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1718 - 1918 


This family history is privately printed to carry out the 
wishes of Mrs. Adelaide L. Wright, my wife, to whom those 
who will receive it are indebted for many of the valuable rec- 
ords which it contains. 

With best wishes for the living and cherished memories 
for the dead, I am, 

Faithfully yours, 



The purpose of the following pages is to trace through 
eight generations the history of a branch of the Henry family, 
with a view to make a permanent record of the lineage of 
many, living and dead, who, bearing many different family 
names, have descended from a common ancestor, an immi- 
grant to America in the days of its early history. 

In doing this the compiler has had the aid of one whose 
labors have ended, who took a deep interest in gathering and 
arranging the material here presented. ''Aunt Addie" was 
happy with the thought that copies of the book would be dis- 
tributed among her kindred and handed down to posterity. 
In some ways it is a memorial of her, and I feel that no excuse 
is needed for placing first in this record the name of her with 
whom I lived twenty-seven years in the dearest of human re- 
lationship, or for paying her my tribute to the qualities which 
won for her, in my heart, and in the hearts of many others, 
abiding and precious memory. 

By her artistic temperament she was attracted to things 
which appealed to her highest nature. She was a reader of 
good books. She was passionately fond of good music, and 
was a member of the Handel and Hayden Society for fifty 
years. She was happy in beautifying her home. Her house- 
keeping was filled with little kindnesses for her husband, of 
whose tastes and needs she was ever thoughtful. 

One of the secrets of her attractiveness was her quiet 
musical speaking voice in which her beautiful character 
found expression. When he, who afterwards became her 
husband, first heard her speak she was not visible to him, but 
he soon sought an introduction. Her voice, then and always, 
brought calm, peace, rest and courage. It deeply impressed 
others. Men, women, children and animals all felt the mag- 
netism of her modulated tones. Each sentence was a caress, 
however dignified the words might be. 

In all the relations of life she was thoughtful and con- 
siderate of others, — wholly unselfish and helpful in good 
things ; but her greatest happiness was in her love and devo- 
tion for her husband and home. 



During the year 1718, before the great tide of emigra- 
tion from the County of Ulster, Ireland, had set in, a party of 
three hundred Presbyterians sent a petition to the Hon. Sam- 
uel Shute, Governor of New England, asking permission to 
make a settlement in New Hampshire. The original copy of 
that petition is still preserved. It shows that four of the sign- 
ers were sumamed Henry. No. 121 on the list was Robert 
Henry. No. 144 was Robert Hendry. No. 247 was Robert 
Hendry and No. 229 was William Hendry. 

Many who then emigrated appear to have been brothers, 
or near of kin. It therefore is suggested that a search be made 
in the north of Ireland for records of those emigrants who 
were heads of the several Henry branches in America. Among 
such progenitors were Robert, Hugh, John, WiUiam and Mal- 
colm Henry. 

** Robert Henry (our progenitor) sent to Londonderry, 
Ireland, for Miss Charity Thompson, who was his destined 
bride" (see page 11) and this may be taken as a clue to Robert 
Henry's birthplace. 

The Scotch-Irish people in America have ever been noted 
for their thrift and integrity. In every part of our land may 
be found distinguished representatives of this rugged and 
forceful race. Among the illustrious names in New Eng- 
land we find General John Stark and General Henry Ejiox 

of the Revolution, and General George B. McLellan of the 
Civil War, and Matthew Thornton, the signer of the Declara- 
tion of Independence, and Horace Greeley, the editor, and 
Asa Gray, the botanist, and John Lothrop Motley, the histo- 
rian, all scions of Scotch-Irish migration. 

Further south were other figures, Patrick Henry, Governor 
Edward Rutledge, Vice-President Calhoun, President An- 
drew Jackson, President William McKinley and last but not 
least, President Woodrow Wilson. 


A review of our branch of the Henry Family in America 
shows that one Robert Henry bought land in Leicester, Mass., 
of Daniel Denny, in 1728. He probably came from the north 
of Ireland in 1718-20, with the Londonderry, N. H., colony. 
We have the names of 317 Irish petitioners for this colony to 
Gov. Shute of N. E., asking permission to settle at London- 
derry, N. H., and among this list is the name of Robert Henry, 
which may have been the signature of our first American an- 
cestor in the Henry line. 

But these emigrants from the north of Ireland did not 
all settle in Londonderry. A considerable number settled in 
Boston where they first landed, and were chiefly noted here 
as manufacturers of linen goods. 

There was another large settlement in Worcester, and as 
Leicester was a part of Worcester, Robert Henry probably 
belonged to that division. These emigrants were called 
Scotch-Irish. The question now arises, Who were the Scotch- 
Irish People "? 

In La Follets' ''The Making of America" is an article by 
Prof. John R. Commons on the American People. He says: 
*'It is a paradoxical fact that the Scotch-Irish are very little 
Scotch and much less Irish. They do not belong mainly to 
the so-caUed Celtic race, but they are the most composite of 

all the people of the British Isles. Scots because they lived in 
Scotia. Irish because they moved to Ireland. 

a * * * j^ mixed race through whose veins run the 
Celtic blood of the primitive Scot and Pict, the primitive 
Briton, the primitive Irish, but with a larger admixture of 
the later Norwegian, Dane, Saxon and Anglo. * * * 

"The Scotch-Irish came from that south-west part of the 
lowlands which bulges out to\\ ard Ireland, north of the Sol- 
way Frith. In this lowland pocket of territory, no larger than 
a good sized American county, was compounded for 500 years 
this remarkable amalgam race. ' ' 

Macaulay, in summing up the character of the Scotch- 
Irish people, says: — "On the same soil dwell two popula- 
tions, locally intermixed, but morally and politically sun- 
dered. The diiference of religion was by no means the only 
difference. They sprang from different stocks. They spoke 
different languages. They had different national characters, 
as strongly opposed as any two national characters in Eu- 

It is a notable fact that when the Scotch-Irish people of 
Ulster County colonized in America, the change of environ- 
ment did not change their character. They were Presbyteri- 
ans, but they did not mingle or intermarry with the English 
colonists until long after the war of the Revolution. 



1 Robert Henry, immigrant, bought land of Daniel Denny in 
Leicester, Mass., 1728. He d. 1748, and his estate was 
administered by his widow. He married Charity Ash 
Thomson; marriage intentions published March 7, 
1730. She d. in Rutland, Mass., 1809. We have a side- 
light from Eaton's History of Candia, N. H., which 
shows what troubles Robert Henry was destined to 
undergo in getting his bride. Here it is — ''It is said 
that Robert Henry, the grandfather of Capt. WilUam 
Duncan, sent to Londonderry, Ireland, for Miss Char- 
ity Thompson, who w^as his destined bride. The cap- 
tain on arriving at Boston, although he had received 
his passage money, sold her into service, pretending 
that he had received no pay. After a time, the news 
reached the ears of Mr. Henry, the expected wife was 
found, and the perfidious commander did not escape 


I. Robert, b. 1732 ; m. Susannah Young, 14 March, 1765, at 

II. David, b. 1734; m. 1761, Hannah Watson of Leicester; d. 
at Rutland, Mass. 

Hi. William, b. 9 May, 1735 ; m. Apr. 1760 ; Margaret Wilson 

of Leicester; d. 1814, Barre. 
iv. Hannah, b. 1739; m. 1762, John Duncan of Londonderry, 

N. H. 
V. Adam, b. April 27, 1741 ; m. Mary Wilson of Barre, 3 July, 



2 Robert Henry, Jr., son of Robert and Charity Henry, bom 

at Leicester, Mass., 1732; m. Susannah Young, daugh- 
ter of William Young, of Worcester; int. published 
Jan. 12, 1765; died in 1794. It is said that he removed 
with all his family to Charlestown, N. H., in 1794. As 
most of his children settled later in Vermont, it seems 
probable that he died in Vermont. While in Leices- 
ter he was an extensive land holder. The deeds of 
Worcester Co. show 14 sales of land by Robert Henry 
and Susannah, his wife. He was a soldier of the Rev- 
olution; Sergt. in Capt. Loring Lincoln's Co. at Ben- 
nington; member of Committee of Correspondence 
for Leicester, 1774. 

Children bom in Leicester. 

i. Hannah, b. Jan. 6, 1766 ; m. Ezra Sylvester, Nov. 1, 1787. 

ii. Adam, b. Sept. — , 1767. 

iii. Robert, b. Apr. 14, 1772 ; unmarried ; rem. West. 

iv. Mary, b. Aug. 5, 1774 ; m. Samuel Pratt. 

V. Martha, b. Mar. 14, 1777 ; m. John Gilky. 

vi. William Young, b. July 6, 1779 ; m. Fanny Cox at Barnard, 
Vermont ; she d. Feb. 17, 1847, in Barre, Mass. Her grand- 
daughter, Mrs. Helen Nye Rupp, resides in Monmouth, 111. 

vii. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 14, 1782 ; m. William Caryl. 

viii. Capt. Foster, b. — , 1784; m. Theodosia Cheney. He com- 
manded a company in the war of 1812. 

ix. Susannah, b. ; m. Peter Foster. 

3 Mary Henry, daughter of Robert and Susannah Henry; 

born Aug. 5, 1774; married May 5, 1799, Samuel Pratt 
of Sterling, Mass. Samuel Pratt was born Oct. 19, 
1772, at Lancaster, Mass. 


Children born in Sterling. 

i. Samuel Henry Pratt, b. Feb. 7, 1800 ; d. Feb. 14, 1866 ; m. 

Aug. 16, 1827, Mary Blanchard. 
ii. Mary Foster Pratt, b. Feb. 24, 1802; d. Oct. 13, 1864; m. 

Feb. 9, 1826, George W. Burnham. 
Hi. James Paris Pratt, b. May 14, 1804; d. Aug. 13, 1806. 
iv. Morella Weston Pratt, b. Aug. 24, 1806 ; d. Apr. 15, 1891. 

Almeda Young Pratt, b. June 22, 1809 ; d. Jan. 23, 1841 ; 

m. Sept. 17, 1835, David Boutelle. 
V. Jai^es Ozro Pratt, b. Feb. 26, 1812; d. Aug. 23, 1841; m. 

Almara Sleeper. He was a noted principal of the Chester 

vi. Robert Wellington Pratt, b. Dec. 7, 1814 ; d. Feb. 1, 1817. 

Mary Foster Pratt, dau. of Mary (Henry) Pratt born in 
Sterling, Mass., Feb. 24, 1802; died Oct. 13, 1864; mar- 
ried Feb. 9, 1826, George W. Burnham; he born July 
29, 1806, son of Joseph and Polly Burnham of Hart- 
ford, Conn.; d. Feb. 28, 1888. 


i Mary Augusta Burnham, b. in Montpelier, Vt., March 30, 
1827 ; m. Oliver B. Lothrop, May 2, 1858. 

Mrs. Mary Augusta Burnham died Sept. 23, 1913, at the 
home of her niece, Mrs. Charles A. Pope, 41 Granite Street, aged 
86 years and 6 months. Old age was the principal cause, while 
she was an invalid since the fracture of a hip from a fall two 
years before her death. 

She was a native of Montpelier, Vermont, resided for many 
years in Boston, up to 1889, when she suffered a fracture of the 
skull from contact with a boy's double runner sled as she was 
leaving Park Street Church, of which she was a member. She 
never fully recovered from the accident. During the next 22 
years she made her home with her sister, Mrs. Rodney P. 
Wright, at 47 Granite Street. Mrs. Burnham had a very lov- 
able disposition and was notably patient daring all her invalid 


ii. Ellen Elizabeth Burnham, b. in Homer, N. Y., Feb. 23, 
1831 ; d. May 2, 1892 ; m. Stephen W. Richardson, Nov. 27, 

iii. Abby Whiton Burnham, b. May 29, 1833 ; m. Charles K. 
Hooker, Oct. 18, 1857. 

iv. Adelaide Lucella Burnham, b. in Chester, Vt. ; March 26, 
1841; m. Rodney Prescott Wright, Sept. 15, 1891. She 
d. Apr. 25, 1918 ; buried in Cambridge Cemetery. 
r7?^'- J ^y^ iu^'- Florence Merton Burnham, b. Aug. 14, 1847; m. Joshua 

f ^hildren^ 

(c.) Ida M. Estey, b. Aug. 3, 1868 ; m. George B. Ro- 
gers, April 24, 1894. 

(c.) Eva Augusta E.stey, b. July 1, 1870; d. Jan. 24, 

Hooker Family. 

5 Abbie Morris Whiton Burnham, dau. of George W. and 
Mary (Pratt) Burnham; born in Antrim, N. H., May 
29, 1833; died in Cambridge, Mass., March 22, 1910; 
married Charles K. Hooker, Oct. 18, 1857. 

"Mrs. Hooker was a helpful woman and a good 
home-keeper, but the excellent care she gave to her 
own did not prevent her from many other activities. 
In her day she was prominent in all the work of Pil- 
grim Church, promoting its temporal and spiritual in- 
terests by her efforts. She was a motherly woman. 
Young people loved her; those who had cares and 
troubles came to her for counsel. She was thoroughly 
unselfish; always thoughtful for others and will be 


missed more than most women of her age/' (Cam- 
bridge Chronicle.) 

Mr. Charles K. Hooker died Nov. 16, 1893; he was 
bom Sept. , 1835, in Danville, Vt.; son of Franklin 
4, (John Parker 3, Henry 2, Henry 1) ; lived thirty- 
five years in Cambridge where he was a well known 
steam fitter and contractor; being remarkable for his 
energy and rugged constitution. He served during 
the Civil War in the 23rd Maine Regiment at Ed- 
ward ^s Ferry, Md., on the Potomac. The records show 
that he was mustered into service Sept. 29, 1862. He 
then gave his place of residence as Lewiston, Me. He 
was a loyal member of Pilgrim Church in Cambridge 
for many years. 1920358 


i Mabel Weston Hooker ; b. Feb. 8, 1859 ; m. Charles Augus- 
tus Pope Dee. 29, 1881 (son of John S. and Betsy T. Pope) ; 
b. Dee. 2, 1851. Child, Nettie May Pope (adopted) b. 
Mar. 6, 1898 ; m. Dec. 28, 1917, Harold Gardner Russell ; 
occupation, electrician for the Western Union Co. Enlisted 
in the U. S. Army in 1918. 

Charles Augustus Pope of 41 Granite Street, Cambridge, 
died at his summer home in Winnisquam, N. H., September 28, 
1917, of heart disease induced by diabetes. He was born in 
Boston, December 2, 1849. His father, John S. Pope, and his 
mother Betsy (Pope) were descendants of the pioneer, Thomas 
Pope, of Plymouth, through Major Isaac Pope, of Revolution- 
ary fame, major of the Mass. 3d and member of the staff of Gen. 
John Sullivan, who removed to Wells, Me., after the war. 

Charles Pope was educated in the public schools of Cam- 
bridge; became a reed maker in Mason & Hamlin's organ fac- 

tory; then went into the laundry business, sometimes for him- 
self, sometimes for others. He was straightforward and up- 
right in business, courteous and making many friends. He was 
a member of Pilgrim Congregational Church. He was buried 
in Eastwood Cemetery, South Lancaster, by the side of his par- 
ents and sister. 

ii. Alice Morrill Hooker; b. Oct. 28, 1860; m. Allen Munroe 
Green, Apr. 29, 1886 (son of John S. and Mary E. Green) ; 
b. Aug. 10, 1856. Mr. Green is paymaster for the Wal- 
worth Manufacturing Co. ; — Deacon of Pilgrim Church. 
Child, Helen Green, b. May 10, 1892 ; a student in Mary- 
land College, Lutherville, Md. 
iii. Mary Foster Hooker; b. March 14, 1865; m. Walter Scott 
Coburn, Jan. 5, 1888. Mrs. Coburn for several years was 
a bookkeeper for Conant and Stoekwell of Cambridge. 
Children (7) Harold Hooker Coburn, b. April 11, 1889; 
m. Mary Virginia Wilkinson, June 12, 1913, of Raleigh, 
North Carolina. She b. Sept. 23, 1892; dau. of Robert 
Watson Wilkinson. 
Harold Coburn in his boyhood manifested a decided me- 
chanical turn of mind. In 1908 he graduated from the Rindge 
Technical School at Cambridge. He became draughtsman and 
assistant engineer for the Packard Motor Car Co. of Detroit. In 
1912 he obtained a position as in^^tructor in the State Engineer- 
ing College at We='t Raleigh. N. C. In 1916 he became Director 
of shops in the Wellesley Public Schools, at Wellesley, Mass., 
which position he now retains. They have one son, Robert 
Chester Coburn, b. Nov. 18, 1918. 

(7) Marguerite Coburn (si-^ter of Harold Coburn') b. Dec. 
7, 1890; m. Henry Francis Dolliver, Sept. 11. 1915: Child (8) 
Marguerite Elizabeth Dolliver, b. April 29, 1917. Mararuerite, 
the motlier, graduated from the Tiatin School of Cambridflre, 
June. 1909, and became a booVkeeper and stenographer. Mr. 
Dolliver graduated from the Mass. Inst, of Technolog3% Class 
1911. He is a concrete engineer. 

iv. Grace Burnham Hooker, b. Julv 21, 1867; bookkeeper for 
Shepard & Wyeth, of Cambridge. 

V. Helen Pratt Hooker, b. Jan. 29, 1870; m. June 21, 1901, 
George Stanley Whitehead; b. in Boston, Feb. 4, 1874 1 
son of George and Elizabeth (Hardcastle) Whitehead, b! 
in England. 

Mr. Stanley Whitehead was a draughtsman in the engi- 
neer's office of Brookline, Mass., for many years. Now resides 
in San Mateo, California. Children, (7) Gertrude Elizabeth 
Whitehead; b. Oct. 29, 1902, Cambridge; d. March 29, 1904. 
(7) Gordon Hooker Whitehead; b. May 13, 1904. (7) Richard 
Stanley Whitehead ; b. July 11, 1907. 

vi. George Franklin Hooker; b. Oct. 19, 1878 ; m. Jessie Leora 
Wilde, Sept. 4, 1901 ; dau. of Joseph and Susan Emily 
Wilde; b. Nov. 16, 1879. Child (7) Kingsley Wilde Hook- 
er; b. March 3, 1906. 

Mr. Hooker has been a Civil Engineer for the city of Cam- 
bridge for many years and still retains that position.