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OF ONE BRANCH OF THE FAMH^Y
BY W. H. DALRYMPLE.
PRINTED BY THE AUTHOR.
SEP '^£i9a3[E OF
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.
THE CHILDREN OF JA.MB8 AND AZUBAH DAL-
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.
CHILDREN OF HENRY, 2d SON OF JAMES, AND
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.
THE FAMILT OF SAMUEL CLARK, AND
ASBNATH DALRYICPLB CLARK.
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.
THE FAMILY OF JOHN DALRYMPLB, AND
JUDITH LORING DALRYMPLE.
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
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
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.
THE FAMILY OF 8BTH COGGSWELL, AND
ELIZA DALRTMFLE COGGSWELL.
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
6 Martha Gharlena Coggsvvell was born
March 12, 1848.
THE FAMILY OF WILLIAM HBNRT DALUTM-
FLB, AND ELIZABETH ADAMS DALRTMFLB.
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 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,
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
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.
THE FAMILY OF BLAKS FARKBR, AND MARY
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
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
7 Herbert Eugene Parker was born Oc-
tober 27, 1846.
THE FAMILY OP HENRY AUGUSTUS DALRYM-
FLE, AND AMELIA H. LEACH DALRYMFLB.
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.
THE FAMILY OF RICHMOND B. ROOT M. D.
AND S. JENNIE DALRTMFLB ROOT.
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
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.
TRUSTING A- HOPING.
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 THE RIVER."
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. ]