 Cyrus Brooks. 

5 Dorothy, b. Westminster, June 21, 1813, d. in- 

6 Dolly, b. Westminster, Nov. 29, 1815, d. Sept. 22, 
1895, m. George W. Whitney, published Sept. 9, 
1837. He b. March 7, 1813, d. July 8, 1896. 


7 Mary, b. Westminster, Sept. 5, 1818. d. Monti- 
cello, Minn., Feb. 19, 1897, m. David Wyman 
(see Wyman.) 


8th Gen. — Cyrus Brooks Jackson, b. Westminster, 
Jan. 12, 1812, d. Monticello, Minn., Oct. 2, 1878, 
m. 1st Mrs. Rachel Jane (Crooker) Hodgkins, 
dau. of Francis Winter and Jane McCobb Crook- 
er, Bath, Me., by the Rev. Hudson, Boston, Feb. 
17, 1838. She b. Bath, Me., April 19, 1816, d. 
Friendsville, Pa., Jan. 11, 1864. She m. D welly 
T. Hodgkins, March 3, 1S33, at Bath, Me. He 

b. Dec. 12, 1810, d. . Children- William D. 

Hodgkins, b. Bath, Me., Nov. 3, 1835, d. at Mon- 
ticello, N. Y., Sept. 24, 1841. He m. 2d Abbie A. 
Chiccster at Mt. Yernon. N. Y. May 27, 1872. 
Children by Rachel Jane— 

1 Mary Frances, b. Monticello, N. Y., March 13, 
1841 (see Stanley.) 

2 Hannah Josephine (see Hoar), b. Monticello, N. 
Y., Feb. 3, 1843. 

3 Edward Lyman, b. Monticello, N. Y., Sept. 6, 
1844, d. Monticello, Minn., Feb. 12, 1887, urn. 

4 Susan Adelaide, b. Monticello, N. Y., Aug. 5,1847 
(see Bailey.) 

5 Gen. Andrew, b. Monticello, N. Y., Aug. 14, 1849, 
d. June 26, 1856. 

6 Charlotte Webster, b. Monticello, N. Y., March 
25, 1851, d. Friendsville, Pa., Sept. 14, 1863. 

7 Charles Carroll, b. Monticello, N. Y., Nov. 16, 
1853, m. Isabel A. Allen, Red Lake, Minn., Nov. 
30, 1876, dau. of Dr. Charles P. Allen and Adelia 
(Harris) Allen, of Princeton, 111. No children. 

8 Dolly Jane, b. Monticello, N. Y., May 25, 1855, 
m. Linton Z. Noel, Santiago, Minn., Nov. 2,1887. 
He d. Sept. 10, 1895. No children. 


9 Cyrus Buel, b. Friendsville, Pa., April 16, 1857. 
(See family.) 
10 Alice Clara, b. Friendsville, Pa., Feb. 3, 1859, d. 
Kandiyohi, Minn., March 22, 1888, m. William 
W. McMicking, Monticello. Minn., Dec. 25, 1882. 
Children: Alice Elizabeth, b. Monticello, Minn., 
Dec. 22, 1883. 


9th Gen— Mathew Stanley, b. Choconut, Pa., Dec. 
15, 1829, m. Mary Frances Jackson, Union, N.Y., 
July 12, 1863. 

1 Jennie R., b. Choconut, Pa., Nov. 7, 1864, d.June 
15, 1865. 

2 Belle, b. Choconut, Pa., Sept. 17, 1866. 

3 Edward Jackson, b. Choconut, Pa., Jan. 16, 1869. 

4 William Archie, b. Choconut, Pa., May 24, 1873. 

5 Mary Ann, b. Choconut, Pa., March 5, 1876. 

6 Alice Winifred, b. Choconut, Pa., Oct. 1, 1879. 

7 Charles Jasper, b. Choconut, Pa., Feb. 3, 1883. 


9th Gen.— Samuel V. Bailey, b. , m. Susan Ade- 
laide Jackson, Monticello, Minn., Oct. 30, 1870. 
Children: Josephine W., b. Pine City, Minn., 
Aug. 5, 1873, m. Dr. Frank Archibald, Aug. 31, 
1896. Adopted Alice Elizabeth McMicking in 


9th Gen.— Cyrus Buel Jackson, (see Jackson). He 
m. Jessie E. Robinson, Tiffany, N.D.June 1,1886. 


She b. Cataruqui, Frontinac Co., Canada, Sept. 
20, 1865. Children: Edward L., b. Morris, N. 
D., June 2, 1887, d. Oct. 19, 1896. Lilia Mae, b. 
Morris, N. D., Sept. 29, 1888. A daughter b. and 
d. 5 weeks old. Earl, b. Morris, X. D., Oct. 21, 


The original house of Denny dates back to A. D. 
1400, and was in Huntingdonshire, England. John 
Denny moved from there in 1495 to Combs, Suffolk 
County, England. Thomas descended from John, 

married Grace , and their son, Samuel Denny, was 

born in 1689 in Combs, England. He came to New 
England July 20, 1717, and settled in Georgetown, 
now Phipsburg, Me., in 1719. He held town office 
and was Chief Justice of the Court of Common 
Pleas, and President of the Court of Sessions for Lin- 
coln County, then a part of Massachusetts. Samuel 
Denny, b. Combs, Suffolk Co., England, 1689, m. 1st 
Miss Sarah Robinson, who d. 1750; m. 2d Airs. 
Rachel (Loring) White, Aug. 15, 1751, at North Yar- 
mouth, by the Rev. Nichols Loring. Sheb.Hull, Suf- 
folk Co., Oct. 25, 1717, d. July 15, 1752. She had a 
son, John White, and by Samuel Denny, Rachel Den- 
ny, b. June 23, 1752, who m. Samuel McCobb, Feb. 
18, 1768. Samuel Denny m. three times, d. June 2. 


1st Gen.— James McCobb, b. in Ireland, 1710, d. New- 
England, 1788. Came to New England in 1731. 
m. 1st Beitress Rodgers, his cousin, who d. Feb. 
1772; m. 2d Mrs. Hannah Miller, Mav, 1774, who 


d. July 1779; m. 3d Mrs. Mary Hill, Oct. 1782, 
who d. March 1802. 
Children by Beatress — 
ljohn, b. 1738, Georgetown, killed at Quebec 

2 Isabella, b. 1740, Georgetown, d. Oct. 1815. 

3 George, b: 1742, Georgetown, d. 1761. 

4 Samuel. 

5 James, b. Georgetown, 1746, d. May 16, 1783. 

6 Beatress, b. Georgetown, 1748, d. Dec. — , 1816. 

7 Thomas, b. Georgetown, 1750-1, d. . 

8 and 9 Margaret and Thomas, b. Georgetown, 
January 1754, Margaret d. July, 1810, Thomas 
d. 1811. 

10 Nancy, b. Georgetown, April, 1757, d. Feb. 13, 

Children by Hannah — 

11 and 12 Polly and Jenny, b. 1775, Jenny d. 1812, 
. Polly d. 1817. 

13 Thomas, b. February, 1778, d. 1815. 


2d Gen. — Samuel McCobb, b. Georgetown, now 
Phipsburg, Me., Nov. 20, 1744, m. Rachel Denny, 
Feb. 18, 1768, by the Rev. Ezechiel Emmerson. 
He d. July 30, 1791 . He owned a large farm and 
timber lands on the Kennebec River a few miles 
south of Bath, Me. "He was a man conspicuous 
for his benevolence, charity and ability, esteemed 
as a gentleman, friend and statesman. Active in 
life and beloved by all, he died as he lived in the 
hope of a glorious immortality." In 1775 he went 
as a delegate to the Provincial Congress of Mas- 
sachusetts, at Water town. He was commis- 
sioned Captain in the Continental Army May 17, 
1775, to Dec. 1775, and was in Col. John Nixon's 
Reg't, under Gen. Putnam at the battle of Bunker 


Hill at the rail fence. Camped on Winter Hill 
Oct. 7, 1775. He went on expedition in Col. 
Enos' command to Quebec. He was a Colonel of 
Maine militia, Feb. 14, 1776, and ordered to 
Rhode Island. In 1779 did service at the siege 
of Castine. After Gen. Wadsworth's capture he 
was appointed Brigadier General of militia for 
the eastern division of the district of Maine. 
Children by Rachel — 

1 Daughter, b. Georgetown, March 24, 1769, d. 
March 25, 1769. 

2 Denny, b. Georgetown, Feb. 13, ] 770, Col. U. S. 
37th Reg't Inf tyin war 1812; transferred to 45th 
Reg't; Dis. June 15, 1814; m. Hannah Crooker, 
Bath, Me., Nov. 18, 1798. She d. Bath, Me., 
1856. He d. July, 1849. 

3 Beatress, b. Oct. 1, 1772, m. Andrew Reed, May 
12, 1793. 

4 Rachel, b. June 24, 1774, m. Joseph Trott, Aug. 
25, 1796. 

5 Nancy, b. Feb. 1, 1777, m. Nichols LoringMitch- 
ell Aug. 1797. 

6 John, b. Feb. 9, 1779, m. Sally Westen, Alexandria, 
Va., May 13, 1802. He d. December, 1848. 

7 Jane, b. April 7, 1781; born 7th day of the month, 
7th day of the week and the 7th child. 

8 Sally, b. May 15, 1783. 

9 Parker, b. March 30, 1785, m. Mrs. Rebecca Hill 
McCobb, Sept. 15,1816. He d. Portland, Me., 



3d Gen.— Jane McCobb, b. Georgetown, Saturday 
morning, April 7, 1781, m. Francis Winter 
Crooker, Bath, Me., Sunday evening, by Rev. E. 
Emmerson, May 19, 1799, d. Wednesday even- 
ing, Dec. 15, 1819. He was b. June 29, 1775, d. 
Bath, Me., Jan. 2, 1849. 


Children — 
1 and 2 Rachel and Hannah, b. Georgetown, Me., 
March 8, 1800. Rachel d. Sept. 2, 1800. Han- 
nah m. Nov. 4, 1827, John Skolfield. Shed. Bath, 
Me., June 12, 1849. 

3 Isaac Winslow, b. Bath, Me., June 8, 1802, d. 
coast of Africa 1830. 

4 Francis Winter, Jr. b.Bath, Me., June 18, 1804, 
d. Oct. 27, 1828. 

5 John McCobb, b. Bath, Me., Sept. 3, 1806. 

6 William Sterner, b. Bath, Me., Feb. 5, 1809, d. 
Jan. 21, 1810. 

7 Samuel McCobb, b. Bath, Me., Nov. 19, 1810, d. 
New York; m. Alice F. Rodick. 

8 Wil S wanton, b. Bath, Me., June 3, 1813, d. at 
sea 1832. 

9 Rachel Jane, b. Bath, Me., April 19, 1816. (See 

10 Mary Ann, b. Bath, Me., November 1818, d. April 


1st Gen. — Isaiah Crooker, b. , of New England, 

came to ancient Reach (Bath, Me.) in 1748. 
Owned large tract of land on the Kennebec River. 
He was a large man (weight 400 lbs. in prime) 
and was noted for his solid and steadfast charac- 
ter. Hem. 1st Betsey Philbrook, dau. of Jona- 
than; m. 2d Hannah Harding about 1761. 
Children by Betsey — 

1 Priscilla, b. Bath, Me., April 15, 1757. 

Children by Hannah — 

2 Huldah, b. Bath, Me., May 4-6, 1762. 


3 Isaiah, b. Bath, Me., April 12, 1764. 

4 Elizabeth, b. Bath, Me., March 29, 1767. 

5 Jonathan, b. Bath, Me., Oct. 16, 1769. 

6 Gamaliel, b Bath, Me., May 20, 1771. 

7 William Swanton, b. Bath, Me., April 9, 1773. 

8 Francis Winter, b. Bath, Me., June 29, 1775. 

9 Fackens, b. Bath, Me., July 13, 1778. 

10 Hannah, b. Bath, Me., April 30, 1781, m. Gen. 
Denny McCobb. 

11 Zaschens, b. Bath, Me., . 


The County of Wright is bounded on the east by Henne- 
pin, following the Crow river from its north fork to the 
Mississippi; on the south by the Counties of Carver and 
McLeod; on the west by the Counties of Meeker and Stearns; 
on the north by Sherburne. The Clearwater river between 
Stearns, and the Mississippi on the north. Its area in squai*e 
miles is 713.97. 

Wright County was established Feb. 20, 1855, and was 
formerly a part of Cass County, which was established Sept. 
1, 1851, and was attached to Benton County. The population 
of the County, according to U. S. and state census from 1850 
is as follows: 1850, none; I860, 3,729: 1865, 5,028: 1870, 9,457; 
1875, 13,775: 1880. 18,104; 1885, 22,790: 1890, 24,164; 1895, 27,653. 
The assessed valuation of the County (1897) is $5,631,816. At 
the time the County was organized under the territorial legis- 
lature, S. B. Olmstead represented us in the council and 
James Beatty and Fred Andros in the house. 

Minnesota was admitted into the Union May 11, 1858, the 
first senator from this County being Samuel E. Adams, who 
was also in the second legislature ( 1 859-60. ) The first repre- 
sentative (second legislature) was Jackson Taylor, of Buffalo, 
and the first territorial associate justice was Moses G. Sher- 
burne. The first judges of district court, State of Minnesota, 

James Hall. May 24, 1858 to Oct. 1, 1858. 

Edward O. Hamlin, to Dec. 31, 1858. 

Charles E. Vanderburgh, Jan. 1, 1859 to Jan. 12, 1882. 

When the territory, now Wright County, was first in- 
habited by man can never be known. 

Our religion and civilization came from Asia, and we 
look there for the birthplace of man. It seems reasonable 
that this country, or the lost Atlantis, may have been the 
abode of man long before the historic age. In Mexico and 
other states evidence of a past civilization that will compare 
favorably with ours, was found when our race came to this 

The Tulhuatecas (Toltecs ) are said to be of a race far 
advanced in civilization, agriculture and architecture, and the 
Aztecs under Montezuma were in many respects the superior 
of the followers of Cortes. In our county the only evidence 
of a race of men superior to the Indians are the Mound 
Builders. At the time of their residence here the lakes and 



rivers must have been in the same condition as they were 
when first discovered by white men. There were a number of 
mounds on my claim in 1854, the most remarkable were three 
in the shape of a triangle. The County must have been well 
settled at that time and where the mounds are found it must 
have been free from timber. This was a heavily wooded terri- 
tory when first settled by white men, except a few prairies on 
the north. The Mound Builders knew the use of copper and 
pottery. Remnants are found in many places. Here the 
mounds seem to be used for the burial of their dead. There 
was no signs of great battles fought here as in some places in 
the Mississippi valley. 

Who the first white man was to tread the soil of Wright 
County is uncertain. It is said the Earl of Selkirk's party at 
one time camped one and a half miles west of the mouth of 
Crow river for a short time. 

The first permanent settler that we have record of was 
John McDonald, of the town now Otsego, who made claim in 
Sec. 17, T. 121 R. 23 in April 1852. and moved his family there 
the 16th of August. This territory was ceded by the Dako- 
tahs on July 23, 1851. It was first claimed by Spain andceded 
to France, then in 1803 to the United States. 

At the same date Lewis McDonald came to Otsego and 
settled in the town. He appears to have been the first white 
man that was married in the now Wright County. 
Married by O. H. Kelly, one of the founders of the Grange.' 

James McPherson. a Scotchman, and his half-breed wife, 
settled in September, 1852, in Sec. 15 same town. Soon after 
a child was born to them, which was the first white child born 
in Wright County. 

A. L. Cooley settled on Sec. 16. same town, in fall of 1852. 
In the township now Montieello Frederick M. Cadwell and 
Herbert W. McCrory came to the County in August. 1852, and 
settled on the banks of the Mississippi. McCrory at the mouth 
of Mill Creek and Cadwell in T. 122 R. 25. They got a bateau 
from Gov. Ramsey and polled it up the river from St. 
Anthony looking for claims. This boat (tne Gov. Ramsey) 
was the first steamboat above St. Anthony and was built 
about 1850. The machinery was brought from Maine by 
water. Capt. Rollings, master. It ran to Sauk Rapids and 
carried Indian goods. Cadwell and McCrory put up hay that 
year and cut wood for the boat. They bought a yoke of oxen 
that winter and the next year (1853) broke up land and raised 
corn and buckwheat. The buckwheat was taken to St. An- 
thony and ground into flour, which appears to be the first 
raised in this County. 

The Winnebago Indians were here at this time. They 
were brought into the territory of Minnesota prior to 1850, 
and had a reservation above Sauk Rapids, but having trouble 
with the Chippewas soon after their settlement here, they 
moved down the Mississippi to the big woods of Cass (now 
Wright County. ) 

A. C. Riggs, then in the U. S. army, helped to move these 
Indians to Minnesota. A payment was held in this township 
on the Mississippi in the year 1853, and in 1854-5 we remem- 
ber many of them as they passed our cabin nearly every day 
from Lake Pelican to Butt alo Lake. They also had a camp at 
Crow river near Rockford. Their head chief. Winneshiek, was 
a man of note, and if he sent for any article at our place they 


always offered to pay for it. They removed on a new reser- 
vation ( Blue Earth) in the spring of 1855, in canoes by way of 
the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. 

In the year 1853 some claims were made, but it does not 
appear that they were permanent settlers. A. C. Riggs 
marked one in the town that year. In the year 1854 many per- 
manent settlers came into the County. Mr. Proctor came in the 
spring and made a claim where the village of Monticello was 
first laidout. Row Brasie and family came in July: William 
Van Ness came with Mr. Brasie, made a claim and soon after 
brought his family. In September and October Moritzious 
Weissberger and A. C. Riggs laid out the town of Moritzious 
(700 acres of land) surveyed by S. M. McManus. 

J. B. Rich and Robert Ford also made claims about this 
date. About Nov. 1st I came to this township with my father 
(Ira Hoar), George Brown ( a cousin of mother's), Joseph 
Brown, a brother of George, also cousin of mother, Harrison 
Perkins, who married a cousin of mine, and we all made 
claims. At the same date Augustus Mitchell, Hosea Hana- 
ford (who was killed by a tree on Feb. 9, 1856) and L. D. 
Flanders came and made claims in Monticello township. 

I remember that our party traveled in a lumber wagon to 
Brown's hotel at Big Lake from St. Anthony, and the only 
method of crossing the Mississippi river was by fording with 
teams or by a dugout ( which was made out of a log by Messrs. 
Cadwell and McCrory in 1853. ) When our party went over the 
river to the west side, so many were in that the canoe was low 
in the water. We were told to sit still and not one of us dis- 
obeyed. That being my first experience in a canoe, I was 
glad to land on the shores of the now Wright County. There 
were but three white women in this town that fall and winter, 
Mrs. Brasie, Mrs. Aug. Mitchell and Mrs. Van Ness. Other 
settlers in 1854 were Selah Markham, Dean, Pepin, Laplant, 
Carrick, Helm and others, all near the north line of the County. 
In the winter and spring of 1855 settlers and claims were numer- 
ous along the Mississippi river, and all the prairie in the 
northern part of the County was taken up. 

The first child born in the village of Monticello was John 
G. Riggs, Dec. 16. 1855, died Dec. 1, 1876, son of George W. 
and A. Riggs. 

In the township first child born was a daughter to Mr. and 
Mrs. Augustus Mitchell, Oct. 13, 1855. 

First death of an adult was Anna, wife of Carlos Caswell, 
died June 24, 1855, age 54. 

The families of George Brown and Harrison Perkins 
remained in St. Anthony during the winter of 1854-5. Father, 
myself, George and Josaph Brown built a cabin on the claim 
of Joseph Brown on the bank of a lake. It was built of boards 
and partly made into the bank. It was warm and comfort- 
able. It was used as a school house afterwards. My sister 
Mary taught the first school in it outside of the village. 

We made rails for fencing. Had a yoke of oxen and 
hauled lumber for our own houses from Elk River that winter. 
The boards for our cabin were towed by a rope across from 
the east bank of the Mississippi in the canoe before mentioned, 
and a team took them to Mr. Brown's place. My father and 
Mr. Joseph Brown returned east for their families in February, 
1855, and in May they returned to the county. 


The village of Monticello was laid out late in 1854-5. 
Samuel M. McManus, S. T. Creighton and Win. Creighton 
bought out the Proctor claim, and James C. Beekman bought 
out the claims of W. G. McCrory and son and 299 acres were 
platted and recorded as the town of Monticello, County of 
Cass, attached to Benton County. 

In 1£55 a charter was granted for Monticello Academy, 
also for a ferry. 

Moritzious was laid out on a part of the old town of the 
same name and a long law suit was the result. Many other 
towns were laid out in our County that year and the next, 
most of them on the banks of the Mississippi. But few are 
known at the present time. 

In Monticello a steam saw mill was in course of erection 
in the fall of 1855 and in operation the next spring at a cost 
of $15,000. 

In May, 1855, James Chambers and his brother Thomas 
built the first frame building, and it was used as a store in the 
village. In 1856 William Chandler built from the first lumber 
of the new saw mill a hotel, and many other buildings were 
erected during the year. Other proprietors of the town at 
this date were Z. M. Brown. T. G. Mealey and J. G. Smith. 
The Moritzious town was changed to Lower Monticello and a 
new steam saw mill was erected thereon during the year. 

Mr. Woodman & Co. commenced business in this mill in 
1857. The first permanent doctor was Dr. Mulvey. and Mr. 
Thomas was one of the first lawyers. 

The hotels in 1857 were Jefferson, by Mr. Bennett; Monti- 
cello (lower town) by Mr. Gross. My father had an interest 
in this house. 

The first ferry in Monticello was established May 1, 1855, 
by Ashley C. Riggs. The first ferry in the County is said to 
be Mr. McDonald's in Otsego in 1854. 

The first school taught in the County is said to be in 
Otsego by Mrs. Alva L. Cooley in 1854. 

In Monticello E. W. Merrill taught the first school and on 
Sept. 15, 1850, the Monticello Academy was in operation with 
75 students in attendance. E. W. Merrill and sister, princi- 
pals, Miss Fellows, music teacher. Samuel Wilder taught 
singing school winter of 1855-6. 

The Methodists established the first church and we had a 
missionary who preached to us in 1854-5. Next, Congrega- 
tionalist and Baptist. 

First postmaster James C. Beekman. 

Mr. H. C. Bunce brought the first printing press into the 
County in the winter of 1856-7. 

David L. Kingsbury set up the first number of a paper 
during the same winter. But a few numbers were issued. He 
is now assistant librarian of the State Historical Society, St. 
Paul, Minn. Mr. Bunce sold the press to a syndicate of the 
town proprietors in 1857. 

The first number of the paper under the new proprietors 
was issued May 21, 1857, called the Monticello Times. S. T. 
Creighton, J. F. Bradley, editors. C. M. Kenton, assistant 
editor and publisher. Terms $2.00 per year, always in ad- 

In this number of the Times the several business firms in 
the towns of Monticello and Lower Monticello were mentioned 
as follows: 


Shahle & Co., bakery. 

H. C. Bunce, Wright & Co., hardware, stoves, &c. 

Thomas Chambers & Bro., Rosenberg & Brown, Fox & 
Mealey, dry goods, groceries, &c. 

Cooledge & Brown ( Calvin Cooledge and Theodore Brown) 
furniture warehouse. 

Du Young & Robbins. meat market. 

A. F. Barker, house, sign and carriage painter. 
P. Smith, contractor and builder. 

B. Smith, forwarding and commission. 

Samuel E. Adams, drugs and medicines. This was the 
first drug store in Wright County. Mr. Adams, of Rutland, 
Vt., came to Monticello June 1. 1856. He also was agent for 
the Buffalo village and had a land office, was notary public, 
attorney at law, &c. 

Ed. P. Abbott, civil engineer and surveyor. 

J. W. Mulvey, M. D. He was married May 4, 1857, to 
Nancy A. Chandler. 

A. W. Wood, county surveyor. 

Smith & Brown, deposit office and real estate. 
Upper ferry, J. F. Gallow. 

B. F. Thomas, attorney at law. 

Steamboats, H. M. Rice, North Star, A. R. Young, 

In the same issue is found a legal notice: 

Wright County. \ bb - 

In the matter of the estate of Oliver Woodard, deceased. 
The appraisers and commissioners were J. R. Ames and C. 
P. Gould. Dated Rockford, May 14, 1857. 

There does not appear to be any early records of the busi- 
ness in the probate court. Like most records they were kept 
on legal cap paper and we have not ascertained when the first 
case was presented to the court. 

In July the Times mentions that the grasshoppers were 
leaving. They were a great scourge to the early settlers here: 
many lost all their crops and had to have outside assistance. 

The price current, as stated in the Times, was: Flour, 
$4 65 and $5.75: corn, $1.40 bushel: oats. $1.25: potatoes. $1.50 
bushel: butter, 35 and 40 cents pound: eggs. 25 cents dozen; 
sugar, 16 and 25 cents pound: molasses, $1.00 and $1.25 per 
gallon; hay, $3.00 a ton, and strange to relate wood was $5.00 
a cord. 

The Academy, here known as School District No. 7, which 
is so called unto' this day, had a meeting of the legal voters to 
see about building a school house. June 30, 1857. Adjourned 
to July 11, when it was voted to issue bonds in amount of 
$7,000. interest at the rate of 1 per cent, per annum. The 
building was to be two stories, 1st 13 feet high, 2d 15 feet, and 
size 44x56 feet. The second story was used as a court room 
as long as the county seat remained in Monticello. 

The townships were nearly all subdivided by the United 
States in the years 1855-6, which was much needed by the first 
settlers in the county. 

The first frame "house and birn that was built in Wright 
County, no doubt, was built by John McDonald, of Otsego. 
In March and April, 1855, George Brown built the first frame 


house in Monticello township, which is still standing. My 
father also in May, 1855, built his house, the timber was hewed 
out by hand by Mr. Bursley and myself. All the early settlers 
in the "Bier Woods" received for their reward hard labor 
with but little profit. The timber was mostly of hard wood 
and very dense and heavy. Oxen were in use in the 
early days and but a few acres could be cleared at a time. 
The timber was removed by logging- and burning. There was 
no town in the south part of the County, and those early set- 
tlers on the south side of Crow river had many of them to 
pack their provisions to their claims. Rockford was one of 
the first towns on the Crow river. The village was settled in 
1855 by George F. Ames, Joel Florida and G. D. George. 

The village of Buffalo was platted in 1856 by Amasa Ack- 
ley, G. A. J. Overton and Jackson Taylor. In 1807 the 
County seat was removed from Monticello to this village. In 
1859 occurred the Wright County war, which was occasioned 
by the hanging of Oscar F. Jackson by persons unknown, 
after his return to the county. He was tried and acquitted in 
the district court in the spring of 1859 for the murder of Henry 
A. Wallace in the fall of 1858. The digging of ginseng did 
much to help the settlers in the early days of this county. 
The first new threshing machine that was brought into the 
County was an eight horse power of the Pitts make, which 
was bought by Ambrose Bryant and my father in 1858. My 
father went to Chicago for the machine and for many years it 
was in use in the County. The land grant for railroads by 
the United States, in 1857, did more to retard the settlement of 
the county than any other event at this date. 

Odd sections were withdraw from pre-emption and but few 
settlers sought this part of the state. The hard times and 
failure of state banks in the state and west left us without 
currency. We remember that the "Five Million Loan Bill" 
gave us a currency that made us happy for a moment and sad, 
for years to come. I received some of these bills that came 
to me in sheets. I suppose that they thought I had more time 
to cut them than themselves, but fortune favored me in not 
losing but one dollar in the operation. 

In the civil war Wright County furnished a large number 
of men. In Monticello they had thirty one-year men to their 
credit at the close of the war. 

The last of August, 1862, the Indian scare drove most of 
the settlers with their families into the towns, nea.rly all at 
Monticello. The Indian war broke out at Acton, Meeker Co. 

We had friends some 15 miles from there, Messrs. Hey- 
wood and Allen with their families, of whose fate we were 
much alarmed about, but although within the Indian lines at 
the time of leaving their homes, they were allowed to depart 
in peace. They laid it to the kind treatment that was always 
shown to the Indians by them. 

Our place was left to its fate one night when the alarm 
was at its height, and the next day we were kindly informed 
of the fact. Tliat day we kept a free public house and a few 
of our neighbors remained with us for a place of defense and 
refuge. I remember it was more than ten days before we 

Brother and myself hunted much in winter and we were 
well supplied with guns. 

After the scare was over we were out with our team forty 


days in different parts of the state working for "Uncle Sam." 

In 1863 in June, near Smith Lake, Mrs. Dustin and some 
of her family were killed by the Indians. This was the only 
massacre by the Indians in this County. Some stock was 
stolen by them. 

In March, 1872, Ball & Fish started the Big Woods Citi- 
zen at Delano. This paper was organized into a stock com- 
pany the same year with a capital stock of $10,000, onlv a 
small portion of the stock being paid in. Mr. I. Gutzwiller 
was elected president and the name of the paper was changed 
to the Wright County Eagle and subsequently to the Delano 
Eagle. This paper was printed on the first newspaper press 
brought to Minnesota. 

In the village of Clearwater a saw mill was erected in 1850 
and a flouring mill soon after. 

Simon Stevens, Dr. Wheelock, Oakes, Porter, Webster, 
Farwell and others were here in 1855. 

Rockford had a saw mill in 1856 and a grist mill soon 
after. Other sawmills were built previous to 1860. 

We will here close our early notes of the County by in- 
serting a few notes taken from the official records of the 


Proceedings of the Board of County Commissioners of 
the County of Wright, Territory of Minnesota. 

Board met at Monticello Village, the County seat of said 
County, April 9, 1855, and organized by electing John Mc- 
Donald, Sr., chairman. J. D. Taylor and Archie Downiequali- 
fied for the office of commissioners. 

John O. Haven was elected clerk of the board and register 
of deeds of the County of Wright. 

Herbert W. McCrory was appointed sheriff, Wm. Creigh- 
ton district attorney. James C. Beekman was appointed 
county treasurer. 

Israel Record was appointed judge of probate. John O. 
Haven was appointed county surveyor. Row Brasie was 
appointed county coroner. Selah Markham, Joseph Brown 
and Dudley P. Chase were appointed county assessors. 

The county was divided into three election precincts — viz.: 
1. Big Bend, 2. Monticello, 3. Pleasant Grove. 

Place of holding elections: 1st precinct, house of Selah 
Markham. Judges of election: Selah Markham, John O. 
Dow and John Oakes. 

John O. Dow and Archie Downie were appointed justices 
of the peace. Oscar Dow and John Lowell, constables. 

Place of holding election 2d precinct, house of William 
Creighton. George Brown, William M. Van Ness and Samuel 
M. McManus were appointed judges of election. 

Samuel M. McManus and George M. Bertram were ap- 
pointed justices of the peace. Newel Houghton and J. B. 
Rich were appointed constables. 

Place of holding elections 3d precinct, house of John Mc- 
Donald. Ezra Tubbs. Charles Lambert and Caleb Chase were 
appointed judges of election. 

John McDonald and Ezra Tubbs justices of the peace. 
William Casely and Otis S. True were appointed constables. 

Archie Downie, Jonah B. Locke and D. D. Ingersoll were 
appointed road supervisors for the county. 


Each precinct was made a school district. 
No. 1, Dudley P. Chase, agent. 
No. 2, Nathan Fletcher, agent. 
No. 3. Selah Markham, agent. 

The clerk had permission to keep his office in his houso 
until a place was provided. 

Attest:— J. O. HAVEN, Clerk. 


The chairman and J. D. Taylor present. 

A petition for a road from Waterville, near the mouth of 
the Crow river, to Monticello, was received and D. D. Inger- 
soll, Philips Rodgers and the county surveyor were appointed 
viewers to meet on the 16th of July. 1855. 

A petition for a road from Monticello to El Dorado City 
was received and Frederick Emory, Selah Markham and the 
county surveyor were appointed viewers to meet at the house 
of James Chambers in Monticello. 

A petition for a school district from David Hanaford. 
Arthur B. Hanaford and others was received and granted. 

Hurbert W. McCrory resigned the office of sheriff and 
Joseph W. Walker was appointed sheriff. 

Stephen J. Mason judge of probate in place of Israel 
Record, not qualifying. 

Some more road petitions received. 

Board adjourned. 

BOARD MET JULY 23, 1855. 

The assessment roll was received, corrected and adopted. 

A tax of 11 mills was laid on the taxable property of the 

The roll as corrected was $33,863. 

The county tax was $575.(57. 

School tax was $84.66. 

The tax duplicate was placed in the hands of Joseph W. 
Walker for collection. 

( Note — My father was one of the heaviest taxpayers at 
this time, and as he did not approve of assessing this tax he 
at first thought that he would not pay his tax, but he told the 
sheriff that he would. He asked for a receipt but the sheriff 
had none. He wished to mark it paid, but at last my father 
settled it by writing a receipt and the sheriff signed it. ) 

At this meeting the grand and petit jury lists were 

The following are the list: 


Jonah Locke, Fred Emory, Nathan Fletcher, 

Fred Barker. E. W. Merrill, Abraham Wood, 

Joseph Brown, Joseph Brooks, C. S. Boyd, 

Samuel Wilder, Row Brasie, Ezra Tutabs, 

G. Barns, D. L. Ingersoll. J. W. Voorhees. 

A. Bartlett, William Munse, G. W Bertram. 
A.J.Hubbard, Daniel Worthing, H.Bradley, 

B. F. Bursley, L. S. Carpenter, John O. Dow, 

D. B. Sutton, John Oakes, Henry Chambers, 

James Phillips. Selah Markham, Samuel Carring, 

J. F. Palmen, Charles W. Lambert, J. O. Beekman. 

Pevish T. Record, Caleb Chase, 


Wyman Elliot, 
Robert Ford, 
D. P. Chase. 
Daniel McPherson, 
Joseoh Perkins, 
William Casely, 
Ira Hoar, 
Luther Tubbs. 


Charles La Plant, 
John McDonald, 

of Clear River, 
Henry Heaps, 
John McDonald, Jr. 
F. M. Cadwell, 

Attest: — 

W.W. Sears, 
C. B. Jorden, 
Hiram Nickerson, 
Hurbert W. McCrory, 
John Mallett 
George Brown, 
Israel Record, 
Ralph Voorhees, 
William M.Raddiff. 
J. W. Hanaford, 
Charles Ketley, 
L. Demick, 
Henry Perkins, 
Augustus Mitchell, 

William Murch, 
John B. Rich, 
William G. McCrory, 
Calvin Blanchard, 
Harrison Perkins, 
John Pippin, 
O. W. SI after, 
T. Harn, 
L. D. Flanders, 
Philips Boyden, 
Oscar E. Dow, 
John S. Lowel, 



Register of Deeds for Wright Co., Minn. 

There was no book of the records of the district court 
until 1858. 

First judgment entry then was July 20, 1858, George W. 
Knowlton vs. Thomas and James Chambers. Edward O. Ham- 
lin, judge 4th judicial district; Thomas Chambers, clerk; by 
James Chambers. 

The first deed put on record in the register of deeds office 
was a quit claim, S. T. and William Creighton to William 

A part of the town site of Monticello, with 40 acres of land 
in part. Deed given the 2d of July, 1855. Received 4 o'clock 
■p. m. 2d August. 1855. John O. Haven, register of deeds. 

First mortgage deed. Josiah Outhoudt to Carlos Wilcox. 
Made 22d September, 1855. Received 3 o'clock p. m., Jan. 5, 

Jan. 6, 1857, a petition was received by the board of coun- 
ty commissioners, consisting then of D. P. Chase, H. W. Mc- 
Crory and Ambrose Bryant, to establish the precinct of 
Buffalo. The petition was granted and Amasa 'Ackley 
Moses S. Calkins and S. B. Culver were appointed judges 
of election. George A. J. Overton, justice of the peace. Am- 
asa Ackley, constable. Moses S. -Calkins, road overseer. 

April 7. 1857. George A. J. Overton and others petitioned 
for a road from Linn street, Buffalo, to run past the houses 
of John Wilson, Archibald Grant on east side of Lake Pu- 
laski, thence to the house of Ira Hoar, thence on i section 
line to the house of Samuel Houlton, to connect with county 
road. July 0, 1857, the report of the viewers was received and 
petition granted and road ordered surveved. 

April 5, 1858, was the last meeting of the board of com- 
missioners, and Sept. 14, 1858, the board of county supervis- 
ors met for the first time. 

In 1857 my father was road overseer of Monticello pre- 
cinct and opened some of the first county roads. The Hon. 
Henry Kreis often remarks of his being warned out by him to 
work on the roads, and my father congratulated himself on 
having a Lord and Kreis in his district. 


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