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A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the ^Faking of Commonwealth^; 
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This family is said to be of Welsh 

DAY origin, and the name is said to be a 
place name, from the river Dee in 
Wales. In 15^2 arms were confirmed to Wil- 
liain Day, B. D., provost of Eton College and 
the dean of Windsor. Fie was said to be de- 
scended from the Dees of Wales, viz., being 
yonnger son of Richard Day. who was the 
son of Nicholas Day, the son of John Dee 
called by the English Daye). He was the son 
of Morgan Dee, younger brother to Richard 
Dee, \\'elshman. There were at least eight 
immigrants of the name to Xew England : Rob- 
ert, of Cambridge, mentioned below; Robert, 
of Ipswich ; Nathaniel, of Ipswich ; Stephen, 
of Cambridge; Wentworth, of Boston; Ralph. 
of Deciham; ?^Iatthew, of Cambridge; An- 
thony, of Glouce-^ter. 

( I ) Robert Day, immigrant ancestor of this 
branch of the family, was born in England and 
came to New England on the ship "Hopewell" 
in April, 1634. He settled first at Cambridge 
and was admitted a freeman. May 6, 1635. He 
went to Hartford, Connecticut, no doubt with 
Rev. Mr. Hooker's company, and was a resi- 
dent there in 1639. His name is on the monu- 
ment erected to the memor)' of the founders 
of that city. His will was dated iVlay 20, 1648, 
and inventory of the estate was filed October 
14. 1648. He married Editha Stebbins, sister 
of Deacon Edward Stebbins, of Hartford. She 
married (second) Deacon John Maynard. and 
(third) in 1658. Elizur Holyoke. of Spring- 
field, where she died Octuber 24, i(jS8. Chil- 
dren : Thomas, of Springfield : John, mentioned 
below ; Sarah, killed with her son Joseph by 
the Indians, September 19, 1677; Mary. 

(II) John, son of Robert Day, married 
Sarah Alaynard, of Hartford. His will was 
dated November lO, 1725, when he was "ad- 
vanced in years," and proved May 6, 1730. 
He owned a share in a grist or saw mill, wliich 
be bequeathed to his son William. Children: 
Joseph, died 1696; John, mentioned below; 
Thomas ; Mary ; May^ar^l ; Sarah, baptized 
September 19, 1686; William, baptized April 
24. t6<)2: Joseph, baptized June 14, i6<;(9. 

(HI) John (2), son of John (i) Day, was 
born in 1C77, died November 4. 1752, aged 
seventy-five. He removed to Colchester. Con- 
necticut, about 1701-02. He marricl (first) 
January 21, ^(^(jG, Grace Spencer, of Hartford, 
who died May 12, 1714. in Colchester. He 

married (second) Mary , who died No- 
vember 2, 1749, aged seventy- four. Children, 
all by first wife, the first three born in Hart- 
ford : Lydia, born April 11, 1698; Mary. Au- 
gust 14, iCk;9; John, June 6, 1701, Born in 
Colches.ter: Joseph, September 27, 1702; Ben- 
jamin, February 7, 1704; Editha, September 
10, 1705; Daniel, ]\Iarch 9, 1709, died 1712; 
David, July 18, 1710; Abraham, mentioned 
below; Isaac, ]May 17, 1713; Daniel. 

(I\') Abraham, son of John (2) Day, was 
born in Colchester, Connecticut, March 17, 
1712, died March 18, 1792, aged eighty. He 
married, November 20. 1740, Irene Foot, who 
died August 7, 1809. He lived in Colchester. 
Children: Ephraim, born July 10, 1741 ; Ezra, 
April 22, 1743; Nehemiah, March 5, 1745; 
.Abraham, September 20, 1747; Elisha, Janu- 
ary 30, 1749: Lucy, May 14. 1752; Elijah, De- 
cember I, 1754: Irene, Alarch 7, 1757: Sarah, 
March 26, 1759; Oliver, September 12, 1761. 

Captain Richard Walker, the 
WALKER immigrant ancestor, was born 
in England in 1590. He caipe 
to New England in 1630, and settled at Lynn, 
Massachusetts. He was admitted a freeman, 
March 5, 1633-34. and was ensign in the Lynn 
militia company in 1630, later lieutenant and 
captain. In 1638 he was a member of the 
Artillery Company of Boston. He was deputy 
to the general court : was surety for Howes of 
Mattacheeset in 1638. He removed to Read- 
ing. Massachusetts, where he was a [)roprietor 
in 1644 and later a town officer. He lent m(>ney 
on mortgages to Sir William Temple in 1G60 
and cancelled the bond in 1670. His son Rich- 
ard who came over in 1638 in the ship "Eliza- 
beth" deposed in 1676 that he was aged about 
sixty-five years. In i''>3o, while Walker was 
on guard duty, he was attacked by Indians who 
were frightened away without any deaths, 
however. Pope says: "He joined in i'>39 
with William. Robert, and Thomas Talmage, 
brothers of his wife Jane, in a letter of attor- 
ney for the collection of moneys from the 
overseers of the will of John Talmage of New- 
ton Stacey, in the count}' of Southampton, hus- 
bandman, the brother of their father Thomas 
Taltuage, and from the executors of the will 
of their brother. Symon Talmage." 

Cajitain Walker married (first'i Jane, daugh- 
ter of Thomas Talmage, of Newton Stace\ ; 



(second) Sarah . He died Alay, 1687, 

and was buried May 16, aged ninety-five years. 
Administratitin was granted June 19, 16S7, to 
his widow Sarah, wlio died December i, 1695. 
He had a long, useful and active career. Chil- 
dren: Captain Richard, born 161 1, in Eng- 
land; Samuel, mentioned below; Tibitha, mar- 
ried, March 11, 1662, Daniel King; Elizabeth, 
married, March 2, 1665, Ralph King; Shubacl ; 
John ; Obadiah. 

(II) Samuel, son of Captain Richard 
Walker, was born in England. His age is 
given as sixty-nine years when he died. No- 
vember 6, 1684; he deposed April 2, 1666, that 
he was forty- four years old. He moved from 
Lyim to Reading, then to Woburn. He was 
a proprietor of Reading in 1643 '^vith his father 
and brother Richard. He was admitted to the 
church at Woburn about 1650 with his wife. 
He was highway surveyor there in 1662. He 
was a maltster by trade, and was the third man 
to keep a tavern at Woburn, being licensed 
for that purpose, Afiril, 1662. His sons. Sam- 
uel and Joseph, were administrators of his 
estate. Children: Samuel, mentioned below; 
Joseph, born March 10, 1645; Hannah, April 

11, 1647. died April 28, 1648; Israel, June 28, 
1648; Hannah, twin of Israel; John, February 

14, 1650; Benjamin, June 4, 1652, died April 
26, 1653; Isaac; Ezckiel. 

(HI) Deacon Samuel (2) Walker, son of 
Samuel (i) Walker, was born September 23, 
1643. at Reading, died at Woburn, January 18. 
1704, aged sixty-one years. He was a prom- 
inent citizen of Woburn and deacon of the 
church. He married, September 10, 1662, 
Sarah Reed, of Woburn. She died November 
I. 1681. Children, born at Woburn: Edward, 
October 12, 1663 ; John, July 2, 16*55 • Samuel, 
mentioned below; Sarah, March 6, 1670; Tim- 
othy, June 16, 1672; Isaac, November i, 1677; 
Ezekiel, March 5, 1679. 

(IV) Deacon Samuel (3) Walker, son of 
Deacon Samuel (2) Walker, was born in Wo- 
burn, January 25, 1667. ITe married (first) at 
Woburn, June r, 1688, Judith Howard, who 
died there November 14. 1724. aged fifty-seven 

years. He married (second) Mary , 

who died at Charlestown, ^lassachusetts. Octc>- 
ber 23, 1748, aged eighty years. Children by 
first wife, born at Woburn : Sarah. October 

15. 1689; Judith, March 16, 1691 ; .\bigail. Oc- 
tober 30, 1692; Samuel, mentioned below; 
Hannah. July 24, 1698; John. January 11. 
1700; John, August I, 1701 ; Mary, October 

12. 1702; Timothy, July 27, 1705 ; Phebe, Sep- 
tember 7, 1707. 

(V) Captain Sanniel (4) \\'alker. 'ion of 
Deacon Samuel (3) Walker, was born at Wn- 
burn, September 3, 1694. He settled in Wil- 

mington, formerly part of Woburn. He mar- 
ried Hannah , who died May 13, 1788. 

Children, born at Woburn and Wilmington: 
Hannah. September 22, 1718; Samuel, May 3, 
1720, died .May 16, 1738; James. April 17, 
1722, died May 31, 1738; Abigail, August 31, 
1724, died June ij, 1738; Jonathan. April 15, 
1726, died May 17, 1738; Nathan, March 17, 
1728, died May 18, 1738. Born at Wihiiing- 
ton : Richard, July i, 1730, died June 21. 1738 ; 
Timothy, mentioned below; Judith, February 
22, 1734, died May 16, 1738; Edward. Sep- 
tember 14, 1737, died June 10, 1738; Abigail. 
May 2j, 1741. Of nine children Timothy alone 
survived the pestilence v.-hich swept away eight 
children in this one family within six weeks. 

(VI) Major Timothy Walker, son of Cap- 
tain Samuel (4) \\'alker, was born at Wil- 
mington. j\Iassacliusetts, July 25, 1732, died 
there May 8, 1800. He was a soldier in the 
revolution, a captain in Colonel Greene's regi- 
ment of militia on the Lexington Alarm, April 
19, 1775; major in the regiment of Colonel 
Jonathan- Fox commissioned February 12, 
1776; member of committee to raise men for 
tlie army; served as major in the Rhode Island 
campaign. May 5 to July i, 1779. He married 

Eunice , who died at Wilmington. June 

2, 1815. aged ciglity-four years. Children, 
born at Wilmington ; Samuel, November 29, 
1760; Elizabeth. I''cbruary 15, 1763; Timothy, 
June 18, 1765, died September 7. 1767; Benja- 
min, mentioned below ; James, January 3, 1772. 

(VII) Benjamin, son of Alajor Timothy 
Walker, was born at Wilmington, Massachu- 
setts, July 3, 17G7. died June 26. 1811. He 
married Susanna CckA-. Children, born at Wil- 
mington : Benjamin, June 23, 1801 ; Timothy, 
mentioned below ; Sears Cook, March 23, 
1805; Horatio, February 24, 1807; Joseph 
Brewster. ^lay 28, 1809; Susan. February 11, 
181 1. Susanna I Cook) Walker, after the 
death of her first husband, married Ezra Ken- 
dall and had three more children ; Judith Ken- 
dall, born May 17, 1816; Ezra Otis Kendall, 
May 17, 1818; Abigail Maria Kendall, Octo- 
ber 31, 1820. The mother of these children 
was a lineal descendant of Elder William 
Brewster, who came in the '"Mayflower" to 
Flymouth in 1620. 

(VIH) Timothy (2), son of Benjamin 
Walker, was born in Wilmington, Massachu- 
setts. December i. 1802. He attended the pub- 
lic schools of his native town and entered Har- 
vard College in August. 1822, graduating in 
the class of i82C> with the degree of Bachelor 
of Arts. lie was a teacher for three years in 
tl'.e Round Hill School, Northampton. Massa- 
chusetts, an instructor in mathematics. He 
entered the Harvard Law School in October, 



18^, but before completing his course decided 
ti) iru westward and arrived in Cincinnati, 
( >Iiio, August 6, 1830. He was admitted to 
the bar and became a prominent lawyer and 
iuri-t. From 1842 to 1843 he was presiding 
judge of the court of common pleas of Hamil- 
ton county, Ohio. He was elected upon grad- 
uation from college to the scholars' society, the 
I'hi Beta Kappa, and in 1850 delivered the 
animal Phi Beta Kappa oration at Harvard 

He married (first) in 1832, Anna Lawler 
IJrvnnt, who died within two years afterward. 
He married (second) March 11, 1840, Eleanor 
I'age Wood, born in Philadelphia, Pennsyl- 
vania, June 27, 181 1, daughter of James and 
Annie (Bryan) Wood. Her parents had two 
scins and six daughters. Her father was born 
in England and was an India merchant. Chil- 
dren of Hon. Timothy Walker by his first 
wife: Two sons died in infancy. Children by 
second wife: i. Edward Wood, mentioned be- 
low. 2. James Bryant, died in 1874. 3. Tim- 
othy Brewster, lived at Franklin Springs, New 
York. 4. Anna, never married. 5. Susan, 
married Nicholas Longworth, who was judge 
of the court of common pleas of Hamilton 
county from 1876 to 1881, when he was elected 
judge of the supreme court of Ohio, and 
served two years; graduated from Harvard 
College in 1866 with higli honors; a man of 
brilliant achievements and accomplishments ; 
his translation of "Electra" is a permanent 
record of his poetical ability and fine classical 
scholarship ; a cultivated musician and a skill- 
ful mechanic, and in social life a charming 
companion; died in 1890 at the age of forty- 
six years; left three children of whom Nich- 
olas Longworth Jr., graduate of Harvard, mar- 
ried Alice Roosevelt, daughter of President 
Theodore Roosevelt, and is now a member of 
congress from Ohio. 8. Clara, married the 
Count de Ciiambrun, of France. 9. Anna, 
married Buckner Wallingford and has three 
children : Buckner Jr., Landon and Nicholas 

(LX) Dr. Edward Wood Walker, son of 
Timothy (2) Walker, was born September 3, 
1853, ^t Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended the 
public schools of his native city and entered 
Harvard College, from which he was grad- 
uated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 
the class of 1874. He began to study his pro- 
fession in the Cincinnati Medical College and 
was graduated with the degree of Doctor of 
Medicine in 1877. He then spent two years 
abroad, attending lectures at Heidelberg L'ni- 
versity and at Berlin and \'ienna. L'pon his 
return home he began to practice his profes- 
sion in Cincinnati, making a specialty of sur- 

gery in which he attained great skill and 
prominence. In 1S86 he was demonstrator of 
pathology at the Medical College of Ohio, and 
in the same year was elected to the chair of 
surgery and pathology in Miami Medical Col- 
lege. He is also a professor on the staff of the 
Cincinnati City Hospital and in the Episcopal 
Hospital and on the staff of the German Dea- 
coness' Hospital and the Betts Street Hospital. 
He is a member of the Ohio State Academy of 
Medicine and of the .American Medical Asso- 
ciation. Since 19 10 he has been a member of 
the Cincinnati Board of Health. He was for- 
merly e.xaminer of the pension department of 
the L'nited States. He has taken all the thirty- 
two degrees in Scottish Rite Masonry and is a 
member of Harmony Lodge, No. 5, the chap- 
ter, council, commandery and other Masonic 
bodies; also member of the Blain Club, the 
Press Club of Cincinnati and the Queen City 
Club. He is a communicant of the Protestant 
Episcopal church. In politics he is a Repub- 
lican. He married, June 7, 1893, Inez Hat- 
field, born in 1872, daughter of John Hatfield, 
of Lebanon, Ohio. They have no children. 

Cheney is derived from the 
CHEN E Y French word chene, meaningoak, 
and it came into use originally 
in Normandy or England to signify the resi- 
dence, probably, of the progenitor. It belongs 
to the same class of surnames as Wood, Lake, 
etc. It is certain that Cheney, Chine, Cheyney 
or Cheyne, as it was variously spelled, was one 
of the earliest surnames used in England. Sir 
Nicholas Cheyney accjuired the manor of Cp- 
Ottery in Devonshire in the reign of Henry 
III. (1207-72). Thomas Cheyney, mercer, 
died in London in 1361, a man of wealth and 
varied interests. Henry Clieyney, of London, 
made his will, August 18, 1361. John Cheyney 
was arch-deacon of Exeter, July 10, 1379, one 
of the clergy of the Litchfield cathedral in 
June, 13S2. and prebend of Huntingdon, March 
3. i387-88._ 

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, 
records of the Cheney family are foui;d in 
Northampton, Wiltshire, Sussex. O.^fordshire, 
Bedfordshire, Berkshire. Suffolk, Norfolk, 
Yorkshire. Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire, Esse.x 
and Devonshire, pretty generally diiTused 
throughout the country. The original coat-of- 
arms, according to Burke"s Armory, was : Er- 
mine, on a bend sable three martlets or. Crest: 
A bull's scalp argent. There are other coats-of- 
arms of greater or less antitjuity borne by vari- 
ous branches of the family. A patient and 
costly search of the English records has not 
conclusively proved the ancestry of two Amer- 
ican immigrants from whom the American 

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Cheneys are descended. Both William and 
John' Cheney came to Roxbury, Massachusetts, 
and we find Cheney a rather numerous name 
in county Essex, England, whence many of 
the Ro.xbury settlers came. We find the will 
of Robert Cheney, of Waltham Abbey, datetl 
October i, 1667, mentioning wife Johan, and 
sons John, Raufe, William and Robert, and 
daughter Agnes. His son John had a son Wil- 
liam, born in 1584 and baptized February 21, 

Boston, Massachusetts, of which Roxbury 
is now a part, was settled in part by immi- 
grants from Boston, Lincolnshire, England. 
It is reasonable to suppose that the Essex and 
Lincolnshire Cheneys were closely related. 
Their homes were not far apart and their chil- 
dren bore almost identical names. John 
Cheney, of Bennington in Lincolnshire, made 
his will, May 24, 1621, bequeathing to the 
poor of the parish, to wife Alice, to children 
and others. He names two sons John, one 
distinguished from the other by the terms 
"John the elder" and "John the younger." 
John Cheney was buried ]March 21. 1633. Chil- 
dren, mentioned in the will and recorded in 
the baptismal register of the parish: Frances, 
baptized December 20, 1596; William, bap- 
tized February 5, 1597; Jane, baptized Febru- 
ary 28, 1600: John, baptized June 30, 1605; 
Edward, baptized July 20, it)o6; Thomas, born 
July 25, 1607; .-\gnes, baptized October 16, 
1608 ; John, baptized November 9, 1609 ; Rich- 
ard, baptized September 29, 161 1; Elizabeth, 
baptized June 2. 1614. Edward was buried 
December 8, 1613; the wife Elizabeth was 
buried June 12, 1614. A Thomas Cheney was 
an alderman of Boston. England, in 15S5, and 
the family has been prominent there for sev- 
eral centuries. 

William Cheney, the immigrant, owned land 
adjoining Rev. John Wilson's land in Boston, 
Massachusetts. We know no reason for think- 
ing that John and William Cheney, the immi- 
grants, were not the sons of John Cheney, of 
Bennington, a list of whose children has just 
been given. But if it were proved that the 
Cheneys were of this old Lincolnshire family, 
the English pedigree appears to be impossible 
to trace. But few English pedigrees have 
been conclusively proved and established. 

(I) John Cheney, the immigrant ancestor, 
was born in England. "John Cheney," wrote 
John Eliot, the famous Indian .\postle, min- 
ister of Roxbury, "he came into the land in the 
years 1636. He brought 4 children Mary, Mar- 
tha, John, Daniel. Sarah his 5th child was 
borne in the last month of the same year 1636 
called February. He removed ivom our church 
to Newbury the end of the nect su'er 1636. 

Martha Chany the wife of John Cheny." At 
Newbury John Cheney prospered. His allot- 
ment of land was large. He had a good stand 
in the "old town" and on shore and elsewhere. 
Ho had three acres granted, June 19, 1638, at 
the westerly end of the great swamp behind 
the great hill ; on August 25, six acres of salt 
marsh ; then a parcel of marsh with little island 
of upland on it, about twenty acres, little river 
of the northwest, formerly a part of the calf- 
common, assigned to him July 5, 1639. Lot 
No. 50 in the "new town" on Field street was 
granted him January 10, 1643. He was a 
member of the grand jury, April 27, 1648; 
selectman often ; member of a committee to 
lay out the way to the neck and through the 
neck to the marshes on the east side of the 
old town, November 29, 1654. He was inter- 
ested in public affairs and was one of the 
famous ten men of Newbury wdio took such 
interest in the campaign of Governor Win- 
throp against Sir Harry Vane that they made 
a journey of forty miles from Newbury to 
Cambridge to take the freeman's oath. They 
were admitted May 17, 1637. He died July 
28, 1666, leaving a will dated June 5, 1666, 
w-ritten in his own hand. He provided lib- 
erally for his wife and family. The will was 
proved September 25, 1666. Children : Mary, 
born in England about 1627; Martha, about 
1629; John, about 1631 ; Daniel, mentioned be- 
low; Sarah, born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, 
February, 1635-36; Peter, 1638; Lydia, born 
at Newbury; Hannah, November 16, 1642; 
Nathaniel, born at Newbury, January 12, 
1644; Elizabeth, January 12, 1647. 

(II) Daniel, son of John Cheney, was born 
in England about 1633. He was a farmer and 
a man of great industry and wisdom. He and 
his wife joined the church before 1675, and in 
1688 he was a constable. The rate list men- 
tions him, his brother Peter and Peter's son 
Peter; at that time he owned about forty-five 
acres of land. He was made freeman, ]\Iay 7, 
1663. He was one of those who petitioned for 
the pardon or restoration of John Pike, who 
had been lieutenant of the militia in Newbury 
and who had fallen under the displeasure of 
the general court for some reason. On Octo- 
ber 19. 1654, the court ordered those who 
petitioned to give bonds in the sum of ten 
pounds for daring to petition, to appear for 
trial. The three men, however, received no 
punishment for asking for fair play for their 
officer. He died September 10, 1694. Joshua 
Bayley was appointed guardian for the four 
minor children. Eleanor, a daughter, had mar- 
ried, become a widow, and married again before 
she was of age. On December 22, 1694, Daniel's 
widow, Sarah, wrote her refusal to administer 



Oil Iier llll^band's estate, requesting that the 
.011 Daniel be appointed. The inventory was 
ii.-.:eil .September 20, 1694. Daniel Cheney 
marrieil, in Newbury, October 8, 1665, Sarah, 
liorn -Xugust 17, 1644, died October 26, 17 14, 
(laughter of John Jr. and Eleanor (Emery) 
Haylcy. Children, born in Newbury: Sarah, 
September 11, 1666; Judith, September 6, 
U)(i8; Daniel, mentioned below; Hannah, Sep- 
tember 3, 1673; John, July 10, 1676; Eleanor, 
March 29, 1679; Joseph, baptized April 9, 
I()8j: James, born April 16, 1685. 

(HI) Daniel (2), son of Daniel ( i) Cheney, 
was born in Newbury, Massachusetts, Decem- 
ber 31, 1670. His home was situated near the 
i.iiik of the river in what is now West New- 
bury. He was a farmer. He gave service at 
the block house twice in 1704, in defence 
against e.xpected Indian attacks. He was a 
member of "The Second Foot Company of 
Newbury," January 15, 171011, under Hugh 
March. He and his wife were admitted to 
full communion in the West Newbury church, 
October 29, 1727. He died in the autumn of 
1755, and in his will, dated March 2, 1754, he 
disposed of his large estate to his children and 
biime grandchildren, and to his wife. He mar- 
ried Ilannah, born August 22, 1678, daughter 
of Thomas and Hannah (Emerson) Duston 
(see Duston II). Children, born at Newbury: 
Daniel, July 16, 1699; John, March 10, 1701- 
02 ; Tnomas, mentioned below ; Hannah, Sep- 
tember 25, 1706; Sarah, January 25, 1708; Na- 
thaniel, November 25. 1711; ^lary, August 9, 
1714; .Abigail, November i, 1719. 

(IV) Thomas, son of Daniel (2) Cheney, 
was born in Newbury, Massachusetts, Febru- 
ary 25, 1703. On March 24, 1741, he bought 
twenty acres of land in Haverhill, Massachu- 
setts, in the part which now is in Plaistow, New- 
Hampshire. His will was dated March 4, 
1767, and proved June 24, 1767. He married, 
May 17, 1726, Hannah Stevens, born in Haver- 
hill, ^Iarch 16, 1704-05, probably daughter of 
John Jr. and Mary (F.artlett) Stevens. Chil- 
dren : Hannah, born in Newbury, March 20, 
1727. Born in Haverhill: Daniel, January 10, 
1728-29; Duston, mentioned below; Thomas, 
Jj'ly 31. 1733: -^lary, January 20. 1735-36; 
Nathaniel, ^Iarch 16, 1737-38, died young. 
Born in Plaistow: John, June 2. 1740; James, 
August I, 1742; Abigail, December iS, 1744; 
Sarah, November 2. 1746; Ruth, April 29, 
174Q; Susanna, December 29. 1753. 

(V) Duston, son of Thomas Cheney, was 
born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, May 3, 1731, 
died at the age of ninety-six >ears, after a 
prosperous and useful life. He lived at Plais- 
tow. He married Sarah Mount. Children, 
born at Plaistow ; Rachel, February 17, 1755 ; 

Eliphalet, December 5, 1756; Caleb, December 
18, 1758; Hannah, May 31, 1761 ; Thomas, 
.April I, 1763; John, February 19, 1765; Mary, 
March 18, 1767 ; Duston, March 2, 1769 ; Giles, 
mentiinied below"; Moses, January 3, 1774. 

(\T) Giles, son of Duston Cheney, was 
born at Plaistow, New Hampshire, Septem- 
ber 4. 1771. He was a farmer at Washington, 
\"ermont. He married (first) Hannah Peas- 
ley, and (second) Flannah Kimball. Children 
by first wife: Daniel, born October 24, 1792; 
Jesse, March 17, 1794; Zadoc, November 9, • 
iSoo; Henry; Rhoda ; Reuben Peasley, men- 
tioned below ; Betsey, August 10, 1808 ; Smilax, 
May 6, iSii ; Harrison. By second wife: Wil- 
liam, James, Lorenzo, Giles, Jeanette, Quincy, 
"Aulanie," Cynthia. 

( \'II) Reuben Peasley, son of Giles Cheney, 
was born in Washington, \'ermont, May 10, 
1803. He carried on the trade of hatter in 
Barton, X'ermont, for about si.x years, but his 
failing health compelled him to live out of 
doors. He cleared up a farm in West Glover, 
\'ermont, where he lived the remainder of his 
life. "He was an energetic man, the kindest 
of fathers, and much attached to his family." 
He married. October 2, 1827, at Earre, Ver- 
mont, Sophronia L fford, born in Greensboro, 
\"ermont. in 1799, died in Glover, Verm.ont, 
December 21, 1S82. Children: Frederick Por- 
ter, mentioned below ; Nelson, born April 17, 
1830; Celestia, married Thomas B. Stevens. 

(VIII) Frederick Porter, son of Reuben 
Peasley Cheney, was born July 11, 1828, died 
December 25, 1896. The ]\Iason Post, Grand 
-Army of the Republic, attended his funeral in 
a body. He lived in Areola, Minnesota, for 
about eight years after marriage, and then re- 
turned to Glover, 'v'ermont. He served in the 
civil war, enlisting in the Eleventh \'ermont 
Infantry (Company K) until he was wounded, 
being shot through the body at Cold Harbor, 
\'irginia. .Although he never fully recovered 
from the wound, lie accomplished a great deal. 
Fie was superintendent of schools and repre- 
sentative twice to the state legislature. For a 
time he published The Green Mouv.tain 
Kicker, and was a writer of ability. He was 
a strong patriot and kind-hearted, a good 
friend and citizen.- He married, C)ctober 5, 
1851. Louisa, born June 16, 1829, daughter of 
Captain John H. Hill, of Glover. Jolm Hill, 
born July 6, 1804, was son of David Hill, of 
Waterford, \'ermont; he married at St. Johns- 
bury, Vermont, October 14, 1S27, Philinda, 
daughter of Daniel Fuller, a revolutionary 
soldier ; they lived in .Areola, Minnesota. Chil- 
dren of Frederick Porter Cheney: Marion, 
b(jrn May 10. 1854, deceased: Reuben How-ard, 
February 14, 1856; Fred Nelson, mentioned 

'-■■■•■' I 


below ; Sophronia Louise, at Glover, June 4, 
1866; Philinda, died in infancy. 

(IX) Fred Nelson, son of IVederick Porter 
Cheney, was born in Areola, Minnesota, July 
'9, 185S. His boyhood was spent on a farm, 
and he received his education in the public 
schools of Glover, \'ermont, and in the high 
school of that town. When he was fifteen 
years old he entered the employ of O. D. 
Owen, general merchant, at Barton, \'ermont, 
and was a clerk in his store until 18S3. He 
rose rapidly in the esteem and contidencs of 
his employer and was entrusted with the buy- 
ing of goods and keeping of books as well as 
other details of the management of the busi- 
ness. For hw years he was manager of a 
branch store of ^Ir. Owen. He entered part- 
nership with his brother, Reuben Howard 
Cheney, in the insurance business at Man- 
chester, New Hampshire, in 1883. represent- 
ing the Mutual Life Insurance Company of 
New York, under the firm naine of Cheney & 
Cheney. The firm had offices in Manchester, 
New Hampshire, and had charge of the busi- 
ness of this company in Vermont and New 
Hampshire. The firm achieved a substantial 
success and built up a large business. In 1902 
the firm was dissolved and Mr. Fred Nelson 
Cheney was afterward employed in special 
work for the same company, and for the past 
ten years he has been manager of the general 
agency of the Mutual Life Insurance Com- 
pany at St. Louis with headquarters in the 
Chemical Building, 721 Olive street, St. Louis. 
His home is at 3515 Longfellow Boulevard in 
that city. 

Mr. Cheney is a member of Orleans Lodge, 
No. 55, Free and .-\ccepted Masons: Council 
No. 3, Royal and Select Z^Tasters; Royal .Arch 
Masons ; Trinity Commandery, Knights Temp- 
lar. He has taken thirty-two degrees in Scot- 
tish Rite Masonry and is well knov,-n and popu- 
lar in the Masonic fraternity of the state. He 
is a member of Alejipo Temple, Nobles of the 
Mystic Shrine, of Boston. He retains mem- 
bership also in the Amoskeag Veterans' Asso- 
ciation of Manciic^ter, a military company 
established in colonial days and similar in 
character to the .Ancient and Honorable Ar- 
tillery Company of Boston ant! the Conti- 
nentals of W'orcester, Massachusetts. In poli- 
tics Mr. Cheney is a Republican. Fie is a 
member of the Mercantile Club of St. Louis, 
also the Business Men's League, the Derry- 
ficld Club and the Calumet Club of New 

tie married. December 24. 1882, Lulu Irene 
Davis, born in Glover, Vermont, April 20, 
1858, daughter of Henry and Zapliira (French) 
Davis. Children : Ruth Irene, born November 

4, 1884: Dorothy Zaphirs, May 7, 1897; John 
Willowby, September 25, 1898; Margaret 
Louise, December 10, 1899. 

(The Duston Line). 

(I) Thomas Duston, the immigrant ances- 
tor, was born in England and as early as 1640 
was in Dover, New Hampshire. He owned 
land in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1648. 
He was admitted a freeman at Kittery, Maine, 
in 1652. His name is variously spelled Duns- 
ton, Dustin, Dastin and Duston. Only one 
child seems to be known, Thomas, mentioned 

(II) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) 
Duston, was born about 1650. He married, 
December 3, 1677, Hannah, daughter of Mich- 
ael and Hannah (Webster) Emerson. Han- 
nah Duston is one of the most famous women 
of American history. On March 15, 1697, the 
Indians attacked Thomas Duston's home. He 
managed to save his life with seven of the 
children by mounting his horse and covering 
their retreat with his gun. They all reached 
safety unharmed, though the Indians fired at 
them many times. Mrs. Duston was in bed 
attended by a midwife, named Mary NefT, 
with her infant daughter, Martha, one week 
old. She was ordered to accompany her cap- 
tors, and but partly dressed, started on the 
dreadful journey northward. The savages 
dashed out the brains of her child against a 
tree in order to spare themselves tlie trouble 
of an infant in the party. After two weeks 
the Indians camped on an island at Pennacock, 
now Concord, New Hampshire, and v.hile 
there, March 30, 1697, Mrs. Duston, with the 
aid of Samuel I.eonardson, a seventeen year 
old boy, who had been captured in \^'Grcester, 
she and Mary NefY each armed with a hatchet 
tomahawked ten of the twelve Indians while 
they were asleep. A squaw and one young 
Indian escaped. The three returned to Haver- 
hill and later received rewards for their 
bravery. Children : Hannah, born August 22, 
1678, married Daniel Cheney (see Cheney 
III) ; Elizabeth, Mary, Thomas, Nathaniel, 
John, Sarah, Abigail, Jonathan, Timothy, yie- 
hitable, Martha, Lydia. 

James Humphrey, progeni- 
HUMPHREY tor of this family, was born 
at or near Providence, 
Rhode Island, about 1750. His parentage is 
not known and therefore the genealogists of 
the family are unable to give his lineage. The 
Humphrey genealogy states that he was doubt- 
less of the Humphrey family of Hingham or 
Weymouth. The immigrant ancestor of this 
line, Jonas Humphrey, is described elsewhere 








in this work and other of his Rhode Island 
descendants given. James Humphrey was a 
soldier in the revolution. He enlisted at the 
beginning of the war and served until its close, 
having been at \'alley Forge under General 
Washington and taken part in many battles 
and skirmishes, undergoing much hardship. 
M the close of the war he returned to his 
home in Rhode Island. 

He married Amy Hardy (also given as 
Harden and Harding. Harding and Harden 
were different spellings of the same family 
name and v^^ere common in the towns near 
Weymouth and Rhode Island in Massachu- 
setts. Hardy was not a common name in this 
section. They resided at Warren, Rhode 
Island, until after the birth of the two eldest 
children, when they removed to Alstead, New 
Hampshire, and not long afterward to Brook- 
field, Vermont, where other children were 
born to them. Children: i. Amy, married 
William Messinger, of Jericho, Vermont, a 
soldier in the war of 1S12, taken prisoner by 
the British and died in a Halifax prison; had 
five children. 2. James, born March 9, 1780; 
married (first) Cynthia Messinger, (second) 
Orpha Dow. 3. Xancy, born at Brookheld, 
Vermont; married Jesse Thompson, of 
Jericho. 4. William, born April 14, 1783; 
married Betsey Clawson. 5. Betsey (or Eliza- 
.beth), born at Brookfield, August 31, 1789; 
married, March 3. 181 7, Silas Benham, and 
had seven children born at Jericho. 6. 
Elishaba, died at Jericho, unmarried, at an 
advanced age. 7. Relief, born at Brookfield, 
December 15, 1792: married Philander Ben- 
ham, of Jericho ; lived at Stark, Michigan ; 
had several children. 8. John, died unmarried. 
9. Ede, mentioned below. 10. Truman, died 
aged about nineteen years, unmarried. 11. Dr. 
Harry, born at Brookfield ; married Clarissa 
Lee, of Jericho, and practiced medicine in 
Boston and at East Bridgewater, Massachu- 
setts, where he died. 

(II) Ede, son of James Humphrey, was 
born at Brookfield, Vermont, about 1795-1800. 
He married Phebe Lee, of Jericho, Vermont. 
They resided at Jericho and had several chil- 
dren, among whom was James Lee, mentioned 
below. ■ 

(III) James Lee, son of Ede Humphrey, 
was born at Jericho. Vermont, September 14, 
1821, died September 15. 1910. at New Bed- 
ford, Massachusetts. He attended the com- 
mon schools of his native town, after which 
he prepared himself for teaching, and for sev- 
eral years was engaged as a school teacher. 
Finally locating at New Bedford. Massachu- 
setts, he there engaged in business as a dealer 
in butter, eggs and poultry products, and con- 


tinned successfully engaged in business in that 
city until his death. ' In political faith Mr. 
Humphrey was in early life an old line Whig, 
later becoming identified with the Republican 
party, but being of a quiet and retiring nature 
he never sought public office. In religious be- 
lief he was a L'nitarian. Mr. Humphrey mar- 
ried Maria Snell, daughter of Valentine Brad- 
ford, and a direct descendant of Governor Wil- 
liam Bradford, of Plymouth Colony (see 
Bradford IX). To James L. and Maria S. 
(Bradford) Humphrey were born children as 
follows: I. Charles Blackmcr, mentioned be- 
low. 2. James Lee Jr., born in 1859; engaged 
in business at Xo. 95 Front street, Xew Bed- 
ford, Massachusetts ; married Josephine Allen. 
3. Maria Bradford, born in 1869, died in .April, 
1912; married Dr. Augustus Mandell, of Xew 
Bedford, Massachusetts. 

(IV) Charles Blackmer, eldest son of the 
late James Lee and Maria S. (Bradford) 
Humphrey, was born December 22, 1849, ^^ 
Fairhaven, Massachusetts. He received his 
educational training in the public schools of 
his native city. After leaving school he be- 
came engaged in business with his father in 
Xew Bedford, where he continued until 1877, 
in which year he removed to Providence, 
Rhode Island, and in the latter city entered the 
employ of the wholesale grocery firm of Dan- 
iels & Cornell. A few years later he became a 
member of the firm, and upon the death of 
Mr. Daniels, in 1889, Mr. Humphrey became 
senior member of the firm, which then became 
Humphrey & Cornell. Mr. Humphrey con- 
tinued actively identified with this well known 
wholesale grocery firm until his retirement 
from active business cares in 1907, during 
which time he had become one of the best 
known wholesale grocers in the New England 
States. He was a successful and enterprising 
business man of Providence, and an active and 
useful citizen. He was also a prominent factor 
in the financial affairs of the city, and for sev- 
eral years was president of the Weybosset Na- 
tional Bank, in which office he continued until 
that bank was absorbed by the Union Trust 
Company of Providence. Upon the consoli- 
dation of these banks Mr. Humphrey became 
a director of the Union Trust Company, a po- 
sition he continued to hold until his death. He 
was also identified with other well-known 
financial and industrial institutions of Provi- 
dence, having been a director of the National 
Exchange Bank, of the .American Screw Com- 
pany, and of the Rhode Island Insurance Com- 
pany, having been also a member of the e.xecu- 
tive committee of the latter company. Mr. 
Humphrey was also a member of the Provi- 
dence Board of Trade, the Commercial Club, 


the Squantum Association, t!ie Hope Club, and 
the Providence Art Chib, in all of which he 
was a valued and honored member. 

In religious belief Mr. Humphrey was an 
Episcopalian, and was a regular attendant of 
St. Stephen's Church, of which his wife is an 
active member. In political views he was a 
staunch supporter of the principles of the Re- 
publican party, but preferring to give his un- 
divided attention to his large business inter- 
ests, never cared for public office. Mr. Hum- 
phrey passed away at his home. No. "jz Or- 
chard avenue. Providence, January 7, 1912, 
after a short illness, an honored and respected 
citizen of the city in which he had been suc- 
cessfully engaged in business for a number of 

On October 29, 1874, Mr. Humplirey mar- 
ried Eva J., daughter of the late Marius Sid- 
ney and Almira J. (York) Daniels, and grand- 
daughter of Moses and Lorinda Rates (Bal- 
lou) Daniels. To Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey 
v.'cre born two sons, as follows : Sidney Dan- 
iels, born October 2(y, 1875; Ka-rl H., .August 
28, 1888. 

Marius Sidney Daniels, the father of Mrs. 
Charles B. Humphrey, was born in Mendon, 
Massachusetts, in 1S26, and acquired an acad- 
emic education. .About 1857 he located in 
Providence, Rhode Island, where he started in 
the whole-ale grocery business on Canal 
street, in parinersliip with Sylvester G. Martin, 
and shortly thereafter James Cornell was ad- 
mitted to partnership, the firm name becoming 
M. S. Daniels &■ Company. About 1862 this 
firm bought out the business of Phetteplace & 
Seagrave, on E.xchange place, to which loca- 
tion the business was removed. From there, 
in 1873, the ne.xt move was to the new Daniels 
building, on Custom House street, which build- 
ing was built and owned by Mr. Daniels. .At 
this time the firm name was changed to Daniels 
& Cornell, and during the great fire of 1877 
the business suffered with many others, but 
was soon re-established on Continental Wharf. 
where they continued in business for about a 
year, or until the new building had been 
erected on the old site, to which they at once 
removed, at which time the style of co-part- 
nership was again changed to Daniels, Cornell 
& Company. Mr. Daniels contiiiued the senior 
member of this firm until his demise, which 
occurred February 25, 1889, at the age of si.x- 
ty -three years, at South Pasadena, California, 
whither he had gone on account of ill health, 
and taken up his residence in a handsome new 
house which was built for his occupancy. Mr. 
Daniels married .Almira J., daughter of Gideon 
and Delia .Ann (Rawson) York, the York 
family having been early settlers of the state 

of Maine. To Mr. and Mrs. Daniels were 
born four children, as follows; Eva J., widow 
of Charles P>, Humphrey; Ida A., wife of 
William C. Fuller, of San Francisco, Califor- 
nia ; Henry Marius, died in 1887, unmarried; 
Emma Rozelia, died in 1894, unmarried. 

(The Bradford Line). 

The surname Bradford is derived from the 
name of a place, Bradford or Bradcnford. 
There are two ancient towns of this name in 
England, one in Wiltshire, near Bath, the other 
in Yorkshire, near Leeds. Near the latter 
was the home of the ancestors of the American 
family. In England the Bradford surname 
doubtless dates to the time when surnames 
were first adopted in the eleventh and twelfth 
centuries. C)ne of the first martyrs burned at 
the stake during the reign of Bloody Mary 
was John Bradford, Prend of St. Paul, and a 
celebrated preacher. Pie was born in Man- 
chester, Lancashire, in 1510, and was executed 
July I, 1555. He was a friend of Rogers, 
Hooper. Saunders, Latimer, Cranmer and Rid- 
ley, who also died at the stake about the same 
time. The Bradford coat-of-arms is de- 
scribe'!: .Argent on a fesse sable, three stags' 
heads erased or. The ancestry of Governor 
\Mlliani Bradfortl of Plymouth colony has not 
been traced beyond his grandfather, though 
it is known that the family is ancient. 

(I) William Bradford, grandfather of Gov- 
ernor William Bradford, lived at Austerfield 
(Osterfeldt) county Nottingham. England, 
and in 1575 he and John Hanson were the 
only subsidiaries located there. Bradford was 
taxed twenty shillings on land ; Hanson the 
same amount on goods. Governor William 
Bradford, when a boy, lived with his grand- 
father, after his father died. The grandfather 
died at .\usterfield, January 10, i595-9t)- Chil- 
dren : \\'illiam, mentioned below ; Thomas ; 
Robert, baptized June 25. I5f')i. married Alice 
Waingate, and Governor William, lived with 
him after hii grandfather died and in 1398 
Robert v,-as the only subsidiary at .Austerfield; 
his will was dated April 15, 1609. and he was 
buried .April 23 following ; Elizabeth, baptized 
July 16. 1570. 

(II) William (2), son of William (r) Brad- 
ford, was born at Austerfield. about X565. died 
July 15, 1591, before his father. He married 
Alice Hanson. Children, born at .\usterfield : 
Margaret, baptized March 8, 1585, died young; 
Alice, baptized October 30, 15S7; Governor 
William, mentioned beUnv. 

(HI) Governor William (3) Bradford, son 
of William (2) Bradford, was baptized at 
.Austerfield. March 19, 1590. .After his father 
died he lived for a time with his grandfather 



and then with his uncle, Robert Bradford, who 
lived at Scrooby, five miles from Austcrtield 
near the estate of the iirewsters in county 
Nottingham. He joined the church where 
Rev. Richard Clifton and Rev. John Robinson 
preached and soon became one of the leading 
Separatists. His early educational advantages 
were limited, but by diligent study he became 
very proficient in Latin, Greek, French. Dutch, 
and in Hebrew, which he learned in order to 
read the Scriptures in the original. He went 
with the Pilgrims to Holland. When he came 
of age he received considerable property from 
his fatiicr's estate, but did nr)t succeed him in 
his commercial undertakings. He learned the 
art of "fustian or frieze weaving." He mar- 
ried, in Amsterdam, Holland, December 9, 
1613, Dorothea May. He gave his age at that 
time as twenty-three and hers as sixteen. They 
embarked for England, July 22, 1620, and 
after many trials sailed from Plymouth, Eng- 
land, Sf pteniber Ti, 1620, on the ship "May- 
flower," reaching Cape Cod in November. 
While they were at anchor and Bradford was 
absent from the ship, his wife fell overboard 
and was drowned, December 9, 1620. Soon 
afterward Governor Carver died and Brad- 
ford was elected governor of the Plymouth 
colony, an oflke he held by annual re-election 
until he died, except during the years 1633-34- 
3(:i- 38-44. He took a piominent part in all the 
councils, which were held in his house, and all 
civil and military afTairs of the colony. From 
his house at the foot of Burial Hill, each Sun- 
day morning, the people niarched to the fort 
at the top to hold religions services. The his- 
tory of the plantation in his handwriting is 
now in the State Library, Boston. In it he 
gave a correct and valuable picture of the 
events of the colony and it is justly cherished 
as one of the greatest of American histories as 
well as the first. 

He married (second) .Mice (Carpenter) 
SouthwoFth, widow of Edward South worth, 
and daughter of Alexander Carpenter, of 
Wrentham, England. She died March 26, 
1670, and he died May 9. 1657. Child by first 
wife: John, of^Duxbury, married ^Iartha 
Bourne, died at Norwich, Connecticut. Chil- 
dren b}' second wife: William, mentioned be- 
low; Mercy, married Pjcnjamin or Joseph \'er- 
mages ; Joseph, born in 1630. married Jael 

(IV) Major William (4) Bradford, son of 
Governor \Villiani (3) Bradford, was born 
June 16, 1624, at Plymouth, Massachusetts, 
died February 20, 1703. He removed to King- 
ston, Massachusetts. He was an assistant, 
deputy-governor and a member of the council 
of Governor Andres in 1687. He was the 

chief military officer of the colony. His will 
is dated January 29, 1703. He married (first) 
.\lice Richards, who died at Plymouth, Decem- 
ber 12, 1671, daughter of Thomas and 
Wealthyan Richards, of Wevmouth, ]Massa- 
chusetts. He married (second) the Widow 
Wiswell. He married (third) ilary Holmes, 
who died June 6, 1714-15, widow of Rev. John 
Holmes, of Duxbury, and daughter of John 
Atwood, of Plymoutli. Children by first wife; 
John, mentioned below; Thomas, of Norwich; 
William, born March 11, 1655, died 1687; 
Samuel, born 1658, died April 11, 1714; Alice, 
married Major James Fitch: Hannah, mar- 
ried, November 28, 1683, Joshua Ripley ; 
Mercy, married Steel ; Melatiah, mar- 
ried John Steel; Mary; Sarah, married 
Kenelm Baker. Child by second wife: Josepli, 
of Norwich. Children by third wife: Israel, 
married Sarah Bartlett ; David, married Eliza- 
beth Penney; Ephraim, Hezekiah. 

(V) Major John Bradford, son of Major 
William (4) Bradford, was born F"ebruary 20, 
1653, died December 8, 1736. He resided at 
Kingston a few rods from the landing. He 
was the first deputy to the general court of 
Massachusetts from Plymouth, going in 16S9 
and 1691. He married Mercy Warren, who 
died in March, 1747, aged ninety-four, daugh- 
ter of Joseph and Priscilla (Faunce) Warren, 
and granddaughter of Richard Warren, who 
came also in the "Mayflower." They lived 
together for sixty-two years. Children : John, 
born December 25. 1675 ; Alice, January 28, 
1677: .Abigail, December 10, 1679; Mercy, De- 
cember 20, 1681 ; Lieutenant Samuel, men- 
tioned below; Priscilla. March 10, 1686; Wil- 
liam, .April 15, 1688. 

(\T) Lieutenant Samuel Bradford, son of 
Major John Bradford, was born December 23, 
1683, died March 26, 1740. He lived in Ply- 
mouth. He married, October 21, 1714, Sarah, 
daughter of Edward Gray, granddaughter of 
Edward Gray, of Plymouth. She married 
(second) William Hunt, of Martha's \'ine- 
yard, and died there in October, 1770. Chil- 
dren : John, mentioned below ; Gideon, born 
October 27, 1718; William, December 16, 
1720; Mary, October 16, 1722; Sarah, .April 
4, 1725; Dr. William, November 4, 1728; 
Mercy. April 12, 1731 ; Abigail, June 12, 1733; 
Phebe, INIarch 30, 1735; Samuel, .April 13. 

(VH) John (2), son of Lieutenant Samuel 
Bradford, was born April 8. 1717. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Homes. They resided at 
Plympton. Children: Elizabeth, married 
James Magoon ; MoHy. married John Church- 
ill; John, married Eunice Loring; Priscilla, 
married Nathaniel Rider; Perez, married 



Sarah Prince and Lydia Cushman ; Lydia, 
married Levi Bryant ; Oliver, mentioned be- 
low ; William, married Polly Soule ; Mercy, 
married Holmes Sears ; Sarah, married Jabez 

(VIII) Oliver, son of John (2) Bradford, 
was born in 1759 at Plympton. He was a 
soldier in the revolution for six months in 
1780. On enlisting he gave his age as twenty- 
one ; his complexion was described as ruddy 
and his height, five feet, eight inches, his resi- 
dence Plympton. He served for a time under 
Captain Daniel Shays, afterward famous as 
the leader of the Shays Rebellion, and was 
discharged January 9, 1781, after serving six 
months and seventeen days. (See "Mass. Sol- 
diers and Sailors in the Revolution," vol. II, 
p. 405). He married Sarah Chipman. He 
had a son Valentine, mentioned below. 

(IX) Valentine, son of Oliver Bradford, 
was born in Plympton in 1792. He married 
Jane Packard and settled in North Rochester, 
Massachusetts. Their daughter, ]Maria Snell, 
born August 28, 1828, married James Lee 
Humphrey (see Humphrey III). 

Richard Kimball, the immi- 
KIMBALL grant ancestor, was from the 

parish of Rattlesden, county 
Suffolk, England, where his son Henry was 
baptized August 12, 1615. He married L'rsula, 
•daughter of Henry Scott, of Rattlesden. The 
will of Henry Scott, dated September 24, 1624. 
was proved in the arch-deaconry of Sudbury, 
Januarj' 10, following, and he was buried in 
Rattlesden, December 24, 1624. The will 
mentions Abigail, Henry, Elizabeth and Rich- 
ard Kimball, his grandchildren, who were the 
children of Henry and LTrsula f Scott) Kim- 
ball; also his wife Martha and sons Roger 
and Thomas Scott, the latter of whom came 
to America in the same ship with Richard 
Kimball and Martha Scott, the widow, aged 
sixty years. The family came in the ship 
"Elizabeth" of Ipswich, sailing April 30, 1634. 
The ages of the family as then given were: 
Richard, thirty-nine, v,-ith wife t'rsula and 
children — Henry, fifteen; Elizabeth, thirteen; 
Richard, eleven; Mary, nine; Martha, five; 
John, three ; Thomas, one. They settled at 
Watertown, where Henry Kimball, aged for- 
ty-two, and family, also settled. This Henry 
is thought to have been a brother; he came in 
the same ship. 

The home lot of Richard Kimball was six 
acres on the Cambridge line, now in the city 
of Cambridge, near the corner of Huron ave- 
nue and Appleton street. He was admitted 
a freeman, May 6, 1635, and was a proprietor 
of the town in 1636-37. Soon afterward he 

moved to Ipswich, where the settlers required 
the services of a wheelwright, and he followed 
his trade here, and also carried on a farm. 
The town granted him a house lot, February 
23. 1637, next adjoining that of Goodwin Si- 
monds at the west end of the town. He was 
granted at the same time forty acres beyond 
the North river, near land of Robert Scott. 
In 1641 he was mentioned as one of the com- 
moners of Ipswich, and elected a selectman, 
March i, 1645. He had various other grants 
of land and served on various town commiit- 
tees. He was one of the executors of the 
estate of his brother-in-law, Thomas Scott, 
who died in February", 1653-54. He was one 
of the proprietors of Plum Island. 

He married (second) October 23, 1661, 
Margaret Dow, widow of Henry Dow, of 
Hampton. New Hampshire. She died March 
I, 1675-76. His will was dated March 5, 1674, 
and proved September 28, 1675. He died 
June 22. 1675, aged eighty years. Children : 
Abigail, born at Rattlesden, died in Salisbury, 
June 17, 1675; Henry, bom 1615; Elizabeth, 
"1621; Richard, 1623; Mary, 1625; Martha, 
1629 ; John, mentioned below ; Thomas, 1633 ; 
Sarah, 1635 ; Benjamin, born at Ipswich, 1637 ; 
Caleb, 1639. 

(II) John, son of Richard Kimball,- was 
born at Rattlesden, county Suffolk, England, 
in 1631. He came to .America with his father, 
in 1634, and he settled in Ipswich, Massachu- 
setts, wdiere he died May 6, 1698. He said 
that he was thirty-five years old, in a deposi- 
tion in 1666, and in a deposition of 1684, when 
he was fifty- three years old, he and his 
nephew, Philip Fowler, declared "that Mary, 
wife of Thomas Patch, Abigail Bosworth, 
(probably wife of Haniniel Bosworth, who 
Richard Sr., calls cousin in his will), and 
Elizabeth Spottord were daughters of Thomas 
Scott Sr." He was appointed attorney for 
Thomas Scott, of Stamford, Connecticut, in 
1656; Thomas was son of Thomas Scott Sr., 
Ipswich, and brother-in-law of his father, 
Richard Kimball. John Kimball, like his 
father, v/as a wheelwright, but also carried 
on farming on a large scale, .and bought and 
sold land frequently. On October 16, 1665, 
he was appointed executor of Bridget Brad- 
street's will. He took the covenant in the 
church, March 8, 1673. His will was dated 
March 18, 1697-98, and in it he mentioned his 
sons Richard. John and Moses, and six daugh- 
ters, sons Benjamin and Joseph. lie disposed 
of his real estate before his death. 

He married, about 1655. Mary Bradstreet, 
born in England in 1633. Her father and 
mother also came in Governor Winthrop's 
.ship. Some authorities state that John mar- 



riecl (second) Mary Jordan, but tliis is an 
error (see Kimball (iencalo^'y). Children, 
born in Ipswich: John, Xovcmber 8. 1657, 
died February 24, 1658; Mary, December 10, 
1658; Sarah, July 20, ifi6i ; Hannah, died 
young; Rebecca, born February, 1663-64; 
Richard, September 22, 1665 : Elizabeth, Sep- 
tember 22, 1665; Abigail, March 22, 1667; 
John, March 16, 1668; Benjamin, July 22, 
1670; Moses, September, i()72; Aaron, Janu- 
ary, 1674, dicfl probably before his father, as 
he is not mentioned in the will; Joseph, men- 
tioned below. 

(III) Joseph, son of John Kimball, was 
born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, January 24, 
1675, died in I7(')i. He received from his 
father by deed, April 29, 1696, the southern 
end of his farm, bounding on the common in 
Ipswich, where he lived, tlis will was proved 
December 14, 1761, and his son Daniel was 
e.xecutor; he mentioned his granddaughter 
Mary, daughter of Stephen Kimball, late of 
Draciit. deceased, ap.d also his daughters, 
Mercy and Eunice Skillon. He married Sarah 

. Children, born in Ipsw-ich: Sarah, 

July 19, 1700, died December 4, 1700; Joseph, 
April 12, 1702; riiilemon. about 1704; Eunice, 
about 1706; Mercy, about 1708; Daniel, No- 
vember II, 1710; Stephen, December 2~ , 1713; 
Joshua, December 18, 1715; Dean, mentioned 

(IV) Dean, son of Joseph Kimball, was 
born in Ipswich, September, 1717, died in 1771. 
He lived in Ipswich and in Gloucester, Rhode 
Island. His will was dated May 22, 1771, 
and his wife Abigail was executrix. He mar- 
ried Abigail . Children: Benjamin, 

born November 14, 1742; Amos, married, June 
29, 1769, Mary Battey; Sarah, married, Janu- 
ary 31, 1768, Benjamin Burgess: Elizabeth; 
Rhoda; Joshua, died 1817; Dean, mentioned 

(\') Dean (2), son of Dean (i) Kimball, 
was born in Johnston. Rhode Island, Septem- 
ber 26. 1744. died January 10, 1814. He mar- 
ried Thankful Williams (see Williams IV), 
born May 6, 174,^. 'lie<l September 7, 1821. 
She was a descendant of Roger Williams, men- 
tioned elsewhere in this work. Children, born 
in Scituate, Rhode Island: Jarvis, mentioned 
below; .Abigail, born January 15, 1772. 

(VI) Jarvis. son of Dean C2) Kimball, was 
born in Scituate, Rhode Island, January 21, 
1770, died July 18. 1837. He married, in 1788, 
Phebe Irons, born October 5, 1770, died at 
Gloucester, Rhode Island, September 8. 1830. 
Children, born in Scituate: Thankful, born 
September 10, 178'); .Stephen, February 3, 
1791. died Octiiber 14. 1795; Sally Ann, May 
14, 1792 ; Dean, mentioned below. 

(VII) Dean (3), son of Jarvis Kimball, 
was born at Scituate, Rhode Island, January 
24, 1795. He was brought up by his grand- 
father. Dean Kimball, after the death of his 
mother. He was a farmer. He moved to 
Warwick, Rhode Island, in 1842, and lived 
there until 1854. He then moved to Provi- 
dence, where he lived the remainder of his 
life, and died May i, 1875. He was buried in 
the family burying-ground in Scituate. In 
politics he was a Whig, later a Republican, 
and he served as a member of the Dorr legis- 
lature. He married. May 19, 1816, Lydia 
Luther, born in 1792, daughter of Benja- 
min and Wait (Sheldon) Luther, of Johns- 
ton, Rhode Island. Benjamin Luther, who 
was son of Consider Luther, and his brother 
Stephen fought at Bunker Hill. Children : 
I. Phebe Alvira, born January 9, 1817; 
married Isaac Johnson Kelton ; died April 
9. 1892. 2. Amy Dexter, born August i, 
1818, died February 26, 1820. 3. Maria, 
born July 8, 1820; married, 1840, Joseph 
Clark Potter, of Providence; died in St. 
Louis, Missouri, ]March 2j, 1896. 4. Fen- 
ner, born October 6, 1822; was a member of 
the Wisconsin legislature, president of the 
Bower City Bank ; died Alarch 6, 1899, at 
Janesville, Wisconsin. 5. Emeline, born Sep- 
tember 2, 1824; married Job Johnson, of Scit- 
uate; died September 10, 1864. 6. Louise, 
born May 11, 1826, died October 4, 1843, '" 
Warwick, Rhode Island. 7. Emery Sheldon, 
mentioned below. 8. Sarah Frances, born 
June 6, 1832; married, May 19, 1853, John 
Harvey Higgins, of Woonsocket, Rhode 
Island, where she died April 6, 1906. 

(\TII) Emery Sheldon, son of Dean (3) 
Kimball, was born in Scituate, Rhode Island, 
March 21, 1830. Two years before he was 
twelve years old he worked in the mills, "piec- 
ing backside of mules" for William Roberts. 
In the fall of 1842 he went to Providence, 
where he lived with his brotlier-in-law, J. C. 
Potter, and attended school. Later he joined 
his parents in Warwick. When he was six- 
teen years of age, in 1846, he went to East 
Greenwich, Rhode Island, where he learned 
the painting business, under his brother, Fen- 
ner Kimball. He shipped for New Orleans 
when he was eighteen years old, working there 
on towboats, but was taken ill and had to re- 
turn home. He was a house painter in Boston 
from 1852 to 1854, and then became engaged 
to work for D. D. Sweet & Company, in the 
sash, blind and glazing business on Canal street 
in Providence. Here he remained until 1866, 
and with the money which he had saved, 
$1,700, he began a grocery business at the 
corner of Marshall and Westminster streets. 



where he remained for three years. Then he 
moved the business to the corner of Almy 
and Westminster streets, and took Joslnia Col- 
well as a partner. The firm of Kimball & Col- 
well, in 1873, bought out Baggs & Williams, 
pork packers on W'ashington street, and Mr. 
Kimball remained in this business until 1S91. 
He was then comiielled to retire from active 
business because of ill health. He is a mem- 
ber of the Odd F'ellows, Canonicus Lodge and 
Narragansett Encampment. He married, No- 
vember 22, 1854, Mary Charlotte Briggs, born 
November 12, 1832, daughter of Gideon Carr 
and Mercy (Greene) Briggs (see Greene IX). 
Child, Charles Dean, mentioned below. 

(IX) Hon. Charles Dean Kimball, only son 
of Emery Sheldon Kimball, was born Septem- 
ber 13, 1859, in Providence, Rhode Island, on 
Christian Hill. High street, now Westminster. 
His early education was received in the public 
schools of his native city. After working si.x 
months for the firm of Rice, Draper & Com- 
pany, wholesale dealers in paints and oils, he 
entered the employ of his father's firm, Kim- 
ball & Cohvell, and in 1892 he succeeded to 
his father's interests in the business. He had 
been admitted to the firm in 1888. In 1899 
Mr. Cohvell died and was succeeded by his 
son, Louis N. Cohvell, who had also been a 
partner. The firm name remained the same 
until 1900, when the business incorporated 
under the laws of Rhode Island as the Kim- 
ball & Cohvell Company, of which Mr. Kim- 
ball became the treasurer. The business of 
the house has grown to large proportions, ex- 
tending from Boston to Jacksonville, Florida. 
Mr. Kimball ranks among the foremost busi- 
ness men of the city of Providence. He is 
also treasurer of What Cheer Beef Company 
of Providence, and president of the Fall River 
Provision Company of Fall River, both of 
which were founded by the Kimball & Cohvell 

His public career began in 1894 when he 
was elected to the Rhode Island house of rep- 
resentatives from the city of Providence. 
Fro'm year to year he was re-elected to the 
general assembly until 1900 when he was 
chosen lieutenant-governor of the state. He 
was an able and efficient legislator, serving on 
important committees and exerting a wide in- 
fluence. He was a leader of the Republican 
party in city and state. Owing to the death of 
Governor Gregory, December i6, 1901, ^Ir. 
Kimball became acting governor. .-\s he had 
just then been re-elected lieutenant-governor, 
he was duly inaugurated as governor of the 
state of Rhode Island and Providence Planta- 
tions, January 7, 1902, and served one year. 
He was the first governor inaugurated in the 

new capitol. While in the legislature Mr. 
Kimball was chairman of the committee on 
special legislation. He was at the head of an im- 
portant special committee which investigated 
the cotton industry and of the special com- 
mittee that investigated the State College of 
Agriculture and ^Iechanic Arts at Kingston. 
He served on the special committee to revise 
the state constitution and of the committee 
which revised the rules and orders of the 
house of representatives and framed the new 
rules that have since been in force. As lieu- 
tenant-governor he was elected a member of 
the senate committee to investigate the trans- 
fer system of street railways in the state. As 
governor Mr. Kimball recommended the re- 
vision of the personal property tax laws, the 
giving of the veto power to the governor, and 
advocated biennial elections. 

Mr. Kimball is president of the board of 
managers of the Rhode Island College of 
Agriculture and Mechanic .Arts at Kingston. 
He is a member of the Sons of the .American 
Revolution, the Descendants of Roger Wil- 
liams, the Rhode Island Society of Colonial 
Wars, the Rhode Island Historical Society, the 
Rhode Island Business Men's .Association, the 
First Light Infantry \'eterans' .Association, the 
Board of Trade, Pomham, Unitarian, Provi- 
dence Central and Commercial clubs. He at- 
tends the Unitarian church. He is a Royal 
Arch Mason and a member of St. John's Com- 
mandery. Knights Templar. 

He married, November 24, 1885, Gertrude 
C. Greenhalgh, of Providence, daughter of 
John B. and Lavinia (Reynolds) Greenhalgh. 
They have one child, Marian Dean, born Jan- 
uary 30, 1887; married, October 18, 191 1, 
Ralph V. Hadley, of Providence, who is a 
graduate of Brown University and the Flar- 
vard Law School, and is engaged in the prac- 
tice of law, associated with the firm of Green- 
ough, Easton & Cross, of Providence. 

(The Williams Line). 

(II) Daniel Williams, son of Roger Wil- 
liams (q. v.), was born in February, 1642, died 
May 14, 1712. He lived in Providence. Rhode 
Island. On February 24, 1661, he and his 
brother Joseph were each granted a full pur- 
chase right on the same terms as the original 
purchasers, because of "some courtesies" re- 
ceived by the proprietors of Providence from 
their father. None others were given this 
privilege. On February 19. 1665, Daniel Wil- 
liams had lot II in a division of lands. He 
took the oath of allegiance. February 19, 1665. 
and was juryman in 1675-79-85-1709. On 
July I, 1679. he was taxed and was in that 
year on a committee to levy a rate. He was 

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surveyor 01 hiyliways, June 7, 1680; hay war- 
den, iuy;-.,S. [li- j.urcliased a house and lot 
(It ValciunK- Whirinaii. March 6, 1G85. On 
Dectnihcr .■.(. itck), arbitrators decided that 
he should h.uc charge of a fulling mill which 
he and \\i!!i;mi Hawkins had buiU on Hawk- 
ins' land, for thirty years, paying Hawkins 
eight pounds; if the mill was idle two years 
or was not ^-nitahle for service, it was to 
go to Hawkiii-: otherwise it was to revert to 
Ilawkinv or his> at tiie end of the thirty 
years. In the year 1710 he wrote of his 
father: "If a covetous man had that oppor- 
tunity as lu'.h.-ui mo-t of this town would 
have been his tciiai'.t^ I believe." On May 9, 
1712. he iiLede<l land to his sons, Providence, 
Roger, ani Jo>eph, ami to daughter f'atience. 
On June 23, 171 j, his widow was made ad- 
ministratri.x of his estate. He owned three 
negroes wliom lie bcc|ueathed to his cliildren, 
who were to free them after a time if they 
proved good and |irofi'able. He married, De- 
cember 7, 1^)71',. Rebecca Power, widow of 
Nicholas Power. She died in 1727, daughter 
of Zachariah and Joan (Arnold) Rhodes. 
Children, born in Providence : Mary, married 
Epenetus Olney; Peleg, mentioned below; 
Roger, born May. \f>So: Daniel, died after 
1738: Patience, married William .-\shton ; 
Providence, born iC»xt; Joseph, died March 
4, 1739- 

(HI) Peleg, son of Daniel Williams, was 
born in Providence, died in February, 1766. 
He lived in Pro\idence and Johnston, Rhode 
Island. Between the years 1740 and 1751 he 
deeded awa)- a large amount of land to his 
five sons : in 1740 to Peleg one hundred and 
eighteen acres, and to Silas one hundred ai'.d 
fifty acres in ('doucester and Scituate : in 1741 
to Robert two hundred and forty-eight acres : 
in 1744 to Timothy one hundred and ninety- 
two acres in Scituate : and in 1751 to Daniel 
two hundred antl sixty acres, Robert also re- 
ceiving that amount at the same time. The 
inventory of his e-^tate was dated June 12, 
1779, and amounted to six hundred and 
eighty-four pounds, his son Robert being ad- 
ministrator. He married Elizabeth, daughter 
of Timothy and Hannah ( Rurton") Carpenter. 
Children: Daniel. Robert. Silas, mentioned be- 
low ; Peleg. Timothy. Freelove, Elizabeth. 

(IV) Silas, son of Peleg Williams, was 
born in Providence or Johnston in 17 12. died 
December 13. 1802. He lived in Gloucester, 

Rhotle Island. He married Hannah , 

born 1720. died May, 1791. Children: Reu- 
ben, married, .April 27," 1774. Mary Barnes; 
Hannah: Thankful, married Dean Kimball 
(see Kimball ). 

(The Greene Line). 

(I) Robert Greene, the English ancestor, 
was of Gillingham. In 1545 his name is on 
the Rolls of Exchequer. Children: Peter, heir 
to Gillingham ; Richard, mentioned bclow' ; 
John ; Alice, married Small. 

(II) Richard, son of Robert Greene, made 
a will dated May 10, 1606, proved May 3, 
1608, and in it he mentioned his children and 
grandchildren. Children: Richard, mentioned 
below ; Katherine, married Turner. 

(III) Richard (2), son of Richard (i) 

Greene, married Mary . Children: 

Peter; Richard, died 1616, of Canon's close, 
Salisbury, Wiltshire; Robert, of Cucklington, 
Somerset ; John, mentioned below ; Rebecca ; 
Mary: Rachel: Anne, baptizcil .August 31, 
1595; Thomas, baptized May 13, 1599, died 
August, 1599 ; daughter. 

f IV) John, son of Richard (2) Greene, was 
the inunigrant ancestor. He was born in 1597, 
probably at Bowridge Hall, Gillingham, county 
Dorset, where his father and grandfather re- 
sided. He was a surgeon at Salisbury, Wilt- 
shire, England, wdiere he married (first) in 
1619. He sailed for this country from South- 
ampton, England, in the ship "James," April 
6, 1635, arriving in Boston June 3 the same 
year. He lived in Salem, Massachusetts, a 
short time, and in 1637 was of New Provi- 
dence, where lie was brought before court for 
speaking contemptuously of the magistrates, 
and fined twenty pounds and ordered to re- 
main out of the juri,sdiction of Massachusetts. 
In 1638 he sent a letter to the court charging 
it with usurping the power of Christ and men's 
consciences, and again was ordered not to 
come within the jurisdiction under penalty of 
imprisonment. On October 8, 1638, he was 
one of the twelve to whom Roger Williams 
deeded land purchased of Canonicus and Mian- 
tonomi. In 1639 he was one of the twelve 
original members of the Baptist church. In 

1642 and 1643 he made purchases of land. In 

1643 he and others were summoned to Massa- 
chusetts court to hear the complaint of Pom- 
ham and Socconocco as to "some unjust and 
injurious dealing toward them by yourselves." 
The Warwick men refused to appear, declar- 
ing they were subjects of England and not 
under Massachusetts authority, and soldiers 
were sent to take them. They were besieged 
and all but Greene were taken to Boston, he 
fonunately escaping the imprisonment. In 

1644 he and two others went to England to 
obtain redress for their wrongs and were suc- 
cessful in their purpose. He served as com- 
missioner in 1654-55-56-57; was made free- 
man in 1655. His will was dated December 



28, 1658, atid proved January 7, 1659. In 
1668 his widow deeded the house and estate 
to her step-son, John Greene. John Greene 
married (first) in Salisbury, England, No- 
vember 4, 1619, Joan Tattersall ; (second) 

AHce Daniels, widow, died i''h3 ; (third) , 

born 1601, died March 10, i688. Children: 
John, born 1620; Peter, 1622; Richard, 1623, 
died young ; James, mentioned below ; Thomas, 
1628; Joan, 1630; Mary, 1633. 

(V) James, son of John Greene, was born 
in 1626, died April 27, 1698. He lived in 
Warwick. He was made freeman in 1655 ; 
commissioner in 1660-61-62-63; deputy to the 
general court in 1664-65-66-67-6S-69-70-72-73- 
74-75 -85-S(>-9o; assistant in 1670-71. In 1697 
he deeded land to his son James. He was 
great-grandfather of Major-General Nathaniel 
Greene. His will was dated March 22, 1698, 
and proved May 2, 1698. He married (first) 
Deliverance Potter, born 1637, died about 
1664, daughter of Robert and Isabel Potter. 
He married (second) August 3, 1665, Eliza- 
beth Anthony, who died after 1698, daughter 
of John and Susanna Anthony. Children, born 
in Warwick: James, born June i, 1658; Mary, 
September 28, 1660; Elisha, March 17, 1663; 
Sarah, Alarch 27, 1664. By second wife: 
Peter, August 25, 1666; Elizabeth, October 17, 
1668; John, February i, 167 1 : Jabez, men- 
tioned below ; David, June 24, 1677 ; Thomas, 
November 11, 1682; John, September 30, 
1685 ; Susanna, May 24, 1688. 

(VI) Jabez. son of Jarri,es Greene, was born 
in Warwick. May 17, 1673. His wife Alary 
died March 6, 1712-13. Children: Susanna, 
born January 30. 1699; James, April 24. 1701, 
married Elizabeth Gould, 1727 ; Benjamin. 
February 16, 1703-04, married Ann Hoxsie, 
November 27, 1735. at Warwick; Jabez, July 
26, 1705; Nathaniel. November 4. 1707, mar- 
ried Phebe Greene; John, mentioned below; 
Rufus, June 2, 1712. These si.x brothers 
formed a copartnership for the manufacture. 
and smelting of iron at Potownmet and Cov- 
entry. John, next mentioned, was said to be 
the leader. One of these sons was the father 
of Major-General Nathaniel Greene. 

(VII) John, son of Jabez Greene, was born 
in Warwick, February 14. 1709-10. He mar- 
ried, February 10 or 16, 1744. Ann Greene, 
widow of Benjamin Greene, daughter of 

CVIII) Gideon, son of John (2) Greene, 
was born 1749-50. He married Mercy, daughter 
of Daniel Howland. of East Greenwich, Febru- 
ary 23, 1769. He died November 26. 1S24. 
Daniel Howlanfl was son of Daniel, grandson 
of Daniel, great-grandson of Zoeth. son of the 

immigrant. Henry Howland. John Howland, 
brother of Henry, came in the ''Mayflower." 
Zocth was a Quaker and one of those perse- 
cuted at Plymouth. Mary Sampson, wife of 
the first Daniel Howland, was of Mayflower 
stock. Children of Gideon, bom at Coventry: 
Hannah, born April 25, 1770; Howland, No- 
vember 20, 1771 ; Judith, July 24, 1773 ; Lloyd, 
mentioned below; John, February 15, 1777; 
Philadelphia, March 17, 1778; Lucianna. April 
17, 1780: John, January 27, 17S2; Gideon, 
February 24, 1784; Daniel, September 9, 178S. 
(IX) Lloyd, son of Gideon Greene, was 
born at Coventry, Rhode Island, May 3, 1775. 
His daughter Mercv, married Gideon Carr 
Briggs. " Their daughter. Mary C. Briggs, 
married Emerv Sheldon Kimball (see Kimball 

John Sheldon, the immigrant 
SHELDON ancestor, was born in Eng- 
land in 1630, died in 1708. 
He settled at Providence, Rhode Island, as 
early as 1675, and was a tanner by trade. He 
testified. February 23, 1675, in relation to the 
corn mill at Pawtuxet, Rhode Island, that he 
was forty-five years old. He deeded land, 
May 18, 1685, to his eldest son Timothy, and 
on the same day sixty acres to John and Nicho- 
las, his sons. He was taxed in 1687; deputy 
to the general assembly in 1702. He deeded 
the homestead to his son Nehemiah, March 
20, 1708, on condition that he maintain his 
father the remainder of his life. He married. 

in 1660, Joan, daughter of and Fridge- 

with (Carpenter) Vincent. The intentions of 
marriage were dated [March 6, and Alarch. 24, 
1659. Children: Timothy, born March 29, 
1661 ; John; Mary, married Stephen Arnold; 
Nicholas, mentioned below ; Nehemiah, born 

(II) Nicholas, son of John Sheldon. lived 
in Providence, Rhode Island, and died there 
November 23. 1747. He married Abigail, born 
in March, 1674. died in 1744. daughter of 
. Pardon and Lydia (Tabor) Tillinghast. Chil- 
dren, born in Providence : Sarah ; Nicholas, 
born 1696 ; Joseph, 1698 ; Pardon, 1701 : Lvdia, 
married Elisha Arnold; .Abigail, married Rich- 
ard Fenner; Hannah, married Edward 
.\rnold ; Mercy, married Thomas Fenner ; 
Jeremiah, mentis - 1 below. 

(HI) Jeremiah, son of Nicholas Sheldon, 
was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He 
was executor of his father's estate. His will 
was proved December 20. 1784, and in it he 
bequeathed to his wife, Hannah, several daugh- 
ters of his son Pardon, deceased, daughters 
Mercv Mathewson. Wait Luther ' and Amey 


II 19 

Smith, and to sons John and Jeremiah; Jere- 
miah, mentioned below, was executor of the 
estate. Ht> lived in Johnston, Rhode Island. 

(IV) Jeremiah (2), son of Jeremiah (i) 
Sheldon, received by his father's will the 
homestead in Johnstoii, Rhode Island. His 
will was proved May 28, 1812, and in it he 
mentioned his sons Angell and Charles, his 
daiii^hter Sarah, sons Jeremiah, Nicholas, 
William, Tillinghast, Israel and Job. He mar- 
ried Avis, daughter of Abraham and Anna 
(.Smith) .Angell. They were descended from 
Thomas .Angell, who came from England in 
the ship "Lion" with Roger Williams in 163 1 ; 
Thomas''; son John married Ruth Field ; he 
was father of Daniel who married Hannah 
\\'insor ; their son Joshua married Elizabeth 
Taylor, and Joshua was father of Abraham, of Avis Angell. Abraham .\ngell was 
a farmer in Scituate, Rhode Island, and ac- 
cording to the family tradition served in the 
revolution as an officer. Children of Jeremiah 
and .-\vis (.Angell) Sheldon, born in Johnston: 
.Angell. lived in Johnston; Charles, born 1791, 
lived in Providence ; Jeremiah, lived in War- 
ren, Ohio; ^\'illiam ; Sarah, married William 
Sweet: Nicholas, mentioned below: Tilling- 
h.TSt. born 1803, lived in Scituate; Joseph, 
born 1805: lived at Scituate: Israel, went 
west ; Job, lived in New Haven, Connecticut. 

(V) Nicholas (2), son of Jeremiah (2) 
Sheldon, was born at Johnston, Rhode Island, 
in 1800. He lived in Providence. He mar- 
ried Harriet Sweetser. Children : Elizabeth, 
born in 1823. died in 1824: Helen Maria, bom 
in 1825, married Samuel Jacobs : Sarah Sweet- 
ser, born in 1827. married J. Sackett ; Nicho- 
las, mentioned below ; Harriet Elizabeth, mar- 
ried Jenckes ; Rebecca Olney, never 


(VI) Nicholas (3). son of Nicholas (2) 
Sheldon, was born in Providence, Rhode 
Island, March i, 1830, died there August 15, 
191 1. He received his early education in the 
public schools of his native city and was for 
two years a student in the Providence high 
school. After a rather brief service in the 
cotton yard business in the employ of a con- 
cern at 64 North Main street, he went to the 
New England Screw Company, the factory of 
which was located on Eddy street, and he was 
associated in business with Henry L. Kendall 
as long as Mr. Kendall lived. \\'hen the 
Sloane machine patent for making gimlet 
pointed screws was secure-l by Mr. xAngell of 
the Eagle Screw Company, the New England 
Screw Company and the Eagle Screw Com- 
pany were merged into one concern under the 
name of the .American Screw Company, but 
Mr. Kendall declined to be a party to the 

merger and sold his stock in the company and 
established the Kendall Manufacturing Com- 
pany at its present location in Providence. 
Mr. Sheldon remained with Mr. Kendall and 
entered the new enterprise as a partner, con- 
tinuing an active and influential factor in the 
business as long as he lived. He was for fifty- 
one years active in the firm and corporation 
and after the business was incorporated as 
the Kendall Manufacturing Company. Even 
after he was eighty years old he was at his 
desk almost every day until about three months 
before he died, when ill health compelled him 
to lessen his activities. During the last months 
of his life he sought by rest and recreation to 
regain his health and made only occasional 
visits to his place of business. His last sick- 
ness was brief. He died at his home, 219 
Hope street. At the time of death he was 
one of the oldest residents in the city, and for 
a number of years had been one of the oldest 
men in active business. 

Mr. Sheldon was an able, astute and suc- 
cessful man of business. His position as 
treasurer of the great industrial concern which 
he helped so much to maintain and develop 
brought him into intimate personal acquaint- 
ance with the leading banking men and 
financiers of the city, among whom he took 
high rank for ability and integrity and com- 
manded their utmost respect and confidence. 
Pie was a director of the National E.xchange 
Bank, and from 1883, when he succeeded 
Henry L. Kendall, to 1903, was president; 
trustee of the Providence Public Library and 
chairman of its finance and building commit- 
tee. Mr. Sheldon was self-made and his path 
to success and wealth was not easy. To his 
mother he owed much for her noble example 
of courage, industry and good management. 
His early life of thrift and hard work was 
doubtless the foundatibn of his character and 
the secret of his long life and substantial suc- 
cess. He was energetic, resourceful, persever- 
ing and steered his business craft wisely and 
safely in good weather and bad. He knew 
his business in the minutest detail and was 
thorough and painstaking. In politics he was 
a Republican, in religion he was a member of 
the Unitarian church, and was very active in 
the work of the same. He was a membe.- of 
the Squantum .Association, the Hope and 
Rhode Island Country clubs. 

He married Alary Jane, daughter of Wil- 
liam H. and Susan' (Pettis) Dart, of Provi- 
dence. Children: William Dart, who died in 
Providence, married Mary Bullard : Helen, 
who is the wife of B. Thomas Potter, of Provi- 




The Shapleigh family is of 
SHAPLEIGH ancient English origin. 

Their coat-of-arms : \'ert, 
a chevron between three escallops argent. 
Crest: an arm vested gules turned up argent 
holding in the hand, proper, a chaplet vert, 
garnished with roses of the first. 

(Ij Alexander Shapleigh, the immigrant an- 
cestor, was born in Totnes, England, and sailed 
to America from Kingsweare, near Dart- 
mouth, Devonshire, England, in his own ship, 
"Benediction," and in 1639, according to a 
deposition made by his servant, Thomas Jones, 
he was living near Sturgeon Creek, Maine. 
He was the t'lrst man to build a house on Kit- 
tery Point, Maine, as wel'. a. a warcliouse on 
Piscataqua river, 1635. The records of the 
York court of 1650 say: "For as much as the 
house at river's mouth, where -Mr. Shapleigh 
first bylt, and Hilton now dwelleth, in regard 
it was the first house bylt." Members of the 
family helfl offices of trust under the British 
Crown for successive gentration;, and they 
were rewarded by landed possessions which 
are still owned by members of the family, 
■ having been in the family for nearly three 
hundred years. Alexander Shapleigh prob- 
ably died at Kittery about 1650. He was a 
merchant and ship-owner, and representative 
for Sir Ferdinando Gorges. Children: i. 
Alexander, mentioned below. 2. Catharine, 
married (first) Ensign James Treworgy ; (sec- 
ond) Edward Hilton of Exeter, New Hamp- 
shire. 3. Major Nicholas, born about 1610, 
married Alice, daughter of Widow Ann Me- 
sant : he was a very prominent man in the 
Province of Maine: served from 1644 to 1652 
as a member of the council, and as treasurer 
of the province from 1649 to 1653: comman- 
der of the militia, 1653 to 1663 : made a treaty 
with the Sagamore Indians April 12, 1678, 
and was attorney for the lord proprietor, Rob- 
ert Mason : selectman, deputy and representa- 
tive to the Massachusetts general court until 
his death. 

(II) Alexander (2), son of Alexander (' i ) 
Shapleigh, was born about 1606 and died in 
England in 1642. He had an only son, John, 
mentioned below. 

(III) Ensign John Shapleigh, son of Alex- 
ander (2) Shapleigh, was born about 1640. 
He lived in Kittery. Maine, where he was a 
prominent man. He served as selectman, 
representative, ensign, and served in Queen 
Anne's war. In 1690 his house was one of 
the ten garrisons. He was killed by the In- 
dians, April 29, 1706. Because of the Indian 
ravages at the time of the first year of Queen 
Arme"s war, a petition was sent from Kittery 
to the general court, that the taxes for 1704 

be lessened, the petition being dated Decem- 
ber 28, 1704, and signed by the selectmen, 
among tliem John Shapleigh, On September 
26, 1699, he was on a committee to decide 
about the minister's salary. In 1673 he mar- 
ried Sarah, daughter of Thomas Withers. 
Children: .Mcxander, born about 1674: Alice, 
born about 1676; Nicholas, mentioned below; 
Mary, about 1684; Sarah, about 1687: John, 
about 1689. 

(IV) Major Nicholas Shapleigh, son of En- 
sign John Shapleigh, was born about 1680, 
lived and died in 1752 at Sandy Hill, Eliot, 
Maine. He was major of the colonial troops 
for a long time, and justice of the peace. At 
the time his father was killed by the Indians, 
1706. he was captured and carried to Canada, 
being later ransomed for three hundred 
pounds. Penhallow says that "in their march 
they were so inhumanly cruel that they bit oti 
the tops of his fingers and to stagnate the blood 
seared them with hot tobacco pipes." He mar- 
ried, July 7, 17 1 5, Martha, daughter of Cap- 
tain Tobias and Elizabeth (Sherburne) Lang- 
don of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, She 
was born March 7, 1693, and died several years 
after his death in 1752, Children; John, born 
April 14. 1716; Sarah, November 13. 1717; 
Nicholas, mentioned below ; Sus-annah, April 
30. 1722; Alexander. June 18, 1724; Samuel 
May 20. 1726: lobias, May 20, 172S; William, 
September 16, 1730. 

(\') Nicholas (2), son of Major Nicholas 
(i) Shapleigh, was born August 3, 1720, and 
was killed accidentally, in 1736, by a log fall- 
ing on him. He served in the colonial wars 
with the "Blue Trupe of York," in Sir Wil- 
liam Pepperill's regiment. He married. April 
7, 1748. Elizabeth, daughter of Captain Elisha 
and Hannah (Wheelwright) Plaisted. She 
married (second) Rev. Samuel Hill, (third) 
Richard Waldron of Dover; (fourth) Decem- 
ber 10. 1772, a Mr, .\tkinson, and (fifth) June 
15. 1788. John Heard Bartlett of Eliot. She 
died about 1798, Children: Elisha, mentioned 
below: Nicholas, baptized February 24. 1751, 
died 1771. 

(VI) Captain Elisha Shapleigh, of York 
county, Maine, son of Nicholas (2) Shapleigh. 
was born March 10, 174O, and dietl March 11. 
1822. while visiting at Shapleigh, Maine, He 
married, April 3, 1770. Elizabeth, daughter of 
Colonel Richard Waldron of Dover. New 
Hamp.shire, He served in the revolution, in 
the First Company of Second York County 
Regiment, which he raised and equipped at 
his own expense for the Continental army, 
and commanded as captain. His wife died 
June 9. 1829. aged seventy-seven years. Chil- 
dren : Nicholas, born May 23, 1771 : Betsey, 


September 15, 1773: Richard W'aldron, men- 
tiinied beiow; Elislia, November 25. 1778; 
llann.-ili, March 9. 1781, died February 2, 
1785; Mary, Marcli 9, 17S2, died February 5, 
1785; Samuel, November 2^, 17S3; John. No- 
vember 23, 1786, died October 5, 1790; John, 
September 17, 1791 ; James W'aldron, Febru- 
ary 27, 1797. 

(V'll) Richard Waldron Shapleigh, of 
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, son of Captain 
Elisha Shapleigh, was born February 25, 1776. 
lie was master and owner of the ship ■"Gran- 
ville," which was wrecked ofY Rye Beach, New 
Hampshire, April 14, 1813, when he lost his 
life. He married, 1799. Dorothy, daughter of 
Sergeant Abner Blaisdell of Portsmouth, New 
Hampshire. She was born IMarch 17, 1778, 
and died February 13, 1S63. Sergeant Blais- 
dell served in the revolution in Captain Titus 
Salter's company of artillery at Fort Wash- 
ington, and later with Captain John Langdon's 
Light Horse Volunteers. Children: Elizabeth 
Waldron, born September 15, 1803, married, 
November 11, 1822, William Clark of Forts- 
mouth, and died August 30, 18S4; Mary Cur- 
rier, born March 4, 1805, died January 25, 
i888, married (first) August 21, 1824, Jona- 
than Brown, (second) August 20, 1837. fienry 
H. Smith of Philadelphia : Richard, bom Oc- 
tober 19, 1807, dier'i October 30, 1S26 ; Au- 
gustus Frederick, mentioned below. 

{\'H1) .\uguftus Frederick, son of Richard 
Waldron Shapleigh, was born at Portsmouth, 
New Hampshire, January 9. 1810, and died 
at St. Louis, Missouri, February 27, 1902. 
Owing to the untimely death of his father and 
the fact that it left the family in straitened 
circumstances, he was compelled to leave 
school at an early age, beginning the battle of 
life at a time when more fortunate youths 
were still e(|uipping themselves for the strug- 
gle. His first position was as clerk in a hard- 
ware store at Portsmouth. New Hampshire, 
where in return for a year's services he re- 
ceived fifty dollars and boarded himself. He 
then tried three years of life at sea, but at his 
mother's rec^uest he gave this up and later se- 
cured employment with the hardware house 
of Rogers Brothers & Company, of Philadel- 
phia, beginning with them in 1829. This con- 
nection gave evidence of the man and the op- 
portunity meeting, and he quickly demon- 
strated his ability in this line of work. .At the 
end of thirteen years with this firm, he had 
through successive promotions in recognition 
of his efficiency, reached the relation of junior 
partner. When in 1843 the company widened 
its field of operations and opened a branch in 
St. Louis, Missouri, it \\a> but a natural ;:.e- 
quence that Mr. Shapleigh should be chosen 

to establish and organize this house, which he 
ilid under the firm name of Rogers, Shapleigh 
& Company, the name continuing until the 
death of the senior partner. For sixteen years 
thereafter the firm operated under the style of 
Shapleigh, Day & Company, Thomas D. Day 
having been admitted to the partnership. On 
the retirement of ^^r. Day the firm became A. 
F. Shapleigh & Company, and thus continued 
in business until 1880. That year occurred 
the incorporation of the company under the 
name of the A. F. Shapleigh & Cantwell Hard- 
ware Company, which in 1888 became the A. 
F. Shapleigh Hardware Company, this name 
being retained until 1901 when ^Ir. Shapleigh 
retired ; the business was then reorganized as 
the Norvell-Shai)!eigh ILirdware Company. 

Thus it will be seen that Mr. Shapleigh was 
head of this well known establishment from 
1843, and from its incorporation until his re- 
tirement, he acted as president. It is to his 
eN'cellent business qualifications, resulting in 
careful systematization and execution of well 
defined plans and purposes, that the house to- 
day owes its reputation, there being none su- 
perior in the entire Mississippi Valley. Mr. 
Shapleigh had other and varied interests dur- 
ing his long and active business career, among 
thcni being the State Bank of St. Louis : Mer- 
chants' National Bank ; Phoenix Insurance 
Company, of which he was president; 
Covenant Mutual Life Insurance Company, of 
which he was vice-president ; the Hope Mining 
Company, and the Granite Mountain Mining 

He married, January 6, 1838, Elizabeth 
Ann L'mstead, who was born March 25. 1818. 
Children: i. Frank, born September 18, 1838: 
married, June 6, 1866, Mary Daggett, and died 
January i, 1901. 2. George Marshall, born 
March i. 1844, died January 4, 1876; unmar- 
ried. 3. Lizzie Clark, January 15, 1847; mar- 
ried, June 2, 1S69, John W. Boyd. 4. Emily 
Pierce. October 20, 1852, died January 14, 
1858. 5. Augustus F., September 12. 1854. 
now retired from business, but was formerly 
connected with a hardware company; married, 
June 16, 1878, Mary Cunningham, had chil- 
dren: Fred W., born March 23, 1879, and 
Florine, June 11, 1886. 6. John Blaisdell, 
October 31, 1857, entered the hardware busi- 
ness at sixteen years of age, passed through 
successive departir.ents. and is now president 
of the company. He has taken a prominent 
part in civic affairs, having served on the 
municipal, bridge and terminal commissions 
and is a member of various organizations, and 
of the St. Loui'^, the Noonday and the Country 
clubs. He is also connected with Christ Epis- 
copal Church : married, October 22, 18S6, 

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Anna Merritt, and had children : Blaisdell, 
born January 19, 1S88, and Margaret, October 
4, 1890. 7. Dr. Richard Waldron Shapleigh, 
born September 28, 1859, graduated from 
Washington University, then attended lectures 
in \'ienna, x\ustria ; a prominent physician, for- 
merly dean of Washington University Medical 
College, and now a member of the faculty and 
a well known specialist in Otology; married, 
September 22, 1S86, Helen, daughter of Mar- 
shall Spring Shapleigh, and had one child, 
Dorothy, born August 5, 1887. 8. Alfred Lee, 
mentioned below. 

(IX) Alfred Lee, son of Augustus Fred- 
erick and Elizabeth Ann (L'mstead) Shap- 
leigh, was born F"ebruary 16, 1862, in St. Louis. 
He supplemented his early educational advan- 
tages by study in \\'ashington University and 
began his business career as an employe of the 
Merchants' National Bank of St. Louis. One 
year later he entered the office of Thomson & 
Taylor, a coffee and spice house. This was a 
clerical position and he tilled the same until 
November of that year, severing this connec- 
tion to enter upon one with the Mound City 
Paint & Color Company. Here he took up the 
duties of a cashier, remaining with this firm 
four years. As Mr. Shapleigh's changes were 
always in the nature of advancements, it was 
not surprising that in 1885 he became asso- 
ciated, as secretary, witli the A. F. Shapleigh 
Hardware Com])any, which was founded by 
his father, and later, on July i, 1901, the Nor- 
vell-Shapleigh Flardware Company chose him 
for its treasurer, and in January, 1912, he was 
also chairman of the board of directors. In 
these, as in all his business relations, he has 
put forth his best efforts to utilize every op- 
portunity presented, and to further tlie inter- 
ests both of himself and the companies with 
which he has been associated. 

The hardware trade, however, does not com- 
prise the extent of Mr. Shapleigh's business 
interests, for he is a man of resourceful ability 
and has done much to further the interests of 
other important concerns in financial lines. He 
is now president of the Shapleigh Investment 
Company, vice-president of the American 
Credit Indemnity Company of New York, and 
of the Merchants' Laclede National Bank of 
St. Louis. He is ex-president of St. Louis 
Mercantile Library, and was a director of the 
Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company, 
serving on the committees of the e.xecutive, 
concessions, education and international con- 
gresses. He is a director of the Washington 
L^niversity and vice-president of the Hospital. 
Saturday and Sunday .Associations, and presi- 
dent of the Business Men's League. .-Kmong 
the other organizations to which Mr. Shap- 

leigh belongs may be mentioned : the Noon- 
day, the Commercial, the St. Louis, and the 
St. Louis Country clubs, the New Hampshire 
Society of the Cincinnati, the Society of Colo- 
nial Wars, and the Missouri Society of the 
Sons of the Revolution. Mr. Sliapleigh has 
also his patriotic side and was for eleven years 
a member of the Missouri State Militia and 
served as captain and adjutant of the First 
Regiment and saw active service during his en- 
listment, being several times called out to sub- 
due strike riots. He has acted in the capacity of 
director and president of the Mercantile Club, 
his terms of office extending from 18S9 to 
1S95. i^Ir. Shapleigh is a man of energy and 
remarkably quick perceptions and has accom- 
plished much in the business world on account 
of the possession of these faculties. Flis native 
city recognizes his worth and capabilities, as 
indeed she has reason to, in return for the aid 
and cooperation he has extended in furthering 
matters of public progress. He may be said 
to have justly earned the high degree of pros- 
perity which today he enjoys. 

Mr. Shapleigh married, November 21, 1888, 
Mina Wessel, a daughter of Augustus Wessel, 
of Cincinnati. Ohio. They have two children, 
Alexander Wessel, born August 22, 1S90, and 
Jane Shapleigh, born !May 29, 1895. 

This surname is derived, 
NICKERSON as are the names Nichol- 
son, Nickson, Nixon, etc., 
from the Christian name Nicholas. The fam- 
ily is very numerous on Cape Cod, and nearly 
all, if not all, persons of the name of Nicker- 
son are descended from the immigrant ances- 
tor mentioned below. 

(I) William Nickerson, the immigrant an- 
cestor, a weaver by trade, was born in Eng- 
land, in 1604, and came from Norwich, Eng- 
land, in .April, 1637, with his wife Ann and 
four children, sailing in the ship "John and 
Dorothy," April 5, and landing in Boston, 
June 20. He went to Watertown, Massachu- 
setts, where he was admitted a freeman. May 
2, 1638. Removing to Yarmouth about 1646, 
he was representative from that town to the 
general court of Phnnouth Colony in 1655. He 
bought land of the Indians at Manamoiet 
(Chatham') before December i, 1663. settled 
there soon after, and passed the remainder of 
his life there, dying about 1^90. His sons-in- 
law. Robert Eldred (Eldridge). Tristram 
Hedges and -Vathaniel Covell, were in court 
with him. October 31, 1666. on account of a 
letter he had written alleged to be defaming 
Governor Hinckley. .A.s his lands were pur- 
chased without the permission of the author- 
ities of Plymouth Colony, he was engaged in 






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lull" litigation, but finally was allowed the 
laiid^. lie married Ann, eldest daughter of 
Nitliolas and Bridget Busby, of Norwich, who 
came over in the same ship as the Xickersons. 
Ann was born about 1609; she received a 
Icacy from her father in 1660. Children: 
Nicholas, mentioned below; Robert; Eliza- 
beth, married Robert Eldred ; Ann, married 
Tristram Hedges; Samuel; John; William; 
Sarah, married Nathaniel Covell ; Joseph. 

(11) Nicholas, son of William Nickerson, 
was born in England, about if>30. He settled 
permanently in Yarmouth, dying there ^larch 
2C>, 168 1 -82. He married Mary, probably 
daughter of John Derbe (Derby), one of the 
earliest settlers of Cape Cod. Children: 
Hester, born October, 1656, married Jonathan, 
son of Peregrine White, of Marshfield ; Wil- 
liam, January 12, 1658; Elizabeth, December, 
1662; John, mentioned below; Mary, July 6, 
i6t)8; Sarah, May i, 1674; Patience, .\pril 3, 

(IH) John, son of Nicholas Nickerson, 
was born at Yarmouth, Massachusetts, Sep- 
tember 10, 1664, died July 23. 1745. tie mar- 
ried, August 19, 1696, Elizabeth Baker, of 
Yarmouth, who died after July 2, 1712. 
Among their children was Israel, mentioned 
below; Tabitha, June 15, 1714-15; ]Mercy, No- 
vember 22, 17 1 5-16. 

(IV) Captain Israel Nickerson. son of John 
Nickerson, was born March 31, 1709, at Yar- 
mouth, Massachusetts, died at South Dennis, 
Massachusetts, January 31, 1772 (gravestone). 
He married, I^Iarch 5, 1735-36. at Harwich, 
Hannah Small, of that town. She was born 
.August 20, 1715, died at Dennis, March 2, 
1799 (gravestone at South Dennis). Children, 
born at Yarmouth : Israel, mentioned below ; 
James, February 17, 1744; Patience, February 
16, 1749. 

(V) Lieutenant Israel (2) Nickerson, son 
of Captain Israel fi) Nickerson, was born at 
Yarmouth, Massachusetts, September 2, 1741, 
died there September 30, 1791. His grave- 
stone is in the South Dennis cemetery beside 
that of his father and mother. He was a sol- 
dier in the revolution, first lieutenant of Cap- 
tain Jonathan Crowell's company on the Lex- 
ington Alarm, .April 19, 1775 (vol. -xi, p. 437, 
"Mass. Sailors and Soldiers in the Revolu- 
tion"). He married, at Chatham, January 7. 
1768. Elizabeth Doane. born at Chatham. .April 
18. 1744. died June 10. 1833, at Dennis. .Among 
their children was Mulford. mentioned below. 

(VI) Mulford, son of Lieutenant Israel (2) 
.Nickerson, was born at Yarmouth, now Dennis, 
Massachusetts, July 28, 1782, died at Paw- 
tucket, Rhode Island, .August 15, 1841. He 
lived at South Dennis and at Pawtucket. He 

married, at Dennis, -August 31, 1811, Esther 
Howes, born at Yarmouth, January II, 1791, 
died ^Iay 30, 1845, at Pawtucket. Among 
their children was Sparrow Howes, mentioned 

l\'II) Sparrow Howes, son of Mulford 
Nickerson, was born at South Dennis, Massa- 
chusetts, .April 5, 1821, died November 17, 
1881, at Providence, Rhode Island. He mar- 
ried (first) May 21, 1844, at Mention (south 
parish, now the town of Blackstone), Eliza- 
beth Clarke Darling, born in Mendon, ]\Iassa- 
chusetts, December 11, 1825, died April 26, 
1S79, at Providence. He married (second) 
June 8, 1880, at Providence, Julia Congdon 
Bourn. Children by first wife: Edward Irving, 
mentioned below ; daughter, died young. 

(\'III) Edward Irving, son of Sparrow 
Howes Nickerson, was born September 13, 
1845, at Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He was 
educated in the public schools of "Pawtucket 
and Providence, and studied architecture in 
the office of Clifton .A. Hall. He engaged in 
business in Providence and for forty years 
followed his profession there, achieving dis- 
tinction and success. .Among the buildings 
that he designed and erected were: The chapel 
of the Beneficent Congregational Church, 
Chestnut street. Providence : the Dr. Carr 
house, corner of Benefit and Waterman streets ; 
the Dickenson house, formerly the Maynard 
property, corner of Taber and .Angell streets ; 
William H. Thurber's residence. Waterman 
and Wayland avenues ; Walter Richmond's 
residence, Governor and Waterman streets ; 
the Grace Memorial Home in 01ne\-v'ille, and 
many other residences and buildings of high 
order of architecture. 

He was a Fellow of the .American Institute 
of .Architecture and for many years secretary 
of the Rhode Island Chapter of that organiza- 
tion. He traveled extensively not only in this 
country, but abroad, visiting all parts of the 
globe, except the Orient, making no less than 
ten foreign trips. While in foreign countries 
he gathered rare articles of vertu. and filled 
his beautiful home with these treasures of art. 
He had one of the finest architectural libraries 
e.xtant. .After he died it was given by his 
daughter to the Providence Public Library. In 
religion he was an Episcopalian, a member of 
Grace Church of Providence. In politics he 
was a Republican. He was also a member of 
the Hope Club of Providence, the L'niversity 
Club of that cits', the Agawam Hunt Club, the 
'Providence .Art Club and the Squantum .Asso- 
ciation. He was also secretary of the board 
of trustees of the Providence Public Library 
for a number of years. 

He married, January 30, 1873, at Provi- 

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dence, Lyra Frances Brown, born the same 
day as her husband, daughter of Joseph K(ij;ers 
Brown, the senior partner of the famous firm 
of Brown & Sharpe (see Brown \'). She died 
July 13, 1907, at Providence. Their only child 
was Lyra Brown, born December 7, 1885, at 
Providence. Rhode Island, in which city she 
resides at No. 71 Angell street, in the same 
house in which she was born. Miss Nickerson 
is a member of Gaspee Chapter, Daughters of 
the American Revolution, of Providence; a 
member of the Society of Colonial Dames: a 
member of the Society of Colonial Governors; 
and a member of the Society of Mayflower 

(Th.- Blown Line). 

According to tradition the immigrant ances- 
tor of this family. Peter Brown, came from 
Northamptonshire. England, landed at or near 
Salem, Massachusetts, about 1690, and had 
fifteen chifdren. 

(II) William, son of Peter Brown, accord- 
ing to family tradition, was born January 19, 
1716, died February 13, 1762. He settled in 
Newport, Rhode Island. He married, C)ctober 
1,^1744, Sarah Lifford. of Newport, born April, 
1722, died January 27, 17S4, in her sixty-sec- 
ond year. The foregoing dates are taken from 
an ancient family Bible. The vital records of 
Newport do not contain these records. Sarah 
Litford was the adopted daughter of James 
Franklin, a brother of Benjamin Franklin. 

(III) David, son of William Brown, was 
born at Newport, Rhode Island, September 5, 
1757. He was a soldier in the revolution from 
Rhode Island. He resided in Providence, 
Rhode Island, and at Attleborough, Massachu- 
setts, where he died October 18, 1849. He 
married, Deceniber 2, 1779, Chloe Carpenter, 
born January 24, 1761, died January 25. 1848, 
aged eighty-seven years. Among their children 
was David, mentioned below. 

(IV) David (2), son of David (i) Brown, 
was born at Attleborough, Massachusetts, 
April 9, 1781, died September 8. 1868, at North 
Providence. Rhode Island. He resided at 
Attleborough, Massachusetts, and at Warren, 
Providence and North Providence, Rhode 
Island. He began to manufacture jewelry and 
silverware at Warren, in 1804. At first his 
business did not prosper and he traveled 
through the valley of the Connecticut river, 
making a livelihood by grinding razors and 
other cutlery on a machine that he trundled on 
wheels. He also peddled the silverware that 
he had made. In three \ears of this labor he' 
cleared himself of debt and made substantial 
savings. In 1828 he came from Warren to 
Pawtucket. In 1833 he formed a partnership 
with his son, Joseph Rogers Brown. This firm 

started the manufacturuig business afterward 
conducted by the firm of Brown & Sharpe, 
finally becoming the l?rown & Sharpe Manu- 
facturing Company. Mr. Brown was a skill- 
ful mechanic, a man of strong will and stead- 
fast purposes. He was upright, independent 
and industrious throughout his long life. In 
political faith he was an old line XV'hig. He 
married, April, 1809, at Middletown, Rhode 
Island, Patience Rogers, born at Middletown, 
February 4, 1791, died March 24, 1877, at 
North Providence, daughter of Joseph Rogers, 
of Newport. Children, born at Warren: Jo- 
seph Rogers, mentioned below ; Sarah .\nn, 
March 16, iSi i ; David Easterbrooks, June 20, 
1812; Jane, January 7, 1814; Peleg Rogers, 
December i, 1815; Alary, ilay 22, 1822. 

(V) Joseph Rogers, son of David (2) 
Brown, was born at Warren, Rhode Island, 
January 26, 1810, died July 23, 1876, at the 
Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire. He attended 
the public schools, but spent much of his spare 
time during his boyhood in his father's work- 
shop, and early in life developed skill \vith 
all kinds of tools and a high order of inventive 
and mechanical ability. He left school at ihe 
age of seventeen and entered the employ of 
Wolcott & Plarris, in their machine shop at 
\'a!ley Falls. He advanced rapidly and ac- 
quired valuable experience in the manufacture 
of cotton machinery. In the following spring 
he returned to Pawtucket to assist his father 
in the construction of clocks for which he had 
contracted in the towns of Pawtucket, Taun- 
ton and New Bedford. When he came of age 
in 1831 he started in business as a machinist 
in his own shop, and began to manufacture 
tools and lathes. Two years later, father and 
son, again joined forces and established a bu.-.i- 
ness at 60 South Main street. Providence. In 
the fall of 1837 the shop and contents were 
destroyed by fire. The firm received two thou- 
sand flollars in insurance and with that sum 
as capital the firm rebuilt the factory and re- 
sumed business. The busiiiess was soon aftei- 
ward removed to 69 South Main street, where 
it was l(5cated until 184S. In 184 1 the father 
and senior partner retired and went west, the 
business then reverting to the sole care and 
management of the son. The business wa.-, 
again removed in 1848 to 115 South Main 
street, and in the same year Lucian Sharpe be- 
came an apprentice in Mr. Brown's shop. 
After completing an ai)prcnticeship of five 
years, Mr. Sharpe was admitted to partnership 
in the business and the name of the firm be- 
came Brown & Sharpe. At this time a flourish- 
ing business had been de\eloped in repairing 
clocks and watches, making various measuring 
devices, in which Mr. Brown was an adept. 




Wiicli of the work of the firm, however, was 
It that time what is known as jobbing, all kinds 
■ t mechanical work. The total floor space 
iicn used amounted to i,8oo square feet and 
'ourtcen hands were regularly employed. 
•Voni the time Mr. Sharpe entered the firm, 
\owevcr, its business showed rapid and con- 
tant development, widening in scope and in- 
■rcasing in volume. In 1S58 the firm made a 
■DUtract with the Wilcox & Gibbs Sewing 
^[acliine Company to manufacture all its goods 
ind tiie character of the work demanded in 
naking these sewing machines naturally stimu- 
ated the manufacture of other fine tools and 
iiachiiKTv. The plant was enlarged f pi.^m time to 
inie and the factory extended through a 
;reater jiart of the block on South Main street, 
n 1872 the firm was employing tb.ree hun- 
Ired hands and it was found necessary to pro- 
•ide a new plant. The buildings erected on 
he present location of the concern at that 
imc have been enlarged, improved and aug- 
nented by other buildingb and the payroll now 
)rovides for 4,000 regular hands. In every 
espect the Brown &: Sharpe concern has kept 
o the very front in the manufacturing world 
md its plant is a model, if not the large -t and 
)est in the world. The growth of the business 
nay be indicated by the floor space used in 
ts factory. In 1853, 1.800 square feet; in 
1873, 6,600 feet; in 1883, 115,200 feet; in 
[890, 167.000 feet; in 1899, 293,760 feet; and 
he growth has continued in proportion as 
apidly in later years. In 1857 twenty men 
iVere employed: in 1872, three Inmdred; in 
[884, 450; in 1893, a thousand; in 1900. over 
wo thousand; and in 1913, 4.000 employes. 
[n 1867 Mr. Brown and Mr. Sharpe went to 
Paris together to attend the first International 
Exposition and the concern has been a promi- 
lent and successful exhibitor from that time 
o the present in the great fairs and exhibitions 
jf the world. 

From the beginning, Mr. Sharpe shared Mr. 
Brown's determination to produce nothing but 
perfect goods. The partners were congenial 
ind harmonious, naturally gifted each for his 
jart in the great business that they built up 
n Providence. Each respected and loved the 
3ther and in many ways the partnersliip was 
ideal. Mr. Brown's inventions demonstrated 
his talents and furnished the foundation of 
:he business, while Mr. Sharpe's energy-, abil- 
ity and sagacity were needed in the financial 
ind administrative affairs of the firm. 

Early in life Mr. Brown became interested 
in making scales of measurement, and in 1852 
he devised a linear dividing engine, the first 
automatic machine of the kind in tiiis country. 
In the followmg year he perfected the vernier 

calipier, the first practical tool for exact measur- 
ing within the means of the ordinary mechanic. 
Its importance in the production of fine me- 
chanical work can hardly be over-rated. Per- 
haps his best known invention was the uni- 
versal milling machine, patented in 1865, com- 
ing soon into univt5rsal use in the machine 
shops of every country. lie in\cnted cutters 
that can be sharpened without changing their 
form, patented in 1864; a revolving head screw 
machine, patented in 1865 ; the universal grind- 
ing n^achine, patented in 1877; also screw-slot- 
ting machines, tajiping machines, gear-cutting 
attachment for milling machines; friction- 
clutch pulley, ]5atented in 1864, and a large 
number of gauges and exact measuring instru- 
ments that have been in common use for many 

Mr. Brown was an inventor by gift; he 
loved difficult mechanical and mathematical 
problems and was a genius at solving them. 
That a vast business should result from his 
mechanical skill was not his original purpose ; 
it followed naturally as the demand for the 
instruments and machines came to his factory. 
Even today the inestimable importance of his 
inventions are not realized. ]Many of them are 
accepted as necessities and the machinist of 
today never realize^ what tiie genius of Mr. 
Brown has done for his trade. The principles 
of many of his inventions were novel. Through- 
out the civilized world the name of Brown & 
Shar[)e is known and hoi;ored. Its standards 
of measurement are in universal use. 

Mr. Brown married (first) September 18, 
1837, Caroline liowers Niles. born October 6, 
181 7, at Warwick, Rhode Island, died January 
7, 1S51, at Providence, Rhode Island, daugh- 
ter of Jonathan and Susan Niles, of Provir 
dence. He married (second) May 3, 1S52, 
Jane F. IMowry, of Pawtucket. Children by 
first marriage: Walter, died in infancy: Lyra 
Frances, born September 13, 1845, died July 
I3- i';P7. in Providence, married, January 30, 
1873, Edward Ir\ing Nickerson (see Nicker- 
son \TII). 

James Skiff, ancestor of all the 
SKIFF colonial families of this surname, 

is said to have come from London, 
England, and settled at Plymouth, Massachu- 
setts, before 1636. lie received there five acres 
of land for services done to Isaac Allerton, 
and bought five more acres of Peter Talbot, 
August 22, 1636. Pie sold his house and land 
at Plymouth, January i, 1637, and moved to 
Lynn, where he was a proprietor in 1637. In 
that same year he moved to Sandwich, Massa- 
chusetts, where he lived the rest of his life. 
He had lands granted there in 1641, and was 

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adinitted a freeman, June 5, 1644. He was 
a town officer and deputy to the general court 
from Sanlwich, and died sonie time after 
16S8. Ilis wife, Alary ( Reeves ?), died Sep- 
tember 21, 1673, at Sandwich. Children, born 
at Sandwich : James, born Sejitember 12, 1638; 
Stephen, April 14, 1641 ; Nathaniel, March 20, 
1645; Sarah, October 12, 1646; Bathsheba, 
April 26, 1648; Mary, March 25, 1650; 
Miriam, or Marienne, March 25, 1652; Pa- 
tience, March 25, 1653; Benjamin, November 

14, 1655; Nathan, mentioned below; Eliza- 

(II) Nathan, son of James Skiff, was born 
in Sandwich, Massachusetts, May 16, 1658, 
died I'ebrnary 12, 1725-6. He married (first) 
July 10. 16S0, Hcpsibah, daughter of Robert 
Codman. He married (secontl) December 13, 
1699, Mercy, daughter of John Chipman, of 
Barnstable, Massachusetts. Her mother was 
Hope Howland, of Mayflower ancestry, who 
died June 12, 1724. Children of the first 
wife: Hepsibah, married Norton; Pa- 
tience, horn at Tisbury, Martha's \'ineyard ; 
James (2), mentioned below; Elizabeth, born 
September, 1690; Benjamin, April 29, 1692; 
Stephen, May 26, 1693; Mary, 5lay 26, 1695 ; 
Sarah, February, 169S. Children of the sec- 
ond wife: Mercy, July 5, 1701 ; Samuel, De- 
cember 24, 1703; John, Augu.^t 22, 1705. died 
Marih 6, 1728; Joseph, November 18, 1707. 

(III) James (2), son of Nathan Skitt, was 
born March 10, 1689, died June 6, 1724. He 
settled in Chilmark, Martha's \'ineyard. He 
married Lydia Smith. Children, born at Chil- 
mark: Stephen, mentioned below; James, July 

15, 1722. 

(I\') Stephen, son of James (2) Skift, was 
born at Chilmark, Massachusetts, May 8, 1718. 
He was a school teacher. He married, August 
26, I7.^2, at Chilmark, Bathsheba Tilton, who 
died November 3, 1767. Children, borri at 
Chilmark: Lydia. November 17, 1744; Na- 
thaniel, June 16, 1747; Stephen, June 11, 1750, 
died December 6, 1 821, in his seventy-second 
year; Rebecca, July 13, 1752; IMartha, Feb- 
ruary 1, 1755; Vinal, mentioned below. 

(V) Vinal, son of Stephen (i) SkilT, was 
born at Chilmark, February 11, 1759, died 
there April 19, 1S29, aged seventy years, two 
months and nine days. He married ffirst) 
at Chilmark, November 11, 1779, Catherine 
Tilton, (second) intention datetl May 23, 1820, 
Joanna Clifford. Children by first wife, born 
at Chilmark: Martha, February 19, 1781 ; Ste- 
phen (2), mentioned below; Catherine, Au- 
gust 8, 1794; perhaps otliers not recorded. 

(VI) Stephen (2), son of \'inal Skiff, was 
born at Chilmark, Se[)tember 23, 1787. He 
married at Tisbury, Martha's \"ineyard, Janu- 

ary II, 181 1, Bathsheba Clifford, who died 
January 5, 1842, in her fiftieth year. He mar- 
ried (second) intention dated at Edgartown, 
August 13, 1842, Mrs. Sarah M. Luce. He 
had a son, Stephen D., mentioned below. 

(\'H) Stephen Decatur, son of Steplien 
(2) Skiff, was born in 1815, at Chilmark, 
]\Iartha's Vineyard, died in March, 1883. He 
was a farmer, boat-builder and carpenter in 
his native town. He married ( first ) at Chil- 
mark, February 3, 1842, Polly C. Tilton. He 
married (second) January 26, 1843, Eleanor 
S. (Davis) Feltor, widow, daughter of Daniel 
Davis, deceased. The marriage record states 
that he was a widower, aged thirty years at 
the time of his second marriage. His wife's 
mother was Bertha ( Smith ) Davis. Eleanor 
was also aged thirty years in iS.J5, and in the 
same record her occupation is given as seam- 
stress and her birthplace as Cincinnati, Ohio. 
The spelling Skifi-"e is frequently used by the 
family in nearly every generation. Children : 
I. Henry Gorham. mentioned below. 2. Alma 
Tremper, born in Martha's Vineyard ; married 
William I'. Patterson, and lived for many 
years in Kansas, now of Cincinnati, Ohio ; had 
one child: Alma S. Patterson, a graduate of 
the L'niversity of Kansas, now a public school 
teacher in that state. 

(\Tir) Henry Gorham, son of Stephen De- 
catur Skift", was born at Chilmark, Martha's 
X'ineyard, Massachusetts, July 2, 1S46, died 
August 19. 1912. He attended the public 
schools of his native place. In 1865 he came 
to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he attended Bart- 
lett's Commercial College, and from which he 
graduated. He began his career in a furniture 
factory, and afterward was bookkeeper in sev- 
eral mercantile houses in Cincinnati. Pie en- 
gaged in business as a grocer in Cincinnati, 
and after a short time returned to his profes- 
sion of bookkeeping. Fie was appointed a 
clerk in the office of the city comptroller of 
Cincinnati, and at the end of his first year he 
was promoted to the office of chief deputy 
comptroller. At the end of nine years in this 
office, a Democratic administration came into 
power ; but notwithstanding political opposi- 
tion to his retention, he was retained in office 
for two years more. During the next six years 
the city had a Republican government, and he 
continued in office and for the following three 
years was retained by the Fusionist govern- 
ment, making an aggregate of twenty years of 
uninterrupted service in the office of deputy 
comptroller. He was also assistant city au- 
ditor for nineteen years. He was a prominent 
Free Mason : a member of Vattier Lodge, No. 
38ti. of Cincinnati, of which he was past wor- 
shipful master, and for eight years secretary ; 

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ii'.cniber of Willis Chapter, No. 131. Royal 
Arcli Masons, of which he was captain in 
1 S-S, prir.cipal sojourner in 1S79, and secretary 
iVoni iSSo to his death, thirty-two year:,; 
incinhcr of Trinity Comrnandery, No. 44, 
Ktn"hts Templar, of Cincinnati, of which he 
was' past eminent commander. He had taken 
all the thirty-two degrees of Scottish Rite 
Masonry, and held various offices in Ohio 
C'l'usistory, of which he was a member for 
tuenty-si\ }ears. He was the recorder of 
C'incinnati Council, No. 2, Royal and Select 
.Masters, of Cincinnati; a member of the Wal- 
nut Hill Chapter, No. 213, Order of the East- 
ern Star, of whicli his wife was the first 
uMtron ; member and past chancellor of Co- 
lumbia Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and for 
many years its financial recorder; member of 
the Lodge of Odd Fellows, and of the New 
I'jigland Society of Cincinnati. His politics 
were Republican. In religion he was a Bap- 
tist, and for many years he was a member of 
the Columbia Baptist Church. For the last 
twelve years he was engaged in the insurance 
business, with an office at 1005 Commercial 
Tribune Building. 

He married, July 15, 1S71, Florence Stew- 
art, born in Cincinnati, daughter of William 
aiul Emeline (Green) Stewart, of that place. 
Children: I. Stephen Clifford, born in Cincin- 
nati, April J, 1872, died IVLirch 7, 1894; mar- 
ried, August 2, 1S93, Olga yi. Schuster; they 
had one child, Stephen C. Jr., born August 16, 
1894, now living with his mother in Brooklyn, 
New York. 2. Frederick Bolton, November 

5, 187 _|.: married Ivy Stevens; has two chil- 
dren: Roland and \'erra. 3. Charles James, 
June 23, 1S75: married Mayme Stewart; they 
have one child, Charles. 4. Henry Gorham 
Jr.. December 2, 1876; married, December 31, 
1903, May B. Jennings. 5. Abner Davis, July 
26, 1878 ; married Slay Gleason ; children : 
Rapnond, Davis Elhworth and Harry Merton. 

6. William Albert, March 31, 18S4, died Julv 

run Nathaniel (2) Rey- 
REYNOLDS nolds, son of Captain Na- 
thaniel (i) Reynold or 
Reynolds (q. v.), was born in Boston, ?vlassa- 
chusetts. March 3, 1662-63, died October 29, 
1719- He resided in Bristol, Rhode Island. 

He married Ruth . They had seven 

children, among whom were the following: 
Nathaniel, mentioned below ; John, born March 
29. 1696. 

(IV) Nathaniel (3), son of Nathaniel (2) 
Reynolds, was born in Bristol, Rhode Island, 
September 11, i'3^9, died in 1740. He re- 
moved from Bristol to Boston in 1735, and 


was a merchant there and the owner of a 
store. He married Mary D., daughter of 
Thomas Sneir She resided, a widow, in North 
Bridgewater. .-Vmong his children were: Na- 
thaniel, born 17 17, removed to \^as3alborougli, 
Massachusetts; Thomas, mentioned below. 

(\') Thomas, son of Nathaniel (3) Rey- 
nolds, was born in Bristol, Rhode Island, 
March 9, 1718. died in 1795. He served in 
the revolution, enlisting fn_>m Bristol, Novem- 
ber 30, 1779, under Colonel Henry Jackson, 
and is described as aged forty-two, height six 
feet one inch, complexion dark, hair dark. His 
age was much understated, a practice common 
upon enlistment. He served in Colonel Jack- 
son's company from January i, to December 
31, 1780, being absent in May of that year on 
account of illness. He was at "Hutt's," Jan- 
uary 28, 1781. On December 5, 1777, when 
he was engaged in the war, his family was 
reported as living in Wrentham. In the revo- 
lutionary rolls he was called of Bristol and 
Rehoboth, but he may not have lived at the 
latter place. A Thomas Reynolds, of Deer- 
field, perhaps this same Thomas, served in 
Captain Lemuel Trescott's company, Colonel 
Trescott's regiment, in 1775. The only Thomas 
Reynolds in the state in 1790 was Thomas, of 
North Bridgewater, and his son Thomas, of 
that place, who are included- in the census of 
that year. Thomas Reynolds was a carpenter 
by trade. He married, at North Bridgewater, 
November 3, 1748, Elizabeth Turner. He has 
descendants li\-ing at Winslow, Maine. Chil- 
dren: Amy, born October 29, 1749, died ]May 
9, 1752; Joseph, mentioned below; Amy, born 
June 22, 1753, married, July 2, 1772, Silas 
Dunbar; Elizabeth, June 22, 1755: Susanna, 
April 24, 1757; Martha (Patty), March 23, 
1759; Thomas, January 27, 1762'; Josiah, July 
I, 1766. 

(VI) Joseph, son of Thomas Reynolds, was 
born in Bridgewater or North Bridgewater, 
^Massachusetts, June 22, 1751. He was a sol- 
dier in the revolution, a private in Captain 
Josiah Hayden's company. Colonel Bailey's 
regiment of minute-men on the Lexington 
Alarm ; also in Captain Nathan Packard's 
company. Colonel Edward Mitchell's regiment 
in 1776; also in Captain Henry Prentiss's com- 
pany, Colonel Thomas Marshall's regiment in 
1776; corporal in Captain Nathan Packard's 
company. Colonel Thomas Carpenter's regi- 
ment, in 177S; and private in Captain David 
Packard's company. Colonel Eliphalet Gary's 
regiment in 1780. He settled at Canton, 
Maine, died in that town and is buried there. 
He married, September 17, 1772, Jemima, 
daughter of Luke Perkins. Children: Icha- 
bod, married, in 1796, Polly Brett and settled 

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in Minot, Maine; Joseph, born at Nortli 
Bridgewater, April i8, 1775; Thomas, born 
January ig, 1776, married Nancy Patch; Dan- 
iel, settled in Canton, Maine; Simeon, married 
Mary Snell ; Azel. married Susanna Nash ; 
Jemima, never married; Olive, man icd Joseph 
Maconiber ; Amy, married E. Howard; Susan- 
nah, married Captain Silas Dunbar ; V'esta, 
married Isaac Clapp ; Luke, mentioned below. 

(VII) Luke, son of Joseph Reynolds, born 
about 1780, died in 1810. He settled in Can- 
ton, and married there Alice Austin, of that 
town ; she died Januar}' 5, 1848. They had 
two children: Luther Cullender, mentioned be- 
low; Loui>a, married W'ilHani Alden, of W'in- 
tlirop, Alaine, who was born October 11, 1807, 
died September 24, 1866. After her husband's 
death, Mrs. Luke Reynolds married a Warner, 
and they had five children, probably not in or- 
der of birth: i. Rutillus, married Eleanor E. 
Kimball ; children : Alary Ellen, born July 20, 
18(19; Fvereti W., January 2, 1S72, married 
Lottie Woodbury, now dead, and they had 
two childien : Ruth W. and Alma Rita, both 
residing in ^^'inthrop, Maine; Mabel E. 
(Black). May 5, 1874. 2. Ellen, married Al- 
bert F. Bancroft, and resides in I\Ias5acliusetts. 

3. Harriet, married Perley. 4. Emma 

Louise, married Millard F. Richardson, and 
lived at ]\Ionmouth, !Mairie. 5. Clarence A., 
married Augusta Norton, of Mt. \'ernon, 

(\TII) Luther Cullender, son of Luke Rey- 
nolds, was born in Canton, ]\Iaine, April 7, 
1S07, died March 20, 1867. He was a tanner 
and shoemaker by trade. He and three 
brothers voted for Fremont for president, he 
and five brothers voted for Abraham Lincoln 
in i8tK), and he and six brothers voted for Lin- 
coln for president in 1864. He married Char- 
lotte Rhoda, daughter of Samuel and Comfort 
(Houghton) Jackson (see Jackson Yl). Lu- 
ther C. Reynolds with nine children, his sister 
and her family, migrated from New England 
to Aurora, Indiana, in 1848. In about six 
months Mr. Reynolds returned with his fam- 
ily to Massachusetts and located at Randolph, 
but in 1851 he went to Jay, Maine, to live. 
After four years he removed to East Wilton, 
Maine. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds: 
Austin, \\'illiam Franklin, George .Augustus, 
Belista, Eliza, Orrin A., mentioned below; 
Rhoda, Henry, Lauriston. 

(IX) Orrin A., son of Luther Cullender 
Reynolds, was born in Jay, Maine. April 10, 
1838, died .August 20, 1912, buried in Highland 
cemetery, Covington, Kentucky. He attended 
the public schools in Aurora, Indiana, and 
Randolph, Massachusetts, afterward in Jav, 
Maine, and East Wilton, where the family 

lived. In 1857 he began to teach school and 
for about two years was a public school teacher 
in Maine district schools. In 1859, in part- 
nership with a brother, he established the firm 
of Reynolds Broth.ers, manufacturers of boots, 
at Randolph, and continued in this business 
until 1867. In 1862 he left his business to 
respond to the call to arms and served in the 
Fourth Massacliu.setts Regiment Volunteer In- 
fantry, lie was at Port Hudson, Louisiana, 
under General Nathaniel P. Banks, and while 
on guard duty there over $3,000,000 worth of 
army supplies and provisions he was taken 
prisoner, but was shortiv exchanged. He was 
among the last to be exchanged before the 
cessation of exchange of prisoners between 
the Federal and Confederate armies. .After 
he returned from the service he resumed the 
manufacture of boots. On account of ill 
health due to disease contracted in the service 
and in rebel prisons, lie was obliged to go 
west, on the advice of his physicians, and in 
1867 he came to Cincinnati, where he estab- 
lished an agency for the .American. Button Hole 
and Sewing IMachine Company for the states 
of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. For five 
years he followed this business successfully. 
In 1870 he entered the emjiloy of the Singer 
Sewing Machine Company in Cincinnati, 
where he continued until he was transferred 
to Covington, Kentucky, in 1875. There he 
had the agency for forty counties and a hun- 
dred local agents and his district became the 
banner district for business for his company. 
He continued with the Singer Company for a 
period of twenty-five years. In December, 
1897, he was appointed by President AIcKin- 
ley postmaster of Covington. He was re-ap- 
pointed by President McKiiiley and later by 
President Roosevelt and continued in office for 
a period of thirteen years. The total business 
of this post office the year before Mr. Rey- 
nolils took office amounted to a total of $27,- 
000 and in the last year of his postmastership 
the total was $134,000. the money order busi- 
ness increasing in the meantime from less than to more than Si, 000,000. The cost 
of administration of this office prior to Mr. 
Reynolds' time had been seventy-three per 
cent of the receipts, and during his adminis- 
tration that percentage was reduced to thirty- 
three per cent. 

Mr. Reynolds was a member of James A. 
Garfield Post, No. 2, Grand .Army of the Re- 
public, of Covington, Kentucky, of which he 
was a past commander and in which he held 
in succession all the other offices. He was 
vicc-comniander and department commander, 
chaplain, judge advocate, department delegate 
to the National Encampment and historian of 



c (Upartment. He never missed a meeting 
■ the defiartment. He was active in estab- 
Jiing new [losts and read many interesting 
ipers at post meetings. He attended no less 
an twenty National Encampments of the 
raiul Army. One of the reasons for the pop- 
arity and usefulness of Comrade Reynolds 
IS his happy faculty in knowing by heart the 
:iial used at mustering service. In public 
e Mr. Reynolds was an exceedingly faithful 
id useful citizen. For thirty years he was 
rtually the head of the Republican party in 
jvington. and during that time was member 
tlic Republican county committee. He had 
e satisfaction of seeing his party strength 
ijw from an insignificant minority into a 
ccessful majority. For two years he was 
;mber of the school board of Covington. He 
IS a member of the First Presbyterian 
lurch of Covington, and an elder and trustee, 
e was also a member of the Reidlin Republi- 
n Club of Covington; of Covington Lodge, 
^. TOO. Free and Accepted Masons; of Cov- 
jton Chapter. No. 35, Royal Arch Masons; 
Kenton Council. No. 13. Royal and Select 
asters ; of Adar Coimcil. Royal Arcanum ; of 
jvington Commandery, No. 7, Knights Tem- 
ir ; of the Knights of Honor, of which he 
IS treasurer for twenty-five years; of the 
lilding .\ssociation of Covington f'jr twenty- 
e years, of which he was a director ; and of 
s National L'nion. 

He marrieil, November 17, 1869, Mary 
irry Lyie, born in Antrim county, Ireland, 
ay 14, 1S47. died ?ilarch 29, 1912, buried in 
ighland cemetery, Covington, Kentucky, 
ughter of James and Mary (Barry) Lyle. 
;r parents were born in Scotland and settled 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when she was 
Lir years old. Children: i. Charles Waugh, 
mtioned below. 2. Orrin Lyle, mentioned 

(X) Dr. Charles W'augh Reynolds, son of 
Tin A. Reynolds, was born in Cincinnati, 
lio, November 10, 1871. He attended the 
blic and high schools of Covington. Kentucky, 
ailuating as salutatorian of his class. He 
idied for his profession at the Ohio Medical 
•liege, from which he was graduated with the 
gree of Doctor of Medicine in 1894. He 
-•n became an interne in the Cincinnati City 
3'pital, continuing for one year, and took 
post-graduate course at New York Post 
aduate College, New York City. He be- 
n to practice in Covington, Kentucky, and 
s made a specialty of diseases of the eye, 
r and nose. He is a member of the .Acad- 
ly of Medicine of Cincinnati; the Kenton 
"iinty Medical Society; the Kentucky Medi- 
I Society; the Covington High School 

Alumni Association; of Colonel Clay Lodge, 
No. 159, Free and Accepted Masons of Cov- 
ington ; Covingttm Chapter, No. 35, Royal 
.Arch Masons; Kenton County Council, No. 
13. Royal and Select Masters. Dr. Reynolds 
was a pioneer in the use of anti-to.\in in diph- 
theria, in 1894, when the remedy was new and 
almost untried. There were two cases of 
diphtheria in the Cincinnati Hospital at the 
time and to one of them Dr. Reynolds admin- 
istered some of the anti-toxin brought to the 
hospital by Dr. James L. Whittaker. This 
was the first use made of the remedy in the 
hospital and the patient recovered, while the 
other patient treated by the old methods died. 

Dr. Reynolds married, .April 7, 1904, Sarah 
Graham Graves, of Louisville, Kentucky, 
daughter of Otho and Anna (Cummins) 
Graves. Children : i. Maryanna, born at Cov- 
ington, Kentucky, December 18, 1904. 2. 
Robert Graham, born at Dayton, Kentucky, 
September 20, 1907. 3. Sarah Elizabeth, born 
at Covington, -Kentucky, Alarch 18, 191 1. 

(X) Dr. Orrin Lyle Reynolds, son of Orrin 
A. Reynolds, was born in Cinciimati, Ohio, 
July 21, 1874. He attended the public schools 
of Covington, Kentucky, and was graduated 
from its high school. He was graduated from 
the Ohio Medical College with the degree of 
Doctor of Medicine in 1S97. After taking a 
post-graduate course at Bellevue Hospital, 
New York City, he returned to Covington and 
engagerl in the general practice of medicine 
in association with his brother. Dr. Charles W. 
Reynolds. The firm has gained high standing 
in the profession and ample and substantial 
success from a business point of view in their 
profession. He is a member of the Academy 
of Medicine of Cincinnati, the Campbell 
County Medical Society of Kentucky, the Ken- 
ton County Medical Society of Kentucky, the 
Kentucky Medical Society, the Industrial Club 
of Covington; Colonel Clay Lodge. No. 159, 
Free and Accepted Masons ; Covington Chap- 
ter, No. 35, Royal .Arch Masons. In politics 
Dr. Re_\-nolds is a Progressive. He married, 
June I. 19 1 2, Alice Russell. 

(The Jackson Line). 

(I) Edward Jackson, the immigrant an- 
cestor, was born in England in 1602. He was 
son of Christojiher Jackson, and came to Bos- 
ton in 1640. He settled in Newtown, Massa- 
chusetts, where he died in 1681. 

(II) Sebas, son of Edward Jackson, mar- 
ried Sarah, daughter of Thomas Baker, of 
Ro.xbury, Massachusetts. They had nine chil- 

(III) Edward (2), son of Sebas Jackson, 
married Mary . 

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(IV) Edward (3), son of Edward (2) 
Jackson, married Abby . 

(\'') Samuel, sun of Edward (3) Jackson, 
married in 1763, Lois \\'oodwarJ. I'hey had 
nine children. He died in Jul), iSoi. Chil- 
dren: Samuel, mentioned below; Lois, born 
August 17, 1765; Rhoda, February 21, 1767; 
Ann, March 30, 1769; Mary, May 30, 1771 ; 
Antipas, November 20, 1772; Estlier, Novem- 
ber 24, 1774; Ephraim, February 3, 17S0; 
Sarah, July 28, 1781. 

(V'l) Sariiucl (2), son of Samuel (1) Jack- 
son, was born February 16, 1764, and died 
April 12, 1834. He was a soldier in the revo- 
lution, a {irivate in Captain Chambers' Com- 
pany, Sixth Massachusetts Regiment of In- 
fantry, under Colonel Thomas Nixon. He en- 
listed July 7, 17S0, for six months, and his 
name appears on the rolls from July to Octo- 
ber, 1780. He was also a private in Captain 
William Story's Company, Eighth Massachu- 
sett.s Regiment, under Colonel Michael Jack- 
son. He married Comfort Houghton, who 
died April 9, 1816, and they had eleven chil- 
dren: I. Benjamin, born July 5, 17S4. 2. 
Henry, December 31, 1789, died ^Iarch 9, 
1813. _ 3. Nancy, December 21, 1791 ; mar- 
ried ■ — Dyke, and they had two children : 

Nancy, who married Captain Darling, 

of Cincinnati ; and . 4. Elijah, born 

January 29, 1795, died July 26, 1857. 5. Sam- 
uel, F^ebruary 16. 1797. 6. Abigail, ]\Iay 7, 
1799. 7. Polly, August 25, iSoi. 8. Charlotte 
Rhoda, March 6, 1S04; married Luther C. Rey- 
nolds (see Rcynclds \'III). 9. Sarah. August 
6, i8a5, died March 2~, 1843. ^O- Eliza, born 

October 25, 1809; married Jones. 11. 

Ephraim, born December 26, 18 12, died Jan- 
uary 20, 1813. 

John Wilkinson Punshon was 
PUNSHON born in Chester, Pennsylva- 
nia, October 8, 1819, died 
June 3, 1S57. His mother was of the Wilkin- 
son family. He was for many years in the 
postal service of the United States. He mar- 
ried, November 21, 1844, Ruth, daughter of 
Oliver Langdon, (see Langdon I\'^). Children, 
all born in Cincinnati, Ohio: i. Lizzie, born 
February 20, 1846; married Dr. William H. 
Flopkins. of Cincinnati, March 3, 1872; their 
child is Langdon Punshon Hopkins. 2. Rob- 
ert Langdon, March 3, 1849: married Helen 
Perkins. 3. Annie, July 15, 1851: married 
John T. Thompson, of Cincinnati, Februarv 
25, 1874, and has one child, Morley Punshon 
Thompson. 4. John Wilkinson. June 12, 1853, 
died March \(i. 1890. unmarried. 5. Thomas 
Brown, mentioned below. 

(II) Thomas Brown, son of John Wilkinson 

Punshon, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sep- 
tember 6, 1855. He attended tlie public and 
high schools of his native place, and then en- 
tered the plTice of Joseph Earnshaw, civil en- 
gineer and surveyor, as an apprentice. He 
was afterward admitted to partnership under 
the firm name of Earnshaw & Punshon. After 
an association in- business lasting twenty-five 
years the firm was dissolved by the death of 
the senior partner in 1906, and since that time 
Air. Punshon has continued in business alone. 
He was appointed city engineer of the city of 
Cincinnati in 1898, and served in that office 
for two years. He is a member of the Civil 
Engineers' Club, the Architects' Club, the Ohio 
Society, Sons of the Revolution, and of the 
Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. In poli- 
tics he is independent. He is a member and 
trustee of the Unitarian Church of Cincin- 

He married (first) in 1889, Grace Hickok, 
born in Eellair, Ohio, July 13, 1S66, daughter 
of Hugh M. Hickok, who came to Cincinnati 
from. \'irginia. She died April 21, 1889. He 
married (second) August 7, 1895, Louise, 
daughter of the late E. H. W. Schulte, of Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio. By the second wife he had one 
child, Ruth, born in Cincinnati, October 20, 
1898, now a student in the Walnut Hills high 

(The Langdon LineK 

Philip Langdon, immigrant ancestor, came 
with his brothers Edward and John, about 
1675, to Boston. They may have been related 
to John Langdon, who came earlier to Boston, 
where he was living in 1646, a sail-maker by 
trade. Edward died in 1704, and his estate 
was settled by his brother John. Philip was 
also a mariner. His oak chest has been pre- 
served. He died in Boston, December 11, 
1697, and his wife Alary died there, February 
14, 1716. Children: Philip, an inn-keeper; 
and the following born in Boston: Susanna, 
October 23, 1677 ; John, .August 27, 1682 ; 
James, .\ugust 15, 16S5 ; Sanuiel, December 
22, 1687; Mary, Alarch 24, 1689; Paul, men- 
tioned below. 

fll) Lieutenant Paul Langdon, son of 
Philip Langdon, was born in Boston. Septem- 
ber 12, 1693. He lived at Salem and W'ilbra- 
ham, where he died December 3, 1761. He 
married, August 18, 1718, Mary Stacy. He 
was a carpenter and millwright, and also fol- 
lowed farming. Tradition tells us that he was 
a man of great energy. Children, born in Wil- 
braham : Mary, .-\ugust 20, 1719; Lewis, May 
16, 1721 ; Hannah, February 22. 1723; Paul, 
December iTi. 1725; John, mentioned below; 
Elizabeth, July i, 1730; .Anna, September 21, 



(III) Captain John Langdon. son of Lieu- 
itnaiit F'aul Langdon, was born in Wilbrahani, 
M.T^-acliusetts, June I, 1728, died there Octo- 
litT 10, 1S22. He served in the French and 
Indian wars. In 1774 he was one of the sign- 
cr-; of the non-consumption pledge. He was 
a soldier in the revolution, a sergeant in Cap- 
tain F'aul's company of minute-men, on the 
Lexington Alarm, April 19. 1775, and in the 
same company in Colonel Timothy Danielson's 
regiment to the end of the year 1775. He was 
also captain in Jackson's continental regiment. 
He married (first ) February, 1755. Sarah Steb- 
bins, and (second) December 29. 1757, Eunice 
Torrcy, of Mansfield, Connecticut. Children, 
born at W'ilbraham, by first wife: Sarah, July 
12, 1756, married Ebenezer Crocker. Chil- 
dren by second wife: Rev. John Wilson, born 
March 11, 1759; Artemas, May 25, 1760, died 
October 2, 1760: James, IMarch 27, 1762, an 
exhorter. married Esther Stebbins ; Josiah, 
Jainiary 12, 1765: Joanna, June 21, 1767; Oli- 
ver, mentioned below; Eunice, March 7, 1772: 
Rev. Solomon, July 19, 1777. Three of the 
sons were Methodist preachers. 

(I\') Rev. Oliver Langdon, son of Captain 
John Langdon, was born at W'ilbraham. Oc- 
tober 9, 1769. He was a preacher in the Meth- 
odist Episcopal denomination. He came to 
Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1S06. He married (first) 
Nancy, daughter of William Brown, of Stam- 
ford, Connecticut (see Brown Y). Her father 
was born in 1761. died in 180S: was in Cap- 
tain Comstock's company. Eighth Continental 
Line, of Connecticut, made corporal May 8, 
1779. sergeant August i. 1780; was standard 
bearer of the Forlorn Hope at Stony Point, 
New York, and was one of a small num.ber 
decorated by ^lartha A\'ashington with a white 
silk rosette for special bravery in battle (see 
"Connecticut in the Revolution." pages 2 and 
32"). William Brown's other children were: 
Isabella (Brown) Matthews, mother of Caleb 
Bentley Matthews (see Matthews IV) ; Sally' 
(Brown) Ropes, of Salem, ^Massachusetts, of 
the old Essex county family of Ropes ; Ruth 
(Brown) Miller-Outcalt ; and \\'i!iiam Brown, 
of Madison. Indiana. Oliver Langdon mar- 
ried (second) Catherine W. Bassett, of Cin- 
cinnati. Ohio. Children by first wife: i. 
Nancy, born December 28, 1S09, died Febru- 
ary 13. 18 — ; married Edwin Mattoon. 2. 
Nancy B., October 27, 18 10. 3. Solomon, 
April 27, i8t2: married Martha Ferine. 4. 
Alary. August 11. 1814; married Robert >\'. 
Rayne. 5. Dr. Oliver M., February 2. 1817, 
died June 15, 1S78. 6. Caroline, September 6. 
1818: married John Stanley. 7. Ruth, Febru- 
ary 2, 1822, died March 17, 1901 ; married 
John W'ilkinson Punshon (see Punshon I). 

Children by second wife: 8. Eunice M., born 
November 23, 1825, died September 12, 1901. 
9. Major-Gcneral Elisha Bassett, born Febru- 
ary 24, 1827, died May 30, 1867, who served 
in the civil war, 1861-5. 10. Catherine E., 
November 13. 182S, died April 18, 1900. 
Oliver M. and the three youngest children 
never married. 

The surname Kinney is identi- 
KINNEY cal with Kenney. Kenny, Ke- 

ney, Kinnee, Kene and Keny, 
and a still larger variety in spelling is to be 
found in the early records. Henry Kinney, 
the immigrant ancestor, was born in 1624, in 
Plolland, of English ancestry. According to 
some accounts, however, he was a native of 
Norfolk. England, but came from Holland to 
America. He was first of Roxbury, Alassa- 
chusetts, where he was apprenticed to Wil- 
liam Park, of Roxbury, by Vincent Potter, 
presumably a relative. Kinney removed thence 
to Salem. Massachusetts, about 1653. His 
wife .Ann was admitted to the Salem church 
August 24, 1654. Children: John, born in 
January, 1651 ; Thomas, mentioned below; 
Hannaii, January 2, 1658; Mary, in May, 
1659; Sarah. June 20, 1661 ; Elizabeth, in De- 
cember, 1662; Lydia. in April, 1666; Henry 
May, 1669. 

(II) Thomas, son of Henry Kinney, was 
born January i, 1655-56, at Salem, in what 
is now Danvers, Massachusetts. Fie resided 
at Salem \'illage, now Danvers. He married, 
May 23, 1677. Elizabeth Knight, who died in 
T6t.;4. Chilflren, born at Salem Village: 
Thomas, July 27, 1678: Joseph, mentioned be- 
low; Daniel, lulv 23, 16S2; Jonathan, May 27, 

(III) Joseph, son of Thomas Kinney, w'as 
born at Salem, Massachusetts, September 7, 
1680. and died in 1745. He came to Preston. 
Connecticut, in 1706, and followed farming 
there. He was captain of colonial troops in 
the early Indian wars. His farm adjoined 
that of his brother Thomas. He married, in 
1704, at Salem. Keziah Peabody, who was born 
in 1686 at Topsfield. and died at Preston, 
daughter of Jacob anil Abigail (Towne) Pea- 
body, of Topsfield, and granddaughter of 
Francis Peabody or Pabodie. the immigrant. 
Children, born and baptized at Preston: Abi- 
gail, born -August 16. 1705, baptized Septem- 
ber 15. 1706: Jacob, born June 2, 1707, bap- 
tized July 2. 1707; Zipporah. born March 23. 
1709, baptized May 8. 1709; Daniel, born .April 
15, 1711, baptized July 8, 1711: Keziah, born 
July 23, 1713: Eunice, born January 20, 1716, 
baptized April i, 1716: Joseph, mentioned be- 
low; Mary, born June 28, 1721 ; Asa, Sep- 



tember 26, 1723; Annah, July 31, 1725; Ezra, 
September 20, 1727, baptized September 20, 

(I\ ) Joseph (2), son of Joseph (i) Kin- 
ney, was born at Preston, Connecticut, Febru- 
ary 17, 1718, and was baptized there May 4 
following;. Me removed to \'ermont and died 
there. He married (tirst) at Preston, now 
Griswold, Connecticut, June 10, 1742, Sarah 
Blunt, who died December 23, 1754. Pie mar- 
ried (second) June 12, 1755, Jemima (New- 
comb) Lamb, who was born in 1730, at Leba- 
non, Connecticut, and died in \'eminnt, daugh- 
ter of Ilezekiah and Jerusha (Bradford) Xew- 
comb and widow of Jonathan Lamb (see New- 
comb ]\'). She was a descendant of Gover- 
nor William Bradford, who came to Plymouth 
in the first voyage of the "Mayflower." She 
was admitted to the church at Preston with 
her husband, May 30, 1756, and they were dis- 
missed from the East Norwich church when 
they removed to \'ermont. Children by first 
wife, born and baptized at Preston: Lucy, 
born July 12, 1743; Sarah. March 28, 1745; 
Elizabeth, January 28, 1748; Experience, July 
30, 1750: Keziah, July 13, 1752. Children by 
second wife: Joseph, born Alarch 23, 1756, 
baptized Alay 30, 1756: Jonathan, baptized 
September 25, 1757, probably died young; 
Daniel, October 16, 1759, baptized October 28, 
1750: Xewcomb, born January 18, 1761; 
David and Jonathan, twins, born January 18, 
1762, baptized June 13. 1762; Bradford, born 
December 2, 1764; Jemima, born May, 1766; 
Perley, April 6, 1768; Sanford, August 14, 
1769: George Whitfield, April 14, 1771 ; 
Wealthy, April 11, 1773. 

(V) Rev. and Captain Jonathan Kinney, 
son of Joseph (2) Kinney, was born January 
18, 1762, and baptized at Preston, Connecti- 
cut. June 13, 1762. He removed to \'ermont 
with his parents and lived for ten years at 
Bethel. In 1793 he came to Plainfield, Ver- 
mont, and began to clear a farm on Lot No. 
4, working there through the week and spend- 
ing his Sundays at the home of Seth Freeman. 
He built a frame house in 1794 nearly oppo- 
site the H. C. Perry house and his was the 
first frame house in the town of Plainfield. In 
February, 1798. his family occupied the new 
house. He was the first minister of the Con- 
gregational church. Fle died at Berlin, \''er- 
mont, in 1838. Deacon Justus Kinney after- 
ward lived on this farm; Justus, a child of 
Jonathan, died March 6, 1796. and was the 
first person buried in Plainfield. Jonathan 
Kinney was a captain of militia. He married 
at Royalton, January 20, 178 — , Lydia Ken- 
drick. born March 6, 1763, died at Bethel, 
Vermont, July 14. 1833. Children: Wealthy, 

April 13, 1786; David, October 29, 1787; Jona- 
than, mentioned below; Amory, born April 15, 
1792; Justus, ?*Iay 21, 1794; Lucy, October 
7. 1796; Justus, September 7, 1798; George, 
December 31, 1800; daughter, February 4, 
1S03. died in infancy: Abigail, July 23. 1807. 

(VI) Deacon Jonathan (2) Kinney, son of 
Rev. and Captain Jonathan (i) Kinney, was 
born at Royalton, March 27, 1790, died No- 
vember 20, 1 85 1. He was educated in the pub- 
lic schools of his native town and settled there. 
He was an upright, honorable and prominent 
citizen, of decided cunvictions and firmness of 
character. He was one of the first supporters 
of the temperance movement and among the 
first to circulate petitions against the liquoi 
business. He was a deacon of the First Con- 
gregational Church from 1833 i-"itil I'e died. 
He held most of the town offices in succession. 

He married, December 3, 1S13, Tempe, 
daughter of Luther and Temperance Kilburn 
(Dewey) Skinner. She was born January 2, 
1790, at Royalton, died April 22, 1S64. Chil- 
dren: Julia .Ann. born February 10, 1815, mar- 
ried Lewis Skinner ; Jonathan Kendrick. Jan- 
uary 10, 1817, died August 16, 1S49, unmar- 
ried, a lawyer : Joseph Newcomb, mentioned 
belo\\' ; Luther Skinner, October 23, 1820, died 
May 23, 18S1, married, December 2, 1841, 
Edna Walker; Lucy Skinner, born .-\pril 15, 
1823, died November 28. 1895, married Dr. 
John H. Wintrode of Huntington, Pennsyl- 
vania, and had Dr. John H. Wintrode of Win- 
terset, Iowa, and two other children : Jemima 
Dewey, born March 6. 1826, died September 9, 
1827; Rodolphus Dewey, born August 30, 
1828, married. May 31. 1852, Sarah Parmalee, 
daughter of Amasa and Tamasin Dutton ; 
Happy Temperance, born February 6. 1831, 
died February 3. 1872, married. May 11, 1854, 
Rev. L. Chaney of Heuvelton, New York. 

(\TI) Joseph Xewcomb, son of Deacon 
Jonathan (2) Kinney, was born at Royalton, 
■ \'ermont. May 30, 1819. died January 9, 1905, 
at Cincinnati. Ohio. He was educated in the 
public schools of his native town. When a 
young man he removed to Cincinnati. Ohio, 
where he engaged in business. He was for a 
time in the pork packing industry but became 
interested financially in various traction com- 
panies and banking institutions. He was an 
officer of the Cincinnati Transfer Company, 
the electric railway and other street railways 
in Ohio. In politics he was a Republican and 
in religion a Presbyterian. 

Joseph X. Kinney married (first) Septem- 
ber 10, 1844. .-Mthea Louisa Dutton. born Janu- 
ary 5, 1819, at Royalton, died in 1852.3 daugh- 
ter of .Amasa Jr. and Tamasin (.Ashcroft) 
Dutton; (second) October 13, 1853, Mrs. Ann 


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1 Wilson) !^lorribOn; (third) Laura Dcmnead, 
\v1k> died a few weeks after marriage; 
(fourth) Mrs. Louise (Woodruff) Tilden, 
wiio died in 1904, at Washington, D. C. Chil- 
dren by first wife: Joseph Newconib, born 
August 2, 1849, at Cincintiati; Clark Dutton, 
May 2, 1852, at Cincinnati. Children of Jo- 
seph N. and Ann (Wilson-Morrison) Kinney: 
(Jtorge Kilburn, born IMarch 25, 1855 ; Harry 
Wintrode, mentioned below; Kirk, May 25, 
i8'x); Dwight, May 11, 1862; Paul, June 21, 


(Vlll) Harry Wintrode, son of Joseph 
Newcomb Kinney, was born at Cincinnati, 
Ohio, August 9, 1S58. He attended the pub- 
lic schools of his native city and was graduated 
from the Woodward High School. He enter- 
ed Brown University, from which he was 
graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts 
in the class of 1880. He began his business 
career as a clerk in the State Bank at Fair- 
haven, state of Washington. He was pro- 
moted step by step and became cashier of the 
institution. After ten years in the banking 
business in the west, he returned to Cincin- 
nati. Since then he has been in the banking 
business in that cit)-. His office is at 610 Trac- 
tion Building, CinciiHiati, CJhio. He is a Pres- 
byterian in religion, thoiTgh some of his family 
are Episcopalians. In politics he is a Repub- 
lican. He is a director of the Cincinnati Stock- 
yards Company; also a member of the Queen 
City Club, the Cincinnati Country Club and 
the Cuvier Press Club. 

He married, at Clifton, Cincinnati, Ohio, 
April 21, 1891, Elizabeth Phelps Jordan, who 
was born February 21, 1867. daughter of L=aac 
AL and Hannah Elizabeth Phelps. Her father 
was a lawyer and was at one time a member 
of congress. Mr. and ^^rs. Kinney have one 
child, Elizabeth, born June 24, 1892, in Wash- 

(The Newconib Line). 

(1\') Hezckiah Newcomb, son of Simon 
Newcomb (q. v.), was born in Edgartown, 
Martha's \'ineyard, in 1693-94, and removed 
at the age of ten witli his parents to Lebanon, 
Connecticut. He learned the trade of carpen- 
ter and joiner, probably at New London, where 
he joined the church and was baptized Decem- 
ber 25. 1716. .\t the time of his marriage he 
settled in Lebanon, and was admitted to the 
church, March 22. 1719, his wife. November 
20. 1720. He was made a freeman and held 
various town offices. Fie made no less than 
twelve purchases of land in Lebanon, and also 
became a proprietor of the town of Falltown, 
now Bernardston, Massachusetts, which he 
deeded to his grandson. Ilezekiah Newcomb, 
of Lebanon, for good-will and affection. He 

never lived there, though his sons, Silas and 
Peter, were there four or five years. Later 
some of his grandsons settled there. He was 
a very pious man, and said to have been a 
deacon of the church. It is related that Sub- 
mit (Downer) Newcomb, wife of his son 
James, said that "during the whole time of 
her having ten children in his (Hezekiah's) 
Flouse, she never heard him speak an angry 
word. The whole day long he would most 
always have his Bible in his hands." He died 
suddenly August 15, 1772. His will was dated 
-August 30, 1770, and proved September i, 
1772. The inventory included "a pare of Sil- 
ver Shue Buckles, one pare of Gould Buttons, 
one firelock, one Sword, etc." The gold but- 
tons mentioned were doubtless those worn at 
his first marriage, later owned by his grandson 
John, son of Silas, who transformed them a 
hundred years afterward into a Masonic 
emblem now or lately owned by Daniel R. 
Strong, of LeRoy, New York. Fie married 
(first) November 14, 17 16, Jerusha Bradford, 
baptized in Norwich, May 28, 1693, died No- 
vember 5, 1739, daughter of Thomas and .Anne 
(Sniith) Bradford, granddaughter of Major 
W'illiam and Alice (Richards) Bradford, and 
great-granddaughter of Governor William and 
Alice (Carpenter-Southworth) Bradford. .'\11 
the descendants of Hezekiah and Jerusha 
Newcomb are eligible to membership in the 
Mayflower J^ociety. Fie married (second) in 

1741. Hannah , who, after his death, 

lived several years with her step-son, Peter 
Newconib, and died in 1794 in what is now 
Columbia. Connecticut. Children, all by first 
wife: Silas, born September 2, 1717; Peter, 
November 28, 1718; Anne, March 4, 1720; 
Hezekiah. December 27, 1722, died young; 
Thomas, September 3, 1724; Jerusha, March 
24. 1726; Elizabeth, December 19. 1727; Sam- 
uel. September 2, 1729; Jemima, December 
14, 1730, married -(first) Jonathan Lamb, and 
(second) June 12, 1755, Joseph Kinney (see 
Kinney W^ ; James, February 7, I'jyi-},},. 

(HI) Thomas (3) Olney, son of 
OLNEY Thomas (2) Olney (q. v.), was 
born May ", 1661, died March i, 
1718. He married, July 13, 1687. Lydia 
Barnes, of Swansea, Massachusetts, daughter 
of Thoiuas and Prudence Barnes. Fie lived in 
North Providence. Rhode Island. Children, 
born in North Providence: Lydia, .April 30, 
i''i88, in Swansea; Phebe. October 29, 16S9; 
Sarah, August 26, 1693; Thomas, mentioned 
below; Elizabeth, January 29, 1698: Anne, 
March 26, 1700: Mary. February 25, 1702; 
(Jbadiali. February 14. 1710. 

(I\') Thomas (4), son of Thomas (3) 



OIncy, was born in North Providence, Rhode 
Island, January i8, Vi')6, died December 7, 
1758. His grandfather bequeathed to hitn 
tlie north part of the Wenscott farm, includ- 
ing the mansion house and other buihJings, 
in North Providence. His descendants still 
possess a part of this farm. He was buried 
in the family burying place on the farm. He 
married, August 8. 17^3, Sarah, daughter of 
Joseph Smith. Children, born in North Provi- 
dence : Joseph, December i^, 17J4; Thomas, 
mentioned below; Isaac, 1728; Ezra, No\em- 
ber 22, 1729; Ithamar. 

(\^) Thomas (5), son of Thomas (4) 
Olney, was born in North Providence, Rhode 
Island, July 29, 1726, died .-\pril 13, 1793. 
He lived in North Providence. He served as 
representative from North Providence in the 
general a>sembly of Rhode Island, May, 1776. 
l-Jis descendants are entitled to membership in 
revolutionary societies ( Page 222, .-\rnoId, vol. 
xii, and page 46. Cowell's '"Spirit of '76"). 
He married Siboleth Whipple. Son, Thomas, 
mentioned below. 

(\'I) Thomas (6), only son of Thomas (5) 
Olney, sold his farm in North Providence to 
his cousin, Captain Stephen Olney, and be- 
tween 1790 and 1795 moved with most of his 
family to New York state, where he resided 
the remainder of his life. Pie married. 1771. 
Olive, daughter of Charles and Phebe (Shel- 
don) Olney, of North Providence. Charles 
was son of Epenetus and Mary (Williams) 
Ohiey. Mary Williams was a descendant of 
Roger Williams. Epenetus was son of Epene- 
tus and Mary (Whipple) Olney. Epenetus 
was son of Thomas (i) Olney. Children: 
Elizabeth, born November 12, 1771 : Stephen, 
mentioned below: Olive, October 13, 1775; 
Thomas; Whipple, 1783: Nancy: Lavina ; 
Charles ; Elisha. 

(\TI) Stephen, son of Thomas (6) Olney, 
was born November 23, 1773. died March 20, 
1S15, while on board the privateer brig "Mac- 
donough." in Bristol, Rhode Island. He mar- 
ried, January 21, 1800, Polly Thayer. Chil- 
dren: I. Elam, mentioned below; Stephen T., 
born February 15. 1812, died July 27, 1878, 
unmarried ; was engaged in manufacturing and 
became a very wealthy man ; bequeathed to 
Brown I'niversity $35,000 for the endowment 
of a professorship in botany. 

(VHI) Elam. son of Stephen Olney. was 
horn October 2, 1802, in Providence. Rhode 
Island, died there .\pril 7, 1862. He married, 
1842. Helen Fuller. Children, born at Provi- 
dence: Mary H., November 9. 1843: Clara T., 
March 9. 1845, married, i80r>. J, T. \'emes ; 
Abby S.. .\pril 17, 1846. married. 1864, E. S. 
Stout; Stephen T., October 15, 1847, died No- 

vember 7, 1849: Elam W., February 16, 1849. 
died November 7, 1849; Frank F., mentioned 
boliiw: Fliza S., May 2. 1852, married, 1S81, 
W. .^. Liartlctt ; Sarah, 1853, died September 
19- '853: Stephen T., .-Vugust i, 1859, died 
June 4, 1877. 

(IX) Colonel PVank Fuller Olney, son of 
Elam Olney. was born March 12, 1851, at Eliz- 
abeth, New Jersey, in the schools of wdiich 
city his education was begun. He was about 
nine years old when he came to Providence, 
Rhode Island, where his father died in 1862, 
and young Olney then made his home with his 
uncle, Stephen T. Olney. There he attended 
the public schools, and the University Gram- 
mar School, graduating in 18O7. Plis training 
for business began in the office of the \\'an- 
skuck Company, of which his uncle was one of 
the founders. There he became clerk at the 
age of seventeen years, and his principal busi- 
ness relation was his connection with this firm, 
he having succeeded to his uncle's large inter- 
est in the company upon the lattei's death. 
During his early manhood he had a decided 
leaning toward a legal career, and took up the 
study of law in the office of W. W. & S. T. 
Douglas, but the pressure of extensive private 
interests prevented him from entering upon 
the practice of his profession. Perhaps it was 
one of those accidents which in time prove to 
be productive of more good results than could 
possibly attend the carrying out of the original 
intention. None but a trained business man 
coidd have carried out the multiplicity of inter- 
ests which filled the years of his prime and 
middle age to overflowing. 

It has been said that the strength of mind 
developed by his ancestors in years of strug- 
gle was a leading trait of his disposition. It 
is certain none of the virtues he inherited suf- 
fered deterioration in his life. Such qualities, 
indeed, in him took on new beauty in the light 
of the gracious social atmosphere which he 
created wherever he went. This, perhaps, was 
the most remarkable phase of a remarkable 
character. He turned from the demands of 
business life to the exactions of public service, 
the pleasures of social life, the voluntary duties 
of benevolence and charity, wdth a readiness 
and ease, and a facility for enthusiasm in all, 
which would lead one unacquainted with his 
responsibilities to believe they were centered 
in one subject. He grasped details intuitively, 
else he could never have mastered the intri- 
cacies of problems so diverse that his experi- 
ence in one line was of little use to him in 

With the instinct of the thorough man of 
affairs. Mr. Olney recognized the fact that 
none are fitted better than business men to 



inaiiai^e public interests. In tlie conduct of 
his large private interests he came to know 
most clearly the need- of the municipality and 
state, and he was not afraid to make personal 
.sacrifice of energy and time to attain worthy 
ends in civil administration, or to secure the 
adoption of measures of whose wisdom he 
was assured by his own experience. Taking 
the measure of the man by his other achieve- 
ments, it is no wonder that he became a power 
in tliis field as in every other that he entered. 
lie was a Republican, and in the year 1889 
was honored with the chairmanship of the city 
committee of his party, continuing in this office 
for a number of years, until lie became identi- 
fied with the police commission. In the same 
year, 1889. he was elected to a seat in the com- 
mon council from the first ward, serving in 
1890-91-92, in the latter year being elected 
alderman from the same ward. He rounded 
out seven years of continuous service by three 
years as the executi\e head of the municipal 
government, having been elected mayor in the 
fall of 1893, reelected in 1894-95. True to his 
reputation and principles he honored the office 
in every act, and made the period of his serv- 
ice a credit to the city as well as to himself, 
a compliment to the judgment of those whose 
votes had placed him in the chair. He also 
held many other offices, the variety of the 
interests involvet! indicating equally the versa- 
tility of his abilities. From April 30, 1893, 
until 1898, he served as chairman of the state 
board of charities and corrections, a position 
retjuiring mucli tact as \\ ell as e.xecutive force, 
and in January, 19)1, he was again appointed 
on that board by the general assembly to serve 
for six years. The same yeai Governor Kim- 
ball appointed him chairman of the new board 
of police commissioners, and to his excellent 
judgment and unprejudiced interest was due 
much of the inipro\ement noticed in that de- 
partment. .Although at the time he accepted 
the appointment the condition of his health 
scarcely warranted any new strain upon his 
energies, he gave himself to the work with the 
vigor and .Tpplication of one whose resources 
could be given unreservedly to the task in 
land. Mr. Olney was also a member of the 
board of park commissioners from January, 
1S95. "ntil his death, October 24, 1903, and for 
two years previous to his death was chairman 
of that board. No higher recognition of faith- 
ful and efficient work could be given than the 
resolutions adopted by his associates in the 
public service. 

Military matters always formed an impor- 
tant interest in the life of Mr. Olney. Per- 
haps the quickening influences of the civil war 
period, coming in his youth and early man- 

hood, awakened in him the spirit wdiicli made 
him so useful and popular a member of the 
military organlz-ations famous throughout th-:" 
country. As the scion of an old and honorable 
family noted for their interest in military 
affairs, it was but natural that he should be- 
long to the .\ncieiit and Honorable Artillery 
Company of Massachusetts, the National Lan- 
cers, of Boston, the Boston l-ight Infantry 
Corps, in which he was captain, and the Con- 
tinental Guards of New Orleans. But to none 
of these did he attach himself with the same 
devotion which marked his connection with the 
First Light Infantry Regiment of Providence, 
with which he was identified for over twenty 
years before his death. On January 2, 1882, 
he joined Company D. On .\ugust 6, 1884, he 
became a member of the \'eteran Association 
of the Regiment, in which he was elected to 
th.e position of commissary, May 3, 18S6, con- 
tinuing in that position until he was chosen 
colonel. May 13, 1889. He served in the last 
office for four years. In 1897, when the pro- 
visional Comiiany E was organized to fill the 
vacancy made by the deflection of Company 
D, Mr. Olney was one of the first to join the 
new company, his connection dating from 
March 12. He did everything in his power to 
make a success of the new company, and so it 
goes without sa}ing that it was a success. At 
the first election of officers, held on April 19, 
he was chosen second lieutenant, and on June 
14, when Captain Thornton died, he was elect- 
ed first lieutenant. Captain Kendrick died in 
the following year, and on April 18, 1898, 
Lieutenant Olney was unanimously elected to 
the command of the company. In this position 
he was of great service in many ways, and 
maintained a high standard of excellence. 

Except for his membership in Corinthian 
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Mr. Olney 
had no connection with secret orders. But 
with organizations formed for social pleasures 
he was in ready sympathy and exchanged 
social courtesies with his fellow members in 
all the leading clubs and societies of the city, 
and others of more local note. On July 29. 
18100. he joined the Pomham Club; in 1892 
the Squantum Association : on September 3, 
1898. the Providence Central Club : he also be- 
longed to the Hope Club of Providence, the 
Athletic Club, the West Side Club, the Provi- 
dence .\rt Club, the Providence Whist Club, 
the Rhode Island Philatelic Society, the Rhode 
Island Temperance League, the Rhode Island 
\'eteran Citizens' Historical .-Vssociation. the 
Rhode Island School of Design, the Home 
Market Club of Boston, and the Rhode Island 
Yacht Club. He was active in all these soci- 
eties, but was especially interested in tiie 

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yachting circles. He belonged to the Rhode 
Island, Xew York and Bristol Yacht clubs, 
joining the first in 1S92, being elected vice- 
cominodore in 1S98. and commodore, Febru- 
ary 19, 1902. He continued as such until his 
death, and the Rhode Island Yacht Club never 
had a better man ;it its head. He made a name 
for himself and his club among Rhode Island 
yachtsmen and, intlecd. all along the coast. 
Liberal in this as in all things, he gave many 
handsome cups and other trophies, and his 
strict sense of honor forbade anything that 
had even the semblance of unfairness or dis- 
honesty. He entertained lavishly, and had no 
greater delight than seeing his guests happy. 
The first boat he owned was the steam yacht, 
"L rii Cita," followed by the sloop "Amy." a 
fast racer and crusier, which he purchased in 
1S94, and with which he won several prizes. 
In 1898 he came into possession of the schooner 
yacht "Rusalka," a powerful boat in her class. 
Later he had the '"Ingomar,"" a magnificently 
fitted schooner yacr.t ; name he changed to 
"Esperanza." His captain, Lewis II. Tilling- 
hast, of Fawtuxet, is one of the best known 
racing yachtsmen on this coast. 

Mr. Ohiey attended the First Congregational 
Church, L'nitarian. Christianity was to him 
the embodiment of the highest principles of 
man's duty to man, and he endeavored to ex- 
emplify his faith in his daily walk. His home 
life was in keeping with the rest of his char- 
acter, even and beautiful, his devotion to his 
loved ones vying with their devotion to him. 
When he was taken away in the very prime 
of his life, many sincere and beautiful tributes 
were made to his memory. He was buried in 
Swan Point cemetery, with the same lack of 
pomp and display which characterized him 
through life, but the hearts in Providence who 
knew him need the recollections of no elab- 
orate funeral services to fix his name in their 

We append herewith some of the many ex- 
pressions of sympathy which poured in from 
all sides at the announcement of }vlr. Olney's 
taking away, in the very prime of his man- 
hood and usefulness. The Providence Journal 
said in part: 

It is almost, if not entirely, possible to say of Col. 
Olney, that he did not possess an enemy in the 
worlti. If he liad enemies, they were men who did 
not now him personally, for all animosity would 
disappear noon contact with the man. He was of 
an unusually lovable disposition. kind-h^.arted and 
generous to a fault and with the exuberant and 
happy spirit of a boy only half concealed behind 
the manner of a man of the world. It seemed his 
delight to alTord happiness to others: he was a 
charming companion, and as a bust his bountiful 
hospitality, dispensed with the manner of sincere 

enjoyment, was not a matter easily to be forgotten. 
Plis philanthropic disposition found continuous ex- 
ercise; his gifts to various charities v.'ere not small; 
and never ending little acts of kindness to poor 
people won for him a host of humble friends who 
sincerely mourn liiiu. 

Among the resolutions of regret passed by 
his fellow workers in the public service, we 
give those received from the Republican City 
Committee, the Police Cotnmission and the 
Board of Park Commissioners: 

Resolved, That we, members of the Republican 
City Committee of the City of Providence, moved 
with deep sorrow by the sudden death of our fel- 
low citizen, Frank Fuller Olney, desire to record 
our profound affection, admiration and respect for 
him as a man, a public official and co-worker in 
the ranks of the Republican party. 

His lil'e atYords an inspiring example of the citi- 
zen of independent means, unsparingly devoting 
his time and energies to the public service, ani- 
mated by no selfish purpose, but by a high sense 
of civic duty. The positinns of honor and respon- 
sibility to which he was from time to time called, 
he accepted without a thought of the persona! sac- 
rifices the}' involved, and discharged his public 
duties with courage, justice and wisdom. Full of 
love and loyalty for the State to which he was 
bound by ties of birth and family history, he was 
ever alert to advance its glory and guard its honor. 
Secuud only to his patriotism was his devotion to 
the principles of the Republican party, to which he 
gave a lifelong fidelity, and the Republicans of 
Providence will e\er remember with gratitude the 
successful services he rendered during the fourteen 
years as Chairman of this committee. Generous, 
broad-minded and warm-hearted, he was beloved 
by all who knew him, and his memory will long 
be cherished by the people of this city and State, 
for whose interests he ever labored. 

Whereas, The P.oard of Police Commissioners 
for the City of Providence has learned with feel- 
ings of deepest sorrow and regret of the removal 
by death of one of its members, and 

Whereas, By the death of Frank Fuller Olney 
this Board has lost a stanch friend and earnest 
worker and the city of Providence a public servant 
who has labored zealously for the improvement of 
the several city and State departments with which 
he was connected, therefore be it 

Resolved, That we, the members of the Board of 
Police Commissioners for the city of Providence, 
do hereby express our profound sorrow and regret 
at the death of our beloved associate. During the 
two years of service as Chairman of the Board, he 
gave the closest attention to every detail of work at 
great persona! sacrifice, that he might counsel 
wisely when the time lor action arrived. He was 
always courteous to people who had occasion to 
call uprm him and his kind words and ready re- 
sponse to those in need of material assistance will 
cause him to be remembered with love and rever- 
ence by hundreds of beneficiaries. 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
sent to the family of Mr. C)lney. 

Whereas. The' Board of Park Commissioners 
learn with feelings of the deepest sorrow of the 
death of Frank Fuller Olney, a member of the 
Board since January 7, 1895, and its Presiilent since 
January 10, 1903, and whereas by the death of 
Frank Fuller Oincy this Board has lost a valued 



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iiK-nitn'r and the city of Providence an earnest 
»..rker. who faithfully labored for the improvement 
,,f the f'arks of this city, as well as for its highest 
iiitiTi't^ in all other departments, therefore be it 

KcMilved, That we, the members of tlie Board of 
r.irk Commissioners of the city of Providence, do 
hereby express our heartfelt sorrow and regret at 
the death of our beloved associate. 

Resolved, That on the minutes of this meeting be 
entered the sincere regrets of his associates, with 
their appreciation of his ability and courtesy as 
presiding officer of this Board, and his devotion 
to the work of the commission, and also that a 
copy of these resolutions be sent to the family of 
the deceased President. 

The iMrst Light Infantry Regiment gave ap- 
propriate expression to tlieir feelings in the 
nicniorial service held in the Captain's honor 
at the Church of Our Savior on Monday, De- 
cember 14, 1903. The entire regiment was 
present in full dress uniform, Chaplain W'hitte- 
more preached tlie sermon, and the simple 
services were such as tlie one whose memory 
they honored would himself have chosen. 
\\'hat he was to his comrades in that organiza- 
tion is indicated in the resolutions they adopted : 

We, the members of the First Light Infantry 
Regiment of Providence, Rhode Island, in appre- 
ciation of our great loss in the death of our com- 

Frank Fuller Olney, 
in meeting assembled have 

Resolved. That we can not adequately express 
our grief that there should be taken from us one 
who, for more than twenty consecutive years, gave 
his constant thought and energy for the success of 
this Regiment, which as private and officer he 
served loyally and faithfully. 

Resolved. That we dv.ell with loving memory 
upon those genial traits 01 his character which 
endeared him to all, and with pride upon those 
abilities by which our comrade merited and attained 
the highest civic honors. 

Resolved, That we will endeavor to maintain the 
enthusiasm which he inspired by striving earnestly 
for the welfare of the regiment he so dearly loved. 
For the Regiment, 
Walter J. Comstock, John .-\. S. Gammons, 

Walter J. Lewis. John E. Pickup, 

Samuel A. Howland, Frederick Hayes, 

Herbert A. Daniels, John C. Pegram, Jr., 

J. Henry Davenport, F. Lee Whittemore. 

The Rhode Island Yacht Club sent the fol- 
lowing : 

Whereas, Frank Fuller Olney, Commodore of 
the Rhode Island Yacht Club, since February 24, 

1902, died at his home in Providence, October 24, 

1903, anil whereas the Rhode Island Yacht Club 
has sustained a most severe loss in the removal of 
one so esteemed and beloved by all. and one who 
took such an active personal interest in the affairs 
of this club and gave to it his generous support, 
therefore be it 

Resolved, That we, the members of the Rhode 
Island Yacht Club, place on record this expression 
of profound sorrow for our loss, and be it further 
resolved that we hereby express sincerest sympa- 

thy, to the family of our late Commodore, and that 
a copy of these resolutions be engrossed and for- 
warded to them. 

Mr. C)hiey married, in Pro\'idence, Lizzie 
F., daughter of George Smith and Abigail 
(Livermore) Dow (see Dow XI). Children, 
born in Providence: i. Lizzie Florence, horn 
January 4. 1S73 ; married Robert lUakely 
Crawford, M. D., of Houston, Texas, and 
Keswick, \'irginia; twins — Robert Blakely, Jr., 
August 18, 1910, and Thomas Olney, August 
18, 1910. 2. Elam Ward, born June 30, 1874, 
died August 31, 1874. 3. Elam Ward, born 
November 28, 1875 ; was a member of the firm 
of Congdoii & Olney, I'rovidence, and is now 
engaged in business in New York City ; mar- 
ried Ada Blackford, and they have children: 
Flam \\".. died in infancy, and Elam W., born 
February 23, 1907. 

(The Dow Line). 

The surname Dow is of ancient English 
origin, dating back to the very beginning of the 
use of family names. 

(I) John Dow, the English ancestor to 
whom the American family traces its ancestry, 
died at Tylner, Norfolk county, England, in 
July, 15S1, and was buried July 7, 15S1. His 
will mentions two brothers, William and 
Thomas Dow, and children : Thomas, men- 
tioned below ; John, Edith. 

(II) Thomas, son of John Dow, was born 
in Tylner, Englaml, and lived afterward in 
Runham, Norfolk. He married Margaret 
. Children : i. Henry, mentioned be- 
low. 2. Christopher, had nine children. 3. 
Daughter, married Stephen Farrar. 4. Daugh- 
ter, married March. 

fill) Henry, son of Thomas Dow. was 
born in county Norfolk, England, and resided 
at Runham in that county. He married Eliz- 
abeth . Children: i. Thomas, men- 
tioned below. 2. Henry, born about 1608; set- 
tled in Hampton, New Hampshire. 3. Ed- 
ward. 4. Mary. 5. Francis. 6. William. 

(I\") Thomas (2), son of Henry Dow, was 
the immigrant ancestor of this branch. He 
was an early settler of Newbury, Massachu- 
setts, and was ailmitted a freeman June 22. 
1642. He bought a house and land there in 
1648. Later he removed to Haverhill, where 
he died Mav 31, 1^54. His nuncupative will 
was dated May 20. 1654. and proved February 
2, 1656. He married Phcbe , who mar- 
ried (second) John Eaton, of Haverhill. No- 
vember 20, 166 1. Children: i. John. 2. 
Thomas, died June 21, 1676. 3. Stephen, men- 
tioned below. 4. Mary, born .^pril 26, 1644. 
5. Martha, June i, 1648. 



(\') Stephen, son of Thomas (2) Dow, was 
born March 22, 1(^42, died July 13. 1717. He 
iiiarried (first) Anna Storie, and (second) 
Joanna Hutchins. 

(\'I) John, son of Stephen Dow, was horn 
July 13, 1675; married Sarah Brown. 

(\'II) Joseph, son of John Dow. was born 
April 21, 1699; married Judith Bootman. 

(VIII) Henry, son of Joseph Dow, wnose 
birth date is unknown, married Mary Emery. 

(IX) Joseph, son of Henry Dow, was born 
August 21, 1785. married Charlotte Smith. 

(X) George Smith, son of Joseph Dow, 
married Abigail Livermore (see Livermore 

(XI) Lizzie F., daughter of George Smith 
Dow. married Colonel Frank Fuller Olney 
(see Olney IX). 

(The Livermore Line). 

(I) John Livermore. the immigrant ances- 
tor, was born in England, and sailed from the 
port of Ipswich in .April, 1634. at the age of 
t\vent}--eight years in the ship "Francis." He 
mairied Grace Sherman, daughter of Edmund 
and Grace (Makin) Sherman, of Dedham and 
Colchester, county Essex, England. Her 
father also came in 1634 and he died at New 
Haven, Connecticut, in 1641. Livermore was 
admitted a freeman, May 6, 1635. In the same 
year he went to \\'etlicr=field, Connecticut, and 
in 1638-30 he was one of the original settlers 
of New Haven, Connecticut, and signed the 
fundamental agreement. His home lot was on 
the west side of Fleet street, next but one to 
the harbor. He was a potter bv trade. He 
became a prominent citizen and held the office 
of selectman and other offices ; and was admit- 
ted a freeman. OctoI)er 29. 1640, and took the 
oath of fidelity, July i, 1644. In 1646 he was 
corporal of the New Haven Company, resign- 
ing in 1647. He removed to W'atertown, \la.s- 
sachusetts, where he was on jury dutv in July, 
i'')53 : and he owned two acres on the east side 
of Fresh Pond and other lands in W'atertown ; 
he* was constable there in 1654 and for several 
years afterward, selectman in 1665-66-67-68- 
69 and on the prudential committee in 1668. 
John Livermore died April 14, 16)84. aged 
seventy-eight, and his will was proved June 
16. 1684. His wife Grace died at Chelmsford. 
Jatniary 14. 1690, and her will was dated De- 
cember 19, 1690 and proved in June. 1691. 
Children: Plannah, born 1633: Elizabeth; 
Sarah ; John ; Nathaniel : Samuel, born May 
II, 1640, at New Haven: Daniel, baptized at 
New Haven, October 7, 1643; Mary, baptized 
September 12. 1647; E<lmund. born at ^V'ater- 
town, March 8, 1659: Martha. 

(II) Samuel, son of John Livermore, was 
born in 1640 ; married Anna Bridge. 

(III) Thomas, son of Samuel Livermore, 
born January 5, 1675; married Mary Bright. 

(I\') Elisha, son of Thomas Livermore, 
was born January 9, 1720; married Sarah 

( \' ) Abijah, son of Elisha Livermore, was 
born December, 1745: married ]^Iary Di.x. 

(\T) Elisha (2), son of Abijah Livermore, 
married (first) Elizabeth Cove, and (second) 
Sarah Hubbard. 

(\TI) -Abigail, daughter of Elisha Liver- 
more. married George Smith Dow (see Dow 

The immigrant ancestor of this 
WEEKES branch of the family is said to 

have been of "an ancient and 
honorable Devonsh.ire family" whose original 
name was Wrey. This family had its seat at 
North W'yke, in Tawton Hundred, about 
twenty miles west of the city of Exeter, dur- 
ing the latter part of the fourteenth century. 
Also there is a tradition that George Weekes 
was of Huguenot origin, while still another 
says he was descended from the Dutch re- 
fugees from the persecutions of the Duke of 
Alva. The name has been spelled in various 
ways — W'yke, W'ykes, W'ikes. W'eek, Weeks, 
and W'eekes. It is a very ancient surname in 

(I) (jeorge W'eekes, the immigrant ances- 
tor, came to Dorchester, Massachusetts, in the 
ship with Rev. Richard Mather, in 1635. Ac- 
cording to tradition there were four brothers 
who came together, and one was drowned 
in landing, one settled near Boston, one went 
east and one southwest. Thomas of Hunt- 
ington, Long Island, and Francis of Oyster 
Bay, Long Island, and Edwin, of Maine, are 
thought to have been brothers of George, 
while the one who was drowned may have 
been Joseph, aged twenty-six, mentioned as 
an emigrant in 1635, of whom no further 
trace has been found. One historian says that 
George was about forty years old when he 
came to America, and that he had two or three 
children then. He is spoken of as "a. man in 
high estimation, of a religious family," and 
he was prominent in the colony, having a fine 
education for the times. He and his wife 
were admitted to the church December 21, 
1639, and he was made freeman May 13, 1640. 
He held various town offices ; was selectman 
in 1645-47-48, and perhaps other years: he 
also serv'ed as surveyor, and was often on com- 
missions to lay out roads and to make boun- 
daries. He was interested in public schools, 


1 139 

ami Iiis name is recorded several times in con- 
tuctlon with the subject of free public schools, 
lie was one of the signers of a conveyance in 
1*141 of Thompson's Island to the town for 
siliool purposes, in Dorchester. He owned 
several tracts of land. He died December 28, 
lO^o, anil his widow married rs second wife 
Jonas Humphrey; he died March 19, 1662, 
and she died August 2. 166S, leaving a will. 
The de-cendants of George spell the name both 
Weeks and Weekes. George Weekes married 
Jane Clapp, sister of Captain Roger Clapp, 
who came in the "Mary and John'' from Sal- 
combe Regis, Devonshire, England. Chil- 
dren : William, Jane and Ammicl, born in 
h'ngland ; Joseph, born in Dorchester. 

(II) Aminiel, son of George \\"eekes, was 
born in England, in 1633. He and his wife 
were admitted to the Dorchester church May 
iS, 1656, and he was made freeman May 6, 
1657. He is first mentioned in 1657, when he 
owned land in the town. He served as con- 
stable in 1673, and the same year was on a 
commission to run a town line, again in 1674 
and 1678 ; he also held various other positions 
of trust. From the inventory of his estate 
he also was a surveyor, as was his father. He 
died April 20, 1679, aged forty-six years, and 
his wife was administratrix on his estate. On 
January 13, 171S-9. she testified in regard to 
the identification of John Glover's property, 
and signed her mark, because of her age or 
sickness, as she knew how to write. She died 
April 10, 1723. aged eighty-nine years, and 
was buried beside her husband in the south- 
west part of the old graveyard in Stoughton 
street, near Upham's corner. Ammiel Weekes 

married Elizabeth . One writer says 

that her surname was Gore, and that she was 
the first child born in Boston, but this is not 
correct, as there was no family by that name 
in Boston then, and John Gore, the first settler 
by that name, lived in Roxbury and had no 
daughter EHzabeth. The first child named 
Elizabeth, recorded as born in Boston, al- 
though not the first child born there, who 
could have been in th'- ninetieth year of her 
age in 1723, was the daughter of William and 
Elizabeth Aspinwall, born September 30. 1633. 
William .\spinwall was deacon of the Charles- 
town church in 1629, before he moved to Bos- 
ton ; he was acti'.'e in the controversy concern- 
ing Mrs. .Vnne Hutchinson, and for his part in 
it he was disfranchised, disarmed and ban- 
ished ; he went to Rhode Island, where he was 
first secretary of the colony, and later re- 
turned to England. Peter Aspinwall. prob- 
ably a relative of William, was one of the 
sureties on thebond of Elizabeth Weekes, and 
this helps the theory that she was daugiiter of 

William .Vspinwall. Children of Ammiel and 
F.lizabeth: William, baptized August 26, 1655; 
I'llizabeth, baptized September 14, 1656, died 
young; Elizabeth, baptized October 17, 1657; 
Thankful, born .April 24, 1660; Ammiel, men- 
tioned below; Ebenezer, born May 15, 1C165; 
Joseph, September 3, 1C67; Supply, August 
2b, 167 1 ; Thomas, November 20, 1673; Han- 
nah, May 14, 1676, died August 3. 16S3. 

(Ill) Ammiel (2), son of Ammiel (i) 
Weekes, was born in Dorchester, September 
15, and baptized September 21, 1662. He 
served in the expedition to Canada, enlisting 
October 3, 1690, under Captain John Withing- 
ton, with his brothers Joseph and Thomas. 
He married, March 2. 16S2-3, Abigail Tres- 
cott, who was born September 9, 1656. In 
1736 their son George was the only child liv- 
ing, as shown by a deed registered inA^'orce5- 
ler county to Timothy Green of lands which 
.•\mmiel the father had received for his serv- 
ices in Canada. Chiklren, born in Dorchester: 
Ammiel, February 26, 1683-4; Abigail, April 
29, 1687; George, mentioned below; Mehitabel, 
twin of George. 

(I\') George, son of Ammiel (2) W^eekes, 
was born in Dorchester, March 20, 168S-Q. He 
lived in Boston for a time, and .in 1714 moved 
to Harwich. Massachusetts, Barnstable countv. 
He was dismissed from the Old South church 
in Boston, 2vlarch 27, 1720. to join the Har- 
wich church, "North Side," now in Brewster. 
He moved to the south part of the town, where 
he carried on a farm, and many of his 
descendants still live there. Although he did 
not have what is called a liberal education, he 
read many theological works of the dav and 
knew the Scriptures well. In 1730 he began 
preaching to tlie Indians, although not or- 
dained as a minister, and at his own expense 
built a church for them. Also occasionallv he 
jjreached at his house for his neighbors, as the 
distance to the clnirch was far for some, in a 
parish of twenty-three square miles. Mr. 
Stone, the pastor, objected, however, and sent 
him a letter of remonstrance. Later Mr. 
Stone complained to the church, saying that 
"the commission in Matt. 28: 19 cannot be 
given to people in common, but to some dis- 
tinguished qualifierl persons"; that Mr. 
Weekes had "no more if so much as early 
common education" ; that "the making of the 
ministers of the lowest of the people is in 
scriptures disallowed"; that he had "preached 
to a people of whom I have the pastoral 
charge, without my leave, ami against my de- 
clared mind"; that if any one was allowed to 
preach, "what then becomes of the pastoral 
office ?" A few years later Mr. Weekes took 
pity on an unfortunate woman and sheltered 



her and her chiltl in his house, giving- her em- 
ployment. Others, disapproving of tliis act, 
refused to remain at comnumion with hini, and 
he consequently stayeil away. When a,--ked 
for an account for his absence he made ex- 
planations which were accepted, but he was 
advised to dismiss the woman from his service, 
and to "avoid her conversation as much as is 
convenient, or at least inform us of your rea- 
sons wiiich prevent you from doing this if 
you think proper." He evidently was far 
ahead of his times in his ideas of the duties 
of Christianity. The troubles with the min- 
isters and others at this time doubtless were 
the cause of the cloudings of his mind whicli 
came upon him in the latter part of his 
hfe. He spent a good part of the time in aim- 
less wanderings about the countr\-, and died 
of e.xpobiire to cold in the low ground south 
of Harwich Academy, known now as 
W'eekes's Hollow, being at that time over 
eighty years of age. In 1726 he preached a 
sermon on occasion of the remarkable preser- 
vation of Ebenezer Taylor, who was buried in 
a deep well for ten hours, and this has been 
reprinted with an essay entitled "A Parent's 
Advice to his Children," and a sketch of his 
life by Sidney Brooks, a descendant. This is 
the only family to keep the spelling Weekes. 
He married, October 15, 1714, Deborah, 
daughter of Ananias ^^'ing. She was born in 
May, 1687, and died Februar)- 9, 1725-6. Chil- 
dren : Abigail, born August 29, 1715: Mehita- 
bel, April 21, 1717; Deborah, born July 26, 
1718; .Ammiel, mentioned below; Hannah, 
September 21, 1721 ; Elizabeth, September 16, 
1724; son, January 24, 1725-6, died soon. 

(V) Deacon Ammiel Weekes (3), son of 
George Weekes, was born in Harwich, April 
10, 1720, and died February 12, 1804. He 
was a farmer, and also made salt of sea water. 
He was a deacon of the church and very con- 
scientious in his religion. He resigned his 
oftice as constable rather than collect taxes 
for the support of the gospel, and he was very 
strict in his regard for the Sabbath. As the 
observance of Sun<tay began Saturday even- 
ing, in order to commence, "every Saturday 
afternoon, while the sun was yet high, he 
would come in from his work, wash, shave, 
take his frugal supper of bread and milk, and 
sit down to the reading of his F.ible.'' He 
married, March 2, 1742-3. Phebe, daughter 
of Jonathan Smalley, whose son Jonathan 
married Hannah, sister of .-\mmiel. She was 
born in 1717. and died April 21, 1793. Chil- 
dren, born in Harwich : Isaac, mentioned be- 
lov,- ; Phebe, born June 6. i7-;o; Deborah, Jan- 
uary II, 1751; -Ammiel, Jaimary 11, 1754; 

Ebenezer, born September 11, 1755; Mehita- 
bel, August 9, 1758. 

(VI) Isaac, son of Ammiel (3) Weekes, 
was born in Harwich, April 11, 1747, and died 
July 12, 1792. He married, July, 1775, Thank- 
ful Nickerson. Children, born in Harwich: 
Reuben, mentioned below^ ; Jemima, born 1778 ; 
Isaac, May 19, 1780; Deborah, married Isaiah 

(\'IIj Reuben, son of Isaac Weekes, was 
born in Harwich October 15, 1776, and was 
drowned May 19, iSoo. Fie was a sea cap- 
tain, and lived at Pocasset, Massachusetts. 
He married, September 21, 1797, Anna Bur- 
gess, born June 16, 1770, died February 21, 
1S43. She married (second) Seth Cobb. 
Children: Thankful, born March 12, 1799; 
Reuben, mentioned below. 

(VIII) Reuben (2), son of Reuben (i) 
Weekes, was born August 12, iSoo, and died 
August 30, 1856. He was a mason at Po- 
casset, and at Providence, Rhode Island. He 
married Anne Perry Bliss, who was l)orn No- 
vember 3, 179S, and died December 9, 1880. 
Children : Ardelia Perry, born at Pocasset, 
January 17, 1820; Jemima Nickerson, at Po- 
casset, November 3, 1821 ; Silas Bliss, men- 
tioned below; George Reed, Providence, May 

18, 1830; Emily Anne Frances, November 25, 
1835; Edwin Elliott, May 30, 1841. 

(IN) Silas Bliss, son of Reuben (2) 
Weekes, was born at Pocasset, iMassachusetts, 
July 10, 1824. \Vhen he was three years old 
he came with his parents to Providence, Rhode 
Island, where he received his early education 
in the jiublic schools. Afterward he learned 
the trade of carpenter, and became a promi- 
nent builder and contractor in Providence. 
He was active in public affairs, a Jacksonian 
Democrat in politics, and represented the 
ward in the city council. He was a member 
of the Temple of Honor. In religion he was 
a Methodist. He was of attractive personality, 
an able, upright man of business, a good citi- 
zen and popular among all classes of men. 

He marrierl (first) December 25, 1843. Abby 
B. Rhodes, of Providence, and (second) May 

19, 1851, Susan Tennant Wilmarth, who was 
born December 23, 1831. Children of second 
marriage: Ida Bliss, born March 4, 1S54; 
Reuben De Motte, mentioned below ; Anna 
Cora Mort, born February 26, 1S60. 

(X) Reuben De Motte. son of Silas Bliss 
Weekes. was born in Providence, March 5, 
1859, and received his early education there 
in the public schools. He began to work for 
the Rhode Island Tool Company, and while 
employed by this concern he assisted in the 
manufacture of guns for the Turkish govern- 


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iiient. During three years and a half he was 
irij^aged in the hay and grain business with 
Mnnroo & Osier, on Canal street. In 18S0 
he had joined the fire department as a call 
man, and in 1882 he became a hoseman on 
regular duty. For seven years he was driver 
ii{ the chemical engine. Subsequently he was 
[inpointed lieutenant of Hose Company Xo. 4, 
and in 1S96 he became its captain. In Decem- 
ber, IQ05, he was made district chief of the 
iire department, and since July 5, 1909, he has 
jcen chief of the Provifle:ice I'ire Department. 
hie is a member of What Cheer Lodge. Indc- 
:iendent Order, of Odd Fellows, and attends 
:he Hope Street Congregational Church. He 
i> a member of the Central Club, of Provi- 
lence. In politics he is a Republican. Mr. 
^\'cekcs is personally popular not only among 
lis subordinates in the fire department and 
lis associates in the city government, but 
miong all classes of men. He has adminis- 
ired the affairs of his department with con- 
-picuous ability and kept the reputation of the 
lepartment as one of the best in the country 
For cities of this class. 

He married, February 17, 1891, Lizzie May 
^\'eek-s, who was born September 25, 1872. 
laughter of Edwin and Lucy (\\''ittum) 
A'eeks. Lucy Wittum was daughter of Daniel 
nid Abigail (McLaughlin") Wittum, of St. 
stejihen. New Brunswick. The Weeks family 
vas prominent for generations among the old 
lamilies of Nantucket. Child: John Milton, 
)orn April 30, 1894. 

The surname Chapman is 
CHAPMAN derived from the Anglo- 
Saxon, Ceapman. meaning 
rader or merchant. The German Kaufmann 
las the same definition. Most of the immi- 
grants of the name who came to New England 
■vere from the northeast part of England, 
'I'orkshire, Lincolnshire, etc. 

(I) Edward Chapman, the immigrant an- 
:estor, came from Yorkshire, England, not far 
from Hull, and is thought to have landed in 
Boston about 1639. He evidently settled in 
Rowley, -Massachusetts, and bought land in 
ivhat is now Linebrook parish, some miles 
from Ipswich. He was a miller and a farmer, 
fie is supposed to have been of the colony 
jf Rev. Nathaniel Rogers, of Ipswich, or to 
Tave joined it soon after its settlement in 
f^owley. In 1(^44 he was a grantee of Ipswich, 
tie purchased various lots of land in Ipswich, 
nvesting not only his own money, but the 
Tioney left his children by their grandfather, 
Nfark Symonds, in order to have property 
ready for them when they should need it. 
His son Nathaniel sued him for his share, 

when he married, and a committee divided the 
land into five parts for each of the children, 
though Nathaniel seems to have been the only 
one to take his share, the others leaving the 
land in their father's care. "He was an in- 
dustrious, energetic Christian, cautious, firm, 
and decided in his opinions, wlio preferred to 
keep his property in his own hands till his 
children learned to earn their living and take 
care of their own earnings.'' His will was 
dated April 9. 1678, and proved .April 30, 1678. 
Pie died April 18, 1678. 

He married (first) in Rowley. March. 1642, 
Mary, daughter of Mark Symonds, of 
Ipswich ; Mark Symonds w as born in England 
in 1584, ilied April 23, 1659; his wife Joanna 
died .\pril 25, 1660. Mary (Symonds) Chap- 
man died June 10, 165S. He married (sec- 
ond) Dorothy, daughter of Richard Swan,- 
and widow of Thomas .-\bbot, of Rowley. She 
married (third) November 13, 1678, Arche- 
laus Woodman, of Newbury. Children by 
first wife: Simon (or Symonds), born at Row- 
ley, 1643; Mary, born September 22, 1648; 
Nathaniel, married Mary Wilborn ; Samuel, 
mentioned below ; John, married Rebecca 

(II) Samuel, son of Edward Chapman, was 
born in 1655. died January 26, 1722, aged si.x- 
ty-seven years. He was a wheelwright and 
farmer. He joined the church in 1673, at 
Ipswich. He moved to Hampton, soon after 
1700, on Brumble Hill, now in North Hamp- 
ton. According to tradition he was persuaded 
to leave home because of the danger from 
witchcraft pro.-ecution at the time. His widow 
declined to administer his estate, so his sons 
Joseph and Samuel were appointed adminis- 
trators, and they made a return of the in- 
\entory, June i, 1724. He was an influential 
man in the community. In May, 1719, he 
presented to the council of New Hampshire a 
petition for a meeting house to be erected in 
the town of North Hill. Although the peti- 
tion was granted, unforeseen difficulties de- 
layed the building of the church until sixteen 
years after his death. He married (first) 
at Ipswich. May 20, 167S. Ruth, daughter of 
Samuel Ingalls, and she died June 22, 1700, 
at Ipswich. He married (second) Phebe 

. Children by first wife, born in 

Ipswich : Samuel, mentioned below ; John, 
married Dorothy Chase ; Joseph, born April 
6, i(')S5 ; Ruth, born January 10, 1686-87; Ed- 
ward, (lied at Ipswich, October 17, 168S; 
Mary, born January 2, i'')90-9i ; Job, born 
about 1693: Edmund, born about 1697. 

(HI) Samuel (2). son of Samuel (i) Chap- 
man, was born in Ipswich, February 12, 1679, 
died April 21, 1742, in Greenland, Massachu- 

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setts, where he was a farmer. He left prop- 
erty to many heirs. He settled first in Hamp- 
ton, Massachusetts, living there about iweh'e 
years before moving' to Greenland. He was 
a cordwainer in Hampton. He married, 
March ii, 1702, Phcbc IJalch, widow, daugh- 
ter of Pennel. She was from I^Ian- 

chester, Massachusetts, and died in Greenland, 
April II, 173S. On May 25, 1696, she signed 
a deed as Phebe Pennel, showing that within 
six years she married, was mai'e a widow and 
married again. Children, born in Hampton : 
Phebe, December 29, 1702; Paul, November 
4, 1704; Samuel, mentioned below: Martha, 
September 9, 170S; Pennel, May 23, 1711; 
Joseph, June 10, 1713; Benjamin, baptized 
1717; Jonathan, baptized 171Q; Ruth, baptized 
1 7 19; .\bigail, born 1721. 

(1\') Samuel (_3). son of Samuel (2) Chap- 
man, was born in Hampton, Massachusetts, 
December 7, 1706, died when aged about 
ninety years, in Dan\ille, Vermont. He settled 
in Newmarket, Massachu.-etts, about 1730, 
where he was a farmer, and seems to have 
been successful and influential. After his sec- 
ond marriage he moved to Stratham, Massa- 
chusetts, where for years he was prominent 
and active in town affairs. Through his trust 
in others he lost his property late in life, and 
then moved to northern \'ermont, in Danville, 
with his daugluer Hannah's husband, and 
there lived the remainder of his life in the 
cold climate, aided by his children in New- 
market. The settlers in Danville had to en- 
dure many privations and much suffering dur- 
ing the lirst years. He married (nrst) 

York, and he married (second) about 1760, a 
widow with children. Children by first wife, 
born in Newmarket : John, July 5, 1730; Mary, 
March S, 1732; Samuel, March 9, 1734; Ben- 
jamin, mentioned below; Phebe, June 10, 
1739, died r^Iay 14, 1750; Edmund, February 
i8, 1741 ; Noah, March 24, 1743. killed in the 
house by lightning, August 8, 1759; Elizabeth, 
January 14, 1745, died May 30, 1760; Rev. 
Eliphaz, March 7, 1747; Martha, August 11, 
1749; Da\id, December 7, 1752. By second 
wife, born in Stratham.: Ilannah, married 

(V) Benjamin, son of Samuel (3) Chap- 
man, was born in Newmarket, January 4, 1737. 
He was a farmer in Newmarket. He married 
Mary Brackett. Children, born in Newmar- 
ket: Paul, November 9. 1761 ; Lydia : Noah; 
John: Jo>epl;, mentioned below. 

(VI) Joseph, son of Benjamin Chapman, 
was born in Newmarket, settled in Meredith. 
He died July 24, 1822. He married (first) 
about 1792, Polly Ray, who died about 1810. 
He married (second) Olive Dustin, and she 

married (second) October 2, 1S23, Asa Eager, 
of Meredith Bridge, and had other children. 
Children by first wife, born in Meredith: 
Polly, 1794; Eben, mentioned below; Sally, 
179S; Betsey, 1800; Joseph, 1802; John, 1804; 
Christopher C, 1806 ; Nancy, 180S. By second 
wife: Benjamin P., 1813. 

(\'n) Eben, son of Joseph Chapman, was 
born in 1796 at Meredith, New Hampshire. 
He married Adelaine, daughter of Joseph 
Neal, who owned large stock farms in Mere- 
dith. He was a farmer in Meredith. Children 
of Eben Chapman : i. Joseph G., born in Mere- 
dith, New Hampshire, 1822, died October 21, 
18S7: married (first) 1S45, Lydia L. Perkins; 
she died 1848; one cliild, Mary A., died at one 
year of age: he married (second) 1S49. ^^ary 
F. Bean and had six children: Addie ^L, born 
1850, drowned at two years of age; Jennie D., 
born 1852 (IMrs. H. .A. Avery, of Belmont, 
New Hampshire) ; Charles L. N., born' 1S54; 
George E., born 1855; J. Judson, born 1857; 
Harry ^L 2. Mary A., born 1826; married 
Joel Tebbeth in 1852; he died in 1861, and 
had two children, Abbie and John H., w-ho are 
living in the west. 3. John Neal, mentioned 
below. 4. A. L. Josephine, born 1843; niar- 
ried George Bryant, 1S63. in Meredith, New 
Hampshire, and had three children : George 
E., born 1S64; Mary D. M., born 186S; Wini- 
fred, born in Chicago. 

(\'HI) John Neal, son of Eben Chapman, 
was born in Meredith, New Hampshire, in 
1829, died ^Lay 11. 1896. He attended the 
public schools of his native town, and at the 
age of fifteen left home to enter the employ 
of Jones, Ball & Poor, jewelers, in Boston, 
Massachusetts. Afterward he entered the em- 
jiloy of Bigelow & Kennard, jewelers, Boston. 
In 1855 ^'^ organized the firm of Bailey, Kettle 
& Chapman, jewelers, and the firm established 
a store at the corner of Bromfield and Wash- 
ington streets. Boston. The firm was dis- 
solved in 1857 and during the next three years 
Mr. Chapman was with the firm of Jarvis & 
Cormerais. dealers in glassware. He then en- 
gaged in the glassware business on his own 
account and continued for many years. He 
was a member of Columbia Lodge, Free and 
Accepted Masons; St. PauFs Chapter. Royal 
Arch Masons: Council, Royal and Select Mas- 
ters : Boston Commander}-. Knights Templar : 
and of the Park Street Congregational Church, 

He married. May 23.* 1855, Hannah Holmes 
Dana, born September 19, 1832, in Boston, 
ilaughter of Luther Dana (see Dana). Chil- 
dren: I. Helen Dana, born September 16, 
1856: married Henry Cormerais, nephew of 
the junior partner of Jarvis &: Cormerais; 



cliiliJrcn: Henry D. Cormcrais, member of the 
I'ifth Regiment Massachusetts Vohmteer 
Militia, niarric'l Grace Walker; Elizabeth Cor- 
li't-rais.' 2. Luther Dana, born at Boston, 
M.-ir'ch I, 1858; married Georgianna Libby ; 
ihililrcn:' Lawrence D. and Marion Standish 
Chapman. 3. Hannah Laura, born February 
o-,' i860; married Colonel Charles E. Hap- 
fjood, superintendent of the Soldiers Home, 
(. hclsea, Ma--'5achusetts, where he died ; a vel- 
cr.-in of the civil war, colonel of the Fifth 
Xew Hampshire Regiment; child, Charles 
Louis. 4. John Francis, born December 12, 
lS^)i, died January, icjoS. at Louisville, Ken- 
tucky. 5. Sarah .Mice, born January 30. 18^8; 
iiiari'ied John Sumner IMiles, who died m 

(The Dana Line). 

(I) Richard Dana, the immigrant ancestor, 
is thought to be the ancestor of all the Dana 
families in this country. He came to Cam- 
bridge, Massachusetts, in 1640, from England, 
according to tradition, which also says liis 
father was a native of France who went to 
England because of religious persecutions. In 
some records the date of Richard Dana's birth 
is given as 1620. In 1652, in tlie division of 
Shawsheen, he received twenty acres, and in 
November, 1661, he was constable. In 1665 
he was surveyor of highways, and the same 
years he was allotted ten acres. In .\pril. 166S, 
he was tythingman ; he also was selectman 
and grand juror. In December, 16S3, he had 
fifteen acres for services to the town. Most 
of his land was south of the Charles rivcr, if 
not all of it, in the part now called Brighton. 
On /\pril 20, 1656, he deeded fifty-eight acres 
of land to Edw.ird Jackson. He died .\pril 2, 
1690, of injuries received from falling from 
a scaffold in his barn, and an inquest was 
called by Lieutenant Governor Thomas Dan- 
torth. The inventory of his estate was dated 
.\ugust 2, 1690, and the estate settled .April 
16, 1691. He married, probably in 164S, .\nne 
Bullard, of Cambridge, and she died July 15, 
171 1. He and his wife were members in full 
communion of the church.. Children, born in 
Cambridge: John, December 15, 1649. died 
August 12, 1650; Hannah, May S, 1651 ; 
Samuel, .August 13, 1653, died 1653; Jacob, 
mentioned below; Joseph, March 21, 1656; 
Abiah, March 21, 1656, died October 10. 1608; 
Benjamin, February 20, if;6o; Elizabeth, Feb- 
ruary 20, 1662; Daniel, March 20, 1663; De- 
liverance, May 8, 1667; Sarah, January i, 
1^)69, died January 11. i66g. 

(II) Jacob, son of Richard Dana, was born 
in Cambridge, December 2, 1654. <!ied Decem- 
ber, iCgS.. In the division of his father's 
estate, he received "the dwelling house and 

half the barn, with all the appurtenances, as 
one single share, or half his double portion"; 
"one-third of all the land near the house," 
consisting of about five acres; "4 acres on the 
south pitch of the hill bounded by John iSIc- 
Keen north and west, Thomas Chaney south, 
and Daniel Dana east, and the remainder of 
his third part of the upland lying by the road- 
wav, etc., subject to rights of his mother and 
the payment of three pounds annually to her." 
He married, probably in 1678, Patience 

, who was buried June 3, 1712. He 

died in 1698, and his widow was appointed 
administratrix, January 23, iC^gS-qg. the in- 
ventory being dated December, 1698-99. Chil- 
dren: Jacob, born October 12, 1679, died 
young;" Elizabeth; Hannah, October 25, 1685; 
Experience, November i, 1G87 ; -Patience, 
SamGel, mentioned below; Abigail; Jacob, 

(Ill) Samuel, son of Jacob Dana, was born 
in Cambridge, September 7, 1694, died .August 
22, 1770. In 17 16 he received his father's real 
estate, under condition that he pay the other 
children certain sums of money. It consisted 
of a house and twenty-seven acres in Cam- 
bridge and some of the Mashamoquet purchase 
in Pomfret, Connecticut. He married (first) 
April 10, 1716, .Abigail Gay, who died June i, 
1718. He married (second) January 6, 1719, 
Susanna Star, who died .April 10, 1731. He 
married (third) December 30, 1731, Mary 
Sumner, who died April 28, 1770. Child by 
first wife : Nathaniel, mentioned below. Chil- 
dren by second wife: Susanna, born October 
10, 1720; .Abigail, July 23, 1722; Elizabeth, 
April 7, 1725; Eunice, .April 16, 1727; Samuel, 
December 23, 1728; Penelope, March 30, 1731. 
Children by third wife: Mary, March 24, 
1733-34; Plannah, May 28, 1736; .Amariah, 
May 20, 1738; Elijah, September 4, 1740; 
Josiah, .August 22, 1742; Sarah, August 30, 


(I\ ) Nathaniel, son of Samuel Dana, was 
born in Cambridge, February i, 1717, and is 
said to have died of small-pox. He married 
-Abigail Dean, born June, 1722. Children: 
Nathaniel, born July 24, 1739, died December 
9, 1739; Nathaniel, November 14, 1740; Mary, 
October 22, 1742, died June 6. 1749; Ephraim, 
September 26, 1744; -Abigail, June 6, 1746; 
David, September 12, 1748. died December 
30. 1754: Calvin, October 27, 1751, died 1776; 
Joanna, December 13, 1753; Rebecca. Novem- 
ber 5, 1755; Samuel, July 5, 1757, died Octo- 
ber 17, 1758; Sarah, August 25, 1759; Ex- 
perience, May 24, 1761 ; Luther, mentioned be- 

(V) Luther, son of Nathaniel Dana, was 
born in 1766, died November i, 1809. He 



married Lydia Dlodgett, wlio died August 3 
or 4, iSa). Children: Calvin, born July 31, 
i8c/o: I.uthcr, mentioned below. 

(VI) Luther (2), son of Liuher (i) Dana, 
was born February 22, iSoO. He married, 
November 3, 183 1. Sarah Flagg Dana, daugh- 
ter of Ephraini Dana (see below). lie was a 
member of the firm of Dana, Farrar & Hyde, 
importers of \\'e>t India goods, Boston. Chil- 
dren: I. Hannah Holmes, born September 19, 
1S32. at llarwood place, Boston; married, 
May 23, 1S55, Jolin N. Chapman (see Cliap- 
man \'I1I). 2. Sarah Elizabeth, born August 

2, 1836: married. F'eljruary 3. 1863. Francis L. 
Skinner, of Boston: children: Sarah Frances, 
born May 31. 1S64, died March. 190S, mar- 
ried (first) John \'anderpool, of New York, 
(second ) 'Richard X'anNamen, of New York; 
Luther Dana, July 30, 1868, died aged twenty- 
eight. 3. Luther Herbert, born September 28. 
1 85 1, died May 10, 1884; married Elizabeth, 
daughter of Mayor Fowle, of Newton; chil- 
dren: Bessie Herbert, married — ■ Lane, 

and Mary Aim, married Fred Baird, of Baird 
Stone Company, Boston. 

(\') Lieutenant Ephraim Dana, son of Na- 
thaniel Dana (I\"), was born September 26, 
1744. died at Natick, Massachusetts, Novem- 
ber 19, 1792. He was a revolutionary soldier, 
and a selectman. He married (first) Septem- 
ber 24. 1772, Ivebccca, dauglUer of Caleb Le- 
land, of Sherborn, and she died in 1777. He 
married (second) February 3, or April 20, 
1780, Tabitha Jones, of Dedham. She was 
born Septeinlier 13. 1755, died February 15, 
1S27. Children of first wife, born at Natick: 
De.xter, born November 13 or 30, 1773: David, 
October 8, 1775; Ephraim. July 9, 1777. died 
November, 1777. By second wife: Rebecca, 
I'ebruary 10, 1781 ; Ephraim, mentioned be- 
low; Tabitha, twin of Ephraim; Nathaniel, 
May 2, 1787; Luther. April 20. 1792. 

(VI) Ephraim (2), son of Lieutenant 
Ephraim (i) Dana, was born F'ebruary 5, 
1783, in Natick, died June 2. 1854. He mar- 
ried, June 1C1, 1807, Hp.nnah Holmes, of Taun- 
ton. Massachusetts. He was a senior member 
of the firm of Dana, Farrar & Hyde, Importers 
of West India goods, Boston. Children : Dex- 
ter, born April 19, 180S; Hannah Holmes, No- 
vember 2j. 1809, died November 2. 1826; Otis 
Holmes, July 19, 181 1 ; Sarah Flagg, January 

3, 1814, married Luther Dana (see above) ; 
losiah Holmes, December 22, 1817. 

One of the most highly 

WILKINSON esteemed and respected 

families of Providence 

bears the Wilkin-on name, a name that is 

ancient and honored in the Commonwealth's 

l^istory, and one that is allied by marriage with 
many of the first families of not only Rhode 
Island, but of the old Bay State and the neigh- 
boring state of Connecticut: one among which 
is Reed, one of the earliest to settle in the 
old town of Weymouth, Massachusetts, and 
later generations of wdiich appeared in ancient 
Windsor, Connecticut. Reference is especially 
made here to the family and lineage of the late 
Henry Washington \ViIkinson, himself long 
identified with the manufacturing interests of 
the state, the affairs of Providence, and espe- 
cially active and prominent in its religions 
work, and whose two sons are now active in 
the business life of this section of New Eng- 

Respecting the lineage of Lieutenant Law- 
rance Wilkinson, the emigrant New England 
settler and the progenitor of the Rhode Island 
Wilkinsons, it is the expressed opinion of in- 
vestigators of American lineage, descendants 
of Mr. Wilkinson, among whom was the 
learned William T. Harris. Ph.D., LL.D., for- 
mer L"nited States commissioner of education, 
that his compares favorably with any in this 
country. There follows in chronological order 
the paternal lineage of the late Henry W 
Wilkinson, of Providence. 

(I) Lawrance Wilkinson, the progenitor of 
tlie Rhode Island Wilkinsons, was born some 
time in the earlier half of the seventeenth cen- 
tury at Lanchester, county of Durham, Eng- 
land, being a son of William and Mary (Con- 
yers) Wilkinson and grandson of Lawrance 
Wilkinson, of Harperly House, Lanchester. 
county of Durham, England. A photograph 
of this ancient home, located in Harperly 
Park, was brought to this country a few years 
ago by Mr. Alfred Wilkinson, of Syracuse, 
New York, showing a substantial stone build- 
ing in good preservation. A unique feature is 
the dovecote upon one end, an interesting relic 
of ancient times and customs and "enjoyed 
ir England only by the Lords of the manor, 
which law was vigorously enforced." The 
family is said to have been noted for its con- 
sistent adherence to the throne. 

Lieutenant Lawrance Wilkinson early took 
service as a lieutenant in the royal army, fight- 
ing on the side of his King against Cromwell. 
At the fall of Newcastle, in October. 1644. he 
was taken prisoner and his estates were se- 
questered. He then, sometime probably be- 
tween 1645 and 1652, embarked for New Eng- 
land, accompanied by his wife and child, locat- 
ing in Pro\idence, where in 1657 he received 
a grant of land. It is stated in the Memoirs 
of the Wilkinson family that Mr. Wilkinson 
was one of the signers of the civil compact 
bearing the date 19th of nth month, 1645, Y^^ 

' r: ■ I ■ ; ■• -, , i • 



,!! ,1';1 not sign on tliis date, which is the first 
uTori! of him here. Thrift and energy soon 
Aoti for him a large estate, and the marked 
iiialities of his character in due time brought 
inn into prominence. In 1659 he was chosen 
■.■nmiissiont-'r and filled that office again in 1667. 
ilc was deinity in 1667 and in 1673. He 
icartily sympathized with his friend. Roger 
A'illiams. in his doctrines of "Soul Liberty." 
Ic is represented as having been a man of 
;ient firmtiess and decision of character. In 
lie Indian war he is said to have been a fear- 
ess soldier. After a long and useful life he 
lied August 9, 1692. 

Mr. \\'ili-:insoii married Susanna, daughter 
)f Christopher and Alice Smith, and their chil- 
hcn were: I. Samuel, married Plain Wicken- 
ieii. 2. Susanna, born March 9. 1652. 3. 
[olm, of whom further. 4. Joanna, born 
^larch 2. 1657. 5. Josias, died Augu-^t 10, 
692 ; married Hannah Tyler, of Taunton, who 
narricd ( second ) Joseph Tucker ; his daugh- 
lt Hannah married 1716-17, James Dexter. 
;iandson of (iregory Dexter and son of 
."oloncl John Dexter. 6. Susanna (2). born 
•"ebruary. 1662: married Edward Boss. 

(II) John, son of Lawrancc Wilkinsoii. 
)orn March 2, 1654, died April 10, 1708. He 
narried, April 16, 1689. Deborah XMiipple, 
lorn in Dorchester, Massachusetts, August 1, 
670, died June 24. 1748, daughter cf Eleaztr 
,nd Alice ( Angell ) Whipple and granddaugh- 
cr of John Whipple. ^Ir. Wilkinson located 
>n land some seven miles .up the Ulackstone on 
he west side of the river, in a very pleasant 
ocality near "Martin's Wade." in the town of 
'rovidence, which later became Smithfield and 
nore recetitly the "Town of Lincoln." To 
ll;^ romantic and boiutiful .-pot John brought 
lis bride of nineteen to the hoiue provided for 
ler. between 1689-190. A portion of this very 
ncient house, shaded by five old elms, situated 
.t the foot of the hills, still occupies the orig- 
nal site. The near proximity of the Black- 
tone canal, however, for which the Wilkin- 
ons gave land at a later period, has materiaiiy 
liangeil the attractive surroundings of tliose 
arly days. His great-grandson John li\ed 
ind died in this house one Inmdred and eigh- 
een years later. The Wilkinson estate ex- 
ended about one mile on the Blackstone river, 
unning back over the hills, and turning again 
oward the river near the Dexter quarries, 
^fr. Wilkinson's early neighbors were his 
atlier-in-law's family. Elcazer Wiiipple. and 
he Dexter family, the latter the sons of Rev. 
jregory Dexter. Mr. Wilkinson is said to 
lave grown up a hardy and fearless man. al- 
ya_\ s ready for any emergency. He was noted 
or ^is physical prowess and no man in the 

colony was an oscrmriich for him. He was 
an aggressive spirit, never satisfied with pres- 
ent attainments, but constantly reaching out 
for greater acc|uisitions, and he was generally 
successful in obtaining the object of his desire. 
Perfectly honorable and upright, he used only 
fair means to accomplish his purpose. He was 
in King Philip's war and is said to have been 
noted for bravery and ra^hness. In a fight 
with the Indians which occurred some half 
dozen years after the war. at a [)oint not far 
from the old Quaker meeting-house, in the 
south part of the town of Smithfield, and a 
little northwest of Scotts Pond, in which par- 
ticij'ated Lawrance Wilkinson and his three 
sons, Sanuiel, John and Josias, John was se- 
\ erely wounded. He was frequently honored 
by his fellow citizens with offices of trust. He 
was deputy from Providence to the general 
court in It)99-i7oo-o6. 

The children born to John and Deborah 
(Whipple) Wilkinson were: John, of whom 
further ; Marcy, June 30, 1694, married, March 
12, 1717-18, John Scott; Sarah, June 22, ibcf), 
married David Hogg; Freelove. June or July 
21, 1701, married Michael Phillips; Daniel, 
June 8, 1703, married, September 22, 1740, 
Abigail Inman ; Jeremiah, June 4, 1707. mar- 
ried .Amy Whipi)le, ami their daughter Jemima 
was the celebrated prophetess. 

(Ill) John (2), son of John (i) Wilkinson, 
was born March 16, 1690, in the town of 
Providence, later named Smithfield. He mar- 
ried. March 20, 1717-18. Rebecca, daughter 
of S\lvaiuis and Joanna (Jenckes) Scott, and 
wa- a resident of the town of Smithfield, 
Rho !e Island. He tlied September 25, 1756. 
He was a farmer and cooper. His property 
inventoried nearly two tiiousand pounds. The 
children of John and Rebecca were: Amey, 
born January 23, 1719; Anne, May 19. 1721 ; 
John, March 20, 1724. died June 2},, 1804, 
married Rutli Angell; Sarah, June 27, 1727; 
Susanna, September 20, 1729; Ruth, March 5. 
'^li'^'' Joanna. September 12. 1732; Ahab, of 
whom further. 

( I\') Ahab, son of John (2) Wilkinson, 
was born December 16, 1734. in Smithfield, 
Rhode Island. Mr. Wilkinson resided in the 
town of Smithfield, Rhode Island, in which he 
was made a freeman in 1758. In his father's 
will he was left all the buiUlings and lands in 
the town of Smithfield. He married June i, 
1755. .Abigail Scott, of P.ellingham. Massa- 
chusetts, born October 5. 1735. granddaughter 
of Sylvanus Scott, and daughter of Joseph 
and Elizabeth (Jenckes) Scott (whose inten- 
tions of marriage were filed in Lynn July 14, 
1721), the latter a daughter of Samuel (2), 
of Lynn, and Elizabeth (Darling) Jenckes. 

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Tlie children of Mr. and Mrs. Ahab Wilkin- 
son were: i. Simeon, of whom further. 2. 
John, born June 15, 1757, resided in old home- 
stead where he died June 23, 1S2G; married 
Martha Jentkes (a sister of Elizabeth), who 
died August 12, 1851, aged seventy-five years. 
Her death occurred at the old homestead, 
which soon passed into other hands. A por- 
tion of this first home was located on land 
included formerly in the one thousand acres 
owned by Lawrance Wilkinson, is still occu- 
pied and known in 1912 as the "Lincoln Town 
Earni," situated on the edge of the present 
Blackstone canal, shaded by venerable elm 
tiees. 3. Jo'^eph. born October 7, 1759, died 
September 2*, 1S12; married Martha Jenckes, 
who died July 30, 1^23, aged fifty-six years; 
she was the daughter of Captain John and 
Freekive (Crawford) Jenckes, and great- 
granddaughter of Rev. Ebenezer Jenckes, a 
brother of Governor Joseph Jenckes, and 
granddaughter of Hon. Daniel Jenckes, the 
early friend of Brown University, whose 
daughter Rhoda married Nicholas Brown in 
1762; their oidy grandchild is Professor Ahab 
George Wilkinson, for many years dean of the 
patent oflice in Washington, D. C, who lias a 
son George Lawrance, and two daughters, 
Lucile and J^Iarie, the latter the wife of Pro- 
fessor Hodgkins, of Columbia L'niversity, 
Washington. D. C. 4. Sarah,- born March 19, 
17*^*5- 5- George, born January 9, 1767, both 
probably died young. 

(\') Simeon, son of Ahab Wilkinson, was 
horn March 10, 1756, died November 27, 1816. 
On Jinie 10, 1791, Simeon married Elizabeth 
Jenckes. born February 3, 1771, died August 
20, 1834. and resided at the Wilkinson home- 
stead in Smiilifield. now called Lincoln, where 
he was engaged in farming. Simeon and his 
brother Joseph built and occupied the large 
white house, a few rods distant from the orig- 
inal homestead, at foot of the hill. For this it 
required eight months to make the nails, 
hinges, etc., necessary in its construction. The 
halls were open from the front doors of each 
home extending to attic in third story. Here 
was the loom room and various wheels for 
spinning and weaving and the inevitable 
"smoke room" so necessary to every country 
mansion of that period. Large families filled 
both homes. Joseph's part fronted on the 
River road where stood, for many years, until 
191 1, one of the largest elms in Rhode Island. 
Simeon's half of house faced the Blackstone 
river ; later the canal for which land was 
granted by the Wilkinsons. The Providence 
& Worcester railroad soon followed. In 1912 
in addition to these are the modern niili.' and 
village of Berkeley. Here both brothers lived 

and died ; Josepii just one hundred years ago, 
and -Simeon four years later (1816). Joseph's 
family remained many years, finally selling 
their interest to the Mr. Nathaniel Spaulding, 
who was first agent of the Blackstone canal. 
Simeon's heirs sold land to Lonsdale Company, 
and Mr. Spaulding retaining atid occupying 
tlieir half of the house and barn, an orchard 
and a small portion of land adjoining the 
house. "The Homestead'' in 191 2 is desig- 
nated as "569 River road" with rural delivery. 
Children of Simeon Wilkinson: i. Mira, born 
.August 21. 1792. died November 24, 1S57. 2. 
Sarah, born August 3. 1791; married Philip 
Thomas, and resided on Cumberland Hill, 
where he died. 3. .\hab W., born July 3, 1796. 
4. L_\'dia, born December 24, 1798, died un- 
married November 12, 1S81. 5. Rebecca Scott, 
born September 25, iSoo, died March 16, 1876, 
unmarried. 6. Washington A. J., of whom 
further. 7. Elizabeth, born ]March 30, 1808; 
married Edward A. Hale, and died April 6, 
18S6. 8. John J., born ?klarch 3, 181 1 ; married 
I,\dia J. Bcntley, and was engaged in a manu- 
facturing business at Bristol, Rhode Island, 
where he died, leaving children: Charles B., 
of New York, Heiiry, of Bristol, Mrs. A. H. 
Flint and Mrs. Gramont, of Bristol Neck. 

(\'I) Washington Adams Jefferson, son of 
Simeon Wilkinson, was horn at the second 
homestead on the River road, in Smithfield, 
now Lincoln, nearly opposite the Berkeley 
Mills, his early years being spent upon the 
farm, but at the age of twenty-one he became 
engaged in manufacturing. In 1844 he re- 
inoved with his family to Southbridge. Massa- 
chusetts, and in company with his brother-in- 
law, S. P. Erwin, purchased the cotton mill at 
Ashland. This Was destroyed by fire a few 
years afterward, and in 1856 he returned to 
Rhode Island, later becoming superintendent 
of the Ashton Mill. Subsequently he held the 
same position with the Lonsdale Mill, and in 
1871 retired from active business. Until iSSo 
he resided with his jon, Henry W., in Provi- 
dence, but in the latter part of this year re- 
turned to the homestead in Lincoln, and there 
continued to reside until his deatlT, August 
22. 1887. His remains were buried in the 
family burial ground, but were removed by 
Mrs. Henry \V. Wilkinson in 1899 to Swan 
Point. In this old family burial ground among 
the other graves are nineteen that are marked 
with field stones. Mr. Wilkinson by nature 
was a very retiring man, of few words, and 
conscientiously strict in the performance of 
his duty. His character from early boyhood 
was exceptional. During a long and active 
bu>iness life he e.\[)erienced various misfor- 
tunes, yet ever manifested the finest traits of 

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ttiif Christian manhood. Both he and his wife 
wltc hteliiiig members of the Episcopal 
iliiirct;, and during his residence in ^Ianville, 
m 18 ^1. he was active in the organization and 
siipiHirl ot the church of that denomination. 

On January 24, 1833, he married Mary 
Tower Remington, born September 8, 1808, 
at I'awtuxet. Rhode Island, granddaughter of 
Captain Peleg and W'aite (Rhodes) Reming- 
ton, and daughter of Captain Peleg Jr., and 
Mary (Tower) Remington, of Cumberland, 
the latter of whom died April 25, 1872, in her 
ninety-seventh year, at the home of her son, 
Captain Samuel Remington, of Pawtuxet, 
Ivhod.e Island. The Rhode Island Remingtons 
ilcscend from Lieutenant John Remington, a 
>eltlcr in Newbury. 1637. Rowle>-, 1639. His 
son John, with wife .Abigail (.\cy) Reming- 
ton, and several children, removed from 
Haverhill, Massachusetts, in 1697 "to the 
Island of Ousonagutt in the Colony of Rhode 
Island and Providence Plantations." He 
finally became a resident' of Warwick and pos- 
sibly died in Coweset — 1709. His numerous 
grandsons are a puzzle to many genealogists. 
Mrs. Mary (Remington) Wilkinson traced her 
line from Lieutenant John Remington through 
his son John Jr.. the latler's son Thomas, and 
his son Daniel, who married Ann Gorton, 
great-granddaughter of Samuel Gorton, the 
ancestor of the Go/ton family. 

Mrs. Mary (Remington) Wilkinson sur- 
vived her husband some three years and died 
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William 
H. II. Whiting, in Chelsea, Massachusetts. 
Ma) 31. 1890. Their children were : I.Henry 
W^ashing^on, of whom further. 2. John FA- 
win, born September 25. 1837, died November 
'i' ^^37- 3- Elizabeth Jenckes, born August 
25. :839, died December 4. 1840. 4. George 
Edwin, born October 22, 1841 : married, Sep- 
tember 20, 1866, Helen Sturgis. niece of Mrs. 
Howard Okie, of Providence, and they sailed 
in a few days from New York for Buenos 
Ayres. Mr. \\'ilkinson took with them a steam 
engine which was an important factor for sev- 
eral years. Later on he was connected with a 
commission house in Buenos Ayres. making 
occasional visits to Rhode Island. He was a 
young man of rare personal attractions and 
business capability. During his varied ex- 
periences he exhibited the same cheerful hope- 
fulness which was a marked family character- 
istic. .-\fter a lengthy visit at the Wilkinson 
home.itcad with his jiarents he returned to 
Buenos Ayres early in 1S87 to be followed 
later by his family, which his death in July of 
the same vear prevented; he left children, 
Howard S;, and .Marie R.. Mrs. Harry Rich- 
ardson, who has two children: Marj- Ruth and 

Sturgis. 5. Mary Tower, born April 11, 1845, 
died September 5, 1848. 6. Mary Elizabeth, 
born December 2, 1S40, married, October 6, 
iS'Vj, William H. H. U'hiting, and resided at 
Chelsea and Beachniont, Massachusetts, she 
dying in the latter city April 24, 1908. They 
had four children, two of whom died very 
young; the other two, Mary Remington and 
George Kilburne, died within a few days of 
each otiicr, the former aged eight years and 
the latter when six years old, in December, 
1887. Eor many years Mrs. Whiting was a 
helpless invalid. Beautiful in person, her 
wonderful patience and unfailing sweetness 
and unseltishness showed great strength of 
character and Christian faith. Mr. Whiting 
died January 12, 1912. 

(.Vll ) Henrv Washington, son of Washing- 
ton Adams JetTerson Wilkinson, was born at 
Manville in the town of Smithfield, in what 
is now the town of Lincoln, Rhode Island, 
.August 20. 1835, died May 6, 1898. His boy- 
hood days were spent in Providence and 
Southbridge. Massaciiusetts. He attended the 
old "Sky Hill" school and a private school at 
Webster. Massachusetts. After leaving school 
he became a clerk in the counting room of a 
cousin, Mr. John Edwards, who had a large 
store at Southbriflge. Massachusetts. He was 
employed there until 1857, when he came to 
Providence and became a clerk in the store of 
G. & C. P. Hutchins, who conducted a large 
crockery establishment at the corner of W°y- 
bosset and Dorrance streets. He was there 
employed until he entered the counting room 
of the \\'oonsocket Company, composed of Mr. 
Crawford .-Mien, Mr. George C. Nightingale, 
and Mr. Sullivan Dorr, subsequently becoming 
a confidential clerk to Mr. Crawford Allen, 
and in January, 1870, a member of the firm. 
After the death of Mr. Allen the Woonsocket 
Company was dissolved, and after a time Mr. 
Wilkinson became connected with the Corliss 
Safe Company, later becoming secretary and 
treasurer of the concern. Mr. Wilkinson con- 
tinued as treasurer of the company until the 
Corliss Manufacturing Company was absorbed 
by the Mosler Safe Company, and removed 
to New York, where he became vice-president 
of the latter concern, continuing in office until 
his death, in 180S. He was also interested in 
the .\bbott Run Cotton Mill, holding the office 
of treasurer for a number of years. 

Mr. \\ ilkinson in his political views was a 
Republican, but he never cared for public life. 
It was in religious work that he was most 
active, and entered into it with the enthusiasm 
and earnestness so characteristic of the man. 
?re wn'; a member of the Richmond Street 
Congregational Church in 1S59, during the 



pastorate of Rev. Jo.shua Lcavitt. D.D., and 
was at this time active in the Pine Street Mis- 
sion. In 1SG2 he transferred his memhership 
to the Ileneficent Congregational Cliurch, dur- 
ing the pastorate of the Rev. .Me.xander II. 
Clapp. D.D., who was a sliort time later suc- 
ceeded by Rev. J. G. \'ose, D.D. Mr. Wilkin- 
son during liis membership here was, for 
eleven years, in charge of the infant Sunilay 
school. Later he transferred his membership 
to the Central Congregational Church, it being 
more convenient to his home, and remained a 
member of that church for the remainder of 
his life. He served as clerk of the church for 
twelve years, \vhen he resigned because of 
pressure of business duties. He was a charter 
member and active in the organization of the 
Congregational Club, and ser\ed as secretary 
of the same for ten years. He took a deep 
interest in the Young Men's Christian Asso- 
ciation, and contributed freely of his time and 
money to its support. He was a member of 
the Rhode Island Historical Society. In pater- 
nal lines he was connected with the Angells, 
Scotts, W'hipples, Jenckes, Browns (the Chad 
Brown family"), and in maternal lines was a 
descendant of Samuel Gorton and connected 
with the Holmes (the Obediah family), 
Holdens, Almys. Smiths, Greenes, Watermans, 
Williams, .Arnolds and Rhodes. 

Mr. Wilkinson was an untiring worker, and 
anything which he undertook he did with all 
his miglit. He was of an analytical turn of 
mind, and was quick to see the result of a 
problem or proposition, his judgment being 
rarely at fault. He was a selfmade man. 
Affectionate and kind as a husband and fatlier, 
his family were devoted to him. Mr. Wilkin- 
son died very suddenly. May 6. 189S. wdiile 
visiting at the home of his daughter, Mrs. 
Edward Harris Rathbun, in Franklin. Massa- 
chusetts, and was buried at Swan Foint. Mav 
9. 189S. 

On December i^), 1S61, Mr. Wilkinson was 
married at Grinnell, Iowa, to Anna Reed, born 
in War-aw, Illinois, August 30. 1836, daugh- 
ter of Rev. Julius .-\. Reed, D.D., a native of 
East Windsor, Connecticut, and Caroline 
(Blood) Reed, a native of Concord, Massa- 
chusetts, both of whom are descended from 
fine old Xew England families. To Mr. and 
Mrs. Wilkinson were born children as fol- 
lows: I. Henry Lawrance, of record as Henry 
Reed, born .\ngu«t 10, 1865 ; attended the 
public school. F'rovidence high school and the 
Berkeley School, presided over by Rev. George 
H. Patterson, an Episcopal clergyman, and 
then entered .\mherst College, from which he 
was graduated in iSSS; during vacations and 
after graduation he was connected with vari- 

ous banks in Providence, and later became 
assistant bank examiner for Connecticut and 
Rhode Islanil ; for a number of years he was 
connected with Harvey Fisk & Sons, but is 
now a member of the firm of Richter & Com- 
pany, investment brokers, of Hartford, Con- 
necticut: on June 4, 1896, he married Bertha 
San ford, of F.ridgeport, Connecticut, daughter 
of Homer B. and Jane (French) Sanford, a 
prominent family of that city; Mr. Sanford 
and three brothers were sons of Mr. Glover 
Sanford. all successful manufacturers in 
Bridgeport and Bridgewater, Connecticut. 2. 
.\lfred Hall, born May 29, 186S: attended the 
Providence public school, the Berkeley School 
and the noted St. John's Alilitary School at 
Manlius, Xew York: after several ocean voy- 
ages, and three years as officer for a Japanese 
steamship company, he returned to Provi- 
dence in 1893, and from then until 1896 was 
connected with the Corliss Safe Company, as 
secretary, being eastern agent for the Mosler 
Safe Company; since the latter date he has 
been ir'cntified with Chase & Sanborn, coffee 
and spice importers of Boston, his residence 
being at Salem, Massachusetts ; he married, 
November 19, 1895, Elizabeth Burrows, 
daughter of James Stanton and Susan (Bur- 
rows) Kenyon, of Providence and of King 
Tom Farm, Charlestown, Rhode Island, a 
place of much historic interest to all New 
Englanders. 3. Anna Reed, born January 10, 
1870: graduated from "Miss .Abbott's School," 
Providence, and from Wellesley College in 
1892; she also studied art in Paris for one 
}ear; on October 9, 1895, she married Edward 
Harris Rathbun ( B. U., 1889), son of Oscar 
Jencks and Rachel (Harris) Rathbun, one of 
the leading citizens of Woonsocket, Rhode 
Island, and closely identified with many of its 
manufacturing interests; they have four chil- 
dren: Rachel Harris, born September 13, 1897, 
at "Birch Knoll." Franklin, Massachusetts: 
Lawrance Wilkinson, born July 18, 1900, at 
"Birch Knoll," Franklin, Massachusetts; .Anna 
Reed, born September 25, 1902. at No. 59 
Prospect street, Woonsocket; Mabel, .August 
29, 1910, at "Annerslea," Harris avenue, 
\Voonsocket, Rhode Island. 

Mrs. Wilkinson has occupied the family 
homestead at No. 16S Bowen street, Provi- 
dence, since 1873. She is a member of the 
Central Congregational Church, and sir.ce 1869 
has been a member of the Rhode Island 
Branch of tlie Woman's Board of Missions, 
during which time she has served as secre- 
tary for twenty-five years and seventeen years 
as president. She is an active member of sev- 
eral organizations, of a religious and chari- 
table nature", and is deeply interested in 


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genealogical reseaicli. having a great deal of 
il.ita pertaining to her ancestors as well as 
t'r.osc of Mr. Wilkinson. She is a descendant 
(,t fix Colonial governors, one of them being 
(".(jvernor William F.radford: is a member of 
the Sucietv of Colonial Dames, the Mayllower 
Society and the Rhode Island Historical So- 
ciety. She was a student at Denmark (lowaj 
.Academy, Knox College. Illinois. Mt. Holyoke 
Seminary, and Lasell Seminary, Auburndale, 
Massachusetts, graduating from the last 
named institution in 1858. 

Rev. Julius Alexander Reed, D.D., born 
[anuary 16, 1809, at East Windsor, Connecti- 
lut, son of Dr. Elijah Fitch and Hannah 
(MaeLean) Reed, descended from William 
Reade, of Batcombe, county Somerset, Eng- 
land. He married ( first) at Gillingham, Dor- 
set. England, October 12, 1629, Susanna 
Haynes, who died in lioston in 1653. He was 
one of Rev. Joseph Hull's company recorded 
at Weymouth, England, March 20, 1635. as 
"bound for New England" and settled at Wey- 
mouth, Massachusetts, the same year. Ele 
brought with him his wife, two young children, 
and his servant, Richard Adams, and his 
family. He served as deputy for Weymouth 
in 1636 and 163S. and as constable in 1644. 
Soon after this date Mr. Reade removed with 
his family to Boston, where he resided "up- 
wards of thirty years." Th.e line of descent 
is through hia son Josiali, probably born in 
Weymouth in 1644. a founder of the town of 
Norwich, Connecticut. Josiah {2). David and 
Ebenezer Reed, of Windsor. Connecticut. 

Rev. Julius Alexander Reed was a student 
fur two years at what was then Washington 
(now Trinity) College, Hartford. Connecticut. 
then entered Yale College, where lie was grad- 
uated in 1829. For one year he served as 
tutor in the fainily of Hon. William Jay, of 
Bedford. New York (1830-31): was then a 
teacher in a large private school for boys con- 
ducted by his brother-in-law. Hon. John Hall, 
at Ellington, Connecticut ; the next two years 
served as a private tutor at Natchez, Missis- 
sippi. In 1833 ^f^"- Reed returned to New 
England by way of Jacksonville, Illinois, from 
which point his journey was made on horse- 
back, six weeks being spent on the way. After 
completing his theological course at Yale 
Divinity Sch.ool he was licensed to preach in 
.August, 1835. and in the autumn returned to 
Illinois. It was while at Jacksonville that he 
first met the woman who was to be his future 
wife, she having gone to the west from Boston 
as a teacher in the .Academy in 1833. 

A pioneer to the we'^t in its earliest days, 
few men have done more towards its ailvance- 
ment in religion and education than Mr. Reed, 

his interest in both being manifested even to 
the last weeks of his life. He joined the Illi- 
nois band from Yale, which prcceeled him by 
a few years, and in 1S36 he was ordained at 
Ouincy, Illinois. Four years were spent in 
illinoi';, when he returned to the east owing 
tu the delicate health of his wife, and from 
1S39 to 1840 he .served as chaplain in the 
Insane Asylum at Worcester. Massachusetts. 
During this year a daughter, Rosanna White 
Reed, was born in East Windsor, Connecticut, 
and died as a result of a runaway accident, 
being buried in the Worcester cemetery. The 
pioneer spirit of his Pilgrim ancestors would 
not allow him to forget the Christian needs 
of the "Far West," and again in 1840 he 
turned his face to the setting sun, Iowa being 
his choice of location. 

Dr. Reed was one of the first Congrega- 
tional ministers in the state of Iowa, preced- 
ing the famous "Iowa Band" by three years. 
He assisted in the organization of sixty of its 
prominent churches, also in the first Congre- 
gational Association, and preached the first 
sermon by a Congregalionalist, in 1837, in 
Keokuk. He resided for a time in Fairfield, 
Iowa, some twenty miles froin the "Indian 
.Agency," (often the headquarters of the 
famous Blackhawk and his Indian chiefs), 
then in charge of General Joseph Street and 
his sons-in-law. Captain George Wilson and 
Captain Beach. In October, 1845, ^^^ removed 
with his family to Davenport, Iowa, situated a 
few miles west of the Sac \'illage on Rock 
river, one of the largest Indian villages in 
North -America. Davenport was then a charm- 
ing village of seven hundred inhabitants on 
the west bank of the Mississippi river. Mr. 
Reed's appointment by the .American Home 
Missionar}- Society as its superintendent made 
this change of residence necessary. This posi- 
tion he held from 1S45 ''-'' 1869, with the ex- 
ception of six years, performing during this 
time most faithfully and acceptably the labors 
of the important office. Nothing was too diffi- 
cult for him to undertake, nothing too arduous 
for hiin to accomplish, when in the line of 

Dr. Reed was one of the first committee 
appointed to select a site for Iowa College, 
located first at Davenport, and removed to 
Grinnell, Iowa, in i8(5o; was one of its 
founders and charter trustees and was officially 
connected with this institution for nearly 
twenty years, in which he always felt the 
deepest interest. .A cherished desire of his 
\\ as to attend the fortieth commencement, but 
this was denied him. The account of this 
commencement was read to him during his 
last illness, and gave him great pleasure. In 



1855 lie received from his college the degree 
of D.D. In i88i Rev. Mr. Reed, accompanied 
by his daughter, Mrs. Wilkinson, made an 
e.xtended tnj) through Europe, visiting many 
important }K)ints of interest, including Athens 
and Constantinople. Always intelloctu.''.lIy 
active, he had much literary work under way 
which no one without his mine of facts and 
recollections could ever complete. His last 
work was the prejjaration of a paper giving 
the history of Congregationalism in Iowa for 
its first fifty years. He died August 28, 1890, 
in Davenport. Iowa. 

On December i, 1835. ^^r. Reed married 
Caroline, daughter of Reuben Foster and Re- 
lief (Whiting) Blood, born December 4, 1805, 
at Concord, Massachusetts, of which place her 
father's family were among the early settlers, 
as was also her ancestor, Major Simon Wil- 
lard. On her mother's side her ancestry em- 
braced a goodly number who are said to have 
"shone as liglits in the Christian community 
throughout New England." These included 
Rev. John Cotton, of Boston, and Rev. Samuel 
Whiting, first pastor of Lynn, Massachusetts. 
Her great-great-grandfather was for twenty- 
six years pastor of the church in Concord. Her 
father died when she was very young, leaving 
her the eldest of six children. Early in life 
she evinced great strength of character in her 
I)ersonal efforts to secure an education. Two 
of her brothers became clerg\men, one in Illi- 
nois, Rev. Charles Emerson Blood, the other. 
Rev. Lorenzo W. Blood, a prominent divine of 
the Methodist Episcopal church in Connecti- 
cut. Alter com.pleting her course at Ipswich 
Seminary she became a successful teacher. 
She organized and for several years had 
charge of the first infant school in Boston, a 
movement which resulted in similar organiza- 
tions in other cities and an innovation which 
was soon adopted in the Sabbath schools. Dur- 
ing her residence in Boston she w^as a member 
of Lowell Mason's choir, and the old times 
sung from the original scores were a delight 
and comfort to her latest days, ever awaken- 
ing pleasant memories. Imbibing the western 
enthusiasm of her friend, Rev. Edward 
Beecher, then settled in Boston, she with her 
brother Charles went to Jacksonville, Illinois, 
where she engaged in teaching until her mar- 
riage. Mrs. Reed was a person of marked re- 
finement and engaging manner, and was much 
given to hospitality. She was loyal to her con- 
victions of duty and a worth}' descendant of 
her many Puritan ancestors. So long as 
strength permitted she was active in church 
and in society, and especially interested in 
young women seeking to obtain an education. 
She did not long survive her husband, his 

death taking place August 28, 1890, at Daven- 
port, Iowa, while she passed away October 1st 
of the same year, — both at "Oaklawn," the 
residence of their daughter and son-in-law, 
Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Smith Jr.. whose delight- 
ful and hospitable home they had enjoyed as 
their own for some ten years, shared also by 
their granddaughter, .Anna Reed Smith. This 
home was often graced by the presence of 
Rev. S. F. Smith, D.D., whose famous hymn, 
".America," sung in many lands, touching most 
keenly the heart of every native-born .Ameri- 
can, soon finds itself lovingly attuned to the 
hearts and voices of thousands once strangers 
in our land, and also bv that of his wife. 

The East Providence \\'ilsons, 
WILSON with which this article deals, 

rank as one of the early and 
historic families of New England. One Roger 
Willson, of Scrooby. England, was one of 
those persons who in ifio8 tied with the Puri- 
tans from religious persecution and settled in 
Leyden, Holland. From this connection with 
the "Mayflower" expedition his descendants 
are really entitled to be classed among those 
of the Pilgrim Fathers, although he never 
realized hi? intention of coming to the New 
World. His youngest son. Lieutenant John, 
and the only one to come to America, was the 
founder of a branch of the Wilsons of the old 
Rehoboth and Seekonk region of Massachu- 
setts. The following sketch of Roger Willson 
and much of the data pertaining to the earlier 
generations are taken from an authentic 
sketch and genealogical chart prepared in Oc- 
tober, 1862. by Mr. S. C. Newman, member 
of the Rhode Island Historical Society, under 
the patronage of Mr. George F. Wilson. 

Roger Willson was born in the village of Scrooby, 
County of Nottingham. Eneland, about 158S. He 
was of Rev. Jolin Robinson's Church, whose mem- 
bers fled from persecution in I'loS and finally settled 
in Leyden. He was a prominent member of the 
church and of the secular organization of that Pil- 
grim body of Puritans, .\lthough most of that 
httle society were poor, being stripped of much of 
their substance before leaving England, he was 
more fortunate than most of his associates, and in 
Leyden was a woolen and silk draper. He was one 
of the joint stock company which fitted out the 
"Mayflower" for the first band of Pilgrims. He did 
not come with them, but from allusions to him in 
the Leyden records it is inferred that he intended 
to join them at some later period, as was the case 
with Rev. Mr. Robinson. 

Mr. Robinson died March I, 1624, and that event 
about broke up their organization. They were like 
sheep without a shepherd and hearing of the great 
siifTfering of their friends, the Pilgrims, they contin- 
ued to drag out a few more years at Leyden, and 
as the persecution had died away in England a 
portion of them returned thither, and the remainder 
became absorbed in the Dutch population, and were 


,.,. nioro known as a distinct people. Whether Mr. 
\\ ilUon returned to England is not certainly 
l!i"»n, Init from the fact that his youngest child, 
l.iriit John, at the age of twenty emigrated to 
.Vnierica in 1651, it is conjectured that his father 
h,id returned to England and died there, as there is 
II,. record of his death at Leyden. 

There have been a great number of families, and 
individuals giving rise to families here, by the name 
of Willson, which have, at various periods of our 
Colonial and State history, emigrated from Eng- 
l.'ind, Ireland and Scotland to America; but the 
frunily here sketched, and which came so near be- 
coming extinct, so far as America is concerned, is 
the only portion of the race whose ancestry held 
any connections with the Puritans at Leyden, and 
assisted in fitting out that immortal band with the I'ilgrim ship in 1620, which has laid the foun- 
d.'ition for a great wi stern Empire. 

The light now thrown upon the origin of this 
race cannot fail to excite a deep and permanent 
interest in the present and coming generations, 
inasmuch as the descendants of the venerated 
Roger Willson are as indissolubly connected with 
the origin and success of the first Pilgrim ship that 
reached our shores as any descendants of the actual 
fiasscngers of the "Mayilower" now living in our 

The wife of Roger Willson was sister of Dr. 
Saniuel Fuller, the surgeon and physician who came 
in the "Mayfiower." Mr. Willson was a deacon in 
the Rev. Mr. Robinson's church at Leyden, before 
the Pilgrim ship sailed for America. Dr. Fuller 
died at F'lymouth in 163,1, and his will is the first 
on record in America, and is the oldest will made 
on this side of the Atlantic ocean. 

From all that can now be gathered and known 
concerning Rogtr Willson, the ancestor of the race 
here sketched, and the Ck'nnections of his wife, it is 
fairly and historically inferable that he occupied a 
first class position amon.g the ever memorable 
band of Pilgrims, at Leyden. and that without his 
energetic co-operation the first shio of the Pilgrims 
niiglii never have sailed and landed on our ,>^hores 
he was bondsman for the only three men who ever 
obtained the freedom of the city of Leyden — Wil- 
liam liradford. the first governor of Plymouth Col- 
ony, L^aac Allerton, and Deggory Priest — men 
whose names will be remembered and honored as 
long as there shall be any remembrance of the Pil- 
grim Fathers, and their settlement at Plymouth. 

In this article especial reference is made to 
ttie posterity of the late Benjamin Wilson, who 
lived at Uxbridge and East Douglass. Massa- 
chusetts, and whose sons, the late Hon. George 
Francis Wilson and the l.'ite Hon. Renjamin 
\\ ilson. both long identified with one of the 
large and important industries of East Provi- 
dence, who were substantial men and promi- 
nent citizens of the town, and as well their 
sons, several of whom are carrying forward 
to still greater success the work established 
and fostered by tb.eir fathers, and are worthily 
perpetuating the family name. 

(I) Lieutenant John Wilson, the first of the 
line in America, born in 1631. was the young- 
c'^t son of Roger Willson and his wife Mary 
(F-uller), and the only one who came to Amer- 
•^■a- He made the journey in 165 1, fought as 

a lieutenant in the Indian wars, and proved 
himself a most worthy man. He died in 1691. 
He was twice married, and his second wife 
was buried in the old Seekonk cemetery. His 
children were born in Wobtirn, Massachusetts, 
ns follows: Samuel. December 29, 165S; Abi- 
gail. August 8, i6r)(>: Elizabeth, August 6, 
i(M'>S; Benjamin, October 15, 1670: Hannah, 
yitiy 31, 1672, died young; John, January 3, 
1674 ; Hannah, December 28, 1674, died young : 
Hannah. March 11, 1677; Susannah, March 
12, 1679. 

(II) Benjamin, born October 15, 1670, son 
of Lieutenant John Wilson, moved to Reho- 
both after the death of his father in 1G91, be- 
came a man of property, and is often alluded 
to in the records of Rehoboth. He was twice 
married there, and had eightcLii children, all 
born in Rehoboth, namely: By first wife: 
Jiinathan, born .Xovcmber 8, 1698, died young; 
Rebecca, January 20. 1701 ; Plannah, October 
7, 1702; Frances, September 7, 1704; Eliza- 
beth. July 8. 1706; Samuel, January 5. 1708: 
Ruth, .April 7, 1710; Bethiah, December 4, 
1711 ; Abigail, August 30, 1713; Mary, Octo- 
ber 17, 1714; Sarah, February 23, 1729; by 
second wife: John, October 29, 1733; Lucas, 
August 10, 1735: Ammi, April 2f>, 1737; Ben- 
jamin, April II, 1739; Jonathan, April 7, 1741 ; 
Ezekiel, May 11, 1744; Chloc, June 23, 1746. 

(HI) John (2), son of Benjamin Wilson, 
was born October 29, 1733, and lived to be 
ninety-three years old. All his days were 
passed at Rehoboth except for the period he 
served in the F'rench and Revolutionary wars. 
He was a soldier in the old French war under 
General Putnam, and also served in the revo- 
lutionary war, enlisting in a company of in- 
fantry raised in Rehoboth. Fle was a large, 
powerful man, and many anecdotes of his 
daring deeds while in the army are inter- 
spersed through the annals of Rehoboth, and 
tradition still tells of his great strength and 
activity in the athletic trials of the days in 
which he lived. In these he never met his 
equal. His children were all bom at Rehoboth, 
as follows: Molly, December 2. 1764, married 
.Abel French: Sarah. September 15, 1766. died 
young; Joseph. June 25, 1768; Sarah. October 
15. 1770. married Job Knapp. of Douglass; 
John. February 15. 1773; Miles, January 27, 
1775; Abigail, .April 6, 1777, married Richard 
Olney ; Betsey. September 23, 1779. married 
.Ahrahain Ormsbee: Benjamin. March 23, 
1783: Lucretia. .April 24. 1785. never married. 

(I\') I'.enjamin (2), son of John (2) Wilson, 
born March jt,. 1783. was three times married, 

his first wife being Perry: his second, 

Mercy Cragin ; and the third. Elona Carpenter, 
daughter of Xathaniel Carpenter, of Rehoboth, 


Massachusetts. To the second marrinfje were 
born tliree children: George I'rancis, of whom 
further; Laura Maria, wiio married George 
J^enny, of Chicay;o, and ^Liry Ann, who mar- 
ried John Drake, of Chicago. To the third 
marriage: _L)hn, who died in Worcester, ^Lls- 
sachusetts ; Joseph, hving in C)shkosh, Wiscon- 
sin; Benjamin, mentioned below, and Llarriet 
Elena, who married James Simmons, of 
Douglass, Massachusetts. 

(V) George Francis, eldest son of Renja- 
min (2) and Mercy Wilson, born December 
7, 1S18, in L'xbridge, Massachusetts, died in 
East Providence, Rhode Island, January 19, 
1SS3. Mr. Wilson married, in 1844, Clarissa 
I'artlett, daughter of Prescott and Narcissa 
Bartlett, of Conway, Massachusetts, a lady of 
fine culture and intelligence and of lovely 

Mr. Wilson lived upon a farm, attending dis- 
trict schools, winters, until at the age of sev- 
enteen he injured his hiji while at the plow, 
so a.- to affect his gait for life, and was ap- 
prenticed to \\ elcome and Darius Farnum, of 
Waterford, ^Massachusetts, to learn the trade 
of wool sorting. The reason he gave for se- 
lecting this trade was characteristic of the 
man. "That kind of work cannot be done in 
the night, and I shall have all my evenings for 
study." At the end of three years he had 
mastered his trade and also had made draw- 
ings of every macliine in the mill, and fully 
understood the entire business. Frederick ^L 
Rallou, Esquire, and John W. Wheelock were 
apprentices with Mr. Wilson, and they fitted 
up a room, where they passeil their evenings 
together in study. Of the three, his lifelong 
friend, Mr. P.allou, alone survived Mr. Wilson. 

Mr. Wilson recei\-ed recommenflations from 
his employers and a valuable testimonial, but 
he wished for a better education before com- 
n)encing in earnest the work of his life, and 
having added to previous savings by a year 
of bookkeeping for Squire F.ezeleel Taft, of 
L'xbridge, he entered the academy at Shel- 
burne Falls, Massachusetts, as a pupil, and 
afterward became a teacher there. In 1844 
Mr. \\'ilson went with his newly married wife 
to Chicago, traveling by canal to Buffalo and 
by schooner through the lakes, flere they 
opened the Chicago Academy, in the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church, at the corner of Clark 
and Washington streets, commencing with 
three scholars, and ending in 1S4S, when they 
decided to return east, with two hundred and 
twenty-five pupils, including many who have 
largely contributed to the- progress of the 
wonderful city, among the^e John B. and 
Charles FarwcU. FronV 184S to 1854 Mr. Wil- 
son was successively in the employ of the late 

(";o\-ernor Jackson, the elder Sprague, at Onid- 
nick, and tiie .Atlantic Delaine Company, at 
Olneyville. In January, 1855, he entered into 
a partner>hip with Professor E. N. Horsford, 
of Cambriilgc, Massachusetts, who then held 
the Rumford Professorshiji at Harvard, for 
a purpose which is best expressed perhaps in 
one clause of their agreement made at that 
time, somewhat Cjuaint for these modern da>s, 
and well worthy of record. This clause de- 
clares their purjio-e to be that of "building 
up a chemical manufacturing establishment of 
lespectability and jiermanency, such as shall 
be an honor to ourselves and our children, and 
a credit to the community in which it is lo- 
cated, and which shall afford us a reasonable 
means of support." How well their intentions 
were realized all know who are familiar with 
the manufacturing interests of this vicinity. 
In 1856-57 the business was moved from 
Providence to what was then Seekonk, but 
which by change of the state line has smce 
become East Providence, and the firm of 
George F. Wilson S: Comjiany became and has 
since continued to be the Rumford Chemical 
Works, and the names of its productions are 
now household words in this country from one 
ocean to the other. 

The business of the Rumford Chemical 
Works, as stated, was established by George 
F. Wilson and Professor E. N. Horsford in 
1854-55. In 1858 or 1859 the concern was 
incorporated as the Rumford Chemical Works, 
the name being given to the works and village 
where one of its plants is located, in honor of 
Count Rumford. the eminent authority on the 
means of suppl\ing initritious food, wlio had 
founded at Harvard University a professor- 
ship for the purpose of teaching the utilit\ of 
science, a chair wdiich was occupied by Pro- 
fessor Horsford from 1847 to 1863. At these 
works are manufactured culinary and medical 
preparations of the phosphates, including 
Rumford Baking Powder, Hors ford's Bread 
Preparation. Rumford Veast Powder, Hors- 
ford's .Acid Phosphates, etc. .At the time of 
the begiiming of the manufacture of these 
phosphatic products, under the patent of Pro- 
fessor Horsford. the only virtue of any baking 
powder, yeast or other preparation for the 
raising of bread was its power to make the 
dough light, none of them contributing any- 
thing of nutritious value. Professor Hors- 
ford's object was to produce a powder that 
would not only raise the dough, but also supply 
the nutritious elements so essential to the 
healthy condition of the human body which 
are removed from fine white Hour during the 
process of bolting, and how well he succeeded 
in accomplishing his object Ttiay be judged by 



ho -tatement of the late Baron Liebig, of Ger- 
laiiv. one of the leading clumists of his time, 
, ho in commenting upon this jireparation 
ai'l. "I consider tliis invention as one of the 
lost iisefnl gifts which science has made to 
lankind. It is certain that the nutritive value 
f Hour will be increased ten per cent by this 
hosphatic preparation." Of Professor Ilors- 
nrd's profound knowledge and research as a 
heniist were born the preparations which bear 
is name, while to Mr. Wilson's genuine and 
idomitable energy are due the credit of in- 
enting the unique apparatus and machinery 
or their practical production, the creation of 

demand for articles hitherto unknown, and 
ic building up of a successful business in their 

Mr. Wilson resided in Providence from 
852 to 1861, during which time he was for 
lany years a very prominent member of the 
chool committee, and for two terms served 
le citv in the house of representatives, in 
S<')0 and 1S61. In 1861 lie removed to East 
'rovidcnce, where he ever afterward resided, 
le was four times elected a member of the 
chool committee, and was also one of tlie 
Dwn council of 1873. the other members being 
Ion. William Whitcomb and Hon. E. D. 
'earce. all of whom died within a year of each 
ther, the latter gentleman dying within a few 
ours of Mr. Wilson. Their long controversy 
ver the red bridge question is well known, 
nd the characteristic energy which each threw 
ito the contest : but perhaps only those who 
•ere intimate witli them know that during the 
■hole of it they were fvcquent visitors at each 
thcrs' houses, and always met and greeted 
ne another as "George" and "Xed," and their 
riendship afterward seemed to be rather 
trengthened than impaired. 

Mr. Wilson's thorough knowledge of me- 
hanical principles and appliances was well 
now II and was i')ractically exemplified in his 
wn business. His opinion was constantly 
ought upon new inventions and his advice by 
iventors struggling with mechanical difficulties 
1 their road to success, many of whom left 
.•ith substantial assistance in addition to ad- 
ice. His own inventions, both of process and 
ppliances, were numerous, as the files of the 
'atent Office will show. Outside of the busi- 
css of the works, some of the most importint 
re an improvement in the manufacture of 
teel, a revolving boiler for paper manufacture, 
nd important discoveries in illuminating ap- 
aratus for lighthouse use. In 1872 the honor- 
ry degree of Master of .Arts was conferrei.1 
n Mr. Wil-f^n bv P.rown University. He was 

member of the Franklin Lyceum, the Frark- 
n Society, and the Rhode Island Society for 

the Encouragement of Domestic Industry, and 
for many years actively participated in the 
proceedings of all of them. His interest in 
agricultural matters was always great and the 
contributions of the works under his direction 
to the affairs of the latter society, both of 
stock and farm products, were remarkable for 
excellence and quantity. He was an ext'jnsive 
reader, a deep thinker, possessed of a mind 
and memory of no common order, and his 
universal and thorough acquaintance wiih all 
current and scientific subjects, and with litera- 
ture, astonished all who knew wdiat a busy 
life he led. 

It has been stated that the wife of Mr. \\"\\- 
son was a woman of fine culture and intelli- 
gence and of lovely character. To her is at- 
tributed a large measure of the success of the 
.Acatleniy at Chicago, in w hich they were both 
teachers, and she was. indeed, a helpmate to in the days of his early struggle as a man- 
ufacturer. Her memory is held in loving rev- 
erence by many of the employes of her hus- 
band, among whom she went with open hand, 
and to whose necessities in sickness and 
trouble she so often ministered. Her death 
occurreil in 1880. Five children, two sons and 
three daughters, survived Mr. Wilson. The 
six children of George F. and Clarissa ( Bart- 
lett ) Wil.-^on were born as follows : Clara 
I-'rances, March 13, 1847, married Arthur 
Penny, of Chicago ; Ellery Holbrook, Septem- 
ber 20, 1S48, now deceased ; George Francis, 
October 10, 1850, now deceased: Mary Au- 
gusta, July 25. 1852. unmarried; Ella Xarcissa, 
August 23, 1855, died young; Alice Louise, 
Septeinber 2, 1S59, married Wallington L. 
Mathews, and they reside at Conway, Massa- 

Mr. Wilson died at his home in East Provi- 
dence ( formerly a part of the ancient Seekonk, 
Massachusetts ). In his will he beciueathed to 
Dartmouth College the sum of ? for the 
erection of a library building, and to Drown 
University the sum of $100,000 for the erec- 
tion and equipment of the Physical Laboratory 
known as \\'ilson Hall. 

The Providence Journal, at the time of his 
death, prefaced its remarks with these lines: 

"The death of George F. Wilson will recall 
many reminiscences of a man not more dis- 
tinguished as a successful manufacturer than 
for general culture and energetic discharge of 
dutv in business and official life," and closed 
tl-.em with the following: "Thus ends a life 
full of lessons to the young, a practical exem- 
plification of the great truth that in this 
country a man's life may be what the 'ooy 
lesolves it shall be." 

( \') Benjamin (3), son of Benjamin (2) and 



Elona (Carpenter) Wilson, and a half-brother 
of George Francis \\'il;on, was born March 
15, 1832, in East Douglass, Massacbu-etts. 
He was educated in the common schools and 
high school at East Douglass, Alassacliusetts, 
but left school when about seventeen years of 
ige. r.y careful reading of standard wck- 
he overcame his earlier deticiency. and was a 
thoroughly educated and cultured man, and lie 
took great pride in his tine private library. 
When about twenty years of age he was em- 
ployed as bookkeeper at Northbridge, Massa- 
clmsetts, for Deacon Joel Batchelder, a boot 
and shoe manufacturer. He then came to 
Rhode Island and entered the employ of the 
Atlantic Dtlaine Mill, C)lneyville, where his 
brother George F. was employed, and in 1S54 
or 1855. when the business of George F. Wil- 
son was established, began as an employe of 
the concern. Two years later, in 1856, he 
went to Chicago, Illinois, and engaged in the 
business of brick making. Owing to impaired 
health he relurncd Ea.-t in 186.;, and again 
identified himself with the Rumford Chemical 
Works, being made superintendent of the 
plant, a position he held for over forty years, 
during which time he contributed his portion 
to the success of this great industry by his 
careful attention and management of its 

Mr. Wilson for many years had taken an 
active part in the public affairs of East Provi- 
dence. He was a Republican and had been 
active in his party, was for more than twenty- 
one years a member of the town council and 
its president fur eighteen years, and was eleven 
years judge of probate just prior to his death. 
He was well known in the Busine.= s Men's 
Association, having served the association as 
first vice-president and was its second presi- 
dent. He was a member of both the Athletic 
and Pomham clubs, and fraternallv of the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and at 
one time took an active part in the latter order. 
Like his brother Mr. Wilson was a man of 
excellent mental equipment. Largely self- 
educated, he was well read and a mo^t enter- 
taining conversationalist. He was a close stu- 
dent of human nature, and met men in all the 
various relations of life with rare good judg- 

Benjamin (3) Wilson married. November 
26, 1857. Julia Eveline Dickinson, born No- 
vember 20. 1834. and died March 3, 1909, 
daughter of Elijah K. Dickinson, of Barre, 
Massachusetts. Children: i. Fred W., who 
died aged seventeen years, of scarlet fever. 
2. Clarence E., of whom further. 3. Benjamin, 
who died aged eleven years, of scarlet fever. 
4. Jessie, of whom further. 

(\'l) Clarence E., son of Benjamin (3) 
and Julia E. (Dickinson) Wilson, was born 
February i(), iSCo, in Chicago, died April 7, 
1911, aged fifty-one years. He was educated 
at the public schools and Mowry & GotT's 
academy. When seventeen years of age, while 
a sophomnre at Brown University, he hurt his 
arm, and on account of his bad health he gave 
up study for a time; finally renewing it, how- 
ever, under Professor .-\i)pleton, at Brown 
L'niversity, where he was graduated in 1884. 
He then went to Columbia University, attend- 
ing the School of Mines, and graduating with 
the class of 1S87. His business career began 
in FSoston, at a die-cutting works, after which 
he took u]! a new course of instruction as first 
assistant to Professor .Aiipleton in the line 
of chemistry. He then went into the employ 
of the Gold Refining Company, of Pawtucket ; 
later entering that of the American SmeUing 
& Refining Company, at Perth Amboy, New 
Jersey, where he was at the time of his death. 
?Ie belonged to the Chemists' Club, of New 
'^'ork. He attended the Congregational church, 
and in politics was a Republican. He mar- 
ried Sarah Dugay, and their children were : 
I. Julia M., born February 25, 1894. 2. Lorine 
E., born July 16, 1895. 

(VI) Jessie, daughter of Benjamin (3) and 
Julia E. (Dickinson) Wilson, was born in 
Chicago. She went to Brown University, and 
graduated with the class of 1898, specializing 
in history. She then received the degree of 
Bachelor of Philosophy, and in 1899 that of 
Master of Arts. After this she bad three 
years of history study with Professors Mc- 
Donald and Munro. Her residence in Rum- 
ford is the house which was built by her father 
thirty years ago. Miss Wilson has a delightful 
personality, is a charming conversationalist, 
showing evidence of her high culture, and is a 
woman whose acquaintance is both of pleasure 
and value. 

Robert Daniels, the immigrant 
D.\NIELS ancestor, was born in England 
about 1590, and died in 1655. 
He was settled at Watertown. Massachusetts, 
as early as 1636. and one of the proprietors 
of that town. He was a yeoman or husband- 
man and took the freeman's oath March 14. 
1638-9. He sold his land at Watertown and 
located in Cambridge, where he became a 
prominent citizen and town officer. Plis wife 
Elizabeth died October 2. 1643, and he married 
(second) May 2, 1654. Rena, widow of Wil- 
liam Andrews, to whom he bciiueathed in his 
will dated July 3. 1655, the estate she brought 
to him by marriage and other property. His 
widow Rena married Edmund Frost. Chil- 


I '55 

(Irtn of Robert and Elizabeth Daniels: Eliza- 
beth, born 1630, married. May 17, 1655, 
Tlionias Fanning; Samuel, 1633, married, May 
10, 1671, Mercy Grace, of \Vaterto\vii, and 
>cttled at Bohistow, Medtiehl ; Jose])h, men- 
tioned below ; Sarah, 1640, married William 
Chenev; Mary, September 2, 1642, married, 
I line 14, i6<)0, Sampson Frary, who was slain 
at Deertield by the Indians, 1704; Thomas, 
buried September 6, 1644. 

(II) Joseph, son of Robert Daniels, was 
born about 1640, in Watertown or Cambridge. 
lie settled at Medfiekl, whore he had several 
grants on the west side of the Charles river. 
His home was burned by the Indians during 
the raid in King Pliilip's war. He was select- 
man of the town three years, and in 1700 
taught the school in the west district. He mar- 
ried (first) Mary Adams, born September 10, 
1647, daughter of George and ^lary Adams. 
Her father was a pioneer at Watertown and 
Lancaster and finally at Cambridge. Mary 
died June 9, 1682. Joseph Daniels married 
(second) Rachel Sheffield, born March 24, 
1660, at Braintree, daughter of William and 
Mary Sheffield. He married (third) Lydia 
(Adams) .\llen, daughter of Edward and 
Lydia Adam? and widow of James Allen. His 
widow died December 26, 1731. He died June 
23, 1715- Children by first wife: Joseph, men- 
tioned btlow ; Mary, born July 4, 1669; Sam- 
uel, C)ctober 20, 1671 ; Mehitable, July 10, 
1674, died 1686; Ebenezer. April 24, 1677; 
Elizabeth, ?\Iarch 9, 1679 ; Jeremiah, March 17, 
i'')8o, died June 16. 16S0; Eleazer. Alarch 9, 
i(>Si. lived at Mendon. Children by second 
wife: Jeremiah, November 3, 1684; Rachel, 
October 17, 1686; Zachariah, .April 9, 1687, 
died May 2, iGSo- 

(III) Joseph (2), son of Joseph (i) Dan- 
iels, was born at Medfield, September 23, 1666, 
and died there January 14, 1739. ^^^ lived in 
what is now the town of Milli:-, formerly Med- 
field. He married Rachel Partridge, born i6<j9, 
at Medfield, daughter of Jolin and Magdalen 
(Bullard) Partridge; (second) Bethia, daugh- 
ter of Thomas and Ma'y (Hill) Breck ; she 
was born in Shtrborn, December 20, 1673, died 
February 3, 1754. Children, born at Medfield: 
Samuel, mentioned below ; Joseph, December 
15. i6<75 ; Davirl, I'ebruary 21, 1698-99; Han- 
nah, September 30, 1701 ; .\xra, March 10, 
1704; Sarah, May 17, 1707: Abigail. March 
15, 1715; Tamar, March 17. 1717. 

(I\') Samuel, son of Joseph (2) Daniels, 
was born at Medfield, December 25, 1693, and 
died in 1789. He mai'ried, December 6, 1717, 
Experience Adams, born i6ri6, at Medfield, 
now Medway. daughter of Deacon Peter and 
E.vperience (Cook) Adams. She died March 

29, 1 73 1, and he married (second) February 
20, 1733, Sarah Phipps, born at Wrentham, 
Massachusetts, daughter of John Phipps, 
nephew and adopted son of Sir William 
P'hipps, of London, England. Children by first 
wife: Samuel, mentioned below; Timothy, 
born September 6, 1722, of Sherborn; Nathan, 
August 20, 1727; John, August iS, 172S, set- 
tled in Keene, New Hampshire ; Simeon, 
March 8, 1730-31. of Wrentham; Reuben, No- 
vember 25, 1733, died 1734; Sarah, January 
lO' 1735 '• Mary, April 23, 1736; Japcth, Febru- 
ary 17, 1738; Abijah. July 27, 1740. 

(V) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) Dan- 
iels, was born at Medfield. Massachusetts, June 
8, 1720, and died at Keene, New Hampshire, 
November 23, 1809, "aged eigh.ty-nine" (town 
records). The history of Keene says: ''Sam- 
uel and Ebenezer Daniels came to Upper 
Ashuelot ( Keene) previous to 1740, and set- 
tled on the hill in the southwest part of the 
town, called Daniels Hill, now West ^Mountain. 
They and their descendants lived there until 
1850." Ebenezer Daniels was a near relative 
of Samuel. Samuel appears as an inhabitant 
or proprietor in 1736, and there is reason to 
believe that this Samuel was Samuel Daniels 
( R' ). Samuel Daniels signed a petition of 
the proprietors in 1750. Samuel Daniels and 
others from Medfield, Dedham, Canton, 
Wrentham, and vicinity, were granted ten acre 
lots in 1742, provided they live on their lots 
two years. The town as first settled was aban- 
doned and not reoccupicd until 1750. It was 
incorporated in 1753. Samuel Daniels must be 
reckoned as one of the founders. He was on 
the alarm list in 1773, and signed the associa- 
tion test in 1776. This record entitles his de- 
scendants to membership in the revolutionary 
societies. He married, at Medfield, January 
7, 1743, Hannah Hill. The history of Med- 
field states that he went to Keene. His widow 
Hannah died at Keene, March 19, 1819, aged 
ninety-five years. Among children were : 
Bethia. born February 14. 1762; Aaron, De- 
cember 10, 1765; Samuel, mentioned below. 

(\T) Samuel (3), son of Samuel (2) Dan- 
iels, died at Keene. October 22, 1829, aged 
sixty, according to the town record. He mar- 
ried Hepzibah Munroe. of Lexington, Massa- 
chusetts, sister of Thaddcus Daniels. He was 
a soldier in the war of 18 12 and received a 
land warrant for land in .\rkansas, signed by 
James Madison, president of the United States. 

(\II) John Porter, son of Samuel (3) 
Daniels, was born in Keene, New Hamp- 
shire. April, 1806. He married, October 18, 
1S33. Eleanor Sophia, daughter of William 
and Anna (Cutter) Whittemore; she was 
born November 24, i8a). died at Arling- 



toil, December 25, 1808 (see W'hittemore). 
He died December 9, 1852, at Arlington. Mas- 
sacluisetts. Cliildren, born at Arlington: Ellen 
S., Eebniary 7, 1835; John P.. December 7. 
1836; son died aged tour weeks ; daughter died 
July 19, 1844: Almira, died May 17, 1843, 
aged three years; Henry Clay, mentioned be- 

(\'HI) Henry Clay, son of John Porter 
Daniels, was born in \\'est Cambridge (Arling- 
ton), Alay 26. 1S42. He attended the public 
schools in .Arlington and Xewton, whither the 
family removed after his father died. He 
worked on a farm until he came of age. He 
was afterward for a period of eighteen vears 
boi.ikkeeper for Hills & Brother in ilo-ton. He 
then engaged in business on his account for a 
short time as a dealer in tlour, grain and feed. 
Afterward he had a livery stable and under- 
taking business, in which he continued for 
thirty years. He retired in 191 1. Since 1850 
he has resided in Xewton. For many years 
he was one of the leading business men of the 
town. In politics he is a Republican. He is 
a member of the Channing P'nitarian Church. 
When a young man he served in the state 
militia, in the Poston Lancers. He has been 
overseer of the poor and assessor of Xewton. 
He is a member of the Middlesex Club, a Re- 
publican organization, and of the Hunnewell 
Club of Xewton; of the Stablekcepers Asso- 
ciation; of Fraternal Lodge of Free Masons; 
the Retired Firemen's .Association ; the Hunne- 
well Improvement .Association; the L'nitarian 
Club. He married, January 21, 1873, Ada 
Endora, daughter of Captain Richard and 
Eliza Ann (Holmes) Hopkins, of Belfast, 
Maine. They were married at the home of 
her uncle, William ^L Hopkins, at Boston. 
She was a descendant of Stephen Hopkins, a 
"Mayflower" passenger. Children: i. Ada Eu- 
dora, born in Boston, October 21. 1S73; S^^^^' 
uate of X'cwton high school, student of chem- 
istry at the ^Massachusetts Institute of Tech- 
nology, teacher of domestic science, Boston, 
at the State Xormal School. Framingham. 
Ma'^sachusetts, ar.d at the Mary Hitchcock 
Hospital. Dartmoutii College, where she taught 
the nurses how to prepare food ; now in charge 
of household economics in public schools of 
Hartford. Connecticut. 2. .Amy Louise, born 
at Dorchester, July 26, 1875; graduate of 
Xewton high school; student of chemistry at 
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 
graduate of Teachers' Institute of Columbia 
College, Xew York City ; taught household 
economics in Springfield, Massachusetts, after 
she had been instructor in this subject in the 
Manual Training High School in Denver. Colo- 
rado, and the University of Chicago ; she vol- 

unteered her services in the care of infants 
during the summer months at Baltimore, Mary- 
land ; now professor of physiology in Colum- 
bia University, Columbia, ^lissouri. 3. George 
Henry, born at Xewton, March 9, 18S0; edu- 
cated in grammar and high schools of Xewton ; 
member of the Fraternal Lodge of Free Ma- 
son.-,, Xewton ; captain of the Claflin Guards, 
Xewton: employed by Badger Copper Com- 
pany. Boston; married Marion Stewart, and 
resides in Dorchester, part of Boston. 4. 
Harold Clay, born in Xewton, March 14, 1882; 
graduate of Xewton high school. 1902 ; second 
lieutenant in United States Marine Corps ; 
studied at the Officers' School, Port Royal, 
South Carolina, one year, and at the Brooklyn 
navy yard ; went to San Francisco and served 
three j'cars in the Philippines ; thence to Shang- 
hai, China, Pekin, and Hong Kong, taking 
part in the expeditionary service ; afterward 
stationed for four years at [Manila, and is now 
at Charlestown navy yard. 3. Milton Whitte- 
more, born at Xewton, March 3. 1894, died 
November 7, 1905. 

(The Whittemore Line). 

This family traces its ancestry to Pete' de 
Botrel. of Staffordshire, England, and his son, 
Ra!]>h de Botrel, by whose second wife came 
Ral])h de Botrel, who had a son John. This 
Sir John bought the titles of the Lord of Whit- 
more, and had a son, John Whitmore, whose 
son Richard married Susannah Draycote. 
Richard's son, Philip Whitmore, married 
Thomasine, daughter of Richard Okeover, and 
their son Richard, who had a son Xicholas by 
his third wife, daughter of Simon Harcourt 
probably. Nicholas married Anne, daughter 
of Thomas -Aston, and their son Anthony mar- 
ried Christina, daughter of Xicholas \'aux. 
\\ illiam. son of Anthony, had a son John, of 
Caunton, who married (first) .Alice BIyton. 
daughter of Robert, of Caunton, county Xotts. 
and (second) Catherine, daughter of Robert 
Conipton, of Hawton. Robert, son of John 
and heir of Caunton, married Catherine, daugh- 
ter of (jeorge Claye (first), and (second) 
-Alice -Atwoode, the mother of Charles. Charles, 
son of Robert, lived at Tixforth, county Xotts ; 
his son Thomas lived at Hitchin, county Hert- 
ford, and was father of the immigrants 
Thomas, of Maiden, and John, of Stamford. 

(I) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) 
Whittemore. was born at Hitchin, Hertford- 
shire. England, and came to .America before 
iri40, when he was in Charlestown. Massachu- 
setts, in the part now Maiden, and signed a 
petition with neighbors for better privileges 
in i('>40. He married (second) .April 14, 1623, 
in England, Sarah Deardes, buried November 



,- idjS. IK- married (third ) Hannah , 

;j,,, ua^ Ij*^""" 1*^1-. according to her deposi- 
fMii. and who married (second) June 3, 1663, 
|;,Mii:iniin lliittcrfield. W'hitteniore ched at 
\!al(li.n. May 25. i''>6i, and his will was proved 
liiiie .^T, I<>^>1. Children: Sarah, baptized 
'\nril 14. i^)i6; Mary, baptized May u. 1624; 
TlKimas. bajitized October 6, 1626; Daniel. 
l,;ipti/.ed July 13, 1633: John, baptized April 
.'-. buried 29, 1635: Nathaniel, baptized May 
1. 1(130: John, baiuized February ir. 1638-39; 
E!i/abeth : Benjamin : Thomas, one of the 
cases of two sons of the same name living at 
<:\me time, the elder living in England anrl 
\()uuger in America in this case; Samuel, men- 
tioned belew ; Peletiah ; Abraham. 

(II) Samuel, son of Thomas (2) W'hitte- 

uiore. married llaimah . and moved to 

l)'j\er. New Hampshire. He died September 
i;. 1726. Children: Samuel, married Lydia 
Scott, and died before his brother Samuel's 
birth; Hannah; Elizabeth; Sarah; Mary: .Abi- 
gail ; Susannah, died young : Thomas, died 
\oiing; Samuel, mentioned below. 

(III) Samuel (2), son of Samuel fi) 
Wliitteniorc, was born July 27. i6q6. and died 
I'ebruary 3, 1793. aged ninety-six. He served 
in the revolution on important committees, and 
w hen eighty years old. at Lexington, was struck 
by a bullet and left for dead, but recovered in 
about four hours. He married (first) Eliza- 
beth Spring, and (second) Esther Prentice. 
Children; Sanmel : Elizabeth: Sarah: Han- 
nah, died young ; Thomas : Susannah ; William, 
mentioned below; Cathririne; Hannah: Marv. 

( I\' ) William, son of Samuel 12) Whitte- 
inore. was born in 1732. and died 18 iS. He 
was grackuited from Harvard College in 1753. 
and married .Abigail, daughter of Captain 
1 'hi lip Carteret, and descendant of President 
Dunster. of Harvard I'niversity. Children: 
Llizaheth Carteret, died young; Elizabeth Car- 
teret; Philip Carteret; William, died young; 
William, mentioned below ; .Abigail. 

I \' ) William Whittemore, son of William, 
wa- born June 30. 1772. and married. Febru- 
ar\ 2, ]~c/'\ .Anna Cutier (see Cutter). 

(The Cutter Line). 

I 1 ) Elizabeth Cutter, widow, the immigrant 
ancestor, was born in England, and lived at 
Newcastle under the ministry of Mr. Rodwcll. 
Her husband, probably Samuel Cutter, died be- 
fore she came to America, and she seeius to 
have followed' her sons, William and Richard. 
She lived in Cambridge with her daughter Bar- 
bara, wife of Elijah Corlet, for a score of 
years, and died there January 10, ir/)3-/54, 
aged about ei.ghty-nine. Children : William ; 
Richard, mentioned below ; Barbara. 

(H) Richard Cutter, son of Elizabeth, was 
born in England, about 162 1, and died June 
16, 1693, aged about seventy-two. He piob- 
ably came before his mother. I le was a cooper 
liy trade. He was admitted a freeiuan June 2, 
164 1, when he was doubtless over twenty-one. 
He joined the Artillery Company of Boston 
in i'>43. He married, about 1644. Elizabeth 

. who died March 5. 1661-62, aged 

forty-two. He married (second) February 

14, 1662-63, I-'rances (Merriman) Amsden, 
widow of Isaac .Amsden. of Cambridge. He 
owned various parcels of land in the vicinity of 
Cambriflge. His homestead was m Menotomy, 
then Cambridge. His will, dated April 19. 
1693, was provetl July 24, 161)3. Children: 
Elizabeth, boi n Jidy 15. 1645; Samuel, Janu- 
ary 3, 1646-47. at Cambridge ; Thomas, July 
19, 1648; \\'illiaiu. mentioned below; Ephraim, 
16)51 : Gershom. 1653; Mary. 1657; Nathaniel. 
December 11. 1663; Rebecca, September 5. 
i6V)5 : Hepsibah. November 11. 1667, died Feb- 
ruary 2j, 1667-68; Elizabeth. May i, 1668-69; 
Hepsibah, .August 15. 1671 : Ruhamah, 1678. 

(Ill) William, son of Richard Cutter, was 
born at Cambridge, I-"ebruary 22, 1649-50. He 
and his wife were admitted to the church. July 
28, T700. He inherited his father's estate, also 
bought much land, and was a housewright as 
well as farmer. He married Rebecca Wolfe, 
daughter of John, and she married (second) 
June 3. 1724. John W'hitmore ; she died No- 
vember 23, 1 75 1, aged ninety. William Cut- 
ter's will, dated June i, 1722, was proved 
April 29. 1723. Children: Elizabeth, born 
March 5, 1680-81 ; Richard, November 13, 
16S2 : Alary, Jaiu:ary 26. 1684-S5. died .April 
6, 10S5; Hannah. May 20, 1688; John, October 

15. 16)90; Rebecca, January 18. 1(592-93: Wil- 
liam. 1697; Samuel. June 14. 1700. mentioned 
below; Sarah. l:ia])tized October 18. 1702; 
.Ammi Ruhamah, baptized May 6, 1705. 

(1\') Samuel, son of William Cutter, was 
born June 14. 1700. and died September 27, 
1737. He married, November 10, 1720, Anne, 
daughter of John and Hannah (Winter) Har- 
rington, and they owned the covenant in the 
church September 17. 1721. being admitted 
September 29. 1723. She married (second) 
March 31, 1743. Nathaniel Francis, and died 
December 31, 1777. Children: William, born 
September 10. 1 72 1, died April 27, 1737; 
Esther, I-"ebruary 15, 1723-24: Samuel, bap- 
tizeil March 31. 1728. dieil young; .Anne, born 
January-,^, 1730-31 : Rebecca. March 3. 1732- 
iiT,: Hannah. February 27, 1734-35: Samuel, 
January 21. 1736. mentioned below. 

( \') Lieutenant Samuel (2) Cutter, son of 
Samuel (i) Cutter, was born January 21, 1736, 
and died April 7, 1791. He served in the revo- 



lution, at the bnttle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 
1775; ensign of Captain Isaac Hall's cotni)aiiy, 
Colonel Thomas Gardner's regiment, stationed 
near Lechmere's Point, East Cambridge, and 
this company on reaching the Hill, was ordered 
by Putnam to help in throwing up defenses ; 
later Cutler was commissioned lieutenant. On 
April 7, 1791, he was accidentally killed by fall- 
ing from a cart. He married, April 28. 1757, 
Susanna Francis, born November 28, 1734, died 
December 19, 1817, daughter of Ebenezer and 
Rachel (Tufts) Francis. Children: Samuel, 
born January 30, 175S; William, July 15, 1759; 
Susanna, March 12, 1761 ; Francis, April 15, 
17G3; Ezckiel, December 24. 17G4: Ebenezer, 
December 29, 1765; Abigail, January ig, 1769; 
Anna, June 19, 1771, married February 2, 
1796, William Whittemore (see Whittemore) ; 
Adam, April 12, 1774; Edward, June 9, 1775, 
died August 2, 177S; Washington, June 18, 

George Corliss, the immigrant 
CORLISS ancestor, was born in Devon- 
shire, England, about 1617, son 
of Thomas Corliss. He came to New England 
in i''»39. and settled in Newbury, Massachu- 
setts. He moved soon to Haverhill, where he 
resided the remainder of his life. He settled 
in 1640 in the west parish of Haverhill, and 
the farm, now known as the Poplar Lawn 
Farm, was owned by a descendant, at last ac- 
counts. He was the first settler in that part 
of the town, and built a log house in 1637. His 
name was on the list of freemen in 1645. He 
was constable in i'')50, selectman in 1648-53- 
57-69-79. His will was dated October 18, 
1686, and he died October 19. 1G86. It is a 
remarkable coincidence that George Corliss, 
his son John and his grandson John, all died on 
the same farm, and each one sitting in the same 
chair. He married, October 26, 1645, at 
Haverhill. Joanna, daughter of Thomas Davis. 
Children : ^lary, born September 6, 1646, mar- 
ried William Neft and was with Hannah Dus- 
tin when she was captured by the Indians ; 
John, meTilioned below : Joanna, .\pril 28, 
1650; Martha, June 2, 1652; Deborah, June 6, 
1655; Ann, November 8, 1637: Huldah, No- 
vem.bcr 18, 1661 ; Sarah, February 23, 1663. 
(II) John, son of George Corliss, was born 
in Haverhill, Massachusetts, March 4, 1648, 
died February 17, 1698. He inherited the 
homestead from his father, and his name is 
among those who took tlie oath of allegiance 
at Haverhill, November 28, 1677. He was also 
among those soldiers paid by the town, Au- 
gust 24. 1676. for serving in the Indian wars. 
He died intestate, February 17, 1698, and the 
inventory of his estate was filed August i. 

169S. He married Mary, born November 18, i 
1667, daughter of Gilbert Wilford, of Haver- ! 
hill. She married (second) William Whit- \ 
taker, of Haverhill. Children : John, mention- | 
ed below; IMary, born February 25, 1687; j 
Thomas, ^larch 2, 1689; Hannah, 1691 ; Tim- ' 
othy, December 13, 1693; Jonathan, July 16, j 
1695; Mchitable, ^lay 15. 1698. s 

(III) John (2), son of John (i) Corliss, ; 
was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, March \ 
4, i6>86, died in 1766. He resided on the old ' 
homestead. He willed it to his son, but as he 
lived longer than his son, the estate went to his 
grandsons. In apjiearance he was more than 

six feet in height and finely proportioned. He 
had a powerful voice, and it is said he could 
be heard and understood a mile away. He had 
remarkable health until he was more than sev- 
enty-five years old. His children all received 
a good education, and were provided for lib- 
erally by him. He married, in 1711. Ruth 
Ha\ncs, born February 7, 1691, died in 1787. 
Children: Ruth, born October 14, 1712; 
George, March 4, 1714, died April 4, 1714; 
John, mentioned below ; Timothy, February 
4, 1717; Sarah, November, 1718; Abigail, No- 
vember 20, 1720; Jose[)h, November 4, 1722; 
Hannah, August 16, 1724; Infant, died young; 
IVIary. born May 8, 1727; Infant, died young; 
Jonathan, born February 25, 1730: Joshua, 
January 19, 1733. 

(IV) John (3), son of John (2) Corliss, 
was born September 12, 1715, on the Corliss 
farm at Haverhill, Massachusetts, died there 
November 15, 1753. His widow Abiah, and 
Joseph Haynes, of Haverhill, settled his estate 
in June, 1754. The inventory was dated De- 
cember 29. 1753, and in it is mentioned a 
negro girl, valued at forty pounds. Joseph 
Haynes gave a negro child which he took from 
the Corliss estate to his wife, in 1739: she was 
named Selah Jarvis, being baptized Celia in 
1738. She lived in the Haynes family until 
her death. November 6, 1834, aged ninety-five 
years. John Corliss married (first) November 
30. 1737, Abigail, or Mary, born May 22, 1720, 
died January 4, 1753, daughter of James and 
Martha Mitchell, of Haverhill. He married 
(second) September 13, 1753, Abiah Whittier. 
He was a farmer. Children, born in Haver- 
hill: Sarah, September 21, 173S. died Novem- 
ber 3, 1738; Elizabeth, September i, 1739, died 
September i, 1739: Mehitable, August i, 1741 ; 
James. July 7, 1743: Martha, June 28, 1745; 
John, mentioned below; Mitchell. March 29, 
1749; Ruth, January 8, 1750, died A-ugust 22, 
1755 ; Patty; Samuel. December 31, 1754, died 
same day. 

( \') John ("4), son of John (3) Corliss. 
was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, May 8, 

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,-!-, died at Easton, New Yoik, May 27, 
iSjj. He lived in Haverhill, i\Iassachiisetts, 
.Hid Haverhill, New Hampshire, until about 
i-()i) or 1793, and then moved to New York 
^('.•iti'. starting for what is now known a.s Gal- 
wriv, Saratoga county, New York. When he 
K.iched the place now known as Schuylerville, 
he found that the Hudson river was frozen 
over, but that the ice was too thin to cross on, 
;!iid so he changed his plans, settling instead at 
1 Alston, Washington county. New York, where 
his youngest son was born. Before he moved 
to New York state he had been a well-to-do 
tanner, with no need to worry about the 
future, but the depreciation of "Continental 
ir,oni\v" just after he had sold three large 
I'anns changed his fortunes, and he was forced 
to move in order to support his family. His 
brother James was in New Hampslu're, and he 
went there for a time, then going to Easton. 
.\fter some years he gave the care of his farm 
to his sons, ^litchell and Jolm, who during the 
war of 1812 purchased about six himdrcd acres 
of land on the west side of the town of Sara- 
toga, in addition to the land owned on the east 
side of the river. Part of this land belonged 
to the Van \'echten family, an old Knicker- 
bocker family. The sons were engaged in 
lumbering, in addition to farming, and they 
became quite wealthy ; their money depreciated 
nt the close of the war of 1S12, but they gamed 
it again by their industry and became very 
well-to-do. In appearance Captain John Cor- 
liss was of large stature, heavy and powerful. 
and he possessed match dignity and fine man- 
ners. He was born and bred a gentleman and 
was marked by his high sense of honor. He 
was an unusually skilled horseman and his 
appear;: nee on horseback was very imposing. 
He served from July 15 to October 10. 17S0, 
from Ila\-erhil!, in the revolution. Captain 
fonathan Aver's companv. Colonel Nathaniel 

He married Lydia Haynes, of Haverhill, 
Massachusetts. She was born January 3, 1750, 
tlied July 8, 1823. Children: Tristram, born 
December 3. 1769: Mehitab'e, Augu-t 25. 
1771 ; Lydia, June 2, 1773; John, March 28, 
1775: Elizabeth, rebruary 27, 1777: Mitchell, 
.\ngiist 9, 1779: Abigail, October S, 1781 ; 
Sarah, December 30, 17S3, died No\ember 15, 
17S4: James. November i, 1785; Joseph 
Haynes, April 8, 1788; Sarah, January 24, 
i/Oi, died February 25. 1792: Hiram, men- 
tioned below; son, December 9, 1795, died 

(VI) Dr. Hiram Corliss, son of John (4) 
Corliss, was born at Easton, New York, Octo- 
I'cr 21, 1793. He lived in L'nion Village, 
^Vashington county, New York, where he was 


a physician. He continued in practice after 
he was eighty years old. He married (first) 
Susan Sheldon, born ^Lay 28, 1794, died April 
5, 1843. ^J<^ married (second) Alma H. 
Sampson, born 1804, tlied Jmie 5, 1858. He 
married (third) Maria Cowan, born August 
12, 181 r. Children: Mary F.. born July 29, 
1815; George flenry. mentioned below; Eliza- 
beth S.. July 23, 1819, died May 26, 1S20; 
Albert Hiram, May 11, 1823; Charles, Febru- 
ary 26, 1826; Elizabeth S., April 11, 1829; 
Sarah S., Sei)tember 25, 1831, died December 
10, 1846; William, November 5, 1834; Susan 
I'^rances, .\ugust 12, 1839, died September 9, 

(VI I) Hon. George Henry Corliss, son of 
Dr. Hiram Corliss, was born in Easton, Wash- 
ington county. New York, June 2, 1817. He 
attended the village schools until he was four- 
teen years old and then started upon his busi- 
ness career, as so many great Americans have 
done, as clerk in a general store. But after 
three years he decided to continue his studies 
and he became a student in the academy at 
Castleton, Vermont. Early in 1838 he engaged 
in business on his own account as a general 
merchant at Greenwich, New York. At the 
age of eighteen his skill as an engineer was 
foreshadowed in planning and building a tem- 
porary bridge across Batten Kill, but at the 
age of twenty-four he had never been m a 
machine shop nor exhibited any talent for in- 
vention or mechanics. In 1840 he began his 
life work and during the next four years was 
engaged in inventing and manufacturing a ma- 
chine for sewing boots, shoes and heavy 
leather. .Mthough his machine proved to be 
practical and useful, he lacked capital to put 
it on the market and finally abandoned it and 
devoted his attention to steam engines. In 
1844 he made his home in Providence, Rhode 
Island, where he lived the remainder of his 
life. Soon afterward he went into partnership 
with John Barstow antl E. J. Nightingale, 
under the firm name of Corliss, Nightingale 
& Companv. In 1846 he began to develop his 
inventions for the improvement of the steam 
engine, and in February. 1848, completed and 
put in operation an engine that embodied the 
essential features of what became famous soon 
afterward as the Corliss engine, and in the 
same vear the erection of the present works 
of the Corliss Steam Engine Company was be- 
gun. Important patents were granted March 
10, 1849. and from that time to the present 
the Corliss engine has occupied a foremost 
place among the great mechanical appliances 
of this labor-saving era. The Corliss Steam 
Engine Company was incorporated in 1856 
with Mr. Corliss as president and his brother 



William as treasurer. As the business in- 
creased tlie works were enlarged and the latest 
machinery was added to the e(|uij)nient. Many 
of the devices used in nianuiacturins^ the en- 
gines were invented by Mr. Corliss. The [)'ant 
grew until at the time of the founder's cleatii, 
February 21, 1SS8, its tloor space amounted 
to more than tive acres and it gave employment 
to more than a thousand hands. The Corliss 
engines were sent to all jjarts of the world and 
to the present time its standard has been kejn 
so high that the very name has become a 
symbol of the best among the multitude of 
steam engines in\ented and markete 1 since 
the name of Corliss first became known. 

At the Paris E.xposition in 1867 Mr. Corliss 
received the highest competitive prize against 
a hundred competitors, the best from all the 
engine builders in the world. J. Scott Rus- 
sell, a distinguished English engineer and the 
builder of the steamship "Great Eastern." was 
one of the Uriti^h commissioners at this ex- 
position and in his report to his government he 
said of the valve gear of the Corliss engine: 
"A mechanism as beautiful as the human hand. 
It releases or retains its grasp on the feeiiing 
valve, and gives a greater or less dose of steam 
in nice proportion to eacli var}-ing want. The 
American engine of Corliss everywhere tells 
of wise forethought, judicious projiortions and 
execution and e\(|nisite contrivance." The 
Rum ford medals were awarded to Mr. Corliss, 
January 11, 1870. Upon the occasion of pre- 
senting these medals, Dr. .Asa tiray, president 
of the Academy, said that "the founder of the 
trust required that the invention should be 
real, original and important. '* The acad- 

emy rejoices when, as now, it can signalize 
an invention which unec|uivocalK- tends to pro- 
mote that which the founder had most at heart, 
the material go 'd of mankind." Dr. Gray in 
stating the grounds upon which the award had 
been made, said that Mr. Corliss "had shown 
conspicuously his mastery of the resources of 
mechanism," and that "no invention since 
Watt's time has so enhanced the efficiency of 
the steam engim, a^ this for which the Rum- 
ford medal i> now presented." It is interest- 
ing to note that just a century before the Rum- 
ford medal was given to Mr. Corliss, Watt 
patented his improvements on the steam engine. 

The award of the Grand Diploma of Honor 
from the X'ienna Exhibition in 1873 was an- 
other triumph for the Corliss engine, espe- 
cially as he had neither representative nor 
machinery to represent him. Foreign builders 
had followed Iiis designs and placed his name 
on their engines. Hence the jurors awarded to 
Mr. Corliss "the Diploma of Honor" as a "par- 
ticular distinction for eminent merits in the 

domain of science, its application to the edu- 
cation of the people, and its conducement to 
the advancement of intellectual, moral and ma- 
terial welfare of man." Mr. Corliss was the 
only person to receive a diploma without being 
an exhibitor. 

The Institute of France bestowed on Mr. 
Corliss by puiblic proclamation, March xo, 
187^, the ?kIontyon p'rize for the year 1878, the 
highest known prize for mechanical achieve- 
ment in the old world. The date of this honor 
by a curious coincidence was the thirtieth anni- 
versary of the first patent of Mr. Corliss. 

In Feljruary, 1S72. Mr. Corliss was appoint- 
td a ccnmiissioner from the state of Rhode 
Island to have charge of th.c Centennial Ex- 
liibition in I'hiladelphia and was chosen one 
of the executive committee of seven intrusted 
with the preliminary work. The organization 
of the Centennial Board of Finance, at the sug- 
gestion of Mr. Corliss, proved to be a most 
im])crtant measure for insuring the financial 
success of the undertaking. 

The great Coidiss engine was one of the 
chief wonders of the exhibition, .\fter fur- 
ni>hing plans to provide a steam engine of 
1,403 iiorse power for the needs of Machinery 
Hall, he withdrew- his proposition and bids 
were requested from manufacturers of steam 
engines. FiUt the combined power of all the 
engines offered was not enough and the com- 
mission turned to Mr. Corliss, requesting him 
to renew his original offer. At a cost to Mr. 
Corliss of over the engine was built 
and put into successful operation without cost 
to the exhibition. Fie gave his personal atten- 
tion to every detail of planning and building 
the gre?.t motor. Professor Radinger, of the 
Polyteci-;nic School of \'ienna, in a work on 
th.e machinery department of the Centennial 
M^ hibition. said of this engine: "Systematical 
in greatness, beautiful in form and without 
fault — in every detail a masterpiece." The 
Centennial engine was afterward used in oper- 
ating the Pullman car works near Chicago. 
In later years Mr. Corliss adapted his engine 
most successfully to the work of pumping 
v.-ater for supj)lying towns and cities, and his 
mechanism made feasible hitherto impracticable 
problems in supplying municipalities with pure 
water. In a competitive test of pumjiing en- 
gines at Providence, tiie Corliss engine was 
.successful and a gratuity of was recom- 
mended on account of the great capacity and 
special adaptability of the machine to the r.ecds 
of the city. During the civil war the Corliss 
works furnished machinery for the govern- 
ment. In 1S63 the government ordered the 
work on hand delivered in an unfinished con- 
dition at the Charlestovvn navy yard and the 


I i6i 

..lin'.-iiiv liiingin^' suit for contract was a\var<i- 

,1 S.';".'>^- -^'''- Corliss made various ini- 

, ,,,vci"ii<-'"t^ on boiler condensing apparatus for 

Ii)iiiiit.- and pumping engines, and a machine 

),,r cutting cogs on beveled wheels. 

ill politics he was a Republican, and in 
[ S/ s^-< II >- 70 he was a representative from North 
providence in the general assembly of Rhode 
M:md. In 1S76 he was elected a presidential 
fleet" ir from his state and voted for President 
ll;i\cs. tie was a member of the Charles 
Strict Congregational Church from the time 
Ml its formation and a liberal giver to its work 
.ind to other churches. 

lie died I'ebruary 21, 1888, and in an edi- 
tdiial the following day, the Providence Joiir- 
tiiil said : 

Till- community loses one of its master minds and 
;i man who has done more for the development of 
tin- steam engine than anyone who has yet lived in 
this country. His fame was world-wide and his 
ye.irs were devoted to the very end to the one pur- 
ji'isc of liis life. To say that he has left a void 
which it is impossible to fill is simply to reveal tlie 
poverty of language in the presence of an irrepa- 
rable loss. 

He married (first) in January, 1839, Phebe 
1''. !'"rost, born in Canterbury, Connecticut, died 
in Providence, Rhode Island. March 5. 1830- 
He married (second) December, 1866. Emily 
.■\. Shaw, born at Xewburyport, Massachu- 
setts. Children, both born to the first mar- 
riage, were: Maria Louisa, born December 
13, 1839; George Frost, born in October, 1841, 
residing in Nice, France, unmarried. 

Henry Cobb, the immigrant ances- 
COP.B tor. was born in 1596 in the south- 
east part of the county of Kent, 
England. He was brought up in the Church 
f)f England, and when a young man joined the 
Pilgrims. He is said to have united with a 
Congregational church in London, of which 
the Rev. Mr. Lathro]) was then pastor. He 
probably came to .America in the ship "Anne" 
in \Ci2q. He settled in Scituate, Massachu- 
setts, in 1633, and removed to Barnstable, 
Massachusetts, in 1639. He was deacon or 
ruling elder in the two towns for thirty- four 
years. He also held several civil offices, among 
them that of deputy to the general court for 
several years. He died in pjarnstablc in it'i79- 
aged eighty-three years. He married (first) 
in .April, 163 1. Patience, daughter of James 
and Catherine Hur^t. of Plymouth. Massachu- 
setts. She died May 4. 1648. Pie married 
•second) December 12, 1649. Sarah, daughter 
"f Samuel and Sarah tlinckley, and lister of 
Covernor Thotnas Hinckley. Of his si.xteen 
children three were born in Plymouth, two in 

Scituate aiul eleven in Barnstable. Children 
of first wife: John, mentioned belcjw ; Edward, 
born 1(^33; James, January 13, 1634; Mary, 
March 24, 1^137; Hannah, CJctober 5, 1639; 
Patience. Marcli 19, 1641 : Gershom, January 
10, 1O45: ICleazer, March 30, 1648. Children 
of second wife: Mehitable. born ."September i, 
1652, died March 8, i'>53: Samuel, October 
1 8. i''>54; Sarah, January 15, 1658, died Jaini- 
ary 25, 1^158; Jonathan, April 10, 1660; Sarah, 
March 10. i('>^i3 ; Mehitable, February 15, 1667, 
c'ied young; Henry, born September 5, 1(368; 
Experience. Seiitember 11, 1671, died young. 

( H) John, son of Henry Cobb, was born in 
Plymouth, Massachusetts, June 7, 1632. He 
married (fir^t) .April 28, 165S, Alartha, daugh- 
ter of William Nelson, of Plymouth. He mar- 
ried (second) June 13. 1676, Jane Wooflward, 
of Taunton. Massachusetts. Children of first 
wife: John, born August 24, 1662; Samuel, 
1663; Elizabeth. 1664; Israel. iCfib; Patience, 
August 10. 1668: Ebenezer. mentioned below. 
Children of second wife: Elisha. born April 3, 
1679 ; James, July 20, 1682. 

( HI) Ebenezer, son of John Cobb, was born 
August 9, 1 67 1, died at Rocky Neck, Kingston, 
Massachusetts, July 29, 1752. He married 
(first) March 22, 1693, Mercy Holmes, of 
Middleborough, born in 1673, died March 2, 
1726. He married (second) Alary Thomas, 
of Middleborough. Children, all by first wife: 
Ebenezer. born April 2, 1CX54; Mercy, January 
6, i6g6, died March 23, 1697: Nathaniel, Feb- 
ruary 20, 169S; Hannah. February 27, 1699; 
Sarah. April 15. 1702; Mercy, January i, 
1705; Nathan, mentioned below: John, May 
30, 1709; Mary, C>ctober 30. 1711 : Elizabeth, 
March 30, 1714: Job, February 2^, ^7^7', Ro- 
land, October 30. 1719. 

(IV) Nathan, son of Ebenezer Cobb, was 
born at Middleborough, January 14, 1707. He 
married, March t). 1733, Joanna Bennett or 
Burnett, of Midilleliorough. Children, born at 
Mi Idleborough : William. 1735. married Mary 
Pynchon : Elizabeth. 1736, married John Samp- 
son ; Deborah, 173S; Timothy, 1742; Nathan, 
1743. married Jerusha Harlow; Joseph, men- 
tioned below ; Benjamin, 1730, married Sally 
Ransom: Xehemiah, married Mehitable Rick- 

( \' ) Joseidi. son of Nathan Cobb, was born 
about 1743, in Middleborough, Massachusetts. 
He lived in that town and Plynipton. lie mar- 
ried (first) Rebecca Crocker : (second) Sus- 
anna Dunham. Children by first wife: Joseph, 
born 1773. lived in Carver: Crocker, men- 
tioned below; Ileman. Child by second wife: 

(\'I) Crocker, son of Joseph Cobb, was 
born at Plympton or Middleborough. He mar- 



ried Mary, dauf^hter of Nathaniel and Hannah 
Thompson. His wife was a member of the 
Middleboroiigli church, joining November 29, 
1807. Her fatlier was dismissed in 1810 to 
Rehobotii chuich, and died January 31, 1833, 
aged eighty-two years. Children : Otis Thomjj- 
son, mentioned below ; Adeline, married Henian 

(VH) Otis Thompson, son of Crocker 
Cobb, was a member of the Middleborough 
church, and in 1S34 was dismissed to the 
church in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was 
a merchant in New York City for many years. 
He married Maria Cady, born July 16, 1808, 
daughter of Squire Cady (see Cady V). Chil- 
dren: I. Frances Maria, married George Case, 
a lawyer of Hartford, and had one child who 
died young. 2. Susan Adeline, married Ed- 
win Rurnham Staples, major in the United 
States army in the civil war. Fourth Massa- 
chusetts Cavalry; cliild. Joseph Cady Staples, 
married .-Xnnie Hubbard and had three chil- 
dren: Edwin Hubbard, Mary Blossom and 
Catherine Cady Staples, now residing in Pen- 
lyn, Pennsylvania. 3. William Eddy, men- 
tioned below. 4. Joseph Sherman, died unmar- 
ried at Providence, Rhode Island. 

(\TII) William Eddy, son of Otis Thomp- 
son Cobb, was born in New York City, died 
July 12, 1904, at -Newton, Massachusetts. lie 
was for thirty }ear3 auditor of the Adams 
Express Company in Boston. He married, 
November 23, 1867, Elizabeth Case, born Feb- 
ruary 27, 1843, daughter of Sylvanus and Jane 
(Tuckerj Case, of Hartford, Connecticut. 
Children : Grace Elizabeth, born December 27, 
1S69; Edna Maria, .\pril 19, 1872; Maria 
Jane, December 5, iSSt. 

(The Cady Line). 

The word Cady is derived from Ca-dia, a 
Gaelic word meaning the House of God. Cadie 
is an old Scotch word for messenger. As a 
surname the word has been variously spelled, 
Cade, Caddie, Caddy, Cadye, Kayde, Cadey 
and Cady, and of course in a variety of other 
less ciimmon forms. Families of this name 
bearing coats-of-arms of some antiquity are 
found in counties Iisse.\:, Kent, Suffolk and 
Gloucester, Kent. The surname is found in 
the ancieiTt Hundred Rolls and was not un- 
common as early as 1450 in county Sussex. 

(I) Nicholas Cady, the immigrant ancestor, 
was born in England, and settled in Water- 
town, Massachusetts. He and John Knapp, 
who appears to be a relati\e. bought of Wil- 
liam Potter, of Watertown, Decetnber 8. 1645, 
a house and land in Watertown. Cady deeded 
his share to John Knapp in August, 1650. He 
took the oath of fidehty in 1652; was of the 

train band in 1653. He removed to Groton, 
Massachusetts, early in 1668, and sold his land 
in Watertown. He was highway surveyor at 
Groton in 167 1. At the time of the abandon- 
ment of the town in King Philip's war, he 
went to Cambridge, where in 1678 he bought 
a farm of John WincoU. He was a soldier in 
King Philip's war and was in Mr. \Villiam's 
garrison. He returned to Groton after the war 
and served as surveyor in 1680-83-85-86. He 
was constable in 1685 and was corporal of the 
military company. He died prior to 171 2. 
Cady's Pond, about a mile from the village of 
Groton, takes the name from him. Mr. Cady 
married (first) Judith, daughter of William 
Knapp, about 1648. William Knapp was a car- 
penter ; died at Watertown, .\ugust 30, 1658, 
aged about eighty years. Mr. Cady married 
(second) Priscilla, widow of Thomas .\kers. 
Children, born at Watertown : John. January 

15, 1650-51 : Judith, September 2, 1653; James, 
mentioned below; Nicholas. .August 2. 1657, 
died young; Daniel, November 27, 1659; Eze- 
kiel, August 14, 1662; Nicholas, February 20, 
1663-64; Joseph, May 28, 1666. 

( IJ) James, .son of Nicholas Cady, was born 
at Watertown, Massachusetts, August 28. 1655, 
died in Groton, ^lassachusetts. December 2. 
1690. His brothers, John and Joseph, were 
appointed administrators on his estate, June 

16, 1691. He seems to have lived in both 
Watertown and Groton. He married, June 
14, 1678. Hannah Barron, born March 6, 1658, 
daughter of Ellis and Hannah (Hawkins) Bar- 
ron. Ellis was son of Ellis Barron, who was 
a freeman of Watertown in 1641, and served 
as constable and selectman there. Flannah 
was daughter of Timothy Hawkins, of Water- 
town; he died there in 1651. On December 
31, 171 1, Ellis Barron made a will, proved 
September 8, 1712, in which he mentioned 
Hannah Cady or her heirs. Children : James, 
born at Watertown, April i, 1679; John, men- 
tioned below ; Daniel, born about 16S2 ; Abi- 
gail, born about 1684; Elizabeth, born at Gro- 
ton, April 10, 1686; Aaron, born at Groton, 
April 7, 1688. 

(HI) Sergeant John Cady, son of James 
Cady, was born about 1680, in \\'atertown, 
Massachusetts, died September 6. 1751. at 
Windsor, Connecticut. John Cady lived in 
Groton, Massachusetts, 1699-1701 ; in Plain- 
field, Connecticut, in 1704; Canterbury, Con- 
necticut, 1704 to 1721 ; in Tolland, Connecti- 
cut, 1721-24: in \\'illington, Connecticut, 1725- 
2f>27 ; in Windsor, Connecticut. 1728-39; in 
Coventry and Tolland, Connecticut, in 1740. 
He married (first) about 169S, Elizabeth 

. He married (second) Mrs. Elizabeth 

Mather, daughter of John and Sarah (Fitch) 



1 163 

Stotij^lif'in. She was born February 19, 1692, 
(IumI I'Vbruary 29, 1760; she married (first) 
lo-L-jih ^father. Children by first wife: John, 
tiorn August 7, 1699; EHzabeth, March 5, 1701 ; 
William, August 22, 1704; Eleazcr, mentioned 
Ir'Iow; Ehciiezer, April 19. 1714. Children by 
>ccond wife: Deliverance, 1722; child, died 
October 10, 1739. 

(IV) Captain Eleazcr Cady, son of Ser- 
^'cant John Cady, was born at Canterbury, 
(.'iiiuH'cticut, March 15. 1708. He was taxed 
at W'indsor in 1732. His will was dated at 
I'lainficld. December 10, 1766, and was proved 
March, 1767, bequeathing to wife Keziah, eld- 
est son Jolin. \oungest son Squire, daughter 
I.ucy, wife of Obacliah Johnson. He was cap- 
tain of a trooj) of horse in 1759. He married. 
Octolier 2S, 1739. Keziah, born at Plainfield, 
April 15, 172 1, daughter of Josiah and Sarah 
( Warren ) Spaulding. Children, born at 
I'lainfield: Eucy, .April 11, 1742; John, May 
16, 1744; Squire, mentioned below. 

(V ) Squire, son of Captain Eleazer Cady, 
was born at Plainfield, Connecticut, October 
28, 1754, died June 3, 1841. He was a private 
and afterward sergeant in the revolution. He 
was granted a pension, September 29, 1832, 
amounting to $75.53 per aimum. He was one 
of the surviving pensioners of the revolution 
in 1840. aged eighty-eight years. Ele was at 
one tinii' constable of Plainfield. and in 1S30 
was town clerk. He married (first) April 18, 
1790. Thankful Cutler, born August 19, 1756, 
died January 23. 1799. He married (second) 
May 20. 1709. .\biah Spaulding, born at Plain- 
field. Children by first wile: Lucy, born De- 
cember 31, 1790: John, October 30, 1792; 
Ceorge, January 24, 1795; Susannah, ]\Iarch 
10, 1798. Children by second wife: Maria, 
born July 16, 1808. married Otis Thompson 
Cobb (see Cobb VH) ; William, born Febru- 
ary 4, 181 1, died in 1814. 

The surname Horton or Orton 
HORTON was originally taken from a 

place name, and is one of the 
oldest in England. Thomas Orton or Horton 
was an early settler at Charlestown, Massa- 
ciiusetts, a ship carpenter by trade. He was 
afipointed by the Charlestown selectmen to 
ring the bell on the meeting house. .April 12, 
1650. His home was on Bow street, and he 
sold land in Charlestown in 1678 to P.. Mirick. 
L'e died there May 19. 1687. He married 
Mary Eddy, who was admitted to the Charles- 
town church .April 12. 1650, and died Septem- 
^'c 13. 1693. Children, born in Charlestown: 
Mary. .August 22. 1048: Sarah, married Ben- 
jamin Mirick; Thomas, January 9, 1654-55, 
died young; John. March 23, 1656-57; Wil- 

liam, Janufiry 13, 165S-59, died young; Wil- 
liam, baptized February 3, 1660; Samuel, No- 
vember 10, 1661 ; Ebenezer, January 14, 1663; 
Thomas, May i, 1665; Ann, July 31, 1668. 
(A genealogy has been written of the descend- 
ants of Barnabas Horton, of New York, pro- 
genitor of most of the New York families. The 
Rehoboth family is erroneously placed in this 

(P) Thomas Horton, of Welsh ancestry, 
according to family tradition, was a relative 
of Thomas Horton, of Charlestown, mentioned 
above. He settled in Milton, Massachusetts, 
formerly Dorchester, as early as i66f). His 
first wife Sarah appears to have been a mem- 
ber of the church at Braintree, wdiere her son 
Thomas was bainizcd in 1677. Thomas Hor- 
ton married (second) at Milton, December 25, 
1693, Susannah Keney. His sons settled at 
Milton and Rehoboth, and he was doubtless 
the progenitor of all the Rhode Island 
Hortons of colonial days. Children, born at 
^lilton, by first wife: Rachel, .August 6, 1669; 
John, June 6, 1672, settled in Rehoboth; 
Thomas. October 3, 1677; David, mentioned 
below; Solomon. January 11, 1782, lived at 
Milton and Rehoboth; Esther, married at Re- 
hoboth, April 10, 1701, P)enjamin Viall. Per- 
hap--- other children. 

(H) David, son of Thomas Horton, was 
born at Milton, October 14, 1679. He settled 
in his native town, where his descendants are 
still living. He married, September 10, 1702, 
Mary Babcock. Children : David, born Alay 
15, 1703, died February 15, 1779, married Dor- 
cas Littlcfield : Mary, born December 22, 1704; 
Rachel, December 2, 1706; Elizabeth, F"ebru- 
ary 22, 1709; Enoch, mentioned below; Ben- 
jamin, March 2, 1713; Ebenezer, March 3, 
1715; Joseph, June i, 1717; Thankful, Octo- 
ber 18, 1719; Martha, November 28, 1721 ; 
Ruth. December 20, 1723. 

(HI) Lieutenant Enoch Horton, son of 
David Plorton. was born in Milton, March 21, 
171 1, and died there July 25, 17G9. He mar- 
ried Hepsibah W bite, who clied July 30, 1790, 
at Milton. His house was on Pleasant street, 
an eighth of a mile southwest of Stephen Hor- 
ton's house, and the cellar is still discernible 
there. Children, born at Milton: Enoch, Sep- 
tember I, 1735, died .August 16. 1775; Elijah, 
Ixirn Jainiary 9, 1748; Hepsibah, December 
29. 1749; Stephen, mentioned below; Samuel, 
.April II. 1755; Elisha, February 11, 1757; 
William. January 27, 1759; Isaac, August 29, 
I7(«; \V'adsworth. April i, 1762: Ann, April 
7. 1764. 

( I\A Stephen Horton, son of Lieutenant 
Enoch Horton, was born in Milton, May 24, 
1753. ^^ ^^■'1* ^ soldier in the revolution, from 



his native town, a private from Milton in Cap- 
tain Oliver \'osc's company, Colonel Robin- 
son's regiment on the Lexington alarm, April 
19, 1775, and afterward in that year; aLo a 
sergeant in Captain Robert Swan's comjiany, 
Colonel I'.enjamin Gill's regiment, in 1776-77. 
He went to Rhode Island during the alarm in 
1777. Stei)hen's house was also on Pleasant 
street, near the barn now or lately owned by 
John Craig, and it was notable as the building 
in which the famous vaccination e.xiicrimcnts 
were made in October, 1809. Children of 
Stephen and Submit Horton, born at Milton : 
Cynthia, born December 9, 1774; Betsey, Au- 
gust 17, 1776; Samuel Ilcnshaw, November 
17, '^77'^'< Stephen, mentioned below; Ruth 
Porter, May 4, 1792. 

(V') Stcjihen (2), son of Stephen (i ) Hor- 
ton, was born in Milton. February 12, 1781. 
He married, in 1S04, Margaret McCoy, of Bos- 
ton. }Ie also settled in 3i[ilton. The ]\rcCoy 
family was of Londonderry, New Hampshire, 
of Scotch-Irisli ancestry. ■ Children: Steplicn 
Henry, Lloyd Gregg, Maria Jane. William 
Henshaw (mentioned below), Mary Elizabeth, 
Charles, Sarah, Barbara Ann. 

(VI) William Henshaw. son of Stejjhen 
Horton, was born in 1818. and died at the 
Hotel \'endomc, Boston, February 20, 1S97. 
He was a prominent merchant. He married 
(first) ]\rary Templeton. He married (sec- 
ond) December 16, 1858, .\ugusta .Ann Kim- 
ball, born September 27, 1835, died in Brook- 
line, October 30, 1909. daughter of David and 
xAugusta (Pjlanchard ) Kimball. Children by 
first wife; William ancl James. Children by 
second wife: David Kimball, mentioned be- 
low; Mary, died young; Henry, died aged fif- 
teen jears; Walter Gregg, born .\pril r>. 1866, 
married. December 6, 1900, Elizabeth Sunmer 
W^ood. and has children : Elizabeth Sumner 
and Afargaret Horton. 

(VII) David Kimball, sun of William Hen- 
shaw Horton, was born September 18, 1859, 
died at National City, California, March 6, 
1898. He married, October 14, 1SS5. Ger- 
trude Forre.-'ter Byam. who was born in 
Charlestown, Massachusetts. September 18, 
1865, daughter of Ezekiel George and Lydia 
Jane (Woodbridge) Byam (see Byam and 
Woodbridge). Children: Marjijrie. born May 
13, 1887; Barbara, .\pril 7, 1890. Mrs. Hor- 
ton resides at No. 364 Tajipan street, FJrook- 
line, Massachusetts. 

(The Woodbridpe Line). 

Rev. John Woodbridge, progenitor of the 
American family, was rector of Parish Stan- 
ton, in Wiltshire, England. He died Deceiuber 
9, 1637. "He was so able and faithful," wrote 

Cotton Mather in the '"Magnalia," "as to ob- 
tain a high esteem among those that at all 
knew the invaluable worth of such a minister." 
He married Sarah, daughter of Rev. Robert 
Parker, a learned luighsh divine. Mather 
said of her that she '\\k\ so virtuously that her 
own personal character would have maflt her 
highly e.-.teemed, if a relation to such a father 
had not farther aided unto the lustre of her 
ciiaracter." She married (second) Thomas 

(II) Rev. John (2) Woodbridge, son of 
Rev. John ( i ) Woodbridge, was the distin- 
guished American immigrant ancestor of the 
famil)-. He was born in 1613, and died July 
I, 1691. He was sent to Oxford Universit_\, 
but he had to leave the college when he and 
his father both refused to take the oath of 
conformity to the Established Church. In 
1634 he came to America on the ship "Mary 
and John" with his uncle, Rev. Thomas 
Parker, and settled at Newbury, Massachu- 
setts, where he was town clerk, 1634-38; sur- 
veyor of arms in 1637. In 1643 he taught the 
school in Boston. He was one of the founders 
of Andover, Massachusetts, and was ordained 
its minister, October 24, 1645. In 1647 he 
returned to England with his wife and family, 
and was chaplain of the parliamentary com- 
missioners who treated with tlie king at tlie 
Isle of Wight ; was minister afterward at .\n- 
dover, Hants, and at Barford St. Martin, in 
Wiltshire, until he was ejected at the time of 
the Restoration. In 1(363 he was driven by the 
Bartholomew .-\ct from a school he had estab- 
lished at Newbury, England, and he came 
again to New England, arriving July 26, 1663. 
He w-as made assistant to his uncle. Rev. 
Thomas Parker, at Newbury, and remained 
there until November, 1670. He was assistant 
in the colony 16S3-S4. He married, in 1639, 
Mercy, daughter of Governor Thomas Dud- 
ley, of Massachusetts. He died March 17, 

(III) Rev. Benjamin Woodbridge, son of 
Rev. John (2) Woodbridge, was born in 1645, 
and died January 15, 1710. He was invited to 
[ireach at Windsor. Connecticut, and was or- 
dained there March 18, 1670, as pastor of a 
new society. He was minister in 1681-86 at 
Bristol, Rhode Island : in 1688 at Kittery, 
Maine ; in 1691 at Portsmouth, Ne'w Hamp- 
shire ; in 1691 at Newcastle: in 169S at Med- 
ford. Massachusetts. He married Mary Ward, 
born June 24, 1649, died October 11, 16S5, 
daughter of Rev. John Ward, of Haverhill, 
granddaughter of Nathaniel W"ard. He mar- 
ried (second) .\ugust 31. i6S'5, Deborah ( Tar- 
leton ) Gushing, born November 18, 1651, 
daughter of Daniel. 



( |\) Fienjainin (2), son of Rev. Benjamin 
( I ) Woudbriiige, was born October u. loSo, 
.iiul ilicil in i/.iS- ill-' married. September 0, 
171 T, >[ary. daughter of Peter Osgood, great- 
• i nnddaugluer of John Osgood, of Andoxer. 

( \' ) Kev. Benjamin (3) W'oodbridge, -un 
of l.'.eniamin (2) Woodbri 'gc. was born A]iril 
iS, 17 18. He resided at Andover and Mil ford, 
.New Hampshire. Me married Abia Twombly, 
who was baptized June 2_^. 172S, dauglitcr of 
I'anjamin, of Soniersworth. 

(VI) Dudley, son of Rev. I'enjamin (31 
W'oodbridge, was born in 1760, and died in 
184''). He was a soldier in the revolution in 
the Massachusetts Line. He married, januaiv 
16, 1785. Sarah firock-, \vlio died at Andover. 

( \'H ) Samuel, son of DivMev W'oodbridge, 
was born June 13, 17S8, and died January 28, 
i8(']7. He married (first) December 23, 1812. 
.Vancy Russell, who died December 29, 18 iS, 
aged twenty-eight years. He married (sec- 
ond) August 20, 1821, Dorcas Russell, who 
(lied November 29, 1879, aged eighty-three. 
Children: Nancy Brock, born April 26. 1814. 
(lied March 3, 1880, married Sylvester Merrill ; 
Phebc R., September 26, 1816. died September 
9, 1848. married Warren Perkins, of Reading: 
.Sanuie! F., August 13, 1818, marrietl, April 
5. 1843. Hannah M. Locke, who died January 
^5- ^^73- Children by second wife: Caroline, 
August 1. 1822. married John B. .\bbott : Abi- 
gail L.. November 26, 1824; Lydia Jane, born 
June 15, 1827. married, August 15. 1850, Eze- 
kiel George Byani, of Charlestown (see 
B)am); John R., .April 15, 1829. died August 
4. 1879: Stephen. November 29, 1831; Henry 
W., September 30, 1833, died at \'enezuela : 
Alberta, ^lay 9. 1835, died May 9, 1S59; 
George B., January 19. 1840, died .-\ugust 9. 
1 859.'" 

(Tlie Byam Line). 

The B>yam family is of ancient Welsh origin. 
Like most WeLh names that have been angli- 
cized, Byam is \ery unlike the original Welsh 
form. Evan is a personal name, and Ap Evan 
a surname formed with the prefix Ap. mean- 
ing son of. ciiuivalent to Evanson in Eng- 
lish. The surname was .\p-yevan. .Abyevan, 
.■\byan and .Abyam, and, finally, drojiping the 
prefix we have the name Byam. In fact, we 
find in a single document, the will of William 
■ '•yam, of P.atli, in 1570. the three spellings^ 
Abyan, Abyam and Byam. The surname 
Aby:mi is found in the Subsirly Roll for 1545, 
and the spelling Byam came into general use 
in the family about that time. The testator in 
tliis will spelt his name Byam in 1535 as wit- 
ness to the will of Isabella Chancellor, of 
P-ath. The armorial bearings of the family 
are ancient and interesting. The Byams of 

Selworthy. Somersetshire, bear this coat-of- 
a' nis : \'ert two branches of laurel between 
four pheons argent. Grest : .\ wolf passant or, 
collared and lined trmine. I'rom the size of 
the family ami the peculiar derivation of the 
surname, it is fair to presume that all the 
Byams are descended from Ie\an ap Jenkin, 
whose sons were called Ap-Ievan, the descend- 
ants of his sons John and Thomas taking the 
surname B\am. The ancestry of this levan 
is traced to the first century, according to the 
College of .Arms, certified in 184T, and is a 
remarkable pedigree, originating with the 
Prince of Wales. I. Llyr I.lediath. 2. Bran, 
a hcistage at Rome. 3. Caradiic or Caractacus. 
4. luulaf. 5. Gynan. 6. Gadvan, King of 
North Wales. 7. Stradwell, daughter and 
heir of Gadvan, married Coel Godebog, after- 
warrl tntitleil king of Britain. (Harleian mss. 
1974). 8. Gwal. daughter of Goel, sister of 
llehi, who married Gonstantine Ghlorus, the 
Roman Emperor, married Edeyrn ap Padarn, 
son of Peisrwydd. 9. Cunneda Wledig, King 
of North Wales. 10. luneon Yrch, of Caere- 
ineon, in Merioneth, married Brauste. 11. 
Llyr. surnamed Molynog. married Gwenllian, 
daughter of Brychan ap .Aulach. 12. Garadoc 
\'raich-\ ras, Earl of Hereford, Lord of Bad-, A. D. 520 (founder of a dynasty of 
princes that ruled for some centuries the terri- 
tory between the Wye and Severn and Oover 
Brecknockm till after the Norman Conquest 
and until 1090): married TeGau'r Eurvron, 
(laughter of Pelinor, King of Gwent. 13. 
Mainarch, Lord of Brecknock, descended 
from Garadoc, Earl of Hereford, and, inherit- 
ing the lands and titles, married Ellen, daugh- 
ter of Eineon, Lord of Gwmwd. 14. Rhys 
Goch, Lord of Ystradwy, married Joan, daugh- 
of Cadwgan ap Athelstan Gledrydd. 15. Cyn- 
willin aj) Rhys Goch married Jonnett, daugh- 
ter of Howell, prince of Gaerleon. 16. Cyn- 
frin ap C_\'nwiHin married Gladxs. daughter of 
Sitsyllt ap Lyfi'enwell. Lord of Gpper (jcjuent. 
17. Artliur ap Gynfrin married Ellen, daughter 
')f Meuric ap Dradoc. 18. Howell ap Arthur 
married Joan, daughter of Grono, Lord of 
K)bi)r. K). (iritfith ap Howell married Jon- 
nett, daughter and sole heir of Grono \'vchan 
of Penrose. 20. David ap Grit^th married 
Maud, daughter of Llewellyn ap Kenfrig. 21. 
Howell (iam ap David, married Joan, daugh- 
ter of .Adam ap Rhys ap lunecm. 22. Howell 
X'ychan. ap Howell tiani. 2},. Meuric ap 
Howell \'vclian. married Gwellian. daughter 
of Gwilliam ap Jenkin, of Tlwernddu, ances- 
tor of the Herberts, Earls of Pembroke. 24. 
levari a[^ Meuric. of Penrose, married Joan, 
daughter of Ldewellyn ap \'ychan ap Llewellyn 
ap Madoc ap Hoel. 25. Jenkin ap levan called 



but in anticipation of tliat surname Jenkin 
Byani, of Maerdy, county Monmouth, living 
June JO, 1456, married a dau<;liter of Llew- 
ellyn ap Gwillim ap Rhys ap Adam, of Breck- 
nockshire. 26. Ie\-an ap Jenkin (in book intitu- 
latod Descendants of Caradoc \'raich-Cras 
penes Herald's College). Children: Thomas 
ap levan ; John ap levan, of Bath, whose son 
spelled the name r>\am as early as 1535. I^'rom 
the elder sons descends the present family of 
Byam, in county Pembroke. 

The above pedigree is taken from a Chrono- 
logical Memoir of the Reverends Henry, John 
and Edward Byam, sons of Lawrence Byam, 
rector of Luckham, in Somersetshire, during 
the reigns of Elizabeth and James, 1 574-1 614, 
bj- Edward S. Byam, an eminent genealogist 
and Welsh scholar. (Tenby, R. Mason, printer, 
High street, 1862). The motto of the family 
is : Claris de.vtcra factis. The American fam- 
ily of Byam is undoubtedly descended from 
this Welsh family, though the connecting links 
are not known. All the American Byams 
trace their ancestry to George, the immigrant, 
mentioned below. 

(I) George Byam was born in England or 
Wales, and came to this country before 1640. 
He settled first in Salem, Massachusetts, where 
he was admitted to the church September 2j, 
1640. He removed to W'enham, and with wife 
Susanna sold Kind in 1657, then located in 
Chelmsford, about 1653. He was admitted 
a freeman May 18, 1642. His will was dated 
March 10, 1680, and proved June 15. 16^0, 
bequea'.hing to wifv Susanna and son Abram, 
and to kinswoman Deborah Jaques. Children: 
Abigail, born January 7, 1^143. probablv died 
young; Abraham, mentioned below: Mary, an 
adopted daughter, child of Mary Hersey, de- 
ceased, was born September 15. 1680. 

(H) Abraham, son of George Byam, was 
baptized at Salem, .-\pril 14, 1^44. He mar- 
ried (first) Experience Alford. of Scituate : 
('second) Mary Ony. He died in 1732. Chil- 
dren : Jacob, removed to \'ermont : Abraham, 
lived on the homestead ; Isaac, mentioned be- 

(HI) Isaac, son of Abraham livam, was 
born on the homestead at Chelmsford, and set- 
tled later on the farm afterward owned by 
John Byam. a short distance froin his father's 
homestead. He had two children : Samuel. 
died young: and John, mentioned below. 

(IV) John, sin of Isaac Byam. was born 
in 1730, in Chelmsford, and settled there. He 
was a drummer in the revolution in Captain 
John Minot's company. Colonel Dike's regi- 
ment, from December 13. 1776. to March i. 
1777: also in Captain John Moore's company. 
Colonel Jonathan Reed's regiment of guards. 

from .April to July, 1778, guarding British 
pri'^oners at Cambridge. He married Sarah 
Blanchard. Children : John ; Zebediah ; James ; 
Solomon, born 1770, father of Otis, and grand- 
father of Raymond Stratton Byam, of Canton, 
Mas>;achusctts : William, of whom further; 
Simeon, married Thankful Reed, and inherited 
the homestead; Susannah; Mary; Hannah; 
Sally : Deliverance ; Anna. 

(\') William, son of John Byam. married 
Rebecca Herrick. 

( \T ) Ezckiel, son of \\'illiam Byam, was 
born at Chelmsford. He manufactured the 
first Lucifer matches made in this country, in 
1835. at South Chelmsford. A hundred of 
these matches sold for twenty-five cents. They 
were ignited by drawing them through a piece 
of bent sandpaper. Although clumsv and ex- 
pensive, the lucifer match was the first device 
to do away with the old flint and tinder. The 
friction match was invented by A. D. Phillips, 
of S;iringfield, Massachusetts, October 24, 
1831'!, and Mr. Byam purchased first the right 
to manufacture and soon afterward the whole 
patent. In 1837 he began to manufacture the 
matches and laid the foundation of the vast 
industry with which his name has been asso- 
ciated for the past seventy years. \'ery soon 
the Byam matches were known all over the 
country. The following verse was printed on 
the wrapper: 

"Fnr quickness and sureness the public will find, 
These matches will leave all others behind: 

Without iiirther remark- we invite you to try them. 
Remember all goods that are signed by E. BYAM." 

The old match shop, as it was called, stood 
on the old road leading from South Chelms- 
ford to the center of the town, nearly opposite 
the residence of Eli P. Parker. It was a small 
building set into the bank, with one story above 
the basement. The matches were put up at 
the William Byam house, which stood upon 
the site of the residence of the late E. P. 
Byam. .-\tter about a \ear Mr. Byam removed 
his business to Boston, but in 1845 he resumed 
manufacturing in Chelmsford and continued 
there for three years. Then the business was 
lemoved f-ermanently to Boston. He married, 
Pebruary r;. 1818. Charlotte, daughter of John 
am! Hannah (Butterick) Bateman. Children: 
William Augustus. Martha, Ezekiel George, 
Charles Favour and Charlotte. 

( \TI I Ezekiel George, son of Ezekiel Byam, 
was born at Chelmsford. August 2Q. 182S. He 
succeeded his father in the manufacture of 
matches, and took an active part in uphuildin.g 
the in 'rstry, which for more tlian thirty years 
has been known under the name of the Dia- 
mond Match Company. He resided for many 


1 167 

soars in C'harlcstowii, aiul was a member of 
tlic I'lUiikcr llill Monument Association. He 
(■liiil I''ebriiar}- 17, 1896. in Boston. He mar- 
r'.eii. .\ngust 15, 1850, Lydia Jane \Wiodbri(lge, 
liiirn Iinie 13, 1S27. daughter of Samuel ami 
l)orcas (Russell) Woodbridge; she died July 
1;. 1S98, in Boston (see Woodbridge). Chil- 
dren: I. Lottie Jane Byani, born September 19, 
i8tS; niarried Charles Leavitt Deals W'liitne)', 
son of John Milton and Mary Leavitt (Bcals) 
Whitney; he died Se]>tember 14, 1S92; they 
liad children, born in Brookline: Charles Beals 
Whitney, born July 9, 1883, graduate of Har- 
vard College in 1907; ALary Leavitt Whitney, 
born June 13, 18-85. married, October 5. 1912, 
I'Idward Lawrence, son of Edward Lawrence, 
of Brookline, Massachusetts; and Byam Whit- 
iic)-. born March 15, 1887. 2. Gertrude For- 
rester Byam. born at Charlestown, September 
18, iSi'is: married, October 14, 1885, David 
Kimball Horton (see Horton). 

(The Kiml.all Line). 

f\'H) David Kimball, son of David Kim- 
ball (Xathaniel (5j, John (4), Caleb (,3), 
Caleb (2), Richard (i)), was born at Rock- 
]>ort, Massaclinsetts, May 9. 1802, and died at 
P.oston, Massachusetts, March 16, 1S73. He 
niarried, December 25, 1832, Augusta Blanch- 
ard, of Medford. born in 181 1, died January 
9, 1854. He married (second) May 20, 1857, 
Caroline Langdon Frost, of Medford. They 
resided at Rockjiort, Boston, Medford. Chil- 
dren : David Pulsifer. born September 20, 
1833; Augusta .-Vnn, September 27, 1S35. mar- 
ried, December 16, 1858, \\'illiam Henshaw 
Horton (sec Horton) ; Lucy .Allen, August 28, 
184s, (lied in 1877; Lemuel Gushing, Februarv 
16, -1853. 

Roger Ailing, as his natue was 
.\LLEX generally spelled, or .Allen, as his 

descendants in most cases spell 
it, was the immigrant ancestor. He came 
from Bedfordshire, England, and settled in 
1(^139 in New Haven. Connecticut, among the 
pioneers of that town. He was granted a 
h.ome lot at what is nmv the corner of Church 
and Gec^rge streets in 1641, and in the same 
year was admitted a member of the First 
Church. He was prominent in town affairs, 
holding various town offices; was a custom 
house officer ; sergeant of the first military 
company and the first and only treasurer of 
the colony of New Haven until he became 
ineligible because of his election as deacon of 
the church. He continued in the office of dea- 
con as long as he lived. He dieii at New 
Haven, September 27, i'')74. He married, in 

1642, Mary, eldest daughter of Thomas Nash, 
a gunsmith, who came from Bendley, Eng- 
land, in the company of Rev. Mr. Davenport. 
Thomas Xash was son of Bindley Nash. He 
married Margery, daughter of Nicholas and 
Mary (Ilodgetts) Baker, granddaughter of 
John and Margery (Madestard) Baker. 
Nicholas Baker died in 1632. Children of 
Roger .Mien : Mary ; Sanuiel, mentioned be- 
low ; John, burn t)ctober .?, i<>47; Sarah, F.Iiza, 
Susan, James. 

(H) Sergeant Samuel .\llen, son of Roger 
Ailing, or Allen, was born at New Haven, 
Connecticut, November 4, 1645, died .August 
28, 1709. He resided at New Haven. He was 
one of the proprietors in 1685. He was a 
blacksmith by trade. He married (first) Oc- 
tober 24, i6<j7, Elizabeth Winston, born De- 
cember II, 11149, died December 8, 16S2, 
daughter of John Winston. He married (sec- 
ond) October 26, 1683, Sarah, daughter of 
Deacon John Chidsey. Children by first wife, 
born at New Haven: Samuel, October 16, 
i6r)S, settled in Newark, New Jersey; John, 
March 27, 1671, settled in Elizabeth, New Jer- 
sey ; James, mentioned below ; Roger, Decem- 
ber 9, 1675, lived in New Haven; Theophilus, 
February 17, 1680, lived at East Flaven ; 
Daniel, 1682, settled at Orange, Connecticut. 
Children by second wife: Sarah, born Janu- 
ary 17, 1685; Elizabeth, November, 1691, lived 
at New fLaven ; Caleb, born September 7, 
i''>94, lived at Haniden, Connecticut; Esther, 
Jatmary 10. 1699. 

( HI) James, son of Sergeant Samuel .\llen, 
was born at New Haven, Connecticut, July 19, 
1673, died at Wallingford. Connecticut, March 
17, 1752. He settled in Wallingford in 1700 
and was on the tax list in 1701. Many of his 
descendants have lived in this town. He mar- 
ried . Children, born at Wallingford : 

Abigail, June 29, 1701 ; James, November 15, 
1702; Stephen, mentioned below; Mary, 
March 5, 1708; Samuel, January 15, 1710; 
Ebenezer, .\pril 8, 1713. 

(I\') Stephen, son of James Allen, was 
born at Wallingford, Connecticut, October 13. 
1704. He married there, June 23, 1726, Eliza- 
beth Blakesley. They residetl at North 
Haven. Ciiildren: F.pliraim. born September 
23. 17,50: .\nn. May 10, 1732; .\mos. men- 
tioned below; Lydia, June 20. 1736: Moses, 
June 16, 1741; jotliam, July 6, 1744; Heze- 
kiah, October to. 1746. 

(V) Amos, son of Stephen .Mien, was born 
at North Haven, September 16. 1734, dicil in 
1789. He married (first) Dinah Bi.-hop. born 
al)i-)tit 1735. c'aughter of James and Elizabeth 
( Perkins ) Bishoji. James Bishop was born 



February 17. ifx)9- 1700, married, I'chruary 27, 
1728, Elizabeth Perkins, born November 10, 


John I'.ib-hop, father of James Di-hop, was 
born in New Haven, May 17. 1662, married 
there, in 1689, Abigail, d.-iugiiter of Nathaniel 
Willett. Ciovernor James Bishop, lather of 
John BishiOp, was the immigrant ancestor, 
coming to New Haven in 1647 and taking the 
freeman's oath in the same year. He was a 
promiiient citizen. In 1631 he was elected 
secretary of tlie colony, anil in 1663 secretary 
of the general court. He was deputy to the 
general court in 1665, assistant in 1668. deputy 
governor from 1683 until he died. Jlis wife 
Mary died November 2<'), i(j64. Amos Allen 
married (second) December 28, 1770, Mabel 
Hilshorn. They resided in Hamden, Connec- 
ticut. His estate was distributed in 17S9 to 
his widow Mabel and daughters Lois and 
Mabel. Child of hrst wife. Bishop, mentioned 
below. Children by second wife: Amos, born 
November 19. 1771 : Mabel, January 13, 1773; 
Amos, September 17. 1775; Lois, September i, 


( \T ) liishop. son of .\mos .\llen. wa? born 
about 1765. He was living in West Sj^ring- 
fielil in 1790. according to tlie tirst federal 
census, atid had in his family one male over 
sixteen, one under that age and tliree females. 
Amos Allen also lived in West Springtield for 
a time. Bishop .Allen married Polly Smith. 
Among their children was Lysander Curtis, 
mentioned below. 

(\'n) L}-5andtr Curtis, son of Bishoji 
Allen, was born abor.t 1780. He married 
Eleanor Hull Ives, of an old Connecticut 
family. Among their cliildren was Hiram 
Bishop, mentioned below. 

(VIII) Hiram Bishop, son of Lysander 
Curtis .Vllcn, was born September 14, 181 5, 
died ^March 28, 18S7. He married, December 
6, 1838, Cynthia Graves Street. Cliildren: 
Howard Bradley, mentioned below: F'rank 

(IX) Howard Bradley, son of Hiram 
Bishop Allen, was born at Holyoke, Massa- 
chusetts, October 18. 1849, died March 15, 
1903. He was educated in the public schools 
and followed the banking business all his 
active life. I-"or many years he was with the 
Bank of Redemption and for twenty- seven 
years was receiving teller of the New England 
Trust Company. He was a member of the 
Sons of the American Revolution. He mar- 
ried, October 16, 1872, Juliette Ferry, born 
August 16, 1840, daughter of Ebenezer and 
Lydia (Barker-Baldwin) Ferry. Children: 
I. Horton Sumner, born .\ugust 22. 1S73: is 
with the New England Telephone Company ; 

member of the Masonic order; marricil Edith 
Lxnnan and had four children : Ferry Bald- 
win, born June 28, 1903; Lucy Lyman and 
Howard Bradley (twins), born December 3, 
K>07 ; Horton Sumner Jr., October 28, 191 1. 
2. Winthrop P.lakesley, born August iC>, 1875, 
unmarried, a designer, residing in Newton, 

(The Ferry Line). 

(I) Charles l-"erry. tiie immigrant ancestor, 
was born in England, probably about 1635. He 
came to Springfield, Massachusetts, as early 
as 1661, when he was first mentioned in the 
records. He doubtless had been in the country 
for several years, however, before locating at 
Springfield. He married there, March 24, 
1661, Sarah, daughter of John Harmon. He 
was a substantial citizen. In 1695 he was 
selectman of the town. He died July 3, 1699, 
and his widow Sarah died October 21, 1740. 
Children, born at Springfield: John, November 
6, 1662: Charles, mentioned below; Samuel, 
Octol.ier 2, 1^)67; Sarah, December 15, 1668; 
Mary, June 6, 167 1 ; Gershom, IMarch 19, 
1674: Solomon, July 19, 1677; Mercy, March 
12, 1680: Elizabeth, February 11, 1682; Solo- 
mon, July 21, 1686. 

(in Charles '(2), son of Charles (i) Ferry, 
was born at Springfield. Massachusetts, April 
4, K^.s, died there February 26, 1720. He 
married (first) Rebecca Burt; (second) .Abi- 
gail, daughter of Mark Warner, of Hadley, 
May 4, i'^3- She married (second) June 3, 
1724, Thomas Hale, and she died October 14, 
1748. Children of Cliarles and Abigail Ferry: 
Charles, born April 30. 1654; Mark, March 
II, 1696; Abigail, February 7, i6<58: Sarah, 
February 28, 1700: Ehcnezer, April 23, 1702, 
died April 25, 1702; Rebecca and Thankful, 
twins, .April 3, 1703: Mary. March 13, 1706; 
Nathaniel, October 10. 1708; Ebenezer, men- 
tioned below; Noah, November 4, 171 2; 
Martha. January 17. 1715: Jonathan, Febru- 
ary, 1717- 

(III) Ebenezer, son of Charles (2) Ferry, 
was born at Springfield. Massachusetts. Sep- 
tember 29, 1 7 10. He settled in Easthampton 
in 1730 and bought the farm of Moses Hutch- 
inson, who was killed by the Indians with a 
child, in 1704. Children: Solomon, mentioned 
below : Polly, married Seth Janes : Asa, mar- 
ried Eunice (Tlark ; Ebeneztr, died aged twen- 
ty-five; Louisa; Hannah, died young; Hannah, 
married John Alpress. 

(IV) Lieutenant Solomon Ferry, son of 
Ebenezer Ferry, was born in 1744 and died at 
Easthampton, iSro, aged sixty-six years. He 
was a soldier in the revolution, corporal in 
Captain Jonathan Wales' company. Colonel 

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1 169 

1 i;^kir.suii's Hampshire county regimciU, 
iii.inliiiiK to East Hoosick, August 17, 1777, 
,11, 1 to I'ittsfield to guard Hessian prisoners. 
ill- was also in Captain Jonathan \\"alt-.' com- 
• .anv. Colonel Ezra May's regiment, .Septem- 
lnT J^ to October 5, 1777. at Stillwater and 
S.iratoga. Later he was commissioned lieu- 
li-iiant in the militia. He inherited his father's 
i.irin. the place lately owned by Deacon .\Ionzo 
Clark. He married (first) Parnel ChajMn, 
iM.cond) So[ihia L. Hastings. Children by 
lir-t wife: Hiram, publisher of the Oracle and 
Ptinocrat, newspapers of Northampton, died 
in iS^Vd; Nelson, resided at Coronna. Michi- 
jjaii. died in 1846; Ebenezer, mentioned be- 
low; S. Cliapin, lived at Chester, Ohio; Lewis, 
publisher of newspapers in Ohio and North- 
ampton, died- at Easthampton in 1S65. Chil- 
dren by second wife: P. Sophia, married Wil- 
liam Strong, of Northampton : Julia .Ann. mar- 
ried Fred A. Spooner, of Westfield. 

(\'j Ebenezer (2), son of Lieutenant Solo- 
mon Ferry, was born at Easthampton. about 
1780-90. He was a prominent citizen, a gen- 
eral merchant and postmaster of Easthampton 
more tlian twenty years, and filled various 
otTices of trust and honor in the town, town 
clerk and selectman. He was director of the 
bank. He died at the age of seventy-three 
\cars. He married Lydia (Barker) Fialdwin. 
Children, born at F-asthampton : Jedediah, 
married Susan Ann Schermerhorn ; Lydia 
.Ann, died young ; Lucretia ; Lydia Ann, never 
married, resides in her native town ; Juliette, 
married Howard F)radley Allen ( see Allen IX ). 
The two youngest alone survive in 1913. 

( \') Ezra Day. son of Abraham Day 
D.AY (q. v.), was born April 22, 1743. 
He settled at South Hadley. Massa- 
cluisetts. He married, October 3, 1767, Han- 
nah Kendall, who died October 23, 1S27. He 
died November 21, 1823, age<l eighty years. 
Chililrcn, born at South Hadley: .\sa, May 
I*"), I7(jS; Hannah, May 7, ijOg: Sarah, June 
7. 1771 ; Ezra, June 7, 1773; Rhoda. Decem- 
ber 18, 1774; Clarissa, September 14, 1777: 
Ju>tin, March 30, 1779: Alvin, November 18, 
1780: Plin, mentioned below; Roswell. Tune 
■?. 1784; Ashbell, .August 6, 17S6; Polly," No- 
vember 15, 1789, married Dr. Amos Taylor, 
of Warwick, Massachusetts; Sophia, .April 9, 
■ 791, married Samuel .Alvord. 

(\l) Plin, son of Ezra Day, was born at 
South Hadley, Massachusetts, May 27, 17S2, 
died .August 31. 1846. He married. Mav i;. 
1805, Deborah Butts, of South Hadley. Chil- 
'Iren. horn at West Springfield. Massachusetts: 
f'lin B., .April 21, i8o''>; Sherubiaii, January 
30, 1808; Samuel, October 12, 1809; Deborah 

.\nn, September (). 1813; .Alvin, .September 3, 
1815; Eliza Maria, February 18, 1819, now 
living at ninety-three }ears of age, married 
.Abel I-". Hildreth, of Derry, New Hampshire; 
Henry. December 25, 1820; .Addison, men- 
tioned below: Catherine. June 4, 1S25, still 
living, married Richard W. Swan, of Exeter, 
New Hampshire, principal of a boys' academy 
at .Albany and later professor in I'urdue Uni- 

(\'IF) -Addison, son of Plin Day, was born 
at West Springfield, Massachusetts, April 4, 

1823. He was first a clerk in freight office 
and advanced to traffic manager of the Boston 
& .\lhany railroad. Later he became superin- 
tendent of the Mississippi & Missouri railroad, 
now a part of the Rock Island, west of Daven- 
port. Iowa, then to the Rome. Watertown & 
Ogdensburg railroad, now controlled by the 
New York Central. He then became the first 
superintendent of the .Midland railroad. Then 
went to St. Louis as superintendent of the 
Iron Mountain, out of St. Louis, and from 
that tf> the L'tica & Black River railroad. He 
retired some years before his death. He died 
in 1895 ^t Rome, New A'ork. Fie married, 
December, 1847. Margaret Smith, born at 
West Springfield, Alassachusetts, March 6, 

1824, died in 1872, daughter of Florace and 
Gralia (Bagg) Smith. She was a pupil of 
Mary Lyon, who founded Alount Flolyoke 
Seminary for Women, now Mount Holyoke 
College. Children : .Addison L\-man, mentioned 
below; Robert .Addison, born at L'tica, died 
there; Harriet .Amanda, died aged si.K years; 
William, died in infancy; Edward -Alden, died 
in infancy; Maud C, born at Utica, New 
York, died in 1883 at St. Louis, Missouri. 

(\TII) .Addison Lyman, son of .Addison 
Day, was born at Springfield, Massachusetts, 
.Vpril 29, 1849. He attended the public schools 
there. In 1856 he went with the family to 
Davenport. Iowa, where he also attended the 
public schools, and subsequently he attended 
the schools of Watertown, New York, whither 
his parents removed. He prepared for col- 
lege nt tl;e Lowville .Academy, Lowville, New 
^'ork, and in 1866 entered Dartmouth, taking 
a scientific course and graduating with the 
degree of Bachelor of Science in the class of 
1870. He practiced the profession of civil 
engineering at Rome. New A'ork, for a time, 
antl in 1872 removed to St. Louis. Missouri, 
and became a clerk in the office of the super- 
intendent of the Iron .Mountain Railroad Com- 
pany, continuing for two years. He returned 
to Rome, New York, to become assistant su- 
[)erintendent of the l'tica &• Black River rail- 
road, now part of the New York Central sys- 
tem. Two years later lie engaged in business 



as a niercliaiit in Utica. Xcw York, dealing in 
sportinjj goods, fishing tackle, guns, ammuni- 
tion and siijiplics for hunters and fishermen, 
and he continued in this business for a period 
of six years. Returning to the railroad busi- 
ness, he became chief clerk of the freight de- 
partment of the Atchison, Kansas & Pacific 
railroad, continuing about three years in this 
position. In 18S2 he became assistant to the 
president of the Iloyt Metal Company of St. 
Louis, and soon afterward New York man- 
ager of the Hcyt Metal Company in New 
York City, a position he held for fifteen years. 
He returned to St. Louis in 1906 to become 
manager of the sheet metal dejiartmtnt of the 
Hoyt Metal Company, a position he has since 
filled. The great growth and prosjierity of 
this concern have been due in large measure 
to the business sagacitv and enterprise of Mr. 

Mr. Day is a prominent Free Mason, a mem- 
ber of Tryon Lodge, No. 159, Free and .Ac- 
cepted Masons, of .Arlington, New Jersey; of 
United Chajiter, No. 39, Royal .Arch Masons, 
of Utica, New York; of Utica Council. Royal 
and Select Masters ; of Utica Commandery, 
No. 3, Knights Templar ; Jersey City Consis- 
tory, No. 443, of Jersey City ; and charter 
member of Salaam Temple, No. 72, Newark, 
New Jersey. He is fond of music and is a 
member of the St. Louis Orchestra Club. He 
is interested keenly in local and family history, 
and is a member of the New England His- 
toric-Genealogical Society, the New England 
Society of St. Louis, and the Sons of the 
American Revolution. He is also a member 
of the Dartmouth College Alumni .Association 
and was presid.ent in 1913, the Beta Theta Phi 
Club of St. Louis, the City Club of St. Louis, 
also Missouri .Athletic Club. His office is in 
the Merchants Laclede Building in St. Louis. 
In politics he is a Republican, in religion a 

He married, at Des Moines, Iowa, March 
12, 1872, Emma Carrie Dewey, born at Han- 
over, New Hampshire, daughter of Gardner 
W. and Marcia- .Ann (Clark) Dewey (see 
Dewey VIII). Children: i. Maude, died at 
eight years of age. 2. Robert .Addison, died 
young. 3. Margaret Emma, born at .Atchi- 
son, Kansas. December 7, iSSi ; married El- 
liott Tucker Merrick, and has two children, 
Margaret and Elliott Tucker Alerrick. ^[r. 
Merrick is president of tlie Hoyt Metal Com- 
pany, and they are now living at Montclair, 
New Jersey. 

(The Dewey I.lne^. 

(I) Thomas Dewey, the immigrant ances- 
tor, came from Sandwich, county Kent, Eng- 
land, and was one of the original grantees of 

Dorchester, Mas-achusetts, in 1636. He was 
here as early as 1633, however, and was a 
witness in that year to the non-cupative will 
of John Russell, of Dorchester. He was ad- 
mitted a freeman of the colony. May 14, 1634. 
He sold his lands at Dorchester, August 12, 
1635, and removed with other Dorchester men 
to \Vindsor, Connecticut, where he was one 
of the earliest settlers. In 1640 he was 
granted land in Dorchester, and his home lot 
there was the first north of the PaHsade, and 
e.xtended from the main street eastward to the 
Connecticut river. In 1642-3-4-5 he was jury- 
man. He died intestate and the inventory of 
his estate was filed Alay 19, 1648, amounting 
to two hundred and thirteen pounds. His 
estate was divided by the court, June 6, 1650. 
He married, March 22, 1639, at Windsor. 
Frances Clark, widow of Joseph Clark. She 
married (third), as his second wife, (Jcorge 
PhcliJS, and died September 27, 1690. Chil- 
dren : Thomas, born February 16, 1640; 
Josiah, mentioned below; .Anna, baptized Oc- 
tober 15. 1643; Lsrael, born September 23, 
1645; Jcdediah, born December 15, 1647. 

(II) Deacon Josiah Dewey, son of Thomas 
Dewey, was baptized at Windsor, Connecti- 
cut, October 10, 1641, died at Lebanon, Con- 
necticut, September 7, 1732. About 1660 he 
went to Northampton, Massachusetts, where 
he learned the trade of carpenter. On July 
15, iTififi, he was granted a home lot, and made 
freeman the same year. In 1668 he was se- 
lectman, and also some years before that. He 
was a member of the church at Northampton. 
In 1(568 he received a grant of land at West- 
field to pay him for building the minister's 
house, and two years later he moved there, 
settling on what is now the east end of Silver 
street. He was one of the seven founders of 
the Westfield church, organized August 27, 
1679. and bringing a letter of introduction 
from the Northampton church. On December 
28, 1692, he was ordained the first deacon, 
and the first baptism recorded in that church 
wa.s that of his son Ebenezer. There has been 
preserved an interesting diary which he kept 
giving his life up to about 1680. There are 
records of several pieces of land in Northamp- 
ton and Westfield either granted or sold to 
him. He was sergeant of the guard at West- 
field during King Philip's war, and on .April 
28, 1676, was a signer of the remonstrance 
to the order for the abandonment of Westfield. 
About this tiine he was juror at the adjourned 
court at Northampton, and in Au.gust the 
town voted that he be a committee to confer 
about the town bounds. He was one of three 
appraisers of town land, and also on the com- 
mittee to determine the order of seating the 



iiiicliiit,' house. In 1679 he was sealer, and 
ir) i'v^-77-79"^0'S9-90 was selectman of West- 
inl.i. He was jnrvinnn, March 29, 1676, at 
ilu- ailioiiined court in Northampton. He was 
,,iu' of the proprietors of Lebanon, Connecti- 
iiii. anil on .April 6, 1696. he sold liis land in 
\\\'-.trield anfl settled in Lebanon. Here also 
lu w.'i-; very prominent in town affairs. In 
Mav, it<0^, he was one of three townsmen 
chosen to manage the town affairs until the 
I'lace should be invested with "Town Privi- 
1(l;cs." In May, 1705, the court confirmed the 
'■{■'ive .Mile Purchase" to the proprietors and 
.ifler this the Deweys sold their original land 
.-;ii(l moved to the north end of the town. On 
.Vovember 12, 1700, Josiah Dewey was dis- 
missed from the Westfield church to the 
(■lunch at Lebanon, where he also was deacon. 
He married, at Northampton, November 
(1. \(ii'i2. Hepzil)ah, daughter of Richard and 
liepzibah (Foril) Lyman; Hepzibah Ford was 
si-^ter of Joanna, who married Elder John 
Strong. Hepzibah Lyman was born at \\'ind- 
^^r, 1644, died June 4, 1732. at Lebanon. She 
jwiiied the Westfield church, January i, 1680, 
and was dismissed with her husband to the 
Lebanon church in November, 1700. Chil- 
I'rcn, born at Northampton: Hepzibah, Octo- 
ber 9, 1663; Mary, October 16, 1665, died 
January 11, 1666; Josiah, mentioned below: 
John, February 9. IM69: Fbenezer, February 
JO, 1673; Nathaniel. February 20, 1673, 
Joseph, August II, 1674, died June, 1675; 
Llizabeth, July 10, 1G77 ; Joseph, .\pril 9, 16S2, 
(liefl July 9, 16S2; Experience, .April 9, 1682; 
r.etijaniin, July 8, died July 13, 1685. 

(III) Josiah (2), son of Josiah (i) Dewey, 
was born at Northampton. December 24. 1666, 
died about 1750 at Lebanon. He was a farmer 
at Westfield, Massachusetts, until he moved to 
l-tbanon, about 1696, one of the first settlers 
tliere. There are several records of land 
bought by him. He married, January 15, 1691, 
Mehitable Miller, of Westfield. She was born 
at Northampton, July 10, i6(j6, daughter of 
\\'iniani and Patience Miller. Children: Wil- 
liam, nientione.l beliw; Josiah, boru March i, 
"'97, at Westfield ; Joseph, December 24, 1697, 
at Northampton. Fiorn at Lebanon : John. 
December 4, 1700; Mary, October 24, 1704; 
Mehitable, June 29, 170S. 

(IV) William, son of Josiah (2) Dewey, 
was born in January, 1692, at Northampton, 
died at Lebanon. November 10, 1759, of small- 
pox caught at .Albany. He married. July 2, 
I7'3. Mercy Bailey. Children, born at Leba- 
non: Mercy, .April i, 1714; William, March 
I. 1716. died September 5, 1717; William, May 
'. 1718, died Alay 2^, 1718; Simeon, men- 
tioned below; Jerusha, December 6, 1720; 

Hannah, May 14, 1723; Zerviah, January 2S, 
1726: Elijah, June 26, 1728; .Ann, January 
21, 1730. 

( \' ) Simeon, son of William Dewey, was 
born at Lebanon, May i, 171S, died there 
March 2, 1751- ^'c ^^^'s a farmer. He mar- 
ried there March 29, 1739, .Anna Phelps, born 
.August 6. 1719. died September 25, 1807, at 
Hanover, New Hampshire. She married (^sec- 
ond) November 27, 1765, Noah Smith, who 
tlied February, 1776, after which she went to 
Hanover. Children, born at Lebanon: Theoda, 
born July 28, 1740, died March 8, 1750; Wil- 
liam. .May 18, 1742, died .April 6, 1744; 
Simeon, mentioned below; William, January 
II, 1746; Amy, January 31, 174S: Benoiii, July 
18, 1750. 

(\"I) Simeon (j), son of Simeon (i) 
Dewey, was born at Lebanon. Connecticut, 
February 22, 1745, died at Lebanon, New 
Hampshire, September 2, 1830. He was a 
blacksmith and gunsmith at Springfield, Alas- 
sachusetts, where now the United States 
armory water shops are situated. About 17S0 
he moved to Hanover, New Hampshire. He 
married (first) January 22, 1767, Hannah, 
born 1746, died September 7, 1772, aged twen- 
ty-si,x, at Springfield, daughter of Samuel 
Bliss, of Springfield. He married (second) 
1773. Mrs. Elizabeth Turner, daughter of 
Isaac and Elizabeth (Hatch) Bridgman, born 
October 14, 1744, at Tolland, Connecticut, died 
February 22, 181 1, at Hanover, New Hamp- 
shire. Child by first wife: Seneca, born 1767. 
Children by second wife: Jesse, March 30, 
1774: Luke. January 24. 1776: Betsey, 1778; 
Cynthia, 1780; So[)hronia. 1782; Simeon, Oc- 
tober 7, 1784: Paulina, I78<3; William Phelps, 
1787: Joseph Langdon, mentioned below. 

f\'II) Joseph Langdon, son of Simeon (2) 
Deuey, was born at Hanover, New Hamp- 
shire. .August 12, 17S9, died there June 30, 
^^73- When he was seventeen years old he 
carried the mail on horseback from Hanover 
to Portsmouth, making the trip and return in 
about a week, and afterward for many years 
he owned and managed the old stage route be- 
tween Concord and Hanover. He became 
later a farmer and speculator. Plis home 
paper said, at the time of his death: 

In the last years of his life his memory was 
reinarkaljly active and he would rehearse the expe- 
riences of his boyhood, giving the minutest details 
of his journeyintcs with the mail to and fro from 
Portsmouth. He was endowed with remarkable 
persistence, and wliatever reverses came he always 
kept up pi^od courai;e and took a clicorfiil aspect of 
life and death. How lonely the'^e old h.llls and vales 
must be without this sturdy son to tread them. 
Thousands have sprung from them only to lea\e as 
soon as maturity should come, but this noble 

, >;1, 



proJuct of the soil has been faithful to his birth- 
place, and now lays down to rest amidst the scenes 
where his energies and life have been spent. 

He married (first) 1815, at Hanover. Mrs. 

Betsey (Walker) , born October 28, 

1787, at Chesterfield, New Hampshire, died 
September 26, 1828, at Hanover. He married 
(second) Mrs. Betsey (Pierce) Greenough, 
daughter of Daniel Pierce, born July 4, 179S, 
at South Royalton, \'ermont, died April 7, 
1881, at Hanover. Chilflren, born at Hanover: 
Gardner Walker, mentioned below ; Cornelia 
Elizabeth, May i, 1S21. died August 16, 1S23 : 
Joseph B., May 25, 1824, died September 2, 
1825; Catherine Elizabeth, April 5, 1S26; 
Sarah Ann, March J", 1831 ; Joseph Willard, 
January 14, 1833. 

(VHl) Gardner Wallcer, son of Joseph 
Langdon Dewey, was born at Hanover, New 
Hampshire, January 22, 1816, died there May 
2^, 1872. He married, 1840, Marcia Ann 
Clark, of Enfield, New Hampshire, and in 
1898 was living in California, and her death 
occurred there. Children, born at Hanover: 
Walter Watson, born July 24, 1841, now resid- 
ing in New Jersey, married Julia Morchead, 
now deceased, of Bowling Green. Kentucky; 
Emma Carrie, born January 23, 1848, died 
February 6, 1888, at Brooklyn, New York, 
married, March 12, 1872. at Des Moines, Iowa, 
.Addison Lyman Day (see Day \'HI). 

The name of Higgins, known 
HIGGLXS in New England from the 

earliest colonial days, was well 
established i:i the first generation on Ameri- 
can soil. It was a sturdy stock, and intermar- 
ried with families of similar qualities and 
worth. The early generations were inured to 
hardships in their struggles with nature: were 
p€rseveringly industrious; well trained to the 
use of tools. They developed splendid phy- 
siques, were of a deeply religious nature, and 
their oxellent traits have been transmitted to 
the present day. 

(I) Richard Higgins. the immigrant ances- 
tor, was in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1633, 
when his name appears among the ta.xpayers. 
Pie was a tailor by trade ; was admitted a 
freeman in 1634, and was one of the first 
seven settlers in Eastham, Massachusetts, in 
1644. He served that town as selectman for 
seven years, and was deputy to the general 
court in ify4<y-6i-f^~. He married (first) at 
Plymouth, November 23, 1634, Lydia, daugh- 
ter of Edmund Chandler, of Scituate. He 
married (second) October 15, 165 1, Mary 
Yates, wif'ow of John Yates, of Duxburv. 
Children : Jonathan, born in July, 1637 ; Ben- 

jamin, mentioned below ; Mary, Sei)tember 27, 
1652; Eliakiin, October 20, 1654; \\'illiam. De- 
cember 15, 1655; Jedediah, March 5, 1657; 
Zerviah, in June, 1658; Thomas, in January, 
iC/ii ; Lydia, in July, 1664. 

( II) Benjamin, son of Richard Higgins, was 
born at Plymouth, Jidy 6, 1640, died March 
14, 1691. He settled in Eastham Masvaclui- 
setts, and in 1675 applied to court for land in 
the right of liis father. His estate was divided 
by agreement, June 25, 1691, by widow Lydia, 
children, Ichabod, Richard, Joshua, Samuel, 
Lydia and Isaac. He married, December 24, 
1661, Lydia, daughter of Edward Bangs, who 
came from England in the ship "Ann" in i''>23. 
Children, born at Eastham : Ichabod, born 
November 14, 1662; Richard, mentioned be- 
low : John, November 20, 1666 ; Joshua. Octo- 
ber I, 166S; Lydia, May, 1670; Isaac, August 
31, 1672: Benjamin, June 14, 1674, died 
young; Samuel, March 7, i^^~6-jj ; Benjamin, 
September 15, 1G81. 

(III) Richard (2), son of Benjamin Hig- 
gins, was born at Eastham, October 15, 1664, 
died April 27, 1732. He married, in 1694, 
Sarah Freeman. His widow married Lieuten- 
ant Cole. Children, born at Eastham : Joshua, 
December 3, 1(393; Eleazer, mentioned below; 
Theophilus, I\Iay 6, 1698; Jedediah, February 
8. 1699-1700; Zaccheus, January 11, 1701-02; 
Esther, February 23, 1703-04; David, .\pril 
5, 1706; Reuben, January 6, 1708-09; Moses, 
March 24, 1710-11; Abigail, August 8, 1715. 

( I\') Eleazer, son of Richard (2) Higgins. 
was born at Eastham, February 9, i6</)-97. 
He and his wife Sarah joined the church at 
Truro, February 13, 1723-26. Children, bap- 
tizefl at Truro: Eleazer, baptized June 12, 
1726 ; Joseph, March 24, 1727-28; Enoch, men- 
tioned below; Jedediah, September 16, 1733; 
Richard, November 9, 1735; Eleazer, June 24. 
1739: Sarah, November 2, 1740; Hannah, 

(\') Enoch, son of Eleazer Higgins, was 
born at Eastham or Truro, baptized at Truro, 
July 5, 17.^0. He lived at Wellfleet, Barnstable 
county, ^Iassachusetts, died May 10, 1807, 
aged seventy-seven, buried in the old ceme- 
tery at South \\'elUlect. He married, Febru- 
ary 21, 1754, Mary Atkins. His wife died 
April 26, 1807, aged seventy-three, and was 
buried by his side. They were members of 
the First Church of Orleans. Children: 
L'riah. Eleazer, born 1759: Ephraim, men- 
tioned below ; Reuben : Enoch ; Elizabeth, mar- 
ried Rev. Edward Whittle ; Sarah, married 
Nathan Harding; Mary, married Jeremiah 

(\T) Ephraim, son of Enoch Higgins, was 




luirn July 5. ijCxj, died March 28, 1S46. He 
married. November 21. 1793, Nancy, daiiglitor 
(if losiali and Jerusha (Cole) Rich. .Vniong 
their chihh"en was John Knowles, mentioned 

(Vll) John Knowle.^, son of Ephraim llig- 
uin.s, was horn Eebruary 28, 1795, at W'ellllect. 
.Massachusetts. He married (, first) Thankful 
.■^now Newcomb. who died January 17, iSjy. 
lie married (second) January 2, 1830, Ruth 
Wiley, who died December 16, i860. Chil- 
dren: Reuben, not married; Joint, married 
i;iiza Higgins ; Alfred, married .Mary Martin: 
.Minerva, married Josiah Pervear ; Rufus, mar- 
ried Sarali Wiley; Henry !Ma}0, mentioned 
below; Charles, unmarried. All are deceased. 

(\'HI) Henry Mayo, son of John Knowles 
Higgins, was born .August 25, 1832, in W'ell- 
tleet, died at Hyde Park, December 9, 1902. 
He was educated in the public schools of his 
native town. .At the age of nineteen years 
he came to Boston and after working there 
fur a time removed to Providence, Rhode 
Island. In 1853 he entered the employ of 
ivlward Clark, a leatlier manufacturer, in Bos- 
ttin. In i8')0 he engaged in business on his 
own account at 21 Perry street, Boston, where 
he cniuinued until 18S5. I-'rom that time until 
the lime of his death he was a dealer in boots 
and shoes at Hyde Park, Massachusetts. He 
married, .November 20, 1858, Peryntha Davis, 
daughter of Philander Shaw and Tabitha 
(Harding) Witherel! ( see Witherell \'l). Chil- 
dren: I. Olsten Mayo, born June 25. i86''>: 
an architect with an office in Boston ; a mem- 
ber of tlie Masonic order: married, Decemljer 
31, 1890, Josejihinc Bendroth and children : 
lllanche, born December 24, 1892; IMarion, 
June 23. i8o-l. 2. Henry Davis, born Febru- 
ary 24, 1873: foreman in the clock repairing 
department of Smith. Patterson Company, 52 
Summer street, Boston ; a member of the 
.Masonic order; married. October 17, 1906. 
Sarah Kell\", and has one ciiild, Barbara, born 
July 12, 1908. 

(Thp \\itlurell Litiet. 

(I) Re\ . William Witherell. immigrant an- 
cestor of the Wetherells and Witherells of 
l'l\mouth and Barnstable counties, was a 
graduate of Corjuis Christi College, Cam- 
bridge, England, July 3, 1019, a native of 
Yorkshire, England. He took the ilegrees of 
I'achelor of .Arts and Master of .\rts and was 
h'"ensed as 01 Maidstone. England, aged about 
twenty-live, to marry Mary h'isher. ^larch 26. 
"'27. Htr muther Joan married- (second) 
Joi'.n Martin, veoman. He came to tliis 
cout-try in the ■^hii) "Hercules" of Sandwich, 
sailing March '.4, i')34-35. with wife .Mary. 

three children and one servant. He gave his 
(jccupation a> school master. He settled at 
Charlestown, Massachusetts, and taught the 
grammar school. Erom i03() to 163S he was 
at Cambridge, then he remu\-ed to Du.xbury 
of which he was a proi)rietor in August, 1640. 
He was called to the pastorate of the Second 
Church of Scituate in September, 1644, 3"d 
filled that position the remainder of his life. 
He was admitted a freeman of the Plymouth 
colony, June I, 1658. He died in Scituate, 
.April 9, 1684, aged eighty-four years. His 
will was dated .March 29, and proved June 
4, id84, bei|Ueathing to grandchildren : Samuel, 
Joshua and Hannali, children of his eldest sou 
Samuel; to his widow Isabel; to sons John, 
TheojjhUus and Daniel; to daughter, Mary 
Oldham. Children, three or more born in 
-Slaidstoiie, county Kent : Samuel : John, men- 
tioned below; Mar)', married. November 20. 
i()56, Thomas Oldham; Elizabeth, married, 
December 22, 1657, John Bryant; Theophilus; 
Daniel ; Sarah, born at Scituate, Eebruarv 10, 
1644: Hannah, born Eebruary 20, 1646. 

(II) John, son of Rev. William Witherell. 
was born about 1650. Children, born at Scit- 
uate: John, July 25, 1675; William, -May 25. 
1678. had a son William, who died young, and 
daughters, Sarah, Hannah and Mary; Thomas, 
Alarch 3. 1O81, settled in Plymouth: Joshua, 
Jul}- 5, 1683. 

( I\') \\'ilHain (2), grandson of John With- 
erell, married Mary , who died at Well- 
fleet, Eebruary 16, 1774, aged forty-si.x. 
.Among their children were : John, of Wel'lfieet, 
wh.o died .August 8, 1838, aged eighty-six, and 
whose wife .Azubah died at Welllleet, January 
15, 1820, aged sixty-five: Whitefield, men- 
tioned below. 

(\') Whitefield, son of William (2) With- 
erell, was born in 1769. died at W"ellfleet, De- 
cemljcr 7, 1848. }Ie married Jerusha Emerv 
Ryder. .Among their children were : Phebe D.. 
who died November 11, 1850, aged fift'.en 
years, seven months ; I'liilairler Shaw, men- 
tioned below. 

(XT) Philander Shaw, son of Whitefield 
Witherell, was born at Welltleet, Massachu- 
setts. He married Tabitha, daughter of 
Elisha Harding, of Chatham, Massachusetts. 
Their daughter. Peryntha Da\is. born at Well- 
fleet, Eebruarv 26. 1838. married Henrv .Mavo 
Higgins (see Higgins Mil). 

John A'aughan, the immi- 
\'.\l"CiII.\.\' grant ancestor, lived in New- 
port. Rhode Island, where 
liis name is recorded on the list of inhabitants 
admittevl since -May 20, i(')38. On March 4, 
1634, he and others in Massachusetts were 

1 174 


fined for misspending their time, drinking 
strong waters and selling to others contrary 
to law, etc. ; his fine was twenty shillings. In 
1639 lie was granted a lot in New[iort, pro- 
viding he build on it within a ytar ; he was to 
have forty-two acres at the Hermitage. He 
was admitted a freeman in 1655, and ^lay 22, 
1662, he had seventy-nine and two-thirds 
acres of land laid out to him. On April 16, 
1673. he deeded eight acres of land to his son 
John, and July 23, 1687, he deeded to son 
Daniel of Newport, his farm and house, and 
fifty acres of land. He married Gillian 

. Children: John, born April 19, 1644; 

David, July 19, 1646; George, mentioned be- 
low; Daniel, April 27, 1653; Mary, July 3, 
1658. He died after 1687? 

(H) George, son of John \''aughan, was 
born October 20, 1650, died May 7, 1704. He 
lived in Newport and in East Greenwich, 
Rhode Island. On October 31, 1677, he was 
one of the forty-eight who received the grant 
of five thousand acres for East Greenwich. 
He served as dcptity to the general court in 
1684-98-99-1704. and he was on the grand jury 
in 1688. In 1687 he was a member of the 
cavalry company. His will was dated April 
II, 1699, and proved May 25, 1704; his wife 
Margaret and son George were executors. He 
married, July 26. i(S8o, Margaret Spink, who 
died after 1704. daughter of Robert and Alice 
Spink. Children, born in East Greenwich : 
George, .\pril 19. 1682; David, .\pril 29, 16S3 ; 
Mary, February 28. 1685: Christopher, April 
29, 1686; .-\bigail. February 24, 16S9; Robert, 
mentioned below. 

(HI) Robert, son of George Vaughan, was 
born March 7, 1691, in East Greenwich, Rhode 
Island, where he lived. He married, Febru- 
ary 18, 1719, Joanna Sweet, born February 13, 
1695, daughter of Henry and Mary Sweet. 
Children, born in East Greenwich : Caleb, 
June 7, 1720: David, April 14, 1722; Daniel, 
April 14, 1722: Susanna, Alay 24, 1726; Ben- 
jamin, mentioned below ; Robert, November 
II, 1732; Margaret, July 13, 1734. 

(IV) Benjamin, son of Robert Vaughan, 
was born November 4, 1730. He married, De- 
cember 4, 1751. Catherine, daughter of John 
Godfrey. Children: Mary, born May 9. 1753; 
Margaret, December 9, 1754: Asa, mentioned 
below; Sarah, February 17, 1761 ; Elizabeth, 
October 9, 1762: Benjamin, July 12, 1766; 
Rodman. October 14. 1769. 

(V) Asa, son of Benjamin Vaughan, was 
born February 9. 1756, in Rhode Island. 

(\'I) Whitman, son or nephew of Asa 
Vaughan. was born in Rhode Island, March 
25, 1783. He had brothers, Asa and Samuel 
Vaughan. He removed to New York state 

and settled first at Kingsbury, afterward at 
Welch Hollow, in the town of Fort Ann, and 
died at Fort .\nn. Washington county, in 1855. 
He married Betsey Draper, born January 11, 
1785, died 1871. daughter of Jonathan Draper. 
Children: Warren, born July 12. 1805; .Mien, 
.August I, 1807; Florace, December 25, 1809; 
Leonard, mentioned below; Harriet, .August 4, 
1814. married Walter Woodruff; Washington, 
October 2, 181G; Minerva, February 8, 1819, 
died August 6, 1822; Whitman, August 2, 
1S21, died Julv 20, 1822; Caroline A., .August 
19, 1823; Whitman, December 25, 1S25, died 
January 21. 1895: .Albert, March 28, 1S28, 
died in 1878; 1-Yeeman, October 16, 1830, lives 
at P'ort Aim. 

(VII) Leonard, son of Whitman Vaughan, 
was born February 14, 1812, died November 
9, 1884. He lived in his native town. Fort 
Ann. He married. November i, 1832, I'olina 
Stearns, born June 2^, 1812, died March 21, 
1900, daughter of Amos and Polly Stearns. 
Children: Julius Clinton, mentioned below; 
Annette, born January 23, 1840, died .August 
5. 1841 ; Rebecca A., January 30, 1847, died 
July 23, 1847; F'lorence, May 21, 184S, mar- 
ried Joseph P. Kinner ; Sarah Elizabeth, Feb- 
ruary 26, 1851, married Ilarlan P.- Cone, of 
Granville, New York. 

(\'III) Julius Clinton, son of Leonard 
\'aughan, was born in Fort Ann, New York, 
January 5, 1834, died January 29, 1863. He 
married Sarah A. Stevens, born February 12, 
1837. at F^ort Ann, daughter of William and 
Clarissa (Roberts) Stevens. Children: George 
C, born September 9, 1855, lives in Glens 
Falls, New York, and has one child, Sarah ; 
Herman William, mentioned below. 

(IX) Herman William, son of Julius Clin- 
ton \'aughan, was born September 17, 1857, 
at Fort .Ann, New A'ork. He received his 
early education in the public schools and acad- 
emy in his native town. In 1872 he came to 
Rutland, Vermont, and for four years was a 
clerk in the hardware store of A. C. Bates & 
Son. During the next four years he was em- 
ployed in the office of Hollingsworth & Whit- 
ney, paper manufacturers, in their Boston 
office. In 18S1 he went to the New York City 
offices of the same concern, and in 1S92 was 
placed in charge of the New York business. 
For more than twenty years he has been the 
New York manager of the Hollingsworth & 
Whitney Company. He has been an active 
member of the Tompkins Avenue Congrega- 
tional Church of Brooklyn for many years, 
and is now one of the trustees He is a mem- 
ber of the Union League Club and the Cres- 
cent Club of Brooklyn. Member also of the 
Congregational Club and Hardware Club of 



New ^'ork ; member of Empire State Snciety, 
Sons of tlie American Revolution. In 1912 
he Iniilt a beautiful summer residence at Rut- 
laii'l. \'ermont. 

He married, November 12. 1884. Mary E. 
i"o.\, of Rutland, daughter of Dr. George Ilcr- 
licrt antl I'amelia (Harris) Fox (see Fox 
\in). Children: Martha Fox, born March 
iv 1887; W'ilmah, February 3, 1889. 

(The Fox IJne). 

(I) Thomas Fox, the immigrant ancestor, 
known to genealogists as Thomas of Cam- 
bridge to distinguish him from Thomas Fox, 
of Concord, was born in England about 160S, 
and admitted a freeman March, 1637-38, when 
he was living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
He probably came over in 1634 or 1635, and 
it is said that he was from London and that 
he was the son of Dr. Thomas Fox, a physi- 
cian of that city. A tradition that has more 
than usual claim for belief states that he emi- 
grated in anger and disgust because of in- 
justice done him in a law suit which he be- 
lieved w as decided against him because he was 
a grandson of John Fox, the author. This 
suit concerned a lease for three lives, on sev- 
enteen houses in London. As this occurred 
in the reign of Charles L, when the Puritans 
found little favor from men in authority, it is 
C|uite [jrobable that Fox had g'jO'l reason to 
think the decision unjust. John Fox was born 
in Lincolnshire. England, in 1517: was grad- 
uated at Oxford in 1537 with the degree of 
S. A., and to'^k the degree of M. .\. in 1543: 
was made a fellow of Magdalen College, July 
25- 1539: in July, 1543, with five others, left 
the college: was a tutor while writing 
Protestant documents. During the reign of 
Catholic Queen Mary he found it prudent to 
leave the country. In 1559 he returned to 
his home, and about that time published his 
most famous work, the "Book of Martyrs," 
a co[n" of which by royal command was placed 
in the hall of every Episcopal palace in the 
land, and he was granted a coat-of-arms and 
other honors. 

Thomas F'ox was one of the original pro- 
prietors of Cambridge, then New Town, and 
dealt extensively in real estate : was executor 
and administrator of many estates, a select- 
man in 165S, and repeatedly afterwards. He 
was an esteemed and enterprising citizen, and 
was referred to in the church records as a 
beloved brother of the church. The house at 
Cambridge where he lived, later called the 
Holmes house, stood on the north side of the 
college grounds. In the early davs of the 
colony the place belonged to Mrs. Ellen Green, 
and became by her second marriage the prop- 

erty of her husband, Mr. Fox. Their grand- 
son, Jabcz Fox, the merchant tailor, made ex- 
tensive additions and repairs to the house in 
1707, be(]ucathing it at his death to his son, 
Thomas Fox, of Woodstock, who sold it to 
his uncle. Rev. John I''o.x, of W'oburn, and it 
eventually came to be owned by Harvard Col- 
lege. General Ward made the house his head- 
quarters while in command of the American 
forces that invested Boston, and was there at 
the time of the battle of Bunker Hill. Dr. 
Holmes, wdiile chaplain of the college, resided 
there, and his son, Oliver Wendell Holmes, 
the poet, was born there. The name of the 
first wife of Thomas Fox, the immigrant, is 
not known ; she probably died in England. He 
married (second) Ellen Green, widow of Per- 
cival Green, who came from England to Bos- 
ton in 1635. and died December 25, 1639. By 
her first marriage she had two children: John 
antl Elizabeth Green, both baptized in infancy 
at Cambridge. She died May 27, 16S2, aged 
eighty-two, her death being caused by a fall 
which broke her thigh. Mr. Fox married 
(third) Elizabeth, widow of Charles Chad- 
wick. She died in 1O85, aged seventy-one 
years. He married (fourth) December 16, 
1685, Rebecca Wyeth, who survived him. He 
died April 25, 1693, aged eighty-five years. A 
pathetic letter written by Mrs. Rebecca Fox 
appealing for justice and mercy for her daugh- 
ters who suffered imprisonment on a charge of 
witchcraft is to be found in the state archives. 
The daughter was finally tried and acquitted, 
after enduring incredible suffering at the 
hands of her deluded persecutors. 

(II) Rev. Jabez I'ox, oidy child of Thomas 
and Ellen (Green) Fox, was born in Cam- 
bridge or Concord, in 1646, and was baptized 
at Concord. He was educated at Harvard Col- 
lege, being graduated in 1663. On taking his 
second degret of M. A. three years later, his 
public address consisted of a few lines of 
Latin verse. While residing in Cambridge he 
was invited in 1678 to serve for one year as 
an assistant of Rev. Mr. Carter, the minister 
at Woburn. He accepted, and November 5, 
1679, the parish voted to call him as their min- 
ister, and he was ordained soon afterward. 
The town agreed to build him a suitable house. 
It was located on Pleasant street, near the site 
of the public library, and was occupied by 
him and his son and successor for a period of 
seventy-six years. Mr. Fox appears to have 
had the confidence and affection of his parish- 
ioners through life, though they sometimes 
occasioned him disciuietude by allowing his 
salary to fall in arrears. -At one time about 
Ijo were thus due him, some of which was 
not paid at the time of his death. Doubtless 




this seeming neglect was clue to the pressure 
of the times. He died of smallpox, I'chruary 
26, 1702, at Piostdn, and was buried at W'o- 
burn. His gravestone hears this inscripti'.in : 
" mori. I'ugit hora. Here Lvcs ye 
Body of ye Rcverenil Mr. Jahe;: Fox, I'astour 
of ye Church of Christ in WUhnrn 23 years. 
and aged 56 years deceased l'\'b. ye 28th 
1702-3." He married Judith, daughter of Rev. 
John Rayner, minister of J'lymnuth, Massa- 
chusetts, and Dover, Xew Hampshire. She 
married (second) Colonel Jonathan Tyiig. of 
Boston, formerly a member of the council of 
Governor .Andros. Colonel Tyng, died Janu- 
ary 10, 1723, and she died June 3, 173'^), in 
her ninety-ninth year. Her epitaph in .Mden's 
collection states: "A woman of most exem- 
plary virtue and piety. Rich in Grace. Ripe 
for Glory." Children of Jabcz and Judith 
Fox: Rev. John, born at \\'oburn, Ma\ 10, 
1678; Thomas, November 6, 16S0; Thomas, 
November 13, 1681 ; Jaliez, mentioned below; 
Judith, fvme 19, 1690, died 170^. 

(HI)"jabe7. (2), son of Rev. Jabez (i) 
Fox. was born at Woburn, December 2, 1G84. 
He was a manufacturer of woolen goods, and 
also a merchant tailor. It is said that he was 
engaged in all parts of the business from the 
purchase of the wool to fitting the cloth into 
garments for his customers. He lived in 
Boston. He married, March 8, 1705, Han- 
nah, daughter of Rev. George P.urroughs. 
Children, born in Boston : Thomas, mentioned 
below; Hannah, June 27, 1708; Judith, August 
19, 171 1 ; Rebecca, 1714. 

(IV) Thomas (2), son of Jabcz (2) Vox, 
was born in Boston, December 7, 170O. He 
settled in Woodstock, Coimecticut, then part 
of Ma.-sachusetts, among the earl}- settlers, 
and established himself as a clothier, manufac- 
turing and dressing cloth. He resided in a 
two-story red house nrit far fron^ the wolf 
cave which owes its fame to General Putnam. 
This house was burned in 1850. He died in 

1796. He married Mercy . Children : 

Hannah, born April 27, 1731 ; Thomas. Sep- 
tember 7, 1732; Maiia. .\pril 2T,. 1735: John, 
mentioned below : Mary, March 10, 1740; 
Jabez, i\ray 6, 1745; hanny, November 17, 
1749; Rebecca, July 9, 1753. He is said to 
have had two more daughters, names un- 
known, however. 

(V) John, son of Thomas (2) Fox, was 
born at WoodstocU, March 10, 1737. died 
probably in 1761. in Newburg. Xew York, 
where he lived. He married Eleanor Lovett. 
born 1740, died Xoveniber 12. 1822. When 
her husband died she made the journev from 
Newburg to ^\'ood^tock, one hundred miles 
through wild country, leading her oldest boy 

and carrying William. Her goods were sent 
on a coasting vessel which was wrecked. She 
married (second) September 17, 1764, Xa- 
thaniel Chikl, as his second wife, and about 
1785 she journeyed alone from Connecticut 
to Rutland county, \ermont, to visit her son 
William. She is said to have been tall and 
finely formed, and handsome. Children : John, 
horn .August 7, 1758; William, mentioned be- 

(\'l) William, son of John I'^ox, was born 
fune -H. ijCo, probably at Newburg, New 
York. His fatlier died when the son was but 
two years old, and the mother returned with 
her two sons to her home at Woodstock. 
When a little over sixteen years old he en- 
hsted in the revolution, in the same company 
with his brother John. William was in the 
service three years and ten months, acting as a 
scout part of the time. Afterward he went to 
Rutland county, A'crmont. He married, in 
1780, Philena White, born October, 1762, died 
July 3, 1817, at Wallingford, daughter of one 
of the fn>.t settlers who cleared a farm in Tin- 
mouth. A few years later he exchanged his 
farm for one in \\'allingford, Vermont, where 
he lived the remainder of his days. He was 
elected town clerk and justice of the peace and 
served thirty years. He died at Wallingford, 
PYbruarv 17, 1822. Children : John, mentioned 
below; \\"illiam, born June 10, 17S4; Eleanor, 
March 20, 17S6; Fanny, January 21, 1788; 
Mary, February 8, 1790; George AF, Febru- 
ary it'i, 171)2; AFarvin, December 25, 1794: 
Faura, January 26. 1797, died 1820, unmar- 
ried; Philena, July 7, 1799; Priscilla, Alay 16, 
1808, died unmarried. 

(ATI) Dr. John (2) Fox, son of \\'iniam 
Fox, was born in Timnouth. A'ermont, .August 
4, 1781, died in Wallingford, June 17, 1853. 
Fie studied medicine under Dr. Z. Hamilton 
for three years, surgery under Dr. Ezekiel 
I^orter. of Rutland, and was licensed- to prac- 
tice bv the first A'ermont State Aledicai So- 
ciety in 1807. He located at Wallingford. Fie 
received tiie degree of Doctor of Medicine 
from the A'ermont .Academy in 1829. at Castle- 
ton. Ffe was a prominent physician and sur- 
geon, and his practice extensive. He was in 
the state legislature in 1822-23-24-38-40-41-42; 
state senator in 1847-48-49. He married. May 
12, 1807. Alary Crary. born July 30, 1788. died 
.August 19. 1876, daughter of Elias Crary, of 
Wallingford. Children : Harriet, born Octo- 
ber 13,1809; William C, July 4, 181 1 : Eliza- 
beth. Xoveniber II. 1813; AFary AF. Alay 28, 
1S17; John AF, .April 2, 1825; George H., 
nvzntioned below. 

i\Hl) Dr. George Flerbert Fox. son of 
Dr. John (2) Fox, was born March 22, 1830. 


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After attending the public schools he went to 
'rru\ Conference Academy at Poultney in 
iS/) and to tlie Ca:.tleton Academy in 1S47, 
111 i8.j8 he began to study medicine under his 
f^itlur's instruction. He entered Castleton 
Meilical College, from which he was grad- 
uated in 1S51 wilh the degree of Doctor of 
Medicine. After further study in 1852-53 in 
riiiladcljihia and at the New York Medical 
College, he returned to ^Vallingford and prac- 
ticed until late in 1863, when he came to Rut- 
land. He was a partner of E. C. Lewis in the 
drug business from 1S61 to 1865 and from 1868 
to 1870 . After a long and highly distinguished 
c.ireci he died in 191 1. He was a number of 
the Vermont State ^ledical Society, tiie Rut- 
land County Medical and Surgical Society and 
the .Vmerican ^Icdical Association ; one of the 
loimders of the Rutland Medical Club, and for 
two years its president ; member of the medi- 
cal board of pension examiners; consulting 
phy-ician of the Rutlraid Hospital. He mar- 
ried, Jatmary 12, 1859, Pamelia Harris, born 
July 12, 1838, daughter of Howard Harris, 
of Wallingford. Children: Mary E., bora 
April 8, i860, at Wallingford, married Her- 
man William \'aughan (see \^aughan IX); 
Edwin IL, born I\Iay 3, 1865, in Rutland; 
Mattie P., August 25, 1870; John C, October 
10, 1875 ; Hattie R., August b, 1882. 

There seem to have been two 
STANARD ditTferent branches of the 
Stanard family, one in Eng- 
land, confined to the priesthood there and in 
Ireland, and the other of the Irish peerage in 
Ireland. The coat-of-arms of the Irish family 
was: Per pale or and sable, three eagles dis- 
played counterchanged. Crest: On a ducal 
coronet a dolphin naiant ppr. Motto: Aquila 
petit solciii. 

(I) Joseph Stanard, the immigrant ances- 
tor, was an early settler at Hartford. Connec- 
ticut, and perhaps an original settler. Accord- 
ing to the history of Middlesex county. Con- 
necticut, he was one of twenty-eight men from 
Hartford. Windsor and \VLthersheid, who 
settled at Haddam. Most of them are thought 
to have been young men. At a town meeting 
in Haddam. February 7, 1667, he was granteil 
.^i.K acres of common land on the mill river 
southeast of his own swamp. On June 13, 
i^'7[. a decision was made that twenty acres 
of land should be laifl out to every £100 valua- 
tion, and in the division the lots were drawn 
as the names were drawn by lot. Joseph Stan- 
ard was eleventh on the list. In October, 1703. 
the name of his son William is on the Say- 
briiok records, and as Joseph's name is not 
found on Haddam records after 1671, he 

doubtless moved to Westbrook Parish in Say- 
brook before 1700, being among the first set- 
tlers there. He died in 1721. 

(II) William, son of Joseph Stanard, was 
born as early as 1675, as shown by the settle- 
ment of his father's estate, and we know from 
the same source that lie died in 1727. He re- 
moved from Saybrook to Stratford, Connecti- 
cut. The records of Stratford mention only 
his son W'illiam, mentioned below. 

(HI) William (2) Stanard or Stannard, son 
of W'illiam (i) Stanard, was born about 1700, 
in .Saybrook, and removed to Stratford with 
his father. The records of Stratford give the 
births of his children, calling him "late of Say- 
brook." He married Sarah, daughter of 
Daniel and Ruth Beardsley, of a prominent 
Stratford family, August 11, 1726. Children: 
Sarah, born Alarch 21, 1728; Ruth, Novem- 
ber 4. 1733 ; Diana, January 5, 1735-36 ; Mercy, 
April 25, 1738; W'illiam. and perhaps others. 

Saybrook remained the home of the family 
with few exceptions until after the revolution, 
however. Some lived in Haddam. Westbrook, 
Kiilingworth and neighboring places in Mid- 
dlesex county. In 1790 the following were 
heads of families in Saybrook: Temperance, 
John. John (2d), Job, Nathan, Ephraim, Josiah, 
Joseph, Abner, Elias, Jasper and Peter. As 
early as 1790, however, a few pioneers had 
left Saybrook to settle in the wilds of New 
Hamps'.iire and Vermont. 

(IV) William (3), son of William (2) 
Stanard, according to the best evidence avail- 
able, was born about 1740. He settled in 
Kiilingworth, Middlesex county, Connecticut, 
whence he moved early in life to Newport, 
New Hampshire. He was a soldier in the 
revolution from New Hampshire, a corporal 
in Captain Uriah Wilson's company. Colonel 
Benjamin Bellows' regiment, reinforcing the 
American army at Ticonderoga in June 1777. 
\\'illiam Stanard was a member of the com- 
mittee of safety of Newport. He lived on the 
J. Hall farm, for many years known as the 
Stanard place. He married (first) Mindwell, 
sister of Abraham Buell : (second) .April 19, 
1786. Margery, sister of Aaron Buell. She 
was born Jul)- 30, 1759. Children by first 
wife: Sally, born October 6, 1771. married 
Moses Cioodwin ; William, mentioned below ; 
Mindwell. October 4, 1782, married Jonathan 
Wakefield; Jeremiah. June 29. 1785. Child by 
second wife: .Abigail. July 4, 1791, married 
.\dolphus King. 

(\') W'illiam (4), son of William (3) Stan- 
ard. was horn August 26, 1776. He remained 
for many years on his father's homestead, but 
late in life sold it and went to Iowa, where 
he died. He married Hannah Hagar, of Croy- 

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den, and it is related in the history of New- 
port that "the cavalcade of ladies and gentle- 
men on horseback who attended the bridal pair 
to their new home was a most beautiful and 
imposing disjjlay." Children, born at New- 
port: Jeremiah, June 2, 1799; Jotl, March 9, 
1S02; Obed, mentioned below; V'ashti, Octo- 
ber 5, 1805, married John P. Caprun, of Mor- 
risville, \'ermont, and had William, Edwin 
and Amelia ; Hannah, married John Hough- 
ton, lived at Phcnix, Oregon, and had a son 
Ira ; Sarah, married George Bonncy, and re- 
moved to Illinois ; Laura, went to Iowa, where 

she married: Electra. married Russ ; 

Samuel, settled at Lebanon, Iowa, was justice 
of the peace, deacon, married Priscilla Walls, 
and had Arthur, Fanny, Charles and Cora ^^ ; 
Orphia, married Josiah Bonney, of Keosauqua, 

(VI) Obed, son of William (4) Stanard, 
was born at Newport, New Hampshire, Octo- 
ber 2, 1803. He was educated in the public 
schools of his native town and followed farm- 
ing on the homestead there for several years. 
He sold out and went to Iowa in 1835-36, 
traveling by wagon through the wilderness and 
locatitig in \'an Buren county. He followed 
farming throughout his active life. He died 
in October, 1S69. He married Elizabeth Ann 
Webster (see Webster VI). Children: i. 
Alphonso, born 182); settled in Albany, Ore- 
gon, and was at one time mayor of the city; 
children: William C'.. Charles E., George C., 
Henry, Franklin, Minnie. 2. Edwin O., men- 
tioned below. 3. Melissa M., married J. H. 
Duftield and had children : Mary E., married 
Walter Irish; Ida M.; Charles M.; Elma, 
married Edwin L. Sharon. 

(VII) Edwin Obed, son of Obed Stanard, 
was born in Newport, New Hampshire, Janu- 
ary 5, 1832. When he w'as three years old he 
went with the family in their long trip by 
wagon to their new home in Iowa. He at- 
tended the country schools and the academy 
at Keosauqua, Iowa, from which lie was grad- 
uated in 1852, and then folli:>wed the profes- 
sion of teaching for se\er2l years, coming 
from Iowa to St. Louis and afterward to 
Madison county, Illinois. He matriculated at 
Jones Commercial College in St. Louis in 1855, 
and in 1856-57 was employed as a bookkeeper 
with a business firm in .-Mton, Illinois. From 
1S57 he was engaged in the grain business at 
St. Louis. He est:iblished flouring mills at St. 
L.ouis and afterward at .-\lton, Illinois, and 
Dallas. Texas. His milling business grew to 
vast proportions and became one of the lead- 
ing industries of the city of St. Louis. Mr. 
Stanard is counted among the industrial lead- 
ers and among the most substantial and highly 

respected citizens of St. Louis, in fact his 
name is known throughout the middle west. 
I'rom 1865 to 18S6 he operated under the name 
of li. O. Stanard & Com[iany ; in the latter 
)ear the style of the firm became the E. O. 
Stanard Milling Company, and in January, 
\(jo'\ the final change was made to the Stan- 
ard-Tihon Milling Company, with Mr. Stanard 
at its head. 

Mr. Stanard is a Republican in his political 
views, and has always taken a keen interest in 
public affairs and exerted a wholesome in- 
fluence in politics. While the city itself has 
[profited largely by his efforts in business ami 
kindred avenues, the leaders of the Republican 
party to which he has given such stalwart sup- 
port, recognized him as a man whose person- 
ality and labors would prove of great benefit 
in party work. Accordingly in 186G, although 
he had never been active in party ranks, the 
Rejiublicans of the state nominated him for 
lieutenant-governor on the McClurg ticket. 
This entirely unsolicited honor came to him 
most unexpecteflly, and tiie leaders of the 
party were obliged to impress upon his mind 
the fact that he owed this duty to the state, of 
serving its interests in office and utilizing his 
ability for the benefit of the commonwealth, 
before he gave his consent. It was subse- 
(luently proven that their choice was a wise 
one for the fact tiiat a man of Mr. Stanard's 
well known commercial standing and integrity 
was endorsing certain measures was ample 
proof to many of his fellow citizens that they 
were worthy of support. After his election he 
performed the duties of his position with such 
loyalty, and wielded an influence in molding the 
policy of the state with such wisdom, that he 
establishetl a precedent most diflicult to main- 
tain. His committee work was remarkable 
for the fitness of the members chosen and the 
sound judgment displayed in determining the 
various capacities and aptitudes of those with 
whom he placed the work. He was always 
fair and impartial as a presiding oflficer, and 
the good of the public was ever before him. 
Therefore it was not surprising that on the 
expiration of his term as lieutenant-governor 
the public shoidd demand that he continue to 
serve its interests, and placed him in nomina- 
tion for congress, as representing the radical 
wing of the party. His opponent was Colonel 
Grosvenor, editor of the Dciiiocrat. who was 
made the candidate of the liberal party. The 
Democrats put no candidate in the field but 
endorsed Colonel Grosvenor. In spite of this 
strong combination Lieutenant-Governor Stan- 
ard was. elected, a mighty tribute to the force 
of his personality, and a glowing testimony to 
the confidence of the people in his ability and 



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fulL-lity to their interests. After taking his seat 
in con" Mr. Stanard"s labors were directed 
earnestly and effectively towards promoting 
l(.i>islation which he deemed valuable to the 
country at large and especially to the middle 
west. His work in this respect stands as a 
iiv.nnmcnt, which if it were obliged to stand 
.nlone of his lifework would keep his memory 
revered in the minds of the residents of the 
Mississippi \'alley. It was owing to his efforts 
that congress consented to try the experiment 
of keeping a deep channel between New Or- 
leans and the Gulf of Mexico by means of 
jetties, thereby permitting the loading of ves- 
sels at New C)rleans that might successfully 
pass th.e delta obstructions in the lower Missis- 
sippi, a matter of great importance to St. 
Louis and other river points, as it meant cheap 
transportation to the seaboard. 

After the e.vpiration of his congressional 
term Mr. Stanard took no further active part 
in politics, devoting himself mainly to his 
business interests, but lending his aid and co- 
operation to many movements of benefit to the 
city. He was a conspicuous figure on the floor 
of the Merchants' Exchange and for many 
years occupied official positions therein ; in 
1865 he served as president. He also served 
as vice-president of the National Board of 
Trade, and during the year 1903 was presi- 
dent of the directorate of the St. Louis Ex- 
position, and a leader in 'the Autumnal Festivi- 
ties Association, now known as the Business 
Men's League. He was also president of the 
Citizens' Fire Insurance Company for four- 
teen years. He was for a great many years 
a director in the Saint Louis L'nion Trust Com- 
pany, and also in the Boatmen's Bank. He 
was a member of the famous Indianapolis 
Conference in 1897-98. Among his social or- 
ganizations are the St. Louis Club, the Noon- 
day Club anfl the New England Society of St. 
Louis, of which he was president in 1897-98. 
He joined the Methodist Episcopal church 
when a young man and he has been an earnest, 
consistent and powerful supporter of that de- 
nomination all his life. 

Mr. Stanard married, at Iowa City. Iowa. 
June 19. 1856, Esther .\nn, born in Dayton, 
Ohio, daughter of Christian and Esther f Witt- 
nur') Kauffman. She died in 1906. They had 
five children: i. Charles Edwin, died in in- 
fancy. 2. Cora Zerviah. born in St. Louis, 
May 24, 1859. died in January, i'X)9: married 
I'^dgar D. Tilton. vice-president of the E. O. 
Stanard Milling Company: children: Owen 
Stanard, Esther Cornelia, married Henry M. 
Wheaton, February 14, 1912: Edgar. Webster. 
7,. William KautTman, mentioned below. 4. 
Sue Ella, married Dr. J. E. Shoemaker. 5. 

Edwin O. Jr., born January I, 1869, died in 

fVIH) William Kauffman, son of Edwin 
Clbed Stanard. was born in St. Louis, Mis- 
souri, October 4, i8()i. Ho attended the pub- 
lic schools of his native city, also Washington 
I'niversity of St. Louis, and the Lexington 
Military Institute at Lexington, Virginia, for 
one year. Since 1883 he has been associated 
in business with his father, taking a large 
share of the responsibility and management of 
the great business of the Stanard-Tilton Mill- 
ing Company. In politics he is a Republican. 
In religion lie is a member of the Methodist 
church. Member of St. Louis Club, St. Louis 
Country Club, Belle River Country Club, Glen 
Echo Missouri .-Vthletic Club, Apollo Club, and 
director of Boatmen's Bank. 

He married (first) June 24. 1885, Mary, 
born July 26, 1S68, daughter of John Tillay, 
of St.' Louis. She died in March, 1S93. He 
married f second) November 6, 1895, Anne, 
born February 19, 1S76, daughter of Frank 
T. Chew. Children by first wife: i. Edwin, 
born at St. Louis. .April 13, 1886. 2. Margaret, 
at St. Louis. March 17, 1887; educated at 
Mary Institute, St. Louis, and at Ogontz, near 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : married Joseph 
R. Brown, of St. Louis, and has two daugh- 
ters: Margaret, born September, 1909, and 
Elizabeth, born September, 191 2. Child by 
second wife: Eleanor I'rances. born in St. 
Louis, January 5, 1897. 

(The VVeb.ster Line). 

CI) John Webster, the immigrant ancestor, 
was born in England and as early as 1634 was 
a proprietor and resident of the town of 
Ipswich, Massachusetts. He seems to be the 
same John Webster, baker by trade, who was 
admitted an inhabitant of Salem in 1637 and 
had a grant of land : who was witness in the 
Essex court in 1639 and applied for land at 
the Creek in 1642. He married Mary Shats- 
well. sister of John Shatswell, who remem- 
bered her in his will. She married (second) 
October 29, 1650, John Emery Sr., of New- 
bury, and removed with him to Haverhill. He 
and his son, John Emery, were appointed 
guardians of Israel Webster, aged eighteen; 
and Nathan Webster, aged sixteen, at their 
request, November 26, 1662. The family re- 
moved to Newbury from I[)swich. Adminis- 
tration was granted to John Webster's widow 
Marv. November 4, if'>4^>, and later at her de- 
sire division was made to the eight minor 
children : to the eldest son John, the farm, he 
leaving to the youngest son five pounds, or 
quarter of the value of the farm: Mary, 
Stephen and Hannah to have equal shares in 

i-,; :-; ■ ■ (fc 




the island bought of Widow Andrews ; Eliza- 
beth, Abigail ami Israel to have twenty nobles 
apiece; all at twenty-one years of age. Chil- 
dren : John, born 1632 ; Israel, born 1634 ; 
Nathan, mentioned below; Stephen, 1637; 
Hannah, married Michael Emerson, and had 
a daughter Hannah, who married Thomas 
Duston and was taken captive by the Indians ; 
Elizabeth, married Samuel Simmons ; Abigail, 
married Abraham Merrill. 

(H) Nathan, son of John \N'ebster, was 
born in i''>36, died in 1694. He married Mary 
Haseltine, born 164S, died 1735. Children, 
born in Haverhill: Xatlian, March i, 167S-79; 
JoaiHia, August 26, 1682; Abigail, March 3, 
16N4-8S; Samuel, mentioned below; John; 
Mary. " 

(III) Samuel, son of Nathan Webster, was 
born at Haverh.ill, Massachusetts, September 
25. 168S, died in 1769. He was an early 
settler at Chester, New Hampshire. He mar- 
ried, August 13, 1713, Mary Kimball, born 
Eebruary 26, 1694, descendant of the immi- 
grant, Richard Kimball. Children, born at 
Haverhill and Chester : John, mentioned be- 
low ; Mary, September 9, 1716; Rev. Samuel, 
August 16, 171S; Jonathan, August 31, 1720; 
Ebenezer, December 2, 1726; Ephraim, May 
13. 1730; Nathan, May i, 1732; Sarah, March 
27, 1734; Asa, May 31, 1736. 

(I\') Colonel John (2) Webster, son of 
Samuel Webster, . was born August 9, 1714, 
died September 16. 1784. He came to Chester 
in 1735 and settled on Lot 76. He opened the 
first general store in Chester about 1750 in 
his house and later bought land on the site of 
Bachelor's Hotel and built a house and store. 
He is said to have kept a tavern also. He was 
surveyor of highways in 1743, selectman in 
1744 and represented the town for several 
years in the legislature. He was active in sup- 
port of the revolution and was in the service 
as muster master. He often advanced money 
to the government to pay recruits. He mar- 
ried (first) November 29, 1739, Hannah 
Hobbs, who died November 2, 1760. He mar- 
ried (second) November 17, 1762, Sarah 
Smith, of Hampton, New Hamjishire, widow. 
Children born at Chester by first wife: Mary, 
June 2, 1741 ; Hannah, 1743; Sarah, Novem- 
ber 14, 1745; Anna, February 4, 1740: Eliza- 
beth, 1752: John, March 13, 1754; Samuel, 
mentioned below. By second wife: Toppan, 
July 22. 1765; Mary,'AIay 6, 1768; Elizabeth, 
1771; Edmund, 1773, had the homestead. 

(V) Samuel (2), son of Colonel John (2) 
Webster, was born at Chester, New Hamp- 
shire. February 15. 1757. He removed to 
Goffstown and thence in 1795 to Newport, 
New Hampshire, where he lived in the west 

part of the town on what was later the Samuel 
Crowell place. He was a lieutenant in the ; 
revolutionary war. He married Aima Roby, ] 
daughter of John Roby or Robie, of Chester. i 
Children: Hannah, born June 23, 1776; I 
Thomas, December I, 1778; John, mentioned i 
below; .\niia, September 25, 17S3; Ebenezer, 
March 30, 17S6; Jesse, June 26, 17SS; ' 
Thomas, October 31, 1790; Sally, May 12, 
1793; Wingate, July 23, 1796; Asa, March 30, 

(\ I) John (3), son of Samuel (2) Webster, 
was born April 14, 1781, in Goffstown, New 
Hampshire. He followed farming in the 
northwest jiarl of Newport, where he died 
October i. 1839. He married, July 26, 1807, 
Deborah Dow, who died February 25, 1833, 
aged fifty years. Children: I. Elizabeth Ann, 
b'>rn May 2. 180S; married, in 1826. Obed 
Stanard, and lived on the J. Hall farm (see 
Stanard \'I). 2. Samuel C, September 11, 
1809, died 1841 : married Elizabeth Tilton. 3. 
Jesse, June 7, 181 1 ; a tailor in Henniker ; mar- 
ried, July, 1834, Susan C. Newell; his son, 
Newell H., was the third .-\merican to locate 
at Helena, Alontana. 4. Sally 'M.. December 
13, 1S13. 5. Almeda, November 8, 1815. 6. 
Melissa, May 21, 1817. 7. Emcline P., Feb- 
ruary 24, 1819. 8. John R.. February 17, 
1822; captain in civil war. wounded at .-\ntie- 
tam. died at hVcdericksburg. 9. Elutheria D., 
horn July 29, 1S23; married Rufus Underbill, 
of Nashua, and lived at Billerica, Massachu- 
setts. 10. Zerviah K., married Professor I. S. 
Whitney, of Henniker, and lived at Manches- 
ter, II. Mariett, married Sherburne Lake- 
man, of Goshen. 

For several generations the 
BLANDING Blandings have been among 

the leading business men and 
substantial citizens of the city of Providence 
and vicinity, where has resided a branch of the 
old and honored Blanding family of Rehoboth, 
Massachusetts, at which point a son of the 
immigrant settler had located as early as 1674, 
the father coming to Boston from England 
in 1640. This progenitor of the Amciican 
family. William Blanding, himself prominent 
in public affairs of the colony, representing it 
in the general cnurt, left posterity who have 
sustained the family name and reputation. 
Colonel Christopher. William and others of 
the name figured in the revolution; Dr. Wil- 
liam Blanding (Brown University. iSoi) be- 
came one of the foremost naturalists of his 
time; Colonel ^\'illiam P.landing was a promi- 
nent merchant of Providence, as was also his 
S'in, the late William Bullock Blanding, 
founder of the present drug house of Bland- 



in" iV lilaiulitig, of Weybosset street, at tlie 
liiud of which is William O. Blanding, Es(|. 
lliTo ill P;<~>vi(ienc<' ami Enst ]'io\ii.k-iico. ttifi, 
li:ive lived others of the name ami same stock, 
niiMiig them the late Sluibael and the late 
W'liceler Martin lUaiuling, and of a later gen- 
fr;ition now active and prominent in business 
life are Charles E." and Edward J. Blanding, 
tl'.c former of the C. E. Blanding ^lannfactur- 
iiig Company . manufacturers of woolen and 
nieriiiD yarns, etc. ; and among the prominent 
and well known men of tlie city of a genera- 
tiiin ago was tlie late Colonel Christopher 
]'il:ur'ing, whose ardent patriciti?ni and con- 
spicuity as an ofticer in tre early part of the 
ci\il war, and later efiiLMcncy as secretary ani.1 
agent of the Society for the Prevention of 
Cri'clty to Animals, are yet well remembered. 
This article deals with the lives of these 
men. with their lineage and posterity, the 
genealogy following and beginning with the 
progenitor of the famih' in America, being in 
chronological c>rder. 

(I) William I>landing came from L'pton-on- 
Severn, Worcestershire, England, in 1640, and 
settled in Boston, Massachusetts. He was 
made a freeman. May 10, 1643 ; was a member 
of the grand inquest of the colony, 1643-4S, 
and was a deput}- to the Plymouth court, 165 1. 
Me died June 15, 1662, and in hi? will are 
mentioned his wife l^hehe, son William and 
daughters, Phebe and' Mary. Mr. Blanding 
owtied land in that part of Boston which be- 
came Brookline, and was interested in the iron 
works at Taunton. 

(II) William (2), son of W^iIIiam (i) 
Blanding, settled at Rehoboth. Massachusetts, 
where in May, i^So, it was agreed by the 
authorities of the town that he should have 
one-half acre of land or the common upon 
which to build a house. Mr. Blanding con- 
tributed money to the town to assist the expe- 
dition against the Indians, 1675-76. He mar- 
ried, September 4, 1674, Bethia Wheaton, and 
their children of Rehoboth record were: Wil- 
liam, of whom further; Samuel, April 11, 
16S0; Obadiah, April 15. 1683: Daniel, Octo- 
ber 25, 1685; John, June 20, 16S7 ; Eiihraim, 
October 30, 1689; Xoah. March 7. 1690. 

(III) \\'iiliam (3). son of William (2) 
Blanding. was born May 2, 1676. He mar- 
ried (first) October 16, 1708, Elizabeth Perry, 

and (second) Mehitabel . One child, 

Elizabeth, born January 12, 170Q-10, came to 
the first marriage, and the following children 
to the second : William, of whom further ; 
Estiier, September 20, 1714: Mehitabel. De- 
cember II, 1717; Bethia, October 26, 1710; 
Sibell, Septemtier 10. 1721 : Rachel. September 
3, 1723. The first Mrs. Blanding died Janu- 

ary 26, i70;-io. Mr. Blanding was a mem- 
ber of the I'irst Congregational Church in 
Relmboth, in 1711. 

(1\') William (4), son of William (3) 
Blanding, was born December 17, 1712. He 
married, December 25, 1740. Sarah Chaffee, 
of Rehoboth. and tluir childier. were: Eucy, 
born March 8, 1745-46; William, of whom 
further; Sluibael, September 19, 1750; Ebe- 
nezer, Eebruary 26, 1754; Christopher, of 
whom further. (The deaths of two William 
Blandings are of Reh.oboth record, prior to 
and including 1750, namelw William, Novem- 
ber 2(1, 1724; and William of William, June 
19, 1750). 

(\) William (5), son of William (4) 
Blairling, was born I'"ebruary 2J, 1747-48. Mr. 
Blanding was a patriot of the revolution. He 
enlisted August 12, 1776, in Captain Hodger's 
comijariy. Colonel Ebenezer Erancis's regi- 
ment, aiul was discharged October ist of that 
year; he received pay under rank of sergeant 
and served as C|uartermaster under Colonel 
Th.omas Carpenter, of Rehoboth, on an alarm 
from Bristol, Dccemlier 8, 1778. service twenty 
days. He married, July 5, 1772, Lydia Orms- 
bee. The children of William and Lydia were: 
William, of whom further: Abraham, born 
November 18, 1775; Lydia, February 22, 1778; 
James, October 12, 1781 ; Lucy, October 31, 
17S3; Reuben, March 17, 1786: Reuben (2), 
I-'ebruary 6, 17S9; Susanna, March 8, 1790: 
Eephe, April 12, 1793. The father of these 
children died June 12, 1830, and the mother 
passed away August 31, 1835. 

(Vn Dr. William (6)' V.landing. snn of 
William (5) Blanding, was born f'ebruary 7, 


He was a graduate of Brow 11 L'niversity, class 
of 1801. He first settled in Attleboro. Massa- 
chusetts, and later removed to Camden, South 
Carolina, where he practiced medicine and be- 
came an eminent scholar in natural history. 
It is said that his cabinet of natural history 
was orobably larger than that of any one in- 
dividual in the I'nited States. Dr. Blanding 
was one of the foremost naturalists of his 
da\-. He presented his collection to Brown 
L'niversity. Dr. Blanding subsequently lived 
in Philadelphia. He died at Elm College, Re- 
hoboth. Massachusetts, .\pril 12, 1857. He 
married (first) in May 1805, Susanna, born 
November 30, 1780, daughter of Caleb Car- 
penter, of Rehoboth. She died September 8, 
i8(X). He married (second) Rachel Willett, 
of Philadelphia. 

(\') Colonel Christoplier Blanding, son of 
\\'illiam (4) Blanding, wa^ born October i, 
1756. He was a patriot of the revolution. He 
was a private in Captain Samuel Bliss's com- 



pany, which marcljed on the Lexington Alarm 
of A])ril 19, 1775, serving eight days; his 
name is also on the pay roll of August i, I775i 
of Captain IJliss's company, Colonel Walker's 
regiment ; he enlisted April 28, 1775, served 
one month and twenty-eight days; he is re- 
ported enlisted in tlie train, June 14, 1775: he 
is also on the return dated October 6, 1775; 
he is also of Captain Samuel Gidding's com- 
pany, artillery regiment, receipt for advance 
pay dated Cambridge, August 5, 1775; order 
for coat or its eiiuivalent in money, dated Fort 
No. 2, Cambridge, November 8, 1775; he was 
in Captain Israel llix's company. Colonel 
Thomas Carpenter's regiment ; marched from 
Rehoboth to Bristol, Rhode Island, on the 
alarm of December 8, 1776, service sixteen 
days. The name of Christopher Dlanding is 
shown on the roll as a corporal of Joseph 
Wilmarth's company. Colonel Thomas Car- 
penter's regiment; marclied to Tiverton. Rhode 
Island, July 28, 178-^, on alarm; discharged 
July 31, 17S0, service five days, under General 
Heath. The military title of Mr. Blanding 
appears through the record as Major and 
Colonel. Colonel Blanding died April 13, 
1808. Me married. May 26, 1782, Martha 
Martin, of Rehoboth. She died January 28, 
1856, aged ninety-five years. Their children 
were: Sarah, born March 14, 17S3; Sylvanus, 
July 12. 1784; Hannah. February 12, 1786: 
Martha, ^Iarch 30; 1787; Christopher, Octo- 
ber 20, 1788: Franklin. September 5. 1790; 
Robert, June 28, 1792; Shubael, March 28. 
1794; Wheeler Martin, February 6, 1796; Wil- 
liam, of whom further: Joseph. February 21, 
1800; Edward Martin. May 18. 1803; Simeon 
Martin, December 6, 1805. 

(VI) Colonel William (6) Blanding. son of 
Colonel Christopher Blanding. was born April 
28, 179S. He was a prominent and success- 
ful business man of Providence, and a highly 
esteemed and respected citizen. He died in 
1843, aged forty-seven years. He married 
Mary R. Bullock, a descendant of an old Eng- 
lish familv bearing a coat-of-arms. 

(VI n WilliamBullock. son of Colonel Wil- 
liam (6) Blanding. was born August 2, 1826. 
in Providence, Rhode Island. He attendeil 
both public and private schools, receiving a 
liberal classical education. While yet in his 
teens, in 1844. he became a clerk in the drug 
store of Mr. Edward T. Clark, on North Main 
street. This led to an intercut in the business. 
and in 1849 to the proprietorship. Young 
Blandiiig, well educated, with business tact and 
energy, as the years passed, developed an ex- 
tensive business, so large tliat in 1873 he pur- 
chased the stock of Dyer Brothers, on Wey- 
bosset street, where from that time on through 

life he did a wholesale drug business and 
manufactured medical prejiarations. His busi- 
ness career was a successful one, and he was 
recognized as one of the leading merchants of 
Rhode Island. The political affiliations of Mr. 
lUanding were with the Democratic party, but 
w hill' interested in politics and especially active 
for his party just prior to and during the civil 
war, he never held public office. On the or- 
ganization of the State Board of Pharmacy, 
in 1870, Mr. Blanding became a member and 
continued as such. lie served as president of 
the Rhode Island Pharmaceutical Association 
for a year or so. He was a member of the 
United' Train of Artillery \'eteran Association, 
having become a member of the Train of Ar- 
tillery in 1853, and for a decade held in that 
military organization a lieutenant's commis- 
sion. In 1834 Mr. Blanding joined Mt. Ver- 
non Lodge. No. 4, .-\ncient Free and Accepted 
Masons, of Providence. Three years later, in 
1837. he organized What Cheer Lodge, No. 
21. and was its first master, a relation he sus- 
tained with the lodge for two years. He also 
held various offices in Providence Royal ,\rch 
Cha]jtcr. He received the order of knighthood 
in 1S55 in St. John's Commandery, Provi- 
dence, and was generalissimo of the same dur- 
ing the pilgrimage to Richmond, \'irginia, in 
1839. lie was one of the founders of Calvary 
Commandery, in i860, and in 1866 its emi- 
nent commander. He served as senior grand 
warden and deputy granrl master in the Grand 
Lodge of Masons, and as past grand general- 
issimo of the Grand Commandery of Massa- 
chusetts and Rhode Island. He took all the 
degrees in the Ancient and Scottish Rites, in- 
cluding the thirty-third degree. Mr. Blanding 
died at his home in Providence. Rhode Island, 
May 2j. 1892. He was an Episcopalian in 
religious connection, being a member of St. 
Stephen's Churclv. of Providence. He married. 
November 13, 183 1, Mary A., daughter of 
Oliver and Electa .A. (Bosworth) Remington, 
of Providence ; one child. William O., of whom 

( \1II) Wilham O.. son of William Bullock 
Blanding, was born November 24, 1852. He 
was educated in the grammar and high schools 
of his native city, passing through the high 
school and graduating in 1870. He attended 
Brown University for one term in the fall of 
1870. but on January i. 1871. entered his 
father's store taking a position in the office. 
.■\t this time the bu^i^css was located on North 
Main street. After some time in the oflfice he 
became an outside salesman, and afterward 
came inside, taking charge of the shipping.^ 
On Julv I. i8^/3. he was taken into the firm,' 
the name becoming Blanding & Blanding, un- 



11 S3 

,]cr wliicli st)Ie the business has been con- 
liiiiied to the present time, tliougli Mr. Bland- 
ji"' is now aii'l has been for many years it.-, 
sdle owner. Un the death of his father, in 
iSp, the whole responsibiUty and conduct of 
the business devolved upon W'ilHam O. Bland- 
inj;. and under his charge it has grown to large 
proportions, lie has numerous other interests, 
l)eing a director in the Manufacturers Trust 
('I'mjiany, and a member of the board of the 
l,\iny-in Hospital and of St. Andrews's Indus- 
trial .Scliool for iioys, of Harrington, Rhode 
Mand. lie is a Republican in politics, but 
has taken no active part in such matters. Fra- 
ternally he has been a member of Adclphoi 
Lodge. Ancient I-'iee and Accepted Masons, 
though not now affiliated. He is much inter- 
este(l in the Rhode Island College of Phar- 
macy and Allied Sciences, ha\ing been its 
treasurer since its organization, in 1902. His 
church connections are with the Episcopal 
church, he being a vestryman of St. John's 
Church of I'.arrington. where lie formerly re- 
sided. Mr. Blani.iing is a tyjiical, whole-souled, 
frank, genial gentleman and business man of 
the present day. Broad in his charity, hljcral 
in his views and estimate of men and things, 
he is a most respected and worthy citizen of 
the commonwealth with which he has all his 
life been prominently identified. 

He niarried, March 17, 1S75, Rosella Cor- 
nell, of Providence, Rhode Island, daughter 
of James and Mercy .-\nn (Potter) Cornell. 
They have had five children: i. Margaret 
Remington, born February 8, 1877, died .\pril 
23, 1902. 2. William Cornell, born April 14, 
1S78: married, .-\pril 16, 1906. Helen Dickey, 
daughter of William P. Butler, of Syracuse. 
Xtw York, in which city they reside. 3. Rich- 
artl Warren, horn January 24, 1880; married, 
-April 16, 1904, Mabel, daughter of Ralph S. 
Hamilton, of Providence. 4. Percy Howard, 
born November 12, 18S1 : like his two elder 
brothers is a graduate of Brown University. 
5. ,-\lan Cornell, born July 27. 18S7; was edu- 
cated in Phillips .Academy, .\ndover, and is 
now with Blanding & Blanding : married. Xo- 
vember 6, 1909, Rachel Alice, daughter of 
Frank D. Simmons, of Providence. 

This family was of consider- 
C.ASWELL able antiquity in Wales, and 

the neighboring county of 
Hereford. Sir Thomas Caswall. a knight of 
tlie 1 loly Wars, was buried at Leominster. 
1-ong subsequently Sir George Caswall had 
\ery great estates in that neighborhood and 
represented Leominster in several parliaments. 
He left two sons, John and Timothy. John, 
the elder, left one son, John, father of the 

Rev. Robert Caswell. Timothy, the younger 
son of Sir George, left a son, (jcorge Casv.'all, 
of Secombe Park, Herts. These were the 
common ancestors of all the Caswalls or Cas- 
wells, as the name became subsequently known, 
who settled in Hereford originally and after- 
wards were found in Hertford, Middlesex and 
elsewhere. In their coat-of-arms they used 
the mullet or star of five points, showing their 
descent from a younger son; the crest is dis- 
tinctive of knights who fought in the Holy 
Wars. The coat-of-arms here given belonged 
to the Caswells of London and Hampton, being 
recorded by the heralds at their visitation of 
Middlesex in 1663, as follows: .Anns: Argent, 
three bars gemelles, and a mullet for differ- 
ence, sable. Crest : .A dexter arm eanbowed in 
mail, proper, holding a cross crosslet fitchee, or. 

Richard Caswell, Esq., of London, married 
Mary, daughter of Richard Slany, Esq., of 
the county of Salop, and among their children 
were Thomas and George, the third and fourth 

( I ) Thomas Caswell, who seems to have 
been the Thoinas, son of Richard, above men- 
tioned, was one of the first settlers in Taunton, 
Alassachusetts, which was incorporated in 
1639. He reached the Colonies in about the 
year 1640, and tradition states that he came 
from Somersetshire, England. His descend- 
ants in this country at the present time are 
very numerous, and in the year 1900 number- 
ed nearly four thousand. He had ten children, 
five sons and five daughters: Stephen, Thomas, 
Peter, John, Samuel, mentioned further; Mary, 
Hannah, Elizabeth, .Abigail, Hester. 

(II) Samuel, fifth son of Thomas Caswell, 
the immigrant ancestor, had children: Samuel, 
Henry, Ebcnezcr, mentioned further; Xathan- 
iel, Damaris, Mehitable, Ruth, .Anne, Johanna, 

(HI) Ebenezer, third son of Samuel Cas- 
well, had children: Ebenezer, mentioned fur- 
ther : Moses, Job, John. Squire. Charity. 

( I\') Ebenezer (2). eldest son of Ebenezer 
( I ) Caswell, married Zibiah White, born June 
10. 1736. daughter of B.enjamin White by his 
second wife, .Anne Beckwell. Zibiah \Vhite 
was of direct "Ma>"flower" descent, as follows: 
A\'illiam White, who came over in the "May- 
flower," had son. Peregrine, born on board the 
"Mayflower" in Cape Cod harbor, Xovembcr, 
1620, being the first white child born in the 
Xew England colonies. Peregrine White mar- 
ried Sarah Bassett, who came over in the "l"or- 
tuna," November 10, 1621. ami had children: 
Sarah, Daniel. Mercy. Jonathan. Peregrine. 
Svlvamis. Daniel White, son '^i I'eretjrine and 
Sarah ( Bassett) White, married Hannah Hunt. 
.August 19, 1664, and had children: Joseph, 



John, Tlioinas. Cornelius. Benjamin. Eleazer. 
Ebenezer. Benjamin White, son of Daniel and 
Hannah (Hunt) White, married (second) 
Anne Beckwell, and had children: Joshua. 
Anne, Hannah, Ruth, Zibiah. married Eben- 
ezer Caswell as aforesaid; Abigail. Ebenezer 
and Zibiah (White) Caswell had chiMren: 
Samuel, mentioned further ; Ebenezer, Cyrus, 
Eunice, Loi_s, and three daughters who died 

(V) Samuel (2), eldest son of Ebenezer 
(2) and Zibiah (White) Caswell, was born in 
1760. At the outbreak of the revolutionary 
war he was a member of the volunteer regi- 
ment which built the fortification on Dorches- 
ter Heights ill the summer and autumn of 
1776, after the evacuation of Boston by the 
British. He belonged to the company of Cap- 
tain Joshua Wilbur, of Taunton, Colonel Fran- 
cis being principal in command: his enlistment 
was for four months, the companies being dis- 
banded December i. 1776. He married Polly 
Seaver, and had nine children: i. Zibiah, born 
July 18, 1790. 2. W^ilbur, born November 19. 
1791, died April 21, 1881 ; married, .-\pril 21, 
1818, Hannah Lewis, born October 28, 1S02. 
died April 14, 1S97; children: i. William ."lea- 
ver, born May 17, 1819, married Susan Pernell 
Rader, who died June 23, 1870: children: a. 
."^arali Jane, horn .-Xpril 2, 1S60, married, Octo- 
ber 15, 1S77, Calvin Whitefield D'.ckerman ; 
children: Charles Scott, born July i, 1878; 
Seaver Caswell and Susan V'iola, twins, born 
January 10, 1881, the latter dying in infancy; 
Earl Jasper, .-\pril 8, 1S83; l->lward Benonia, 
August 24, 1 886; Eunice, January 2. 1899. b. 
Benjamin Alexis, born March 4, 1802. mar- 
ried, March 2, 18S8, May Lewis, ii. Zibiah, 
born June 12, 1821 : married, April 14, 1S39, 
Charles Goodycr Scott, born .April 29, 181 3, 
died June 6, 1805; children: a. Louisa, born 
November 25, 1841, died .August 17, 1843. b. 
Alvin Gardner, born .August 3, 1848, married. 
May 10, 1877, Minnie Lillian Comstock : one 
child, Helen Day, born November 25, 1881, 
died August 17. 1883. iii. Sarah Jane, born 
Februarv 5, 1826; married, September 26, 
1847, Dr. D. B. Allen, born December i. 1823; 
children: a. Wilbur Samuel, born Januarv i. 
1849, married, December 31, 1879, Kate Wa- 
lane ; children : Johnnie Caswell Loretto, born 
March 24, 1882: Margaret .Agratius. born No- 
vember 10. 1883. b. Charles Scott, born .April 
12, 1858, died March 14. i8t'o. c. Charles W. 
B., born .Augu.-t 22, 1861. died March 5, 1889. 
iv. Benjamin .Alexis, born January 11, 1837, 
died December 11, 1834. 3. Samuel, born 
February 3 or 13, 1795, died September 14, 
1875; married. ^Ia^ch 24, iSifi, Nancy Leon- 
ard, born August 27, 1793, died December 7, 

1884: children: i. Samuel Bartlett, born Janu- 
ary 23. 1817, died May 13, 1818. ii. Mary 
Francis, born March 14, 1819, died October 
I, 1892; married, Oct(.iber i, 1834, Warren 
Billings; children: a. Louise Bartlett. bdrn 
Boston, May 27, 1836, married. Llecember 4, 
1855, Enoch Robinson: children: aa. Merton, 
born June 24, 1857, died July 2j, 1896. mar- 
ried, October, 1883, Susan Atlurton; children: 
Ethel, born November 4, 1884, Boston ; Har- 
old, born February 5, 1890, Boston, bb. Flor- 
ence, born November 18, 1864. b. Mary Bow- 
man, born Wareham, [Massachusetts, June 25, 
1839. married, January 15, 1S67, Edward Allen 
Gammons, born January 15, 1842: children: 
aa. Mary Bryant. \A'areham, Massachusetts, 
born December 5, 1869, married, October 23, 
1890, FVank Alden Besse ; children, all of 
Wareham: Edward .Alden, born February 13, 
i8i;i ; .Alden Browne, born April 29, 1894, died 
-August 15, 1894: Gerard Curtis, born June 28, 
i8q6: Harry William, born June 9, 1S98. bb. 
William Edward, born April 7, 1871, died July 
10, 1897. cc. Henry Elliott, born January 17, 
1873, died .April 17, 1S97. c. Henry Warren, 
South Boston, Massachusetts, born March 8, 
1S41. d. James Albert, born April 12, 1843, 
presumably deceased, but when and where not 
known, e. George Herrick, Boston, born Feb- 
ruary 8, 1845, married, .April 24, 1879, Hattie 
.Ann Goodwin: children: aa. Edward G.. born 
March 22, 18S0, died August 10, 1S80. bb. 
Kenneth Seyton, Boston, born October 5, 
1S89. f. Charles Carroll, Wareham. born 
September i, 1850. g. Katie Clifford, born 
.April 6, 1853, died in infancy, h. Edmund 
Willis, born November 4, 1857, died in infancy, 
i. William Slieppard. born September 3. 1859, 
died Feltrnary 12. 1881. iii. William .Alexis, 
born February 20, 1821, died February 14, 
1890: married, March 25, 1839, Bethiah S. 
Kicth or Keith : children : a. Harriet Eunice, 
born September 25, 1840, died June 4, 1864. 

b. Elizabeth, born October 6, 1842, died Octo- 
ber 5, 1844. iv. Harriet Newell, East Taun- 
ton, Ma=^achusetts, born July 27, 1823: mar- 
ried, July 5, 1843, James Martin White: chil- 
dren : a. Sarah Ellen, East Taunton, born Sep- 
tember 12, 1844, married, .August 14, 1805. 
Charles Richmond: children: aa. Charles, Fast 
Taunton, born December 21, 1867, married. 
May 31, 1898, Maude E. Hawkes ; one child, 
Ralph Newell, born January 10. 1901. bb. 
Harry, born .\ugu-t 30, 1872. died June 14, 
1878. b. James Edward, born May 20. 1846, 
married Sybil Williams, September 18. 1879. 

c. .Alice, born February 26, 1850, died .August 
6, 1866. v. .Ann Elizabeth, born December 6, 
1825, died February!;, 1894: married. Octo- 
ber 27, 1845, Samuel Sprague Warren: chil- 



(Ircii : a. Minton. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 
Ixirii January 29, 1850, married, December 21), 
1S85, Salome Amelia Machado. b. Annie 
Louise, born April 23, 1853, died June 6, 18S3; 
luiirried, October 14, 1875, Charles Geer. c. 
I'nuna Loring, Lynn, Massachusetts, born 
Ajril 28, 1857, marrie;!, July 28, 1S87, William 
H. Flotlges ; one child, Theodore Warren, born 
l''ebruary 18, 1890. vi. Samuel Bradford, born 
lanuary 3, 1828, died February 3, 1892; mar- 
ried, January 3, 1S49, Mary B. Gibbs ; chil- 
dren : a. Mary Fayette, born September 23, 
1849, died October 6, 1875; married, 1S70, 
iohn Clarke, b. \\'illiam Mitchell, Los Angeles, 
California, born July 24, 1S57, married, Octo- 
ber 29, 1890, Cora L. Tubbs ; one child. George 
I'.radford, born December 29, 1891. vii. James 
Albert, born April 26, 1833, died December 2, 
1842. viii. Sarah Stetson, I-ynn. ?Jassachu- 
sctts, born May 2, 1S35: married, November 
4. 185S, Benjamin Franklin Spinney; chil- 
dren: a. I'Vank Cas\ve!l, Lynn, born December 
14, 1S64, married. T'ebruary 21. 1889. Joseph- 
ine Cady ; one child, Celia M., born April 27, 
1891, died May 7, 1S92. b. Louis Seaver, born 
April 15, 1870. died March 21, 18S9. 4. Wil- 
liam Seaver, born January 13, 1797, died De- 
cember 7, 1864: married, June 2, 1S22, Lydia 
Williams : children : i. Susan, born June 5, 
1823. died January 26. 18S4; married, Decem- 
ber 24, 1S44. Charles Hubbard Grant; chil- 
dren: a. Alfred Smith, born November 27, 
1845, married, April 9. 1S72. Marcella Chase 
Dow; children: aa. Freddie, born October 3, 
. 1873, died October 25, 1873. bb. Edna Lois, 
born January 2-j , 1875, married, July 14. 1896, 
Frank L. Lam])-nn ; one child. Mildred Edna, 
born July 17. 1S07. cc. Arthur Dow, born 
October 26, 1877. dd. Harry Carleton, born 
^farch 30. 1880. ee. George Howison. born 
October 19. 1883. ff. Alfred Smith, born 
August 10, 1891. b. Charles Hubbard, born 
August 31, 1847. married. January 3, 1869, 
Laura Andrus: children: Constance Andrus, 
born December 31. 1878, died September 4, 
18S2 ; George Gaylnrd, born July 7. 1881. c. 
Emma Evelyn, horn February 15, 1S51, died 
^Fay 3, 1S65. d. ^Lary Adele. born .April 12, 
1853, died May 19. 1887; married, 1S.S4. David 
Mandizo. e. Henry Lyndon, born ^^ay 12, 
1857, died Februarv 27, 1882. f. Lvdia Cas- 
well, St. Paul, Minnesota, born March 28. 
1S60, married, December 20. 1880, Arthur Eu- 
gene Jay. g. Harriet Tyler. Fairbanks, Minne- 
sota, born January 28. 1863, married. .April 
20. 1881. William Wallace Crawford, ii. Wil- 
liam Seaver. Delavan, Illinois, born Julv 26, 
1826; married. December 25, 1849. Eliza 
Allen; children: a. Edgar .Mien, born October 
27, 1850, killed by lightning, June 22, 1886. 

h. Laura, burn July 7, 1852. died October 27, 
i8hi. c. William Francis, Delavan, born Janu- 
ary 7, 1834. married, January I, 1894, Jean- 
nelte Stuart; children: aa. Hazel Louise, born 
October 9. 1894; bb. Helen Marie, born Octo- 
ber 27, 1896. cc. Frances Isabel, born April 

3, 1899. d. Clarence Eugene, Delavan, born 
August 2T^, 1857, married, May 23, 1889, Mary 
Hill; children: aa. Louis William, born May 
20, 1890. bb. Eugene Di.xon, born June 4, 
1892. e. Nathan Oscar, Delavan, born July 

4. 1862, married, October 28, 18S6, Harriet 
Laing ; children: aa. Ethel Claire, born August 

29, 1887. bb. Tina Little, born Ajfril 22, 1889. 
cc. ]\Iaud, born January 17, 1891. dd. Etta, 
born May 16, 1893, died January 18, 1898. iii. 
Alexis, born and died, dates unknown, iv. 
Lydia Ann, born October 18, 1829, married, 
November 27, 1850, Erastus Marten Briggs ; 
one child, Helen ]Mabel, born February 6. 
1858, married, Sejitember 5, 1S88, Nathaniel 
Becbe Jenkins; children: aa. George Erastus, 
born .August 2},, 1SS9. bb. Lauren Briggs, 
born May 23, 1891. cc. Harold Alexis, born 
October i, 1893. dd. Frank Wicks, born No- 
vember 14, 1893. v. Nathan, born March 7, 
1832. died May 21. 1897; married, December 
2~ , 1852, Laura Ferris. \i. Maria Louisa, 
born September 28, 1843. died February 9, 
1889. 3. Alexis, born January 29, 1799, twin 
brother of Alvarus ; he became professor of 
mathematics and natural philosophy at Brown 
I'niversity, Providence. Rhode Lsland, in Sep- 
tember, 1828; and became president of the uni- 
versity in January, 1868, resigning in June, 
1872. He died January 7, 1877. On May 17, 
1830, he married (first) Esther Lois Thomp- 
son, who died June 25, 1850; married (second) 
in 1853, Lizzie Edmantls. who had no children. 
Children by first marriage : i. Sarah Swoope, 
Ann Arbor, Michigan, born July 24. 1831, 
married James B. .Angell ; children: a. .Alexis 
Caswell, Detroit. Michigan, born .April 26, 
1837. married Frances Cooley ; children, all 
of Detroit: aa. Sarah Caswell, born February 
2, 1883. bb. Th.omas Cooley. born January 21. 
1883. cc. Alice, born .August, 1887, died in 
extreme infancy, dd. James B., born March 

30. 1894. ee. Elizabeth N., born December 28, 
1896, died .April 28, 1000. ff. Robert Corlcy 
or Cooley. born .April 29. i8<99. b. Lois Thomp- 
son, .Ann .Arbor. Michigan, born February 13, 
18^3. married. June 17. 1890. .Andrew C. Mc- 
Laughlin : children, all of Ann .Arbor: aa. 
James .Angell, born .August 13, 1891. bb. Row- 
land, born January 4, 1894. cc. David, born 
October 19, 1895. dd. Constance Winsor, born 
.August 21, 1897. ee. F.sther Lois, born .April 
9, 1900. c. James Rowland, Chicago, Illinois, 
born May 8, 1869, married, December iS, 



1894, Marian W'atrous : one child, James Wat- 
rous, born May 21. 180S. ii. Edward T., born 
September 11, 1833, died April 17, 1SS7; mar- 
ried Annie Baldwin, who died July 30, 1900; 
children : a. Julia Baldwin, London, England, 
born September 7, iRf6, married, January 2, 
i8i-X3, Joseph Howard Poett ; children: aa. 
Frances Mary Phyllis, born November 18, 
1890. bb. Elizabeth Thompson, born April 
14, 1892. cc. Julia Evelyn, born December 27, 

1895. b. Alexis, Minneapolis, Minnesota, born 
March 29. 1868, married, September 26. 1891, 
Harriette Bell: children: aa. Alexis, born Sep- 
tember 6, 1892. bb. Dorothy, born March, 
1S94. cc. Edward Thompson, born October 
23, 1896, died May 7, 1898. dd. Austin Bald- 
win, ee. Harriet Piell. c. Edward Thompson, 
born September 24, 1869, died May 7, 1S89. 
d. Anne P.aldwin, London, England, born Feb- 
ruary 22, 1871, married, A])ril 27. 1S90, James 
Monro Coates. e. .\ustin Baldwin, Des 
Moines, Iowa, b.irn November 10, 1872, mar- 
ried, February 14, 1901. Mary Bell. f. Esther 
Lois, Dres''en, Germany, born November 2, 

1877. iii. Thomas T., born January 4, 1840, 
married (first) September 24, 1867. Gertrude 
E. Ford, who died September 11, 1894: mar- 
ried (second) Elizabeth P>. Randall, who died 
July 8. 1898: children by first wife: a. Rosalie, 
born September ii, 1869, married Lieutenant 
John Hood, United Slates navy, January 28. 
1890. b. Gertrude' Ford, born February 3, 

1878. died September 8. 1894. 6. .-Mvarus, twin 
of Alexis, born January 29, ij'^). died .\pril 
12, 1892: marrie(l, JaTUiary I, 1827, .\nn White 
Sampson, who died March 11, iSSo: children: 
i. Serena King. Lawrence, Massachusetts. born 
December 10, 1827, married, September 7, 
1856, Frederic T. Lane; children: a. .\nne 
Sampson, born July 12, 1857. b. Serena Cas- 
well, born June 7, 1S58. c. Mary Lois, Law- 
rence, Massachusett--, born October r, 1869, 
married, June 26, i8i:)5. Arthur Ward Scrib- 
ner: children: aa. Lois Caswell, born Decem- 
ber iS, 1898. bb. Charles Standish. born Feb- 
ruary 7, loot. ii. Mary Ann. born February 
27, 1830, died .-\ugust 22, 1893: married, No- 
vember 28. 1849, HenrvKing. iii. Lois Thomp- 
son, born .-\u;,iist 14, 1S38, married, November 
25, 1863, George Holmes Howison. iv. .\lexis, 
born March 18. 1843. died July ifi, 1857. 7. 
Marv, born November 30. 1800. 8. Nathan, 
of whom further. 9. Benjamin, born October 
20, 1805, died Tanuarv 18. 1874: married, 
March 26, 1831, Lydia Taylor Hodges, who 
died January 2f>. 1803 : children: i. Mary 
Zibiah, Wellesley, Massachusetts, born ^farch 
20, 1832. ii. Charles Benjamin. Norton, Mas- 
sachusetts, born October 8. 1853. married .Mice 
Halford Rounds. September 26, 1S87; chil- 

dren, all of Norton: a. .Arthur Benjamin, born 
September 12, 188S, died January 13, 1890. 
b. .\nne Taylor, born December 24, 1889. c. 
Sarah Palmer, horn January 28, 1891. d. 
Thomas Hodges, born February 14, 1894. e. 
Edward Renouf, born June 4, 1S96. iii. Anna 
Thomjison, born December 23, 1854, died Feb- 
ruary 21, 1873. iv. Bertha Lydia, Wellesley, 
Massachusetts, born July 22, 1838. 

(\'I) Nathan, son of Samuel (2) and Polly 
(■Sea\er) Caswell, was born April 16, 1803, 
died January 6. 1865. Married. May 26, 1835, 
Mar_\' Lincoln Bowman, born October 9, 1S13, 
died January 3, 1895. Children: i. Mary 
Power, born February 13, 1837, died Novem- 
ber 26, 1877; married, April 7, 1855, Charles 
Carroll, who died February 13, 18S9; chil- 
dren: i. Rosalie. West Newton, ^lassachusetts, 
born October 30, 1864. ii. Anna ^L, Cathedral 
School, Washington, D. C, born September 
12. 1870. 2. Rosalie IL S., born April 11, 
1842, died June 24, 1868. 3. Edward Alexis, 
of whom further. 

(Vll) Edward Alexis, son of Nathan and 
Mary Lincoln (Bowman) Caswell, was born 
November 27. 1844, and is a resilient of New 
York City. On .\ugust 28. 1872, he married 
Emma Fairbanks, who died June 26, 1SS3. 
Children: i. Ethel, born .August 3, 1873, died 
July 24, 1S96. 2. Keimeth Lincoln, born Octo- 
ber 14, 1873 ; a resident of New York City. 

Gamaliel P.caman, the immi- 
BEAM.XN grant ancestor, was born in 
England, in 1623, and came to 
.-\merica when he was twelve years old, in the 
ship "Elizabeth and Ann." .\t first he lived 
with relatives in Dorchester, Massachusetts, 
and became a proprietor there in 1649. In 
163S he was one of the incorporators of Lan- 
caster, Massachusetts, and on May 23, 1639, 
settled there. On May 31, 1639. he signed the 
covenant there as one of the fifty-five original 
proprietors of the town, and he received Lot 
38. He owned more than two hundred and 
sixty-six acres of land there. In 1676 the set- 
tlers at Lancaster were obliged to leave their 
homes because of King Philip's war. The 
In''ians burnt the town, including the church, 
and the place was not built up again until 
1680. Gamaliel P.eaman returned to Dorches- 
ter, and his losses had been so great that he 
was unable to pay even his taxes. His new- 
house in Dorchester was situated on the east 
slope of Bolton Hills, near a place called the 
Cold Spring. He died at Dorchester, March 
23, 1678. 

He married, about 1648, Sarah, daughter of 
William Clark. She was admitted to the Dor- 
chester church. February i, 1636, and was dis- 



iiiis.-cd to Lancaster, May 24, i6<j8. Children, 
the first four baptized together. June 14, 1657: 
(i)lni, mentioned belmv; Gamaliel, born 1O53; 
'I'homas. 1654; ]\lary, 1656; Sarah, born at 
Dorchester, January 19, 165S: Noah, April ^. 
if/x); Thankful, April 18,' 16^)3; Mehitable, 
May 26, 1667. 

(II) John, son of Gamaliel Beaman. was 
born in 1649-50. After the death of his father. 
he returned to Lancaster, when the town was 
resettled, and took up his father's old farm at 
\V'ata(|uadock, now Bolton. About 16S2 he 
moved to Taunton, Massachnsets. but returned 
to Lancaster after a few years. He was a 
probationer at Dorchester, and in August. 

1681. tCKjk out a letter for Taunton; he could 
not have stayed long at Taunton this time, 
as his daughter Sarah was born in Lancaster 
the following February. The second time, 

1682, he remained longer in Taunton. On his 
return to Lancaster he was received into the 
church as Father Beaman from Taunton: this 
must have been between 170S and 1716. In 
1704 he was a member of a garrison in his 
father's house, and there was a garrison in his 
house in 171 1. On January 30. 1729. there 
was a church meeting at his house to elect dea- 
cons. He was buried in the Old Burial Ground 
at Lancaster, and the following inscription is 
on the slate stone marking the grave: "Here 
lies bui ied ye body of Mr. John Beaman, who 
departed this life Jan. 15, 1739-40, in Ye 90th 
Year of his age." He married, about 1674, 
Priscilla, born in Boston, in 1656, dau.ghter of 
Robert Thornton. Robert Thornton came 
from London in tl;e "Elizabeth" in 1635, aged 
eleven years ; he was a carpenter and owneil 
nuich land. Priscilla (Thornton) Beaman. 
died August 6, 1729, aged seventy-two years, 
and was buried in the CUd Burial Ground at 
Lancaster. Children: Mary, born about iC>75, 
died in Dorchester, May 3, 1676; John. Febru- 
ary 21, 1677; Zippora, ^larch 4, 1679; Sarah, 
January 25, 1682; Gamaliel, mentioned below; 
Ebenezer, i6*)o; Jonathan, 1697; Priscilla; 
Judith; Eunice: Jabez, born 1704. 

(HI) Garualiel (2). son of John Beaman, 
was born at Taunton, Massachusetts, February 
29, 1684. He was in 172 1 the first inhabitant 
of what is now the town of Sterling. He was 
called the "'irrepressible" for his persistence 
in calling for a church there, which was ob- 
tained in 1742. He married Mary, daughter 
of Jonas and Mary (Berbeane) Houghton, of 
Lancaster, and granddaughter of the first John 
Houghton, who came from England in the 
"Abigail" in 1635, "being then a mere boy." 
John Houghton was an original proprietor in 
Lancaster, and brought with him two hundred 
and fifty pounds in money, he m.arried Beatri.s: 

. After Jonas Houghton's death in 

1723. Gamaliel and Mary sold her share of 
i'.er father's estate to her brother. Stephen 
Houghton. Gaiualiel Beaman joined tlic 
Ciincksett church, July 7, 1745. He died 
LJciuber 26, 1745, and was the first person 
buried in Sterling Centre. His wife was 
nientioned in his will, dated A])ril 20, 1745, 
and proved No\eniber 5, 1745. Children: 
Mary, married Nathaniel Wilder; Eunice, 
married Jonas Wilder; h^lizabeth, married 
David Jewett ; I'hineas, mentioned below ; Zer- 
viah. baptized at Lancaster, .August 10, 1740, 
died unmarried-; Lois, baptized at Lancaster, 
.\ugust 10, 1740. married Gideon Brockway ; 
Dinah, born Se|iteniber 20, 1728, at Sterling. 

(I\ ) Phineas. son of Gamaliel (2) Pieaman, 
was born in Sterling, Massachusetts, in 1718- 
19. He accepted the covenant in the Lancaster 
church, January 0, 1739-40, and joined the 
church, ^larch 22, 1761. His will was dated 
November 4, 1794, filed March 28, 1803, and 
he died at Sterling, Alarch 16, 1S03. He mar- 
ried, 1740, Joanna, daughter of Josiah Jr. and 
.-\bigail ( Whitconib ) White. She was born in 
Lancaster, September 20, 1721. Her great- 
grandfather was John White, an original pro- 
prietor, who came from Salem ; his daughter 
Mary married Rev. Joseph Rowlandson, and 
was the one known through being captured by 
the Indians. Captain John White, the Indian 
fighter, was Joanna White's uncle. Josiah's 
father Josiah married Mary Rice, of Marl- 
boro Massachusetts. .Abigail Whitcomb was 
daughter of Josiah and Rebecca (Waters) 
Whitcomb, granddaughter of John Whit- 
comb, the inmiigrant. Rebecca Waters was 
daughter of Lawrence Waters, the immi- 
grant. Joanna (White) I^jcaman died in Ster- 
ling in 1799. Children, born in Sterling: Jo- 
anna. -April 4, 1741 ; Phineas, April 20, 1742; 
Josiah, July i, 1743; Elizabeth, July i, 1745; 
Lemuel, mentioned below; Silence, .August 31, 
1747; Gamaliel, December 4, 174S; Jonas, July 
12, 1750; Josiah, October 2, 1752; Benjamin, 
April 10, 1754; Mary, December 28, 1755; 
Elisha, June 5, 1757; David, baptized Decem- 
ber 10, 1758; Abigail, born July 14, 1760; 
Gideon, July 12, 1763. 

( \') Lemuel, son of Phineas Beaman, was 
born in- Sterling, Massachusetts, October 2, 
1746. He settled first in New Salem, Massa- 
chusetts. He served in the revolution on the 
Lexington .Alarm. April 19, 1775, in Captain 
Ebenezer Gootlale's company. Colonel W ood- 
bridge's regiment. He settled finally in Wen- 
dall. Franklin county, Massachusetts, and died 
there December 4. 1801. He married, in Lan- 
caster, Massachusetts. May 10, 1773, Prudence 
Monroe, born at Northboro, ^lassachusetts, in 




1753, daujjiiter of Pliilip and Susannah 
(i'arker) Monroe, and granddaughter of W'il- 
h'ani J\ronroe Jr. According- to one authority 
the surname -Monroe was freijucntly spelled 
Koe. She died August 6, 1841. Children, born 
in \\'endell: Lemuel, 1776, died young; John, 
mentioned below; Elihu, December 31, 1779; 
David, December 5, 1780; Lemuel, March 25, 
1790, died in 1797. 

(VI) John (2). son of Lemuel Eeanian, 
was born in Wendall, Ma.ssachusetts, January 
7, 1778, died September 19, 1823, from the 
effects of poison ivy at haying. He married, 
December 22, 1803. Tabitha, born in Mon- 
tague, Franklin county, Massachusetts, August 
2, 1784, died at Fredonia. New York, Febru- 
ary 9, 1858, daughter of Kendall and Susanna 
(Ewers) Bancroft. Kendall was son of 
Joshua, son of Raham, son of Thomas, son of 
Tliomas, who was born in England in 1622. 
Children, born at Wendall: i. Elmina, born 
May 8, 1S05 ; married, Augu^t, 1S29, Nathan 
B. Putnam. 2. Evaline, born ]\[ay 12, 1807, 
died at Marlboro, Massachusetts, in 1891, mar- 
ried, September, 1829, David Hunter. 3. Lem- 
uel Warren, born April 10, iSio, died August 
30, 1810. 4. Edmund Addi.-"on, mentioned be- 
low. 5. Warren Harrison, born January 7, 
1813; atteiided Amherst College; was pastor 
of the Congregational church at North Had- 
l(;y. Ma'-sachusctts, from Se|jtember, 1841, to 
July, 1872 ; lived in Amherst the remainder of 
his life, dying February 26, 1901 ; married, 
April 27, 1841, Elizabeth Lydia Worcester. 
6. John Emery, born March 31, 1816, died in 
1850, unmarried. 7. Timothy Henry, born 
April 25. 1817. died 18S9: married, 1836, 
Wealthy Marie Keith. 8. Tabitha Bancroft, 
born May 5, 1S23, died in 1844. 

(\'n) Rev. P'dmund Addison Beaman, son 
of John (2) Beaman. was born .August 8, 
181 1, in Wendell, Massachusetts, died June C, 
1908. He was a student in .Amherst College 
for a time and afterward taught school in 
Boston. He studied for the ministry and was 
ordained in the Swedenburgian denomination. 
He was settled in Boston in 1857 and while in 
that pastorate also had a private school at 23 
Temple place. He afterward accepted a pas- 
torate in Philadelphia where he preached for 
eiglit years, removing to Cincinnati at the close 
of the civil war and spending the last years of 
his life in that city. 

Rev. Mr. Beaman married (first) March 
22, 1840. Lusanna Keen, born in Joppa, now 
Elmwood, Plymouth county, Massachusetts, 
daughter of Samuel and Margaret Orr 
(Clift) Keen. She died February 7, 1S58, 
in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. Margaret Orr 
Qift was born in 1784, died in 1S74, daughter 

of 1-ieutenant .Aiuliony Winslow and Bethiah 
(Orr) Clift. Hugh Orr, father of Bethiah, 
was born in 171 5, died in 1798. son of Robert 
Orr, of Scotch ancestry. Hugh Orr married 
.Mary, daughter of Captain Jonathan Bass 
(see Bass IV). Rev. ^Ir. Beaman married 
(second) November 9, 1859, at Batavia, New 
York, .'-^arah Parsons, born February 27, 1833, 
at Lyons, New York. Children by first wife: 

I. ^Iary, died in infancy. 2. Ellen Lusanna, 
born December 7, 1842 ; married George 
Ncave Merriweather. 3. Anna, born Decem- 
ber 30, 1844. 4. Susan, born January 31, 
1847; married W. W. Gilchrist, a musical com- 
poser and leader of the Philharmonic Society 
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 5. Elizabeth, 
a kindergarten teacher in Wilnu'ngton, Dela- 
ware. 6. Alice, born April 14, 1S51; married 
Jacob .Strader. 7. John, born April 10, 1853; a 
farmer of Sidney, Ohio. 8. Carrie, died in in- 
fancy. 9. Edmund Samuel, mentioned below. 
10. Lusanna Keen, born January 16, 1858, in 
Philadelphia ; married William Ferris, now of 
Denver, Colorado. Children by second wife: 

II. Charles P., bovn October 6, i860, deceased ; 
was a surgeon, Cornell L'niversity, Ithaca. 12. 
-Arthur, born March 2, 1862, deceased. 13. 
Jennie, born January 27, 1864; married -Asa 
E. Goddard, of Fall River, ^lassachusetts, a 
teacher. 14. Elmina, born July 27, 1866; mar- 
ried John Daboli. of Waltham, Massachusetts. 
15. George Burnham. born .\]iril i, 1870; prin- 
cipal of the Swedenborgian School at \\alt- 
ham. Massachusetts. 16. David Webster, born 
November 2, 1872; superintendent of the Gen- 
eral Electric Company of New Bedford, Mas- 
sachusetts; married Jane Stetson. 17. War- 
ren, died in infancy. 

(\'III) Edmund Samuel, son of Rev. Ed- 
mund .Addison Beaman, was born in Boston, 
Massachusetts, May 16, 1856. He attended 
the public schools and the high school in Cin- 
cinnati, anrl began his career as clerk in a tea 
store in that city. -Afterward he was clerk in 
the employ of Buchman Brothers, wholesale 
dealers in gt-nts furnishing goods. He was for 
oi'.e year Iwokkeepcr in the office of the Cin- 
cinnati Ice Company and afterward for four- 
teen years bookkeeper for Cohn Brothers & 
Company, a wholesale clothing concern in Cin- 
cinnati. In i8<X' he was appointed a book- 
keeper in the office of the county auditor of 
Hamilton county. Ohio, was later appointed 
cashier and subsequently deputy auditor, a po- 
sition which he has filled with ability and effi- 
ciency to the present time. He is a member 
of ^[cMillan Lodge, No. 141, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, and has taken the thirty-two 
degrees in Scottish Rite Masonry. He i.-- a 
member of the Gvmnasium Club and was for 



j.,^lil years its president ; vice-president of 
ilii.- lilainc Club; vice-president of the Second 
\\';ird Republican Club; member of the New 
Ilivland ScKricty of Cincinnati, the Ohio River 
Launch Club, the Cincinnati Boat Club, of 
V, liich he was treasurer for seven years and 
i-(,inm<>dore several years. He belongs to the 
.^wedenborgian church. He is unmarried. 

(The Biiss 

The surname Bass is from the French 
■i'.as," meaning low of stature, and derived 
ill tlie same way as the English Short, Stout, 
Ltc. Le Bas became common in England after 
lie Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. The 
>iii name Bass dated back many centuries, how- 
L'ver, in England. .An ancient coat-of-arms of 
the family is: Sable a bordure argent. Crest: 
[)ut of a ducal coronet two wings proper. 
.Another coat-of-arms borne by the family of 
liass of Curzon St. ^layfair: Argent on a 
[■lievron gules, between three greyhounds 
heads erased sable each ducally gorged and 
jhained or, as many cross croslets of the last. 
Crest: Out of a mural crown gules masoned 
urgent a demi-greyhound issuant holding in 
the mouth a rose between two leaves all proper. 

( I ) Samuel Bass, the immigrant ancestor, 
ivas born in England in 1600. He came to 
Xew England with his wife Ann about 1630, 
jnd settled first in Boston. He was among 
the earliest members of the Ro-xbury church, 
ivhich was organized in 1632. He lived near 
[log Bridge. Ro.xbury. He moved to Brain- 
tree in 1640 and became one of the leading 
:itizeiis. }le was admitted a freeman, May 
14, i'')3.t. He was chosen the first deacon of 
the church at Braintree and filled that office 
fifty years. He was elected deputy to the gen- 
eral court in 1 641, and for twelve years in all 
reprcsentedthe town in the legislature. He had 
a strong character and a vigcirous mind, and was 
for many years one of the foremost men of the 
town. He died December 30, 1694, aged nine- 
ty-four, at Braintree, and the statement is 
made in the town records at the time of his 
leath that he was father, grandfather and 
jreat-grandfather of one hundred and si.xty- 
two persons. His wife .Ann died September 
5. i6<;)3, aged ninety-three years. Children: 
Samuel, died at Nantasket. .\ugust 9, i6)o; 
Ilaniiaii, married Ste]ihen Layne : Mary, mar- 
ried Ca])tain John Capen ; John, mentioned be- 
low ; Thomas, married Sarah Wood ; Joseph, 
tiled January 16, 17 14: Sarah, married Deacon 
John Stone and Joseph IVnniman. 

(I!) John, son of Samuel Bass, was born 
in Ro.xbury, Massachusetts, in 1632, died at 
Braintree. September 12, 1716, aged eighty- 
four years. He was a farmer in Braintree. 

He married (first) February 3, 1657-58, Ruth, 
daughter of William and I'riscilla (Muilins) 
-\l(len, (jf the company of Mayllower Pilgrims. 
All the rlcscendants of John and Ruth Bass 
are eligible to membership in the Mayflower 
.'Society. She died October 12, 1674. lie mar- 
ried (second) September 21, 1675, Anne 
.^trrtevant, of Plymouth. Children, born at 
Braintree : John. November 26, 165S; Samuel, 
mentioned below; Kuth, January 28, 1662; 
Joseph, December 5, 1665; Hannah. June 22, 
1667; r^Iary, February it, 1669-70; Sarah, 
March 29, 1672-73. 

(IH) .Samuel (2), son of John Bass, was 
born March 25, UVio. He marrieil Mary 
(.Adam>) \\'ebb, daughter of Joseph and -Abi- 
gail Adams. 

( 1\' ) Captain Jonathan Bass, son of Samuel 
(2) EJass, was born in 16195, died in 1783. He 
married Susanna Byram. Their daughter 
Mary married Hugh Orr, ancestor of Lusanna 
Keen, who married Rev. Edmund -Addison 
Bt.aman (see Beaiiian \'1I). 

Robert Kilton, the immigrant 
KILTON ancestor, came from England, 

and settled in Providence, Rhode 
Island. He was a bricklayer by trade. In 
16190 he was among those in Captain Samuel 
Gallup"s company in the expedition to Canada. 
On July 23, 169 1, he bought of Richard Smith, 
of Kings Town, four acres of land in Provi- 
dence, with buildings. On October 2, 1693, 
he borrowed thirty-five pounds for seven years 
of Pardon Tillingl'.ast and mortgaged his house 
and land to him. giving him the use for seven 
years for the use of the money; any charges 
to be paid on the house for im|)rovements etc. 
were to be paid by Kilton, and it was agreed 
that lie should have the use of the house for 
si.x months after the seven years were ended, 
and that then Tillinghast should have it. On 
October 30, 1695, Tillinghast declared the 
agreement void and another was drawn up. 
On Sejitember 16, 1701, Tillinghast received 
the property, as Kilton had failed to make the 
jayment. Robert Kilton married Bethiah, 
daughter of .\rtliur and Mehitable ( Water- 
man 1 Fenner. Children; Thomas, mentioned 
below ; Samuel. 

(II) Thcimas, son of Robert Kilton, was 
born at Pro\ideiice. Rhode Lland, January 17, 
lOcjo. died there May 11, 1749, aged fifty-nine 
year>. He was a cordwainer. He was made 
freeman in 1720. On .August 24, 17 14, he and 
his brother Samuel were deeiled a house and 
land by Thomas Fenner. This was the estate 
wiiich Fenner had bought from Tillinghast 
who had received it from Kilton through the 
mortgage. On April 25, 1716, he deeded to his 



brother SamiR-I land which had been jjart of 
his father's land. His will wa^ dated May 8, 
1749. and proved -August 5, 1749, his wife 
I'hebe being executrix. He left one hundred 
pounds to his daughter Phebe to be paid when 
she was fifteen years of age or when she mar- 
ried. His wife received the rest of his per- 
sonal estate and the use of the house. His 
five sons received the real estate. His wife's 
will was dated .SciHember 5, 1766, and proved 
November 24, 1766, her daughter Phebe being 
exccutri.x. Thomas Kilton married, Septem- 
ber 13, 1716, Phebe, born .August 4, 1700. died 
in 1766, daughter of John and .Mice (Smith) 
Dexter. Children, born at Providence: Free- 
love, September 14, 1717 : Joseph. June 2, 1723 ; 
Thomas, mentioned below ; \\'illiam, Novem- 
ber 12, 1727; Stephen, February i6, 1730; 
James ; Phebe. 

(HI) Captain Thomas (2) Kilton, son of 
Thoinas ( i ) Kilton, was born in Providence, 
Rhode Island, September 17, 1725. He was 
a mariner, and in 1753 a vessel in his com- 
mand was wrecked during a gale on Cape Bre- 
ton. The unfortunate seamen were washed 
ashore and no sooner reached land than they 
were captured by savage Indians and mas- 
sacred. There was but one survivor of this 
wreck, the mate, living to tell the sad story. 
Among those who were killed was Sylvanus 
Hopkins, son of .Stephen Hopkins, one of the 
signers of the Declaration of Independence. 
The widow of Captain Thomas Kilton, with 
her only child, taught in a school in Provi- 
dence of which Silas Downer was principal. 
She subsequently married him and had four 
daughters. He was a prominent man in the 
early history of Providence, where he deliv- 
ered a speech at the dedication of the Tree of 
Liberty ; he was of marked literary tastes and 
ability ; he was extravagant in money matters 
and in a short time squandered his wife's 
property, so that her son was compelled at 
an early age to depend on himself for a living. 
Thomas Kilton married Sarah Pearce, sister 
of Samuel Pearce. of Prudence Island; Sam- 
uel was tiie father of Dutee J. Pearce. Child, 
John Jenckes, mentioned below. 

( I\") John Jenckes, son of Captain Thomas 
(2) Kilton, was born in Proviilence. Rhode 
Island, March i, 1749, died February 28, 1S24, 
aged seventy-five years. He learned the trade 
of a tailor at Providence and worked at it 
for the most of his life. He also carried on 
a farm. He served in the revolution, being 
one of those who disguised themselves as In- 
diaiis under John P.rown. of Providence, in 
June, 1772, and boarded the British revenue 
sloop, "Gaspee," and set her on fire. He 
served on several occasions during the war. 

In 1778 l;c was in Sullivan's expedition to 
Rlio le Island. In 1772 he moved from I'rovi- 
dence to Sciiuate. and later to Coventry, 
where he lived on a farm a mile north of 
Washington. Here he sjicnt the remainder of 
liis life. He married, October 4. 1771, Sarah, 
born March 20, 1751, died Elecember i, 1832, 
aged eiglit_\-one years, daughter of l-'rancis and 
Sarah (^ Philips) Brayton. He and his wife 
were buried on a spot selected by him on his 
own farm as the family burying ground, and 
they are now buried in Woodland cemetery. 
Francis Brayton, father of Sarah, went with 
his elder brother, Thomas, when he was a boy, 
from Rhode Island to Washington, where they 
were first settlers. It was first named Bray- 
tontown, from them. He lived there until his 
aeath, May, 17S4, aged sixty-three years: he, 
his wife, children and grandchildren, three in- 
fant sons of his daughter, Sarah (Brayton) 
Kilton, are buried in the yard of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church in Washington. Chil- 
dren of John J. Kilton: Sally, born November 
19, 1772; Thomas, February 12, 1774; Betsey 
Cliarlotte. Dccelnber 13, 1775; Polly, July 29, 
1777: Thomas, July 20, 1779; Caleb, October 
6, 1781 ; Hannah, August 23, 1784; George 
Tibbits, May 6, 1786 ; John Jenckes, men- 
tioned below; William, April 21, 1790; Celia, 
May 4, 1792; Henrietta Calphurnia, June 7, 

(\ ) John Jenckes (2), son of John Jenckes 
(i) Kilton, was born January 24, 1788. He 
sjjent- his childhood on his father's farm, at- 
tenvling the common schools, of which at one 
time his sister Betsey C. was a teacher. Later 
he went to the academy at Plainfield, Connec- 
ticut, for one or two terms. He worked on 
the farm for a time and then became an ap- 
prentice under his eldest brother, Thomas, 
while learning the trade of a carpenter, board- 
ing meanwhile with his family at Washington. 
L'ntil he was more than fort)- years of age he 
worked as a carpenter and machinist, living in 
.Arkwright, Rhode Island, for a part of the 
time. In .April, 1829, he moved to Washing- 
ton where he was a machinist in the Washing- 
ton Manufacturing Company, whose mill was 
on the north side of the ri\er, with four-fifths 
of the water jiower. .After a time Mr. Kilton 
purchased the fifth of the water power 
on the south side of the river and built a mill 
in I S3 1. In 1S32 he commenced weaving cot- 
ton cloth. His frienils. Governor Elisha Har- 
ris and Mr. David Whitman, advised him to 
manufacture a style of goods which was unlike 
any other in the market. He followed their 
advice, using the best kind of cotton, carefully 
selected, and the Kilton sheeting soon accjuircd 
a wide reputation, so that the mill received 

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(.filers faster tlian they could fill them. John 
I Kiltoii married, in December, 1827, Jane, 
.liiiLjhtcr of Alexander and Hannah (Bennet) 
Ml Murray. Children: John Jenckes, men- 
tmncil below; Jane, born September 15, 1S33, 
will) died February 14, 1889, unmarried. 

(\'Ij John Jenckes (3), son of John 
Icnckcs (2) Kilton, was born in the town 
of Coventry, Rhode Island, July 24, 1S29, died 
.Vovembcr 10, 1901. He attended the public 
schools of his native town and the East Green- 
w ich Academy. After leaving school he en- 
tered tiie cotton mill of his father and under 
the latter's instruction learned the business 
tluirons-'lily. In the course of time he snc- 
L-tcded his falher in the management of the 
mills and thus continued until he retired from 
.ictive business. He was prominent not only 
in business, but in public affairs. He held 
various offices of trust in the town and was 
for some years chairman of the Republican 
town committee. He represented the town in 
the general asseinbly of the state. In politics 
he was an active, earnest and leading Republi- 
can. Throughout his life he maintained a keen 
interest in both national and municipal politics. 
He was a member of Manchester Lodge, Xo. 
12, Free ami Accepted }iIasons, of Anthony, 
Rhode Island; of Providence Chapter, Xo. i, 
Koyal Arch Masons. 

He married. October 7, 1851, Emily Lewis, 
daughter of Job and Harriet (Brown) Hark- 
ness, granddaughter of Joseph and Mary 
E'rown. Children, born at Coventry : Annie 
II., born May 31, 1853, resides at the old home- 
stead, unmarried; Walter Alexander, men- 
tioned below; Byron, born Xovember 24, 1859, 
living in California; Mary Clarke, born May 
5, 1S63, resides at the old homestead in the 
town of Washington, unmarried. 

(VII) Walter Alexander, son of John 
Jenckes (3) Kilton, was born at Coventry, 
Rhode Island, April 20, 1856. He received his 
early education in the public schools of his 
native town and at the Highland JMilitary 
Academy of Worcester, Massachusetts, grad- 
uating in the class of 1877. He taught school 
for three years at Anthony, Rhode Island. He 
was appointed postmaster of Washington, 
Rhode Island, in 1881, by President Chester 
A. Arthur, continuing in that office for two 
}ears, when he resigned, and subsequently 
came to Providence on March 5, 1883, as a 
clerk in the post office, a position that he filled 
untd 1891, wlien he was promoted to the posi- 
tion of acting superintendent of mails, and 
afterward became superinteiulent. In 1901 he 
was made assistant po-^tmaster of Providence 
by apjiointment of Postmaster Clinton D. Sel- 
lew. Mr. Kilton was appointed postmaster at 


Pro\idcnce, Rliode Island, l\-bruary 17, 1909, 
by President Roosevelt, and since then l".e has 
filled that responsible office with ability and 
discretion, to the entire satisfaction of the de- 
partment and the general public. His long 
training in the postal service eminently cjuali- 
fied him for the i)osition. In politics he is a 
Republican. Mr. Kilton is a member of Man- 
chester Lodge, Xo. 12, Free and Accepted 
Masons, of Anthony, Rhode Island; of Provi- 
dence Chapter, Xo. i, Ro)al Arch Masons, of 
Providence; of Providence Council, Xo. i, 
Royal and Select Masters; of Calvary Com- 
mandery, Xo. 13, Knights Templar; of Pales- 
tine Temple, Mystic Shrine, and of the Pom- 
ham Club of Providence. 

He married (first) June 20, 18S3, Laura R. 
Waldo. He married (second) Xovember 26, 
1898, Mary E. McElliott. Child by first wife: 
Helen PL, born January 27, 1S90. Child by 
second wife: Walter A. Jr., born July 3, 190S. 

The surname Stearns, Sternes, 
STEARXS Sterns, Strans, etc., are un- 
doubtedly corruptions or vari- 
ations of tlie English family name Sterne, a 
well-known name in the counties of Xotting- 
ham, Berks, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge, 
England. Of the Sterne family, the oldest 
coat-of-arms is : Or, a chevron between three 
crosses flory sable. Crest : A cock straling 
ppr. These arms were borne by the Arch- 
bishop of York (1664-83). Other families 
of the name had devices slightly varied from 
this one. 

(I) Isaac Stearns, the immigrant ancestor 
of the family, probably from the parish of 
Nayland, Suffolkshire, embarked for America, 
April 8, 1630, on the ship ".\rabella," in which 
came also Rev. George Phillips, Sir Richard 
Saltonstall and Governor Winthrop. Four 
ships sailed together from Yarmouth, Eng- 
land ; the "Arabella" arrived at Salem, r^Ias- 
sachusetts, June 12, 1630. The pioneers were 
not satisfied with that place, and they pro- 
ceeded to what is now Charlestown, 5lassa- 
chusetts, and Watertown, Massachusetts, 
where most of them settled. Isaac Stearns had 
a homestall at Watertown in 1642, bounded on 
the north by land of John \\'arren, west by 
the highway, south by land of John Biscoe, 
east by P'equssett Meadow, a part of which he 
also owned. In the distribution of the estate 
of his son Samuel in 1724, this homestall 
■'where his grandfather had li\ed" was as- 
signed to his son Nathaniel. He was ad- 
mitted a freeman. May 18, 1631. and was se- 
lectman for several years. In 1647 he and Mr. 
Biscoe were appointed by the selectmen "to 
consider how the bridge over the river shall 



be built, and to agree with tiie workmen for 
doing it, according to their best discretion." 
This is the tlist mention of a bridge over the 
Charles river at \\'atertown. He acquired a 
large estate for his day, leaving fourteen par- 
cels of land amounting to four hundied and 
sixt)-se\en acies. He died June .28, 1(171. 
His will, dated five days before lio death, 
mcntionetl his chiklren and others. He mar- 
ried Marv, daughter of John and Margaret 
}3arker, of Stuke, Na^land, SulToIksliire, Eng- 
land. She died April 2, 1677. Children: 
Mary, baptized Januarv 6, if')?'), at .Vayland ; 
Hannah, baptized October 5, 162S, in Eng- 
land; John mcnt'oned below; Isaac Jr.. born 
January 6, 1O33; Sarah, born September 22, 
1636; Samuel, horn .-Vpril 24, 1638: Elizabeth, 
born 1640; Abigail, married Deacon John 

(II) John, son of Isaac Stearns, born about 
1631, was one of the first settlers of Ihllcrica, 
Massachusetts, lie married ( tlrst ) in 1653, 
Sarah, daughter of Isaac and Sarah Mixer, 
of W'atertown. to whom her father bequeathed 
among other things "one-half of my vessel, 
Dilligent." She died June 4, 1656. leaving one 
child. He married (second) December 20, 
1656, Mary Lothrop, of Barnstable. He died 
March 5, 1668, and his widow married (sec- 
ond) May 6, 1669. Captain William Erench, 
of Rillcrica, by whom she had a child. Cap- 
tain I'rench dietl,. and she married (third) 
June 29, 1684, Isaac Mi.\er, of Watertown, a 
brother of her husband's first wife. She was 
living, very agefl, as late as 1735. Child of 
John and .Sarah Stearns: John, mentioned be- 
low. Children of John and Mary Stearns: 
Isaac, born April 17, 1658. died C'ctober 9, 
1659; Samuel, September 3, 1659; Isaac. De- 
cember 23, 1661 ; Nathaniel, November 30, 
i6<r>3; Thomas. December 6, 1665. 

(HI) Lieutenant John (2) Stearns, son of 
John ( \) Stearns, boin in Piillerica, Mas- 
sachusetts, the second child born and recorded 
there. May, the second week, 1654. He mar- 
ried (first) September 6. 1676, Elizabeth T'ige- 
low, born June 15, if^>57. died .-\pril 18. 1694, 
daughter of John and Mary ( Warren ) Bige- 
low, of Watertown. He married (second) 
April 22, i^gf), in Maiden, Massachusetts, Mrs. 
Joanna (Call) f'arker, widow of Jacob Parker, 
and daughter of Thomas Jr. and Joanna 
(Shepherdson ) Call. He was much respected 
and had much influence among his townsmen. 
He died October 26. 1728, and his widow died 
December 4, 1737, aged seventy-eight. He 
was lieutenant of the I'.illerica militia company. 
Children of Lieutenant John and Elizabeth 
Stearns: Eliz:iheth. born September 23. t(V7. 
in ^\"atertown ; John. January 22, 1679-80, in 

r.ilkrica, dieil .\\ix\\ 4, 1679-80; Sarah, March 
21, 16S0-S2; Mary, July 2},, i'-)84; John, men- 
tioned below; Isaac, May 1, 1089, shipwrecked 
antl lost in the ex[)eilition to Eort Royal in 
171 1 ; Abigail, .August 22, 1691 ; Samuel, Jan- 
uary 8, 1693-94. Child by second wife: 
Joanna, born June 24, i')C;7. 

(I\") John (3). son of Lieutenant John 
(21 Stearns, was born in llillerica, Massachu- 
setts. .November 26, 1686, died .-\ugust 2, 1776. 
He marricil, in 1715, Esther JiDhnson, born in 
January, 1691, died April 13. 178^), daughter 
of Captain Edward Johnson, of W oburn, 
granddaughter of William Johnson, and great- 
grantldaughtcr of Captain Edward Johnson, 
of Woburn. Children: Esther, born Novem- 
ber 9, 1716. died February 20, 1717; John, 
May 27, 1719: Esther, June 6, 1720; Isaac, 
June 16, 1722; Joanna, July 29, 1724; Edward, 
mentioned below; Benjamin. November 21, 
i72(j; Rev. Josiah, January 20, 1731-32; Wil- 
liam, December 11, 1733, died July, 1734: 
Timothy, August 15, 1737. 

( \' ) Captain Edward Stearns, son of John 
(3) Stearns, was born at Bilkrica, Massachu- 
setts, May 9, 1726, died June 11, 1793. He 
lived in F.illerica and Bedford, Massachusetts. 
He served in the revolution, and was in the 
fight at Concord, Massacluisetts. in 1775. 
When Captain Jonathan Wilson, wlio mar- 
ried Erlward's cousin., Elizabeth Stearns 
Bacon, was killed at Lexington, .April 19, 1775, 
Edward Stearns received command, and 
Inter it was confirmed, but he declined to ci^n- 
tinre in it. He married. May 9, 1755, Lucy 
Wynian. born .\ugust 23. 1733. daughter of 
Thomas and Rachel (Crosby-Stearns) Wy- 
man : Rachel Crosby was daughter of Joseph 
and Sarah (French) Crosby, married (first) 
S niuel Stearns, son of John and Elizabeth 
( Bigelow ) Stearns, and married (second) 
Thomas Wyman. Lucy 1 Wyman I Stearns 
died November 28. 1802, Children: Luc\-, 
born May 24. 1756. died May 20, 1768; Solo- 
mon, May 12, 1757: Rac'iel, November 3, 
1758; Edw?rd, Janur.ry 10, 1761, rlied May 24, 
1768; Susanna, December 19, 1762; .Alice, .Au- 
gust 13. 1764; .Abner. mentioned below: Lieu- 
tenant Edward, June 2^. 1768: Elijah. May 
2, 1770; Simeon, April 17. 1772. 

( \'I) Captain .Abner Stearn-. son of Cap- 
tain Eflward Stearns, was born Julv 9, 1766, 
died December 11, 1838. He lived in We-t 
C'.mbridge. and was a machinist Ijy trade. 

.Abner Stearns was about nine ye.irs of age at the 
brKiniiincr of tlie Revolutionary \Var anrl was slcep- 
i-g his brother. S'llonion. wlien tlioy were 
awnl-ciufl at an early jionr of .-Xoril 19. I77.^- ''V 
their father. Lii-menant Elward Stearns, ulio 
arnoun-ed that the Britisli were coming. Distinctly 


I '93 

I'l,- rcl'iirt^ i-^f '''^ musketry were he.ird. durin>; the 
I i^.iK'ei'ient. as tlicy were wafted on the breezes of 
i'.;it April morning. He often entertained his fam- 
;•■, , in after hie, with descriptions of his fcehngs 
.,11 that day, and, of the activity of each member of 
• hi- family old enough for service, in preparing 
;,M>d, running bullets and making cartridges. Thi.^ 
isiicrienc'- developed his n.ilitary inclinations and 
!m- became pmniinent in the militia of tlie State. 
Ills commission as ensign of the Bedford county 
tnditia, dated October 17, 1793, bears the signature 
iif Sanniel Ad.ims upon it, and is treasured, with 
iir,iiy other military papers, by his descendants, 
li.- was also a mechanical genius and of an inventive 
turn of mind. He planned a machine for splitting 
leather, started a woolen factory, a grist mill and a 
nirichine for preparing dye-goods, also, ran a fulling- 
mill and a spinnin;<-jenney of seventy-two spindles. 
Tlie impression made upon the l)usine5s world an i 
111 the mechanical arts by Captain Abner Stearns, 
;\nd his family, is of national repute. 

Caiitaiii Stearns married (first) May i. 
j-tjt), .-Xittia Hill, born May 11, 1777, daughter 
of Jonathan and Sarah (Stevens-Whiting) 
Hill, of IliUerica. She died October 22, 1S07. 
lie married (second) June 30, iSoS. Mrs. 
Anne Estab:-ook. born January 27, 1780, 
wTdou" of John Estabrook, and daughter of 
Thomas Russell, Esq.. of West Cambridge. 
She died November 29. 1839, and they were 
buried in Shawshine cemetery. Children : Ab- 
ner Jr., born April i, 1797; Mary Ann Plill, 
May 2},, 1809; Edward Harrison, December 
16, 1814: George Sullivan, mention.d below; 
Albert Ihomas, April 2},. 1821 ; Henry Au- 
gustus, mentioned below. 

(\II) George Sullivan, son of Captain Ab- Stearns, was born at Billerica, Massachu- 
setts, May 17, 1816. He attended the public 
scho<jls and the fhillips Academy at Andover, 
Massachusetts. When he was eighteen years 
old, he went west to engage in the mill and 
lumber business. In 1840 he was at Cincin- 
nati. Ohio, engaged in printing and stereotyp- 
ing. He stereotyped the first copy of the Mor- 
mon Piible. He also engaged in the manufac- 
ture of printing inks and became the leading 
manufacturer in this industry. In 1849, in 
partner-hip with his brother Henry A., he 
establi>iie(l the cotton waddiiig business, now 
one of the oldest industries of Cincinnati, the 
present natne being The Stearns & I-"oster 
Company. The Dominion Wadding Company, 
of Montreal, Canada, was later reorganized by 
members of the Siearns-Fuster & L'nion Wad- 
ding Comjjany. each having an etpial interest. 
His business prospered and he became one of 
the most substantial citizens of Cincinnati. He 
built a tine residence at Wyoming. Ohio, and 
was one of the founders, elder and trustee of 
the Pre-b}terian church there. He died at 
\\\oniing. November 24, 18S9. The Cincin- 
nati Commercial-Gazette in an obituary notice 

said of him: "He was a rich man. but he has 
left something better than gold to those wlio 
mourn hi> death ; he loved honorable labor and 
died in the harness. Multitudes will mourn 
his death and revere the memory of George 
Sulli\-an Stearns." 

He married, 2*Iay -xp, 1844, .Amelia, daugh- 
ter of William and (Seymour) Ste- 
phenson, of Hartford. Connecticut, the former 
named a native of luigland. Children: i. 
George Herbert, born March 14, 1845; mar- 
ried, April 15, 1874, Isabella M. Weld, of Bos- 
ton ; children: George Minot. born August 20. 
1876, attended St. Johti's Military Academy at 
Manlius, New York; Mabel, born October 18, 
1S77; (jordon, born No\ember 20, 1880. 2. 
Edwin Russell, mentioned below. 3. Alfred 
Alonroc, born January 29, 1S49; was treasurer 
and manager of the Locke Lumber Companv ; 
married. April 18, 1872, Elizabeth Palmer; 
childreti: Greta, born January 9. 1875, mar- 
ried Boyden Kiiisey; Clayton I'alincr, born 
June 24, 1879, secretary of the Locke Lumber 

Compan\-, married Metcalf. 4. .Anna 

Russell, born .April 7, 185 1, died Alay 13, 1S52. 
5. Helen Foster, born January 12, 1S53; mar- 
ried, January 19, 1882, Josiah Dwight ; chil- 
dren: Charlotte, born July 4, 1883. married 
l-'rank W'ilco.x ; Russell Stearns, born Septem- 
ber I, 1885. married Martha Hopple, of Cin- 
ciimati ; Anna, born May i, 189 1 ; Haiold, 
born January 4. 1892, now a member of the 
Shefilicld Scientific School at Yale College. 6. 
-Amelia G., born June 5, 1855; married. ^larch 
25. 1S79, Rufus Allen Cowing: children: 
George, married Irene \\'agner ; Ruth Law- 
rence, married George Scott, of Chicago, now 
a professor at Haniptoti Institute, \'irginia ; 
Mildred: Amy Louise. 7. William Stephen- 
son, born .April 10. 1857; married, June 22, 
1881, Mecia Lena Stout; children: !\Iargaret 
Rose, born May 31, 1882, died October 14, 
1886; Lucy Stephenson, born March i, 1886, 
married Picrson D. Keyes ; Kirk, attending 
school; Harriet, born .August 19, 1SS9. niar- 
ried Joseph Green, a professor of Columbia 
College, and died in 1912 on her wedding trip. 
8. Harold English, manager of the Domitiion 
Wadding Company, of Montreal, Canada; 
married Eleanor Curtis ; one son. .Arthur, who 
died aged eigiitcen years. 

(ATI) Hon. Henry .Augu.>tus Stearns, son 
of Captain .\bner Stearns, was born at Bil- 
lerica. Massachusetts, October 23. 1825. He 
attenrled the public schools and for two years 
was a student at Phillips .\cademy, .-\ndover. 
He engagevl in the manufacture of cotton wad- 
ding when the business was in its infancy. He 
went to California, by way of the Isthmus of 
Panama, with machinery for a steam launtlry. 



The vessel in which he sailed proved unsca- 
worthy and floated about on the Pacific Ocean 
for four months. When the vessel reached 
port the p.ibsengcrs antl crew were siitieriiig 
from lack of food and water, and Mr. Stearns 
was a physical wreck. After he recovered his 
normal he;dth, he established his laundry, the 
first operated by steam power in California. 
Pie also conducted the first regular steam ferry 
between San Francisco and Oakland. When 
he returned east he resumed the manufacture 
of cotton wadding. In iSCo he became super- 
intendent of the wadding mill of Cranston & 
Brownell, of Pawtucket, of which Air. Goff 
was a partnei, afterward the Union Wadding 
Company, and he lemained superintendent of 
this company until his death. .Mr. Stearns was 
a mechanical genius and received patents on 
cotton gins and the railway safety gate, lie 
was the largest stockholder of the Kilby Manu- 
facturing Company of Cleveland, owned a 
cattle ranch in New Mexico, and was finan- 
cially interested in various other concerns. In 
1891 he was elected lieutenant-governor of 
Rhode Island. He was a member and liberal 
supporter of the Ce:itral Falls Congregational 

He married, June 26, 1S56, Kate Falconer, 
of Hamilton, Ohio. Children: i. Deshler Fal- 
coner, born August 7, 1857, deceased; mar- 
ried and they had one child. 2. George Rus- 
sell, born January 19, 1S60; married and has 
children. 3. Walter Henry, born January .3, 
1862; married, June 5, 1S90, Abby Harris 
Razee. 4. Kate Russell, born July 21, 1S64. 
5. Charles Falconer, born July 27, 1S66 grad- 
uated at Amherst College, 1S88, and later be- 
came attorney-general cf Rhode Island. 6. 
Henry loster, born March 3, 186S. 7. Anna 
Russell, born January 4, 1873, died February 
7, 1S74. 8. Caroline Cranston, born January 
18, 1875; now of Boston, Massachusetts. 

(VIII) Edwin Russell, son of George Sul- 
livan Stearns, was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, 
January 10, 1847. He attended the public 
schools of his native city, was graduated from 
the Woodward high school, then entered the 
famous Hopkins grammar school at New- 
Haven, where he completed his preparation 
for college, and in 1S66 entered Yale College, 
from which he was graduated in the class of 
1870 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He 
spent a year in foreign travel, and then be- 
came associated in business with his father at 
Cincinnati in 1872. The business was incor- 
porated in 1882 as the Stearns-Foi;ter Com- 
pany, marnifacturers of cotton wadding, bat- 
ting and felt mattre^sc'^. The mills r.nd ware- 
houses are at Lockland. Ohio. The c^fficers of 
the company are: Seth C. Foster, president; 

William S. Stearns, vice-president; Edwin R. 
Stearns, treasurer; William R. Foster, secre- 
tary. Mr. Stearns is president of the Lock- 
land Lumber Coni[)any of Lockland, Ohio. 
He is a director of the First National I'.ank of 
Cincinnati ; member of the Business Men's 
Club of that city and of the Queen City Club; 
president of the Children's Home, of which 
he was formerly secretary, afterward secretary 
and treasurer until 1890, when he was elected 
president, and he has been active in the work 
of this charity for more than thirty years; 
trustee of Berea College, IJerea, Kentucky, and 
chairman of its investment committee. In poli- 
tics he is an Independent. 

He married, June 14, 1883 Luella, born 
March lo,' 1864, daughter of Caleb B. and 
Luella Lusaida (Horton) Evans. Her mother 
came from Long Island, New York. Chil- 
dren: I. Dorothy Amelia, born December 28, 
1885, in Cincinnati ; married A. Lee Thurman, 
of Columbus, Ohio. 2. Evans Foster, born 
October 9, 1SS9, at Denver. 3. George Sulli- 
van, born October i.], 1S91, at Denver, died 
July iS, 1907. 4. Edwin Russell Jr., deceased. 

Through the greater part of the 
DEMING century but recently closed 
there has resided at Providence 
a branch of the old Connecticut family of 
Demings. here made prominent through the 
achievements of the late Plon. Richard H. 
Deming, citizen, soldier, member of both 
branches of the city government, park and 
police commissioner, and to whose conspicuous 
services for a decade in connection with the 
public park system, to his untiring efforts and 
large public spirit the citizens of this and 
future generations are and long will be indebt- 
ed for superior advantages in the line of public 

A native of the city of Providence, the late 
Commissioner Deming descended from John 
Deming, one of the prominent early settlers of 
Wethcrsfield, who repeatedly from that town 
was a member of the colonial assembly be- 
tween 1649 and 1667, and was one of the nine- 
teen, including his father-in-law, Richard 
Treat, to whom the charter of Connecticut was 
granted in 1662. In the maternal line he de- 
scends from John Daggett, of Watertown, 
there as early as 1630. later at other points, 
and who became prominent in the early set- 
tling of Rehobotli. representing that town in 
1648 in the colonial assembly. 

(1) John Deming, the emigrant ancestor, 
was early of Wethcrsfield, probably among the 
first settlers in i'')33, where his homestead is 
recorded as a house, a barn and five acres of 
land. He was a deputy to the general court 



ii, i6s7 as John Deming. and in tlie following 
year as John Dement, his name appearing vari- 
onsly spelled. He continued as deputy until 
i(>()7, under various names, Deming prevailing 
at the last. He was one of the nineteen named 
in the famous charter of Connecticut, granted 
bv King Charles to them and to those who 
should afterward be associated with them. 
That lohn Deming was a prominent man in 
tlie affairs of the Connecticut colony cannot be 
(iouliled, and his apparent association by kin- 
ship and friendship with those regarded as the 
founders of New England indicate him to have 
been a man of more than ordinary intelligence 
as well as of some education. He married 
IToaor, daughter of Richard Treat, and their 
children were : John, of whom further ; Jona- 
than, born about 1639; Rachel, born about 
1644; Samuel, born about 1646; Mary, born 
about 1648; Daniel, born about 1652; Sarah, 
born about 1654; Ebcnczer, born about 1659. 

Cll) John (2), son of John (i) and Honor 
(Treat) Deming, was born September 9. 1638, 
died January 23, 171 2, in Wethersfield, Con- 
necticut. He was known as Sergeant John Dem- 
ing, the title indicating that he may have taken 
part in the Indian wars of that period. From 
i6r>9 to 1672 he was a representative in the 
general court. On December 12, 1657, in 
Northampton. Alassachusetts, he married 
Mary, daughter of Joseph and Ann Mygatt. 
Their children were: John, born September 9, 
1658: Joseph, June i, 1661 ; Jonathan. Febru- 
ary 12, 1663; Mary, July, 1666; Samuel, .Au- 
gust 25. 1668; Jacob, of whom further; Sarah, 
January 17. 1672; Hezekiah, 1680. 

(1U) Jacob, son of John (2) and Mary 
(Mygattl Deming, was born in Wethersfield, 
August 26. 1670, died probably in 1712. He 
settled in Hartford, where the birth of his 
first child is recorded. On March 14, 1695, he 
married, in Hartford, Connecticut, Elizabeth, 
born about 1675, daughter of Richard and 
Elizabeth (Tuttle) Edwards. Their children 
of Hartford birth were: Jacob, born March 
24, iC^r/f, Timothy, of whom further; .Abigail, 
January 21. 1700; Lemuel. 1702. 

(I\") Timothy, son of Jacob and Elizabeth 
(Edwards) Deming. born March 26, 1698, was 
a resident of East Hartford, in which town he 
first appeared in 1736. He had previously 
lived in Glastonbury, where he last appeared 
in the land records in 1736. His wife. Thank- 
ful ('Ri'iley) Deming, died before September, 
1777. Their children were: Lucy, born in 
1733. died in 1814: Lemuel; Israel, baptized 
October 29. 1749; David, of whom further; 
Ruth, married John Rilev, of Wethersfield. 

(V) David, son of Timothy and Thankful 
(Risley) Deming, baptized October 20, 1751, 

in Fast Hartford, Connecticut, died at sea in 
October, 1795. Like most of the Demings 
of East Hartford he was a seaman, and be- 
came master of a vessel, whence came his title 
of captain. His wife .-Xnne (last name un- 
known) bore him children as follows: Anne, 
baptized October iS, 177S, died April, 1785; 
Mary (Molly), baptized February 6, 1780; 
Elizabeth (Betsey), baptized Marcli 25, 1781 ; 
David .^bby, of whom further ; Susan, bap- 
tized November 23. 17S3; Wait, baptized May 
14, 17S6; Timothy, baptized April 27, 178S; 
Anne, baptized Novcmlier i, 1789; Jude, bap- 
tized October 16, 1791 ; Lydia, baptized No- 
vember 23, 1794; Sarah (Sally), baptized April 
17, 1796. 

(V"!) David Abby. son of David and Anne 
Deming, was baptized No%embcr 17, 1782. in 
East Hartford, died April 2t,, 1857. He was 
a carriage-maker and wheelwright by trade. 
On September 14, 1808, he married Chloe, 
baptized April 20, 17S8, died in East Hartford, 
February 16, 1S67, daughter of Ashael and 
Naomi (Loomis) Olmstead. Children: Henry 
Olnistead, of whom further; Junius, born July 
II, 1812; Horace Pitkin, January i, 1815. 

(MI) Henry Olmstead, son o'f David Abby 
and Chloe (Olmstead) Deming, was born July 
II, 1809. in East Hartford. Connecticut, died 
there November 11, 1874. In May, 1841, he 
married .Abby Frances, born in March, 182 1. 
died ^Fay 21, 18S7, daughter of Robert and 
IMary (Bolton) Daggett. To this union was 
born one son, Richard Henry, of whom fur- 

(VIII) Richard Henry, son of Henry Olm- 
stead and Abby Frances (Daggett) Doming, 
was born .August 24. 1842. on Benefit street, 
just opposite the old State House, Providence, 
Rhode Island. He attended the public schools 
of the citv, and also a private school in East 
Hartford, Connecticut, the home of his grand- 
father. Returning to Providence in 1861, fired 
by the patriotism of the stirring scenes of the 
breaking out and early stages of the civil war, 
which called out thousands of the youth of our 
land in defense of their country, he enlisted in 
the First Rhode Island \'oIunteers, under the 
then Colonel Burnside, who made young Dem- 
ing sergeant of a company of sharpshooters. 
He was first sergeant in Company D. First 
Rhode Island Light Artillery, from September 
4. 1861, to December 4, 1861. His military 
experience, however, was but brief, owing to 
an illness contracted after leaving Providence, 
which caused him to return home. He was 
also enlisted in Battery B, Third .Artillery. He 
entered the office of a cotton broker, Thomas 
.Abbott, on South Water street, as a clerk, and 
here he remained two vears, and in 1868 he 

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entered into businc.--> with George H. Mop- 
pin, the firm becoming George H. Hoppin & 
Deming. Mr. Deniing in the course of time 
became the senior mcniljer of the firm, the 
name tlicn being changed to R. II. Deming & 
Company, with J. Herbert F"oster as tlie junior 
partner, and under that name the concern was 
located at Xo. ro South Water street as long 
as he was in business. 

It was, however, by his work on the park 
board thai Mr. Deming was best known, al- 
though he served in both branches of the city 
council. He represented the seventh ward in 
the common council from 1S89 to 1S91, and 
served one year in the hoard before taking his 
position on the board of park conmiissioners. 
As an organizer of men Mr. Deming displayed 
marked ability. When the large tract of land 
surrounding Cunifl's Pond was added to 
Roger Williams F'ark some years before Mr. 
Dci7iing's death, it was Chairman Deming who 
laid out the plans for the improvement of that 
property, and during the term of office of 
Mayor McGuinness he kept several hundred 
laborers employed in a s}-stematic manner, 
when the men could not obtain employment in 
any other way because of business depression. 
When the oftice of police commissioner was 
provided for the city of Providence, about a 
year prior to the death of Mr. Demitig, the 
latter was elected to the second position, his 
work as chairman of the park board from the 
time he was appointed a member of that body 
in 1891 having fitted him well for these new 
duties, and his record a.-- a police commissioner 
showed the wisdom of his selection. He re- 
organized the entire police force on more effi- 
cient lines. 

In the financial life of Providence, Mr. Dein- 
ing was a director of several banks, including 
both the Traders' and the Eagle National 
banks. He was also one of the most promi- 
nent members of the Hoard of Trade, of which 
he was president for two or three terms, and 
he had been closely identified with it from its 
inception. .Among social organizations he was 
a member of .Adelphoi Lodge, No. t,^, of .Ma- 
sons, and of Palestine Temple. Mystic Shrine: 
of the Hope. Central and West Side clubs, and 
the Squantum .Association, and was at one 
time vice-president of the last named asso- 
ciation. As a business man Mr. Deming was 
most highly regarded, in his social relations 
he had the esteem and respect of all. and as a 
citizen he was honored not only by election as 
stated to both branches of the city council, but 
was also of inestimable service to the city of 
Providence as a park commissioner, and as a 
member of the board of police commissioners. 
His services upon the latter board, which were 

terminated onh' by his imtimely death, were all 
too short for him to accomplish all that he had 
set out to do, but as a park commissioner his 
executive ability had borne abundant fruit in 
the development of the park system to the ex- 
cellence that is today displayed. He was a 
staunch Republican, and wa.s twice offered the 
office of mayor at the hands of both the Re- 
publican and Democratic parties, and once was 
urged for governor on the same plan. 

Mr. Deming died at his home in Providence, 
December 14. 1C)02, when in the si.xt\--first 
year of his age, and on the event the Provi- 
dence Journal of the following morning said 
editorially: "Mr. Richard H. Deming did much 
to make Providence a good place to live in, 
and his death leaves both the police commis- 
sion and the park commission in a weakened 
condition, for he was responsible for a very 
large share of the excellent service rendered 
by both boards. It will be difficult to fill his 
place with as able a citizen : perhaps it will be 
impossible." There stands in Roger Williams 
Park a bust in bronze of Mr. Deming, erected 
by the city of Providence. 

Mr. Deming married, in 1868, Sarah, daugh- 
ter of Matthew and Sarah (Potter) Sweet, of 
Providence. They had three children : i. Henry 
Bolton, of whom further. 2. Maud Sweet, 
born November 4, 1871 : married Joseph A. 
Fowler: child, Jeanette. 3. Grace Margaret, 
born .Au,gust 16. 1873: married. December 18, 
1895. Howanl Greene, born November 23, 
1870: children: Eleanor Greene, born .April 
30, 1899: Richard Deming. born November 22, 
1900. Mrs. Sarah (Sweet) Deming, the 
mother, died in December, 1891. 

(IX) Henry P>olton, son of Richard Henry 
and Sarah (Sweet) Deming, was born May 26, 
iS<'i9. He attended the Providence high school, 
and then left his native city and went to Selma, 
.Alabama, with David Partridge, to learn the 
cotton business, in 1889. He remained south 
until 1891, and then went from Selma to Mem- 
phis, Tennessee. There entering into partner- 
ship with Elias W. Porter, he organized the 
firm of Porter, Deming 5: Company, who were 
buyers and sellers of cotton. For fifteen years 
he continued in this connection, which proved 
most successful. In 1906 Mr. Deniing return- 
ed to Providence, and there started a line of 
business for himself, under the name of H. B. 
Deming & Company, cotton brokers. He is a 
member of the .Agawam Hunt Club and the 
Hope Club. 

Mr. Deniing married (first) June 15, 1892, 
.Antoinette, born in 1871. died in 1893, daugh- 
ter of the late Charles R. Krayton. He mar- 
ried (second) November 15, 1895, Elizabeth, 
born in 1870, died in 1906, daughter of the 



late Dr. DiiJley Dunn Saiinilers, of Memphis, 
'reiinessce. He marriefl ( third ) Xovemher 15. 
Kjio, Sarah Rahcock, dau^!;ter of the late 
Robert K. I'abcock. of Providence. Child by 
hr>t marriage: I'ercival Brayton. born April. 
iSij.v Child by ?econd marriage: Ricliard 
Hcniv (2), born in iiyTO. died in 1907. 

John IJrooks. the immigrant 

BROOKS ancestor of this family in 
America, was born in England 
about 1720, i':erhaps earlier. He settled in 
New York state before the revnlution and 
lived at Skcne^boro. now Whitehall, Xew 
"S'ork. He had three son-, of whom Samuel is 
nientioned below. 

(II) Samuel, son of John Brooks, was born 
about 1740-45 in Xew York state. Early in 
June, 178''!. Samuel Stewart and Eden John- 
son began the settlement of the town of Bristol, 
.-\ddison county, \ermont. at what was then 
called F'ocock. Johnson came by land, driving 
the cattle while Stewart came by Imat up the 
lake, with the household goods and families of 
both. Other settlers came from the same sec- 
tion ; among them was Samuel Brooks. .\c- 
cording to the first federal census. Samuel 
Brooks was living at Bristol in 1790. and had 
in his family three males over sixteen, three 
under that age and five females. His son, 
Samr.el Jr.. had but one female, doubtless his 
wife. Samuel Brooks surveyed a large tract 
of land in .Addison county and cleared a large 
farm in Bristol. The original farm is still 
owned by his direct descendants. Besides 
Samuel, he had a son John, mentioned below, 
and doubtless other children. 

( HI) John (2). son of Samuel Brooks, was 
born in Bristol, \'ermont, or in Xew York 

state. 1780-90. He married Hawkins, 

a descendant of Colonel Hawkins, of the revo- 
lutionary war. Children : Cyrus Stearns, men- 
tioned below: Sarah, Lucinda, Eliza. Elvira. 
Martha, Samuel. Henry. 

(I\') Cyrus Stearns, son of John (2) 
Brooks, was born in Bristol. \'ermont. in 1812, 
died in i860. He was educated in the district 
schools. In 1848 he removed from Bristol to 
C)r!cans county, Xew York. He followed 
farming and shoemaking and established him- 
self in business as a dealer in boots and shoes 
at Shelby. OrIean> county, Xew York, and be- 
came one of the leading merchants and most 
prominent citizens of that town and county, 
but after about two years lie removed west- 
ward and settled in W'heelersbnrg. Scioto 
county, Ohio. Here his stay was brief, how- 
ever, and two years later he returne'l to Shelby. 
He married Sophia, daughter of Levi and 
Martha (Eddy) Hasseltine. Children: Wil- 

liam Cullen. born in I!ri>tol. in 1S36, married 
Eli/a liutton. now living in rortsmouth, Ohio; 
Edwin Cyrus, born in Bristol, 1838. now living 
in Imnton, Ohio; Levi Hasseltine, mentioned 

(\ j Levi Has>eltine, son of Cyrus Stearns 
Brooks, was born in Bristol. Vermont, May 
18, 1840. He removed with his parents in 
1848 to Orleans county. .Xew ^'ork, and at- 
tended the public scl'.ools there, ancl graduated 
from the Shelby high school. At the age of 
si.xteen he starte 1 upon his career in business 
as a clerk in a grocery store. The family at 
that time was in moderate circumstances and 
h.e saved his earnings for further schooling, 
working hard by day and studying hard at 
night. At the end of the year he entered the 
Albion Academy at Albion. Orleans county, 
Xew York. After two years of stud\' there, 
he began to teach school at Portsmouth, Ohio, 
and remained there four years. He returned 
to business life as clerk on a steamboat plying 
on the Ohio river, and remained in this posi- 
tion five years, serving his employers in every 
capacity from clerk to captain. During this 
period he was licensed as a pilot by the United 
.States government, and this license was one 
of the cherished mementoes of his early life. 
His ambition to advance in business led him 
to leave the pleasant life on the steamboat and 
accept the position of ^ecretarv and treasurer 
of the Planters' Tobacco Warehouse. At the 
end of a year he was admitted to partnership 
in the business and continued in that line until 
1872. At that time he sold his share in the 
concern and formed a partnership with Wil- 
liam Waterfielfl under the name of the Globe 
Tobacco Warehouse. To this business he 
brought a thorough knowledge of the details 
acquired by his former e.xperience, consum- 
mate business ability, energy and ambition. 
The business prospered and grew rapidly and 
in 1883 the capacity of the warehouse had to 
be increased, and after buying the adjoining 
property the firm erected the largest tobacco 
warehouse in the world. The firm was re- 
organized at this time under the name of The 
Brooke- Waterfield Company, and incorpor- 
ated. Erom that time Mr. Brooks was presi- 
('ent of the company. In 1888 Mr. Waterheld 
died, leaving lii'i share of the business to his 
widow. The business continued to grow, hold- 
ing the foremost place among the tobacco mer- 
chants of the world. 

Mr. Brooks never lost his interest in the 
river transportation business in which he be- 
gan his career and up to the time of his death 
he owned stock in various steamboat com- 
panies. The steamer "Levi H. Brooks," named 
for him by a friend, is one of the fastest and 



best steamboats on the Ohio river. Mr. 
Brooks was president of the Coney Island 
Park Company, which developed a strip of one 
hnndicd and twelve acres of beautiful country, 
ten miles from the city of Cincinnati, into a 
beautiful amusement park, to which five or 
six thou-and jiersons resort daily durin<; the 
season. This company owns two of the finest 
river steamboats afloat, plying between the 
park and the city. He was also vice-president 
of the Interurban Railroad Company of Cin- 
cinnati, a corporation operating ninety-seven 
miles of electric street railways. He was a 
director of the Second National Bank of Cin- 
cinnati ; president of the Pctyibone Brothers 
Manufacturing Company of Cincinnati; presi- 
dent of the Smith Kasson Company, of which 
his son, Charles Grandin Brooks, is secretary, 
and liis son-in-law, Henry C. Kasson, is one 
of tlie managers. ^Ir. Brooks wa- also presi- 
dent of the Coney Island Wharf Boat Com- 

Mr. Brooks was an active and prominent 
Free Mason, being raised to the degree of 
master mason in 1S64 in Buckeye Lodge, No. 
150, at New Richmond, Ohio, after which he 
took the other degrees, including the thirty- 
second in Scottish Rite Masonry, and held 
active membership in the Chapter, Council and 
Commandery, being also a Shriner. His other 
lod.ges were the Benevolent and Protective 
Order of Elks and the Knights of Pythias. 
His club was the Cuvier-Press Club. He was 
for several years president of the Cincinnati 
Chamber of Commerce, an honor that comes 
only to the al)lest and most influential. 

He had an artistic and beautiful residence 
in Covington, and was devoted to his home and 
family, entertaining generously. He possessed 
a magnificent library and was very fond of 
music. In his career was e.xemplified the rise 
to wealth and power of the American citizen, 
starting without capital and with no advantage 
but his own ability, good judgment and ambi- 
tion. He was a typical self-made man of the 
finest sort, trained to modern business methods, 
broadened by contact with an alert, enterjiris- 
ing, progressive world, a useful citizen, a 
kindly, sympathetic, charitable man. Mr. 
Brooks dietl, after a short illness. February 21, 
1913, at his apartments in the Clermont. \\'al- 
nut Hills. The CiiiciumUi Enquirer of Febru- 
ary 22, 1913. paid the deceased a glowing 
tribute, and among other eulogistic remarks 
said : 

Commodore Brooks was a gentleman of the old 
school: he was a man imiversally admired by tlie 
thousands wlm knew him. His character was one 
happily minKlin;-: keen business ability with acumen 
and humor. Ever was he ready with jest and 

humor, but withal lie fouml time to amas> a furtuno 
estimated at more than $1,000,000. * * * He was 
one of thi.* fifty members of the Commercial Club, 
an organizatinn within the Queen City Club, and 
held active membership in the Mason~, Shriiiers, 
F.Iks, Knights of Fjthias and Cuvier-I'ress Club. 
* * * Commodore Brooks had lived in Coving- 
ton, Kentucky, and Cincinnati most of his life, and 
was one of the best known men on the Ohio river. 
It was his delight to captain one of several boats 
controlled by him, and it was because of his enthu- 
siasm and ambition that he did not retire from 
active work some years ago. * * * ilr. Brooks 
held the title of Commodore through his ownership 
of Ohio river packets, and also was known as Colo- 
nel through his service on the statT of the Go\ ernor 
of Kentucky. 

Hemarrie>l, May 17, 1S66, Laura Ann Tone, 
born in Clermont county, Ohio, March 17, 

1S44. daughter of Hiram and (^^'ag- 

ner) Tone. Ihildren: i. Charles Grandon, 
born in Newport, Kentucky, in 1868; married 
and has one son, Charles Grandon Jr. 2. 
George .-Mburtus, born in Covington, in 1870; 
married Mildred Spencer, and has one daugh- 
ter, Mildred Brooks. 3. Ada Estella, born in 
Covington, in 1872 ; married Henry C. Kasson. 
and has three children: Lee II., born in 1896, 
now a student in the .-Vshville Military School; 
Laura Marie, born in 1898, and Henry C. 
Kasson Jr.. born in 1910. 4. Rosella, born in 
Covington, in 1875; married Ray J. Hillen- 
brand, of Cincinnati, and has two children: 
Ruth, born in 1903, and Edith, born in 1906. 

The Tyzzcr family traces its 
TYZZER origin to Cornwall, that little 
kingdoin in the south of Eng- 
land. .\s in Wales, the Channel Islands, the 
Isle of Man and other remote portions of Eng- 
land, there are still to be found in Cornwall 
descendants of the original British inhabitants 
driven out of the rest of the island by the con- 
quering Saxon tribes. It is only within the 
present generation that Cornish, an old British 
dialect akin to the Erse and the Cymric, has 
ceased to be a spoken language. 

(in George Roberts, son of Josiah and Mary 
.Ann ( Roberts) Tyzzer. was born in St. .\gnes. 
Cornwall county. England, in 1832. In 1846. 
when fourteen years of age. he came to .Amer- 
ica with his father and settled at Wakefield. 
Massachusetts, where he learned the trade of 
carriage-maker, wiiich he followed and also 
conducted a farm. He married, December, 
1850, Matilda J., born in St. Agnes, Cornwall, 
England, in 1838. came to .-\merica in 1847, 
died August 14. 1912, daughter of John and 
Joanna (Main) Edwards. Her father was 
born in England, and came to Wakefield. Ma-^- 
sachusctts. where he spent the remainder of hi-- 
life. Their children were: i. George Alfred. 


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liuni ill Newtoti, Massachu^ett;, 1S5S; cdu- 
catcil at Phillips Andover Academy and Har- 
vard L'liivorsity, anfl later at Brown Univer- 
Mtv, where he graduated in the class of 1S84; 
-iiicc tlien he has taught at Wakefield and 
|,\nn, Massachusetts, and is now head master 
in the Lyman School of Boston; he married 
Marv A. Birge, of Providence, Rhode Island, 
and their children are: Uavid B., Helen E., 
I'lorence D. 2. Isabelle ]\latilda, born at New- 
ti.n, Massachusetts, July 20, i860; married 
(lirst) William C. Perkins, and her daughter, 
Annie C. Perkins, married Harry Gould, of 
Nortli Weymouth, Alassachusetts ; married 
(second) A. F. C)livcr; children: Frederick 
M., Siniiky P., Rowland P,. 3. Dr. Walter 
Gran\ille, of whom further. 4. Jennie Rob- 
erts, born at Wakefield, Massachusetts, in 
1870; married Martin Luther Cunningham; 
they reside at \\"akefield. 5. Ernest Edward, 
born at Wakefield, in 1877, graduated at Brown 
I'niversity with the degree of A. B., and at 
Harvard with that of M. D. ; now professor 
in the pathological department at the latter 
universit)- ; member and president of the Amer- 
ican Society for Cancer Research ; at a recent 
meeting of the American Medical Association 
held at St. Louis, Missouri, he read an im- 
portant paper on that subject; he married 
Jessie Gowen. and their chilflren are: Jerrold 
E.. Franklin G., Roger. 

(HI) Dr. Walter Granville Tyzzer. son of 
George Roberts and' ^fatilda J. (Edwards) 
Tyzzer, was born at Wakefield, Massachu- 
setts, .-\ugust 8, 1863. His first education was 
gained in the public schools of his native town. 
Later he matriculated at the Will Mayfield 
College, and had conferred upon him in 189S 
the degree of B. S. In 1899 he entered Barnes 
I'niversity. St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated 
from that institution with the degree of M. D. 
in 1903. He taught in this college during the 
years 1009 and 191 r. occu[)ying the chair of 
Gynaecology, and was secretary of its board 
of trustees and also secretary of the faculty. 
He is now house physician, surgeon and gen- 
eral manager of the Ma)lleld Sanitariuin, an 
institution that is doing an important work in 
St. Louis, and is the mother hospital to one in 
India and two in China, that are carrying on 
its work of mercy in those dark lands. 

Dr. Tyzzer is a member of the Third Bap- 
tist Church, of St. Louis, and has always taken 
a prominent part in church work, as well as in 
work of an entirely humanitarian and educa- 
tional character. He is the moderator of the 
St. Louis Baptist Association. In 1S88. when 
he was still in Massachusetts. Dr. Tyzzer 
SCI ved as general secretary of the Charlestown 
branch of tlic Boston Young Men's Christian 

Ashociation. Subsequently for four \ear.- he 
held the same position at Gloucester, Massa- 
chusetts. Dr. Tyzzer has been endowed by 
nature with a remarkably sympathetic and 
musical voice, and has for many years been in 
great demand as a singer. He was at one time 
widely known as an evangelistic singer, having 
been connected with Dw^ight L. Moody. lie 
has also at times taken charge of the singing 
in many of the Bajuist conventions. For six 
years he was pastor's assistant of the Third 
Baptist Church, of St. Louis, one of the largest 
Baptist cosigregations in the country. Subse- 
(|ueutly he was connected with the Young 
Men's Christian Association in St. Louis, and 
was on its board of managers in 1912. He is 
also a member of the Masonic fraternity. 

Dr. Tyzzer married, April 6. 1886, Emily 
Eunice, daughter of George A. and Susan W. 
(Bowman) Scavcr. of Wakefield, Massachu- 
setts, where she was born October 29, 1867. 
Their children are: I. Marian Roberts, born in 
Wakefield, Massachusetts, December 26, 1886; 
was educated in the St. Louis grammar schools, 
central high school and Forest Park Univer- 
sity. St.- Louis. 2. Robert Neal, born at W'ake- 
fieid, June 29, 1888: received his education in 
th.e public schools of St. Louis, Eugene Field's 
granmiar and central high schools ; also attend- 
ed William Jewell College ; received his med- 
ical training at the American Medical College, 
St. Louis, receiving his degree of M. D. in 
1912: he is assistant superintendent of the 
^Iavfield Sanitarium, with which his father is 
connected; he married. June 8. 191 1, Estelle 
Cheek, of St. Louis. 3. Margaret Seaver, born 
in St. Louis, October 25, 1S94; she was edu- 
cated at the grammar schools and the centra! 
high school, and at Forest Park L'uiversity. 

Mrs. Tyzzer died in 1S94, and to her memory 
Dr. Tyzzer built in 1904 in Haka, Burma, the 
Emily Tyzzer Hospital, the money being given 
to the Board of Foreign Missions of the North- 
ern Baptist Convention. Dr. E. H. East, a 
medical missionary, was in charge of its erec- 
tion, and now has the management of the insti- 
tution, which has done splendid and much 
needed work among the savage tribes of that 
region. In connection with Dr. Mayfield. of 
the Mavfield Sanitarium, Dr. Tyzzer has fur- 
nished funds for a hospital in Laichowfu. 
Northern China, called the Mayficld-Tyzzer 
Hospital. The building and management of 
this hospital was put into the hands of the 
Board of Foreign Missions of the Southern 
Baptist Convention, who put their medical 
missionary. Dr. John W. Lowe, at the head of 
the work. This hospital is a handsome brick 
building with a thorough modern equipment, 
and is doing a work wliose value, both in the 


present and for tlio future, it is han! to esti- 
mate to its full extent. Jn addition to tliis 
hospital, Dr. and Mrs. Mayficld and Dr. Tvz- 
zcr };ave in 1910 five thousand dollars for the 
erection of the "Will Ma\ field Hospital," at 
Huchow. in Sc)Uthcrn China. Dr. Tvzzer has 
been for seven years a meniher of the New 
England .'^ociet\- of St. Louis, am! served as 
vice-i'resident in 1912. 

Richard Goodin:ui. the imnii- 
GOOD.\LAN grant aiicestdr, came from 

England, and settled first in 
Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was pro- 
prietor in i''>32. He was admitted a freeman, 
May 14. 1634, and bi ought a suit in Plymouth 
court, March 4, 1638-39. He removed to 
Hartford, Connecticut, with Rev. Mr. Hooker's 
company, and was one of the first settlers 
there. Later he removed to Hadley, Massa- 
chusetts, and was killed by the Indians in King 
rhi'i])'s war, .A.pril i, 1676. He married, at 
Hartfoi'd, December 8, 1659, Mary, daughter 
, of Stephen Terry, of Windsor. Connecticut, 
and administration on his estate was granted 
to her September 26, 1676. Children: John, 
born October 13, i6/>i ; Richard (2). mention- 
ed below; Stephen, February 6, 1G64; Mary, 
November 5, 1G65 ; Thomas, March 20. 1668, 
died young; Elizabeth, February 5. 1671 ; 
Thoma<, September 16, 1673; Samuef, Mav 5, 

(H) Richard (2), son of Richard (i) 
Goodman, was born March 23, i<^i''>3. in Had- 
ley, Massachusetts, died at Hartford, May 14, 
1730. The inventory of his estate was filed 
June II, 1730, showing an estate of one hun- 
dred ?nd thirty-seven pounds, seven shillings 
and eiglit [lence. He married Abigail F'antry, 
born January 11. 1678-79, died January 26, 
170S, daughter of John (2), granddaughter of 
John (i), and great-grandilaughter of Wil- 
liam Pantry. Children : Mary, baptized March 
7, 1702. died young: Mary, baptized May 10, 
1703: Richard, born November 4. 1704: Tim- 
othy, mentioned below: .Abigail, married Dan- 
iel Ensign : Esther, born October 30. 1709. 

(IH) Timothy, son of Richard (2) Good- 
man, was born September 22, 1706, died March 
12, 1786. He had land given him by his grand- 
father, John (2) Pantry, ^^a^ch 4, 1729, in 
West Hartford, near Farmington. The Bos- 
ton Chronicle of May 2. 1768. states that on 
April 7. that vear, the house of Timothy Good- 
man, in West Hartford, was burned with all 
the furniture and clothes, which were very 
rich and costly, and that Jeru^^ha, ten years old, 
daughter of Daniel Ensign, who lived in the 
family, was burned to death. He married. 
May 7, 1735. Joanna Wadsworth. who died 

ageil fifty-three _\-ears. daughter of Joseph and 
Joaima Wadsworth, and granddaughter of 
Cajjtain Josejih Wadsworth, of Chruler Oak 
fame. He married (second) November 29, 
1767, his sister-in-law. Widow b'.lizabeth 
\Vaflsworth, of Hartford. Children: Joanna; 
Timothy, baptized March 7, 1736; Thomas, 
born March 18. 1739; Abigail, C)ctober 4, 
1741 ; Mary, F"ebruary 12. 1744; Elizabeth, 
March 16, 1746; Richard. April 10, 1748: Ale- 
hitable, bajjtized June 24, 1750, died -May 2, 
1758: Mo.'-es, mentioned below. 

(I\') Lieutenant Moses Goodman, son of 
Timothy Goodman, was born in West Hart- 
ford, Coimecticut. June 20, 1750, twin of Me- 
hitable, and bajjtized there June 24, 1750, died 
.-\ugu;t 17, 1831. Moses, Richard, Thomas, 
William and Zebclee were soldiers in the 
revolution. Mose^ was a soldier in the com- 
pany of Captain .\.bram Sedgwick, on the Le.x- 
ington -Alarm. .April 19, 1775. He was also 
sergeant in Captain Abijah Rowlee's company 
(Sixth). Colonel Jcdediah Huntington's regi- 
ment (Eighth), of Connecticut, in 1775, and 
ensign in 1776. He was at the siege of Boston, 
at New York, under Washington at the battle 
of Long Island and White Plains. He was 
lieutenant in Captain Bissell's company, Colo- 
nel Eno's regiment, on the Hudson in 1778. 
In October, 1818, his name appears on the 
L'nitcd States Pension Rolls. He was later a 
farmer in West Hartford and was given a 
silver cup for the best cultivated farm in Hart- 
ford county. He married, in 1779, .Amy Sey- 
mour, of an old Hartford family. Children: 
Moses, born September 15. 1781, captain in 
the war of 1812, a deacon in the church in 
W'est Hartford: .Amy; Polly; Horace Henry 
and Henry Horace, twins; Timothy Seymour; 
?4)aphiras; Catherine: Fanny Pamelia : Maria 
Marcia and Marcia Maria, twins; and Wil- 

(\') William, son of Lieutenant Moses 
Goodman, was born at West Hartford, Con- 
necticut, October 17, 1797, and remo\ed to 
Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1S17, where he died Au- 
gust 3, 1876. He was the president of the 
W'ashington Insurance Compan\-, of Cincinnati, 
from 1836 to 1870, and took a prominent part 
in the business afifairs of the city, being a mer- 
chant, banker and underwriter. He married, 
July 21. 1828, Margaret Rand, daughter of Dr. 
.Sanniel and Marg:iret (.Austin) Adams, born 
at Wi^cassit, Maine. December 27. 1804. Her 
father was a physician of Boston, born at Lin- 
coln, Massachusetts. June 7. 1771. ChiUIren : 
Fanny, married L. 15. Harrison: Emma, mar- 
ried J. O. Eaton ; Horace Henry : and William 
.A., all deceased. 

(W) William .Austin, son of \\'iiliam Good- 


mail, was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, February 
J, 1S45, (lied October 30, 1912. rrcjiared for 
colltge in the private school of Doctor Soule 
of Cincinnati, and entered Harvard Univer- 
sity in 1862, graduating with the degree of 
I'acliclor of Arts in the class of 1866. During 
the following year, he was a clerk in the book- 
store of Robert Clark & Company. In 1867 
he entered the Ohio Law School at Cincinnati, 
and was graduated with the degree of Bachelor 
of Laws in 1869, and in the same year was ad- 
mitted to the bar and to practice in the United 
States court. Since then he has continued in 
general practice in Cincinnati until iiis death. 
He was for many years one of the leading 
attorneys of Cincinnati, and a familiar figure 
in all the courts of this section, .\lthough he 
had never been on the bench, he was held in 
high esteem alike by judges and law\ers. He 
had some distinguished law partners during his 
long and successful career. For five years he 
was in partnership with Judge Tilden, in the 
firm of Tilden, Steven =on & Goodman. Mr. 
!^te\(.ns'jn was subsequently elected to con- 
gress. For two years Hon. Bellamy Storer 
was his partner in the firm of Storer, Good- 
man & Storer, and after the death of Judge 
Storer, the senior partner, the firm was for 
fifteen years Goodman & Storer. After this 
firm was dissolved Mr. Goodman was alone in 
his practice. He was a member of Kilwining 
Lodge, No. 356, Free and Accepted Masons: 
Cincinnati Chapter, Xo. 2, Royal .-Vrch Ma- 
sons ; Cincinnati Commandery, Knights Temp- 
lars, Xo. 3: and held the office of grand orator, 
having taken the tli:rt\-two degrees in Scottish 
Rile Masonry. He was also a member of the 
Harvard Club, of Cincinnati : the L'niversity 
Club, of Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati Golf 
Club: was a communicant of Christ Protestant 
Episcopal Church, of Cincinnati : and in poli- 
tics was a Republican. He was a director and 
the treasurer of the .\lhanibra Theatre of Cin- 
cinnat', his office being at 1619 First Xational 
Bank Building. 

He married, June 11, 1873, Grace Hastings 
Griswold, born in Hartford. Connecticut, Janu- 
ary 19. 1854, daughter of Hezekiah 12) Gris- 
wold, born at East Granby, Connecticut. June 
12, 1811. Hezekiah (i) Griswold was "born 
at East Granby. July 2, 1770. Hezekiah (2) 
Griswold married. Xovember 17, i8j^>. Frances 
Xorton Welles, born at Xewington, Connecti- 
cut, .April 12, 1816, died February 25, 1865, 
a daughter of Roger ('2) and Electa (Stanley) 
Welles. Roger (2) Welles was born .August 
10, 1790, son of Roger (i) Welles, born Sep- 
tember 9. 1735. Mr. and Mrs. Goodman have 
one child, William (2), mentioned below. 

(Vn) William (2), son of William Austin 

Goodman, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 
S. 1874. He received his early education in 
the public schools and ()repared for college in 
the Cincinnati high school. He entered Haver- 
ford College, and was graduated in the class of 
1895 with the degree of Bachelor of Science. 
He then entered Harvard University, and was 
graduated in i8ij6 with the degree of Bachelor 
of .\rts. He was appointed ensign in the 
I'nited States navy, in which he served until 
1893. ^'s 's now manager of the Laidlaw 
Dunn Gorflon Pump Company. He is a mem- 
ber of the L'niversity Club. In piolitics he is a 
Republican. He is also a member of Christ 
Protestant Episcopal Church. He married, 
October 15, 1903, Mary Healy, born .\ugust 
19, 1874, daughter of' John C. and Helen 
(Wilbur) Healy, of Cincinnati. They have 
one son, William (3), born in Cincinnati, De- 
cember II, 1905, and one daughter, Helen 
Mary, born in Cincinnati, December 2/, 1909. 

John Simonds, the immigi-ant, 

SIMOXDS was born in England about 

161 5. He was a proprietor of 

Salem as early as 1636, and was admitted a 

freeman March 1637-38. His wife Mary was 

a member of the Salem church in 1638. He 

married (second) Elizabeth . He was 

in England in 1653. Flis will was proved Sep- 
tember 19. 1671. Children: Samuel, men- 
tioned below : Ruth : Katherine, married Jacob 

( H) Samuel, son of John Simonds, was 
born in January, 163S, at Salem. He settled 
in Bo-xford. and married Elizabeth Andrews, 
daughter of Robert and Grace. He was select- 
man and held other town offices. He died 
August 14. 1722: his wife died March 17, 1725. 
Children: Elizabeth, born July 12, 1663; Flan- 
nah, December 2j. 1665: Grace, October 14, 
1667 ; ^L^ry, February 26, 1669: Samuel, .April 
6. 1672. of Middlcton : John, mentioned below : 
Ruth. December 24, 1676: Rebecca, May 31, 
1679: Phebe. October 2, 1682: Joseph, 'May 
24. 1685; Xathaniel, January 26, 1687. 

(HI) John (2), son of Samuel Simonds, 
was born in Boxford, March 29. 1674: mar- 
ried, February 13, 1705-06, at Boxford, Han- 
nah Hazen. He bought land in Lambstown, 
Massachusetts, in 1737, six miles from Rut- 
land, of Jacob Perley. and sold it the same 
year. Mary Simonds witnessed the deed. 
Children, born at Boxford: Jacob, June 30, 
1712: Allis, .April 13. 1714, died young: Allis, 
September I. 1715: Sarah, August 26, 1717; 
Lydia, October 12, 1720: PhelK\ February 28, 
1722-23: John, mentioned below. Probably 

(IV) John (3), son of John (2) Simonds, 



was bom in Boxforil. Massachusetts, March 
II, 1725. He married Riitli . He re- 
moved to Lunenburg, ^Massachusetts, about 
1750- John Simonds, of Lunenburg, married, 
March 13, 1755, Mercy Page. John Simons, 
of Lunenburg-, married, February 11, 1757, 
Mercy Marble, of Stow. He or his son John 
was warned out of Lunenburg in 1763. Chil- 
dren, born at Topsfield, near Pjoxford: John, 
baptiHed I*"ebruary 26, 1743-44; Mary, July 21, 
1745; Jnaima, April 3. 174S; Josejih, baptized 
October 29, 1749, li\ed at I-'itchljurg. And 

(IV) \\'illiani Simonds, of the same family, 
probably brother of John, was at Shirley as 
early as 1747 and signed a petition for a sepa- 
rate town. His farm was lately owned by 
Charles Andrews, and was in the north part 
of the town. He removed to Lunenburg, Alay 
14, 1751, and died there in 1758. The probate 
records show that he left a widow Elizabeth, 
and sons, John and Thomas Simonds. Wil- 
liam Simonds, .another son, married Abigail 
Larabee, March 11, 1760. 

Widow ^Lary Simonds, perhaps widow of 
Jolm, married Samuel Larabee, December 19, 
1758. Joscpli Simonds, son of William, or 
nephew, was born at Shirley, January 30, 174'i; 
a soldier in the revolution; married, at Shirley 
or Croton, IMittie Cummings, daughter of 
Lieutenant John ; settled in Groton, Massachu- 
setts ; New Ipswich and Hancock, New Hamp- 
shire. Another Joseph Simonds. of this fam- 
ily, died at Westminster, October 24, 1826, 
aged 67 years six months. Martha, of Lunen- 
burg, married, March 28. 176^), Josiah Green- 
wood ; Susannah, of Gardner, married, Sep- 
tember 6, 1789, Jonas Baker. 

(V) Elijah, son or nephew of John (3) 
Simonds, of Lunenburg, was born about 1750, 
but the record of birth has not been found. 
The history of Gardner says he came from 
Shirley, and the records of the Shirley-Lunen- 
burg family are given above. He went early 
to Westminster, and married there, April 20, 
1773. Abigail Roff CRolfe). He bought of 
Scth .\danis. of \\'estmin=ter. land in the third 
division, January 18. 1773, and of Noah Miles 
more land at Westminster. July 15, 1780. He 
lived in Gardner, formerlv part of Westmin- 
ster, until 1803. He sold land in Gardner, 
thirty-six acres, June 16. 1802. to Asa Nichols, 
and also lots 57, 81, 87. He moved to Brom- 
ley, Vermont, the same place as Peru, where 
he fmalh' located. He was of T'>romley when 
he deeded to Samuel Foster, of Gardner, land 
at Hubbardston : and other 'land at Hubbards- 
ton to Ebenezer Jackson, in 1803. He and 
wife Abigail, then of Gardner, sold land at 
Westminster, Se()tember 2t, 1793. to Zachariah 
Nichols. At Peru he owned the lot south of 

the Dudley farm and had a log house en the 
old road, afterwards building a frame house 
on the opiiosite side of the road. Children, 
recorded at Gardner: Elizabeth, born April 
7. 1774. died June 29, 1776; Elijah, January 
28, 1777, died September 10, 1777; Elijah, 
November 14, 1777, married Persis Richard- 
son; Jonathan. December 9, 1780, moved to 
Richmond; Ezekiel, February 25, 17S3, set- 
tled at New Orleans; David, March 4, 1786; 
Abigail, July 11, 17SS, died August 5, 1791; 
Asa, November 7, 1790, settled in Peru, Ver- 
mont; Abigail, August 5, 1793; Lucy, Novem- 
ber II, 1797, married Lyon, lived in 

Peru. Elijah was in the revolution, from 
WestiTiinster, in Captain Abijah Rowlee's 
company. July 6, 1773 ; also in Captain Noah 
Miles' company, Colonel Whitcomb's regiment, 
on the Lexington alarm, and later, in 1775, in 
Captain Edmund Bemis' company. 

(\'I) IDeacon David Simonds, son of Elijah 
Simonds, was born at Gardner, March 4, 17S6. 
He came to Peru with his father in 1802 or 
1S03. He cleared the forest and settled a 
farm to the south of this father's. He joined 
the church in 1816 and was deacon for thirty 
years. He was succeeded in that office b\ his 
son, O. P. Simonds. He was a man of mild 
temperament, "one who could take theprosiier- 
ous side of life with ease ani.1 the unpropitious 
side with submission. He believed in the free- 
dom which our Declaration and Constitution 
proclaimed, and could not endure oppression 
in any place or person, country or race, black 
or white. He was early in favor of emanci- 
pation." He died at New Ipswich, July 12, 
1869. aged eighty-four. He married .-\nn 
Byam. who lived to the age of ninety-four, 
dying in 1S85. Children: i. David, died of 
typhoid, unmarried. 2. Sarah Ann, born Octo- 
ber 1 1. 1835. died young, of typhoid. 3. Oliver 
P., a shoemaker: married Mary Cone, of Win- 
hall, X'crmont : lived in Peru. 4. Joseph H.. a 
farmer in Peru, died 1876; married Emily 
Messenger. 5. Amanda, died in JafYrey, New 
Flampshire : married Deacon John Frost, a 
farmer. 6. Stephen D.. died in Granville, Illi- 
nois : married Emeline Carter. 7. Elmina, mar- 
ried Milo Simpson, and lived in Hoosick, New- 
York. 8. Elijah, died at Peru, about 1S64; 
married Angeline Eddy, of Winhall, \'er- 
mont; he was a lumberman. 9. Edwin B., 
resides at Herndon. Virginia; has been in the 
Pension Office at Washington for thirty years; 
enlisted in the Second Minnesota Regiment, 
and served from early in i&'^i until the battle 
of .-Vntietam. when he was incapacitated by a 
severe wound : he had also been wounded in 
the first battle of Bull Run : married Marion 
Farnum, of I''cru. 10. .-\ffa A., married James 
T. Pebbles, formerlv of Natick and Saxonville, 



.Mas;achus.e'ts. li. David K., mentioned be- 

(\'II) David Kendall, son of David Sinionds, 
was born in Pent, Vermont, April 5, 1839. He 
was educated in the public schools and at Burr 
& Burton's Seminary, and graduated from 
Middlebury Collegi.-, Vermont, in 1S62. He 
was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa. After 
graduation he taught for one year as principal 
of the acadciny at Cliamplain, New York. In 
the fall of 1S63 he enlisted in the Second Ten- 
nessee Regiment, and was honorably dis- 
charged in February, 1864. He served under 
Grant and Sherman. He studied law in the 
office of Crane & Bisbee, at Newport, \'er- 
mout, and was admitted to the bar in ]S''i5, in 
Orleans county, Vermont. He practiced law 
at Newport four years. In 18^)5-66 he was 
also editor of the Xczi'port Express. In 1870 
he conducted the St. Jolinsbitry Times. He 
then bought the Mancliester Journal, which he 
conducted for thirty-five years. His ne\NS- 
papcr was prosperous and intluenlial. In jioli- 
tics he is a Republican, and he has held various 
offices of trust and honor. He was town clerk 
of Manchester for thirty-five years, and has 
been postmaster for the past thirty years. He 
was elected to the legislature in 1S66 and to 
the state senate in 186S. For eight years he was 
examiner of teachers in Bennington county. 
He is a trustee of Burr &: Burton's Seminary 
and of Middlebury College, and a member of 
Adoniram Lodge, No. 63, Free and Accepted 
Masons ; of Manchester Chapter, No. 18, Ro\al 
Arch Masons, of which he is past high priest; 
of Taft Commandery, Knights Templar, of 
Bennington ; of the Eastern Star, of Manclies- 
ter, of which he has been state patron ; of the 
lodge of Odd Fellows, of St. Johnsbury. and 
the Columbus Club, of that town. For four 
years he has been deacon of the Congregational 
church. He wrote an introduction to tlie town 
history of Peru. 

He married, July, 1880, at Leverett, Massa- 
chusetts, Ellen L. Clark, who was born in 
Peru, daughter of Rev, Asa F. Clark, who was 
pastor at Peru for twenty years, and aho 
preached at Ludlow, \'ermont. ai.d Leverett. 
He was a Congrcgationalist. Her mother was 
Mary Simonds, of Peru. Children: i. Clark 
D., born at Manchester, March 20, 18S1; re- 
siflcs at Portland. Oregon, a real estate broker ; 
educated in Middlebury College and Massa- 
chusetts Institute of Technologv : married 
Louise Scully, of Lincoln, Illinois, and has one 
child. Marion, born at Portland. Oregon, 1912. 
2. .Anna Louise, born June 17, 18S8: married 
George Orvis, of Manchester, proprietor of 
Hotel E(|uinox (see Orvis) ; she is a graduate 
of Burr & Burton's Seminarv, and was a stu- 

dent in the New England Conservatory of 
Music, Boston; child, I'ranklin, boin at Man- 
chester, 1905. 

The first record of the Roberts 
RtJBERTS family of Rhode Island is 

found in volume I, p. 170, of 
the book of deeds. A house and lot in Provi- 
dence and right in the commons of the planta- 
tion of Providence w-as bequeathed by Chris- 
toj)her L'nthank to Thomas Roberts, June i, 
1(63. Thomas Roberts died about 1679, and 
his administrator, CajUain Richard Smith, 
representetl his nephew and heir, Christopher 
Roberts, of Arlington, Gloucestershire, Eng- 
land, December 5, 1679. There was recorded 
June 6, i6Sr, by Captain Smith, as attorney 
for C liristu]jher ]\.oberts, the title to four acres 
laid out to Thomas Roberts, deceased. (Book 
of Deeds I, p. 59). About the same time Peter 
and Mark Roberts appear at Warwick, Rhode 
Island. There is reason to belie\e that they 
were brothers, nephews or sons of Christopher, 
and that Peter had the land at Providence. 
Mark Roberts married, January i, 1682, at 
Warwick, Mary Baker, and had: Mark, born 
.-\l)ril 10, 1683; John, December 4, 1685. John 
had ten chilrlren at Warwick, and the name 
Christopher, which appears in all the families, 
presumably for Christopher L'nthank, men- 
tioned above, undoubtedly a relative. 

(I) Peter Roberts is said to have been first 
at Cape Cod, but he married, at Warwick, 
.April 27, 16S5 I, by John Greene, justice), 
Sarah Baker, sister of Mark's wife. Peter was 
in Providence, September i, 1687, and he 
deeded land there November 30, 1706, to his 
son William. Peter died in the same year. 
Children: William, died February 25, 1726, 
at Providence; Peter, mentioned below. Per- 
haps others. 

(II) Peter (2), son of Peter (i) Roberts, 
was born about 1687, at Warwick or Provi- 
dence, and died at Providence, August 17, 
1743. He married Amy Colvin, born October 
31, 1690, died 1743, daughter of John and 
Dorothy Colvin. He sold land February 23, 
1723. and received land from his father's 
estate. His will was dated February 2, 1743, 
proved September 19, following. His son 
Philip and brother-in-law, James Colvin, were 
executors. He gave land in Warwick to his 
son John, and bequeathed to the other children. 
Children: Philiii; John, mentioned below; 
Peter: Mary; Sarah: Dorothy. 

( III) John, son of Peter (2) Roberts, was 
born at Providence. Rhode Island. .April 2t„ 
1727. He married, before he was of age. Sus- 
anna Mayhew. He was a farmer. He went 
to Amenia. New York, thence to Manchester, 



\'ermont, and with his sons fought in the 
battle of Bennington. Among his sons was 
Christopher, mentioned below. 

(I\') Chiistoi)her, son of John Roberts, 
was born in Amenia, Dutchess county. New 
York, May 4, I753- He served with the 
famous "Cireen Mountain I'.oys," and was with 
Ethan Allen at the taking of Ticonderoga. 
According to the revolutionary rolls of \'er- 
niont he was in Captain Gideon Ornisby's 
company, Colonel Warner's regiment, in No- 
vember, 1778; in the same company, Colonel 
Ira Allen's regiment, in 17S0; in Captain 
Thomas Barney's company. Colonel Ira Allen's 
regiment, in 17S1, and was sergeant of his 
company, lie was in the battle of liubbard- 
ton, Vermont. He was active in resisting the 
jurisdiction of New York in X'crmont. He 
held various offices of trust and honor in the 
town. He was a Free *\Iason, a member of 
North Star I,odgc, and was one of the four- 
teen delegates wiio organized the grand lodge 
of the state of X'ermont in 1794. He became a 
general in the state militia after the war. tie 
served as surveyor of highways, represented 
the town in the state legislature, was justice of 
the peace many years, and judge of probate. 
He was one of the pionters of Manchester, 
and surveyed the neighborhood with Benjamin 
Purdy. His sister Jane was engaged to Bee- 
man, the scout of Ticonderoga fame. At the 
time of the battle of Bennington, Christopher 
Roberts was detailed to escort the women to a 
place of safety in Massachusetts. During most 
of his active life he was a farmer and owned 
several farms in Manchester. He married 
Mary Purdy, who was born April 8, 175S, died 
at Manchester Center, November 12, 1S33, 
daughter of Benjamin and Deborah ( Sm.ith ) 
Purdy. Daniel Purdy, father of Benjamin, 
was born in 1676, son of John Purdy. who 
lived and died at Rye, Westchester county. 
New York. Francis Purdy, father of John, 
was the immigrant ancestor, born in England, 
in 1630, settled at Rye, married Mary I'.runi- 
mage. Children of Christopher Roberts: i. 
Susanna, born February 27, 1776, died 1777. 
2. Martin. January S, 177S, died April 25. 
1863: married (first) Lucy Buckley: (second) 
Betsey Stone; (third) Myra Stone Bown ; was 
a prominent citizen of Manchester, a general 
merchant. 3. Jonathan, March 10. 1780. died 
October 24, 18S2: marrictl Sarah Buckley, of 
Manchester: was a farmer. 4. John Peter, 
mentioned below. 5. .\nna, January 25, 1784. 
died January 20. 1822: married Cyrus Lock- 
woo'l, a lawyer of C.reenwich. New York. 7. 
Benjamin. June 3. 1788. died September 27. 
1841 : married Sophia Hodges, of Clarendon. 
\'ermont : w;is a farmer at ^!anchc^ter. 8. Deb- 
orah, .April 23. 1790, died January 26, I79t. 9. 

Mary, April 5, 1792; married Smith Meail, of 
Platt^burg, New '\'ork. 10. Deborah, July 27, 
1794, died in 1877: married Carlisle Davidson, 
and lived near Plattsburg, New York, a farmer. 
II. lietsey, March 26, 1796, died May 10, 1880, 
unmarried. 12. Sophia, July 24, 179S, died in 
1870, unmarried. 13. Cyrenus Swift, burn 
August 19, 1802, died October 6, 1S38; mar- 
ried Alaria P. Way. 

(V) John Peter, son of Christopher Rob- 
erts, was born at Manchester, \'ermont, Janu- 
ary 30, 1782, and died April 20, 1865, at Man- 
chester Center. He was a farmer at Man- 
chester all his active life. In politics he was 
a Whig. He married Miriam Fowler, who 
was born at Killingworth, Connecticut, daugh- 
ter of George Fouler. Her father was a loyal- 
ist, and was drowned during the revolution, 
while assisting the Tories in Long Island 
Sound. She died in 1864, aged eighty years. 
Children, all born at Manchester: i. George 
Fowler, born 1805; married, 1832, Lydia 
Brownson, daughter of Abraham Brownson, 
an Episcopal clerg\rnan of Manchester Cen- 
ter: she died in 1833: he died in 1834. 2. 
Mary Ann, born 1807; taught school at 
Gambier, Ohio; married George Durbin (de- 
ceased ) ; she lived to the age of ninety-eight. 
3. John Christopher, born 1809, a mercliant in 
Manchester Center; married Ellen Ross, of 
Rutland, who now resides in Rutland. 4. Silas 
Augustus, born iSii, a merchant, died unmar- 
ried. 5. Eliza -Ann, 18 14, ilied in Manchester 
Center, unmarried. 6. William Henry, 1817, 
died at ^Mobile, Alabama, a cotton broker : mar- 
ried Sarah Bull, of Mobile. 7. Susan Sarah, 
mentioned below. 8. Caroline, 1823, married 
Edgar Seabury, of Troy, New York; resided 
at Poughkeepsie : he was a merchant ; both he 
and his wife died there. 

(\'l ) Susan Sarah, daughter of John Peter 
Roberts, was born at Sunderland, \'ermont, 
September 30, 182 1. When she was three 
months old her parents returned to 
ter, where she was educated in the public 
schools and at Mrs. Willard's Seminary, Troy. 
New "\'ork. In 1837, after leaving school, she 
taught the school one year in Purdy district, 
Manchester. She is a communicant of the 
Protestant Episcopal church, and has always 
been active and generous in church and char- 
itable work. So zealous was she in her younger 
days that her friends familiarly called her "the 
Pojie. " She is a member of the \'ermont 
Socit-ty, Daughters of the American Revolu- 
tion. She married, March 16, 1853, in Zion 
Church. Manchester, Hyman L. Sliner. who 
was born September 23, 18-04, in Middletown. 
\'ermoiit. anrl died in July. iSSfi. in Manches- 
ter \'illage. He received his early education 
in the public schools and in Castleton Semi- 


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nary, \ crinont, and was prepared to enter the 
vopl'.oniore class of Middlebnry College, but 
iiisteatl of entering college he began to stutly 
law in the ofhce of RoUin i!v Mallory, at i'oult- 
nev, \ erniont. He was atlniitted to the bar 
and began to practice in W'allingford, \ cr- 
iimnt. Jn 1833 he came to Manchester \'illage, 
where he continued in practice until the time 
of his death. He was a Republican from the 
time of the organization of the party, and an 
active and intUiential leader. He represented 
the town in the state legislature for fourteen 
years, and served one term in congress. I'or 
many years he was judge of probate. He was 
an active and prominent member of the i'rot- 
estant Epi: copal church, 

Mr. Miner married (first) Fannie Adams 
IJcemnn, of Hampton, Xew York. She died 
in 1S52. Children by first wife: I. I'annie, 
married J'Mwin Clapp. 2. Henry, a lawyer, 
Washington, D. C. 3. Alice, married Harri- 
son f'rindle, a lawyer. 4. Xathan Beeman, a 
journalist, died in lioston, unmarried. 5. \\ il- 
helmina. married Halsey McKce Wing, a 
dealer in cement : they reside in Glens halls, 
Xew York. Children of Hyman L. Miner by 
his second wife, Susan Sarah (Roberts) 
.Miner: 0. Hyman Liaiis, born February 2. 
1K54, died at Manchester in July, 1908, unmar- 
ried ; a graduate of Middlcbury College ; taught 
school in Oregon and San Francisco imtil his 
health failed. 7. John Gideon, died in infancy. 
8. George Roberts, born August 16, 1862 : mar- 
ried Mary L'pton, who was born in Salem, 
Massachusetts. August 8, 1863; he is a nev.s- 
pajjer man: was for twert_\-five years on the 
start' of the Xcu York Herald, and is now edi- 
tor of the Xcic ]'ork Sunday Sun; daughter, 
Miriam L"]iii>n, b-jrn April 28, 1888, a graduate 
of ilarnard College. Xew ^'ork. 

The surname Holden, Holding 
HOLDF.X or Houlding is ancient and dis- 
tinguished in England. \'ari- 
ous branches of the family bear coats-of-arms 
anil titles. Richard Holden. the immigrant 
ancestor, was born in England, in i6oy. and 
came to this country in the ship "Francis," 
sriling from Ipswich. Englandi. .April 30, 1654. 
He settled first at Ipswich, Massachusetts, 
where he was for a time a landowner. His 
brother Justinian, who was born in lAii. came 
ovtr a year later and settled in W'atertown, 
Ma^'-achusetts. whither Richard also removed 
afterward. A manuscript family record writ- 
ten about 1800 states that they had brothers, 
.■\d;mi and William, and an uncle, Jaines 
Holden, "one of the lords of England." who 
secured their release bv th-? sheriff who had 
arrested them for attending "a dissenting meet- 
ing" on condition that they would do so no 

mure "in that country." Richard Holden re- 
sided at Cainbridge for a time, and Ju.-tinian 
also settled there. Richard was proprietor of 
W'oburn in 1658. He sold his [ilace in Water- 
town in 1655 to J. Sherman. He was admitted 
a freeman May 6, 1657. In if>5'>-57 he settled 
in Groton, where he had nine luuulred and 
seventy-live acres of land in the northerly part 
of the town, now in Shirley, and his land ex- 
teniled on the west bank of the Xashua river 
from a point near Lieaver pond to the north- 
ward. He spent his last years witii his son 
Stephen, to wdiom he gave his real estate, 
March 23, 1691, calling himself at that time 
"aged, infirm and a widower." He died at 
Groton, March i, 1(196, and his wife at Water- 
town, December 5. 1691. He married, in 1640, 
Martha Fostlick, daughter of Stephen l•'o^dick, 
of Charlestown. The latter left a fort_\- acre 
lot of land to Richard, situated in W'oburn. 
Children: Stephen, born July 19, 1642, killed 
b_v fall from a tree at Groton. in 1658; Jus- 
tinian, mentioned below : Martha, born Janu- 
ar_\- 15. 1645-46; Samuel, June 8-, 1650; Mary, 
married Thomas Williams ; Sarah, married, 
December 20, 1677, Gershom Swan : Elizabeth ; 
Thomas, born 1657; John, 1667: Stephen, 
about 1658. 

( II ) Justinian, son of Richard Holden, was 
born in Groton, Massachusett>, in 1O44. He 
lived at Ilillerica and Liroton, .Massachusetts, 
and [lerhaps at Cambridge. He left Billerica 
in if)95 on account of some dift'erence with the 
ta.x collector. He was a carpenter by trade. 
He served in King Phili[)'s war. He gave a 
power of attorney to his wife and son Decem- 
ber 14, 1696. He married ( first) Mary , 

wdio died May 15, 1691, at Billerica, and he 

married (second) Susanna . Children: 

Mary, born at Groton. May 20. 1680: James, 
mentioned below: Ebenezer, born May 11. 
1690, at W'oburn: Susanna, born October iS. 
1694. at I'liUerica. Perhaps others. 

(HI) James, s'ju of Justinian Holden, was 
born in 1685. and died in Barre, Massachu- 
setts, in 1766. He had a guardian appointed 
March 17. 1700, when he was fifteen years of 
age. He resided in Groton, Cambridge and 
Charlestown. He came to Worcester, ^lassa- 
chusetts. in 1714. and in 1745 moved to Barre, 
then Rutland district, Massachusetts. His will 
was offered for probate at Worcester, Decem- 
ber 3, 1766. He bet|ueathed to wife Hannah, 
grandson John, son of eldest son James; 
Jeduthan, oldest son of son Daniel, and otlier 
children of Daniel — Rachel, Daniel. .Martha, 
Katliarine. Xathan and James ; sons Josiali, 
Thomas anl .Aaron; daughters Mary, wife of 
Israel Green, and .Abigail, wife oi Josiah 
Bacon. (Worcester record. 30.202). He 
spelled his name Holdin in the will. He mar- 



ricd, February 17, 1708-09, at Charlestown, 
Hannah Adams, of Canibritlge, and she died 
in 1769, in Barre. Ciiildren, born at Charles- 
town and baptized at Cambridge: Hannah, 
born December 18, 1709; James, August 2, 
1711; Daniel, October 7, 1713. Born at 
\Vorccster: Alary, February 11, 1719; Josiah, 
mentioned below ; Thomas, born October 26, 
1723; Abigail, Alay 5, 1726; Keziah, August 
5, 1729; Aaron, January 26, 1731-32. 

(IV) Josiah, son of James Holden, was 
born at Worcester, July 24, 1721. In 1752 he 
removed to Barre, Worcester county, and died 
there January 2, 1777, in his fifty-fifth year. 
He was captain of the Tenth Company, Colonel 
Nathan .Sparhawk's regiment, of Worcester 
county, commissioned April 6, 1776. He mar- 
ried, December 17, 1747, Abigail Bond, born 
April 9, 1722, died February 6, 1777, at Barre 
(gravestone). She was a daughter of John 
and Ruth (Whitney) Bond, of Worcester. 
Children, born at Worcester: Benjamin, men- 
tioned below; James, June 9, 1750; Josiah, 
September 30; 175 1, lived in Barre. Born at 
Barre: i\Ioses, July 9, 1753; Hannah, died 
July 30, 1784, in her thirtieth year (grave- 
stone) ; John, December, 1755; Nathan, March 
2, 175S; Abigail, March 22, ijCm. 

(V) Benjamin, son of Josiah Holden, was 
t>orn at Worcester, January 9, 1748-49, and 
died September 20, 1783. He was in Captain 
John lilack's company. Colonel Jonathan Brew- 
er's regiment, in 1775, at Lexington, Bunker 
Hill, and the siege of Boston. He was at 
Bennington, in Captain Benjamin Nye's com- 
pany. Colonel Nat'iian Sparhawk's regiment, in 
August, 1777. (Sec Mass. Soldiers and Sailors, 
vol. viii, 97, 116). He married x\bigail Bacon, 
who lived to a great age. She drew a pension 
on account of the service of her husband in 
the revolution. In her old age she became 
blind. Children, born at Barre : John, men- 
tioned below ; Lucy, born March 21, 1774; Eli, 
November 22, 1775; Josiah, March 10, 1778; 
Jesse, August 21, 1779; Joel, May 24, 1781 ; 
Jonas, February 24, 1783. 

(VI) John, son of Benjaiuin Holden, was 
born at Barre, Julv 10, 1772, and died at Ar- 
lington, Vermont, March 11, 1S56. He was a 
farmer in .\rlington during the greater part 
of his active life. He married Abigail Chip- 
man, who was born in Sunderland, Vermont. 
Children: i. Cyrus A., mentioned below. 2. 
Lucy, l)orn at Sunderland, September 30. 1709; 
married Caleb Slierman, and lived in Cam- 
bridge. New York. 3. John Jr., born at Sun- 
derland. May 3, 1801 ; died at Battle Creek. 
Michigan, where he was a pioneer : married 

Hard. 4. \\'illard, born at .-Xrlington, 

Vermont, October 9. 1S02: a manufacturer; 
died at .Xrlington; married Delia Deming. 5. 

Amos, at Arlington, May 25, 1804. 6. Abigail, 
at Arlington, September 25, 1805; marVied 
John Lee, and lived in Troy, New York, where 
she died; married (second) Captain Tupper, 
of Troy. 7. William, at Arlington, Marcli 29, 
1807; owned a large tannery in Annaquashi- 
coke. New York, and died there ; married Eva- 
line Kelley. 8. Beulah. at .Arlington, January 
14, 1809; married Orrin Hard, a prosperous 
farmer. 9. Mary .Ann, at Arlington, November 
22, iSii ; resided at Tom's River, New Jersey, 
and died there; married William S. Holden. 
10. Nelson, at Arlington, May 12, 1816; a 
farmer and manufacturer in his native town; 
married Eliza Dayton. 11. Eliza, at Arlington, 
November 2, 1S19; died there, unmarried. 

(VII) Cyrus A., son of John FI olden, was 
born at Barre, Massachusetts, July 2S, 1794, 
and died at Arlington, Vermont, December 
2~,. 1891. He removed to .\rlington before his 
marriage and followed farming in that town 
during the rest of his life. He married Lavinia 
Hard, who was born at Arlington, September 
3, 1793, and died there December 18, 1S82. 
Children, all born at Arlington: i. Charles 
H., born January 28, 1825, died at Saratoga 
Springs, New York, April 30, 1901 ; was at 
one time captain of the Troy Steamship Line, 
and for thirty years was in the employ of the 
Rensselaer & Saratoga Railroad Company; a 
prominent Free Mason, and at one time grand 
coiumander of the Knights Templar of the 
state of New York; proprietor of the Holden 
House, Saratoga Springs ; married Mary 
Young, of Saratoga. 2. Cyrus Deming, De- 
cember 10, 1826, died February 28, 1859, killed 
in a accident on the Rutland & Washir.gton 
railroad ; a hotel proprietor in Chicago for a 
number of years; a resident of Arlington at 
the time of his death; unmarried. 3. George 
Belus, mentioned below. 4. Willard, died in 

(\'III) George Belus, son of Cyrus A. 
Holden, was born at Arlington, \'ermont, Sep- 
tember 15, 1S28. and died there March 6, 1905. 
E.xcept for a few years in Manchester, he re- 
sided all his life in Arlington. When a young 
man he was a clerk, and in after years a 
farmer. In politics he was a Republican, and 
for nearly thirty years he was town clerk of 
-Arlington. For a number of years he was 
warden of the Protestant Episcopal church. 
He married Marion S. Rule, who was born at 
Arlington, A^ermont, April 20, 1S36, and died 
there Xovcmber 27. KXX). She was an ex- 
emplary Christian, a communicant of the Epis- 
copal church. Chilflren : i. Charles Stuart, 
born at .Arlington. March 5, 1869: now a rail- 
road man at Fitchburg, Massachu-etts ; mar- 
ried Mary Cro^vley. of Hoosick Fall*. New 
York. 2. Edward Henrv. mentioned below. 

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■3. Mary I.., born April 7, 1872; for several 
years was town clerk of Arlington, succeet-lintj 
iicr father, and is now assistant connty clerk in 
IJennington ; niciuber of Daughters of tl;c 
American Revolution; married Clarence E. 
Adams, who was born in Cuttingsville, \ er- 
HKMit, and died at .'vrhngton, October 31, 1S98; 
a luerchant : in politics, a Democrat. 4. Flor- 
ence Marion, a teacher in tlie Arlington 

(IX) Edward Henry, son of George Bclus 
lloldcn, was born at Manchester, \'ermont, 
.■\pril 7, 1S72. When he was a young boy, his 
parents moved to Arlington. lie attended the 
public schools there and the Burr and Burton 
.'^enlinary at Manchester. In i8.~!9 he became 
a clerk in a store in Arlington, and for several 
years occupied a variet)' of positions in that 
town. In i8c)6 lie began to study law in the 
office of C). M. Barber, of .Arlington. In 1897 
he came to Bennington and served three years 
as deputy county clerk. \Miile fdling this 
office he enlisted in the First \'ermont Regi- 
ment, National Guard, and was appointed cor- 
poral. During the Spanish war he went with 
liis regiment to Chickamauga. .-\fter he was 
mustered out at the close of the war, he re- 
sumed the study of law. and in i8';)9 was ad- 
mitted to the bar. In 1900 he began to prac- 
tice law at Manchester. Two years later he 
went to Bennington, where he became a mem- 
ber of the present law firm of llolden & Healy. 
In politics Mr. Holden is a R-epublican. He was 
appointed municipal judge by Governor Prouty 
in 190S. and has been reappointed biannually 
since. He is a trustee of the incorporated \illr'.ge 
of Bennington, and a communicant of the Prot- 
estant Episcopal church. He is past master of 
Red Mour.tain Lodge of Free Masons, No. 1,5: 
past eminent commander of Taft Commandery, 
No. 8, Knights Templar; D. D. G. E. R. for 
Vermont of the Benevolent and Protective 
Order of Elks. He married. April 21, 1903. in 
Manchester. Mary .-\nstice Thayer, who was 
born at Manchester, December 9, 1876, educated 
in the schools of her native town and at the 
Manchester Seminary, communicant of the 
Episcopal church. She is a daughter of James 
Adin Thayer, wlio was born at New fane, Ver- 
mont, 1858, died at Rutland, January 16. 1910, 
married Marietta Mofiatt. who is living in 
Alanchester. He was proprietor of a hotel at 
Manchester, a Republican in politics, member 
of the Humane Society. 

Stephen E. Thayer, son of Jonathan Thayer, 
and father of James .\(lin, was born at lowns- 
hcnd, \'ermont, i8r6, died about i89r): was a 
hotel proprietor at Manchester, a Democrat in 
politics. He married, October 3. 1843. .\nstice 
.•\. Taft, of Windham, \'ermont. She was 
born November 3. 1821. Children: Stephen A., 

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September 2, 1S44; George O., Marcli 12, 
1847; '''"'^ James .Adin. mentioned above. He 
was descended from the old Thayer family of 
Mass.'ichusetts, originating in iiraintree and 
Weymouth. Anstice Taft was a daughter of 
.Amariah Taft, a native of U-xbridge, Massa- 
chusetts, who died there September 5, 1856, 
aged eighty years nine months, a farmer, de- 
scendant of Robert Taft, progenitor of Presi- 
dent W. H. Taft and most of the other Taft 
families of tlie country. Children of Mr. and 
Mrs. Holden : Robert Thayer, born at Benn- 
ington, January 9. 1906; Marion Rule, June 
14, 1907; Anstice Taft, October 8, 1912. 

Henry Pierson, the immigrant 
PIERSOX ancestor, was born in England 
and settled in Lynn, whence 
he came as early as 1640 to Southampton, 
Long Island, with a colony from Massachu- 
setts, of which Rev. Abraham Pierson. first 
president of Yale College, believed to be his 
brother, was the pastor. Plenry married Mary 
Cooper, who was also from Lynn. From 
i6<'39 to 16S0 Henry was clerk of Suffolk 
county. Long Island, New York. He died in 
1680-81. Mis widow married Rev. Seth 
I-'letcher and went to live at Elizabethtown, 
New Jersey, taking her son lienjamin Pier- 
son with her. Children of Henry and Mary 
Pierson: John; Daniel; Joseph; Henry, born 
1652, died 1701 ; Benjamin, died 1731 ; Theo- 
dore, mentioned below; Sarah, born January 
20, 1660. 

(II) Theodore, son of Henry Pierson, was 
born at Southampton, about 1665-70. He had 
sons, John, and Job. mentioned below. 

(HI) Job, son of Theodore Pierson. was 
born in 1697, and died in 1788. He had sons, 
David, and Lemuel, mentioned below. 

(IV ) Lemuel, son of Job Pierson, was born 
in 1723, in Southampton. He was a farmer. 
.Among his children were: Samuel, mentioned 
below; William, born 17O2. 

(V) Samuel, son of Lerimel Pierson, was 
born at Bridgehampton. Long Island, January 
I. 1753, and died there October 13, 1838. He 
married, December 17, 1778, Jerusha Conklin, 
who was born May 15. 175O- He was a promi- 
nent citizen and held various town offices. 
Children: Joanna, born March i. 1780, mar- 
ried Ebenczer White ; Samuel Dayton, born 
October 4, 1786; Esther. August 24, 17S9, mar- 
ried D. H. Harris; Job, mentioned below: 
Marv. May 10. 1794, married her second 
cousin, Sanuicl Huntting Pierson. in 1815. 

(\T) Job (2). son of Samuel Pierson, was 
born at Bridgehampton, Long Island. New 
York. September 23. 1791, and died April 9. 
i860, at Troy. New York. He was graduated 
from Williams College in 181 1. He was fitted 

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for college by Rev. Samuel \\ oolworth. of 
\\ illiamstow n. Massachusetts. He read law at 
Salem, Washington county, Xew York, anl 
in 1815 became law ])ai tntr of Judge Knicker- 
bocker, of Schaghticoke. Xew \ ork. Me mar- 
ried, Sejiteniber 24, 1S15. Ciaris.'^a I'amtor 
Bulkley (sec r.u!kley>. He was e'ecte 1 in 
icS34 surrogate of l\enss:l;.tr county. Xew 
York, and from 1830 to 1S34 wa.-; representa- 
tive in congre.-'S. His wife died in 1865. Chil- 
dren : I. Sarah Jerusha, born at Schaghticoke, 
Dectniber 12, 1816. died at 15ioomhe:d, Xew 
York, January 21. i856; nianied, December. 
1830, Philip T. Heartt, a manufacturer of 
Troy; United States consr.l at Glasgow. Scot- 
land. 2. Samuel D'lytoii, .May 21,. 1S19. died 
in California, in 1850; a graduate of Williams, 
and a lawyer. 3. Job, mentioned be'.ow. 4. 
Mary }!ulkley, August 18, 1S25 : married C)>car 
Winship. major in United States army; had a 
son, Samuel Cooper, residing in Xtw ^'ork 
City, a broker ; she died in Xew York Cit\ . in 
1912. 5. John Bulkley, born at Troy, January 
27, 1828. died there in 1878; presitlent of Xa- 
tional City Bank of Troy; married Mary Lock- 
wood ; daughter Mary died aged three years. 
(\'H) Job (31, MU of Job (2) Pierson. 
was born at Schaghticoke, Xew York, Febru- 
ary 3, 1824. He i)repared for college at Ballard 
Academy. Bennington, \'ermont, and in the 
Franci'' School of Troy, Xew York, and was 
graduated from Williams College in 1842. He 
entered Auburn Theological Seminary, from ' 
which he was graduated in 1847, and he was 
ordained in the Presbyterian ministry in 1851. 
Fie had pastorates at Corning, Xew York; 
West Stockbridge. ^[as5achusetts : Catskill, 
Pittsford and \'ictor, Xew York; Kalamazoo 
anfi Ionia. Michigan; and from 1889 to 1894 
was librarian of Alma College, Michigan. For 
twenty years he worked on the Xew English 
Dictionary, published by the Philological Soci- 
ety of England. He died at Stanton. Michi- 
gan, in February. 1896. He married. I'ebru- 
ary 7. 1849, ''t Geneva. Xew York, Rachel W. 
Smith, born December 11, 1820. at Gloucc-ter, 
Massachusetts, die'l January. 190S. at Atlantic 
City, Xew Terscy, daughter of John and Lucy 
(Pindar) Smith. She was a pious and ex- 
emplary menilier of the Presbyterian church. 
Children; I. Clarissa Taintiir. born at Troy, 
September 15, 1850, died in 1880. in Xew 
York City; married Beverly Chew, of Xew 
York City, vice-president of Mctronolitan 
Trust Companv of that city. 2. Sainnel Day- 
ton, born at Pittsford, Xew York. October, 
1852 : a capitalist, living at Geneva. Xew 'S'ork. 
3. John W. Smith, born at T'ittsford. in 1834; 
a retired capitalist, residing at Stanton. Michi- 
gan : married, in 1894, Clara Dillinehnm. of 
Cold Water, Michigan. 4. Bowen Whiting, 

born at \ ictor, Xew York, 1S58. died in .Xew 
'S urk City in 1907: secretary of Alberger Con- 
denser Cnm[)any of Xew \'ork; married Xanie 
Meacli, of Xorwich. Connecticut. 5. Philip 
T. [[.. mentioned below. 

1 \ 111 ) Philip Titub Heartt, sun of Job 13) 
Pie; --on, wa^ born March 15, 1859, in N'ictor, 
Xew \'urk. He attended the public schools at 
Kalamazoo and Ionia, Michigan. F'rom 1874 
to 1877 he studied under private tutors in 
Ionia. Fie then engagetl in the hardware busi- 
ness in Central Michigan, and continued in 
busHHSS for thirty-three years. In 1907 he 
letired and niaile his home in liennington, \'er- 
mont, devoting himself to books and study, 
b'or tliirty-tive years lie has been a lover of 
books, and has coUectetl a magnificent library 
f)f more than five thousand volumes, com[)ris- 
ing manv rare works, and first editions of the 
filteenth, sixteenth anrl seventeenth centuries. 
But his library is preeminently a working 
library. He has some eight hundred volumes 
of history and a collection of four hundred 
volumes of Shakespeariana. He is now mak- 
ing a collection of books relating to Abraham 
Lincoln. In politics Mr. Pierson is a Repub- 
lican. \\ bile in Michigan he filled the office 
of alderman and member of the school board. 
He is at present probation officer for Benning- 
ton county. He is vice-jjresident of the Free 
Library .\ssociation, and chairman of the book 
committee. Fie is a member of the Benning- 
ton Club and of the Bennington Battle Monu- 
ment and Historical Association of \'ermont ; 
of the \'ermont Historical Association; the 
Bennington County Fish and Game Club; the 
Bennington Board of Trade; the .American 
Economic .Association. He is a contributing 
member of George .A. Custer Post, (kand 
.Army of the Republic, and a member of Benn- 
ington Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. He is 
clerk of the Second Congregational Church, 
and superintendent of the Guide I'.oard Sun- 
da v School, a member of the Congregational 
Brotherhood, and of the West \'ermont Con- 
gregational Club. In the Young Men's Chris- 
tian .\ssociation he has taken an active part. 
He has been moderator of the Bennington 
County Congregational Society for three years. 
He is secretary of the Pierson Brothers Com- 
pany of Xew York, and vice-president of the 
fohn W. S. Pierson Company, dealing in Mich- 
igan real estate. He is financially interested in 
many corfiorations. 

(The Bulkley I^ine). 

This family dates back to the reign of King 
John. 1199-1226. when Baron Robert de Bulke- 
ley lived ; his .son. Baron William, married a 
daughter of Thomas Butler, and their son. 
Baron Robert (3). married Jane, daughter of 




vir William Cutler. I'.aron William (4) mar- 
ried, 1302, Maud, daughter of Sir John Daven- 
nort, and Baron Robert ( 5 ), their >on. married 

Agues • Baron Peter (6) married 

Nicola, daughter of Thomas Bird, and B.aron 
lolm (7), of Houghton, married Arderne Fil- 
U-y. Baron Hugh (S) married Helen Wilbra- 
luini. and Baron Humphrey (9) married (.Irisel 
Mouiton. Baron William ( 10), of Oakley, 
married Beatrice Hill, and Baron Thomas (11) 
married h".li;^abeth Grosvenor. Rev. Edward 
( 12) de P.ulkeley was born at Ware, Shroji- 
shire, England, son of Baron Thomas do Bulke- 
Icy, and attended St. John's College, Cam- 
liridgc ; was curate of St. Mary's, Shrewsbury, 
prebend of Chester and of Litchfield, r'Ctor of 
.All Saints, Udell, in tlic hundred of Willey, 
r>edfordshire, where he died, being succeeded 
by his son Peter, mentioned below ; he married 
Almark Irlby (or Islby). of Lincolnshire. 

(Xni) Rev. Peter' Bulkeley. son of Rev. 
Edward P.ulkeley, was born January 31, 1582- 
83, at Odcll, P.edfordshire, England, and 
LT.tercd St. John's College, Cambridge, ^vlarch 
23, 1^4-05: fellow, ifx)8, with ^L A. degree, 
and "said, but on doubtful authority, to have 
proceeded Plachelor of Di\'inity." He succeed- 
ed his father as rector at Odell. and was known 
as a non-conformist, but his friend, Lord 
Keeper Williams, "'desired to deal gently with 
his iion-coiiformity,'' as he had with his fatlier's 
for twenty years. When Laud became Pri- 
mate of England, 1633, Bulkeley was silenced, 
and after selling his estate he sailed in 1635, 
at the age of fifty-two, on the ship "Susan atid 
Ellen." with his children for .America. His wife 
lirace was enrolled on the "Elizabeth and .\nn," 
but d(jubtless sailed with her husband, and, ac- 
cording to tradition, was so ill during the trip 
that she was at one time thought dead ; after 
three clays she revived, and in time regained 
her health. Bulkeley settled first at Cambridge, 
becoming a first settler at Concord the, next 
year ; he had a grant of 300 acres at Cambridge 
three years later. On April 6. 1637, he was 
installed pastor of the Concord cliurch. He 
was a very learned and pious man. and wrote 
several Latin f'oems, also publisliitig in Lon- 
don, 1646, "The Gospel Covenant." made up 
of sermons and an elegy on his friend. Rev. 
Hooker. He was among the first to teach the 
Indians, and his influence is given as a reason 
for Concord's immunity from Indian attacks. 
He died at Concord, March 9. i658-<). His 
will, dated .\pril 14. 165S. with codicils of 
Jaimary 13 and Eebruary 26 following, was 
proved Jime 20. 1659. He gave many books 
to Harvard College. He married ( first) Jane, 
daughter of Thomas Allen, of Goldington, and 
she died at Odell in 1626. He married (sec- 
ond) about 1634, Grace, daughter of Sir Rich- 

ard and Dorothy (Xeedham) Chetwoode, of 
(Jdell. She was born i(x>2, and died April 21, 
1669, at Xew Loiidon, Coimecticut. Children 
of first wife, born in England: Edward, June 
17, 1614; Mary, bajitized August 24. 1615, 
died young; Thomas, born April 11, 1617; 
Xathaniel, Xovember 2(). 1O18. died 1627; 
John, born h'cbruary 11, 1O20: George, May 
17, 1623; Daniel, August 28, 1625; Jabez, De- 
cember 20, 1626, died yoimg : Joseph (prob- 
ably) 1629; William, of Ipswich, in 1648; 
Richard. Children of second wife, born in 
Xew England: Gershom, December 6, 1636, 
mentioned below ; Elizabeth ; Dorotliy, August 
2, 1640; Peter, .Vugust 12, 1643. 

(Xl\") Rev. Gerhhom I'.ulkeley, son of Rev. 
I'eter jiulkelcy, was born at Cor.cord, Decem- 
ber 6, 163'!, and died December 2, 1713. He 
graduated from Harvard in 1655 as a fellow 
of the college. In 1661 he became minister of 
the Second Chmch at Xew London, Connecti- 
cut, and in i<'>C>6-67 moved to Wcthersfield, 
where he became pa>tor. In 1676 he retired 
because of jioor health, and devoted himself 
to practicing medicine and surgery, in which he 
achie\'ed much success and reputation. He 
w as an ardent student of chemistry and philos- 
ophy, and master of several languages, also 
being an expert surveyor. In 1675 he was ap- 
pointed surgeon of Coimecticut troops in King 
Philip's war, and was on the council of war, 
the court giving orders that especial care for 
his safety be taken. His will, dated May 28, 
1712. was proved December 7, 1713. He mar- 
ried. October 28, 1659, Sarah Cliauncey. born 
at Ware, England, June 13, i'')3i, died June 3, 
k'k/j. daughter of Rev. Charles Chauncey, 
president of Harvard College. Children: Cath- 
erine, born about 1660; Dorothy, about 1662; 
Dr. Charles, about i6^>3: Peter, lost at sea; 
Edward, 1672; John, mentioned below. 

(X\') Rev. John Bidkeley. son of Rev. 
Gershom Bulkeley, was born in 1679. He 
graduated from Harvard College in 1699, 
studied divinity, and was ordained minister at 
the Colchester church, Connecticut, December 
20, 1703. He had high rank among the Xew 
England clerg_\men. He published several 
books on religion and the church. Dr. Chauncey 
wrote very highly of his gifts and personality 
and strength of character, rating him among 
Xew England's most famous men of the time. 
He married, in 1701, Patience, daughter of 
John and Sarah Prentice. Children : Sarah, 
born .\pril 8, 1702; daughter, born and died 
May 6, 1704; John, born .\pril 19, 1705; Dor- 
othy, February 28, 1708: Gershom, mentioned 
below ; Charles. December 26, 1710: Peter. Xo- 
vember 21. 1712; Patience, May 21, 1715: 
r)liver, July 29, 1717: Lucy, June 20, 1720. 
died February 20. 1722; Irene, twin. February 


lo, 1722; Joseph, twin, I'ebruary 10, 1722, died 
February 25, 1722. 

(X\"I) Gcrsliom Bulklcy. son of llev. John 
Bulkt-lcy, was born in Colchester, I-'ebruary 
4, 1709; a prominent citizen of tliat town, hold- 
ing many offices ; married, Nosemlier 28, 1732, 
Abigail Robhins. Children, born at Colches- 
ter; Sarah, January 10, 1735; John, men- 
tioned below; Joshua, February 24, 1741; 
Daniel, May 13, i74-\; Eunice, .May 14, 1747; 
David, July iS, 1749; Roger, Sejitember 14, 
1751; Ann, May 11, 1758. 

(XVII) John, son of Gershom Bulkley, was 
born in Colchester, August 2^, 173S; married, 
January 11, 1759, Judith Wortliington. Chil- 
dren: John, born October 7, 1759; William, 
August 30, 1761 ; Gershom, Uctober 3, 1763; 
.Elijah, January 29, 1766; Nabby, December 
30, 1769; Joshua Robbins, mentioned below; 
Mary, I'ebruary 2, 1774; Judiili, January 30, 
1775; Gurdon, Marcla 15, 1777; Gad, Febru- 
ary 20, 1779; Lydia, April 25, 17S1 ; Dan, 
March 20, 1784; Harriet, January 22, 1787. 

(X\'1II) Joshua Robbins, son of John 
Bulkley, was born November 2. 1771, and died 
September 16, 1838, at Williamstown. He 
married Sarah Taintor, who war. born in J770- 
71, in Colchester, and died at Williamstown, 
May 7, 1848. Gurdon and Gershom, his 
brothers, also settled in \\'illiamstown. Chil- 
dren, born there: Clarissa Taintor, Novem- 
ber 21, 1794, married Job {2) Pierson (see 
Picrson) ; >Iary, May 29, 1797 ; John Robbins, 
April 2j, 1801 ; Caroline Emily, April 21, 
1S03; John Robbins, April 17, 1805; Charles 
T., August 22, 1008; Sarah Abby, February 
10, 1811. 

The McGuimiess family 
McGUINNESS is of recent emigration to 

America, but became dis- 
tinguished in the state of Rhode Island through 
the career of the late Hon. Edwin D. McGuin- 
ness, formerly a mayor of the city of Provi- 
dence, where he was an honored and much 
respected citizen. 

Bernard, son of Felix McGuinness, and 
father of tlie late Hon. Edwin D. McGuinness, 
was born in county Antrim, Ireland. When 
about thirteen years of age his parents brought 
him to this country. They settled in Provi- 
dence, where they and he remained for the rest 
of their lives. His first appearance in the busi- 
ness world was in the employ of the Cranston 
Print Works, remaining there a number of 
years. Ne.xt he entered the offices of the old 
Providence. Hartford & Fishkill Railroad 
Company, then located near Gasfiee street, and 
with them rose from the huinbiest of positions 
to head clerk. He was long with this railroad 
company and subsequently began business in- 

dependently, with an office in the Merchant's 
I'ank building. His interests there were con- 
cerned with the handling of real estate and 
allied transactions, which he continued for 
thirty years at the same location. He achieved 
great success, and himself attended to ail the 
details of his business up to the time of his 
final illness, a few weeks before his death. He 
died March 12, 1902, aged sixty-eight years. 
He married, May 30, 1855, Mrs. Mary (Gorm- 
leyj Higgins, born in Ireland, daughter of 
Michael Gormley. Her children by her first 
marriage were: I'ather William V. and James 
Higgins. Children of Bernard McQuinness: 
luJwin Daniel, of whom further; John, now 
deceased; Mary Josephine, married Thoinas 
F. Gilbane, of l^rovidence. Mrs. McGuinness 
died July 21, 1895, aged seventy years. 

Hon. Edwin Daniel McGuinness, son of 
Bernard McGuinness, was born in the First 
Ward, Providence, May 17, 1856. He was 
educated in the public schools of his native 
cit)-, from which he was graduated in 1S73. 
Entering Brown University, he was graduated 
with honors in 1877, receiving the degree of 
liachclor of Arts. He began the study of law 
with Charles P. Robinson, Esq., but in the fall 
of 1S77 entered Boston Law School, from 
which he received his diploma as Bachelor of 
Laws in June, 1879, reaching the highest per- 
centage given in this examination. July I, 
1879, he was admitted to the Rhode Island bar. 
He then commenced active practice for him- 
self, combining with John Doran, now asso- 
ciate justice of the superior court of Rhode 
Island, to form the firm of McGuinness & 
Doran. He soon gathered a large and profit- 
able clientele. With his interest in political 
aft airs he soon reached some prominence as a 
politician, which brought him later honors. .As 
a strong Democrat, he worked actively for his 
party. I*'or three years he was a member of 
the Demociatic state central committee, and 
was chairman of the Democratic city conven- 
tion of 1885, which nominated Thomas A. 
Doyle for mayor. With the ticket which 
elected John W. Davis as Democratic governor 
of Rhode Island, Mr. McGuinness was elected 
secretary of state in 1887. He was reelected 
in 1890, each time serving one year. Mr. Mc- 
Guinness was the first Roman Catholic to hold 
this office, and he sh.owed himself to be one of 
the ablest of state officers. In 1889 he was 
elected alderman, and succeeded himself for 
several years. He was alderman from \\ ard 
3, from Sejitemher. 1S89, to January, 1893, and 
upon retirement from this ot"fice w;is presented 
with a silver water pitcher bearing t!ie follcw- 
ing inscription: "Presented to .Aid. Edwin D. 
-McGuinness by His Honor Mayor Pntter and 
.Aldermen Burrows, Harris. West, C)lney, 



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[,ittle, Rounds, Fuller, Winship and Ballou, 
City Clerk Clarke and City Messenger Rhodes.'' 

Mr. McGuinness was nominated for mayor 
in 1S93 by the Democratic city convention, and 
was defeated; the following year he achieved 
his ambition. .\Ithough a powerful partisan 
fight was made against him in 1S94, the strong 
indeju-ndent element came to his support. 
After the election he was called to the bench 
of Judge Stiness and congratulated on his suc- 
cess. He set aside partisan ideas the moment 
he entered office, and his record as mayor is a 
monument which will make his name long re- 
meniliercd and honored in Providence. After 
one year in office he was renominated by the 
Democrats, and in the campaign of iSc)6 car- 
ried the city by lo.cxx) votes, while \\'illiam 
McKinley, the popular presidential candidate 
on the Republican ticket, carried the same city 
for his office by 7,000 votes. Every election 
district in the city gave Mr. McGuinness a 
majority. It was said that the council and 
board of alderman never passed a bill over his 
veto. Although so greatly trusted, Mr. Mc- 
Guinness soon felt the strain of his tremendous 
work and was stricken with illness in the midst 
of his municipal work. He was a splendid 
looking man, over six feet tall, weighing nearly 
two hundred pounds. 

One of the last pieces of business over which 
he worried was that of the new station of the 
New York. New Haven & Hertford Railroad 
Company in Providence. They had agreed to 
protect passengers by rainsheds, and made con- 
tract to that effect." The new station was 
within two days of being opened to the public 
use, when Mayor McGuinness consulted with 
the l.ate Francis A. Caldwell, the city solicitor. 
The mayor then forbade the opening of this 
station until the road had fulfilled its contract. 
President Clark was notified, and the case 
came be fore the courts of Rhode Island. Mayor 
McGuiiuiess "was victorious, and one year from 
this time, the sheds being completecl, permis- 
sion was given to the company by the city of 
Providence to occupy the station. Such con- 
flicts as this with corrupt or careless corpora- 
tions, to have their contracts and other obliga- 
tions fulfilled to the letter, caused the mavor 
great mental worry. During the suit Mr. 
Clark, president of the road, came to Provi- 
dence in his private car and invited Mayor 
McGuinness to visit him. The mayor did so, 
hut both showed the strain of a hard and 
bitter fight, even though making each other's 
acquaintance so pleasantly afterward. The 
strugEjle probably shortened the lives of both 
these remarkable men. 

Mr. McGuinness never fully recovered his 
health, but in 1898 went south in an attempt to 

restore his shattered strength, returning home 
somewhat improved. Reentering the field of 
legal practice, he was again gathering together 
a large number of clients, but early in 1901 his 
condition became so nuich worse, that he was 
obliged to again go south. About two weeks 
before his death he returned home, and passed 
awa}' in Providence, April 21, 1901, in the 
forty-fifth year of his age. 

'i"he importance of a state system of military 
control in time of public dissension was recog- 
nized by Mr. Guinness early in his career. He 
became connected with the Fifth Battalion of 
Rhode Island Alilitia, and was its adjutant 
from 1879 fo 1S81. Being promoted to major, 
he served as such from 1881 to 1887. For two 
years he was president of the Brownson 
Lyceum. In the Catholic Knights of America 
for many years he was supreme trustee. He. 
was a popular member also of the following 
associations: Tiie .American liar Association, 
the Rhode Island Historical Society, the West 
Side Club, the L'niversity Club, the W'anua- 
moisett Golf Club, the Press Club, and the 
Reform Club of New York, the Clover Club 
of Boston, and others. Numerous editorials 
appeared in testimony of the popular appre- 
ciation of Mr. McGuinness's life and services 
after his death. The Providence AVtcj said: 
'■'idiere was much crowded into his career of 
forty-five years that will long be affectionately 
remembered. * * * As a friend and a 
man Edwin D. AfcGuinness's career will long • 
be a sweet memory in the keeping of hundreds 
of his fellow citizens. He was always kind, 
unaffected and earnest in his devotion to those 
who had the pleasure of his friendship. Noth- 
ing that he achieved affected the frankness and 
simjilicity of his character that first won him 
friends, and none will regret him more or 
longer than those that knew him as a man." 
The Providence Journal di:^played this expres- 
sion of its feeling for the former mayor: "In 
the death of Edwin D. McGuinness the city of 
Providence has lost a useful citizen and an 
honorable man. To no small extent, indeed, 
he was a victim to his sense of duty, for the 
burden filaced on him a? mayor had nuich to 
do with imi)airing his health. His election to 
that office was the first great triumph here for 
independence in politics. .MI the influence of 
the machine was arrayed against him. He was 
a Democrat in a comnninity normally Repub- 
lican by a large majority. * * * "f^ij- ^[c. 
< iuiimess won by reason of the belief in his 
ability and character and the confidence in the 
sincerity of his purpose to administer the 
affairs of the city on a business-like basis. 
How well he fulfilled expectation everyone 
knows. It was to him first of all that the sue- 


ceFs of the figlit against the New Haven road 
in the matter of train-sheds was ckio : and his 
achninistration of his office was throughout 
particular!)- coninicndahle." Anuliicr trihute 
is as follows: "Ivlwin McGuinncss possessed 
the characteristics which made public men 
popular, and it was in \iew of this fact 
partially that it was easy for those who six 
years ago believed conditions at City Hall 
should be somewhat changed to make him the 
rallying figure in their movement. They made 
liim mayor, and as mayor he made the men w ho 
were responsible for him proud of tlieir choice. 
In his entire career as the official head of the 
citv there was not one act which evoked harsh 
criticism, or which did other than redound to 
the benefit of the municipality." 

Edwin D. ^^^cGuinncss married, November 
22, 1881, Ellen T. Noonan. of Providence. 
She was the daughter of Timothy and Ellen 
(Couch) Noonan. Mayor McGuinness' home 
A'as situated during his later years at No. 131 
Hope street. Thov had only one daughter by 
this marriage: Mary Erances. who resides in 
Providence with her mother. 

John Cooke, the immigrant an- 
COOKE cestor. settled in Middletown, 

Connecticut, where he died Janu- 
ary 16, 1705. He is s:iid to have come from 
Wales. He married (Tirst) , and (sec- 
ond) Hannah Harris,. who was born Eehruary 
II, 1669-70. daughter of Cafitain Daniel 
Harris, of Middletown: Captain Harris mar- 
ried Marv. daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth 
Weld, of Roxbury : he was ^on of Thomas and 
Elizabeth Harris ; the latter Elizabeth married 
(second) Deac >n William StiUon, of Charles- 
town, who continued the ferry to Boston wliich 
her husband had run: she was twenty-four 
years older than her second husband. On 
October 8, 1690, John Cooke purchased of 
Willidm Parker five acres of land in "Pota- 
paug Quarter." which he sold June 19, 1696. 
back to William Parker. His will was dated 
August 15. jC-K)?,. The house which he built 
was still standing within a generation. Chil- 
dren by first wife, of age at the time of his 
death: John : Mary. P.y second wife : Dan- 
iel, of whom further; Sarah, aged twelve in 
170=;: Ebenezcr. aged seven in 1705. 

(H) Daniel, son of John Cooke, was born 
at Saybrook. Connecticut. Sentenibcr 10. 1691, 
and died February 7. 1738. He married, Feb- 
ruary 4. 1 7 13. Mary, daughter of Nicholas and 
Mary (Haile) Power, of Swanzey. Massachu- 
setts; Nicholas was son of Nicholas, son of 
Nicholas Power, of Rhode Island. Mary 
Power was born March 29, 1696. and died 
December i~, 1741. The immigrant, Nicholas 

Power, was an associate of Roger Williams in 
the settlement of J'rovidcnce, and also was one 
of the thirteen purchasers of Shawomet. now 
Warwick, Rhode his son Nicholas was 
slain at the Narragansett fight, Decembei 19, 
1675. during King Phili[)'s war, leaving a 
widow. I'iebecca, daughter of Zechariah 
Rhodi-s, who married Daniel, son of Roger 
Williams. Among the children of Daniel 
Cooke was : Nicholas, mentioned below. 

(Ill) Governor Nicholas Cooke, son of 
Daniel Cooke, was born February 3, 1717, third 
child of Daniel. He became a successful ship- 
master, taking to sea life when young, and 
was a merchant of his native port. He owned 
several estates in Rhode Island, Massachusetts 
and Connecticut, which he successfully carried 
on, as well as engaging in rope-making and 
distilling. He became a rich and intlucntial 
man, and held many offices of trust, being gov- 
ernor of the state of Rhode Island from No- 
vember, 1775, to May. 1778. He died sud- 
denly November 14, 1782. At the outbreak 
of the revolution the state needed a man of 
unusual ability, and John Howland. also promi- 
nent at that time, wrote an account of Cooke's 
abilities, and of the efiforts to secure his aid, 
part of which was as follows: 

Xicliolas Cooke, of Providence, was the man 
unanimously agreed on. The question was. could 
he be persuaded to accept the position? * * * 
Both houses were waiting in anxious solicitude for 
the return of their messengers. They stated the 
urgency of the case. Mr. Cooke pleaded his ad- 
vanced age and the retired habits which untitted 
him for meeting the expectations of the Asseml>Iy. 
* * * He finally consented, thougli nothing but 
the critical state of the country would liave induced 
him to do so. The appointment of Governor CooVce 
was received with joy throughout the state. With 
a solid judgment, and an ardent and just sense of 
tlie .American cause, he was a mar of great de- 
cision of character. * * * He seemed to rise 
with the spirit of the day, and brought into action 
abilities and strength of mind which in private life 
would perhaps never have been duly appreciated, 

When he died, the Providence Gacette pub- 
lished an account of his life, from which the 
following has been taken : 

He was many years an eminent Merchant, and 
acquired a handsntne Fortvne in the CL^urse of his 
Business, of which he communicated freely to those 
who stood in Need. He was a Person of steady 
\'irtue. of a chearful Disposition. alTable in liis De- 
portment, and of course beloved and respected of 
his Acf|uaintance. * * * He held that Office 
(Deputy Governor) until October following, when 
he was appointed Governor, and continued to dis- 
tinguish himself in that Capacity until May. 1778, 
bv the most unwearied Attention to public busi- 
ness, and by the most inflexible Firmness in the 
great Cau'c of American Liberty. * * * In 
short, his Widow hath lost the kindest Husband, 



lii^ LliiMrcM a tender Parent, the Cinircli a nuut 
valuable Member, ami tlie Cuuntry at large a 
l-rienc! indeed, etc. 

lie iiiairicJ, September 23, 1740, Hannali, 
(lauylitcr of Hezekiali Sabin. the first settler 
of the part of nortbeastern Connecticut, where 
tiis ■■Rett Tavern ' for many years was a fav- 
orite resort for travelers. She was born Alarch 
I ■^, 1722, and died March 21. 1792. Anions^ his 
children was: Jesse, mentioned below. 

(I\') Jesse, ninth ci.ild of (jovernor Xich- 
olas Cooke, was born in Providence, Rhode 
Island, December 19, 1757. and died Septem- 
iicr 13, 1 794. Colonel Jeremiah Olncy, who 
married Sarah, Jesse's si^ter. recei\ed from 
Washington the appointment of first collector- 
ship of Providence, and he turned an im[i(jr- 
tant dcj artmtnt over to his brother-iri-law 
Jesse. Jesse Cooke ownc! a large tract of land 
in the east part of the town, and he was so 
pleased by his appointment that he oficred 
some of this to the Colonel, who refused it as 
■"it was so far out of town," and he wished to 
live nearer. After some years Colonel OIney 
bought part of tliis lot and lived on it. Jesse 
Cooke married (fir-t) .August 23. 1783, Ros- 
anna, daughter of Cajnain Christoiiher and 
Rosanna (Arnold) Sheldon: Rosanna .Arnold 
was daughter of Israel, who was son of Israel 
and Hlizabetli (Smith) .Arnold: Elizabeth was 
daughter of Be^njaniin and Lydia fCarpenicr) 
Smith. Captain Christopher SheU'on was a 
prominent man in Providence, and was son of 
Joseph, son of Nicholas, and Abigail (Tilling- 
hast) Sheldon: Abigail was daugliter of tlie 
well-know II Elder Pardon Tillinghast. Joseph 
Sheldon, son of Nicholas, married Lydia, 
daughter of Israel .Arnold: Nicholas was son 
of John Sheldon, tiie immigrant ancestor, who 
married, 1661, loan \'incent. Rosanna (Shel- 
don) Cooke died November 20. 1789. Jesse 
Cooke married { second) Hannah, daughter of 
Samuel an'l Elizabeth (Sheldon 1 Warner. .Slie 
married (second 1 George Hudson, and died 
March 16. i8od. Child by first wife : Joseph S.. 
mentioned below. By second wife: Rosanna 
Sheldon, born .August •^o. 1792, died December 
20. 1808. 

(V) Joseph Sheldon, only son of Jesse 
Cooke, was born October 27. 1784. in Provi- 
dence. He had tlie name Sheldon added to 
Tosenh, when he became of age, by act of the 
legislature. .After taking a trip to Europe he 
married, and in October, 1807. beean business 
as a dry eoods dealer in Providence. In No- 
vember. t8o~. Charles Potter became his part- 
ner, under the firm name of Cooke S: Potter. 
The firm dissolved in January, t8i>), and Mr. 
Cocke continued in the business alone until the 
following spring, when he became busmess 

agent and an original |);-oprietor of the L_\nian 
Cotton Manufacturing Company, b'or eighteen 
year^ lie remained in this work, retiring in 
i8j8. .\fter a sht;rt time ho joined Job Angell 
in a wholesale dry goo(l> business at Provi- 
ilence anil tlun in .\'e\\ York, finally trans- 
feriing tlie whole to New York. This estab- 
lishment became one of the best known in the 
coimtry, and he kejjt his interest in it until his 
death, October 10, 1841. He was also inter- 
ested when a >oung man in tracing, and was 
part owner of several \'es;-els. He took stock 
in the Rlackstmic c:uial for himself and his 
children, anil aided otlier public enterprises, as 
the Providence & Taiuiton turnpike, and owned 
stock also in the lilackstone Canal Bank. In 
Jur.e, 1832, Provielencc became a city, and he 
w:.s the tirst one electeel to the connnon coini- 
cil froni the Third Ward, serving in office 
in 1832-33. (Jn December 21, 1812, he joined 
Mouijt \ ernon Lodge of Masons, Providence, 
and after holding otiur offices lie became mas- 
ter of the lodge P'ebruary 22, 1818, being 
reelected in 1819. In 1S20 he joined Provi- 
dence Chapter of Royal .Arch Masons, in which 
he held many ofifices both in the local and in the 
grand chapter of the state. On Alarch 3, 
1820, he became a member of the Providence 
Council of Royal and Select Masters, and in 
1821-23 ^^'<'* '*s master of exchequer. On 
Januar_\- 2^. 1826, he became a member of St. 
John's Encampment. Kniglits Templar, and 
from 183S to 1840 was captain-general. In 
1828 he was grand junior warden of the Grand 
Lodge of the state, and grand senior warden 
in 182Q-30. In 1831 he became grand master, 
as well as in 1833-34-35, and it was at this time 
that the famous anti-Masonic movement be- 
came so strong. His ability and love for 
Masonry was shown strongly at this time. In 
1821 he became a director of the Providence 
Mutual Eire Insurance Company, and one of 
the three trustees, and he held those offices 
until his death. "His probity and sound judg- 
ment, joined to an urbanity and kindness of 
heart almost exceptional, from time to time 
occasioned his selection for other positions of 
honor and trust, most of which his native pref- 
erence for retirement Ie<l him to decline : while 
in tlie social, and most of all. in the domestic 
circle, his genial ciualitie? diffused an atmos- 
phere enjoyable in a rare degree." He mar- 
ried, September 21, 1S07, Mary Welch, who 
lived to be ei<:hty-four vears of age. Children, 
born in Pro\ idence : Inmes Welch, March 5, 
i8to: Ros;inna Elizabeth. October 3. 1811, 
died Decenibci' 8. 181:;: Toseph Jesse, men- 
tioned below : Christopher Sheldon, born lulv 
28, 181 5, died October i. 181^.; George Wif- 
liam, born December 6. 1816, died January 27, 

"J I. 

121 ^ 


1817: Albert Rus.-ell, born August 15, 1S19; 
George Lewis, September i(j, 1S21 : Mary Eliz- 
abeth, June 27, 1823; Nicholas Francis, Au- 
gust 25, 1829. 

(V"I) Joseph Jesse, son of Joseph Sheldon 
Couke, was born in Providence, June i, 1813. 
When quite young he left school to begin work 
in his father's store, and when he came of age 
he was a clerk in his father's New York estab- 
lishment. After leaving this position and bc- 
coiiiiiig connected a short time with another 
concern, in 1842 he purchased an estate in 
Cranston, Rhode Island. After a time, with 
his brother George and Mr. Robert S. Baker, 
he established a mercantile firm in San I'Van- 
cisco, California, known as Cooke, Baker & 
Company, later Cooke Brothers & Company, 
and this business became very successful. In 
1854 he left this business, as for the last three 
years he had spent most of his time in New 
York as the partner of Joseph J. Cooke & 
Company, a large concern there. In 1869 he 
became one of the three commissioners chuscn 
by Pro\idence to establish water works there, 
and he became the successor of Moses B. 
Lockwood, the first president of the board, on 
the latter's death. Until November, 1876. he 
filled this position faithfully and with ability, 
and then became a resident of Newport, where 
he owned an estate. Mr. Cooke was well 
known as a bo.'k collector, and he owned one 
of the largest [>rivate .libraries in the country, 
containing about 25.000 volumes. He was an 
early and staunch member of the Republican 
party, and in 1857 was president of the Rhode 
Island Republican State Convention, and chair- 
man of the Republican State Central Commit- 
tee the same year. In 1855-56 he was presi- 
dent of the Rhode Island Society for the En- 
couragement of Domestic Industry. He mar- 
rietl (first") at Lonsdale, Rhode Island. Febru- 
ary iS, 1834, .-\delaide Martha Baker, of Provi- 
dence." daughter of Jolin and .Avis (Tilling- 
hast) Baker. She was born in Middletown. 
Rhode Island. February 24. 1816. and died at 
Elmwood, Cranston, February Q. 1S65. He 
married (second) in Elmwood. September 12. 
1865, Maria .-\delaidc Salisbury, daughter of 
John and .Abby Wilson (Foster') Salisbury, 
born in Warren, Rhode Island, January 21. 
1844. Children by fir-t wife: Joseph Sheldon. 
born in New York, March 12. 1838. died at 
Wcehawken, New Jersev. .August i, 1830: 
Adelaide Baker, born in New York. September 
8, 1840: Ellen Goddard, born in Providence. 
December 24. 1847. died there .August if>. 
184Q: .Alice Elizabeth, born in Providence. 
March 18. 1853: Edith, born in Providence. 
March 8. 1854. died there September f\ 1854. 
Bv second wife: Arthur Elmwood, born and 

died at Elmwood. June 9. i8fj6: Plenry Wil- 
liams, mentioned belmv. 

(\'1I) Henry Williams, son of Joseph Jesse 
Cooke, was born at Elmwood, Rhode Island, 
June 26, 1867, and died in Providence, May 
20. 1904. lie attended the Mowry & Golf 
School in Providence, and entered Brown Uni- 
versity in the class of \Sijf), but did not get to 
attend regularly on account of ill health. He 
started in business in the office of Spencer. 
Trask & Company, stock brokers, in Provi- 
dence. In 1892 he established a real estate 
business on his own account, with offices on 
Custom House street. Two years later he ad- 
mitted to partnershi]) Francis M. Smith, and 
the business was continued for ten years under 
the firm name of Henry \\'. Cooke & Com- 
pany. In January, 1904. the business was 
incorporated as Henry W. Cooke Company. 
Since the Rhode Island Llospital Trust Com- 
panv bank building was completed the business 
has been located there. In the prime of life, 
just as his business had attained large and 
prosperous proportions, Air. Cooke's life was 
cut short. He was one of the leading real ex- 
perts in real estate, and was often called to 
make appraisals of real estate. His opinion 
on land values was regarded as second to none 
in the city. In politics he was a Republican. 
From i8<:;6 to 1898 he represented the First 
Ward in the common council. He was a mem- 
ber of Brown Chapter of the P.«i L^psilon fra- 
ternitv, of the Chamber of Commerce, and of 
the Hope. Elmwood and \\'c-t Side clubs. One 
who knew- him well wrote in the Providence 
Journal at the time of hi< death: 

The city lias lost a valll,^hlc and enterprising 
citizen and the local real estate field one of its 
aWest leaders. * * * .Mtliough a voiinR man. 
Mr. Cooke's penial disposition and familarity with 
real estate made him a very popular and able man. 
He was e.xceedingly conversant with local realty 
conditions and his integrity and j-iidicnient were so 
recognized that U'lon manv occasions he acted as 
an appraiser, while he had been trustee in a num- 
ber of estates. He had built about him a very 
large business and was considered by his associates 
as an lionor to the field in which his duties were 

He was a vestrvman of the Church of the 
Epiphanv, and afterward a communicant of 
Grace Church. He married. Novembe:' 6, 
1804, .Alice Howard Robinson, who was born 
March 16. 1871 (see Robinson V Children: 
Marearet TToward. born December 28. 1899; 
.Adelaide Welch. .April 29. i9or. 

(The Robln.snn LInei. 

I I ) Rowlaml Robinson, the inunigrant. was 
born in 1654. at or near Long Bluflf. county 
Cumberland. England, and came to this conn- 

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Iiv ill ■('•/S- Ifc married M^ry Allen, in 1676: 
^lK■ was born I'ebruaiy 4, 1653, ^ daughter of 
John anil Elizabeth (Brown) Allen, who came 
from llarnstabic, England. Mer mother was 
:\ daughter of Governor Bull. Robinson was 
3 car|)eiiter by trade. According to tradition 
he ran away from home and came to this coun- 
try, where he apprenticed himself to a carpen- 
ter. ITe became a man of large wealth for his 
dav. He bought large tracts of the Petta- 
(|uamscutt and Point Judith lands, improved 
them with clearings and buildings, and sold 
farms of 150 to 300 acres each to settlers. lie 
(lied in 1716, at his home near the cove of the 
Petfaquamscutt ri\-cr, and he and his wife 
were buried in the Friends' burying ground, 
South Kingstown, Rhode Island. He was 
dcinity to the general assembly in 1709. Chil- 
dren: John, born 167S: Joseph. 1679; Eliza- 
beth, 1680: Margaret, 1683": Sarah, 1685 : Row- 
land, 1688: Mercy, if)C)o: \MlliaiTi, mentioned 
below : Marv, 1705 ; Rowland (2), 1706; Sarah 
(2). 1707; Ruth, 1709. 

fll) Hon. William Robinson, son of Row- 
land Robinson, was born January 26, 1693. 
He married (first) Martha Potter, born De- 
cember 20. 1692, daughter of John and Sarah 
(Wilson) Potter. She died in November, 
1725, and he married (second) March 2, 1727, 
Abigail, widow of Caleb Hazard, and daughter 
of William and Abigail (Remington) Gardner. 
He resided at South Kingstown, Rhode Island, 
and was deputy to the general assembly 1724- 
28. 1734-36, 1741-42. He was speaker of the 
house of deputies 1733-36, 1741-42: deputy 
governor 1745-46-47-48. He was one of the 
most prominent men in the colony for many 
years. He died September 19, 175 1, and his 
widow Abigail died May 22. 1772. Children 
by first wife: Rowland, born 1719: John, 
1721: Marah, 1723; Elizabeth. 1724; Martha, 
1725. Children by second wife: Christopher, 
born 1727 :A\^illiam. 1720: Thomas. 1730: .\bi- 
gail, 1732; Sylvester, mentioned below: Mary, 
1736: James. 1738: John. 1742. 

(HI) Sylvester, son of Hon. William Rob- 
inson, was born January 2^. 1735. He married 
(first) in 1756, .Mice Perrv. born July 20. 
1736. daughter of Tames and .\nna (Bennett) 
Perry, granddaughter of Samuel Perry, and 
great-granddaughter of Edward Perrv, of 
Sandwich, 'Massachusetts. Samuel Perry and 
his brother Beniamin settled at Kingston, 
Rhode Island. Mr. Robinson married (sec- 
ond) Sarah, widow of John Nichol. and daugh- 
ter of Captain John and Margaret Benton. She 
was born in 1756, and died in New "S'ork City. 
Srrtember 5. 1822. In 1757 Svlvester Robin- 
son was ar'mitted a frcenipn. He was a deputy 
from South Kingston in T760-73-74. In 1776 

he was appointed judge of the court of com- 
mon pleas, and in 1779, third judge of the 
su]5renie court. He was one of the committee 
in 1779 to settle the accounts of the Sachem 
Ninigret. Children : James, born October 3, 
1756, died yoimg; William, December 2, 1760; 
Mary, December 15, 1763; Abigail, married 
Thomas H. Hazard; James, mentioned below; 
John, twin of James. 

(I\') James, son of Sylvester Robinson, 
was born about 1765. tic married, January 
I, 1707, Mary, daughter of Caleb Attmore, of 
Philadel])hia, and lived in South Kingston, 
Rhode Island, He died in 1841 ; his wife in 
1856. Children: William Attmore, mentioned 
below; Edward Mott, born 1800, died 1865; 
Anna Attmore, 1801, married Stephen A. 
Chase, and died in 1876; Sarah, 1804. died in 
infancy; Attmore, twin of Sarah, born April 
4, 1S04, a farmer, banker, and prominent citi- 
zen of Wakefield, Rhode Island, married Laura 
Hazard: Rowland, born 1S06, died 1S19; Syl- 
vester C, 1808, died March 20, 18S3. 

(V) William Attmore, son of James Rob- 
inson, was born in Huntington, New Jersey, 
October 18, 1797, died at Providence, Rhode 
Island, December 19, 1872. In early lite he 
was clerk in a drug store in Philadelphia. In 
1829 he started in business at Wakefield, under 
the firm name of W. A. Robinson & Company, 
manufacturing in the stone mill now occupied 
by the Wakefield Manufacturing Company. 
In 1842 he removed to Providence and located 
at 24 South \\'ater street, where he engaged 
in the sperm oil business. In 1855 ^e estab- 
lished a branch of his business in New Bed- 
ford, Massachusetts, in charge of his son 
Tames. I'or more than twenty-five years he 
was one of the leaders in business and financial 
affairs in Providence. He was a director of 
the Manufacturers' Bank and presi'Ient of the 
same at the time of his death. He represented 
the town of South Kingston in the general 
assembly. In religion he was a Friend. He 
married, November 13, 1828, Dorcas B. Had- 
wen, who died in Providence, in 1894. Chil- 
dren: Mary • .\., married Jacob Dunnell : 
James, born 1829, married -\nna Balch, and 
died .August i(\ 1875 ; Edward Tladwen, men- 
tioned below: Caroline, died in 1845: .Anne 
.A., died January 21, 1897; William .Attmore, 
born Mav 7. 1841, married Marion L, Swift. 

( \'l) Edward Tladwen, son of U'illiam .Att- 
more Robinson, was born January 16. 1833. 
and died November 21. i''k>3. He was edu- 
cated in the l-'riends' School, of Providence. 
He was in bu.'-iness with his father, and later 
of the Robinson Oil Company. He married, 
September 28. 1864, Grace M. Howard, daugh- 
ter of Benjamin and Tlarriet (Lang) Howard, 

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of Dostoii, Masbachiisctts. CliiUIren: i. .Maud, 
born July 26, 18'/!, who is unmarried. 2. Alice 
Howard, married Henry W. Couke (see 
Cooke ). 

The surname Fergusnn or 
FERGL'.S(JN I'ergussciu means simply, 
son of I'ergus, an ancient 
Scotch personal name. This surname is one 
of the mo-t ancient of Scotland. As early as 
14(16 it is found in Dumlrie5^hire, Ayrshire, 
W'igtonshire. Perthshire, Forfarshire, Fife- 
shire, antl elsewhere in Scotland. Fergu- was 
the first king of Scotland, hence the popularity 
of the name among the Scotch pcoi)le. T'le 
plaid of h'erguson is green and black, with red 
and white lines, and the badge a suntlowcr or 
fo.xglove. There are several coats-of-arms. 
John Ferguson, of Killerran was maile a baro- 
net in 1703. Another John Ferguson was a 
member of the Scotch parliament from Crag- 
darroch in 1649, and Robert I'crguson frcini 
the same district in 1649 and often afterward. 
Another Robert Ferguson was in rarliament 
from Inverkeithing in 1579 and 15S7. This 
is sometimes spelled Farson. The first of the 
name in New England was Daniel Ferguson, 
who came during the Protectorate, at a time 
when Cromwell was sending hither many thou- 
sands of Scotch soldiers taken in battle. Dan- 
iel settled in what is now Upiier Eliot, Maine, 
in 1659, and died in .1676. FIc left many de- 

A branch of the Ferguson family went to 
Ireland from Scotland after t6it and before 
165 1, when the names of Captain Ferguson, of 
Six-Mile Quarters, county of .Antrim, l'l^ter, 
and Quartermaster Ferguson, of .Antrim Quar- 
ters, county Antrim, were on the list ordereil 
to remove from Ulster by Cromwell's commis- 
sioners. May 23, lO^T,. to Munster, for the pur- 
pose of removing all the popular and influential 
Scoti from Ulster. Doubtless there were nany 
other Fergtisons not exiled, for in the census 
of 1800 we find that of 133 births to Ferguson 
parents in Ireland in that year. 107 were of 
Scotch stock in counties .-\ntvim. Down and 

.\ branch of this Scotch-Irish familv cnm° 
to Massachusetts and located at Pelhani, 
ITamnshiie county. Doubtless thev lived at 
Honkinton. Worcester, or Boston, for a time, 
before comincr to Pelham. Manv of them went 
to F.lanflford. Massachusetts, in later vears, 
and thence to \'ermont. New York, and the 
west. There annear to be five brothers — Wil- 
liam, Robert. John. Samuel and James, in Pel- 
ham. It is III t known whether their father 
was also at Pelham, and his name has not be^ n 

William I'ergus'm, of Pelham, and wife Jan- 
net had the-e cliildren: Ann, born October 9, 
1744; Susanna. .April 26, 1746; William, April 
25, 17.(8; Janet, .April 4, 1752 ; John, ALarch 25, 
1755. In I7ri2 he signed the protest against 
the settlement of Rev. Robert .Abercrombic. 

James I'erguson married, at Pelhani, De- 
cember 4, 1746. Esther Thornton. James was 
freed from paying rates in 1746 on account of 
"his having been in ye war." James, Robert, 
John and Samuel signed the petition of 1743. 
James was on the committee on "scole" houses 
in 1760, and signed the protest against Rev. 
Mr. .Abercrombie in 1762. He held vai ious 
town offices. 

fohn P'erguson, for many years one of the 
leading men of Pelham. was in Pelham as 
early as 1643. held various town offices, and 
was treasurer when he left town in 1758. He 
lived on lot 50, west of the meeting house, and 
was active in town affairs, according to the 
I'elham history for twenty years. 

(I) Samuel' Ferguson settled in 
about 1738. and removed to P.landford, Massa- 
chusetts, among the first settlers. The town 
history mentions three sons : Samuel, reported 
in the census of 1790; James, mentioned be- 
low : Captain John, soldier in the revolution, 
died 1792, leaving ch.ildren : Mary, Eleanor, 
Sarah, Hannah. Isabelle, Dorothy, lohn. Sam- 

(H) James, son of Samuel Ferguson, was 
born 1750-60. A James Ferguson, of Pelham, 
served in the revolution. I'ossibly this was his 
record, but more likely that of a son of James, 
of Pelham, mentioned ab ive. He was living 
in Blandford in I7(K), and had two females in 
his family. James Ferguson died at Peru. 
Massachusetts, February 25, 1803. A '•Mis" 
Hannah Ferguson, probably his widow, dieil 
at Peru, March 14, 1805. Rachel Ferguson, a 
relative, perhaps a sister, married at Peru, in 
1794, Abner Richmond. 

(Ill) John, son of James Ferguson, was 
born at Blandford, probably, about 1790-91. 
He settled at Peru, and married there. Novem- 
ber 20. 181 5. Elizabeth Ccer. Children, born 
at Peru: .Almira. June 20. 1816: Justin, mcn- 
tione! below: Susan, April 20, 1820: Darius, 
lulv 2(j. 1S22. dieil yoimg ; Lewis, May 8, 1825, 
died young; Lewis, January 6, 1828, died 
youne; Sidney, December 13. 1S29, died young; 
Elizabeth. Alay 6, 1831. 

CI\') Justin (or Judsonl F'erguson. son of 
lolm Fergu^^on, was l>orn in Peru. Massachu- 
setts, April 4. t8i8. He married Sarah C. 
Stowell. about 18.59. He was a farmer in 
Peru, and died there. Children: i. Myron 
Stowell, mentioned below. 2. Elizabeth, mar- 
ried Orin Livermore, a carpenter of North- 



:im|itiin, Massachusetts. 3. Charles Stowell, 
;iii adujited son: resides at Hatfield, Ma<sa- 

.Mellisa Ferguson, proliably a cousin of Jus- 
tin, married at Peru, in 1842, John M. Stowell, 
who seems to have married Olive M. Fergu- 
son, -April 7, 1841. This may be a duplicate 
record with some error. Seldon K. Ferguson 
married, at Peru, Margaret }'. Stowell, April 
3, 1840. 

(\'j Myron Stowell, son of Justin I'ergu- 
son, was born at Peru, in February, 1S40, and 
died at Flarrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1907. He 
is buried there in the Paxtang cemetery, under 
tlie Soldiers and Sai'ors' monument. Me en- 
listed May fi, 1861, in the Second \'ermont 
Regiment, \'olunteer Militia, and served in'the 
civil war. He was wounded at Savage Station, 
taken prisoner by the Confederates, and sent 
to Andersonville, where he was confined until 
paroled three months afterward. He then 
joined the Veteran Reserve Corps and was 
niad.e sergeant of Captain Henry C. Kerr's 
Company .\, Sixteenth Regiment. X'eteran Re- 
serve Corps, from May 4, 1864. He was 
honorabl}- discharged November 24, 1S65, at 
llarrisburg, Pennsylvania. He married. May 
24, 1861, ]\Iartha Olivia Allen, who was born 
at Piennington Center, July i, 1845 • she is now- 
living with hei son Fred Howard Ferguson 
(see Allen). Children: Charles Del-"orrest. 
born at Bennington, August 29, 1S64, died at 
P)ennington, 1887. unmarried: Fred Howard, 
mentioned below. 

(\'l) Fred Iloward, son of Myron Stowell 
Ferguson, was born in Harrisburg, I'ennsyl- 
vania. October 20, 1872. When he was nitie 
months old his parents removed to P)ennington, 
\'ermont, where he received his early educa- 
tion in the public schools. At the age of four- 
teen he left school and became a shipping 
clerk in Cooper's storehouse. With his first 
earnings he bought a \\'heeler & Wilson sew- 
ing machine for his mother, and that incident 
is but typical of his lifelong devotion to her. 
fie filled this position mitil 188S, and for two 
vcars was emploved in various positions. 
From 1890 to i<x/> he was employed by the 
H. F. Bradford Companv. Since 1906 he has 
been a photocrrapher in Bennington. In con- 
nection with his studio he has a picture-fram- 
ing business. He is one of the leading mer- 
chants of the town. For mauA- vears Mr. Fer- 
guson was a proiTiinent Rermblican. a member 
of the town committee, and often a delegate to 
county, state and other nominating conven- 
tions. In I9T2 he became a charter member of 
the Procrressive party. He has been justice of 
the peace two years, and for the past eight 
years has been a notary public. He is a mem- 

ber of the I'irst r.:i|)tist Church of Beiuiington, 
and for a number of }ears has been treasurer 
of its Sunday school. He belongs to Court 
Bennington, No. 12, Fore.-ters of America, of 
wiiich he has been woodwanl and trustee: to 
the New luigland Order of Protection, of 
which he is ])ast warden, and its trustee, mem- 
ber of the grand lodge and of the siqireme 
lodge. He is also a member of the Cnited 
C)rder of the Golden Cross of Bennington, of 
which he is keeper of records at the present 
time and ^ince its organization. He is active 
in the volunteer fire dejiartmcnt. secretary of 
the W. H. Bradford Hook i^ Ladder Com- 
pany, which he joined March 7, icp7. He has 
been prominent in the state militia. He en- 
listed May 2, 1S92, in Company K, First Regi- 
ment, National Ciuard of X'ernunU, and served 
six vears. lie wasnuistercd out May id. 1898, 
with, the rani: of first sergeant. He i> a mem- 
ber of the local camp. Sons of X'eterans, in 
which he has attained the rank of colonel, as 
special aide on the .^taff of the commander-in- 
chief, serving also as counsel, first lieutenant 
and commander. He is also a member of the 
American Flag House and of the Betsey Ross 
Memorial .-\ssociation and a former member 
of the Independent Order of Good Templars. 
He married, June 17. i8(/>, in Hoosick Falls, 
New York, Lena Nellie La Parle, who was 
born in Battenville. New York, December 11, 
1871 , daughter of Francis David La Parle and 
Lucinda Elizabeth (Goodrich). She is a com- 
municant of the Methodist F~piscopal church, 
niKl a member of the New Fngland Order of 
Protection, in which she now holds the office 
of vice-warden, and of which she was for- 
merly chaiilain. She is worthy prelate of the 
Order of the Golden Cros> of Bennington. 
Her father was a railroad man. Her mother 
was born at Putnam, New York, 1852. and is 
row living with Mr. and Mrs. Fer£;uson. Cliil- 
^'ren of Fred Howard and Lena N. Ferguson: 
DonnF' Goodrich, born December i^, 1807; 
Ruth Lillian. Februarv 11, tooo: Helen Ger- 
tn"'i^. Tune I. 11/34: Elizabeth Lena, December 

V lOIO. 

(Th" AUen Linf). 

Daniel .Mien, great-?rand father of Fred 
Howard Ferguson, was born in Rhode Island, 

of an old colonial family. He married 

Tallman. and removed to Pownall, Vermont, 
where she died. He was a farmer bv occupa- 
tion. Children: I. Daniel, mentioned below 2. 
Samuel, born in Pownall. resided at Little 
Falls. New York, and lost his life in service 
in the civil war. t,. Isaac, born at Pownall. 
died in Old Bennineton. a farmer: married 
Louisa Harris. 4. Ethan, born at Pownall : 
married Charlotte Harris; resided in Old 



Bennington ; he was a shoemaker by trade, and 
died in Hudson, New ^'ork. 5. Rebecca, burn 
at Pownall; married Abijah Davis, of Savoy, 
Massachusetts, a farmer. 6. Ruth, born, at 
Pownall ; married Solomon Madison, of Shafts- 
bury, \'erniont : went west. 

(II) Daniel (2), son of Daniel (l) Allen, 
was born at Pownall, Vermont, August 31, 
1806, and died in P>ennington in 1S93. lie 
was a rail-splitter, and for a number of years 
was employed by the government in fencing 
lands in N'ermont. In politics he was a Whig. 
He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church. I tc married Emeline Plarris, who was 
born at .Stamford, Vermont, October 7, 1813, 
and died at P.enuiiigton in 1900. Children: i. 
Harvey Henry, born September 19, 1S30; 
served in the civil war ; now residing in the 
Soldiers' Home at Bennington ; married Sylvia 
Harrington, of Shaftsbury, \'trmont. 2. Kate 
Amanda, born August 10, 1834, died at Benn- 
ington, unmarried. 3. Joanna, November 30, 
1836, died in Bennington; married John Allen, 
of Bennington, a native of New York slate, a 
farmer. 4. Alaria Jeanette, born at Benning- 
ton, January 25, 1S39, died in Bennington; 
married George Colcgrove, a native of Hoo- 
sick Falls, New York, now a carpenter of 
Bennington. 5. Melvin John, born January 4. 
1841. died immarried, at Bennington, a rail- 
road man. 6. Charles Warren, January 26, 
1843. in_ Bennington, died in infancy. 7. Mar- 
tha CMivia ; married Myron Stowell Ferguson 
(see Ferguson). 8. Leander D.. born October 
14, 1847, died at Bennington; worked in the 
mill; married Jennie .\. Knapp, of Benning- 
ton, now living in that town. 9. Mary Louisa, 
b(irn at Benniiigton, February 2S, 1S50, died 
there immarried. ic>. Fred Calvin, at Benning- 
ton, .'\pril 18. 1852; a machinist at Benning- 
ton: married Mina Rice. 11. Franklin Pierce, 
at Bennington, March 25, 1856; a retired mill 
worke'r: married Roxanna Townsend, of 

John Gibson, the immigrant an- 
GIB.SON cestor, was born in England, in 
1601, and died in Cambridge, 
Massachusetts, in 1694, aged ninety-three 
years. He came to New England as early as 
1631 and settled in Cambridge, where he was 
admitted a freeman Mav 17. i'^37. His home 
lot was granted in the west end of the town, 
August 4, 1634. It wa.s situated between flar- 
vard and Brattle Squares, in what is now an 
important business district, and extended to 
the Charles river. His house stood at the end 
of what is now Sparks street, not far from 
F'rattle street, on the road to Watertown and 
was built before October 10, 1656. He was 

doubtless a member of Rev. Mr. Hooker's 
church, antl belonged later to the succeeding 
society of the I'irst Church, February i, 1636, 
under the pastorate of Rev. Thomas Shepard. 
He held niiiior town offices. His wife and 
daughter accused Winifred Holman, widow, 
and her daughter, of witchcraft, and the charge 
not being sustained, they were sued for dam- 
ages by the llolmans. For particulars of this 
interesting case, see history of the Holman 
family. The Gibsons paid a small fine. He 

married (first) Rebecca , who was 

buried December i, 1661, at Roxbury. He 
married (second) July 24, 1662, Joan Pren- 
tice, widow of Henry Prentice, a pioneer at 
Cambridge. Children, all by first wife: Re- 
becca, born in Cambridge, 1636, was the daugh- 
ter who thought she was bewitched by the llol- 
mans ; j\lary, born May 29, 1637; Martha, 
April 29, 1639; John Jr., mentioned below; 
Samuel, October 28, 1644. 

(II) John (2), son of John (i) Gibson, 
was born in Cambridge, about 1641, and died 
October 15, 1679. He settled in Cambridge 
on the homestead deeded to him by his father 
November 30, 1O68. He also was involved 
in the trial of his family for calling the Hol- 
mans witches, and had to acknowledge his 
error in court or pay a fine. He took tlie 
cheaper course. He was a soldier in King 
Philip's war under Captain Thomas Prentice. 
He was in the Swanzey fight, June 28. 1675, 
and was in the Mt. Hope expedition later. He 
was also in Lieutenant Edward Oakes" troop 
scouting near Marlborough, March 24, 1675- 
76, and in Captain Daniel Henchman's com- 
pany September 23, 1676, which marched to 
Hadley in early summer time. He was possi- 
bly the John Gibson in Captain Joshua Scot- 
tow's company at Black Point, near Salem, 
Maine, September, 1677, where the garrison 
was captured the following month by the In- 
dians. He was admitted a freeman October 
II, 1670, and held a number of minor offices. 
He dieil of smallpox when only thirtv-eight 
)ears old. He married, December 9, 1668, Re- 
becca Harrington, who was born in Cambridge, 
daughter of Abraham and Rebecca (Cutler) 
Harrington (or Errington) as it was spelled 
and perhaps pronounced. Her father was a 
blacksmith, born at New Casileton, Massachu- 
setts, and died in Cambridge. Mav 9. 1677. 
Her mother died in Cambridge, in 1697. Chil- 
dren, born at Cambridge : Rebecca, October 
4, if-iGg : Martha, married twice ; Mary, mar- 
ried Nathaniel Gates : Timothy, mentioned be- 

dll) Deacon Timothy Gibson, son of John 
(2) Gibson, was born at Cambridge, in 1679, 
and died at Stow, Massachusetts, July 14, 



ij'^j. His grave is in the lower village grave- 
yard in the eastern part of Stow. lie was 
ijrouglit up by Abraham Holman, of Cam- 
bridge, son of William and Winifred Holman, 
who were involved with his parents and grand- 
})arents in the Holman witchcraft case. In 
i(>89 the Holmans moved to Stow and he went 
with tht-m. living in the family until 1703, 
when they moved to the northwest part of 
Sudbury and settled on the Assabet r!\-er, on 
a sixty acre farm, bounded on the west by tlie 
Stow line and on the east by the road from 
Concord to Jewell's mill. Holman died in 
171 1. Gibson was a prominent citizen of Sud- 
bury, Massachusetts, and owned land also at 
Lunenbui-g, laid out to hiiii and his son Timo- 
thy. Neither ever lived at Lunenburg, how- 
ever, but John, Arrington, Isaac and Keubcn, 
his younger sons, settled there, and all were 
noted as men of great personal prowess. He 
removed to Stow between December 6, 1728, 
and Feliruary 24, 1731-32, and was selectman 
there in 1734-35-36-39. His homestead in 
Stow lay on the south slope of Poniciticut 
Hill, and was deeded ten years before his 
death to his son Stephen, and was kept in the 
family until 1823. This farm is now in the 
town of Maynard, which was formed from 
Sudbury and Stow in 1871. He married (first) 
at Concord, Novcmtier 17, 1700, Rebecca 
Gates, of Stow. She was born at Marlborough, 
July 23, 1682, and died in Stow, January 21, 
1731. She was the dauglUer of Stephen Jr. 
and Sarah (Woodward) Gates. He married 
(second), intentions published November 30, 
1756, ]Mrs. Submit Tajior, of Sudbury, who 
died at Stow, January 29, 1759, in her seventy- 
fifth year. Both wives are buried by his side. 
Children, all by first wife: Abraham, born 
1701 ; Timothy, January 20, 1702-03; Rebecca, 
born in Sudbury, ^larch 19, 1703-04; John, 
born April 28, 1708; Sarah. October 27, 17 10; 
Sanutel, .Uigust 27, 1713; Stephen, March 14, 
1715, died young; Arrington, ^March 22, 1717; 
Stephen, born at Sudbury, June 16, 1719; 
Isaac, mentioned below; Mary, June 14, 1723; 
Reuben, February 14, 1725. 

(IV) Isaac, son of I)eacon Timothy Gib- 
son, was born at Sudbury. April 27, 172 1, and 
died at Grafton, Massachusetts, June i, 1797- 
His gravestone in Middletown cemetery is in- 
scribed: "Isaac Gibson, Died June ist, 1797, 
in the 77th year, of his age. White is his soul 
— From blemish free — Red with the blood — 
He shed fcir me." He was one of the Gibson 
brothers, third of the four who settled in 
Lunenburg (Fitchburg), Massachusetts. He 
settled there August i, 172S. in the westerly 
part of the town which was set off as Fitch- 
burg, February 3, 1764. His father deeded to 

him there one hundred and fifteen acres, "more 
or less, Cctober 25, 1744." His house, "Fort 
Gibson," in the Indian raid of 1748, was situ- 
ated on the eastern slojie of the hill, and is 
still to be seen. In appearance Gibson was of 
great size and strength, and was very courage- 
ous. One of the anecdotes told of him is of an 
encoiniter with a bear whose cub he was carry- 
ing off. They rolletl down the hill together 
and he was the victor, though he bore the 
marks of the struggle the rest of his life. He 
was always prominent in Lunenburg. In 1748 
he served as a scout in the Indian troubles, and 
was selectman in 1767-70-74-77. In 1771 he 
\vas one of the thirteen largest ta.xpayers, and 
December i, 1773, was chairman of the com- 
mittee "to r-espond to the Boston letter." In 
1774 he was on a committee "to prepare in- 
structions for the guidance of the town's rep- 
resentative in the general court." He served 
in the re\'olution as minute-man in 1775, one 
of the five Gibsons of the forty- four Fitch- 
burg minute-men. In 1777 lie was town mod- 
erator. Fie served as private in Captain Eben- 
ezer \\'ood's company. Colonel .\sa Whit- 
comb's regiment of militia, which marched 
from I'itchburg on the Lexington Alarm of 
April 19, 1775. He moved to Grafton between 
December 26, 1786, and September 4, 1790. as 
shown by an agreement made on the first date 
by Isaac, of Fitchburg, and his son Jonathan, 
of Tomlinson (Grafton), and by a power of 
attorney on the latter date by Isaac, of Tom- 
linson, to his son Jacob, of Fitchburg. Doubt- 
less he moved in the spring of 1787, as he paid 
his last real and fioU taxes of lutchburg in 
1785, and his last personal tax in 1786. On 
October 16, 1791, he withdrew his member- 
ship from the First Church of Fitchburg to 
become a member of the Grafton church. He 
married (first) at Lunenburg. February 4, 
1744-45, intentions published January 5, 1744- 
45, Keziah Johnson, who was born September 
7, 1725, and died at Fitchburg, February 7, 
1765, buried in the Lunenburg South grave- 
yard. She was daughter of Deacon Samuel 
and Rebecca Johnson, of Lunenburg. Deacon 
Samuel was son of Edward, of Woburn, Mas- 
sachusetts, son of Major Williams, of Woburn,' 
son of Captain lulward, the English pioneer 
in Charlestown (Woburn), in 1630. Captain 
Edward Johnson was a very prominent man, 
and was author of "Wonder ^X'orking Provi- 
dences of Sinn's Saviour in N. E." Isaac Gib- 
son married (second) at Leominster, Massa- 
chusetts, November 27, 1766. Mrs. .\bigail 
(Darby or Stearns?) Bennett. She died at 
Grafton, November 26, 1808, aged eighty-one 
vears, and was buried beside her husband. 
Children by first wife, born in Lunenburg 


(Fitcliburjjj ; Laac, Novtinbcr 28, 1745; 
John, July 24. 1747; Abraham. June 13, 17.;'), 
died yuinig; Jacob, .March 6, 1751 ; Nathariicl, 
/nentioncd below; Jonathan, December 2.1, 
1754 (not December 22, 1757, as entered on 
Lunenburg records) ; David, January 22, 1757 ; 
Solonii n, Noventber i';, 175^': .\brali;un, June 

13, 1760; Keziah, SeiUeniber, ; Rebecca, 

about 1764, probabl}' at Lunenburg; .\nna, 
December 0, I'jh — . 

(\") Nathaniel, son of Laac Gibson, was 
born at Lunenburg, February 22, 1753. and 
died at Salisbury, \'erniont. He married 
(first) June 25, 1776, Hannah ilrown, born 
at Lexington, Alassachiisetis, .\\>x\\ 2^6, 1753. 
died at Grafton, Ai^ril 3. 1789. daughter of 
Daniel and Anna (Bright) Brown; (second) 
July 6, 1791, Mrs. Keziah Hayward, of Graf- 
ton. He was a soldier in the revolution, a 
pri\ate in Captain Ebenezer Bridge's company. 
Colonel John \\ hitcomb's regiment, on the 
Le.xington Alarm, April 19, 1775; also private 
in Captain John Fuller's coriipany. Colonel .\sa 
W'hitcomb's regiment, at the siege of Boston, 
in 1775. Children: Isaac, baptized at Lunen- 
burg. June 8, 1777: Hannah; Ferris, Decem- 
ber 13, 17S3: Nathaniel. December 24, 1784: 
Jerusha, February 10. 1787; Keziah ; Jerusiia, 
at Grafton, F"ebruary 2"] , 179S; Roswell, men- 
tioned below. 

(\"1) Roswell. son of Natiiam'el Gib.-on, 
was born at Grafton, April 24, 1800, and died 
at Camden, New York; January 28, 1857. He 
married, January 24, 1824. Hannah Edson, 
who was born at Minot. Maine. December 19, 
1802, and died at We^t Camden, Oneida 
county. New York, July 22, 1893. They lived 
at Morence and Cam len, Oneida county. He 
was one of the organizers of the church at 
Mcndon, \'erniont. January 2t^. 1836. Chil- 
dren : \ esta, born at Shrewsbury. October 26, 
1824, died November 23, 1893, at West Cam- 
den, married Elias Chapman; Orson Berlin. 
at Shrewsbury, May 29, 1826, married Han- 
nah Maria Gray; .\u--tin Roswell. at Shrews- 
bury, January 21, 1828, died 1833: Susan, at 
Mendon. November 17, 1821;; Julia, at Men- 
don, August 17. i8"3i : Roswell .Austin, at Men- 
don, November 17, 1S33, married Jane Fen- 
field Blake; Louisa .Ann, at Mcmlon. January 

14, 1S36. married Franklin L. Blake: Cyrus 
Delos, mentioned below : Caroline Elizabeth, 
at Florence, March 9, 1840, married Ora E. 
Porter: .Alonzo Seluslia, at Florence. June 3, 
1842, married Emeline Winchester; .\nna Me- 
li.ssa, at Florence, born and died November 2(1, 
1844: Irving Edson, of Bennington, state sen- 
ator, born at Florence, March 2},. 184^), mar- 
ried Afary E. .Abbott. 

(VII) Qtus Delos, son of Roswell Gibson, 

was l.'orn at hlorencc. New York, March 13. 
1838. He was a soldier in the civil war, en- 
listing .August 30, 1862, in Company C, 169th 
Regiment, New York \'o!unteer Infantry; was 
wounded at second battle of Bull Run; piu- 
uioted corporal November 18, 1864, and ser- 
geant May 1, 1S65. discharged July 19, 1805. 
1 1 e took part in twenty-si.x battles. He received 
Ins early education \\\ the jniblic schools of 
I amdcn, and afterward tauglil school at Benn- 
ington, \ ermont. After the war he settled at 
Bennington, after working at his trade as car- 
jienter in i'diut, Michigan, and for thirty-five 
years was a druggist in Bennington. His son 
Ora succeeded hmi. He was a member of the 
Methodist Episcojial church, and of George .A. 
Custer I'ost, Clrand .Army of the Republic, of 
Bennington, of which he was past commander. 
He was also a member of Stark Lodge, No. 9, 
Odd I-'ellows, and of the encampment and 
canton, and held in succession the various 
offices in these orders. He died October 2~ , 
1912. He had retired several years previously 
on account of ill health. After disposing of 
his store, he had established an insurance busi- 
ness which he conducted a number of years. 

He married (first) February 13, 1861, 
Amelia Ostrander, who died January 19, 1864. 
He married (second ) December 19. 1865, Lucy 
Jane Houghton, who was born in Wilmington, 
X'ermont, August 15. 1844 (see Houghton). 
When she was two years old her parents went 
to Bennington, and when she was nine years 
old she removed with them to Easton, Penn- 
sylvania. She attended the public schools of 
Benninglon and Easton. She is a member of 
the Methodist church, and active in Chistian 
and charitable work, a prominent member of 
the Woman's Relief Corps, an au.xiliary of the 
Grand .Army, holding the ot^'ice of state presi- 
dent of this association. She was formerly a 
member of the Rehekah Lodge of Odd Fel- 
lows, of the A'illage Improvement Society, and 
of the Fortnightly Club. Children by second 
wife: I. Mora A., born at Flint. Michigan, 
.\ugust 9. 1867 ; married, June 25, iSSo. Fred 
C. \ an N'leck, of Bennington, born at Water- 
ford, New A'ork, July 30, 18^)4; a druggist; 
children: Hilda Ruth \'an X'leck, born No- 
vember 24, 1S91, employed in a banking house 
at North .Adams: Buel Gibson \'an X'leck, 
May 3, 1894. in Bennington, engaged in the 
automobile business in North .Adams. 2. Ora 
E., born at Bennington, May 22, 1870; mar- 
ried. March 22. iS(/), Elizabeth Frances Finlan, 
born at West Eaton, New A'ork, November-i4. 
1872 ; he was a druggist at I'ennington : died 
there November 2~. 1904; he succeeded to his 
father's business as a druggist: was a well- 
known citizen : liis widow now- resides with her 








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cliil'.lren in Detroit, Michigan; children: ]<ay 
( laije, born Jul)' 7, 1S91, graduate of L'niver- 
sit\' uf \ eininnt, now a chemist in Detroit, 
Michitjan, in the Michigan Smelting & Re- 
finery Works ; Doris, March 3, 1893. graduate 
of Albany Business College; Gladys, Xovem- 
her 25, 1894, graduate of Bennington High 
Sclii:ol, 1913. 3- Gage G., born at Bennington. 
Ai'iil 7, 1880. died August 4. 1SS7, at Benn- 

(The Houghton Line). 

In the genealogy of the Houghton family 
recently publishefl. doubt i? thrown upon the 
previously generally accepted lineage connect- 
ing the two -American immigrants with Sir 
Richard Houghton, of luigland. Ralph and' 
John Houghton came to America together in 
all probability, and both settled in Lancaster, 
.Marsachusctts. Ralph was born between 1623 
and 1625; John about 1624. It is generally 
believed that they were cousins, but they may 
ha\e been brothers. That they were related 
seems to be a fact. In some way, not \et 
proved in every generation, howex'er, both 
Ralph and John were doubtless of the Eng- 
lish Houghtons. wliose line is given below. 

(I) Herverus came with the Con(|ueror in 
K/yj, and received grants in Xorfolk, Suffolk 
and Lancashire. (II) Walter, son of Her- 
verus, liad five children by wife Maud, daugh- 
ter of Theobald dc \'alois. (HI) Hamo I'in- 
cerna. son of Walter, married Maud, daughter 
of Richard Bussel, second Baron of Pen- 
wortham, Lancashire: her father gave Hamo 
the manor of Hocton, and from this is derived 
the surname Houghton. Her grandfather was 
Roger de Busti or Bussell, joint Lord of P.lack- 
burn at the time of the Conqueror. (TV ) Wil- 
liam, son of Hamo, married, in 1 140. widov.- of 
(^itotYry de Favarre. ( \") .\dam de Hocton, son 
of William, was living in 1154-1189. (\I) 
.■\dam de Hochton, son of .Adam, i.^ mentioned 
in a deed of 1200. ( \TI ) Sir .-\dam de Hoch- 
ton. son of .\dani, was mentioned in 1221. 
(\ III) Sir .-\dam de Hochton, son of .Adam, 
was a knight in 12^)6, and married Agnes. 
(L\) Sir Adam de Hochton, son of .Adam, 
married .\vicia Hoghwick, and died in 1280. 
( X ) Richard, son of Sir .Adam, became a 
knight in Lancashire: married Sybil, daughter 
of William de Len. (XL) Sir .Adam, son of 
Sir Richard de Houghton, married Philippa : 
second. Ellen: was a knight and died in 13S6, 
(XH ) Sir Richard, son of Sir .Adam, married 
Jane: was a knight. fXIin .Adan: de Hogh- 
ton, son of Sir Richard, died before his father. 
iXl\') Sir Richard, son of .Adam, was a 
km'ght in 14J4 and died I4f>8. (W) Henry. 
son of Sir Richard, knight in 14^8. married 
Helen . (X\T) Sir William, son of Sir 

Henry, was knighted in 1483: married .Mary 
.'^outlnvorth. (X\TI) Sir Richard, son of Sir 
William, was born 1473, '^'^cd 1558; married 
four times. (X\TII) Thomas, son of Sir 
Richard, was born 1541, and was killed in 
1589; sherilT of Lancashire. He built Hough- 
ton Tower in Lancaster, during the reign of 
P.lizabeth. Chiklren: Sir Richard, born Octo- 
ber 26, 1570, died 1630 (he had fourteen chil- 
dren, and the evidence appears to show that 
while he may have been grandfather of Jcihn 
and Raljih, the American immigrants, he was 
not the father); William; Thomas, married 
Catherina, daughter of John Hoghton, of Pen- 
delton, and left four daughters, his co-heirs 
(some genealogists give him a son John, be- 
lieved to be the .American immigrant) ; .Adam; 
Henry ALary ; Catherine, married Thomas 

( I ) John Hmighton, father of the .American 
immigrant John, according to the belief of th.e 
author of the Houghton Genealogy, was buried 
at Eaton Bray, P.edfordshire. England. April 
28. 1618. He has not been connected abso- 
lutelv v.ith the above English line. 

(II) John Houghton, son of John, nien- 
ti(ined above, was baptized May 19. 1593- He 
i,- supposed to be the John Houghton named 
in the passenger list of the shii> '.".Abigail," June 
30. 1635 : this John returned to England to his 
family after the religious troubles th.ere had 
subsided. His age, given on the list as four 
years, is doubtless incorrect. John Hough- 
ton, of Eaton P>ray, marrietl Damaris Buck- 
minster, and was church warden of St. Mary'^. 
Eaton Brav, in i62C>-3o. Xo further record of 
this John is found ; the shii) record may have 
referrecl toanother person, as spelling of names 
in passenger li-^t records were not to be ile- 
pende'd on. 

(HI) ]r,hn Houghton, the immigrant an- 
cestor, sen of John, was born December 24. 
1(124. ;!t Eaton Bray, and came to Xew Eng- 
land about 1647-50. with wife Beatrix, and 
Ralph Houghton, probably his cousin. He 
lived for some time in Dedham, Massachusetts, 
and about 1652 moved to Lancaster. His fust 
heme was between Clinton and South Lan- 
caster, on Dean's brook ; after the massacre he 
lived on the old common, south of the road, 
nearly opi)osite the Reform School. He lived 
in Woburn after the massacre, until Lancaster 
was resettled. He had a very large Ian 'ed 
estate in the present towns of P.erlin, Clintcm 
and Rolton. He married, about 1648-49, P.ea- 

trix , wlio died Jainiary 8, 1711-12. She 

married (second) Benjamin Bosworth. Hough- 
ton was a promment citizen, deputy from Lan- 
caster to the general court in iT/kd. and died 
April 29. i()S4, aged sixty years ; he was buried 


i-liildren in Detroit, .Michigan; chililrcn: Ivay 
( lai,'e, born July 7, 1S91. graduate of L'nivcr- 
sitv of \'ermoiit, now a chemist in Detroit, 
Michigan, in the Michigan Smelting & Re- 
tinery Works; Doris, March 3, 1893. graduate 
of .\lbany IJusiness College; Gladys, Xovem- 
bcr 25, 1S94, graduate of Bennington High 
School, 1913. 3- Gage G., born at IJcnninglon. 
Ai'iil 7, ifc'80. died August 4. 1SS7, at l.Seun- 

(The Houghton Line). 

In the genealog\ of the floiightou family 
recently published, doubt is thrown upon the 
previously generally accepted lineage connect- 
ing the two American immigrants witli Sir 
Richard Houghton, of England. Raljih and' 
John Houghton came to America together in 
all probability, and both settled in Eancaster. 
Ma.^sachusctts. Ralph was born between 1623 
and 1625; John about 1624. It is generally 
believed that they were cousins, but they may 
have been brothers. That they were related 
seems to be a fact. In some way, not yet 
proved in every generation, however, both 
Ralfih and John were doubtless of the Eng- 
lish Houghtons, whose line is given belo\v. 

(]) Herverus came with the Conf[ueror in 
u/j6, and received grants in Xorfolk, Suffolk 
and Lancashire. (II) Walter, son of Her- 
verus, had five children by wife Mauri, daugh- 
ter of Theobald (K- X'alois. (HI) Hamo Rin- 
cerna. son of Walter, married Maud, daughter 
of Richard Bussel. second Baron of Pen- 
wortham, Lancashire ; her father gave Hamo 
the manor of Hocton, and from this is derived 
the surname Houghton. Her grandfather was 
Roger de Rusfi or F.ussell, joint Lord of I'lack- 
burn at the time of the Conqueror. (IV ) Wil- 
liam, son of Hamo, married, in 1 140. widov.' of 
GcotTry de Eavarre. ( V) .-\dam de Hocton. son 
of William, was living in 1154-1189. ( \ I ) 
.•\dam de Hochton, son of .Adam, is mentioned 
in a deed of 1200. ( \"II ) Sir .-Vdam de Hoch- 
ton. son of .\dam, was mentioned in 1221. 
(\ HI) Sir .-\dam de Hochton, son of Adam, 
was a knight in 126G, and married .Agnes. 
(I.\) Sir .Adam de Hochton, son of .Adam, 
married .Avicia Plog'nvick. and died in 12S0. 
(X) Richard, sou of Sir .Adam, became a 
knight in Lancashire: married Sybil, daugluer 
of William de Len. (XI) Sir .Adam, son of 
Sir Richard de Houghton, married Philippa ; 
second. Ellen; was a knight and flied in 13S6. 
(XII) Sir Richard, ^^on of Sir .Adam, married 
Jane; was a knight. (XIII) .Adam de Hogh- 
ton, son of Sir Richard, died before his father. 
'XI\') Sir Richard, son of .Adam, was a 
knight in 1444 and died 14^^. (W) Henry. 
son of Sir Richard, knitrht in 145S. married 
Helen . (X\T) Sir William, son of Sir 

Henry, was knighted in I4>'^3: married Mary 
.^outhworth. (.\\TI) Sir Richard, son of Sir 
William, was born 1473, '''"^'^ 1558; niarried 
four times. (X\TI1) Thomas, son of Sir 
Richard, was born 1541, antl was killed in 
15S9; sheriff of Lancashire. He built Hough- 
ton Tower in Lancaster, during the reign of 
Elizabeth. Children: Sir Richard, born Octo- 
ber 26, 1570, died 1630 (he had fourteen chil- 
dren, and the evidence appears to show that 
while he may have been grandfather of John 
and Ralph, the .American immigrants, he was 
not the father); William; Thomas, married 
Catherina, daughter of John lioghton, of Pcn- 
delton, and left four daughters, his co-heirs 
(some genealfigists give him a son John, be- 
lieved to be the .American immigrant) ; .Adam; 
Henry Mary; Catherine, married Thomas 

( I ) John Houghton, father of the .American 
immigrant John, according to the belief of tb.e 
author of the Houghton Genealogy, was buried 
at Eaton Bra}'. Bedfordshire. I-'.ngland. .April 
28. 1618. He has not been connected abso- 
lutely with the above English line. 

(II) John Houghton, son of John, men- 
tioneil above, was baptized May 19. 1593. He 
i> supposed to be the John Houghton named 
in the passenger list of the ship '.'.Abigail,"' June 
30, 1635 : this John returned to England to his 
family after the religious troubles there had 
subsided. His age. given on the list as four 
years, is doubtless incorrect. John Hough- 
ton, of Eaton Bray, married Damaris Buck- 
minster, and was church warden of St. Alary's. 
Eaton Brav, in 1629-30. Xo further record of 
this John is found ; the ship record may have 
referred to another person, as s[)elling of names 
in passenger list recortls were not to be de- 
pende'd on. 

(III) John Houghton, the immigrant an- 
cestor, sen of John, was born December 24. 
if)24. iil I'laton Bray, and came to Xew Eng- 
land about 1647-50, with wife Beatrix, and 
Ralph Houghton, probably his cousin. He 
ii\ed for some time in Dedliam. Massacliusetts. 
and about 1652 moved to Lancaster. His first 
heme was between Clinton and South Lan- 
caster, on Dean's brook; after the massacre he 
lived on the old common, south of the road, 
nearly oi)j)osite the Reform School. He lived 
in Woburn after the massacre, until Lancaster 
was resettled. He had a very large lan'ed 
estate in the present towns of r.erlin. Clinton 
and Bolton. He married, about 164S-49, Bea- 
trix , who died January S. 1711-12. .'^he 

married (second) Benjamin I'.osworth. Houi;h- 
ton. was a pronnnent citizen, deputy from Lan- 
caster to the general court in iC>C)0. anrl died 
April 29. 1684^ aged sixty years : he was buried 

•'■I ,? '■ [/. 


in the Old Granary burning grouiKl, Boston. 
His will, dated April 8, if>84, was proved June 
7 following. Children: John, born 1650, in 
Eiiglnud, according to tradition; Robert, men- 
tioned below; Jonas, born i66o, in America; 
Mary, March 22, 1661-2; Benjamin, July 25, 
1663; Beatrix, December 3, i6(^>5 ; Sarah, July 
30, 1672, in I.ancaster. 

(IV) Robert, son of John Houghton, was 
born in Dedham, May 28, 165S, and died Janu- 
ary 7, 1723. After the destruction of Lancas- 
ter he lived for a time in Woburn, Massachu- 
setts, settling in Clinton, Massachusetts, after 
his father's dealh, on what is now called ''The 
Acre." On July 31, 1704, he and his family 
suffered lo.sscs in llic Indian raid, as did many 
others in Lancaster, as shown by the petition 
from the inhabitants for help from the general 
court, November 13, 1704. He married, 1680, 
Esther Leppingwell, born 1657, died j\Iarch 13, 
1740. Children: Hannah, born January 12, 
16S3; fJeatrix, November 3, i(>85; Isabel, Sep- 
tember 6, 16S7; Abigail, June 18, 16S9; Elea- 
zer, i6yo; Robert, 1691 ; Gershom, 1692 ; Eben- 

ezer, April 3, 1693; Martha, April 3, ; 

Josliua, mentioned below; Mary, twin of 
Joshua; Thomas, February 3. 1705. 

(\') Joshua, son of Robert Houghton, was 
born August 30, 1695, twin of Mary. He mar- 
ried, June 8, 1719, Elizabeth Bennett, who 
died March 13, 1740. Children: Jerusha, 
born Alarch G, 1720; Saul, July 6, 1722; Orpha, 
January 6, 1724; Vashti, July 7, 1726 ( ?) ; 
Joshua, September 29, 172S; Solomon, men- 
tioned below; Titus, June 16, 1732; Hiram, 


(VI) Solomon; son of Joshua Houghton, 
was born August 5, 1729. He married, Febru- 
ary 30, 1748, Deliverance Ross. Children: 
Molly, born August 18, 1752; Thamer. August 
3, 1754; Lois, December 18, 1756; Solomon, 
F'ebruary 18, 1758; Philemon, mentioned be- 
low; Hiram, August 25, 1763; Nahuin, April 
25, 1766; Benjajnin, April 3, 176S; Richard 

(VII) Philemon, son of Solomon Hough- 
ton, was born April 19, 1761. He was a soldier 
in the revolution, in Captain William Green- 
leaf's company, Colonel Josiah Whitney's regi- 
ment, in August, 1777, at the battle of Benn- 
ington (see Mass. Soldiers and Sailors in the 
Revolution, viii, p. 3t>6). Afterwards he and 
his brother Hiram settled in Brattlcborough. 
\'ermont. In 1790 he was living at Brattle- 
borough, according to the first federal census, 
and had in his family one male and three 
females besides himself. At the same place 
were Hiram. John, Tames. Jeremiah and 
Phinehas Hougliton. all heads of families. He 
moved to Marlborough, \'ermont. and finally 

tu Wilmington, in that state, where he died and 

was buried. He married Mary . His 

father was a loyali>t in the revolution, and 
served as paymaster in the English army. 
After the war he went to England and died 
there. His will, ii is said, bequeathed his prop- 
erty to any of his children who would swear 
allegiance to the king. .All the sons were in 
favor of the colonies and several were soldiers 
in the army. One daughter finally went to 
Canada anil fulfilled the requirements of her 
failier s will for tae sake of tlie property. Lhil- 

dren of Philemon: Lucy, married 

Hatch, a fanner at Halifax, \ eniKuit ; Laura, 
married Charles Dounison, a farmer of \\ il- 

mington ; Sophia, married Haven, a 

farmer of Halifax ; Judge Houghton, a promi- 
nent lawyer and jurist of Massachubetts ; 
Emory, mentioned below. 

(V IH ) l-'mory, son of Philemon Houghton, 
was born at Whilingham, Vermont, December 
31. 1800, and died at Bennington, October 11, 
1S84. He left home when a young man and 
went first to Canandaigua, New York, and 
then to Rochester. New York, where he be- 
came proprietor of the Accjueduct Hotel for 
a number of years. He returned to \'ermont 
in about 1837-38, and lived for a while at Wil- 
nnngton. Afterward he was traveling sales- 
man and demonstrator of a kiln for burning 
lime, which he had invented and patented, and 
made his home at Eastoii, Pennsylvania. In 
1846 he removed to Bennington, Vermont, and 
conducted a chair factory. He remained about 
ten years in Easton, and then returned to 
Bennington, Vermont, where he resided until 
his death. In religion he was a Universalist ; 
in politics a Republican. He married Sarah 
Bigelow Smith, who was born at Whitingham, 
Vermont, August 14, 180S, and died at Benn- 
ington, No\-ember ID, 1890, daughter of Jona- 
than and Olive (Bigelow) Sniith. Her father 
was a farmer at Whitingham. Children: i. 
George Riley, born at Canandaigua, New York, 
April 18, 1833, died at Bennington, October 
21, r87o: had a large crockery store in Potts- 
ville ; retired on account of ill health and made 
his home in Bennington; married Susan 
Troxell; (second) Ella Cluell, who married 
(second) Jesse Hopkins ; she is living at Benn- 
ington. 2. Charles H., born April 13, 1836; 
died at Rochester, May 24, 1837. 3. Laura, 
born November 22, 1837, at Wilmington : mar- 
ried David Long, of Easton, Pennsylvania ; 
she dietl at Bennington, where he now resides. 
a retired foreman of the knitting mills at Brad- 
ford ; chilflren: Edward, a musician of Benn- 
ington ; William Long, a foreman in Cooper's 
Mills, Bennington : George Long, died aged 
sixteen ; Alice Long (adopted), died aged nine- 



a-cii. ■)■ <-'l''irles Henry, born April 27, 1841, 
,„ Wilmington; married Matilda Smith, of 
J-.-;. 11; lie died at ISeiinington, October 12, 
jv:-(i; was a shoemaker at Bennington. 5. 
i iR-v Jane, married Cyrus D. Gibson (see Gib- 
■,ii!i). f>- I'rederick Lewis, born June 13, 1S47, 
in lU'iinington, where he is now living, a needle- 
ri.ikcr by trade; married (first) Geneva Shaw, 
.-.nd had two children: Nellie, \vho died 
\imng, and Gertrude, who married Roy Bar- 
iii'y; (second) Helen Bartlett, and had two 
ilnidrcn: George, who died at Boston, aged 
r.Mietecn years, and Charles, who reside? at 
Tiov, New York; he married (third) Alice 
I'.all, and had one fon, Frederick. 7. James 
.Xde'bcrt, burn at Bennington, A()ril 11, 1S50; 
iiMrned Jennie (Thompson) Rochelle; he is a 
iRcdle-makcr at Bennington; children: Lena 
.M;i)-, born August 6, 1SS6, in Bennington ; and 
Robert W'illard, November 6, 1S93. 

The Wilco.--; family is of Saxon 
WILCOX origin and was seated at Bury 

St. Edmunds, county Suffolk, 
lingland, before the Norman Concjuest. Sir 
John Dugale, in the 'A'isitation of County Suf- 
folk,"' mentions fifteen generations of tb.e fam- 
ily previous to the year 1600, tracing the line- 
age to the year 1200, when the surname came 
into use as an inherited family name. In the 
old records Wilcox, Wilcocks, Willcox and 
\\'ilcock?on and W'ilco.xson are used inter- 

(I) William Wilcox, Willcox, or Wilcox- 
son, \vas born in 1601, at -St. Albans, Hertford- 
shire, l^lngland, and came to this country when 
tiiirty-four years old, in the ship "Planter," 
lia\ing a certificate from tlie minister at St. 
Albans, .\nother William Wilcox settled at 
Cambridge, Massachusetts, and became pro- 
prietor of that town and a town officer; was 
admitted a freeman, May 25, 1638; died No- 
vember 28, 1653, leaving a will in which he 
nientions various relati\es and friends. Wil- 
liam Wilcox first mentioned was probably re- 
lated to the Cambri'Ige n'.an. He was admitted 
as freenian in Ala-^sacluisetts. December 7, 
i''>36 ; was a linen weaver by trade, and in 1639 
removed to Stratford. Connecticut. He was 
deputy to the general court at Hartford in 
I'M/- He died in 1652. He married ^Largaret 

, who was born in 161 1. Children: 

John, born 1633; Joseph. 1635, settled at Kill- 
ingworth ; Samuel, mentioned belov,' ; Obadiah, 
i''>4i, lived at Guilford; Timothy, died June 
Lv 1713. a deacon: Elizabeth, married Henry 
Stile^: Hannah, married Lieutenant Daniel 
Haydcn : Sarah, married John Meigs: Phebe, 
married Bird.-ey. 

(II) Samuel, son of William Wilcox, was 

born about 1639, and died March 12, 17 13. He 
settled at Windsor, and was sergeant of the 
military compairy. He had a grant of land at 
Meadow Plain, now Simsbury. He married 
Hannah — - — —. Children : Samuel, horn April 
15, 1666; \\'illiam, mentioned below; Joseph; 
doubtless other children. 

[lU) Wilharn (2), son of Samuel Wilcox, 
was born about 1670, and settled at Simsbury. 
He married Elizabeth \\'ilson. Children all 
probably born :it Simsbury: John; \ViIliam; 
Amos, mentioned below; Azariah, July 27, 
1706; l^erhalls other children. 

(I\'j Am.js, son of William (2) Wilcox, 
was liorn about 1700, at Windsor or Simsbury, 
whither his father removed. He married, at 
Simsbury. November 6, 1728, Joanna Hillyer 
(afterwards spelled Milliard), daughter of 
James and Joanna (Hayes) Hillyer. Joanna 
Hayes was burn at \\'indsor, October 2, 1692, 
daughter of George Hayes, the immigrant, who 
came to Windsor from Scotland. James 
Hillyer was son of James and Mary, daughter 
of John and Aim Wakefield, and widow of 
Ebenezer Dibble (N. E. Reg., 1882, p. 38S). 
Children of Amos and Joanna, born at Sims- 
bury: -.Vmos, mentioned below; Ruth, Janu- 
ary 10, 1732-;^^; Ezckiel, June 10, 1735; 
Joanne, May 26, 1740; Elizabeth, September 
25. 1743; Lucy; Esther; James, February 10, 
1751. Sergeant Amos died December 27, 1775. 

(V) Colonel Amos (2) \\'ilcox, son of 
Amos ( I ) Wilcox, was born at Simsbury, May 
15, 1730; married there, June i, 174Q, Han- 
nah Hoskins. Fie was captain of the Simsbury 
com]iany responding to the Lexington Alarm, 
April 19, 1775, and William Wilcox was his 
lieutenant.' He was major in Colonel Roger 
Enos' Third Battalion in 1776, commissioned 
in October ; promoted lieutenant-colonel May, 
1779; resigned, 1780; served in i8th Regiment. 
Children, born at Simsbury : Amos, mentioned 
below ; Roger, January 9, 1752 ; David, Decem- 
ber 2, 1753; Hamiah. December 17, 1755; 
Phebe, June 26, 175S: Zelek, November i, 
1763; Elizabeth, July 26, 1765; Joel, twin of 
Elizabeth; Robeit. November 12, 1767. 

(\'I) Amos (3), son of Colonel .Amos (2) 
Wilcox, was born at Simsbury, Alarch 11, 
1750. He was living in Simsbury, Hartford 
county, Connecticut, in 1790, and was the only 
one of the name reported. He had in his 
family three sons under sixteen and tliree 
females at that time. He appears to have been 
in the revolution, as well as his father. He 
was a private in Captain John Brown's com- 
pany, .\ugust 19-25, 1776; also in Captain 
Jared Shepard's company. General Erastus 
Wolcott's regiment. March 28 to May 10, 1777. 

(VH) Amos (4), son or nephew of .^mos 


(3) Wilcox, was born at or near Simsbury, 
Connecticut, about 1775, and died in Stock- 
bridge. \ erniunt, rbont 1845. He went to \''er- 
niont when a young man and foHoweel farming 
ail his active lite. He married Sarah Rogers, 
who was born in Connecticut, and died in 
Slockbridge. Children, all born at Stock- 
bridge: I. Israel, a farmer, died near Cliicago, 
Illinois. 2. Hannah, married Uavid Davis, a 
farmer at Aurora, Illinois, where husband and 
wife both died; two of their sons were killed 
in the service during the civil war. 3. Sybil. 
married Cyrus Edson Jr., of ^le^do^, Ver- 
mont, a farmer; both died in Bennington, Ver- ; children: Me'vin ; Sarah A., married 
Edward Norton, of Bennington; Amos; Al- 
bert, and Ara O. 4. \\'illiam. died in Rutland, 
^'ermont, a farmer; one of his sons, Henry, 
resides at Rutland, and another, Jolui, at 
Bethel, \'ermont. 5. Silas, mentioned below. 

(Mil) Dr. Silas Wilcox, son of Amos (4) 
\\"ilcox, was born at Stockbridge, A'ermont, 
September 6, 1S17, and died at Bennington, in 
February, 1S63. He came to Bennington in 
1836 and located iu the village of Old Benn- 
ington. He studied medicine imdcr the guid- 
ance of Dr. Thompson, and was a practitioner 
at Bennington all his active life. In 1S53 ^'^ 
represented the town in the state legislature. 
He was a Democrat in politics. He married 
Susan Edson, who was born in 1810, in Men- 
don, and died in 1850, at Bennington, \'ermont. 
She was a daughter of Cyrus and Hannah 
(Hudson) Edson, of an old family of Bridge- 
water, Massachusetts. Cyrus Edson wa^ born 
on the day of the battle of Bennington, and 
went to Elaine wdien a young nan. afterward 
coming to Bennington. Children of ."^ilas \\ il- 
cox: I. Nel-on 1'.., died in infancy. 2. Silas 
Rollin, mentioned belov.-. 3. Alfred B., born 
January 20, 1844; died in Hoosick Falls, New- 
York, 1907; married Sarah Gibson, of Lon- 
donderry, X'ermont ; now living at Hoosick 
Falls : he was a foreman in Woods" machine 
shop in Hoosick- Falls; served as a drummer 
boy in 30th New York Regiment, and served 
two years. 4. Nelson O., born August, 1847; 
was a drummer in 4th Vermont Regiment, 
enlisting in i86t, and reenlisting after serving 
first term of three years; died in th.e Soldiers' 
Home at Bennington; married Fannie ^I. 

(IN) Dr. Silas Rollin Wilcox, son of Silas 
Wilcox, was born at Bennington, \'ermont, 
July 20, 1839. He attended the public schools 
of his native town and the Old Bennington 
Seminary and the Burr & Burton Seminary of 
Manchester, fie was also for a time in the 
public schools of Hoosick Fa'i •, New "S'ork, and 
at the Troy Conference Acadetuv, at Poullncv, 

\'ermont. in 1854 he was apprenticed to the 
potter's trade in the crockery department of 
the pottery at Bennington. He followed his 
trade until he came of age, and then began to 
study medicine at l^ennington in the office of 
his father, .\fter his father died in 18^)3 \w 
continued the stud)- of medicine under the in- 
struction of Dr. Henry J. Potter and at the 
Metropolitan Medical College of New York, 
from which he was graduated with the degree 
of Doctor of Medicine in 1864. He returned 
to l'>cnninglon after graduation, and imme- 
diately I'Cgan to practice in that town, and has 
continued to the present tiiue. He won a 
jjromincnt place in his profession and ranks 
among the foremost as well as the oldest physi- 
cians in the county. He is a member of vari- 
ous medical and other organizations. In relig- 
ion he is a Baptist ; in politics a Republican. 
He married, October 25, 1S64, in the Bapti^t 
church at Bennington, Carrie E. .Fisk, who 
was born at Bennington, and educated there 
in the ))ublic schools. She is also a member of 
the Baptist church. She is a daughter of John 
D. and Emily (Olin) Fisk, of Bennington. Her 
father was a blacksmith in that town, coming 
thither when a young man. Children of Silas 
Rollin and Carrie E. Wilcox: i. Emma M., 
born November 28, 1866; resides in Boston, 
Massachusetts : uniuarried. 2. John I"., died 
in childhood. 3. Dexter D., died in cliild- 
hood. 4. Julia Fisk, born DLcember 24, 1874; 
married Dr. V.. B. Pierce, of Putney, superin- 
tendent of the State Tuberculosis Sanatarir.m 
at Howell. Michigan; children: Janet. Ray- 
mond W. and Allen. 5. Susan M., born Au- 
gust, 1878; married R. L. Davis, of Hoosick 
Falls, a druggist, now residing in Hud-on 
Falls, New York ; one daughter, Helen L. 6. 
Caroline L.. born July, 1884; married H. R. 
Buell, of Perry. New York, now residing in 
that town; one daughter. Laura W. 

Three immigrants by the name 
GODFREY of Godfrey came to Massa- 
chusetts before 1650. Francis 
Godfrey settled at Duxbury, where he had a 
grant of land in 1G3S; lie removed to Marsh- 
field and finally to Bridgewater. His will, 
dated October 29, 166 — , proved July 30, tOUj, 
bequeaths to wife Elizabeth; daughter Eliza- 
beth Cary, w-ife of Jolin ; grandchildren John 
and Elizabeth : servants John Pitcher and Rich- 
ard Jennings, a minor; had goods at Provi- 
dence and Bridgewater. John Godfrey came 
in the ship "^^ary and John." March 24. 1638, 
lived at Newbury, .-\ndover; was aged fifty 
rears in ifVSi. William Godfrey settled at 
\\'atcrtown. removed to Hampton, New Hamp- 
shire ; died March 25, 167 1. leaving a will dated 

. // ,Xvi ,M ■ ■ -.y i 

NEW p:ngland. 

(.iiti»ln-T 2, 1667, having sons I^aac and John 
(j.Mlfrcy, and other heirs. It is believed that 
t|;c Ca[>e Cod family at Chatham and else- 
uiicre is descended from }'"rancis Godfrey. 
The Coiniecticiit family is descended from 
tliristophcr Godfrey, who settled before 1685, 
at (jreen's I-"arms, Fairfield, Connecticut. 

(1) Richard Godfrey settled in Taunton, 
Massachusetts, as early as 1652, and owned 
land there in that year. He married a daugh- 
ter of John Turner. He married (second) 
.March 26, 16S4, Alary Phillips, a widow. He 
(lied at Taunton in 1691. Children: Richard, 
mentioned below; John, settled in Rhode 
Island, a mariner at Newport, commanded a 
pi i\ateer in 1689, and was taken by the French, 
C)ctober 25, 1693 ; left a son John and three 
daughters — Saiah, Mary and Penelope; Rob- 
ert; Jane, married, 1670, John Cobb; Alice, 
married Peter Holbrook ; Susanna, married. 
July 10, 1682, Edward Kettle. He was doubt- 
less related to George Godfrey, of Chatham, 
who had : George, born 1663 ; Samuel, Moses, 
Richard. Jonathan and daughters. 

(H) Richard (2), son of Richard (i) God- 
frey, was born at Taunton, about 1655. He 
married, January i, 1679-80. Mary Richmond. 
He died .-\ugust 14, 1725; his wife November 
5, 1732. Children, born at Taunton: Alice, 
.August 20. I'^So: Richard, March 11, 1681, 
soldier in Queen .Aim's war 1702; Mary, May 
29, 1682; .Abigail, November 5, 1684: Joanna, 
July 30. 16S6: Sarah. May 15. 1689: Jolm. 
October 3, 1^191 : Jc^eph, March i. 1694-95. 

nil) Cajjtain John (Godfrey, son of Rich- 
ard (2) Godfrey, was born at Taunton, Octo- 
ber 3, i(x)i, and died November 4. 1758. He 
married. February 2. 17 16. Joanna Gooding, 
born March 13, 16S7, died March 9, 1765, 
daughter of George and Deborah Gooding. He 
was captain of the Taunton company. Chil- 
dren, born at Taunton : Child, died May 19, 
1711); George, mentioned below; John, De- 
cember 24, 1723, died No\cmber 26, 1749; 

( IV ) General George Godfrey, son of John 
•Gddfrey, was born at Tatmton, March 10, 
1720-21. He was a private in the French and 
Indian war. and rose to the rank of major, 
1771, and colonel, before the revolution (1774). 
He was the first brigadier-general commis- 
sioned in Bristol county, complimented for hi? 
service in Rhode Island. Fie lived on Tre- 
niont street. He was an assessor of Taunton 
for thirty years; county treasurer from 1776 
to 1791 ; selectman 1789-90-91 ; deputy to gen- 
eral court, 1770-71-72, 1779, 1784: justice of 
the peace many years, marrying 150 couples, 
ani] keci)ing death, records. Five bushel? rif 
his old papers were discovered a few years ago, 

and extracts are printed in the "History of 
Taunton" (Emery). He was conmiissioned 
brigadier-general January 30, 1776, until July 
15, 1781. He was chairman of the committee 
of correspondence and safety during the revo- 
lution. He was a man of ready wit, sound 
judgment, tenacious in his opinions. He died 
January 3, 1793. He married (first) Jime 

30, 1739, Eydia ; (second) May 9, 

1744, liethiah Hodges, of Norton, who died 
January 2, 1786; (third) Sejitemher 2, 1786, 
.Abigail (Shaw) Dean, of Middleborough. 
Children were baptized by Rev. .Mr. Fisher, of 
Tainiton. Child by first wife: Deborah, Octo- 
ber 30, 1740. Children by second wife : Lydia, 
May 21, 1745: Joanna, November 5, 1747; 
Bethia, Se[)tcmbcr 22, 1749; Mary, November 
8, 1751 ; W'elthca, May 21, 1756; George, men- 
tioned below: Rufus, July 8, 1761 ; Linday, 
March i, 1766. 

(\ ) George Godfrey (2d), son of General 
George Godfrey, was born at Taunton, Sep- 
tember 17, 1758. He was also in the revolu- 
tion, a private in Captain Ichabod Leonard's 
comi}any. Colonel George Williams' regiment, 
in 1776, and nine months in 1778, when he 
gave his age as nineteen, height five feet eleven 
inches, complexion light, hair dark, eyes black 
(vol. vi., p. 526, Mass. Soldiers and Sailors in 
the Revolution). He removed to Bennington, 
\'ermont, about 1789. The census of 1790 re- 
ports that he had two luales under si.xteen and 
two females in his family. He married, De- 
cember 28. 1782, Abigail, daughter of Cap- 
tain John King, of Raynham, Massachusetts; 
she was a tall, stately lady. They were said to 
be the handsomest couple ever married in 
Taunton church. He died at Bennington, aged 
about seventy years (see New l'2ng. Reg., xvii, 
p. 235). Children, born at Taunton: James, 
born April 30, 1784; Sanuiel Leonard, April 
7, 1786; .Abigail. .April 20, 1788; others at 
Bennington, including Bradford, mentioned 

(VI) Bradford. ?on of George Godfrey, 
was born at I'lcnnington, 1799, and died there 
in 1865. He was educated in the public 
schools, and learned the tratle of carpenter and 
wheelwright. He was a member of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church, and of Bennington 
Lodge. Independent C)rder of CMd Fellows. 
He married Sarah McC,o\van. who was born 
in the north of Ireland and came to this coun- 
try when three years old witli her parents, who 
settled first in Elizabeth. New Jersey, after- 
ward in Bennington, where she died. Chil- 
dren, born in Bennington: i. .Alice L.. 1837: 
married Luman I\ Norton, son of Julius Nor- 
ton, of Bentiington ; she died June 7. 1913. 2. 
George Godfrey, 1839, a railroad rhan, died 



near Omaha, Nebraska. 3. Frederick, men- 
tioned below. 

(VII) Frederick, son of Bradford Godfrey, 
was born at Bennington, Vermont, May 16, 
1841. He attended the public schools of his 
native town and the seminary at Manchester, 
Vermont. In i8(>o he left school to become an 
apprentice at the potter's trade in stoneware. 
He enlisted, August 10, 1S61, in Captain 
Pratt's company, 4th \'ermont Regiment \ ol- 
unteer Infantry, and servetl three years and 
ten months, receiving his honorable discharge, 
July 13, 1S65. He took part in the battle at 
Lee's Mills, the Seven Days' Fight in the 
I'eninsular ca!n])aign, the battle of Antieiam, 
the battle of Fredericksburg, Second Bull Kun, 
the battle of Gettysburg, of Rappahannock 
Station, and served in the campaign in the 
Shenandoah \'alley under General Sheridan. 
He was in the battles of Cedar Creek and the 
Wilderness. At Antietam he received a slight 
wound, and he was wounded again at the siege 
of Richmond, and also at Cold Harbor, Vir- 
ginia. He went into the service with the rank 
of sergeant, was reduced to the ranks, and 
restored several times. He was witii his regi- 
ment in New York to suppress the draft riots. 
After he was mustered out he returned to his 
trade at Bennington and worked at the making 
of stoneware there until 1883. For a short 
time he was employed in the knitting mill at 
Bennington. In 1S91 he was appointed deputy 
sheriff of the county, and to this office he de- 
voted his time until igo6), when he succeeded 
the late Henry Wilson as sheriff and filled his 
une.Kpired term. He was elected to the office 
of sheriff in 1908, and has continued in office 
to the present time by successive reelections in 
1910 and 1912. lie served the town as con- 
stable for a period of fifteen years, and has 
been collector of taxes in Bennington for eight 
years. In politics he is a staunch Republican, 
a leader of his party for many years. He at- 
tends the Protestant Episcopal ciiurch of Benn- 
ington. He is a member of Mount Anthony 
Lodge, No. 13, Ancient Free and Accepted 
Masons, of Bennington, and has been its senior 
deacon. He is a member of the Sixth Corps 
Post, Grand Army of the Republic. 

He married (first) in 1865, Eldora Bradford, 
daughter of George S. Ilradford. dece.Tsed, a- 
knitting manufacturer. He married (second) 
November 10, 1894, at Crown Point, New 
York, Margaret Eeeman. born at Cornwall, 
New York, daughter of RoUin Reeman. a 
farmer living at Crown Point. Child by first 
wife: Helen Bradford, died aged nineteen 
years. Child by second wife : Bradford Cus- 
ter, born at Benningti_jn, December 22, 1S05, 
a student in the Bennington high school. 

The McCullougli, Mc- 
McCULLOUGH Culloch or Macullar 
family is of ancient 
Scotch origin. Before the year 1000, the fam- 
ily was seated in Wigtonshire and Kirkcud- 
brightshire, and in later centuries s])read 
througii the country. A branch in Ulster Prov- 
ince, Ireland, spells the name as do most of 
the .-\merican families, ]\IcCullough. Of 130 
children born in .McCulIough families in Ire- 
land in 1890, no less than 106 were boin in 
Antrim, Tyrone and Down, the Scotch-Irish 
counties. Alexander McAula, of Durling, had 
a thousand acres in the precinct of Portlough, 
county Donegal, Ulster, before 161 1. In the 
precinct of Boylagh, in the same county, James 
.McCulloch had a thousand acres. The orig- 
inal grant to James McCulIoch was in iTno, 
among the first gi\en by King James in his 
effort to make Ireland a Protestant country. 
McCulIoch was a gentleman of Drnmmovell, 
Wigtonshire, Scotland. He moved thither, as 
shown by later reports of royal commissioners. 
About the same time we find David ^IcCuUagh 
in the precinct of Clanchy, county Cavan. In 
1653 Captain James McCulIough was one of 
the popular Scots ordered out of county .\ii- 
trim by Cromwell. Corporal James ^icCul- 
lough, of the same county, was also ordered 
to Munster county at the same time. But the 
family appears to have prospered in Ireland. 
From the north of Ireland came a number of 
McCuUoughs in that great stream of immigra- 
tion that poured into this country from 1718 
until the revolutionary war. 

( I ) Alexander McCulIough, descendant of 
■ one of the pioneers to Pennsylvania, was born 
in 1793. He lived in the Welsh Tract, Dela- 
ware, near Newark, and died there in 1838. 
He was a farmer all his active life. He was a 
pious and consistent member of the Baptist 
church at Iron Hill, in the Welsh Tract. In 
jjolitics he was a \\'hig. He married Rebecca 
Griffith, daughter of John Griffith, a farmer, 
also of the Welsh Tract, of a Welsh family, 
descended from Rhees Rhyderch. Children, 
born in the Welsh Tract: i. Sarah, died at • 
Glasgow, Delaware ; married Nathan P. Boul- 
den, who was a prominent citizen of Glasgow, 
collector of Wilmington, Delaware, for many 
vears, member of the house and senate in the 
Delaware legislature. 2. James, a clerk, died 
unmarried, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 3. 
P.eniamin. a farmer in Kansas, and clerk in 
Philadelphia, where he died, unmarried. 4. 
lohn Griffith, mentioned below. 5. Alexander 
Daniel Web.ster, an employee of the Central 
Pacific Railroad Company, died at San Fran- 
cisco, California. 6. Mary .-\nn. died young, 
(li) Hon. John Griffith McCulIough, son of 



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Alexander McCullouRh, was born Sfptcnibcr 
i(). '.835. ill the Welsh Tract, near Newark, 
r)i.-huvare. He was but tlircc years old when 
his fallicr died, and but seven when he lost his 
mother. His early life was spent in the homes 
of relatives, and he attended the public schools 
of his native place. Largely as a result of his 
own labor and savings he was enabled to secure 
a liberal education. When he was twenty 
years old he was graduated in 1S55 with high- 
csL honors from D^-laware College. Soon 
afterward he began to study law in I'lic office 
of .'^t. George Turker Cainpbell, then perhaps 
the foremost lawyer in Philadelphia, and sub- 
sequently he entered the law school of the 
University of Pennsylvania, fiom which he 
was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of 
Laws in 1858. In the same year he was ad- 
mitted to the bar and began to practice. After 
a serious pulmonary attack he found his health 
impaired and was advised to live in a milder 
climate. lie made an ocean voyrge to Cali- 
fornia in 1S59, and soon after his anival was 
admitted to the bar and resumed the practice 
of law in Mariposa, California. Although he 
had intended to follow his profession in his 
new- home, he found himself soon drafted into 
the public service, as a leader of the party 
favoring the Union, when the coniin? of civil 
war divided the territory into opposing camps. 
The secession sentiment was strong, a-id the 
friends oi the south active and earnest. Just 
in time to frustrate the plans of the Confed- 
eracy, however. General Edwin V. Sumner 
supeiscded Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston in 
command of Fort .Mcatraz. General Sumner 
found in Mr. McCuUough an efficient and cap- 
able ally and adviser. Mr. McCullough was 
nominated for the general assembly by the Re- 
publicans and WiLT Democrats in i8^>i. He 
made a brilliant canvass, speaking boldly and 
eloquently in favor of the L'nion. The dis- 
trict in which he wa^ a candidate had been 
previously strongly Democratic, but he won by 
a decisive majority. In the legislature he 
proved to be one of the leaders, a brilliant 
speaker, and to his voice, his pen and his per- 
sonal activity and influence in the state, the 
Union owed much in winning California for 
the north. .-Mtiiough hi^ senatorial district was 
overw-hehningly Democratic, he accepted the 
nomination of the Republican party for sena- 
tor in 1S62, and after a bitterly contested elec- 
tion he was elected. His able and brilliant 
record as a state senator gave him a state-wide 
reputation and materially strengthened the 
l^nion sentiment in the state. In 1863, by a 
handsome majoritv. he was elected attorney- 
general of the state. During the four years 
of his term in this office he made his home at 

Sacramento. In iF'Cy he was renominated, but 
that was a year of defeat for his party, and 
though he led his ticket he was not reelected. 
In 1P67 he practiced law in San Francisco and 
during the next five years he was one of the 
leading lawyers of the state. In 1873 ^^ 1^^' 
California, retired from his profession, and 
made his home in Bennington, X^crmont, where 
lie gave his attenti()n to the railroad, financial 
and varied business interests in whicli he had 
been employed. He had ahead}' acquired an 
amiilc fortune, and his financial ability had 
been demonstrated, b'or eight years he was 
largely occupied with the affairs of the Panama 
railroad, of which his father-in-law was presi- 
dent. From December 10, 1874, to .-\pril 12, 
1883, he was vice-president and manager of 
the Panama Railroad Company, and from 

1853 to 18S8 its president. Under his admin- 
istration the stock of this company rose from 
les'^ than par to more than ?3O0 a share. In 

1854 Mr. McCullough became a director of 
the Erie Railroad Conijiany, ami was later 
chairman of the executive committee. In 1893 
he was appointed one of the two receivers to 
reorganize the company, and in less than three 
yeai s the property passed into the control of 
the new company in better physical condition 
than ever, without floating debt, and with cash 
and securities \alued at more than 
.Since September, 1890, ^ilr. McCullough has 
been president of the Chicago & Eric Railroad 
Company. From 1877 to 1883 he was vice- 
president of the Piennington & Rutland Rail- 
road Company, and from 1883 to 1900 its 
president. He is president of the First Na- 
tional Bank of North Bennington; director of 
the Bank of New York, the New York Secur- 
ity & Trust Company, the Fidelity &: Casualty 
CVinipany, the National Life Insurance Com- 
pany, the American Trading Company, the 
New York & Jersey City Tunnel Railroad 
Coir.pany. th.e Central \'ermont Railroad Com- 
pany, the .Atchison, To[;eka & Santa Fe Rail- 
road Company, the Lackawanna Steel Com- 
panv. and other corporations. 

Seldom if ever is seen a man of such promi- 
nence in the political affairs of two states. .After 
making his home in \'ermont. Mr. McCullough 
maintained his interest in the Republican party 
and its candidates. He became one of the 
most prominent and popular campaign speakers 
in the state, and from the first was counted 
among the le;idcrs of his party. In almost 
every Reiniblican state convention for a quar- 
ter of a century he took an active and leading 
part, fie was a delegate to the Republican 
national convention in 18S0, 1S88 and 1902. 
In 1S9.S he was elected state senator. In 1902 
he was elected governor of Vermont, after an 

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excitinj,' and strenuous campaign in wliicli the 
Governor's political enemies were bitter and 
inalitjnant in tlieir attacks. Hi.-; administration 
was notable for its business-like character, and 
takes rank among the best of recent years. In 
Renninglon, G(i\ernor McCullough has always 
shown a keen interest in municipal affairs and 
the jniblic welfare. He was a prime mover in 
the lienniiigton Battle Monument Association, 
and served on the committee to ^ elect a design. 
He marrietl. August 30, 1S71, Eliza Hall 
I'ark, daughter of Treuor W. J'ark, grand- 
daughter of Hon, Hiland Ha'J, a governor of 
Vermont, congressman, author of a history of 
\'ermi>nt and other historical works. I\Ir. and 
Airs. AfcCullough have travelled extensively 
in this country and abroad. Children; i. Mall 
Park, born June 23, 1872; married Edith A. 
\'an Benllniysen; children: lildith, Elizabeth, 
Ethel, John G. (2d). 2. Elizabeth Laura, born 
July 22, 1873; married Rev. Thornton F. 
Turner. 3. Ella Sarah, born July 20, 1S74; 
unmarried. 4. Esther Morgan, liorn March 
19, 1S88 ; unmarried. 


The name Hunt is from the Saxon 
word "hunti," 3 wolf. This word, 
used in connection with the wolf, 
rsnie to m^an the pri'-sn't of all game. The 
family prolril.ily took t'le name on account of 
prowess in tl;e hunting field. Other forms of 
the name are ilundt, Huntus, Hontus, Hund- 
ing,, flunte. Hunter, etc. An Adam 
le Hunt lived in Nottingliam, England, as early 
as 1295. .-Vmong the many jMoneer settlers of 
New England of this surname were: Edmund, 
of Cambridge, 1634, and of Duxbury, 1637; 
Robert, cjf Cliarlestown, and of Sudbury, 1638; 
Enoch., of Weymouth, 1640; William, of Con- 
cord, 164 1 : Peter, of Rehoboth, 1644: and 
Bartholomew, of Dover, New Hampshire, 1640. 
(T) Bartholomew Hmit, undoubtedly of 
RngIi^h parentage, ap[icais at Dover. New 
Hampshire, as early as 1(^40. Soon thereafter 
he removed to Newport, Rhode Island, where 
he was made a freem:m of the colony in 1655. 
He continued to reside tliere until his death 
in iC)S/. his will being proved June i6th of 
that year. Tlie Christian name of his wife 
was Ann, and their children were : Bartholo- 
mew Jr., wlio married and lived in Newport 
and Tiverton, Rhode Island; .Adam; Naomi, 
who married aiifl left posterity; Ezekiel. men- 
tioned below; John; and three daughters, but 
of the latter nothing has been ascertained. 

(II) Ezekiel, son of Bartliolomew Hunt, 
was born March 8, i't63. in Newport, and re- 
sided there and in East Greenwich, Rho'le 
Island. He purchased 100 acres of lan<l in 
East Greenwich, in 16S3, which he sold ten 

years later ; and in 1702 purchased a hou-e and 
ten acres of lanil in tiie same town. He died 
in 1748, and by his will his liomestead was to 
go to his son liartholomcw, when of age, and 
if he died it was to go to his grandson Joseph, 
son of Joseph Hunt. His will also gave two 
farms in \\ arwick, Rhode Island, to his sons 
h'zekiel, .'-^anmel and Joseph, and he gave to 
the )'oungest, besides other land, a farm in 
North Kingston. 

(HI) Jose[)h, son of Ezekiel Hunt, resided 
in Warwick, on lands received from his father. 
His wife bore the Christian name of Ereelove. 
Chving to the deficiency of Rhode Island vital 
records, little can be learned regarding many 
branches of this family, which was scattered 
all over the colony and also flourished in 
Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and other towns 

( l\') Joshua, probably a son of Joseph 
Hunt, was born about 1740, and was married 
in Warwick, April 11, 1762, to Phebe .'\rnold, 
who was born March 21, 1744, daughter of 
Simon and Lydia (Greene) Arnold. The\' re- 
sided in Warwick, but no record of the birtiis 
of their children ajipears in Rhode Island. 

(\') Joshua (2), son of Joshua (l) Hunt, 
was uiuloubtedly born in Warwick, Rhode 
Island, in 1775. He resided in Providence, 
where he died May 28, 1841, aged sixty-six 
years. He married a Miss Rhodes, as indi- 
cated by family records, but no record of the 
marriage can be found in Providence records. 
Joshua Hunt was a farmer, and lived in that 
part of Providence, known as Pawtuxet, where 
he also kept a tavern. Living near the water, 
he became familiar with navigation. Desir- 
ing to remove his house from Pawtuxet to 
South Main street, in Providence, he had his 
house loaded onto scows, floating the same 
across the bay. at high tide landing the house 
on its foundation on South Main street, where 
it is still standing. In political faith he was a 
staunch Whig, and served as collector of the 
port of Providence for a period of twenty-eight 
years, being removed from office by President 
Jackson. His children were: Benjamin, who 
was overseer of the poor at the time of his 
death, and had three children — David. Benja- 
min and Joshua ; James, who was a sea captain 
and a pilot all of his life; Sarah, who married 
a Walden, and iiverl on the old homestead: 
Eveline, who married a Thomas ; and Josiah 
.\rnold, mentioned below. 

(VI) Captain Josiah Arnold Hunt, son of 
Joshua (2) Hunt, was born July 2, iSor. in 
Providence. Rhode Island, where he died July 
6, 1844. He was early in life taught naviga- 
tion by his father. .-\t the age of twenty-one 
he was given a ship by his father, of which he 

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became captain, and which was used in the 
coasting trade, taking out ventures. On his 
last Vdvage his wife advised him to buy a 
cargo of dour, but instead lie bought molasses. 
I'lour went up in price and molasses went 
down, and as a result Captain Hunt met vvith 
heavy financial losses from which he never 
fully recovered. Some years later his vessel 
was dismantled, and the hull anchored in the 
Providence river and used for a fish market. 
Captain llunt married, in Cumberland, Rliodc 
Islaml, in (J.tober. 1S20, Lydiu Ma: on, who 
was born I, iSoi, and died November i, 
18S8. and to tliis union there were born twelve 
chi.ldren. one of whom died in infancy: i. 
Corizand.'. married (first) Dexler Pierce; 
children: Cora and Elizabeth; she married 
(second) Jeremiah Knowdes. 2. Zebedee, died 
at the age of twenty years. 3. Fannie, married 
Oliver Dan forth ; children: Frank and Ellen 
Danforth. 4. Mary Hamilton, married Na- 
thaniel Phillips. 5. George -NL, married 
Philena Stanlc\. 6. Susan, married Jacob 
Monroe ; children : George and Frederick Mon- 
roe. 7. Lydia, married Harvey Cooley ; one 
son, Harvey Cooley. 8. Josiah Dexter, men- 
tioned below. 9. Caroline, married Henry C. 
Spooner ; one son. Henry C. Spooncr Jr. lO. 
Charles Henry, wdio was chief of police and 
commissioner of public work of Providence, 
and superintendent of the state institutions for 
a number of years : married Julia Lee, and has 
one daughter, F"annie, who married Charles 
King. 1 1. Joshua, married Josephine Sheldon. 
(VII ) Josiah Dexter, son of Captain Josiah 
Arnold liunt, was born July 20, 183S, in 
Providence. Rhode Island. Owing to ihe death 
of his father wlien he was but six years of age 
he was put tn work at the age of eight years 
in a cigar factory, where he learned to make 
cigars. During a portion of each year until 
he was ten years of age he was privileged to 
attend school, being a pupil at the Federal 
street school, which was then taught uy Miss 
W'heaton, and was punished, so he states, three 
times every day. Some few years ago Mr. 
Hunt, upon meeting Mi^s W'heaton on the 
street, remarked about tlie number of times 
that she [nmished him while attending her 
school, and stated that he guessed he didn't 
get half enough. She replied to him : "Josiah, 
if I owe you anything I am perfectly willing 
to pay you now." At the age of ten years he 
went to live with his uncle on a farm in the 
town of Cumberland, Rhode Island, remaining 
there until he was fifteen years of age. The 
life of a farmer's boy did not appeal to him, 
however, and he ran away from the farm, 
going to New Bedford. Massaclui^etts. from 
wiience he shipped before the mast on a whal- 
ing vovage to the .-\rctic ocean. During this 

voyage, which lasted four \eais, he was pro- 
moted to boat steerer, and harpooned many 
whales. The life of a sailor was not to his 
liking,, and upon his return to land he 
was st> j)leased to leave the vessel that he did 
not even remain long enough to settle u[) with 
the captain of the ves.-el for his four years' 
service. At this time his brother, George M., 
was buiUling a mill at South Braintrec, Massa- 
chusetts, and he there joined his brother, be- 
coming lime-keeper, and while in his brother's 
cnipl.n also learned the trade of bricklayer. 
I'pon the comidetion of this mill, Mr, Hunt 
then returned to L'rovidence, where he again 
entered the cigar-making trade, becoming 
superintendent of the factory of Leonard 
Kingsley, as well as salesman, for which serv- 
ices he received fifty dollars per week. On 
July 19111, 1S62, in response to the call for vol- 
unteers to defend the flag of iiis country, Mr. 
Hr.nt promptly resigned this lucrative position 
to enlist in the L'nion army, for which services 
he would receive but thirteen dollars per 
month. F.nlisting as a private in Company F, 
Fifth Rhode Island \'ohmteer Infantry, under 
■ Captain Charles Taft, he was soon made fifth 
sergeant, and in six months had been promoted 
to second lieutenant. Later he was promoted 
to the ordnance department, and made chief 
ordnance officer and engineer, with the rank of 
first lieutenant, having 1200 black and 600 
white soldiers under him. His command was 
engaged in campaigning in West Virginia and 
the Carolinas. finally being stationed at Nevv- 
berne. North Carolina, under General Benja- 
min F. Butler. In December, 1863, Lieutenant 
Hunt received a furlough of ten days from 
General Butler to come north to be married. 
His orders were to return at the expiration of 
his furlough, with a wife, or stand a court- 
martial. Returning to the army after his mar- 
riage he again took up his military duties, and 
among the important expeditions of the Fifth 
Rhode Island was one which has received but 
little attention from historians, although it was 
one of the most hazardous that was attempted 
during tiie civil war. In April, 1S63, General 
[•"oster left Newberne with all of the detach- 
ments of the different regiments quartered 
there, excepting the I'ifth Rhode Island, and 
[)rocecded to Little Washington to take the 
garrison jiost at that ]ioint. which was being 
defended by General .A. P. Hill. General Fos- 
ter was surrounded and his soldiers starving, 
as they harl only taken but three days' rations. 
-A scout broke thrcaigh the enemy's lines, and 
returning to Newberne reported to Colonel 
Sissmi the situation, and wanted relief for Gen- 
eral Foster up the river. Colonel Sisson had 
been left with only the Fifth Rhode Island Regi- 
ment, and realized that it would be a perilous 




advcnuirc, Ikiicc would not order his men to 
go. They were drawn up in line and asked to 
volunteer. Witii one exception all pronipth- 
answered '"Aye." Colonel Sisson asked the 
soldier who had said "No" to step three paces 
to the front. Ininiediately Jacob Tate stepped 
forward. He was asked why he had refused, 
and quickly replied to Colonel Sisson : "1 

didn't w'ant it to be too d- unanimous." 

Preparations were immediately made for the 
trip up the Tar or Palmioo rive' , Lieutenant 
Hunt was called upon for f'lltce ; ion.; of [..'W- 
der and six tons of ammunition. The com- 
missar) was called upon lor provisions for the 
entire trocips. The tioojis, pro\i^ions and : ni- 
munition were lor.did on the escort, which 
drew six feet of water, and the deepest water 
in the channel of the river was but six feet and 
six inches. The escort, which was piloted by 
a North Carohnan, was compelled to pass 
under the guns of three batteries, and, in load- 
ing the boat. Lieutenant Hunt had the pilot, 
house banivaded vith bales of hay, leaving 
only room for tlie pilot to look ahead. Not 
knowing the trustworthiness of the pilot, Colo- 
nel .Sisson and Colonel Toole stood back of 
him with drawn revolvers, ready to shoot him 
on the spot in case he turned tiaitor. They 
passed the gunboats at the mouth of the river 
succcosfull}- under co\er of nigiit, and were as 
far up the river as Swan Poiri when one of 
the batteries disco\ered them. Tiie escort was 
so close to the river bank, however, that the 
guns could not be sufficiently dejiressed at that 
point to do them any damage, but did serve to 
wake up the battery thice miles up the river. 
When th.ey reached the latter point the tire of 
the battery's guns was so severe that the men 
were compelled to go into the hold of the boat, 
and covered the powder stored there with their 
bodies. A shot from the battery struck the 
walking beam of the escort, breaking the lynch- 
pin. One of the soldiers, seeing tlie damage 
done, jiim[)ed to a position where he could re- 
place the broken pin before a stroke could be 
lost. Proceeding up the river tiiey passed 
Rodman Point under a twrlvL-gun battery. 
Here the boat lan agrouml. but by prompt 
action of the pilot they backed olf. arriving at 
their destination about midnight. In landing. 
Colonel Sisson drew up his men, numbering 
about four hundied, in company formation, 
each company being understood to represent 
a brigade, for the purpose of deceiving the 
enemy as to the number of recnforcements. 
Then the order came: "First Prigade. for- 
ward march ; Second Brigade, forward march." 
and so on until all were landed. The pickets 
of the Confederates hearing the five brigades 
landed, reported the same, and the Con fed- 

erates immediately picked up their tents, like 
the Arabs, and silently stole away in the still- 
ness of the night, relieving General Foster of 
his perilous position, who had decided to sur- 
render at daybreak. His men had had nothing 
to cat for forty-eight hours, and were so hun- 
gry that upon receiving the supplies of the 
commissary tliey grabbed the cracker boxes, 
throwing them against the rocks to break them 
open, devouring the contents ravenously. On 
the return trip of the escort, the pilot, who had 
taken them so successfully to General Foster's 
relief, was shot dead at his post by a Confed- 
erate sharp-shooter. P^or this extremely peril- 
ous expedition of the Fifth Rhode Island Regi- 
ment the Rhode Island State General Assem- 
bly tendered them a vote of thanks. In later 
years, when Lieutenant Hunt made applica- 
tion for a pension, he looked up the reports in 
the War Department at Washington of this 
relief expedition, and found it was barely 
alluded to, from the fact that General Palmer, 
who should have been in command was ab'iard 
a gunboat in Palmico Sound. Therefor, the 
bravery of the Fifth Rhode Island Regiment 
in the relief expedition of General Foster and 
his command was only treated as a mere inci- 

The ill health of Lieutenant Hunt's wife 
and the fact tliat he had been injured in the 
right eye by a bursting shell, led him to resign 
his commission in March. 1S64. Returning to 
Providence, he again took up his former voca- 
tion of cigar salesman. For a period of forty- 
five years he continued thus employed, during 
which time he was in the employ of but three 
cigar producers. His route comprised the 
territory from Providence to Omaha, Nebraska, 
thence to San Antonio, Texas, thence to Ban- 
gor, Maine, his sales averaging 10,000.000 
cigars per year. Having acquired a competency 
during his many )ears "upon the road," in 1903 
Lieutenant Hunt retireil from active business 

In political faith, Lieutenant Hunt is a stal- 
wart Republican, having cast his first vote for 
.•\braham Lincoln. During the campaign of 
John C. Fremont, in iS^f^. he trained with the 
^Vidc .-X wakes. For a number of years he was 
a member of the Trinity Methodist Episcopal 
Church, of Providence, and while living in 
P.rooklyn, New York, was a class leader, and 
also had a license as a lay preacher, and for 
several years was a delegate to the Lay Col- 
lege. Lieutenant Hunt is an active and \alucd 
meniber of the Grand Army of the Republic, 
having held membership in Prescott Post, No. 
I, of Providence, for a period of forty-five 
\-cars. The e\ening preceding the assassina- 
tion of President William McKinley, Lieu- 

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ifiKint Hunt was in the company of Colonel 
riiccilore Roosevelt, both of whom were among 
the hon.-e guests of Colonel L'rie! It. W'ood- 
Inirv, at liiirlington, \'erniont, during a re- 
union of New I^ngland officers of tl;e civil war, 
who asked him if he had ever received a 
Mcnsion for his services to his cour.try during 
llic civil war, and Lieutenant flunt's re7jly was he had never needed it, hence liad never 
ajjplied for one. to which Colonel Roosevelt 
rejilicd: "Do ;>ou know that the peu-ion list 
is tlie roll of honor for future generation,-, and 
every man who is entitled to a pension should 
make such application." As a result of this 
conversation, Lieutenant Hunt made applica- 
tion and received a pension, (.'olonel Roose- 
velt also stated at this interview that he would 
give all he possessed for the right to wear the 
bronze button of the Grand Army of the Re- 
public. Lieutenant Hunt's coat lapel is dec- 
orated with the emblem of the Masonic organ- 
ization, also the bronze button of the G. .A.. R., 
and in reply t^) questions by his friends, he 
.'■a) s : "With the former I have feasted and 
made merry, but with the latter I have suf- 
fered." He also holds membership in What 
Cheer Lodge, No. 21. A. F. and A. M., of 
l'r(,)\idence, ami I'nity Council, Xo. Jjy, Royal 
-Arcanum, of Providence. 

( ^n December 23. 181)3. returning to Provi- 
dence on a furlough while a soldier in the civil 
war. Lieutenant Hunt was united in marriage 
to Mary Jayne Sheldon, who was born July 
22, 1 84 1, and this union was blessed with one 
daughter — Minnie Lorena, born April i. 1S65, 
who is the wife of Vincent W. Henderson, 
and they have been the parents of two children 
— Marian, who died aged two years, and Helen 
Decker, born February 23. 1903. Mrs. Hen- 
derson has in her employ a mulatto servant 
\\lK>m her father brouglit from Newberne. 
North Carolina, when lie returned from the 
war, and who has been a trusted servant in his 
household ever since. Mrs. Hunt passed 
away in P>rookIyn. New York, February 16. 

Lieutenant Hunt contracted a second mar- 
riage. June 18, iyo2, with Miss IHora Phoebe 
Wood, daughter of Jonathan Nichols and Car- 
oline (Greene) Wood, of West Greenwich, 
Rhode Island. Mrs. Hunt before her marriage 
was principal of the Hed'cv .Avenue Primary 
School at Central Falls, Rhode I>Iand. She is 
a descendant of numerous of New Englanfl's 
old historic families, and a prominent member 
of Gaspee Chapter. Daughters of the Amer- 
ican Revolution, of Providence, which she has 
served as corresponding secretary, and is also 
a niembcr of the Pawtucket. Rhode Island. 
Chayitcr. She has a total of eiglu bars to her 
pin, which is the greatest number of any mem- 

ber of the cha])ter, this signifying that she had 
eight ancestors serving in the revolution.ary 

Socially IJeuteiKuit Hunt is genial and of an 
even temp'er ; sympathetic, charitable, warm 
in his impulses, accessible and polite to all, and 
a man who immediately places a stranger 
at ease as though he had known him for years. 
He enjoys good literature and is well read, 
possessing a well selected library, which aflortls 
him am[)le opportunity for literary entertain- 
ment, lie is the last survivor of his fatlier's 
family of twelve children, three of whose four 
sons di>])layetl their loyalty to their country by 
serving in the memorable coiillict between the 
North and South. His winter home is in 
Providence, while his summers are spent on a- 
well-stocked farm of 115 acres in the town of 
Hebronville, in the village of Gilead, Connecti- 
cut, in the up-kee[) and improvement of which 
he takes an especial pride. 

Paul Kendall was founder of 
KENDALL a chandlery and soap business 
in Pro\idence. His children 
were: Benjamin F.. mentioned below; Llenry 
L.. Hiram. George, I-'rank, Jane, Eliza and 
Susan. Hiram died at Providence, August 13, 
1864, aged fifty-five. 

( H) Benjamin F., son of Paul Kendall, was 
born in 1820, and died at Providence, Novem- 
ber 4, 1862, aged forty-two years. He was 
educated in the public schools and was asso- 
ciated in business with his father in Providence. 
He succeeded to the business and developed 
various specialties, including the celebrated 
product known as soajMne. The business is 
now conducted by the Kendall Manufacturing 
Company of Providence, but the Kendall fam- 
ily has no interest in it, having disposed of the 
same in 1912. Mr. Kendall married Julia 
Ballon (see Ballou). Children: i. Henry L., 
who was a commission merchant in Chicago : 

married Kate — — ; his daughter Eleanor 

married Charles H. Lester, a banker of Chi- 
cago, now living at Englewood, New Jerse\'. 
2. Hiram, mentioned below. 3. Ella D., mar- 
ried John C. Sheldon, of Sioux Falls. South 
Dakota : children : Palmer, living in Abeer- 
deen. South Dakota ; Marguerite, married Ed- 
ward McNeil, and had Sheldon McNeil; and 
Mildreda Sheldon. 

(IIP) General Hiram Kendall, son of Ben- 
jamin F. Kendall, was born July 2Q, 1S55. in 
Providence. Rhode Island, and died March 
iS, iqii, in East Greenwich. Rhode Island. 
He attended the public schools, the Water- 
town high school, and Boston University. 
After graduating from Boston l^niversity he 
took a course of study at tlie Massachusetts 
Agricultural College, at .Amherst, Massachu- 



setts. He also passed tlie required examina- 
tion for a lieutenant's coniniission in the regu- 
lar army, but finally deciclcd to enter civil life. 
lie was for man} )ears an important factor in 
the Kendall Manufacturing Cunipan)-, in the 
business which his father and uncle expanded 
fronr modest proportions to oue of great ex- 
tent and profit. After he severed his coniiec- 
tion with the Kendall Manufacturing- Com- 
pany he was superintendent for the Shepard 
Comj)any for a time, and during the last vears 
of his life was in the broicerage bu.-iness, with 
offices in the Banigan Building. Providence. 
His early mditar}- traniing was.nnt wasted. It 
not only served him well in business, but it 
gave to the state of Rh.ode I.sland one of its 
best and most useful militia officers. lie was 
elected to Company C, First Light Infantry, 
Rhode Island State'Militia, .Aprif-^S, 1SS4, and 
immedi.itely made assistant commissary on the 
staff of Major Thornton. He served until the 
following A]M'il, when he was made captain of 
the first regiment, under a commission dated 
May 13. 18S5. His military ability and thor- 
ough training resulted in excellent discipline 
and high proficiency in his command. He was 
elected major April 26. 1889, in the First 
Light Infantry, and retained hi^ commission 
as captain in the First Regiment. He succeed- 
ed ?iiajor J. A. Brown in the hirst Regiment, 
December 13. 1889, and agaiii, February 25, 
i8yi, succeeded Cokmel Brown as lieutenant- 
colonel of the regiment. His commission as 
brigadier-general was dated April, 1892. and 
he served until 1903, when he resigned and 
was succeeded by Brigadier-General Tanner. 
His excellent work in conmiand of the brigade 
brought him into prominence in military circles 
and gave him a national reputation. He was 
the first to introduce competitive examinations 
for non-commissioned officers, and also the 
system of awarding badges for marksmanship. 
This competitioti among the mihiiamen of the 
state for marksmen's badges at rille practice 
at the state armory range is exceedingly popu- 
lar and has resulted in vastly im[iroving the 
skill of the soldiers with their arm:-. 

General Kendall was prominent also in civil 
life. In 1892 he was president of the town 
council of North Kingston, and in 1802 he 
was elected to tlie general assembly of Rhode 
Island, from the city of Providence. He was 
chairman of the military committee of the 
house and among other wise measures that he 
secured was the act rec|uiring tiie state to pay 
rent of armories for the militia throughout tlie 
state. In politics he was a Republican. After 
moving to East Greenwich he was candidate 
for state senator, but was defeated by two 
votes. In 190S he was again a candidate and 
again defeated. He was a member of Hope 

Club; the Squantum .\ssociation ; the Narra- 
gansett Boat Club, of which he was president; 
the Metacomet Golf Club; the Talma Club, 
of wiiich he was the first president ; the First 
Light Infantry \'eleran .Association; the C)ffi- 
ccrs Ritlc Association of Rhode Island. He 
was an expert and enthusiastic golf player. 
His final illness began in the fall before he 
dieil, and he was confined to his bed from 
Thanksgiving Day until he died. The cause 
of death was heart failure and Briglit's disease. 
He was a kintlly. generous man, of attractive 
personality, gifted with great executive ability 
and business acumen. 

He marri<:d, January 5, 1882, Lydia Kent 
Kilburn (see Kilbnrn), who was born June 
6. i85(). Children: I. Hope Kendall, born 
I'ebruary 2(), 1883; married Stephen Nelson 
liourne ('2d), of Flast Greenwich, Rhode 
Island. 2. Marjorie Kilburn, born May 18, 
1 886; married. April 20. 1907, Sydn.ey Tucke 
Curtiss, of New York. 3. Lydia Kent, May 
2T,. i8i)0. 4. Dorothy Elizabeth. June 23, 1893. 
5. Hiram Jr., .'September 17, 1P97. 

( 1 ) This name has been variously sjielled 
Kilborn, Kilbon. Kilburn. Kilbourn and Kil- 
hourne. Thomas Kilburn. the immigrant an- 
cestor, was born in the parish of Wood Ditton, 
Cambridgeshire, England, where he was bap- 
tized May 8, 1578. He was a member of the 
Church of England, and warden of his parish 
church in 1632. He and his wife came to this 
country in 1635 with their younger children, 
embarking at London, .-\pril 13, with Margaret, 
Lvdia, I\Iarie and Frances. They settled in 
W'cthersfield. Comiecticut, where he died be- 
fore 1639. His wife died in 1650, but the 
records show that her estate was appraised at 
three hundred and forty-nine pounds, eight 
shillings, four pence. The family has a coat-of- 

arms in England. He married Frances . 

Children, eight born in Wood Ditton. Eng- 
land ; some of whom came to this country be- 
fore their parents : Margaret, born 1607, bap- 
tized, September 23, 1607; Thomas, baptized 
November 30, ifeo: George, baiitized Febru- 
arv 12. 1612: Elizabeth, baptized May 12, 
1614; Lydia. baptized July 14. 1616; Mary, 
born 1619: Frances, baptized September 4. 
1621 ; John, mentione<-l below. 

fll) John, son of Thomas Kilburn. was 
baptized September 29. 1624, at Wood Ditton. 
England, and embarked for .-\merica with his 
parents and sisters on the ship "Increase." 
.■\pril 13. 1633. when ten years of age. He 
lived in Wethersficid, Connecticut, and was a 
useful and prominent citizen. On September 
24, 1647. he was appointed collector of 
He appears as a landholder May 20. 1649; and 



.Marcli S, 1654, was on a committee to run the 
iKiimdary line between W'etherstield and Mid- 
tllftdwn, beiiij;^ on the committee for the same 
purpose three year^^ hiter ; on the committee to 
run the hne between W'etherstield and Hart- 
ford, April 2, 1655. In May, 16^;:, he was ap- 
pointed seryeant, which title he continued to 
hold from then on. He served in the general 
court in i66f) and for seven sessions. In 1662 
he was appointed a member of the colonial 
grand jury, u liicli ho licld until May, :fA6. He 
often was j^iaiid juror of Ilartfcril ccjuuty, 
and aKo of riarticular courts and courts of 
magistrates. He was conspicuous in tow'ii 
affairs, and held the offices of clerk, lister and 
constable ; and selectman for eleven years be- 
tween 1657 and 16S1 inclusive. He also served 
on many committees, and in October, 1675, 
during" King I'hilip's war, he petitioned the 
council of war 10 be relieved from the office 
of sergeant, which he had held eighteen years. 
He died April 9, 1703, aged seventy-eigh.f. He 

married (first) 1650, Xaonfi . who died 

October i, 1659; (second) Sarah, daughter of 
John Pironson, of Farmington. Children by 
first wife: John, mentioned below; Thomas, 
born 1653; Xaomi, married Thomas Hall. By 
second wife: Ebenezer. 1665; Sarah, married 
Joseph Crane; George. 1668; ]\lary; Joseph, 
1672 ; Abraham. T675. 

(III) John (2), son of John (i) KiUairn, 
was horn February 15. iri5i, in Wethersrteld, 
and died there Xovember 25, 171 1. Soon after 
marriage he settled on the east side of the 
(jreat River, in what is now Glastonbury, then 
Xauhuck, and was made freeman October 13, 
1681. He \'.as prominent in town affairs; 
fence viewer. 1685, 1689; signed petitif>n in 
1690 to have Glastonbury made separate town ; 
selectman there 1693, 1708: constable. 1696. 
1705; lister of \\'ether5field. and in 1710 of 
Glastonbury; grand juror Hartford county, 
1695-1700-1703, and other times : gave land for 
parsonage, October 22. i(x)2. He married 
(first) March 4, 1673, Susannah daughter of 
William Hills, born about 1651. died October, 
170T ; ("second) May I3. 1702. Elizabeth, 
daughter of John Mitchell, of Hartford, wiio 
died June 8. 1718. Children: Susaiuiah, born 
February 4, 1674, died May 7. 1683; John, 
mentioned below; Ebenezer, March 10, 1^179: 
Jonathan, September 17. 1681 ; Renjamin. 
Marcli 30. 1684; Davirl, February 25, 1685; 
.Abraham, August 25, 1691. 

(IV) John (3). son of John (2) Kilhurn. 
was born in C,lastonbury. October 30, 1677. 
and died before 1738. as September 5. 1738. 
his widow married Thomas Horton, of Spring- 
field. In 1710 he was surveyor of Glaston- 
bury. He married (first) January 25, 1699. 
Sarah Kimberly, who died December 2^. T713. 

He luarried (second) at Sfiringlield, Massa- 
chu.setts. September, 1720, Mercy Day. Chil- 
dren of first wife, born in Glastonbury: Sam- 
uel, b'ebruary 13, 1701 ; John, mentioned be- 
low ; Sarah, I7cy>; iienjamin, June 10, 1712; 
Rulh. By second wife, born at Springfield: 
Rachel, July 8, 1721 ; David, March 3, 1724; 
Mary, Xovember 14, 1725. 

(\" ) Captain John (4; Kilburn, son of John 
(3) Kilbmn, was born in 1704, aiul died April 
S, 1789, at W'alpole, Xew Hampsliire. He was 
living in Sprmgfield, Massachusetts, in 1725, 
and in 1737 sold lands in Middletown, and set- 
tled in Xorlhheld, Massachusetts. In 1749 he 
became the first settler of Walpole, Xew 
Hampshire. He was selectman of that town 
six times between 1753 and 1762, and was also 
surveyor, assessor, sealer of weights and col- 
lector of school rates. He served on the com- 
mittee of insjiection and correspondence in 
1 77 1, and in 1782 on a committee to raise 
money for the Continental soldiers, and this 
service entitles descendants to membershij) in 
the re\'olutionary societies. His defense of 
his garrison house, August 17, 1755, against 
two hundred Indians, "was one of the most 
heroic and successful efforts of personal cour- 
age and valor recorded in the atuials of Indian 
warfare." The number of Indians (about 
200) against whom John Kilburn, his son John, 
John Peak (or Pike), his son, and the wife 
and daughter of Kilburn, were obliged to con- 
tend for their lives, shows the disparity of 
forces. Peak was mortally wounrled, the other 
defenrlcrs of the garrison esca]ied injury. Kil- 
burn married (first) October 26, 1732, Mehit- 
able Piasob, daughter of Andrew and Mehit- 
ablc. She died about 1737, and he married 
(second) Hannah Fox, of Glastonbury, who 
died January I. 1807. Children: Mary, born 
Xovember 12, 1733; Mehitable. February 16, 
1734-33: John, mentioned below. 

( \T ) Captain Jt'hn (3) Kilburn, son of 
Captain John (4) Kilburn, was born in Mid- 
dletown. April I. 1736, and removed with his 
father to W'alpole. His name is signed to the 
charter covenant of the town, January 7, 1767. 
He was church treasurer, constable, grand 
juror, ju'-tice of the peace, and member of the 
school comiuittee in 1777. He resided in W'al- 
pole until 1793, when he located at Shrews- 
bury, X'ermont. where he died July 20. 1S19. 
He visited his old home in W'alpole in 1814. 
He was a soldier in the revolution, lieutenant 
of Captain Samuc! W'etherbee's companv. 
1776 (N. H. Rev. Rolls, xiv. p. 4''>i)- He 
married. ^Nlarch 10, 1762, Content Carpenter, 
daughter of Rev. Ezra, of Swanzey. She was 
born in 1740. died October 22. 1813. Children: 
Theodora, born May 10. I7^>3. died January 
-3- T7f'ifi; John. .August 30. 1763; Theodore. 

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December 23, 1768; Ezra C, May 31, 1770; 
Elijnli, mentioned below; Elizabeth, l-"ebruary 
3, 1776; Kslher. October 12, 1778. 

(\JI) Elijah, sou of Captain John (5) Kil- 
burii, was born at W'alpole, September 30, 
1772. He removed to Shrewsbury, \ermont. 
lie married, in 1798, Rebecca Jcnni^on, and 
they had nine children: Harriet. Georpje, 
Josiah, ^lary H., John J., I'Vedeiick, Elijah 
C, Rebecca and William J. The father died in 
Walpole. in 1847. and tiie mother in 1849. 

(VIH ) Geoig'e, son of Elijah Killiiirr., was 
born December i, 1803, in Walpole. New 
Hampshire. l-le married (first) l,aura Hooper, 
and (sccoi'd) Mary Elizp.bcth Kent, of Cuni- 
bcrl'nd, Rhoik IsIaniK 1 lieir only child Ly the 
second marriage. Lydia Kent, born June 6. 
1859. married Hiram Kendall (see Kendall). 
Children by first marriage: Hiram, John. 
Ellen. Edward, Harriet, Laura, Emeline, Mary 
and Elizabeth. 

(The Line). 

The American Ballon families are of Nor- 
man-French descent. Gninebond Ballon, their 
ancestor, was, it is supposed, a marshal in the 
army of William th.e C'onqueror and fought in 
the battle of Hastings, io(')6. His descendants 
lived ill county Sussex. England, until late in 
ti.e fourtk-cnth ccr.luiy, where lliey were ex- 
tensive IdudhoMcrs and held important govern- 
mental offices both in state and church. Later 
many of them settled in other counties of Eng- 
land and Ireland and held large baronial estates 
there. In England and Ireland they have pre- 
served an unbrrken descend of domains and 
titles for at least six hundred years, and in 
Devonshire they have long been distinguished. 
The name has been variously spelled Belou, 
Ballowe. Rclloue, Bellew. etc., but at present 
it is usually written Ballon. 

(I) Maturin Ballon, the immigrant ances- 
tor, was born in Devonshire, England, between 
iCiO and 1620. and came to America previous 
to 1645. the exact date and place of landing 
being unknown. He is first mentioned as a co- 
proprietor of Providence Plantatior.s, Rliode 
Iskmd, January 10. 1646-47. He wa.' admitted 
a freeman there May 18, 1638, together witli 
Robert Pike, who became his father-in-law 
and with whom he was intimately associated 
all his life. Their home lets stood adjacent. 
in the north part of Providence as originally 
settled. Various parcels of land are recorded 
to have been subsequently assigned to him, but 
nothing definite concerning his character and 
standing is known. He died between Febru- 
ary 24, t66i, when he had land assigned to 
him. and January 31. t6/'>3. His wife was 
Hannah, daughter of Robert and Catherine 
Pike, whom he married between 1646 and 

1649, probably in Providence, l^hode Island. 
She died at the age of eighty-eight years. Chil- 
dren, born in Providence: John, 1650; James, 
mentioned below; Peter, 1654; ILannah, 165O; 
iN^athanicl, died in early manhood; Samuel, 
i(36o, drowned June lo, 1669. 

(H) James, son of Maturin Ballon, was 
born in Providence, in 1652. Soon after his 
marriage in 1683 lie settled in Loquasquissuck, 
originally a part of Providence, now I^incoln. 
It is sujiposcd that he began preparations to 
settle there some time before, and his original 
log house was erected before 16S5. His sec- 
ond home, a framed house, stood near tlie 
same site, and the well still remains. On Octo- 
ber 22, 1707, his mother and sister Hannah 
deeded to him all the property which had come 
to them from his father, and this with his own 
inheritance of lands from his father made him 
owner of several hundred acres, together with 
his homestead. To this he added other tracts 
by purchase until he became owner of about 
a thousand acres. His most important acquisi- 
tions were in what was then Dedham and 
Wrentham, most of which became the north 
section of Cumberland, Rhode Island. His 
first purchase in tins locality was made early in 
1690. the grantor being \\'iniam Avery, of 
Dedham. In 1706 he added to this enough to 
make several farms which he afterwards con- 
veyed to his three sons — James, Nathaniel and 
Obadiah. Tliis division was made April 11, 
1 71 3. In July, 1726, he made a gift deed to 
his youngest son. Nehemiah. of lands situated 
in Gloucester. Rhode Island, and at the same 
time gave to Samuel his home farm. His will 
was made April 20, 1734, and in 1741 he ap- 
pears to have made another arrangement of his 
affairs in relation to his personal estate, wdiich 
he distributed among his children. The exact 
date of his death is not knov.n. but it is sup- 
posed to have been soon after the settlement 
of his affairs. He was a man of su()erior abil- 
ity, enterprise and judgment. He married, 
Julv 23, 1683, Susanna, daughter of Valentine 
and Mary Whitman. She was born February 
28. 1658. at Providence, and died prgbably in 
1725. Children: James, born November i, 
1684; Nathaniel, mentioned below; Obadiah, 
September 6. i68<5; Samuel. January 23, i(i92- 
03; Susanna, January 3, 1695-96; Bathsheba, 
February 15, 1698; Nehemiah. January 20, 

(IIT) Nathaniel, son of James Ballon, was 
born at Providence, April 9. 1687, and died 
January 11, 1747-48. He married, December 
7, 17 16, Mary Lovctt. daughter of James. Chil- 
dren, born in Wrentham : Ilannah. December 
I. 1717; Ruth, January 3. 1720; Amariah, Feb- 
ruarv 27, 1722: Noah, mentioned below; Ste- 
phen. March 18, 1731 ; Sarah : Mary. 




(I\') Noah, son of Nathaniel Ballou, was 
honi at W'rcntham, August 3, 1728, in what is 
now Cunihcrland. Rhode Island. Jlc was a 
nicniher of the I'aptist church for thirty-nine 
years, and a devout Christian. He dietl March 
JO. 1X07. He married (first) October, 1750, 
Abigail Kazce, daughter of Joseph. She died 
September 10, 1794, and he married (second) 
July 7, i7;/>, Abigail Cc>ok, widow of Dam'el 
Cook Jr. She died September 18, 1808. Chil- 
dren, born at Cimiberland : Absr.Ioin, April 
16, 1752; Mercy. June 5, 1754; David, March 
21, 1756; Keziali, December 6, 175"; Noah, 
July 29, 1759; Silence and Abigail. t\' ins, Sep- 
tember 7, 1761; Oliver, November 4, 1763; 
Ziba, of whom further; Eliel, February 20, 
1767; Aniariah, Februar)- 14, 1771. 

(V) Ziba, son of Noah Ballou, was born at 
Cumberland, August 5, 1765. He had part of 
the homestead. He died in Cumberland, Au- 
gust 29, 1829. He married, March 2, 1788, 
Molly Mason, born April 12, 1771, died March 
27, 1839, daughicr of Jonathan Mason. Chil- 
dren, born in Cumberlani.l : James, November 
12, 178S; Stephen, Sejitember 9, 1790; Jona- 
than, February 29, 1792; Ebenezer Mason, 
August 4, 1794; Charles, Novemlier 9, 1796; 
Keziah, December 25, 1758; Fenner, men- 
tioned below; Hiram, December 27, 1S02; 
Nancy George, October 25, 1804; Henry 
Green, July 25, 1S06; F.mnia Ann, May 17, 
180S; ^lary, March 3, 1813; Louise S., Janu- 
ary 23, 1815. 

( \'l) Femier, son of Ziba Ballou, was born 
at Cumberland, January 18, iSoi. He mar- 
ried, October 24, 1823, Julia Ann. daughter 
of Augustus and Bathsheba (Arnold) Aldrich, 
of Smithficld. Children: Samantha Pening- 
ton, born October 20, 1824; Ziba, Jaiuary 13, 
1827; Alvah Franklin, January 6, 1828; 
Cyrena Aldrich, April 3, 1830; Julia married 
Benjamin F. Kendall (see Kendall). 

Ralph She[)ard, tlic immigrant 
SHEPARD ancestor, was born in England 

and came 10 this country in 
July, 1635, on the ship "Abigail." He ilied 
September 11, i'j93, at the age of ninety years. 
With him came to New England his wife 
Thankus, then aged twenty-three according to 
the passenger li-t. and his daughter Sarah aged 
two years. He was a tailor by trade. He set- 
tled first at Charlestown, but in 1636 he was 
one of the pioneers of the town of Dedham, 
and afterward lived at Rehobotl:. at Wey- 
mouth, at Concord and finally at Mahlen. Mas- 
sachusetts. He was a town officer of Wey- 
mouth in 1(^45. He was buried in Maiden. 
Children: Sarah, born in 1633. in England; 
Thomas, mentioned below; Isaac, born at 

Weymouth, June 20, 1639; Trial, born De- 
cember 19, 1641, married Walter Power; 
Abraham; Thankus. bom at Maiden, February 
10, 1651-52, married, at Chelmsford, December 
13, 16C19, Peter Dill; Jacob, June, 1653. 

^H) Thomas, son of Ralph Shcpard, was 
born about 1635. He resided at Maiden and 
Milton, Massachusetts: was admitted to the 
church at Charlestown, September 2, 1677, and 
was dismissed to the Maiden church. January 
31, 1689-90. He married (first) at Charles- 
town, November 19, ir)58, Hannah, daughter 
of Thomn« and F.lixabcth Ejisign, of Scituate, 
Massachusetts. She died March 14, 1697-98, 
aged fifty-nine years. He married (second) 
Joanna White He died at IMilton, September 
29, 1719. Flis will was dated at Milton, April 
10, 171Q, and proved December 22, 1719. His 
wife died August 5, T701), at Milton. He 
owned many lots in Charlestown. He be- 
queathed to sons, Ralph, John, Jacob and 
David, and to children of his daughter Han- 
nah. Childi-en: Thomas, mentioned in the 
will of his Grandfather Ensign; removed to 
Bristol and New Haven, Coimecticut ; married, 
December 7, 1682, Hannah Blanchard. 2. 
Hannrdi, married. May, 1681, Joseph Blanch- 
ard. 3. John, born at Maiden; married (first) 
March 26, i(>()o, . Persis Peirce, (second) 

Rand. 4. Ralph, mentioned below. 5. 

Jacol), married Mercy Chickering, November 
22, 1699. 6. Isaac, resided in Concord and 
Norton, Massachusetts. 

(III) Ralph (2), son of Thomas Shcpard, 
was born at Maiden, in January, 1G66-67. He 
lived in-Brookline (Muddy River) and at Mil- 
ton, where he died January 26, 1722. He mar- 
ried M.arah . His children settlcfl in Mil- 
ton and Stoughton. Children: i. Ralph, mar- 
ried, April 28, 1726, Sarah Spurr. 2. John, mar- 
ried. May 18, 1721, Rebecca Fenno, of ^Iilton. 
3. Mary, married, February 6, 171S, Jason Wil- 
liam^, at Milton. .;.. Haimah, married, No- 
vember 29, 1716, Manasseh Tucker. 5. Na- 
tlianiel. born in 1705. died May 15, 1753. ^■ 
Sarah, married. ^larch 30, 1727, John Ireland, 
at Milton. 7. Thomas, mentioned below. 

(IV) Thomas (2). son of Ralph (2) Shcp- 
ard, was born about 1710. at Milton or Brook- 
line, dicfl February 6, 1782, He married (in- 
tention d;\ted November 29. 1735) .Amity 
Morse, daughter of Rev. Joseph Morse, of 
Stoughton. She died March 7. 1747-48, in her 
thirty-eighth year. Thomas Shcpard deeded 
the lot for the burying ground to the town of 
Canton in consideration of five pounds. John 
Puffer and Benjamin Blackmail being trustees 
for the town. This lot was on th.e west side of 
Shepaid's farm, some si.v or seven rods from 
the highv.ay to the southward ; it had been 

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used as a burial place for thirty years. In 
1750 Thomas Sliepard, iCzekiel Fisher and 
Stephen lladlani were given permission t< > 
build at their own expense a porch on the east 
end of the meeting house at Canton. Chil- 
dren born at Canton, formerly Stoughton: 1. 
Samuel, mertiontd below, 2. Jacob, born 
A])ril 17, 1730. 3. .\mity, born March 31, 
1741. 4. Unity, born April 5, 1745. 5. Wil- 
liam Knsij;n, born January 9, 1746-47; a sol- 
dier in the re\o!ution ; lived at Canton. 

(V) Samuel, son ol Tluimas (2) Shepard. 
was born at Canton, March i, 1730-37. He 
settled in his native town. Samuel Shepartl, 
of Stoughton, was a soldier in the revolution, 
a private in Captain I'eter Talbot's compain, 
Colonel Lemuel Robinson's regiment, on the 
Lexington Alarm ; also a corporal in Captain 
Simeon Leach's company, Colonel Benjamin 
Gill's regiment, marching from Stoughton to 
Braintree, March 21, 1776. when the Eriiish 
warships were in Boston harbor, and serving 
at Uorehester 1 1 eights at tb.e time of the evacu- 
ation ; also sergeant in Captain Robert S\\ an's 
company. Colonel Benjamin Gill's regiment 
(see "Soldiers and Sailors in the Revohition," 
vol. xiv, pj}. 118, 127J. He married Ruth 
Downes. Children born in Canton, formerly 
Stoughton : 1 . Samuel, born February 6, 
1762. 2. Lemuel, bom March 25, 1763. 3. 
Jamawell. born I'ebruary 3. 1765, died M.iy 4. 
1783. 4. Ruth, born June tj, lyhb. 5. Ral])h, 
mentioned below. (■>. Luther, born May 20, 
1770. 7. Amity, born March 16, 1773. 8. 
Unity, born March 10, 1774. 9. Amity, born 
April 8, 1775. 10. John, born January 21. 
1777. II. Joseph, born July 7, 1778. 12. Han- 
nah, born Novemlier 10, 17S1. 13. Sally, b'.nn 
July 23, 1783. 

(\1) Ralph (3), son of Samuel Shepard, 
was born in Stougliton (Canton), April 26, 
1768. tie married (^ intention dated March, 
1794) Abigail Gay, born January 16. 1774, 
died August 13, 1S46, in Dorchester, ^L^^^a- 
chusetts. Children, born at Stoughton: i. 
Russell, born September 5. 1795. 2. Oti*. men- 
tioned below, 3. Hiram. b'Tii .\''ri\cinbcr 21. 
1798. died Se[)tember 2. ii'"'38. in Dorchester. 

(\'in Otis, son of Ralpli (3) Shepard, was 
born at Stoughton, March 12. 1797. died Feb- 
ruary 20. 1S59. in Dorchester. He married. 
October 5, 1823, Ann Pope, born October 5, 
1803, died January 15, 1S86, eldest flaughter 
of \\'illiam and Sarah (Pierce) Pope, of Dor- 
chester. Children: I. Otis, born September 
27. 1824, died September 27, 1825. 2. Kath- 
efine Amelia, born February 3. 1S26. died at 
Dorchester. Mas^aclnIsetts, 'Nlay 28, 1913: ■^hc 
was always a devf.ted member of the I'ir.^t 
Parish Church, of tlie Unitarian denomination, 

to which all the family belonged, and they 
were all born on "Meeting House Hill;'' Miss 
Slie]-iard was much respected and belo\eil by- 
all the older members of the society; she was 
a very interesting woman, having a remark- 
able memory, and an acciuaiiuance with. \ery 
many of the best families of Boston; she was 
also a very self-sacriticing person, devoting 
herself during her entire life to the large fam- 
ily, ha])py if they were all getting cnjojnnent 
out of life, which her caie and labor helped 
them to do; they were all devotedly fond of 
her, ami those remaining were loyal to her in 
her old age. 3. Otis, see forward. 4. Charles 
Alc.Nander. born March 12, 1830; died Janu- 
ary 16, 1885; married ]\Lirch 25, 1S3S, Ann 
Maria, who died July 18, 1887, daughter of 
William and Catherine ( Robbins) Broomhead ; 
children: i. William Otis, born October 25, 
1859. ii. .Anna Clara, born August 26, 1861, 
died young, iii. Charles Alexander Jr., born 
.August I, 1863; he went to California, rtniiain- 
ing there ten years, and upon his retinn to 
Boston was a member of the firm of Mallock 
& Shepard. in the lumber business ; he married 
at Wakefield, Massachusetts. November 26, 
1902, Jessie Ida King, and had: Roger Brooks, 
born Jariuary 20, 1909, and Charles Alexander, 
born July 18, Toio. iv. Maud, born June 11, 
1S66, died January 3, 1867. v. Addie Blanch- 
ard, born March 30, 1874, deceased. 5. Horace 
Scuilder, born December 13, 1832, died Febru- 
ary 19, 1907; he married (first) August 9, 
18(12, Hannah Bartlett, born in 1S40, died 
March 9, 1S85, daughter of William and Lucy 
(Gibbs) Sp.ooner : he married (second) Octo- 
ber 9, i88'i, Anna Maria Haines, of London, 
Fngland ; children of t'lrst marriage : i. Lindsley 
Horace, born March 2j. 1S64: he married, 
January 3, 1888. Grace Ray Whitaker. of 
North Adams, Massachusett>, who died Sep- 
tember 7, 1 89 1 : he married (second) Septem- 
ber 12, 1893. Floreiice .\nabel Goodwin, of 
Haverhill, ^lassacbusetts ; children of first 
marriage: Hannah Bartlett, born June S, 18S9, 
unmarried ; Clarence Whitaker, born Septem- 
ber C), 1891, unmarried; child by second mar- 
riage: Fdnah, born June 14, 1901. ii. Lucy 
Lindsley, l)orn October 27, 1866, die<l Novem- 
ber 12, i8i'i('i. iii. Edward Spooner, born Octo- 
ber 4, 186S. died March 13, 1870. iv. Harry, 
Bourne, born March 7. 1870, died March 13, 
1S70: children of second marriage of Horace 
Scudder Shepard: v. Morris Haines, born 
October 14, 1S8S. vi. Pauline, born .\pril 26, 

1890. vii. .Arthur Pope, born December 4, 

1891. 6. .Ann Adaline. born May 4, 1835, died 
January 6, 1874; she was a member of the 
first class graduated from .Antioch College, and 
after graduation weiU to Europe, where she 
spent some time with the family of Nathaniel 

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1 l.iw lliornc wliilt prcparin,!; for the profcssur- 
.Iijii ui modern languages al lier alma mater; 
ilii-: position she tilled very acceptably upon 
her return to her native land; she married, 
A.ign^t 30, 1859, Rev. Henry Clay Badger, 
-iMi of Joseph and Eliza Mehitable (Sterling) 
r.adgcr, who was at that time a professor in 
.\ntioch College; after her niariiagc she con- 
ducted a private sidiool in Boston, and was one 
of the four woiik-ii ajipointed on the scl.ool 
(.■onimittce, the first time women were elected 
Id that office; children: i. Theorloie, born June 
.••.'. 1803, died January 23, 1901 ; he married. 
Octolier 19, 1880, -\Jinnie. daughter of Amos 
and Eunice (Curry) Smith, of Ithaca, New 
Vor!<, and. had children: -Marg.ircl. born .-\;i- 
gust 26, 1SS8: Constance. May 13. 1S91 ; Cath- 
erine. June 24, 1899. ii. Frederick, burn De- 
ctmbcr 27, 1863, and resides at Newton High- 
lands, Massachiiselt? ; he married. December 
2(k 1901, Marta Elizabeth Sandverg, of Stock-- 
holm, Sweden, who was born April 29, 1873: 
children: Elsa, born October 22. 1902: Ada- 
line. December 16, 1903 ; ^"ictor Sandverg, 
January 3, 190S. iii. Ernest, died August 31, 
i8SS. 7. Lucy P^lizabeth, born September 28. 
1837, died February (>. 1S69; slie was a grad- 
uate of Antioch College, and taught (ircek 
and mathematics at Englewood and in the 
Cambridge high school; she was a brilliant and 
.•itira(.live person, and prepared many young for college: she married, July 23, i8C6, 
Rev. Thomas Hill, D. D., son of Thomas and 
Henrietta (Darker) Hill, president of Har- 
vard University for many years, now pastor 
of the First F'arish Church of Portland, Maine; 
their only child was Otis Shepard Hill, born 
December 28, 1868, who is now a computer of 
Nautical and Geodetic survey at Washington, 
D. C, in the employ of the L'nited Stales go\- 
ernment. 8. Eliza Frances, born March 14, 
1840; she married, October 20, 1869. Raphael, 
son of William and ?vlary (Welles) T'umpelly : 
he was a professor in Harvard I'niversity. an 
e.Kpert in metallurgy and mining engineering, 
and went to Arizona and Japan upon a tour of 
inve^tigaticin and in-pcctio!i ; hu wrote a book, 
"Across America and Asia,'' and was a director 
of trans-continental surve>' of the Northern 
Pacific railroad route: he is connected with the 
geological department of the L'nited States 
government, and resides at Newport, Rhode 
Island; children: i. .A son, born April 27,. 1871, 
died the same day. ii. Margarita, born at 
Newburgh. New York, August 6. 1873: she 
married, in Brighton. England. November 8. 
1894, Henry Lloyd, horn near St. Mary's, 
county of Perth, Ontario, Canada, son of Rev. 
Thomas Henr\- and Charlotte Fthelinde 
niughes) Smyth: chiMren: Charlotte Pump- 

elly, born October 17, 1893, ;'.t Ne\v[)ort, Rhode 
Island: Pauline I'umpclly, born at Cambridge, 
Massachusetts, .\i)ril 12, 1900; Henry Lloyd 
Jr.. born at Cambridge, Massachusetts, Janu- 
ar)- 14, i(jo(>: I'.arbara Elliott, born at Water- 
ti^wn, .Mass;'.ciiuvciis, September 13, 1910. ii'. 
Caroline ICliza, bcirn May 14, 1873; she mar- 
ried, October 3, iS'jS, Thomas Hondasi'd, son 
of James Elliott and Elizabeth (Dwigh.t) 
Labot, and h.'iil children: Elizabeth, born at 
l-'rankfort, Germany, in April, 1902; Pauline 
Pumpelly, burn in Dublin, New Hampshire, 
June I, 1903; Thomas Hondasyd, born in Bos- 
ton, Massachu^eUs, November 16, 1904. iv. 
.Vnna Pauline, born Jiuie 30, 1S7S, died May 
22, ]ij\ I ; she married, March 16, 1903, Rev. 
James Edgar Gregg, of Hartford, Connecticut, 
son of James [5art!etl and Mary (Ncedham) 
Ciregg; children: lilisc Piutipelly, born April 
3. 1908; James P>artlett, born September 1. 
ic/x). v. Clarence King, born May 12. 1879, 
died .August 12, 1871;. vi. Rajihael Welles, 
born at Newport, Rhode Island, May 23, 18S1 : 
he married, June 8, 1909, Amelic Sybil, born 
in June, 18S3, daughter of General Edward 
Hastings and Amelie Dykeman (Van Doren ) 
Ripley, the former of Rutlaiul. Vermont, the 
latter of New Yorl:; children: Amelic Riiiley. 
born in New York, May 10, 1910; Rapliacl, 
third, born in New York, November 29, ion ; 
Kipley Huntington, born at Samarcand, North 
Carolina, February 27, 1913. 9. .-\masa Stet- 
son, born September 22, 1842, died November 
20, 1842. 10. Amasa Stetson, born January t, 
1844, ilied March 30. 18 — . 11. Rebecca Ket- 
tell, born January i. 1844, twin of Amasa Stet- 
son; she married. July 7, iSfy). George Haven 
Putnam, a member of the firiu of George P. 
Putnam's Sons, of New York City; his father 
was the famous publisher, George Palmer Put- 
nam, founder of the firm, and his mother was 
\'ictoria (Haven) Putnam ; children : i. FSertha 
?Iavcn. born March i. 1872. ii. Ethel Froth- 
iiigham. born Nnvembcr 2, 1873. iii. Mary 
Corinna, born September 27, 1873: she mar- 
ried. September 18. 1899, Joseph Lindon. son 
<if Henry h'rancis and Emma (Greenleafi 
Smith; children: Rebecca Shepard. born in 
Boston, No. 379 Marlboro street, January iCi, 
1002 : Frances Greenleaf. born at Oxford Ter- 
race. London. England. May 24, 1904; Lois 
Lindon. born in Boston, Februarv 21, 191 1. 
iv. Ellen Shepard. born July 8. 1878. died Au- 
gust 2, 1880. v. Dorothv. liorn October to. 
i8'<2. 12. Rachel Pope, born March 2, 1S46. 
died, unmarried, at Dorch.ester, Massachusetts. 
May 2. 1913. 13. Ellen Grace, born May 17, 
1840: she married, September 2. 1871. Henrv 
Barker Hill, b'-.rn Ajiril 27. 1840. died _.\pril 
0. I9'33. son of Rev. Thom.T^ Barker Hil! D. 



D., and Ann I'o.-;ier (_Bcllo\vsj Hill; he was a 
professor of clicniistry in Harvard University; 
they had one child, Edward Dnrlingame, l>arn 
September y, i;>;9; he married, June u, lyco, 
Maria Allison, burn November 3, 187S, daugh- 
ter of George liolnies and Anna llanley 
(Dana; J'.ixby; children: Thomas Dana, born 
June 12, lyoi ; Henry Bixby, September 8, 
1905; George Ehvood Bellows, April 24, 1907. 

(N'ni) Otis (2), son of Olis (i) Shep'ard, 
■was born on "Meeting House Hill, Boston, Sep- 
tember 27, i^-J, died at his homo in Brcokliiie, 
Massachusetls, May 22, ig(K). He attended 
the public schools of Dorchester and a private 
school on Meeting House Hill. At ihc a;^;c of 
sixteen years he entered the employ of the 
firm of A. & A. Pope, lumber dealers, Com- 
mercial street, Dorchester, and was rapidly 
advanced to positions of larger responsibility 
and trust and finally was admitted to partner- 
ship. In 1855 he bought the interests of his 
partner and became sole proprietor, though the 
retail departmer.t was continued under the old 
name. About J 85^ he retired from the retail 
business and opened a wholesale lumber bu.^i- 
ness on Central street, in Boston, and bought 
the business of the well-known firm of J'lint 
& Hall, lumber dealers, continuing business 
under the firm name of Shepard, Flint & Com- 
pany. In 1878 Lis business was incorporated 
under ih.c name of Shepard & Morse Lumber 
Cc'Hipaiiy, of which he was president during 
the remainder of his life. He was prominent 
not only in business but in financial circles. He 
was a director and \ice-president of the old 
Manufacturers' Bank and afterward vice- 
president of the Colonial Bank, formed by a 
combination of the Manufacturers' and Conti- 
nental banks. He was a prime mover in organ- 
izing the larger institution. He was a director 
of the United States Trust Company. He was 
also for many vears vice-president of the Sagi- 
naw Lumber S: Salt Company of East Sagi- 
naw, Micliigan. For many years he w\is a 
member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce. 
In politics he was a Republican, in religion a 

He married. May 4. iS£4. F.mily Elizabeth 
Blanchard. born lanuarv 11, 18^3. daughter 
of John Wheeler" and Sarah Ann (Badger) 
Blanchard. Children: i. Horace Blanchard, 
born April 12, 1855; married, February 14, 
1882, Florence Olivia Gaut, born December 12, 
1854, at Somerville, Massachusetts, third 
daughter of Samuel Newton and Su-an I'liot 
(Dutton) Gaut: had children: i. Ralph .Ather- 
ton Shepard, born January 15. 18S3, at 
Brighton, Mas?acluisetts, married June 11. 
1907, Harriet Inez W'hclen, eldest daughter of 
Peter and Elizabeth (Hume) Wheleii, cf 
Ottawa. Ontario. Canada, and thev have two 

cliildren: Hume Gordon, born ^vlarch 4, 190S, 
in Brookline, and Florence I'liyllis, born June 

9, 1910. ii. Otis Norton Shepard, born June 
18, 1884, at Brigliton, now part of Boston; 
married, November 17, 1909, Gladys Louise 
Peck, daughter of Theodore Gordon Peck, of 
Samsondale, New York, and they have one 
child, Horace Blanchard, second, born Marcli 
16, 1912, in New York City. iii. Herman (}raiit 
Shepard, bom .-Vugust 11, 1885, at Brighton, 
died Marcli 2j, 1880, at lirookline. iv. Irving 
Minot Shepard, born December 9, 1S86, at 
Brookline, married, April 19, 1913, Emma Mae 
Brigham. v. Eliot Blanchard Shepard, born 
April 27, 1891, at Brookline. vi. Horace Went- 
worth Sliepard, June 16, ]8':;4. 2. Otis Ather- 
ton, born March 28, 1859, at Dorchester; mar- 
ried Susie Leinow Loriiig Gaut, born .^^Vugust 
21, 1863; children: Margaret Ashley Shepard, 
born June 18, 1886; Dorothea Shepard, Au- 
gust 20, 1888; and Hilda Gaut Shepard, Sep- 
tember 21, 1897. 3. Thomas Hill, born No- 
vember 23, 1S66; married June 2, 1895, Edna 
Parker; children: Katharine Sl.epard, born 
May 10, 1S96; Francis Parker Shepard, May 

10, 1897 ; and Stuart Shepard, July 6, 1900. 4. 
Emily Blanchard, born June 7, 1869; resides 
with her mother at 124 Ra\vson Road, B'^ook- 
line, Massachusetts. 

Edmund Littlefield, the 
LITTLEFIELD first of the line in this 

country, was born in 
TitchficUl, near Southanifiton, England, in 
1590. He did business there as a clothier — 
that is. he gave out the material for weavirg 
cloth to the owners of liand looms to be woven 
into cloth which he sold to the trade. He mar- 
ried, in 161 7, Annis (sometimes written 
Annice and Annas), who bore to him eight 
children: I'rancis, born in 1619: .Anthony, 
Elizabeth, John. Thomas, Mary, Hannah and 
Francis Jr. Francis, the eldest son, disap- 
peared from his home when eleven years of 
age and made his way to .America. He was 
mourned as dead by his parents, and when 
some time afterwards another son was born to 
them, they named him also I-Vancis. Edmund, 
accompanied by one son, presumably .Anthony, 
sailed from Southampton for New England in 
1637. He was in Bostciii in 163S. v.liere he 
jirobably became acquainted with Rev. John 
Wheelwright, the first pastor of the First 
Church of Braintree. a tablet to whose memory 
may be seen on the walls of the First Church 
of Ouincy. formerly Braintree. 

.Annis Littlefield. witii the other six chil- 
dren and two servants, sailed from Soutiiamjv 
ti n in i''i38- o" the shi[) "Bevis." anfl joined husband. The family appears to have 
been in Wolnirn for a short time. In 1630 the 

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fimiily, including Francis Sr., who had beta 
fomul, removed to Exeter, New Hampshire, 
wliere Edmund and Francis Sr. became mem- 
bers of tiie combination, as it was called, and 
recei\ed allotnients of land in that town — ■ 
Ednnuul, 21 acres, and I-'iancis Sr.. four acres. 
Kev. John Wheelwright, who liad left Drain- 
tree because of disagreements with the author- 
ities in religious matters (the Antinomiai; con- 
troversy was then raging), had became pastor 
of the church at Exeter. Edmund l.iitkfiel'.l 
was an acti\e member of that church. 1 !e be- 
rnnie dissatisfied with conditions previii-ii' at 
Exeter, and in 1641 removed with his fnniily 
into the then wildernc'^s buyond the sounds of 
ecclesiastical strife and settled on tiic baiiks of 
the W'ebliannet riser, in the province of Maine, 
where he erected a saw mill and engaged in 
the lumber business. It is said that his mill 
was the first in that part of the country. 
Later, when other settlers arrived, he built a 
grist mill. The town which sprung up about 
liis mills was early given the name of Wells. 
In i6.|3 he secured from Thomas Gorges a 
grant of the land on which he had settled, and 
for a time he acted as agent of Gorges for the 
sale of land in that region claimed by Gorges 
under his grant. Rev. John Wheelwright came 
from Exeter with a part of his flock and set- 
tled at the same place. Aboiu the year 1643 
a chu'ch was established tlnre, whi.vh is to- 
day the First Congregational Church of \\'ells, 
of which Mr. Littlefield was an active member 
during the rest of his life. He was commis- 
sioner in Wells, with Ezekial Knight and 
Thomas Wheelwright, in 1654-55. He was 
also one of a commission to fix the boundary 
between the towns of We'ls and Porpoi?e. He 
died at Wells, December 11, 1661, at the age 
of seventy-one years. His will and the inven- 
tory of his estate, which may be seen in the 
York county, Maine, records, shows that he 
had pro-pered in business and was a very 
wealthy man for those times. In hi; will he 
very carefully provides for the care and sup- 
port of his wife. Rourne, the historian of 
Wdls and Kennebec, says of him that "lie was 
a man upon whose character no spot or blem- 
ish could be found." 

(II) I'rancis Sr., reference to whom has 
already been made, was with his father in 
Exeter, New- Hampshire, and in Wells. For a 
time he resided at Dover. New Hampshire. 
He rejircsented that town in the legislature of 
the province of New Hampshire in 164S. He 
Inter returned to Wells and was very promi- 
nent in the contention between Gorges and the 
Ma-sachusetts Colony, in which he and the 
other men of the family took the side again-t 
Gorges. He represented Wells in 1665 and 

i(X.'i''i and York in iu>8 'in the Massacliusetts 
general court. According to the colonial rec- 
ords the general court met occasionallv at his 
house in 1662. He appears to have been a 
man of great energy and public spirit. He 
acc|uired large tracts of land in York County, 
and died in Wells, in 171J, aged 93. He mar- 
ried, in 164 — , Jane, d;mghter of Kaiijh Hill, 
of I'lymouth, ^Massachusetts ; she died Decem- 
ber 20, 1646, leaving a daughter who probably 
died very )nuiig. He married, in 1648. his sec- 
ond wile, ReljLCca , by whom he had 

Dntiicl. I'dmiuid. Jame^ Sr. and DeiJendence. 
Regaiding E' whd is generally held 
to ha\e been the becinid son of Francis Sr., 
there is some little (jiiestion whetlier lie may 
not have been a son of Anthony. 

.Anthon)-, the second son of Edmund, was 
born at Titehfield, in 1621. He lived at Wells 
all his lite, and married and had a son Ed- 
nnnid. He died in i'''62, a few months after 
his father's decease. It may be that his son 
Edmund, who was bound out to his Uncle 
Francis at the time of his father's decease, 
came to be called the son of Francis. 

(HI) Edmund, son of Francis Sr. (or per- 
haps Anthony), w-as born in Wells, in 1650, 
married Elizabeth I\fott, and resided during 
the remainder of his life at Braintree. Ma.^sa- 
ehusetts, where he died April 9, 1718. He 
was a farmer and in good circumstances. He 
was chosen to fill several offices of trust, and 
appears to have had the respect and esteem of 
his fellow citizens. He had a large number 
of children, the second of whom was 

(1\') Edmund, born in 1692, married Bethia 
Waldo, December 6, 171 1 ; she was a member 
of a family which has been eminent in New 
England history. She was daughter of Daniel 
and Susanna ( Vdams) W'aldo, and was born 
at Chelmsford, Massachusetts, .-\ugust 20. 
16S8. She was granddaughter of Cornelius 
Walflo and Hannah (Cogeswell) Waldo, of 
Ipswich, Massachusetts. They resided after 
their marriage at Pomfret, Connecticut, but 
their graves are at Chelmsford. The Coges- 
wells of Essex county. Massachusetts, are a 
well-known family. On her mother's side 
Bethia \Valdo was the granddaugliter of 
Captain Sanuiel .-Vdams, son of Ilenrv .Adams, 
who came from Braintree, Essex countv, 
England, and settled in Braintree, .Massa- 
chu-^ett-. .iiid was th.e progenitor of the .-\dams 
famil\ of Braintree which gave two presi- 
dents to the country, and of Rebecca (Graves) 
.\dam;, daughter of Rear-.Xdmiral Thomas 
Graves, of the I'ritish navy, who settled at 
Charle>town. Massachusetts, in i'>38. In the 
female line Rajjih Waldo Emerson was a 
descendant of Cornelius Wahlo. Edmund 



and IJethia ( WaldoJ LittklR-ld had several 
children, one of \v honi was 

(V; Dani','1 Littkfielvl, wlio was bom in 
Braintree, October 13, 1712. His fatlier died 
^[ay 27, 1717, at the early age 01 thirty-three, 
and his widow settled hi, estate. Her account 
with the estate contains several eharge.s for 
maintenance of the ;on Dainei. Daniel mar- 
ried, December 8, 1732, Rebecca, daughter of 
Josiah and Alrrtha ( Howard ,1 Williams, of 
Tauutu:i. Massachusetts, born r)ecember 25, 
1715. She was a lineal descendant of Deacon 
Ricliard Wlllianis. wliu came uluh Wales and 
was one of tlie founders of Taunton, Massa- 
chusetls, and or^ani./er, with John and \\'alter 
Dean, Hezekiah Hoare and others, of the Iron 
Works Company of Taunton. It is possible 
that Richard Williams may have been a rela- 
tive of Roger Williams, who also came from 
W'ales. On her mother's side she was a lineal 
descendant of John Howard, who lived in the 
family of Captain Miles Siandi.di and became 
one of the founders of Bridgewater, Massa- 
chusetts, and of Rev. James Keith. Both the 
Howard and Keith families have had a large 
place in the history of Plymouth colony and 
of the nation. Major Jonathan Hinward, son 
of John, through whom Rebecca Williams' line 
i:-, traced, marric.-l Sarah Dean, a granddaugh- 
ter of John Dean, of South Chard, parish of 
Chard, county of Somerset, England, who with 
his brother Walter came to Faunlon in 1638 
and. with Williams and others, as above stated, 
engaged in the iron business. John Dean's son 
Johii was the first child born i'l the Tatmton 
colony. Daniel Littlefield settled in the West 
Parish of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where 
his children were born. He died at Braintree, 
April 6, 1800. He was a deacon of tlie P'irst 
Church of Bridgewater, and was noted for his 
benevolence and his championship of the cause 
of the poor and oppressed. He served in the 
French and Indian war, in a Bridgewater 
company. Thirteen children were born to him, 
of whom the seventh was 

(\T) Seth. v.-ho was born March 19, 174'^. 
He married, Februar) 11, 1771, Kezia, born 
May 9, 1750, (laughter of Ebenezer and Sarah 
(Howard) Ames, daughter of Major Jona- 
than Howard, son of John Howard. Eben- 
ezer Ames was a descendant of William Ames, 
of Braintree. whose brother John was an orig- 
inal proprietor of the town oi Bridgewater. 
John Ames, son of William, received hi? Uncle 
John's estate by will and settled in Bridge- 
water. Fisher Ames, the orator and states- 
man, was of this family, as were also the 
brothers Oakes and Oliver Ames, of Easton, 
Massachusetts, of whom the first built the 

Union Pacific railroad and the other was 
governor of tl;e state of Massachusetts, 

Seth Littlelickl remoxed to North Easton, 
Massachusetts, after his marriage and pur- 
chased a farm near the Old Bay Road wliich, 
as one of the commissioners, he laid out. The 
farm has always remained in the family and is 
now ov.-ned and occupied by F. B. Littletickl. 
one of his descendants and a substantial citi- 
zen of that town. Seth (\T) was deacon of 
the Congregational church in Easton. He died 
.May I, 1S39. His wife died April 24, 1829. 
They weie buried in the Keith burying ground, 
so-called, on the Old Bay Road about one- 
iialf mile west and south of his home. The 
inscription on her tombstone reads : "Sacred 
to the memory of Kezia. wife of Mr. Seth 
Littlefield and daug'' of Mr. Eben^ Ames, who 
died April 24. 1829." They had ten children, 
of whom the sixth was 

(MI) Seth, born Jamiary 12, 1781, mar- 
ried, December 5, 1814. Sarah (Cranel Little- 
field, daughter of Samuel and Experience 
rrhayer) Crane, of Bradford, New Hamp- 
shire. Both Seth Littlefield (VI) and Sanuiel 
Crane were soldiers in the revolutionary war. 
Sarah Crane was a descendant of Henry 
Crane, of Milton, ^Massachusetts, the prog'.ni- 
tor of the Crane family of Massachusetts, of 
which e.x-Governor and United States Senator 
Crane is a member. She was a teacher in the 
Massachusetts schools. On her mother's side 
she was a descendant of Tliomas Thayer, one 
of the founders of Braintree, and the progeni- 
tor of the Thayer family of Massachusetts (of 
which General Sylvanus Thayer was a mem- 
ber) noted for their public spirit and generous 
gifts to public uses. She was also a descend- 
ant of John Bass, of Braintree, and Ruth 
(.Mden) Bass, daughter of the Pilgrim John 

Seth Littlefield removed to Grantham, Nev,- 
Hampshire, in February, 1815, and bought a 
large tract of land on the Sugar river, with a 
cottage house and a small saw mill thereon. 
Here his children were born: Daniel, .\ugust 
21. 181 5; Su^an. December 14. 1816; Rufus 
Ames. December 2, 1818; Seth. March 8, 1821 ; 
Sarah, .\ugust 14. 1822: Phebe. December iS, 
1826: George Whitefield and Kezi.i .\mes, July 
6, 1820. .As the son? grew up to sturdy man- 
hood, he purchased lands adjoining his farm 
and cleared up large areas from the primeval 
forest. He also built a large barn and a dwell- 
ing house which is to-day one of the finest resi- 
dences in the Sugar river valley. He was a 
man of great energy and business ability, mak- 
ing many trips to Boston to market the 
products of his farm. He was for many years 



:i tli-acdii i)f the Cro)(.'.on (New llauip<liire) 
i_uii^M'y:atioiial church, and an earnest, devoted 
christian who brought up his children "in the 
t\'ar and aehnonition of the Lord." He died 
October i8, 1871. His wife died February 
22, 1864. Mrs. Littlefield inherited the energy 
of her mother, Experience Thayer, who was 
indeed a helpmeet to lier husband, Samuel 
C'rane, whose health had been broken by long 
service in the ?.rmy. She was well educated 
and inspired her children with a strong; desire 
lor education. All the children attended Kim- 
ball Union Academy at ileritlcn. New Hamp- 
shiic, and became teachers. Daniel giU'.'.uated 
at Dartmouth College in the class of 1S43. 

(\'iH) Rufns Ames Liltlefield was named 
after his grand-uncle, Rufus Ames, son of 
Jonathan and Sarah (Howard) Ames. He 
prepared for college, but did not enter. The 
J'^ast P.ridgewater (Massachusetts) Academy 
in 1842 had for its princi]ial Daniel Littlefield, 
assistant princii)al Rufus Ames Littlefield, 
princijial of the young ladies' department 
Susan Littlefield. and Seth Littlefield was a 
pupil. Hon. Benjamin \V. Harris. Hon. 
James Sidney Allen, Hon. Jesse AL Keith and 
other men afterwards prominent in public life 
were students in the academy at th.i.t time. 

Rufus Ames Littlefield taught schools in 
Plymouth county for many years, and was 
long held in grateful remembrance by his 
pu[)ils. At the celebration of the golden wed- 
ding of himself and wife on June lo, 1S95, 
several of his olil pupils came from considerable 
distances to show their respect and afTection 
for their former teacher. He was a man of 
commanding presence and powerful physique, 
and was capable intellectually as well as phy- 
sically of playing a much larger part on the 
stage of life than fell to him. .A. certain dis- 
trust of his own abilities held him back where 
men of much smaller caliber but far greater 
self-confidence rushed on to greater achieve- 
ment. He was absolutely faithful to his con- 
victions of duty, and greatly devoted to his 
family. He was a member of the school com- 
mittee of East Rridgewater for several years, 
and a justice of the peace appointed by the 
governor of Massachusetts, for seven years. 
He took a great interest in religious education 
and the services of the church, and for many 
years was deacon of the Union Concrregational 
Church of East and West Bridgewater. and a 
superintendent of the Sunday school. He was 
also an ardent advocate of temperance, and 
with his father-in-law, Nathan Whitman, was 
an active worker in the enforcement of th.e 
laws for the suppression of the illegal sale of 
liquors in East Bridgewater and vicinity. 

He married. June 10. 1845, .Abigail Rus-cll. 
daughter of Deacon Nathan Whitman and 

Seiri.'uitha ( Keith) Whitman, of East liridge- 
water. Through her father Mrs. Littlclield's 
descent has been proved from John Aldtn, 
William and .Alice Mullins and I'riscilla AIul- 
lins, Stephen. I^lizabeth and Damaris Hop- 
kins. James (/hilton and his wife, and Mary 
(Chilton) Winslow, l-'rancis Cooke and Fran- 
cis Eaton, all "Mayllower" passengers. On 
th.e aulhoiity of Mitchell's "History of Bridge- 
water'' (which has been questioned but not 
disproved) her descent is claimed from Cap- 
tain Miles Standish through his son Ensign 
Josiah Standish, whose daughter Mary mar- 
ried James Cary and had a daughter Alercy, 
who m.-irried David Thurston, whose daughter 
Abigail married Jesse Byram, who was the 
great-great-grandfather of Abigail Russell 
Whitman. She was also descended from sev- 
eral other Plymouth settlers wdio arrived after 
the Pilgrims — John Winslow, Giles Rickard, 
Moses Simmons, Robert Latham, Experience 
Mitchell, Elder Gain Robinson, I'.dvvard Llol- 
man, George Partridge, William Haskins and 

She also derived descent from a large num- 
ber of the first settlers of Piridgewater, in addi- 
tion to those mentioned above ; on her mother's 
side — Rev. James Keith. .Arthur Harris (an- 
cestor of lions. Benjamin W. Harris and Rob- 
ert O. Harris), Deacon Samuel Edson, Elder 
William Brett and Deacon John Willis ; on her 
father's side — Jolin Whitman, Captain Nich- 
olas Byram, John Fobes, Francis Godfrey, 
John Cary, Thomas Haywood, Thomas Snell 
and others. 

She was also through the Keith line de- 
scended from Edmund Quincy, of Braintree, 
who came from England with Rev. John Cot- 
ton in 1633. and was the founder of the 
Quincy- family of Massachusetts ; and from 
Joanna Hoar, sister of Rev. Leonard PI oar, 
president of Harvard University, who became 
the wife of Edmund Quincy, son of Edmund 
and Judith Quincy; and also from Rev. 
Thomas Sheppard. a [)rofessor in and bene- 
factor of Harvard University, whose daughter 
.Ann married Daniel Quincy, son of Edmund 
Quincy 2d, and had a daughter Ann who m;ir- 
ried Colonel John Holman, father of Captain 
John Plolman. anrl had a daughter Sarah who 
married James Keith, great-grandfather of 
Abigail Russell (Whitman) Littlefield: and 
also from John Winslow^ brother of Edmund 
Winslow. who married Mary Chilton and set- 
tled in Boston; from Abraham Shaw, of Ded- 
ham. progenitor of the Shaw family of Massa- 
chusetts : from John Hayden, who settled in 
Dorchester in 1634; from Thomas Green and 
Pvebecca, his wife, who came from PLngland 
and settled in Maiden, Massachusetts : from 
John Vinton, a Huguenot, who settled in Wey- 



niouth, wlurc his fu -t child \vri> bom in 1648; 
from Thomas White ; from Deacon John 
Rogers, of Weymouth; and from W'ilHam 
Read, also of Weymouth, whose dau^'iUer 
Ruth married John Whitman, all of whom 
were first settlers; and from John Field, com- 
panion of Rojcr Williams, whose son John 
settled in Briilgewatcr in 1645, and had a son. 
Captain John Field, who married Elizabeth 
Ames, and had a daughter Susannah, wiio 
married Joseph Keith and had a daughter Sus- 
anna, who married \\ illiam \';iilon and had a 
daughter Abigail, who marrieJ Thumas Rus- 
sell and had a daughter Abigail, who married 
Deacon William Keith, the grandfather of 
Abigail Russell Littleficld. John Field was a 
lineal descendant from Sir Ilubertus de la 
Field, who followed William the Confjueror to 
England in ic/'G, and after the battle of Hast- 
ings recei\ed a grant of land in England. 

John Whitman, of Weymouth and Bridge- 
water, ^Massachusetts, was the first of a line 
which has given to the ^tate of Massachusetts 
and the nation many nicn who were eminent in 
professional, business and public life. Among 
them were Ezekiel \\'hitman, M. C, and for 
many years chief justice of the superior court 
and sujjremc court of the state of ^Iaine ; Wil- 
liam E. Russell, twice governor of Massachu- 
setts; Dr. Marcus Whitman, who saved the 
territory of Orcr:on to the I'nited States ; and 
Hon. Kilborn Whitman, of /^bington. from 
whom the town of Whitman, Massachusetts. 
was named. Among the descendants of John 
Whitman were many men and women of high 
scholarly attainments, as the records of Har- 
vard and Brown universities show. 

Abigail Russell (Whitman) Littlefield, born 
in Boston, March 2~. 1827, was educated in 
the schools of East i'.ridgewater and Charles- 
town (Massachusetts) Female Seminary. She 
was a proficient scholar, especially in mathe- 
matics, and greatly assisted in the education of 
her children. Her amiability and simple un- 
affected piety and genuine sympathy for all 
persons in any trouble endeared lier to a large 
circle of friciuls. Although her cares as the 
head of a large famiiy were m.iny, she found 
tinie to prepare for and teach a ladies' Bible 
class in the Union Congregational Sunday 
school for many years. She had a rare gift 
in the interpretation of the scrijitures and the 
application of their teachings tn the affairs of 
daily life. Her devotion to her family knew 
no bounds, and her chihlren will ever rise up 
and call her bU.^sed. 

There were born to Rufus .Ames Littlefield 
and Abigail R. Littlefield the following chil- 
dren: Natha!) \ born May 21. 1846; 
George Henry, born September 18, 1848; 

Rufus .\nK>, btirn December 17, 1850: Daniel 
fiugene. born February 8, 1853, died April 5, 
1876: l-"rank Russell, born .April 13, 1853, died 
.\ugust 15, iS6y; .Abby Whitman, died in 
infancy; Agnes Keith, born July 18, 1858; 
lirialis Sanford, born January 21, 1862; Charles 
Gilbert, born January 26, 18G4; and .Abby 
Frances, born faiuiary 26, 1864, died Febru- 
ary 6, 1S83. 

Nathan Whitman Littlefield received his 
education in the public schools of East Bridge- 
water and under the private tuition of Rev. 
I'.aali- Sanford, 1!. U., 1823, who was for 
many years a minister and chairman of the 
school committee, with whom he read Latin 
and Cireek. His father tutored him in mathe- 
matics. The greater part of his preparation 
for college was made out of school wliile he 
was engaged in other occupations. Yet he 
found time after work to read considerably 
more Latin and Greek than was required for 
admission to college. For a short time he 
studied at P.ridgewater .Academy, of which 
Horace M. Willard, B. U., 1864. was princi- 
pal, and at Phillips Academy, Andover, under 
that prince of teachers, Samuel H. Taylor. LL. 
D., Dart. Coll., 1832, whom he has always re- 
garded as the greatest teacher of preparatory 
Latin and Greek whom he has ever known. 
Graduating from that academy in 1865. he at 
once entered Dartmouth College. When the 
residts of his entrance examinations were jire- 
sented to Dr. Siuith, then president of the col- 
lege, he remarked : "Without irreverence, I 
may say that I am glad to be able to minister 
an abundant entrance unto you." Fie was also 
prominent in athletics and was chosen captain 
of his class when a freshman, and held the 
place during the entire course. Fie was also 
class president for several years. Bissel Gym- 
nasium was erected at Dartmouth in 1866, and 
much attention was given to athletics by the 
faculty and the students. Regular exerci-e in 
the gynmasium was made a part of the college 
course. After a course in physical culture at 
a school taught by Professor I''. G. Welsh, of 
Yale and Dartmouth, he was made an assii-'tant 
instructor to Professor Welsh during his junior 
and senior years. He was inade a member of 
the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and had 
the pleasure as head of the Pi Chapter of in- 
ducting General William Tecumseh Sherman, 
who was present as the guest of the college at 
the celebration of its centennial anniversary, 
into honorary membership in that fraternity. 
In passing, it may be said that General Sher- 
man was received by the students of the col- 
lege with such genuine manifestations of ad- 
miration and regard that the aged hero's heart 
greatlv warmed toward his young countrymen. 







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lie \v(.-nt aboiu among tlicin during liis few 
(|,i\s" visit on terms of pleasant familiarity, 
lie set-meil to be living over the days of liis 
iiwn ?eliool life, so jovial and hapji}- did he 

.\ltlunigli yomig l.ittlefield. like many of his 
ciillege mates in those days, was thrown upon 
his own resource^ lo meet the e.xpcn.-es of his 
education and nuieh of his time was taken up 
in wiirk to enable- him to meet ihosi expenses, 
he won some ho;iors. ."^t the Junior E.xhihi- 
lir.n uf his class he gave the Greek oration, the 
jiarl^ being assif;iied by llic facility on the basis 
of scholarship anil ih.e Greek ora'ion being 
ranked as tlie highest honor. At the .'senior 
Kxhibition of the I'nited I^iterary .Societio.i of 
the college, which was the most important 
literary fimctiuii of the college course, he was 
selected by his society as its representative in 
the debate, the leading part on such occasions. 
The subject debated seems quite modern. It 
was : "Are majorities the safest ruler??'" The 
selection of that subject indicates the trend of 
the student mind. Singularly enough he also 
gave an address during his freshman year be- 
fore his literary society on the subject, "The 
true Grandeur of .\ations." not kno\.ing at 
that time that Charles Sumner had given an 
address on the same subject. The faculty sent 
many students v.lmse prejiaration was delicitnt 
or who failed in iheii e:;aminations to Mr. 
Littlcfield to be tutored. At one time there 
were fourteen undergraduates under his tuition. 

In iSd'j, the }ear of his graduaticm, was also 
the centenni.d of the college, an event of un- 
usual interest in its history, and was celebrateil 
with an elaborate program of addresses by 
distinguished a'.unmi of the college. The exer- 
ci'^es, which occupied several days, were held 
in a great tent on the caiupus and multitudes 
of old graduates and friends of t1'ie college of 
niiire oi' less distinction attended, .At the 
graduiiting exercises of the cla-^s a most unex- 
pected and gratifying honor was given to the 
valedictorian of tlie class as he came forward 
to annoimce his address. .Apparently with- 
out an}' p<i carrangenient. the entire class arose 
and vigorously applauded their classmate. I'^or 
several years after graduation Mr. Littlefield 
taught in high schools in Massachusetts and 
Rhode Island. He was submaster in the 
Charlestown, Massachusetts, high school, and 
for three years principal of the Newport, 
Rhode Inland, high school, h'rom that place he 
was called to Westerly as superintendent of 
the village scliools and principal of the high 
•school. The report of the superintendent of 
schools of Newport for tlie year iP,J2-jt, con- 
tains these woriU: "Mr. Littlefield is a m ;n of 
sound and liberal scholarship and an efficient 

teacher anil earnest worker. His amiable dis- 
jiosition and rare virtues lia\e endeared him 
to his pupils and associates, anti 1 am sure that 
we share in their regrets that the school must 
lose his l.-ihors an<l intluence." .\t Westerly he 
was e(|ually successful as a teacher and super- 
intendent, a:ul very reluctantly resigned his 
jiosition thei e though olTeied a large increase 
of sa!ar\', in orrlcr to prejiare himself for his 
chosen priifc>sion. 

In ( )ctober, 187.}, he entered the Law School 
of I'-oston University, and completed the three 
years' course in two years, graduating in 1876. 
In May, 1876, he was admitted to tlie Boston 
bar, but immediately went to Providence and 
entered the ofhce of James Tillinghast, Esq., 
wheie he purMied the study of local statutes 
and court prucedure during the six months re- 
quired by Rhode Island law, and was admitted 
to the I'ihode Island bar in January. 1877, and 
in due course was admitted to practice before 
the L'nited States courts. He soon took a 
leading f>lacc among the lawyers of the state. 
His success has been won, not by superficial 
and showy qualities, but by thorough, careful 
and conscientious preparation of his cases and 
by the energy ami resourcefulness with wliich 
he has prosecuted them. In all matters per- 
taining to the improvement of the law and the 
elevation of professional and judicial stand- 
ards he has been a fearless leader. On the 
reorganization of the judicial system of the 
state in 1904-05. made necessary by a consti- 
tutional amemlnient, he was appointed a mem- 
ber of the commission which revised the laws 
relating to the constitution and jurisdiction of 
the courts, and reported the system of law 
known as the court and practice act. W hen 
again an amendment to the constitution of the 
state was adopted in 1909. providing for the 
election of members of the house of repre- 
sentatives by districts, he wa^ appointed a 
member at large of the commission which 
divided the state into repre-^entative districts, 
and was one of the subcommittee of three to 
whom was committed the preparation of the 
statutes necessary to carry into effect the 
rarlical changes in the mctlu)rl of electing 
as^emblvmen resulting from that amendment. 

Mr. Littlcfield's jiractico has been exclusively 
on the ci\il side of the court, and mostly in 
ef|uity and probate causes and in matters per- 
taining to real estate, although he has had a 
wide experience in jury trials. From the bo- 
ginning of his career he has been engaged in 
some of the most im[)ortant litigation which 
has conic before the Rhode Lland courts, both 
in regard to the legal princiiiles involved anrl 
the iiecuniary interests at stake. When Roger 
Williams Park was enlarged al)Out 1890, he 



was couii?el for the owners of the greater part 
of Cunht'f's Pond and tlie surrounding land 
which was taken by the ci;y of rroviclc.icc by 
the exercise of the right of eminent domain. 
The titles to various parts of that property 
were very detecti\e and many conflicting 
claims arose. There probably has never been 
a single case involving so many djfficult ques- 
tions of law and fact before a Rhode Island 
court as grew out of the litig:Uion over the 
titles of the heirs of Jo-^eph G. Johnfi:i in a 
large part of the land taken by the city. .Ml 
the questions litigated were decided in fa\or 
of the Juhnsoi\. heirs, his client^. When tl'.c 
Union 'i'rust Company of Pr')vidence closed 
its doors in 1907, the lawyers representing 
most of the depositors in that institution chose 
Mr. Littlet'icld to represent them on the de- 
positors' committee which was rai-ed to assist 
in evolving a ]ilan for the reorganization of 
that institution. He was made secretary of the 
conimitlce, and rdso was retaine<l, with Cyrus 
M. \'an Slyck, Esq., .md Frank L. Hinckley, 
Esq., as counsel for the depositors to repre- 
sent them in all court proceedings and in 
formulating a plan of reorganization. Co- 
operating with Rathbone Gardner, E>q., coun- 
sel for the receivers, a plan was evolved which 
was put into execution and successfully car- 
ried out. The plan and its execution were 
absolutely unique in the financial history of the 
country, and has been pronounced by eminent 
authorities a most remarkable piece of work. 
Its success, however, was quite as much due 
to the sjjlendid cooperation of the legal pro- 
fession and business men of the city and state 
as to any merit of the plan itself, however 
great that may have been. 

Mr. I.ittlefield was senior member of the 
law firm of Littlefield & l^.arrows from 1S99 
until Air. Farrows was unanimously elected 
by the general assembly a justice of the 
superior court in 1913. As the first referee 
in bankruptcy appointed in this state um'er the 
United States bankruptcy act of 1S98. ]Mr. 
Littlefield had much to do with the inter- 
pretation of tlie law in its early stages. Some 
of the cases in which he wrote opinions which 
are reported in the .American bankruptcy re- 
ports, were and still are leading cases on the 
questions decided. He has been continuously 
reappointed referee since his first appointment, 
in conjunction with Mr. P.arrows since iC)oo. 
until Air. P.arrows' elevation to the bench, and 
is now serving hi? eighth term in that oftke. 

In politics he is a Progressive Democrat, 
having joined that party during Mr. Cleve- 
land's administration. He was candidate of 
that partv for governor of a state in the vear 
1900, and has twice since that time declined a 

renomination for that office, owing to his busi- 
ness engagements, lie was a member of tlie 
Rhode Island senate from the city of Paw- 
tucket, iH^jj-iS-jS, and drafted the first caucus 
law which was passed by either house of the 
general assembly. 

Air. J-ittlefield has always taken a deep inter- 
est in all ([ue.stions relating to the educational, 
moral and religious life of the communities in 
which he lias resided. He was elected a mem- 
ber of the Pawtnckct school committee for two 
terms, 1897-1901 and 1905-08, ha\ing been 
elected first by the Democratic party anrl sec- 
und b\' the Rejiublican as a non-partisan candi- 
date. He was chairman of the committee, 
1 89S- 1 90 1 . 

His Services have been much in demriud as 
a lecturer and orator on historical, political and 
other subjects, and he has delivered many ad- 
dresses before various societies, as the 
Rhode Island Historical Society, tiie Old 
Colony Historical Society, the Providence .Art 
Club, the Old I'ridgewatcr Historic.-".! Society 
and the Pridgewatcr Norma! Scliool. He de- 
livered on June 13, 1906, the oration at tlie 
celebration of the 250th anniversary of the 
founding of tlie town of Bridgewater. Alassa- 
chusetts, and the Phi Beta Kappa address at 
Dartmoutli College in 19 10. The honorary de- 
gree of Alaster of Arts was conferred upon 
him by Dartmoutli College in 1909, on wliich 
occasion the following words were addres<:ed 
to the reciiiient: ''Nathan Whitman Littlefield, 
student as well as practitioner of the law. 
gifted in public speech, subordinating personal 
interests to the public weal, upon you, as one 
who has carried the high ideal of his college 
life into his later career, I confer the lionor- 
ary degree of Alaster of .Arts." 

Air. Littlefield is a member of the Pawtucket 
Congregational Churcli. and lias been a super- 
intendent of the Sunday school for two terms 
of several years each, and was made a life 
member of the Congregational .Sunday .School 
Society by tlie Sunday school of the Cen- 
tral Falls Congregational Cluirch, where he 
taught a Bible class for several years. He 
is vice-president of the Rhode Island Con- 
gregational Conference and of the Rhode 
Island Home Afissionary Society, and was the 
legal member of the committee of the confer- 
ence which prepared the constitution and 
effected the incor['oration of the conference 
in 1012. In the campaign of the Alen and 
Religion Forward Alovement of 1911-12. he 
was cliairman of the committee on auxiliary 
cities and chairman of the committee of the 
whole which carried on the work in the cities 
of Pawtucket and Central Falls, and gave 
much time and thought to the promotion of 



iluil cause. He is iIk- president of the Rhode 
l-laiid Aiiti-Saloon League^ and has repre- 
sented that society in several contests before 
tlie supreme court of tl e state involving the 
interpretation of statutes relating to the sup- 
pression of intemperance, and has delivered 
numerous addresses before conventions and 
tlic churches on the work of the league and the of temperance. Ele is a member and 
olhcer of the National Bar Association, a mcm- 
li; r of the Rhode Island Ear Association, the 
National Municipal League, the Amcricaa 
Society tor the Judicial Settlement of Inter- 
national Dispute-,, tlic Rhode Island Historical 
Society, the Old Colony Historical Society, 
honnrary member and trustee of the Old 
liridgcwater Historical Society, member of the 
Rhode Island Chapter of ^Mayflower Descend- 
ants, jn-esident of tlie National Pilgrim Society 
and president of the Society of the Founders 
of Providence Plantations. He has always 
i)cen a lover of out-of-door sports, and is an 
enthusiastii y.ichtsman and golfer, being a 
member of the F.ristol. Rhode Islauil, "^'acht 
Club, and the Rh.ode Island Country Club. 

On .Vngust 13, 1873, Mr. Littlefield married 
Arietta \'. Redman, daughter of Hon. Era'tus 
Redman, of Ellsworth, Maine, who was for 
many years postmaster of that city and col- 
lector of the port. She died at Providence, 
Rho'le Island, October iS. 187S, and on De- 
cember I, 1S06. he married Mrry Whcaton 
Ellis, daughter of Asher Ellis, of Pawtuckct, 
Rhode Island. He has two sons : Nathan Whit- 
man Jr., born April 20, 1877, Brown Univer- 
sity, 1899: and Alden Llewellyn, born Decem- 
ber 19. 18S9. now a student at Dartmouth Col- 
lege, class of 1914: Mrs. Littlefield is a mem- 
ber of the Daughters of the .American Revolu- 
tiori. Flintlock and Powderhorn Chapter, of 
Pawtucket, Rhode Island, having joined 
through her ancestor. Deacon Asa Ware, of 
Dedham. Massachusetts. She is a lineal de- 
scendant of Rev. John Ellis, one of the early 
pastors of the ancient Newman Congregational 
Church of East Providence, Rhode Island, for- 
merly Rehoboth, Massachusetts. She is also 
a member of the Pawtuckct Congregational 
Church, and takes an active part in the church 
work, being a mem.ber of various church soci- 

Robert Austin, the immigrant 
AUSTIN ancestor, is found recorded in 

1661. \vhcn his name was on the 
list of sixty-five persons, mostly of Newport, 
Portsmouth and Kineston, who were granted 
lots in the new settlement of \N'ester!y. His 
name was not on the tax list of 16S7. Mr. J. 
O. Austin, the Rhcnle Islantl genealogist, says 

of him: "M.iny facts secnn to warrant the 
assum[ition that he was father of Jeremiah, 
Edward, Joseph, and John." He died before 

(II) Jeremiah, son of Robert .\ustin, was 
of Kingston and Exeter, and was taxed, Sei.i- 
tember ('>, 16S7, under Governor .Vndros' levy. 
About 1720 he and his son Jeremiah had ear 
marks for sheep granted. Although his name 
appears in North and South Kingston and 
Exeter, he mu)- have lived in one place, as the 
three towns were divided at different times, 
the record of the old town being in North 
Kingston. His will was dated March 6, 1752, 
and proved in 1754, and in it he called himself 
"weak in body and well stricken in years." 
Fie did not mention any real estate, and doubt- 
less gave it to his sons before his death. When 
he died there were seven Austins named Jere- 
miah : Jeremiah, Jeremiah Jr., and Jeremiah 
(3), Jeremiah, son of Robert (3), Jeremiah, 
son of Pasko (3), Jeremiah, son of Ezckiel 
(3), and Jeremiah, son of Robert (3), and 
there was also a Jose])h (2). ITc married Eliz- 
abeth , who died after 1752. Children: 

Robert, died in 1752; Pasko, died in 1774; 
Jeremiah, died in 177S: David, married Dinah 
; Stejihen, died in 1732: Mercy, mar- 
ried Benoni Austin : Daniel, died in 1737 ; Eze- 
kiel, mentioned below. 

(III ) Ezekiel. son of Jeremiah Austin, mar- 
ried Champlin. He lived in North 

Kingston, F^hode Island. According to one 
authority, he married Elizabeth, daughter of 
John Eldred, and among the children were a 
son Eldridge, and a daughter Mary. Chil- 
dren, born at North Kingston : Jeremiah, born 
in 1749; Ezekiel, mentioned below; Stephen, 
\\'illiam. Elizabeth, Joanna. 

(IV) Ezekiel (2), son of Ezekiel (i) Aus- 
tin, was born in 1757. .According to the L^nited 
States census of 1840, he lived at that time 
with his son Ezekiel, in Exeter, and was 
eighty-three years of age. He was then a pen- 
sioner for services in the Revolution, and his 
name is on the pension roll. May 31, 1833, his 
pension to commence March 4, 1831, hi^ age 
being then seventy-five years. 

(V) Ezekiel (3). =on' of Ezekiel (2) Aus- 
tin, married and had a son John, mentioned 

(Vn John, son of Ezekiel ( ;^) Austin, was 
born October 17. 1830. at Exeter. Rhode 
Island. His early years were spent on his 
father'.'; fann. anfl his schooling was received 
in the public schools. When he left home he 
began an apprenticeshin under L. B. Darling, 
a refiner of e(:>ld and silver, at Providence. In 
18/12 he starterl in bu^ines'^ in partnership with 
Horace F. Carpenter, with a refinery at the 



corner of Fricmlship and Dorraiice streets. 
Afterward Mr. .Austin became the sole pro- 
prietor of the refining busincs--. until 188S, 
when he adiniitcd his son to [lartnership. lie 
was a pioneer in the smelting- business which 
was formerly done abroad, and this depart- 
ment of business grew to larg.2 proportions. 
His house manufactured blue vitriol and oxide 
of zinc, and dealt in fine gold, silver, copper, 
gold coin, sand and black crucibles, assayed 
gold and silver, and smelted and refined th;se 
metals. Mr. Austin was indefatigable in 
devotion to his business, and from a humble 
beginning he lived to see the ainuial output of 
refined metal reach a total of a million and a 
quarter dollars v.orth. At tlie lin;e of his 
death, his firm, John .Austin & Son, was the 
leading firm of refiners in this country and 
Mr. .Austin was the foremost man in his line 
of business. For nearly forty years he was 
known to almost every manufacturing jeweler 
in the land. In addition to his own business, 
he had various other financial interests. He 
was elected president of the High Street Bank 
in 1S78, succeeding .\aron V>. Curry, and in 
l8;9 he was elected president of the Citizens 
Savings Kank, which was located in the room-- 
of the High. Street Bank, and mainly unfler the 
same management, and he held both offices as 
long as he lived. While he was at the 
head of the savings, the number of de- 
positors grew from 756 to more than 9,5co. 
He was a leader in the development of his 
native town. The old .\ustin homestead which 
came into the possession of his grandfather 
during the revolution, he greaily improved, 
adding building after building, until he liad 
erected no Ic'^s than twenty-four, including a 
postoffice building, store, schoolhouse and a 
memorial church, all valuable additions to the 
civic center. 

Mr. Austin was an exemplary self-made 
man. Naturally quiet, retiring and sensitive, 
he avoided politics anrl public life, bur he was 
kindly and sympathetic, beloved in his own 
home, and possessed of many friends in all 
parts of the country. He was thoroughly hon- 
OTable and upright in business, a conspicuous 
figure for many \ears in Providence business 
circles, exerting a wide and salutary influence 
in all the walks of life. He was a member of 
Mount \'ernon Lorlge, Xo. 4. Free Masons : 
and Providence Chapter, No. i. Royal Arch 
Masons, of Providence. During his later 
years he was a communicant and ve-tryman of 
-■Ml Saints Memorial Church I'l'rotestant Epis- 
copaO. }Te died at his home an ^^'e*tminster 
street. Providence, February iq. igcyo. 

^^r. .Austin mnrried. September T.S. 1850. 
Susan Tane Darline. daughter of John anil 
Pollv (Wec'ling) Darling, both of Cumber- 

land, Rhode Island. His widow resides in hi-; 
former hi'me on Westminster street. Chil- 
dren: I. Clara .M., born August 9, 1859, now 
deceased. 2. tugene A., July 16, 1S61, now 
deceased. 3. Clarence H., August 5, iS''i6, 
now deceased. 4. Arthur Ernest, mentioned 
below. 5. Alice W., October 11, 1874, now 

(V'll) .Arthur Ernest, only surviving child 
of John Austin, was born July 23, 1868, at 
Providence, Rhode Island. He received his 
carlv education in the public schools of his 
native city, and early in life became associated 
in business with his father. He was admitted 
to partnership by his father in 1888, and since 
then the business has been conducted under the 
firm name of John Austin & Son. Since the 
death of his father in 1900, he has been sole 
proprietor, however. He is also treasurer and 
secretary of the Im])roved Seamless Wire 
Company, president of the High Street Bank 
and vice-president of the Citizens Savings 

Not only in business, but in public life, Mr. 
.Austin has been a leader. In politics he is a 
Republican of wide influence. He was a mem- 
ber of the Cranston town council from 1896 to 
\(jO^. a period of ten years, during several of 
which he was president. In iSc/) he was elect- 
ed second representative from Cranston to the 
general assembly, and in 1S97, first representa- 
tive. He was appointed on the conuuittee on 
incorporations. In 1898 he was elected state 
senator, and he served two years, serving on 
the committee on militia and on the judiciary. 
In 1900 he declined reelection on account of 
the requirements of his business. Fie is a 
member of Mt. \'ernon Lodge, Xo, 4. of Free 
Masons: of Providence Chapter, Xo. i. Royal 
.Arch Masons: of Providence Council. Xo. i, 
Royal and Select Masters : of St. John's Com- 
mandery. Xo. i. Knights Templar : of Palestine 
Temple, Myotic Shrine; and he has tal<eu the 
thirty-two degrees of Scottish Rite Masonry. 
He was commodore of the Rhode Island Yacht 
Club in 1892, and he is a member of the X'ew 
York A'acht Club, and of the Squantum .Asso- 
ciation and Pomham Club, and of the Sons of 
the .American Revolution and other organiza- 
tions. He is a communicant and vestryman of 
.-\11 Saints Alemorial Church ("Protestant Epis- 
copal") and active in charitable and benevolent 

^^^. .Austin married f first) October 25. 1888. 
Louisa D. Osgood, of Providence, who died 
.April 2, 1894, aged twenty-six years, the 
mother of two children: I. Clarence E., 
born July 23. 1889. 2. Gertrude W.. Septem- 
ber 20. 1801. .He married f second") October 
17. 1S95. Mrs. Jessie .Anna (Wright) Stone, 
of Xew A'ork Citv. 

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William llolton, the iiiiiiiif;rant 

HC)LTOX ancestor, was born in England, 
in 1611, and came to America 
« hen a young man, sailing from Ipswich, Eng- 
land, in the ship "Francis," in 1634. After 
living for a time at Cambridge lie went with 
the iiionccrs to ] hi rt ford, Coimecticiit, of which 
he was one of the founders. His name ap- 
iji-ars on the list of founders on the moninnent 
at Hartford. He returned to England, re- 
niained three years, and upon his coming again 
to Hartford joined.the colonists at Xorthanij)- 
ton, Massachusetts, where he was deacon of 
the church in 1663. He was deputy to the gen- 
eral court from Northampton for five years, 
;.nd for Hadley oi;e }car. He ^\•as a member 
of the committee on the settlement of North- 
field. He died August 12, 1691. His wife 
Mary died November, 1691. Cliildren : John, 
mentioned below; Samuel, baptized November 
I. 1646; William; Mary, married David Hurt; 
Sarah, married John King; Ruth, married 
losepjh Maker and Thoma.^ Lytnan ; Rachel, 
married Thomas Strong; Thomas, v.-as killed 
by the Indians, March 14, 1676. 

(H) John, son of William Holton, was 
born about 1648, and died at Northanijiton, 

A[)ril 16, 1712. He married .\bigail , 

who survived him and was living in 171S. 
Children, born at Northampton: Mary, Janu- 
ary 10. i6f)8: Eleazer; Sarah, October 6. 1673; 
Abigail; Joshua, May 6, 1678; William, men- 
tioned below; Thomas. October 23, 16S1. 

(Ill) William (2), son of John Holton, 
was born at North.ampton, 1679. He was a 
Weaver by trade. I;i 1718 lie moved from 
Northampton to Northfield. wdiere his brothers 
also settled, and he died there November 13. 
1735. He married. Deceml>er 5. i7o''>. .-\bigail 
Edwards. Children, born at Northampton : 
John, mentioned below ; William, March 6. 
17CX): -Samuel. NovembcT 30, 1710: Mary, May 
10. 1714: .Abigail, .\ugust 14. 1720. at North- 

( 1\" ) John (2), son of William (2) Holton, 
wa^ born .-Xugust 24. 1707, and died Cktober 
25. 1793- He was sergeant in the r'rcnch and 
Indian war. He married, October 7, 1731. 
^^chitable Alexander, who was for many years 
blind. She died December 28, 1792. Chil- 
dren, bona at Northfield: Chloe, January i, 
'733-.i4- Mehitable, February 24. i735-3''i: 
Joel. July 10. 173S: Trcna, October 20, 1741 ; 
.Anna. Cictober 23. 1744; John, mentioned be- 
low ; Sibyl, baptir^ied December 30, 1750; Sibyl, 
born December 5, 1751 ; Solomon, born .\pril 
8. 1755: Dorothy. April 10. 1763, died 1787; 
Charity f adopted"), baptized December 11. 

( \" ) John i'3l. ■^on of John (2) Holton. was 
born at Northfield. October 22. 1747. and died 

March 22, 1S25. He was a lieutenant in the 
Continental army in the revolution. He mar- 
ried, in 1778. Hannah Sliellon, daughter of 
Captain Amasa Sheldon, of Ik-rnardston. She 
married (second) May 23, 1832, Ezckicl Web- 
ster. Children of John and Hannah, born at 
Xoithficld: Horace, May 18, 1780; Ora, men- 
tioned below : Rufus. October 12, 1783. died 
.\ugust 22, 1815; Henr\-, April 15, 17S8; 
Lucius, November 24, 17S9; Elias, December 
16, 1790; John, May 22, 1792; Isabella, Octo- 
ber 16. 1794: Electa, July 2, 17(>8; Betsey, .-Vu- 
gust 22, 1803. 

( \T ) Ora, son of John (3) Holton, was 
born at Northfield. July 14. 1782. He married, 
November 29, 1801, Martha Hardwick. Chil- 
dren: Nelson, born March 6, 1S03; Chester, 
June 30, 1S05 ; Charles S., July 12, 1807; Eras- 
tus. mentioned below ; William H., July 19, 
1812. settled at Bennington; Martha, March 
29. 1815; Hannah, .-\pril 23, 1817, died June 
18. 1843: Ora, .April 14. 1S19, died in Cali- 
fornia, unmarried : Ciratia, May 21, 1821, mar- 
ried Homer Ramsdell ; lohn. December 20, 

(\']I) Erastus, son of Ora Holton, was 
bi.rn at .Northfield, March 19, 1809. He mar- 
ried Juha ( I'Jwell) Moody (see Moody). He 
died at Copake, New York, April 8, 1855. He 
was a farmer and blacksmith. The North- 
field School, founded by l\ev. Mr. Moody, the 
Evangelist, is on the farm he owned. Chil- 
dren of Erastus and Julia Holton: i. Augusta 
Elizabeth, born March 30. 1S29; married Pat- 
rick Collins, who came frinn New Glasgow, 
Quebec, died April I, 1883, in Bennington, a 
blacksmith by trade: she li\cs in Bennington. 
2. Marv -Ann. born September 22, 1831, in 
Northfield. died July 3. 1840, in Bennington. 

(■XTIl) Lucius Aloody, son of Julia fEl- 
well) (Moody), and adopted by Erastus Hol- 
ton. was born about 1827-28. He died at 
Beimington, in 1S76. He had a common school 
education, and followed the trade of carpenter. 
He settled in Rjennington when a young man. 
He was al-o in business as a fii^rist. He mar- 
ried Cynthia .Ann Bump, descendant of an old 
Ca[ie Cod family f formerly sjielled Bumpus. 
from a French ancestor, Bompa->e"). She was 
born Jmie 16. 1S30. in Sh.aftsbury. Vermont, 
died at Pittsficld, Ma-^sachnsetts, October 31, 
ir>o8. Children, born at Bennington: i. Carrie 
L.. March, 1857; married Cornelius C. Cook, 
of Bennington, a broker and insurance agent 
of Bennington : they reside at Pittsficld : chil- 
dren : D. Maurice, a broker, Boston; \'elma, 
married Carleton G. Garrettson ("deceased), 
and she resides in New York: Helen, lives 
with her brother Maurice, in Boston: Ethel 
and Harold. 2. Frederick Duane. b<irn .April 
18. 18^8. died lumiarried. in Beimington. Sep- 

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tciiibcr i8, iS'/j; grnduatc of I'nited States 
Military Academy. \\\'-t Point; stationed at 
Fort Lee, Arizon;i; had charge of the battle- 
field after Custer's ALassacre. 3. Lewis Chapin, 
mentioned below. 

(IX) Lc\\-is Chapin, son of Lucius ]\[oody 
Iloiton, was born at 323 School street, ]]enn- 
ington, Vermont. April 19, 1866. He attended 
the public schools of his native town. He be- 
gan his business career as clerk in a jewelry 
store and in .A. K. Ritchie's dry g(5ods store, 
where he woiVxd for six months. In iSSo he 
entered the employ of tlie Bemiington & Rut- 
land Railroad Com])any, and a year later went 
to the Passunip-ic railroad, at Nex.'bury, \''cr- 
mont. In I0S2 l.e returned to tlic iSennington 
& Rutland railroad for a short time. He was 
afterward at Hoosick Falls, in the employ of 
the Western L''nion Telegraph Company for a 
short time, and was then appointed agent at 
Hoosick Junction for the Troy & Boston rail- 
road. In 1SS5 lie was clerk for W'inslow & 
Potter, dealers \v. hardware for six months. 
After woiking L.r his father in the florist busi- 
ness for a time, lie returned to the Benning- 
ton (S: Rutland railroad. He entered partner- 
ship with his father June 8. tS'oi, and after his 
father's death sncci-oded to the Inisine'^s. He 
has had a practical monojioly of the fiorist 
trade of Bennington since then. He bought 
W. (j. Ricliard-oii's Tecumseh green houses, 
and after twenly-one montlis discontinued 
them. His place of business is at 321 .School 
street. He has greenhouses with more than 
six thousand feet of glass, aiul he also has a 
productive farn,. In politics he is a Repub- 
lican. He is a member of the Baptist church. 
He is past chancellor commander of the 
Knights of Pythias of Bennington. 

He married, at Rutland, \'ermont. Septem- 
ber iS, iSSij, Lillio Josephine Bowen, who was 
born January 10. 1S69, in Kalamazoo, Michi- 
gan, died at Bennington, March 2. 1006. Chil- 
dren, born at Bennington: i. Leroy Bowen, 
May 23, iSqi : married .Xda I'>ahan. of Benn- 
ington, and has Di)uglas Duane. born February 
24. 1012. 2. Martha Irene. October 17. 1804; 
a de>igner of hou-e dresses at P.i, ttom & Tor- 
rance's. Bennington. 3. Frederick Lucius, 
January 30. 189'^. 4. Kenneth William, July 
15, 1900. 5. Uoris Lillian, Xovemlier 30, 1902. 

(The Mondy IJrpV 

(I) George Moody lived at Moulton. Fng- 
land. His pedigree is preserved in the British 
Museum. Children of George and Lydia: 
George ; John, mentioned below : Samuel. 

(H) John, ^nu of Ticorge Moody, came to 
New England in ir\53. settled at Roxburw wa'^ 
deputy in i'i3.t-.'?5- ['roprieior of Mart ion! 

i''39- townsman i63<")-40, lieutenant 1640, ilca- 
con. His widow, Elizabeth, died at Hadley. 

(Ill) Samuel, son of John !\Ioody, boin 
1640, died at Hadley, September 22. iLhS<j\ 
married Sarah Deming. Children: Sarah, 
John, Hannah, Mary, Samuel and Ebene/vi. 

(I\') Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) 
Moody, born November 28, 1670, died Noveni- 
bei- 10, 1744: married, September 5. 1700, 
Sarah Lane. Children : Samuel, John, Nathan 
Jonathan, Havid, Sarah (died young), and 

(\') Samuel (3), son of 'Samuel (2) Moody, 
v,a; born .September 10, 1702, at Hadley, died 
December 11. 1765. He settled at Granby. 
He married, October 13. 1729, jMary Hovey, 
who died September 15, 1775. Children: 
Samuel, born July 2, 1730; Gideon, March 24, 
1733 ; Thomas Hovey, August 31, 1736 ; Elisha, 
January 14, 1738; Reuben, January 21, 1740; 
Simeon, July 4. 1743; Simeon, mentioned be- 
low: Enos, April 7, 1753. 

(\'l) Simeo'i, son of Samuel (3) Moody, 
was horn October 30, 174". and died July 16, 
181 5. His wife ]\Iercy died September 14, 
1S15. The census of 1790 shows that he was 
then of Granby and had two niales over six- 
teen, three under that age. and three females 
in his family. The history of Hadley mentions 
Simeon, Lois, Thomas, Ruth. Levi, ^lary, Reu- 
ben and Calvin as his children. Jacob and 
Isaiah M. were doubtless among the elder chil- 

(\'II) Isaiah M., son of Simeon Moody, 
was born 1772. came from Hadley with his 
brother Jacob. He was a brick mason in 
Northfield. where he located in 1796. He died 
February 20. 1S35. He married. December 15, 
1799. I'hila, daughter of Medad Alexander. 
She died November i, i860. Children: Ed- 
win, born No\ember t. i8oo; Isaiah, mention- 
ed below; Lucius A., August 20. 1805: Phila 
A.. September 10. 180S: Chloe A., June 15. 
.1810; Xoah. .-\pril 20, 1813; Eunice S.. De- 
cember 31, 1816; Mary L., December 22, 1818: 
Medad. April 29, 1821. 

(\'I1I) Isaiah, son of Isaiah M. Moody, 
was born August 21. 1803. He graduated 
from Brown University in 1827, and studied 
law in the office > >f John Xevers ; died June 22, 
1828. He left one child. Lucius, bv wife Julia 
(Elwell). who married afterward Erastus Hol- 

For more than two hundred ancl 
BIRGE fifty years the Birge family has re- 
sided in Hartford and Litchfield 
counties. Connecticut, and during these two 
and a half centuries its members have been 
prominent as farmers, manufacturers and busi- 


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iK--^ iiifii, :is well as in juiblic life and in the 

I ! ) Kieliaid Birgc, t'lr ininiii;rant ancc-tor, 
U.I-- t!"-" '""■■'t '^'* t''*^ name to settle on Anicrican 
vl'.oros. He arrived in Dorchester, ^^assachu- 
sett.-. At thi;. time lie appears to have been a 
M)Uiii,' man le~s than t\\ent}--oiie years of age. 
In i'>40. N\ith Kev. John Wareliam, of whose 
ehnrch he was a member, lie joined the colony 
which established tlie first settlement in Wind- 
soi, Connecticut. In the earl}- records his name 
wa> spelled Ilurge, Birdge and Birge. and they 
show that he owned a large anioimt of land as 
eniK' as if'.|0. In arldition to a homo lot in 
W'incbor. he had sixteen acre; "be\-onJ the 
second [jin- plane" on th.e we;t side of tlie mill 
brciok. eight and one-quarter acres on the side 
()f "J'ine Hill" and many other parcels of land 
on both sides of the river before 1646. His 
son Daniel inherited most of this land. He 
was a farmer, and that he was a devout T'uri- 
tan is shown by his connection with Rev. John 
W'areham. His wealth proves tliat he v/as a 
[irudent and careful man. On October 5, if^i. 
lie married Eliziibeth, daughter of Hon. Wil- 
liam ria\li)rd. She married (second) Thomas 
Hoskins, of Windsor. Kichard Birgc dieil in 
1651. Jeremiah, son of Richard Birge, agreed 
with his step-father, Thomas Hoskins, that he 
would serve him faithfully until he came of 
age, tliC consifieration being thai Hoskins con- 
vey to him a certain piece of land, and if Jere- 
miah should die before he came of age his 
brother John should serve the rest of the term. 
Jeremiah died at the age of twenty years, so 
that John finished the term and received the 
land. Children of Richard and Elizabeth (Gay- 
lord) Birge: i. John, born in 1642, died in 
1643. 2. Daniel, see forward. 3. Elizabeth, 
lK>rn July 28, 1646, died in infancy. 4. Jere- 
miah, born May 6, 1648. 5. John, born Janu- 
ary 14, i(')49. 6. Joseph, bt>rn November 2, 
165 1, died July 18, 1705. 

(ID Daniel, son of Richard and E'.lizaboth 
(Gaylord) Birge. was born November 24, 
T''i44, dieil January 26. 1697:08. He married, 
No\embei 5, ii'/io, Deborah Holcomb, and had 
children; I. Elizabeth, born Aj.iril 15, 1670, 
died yotmg. 2. Deborah, born November 2t'K 
1671. 3. Elizabeth, born February 3. i''>74. 4. 
Afary, born December 25, 1677. died prior to 
i^'97- 5- B)aniel, see forward. 6. Abigail, born 
in 1684. 7. John, born September 10. 1689. 

8. Cornelius, born July 30. 1604, died June 23, 
17G3; married, February 8. 1721, Sar.ih 
Ixiomis, born in 1694, died October 2. 1776. 

9. E'^ther. born in 1697. 

(HE) Daniel (2),' son of Daniel (i) and 
Deborah (Holcomb) Birge, was born Septmi- 
ber 6, 1680. died October 26. 1737. He mar- 
ried, in March, 1721, Rebecca Tarbox, who 

tlicd ]irior to 1739. They had chiklren : I. Re- 
becca, bL>rn December 10, 1722, died young. 
2. Daniel, born December 13, 1723; married, 
October, 1743. Elizabeth Knox. 3. Rebecca, 
born November 14, 1725 : married Bur- 
roughs. 4. Coziah, bi'rn February 16, 1729. 

5. Deborah, born .\pril 29, 1732; married 

Floldridge. 6. Lydia, born July 2, 1734; mar- 
ried Root. 7. Jonathan, see forward. 

(1\'') Jonathan, son of Daniel (2) and Re- 
becca (Tarbox) r>irge. was bt>rn August 14, 
173''. lie ninrried, b'cliruaiy 23, 1757, Rachel 
Strong. Children: I. Ezekiel, sec forward. 

2. llozea, born Septemlier 12. 1760, died Au- 
gu-~t 1(1. 1843. 3. C)li\e, born February 22, 
17C>2. 4. Content, born March 23, 1764. 5. 
I'',liiah, born May 14, 1765. 6. Rachel, born 
July 24, 1767. 7. Deborah, born June iS, 1769. 
8. .Anne, born February 10, 1771 ; married 

Olcott. 9. ^Nlary. born September 13, 

1773; mairicd Joel Swetland. 10. Jonathan, 
1)01 n ( )ctobcr 3, 1775, died March 11, 1776. 
II. RliswcU, born April 8, 1777, died in 1812; 
married, in 1800, Sarah White, who married 
(second) in 1817, Zenas Loomis, and died 
January 25, 1834. 

(V) Fzekiel. son of Jonathan and Rachel 
(!-^trong) Birge, was born x-\ugust 11, 1758, 
died September 19, 1807. He married, Octo- 
ber 17, 1777, Jerusha Gott. Children: i. Char- ' 
ity, borti in 17S0; married E. Merchant. 2. 
Evdia. born 1781: married Seth Carrier. 3. 
Tvlihu, burn 1783. died 1812: married flannah 
Philps. 4. Elijah, born .September i. 1785: 
married Elizabeth Burnham. 5. \'eshta, born 
in 1780; married F.phraim Rciot. 6. Jerusha. 

born 1789 ; married Drew. 7. \\'illiam. 

see forward. 8. .Augustus, born August 13, 
1793, c'''^'' .August I, 1S43; married, October 
22. 1816, Olida Jones. 9. Anna, born May 13 
or 18, 1795: married George Maynard. 10. 
Mary, born .August 25. 1797; married, 1S22. 
Richard Bixby. 11. Sallv. boni 17159: married 
T'irah B.iher. 12. John, born July 4, 1801 : 
married Mary Deuel. 

(AT) William, son of Ezekiel and Jerusha 
f Gott) B'irge, was born ^^ay 2, 1791. He mar- 
ried Minerva Fox. born August 14. 1796. Chil- 
ilren : i. William, see forwanl. 2. l,eander, 
born December 14, 1814, died Mav 22, 1853; 
married, in Eeliruary, 1843. Frances Ostrander. 

3. Henry, born October 24, 1815; married. De- 
cember 15, 183S, Sarah Staples, born July 5, 
iSio. (liefl .April 4, 1896. 4. Dana, born .-\pril 
II. 1818, died Januarv 17. 1804: married. May 
18, 1837. Mary .A. Stevens. 5. Electa, born 
.Aiiril •,, 1S20. ilicd Afav 13. 1903; married, 
July 4. 1830. Williarn Chamberlin, born Sep- 
tember ]i). 1810. died May 15, 1903. 6. Esther, 
borii .\rarch 26, 1822: married Gilbert HofF- 
ni;in. 7. Frank, born .\iiril 24, 1824; married 

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9. John, borii February 21, 1829, died jc-iiiuary 
4, 1S84: married Phill'.na B. Horton. 10. 
Sarah, born September 20, 1837; married, June 
24, 1857, (jeorge Macev, born October 15, 


(\'I1) Wilham (2), .^on of WilHani (i) 
and Minerva ( Fox ) Hirj^'e, was hurn at Canaan. 
Connecticut, died at W hitc Water, Wisconsin, 
Mav 22, \86o. He was educated in the com- 
mon schools, and followed fa^mi^.^^^ for a voca- 
tion, lie was also a merchant. I Ic was one of 
the first settlers in what is now the city of 
White Water. He served in the Connecticut 
state militia when a youig msn. He married 
Mary La\ina Xoble, born in Canaan, Connecti- 
cut, in 1819. daughter of Jeremiah Xoble. She 
left Albany for Rochester, Xew York, on the 
first canal boat on the Eric canal with her 
father's family. Children of \Villiam and 
Mary Lavina (Xoble) Dirge: i. Julius Charles, 
see forward. 2. Henry, born June 16, 1843, 
died October 7, 1846. 3. Frederick, born April 

10, 1845. died September 25, 1846. 4. Har- 
riet A., born June 19, 1847 • married, Septem- 
ber 15. 1881. .Augustus W. Hoyt. 5. -Ada 
Minerwi, born Se[!tember 23, 1840. died Janu- 
ary 12, i8(>4. 6. Ella, born October 6, 1852; 
niarried, March 6, 1873, George W. Currier, 
born .\ugust 8, 1850. 7. Emma, born Sep- 
tember 8, 1S55, died Sep:ember 22, 1856. 

(VHI) Julius Charles, son of William (2) 
and Mary Lavina (X(>ble) Rirge. was born at 
White Water, Wisconsin. Xovember 18, 1839. 
He attended the public schools of his native 
town and the White \V'ater Academy and 
enterefl i'eloit College in Wisconsin. After 
leaving school he started upon his business 
career as clerk ir. a general store at White 
Water. Tie was in the flouring mill business 
until 1S66, when he went west and made his 
home for a time in Salt Lake City, L'tah. In 
April; 18^7, he came to St. Louis, Mis.-ouri, 
establishing himself in business as a dealer in 
agricultural implements and machinery and 
continued in this bu.'-iness succe.^sfuly for many 
years. He was at the same time vice-president 
of the Winchester Sl Partridge Manufactur- 
ing Company of White Water, Wisconsin, and 
president of the Seymour Manufacturing Com- 
pany, of which he has been president for more 
than thirty-t'ive years. lie is president of the 
St. Louis Shovel Company, now the .\mes 
Shovel & Tool Company; trustee of the 
Marion-Sims Medical College from its founda- 
tion ; member and trustee of the Pilgrim Con- 
gregational Church of St. Louis. He is a 
member and former [jresident of the American 
Harilware Maiuifacturcis' .■\s>ociptio!i ; mem- 
ber and former pre-idciu of the Congregational 
Chdi of St. Louis; member and former presi- 

dent of the Xew England Society of .'^t. Lf-i..i, 
He 'was made a Mason in St. John's Li >.:(;, • 
.\ncient Free and Accepted Mabons at Wh:t.' 
Water, in 1862. Pie is also a member i.f ilx- 
Chajjter, Royal .Vrch Masons ; and of the ("r,:n. 
mandery. Knights Templar; member of thi 
Merchants' Club; the MeicaiUile Club, and tlic 
St. Louis Club of St. Louis. 

He married, December 4, 1873, Mary [ain- 
Patrick, born at St. Louis, August 8, i8;o, 
daughter of James and Arabella (Blackmorci 
I'atrici;. of Pittsburgh, Peimsylvania. IL-r 
Grandfather Blackmore was at one time mayor 
of I'ittsburgh. Children: i. James Patrick, 
born at St. Louis, January 2, 1875, died in 

1902. 2. Ernest Noble, born in St. Ixjuis, 
F'ebruary 4, 1876; engaged with his father in 
the management of the .-\mes Shovel & Tool 
Company ; married, July 3, 1900, Mary Xipher, 
daughter of Professor Francis E. Xipher, I'ro- 
fessor of Physics at Washington University, 
St. Lotiis ; children: Francis Julius, born at St. 
Louis, July 12, 1902; Rol>ert Xipher, born at 
St. Louis, Xovember 22. 1903, Ernest Xoble, 
born at St. Louis, January 10, 1906; Oliver 
Aikins, born at St. L^iuis, .-\ugust 16, i<;;07; 
Mary Matilda, born at St. Louis, October 16, 
1908. 3. Walter William, born at St. Louis, 
September 7. 1877; has been continuously with 
the Ames Sho\-el & Tool Company, of which 
he is the assistant manager ; he is also vice- 
president and general manager of the Warren- 
ite Compan\- and vice-president of the Sey- 
mour Manufacturing Company. In politics he 
is a Republican and he was nominated on the 
Republican ticket for the common council when 
he was too young to hold the office legally : 
member of the Civic Improvement League of 
St. Louis; director of the Society for the Pre- 
vention of Tuberculosis ; director of the 
Young Men's Christian Association ; a Congre- 
gationalist in religion ; married, September 28, 

1903, Mabelle Brown and has three children: 
Mabelle Clair, born .April 21, 1906, Julius and 
Grace. 4. .Arthur Blackmore, born in St. 
Louis. .August 4. 1879; married, October 30, 
1905, Edna Riddle and has two children: Bar- 
bara Riddle, born at St. Louis, August 12, 
icx)7 ; Fredarika, born at St. Louis, .August 21. 
1909; Mary Edna, born January 20. 1913. 5- 
Ada Arabella, born at St. Louis, November 
24, 1883; married Courtland F. Carrier Jr., 
January 3, 1007 : has two children : Mary Jane 
and Katherine Carrier. 6. Julius Stanley, born 
at St. Louis, May 2, 1887 : graduated with high 
honors from .Amherst College, took a post- 
graduate course at Colorado College and i> 
now an instructor in agriculture in Wisconsin 
I'niver-itv at >[adison. Wisconsin. Two other 
children, Frank Winchester, died in 1888, aged 
si.K vears. and Harriet, who died in infancy. 

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Hon. Christoiiher Marbk- Lee, late 
1,1!1'^ associate justice of the superior court 
of Rhode Island, and one of Ihc park 
,, .nimi^>iti"t''^ f*^ ^^^^' city of Provi'lence. was 
. iMiivo of Rhode Island, having been born at 
.\.\'.port, October icS, 1854, son of the kite 
I i.onias j. and Hilary (Lewis) Lee. On his 
■ .iierna! side Judge Lee's ancestor was of Eng- 
li^li origin, an'l through the marria^.e of liis 
ancestors on this side he was descemlcd from 
..•\eral of New I'.ngland's old historic families ; 
<;, liile on his maternal s.ide, his mother, .Mary was of Scotch descent, she having been 
Imin in Scotland and brought to this country 
|,\- iirr parents wlion in her tenth year. 'I lie 
l.te fan)il\ aiicesti)' which folli ws is given in 
chronological order. 

(I) Samuel Lee, a Quaker, wa- living in 
London, E.ngland. in 1716. 

(II) Samuel Lee Jr., eldest son of Samuel 
I i) Lee, came to America prior to 1716 and 
settled at Swansea, Massachusetts, wliere Lee's 
river was named for him. He was also a 
Quaker, and was a sliipwright by trade. 

(III) William, son of Samuel (2) Lee, 
married, in ijOo. Mary, daughter of Nicholas 
['".aston, and a direct descendant ui Nicholas 
Raston, who was one of the founders of New- 
port, and one of the most prominent public 
men of the town and colony. 

(\V) James, son of William Lee. 

( \') Sa-nuei (3), son of James Lee, mar- 
ried Sarah Jouvet, who was of French e.xtrac- 
tion. and to this union were born the follow- 
itif^' children: Samuel Jr., wdio was a seafaring 
ni;in, and died in Newport; William, who left 
Newport in early life, and was never heard of 
again ; Henry, a sea captain, drowned in New- 
port harbor; Thomas j., who is mentioned be- 
low; Susan, who married Norris Lawton, and 
died at Natick, Rhode Island : Sarah, married 
(first) William Weeden, (second) Erastus 
Wilh'anis, and died at Lebanon, Connecticut; 
and I'eter J., who followed the fisliing industry 
at Newport, where he died. 

(\''l) Thomas J., son of Samuel (3) Lee, 
was born rt Newpf^rt, Rhode Island. February 
22, 1819, and die I there September 4. 18S4. 
lie was a sea-faring man. and in early life \vas 
ca[itain of a whaling vessel. He married Mary 
Lewis, and to this union was born three chil- 
<lrcn, namely: Mary, Thomas J. Jr., both of 
whom died during childhood, an<l Christopher 
NJarble Lee. the subject proper of this review. 

(\'II) Christopher Marble Lee, son of the 
'ate Thomas J. and Mary (Lewis) Lee, was 
burn October 18, 1854. at Newport. Rhode 
Lland. His primary education was accjuired 
in the public sch'wls of his native city, grad- 
uating from the Newport high school in 1873, 

uheii 1 fon. Nathan W. Littlel'icld was prin- 
cip;il ut that school. In the fall of that same 
ye;ir he entered Ttrown L'niversity, and was 
gra.luated tlierefroin in 1S77, with the degree 
nf .\. D. XMien a boy lie was one of the best 
atiileles of hi.- native cit\', and made a name 
for himself in this line of wo: k while at the 
Rogers high school, and carried it with him 
when he went to I'.rown L'niversity. Ijaseball 
wa- a favorite game with him, ant! when he 
went to college he was gi\eu a place on the 
'\;iisily team in his freshman year, and he held 
the position of short stop all the time that he 
was at Brown. His great work in that posi- 
tion helped I'.roun one year to lia\e a ball 
team that was the equal of the professional 
teams of those days, and in fact (juite a num- 
ber of the professional teams that year went 
down in defeat before the Pirown men. He 
was also an oarsman of ability, and was cap- 
tain of one of the few crews that Brown ever 
had, receiving a loving cup from that univer- 
sity for haxing won laurels in boat races in. 

Before entering college, Mr. Lee bad de- 
cided upon the law as a ])rofession, and imme- 
diately after his graduation from Broun Uni- 
versity he tv^<ik up the study of law in the office 
of the late Hon. Francis B. Peckham, who 
was at that time city solicitor of Newport, and 
one of the able lawyers of the state. In .Sep- 
tember, 1879, he was admitted to the bar of the 
supreme court of Rhode Island, and at once 
opened an office in Newport, where he con- 
tinued successfully engaged in the practice of 
his profession for a peinod of si.x years. Being 
of an ambitious nature and desirous of broad- 
ening his sphere of activities in the line of his 
chosen profession, in 18S5 he removed to Provi- 
dence, where he opened an oftice for the prac- 
tice of law, and continued to make that city 
his home until his death. On Novemlier 6, 
1896, he was admitted to the bar of the L'nited 
.States Circuit Court. He was always an en- 
thusiastic and untiring worker for the success 
of the Republican jiarty, and for two years, 
in I(:k)4 and 1905, he served as a member of 
the comnifin council of Providence, represent- 
ing the Seventh Ward. In May. 1905, he was 
elected by the general assembly clerk of the 
district court of the sixth judicial district of 
Rliode Island, and in .\pril of the next year, 
when the ofhce of associate justice of this 
court was created, he was elevated to that 
oftice. and occupied the bench %\ ith great credit 
to himself and to the dignity of the court. We 
voice the unanimous opinion of the entire bar 
of Providence in saying t])at he was one of the 
most able judges to occupy the bench of the 
district court since its organization. On March 

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3, 19CX;, upon the re.-ignation of Judge Charles 
C. Miiiiiford, lie was nominated associate jus- 
tice of tlie sujjciior court, and elected in that 
position b_\- an unanimous vote. At that time 
the following; tribute was paid l;:iii by a jiublic- 
spirited citizen: 

JikIko Lie is a nuui wurlliy 01 the hi^h olhce of 
Jii>lice of tliL' Superior Court. }le ua.-; bora in 
Rhode l^I,lnd, uljtaiiied his education in Rhode 
Island, and is a Rhode Islander iii every sense of 
the word. lie will add strength and dignity to the 
Superior Court. His depth of lecial aciiuirenienls 
has been obtained by many years of extensive 
private practice before the state and federal courts; 
he is well-known .'■.nd 1 ighly respected by the bench 
and bar and people of the city and state. His 
elfvatiim t' ■ the bench of t!ic Sujierior Court is a 
well merited reward for the legal attainment, abil- 
ity and faithfid performance of dui\ : while honored 
by the position, he also honors the position by his 
knowledge cif the law. grace of diction, and im- 
partial administration of justice. The dignity of the 
court is upheld, at the same time an atmosphere of 
geniality surrounds him, taking the severity from 
all his decisions, and making him the friend of all 
who come before him. 

In July, 1908, Judge Lee was elected by the 
city council at Providence a member of the 
park commission for the city of Providence, 
and lie continuid a valued nicmber of that 
conmiission initil his death. 

.'Vlthough a man of strong social instinct, 
Judge Lee had never taken an active part in 
fraternal societies, other than during bis col- 
lege days when he was a njember of the Delta 
Kappa Epsilou fraternity. He was, however, 
a valued member of various social clubs, hav- 
ing been a member of the \\'e;t Side Club, 
which organization he served as president for 
three years : a member of and [.'resident of the 
Pro\ idence Camera Club for a nun^ber of 
years: a member of the University Club; and 
a member of the liar Association of Rhode 
Lsland. He attended the Beneficent Congre- 
gational Church, and was president of the 
Men's Club of that church. 

On June i, 1881, Judge Lee was united in 
marriage to Miss Laura Chandler Gardiner, 
daughter of the late Aldridge ?>. and Agnes I). 
(Jackson) Gardiner, of Provi le:ice. Judge 
atid Mrs. Lee had no children to survive in- 

.As a practitioner. Judge Lee was always fair 
and honest in hi.- opinions and convictions, and 
smooth was the criminal who could deceive 
him. He had the reputation of being strict 
at;d tmcomprriinidng, but at the same titne he 
was always ready to e.xlend clemency when he 
tliough.t it was deserved. He was a modest, 
unassiuning. kind-hearted man, popular with 
everybody with whom he came in contact, but 
nevertheless never forgetfid of the im[)oitant 
judicial positions he occupied or of the respon- 

sibilities imposed upe)n him when he went upun 
the bench. There was no lack of dignity in 
him, although he was a man who was not over- 
jiouered by his position. His sympathies were 
w ide and his interests extended beyond his 
professional environments into everyd.iy 
affairs. It was his broad understanding of tlie 
ways and motives of his fcllov.-men that made 
him such an excellent judge of facts. In admin- 
istering the law he sought always to do justice : 
he was imjiatient of legal technicalities; he was 
always courteous to court officers, jury and 
counsel, and presided with a masterly dignity. 
In all his work he had shown great industry, 
a quick grasp of the facts of the case, a deter- 
inin:'.tion to see substantial justice done, and a 
readiness to disjiense with mere technicalities 
in the interests of justice. While he was in 
his court room the strict disciplinarian and 
never forgot to maintain the proper dignity of 
his office, yet in informal social life he never 
let the conventionalities of his position estrange 
him from his friends. Lie never lost sight of 
the fact that although he was a judge he was 
still a man, and whether in his home where his 
domestic life was an ideal one, or in private 
life, he was one of the most courteous of men, 
while his genial disposition and his friendly 
smile were seemingly ever present, a character- 
istic which was most refreshing. Judges and 
attorneys liked and respected him, and the 
genuine regret that his death caused was well 
exemplified by the many expressions of sor- 
row exiiresscd at the time by members of the 
bench and bar. 

Judge Lee passed away very suddenly at his 
home. No. sfjO Elmwciod avenue, Providence, 
Rhode Island, on the evening of May 20, 1912, 
in the fifty-seventh year of his age, his death 
being caused by neuralgia of the heart, and in 
his death the State lost a faithful public ser- 
vant, the members of the bar a true friend, and 
the bench an honored justice. At the time of 
fiis death the Pro-ridcnce Joiirital. editorially, 
said : 

The suddenncs,; of the death last evening of 
Associate Justice Christopher M. Lee. of the Su- 
preme Court, must 'greatly shock the bar ami that 
part of the public tli.Tt has known him. .Mthough 
his service on the State bench of the Superior 
Court covered hut three years, it sufficed to give 
Judge Lee a high place in the respect of asso- 
ciates of the bench and bar. The fact that when 
off the bench he was companionable and demo- 
cratic did not lessen his dignity in court. But to 
the kindliness and breadth of view that contributed 
to those personal qualities were due his courtesy 
and fairness to all who came before him in his 
official capacity, whether as parties to litigation, 
attorupys, witnesses or jurors. His rulings were 
prompt — a fact that gratified attorneys — and sel- 
dom reversed. The general verdict will be that he 
performed his judicial duties with the success that 


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Till' Proz'idou c Xacs, editorially, said; 

Ily tlic doatli of Justice Chri-toplKT M. Lcc. of 
itie Siil'crior Court, the State loses :Ln aide, genial, 
indii>triou> and wonhj- public servant, and ihe 
t.eiicli one ol its most popular justices. His death, 
jitcr a very brief illness, calls seriously to the 
:itl<.iition 01 all the uncertainty of liuinan life, 
jiidije I.ce was a man with many lovable traits of 
iharaeter. If at times iipon the bench he appeared 
l.ri'.sqiie, a casual acquaintance with him enalded 
one to see how democratic was his character and 
hov.- well he understood the fine art of good fellow- 
sh.iii. He will be sincerely mourned by a lari.;e 
ciicle of friends, but by none will his loss be mure 
keenly felt than by iliose members of the lo.^al press 
who have reported the proceedings at the county 
court house. He was a man who simply seemed to 
consider it a privilege to give fruni a richly stored 
mind the information sought, and his death r-- 
indeed a severe shock. Judge Lee took a great 
interest in the large, worth-while tilings, and he 
understood and appreciated men and tiie world in 
which they lived, taking a great pleasure in the 
glories of the outdoor world, as well as in his 
books. Those who had the good fortune of meet- 
ing him day by day v.ill long recall his happy and 
buoyant nature. It is indeed a thing to be regretted 
that one who so thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of 
spring and summer should have been called away 
so quickly. 

The surname Cole is derived from 
C"C)LE an ancient personal name of un- 
known antiquity. Cnel, as the name 
was formerly spelled, was the founder of Col- 
cliCbter, England, and was one of the early 
kings of Britain. Justice Cole lived in the days 
of King Arthur. Another Cole defeatel 
Swayne, the Danish chieftain, at Pinhoe, in the 
year 1001. William Cole and wife Isabella are 
mentioned in the Assize Roll of county Corn- 
well in the year 1201, showing that Cole was 
at that time in use as a surname. Various 
branches of the English Cole family bear coats- 
of-arnis, all indicating relationship by the 
similarity of the device. The Hertfordshire 
branch, to which the American family is be- 
lieved to belong, bears : Party per pale or and 
argent a bull jiajSHiit ''.\ithia a bordure sable 
on a chief of the tliird three bezants. Cre'-t : 
.-\ demi-dragou vert bearing in his dexter paw 
a javelin armed or, feathered argent. 

(I) James Cole, the immigrant ancestor, 
was living in Highgate, a suburb of London, 
England, in iiSiO. According to tradition he 
was very fond of flowers. He married, in 
1624. ^iary I.obel, daughter of the noted 
botanist and ijhysician, ^^athieu I.obel, who 
was born in 153S. at Lille, France, son of Jean 
de Lobel, a distingtiished lawyer. Dr. Mathicu 
was a physician at Montpelier, Germany, Ital}' 
and Switzerland. lie practiced medicine at 
.^nt;\verp and wa^ physician to William of 

Orange, at London, where he was physician to 
James 1. ; he was author of books on medicinal 
plants. The plant lobelia is named for him. 
He died at Ilighgate, March _>, i()i6. 

In 1632, Janu-s Cole, wife and two children, 
came to Saco, Maine, and in the following year 
located at 11} mouth, Massachusetts, where he 
was admitted a freeman in the same year. He 
was a mariner. In 1634 his name appears on 
the tax list and he received a grant of land. 
His house was on tlie site of the present Bap- 
list church. He was the first settler on what is 
still known as Cole's Hill, where the first bury- 
ing ground of the Pilgrims is located. He had 
variotis other grants of land. He was sur- 
\eyor of higluvuys in 1641-42, 1651-52; con- 
stable in 16.1.1-44; and served in the Pequot 
war. .Soon after liis arrival at Plymouth he 
oiiened the fir.^t inn, which was kept by him- 
self and son James until 1698. This was prob- 
ably the first juiblic house in New England. 
Children; J;ime.^, mentioned below; Hugh, 
born in London, 1627; John, November 21, 
1637; Mary. 1(139- married (fir^t) John .Alniy, 
(second) John Pococke. 

(II) Jame^ (2). son of James (i) Cole, 
was born in London, Englaiul, 1625-26, and 
cnnie witli hi^ faiher to Plymotitli in 1633 ; re- 
moved to Scituate, Massaclitisetts, and thence 
to York, Maine, and probably to Kennebunk, 
Maine, wiiere he was but a short time. He 
was adnu'tted a freeman of Phmouth in 1654. 
In 1656 he was surveyor of highways, also in 
1678 and 1685; deputy to the general court in 
1690. In 166S he botight of his father the 
ptililic house, which he kept fijr luany years. Sewell in his diary says tlie house was 
built by Goxcrnor XN'inslow. and was the oUI- 
est in Plymouth in i6gS. He died at Plymouth 
in 1712. He married (first) December 23, 
1653, ^lary Tilsom; (second) Abigail Daven- 
port. Children; Mary, born December 16, 
i65_| ; John, March 16, 1660: Nathaniel, men- 
tioned below ; Ephraim ; Elizabeth, married 
Elkanah Ctishman ; Martha, married Nathan 
Howland ; Joanna, married Thomas Howland ; 
Haiuiah, married Elisha P.radford. 

(III) Nathaniel, son of James (2) Cole, re- 
moved from York, Maine, to Dti.xbury, Massa- 
chtisetts, where he had a grant of 26 acres on 
tlie east side of the Swansea river, in 1679. 
Children; Rebecca, born September 21, 1680; 
Mary, November 11, 16S2: Nathaniel, October 
II. 16R5 : Epliraim. mentioned below. 

(IV) Ephraim, soti of Nathaniel Cole, was 
born January 14, i^iSS, at Dtixbury. He mar- 
ried, March 2, 1724, Susannah, daughter of 
Samuel and Tryphena (Partridge) West. In 
1753 he removed to Yarmouth. Maine. Chil- 
dren, born at Duxbury; Job. March 20. 1725; 
Noah. March 26, 1727; Rebecca, November 

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28, 17-9; Ehenczcr, meiitiuucil below; Ruth, 
May 8, 1735; Eunice, Eebruaiy 12, 1740. 

(V), son of Ephraim Cole, was 
burn at Duxbiiry. Octobtr 28, 1732. lie mar- 
ried, in 1756, Elizabeth, daughter of Cajjtaiu 
Timothy and Abigail (Munroe) W'htcler. He 
removed to I'lainfiekl, New Ilamj.'shire. In 
1790 the census shows that he and his sons 
Daniel, Ebenczer and Stephen were heads of 
family there. In 17S5 the State Papers show 
that r.cnjaniin, Daniel, Ebe;iezer and John 
^vere adults signing an important petition of 
inhabitants of I'lainfield. In 17S0 most of the 
signers were under age. Daniel Cole signed 
the petilii 11 tor a poll parish in 17SS. Chil- 
dien: i. Daniel, bom Sejileniber, 1758, a 
farmer of I'lainfield, tanner, currier, shoe- 
maker, soldier in the revolution, taking part in 
thirteen engagements, a jjensioner ; came up the 
river on a sled : lived to the age of ninety 
years; married Edith Wilbur, and had chil- 
dren: Dr. Stephen, born 1787; Wheeler, who 
went to Ohio; Iv.ivis, of Bennington, \'ermont; 
John, of I^owell, Massachusetts; Daniel, mar- 
ried Patty Johnson and Lucinda Bryant, and 
remained in Plainfiekl : Plannah, married Jo- 
seph Spaukling. 2. Ebcnczer Jr., was living 
in Plainfield, 1790. 3. Benjamin, was of Plain- 
field in 17S5. 4. Stephen, mentioned below. 
Probably other children. 

(\'I) Pteplien, son of Ebenfzer Cole, was 
born about 1760. He was married about 1790. 
In that year the census calls him head of a 
family, but gives no wife nor children. He 
settled in Bartlett, New Hampshire, near 
Plainfield, and died there about 1810. They 
had a son John, mentioned below. 

(\TI) John, son of Stephen Cole, was born 
at I'.artlott, Nca- Hampshire, about 1795. ^^'^ 
married, September 12, 1820, .Mary Ann Bar- 
ney, of Swanton, \'ermont (see Barney). She 
was a daughter of Lemuel and Anna (Hin- 
man) Barney, of Swanton. Lemuel had a 
forge and made iron from ore brought from 
I'ort Henry, New York, was a soldier in the 
war of 181 2. and died at the age of eighty- 
four. His wife lived to the srme great age. 
John Cole died in Ellenburg, in 1S62. He was 
a farmer at Swanton, afterward at Ellenburg, 
New York. His wife died in 1S85-86. Chil- 
dren, born in Swanton: i. Sarah Maryette, 
married Leonard Ileflon (deceased), who was 
a tinsmith in Newtonville, Massachusetts, born 
at Highgate, Vermont : she is living in Burling- 
ton, \'ermont. 2. Rufus Lemuel, mentionecl 
below. 3. John, died in Ellenburg; married 
Amaretta C3rmsbee (deceased) ; resided on a 
farm in Ellenburg. 4. James Guy, died in 
Denver, Colorado ; married a sister of Amar- 
etta Ornisbee ; he was a miner ; his widow re- 

sides in Roche:>ter, X'ermont. 5. Priscilla Elkn, 
married Oren Pearl, of Concord, New Hamp- 
shire, a machinist in that city. 6. George Molt, 

married Annie , and lived at Quachy, 

Vermont, a retired farmer. Maria Loui-a, 
.Alice Permelin, Charles Hinman, Orland Ivl- 
ward were the other children, several of whom 
died in infancy. 

(\"III) Rufus Lemuel, son of John Cok-, 
was born at Swanton, X'ermont, June, 1831J. 
He had a common school education. I^.efore his 
marriage he removed to Ellenburg, New York, 
where he has followed farming since. He en- 
listed in 1862 from Ellenburg and served two 
years in the civil war. He married Matilda 
M. Hall, of Ellenburg, born in Chazy, New 
York. 1844, died at Ellenburg, July 4. 1882, 
daughter of Ira and Sarah Hall. Her father 
was a farmer and Wesleyan ^Methodist min- 
ister. Children of Ira Hall: i. Cynthia, mar- 
ried — — Pike; lived at Isle La 3ilotte. a 

farmer. 2. Gardner Hall, a farmer, died in 

Ohio ; married Lucinda . 3. Laura .Ann, 

died at Isle La Mott ; mariied Hill, a 

carpenter. 4. Elilui Hall, died at Ellenburg, a 

farmer ; married Stratton, of Chazy. 

5, , married Hiram Aldridge, of Chazy. 

6. ^latilda ^L, mentioned above. 7. Sarah 
Jane Hall, married Silas Hammond, of Ellen- 
burg, afterward a commission merchant in 
Worcester. Massachusetts. 8. Cyrus Hall, a 
jeweler of Ellenburg. Children of Rufus 
Lemuel Cole: i. Mary, born April 2, 1863, died 
at Ellenburg, New York, in 1SS3, unmarried. 
2. Sarah. .April 2, 1862, died In Elle:iburg, 
18S0, unmarried. 3. Judson Henry, mentioned 
below. 4. Hattie, April 16, 1867; married Paul 
Everett, of Brooklyn, New York, a fruit mer- 
chant in Hartford, Connecticut. 5. Berton, 
July 16, 1875; a locomotive engineer of the 
FJoston &: Elaine railroad, living at Lowell, 
Massachusetts ; married Marian Hartford, of 
Westford, Massachusetts. &. Nellie. 1S81 ; 
married John Loukingland, of Highgate. \'er- 
mont, a merchant, who died in 1909: married 
(second) M. Brown, of St. .Albans, \"ermont, 
living in Mechanicsville, \'ermont. 

(IX) Dr. Judson Henry Cole, son of 
Rufus Lemuel ( 'ole, was born at Ellenburg. 
Clinton county. .New York. July 16, 1865. He 
attended the pitblic schools of his native town 
and the Baltimore Medical College, from which 
he was grachiated w ith the degree of Doctor 
of Medicine in 1898. He also took a post- 
graduate course in the New York Post-Grad- 
uate College in 1907, and at the Chicago Eye, 
Ear, Throat and Nose College in 1910. He 
was a member of the Phi Chi fraternity at 
Baltimore. He practiced medicine for five 
years at Wardsboro, \'ermont ; for a year and 



^ lialf at Brandon, \'erinont; and since 1905 
( Hcuningtun, where he enjoys a large prac- 
■;,r. In pohiics he is a Democrat. He is a 
:ii'.nibcr of the Reedsboro Lodge of Odd Fel- 
; lU'S, No. 3; Mansur Encampment, of Benn- 
i;i'-ton; and Canton of i'atriarclis Militant of 
{lv.i\ town. He is also a member of the Knights 
,,t I'vthias and of the Order of the Golden 
(.'ross, Catamount Commandery, Bennington, 
lie attends the Methodist church, in whicli he 
V. :i-- baptized at Elienburg. 

lie married, May 25. 1003, at W'ard-boro, 
Alice E. Morse, born at Wardsboro, daughter 
,.1 .Ahial and Julia E. (Ramsdell) ]Morse, of 
W.-irdsboro. Ilcr father was a farmer. She 
is a member of the Congregational church, of 
the Rebekah Lodge of Odd Fellows, and of the 
Gcilden Cross. They have no children. 

The surname Cummings, 
CL'MMINGS Cummins, Comins, as vari- 
ously spelled by different 
blanches of the family, is of common occur- 
rence in Great Britain. The name appears 
early in France under the spelling Comyne. 
On this side of the Atlantic there are several 
families between whom no relationship is 
known to exist. Pcrhaj)s the most numerous 
family is that descended from Isaac Cum- 
mings, of Ipswich and Topsfield, Massacliu- 
setls. In 1903 h; according tn a careful 
estimate more than ten thousan<l descendants. 
Doubtless many of the families are of Scotch 
ancestry. Tradition has it that many are de- 
scended from the famous Red Comin. of Bad- 
cnoch, of the southeastern part of Inverness- 
shire, Scotland. Whether the Irish family is 
distinct from the Srotch and English is not 
known, tr.ough the Cununings frum the North 
of Ireland are doubtless Scotch. The name 
David is common among the descendants of 
Isnac, of Topsfield. While the family men- 
tioned below is not connected by the gene- 
alogists, it is not unlikely that the Canadian 
family could be traced to Isaac. David Cum- 
mings. .son of Da\id Cummings (I\') (Isaac 
(III), Isaac (II). Isaac (I)), was boin at 
Topsfield, March 26, 1729. His son David, 
born about 1760, was living in 1799. according 
to his father's will, but nothing further is 
known of him. He may have settled in Can- 
ada. \'arious other descendants, it should be 
said, have disapi>eared from the .American 
records and have not been traced. 

(I) Hezckiah Cummings was born in Can- 
ada, about 1820. He was a cattle buyer and 
drover, and was well know n among the farm- 
ers of \'ermont and other 'New England states. 
He died in Ma'^sachu'^etts. He married Maria 
H. Burr, of Thetford. \'ermont. born in 1807 


( ?j, and died in 1S93. Children: i. Harriet, 
born iy4G, died in I'ilton, New Hampshire; 
Married William Wright, who is now living 
in Laconia, New Hampshire. 2. Albert Ed- 
v.ard, mentioned below. 3. Ella, born 1852; 
resides in Bo.^ton, Alassachusetts ; married 
Charles Hart, a wholesale druggist, who was 
born in New York City, and was in business 
in Boston. 4. George, born 1854, resides in 
Montreal, Canada, a hotel pro])rietor. 5. Milo, 
born 1856: died at .Ashburnham Center; re- 
^ided for a time in Boston : a musician ; 
married Hannah ]\[orse, of Hubbardston, Mas- 
sachusetts ; his widow is living in Boston. 

(II) Albert Edward, son of Hezekiah Cum- 
mings, was born at Barnet, X'ermont, October 
15, 1S49, and died at Austin, Rhode Island, 
December 13, 1908. He had a common school 
education. He in business as a general 
contractor and stonemason at .-\uslin and But- 
tonwoods, Rhode Island, and at Saybrook, 
Connecticut. He was a member of the Pat- 
rcms of Hu.'^baiidry, and a communicant of the 
Methodist Episcopal church. He married 
Emma J. Wilh)Ughby, who was born at Thet- 
forfl Center, \'ermont, .\ugust 8, 1S52, daugh- 
ter of Lorenzo G. and Mary Ruth (Sargent) 
Willoughby. Her father was a native of Ply- 
mouth, New Hampshire; her mother of Hill, 
New Hamjishire. Her father was a wheel- 
wright and carpenter at Thetford Center. Mrs. 
Cummings resides at BeimingtOTi, and is a 
member of the Methodist church of that town. 
Children: i. Hattie May, died in infancy. 2. 
Hattie May, also died in infancy. 3. George, 
born at I-Iaverhill, New flampshire, March 
29, 1S73; married Edith Smith, who was bom 
in England : they reside in .Auburn, Rhode 
Island, where he is employed as an assayer. 
4. Ethel, born at .Ashburnham Center, Sep- 
tember II. 1877; married Herbert R. Blake, 
of Elast Providence, Rhode Island, a banker 
and capitalist of that town. 5. Maud, born 
at .Ashburnham Center, September i, 1874; 
married Frank P.lue, of Greenwich, 
Rhode Island (deceased) ; she resides at 
Greenwich, on her farm. 6. Harry Willough- 
b\-. mentioned below. 7. Clarence, born at 
.Austin, Rhode Island, .August 22. 18S6; re- 
sides in West Greenwich. Rhode Island, and 
follows farming. 8. Ernest, born at Say- 
brook. Connecticut. .August 3. 1888; employed 
in Hill's factor}-. Coventry, Rhode Island. 9. 
Florence, born at Saybrook. .August 10, 1890 ; 
resides in Providence, Rhode Island: is un- 

I 111 ) Harry Willoughby, son of Albert Ed- 
ward Cumming-. was born at .Ashburnham, 
Massachusetts. November I. 1881. He re- 
ceived his early education in the public schools 


of Austin, Rliode Iflaud, and in the higli school 
of HilLsgrove, Rhode Ishuid. Hecaineto Benn- 
ington in 18(78 to enter the emi)loy of his uncle, 
Harry W'illoughby in the tinning and phiuib- 
ing business, and in 1910 he engaged in the 
same line of business on his own account. He 
has been very successful in business. In poli- 
tics he is a Republican. He is a member of 
the F. O. K., No. 1S61, of Bennington, of the 
Modern Woodmen of America, and the Order 
of the CJoldcii Cross, all of Bennington. He 
married, .-Vpril. 1909, in I'ennirigton, Margaiet 
Wright, who was born in Philadelphia, Peim- 
sylvania, daughter of Williaiu Wright, who 
was employed in the knitting mills, now de- 
ceased. Children: Barbara and George, twins, 
born at P.ennington, January 27. 191 1. 

(The WiUoughby IJuei. 

The Wiiloughby family in England is de- 
scended front Sir John de \\'illoughby, a Nor- 
man knight. wh(^ received the lordship of Wii- 
loughby from W'ilHam the Conqueror. In tb.e 
"Salisbury Memorial' an interesting account 
of the linglish ancestry and the tracing of the 
lineage is given. The coat-of-arms is de- 
scribed : Or a fretty azure. Crest : A lion's 
head guardant couped at the shoulder; or be- 
tween two wings expanded or fretty azure 
mantles gules doubled argent. .-\n interesting 
relic of the English family i; preserved by 
Anierican descendants in a linen table cloth 
which according to a tradition that Mrs. Salis- 
bury has vcrihed in her work, Queen Eliza- 
beth, wl'.ile a prisoner embroidered for a wait- 
ing maid of the Wiiloughby family. 

(T) Colonel William Wiiloughby, father of 
the American immigrrnt, Governor F"iantis 
Wiiloughby, was a son of Christopher, grand- 
son of Christopher, wdio was the son of Chief 
Justice Thomas Wiiloughby. Governor Fran- 
cis Willoughb)- was a merchant in Charles- 
town, Massachusetts, and a proprietor of the 
town in 1638. .-\fter coming to this country he 
rendered important service to the colonies a; 
a member of parliament from Portsmouth, 
England, in 1647, and again in 1657-58. He 
returned to Charlestown from his second ab- 
sence about 1662, and the general court grant- 
ed him a thousand acres of land in token of his 
services. October 15, 1^69. He was deputy to 
the general court in 1642, and afterward : town 
officer, magistrate, deputy governor ( see Xew 
]"lng. Gen. Reg. xx, .xxxv, xl). He was ad- 
mitted to the church with wife Mary, Decem- 
ber 3, 1639. and admitted a freeman May 13, 
1640. His wife Mary died, and he married 
(second^ in England. Mrs. Margaret Taylor, 
daughter of William Eocke an<l widow of 
Daniel Taylor. The Locke ancestr}- has also 

been traced. His will was dated June 4. 1(70, 
and proved April 10, 1O71 ; refers to payment 
of legacies from his father to his children; be- 
queaths to eldest son Jonathan and each of hi.-, 
children; to his wife the estate she had before 
their marriage, and other property; to sons 
Xehcmiaii. William, Francis, daughter Susan- 
nah; daughter Campt'ield ; .Aunt Hanmiond 
and cousin Laura llammon'! ; to his pastor and 
teacher; to cousin March; to the school in 
Charlestown t,oo acres of the land given him 
by the town, lying beyond Woburn ; to Laura 
Dowse and Edward Wilson, and to his man 
]^ichard Waldron. Children: Jonathan; Sarah, 
baptized June 13, 1641 ; Nehemiah, mentioned 
below; Jeremiah, July 29, 1647; Francis, bap- 
tized at St. Olaves, London, February 29, 
1659-60; Susannah, baptized at Charlestown, 
August 21, 1664; William. 

(H) Nehemiah, son of Francis Wiiloughby, 
was born June 18, 1644, at Charlestown. He 
lived at Salem, and married, January 2, 1672. 
.Abigail, daughter of Henry Bartholomew. She 
was baptized (")clobcr 6, 1650, and died Se-p- 
tember ?. 1702. He died November 4. 1702. 
He was constable of Salem in 1679. Chihlren ; 
Francis, September 28, 1672, married Bethia 
Gedney; Nehemiah; Elizabeth, June 22, 1674; 
Mary. September i, 1676; .Abigail. .April 4, 
1679; Sarah, July 8, 1684; Elizabeth, June 10, 
1687; John. December 11, 1688, 

(HI) John, a descendant of Francis Wii- 
loughby, believed by those who have investi- 
gated to be son of John and grandson of Nehe- 
miah. was born, according to the "History of 
P.illerica." December 25. 1707. He appear ^ 
to have settled on land granted to Governor 
Wiiloughby. and lived in Billcrica in 1735-45. 
He was a grantee of Plymouth. New Hamp- 
shire, and one of the exploring party in 1762. 
He was elder of the Billerica church. Lie mar- 
ried, at Billcrica, March 27, 1735, .Anna Cham- 
berlain, daughter of John and Margaret 
(Gould) Chamberlain. In 1745 he located at 
Hollis. New Hampshire, on the west side of 
Pine Hill. He married (second") June: 28. 
174-, Elizabeth Sprake, bcirn at Billerica. June 
20, 1727, daughter of Nicholas. Wiiloughby 
died at Hollis, February 2. 1793. Children: 
John, born December 24, 1735; Jonas, men- 
tioned below; Joseph, February 17, 1739: 
.Anna. May 30, 1741 : Mary, February 26, 
1742-43; Susanna, May 26, 1744; Samuel, 
Februarv 13. 1745. Born at Hollis: Mehit- 
able. .Augiis\ 3. 1747: Rebecca. February 13, 
1749; William. September 2, 1751 ; Elizabeth, 
.April 3. 1753: Josiah. July 30. 1755. 

CI\"") Jonas, son of John Wiiloughby. was 
born at Billerica. March 31, 1737. He lived 
at Hollis; married, July 10, 1760. Hannah 

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i;;itc.-. Chi'i-lrcn, born at Ilnllis: Jonas, nien- 
tionc4 below ; Oliver, June 2, 1764; David, 
April 4. 177c: William, June 17, 1774. 

( \' ) fotias (2), son of Jonas (i) W'illough- 
>,v. was born at Hollis, ]\Iay 10, i/fii ; mar- 
ried, May 24, 17S5, Prudence Sanders. In 
i-(/) he removed from HoUis to Grafton, and 
in 1800 to J'lymoiith, New tlamp^hire. Chil- 
dren born at Hollis : Prudence, October 29, 
1787: Jonas, March 15, 1790; Hannah, May 
••. 1792; Anna, March 22, 1795; Amy, born 
at Groton : Sarah, at Groton; William, at Ply- 
mouth, November 26, iSoi. 

( \'l ) William, son of Jonas (2) Wil'onghby, 
was born at I'lymnuth, November 26, 1801 ; 
married (first) August 18, 1822, Maria Emer- 
son, daughter of Jonathan. She died Septem- 
ber 9. 1S34. and he married (second) March 
2, 1835. Sarah Rogers, daughter of Stephen 
and Polly (Hrnwn) Rogers. He was a farmer 
in Plymouth until 1S50, removed to Thetford. 
Vermont, and died there November 22, 1869; 
she died July 22, 1869. Children: Lorenzo G., 
born November 6, 1S23, married Mary l\uth 
Sargent, and their daughter, Emma J., mar- 
ried Albert PMward Cummings (see Cum- 
mings); .-\lmira R., August 6, 1827; Oren, 
June 9, 1830, died January 15, 1842; Henry 
'!"., julv 17. 1837, farmer of Thetford; Anna 
M.,July 21, 1842. 

The Harwood families in 
H.\RWOOD this country are descended 
from three immigrants — 
Henry. Nrlliani.'l and Andrew Harwood. 
Henry and his wife Elizabeth came in i''i30 
on the same shij) with Governor Winthrop, 
and settled first in P>oston, being dismissed 
from the church there in 163T to the newly 
organized church in Charlestown. He was 
admitted freeman in 1633. and is said to have 
died about 1635 as a result of exposure m a 
terrible storm. His son John settled in Salem, 
and was the founder of the Harwood family 
there. Nathaniel Ilarwoofl came to this coun- 
try with his brothers Thomas. Robert and 
John Harwood. and a sister Haimah. children 
of John Harwood, of London. He was the 
oidy one of the sons to leave descendants in 
this country. He lived in Boston until 1665, 
w hen he moved to Concord, Massachusetts ; 

his wife was Elizabeth — . 

( P) .-\ndrew Harwood, the immigrant an- 
cestor, was born in England, in the southern 
I>art of Devonshire. His name was variously 
spelled on the records^PTarwood, Horwood 
and Harward. The first mention of him is 
found Sei'tember 5, [627, in a will made by 
hi-- cousin. Stephen Harwood, of St. Savious. 
Dartmouth, who was dying of the plague. 
The will was proved November 16. I<'i27, "in 

the Court of the Archdeacon of Totnes, by 
Grace Mann, sister, and one of the e.xecutrices 
and residuary legatees, jiower being reserved 
to Ester, daughter of Kinsman Andrew Har- 
wootl, the other executrix anil residuary 
legatee." Andrew Horwund was left a be- 
quest of twenty shillings. No record has 
been found of Andrew in England, except the 
record of the ba]jtisms of his younger children, 
Hannah and Samuel, on the Parish Registers 
of St. Savious, Dartmouth. About 1640 he 
came to .New England, accompanied by at 
least one of his children, Mrs. Thomas Einson, 
and perhaps one or two other children. Mrs. 
I'inson may liave been the Ester mentioned in 
Stejihen Horwood.'s will. Andrew Harwood 
was made freeman in P.o-^ton, Eebruary 28, 
1643. In Noxembcr, i'>44, he is mentioned in 
the will of his son-in-law, Thomas Einson, 
who died on the shii) "Gilbert," in September, 
16^4. and in Sejitembcr, 1643. Andrew's name 
is mentioned in a legal controversy between 
Christopher I.awpon and Thomas Beard, his 
neighbors. In 1644 he was living in Boston, 
with his daughter, Mrs. Einson, and he doubt- 
less remained with her until his death. Chil- 
dren, born in Dartmouth, England, perhaps 
not given in the order of age : Esther, one of 
the executrices of Stephen Horwood's will ; 
Andrew, buried October 16, 1626; Nicholas, 
married Maria Ameredith, lived in Dartmouth ; 
William, mentioned in Stc|)hen Horwood"s 
will : .Andrew, mentioned below ; Hannah, bap- 
tized January 17, 1629; Samuel, baptized Octo- 
ber 7, 1632. died September, 1633. 

(H ) Andrew (2), son of .\ndrew (i) Har- 
wood. was probably born in 1627, at Dart- 
mouth, England. He married, at Dartmouth, 
July 4, T'148, I'dizabeth P.owden, and they set- 
tled in Stepney, a suburb of London. After 
a few _\ears he seems to have gone to America 
alone, doubtless intemling to bring his family 
over later. He died early in 1659 before he 
could carry out his purpose, and his family 
probably remained at Stepney, as on August 
I, i^\t9, Edmond Pike was appointed curator 
"tri Sarah. Margaret and James Harwood, 
minors, children of Andrew Harwood, late in 
ye \'irginia (as New Er.gland was termed at 
that time'), in parts beyond ye seas, deceased." 
On December 12, Tf>;'), his widow, Elizabeth, 
was a]>pointed administratrix of her hu>band's 
estate. Children, probably all horn in Stepney: . 
Sarah, a minor in 1650: .Margaret, a minor in 
1659: James, mentioned below. 

( IH) James, son of Andrew (2) Harwood, 
was born probably alwut if'SS- at Stejiney, 
England, and came early to this country, set- 
tling in Boston. Ma'^^achn-etts. He served in 
King Philip's war. in Captain William Turner's 
company. He was present at the Falls Eight, 

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when Turner siirprifed the Indians and be- 
tween two and three hundred Indians were 
slain in the encounter. At this time Harwood's 
home was at Chehnsford, Massachusetts. He 
married, at Chelmsford. April ii, 167.S, Lydia, 
daughter of Jolui and Sarah P.arrett ; she was 
born in Chelmsford, September 22, 1659. John 
Barrett was son of Thomas, who came to this 
country about 1635, settling at Eraintree, 
Massachusetts, and at Chelmsford; John, born 
in England, died in Chelmsford in 1706, 
served in King Philip's war. James Harwood 
lived in Chelmsford until about 1717, when he 
moved to Littleton. He a "tray-maker," 
as shown by a deed. April 3, 1719, when he 
quitclaimed land in Littleton which he had 
received by grant, to Jonathan Prcsrott. He 
died .\ugust 1, 1719. Children, born in Chelms- 
ford: Andrew, September 2, 1692, probably 
died young; Abigail, twin of .-Vndrew, died 
September i, 1695: James, horn September 
30, 1695 '• John, twin of James, died in infancy; 
Abigail, born May 18. ioi-X>; John, mentioned 

(1\ ) John, son of James Harwood, was 
born in Chelmsford, May 27, 1703. In 1727, 
with his brother James and his wife, he sold 
rights in land at I'allstown which they had 
received in consideration of their father's 
services in the Falls Fight in King Philip's 
war. In 1735, or earliei, he was living in 
Lambftown, now Hardwick, Massachusetts. 
On December 9. 1736. he sold a hundred acres 
of land to Josepli .Allen, and November 3, 
1737, land to Timothy Rugglfs. On Jrnuary 
3, 1737, he sold thirty-five acres to David 
\\'hite, and April 11, 1739, bought of Eben 
Holden land in Quabbin. now Greenwich, 
Massachusetts. In 1739 he bought one hun- 
dred acres of Nathaniel Kellogg, and in 1742 
sold si.xty acres to Samuel Owen. At that 
time he was living in Quabbin. and January 
17, 1751, he bought fifty acres there of Nathan 
Fiske. On July 23, 1752, he mortgaged one 
hundred and fifty-two acres of land in Ware, 
where he was then living, to John Merritt. a 
merchant of Providence, Rhode Island, .\bout 
1740 he began to have financial troubles, and 
as a result of lawsuits and debts from 1740 to 
1757, a writ of ejectment came and the troubles 
were not finally settled until about 1759. He 
married, about 1729, Mary Powers, v.dio came 
from an early family in Littleton. Hiram 
Powers, the famous sculptor, was descended 
from the same line. Children : Sarah, born 
February 2^1. 1730; Lydia. January 22. 1732; 
Mary. March 3. 1734: John, June 5. 17.^''). in 
Hardwick: James, .August 3, 1737. in Hard- 
wick; .Andrew. mcntioTied below. 

(V) Andrew ("3). son of John Harwood, 
born in Greenwich, Massachusetts, was bap- 

tized September 20, 1743, and died in W'.irc. 
February 23, 1823. He was the founder i,f 
the Ware branch of Harwoods. He sersud in 
the revolution, in Captain Josiah Wilson'.s 
company, Colonel Porter's regiment, enlistiu!; 
in September, 1777. He served imder General 
Gates, and was present at the battle of Sara- 
toga. He married, February 25, 1771, Rachel 
D. Higgins. Children, born in Ware; Ivachel 
D., September 12, 1771 ; John, mentioned be- 
low ; Nathan, Januar}- 26, 1775 ; Elijah, No\em- 
ber 8, 1776; Andrew, March 12. 1779, died 
agerl seventeen; Jonathan, born ^Iarch 23, 
1781 ; James. February 14. 17S3; Mary, .April 
8, 1785, died young; Sarah, March 20, 1787; 
Henrietta, June i, 1789; Lurane, February 19, 
1792; Andrew, .April 15. 1796. 

(VI) John (2). son of .Andrew (3) Har- 
wood, was born in Ware. Massacluisetts, C'cto- 
ber 26, 1772. He married, October 18, 179S, 
Betsey Forbush. who was born in Massachu- 
setts, .August 15, 1778, antl died in Bennir.gton, 
\'ermont, June 6, 1S39. He died at Benning- 
ton, September 26, 1852. He came with others 
of the family and followed tlie trade of shoe- 
maker in P>ennington. Children, born in W'are: 
I. .\sahel, foreman of mills in Betmington. 
died there. 2. Eliza, died in Bennington ; mar- 
ried Hiram Ray, of Bennington, a carpenter 
and builder (now deceased). 3. Daughter, 
married William \\'ood, of AVoodford, \'er- 
mont. a lumberman ; both died at Woodford. 
4. Mar}-, married Darwin Miles, of Canan- 
daigua, a farmer, who died there. 5. James F., 
mentioned below. 

(\TI) James F., son of John (2) Harwood, 
was bom at Ware, Massachusetts, July i, 
1803. died in P'eimington, Jidy 25, 1869. He 
was educateil in the public schools, and learned 
the trade of shoemaker. He also conrlucted a 
grist mill owned by Major Brown, of Benning- 
ton. In later years he was a Republican in 
politics. He married Ro.xanna Olin. who was 
born December 7. 1S08. in Schoharie county, 
New York, and died at Bennington, May 28, 

1893. daughter of James Olin and ■ 

(Reynolds) Olin. Her father was a farmer. 
Children, born in P>ennington ; i. Henry Olin, 
January 12. 1834; died at Bennington in June, 
191 2; an iron molder ; was unmarried. 2. 
Charles ^^'illiam. born January 26, 1835, died 
at San P>ernarrlino. California; a miner; un- 
married. 3. Mary E., born at Shaft.^bury, 
X'ermont, July 21, 1838, died at Bennington, 
unmarried. 4. James Eustis, February 7. [841, 
died at Brattlcboro, unmarried. 5. George H., 
mentioned below. 

(\TII) George H., son of James F. Har- 
wood, was born at North Bennington. \'er- 
mynt, October 12. 1845. and now resides at 
207 I'nion street, in his native town. He was 



r ■•.io.-ited there in the public schools, and 
', .iriRt! the trade of machinist and stationery 
,iiL;inLcr. In poHtics lie is a Kepublicaii. lit- 
., a nieniher of Stark F.odge, No. y, Indc- 
; indent (Vder of Odd Fellows, and a coni- 
n iiincaiit of the Protestant Episcojial church. 
I U- married Caroline Walton, who was born 
11; licnnington, July 21, 18-16. She is also a 
ii.nitnnnicant of the Episcopal church, and a 
n;eniber of the Order of the Eastern Star, the 
Kcliclcuh Lodge of Odd Fellows, and the 
Woman's Relief Corps. G. A. R. .Mr. Har- 
wood was a soldier in the cis'il war, enlisting 
ill iSdj in Company A, 14th Regiment Vcr- 
iiioiit \'olunlecr Infantry, and serving nine 
mon'hs. He took p;'.rt in the battle of Cettvs- 
burg, and is a member of G. A. Custer 6th 
t'orp Post. No. 42. Grand .\rmy of the Re- 
public. Children: i. Olin Walton, born at 
I'lcnnington, May 10, 1870; married Emma 
Cartwright, a native of Troy, New York; he 
is a mail carrier, and their home is at 139 
Xnrtli street, P)cnnington. 2. George Eouis, 
mentioned below. 

(IX) George Louis, son of George II. Ilar- 
wood, was born July 21, 1872. He attended 
the public schools and after two years in the 
iiigii school he entered Xorwich University, in 
which he took a three-year course. He was 
afterward a student in the Albany College of 
Pharmacy for one year. From March i;, 
i8(j3, to May 19. 1^98, he was a clerk in the 
drug store of \'an \leck & Potter, pharmacists, 
of Pennington. He then bought a drug store 
at Chester, \'ermont, and conducted it until 
June 4, i8<)4, when he sold the business and 
returned to Pennington. Since November of 
that year he has been in business as a druggist 
at 201-203 ^'orth street, Beniiinglon. He is 
a member of the Thcta Chi college fraternity: 
01i\e Branch Lodge, No. 64, Free Masons, of 
Chester: Stark Lodge, Xo. 9, Odd Fellow^s. of 
Bennington: the Xew England Order of Pro- 
tection. Walloomsic Lodge: and lie is a former 
member of the Knights of Pythias. He is a 
communicant of the Protestant Episcopal 
church. In politics he is a Republican. 

He married. June 26, iqofi. at Troy, Xew 
^'ork, Elizabeth .-\pps Freeman, bom May 3, 
1S73, daughter of William H. and Emily 
(.\pps) Freeman. Her father was in the 
postal service: her mother is living in Troy. 
Mrs. Flarwofid is a member of the Eastern 
Star and of tlie Episcopal church. They have 
no children. 

(IV) Daniel Holden, son of 
HOLDEX James Holden (q. v.). was born 
at Cambridge. October 7. 1713. 
He removed from Worcester to Rutland dis- 
trict, and died intestate at Barre in 1755. ' He 

was living in Leicester in 1739, and again in 

1755. 1 Ic married Rachel . Cliild, born 

at Leicester: Jeduthan, March 4, 1738-39. 
Bom at Worcester: Rachel, January 26, 1740- 
41; Ju^iah, January 23. 17. 13: Mary. March 
31. l7.^7: Daniel; ^tartha ; Katherine; Nathan, 
meiitioned below. The children are legatees 
under the will nf James Holden, their grand- 
father, mentionefl above. 

(\') Nathan, son of Daniel Holden, was 
born in 1753. probably at Barre. He and his 
cousin of the same name, Nathan Holden, son 
of Nathan Holden, were both in the revolu- 
tion, and it is difficult to distinguish their 
records. Nathan Jr. was in the Continental 
army in 1780, aged twenty-two. That identi- 
fies him as the Nathan born 1758. He was 
five feet six inclies tall, and of light coni- 
})lexi(>ii. Nathan, of Shrewsbury, was in Cap- 
tain Job Cushing's company, Colonel Artemas 
W'ard's regiment, April 19, 1775, and later in 
the year in Colonel Jonathan NV'ard's regiment. 
This record doulilless belongs to Xathan, of 
Worcester and Shrewsbury : his brother Daniel 
settlcfl in Shrewsbury. (Sec other records in 
vol. viii. p. 109, "Mass. Soldiers and Sailors 
in the Revolution"). Nathan Holden, son of 
Xathan. went to Petersham, and had Abigail. 
Fanny, Julia Whitney. Lucinda, Lucretia, Na- 
than in 1794, and Sophrouia, by wife .Abigail 
(Whitney), whom he married at Barre, No- 
vember 28, 1782, and they also had at Barre, 
Simeon, June 22, 1784. Nathan, son of Daniel, 
died at flubbardston. Massachusetts, June 25, 
i8o('\ aged fi fty-three years. He settled in Hub- 
bardston, where his first wife, I'^xperience, 
died October i, 1790. He married (second) 
at Hubbardston, June 2, 1^91. Prudence .-\lden. 
Children, born at Hubbard?ton, by first wife: 
Son. March 20. 1780; F"anny. May 7, 1781 ; 
Lewis. March 29, 1783, died December 12, 
1841); Nathan, mentioned below; Sallv, No- 
vember II. 1788, died December 4. ^7^^- Chil- 
dren by second wife, born at Hubbardston: 
Amasa. January 28, 1792; Ethan, February 7, 
1794: Jonah. May 19. 179'^: Melissa. Septem- 
ber 8. 1798, died September 14, iSoo; Caty. 
Xovember 14. 1800: Ixiretta, March 31, 1803: 
.Artemas Goodnow, March 22. "1805 ; daughter, 
born December 11, i8a). died October 11, 
1810: son. born .August 23. 1812. 

(\"[) Xathan (2). son of Nathan (i) 
HoMen. was born at Hubbardston. June i, 
178(1. and died at Piarre. March 18. 1S38, aged 
fifty-one. He married, at Hubbar<lston (inten- 
tion dated .April 3. i8o<;) Ready Clark. In the 
birth records his wife is Experience. He set- 
tled at Barre, Massachusetts. His wife Ex- 
perience had two brothers, Steadman and Tim- 
othy. Her mother's name was Temima Xight- 
ingale. Children,. recorded as born in Barre: 

I., I-.// 


Nathan, Aii£,'iist .^S, 1R12: Lewis, mentioned 
below; Mirani, May 12, 1S20; I'arker, July 31, 
1822; Harriet, May i^, 1S25; Celia, April 9, 
182S; Mary, August 15, 1831. 

(\'IIj Lewis, son of Nathan (2) llo'den, 
was born at Barre, JNLassaclnisolts, June 15, 
1814, and dietl at Charlton, .\Lassaclni setts, 
September 7, 1863. He settled in Charlton, 
and owned a large farm in that town. He was 
a \\'hi<,'- in [lolitics, and a Methodist in religion. 
He married, May 9. 1837, E!i/a .Ann Hewlett, 
who was born July 2, 1817. in Wood-tock, 
Conneeticut, and died December 5, 190S, in 
Bennington, \'ermont. Children, all except 
tlie eldest born at Charlton: i. Charles Lewis, 
born at 1 lubliard-toiT. I'ebruary 28, 1838, died 
at Palmer, Massachusetts, October 19, 1908; 
a merchant; married Ellen R'xlman, of South- 
bridge, Massachusetts. 2. Julia, February 16, 
1840; died at \\'est Warren, Massachu.^etts, 
May 10, 1882; married George Rockwell, of 
Bloomfield, Connecticut, a merchant and real 
estate agent, who died at Providence, Rhode 
IslancK in .-\ugu<t. 1910. 3. Henry Parker, 
March 5, 1842, died at Palmer, .April 12, 1900; 
married Mary J. Holmes, of Soutlibridge, 
Massachusetts, now living in Palmer; he was 
a merchant. 4. John Steadnian, mcntionerl be- 
low. 5. Gilbert, Ixjrn C)ctober 15, 1847, died 
in infancy. 6. Daniel I'reeman, July 2, 1850, 
resides in I^almer. a real estate agent, married 
^L1ry Loom!-,, of Palmer. 7. Elizabeth, June 
20, 1857; married Frank K. Pope, who was 
born at \\'oC)dbury. Connecticut, September 29. 
1856, a salesman and manufacturer, residing 
in Pennington, \'erniont. 8. .Anna T'ede, born 
February 8, i860; married E. E. Hart, a coal 
dealer in Bennington, a native of Washington, 

(VHI) John Steadman, soil of Lewis 
Holden, was born at Charlton. Massachusetts. 
-May 9, 1845, and died at Pasadena, California, 
March 22, ii")07. He attended the public 
schools of Charlton and Worcester, Massachu- 
setts, and the Eastman Business College at 
Poughkeepsie, New York. He began his busi- 
ness career as a merchant in Pahrter. He sold 
his business a few years later and engaged in 
refining oil in ^vhat was known as the Crystal 
Refmery, on the Miller farm. This refinery 
had a memorable contest with the Standard Oil 
Company. Subsequently he became a manu- 
facturer of woolen gr-ods at Palmer. .After 
he retired from bn^ines<; he made his home at 
Bennington, \'enTiont, in i88(), and lie took an 
active part in public affairs. In politics he was 
a Republican. He was trustee of the incor- 
porated village of Bennington, and afterward 
its president. While on a trip to Old Mexico 
and California he died at Pasadena, California. 

He was a faithful member of the Couf;rt- 
gational church, and for many years a deacm. 
He was a member of Mount .Anthony Lodve, 
No. 13, Ancient I'^ree and Accepted Masoii>, 
and of the Bennington Club. He married 
Jennie E. Goodell, who was born at Hartford, 
Connecticut, and is now living in Bennington, 
daughter of Cyru> anrl .Almira ( Burr) Goodell ; 
her mother was a sister of A. E. Burr, of the 
Ha'tjord Times; her father was an insurance 
agent. Children of John Steadman Holden: 
I. Arthur J., born at Hartford. Connecticut. 
December, 1S70; president of Bennington 
County National l]ank ; married France:- Cole- 
man, of San Francisco. 2. Alice, born at Pal- 
mer, February 6, 1872; married George IL 
Bickford, of Barton, A'ermont, manager of 
Woodbury Granite Company; reside at Hard- 
wick. A'crmont. 3. Lulu, at Palmer, October 
2.1-, 1873; married Norman L. Bassett, an 
attorney-at-law, at Augusta, Maine. 4. Flor- 
ence, at Palmer, May 11, 1876; married Theo- 
dore L. 'Hionias, of Betmington, sales manager 
for Idoldcn-Leonard Company. 5. Clarence 
Lewis, mentioned below. 

(IN) Clarence Lewis, son of Jolm Stead- 
man Holden, was born at Palmer, Massachu- 
setts, June 27, 18S4. When he was five years 
old his parents removed to Bennington, where 
he received his early education in the public 
schools. He was graduated in 1904 from the 
Lawrenceville Preparatory School. For two 
years he was a student in Princeton Univer- 
sity, leaving college in 1906 at the end of his 
sophomore year to engage in the woolen busi- 
ness at Bennington. He was one of the prin- 
cipal owners of the Holden-Leonard Com- 
pany, and he remained with the company as 
assistant treasurer until January, 191 3. Since 
that time he has been president of the Benning- 
ton Scale Company. In politics Mr. Holden 
is a Republican, and he has sen'ed one year as 
trustee of the village of Bennington. In re- 
ligion he is a Congregationalist, a member of 
the church at Bennington. He is also a mem- 
ber of the Benevolent and Protective Order of 
Elks. No. 567, of Bennington ; of Mount .An- 
thony Lodge, No. 13, Free Masons; Temple 
Ciiapter, No. 8. Royal .Arch Masons; Taft 
Comniandery, Knights Templar, No. 8; and 
Cairo Temple. Mystic Shrine, of Rutland. He 
is active in the A'oung Men's Christian .Asso- 
ciation, and a member of the Bennington Club. 
He is a director of the Hardwick & Woodbury 
Railroad Company. 

He married. June 17, 1908. at Deep River. 
Connecticut. Florence Elizabeth Spencer, 
daughter of Richard P. and Julia TSeldenl 
Spencer. Her father was a banker, and is now 
deceased. Mrs. Holden is an active member 



(..f the Congregational cliurch, and of the local 
(luiptcr of the Daughters of tlie American 
ivevohition. Children: John Spencer, born 
rcliiiiary -?2, 191 1 : Juliana Seldcn, born April 
1.^ 19 1 3- 

Ahhough a family long scttk-d in 
I'ECK Rhoflc Island, and one of tlic oldest 
families in the towns of Earring- 
ton, Warren and Bristol, and the neighboring 
places in Massachtisetts, Swansea and old 
Kchoboth. which last included formerly much 
of the land now incorporated in the Rhode 
Island towns, the F'ecks have not, however, 
been settled for many generations in Pro\'i- 
(knce, their present home. Tlicy have held 
Rhode Island lands and been among the lead- 
ing landholders and the progressive men of the 
communit}', both by their character and their 
wealth, for about two hundred and fifty years. 
The .American ancestor, Joscj^h Peck, who 
founded the Massachusetts branch of the 
family at Hingliam in 1638, was often select- 
man of the town, magistrate, and a representa- 
tive in the colonial assembly. Since the stir- 
ring revolutionary times the movement of 
public events has always foimd members of 
the family ready to sustain its worthy reputa- 
tion, and to honor the seats of the assembly 
with their presence. 

(I) Joseph Peck, baptized in Beccles, Suf- 
folk county, England, April 30, 15S7, was the 
son of Robert Peck, and a descendant from 
John Peck, of Helton; Yorkshire, in the 
twenty-first generation. He died at Seekonk 
Plain, Massachusetts. December 23. 1663. Be- 
fore emigrating he settled at Hingham, .Nor- 
folk county, England, but in 1638 he and his 
brother Robert, \\ith other Puritans, fled from 
persecution, and sailed for the New World in 
the ship "Diligence"' of Ipswich. Coming with 
his wife, three sons, a daughter, two men 
servant^, and three maid servants, he settled 
in Hingham. Massachusetts. After seven years 
he removed to Seekonk. having been one of 
the leading men of the former town. Joseph 
Peck was deputy to the general court in 1639- 
40-41-42. He was one of the chief purchasers 
of the Indians in 1641, buying territory at See- 
konk, which has since been made into the town 
of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, which comprises 
what are now known as Rehoboth. Seekonk 
and Pawtucket. After his removal to Seekonk 
in 1A43 he became one of its wealthiest and 
most progressive citizens. He married (first) 
in England, Rebecca Clark, who died in Hing- 
ham. England. October. 1637. Mr. Peck mar- 
rie»l again, but the second wife's name is not 
known. Children, by first wife, all baptized in 
Hingham, England: Anna, baptized July 27, 

1616; Rebecca. May 25, id.'o; Joseph (2). of 
whom further; John. abf)Ut 1026; Nicholas, 
.April 9, i'')30. Children by second wife: Sam- 
uel, baptized in Hingham, Massachusetts, Eeb- 
ruary 3, 163S-39; Nathaniel, tjctober 31, i6.|i ; 
and Israel, March 4, 1644. 

(II) Joseph (2), son of Joseph (r) Peck, 
baptized August 2^' ^''^-?i< '" England, died at 
Reholxjlh, ^Ia^sachusetts. He emigrated with 
his father to New England in 1638. He re- 
moved to Seekonk Plain with the fainily in 
1645, ''"'^1 '"'•' Iciwn records bear his name 
often, especially in connection with the report 
of those who had ad\anced money for King 
Philip's war. He soon became a large holder 
of land. In 16^0 he settled finally at Palmer's 
river, Rehoboth. Massachusetts. He married 

. Children : Rebecca, born November 

6, 1650; Hannah. March 25, 1653; Elizabeth, 
November 26, 1657; Jathniel, July 24. iC/io; 
May, .November 17, 1662; Ichabod, Septem- 
ber 13. 1666: Patience, October 11, 1669; and 
Samuel, of whom further. 

( HI) Samuel, son of Josejih (2) Peck, was 
born October 11, 1672, died Jmie 9, 1736. He 
also was a large holder of property, after set- 
tling upon his father's farm. ^Iany town 
offices fell to hi? share, and he belonged to the 
church situated on Palmer's river. Fle mar- 
ried Rachel Whitalcer, who died November 12, 
1756. at the .age of eighty-one years. Chil- 
dren: Hannah, born July 21. 1697: Elizabeth, 
June 5, 1700; Benjamin, May 26, 1702 ; Rachel, 
Se])tember 12. 1704; Samuel (2), of whom 
further; and .\biezer, .April 21, 1714. 

( I\') Rev. Samuel (2 ) Peck, son of Samuel 
(i) Peck, was born December 2. 1706, died 
November 2^. 17SS. He resided on part of the 
old homestead near Rehoboth. He was called 
one of the "new lights," the term at that time 
apjilied to a Baptist minister, and he was a 
shining and fervent example. For forty years 
he was an elder in the Baptist church. His 
parish was located in a j)ortion of the territory 
afterwards included in Seekonk. He married 
Hannah .Mien, died August 13. 177S, aged 
seventy-one years. Children : Samuel, born 
February 27, 1734-35: .Allen, of whom fur- 
ther; Josiah. ^Iay 18. 1740; Benjamin, No- 
vember 18, 1741 ; Lewis, February 3, 1745. 

(V) .Allen, son of Rev. Samuel (2) Peck, 
was born February i, 1 735-36. For some 
years he lived in Providence, but moved later 
to Rehoboth. where he lived and died upon 
the old homestead. He married Elizabeth 
De.vter. of Providence, a widow. Children: 
Hannah, born February .5. 1777: Elizabeth, 
born September 20, 1779: Benjamin, of whom 
further; lohn R.. March iR. 1784. 

( \ 1) Picnjamin, snu ni .Mien Peck, was 

f. ,..■ -iil 


born December 2^, 1781, died in 1S43. Most 
of hii Hfe he resided in Pro\idcnce. and was 
a merchant there. He married Roby A. Orms- 
bee, who die<! in 1806. Childreu: Allen Orms- 
bee, of whom further ; and Mary Spurr, born 
May 19, 1S06, married Esek AKlrich, and set- 
tled in l'ro\i(lence. 

(\'1I) Allen Orm.^bce, soti of Benjamin 
I'eck, was l)orn November 17, 1804, and died 
in F'rovidence Sefitember 15, 1871. He re- 
cei\ed a liberal education, attrnding the best 
grade of schools then established in his native 
city. Preparing for college in the University 
Grammar Scliool he then entered Rrown Uni- 
versity, and was gradnated in 1S24. He then 
took up the sti;dy of law imc'cr Judge Thomas 
Burgess, and was admitted to the bar in 1826. 
For a short time he practiced law. but pre- 
ferring a business career, upon the formation 
of the American Insurance Company in 1831 
he became its secretary. Later he was made its 
tliird president, succeeding to that office on the 
death of William Rhodes. I'nder President 
Peck the business of the American Insurance 
Company was largely extended, and Mr. Peck 
gained a high reputation for his skillful and' 
successful management of the affairs of the 
corporation. I'or thirty-six years he was the 
satisfactory, efficient and successful secretary 
and president of this organization. A weak- 
ened state of health then caused him to resign 
ihe cfificc which he hail hebl so long and fdled 
so capably. However, his record as one of the 
chief men in in.-'iirance demanded his return 
to active business, and in i8'J2 he was induced 
to become the executive head of the Narra- 
gansett Insurance Company. This office he 
held for the remainder of his life. He had 
been one of the directors in the Narragansett 
Insurance Company from the time of its incor- 
poration in 1857. He was also for many years 
a director in the .American Bank, and was be- 
sides connected with other commercial enter- 
prises and held various ofitices of trust and 
responsibility. From June. 1832. to June. 
1834, he was clerk of the common council. 
TU- took an active part in the work incidental 
til the incorporation of the City of Provirlence, 
which became a city by special act of the gen- 
eral assembly in November, 1S31, which act 
went into operation the first Monday in June. 
1832. The city of Providence is still further 
indebted to him for his activitv in securing the 
installation of the first public lighting plant, 
for which he assisted in raising about $30,000 
from the business men of the city. 

Mr. Peck had large influence in the Uni- 
tarian church, whose matters atTecting its pros- 
perity in New Encrland grcatlx- intorest':d him. 
He was a man of most genermis and kind 

im])n!ses, and his deeds proved a heart ahvav> 
full of kindness for al! who approached him 
His general interest in others and his kind 
treatment of e\ eryone were matters of general 
remark. Clearness and sagacity marked hi^ 
b'lsincss dealings, and he was noted for hon- 
esty and straightforwardness. He was a nieiu- 
bcr of the Rhode Island Historical Society. 

Allen Ormsbcc Peck married. July 25, 1855, 
Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Josiah au<! 
Pamelia (.\ndrews) W'hitalcer. of Providence. 
Children, all daughters: Ellen Ormsbce; ^La^v 
Talbot, of whom further; Maria Storrs. 01 
whom further: Elizabeth Andrews; and Jessie 
Comstock, died I'"ebruary 14. 1870. aged tv. o 

(\Tin ^Lary Talbot, daughter of Allen 
Ormsbee and Mary Elizabeth (Whitaker) 
Peck, died February 19, 1913. The "St. 
Stephen's Church Monthly" contained the fol- 
lowing tribute to her memory : 

St. Stephen's Parisli, our coniTnunity and in fact 
our ii.Tvc suffered a great loss in the 
sudden deatli of Miss Mary Talbot Peck, who died 
at Ifie Rhode Island Hospital whde undergoing a 
surgical operation. It was an unfeigned sorrow, 
which filled St. Stephen's Church on Saturday, 
l-'ebruary 2.', at I p. m., when the funeral services 
were held. Delegations from the many parochial 
organizations to \sliich Miss Peck belonged, the 
Providence Branch of St. Barnabas' Guild for 
Nurses, of which Miss Peck has been the etticient 
secretarv for many years: the Woman's Auxiliary 
of Rhode Island,' jieaded by Miss McVickar, 
diocesan president: and other societies, such as the 
Providence Art Club, were present. 

Miss Feck became a member and communicant 
of St. Stephen's Parish by confirmation on .Ascen- 
sion Day. .-Vprii 12. 18S0. She has ever been one 
of the most faithful, devout and willing workers in 
the church. Sweet-natured and kind hearted, she 
was a universal friend. She was one of the found- 
ers of St. Faith's Guild, and has been its treasurer 
from almost if not its very beginning. Open 
handed and generous she was always foremost in 
every good work. She is mourned by all who knew 
her. and her name, memory and example will always 
be among the choicest treasures in our parish. 

f\TII) Maria Storrs. daughter of Allen 
Ormsbee and Mary Elizabeth (Whitaker) 
Peck, was born December 3, 1859. died April 
14. 1908. She was educated in the private 
schools of Providence and after matriculating 
at Brown I'niversity she was graduated in 
1895. with the degrees of B. Ph. and .\. B. 
She then went to "Winsted. Connecticut, and 
taught, the subject to which she principally 
devoted herself being history. Later she was 
employed in the Technical High School of 
Providence, but had to resign on account of 
ill health. She was a member of the college 
fraternities, and also of the Rhode Island His- 
torical Society. 


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iX'lIl) The ^]I.sses Ellen Ornisbee and 
l'l;/al>elh Andrews Peck, daughters of the 
];,tc Allen Ormsbce and Mary Jllizabeth 
( \\'hitak-er) Peck, still reside in Providence. 

Edward Allen, the immigrant an- 
AEEi'A' cestor, was boi:i in ICngland, and 
settled as early as 1650, at Ips- 
wich. Massachusetts; in 1662 he was occupy- 
ing a farm owned by Rev. John Norton, of 
I'.dston : in 1^70 his barn was burned by light- 
ning, with si.xt}- loads of barley; in 167S he 
received a grant of sixty acres of land at Snf- 
fieid, and removed thither from Ipswich about 
that time. He died at Sufifield. November 21, 
161/). In his win, dated a week before lie 
(lied, he ])rovided for his five younger sons at 
Sufficld, and his two younger daugliters, Eliz- 
abeth and Sarah. The oklcr brothers were 
('irected to teach the trade of weaving to the 
younger sons, and when they came of age to 
build each a house and give to each a cow. 
The name was probably correctly <iielled 
.■Mlyn. but Allen, Allin and Alline were aho 
used by good authority. .Allen is the spelling 
used by mosi of the famil\'. Edward Allen 
was a weaver. He married, November 24, 
1^158, Sarah, daughter of Richard and Mar- 
garet (How) Kimball. Two of lier brothers 
were killed by the Indians. She died June 12, 
1696, aged about fifty-six years. Edward may 
have been related to Samuel Allen, de- 
scendants also lived at Decrficld; Samuel was 
father of Nehemiah, born 1640, grandfather 
of Samuel, born 1666; great-grandfather of 
Joseph, born 1700. The latter was of Litch- 
field. Connecticut, where his son, General 
Ethan .-\llen. of revolutionary fame, was born 
in 1738. Children of Edward .Allen: John, 
mentioned below ; Sarah, born December 20, 
]fi6i, died EeVjruarv 10. 1662; Edward, born 
May I, iCil'iT,: Sarah, March 28, 1(^4: Eliza- 
beth. December 20, \C/>6: William, March 12. 
1668: Martha, July 2?-. ]6C^): Benjamin, Sep- 
tember, 1673; David. Eebniarv i, 1675: .Abi- 
gail. March 25. 1^178: Samuel, 1679: Mary. 
.April 9. 1083: Caleb, M.'irch 31. 1683. 

ni) John, son of Edward .Allen, wa^ born 
August 9. 1659. and took the oath of allegiance 
at Suffield, January 30. 1678. He settled at 
Sufficld at the s^me time his father did, and 
had a grant of forty acres of land. In .August, 
1^5, he was .granted a home lot, wnth his 
brother Edward, at the south end of the street. 
Hn Septcmt>i:-r 14. 1686. he =old his hou-e and 
land in Sufiield to Jacob .\dams. and in T''>8n 
received a grant of twenty acres in Greenfield. 
Massachu'^etts. On March 0. if^i), he and his 
brother Edward purcha=efl sixty acres of land 
at the Bars, of John Pvnchon. In the Indian 

attack of l"cbruary 29, I7C)4, the whole .Allen 
famils' e>ca[.ed death or capturi', but on May 
II, 1704. John .Allen was killed at the I'ars, 
and his wife was captured and killed in the 
woods, a mile or two fiom the house. He 
married, February 22, 16S2, Elizabeth, daugh- 
ter of William Prichard. of Ipswich and 
lirookfield. Children : John, born December 
21. 16S2, died .April 3, 1683; John, mentioned 
below ; Richard, born September 17, 1685, died 
June 8, \C><)(): Elizabeth, iKirn November 4, 
i6Sf^; Sarah, January 4, 16S8, captured 1704, 
died May 14, 1715; Joseph, born March 28, 
1^191 : Benjamin, A]>t\\ 8. 1693; Ebenezer, -Au- 
gust 16. ifiQf). 

(HI ) John (2), son of John (i) Allen, was 
born Jatuiary 14, 1683-84, and died November 
30, i/Cti. in Greenfield, where he was an early 
settler. He married, June 21, 1716, Abigail, 
daughter of Ebenezer Severante ; she died De- 
cember iS, 1770, aged seventy-four years. 
Children, born in Cireenfield: Abigail, May 27, 
1717; IClizabeth. May i, 1718, died May 23, 
1718; John. born May 2, 1719; Ebenezer, Janu- 
ary II, 1720-21, died April 11, 1723; Elizabeth, 
born March 24, 1722; Sarah, February 2, 1723- 
24; Fibenezer, mentioned below; Noah, June 
2.1. 1727; I'.unice, Scpten:ber 19, 1729, died 
January 16, 1743-44; Rebecca, born February 
9. '7.^0-3'; I^vid. October 2, 1732; Rhoda, 
August 7, 1734, died June 30, 1777; Thankful, 
born December 8. 1736 ; E.xperience, Decem- 
ber 20, 1738. died January 27, 1738-39. 

(I\') Ebenezer, son of John (2) .Allen, was 
bnrn March 2. 1725-26, and died March 31. 
I Sol. He lived in Greenfield. He married, 
June 12, 1748. Jerusha Graves, and she died 
-April 22. 1813. aged eighty-five years. Chil- 
dren, born in Greenfield: .Abigail, July 29, 
1749: Job. January ig, 1752; Ebenezer, July 
21. 1754; Thankful. November i. 1757; Joel, 
-April 23, 1760: Selah, September 22, 1762; 
Elizabeth. July 11. 1765; Elihu, January 7, 
1768: Elijah, mentioned below. 

('\') Elijah, son of Ebenezer Allen, was 
bo''n in 1763-66. in Greenfield, Massachusetts. 
He married there. May 29. 1787, Eunice, 
dauL'hter of Jonathan Smead. They settled in 
Halifax. \"ermont. He was a soldier in the 
revolution, from \'eniiont. in Lieutenant .Asa- 
hel Smith's company, marching to Fort Forti- 
tude in October. 1780. and served in 17S1 in 
Captain Samuel S. Savage's company. (See 
\"crniont Rev. Rolls, pp. 199. 351. 540). 

(\'I ) Jonathan S.. son of Elijah .Allen, was 
horn at Halifax. May 15. 1796, and died at 
\\'hitingham. \'ermont. October 10. 1847, of 
typhoid fever. He was educated in the com- 
mf)n schools, and followed farming all his 
active life. He married Bridget Green, who 

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died at \\ liiiiiiL^hani, at an aihaiiced age. Chil- 
di'cn, all bora in W'liilingham ; I. Susan Maria, 
June 27, 181S. died at Bratlleboro, \'cniiont ; 
married John W'dcox, a carpenter, who died in 
Guilford, X'erniont. 2. George Green, men- 
tioned below. 3. Harriet Liicina, born August 
25, 1S22, died ill Massachusetts. 4. Elijah 
Smeacl, born October 8, 1S24, a farmer, now 
Hving at Jacksonville, \"ermont ; married 
Minerva .Allen, of Ludlow, Vermont. 5. 
Moriis D\\ ight, born Jid)- IQ, 1826; a photog- 
rapher; died at I~itchliurg, ?dassachusetts. 6. 
Benjamin, born August 31, 1S28, died Septem- 
ber II, 1S2S. 7. Eunice Alvira, born July 25, 
1829; married Edwin Starr, of Jacksonville, 
suprrinteu'lent of a tannery, and afterward a 
druggist. 8. Hannah Eliza, born January 20, 
1833, died at Guilford; married Orson Thayer, 
of Marlboro. \'ermont. a farmer there, and at 
Guilford, y. I'rancis Edwin, born September 
8, 1837, died at Keene, New Hampshire; a 
jeweler. 10. James Madison, born June 29, 
1839; soldier in the civil war, enlisting from 
Rowe, Massachusetts, serving all through the 
war, now living at the Soldiers' Home, Minne- 
apolis. Minnesota. 11. Mary Jane, born Janu- 
ary 28, 1840, died at W'hitingham ; married Fuller, a farmer, director of Wilming- 
ton I'ank, resides at W'hitingham. 12. Charles 
Eldridge, born June 5, 1843. 

(\ II) George Green, son of Jonathan S. 
Allen, was born at W'hitingham, \'ermont, May 
4, 1820, died at Brattleboro, that state, July 
29, 1891. He was educated in the public 
schools. He left home at the age of twenty 
and went to Westminster, Vermont, where he 
followed the trade of wheelwright for several 
years. During the next four years he was iti 
the employ of the Miller Carriage Company of 
Brattleboro. He then went to North Hinsdale, 
New Ilamiishire, witere he followed farming 
for four years, having a dairy and milk route 
there, lie removed to Brattleboro and con- 
tinued for nine years in the milk business, and 
for three years in the trucking business. He 
then engaged in the manufacture of children's 
carriages in ()artnership with H. P. Green. 
After three years the firm was dissolved and 
Mr. .Mien continued the business for two 
years. He then accepted a position as fore- 
man for a New York concern at Green River, 
and continued in its employ for three years. 
In politics he was a Republican, He was for 
five years a selectman of Brattletjoro. He was 
active in tlie state militia when a ye>ung man, 
and was lieutenant of the Westminster com- 
pany several years. He attended the Congre- 
gational church. He married, in 1842. .\lniira 
Carpenter, who was born at W'estminster. Ytr- 
moiit. December 25, 1823, died at Brattleboro, 

July 27, igoi. daughter of \'ine Carpenter. 
She was a direct clescendant in the seventh 
generatiyn of Governor William Bradford, of 
Plymouth, who came in the "Mayflower." Her 
father was a farmer. Children, born at W'en- 
minster: I. Candace, April 9, 1847; maiiie'l 
P. F. Crown, of W'hitingham, a real estate 
dealer, now living in Brattleboro. 2. (ieorge, 
1849, died aged nineteen years. 3. Charles 
Edwin, mentioned below. 4. Frederick, died 
aged four years. 

(\'1II) Charles Edwin, son of George 
Green Allen, was born at W'estminster, \'ei- 
monl, FVbruary 2, 1851. His parents removed 
to Brattleboro when he was two years old, and 
he attemled the public schools there. He left 
the Brattleboro high school in 1S67, and for 
two years following was clerk in a grocery 
store. For about a year he was associated 
with his father in the manufacture of chil- 
dren's carriages, and for three years was en- 
gaged in market gardening. In 1872 he 
built two greenhouses and started a mail order 
seed business, which has grown to large pro- 
portions. He sends out ten thousand 100-page 
seed catalogues annually. He now has i6,0(X) 
feet of glass in greenhouses, and has an exten- 
sive trade in cut flowers as well as seeds. 
Since 1906 he has been a successful builder and 
contractor, and real estate dealer and manu- 
facturer of cement blocks. In politics Mr. 
Allen is a Republican, in religion a Congre- 
gationalist. He is a member of the .American 
Florists Society, of which he has been state 
vicc-])resideiit for many years, and a charter 
member of the Knights of Honor. 

He married, in Brattleboro, Februar\- 16, 
1875, Emma M. Hodge, of Groton, Massachu- 
setts, daughter of Roswell Eeckwith Hodge, 
a farmer and shoemaker of Groton. born lanu- 
ary 23. 1818. died at Southborough, Alas^a- 
chusetts, in 1907. Her father was a Repub- 
lican also. Her mother. Esther Maria (Cragin) 
Ikxlgc, was born in New Ipswich. New Hamp- 
shire. November 18. 1826, died January. 1862, 
in F'eppcrill, Massachusett = , daughter of Dea- 
con Isaiah Cr.igin. of Groton. who died .Au- 
gust 16. 1S74. I^.iiah Cragin married, in Iii.=- 
wich, October 18. 1812. Hannah Hildreth; 
married (second) .April 30. 1825, Sivonia 
Davis, who died October 16, 1877. Children 
of Roswell Beckwith and Esther Maria Hodge: 
Emma M.. men-tioned above: Lorenzo Cragin 
Hodge, a farmer, at W'estborough. Massachu- 
setts, married Sarah ; Henrietta Davis 

Hodge, died at .Andover. Massachusetts, mar- 
ried Ward. Roswell Eeckwith Hwlge 

married ffirst) Elizabeth Reading, and fthird) 

Addie . Children of Charles Edwin 

and Flmma M. (Hodge) .Allen: i. Florence 

NEW EXCL,-\X1). 

Cr;i!;in, born December 7, 1S75; graduate of 
Muiillfbiiry College, iSyS: Latin teacher in 
llr.ittkhoro high school. 2. Carroll Everett, 
horn h'ebruary 11, 1S77; "^ farmer at W'iiite 
Kivcr Iiinction, \'ermont ; married Rose Lynch. 
of Ludlow, Vermont, who was educated in the 
Fk.'ittlcboro schools aiid at th.e Townsei d Semi- 
nary. 3- Ralph George, born December 30, 
1X7Q; clerk for his father. 4. Louis Laiah, 
April 29, 1881 : traveling salesman for a New 
\'ork cofTce concern : married Edith Farr. cf 

The surname Bradford is 
IlR.ADrORD derived from the name of a 
place, Bradford or ]ir:;den- 
ford. There are two ancient towns of this 
name in England, one in Wiltshire, near Bath, 
the other in Yorkshire, near Leeds. Near the 
latter was tlie home of the ancestors of the 
.American family. In England the Bradford 
surname doubtless dales to the time when sur- 
names were iirst adopted in the eleventh and 
twelfth centuries. One of the first martyrs 
burned at the stake during the reign of Bloody 
Alary was John Bradford, Prend of St. Paul, 
and a celebrated preacher. Me was born in 
Manchester, Lancashire, in 1510, and was 
executed July i, 1555. He was a friend of 
Rogers. Hooper. S;iundcrs, Latimer, Cranmer 
and Ridley, who a'so died at tb.e stake about 
the ianie time. The Bradford coat-of-arms is 
described: .-\rgent on a fesse sable, three stags' 
heads erased or. The ancestry of Governor 
\\ illiam ESradford, of Plymouth colonv has not 
been traced beyond his grandfather, thou;-;h it 
is known that the family is ancient. 

( I ) William Bradford, grandfather of Gov- 
ernor William, lived at Austcrhekl (Oster- 
feldt), county Nottingham. England, and in 
1575, he and John Hanson were the only sub- 
sidiaries located there. Bradford was taxed 
twenty shillings on land; Han.'ion. the same 
amount on goods. Governor William, when a 
boy, lived with his grandfather after his father 
died. The grandfather died at Austerfield, 
Janu'iry 10, iSQ.'-ofv Children : \\'illiani, men- 
tioned below: Thotna? : Robert, bapti/ed June 
25, I36t. married .Alice Waingate. and Gov- 
ernor William lived with him after his grand- 
father died, and in 1598 Robert was the only 
subsitliarv- at Austerfield : his will was dated 
.April 13, i(xx}. and he was f>uried .April 23 
following: Elizabeth, baptized July 16. 1570. 
married. January 20. i.S'i;. 

ni) \Villiam (2'). son of William f I ) Brad- 
ford, was born at .Austerfield. about 1565, and 
died July 15, 1591, before his father. He mar- 
ried Alice Hao'^on. Children, born at Auster- 
field : Margaret, baptized March 8. 1585, died 

young; .Alice, bajjlizcd October 30, 1587; Gov- 
ernor William, mentioned below. 

(Ill) Governor William (3) Bradford, son 
of William {2) Brail ford, was baptized at 
.Au.-terfield, March 19, 1590. After his father 
died he li\ed for a time with his grandfather, 
and th.en with his uncle Robert Bradford, who 
liveil at Scrooby, five miles from Austerfield, 
near the estate of the Brewsters, in county 
Nottingham. He joined the church where 
Rev. Richard Clifton and Rev. Jolin Robinson 
preached, and soon became one of the leading 
Separatists. His early educational advantages 
were limited, but by diligent study he became 
very proficient in Latin, Greek, Frencli and 
Dutch, and in Hebrew, which he learned in to read the Scriptures in the original. 
He went with the Pilgrims to Holland. \Vlien 
he came of age he received considerable prop- 
erty from his father's estate, but did not suc- 
ceed him in his commercial undertakings. He 
learned the art of "fustian, or frieze weaving." 
He married, in Amsterdam, Holland, Decem- 
ber 9, irn5. Dorotliea May. He gave his age 
at that time as twenty-three and hers as six- 
teen'. Tlicy embarked for England. July 22, 
1620, and after many trials sailed from 
Pl\"moi'th, England, September 6, 1620, on the 
ship ■■Mayflower," reaching Cape Cod in No- 
veiiiber. While tliey wci e at anchor and Brad- 
foid was absent from the ship, his wife fell 
overboard and was drowned, December 9, 
1620. Soon afterward Governor Carver died, 
and Bradford was elected governor of 
Plymouth colony, an office he held by annual 
reelection until he died, except during the 
years 1633-34-35-3S-44. He took a prominent 
part in all the coimcils which were held in his 
house, and all civil and military affairs of the 
colony. From his house at the foot of Burial 
Hill, each Sunday morning the people marched 
to the fort at the top to hold religious services. 
Th.e hi'^tory of the plantation in his hand- 
writing is now ill the State Library, Boston. 
In it he gave a correct and valuable picture of 
the events of the colony and it is justly cher- 
ished as one of the greatest American histories 
as well as the first. He married ( second "1 
.Alice (Carpenter) Southworth. widow of F.d- 
u:)rd Southworth. and. daughter of Alexander 
Carpenter, of Wrentham, England. She died 
March 26, 1670, and he died May 9. 1657. 
Child by first wife; John, of Duxbury, married 
Martha Bourne, died at Norwich. Connecticut. 
Children by second wife; William, mentioned 
below; Mercy, married Beniamin or JoiCiih 
Vermages; Josqih. born in i'')30, married Jael 

(1\') Major William (4) Bradford, son of 
Governor \Villiam (3) Bradford, was born 



June 16, 162^, at risiiKiiith, Massachusetti, 
and tlitd February 20, 1703. He reiiiovcii to 
Kingston, Massachusetts. He was an assist- 
ant, deputy j(overi,or. and a member of the 
council of Governor Andros in 168". He was 
the chief military oflk-er of the colony. His 
will is dated January 2.1. 1703. He married 
(first) Alice Richard's, who died at riymouth, 
December 12, 1671, daughter of Tiionias ruid 
Wealthyan Richards, of Weymouth, Massa- 
chusetts. He married (second) th.e Widow 
Wisv.ell ; (third) Mary Holmes, wlio died 
June 6, 1714.-15, widow of Rev. John Holmes, 
of Duxbury. and daughter of John .'\t\vood, 
of Plymouth. Children: John, mentioned be- 
low: Thoma>. of Norv,-ich ; 'William, born 
i\Iarch II, 1655, died 1687; .'^amuel, born 
165S, died .\|)ril 11, 1714: .Mice, married 
Major James Fitch : Hannah, married, Novem- 
ber 28, 1683, Joshua Ripley; Mercy, married 

Steel; Mclatiah. married John Steel; 

Mary ; Sarah, married Kcnelni Baker. Child 
by second wife : Joseiih, of Norwich. liy third 
wife: Israel, married Sarah Rartlett; David, 
married Elizabeth l^enny ; Fphraim ; Hezekiah. 

(V) Major John Bradford, son of Major 
W'illiam (4) Bradford, was born February 20, 
1653, and died December 8, I73''\ aged eigh.ty- 
four. He resided at Kingston, a few rods 
from the landing. He was the first deputy to 
the general court of ^MasspcliLisclis from 
Plymoi th. going in iCSg and 1691. He mar- 
ried Mercy Warren, who died in March, 1747. 
aged ninety-four, daughter of Joseph and Pris- 
cilla (Faimce) Warren, and granddaughter of 
Richard Warren, who came also in the "May- 
flower." They li\etl together for si.Kty-two 
years. Children : John, born December 25, 
1675; Alice. January 28, 1677; Abigail, r')e- 
cember 10, 1679; Mercy, December 20. if>8i ; 
Lieutenant Samuel, mentioned below ; Pris- 
cilla, March 10, 1686: William, April 15, ir,88. 

(VF) Lieutenant Samuel Bradford. =on of 
Major John Bradford, was born I~>cceniber 23, 
1683, and died March 26, 1740. He lived in 
Plymouth and married. October 21, 1714. 
Sarali Gray, daughter of Edward Graw and 
pranddaughter of Edward Gray, of Plymouth. 
She married (^ second) William Hunt, of Mar- 
tha's \'inevard. and died there in October, 
1770. Children: John, born April 8. 1717: 
Gideon, October 2j. 1718; William. December 
16, 1720: ^^arv, October 16, 1722; Sat ah, 
April 4, 1725: Dr. ^^'illiam. mcntiijned below; 
Mercy, Anril 12, 1731 ; .Xbigail, June 12, 1732; 
Phebe, March 30, 1735; Samuel, ,\pril 13, 

("VH) Governor William (5) Piradford, son 
of Lieutenant Samuel Bradford, was born at 
Pl}inpton, Massachusetts, November 4, 172S. 

In early youtli he gave promise of the talent 
that was afterward to make him famous. The 
natural bias of his mind at first seemed to 
incline him to the practice of medicine, and the 
best advantages were therefore afforded hini 
to inirsue the study of that science. At the 
age of twenty-two, under the tuition of Dr. 
Ezekiel Hersey, of Hingham, Massachusetts, 
a distinguished physician and early benefactor 
of Harvard College, he attained the best 
medical education \\-hich was possible at tliat 
time. "His affable and atYectioiiate manner, 
united to his skill and success, soon gained him 
a liberal encouragement, which seldom falls to 
the lot of so young a practitioner, ho\ve\er 
meritorious. He was particularly well quali- 
fied in the art of surgery, was considered as 
the principal operative surgeon in the vicinity 
where he resided and in an extensive circle, 
performing difficult o]ierations with great dex- 
terity, skill and judgment," as a writer said of 
him in Thatcher's "Medical Biography." .\fter 
practicing a few years at \Varren, Rhode 
Island, he removed to Bristol, an adjacent 
town, where a better field for the exercise of 
his abilities awaited him. His name appears 
in the town records of Bristol as early as 1758. 

In 1761 Doctor Bradford was chosen to 
represent the town of Bristol in the general 
assembly of Rhode Island, of which he was 
destined for so many years to be the most 
conspicuous member. In 1764 he was elected 
si^eaker. It must have been about this time 
that he began to read law. His interest in 
politics and legislation naturally drew his atten- 
tion to the legal profession. He appears as 
I.^octor Bradford for the last time in the 
records of 1767. Thereafter he was known 
and distinguished in his new profession. At 
that time the judges were seldom lawyers by 
education and training, and the success of 
attorneys depended more upon [>ersoual mag- 
netism and personality than on knowledge of 
the law and practice, to make an impression 
upon judges and juries. Dr. Bradford pos- 
sessed the presence and the eloquence that won 
him success in courts of law. Mr. Thacer 
savs : "It may be justly said of him that very 
few ever arrived so near to sui)erior eminence 
in two professions which rei:|uired so much 
attention to a proper discharge of eacli." 

Dr. Bradford entered upon his political 
career during a period well suited to the un- 
usual executive ability that he possessed. The 
"times that tried men's souls" found him alive 
with patriotic fervor and eager to lead the 
movement for independence. The storv" of his 
life during the revolution is written on every 
page of the history of the state during that 
period. When the struggle began he was in 




•i\ c rcnernl assembly; fi'om 1775 to 177S lie 
\\a^ ilcptitv j^ovcrnor; in 1778 he was again 
,., iiie assfiuhly from Bri-tol, and f. .r many 
M-ars he continued in the assembly resigning 
10 take his place in the United States senate. 
When the committee of correspondence was 
iTcated in May, 1773, "to obtain the n.ost early authentic intelligence of all such acts and 
rc-ohitions of the iiritish parliament, and 
measures of tl'ic ministr\-, as may relate to or 
alTect the British colonies in America, and to 
maintain a correspondence and comnuniicaiion 
with the other colonies concerning these im- 
V irtant considerations," he was chosen one of 
the members. The important part lie took in 
the r.ristr>l town meetings \\lien the arliiirary 
hand of British power was laid so heavily 
upon helpless but defiant Boston, was an in- 
sjiiriiig exami>le to other ]n'ominent men. 
When the news of the battle of Lexington 
shattered the hopes of men who had hopied and 
believed in a peaceful settlement of tlie diffi- 
culties between the colonies and Great Britain, 
William Bradford and Nathaniel Greene were 
sent to the general assembly of Connecticut, as 
a committee to consult with the assembly of 
that colony concerning the common defence. 
In ^fay, 1775, the committee of safety was 
api'ointed to "furnish and [mv the troops, and 
with the two highest military officers, to direct 
the mo\emeiits of the ami} of observation, if 
re(|uired to march beyond the colony." This 
committee was com[)osed of two members 
from Providence county and one from each 
of the other counties of the state. Mr. Brad- 
ford represented Bristol covmty. The general 
assembly deposed Governor Wanton from 
office in November, 1775, declared the office 
of governor vacant, and elected Nicholas 
Cooke, the lieutenant-governor, to fill the 
vacancy. liradford was elected lieutenant- 
governor in place of Governor Cooke. lie was 
therefore the last deputy governor of the 
colony of Rhode Island, and the first tn hold 
the same office in the independent state which 
succeeded il. for, when the assembly met again. 
May 4. 1770, the act adjuring allegiance to the 
British crown was adoptecl. 

In October, 1776, Mr. Bradford was ap- 
pointed a delegate to the Continental congress, 
but it is not known that he ever acted with 
that body. The British fleet was then at the 
mouth of Narragansett Bav, and his presence 
in Bristol was more important than in con- 
gress. Tiie militia ordered to the defence of 
Flristol had been placed under his orders, and 
for some time the defences of the town were 
his special charge. His appointment in that 
year as chairman of the committee to examine 
surgeons and surgeon's mates for the army and 
navy, was a wise selection. That he never lost 

lii> interest in surger\ is shown b)- tlie fact that 
he assisted in dressing the wound of Colonel 
Barton at the time Bristol was burned in 1778. 
When the report spread that the British, after 
tlie taking of Xewiiort, meant to march to 
Boston, a cuiuention of three delegates from 
each of the New luigland states met at Provi- 
dence, December 25, i77i>, and P.radford was 
one of the three from Rhode Island. lie was 
also one of three delegates from Rhode Island 
at a convention in Springfield "to consider the 
subject Oi the currency and the defence of 
-Rhode Island." In 1777 Mr. Bradford was 
placed in charge of leasing the estates of Tories ; 
in C)ctobcr, 1770. he was one of the council of 
war; in Jul}", 17S0, he was elected to a conven- 
tion of the New England states held in Boston 
for the purpose of providing means for fur- 
nishing su[)plics to the French allies. Four 
months later a coiu'cntion calleil for a similar 
purjiose met at Hartford and advised, after 
two weeks of deliberation, that recruits be 
enlisted for the war, instead of for a fixed 
period, and eml)odicd its views of the general 
condition of the country in ten resolutions, 
which were sent to the several states. Mr. 
P.radford was jiresident of this important con- 
vention. In October, 1792, he was elected to 
the I'nited States senate, and he served the 
state until 1797, when he resigned. Imme- 
diately afterward he was elected again from 
Bristol to the general assembly, and regularly 
reelected until 1804. For eighteen years 
(longer than any other man) he was speaker 
of the house of representatives of the colony 
and state of Rhode Island, and for thirty-five 
vears he represented Bristol in that body. "He 
entered the colonial assembly when his frame 
was young and strong, and his pulses were 
kaping with the superabundant vigor of early 
manhood. He died at P.ristol, July 6, 1808. 
Not until his eyes had grown dim, until his 
hair was silvered with the frosts of age and his 
shoulders bent with the weight of almost four- 
score years, did he withdraw from the public 
service." He was visited by ' Icneral Wash- 
ington in 1793, at Mount IIojjc I'arm, formerly 
owned by Isaac Royal, a Tory, and confiscated 
by the state. 

He married, March 22, 1751, Mary I.e- 
Baron, born March 20. 1731, died October 2, 
1775, daughter of Lazarus LeBaron, grand- 
daughter of EVancis LeBaron. the immigrant. 
Children: William, mentioned below; I^azarus 
LeBaron, born May 31. 1755: Mary. Septem- 
ber 2, 1760: flannah, November 22. 1762. died 
voung; Samuel, July 15, 1764. died young; 
Hannah. June 14. 17''>7: John, July 14, 176S: 
Ann Bowman, August f\ 1770; F.zekiel Eler- 
sev. March 8, 1772: Lydia. April 11. 1774. 

'(VIII) Major William (6) Bradford, son 

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of Governor William (5) P.radtord. was born 
in Bristol, September 15, 1752, anil died I 'eto- 
bcr 29, 18] I. He was commi'-sioiied major 
during the revolution, and served on the stall' 
of General Charles Lee. He was a charier 
member of the Order of tl-;e Cincinnati, 
founded by Washington, after tlie revolution. 
He lived at Taunton, Rehoboth, and finally at 
Bristol. He was a judge of the county cc^urt 
for many years. He married, July 11, 1777, 
Betsey Bloom James, who was born in Eng- 
land, and died December 17, 11^32. Children: 
Mary, born in Taunton, December 30, 1778; 
William, mentioned below. Elizabeth Bloom, 
February iS, T785, in Rehoboth; Henry, Feb- 
ruary 18, 17S7, at Rel-.oboth, died at sea. un- 
married, 180S; Peter; James, February 6, 
1790, died at sea, unmarried, 180S: John 
Wyllys, December 26, 1793, died October 12, 
1819; Sarah, January 19, 1799, at Bristol. 

(IX) Captain William (7) Bradford, son 
of Major William (6) Bradford, was born at 
Rehoboth. Massachusetts, February 2, 1781; 
and died April 23, 185 1. He was a sea cap- 
tain and merchant, residing at Bristol, Rhode 
Island. He married, February i, 1S04, Mary 
Smith, born December 10, 1782, died Novem- 
ber 6, i8ri9, daughter of Nathaniel and Parnell 
Smith. Children, born at Bristol: William 
Parnell, bom May 29, 1805, died February 7. 
1872, married, .August 2, 1827, Rebecca G. 
Nooning; Edward James, September 20, 1806, 
died November 23, 1822: Allen Taylor S., men- 
tioned beluw : Nancy Smith, April 7, 181 1 ; 
Mary, June 29. TS13; Peter James, December 

(X) Allen Taylor Smith Bradford, son of 
Captain William. (7) Bradford, was born at 
Bristol, September 2, 1808, and died there 
April 7, 1852. He learned the carpenter's 
trade, and later became a contractor and 
builder, building many of the substantial resi- 
dences in Bristol and vicinity. He was a mem- 
ber of St. Michael's Episcopal Church of 
Bristol. He married, August 26, 1S33, Mar- 
garet Diman. daughter of Captain Jeremiah 
Diman ("see Diman). Children: Mary .Xbby. 
born July 7, 1835, married, in 1S53, .■\. Winsor 
Gooding: Sarah, .-\ugust 25, 1837, resides at 
No. 36 Constitution street, Bristol : Allen Tay- 
lor, August 3. 1840. died at Matanzas, Cuba, 
August 14. 1857; Margaret Diman. mentioned 

(XI) Margaret Diman Bradford, daughter 
of Allen Taylor Smith Bradford, was born at 

.Bristol. May 13. 1843. -She married. May 22, 
1871, George F. Stanton, who died December 
I, 1896. Mr. Stanton was born at Nev.-port. 
Rhode Island, and came to Bristol when a 
child, attending the public schools there, and 

eaily in life learned telegraphy in the offices i;f 
the Bristol & Providence railroad. He was 
afterward appointeil station agent. He was a 
Free Mason, an able, intelligent, upright and 
useful citizen, a popular and highly esteenicil 
man. The only child of Mr. and Mrs. Stan- 
ton was l'"nima Brarlford Stanton, born No- 
vember 3. 1873; graduate of Brow^n Univer- 
sity, witii the degree of Bachelor of Arts, in 
189(5; received the degree of Master of Arts 
in I'po: registrar of the Woman's College, 
Brown University, since 1898; elected to the 
Brown Phi Beta Kappa Chapter in 1903. 

(The Uiman Line). 

This surname is variously spelled in the 
early records — Diman, Dimand, Dimon, De- 
mon, Dement, Deming, Dymond, Diamond. 
Dyamont, Dcamon, Deamond, and doubtless 
in many other ways. John Diman, immigrant, 
settled at I.-ynn, Massachusetts, before 1647, 
and removed to Kittery, Maine. John Diman, 
brotlier of Thomas, mentioned below, was a 
settler at Wethersfield, Connecticut, before 
1635, was a prominent citizen and left many 

(1) Thomas Dimond, or Dymond, with his 
brother John, settled early at Wethersfield. 
Connecticut, removing to Farmiington in that 
province, and thence to Southampton and 
Easthampton, Long Island, New York. He 
married, July 24, 1645. Mary Sheaft'e. He 
was of Southampton in 1655-58, and his name 
was there spelled Diament in the records. Be- 
fore November 12, 1663, he had moved to 
Easthampton, and that date bought lands of 
John Hand in that town. He was called 
"senior" in the records. His home lot in East- 
hampton contained thirteen acres, and he 
owned other tracts of land. His name is spelled 
Diamon, Diament and Dyament, in the East- 
hampton records. He died in 1683, and the 
court of sessions in March of that year accepted 
as his will four deeds of gift disposing of his 
real estate. The first deed, dated August 21. 
1677, binds the grantor to convey certain lands 
to his srm James, in view of a proposed mar- 
riage of the son to the davitrliter of Minister 
James, to be retained by grantor and wife dur- 
ing their lives. The second deed, December 
27, 1680, conveys furniture and personal prop- 
erty. The third, July 28, 1682, gives more 
land to James, in view of the death of grantor's 
son John, and charges James and grantor's 
wife Mary to pay small legacies to daughters, 
Sarah Hcadly. of New Jersey; Abigail, Han- 
nah Bird. Ruth Dayton. "and Elizabeth Miller. 
The fourth instrument, also dated July 28, 
1682, conveys land to son Thomas. .After the 
death of ThotT»as Sr, the estate was ■settled by 




.•rcciiient signed by Minister James, the 
iUilow, a'lfl Edward Uowell. Ciiildrcn: 
!.•l^u■^. mentioned below: John, died before 
i>.i^ father: Tliomas, Sarah, Abigail, Hannah, 
Kiuii and Elizabeth. 

(in James. S(-n of Thomas Dimond, was 
|„,rn in 1(146. lie settled with his father at 
l".i>ii!ani[iton. He married, in 1677, llannali 
[anies. daughter of Rev. Thomas James, of 
cliarlestown, .Massaclmsetts. Both are mcn- 
liiiiu'd in her father's will, date June 5, 1606. 
lie died at r.asthampton, December 13, 17J1. 
llis sons were: Xatiianiel, married Lois 
Hedges; Thomas, of whom further; John, 
h irn 1690, died 1764. 

I III) Tliomas (2), son of James Dimond, 
was born in Easthampton, Long Island, in 
\()So; married, January 14. 1706-07, Hannah 
l-'inney, born January 14, 1687-88. died 1744. 
daughter of Jeremiah and Esther Finney. Her 
mother was a daughter of Thomas and Mary 
Lewis, of Bristol, Rhode Island; her father, 
Jeremiah, was born August 15, 16162. at Barn- 
stable, married, January 7, 16S4. died at 
Bristol. February iS, 1748, a freeman and 
shipmaster. John Finney, father of Jeremiah, 

married (first) Christina • . who died at 

riymoulh. September 9. 164S ; (second) June 
10. 1650, Abigail (Coggin) P.isbop, widow of 
Thomas Bislu^p and daughter of Henry Cog- 
gin ; (third) June 26. 1654, Elizabeth Bailey, 
who died at Bristol, February 9. 1683-84. The 
Finney family came from England before 
1639. Thomas Dimond removed to Bristol in 
1712, and his wife died there. Dcceniber 22, 
1744. Chiliiren. of whom the first four were 
born at Easthampton; John; Rebecca; Jona- 
than, deacon of First Church of Plymouth, 
Massachusetts, died February 25, 1797; Jere- 
miah, of Bristol : Rev. James, born November 
29, 170/. died October 8. 17S8, minister of 
Second Church. Salem; F'hebe. born 1717. died 
September 14, 1789; Lucretia, born 1719. died 
January 31, 1790, married Richard Smith; 
Daniel, died December 16. 1797. 

( I\') Jeremiah, son of Thomas (2) Dimond, 
was born in 7710, and married. May 13. 1733, 
Sarah Giddings. 1'hey joined the Bristol 
clnirch May 13. 1741. He died November 10. 
17CJ8; she died October 30. 1790. aged eighty- 
one. Children, born at Bristol: Nathaniel. 
January 29. 1734; James. October 9. 1735. died 
January 4. 1791. married Anna LaFavor ; 
Sarah. February 11, 1738, married John Law- 
less; Jeremiah, July 13, 1740, a soldier in the 
French war. d.ied in the service. November, 
I7''0, at Albany; Jonathan, October 19. IT42. 
married. October 12. 1771. Dorothy Fales ; 
Hannah. October 19. 17.12. married. October 
29, 1761, Creorge Ox.\ : William. December 10. 

1744 : Jose[)h. mentioned below ; Thomas, mar- 
ried (tirst) Saloma I-"oster, (second; Elizabctli 
Waldron ; Benjamin, major in the revolution, 
died December 31, 1777, married Hope Turner. 

(\') Joseph Diman (_as the name is com- 
monly spelled in this branch of the famil) ), 
son of Jeremiah Dimond. horn about 1J4&, 
married, November 26, 1767, Margaret, eldest 
daughter of Captain Mark Anthony De Wolf, 
of Bristol, who was a descendant of Baltha.-ar 
De Wolf, of Hartford. 1656 (the first known 
ancestor in America of th.e Rhode Island De 
Wolfs), through Edward and Charles De Wolf 
(2), of Guada!ou[)e, one of the French West 
Indies. They had children: Royal, born May 
2(). I7(>8; Jeremiah, mcutioued below: Mar- 
garet, burn December 27, 1773, ^^'''o mar- 
ried Captain Isaac Liscomb, and a giand- 
son in Providence, Mr. Isaac Liscombc ; 
Joseph, born in 1780. who died in July, 1784; 
Joseph (2). born in 17S5. who died in June, 
1804; and Marian, born October 19, 1789, wdio 
died in 1799. Mrs. Diman died January 7, 
1811. and Mr. Diman passed awav October 19, 

(\I) Ca;)tain Jeremiah Diman, son of 
Joseph Diman, born March 26, 1770, married. 
June 10, 1794, Abigail Munro, daughter of 
Edward and Sarah, and had children: James, 
born March 15. 1795; Harry. March 24, 1798; 
Mary. Ai)ril 17, 1800. married. August 6. 1822, 
Captain John Smith ; Abigail, September 3, 
j8o2, married, January 26. 1S22. Henry Fales ; 
Margaret, April I, 1S09, married Allen Taylor 
S. r.radford ( q. v.) ; and Sarah, SeptemK-r 15. 
iSii. married, October 17. 1830. Captain Blif- 
fin, and died December 17, 1S99, leaving no 

Captain Jeremiah Diman also followed the 
sea and was a master mariner. At the time 
of his birth and those of the other children of 
the family his parents lived in a house that 
stood on the southeast corner of Hoijc and 
Constitution streets. liis mother, however, at 
the time of her death, was living in a house 
which is still standing on the southwest corner 
of Hope and Court streets. The tine residence 
known as the "Diman Mansion." which once 
stood upon Thames street, just north of the 
store of William R. Taylor, was built by one 
of the two sons. Captain Royal Diman or Cap- 
tain Jeremiah. Of the "Diman ^\"harf," which 
extendeil from this place, little now remains. 
Captain Jeremiah l^Hman died June 30. 1S31. 
From him and his brother. Captain Royal 
Diman. have descended the numerous Bristol 
families of that name, and the bloo 1 has been 
also perpetuated thrc ugh their sister, Mrs. 
Margaret Liscomb. 

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The family name of Dring is of 
DRING English origin, members of which 
were prominent in the annals of 
the mother country, being frequently and hon- 
orably mentioned among the English peerage. 
The family crei^t is represented by a pliocnix 
in flames, on a chapcau. 

In this country the name lias been promi- 
nently identified with Rhode Island from the 
earliest beginnings iu its history down to the 
present time. It is little found outside of New 
England; bi-ing chiefly to Rliode 
Island and those sections of Massachusetts 
adjacent thereto. It is, however, most honor- 
ably associated in both civic and military life, 
and was especially conspicuous in both the 
colonial and revolutionary wars, as well as 
those of latter periods. The marriage alliances 
of this family have also been with families of 
historic importance, including those of Alden, 
Brownell and Perry. ' The latter gave to this 
nation the distinguislied brothers, Commodore 
Oliver Hazard Perry, of Lake Erie fame, and 
Matthew Calbraith Perry, U. S. N., who nego- 
tiated our peace relations with Japan; while 
from the Brownell family came the distin- 
guished churchman, the Rt. Rev. Thomas 
Church Brownell. D. D., LL. D., bisliop of the 
Protestant P^piscopal church. More could be 
said of other families allied with this Dring 
family, suffice it, 'lowever, to add that some of 
its connections art traced to the historic "May- 
flower," among them being the Alden and Mul- 
lins families, the late Charles Perry Dring, the 
subject of this review, having been a direct 
descendant in the eighth generation through 
John Dring and Esther Perry CVII) ; Philip 
Dring and Ruth Stoddard (\T); Thomas 
Dring and Sarah Searle ( \') : Nathaniel Searle 
and Sarah Rogers CIV); John Rogers and 
Elizabeth Pabodie (III) : William Pabodie and 
Elizabeth .\lden (II), of John Alden and Pris- 
cilla ]Mullins (I), of the "Mayflower," whose 
courtship has been made famous by Long- 
fellow's poem. 

The Dring family also furnished its brave 
and distinguished men during the colonial and 
revolutionary wars, among them Nathaniel 
Dring, who was a soldier of the revolution and 
a pensioner for his services : he died at New- 
port, in February, iSiJ : the census of 1S40 
proves that he was a pensioner, and that his 
widow, a pensioner, was a resident of Tiver- 
ton. Rhode Island, and was there living with 
Thomas Dring, and was aged seventy-two 
years ; Thomas Dring who served as a gunner 
on the sloop "Success" during the revoliHion- 
ary war, and Philip Dring, born in 1730. was 
a lieutenant of troop of horse. Captain Gideon 
Ahny's company, in the same war. To this 

family also belonged the courageous Thonn-, 
Dring, who was born August 3, 175S, at New- 
port, and died .August 8, 1S25. at Providence, 
Rhode Island. He was a seafaring man before 
or during the exciting times of the revolution, 
as he was so engaged at the time of that great 
war. and at least twice was made a prisoner 
b) the enemy. In his "Recollections of the 
Jersey Prison Ship," which was prepared in 
manuscript by him in 1824, and afterward 
arranged and edited for publication by Albert 
Ci. Greene, he says in part: 

I was first immuncd in 1779 on board tlie "Gooil 
Hope,"' then lying in the Xorth river, opposite New 
York, but after conhncnuTit of more than four 
months I succeeded in making my escape to the 
JerSL-y sliore. Afterward, in 17S2, I was again cap- 
tured and conveyed on board the "Jersey," where 
for nearly five months I was a witness and partaker 
of the unspeakable sufTerings of that wretched class 
of American prisoners who were there taught the 
utmost e.xtent of human misery. I sailed from 
Providence, R. L, in May, 17S2, as master's mate 
on board the privateer called the "Chance." This 
was a new vessel on her first voyage. She was 
owned in Providence by Clarke & Nightingale, 
and was commanded by Capt. Daniel .Aborn. 
mounted with twelve six-pound cannon, and sailed 
with a complement of about sixty-five men. Our 
cruise was but a short one. for in a few days after 
sailing we were captured 'Dy the British ship-ol-vvar, 
the "Llelisarius," Capt. Graves, of twen;y-six guns. 

Mate Dring went on to say that the capture 
was made in the night, that the captured crew, 
having been taken on board the enemy's ship, 
were put in irons the next morning, that they 
were later taken to the "Jersey," where the 
long and dreadful confinement began. Suffice 
it to add here that the "Jersey" was originally 
a British ship of the line rated and registered 
as a sixty-four gunship, but had mounted sev- 
enty-four guns. At the commencement of the 
revolution, being an old vessel and proving to 
be much decayed, she was entirely dismnntled 
and soon after moored in the East river at 
New York and converted into a storeship. In 
1780 she was billed as a prisonship and was 
used for that purpose during the remainder of 
the war. She was moored with chain cables at 
th.e Wall, a solitary and unfrequented place 
on the shore of Long Island. This prisonship 
"Jersey" and the treatment of its prisoners, as 
set forth by the work alluded to, bore much 
akin to the horrors of the Southern prisons, 
Libby and .Andersonville, during the civil war. 
It has been estimated, according to this work 
alluded to, that more than io.ocho died on board 
the "Jersey" and its three hospital ships. Dur- 
ing the confinement of Mate Dring. according 
to liis account, the vessel was never visited by 
anv ckrgvman nor were divine services ever 
performed on her. After being released from 

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■iivitv, Mate Dring entered the merchant 
'.-.\ ice and soon attained command of a ship. 
l\r sailed from the port of Providence for 
,.,,,iy ycais and was well known as an able and 
fsiKiienced oftiecr. In 1803 lie retired from 
jii-, nautical scr\ ice an.1 soon ;ifter establifhcd 
!i:in-clf in bnsincss in Irovidencc, where he 
ri-ided during li;c remainder of his life and 
,|i.;d there, as stated, in 18.25. 

.\niong others of this family who have dis- 
til. ■;ui.-lied the'nselve-! in various ways m'ly be 
iiiiiitiuned Benjamin Dring, wlio served as a 
M.mian on the ship "Caesar," of 130 tons, 
\siiiiii vessel took part in the Louisbiirgexpcdi- 
liipH, he being a member of her crew when she 
V..'-: sent to Cape Ann in 1745, whtre they 
were to take orders from Governor Shirley, 
and then proceed to Cape Breton to aid in 
(.verthrowing the enemy; and as well, Benja- 
min Dring, who left his h.ome in Newport to 
join Commodore Perry on Lake Eric, after 
wln'ch famous battle he was never heard of, 
although he took a promiricnt part tlierein, 
having enlisted as a seaman in July, 181 2, on 
the "Niagara," to which vessel Commodore 
I'erry was rowed across the open water in an 
iipen boat from the sinking ship "Lawrence, " 
floating his flag from tlie mast of the former- 
named vessel, and from which vessel he con- 
tinued to direct the vessels of his fleet finally 
resulting in .'uch a signal victory over the 

Another of the family who won distinction 
in the business world was the late Charles 
Perry Dring, who was born in Newport. Rhode 
Island, and who for a period of over sixty 
years was one of the well-knov.n and promi- 
nent business men of his ad.ipted city, Fall 
River, Massachusetts, one who worked his way 
from a poor boy to position and influence in 
that community, and himself a witness to and 
participant in the great changes wrought in 
that city in those years. 

(I) The first record of the name in Amer- 
ica appears in Little Compton. Rhode Island, 
then a part of Massachusetts, in the record of 
the marriage of Thomas Dring lie was born 
in 1666, and married at Little Compton, ^lay 
21, 1696, Mary Butler, who was born in 1670. 
They resided in that town, where the follow- 
ing children are recorded: John, born April 
12, J697: Mary, April 23, 1699; died in May, 
1786: Mercy, born July 23, 1701 ; Thomas, 
mentioned below; Elizabeth, born May 16, 
i7o''>; Nathaniel, A]^ril 17. 1707; Friscilla, 
March 8, 1709; .Azariah. March 27, 1710; 
Ruth, February 3. 1712; Bath^heba, .August 
16, 1715, died in March, 1790; Freelove. born 
March i,, 1720. 

fll) Thomas (2), second son of Thomas 

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( i) and Mary (Butler) Dring, was born April 

23. 1704, in Little Compton, where he made 
liis home until liis death, April 16, 1787. He 
married, June 2S, 1725, Sarah Searle, born 
April 2, 1700. and died February 16, 1783, 
daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Rogers) 
Searle, the last named being a daughter of 
John and Elizabeth (Pabodic) Rogers. Eliza- 
beth Pabodie was a daughter of William and 
Eliza!x;th (.'\lden) Pabodie, the latter a daugh- 
ter of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, of the 
"Mayflower." Children of Tliomas and Sarah 
Dring: Tahitha, born October 22, 1726; Ben- 
jamin, Novembor 27, 1727; Ph.ilip, mentioned 
below; Hannah, September 14, 1732; Nathan- 
iel, September 4, 1734; Abigail, April 30, 
1736; .Mary, 1737, died October 18, 1822. 

(HI) Philip, second son of Thomas (2) 
and Sarah (Searle) Dring, was born Septem- 
ber 7, 1730, in Little Compton, and was a 
prominent citi/en of that town. He was lieu- 
tenant of a trciop of horse in Captain Gideon 
Almy's comjiany in the revolutiotr. A collateral 
descendant of this family. Captain Thomas 
Dring, the seafaring man, was twice captured 
by the British and made a prisoner on the 
"Jersey Prison Ship." Philip Dring married, 
December 19, 175 1, Ruth Stoddard, daughter 
of Jonathan and Mary (Dring) Stoddard. 
.She was born October i, 1733, and died July 

24, iSi6, having been the mother of the follow- 
ing children: Delany, born June 30, 1753; 
married Robert Woodworth ; John, born De- 
cember 15, 1754, died November 5, 1775; 
Hannah, born h'ebruary 3, 1757, married Peter 
Holt; I'hilip, born April 23, 1759, died April 
10, 1766; Nathaniel, born March 29, 1761, 
married Susanna Brownell : Ruth, born June 
26, 1763. died in 1766; lienjamin, born in 
1765, died in 1766; Ruth (2), born April 18, 
1767, married Ebenezer Clarke; Philip, born 
August 29, 1 7^19; Sarah Searle, born June i, 
1772, died .-\pril 13, 1859; John, mentioned 
below ; and Deborah, born ^L^rch 22, 1777. 

(1\') John, youngest son of Philip and 
Ruth (Stoddard) D:ing, was born November 
4. 1775, in Little Com[iton, and died in New- 
port, Rhode Island, July 17, 1S55. He fol- 
lowed the sea in his early life and subsequently 
engaged in teaming and farming, residing in 
Newport. He married Esther Perry, who was 
born in South Kingston. Rhode Island, in 
1782, and died in Newport, August 20. 1820, 
daughter of Edward Perry. Their children, 
all born* in Newpeirt, were: Philip, May 24, 
1S02. died February 22. 1891 : .\bby Gardner, 
December 10. 1805. died unmarried, October 
28. 189S. in her ninety-thinl year; Charles 
Perry, mentioned below : Mary, October 7, 
1810, died utmiarried. March 23. 1882; Ruth, 


July 7, 1S13, died unmanicd, January 16, 
1855; Frances, October i, 1815, died iniinar- 
ried, April 15, 1839; Sarah. October 4, 1817, 
died .April 15. 1818; Harriet, .May 9. 1S19, 
did October 15, 1820. 

(\') Charles i'erry, second sun of fohn and 
Esther ( I'crry ) Urin^'. was born June 12. 180S, 
in the Dring homestead on Levin street, New- 
port, Rhode Island, and ac(|iiired the rudi- 
ments of his early education in the neighbor- 
hood scl'.ool. then knenvn as the "little red 
school house." His boyliood being passed near 
the shores of the .Atlantic, with its waters and 
ships eon.'tantly in sigl".t, and wilh such an 
ancestry as his, it \vas but natural tliat the 
bend of his mind and tastes should be seaward. 
At the age of fifteen years he went to Stoning- 
ton, Connecticut, where he shipped for a seal- 
ing voyage around Cape Horn, thence to the 
Antarctic regions, the expedition occupying 
about one and one-half j-ears and resulting 
successfully, the vessel returning with twenty- 
seven thousand seal skins. He made a second 
voyage, this one being to the Mediterranean in 
a ship from Bristol, Rhode Island, wliich took 
aboard sugar from Cnlia to Trit:.-~l. Subse- 
quently he made a voyage from hi.> native town 
to Cuba, thence to New Orleans, and from 
there to New York. These four years passed, 
as it w ere. upon the bosom of tlie deep, satisfied 
his nautical incliriations, for at the age of nine- 
teen years, in 1827. lie is found beginning the 
calling in life which jiroved to be one for 
which he was admirably fitted, one in which 
he excelled and made for himse'f a reinitation, 
gaining both position and wealth. Thi.- begin- 
ning, and we may say ending, was at Fall 
River, Massachusetts, for his long, busy and 
honorable career was passed at that point. He 
became employed in 1827 at the Fall River 
Foundry, then operated by Newell & Wood- 
ward, but which three years later fell into the 
possession of the Fall River Iron Works 
Com[ any, Mr. Dring being transferred to 
the latter, with which he remained a most 
trusted employee and nfficial until about 1806. 
his services with practically the new concern 
covering the long period of thirty-nine years. 
Along in the middle of tlie forties John Kil- 
burn, a native of New Flampshire. had com- 
menced the manufacture at Fall River of cot- 
ton looms, and as well what was known as 
the "I'ourneyron turbine,'" the latter a French 
invention which was being introduced into the 
New Knglanil mills. Mr. Kilburn died'in 1846, 
and his brother. Elijah C. Kilburn. came to 
Fall River, and in conjunction with his 
brother's widow continued the bu-ine~^. Not 
1)eing a practical mechanic himself, he asso- 

•ciated with them in the br 

i;i 1^:47 


than Lincoln, forming the firm of E. C. Kil- 

liurn & Company. In 1S56, Henry Clay Lin- 
coln, a son of Jonathan, was taken into the 
concern, and the business was continued undi-r 
the firm name of Kilburn, Lincoln & Coni[)auv, 
who subsequently built a new and commodioiK 
[>lai:t for their increasing business. .At thi^ 
time, in 1866 or 1867. Charles P. Dring wa^ 
admitted to partnership, bringing with liiui 
the ripe expeiicnce earned in his ncarlv fortv 
years of service with th.e Fall River Imn 
Works Company, and wh.ose reputation as a 
most honorable man and practical mechanic 
played no little part in the success tliis concern 
afterward attained. .Andrew Liscumb, a son- 
in-law of Mr. Lincoln, was also at this time 
admitted a partner of the concern, the firm 
name then assuming the style of Kilburn, Lin- 
coln & Company, which had a paid-up capital 
of 880, ooa. The new plant of this concern, 
built in 1867, and which was comi)lete and 
modern in all of its departments, covered some 
three hundred rods of land conveniently 
located at the corner of .Annawan and Canal 
streets, near the railroad and tide water. .As 
to the further history of this enterprise, with 
which, by the way, Air. Dring continued, and 
in an official capacity as a director, through 
the remainder of his lifetime, and in which 
his son, the late Charies H. Dring, was schooled 
and became identified with' it, remaining for 
many years, it is enough to say that it became 
and is now one of the largest and ntosi niod- 
ernlv equipped plants of its kind in this coun- 

The life of the late Charles Perry Dring 
spanned almost the whole of the industrial 
life of the now great manufacturing center of 
I'all River, with its many thousands of busy 
spindles. Conn'ng to the place, as he did, when 
it was a mere village, he witnessed its ra])i(l 
and wonderful growth to a city of thousands, 
anfl was an active participant in the scenes 
which wrought these great changes. His long. 
acti\e. busy career is so interwoven with the 
city's history as to be a part of it. His career 
is one that will be the more interesting and 
shine with g"eatrr lustre to the readers of it in 
coming years. Of a good, illustrious ancestry 
and early training. Mr. Dring became a man of 
character: uniting with the church, he threw 
his influence on the side of right and his ex- 
ample and life were an inspiratiofi to many. 
Beginning life, as he did, in a most humble 
wav. ancl rising through sheer force of U\~ 
make-up to position an'' wealth, he knew how 
to sympathize with those who were struggling 
at the threshold as did he. and thev in turn 
seeing his success, saw hope and gathered in- 

Mr. Dring was a man of a tender heart and 
svmpatliie = . and aided in more wass than one 


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■ '■■^ tioor of tlie community. lie was a gciitle- 
'. Ill of tlic old school, of whom so few are 

■ '.V, left. He was modest, uiipretLiitious, kind, 

.Micon.'^ and withal a dignified gentleman. 
';:,■ ircateil all alike — the high and the low, 

■ \c rich and the poor, were but one to hirii, 
.:1! I'.iike, worthy of respect ati'l courteous 
matment, and tiuis with all he was jK'pular was admired for his true worth. As a 
! ;; -iiiess man lie was able, one of foresight, 
-'..Hiding high in business circles. He was 
iidiRirable and high-minded, a man of strictest 
lutcgiity, and as a citizen his character was 
.'. ^ve reproach. In his home, whose fireside 
\Mili hi- family about him he dearly loved, he 
was an atfectitmate husband and loving father, 
whose children might well often rise to the 
ipccasioii of calling his mcnior_\ blessed. 

.Mr. l.'Jriug was one of the original promoters 
of the Union Mills enterprise, which was 
started in Fall River in 1S59, was one of the 
directors at the time of its failure, and lost a 
large portion of his hard-earned property b)' 
indorsing' for this concern. He was also a 
director for many years of the Union National 
IJank, and of the Citizens" Savings Bank, until 
obliged by increasing infirmities to resign from 
these boards. In 1837 -Mr. Dring became a 
member of the Franklin Street Christian 
Church at Fall River, of which he contimicd to 
he a valued and worthy member and liberal 
supjiurter until his death. 

On January 3. 1S33, Mr. Dring was united 
in marriage to Miss Maria Brownell, a native 
of Little Compton, Rhode Island, K rn Alar -h 
9, 1S12, daughter of Humphrey and Sarah 
(Head) P>ro\vnell, and a direct descendant of 
Thomas Ihownell, who is of record at Porta- 
niouth, Rhoile Island, as early as 1647, and 
who was for a number of years commissioner 
from that town, and in 1664 represented it in 
the colonial assembly. From this Tliomas 
Brownell descended Sylvester B.rownell. 
through the former's son Thomas Brownell 
(2), who was one of the original proprietors 
of Little Comi>lon. Sylvester Brov.-ncl! was 
one of the thousand minure-inen whom the 
gallant I'rescott led to the heights of Bunker 
llill on the memorable night of June 16, 1775, 
and was in the battle the following day. He 
was one of the survivors present at the laying 
of the cornerstone of Bunker Hill monument, 
June 17, 1S25. Mrs. Maria (Brownell) Dring 
passed away at the family home in Fall River. 
Massachu-etts. December 27, i^^. She was a 
true woman, one of fine c|ualities, whose moral 
worth was an influence for good in the com- 
munity in which >he lived and moved. Mr. 
luring survived his devoted wife almost twenty- 
five years, dying at his home in Fall River, 
May 7, 1891, in tlie eighty-third year of his 

age. Two children were born lo Mr. and Mrs. 
Dring in Tiverton, Rhode Island: Charles 
Humphrey, August (>, 1841, and Caroline Au- 
gusta. June 17, iS4f>. The latter resided in 
I'"all River, unmarried, having devoted her life 
to the care of her parents, the memory of 
wliom she continued to honor until her death. 
Miss Dring died in Washington, D. C, April 
18. 1013- 

(\!) Charles Humphrey, only ^on of the 
hUe Charles I'eriy an.d Maria (Brownell) 
Dring, was born .August 6, 1S41, in the town 
of Tiverton, Rhode Island, lie accjuired a 
commoir school education, after which he fur- 
ther -d his studies by attendance at the Andover 
(New llamiishire) Seminary. lie was reared 
in I'all ]\iver, Massachusetts, the home of the 
family, and in time learned the business in 
which his father was engaged, entering in 
iSfyS or 1867 the concern with w-hich his father 
was connected, that of Kilburn, Lincoln & 
Comjiany, machinists and founders, at Fall 
River, the history and description of whose 
business is set forth in the foregoing. Mr. 
Dring, as had his father before him, started in 
the business at the bottom, learning the trade 
of molder, and gradually worked his way up- 
ward until he became a member of tlie firm. 
He worked for some years simply as a 
lULchanic, then becrune foreman, and, as stated, 
finall_\ \\-as ailmitted as an interested party in 
the business, succeeding his father. His efforts 
in the various capacities in which he served 
were crowned witli success, and at the time of 
hi? death he was possessed of considerable 
property. Owing to the condition of his 
liealth he retired from the corporation some 
years prior to his death. Mr. Dring was inter- 
ested and identified with a number of fraternal 
organizations. He was a member of the 
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at 
Fall River, in which he had held various offices, 
being a pa-t exalted ruler: he was a member 
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and 
at one time was prominent in the circles of 
that order, and he was also a member of the 
Masonic fraternity, as well as various other 
social and fraternal soci^-ties. 

Dr. Dring never married. For some years 
prior to his death he made his home on 
\\'heeler avenue, at Edgewood, Providence, 
Rhode Island, where he lived quietly, in the 
companionship of a few intimate friends. Here 
he passed away March 15. 1907, when in the 
sixty-sixth year of his age. 

Thomas Durfee. the immigrant 
DURFEE ancestor, was born in England, 

in 1643, and came to this coun- 
try in i6i'K>. He settled in the town of Ports- 
mouth, Rhode Island. He married as early 



as 1664. and 'lied in 17 12, aged about seventy 
years. Children, born at rortsmouth : Robert, 
Manli II, ifiCs, married in it>St'i-S7, Mary 
Sanford; Tb.omas. married .\nn Freeborn, of 
Portsmouth ; William, mentioned below ; Ben- 
jamin, married Prudence lur. le, in i6fK), in- 
lierited land in Fall Kiver and became wealthy 
for his time. 

(II) William, son of Thomas Du.rfee, was 
born in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1673, 
and died at Tiverton, in i; 27. lie married 

(first) Ann , who died at Tiverton; 

(second) Mary . His will proved 

June 7, 1727. Children by fir-t wife, born at 
I'iverton : David, mentioned below; Samuel, 
March i, 1702; Joseph, 1705, made his will 
Kovember 14. 1731, bequeathing to his brother 
Samuel. Child by second wife: Abigail. 

(III) David, son of William Durfee, was 
born at Tiverton. Rhode Island, March i, 1700, 
and died there March i, 178S. He married, 
April 16, 1726, Abigail \\'ing, of Dartmouth, 
tiorn July. 1701. died at Tiverton, July 4, 1792. 
Children, born at Tiverton, probably not in 
order of birth: David, April 9. 1739; William, 
mentioned below ; Eli/^abeth, married July 6. 
1761, George Westgate, Jr.: Mary, married 
\Villiani Carder; Wing: .Abigail; Rebecca. 

(IV) Captain William Durfee, son of David 
Durfee, was born at Tiverton. March 10, 1730, 
and died at Fasi Kil'inuly, Connecticut, Febru- 
ary 10, 1S16. He followed the sea and be- 
came a master mariner. In 1772 he removed 
to Killingly. where he followed farming the 
rest of his life. Fo-" many years he was in the 
merchant marine, commanding vessels sailing 
from Newport. Rhode Island, to Dutch Guiana 
and other foreign ports, among which may be 
mentioned Suri.iam and Es^equibo. He mar- 
ried, at Tiverton, June 12, 1756. Eunice Bowen, 
of Tiverton, daughter of Richard and Remem- 
brance Bowen, of an old Rehoboth family. 
Their first seven children were born at Tiver- 
ton, the others at Killingly. Children: Abner ; 
David; Benjamin, mentioned below; Joseph; 
Humphrey; Philip; Thomas; Ruth; Ilaiinah; 
Abigail; Nancy, January 22. 177Q: Eunice. 
1783; Mathew, died young; William, died 
young: William 12), died young; child, died in 
infancy. From an obituary notice of Captain 
William, in the Patriot of Proz'idciice. we 
quote: "He had arrived at the good old age of 
eighty-five years and eleven months, and dur- 
ing the whole of his long pilgrimage was char- 
acterized by those bright virtues — charity, 
benevolence, meekness and choerfulnc-s. He 
was upright in his dealings and met the ap- 
proach of death without a murmur." 

fV) Benjamin, son of Captain Wiliiam 
Durfee. was born at Tiverton. Rhode Island, 

C)ctober 2^, 1761, and died at Killingly, Con- 
necticut, December i, 1S47. He received a 
common school education, and during his ynuiii 
worked on his father's farm in Killingly. Ho 
also learned the trade of cooper. He married, 
at Killingly. in 1798, Lydia Russell, who was 
born at Killingly, January 31, 1776, and died 
October 13. 18^14, daughter of John and I.ydia 
(Basselt) Russell. John Russell, her fatlicr, 
served in the revolutionary war from Connecti- 
cut for ^i.\ months. Children of Benjamin and 
Lvdia (Russell) Durfee, born at Killingly: 
Sanford, mentioned below; Dr. Henry, Sep- 
tember I, 1802, resided at Killingly. where he 
married and had two sons: William Russell, 
lanuarv 21, 1S09, married, and had five 
dren. four sons and one daughter. 

( \'l) Sanford, eldest son of Benjamin Dur- 
fee, wa^ born at Killingly, Connecticut, Janu- 
ary 21. i8(X), and died December 5, 1880, at 
Providence, Rhode Island. He attended the 
district schools of his native town, and during 
his youth assisted his father in the work of 
the farm. His health was not good and for a 
time he was engaged in selling books, repre- 
senting a work written by William Drowne, en- 
tilled "The Farmer's Guide." He found this 
work beneficial to his health and continued in 
it for some time, later representing Rev. Dr. 
David iJenedict, who was at that time pastor 
of the First Baptist Church at Pawtucket, 
Rhode Island, selling his works, entitled: 
"Benedict's History of All Religions." and 
"Benedict's History of tlie Baptists." While 
engaged on this work he traveled from New- 
York to North Carolina. In 1S30 he entered 
the employ of Moies & Jenks as clerk in their 
thread store, and later went to work at Cromp- 
ton, Rhode Island, in a cotton mill, shortly 
afterwards becoming superintendent, continu- 
ing in that capacity from 1S33 to 1848. From 
1848 to 1S53 he was agent of the Portsmouth 
Coal Mining Company, with offices in Provi- 
dence. From 1853 to 1864 he was agent of the 
Providence Canal Bleaching Company, con- 
tinuing in that capacity until the business. itas 
discontinued. He then became treasurer of 
the Crompton Company, nnnufacturers of cot- 
ton goods, with headquarters in Providence, 
and continued in that capacity for a period of 
eleven years, or until he retired from active 

Early in life Mr. Durfee joined the Baptist 
church, and throughout his life he was an 
earnest and active member of that denomina- 
tion. He was a member of the Killingly 
church for a number of years, then the Paw- 
tucket First Baptist Church, of which he was 
superintendent of the Sunday school, later of 
the Crompton Baptist Church, of which he 





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V, a-: also siipcriiitendent of the Siiiiciaj- fchoo!, 
.J,, J finally of the First Baptist Chiircli of 
;'ri)vi(l*'"cc, of which he continued a mcnher 
i;:itil his death. He was also a member of t!ie 
J^liode I.=]and Society for llie Encouragement 
(.f Domestic Industrie?. Though naturally a 
,.;iict, modtst man. he \ras exceedingly charit- 
;,l,le by nature and constant in attending 
(.iiurcli, and in supporting its benevolence and 
various activities. He possessed the strictest 
iiitct'.rily, and was an lioncst and very con- 
sjiciitious man. He possessed a strong, virile 
cliaractcr, and was an exemplary, public- 
spirited citizen. He served on the school com- 
mittee of Cromjiton, and for o:ie year as a of the city coui;cil of Providence. In 
politics he was formerly a V.'hig, later becom- 
ing a Rejiublican. 

On March 5, 1835, Mr. Durfee married, at 
Crompton, Rhode Island, ^lary Cozzens, wdio 
was born June 20. 1708, and died July 8, 1844, 
daughter of Benjamin and Anne (\Vheatonl 
Cozzens (see CozzensV He married (second) 
Mary lilliza (Stafford) Holden, who was born 
October 14, 1804, and died December 6, 1S79. 
daughter of Thomas Stafford, and widow of 
Ca]itain Thomas Holden Jr. Children of San- 
ford Durfee In- first wife: Sarah Crawford, 
mentioned below; Bcnjanu'n and Sanford Jr., 
twins, both of whom died in infancy. 

(\TI) Sai-ah Crawford, only daughter of 
Sanford and Mary ("Ccizens) Durfee, v.'as 
born at Crompton. Rhode Island, January 20, 
1838. She was tutored at home until she was 
fen years of age, afterwards attending the 
public school formerly located on the site of 
the present Corliss mansion, at the corner of 
Angell and Prospect streets, where she was 
fitted for the Young Ladies' High School, 
tauglit b)- Jolm Kingsbury, Esq. After grad- 
uating from the latlcr she then attended a 
select school for girls in New York City. Miss 
Durfee has devoted much of her time and 
means to various charities and to the church, 
being an active member of the First Baptist 
Church of Providence. For a period of thirty- 
four vears she was an officer of the W'omans' 
Baptist Foreign Missionary Society, first as 
state secretary, then as recording secretary, 
and later as president, and is now the honorary 

(The Cozzens I^lne). 

This name, variously spelled, occurs in New 
Eng-land as early as 1635. when there arrived 
at Boston, in the ship "James," George Coz- 
zens. There were also a number of immi- 
grants bearing the name from that tiine on 
through the century. .\ William Cozzens was 
in Boston in t^'mO. and Matthew is of record 
there in 1636. Rich.ird Cozzens, of Saybrook. 
Connecticut, is of record as marrving. March 

7, 1678, Mary, daughter of Alexander Chalker. 
\\ hether an)' of the above named immigrants 
were related to each other, or whether they 
desceiidcil from the same common ancestor 
has never been a.scertained. 

(I) Leonard Coz,zens, the founder in Amer- 
ica of the branch of this family with which 
this article particularly treats, was a native of 
Engl.'nul, born in iG'^o, in the parish of All 
Commons ( ?), in \\'iltshire, near the Division 
(Dcvisls (?)), the nearest market town, and 
after reaching his majcirity emigrated to this 
country, and soon after 171 1 located at New- 
port, Rhiide Island. He there married, in 
Jidy, 17 1 i", Margaicf Taylor, by whom he had 
thirteen chililren,as follows : Robert, Ijorn April 
1 7- ^713! Nathan, November 12, 171 5; Deb- 
orah, Ajiril 13, 1717; I'-leanor, in NL>vcniber, 
171S; Peter, March 5, 1720; Joseph and Ben- 
jamin, twins, October 311, 1721 ; Deborah (2), 
^larch 77, 1724; Matthew, April 4, 1726; Wil- 
liam and Charles, twins, June 16, 1728; Greg- 
ory, June 5, 1730; .Andrew, October 16, 1731. 
The mother of these children died September 
10, 175 1, and the father May 2, 1769. 

(Ilj Benjamin, son of Leonard Cozzens, 
was born October 30, 1721, in New[)ort, Rhode 
Island, ;ind died August 28. 1802, aged eighty- 
one years. He married, January 4, 1747, Ainie 
P3rowne, daughter of George Browne, the lat- 
ter born in England, and to them were born 
children: John, September 28, 1747; Joseph, 
October 25, 1748; Ann, October 12, 1749; 
Margaret, October 4, 1751; Joseph (2), Au- 
gust ifi. 1752; William, September 17, 1753; 
Benjamin Jr.. August 21, 1754, who died in 
infancy; Benjamin (2), born November 28, 
1755: John (2) December 2, 1756; Elizabeth, 
April 10. 1758; a son, Marcli 21, 1759, died in 
infancy; Charles, January f>, 1761 ; .Ann (2), 
February i, 1762; a son. May 9, 1764, died in 

(Ill) Benjamin Cozzens Jr., son of Benja- 
min Cozzens. was born November 28, 1755. 
He married, December 22. 1782. Anne 
W'heaton, who was born January 18. 1759. and 
died .\\)t\\ 17, i8a6. Children: Elizabeth, born 
February 14, 1785, died unmarried. July 14, 
1885. aged one hundred years five months; 
Levi, born February 7, 1787, married Pamela 
Holley. and removed to Utica, New York, 
where the latter vears of his life were spent; 
.Vnne. born Septemlier 10. 1789. married Craw- 
ford Titus, and she died December 2. 1868, 
in Providence; Beniamin, 1)orn June 3. 1791, 
married (first") May 7. i8t6. Sarah M. 
Wheaton, and (second') Mary Sophia Dexter, 
daughter of Samuel IX'xter, be was a grad- 
uate of Brown I'nivcrsity, and for a time was 
engaged in maiuif;^cturing. later becoming a 
lawver in New York, where he died ; Brown, 




born SeptciiibL-r lO, 1794, married Chatlotte 
W'hittaker, and removed to Natchez, Miisis- 
sippi, where he died; Cliarlcs W'heaton, twin 
ot Brown, married Eliz.-i jMasoii, and for a 
time Uved in St. Louis, later removed to Uhio, 
where he died of cholera during an epidemic of 
that disease; and Mary, Lorn June 20, i79i>, 
became the wife of Sanford Durfce (see Uur- 
feej. Benjamin Cozzens, the father of these 
cliddren, died July 21, 1825, in the seventieth 
year of his age. 

Rev. K;dph Whcelock, the 
WJIEELOCK immigiaiit ancestor, was 

born in Shropshire, Eng- 
land, in 1600. lie was educated rt Clare Fiall, 
Cambridge University, England, where he re- 
ceived his B. A. in 1626 and his "SI. A. in 163 1. 
He became an eminent preacher in England, 
but because of his non-conformist views he 
was prosecuted, and hnally in 1637 sought 
refuge with his F'uritan fellows in New Eng- 
land. He was at \\ ateriown for a short time, 
but located permanently at Dedham, Massa- 
chusetts. He brought with him from England 
his wife Rebecca and his daughter Rebecca. 
In his biography by his great-grandson, Rev. 
Ebenezcr W heelock. who founded Danmoulh 
College, we are told that the ship was driven 
back once by storms and that the voyage was 
long and distressing, lie was one of the 
founders of the town and church of Dedham — 
learned, devout, unselfish, practical and inde- 
fatigable. In 1638 he made his home in that 
part of Dedham which was set of? as Meclfield. 
He was admitted a freem;,n March 13, 163S- 
39; was selectman, schoolmaster, deputy to the 
general court, conmiissioner to end small 
causes, appointed magistrate to perform mar- 
riages wdiile at Dedham, and was equally 
prominent in the new town of ^ledfield. He 
built his house at Medfield in 1651-52. He 
was made clerk of writs in 1642. was select- 
man of Medfield. 1O51-55; school teacher and 
justice of the peace. He made his will May 3, 
j68i ; the inventory was dated January 31, 
1683, and the will provetl May i, 10S4. He 
bequtatl'.ed to lii> eldest sen Ger^hcim. and 
Other sons — Benjamin, Eleazer, and Samuel : 
sons-in-law Increase Ward and Joseph War- 
ren ; grandchild Rebecca Craft; refers in his 
will to hi.- deceased wife, and apjioints George 
Barbour one of the overseers of his will. His 
wife died in 1680. Two of his sons. Benjamin 
and Eleazer, settled in Mendon, Massachu- 
setts. Rev. Mr. \Vheelock declined to take 
charge of any particular parish, but preached 
occasionally in Medfield and adjacent parishes. 
His last years were spent in teaching an^i farm- 
ing. Rev. Louis Hicks, of New Haven, wrote 

in i8<_;9: "It is higlily probable that he w.iv ;i 
descendant of Hugh de \\ heelock, who in the 
reign of Henry 11. received from Roger .Mair.i; 
Warring a title to all the latter's claims to ll:i- 
village of Whcelock, Cheshire, England, wiiicii 
he had previously held. It is also probable ih.-n 
he was a relative of Abraham W'hecluck, a 
native of Shropshire, who took the degree uf 
A. AI. at Cambridge University in 1618, and 
was admitted to Clare Hall as a Eellow about 
the same time as Ralph W'heelock, entered the 
same college anil who later became the first 
prolcbsor of Arabic and Sa.xon tongues in the 
University and became librarian." Children 
of Ralph Whcelock ; Rebecca, bcprn in England, 
about 1632 ; Peregrina, about 1636, on the voy- 
age; Gersliom, mentioned below; Alary, 1638; 
Benjamin, January 8, 1639-40; Samuel, Sep- 
tember 22, 1642; Record, December 15, 1643; 
Eleazer, father of Ralph, who settled at Wind- 
ham, Connecticut, and whose son, Rev. Dr. 
Eleazer W'heelock, was the founder and first 
president of Dartmouth College ; Experience, 

(il ) Gcrshom, son of Rev. Ralph Wheelock, 
was born in 1636, and died in 1684. He must 
have been of age in 1657, when his name ap- 
peared in the minister's rate. He settled in 
Medfield. He married Hannah Stoddard 
(Stodder), daughter of John Stoddard, of 
Hingham, in 1658. In 1663 he was granted 
"liberty to cut two hundred cedar blank in the 
common swamp." His house stood on Har- 
bor Island road, a short distance southwest 
of the house now or lately owned by Charles 
Hamant. In 1674 he was paid for ringing the 
meeting house bell and caring for the building, 
iz 15s., and next year the records show that 
he assisted in tliatching the house. His dwell- 
ing was burned by the Indians in 1676. in King 
Philip's war, and during the raid thirty-two 
houses were destroyed, twelve of the English 
killed and three mortally wounded. He built 
another house on the same site. In 1690 his 
heirs sold the house to Joseph Plympton. Chd- 
dren: Hannah, born 1059, died young; Sam- 
uel, ift>o, died young; Hannah, 1661 ; Samuel, 
16O4; John, born 1670, died 1684; Joseph, 
mentioned below; Timothy, 1673, died in Mcd- 

(Ill) Joseph, son of Gershom Whcelock, 
was born about 1671. and died in 1770. He 

married (probably second) Elizabeth • 

His will was dated November 17, 1743. with a 
codicil. March 6. 1770. Children, mentioned 

in the will : John, married Martha , and 

by will dated January 20. 1778, bequeathed to 
children of his nephew Joseph (then deceased) 
as follows: Joseph. Archibald, Abel, Elijah, 
Alice, John Jr., Martha and Oliver; Joseph, 

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.■■I iiiiiiiifil IjcIiiw; Joiiatliiiii, lilizabLth Saw- 
NcT. Mary ()>!:rod. Abiyjail Karnes. Riilh 
i!(iiit,'liton, Martha Houghton. 

(I\") Jo?cpIi (p.), son of (i; 
Whiflock. was born about 1700. He removed 
iidni Lancaster to Leominster aliout 1725, or 
the town boundaries of Leominster iiichidcd 
W]< farm at tiiat time, for Leominster was for- 
merly |)art of Lancaster. Children of Joseph 
and .Abigail : Olive, born at Lancaster. January 
10. 1726. F.nrn ?t Leominster: 01i\er. Decem- 
l,cr 7, 1727 : Joseph, mentioned below : Pliineas. 
Xovemi)er 9. 1731 : John. September 9. 1733; 
.\l)ner. November ih, 1735; I'rudence. No- 
viniber 23. 1737: Abel. June 29. 1739; Elijaii. 
May 26, 1741: Eli.-ha. ^larch 2.'>. 1743; .\bi- 
j,'iiil. baptized June 24. 1744. 

(\ ) Juseiili (31. son of Joseph (2) 
W'heelock. was born in Leominster, February 
14, 1729, and died before 1778, when his uncle 
John bequeathed to his children, as stated 
above. This uncle John deedci! land to Joseph 
W'heelock in 1751. to Etlian Phillips in 175.". 
and to his brother Jonallian in 1741. Jonatlian 
died in 1759. leaving sons Jonathan and l-uke 
and daughters. Joseph married . Chil- 
dren : Oliver; Ji/hn Jr., mentioned below: 
Joseph, Archibald, .Abel. Elijah, Alice and 
Martha. A deed in Worcester county proves 
the relationship. (Dook 192, p. 103). John 
Wheelork. of Le\erett. Hampshire county, 
deeded to .\b^'. W'heelock. of Boston, his 
brother, his riglits in the estate of his uncle, 
John Whcelock. whose will is mentioned above, 
and mentions his brother Oliver, also a legatee 
of Jotm W'heelock : dated December 15, iScx'). 
In 1790 this John Wheelock and his son, John 
Jr., were living in Heath, Ma-^sachu^etts, near 
Leverett and C onway. John had in his family 
hini'iclf and wife: John Jr. had one son u:ider 
sixteen and eight females. It 1= not known tl'.at 
John had other children than John, mentioned 

(\'l) John, called John Jr.. when a young 
man, on account of his uncle. John Wheelock. 
of Leominster, was S'^n of Joseph ^\'hce!nck. 
He removed to Leverett. Hamp^^Iiire ( now 
}-'rank!in) county. M,-^.~-aclnisttt-. and al-o lived 
at Heath and probably at Conway. He had a 
son [oliTi. 

(VU) John (2). son of John ( i ) Wheelock. 
was born about 1760. and had a family in 
1790. a,s stated. He was born in this vicinity, 
and died at Conwav or southern \'ermont. 

(\'Ul) Martin, son of John (2 ) Wheelock. 
was born about 1782, in Franklin county. 
Massachusetts, and died in Conway, that 
county, about 1865. aged nearly eighty years. 
He was a dealer in horses, and for a number 
of years resided at Gardner, Worcester county. 

^L^-;saclu^sett-. where he owned a small farm. 
In |;i.litic.s he was a Wiiig. and afterward a 

Re|>ublican. 1 le married (first 1 ; child, 

Willis, a p;iiiUer, died at Decora. Iowa; (sec- 
ond ) Ht tsey ; children : Samuel, resided 

at Springfield, Massachusett.s, and was em- 
ploved by Spuiigfield .\rms C'ompany ; De.Kler, 
mentioneil bi!(iu . 

(IX) DeMer. ^on of Martin Whcelock, 
was born in 1825, in C'-nw.-iy. and died at 
Wendell, .Mas-achusetts. in .\ugu-t. 1903. He 
was educated in th.e public sch.nols of his native 
town, and learned the trade of stone cutter. 
He followed his trade at Northfield, Massa- 
chusetts, and vicinit}-. He had previously 
worked in a piano factors at Erving and in 
a chair factory at (jardner. In politics he was 
a R.'publican. He married (3Iive ^L (Wheeler) 
Quinn. widow of John Quinn ; she was born 
at Westmoreland. New Hampshire, in 1820, 
and died at Wendell, in 1S78, on the home- 
stead of the Whcelock family, formerly the 
Switzer place. Children by John Quinn, her 
first husbanil: i. Albion Ouinn, a mariner, 
always known as Albion Wheelock. 2. Sarah 
S. Quinn, died at New Salem, Massachusetts, 
in 1911; married II. LJ. Potter, of Erving, a 
soldier in the civil war. now retired from busi- 
ness, and living at Xew Salem. Children of 
Dexter and Olive M. \VheeIock : i. Charles T., 
born 1850, died in New York state in 1901 ; a 
musician; married (first) Eva Hardy, of Weld, 
Maine; (second) Minnie C). Sargent, of Diun- 
merston. \'ermont. 2. Elizabeth Mehitable, 
born 1852 (Gardner records give date of birth 
of Mehitable Elizabeth as January 30, 1848, 
at Ro3'alslon). resides in Athol. Massachusetts; 
married Horace Andrews, of Xew Salem, 
Masachusetts (deceased ) ; married (second) 
.Augustus Haskell, who died at .Athol. a saw- 
yer. 3. Nellie Maria, born in 1S54. resides at 
Gill. Massachusetts ; married Wallace Morgan, 
of Northfield Farms, Massachusetts. 4. \Vil- 
liain W., born 1S56; resides in Farley. ^lassa- 
chusetts, a stone-cutter ; married Ida Death 
(now spelled Dearth). 5. Etta F., born 1858; 
married Charles O. "^'oung, of Gardner, now 
of Orange. Massachusetts. 6. Henry M.. mcn- 
tioi'td below. 

(Xi Henrv M.. son of Dexter Whcelock. 
was born in b'rving, Massachusetts, November 
i'>. i8fiO. His parents went to Gardner when 
he was two years old. and there he attended 
the public schools. He went to work on a 
farm at Northfield at the age of thirteen years 
and continued until 1877. He then went to 
WendclL where his father had bought a farm, 
and worked with his father tliere until 1SS3. 
Returning to Gardner, he was employed in a 
chair factorv until 1888. when he went to 

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Diimiiicrston, \'criiioiit, to work in a carriage 
painting shop. Afterward he became a car- 
riage painter at Dunimersfun on iiis own 
account. He also had charge of the property 
of his brother, Charles T. Wheclock. In 1906 
he removed to l'>rattleboro, where he has since 
hail a carriage painting shoj) on Mat street. 
In politics he is a Republican. He is a member 
of Painters Union No. 123, of Rrattleboro, and 
is at present its vice-president. He is a ser- 
geant of the First Regiment ]^>and. Wrniont 
National Guard. 

He married, June 19, 1907, in Greenfield, 
Massachusetts, Laui'a F. (ITunter") Brizzee, 
born at Xorthficld, A'ermont. She i-- a mem- 
ber of the New England C)rder of Pioteclion, 
of Orange, Massachusetts. She is a daughter 
of John Hunter, of Duxbury, \'erniont, who 
was a soldier in the civil war and lost an arm 
in the service. Both he and his wife Try- 
plienia are deceased, yirs. Wheelock married 
(first) Austin A. Brizzee, of Orange, a niachin- 
ist. By her first husband she had one eliild, 
William L. Brizzee, a telephone employee, now 
living in ]\U. \'ernon. flenry IVI. \Vhcelock 
married (first) Eliza .-\. Dodwell, of Gardner, 
and had one child, 01i\e \'ivian, who married 
Clarence Eglinton, of Fitcliburg. a whecl- 
wrigiit, now of Rutland, Vermont. 

John Trisli. the immigrant ancestor, 
IRISH was born in England, and lived in 
the parish of Clisdon, county Som- 
erset. He was indentured as an apprentice to 
Timiilhy Hatherly, uf the parish of St. Olaves, 
in Suuthwark, county Surrey, April 10, 1629. 
to go to Plymouth, in New England, and abide- 
with llatherly for five years, having meat, 
drink and lodging, and five pounds a year, and 
at the end of that time twelve bushels of wheat 
and twenty-five acres of land. He settled in 
Du.\bur\-, Massachusetts, wdiere he was a 
planter. He was a legatee in the will of Henry 
Wallis. He was a volunteer in the Pequot 
war in 1637, and was on the list of those able 
to bear arms in 1643. In i6-)3 he had land 
granted to him. He had a son John, men- 
tioned below, and also a son Elias. 

(II) John (2), son of John (i) Irish, was 
born in 1641-45. and died February 21, 1717. 
He was a carpenter by trade, and hved at Dun- 
bury. then at Little Compton, Rhode Island, 
where in 167S he was town constable. He 

married, in 1672. ?~lizabeth , who died 

March 8. 1707. He married (second) in May, 
1708, Priscilla, widow of Samuel Talbtit. and 
daughter of Edward and Mary (Peabody) 
Southworth. His widow died June 11. 1722. 
Children: David. b(irn 1673: Elizabeth. Febru- 
ary i')74, died young: Jonathan, mentioned be- 

low : Joaima. June 6, 1681 ; Sarah, Januaiy, 
1684 ; Priscilla. April 30, 16S6; Elizabeth, .\u.! 
gust 28. 1687 ; Jedediah, October 7, 168S ; Con- 
tent, September, lUji ; Mary, April 9, Kaj^; 
John. May i, ifxjg. 

(HJ) Jonathan, son of John (2) Irish, was 
born June 6, 167S, at Little Comjiton, Rhode 
Island, and died there in 1732. His wife Marv 
also died in 1732. He owned land at Little 
Compton and Tiverton, Rhode Island, as 
shown by inventory of his estate. Children, 
born at Little Compton: Susan. 1703, died 
April 18, 1729; Samuel, aged over fourteen 
in 1732, wdien his mother was apjjointed his 
guardian and also as guardian of the other 
children. Jesse, Hannah and Mary; Priscilla, 
about 1707: Jesse, mentioned below; ]\Iary, 
May 4, 1709. died April 30, 1756: Anna. 1713; 
Hannah, 1719. 

(I\') Jesse, son of Jonathan Irish, was born 
about 1709-12. His mother w'as appointed his 
guardian on his nomination in 1732. The 
town records of Tiverton give his birth as 
September 26. 17 12. He married, at Little 
Compton (intention dated March 2, 1738), 
Mary Albee. He settled in Nine Partners, 
New ^'ork. with other Rhode Island men, and 
went from that town in 1768 with seven sons 
to Danby, Vermont, of which he was a promi- 
nent pioneer. He lived there the rest of his 
life. His farm is now known as the Nelson 
Colvin place. According to the first federal 
census, taken in 1790, there were in Danby re- 
ported as heads of families: Jesse. Jesse Jr., 
David. David Jr.. Jonathan. Jonathan Jr., Gid- 
eon, Joseph and .\bel. These were the sons and 
grandsons of Jesse. 

(V) Peter, son of Jesse Irish, was born 
about 1740. He was collector of taxes in 
Danby in 1769. 

(\TI) John Irish, son or nephew of l^eter 
Irish, was born about 1775. He was twice 
married. He lived in Colchester, \'ermont. 

Children by first wife: Eliza, married 

Ray ; Alonzo. mentioned below ; Thankful, 
married Nelson Lasell. Children by second 
wife: .\lansoti. renK)ved t" Illinois; John, was 
killed at West ford, \'ermont: James, settled 
at North Adams. Massachusetts : Lucius, set- 
tled in Adams, Massachusetts: \\'^allace. went 
west : Ellis, died young; four daughters, all of 
whom married. 

(\'l) .-\lonzo, grandson or great-grandson 
of Jesse Irish, was born in Colchester, \"er- 
mont. in 1808, and died there about 1898. at 
the age of ninetv years. He was educated in 
the common schools of his native town, and 
followed farming there all his active life. In 
earlv life he was a Democrat in politics, after- 
ward a Republican from the tiine of the civil 



„.,r. In rclif^ioii he was a Congrcgatioiialist, 
.,,i,l d pious and fniihful church member, lie 
,;,.irrii'd J'etscy Fisher, who was born at or 
near Colchester, and (Hed there in 1876. Chil- 
clnti, all born in Colchester: i. Calvin Alonzo, 
iiiL-ntioned below. 2. Josephine, married Ed- 
ward Brownell, a farmer, of Co'chester (de- 
ccascdj. 3. Chloc, of Jericho, Vermont ; mar- 
licd Jedediah Irish, of Underbill, \'ermont, 
where he was a farmer; retired and lived at 
Kriclio. 4. Eliza, d'cd when a young Vvonian. 
'5. Juliet, died when a young woman. 6. lleniy, 
resides at Colchester. 7. Henrietta, died in 
Connecticut; married Henry Stanley. 8. Ilor- 
,icc, served through the civil war in Company 
!., I'^irst \'ermont Ca\-alry, with iiis brother 
Calvin, and was twice taken jirisoncr ; now 
living in the Soldiers' Home, IJennington, \ cr- 

(\ 11) CaKin Alonzo, son of Alonzo Irish, 
was born in Colchester, X'crmont, August 4, 
icS^o. He is now living at Xorthfield, Massa- 
chusetts. He received his early education in 
the public schools of his native town and at 
the St. Albans Academy. He learned the trade 
of carpenter and joiner, and followed his 
trade in Colchester, Rochester, \'ermont, and 
in Cdiio. He was also an iron molder and 
(iwned a foundry in Rochester in partner^hip 
with John Dunbar, his brother-in-law. Sev- 
eral years ago he retireil fron.i pctive business. 
He was a soldier in the civil war, enlisting Au- 
gust 16, 1862, in Company L, First \'ermont 
Cavalry, and remained in the service to the end 
of the war. He was wounded in the head by 
a minic ball at the battle of Getlysbnrg. He 
took part in many other important engage- 
ments. He is a member of Henry H. Johnson 
Post, Grand .Army of the Re{)ublic, Xorthfield. 
Massachusetts. He married (first) Loretta 
M. (Fowler) Wood, widow of Frank A. 
Wood. He married (second) Lucinda M. 
Fowler, who was born at Colchester. Febru- 
ary 17, 1849. flaughter of Joshua and 

("Atwood) Fowler. She is a member of the 
Congregational church. Her father was a 
farmer of Colchester, p.oth parents are de- 
ceased. Children of Calvin Alonzo Irish by 
first wife : Clinton, died young; George Calvin, 
resides in Poston. Children by second wife: 
I. .-\lbert Henry, born Mav 7. i8'''8: is ein- 
ployerl in a li\'ery stable in Xorthfield; mar- 
ried Xellie Finn, of Randolph. X^ermont. 2. 
Bessie Eda, born August 27, 1870: married 
William Severance, of Colchester, a teamster, 
now living in X'^orthfield. 3. Wesley Martin, 
mentioned below. 4. Fred .^twond, born Octo- 
ber 2. 1875: employed in furniture business at 
Xorthfield : married Aimie M. I larvey, of War- 
wick. Massachusetts. 

(IX) Wesley Martin, son of Calvin Alonzo 

Iri^-h, was liorn at Rochester, Vermont, April 
17, 187-'. He attended the public schools 
in his native town until he was eleven years 
old. when his parents moved to Ijethel, \'cr- 
mont, on a farm, and later removed to W ar- 
wick. Massachusetts, where he continued in the 
public schools and high school. Afterward he 
was for a time a clerk in a store at Xorthfield, 
and he worked also at farming and trucking. 
From 1892 to 1S94 he was employed in the 
manufacture of boxes at Warwick. During 
the following )ear he was employed by his 
brother George on his farm at Xorthfield, and 
as driver of his meat and provision wagon. 
His c.x[)ericncc when a young man was varied. 
He was clerk in a store, and for more than a 
year janitor of Tremont Temijle. He returned 
to Xorthfield and was for six years a clerk 
in the store of Robbins & I'X'ans, general mer- 
chants. He was in business afterward for a 
time as a fish dealer in Xorthfield. He cmie 
to l>rattleboro, January 18, i<;»o8, and after 
working a year as clerk in a store there, he 
bought a milk route which he conducted for 
another year. During the following year he 
w'orked at the carpenter's trade in Brattleboro. 
In October. 191 1, he established his present 
business. He lias one of the largest and most 
successful trucking concerns in Brattleboro. 
His wide acquaintance and experience in busi- 
ness, his energy and enterprise, won for him a 
tlourishing business from the begiiming. In 
politics ^Ir. Irish is a Progressive, formerly a 
Republican. He is a member of Rollin C. 
Ward Camp, Sons of \'eterans, of Xorthfield, 
and of the Congregational chuich. 

He married, June 11, 1902, at \'ernon, Xew 
York. Elizabeth Florence Comstock, born in 
Xew York City. Xovembcr 22. 1873. In 1878, 
when she was five years old. she was adoi)ted 
by Mr. and Mrs. James V. Comstock, of \'er- 
non, Xew York, he a farmer, now retired, 
living in \'ernon. Xew York. She was edu- 
cated in the public schools, graduate of the 
high school, and later attended Xorthfield 
Seminary, and is a member of the Congrega- 
tional church of Brattleboro and of the Aux- 
iliar\ of the Sons of X'eterans. Children of 
Mr. and Mrs. Irish: James Calvin, born July 
31, 1903. in Xorthfield; Ethel Mae. March 14. 

John Lynch, descendant of an 
L"\'XCH ancient and distinguished Irish 

family, was born in county Cork. 
Ireland, in 1839. and died in St. Johnsbury. 
Vermont, in icjor. He received his early edu- 
cation in his native parish and came at the age 
of fifteen to thi- country. With him came two 
sisters, two brothers, and their mother, all of 
whom eventually settled in St. Johnsbury, \'er- 



iiicni'i. I*"or many Ntar-i lie was a farmer at 
Stmth \\ lifclock, X'ermont. In iSoo he nAd 
his farm and removed to St. Johnsbury, where 
he houglit a house and mnde liis home chuing 
his last years. In jjolitics he was a Democrat, 
influential in iii> party and prominent in ])ul)Iic 
aflairs. In religion he was a communicant of 
the Roman Catholic cluirch. iie married Alary 
Cronin, who was born in comity Cork, Ireland, 
in 1841, died at St. Johnsbnry. \ ermonl, in 
1902, of typl'.oid fever, a dau^liter of Richard 
Cronin, who was born in county Coik, and 
died there in 188S, aged abmit sevent} li\e 
years, a miller by trade. Children of John and 
]\I;iry (Cronin) L)nch: i. \\'il'iam, resides in 
lioston ; assistant snjierinteiidci;! of construc- 
tion of Boston I'ire Department ; married Delia 
Joy, who was born in Ireland. 2. Rev. J. A., 
a ]-)riest of the Roman Catholic church at I'itls- 
ford Mills, X'cimont. 3. Michael, died young. 
at South Wheelock. 4-5-6. Morris, Mary and 
Bridget, all died young, at South Wiieelock. 
7. Edward Richard, mentioned below. 8. 
Mar\-. flied at St. Johnsbury. \'crniont. May 
29, 1913; married Charles Afctlijvern, of St. 
Johnsbury, a ]jlumber, in the eir.iiloy of Charles 

(II) Dr. Edward Richard I.Micli, son of 
John Lyncii, was born Scptembei 3, 1S70, at 
South Wheelock, Vermont. He attended the 
district schools of his native town and the 
Green Mcmnt-iin Seminary at W'aterbury Cen- 
ter, \'ermont. where he took a business course. 
He then entered the Lyndon Institute, from 
which he was graduated in 1891. For two 
years he was a student in the L'ni\-ersity of 
Vermont. During the ne.xt year he was a 
student in the College of f'hysicians and Sur- 
geons, of Piostdii, no\V of Tufts College, and 
in the following year at the Baltimore Medical 
College, from wdiich he was graduated in iS'')6 
with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. lie 
paid for his own education, earning his way in 
various employments. He took a post-grad- 
uate course in the Harvard Medical School 
under Dr. Morris Richardson and Profcs.sor 
Piurrill. In tSoo he was an interne in the 
Ni>rth End Hospital and Dispensary of Bos- 
ton, for si.K months, and the Massachusetts 
General Hospital of Boston for six months. 
He came to Brattleboro. Februarv 14, iSi>S, 
and has been in grtieral practice there to the 
present time, making a s]iecialiy of surgery. 
He has since taken a special course in his sjie- 
cialty at Johns Hopkins I'liiversity, under Pro- 
fessor Liedman He has been visiting surgeon 
at the Farren Memorial Hospital, Montague 
City, for the ])ast ten years. He was in charge 
of the Hemrose Hospital at West 
\'ermnnt, for four years, and he resigned nn 
account of ill health following an attack of 

pneumonia, and to restore his health touk :,•■. 
automobile trip to California, going theni\- i 
steamer to Seattle, thence to Nome, Ahi4. 
visiting all the points of interest on the w.r. 
His practice is extensive. He has been c;d!..; 
to cases in Canada, Springfield, Massaciu!^ell-, 
Boston. I'rovidencc, Rhode Island, and in 
\side field in \'ermont and New;iri-, 
In politics he is a Democrat, and he has Ihi r, 
twice the eandirlate of his piaity for the siaie 
legislature. His ]iarty is in a hopeless niuidr- 
ity, but four years ago, when he was a caiMJi- 
date for first selectman, he was defeated le, 
-Mr. Stafford by only twenty-se\-en votes. He 
is a communicant of the Roman Catliohc 
cluirch; a member of Pocahontas Tribe, Im- 
]iroved (Jrder of Red Men, of lirattleboro. and 
of tlie Uniformed Rank; member of the New- 
England C)rder of Protection, of wdiich he has 
been grand warden, and on several occasirms 
a delegate to the grand lodge; member of tlie 
L'nited Order of Workman, of Brattleboro; of 
the Modern Woodmen of America, of the 
Catholic Order of Foresters, and of the Benev- 
olent and Protective Order of Elks, of Kccne, 
New- Hampshire; and of the Verniont Wheel 
Club. He is also a member of various medical 
societies. His chief recreation is hunting, and 
he has many trophies of hunting trips in the 
Maine woods. 

He married, June 23, 1S95, in Boston, Mas- 
sachusetts, Georgianna Moran. who was born 
in Londonderry, Nova Scotia, a daughter of 
James and Mary Moran. Her father was 
superintendent of the niolding department of 
the Londonderry iron iiiincs. Her mother is 
still living in Londonderry. Children of Dr. 
and Mrs. Lynch : Pldw-ard Byron, born at 
Brattleboro, November 30, 1899; George Ham- 
ilton, at Brattleboro, December 30, 1902. 

The Patterson family is of 
PATTERSON English ancestry. 'Ansel 
Patterson was a soldier 
from Connecticut in the revolution, in Captain 
Robertson's company, enlisting January i. 
1 781, for three years. He served in the 
Fourth Connecticut Regiment, Colonel Zebulon 
Butler, 1781-83. In tlie census of 1790 rone 
of tlie name is found. 

(I) Ansel (2I. doubtless son of .Xnscl (1) 
Patterson, mentioned aboxe. w-as (irobably 
born in Windham county. Connecticut. _ He 
settled at T^eru. Ginton county. New- York, 
and married (second") Polly Hamblin. 

(in Dr. Tames Hervev Patterson, only 
child of Ansel (2) and Polly (Hamblin) Pat- 
terson, was born at Peru. March 10. 1810. 
He was a prominent Methodist minister, and 
preached at Corinth, Vermont, and elsewhere 
in that state, until his voice failed, when he 





stn<licil iiK-iJicinc and became a physician. He 
liveJ at Glens I'alls, Xew Ycnk, where he died 
IKceniber 24, 1873. He married (first) Ruth 
Xi.urse, (second) Fidelia Howes (see lUakei, 
.i,iiiL;liler of George Anson and Susanna 
I I'.lake) Howes. Children: i. Dr. J. Franklin, 
bvjrn C^clolicr 2(\ 1840, graduate of Union Col- 
ief.;e, i860, surgeon in civil war; married l-"lora 
.Mien, and died May 5, 1S76. 2. Charles E., 
mentioned below. 3. Caroline, died young. 

(]H) Charles Edward, son of Dr. James 
llervey I'atleison, was born May 3, 1S42, at 
Corinth, \ erniont. Alter a thorough prepara- 
tory course he entered L^nion College and 
graduated witii honor in tlic class of i8'o. of 
which L'nited States Senator Warner Miller 
and 2\cil Gilman, former state superintendent 
of public instruction, were also members. The 
year after his grridualion lie went to Troy and 
began to study law. In May, 1863, three days 
after he came of age, he was admitted to the 
bar. He studied law in the office of Seymour 
& Ingalls, and in the fall of 1SD3 the junior 
nieml)er of the firm, Charles R. Ingalls, was 
elected justice of the supreme court, and I^Ir. 
]''atterson took his place in the law firm under 
the name of .Sc)-iiiour & Patterson. The firm 
continued until the senior partner died in 1867. 
Shortly afterward the firm of Warren iS: Pat- 
terson was formed and continued until 1871, 
when the firm was dissolved and Mr. Patterson 
went to New York City to practice. He was 
a [lartner in the law firm of Treniain, Tyler 
& I'atterson. .After three \ears he returned to 
Troy and resumed his partnership with Mr. 
XN'arren. His energy and ability soon won for 
him a place of distinction in his profession. 
I*"rom 1881 until he retired he was one of the 
foremost attorneys of the state of New York. 
He was the first to argue a case in the court of 
apjicals under the statute of 1S92, providing 
for an apjieal from the decision of a surrogate 
to a trial by jury on the validity of a will, and 
also for an apjieal to the highest court. This 
case was known as the Edward H. Hawke 
case, and was a famous cause. In litigation 
involving matters testamentary he was an 
authority. He was an attorney in many cele- 
brated litigations over wills, such as the Dcn- 
iiin will case, the Ro.xalana Williams will case. 
the Green will case and the Gerald Hull will 
case, in all of which he made a successful ap- 
r>cal to the highest court. He had clients in 
Troy, Albany. New York City, and various 
other sections of the state. He was counsel 
for the United States Life Insurance Company 
of New York. Among his most difficult and 
notable cases were those growing out of the 
mortgage foreclosures upon the Wabash rail- 
road system, in all of which he was successful. 
Another famous case was that of the Balti- 

more Trust and Guaranty Company I's. the 
Richmond Electric Railroad Company, oppos- 
ing a motion for a receiver. He represented 
the railroad coinjjany and won the case against 
an imposing array of lawyers. He retired 
from practice in 11)04. 

The Democratic party to which he had at- 
tached iiim-elf early in life, nominated him for 
congress in 1S7S, when the Greenback ques- 
tion was an issue, and the defection of Demo- 
crats to the Greenback party caused his de- 
feat. In 1880 he was elected to the assembly 
of New York, and he won distinction in the 
legislature. He was reelected by a majority 
of 525 o\er George R. Brown, who wa? the 
nominee of the Republican and I^bor Reform 
parties. He was the Democratic choice for 
speaker, and :m historic contest followed. The 
Tammany Hall Democrats of New York City 
would not \'ote for any candidate without re- 
cei\ing assurances that Mr. Patterson would 
not give. But after a month of balloting, Mr. 
Patterson v,as elected over Thomas R. Alvord. 
Over the stormy session that follov,-ed, Mr. 
Patterson presided with ability, dignity, im- 
[lartiality, and won the approval of men of all 
parties. The resolution of thanks voted by the 
house was far from perfunctory. It was 
drawn and presented by Governor Alvord in 
an exceedingly com[)limentary speech. In addi- 
tion to the resolution the members of the as- 
sembly gave expression to their appreciation 
of Mr. Patterson's service by presenting to 
him a valuable watch and chain as a tangible 
token of their feelings. 

He was a member of the Delta Kappa Ep- 
silnn and the Phi Beta Ka[)pa fraternities, and 
of the Manhattan Club of New York, the 
Albany Club of .Mbany. and the Troy Club of 
Troy, flis office was at 275 Broadway, New 
York, for many years, and at the same time 
he maintained an office at 25 North Pearl 
street, .-\lban\-. the firm being Patterson. Bulke- 
lev K" \'an Kirk, the latter now holding the 
office of justice of the sujireme court of New 

For twenty-five years he was \estryman and 
warden of St. Paul's Protectant Episcopal 
Church of Troy. He died February 21, 1913. 
in .Augusta, Georgia, where he was spending 
the winter. During his last year= he made his 
home in old Bennini;ton. where his widow now 
lives. He married, in 1871, at New York City. 
Fanny Maria Seymour, daughter of David L. 
and ^laria L. fCurtis'l Se>Tnonr. She was 
born in Troy, and educated there in Miss 
Emma \\'iliard's school and in Mrs. Svlvanus 
Read's school in New York City. She is a 
communicant of the Prote'stant Episcopal 
church. She is vice-pre-idcnt of the Emma 
Willard Alumnje Association, and has been 

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president of the Woman's Auxiliary to the 
Board "of Missions of the Diocese of Albany 
for many years, and president of the Yomig 
Women's Christian As'".ociatioii of Troy for 
eleven vears. She has also been vice-president 
of the Samaritan ?Iospital Association of Troy, 
and of the large charitable a-sociation known 
as the Friends of the Sisterhood of St. Paul's 
Church, Troy. Children: i. David L. Sey- 
mour, born April 26, 1872, died March 2, 1893, 
at Thoniasville, Georgia ; he was prepared for 
Yale. 2. Sarah Louise, bcrn in New >'ork ; 
married Lewis N. Hopkins, of Baltimore, 
Maryland ; resides in old Bennington ; has one 
child, Elizabeth Louise Hopkins. 

(Tlie Blake l.iii.^. 

(I) William Blake, the immigrant ancestor, 
was son of William Blake, of Pitiuinster, Eng- 
land, where he was baptized July 10, 1594. 
He married, in Pitminster, September 23, 1617, 
Agnes Band, widow, whose maiden name has 
not been ascertained. Some recent investiga- 
tions, however, suggest that she n;ay have been 
the widow of Richard Band and daughter of 
Hugh Thorne, of Pitminster, baptized Janu- 
ary 12, 1594. In the same parisli in England, 
four of the children of \\'i!liam Blake v.'ere 
baptized, but from 1624 to 1636 his place of 
residence is unknown. It is believed that he 
came to Amc;ica in the fall of 1635 or early in 
1636, and renuiiricd at Dorchester or Roxbury, 
making the acquaintance there of William 
Pynchon and others wlio were considering a 
plan of settlement in the Connecticut valley. 
At any rate he was with Pynchon and his asso- 
ciates on May 14-16, i(')36, when they drew 
up and signed the articles of association at 
Agawam, now Springfield, and he was one of 
five to assign the lots and inanage affairs of the 
colony. He drew land there, but apparently 
decided to return to Dorchester and settle. He 
drew land in South Boston in March. 1637-3S, 
and was made a freeman of tlic colony March 
14, 1638-30- He was a man of integrity and 
ability. He was constable in 1641, selectman 
in 1645-47. and 165: on the committee to build 
the new mceliiig house. In 1656 he was elected 
town clerk and "clerk of the writs for the 
county of Suffolk." and these offices he held 
until within six weeks of his death, which 
occurred October 25. 1663. He v,-as also the 
clerk of the train band. In his will he made a 
bequest for the repairing of the burying 
ground. Soon after his d.ath his widow .\gnes 
removed to Boston, probablv to live with her 
son John, or her only daughter, Anne Leager. 
She died in Dorchester. His estate was ap- 
praised at £224. Children, baptized at Pit- 
minster: John, Sentember 6, 1620: .-Xnne. .Au- 
gust 30, 1618; William, September 6. 1620: 

James, of whom further; also Edward, .-up. 
posed to be the youngest child, died at Milton, 
Massachusetts, September 3, 1692. 

(II) James, son of William Blake, was born 
in Pitminster, England, and baptized April 27, 
1624. He came to New England with his 
father. He married, about 1651, Elizabeth 
Clap, daughter of Deacon Edward and Pru- 
dence (Clap) Clap, who died in Dorchester, 
January 16, 1693-94, in the sixty-first year of 
her age. He married (second) in Rehoboth, 
Septenibci 17, 1695. Elizabeth (Smith) Hunt, 
widow of Peter Hunt, and daughter of Henry 
and Judith Smith, from county Norfolk, Eng- 
land. Mr. Blake lived in the north part of 
Dorchester. His house, built about 1650, was 
of such substantial character that the town 
voted to model the parsonage after it in 1669; 
it remained in the Blake family until 1S25. 
In 1895 it was removed from the original loca- 
tion on Cottage street to Richardson Park, and 
the Dorchester Historical Society secured pos- 
session of it and have fitted it up for their 
purposes. Mr. Blake was a busy man. From 
1658 to 16S5 there is scarcely a year that he 
did not serve the town in some official capacity. 
He was selectman thirteen years, later con- 
stable, deputy lo the general court, clerk of the 
writs, recorder, sergeant of the militia com- 
panv. He was deacon of the Dorchester 
church for fourteen years and ruling elder for 
the same period. He was often called upon 
as administrator and in other capacities in the 
settlement of estates. He died June 2S, 1700, 
leaving a will dated June 26, 1700. His estate 
was appraised at £473. He and his wife are 
buried in the old graveyard in Dorchester, and 
the stones that mark their graves are in excel- 
lent condition. Children: James, mentioned 
below; John, born March 16, 1656-57: Eliza- 
beth, October 3, 1658; Jonathan, July 12, 1660, 
died November 10, 1660; Sarah, February 28, 
1665, died May 22, 1666; Joseph, born Au- 
gust 27, 1667. 

(HI) James (2), son of James (i) Blake, 
was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Au- 
gust 15, 1652, and died October 22, 1732, aged 
eighty years. He married (first) February 6, 
1681, Hannah, daughter of George and Sus- 
annah Macey. of Taunton; she died June I, 
1683, '''?'-''' t\venty-three years. He married 
(second) July 8, 1684, Ruth, born in Hamp- 
ton, New Hampshire. May Q. 1662, daughter 
of Nathaniel and Deborah (Smith) Bachcllor: 
she died in Dorchester. January 11. 1752, aged 
ninety years. There has long been a tradition 
in the family that the first house on Dorches- 
ter Neck, now South Boston, was erected by 
James Blake. An investigation made a few 
years ago brought to ligh.t evidence that Cap- 
tain James Foster had a dwelling there as early 



^, lOTO, but iJhike's house was without doubt 
li.c >cc()n(l built on tlie peninsula, aboiit 1681. 

Miliuiigli isolated from the village of Dorches- 
ter, the iiouse was beautifully siiuatetl to coni- 
ir..ii;i! a view of the harbor and shore. It was 

,;> tlu" ruad to Castle William, later l-'ort lade- 
[(.ndeiice, and at times it became a sort of 
li()u>e of entertainment for the English officers 
.,t the fort. His new house was almost entirely 
ijt.stroyed by the British troops, February 13. 

1-7O. Mr. lUakt was a farmer. He was dea- 
con of the Dorchester church, for twemy-thrce 
years. He died October 22, 17.12. Children: 
ilannali, born September 16, 1685, died Oclo- 
her 2, 16S6; Ja'iies, born April 29, iC>SS; In- 
crease, mentioned below. 

(I\^) Increase, son of Deacon James (2) 
Hlakc, was born at Dorchester, Massachusetts, 
[unc 8, 1699. He married, in Boston, July 
23, 1724, Anne, daughter of Edward and Sus- 
aiuia (Harrison) Gray, she was born in Bos- 
ton, Alarch ]6, 1704-05, and died there June 
20, 1651. i\Ir. Gray was a rope-maker and be- 
came wealthy. One of his sons, Harrison 
Gray, was p>rominent in public life, and treas- 
urer of the province. Another, Rev. Ellis 
Gray, was pastor of the Second Church in 
Boston, and th.cse names. Ellis and H:irrison 
Gray, have been retained among the descend- 
ants of their sifter even to the present penera- 
tinn. Increase Blake shared with his only 
brother James in his father's estate in 1732, 
but soon afterwards sold all his share of the 
real estate. He resided in Boston, where his 
si.xtecn children were born, probably in the 
vicinity of Milk and D.'.ttcrymarch streets. He 
was a tin plate worker, and his trade was fol- 
lowed by several of his sons and grandsons. 
He did not appear in public life as much r^s his 
brotlier. He was an inn-holder on Merchants' 
Row in 1740. From 1734 to 1748 he was 
Sealer of weights and measures, an office ap- 
profiriately connected with liis trade. In 1737 
he leased of tlie town of Boston one of the 
shops at the town dock at an annual rental of 
£30, and in 1744 requested a renewal. He died 
pri.b:ibly in 1770. It is stated that he was bur- 
ied in the Gray and Blake tomb, No. 74. at 
the Granary burying ground. Children : Ann, 
born May 8, 1725; Increase, mentioned below; 
Edward, born June 9. 1728; James, born 
March 20, 1730 ; Harrison, born September 
10, 1731 ; William, September 14, 1732; Han- 
nah. September 9, 1733; Susannah. October 
14. 1734: John. June 22. I73''>; Thoma>. Janu- 
ary 14. 1737-38; Benjamin', May 9, 1739; Jo- 
sei)h, July 3. 1740; Nathaniel. September 28. 
1741. flied October 15. 1741 : Ellis Gray, born 
Sefitcmber 9. 1743 ; Mary. Augu'^t 17, 1745; 
Sarah. August iS, 1746. 

(V) Increase (2), son of Increase (i) 

Blake, was born m Boston, October 28, 1726, 
and married there, A[)ril 18, 1754, Anne, 
daughter of Thomas and .Anne (White) Crafts, 
who was born in Boston, January 10, 1734, 
and died ^larch 21, 1762, aged twenty-eight 
years. A few years ago a gravestone in- 
scribed with her name and date of death was 
found on Boston Common. He married (sec- 
ond) December 7, 1702, Elizalieth, daughter of 
Ebcnezer and Mary Bridge, born Ajjril 2, 1732 ; 
she died of smallpox in Worcester, Massachu- 
setts, November 22, 1792, aged sixty-one years, 
and was buried in a pasture in the northern 
part of the city, near what is n^jw Nelson 
place. An obituary notice in 'flic Sp\' of De- 
cember, 1792, refers to lier as "one of the 
noblest women earth was ever blessed with. 
.A living Christian." 

Mr. Blake was a tin plate worker in Boston, 
having a sho]) on King (now State) street, 
near the old state house. He is said to have 
supplied the Provincial troops with canteens, 
cartridge boxes and the like, but refusing to 
make them for the British troops, was driven 
from town. His wife was equally patriotic. 
Her Bible, which is in possession of IMrs. E. 
A. Knowlton. of Rochester, Minnesota, gives 
evidence of an encounter she had with a Brit- 
ish soldier. One day, when sitting in front 
of her door reading the Bible, she was asked 
by a British soldier as he passed, what she was 
reading. She replied, "the story of the cross," 
upon which he answered that he would fix her 
Bible so she would always remember the cross, 
and with his sword he made a deep cut across 
th.e page through many leaves. The story has 
many forms as it was handed down, but the 
Bible, the cut. and the sword of the British 
soldier, are undoubted realities. When forced 
to leave Boston, just after the battle of Bimker 
Hill, he removed his wife and seven children 
to Worcester, sacrificing nearly all of his Bos- 
ton property. He opened his shop in Worces- 
ter at Lincoln Square and workefl at his trade. 
In 17S0 and for a number of years he was 
jailor, or gaoler. He died in Worcester, Feb- 
ruary 28, 1795. His estate was appraised for 
£42. and proved to be insolvent. The claims 
amounted to $91.49, the net assets were only 
eleven shillings, si.x and a half pence, $1.92, to 
be divided. Twelve of his children were born in 
Boston, the thirteenth at Worcester. Children 
bv first wife: Anne, born August 9, 1755, died 
December 6, 1760: Thomas, born December 
20. iJyK die I in infancy: William, born Msrch 
12, 1758. died September 7, 1759: Elizabeth, 
died March 7, 17^0; James, died January 22, 
I7ri2; James, born January 20. I7(')2. Chil- 
dren c>f second wife: Mary, born November 3, 
1763; Pcrsis, March 31. 1765: Thomas Dawes. 
Octol>er 23, 176S; F.bcnezer. May 31, 177:, 



supposed to have been lost at sea ; Sarah, No- 
vember J5, 1772; Susanna, mentioned below; 
Dorothy, Jun.- 15, 1781, in W'oreester, no fur- 
ther record of her. 

(\'Jj Susanna, daughter of Increase Blake, 
was born April 4, 1774, in Huston; married, 
August 3. iHoo, George Anson Howes, sou of 
Zachariah and Alice (Moutton) Howes, born 
at Windham, Connecticut, March 8. 1781. 
The)- lived at \\'indhani and at Chelsea, \'er- 
moiit, v.hcre he died Scptemlicr i_s, if^-':^7, and 
she died July 6, 1859. Children: Amelia, born 
December 4, iSoo, married William I'.ailey ; 
George A., November 10, iSci2, 01 Chelsea; 
Increase Blake. September IQ, 1S06; Fiilelia 
Howes, December 11, 1S09, married Dr. James 
H. Patterson (see Patterson) ; Charles, March 
17, 1813, at Washington, \'ermont, married 
Martha Foggett. 

Ebenezer Sparks was a soldier 
SPARKS in the revolution, from Alhol, 
Massachusetts. The vital rec- 
ords of the town give no information about 
him or his family, and he left no trace in the 
records of Worcester county. Judging from 
the evidence of the records, he was an immi- 
grant. Curiously enough, he lived near the 
Sparhawk family of Templeton, Worcester 
co-uity, and Eb^.ne/.er Sparliawk, of Temple- 
ton, nearly the same :ge of L.benezer Sparks, 
settled in Vermont. Considerable research 
was necessary to prove that Ebenezer Sparks, 
of \\'ardsboro, \'ermont, and Athol. was not 
the same man as Ebenezer Sparliawlc. of 
Templeton and Rochester, Windsor county, 

Ebenezer Sparks was a soldier in the revolu- 
tion, enlisting June 12, 1781, giving his age as 
twenty-four years, height five feet ten inches, 
complc.vion dark, occupation farmer. He was 
engaged for the town of Athol, but may not 
have been an actual resident. He was also in 
Captain Lebbeus Drew's company. Colonel 
William Shepard's regiment. Asa Sparks was 
in the revolution from Berkshire county; 
Henry Sparks from Hancock, New Hamp- 
shire — they may have been brothers. Stephen 
Sparks, of Clarendon, \'ermont. was also in 
the revolution. Ebenezer Sparks settled in 
Ward.slioro. in that part which is now the town 
of Dover. The first marriage in the town of 
Dover was that of Ebenezer Sparks to Mar- 
garet Eove. in 1782, by Rev. He/^ekiah Taylor, 
of New fane. It is related that tlie clergyman 
was wont to rise on tiptoe, and for emphasis 
come down on his heels. He was so enirihatic 
in his prayer at the wedding that the floor 
gave way and precipitated the entire wedding 
party into the cellar. Ebenezer was a freeman 

of Wardsboro in 1796. In 1790, according to 
the first federal census, Ebenezer Sparks had 
in his family one male over sixteen, four under 
that age, and four fe;nales. The census shows 
that the family was not numerous in 1790. The 
names of but three of the children are known 
to the writer. Jolm Sparks, the third son of 
Ebenezer, of Dover, X'ermont, was born at 
Wardsboro. November 25, 1790. He was a 
soldier in the war of 1812; he came to North 
Brookiield, Massachusetts, in March, 1833, 
and died there September 5, 1840; married 
(first) February 17, 1820, Louisa Rawson, of 
Dover, born there, died September 20, 1S27; 
married (second) October 30, 1828, Hannah 
R. I'oster, of Barre. New York, died at North 
Brookfield, February 6, 1S36; married (third) 
August 30, 1836, the widow of Deacon Josejih 
.-\. Aloore; children: Henry H., born. Novem- 
ber 15, 1820; -Mary Jane, July 8, 1S25. The 
second child born in Dover was Sarah, daugh- 
ter of Ebenezer and Margaret, September 29, 
1792 ; she married Aaron Wood and William 
Bugbee. Thomas, another son of Ebenezer, 
is mentioned below. 

( II ) Thomas, son of Ebenezer Sparks, was 
born at Dover, \'ermont, January 12, 1800, 
and died there in 1866. He was a farmer in 
his native town all his active life. In early 
life lie was a Whig, later a Republican. He 
married Patty Robbins. w ho was born October 

3, 1804, at Newfane, X'ermont, died at Dover, 
February 2j, 1843. Children^ all born in 
Dover: i. Charles E., mentioned below. 2. 
Martha C. Ajiril 30. 1825, died in April. 1884, 
at Staten Island; married (first) - — - — • 
Bo wen : (second) \\'illiam Keeler. 3. Eben- 
ezer M., born .August 12, 1827, died in Cali- 
fornia, whither he went in 1849, seeking gold. 

4. Thomas Manning, born December 11. 1831, 
died February 19, 1832. 5. Thoinas Morti- 
mer, born February 25, 1834. removed to Cali- 
fornia, in 1854. 6. Sarah Malvina. bom De- 
cember 23. 1S36: married Wilson, and 

they went to California in the fifties. 7. John 
Manning, bora October 2C), 1839. died recently 
in California, where he located in the pioneer 

(Ill) Charles E.. son of Thomas Sparks. 
was born at Dover. \'ermont, November 13, 
1823, and died at South Newfane. December 
26. 1899. He came to South Newfane when 
he was about twenty-three years old. and fol- 
lowed farming there the rest of his life. He 
was active in politics, originally as a Whig, 
later as a Rei>ublican. He was selectman for 
many years and lister, anfl represented the 
town for two years in the state legislature. 
He married Irene W. Ingram, who was born 
at Newfane. \'ermont, October 2S. 1828. died 



\!.ircli 2, iQi-. ^t Brattlcl)oro, daughter of Ira 
i;r'r;ini (b^ee Ingram). Children: i. Ikrbert 
I ; :irl<js. mentioned below. 2. Ilarland \i., 
U.rn in South Newfano, Ai)ril 22, 1S5J. inar- 
ned Kate Sautell, and .settled in South. New- 
;,iiic fin a farm. 

(l\'j ] lerhert Charles, son of Charles E. 
.--jiarks, was horn at De>ver, X'ennont, August 
11, 1S47. He was educated in the pi;blic 
-eliools there. At the f ge of seventeen he be- 
^■;:ii life as a farmer in Newtane and contini:etl 
until lyCK), when he remove! to P.rati'ebnro, 
,iiid since then has followed the trade of car- 
1, enter. He was an active and useful citizen 
of Xcwiane, a selectman there for five \ears. 
in politics he is a Republican. He married. 
February 9, 1S70. in Bellows Falls. \'ermont. 
I'.nima S. Lamb, who was born at Newfanc, 
Sei'temher 7, 1S45, daughter of Charles P. and 
Margaret Ann (Brown) Lamb (both de- 
ota-ed). Her father was a farmer. Ciiiklren. 
all liorn in Xewfane: I. Dr. ]-~rnest E., born 
March 31, iS/3: luarried Myrtle Breckinri !gc. 
of Burlington, n'jw of Cocliituate, Massachu- 
setts, where he is practicing medicine. 2. Flor- 
ence M.. born March ig, 1877: resides in New 
York Citv, stenographer for Dclaval Separator 
Companv. ;•;. William Keeler, mentioned l"ie- 
Unv. 4. Herbert Charles Jr.. born February 
24. 18S4: married Iva A. Mundec, of New- 
fane; they reside at B>rattleboro. where lie is 
employed by his brother. 

( \' ) William Keeler, son of Herbert Charles 
Sparks, was born at Newfane. January 8, 18S1. 
He atteuiled the public schools and graduated 
from Goddard Seminary at B.arre. \'ermont, in 
the class of 1902. For three years he was a 
clerk- in the g.ocery store of F. C. Clark in 
Brattleboro. He and his brother Fierbert 
Sparks bought the Juntley Laundry at 10 I'lat 
street. In 1908 he bought the interests of his 
partner and has continued the business alone. 
Pie has the largest and finest laundry in P.rattle- 
boro. In politics lie is a Republican. He is a 
member of Wyantastique Lodge, No. 5, and of 
Oasis Encampment. No. 5, Iiidependcnt Carder 
of Odd Fellows, of Brattleboro: of Brattle- 
boro Lcidge, Xo. 102, Free Masons: Fort Dum- 
nier Chapter. Royal .-Xrch Masons, of Brattle- 
boro : and the I'lrattleboro Boarrl of Trade. 

He married, October 28, 1909. at P.rattle- 
boro, Alice Ella Holden, who was born at 
Wardsboro, April 19, 1882. and graduated 
from the Brattleboro high school in the class 
of 1902. She is a daughter of Lyman E. 
Holden, a lumber dealer in Brattleboro. and 
Ella (Kidder), who died in Wardsboro. Mrs. 
Sparks is a member of the Congregational 
church. Mr. and Mrs. Sparks have one child. 
Helene May, born Octoi'cr 24. 1910. 

(Tlif Insrain i.ine). 

The English ancestry of tlie Ingram or In- 
graham family has been traced. Randolph, 
son of Ingei'ram or -IngVam, was sherilT of 
Nottingham and Derby in the reign of Henry 
II., 1 133-1 189. Fie had two sons, Robert and 

Robert Ingram, knight, son of Randolph, 
was of such importance in tF.e reign of Flenry 
II. that the I'rior and Convent of Lenton 
granted to him a yearly rent out of their lands 
in Shaynton and Nottingham in recognition of 
his military service in their defence. His arms 
are painted in Feniple Newsham, or NewMam, 
FZnglantl, an immense estate, six miles long 
and four in width, about five nn'les from Leeds. 
It is now called the Ingram estate. It was a 
settlement of Knights Templar in the twelfth 
and thirteenth centuries. After their disper- 
sion it was granted to Sir John Darcy by Ed- 
ward 111., and descended to Sir Thomas Darcy, 
v.l.o was beheaded by Henry \'III. and the 
e-tate forfeited to the crown. In 1534 it was 
granted by Flenry \'I1L to Mathcw, Earl of 
I.ennox, and here was born his son, Flenry 
Darnley. who married Mary, Queen of Scots. 
To tF.e present time, the room in which he was 
born has been preserved intact. 

Sir .Arthur Ingram, born about 1370, mar- 
ried (first) Eleanor, daughter of Sir Henry 
."-^lingsby and (second") Lady Kathcrine, 
daughter of Thomas. Lord \'iscount Fairfax. 
Flenry Ingram, son of .-\rthur, was born about 
1600. married .Anne, daughter of Montacute, 
Earl of Manchester. Arthur, brother of 
Henry, married a daughter c.f Sir John Mal- 
Urv. about if>i5, and the genealogists agree 
that from him was descended the .American 

(I) Richard Ingram, doubtless son of 
.Arthur, cme to .America about 1638 and set- 
tled in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, where he was 
a protr'etor in I''i45. .Some years later he 
move'' tn Northampton. Massachusetts, where 
in 1668, late in life, he married Joan, daugh- 
ter of William Rockwell and widow of Jeffrey 
Baker, of Windsor. Connecticut. He contri- 
buted to the fund for the support of Harvard 
Collesre in i(')72-73. He died in .\ugust. i('>83, 
and his widow died September i('>, 1683. both 
at Northampton. 

(in John, doubtless son of Richard Ingram, 
was born in England, about the time his father 
left that country. He settled 1 first) in Bos- 
ton, tut removed to Hadlcy in 1661 and was 
admitted a freeman in i^/>3. He was in Cap- 
tain Josei'h Kellotrg's c(,impany of Hadlev. 
urtler Cantrdn William Turner, and was in the 
fieht at T\irner's Falls. May 19, ifiT*!. ^ He 
died June 22, 1722. He married. 1664. Flliza- 

I ■ 'i' r.l- 

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both Gardner, daughter of Samuel and Ehza- 
betii Gardner, of Hadley. She died December 
29, 1684. Gliildren: John, born June 2y, iO'j.-j; 
Judiah, August 16, ifj68; Samuel, October 8, 
1O70; Ebenezer, I^'cbruary 3, 1673; Nathaniel, 
mentioned b^'low; Jonathan, i(>70; Elizabeth, 
Al.-iy I, if)79; Abigail, January 12, 1683. 

(Ill) Nathaniel, son of John Ingram, was 
born at Hadley, October 8, 1074. He married, 
October 20, 1696. Esther Smith, who was born 
March 31, 1674. daughter of Ch.ileab and Ilan- 
nali (Plitclicock) Smith. He and his son Na- 
thaniel Ingram hafl a grant of land at South 
Ha'dley, and his homestead was held by the 
Ingram fauiily a hundred and seventy-fiNC 
years. It was sold in the spring of 190.;. Chil- 
dren: Esther, born July 2^, 1697; Elizabeth, 
April 6, 1699; Abigail, August 24, 1700; 
Mercy, April 15, 1702; Ebenezer, Novemtier 
18, 1703; Nathaniel, May 16, 1706; Hannah, 
Ajiril 14, 171 1 ; Jonathan, Jtuie 5, 1713; Sarah, 
October 2, 1717. 

{W ) Jonathan, son of Nathaniel Ingram, 
was born June 5, 1713, at Hadley, and died 
November 12 or 14, 174S. He married, Alay 
18, 1743, ^lary r^Iontague, daughter of John 
Montague, daughter of John iMontaguc Jr. 
Children: Jonathan, mentioned below; John, 
August 9, 1746; Mary, November 21, 174S. 

(V) Jonathan (2}, son of Jonathan (i) 
Ingram, v.-as born Jrmu;iry 5, 1745. He was 
a soldier in the levolution, in Captain Eliakim 
Smith's company, April 20, 1775 ; also in Cap- 
tain Moses Kellogg's company, Colonel Por- 
ter's regiment, in the northern army, in 1777; 
also in Captain Job Alvoid's company, Colonel 
S. Murray's regiment, July to October, 1780 
(vol. \\\\, Mass. Soldiers, etc). Children: 
Jonathan, born April, 1779; Samuel, March, 
1781 ; Son, April 20, 1783; Joanna, baptized 
April 17, 1785; Ira, mentioned below; Elisha, 
baptized April 17, 17S9. 

(VI) Ira, son of Jonathan (2) Ingram, 
was born at Hadley, December 19, i7£-<5, and 
baptized there December 31, 1786. He died 
April 5, i860, at South Newfane, \"ermont. 
He was a farnior and teamster in South Nev,-- 
fane for many years. He was a deacon of the 
Baptist church. He married (first) Sally 
Miller, who was born October 19, 1790, at 
Marlboro, \'ermont, and died September 26, 
1842. Children, all born at South Newfane: i. 
Ornian, born February 20, 1809, died there, 
.April 14, 1S79; married Zippha Timson; was 
a farmer in his native town. 2. Ira, born 
.April 30. i8[i. died March 12, 1876. at Troy, 
New York, a merchant there; married (first) 

Wheelock ; (second) Dorcas ; 

(third) Jeruslia , sister of Dorcas. 3. 

Margaret, born March 29. 1813, died Decem- 
ber 10, 1890. in California; married (first) 

Joshua Rubbins; (second) Asa Mar^h. 4. 
David, August 6, 1815, died May 9, 1817. 5. 
Nelson, November 24, 1817, died at W ards- 
boro, i^larcii, i860, a farmer; married Han- 
nah King. 0. Sarah L., born December 3, 
1819, dieil March 14, 1895, at W'ilmingtcm, 
Vermont; married (first) Alarcus White, 
(second) .Samuel Alay. 7. Mason, March 24, 
1822, died h'ebruary 2, 188S, at Newfane; 
married (first) Catherine iMorse; (second) 
Alarcia Alden; (third) Alma Sweet. 8. Jona- 
than, February 25, 1824, died February 15, 
1825. 9. Mary M., February 25, 1824, died 
March 13, 1899; married (first) Lawson li. 

Alorse; (second) Clark. 10. Jonathan 

M., March 2, 1826, died October 7, 1890, a 
farmer; married Laura King. 11. Irene \\'., 
October 25. 1S28; married Charles E. Sparks 
(see Sparks). 12. Melissa, March 7, 1831, 
died January 6, 1910; married Zena Bailey, a 
farmer. 13. Rhoda S., May 7, 1834, died De- 
cember 12, 1901 ; married Holland Powers, a 

The surname Skinner is like 
SKINNER a large class of English trade 

and business names adopted 
about the twelfth century as family names, 
like butcher, baker, chandler, merchant, 
brewer, etc. Skinner simply means a dealer 
in furs and hides. The Skinners Company, of 
London, received a charter of incorporation 
as early as the reign of Edward III., and has a 
coat-of-arms of ancient date. The families of 
Skinner arc found in all parts of England. 
The Skinners of Le Burtons and Ledbury, 
county Hereford, and descended from Stephen 
Skinner (1557), elder son of Stephen Skinner, 
of county Hereford. Arms: Sable, a chevron 
or between three griffin's heads erased, argent, 
a mullet for difference. Crest: A griffin's head 
erased, argent, holding in the beak a hand, 
couped gules on the bre^t, a mullet for differ- 
ence. A common device in various Skinner 
arms is : Sable, three griffins' heads erased, 
argent. The families at Cowley, Devonshire, 
in London, in county Essex, the Isle of Wight, 
Dewlich, and various other localities, also bear 
arms. Thomas Skinner was lord mayor of 
London in 1 51)6. 

( I ) Sergeant Thomas Skinner, immigrant 
ancestor, was born in 1617, in England, and 
died March 2, 1703-04, in Maiden, Massachu- 
setts. He came from Chichester, county Sus- 
sex, England, bringing with him his wife and 
two fons. He livedi at one time at Subdeanery 
and parish, Chiciiestcr. He was a victualler, 
and Slay 31, t^^j. was licensed to keep an inn 
at Maiden. His house there was situated at 
the southeast corner of Cross and Walnut 
streets. It was given to Skinner's son, .Abra- 



|,.iiii, March 15, 1694-95. He was admitted 
(rccniaii May 18, 1663. He married (firstj in 

|-'.i!,i^!aii(l, Mary , who died April 9, 

11,71 ; (second) Lydia (Shepardson ) Call, 
willow of Thomas Call ; she died December 
i-, 1723, aged eighty-seven years. Ciiildren, 
hurn at Cihichcstcr, England : Thomas, men- 
tioned below; Abraham, baptized in i'allant 
I'arii-h Church, September 29, 1649. 

(jlj Thomas (2 J. son of Thomas (i) Skin- 
ner, was born in Suljdeanery and parish Chi- 
cluster, England, Jul}' 25, 1645. He married 
Mary, daughter of Richard and Mary Pratt, 
of ^falden, county Essex, England. Richard 
i'nUt was baptized there June 29, 1615, and 
died 1691. Deacon I'iiomas fkinner rtnioved 
with his wife, sons Richard, Benjamin, Eben- 
tzer, Xathanicl, and daughter Abigail, to Col- 
chester, Connecticut, where he was one of the 
original proprietors. Ilis name and that of his 
sou Ebenezer frequently appear in the early 
records. He held various town oft'ices and 
served on imi)ortant committees. He and his 
son Henjamin were granted lots January 21, 
1702, arid in May, 1702, he drew his house 
lot. The diary of his son Thomas has been 
])reserved and gives many interesting details 
of family history. All of his children were 
born in Maiden. His wife died March 2<5, 
1704. Children: Mary, born November 3, 
1666; Thomas, mentioned b'iow : Abiah, June 

16, 1671; John, .April 5, 1673; Richard. June 
2. 1675; Joseph, January 13, 1678: Hannah, 
died October 20, 1728; Benjamin, born Janu- 
ary 30, 1681 ; Ebenezer, April 23. 1684; Na- 
thaniel. January 27, 1686; Abigail, I ebruary 

17, 1691. 

(HI) Thomas (3), son of Thotnas (2) 
Skinner, was born November 3, 16(18. He set- 
tied at Norton, Massachusetts, and died there 
Jinie 9, 1757. His will was dated May 19, 
1750. He married, in 1694, Hannah Caq^en- 
ter. Children, born at Norton: Thomns. born 
May 30, i6<;)5 ; Solomon, April 4. 1607 '■ Joseph, 
October 27, 1699; Hannah, May 9, 1702; 
F.sther, February 19, 1704; Mary, October 10, 
1706; Samuel, mentioned below, and ore other. 

(1\') Sanniel, son of Thomas (3) Skinner, 
was born about 1710. in Norton or vicinity. 
He married, March 10. i736>-37, Elizabeth 
(trover. His brother Joseph married. March 
10, 1736-37, Phebe Grover, of the same family, 
at I^yme, Connecticut. Children of Samuel, 
born at Norton : Samuel, born February 2, 
173S: Amos, mentioned below; Elizabeth, 
twin of .\mos. born .\ugust 28, 1739. 

(\') .'Amos, son of Samuel Skinner, was 
horn at Norton, August 2S. 1739. He was a 
soldier in the revolution, in Captain Nehemiah 
I.ovewell's company. Colonel I'eter Olcott's 
regiment, in 1782. He renioved to I.vme, New 

NF.— 19 

Hamijshirc, with others of the family. In 
1790 he was in that town and had according 
to the census of 1790, one male over si.xteen, 
two imder that age, and two females in his 
family. Abel, iiariali, Eijhraim, Jedediah, 
Josejih Jr. also lived in Lyme at that time. 

(\'l) Amos (2), son of Amos (i) Skin- 
ner, was born at Lyme, about 1780. He set- 
tled at Jamaica. X'ermont. and died there. He 
was a shoemaker by trade. He married Lucy 
Crossett, who ;dso died in Jamaica. Children: 

1. E'lnumd, an undertaker, died at Jamaica. 

2. Moses, a carpenter, died at Jamaica. 3. 
Zelotv's. a brick m.i'^on. died at Jamaica; mar- 
ried Alary llddy. 4. lunily, married a Kings- 
Inny : lived and died in Jamaica. 5. Cordelia, 

married Holland, a farmer, and lived 

in Jamaica. 6. Lura, married Kings- 
bury, a farmer, lived and died at Jamaica. 7. 
Jesiah, mentioned below. S. Edson, served in 
civil war, died in Jamaica. 

(AH) Jesiah, son of Amos (2) Skinner, 
was born at Jamaica, \'ermont, 1825, and d:cd 
there in 185 1. He was a shoemaker by trade. 
In religion he was a Baptist. He married 
ICmily Howard, who was born at Jamaica, 
1830. dit.d at Town-hend. A'ermont, 1880. 
Children: Clark Jesiah, mentioned below; 
Laura Zilpha. born at Jam'.ica, 1850. resides 
at Gtiilford, A'ermont, married Jesse \\"ether- 
head, a slater, of Guilford, they have no chil- 

(A III) Clark Jesiah. son of Jesiah Skinner, 
was born at Jamaica, A'ermont, September 30, 
1847, and died at Newfane, December 19, 
1901. He attended the public schools of his 
native town. At the age of eighteen he went 
to New York City, wliere he worked at the 
trade of roofe'r, brick mason and ]>Iasterer. 
Except for fifteen years which he spent in 
Newfane he lived in New A'ork the rest of his 
life. In politics he was a Republican. He 
was a member of a New York City lodge of 
Free Masons. I le married, in New York 
City. August 25, 1870. Rebecca Frame, who 
was born in county Donegal, Ireland, February 
17, 1851, and came to this country with her 
parents when she was eighteer. months old. 
She is a member of Brattleboro Grange, Pat- 
rons of Husbandry. She was a daughter of 
Matthew and Ann CMcGirr) Frame. Her 
fath^^ was born in county Donegal, Ireland, 
in i8a8, and died in New York City. Decem- 
ber 25. 1880: he came to New York in 1852 
and followed his trade as a brick mason ; 
served two years in the Scotch Highlanders in 
the civil war. under General McCIellan. and 
was discharged in 1863 on account of ill 
health; a Re[)ublican in politics: member of 
the Presbyterian church; married Ann Mc- 
Girr. who was born in countv Donegal, Ire- 

,.. - .1 



land, ill iSoG, anJ tlin! in New York City. De- 
cember 19, 1880. Robert Frame, grandfather 
of Mrs. Skir.uer, was born and died in eounty 
Donegal, Ireland, lie was an innkeeper. .\nn 
Mcdirr was a dant;liter of Samuel and Xancy 
(Kincade) McGirr. of county Donei^al. Mc- 
Girr was a farmer. Children of .Matthew 
Frame: 1. Robert, born May u. 1829; married 
Matilda McClintock, in New \'(irk City : he 
died in San Francisco, Calif<rnia: a brick 
mason by tra^le. 2. Matthew, burn jid)' 17, 
1832, dic'l in New Yo:k City in 1874: a marble 
cutter by trade. 3. fluimas. born .\'(uembcr 
29, 1835; married Eliza <if Xew York 
City, died there in 1870: a biick ma-un. 4. 
Mary, bom Marcl; lO. 1837, died in inlaiicy. 
5. Jane Ann, born November i, 183S: married 
John Mc.Adoo, from Califorjiia, resided in San 
Francisco; she died in 1872. (k James .Alex- 
ander, born August 2'), 1841; married Maria 
Mills, from Dublin, Ireland, a contractor and 
builder in New York City. 7. John, born No- 
vember 28, 1843. '^'cd in Xew "^"ork City, lyoo: 
married Delia McCiovcrn, of New 'S'ork ; he 
was a contractor and buil 'er. 8. Mary, born 
May II, 1846, resides at Moinit Vernon. Xew 
York; morried Robert Stenhouse, a nativ? nf 
Scotland; eniplriyed in McCreery's dr} t; 
store. New ^'ork City. 9. William, born March 
10, 184S. died in New \'ork City, in 18S5. a 
brick m'iSoii ; uumairicd. 10. Rebecca, mar- 
ried Clnik' Jesiali .Slcinner. mentioned above. 

ChiUlren of Clark Jesiah Skinner: I. Jennie 
Adelaide, born June 2y. 1871, in New York 
City; married (first) Harry Tiithill. of New- 
fane. \'einiont. a farmer ; one child, Charlotte, 
born in Newfane, .\iigiist 6, 181)3, graduate of 
Krattleboro high school, class- 10 1 3. Jennie 
Adelaif'e nirirrierl (second) Bert Sargen', of 
West Brattleboro. where he is employed by 
the Estey Organ Company; child, Bradford. 
born at Brattleboro. .Vugust 31. 190 ). 2. Rol)- 
ert, died in infancy. 3. Franklin Henry, born 
in New York City. June i, 187O. died th.cre 
July 5. 1881. 4. John Clark, mentioned below. 
5. Florence, born October 22. 1890. in New- 
fane. \'erniont, resides w'th her mother; grad- 
uated from Brattleboro hiirh sch.ool in 1000. 
and from Clawson & Hamilton Busine.-'S Col- 
lege. Brattleboro; a member of the Congrega- 
tional church, and teacher in the Sunday 
school ; member of the Order of the Eastern 
Star; stenographer for .Attorney Gibson, Brat- 

(IX) John (lark. <.-n r.f Clark Jesiah Skin- 
ner, was born at Newfane. \'ermont, .April 25. 
1879. Mis parents removed to New York City 
vviien he was a year old, and returned to New- 
fane when he was nine years old. and he was 
educated in the scIickjIs in both places. From 
1895 to 1899 he worked on his father's farm. 

He then went to New York City aiul was 
employed for a time a? delivery clerk by a 
baker. Afterward he worked for three vears 
in Brooklyn. In 1902 he came to Brattleburn, 
X'ermont. and after working for a short tiu'.e 
in the Estey Organ Works, returned to .Xew 
York City and followed the trade of brick 
mason initi! 1931). Returning to T'ratlleboro. 
he continued to work at iiis trade, and since 
191 1 he has been in business as a contractC)i 
and, mason. In politics he is a Republican. In 
religion he is a C<ingregationaIist. He is a 
member of Colinnbia Lodge, Xo. 3^1, b'ree 
Masons, of Brattleboro. and holds the ofiice 
of tvler. He was formerly a member of the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows in New 
York City. He is a member of the Greenfield 
Bricklayers" L'nion. 

The Hon. Samuel Ames, chief jus- 
AMES tice of the supreme court of Rhode 

Island for nine years, from 1856 
until iS()5, was a descendant of one of the 
oldest and most illustrious families of An;er- 
ica, which, originating in England at a remote 
date, contributed its full share of fair women 
and bra\e men tci the making of history in the 
old world and the new. The family was orig- 
inally of Bruton, in Somersetshire, England; 
here Joh.n .Ames or Amyas, the first progeni- 
tor of whom we have positive knowledge, was 
buried in the year 1560. He had outlived the 
bloody reign of Mary of England, to die in 
the promise of more peaceful years which 
hailed th.c advent of Elizabeth. The nobility 
of the Ames or .Amyas family, as the name 
was first known. i= attested by th.e coal of 
arms, which is: .Argent, on a bend sable three 
roses of the field. Crest : A white rose. Motto: 
Fania Candida rasa dulcior. 

This first John Ames had a son by the same 
name who married Margery Crome. and died 
in 1383. leaving three sons, John. Lancelot, 
and William. The eldest of these, John, was 
born in Bruton sometime between 1560 and 
1565. and died there in 1629; he married 
Cyprian P.rown and had two sons: William, 
born October '), it>05, and John, born Decem- 
ber 10. 1610. These two sons, born in the 
ancestral home in England, became the found- 
ers of the family in America ; coming to the 
new world respectively in the years 1G3S and 
1640, and first settling in Duxbury. Massachu- 
setts. William Amos, the elder, who came 
over in 1^138. sub5cc|uently removed to Biain- 
tree, Massachusetts, probably as early as [641 ; 
here he was adtuitted a freeman. May 2G. 
i6.|7. He died in January. 1G53-54. having 
had by his wife Hannah, who survived him 
and marric'l again, six children: Hannah. Re- 
becca. Lvdia. lohn. Sarah, and Deliverance. 


j |k--c iliil'lren became the progenitors of many 

lvtlllK^^^lle^l men nncl women tlirouj^hont New 
)-'n^l:iii(J and other fjoitions of the country, 
J heir tlescendants being found in all walks of 
life and in almost every section of the L'nion. 

John Ames, the yoiuiger of the two inuni- 
•.■raiil brothers, coming to America in 1640, 
V, as named in 1643 as among those in Dux- 
jiiirv who were able to bear arms. Me married 
|-;ii/nbcth Hayward, October 20, 1645, and re- 
moved to Bridgewater, Massachusetts, render- 
ing distinguished service to the country of his 
ai!o]ition during King Philip's war, and dying 
in West Bridge water in 1698. He accumulated 
a considerable amr.unt of property which he 
left to his heirs. Among his childien were 
William and John : and these, like the children 
of his brother William, had many descendants 
throughout the country. Indeed, the history of 
the .\mes family forms a most interesting chap- 
ter in the industrial, commercial, civil and mili- 
tarv annals of the United States. 

]\Iost prominent among the earlier descend- 
ants was Fisher Ames, the friend of Washing- 
Um, orator, writer. Federalist statesman, and 
member of congress during the entire Wash- 
ington administration. He was a man of 
charming personality and brilliant intellect, 
having graduated from Harvard at si.xteen 
years of age. He became a member of the 
state legislature, and upon being elected to 
congros, became leader of the Federal party 
in the house of repre,--entativ^'s, and extended 
a powerful influence among the I'ederalists all 
through New England. He was more instru- 
mental than anyone else in securing the pass- 
age of the earliest copyright law: and in tuch 
high esteem was he held as a patriot and orator, 
that v.hen Washington died the state of Massa- 
chusetts selected him to dcli\er a eulogy. His 
hatred of the Democrats was extreme and he 
rarely missed an opportunity of dealing the 
party a blow. He married a granddaughter 
of Timothy Edwards, whose son, Jonathan 
Edwards, was the grandfather of .Aaron Burr. 
F'isher Ames' father and grandfather, both 
having the name Nrthaniel. were celebrated in 
their day as public spirued and men of learn- 

Captain John .Ames, another member of the 
family, laid the foundation of the fortunes of 
his branch of the connection, by establishing 
in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, the shovel 
niatm factory that has made the name famous 
in industrial circles throughout the entire coun- 
try. His son. Oliver, inherited the business, 
established the manufactory at Easton, Massa- 
chusetts, at the beginning of the century, and 
made great improvements in the product. He 
w-as succeeded in turn by his sons. Oliver and 
Oakes, who became prominent in railroad and 

banking aflairs in addition to their manufac- 
turing interests. It was ilue to these brothers, 
chiefly to Oakes, tliat the Union Pacific rail- 
road was opened through the great central 
plains of the country to connect the east and 
the west, immense difficulties being overcome 
and an entire fortune being risked in the enter- 
prise. The work was completed iu 1869, and 
in the carriage of mail and the transportation 
of troops it has been of vast service to the 
government, \\hich through President Lincoln 
and oibeis of that period, voiced its imperative 

The various members of the family resid- 
ing at North Easton have been marked in 
their generosity toward the town, endow- 
ing it with church and library, and bequeath- 
ing money liberally for other [nirposes. An- 
other Oliver Ames, a native of North Eas- 
ton. became governor of Massachusetts, hav- 
ing been conspicuous in railroading, banking, 
and manufacturing circles; his brother, Frank 
Morton Ames, became state senator and was 
also prominent in railroad and banking inter- 
ests. Frank Lothrop Ames, interesting him- 
self in horticulture and botany, gave large 
sums of money to the botanical department of 
Harvard I'niversity, and through his archi- 
tectural taste e.xercised marked influence on 
the public and private buildings of Boston ; and 
Winthrop Ames, capitalist and theatrical man- 
ager of the present day, is one of the most 
influential men of the period in the field of 
art and public enterprise. 

It was as a member of this gifted and widely 
diversified family that Judge Sanniel Ames, of 
Rhode Island, came into the world over a cen- 
tury ago. He was born Sejjtember 6, 1806, 
in Providen