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According to the best io formation I have 
been able to obtain, I think the name was o- 
riginally spelled De La Rumple; and that a 
family of that name resided in some part of 
France. About four hundred years ago, 
or somewhere between the years 1450 and 
1500 some persons of that name emigrated 
from France to Scotland, and there the name 
was soon after changed to Dalrymple, and has 
so continued to the present time. The name 
is rather a common one, both in Scotland and 
England, and has attained to hcmorable dis- 
tinction in the history of the British nation, 
as any one may discover by consulting al- 
most any of the English encyclopedias. 
• Not far from the year 1730 a gentleman by 
the name of Dalrymple emigrated from Scot- 
land to this country, bringing with him two 
sons, Robert and Thomas, who were then but 



young lads. Whether the family settled in 
Sudbury, Mass. immediately on their arrival 
in this country, or not, 1 have not been able 
to ascertain, but it is quite certain that they 
were living there not many years after their 
landing in this country. Robert, while yet 
a young man, and unmarried, left his home 
to seek his fortune in New Hampshire, then 
comparatively a wilderness, with towns very 
small, and at a long distance from each other, 
and most of them quite destitute of any postal 
accommodations. No tidings were received 
from him by his family after he left home, 
and his long absence continued to be a mvsterv 
through that and the next generation. But 
in the year 1858, being in the town of Bed- 
ford, N. H. I there met with a history of that 
town, and in it discovered the name of Rob- 
ert Dairy mple as one of the town's quota of 
soldiers, sent to Canada in the old French and 
Indian war. It was also stated in that con- 
nection, that he was one of the missing wlio 
never returned, and from whom no intelli- 
gence was afterwards received. The name 

was not spelt as it is at present, but I recog- 
nized it as according to tlie old Scotch pronun- 
ciation — Delrumple. 

Thomas Dalrymple, as I have been inform- 
ed by Mrs. Coggswell, his grand-daughter, 
had five cliildren, Sally and Polly, James, 
John and Thomas. Sally married a Fovel 
and lived in Boston. She had two children, 
Eliza and John, both of whom lived to grow 
up, but died rather young. Polly married a 
Pratt, and had two daughters, Polly, who 
married a Gay, and Patty, who married a 
Pettee ; but where they lived, and how long, 
I have not the means of knowing. Mrs. Fo- 
vel died about the year 1810. 
Thomas' three sons all served more or less in 
the war of the Revolution. John returned 
to his father^s house in Sudbury at the close 
of the war, and died soon after. Thomas 
was in a regiment captured by the British, 
and nothing was heard of him afterwards. 
It was supposed, however, by his friends, 
that he died a prisioner of war in some one 
of the British prisions. 


James, the oldest son of Thomas, was 
born March 4, 1757. He remained at liome, 
working on the farm with his father, I think, 
till tlie opening scenes of the the Revolution. 
In June, 1775, when a call was made for 
troops to go to Cambridge and Charlestown, 
he was among the first in town to respond to 
that call, and, although but little more than 
eighteen years old, shouldered his musket, 
and started at once for the seat of war. He 
arrived at Cambridge and reported himself 
ready for duty in the service of his country. 
He was assigned to a company which receiv- 
ed orders to march that night to Charlestown 
and fortify Bunker's Hill. He assisted in 
preparing the fort on the night of the 16th of 
June, and in defending it against the attack 
of the British on the 17th. He fought 
bravely with his companions until for want of 
ammunition they had orders to retreat. 

I have several times in my youthful days 
heard him relate his adventures in the war, 
and, particularly, his experience in getting a- 
way from the Hill in the confusion of retreat. 

When the order was given to retreat, and 
he saw that his services could no longer be 
of any avail in the foit, his next thought was 
to look out for his own safety in the best way 
he could, and he rushed out of the fort just 
as the British were about to enter it. As he 
left the sally-port he saw a fine looking horse 
with saddle and bridle standing near the fort. 
Not seeing any one who appeared to have 
charge of the horse, he thought what a fine 
thing it would be to ride down the hill instead 
of using his own legs. He stepped up to the 
horse and took hold of the bridle in order to 
mount him, when a British officer on the op- 
posite side, whom he had not till that moment 
discovered, sprang forward and says, "What 
are you going to do with that horse ? '' to 
which he made the loconic reply, ''Nothing,'' 
and immediately started down the hill upon 
a run. In descending the hill he came to a 
fence, and as he was stepping over it two bul- 
lets struck the upper rail, one on each side of 
him, and but few inches distant. They only 
served, however, to quicken his pace as he 


jumped from the fence and continued to run 
in tHe direction taken by those ahead of him 
till he was beyond the range of British mus- 
kets, and in company of his retreating com- 
panions With a sharp lookout in the rear, 
they continued their retreat until they came 
to Charlestown Neck. Here the balls from 
the Glasgow, a British man-of-war, and some 
gondolas which were stationed in the river, 
were sweeping across the Neck almost inces- 
santly. He, however, witli many others, 
passed over unharmed, and reached Cam- 
bridge that night in safety. He then enlisted 
during the war, and being a good drummer 
he afterwards served in that capacity; and 
having served his country faithfully through 
that dark and trying period, and having been 
engaged in numerous battles with the enemy, 
without being seriously injured, he received 
an honorable discharge at the close of the 
war, and returned to his father's liouse, to cul- 
tivate the soil, and rest from the fatigues of 
the camp. For many years, in the latter part 
of his life, he received a soldier^s pension. 


On the first day of December, 1780, proba- 
bly while at home on a furlough, he wan mar- 
ried to Azubah Parmenter of- Sudbury, Maw. 

She was born January 26. 1764, and was 
a lineal descendant of 8amuel Maverick, 
who figured somewhat conspicuously in the 
early history of Boston, and whose name is 
still perpetuated in the public buildings and 
streets of that city. She was a noble woman , 
of a strong and vigorous constitution, and 
with a kind and gentle heart in which the 
motherly feelings largely predominated. 

Some years after their marriage he bought 
a farm in Framingham, in a neighborhood 
known as Salem End. He lived there till the 
spring of 1819, cultivating the land in the 
summer and making boots and shoes in the 
winter. He then sold his farm in Framing- 
ham, and purchased another in the north part 
of Marlborough near to Stow. Here he liv- 
ed till within a few years of his death, when, 
through the infirmities of age, he was no lon- 
ger capable of managing his farm ; and he and 
his wife went to live with their daughters. 


He died in the family of his youngest daugh- 
ter in Leominster, on the 5th day of July, 
1847, at the age of ninety years and four 
months. She survived him a little more than 
three years, and died on the 12th of August, 
1850; in the eighty-seventh year of her age. 

They had lived together from the time of 
their marriage, almost sixty-seven years; had 
been members of tlie first Baptist church in 
Framingham between thirty and forty years, 
and lived and died respected and beloved by 
all who knew them. They had nine child- 
ren, only two of whom were living at the time 
of their death. 


I. William Dalrymple, son of James, was 
born October 31, 1781. After spending his 
minority mostly at home with his father, he 
engaged in some business transactions in Can- 
ada, which required frequent journeys be- 
tween Quebec and Montreal. In one of these 
journeys, he, with one or two companions 


was overtaken by a violent snow-storm, when 
far from any human habitation, and he per- 
ished from fatigue and the inteDse cold on the 
14th of December, 1811. He was unmarried. 

II. Henry Dalrymple, son of James, was 
born July 13, 1784. He learned the trade of 
a cooper, and worked at it some time in Wa- 
tertown, Ms. He was married in 1807, (the 
exact date I have not been able to obtain,) to 
Catherine Tileston of Dorchester, Ms. She 
was born in Dorchester, June 20, 1781. 

Not long after his marriage, he gave up 
his business in Watertown, and, with his 
brother-in-law, Samuel Clark, leased a tav- 
ern stand in Waltham, where he remained on- 
ly a few years, and then moved to Cambridge- 
port and resumed his business as a cooper. 

He had lived here but a year or two when 
the second war with England commenced, 
and he soon enlisted iato the service, and went 
with a company from Cambridgeport. He 
was in several engagements in the vicinity of 
the lakes, and received his death wound near 


a fort situated on a point of land formed by the 
entrance of the Oswego river into lake Onta- 
rio. He received two wounds almost at the 
same time. In one case the ball entered his 
mouth, carrying away his front teeth, bad- 
ly cutting his tongue, and passed out at the 
back part of his neck, a little on one side of 
the bones. Strange as it may seem, that 
wound soon healed, so that he was able to 
take food with comparative comfort. In the 
other case, the wound of which he died, the 
ball entered the upper part of the thigh, pen- 
etrating the bone just below the hip joint. 
The surgeons made an unsuccessful attempt 
to extract the ball, and he died of mortifica- 
tion on the twenty-second day of May, two 
weeks and two days from the time he received 
the wound. He left three sons, the oldest at 
the time of his death being a little more than 
six years, and the youngest sixteen months. 
His widow lived forty-five years after his 
death, and died May 6, 1859, the same day 
of the month on which he received his death 
wound. She was a member of the Baptist 


church in Neponset. Dorchester, at the time 
of her death, and had been for many years. 
She was a good wife and mother, and en- 
deavored to bring up her children in the nur- 
ture and admonition of the Lord. In her old 
age she was tenderly cared for by her young- 
est son, and died at his home in Dorchester. 

III. Asenath Dalrymple, daughter of 
James, was born September 1, 1786. She 
married, 1st, Samuel Clark of Framingham, 
November, 25, 1806. By this marriage she 
had one daughter, who was her only child. 

Mr. Clark kept a public house a few years, 
was engaged in farming several years, and 
died in Framingham, August 29, 1833. 

She married, 2d, Josiah Randall of Stow, 
May 7, 1835. He died September 11, 1844, 
leaving her in possession of a large and val- 
uable farm, in the southerly part of Stow, on 
what is called '* Boon's Hill. " 

About two years after the death of Mr. 
Randall she mariied, 3d, Samuel Mead, who 
came and lived with her, but his death occur- 


ring a few years after their marriage, she was 
again left a widow, but in full possession of 
her farm. Here she continued to live until 
admonished by the infirmities of advancing 
age, that she should seek to be relieved, from 
some of the cares and burdens of life. She 
then sold her farm, and went to live with her 
daughter, Mrs. Parker, in Medfield, where 
she died, February 10, 1873. 

IV. Ezekiel Dalrymple, son of James, 
was born April 15, 1789. He was inclitted 
to a sea- faring life, and after following that 
occupation several years, he went to South 
America, and engaged in privateering. He 
sailed as master of a vessel from some port, 
I think, in the southern part of Brazil, in the 
month of May, 1819. Soon after the vessel 
left port, a violent storm arose, and neither 
the vessel, nor any of the crew, was after- 
wards heard from. He was unmarried. 

V. John Dalrymple, son of James, was 
born February 26, 1792. He learned the 


trade of a shoemaker, and spent the early part 
of his life at home with his father, cultivating 
the land in the summer, and at work at his 
trade in the winter. He married, June 9, 
1822, Judith Loring of Cohasset, and soon 
after went into business in Boston, where he 
accumulated some property, and owned a 
house in North Russell st. Here he contin- 
ued to live till his death, which occurred Sep- 
tember 22, 1880. He left two sons ; and the 
widow, with her children, continued to reside 
at No. 10, North Russell St., where the boys 
enjoyed all the advanatages of the Boston 
schools till they had become qualified for busi- 
ness, after which they purchased a house at 
Newton Comer, where the family continued 
to reside for many years. The mother died 
in 1853, but I have not the exact date. 

VI. James Dalrymple, jr., son of James, 
was born January 11, 1796. He lived at the 
old homestead mostly through his minority, 
when he became quite a proficient in the art 
of dancing, and taught the same very success- 


fully several years in Boston and the vicinity. 
He married Sophia Warren of Brighton, 
and resided there several years. He after- 
wards went to Austerlitz, N. Y., where he 
died, August 28, 1835 ; leaving several child- 
ren, but how many, and their names, I have 
no means of knowing. 

VII. Ann Dairy mple, daughter of James, 
was born April 16, 1798. She lived at home 
with her parents, and being quite ingenious, 
produced some very fine specimens of straw- 
work in the way of bonnets, as well as needle 
work of great variety. She possessed a very 
gentle and affectionate disposition, and, al- 
though she has now been dead more than fifty 
years, yet memory, faithful and true, presents 
her even now most vividly before my mind, 
with that beautiful, but indescribable smile, 
which always lighted up her countenance so 
lovingly at every meeting with her friends. 

She died of dysentery, after two weeks of 
painful sickness, September 5, 1825. 


Vni. Sally Dalrymple, daughter of James, 
was bom May 26, 1800. She is said to have 
been a very beautiful child, and apparently 
in the enjoyment of excellent health, until 
suddenly smitten down by the spotted fever, 
which, after a few days of severe sickness, 
terminated in death, April 7, 1810. 

IX. Eliza Dalrymple, daughter of James, 
was born October 31, 1806. She qualified 
herself for teaching, and became quite suc- 
cessful in that vocation, having taught many 
terms in the vicinity of the old homestead, in 
the north part of Marlborough, much to the 
satisfaction of parents and children. She 
was married October 10, 1832, to Seth 
Coggswell of Leominster, Mass., and went 
there to live, leaving the old hive almost emty. 
Her parents were then quite aged, with no 
one of their children to come to their aid. 

Mr. Coggswell was born in Lunenburg, 
February 21, 1798, where he continued to 
reside through the early part of his life ; then 
purchased a farm in the northern part of 


Leominster, where he spent the remainder of 
his days, and died March 27, 1877. His 
widow still survives him, and lives at the old 
homestead in Leominster with some of her 
children. He and his wife were both worthy 
members of the Methodist Episcopal church, 
and he was for many years a local preacher 
in that denomination. 


1 William Henry Dalrymple was born 
in Watertown, Mass., February 20, 1808. 

After his father's death, and when he was 
about seven and a half years old, his mother 
placed him in the care of a farmer by the name 
of James Greenwood, in the south part of 
Framingham, where he was very kindly cared 
for by the family till he was sixteen years of 
age, when his mother, thinking it might be 
better for him to learn a trade, made arrange- 
ments for him to learn the watchmaker's trade 
with Fisher Metcalf esq., of Hopkinton, Ms. 


A-fter working at that business one year he 
became dissatisfied, and obtained permission 
to return to his former home in the Green- 
wood family. Here he continued to reside 
during the remainder of his minority, enjoying 
the advantages of the public schools, and 
sometimes the fall term at the academy, in 
the centre of the town. 

On the fifth day of September, 1830, he 
was baptized by the Rev. Charles Train, and 
received into the first Baptist church in Fram- 
ingham. He taught one of the district schools 
here two winters in succession, and in the 
spring of 1831 commenced a course of study 
preparatory for the christian ministry. Af- 
ter two years of preparatory study, he entered 
the Theological Institution at Newton, in the 
class which entered in 1833, and after spend- 
ing nearly two years with the class, his health 
became so much impaired by study, that he 
felt it a duty to leave for a few months. 

Just at that time he received a request from 
the committee of the Baptist church in South 
Abington, Ms. to supply their pulpit a few 


sabbaths, with which he complied, and soon 
after, the church sent him a unanimous invi- 
tation to become their pastor. This he ac- 
cepted, and was ordained April 29, 1835. 

On the ninth day of July, 1835, he was 
married to Elizabeth Adams of Boston. She 
was born in West Cambridge, July 25, 1814, 
and is a descendant from the same family of 
Adamses which furnished Samuel, the main- 
sprang of the Kevolution, and John, and John 
Quincy, both presidents of the United States. 

For more than forty years she has followed 
with her husband the leadings of Providence, 
when the pathway of life has seemed dark 
and mysterious, with a fortitude and fidelity 
which well becomes a good soldier of the cross. 

In the first decade, or ten years of his min- 
istry, he preached in the following places in 
Mass. South Abington, two years ; the two 
churches in Deerfield and Shelburn, as a mis- 
sionary, one year ; Northborough two years ; 
South Gardner two years ; and Manchaug, in 
Sutton, one year. In the second decade he 
preached in Woodville, in Hopkinton, two 


jet^Ts ; and two years he was lecturing and 
collecting agent for the American Peace So. 
ciety. About a year and a half he supplied 
a church in Barnstable, and from there, he 
went to Fitzwilliam, N. H. and preached 
between two and three years, and one year 
in Merrimack. In the third decade he was 
with the church in Hudson three years, and 
Stratham two ; theji moved to East Haver- 
hill, Mass. where he preached four years. 
At the end of this period hig heaith had so 
far failed that he did not feel able to take the 
pastoral care of another church. In April, 
1867, he moved to Georgetown, where he 
lived four years, supplying churches in differ* 
ent places, as opportunity presented. In the 
spring of 1871 he went to Bradford, and lived 
on Pleasant st. three and a half years, and 
from February to August, 1872, preached to 
a small colored church in that town. In the 
fall of 1874 be moved to 28 Green st., Ha- 
verhill, where he still lives, but in a very poor 
state of health, and has been for the last sev- 
en or or eight years. 


He preached his first sermon in the Baptist 
"church in West Dedham, October 30, 1831, 
and his last in Portland st. church, Haverhill, 
June 1, 1873. And the whole number of 
sermons preached, from first to last, is 3693, 
besides probably, conducting as many pray- 
er and conference meetings in the same time. 

2 Albert Dalrymple was born in Wal- 
tham, Mass., November 1, 1810. He was 
about three and a half years old at the time 
of his father^s death, and continued with his 
mother till he was about eight years old", when 
he went to live with an old gentleman in 
Framingham, by the name of Reuben Torrey, 
who had a small farm which he cultivated in 
the summer and in the winter worked at shoe- 
making. Being in a good neighborhood, and 
near to a good school, he enjoyed, in these 
particulars, quite superior advantages. He 
remained with Mr. Torrey until he was about 
sixteen or seventeen years of age, when his 
mother placed him with a Mr. Adams of Dor- 
chester, to learn the cabinet-makers trade. 


After serving his time through witli Mr.. 
Adams, he spent some time in Boston, work- 
ing at his trade, then went to Baltimore, 
Md., where hie remained about a year, and 
then returned to Boston, and went to work 
at the piano-forte business, principally at 
making cases, at which he continued many 

He was married, November 26, 1838, to 
Emeline Smith of Boston, nnd continued to 
reside there till his wife's health becoming 
very poor, he moved to Melrose, where, on 
the fourth day of May, 1870, after a linger- 
ing sickness, she died of consumption. Soon 
after her death, his own health being poor, he 
was at length obliged to relinquish his busi- 
ness, and went to reside with liis oldest son, 
a silver-plater in Boston. 

3 James Tileston Dairy mple was born in 
Cam bridge port, January 8, 1818. Soon af- 
ter his father's death, the family moved to 
Framingham, and he continued with his 
mother till about nine or ten years old, when 


he went to live in the family of Mr. Green- 
wood, who had so kindly taken an interest in 
his older brother. When about sixteen years 
of age he went to Dorchester, to learn the 
currying business of E. & I. Field, who at 
that time carried on quite an extensive busi- 
ness on the upper road. Thinking it would 
be a better location for their business, as well 
as more convenient, they afterwards moved 
to the lower road, and established their busi- 
ness at the place since known as Field^s Cor- 
ner. After [Serving out his apprenticeship 
with them, he continued in their employ many 
years more ; and feeling inclined to make that 
place his permanent home, he purchased a 
small house, and, with his mother, continued 
to reside there till her death, which occurred 
in 1859, and some years after. Not having 
any family of his own, and his health being 
not as good as in former years, he concluded 
it would be better for him to leave his house, 
and board in some family. Accordingly he 
went into the family of a neighbor, where he 
still continues. He has never married. 



Mary Clark was their only child, and was 
born November 22, 1807. She lived at 
home with her parents until about eighteen 
or twenty years of age, when she went to 
Boston and learned the tailor^s trade, but 
did not have an opportunity to work at it 
very long, for on September 30, 1830, she 
was married to Blake Parker of Southboro'. 

About the time of his marriage he went to 
Medfield and engaged in the staging and ex- 
press business between Medfield and Boston. 

When the rail-road was opened to Dedham, 
he drove his stage to that place, taking pas- 
sengers on the way, then took the cars for 
Boston, returning in the afternoon by the 
same route. This business he followed dilli- 
gently and faithfully through life. 

He left rather a numerous family, some of 
whom remain in Medfield, and others scat- 
tered in various directions. One son took the 
business of father, and continues to follow it. 



1 Austin Webster Dalrymple was born in 
Boston, April 13, 1823. He lived in Boston 
with his parents, and after completing the 
regular course in the grammar school, he w^ent 
into a dry goods store, first as an eiTand boy, 
then as a salesman, in which business he con- 
tinued through life. When he was but little 
more than twenty-one years of age, the family 
purchased a house at Newton Corner, and 
went there to reside, renting their former res- 
idence in Boston. He still continued at his 
business in Boston, going in on the cars in 
the morning, and returning in the evening. 
He had followed this practice for many years, 
when, on the evening of October 19, 1859, 
in attempting to step upon a train after it had 
commenced moving, he slipped, or in some 
way lost his foothold, and fell upon the track 
between the cars, two or three of which passed 
over his body, and he was instantly killed. 

He was married, and left a wife, and, I 


think, several children, but liow many I am 
not informed. 

2 George Lafayette Dalrymple was born 
in Boston, June 19, 1826. With his brother 
he attended the public schools, and after- 
wards learned the painter's trade, which he 
followed for several years in Boston and the 
vicinity. He then went to California and 
spent a few years, when he made a brief visit 
of a few weeks to his friends in the east, re- 
turning again to California ; since which no 
tidings have been received from him, nor 
concerning him, by his friends, and it is now 
generally supposed that he is dead, probably 
dying among strangers, and perhaps very 
suddenly, leaving no communication for his 
friends. He was never married, unless he 
was married after he went to California the 
last time. 

Nothing can be said concerning the family 
of James Dalrymple jr., in addition to what 
has already been said on the sixteenth page 
of this book. 



1 Francis Rodolphus Coggswell was born 
December 1, 1838. He was married Sep- 
tember 12, 1876, and has resided for several 
years in the city of New Orleans, Ala. 

2 James Balrymple Coggswell was bom 
October 26, 1835. He resides at the old 
homestead, and has charge of the farm, thus 
endeavoring, as far as possible, to repair the 
loss to the family, occasioned by the death of 
his honored father. 

3 Ann Parmenter Coggswell was born 
December 16, 1838 ; and died March 12, 

4 Angeline Eliza Coggswell was bom 
February 1, 1842. Like a dutiful daughter, 
she followed the example of a worthy mother, 
and commenced teaching at quite an early 
age, and has followed the profession with so 
mu«h success, that her services have been in 
constant requisition since. 

5 George Webster Coggswell was born 


Mufch 29, 1844. He was married January 
4, 1871, and now resides in the town of 
Shrewsbury, Mass. 

6 Martha Gharlena Coggsvvell was born 
March 12, 1848. 


1 Henry Augustus Dalrymple was born 
in South Abington. Mass., October 1, 1836. 

He passed the earlier years of his life at- 
tending to such duties and employments, as 
generally fall to the lot of boys to perform, 
until sixteen yeara of age, when, on the elev- 
enth day of the following April, he first left 
hcnne to see what he could do for himself, 
and entered the employ of Wheeler & March, 
dry goods, dealers in Watertown, Mass., as 
a clerk in their store. The business not fully 
meeting his expectations^ a change wa& effect- 
ed and he next found himself in the city of Bos- 
ton, working at the stamp gilding business. 

During the month of September, of the 


same year, 1853, he went to Fitchburg, Ms. 
where he commenced working for Charles 
Johnson, at the bookbinder's trade, which he 
has followed in Boston, Lowell, Lancaster 
and Lawrence, Mass. In this last place he 
was partner and joint proprietor in the busi- 
ness. In April, 1871, lie accepted a situation 
as foreman, and general manager of the bin- 
dery in connection with the office of the 
'^Nashua Telegraph" ; which position he still 
occupies, October, 1878. 

From February 4, 1865, to February 4, 
1869, he gave up the business in consequence 
of ill health, and during these four years, he 
devoted a large portion of his time to the in- 
struction of children in the science of vocal 
music. He taught juvenile classes in East 
Haverhill, West Newbury, Byfield, Newbu- 
ryport and Georgetown, Ms., and gave public 
concerts in each of these places, with his pu- 
pils. He also gave public concerts with the 
same pupils, in West Amesbury, (now Mer- 
rimac,) and Haverhill city, sixteen concerts 
in all. 


In the Fall of 1867, he^ with his sister Ma- 
ry, receiving a very cordial invitation from 
Col. R. N. Temple, agent of the '^Original 
Father Kemp^s Old Folks Concert Company' 
to join them, they entered tiieir ranks, and 
that season travelled some twelve hundred 
miles, in all the New England states, except 
Vermont. But the trip proving unsuccessful 
financially, it was given up in December. 

On the first Sabbath in the year, January 
2, 1870, he was baptized by his father, and 
united with the second Baptist church in the 
citv of Lawrence. 

August 14, of the same year, he was mar- 
ried by his father at Georgetown, to Miss 
Amelia Hannah Leach, of Lawrence. 

Her native place was West Boylston, Ms. 
and she was bom December 22, 1850. 

January 3, 1878, he was elected junior 
deacon of the first Baptist church in Nashua, 
N. H. 

2 Ellen Maria Dalrymple was bom in 
Northborough, May 3, 1839. During a re- 
vival of religion, which occurred in Hudson , 


N. H. in the summer of 1856, when her father 
was pastor of the Baptist church in that place, 
quite a number of young people professed 
conversion, and united with that church. 
She was one of that number, and was bap. 
tized by her father, October 19, of the same 
year. January 19, 1876, she was married, 
by her father, to Joseph H. Bousley, of Sa- 
lem, Mass., and went there to reside. She 
has one son, Willie Dalrymple Bousley, who 
was born May 3, 1877. 

3 Mary Elizabeth Dalrymple was born 
in South Gardner, Mass., January 24, 1842. 

She remained at home with her parents, 
mostly through life, having never married, 
and, with her sisters, enlivened the home 
circle with music and song. She had natur- 
ally a very generous disposition, and being 
v«ry industrious in her habits, she earned 
considerable money, which she freely parted 
with, when she thought it would contribute 
in any way to the comfort or enjoyment of 
her parents, or other friends. She had quite 
a superior musical talent, and, for four years 


previous to her death, she was the leading 
soprano sioger in the choir of the Portland 
St. Baptist church, Haverhill. 

In August, 1875, she was taken suddenly 
sick, and after several months of severe sick- 
ness, her desease terminated in consumption, 
in which she lingered through the following 
summer, and died December 28, 1876. 

The following lines were inserted, in con- 
nection with a notice of her death, in the 
Watchman, January 11, 1877. 

Long will the fragranee of her memory dwell 
In many a heart that knew and loved her well: 
For others' good, more than her own, she thought, 
And till the last with weary fingers wrought. 

4 Sarah Jennie Dalrymple was born in 
Hopkinton, Mass. February 26, 1844. She 
was inclined from a very early age to read 
and study books, and draw designs on slate 
or paper, and would often amuse herself in 
this way for hours at a time. While the 
family resided in Nashua, N. H. for two or 
three years, she very diligently improved the 


educational advantages afforded by the city 
schools, and when the family left the place 
in I860, she had a good record in the Mount 
Pleasant High School. When the family 
afterwards went to East Haverhill, Mass., 
she soon received an appointment as teacher 
in one of the public schools, and taught there 
several successive terms. She, like her older 
sister, has a very fine musical taste, and can 
play skilfully on the piano or the organ, but 
has not the clear, strong vocal power for sing- 
ing, which her older sister had. 

December 22, 1870, she was married by her 
father, assisted by the Rev. D. D. Marsh, 
pastor of the Peabody Memorial Church in 
Georgetown, to Richmond Barbour Root, 
M. D. a young physician, who had then but 
recently commenced practice in that place, 
where she has since continued to reside. 

5 Katie Adams Dalrymple was born in 
Neponset village, Dorchester, since annexed 
to the city of Boston, February 13, 1851. 

She spent her life mostly at home, the 
light and joy of the family circle. She had 


a peculiar faculty for acquiring knowledge 
in almost any branch of education, and made 
rapid, as well as thorough proficiency in all 
her studies, graduating at the High School in 
Georgetown, February 25, 1870. Soon after 
her graduation, she was appointed a teacher 
in one of the public schools, but, after teacli- 
a few terms, her health began to fail, and it 
was evident that her strength was not equal 
to the task of teaching, and she gave it up. 

She, also, had a very delicate ear for mu- 
sic, and could play at sight, on the piano or 
organ, almost any piece of music with great 
accuracy ; and at the time she was taken ill 
with her last sickness, she was engaged to 
supply the place of the organist of the Port- 
land St. Baptist church for a few weeks, that 
she might be absent. 

May 10, 1872, she was baptized by Rev. 
A. J. Padelford, and received into the mem- 
bership of the Portland st. Baptist church. 

April 20, 1873, she went to meeting as 
usual and played the organ through the day, 
and at the close of the afternoon service, she 



remalDed an hour or moro to play for a reber- 
sal by the choir. At the close of that service, 
from the exercise at the organ, and the heat 
of the house, her clothes had become damp 
with perapiration, aiid in that condition she 
left the church, and walked home, about three 
forths of a mile, in a cold wind, the weather 
haying changed to very much colder since 
morning. That was the last Sabbath she 
ever went to meeting. A slow, lingering 
fever followed that exposure, and this termin- 
ated in consumption, of which she died, Apiil 
16, 1874. 

6 Joseph Adams Dalrymple was born in 
Hudson, N. H. April 26, 1968. For various 
reasons he did not have so good an opportu- 
nity to attend the public schools at the age 
when children usually make their first ap- 
pearance in the school-room, as the other 
members of tlie family had, and until he was 
six or seven years of age, his education was 
managed chiefly in the family, and by his 
sisters. In April, 1867, the family moved to 
Georgetown, where the schools were well 


graded, and in very good condition. When 
be first entered the public schools in George- 
town, being then scarcely nine years old, he 
was placed with boys of a similar age in the 
primary department. He had been there 
but a few weeks, when his teacher informed 
the committe that lie did not belong in her 
department, as lie was evidently too far ad- 
vanced in his studies to be benefited in her 
classes, and advised that he be sent to the 
grammar school, in the room above. He 
entered the first year, or lowest class of the 
grammar school, and, after a short time was 
advanced to the second year, and then went 
through the regular course, and in the spring 
of 1870, entered the High School in that town. 
In the spring of 187 1 the course of his stud- 
ies was somewhat interrupted in consequence 
of the family moving from Georgetown to 
Bradford. He lost no time, however, as he 
entered the Bradford High School in the sec- 
ond year, and graduated on the second day 
of July, 1874, with the second honors of his 
class, the salutatory in Latin. 


On the first of September, of the same year, 
he entered on a four years course of training 
in the druggist and apothecary establishment 
of Emerson & Howe, in Haverhill, Mass. 
where he still continues, (Nov. 1, 1878) and 
for more than two years past, has been head 
clerk in that popular and reliable house. 

After the 25th page of this book had been 
printed, I received a communication from 
Mrs. Parker, of Medfield, giving quite a full 
account of her own family, together with 
some statistics in regard to her father^s fam- 
ily, which I had not before in my possession. 

From this I obtain the following additional 
particulars, viz : 

Samuel Clark was born in Hopkinton, Ms. 
May 11, 1778. 

Samuel Mead, of Boxboro', and Asenath 
Randall, of Stow, were married March 7, 

Blake Parker was born in Southboro', De- 
cember 10, 1806, and died in Medfield, Au- 
gust 27, 1871. 



For about two or three years after their 
marriage, the family resided in South boro', 
but business prospects of a flattering charac> 
ter presenting themselves at Medfield, Mr. 
Parker was induced to improve the opportu- 
nity, and he moved in that town about forty 
five years ago, where he spent the remainder 
of his days, and where many of his family 
still continue to reside. 

1 Alonzo Blake Parker was born in 
Southborough March 15, 1832. (All the 
other children were born in Medfield.) He 
married Anna Day Knapp, of Cumberland, 
R. I. September 24, 1857. 

2 Ann Eliza Parker was born October 
30, 1833. She married Lewis Hartshorn, 
of Medford, October 23, 1853. He died 
July 25. 1878. 

3 George Frederick Parker was born 
January 25, 1836. He married Marinda 
Osgood, of Milford, May 7, 1856. 


4 Frances Dolly Parker was bom March 
3, 1839. 

5 Henry Marshall Parker was born Sep- 
tember 13, 1840. He married, 1, Charlotte 
Arathusa W.right. She died January 28, 
1871. He married, 2, Maria Louise- Hall, 
of Johnson, Vt. June 6, 1875. 

6 Ellen Mary Parker was born April 
22, 1845. 

7 Herbert Eugene Parker was born Oc- 
tober 27, 1846. 


1 Mabel Elizabeth Dalrymple was born 
in Lawrence, Mass. June 17, 1871. 

2 Henry Raymond Dalrymple was born 
in Nashua, N. H. June 4, 1874. 

3 Kollin Adams Dalrymple was born 
in Nashua, N. H. July 8, 1878. 



1 Roy Richmond Root was born in 
Georgetown, Mass. September 30, 1878. 
Ha died June 8, 1876. 

2 Katie Dalrymple Root was born in 
Georgetown,' Mass. December 17, 1874 

3 May Barbour Root was born in George- 
town, Mass. April 25, 1877. 

Note, — If any one wishes to trace the line 
of the oldest son through the foregoing pages, 
he will find that Henry Raymond is the oldest 
son of Henry Augustus ; that Henry Augus- 
tus is the oldest son of William Henry ; that 
William Henry is the oldest son of Henry ; 
that Henry was the oldest son, who had any 
family, of James ; that James was the oldest 
son of Thomas ; that Thomas was the oldest 
son, who bad any family, of his father, so far 
as I can discover ; and beyond that I have 
no positive and reliable light to guide me in 
this matter. 


Omissions and errors are not uncommon, 
even among experienced and practical print- 
ers, therefore, a person who never received 
any personal instruction in the art, and has 
had but very little experience in the same, 
may with some confidence hope for the par- 
of his readers for the blunders they may dis- 

The following lines, which appeared in the 
Watchman and Hbflbctor, in connection 
with a notice of the death of Katie A« Dal- 
rymple, should have been inserted at the close 
• of the sketch given of her on page 36, but 
being mislaid at the time, were omitted. 

Farewell, dear one, all pain and sorrow o'er. 
In thy bright home, where death intrndee no more. 
Thine is the joy the crown of life to wear, 
Be ours the joy one day to meet thee there. 

On page 17, supply p in emty. 
On page 28, line 6 Ala. should be La. 
Other similar errors the intelligent reader 
will be able to correct as he meets with them. 



I was induced to undertake the prepara- 
tion of this little -work at the suggestion of 
my oldest son, who had often heard me speak 
of my grandparents and their family in his 
youthful days, and who thought that some 
connected account of the name and family 
ought to be preserved in a more permanent 
and reliable form than tradition. 

And as I am among the very few that re- 
main, who were personally acquainted with 
the former generation, and who know some- 
thing of their personal history, such circum- 
stances seemed to point to me as the one to 
do the work, if it was ever to be done. 

In looking back over a peiiod of fifty or 
sixty years, my memory may have been a 
little faulty in somts instances, but it has been 
my first endeavor that eveiy statement and 
record should be as accurate as possible. 

This book, of course, will be interesting 
or attractive only to such persons as bear the 
Name, or are in some way connected with it, 
therefore I have printed but a small edition, 


sixty copies in all, which I propose to scatter 
among the families bearing the name, or who 
may be nearly related to it. • 

When I commenced the work last Septem- 
ber, it was with many doubts whether I 
should live to complete it, for my health was 
so poor, that while I was able some days to 
work four or five hours, on others I could 
work only an hour, or a part of one, and 
many days was not able to do even that. 

But through the great mercy, and loving- 
kindness of my heavenly Father, who has 
watched over me, and kept and blest me all 
my days, T have been enabled to bring it to 
a close, except what I may add in an ap- 

Haverhill, Mass. November 15, 1878. 



The following is a copy of a letter from 
Oapt. Rufus Mc Intire» esq. who was in com- 
mand of the company of which my father, 
Henry Dalrymple, was clerk and orderly 
sergeant at the time he received his fatal 
wounds. Capt. Mc Intire settled in Par- 
sonsfield, Me. soon after the war as a lawyer, 
and remained there in the practice of his pro- 
fession through life, fifty years or more. 

The letter was written to James T. Dal- 
rymple, my brother, in answer to some in- 
quiries made by him. 

Parsonsfield, Me. Nov. 21, I860, 

Mr. James T. Dali7mple : 

Dear Sir, Yours 

of the 19th inst. was received last evening. 
Nothing affords me greater pleasure than 
to renew an acquaintance with my compan- 
ions in the war of 1812, now few in number, 
and much' scattered, or to make' the acquaint- 


ance of their descendanta Your letter fur- 
nishes me with the first intelligence I have had 
for nearly half a century of the family of your 
lamented father, my companion and friend, 
sergeant Dairy m pie. My letter, written 
soon after the melancholy event of his death, 
probably gave more accurate information of 
the facts than my memory could now furnish, 
though many incidents that transpired are 
still fresh in my recollection as though of yes- 
terday. Oswego presented at the time of the 
battle a very different picture from the present. 

The fort where the fight took place was on 
a bluff, on tlie east side of the mouth of the 
river, and on the point formed by the river 
and the lake shore. The land about it was 
a plain common. A glen shot to the east, ex- 
tending up the river half a mile, perhaps, and 
bordered east and south by a young growth 
of bushes. There was no inhabited house 
for nearly half a i^ile, and then one or two 
at the ferry, and at the foot of the rapids. 

The village was on the west side of the 
river, extending from above the ferry nearly 


to a point spposite the fort. I was told many 
years ago, that this common was covered 
with streets and houses, and at the ferry an 
extensive flouring establishment was erected. 

The wounded men were carried to the 
house at the ferry. Who lived there I do 
not recollect, if I ever knew. We had to 
retreat to the falls, twelve miles above, and 
remained there till we marched to Sackett's 
Harbor, though I occasionally visited Oswe- 
go, and the sick and wounded men. 

Probably the lady that wrote about your 
father's death occupied the house. Volney 
may have been the name of the town on the 
east side of the river, it was, I recollect, in 
a different country from Oswego on the other 
side of the river. There was, probably, 
some place near the old fort used as a bury- 
ing-ground when the fort was garrisoned in 
former times, but I do not recollect whether 
your father was buried on that side of the 
river, or carried over to the village grave- 
yard, if they had one. I cannot now say 
whether any monument was erected at your 


father's graye. It was not easy at that time 
to get suitable stones for such purposes in that 
wild country. Lieut. Blaney was killed in 
that battle, and the subject of grave-stones 
was discussed. I have seen printed accounts 
stating ihat stones were erected by the offi- 
cers. If this was so, it is probable stones 
were also erected at your fatlier's grave. 

Such have been the changes there, from a 
•naked, barren common to a large village, or 
city of extensive manufacturies and trade, 
that I doubt if any vestages now remain of 
the fortification burying-ground. 

The battle, I think, took place early in the 
afternoon. Your father received his first 
wound in the hip or thigh, which was the 
fatal one. I left him on the field, on retreat, 
perhaps a quarter of a mile from the fort. 
Soon after I looked back and saw Col. 
Mitchell, the only mounted officer, off his 
horse. I returned back to see what was the 
matter, and to assist him if necessary, when 
I received his order to stop and form my 
company. I obeyed, and soon your father 


came up, mounted on the colonel's horse, 
with another wound through his face and 
mouth, and which he thought the most dan- 
gerous and fatal, though it did not prove so. 

The incidents of the battle are still fresh 
in my memory, but the events of the next 
two or three weeks I cannot distinctly re- 
member. No doubt your father was decently 
buried witli due solemnity, as the event made 
a deep impression in that region, as well as 
in the army. Much care was always taken, 
when it could be, to make the funeral services 
solemn and imposing. 

Should it ever again be my fortune to visit 
Boston, I shall endeavor to find your resi- 
dence, where your widowed mother found a 
home, and lived to a good old age. It would 
be a gratification in my old age to trace the 
lineaments of your father, still fresh in my 
mind, in the features of his son. 

Very respectfully yours, 




These little sketches of poetry, written soon 
after the death of the persons referred to, are 
not inserted here for any intrinsic value they 
may posses in themselves, but simply as me- 
mentos of departed friends. 


Katie Adams Dalrymplk. 

Born in Dorchester, Mass. Feb. 13, 1851. 
Died in Bradford, Mass. April 16, 1874. 
Safely in her home above, 
Rests our darling Katie now. 
Sweetly rests in Jesus' love, 
Earthly pains no more to know : 
There to join the angel choirs, 
Who upon mount Zion stand, 
And with golden harps and lyres. 
Praise the Lord — a happy band. 
Though she fel 't was hard for one 
Thus to part with friends so dear. 


And death's river cross alone, 

Wlien life's morn was bright and clear, 

Yet with sweet, confiding trust 

In the Saviour's precious blood, 

She the body gave to dust, 

Spirit to the Just and Good. 

Sadly do we miss her here. 
Miss her cheerful, smiling face, 
Miss her voice, its tones so dear. 
Constantly, in every place, 
Home has lost a treasure rare, 
And the world has one less star ; 
Heaven has gained a jewel fair. 
And the welcome sounded far. 

Who would wish her back again. 
All these mortal pains to bear? 

Rather should we count it gain, 
Earth to leave and meet her there : 
Meet her where the skies are bright. 
And unceasing pleasure flows ; 

In that land of pure delight, 
Where no sin nor sorrow knows. 


Roy Richmond Root. 

Born in Georgetown, Mass. Sept. 30, 1873 
Died in Georgetown, Mass. June 8, 1876. 

Gently as the summer breeze 
Rustles through the leafy trees, 
Sweetly as the music swells 
Through the woodland hills and dells. 
So he came, our darling boy, 
Gentle loving, little Roy. 

Like a flower in perfect bloom, 
Rich in beauty and perfume ; 
Like an angel from above, 
Full of gentleness and love; 
Such was he, our precious boy. 
Loved and loving little Roy. 

More and more his gentle ways. 
In his life and childish plays ; 
In his every wish expressed. 
And in every kiss impressed. 
Bound our hearts, in love and joy. 
To our gentle loving boy. 


As the sun descends at night, 

In a flood of golden light, 

So he passed from mortal view, 

To a life divinely new : 

In that life of holy joy, 

There we hope to meet our Roy. 


Mary Elizabeth dalbtmplb. 

Born in Gardner, Mass. Jan. 24, 1842. 
Died in Haverhill, Mass. Dec. 28, 1876. 

The Spring will come with its fragrant gales. 
And birds return from a southern clime ; 
The flowers will bloom on the hills and vales, 
As fresh and fair as in former time : 
But she has gone to return no more. 
With God to dwell in the mansions bright, 
And watch and wait on the other shore. 
To welcome us to that world of light. 


She loved the songs of the church below, 
And now, we trust, in the choir above, 
Her voice breaks forth in a sweeter flow. 
To sing the song of redeeming love. 
Who knows the joy of a ransomed soul, 
When loved ones meet on the lieavenly shore. 
When sin and death will have no control, 
And mortal pains will be felt no more. 

Death came to her in a stealthy way, 
The spirit took at the midnight hour, 
And left, alas, but a lump of clay. 
No more of worth than a withered flower. 
But God we know is a God of love, 
And all He does is but just and right ; 
He reigns supreme on his throne above. 
And crowns his own in the world of light. 



One by one our friends depart 
To the land of future rest, 
While we oft aching heart, 
Yield to heaven's high behest. 

Sad and lonely do we feel, 
When we think of former days, 
Scenes of youth that linger still, 
Like the sun's departing rays. 

But in faith and hope and trust, 
Far beyond this world of pain, 
With the spirits of the just, 
There we hope to meet again ; — 

Meet, in yonder world of light, 
There to sin and stray no more, 
But in raptures of delight 
Jesus on the throne adore. 



Only waiting by tlie river, 
Waiting on the hither shore, 
For the coming of the boatman, 
List'ning for the dipping oar. 

Weary with life's lengthened journey, 
And its scenes of strife and blood, 
Calmly waiting for the passage 
To the land beyond the flood. 

Though a fog lies on the river, 
And sometimes obscures his sight, 
Yet, full well the christian knoweth, 
All beyond is clear and bright. 

Friends and kindred, loved and loving, 
Who have crossed that stream before, 
Waiting stand to bid hira welcome, 
On that other, brighter shore. 

Only waiting for the boatman, 
Who will soon return again 
For an aged, weary pilgrim, 
Bowed with three-score years and ten. 

[These hymns were written by W. H. ] 

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