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■■, r AS \ v <ov \ Publishing Committee. be left for him at the Rooms of the Sock-iy, .-''<. 13 

j Bromfield street, Boston, or address-ed to him. i y :nail, 

WIfiLIAM B. TRASK, Editor of this number. 

W.uiam Blake Trass, 1 Rev. Elius Xason of Exeter, N. H., will . ■ :.- the 

Hon. Charlks Hunsox, I n , ti \ next number of the^cgjsfcr. Commun»c.u.. ;! 

ftuv. Euas Naso.v, 
John Warp Deax, 
George Wixgate Chase, J at Exeter. 


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feXmS^soiurnVtobVo^ittt^ ICSV is p",v tei '■;■ Marri^, ianh.,T «ud Itaktlu, 71 

'".'G Inscription"*, ai 

.7 Svmonds' Testimony in Illation to Vincent estate, V- 


Pichael Metealf, 

Revolutionary Journal of Daniel Gookin, 17 , J, . . . 

M*-m-»i-ihle Loneevitv 2S Morality m Boston, 1 .01-3, 

fru-voV Robert "Calle'v.' 1699-1765, 31 Petition of Boston in relation to Building wiiu 

¥-ul< r Gene ilu°T 41 Brick, 1GU<>, t*« 

lull town charges 'tor" Beacon and Watch, 1073-4, 44 Testimony of Waters and Landers, S7 

Boston Records^ 45 Marriages .and Deaths, •> 

Depositions of Philip Long and Samuel roung- historical lntei«igenee, f< 

love, ^ Correction, j* 

Wills of the Countv of Suffolk, SO J-; u '- c ' ,oti ^1' ' ';- ■ \V V,: V'^" "*-" •", ^Vi 

Letter from Rev. John Walley, Jr., 1744, 53 Members of the N. E. Hist. Gen. fcociety, 104 


! Vol. xii, page 160. In the list of Townsmen <>i I Earl, the names of Richard Kirby and Joseph Ta- 

Dartnioutk, insert between Howland and John } ber. 


' Ne-wcomb.— John B. Neweomb of Elsrin, Illinois, is Woopwako.— A Life of the late Gen. >"atbaniel 

collecting materials for a Genealogy or the Newcmnb Lyon, by Dr. Ashbel Woodward or fcrankim, t:., s* 

lamily, and requests all persons having ■ infcwrifiatftrti in preparation. 

in relation to that family, to communicate with hi™. Hot.— Wellington L. G. hunt of Boston, ri^'.gns 

Chapin.— Onn-e Chapin ot Wi.mmans.--tt, M::sh., to publish a G-nealosicul Regi*t~r and barney .M-mo- 

•©nrposes to publish a Geneah^votVneCham.ufimilv: rial of the Hunts — the d.-sepinlants a \\ut\.\m ot 

I)' include Rev. Mr. Clark's Centennial Discourse of Concord, Jonathan of Northampton, imoeh oi \* .-y- 

1S5-2, beimr one hundred years from the organization mouth, Edmund ot Duxhtiry, „ohn ot .>ew J^r^an'-. 

of the first Congregational church in Chicopee, if a others. Report.- of more than lOiHMamihes have be.-n 

lufiicient number of copies are subscribed tor to justify received. Those interested will please communicate 

the outlav. The work, as proposed, will be an Svo, to the above, what intorniation they may have relative 

of about 300 pages, at >-' per copy. to the Hunt families. 


Albany— H. D. Paine; Barton— J. M. Bradburv, C. >lvn\,] Marxhficid— Maria A. Thomas: MMhiturn-* 

I). Bradlee, J. W. Dean, S. G. Drake f4 copies), V\\ L. S. II. Parsons : XcicJIoven— Henry White: An/- 1 • rk~ 

B. Hunt, Mrs. D.P.Parker, Thos. Waterman CJeopi-Sj; J. E. Buikley, William H. Fogg, Geonre a>. l«r*:-:w, 

Robt. C. Winthrop, Mrs. E. Child. J. W. Thornton; Isaac J. Greenwood, II. N.Otis; Philadetpni-j—kzchel 

Bright or.— F. A. Whitney; Brookline— W. 1>. Towne : Wetherili ; i'o/jsnioidA— A. R. II. Fernald ; i' ■ ir;; rt-p- 

Biijfclo— E. S. Hawievj"Cam6rzrt>e— G. E. Richards: s«'c— Benson J. Lossing: ProciJcncc— John B :u>; -.* ■ rj 

Charlcstown— Edward F. Everett ■; Chicago— John copies), Henry T. Beekwith, : Quincy, 111— L. A. sa- 

Wentworth : Cleveland— A. S. Sand ford* Edward va*e: Reading— -Thomas Spooner; Jter/Hi—- H. . 

Wade, Jas. Wade, Jr. ; Franklin— Dr. A.Woodward Hurlhut; Sprinzjictd—*J. B. Morns; Itptct— \\ . 1*. 

(3 copies) ; Jamaica Flair.— Catharine P. Curtis; Jcr- Tuthill; tValtham—3. B. Bright; U'dltmar.n-tt—0. 

scy City— S. Alofsen; .l/G.ncicsfcr— Samuri D. Bell., Chapin ; Znnc^sille— Atheneiim. 
Mrs. M. H. Bell, City Library; Marietta— S. P. Hil- 

» : - NOTICES. 

The Publishing Committee, in their Address to the for six copies of the work, shall be entitled to the se- 

Ueaders of the Register for Jan. 1S59, announced fd eir rc:;^ <-opv — zratis. 

design of confining genealogical articles to the tirst four p k00 , iw of the Society, No. 13 Bromfiekl stiv. :. R^- 

generations in this country, except occasronally bring- ,r„i a r monthlv raeHtinffs of the Society, on ihe ;it.t 

ing down a few lines to the present tiiiie. ^me tarai- We , lnes ,i av iu e verv month, at 3 o'clock P. M. 

lies, however, have expressed a wisu to have later " 

^fenerations preserved in detail in the Register. ". he Fifteen volumes of the Register being n r >w . .• >.-•<- 

CfAnuiittee are willing to do this >>y adding additional ed, s;.C--r:l-.-r> may exchange their nun.ocv- -. :« 

pa^.s to the Register, 'it correspondents or th-ir fi i- n-ls sood condition) for hound v.dumes. or h:iv-> :1 

fcill pay the expanse of the same. Our subscrili»-rd . number- bound— in full cloth, lettered a:ut^ ■■>' '-. ■ >■> 

Lean not" complain of such ad<litions, as they -vvili not cents the onume. A splendid die has bc» ti p- • •» ■ i, 

be subject to the charge of them, i representing in sold the Arms of ail the k v^ ' • : <iul 

The Historical and (Jcucalogical Remitter is issued States, with which the backs are impreS-i-d. 

Quarterly, in January, April, July, and Oct<;-bor : each N. Ik— Subscribers trill observe, that thr '•'■ '-icr 

Bumber cont ining "dv ut 90 pages, Svo ; making an- j s hi no case sent to th«-m ait-rtl-'y have i»i i I it 

lUiaUy a volume of. about 400 pages. stoppwl ur.lcsn sveh order is received vj'U-r , ■■■•'- 

The price to Subscribers will be-Siayear, pavable ume ha* e&mmetced, and erri'irugss ™ p <^ ■ - iV, 

on iasu'jii2 the ;i >t numbei" of each volume. Anv n-- when, according to the rule* of jcriodiiols, .'•.-. • - h- 



REV. KM AS NASON, Editor of thh 

i..l,. r. 

Wh.lia.m ]>r..\Ki: TilASK 
Ilo.v. Ciiaklks liri son, 
fir v. Klias Na&o.v, 
John Ward Dkax,. 
George Wingate Chase, J 

) Hon. Charl. .- ilu'l-on of Letfingtoiij Mass., w ill • '. 

i the next number 01' the RcgUicr, I onrmunioati i 

\ Publishing Committee. may bo left tor Limatthe ltoomsoftb< S eiety,No. ] 

, Bromfield street, Boston, or addressed to him,*by m : 

I itt Lexington. 


Menhir of SiriWnlter Ralegh, 105' Richard Thurston's Memorandum, kept at Row- 

Annm.l Address by Winsldw Lewis, M. D., 119 ley, of the Deaths of his near Relations, 

Extracts from the Diary of Boburt Calb-y cf EfixUupiake in New England, 

Cbarh-st >wn, Mass., IG99-1765, 129 The Familv and Ancestors of Thomas Palmer, o; 

Tlu'T..zer Familv, 133 Boston, N. E. 

Records of Wethers.hVid, Conn., 135 

Order of ( -row Lawrence of Nova Scotia, in rela- 
tion to tlie French Neutrals. 142 

Dilutees of Narragansett Townships, h : j 

Vote of the General Court or' Massachusetts, to 
have a Book called Chitie our Dutie, printed 
and distributed, - 147 

An Ancient Coin and a Cut ious Vi<<:t, 151 

Marriages, Births and Deaths in Dorchester, Mass., 
ie4S-10S3, 152 

Licence to Capt. John Underbill to repair to Bos- 
ton, 1 0o9, u 15S 

Abstracts from the Earliest Wilis on record, and 
on the tiles in the Couivtv of Suffolk, Mass.,. .. . 159 Correction's, 

Will of Governor Haynes," 107 Book Notices, 

Letter from Michael" Hiilegas, Continental Trea- Officers of -the New England Historic-Genealogical 
surer of the United States, 17si 169 , Societv for Hoi', . .". 

Genealogy from the Camp at IV-rt Royal, S. C, .. 

Letter from Grant Thorbum, 4 

Notes and Queries 

Marrir.ges and Deaths, 

New F.IWland Historic-Genealogical Society, 

Harlackenden Family, ' ' 

Historical Ihfellisienee : 

Long Pas .orates, 

Jubilee of Rev. R. S. Storrs, D. D., of Brain- 

Monument to the late Rev. Dr. Peabody, of 

Springfield, .Mass., 

Current Events, 





Holt.— D. S. Durrie of ,Milwaukie, author of the press a Genealogy of the Dannel Family, descendants 

Steele Ciencaiogir, has the genealogy ot tlie Iloit family oi Michael Dunnel of 1'opsfield, wiso died about '713.; 

learly rea4y for press 1 . It will by issued in Aprii, by C. B. Richardson of New! 

Df\.\t"L.— Dr. 11. G. Dunne! of New York, has in York. 


Albnvv-l. Hun, A. E. Brown, F. S. Peas^, Rev. E. J. Johnston ; lulu-auk it— II. II. Camp, John Nszro. 
LSteatus; Albion— L. C. Paine ; Bcleh'ertcutn—ms.. M. J. S. Buck, A. J. Lan^worthy, J. L. Harris, J. F. Bur- 
toolittle: Boston— T. B. Wvman, Jr., Aaron Sargent, chard. Dr. E. B. Wclcott," L. H. Kellogg; Mineral 
Ym. G. Brooks, A. J. Coblulse, L. K. Pai-e, S. Wai- Point— C. Woodman; jit. Vermm—J. A. Hathelt ; 
«r, F. M. Bartleti, J. Column, E. F. Shifter, T. L. Xeicctrk— 3 H. Congdon ; Xew York— J. Perkins, W. 
"urmr, Wm. S. Appieton, K. Nute, George Bates, J. D. GoOkin, A. Grhmin, E.Braman: Ostcezo, T. Irwin . 
[. Sheppard; Bv.jfolo— Young Men's A~sso'ei:Uioir; Philadelphia— IS. Chauncey; Portsmouth-^ J. Wen- 
cm £>>/ 'ice — Jared Sparks: Canton — Ellis : Clii- dell; Putnam — A. Kingsbury; Quiney — W. S. Puttee, 
'sinati — Young Men's Association : y — A-a \V. Keves, 0. H. Browninsr, N. Ene. Sbc, S. H. Ernerv; 
iowland; Danvcrsport— S. P. Fouler: Elgin— J. 15. Randolph— E. Alden ; Rochester— J, M. Hatch : Scheh- 
eweomb ; Klrnirv — A. S. Thurston ; Fairfax— D. W. cctady—J. Pearson, Union Coi. Library ; Springfield — 
Dvt ; Franklin— A. B. Smith; Gov vcrnrur—H. D. J. \\'~ Crooks: Terre Haute — B. Smith: Troy — B. Hi 
Oiith; Ihirt/ord—C. J. Hoadlv; Haverhill, G. \V. Hall, J. Edwards; West TVinstcd—D. \Y. Patterson: 
iase; Holyokc—J. B. R. Waiktr: Indianapolis— A. }Vest Bridccivater—W. Baylies; IFcburn—B. Buck- 
. VYillard : Lenox— H. \V. Tart : Lynn— J. Moulton : man; Woodbury — W. Cothren: Yonkers—R. I. Dou- 
Itd/ord— Miss A. T. Wild ; Middleiown—E. Stearns, glas. 


SThe Publishing Committee, in their Address to the ■ for six copies of the work, shall be entitled to the se- 

iaders of the Register for Jan. l^J/j, announced their tenth copy — gratis. 

Sign of confining genealogical articles to the first four 

Derations in this country, t-xcypt occasionally b.ring- 

5 down a few lines to the present time. Some f:uni- 

*, however, have expressed a wish to have later 

Derations preserved in detail in the Rrglsier. 'i\.t 

•mtoitt-e. are willin.: to do this lv addin&r additional 

ffes to the Register, if correspondents or their friends 
ll pay the expense of the same. Our subscribers 
i not complain of such ad titious, as they will net 
subject to the charge of them. 
The Historical end G.vncalozlcal liczistcr is issued 

Rooms of the Society, No. 13 Erom field street. PlC- 
jniur -monthly meetings of the Society, on tlie first 
Wednesday in every month, at o'clock P. M. 

Fifteen volumes of the Register being now complet- 
ed, subscribers may exchange their numbers 'if in 
good condition) for bound volumes, 'or have their own 

•s bound-— in full doth, hit 

:re<L £■:& 

. t ^ 

•rterly, in January, Ajrd, 

d Octoi- 


mber cqiitpining aJ>out bO pages, Svo ; ; making an- 
ally a volume of about 4t'0 [• ir-s. 
The price to Sol sciib'-rs will bx» >2 a year, payable 
issuing the li.Kt number of eivch volume. .\\:y fer- 
i obtaining subscribers, ami becoming responsible 

cent's tne volume. A splendid die lias been procured, 
representing in gold the Arms of all the New England 
States, with" which t.he bucks are impressed. 

N. B— Subscribers will' observe, that the Register 
is in m case sent to them after they have ordered it 
stoppi -l, vnlc.fs iuch order is received after a r.ew ral~ 
u:ue has 'commenced t ar.d ■'irre<rru r s>:i remain ur.O'iid, 
i&hen, according to \ht rules of periodically they ai 


■bUflx anethei 

•j ■■ Blake Trask, 1 j Jonx Ward Dean, Esq., of Boston, Mass., will i lil 

>y. Charles IIi-dsox, I the nest number of the Register. Communications 

hv w'uSu; J^^mg Committee, ^y ^ ]e ft for him at the Rooais of the Society, A \o. 13 

iOROt. Wingate Chase J j Broin&dd street, Boston, or addressed to him, by mail. 


»re Baron Steuben was buried', 201 'Importance of Early Records, 257 

irda copied from an Ancient Familv Bible in The old Burial Places in Exeter, N. H., 2c-* 

arshfield, Mass., '. 202 The Rev. John Waller, 260 

rief History of the Historic^Geaealoafioal So- Dominie Frehnghuysen, yoC 

JJ* " : 303 Records of Wetherslield, Conn., 263 j 

oV'ttembers of the Old Church at Topsfield,, 2.13 Douw Family Record, 268 ; 

rasanset Grantees, 2ii> The Folsrer Family, 269 

Old Fren -h War, 217 Fly-leaf Record— Information Wanted, 278 

t to Sir diaries Henry FrauklanA, Hopkinton, Michael Meteaif, 279 

ass " -2-20 New England Historic-Genealogical Society...... 254 

■folic Iitetruct ion's.".! .......... .'. -21 Officers of the "S.B. Ilist.^Geneaiogical Society,.. 2S7 

•rmation Wanted, 22.5 The Bible as a Genealogical Register, 291 j 

tract from the Earliest Wills on Record and on Marriages and Deaths, 292 . 

te Files in the Countv of Suffolk, Mass., 220 Diamond \\ adding, '- ( j3 

I of Leonard Chester; 233 Richard Baehe, Postmaster-General, to the Post- 

ealr>'_rieal Sketch of the Descendants of Remold master at Boston, 298 

id Matthew Marvin, who came to New England Current Events, ISG2|. 299 

i 1635, 235 Winthrop, 301 

ie Account of Dr. Nathaniel Antes, the Alma- Historical Intelligence, 300 

ac Maker, and his Family, 255 Book Notices, 302 


itdsox.— Charles Hudson of 1 exinccton, Mass., has printed for subscribers only. Orders will be received 

.ertaken to prepare a Genealogy of the Fav Family, by J. Munsell, Albany, N. V. 

- one bearing that nam-, of "connected" with the Berxari»stox Ce.mexxial. — Arrangements have I 

ilv, would confer a favor bv Sending to him any been perfected for celebrating the incorporation of 

.rmation he or she may 'possess in relation to any Bernardston, Mass., on the 20th of August. By the 

ochof the familv in an v part of the country. circular issued for the occasion, it appears that the I 

iles, Jex.x!.s?x,"Lixdall, Marshall, Vkky.-A territory now contained dn ? the towns of Bernardston, 

ally History of the Giles, Jenni-on, Lindall, Mar- f*.™*" and a part ot Colerame was granted, by t ne 

II and V,rv Families, by Rev. John A. Vinton, is ^^bitur- or the province o Massachusetts, m 1^4, 
.. • ... - ' J ' to those and the descendants ot those who were in 
,mp s *, _ _ a _ ' the battle fou-ht on the ISth May, 167G, at Turner's 
ooperstowx axi> CoorF.K.—Rcv. ^. T. Livermore F . i[U , vh; ,. h JT . ant for ., Loul twentv-rive vears was 

in press a History of Cocporstown, with a Bio- c:lll( , d 0w Fal]s FiqUt Township, or Fall Town. This 

pineal Sk.-tch ot J 1-eminore Cooper, winch wul t owu was incorporated in 1762, bv the name of Ber- 

ssuod in July by J. Munseii, Albany. N. 1. nardston, and a* patriotic call is ma'de upon the people I 

iixo Philip's War.— S. G. Drake, E.-q., proposes within the ancient limits, for a rally upon the occa- : 

eprint Increase Mathers Brief History of the War sion, which will no doubt be enthusiastically respond*- 

h the Indians in New England, together with Cot- ed to. 

Mather's Account of the same War, to which he Rapgoop, Pettee, Hewixs, Frary, Willis.— A 

I add an Introduction and numerous historical and volume of genealogies of the above named families, 

•lanatory Note?. This has been a scarce work for prepared by Rev. Abner Morse, illustrated with 12 

re than a century, and is indispensable to all stu- portraits, &*c, is passing through the press, and will 

its of New England History. The edition will be be ready :br delivery in a few weeks. 


Many— Rev. E. P. Wadhams, R.Woodward: Al- BuJTalcr-X. K. Hall; Burlington— S. Sewalb; CV-v:- 

— R. B. Smith; Amherst— E. Tackerman : Brlti* bridge— j. L. Siblev, College ■'Library, E. Washburn : 

•e— E. II. Perkins; Bcrncrd>toa—ii. W. Cushman : Chicago— E. S. L. Richardson; Cleveland— W. A. Otis, 

-erle ij—.) oh n J. Baker; Boscmccn—Wm. Temnle; P. U. r Babc6ck: Dedhum—A: Larason; Dorchester— 

.fo/i— P. H chart, Jr., Chas. Deane, Rev. C. Cutler, Miss A. Glover; Galena— A. M. Haines ; Gloucester— 

Dayenport, Q. Livermore, W. B. Bradford, Miss E. John Babsbh, S. Nelson; Greet Fulls— M. Noble; | 

Adams, A. Williams oc Co., Geo. Mounttord ,'rl), Hartford— h B. Hostner, J. H. Trumbull : Haverhiii— 

Parsons, ticknor k -Fields .'2 copies), J. W. War- Mrs. rf. ('. Merrill; Hutt—K. Oould, Jr.-; jfrritr:*- 
, llis. N. Appleton, F. W. Prescott, E. P-arson, S. bursh—W. H. Stephens; MidJLebury--?. Battell : 
Farewell, A. D. llod.vs, T. A. Neal, S. Lincdu, J. S*ashua—(x. L. Balcom ; Xewburuport—Q. T. Chip- 
Parker, S. Swe-t, P. KetVv. J. Breek, A. A. Law- man ; Xor H«ven—l\ R. Trowbridge ; Xew York— A. 
ce (2 copies;, F. A. Hail, L."Ma-ou, W. W. fireen- W. Slor>an, S. We'tmore, G. Q. Thomdike, Mercantile 
rh, S. E. S-wali, B. Abbott, W. Whitincr, J. N. Librafv" Association; C. B. Richardson (4 copies); 
•box, A. Child, S. Andrews, Boston Lil rM-v, H. Xonci'ch— S. Bli& ; Pawtuchet—P^v. Win. Tyler : 
e, W. M. Lathrop, T. R. Marvin, E. D. Harris, J. I'hiladdphifr—Jolm Jordan, Jr., S. Breck, J. H. ib' i- 
Wizgin, O. W. M-s.-in-.-r, D. Draper, J. W. Plvmp- fi«ld ; Pompcy— Jbst-ph Dow ; Portland— Wm. Willis . 
., S. T. Snow, Riciiard Bri^, Edwd. Brooks, F. Froeidence—^tnte Library, S. T. Olney, 5. Randall: 

Lincoln, Jr., J. W. Clark, David LTapr,, T. C. i'<7tt>^Edward P. Burtdiam : Sprin«jield—J. G. Chas- ; 

iory Jr., W. C. Lewis '(-"copies), E. Lombard, J. H. Std'ckbridge—D. D. Field; Taunton— Rev. M- Blake: 

>lcott, David Sears, J. P. Ibal'v, J. W. Paije, B. F. E. II. Reed : Troy— Giles B. Kellogg; Westchester— 

lite, L. M. S^r-ent, J. F. Bald'win, H. Lee, 'Jr., W. J. S. Futh-v, D. G. Brintou; Wext Sewto«—\. H. 

Andrews, D. W. Holmes, G. B. Upton, J, palmer, Ward; U 'Ulinu tnt ic— W. L. Weaver ; Yarmouth, Port— 

Butler, T. C. Smith: liridzcu+ater^-W. Latham: Amos Otis. 


Txllxam Blakl: Trask, 
losr. Chaklks Hudson, 
Iev. Kt.ias Nasox, 
ons Ward Dean. 

JOHN WARD DEAN, Editor of this number. 
"I Jons Ward Dean, Esq., of Boston, Mass., will edit 

the next number of the Register. Communications 

Jeorce Wing ate Citase, J 

\ rv blis h ing Com m ittcc. 

may be left for him .it the Rooms of the Society, No. 13 
Bromfield street, Boston, or addressed to him, by mail. 


^moir of lion. Daniel Messinger of Boston 

mealogv of the Messinger Family, 

)w, ..T. .* ...314 

ill of Gen. Julia lhadstreet, 315 

i Attendant on Goite and Whallev, 310 

•cords of Falmouth, now Portland, Maine, 317 

.vid McLane, executed at Quebec, 1797, 321 

anklin Arms, 3-23 

irrbges, Births and Deaths at Taunton, Mass , . 324 

assacmisetts Certificate of Indebtedness, SOS 

bstracts Karlie?t Suffolk County Wilis, 329 

3T. Benjamin Woodbridge of Medford, 336 

?m?aloay of the Kin^sburys of Dedham, Mass.,. 337 

Hosbaud of Six Wives, 341 

r iliof Thomas Oicott 34-3 

snelon and his Connection with America, 344 

ermont, 346 

iiree Memorable Days for America, 347 

. 303 Letter from the Rev. Cotton Mather, D. D., to John 
. 308 Vaughan, respecting an Indian Deed to John 

Wheelwright aud others, 34S 

Lancaster Records 352 

Scotch-Irish Families in Chester County, Pa., 3l>o 

Ne'Tohvy of Harvard Graduates, 303 

Rev. Nathaniel Ward's Dedication to Lord Bacon, 365 

Wills ot Richard Inch of Boston, 1645, 367 


Marriages and Deaths, 

Notes and Queries, 

New England Historic-Genealogical Society, . 

Drafting Eighty-three Years ago, 3S3 

Current Events, 3S4 

Book Notices, 3S5 

Errata, 3«S 

Index of Names, 3S9 





5 H. S. Davis of Springfield, Mass., is 
Is for a senealoirv of the Davis family 

Davis— Char 
Electing mater 

id invites those bearing the name 
lis family, to furnish him with sue! 
ve to the Davis family as they intty 


ut of Racing Wis., is collecting 
?rials respecting these families, w 

3r conneciea witu 

■- information reia- 

—Henry II. Hurl- 
geneaIogica4 ma- 
ith the design of 

ublicatioii ; ana requests, of those interested (such as 
Ave not heretofore turnished items to Edwin Stearns, 

Esq., of MiddletoWn, Ct., or himself) contributions 

Gowaxs. — Mr. Gowans has n 
ins series, Miller's Account 
with notes by John G. Shea 
with Denton and \ Volley., 

Windsor. —Dr. II. II. Stiles p 
vember a supplemental vo-lum 
cicnt Windsor, containing sue 
as he has made since his work 

learly re; 
of New 
LL. D., 


e to his 

ill ad'iit 

was pu' 

Ldy, as No. 
York in 1 
to corresp 

to issue in 
History of 
tonal glean 
jlished in 1 

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The Publishing Committee, in their Address to the 
leaders of the Register for Jan. 1S59, announced their 
iesign of confining genealogical articles to the ffrst four 
;enerations in this country, except occasionally bring- 
ng down a few Hues to the present time. Some fann- 
ies, however, have expressed a wish to have later 
generations preserved in detail in the Register* The 
Committee are willing to do this by adding additional 
>agesto the Register, if correspondents or their friends 
*dll pay the expense of the same. Our subscribers 
an not complain of such additions, as they will not 
oe subject to the charge of them. 

The Historical and Genealogical Register is issued 
quarterly, in January, April, July, and Oct >ber ; each 
Dumber" containing about 96 pages, 8vb: malting an- 
nually a volume of about 460 pag^s. 

The price to Subscribers will be S2 a year, payable 
on issuing the rhst number of each volume. Any per- 
son obtaining subscribers, arid becoming responsible 

for six copies of the work, shall be entitled to the se- 
venth, copy — gratis. 

Rooms of the Society, No. 13 Bromfield street. Re- 
gular monthly meetings of the Society, on the lirst 
Wednesday in every month, at 3 o'clock P. M. 

Sixteen volumes of the Register being now compl- 1- 
ed, subscribers may exchange their numbers (if in 
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[Index of Names of Persons at the end of the volume.] 

Almanacs, Interleaved, extracts from (1724, 

1732), 63 

Ames's, notice of, 256 

Boston, History of, 337 
America, Three memorable days for, 317 
Anniversaries, Notices of — 

Braintree, Dr. Storrs' 50th anniversary at, 93 

Compact, Signing of (16 20). 97 

Old South, Boston, Dr. Blagden's 25th anni- 
versary at, 93- 
Beacon, Watch house, Sec, Hull, Mass. (1673-4), 

charges for, 44 
Books, &c, noticed — 

Augustine, Confessions of, 304 

Bartol's Sermon on death of W. L. Putnam, 

Boston Directory, by Adams, Sampson & 
Co., 337 
Almanac, by Coolidge, 337 

. Pocket Business Directory, by Dudley. 337 

Christ Church, Cambridge, Sermon on 100th 
anniversary of, by Hoppin, 199 

Congregational Quarterly, 104 

Constitution, Adequacy of the, by Farrar, 303 

Continental Monthly, 304 

Cope Family, 101 

Dunnel and Dvvinell Family, 302 

Earle, Ralph, and his Descendants, 38S 

Essex Institute, Hist. Coll. of, 101 

Etymology, Local, by Charnock, 356 

Exeter, N. H., events in (1361), by Nason, 199 

Fire Lands pioneer, 199 

Genealogy, American, Handbook of, by 
Wbitmore, 193 

Hatborough Monument Inauguration, Pa.. 
Address at, by Bellville, 336 

Haverhill, Mass., Hist, of, by Chase, 100 

Historical Magazine, N. Y., 103 

Lebanon, N. H., Discourse on 100th anni- 
versary of charter of, by Allen. 304 

Lothrop'p Sermon on the death of Moses 
Grant," 102 

Lyon, Gen. Nathl., Life of, by Woodward, 336 

Marlborough, Mass., Hist. of, by, Hudson, 193 

Morse's Genealogies of Descendants of Puri- 
tans, 338 

Newburgh, N. Y., Hist, of, by Ruttenber, 101 

New Hampshire Annual Register, by Lyon, 

Northmen in America, by Morse, 104 

Pennsylvania, Paper Money in, Historical 
Sketch of, 302 

Psalms, Book of, in Hebrew and English, 193 

Rebellion Record, 102 

Reed Family, 103 

Rhode Island Society for Encouragement of | 
Domestic Industry, transactions of, 102 

Savage's Genealogical Dictionary, 304 

Southern Rebellion and the War for the 
Union, 102 

Sutton-Dudleya of England, and Dudleys of 
Maes M by Adlard, 365 

Thayer's Sermon on the Life of Rev. O. A. 

Skinner, 102 
Union Army and Navy Officers, Sketches of, 

by Dudley, 303 
Vermont Quarterly Gazetteer, 103 
Wetmore Family of America, 99 
Woodward's Address before Conn. Medical 
Society, 304 

Boston, Almanac, Hist. of, 337; Directories, Hist. 
of. 357; First Baptist Church in, 25; Mor- 
tality in (1701-1703), S3 ; Old South Church, 
Dr. Blagden's 25th anniversary, at. 93; Pe.i- 
tion of Inhabitants in (1696), 34 ; Records of 
(1661, '2), 45. 

Castle William, 15 

Centennial Celebrations, Notices of — Abineton, 
Mass., 302; Lebanon, N. H., 97; Milton, 
Mass., 3)2; Poultney, Vt., 97 

Charlestown, Mass., Calley, Robert, schoolmaster 
in, Diary of, 34, 129; First Baptist Church 
in , 25 

Chester County, Pa., Index to Notices of Men 
and Events in, 362; Scotch-Irish families in, 

Coins, ancient, 151 

Confederacy, Southern, vision of, 8 

Deaths — See Obituaries 

Dedham Church, ancient relic of, 62 

Depositions — Long, Philip, 49; Younglove, Sa- 
muel, 49 

Diamond Wedding, 293 

Diary of Robert Calley, Charlestown (1699-1765), 
34, 129 

Directories, Boston, History of, 337 

Douw Family Record, 268, 273 

Drafting, eighty-three years asro, 333 

Earthquake in New England ( 1755\ 171 

Errata, corrections, &c, 98, 194, 200, 338 

Events, Current. 196, 299, 334 

Exeter, N. H., burial places in, 253 

Fenelon, and his connection with America, 344 

Fire Lands, Hist. Society, Ohio, notice of, 199 

Frankland, Sir Chaa. Henry, visit to (1759), 220 

Franklin Arms, 323 

Frelinghuysen, Dominie, 262 

French War (1755), record of, 217 

Genealogies and Pedigrees — 

Arnes, 255 ; Marvin, 235 ; 

Folger,269; Messinger, 303; 

Franklin, 273 ; Parker, 41 ; 
Kingsbury, 337; Ralegh, 107; 
Tozer, 133. 

Goffe and Wh alley, notice of an attendant on, 316 

Harlackenden family, corrections relative to, 194 

Harvard Graduates, necrology of (1861-2), 363 

Haynes, Gov., Will of (1646), 167 

How family, 314 

Husband of six wives, 341 

Indian, Captive, 247; Deed of Eastham (1692), 

Inscriptions, Burial — Brattleboro, Vt., 31 ; Mar- 
vin family, 237 ; Walley, Rev. John, 261. 


Larrabee, Capt., brief notices of, 15, 00 
Letters — 

Bache, Richard ( 17S1), 298 

Htllegas, Michael (1781), 169 

Mather, Cotton (1708), 348 

Metcalfe, Michael (1636), 279 

Osborne, Thomas ( 1682), 2.5 

Thorburn, Grant (1S62), 173 

Walley, Rev. John, jr. (1744*, 58 
Licence to Capt. John Underbill )1639), 158 
Longevity, 33. 19(5 
"Looking Glass for the Times" — a poem, by 

Peter Folger (1676), 270 
Louisbourg Expedition (1755). information want- 
ed concerning men engaged in, 225 
Massachusetts, "Certificate of Indebtedness 

(1780), 32S; namin? of towns in, query 

about, 3S1 
Marriages, 77, 88, 152. 175, 317, 324. 363 ; births, 

deaths in Dorchester f'1643-83), 77, 152 j 

Taunton (1643-97), 324 
Memoirs and Notices of— 

Ames, Dr. Nathaniel, 255 

Appleton, Hon. Nathan, 1 

Barrett, Rev. John, I6S 

Edes, Peter, 16 

Green, John, &c. (see subscribers to Prince's 
Chronology), 12-15 

Larrabee, John, 15 

Messinger, Daniel, 305 

Ralegh, Sir Walter. 105 

Walley, Rev. John, 56, 2G0 
Men and Events in Chester Co., Pa., by Darling- 
ton ; Index to Notices of, 360 
Narraganset Townships, Grantees of. 143, 216" 
Necrology of Harvard graduates, 363 
Neutrals, French, orders iu relation to (1756), 

New England, Earthquake in (1755), 171; 

Washington's vis;: to, 3?1 
New*England Historic Genealogical Society — 

Address, Pres- Lewis's, at annual meeting 
of, 119 

Amendments of the Constitution and By- 
laws of, 193 

Brief history of, 203 

Members" of, 104 

Monthly meetins*, Reports of, 192, 254, S2 

Officers of, 200, 287 
Newspapers, early— Boston News Letter, 13 ; 

Gazette, 14: Connecticut Content, 14 ; New 

England Journal, 14; New London Gazette, 

14; NewLoDdon Summary, 14 
Notes and Queries, 174, 225, 278, 301, 330 
Obituaries, 38, 175, 292, 316, 36a 
Palmer, Thomas, Family of, 171 
Pastorates. Lone, 19a 

Patriotic Instructions— Lexington ( 1772), 221 
Peabody Monument, Springfield, Mass., Dedica- 
tion of, 195 
Peekham Family, 291 
Petition relative to the war (1675-6), 61 
Fort Royal, S. C, Genealogy irom, 172 

| Portraits— 

Appleton, Hoik Nathan, 1 
Messinger, Daniel, 305 
Ralegh; Sir Walter, 105 
I Printer.?. Early, 12-15 
Queries, 174, fc'25, 278, 323, 336, 340, 367, 381 
Records — Boston, 45; Falmouth, now Portland, 
Me., 317 ; Lancaster, Mass., 3"2 ; We' hern. 
held, Ct., 17, 135, 263 ; Early, importance of, 

Revolutionary Journal of Daniel Gookin, 27 
Robinson Family. 24 

Scotch-Irish families in Chester Co., Pa., 360 
Settlers or Grantees or' Ashburnbam, Mass., 145 
Soldiers from Dorchester, Mass., iu Canada Ex- 
pedition (1690), 148 
Steuben, Baron, burial place of (with a view of 

his residence), 201 ■ 
Subscribers to Prince's Chronology, memoirs and 
no rices of — 

Ames. Dr. Nathaniel, 255 
Barrett, Rev. John, 166 
Edes, Peter, 16 
Green, John, 12 
Green. Jonas, 15 
Green, Rev. Joseph, 12 
Green, Joseph, 13 
Greer:. Nathaniel. 14 
Green. Samuel. 14 
i Green, Timothy, 13 ' 

j Green, Timothy, 14 

Larrabee, John. 15 
I Testimony of Den.' Gov. Symouda (1665), 82; 
Samuel Waters and Robert Sanders ( lbi3), 87 
I Thomas Family Bible, Marshfield, 202 
! Thurston's Memoranda. 170 
| Tucstield Church, members of, 212 
! Towns— Abington, 302; Appleton, Me., 3 ; Ash- 
burnham, 143; Bcifon, 260; Brattleboro, 
! Vt., 81; Doichester, 77, 148, 152: Exeter, N. 

H., 258; Falmouth, Me., 313 ; Hopkinton, 
220; Hull, 44; Lancaster, 352 ; Lebanon, N. 
H.. 97; Lexington. 221 : Lowell, 5,6; .Mil- 
ton, Mass.. 302; New Ipswich, N. H-, 1, 3; 
Portland, Me.. 317 : Poultney, Vt.. 97 ; Provi- 
dence. R. I., 321 ; 'Rindge, N. H., 75 ; Row. 
ley, 170; Taunton, 324; Topsfield, 212; 
Wethersfield, Conn., 17, 135, 263 
Tozer Family, 133 
Treason, Hieh. an American executed for, at 

Quebec. (1797), 321 
"TJnitie ourDutie, ; ' book so called to benrintcd, 

Vermont, origin of the name queried. 345 
Ward's Dedication to Lord Bacon, 365 
Washington's Visit to New England, 3^1 
Wheelwright Deed, Mather's letter on tho Au- 
thenticity of, 348 
Wills — Brada'treet. John, 315; Chester, Leonard. 
233; Fitch, Richard, 367; Hay net?, Gov. 
John, 167; Middlesex, 72; Oicott, Thomas, 
342 ; Suffolk, 50, 159, 226, 323 
Woodbridge, Rev. Benjamin, query about, 336 

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Among- the granite hills of New Hampshire, on its southern bor- 
der, and about fifty miles from Boston, lies New Ipswich, one of the 
i • loveliest villages in that state. The town is situated in a valley, 
and along the slopes of the mountains; it is watered by plentiful 
streams, and the river Souhegan winding among the farms, adds to 
the beauty of this rural place, which of late years, from numerous 
water-privileges, has become the seat of mills and manufactories. 
One of the mountains which surround it, may be seen on a clear day 
from the dome of the State House in Boston. Such is the scenery of 
this romantic spot, that the author of the History of N&io Ipswich has 
I compared it to the Happy Valley in liasselas. 

It was in this sequestered town that, on the 6th day of October, 
lii 19, the Hon. Nathan Appleton was born. His father, Deacon 
Isaac Appleton, was a native of Ipswich, removed here in 1750, and 
settled on land of which his father Isaac Appleton was a large pro- 
prietor, though he preferred living in Ipswich, where he died in 1194, 
at ninety years of age. . 
. Deacon Appleton was a farmer, whose industry, exemplary life 

and deep interest in the welfare of his neighbors, made him much 
beloved; and he must sometimes have reminded his fellow Christians 
of the patriarch Jacob ; for like him he bad twelve children, was the 
owner of flocks and herds, and could trace his genealogy high up in 
the dim vestiges of the past. Is it not nobility enough in New Eng- 
land to prove a descent from one of the Pilgrim Fathers? — but 
Mr. Appleton could point through five generations to his ancestral 
race in this country, and then travel seven more to a family in Eng- 
land, from whom he was a lineal descendant. 

The stirps or root of the Appleton family, as appears by the Har- 
Irian Manuscripts in the British Museum, and the Memorial of Samuel 
Appleton, by Isaac A. Jewett, is John Appulton of Great Walding- 
field, England. It carries the descent back even to William de Ap- 
pulton, in 1326. The name is spelt in a variety of ways, and de- 
scendants lived in Kent, Essex and Suffolk. The arms of the progeni- 
tor were a shield, "Argent a fess sable between three pomgranets gules, 
slipped and leaved, vert: 11 in common parlance — A shield white, a fess 
black between three pomegranates red, on a branch broken off, leafed 
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2 Sketch of Hon. Nathan Jlppleton. [Jan. 

and green. The crest, "An Olivant's hed conped sa tusked eared, 
or, with a serpent writhed about his noz vert;" which is, An ele- 
phant's bead cut off' black, tusked, cared yellow, with a serpent 
wreathed about his trunk green. 

The arms of different families of this name varied much in their 
charges; but on examination of the books on heraldry — and in our 
Historic-Genealogical Society we have a large and rare collection — 
I have found that in nearly all the coats of arms, and I counted 
twelve of divers kinds of blazoning, they agreed in one device, the 
apple or pomegranate. Is not this a conclusive evidence of a com- 
mon origin in the herald office ? And it may be remarked that a 
crest points to a higher order in marshaling arms, denoting a knight- 
hood for some signal service. 

In blazoning a fresh or original shield, where a new family is in- 
troduced, a device is often chosen similar to the name. A few in- 
stances will explain this custom : as Arundel, six swallows, Batson, 
three wings, Colet, three colts, Hancock, three cocks and a hand, 
Lucy, three lucies, i. e., pikes, a fish, and Shakespeare, a spear. This 
is called Amies parlantes, or canting arms; and Mark Antony Lower, 
on English surnames, says that " English heraldry delights in pun- 
ning devices." 

Heraldry throws much light on history, architecture and genealo- 
gy. Had there been no coat of arms in their lineage in England, the 
Appleton family in America could not have traced their descent much 
beyond the ancestor who first came to this country. Heraldry has 
bestowed on them an apple more precious than the golden fruit of 
the Hesperides. 

Mr. Appleton was taught letters by the Widow Tiliick, and soon 
after sent to the town school. He was then so young that in order 
to make his debut in declamation before the scholars, he was put in 
jacket and trowsers. His early proficiency at this school must have 
gladdened the heart of his father, for in spelling he was at the head 
of his class; in arithmetic, he could extract the cube root, and his 
master could go no farther. The school, as usual in villages, was 
only open in the winter ; in summer the boys were employed on the 
farm. They learned to wield the axe, and to hoe and plough and 
mow, and they needed no gymnasium nor dumb-bells to give tone to 
the muscles, or broaden the chest for the lungs to play in. 

He was sent to the academy in 1192, under the tuition of Mr. John 
Hubbard, of whose excellence and worth he speaks highly. This 
seminary, incorporated as the New Ipswich Academy in 1789, next 
to the Phillips' Academy in Exeter, was the oldest in the state; 
and in 1853, on account of a munificent donation from Mr. Samuel 
Appleton, a brother of Nathan, and a former pupil, it was afterwards 
entitled the New Ipswich Appleton Academy. Nathan was dili- 
gent in his studies, and having been well fitted, he was examined 
and admitted a freshman in Dartmouth College, August, 1794. But, 
perhaps to the great disappointment of his father at the time, he 
changed his mind and gave up the still retreat of the Muses, for the 
business and bustle of the Exchange. 

And here a few remarks may not be out of place. Happy would 
it have been for many a young man thus qualified and imbued with 

1862.] Sketch of Hon. Nathan JUpplcton. 3 

a taste for literature, who had his own fortune to make, if he had 
turned from the academic groves, and sought some industrious em- 
ployment, by which a competency for life could be secured, instead 
of contracting idle and dissipated habits at college. The celebrated 
Junius gave this advice — " Let all your views in life be directed to 
a solid, however moderate, independence. Without it no man can 
be happy, or even honest." In Helon's Pilgrimage, which contains 
an elaborate account of Hebrew instruction, it is stated that the 
Jews finished the literary education of their sons, by giving them 
some trade or calling, on which to depend as a resource in adversity; 
which explains why St. Paul, though brought up at the feet of Ga- 
maliel, was a tent-maker, while a prisoner in Rome. The advantages 
of a solid collegiate education, where virtuous and industrious habits 
have been cherished, cannot be valued too highly. But after all that 
teachers can do, the student must depend on his own efforts. Sir 
Benjamin Brodie, in his learned essays on Mind and Matter, re- 
lates a saying of Walter Scott, that " The best part of a man's edu- 
cation is that which he gives himself." There is reason, therefore, to 
believe that Mr. Appleton during a long and distinguished life, never 
had reason to utter a word or sigh of regret at his early choice. 

The offers and inducements of his brother Samuel, may have had 
some influence in this decision. Samuel was then thirteen years 
older than himself. At the age of 22 he went down to Maine, with 
some young men, to settle on a township of wild land — now the 
town of Appleton, in Waldo county — where induced by the favora- 
ble offers of the proprietors, they selected their lots, and with his 
axe he began to clear up a farm. After two years of trial, amidst 
hardships and privations which formed a sad contrast to the home 
of his boyhood in the Happy Valley, he relinquished farming, came 
back and set up as a country trader with Col. Jewett, in Ashburn- 
ham, an adjacent town. Afterward he returned to New Ipswich, 
and formed a copartnership there with Charles Barrett, Esq. How 
far either of these concerns was profitable is now unknown ; but the 
field of enterprise being very small to a man of Mr. Samuel Apple- 
ton's abilities, in 1794- he concluded to try his fortune in Boston, and 
Nathan, though only fifteen, was invited to join him. There is some- 
thing peculiarly pleasing in this trait of brotherly affection, an 
affection which continued unabated to the end of their lives. 

Nathan left home and went to his brother in the fall of that year. 
He commenced as a clerk under him in a small shop in Cornhill, now 
Washington street. The business was buying at auction, and selling 
to country traders ; and as it increased rapidly, his brother removed 
to a larger store, No. 50 in same street. 

When a young man tries " to do his duty in that state of life unto 
which it shall please God to call him," he will find many things con- 
tributing, as it were providentially, to promote his success. For in 
the first place, Nathan was truly fortunate in his situation ; though 
in a large place where there were numerous temptations, leading 
the inexperienced to ruin, yet he was safe under the eye and watch- 
ful care of a fond brother. At his boarding house in Quaker lane, 
dow Congress street, he met with an old acquaintance, Eliphalet Hale, 
who was a schoolmate at the New Ipswich Academy. He taught 

4 Sketch of Hon. Nathan Jlpphton. [Jan. 

him book-keeping by double entry — a knowledge of which he found 
so essential in his brother's counting-room, and in all his future mer- 
cantile transactions, that in his Autobiography he sa3*s, " I have 
always attributed to a want of attention, a great portion of the fail- 
ures which take place, or to a want of knowledge in the proper prin- 
ciples of book-keeping.''' Another advautage, in his situation, was the 
acquaintance he formed ; among his friends were Henry Higginson, 
who afterward became an eminent merchant, and Joseph Story, who 
had been a fellow-patient with him in the hospital for the small pox, 
and who was destined hereafter to be a great civilian, and an illus- 
trious judge. With young Higginson he sought the celebrated Mons. 
Francis Sales, afterwards professor of French at Harvard Univers- 
ity, and they boarded a year or two in his family, for the benefit of 
speaking French. 

Such was his ardor in acquiring a knowledge of his profession and 
aiming at intellectual improvement. The evening hours, which are 
now too often spent by young men in idleness, oyster saloons, ex- 
pensive places of amusement, and dissipation, were by him devoted 
to Latin or French, or some study which disciplined the mind. What 
a precious gift it would have been to man}' a tyro at the counter or 
the counting room, if his Autobiography had embraced a detail of the 
six years of his clerkship, when the seed was sown, the fruit of which 
we all so much admire. Gibbon has left us an immortal Diary of his 
mental labors ; and had Mr. Appletou traced the particulars of the 
books he read, the studies he pursued, and the labors of his pen at 
that time, such a work would have shown taste of a high and noble 
r order, and been'a stimulus to young clerks, who with small salaries, 
and too often chilled by neglect, need encouragement. 

As the business had greatly increased, and Mr. Samuel Appleton 
became a large importer, he found it necessary in 1799 to make a 
voyage to England, in order to establish a correspondence and pur- 
chase goods for the American market. During his absence he left 
the sole care and management of the store to his young brother, not 
yet twenty-one. He saw his worth and knew his qualifications, and 
without anxiety he committed the disposal of all his shipments to 
him ; nor was he disappointed in such unlimited confidence, for iu 
1800 he took him into copartnership under the firm of S. & N. Apple- 
ton, 5 South row — a block near to and owned by the Old South 
Church, in Washington street. 

In November, 1801, the younger partner w r ent out to Liverpool, on 
a similar business. He returned in July of the ensuing year. Dur- 
ing his absence he visited the Continent, examined the splendid mu- 
seums and galleries of Paris, and at a grand review, from an eligible 
stand-point, saw the great Napoleon, the future emperor of France. 
" He was then," Mr. Appleton remarks, " thin and pale." 

His connexion with his brother was dissolved in 1809, and he ob- 
served, "My life thus far had been a laborious one." In 1810 he 
formed a copartnership with his brother Eben, and Daniel P. Parker. 
This, although profitable, was closed in 1813 in consequence of the 
war with Great Britain, which was declared June 19, 1812. 

He was married in 180G, to Miss Maria Theresa, daughter of 
Thomas Gold, Esq., of PittaSeld, Mass., and in 1810, on account of 

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JS62.] Sketch of Hon, Nathan Jlpjphton. 5 

her health, he again made a voyage to England. They visited Scot- 
land and its beautiful lakes, and then spent the winter in Bath, and 
in Clifton, near Bristol, for the benefit of the springs. The next May 
they returned home. 

In the sketches of his life he refers to meeting with Francis 0. 
Lowell, Esq., in Edinburgh, and of their repeated conversations on 
the cotton manufacture. This, probably, was among the first stirring 
thoughts and inward movements of the American miud on this sub- 
ject j it was the germ of a vast enterprise, wherein a solid founda- 
tion was laid for a new kind of domestic industry and commerce, 
destined to elevate our own country in wealth and power, and rival 
England before another generation had passed. Indeed, the history 
of the origin, growth and maturity of manufactures in the United 
States, would fill a large volume with instructive matter. They 
have almost changed the face of nature in some of the Northern and 
Middle States ; promoting agriculture, planting beautiful villages, 
building splendid cities, spreading a net of rail roads over the 
country, and giving employment to myriads of operatives on the 
land, and fleets of merchantmen on the sea. But we can only touch 
on a theme so fertile and point to those illustrious benefactors who 
first thought of a cotton factory, and then with all their energies 
and fortunes, laid its foundation by the unfailing waterfalls of 

On Mr. Lowell's return in 1813, he and Mr. Appleton again re- 
newed their favorite topic. Mr. Lowell was sanguine in his belief 
of success ; Mr. Appleton was at first timid and cautious as to em- 
barking in the experiment. A charter, with $400,000 capital, was 
obtained. Mr. Lowell and a few friends began with $100,000 ; Mr. 
Appleton willingly risked $5000 in the same. They purchased a 
water-power at Waltham, on the Charles river, in 1813. Mr. Apple- 
ton was one of the directors. A factory was erected, and the new 
and wonderful invention of the power-loom introduced. The mill 
went into operation in 1814, under the charge of a most' ingen- 
ious machinist, Paul Moody, whose improvements here, and after- 
wards at Lowell, were deemed of great value. A brilliant success 
followed — a question of infinite importance to the United States 
was solved — and the capital having been increased to $200,000, 
another mill was built in Watertown. 

Mr. Appleton, in 1815, formed a connexion in business with Ben- 
jamin C. Ward, under the firm of B. C. Ward & Co., 36 Broad street ; 
as he put in the capital, he was not to perform any of the labor ; he 
remarks, "I had acquired a fortune sufficient for my moderate de- 
sires." They became selling agents for these factories, and the 
business was lucrative. 

In his Autobiography he gives a comprehensive and interesting 
account of the cotton manufactures, from their apparently humble 
beginning in Waltham, to the gigantic structures in Lowell, under 
. the incorporation of the Merrimack Manufacturing Company in 1822, 
touching which he might well have said, Quorum pars magna fui. 
Lowell wa3 carved out of the town of Chelmsford in 1826, and from 
a small gathering of operatives, has grown into a city, by the last 
census, of 36,826 inhabitants. It is. the largest manufacturing place 

6 Sketch of Hon. Nathan Appleton. [Jan. 

in the United States. At the generous suggestion of Mr. Appleton, 
the name was adopted, for he said, Mr. Lowell — by introducing the 
new system of cotton manufactures, before his death in 1817 — " was 
the informing soul which gave direction and form to the whole pro- 
• ceeding." And truly the unparalleled success of this great enterprise 
has raised Massachusetts to a Very opulent and powerful common- 

Let a person only cast a bird's eye view over the hills and valleys 
of New England, and he will see the surpassing and astonishing re- 
sults of the introduction of domestic manufactures. It is not yet 
forty years since Lowell, Nashua, Manchester, Lawrence, Lewiston, 
and Holyoke, have risen into great places by the side of the water- 
falls. It was said of old that Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, was 
also the goddess of the distaff and the spindle ; and she seems to 
have left her ancient temple, the Parthenon, which crowned the 
Acropolis of Athens, to dwell among us in some towering manufac- 
tory. For lofty hills have been leveled, large rivers dammed, 
mountain rocks severed and hewn into water-courses — tall forests 
mowed down by the axe, and stately mills, splendid houses and paved 
streets created — and all, as it were, that millions of her spindles 
might be set in motion to sing her praise, while thousands of her vo- 
taries are weaving the web of commerce. Have not these wonders 
of the age come upon us like a dream of those palaces which the 
Genii created in one Arabian night ? And to whom are we indebted 
for this magnificent picture of national prosperity ? To a few men 
of genius and courageous enterprise, in the front rank of whom were 
Francis C. Lowell and Nathan Appleton. 

Mr. Appleton took a very active part in promoting home manufac- 
tures. He studied the art of improving the beautiful and complica- 
ted machinery by which they were brought nearer to perfection. He 
patronized every new invention which could be of any service. He 
made himself familiar with the details of the process of the work, as 
will appear from his clear and happy description of the power-loom, 
published in 1858. From the making of coarse sheetings and shirt- 
ings by water power at surprisingly cheap yet profitable prices — by 
new modes of bleaching — by printing of calicoes with engraved 
cylinders — by the use of the self-acting mule, a kind of spinning 
machine — and by the application of chemical skill in forming and 
fixing colors, his mills advanced to a high degree of finish. Such 
was his knowledge and mastery of this subject, that at Dr. Lieber'a 
request he wrote a valuable article on the Cotton Manufactures for 
hi 8 Dictionary. 

He was chosen Representative for Boston, in our Legislature, five 
'times, viz: in 1816, 1821, 1823, 1824, and 1826: and in 1816 he 
made his " first speech." It was on taxing insurance companies, to 
which he rose in opposition. For several sessions he was chairman 
of the finance committee, on whom the making of the state tax de- 
volved — an office requiring much practical knowledge and sound 

In 1831 he represented Massachusetts in Congress, a time when 
our manufactures needed protection, and the South was beginning to 
growl and stir up a rebellious spirit against them. Then his great 

1S62.] Sketch of Hon. Nathan Appleton. 7 

abilities and profound knowledge of this subject were in demand, 
and lie went to the Capitol with a prestige which few merchants 
enjoyed. He represented the largest and richest district at that 
time* in the United States. Such was his reputation that he was 
ur^ed to write his view^ for the Banner of the Constitution, of 
winch Mr. Condy Raguet was editor ; and under the signature of 
Statist he furnished six numbers on the exportation of cottons, 
and competing with England. Mr. Raguet, however, requested the 
author's name, which he declined to give ; and as the editor did not 
approve of his views, though he confessed they were "calculated to 
make a stirring impression upon public opinion," the publication of 
of them proceeded no farther. The fact is, he feared Statist ; for 
Mr. Appletou was a clear, cogent and powerful reasoner, when he 
undertook to write on commercial matters. He was a deep thinker, 
and he reasoned from facts — the logic of common sense — far bet- 
ter than all the dialectics of the schools. 

He lodged in Washington at Gadsby's Hotel, with his intimate 
friend, Daniel Webster, and enjoyed the light which the mind of that 
great and extraordinary man threw around him. He made three 
able speeches during his term — in January 21, and May 30, 1832, 
and in January, 23, 1833. It was in May that he spoke on the Pro- 
tective Policy with such power of argument, in reply to Mr. McDufSe, 
the champion of the South. Mr. McDuffie, in an elaborate speech 
specially addressed to Mr. Appleton, as he came over and stood by 
his side, had been exceedingly personal ; and remarked, speaking of 
North and South, that " they were rival manufacturers, one opera- 
ting with hoe and spade, the other with spindles and shuttles." Mr. 
Appleton had prepared, with a great deal of care and time, an analy- 
sis of his opponent's argument, and his reply to this Southron did 
him honor. It was favorably and elaborately reviewed in the iW 
tional Intelligencer, and in a note to him, dated June 1832, Mr. Webster 
compliments it most highly. " You have completely refuted each 
and every of Mr. McDufhVs propositions. I see no vestige left of 
one of his arguments. * * * * The speech is a model of close 
reasoning on an abstruse subject." Approval like this is far beyond 
the shouts of the million, which are often the most turbulent when 
there is the least virtue or merit to elicit them. 

In his maiden speech in Congress, January 21, 1832, he made this 
bold avowal — that " We could convert a pound of cotton into com- 
mon cloth we were making, for less money than the British could do." 
A fact he well knew, but this early annunciation of it alarmed 
many of his friends. A few years, however, demonstrated its truth. 
So far ahead of the time did this enlightened merchant look into the 
woven tissues of futurity. 

The renewal of the United States Bank came up this session with 
much excitement and a strong array of eloquence. Mr. Biddie, the 
great Banking Magician, brought all his artillery to bear upon the 
opposition. He was then idolized as a profound financier, and 
thought to be an upright, honorable man. Mr. Appleton, almost 
alone, distrusted him. "My faith," he said, "in Mr. Biddie had at 
this time been materially shaken." He saw danger ahead and was 
opposed to the renewal. Mr. Clay was exceedingly anxious for its 

8 Sketch of Hon. JVathan Appleton. [Jan. 

success. " Bank, or no Bank," was the issue. The affirmative was 
an article in the creed of one party, the negative a touchstone of 
patriotism in the other. A bill however, in favor of its renewal, was 
driven through the Senate, and hurried through the House, when 
Andrew Jackson sealed its fate with his presidential veto. This 
bold act brought down on his head the execrations of many who after- 
wards blessed him for the deed, for the corruption of Nicholas Bid- 
die, in his subsequent Pennsylvania "United States Bank," opened 
the eyes of the nation. If memory exists after death — and without 
it where is our identity ? — what must be the memory of that man, 
who by a deliberate system of frauds, has caused the ruin of thou- 
sands of widows and orphans, and doomed them to hopeless penury ? 

It was at this session that President Jackson gave a death-blow to 
the first attempts at rebellion, by South Carolina, in the shape of 
Nullification ; and Mr. Webster uttered that splendid and terrible 
phillippic, which disarmed the Southern Champion and crushed the 
eggs of Treason in the nest. During this period Mr. Appleton made 
his third able speech, which was on the bill to reduce and otherwise 
alter the Duties on Imports. In the course of his arguments, he 
spoke the following memorable words, some of which are here ital- 
icised : "There is another question — Does the South really wish the 
continuance of the Union 1 I have no doubt of the attachment of the 
mass of the South to the Union, as well as of every other section of 
the country. But it may well be doubted whether certain leading politicians 
have not formed bright visions of a Southern Confederacy! This would 
seem to be the only rational ground for accounting for the movements 
of South Carolina. A Southern Confederacy, of whicJi South Carolina- 
should be the Central State, and Charleston the Commercial Emporium, 
may present some temptations to individual ambition." 

It seems as though he was then standing on the mount of vision, 
and, like a prophet in the days of the Hebrew commonwealth, saw 
not only the shadows, but realities of coming events; as though in 
his mental perspective he beheld the conspirators plotting the seces- 
sion of seven states, and already heard the echo of that artillery 
which broke the peace of the Union in the bombardment of Fort 
Sumter. Alas ! thirty years have not passed since those words were 
uttered, and these calamities have come over the happiest land that 
ever smiled under the breezes of Heaven. He lived to see the begin- 
ning, and to grieve over it before he died. But thanks to Almighty 
God, the stars and stripes still wave over the Capitol in Washington, 
and we trust will wave in their glory, when the Rebellion shall be 
no more. 

He received a letter in February, informing him that Mrs. Apple- 
ton was dangerously ill. He hastened home, but arrived on the 
10th, the day after her death. At the urgency of his friends, he 
went back to Congress, but after the session, declined being a can- 
didate again. In May, 1842, he was the successor of the Hon. Robert 
C. Winthrop, who resigned his seat as representative, from sick- 
ness in his family. He spoke again on the Tariff, and at the end of 
the session resigned the office that Mr. Winthrop might be re-elected. 

In 1835, with his son Thomas and two daughters, one of whom 
was out of health, he embarked for Havre, where he arrived in 

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December. He crossed the Alps, visited Rome, and many cities in 
Italy and in Germany, which he describes in his sketches. Among" 
other places he made a journey to Waldingfield, in England. ITere 
he received the "beautiful genealogy," which he mentions, of his 
ancestors in England. It must have been a time of solemn yet sub- 
lime emotion, when he looked upon their ancient mansion, Holbrooke 
Hall, entered the two venerable time-worn churches, and among the 
monuments traced the armorial bearings of his progenitors, some of 
whom were knighted. In the History of New Ipswich, there is a long 
and descriptive letter to him, from his brother Eben, in 1S18, referred 
to on page 2, in which he gives a particular account of his researches 
in Waldingfield, and concludes in this affectionate manner: "I shall 
be pleased, if you derive half the satisfaction in reading what I have 
collected, that I have done in the research. Surely the social and 
moral feelings should receive improvement, and the mind be stimu- 
lated to virtuous emulation, by wandering amidst the tombs of our 
ancestors, tracing the rude inscriptions which record their peaceful 
virtues, and in looking back to an extended line, who have descended 
to their graves free from reproach. Let us be careful to leave the. 
same memorial to our posterity." 

He was married in 1839, to Miss Harriot C. Sumner, daughter of 
Jesse Sumner, Esq. By the first wife were four children: Thomas 
Gold, who graduated at Harvard University in 1831; Man-, wife of 
R. J, Mackintosh, Esq., son of Sir James Mackintosh, the eminent 
writer; Charles Sedgwick, who died Oct. 25, 1835; and Fanny, who 
married our celebrated poet, Professor Henry W. Longfellow, and 
died July 10, 1861. There were three children by the last marriage: 
William Sumner, a graduate of Harvard University, 1860; Harriot 
and Nathan. 

He had been an invalid for some time. The last summer his health 
failed rapidly. He saw his end approaching, but he was n'ot 
alarmed; an instance of the great truth, that An honest man is not 
afraid to die; and if blessed with a believer's hope, he looks for- 
ward to a change with joy. He died July 14, 1861, aged 81. Per- 
haps his death, in some degree, might have been hastened by his 
sudden and terrible bereavement of a beloved daughter, Mrs. Long- 
fellow, on the preceding 10th of July. To him and his family it was 
an awful blow ; and still more so to the afflicted husband and their 
five children. But, the house of mourning is sacred. Mr. Winthrop, 
has touched on this scene of sorrow — which awoke a deep sympa- 
thy in all hearts — with such tenderness and delicacy, that silence 
only becomes a stranger, as he passes by the spot with noiseless step. 
We live in a world of great trial ; and sometimes in the sudden stroke 
of sorrow, the ways of Divine Providence are mysterious, and seem 
hard to bear. They remind us — I speak it not irreverently — of the 
veiled Isis, of Egypt, " I am all that has been, that shall be, and none 
among mortals has hitherto taken off my veil." 

Mr. Appleton belonged to a remarkable family. His brother Eben, 
who died at Lowell, April 29, 1833, was a man of superior literary 
tastes, and a poetical contributor to the Port Folio, edited 1801-1812. 
by Mr. Dennie, whose pen charmed the public under the title of The 
Lay Preacher. His brother Samuel died July 12, 1853 j a biograph- 

10 Sketch of Hon. Nathan Appleton. [Jan . 

ical notice of whom maybe found in this Register, vol. viii, p. 9, written 
by the late Rev. Ephraim Peabody, D. D., where his memory is em- 
balmed by this eminent scholar and fine writer. The late Rev. Jesse 
Appleton, D. D., former president of Bowdoin College, was his cousin; 
a divine of rare excellence, who left such a lasting impression on the 
minds of his pupils, that the life of this good man seemed like "the 
sweet influences of the Pleiades." The Hon. Wm. Appleton is also a 
cousin — our late member of Congress, an eminent merchant. 

Mr. Appleton and his brother Samuel, occupied adjacent houses, 
and their cousin William, for the long continuance of whose life the 
prayers of many a poor family are daily offered, lives within a short 
distance. They each acquired large fortunes — Sua quzsque for- 
tune? faber est. Their three mansions are among the splendid edi- 
fices on the western side of Beacon street, where it widens into the 
fine avenue leading to Brookline; and they overlook our beautiful 
Common, with its shady mall and its picturesque surroundings. The 
dwellings on this street are princely. 

Mr. Appleton was a great reader, as well as a deep thinker. The 
Hon. Edward Everett, at a meeting at the Merchants' Exchange, in 
some eloquent remarks on his death, observed that "he retained to 
the last his literary tastes, kept up his knowledge of the Latin lan- 
guage, was fond of reading and writing, and gave to the public many 
carefully prepared efforts of his pen. 7 ' And his Essay on Currency 
and Banking, — Mr. Winthrop in a memoir of his life states, — "is 
almost worthy of being studied in the schools as an elementary 
manual." Geology was a favorite study, and his notice of the 
grooves on rocks, running in one direction, and seen from Canada to 
the District of Columbia, attracted the attention of men of science at 
home and in England. His style of composition was terse and lucid; 
he indulged in no flights of the imagination, and never sought the 
adornment of rhetorical diction. He wrote to the purpose and to the 
point, as an intellectual merchant would do: a class of men, some of 
whom have excelled our best scholars in the clearness and felicity of 
their correspondence. 

In 1847 he was elected an honorary member of the New England 
Historic-Genealogical Society, and in 1853, at his own request, there 
was a change into that of a resident member. His merit was highly 
appreciated by our noble University at Cambridge, which in 1844 
conferred on him the degree of Master of Arts, and in 1S55 that of 
Doctor of Laws. He was a member of the American Antiquarian 
Society, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and several 
other societies. He was also a member of the Massachusetts His- 
torical Society, the president of which, the Hon. Robert C. Winthrop, 
has given to the world a memoir of him, exceedingly interesting and 
written with great beauty and elegance. 

The life of the Hon. Nathan Appleton is .full of instruction to the 
young and to the old. The six years' probation of his clerkship, is a 
model for young men to imitate ; more especially those who have 
made choice of the mercantile profession. For he laid the founda- 
tion of his high character and great success on a rock — the rock of 
inflexible integrity in all his transactions. His noble mind soared 
far above that low cunning which is too often deemed a sign of tal- 

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ent. He was studious, industrious, and a great economizer of time, 
as though he ever felt the power of that exquisite line of Dante, 

Pensa, che questo di mai non raggiorna. 

Pause, for a day like this may never dawn again. 

And to those who are in the wane of life his example is encour- 
aging. After he had retired from business, and the years were 
drawing nigh in which many have said, in the lugubrious words of 
the royal Preacher, " I have no pleasure in them," he exhibited to 
the world an old age cheerful, useful, and full of hope. His literary 
occupations at this period remind us of Cicero, who wrote the Somni- 
um Scipionis, that beautiful treatise on Old Age, to cheer the last 
days of his own life. Is it an immutable law of our nature, that the 
mind shall decay with the body ? Must old age necessarily be idle, 
morose and gloomy — a weariness to itself and a torment to others ? 
Our Creator has not fixed this inevitable doom on our lot. The fault 
is generally in ourselves. If early life has been free from vicious 
habits, if the body has been accustomed to temperance and exercise, 
if the powers of the mind have been kept in use by discipline, study 
and a love of reading, the intellectual powers will continue vigorous 
and cheerful to the last. Sophocles died in his 91st year. Not long 
before his death his ungrateful children, wishing to get the manage- 
ment of his property, accused him of insanity before the Areopagus. 
His only defence was, reading before that august tribunal, his 
immortal tragedy of (Edijnis, which he had just finished, and he was 
acquitted. The faculties of Dr. Franklin, at the age of 83, were as 
bright as ever ; Lord Lyndhurst, in his 85th year was a vigorous 
debater in the House of Lords ; and Lord Brougham, still older, 
stands almost, if not quite, at the head of the great scholars and 
writers of the day. Instances of this kind are numerous. Some of 
the best articles Mr. App'eton ever wrote were the fruit of a happy 
old age, when his days were drawing towards the sunset of life. 

At his obsequies in King's Chapel, a large number of citizens were 
present, and among them several of our most distinguished men. 
The services were performed by the Rev. Dr. Gannett, who on the 
next sabbath preached an eloquent funeral sermon on his death. 
His remains were deposited in Mount Auburn, where departed kin- 
dred and friends of other days repose. In passing beyond the massy 
gates of this cemetery, where Nature and Art have contended in 
beautifying the scenery, the stranger amidst the numerous sepul- 
chres and monuments, feels as though the world with all its gaiety, 
business and bustle, was left behind ; while the mourner seems to 
forget the tears trickling down his cheek, as he looks upon the land- 
scape of the dead. And why should we weep at the grave where 
the natural body is laid away, like a garment in a wardrobe, while 
the spiritual body has risen and gone to its home ? 

New England Historic-Genealogical Society, ) 
Sept. 5, 1861. j 

At a regular monthly meeting in their rooms, No. 13 Bromfie'd 
street, Boston, the President, Winslow Lewis, M. D., in the chair, 
Frederic Kidder, Esq., read an appropriate article on the death of 

12 Prince's Subscribers. [Jan. 

the Hon. Nathan Appleton, which he concluded with these re- 
marks : 

" lie died as he had lived, in peace and resignation. Perhaps his 
last hours were embittered by the sufferings and death of a favorite 
daughter, Mrs. Longfellow. He had attained to more than four score 
years, and had outlived his brothers and sisters, and nearly every 
one of his early associates, and with the exception of his cousin, the 
Hon. William Appleton, now filling his former place in Congress, he 
may be said to be the last of the Merchant Princes of Boston — the 
Grays, Thorndikes, Perkinses, Goddards, Lawrences, Appletons — 
men of great minds and great hearts, who have given character to 
our city. When shall we look upon their like again ?" 

He then presented the following Resolutions, which were unani- 
mously passed : 

Resolved, That in the death of the Hon. Nathan Appleton, LL. L\, 
our city, state and nation, have lost a man whose place cannot 
easily be supplied; and whose long", quiet and unostentatious labors 
have resulted in great benefit to his country. 

Resolved, That we desire particularly to testify to his services in 
the cause of Education, Literature, History and Genealogy, and in 
gratitude to his memory place these resolutions on the records of 
our society. 


[Continued from vol. xv, page 333.] 
[Communicated by Ashbel Woodward, M. D., of Franklin, Conn. 

We propose in this article to furnish short notices of all the in- 
dividuals on Prince's list bearing the name of Green. The first 
three, though born in and near Boston about the same period of time, 
were of distinct origin. According to Savage, there were more than 
eighty of this name in the New England colonies, who might be re- 
garded as founders of families before the year 1100. The four last, 
on the contrary, were members of a single family — a father and 
three sons — of these, three at least followed the same occupation. 
The members of this family, including some of their ancestors, may 
be regarded as pioneers in the printing business, especially in jour- 
nalism, in this country. 

JOHN GREEN, A. M., was a son of John and Izabell Green of 
Maiden, where he was born March 20, 1699-1700. Having graduated 
at Harvard College, in 1719, he became a preacher, but never was or- 
dained. Subsequently he entered into mercantile business in Boston. 
In the Journal of the General Court of Massachusetts, Nov. 22, 1734, is 
allusion to John Green of Maiden and others, who petitioned to be 
annexed to Stoneham. In the same journal, Jan. 9, 1739-40, allusion 
is made to John Green, merchant, and others, who surrendered lands 
to the government, lying in the Upper Housatonic, in order to favor 
the settlement of the Indian town now called Stockbridge. 

Rev. JOSEPH GREEN, A. M., of Barnstable, was a son of Joseph 
Green of Boston, and was baptized by Cotton Mather, June 22, 1701. 

1862.] Prince's Subscribers, 13 



He graduated at Harvard College, 1720, and was settled over 
East Parish in Barnstable, May 12, 1725; having been ordained 
same day that the church was organized at that place. The Rev. 
Ebenezer Gay of Hingham, preached the ordination sermon, which was 
printed, and is now in the possession of the writer. This sermon is 
prefaced with a commendatory introduction of three pages, by Rev. 
Thomas Foxcroft. He died Oct. 4, 1770. He was the only minister 
who ever spent his whole life with that society. 

In the Boston Ne.zcs Letter of July 4, 1745, is an obituary notice 
dated at "Barnstable, June 6," which reads thus: "This day died 
here after a few weeks confinement in the 38th year of her age, Mrs. 
Hannah Green, the virtuous consort of the Rev. Mr. Joseph Green 
Pastor of a church in this Town, and daughter of the Rev. Mr. Jona- 
than Russell one of the former ministers of this place, and the 
youngest of ten children which that gentleman left behind him at 
his death, the other nine being all yet alive." 

JOSEPH GREEN, A. M., merchant, was born in Boston in 1706; 
graduated at Harvard College in 1726; and thereafter devoted him- 
self to commercial pursuits. He was appointed mandamus counsel- 
or, but it is believed he did not take the oath of office. His name 
is found among the addressors of Hutchinson. He was a wit and 
poet. Being associated with a kindred club, he freely indulged in 
humor and satire, and not even spared the measures of the govern- 
ment. He published several of his performances, which were mostly 
of a humorous character. Of these may be mentioned: A Burlesque 
on a Psalm of a Brother Wit, Br. Mather Byles, Ridicule of Free Masons, 
and Lamentation on Mr. Old Tenor, Paper Money. 

Though one of the Boston memorialists in 1760, and a member of 
a committee, with Samuel Adams, to report instructions to the Boston 
representatives in 1764, In was found finally among the adherents 
of the crown, and became an exile to England at an early stage of 
the war of the revolution, where he died a few years later (1780) at 
the age of 74. 

Mr. TIMOTHY GREEN of New London, printer, was a son of 
Samuel of Boston, where he was born about the year 1679. 

He descended from Bartholomew, who arrived and settled in Cam- 
bridge in 1632, with his family, but died shortly afterwards. His 
eldest son, Samuel, 2 born in England, about the year 1614, and who 
came with his father, was admitted a freeman March 4, 1635, and 
became a printer, being the second in the colony, having succeeded 
Stephen Daye. He was town clerk some years; captain of the town 
militia thirty years, and engaged at the press fifty years. The 
greatest work which he carried through the press, was the Indian 
Bible, of which he printed two editions in 1683 and 1686. 

He had by two marriages, nineteen children. He died Jan. 1, 
1702, aged 88 years. His eldest son, Samuel, 3 born March 6, 1648; 
was taught the art of printing by his father. He resided in Boston, 
and was printer for the time being for the government. He died in 
July, 1690, of the small pox.* His son Timothy, 4 our client, was a mem- 

* Bartholomew, youngest brother of the second Samuel 3 Green, was the printer 
of the first newspaper issued upon the American continent. This was the Bctzon 
News Litter, and the first No. appeared in April, 1704. 

]4 Prince's Subscribers. [Jan. 

ber of Cotton Mather's church, in the year 1700, where his sons were 
baptized as follows: Timothy, 5 baptized March 10, 1703; Samuel, 5 
April 21, 1706; John, 5 July' 25, 170S; Nathaniel, 5 April 2, 1710, 
and Jonas, 5 Dec. 28, 1712. 

He conducted a press in Boston, in the north part of the town for 
thirteen years, after which he was induced to remove to New London 
in 1714, by encouragement held out by the General Assembly of 
Connecticut, which offered a salary of £50 a year, besides the work 
of government. Green printed many pamphlets on religious subjects, 
particularly sermons. 

He was pious and benevolent, and possessed in a remarkable 
degree, what seem to be family traits of character, great cheerful- 
ness and humor. He died May 5, 1757, being at the time a deacon 
of the church in New London. 

SAMUEL GREEN, 5 though not on Prince's list, nor yet the eldest 
son of Deacon Timothy, may not, perhaps, inappropriately be noticed 
in this place, as he was associated with his father in the printing 
business. He married Nov. 12, 1733, Abigail, daughter of Rev. Thomas 
Clark, late minister at Chelmsford, Mass. By this marriage he had 
nine children, three of whom were sons. He died in May, 1752. His 
three sons all became printers, having been instructed in the art by 
their uncle, Timothy. 

Thomas, 6 the eldest, began printing in Hartford, in 1764. The 
same year he commenced the publication of the Connecticut Courant, 
the third newspaper established in the Colony. After a few years, 
he removed to New Haven, where he became established in business, 
at first with his brother Samuel, and subsequently with his son 

Timothy, 6 the second son of Samuel, commenced the publication 
of the New London Gazette, in 1763. This took the place, and was in 
a measure a continuance of the New London Summary, commenced 
five years earlier. In 1789, he became associated in business with 
his son, the late Col. Samuel Green. The Gazette continued to be 
published by the family till 1841.* 

Samuel, 6 the third son, was the successor of Mecom at New Haven, 
in 1767, where he was soon after joined by his brother Thomas, who 
became associated with him in business. 

Mr. TIMOTHY GREEN, 5 printer, was the eldest son of Deacon 
Timothy. He became associated in the printing business in Boston, 
with Samuel Kneeland, in 1727. About this time they started the 
fourth newspaper printed on the continent, The New England Journal. 
After a few years this was united with the Boston Gazette, the second 
newspaper established in the British colonies of North America. The 
two papers were united under the title of The Boston Gazette and Weekly 
Journal. The partnership of Kneeland & Green continued for twenty- 
five years. In 1752, Green removed to New London, and became 
the acting manager in his father's business, the whole of which was 
soon resigned to him. He succeeded his father as printer of the 

* Green's Connecticut Register, was commenced by Timothy Green, in 1TS5, was 
continued by Timothy and son, and afterwards by the sod, annually, with the ex- 
ception of a single year (1767), to 1852, making 76 volumes. 

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colony; and at this time there was no other press in Connecticut. He 
commenced the publication of the Ncic London Summary and Weekly 
Advertiser, Aug. 8, 1758. This was the second establishment of the 
kind in the colonv. After a life of industry and usefulness, he died 
Oct, 3, 1763. 

Mr. NATHANIEL GREEN 5 of New London, was the fourth son of 
Dea. Timothy Green. Hem. Jan. 17, 1738-9, Mary, widow of Richard 
Christophers, •° >d by whom he had two daughters: Katharine, born 
June 6, 1740, and Lydia, born April 22, 1742. In 1745, he joined the 
expedition against Cape Breton, under Gen. Wolcott. In this brilli- 
ant expedition, he held a lieutenant's commission. 

\ Mr. JONAS GREEN of Philadelphia, printer, the youngest brother 

of the last, was born in. Boston, and served an apprenticeship with 
his father in New London. After spending a few years in the print- 
ing house of Kneeland & Green, in Boston, he went to Philadelphia. 
While there he was employed in the printing houses of Bradford and 
Franklin. The government of Maryland having invited him thither, 
in 1740 he opened a printing house in the city of x\nnapolis. He w r a3 
appointed printer for the colony, with an annual salary of .£500 cur- 

In 1745, he commenced the publication of a weekly newspaper, 
entitled the Maryland Gazette, which continued to be published by 
himself and family for about seventy years. He died April 7, 1767, 
much respected. His wife, Anne Catherine Green, w r as born in Hol- 
land, and came, when an infant, with her parents to Maryland. She 
was the mother of six sons and eight daughters. 

[Communicated by Rev. Richard S. Edes of Bolton, Mass.] 

JOHN LARRABEE, Boston. Hitherto attempts to discover the 
parentage of this individual, have been unsuccessful. Not improba- 
bly he was born in Lynn, but the early records of that town being 
destroyed, nothing certainly can be ascertained. If his age is given 
correctly in notices of his death, which took place in Feb. 1762, he 
was born in 1686. About 1712, in the capacity of private soldier, 
we find him at Castle William (now Fort Independence), in Boston 
harbor. In 1720 he was quarter-gunner, and in 1725 he had risen 
(the lieutenant-governor of the province being styled the command- 
er) to the position of V captain lieutenant and victualler." Proba- 
bilities favor the idea that the office last named was somewhat ana- 
logous to that of lieutenant-colonelof a modern regiment. Records 
in the Secretary of State's Office, show Capt. L. repeatedly charg- 
ing not only for "victualling the garrison," but also for "repairs 
on Castle William," for " disbursments for sails & cordage for 
the boats," and for "extraordinary table expenses he had been at," 

We find on the Records of the Town of Maiden, that on Sept. 29th, 
1710, "JohnLereby m. Elizabeth Jordan;" and on Boston Records, 
"Children of John & Elizabeth Larrabee— John, b. 19 Apr. 1713; 
Elizabeth, b. 4 Feb. 1715; Sarah, b. 12 July, 1719." The elder daugh- 

16 Prince's Subscribers. [Jan. 

ter, Elizabeth, died unmarried, May 2, 1T46, The younger daughter, 
Sarah, married Dec. 21, 113S, Thomas Edes (ship carpenter) of Boston. 
Edward Edes, a large ship baker, corner of Salem and North Bennet 
streets, and owner of considerable estate at the North End, who died 
Sept. 8th, 1803, was one of ten children, descendants of the pair just 
named; Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of Master (so styled) James Carter, a 
quite noted teacher in King street, another; and Mrs. Rebecca, wife 
of Major Lemuel Trescott of Washington county, Maine, who had 
been an officer in the army of the revolution, another. 

Capt. Larrabee, it appears, had three brothers, viz: Benjamin, who 
in 1730, in consideration of £150, deeds him a piece of pasture-land 
at the North End in Boston; also Ephraim and Samuel, who in Capt. 
John's will, made in 1160, receive legacies, He had also a sister, 
Mrs. Margaret Brock, and a negro man named York, whom in the 
will he " manumits & sets free," giving him a suit of mourning, &c. 
The executors named in the will above referred to are, his " son, 
John Larrabee, his son-in-law, Thomas Edes, and his much respected 
friend, Capt. Nathaniel Greenwood." 

One or two incidental notices, in manuscript and print, which have 
been preserved, strengthen the good opinion of Capt. Larrabee's 
trustworthiness and capacity, which in consequence of his long re- 
tention in office (thirty-seven years) we are allowed to form. In 
Jan. 1752, Gov. Belcher, writing from Elizabethtown, N. J., rejoices 
"in honest Capt. Larrabee's so much recovered his Health, which he 
prays God to confirm to him, and without Derogation to the merit of 
any other person, knows not who can better till the Post he now 
sustains." In obituaries contained in the Boston Gazette and Boston 
Post Boy, of Feb. 1762, Capt. L. is commended for "uprightness in- 
tegrity, generous publick spirit, plain-heartedness, humanity, and 
freedom from guile." He is also spoken of as a "sincere Christian," 
and "dear to the soldiers at the^Castle, who lovd & revered him as 
their Friend & Father." 

A full length portrait of him is in the possession of his descendant, 
Mrs. Henry N. Conklin of Brooklyn, N. Y. 

PETER EDES, hatter, a respectable citizen of Charlestown; son of 
John and Grace (Lawrence) E., born in Charlestown, Sept, 15th, 
1705, and died 1787 or '88. His grandparents were John and Mary 
(Tofts) E., (married Oct. 15th, 1674) who were also of Charlestown, 
and from whom all persons of the name Edes or Eades, now living 
in this country, are probably descended. Whether William E., 
Salem, 1629, was the original ancestor of all, as no records remain 
to show, conjecture only can determine. Peter Edes married Esther, 
daughter of Stephen and Grace (Willis) Hall, Dec. 10th, 1729; and 
by her had seven children, among whom was Benjamin, born Oct. 
14th, 1732, printer, afterwards of the firm of Edes & Gill, publish- 
ers of the Boston Gazette and Coventry Journal. Benjamin married 
Martha Starr, somewhere about 1754. and by her had a family of ten 
children. Their descendants are living in Bangor, Me.; Georgetown, 
D. C; and other places. They claim to own the punch bowl out of 
which the " Indians " drank on the evening when the tea was de- 
stroyed in Boston Harbor. 

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[Communicated by Hon. R. R. Hixman of New York.] 

[Continued from vol. xv, page 298.] 

Bishop, John and Sarah, were m. Jan. **, 1675. Issno — Sarah, 
b. July 3, 1678. 

Butler, Ensigne Samuel, deacon of y e church at Wethersfield, de- 
ceased Bee. 31, 1692, the last day of y e week, y e last day of y e 
month, y e last day of y e year, and as he had said, soe it proved, y e 
last day of his life. Elizabeth his wife d. Oct, 12, 1681. 

Butler, Nathaniel, d. Feb. 9, 1697, aged 56 years or thereabouts. 

Butler, Joseph, d. Mar. 20, 1712. 

Butler, Wni. and Hannah, dau. of Win. Hills, were m. May 23, 1695. 
Is.— Eunice, b. Jam 12, '96; Sarah, Jam 11, '98; Peter, Apl; 9, 1700; 
Ruth, Apl. 29, '02. Mr. W. B. d. May 20, 1714. 

Butler, Sam'., deac 11 B.'s son, and Mary, dam of Scrg'. John Kil- 
burue, were m. Nov. 26, 1696. Is.— Elizabeth, b. Apl. 30, '98; Sam 1 . 
June 29, 1702; George, Oct. 6, '04, and d. Feb. 26, '25; Daniel, Feb. 
8, ? 07; Abraham, Mar. 19, '09. Mr. S. B. d. Dec. 30, 1711; and Mrs. M. 
B., Aug. 27, 1752. 

Butler, James and Hannah, dau. of Joseph Edwards, were m. May 
6, 1703. Is.— Hannah, b. Sep. 26, '05; Hezekiah, Apl. 29, '08; James, 
Feb. 4, 7 12; William, Feb. 8, '15. Mrs. H. B. d. Jan. 10, '42; and Mr. 
J. B., Nov. 7, 1765, in the 89th year of his age. 

Butler, Charles, son of Joseph B., and Susana, dau. of Amos Wil- 
liams, were m. May 17, 1704. Is. — Mary, b. Feb. 25, '06; Bathsheba, 
Sep. 21, '09; Charles, Mar. 11, '12, and d. May 1, '13. Mr. C. B. de- 
ceased on y° 25th day of Sep., 1711; being in the Queen's service 
dyed at Milford as he was coming home. 

Butler, Richard and Sarah Goodrich, were m. Dec. 15, 1725. Is. — 
Sarah, Feb. 20, '27; Joseph, Dec. 20, '29; Charles, July 19, 1732. 

Butler, Daniel and Armiuel. dau. of Josiah Churchell, were m. Mav 
14, 1730. Is.— Elizabeth, b. Mar. 11/ '31; Mary, Oct, 18, '32, and d. 
July 20, '48; Sarah, Sep. 11, '34; Abigail, Feb.'lO, '37; Eunice, July 
26, '39; Prudence, Oct. 21, '41; George, Dec. 26, '43, and d. in '47; 
Samuel, Feb. 10, '46; Lvdia and Hannah, Apl. 12, '48; George, Feb. 
22/50. Mrs. A. B. d. Aug. 27, 1752. 

Butler, Hezekiah and Rebecca Staudish, were m. Jan. 19. 1732. 
Is.— Lois, b. Nov. 9, '32, and d. in '41: Rebecca, May 12, '35; James, 
Dec. 9, '36; Hezekiah, April 6, '40; Lois. Nov. 3, '42, and d. in '46; 
JoSiah, July 8, '45; John, Aol. 24, '53. Mrs. R. B. d. Mar. 22, '76; 
and Mr. H. B., Dec. 17, 1786. 

Butler, Thomas and Sarah Churchill, were m. Nov. 22, 1737. Is.— 
Chloe, b. Jan. 31, '39; Huidah, Feb. 15, '41; Rhoda, Jan. 7, '43: Josiah, 
Nov. 12, '45; Sarah, Feb. 1, '47; Elisha, Dec. 2, '48; Elizabeth, Aug. 
19, 1753. 

Butler, William and Lucy Goodrich, were m. Nov. 8, 1739. Is. — 
Wm., b. Apl. 16, '41; Marianne, Dec. 22, '42, and d. in '50; Theodore, 
Sep. 26, '44; Roger, Sep. 20, '46; Chloe, Nov. 7, 1750. 

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Butler, Charles and Jertisha Goodrich, were m. Nov. 19, 1740. Is. 
— Jerusha, b. Jan. 31, '42; Ruth, Feb. 15, '44; Joseph, Xov. 4, '45; 
Moses, Mar. 20, '47; Benjamin, Jan. 5, '51; Mercy, Dec. 20, 1753. 

Butler, Samuel and Naomi Kilborn, were m. Apl. 4, 1751. Is. — 
Naomi, b. Aug. 10, '52. Mrs. N. B. died Aug-. 13, '52. S. B. and Abi- 
gail Addams, were m. June 26. 1755. 

Butler, Charles, J 1 '., and Azubah Ranney, were m. Oct. 24, 1754. 
Is. — Simeon, b. Aug. 13, 1755. 

Butler, Josiah and Martha Ranney, were m. Oct. 10, 1769. Is. — 
Simeon, b. Mar. 25, '70; Lois, Apl. 3, 1772. 

Butler, James and Hannah Wright, were m. Apl. 8, 1770. Is.— 
James, b. Dec. 24, 1772. 

Butler, Roger and Hannah Hanmer, were m. Feb. 22, 1709. Is.— 
Lucy, b. May 3, '09: Roger, Apl. 20, 1771. 

Butler, John and Love Smith, were m. Feb. 9, 1777. Is. — Sarah, 
b. Apl. 26, '78; Betsey, Oct. 8, '80; Hopee, Feb. 22, '83; Polly, June 
19, 'So; Clarissa, Jan. 8, '88; Hezekiah, Jan. IS, '90; Emily, Mar. 30, 

Butler, Frederick of Hartford, and Mary, dan. of Col. Th°. Belden, 
were m. Jan. 11, 1787. Is.-- -Mary Porter, b. Apl. 18, '88, and d. Nov. 
15, 1832; Charlotte, Feb. 16, '90; Frederick Augustus, July 17, '92, 
and d. Sep. 20, 1815; Rosweil, Apl. 24, '95; Abigail Porter, Feb. 26, 
'98, and d. Feb. 6, '32; Elizabeth, Aug. 7, 1802, and d. Mar. 12, '33; 
Julia Ann, July 30, '04; Thomas, Aug. 22, '06. Mrs. M. B. d. Jan. 

17, '11; and Mr. F. B., Mar. 12, 1833, aged 78. 

Buttolph, John. Is. of, by Hannah his wife — Jonathan, b. Jan. 8, 
1677; Joseph, Dec. 12, ? S0, and d. in '83. Mrs. H. B. d. June 6, '*8il 
Mr. J. B. and Abigail were m. June 27, '82. Is. — Abigail, b. Apl. 3, 
'83; James, Dec. 22, '84. Mrs. A. B. d. June 5, '87; and Lt. B., Jan. 

18, 1692, 

Benton, Edw d , d. Feb. 20, 1698, and Mary his wid. Aug. 8, 1702. 

Benton, Samuel and Mary, dau. of Sam 1 . Bradfield, were m. Feb. 
1, 1705. Is.— Sarah, b. Mar" 19, 1707; Hannah, July 1, '10; Nath' 1 , 
Mar. 8, '14, and died 9 days old; Jonathan, Oct, 23, '15; Nathanaell, 
April 9, '18; Abigail, Nov. 4, 1720. Mrs. B. d. Dec. 6, 1747; and Mr. 
Benton, 1752. 

Benton, Jonathan and Hannah Beckley, were m. May 6, 1742. Is. 
— Lydia, b. Feb. 1, '43; Samuel, Sept. 4, '45; Jonathan, Mar. 18, '48. 
Mrs. H. B. d. Jan. 18, 1750, in the 40th year of her age. J. Benton 
and Deborah Williams were m. Aug. 24, 1750. Mrs. D. B. d. Nov. 12, 

Benton, Nathanael and Dorothv Cook, were m. Oct. 13, 1745. Is. 
—John, b. Mar. 13, '46; Mary, Mar. 30, '51. Mr. Benton d. Dec. 3, 

Benton, John and Mary Blin, were m. May 3, 1764. Is. — Nathaniel, 
b. June 29, '65; George, July, 1, ; 6S; Mary, Jan. 30, '71; Rebecca, 
Feb. 21, '73: Dorothv, Aug. 22, '76: John, Fob. 16, '79; Simeon, April 
15, '81; Haiiey (dau.), Mar. 14, '84; Harriet, Mar. 22, 1786. 

Benton, James of Sew Haven, and Amanda A. Flint of Wethers- 
field, were ra. May 9, 1833. 

Benton, John J. of Hartford, and Lucy S. Griswold of this place, 
were m. Oct. 12, 1846. 

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Bement, William. Children of, by his wife Phcebe — Phebe, b. Jan. 
22, 1734; Penelope, Oct. 11, '35; William, Aug. 21, '37; Asa, Feb. 4, 
7 39; Ebenezer, Jan. 3, '41; Samuel, Dee. 25, '42; Hannah, Oct. 25, '44; 
Edith, Sept. 14, '40; and Edith, April 26, '48; Sarah, June 10, '50; 
Chloe, May 7, '52; Freelove, Mar. 20, '54; Rebecca, Nov. 18, '55, and 
d. July 11, '57; Rebecca, Sept. 11, '57, aud d. Nov. 4, 1760. 

Bement, Asa and Ruth Neal, were m. Jan. 15, 1761. Is. — Rebecca, 
b. Mar. 10, 1762. 

Blackleach, John, Sen., d. Aug. 23, 1683, and his wife Elizabeth, 
Sen. July 20, 1683. 

Blackleach, Capt. John, d. Sept. 9, 1703, aged 77, and his wife 
Elizabeth, June 12, 1708, aged 74. 

Blen, Peter. Children of, by his wife Johana — William, b. July 1, 
1675; Mary, Dec. 2, '77; Daniel, Mar. 2, '79; Margerett, Mar. 10, 

Blin, William and Anne, the dau. of John Coltman, were m. 
Nov. 13, 1701. Is.— Daniel, b. Dec. 27, 1703; Mary, Mar. 18, 1706; 
William, July 29, 1709; Anna, Feb. 4,1713; Peter, Feb. 4, 1713; 
Ephraim, Jan. 21, 1716; Thankful, Aug. 9, 1720, and d. Oct. 25, 1724. 
Mrs. Anna B. d. Oct. 17, 1724. 

Blin, Jonathan and Hannah, the dau. of Wm. Clark, were id. Dec. 9, 
170S. Is.— Jonathan, b. Oct, 1, 1711; Lucy, Sept. 2. '13. Hannah, 
his wife, d. Sept. 11, 1713. He was m. to Abigail Nott, June 26, 

; I Blin, William and Thankful, dau. of John Nott, were m. Dec. 22, 

1725. Is.— Gershom, b. Sept. 18, 1726; Thaukfull, 24 Nov., '29; 
Patience, May 16, '32; Samuel, April 12, '35; Abraham, Feb. 2, '38, 
and d. in infancy; Elizabeth, April -7, 1741. 

Blin, Deliverance and Mary Stiliman, were m. Feb. 5, 1713. Is. — 
Martha, b. Feb. 17, 1716; Mary, Sept. 23, '18; Rebeckah, Sept, 10, 
'21; George, Noy. 9, 172*. 

Blin, William, Jim. Children of, by his wife Sarah — Solomon, b. 
Mar. 26, 1734; Deliverance, Jan. 13, '39; William, Sept 14, '42; 
Hosea, Dec. 1, '44; Sarah, Sept. 28, 1746. 

Blin, Daniel and Martha, the dau. of Tho s . Stedman, were m. Jan. 
15,1736. Is.— Martha, b. Nov. 21, '36; Daniel, May 18, '3S; Heze- 
kiah, July 5, '41; Esther, Mar. 20, '43; Justus, Nov. 29, 1748. 

Blin, James and Lois Woicott, were m. (no date). Is. — Lois, b. 
Mar. 17, 1757; James, May 14, '60; Elisha, Mar. 24, '63; Unni, Mar. 
25, '65; Abigail, Mar. 23, '77; Nancy, Oct. 13, 1778. 

Blin, Samuel and Elizabeth Wells, were m. Mar. 30, 1755. Is. — 
Elizabeth, b. Nov 10, '58; George, Sept. 1, 1764. 

Blin, Peter and Martha Collins, were m. Mar. 10, 1734. Is. — David, 
b. Oct. 10, '35; Christian, Aug. 17, '37, and d. May 27, '55; Anne, 
Aug. 17, '39; Abraham, Jan. 14, '42; Lois, May 13, '45; Comfort, Oct. 
15, '49; Peter, Dec. 7, 1752. 

Blin, Gershom and Chloe Butler, were m. Dec. 29, 1756. Is.— Me- 
hetabel, b. June 6. '57; Gershom, Nov. 15, '59, and d. the same day; 
Gershom, Dec. 2, '61, and d. Oct. 25, '68; Simeon, Mar. 26, '64; Mary, 
June 23, '66; Gershom, Oct. 13, '70, and d. Nov. 1, '70; Thankful, 
Oct. 21, 1771. 

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Blin, Jonathan. Children of, by his wife Sarah — Sarah, b. Feb. 1, 
1759; Jonathan, Sept, 28, '62; Lucy, Jan. 8, 17GG. 

Blin, Solomon and Desire Andrus, were m. **. Is. — Polly, b. Sept. 
20, 1785; Levi, Jan. 6, '87; Llannah, Sept, 8, '88; Hervey, Feb. 4, '91; 
Barzilla, Jan. 31, '93; George, Feb. 27, 1796. 

Blin, Justus and Margaret Crofoot, were m. Sept. **, 1772. Is. — 
Justus, b. Jan. 17, '75; ^William, Oct. 29, '7 7; Elizabeth, Feb. 1, '81; 
Joseph, Oct. 23, '84; Esther, May 12, '87; Charles, June 11, '98. M- 3 . 
M. Blin d. July 2, 1798. J. Blin and wid. Mary Stoddard, were m. 
June 27, 1800. 

Blin, Hosea and Ruth Smith, were in. (no date.) Is. — Plosea, b. 
July 4, 1776. 

Blin, William and Nancy Lucas, were m. Nov. 7, 1782. Is. — 
Nancy, b. Oct. 4, '83; Hepsibah, Sept. 16, '85; Patty, June 14, '88; 
William, July 14, '90;' Emily, June 3, '92; Joseph, April, 1795. 

Baker, Samuel and Mary his wife, were m. May 19, 1687. Is. — 
William, b. June 14, '89; Ann, Nov. 15, 1691. 

Beckley, Nathaniell and Comfort, dan. of Jonathan Deming, Sen 1 "., 
were m. May 18, 1693. Is.— Daniel, b. Mav 8, '94; Joseph, Sept. 19, 
'95; Mary, Mar. 1, 1697. N. B. d. Oct. 29, 1697. 

Beckley, Richard and Elizabeth, dau. of Jon'-. Deming, Sen r ., were 
m. Nov. 23, 1699. Is.— Nathan 11 ., Aug. 27, 1700; Abraham, Jan. 12, 
1702; Elizabeth, June 27, 1703. 

Beckley, Benjamin and Rebecca his wife, were m. Oct. 7, 1685. 
Is.— Martha, b. Oct. 15, '92; John, Oct. 16, '95; Benjamin, Dec. 16, 
'98. Ben. Becklev and Miriam his wife were m. Nov. 11, 1702. Is. 
—Miriam, b. May 4, 1707; Hannah, Mar. 24,1710. B. B. d. April 
27, 1736, aged about 86 years. 

Beckley, Joseph and Mary, the dau. of Benj". Judd of Famington, 
were in. Oct. 3, 1723. Is. — Mary, b. April 6, '25, and d. in infancy; 
Josiah, April 28, '26; Joseph, Aug. 23, '27; Thankful, Nov. U,'28;Ruth, 
Oct. 11, '30, and d in. infancy; Eunice, Nov. 11, '31; Mary, Jan. 12, 
'33; Zebedee, Mar. 8, '34; Hepsebah, April 16, '35; Silas, Nov. 5, '36, 
and d. Nov. 11, '57; Abigail, Dec. 22, '37; Ruth, April 14, '39, and d. 
in infancy; Comfort, Sept. 4, '40, and d. in infancy; David, Feb. 17, 
'42; Jonathan, Feb. 12, '43, and d. in infancy; Dorcas, Mar. 6, '44; 
Honour, July 3, 1745. M rs . M. Beckley d. April 16, 1750. L T . Joseph 
B. and Sibil Porter, were in. Mar. 29, 1753. L*. J. B. d. Jan. 30, 

Beckley, Daniel and Martha North of Farmington, dau. of Tb°. North, 
were m. Aug. 6, 1719. Is.— Martha, b. Oct. 27, '20; Daniel, Nov. 29, 
'24; Lois, Nov. 17, 1730. 

Beckley, John and Mary, v e dau. of Jn°. .Woodruff, were m. Mar. 16, 
1727. Is.— Sarah, b. June 27, '28; Marv, July 16, '30; John, Dec. 22, 
'32; Elias, Feb. 27, '35; Achsah, Jan. 25, 1743. 

Beckley, Benj !1 . and Mary Lee, were m. Mar. 4, 1730. Is.— Rebec- 
ca, b. Ap 1 . 22, ''32: Benjamin, April 30, '38; Theodore, Sept. 12, '40, 
aud d. in infancy;' Mary, Feb. 9, 1742. Mr. B. d. Nov. 12, 1777. 

Beckley, Daniel. Child of, by his wife Ruth— Seth, b. July 28, 1753. 

Beckley, Elias and Lois Parsons, were rn. ***. Is. — Elias, b. 
Feb. 13, 1760; Rowena, Aoril 2, '63: Olive, June 17, '65; Selah, Mar. 
31, '67; Sylvester, April 1/71; Lois, Nov. 6, 1773. 



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Beckley, David and Hepzi ball Wilcox, were m. Sept. 23, 1763. Is. 
— Davidj b. Mar. 31, '65; Silas, Sept. 28, '60; Caroline, Sept. 8, '68; 
Joseph, Feb. 2, '71, and d. in infancy; Hepzibab, Mar. 9, '73, and d. 
in infancy; Luther, Oct. 11, 1778. _ 

BeckleV, Theodore and Lucy Kirbey, were m. ***. Is. — Lucy, b. 
Sep. 17, 1772; Setb, Jan. 7, 17*75. 

Beckley, Solomon and Cloe Kirkham, were m. July 11, 1776. Is. — 
Solomon, b. Aug. 14, '78; Chester, May 12, : 80; Cloe, Nov. 3, '82; Or- 
rin, Feb. 9. '85; Justus, April 20, '87; Meriam, April 16, '89; Nathan- 
iel,' May 25, '91; Emily, May 27, '94; Nancy, Nov. 6, 1796. Solomon 
Beckley, the son of Zebedee B., was b. Sept. 12, 1756; and Cloe Kirk- 
ham, May 10, 1757. 

Barnes, Mathew and Abigaile bis wife, were m. Jan. 12, 1692. Is. 
— Mathew, b. Aug. 1694. ±NL Barnes and Experience his wife, were 
m. Jan. 12, 1678. 

Barns, John and Esther Blin, were m. Feb. 23, 1764. Is. — Aziel, 
b. Aug. 21, '67; Meivin, May 8, '72; Anson, Mar. 4, '75; Edmund, 
Dec. 2, '79; John Hesselton, Aug. 7, 1782. 

Bo win, Josiah and Susanah, dau. of Wm. Clarke, were m. Nov. 9, 
1694. He was cast away in a storm the latter end of Oct. or first of 
Nov. 1703. . 

Benjamin, John and Ann Lattimer, were m. July 26, 1699. Is. — 
John, ft May 12, 1700; Ann, Jan. 1, 1704. 

Baxter, Thomas of Yarmouth, and Mary the dau. of Serg 1 . John 
Lattimer, were m. May 3, 1705. Is. — Timothy, b. Feb. 26, 1706; 
Elizabeth, Mar. 23, 1708. 

Baxter, Timothy and Sarah Kilborn, were m. Julv 14, 1726. Is. — 
John, b. Dec. 28, '26; Honour, Mar. 2, '29; Martha, Dec. 14, '30; Eli- 
sha, Oct. 29, '32; Sarah, Dec. 28, '3-; Mehetabel, May 25, 1740. 

Baxter, Elisha & Honor Woolcott, were m. Dec. 13, 1756. Is. — 
Honor, b. Sept. 8, '57, and d. in infancy; Rhoda, Au^. 24. '58; Elisha, 
Feb. 8, '62; Honor, Feb. 17, '65; Lucy, Mar. 20, '68; Leonard, Oct. 
28, '71; Prudence, Feb. 8, '75; Anne, June 20, '78; Polly, Oct. 1, 1781, 
and was bap. Dec. 4, 1785. 

Baxter, Mary, dau. of Sarah Kilby, was b. Oct. 28, 1791. 

Bracy, John, d. in Wethersfield, Jan. 19, 1709, etatis about 70 as is 
thought (doubtless a stranger). 

Brigden, Thomas. Children of, by his wife Grace — William, b. 
Aug. 3, 1740, and d. Julv 14, '50; Micheal, Nov. 16, '43; Sarah, Aug. 
9, '47; Timothy, Mar. 7," 1749. 

Brigden, Micheal and Catharine, dau. of Dr. Perrin, were m. ***. 
Is.— Micheal, b. Nov. 2, 1774; Hezekiah, Oct. 24, '77; Harriet, Jan. 
28, '80; Catharine, Nov. 25, '84; William, Jan. 24, 1788. 

Bunce, Zechariah and Elizabeth, y e dau. of Ens' 1 . Micheall GnV 
wold, were m. on ***. Is. — Elizabeth, b. May 29, 1726; Zechariah, 
Oct. 5, '28; Ann, Aug. 8, 1731. 

Bunce, Zechariah, Jun., and Sarah Bowin, were m. June 13, 1753. 
Is. — Sarah, b. Mar. 8, 1755; William, Nov. 28, '57; James. Feb. 16, 
'60; Richard, May 2, '66; Simeon, Jan. 25, 1768. 

Bunce, Jonathan. Children of, by his wife Elizabeth — Jonathan, 
Mar. 8, 17G6; Elizabeth, Mar. 24, '68; Dinah, Mar. 4, '70; John, April 

22 Records of Wcthersfield, Co?in. [Jan. 

20, >?4; Charles, Sep. 5, '79; William, June 2-1, '82; Zechariah, July 
20, '84; Abigail, Aug. **, 1788. 

Bacchus, Rev (l . Simon and Eunice, y e dau. of y° Rev. M r . Timothy 
Edwards of Windsor, were m. on Oct. y e 1st day, 1729. Is. — Clo- 
rinda, b. Oct. ?1, 1730; Eunice, Jan. 15, 1733. 

Burnham, William. Children of, by his wife Elizabeth — Jonathan, 
b. Mar. 21, 1092; Mary, Sep. 2, '94, and d. April 17, 1715; Abigail, 
Dec. 16, '96; David, Oct, 12, '98. Mrs. E. B. d. Nov. 19, 1717. 

Burnham, William and Hannah, the dau. of Mrs. Judith Wolcott, 
were m. May 18, 1704. Is. — William, b. April 5, 1705; Samuel, May 
28, 1707. 

Burnham, Nath 1 '. and Mehetabel Chester, the dau. of Maj r . John 
Chester, were m. on the 1st day of May, in y e year 1714. Is. — John, 
b. Oct. 21, '16; Nathaniel, Jan. 16, '19, and d. June 17. 1776; Mehe- 
tabel, Dec. 15, '20; Peter, Mar. 22, '23: Jeremiah, July 24, 1725. Mr. 
N. B. d. Dec. 16, 1754; and Mrs. M. B., Mar. 18, 1773, aged. 84 

Burnham, Jonathan and Mary Chester, y e dau. of Maj r . John Ches- 
ter deceased, were m. Jan. 1, 1718. Is. — Jouathan, b. Nov. 7, '18; 
Elizur, Mar. 21, '22, and d. in infancy; Abigail, Aug. 17, '27; Pru- 
dence, Dec. 1, '29, and d. June 27, '30; Elizur, June 24, '33; Mary, 
Aug. 9, '35, and d. Aug. 25, 1735. J. B. the son, d. Mar. 15, 1740; 
Mr. J. B., Jan. 24, 1752; and Mrs. M. B., April 19, 1766. 

Burnham, Peter and Hannah Deming-, were m. Nov. 16, 1757. Is. 
— John, b. Oct. 15, j dS; Hannah, Dec. 16, '61; Jeremiah, June 22, '63; 
Abigail, June 19, '67. ' Mrs. H. B. d. June 26, 1776. Peter B. and 
Elizabeth Ward, were m. Mar. 13, '77. Is. — George Ward, b. Jan. 
2, '78, and d. in infancy; Elizabeth, May 17, '79, and d. in infancy; 
Samuel, Sep. 29, '80, and d. in infancy; Samuel Ward, Sept. 13, 1783. 
Mr. P. B. d. Jan. 11, 1790. 

Burnham, Elizur and Chloe Rose of Branford, were m. Aug. 19, 

Bulkley, Peter and Rachel Talcott, were m. Mar. 21, 1700. Mr. P. 
B. was lost at sea, in a storm, about the 22 d of Nov., 1701, aged 37 

Bulkeley, Edward. Children of, by his wife Dorothy — Charles, b. 
Mar. 25, 1703; Elizabeth, Jan. 24, 1705; Sarah, Feb. 8, 1707; Rebec- 
ca, Feb. 22, 1709; Peter, Mar. 19, 1711, and d. in infancy; Peter, Mar. 
11, 1712; Gershom, July 29, '14; Dorothy, Sept. 11, '16. Mr. Ed. B. 
d. Aug. 27, 1748. 

Bulkeley, Doct. Gershom, d. Dec. 2, 1713, being 77 years and 11 
months old; and his wife Sarah, June 3, 1699. 

Bulkley, John and Honour Francis, were m. July 17, 1750. Is. — 
John, b. Nov. 10, '50; Honour, Mar. 14, 1753. 

Bulkley, Gershom and Thankful Beldin^, were m. Feb. 17, 1743. 
Is.— Thankful, b. May 20, 44; Jehiel, Oct. 23, '45; Gershom. Dec. 3, 
'47; Mabel, May 2, '50; Ruth, May 17, '52; William, Sep. 2, 1754. 

Bulkley, Peter and Abigail Curtis, were m. April 2, 1741. Is. — 
Joseph, b. Jan. 28, '42; Abigail, April 13, '43; Oliver, Dec. 5, '44; 
Solomou, Mar. 21, '47: Dorothy, July 17, '49, and d. in infancy; Jus- 
tus, Dec. 24, 1752. Mrs. A. B. d. Nov. 27, 1762; and Mr. P. B., April 
4, 1776. 

[to be continued. 1 

lSG'2.] Indian Deed of Eastham, Mass. 23 


[Furnished by Wm. H, Kelley of St. Faul, Minnesota, from the original in posses- 
sion of the Minnesota Historical Society.] 

To all people to whom these presents shall come, Sachamut of 
Setucket, in the Cunstablewick of Eastham, in the County of Barne- 
stable, in New England, Indian Sachem, sendeth greeting", & knowe 
ye that I, the said Saehamus, for and in consideration of the sum of 
seven pounds and ten shillings current money of New England, to 
me in hand at or before the sealling & delivery of these presents, by 
Josuah Shantam, of said Setucket, in the county aforesaid, well & 
truly paid the Receipt, where of I, the said Saehamus, do hereby 
acknowledge myself there with fully sattisfyed, Content & paid, and 
there of and of every part & parcell there of do acquitt, exonerate & 
discharg him, the said Josuah Shantum, his heires, executors & Ad- 
minestrators, & every of them, for ever, by these presents hath 
given, granted, aliened, bargained, sold, enffeoffed & confirmed. And 
by these p rs nts doth fully, clearly & absolutely, give, grant, bargaine, 
sell, alien, enfeof & eonfirme, vnto him, the said Josuah Shantam, his 
heires and assignes, for euer, all that my parcel! of land, lying and 
being at Setucket, afforesaid, bounded partly by the mill pond on the 
west side, & so southerly vp to the narrow or wading place, and so 
partly by the great pond, to manasses his land, & southerly by sd 
manasses land, & on the north side by the land of an Indian Squaw, 
formerly John Qua sons wife, called by her Indian name bappannun, 
& easterly by the Indians or purchasers land, conteyning twenty 
acres, be it more or less, to gether with all the wood, vnder woods, 
watars, swamps, feedings, ways, easments, proffits, priveledges & 
appurtenances, to the same belonging, together with all and singu- 
lar the estate, right, title, interest, possession, property, claime & 
demand, whatsoever of me, the said Saehamus, in or to the same, or 
in or to any part or parcell thereof. To have And to hold all the said 
parcell of land & p r misses here in or here by granted, bargained or 
sold, or mentioned or intended to be here by granted, bargained & 
Bold, vnto him the said Josuah Shantam, his heires & assignes, to the 
only proper vse, benefit & behooff of him the said Josuah Shantam, 
his heires & assignes for euer. And that I, the said Saehamus, at 
the time of ensealing and delivery of these p rs nts, hath full power, 
good Right, and lawfull Authority, to grant, bargaine, sell and Con- 
vey, all and singuler, the before here by granted or mentioned to be 
granted p r misses, with its Appurtenances, vnto the said Josuah 
Shantum, his heires and Assignes in maner and forme affore said, 
and that free and clear & freely & clearly acquitted, exonerated & 
discharged, or otherwise from time to time well and suffitiently saued 
and kept harmless by the said Saehamus, his heires, executors and 
Adminestrators, of & from all & all manner of forrnar and other 
gifts, grants, bargains, sales, leses, mortgages, and of & from all 
and singular other titles, trouble, charges, demands & incumbrances 
whatsoever, had, made, committed or done, by me, the said Saehamus 

24 Robinson Family. [Jan. 

my heires or Assignes, or by any other p r son or p r sons whatsocner 
lawfully claiming, by, from or vnder, me, them, or & of them, or by 
mine, or their means, act, consent, title, interest, priuety or procure- 
ment, And that the said Josuah Shantum, his heires & assignes, and 
euery of them, shall or may by force & vertue of these p'nts from 
time to time, and at all times, for euer, here after, lawfully, peac- 
ablely & quietly, haue, hold, vse, occupy, possess, and in Joy all the 
here iu or here by mentioned p r misses with their & euery one of 
their rights, members and Appurtenances, and haue, receiue and 
take the rents, Jssues and proffits there of to his and their owne 
propper vse, benefit and behooff for ever, without any lawf.ull, lett, 
suit, trouble, deniall, interruption, euiction or disturbance, of me, the 
said Sachamus, my heires or assignes, or of any other p r son or p'sons 
whatsoeuer lawfully claiming by, from or vnder me, them, or by 
mine, or theire means, act, consent, title, interest, priuity or procure- 
ment, And lastly, that the said premisses now arc, & for full eight 
years, now last past, have ben in the tenure & peacable possession 
of him, the said Josuah Shantum, & so is now to continue. by these 
p r nts for euer. In Witnes where of I, the said Sachamus (Sachem 
of Setucket) haue here vnto sett my hand and seale this first day of 
July one thowsand six hundred ninety and two: 

Signed sealed 

Sachamus fi\ his mark. [seal.] 

and Delivered in the aboue mentioned Sachamus appeared the 

p r sence of date here of and Acknowledged this Instrument 

John Thacher to be his act and deed before 
John Seabury. John thacher Assist 

This Deed is truly Recorded in y e County Book of Barnestable in 
page 157 of y c Book of Re lords of Lands June y e second 1694.. 

Attest, Joseph Lothrop Recorder. 

Robinson Family. — In the article in the Genealogical Register for 
January, 1860, page 20, I stated that Thomas, son of Isaac, removed 
to Guilford, Conn. Information since received makes it probable 
that the Thomas of Guilford, who conveyed lands in Edgartown, 
June 19, 1106, was a son of the Thomas who was of Hartford as 
early as 1640, and removed with his family about 1660 to Guilford. 
The children of Thomas of Hartford and Guilford, were: Thomas, 
born about 1650, died in Guilford, 1712; Jonathan, David, Ann, Mary 
Saint and Elizabeth. Jonathan died young, all the others had fami- 

The fact that Isaac Robinson in his deeds of lands to his children 
residing at Martha's Vineyard, docs not uame a son Thomas, is nega- 
tive evidence that he had no son Thomas living when he removed 
from that island in the year 1701. The only reference to a Thomas 
Robinson in the Tisbury town, or the Duke's county records, is the 
deed to which reference has been made. This is not sufficient to 
prove that Thomas, sou of Isaac, was living June 19, 1706. 

Amos Otis. 

l^r/y] Letter from Thomas Osburne. 25 



[Communicated by Joshua Coffin of Newbury, Mass. J 

George Little was a Baptist, and was one of the founders of the 
Baptist Church.* Thomas Osburne was probably a brother Baptist, 
and perhaps a member of the first Baptist Church in Boston. He 
was not a Newbury man. From his letter it appears that he mar- 
ried the widow of Thomas Colman, viz: Margery Colman, whose first 
husband was an Osgood, the second, Thomas Rowell, the third, 
Thomas Colman, and the fourth, Thomas Osburne. Who was this 
Osburne ? Was he a member of the first Baptist Church in Boston ? 
Who was Elder Hull ? J. O.f 

Dear & loving- brother littell, in gospell bonds my harty love re- 
membered unto you and your wife though unto me unknown, & 
hoping you are in helth as I being att this wrighting hereof. 

blessed be the Lord, hartily giving you thanks for youf kind en- 
tertainment when I was last att your house. This is farther to let 
you understand I have married to one Margery Colman, a widdow 
on the island Nantucket where I now am. I believe God hath pro- 
fided for me & given me a meet help, a very loving wife, one in 
charity & walking, & I judge for the Lord, & a true lover of the 
pepell & church of the Lord, & I se nothing bat the Lord blessing 

*In Newbury. See Coffin's Newbwy, pp. 135, SOS. — Editor. 
t On the 2Sthof May, 1665, the Baptist Church in Oharlestown, Mass., was gathered, 
and on the same day, Thomas Gould, Thomas Osborne, Edward Drinker, and John 
George were baptized. They joined with Richard Goodall, William Turner, Robert 
Lambert, Mary Goodall and Mary Newall, who had been of the same order in Old 
England. Before the year 1669, Isaac Hull, John Farnum, Jacob Barney, John Russell, 
Jun., John Johnson, George Farlow, Benjamin Sweetser, Mrs. Sweetser, and Ellis 
Callender, were all connected with the same church. The General Court had pre- 
viously passed a law forbidding any persons to form a church, or to meet together 
for religious service, without the consent of the magistrates. The above first named 
persons had violated the law, they were accordingly brought before the Court of 
Assistants, and in September of the same year (1665), Gould, Turner, Osborne, 
Drinker and George, were sentenced to be disfranchised (such of them as were free 
men), and upon conviction of their further proceeding therein, to be committed to 
prison. On the 17th of April following, they were again indicted before the County 
Court at Cambridge, for absenting themselves from public worship. Gould, Os- 
borne and George, were fined four pounds each, and for refusing to bind themselves 
for their appearance at the next Court of Assistants, were committed to prison. 
Finally, Gould, Turner and Farnum were banished from the jurisdiction, but it 
does not appear that either of them complied with the sentence. Mr. Osborne was 
fined 20» in 1673, for withdrawing from public meetings established by law. In 
1678, he was licensed by his brethren, as a preacher of the gospel. Previously, 
in Oct. 1675, on the death of Mr. Gould, and ten years after the church was consti- 
tuted, Isaac Hull and Mr. Russell became pastors of the church, afterward assisted 
by John Mills. Under these three laborers, the church became so enlarged that 
they agreed to divide into two churches. In January, 1678, they resolved to erect 
a place of worship in Boston. Their first meeting in this house was on the 15th 
of February, 1679. Elder Hull died after March 24, 1668; the last record on the 
church books during his ministrv, txdng entered under that date. — Editor. 

26 Letter from Thomas Oshurne. [Jan. 

our indavors we may live comfortably though both aged & but crazy. 
You know my weakness & God marks my instability I hope in marsy 
of my insufficiency as to the work I am imployed in as to soul con- 
cerns, but my desire is, wholly to [ ] rely upon the Lord 
though I am weak that weakness is [ ] that can, & I belief 
will enable me in some measure to do what he calls me to for which 
I beg your prayers that in heart & life, I may be to the praise of his 
free grace making & keeping me faith full unto death, I may receive 
the crown of life provided unto all that love him. This further, bro- 
ther, I desire & entreat you to remember my harty respects and love 
to Elder Hull & his wife, our deacons & their wifes brother & his [ ] 
wife & cousin Swett & all the rest of my brethren & sisters in gospel 
bonds as if I had named them in partickeler as you may & have 
opportunity wanting time and other occasions lying hard upon me, 
This farther, I & my wife entreat you to remember our harty love 
to our brother Chaudler & his wife & all their children, intreating 
him if he have my husband Colman's mind, which himself did write 
& my husband Colman did set his hand to it how he would leave me 
a comfortable maintynance, if he died & left me a widow. My wife 
desires he wold be pleased to send it, if he have the same, as judging 
it might be of great benefit & use unto her for her husband Colman's 
sons, deals very hardly by her & keeps & takes what they can from 
me, & requites me very unworthily for all my care & endeavors for 
their good, which is a great grief & trouble unto me, but we trust 
the Lord will bear us up & grant, what is necessary and give us 
contentment in our spirits in that portion he in his wisdom shall 
carve out unto us; so earnestly desiring a few lines from you to let us 
know your own estate, & how things stand respecting our society 
in public carrying on in the concerns of the public worship of God, 
& how we do in number & increase with the increasings of God 
in love to God & love & peace among yourselves, by which it ib 
made manifest that we are the true disciples of Jesus Christ, by our 
peaceable living in love one with another. Committing you to the 
protection of the Almighty God, & begging your & all my bretheren's 
prayers for my being [ ] into his heavenly kingdom & 
delivered from every sinful way & work I rest your loving brother 
in gospel bonds, Thomas Osbcrne. 

Nantucket Island. 

This 25 of the 8 month 1682—25 Oct. 1682. 

Superscription: This for his very loving frend Goodman Littell 
living att Newbury. Deliver this with care I pray. 

Michael Metcalf. — " In the Life of Matthew Wren, Bishop of Ely 
(Parentalia, p, 101), wherein he is defending himself against some 
charges of persecution, he speaks of ' Michael Metcalf and Nicholas 
his son, a Dornix weaver of some estate.'" — London Notes and Queries 
for 1860, Sept. 20, 2d series, vol. x, p. 250. See Reg., vi, 1U. 

Matthew Wren, b. ab. 1586, d. 1661, se. 81; made bishop of Here- 
ford, 1634, afterwards translated to Norwich, and in 1638 to Ely. 

JSG2.] B evolutionary Journal of Daniel Gookin. 27 


[Communicated by J. Wingate Thornton of Boston,] 

Daniel Gookin, a fragment of whose journal we publish, was the 
son of Rev. Nathaniel Gookin of Northampton, N. EL, by his third 
wife Love, daughter of Col. Joshua Wingate. He was born March 
2, 1756, and losing his father at ten years of age, was early enured 
to self-reliance. His commission "as Captain from the 20th day of 
October, 1786, " was executed at Ne«v York, April 2d, 1787. "By 
order of Congress," and is signed by " His Excellency, Arthur St. 
Clair, Esq., President," and " H. Knox, Secretary at War." 

1809, June 6, he was appointed to the bench of the Court of Com- 
mon Pleas, for the county of Rockingham, by Gov. Langdon. 

1815, Dec. 19, he was appointed Judge of Probate for Rockingham 
county by Gov. Giiman, which office he retained till constitutionally 
disqualified by age. He was an active member of the Rockingham 
Agricultural Society, and of the New Hampshire Cincinnati. He 
was decided in his political opinions, and was of the Jeffersonian 
party. One of his most intimate friends was his cousin, the late 
Hon. Paine Wingate, whose family is noted for its longevity. When 
Judge Wingate heard of the death of Judge Gookin at Saco, Maine, 
Sept. 4, 1831. in his 76th year, he exclaimed: "Well, I never thought 
Daniel would live to, be an old man, for the Gookins are a short-lived 

[He married Dec. 4, 1787, Abigail, dau. of Dr. Levi Dearborn of 
New Hampshire, one of the most eminent physicians of his day. See 
Register, vol. vi, p. 62, and Mementos of the Sivett Family, p. 24.] 

" Journal of March from North Hampton, N. Hampshire, in the year ' 

1779," by Daniel Gookin of that place. 
"Tuesday, May 4, '79. Set out from N. Hampton for the army. 
Lodged at Andover, Mr. Adams, 30 miles. 

5. Thro' Tukesbury, Bilrica, Bedford, Concord, Malborough to Land- 

lord Sawings, 38 miles. 

6. Marched thro' Northborough, Salsbury, Woster, Leister, Spencer, 
Brookfield. Lodged at Landlord Coley, 35 miles. 

1. Marched thro' Weston, Palmer, Wilbraharn to Springfield. Lodged 
at Landlord Cottons, 32 miles. 

8. Thro' Suffield (at this place my dog Bark left me) to Simesbury, 

22 miles. 

9. Sunday. Thro' Harrington to Litchfield. Landlord Thomsons at 

the Gaol, 25 miles. 

10. Washington, New Milford to pinch gut. Lodged at Camps 
Tavern, 24 miles. 

11. Marched thro' Danbury to Ridgfield. Lodged at Keelers tavern, 

18 miles. 

12. Wednesday, thro' Salem (this is in New York) Courtlandt's 
manor, correspond to Soldier's Fortune, 6 miles above Peekskill 
where the reg 1 was encamped, 30 miles. 

28 Revolutionary Journal of Daniel Gookin. [Jan. 

13, 14, 15, 16. Staid at Soldier's Fortune. 

17. Marched from our encampment thro' Fishkill, crossed North 

River. Lodged at Newbury, 21 m. Here Gen. Poor over took 

18. Marched thro' New Windsor to Bethlam, 9 miles. 

19. to Chester, 12 miles. 

20. to Warick, 14 miles. 

21. Kainy Day, did not march, this place is 4 miles in the Jersey. 

22. Did not march. 

23. To Sussex Court House, here are four or five houses, very good, 
but the houses from North River to this place are small, the 
country mountainous, the valleys fertile, bearing large crops of 
wheat and rye, the men do but little work, and the women great 
sluts, marched 22 miles. 

24. Marched to Hope, a small moravian town where there is one of 

the finest mills I ever saw, built of stone, the since way of this 
mill is cut thro' stone 800 feet in length, 30 feet deep in some 

25. Marched within 5 miles of Easton, encamped in Woods, marched 

in 19 miles. 

26. Marched into Easton 5 miles, this town lies on the west side of 

Delaware river, 60 miles by land above Philadelphia; this town 
is very pleasantly situated on the Delaware and Lehi, the river 
runs thro' Bethlehem; they have a fine Stone Church and Court 
House which lie in the centre of the town and a Stone Gaol; 
the inhabitants German, buildings most of them stone. 

21, 28. We encamped on the Banks of the river Lehi. Bethlehem 
lies 12 miles up this river. 

29, 30. Went to church, heard a sermon in Dutch, saw the Priest 

\ administer the Sacrament,, there was boys belonging to this 
church not more than twelve years old; their manner of admin- 
istering the sacrament is first the men come around the altar, 
the minister takes small white wafers about as big as a copper 
which he puts into their mouths speaking to every one, the same 
with the wine, the organ going all the time and people singing. 
Sunday afternoon went to church, heard sermon preached by 
Jersey Chaplain. 

31. I [ ] & Rec'd one Hundred Dollars of Capt. Fogg. 

June 1, ; 79. Rec'd this day a certificate from the State of New 
Hampshire, appointing me an ensign in Col. Reids Reg 1 , to take 
Rank from 6 May, 1777. 
2, 3. On Court martial. 

7. Bought of Capt. Carr* a Hanger for one hundred and fifty Dol- 
lars.f Borrowed of Capt. FoggJ 200 Dols. 

* James Carr of Semersworth, was captain of company three of the second bat- 
talion, commanded by Col. Nathan Hale of Rindge. — Editor. 

tSept. 1, 1779. The bills in circulation were one hundred and sixty millions. 
Earlv in 17b0, forty paper dollars were worth only one silver doiiar. — Lossing's 
Field Book of the Revolution, i, 319. 

% Jerry Fogg of Kensington, was "paymaster" of the second battalion, according 
to the printed list. His position may have been changed at the time this Journal 
was written. — Editor. 

1S62.] Revolutionary Journal of Daniel Gookin. 29 

14. Heard of the Victory Gen 1 Lincoln gained over the British at 
Charleston, S. Carolina. Fired a fnze de joy on the Occasion. 

18. Marched from Easton to Hilerston, 12 miles and encamped. 

19. To Soconoco Mount, Point Lawrence. To wain 17 miles. Country 
all mountainous and Barren. 

20. 21, 22, 23. Marched thro' Long Swamp to Wyoming 36 miles, 

there is one house 7 miles from this (no inhabitants) that is all 
for 36 miles back. 
24. On guard. Provisions scant, Beef very poor; there has been a 
large quantity condemned. 

26. Indians discovered last night near one of our piquets. 

27. Removed our camp to the west side of the river, about 3 miles 
up; this is allowed by judges to be the best land they ever saw 
and sure I am that I never saw an equal to it, our garden spots in 
New Hampshire not excepted, the interval surpasses all descrip- 
tion; the river Susquehanna on which this lies, abounds with 
fish, shad in great plenty in the spring, as they go up to spawn, 
and the shores are covered with these fish which have died up 
the river, thro' their too long stay in Fresh water. The land at 
present is unimproved, the inhabitants 'being killed in an en- 
gagement with the Indians and Torys, last summer. 300 were 
killed and scalped at one time. 

29. Mr. Bell arrived from N. Hampshire. 

30. Our men went out this day gunning, saw deer and wild Turkey, 
killed none: this country has a mountain which affords excellent 
stone-cole; our blacksmith told me its almost equal to Newcastel 

July 5, 1779. This day Gen 1 Poor gave a gen 1 invitation to the 
officers of his Brigade to dine with him in commemoration of 
American Independence (the fourth being Sunday) we had an 
elegant entertainment. A number of patriotick [toasts] drank, 
&c. &c. 
6. This day a shower rose in the East and rained very hard with 
thunder & hail, the hail was as big as pullets ogg. 

12. Received Commission as an Ensign in the 2 d N. Hampshire Reg'- 
giving me Rank as Ensign from the 6 of May, 1777; my warrant 
I ree'd at Easton. 

21. The Gen 1 congratulates the Army on the success of our arms at 

Stoney Point, this-newes he received by letter from one of Gen 1 
Washington's Family, the following is an extract: (to wit.) 
Brigadier Gen 1 Wayne with part of the light Troop surprised 
and took Prisoners the whole of the garrison at Stony Point, all 
the cannons, stores, mortar, howitzers tents, baggage, &c. &c. 
without the loss of more than four or five men, no officers killed 
or badly wounded; if this story turns out as true as the news 
from Geu 1 Lincoln did, Amen for orders. Mr. Bell being on de- 
tachment with Col°. Reid* at Brinker's Mills by Major Titcombsf 
desire I did Adg's duty from the 10 &e. &c. drew very bad 
provisions it being that which was condemned some time past 

*Lt. Col. James Reid of Londonderry, of the first battalion, N. H. troops. — Er>. 
t Maj. Benjamin Titeomb of Dover, of the second battalion. — Editor. 

30 Revolutionary Journal of Daniel Gookin. [Jan. 

all the alteration in it is that it has been smoked which takes 
out some of the ugly smell but the juice of the grape continues 
in it yet. Owing to the badness of the Provision some of our 
officers and men are sick. 

28. Col° Eeid & Mr. Bell & the Detachments that went with him, 
arrived at Camp, drew our horses, making all the preparations 
possible for a march up the river. Agreeable to Gen 1 orders we 
moved down yesterday from Forty Fort to Wyoming. 

31. Marched from Wyoming to Leighawaneuch, our bagage was 
carried on pack horses provided for that purpose. 9 miles. 

August 1 st . By reason of the boats not getting up the river, we did 
not march till three o'Clock in the afternoon. Marched to Qui- 
hetimaek. 4 miles. 
2. Our moving so late from Leighawanock yesterday, and the bad- 
ness of the roads, several of the pack horses (with flour and 
other stores over set) which put us under the fatal necessity of 
tarrying all this day and night at this Post. 

-3. Marched at Seven o'clock in the morning over a very mountain- 
ous country to Tunck Hanick twelve miles, our baggage arrived 
safe this night, one of our men catched a wild turkey and an- 
other a deer both of them alive, the deer attempted to run thro' 
the troops but got grabbed; not very well, up last night on 
guard &c. Sec. Crosd several very fine streams in our march 
this day, (or rather) waded thro' them. 

4. Marched at six o'clock in the morning, the country much the same 

as yesterday untill we arrived within about 3 miles of this En- 
campment when we come to most excellent land on the interval, 
there were black walnut trees four feet through, not only one or 
two but a very large number of them that hold their bignes equal 
to pine. The land back of the interval descending gradually to- 
ward the river afforded a most exalted prospect. On our march 
came across what they call Indian apples, they grow on a small 
bush only one stock which is about two feet high, six inches 
from the top there is one branch, on this branch there is a very 
large leaf and in the crotch of these grows the apple about as big 
as a walnut shell and all over it has a thick skin like Lemmons, 
and the middle of it very fine tasted. Encamped at Vanderlips 
desolate farm, 42 miles from Wyoming. 

5. To Wylueing 10 miles. On our march this day came across 
very large Buttonwood trees one of which I had the curiosity to 
measure, it was nineteen feet eight inches round, 19-8 !nche3 . 

* Capt. Fogg measured one 21 feet round. 

6. By reason of the rain did not march this day. 

7. The weather still continuing bad cannot march this day was sent 

out Corp 1 Mill with some men to spy out the country. 

8. Marched at six o'clock in the morning* to Standingstone, 10 miles. 

9. Marched to Shackanack, 14 miles, very tedious days march this. 

10. Did not march from the Shackanack bottom by reason of the 

boats not arriving. 

11. To Tioga 4 mile3 waded across the river up to our middles, cur- 

rant running strong. Col. Barber came very near drowning 
crossing the river. The number of horses that . came from 

1862.] Revolutionary Journal of Daniel Gookin. 31 

Wyoming was Gen 1 Poor's Brigade 300, Gen 1 Maxwell's 300, 
Gen 1 Hands 200, Col" Proctor 100, the horses from the Publick 
stores 300 besides the riding horses of the officers, 120 boats. 
800 head of cattle, &c. To see with what patience the soldiers 
endured the fatigues of this march wadeing rivers, climbing 
mountains and a number of other things too tedious to mention, 
afford a pleasing prospect that in time we shall have soldiers 
equal to any in the world. 

12. Waiting at this post for Gen 1 . Clinton's Brig de , the Troops 
emplo} r ed in building four block houses and a fort for the 
security of the garrison, and the provision that is to be left at 
this post. 

13. Gen'. Sullivan hearing that part of the enemy lie at Chemung 
gave orders for the whole army's moving which we did soon 
as ever it was dark last night, marching all night arriving at 
Chemung at day light, but the enemy had just moved out of 
the town which we set on fire, destroyed large fields of their 
corn, beans, potatoes, squashes, cucumbers, water meltons &c, 
they plant with as much exactness as any farmer and their corn 
and other things [were] very forward our men pursued them, 
came up with them and exchanged some shots — we had 1 or 8 
killed and a number wounded, returned to Tioga in the even- 
ing from this to Chemung is said to be 12 miles. 

14. In our nights march fell and hurt my knee which is somewhat 
I painful — a good deal fatigued, &c. &e. &c. 

15. Sunday a small party of the enemy came down to the outpost of 
our encampment and killed one man and wounded another. 

16. A detachment of 900 men commanded by Gen 1 . Poor went to 
meet Gen 1 . Clinton. 

IT. The army preparing to march which we shall do as soon Gen 1 . 
Clinton arrives. Tioga lies on the west side of Susquehanna 
river and just in the crotch of the river that comes by Chemung, 
one man killed and scalped this day by the Indians. 

20. A party from Gen 1 . Clinton arrived last night giving an account 
of his being within eighteen miles of this post. Rainy last 
night and to-day. 

21. Cutting up tents for bags to carry flour. 

22. Sunday on guard — Gen 1 . Clinton's brigade arrived this day, they 
have better than 200 boats and 1800 men. 

23. This day about 3 o'clock a very melancholy accident happened in 
camp — Samuel Gordon, soldier in Capt. Duston's company taking 
a gun in his hand and snaped it (not knowing it was loaded) the 
gun went off, killed Capt. Kimball* of Col. Cilleys Regiment as 
he was siting in a tent, and wounded one more. Capt. Kimball 
was buried with the honors of war. 

24. The army struck their tents at 3 o'clock and loaded them and the 

32 Revolutionary Journal of Daniel Gookin. [Jan. 

rest of the baggage — and the flanks and the infantry and 
covering partys took their foot in order of march — I was drafted 
from the right flank. 

25. Wednesday, was to have marched this day but the stores not 
being ready prevented our marching in the morning and in the 
afternoon it was rainy. 

26. Thursday ea*rly in the morning received a letter from my sister 
Betsey,* dated July 10. Marched from Tioga at 11 o'clock fore- 
noon about two & a half miles above Fort Sullivan. 

21. Marched at nine o'clock but proceeded very slow on account of 
the Artillery and the Horses being over loaded, did not arrive 
till 9 o'clock at night which was at the cornfield. 

28. Marched at 3 o'clock afternoon over a very high mountain from 

which we had a fine view of the country — arrived at Chemung 
and encamped — passed a defile a mile in length. 

29. Sunday, marched at nine o'clock about 4 miles when our advanced 
party discovered the enemys breastwork which they seemed de- 
termined to defend, upon this we formed ourselves and waited 
for the rear to come up, about 3 o'clock in the afternoon we 
were ordered with Gen L . Poor's and Gen'. Clinton's brigades to 
gain the rear of the enemy. Just as we began our march the 
cannon began to play on the enemys line which drove them from 
the breast-work before we had time to gain their rear — they 
took possession of a high mountain which we immediately at- 
tacked and gained the summit of — in this attack Major Titcomb 
was wounded thro' the belly and arms, Capt. Clayesf thro' the 
bod}', Serjeant Lane wounded in two places, Serjeant Thurstin 
& Twelve Rank & file wounded. Corp. Huntress killed. 

IA M c CalleyJ of Coi° Cilley's regiment was wounded in the 
knee, the wound was so bad that they were obliged to take of 
his leg — Col°. Reids regiment suffered the most, the infantry 
and rifle men pursued them by the river whilst we were gaining 
the rear; the name given this place by the Tories is Newton, 
about 6 miles from Chemung. 

30. Monday did not march — on fatigue L* M c Calley died this morn- 
ing of his wound — here were large fields of corn and beans which 
our people destroyed. In the engagement yesterday one Tory 
was taken and one negro. They gave an account that both 
Butler and Brant were at this post, they had with them 1 serg* 
1 corp 1 & 12 regular soldiers, 600 Indians, & two hundred Tories, 
that they live on green corn and beans, have no meat at all. 
Our men found considerable plunder buried in the ground. They 
got yesterday several Indians scalps, &c. &c. &c. 

The Gen 1 returns his thanks to the army in general and to 
Gen 1 Poors brigade in particular for their spirited exertions yes- 

* Elizabeth married Dr. Edmund Chadwick of Exeter Hannah, her twin sister, 
married Rev. Timothy Upham of Deerfield, N. H. See Dr. Albert G. Uphani's Me- 
moir of the Upham Family, 44, 45, 54, 59, 89. 

t Elijah Clajes of Fitzwilliam, of the second battalion, company seven. — Editor. 

% Nathaniel M'Cauley of Litchfield, in company four; Amos Mori ill of Epsom, 
captain. — Editoe. 

1862.1 Revolutionary Journal of Daniel Gookin. 33 

SI. Tuesday. Last night our wounded were scut down flic river to 
Tioga & the ammunition waggons were sent back. We pro- 
ceeded on cur march at nine o'clock with 4 small pieces of 
cannon and one Howitzer. The ammunition was carried on pack 
horses. March to [ ] 10 miles and pitched our tents 

there, put to halt allowance. 

September 1. Marched at 9 o'clock across what they call the 12 mile 
swamp. This swamp is composed of mountains and valleys 
which rise and fall as quick as possible one after the other, it 
being such bad going were not able to arrive at our encamping 
ground till ten o'clock night. The troops much fatigued & great 
loss of Flour, Ammunition, Sec, &c. 

2. One Indian squaw left on this ground, she was so old they could 
not carry her off — Geu ! . Sullivan gave her a pardon — she gives 
an account that the warriors went out from here as our advance 
guard entered — they had a council of war wherein the squaws 
were for throwing themselves on our mercy, but the sannops 
would not consent — on guard last night and to day— did not 
march on account of the baggage not all arriving last night. 

3. Marched 5 mile and came to the Sinica Lake — a very fine level 

country along this Lake — Marched 12 miles this day. 

4. Marched 14 miles, plenty of mandrakes or Indian apples along 

this country — encamped in woods. 

5. Sunday, marched to T[ ]diah 6 miles and encamped; this is an 

old settled place, a number of 200 old apple trees and peach 
trees plenty — the houses here look quite comfortable, there are 
two tombs where their Indian chiefs were buried — here one of 
our men that was taken at Wyoming a twelve month ago made 
his escape from them and came to us, informs us that Butler is 
for fighting us again but the Tories say its only throwing their 
lives away for no purpose; cut down their apple trees. ,: * 

Memorable Longevity. — Mrs. Sally Maynard, widow of Deacon An- 
tipas Maynard, formerly of Keene, N. H., died at South Boston, on 
the 21 instant, aged 89. Her last work was knitting for the soldiers, 
and she left a pair of socks unfinished. She has five grandchildren 
in the Federal army, one of whom, a private in Company C, Massa- 
chusetts 13th, was engaged in the recent skirmish near Harper's 
Ferry, and was the third to mount the 32 pounder captured from the 
Rebels. He has his grandmother's blood in him, and had heard her 
narrate incidents connected with the Revolutionary war, and the fact 
that she saw Gen. Washington when he passed through her native 
town. She leaves behind her, still surviving of her family, eight 
children, forty-two grandchildren, and twenty-four great-grandchild- 
ren. For fifty-three years she was a consistent member of the Bap- 
t'st church. She died at the house of her son-in-law, J. D. Richard- 
son; Esq., of this city. She deserves honorable mention among the 
v eterans whose last days are spent in prayers and active service for 
their country.— Boston Journal 30 Oct., 1861 

* See Stone's Life of Brandt, n, 1-40 ; Lossing's Field Book of thi Revolution, I, 
* '4-276 ; Barber and Howe's Hist. Coil, of New York, 94r-98. 

34 Diary of Robert Galley. [Jan. 

CHARLESTOWN, MASS. 1699-1765. 

[Communicated by Taos. B. Wymas, Jr., of Charlestown.] 

[The following abstract of Genealogical Matter is contained in a Diary of eight 
MS. volumes kept by Robert Calley, Schoolmaster in Charlestown. The books 
left by Mr. Calley are nine in number. The first, and largest, from which I com- 
menced, which has the earliest dates, — but not the commencement of the Diary, — is 
a book once kept, to some extent, as a Record of Church Affairs in Maiden. It con- 
tains records of Church proceedings and also extracts from Medical, Scientific and 
Historical Treatises, &c, and Remarks; the then remaining space appears to have 
been used by Mr. Calley to continue ids Diary. 

This " first book " is bound in leather. The others are in thick, brown paper 
covers, of duodecimo size. They are written in a large round hand with liberal 
space, but occasionally with a faltering and careless motion of the pen. One book 
has Accounts merely, and does not furnish me any genealogical facts to embody in 
this work. From eight volumes this abstract is constituted. There was evidently 
a large recess to the duties of Mr. Calley as Schoolmaster, and that may account for 
his occasional neglect of orthography ; that detracts, however, but little from the 
merits of his works. He was otherwise, apparently, a Cabinet-Maker. 

T. B. W., Jr.] 

Abbot. — Isaac m. Mrs. Callev, Jan. 3, 1754; Mr. A.'s dan. d. Nov. 
27, 1756, buried Dec. 1; Mm A. buried May 13, 1763. 

Abraham. — Wm.'s child buried Sept. 28, 1762; Wm.'s wife buried June 
22, 1764; W.'s child buried June 19, 1765; Mr. A.'s negro buried 
May 31, 1763; Mr. A. d. Aug. 25, 1763, buried Aug. 27. 

Adams. — Kate (see Thos. Larkin) published Oct. 28, 1763; Capt. 
A.'s child buried Dec. 11, 1764. 

Ames. — Dr. of Dedham, d. July 11, 1764. 

Arnold. — Mr.'s wife brot. to bed, June 4, 1759. 

Austin. — Old Chance, buried Oct. 1, 1764; John's child buried Sept. 
8, 1759; John's son, d. and buried July 21, 1765: Josiah's child 
d. Feb. 25, 1759, buried Feb. 27; Josiah's child buried Aug. 22, 
1765; Richard, Josiah's son, see. 21, buried Aug. 27, 1765; Nathan- 
iel m. Hannah Kent, May 24, 1759; Sarah (see Billings Bradish) 
m. Feb. 10, 1765, Thomas's child d.' March 9 ; 1759. buried March 
12; Thomas's child buried Oct. 3, 1757; Thomas's child buried Mav 
30, 1760; Thomas d. March 7, 1762, buried March 11; Timothy's 
child buried Dec. 13, 1759; Timothy's child buried Feb. 16, 1765; 
Timothy's negro woman buried Oct. 21, 1762; Wm.'s wife d. April 
20, 1762, buried April 22; Wm.'s child buried April 26, 1762; Mrs. 
A. (see Capt. Stedraan) m. Jan. 5, 1764. 

Atjyer.— Mr. d. Sept. 21, 1764; (Auyour) buried Sept. 23, 1764. 

Bacon. — "Bacon buried !i July 5, 1758. 

Badger. — Benj. "news of death of," Jan. 8, 1757; Mrs. B. d. Feb. 1, 
17 65, buried Feb. 2. 

Baker. — Sam ! 's wife d. Sept. 25, 1759, buried Sept. 28. 

Ball. — Robert's wife, se 27, d. Aug. 29, 1764, buried Aug. 31; Capt.'s 
daughter buried Oct. 6, 1764. 

Barnard. — Mr. of Andover, d. June 14, 1757. 

Barrot. — Mr.'s child buried Jan. 14, 1758. 

Barrow. — Mrs. buried Sept, 15, 1757. 


1S62,] Diary of Robert Calley. 35 

Bartlett. — Mr. m. Katy Witimore, July 18, 1753. 

Barverrick[(!)]. — " Barverrick buried" April 6,1763. 

Beers. — Molly (see Mr. Pulley) m. June 9, 1757. ... . 

Belcher. — Gov. " news of death of," Sept. 9, 1757. 

Bemas. — Child d. of small pox Sept. 1, 1752; child buried Nov. 3, 
1763; Robert d. Aug. 31,'l764; buried Sept. 2. 

Best. — Capt. d. March 6, 1760, buried March 9. 

Billings. — Capt. drowned at Sudbury, Nov. 12, 1758. 

Biscomb. — Thos.'s child buried July 13, 1765. 

Bodge.-— John's child d. Oct, 28, 1763; old Mrs. B. buried June 25, 

Borrows.— Mrs. publ. (see Natb. Rand) May 20, 1757. 

Bowers. — Charles's child buried July 4, 1758; Charles's child buried 
I Sept. 21, 1762. 

Bowles.— Mrs. buried Dec. 24, 1763. 

Boylston. — Richard to Parney Foster publ. Sept. 25, 1763; old Mrs. 
B. buried April IS, 1764. 

Bradish. — Abigail ra. (see J. Frothingham) Aug. 16, 1759; Billings m. 
Sarah Austin, Feb. 10, 1765; Jonathan d. July 11, 1763, buried 
July 14; Phillis buried April 15, 1760; William [Ja~jmes' son d of 
small pox, I. June, 1752; Mrs. B. d. June 12, 1764, buried June 15. 

Brazer. — Old Ben d. Jan. 12, 1759; Capt. B. of Boston, buried Jan. 13, 
1759; James m. Betty Souther Aug. 14, 1759; James's child d. July 
23, 1759; James's child buried May 3, 1760; James's child buried 
June 16, 1762; James's child buried Sept. 17, 1764; " Simian Bra- 
zier, news of death of," Aug. 22, 1757; Thomas's child buried March 
13, 1759; Mr. Thomas, ft£ 73, d. Aug. 22, 1764, buried Aug. 24; 
Mrs. B. d. Sept. 2, 1758. 

Breed. — Charles's child d. Sept. 19, 1757, buried Sept. 21; Ephraim to 
Hannah Newell, publ. April 3, 1757; Mrs. B. d. Sept. 20, 1763; old 
Mrs. B. buried May 15, 1765. 

Bridgden. — Timothy m. April 1, 1762. 

Brixtnal. — John, dismissed from church in Lynn pr Certificate, Sept. 

Brooks. — Nathan of Woburn, buried Jan. 28, 1758; Susan buried 
July 18, 1765. 

Brown.— Benj. Jr. d. Sept. 18, 1762, buried Sept. 22; Jonathan's 
wife brot to bed. Oct 9, 1758; Jonathan's child buried April 29, 

Bccknam. — Deacon d. Aug. 25, 1757. 

Bullin.— Mrs.'s child buried April 3, 1759. 

Bunker.— John m. May 5, 1757; John's child d. Oct 3, 1758. 

Burditt. — Nathan of Maiden, drowned May 5, 1759; Mrs. B. d. March 
2, 1765; Jacob's wife buried March 5, 1765. 

Burr.— Old Mrs. B. buried Oct. 2, 1756; Mr. B. "news of death of" 
Oct. 8, 1757. 

Burroughs. — Josiah's child buried Oct. 12, 1764. 

Burrows (see Borrows). — Mrs. B. m. (see N. Rand) June 9, 1757. 

Calder. — George m. Hannah Howard Jan. 5, 1764; Wm. publ. Nov. 
25, 1757, m. Dec. 25; Mrs. C. buried Dec. 1, 1758. 

Call,— -Isaac m. Esther Frothingham Sept. 8, 1763; Isaac's wife 

36 Diary of Robert C alley. [Jan. 

brot to bed, dead child, Jan. 6, 1764; Isaac's wife d. June 3, 
1765, buried June 4; John's child bapt. Aug-, 22, 1762; Rebecca 
(see Nath 1 Gorham) set out for Hampton to be m. Sept. 6, 1763; 
Rebecca brot to bed Oct. 26, 1763; Caleb's wife, a3. 45, d. Jan. 
26, 1765; Mrs. Rebecca buried Jan. 28, 1765; Widow C. d. June 
3, 1758, buried June 4; Widow "Call's negro buried," Nov. 17, 

Calley. — [Robert] m. Sept. 12, 1751; Robert, "my wife delivered of 
a son," May 19, 1752, d. June 1; Lydia, "of a Saturday" born 
July 21, 1753, " by Mr. Abbott bap. July 22; [Robert] " my wife " 
d. Thursday, new stile, May 16, 1754, buried Saturday, Mav 18; 
[Robert] " to Eliz: Symmcs"," publ. March 21, 1760; [Robert',] "I 
was to Elizabeth Symmes," rn. April 10; [Robert] "my wife 
delivered of a son by Dr. Loyd at between 7 and 8 of clock in the 
morning, Feb. 12, 1761; [the preceding person] bap. by Mr. Abbot 
"next church day; Robert at | after eleven at ni-ht, d. Feb. 23, 
1763, buried Feb. 26; [Robert] "my wife delivered of a son by 
Mrs. Lee between 12 and 1 at noon," Dec. 7, 1762, Thomas by Mr. 
Abbott bap. Dec. 12; Thomas f after 10 morning d. Feb. 28, 
1763, buried March 2; [Robert's] "wife brot to bed at night," May 
15, 1763; [Robert] "my wife delivered of a daughter about 9 a 
clock night," May 24, 1764, Elizabeth by Mr. Abbot bap. June 3; 
"my [Robert's] daughter d. about 7 of clock at night," April 12, 
1765, buried April 15; " my [Robert's] mother to Mr. Isaac Abbot," 
m. Jan 3, 1754. 

Cam»in [(!)]'. — Jane brot to bed with twins, July 6, 1757. 

Capen.— Old Mr., b. June 17, 1762; "Nabby Capon," d. March 5, 
1760; "Abigail Capon," buried March 8, 1760. 

Carey. — Jona:'s child (small pox), d. Sept. 26, 1752; Capt. Sam 11 wife 
d. Oct. 8, 1762, buried Oct. 13. 

Carnes.— Col. d. March 4, 1760. 

Chamberlane. — Ann (see Nath. Phillips) publ. May 8, 1757, m. June 

Chamberlain. — John d. June 30, 1762, buried July 2; Mrs., as. 71, d. 
- Aug. 26, 1764, buried Aug. 28; Mr., publ. Nov. 23, 1764. 

Chapman. — Mr.'s child buried July 2, 1764; Jonathan "news of death, 
he d. at Surinam," May 22, 1765. 

Cheever. — Capt.'s negro woman buried April 14, 1763. 

Choate. — Mr. Samuel's wife brot to bed with 2 boys & a girl, 
Aug. 10, 1763, Sam i! . James, Susanah, Mr. Choate's children bapt. 
Aug. 14; "Choate's child buried " Jan. 13,1764; " Mr. Choate's 
child buried" Aug. 15, 1764. 

Clemments. — John d. July 22, 1762. 

Glough. — John's negro woman killed her child, Nov. 30, 1757. 

Coffin. — Rev. Mr. Paul to Mary Gorham, m. Nov. 10, 1763. 

Collings. — Mary (see Abraham Waters) m. May 17, 1762, 

Conant. — Samuel "took into church" March 25, 1759; Samuell's 
daughter d. of small pox, inocu. April 22, 1764. 

Cooper. — Mr. Jonathan d. x^pril 26, 1765, buried Oct. 1. 

Cotton.— Mr. of Newton, d. May 18, 1757. 

Cummins.— Mr. d. Aug. 25, 1763." 

Cutler. — Dr., as. 82, d. Aug. 17, 1765. 

' ; 

1S62.] Diary of Robert C alley. 37 

j) AV H.— Barney, buried Dec. 8, 1768; Nath 1 '. d. March 31, 1759, buried 
April 3; Capt. Nath 11 . news of death Dec. 7, 1762; Hannah m. (see 
Isaac Symmes) March 20, 1765. 
Dbland.— "Deland's child df Aug. 14, 1758. 
Pel.aney. — "Delaney's child buried." 

I» E vens. — Mrs. buried Dec. 9, 1756; Mrs.'s child buried March 6, 1759. 
Dizeib.— Mrs. d. Nov. 5, 1763. 
Dowse. — Eleazer's child buried June 22, 1762; Eleazer's wife d. Sept. 

18, 1764, buried Sept. 20; Eleazer m. April 18, 1765; John, news 
of death at Martinico, Sept. 13, 1762; Jonathan's wife (d, small 

pox, nat), July 25, 1752, Jona :, 's wife buried Match 31, 1759; 

Sam u 's wife brot to bed, child dead, June 30, 1758; Sam. wife brot 

to bed June 8, 1759; Sam', child buried Sept, 18, 1762; "Dowse" 

(see Mr. Pain), publ. March 17, 1765. 
Dumslin [(!)].— Mr.'s child (small pox) d. July 25, 1752. 
Dun.-— Mrs. J s child (small pox) d. May 21, 1764. 
East.— Mrs.'s child buried Aug. 24, 1758. 
Eaton. — Mr.'s wife brot to bed with a son, March 19, 1757. 
Edes. — Daniel buried Nov. 15, 1764; Isaiah's child d. measels, 

March 1, 1759, buried March 3; Isaiah's child buried Oct. 18, 

1763; Jonathan's y, 7 idow buried April 26, 1764; old Mrs. d. Aug. 

9, 1758, buried Aug. 14. 
Edmans.— Jona". d. May 28, 1760, buried May 31. 
Edmonds.— Old Mrs. buried Feb. 10, 1763. 
Ellery. — Elias m. E. Gill Jan. 24, 1758; Capt. Elery "news of 

death of" Sept. 23, 1759. 
Eskrin[(I)]. — Mr. drowned Nov. 4, 1757. 
Evans — Sam 11 , and Sarah Marble m. Nov. 3, 1735. 
Fillebrown. — Isaac's child buried Sept. 13, 1756. 
Flcker. — Capt. d. Nov. 3, 1757, bur. Nov. 5; Jane (see Doc r . Rand) 

publ. April 9, 1758; m. May 9. 
Ford. — Betty in. Sept. 5, 1757; David d. March 14, 1758, buried 

March 17; Sarah (see Edward Goodwin) m. Aug. 16, 1759. 
Fosdick.— -James m. Sept. 23, 1762; Mr.'s child d. Oct. 14, 1762, buried 

Oct 17; Wm. publ. Oct. 14, 1764. 
Foster. — Betty m. May 13, 1762: Parney (see Richard Boylston) 

publ. Sept. 25, 1763; Doc r . Wm. at night d. Dec. 3, 1759, bur. 

Dec. 7. 
Fowle. — John's child buried Sept. 13, 1763; John buried April 21, 

Foye. — Mrs. Elizr's burial mentioned (Rev. Joseph Stevens' wife's 

eldest sister), Nov. 18, 1721. 
Francis. — Stephen drowned July 17, 1765, buried July 19. 
Frothingham. — Abigail "took into church" March 23, 1760; Benj a . 

d. July 6, 1763, buried July 8; B. publ. March 14, 1762; Benjamin 

m. May 5, 1762; Benj.'s wife brot to bed with a girl, Feb. 17, 1763; 

Benj.'s wife brot to bed Dec. 17, 1764; Benj.'s child d. Dec. 27, 

buried Dec. 28; Mr. Benj 11 . about 12 o'clock d., a?. 58, July 24, 

1765, buried July 26; David's child buried Aug. 13, 1758; David's 

wife d. April 24, 1763, buried April 27; Esther (see Isaac Call) m. 

Sept. 8, 1763; Hephzabah d. Oct. 26, 1756, buried Oct, 28; James 

publ. June 24, 1759; James to Abigail Bradish, in. August 16; 

38 Diary of Robert C alley. [Jan. 

James' child bap. May 25, 1760; John's daughter buried April 9, 
1764; Jonathan and Huldah Spraguepubl. Aug. 21, 1757, m. Oct. 
12; Jon a . Fro".'s wife brot to bed May 15, 1759; Joseph of New- 
bury, d. Oct. 17, 1762; Jo: d. Dec. 4, 1762, buried Dec. 6; Joseph's 
child d. Aug. 10, 1757, buried Aug. 11; Joseph's wife brot to bed 
with a girl May 17, 1758; Joseph's wife brot to bed with a son 
March 16, 1760;* Joseph's daughter d. 8 o night Sept. 9, 1764; J. 
F. child bmied Sept. 11; Natlr's wife brot to bed Dec. 11, 1758; 
Nathaniel's child d. Dec. 12; Nate's child d. Oct. 1, 1763, buried 
Oct. 3; Natlr's wife d. between 4 and 5 morn, Dec. 18, 1763, 
buried Dec. 21; Nath 11 . m. Oct. 3, 1765; Deacon's wife d. about 
noon Nov. 18, 1755; Deacon Samuel, a3. 87, d. about 10 o'clock Nov. 
15, 1762, buried Nov. 18; Thos. publ. Oct. 24, 1762, m. Dec. 2; 
Thos.'s wife d. July 29, 1764, buried July 31; Wm.'s wife brot to 
bed with a daughter Nov. 20, 1758; old Mrs. d. about 10 o the 
forenoon, April 23, 1760, buried April 26. 

Gardiner. — James m. May 22, 1760. 

Gibson. — Wm. d. March 16, 1763, buried March 18; Wm.'s wife 
buried Oct. 27, 1764. 

Gill.— E. (see Elias Ellery) m. Jan. 24, 1758; Michael's child, 
measles, buried Jan. 20, 1759; Michael d. March 1, 1760; Capt. 
Michael buried March 6; Madam d. June 2, 1759, buried June 4. 

Goings.— Capt. Hammond of apoplexe, d. June 14, 1762, buried June 
16; Mrs. "some time this week" m. (of Aug. 31, 1763). 

Gold. — N. and Rebecca Wood pub: March 16, 1760, m. April 24. 

Goodwin. — David's child buried Jan. 5, 1765; Edward m. Sarah Ford 
Aug. 16, 1759; Ed.'s tweens buried July 5, 1765; John's wife 
of small pox, I., d. June 14, 1752; John to Abigail Whitimore m. 
Sept. 5, 1763; John's child buried June 17, 1765; Sam u 's child 
buried Aug. 18, 1758; Sam u .'s wife d. May 1, 1764, buried May 3: 
Sam ll .'s son buried April 12, 1765; Thos.'s child buried July 6, 
1765; Thos.'s wife d. Aug. 11, 1765, buried Aug. 12; Wm. married 
June 21, 1764. 

Gorham. — Nath 1 . to Rebecca Call, to be m. Sept. 6, 1763; Mary (see 
Rev. Mr. Coffin) m. Nov. 10, 1763. 

Grant.— Capt.'s wife buried March 27, 1759. 

Green. — Mrs. brot to bed at 2 o'clock this morning with a son Sept. 
28, 1757; Thomas Green's child, bapt. Oct. 2; Mrs. brot to bed with 
a daughter May 29, 1759; Mary, child, bapt. June 3; Mrs. brot to 
bed with a son Oct. 19, 1762; Green's child d. at 9 o'clock in 
evening Oct. 3, 1763, buried Oct. 6; Mrs. brot to bed with a son 
Feb. 6, 1765; David bapt. Feb. 10; Mr.'s mother d. May 17, 1760, 
buried May 22; John's wife d. Aug. 1, 1765. 

Grubb. — Wm.'s wife d. Nov. 15, 1756; Wm. m. March 14, 1757; Wm.'s 
child d. March 14, 1759, buried March 15; Wm.'s child buried Sept. 
9, 1763. 

Gullifor. — Mr. d. June 25, 1764. 

Gullison. — Steven's child buried Jan. 2, 1759. 

Hancock.— Old Mrs. d. Dec. 24, 1756, buried Dec. 28; Capt.'s wife d. 
Nov. 21,1763, buried Nov. 25; . John's wife d. Sept. 24, 1765, buried 
Sept. 26. 

Harding.— Capt.'s child buried Nov. 10, 1762. 

}SC2>] Diary of Robert C alley, 39 

j{. T ch.- — Mrs. buried April 23, 1759. 

lj' vV . 0!d Mrs. buried March 23, 1764; John's daughter d., a?. 13, 

May 14, 1764, buried May 16. 
H(;)vdl(e)y. — Capt.'s son d. March 1, 1759, buried March 3; Capt. to 

Ratty Russell publ. Sept. 19, 1762, ra. Oct. 5; Capt.'s negro woman 

buried Sept. 3. 1762; Capt.'s negro, small pox, d. May 25, 1764; 

Elizabeth (see Tho s . Russell) m. May 2, 1765. 
Herington. — •" Herington hanged" March 17, 1757. 
Hill.— Mrs. (to James Kettell) publ. Jan. 27, 1765. 
Hoges.— Mary m. Feb. 12, 1763. 
HoorER. — Thos. publ. Sept. 11, 1757; Thomas m. Louis Souther 

Oct. 17; Thos.'s wife brut to bed with a boy Aug. 2, 1758. 
Hopkins. — Joseph's child, of small pox, d. Oct. 6, 1752; Joseph's 

wife d. Feb. 23, 1757, buried Feb. 26; J.'s child buried June 1, 

1765; Joseph's wife d. June 4, 1765, buried June 6; Sam 11 , d, Sept. 

21, 1764, buried Sept, 23. 
Hopping, — Betty (see Nath. Rand) publ. Jan. 8,1764; Richard news 

of death of, Aug. 22, 1757; old Mrs. d. May 19, 1759, buried May 

22; Thos.'s wife d. July 11, 1762, buried July 13; Wm.'s child, 

small pox, d. June 4, 1764. 
Howard. — Hannah (see G. Calder) m. Jan 5, 1764. 
Humphreys. — Delight (see S. Sweetser) publ. April 3, 1757. 
Hunnewell. — James's child buried March 14. 1759; Joseph's wife d. 

Oct. 15, 1762, buried Oct. 19; old Mrs.,' se. 91, buried June 25, 

1763; Lucy's child buried Aug. 24, 1765. 
Hurd. — Benj.'s child buried Aug. 18, 1759. 
Husse. — Robert, of small pox nat., d. July 28, 1752. 
Hussey. — Mrs. buried July 15, 1763. 
Hutchinson. — Mr. m. Feb. 6, 1763. 
Ivory.— Mrs. d. July 17, 1764, buried July 19. 
Jener. — Thos. Esq. buried June 27, 1765; Neptune Jeners buried 

July 3, 175S. 
Jenkins. — Mrs. buried March 6, 1763. 
Johnson. — "Widow buried June 9, 1758; old Capt.'s wife d. Aug. 25, 

1759, buried Aug. 27; Joseph's child buried Dec. 8, 1764; Kate 

buried Dec. 6, 1764. 
Kelley. — Mrs. d. Aug. 23, 1757, buried Aug. 24. 
Kenney. — James's child d. Aug. 31, 1761, buried Sept. 2. 
Kent. — Eben publ. Aug. 28, 1757; Hannah (see Nath 11 . Austin) m. 

May 24, 1759; Nath.'s child, coffin made for, 'Oct. 26, 1763; Sam 11 . 

child buried Aug. 31, 1765; old Mrs. buried April 7, 1762. 
Kettell. — Mr. James, with an apeplex, d. Jan. 30, 1759; James to 

Mrs. Hill publ. Jan. 27, 1765, m. Feb. 12; old Mary buried Dec. 

25, 1762; Nath 1 . d. Nov. 26, 1764, buried Nov. 29; Richard's child 

buried Dec. 31, 1762; Mr.'s son buried April 16, 1760; old Mrs. 

buried Sept. 8, 1759; Mrs. with small pox, d. July 9, 1764. 
Kidder.— Betty, small pox, d. May 6, 1764; John buried Oct. 6, 1164; 
' Mrs. small pox, d. May 5, 1764. 
King. — Eben and wife took into church June 19, 1757, Eben 

suddingly d. Sept. 29, 1757. buried Oct. 1. 
Lamson.— Calab d. March 14, 1757, buried March 17; Callab d. Feb. 

9, 1160, buried Feb. 14; John m. Frances Webb May 10, 1759. 

40 Diary of Robert C alley. [Jan. 

Larkin. — Mrs. Hannah, apoplexy, d. Jan. 27, 1759, buried Jan. SO; 

Isaac's child buried July 23, 17G5; John's child buried July 1, 

1764; John's child d. Feb. 2, 1765, buried Feb. 4: Capt. John's 

child buried July 28, 1765; Joseph buried April 9, 1765; Sam ;; . d. 

March 5, 1758, buried March 8; Thos. to Kate Adams publ. Oct. 

28, 1763, m. Nov. S; Thos.'s wife d. Feb. 14, 1764; Thos.'s child 

buried Dec. 22, 1764; Zac. child buried May 16, 1762; widow's 

daugh'. d. March 19, 1763, buried March 22. 
Lawrence. — Daniel buried May 27, 1757; Mrs.'s child d. May 9, 

Le Busquit. — John's child buried Sept. 14, 1764. 
Lee. — Ester d. Sept. 1, 1765; Mr. d. Nov. 5, 1764, buried Nov. 9. 
Leman. — " Leman married" Feb. 8, 1759. 
Lewis. — Capt. of the Hereford, d. Aug-. 7, 1759; Capt. buried March 

14; Madam buried April 2, 1764. 
Lord. — Thos. about 4 o'c. this morning, d, May 24, 1762, bur. May 25. 
Lynde. — Mr.'s child buried March 19, 1759; Mr.'s son buried June 

23, 1765; Mr.'s negro buried May 16, 1764; Mr.'s negro buried 

June 8, 1765. 
Mallet. — Ephraim's child d. Sept. 25, 1759; E.'s child bur. Nov. 2, 1764. 
Manning. — Isaac's wife, as. 20, buried Aug. 26, 1764; Isaac's child 

buried Aug. 10, 1765; Thos. small pox Bat., d. July 10, 1752; Wm. 

to Phebe Townscnd. m. Nov. 29, 1759; Wm.'s child buried June 

21, 1762; Mr. Wm.'s child buried Aug. 15, 1765* Mr.'s wife buried 

Dec. 8, 1759. 
Mansfield. — Mr. of Lynn, fell of his horse and was killed on Monday 

morning, d. Jan. 9, 1758. 
Marble. — Sarah (see Sam 1 . Evans) m. Nov. 3, 1755. 
Martin. — David fell from the stage (^ship launched), and was killed, 

April 18, 1757. 
Mason.— Mrs.'s child d. Sep;. 17, 1762. 
Masterman. — Capt. news of the death of, Sept. 23, 1759. 
Maudlin. — Thos. news of death, Nov. 26, 1756; Mrs. buried July 11, 

Mill(*)r, — Mrs, Abigail, 33. 85, d. Jan. 22, 1765, buried Jan. 24; James's 

daughter d. Oct. 2, 1759, buried Oct. 5; James's wife d. June 28, 

1764, buried June 30; John's daughter, se, 14, d. Dec. 17, 1757, 

buried Dec. 21; Johu's wife d. March 31, 1763, buried April 2; 

Mrs. Mary, se. 81, d. Jan. 10, 1765, buried Jan. 12; Pomp, d. April 

27, 1760; Sam 1 , m. Aug. 23, 1759; Capt.'s wife d. Nov. 21, 1758, 

buried Nov. zi. 
Millens.— Mary m. Nov. 23, 1758. 
Mirick. — Mr. Ed. d. July 6, 1762, buried July 9; Joseph's wife buried 

May 31, 1762; Mr. Joseph buried Dec. 3, 1762; Joseph, small pox, 

d. June 24, 1764; Mary took into church, June 17, 1759; Sam 1 . 

buried May 24 ? 1765. 
Mousel. — Anna buried Feb. 4, 1757; Mrs. d. Feb. 1, 1763, buried 

Feb. 4. 
Mousley. — Mrs. d. June 18, 1758, buried June 20. 
Mugey. — Mrs. d. May 6, 1764, buried May 7. 
Mungey.— Mrs. d. Aug. 20, 1758, buried Aug. 22. 

[to be continued.] 

IS62] Parker Genealogy. 41 


[Communicated by Hen. Francis J. Parker [55] of Boston.] 

Abraham Parkfr, was the first of the family in this country. Of 
the date and locality of his birth there is no known evidence, but it is 
p resumed that he came from Wiltshire in England. lie first settled 
at Woburn, Mass., where he was married to Rose Whillock, Nov. IS, 
1644; was admitted a freemen in 1645 and removed to Chelmsford, 
probably, upon its incorporation m 1053, with his brothers Jacob, 
James and Joseph; a fifth brother, John, having settled about the 
same time at Shawsheen now Andover. The homestead of Abraham 
Parker was set off to him Sept. 29, 1062, and comprised 24 acres 
near the middle of the town. He held several minor offices in the 
town; and his name appears frequently as a member of various com- 
mittees for town purposes. He was one of about twenty signers of 
a petition to the General Court, dated Aug. 30, 1053, wherein certain 
people of Woburn remonstrated against the passage of a law proposed, 
requiring the approbation of ihe eiders of " four next churches," 
or of the County Court without which '■* no person * * * * shall 
undertake any constant course of publick preaching or prophesying." 
He died at Chelmsford, Aug. 12, 1685. His will, dated six days 
previous, is on file in Suffolk Probate Records, and was proved three 
years later, before Sir Edmund Andros. His widow died Nov. 30, 
1691; her will is on file in Middlesex Probate Records 

1. Abraham 1 Parker, by wife Rose (Whitlock), had ch.: (2) Anna 
or Hanna* b. at Woburn, Oct. 29, 1645; bap. in 1656, by Rev. J. 
Fiske; m. Nathaniel Blood, Jan. 16, 1679. She is not mentioned in 
the will of either of her Daren ts. (3) John,- b. at Woburn, Oct. 
30, 1647; bap. in 1656, by Rev. J. Fiske, d. April 14, 1699; his wife, 
Mary Danforth, dan. of Capt. Jonathan Danforth, of Billerica, sur- 
vived him. (4) Abraham,- b. at Woburn, March 8, 1650; d. Oct. 20. 
1651. (5) Abraham* b. at Woburn, Aug., 1652; bap. 1656, by Rev. 
J. Fiske; admitted a freeman May 24, 1682; m. July 15, 1682, Martha 
Livermore, dau. of John Livermore of Watertown, and had five 
children. He probably removed to Roxbury and died there. (6) 
Mary* b. at Chelmsford, Nov. 15, 1655: bap. 1656; m. Dec. 11, 1618, 
her cousin, James, son of Capt. James Parker. He was killed by the 
Indians in Groton] July 27, 1694. (7) Moses* [-J-] b. at Chelmsford, 
about the year 1657; "m. June 19, 1684, Abigail Hildreth, dau. of 
Richard Hildreth of Chelmsford. In 1718, he subscribed £1 toward 
.£20 raised by subscription to build the first school house in Chelms- 
ford. He died Oct. 12, 1732. (8) Isaac* b. Sept. 13, (bap. 23), LOGO; 
m. Esther or Hester Fletcher; d. Feb. 22, 1688-9. (9) Elizabeth* b. 
April 10, 1663; m. James Pierce of Woburn; d. March 5, 1688. (10) 
Lydia* b. Feb. 17 (bap. IS), 1665; ra. John Kidder of Chelmsford, 
Dec. 3, 1684. (11) Jacob* b. March 24, 1669. His name is not men- 
tioned in the will of either parent. 

* Thiiis the direct-line of. the family of lion. Isaac, and Hon. Joel Parker. — Ei». 

42 Parker Genealogy, [Jan. 

7. Moses2 Parker, by wife Abigail (Hildreth), had ch.: (12) Abigail* 
b. May 8, 1685; m. Dec. 18, 1107, Benjamin Adams of Chelmsford. 
(^13) Moses* " killed with thunder," says Chelmsford record, July 
23, 1702. (14) Aaron* [ + ] b. in Chelmsford, April 9, 1689; m. Abi- 
gail Adams, about 1712. The West Parish of Chelmsford stated its 
grievances to the General Court in 172-1, and in 1729 Westford was 
incorporated. At the organization of the church, in 1727, Aaron 
Parker signed the covenant, and his wife was admitted April 7, 1728. 
He died Dec. 19, 1775, and was buried in Westford. (15) Elizabeth* 
b. Dec. 20,1691; m. Ebenezer Parker, son of Thomas and Marie. 
(16) Joseph* b. March 25, 1694. He was lieutenant of a snow shoe 
company formed in 1724, to operate against the Indians. He died 
April 22, 1738. His son, Lt. Col. Moses Parker, was wounded at 
Bunker Hi 1 ! and died a prisoner in Boston, July 4, 1775, a. 43. (17) 
Benjamin* b. April 14, 1696. (18) Mary* b. Sept. 6, 1698; m. Ben- 
jamin Chamberlain. 

14. Aarox 3 Parker, by wife Abigail (Adams), had ch.: (19) 
Aaron* b. Aug. 19, 1713; d. Sept, 30, 1772. (20) Samuel/* [-}-] p. in 
Chelmsford, afterward Westford, Jan. 1, 1717; m. 1st, Sarah Fletcher, 
dau. of Deacon Joshua Fletcher, Jan. 22, 1873; was admitted to the 
Church at Westford, May 6, 1739. His wife died Oct. 12, 1716. 

He next m. May 12, 1748, Mrs. Mary Robbins, dau. of John 
Proctor of Westford, and wid. of Jonathan Robbins. She died 
Nov. 22, 1757. 

He afterward m. Mrs. Fletcher, and d. at Jaffrey, N. IT., 

Aug. 7, 1795. (21) Moses/ b. May 16, 1718; rn. Bridget Cum- 
mings. (22) Abigail/ b. Oct. 17, i720; m. March 11. 1742, John 
Senter of Londonderry, N. H. (23) Mary/ b. Oct. 20, 1723; in. 
April 10, 1744, Olive" Proctor or* Chelmsford. (24) Lucy/ b. Jan. 
11, 1725-6; m. June 6, 1744, Stephen Corey of Littleton, Mass. 
(25) Elizabeth/ b. Feb. 8, x728; m. July 22, 1746, Gershom Proctor 
of Chelmsford. (26) Isaac/ b. May 20, 1731. (27) Joseph* b. Jan. 
2, 1735. (28) Esther/ b. July 4, 1738. 

. 20. Samuel* Parker, by wife Sarah (Fletcher), had ch.: (29) 
Samuel/ b. Feb. 27, 1739; d. in Maine. (30) Sarah/ b. Oct. 23, 
1740; m. Feb. 28, 1765, Solomon button of Antrim, N. H. (31) 
Joseph/ b. May 20, 1742; d. in New Ipswich, N. H. (34) Silas/ b. 
Jan. 23, 1743; d. at Ml Desert. (35) Leonard/ b. Nov. io, 1745; d. 
in the ft. Holmes Purchase." 

By wife Mary (Proctor) (Robbins) Parker, had ch.: (36) Mary/ 
b. Feb. 14, 1749; m. June 3, 1766, Thomas Wright of New Ipswich, 
N. H.; d. a widow, at Jaffrey, N. H, July 16, 1823. (37) Jonathan/ 
b. March 28, 1751; d unm, at Rindge, N. H., March 20, 1820. (38) 
Abel/ [-f-1 b. at Westford, March 25, 1753, where he resided until 
about 1767, when the family removed to Pepperrell. He m. Oct. 14, 
1777, Edith Jewett, dau. of Jedediah Jewett of Pepperrell, and in 
May, 1780, he removed to Jaffrey, N. H., where he d. May 2, 1831. 
His widow d. Oct. 23, 1848, a. 96. A memoir of Abel Parker is 
printed in the Collections of the N. II. Historical Society, vol. m, p. 258. 
A private soldier at Bunker Hill, he was severely wounded in the 
fight. During his life he held many offices: March 14, 1778, was 
made ensign in the continental army; Oct. 28, 1779, lieutenant in the 


1SG2] Parker Genealogy. 43 

same; Oct. 25, 1708, U. S. assistant assessor; May IT, 1802, judge 
of probate, which office he held more than twenty years; Jan. 21, 
1812, postmaster of Jaffrey five years and resigned; 1824, elector of 
president and vice president; was justice of the peace and quorum 
throughout the state; for five years one of the selectmen; for seven 
years a member of the state legislature; town clerk one year, and 
was a member of the convention of New Hampshire which adopted 
the federal constitution. It was his highest pride that every office 
came to him unsought. (39) Elizabeth, 5 b. May 9, 1755; in. Mr. 
Tenney. (40) Lydia, 5 1>. July 13, 1757; d. Feb. 10, 1774, num. 

38. Abel 5 Parker, by wife Eadith (Jewett), had eh.s (41) Edith* 
b. July 20, 1778; d. Feb. 23, 1784. (42) Abelfih Sept. 18, 17S0; 
d. Oct. 28, 1807, unm. (43) Edmund* b. Feb. 7, 1783; d. Sept. 
8, 1856, having been judge of probate for Hillsboro' county, about 
seven years; representative in the state legislature for Amherst 
and Nashua, sixteen years; speaker of the same, two years; mem- 
ber of the constitutional convention of 1S50; agent of the Jackson 
company eleven years, and at the time of his decease, president of 
the Nashua and Lowell R R. Co. (44) Silas* b. Feb. 11, 1785; d. 
March 21, 1785. (45) Ask* b. March 12, 1786; d. Oct. 15, 3833, 
having been judge of probate for Cheshire county. (46) Isaac,* b. 
in Jaffrey, N. H., April 14, 1788. His ancestors in this country had 
invariably followed a farmer's life as their occupation, but his taste 
and inclination led him to enter upon that of a merchant. His ap- 
prenticeship was served under Mr. David Page, who carried on quite 
an extensive business in several localities. His first independent 
operations were commenced at Keene, N. H. Nov. 17, 1812, he m. 
Sarah Ainsworth, dau. of Rev. Laban Ainsworth of Jaffrey, N. H. 
He afterwards removed to Boston where for upward of 40 years he 
was more or less actively engaged in mercantile pursuits. He was 
for several years a member of the city council, and for two years a 
representative of Boston in the state legislature; was one of the 
trustees of Mount Auburn cemetery; trustee of the Sullivan rail road; 
director of a large number of business corporations, and president 
of the Traders' bank. He d. May 27, 1858, almost precisely a year 
after his wife, who died May 29, 1857. (47) Calvin,* b. July 23, 
1790; d. Aug. 17, 1790. (48) Luther,* b. Oct. 10, 1791, d. Oct. 25, 
1791. (.49) Joel,* b. Jan. 25, 1795. [He was appointed chief justice 
of New Hampshire, in 1838, which office he held till 1847, when he 
became Royall professor of law at Harvard College, where he conti- 

(46) Isaac 6 Parker, by wife Sarah (Ainsworth), had ch.: (50) 
Sarah Melville,? b. at Keene, N. H., Aug. 25, 1813: m. Oct. 1, 1840, 
Ezra Farnsworth of Boston, son of Abel Farns worth of Groton, 
Mass.; had ch.: Mary Rice, 8 Ezra,- Alice, 8 Isaac Parker, 8 Sarah 
Melville, 8 a child who d. in 1854, and William. 8 (51) William Ains- 
worth 7 , b. at Keene, N. H., Jan. 6, 1816; in. at Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 
3, 1840, Mary Iddings, dau. of Caleb Iddings of Phila.; d. Oct. 27, 
1849; had ch.: Henry, 8 William Iddings, 8 Richard, ^ Isaac, 8 Joseph 
Melville, 8 and three deceased. (52) Isabella Grahame, 1 b. at Boston, 
Feb. 15, 1818; m. Dec. 1. 1847, Rev. George Alexander Ovialt; had 
ch,: George Alexander^ Isabella Parker, 3 Sarah Louisa. 8 (53) Henry 


Charges of the Toivn of Hull. 


Melville,' 7 b. at Boston, Aug. t, 1820; m. at Greenfield, Mass., April 30, 
1851, Fanny Cashing Stone, dau. of Dr. A. F. Stone of Greenfield; 
had ch.: Charles Pomeroy, 8 Herbert Croswell, 8 Edward Melville, 6 

Margaret Lincoln, 8 and one child who d. in 1S5S. (54) Edward Hazin," 
b. at Boston, March 7, 1823; m. at Hanover, N. H., Dec. 14, 1848, 
Sarah Olcott Heydock, dau. of W. T. Heydock of Lowell; had ch.: 
William Ainsworth,-' Charles Haddock,- Agnes Olcott, 8 Helen 8 and 
two deceased. (55) Francis Jcicett,~ b. at Boston, March 3, 1825; m. 
at Amherst, Mass., April 28, 1S46, Anna Whiting Lyman, dau. of 
Josiah Dvvight Lyman of Nerthfield, Mass. [He is a merchant of 
Boston, of the firm of Parker, Wilder & Co.; was a state senator in 
1858.] ch.: Francis Vose," Clara Virginia,"" Cullen Sawtelle. 8 (56) 
Mary Ainsworth, 1 b. at Boston, March 8, 1827, m. at Boston, Nov. 17, 
1845, Jabez Whiting Lyman (son of J. D. Lyman of Northfield, 
Mass.), by whom she had one son, Charles Parker Lyman. 5 (57) 
Edith Allen? b. at Boston, Nov. 21, 1829. 

HOUSE, &c. f MARCH 9, 1673-4. 
A trve acount of the charges the towne of Hull hath been out 
about the Beacon with the watch houss, & allso the number of the 
names of the persons that warded the said Beacon, with an acount 
of corne that was spoiled by carting ouer the said corne, & what was 
pluckt vp to set vp the Beacon. The wardas: first, Beniamin Bos- 
worth seniour, 17 days. 

Geoarge Yickre: 4 days. 

Sampson Shove i day. 

John Lobdall i day. 

Sam. Prfnc i day. 

Charges about the watch 

hous at the beacon. 
3 hundred of boardes.. 

Joseph Bosworth 5 day 5. 

Jerom Bosworth i day. 

Isack Vickers i day. 

Cristopher Wheton i day. 

Isack Coale 2 dayes. 

John Colyer i day. 

Ben Bosworth Junior. . . 19 days. 

Isacke Lobdell i day. 

Isack Princ i day. 

Henry Chamberlin 3 day3. 

Richard Stubes 2 days. 

the number of daj's. 6i. 

Seriant Bosworth. 
Nathaniell Bosworth 
in the name of the townsmen. 

—Mass, Archives, bk. 112, p. 234. 






timber and setinge vp. . 


carting to the place . 

this sum is 
more for the becon, a 

kettei 0. 

for pich 0. 




ocum. . 
for ocum 

bales. . 
for 2 men to go to bos- 
ton to fetch 

pich for the bec< 

This sum is 
for the corne spojld by cartinge 
and the Becon setinge vp con- 
cerninge which corne captaine 
Oliuer had a noat to show to 
athority which was 3 bushiles. 

Loring & John 
for making fier 
with pitch and 

to mak the 

'j bos- ) 
more >- 
con.. ) 

0. 4. 0. 

0. 1. 6. 

0. 4. 0. 

0. 16. 


Boston Records. 



Boston Births. 
[Continued from Vol. XV, page 352.] 

Megdaniett. Elizabeth y e Daughter of John Megdaniell & of Elizabeth 

his wife boruc 3 1 - 1 Her 61. 
Warren. John y e sonne of ^eter Warren & of Sarah his wife borne 

ye 8 th Sept 1661. 
Fenniman, James y e sonne of James Penniman & of Mary his wife 

borne 27 ti! Sep* 1661. 
Davis. Sarah y e Daughter of Samuell Davis & of Sarah his wife 

borne II th Sep 7 1661. 
Mar tine, John y e sonne of Richard Martine & of Elizabeth his wife 

borne 2' of October 1661. 
Mavericke. Mary y e Daughter of Samuell Mavericke & of Rebecca 

his wife borne 2 J October 1661. 
Williams. Thomas y e sonne of Thomas Williams & of Aune Lis wife 

borne 29^ March 1661. 
Hucke. Samuell y e sonne of Samuell Rucke & of Margaret his 

wife borne 4 th October 1661. 
Mason. Sarah y e Daughter of Richard Mason & of Sarah his wife 

borne 3: Sept 1661. 
Saywell. Abigail y e Daughter of David Saywell & of Abigail his 

wife borne 12 lh Sept 1661. 
Wheatly. John y e sonne of Lyonell Wheat! y & of Elinor his wife 

borne 6 th October 1661. 
Manning. Elizabeth y e Daughter of George Manning & of Hannah 

his wife borne 13 rli October 1661. 
Butller. Isaac y e sonne of Stephen Buttler & of Jane his wife was 

borne 9 th October 1661. 
Buttolph. Thomas y e sonne of Thomas Buttolph Junio r & of Mary 

his wife borne 5 th October 1661. 
Amey. Mary y e Daughter of John Amey & of Martha his wife 

borne 10 fh October 1661. 
Sherman. Samuell y e sonne of Samuell Sherman and of Naomi his 

wife was borne 3 l October 61. 
Bedicell. Mary y e Daughter of Samuell Bedwell & of Mary his 

wife borne 18 th Sep 1 61. 
Mason. David y e sonne of Arthur Mason & of Johanna his wife 

borne 24 til October 1661. 
Murrell. Lydia y c Daughter of Jeremiah Murrell & of Sarah hi3 

wife borne 14 th October 1661. 
Flack. Samuell y e sonne of Samuell Flacke & of Ann his wife 

borne 18 lh October 1661. 
Hamlin. Elizabeth y e Daughter of Ezekiell Hamlin & of Elizabeth 

his wife borne 24 lh October 1661. 
Allen. Edward y e sonne of Edward Allen & of Martha his wife 

borne 21* Sep 7 1661, 


Boston Records. 


Wat kins. Sarah y e Daughter of Thomas Watkins & of Elizabeth 

his wife borne 7 th November 1061. 
Dawes. Jonathan y° sonne of William Dawes & of Susanna his 

wife borne 3 l November 1661. 
Chappine. Hannah y e daughter of David Chappine & of Lydia his 

wife borne 23 1 - 1 October 1661. 
Baker. Hannah y e Daughter of John Baker & of Johanna his 

wife borne 4 1 " November 1661. 
Tomline. John y- sonne of John Tomline & of Sarah his wife borne 

14 November 1661. 
Gwine. Thomas y e sonne of Thomas Gwine & of Elizabeth his 

wife borne 3 d November 1661. 
Demsdall. Joseph y e sonne of William Demsdall & of Martha his wife 

borne 21 th November 1661. 
Ellis. Lydia y e Daughter of Edward Ellis & of Sarah his wife 

borne 11 th November 1661. 
Checkhy. Samuell y e son of John Oheekley & of Anne his wife borne 

26 of November 1661. 
Emons. Mary y e Daughter of Samuell Emons & of Mary his wife 

borne 18 th November 1661. 
Gold. Bartholmew y e sonne of Thomas Gold & of Francis his 

wife borne 27 th October 1661. 
Sanford. Sarah y e Daughter of Robert Sanford & of Elizabeth his 

wife borne 23: 9 her : 1661. 
Hunter. Hannah y e Daughter of William & of Mary his wife borne 

22 th November 1661. 
Wells. Thomas y e sonne of Thomas Wels & of Naomi his wife 

borne 4 th December 1661. 
Stoddard. Joseph y e sonne of M r . Anthony Stoddard & of Christian 

his wife borne first December 1661. 
Hawser. Joseph y e sonne of Richard Rawser & of Exercise his 

w T ife was borne 2 d October 1661. 
Tout. Elizabeth ye Daughter of Richard Tout & of Elizabeth his 

wife borne 4 rU December 1661. 
Robbinson. John y e sonne of George Robinson & of Mary his wife 

borne [ ]. 

Copp. David y e sonne of David Copp & of Obedience his wife 

borne 8: December 1661. 
Gillam. Zechariah y e sonne of Zecharia Gillam & of Phebe his 

wife borne 4 th Novemb 1 " 1661. 
Hitchbone. Salomon & David being twins y e sonnes of David Hitch- 

bone & of Katherine his wife was borne 14 l!l December 

OUiver. Abigail the Daughter of Coronett Peter Olliver & of Sarah 

his wife borne first Janvary 1661. 
Marshall. John y e sonne of Robert Marshall & of Mary his wife 

borne 1 th Janvary 1661. 
Snell. Anna y e Daughter of John Sneli & of Phillip [sic] his 

wife borne | d ( Janvary 1661. 
Webster. Thomas y e eonne of Thomas Webster & of Mary his wife 

borne 11 th Janvary 1661. 




























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Benjamine y e sonne of Hope Allen & of Rachell his wife 

borne 10 th Jan vary 1661. 
Jane y e Daughter of John Bushnell & of Jane his wife 

borne 18 th December 1662. 
Mary y e Daughter of Orlando Bagly & of Sarah his wife 

borne 5 th J an vary 1661. 
Mary y- Daughter of John Griffine & of Susanna his wife 

borne 21 Jan vary 1661. 
Benjamine y Sonne of Richard Barnard & of Elizabeth 

his wife borne 6 th January 1661. 
George y e sonne of George Pearse & of Mary his wife 

borne 30 th January 1661. 
Theophilus y c sonne of Theophilus Frary & of Hannah 

his wife borne 30 th Jan vary 1661. 
Daniell y e sonne of Christopher Clarke & of Rebecca his 

wife borne Iff* Febr r y 1661. 
Antipas y° sonne of Antipas Boyce & of Hannah his wife 

borne 8 ih Febr. 1661. 
Martha y e Daughter of Edmund Jackson & of Elizabeth 

his wife borne 11 th Febr. 1661. 
Sarah y e Daughter of William Sumner & of Elizabeth his 

wife borne 3 1 Febr. 1661. 
Thomas y e sonne of Richard Hicks & of Mary his wife 

was borne 23 Febr. 1661. 
Abigail y e Daughter of Nicholas Phillips & of Hannah 

his wife borne 20 t: ' Feb™ 1661. 
Edward y e sonne of M r . Edward Lane & of Hannah his 

wife borne 20 Febr. 1661. 
Elizabeth y e Daughter of William Lane & of Mary his 

wife borne 3 d Feb ru 1661. 
Elizabeth y e Daughter of Nathaniell Adams & of Mary 

his wife borne 2 J March 1661. 
Samuell y e sonne of William Greenough & of Elizabeth 

his wife, borne 3 d M r ch 1661. 
Joyliffe Price y e second sonne of Richard Price & of Eli- 
zabeth his wife borne 2 d March about halfe an houre 

after tenne of y e clocke In y e yea re 16|4- 
John y e sonne of John Phillips & of Sarah his wife borne 

4* of M'ch 16|4-. 
Ebinezer y e sonne of James Hudson & of Mary his wife 

borne 4 th M r ch 16££. 
Epraim y e Sonne of Samueil Howard & of Isabell his wife 

borne 23 Febr. 1661. 
Elizabeth y e Daughter of Joshua Nash & Elizabeth his 

wife borne 17 th Febr. 1661. 
John y e sonne of John Brookin & of Elizabeth his wife 

borne 13 l!l M*ch 1661 & 62. 
Mathew y e sonne of Edward Howard & of Ester his wife 

borne 15th M^ch 1661 & 62. 
Mary y e Daughter of John Pearse & of Isabell his wife 




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Messinger. Thomas y e Sonne of Henry Messinger & of Sarah his wife 

borne 22 th M r C& *«££. 
Nowell. George y e sonne of George Nowell & of Lydia his wife 

borne 21 ^ March 1661 or 62. 
Gledtn, Susanna y e Daughter of Charles Gleden & of Evnice his 

wife borne 16 ; ll 9 ,)ir 1661. 
Lynde Elizabeth y e Daughter of M r . Simon Lynde, & of Hannah 

his wife was borne 25 th of M'ch being Tuesday about 

4 a Clocke in y e morning 1662. 
Freake. Mary y e Daughter of M r . John Freeke & of Elizabeth his 

wife borne"25 lh M r ch 1662. 
Breding. James y e soune of James Breding & of Hannah his wife 

borne first Aprill 1662. 
Bridgham. Xathaniell y e sonne of Henry Bridgham & of Elizabeth 

his wife borne 2 ! of Aprill 1662. 
Paine. Hannah y e Daughter of M r , John Paine & of Sarah his 

wife borne 3D' 1 M'ch 1662. 
Mar tine. Prudence yf Daughter of Michaell Martine & of Susanna 

his wife borne 26 of M<~ch 1662. 
Woodde. Isaac y e sonne of Isaac Woodee & of Dorcas his wife 

borne 6: of Aprill 1662, 
Sajfuie. John y e sonne of M r . John Saffine & of Martha his wife 

borne 14 th Aprill 1662. 
Thurston. Mary y e Daughter of Benjamine Thurston & of Elisha 

[sic] his wife borne 24' ' of Aprill 1662. 
Williams. Sarah y e Daugmter of William Williams & of Johanna his 

wife borne 28** Aprill 1662, 
Conney. Joseph y e sonne of John Conney k, of Elizabeth his wife 

borne 27 th Aprill 1662. 
Mellowes. Olliver y e sonne of John Mellowes & of Martha his wife 

borne 3 l Aprill 1662. 
Moore. Hannah y e Daughter of Thomas Moore & of Sarah his 

wife borne 26 Aprill 1662. 
Milles. Samuell the sonne of Samuel Milles & of Elizabeth his 

wife borne 27 th Aprill 1662. 
Mosse. Sarah y e Daughter of Christopher Mosse & of Prudence 

his wife borne 28 M r ch 1662. 
GUlam. Hannah y e Daughter of Benjamine Gillam & of Hannah 

his wife borne 27 lh Aprill 1662. 
Kinde. Mary y e Daughter of Arthur Kinde, & of Jane his wife 

borne 27 Aprill 1662. 
Glover. Mary y e Daughter of John Glover & of Mary his wife 

borne 16'" Aprill 1662. 
Winsor. Sarah y e Daughter of Robert Winsor & of Rebeccah hi3 

wife borne V' a of May 1662. 
Rock. Samuell y e sonne of M r . Joseph Rocke & of Elizabeth his 

wife borne 17 r!i May 1662. 
Griggs. Rebecca y e Daughter of William Griggs of Rurnney 

Marsh & of Rachell his wife borne 3 Aprill 62. 
Hambleton. Abraham y e sonne of William Hambleton & of Mary his 

wife borne 23 lu December 1661. 


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Browne. James y e Bonne of Samuell Browne & of Mary his wife 

borne 2 d May 1662. 
Way. Marv y e Daughter of Eliazer Way & of Mary his wife 

borne 24 th May 1662. 
Knight. Richard y e sonne of Richard Knight & of Johanna his 

wife borne 30th of Aprill 1662, 
Way. Hannah y e Daughter of Richard Way & of Ester his wife 

borne 23 lh May 1662. 
licit. Samuell v e sonne of Eliphalet Hett & of Ann his wife 

borne 13 May 1662. 
Alien. Elizabeth y e Daughter of John Alden & of Elizabeth his 

wife borne 9 May 1662. 
PecJce. Sarah y e Daughter of Thomas Pecke & of Elizabeth his 

wife borne 5 th June 1662. 
Gee. John y e sonne of John Gee & of Hazelpanah his wife 

borne 27 th May 1662. 
Risden. Sarah y e Daughter of Rob 1 . Risden & of Betteris his wife 

borne 29 [ ]. 

This is A true Copie of the seu r all Birthes for the Towne of Boston 
from the first of February 1658 vnto the 21 th of May 1662 which I 
giue in vnto the Recorder. As Attests 

Jonathan Negus Cleric. 


[Communicated by William S. Appletos of Boston.] 

The testimony of Phillip Long, aged fouerty yeares or there about, 
in and concerning the Administratrizship of mrs. Susanna Zillick — 
Sayeth that about the moneth of [November] 1654: I the s ri Phillip, 
being at [ ] heareing of mr David Zillicks* death I went [to the 

widow] to demand my debt of her: she made me answer that she had 
not yet administered and therefore cold not pay me; But she s d she 
was to administer the next court following: I was not wht. [her 
after wards; But after the court was past to my knowledg she 
paid seu r all debts: and further sayeth not. Sworne before me, this 
15* of October 1658. Edward Rawson Comission 1 ". 

The deposition of Samuell Youngloue, senior, aged about sixty 
two yeares, who testiSeth and saith; that when Joseph Lee and 
Goodman Hunt were sculling together in the high way neere m r 
Hubberds pales, I saw Goodman Lee coming up hastily towards them 
with a pitchforke in his hand; which had but one tine, he came with 
it up ready to strike; soe when he came up to them, I saw him strike 
twise; and for the maner of his strikeing; I doe apprehend he strucke 
as hard as he could & thereupon I did see the bone upon his head, 
having pulled off his hatt. Samuell Youngloue. 

Taken upon oath, Novem b 23 th 1668, 

before me. Samuel Symovds. . 

* He appears among the freemen of 1642 as David Zullesh. — W. S. A. 


50 Mstracts of Early Wills. [Jan, 


[Prepared by William B. Trask o! Dorchester.] 

[Continued from Vol. xv, page 326.] 

Elkaxah Gladman. — Inventory of the Estate of Elkanah Glad-man, 
apprised by Ilezekiah Usher, Thomas Snaicsell, Nov. 23, 1664. Arat. 

Inventorye of Debts Due to the Estate of M r Elkanah GJ adman as 
they were found in His Book at His Death. From Capt. Thomas 
Bredon, Goodwifc Cutler of Charlestowne, John Holliday of Boston, 
Nurse Greene, M rs Trance, M rs Roades, M r George Saunders, M r John 
Blake, M r Edward Nailor, Samuel Mattox, Goodwife Farnham, Alex- 
ander Steward, Sarah Potterton, Mrs. Mary Johnson, M r John Gil- 
ford, Mrs Susan Jack! in, Thaddeus Mackartye, M r Wollaston, Anne 
Carter, Lawrence Smithe, Zacheus Scdgwicke, M r Stephen Goodieur, 
M rs Eieres, Edward Page, Goodwife Baxter, Edward Li live, Serjant 
Wm. Cotton, M r Job Sayres, Mrs Allice Thomas. Total, £139.05.01 J. 
Out of which is to bee paid, [specified sums] to M r Thomas Lake, 
Jn°. Watts, Benj. Gillam senior, M> Tho. Deane. 

Feb. 8, 1664. Capt. Thomas Bredon & Capt. Thomas Lake, deposed. 

[On page 261 of vol. I, is a recital of the doings of the Court in 
regard to the estate of Elkanah Gladman. It is stated that the Ad- 
ministrators, Capt. Thomas Bredon and Capt. Thomas Lake, brought into 
Court an inventory of said Estate, producing also " a Letter from 
M r Elkanah Gladman, Father to the late Elkanah Gladman Deceased 
March 21 st 1664 in which u appears that the s d Elko.nah Gladman De- 
syres & orders that one hundred pounds of his Late sonnes Estate, 
with halfe his Bookes shall bee & goe to M TS Lydia Goodyear, who 
was the Contracted Wife of the Late Elkanah Gladman Junor, the 
which the Court allowes & approues of, and orders that the Adminis- 
trators Remit the Rest of the s d Elkanah Gladmans estate, to M r El- 
kanah Gladman the Father, as in & by his Letter may appear to bee 
his Desyre, which thi3 Court orders to be Recorded & kept on File. 
And on a Certificate from M r Elkanah Gladman senio r that he Doth 
Allow & approue of this Order, by sufficient Witnesses Coming into 
these parts, or on testimonye of some knowne publick Notarye to his 
said state, this Court shall approue of the xVdministrators Accompt 
and Giue them a Discharge from their Administration. 

At a County Court 16 th June 1665. Edward Rawson Recorder.' 7 ] 

Daniel Weld.— July 1, 1666. I, Daniell Weld, of Roxbury, Yeo- 
man, hauing the perfect vse of my vnderstanding & memory, make 
this to bee my last will. ***** I gi ue my House where I now 
dwell, in, Roxbury, my barne. Orchards, Gardens & home Lott, ail my 
Cowes, Heiflers & Hogs, my mare & bees, all my Household stuffe 
bedding, brass, pewter, linnen & wollen. And furthermore I giue 

1862.] • Abstracts of Early Wills. 51 

my orchard & parcell of Pasture thereto adjoyning, lying noare 
Stony Riuer bridge, purchased of John Watson. Also twelue Acres 
of plowed Land & Pasture, lying vpon the great Hill in Roxbury 
ncare Muddy Riuer, which I purchased of Hugh Clarke.. All debts 
due to mee, All my personal Estate, I doe giue to Ann Weld, my 
wife, to bee Enjoyed by her soe long as shee shall remaine my wid- 
dow, but in Case it please God soe to dispose, that my deare wife 
change her Condition, And marry another man, then my will is, that 
shee should Enjoy the thirds of my Estate, for the tearme of hir life. 
And my will is, that nothing bee sold of my Estate, Except there 
bee great necessity for the maintenance of my wife & children, And 
that not without the Council and aduice of my Ouerseers, vnless it 
'should appeare clearly to my Executor & to my Ouerseers, that it 
should bee much for the bennifitt of my wife and children to sell all 
here in Roxbury & purchase Housing & Lands in some other place 
to the full worth of it, where it might bee plainly for their advantage. 
For my deare sonn, JM r Daniell Weld, in England, whether hee be 
liuinge or noe I know not, yet out of my tender respect I haue to him, 
although the Portion hee hath already receiued hath bin as much as 
my whole Estate now remaining, yet out of my Fatherly affection to 
him at my decease, I can doe soe less than giue vnto him, by this 
my will, 20 s , out of my Estate, as a small Token of my great lone. 
For the rest of my children, my will is, that after the marriage of 
my wife (in Case shee marry) that two thirds of my Estate bee de- 
uided by Equail Portions, betweene thern, that is, mine & my wiues 
children, namely, Joseph Weld, Bethiah Weld, & Timothy Hide, And 
after my wifes decease, the other third part of my Estate, or in case 
shee marry not, then the whole Estate to bee Equally divided be- 
tweene them, Prouided always that in Case the Lord soe dispose that 
any of my said children should marry before my wifes marriage vnto 
any other man, or whilst shee remaines my widdow, then my will is, 
that there should bee due Encouragment allowed to them or any 
such of them out of the Estate, with the Consent of my Executrix, & 
by & with the aduice of my Ouerseers, according as they shall judge 
Expedient, all things Considered, which proportion of the Estate is 
to bee taken notice of soe as to bee allowed for by them who shall 
receive it, vnto the rest, at the time or times of the diuission of the 
Estate, to make Each proportion Equal! according to the will. And 
in Case the Lord should take aivay any of the three children before 
Expressed, before the time or times of the diuission, then my will is, 
that the Estate shall bee Equally diuided betweene them & Enjoyed 
by the suruiou rs . As for my dstu. Mary Hide, shee hath had her Por- 
tion already, And my will is, my wife should haue libertie at her 
death to giue her sonn some small token of her loue to remember her 
by, with & According to the aduice of my Ouerseers. I appoint Ann 
Weld, my wife, to bee my sole Executrix & I doe most hartiiy request 
my deare & faithfull Couzens, 31 r Edward Denison, M r Thomas Weld, 
& M r John Weld to bee the Ouerseers of this my will, praying them 
to see this in trust Carefully performed, And to haue a Care of my 
poore wife, whome I leaue into the hands of the Lord & to you my 
deare Couzens to Council & direct her. Daniel Weld. 


John Weld, John Skhbim, who deposed, Nov. 3, 1666. 

52 Abstracts of Early Wills. * [Jan. 

Inventory of the Estate of M r Daniel Weld, taken Aug. 1, 1GGG, 
by Edicard Dcnison, John Weld,, Thomas Weld, John Sicbins. 

M rs Ann Weld, Relict & Executrix to the last will & Testament of 
the late M r Daniel Weld, deposed, 3: 9ber: 1666. 

David Homes. — To my Eldest sorin, Dauid, I leave £10; to the other 
two yonger, £5 a peece; if in Case they bee put forth to prlntiss for 
time, such as take them shall take their Portions with them, Learne 
them to Read & write, & dubble their Portions to them at the End of 
their time; if in Case such as take the Children are vnwilling see to 
doe I leaue this £20, in the hands & to the disposing of Stephen Kins- 
ley, & for want of life to his sonn, John Kinsley, & to Thomas Hollman 
& they to putt it to the best improuement & for the vse & bennifitt 
of the Children & to bee payd to them when at age of 21, in such pay 
as they receiued. If any of the children die, their mother shall haue 
their Estate, if shee die, they shall haue hers amongst them Equally. 
My will is, also, that my dau. Margaret, shall haue £5, to bee paid 
at Age or day of marriage if shoe liue, if not, to bee at her mothers 
disposing. The rest of my Estate I leaue to my wife to pay my 
debts & to improue to her best advantage, & to see my body Law- 
fully Buried. 

Nov. 15, 1666. Power of Administration to the Estate of Dauid 
Holmes is granted to Jane, his Relict, shee bringing in an Inventory 
of that Estate & performing this imperfect will as neere as may bee. 

Edw. Rawson Records 

This is to sattisfle that I, Henry Crane, doth testifie this to be the 
will of Dauid Homes; p r mee, Henry Crane, this 15 th of the 9: month 

Inventory of the Estate of Dauid Homes deceased the 2 d of Nov. 
1666. Prisers, Gregory Belcher, William Daniell. Amt. £73.13.?. 

Nov. 15, 1666. Jane Holmes, Relict of Dauid Homes, deposed. 

[On the back of the original document on file, James Humphry 
& W m Weekes stand bound in 20 s apiece to y c Treasurer " on this 
Condition that Francis Crabtree shall be of good behauiour till y e 
next County court & shall then appeare & so from court to court till 
her case be ended.'* Signed by Edw. Rawson, Record 1 ".] 

Henry Withington. — 8: 11: 1664. I, Henry Withington, of Dor- 
chester, in New England, being about the Age of 76 yeares or vpon 
17: being in perfect memory doe make my last will. * * * My will 
is, That my sonn, Richard Withington, one of my Executo rs ; shall 
well & truly performe vnto my wife, Margerie, all such Agreements 
as are Expressed in a writting made & sealed before our marriage, 
bearing date, 25: 4: 1662: witnessed by M r John Elicit & M r Samudl 
Danforth, And then see doing I giue vnto him all the rest Of my 
Houses & Orchard & Lands that I haue in Dorchester, Except Tena 
Acres in the Twenty Acres Lotts, which Tenu Acres I Giue to my 
dau. Batie, & I Except also my devision of Land which is about 30 

JS62.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 53 

Acres, lying neere Dedam mill, which if it bee not sold before ray 
death, my will is, that it shall bee sould & come in as part of my 
Estate, And also I Except all my Land that is mine, about Sensions 
House, which Land I Giue to my dau. Batte, to bee hers foreuer, And 
her Husband shall haue noe power to dispose of it without her free 
Consent. But all ray Land Except these parcells Excepted I Giue 
to my sonn Richard to bee his foreuer. And for my goods, my debts 
Si buriall being- discharged out of the whole, I Giue as followeth, 
nainly, to my Beloued wife, Margerie, £10. ouer & besides that £10, 
1 promised her before our marriage which is sett downe in a writ- 
ting, aforesayd. And to my sonn, Richard, £10, & to his fowre sonns, 
John, Ebenezer, Henry & Phillip, each, £5; to M r Mather, £5; M r Tamp- 
ion, £5; And towards the maintenance of an able ministrie in Dor- 
chester, which they baue or may chuse, I Give £20 to bee improved 
by the Deacons then in being, And the bennifitt thereof shall bee 
brought in yearely to the Select men, then in being, to bee giuen to 
the vse aforesaid. And £10 more I Giue vnto the poorest inhabit- 
ants in Dorchester, And the said £10 shall bee disposed at & by the 
discresion of the Deacons, then in being. I Giue vnto John Raker, £5, 
Samuell Batte, £5, Samuell Paull, £5, Samuell Danforth, £5. To all 
the Childeren I am Grandfather vnto, Except Mary Robinson, & such 
Children as I haue herein giuen legacies vnto, I giue each of them, 40 s . 
For the rest of my goods, legacies being discharged, shall bee Equally 
diuided among my o dau - namly, Faith Baker, Mary Danforth, and Anna 
Batte And for that Fine Acres of Land that I latly bought of James 
Batte at the south End of his Lott, next the High way, which Cost 
mee, £16, it is my will that she, I meane my dau. Batte, shall haue 
that Fiue Acres, & shee shall dispose of it for her good & for her 
Children, but her Ilusband shall haue no power to sell it away, with- 
out her Consent, nor any Land that I haue giuen her Else where. 
And further it is my meaninge, that this £16, which the Land Cost 
mee, though the Land Returne her as aforesayd, yet it shall bee re- 
coned as part of that Portion which I leaue with hir other Sisters. 
For ray Executo rs , I Appoint my sonn, Richard Withington, & my sonn, 
Richard Baker ; for my Ouerseers, my sonn, M r Thomas Danforth, & 
my sonn, James Batte. The legacies [to be paid] one halfe within a 
yeare after my death & the other halfe the next yeare after, if it may 
bee well had & done. Henry Withington. 

Wittnes hereof 

Enoch Wiswall, Samuell Paull, 

[In a codicil, Mr Withington states, that he has given to his son, 
Richard, the £10 expressed in his will, also delivered to him the £5 
for John Withington, his Eldest son. " For the Tenn Acres of Land I 
gaue to my daughter Batte, lying in the Twenty Acre Lott I haue 
Sold that, since, to Samuell Clap & haue deliuered & giuen to her & 
her Husband all my Laud at Sensions house." All which is acknow- 
ledged by Richard TVithington. Samuel Paul, acknowledges " that I 
haue receiued from my Father Withington, that Fiue pounds which is 
Expressed in his will, to. bee Giuen me. 23: 9: 1666."] 

15 Feb. 1666. Enoch Wiswell & Samuel Paule, deposed. 

An Inventory of the Estate of Elder Henry Withington, of Dor- 

54 Abstracts of Early Wills. [Jan. 

Chester, who deceased this life Feb, 2, 1666, taken & apprised by 
John Capen sew & William Sumner, March 6, 1666-7. Amt. £850.17.3. 
Due from the Estate, ,£14.4.6. Mentions, -fa pt. of three Ketches; 
J of a warehouse at Boston; two shares in the iron works at Tanton. 
Richard Baker & Richard Withington, deposed to this inventory, 
May 2, 1667. 

Richard "Woodcock.* — An Inventorye of the Estate of Richard 
"Woodcock Deceased Nouembcr 22 th 1662, as apprised by Edward 
Fletcher, Michadl Wills. Amt. £3S.9.5. "Also general! armes of other 
mens, as we are Informed, in y e shoppe (uiz 1 .) 8 swordes, 10 pistolls, 
39 gunnes with stockes, 23 fyre Lockes," &c. Sworne in Court Dec. 
19, 1662, by Richard Wayie k Thomas Matspn. 

[The Administrators of said estate were ordered by the Court, to 
deliver to Cap 1 Davenport, of the Castle. M r Rosewell & M r Dames 
man & such other their seuerall gunnes " they Making proofe by 
Oath before any Commissioner in Boston, or on y e Acknowledgment 
of the wife, or Late apprentice of the said Woodcocke to bee theires. 

Edward Rawson Recorder. 

George Davis. — I, George Davis, beinge bound for Cape Feare,, doe 
now dispose my outward estate as followeth, in case I die before I 
come againe or shall hear after make any other will; being in health, 
My w r hole estate, that I leaue in New England, I do bestow vppon 
my wife and Children, and doe make my wife executrix, and my son, 
Benjamin, executor Joyntly. My estate to be diuided into fine parts, 
two parts I giue to my wife and my son Benjamine equaly, the other 
three parts I giue to my Hue dau s to be diuided equaly, and to be 
paid vnto them when they come to age, or when they may, as their 
mother shall Judg best, and their mothers part she has power to 
dispose it to her she dies to those or to all of my Children, soe it be 
to my Children, that are most Louing and dutifull vnto her. My 
house and land I do dispose to my wife and my sone Benjamine, pro- 
uided my daughters haue their portions, though it be in other things. 
To my sone, Joseph, I giue ail that I haue now in the shipp, and that 
we cary with vs to Cape Feare, with the weauers loome; but in Case 
it does Miscary before it come ther, and he com agen to new Eng- 
land, my executors out of the whole estate shall pay him ten pound 
farther, becaus my Daughters, sorn of them, are young, and to be 
brought vpp in the feare of God and well educated, is my desire, 
which I hope my wife will not be wanting in, therfor their portions 
shalbe responsable for theire bringinge vpp and left to the discission 
of my wife what to pay them when they come to age, or when she 

* The following is from the files. See Will of Jane Woodcock, Reg., vol. sv. 76. 

"William Day, sonne of y e late Hugh Day & Jane his wife, j} married to ye late 
Richard Woodcocke & Richard Brooke., of Boston, Gunn smith/' were bound U> Ed- 
ward Rawson, Recorder, in the sum of £50, Aug. 10, 1666. "by virtue of Mr said 
last will bearing date 16 th March 1665,*' to the performance of the conditions as 
administrators of said will. Signed by William Day and Richard Brooke, with seal3, 
bearing impressions of coats of arms. Witnessed by John CUuerle, Recompence Os- 

lS62ij Abstracts of Early Wills. 55 

(Jiee. I haue chosen for one ouerseer of this my last will, my bro- 
ther, William Clark, of linn, and doe you chuse another whome you 
think fit, and giue them 40 s apeece, and trust to their faithfullnes 
and care for my poor Chilldren. Dec. 7, 1664. Georg Dauis. 


William Killcupp, Grace X Killcupp. 

My son, Joseph Coult, I doe desire my sone, Benjamine, to haue Care 
o( him till he doe take farther order about him. Geo: Davis. 

William Kilcitp, & Grace Kilcupp his wife, deposed, Sep 1 30, 1661. 
Recorded, Book I, fol. 522. 

Inventory of the goods of Georg Dauis, leatly desesed at cape 
faier, taken by John Gould, William x Clark. Amt. £355.01. 

Benjamin Daius deposed, Oct. 29, 1661. Recorded, Book V, fol. 63. 

Robert Woodmansey.* — The Last Will And testament of M r Rob 1 
Wcodmansey, being weake of Body but off A disposing mind and 
having before me the thoughts of my departure out off this worjd. 
Concerning my little estate I have left vnto me, w cil lyeth in monyes, 
debts & Household stuff, and is speicified in An Inventorie, I dispose 
off it to my wife, Margarett, And my two dau s Martha and Baihia. 
1 make my wife, Margarett, sole executrix. As vnto Any Proportion 
I bequeath one halfe to my s d Two daughters, the rest vnto my wife, 
excepting some Perticulers which I have caused to be putt into writ- 
ing & to be disposed off by my s (i Executrix according to my s" de- 
sire therein. That this is my will I acknowledge by my hand seale 
berevnto Put, this 5 th day of July 1667. Robt Woodmansey. 

Wittnesse herevnto, 

John Hull, Gregory Clemrnt. 

John Hull deposed, Nov. 15. Recorded, Book I, fol. 523. 

An Inuentory of the Goods & Estate of M r Rob 1 Woodmansey, late 
fchoolemaster of Boston, deceased, taken by vs, Richard Gridley & 
Edmond- Eddenden, Sept 18, 1667. Amt. £196.07.2. Added, £3.3. 

Mrs. Margaret Woodmansey deposed, Nov. 15, 1667. 

* Mr. Woodmansey was one of the early school-teachers in Boston. His name 
is ou the records April 11th, 1650. March 12th, 1666, Mr. Daniel Henchman was 
engaged "to assist Mr. Woodmansey in the Grammar School and teach children to 
*rite." The successor of Mr. W. was the celebrated Benjamin Tompson, " a man 
of great learning and wit, well acquainted with the Roman and Greek writers, and 
* good poet." (See Register, xiv, 54, 141; xv, 113, 116.) He was chosen, Aug. 
*6thj 1667, and with Mr. Henchman, appears to have continued in the employ of 
tL<j town, until Jan. 3, 1671, when the noted Ezekiel Cheever took the principal 
charge of the school. The immediate predecessor of Mr. Woodmansey was proba- 
cy a Mr. Woodbridge, mentioned Dec. 2, 1644. Previous to this, in August, 1636, 
Sir. Daniel Maude was chosen to the office of "free schoolmaster. " He was a 
fcnuister, and removed to Dover, N. H., where he settled in 1642, and died in 1655. 
, hnson, i 11 his Wonder Working Providence, says: he was " both godly and diligent 
In the work " of a pastor. But the probable pioneer in the Boston " free school," 
**a Philemon Pormortt, who on the 13th of April, 1635, according to the Town Re- 
fwta was " intreated to become a schoolmaster for teaching and nurturing of children 
*ith us." Whether this office was accepted, we know not. He was dismissed 
J& « 6, 1639, as appears by the church record, " to ioin Mr. Wheelwright and others 
M Fhycatuqua." 

56 Abstracts of Early Wills. [Jan. 

Jasper Rawlins.— It: 11 th mo: 1665. I give vnto my wif, Mary 
Rawlins, my now Dwelling 1 howse w th all the moveable goods in it, 
as also all my Debts and Demands, for her vse and Despose after 
my decease, and doe hereby Constitute my deare wife to be my sole 
executrix, where vnto I doe set my hand. And in case any of my 
children should come over to settle here, I do give a peece of ground 
where the clay doth ly to build him an howse, if not, to be left to 
ray wif for her dispose; witnes my hand. 

The mark of x Jasper Rawlins. 

Witnes here vnto this IT, of 11 th mo. 1665. 
Joseph Knight. 

The mark. of 

John 3 Skinner. 
13th June, 1667. Joseph Knight & Jn Slcinner deposed. 

Humphery Milam. — Feb. 14, 1666. I, Humphry Mylam, of Boston, 
Cooper, being sick but of sound memory, do make this my last Will. 
Debts to be paid. Vnto my wife, Mary Mylam. my now dwelling house 
with the Shop & the building thereto adjoining & the land where 
on it standeth, & £30 in money. To my dau. Mary Mylam, £30 in money 
& the value of £10 of my goods & a fether bed & bolster, a Rugg, a 
Blankett, Two paier of Sheets & a Silver Spoon. To my dan. Con- 
stance Mylam, £30 in money & the value of £10 in goods & a fether bed 
& bolster, a Rugg, a Blankett, Two paier of Sheets & a Silver Spoon. 
To my dau. Sarah Mylam, £20 in money & £10 value in goods & a 
bed & bolster, a Rugg, Two paier of Sheets Sz a Blanket. To my dau. 
Abigail Mylam, my moiety or halfe in that ware house ou r against 
my dwelling house & the wharf thereto belonging & my Silver Tas- 
ter. Vnto my dau. Hannah Mylam, £20 in money & that peece of 
ground behind the yard behind my dwelling howse, w th the priviledg 
of way & passe there from & to foreu r on the wharfe at the South- 
westerly end of my dwelling house from & to it into the street. 
My will is that the before mentioned legacies to my Daughto 1 " 3 shall 
be paid them respectively when they shall be of the Age of 19 or 
at theire Marriage w ch shall first be, p'vided each of them marry w th 
the app r bation of theire mother & in her absence w th the App r bation 
of my friends here after named, any or either of them, whom I in- 
treat to be theire ou r seers. If any of my Children die before she 
come to the age aforesaid or be married, then, the Survive 1 " 5 shall 
haue such part equally divided amongst them. My meaning is that 
my wife shall have my abovesaid dwelling house but during her life 
& after her decease to her & my Children together to be divided 
equally amongst them. Vnto my wife all my goods, debts, Chattells, 
not hereby before disposed of, & the term of yeares yet to com & vu- 
expired at the time of my decease in my Apprentize Nath: Claddis. 
I ordain my wife sole executrix, most heartily beseeching her that 
as she hath showed her selfe faithfull k louing to me whilest we 
have lived together so she will continue a naturall mother towards 
my Children a3 my trust in her is she will be. I Intreat my friends, 
Cap? Thomas Lake, my Cozen, M T Jeremiah Cushen & M r Joseph How to 

1S62J Abstracts of Early Wills. 57 

bo ou r seers of this my will. I have here vnto subscribed my name 
v" 15' h 12 ,h moneth in y e yeare above written. Humphrey Milam. 
Signed & sealed in the p r sence of us: 

Witt: Turner, William Pearse scr. N 

3 May 1667, W m Turner deposed. William took like oath 
in open Court 6 May 67. Recorded, Book I, fol. 523. 

Inventory of the Estate of the late ITumphery Milam, deceased, 
prized by John County, William Turner, May 1, 1667. The net state 
resting*, £700.06. 01. Mary Mylam, Relict of Itumphery Mylam deposed, 
May 3, 1667. Recorded, Book V, fol. 39. 

John Alcocke. — I, John Alcocke, of Roxbury, hailing had more then 
ordinary occasions & oppertunitys duely to weigh & Consider the 
Incertainty of this life, being in a peculiar manner by my Calling 
exeersised for the few yeares I haue hitherto liued, being helpful! as 
God Enabled to othe rs & knowing the decree is Certaine that he only 
is the great & only phisition, in whose hands my times are, accord- 
ing to his mind & will & rny duty, being in my good and sound vn- 
derstanding & memory, tho* weake in body, doe make this my last 
will. I Giue my soule into the hands of him that Gaue it, and my 
body I Oomitt vnto the Earth to be buried as neere my beloved wife 
y* was. Debts to be payd. I Giue my dear wives Apparrell & what 
did belong to hir & was in hir Custody to my daughter & children 
as she Gaue it, as I was Informed by nurse Clarke whose testimony 
I allow & will to be sufficient for y l end. I bequeath all my Estate 
in houses, lands, plate, goods, debts, Catle, horses, mares & other es- 
tate whatsoeuer in Sc out of this Jurisdiction to my 8 children, George, 
John, Pagraue [Palgrave], Anna, Sarah, Mary, Elisabeth Sc Joanna, 
my eldest to haue a double portion & the Rest part Sc part alike; 
only as my wife desired so I doe bequeath my farme at Assabath 
Riuer of 1000 acres w th the stok & Vttensills now vpon it to my 
three daughte rs Anna, Sarah & Mary as their portions, at least on a 
due value to be Recconed to them as p r ie thereof, if the Estate will 
hold out & Reach to be better; and my mind & Will is, that my lands 
what may be mine, be kept Intire w !h the wood from any spoyle or 
wast, at least as litle as may be, & that my bookes & manuscripts 
may be kept for my sonnes those two that are desireus to be scho'ers, 
& my estate or favo r of my friends will procure them so to be, only 
my books & manuscripts a true Inventory of them being taken by 
my executo 13 & oue r seers I will to be left w th M r Mihilh, till he shall 
alter his Condition and then to be Returned to my executor s custody 
to be kept for my two sonnes that shall proue scholers; & my will 
J8, that each of my children shall during their being und r age be 
^eires each to othe r in Case of death to be divided amongst them, 
part Sc part alike. My mind is, & as a furthe 1 ' Sc due manifestation 
of my deare loue & respect w cu I owe my deare mother Pagraue, I 
pu<" hir those three peeces of plate w cb my wife gaue vnto hir Sc she 
«awi had in hir possession. I further will Sc order hir ,£5 a yeare 
to be payd unto hir during hir life & desire hir faithfull motherly 
vuufcseil & Advice may be w th hir Inspection oue r my children. I 

58 Letter from Rev. John IV T alley ', Jr. [Jan. 

make my children execute- 1 "* & executrixes of this my last will k be- 
cause they are Vnder Age I desire M r Sam: Danforth, & M r % Edward 
Dennison to be ,executo rs in trust in their behalfe, And desire Major 
Generall Jn° Leuerel, Cap 1 W m Dauis, M r John Hull, to be my oue r - 
seers, & desire their Acceptance of 40* a peccc a smale token of my 
loue as a remembrance to them, & £4 a peece to my executo rs ; to 
M r Mikills, 40 s to buy him a Ring to weare for my sake and desire 
his greatest Care to gett in my debts for w ch I will him twelve pence 
in the pound for what he Getts in. In Testimoney whereof I haue 
hereunto sett my hand & scale this 10th May 1666. 

I giue to y° church of X 1 in Roxbury £Z to buy them a good wine 
boule. John Alcocke, 

In p r sence of 

William Parke, Elisha Cooke. 

May 2, 1 667. M r Samuell Danforth came into Court & discharged 
his power of Executorship. 

May 22, 1667. M r Edward Dennison came into the Generall Court 
before the Gove r no r & magist. & did disclaime any rig-lit and powe r 
of executo r ship in y e will. 

May 4, 1667. Deacon William Parkes & M r Elisha Cooke deposed. 
Recorded, Book I, fol. 526. 


[Rev. John Walley was son of Hon. John Walley of Boston, born 
Sept. 11, 1691, who married Bethiah Eyre, and died in Boston, March 
6, 1745; grandson of John, who was a major in the army, took the 
lead in the Canada expedition of 1690, and was afterwards a judge; 
and great-grandson of Rev. Thomas Walley, minister of Barnstable. 

John, Jr., was born Oct. 6, 1716; graduated at Harvard College 
1734. " Before he entered the ministry he was private secretary to 
the governor of the province, and accompanied him in several jour- 
nies of public concern." He preached a while, as appears by the 
following letter, at Portsmouth, N. H., where Rev. William Shurtleff 
was pastor; was afterward (in Jan. 1747) invited to preach for the 
First Parish in Ipswich, Mass., which he did for eight months, and 
then received a call from a large majority of the church and congre- 
gation to settle with them. But the pastor, Rev. Nathaniel Rogers, 
objected, because Mr. W r alley declined exchanging with Rev. John 
Cleaveland of Chebacco Parish. This caused a dismemberment of 
the Society. Those that left, invited Mr. W. to become their minister. 
He was ordained Nov. 4, 1747; married Elizabeth Appleton; was 
dismissed from his church at his own request, Feb. 22, 1764. Mr. 
Walley was well versed in the French language, and while at Ips- 
wich, he instructed the French neutrals located in that town, in their 
native tongue. He afterwards preached for the Huguenots in Bos- 
ton. Mr. Walley died at Roxbury, without children, March 2, 1784. 
His widow died in the same town, about the year 1800. 

The father of Rev. Mr. Walley had five sisters. Sarah, the eldest, 
married Charles Chauncy! They were the parents of Rev. Charles 

]S62.] Letter from Rev. John Walley, Jr. 59 

Chauncy, D. D., of Boston. Elizabeth, married Rev. Joseph Sewall, 
D. I)., of Boston. Thomas, a brother of Rev. Mr. Walley. by his 
second wife, Sarah Hurd, had four children; one of these, Sally, mar- 
ried John Phillips, the first mayor of Boston. The youngest child of 
Thomas was Samuel Hall Walley, who married Miriam Phillips. 
They were the parents of Hon. Samuel Hurd Wailey of Roxbury, 
now living. See Bridgman's Pilgrims of Boston, pp. 33-36; Felt's 
History of Ipstvich, pp. 247, 348. We infer that this letter was writ- 
ten by Mr. Walley to his father, though the address is not given.] 

ITond. Sir, 

Wednesday Evening I rec d your kind Letter by the Post, 'twas 
pleasing & refreshing to me. I thank you for it, as also that you re- 
member me in your Prayers; pray continue so to do. I thank you 
that your Letter contains so many suitable Petitions to God for me, 
to which I heartily say Amen ; may God give an answer of Peace. 

As to my Coming home. I scarce know what to say. When I men- 
tion it to Mr. Shurtleff, he tells me he can't bear to hear of it, & says 
it y r ill quite sink his Spirits. He shows me much Kindness & Respect, 
the People likewise seem to be very desirous of my Stay; & indeed 
as Things are circumstane'd, I apprehend it would be difficult for 
them at present, to be suitably supply'd elsewhere. There are some 
Reasons that incline me to stay a little longer, which Mr. Bromfield 
perhaps may mention to you, or the Bearer of this Letter. 

I have devoted myself to the Service of God in the Work of the 
Ministry, & desire to be entirely at his Disposal, & not to seek my 
own Ease or temporal advantage. I desire to know what is the Call 
of his Providence to me, & that I desire to obey-— Oh 1 wrestle with 
God, that he would direct me. I think I am willing to go or to 
stay just as he would have me. God has been very gracious to me 
since I have been here. I have preach'd seven Times, twice on each 
Sabbath, once on the Friday Evening Lecture, & twice yesterday. 
God has strengthened me in my Body, & I hope has also strengthened 
nie in my Soul, & is pleased in some Measure to enliven me'in his 
Service; to his Name be all, all the Glory, that he thus smiles on 
such a sinfull Worm, blessed be God! I hope I can say, I love my 
Lord's Work better & better; & he is pleas'd abundantly to encour- 
age me. 

You do not particularly mention wherein it appears, that the Call 
of Providence is louder to me to come to Boston than to tarry here, 
that so I might judge; nor can you well judge, except you were ac- 
quainted with the State of affairs here, how loud the Call is to me to 
stay. You say, you can't consent to my staying longer than the 
fourth Sabbath, on any Account. If Things so appear to me, as that 
I think I can consistent with my Duty to God & his People, return 
'by that Time, you may depend, that I shall do it; if otherwise, I'm 
sure you won't expect it; however, if I should tarry another Sabbath, 
I intend that shall be the longest, (as I hinted before, with a Sub- 
mission to Providence.) Mr. Shurtleff, to ease me, has got a neigh- 
bouring Minister to preach this Evening: and I expect to change 
with Mr. Rogers of Kittery next Sabbath. I bless God, I am still 
in very good Health, I think belter than usual. Oh! may my Soul 
more & more be in. Health & prosper. I was obtig'd to study two 
Canons for the Fast; & God graciously enabled me to carry on the 


60 Capt. John Landbee. [Jan. 

whole of the publick Exercises of the Day. Oh! 'pray, pray for me; 
& praise God also for his abundant undeserved Goodness to me. 

I did intend to write to my Uncle Sewall to Day, as also to Sister 
Thiah, & an answer to Cous 11 Jeffries, but have been interrupted, & 
the Time is gone; hope to have an Opportunity in a few Days. Tin's 
Letter is wrote in great Haste. My Respects to all Friends, as if 
mentioned. Desire my Uncle Sewall to continue to wrestle with God 
for me. Let him know how Things arc. 

That God would bless you abundantly with all the Blessings of 
the New Covenant. & when he shall call you hence, bring you to the 
full Enjoyment of him in Heaven, is & shall be the prayer of 


I don't know whether Mr Shurtleff* Your Dutifull Son, 
be quite out of Danger, but there is a John W alley Junr. 

hopefull Prospect of his Recovery. God 
grant it in Mercy to his People. He is 
still confln'd. Let me hear from you. 

Portsmouth April 13 th 1U4. 
Friday Noon. 

Capt. John Larrabee. — In the History and Antiquities of Boston, 
page 661, it is stated that John Larrabee was commander of Castle 
William in Boston harbor. He died in 1762, and the fact of his 
being commander of the Castle was mentioned in connection with 
that statement. Not long since a writer in the Boston Transcript, 
called that statement in question, and asserted that Mr. Larrabee 
never was commander of the Castle. The authority for the state- 
ment in the History of Boston, may be found in the two papers pub- 
lished in Boston at the time of Capt. Larrabee's death. The Evening 
Post of Feb. 15, 1162, says: " Last night, died here, in an advanced 
age, John Larrabee, Esq., for many years past, Captain at Castle 
William, where he mostly resided." 

If, as it is stated, the governor of the colony or province was the 
nominal governor or captain of the Castle, we do not see how Capt. 
Larrabee's right is affected, inasmuch as he was the actual com- 
mander. D. 

["The captaincy of the Castle," says Sir Wm. Pepperrell, "is 
looked upon as an appendage to the commission of lieutenant gover- 
nor, as it has been usually held by all of them." 

The Castle Island Records, informs us, that "on the 11th of Sept., 
1123, John Larrabee succeeded John Gray, as Lieut, of Castle Wil- 
liam. The lieutenant being the senior resident, had the more im- 
mediate control of the discipline and police of the island. After this 
date, we find him called captain lieutenant." — Ed.] 

*Rev. William Shurtieff died May 9, 1747. "His remains were deposited under 
the communion table of his church." (Adams's Annals of Portsmouth, p. 1S5.) He 
was born in Plymouth, Mass. ; graduated at Harvard College, 1707 ; ordained at 
New Castle, 1712 ; removed in 1732 ; installed in the South Parish of Portsmouth, 
Feb. 21, 1733, succeeding Rev. John Emerson, who died June 21, 1732, in the 62d 
year of his age. 

l$62.] Petition to the General Court of Massachusetts. 61 


To the Right Hono blc the Governor Depty Gov 1 " Magistrates & De- 
putyes now assembled in the Generail Court February y e 22 1675. 

Honoured S r< we are not Ignorant of yo r Ernest aud Solicitous En- 
deavours to have prevented the sad providences that have befalne us 
by this pr e sent Warr: the great Loss that this poore Country have 
sustained both in the Lives and Estates of many worthy persons, but 
also in those that are in Captivity under the Heathen, which Doubt- 
less doth Lye Heavy upon yo r Spirits as well as ours: And will with- 
out the imediate hand of God worke for us: and some Speedy meanes 
be used by yo r selves prove the mine of us all: And therefore we (as 
part) freemen and other inhabitants being in the same Danger and 
Hazard doe presume now to propound to yo r Hono r s these Consider- 
acons following Leaveing you to y e guidance and direction of the 
All wise God begging of him that you may have supplyes of Wis- 
dome from above: to conclude matters so as may be for the greatest 
peace & safety of this poore people in this day of our Callamity. 

First. Whether it may not be convenient in this Juncture of time 
to nominate and appoint three or foure meet persons to give Comis- 
sions to all partyes that are or shall be sent out with power to give 
Commissions or Coppyes to such as the Councell of Warr in the field 
shall thinke meet: with power to act and doe in all things relateing 
to this present Warr according as the Emergency of the occasion 
shall require; without farther order. 

2. That our Fronteire townes be sufficiently Garrisoned to defend 
them from the rage of the Enimie. 

3. That there be a sufficient army speedyly sent forth and divided 
into two or three partyes with order to follow the Indians whereso- 
evr they can heare of them and be able to reach them. 

4. That Due incouragem 1 be given to all such persons as shall be 
willing to adventure their Lives for the suppressing of the Enimye. 
And that this be accomplished with all Expedition: For if seed time 
and planting time be prevented or obstructed we shall be in great 
Hazard of a Famin. 

5. That some Effectual and Speedy Course may be taken for the 
preventing of the Narragansets possessing their country or returning 
thither, in regard it is Judged they may have store of Come there 
hidd in secret places which the English have not yet found: But if 
they had no corne there, that is such a place for shell fish and other 
as is not the like in all these parts: And if God by his providence 
doe not bring them Low before planting time, many of our men will 
unavoideably be destroyed & their Habitations Laid in Ashes: 

6. That some speedy Course be taken for the removall of those 
Indians that dwell in and amongst our Plantations to ecme place 
farther remote from us. 

t. That plowing and sowing be farthered by mutuall agreem 1 of 
People in Each towneship togather and that they helpe Each other: 
and have a guard about then) untiii Each Lott be improved. 


An Ancient Relic, 


8. Thai unimproved Lands in particular proprietyes that Lye freer 
from the danger of the Enimy be planted and sowne by those that 
are driven from their habitations for the supplye of them selves and 
Comon Benefltt. 

We desire our Loveing friends to present these Consideracons to 
the Hono blc General! Court: 

William Inglish 
Manasses Beck 
Jeremiah Cushinge 
Johnathan Adames 
Nathanell Addams 
Robert Williams 
Josh va Win sor 
Joshua Hewes 
Tho. Wattkines 
John Goffe 
Samuel! Clement 
Samuel! Mattocke 
Andrew Clarke 
Samwell: Sundell 
W"i Tailer 
John Viall Jun r 
Hope All in 
John Tucker 
Samson Dewer 
Robert Sanford 
Tho: Brattle 
Henry: Thomson 
Isaack Walkar 
William Gibson 
Joseph Knight 
Thomas Dewer 
Penn Townsend 
John Willises 
John Yiall 
[Abrajham Gooding 
[ ] Atkines 
Cum Multis Aliis.- 

Rich Bennett 
Bernard Trott 
Daniel! Turell Junr 
Nathanill Gallup 
Dauid Adams 
Nicklis How 
Christopher Clarke 
John Temple 
Sam 11 Haugh 
Richard More Junio 1 " 
Henrie Ernes 
John Beteman 
Obadiah Ernons 
Anthony Checkley 
William Wrighte 
Gilles Dyer 
Ambros Dawes 
John Moore 
Hugh Drury 
John Conney 
William Dawes 
William Barthoimew 
Richard Collacott 
James Euerell 
John Search 
John Sweet 
William Parsons 
Joseph How 
Da: Edwards 
Mathew Barnard 
Tho: Bill 
-Mass. Archives, Book 

Josh: Scottow 
John Ballantine 
Beniamin Negus 
Nathaniell Blague 
Samuel! Nordeu 
John Gotta 
John Clarke 
Ralph Carter 
Jn° Woodmansey 
Elisha Odlm 
John Wing 
John Walley 
John Faverweather 
Tho. Baker 
Franses Doues 
Richard Middlccott 
John Farnarn sen r 
Joseph Cock 
Samuel! Ward 
John Ely 
Isaack Woodde 
William Smith 
Nathaniell Greenwood 
William Greenough 
John White 
Edward Sale 
Ephraim Sale 
John Smith 
John Noyes 
William Killcupp 
Richd Wharton 
68, p. HO. 

Recovery of an Ancient Relic — An old church relic, in the shape 
a pewter communion flagon, has lately been discovered in an acci- 
dental manner in Hatch's auction rooms, in Boston. From an inscrip- 
tion upon it, it is supposed to have formerly belonged to the Second 
Church in Dedham, Mass. It is inscribed as follows: "ExdonoMr 
Nathaniel Kinsbury to y e 2d Church in Dedham, 174:5," So, from the 
date, it would appear that the flagon is 116 years old. The curious 
article found its way to the auction room among the stock of a house 
furnishing concern. It has been presented to the Dedham Historical 
Society.— Boston Journal, Oct. 14r,'lS61. 



1S62.] Extracts from Interleaved Jilmanacs. 63 


[From the originals in possession of the N. E. Historic-Genealogical Society.] 

[Samuel Sewall, Jr., the writer of the diary from which we make 
the following" extracts, was the eldest son and child of Chief Justice 
Samuel Sewall, and was born June 11, 1678; married Sept. 15, 1702, 
Miss Rebecca Dudley, daughter of Gov. Joseph Dudley; resided the 
most of the time at Brookline; his name was the first of thirty-two 
on the petition to the General Court, in the autumn of 1705, praying 
that "Muddy river [now Brookline] might be allowed a separate 
village cr peculiar, and be invested with such powers and rights, as 
they may be enabled by themselves to manage the general affairs 
of the said place." He was commissioned as a justice of the peace, 
Jan. 24, 1722-3, and died in Brookline, of a paralytic shock, Feb. 27, 
1150-1, aged 73. His large landed estate in Brookline, still known 
as "the Sewall farm," was derived principally from his grandfather, 
John Hull, the mint master, whose daughter and sole heir, Hannah, 
was the mother of Samuel Sewall, Jr. The well Itnown " Sewall's 
Point," was a portion of that estate, taking its name from him.] 


Jany 21. Lydia Cooledgef taken very ill in Night. 

22. Yery ill & full of Pain. Hannah goe to Dr. Wheats — saies 
she is very bad & will be worse — sends her a Vomit. Continues full 
of Pain all Night. Send Muthew for Dr. Tompson — Will m for Her 

Feb:>' 24th. Mrs. Einingham came from Watertown in the Morn- 
ing & told me that they were coming to Carry home Lidia. A little 
after Dinner Mr. Kiningham, Mr Sawing & Mr Mattocks Put her 
into a Horse Litter, Mr Sawins horse before & mine behind & car- 
ried her away home. 

March 20th. Lidia Dies Hopefully and well. Buried 22d at Night. 

Febry 27th. Mr Solomon Champny came to live at my House for 
a year for £3.0.0. 

Jan. 3. In the Night son John have two short fitts. 

4th. Wife goe to see him. 

* The author of these almanacs was N.. Bowen of Marblehead. Who was he, how 
many almanacs did he publish, and during what years? 

t Lydia was the eighth child of Obadiah and Elizabeth (Rouse) Coolida:e, and was 
Born Feb. 5, 1701-2. Her father's will was proved June 19, 1706. The widow 
married Feb. 16, 1714, John Cunningham, sometimes called Kinecam," "Kimining- 
Mtt',** and as above, "Kiningham." She was dead, and he living, Nov. 6, 1732. 
B« Bond's Watertoun, p. 168. 

I Probably John Sawin, who married Elizabeth Coolidge, the eldest sister of Ly- 
«***. Deo. 5, 1711. ' J 

64 Extracts from Interleaved Almanacs. [Jan. 

Cth. Kill 2 Hoggs & sow bought of J. Gleason. 

10th. Bring Sheep from Boston which Mr Niles send me pr. Mr 
Kinion the Drouer. He had lost one sheep so that I received but J 9 
sheep & 10 Lambs. Meeting at my House — Mr Allen* Preach from 
Isai 03:1. Mighty Saviour. 

12. Nurse Tomson goe to Nurse Morgans Wife 

12th. In the Night son John have a fit. 14th. Towards morning 
he has another short fit. 

15th. Send Mathew for sou John. His Nurse Sarein comes with 
hirn. Next day goe home. Her sister Lydia comes to assist in 
weaning him. 

Feb. 1. Mr Yalintine, the Lawyer, Hangs himself in a Cockloft. A 
Little in the afternoon they find him. The Jury brought in Non 

2. Son John have a short Fit. 9th. Mr Jacksonf Preach. Mr 
Allen Preach at Newtown. 

IT. Son John, about six a clock, have a Convulsive fitt. Held him 
rather better than a qr. of an hour. 

23. Not very well & so after my wife & I had din'd at Mr Aliens, 
she went to meeting and I staid at his House till after meeting & 
then we went home in the Calash round. 

March 3 Mr Craft, with B. Tompson, came to frame Cydar mill 
House. 4. Great storm of snow with High Wind. Craft, with Ben 
came late to framing. 6. Taped a Pipe of Cydar. 8th. Negro Ga- 
brel dies of Fever. Paid Mr Danl. Watkins 20s. in part for Covering 

10. Something before day, son John have a fit & by T morn, have 
six. Noon, one a longer & stronger. Send for Dr. Tompson. Mathew 
see him by Sharps & he came. Look'd upon the Chiid & saies he 
has a bladder in his throat. Agree with Mathew for £23.10.0 a 

April 1. Gott Two New plows of Mr Oldhains make. 

11. Wife with Nurse Lee goe to Boston with my two sons, my 
youngest never there before. I went to Mr Thomas Stedmans Wives 
Funeral, Buried in Brooklin Burial Place. Mathew bring a Maid 

from Sudbury. \ 

20th, very Hot. Carry John with Nuss Lee to Widow Ruggles 
(alias Fielder) for Her to keep him. 

May 1st. Mr Josiah Winchester iun r J Buried — a great many peo- 
ple. Die suddenly & much lamented. He died last Tuesday Night. 
(April 28th.] 

16. Gave Sam 1 Clark his Cash, as Clerk of Brooklin Company. 

19th. Mathew buy a qr. of Beef, 1T4 lb. at 4d*. 

— — — 

*Rev. James Allen, tiie first minister of Brookline, was a native of Roxbury; 
graduated at Harvard College, 1710 ; ordained Nov. 5, 171S ; died Feb. 18, 1747.' 

t Rev. Edward Jackson was born in Newton, April 3, 1700 ; graduated at Harvard 
College, 1719; ordained at Woburn, Aug. 1, 1729;, as a colleague with Rev. John 
Fox, and died Sept. 24, 1754. 

^ t He was one of the thirty-two inhabitants of Muddy river, who signed the peti- 
tion mentioned in the introduction to this article. 


J 863.] Extracts from Interleaved Almanacs. 65 

20th. Three Companies from Roxbury, & Brooklin Company Mus- 
tered before my Door upon the Common with the Red Troop, Col. 
Dudley exercising; them. 

June 1. Brooklin Town Meeting*. Voted 40 pounds of use money 
To defrey town Charges. 30 pounds more to Ballence the Towns 
Ace 1 . 30 lb. School. 20 lb. Towns Expences this year. 

9th. Early in the morning Dies my very usfull Neighbour Mrs. 
Clark— Buried the 10th Instant. 

24th. N. Gleason help mow young Orchard. 25. Ditto, mow Berr- 
stow's. 29th. Mathew & William Gett into the Barn 5 Jaggs of 
English Hay. 

April nth, Mr Gleason Graft for me upon 2 Apple tree stocks, one 
with Drews Russett & the other with a Golden Russett, And took up 
2 Pair tree Grafts & transplanted them in my orchard. Boston. All 
Dead. Benj: 11 Benson, with Keen, put up fence 8 foot high against 
Mad ra Saltoustalls Heires. Finished April 20th. 

April 21st. W m Gleason Put in 24 Paire Cyons left Hand of the 
Lane & 4 Ditto into a Button Wood Tree in young Orchard, And 
Eight Apple Tree Ditto. 

April 21st. Mr Hopestill Foster (that married Mrs Elisabeth 
Phipps) upon the Staiers with a Corn bagg double under the Rope 
hanged himself.* 

May 3d. President Leverett Dies Early in the Morning a Bed, very 
suddenly & to his Wives great surprise. Buried on the 6th. His 
Corps being carried into the Colledge Hall & Mi* Welsteed made a 
Latin Oration. Mr Appleton & Mr. Wadsworth Preach Next Sab- 
bath, Mr Coirnan Sabbath After, All gave him a great Character, as 
I am informed. 

May 27th. Col. Dudley chose speaker. Goe to the Castle with sis- 
ter Dummer, Justice Dummer & Wile, Couz. Hale & Wife, my Wife 
& Henry,f with Mr. Pembercon, Chaplin. 

Ma} T 29th. Mr Colman, Aunt Sewall, couz. SewalPs wife, & couz. 
Robe's J wife came to Brooklin in a Coach. 

June 1st. Mrs Abigael Green begin to keep School at North School 
Hous, by Clerks Brook. 

July 5th. Yesterday goe to Mrs. Smith's (who keeps the Swan 
Tavern) & take a Girl their about 14 or 15 years of Age, whom Mr. 
Gookin of Sherburn sold to her. 

* See Reg., xv, 201. 

t Henry Sewall, eldest son of Samuel Sewall, Jr., was born at Brookline, March. 
8, 1719-20; graduated at Harvard College 1738 ; married Miss Ann White of Brook- 
line, Aug. 18, 1743; was a justice of the peace for the countv of Suffolk; died May 
29, 1771. (See Am. Quar. Reg , xm, 250.) He had: 1, Hull, b. Aug. 7, 1744; gra- 
duated at Harvard College, 1761; married Abigail Sparhawk of Little Cambridge, 
now Brighton ; died Nov.^27, 1767. % Samuel, born Dec. 31, 1745 ; Harvard College 
1761, died unmarried, in Bristol, England, Mav, 1811; a refugee. 3, Henry, born 
Jan. 19, 1749; Harvard College, 17»tf; died unmarried, Oct. 17, 1772. 4, Hannah, 
born Sept. 2, 1751, married Edward Woicott of Brookline; died a widow at Dor- 
< -hfater about 1832, aged 81. 

t Joseph, son of Rev. Joseph Sewall, born March 9, 17G2; married Miss Mary 
Hobie, daughter of Thomas Robie, Esq., of Salem. 


65 Extracts from Interleaved Almanacs. [Jan. 

23d. Lecture turned into a Fast at Boston, upon the acc° of "War 
k Droubt, At Newtown a Fast 24th. Brantery A Fast 28th or 

Aug. 1. Peter Gardner, Blacksmith, put into Prison for putting off 
some Five pound Bills of Connecticutt being couuterfitts. He saies 
he found them k cried them a Commencement 11 or 12 5 pound Bills 
k Now he owns 22. 

August 16th, about 11 or 12 in the forenoon Dies my Dear sister, 
Hannah,* after long languishment. 18th Buried — Pall Bearers, Ha- 
bijah Savage Esq 1 "., Mr Wm. Pain, Mr. Boydell, Mr. Franklin, Mr. 
John Walley, Mr Henry Gibbs. Brother Sewajlf Prayes. 

Aug. 18th. Mrs. Ruggles send her Daughter to acquaint us that 
son John had a Flux k vomited. As we went to Boston called k see 
it, it being considerable ill. As we goe to Boston call at Dr. Tomp- 
sons. He gone to Boston. Call as we come Back k take him with 
us. We thought he was better, k so went home. 

Sept. 12. Betimes in the morning Dyed Mrs. Clark (alias Brown) 
the Wife of Sam 1 Clark jun r in Child birth, she being not delivered. 

15. Sister Cooper'sJ Daughter, Mehitabel, Dies after long languish- 

16. Brother Dummer k sister with sister Wainwright k 9 men 
from Castle came up by Water. 

11th. Went to the funeral of Broth r Coopers Mehitabel, about a 
year old. 

18. Afternoon, Rain with Thunder k Lightening, struck a Locust 
Tree by S. Clarks jun r House. Mooting at Mr. Kindricks. 

20th. Govr. Saltonstall Dies at N. London. 

23d. Made 2 Cheeses of Cydar, 13 Barels. 

Oct. 1. Dr. Mather Preach a funeral sermon upon Gov r Saltonstall. 
His caracter large in News Letter. 

2. Goe to Newtown with Mr. Allen & wife, Mr. B. Alford, k sister 
Wainwright wife k Henry. 

5th. Begin to Dam out the Tyde at my Round Marish. Capt. As- 
pinwall with Wm. Gleason measure out length of Dam, on my side 
IT Rude, N. Gates 9 R., in all 26 Rude. 

25th. Towards Night send for Dr. Boylston, he came k pulled out 
a stump of Tooth for Wife. She being still all night full of pain, I 
went to Boston k the Dr. came k pulled out the next Tooth. 

Nov. 4th. James help me fetch wood k sea weed. 

11th. Peter Gardner Tryed for Uttering Fiue pound Bills of Con- 
necticutt. 12. Jury brought in a special verdict. Judges send them 
out again. Bring in not Guilty. 

16th. Reed, of Father 12 Books by Lott which was Mother s k 

* Hannah Sewall, born Feb. 3, 1679-80 ; died unmarried, aged 45. 

tRev. Joseph Sewall, D. D., of the Old SouUi Church. 

t Judith, sister to Mr. Sewall. married Rev. William Cooper of Brattle Street 
Church, Boston, May 12, 1720, :ni>\ died Dec 23, 1740, leaving two childr-n— Wil- 
liam, the celebrated town clerk of Boston, and Samuel, who succeeded his father as 
minister at Brattle Street Church, and was colleague pastor with Rev. Dr. Colman; 
he died Dec. 23, 17S3. 


IS62.] Extracts from Interleaved Almanacs. 67 

Bister Hannah's, & my Brother & Sister & sister Hursts* Children 
12 each of them. 4 Lotts in all. 

19. Paid Gleason for a qr. of Beaf 85J at 3<* 21 shill. 

21st. finish laying- sods & filling Gravel for 2 part of Dam. 

23. Very Cold. Lnst Night very high wind, did considerable 
Damage among* the Vessels in Boston. 

30th. Stack 2 pt of Dam in afternoon. 

Dec. 1. Nurse Tompson Goes to Dorchester. 

3. Went to Boston, [Thursday] heard Mr. Mayhew Preach the 
Lecture. Capt. Daughter married. 

6th. [Sunday.] A Rainy Day. Dine at Mr. Aliens. 

7th. Towards Night went to visit Capt. Aspinwalls Daughter Gard- 
ner. About Noon wife &• Henry goe to Boston. 

11. Meeting at my House. Mr Allen Preach from Psal. 25, 13. 
Look <fec. 

12th. Bought a pr. of Oxen of Mr Nath 1 Holman of Sudbury next 
to Stow. Capt. Aspinwall with Mathew shut the Gate of the Dam 

13th. [Sunday.] Dine at Mr. Aliens. 15th. Mathew goe to Les- 
ter. lTth. Give Mr Allen Rivet upon Hosea &c. Lattin. 18th. Mr. 
B. Alford brought home wife & Henry from Boston in a Slay. 

22. Fast at Roxbury For young Mr Walterf who is in a very lan- 
guishing condition — carried on by Mr. ThayerJ— Pray Mr. N. 
Walter — Preach conclude with Pray r . Afternoon Mr Webb Pray, 
Mr Foxcroft Preach from 2 Cor. 1, 11. Former part — conclude with 
Prayer. Last Night Mathew return from Lester being gone 8 dayes. 
A very slavery day. 


January 2d. Mrs. Kneeland the wife of John Kneeland, Mason, 
Dyed in Child Birth, prezantly after her being Delivered of a Daugh- 
ter. Her maiden Name was Clark, the Daughter of Timothy Clark 

3d. Went to the Town House where I took the Oaths upon Gov r 
Belchar's New Commission for justices. Gov giving a Dedimus to 
Col. Byfield, Elisha Cook, Thomas Palmer, & Adam Winthrop Esq" 
to give the justices there oaths. Col. Elisha Hutchenson & Col. 
Dudley being Dropt & not commissioned for Judges. 

23d. Rain & a storm. Wife & I not well, so did not goe to meet- 
ing, tho' it was sacrament Day. The L. sanctify all my Afflictions 
to my spiritual good. 

24th. Goe to Mr. Lambertz to acknowledge 5 or 6 writings for Mr 
Sam 1 Dummer. 

* His sister, Elizabeth, Lorn Dec. 29, 1061 ; married Grove Hirst of Boston, who 
died July, 1716. He was a member of the council. 

t Rev. Thomas Walter of Roxbdry, son of Rev. Nehemiah, was born in 1696; 
graduated at Harvard College. 1713: ordained colleague with his father, over the 
Ififst Church in Koxbury, Oct! 29, 1718 ; died Jan. 10, 1725, aged 23. "He was 
one of the most distinguished scholars and acutest disputants of his day." 

JEbenezer Thayer, first minister of the Second Church in Roxbury, born in Bos- 
ton ; graduated at Harvard College. VUiB ; ordained 1712; died in 1733, aged about 
45, and waa succeeded by Nathaniel Walter, son of Thomas. 

•o ** 

68 Extracts from Interleaved Jttmanacs. [Jan, 

Feb:? I2th. Couz Davenport* Brought to Bed of a Boy, At Wo 
born. 13th. Mr. Jackson Baptize it Addington. 

16th. Mrs. Dyar (maiden Name Banuister) Dies suddenly. Has 
left one Daughter which is a going to be married to Mr. Church. 

23. Bought of Mr. Hancock, CowePs Law Dictionary, £3-10.0; Dr. 
Mather's Church History, £3.10.0. 

Sister Winthrop send Wife a Cheese about 30 lb. which in the 
Storm they heft over Board with a great many other things... 

Also she sent two Gammons of Bacon, which was saved, Paid 12 cl 
Freight and 10 l for bringing them up. 

26th. Mr Gleason bring me a Load of Wallnutt wood from Brook- 
lin Farm. 

March 1. A special Court was held to try a Cause between one 
Swasy & Judge Byfield Esq r about his taking Excessive Fees in the 
Court of Admiralty. By Anthony Stoddard, Francis Fullam, & Hu 
Hall, Being Judges appointed by His Excellency. Col. Tailer ou 
Lt. Gov r Dies after some illness. f 

16th. Mr. Binning Dies that married Mr Cooks sister. Paid Brother 
Sewall my subscription to Narragansett Minister, £5.0.0. 

I7tb. Subscribed for 6 of Mr. Dickinson' s Reasonableness of Christ- 
ianity, in 4 sermons.! Gave to Mr. Allen of Brooklin, Mrs. Gleason, 
Mrs. Hambleton, Henry, Richard Bishop, & Jane Swett. 

21st. Paid Mr. Bozoun Allen 40\ for 10 pr. of Pidgeons. 

23d. Paid Mrs. Pastry in full, £3.10.0. 

April 5th. Bought half a Hogg at 8 d pr lb. weighing 63 lb. £2.2.0. 
Afternoon a great storm of snow with wind at N. E. Towards Night 
very violent & all night. 6th. in Morning snow over 3 hours, very 
wett going to the Fast. 

10th. Paid Mr. Balston £68.1.3, & took up his two Bonds. 

13th. Pay Mr. Fleet for a Years Votes, £1.5.0. 14th. Paid Mr. 
Chauncy his Two Bonds & the use. £69.13.6. 

17th. Brother & Sister Dummer goe from Boston to Newbury. 

20th. Pay Couz. Davenport, £31.5.0, in full of what 1 owed him 
upon Bond. 

28th. Keep a fast at Mr. Webbs Church upon the account of Mr. 
Thatchers§ Illness. 29th. Wife goe to meeting after long confine- 

May 2d. Mrs. Febuan Dies at Brooklin after sometime of sickness. 
4th. very Hott. Mrs. Febuan Buried in Brooklin Burying Place. 

* Mr. Sewall's sister Elizabeth, who married Grove Hirst, had a daughter Jane, 

who married Dec, 23, 1729, Rev. Addington Davenport, graduate of Harvard Col- 
lege, 1719. At the above date Mr. D. was a minister in Scituate ; atterward he 
preached at King's Chapel, in Boston, and was subsequently the first rector of Tri- 
nity church. 

t See an article on the death of Lt. Gov. Tailer, in Hist. Mag., v, 317. 

X Rev. Jonathan Dickinson, first president of New Jersey College, published the 
above mentioned book this year, 1732. 

§ Rev. Peter Thaeher, son of Rev. Thomas, was born in Boston ; graduated at 
Harvard College, 169ft; was a schoolmaster at Hatfield; then minister at Weymouth, 
eleven or twelve years ; was installed pastor of the new North Church in Boston, 
as colleague with Rev. John Webb, Jan. 27, 1720, and died Feb. 2t>, 1729, aged 

i?62.] Extracts from Interleaved Almanacs. 69 

uave I & Wife Gloves: myself with son, Jane Swett, & Richard at 
the Burial. 

6th. Pay Mr. Kneeland, Printer, 34 s for a Ream of writing Paper. 

9th. Sett out 10 in the Morning npon my journey with Col. Ger- 
rish of Newbury. See Journal. Brother & sister Atkins came to 
my House, with son Dudley & maid, on the 11th, & Mr. Benj 11 Wood- 
bridge the same day. Came home the 19th. 

31st. Dined with me in my Hall The Rev'd. Mr. Walter, Couz. 
Moody* & a Deacon with him. The first time of my Dining in the 
Koom. Lord be pleased to hear the Petitions put up for me, & my 
family & answer them. Couz. Moody sais that the Text that Mr. 
] Preach'd from at or after old Gov r Dudley's marrying his 
second wife, 1 Chronicles 2, 21, 22. 

June 5th. Mr Samuel Brown came to my House with his Wife <fe 
her sister Ann Winthrop; Dined. After Dinner Brother & sister At- 
kins with son & maid went in a sloop to Newbury. 

6th. Couz. Brown goe for Salem 10 in the morning. 

tth. Send nry Horse by Richard to the Farm towards Night & 
Henry's Horse the Day before. 

13tb. Paid Mr Clark for a Pr of Bellows U\ 

18th. Mr. Manly buried. 20th. Mrs. Margaret Davis. Dies at her 
sister Frosts. Pall Bearers, Col. Winthrop, Col. Alford, Ma/j r Wins- 
low, Dr. Dowglas,f Mr. Benj a Walker & my self — Gave Gloves & 
Rings. Her remains Deposited in Maj: r Davis's Tomb the 21 st In- 

21th. Morning. Mrs. Hannah Davis Dies. 29th. Col. Alfords 
Mother Buried. After her Funeral I went to Mrs. Hannah Davis's. 
Pal Bearers, Col. Winthrop, Secretary Willard, Col. Savage, Maj r 
Winslow, Mr Benj 11 Walker & my self. Gave Gloves & Rings. 

July 1st. Coz. Ann Winthrop come to Boston with Mr. B. Brown 
the evening before — Col. Gerrish & Mr. Woodbridge accompany 
Henry to Newbury. 8th. Woodbridge & Henry come to Boston from 
Newbury. 13th. My Wife & Couz. Ann Winthrop at Lecture. Bro- 
ther Cooper's sister Chevers Dies in the morning. 

18th. Goe to Col. Dudley's, Carry Wife, Couz. Ann Winthrop, Son 
Henry & I Ride a Horse Back. Called at Judge Dudleys as we came 

29th. Paid Brother Gerrish for Richd. Bible Binding 8 s , Clasps 3 d 
& took my History of Geneva* 12*. Paid B. Gerrish 20*. 

Aug. 7th. Mr. Woodbridge buy for me a good Cheshire Cheese 
Weighing 29J at 18 d Cost 2.4.3. 

* Hannah, wife of Rev. Samuel Moody of York, Me., was a daughter of John 
Sewall, who was a brother to Samuel, the father of the diarist. 

t Probably Dr. William Douglas of Scotland, author of A Summary, ffittoriml and 
Political, of the first Planting, Progressive Improvements, and Present State of the British 
Settlements in North America, in two volumes — the first volume printed in Boston in 
174$, the second in 1753. He Had a controversy with his contemporary Dr. Boyl- 
ston, in. relation to inoculation for small pox. He died Oct. 21, 17-32. 

X Rev, Andrew Le Mereier published hU History of Geneva in 173*. 12mp. 200 

70 Extracts from Interleaved Almanacs. [Jan. 

Aug. 15th. Went with my Wife in the Shays to Mr Samuel Aspirt- 
wals* Funeral, Mr Allen made a very good Prayer k bewailed his 
Loss. Gave my Wife & I Gloves. He died the Sabbath Day before 
[the loth] after long laug'uishmeut, 

24th. At Night Mr. Benj: n Woodbridge jun r about 10 or 11 at 
Night with Jane Swett went on Board Couz. Moses Gcrrish to goe 
for Newbury. I hear that Mr. Paisonf of Rowley died last Tuezday. 
Wilson condemned for Burglary. Counsellor Osbourn & Counsellor 
Lewis sett in the fore seat with Col. Fitch the 12th Instant being 
the first time of their sitting there. 

Sept. 1st. Buy at Mr. Williams's 4 Gallons of Wine at 6* pr Gal- 

5th. In the morning called at Brother Sewall's. Took him with 
me to Winnisimet Ferry. We went over with the Post, Henry & 
Richard going along with us. Henry come home with Post the 
Ninth. My Brother k I with Richard arrive safe at Boston, Friday 
15th by half an Hour after six in the Evening. Find my Wife & 
Family all well. 

18th. Couz. Mitchel SewallJ son Mitchel Died. 

20th. The Hon bie Hugh Hall Esq r Dies at Cambridge. Iuterred 
Sept. 25th at Boston. Sent Wife & I Gloves. Being ill I did not 
goe to the Funeral. 21st. Went to see B. Sewall ill of Cold. Mr. 
Samuel Mather Preach his first Boston Lecture Sermon. 

22d. Took a swett in the Afternoon for Cold. 25th. Dr. Guttler 
Blooded me in the Right Arm. 27th. Took a purge, it worked up 4 

* " The Eternity of God, and the short Life of Man considered. A Sermon on Oc- 
casion of the Decease of Mr Samuel Aspinwal, who died August 13, 1732, in the 
37 th Year of his Age. By James Allin, M. A. Pastor of the Church in Brcoklin. 
Boston in New England. Printed for D. Henchman, over against the Brick Meeting 
House in CornLil. 1732. Text Ps. cii, 11, 12. Dedicated to Mr Thomas Aspinwal 
a brother of the deceased." The Discourse contains nothing particularly of an 
historical or genealogical nature. The preacher in his Dedication says: " Tis hnt 
little I have said of the Deceased ; not because the Subject would not bear me to 
enlarge, but lest I should be suspected of Flattery by those that did not know him ; 
and as for others, there is no need of saying much." At the end of the Discourse 
is an extract from the New England Weekly Journal, No. 283 : 

"Brooklyn, Aug. 21. On the 13^ Instant died here Mr Samuel Aspinwal, of 
this Town, in the 37th year of his Age, after between six and seven years Illness. 
He commenced Master of Arts at Cambridge 1714, and was designed for the Minis- 
try but discouraged by an inward Weakness; which, after he had been for some 
little time settled here, so advanced, as to take hirn off from Business, and at length 
proved fatal. He was a Gentleman of bright Parts, natural and acquired, a strong 
Memory, quick Wit, and a solid Judgment, pleasant in his Conversation, a sieady 
Friend, and a good Christian." 

*Rev. Edward Payson, son of Edward of Roxbury; graduated at Harvard Col- 
lege, 1677; ordained 1U82; Lad sons — Samuel, Eliot, Stephen, Jonathan, David, 
Phillips. His age at death was 75. 

* Mitchell Sewall of Salem, son of Stephen and Margaret (Mitchell) Sewall, by 
his second wife, Elizabeth Price, had subsequently a son, Jonathan Mitchell, born 
at Salem, 1748 ; a lawyer at Portsmouth, N. H., who died March 29, lSy£. Stephen, 
the father of Mitchell, above (born in England, Ai\z. 19, 1657), was a brother to 
Chief Justice Samuel Sewaii ; Lis wile Margaret, was a daughter of Rev. Jonathan 
Mitchell of Cambridge. 


1S62.] Extracts from Interleaved Almanacs. 71 

28th. Judge Remington* pay me the Money Due upon Bond with 
the use £103.10.0. Assign the Bond over to secretary Willard. 

Oct. 3d. Give Endicott 40 s to buy a Knocker for Fore Door. Paid 
Dr. Cuttler £6.15.0, for G pr. of Stockings. 

5th. Cold & Raw, for season. Mr Biles Preach Mr Thatchers Lec- 
ture. A very thin Lecture by reason of so many seased with Colds. 

4th. Died Henry Marshal Esq r Post Master. Sent rue Crloves. 
Buried the 8th Instant. A Large Funeral. 

18th. Brother Cooper Raise his House at Cotton Hill. Brother & 
uiy self at the Raising Supper. 

19th. Nurse Fyke came to Live with us. Mrs. Frost Buried. 23d. 
at Night Mary Foster came to live with wife. 

25th. Dine with Brother Atkins at Couz. Edward Tyngs. 

2Gth. Towards Night Mr. Dummer & sister came from Judge Dud- 
ley's to Boston. They comeing from Salem the Day before. 

Nov. 7th. Warned Mrs. Hambleton to goe out of my House by the 
Ninth of April next. Warned Anthony Negro to goe out of my 
House by the 25th of March Next. Warned Mr. Roulston to goe 
out of my House by the Eighth of April Next. Took Mr. Indicott & 
Richard Bishop as Witnesses. 

15th. Exchanged 2 Rings with Mr. Edwards, viz Rings £2.16.8. 
Two Half Crowns £0.17.6. 

25th. Couz. Addington Davenport Goe on Board Capt. Sheperdson 
To sale for England. On the 12th Instant I hear he partook at the 
Church of England in Dr. Cuttler's Church & on the 19th. He & his 
wife went to church there. It is said he goes to take Orders to be 
a Church of England Parson. 

Dec. 2d. Pay Mr. Granger 40 s for Henry's schooling. 

oth. At Night Draw Lotts at my House for Common Land. Bro- 
ther Cooper Drew Lott A. I Drew Lott B & E. B. Sewall Draw Lott 
D, & Balston Draw Lott C, for Couzens. 

11th. Very cold & a great wind. Winisimett Ferry Boat over 
sett. See Thirsdays News. 

21st. Sister Coopers Child Hannah Dies. Mr. Thomas Clark, Bra- 
zier, Buried, being Dr. Colmans first Wifes Father. Sent wife & I 
Gloves. A large Funeral of men. 

23d. Brother Cooper Buries his Daughter Hannah in the Tomb. In- 
vites Brother Sewall & myself. Gave us & our wife Gloves. First 
went Brother Cooper, Mad: m Stoddard & Nurse Kenny in the Coach. 
Then his 2 sons in the slay, then Brother & I in my sjiay. When we 
came to the Burial Place walked to the Tomb all but Mad ra Stoddard, 
the Nurse carrying the Corpse. Unkle Northendj" of Rowley Dies; 
sent me & my wife Gloves. 

28th. Couz. Green Dies, after long illness & Confinement. 

* Jonathan Remington, judge of the supreme court of Massachusetts, graduated 
at Harvard College, ltj96; was the second tutor from 1707 to 1711 ; died at Cam- 
bridge, Sept. SO, 1745, aged about 70. 

t Kis fathers sister, Dorothy, horn Oct. 29, 1CG8 ; married 1, Ezekiel Northend of 
Rowley, Sept. 10, K81; 2, Ivloses Bradstreet of Rowley, bhe died June 17, 1752, 
aged 84. By referring to Gage's History of Rotclcy (pp. 3S3, 399, 400), we learn that 
ia 1631 the name of Ezekiel Northend stood at the head of the board of selectmen ; 

72 Abstracts of Early Wills, [Jan. 


[Prepared by W. B. Trask of Dorchester.] 

Thomas Flint. — 21, 10, 1651. I, Thomas Flint* of Concord, in New 
England, intending by the leave of God a voyage ere longe to our 
native Contrey of England, and not knowing how God may dispose 
for my retnrne, doe hereby expresse my mind concerning my worldly 
estate, leaning both it and my selfe alsoe to the wise hands of him 
from whom I haue reeeined all, to order as may be most for his own 
glory and the best good of my wife and the Children which God of 
his grace hath given vnto vs. My Children,! being some young and , 
non of them disposed of, I leane them all vnder the power and go- 
vernment of my wife, by the Conncell and advise of my Reverend 
and Louing freinds, Mr Bulkley, Teacher of our Church of Concord, 
my brother Flint, Teacher of the Church at Brantrey, Captain Simon 
Willarcl, of Concord, and my vncle William Wood, of the same. If 
God should take mee out of this world by death before my returne 
vnto ray family, not knowing what estate I shall dye seised of. I doe 
hereby intreat such helpe from my forementioneci freinds that the 
will of God may onely sway in devideing my estate after my death. 
Whatever my estate at my death shalbe, lesse or more, my mind is, 
that it should in a principall manner be improved for the good and 
comfort of my wife, during her life. My Children being all alike 
deare vnto mee, I desire they may alike partake in the succour and 
supply of that estate I leave behind mee, the lawe of God being ob. 

that he was taxed £10 the same year, the largest sum assessed on any individual 
of the town that year; and that the representative to the general court from Row- 
ley, 1715 to 1717, was Ezekiel Northend. 

* " Hon. Thomas Flint came from Matlock in Derbyshire, to Concord, in 1633, 
and brought with him, says a family genealogy, £4000 sterling. " " He represent- 
ed the town four years, and was an assistant eleven. He d. Oct. S, 1653. John- 
son {Hist. Coll., in, p. 161) calls him 'a sincere servant of Christ, who had a fair 
yearly revenue in England, but having improved it for Christ by casting it into the 
common treasury, he waits on the Lord for doubling his talent, if it shall seem 
good unto him so to do, and the mean time spending his person for the good of 
his people in the office of magistrate.' 

* At Christ's commands, thou leav'st thy lands, and native habitation : 

His folke to aid, in desert straid, for gospel's exaltation, | 

Flint, hardy thou, will not allow, the undermining fox, 

With sub-till skill, Christ's vines to spoil, thy sword shall give them knocks, 

Yet thou base dust, and all thou hast is Christ's, and by him thou 

Art made to be, such as we see ; hold fast for ever now.' 
This is what Johnson calls ' remembering in short metre.' " — Shattuck's Concord, 
p. 371. 

f Mr. Shattuck (Hist. Concord, p. 371) mentions the names of two, viz: Ephralm 
married Jane, daughter of Rev. Edward Bulkley, and diedwithout issue, 1722 ; John 
married Mary, daughter of Cr'ian Oakes, president of Harvard College, 1667, died 
1687; she died 1690; had Abigail, John, Mary, Thomas, Edward. 


1862.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 73 

served to my first borne, and due acknowledgement given to such as 
shall most tenderly endeavour the comfort of theire mother. My 
true intent is, that my estate should be kept k improued together, to 
rise and fall vnto the whole family, my wife and children, till some 
necessary p r vidence call for some devision of all or of part. If my 
wife should alter her condition, I leave it to her liberty to choose 
either the house wherein I now live, together with the accomodations 
belonging to it, whether meadow or vpland, whereof T am now po- 
sessed, on both sides the river, or the farme now in the occupation of 
Joseph Wheeler, w ,h all the accomodations therto belonging, during 
the terme of her life, and then to descend ypou my children. If any 
of my Children shall desire his or her p r portion, either in case of ma- 
nage, or vpon other reason, my will is, that my wife w t!l m3 r over- 
seers shall have power to determine theire present portion, and the 
child not to plead and haue his or her whole p r portion vpon an equal! 
devision; for my mind is, that noe Child shall take forth his or her 
full part to the vnnecessary detriment of the whole. And therefore, 
though I intend an equall portion to all my yonger children, first or 
last, yet if any desire to receiue his or her portion before a generall 
devision, I leaue it to the discretion of my wife and overseers whe- 
ther they shall haue all or but a part of that w ch a generall devision 
of the estate w T ill cast vpon them. If God call my wife to alter her 
condition, I desire my Eider Children may Endeavor to keepe the 
yonger, together w ; th themselues, vpon the rest of my estate w ch is 
left, after my wife hath made choyce, either of my dwelling house 
or farme, vnlesse my yonger children, w lh theire portion, goe alonge 
w th my wife, after shee is maryed, or if my wife sbould dye, my 
yonger children being small, my mind is, they shall continue vnder 
the care of the elder, and that the elder doe improove the whole es- 
tate for the good of all my children, yonger and elder. 

Signed & sealed in the p r sence of Thomas Flint.* 

Joo,ne if Hoare, 

her ** mark. 

Henry Flynt, 

M r Henry Flint appearing before M r Bellingham, y e Deputy Gou r n r , 
M r Nowell'k M r Hibbins, Attested vpon oath, that his Bio: M r Tho: 
Flint, being of good vnderstanding & memory, made this his last 
will & testament, 2(1) 1654. . Tho. Danforih, Recorder. 

Inventory of the estate of Mr Thomas Flint, of Concord, taken 9: 
9: 1653. Prizers, Simon Willard, William Wood, Samuel Basse. Men- 
tions land "at Bullocks wigwam,"' &c; debts due from Mr James 
Oliver, Mr. Joseph Temple, Mr Daniell Hoare, John Miles, Thomas 
Hincksman, Baptist Smedley, Joseph Merriam, Henry Wooddis, 
Thomas Brookes. Debts owing to Majo r Willard for strong water, 
& for a debt paid by him to M r Starre; to Deacon Merriam, Ensigne 
Savage, Goodman Penticost, Goodman Cutler, George Wheeler. 

2: 1: 1654. M r Henry Flint deposed. 

* The above is nearly a complete transcript of the Will of Thomas Flint, taken 
from the original, on rile. The early wills and inventories in the Middlesex Pro- 
bate Office, have been alphabetically "arranged, and placed in tin boxes, by Mr. T. 
*• Wyman, Jr., of Charlestown. " v ' 


74 Abstracts of Early Wills, [Jan. 

Roger Bancroft. — Nov. 26, 1653. T, Roger Bancroft,* being sick 
in bod}-, yet through the mercy of God in perfect memory do make 
this to be my last Will. Debts and funerall expences discharged, I 
give unto Mr. Mitchell, 20"; Elder Frost, 10 s ; the rest of my Estate 
unto my Wife, Elizabeth Bancroft, that is to say, all my debts, house 
and Lands, goods, Chattels, and Cattell, to her and her Assignees 
forever. Of this my last will and Testament I ordain and appoint 
my wife sole executresse. Roger Bancroft. 

In the presence of 

Edward Oakes, Joseph Metier, Vrian Oakes. 

4, (2) 1654. Edward Oakes, and Vrian Oakes, deposed. 
Inventory of the goods and Chatteles of Roger Bancroft, taken by 
John Bridge, Edward Oakes, 11: 12 mo: 165 J. 

"William Green. — 6: 11 mo. 1653. I, William Greene, of Woobtirn, 
in the County of Middilsex, being sick of Boddy, yet in good & per- 
fect memory, make this my last Will. To my Eldest son, John, my 
house & all my land in the Town of Wooburn, p r vided that what 
ever it shall amount vnto above his duble portion of two thirds of 
my whole Estate, he shall pay backe the same, vnto the Residue of 
my Children, to whom I will <fc Bequeathe the Remainder of the said 
tow thirds of my Estate, Eaqually to be devided among them, as 
well sons as Daughters. To my wife, Hannah, one third of all my 
moveable goods, And further I giue her, during her life, the third of 
my bowse & Land, & after her death to be disposed to my Eldest 
Son, as is aboue Expressed, besides the Ten pounds giuen him by 
his grandfather, whieh I have Reseaved. I make my wife, Execu- 
trix of this my will, & to dispose the severall portions to my Child- 
ren at there severall ages of 21 yeares, or at the day of manage, to 
my daughters if by Gods providence it happen first, provided when 
my wile shall cease to Continue vnmarried, then it shall be in the 
power of the overseers of this my will to disspose of my Children & 
there portions according to there discression; & I desier my Brother, 
John Carter, & Cap- Edward Johnson, to bee overseers of this my Last 
Will & Testament. William Green. 


John Mousall, 

Edw, Johnson, John Carter, 

4 (2) 54. Ensigne Jn° Carter deposed. 

Inventory of the estate of Willm. Grcene,f of Wooburne, praized 
28: 11 mo: 1653, by Edw. Johnson, Edw. Convers, Sam 11 Richardson, 
John Carter. Tho. Danforth Recorder. 

* Roger Bancroft of Cambridge, 1636, freeman 1642, died Kov. 28, 1653. " His 
■widow," says Mr. Savage, il ra. 23 May 1654, Martin Saunders of Boston, and nest, 
Deao. John Bridge of C. and thought herself bound to take fourth husband, Ed- 
ward Taylor/' 

f" William Green was of Charlestown, 1640, freeman 1644; was of the part 
which became Woburn ; by wife Hannah, had Mary, b. Jan. 20, 1644; Hannah, 
7 Feb. 1647; John, 11 Oct. 1649; William, 22 Oct. 1651. The father d. Jan 7, 
1654."— Savage. 

1S62.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 75 

Gabriel Wheldox. — Maulden 1653, 11, 12°. In the name of God, 
and in obedience to his comand (according- to my bonnden duty), 
I, Gabriell Whelding, of the Towne and Church of" Maulden, being 
weake and sicke in body, do make my last will. My body to be Iayd 
asleepe in the bed of the grave, in the Oomon burling place for the 
Inhabitants of this Towne. I give 10 s as a Small testimony of my 
true Love to the Church of Maulden, to be payd into the hands of 
the Deacons within a m° after my decease. I give all my estate in 
Maulden, consisting of house, Frame [farm?] Lands, cattle, and 
corne, (together [with] what money is due vnto me from William 
Crofts, of Linne) to Margaret Whdding, my wife, whom I appoynt 
my sole executrix. Gabriell Wheldox. 

In the p r sence of 

Nathaniell Vphame, Ja?nes Barnard, 
Michaiah Mathews, with others. 

4 (2) 1654. Jn. Vphame and JVaih'inidl Vphame deposed. 

Inventory of the goode*, Chattells and Cattell of Gabriell Wheldon, 
lately of the Towne of Maulden, prized by Edward Carrington & John 
Vphame. Amt. £40.11.08. Mentions Williak Qfofts, 

William Smith. — 1: 2- 1 m°. 1654. Inventory of the houseing & 
goodes of William Smith, and his wife, of Charles Towne, both de- 
ceased. Mentions John Green — received from him rent of the house, 
£6. 7 s . Appraisers, Tho: Lynde, Robert Hale. John Green paid a debt 
to Robert Chalhly — Due Tho; Birddin, for keeping y e Girls 11 weekes. 

Nicholas Groome. — 2*7th of June 1651. I bequeath vnto my Brother, 
Henry Groome, £80; hisChilldren, Mary, Elizabeth, and Pince£i0 apeece; 
Malhew Groome £50, and his two Chiildren, £15 apeece; my brother, 
John Qroome, £50, and his sonne, John, £20; my sister, Margett, £50 
and to her twoe daughters, £15 apece, and John Goose, £5; my brother 
Wall, £3, and my sister Wall, £10; my brother Goose, £3. I make my 
brother Wall and my Brother Henry Groome* Exkecttors. Vnto Ro- 
bard Myckdl, 30 s ; vnto my ante Cole, and my Ante thorne bush, £3 apece, 
this to be paid wthin 14 months at Longest, and ten months at short- 
est, after the Aryuale of the ship Casteil, in the riuer of theames; 
the Chilldrens monies to be put out to the best Aduantage till they 
Cum of Age, or at daie of marage. To my Brother, John, my best 
sute of Clothes and Cloke, & my Brolfa.r, Henry, my best Clotii sute 
and Clo' hat I haue Aborcl: Frances Crutton a read sute and ashurt; 
my Brother Henry my , pin and qnadrent and Compases. Yf there be 
rtu?re then I haue bewilled, t'hf»ti to be eackqvally deuided: yf there 
be Lese thin T willed, to be deducted out of the whole perperction- 
asly. Nycholas Murry, the elldcr, In the behalfe of his sonn, Nychclas 
Ihrnj, [Late dcseased] to haue the Joynt hallfe of the [ ] 

w «^ left in Mr EllyaAts hands, that is to saye, 2 neagers sould att 

Mr. Savage sajs that Nieho'as Groom of Ma.>«=aolinsefts, died in 1651, and that 
nry ^ministered on his estate, but whether Henry was father, brother, or son 
^ Moholas, he sa?8, " I know not." 

76 Abstracts of Early Wills. [Jan. 

16 C. waight of snger; 19 C. waight Left in Copt. Grices hands, 9 
C. in Mr Spillares hands, 11 C. and od Left in Thomas Walls hands, a 
planter in the Barbathes deseased. p r mee N. Gp.oome. 


Thomas Ford 

Robert Michcll 

Attested vppon oath, in Court, by these witnesses. 

Tho: Danforth, Record 1- . 

William Wilcockes. — I, William Wilcockes, of Cambridge, although 
weake in Body, yet of sound mind, make this my last will. Just 
debts be Saitisfied, and the remainder of my estate my wife shall 
have the vse thereof dureing the time of her widowhood, and when 
it shall please the Lord to change her Condition, by manage, or by 
death, whether shall first happen, my will is, that my estate shaibe 
thus devided, to my deare pastor, M r Michcll, 1 give £o, to Elder 
Frost, £4, to my Couzen John Woodes, £\0. To rny Loving Brethren 
that were of my family meeting, viz T R.og r Bancroft. Jn° Hasting, Tho: 
Fox, William Patten, and Frances Whilmore, I give 20 a peeee; to my 
sister, the Widow Hall, 20 -, and to her sonne, William, and daughter, 
Susan, I giue 20 s a peeee; to my honest Bro: Richard Frances, I give 
20 3 , and to my Bro: Jn° Taylor, I give 40'; to Tho: Shepard (For 
whose fathers Sake I cannot forget him) I give £b, and the remain- 
der of my estate, my will is, that it shallbe thus devided to my wife 
in case the Lord doth lengthen out her life that so shee doth againe 
chang her condition by manage, my will is, that shee shall have the 
one halfe thereof, and in ease ihe Lord shall take her away e} r ther 
before shee Recover of this p r sent sicknes, w ch is now vpon her, or 
before her mariage, my will is, that shee shall then dispose and have 
to her Vse, only one fourth part of the remainder of my estate, after 
my debts & legacies are first payd, and the remainder of my estate 
I give to my sisters Children in old England, to be equally devided 
between them, who were the Children of my deare sister, Christian 
Boyden. I appoynt for my Executors, my Loving wife and Tho: 
Danforth, whom I do desire to see this my will fulfilled. 26: 9 m° 
1653. per me, William Wilcocks.* 


Tho: Brigham. 

his marke. 

Anne Hastings, Tho: Danforth. 

Entred and Recorded the 22, 3™° 1654 by M r Tho: Danforth, Re- 
corder. Jan. 3, 1653, Tho: Danforth & Ann Hastings, deposed. 

Inventory of the estate of M r William Wilcockes, of Cambridge, 
Lately deceased, taken and apprized by Edward Gaffe, Riclt r d Jacson. 
Jn Stedman, Edw : Shephord, 22, 10 rno : 1653. Mentions 3 ac rs at 
Winottime field, &c, && 

At a County Court, held at Charlestowne, 3: 11: 1653, Tho: Dan- 
forth deposed. 

* William Wilcox, Cambridge; freeman 1636, died there Nov. 23th, 1G53, 


JS6.2.] Marriages, Births and Deaths. 77 



[The following is believed to be a correct list of all the marriages, 
births and deaths, entered on the first volumes of the Town Records 
of Dorchester, from 1648 to 1683 inclusive, with the exceptions of 
names previously printed in the Register, viz: Minot Family, i, 171— 
173; Dorchester" Inscriptions, iv, 165-167; Register, v, 97, 243, 333; 
Old Dorchester, v, 395-402, 465-468; Sumner Family, vm, 128/-12SA; 
Register, xi, 331, 332: Tolman Genealogy, xiv, 247, 248; Clap Fami- 
ly, xv, 225, 226.] 

Adams—Long. — Petter Adames and Mary Long were married by the 
Worshipfull John Hull Esq'. Jan. 4: 82, 

Allison — Veazie. — James Allison, of Boston, and Elizabeth V'asey, of 
Braintry were ioyned in marriage by M r William Stoughton, of Dor- 
chester, Assistant, 28 (Mo 3) called May 1674. 

Annable. — Sarah Amiable dyed June 28, 1674. 

Atherton. — Maior Humphrey Atherton, d. 17:* 7: 1661; Humphrey, 
son of Consider, b. Jan. 26, 1672; John, son of Consider, b. May 5, 
1677, d. June 22: 79; Anna, dan. of Consider, b. Feb. 17: 79; Sarah 
dau. of Consider, b. May 8: 83; Elizabeth, dau. of Waching [Watch- 
ing], b. March 14: 80; Patience, dau. of Waching, b. May 30: 82. 

Austin. — Frances, wife of Jonas Astin, d. Nov. 18: 76. 

Badcocke. — Rachel, dau. of George, b. 8 (1) '59-60; Caleb, son of 
Robert, b. 14 (6) 1660. 

Badcock= Daniel. — Benjamin Badcock and Hannah Daniel both of 
Milton, m. Feb. 11, 1673, by Mr. Stoughton. 

Badcocke=Deneson. — Return Badcocke, m. Sarah Deneson of Milton, 
Dec. 1: 1681, by the Worshipfull William Stoughton Esq*. 

Baker. — Silence, dau. of John Baker, deceased, of Boston, b. 28 (5), 

Barber= Badcock.— John Barber, of Meadfield and Abigail Badcock 
of Milton, m. 17: 10:1674. 

Barbor=Hide. — James Barbor, in. Elizabeth Hide, June 23: 80; Eli- 
zabeth, dau. of James Barbor, b. Aug. 4: 81, 

Bate. — James, son of James, b. 15 (2) 1662; Margaret Bates, dau. of 
James, b. 17: 5: 64; John, son of Benjamin Bate, b. Feb. 25, '74; 
Mary, dau. of Benjamin, b. April 23: 77. 

Batten.— Hugh Batten deceased this life the 8 (4) 1659; Vrscilla 
Batten, d. Dec. 19: 82. 

Belcher=Billing.— Samuel Belcher, m. Mary Billing, 15 (10) '63. 

Belcher.— John Belchar d. Feb. 2*: 81. 

Beman.— Sarah, dau. of Gamaleel, b. 19: 11: 1658; Mary, son of John, 
d. May 8, '76; John, son of John, b. Feb. 21: 76; Gamaleell Bea- 
«nan Sr. d. March 23: 78; Ziporah, dau. of John, b. March 24: 7S--9. 

* Gravestone reads 16th. See Reer., it, 3S2 ; Blake's Annals, p. 22; John Hull's 
"«ry, ia MS. says: 17 Sept. at one o'clock, A. M. 

78 Marriages, Births and Deaths. [Jan. 

Bently=Houghton. — William Bently and Mary Houghton, m. by Mr. 
Stoughton, Jan. (20) 16T5. 

Billing. — Elizabeth, dau. of Roger, b. 27: 8; '59; Hannah Billing*, 
deceased this life the 25 (3) 1602; Zipporali, dau. of Rdger, b, 21 
(3) 16G2, d. Oct. 8: 76; Richard, son of Ebenezer, b. Sept. 21: 75; 
Ebenezer, son of Ebenezer, b. July 13: 77; Jonathan Billinge dyed 
Jan. 14: 1077. 

Billing= Paine. — Roger Billing-, m. Sarah Paine, Jan. 22: 78. 

Billing.- — Zipporah, dau. of Ebenezer. b. March 20: 79; Hannah, dau. 
of Roger, b. Jan. 21: 79: Jonathan, son of Ebenezer, b. April 24: 
81; Joseph, son of Roger, b. May 27: 81; Elizabeth, dau. of Eben- 
ezer, b. March 8: 83; John, son of Roger, b. March 10: 83; Roger 
Billinge d. Nov. 15:83. 

Birch. — Mary, dau. of Joseph, b. 25 (2) 1672; Joseph, son of Joseph, 
b. 10 (11) 1673; Joseph, son of Joseph, b. Nov. (23) 75; Jeremiah 
son of Joseph, b. Jan. 2, d. Jan. 3: 77; Elizabeth, dau. of Joseph 
Burch, b. June 10: 80; Experience, dau. of Joseph Birch, b. Jan. 15, 

Bird== George. — James Bird, m. Mary George by Cap 1 Clap, 6 (2) 

Bird— Joseph, son of Thomas Bird Jun. b. 1 (8) 1666; Thankfull, 
dau. of Thomas Bird, b. 6: 12: 1667: Thomas Bird sen: aged 54, d. 
8 (4) 1667; Sarah, dau. of Thomas Bird, b. 24 (8) 1669; John, son 
of John, b. 26 (10) 1670; Ann, dau. of Thomas, b. 8 (9) 1671; 
James, son of James, b. 27 (10) 1671; Thomas, son of Thomas, b. 
11 (6) 1673; a dau. of James, being his first child, b. 22 (mo. 7.) 
departed this life the 1 of the (8 mo:) 1670; Mary, the wife of 
James, died in child-bed, Jan. 23,. 1673; Mary, dau. of Thomas, b. 
Jan. 26: 74; Damaris, dau. of John. b. Sept. (18) 75: Hannah, dau. 
of John, b. Dec. 16: 77; Submit, dau. of Thomas, b. May 13: 78. 

Bird=Withington. — James Bird, m. Ann Withuigton, Nov. 13: 79. 

Bird. — Mercy, dau. of Thomas, b. Feb. 6: 79; Samuel, son of John, b. 
April 14: 80; Vnite, son of James, b. Oct. 16: 80; Patience, 
dau. of Thomas, b. Nov. 19, d. Dec. 25: 81; Elizabeth, dau. of John, 
b. Jan. 4: 82; Patience, dau. of Thomas, b. Nov. 27: 83; Ebenezer, 
son of James, b. Jan. 30: 83. 

Blackman. — Abram Blackeman, d. Oct. 5: 81; Mary Blackeman, d. 
25: 10: 81. 

Blake=Macy. — James Blake and Hannah Macy were married by Mr 
James Walker, 6: 12: 82. 

Blake. — Edward, son of Edward, b. Sept. 30: 76; Elizabeth, dau. of 
James Blake J« r . b. Nov. 10: d. 22: 82. ■ 

Boclton. — Sarah, dau. of John Boulton, b. Dec. 26: 83. 

Bowker. — Elizabeth, dau. of Edmund, b. 3: 5: 1659; Ellen Bowker 
deceased _ this life the 21 (1) 16|~J; Edmund, son of Edmund, b. 13 
(10) 1661. 

Bradley. — Mary, dau. of Nathan, b. 7: 5: 1667; Susann, dau. of 
Nathan, b. 13 (10) 1669; Elizabeth, dau. of Nathan, b. 15 March, 
'72-3; Nathan, son of Nathan, b. 12 March, '74-5; John, son of 
Nathan, b. Oct. 25: 78; Samuel, son of Nathan, b. Aug. 5: 83. 

Brag. — Jonathan Brag, a Souidier at the Castle vnder Cap : : Clap, d. 
21 (Mo: 4) 1669. 

]$62.] Marriages, Births and Deaths. 79 

Br.ECK.--Edward Brecke deceased this life the 2 (9) 1662; Robert, 
son of John Bricke, b. Dee. 8^ 82. 

Browne. — Elizabeth, dan. of Edmund, b. 31: 10: 58; Dorcas, wife of 
John Brown, d. Feb. 29: 18; John, son of John Browne, b. Oct. 15: 
81, d. next day; Edmond Browne, d. Sep 1 . 23: 82; Samuel, son of 
John, b. Jan. 8: 82; d. June 16: S3. 

Burden. — John Burden d. Jan. 29: 18. 

Burge. — Jane, wife of John Burge, d. April 4: 18; John Burge d. Oct. 
22: 18. 

Butt.- — Nathaniel, son of Richard, b. Dec. 2, 1670; Samuel, son of 
Richard, b. March 1: '73; Jerabiah, son of Richard, b. Sep 1 . (18) 
15; Deliverance, dan. of Richard, b. May 2, IT: d. Feb. 10: 19; 
Berethiah and Hanah, son and dau. of Richard But, b. Jan. 8, 19: 
Berechiah, son of Richard, d. Jan. 22: 19; Mary, dau. of Richard, 
b. March 18: 82. 

Caleb, an indian servant to Joshua Hensbaw. d. Jan. 21: 80. 

Caley. — Ruth. dau. of Fetter Caley, b. Dec. 20: 80; Susannah, dau. 
of Peter Cally, b. Dec. 18: 1682: Henry Cealey, son of Fetter, b. 
July 18: 1683." 

Capen. — Joseph Capen, son of John, b. 29: 10: 1658; Barned, son of 
Berned [Barnard] Capen, b. March 26: 16] John, son of Bernard, b. 
Feb. 18, d. same day, IT; Sarah, dau. of Bernard, b. Jan. 5: 78; 
John Capen, d. Aug. 1: 81; Joseph, son of Bernard, b. Nov. 28; 81; 
Mary, dau. of Preserved Capen, b. March 28: 83. 

Cartwight. — Jane, wife of Arthur Cartwright, d. 29 (8) 1811. 

Chandler— Davis. — Samuel Chandler, m. Sarah Davis, widow, 21 
(10) '64. 

Chandler. — Samuel, son of Samuel, b. Dec. 20: 69; John, son of 
Samuel, b. Oct. 24: 11; d. 21: 11: 18; Joseph, son of Samuel, b. 
Oct. 30: 13; Hannah, dau. of Samuel, b. Aug. 29: 15; Jonathan, 
son of Samuel, b. 3: 5: 11; Ester, wife of Samuel, d. 14: 10: 18. 

Chapi.ey. — Moses, son of William, b. 2 (6; 1663; Rebecka, dau. of 
William, b. 26 (11) 1669. 

Chaplin. — Barbarah, dau. to William, b. Mav 15: 1661: William, son 
of William, b. 13 (1) 1613; Mehitable, dau. of William, b. 22 Feb. 
74-5; Joseph, son of William, b. Sept. 6th. 1617; Elizabeth, dau. 
of William, b. June 1: 1681. 

Cheny. — Benjamin, of William, May 1: 77; Abiel, son of William, b. 
Nov. 26: 81; d. Dec. IT: 81. 

Clap. — Abigail, dau. of Edward, b. 27: 2: 1659; Supply, son of Roger, 
b. 30 (8) 1660; Joshua, son of Edward, b. 12 (3) 1661; Abigail 
Clap deceased this life the 8(11) 1659; Joshua, deceased this life 
the 22 (3) 1662; Samuel, son of Samuel, b. 22 (12) 1661; Jonathan, 
son of Dea. Edward, b. 23 (1) 1664; John, son of Samuel, b. 16 
(4) 1664; d. 6 (8) 1665; Hannah, dau. of Sergeant Samuel, b. 28 
(7) 1666, d. March 1: 79-80; Vnite, son of Cap 7 . Roger, d. 20 (1) 
1664; Jonathan, son of Dea. Edward, d. 30 (3) 1664; Dea. Edward 
d. the 8th. buried 10 (11) 1664; Samuel, son of Serg'-. Samuel Clap, 
d. 25 (12) 1666; Experience, son of Samuel, b. 28: 5: 1670, d. 3 (6) 
1671; Susanna, dau. of Hopestill, b. 23 (10)1673; Vnite, son of 
Samuel, d. 18 (11) 1674; Sarah, dau. of Nicholas, b. Nov. 22, 1674; 


80 Marriages, Birtlis and Deaths. [Jan. 

Elizabeth, dau. of Hopestill, b, 29 Feb. 1675.; Sarah, dau. of Ezra, 
July 20: 77; Return, of Sarg 1 Samuel, d. July 18: 16; Sarah, dau. 
of Hopestill, b. Jau. 13: 77; Edward, son of Nehemiah, b. Dec 20: 
1678; d. Feb. 1: 79; Hopestill, of Hopestill, b. Nov. 26: 79; Jndith, 
dau. of Ezra, b. May 6: 80; Abigaiil, wife of Ezra, d. Oct, 12: 82; 
Desire, son of Desire, b. Ma} 7 2: d. May 6. 82; Ruth, dau. of Hop- 
still, b. Oct. 10: 82; Elizabeth, dau. of 'Ezra, b. Oct. 1: 82; Submit, 
dau. of Nehemiah, b. Aug 1 . 2: 83: William, son of Desire, d. Nov. 
27: 83; Experience, dau. of Desire, b. Nov. 30: 83. 

Cooke. — Thomas, son of Robert Cooke, b. May 19: 80. 

Crane. — John, son of Henry, b. 30: 11; 1658. 

Curtis=Payn. — Theophilus Curtis and Hannah Payn of Braniry 
were ioyned in marriage by M r W m . Stougton of Dorchester, Assis- 
tant the 7 th of Jan. 1673. 

Daniel.-— El iezar, son of William, b. 25: 5: 1657. 

Danforth.. — John Damfort, sou of Thomas, b. 20 (8) 1664; Mehitophel, 
of Thomas, d. 18 (8) 1663; Eliiah [Elijah], son of M r John Dan- 
forth, b. Nov. 30: 83. 

Davenport=Watkings. — John Davenport, m. Bridget Walkings, 1 (9) 
1667; Sarah Davenport, d. May 10: 79; Desire, of Charles, b. June 
20: 79; Sarah, dau. of Charles, b. July 10: 81; Thoma3, son of 
Jonathan, b. Dec. 10: 81; Paul, son of Charles, b. Jan. 30: 83. 

Davis.- — Richard Dauis deceased this life the 2: II: 1658; Richard, 
son of Richard, b. 26: 3: 1661: Richard Dauis deceased the 6: 1: 

Dayis=Torret. — John Davis and Marie Torrey, both of Roxbury, m. 
Jan. 14: 1673. 

Demauzaday= Glansha. — Philip Demauzaday and Margaret Glansha, 
m. by the Worshipfull John Hull Esq r . Nov. 22: 82. 

Demodseday. — Mary, dau. of Philip, b. July 27: 83. 

Denton. — Richard Denton ceceased this life the 28: 10: 1658. 

Dewey=Hawes. — Thomas Dewey, m. Constance Hawes 1 (4) '63. 

Dyer.— William Dyer, d. 18 (4) 1672 in the 93* yeere of his age. 

Eaton=Mede. — Jabez Eaton, m. Experience Mede 4 (10) '63. 

Eddy=Mede.— Samuel Eddy, m. Sarah Mede 31 (9) 1664. 

Ellen. — John Ellen deceased this life the 8: 11: 1658; Martha Ellen 
deceased this life the 17: 7: 1660. 

Ellen=Pond.— Nicholas Ellin, m. Mary Pond 3 (5) 1663. 

Ellen. — Mary, dau. of Daniel Ellen, b. Feb. 14, '67; Elizabeth, dau. 
of Daniel, b. Nov. 2, '69; Nathaniel, son of Daniel, b. Oct. 20, ; 71; 
Martha, dau. of Daniel, b. April 5, '74; Ichabod, son of Daniel, b. 
Jan. 24: 75; Daniel, son of Daniel, b. July 22: 77. 

Evans. — Mathias, son of Mathias, b. 11 (3) 1670. 

Everden. — George Euerden, borne Aug. 7 1677. 

Eyres=Millet. — Moses Eyres, m. Bethiah Millet 3 (6) 1666. 

Eyres. — Moses, son of Moses Heirs, b. 10: 7: 1687; Bethiah, wife of 
Moses Eayre, d. 15 (2) 1669. 

Fisher— Breck.-— Anthony Fisher sen: m. widow of Edward Breck. 
14 (9) 1663. 

Fisher.—- Daniel, son of Daniel, b. 22 (10) 1663. 

Fisk=Fry.— Nathan Fisk, m. Elizabeth Fry, 26 (2) 1665. 

Flint. — Mary, dau. of Rev. Josiah Flint, b. IS (9J 1672; Henery, son 

1362.] Braitleborough, Vt. t Inscriptions. 81 

of Rev. Josiah, b. 9 (Feb.) 1673; Mary, dan. of Rev. Josiah, b. 18 
(9) 1672, d. 15 (10) 1673; Uenery, son of Rev. Josiah, b. 5 May, 
1675; Josiah, son of Rev. Josiah, b. Oct. 5: 76; Dorothy, dau. of 
Mr. Josiah, b. May 11: 78: Thomas, son of Rev. Josiah, b. July 11: 
80; " M r . Josiah Flint the renerend pastor to the church of Dor- 
chester died September 16: 80." 

Fortune. — Fortuue, a negro of M r Stoughton, d. Dec. 23: 78. 

Forward. — Edmund Forward, d. Feb. 16: 1676. 

Foster=Baker. — Thankful! Foster, dau. of Lief 1 . Hopestill, m. John 
Baker, of Boston, 8 (11) 1663. 

Foster—Capen. — James Foster and Mary Capin, m. bv M r Stoughton 
Sep* (22) 74. 

Foster. — Mary, dau. of James, b. June 17: 75, d. Oct. 29: 75; Silence, 
dau. of James, b. April 4: 77; Elizabeth, dau. of Timothy, d. Sep 1 . 
15: 76; Mary, wife of James, d. Feb. 8: 78. 

Foster=Lane. — James Foster and Anna Lane were married by the 
Worshipful Humphrey Daue Esq: Oct. 7: 80. 

Foster.—" M r . John Foster died September: 9: 81;" Thankful!, dau. 
of James, b. March 30: 83; Elisha Foster died Oct. 16: 82. 

George. — Elizabeth dau. of Joshua, b. 9 (9) 1671; William, son of 
Joshua, b. 4 (3) 1674; Nicolas George sen r . d. 8th April 1675; 
Joshua, son of Joshua, b. Sept. 3: 76; Elizabeth, wife of Joshua, d. 
Oct. 11: 76; John, son of John George and Mary, his wife, b. Oct. 
5: 80; John, son of Richard and Elizabeth, d. Feb. 2, 81-2. 

Gernsey. — Hannah, dau. of John, b. July 25: 76: Henry, son of John, 
b. July 16: 79; Elizabeth, dau. of John, b. April 23: 82. 

Glover, — Nathaniel, son of M r . Nathaniel, b. Feb. 24: 74; Nathaniel, 
son of Mr. Nathaniel, b. Aug. 7: 75; Nathaniel, son of Mr. Nathan- 
iel, b. Nov. 10: 76; Mary, dau. of Mr. Nathaniel, b. April 12: 79; 
Hannah, dau. of Nathaniel, b. Dec. 3: 81; Elizabeth, dau. of Na- 
thaniel, b, July 26: 83. 

[to be continued.] 


[Communicated by Samuel Blake of Dorchester.] 

In Brattleboro', Yt., about half a mile from the ancient site of Fort 
Dummer, in a northwest direction, but on much higher ground, in a 
pasture, near the old first traveled road, stand five grave stones, 
which time will ere long obliterate, if man does not sooner destroy; 
of which the following is a copy: 

In memory of two Daughters of Mr. Tilley & Mrs. Mary Wilder, born 

May 14, 1777, aged 1 day. 
Dolle, daughter of Mr. Tilley & Mrs. Mary Wilder, died June 24, 1785. 

Aged 6 y. 5 mo. 9 days. 
Dolle, daughter of Mr. "Tilley & Mrs. Mary Wilder, died August 27, 

1794. Aged 8 y. & 2 months. 
Dea. Jonathan Pearce died Oct. 28, 1785, in the 69th year of his age. 
Mr. Asa Putnam died Sept. 7, 1795. Aged 53 years. 


82 Testimony of Deputy Gov. Samuel Symonds. [Jan. 


[From the original in possession of Jeeemiah Colburx of Boston.] 

[Mr. Vincent mentioned below, was probably Mr. Humphrey Vin- 
cent of Ipswich, who, according to Mr. Felt {Hist. Ipswich, p. 158), 
died in Ipswich, Dec. 5, 1664. "He was of Cambridge, 1634; of Sa- 
lem, Jan. 1637; and was granted land at Ipswich the next February. 
He left no family."] 

Having lately heard some strange stories concerning the discon- 
tentfull speaches vttered amongst them at Cosen Harrises, I was 
put vpon it to call to minde the original!; & some consequent act- 
ings referring to M r Vincents estate. 

1. About foure yeares since, M r Vincent now & then coming to 
my bowse, (it seemeth) his affections were inclined to vs: And free- 
ly, & of his owne motion, tould my then wife & me, that it was his 
minde to make his will: & he would soe & soe dispose of what he 
had, & make me his executor. I did ask him if he had not kinrid in 
the country? he said, I have a kinswoman, but saith he, I like her 
not; I will give her nothing, soe we thanked him for his love, & I 
made his will accordingly. 

2. Soe things went on; & divers intercourses of love, & kindnes, 
passed betweene vs, he coming now & then & staying a good space 
together at our bowse. He had my advise about his booke, & ac- 
counts & the like, amongst which he spoke of two bonds where in 
he was bound in 20 Ib a peece, to one in England; which did there 
lye forfeited in Engl: & the pay being divers tymes called for, & no- 
thing done towards payment; at last one was impowred thence to 
eue for the same: wherevpon I did bestir me, & in two yeares tyme, 
obtayned payment to be made, & the bonds to be brought from Engl: 
cancelled to his great contentment. 

3. Above a year since, (now it is), there did grow a great discon- 
tent betweene M r Vincent & his tenant about a writing vnder M r 
Vincents hande, his Tenant construing it contrary to his minde, in 
the thinge, insomuch that M r Vincent left the howse, & went downe 
to Thomas Harris his house, wherevpon both M r Vincent & cosen 
Harris, she were soe mooved that they did speake very much how he 
was in danger to be circumvented of much of his estate if he should 
Btill lye open to them. And this was the occasion that put me vpon 
the course I tooke to secure the same, according to his owne minde, 
& deliberate will, & was by him impowred (as occasion might be), 
to act in his behalf. 

4. After these things, all went on quiettly at Cosen Harrises, for 
ought I did . know. But latewardiy. there were some hintes given 
to me of faults finding: And that sometyme there were angry words 
passed betweene she, Cos: Harris, & M r Vincent. 

When Salem Court last was neare at hande, I being at Cosen 
Harrises, she spoke of such & such small things she said he wanted; 
I tould her why she did not take vp what she wanted for him, she 
then began to make it a question least they should aske who should 

1862.] Mortality in Boston. 83 

pay them, vnlcs they were had at Thomas Bishops? I thought that 
that was a strange thinge: but she did much vrge me to stay still & 
speake further of it, but I being in very great hast, as I tould them, 
having appoynted at the very houre to meet with three p r sons at a 
certayne place, could not stay; but she still vrging me, it seems, I 
said what would you have me to doe ? would you have me to doe it 
of my owne Estate ? And I said (as often I had done before), pray 
let him not want any thinge. And this I hope they will not deny. 
The yeare of his sojourning there was not as yet completed, nor noe 
lieed of making accounts with m r chants or with them. But might 
take vp (as fovndly) what they would vpon Account. I did never 
take one peny into my hande since the power was comitted to me. 
Time cutts me off; I cannot speake of more particulars now. Can 
any man thinke that I should or would have acted in & about M r 
Vincents busiues as I did, & was put vpon it to doe, both before & 
since M r Vincents death, if they had discovered to me such secrett 
matters as since appeares ? I should have bene loath to have bene 
eoe leade by my friends. 

I speake to the substance of things. Samuel Symonds. 

March 30 th 1665. 

MORTALITY IN BOSTON— 1701, 1702, 1703. 

Anno 1701. 1702. 1703. 

March 11 

April 6 

May 11 

June -«r. . . 13 

July 15 

August 15 

September 17 

October 12 

November 15 

December 7 

January 17 

February 7 

























146 441 159 

Niofet. In that Mortal year, 1702, the Number of Negroes and 
Indians, which had a Singular Share in the Mortality, made the 
Number of the Buried, arise to about 500. 

Note 2. Many Inhabitants of Boston, have their Employments at 
Sea; and many of these Dying abroad (in proportion, much more 
tha'i at home) they are not reckoned in our Catalogue. 

Note 3. It has been observed by some, that in Times of Health 
(such as we now Enjoy) Mortality ordinarily carries off, somewhat 
about a Fiftieth Part of the People Every year. Quere, How far will 
that^ Observation hold for this Town? 

Note 4. It might be of use, if some other of the principal Towns 
1b the Country, would preserve their Bill of Mortality, and Commu- 
nicate it.— Boston News Letter, July 3, 1704. 


84 Petition of Boston Inhabitants. [Jim. 


[As preliminary to tins petition, we give an abstract of the main 
portions of the law, made in 1692, relative to the erection of brick 
buildings in the town of Boston: "Whereas Great Desolations and 
Ruins have sundry Times happened by Fire breaking out in the 
Town of Boston, principally occasioned by Reason of the joining and 
nearness of the Buildings, being mostly of Timber, and covered with 
Shingle: For the better preventing of such Accidents for the future, 
and Damage and Loss thereby;" it was therefore enacted, 

"That henceforth no Dwelling House, Shop, Warehouse, Barn, 
Stable, or any other Housing of more than eight Feet in Length, or 
Breadth, and seven Feet in Height, shall be erected and set up in 
Boston, but of Stone or Brick, and covered with Slate or Tile; unless 
in particular Cases where Necessity requires, being so judged and 
signified in Writing under the Hands of the Justices and Select-Men 
of the said Town, or major Part of both. If any Person shall pre- 
sume to erect, or cause to be erected, any Frame or Building contrary 
hereto, upon Conviction, such Building shall be deemed a common 
Nuisance, and the Owner of such Frame or Building shall enter into 
a Recognisance to demolish the same; In Default of such Recognis- 
ance, shall be committed to Prison, until he cause the same to be 
demolished, or else such building shall be demolished by Order of 
the Quarter Sessions of the Peace within the said County, and the 
Charges thereof to be levied by Distress, and sale of such Offender? 

"And whereas several Houses and other Buildings have been 
erected and set up since the Year 1688, contrary to the Law made 
by the General Court of the Massachusetts Colony, it was therefore 
enacted That every owner of such Building, shall cause the same to 
be covered with Slate or Tile; otherwise such Building shall be 
deemed a common Nuisance, aiid the owner thereof proceeded against 

In 1699 an additional act was passed, with penalties annexed, not 
to exceed " the sum of Fifty Pounds, for one offence, which shall ex- 
cuse the offender from any further Penalty of the Law. All such 
Fines to be applied towards the raising of a Stock for setting of the 
Poor on Work within the said Town of Boston at the Work House."] 

To the R l Hon ble William Stoughton Esq r Liev* Governo r and Co- 
mander in Cheife of his Maj ties Province of the Massachusetts Bay 
in New England with the hon rd Council and Representatives thereof 
now assembled in Gen ;1 Court held at Boston by Adjournm* Novem- 
ber im 1696. 

The Petition of us the Subscribers being Sundry of the Inhabitants 
of the Towne of Boston. 
Humbly Sheweth, 

That the Law relateing to building, with Brick in Boston is found 


Petition of Boston Inhabitants. 


tv continuall experience to be greatly Injurious and Prejudicial! to 
the Gcnerallity of the Inhabitants of this Towne, which consists, 
cheifly of Tradesmen who tho' many of them have Lands and Some 
Estate to befriend them, yet have not a Sufficiency to comply with 
ihe s d Law and to carry on their Trades for the upholding- their 
familyes; And there being much Land lying waste in This Towne, 
which if built upon would not only be advantageous to particular 
persons butt to the Publick also, by the Increase of the Towne. 

That it is evidently and apparently Seen by all Observing persons 
among 1 us, that by this present long" continued and Wasting warr, 
aiid through the Scarsity and dearness of Provisions wee are very 
greatly Impoverished and distressed Soe that many of us know not 
how much Longer to Supply the wants of our Poore family 8 and to 
comply with the demands of the Publick; And if wee have not 
Speedy redress and relief herein many of us that are antient Inhabit- 
ants and Children of the first Planters and Settlers of this place 
must either be forced for a Subsistence and Livelyhood to Leave our 
Country, and that little our Fathers by their care, Industry and God's 
Messing thereon have left us, or else to become Tenenants to For- 
eigners that have come among" us, & with their moneys, here pur- 
chased houseing and Lands, Or att best to our Rich and Wealthy 
Neighbours, who are Sometimes telling us, That if wee cannott com- 
ply with the Law wee must Sell our Lands, which is a very bard and 
unreasonable thing, (Seeming much like to the Israelites Egiptian 
Bondage in makeing Bricks without Straw) seeing lime, Slates or 
tiles are not to be purchased had wee Estates to comply with the 

Your Petition 18 Therefore doe humbly Entreate That this high and 
bon rbl « Court will take the premises into Consideracon Soe as that 
the s d Law relateing to Brick buildings in Boston may be repealed 
and utterly made Null and void in all respects. 

Silvanus Davis 
Samuel Bridge 
Richard Keats 
Joseph Bisco 
Jonath. Evens 
Ju° Walley 
Jn° Combs 
Tho: Stanbery 
Joseph Gallup 
Ebinezer Clore 
Tho: Cobb 
Richard Cobb 
Wm: Porter 
Tno: Lesenbee 
Wm. Wheler 
Tho : Harris 
Wm: Hoi way 
Nich": Sparrey 
Hi chard Preist 
•Jo°: Pell 

Jn°. Ricks 
Joseph Riall 
Joseph Adems 
Tho. Stevens 
Jn°. Arnold 
Benj a : Gallop 
Josh. Hewes 
Peter Barber 
Jono lh : Berny 
Florence Mecarta 
Timo: Nash 
W m Thwinge 
Jn° Parker 
Wm Hoi well Jun r 
Anthony Greenhiil 
Obadiah Emons 
Rignel Odell 
Eliezer Star 
Edward Durant 
Tho Oaks Jim* 

Saml. Bill 
Joseph Billings 
Tho. Phillips 
Sam 1 : Pearce 
Tho. Roper 
Hennery Cole 
Joseph Holmes 
Sam 1 . Flack 
Joseph Yickers 
Edw d Keets 
Ebinezer Lowell 
Tho, Powell 
Wm. Gibbon 
Jn° Balston 
Tho. Baker 
Robert Sanderson 
Edwi Taylor 
Josh. Lane 
Danill AUin 
Jn°. Marion Jun r . 


Petition of Boston Inhabitants. 


John Atwood 
Tho. Barnott 
John Bennit 
Peter Wear 
Samuel Marshal 
Nath. Holmes 
Seth Perry 
Parcefell Clark 
Math i as Smith 
Sam 1 . Marion 
Jn°. Morton 
Ralfe Ransford 
Joseph Wheler 
Win. Ted man 
Jn°. Cole 
Barth. Green 
Jn°. Allen 
James Harris 
George Clark 
Richard Paine 
Jn°. Ranger 
Wm. Clow 
Jn°. Langdon 
Sam 1 . Grice 
Jn°. Dinsdell 
Nath. Goodwin 
Arther Hael 
Gamaliel Rogers 
Nath: Baker 
Elez r Darbee 
Ambros Dawes 
Sam 1 . Clowe 
Joseph Jackson 
Joseph Pearss 
Tho: Savage 
Jn°. Eustis 
Jabesh Negus 
Henry Ems 
Wm. Gill 
Jabes Salter 
Arther Smith 
Tho: Kelen 
Dauid Norton 
Newcom Blake 
Joseph May 
Phillip Finnee 
Jn°. Jenkins 
Andrew Cuningham 
Jn°. Kneeland 
Thomas Child 
Andrew Mariner 
Barth. Sutton 

Return Wait 
Jn<\ Taller 
Joseph Tolman 
Jn°. Farnum 
Jacob Meline 
Wm: Robee 
David Copp 
John Goodwin 
Mich: Willis 
Jn°. Clow 
Wm. Grigs 
Tho. Cashing 
Ben Emons 
Jn°. Winchomb 
Richard White 
Daniel Morey 
Danill Phipenny 
Tho. Peck sen r . 
Joseph Hill 
Jn°. Claverly 
Peter Warrin 
Sam 1 Gray 
John Cutler 
Jn° Fosdike 
Josiah Franklin 
Sarill Simson 
Jn°. Berree 
James Webster 
Tho. Peck Jun r , 
James Andros 
Thomas Walker 
Thomas Lincoln 
Rob*. Earle 
Ben Backworth 
Mathu Delver 
Sam 1 Bridg Jun. 
Sam 1 . Weaver 
Richard Hubbert 
Sim°. Masinger 
Jn°. Roberts 
Ben. Fitch 
Edw d . Bartlit 
Wm. Wheler 
Joseph Rodgers 
James Thornbay 
Joseph Lowell 
Jn°. Clowe 
Joseph Lowell Jun 1 
Dauid London 
W m Til ley 
James Labloon 
Tho. Paine 

Rolan Story 
Henry Rite 
Henery Mills 
Wm. Mamford 
Sam 1 . Bickner 
Tho. Wheler 
Wm. Barage 
James Flndd 
Richard Flud 
Joshua Gee 
John Marion 
John Goodwin 
Joseph Belknap 
Bar. Arnald 
Mic h . Shaller 
Stephen Minott 
W in . Obbirson 
Jn°. Humpherys 
Richard Gridly 

Josh. Cornish 
Richard Richeson 

John Tolman 
Richd. Price 
He Dry Briteman 

Richard West 

Silenc Allen 

Jn^: Nicholson 

Rob*. Smith 

Richd. Partman 

Wm: Hawkins 
Ambros Hanwe 11 . 

Francis Moss 

Ben. Holway 

W ra . Meed 

David Addams 

W m . Enecott 

Richard Font 

John Nichols 

Raffe Carter 

Jn°. Perrish 
. Wm, Hough 

W m . Tarnner 

Sam 11 . Jacklin 

Ebinezer Hayden 

Edwd. Oakes 

Thomas Baker 

Richard Whitridge 

Robert Seers 

Jn°. GotTe 

Jn°. Parram 

Tho. Verny 

Sam'-. Gardner 




Sain 1 . Earle 
Thomas Gould 
Wra: Frothingham 
Peter Butler 
Theophilus Frary 
Joseph Elliot 
Elisha Odlin 
John Mason 

Isaac Marion 
Benja. Snelling 
Benja. Bream 
Obediah Read 
David Farnam 
Sam 1 . Greed wood 
Thomas Downe 1 " 
Thomas Oakes 
James Barns 

Natfa. Alden 
Rich. Way 
Stephen French 
Jn°. Child 
Wm. Werden 
Jn° Ball 
Edw d . Ashley 
Isaiah Tay 

Wee the Selectmen of, (and For and in behalf of the Inhabitants 
of) the Towne of Boston doe humbly request and Entreate the favour 
of this high and hon bIe Court to Grant the above petition, Of if it 
may not seerne meet by yo r hon rs soe to doe That then you will 
please to grant That the Towne may have full power, authority & 
Free Liberty to choose Such persons as they shall see meet from 
time to time to approve and allow or disallow of the place or places 
where Woodden Buildings in this Towne shall or may be, or may not 
be Errected & Sett up. And that all such persons as have hitherto 
Transgressed y e Law, relateing to Brick buildings may not be lyable 
to Incurr the penalty thereof. Pr Order of the Selectmen 

Dated Boston June 11, 1697. W* Griggs Town Cler: 

Read y« 11 June 1691. 

Read a Second time, 16 th , & debated with the Report of the Com- 
mittee thereon And Report Negatived. 



[Communicated by William S. Appleton of Boston.] 

September y e 11 th day 1683. 

The testification of Samuell Water ag ed 21 years ore there about 
testifieth and sayeth that when beniamin coker cam to the hous of 
beniamine frankling ffor to demand his goods then beniamin frank- 
lin s said to beniamin coker, that ther was one poun d five sailings 
that was to be taken out of the bill then answered beniamen coker 
I own it for I would desisire* nothing but what is just betwixt man 
and man and that ten pound 15 shillings worth of .goods was their 
just due' and no more concerning the building of y e sloope which is 
now in controuersy. I Robert Sanderes aiged 25 eares or thereabout 
testifeth and saieth that as for the 25 shilenes bengman* coker and 
Joh Ralfe ded own that it was to be redcted* out of the bill. 

sworne by Samuell Water & Robert Sanders in Bostone the 18 th 
of Septemb r 1GS3 before John Joyliffe Comiss 1 " 

Superscribed: "To the Clarke of the Countie Court at Ipswich 

♦ Sic— W. S. A. 

88 Marriages and Deaths. [Jan. 



Oarver=Edwards. — At East Boston, Nov. 10, Ira Lysander Carver, 
Esq., of Grand Falls, Mich., to Miss Mary Anna Edwards, only dau. 
of the late Thomas Edwards of East Boston; by Rev. Caleb Davis 

Gay— Freehan. — At Cincinnati, 0., Nov. 21, J. Willard Gay to 
Anna M. Freeman; by Rev. William A. Snively. 

Pette8=Allen. — At Roxbury, Thursday evening, Oct. 11th, John 
Pettes, of West Cambridge, to Miss Sarah Matilda Allen, youngest 
dau. of Walter M. Allen of North Cambridge; by Rev Caleb Davis 

Thayer=Cooke. — At the Prospect Street Church, Cambridgeport, 
Nov. 13, Dr. Henry Thayer to Miss Jennie Cooke; by Rev. Elias 
Nason of Exeter, N. H., assisted by Rev. J. 0. Murray. 

Trask=Blake. — At Boston, Nov. 4, John Pierce Trask of Roxbury, 
to Miss Eveline 0. Blake of Boston; by Rev. Daniel C. Eddy, D. D. 


Appleton. — Hon. Nathan Dane, Alfred, Me., Nov. 12, a. 61. He 
grad. at Bowdoin College in 1813; has been in the practice of law 
more than forty years. He was late attorney general of Maine. 

Baker. — Gen. Edward D. of Oregon, was killed near Leesburg, 
Va., Oct. 21, during an encounter between the forces commanded by 
Gen. Stone, and those under the rebel general Evans. ' Gen. Baker 
was born in England, but came to this country when about four 
years old. He began his career in Philadelphia, as an apprentice to 
a hand weaver, and for a long period labored industriously in that 
vocation. While yet a boy, he emigrated to Illinois. Here he prose- 
cuted the study of the law, while earning an honorable livelihood 
at manual labor. At twenty years of age, he was admitted to the 
bar of Illinois, being entirely self taught in the intricacies of the law. 
He early became widely known as a legal practitioner and a political 
leader. He served eight years in the state legislature ; was in the 
Black Hawk war, in company with Mr. Lincoln, the President of the 
United States, and in 1844 was elected to congress. He was a 
colonel in the Mexican war and while on the Rio Grande, was severely 
wounded by a shot through the neck. At the end of the war, he was 
again elected to congress, and at the close of his term, became a 
contractor under the Panama Railway Company, having engaged to 
open the line over which the rail road across the Isthmus was to pa»3, 
for some twenty-five miles from Aspinwall. He fulfilled his contract, 
but returned to New York prostrated by fever. He recovered from 
his sickness; went to San Francisco the ensuing year; practiced law, 
and up to the year 1859, enjoyed the reputation of being at the head 

1862.] Marriages and Deaths. 89 

of the profession on the Pacific coast. In Dec. 1859, he migrated to 
Oregon, and took up his residence in Salem, the capital of that 
state; in September following he was elected to the senate of the 
United States, of which body he was a member at the time of his 
death. He fell at the head of his brigade while cheering on his men 
to the conflict. 

Benton. — Thomas, Rutland, Sept. 5, a. 94 yrs. 10 mo. His wife 
survives; they having lived together sixty-three years. 

Blaisdell. — Silas, a well known teacher in Lawrence, Mass., died 
there on Wednesday evening in his 71st year. (He was formerly a 
minister and was for a number of years a subscriber to the Register.) 
— Boston Journal, Saturday, Nov. 16th. 

Briggs. — Hon. George Nixon, Pittsfield, Sept. 12, a. 65. He was 
born in the town of Adams, in the county of Berkshire, on the 12th 
of April, 1796. His father was a blacksmith, who, when George 
was seven years old, removed from Adams to Manchester, Vt., where 
he resided two years; from thence he removed to White Creek, Wash- 
ington county, N. Y., where he resided several years. At thirteen 
years of age George went to learn the trade of a hatter, and worked 
at it for three years. Returning home, he went to an academy one 
year, which constituted his " education." In Sept. 1813, he returned 
to his native village, with nothing but a small trunk, slung on his 
back, containing his scanty stock of clothing. He soon entered the 
law office of Mr. Washburn in Adams, and began the study of his 
chosen profession. He remained there one year, when he removed to 
Lanesborough in the same county, and studied laboriously at his 
profession for four years, and in Oct. 1818, he was admitted to the 
bar. In 18S0, he was elected to congress, and took his seat in the 
house of representatives in Dec. 1831. He was continued in his 
seat through six congressional terms, until, in 1843, he was chosen 
governor of the commonwealth, and was re-elected every year till 
1851. In 1853, he was appointed by Gov. Clifford, associate justice 
of the court of common pleas of Massachusetts. He was a member of 
the last state constitutional convention, where his counsels were ex- 
ceedingly influential. To the day of his death he was active in every 
" good word and work n which came within his sphere. When he 
was in congress he was devoted to the temperance question, and his 
personal influence in this respect was known to be of much value. 
He was often called to lecture before lyceums, when he never 
failed to inculcate the best lessons of political and moral bearings. 
He was an active, devoted Christian, with heart and hand ready to 
cooperate in every good enterprise — being a member of the Baptist 
denomination, and regarded as one of their best and ablest men. 
For ten or twelve years he was president of the Baptist Missionary 
Union, their great foreign missionary association. He was also 
president of the American Tract Society at Boston — which office he 
held from May, 1859. 

He was made an honorary member of the N. E. Hist. Gen. Society 
in Feb. 1847. 

He m. Miss Sarah Hail of Lanesboro, by whom he had George P., 

90 Marriages and Deaths. [Jan. 

Henry S. and Harriet, who m. in 1846, Capt. Chas. H. Bigelow. Henry 
S. is colonel of the tenth Massachusetts regiment, now at the seat of 

The circumstances attending- the death of ex-Gov. Briggs are 
these: On Wednesday, Sept. 4th, while in the act of taking down 
his coat to assist a person in distress, a loaded gun fell and dis- 
charged its contents into his face, the charge passing under one jaw 
and a portion of it through the other side. On Thursday morning, 
Sept. 12th, at 9 o'clock A. M., on the eighth day after the sad acci- 
dent, he died. 

Browne. — William, Portland, Me., Nov. 14; a. 83. Mr. Browne was 
the youngest son and the last surviving child of Rev. Thomas Browne 
of Stroudwater, who was settled in 1765 and died in 1797. He 
was the son of Rev. John Browne of Haverhill, whose wife was 
Joanna Cotton, dau. of Rev. Roland Cotton of Sandwich, and great 
granddau. of Rev. John Cotton of Boston. 

Mr. Browne was formerly in business at Portland, with Stephen 
McLellan, but being unfortunate in the disastrous times of 1807, he 
never recovered from it, and has not been in business since. He m. 
in 1805, Octavia, dau. of Dr. Robert Southgate of Scarborough, Me., 
by whom he had five children, viz: two sons and three daus. One 
dau. married her cousin, Bishop Southgate. 

Clap.™ Mrs. Ann, Richmond, Va., Sept. 2, a. 82; wid. of Dea. 
John Clap of Roxbury, Mass. See Reg., xv, 228. 

Clapp. — Thaddeus, Dorchester, July 10, a. 50. He was the second 
son and third child of Capt. William and Elizabeth (Humphreys) 
Clapp, grandson of Capt. Lemuel and Rebecca (Dexter) Clapp, and a 
descendant in the seventh generation from Nicholas and Sarah Clapp 
of Dorchester. He was born in Dorchester, May 11, 1811; was fitted 
for college at the academy of Hiram Manley in D. In college he 
attained a distinguished rank and graduated in 1834, with the second 
honors of his class, when he delivered the salutatory oration in Latin, 
being the first time commencement exercises were held in Rev. 
Dr. Newell's church. After leaving college he taught, for a short 
time, a private school in Brookline. He was superintendent of the 
sabbath school of the first church and society in Dorchester, from 
1836 to 1841; he entered his name with Col. Loammi Baldwin of 
Charlestown, Mass., as a student in engineering, Feb. 16, 1837, but 
on account of ill health did not prosecute his studies. For a like 
reason he declined the Latin valedictory oration, proffered him the 
same year by Pre3. Quincy. He took his degree of master of arts in 
1838. He was secretary of the board of school committee in Dorches- 
ter several years, and wrote the annual reports for the years 1842 and 
1843, which were printed. In the fall of 1838 he went to Franklin, 
La., where he was, for some six or seven months a tutor in the family 
of William T. Palfrey, brother of Hon. John 0. Palfrey, postmaster of 
Boston. He returned to his home in the summer of 1839. About 
the year 1840 he engaged in horticultural and pomological pursuits, 
which he continued until the winter of 1860. He became quite cele- 
brated among fruit growers for his theoretical and practical know- 

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led^e, and obtained many premiums for choice varieties and fine sam- 
ples of fruit. He was a member of the Massachusetts Horticultural 
Society and the Norfolk Agricultural Society. He was also a member of 
the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He was of a most amiable disposition and 
led a life of unspotted integrity. He m. in Claremont, N. H., Aug. 
11, 1857, Mary H. Dustin, clau. of Rev. Caleb Dustin, but had no 
children. His wife survives him. 

Colbdrn. — Danfortb, West Dedham, Oct. 9, a. 90 yrs. 15 days. 

Doe. — Jacob, Rumney, N. H., Oct. 1, a. 90 yrs. 6 days. 

Everett. — Edward Brooks, Boston, Nov. 5, a. 31; grad. H. C, 1850; 
M. D., 1853. He d. at the residence of his father, Hon. Edward 

Goddard. — Benjamin, Brookline, Oct. 26, a. 95 years, 7 mos. 6 

Grant. — Dea. Moses, Boston, July 22, a. nearly 76. He was b. in Bos- 
ton, July 29, 1185. It is stated in the appendix to Rev. Dr. Lathrop's 
discourse, that the family is of " Scotch origin, although the descent 
cannot be distinctly traced further back than the grandfather of 
the late Moses Grant." " During the French war, a Scotch regiment, 
composed exclusively of Grants — that being the only surname upon 
its muster-roll — came to Boston, and Mr. Samuel Grant, the grand- 
father of the late Deacon, gave an entertainment to the whole regi- 
ment, the officers being received and regaled in his house in Union 
street, while tables for soldiers were spread in his garden." As early 
as the year 1736, and for many years subsequently, the above men- 
tioned Samuel Grant had his store in Union street, which was known 
by the sign of the Crown and Cushion. This emblem was engraved 
as a heading on his bills of sale. He lived in the rear of his store. 
His son, Moses, resided in the same house, and carried on business in 
the same place, after the death of his father, in 1784, and probably 
for some time previous to that event; he was one of the famous party 
who destroyed the tea in Boston harbor in 1773. He was born March 
13, 1743; m. 1st. in 1768, Elizabeth Brown, dau. of Samuel Brown, 
by whom he had one child, the late Mrs. Elizabeth Snelling; m. 2d., in 
Dec. 1773, Sarah Pierce, dau. of Capt. Joseph Pierce of Boston. Moses 
Grant, the subject of this notice, after leaving the public school 
in Boston, went to the academy at Exeter, N. H.; was afterward an 
apprentice to his father, and subsequently a partner with him in 
business, under the firm of Moses Grant & Son, upholsterers, which 
continued till the death of the father. He then carried on the busi- 
ness alone, until 1826, when he took into partnership his son-in-law, 
George K. Daniell, under the firm of Grant <fe Daniell; they went into 
business as paper dealers. Subsequently, by the withdrawal of Mr. 
D., the firm was changed to Grant, Warren & Co. He m. 1st, Oct. 
2, 1814, Susan White Seaver, dau. of Nathaniel and Susanna Seaver. 
There were no children by this marriage, but they adopted an 
orphan child named Hannah Adams Fiske, a niece of Miss Hannah 
Adams, the historian. This child was educated as a daughter. She 
m. George K. Daniell. Mrs. Susan White Grant, the first wife of 


92 Marriages and Deaths. [Jan. 

DeacoD Grant, died in Philadelphia, July 23, 1818, on her return from 
a voyage to Italy, for her health. Dea. Grant m. 2d, Oct. 19, 1819, 
Mary Gore, dau. of Samuel Gore, and niece of the late Hon. Christo- 
pher Gore, governor of Massachusetts for the year 1809-10. She 
had six children — one son and five daus, all of whom but one dau. 
survive him. Mrs. Grant d. in March, 1859. 

Dea. Grant was a well known philanthropist, and friend of the 
destitute; a firm supporter of the temperance cause. He was a 
member of the common council eight years — from 1835 to 1842, in- 
clusive; of the board of aldermen four years — from 1848 to 1851, in- 
clusive. He was one of the originators of the present primary 
school system, and a member of the primary school committee seven- 
teen years — from 1819 to 1835, inclusive. He was at the time of 
his death, president of the Howard Benevolent Society, the Society 
for the Prevention of Pauperism, and the Home for Aged Men, and 
vice president of the Home for Aged Women. He was managing 
director of the Farm School for many years. He was a deacon of 
the Brattle Street Church .(Ptev. Dr. Lothrop's). His father, Moses, 
was also a deacon of the Brattle Street Church, and his grandfather, 
Samuel Grant, was deacon of the New North Church in Boston. 

Healy. — Hon. Joseph, Washington, N. H., Oct. 10, a. 85. He 
was son of John and Mary (Wight) Healy, and was b. Aug. 21, 
1176. He was a representative in congress from that state, from 
1825 to 1829, and was father of Hon. John P. Healy of Boston. 

Hunt. — Polly, Braintree, Oct. 27, a. 94 yrs. l'mo. 12 days; widow 
of Elihu Hunt. 

Hunter. — Joseph, Esq., F. S. A., Torrington Square, London, Eng., 
May 9, a. 77; one of the assistant keepers of the public records. 
He*was born at Sheffield, Feb. 6, 1783; was son of Michael Hunter, a 
gentleman engaged throughout his life in the cutlery business at that 
town. His mother died while he was yet very young, and shortly 
after he was placed under the guardianship of Rev. Joseph Evans, a 
Presbyterian minister, with which denomination his parents were 
connected. He received the rudiments of a classical education at a 
school in the neighborhood of his birth-place, while he devoted all his 
leisure moments to the study of such works as he could procure upon 
historical, topographical and genealogical subjects, and to copying 
all monumental inscriptions and similar remains to be met with im 
the churches of the vicinity. He thus laid the foundation of that 
minute acquaintance with the family history of his native town and 
neighborhood, of which he afterwards made such good use. Many 
volumes yet remain, of church notes taken by him at this early age. 
It was determined that he should be brought up to the ministry 
among the sect to which his family belonged, and accordingly in 
1805, he proceeded to a college at York, where he received his pro- 
fessional training under Rev. Chas. Wellbeloved, a gentleman well 
known to Yorkshire antiquaries, and who survived till a recent 
period. In 1809, he became minister of a congregation of Presbyte- 
rians at Bath, where he resided twenty-four years, during which time, 
in addition to his professional duties, he continued his collection of 

1862.] Marriages and Deaths. 93 

materials for the history of his native town, part of which he em- 
bodied in his Hallamshire, published in folio in 1819. This was 
followed by two volumes of the History of the Deanery of Doncaster, 
in 1828 and 1S31. He was one of the original members of the Bath 
Literary and Scientific Institution, which is still a flourishing- estab- 
lishment. He was a valued member of the Stourhead Circle, of 
which he afterwards printed some account — a party of gentlemen 
residing in the counties of Somerset and Wilts, who year after year 
met under the roof of Sir Richard Colt Hoare of Stourhead, to 
compare the progress they had made in those studies which had an 
interest for them all. Mr. Hunter's intimate acquaintance with an- 
cient writings and with the minuter details of English history 
attracted the attention of the then existing commissioners of the 
public records, who were determined to secure the services of cue so 
well qualified to assist in the work with which they were charged. 
Mr. H. -was appointed a sub-commissioner — removed to London in 
1833, and that summer entered on the duties of his office. In 1838, 
he was appointed an assistant keeper of the first class, and to his 
care were committed the Queen's Remembrancer's Records, with the 
especial duty of forming a calendar of this vast mass of miscellan- 
eous documents. 

Mr. Hunter's numerous publications represent but a small part of 
the labors of his evenings and vacations. It was a principle with him to 
print nothing of any new discovery while any hope remained of finding 
further illustrations of it. It results from this that much curious 
information remains in his manuscripts, relating to all the subjects 
which engaged his attention. He devoted much time, in middle life, 
I to the illustration of the text of Shakespeare's Plays. A part of the 
results of his labors in this direction may be learned from his two 
published works on this subject. He made collections towards lives 
of English verse-writers of the 16th and 17th centuries; these he 
never published. The work of Mr. Hunter's which possesses great 
interest to Americans, is his Founders of New Plymouth, published 
first in a tract, afterwards in the Massachusetts Historical Collections. 
It was subsequently enlarged and printed in London in 1854, in a 
volume of 205 pages. He was instrumental in procuring for the 
Mass. Hist. Society, a transcript of the History of the Plymouth Planta- 
tion, by Gov. Bradford, from the original in the Fulham Library. 
The work was printed in the Collections of the society, vol. in, fourth 
series. Many of Mr. Hunter's communications were inserted in the 
Archaologia, and were among the papers read at the annual meet- 
ings of the Archaeological Institute. In consideration of his con- 
tributions to the former series, he was honored with the title of vice- 
president of the Society of Antiquaries. After more than two years 
of suffering, Mr. Hunter's system sank under disease on the 9th of 
May. He was interred at Ecclesfield, a village in the neighborhood 
of Sheffield, in a spot chosen by himself some time before his death. 

In 1815, he m. Mary, dau. of Francis Hay ward, M. D., of Bath; by 
her, who d. in 1840, he had six children, of whom three sons and 
a daughter survive. 

He became a corresponding member of the N. E. Hist. Gen. Society 
in 1848, his letter of acceptance bearing date, Feb. 2. 


94 Marriages and Deaths. [Jan. 

Jackson. — Francis, Boston, Nov. 14, a. 72. He was a descendant 
in the fifth generation from Edward 1 Jackson of London, Eng., one 
of the first settlers of Newton, Mass., who was born in London about 
the year 1G02. Edward followed the trade of a nail-rnaker — was the 
son of Christopher Jackson, and was bap. Feb. 3, 1604. His first 
wife's name was Frances, by whom he had four sons and four daugh- 
ters. He in. 2d, in March, 1649, Elizabeth, dau. of John Newgate, 
and wid. of Rev. John Oliver, H. C. 1645, the first minister of Rum- 
ney Marsh (Chelsea), by whom he had four daughters and one son. 
He was made freeman in 1645, and the next year purchased a farm 
of 500 acres in Cambridge village, of Gov. Bradstreet, paying for it 
£140. This farm commenced near what is now the division line 
between Newton and Brighton, and extended westward, including 
what is now Newtonville. He was one of the deputies to the Gene- 
ral Court from Cambridge, IT years in all, commencing in 1641. He 
was a selectman of Cambridge in 1665; one of the commissioners to 
end small causes in Cambridge several years, and filled many other 
offices in the town. Johnson, in his Wonder Working Providence, says: 
"He could not endure to see the truths of Christ trampled under 
foot, by the erroneous party." He had ten children in this country. 
Five of these were children of his second wife, and born here. The 
names of the ten children were: Hannah, 2 Rebecca,- Frances, 2 Jona- 
than, 2 Sebas, 2 Sarah, 2 Edward, 2 Lydia, 2 Elizabeth, 2 Ruth, 2 besides 
four who, it is supposed, died in England. He d. June It, 1681, a. 
79 yrs. 5 mos. The inventory of his estate proves him a man of 
wealth, for he had 1600 acres of land. His property was prized at 
£2,411.19.6, including two men-servants, valued at £5 each. It is 
a remarkable fact, taken in connection with the life and character of 
his descendant, Francis, who was such an uncompromising abolition- 
ist, that Edward, his ancestor, was a slaveholder — probably the first 
in Newton. His wife outlived him twenty-eight years, and d. Sept. 
20, 1709, a. 92. His son, Sebas 2 (by his first wife), sometimes writ- 
ten Seaborn upon the old records, according to tradition, was born 
on the passage to this country; he m. Sarah, dau. of Thomas Baker 
of Roxbury, 19: 2: 1671, by whom he had nine children, viz: Edward, 3 
Sebas, 3 John, 3 Sarah, 3 Elizabeth, 3 John, 3 Jonathan, 3 Marv, 3 Joseph. 3 
He d. Dec. 6, 1690; his widow d. March 25, 1726, a. 84. Their young- 
est son and child, Joseph, 3 b. March 6, 1690— just three month's after 
the death of his father — m Patience, dau. of Samuel Hyde (grand- 
Bon of Dea. Samuel), Nov. 28, 1117; had children — Lydia* 4 Timothy, 4 
Joseph, 4 Patience. 4 Their eldest son, Timothy, 4 b. April 20, 1726, 
m. Sarah Smith of Cambridge, Feb. 20, 1752, and had — Lucy, 5 Sarah, 5 
Timothy, 5 Mary, 5 Abigail: 5 he d. of consumption, June 18, 1714, a. 
48; his wid. d. Nov. 27, 1797, a. 81. Their son, Timothy. 5 b. Aug. 
3, 1756; m. Sarah, dau. of Stephen Winchester, Nov. 28, 1782; had 
William, 6 b. Sept. 2, 1783, who was a representative in congress, 
and d. Feb. 27, 1855 (see Meg,, ix, 196); Lucretia, 6 b. Aug. 16, 1785: 
m. Enoch Wiswall, and d. Dec. 28, 1812; Stephen W., 6 b. March 19, 
1787; Francis, the subject of this notice, b. March 7, 1789, m. Eliza 
Copeland of Quincy, and had Eliza Frances, 7 James," Harriette Mar- 
tineau, 7 Susan Gardner, 7 Francis, 7 Francis; 7 George, 6 b. April 22, 
1192; Edmund, 6 b. Jan. 9, 1795. 

]862.] Marriages and Deaths. 95 

Major Timothy 5 Jackson, the father of Francis, 6 was the only son 
of his parents. He was a subordinate officer in the revolutionary 
war, was subsequently adjutant and brigade major in the militia, 
was deputy sheriff, selectman, representative. He d. Nov. 22, 1814, 
a. 58; his wid. d. March 13, 1815, a. 60. 

In 1854, Francis Jackson published a History of Newton. It is a 
valuable work, in 12mo, pp. 556, with a genealogical register, con- 
taining the names of the inhabitants of the town prior to the year 
1800, and a plan of the town, " showing the approximate location of 
the homesteads of the early settlers, the dwelling houses they built, 
and the roads they laid open, from 1639 to 1100, and onward to 1750." 
He was, at one time, a member of the city government, but of late 
years, through conscientious scruples, had withdrawn from all public 
office. He devoted himself earnestly to the cause of reform, espe- 
cially the anti-slavery movement, being for many years the president 
of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. He was noted for his 
honesty, sound judgment, firmness, perseverance, and unflinching in- 

Lincoln. — Gilbert, Taunton, Sept. 2, a. 93 yrs. T. mos. 11 days. 

Manchester. — Mrs. Patty, New Bedford, Oct. 24, a. 90. 

McGregory. — Lieut. Joel, Newport, N. H., Oct. 31, a. 100 yrs. 11 
mos. 9 days. He was b. in Enfield, Conn., 22d November, 1160. He 
volunteered in the army of the Revolution, was taken prisoner and 
confined in the " old sugar house/' New York, for eight months. He 
has enjoyed good health in his last years, though his mind has been 
somewhat impaired. In olden time he worked at nail-making, by 
hand, and has made tacks so small he could put one thousand of them 
in an eggshell. For many years he has received a pension, which, 
with what he laid by in hh younger years, has made his declining 
years peaceful and happy. It is supposed that he is the last sur- 
viving Revolutionary soldier in New Hampshire. All honor to his 
memory, and peace to his ashes. 

Minot. — John, Boston, March 5, a. IT; a descendant of Elder Geo. 
Minot of Dorchester. 

Porter. — Col. Paul, Wenham, on Sunday last, a. 85 yrs/ T mos. 
For seven years he was representative to the general court; town 
clerk ten years; thirteen years moderator of the town meetings, and 
for many years selectman, &c. In the war of 1812, he was colonel 
of the Ipswich regiment of militia. He died of apoplexy. — Boston 
Journal, Wednesday, Nov. 6th. 

Putnam. — Lieut. William Lowell, who died Oct. 22, in consequence 
of wounds received in the battle of Ball's Bluff, the day previous. 
He was born July 9, 1840 — being 21 years old at his death — was a 
grandson of the late Rev. Dr. Charles Lowell, his mother being a 
daughter of Dr. L. "The body of the deceased was brought to Boston, 
where funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 28th. the state 
joining with his kindred and friends in celebrating his obsequies in 
the West Church, the coffin being placed on the same spot, in front 

96 Marriages and Deaths. [Jan. 

of the pulpit, occupied nine months before by that of his maternal 
grandfather above mentioned. A discourse was delivered on the 
occasion by Rev. Dr. Bartol, from the text: "The beauty of Israel is 
"slain upon thy high places." (See Book Notices.) 

Wilkins.— Hon. John Hubbard, Boston, Dec. 5, a. 6*1, lacking- five 
days. He was son of Samuel and Dorcas (Towne) Wilkins; was b. 
in Amherst, N. H., Dec. 10, 1*194; grad. H. C. 1818. In 1821 he came 
to Boston, and entered the bookstore of Willard, Gray & Co., and in 
1826 he was admitted as a partner in that well known publishing 
house, where he remained until 1832, when he withdrew, and the next 
year he formed a copartnership with Charles Bolles, under the style 
of John H. Wilkins & Co., as paper dealers, in Water street. In 
1835, Mr. Bolles withdrew; Mr. Wilkins then took in as a partner, 
Richard B. Carter, and they continued the business under the firm of 
Wilkins & Carter, and in 1844, Hon. Alexander H. Rice (mayor of 
Boston in 185*7, and now a representative in congress) was admitted 
a partner, under the st} 7 le of Wilkins, Carter & Co. In his business, 
Mr. Wilkins displayed great talent and stern integrity. 

In 1853 the National Bank of Boston was chartered, and Mr. Wil- 
kins having been elected its president, withdrew from mercantile 
pursuits, and devoted himself to the interests of that institution, 
which he did with rare ability. He held the office of president until 
Nov. 1861, when at the annual meeting, on account of his ill health, 
he declined being a candidate for re-election. 

Mr. W. has been a most useful and valued citizen. He was a 
member of the Boston common council in 1840, ; 41, J 42 and '43; was 
an alderman in 1844, '48 and '49; was elected to the senate in the 
state legislature, in 1850 and '51, and was a member of the state 
convention in 1853. He was for five years president of the Cochitu- 
ate water board. He was a candidate for the office of mayor of 
Boston, but failed of an election by a few votes. 

In 1822 he published the first edition of his Elements of Astronomy, 
for the use of schools and academies. This treatise met with a rapid 
sale. The encouragement he received, induced him to correct and 
somewhat enlarge his work, and in 1823 he issued a second edition. 
Subsequently the book was stereotyped. Iu 1822 the celebrated 
Warren Colburn writes thus to Mr. Wilkins: "I have examined your 
treatise on astronomy, and I think that subject is better explained, 
and that more matter is contained in this, than in any other book of 
the kind with which I am acquainted." 

During the discussion of the subject of introducing water into the 
city of Boston, Mr. Wilkins took a prominent part. He wrote seve- 
ral pamphlets on the question, which were printed; and contributed 
many valuable articles to the newspapers. At the consecration, June 
24, 1852, of Mount Hope Cemetery — located in Dorchester and "West 
Roxbury — Mr. Wilkins, as president of the corporation, made some 
introductory remarks, which were published in the pamphlet contain- 
ing the order of services. 

He m. Nov. 17, 1826, Mrs. Thomasine E. Minot (nee Bond), she 
being a sister of the late Prof. William Cranch Bond of Harvard Col- 
lege. He had no children. His wife survives him. 

1862.] Historical Intelligence. 97 


Lebanon (N. H.) Centennial. — The one hundredth anniversary of 
the incorporation of the town of Lebanon, N. H., took place July 4th, 
1861. G. H. Lathrop, Esq., president of the day. Prayer by Rev. 
George Storrs of New York; historical address by Rev. D. H. Allen, 
D. D., of Lane Seminary, Ohio; a poem by Rev. C. H. Fay of Provid- 
ence, R. I. — all natives of the town; reading of the Declaration of 
Independence by Hon. A. H. Cragin; oration by Prof. J. W. Patterson 
of Dartmouth College. 

Anniversary of Signing the Compact, 1620. — This event was cele- 
brated, in 1861, throughout the states of Massachusetts and Maine, 
the governors of those states having appointed Nov. 21st as the an- 
nual day of Thanksgiving. Govs. Andrew and Washburn were 
highly complimented by the press, for their choice of day; and the 
editors of some of the principal papers prepared elaborate leaders, 
giving a history of the event, and showing the important influences 
that flowed from it. Many of the clergy in their sermons took occa- 
sion to make the Pilgrims and their Compact the subject of special 

In 1860, this anniversary was celebrated by the New England 
Historic-Genealogical Society, by an address from Rev. Frederic W. 
Holland of Dorchester. See Register, vol. xv, page 96. 

Centennial Celebration at Poultney, Yt. — The one hundredth an- 
niversary of the incorporation of the town of Poultney, was celebrat- 
ed Sept. 21st, when all the sons and daughters of Poultney were 
welcomed to " the old homestead, to recount the joys and sorrows of 
Auld Lang Syne, and make a record for the future." Historical 
sketch by Henry Clark, oration by Rev. I. Newton Sprague. 

Proposed Centennial Celebration of tee Incorporation of Bernards- 
ton, Mass. — The territory now contained in the towns of Bernards- 
ton, Leyden, and a part of Coleraine, was granted by the legislat- 
ure of Massachusetts, in 1135, to those and the descendants of those 
who were engaged in the battle with the Indians at Turner's Falls, 
on the Connecticut river, May 18th, 1676. This grant, for about 25 
years, was called the Falls Fight township, or Falls town. Said ter- 
ritory was incorporated as a town, by the name of Bemardston, in 
1163. At a town meeting held in Bemardston, Nov. 5, on motion 
of Hon. Henry W. Cushman, it was voted, to celebrate next year, the 
one hundredth anniversary of the incorporation of the town: and a 
committee was appointed to make the necessary arrangements.' As 
a matter of historical interest in regard to centennials and bi-cen- 
tennials that occur next year, in Massachusetts, we would mention 
that Milton, in Norfolk county, was incorporated in 1662; SandisHeld 
aud Tyringham, in Berkshire county; Bemardston, in Franklin 
county; Chesterfield, in Hampshire county; and Athol, Oakham, and 
Templeton, in Worcester county, in H62. 

98 Correction. [Jan. 

The towns whose centennials came this year were: Great Barring- 
ton, Pittsfield, Ooleraine, Shutesbury, Belchertown, and Ware. Had- 
ley was incorporated in 1661. Has there been corresponding cele- 
brations in these towns? Where the opportunity occurs but once in 
a hundred years, it would seem as though the occasion ought to be 
improved by the inhabitants, to review the history of their respective 
towns; to learn of the past those salutary lessons which, if rightly 
studied and improved, can not fail to result in good for the future. 

Fortieth Anniversary of the Ordination of the Rev. Dr. Burnham, 
at Rindge, N. H.— The fortieth anniversary of the ministry of Rev. 
Amos W. Burnham, D. D., at Rindge, was publicly celebrated Nov. 
14th, day and evening, by appropriate services. The exercises opened 
with the singing of one of the old tunes, Strike the Cymbal. After 
prayers, reading of the scriptures, &c, Dr. Burnham delivered an 
excellent historical discourse from the text, " Hitherto hath the Lord 
helped us." At the close of the exercises in the church, the congre- 
gation repaired to the Town Hall, where a collation was provided. 
This was followed by pleasant speeches, addresses, singing, <fcc., 
which were continued in the evening, Hon. Marshall P. Wilder of 
Dorchester, a native of Rindge, taking the lead in singing, as he did 
at the ordination forty years ago. It is hoped that the sermon, 
addresses, &c, will be published. 

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Settlement of Rev. Dr. Blagden, 
at the Old South Church, Boston. — This anniversary occurred on 
Saturday, Sept. 28tb, but as it came just at the close of the week, 
the celebration was postponed until Monday, Sept. 30th. It was a 
social gathering, and after singing by the choir, prayer by Rev. Dr. 
Jenks, and interesting remarks by Deacon Charles Stoddard, Rev. 
James H. Means, Rev. Joseph H. Thayer and others, Dr. Blagden re- 
sponded in a brief address. A collation was given at Music Hall, 
after the exercises at the church, and a silver pitcher presented to 
the pastor. An interesting commemorative discourse was preached 
by Rev. Dr. Blagden, on Sunday morning, Sept. 29th. 

Life of Gen. Lyon. — Dr. Ashbel Woodward of Franklin, Conn., 
has in preparation a life of the late Gen. Nathaniel Lyon. 

Correction. — On page 311 of the Register, Oct. 1861, there is a 
mistake in the foot note respecting Mr. Timothy Thornton, whose 
burial, Sept. 22, 1126, is recorded in Bumstead's Journal on the 
same page. The error is in supposing him to be identical with 
another Timothy Thornton, who is mentioned by Bumstead in the 
same journal (page 315) as living, Dec. 1, 1T2T, more than a year 
afterward. The Mr. Thornton whose burial is recorded by Bumstead, 
died Sept. 19, 1126, aged 19 years, as appears by his gravestone. 
He was son of "the aged and Rev. Mr. Thomas Thornton, form- 
erly minister of Yarmouth," Mass., who died Feb. 15, 1100, aged 
nearly 93. Bridgman's Copp's Hill Epitaphs, pp. 56, 209, 211. Bond's 
History of Watertown, pp. 602, 9pl. 


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The Wetmore Family of America, and its Collateral Branches: with Genea- 
logical, Biographical, and Historical Notices. By James Carnahan 
Wetmore. Albany: J. Munsell. 1861. 8vo. pp. 684. 

We have here no mere dry genealogical forms and frameworks of a family or 
race, but an exhibition, to a good extent, of the lives and characters of those who 
belong by connection or consanguinity to the Wetmores. The work is truly a 
"family memorial," and as such, it should be prized and appreciated by every 
one bearing the name. There are many interesting biographical sketches of indi- 
viduals, and valuable historical matter presented in these pages. Fortunate is the 
family that embraces within itself such an assemblage of noted men, distinguished 
in the religious, political, judicial, and commercial world; in the army and navy 
of the Union; in the public and private walks of life — individuals that have adorned 
their country and its history, and exerted an influence that will be seen and 
felt through the coming ages. The work is elegant and attractive in appearance 
and execution; as a whole, we hardly know where to find its equal. It is got 
up in Mr. Munsell's best style, which is known to be an excellent one Much 
praise is due to the author for giving to the world, at great expense it must have 
been, such a beautiful and valuable book. The photographs are fine — the binding 
is superior, being in harmony with the character of the work. 

Thomas Whitmore, the progenitor, was born in the west of England, in 1815, 
and came to Boston, Mass., in 1635. His name appears in 1639-40, on the Weth- 
trsficld (Conn.) Town Records, as an owner of lauds in that locality. He died Dec. 
11, 1681, aged 66 years, leaving sixteen children, by his three wives, Sarah, Mary, 
and Katharine. Each of these children, male and female, under the head of " im- 
mediate descendants of Thomas Whitmore," are separately noticed, and the names 
and time of birth of their children given. The next stage is, to give the descendants 
of John, the first child of Thomas and Sarah (Hall) Whitmore, and their children, 
and children's children, following the male line to the eighth generation inclusive. 
The record of descendants of the daughters follow, immediately, their mother's 
name, while the record of the descendants of the sons come in order under their 
proper generation ; so that each family is kept by itself, and each branch of the 
family is given distinct from all the other branches, till the work closes. But the 
principal peculiarity in the arrangement is, " that the heading of each particular 
family, together with the heading of the page above, gives the entire genealogy 
back to Thomas the founder of the family." As an instance, in the regular order 
of generation, by reading thus : u James Carnahan Wetmore " (the author), " child 
of Rev. Oliver, son of Deacon Oliver," with the head line of the page, " descend- 
ants of Judge Seth, son of Izrahiah, son of Thomas," the first ancestor, it gives us 
the entire pedigree through six generations, and by continuation, in other in- 
stances, through nine generations, complete. 

At what particular time the family changed the spelling of their name from Whit- 
more to Wetmore, it does not appear. It is thought, however, " that the children 
of the third (possibly some few of the second) in part, and the descendants of the 
fourth generation very generally adopted the name of Wetmore." Mr. Somerby, 
it seems, after a diligent search in various counties of England, has found no record 
of a family spelling their surname Wetmore. Abstracts of wills of the name of 
Whitmore, Whitmar, Whitmer, &c, furnished by Mr. Si, are introduced into the 
appendix, where also, among other thing?, are notices of Pres. Jonathan Edwards, 
Elder William Brewster, Hon. John Treadweil, Rev. Samuel Kirkland, and Capt. 
Wiles Standish. 

In addition to the Wetmore family, so fully represented in the work under no- 
tice, there are "also biographical and genealogical notices of collateral branches of 
Backus, Badger, Barber, Bexton, Bigelow, Binxey, Bliss, Boerum, Booth, Brew- 
ster, Butlee, Chetwood, Creesbrocgh, Christophers, Cottox, Craft, Dibble, 
Edwards, Ehle, Ellsworth, Flewellino, Goodrich, Haight, Hobbs, Hopkins, 
«o*t, Huftes, Huaiikgtox, Ja&vis, Johssos, Kikklasd, Lamsox, Lee, Livlvgstox, 

100 Book Notices. [Jan. 

Metcalp, Merritt, Peter?, Prime, Phillips, Pcddington - , Rainsforb, Rathbone, 
SiiEPAUD, Sherwood, Spooxer, Standish, Stoddard, Story, Stocgiitox, Tkead- 
well, Waldo, Warner, Walker, Willard, Williams, White, Whittlesey, 
Whitmork (John of Stamford, 1649), &c , &c, &c, and indexes of over 5,000 
names. " 

The History of Haverhill, Massachusetts, from its first Settlement, in 1640, 
to the year 1860. By George Wingate Chase. Haverhill: Published 
by the Author. 1861. For sale at S. G-. Drake's, 13 Bromfield 
street, Boston, and by the Author. 

Mr. Chase worthily represents the good old town of Haverhill — its character* 
history and institutions — in his invaluable work of near 700 pages, whose title we 
have given above. This fine octavo carries its own encomium with it, and there- 
fore needs no praise outside of the book to recommend it. We can scarce refrain 
from lingering at the threshold of this notice to express the wish, that every town 
in New England, might have as faithful and judicious a chronicler as the historian 
of Haverhill. Where is the historian of old Salisbury and her daughter, Amesbury; 
of Marblehead, Manchester, and other towns that might be mentioned? Though 
Essex county has contributed more than her quota, it may be, to our local history, 
yet there is much that remains to be done toward gathering up the interesting and 
instructive fragments of the past, scattered through her thriving towns and villages. 
Would that the example set by the pattern town of Haverhill, of voting, unani- 
mously, that $500 be appropriated toward the publication of her history, might bo 
imitated by other towns and municipalities in our Commonwealth. 

Haverhill was one of the frontier towns, and was subject to frequent incursions 
from the Indians. One of the most romantic incidents in the early history of our coun- 
try, was the well known, chivalrous and daring exploit of Hannah Duston with her 
savage foes. Her very name is associated in our minds with the town of Haver- 
hill. A complete and graphic narrative of the whole affair is here presented, special 
pains having been taken, as it would seem, by the compiler, to make it as correct as 
possible. And while he " would not detract," as he says, " one jot or tittle from 
the full credit due the mother for her extraordinary feat," he claims " for the pure 
and lofty heroism of the father, a larger share of the world's applause than has as 
yet been awarded him." In accordance with these feelings, an attempt is made — 
successfully we think — to do justice to this courageous and noble-hearted man. 
Other incidents and details of savage depredations are related. An epitome of the 
history of slavery in Massachusetts, with the names of owners of slaves in Haverhill, 
till the death-blow was given to " the peculiar institution " in Massachusetts, in 
1783, are here registered. 

The boundary difficulties that prevailed for nearly forty years between Massachu- 
setts and New Hampshire, from 1720, are detailed, illustrated with drawings from 
the originals in the Massachusetts Archives, and here for the first time printed. 

On page 411, we find a scale of depreciations in the paper money, from Jan. 1777 
to Dec. 1780, copied from the town treasurer's book. The worth of £100 in paper 
money, when reduced to solid coin (at the rate of 6s 8d for an ounce of silver), is 
presented for each month, at its specie value, in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, 
and in Congress. This is convenient as a table of reference for those who would 
like to know the worth of the paper emission at any period, from the beginning to 
the end of the above dates. 

There is an entertaining account of Washington's visit to Haverhill, in 1789, 
when he made his eastern tour ; chapters on trade and manufactures ; the ecclesi- 
astical history of the town ; biography, genealogy, kc, &c, with other topics usually 
dwelt upon in a well written history. The indices are good, embracing, besides 
the subjects, upwards of three thousand names. Among the illustrations is a fine 
view of the town, and a fac-simile of its Indian deed, dated Nov. 15, 1642. There 
are also other views, and several portraits in the book. 

This is one of the few towns in our Commonwealth, of which there are two his- 
tories extant In 1832, B. L. Minsk published a History of Haverhill, in 227 pages, 
12uio. The work is now rare. It is written in the form of annals. Mr. Chase has 
corrected some mistakes made by Lis predecessor, and enlarged on many subjects 
where Mr. M. was brief, besides adding a vast amount of matter not touched 
upon by the previous author. 

186 2.] 

Book Notices. 10 1 

A Record of the Cope Family, as established in America, by Oliver Cope, 
who came from England to Pennsylvania about the year 1682, with the 
residences, dates of births, deaths and marriages of his descendants as far 
as ascertained. By Gilbert Cope. Philadelphia: 18G1. 8vo. pn. 

We welcome this accession to our genealogical literature from the Key Stone 
State, for it is seldom that we receive a work of the kind from that quarter. Of 
the two indices in the hook, one is of a general character, the other an index to 
marriages only. There is no index of names to aid a stranger in finding a particu- 
lar member of the family, which numbers more than three thousand. There are 
no biographies, and scarce any personal history in the work. The compiler says : 
" It was not thought best to insert much information in regard to the wealth ov 
occupations of the different members of the family, or anything that would tend 
to a discrimination between them, socially or morally," being quite in contrast 
with the Wetmore Genealogy noticed in this number. If there are men of note in a 
family — individuals whose talents and influence have made them conspicuous in 
their public and private walks, as men of integrity and virtue — why not embody 
the prominent facts in their lives into a work that purports to be a cenealogy of 
that family? We consider those fortunate, as we have before said, who possess 
materials of this nature. We make the above remarks in no fault-finding 
spirit of the work under notice. We appreciate, as many do not, the labors of the 
compiler, who is a young man. He has manifested great industry and persever- 
ance in collecting, and good judgment in classification, though the plan differs 
somewhat from many of our New England genealogies. A single asterisk is used, 
in the arrangement, to separate brothers and sisters — two, to divide cousins — three, 
second cousins, &c. 

History of the Town of Newburgh [N. Y.~\, general, analytical, and bio- 
graphical. By E. M. Ruttenber. Illustrated with views, maps, 
portraits, &c. f &c., drawn by Chas. W. Tice, engraved by David 
Nichols. Newburgh. Nos. 1-10. 8vo. pp. 344. 

We have been pleased with the appearance of this work, as from time to time a 
number came to hand, and would now congratulate the author on its completion. 
He has given us interesting, and we doubt not, correct accounts of the rise and pro- 
gress of Newburgh, dating back more than two and a half centuries, to the morning 
of Sept. 15th, 1609, when the navigator Hudson, in his " Half Moon " barque, sailed 
into that quiet bay, and when under the light of an autumnal sun, he pressed with 
his feet the soil, exclaiming : :{ It is as beautiful a land as one can tread upon." 

The aboriginal history is well drawn, as also the history of the worthy Palatines, 
those fugitives from the Rhine in Germany, about fifty in number, who amid hard- 
ships and privations, in 1709, just one hundred years after Hudson's visit, laid tho 
foundation of the present town of Newburgh. The revolutionary history is suc- 
cinctly narrated — public enterprises detailed — as also matters ecclesiastical, educa- 
tional and local. The biographical sketches are valuable, and the illustrations 
appropriate. The whole work is indeed creditable to the trio — author, artist and 
engraver — citizens of Newburgh — whose portraits adorn the title-page of their joint 

Historical Collections of the Essex Institute. Vol. m, No. 4. Salem, 
Mass,: 1861. 

This number contains among its continued articles, Goodell's Biographical Notices 
of the Officers of Probate for Essex County, from the commencement of the Colo- 
ny to the present time ; Craft's Journal of the Siege of Boston, with Notes by S. P. 
Fowler; History of the Essex Lodge of Free Masons; Abstracts from Wills, &c.; and 
Extracts from the First Book of Births, Marriages and Deaths of the City of Salcin, 
by Ira J. Patch. Besides these is a Genealogy of the Derby Family, by Ferley 
Derby ; Extracts from Letters of Capt. George Curwen, while on the expedition 
against Louisburg, &c. The primal object of this periodical, is (i the collection and 
preservation of ail authentic memorials relating to the civil history of the county 
of Essex, Mass., and of the eminent men who have resided within its limits from 

102 Book Notices. [Jan. 

the first settlement." We would cheerfully recommend these historical collections 
to the sons of Essex and their descendants. The work is issued in bi-monthly 
numbers of about 50 pages each, at £2 per annum. 

Transactions of the Rhode Island Society far the encouragement of Domes- 
tic Industry, in the. year 1860. Providence: 1861. 8vo. pp.96. 

A meeting of the above named society was held in the city of Providence, R. I., 
Jan. 23, 1861; James D'Wolf Perry of Bristol, president. An interesting commu- 
nication from Dr. Usher Parsons, on Flax Culture and Manufacture, was presented, 
and subsequently printed in the pamphlet before us. The necrologioal report, by 
the secretary, W. R. Staples, gives brief memoirs of eleven members of the society, 
who deceased in I860, viz : John Jones Stimson, Adnah Sackett, William Burnit 
Bradford, Daniel Eldredge Carpenter, George A. Taylor, Anthony Budlong, Thomas 
M. Remington, Luke Green, Robert Rhodes, Samuel Billings, Elisha Dyer Vinton. 

The Life, Labors, and Character of Rev. Otis A. Skinner, D. D. A Dis- 
course delivered in the Warren Street Universalist Church [Bos- 
ton], on Sunday, October 6th, 1861. By Rev. Thomas B. Thayer, 
Pastor of the Society. 8vo. pp. 23. 

The Mature Christian ripe for the Harvest : A Sermon preached in the 
Brattle-Square Church [July 28], on the Sunday succeeding the 
Death of Moses Grant, senior deacon of that church. By Rev. S. 
K. Lothrop, D. D. 8vo. With an Appendix, pp. 38. 

Our Sacrifices. A Sermon preached in the West Church [Boston], 
November 3, 1861, being the Sunday after the Funeral of Lieut. 
William Lowell Putnam. By C. A. Bartol. 8vo. pp. 23. 

We give above, the titles of funeral discourses, preached in Boston, on occa- 
sion of the decease of three individuals, who might be severally designated as — 
the pastor, the philanthropist, and the patriot. Brief notices of each will be found 
in our obituary department. 

The Rebellion Record ; a Diary of American Events. 1860-61. Edited 
by Frank Moore, author of Diary of the American Revolution. In 
three divisions, viz: 1, Diary of Verified Occurrences; II, Docu- 
ments, Narratives, etc.; Ill, Poetry, Anecdotes, and Incidents. 
New York: G. P. Putnam. Part 9, vol. n. Monthly edition, illus- 
trated with portraits of Gen. Lander and Bishop Polk. 

In this number the Diary of Events is brought down to July 12th. Among the 
important documents may be mentioned one by Reverdy Johnson, on The Power 
of the President to Suspend the Habeas Corpus Writ; also a Speech of Charles D. 
Drake, delivered at the city of Louisiana, Mo., July 4, 1861; of Joseph Segar, de- 
livered, in the Virginia House of Delegates, March 30th; of Galusha A. Grow; of 
Daniel S. Dickinson, &c. 

Mr. Moore, in this work, carries on the sifting process so faithfully, that the 
digest of facts here presented, must be of great value to every one who takes an 
interest in the history of his country; while the documents, being published entire, 
give added worth to the publication as a memorial of the times in which we live. 

The Southern Rebellion, and the War for the Union. A History of the 
Kise and Progress of the Rebellion, and consecutive narrative of 
event3 and incidents from the first stages of the Treason against 
the Republic, down to the close of the conflict, together with im- 
portant documents, extracts from remarkable speeches, &c. New 
York: James D. Torrey, publisher. No. 16. Dec. 4, 1861. 

The number before us completes vol. i of this periodical. It differs from the 
work before mentioned, by giving us in a narrative form, a connected account of 
the whole insurgent movement from its incipieuoy, conducting us through its vari- 


Book Notices. 103 

ous phases of rebellion, manifestly exhibiting throughout the weakness and wicked- 
ness of its adherents. The Record gives the material, the warp and woof of history; 
the work now under notice forms it into a more complete fabric. 

We concur with Gov. Andrew, who says: "Such a condensation of facts, and 
presentation of official documents, relating to the present war, can not fail to be of 
great interest and utility, and in future years will be invaluable to all who will 
wish to study the details of the great conspiracy against constitutional liberty and 
the rights of humanity." 

Vermont Quarterly Gazetteer. A Historical Magazine, embracing* a 
digest of the history of each town, civil, educational, religious, 
geological and literary. Edited bv Abby Maria Hemenway. Lud- 
low, Vt.: 1861. 8vo. pp. 120. Nos. 1 and 2. 

This is surely a novelty in our periodical literature. It is purely democratic, 
also, for every town in the state is allowed to furnish its history, each in its own 
way — give the lives of its men, and the poetry of its women; not only permitted, 
but expected to do so. We hope the undertaking: may be a successful one. There 
seems no good reason why it should not be. And wbat a valuable compendium of 
history of the Green Mountain State we shall have when all the cities and towns in 
its fourteen counties are represented in one work — two volumes, at least, of more 
than SOU pages each, if the plan is carried out, as commenced, of having 120 pages 
to a number Addison county is complete, in the first number; a greater portion 
of Bennington county published in the second; to be followed by Caledonia, Chit- 
tenden, and other counties, in alphabetical order. Portraits of Govs. William Slade 
and Hiland Hall grace the numbers before us. What an amount of racy anecdotes, 
pleasant biographies, and picturesque facts, are here unfolded; the patronage table 
will be stored, we doubt not, with names in some degree proportionate. 

Ine Historical Magazine, and Notes and Queries concerning the Antiqui- 
ties, History, and Biography of America. Vol v, No. 12. December, 
1861. New York: C. B. Richardson. 

This is the closing number of vol. v. We have looked at and read each issue of 
the work from its commencement, with great interest, and are gratified at the hold- 
ing on of such a periodical in these trying times. Five volumes of such garnered 
literature, much of it relating to our colonial and revolutionary history, can not 
fail to be a rich accession to our libraries; and to our antiquarian gleaners, in par- 
ticular, it must be very acceptable. 

History of the Reed Family in Europe and America. By Jacob Whitte- 
more Reed, member of the New England Historic-Genealogical So- 
ciety. Boston: Printed by John Wilson & Son. 1861. 8vo. pp. 

The author of this book informs us that it is ten years since he commenced his 
labors. We remember him five years ago as then engaged upon the work, and 
noticed the zeal with which he pursued his researches. He has now published 
the result in a book of nearly 600 pages, elegantly printed, illustrated by numerous 
portraits, and thoroughly indexed. He deserves the gratitude not only of those 
whose ancestry he has so patiently and successfully investigated, but of all who 
take an interest in American genealogy. There are some things, it is true, not ex- 
actly to our taste. We think a better arrangement might have been adopted, and 
that nearly all of the first chapter had better have been omitted. 

The task that Mr. Reed has undertaken, is rendered more difficult by the number 
of different families of the same xiame, or of similar names, that exist in this coun- 
*fj. All of these families — the Reeds, Reedes, Reads. Reades, and Reids — have 
their genealogy, more or less, fully displayed here. Of course so wide a field ren- 
ders the work more liable to errors; and the author candidly confesses that mis- 
takes and omissions will doubtless be found in his book. He has, however, en- 
deavored to avoid them as much as possible. 

104 Book Notices. [J; 

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The Congregational Quarterly. October, 1861. Vol. in, No. 4, con- 
ducted under the sanction of the Congregational Library Associa- 
tion and the American Congregational Union, Boston. 
We have not been informed as to the precise arrangements for carrying on of vol. 
it of tins periodical, but understand at the time of writing this article, that the Jan. 
No. is in a forward state. It lias been announced that it will contain a memoir, 
with a fine portrait, of the late Rev. Joseph S. Clark, D. D., who has been heretofore 
one of the editors of this valuable work, and whose withdrawal by death has been 
a great loss, not only to the denomination of Christians to which he belonged, and 
to the associations with which he was connected, but to the public generally. An- 
other article of interest expected, is one on the Recent Discoveries in regard to the 
Plymouth Pilgrims, with a woodcut of John Robinson's house in Leyden. The 
ably written memoirs prepared for this quarterly, with the accompanying portraits, 
give a great value to it. These alone are well worth the single dollar, which is the 
subscription price. We hope it will be liberally sustained. 

Further Traces of the Ancient Northmen in America., with Geological Evi- 
dences of the Location of their Vineland. Communicated to the Historic- 
Genealogical Society, by Rev. Abner Morse, A. M., and published 
at their request. 8vo. pp. 16. 

In this communication Mr. Morse graphically describes stone hearths lately found 
in three localities upon Cape Cod, deeply buried beneath peat and the stump of an 
ancient oak. He gives the result of extensive inquiries, showing that these heart*i3 
were not the work of the Aborigines, but of another people, who did not remain to 
build others, and whom he supposes to have been Northmen. Mr. M. is still pur- 
suing the subject, and has further ascertained the discovery of a metallic arrow 
point on Nantucket, exactly resembling those found with the skeleton at Fall River, 
and the use of steel axes in the southeast part of Massachusetts, as long ago as the 
construction of these hearths. * 


[Continued from vol. xv, page 191.] 

Life. — Calvin Fletcher, Indianapolis, la. 

Resident. — Hales W. Suter, Boston; George E. Allen, West Newton; Asa Howland, 
Conway; Bradford Kingman, Brookline; Louis A. Surette, Concord; Wellington 
L. G. Hunt, Boston; Abram E. Cutter, Chariestown; Samuel J. Spalding, New- 
buryport; Nehemiah Washburn, Brookline; Abraham A. Dame, Hugh Montgo- 
mery, Eliphalet Jones, Boston. 

Honorary. — William Willis, Portland, Me.; Frederick Madden, London, Eng. ; 
Louis Adolphe Thiers, Paris, France; George R. Noyes, Cambridge. 

Corresponding. — Edward Burgess, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. ; I. Daniel Rupp, Phila- 
delphia, Penn. ; Jarvis M. Hatch, Rochester, N. Y. ; Benj. H. Hall, Troy, N. Y. j 
James Riker, Harlem, N. Y. ; Beriah Botfield, Norton Hall, Daventry, Eng. ; E. 
George Sqnier, New York city; Matthew S. Henry, Philadelphia, Penn.; John 
Meigs, Nashville. Term. ; Henry Onderdonk, Jr., Jamaica, N. Y. ; William E*. Du 
Boi3, Philadelphia, Penn. ; Richard S Charnock, London, Eng.; Clifford Stanley 
Sims, Philadelphia, Penn.; G. J. Farish, Yarmouth, N. S. ; William Winthrcp, 
Island of Malta; Thos. Spooner, Reading, 0.; Jas. C. Wetmore, Columbus, 0.; 
Rufus R. Belknap, Brooklyn, N. Y. ; Frederic A. Holden, Washington, D. C. ; 
George H. Tucker, New York city; Gilbert Cope, Westchester, Penn. ; John Rey- 
nolds, Belleville, 111.; John H. Redfield, Philadelphia, Penn. ; Robert P. Du Bois, 
New London, Penn. 




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1862.] Memoir of Sir Walter Ralegh. 105 

Born, 1552; Beheaded, 18 Oct., 1618. 

Few memories of any period have received more attention, than 
that of Sir Walter Ralegh; and few periods of the world's history 
afford such a constellation of names as that of the reign of Queen 
Elizabeth. This can hardly fail to be admitted, if a brief survey be 
taken of even a portion of what has been written under the titles of 
Lives and Memoirs of the men of that time. 

Among the notables of the Elizabethan period stands prominent 
Sir Walter Ralegh (as he uniformly wrote his name, but Rawley as 
everybody pronounced it). It will not be hazarding much, it is pre- 
sumed, to pronounce the prominence of that Knight as rather an un- 
due or factitious one, and to venture the opinion that much of his 
fame is owing to his tragical death. 

Notwithstanding the great amount of materials for a Life of Ra- 
legh, and the extensive memoirs which have been published of him, 
almost nothing is known of his early years.* Respecting these ma- 
terials a remark is thought to be necessary. William Oldys drew 
up a very elaborate Life of Ralegh which he prefixed to "the ele- 
venth edition" of the History of the World, published in 1136, in two 
volumes in folio. Before this time nothing like justice had been 
rendered to the memory of the " wandering knight." This edition 
of the History of the World was brought out in a style of magnifi- 
cence then rarely equaled. With that work was issued a portrait, 
done in the highest style of the art, bearing this inscription: " From 
a picture in possession of William Elwes, Sen r ., Esq r ., formerly 
belonging to Lady Elwes, eldest daughter of Sir Walter, grand- 
son of Sir Walter Ralegh." It was executed by G. Vertue, 1735. 
By a reference to the pedigree of Ralegh in this Memoir, it will be 
seen that "Lady Elwes" was Elizabeth, wife of Sir John Elwes, Kt. 
Respecting the work of Mr. 01(h r s it may be further remarked, that 
it has been the foundation of all the Lives of Ralegh since its publi- 
cation, or all of much account. Its author was a true antiquary, 
and has deserved well of historians as well as antiquaries, however 
slightly biographers have passed over him. 

The next work of importance upon Ralegh, was published by Dr. 
Thomas Birch, M. A., F. R. S. This is in two handsome octavos, and 
was issued in 1751, fifteen years after the work of Mr. Oldys. The 
character of Dr. Birch as an antiquary and historian, is too well 
known to need special notice here, but it may not be out of place 
to remark, that his Life of Ralegh is much less valuable than that 
by Oldys. He entitles his volumes: The Works of Sir Walter Ralegh, 
*&. t Political, Commercial, and Philosophical ; together with his Letters 
and Poems • the whole never before collected together, and some never yet 
printed; to which is prefixed, a new Account of his Life. 

* Lord Bacon lias indeed preserved one anecdote of Ralegh's college days, bat 
it is too frivolous for serious biography. 

Vol. XVI. H 

106 Memoir of Sir Walter Ralegh. [April 

For the next fifty years Ralegh seems to have been somewhat 
neglected, saving by the general historian of England. But in 1805 
appeared two elegant quarto volumes, in which more pains was 
taken to polish the character of Sir Walter than had been done since 
the labors of Oldys. These volumes were accompanied also by a 
a fine engraving, apparently copied from that of Oldys. They 
are by Arthur Cayley, Jr., Esq., who has also deserved well of 
all readers of history of the age of Elizabeth. But the labored life 
of Ralegh prefixed to the History of the World, published apparently 
in the lifetime of the Knight,* to which Oldys, Cayley, Birch, and 
others have been greatly indebted, should not be overlooked. In the 
title-page is a portrait of Ralegh, engraved by Simon Pass. Of the 
modern lives of him, it is not necessary to speak. Notwithstanding 
the researches of all who have yet written, there remain numerous 
documents in the State Paper Office and the British Museum, un- 
touched by the biographers of Ralegh. Of them much use will 
be made in this memoir. 

As Sir Walter Ralegh has been considered by his biographers, a 
sort of universal genius, they did not know under what head to class 
him; for he was a soldier, a sailor, a historian, poet, and a courtier. 
Some of them have set him down as a lawyer — probably because he 
talked like one on various occasions — but though he was for a time 
in lodgings where lawyers were made, he says himself he did not 
study the law. Anthony Wood said, in his time, "it still remained 
a dispute, whether the age he lived in is more obliged to his pen or 
his sword." Sir Robert Naunton, his contemporary, has, with as 
great truth as brevity, exhibited the fortunes of this singularly un- 
fortunate man. He says: "As for the remaining part of his life 
[after 1576], it was sometimes low, and sometimes in a middle con- 
dition, aud often tossed by fortune to and fro, and seldom at rest. 
He was one that fortune had picked up on purpose, of whom to make 
an example, or to use as her tennis-ball, thereby to show what she 
could do; for she tost him up out of nothing, and to and fro to great- 
ness, and from thence down to little more than to that wherein she 
found him, a bare gentleman, not that he was less, for he was well 
descended, and of good alliance, but poor in his beginnings; and for 
my Lord of Oxford's jest of him (the Jack, and an upstart), we all 
know, it savors more of emulation, and his humor, than of truth; and 
it is a certain note of the times, that the Queen in her choice never 
took into her favor a mere new man/'y 

The relationship of Sir Walter Ralegh to many remarkable men, 
particularly to Devonians, as well as the pedigree of his family, are 
exhibited by the following table:! 

* According to the frontispiece, this edition of the History of the Wonid was 
printed in 1614, while the life prefixed records the beheading of the author, in 
1618. And then by the colophon the work was printed in 1624. This collation 
is given to show how publishers sometimes lead us astray, however careful we 
intend to be. 

tBut from a priority of publication, this might be attributed to Winstaniey. or 
to Lioyd. Naunton published his Fragnunta Regalia, 1642. Winstmley his 
Worthies, 1660, and Lloyd his Statesmen, 1664. 

t Compiled in part from an ingenious article in The Arehaologia (Soc. jSntiquaries), 
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108 Memoir of Sir Walter Ralegh. [April 

In the latter half of the sixteenth century, there were living within 
and about the county of Devon a truly wonderful race of men. There 
were the families of the Raleghs, the Gilberts, the Drakes, the Fortes- 
cues, the Carews, the Cimmpernons, the Grenvilles, the Gorges, 
and several others which might be named. AYiJli all of these Sir 
Walter Ralegh was connected by consanguinity, and he sometimes 
spoke with satisfaction of his affinity " with all the great families in 
those western parts." 

Sir Walter was born in 1552 (Gth Edward VI), at a farm-house 
of his father, called Haye's, in the parish of East Budleigh (called 
Duke's Haye's in Prince's time, because belonging to Duke of 
Otterton). He was the youngest sou of Walter Ralegh, of Fardell 
a seat but eight miles to the east of Plymouth. By a reference to 
Prince, and other writers, the pedigree of Ralegh may be carried 
back many generations, even to the Norman conquest, before which 
time Smallridge was in possession of this family. As will be seen 
by the pedigree annexed, his mother was a daughter of Sir Philip 
Champernon of Modbury, widow of Otho Gilbert of Compton, and 
that Sir Walter was half-brother of the distinguished brothers, Sir 
John, Sir Humphrey and Sir Adrian Gilbert, 

Of the earl}' life of Ralegh there appears to be no account. His 
grandson, Philip Raleigh, Esq., says his family was " more consid- 
erable for antiquity, than largeness of fortune, which had been 
much impaired by the generosity and prodigality of ancestors.' 7 * 
However, he was, by some means, fitted for college, and was entered 
of Oriel, at Oxford, about 1568. There he continued about a year, 
after which we find him at the Inns of Court. But, remarks 
Naunton, " his approaches to the University and Inns of Court were 
the grounds of his improvement, but they were rather excursions 
than sieges, or sittings down, for he stayed not long in a place." 
By the close of another year, he is found embarking with his kins- 
man, Henry Champernon, in an expedition into France, which expe- 
dition was for the succor of the Huguenots. About six years of his 
life is supposed to have been passed in this service, in which, accord- 
ing to Cayley, " nearly thirty battles, sieges, treaties and capitula- 
tions" took place. "The school must have been a fine one" for his 
initiation into the arts of war and diplomacy. He was in that coun- 
try when the bloody massacre of St. Bartholomew, in 1572, took place. 

Returning to England in 1576, he immediately entered into the 
service against the Spaniards in the Low Countries. There, under 
Sir John Norris, he acted a conspicuous part, and was at the battle 
of Rimenant, on Lammas-day, 1578, in which Don John of Austria, 
the hero of Lepanto, was defeated, which defeat he survived only 
two months. 

On his return to his own country, in 1579, he found his half- 
brother, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, fitting out an expedition for New- 
foundland, of which the Queen had given him" a patent. Capt. 
Francis Drake had returned from the West Indies, with much wealth 

* Philip spells the name of his grandfather, Raleigh, in accordance with his 
own. The second edition of his account was printed in 1702, in octavo. It has a 
preface by the well known Laurence Echard, dated 25th Oct., 1697. 

1862.] Memoir of Sir Walter Ralegh. 109 

taken from the Spaniards, and was again upon a secret expedition 
into unknown seas. No little emulation had been excited among 
seamen by his adventures. Ralegh seized upon the first opportunity, 
therefore, to become familiar with maritime affairs. He accordingly 
embarked with Sir Humphrey, but, falling in with some Spanish 
ships of war, was attacked by them and the voyage ruined. Soon 
after this misfortune he embarked for Ireland. The Pope had 
sent soldiers there to root out the Protestants, and Elizabeth was 
determined to sustain them. In this service he fought in many 
sanguinary skirmishes, thereby came into notice, and received the 
appointment, among others, of governor of Cork. This brings our 
history to 1580, at which time Lord Grey was sent over to take the 
chief command in that country, between whom aud Ralegh a dispute 
arose, of the nature of which history is not very explicit. However, 
it was probably the cause of Ralegh's quitting Ireland and returning 
to England, where the fame of his exploits had doubtless preceded 
him. His return is fixed ''towards the close of 15S1," at which time 
all Europe was astir in admiration of the then wonderful achievements 
of Sir Francis Drake, w T ho had recently returned from his voyage 
around the world, with immense wealth, and, as Camden says, still 
greater renown. This mighty undertaking filled the souls of such 
men as Ralegh, and spurred them on to emulate, as far as they might, 
the glory of that enterprise. Drake, too, had performed signal service 
in Ireland, by the means of which he was brought to the notice of 
Elizabeth; and now the same thing happened to Ralegh. But he 
was not so fortunate in the Queen's acquaintance as Drake had been, 
for the latter was not beguiled into a fawning dalliance about her, 
but only used his introduction at Court for the furtherance of mighty 
undertakings for the glory of England and the Protestant cause. 

It is said that Ralegh first attracted Elizabeth's notice by one of 
those servile acts so much esteemed in those times. The Queen 
walking abroad one day, and coming to a fenny place, was hesitating 
how to pass it. Ralegh was an accidental observer of her difficulty, 
and hastening to the spot, took off his richly embroidered plush cloak, 
6pread it upon the place, upon which she passed lightly over.* At 
another time, being in an apartment of the Queen, he wrote upon a 
window, for her observation, " Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall." 
Under this, when she saw it, the Queen wrote, * If thy heart fail 
thee, climb not at all." Whether these were actual occurrences or 
not, it is quite certain, as Lodge remarks, that they were consistent 
with the practices of those times, and agreeable to the frivolities of 

If the person of Ralegh is accurately described by Sir Robert 
Naunton, who knew him well, it is highly probable that Queen 
Elizabeth used those arts to attract him which she possessed in per- 
fection, and which she did not fail to exercise on other occasions. 
Ralegh had, says Sir Robert, " in the outward man, a good pre- 
sence, in a handsome and well compacted person, a strong natural 

* Fuller says Ralegh's clothes were then a considerable part of his estate ; but 
that the Queen rewarded him afterwards with many suits, for his so free and sea- 
sonable tender of so fair a foot-cloth. — IVorthies, in, 419. 

110 Memoir of Sir Walter Ralegh. [April 

wit, and a better judgment, with a bold and plausible tongue, 
whereby he could set out his parts to the best advantage; and to 
these he added the adjuncts of some general learning, which by 
diligence he enforced to a great augmentation and perfection; for 
he was an indefatigable reader, whether by sea or land, and none of 
the least observers both of men and times." In this connection may 
be noted what another has said: "He seemed to be born to that only 
which he went about; so dexterous was he in all his undertakings, 
in camp, in court, by sea, by land, with sword, with pen."* Thus 
he was a fit subject for an artful woman, as Elizabeth was, to prac- 
tice her arts upon. And, although he was doubtless quite as 
attractive to the female sex as they were to him, he had not the 
power of repulsion in an equal degree. And thus, in the language 
of one of his early biographers, "he dallied like a fly in the flame 
till it consumed him." 

Ralegh's long confinement in the Tower had the effect to gain 
him a high reputation for learning, and, judging from what he has 
left us, he was one of the best scholars of the age in which he lived. 
His great work, The History of the World, is indeed a great monu- 
ment to his memory, as it is equally a monument to his want of 
judgment in the choice of a subject. It is said that he brought the 
work down to his own times, in another volume, and that before his 
death he burnt it, because his publisher of the former volume told 
him it had sold so badly it had undone him. The continuation would 
doubtless have been of great value to us, if he had but treated of 
the affairs known to him personally, while few now think of reading 
his history of the antediluvian world. 

Being now, 1582, in the full sunshine of Elizabeth, Ralegh was 
by her sent to France, with Simier, who was an agent of the Duke 
of Anjou, for effecting the Duke's marriage with the Queen, and after- 
wards attended Anjou himself to Antwerp. The next year, with the 
approbation of her majesty, he adventured with Sir Humphrey Gil- 
bert, in his fatal voyage for Newfoundland, in a ship of his own, and 
bearing his name. This vessel was forced to return before getting 
far from the English coast, owing to a contagious disease which 
broke out among the crew. From this attempt at colonizing New- 
foundland by Gilbert, but one ship returned besides that of Ralegh, 
just mentioned. f 

But, with some temperaments, the more difficult the object to be 
attained, the greater will be the energy brought into action to over- 
come it. Dazzled by the renown acquired by Drake in his disco- 
veries, Ralegh determined to plant a colony in America. On the for- 
tunes attending that enterprise it is unnecessary to enlarge, as no 

* From the anonymous Life of Ralegh prefixed to his History of the World, 
edition purporting to have been published in 1614, but containing an account of 
his execution in 161S. The plagiarisms of early authors are very embarrassing to 
writers who wish to give due credit. The above extract was supposed to belong to 
quaint Fuller. See his Worthies, as cited in the last note. 

t The Queen advised Sir Humphrey to give up his enterprise to others, telling 
him he was known " for no good hap at sea." She might well have said the same 
to Ralegh, for in all of his undertakings, save possibly that of 1596, he was unfor- 
tunate. Whatever was accomplished, was done without his being present. 

1862.] Memoir of Sir Walter Ralegh. Ill 

one can bo supposed to be ignorant of them. Suffice it to be said, 
that in his attempts to colonize Virginia, Ralegh himself never 
accompanied an expedition. One of his principal men in the enter- 
prise was Arthur Barlow, who had served with him in Ireland, and 
wrote an account of his voyage to Virginia, which has been many 
times printed. 

The fame of his discoveries, or those made under his auspices, 
added to that he had previously acquired, occasioned him so much 
popularity that he was elected to Parliament in 1584, and was soon 
after honored as "Sir Walter Ralegh." When or where he received 
the honor of knighthood, does not appear, but it was undoubtedly 
conferred during one of his expeditions by its chief commander, as 
was the custom of the time; though some of Ralegh's recent biogra- 
phers assert that he was knighted by the Queen, yet they are careful 
not to. state the time or occasion. About this time Ralegh was made 
farmer of wines in the kingdom, which brought him a large revenue. 

In 1585, Capt. John Davis began his voyages to the North AVest. 
Ralegh was concerned with this adventurer. The same year, he 
sent out seven ships under Sir Richard Granville, to prosecute farther 
his settlement of Virginia. Ralph Lane, afterwards with Drake and 
Norris in Spain, was sent over as governor. Granville returned with 
good success, having captured a rich Spanish ship during the voyage. 
And about the same time a grant of 12,000 acres of land was con- 
ferred on him in Ireland, of which the real owners had been dispos- 
sessed by the sword. 

But Ralegh's colony of Virginia was badly governed by Lane, and 
poorly provided with the means necessary to make it permanent; 
and despairing of aid from England, Lane took the first opportunity to 
abandon the country. The colony was accordingly taken on board Sir 
Francis Drake's fleet, and landed at Plymouth, in Devonshire, July 
27th, 1586. Thus the country concerning which such glowirg 
accounts had been published, was entirely abandoned; and yet Sir 
Walter was very high in the Queen's favor, of which he had new 
proofs, being appointed by her, Seneschal of the Duchies of Cornwall 
and Exeter, and Lord-warden of the Stannanes in Devonshire and 
Cornwall. To these was about the same time added the Captaincy 
of the Queen's guard. 

With Ralegh's colonists tobacco was brought into England, and 
by Ralegh its use was introduced into respectable society, if such 
then existed in high places. Connected with its introduction, some 
anecdotes are told, and among them these. Sir Walter was smoking 
alone in his private room one evening, and being thirsty, ordered his 
servant to bring him a mug of ale. The servant having never seen 
a person in the act of smoking, and opening the door of Sir Walter's 
apirtment, seeing a volume of smoke issuing from his mouth, and 
supposing he must be on fire inside and had called for ale to quench 
it, dashed the ale in his face, and running out, gave the alarm that 
his master was all on fire. At another time, he was conversing with 
the Queen upon the properties of tobacco, and their conversation 
happened to lead to the question of the weight of the smoke of a 
given quantity of the herb; and when Ralegh told her he could 
determine accurately its weight, she was somewhat incredulous, 

112 . Memoir of Sir Walter Ralegh. [April 

thinking be was "playing 1 the traveler/' and proposed a wager that 
he could not perform such an operation. Whereupon Ralegh weighed 
out a pipe of tobacco, and then smoking it out, put the ashes into 
the scale and weighed it. The solution was easily seen by the Queen. 
The difference in weight between the tobacco and its ashes was the 
weight of the smoke! She paid the wager, remarking that "she 
had known many who had turned gold into smoke, but that he was 
the first one she had ever known who turned smoke into gold." 

In 1586, Ralegh fitted out an expedition to the Azores. Several 
prizes were taken, in one of which was Pedro Sarmiento, who had 
been sent by the Spanish government to plant a colony in and to 
fortify the Straits of Magellan. With him were taken numerous 
papers of value to the British government. Many of them, of pri- 
mary importance, are yet extant in the British Museum, but have not 
been printed. Sarmiento was delivered to Ralegh, and for some time 
remained his prisoner in England. 

Some time in the course of the following year, 1587, he conveyed 
or assigned his American interest to some merchants of London. 
The Court seems to have engaged all or nearly all of his attention 
at this period. Sir Francis Drake had performed the important 
service of destroying the King of Spain's preparation for invading 
England, and was now turning his attention again to auother Indian 
expedition, and applied to Ralegh in relation to it. Ralegh wrote to 
the Earl of Leicester respecting it, and, " with much ado," as he 
says, "procured the Queen's leave for Sir Francis to visit his Excel- 
lency."* But the new preparations of Philip delayed Drake's going 
at this time to the Indies, as Drake's operations in Spain bad delayed 
Philip in his intended invasion of England. The next year, be fur- 
nished a ship and men in the expedition against the Spanish 
Armada, but nothing appears to show that he went in the ex- 
pedition himself, f Neither were his services of much account in 
the expedition under Drake and Norris to restore Don Antonio to the 
throne of Portugal, as he is not mentioned by either of the commanders 
in connection with it. J After the return of that expedition, a quarrel 
arose between him and Sir Roger Williams, which grew out of some 
booty claimed by Ralegh, because brought home in his ship, while 
the ship itself could not have returned but for the aid rendered by 
Sir Roger's men. But Ralegh had then too much influence with tha 
Queen and others to allow a less influential man to carry a poir.t 
against him, although it may have been a just one. Yet it is told 
that Essex had caused the Queen to become cold towards Ralegh at 
this time, which occasioned his flight, or retirement into Ireland. 
But the truth seems to be, that Ralegh went to Ireland to look after 

* I found the original in the Bodleian Library, at Oxford. It is endorsed Oct. 
8th, 29th Eiiz. 

t Yet some of his biographers, particularly Mr. Oldys, give a whole history of 
that affair, as appropriate to the Life of Ralegh ! He was captain of the Queen's 
guard, and, though he doubtless furnished one or more vessels for the fleet, he 
cannot be supposed to have left the post of guarding the Queen's person. 

% After Ralegh's return, it is said the Queen presented him and several ether 
gentlemen with gold chains. The gold chains had probably nothing to do with the 
expedition of 1583. 

1862.] Memoir of Sir Walter Ralegh. 113 

the estates which he owned in that country, and to visit his poetical 
friend, Edmund Spenser, whom he had settled there upon lands which' 
he had previously given him.* From some poetical effusions of 
Spenser, at this period, it appears that Ralegh was laboring under 
the Queen's displeasure. However, our Knight soon returned to Eng- 
land, and taking Spenser along with him, introduced him to the 
Queen. He also encouraged that poet to publish his Faerie Queen, 
which he dedicated to Ralegh. 

In 1590, the great scholar and eminent divine, John Udall, was 
sentenced to be put to death for the exercise of too free a judgment 
upon the ecclesiastical government of England. Ralegh knew him, 
and sympathised with his ideas to some extent. He applied to 
Ralegh to use his influence in his favor, which he did, and Udall was 
set at liberty. On some other similar occasions, it is said Sir Walter 
interceded with the Queen successfully, and that at length she in- 
quired of him '■ when he would cease to be a beggar," upon which 
he readily replied, " When your Majesty shall cease to be benefi- 

In the course of the next year. 1591, Ralegh was busy in fitting 
out a great expedition against Spain, in the West Indies. At the 
same time, he got into trouble by too great familiarity with one of 
the Queen's maids of honor, named Elizabeth Throgmorton. From 
a letter of his, preserved in Murden's Collections, it is inferable that 
the lady, perhaps through a friend, had intimated to him that his 
marriage might be necessary to set matters in a safe way. How- 
ever this may have been, he protested, in a letter to Sir Robert Cecil, 
that " there was none on the face of the earth that he would be fast- 
ened unto."f This was in March, 1592, and his West India fleet 
was not yet ready for sea, although it had been many months in 

It was the 6th of May, 1592, before the expedition, consisting of 
fifteen ships, sailed. And it would seem that the Queen had just 
learned what had happened between Ralegh and her maid of honor. 
Whereupon she sent a messenger with a letter recalling him.J With 
this letter, Sir Martin Frobisher overtook him at sea the next day. 
Ralegh was disinclined to obey the summons; but when, four days 
after, on arriving near the Land's End, he met a French ship, and 
learned from an Englishman on board, named Nevel Davis, who had 
just left Spain, where he had been twelve years a captive, that there 
was no hope of any success in the West Indies, as the King of Spain 
had knowledge of <he expedition, and had taken all precautious to 
frustrate its object, he changed his plan. He therefore gave the 
command of the fleet to Sir Martin Frobisher and Sir John Burgh, 

* Mr. Southey seeins to have formed a very erroneous opinion about Ralegh's 
visit to Ireland. He says he was banished there, and that there he made the ac- 
quaintance of Spenser ! 

t Mr. Tytler, Life of Ralegh, 129, imagines that they were already married, but 
offers no reasons for his conclusion. He assumes that they were privately married, 
but there is nothing to show when or how they were married. 

t Had Mr. Southey and the other biographers of Ralegh seen the original letters 
and documents in the Lansdowne MSS., B. M,, their accounts would have appeared 
0} much better advantage. 

114 Memoir of Sir Walter Ralegh. [April 

ordered them to cruise about the Azores and the coast of Spain for 
prizes, while he obeyed the Queen's order and returned to London. 

/As soon as Ralegh arrived at the Court, he was by the Queen sent 
to the Tower; and, it is said, the lady also. In the mean time, his 
fleet intercepted a great Spanish carack and brought her into Eng- 
land; the richest prize, it was reported, ever before captured by 
Englishmen.* She was named the Madre de Dios (Mother of God), 
commanded by Fernaudo de Mendoza; was of 1C00 tons burthen, 
whereof 900 were merchandize. She was not captured without a 
desperate fight, of which there are many accounts in print and ori- 
ginal manuscripts, all detailing one of the most bloody and obstinate 
naval battles ever recorded. There are to be seen in the British 
Museum the original accounts drawn up by Sir John Burgh, Sir Rob- 
ert Cross, and some others, all claiming to have been the chief men 
in the capture. But to Cross evidently belongs the greatest credit.")* 
The battle was fought on the 3d of August, and it was the tth of. 
September when the prize was brought into Dartmouth. No sooner 
had she been captured than the English mariners commenced an indis- 
criminate pillage of her cargo, which continued till her arrival, by 
which several thousand pounds were lost to the adventurers. The 
ship is reported to have drawn several feet less w r ater on her arrival 
than when she was taken. The Queen had a large interest in her, 
she having been a considerable adventurer in the expedition. She 
therefore had 'commissioners immediately upon the spot, who took 

* The expedition of which this rich prize was the result escaped the notice of 
Dr. Berkenhout, in his otherwise neat and perspicuous memoir of Ralegh. See his 
Biographia Literaria, I, 518, &c. 

t He was vice-admiral, and commanded the Foresight, one of the Queen's ships. 
On his return, he was implicated in the embezzlement question, and defended him- 
self in several letters which I have seen. In one to the Lords of the Council, dated 
Oct. 18th, 1592. he complains that he had been accused of swearing falsely respect- 
ing the goods in the carack. To this charge he answers that it was made by those 
who "never swear true except to serve their own turns." But being now to be 
heard and judged by the Honorable Council, he feels safe. He then goes on to 
make some statements which will in due time correct the past history and affect 
the biography of Ralegh. He says, seeing he was vice-admiral, and commanding 
one of the Queen's ships, and being more interested by his own adventure than 
most others, and seeing "goodes being taken out" of the carack "by others, I 
thought myself and her Majestie's shipp to be so sufficient as any of the rest to 
answer anything that should be taken, .... because by my place and warrant I 
was reported more answerable for the securitie of things then others, .... and, 
besides, I was the principall cause of takinge the caracke [Camden endorses this 
statement]. Yea, had not myne aduise persuaded a contrary resolution. Sir Walter 
Rawleigh with the whole fieete had returned back home agayne without doing any 
service. As for mine other p'formances in this action, I wish rather they were wit- 
nessed [related] by other indifferent [disinterested] men, then reported by myself. 
Only nowe I will saye this much for myselfe, that I have faithfully served her 
Ma'tie now this 27 yeares w'hout recompence, and have all this tyme spent of noe 
man's purse nowe lyviuge but onlye of myne owne : and therefore I hope in this 
to be well delt withall. May it please your Lordshippes to consider well my letter 
of adventure given me from Sr. Walter Rawleigh, her Majestie's General! of the 
Fieete; yt inaye be I shaibe thought the more excusable, and yf in case (w'ch I 
think not), throughe strictnes of lawe and quiddyties of warres, it seeme not to 
reach home to that w'ch I have done, yet I beseech your L: consider that souldiors 
are more skilfull in mannaging arms then in construing termes of lawe, 1; &c. — 
Lamdovme MSS., B. M., voh lxx, No. 192. 

1862.] Memoir of Sir Walter Ralegh. 115 

possession of the prize. These Commissioners were Sir Francis 
Drake, William Kyllygrewe, and John Blond. Drake immediately 
(Sept. 8th) addressed a letter to the Lords of the Queen's Privy 
Council, detailing the condition of the prize. Among" other things 
he said: "Divers of the ships that were at the first taking of this 
carrick had already passed eastward) and some were at Plymouth, 
with which we have taken as good order as we can for the preserva- 
tion of all things. But we find such confusion and disorder amongst 
the men of war [soldiers] and such spoil committed by them, that 
we know not how to redress it." However, he said "they would do 
the best they could in that troublesome business." Two days after, 
the Commissioners held a court for the examination of the prisoners 
taken in the carack, relative to her cargo. From whom it appeared 
that there were in the Madre de Dios 8500 quintals of pepper, 900 
quintals of cloves, 700 do. of cinnamon, 500 do. of anneal, 50 do. 
of mace, 50 do. nutmegs, 50 do. benjamin, and about 400 chests of 
other merchandize. Also that there were, probably, in stones, plate, 
amber and muske, to the value of 400,000 cruzados.* There were, 
besides, jewels and precious stones to a great value. 

The examinations continued three days, viz., to the 11th of Sep- 
tember.f The great value of the prize was known to the Queen. 
Much expense had accrued thus far in securing it, but the man the 
most interested, and who was to provide for the settlement of the ex- 
pense which had accrued, was locked up in the Tower. Elizabeth was 
easily reached with a golden rod. Through Ralegh's means the rich 
carack had been taken. It was highly necessary that Ralegh should 
attend, in person, to the business of the prize. Therefore a plan 
seems to have been made to secure his attendance at Dartmouth. How- 
ever, on the 11th of September, Sir John Hawkins wrote to Burghley, 
stating how necessary it was that Sir Walter should be allowed to 
attend to the busiuess, and urged him to intercede with the Queen 
for his liberation for that purpose, adding, that after he had attended 
to it, he might return to the Tower. This was not all. Sir John 
well understood her Majesty's golden propensity, and therefore, in 
the same letter observed, that by Ralegh's being allowed to attend, 
"myght very myche sett forward her Ma'ties service, and myche 
benyfytte her porcyon, for I se none of so reddy a d} 7 spocycion to 
lay the grownd howe her Ma'tie's porcyon may be increasyd as he 
ys, and can best brynge yt about." Sir John's argument was all- 
powerful, for in a few days after, Ralegh actually appeared at Dart- 
mouth, and his signature appears to two reports drawn up by the 
Commissioners and forwarded to Lord Burghley. Sir Robert Cecil 
doubtless proceeded to Dartmouth with Ralegh. The first report is 
signed by "Ro: Cecyll, W. Ralegh, *Fra. Drake, Willm Kyllygrewe, 
Richd. Carm'den, and Thomas Myddelton." It was dated Sept. 27th. 
The other was dated a few days later, and signed by the same gen- 
tlemen, with the exception of Carmarden. 

* An ancient Portuguese coin of the value of 2s. Sd.— Stevens' Diet. 

t Camden, in detailing the affair of the Madre de LMos, says : " But, though strict 
inquiry were made by the Commissioners, the dishonesty of the captors was too 
hard for the industry and care of the Commissioners." — Rdgn of Elizabeth, p. 46G. 

116 Memoir of Sir Walter Ralegh. [April 

Sir John Hawkins was not an entirely disinterested party. He sent 
a ship with Ralegh, the Dainty, * of the services and claims of which, 
he wrote to Burghley in the same letter which has been mentioned 
as containing an application for the release of Ralegh. " I most 
humbly desyre," wrote Sir John, "yo r honours the good service of 
the Daynty may be declared to her Mat'ie; she borded the Carrake 
fowre tymes before any ship cold come vp to her, savyng the Dragon 
wch wold not bord with her when she came vp. Yf the Daynty had 
not bord3'd so often and so desparately, the Carrak had recoveryd the 
Island of Flores and biene burnt as thother Carrake was. They report 
yt for trothe that the Daynty in her bordyng slew both the Captayne 
and master of the Carrake, w'eh were sworn to the Kynge never to 
yeld the ship to Ynglyshe men, but to fyre her rather." 

The first dispatch from the Commissioners, after the arrival of Ra- 
legh, is without day of the month, but was probably on the 20th of 
September; and the last subscribed by him was on the 27th cf the 
same. Drake wrote to Burghley on the 19th, and in his letter says, 
Sir Walter's coming was "expected presentlie." And the next day 
we find he had arrived, and was hard at work with the Commission- 
ers examining parties respecting the missing goods of the prize. In 
their first despatch they say, '* wee haue examined all paities with- 
out respect, and began with S r John Gilbert, and Mr. Carew Rawleigh 
by oathe, w'ch Sir Walter Rawleigh would needs have done, that 
others might not think themselues hardelie dealt withal! to be 
sworne."f Thus from the 20th to the 27th of September, 1592, Ra- 
legh was at Dartmouth. Thence he returned to London, and no 
doubt settled the matter with the Queen, by marrying Lady Throg- 
morton, and was finally taken again into the Queen's favor. 

Remarks highly reflecting on the honesty and morality of Ralegh 
have been freely indulged in by Dr. Southey for his conduct respect- 
ing the maid of honor, ard also for other conduct while in the Tower; 
conduct more like such as might well be supposed to belong to one 
of the followers of Robin Hood, than to any man who had ever en- 
joyed decent society. The reader who desires a nearer view of Ra- 
legh's private character at this period, may consult a letter of Sir 
Arthur Gorges, his intimate friend and relative, and other documents 
in the labored life of our knight, by Mr. Cayley. 

* There is a curious account of this ship in Sir Richard Hawkins's Observations, 
fol. London, 1622. " She was," says Sir Richard, " pleasing to the eye, profitable 
for stowage, good of sail, and well conditioned." She was built by him m the 
river Thames, for a voyage to Japan and the Phillippine islands, and named, agree- 
able to his request, by his mother-in-law, the Repentance. This caused him " to 
desist from the enterprise, and leave the ship to his father, who took and paid the 
expense of her," because he believed the name surely boded her ill fortune. But 
as she lay at Deptford not long after, the Queen, as she passed by in her targe for 
her palace at Greenwich, observing her, inquired what ship it was, and being in- 
formed, said she disliked nothing but her name, and so ordered it to be changed 
to the Dainty. The ill-boding name being removed, and the Dainty having made 
divers profitable voyages, Sir Richard became again possessed of her; and while 
upon a voyage to the East Indies in her, was captured by the Spaniards. Thus 
proving, to his satisfaction at least, that a change of name could not, in this in- 
stance, change fortune or avert a certain destiny. 

t Lansdowne MSS.< B. M., vol, lxx. 

1862.] Memoir of Sir Walter Ralegh, 1 17 

I have been somewhat particular on this period of Ralegh's life, 
because it lias not before been done, for the reason that the docu- 
ments had not been accessible to his biographers. A rapid glance 
is all that will be undertaken in this memoir, at the remainder of the 
career of Sir Walter Ralegh. It has been seen that the rich carack 
had not only restored him to the Queen's favor, but it had mended 
his fortune,* so that he now, according to Lodge, "tilted in silver 
armor, wearing a sword and belt set with diamonds, rubies and 
pearls; appeared at court on solemn occasions, covered with jewels, 
nearly to the value of seventy thousand pounds." If such freaks of 
ostentation and youthful extravagance are common among men, Ra- 
legh at forty did not exhibit any traits of a snperior mind to those 
discovered in the lower orders, by indulging in them. 

In two years more, a jealousy and rivalry had begun to cause 
Ralegh considerable uneasiness. Robert Cecil, son of Lord Burghlej^, 
and the Earl of Es'sex, now seemed bent on his ruin; and if Ralegh 
lacked judgment and decision of character, his rivals were far more 
deficient in manly uprightness and moral honesty. His extravagance 
had reduced his estate, and he now turned his mind upon improving 
it by another expedition at sea. This gave rise to the first voyage 
to Guiana, in which he endeavored to enlist the Queen. From a 
want of faith in it, or some other cause, her Majesty declined the 
offer; but to appease his disappointment, as it is said, she commis- 
sioned him admiral in the expeditions of 1596 and 159T. But in these 
the Earl of Essex had the chief command, and the latter quarreled 
with Ralegh and was ever after his enemy. Monson, Hakluyt and 
the naval histories are full on these expeditions. To them the 
reader is referred. But against the power of Essex and Cecil, Ralegh 
was safe as long as Elizabeth lived, yet his safety hung, says Lodge, 
by the slender thread that supported her life. This proved to be too 
true. Yet he saw, by the mad pranks of Essex, that misguided maL 
put out of the way by the loss of his head, but the wily Cecil re- 
mained, though but a short time, yet long enough to crush Ralegh. 
Elizabeth died in 1603. Her successor, James, hardly needed the 
instigation of Cecil to set him against his hated rival, and he soon 
deprived him of all emoluments and offices. He was therefore, now, 
with reason, bitter against this meanest of kings. This led to his 
connivance at, encouragement of, or being in some way connected 
with, a design to depose James, and to place Arabella Stuart on the 
throne. And although there was not enough proved against him, 
which in an ordinary civil suit at law in a later age, would have 
mulcted him in a sum of Sve pounds, yet he was pronounced guilty 
of high treason. This was in November, 1603. The prosecution 
against him was conducted without a shadow of decency. The 
attorney general, Sir Edward Coke, was more brutally savage, and 
conducted the case with more barbarity, than will easily be con- 
ceived of by any of this distant generation. During it, Ralegh ac- 
quitted himself with much discretion and marked ability. 

♦Notwithstanding the immense spoil made of the cargo by the sailors and sol- 
diers, the adventurers divided £150,000 — a sum in those days equal, perhaps, to 
four times that amount in our times. 


118 Memoir of Sir Walter Ralegh. [April 

Owing to a deadly disease in London, Ralegh was tried at Win- 
chester. There he remained imprisoned for a time, daily expecting 
the sentence of death to be executed upon him. At length the King- 
reprieved him and sent him to the Tower. There he remained 
twelve years. At the end of that time he found means through, 
friends by bribery, to engage George Villiers to intercede with the 
King for his liberty. He was accordingly liberated, but not par- 
doned. He now revived his old scheme of the discovery of a gold 
mine in Guiana. His sad fortune in that enterprise need not be 
detailed, nor the conduct of the Spanish ambassador, Gondomar. 
Neither will it be necessary only to allude to the attempted escape of 
Ralegh, on his return from Guiana, and how he failed in it through a 
singular want of decision in himself. As to the conduct of Sir Lewis 
Steucly it was that of the false-hearted knave, but Ralegh was his 
own executioner. 

Being returned again to the Tower, the King's judges held " a 
solemn mockery of a conference," and then insultingly demanded of 
the prisoner to say why sentence of death should not be executed 
upon him in accordance with the sentence pronounced fifteen years 
before. Thus, on the 28th of October, 1618, he was resentenced, 
conducted to Old Palace Yard, Westminster, and there beheaded, at 
the age of 66 years, or thereabouts. 

The visitor to the Tower of London is still shown the apartment 
in which Ralegh was confined, and where, it is said, he wrote his 
History of ike World. His cell is upon the right hand as you pass 
through the White Tower. Before the door of the cell is a behead- 
ing block, and upon it a strange looking axe, calculated to remind 
all beholders of the summary method once in use for the advancement 
of civilization. 

From the limited space assigned for this memoir in these pages, 
many things of much interest in the life of Ralegh are necessarily 
passed over. But the chief object of it is attained, which was, from 
unpublished sources, to throw light on several important points, 
hitherto resting in much obscurity, or entirely unknown. 

The following lines are said to have been found in Ralegh's bible, 
written the night before his execution. They are supposed to have 
been intended by him for his epitaph: 

" Even such, is Time, who takes in trust 
Our youth, our joys and all we have, 
And pays us but with earth and dust; 
Who in the dark and sileBt grave, 
When we have wander'd all our ways, 
Shuts up the story of our days. 
But from that earth, that grave and dust, 
The Lord shall raise me up, I trust." 

S. G. D. 

1862.] Jin Address. 119 


Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the New England Historic-Genealogical Society, 

January 1, 1SG2. 

[By Wixslow Lewis, M. D., President of the Society.]. 

Gentlemen, Members and Friends of our Society : 

On this, the opening day of a New Year, it seems to me, that your 
President may both appropriately and usefully endeavor to attract 
the attention, especially of the younger members of the Society, to 
some topics of more general interest and fundamental importance, 
than the mere review of our last year's progress. Not that I would 
regard that progress in any depreciatory light; on the contrary, you 
all will, I am sure, sympathize very heartily in the satisfaction to be 
derived from the favorable reports of our Librarian, Treasurer and 
Secretary, and in the gratitude due to those officers, and the other 
gentlemen, whose zeal and labors have contributed to secure so happy 
a result — a gratitude, to which, I feel assured, the Society will not 
be slow to give adequate expression. 

But standing as we are to day on the threshold of a New Year — an 
event and an era ever calculated to awaken serious reflections in 
every thoughtful mind, and more especially with those, who, like 
myself, have passed the zenith, and begun to descend the western 
slope of life's orbit — and this too, in what must emphatically be 
termed the age of living history, not only of our country, but of the 
world at large — it seems to me that some utterance should go forth 
from this Society in explanation of the principles, and in assertion of 
the claims which it has upon the regard and consideration of the 
public of America. It has been, almost from immemorial antiquity, 
a custom to offer presents and good wishes to our friends on New 
Year's Day. The Romans, you will remember, ascribed the origin 
of the custom to Romulus and Tatius : and it is by no means unin- 
teresting to trace the antique vestiges of this custom preserved by 
Count Caylus ; such as the piece of old Etruscan pottery, bearing 
the inscription in Latin, " a happy new year to you, 1 ' and the medal- 
lions, such as that of Janus standing in the temple, with a like in- 
scription, wishing a happy new year to the Emperor. In almost 
every nation we find traces of like customs and ideas associated with 
the New Year. The ancient Druid then cut down the branches of the 
sacred misletoe with a golden knife from the midst of a forest dedi- 
cated to the gods, and distributed them with solemn pomp and mystic 
rites among the people, as the best and most auspicious of gifts. 
Our old Saxon forefathers, as we .learn from Bishop Stillingfleet, 
observed the festival with great feasting and rejoicing, and sent New 
Year's gifts with good wishes to each other : and this custom was 
handed down with honor to their descendants, and its prevalence is 
thus quaintly described by an old poet of the 16th century — Barnaby 
Googe, in his translation of a Latin poem written in 1553 : 

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'* The next to this is Newe Yeares' Day 

whereon to every friend, 
They costly presents in do bring, 

and New Yeares' gifts do sonde. 
These gifts the husband gives his wife, 

and father eke the child, 
and maister on his men bestowes 

The like, with favour milde." 

At the risk of incurring the good humored derision of "Young 
America" — proud of its progress, its science, its enlightenment, and 
its freedom from the shackles of all old superstitions, I must avow 
my warm affection for these old usages and anniversary customs ; 
and I must claim the liberty of doubting, whether, with all our utili- 
tarian science and enlightenment, we are one whit better or happier 
than our more simple ancestors, who derived such great enjoyment 
from the celebration of Christmas, with its carols, audits " cakes and 
ale," its reeking sirloin and huge plum pudding ; its holly and ivy in 
Cottage, church and hall, where 

" The fire, with well dried logs supplied, 

Went roaring up the chimney wide ! — 

England was merry England, when 

Old" Christmas brought his sports again. 

T'was Cbristmas broached the mightiest ale, 

T'was Christmas told the merriest tale — 

A Cbristmas gambol oft would cheer 

A poor man's heart through half the year." — Scott. 

In accordance then with the good old custom of the New Year's 
gifts and good wishes, I would fain offer to my brethren of this 
Society, some thoughts which, although they may present nothing 
new, and perhaps may appear to some to involve a re-traversing of 
ground already familiar to all, will yet, I trust, be accepted with a 
kindly spirit, as an evidence of the deep interest I feel in the progress 
and success of this Society. Our title naturally suggests the course 
of my remarks, nor may it be altogether unprofitable to examine 
(much as may have been spoken and written on the subject) what is 
comprehended in the terms History and Genealogy — what are the 
higher uses of these sciences, and their relations to each other, and 
consequently what are the duties to be discharged, and the claims 
upon general support put forth by a Society, whose especial object it 
is, to promote the study of these sciences. And, although it may 
be contrary to the more usual order, which descends from genera to 
species, or from the whale to its parts, I will, with your permission, 
glance first at Biography and Genealogy, which are the twin hand- 
maids and helpers of their elder and more stately sister, History. 

To the dependence of History upon Biography, I need scarcely allude, 
before such an audience as this. History is only collective Biography, 
and in order to understand History, as a great living writer observes, 
" we must first try to understand men and women. He who knows 
men and women thoroughly, will best understand the past work of 
the world, and be best able to carry on its work now. The men 
(continues the same writer) who in the long ruD, have governed the 
world, have been those who understood the human heart ; and there- 
fore it is to this day the statesman, who keeps the reins in his hand, 
and not the mere student. If, therefore, any of you should ask me, 

1862.] An Address. 121 

how to study history, I should answer, Take by all means biographies, 
wheresoever possible auto biographies, and study them. Fill your 
minds with live human figures, men of like passions with yourselves; 
see how each lived and worked in the time and place in which God put 
him. Believe me, that when you have thus made a friend of the dead, 
and brought him to life again, and let him teach you to sr-e with his 
eyes, and to feel with his heart, you will begin to understand more 
of his generation and his circumstances, than all the mere history 
books of the period wiil teach you." Such are the opinions of Charles 
Kingsley, the gifted Professor of History in the University of Cam- 
bridge, in England, and I think we must all accept and endorse them. 
Biography is, in fact, as has been observed by another writer, the 
key to History, and therefore, even on that account alone, is of im- 
mense, incalculable value. But it would be unphilosophical and 
unjust, to regard it from that point of view only. " The proper study 
of mankind is man," and each man of sense and feeling must reecho 
the sentiment nihil humanum a me alienum pulo. 

Each man's life, no matter how obscure or humble he may be, 
contains a history, and an interesting one too, if we could only 
get at it; and every man, worthy of the name, leaves such a history in 
writing behind him, although the writing may not be on parchment 
or on paper. We have but to look around this stirring, moving, en- 
terprising western world of ours, to see thousands of such histories, 
daily written and published for our perusal, in the cleared forest and 
the cultivated field; in the city raised to day, where but yesterday, 
as it were, the wild beast roamed at large amongst the brushwood, 
or the wild bird harshly screamed above the marsh and the morass — 
and, passing by countless other fields of life-exertion, how many of a 
still more thrilling and exciting kind may we not read on the southern 
fields, already saturated alas ! with the blood of so many of our best 
and bravest and most beloved ones, whose anxieties, struggles, groanr., 
and tears and triumphs might each suffice to fill a volume of the most 
truthful, touching and dramatic history. 

Biography has been well defined by a distinguished writer (Paxton 
Hood) as the Museum of Life. "Well written lives (he observes) 
are, as well preserved mental fossils, and they subserve for us the 
purpose of a collection of interesting petrifactions ; they illustrate 
the science of life ; they are the inductions of moral anatomy." There 
are some other remarks made by this writer, on the study of Biogra- 
phy, which are so truthful and judicious, that I feel justified in com- 
mending them to the attention of our brethren. " By too many 
persons, lives are read without motives, without discrimination ; they 
lie within the library, or the brain, like the bones in Kirkdale Vale, 
before Bucklaud ; or those in the Paris Basin before Cuvier. No 
study has been so entirely without classification and arrangement. 
* * * * Would the effort be wholly futile and vain to attempt a com- 
parative Anatomy of Biography ? to arrange the worthies of humanity 
in groups, not so much with reference to the pursuits in which they 
were engaged, or the region in which they moved, but illustrated 
rather by the more subtle, final distinctions, which gave a character 
and bias to their minds, and determined their influence on Society ? 
At present, the venerable and the vile, the worthy and the worthless, 

122 An Address. [April 

the mean and the magnificent, lie heaped and huddled in promiscuous 
neighborhood ; the mention of Biography only suggests to the mind, 
the idea of a vast pyramid of conglomerate marble! In the cement- 
ing cells, may be seen preserved, the pens of poets, the swords of 
statesmen, the garters and coronets of kings ; yet all confused and 
indistinct, like fossils, but partially developed in the polished stone. 
And the probability is, that as we have seen in museums and collec- 
tions of natural history, the most common, not to say the most worth- 
less, attracts the most attention." 

There is sound sense and philosophy in these remarks, and I would 
respectfully commend them to the students of Biography. It would 
far" exceed my limits of time, and also, it is probable, your patience, 
were I to dwell so fully as I could wish, upon the many and powerful 
claims of Biography. I therefore only dwell upon its essential value 
and importance, first, as the key of History ; and second, as being 
the great storehouse from which we are to draw examples of good- 
ness and greatness to be emulated and imitated, and of vice and vile- 
ness to be abhorred and avoided. The study of Biography properly 
pursued must ever be accepted as, under God's blessing, one of the 
most powerful means and modes of training men to be good citizens, 
good members of society in the present life, and fitted to enjoy the 
purer and less alloyed happiness reserved for them in the life to 
come 1 

Genealogy is of course an integral part of Biography. The word, 
as you know, is derived from the Greek ysvsa. (genea) race, and Xoyog 
(discourse) a history ; so that it more particularly means, the history 
of a race or family. I have said it is a part of Biography, but, viewed 
in one light, it may perhaps more properly be considered as the 
generic or inclusive term. All that I can pause however to refer to 
now is, the great importance of this study in a scientific, or moral, 
and a political point of view, more especially in a country endowed 
with free institutions like ours. Taking these points very briefly in 
their order, there is no doubt in the mind of any enlightened man, 
that mental as well as physical qualities are handed down more or 
less from parent to child, from forefathers to posterity, and that thus, 
pure and healthy descent is of immense importance. It is the espe- 
cial province of genealogical science, to investigate all facts illustra- 
tive of this and similar truths, and to inculcate the wholesome lessons 
to be derived from them. To those, whose studies have been so 
largely devoted to this subject, T need scarcely allude to the pecu- 
liarly interesting conclusions which the philosophical genealogist 
arrives at, when, in watching the life of one or another of America's 
many virtuous and noble sons, he observes the generic seeds of these 
virtues, and that nobility of soul in the parents or ancestors ; and 
very frequently can ascribe the united qualities of valor and of vir- 
tue, of great intellect and gentle heart, to the marriage union of 
parents, whose families were respectively distinguished for these 
virtues. This, in a scientific point of view, is one of the chief duties 
of Genealogy. 

Disregarding all artificial and aristocratic distinctions, and looking 
at them simply through the glass of moral, physical and intellectual 
worth, Genealogy endeavors to ascertain from reliable statistics, 

3862.] An Address. 123 

those laws, by which moral or intellectual traits, or physical charac- 
teristics of organization are handed down, from generation to genera- 
tion, in races and families. "The human mind (observes Holgate) 
having the opportunity of illimitable expansion, is another reason 
why the pedigree of families should be preserved. It is an important 
part of genealogical science, to investigate the results of the inter- 
marriage of families of different extraction, and to determine in what 
manner the laws of physiology are affected by the connection." As 
in more immediate relation to Genealogy, though also directly bear- 
ing upon History, and moreover as being a subject deserving of more 
attention, than it too frequently receives, even in societies like our 
own, I desire here to say a few words respecting Heraldry, in which 
subject I think our younger members would soon take a lively inter- 
est, if they would make themselves acquainted with its history, and 
its great importance, as an aid to the studies both of Genealogy and 
History. The armorial bearings of American families are of course 
derived from their English forefathers, and it is considered doubtful 
whether they had become hereditary in the mother country, before 
the reign of Henry III. Whether this view be correct or not, there 
is every reason to believe, that their transmission from one generation 
to another, was not unknown to other ancient nations. In almost 
every age and country, men have adopted the figure of animals and 
other symbolic representations, to distinguish themselves on the field 
of battle ; and there is also good reason for believing, that, from a 
very early period, distinctive ensigns or emblems were adopted by 
civil communities. As examples, I may point to the " Lion of the 
tribe of Judah," the owl consecrated at Athens to Athene, or Minerva 
(to call her by her Roman name) ; and the old national symbols of 
the Turkish and Persian empires, the former of which, described in 
terms of modern blazonry, would be " azure and increscent, argent," 
and the latter " vert, a lion couchant, guardant, proper before the 
sun in splendor, or" The symbol of the ancient Phrygians was a 
sow, that of the Thracians, Mars; of the Romans, an eagle; of the 
Goths, a bear ; of the Saxons, a horse ; of the earlier French, a lion. 
The necessity, as I observed, of having some distinguishing ensign 
in war, suggested all these symbols. So also of the Lions of Eng- 
land, which were introduced by the Norman Sovereigns, who after 
their accession to the English throne, continued to bear the arms of 
their province of Normandy, which were two lions, or, as is supposed 
by some, two leopards ; and these lions, increased by Henry III to 
the number of three, have ever since continued to be the armorial 
bearings of the Royal Family of England ; neither, I may add, may 
these arms, viz., three lions passant, or, on a shield gules, be assumed 
by an}' subject of the crown, under the penalty of high treason. The 
cross and the lion appear to have been especial favorites among our 
English forefathers, nor is the fact difficult to be accounted for. The 
lion, the symbol of strength and courage in the animal world, was 
very naturally selected as an ensign in the earlier and ruder state of 
society; when courage and military distinction were the chief, if not 
the only virtues; when, in fact, even in comparatively civilized Rome, 
the very word virtue, virtus, meant not moral purity, but manhood, 
valor; and the cress no less easily and naturally became the emblem 

124 An Address. [April 

of those nations that bad recently been converted to Christianity, or 
bad distinguished themselves in the Crusades, in which you will re- 
member the warriors wore a rod cross upon the right shoulder, and from 
which they took the name ot Croises, that is, Crossed or Crusaders, 
and when thus whole armies of Crusaders came to bear the cross, 
it became necessary that some distinction should be made be- 
tween the several leaders. Hence arose those very numerous modi- 
fications in form and color, under which we find this symbol to have 
been used. To illustrate this on a small scale, I may refer you to the 
three national banners of England, Scotland and Ireland, in each of 
which you will notice a difference of color or form; the first being* 
"argent (or white metal color) and the cross of St. George, gales" (red) ; 
the second, the Scottish, bearing the saltire or diagonal cross of St. 
Andrew, argent on azure shield; and the third, being argeyit, with the 
saltire of St. Patrick, gules." Again, the Cross, the Gospel and the 
Lions, in the arms of the University of Cambridge, in England, sym- 
bolize a bold defence of the Faith; while the Crown and Psalter in 
those of Oxford, have a like allusion to the supremacy of religion; 
and though the cross does not appear on the shield of our own Uni- 
versity of Harvard, the arms, as you all know, symbolize devotion 
to Christ and the Church. 

I remember reading in an old writer, whose name I can not recall, 
an interesting incident, which may illustrate and close this part of 
my address. He was endeavoring to show, that devices were in use 
in the time of William the Conqueror: although he admitted that arms 
were only attributed or assigned to William, for he had never been 
able to find proof of their use, either on monument, coins, seals, or in 
any contemporary author. The anecdote, so far as I remember runs, 
that, on the occasion of the challenge of Geoffroy Martel, Earl of 
Anjou, and the Duke of Normandy, Count Martel made this return : 
"Tell the Duke, tomorrow, he shall have me there on a White horse; 
and to the end he shall know me, I will wear a shield d'or, without 
any device." To which the Duke's second replied : " Sir, you shall 
not need take the pains; for tomorrow you shall have the Duke on 
this place, mounted on a bay horse, and that you may know him, he 
shall wear, on the point of his lance, a streamer of taffeta to wipe 
your face." 

I have merely touched thus lightly and briefly on the origin of 
Heraldry, in order to attract the attention of our young members, and 
indeed of all students of History and Biography, to a subject, which, 
lam confident they will find less ■' dry" than they may suppose, while 
they will derive valuable aid from it, in the pursuit of those studies. 
More than one interesting and romantic volume might easily be filled 
with the history of the causes and circumstances that led to the 
adoption of many national and family coats of arms. And as I inci- 
dentally alluded just now to monuments, and medals or coins, let me 
most briefly, but not the less emphatically, commend the study of 
Numismatics to every student of History. The history of coins and 
of money, is in itself, a subject of peculiar interest, but the light 
thrown by it upon General History, is that, to which alone I now refer; 
and it is not too much to say, that more trustworthy information in 
regard to the history of the distant past, has been derived from the 

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enduring pictures and inscriptions of monuments and medals, than 
from any other source. And now, still pursuing- the backward or 
ascending course of my somewhat desultory remarks, I ask you to 
accompany me in a brief review of some of the uses of History. The 
subject is, I am well aware, a very trite and worn one; but yet ex- 
perience and observation have impressed me with the belief, that it 
is not less necessary to repeat and reassert, and that over and over 
again, facts and truths, which are already (in the language of society) 
well known. In other words, I believe, that in this, as in other mat- 
ters, we all require to be from time to time reminded of what we have 
long since known, but may not always have borne in memory. At 
all events, I feel assured that, addressing you from this chair, in 
which your kindly feeling has placed me, you will bear with patience, 
even the repetition of some familiar views and principles. You and 
I have read of late years, many learned disquisitions on History, its 
science, its philosophy, its moral influence; but I confess none of 
these more modern essays have seemed to me equal in truth or power, 
or comprehensive grasp, to those letters of Bolingbroke, which I had 
read in earlier life, and whose impression, as is wont to be the case 
with the acquirements of our earlier years, when the faculties are 
fresh and vigorous, and the memory is bright and strong, remains 
vividly stamped still upon the tablets of my mind. In according 
such praise to Bolingbroke, I refer, of course to his philosophical 
methods in the study of general history, without by any means en- 
dorsing his views of sacred history, which were lamentably tinctured 
with skepticism. 

In the works of a living writer, who is a member of this Society, 
occurs this passage in reference to the study of History, and few of 
us, will, I think, dissent from its truth: * The past is a treasure 
house, containing jewels of inestimable value; and History is the key 
that will give us entrance, and enable us to make that wealth, those 
gems, our own! In the temple of secular knowledge, there are many 
shrines, but there is none more holy, more beautiful, more worthy of 
our worship, than that dedicated to the Annals of the Olden Time." 

It is, I think, my favorite writer on this subject, as I have before 
stated, Henry St. John, Lord Bolingbroke (although Burke asked 
"Who reads Bolingbroke? 7 ') who records the definition, since so 
often quoted, of Dionysius of Halicarnassus, that " History is 
Philosophy teaching by example," and both in our own hearts 
within, and in all the facts and records of the world without, 
ancient, middle age, and modern, we shall find ample and constant 
evidence of its truth. To the same effect and of equal truth, 
is the remark of the great Roman Historian, Tacitus : Fauci pru- 
dentia, honesta ab deter ioribus, utilia obnoxiis discernunt : plures alio rum 
eventis docentur, "Some few distingush honorable things from dis- 
honorable, profitable from hurtful, by their own judgment; but a 
far greater number are taught by the examples of others." So 
imperfect indeed is our understanding, so frail and weak the struc- 
ture of the human mind, that it has always been, a great difficulty in 
grasping and realizing abstract propositions of any kind, however 
true. It requires them to be embodied in what I ma}* term objective 
material examples; a fact of which the polytheistic systems of heathen 
nations afford another striking illustration, for undoubtedly, as 


126 An Address. [April 

Scblegel says, "those systems may be traced to tin's striving- after 
objectivities" in the heart of man. The force of the teaching- of 
History also, is derived from another principle, which has been well 
stated by Seneca : Homines ampiius oculis, quam av,ribus t creduiit, 
lovgum iter est per prcecepta, breve ct efficax per excmpla; which 1 may freely 
translate, "Men are always more inclined to trnst the evidence 
of their eyes, than of their ears : for the path of instruction by the 
way of precepts, is long- and tedious; but that by the way of ex- 
ample is short and satisfactory." 

The latter mode of instruction appeals moreover to our feelings 
and passions, as well as to our own reason, and when the former are 
brought on the side of the latter, the whole man works harmoniously 
together, and is led almost insensibly to imitate that which he has 
learned to love and to admire. There is a deep and vital truth in 
another saying of Seneca's, that " Cleanthes had never become so 
perfect a copy of Zeno, if he had not passed his life with him," and of 
a like tendency is the ancient Roman custom, referred to by Boling- 
broke, of placing the images of their ancestors in the vestibules of 
their houses, so that, whenever they went in or out, these venerable 
figures met their eyes, and recalled the glorious actions of the dead, 
firing the living and exciting them to imitate and emulate their great 

It has been well and wisely said, that the world is the great life- 
school, of which, the two teachers are history and experience. Com- 
parisons have often been rather uselessly instituted between the 
relative values of genius and experience. The truth is, though there 
doubtless have been many remarkable exceptions in either direction, 
that they must go, hand in hand together, and be guided on their 
path by the lamp of History. This is the educational Triad, which 
will train up your youth to be good men and good citizens, at once 
the ornament and the bulwark of our liberties, and our national re- 
nown! An instructive comparison has been instituted by more than 
one writer, though w T ith different views, between the Roman General 
Lucullus, and the English Duke of Marlborough, some of the writers 
endeavoring to show, that the former became a great commander by 
reading and theory only, and the latter as exclusively by practical 
experience. This view, however, was incorrect and unjust, for it 
has been proved that Lucullus added early campaign experience, in 
the war against the Marsi, and in the East under Sylla, to his book- 
studies; while Marlborough certainly had little book-learning, but 
his great natural genius was developed and improved by early train- 
ing under the celebrated Marshal Turenne, and in Irish and Flemish 
wars; so that, though Lucullus is not a just example of the success 
of theoretical study alone, Marlborough is an instance in proof of 
what genius and experience can unitedly effect, though unaided by 
the "learning of the schools," and of all such examples, it may be 
observed, that they would unquestionably have attained a higher 
standard of public and private virtue, if their minds had been enlight- 
ened, and their hearts ennobled, by that, tone of thought and feeling, 
which the study of History rightly and philosophically pursued, will 
never fail to bestow. 

It is useless, I fiud, to attempt to dwell as I could wish, on the 

1862.J An Address. 127 

many and various claims of the study of History upon all men, and, 
above all, to my mind, upon the citizens of a great, free Republic, 
such as ours. I will therefore only refer, very briefly, to two of 
them, the Moral, and the Political. 

What can be better calculated to stir and stimulate us in the pur- 
suit of the Noble and the Good, than the record of the great and 
good deeds of those who have gone before us, whose place on earth 
indeed is vacant, but whose memory survives, enshrined in the hearts 
of their posterity ? When we read in classic story of the virtuous 
self-sacrifice of a Scipio or a Decius, do not the love of Freedom and 
of Fatherland and Virtue glow more brightly in our bosoms ? Do 
we not say perforce within ourselves, "If they, enveloped as they 
were in Heathen darkness, could act thus nobly, shall we, who have 
a clearer light, and a truer, holier faith, be outstripped by them in 
the race of Virtue ? Nor is this moral influence of History confined 
to examples which stimulate to Virtue; it is equally full of warnings 
to deter from Vice. "Hence (as Livy says) you may select examples 
which you may imitate, as being noble and good; or which you may 
shun, as being base in their origin, base in their result." When we 
see how History has fixed the stamp and stigma of an eternal infamy 
upon the guilt of so many of the world's great ones, do we not, must 
we not, at the same time think of the crime with detestation and 
abhorrence, and of the punishment inflicted, and recorded by His- 
tory, with terror and dread ? 

And here I may remark, that probably this anticipation of what 
History will say, exercises an influence, and a most salutary one, 
upon the great ones of the earth. The human heart is but too apt 
to grow wanton in the days of wealth and power; and were the 
present time only thought of by the rulers of mankind, it is to be 
feared that deeds of violence and cruelty and crime, would be even 
far more frequent thau they are. 

So much, very briefly, for the Moral, and now let me glance at the 
Political influence of History. 

When we look back upon the glorious and successful struggles of 
our forefathers to maintain those constitutional rights, and to gain 
that constitutional freedom, now enjoyed by us — a People's, and 
therefore more than a '* Princely heritage" — when we see them 
bearing all the sufferings of privation, and braving all the perils of 
the battle-field, rather than allow themselves and their country to be 
trodden down by tyranny — when we read of these things in the 
annals of the not far distant Past, does not a brighter and holier 
halo diffuse itself around the sacred name of Liberty ? Do we not 
feel more truly, more intensely, as we look up loyally and lovingly 
to the good old Flag of the Union, the full force of the Poet's ex- 
clamation — 

(i From life without Freedom, oh ! who would not fly ! 
For one hour of Freedom, uh ! who would not die ! " 

and is not the study which kindles and cultivates such thoughts and 
feelings as these, of the highest, the most incalculable value, to all 
friends of freedom, but especially to all American freemen, at the 
present momentous and most critical period of our history ? Is not 

128 An Address. [April 

all doubt, all wavering, thereby banished from our hearts, and do 
we not resolve and swear, with God's blessing-, that no cowardice, 
nor sloth, nor selfishness of our own, nor any madness, or folly and 
fury of others, shall snatch away from us the sacred heirloom be- 
queathed to us by those, our great Forefathers, or blot out or dim 
the brightness of one Star of our glorious Banner? 

Assuredly, the Palladium of American Freedom and Greatness is 
placed in that temple of the heart, in which history has entwined 
the memories of our ancestors, of Washington, and Henry and Frank- 
lin, and all the other heroic men and heroic women of the Revolution; 
all, who by their eloquence, their valor, their self-sacrifice and virtue, 
assisted in erecting and adorning the noble edifice of a People's 4 

Power, and thus earned for themselves an undisputed title to the 

" Exegi mo mi in en turn sere pereimius." 

Nor are such views as these, mere ideal theories. The last year, the 
last six months, have given us ample, and alas! too fatal proof of 
their solidity and truth. What but such historic memories, and their 
soul-inspiring associations, kindled at once so bright and broad a fire 
of patriotic ardour, against those, who had insulted our Union flag, 
and were seeking to overthrow the Union-work of our fathers.? This 
it was, and nothing else, that roused the hearts and nerved the arms 
of the young men — nay! not of our young men merely, but of our 
" old men and maidens," wives and widows, boys and girls through- 
out the length and breadth of the land. So that with one soul and 
one voice, they have avowed their readiness and eternal resolve, to 
bear all, to brave all, to suffer all, rather than surrender the historic * 

heritage handed down to them from their great ancestors, or allow 
domestic traitor or foreign foe to injure or insult the Star Spangled 
Banner of the Union! Inspired by these historic memories, our hero- 
soldiers have already, on many a bloody field, given the last and 
strongest proof of the Patriot's love and loyalty; their guiding motto 
in spirit, if not in words, being still — 

Heroes ! to the combat fly, ' 

Proud to struggle, blest to die! 
Go ! should Death your efforts crown, 
Mount the pinions of renown ! 
x Go ! tell our sires 

Their daring fires 
Glow in our lofty souls till life expires. 

Many other claims could I easily put forward on behalf of History, 
and therefore of a Society, whose great object it is, to develop and 
promote and systematize the study of History. But I willingly and 
purposely pause at this point, for, if History and historic memories 
shall have availed, as 1 firmly believe they null, to bring our beloved coun- 
try safely through the dread crisis, in which she is now struggling, 
and to place her once more before an admiring world, brighter and 
purer and more powerful for the terrible ordeal through which she will 
have passed, then it would indeed be vain and unnecessary to seek 
for any foundation on which to rest, and recommend to the love and 
honor of all true sons and daughters of America, the study of His- 
tory, and the support of such societies as this Historic-Genealogical 
Society of New England. 1 

1862.] Diary of Robert C alley. 129 

CHARLESTOWN, MASS. 1699-1765. 

[Communicated by Thos. B. Wyman, Jr., of Charlestown.] 

[Continued from vol. xvi, page 40.] 

Newell.— Anne buried Feb. 9, 1763: Hannah (see E. Breed) pnbl. 

April 3, H5Tj Mr " Newell's wife brot to bed," March 29, 1757. 
Odin. — Capt. drowned Feb. 15, 1757, taken up March 26. 
Orcutt. — Micah, news of death, April 5, 1760. 
Orr. — Capt.'s child buried Dec. 17, 1764. 
Osbo(r)n. — Abraham d. Mar. 13, 1759, buried March 13; Ephraim's 

son buried Aug-. 6, 1762; John m. April 3, 1757; John's child 

buried June 5, 1764; John, news of death, Dec. 1, 1764. 
Oyer.— Mr.'s child buried Oct. 16, 1762. 
Pain. — Betty at 3 of clock morning, d. Sept. 21, 1765, buried Sept. 

22; Hitty or Kitty buried Oct. 9, 1764; Mrs. d. Dec. 1, 1764, buried 

Dec. 2; Mr. and " Dowse » publ. March 17, 1765, m. April 28. 
Payne. — (See Elizabeth Sweetser.) 
Parker. — John's child buried Sept. 29, 1764; John, 83. 40, d. Sept. 8, 

1765, buried Sept. 10. 
Patten. — Mrs. d. June 22, 1765, buried June 23; Mr. "Patten buried" 

July 8, 1765. 
Peat.— Robert's child Aug. 17, 1765. 
Peck. — Mr. to Eliza Townsend m. Jan. 19, 1758. 
Peirce. — Mrs. d. March 4, 1757, buried March 7; Steven's wife brot 

to bed w h a son, April 18, 1757. 
Person.— Old Mrs. d. Dec. 20, 1759; (Mr.?) buried Dec. 25. 
Phillips.— Mr. Eleazer buried Feb. 18, 1763; Coilonel d. April 17, 

1763, buried April 23; Capt. John buried Nov. 7, 1756; John's 

child buried May 16, 1758; Nath. and Ann Chamberlane publ. 

May 8, 1757, m. June 21; Nath. took into church Jan. 1, 1758; 

N.'s child buried July 5, 1762; Nath.'s child buried July 25, 1765; 

Richard's daughter buried March 19, 1759; Richard, 33. 20, buried 

July 20, 1757. 
Phipps. — Eliah's wife, of small pox, d. (Oct.?) 5, 1752; Gov. d. April 

5, 1757, buried April 9; Solomon, news of being killed by a gun 

on board of Capt. Rouse, March 27, 1758. 
Pierce. — Jonathan, news of death of, Aug. 22, 1757. 
Polard.— Colonel d. Oct. (26), 1756. ' 
Polley. — Mr. m. Molly Beers June 9, 1757. 
Pounding. — Of small pox nat., d. July 29, 1752. 
Powers. — Batery m. Sarah Rand June 19, 1759; Battry's child 

buried Aug. 28, 1765; Mr d. Feb. 13, 1759, buried Feb. 16. 
Pownall. — Mrs. buried Nov. 15, 1758. 
Pratt. — Ebenezer and his wife dismissed from a Boston church pr. 

certificate, Dec. 12, 1735. 
Priest.— Hannah d. Dec. 21, 1757, buried Dec. 22. 
Prince.— Mr. d. Oct. 22, 1758, buried (30!). 


130 Diary of Robert Calley. [April 

Rainer.— Mr. " Rainer's child buried" July 6, 1765. 

Rand. — Ann (see Sam 11 . Sumner) m. Sept. 13, 1762; Doc r .'s wife 
buried Nov. 20, 1756; Doc r . to Jane Fluker publ. April 9, 1758, m. 
May 9; Doc r .'s child buried Dec. 17, 1762; Edmond's wife of the 
email pox n., d. June, 1752; John's wife d. June 5, 1762, buried 
June 8; Jong's child buried Sept. 29, 1762; Jonathan, as. 40, d. 
Aug. 8, 1764, buried Aug. 10; Joseph m. Dec. 8, 1757; Joseph's wife 
d. March 23, 1759, buried March 26; Joseph took into church June 
17, 1759; Joseph m. Sept. 20, 1759; Joshua publ. Aug. 28, 1757; 
Nath. to Mrs. Borrows publ. May 20,' 1757, m. June 9; Xath.'s wife 
took into church Feb. 26, 1758; Nath u .'s wife buried Sept. 6, 1758; 
NatrA's child buried Sept. 17; N. to Mrs. Stacy, m. June 21, 1759; > 

Nath.'s wife d. May 10, 1762, buried May 12; Nath 1 . the feryman's 
wife, d. July 17, 1762, buried July 20; Mr. Nath. to Betty Hoping 
publ. Jan. 8, 1764; Nath 11 . news of death, July 18, 1764;" Nath ll .'s 
child buried Sept. 17, 1765; Same's wife buried Oct. 23, 1762; 
Sarah (see Baterv Powers) ra. June 19, 1759; Thos.'s twins buried 
Feb. 26, 1765; Waff's child buried March 3, 1758; old Mrs. d. 
Sept 21, 1757, buried Sept. 24; old Mrs. d. Nov. 5, 1762, buried 
Nov. 8. 

Ranks. — 's wife buried Nov. 30, 1758. 

Rayner — Mr.'s daughter d., ?e. 20, Nov. 17, 1764, buried Nov. 19. 

Reed. — Benj. d. April 21, 1764, buried April 25; Wm.'s wife d. Sept. 
29, 1752. > j 

Rhoads. — 'es child (small pox), d. Aug. 2, 1752. 

Rhodes. — Hannah took into church, Jan 1, 1758. 

Riga. — James d. March 7, 1762. k 

Rudge. — Mr. drowned May 5, 1759. 

Runey. — James's child buried Oct. 8, 1762. 

Russell. — Judg's wife buried Aug. 17, 1762; Katty (see Capt. 
Hendly) publ. Sept. 19, 1762, m. Oct. 5; old Mr. d. Dec. 6, 1763, 
• buried; Richard's child buried Aug. 6, 1764; Thos. m. Elizabeth 
Hendly, May 2, 1765. 

Sanfords. — Mrs.'s child buried Aug. 24, 1758. 

Scotow. — Joshi's son, re. 6 yrs., drowned April 28, 1758. ' 

Seargant. — James drowned May 5, 1759. 

Sewell.— Mr.'s child buried Aug. 16, 1764. 

Shed. — Eben's wife d. Dec. 4, 1759, buried Dec. 7; Eben publ. March 
9, 1760. 

Sherman. — Mrs. d. June 13, 1758, buried June 16; widow buried May 

7, 1763. j 

Skinner — Andrew m. Anne Sutton, June 12, 1759. 

Sloane.— Robert to Sail: Whitman, m. Dec. 28, 1758. j 

Smith.— Mi c ll .'s child buried June 9, 1763. 

Soley. — Mrs.'s child buried Nov. 25, 1763. 

Souther. — Betty (see James Brazer), m. Aug. 14, 1757; Louis (see 
Thos. Hooper), m. Oct. 17, 1757; Mary d. Nov. 27, 1759; Molley, 
buried Nov. 30. ' i 

Sprague. — Huldah (see J. Frothingham\ publ. Aug. 21, 1757; in. 
Oct. 12; Mrs. Huldah of Medford, buried Aug. 29, 1757: old Mrs. 
d.. April 5, 1759, buried April 9; Jonathan d. June 5, 1759, buried 

1862.] Diary of Robert Calley. 131 

June 9; Sam'Vs wife d. March 26, 1759, buried March 29; Same's 

child buried Aug-. 10, 1764. 
Stacy. — Mrs. (see N. Rand), m. June 21, 1759. 
Standley. — Robt.'s child d. Aug. 31, 1752; Robert's widow buried 

Aug. 31, 1765. • 
Stanton. — Capt.'s child buried Sept. 26, 1764. 
Stedman. — Capt. to Mrs. Austin, in. Jan. 5, 1764. 
Stevens. — Betty d. June 3, 1757, buried June 5; Joseph "Tastor" in 

39th year, d. Nov. 16, 1721, buried Nov. 18; [Joseph's] only 

daughter's burial named Nov. 18, 1721; Mrs.'s negro d. April 19, 

Stimpson. — Uncle Joseph was borne Feb. 13, 1699, and d. March 28, 

17.52; Joseph adm. to church in Charleston, pr. certificate, Nov. 

11, 1722; John's wife brot to bed June 1, 1757; John's wife brot to 

bed son June 25, 1759. 
Stoak. — Mr. at half past 3 o'clock afternoon, d. Oct. 31, 1756, buried 

Nov. 4. 
Stobard.— -Capt. d. April 11, 1763. 
Stone. — Old Elias buried Jan. 6, 1757; Elias's daughter d. Nov. 27, 

1757, buried Dec. 2; buried Oct. 30, 1759; Eiias's child scalded to 
death May 24, 17f»2; Elias's negro drowned May 21, 1762, buried 
May 30; Elias Stone's mother-in-law buried Jan. 4, 1758. 

Sumner. — Sam 1 , and Ann Rand m. Sept. 13, 1762; Sam l .'s wife buried 

Nov. 27, 1764. 
Sutton. — Ann (see Andrew Skinner), m. June 12, 1759; Mrs. d. Oct. 

6, 1757, buried Oct. 8; Mr. m. July 17, 1758. 
Swan. — Sam n .'s child, measles, d. March 10, 1759, buried March 12; 

S.'s child, made a coffin for, March 9, 1765; Sam'.'s maid buried 

Sept. 20, 1762. 
Sweetser. — Benj.'s wife d. June 11, 1765, buried June 13; Elizabeth 

Sweetser, now Payne, admitted to church, pr. certificate, July 19. 

1704; Hephey d. Nov. 2, 1756, buried Nov. 5; Naby d. Sept. 5, 

1758, buried Sept. 8; uncle Sam 11 , about eleven of clock at night, 
d. July 18, 1757, funeral July 21; Steven to Delight Humphreys 
publ. April 3, 1757; Wm.'s child of small pox, d. Aug. 14, 1752. 

Symmes. — Caleb's child d. July 16, 1759; Caleb's wife brot to bed with 

a son half after one of clock, March 7, 1762; Caleb's wife brot to 

bed with a girl, Aug. 31, 1763; Eliz: (see Robert Calley) publ. 

March 21, 1760, m. April 10; Graced. Oct. 8, 1762; [Grace,] uncle's 

child buried Oct. 10; Isaac ra. March 20, 1765. 
Taylor. — Darcos, buried Nov. 2, 1762. 
Teal. — Wm.'s daughter buried Nov. 21, 1764. 
Temple. — Mrs.'s negro woman buried Sept. 25, 1765. 
Thompson. — Mr. Wm. d. July 5, 1762, buried July 8; old Mrs. buried 

Sept. 10, 1762. 
Ting.— Jon*, d. Oct. 1, 1759, buried Oct. 3. 
Townsend. — Eliza (see Mr. Peck), m. Jan. 19, 1758; Phebe (see Wm. 

Manning), m. Nov. 29, 1759; Sam 1 , and wife took into church Feb. 

26, 1758; Sam !l .'s child buried Sept, 17, 17G5. 
Trow.— Anna m. March 2, 1763; Bart m. Aug. 3, 1758; Betty d. at 

night, Nov. 15, 1759, buried Nov. 18; Richard in, Nov. 4, 1762; 

Capt buried Oct. 27, 1758. 


Miscellaneous — Nameless. — Capt. shot himself in his cabin at 

Boston Aug. 2, 1T59; Sam 1 . Kent's apprentice d. Sept, 12, 1759; 
five children bapt. Jan. 24, 1 760 ; 3 soulders at the castle drowned 
Feb. 17, 1757; Charles Giles killed a man April 11, 1757; two men 

132 Diary of Robert Callcy. [April 

Trumbal.— James m. Nov. 22, 1764: John's wife d. Jan. 31, 1763, 
buried Feb. 3; Sam 11 , d. May 27, 1764; Same's negro d. July 15, 

Trumble.— Old Mr. d. Sept. 24, 1759, buried Se F t. 27. 

Tufts. — John, small pox, d. May 3, 1764. 

Turner — John's child buried April 11, 175S; John's child buried 
June 25, 1765. 

Wait. — David m. Eebecca Wood, Dec. 21, 1758: David's wife brot 
to bed June 5, 1759; David's child bapt. Sept. 16, 1759; David's 
child buried Nov. 3, 1764, David's child buried Dec. 5; Molley 
carried to goal at Boston for killing her child, Feb. 24, 1760. 

Waldo. — Brigadier at the eastward, d. May 23, 1759. 'I 

Waters. — Abraham's child buried May 22, 1757; Abraham m. Mary 
Collings, May 17, 1762. 

Watson, — Alex, child buried Jan. 13, 1758. 

Webb. — Frances (see John Lamson), m. May 10, 1759. 

Webber. — John d. May 21, 1759, buried May 24. 

Wheeler. — Benj. buried Nov. 21, 1764, Glocester buried March 3, 

White. — John's child d. of small pox, I., June, 1752; Robert's wife 
d. May 23, 1762, buried May 24. 

W(h)itmax. — F.'s wife brot to bed with a daughter, Feb. 17, 1759; 
F.'s child buried Oct. 30, 1762, he was drowned 14th; Sail: (see 
Robert Sloane), m. Dec, 28, 1758. * j 

W(h)i(t)t(k)more. — Abigail (see John Goodwin) m. Sept. 5, 1763; § 

Joseph d. morning April 16, 1762, buried April 22; Joseph m. 
Oct. 25, 1764; Katv took into church Jan. 1, 1758; Katy (see I 

Mr. Bartlett) m. July 18; Thos. m. April 18, 1762; Thos.'s' child 
buried Nov. 19, 1764. 

Whright. — Mr. of Woburn, hanged himself April 28, 1763. 

Wigglesworth. — Dr. d. Jan. 16, 1764. 

Wilkins.— Thos, buried Aug. 26, 1762; Thos.'s child buried March 
26, 1751 

Willard. — Secretary d. Dec. 6, 1756. , 

Williams. — Mary d. Nov. 18, 1756, buried Nov. 19; 

Willson. — Phebe, daughter John and Lydia, bapt atMenatamy, June 
13, 1736. 

Wood. — David m. Aug. 22, 1765; James d. Feb. 22, 1759, buried 
Aug. 24; Jonan h . d. May 30, 1762, buried June 1; Rebecca (see 
David Wait), m. Dec. 21, 1758; Rebecca and N. Gold publ. March 
16, 1760, m. April 24, 1760; Samuel, David's son, se. 13, d* Nov, 
30, 1764, buried Dec. i. 

Wybert. — Mrs. small pox, buried Jan. 28, 1758. 

Wyer. — John's son inoculated, d. June (2)5, 1752; John's daughter 
nat., d. June 29; John's child small pox, nat, d. July 9; John's 
child small pox, nat., d. July 14; Sarah, William's daughter d. 
July 2; Wm.'s child, small pox, d. Aug. 7. i 

1862.] The Tozer Family. 133 

at Cambridge drowned Oct. 5, 1764; a negro woman found dead 
at Maiden, May 30, 175"; a boy at Boston drowned Juno 11; six 
persons took into church Oct. 9; 3 children baptized Jan. 1, 1758; 
Gapt. of the Royal American buried April 18; a man and woman 
burned to death at a fire at Boston, April 20; scooner cast away, 
7 men drowned, Nov. 5; child buried June 21, 1762; a schollar at 
Cambridge drowned June 23; six children baptized; a negro buried 
Nov. 19/1764; child buried Sept 3, 1765; child buried Sept. 25. 


In vol. viii, page 264, of July No. of the Register, I caused to be 
inserted the following: 

" The following children of Richard and Elizabeth Tozer were 
alive 22d Sept., 1734, viz: Martha m. Samuel Lord; Abigail m. 
Samuel Newton; Sarah Tozer; Judith m. Jonathan Burroughs; John 
Tozer; Richard Tozer; Mary Tozer." 

Subsequent examinations prove that these persons then alive were 
not the children of Richard and Elizabeth. 

The above Samuel Lord, son of Nathan and Martha (Tozer) Lord, 
born 14th June, 1689, was married at Kittery, Me. } 19th Oct., 1710, by 
Rev. Jeremiah Wise to Martha 3 , born 9th February, 1684, daughter of 
Paul 2 and Catharine Wentwortb. 

Bond's History of Water town, Barry's Framingham, and Jackson's 
Newton, give proof that the others were children of Simon Tozer of 
Watertown Farms (Weston), who died 30th Dec, 1718, by his wife 
Mary. Simon was a brother of Richard Jr., who married Elizabeth 2 
Wentworth, and son of Richard Sr. 

Richard Sr. was married at Boston, Mass., 3d July, 1656, by 
Richard Bellingham, Deputy Governor, to Judith Smith, He had son 
Thomas born 5th May, 1657, of whom nothing more is known. 

York Covyrdy (Me.) Records show that he had a daughter Elizabeth 
who married Richard Randall of Dover, N. H. 

Richard Sr. was in Kittery, Me., as early as 1659, where he was 
killed by the Indians, October 1675. And his widow, Judith, was 
dead prior to 18th June, 1683, as her son Richard Jr., was then 
appointed her administrator. 

On the 17th April, 1734, Richard Tozer of Berwick, Me. (a town 

taken from Kittery), deeds to Samuel Lord of Berwick, all his real 

* estate, cattle, horses, and all other property he possessed, whether 

real or personal, moveable or immoveable, in consideration of .£500. 

His wife Elizabeth, joined in the deed. 

Neither the records of York county, nor of Kittery, nor of Ber- 
wick, nor of any other place yet examined, show anything further 
of him or her, nor of any children of his. From his selling out every 
thing as he did, they probably moved away where, perhaps, they had 
children living-. 

On the 22d Sept., 1735, the above referred to Tozer children, living 
in Massachusetts, deed to. the same Samuel Lord, property in Ber- 


134 The Tozer Family. [April 

wick, Me., which belonged original^ to their grandfather, Richard 
Tozer, Sr. 

Until recenth r , they were supposed to have been the children of 
Richard Jr., but now the}' are known to have been those of Simon, 
who had but two sons, viz : 1. John, b. 8th Oct., 1695; m. 1718, 
Experience Jackson of Newton, Mass., and he had no sons, but he 
had several daughters. 2. Richard, b. 26th July, 1701; rn. Elizabeth, 
and had several daughters and only two sons; (1.) Richard, b. 13th 
Oct., 1732; (2.) Simon, b. 7th Nov., 1743. 

But there are Tozer families in and around Waterville, Me., still 
unaccounted for, who descended from John Tozerof Georgetown, 
Me. (formerly called Rowsick Island). He died there in 1806, aged > 

84. He was a constable there in 1755, and was bom 1722. The 
place of his nativity is not known. 

May he not have been a grandson of Richard Jr.? 

This John of Georgetown, Me., by wife Sarah, had Jeremiah, b. 
in Georgetown, Me., "26th Dec, 1747; Abigail, b. 17th Sept., 1749; 
Jonathan, b. 27th Aug., 1751; Sarah, b. 1st July, 1753; Samuel, b. 
9th Aug., 1755; Patience, b. 20th Oct., 1757; Ellas, b. 14th Aug., 
1759; Simon, b. 23d July, 1761; John, b. 3d Oct., 1763; Benjamin 
P., b. 13th Oct., 1764; Amos, b. 31st Jan., 1769. 

Richard Tozer Sr. had a daughter Martha, as the following from the 
Berwick {Me.) Records proves: 

Nathan Lord married to Martha, daughter of Richard Tozer and ^ 

Judith his wife, 22d Nov., 1678: Martha, b. 14th Oct., 1679; Nathan, 
b. 13th May, 1681; William, b. 20th March, 1682-3; Richard, b. 1st 
March, 1684-5; Judith, b. 29th March, 1687; Samuel, b. 14th June. 1 

1689; Mary, b. 29th July, 1691; John, b. 18th Jan., 1693; Sarah, b. 
28th March, 1696; Anne, b. 27th May, 1697; Abraham, b. 29th Oct., 

Instead of the above Samuel Lord's wife being a daughte-r*of | 

Richard Jr. and Elizabeth (Wentworth) Tozer, she was a daughter 
of Paul 2 Wentworth, and in her will she speaks of her brother 
William Wentworth; whilst her husband was a nephew of Richard 
Tozer Jr., and grandson of Richard Sr. f 

Capt. Samuel Lord wjlled property to sons John, Nathan, Abraham, 
Samuel and Ebenezer, and daughter Mary Grant. He spoke of his 
own residence which he gave his wife as at Quamphegan. He spoke 
of the Tozer place which he gave his son Abraham as at Salmon 
Falls, and it continued until very recently in the possession of Abra- 
ham's descendants. 

Nathan Lord, son of Samuel and Martha, was father of the late 
Gen. John Lord, and grandfather of Nathan j Lord, President of 
Dartmouth College. 

Robert Blott of Suffolk county, Mass., in his will [dated May 27, 
1662. See Register, xv, 73], gives property to his daughter Tozer, 
and also to his daughter Tozer's children. 

But what Tozer was there in this country at that time, but Richard? 
Was his wife Judith a daughter of Blott, and a widow Smith when 
he married her ? J. W. 



1862.] Records of Wethersficld, Conn. 135 


[Communicated t>y Hon. It. R. Hixmax of New York.] 
[Continued from vol. xvi, page 22.] 

Bulkley, Charles. Children of, by Mary his wife — Charles, b. May 

19, 1760; Justus, Mar. 15, '62: Mary, Jan. 13, '64; Mrs. M. B. d. 
Jan. 24, 1771. Charles B. and Eunice Welles were m. Oct. 7, 1773. 

Bulkley, Benjamin and Susannah Kirbey, were ra. Nov. 3, 1757. 
Is.— Thomas, b. Oct, 2, '58; Lucy, Sep. 18, '60; George, Nov. 28, '62; 
Huldah, Oct. 1, 64; James, Sep." 11, '66; Stephen, Nov. IS, '68; Abi- 
gail, Dec. 30, '70; Martha, April 26, '73;' Hannah, June 25, '75. Mrs. 
S. B. d. May 27, 17 76. B. Bulkley and Elizabeth Brownell were m. 
Feb. 6, 1776. 

Bulkley, Capt. Edward and Prudence Wells, were m. Mar. 24. 1782. 
Is. — Rachel, b. Dec. 13, '82; Pamela, April 6, '84; Oliver Pomeroy, 
Jan. 31, '87. May. Edw'h B. d. May 30, 1787. 

Bulkley, Edward and Dinah Bunce, were m. July 9, 1795. Is. — 
Honor Francis, b. Aug. 22, "95; John Bunce, May 2, '97; Eliza, May 

20, '99; Edward, Aug. 7, 1801; Marv, Mar. 16, 1803, and d. in in- 
fancy; Weahhv, Mav 28, 1804. Mite. D. B. d. Dec. 6, 1804; and Mr. 
E. B, Feb. 5, 1805. . 

Bulkley, Francis and Elizabeth Fosdick, were m. Jan. 5, 1796. 
Is. — Chauncey, b. Jan. 16, '98; James Henrv, July 23, '99; Charles, 
April 27, 1801. 

Bridgman, Isaack and Dorothy, the dau. of Serg 1 . John Curtis, were 
m. on the 11th day of April, 1706. Is. — Lidia, b. Feb. 9, 1707; Gideon, 
Oct. 2, 1708; Dorothy, Oct. 10, 1710. 

Belknap, Samuel. Child of, bv his wife Elizabeth — Elisha, b. Dec. 
1, 1718. 

Brunsun, Isaac and Thankful, dau. of Samuel Dibill, of Winsor, 
were m. on the 30th of Jan., 1707. Is. — Samuel, b. Dec. 30, 1707. 

Brattle, William and Marv Wright, were m. Sept. 21, 1743. Is. — 
Sarah, b. Julv 11, '44; William, Aug. 29, ? 45; Elizabeth, Jan. 13, '47: 
Mary, July 25, '48: John, Aug. 11, '50; James, Nov. 23, '51; Martha, 
Feb. 22, '53; Ann/Aug. 15, 1755. 

Beadle, David. Children of, by his wife Abigail — Benjamin, born 
Dec. 18, 1741; Jonathan, June 20, '44; Ruth, June 30, '48; David, 
Sep. 12, 1750. 

Beadle, William. Children of, by his wife Lydia — Lydia, b. Nov. 
1, 1774; Mary, Oct. 6, 1776. 

Basset, Jonathan. Children of, by his wife Mary — Abigail, b. 
Sept. 6, 1739; Jonathan, Nov. 14. '43"; Mary, Mav 20, '45; Hannah, 
Feb. 13, '47; 'William, April 28, '49; Nathan, Dec. 11, '51; Elisha, 
May 6, 1753. 

Balch, Ebenezer and Sarah Belding, were m. together on the 28th 
day of June, 1750. Is. — Sarah, b. Aoril 1, '51; Jonathan Belding, 
Nov. 14, '54; Mary, Nov. 17, 1752. Mrs. S. B. d. April 3, 1756. 
Eben r . Balch and Lois Belding were m. Nov. 29, 1756. Is. — Lois, b. 
Feb. 27, '58, and died Aug. 15, '60; Joseph, Feb. 16, ; 60; Lois, Dec. 



136 Records of Wether sfield, Conn. [April 

20, '61; Lucy, Dec. 21, G3; Ebenezer, Aug 1 , 30, 66; Timothy, Oct. 26, 
'68; William, May If, 1778. Mrs. L. B. d. May 23, 1793. 

Barret, James and Anue Carington, were m. Dec. 3, 1761. Is. — 
Selab, b. Dec. 24, '62; Anne, Sep. 4, '64; Martha, June 27, '^; Mary, 
Feb.VGS; Mary, Sep. 7, '69: Sarah, Aug-. 8, '71 ; Ruth, April 17, '75; 
James, Mar. 7, 1777. 

Bull, Amos. Child of, by his wife Mary — James, b. Aug. 10, 1772. 
Mr. A. B. d. Jan. 8, 1775. 

Bull, Samuel. Children of, by his wife Fanny — Eleazer Hunting- 
ton, b. Feb. 14, 1800; Seth Pitkin, Dec. 31, 1801; Fanny White, 
Aug. 2, 1803; Samuel Griswold, April 6, 1805, d. April 9, 1806; 
Samuel Griswold, April 17, 1807, d. Oct. 13, 1810; Melissa Amelia, 
Feb. 9, 1809, d. Dec. 7, 1811: Edgur Leonard, Feb. 5, 1811; Lorenzo 
Solon, Mar. 8, '13; Melissa Amelia, Jan. 9, 1815. 

Chester, Lenord. Children of, by his wife Mary — John, b. in Wa- 
tertown, Mass., Aug. 3, 1635; Dorcas, Nov. 5, '37; Steven, Mar. 3, 
'39; Mary, Jany. 15, '41; Prudence, Feb. 16, '43; Eunice, June 15, 
'45; Mercy, Feb. 14, 1647. Stephen d. April 23, 1705. 

Chester, Capt. John and Sarah, the dau. of the Hon ]e Gov Thomas 
Wells, were m. in Feb., 1653. Is— Mary, b. Dec. 23, 1654: John, 
June 10, '56; Sarah, Nov.**, '57; Stephen, May 26, '60; Thomas, 
Mar. 23, '62; Samuel, May 23, '64; Prudence, Dec. 10, '66; Eunice, 
May 17, 1668. Samuel d. May 12, 1689. Mary, wife of Mr. John 
Wolcott, d. July 10, 1G89. Eunice, wife of Timothy Stevens, d. June 
16, 1698. Capt. John Chester d. Feb. 23, 1698; Mrs. Sarah Chester 
d. Dec. 12, 1698. 

Chester, Thomas and Mary, the dau. of Richard Treat, were m. Dec. 
10, 1684. Is.— Eunice, b. Nov. 22, 16S5; Samuel, Sept. 29, 1696, and 
d. March 17, 1710; John, Dec. 17, '99, and d. Dec. 14, 1700; Mary, 
Jan. 6, 1706. Mr. Thomas Chester d. Dec. 5, 1712; Mrs. Mary C., 
Jan. 1, 1748, aged 81 years. 

Chester, John Jun r . and Hannah, the dau. of Capt, Samuel Talcott, 
were m. Nov. 25, 1686. Is. — Penelope, b. Oct. 21, '87, and d. in in- 
fancy; Mehetable, Jan. 29, '89; Mary, March 8, '91; Penelope, Nov. 
18, '93; Hannah, May 15, ; 96, and d. May 29, 1749; Prudence, March 
4, 1699; Eunice, May 11, 1701; John, June 30, 1703; Sarah, July 1, 
1707; Thomas, Aug. 31, 1711, and d. in infancy. Major J. Chester 
d. Dec. 14, 1711, aged 55| years; Mrs. Hannah C. d. July 23, 1741, 
in the 77 th year of her age. 

Chester, Stephen Jun r . and Jemima, dau. of Lieu'. James Treatt, were 
m. Dec. 17, 1691. Is.— Dorothy, b. Sept. 5, '92; Sarah, March 5, '94; 
Mercy, Oct, 26, '96; Stephen John, Feb. 14, 1698. S. Chester Jr. d. 
Feb. 9, 1698, aged 37| years. 

Chester, John and Sarah Noyes, were m. Nov. 19, 1747. Is — 
John, b. Jan. 18, '49; Leonard, Sept, 18, '50; Sarah, Aug. 12, '52; 
Abigail, May 27, '54; Stephen, Oct. 28, '61; Thomas, Jan. 7, 1764. 
J. Chester Esq. d. Sept. 11, 1771. 

Chester, John and Elizabeth Huntington, of Norv/ich, were m. 
Nov. 25, 1773. Is.— Elizabeth, b. Nov. 10, '74; Mary, April 20, '79: 
Hannah, Oct. 27, '81; Sarah, June 17, 'S3; Juhn, Aug. 17, ; 85; Char- 
lotte, March 20, '87; Henry, Oct. 3, '80, and d. in infancy; Julia, 


1S62J Records of Wdhersfield, Conn. 137 

March 15, '92; Henry, Dec. 22, '93; William, Nov. 20, '95; George, 
June 14, 1798. 

Chester, Leonard and Sarah Williams of Pittsfield, were m. Sept. 
12, niG. Is.— Leonard Williams Peppereli, b. Dec. 20, "tV; Sarah, 
Aug. 8, "19: Henrietta and Sophia, Mar. 8, '81; John Noyes, Mar. 20, 
'83; Sally Williams, Nov. 2, '84; William Williams, July 13, 1786. 

Curtis, Thomas. Chiiclren of, by his wife Elizabeth — John, b. Jan. 
1, 1C39; James, Sept. 15, '41; Joseph, Mar. 31, '44; Samuel, April 1, 
'45; Isaac (date obliterated). T. Curtis d. Nov. 13, 1681, aged 83 

Curtis, John and Lidia his wife, were m. Nov. 20, 1666. Is. — 
John, b. Dec. 10, '6"; Thomas, Sept. 15, 'TO; Lidiah, March 1, '73; 
Dorothy, May 15, '74; William, Oct, 12, '77; Elizabeth, Nov. 13, 'SI; 
Jonathan, Aug. 13, 1682. 

Curtis, Joseph and Mercy his wife, were m. Feb. 8, 1674. Is. — 
Meribah, b. Mar. 10, '74, and d. Jan. 15, 1684; Joseph, Jan. 10. '75; 
Mary, Sept, 2, '77; Sarah, Sep. 29, '79; Thomas, Dec. 24, 'SO; David, 
Nov. 29, '82. J. Curtis d. Dec. 31, 1683, aged about 40. 

Curtis, James and Abigaill his wife, were m. July 8, 1686. 

Curtis, Samuel and Sarah his wife, were m. Feb. 20, 1683. Is. — 
Samuel, b. Nov. 23, '84; Elizabeth and Ruth, May 17, '87; Elizabeth 
d. in infancy. S. Curtis d. Nov. 26, 1688, aged about 42 years. 

Curtis, John, the son of Serg ; . John Curtis, and Elizabeth, the dau. 
of Joseph Wright, were m. April 3, 1690. Is. —Martha, b. Jan. 17, '91; 
Lidia, Nov. 15, '94. and d. in infancy; Mary, Julv 5, '96; Rachel, 
Oct. 25, '98; John, Feb. 8, 1701; Josiah, Nov. 17,H03; Elizabeth, 
Mar. 18, 1707; Hannah, Dec. 12, 1711. J. Curtis d. Nov. 8, 1712. 

Curtis, Thomas and Mary, the dau. of John Goodrich, were m. Dec. 
30, 1703. Is.— Rebecca, b. April 28, 1705 ; Thomas Curtis and Rachell, 
dau. of John Morgan of Groton, were m. Mar. 17, 1715. Is. — Ambrose, 
b. Mar 23, '16; James, Sep. 11, '18; Experience, Nov. 12, 20; Wait- 
still, July 22, '23; Rachell Feb. 5, 1727. Mrs. R. Curtis d. Feb. 5, 
1730. \ 

Curtis, David and Abigaile, the dau. of John Goodrich, were m. 
April 25, 1706. Is.— Allen, b. May 18, 1708; Anne, July 18, 1710. 

Curtis, William and Ruth. dau. of Nath ! . Butler, were m. Jan. 8, 
1702. Is. — Gideon, b. July 10, 1703; William, Aug. 23, 1705; 
Charles, Mar. 13, 1710. 

Curtis, Jonathan and Hepzibah Hastings of [Hartford] Hatfield, 
were m. June 5, 1705. Is. — Anna, b. Mar. 31, 1706; Abigail, Oct. 
11, 1708; Thomas, Oct. 8, '10; Eleazer, Sep. 16, '12; Jonathan, Dec. 
26, '14; John, Jan. 5, 1721. 

Curtis, Joseph and Dorothv, the dau. of Joseph Edwards, were m. 
Dec. 7, 1708. Is.— Dorothy, b. Jan. 30, 1709; Kathrine, Dec. 25 t '10; 
Joseph, Jan. 22, '13; Daniel, April 29. '15; Sarah, May 23, '17: Zecha- 
riah, Sep. 13, '19; Josiah, Dec. 12, 1721. Mrs. Dorothy C. d. April 18, 
1760; and Mr. Joseph C, Dec. 31, 1765. 

Curtiss, Samuel and Susanna Allen, were m. Feb. 2, 1710. Is. — 
Elizabeth, b. Mar. 7, '11; Samuel, Aug. 28, 1712. 

Curtice, Joseph Jr. and Silence Williams, were m. Oct. 31, 1732. 
Is.— Mary, b. May 22, 1733. 

Curtis, Samuel and Loia Belding-, were m. Oct. 28, 1736. Is. — 

138 Records of Wethersfield, Conn. [April 

Lois, b Feb. 24, '40; Hannah, Feb. G, '42; Samuel, March 30, '44; 
Susanna, June 23, '4G; Daniel, Nov. 25. '4S; Margaret, March 5, '52; 
Eunice, Dec. t, '54; Joseph, June 15, 1765. 

Curtis, Josiah and Mary Kilborn, were m. Dec. 3, 1747. Is. — 
Levi, b. June 26, 1749; Ruth, Dec. 6, '51; Josiah, Aug. 26, '57; 
Ebenezer, Jan. 31, 17G0. Mrs. Mary C. d. Oct. 7, 1799. 

Curtiss, James and Elizabeth Kilborn, were m. May 18, 1749. 
Is.— Elizabeth, b. April 3, '50; Hannah, Jan. 12, '52; Martha, Dec. 8, 
'53; Mary, April 11, 1756. 

Curtiss, Thomas and Dorothea Bulklev, were m. Jan. 8, 1741. 
Is.— Dorothy, b. Dec. 5, '41; Josiah, May *11, '44; Charles, March 7, 
'46; Rachel, April 9, '48; Wait, Jan. 1, '51; Eleazer, March 14, '53; 
Mary, Oct. 6, 1755. 

Curtis, Jonathan 2 d . Children of, by Hannah his wife — Joseph, b. 
April 12, 1756; Hannah, Mar. 24, 1758. 

Curtis, Samuel J r . and Mehetabel Goodrich, were m. Oct. 17, 1764. 

Curtis, Josiah J r . and Eunice Hun, were m. Dec. 28, 1780. 

Curtis, Levi and Rhoda Stoddard, were m. Jan. 4, 1779. Is.— 
Josiah, b. Oct. 31, '79; Thomas Stoddard, Jan. 14, '83; Lucy, Aug. 
T, '82; Cloe, Mar. 13, '85; Lydia, Mar. 2, '87; Joseph Edwards, Oct. 
9, '89; Rhoda, July 30, 1796. 

Curtiss, James J r . and Sarah Fosdick, were m. April 6, 1788. 
Is. — Sarah, born April 4, '89; James, May 1, '91, and d. in infancy: 
Sally, Nov. 28, '92; Mary. Nov. 8, '94; Roswell, Aug. 20, '96; Samuel 
Fosdick, Sep. 8, '99; Charles Chauncey, Dec. 20, 1803; James, Mar. 
29, 1806; Anner Bacon, April 20, 1808. 

Curtiss, Joseph, was b. April 9, 1777, and Abiah Seely Dec. 25, 
1769, and were m. June 17, 1798. Is.— Daniel, b. Nov. 8, 1799; Jo- 
seph, Mar. 30, 1802; Seely, Feb. 12, 1805. 

Cheeny, John and Sarah his wife, were m. June 26, 1669. Is. — 
John, b. July 1, 1672; Henry, Feb. 14, 1673. 

Churchill, Josias. Children of, by Elizabeth his wife — Mary, b. 
March 24, 1639; Elizabeth, May 15, '42; Hanah, Nov. 1, '44; Joseph 
Dec. 2, '49; Benjamin, May 16, '52; Sarah, Nov. 11, 1657. Wid. 
Elizabeth C. d. Sept. 8, 1700, aged about 84. 

Churchel, R. Georg, sonne of Churchel and of Marget his wife, 
was borne the 14th day of March, 1653. 

Churchell, Jose and Mary his wife, were m. May 13, 1674. Is. — 
Mary, b. April 6, 1675; Nathaniell, July 9, 1677. 

Churchell, Benjamin and Mary his wife, were m. July 8, 1676. 
Is.— Josiah, b. Jan. S, 1676; Prudence, July 2, ; 78; Abigaiil, Feb. 

18, 1680. Mrs. C. d. Oct. 30, 1712. 

Churchill, Nath H . and Mary, the dau. of John Hurlbutt of Middle- 
town, were m. Oct. 9, 1701. Is.— Nath 11 ., b. Oct 29, 1703; John, Jan. 

19, 1706; Daniel, Nov. 3, 1710. 

Churchill, Josiah and Elizabeth, dau. of Mr. Thomas Towsev, were 
m. May 8, 1706. Is.— Arminell, b. Feb. 20, 1709; Prudence, Dec. 20, 
'10; Hezekiah, Aug. 20, '12, and d. June 24, '14; Mary, Oct. 6, '14; 
Sarah, June 11, '16; Josiah, June 28, 1720. Mr. J. C. d. Aug. 22, 
1751, and his wife Oct. 23, 1751. 

Churchel, Joseph and Ledia, dau. of John Dickinson of Hatfield, 
were in. Jan. 12, 1714. Is. — Joseph, b. Npy. 23, 1714. 

1862.] Records of Wethersfield, Conn. 139 

Churchill, Ensign Samuel, d. .July 21, 1767, and Martha his wid., 
Dec. 14, 1780. 

Churchil, David. Children of, by Doroth liis wife — Dorothy, b. 
Oct. 3, 1726; Elizabeth, Feb. 1, '29,. .and d. in infancy. Betty, June 
9, '31; David, Oct. 16, '33; Anne, Oct. 23, '37; Joseph, May 31, 1743. 

Churchil, Nathanael and Rebecca Oris wold, were m. (no date). 
Is.— Abigail, b. Sept. 28, 1727; Mary, Aug. 22, '29; Nathaniel, June 

25, '31; Rebecca, Feb. 10, '34; Lucy" May 3, '36; Janna, Feb. 20, '38; 
Amos, Mar. 5, 1743. 

Churchil, Charles and Lydia Belding, were m. Nov. 19, 1747. Is. — 
Hannah, b. Jan. 11, '49, and d. in infancy; Levi, May 28, '52; Mary, 
t Sept. 22, '53, and d. in infancy? Charles, May 3, '55; Samuel, April 

5, '57; Hannah, Dec. 28, '58; "Solomon, July 29, '64; Silas, April 5, 

Churchil, Josiah and Eunice Doming, were m. May 2, 1753. 

Churchill, Samuel and Mercy Bordman, were m. July 16, 1778. 
Is. — a dau. (nameless), b. Dec. 7, '79; Mary Anna, Aug. 25, 1782.. 

Chapel, George. Issue of, by Christian his wife — Abigail, b. Sept. 
1, 1644; Sarah, Sept. 21, '4.7; Rachell, Oct. 10, 1649. 

Cotton, John and Hanah his wife, were m. Nov. 7, 1660. 

Colfox, William. Children of, by Alse his wife — Elizabeth, b. in 
April, 1633; John, in Feb., '55; Mary, in Feb., 57; Jonathan, in Feb., 

Colefox, Jonathan and Sarah his wife, were m. May 28, 1696. Is. — 
Sarah, b. Mar. 3, 1697. J. C. d. Dec. 17, aged about 53. 

Catellin, John and Mary his wife, were m. Sept. 23, 1662. Is.— 
' John, b. July 26, '63. 

Crane, Benjamin and Mary his wife, were m. April 23, 1655. Is. — 
Benjamin, b. March 1, 1656; Jonathan, Dec. 1, '58: Jose, April 1, 
'61; John, April, '63; Israel, Nov. 1, 1671. Mrs. M. C. d. July 8, 

Crane, Joseph and Sarah, the dan. of John Kilborne, were m. Dec, 10, 
1684. Is. — Sarah, b. Dec. 10, '85, and d. in infancy; Sarah, Mar. 15, 
'87; Hannah, Aug. 4, '89; Mary, Aug. 31, '92, and" d. Dec, 27, 1701; 
Benjamin, May 21, '94; Joseph, Nov. 25, '96, and d. Sept. 28, 1712; 
Hester, Sept. 7, '98, and d. Sept. 6, 1701; David, April 27, 1701, and 
died in infancy; Easter, Aug. 28, 1702; Isaac, Oct. 20, 1707. Mr. J. 
Crane d. Nov. 28, 1707, aged 46. 

Crane, John and Abigail, dau. of Nath 11 . Butler, were m. Oct. 27, 1692. 
Is.— Josiah, b. Mar. 22, 1694. Mr. John C. d. Oct. 23, 1694, aged 30. 

Crane, Benjamin Jr. and Mary Chapman, were m. May 12, 1686. 
Mrs. M. C. d. April 5, 1687, aged 22. Children of B. Crane, by Mar- 
tha his wife — Benjamin, b. Nov. 7. 1690, and d. May, 1693; Isaac, 
Aug. 19, 7 92, and d. Sep. 15, 1712. 'Mr. B. Crane d. June 20, 1693. 

Crane, Israel and Lidiah his wife, were m. Sept. 13, 1695. Is.— 
Lidia, b. Aug. 4, 1701; Hannah, Nov. 24, 1702; Elizabeth, Sept. 23, 
1704; Martha, Mar. 19, 1706. Mr. I. 0. d. April 28, 1707, in his 36th 

Crane, Abraham. Children of, by Hannah his wife — Mary, b. Feb. 
7,1697 John, Mar. 14, 1700; Benoni, Aug. 20, 1704; Hannah, May 

26, 1706; Lucy, July 25, 1710; Abraham, Oct. 5, 1713. Mr. A. C. d. 
July 5, 1713, aged about 45. 

J 40 Records of Wethersfield, Conn, [April 

Crane, John Jr. Children of, by Rebeckah his wife — Sarah, b. 
Nov. 30, 1735; Benjamin, Mar. 29, 1738. 

Crane, Abraham and Rebecca Ilurlbutt, were m. Mar. 15, 1739. 
Is.— Abraham, b. Dec. 16, '39; David, Nov. 29, '41; Elijah, Jan. 9, 
'44; Benjamin, July 18, '46; Hezekiah, Sept. 28, '48; Rebecca, Nov. 

22, '50, and d. in infancy: Mary, Nov. 5, '52; Joseph, Aug. 13, 1755. 
Mr. A. C. d. Mar. 25, 1756, in the 43d year of his age. 

Crane, Hezekiah. and Mary Dix, were m. Dec. 29, 1771. Is. — 
Sarah, b. May 7, '72; Mary, Jan. 17, '74; Leonard, Aug. 15, '76, and 
d. 1797; Samuel, Jan. 25, '79; Hezekiah, Jan. 5, '81, and d. May 19, 
1827; Thomas, Mar. 1, 1783, and d. 1787; Lancelot, Sept. 12, 'S6; 
Rebecca, Mar. 14, '88; Emily, Dec. 19, 1790. Mr. H. C. d. Mar. 10, 
1800, aged 52, and his wid. Jan. 19, 1825, aged 75. 

Crane, Abraham Jr. and Huldah Hanmer, were m. Feb., 1797. 
Is. — Mary, b. Jan. 27, '98: William Hanmer, Oct. 25, '99. Abraham, 
Nov. 13, 1801. 

Couch, Thomas and Rebeckah his wife, were m. Nov. 22, 1666. 
Is.— Susannah, b. Oct. 12, '67: Simon, Dec. 11, '69; Rebackah, Feb. 
16, 1672. Mrs. R. C. d. March 1, 1672. 

Couch, Thomas and Sarah Hust of Deerneld, were m. Dec. 16, 
1713. Is.— Sarah, b. Nov. 7, '14; Hannah, Julv 27, '16; Elizabeth, 
Aug. 23, '18; Thomas, May 9, '21; Ebenezer, Sept. 28, '23; Benoni, 
June 5, '27. Mr. T. C. d. Dec. 1, 1751. and his wife Oct, 16, 1757. 

Couch, Benoni and Phebe Miller, were m. July 28, 1754. Is. — 
Samuel, b. June 18, '55: Thomas, April 26, 1757. 

Coultman, John and Mary his wife, were m. Sept, 21, 1667. Is. — 
Mary, b. Nov. 29, 1672; Elizabeth, Jan. 14, '77; Anna, March 11, 

Cole, Samuel and Lidiah his wife, were m. Sept. 25, 1679. Is. — 
Joseph, b. Sept. 12, '81; Lidia, Jan. 18, 1684. 

Cole, Joseph and Abigail, aau. of Sergt. Jonathan Rily, were m. Jan. 
13, 1709. Is.— John, b. June 13, 1710. 

Clarke, William. Children of, by Susanah his wife — Mary, b. June 
18, 1669; Susanah, Dec. 25, '71; William, Jan. 29, '73; Mathias, 
Feb. 9, '77; Elizabeth, Aug. 28, 1679. By his 2d wife Margaret, he 
had Is. — Abigail, b. Feb. 4. 1707. Wm. C, jr., was drowned AdhI 
8, 1708, aged about 33 years. Mr. W. C. d. Dec, 1711. 

Clarke, Thomas and Dorothy, dan. of Stephen Hurlbutt, were m. 
Dec. 9, 1710. Is.— Phebe, b. Aug. 25, 7 11, and d. Dec. 21, '12: Wm., 
June 19, '13; Martin, May 9. '15: Elisha, March 23, '18; Phebe, Jan. 
27, '20; Hannah, Jan. 23, '22; Mary, June 9, '24; Thomas, Sept. 25, 
1728. Mr. T. C. d. April 3, 1767. 

Clarke, Thomas Jr., and Lois Brooks, were m. June 17, 1756. 
Is.— Martin, b. July 20, '57, and d. Dec. 16, '62; Roger, Dec. 1, '59; 
William, May 30, '62; Rufus, Sept. 2, '64; George, Dec. 1, '66, and 
d. Sept. 27, '75; Moses, Jan. 4, '69; Mary, Feb. 15, '71; Olive, Oct. 

23, '74; George, Jan. 7, 1778. 

Clarke, Moses. Children of, by Mary his wife — Daniel, b. Jan 16, 
1793; Henry, Dec. 1, '95; Thomas, March 5, 1797. 

Crowfoot, Joseph and Margaret his wife, were m. Dec. 30, 1686. 
Is.— Mary, b. Sept. 25, '87, and d. Aug. 1, '89; Margerett, March 8, 
'89; Joseph, June 12, '92; Elizabeth, Aug. 14, '93; Mary, Jan. II, 


186.2.] Records of Wethersfidd, Conn. 141 

'95; Mehetable, July 1, '91; Sarah, March 19, 1700, and d. in infancy; 
Ephraim, July 27, 1705. 

Coolidge, Obadiab. Children of, by Elizabeth his wife — Elizabeth, 
b. Feb. 26, 1688; Obadiah, their son, d. Sept. 25, '89 ; Hannah, b 
March 26, 1690. 

Coleman, John and Hannah, dan. of James Wright, were m. April 
24, 1695. Is.— Mary, b. Dec. 13, '95; John, May 12, '9S; Thomas, 
June 6, 1701; Hannah, Sept. 25,1704; Eiisha, Oct. 8,1707. Mrs. 
H. C. d. Aug-. 1, 1741. 

Coleman, John Jr., and Comfort Bobbins, were m. (no date). Is. — 
Comfort, b. Aug". 29. 1727; John, July 27, '29; Elizabeth, Oct 24, 
'31; Hannah, Sept. 19, '34; Thomas, May 28, 1737. 

Coleman, Eiisha and Anne Rose, were m. (no date). Is. — Peleg, 
b. Aug. 19, 1738; Anne, Dec. 22, '39; Zadock, Aug. 27, 1746. 

Coleman, Nathanael and Ruth Beadle were m. Jan. 19, 1744. Is. — 
Mary, b. March 3, '45; Benjamin, April 21, '47; Sarah, July 30, '49, 
aud d. in infancy; Apphia, Feb. 4, '51. Mrs. R. C. d. Feb. 20, 1751. 
N. C. and Comfort Loveman, were m. Nov. 23, 1752. Their is., 
Nathaniel, b. Dec. 30, 1755. 

Coleman, Zadock and Hannah Goodrich, were m. Sept. 28, 1174. 
Is:— Zadock, b. Dec. 16, 1176. Mr. Z. C. d. March 15, 1776. (Proba- 
bly an error in date here.) 

Coleman, Peleg and Rebecca Dickinson, were m. (no date). Is. — 
Thomas, b. Feb.' 10, 1761; Sarah, Jan. 2, '63: Eiisha, Jan; 2, '65; 
Anne, Feb. 4, '67; George, Feb. 4, '69; George', Jan. 10, '71; John, 
July 10, 1713. 

Collins, Samuel and Martha, his wife, were m. Oct. 26, 1104. Is. — 
Samuel, b. Jan. 21, 1705; Jonathan, Oct. 8, 1706; Martha, July 9, 
1709; David, May 13, '12; Daniel, Aug. 27, '14; Hannah, June 1, '11; 
Mary, April 11, '20; John, Jan. 8, J 23; Benjamin, Nov. 13, '24; James, 
Oct. 30, 1121. 

Collins, Jonathan and Rebina Smith, were m. June 2, 1131. Is. 
— Isaac, b. Feb. 27, '32; Robert, June 5, '34; Charles, Oct. 6, '36; 
Anna, July 14, '38; Prudence, Sept. 20, '40; Olive, March 13, '43; 
Charles, Nov. 11, '46. Rachel, Rebina and Kezia were all b. July 
20, 1149. 

Collins, John and Lydia All is, were m. March 8, 1739. Is.— Amos, 
b. June 5, '46; Kezia, 1141. 

Collius, David and Sarah Cole, were m. Nov. 11, 1142. Is. — 
Abigail, b. Dec. 4, '42; Lucy, Dec. 5, '45; Josiah, July 26, '48, and 
d. Nov. 22, '49; Josiah,' Sept, 26, 1750. 

Collins, James and Elizabeth Riley, were m. Nov, 5, 1741. Is. — 
Elizabeth, b. May 2, '48; Patience, Nov. 9, '49; Lydia, June 5, '52; 
Zebede, July 16, 1155. 

Collins, Benjamin and Bathsheba Dimick, were m. Jan. 30, 1155, 
Is.- — Moses, b. Jan. 6, 1156. 

Collins, Isaac and Esther Belding, were m. Sept, 5, 1154. Is. — 
Simeon, b. Jan. 19, 1155. 

Collins, Martha. Children of Rhoda Belden, b. April 13, 11S8— 
Eiisha Belden, Sept. 2, 1196. 

Camp, John. Child of, by his wife Mary, b. Oct. 25, 1113. Capt. 
J. C. d. Feb. 4, 1141, in the 12d year of his age. 


142 Orders of Gov. Lawrence. [April 

Camp, John Jr., and Penelope Doming, wore in. Nov. 1, 1139. 
Is.— Mary, b. Dec. 10, '40; Anno, Dec. 1, '42; Joseph, July 27, '44; 
James, Nov. 30, '46; Lucy, March, 27, 1749. 

Camp, Joseph and Anna Kellogg, were m. Dec. **, 17**. Is. — 
Anna, b. April 15, 1773; Eleanor, July 17, '75; Sarah, June 6, '78; 
Joseph, March 26, '31; James, March 15, '84; Alma, Jan. 31, '87; 
Lucy, May 12, 1790. 

Camp, James and Elizabeth Kilborn, were in. Dec. 4, 1769. Is. — 
John, b. April 6, ? 70; Samuel, Aug. 25, '72; Abigail, Oct. 30, '73; 
Moses, April 15, '77; Mary, Oct. 14, '78; Elizabeth, March 24, 1782. 

[to be continued.] 


[From the Original. Communicated by Geo. Mountfort of Boston.] 

By His Excellency Charles Lawrence Esquire Lieutenant Governor 
and Commander in Chief of His ma'ties Province of Nova Scotia or 

To Major Prebble, commanding the Battallion of Major General 
Shirley's New England Regiment now embarked in this Harbour in 
order for their return to Boston. 

Whereas the Government of this Province have some time ago 
come to a Determination of removing the French Inhabitants from 
this Province, on account of their having refused to take the oath of 
allegiance to His Majesty, and divers instances of Treasonable & 
treacherous behaviour on their parts. 

And whereas, orders were accordingly Issued for the removal of 
the said Inhabitants, notwithstanding which, I have been informed, 
that some of them do still remain in different parts of the Province, 
particularly at Cape Sable and the places round about. 

You are therefore hereby required and directed to put into Cape 
Sable, or some of the adjacent Harbours (in your way to Boston), 
and with the Troops -under your Command to land at the most conve- 
nient place, and to seize as many of the said Inhabitants as possible, 
and carry them with you to Boston, where you will deliver them to 
his Excellency General Shirley, with a Letter you will receive with 
this Order. 

You are at all events to Burn and Destroy the Houses of the said 
Inhabitants, and carry Off their utensils and Cattle of all kinds, and 
make a distribution of them to the Troops under your Commands, as 
a reward for the performance of this Service, and to destroy such 
things as cannot conveniently be carried off. 

Given under my Hand and Seal at Halifax, this ninth day of April 
1756, in the 29 th year of His Majesties reign. Cha s Lawrence. 

By His Excellencys Commad 

W M Cottebell Sec: 

1862.] Narraganset Townships. 143 


[The following- is what remains of a list of Grantees of seven Nar- 
raganset townships, laid out by order of the General Court; confirmed 
April 18, 1735. Rev. J. B. Felt in the Collections of American Statis- 
tical Association, i, pp. 28, 29, has given us a history of these grants. 
"On July 1, 1727, Samuel Chandler, Jacob Wright and many others, 
soldiers or lawful representatives of such as were in the Narragan- 
set Expedition of 1675, petitioned for land. They represented, that 
in 16S6, two townships were granted to them in the Nipmug county, 
which were not settled. They desired that a like grant might be 
renewed, which was done the following year, though not in the same 
location. Thomas Hunt and others, petitioned General Court, Feb. 
17, 1731, that, as the preceding grant was insufficient for all the 
Narraganset claimaints, they may have some additional townships. 
The Legislature ordered that one township should be allowed for 
every 120 of such individuals. The House sent a message to the 
Council, Jan. 19, 1732, on this subject. It was as follows: " Proclam- 
ation was made to them, when mustered on Dedhara Plain, whence 
they began their march' (Rev. Peter Hobart's diary gives the date of 
this marching from Dedham, Dec. 9, 1675), ' that if they played the 
man, took the fort, and drove the enemy out of the Narraganset 
country, which was their great seat, they should have a gratuity in 
land, besides their wages. 7 Such a victory was achieved. 'And as 
the condition has been performed, certainly the promise, in all equity 
and justice ought to be fulfilled. And if we consider the difficulties 
these brave men went through in storming the fort in the depth of 
winter, and the pinching wants they afterwards underwent in pur- 
suing theindians that escaped, through a hideous wilderness, former- 
ly known throughout New England to this day, by the name of the 
hungry march, and if we further consider, that until this brave, though 
small army, thus played the man, the whole country was filled with dis- 
tress and fear, and we trembled in this capital, Boston itself, and that 
to the goodness of God to this army, we owe our fathers and our own 
safety and estates' — they ought to have their claim. 

The list of Narraganset claimants, April 26, 1733, were 840, who 
had five townships allowed them, besides two previously assigned to 
them." A rule was adopted by the General Court for adjusting the 
claims of the various heirs, that the eldest male heir, or in want of 
. male, the eldest female, 'if they pleased, should hold the land by 
paying to the other descendants or heirs, such proportionable parts 
of ten pounds (which -was judged to be the value of a right or single 
share), as such descendants would be entitled to, provided the said 
land had descended according to a law of the province for the settle- 
ment of intestate estates.' After many meetings of committees, ap- 
pointed by the grantees, the latter convened on Boston Common, and 
formed themselves into seven associations, each having the specified 
number of 120 for a single township. Every association chose three 
agents, all of whom met at Luke Verdey'e, the Royal Exchange in 

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144 Karragansci Townships. [April 

King street, Boston, October 17, 1733, and assigned the respective 
townships. These were located in what subsequently fell to New 
Hampshire in Massachusetts and Maine." The grantees, as before 
stated, had a confirmation of their grants in 1735. We regret that 
we are unable to give the list entire. The residue of the names are 
gone. See Register, v, 369, for interesting notices of addresses deli- 
vered at Buxton, Me., in 1850, and at Bedford, N. H. 7 the same year. 
Of these seven Narraganset townships, Buxton, Me., was No. 1; 
Princeton, Mass., No. 2; Amherst, N. H., No. 3; GofTstown, N. II., 
No. 4; Bedford, N. H., No. 5; Templeton, Mass., No. 6; Gorham, Me., 
No. 7. W. B. T.] 

Boston. — His Excellency JonathaTi Belcher Esq 1- .; for his Father, 
Andrew Belcher Esq 1 .; William Clark Esq 1 "., for y e Heirs of Doct. 
John Clark; The Heirs of Richard Way; William Dinsdell, for his 
Father William; Sarah Warren, for her Husband; Benjamin Swain, 
for his father, Henry; Isaac Prince's Heirs; The heirs of Doct 1 ". John 
Cutler; The heirs of Bepj a . Williams; Daniel Ailin, for his father, 
Nicolas; The Heirs of Henry Timberlake; The Heirs of Jeremiah 
Tay; The Heirs of Thomas Weymoth, The Heirs of John Arrnoid; 
Sam 11 . Kneel and, for his Grandfather, Sam' 1 . Polard; Benj a Bicknerd, 
for his Father, Sam 11 .; The Heirs of Jacob Grigs; John Gridley, for 
his Father, Joseph; John Nelson, Alive; Peres Savage's Heirs; 
James Lendal's Heirs; Thomas Plimbly's heirs; John Gridly, for his 
grand Father, John Mors; John Ruggles, for his Father, [ ] Rug- 
gles; Sam 11 . Kneeland, for John Triscot; Rebekah Hannan, for her 
Father, Daniel Mathewes; Benj a . Dyer, for his Father, Benj a . Dyer; 
Edward Ting, for his Father, Edward Ting; John Leach, for his 
Father, John Leach; John Chamberlan, for his Father, Henry; Benj a . 
Landon, for his Father, David; John Lain, for his Father, Joshua; 
Rebeckah Foster, for her Father, Edward Weden; Sarah Perkins, 
for Joshua Hewes; Thomas Daws, for his Father, Ambros; Zachariah 
Gurney, Alive; Addington Davenport Esq r ., for his Uncle, Capt. 
Davenport; Thomas Hunt, Alive; Joseph Wadsworth Esq 1 "., for his 
Father, Capt. Wadsworth; Owen Harris, for Wife's Father, Petter , !J 

Bennet; Simon Rogers, for his Father, Gamaliel; John Tuckerman, 
Alive; Richard Bill, for his Father, Richard; William Hacy, for his 
Grandfather, William; John Richards, for his Father, John; Jonathan 
Williams, for his Wife's Father, Capt. Maudsley; William Manley, 
Alive; John Mears, Alive; Ephraim Moor, for his Father, Caleb; 
Daniel Oliver Esq r ., for his Uncle, Capt. James Oliver: Hugh Calder, 
for his Wife's Fath a ., John Hands; John Simkins, for his Father 
Pilgrim; Nath a . Goodwin, for his Father, John; Thomas Beedle, for 
his Father, Thomas; Moses Ayers, for his Father, George Ripley; 
John Moors, for his Father, Thomas; Samuel Kneeland, for Dommini 
McDonell; Thomas Barnard, for his Father, Thomas. 

Billerica. — John Stern's Heirs; Nath a . Rogers, Alive: James Pat- 
tison, for his Father, James; John Needham, for his Father, John; 
Sam 11 . Hunt, Alive; Sam 1 '. Shelden, for his Father; John Shed, Alive; 
Benj a . Thompson, for his Father, Joseph. 

Brantree. — Samuel Bass, Alive; Samuel Whitt, for his Wife's 

1862.] Narraganset Toumslrips. 145 

Father, Sam 11 . Bingley ; Thomas Caplin, for his Father, Thomas; 
Thomas Holbrook, Alive; The Heirs of Thomas Bingley. 

Boxford — Stephen Peabody, for his Father, William; James Cur- 
tise, for Francies Jefferys; John Andrews, for his Father, Robart; 
John Bixbe, for his Father, Josepli. 

Brookfield. — Edward Walker, Alive. 

Beverly. — Thomas Payment, Alive: Ralph Elinwood, Alive; Henry 
Bayley, Alive; Christopher Read, Alive; Lott Oonnani, Alive; Thomas 
Blackfield, for his Father, Thomas; Andrew Dodge, for John Elin- 
wood; Joseph Morgan, for his Father, Joseph; William Dodge's 
Heirs; Jonathan Byels, Alive; William Rayment's Heirs; Joseph 
Picket, for his Father, Elias; Sam 11 . Harris's Heirs; John Doge's 

Bridgewater. — Abigail Hubard, for hur Father, Richard Burnham; 
Sam 11 . Pecker, for his Father, Sam 11 .; Daniel Hudson, Alive; Isaac 
Leonard, for his Father, Isaac; Richard Jennings, Alive; Benj a . 
Richards, for Joseph Richards; Edward Howard, for his Father, 
John; James Gary, for his Father, James; Thomas Hay ward, the 
3 t3 , for his Uncle, Elisha; Benj\ Washborn, for his Father, Jonathan; 
Ebenezer Hill, for his Uncle, Joseph Baley; Josiah Edson Esq r ., for 
Solomon Cheeker; Ebenezer Hill, for his Father, Ebenezer; John 
Handmore, for his Father, John. 

Bellingham. — Thomas Brick, for his Father, Thomas. 

Brooklyn. — Benj a . White's Heirs; Joseph Gardner, for his Brother, 

Barrington. — Joseph Allen, for his Father, Benj a . ; Joseph Allen, 
for his Uncle, Richard; John Reed, for his Father, John. 

Berwick. — Nicholes Tarbott's Heirs. 

Bristoll. — John Borworth, for his Father, John. 

Bedford. — Elezer Davis, Assine to John Wight. 

Biddaford. — Moses Dures, Alive. 

Bradford. — Ichabod Boynton, for his Father, John. 

Cambridge. — William Russel, Alive; Gershom Cutter, Alive; Joseph 
Beammus, for his Father, Joseph; Jonathan Remington Esq r ., for his 
Fath 3 ., Cp f . Remington; Downing Champuey, for his Father, Samuel; 
Jonathan Barthrick, for his Father, Thomas; Fetter Hay, for his 
Brother-in-law, John Barrett; William Gleson, for his Father, Wil- 
liam; The Heirs of John Smith; Samuel Smith, for his Uncle, Samuel; 
The Heirs of Joseph Smith; The Heirs of Nath 11 . Smith: The Heirs 
Of Thomas Brown: Jonathan Gates, for his Father, Simon; Thomas 
Willington, for his Uncle, John; Daniel Cheaver, for his Uncle, 
James ; Will'", Brattle Esq r ., for his Grandfather, Cap J . Tho\ 
Brattle. ' * . 

Concord. — Abraham Temple, Alive; John Wood's Heirs; Samuel 
Chandler, for his Father, Joseph Buss; Joseph Buckley, for his 
Father, Petier Buckley; Samuel Chandler, Assine to John Taley; 
John Wheeler, for his" Brother, Joseph Wheeler: Joseph Wheat, for 
Moses Wheat; William Clark, Heir to John Taylor; Jane Cane, for 


146 Narragansct Townships. [April 

hur Father, John Cane; George Farrow, Heir to Sam 11 . How; Eleazer 
Flag", for his Father, Eleazer; Ebenezer Wheeler, for his Father, 
John; Josph Dudley, for his Grandfather, Tho\ Goblc; George 
Hayward's Heirs; Ephrim Brown, for his Father, Thomas; Samuel 
Chandler, Assigne to John Gr-rrigs; Daniel Adams, for his father-in- 
law, Daniel Dean; Daniel Billing, for his Father, Nath a .; Sam 11 . 
Hartwell, for his Father, Sam !l . Hartvvell; Elnathan Jones, Assigne 
to Jonat 1 . Looker; Samuel Butt-rick's Heirs: James Rnssel, for his 
Grandfather, BenjX; Samuel Chandler Jun r ., Ssine to John Kene; 
Jonathan Whittne, Alive; David Wheeler, Assine to Sam 11 . Gree- 

Oharlstown. — James Lowden, Alive; Samuel Read, Alive; Henry 
Summers, Alive; Robert Fosket, for his Father, John; Thomas Skin- 
ner, for his Uncle, Isaac Lewis; Samuel Fosket, for his Father, 
Samuel ; Samuel Long, for his Uncle, Sam 11 . Xewhell ; Margery 
Dowse, for hur Father, Joseph ; Nath 11 . Goodwin, for his Uncle. 
Benj a . Lathrop ; James Smith's Heir, namely, Jon-. Call ; Joseph 
Pratt's Heirs; Sam 11 . Lemmon's Heirs; William Burt's Heirs; Jacob 
Cole's Heirs; John Mousley's Heirs: Humphry Miller's Heirs; John 
Hawkins' Heirs; John Trumball's Heirs; Alexander Philliphs' Heirs; 
George Mudge's Heirs; John Shepherd's Heirs; Thomas Welch's 
Heirs; George Grind's Heirs; Joseph Lynd's Heirs; Timothy Cutler's 
Heirs; James Kittle, for his Father; Thomas Jorner's Heirs; John 
Griffen, Heir to Matthew Griffon; Ebenezer Breed, for his Father, 
John; Zac a . Davis, for his Uncle, Hopestill Davis; John Sprague, for 
his Father, Jonathan; Elezer Johnson, for his Father, Edward; John 
Senter, for his Father, John. 

Yarmoth. — Sam 11 . Barker, for his Father, Samuel; Rich d . Taylour, 
Alive; William Gray, for his Father, William} William Chase, Alive; 
Capt. John Goreham's Heirs; Thomas Baxtor's; John Thatcher's; 
John Hallet's; John Mathews'; Thomas Thornton's; William Gray's;* 
Sam 11 . Hall's ; James Maker's ; James Claghorn's ; Joseph Hall's ; 
Lammy Hedge's; Nath a . Hall's; Joseph Welden's; Samuel Thomas's; 
Jonathan Smith's; Samuel Jones's; Richard Taylour's;* Thomas 
Felton's; John Gage's; William Follen's; William Gage's; Ananias 
Wing's ; John Crowell's ; John Chase's ; Henry Gold's ; Richard 
Pakes'; Jabez Gorham's; Henry Gage's; Yelverton Crowell's; John 
Pugsley's; Daniel Baker's; Jonathan Whight's; Samuel Bakers; 
William Baker's. 

York. — Denison Sergent, for his Father, Andrue. 

The Comittee ordered to prepare a Correct & Exact list of the 
Grantees of the Seven Narraganset Townships lately laid out by 
order of the Great & General Court, humbly offer the aforewritten 
list of Eight hundred k forty persons, for confirmation, which they 
have prepared with great pains & the utmost faithfulness. 

By order of the Comitee. Samuel Welles. 

In the House of Representatives, April 17th, 1735. 

Read and Ordered, that the Report be accepted, and the several 

* Against the name of William Gray, is written Edxsard, in another hand, ami 
against the name of Richard Taylour, John. 

1862.] Vote of the General Court of Massachusetts. 147 

persons within named are hereby declared to be the Grantees of the 
seven Naraganset Towns, above mentioned, to have and to hold the 
same to their heirs '& assigns respectively, according 1 to the Condi- 
tions of the Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence. John Quixcy, Speak r . 

In Council, April 18, 1735. 

Read & Concurred. T. Maton, Dep*. Sec^r. 

Consented to. J. Belcher. 

— Mass. Archives, Book 114, pp. 103-110. 


Whereas by a good prouidence of God there is come vnto or hands 
a booke lately printed in England, Intitled Vnitie our Dutie; It being 
priucipallie applyed & presented to the Godly, Reuerend & learned 
brethren of the Presbyterean Judgm'; <x the dissentinge Godlie Re- 
uerend & learned brethren comonly called Independant, contending 
together about Church Gouernm 1 .. tending earnestlie to diswade 
thorn from bitter speaking & writing on against another. It being 
a subiect in the generall applicable to most Christian Churches & 
states & not vnsuteble to o r present condition. It being also a 
worke penned w th much wisdom, authoritie & power, gnided by a 
spirit of meekenes, & profitable to all that will make good vse of it. 
This Court being very willing to further the peace & vnitie of The 
people heere amongest vs, & to prevent all Occasions tending to the 
breach thereof, & finding this short treatise speaking throughlie & 
fullie to the point, & may be a meanes of blessing to us in that be- 
halfe, hath thought it meete to cause the said booke to be printed & 
Bent abroad into all y e p r tes of o r Jurisdiccou, whereby all may take 
notice of God's will revealed in that p r ticular. 

■ The magistrates desire the Concurrence of the Depty s in passing 
this order, & that this order should be prefixed to the Booke. 

Jo. Winthrop: D: Go: 

The howse of dep ts doe concurr w t}l o r hono r ed mag rts in the pass- 
inge of this bill, & doe further desire them to make choyce of one or 
more of o r Reuerend Elders whoe are desired to drawe vpp an Epis- 
tle in comendacons of y e worke, w oh wee desire may bee likewise 
printed & p r fixt to y e booke. Rob: Bridgg. 

Voted — consented heere vnto. Jo: Winthrop, D: Go: 

O r Reuerent Elders are desired to choose out some arnongest 
themselues who may answere the desire & expectation of the Court. 


*This document was copied from the Massachusetts Archives, vol. lYiii, pp. 1 
and 2. It is without date. It must have been previous to the death of Gov. Win- 
throp, which event occurred March 26, 1649. We do not iind it on the Records 
of the Court. W. B. T. 


Soldiers from Dorchester, Mass. 



[In the year 1690, a large company of soldiers was raised in Dor- 
chester, to embark in the Canada expedition. Forty-six of this com- 
pany, it is supposed, never returned; many of them, probably, 
perished at sea. A list of the entire company was found among the 
papers left by Ebenezer Clap, son of Nathaniel (see Reg., xv, 225- 
227), who in 1690, was one of the active citizens of the town. We 
give the list as printed in the Hist, of Dorchester, p. 256]. 


" A list of the names of the Soldiers under the command of John 
Withington, Oct. 3, 1690. 

Capt. Joh. Withington Sargt. Ammiel Weeks 
Left. George Minott Sargt. Richard Butt 

Insine Samuel Sumner Sargt. Samuel Sumner 

Sargt. Increase Modsley 
Joseph Weeks, Clarke. Joseph Trescott, 


Corp. John Poope 
Corp. Joseph Curtis 
Corp. George Holmes 



Adam Barr, These on bord Capt. B- 

James Robinson Corp. Daniell Hensha 
Cornelius Tilestone William. Blake 


Ebenezer Sumner, 
Henry Lyon 
Eliab Lyon 
Unight Modsley 
William Cheney 
Peter Calley 
Ebenezer Poope 
William Sumner 
Eleazer Walles 
William Cooke 
Joseph Long 
Thomas Weeks 
Thomas Andrews 
William Sumner 
Samuel Sandras 
Edward Wiatte 
Benieman Hewens 
James Swift 
Hopstill Sandras 
Solomon Clarke 
John Lord 
Consider Athcrton 
Jezeniah Sumner 

[The following list of about Jan. 1737-3, is taken from the Massa- 
chusetts Archives, book 114, pp. 193, 194. The grant was known by the 
name of "Dorchester Canada; 1 but at the incorporation of the town 
in 1765, it was named Ashburnham. It is in Worcester county, 

Richard Euins 
Samuel Hicks 
John Tolman 
John Jones 
Ebenezer Crane 
Samuel Chandler 
William Fowst 
William Belshar 
David Stevenson 
Henry Jackson 
Thomas Bird 
Augusten Clements 
William Swift 
Moses Chaplin 
Joshua Shoot 
John Anderson 
John Leeds 
Isaac Caps 
John Crowhore 

John Gulliver 
William George 
Joseph Atherton 
Samuell Triscott 
Thomas K el ton 
John Morrill 
James Morey 
Edward Clap 

Jehosephat Crabtree 
John Briant 

Rob art Husay 

Charles Readman 

William Baker 

Matthew Mapley 

John Jones 

Elias Moonke 


1S62.] Soldiers from Dorchester, Mass. 149 

A list of y° Persons admitted as Setlers or Grantees into a New 
Township Granted by y- Great and General Court of y e Massaehu- 
sets Province in New England, on y* Petition of Thomas Tilston 
Esq. in behalf of y e Offiseis and Soldiers who served in y e Expedi- 
tion to Canada, under y e Command of Capt. John Withington, of 

1. Atherton Humphry, of Stoughton, in the Right of his Father, 

Consider Atherton. 

2. Atherton James, of Harvard, in the Right of his Vncle, Joseph 


3. Andrews John, of Dorchester, in y e Right of his Brother, Thomas 


4. Butt Samuel, of Dorchester, in the Right of His Vncle, Richard 


5. Baker Josiah, of Boston, in the Right of His Vncle, "William 


6. Bird, Benjamin ju., of Dorchester, in the Right of His Vncle, 

Thomas Bird. 

7. Blake Samuel, of Taunton, in the Right of His Vncle, William 


8. Cheney Benjamin, of Dorchester, in y e Right of His Brother, 

William Cheney. 

9. Chandler Jonathan, of Dorchester, in the Right of His Brother, 

Samuel Chandler. 

10. Crane Ebenezer, of Brantree, -in y e Right of His Father, Ebenezer 


11. Clap Neamiah, of Milton, in the Right of His Brother, Edward 


12. Cook Robert, Neadham, in the Right of His Brother, William 


13. Calhoor John, of Milton, in y e Right of his Vncle, John Cal- 


14. Chaplin Joseph, of Roadiseland, in y e Right of His Brother, 

Moses Chaplin. 

15. Eavins Mattathias, of Dorchester, in the Right of His Brother, 

Richard Evens. 

16. Oliver Wilder, of Lancaster, in y e Right of his Wife, Mary, 

daughter of Jonat h . Fairbank who served under Capt. Champne. 

17. George Joshua, of Atelburrough, in the Right of His Brother, 

William George. 

18. Goodin Phillip, of Stoughton, in his own Right, under the Com- 

mand of Major Wade. 

19. Henchawa [Henshaw] Samuel, in the Right of Daniel Hinchawa, 

his Uncles son, of Milton. 

20. Ebenezer Hewens, of Stoughton, in the Right of Benjamin 

Hewens, at y e Desier of Joseph Hewens, Eldest Brother to said 
Benjamin Hewens and assigned over to y s Rev d . M r . Cooper, 
of Boston, by said Ebenezer Hewens. 

23. Temothy Mossman, of Sudbery, in the Right of Samuel Hix, his 

Wifes Brother. 

24. Jones David, of Rentham, in the Right of His Vnckle, John Joans. 

150 Soldiers from Dorchester, Mass. [April 

25. Kilton Edward, of Dorchester, in the Right of his Father, Thomas 

2G. Benjamin Merifield, in the Right of His Nefue, Peter Kelley. 

27. Thomas Lion, of Dorchester, in the Right of His Uncle, Henry 


28. Hezakiah Barber, of Dorchester, in the Right of Eliab Lion, by 

y e Desier of Zachariah Lyon, his Eldest Brothers Son — viz : 
Nathaniel Lion. 

29. Rev d . M r . William Cooper, of Boston, in y e Right of his vncle 

George Minot his Mothers Brother. 
Joseph VYarrin, of Roxbury, in the Right of Elias Monk, of 

30. William Blake, of Milton, in the Right of his Yncle, James 


31. Hezakiah Barber, of Dorchester, in the Right of his Vncle, Thomas 


32. Pope Ralph, in the Right of His Brother, Ebenezer Pope, of Dor- 


33. Thomas Wilder, of Lancaster, in y e Right of John Pope, His 

Wifes Father. 

34. Robason John ju., of Dorchester, in the Right of His Yncle, 

James Robason. 

35. Reedman Robert, of Stoughton, in the Right of His Father, 

Charls Reedman. 

36. Sumner Benjamin, of Milton, in the Right of His Brother, William 


37. Sumner Edward, of Roxbery, in the Right of His Brother, Samuel 

60. Goold Bartholimue, In the Right of Eb: Sumner, His Mothers 

38. Swifte John Junei, of Framingham, in the Right of his uncle, 

William Swift, 

39. Shephard John, of Stoughton, in y e Right of his Uncle, John 

Shephard, who served under Major Wade. 

40. Swift Obadiah, of Dorchester, in the Right of his Brother, James 


41. Sumner Seth, in the Right of his Yncle, Jezeniah Smner, of 


42. Samuel Sumner, of Taunton, in the Right of His Father, Samuel 


43. Sumner William, of Milton, in the Right of his Yncles son 


44. Thomas Tiles ton, of Dorchaster, in the Right of Hoapstil 


45. William Royal, of Stoughton, in the Right of Samuel Sanders. 

46. Triscot Elisabeth, of Milton, in the Right of Her Brother, Samuel 


47. Triscot Joseph, of Dorchester, in y e Right of His Father, Joseph 


48. Toleman John, of Dorchester, in the Right of His Fatb. John 



3S62.J Jk* Ancient Coin. 151 

49. Tileston Timothi, of Dorchester, in the Eight of His Brother, 

Cornell ay Tileston. 

50. Withington Richard, of Dorchester, in the Right of His Father 

Cap 1 . John Withington. 

51. Samuel Kneland of Boston, in y c Right of Ammiel "Weeaks, aty e 

Desier of his Son, George Weeks. 

52. Joseph Leeds, of Dorchester, in y e Right of Joseph Weeks, his 

Wifes Brother. 

53. Waitstiil Lion, of Dorchester, in the Right of Her Uncle, Edward 


54. Weeks Joseph, of Dorchaster, in the Right of His Brother, Thomas 


55. Wilder Joseph, of Lancaster, in the Right of His Yncle, Samuel 

Wheler, His Mothers Brother, who served under Major Wade. 

56. Wheelock Joseph, of Lancaster, in the Right of His Vncle, 

Timothy Wheelock, who served und. Capt. Anderson. 

57. Samuel Burch, of Dorchester, in the Right of His Yncle, Eleazer 

*58. Hawood Nathan, of Lunenburg, in the Right of John Willes, 

his Wifes Father, who served under y e Comand of Cap 1 . 

59. Thomas' Tyleston, of Dorchester, in the Right of John Colliver, 

at y° desier of Jonathan Colliv. 
59. Isaac How, of Dorchester, in the Right of Joseph Curtice. 

Joseph Wilder 
Thoiias Tileston 


An Ancient Coin and a Curious Fact. — Mr. Thomas Singleton of 
the North-end, has in possession an old Massachusetts Pine Tree six- 
pence,, bearing date 1652. The curious fact connected with the six- 
pence, is this: A member of Mr. Singleton's family was engaged on 
Gray's Wharf, picking over and assorting a cargo of gum from Africa, 
and this coin was found embedded in the gum. — Boston Herald. 

We can mention a similar fact equally curious and unaccountable. 
We have in our possession a Massachusetts Fine Tree threepence of 
the date of 1652, which we obtained in New Granada, three or four 
years since, while making a collection of some of the rude coins 
of ancient times, which are still to be found among the abori- 
gines of Central and South America. In making change with an 
old Indian woman for the purchase of some oranges in a remote 
mountain district, we asked her to show us the most ancient coins 
she had, knowing that the natives were always glad to exchange such 
pieces for Yankee dimes. She went into her hut and brought out the 
threepence of which we speak. She did not know it was an American 
coin, and we could only learn from her that it had been in possession 
of her family ever since her remembrance. She gladly exchanged 
it for a new dime, evidently thinking she had made a lucky trade. — 
Worcester Transcript. — Boston Journal, Sept. 2, 1852. 



152 Marriages, Births and Deaths. [Aptil 



[Continued from page 81.] 

Grant.— Thomas Grant died Aug'. 24: 81. 

Greadley= Hickman. — Joseph Greadly and Elizabeth Hickman, of 

Boston, were married by M r . W in . Stoughton, June 24: 15. 
Grenaway. — Mary Grenaway deceased this life y c 23: 11: 1658. 
Gulliver. — Samuel Gulliford, son of Anthony, b. 14: 12: 1650; Steuen, 

son of Anthony, b. 19: 4: 53; Lydia Guliiford [date gone]; Jona- 
than, son of Anthony, b. 24: 6: 59. 
Gurnell. — John Gurnell died July 30: 15. [Gravestone says July 31. 

See Reg., iv, 166.] 
Hall=Hinckley. — Samuel Hall, m. Bashua Hinckley, June 6 : 81. 

[See Reg., v, 400.] 
Hall. — Bashebah, dau. of Samuel Hall, b. Nov. 14: 83. 
Hancock— Wilson. — Anthony Hancocke, m. Sarah Wilson, April 

11: 18. 
Hawes.— Ruth, dau. of Eleazer Hawes, b. 22 (9) 1610; Ruth Hawes, 

wife of Eleazer, d. 16 (6) 1612. [Her former name was Haines. 

See Reg., v, 400.] 
Heneway— Trescott. — John Heneway. m. Mary Trescott, 6: 8: 1665. 
Hewens. — Samuel Huens, son of Jacob, b. 9: 6: 58. 
HicKEs.—^Sarnuel Hickes, b. 24 June, 1611 ; Elizabeth, dau. of Samuel, 

b. 9 Oct., 1614; Mary, dau. of Samuel, b. Nov. 12: 16, d. Dec. 23: 

16; Sarah, dau. of Samuel His, b. March 12: 81-2. 
Hill. — John Hill, of the great Lotts, departed out of this life 31 (3) 

1664; Mehitable Hill, d. March 5: 19. 
Holmes. — Joseph Holmes, son of Joseph, b. 6 (9) 1661; Elizabeth 

Homes, dau. of Joseph, b. 28 (10) 16C2; Nathaniel, son of Joseph 

Homes, b. 21 (4) 1664; Sarah,'dau. of John Homes, b. 16 (9) 1665; 

Elizabeth, dau. of Joseph, b. 8 (4) 1666; Mary, dau. of John, b. 

24 (1) 1668; Peleg, son of Joseph, b. 24 (12) 1668; George, son 

of John, b. 26 (11) 1669; Rely, dau. of Joseph, b. 9 (6) 1612; 

Samuel, son of John, b. June 21: 15. John Homes, Sein r . d. Mav 

Holman=Rigby.— Thomas Holman, m. Abigail Rigby, 29: 12: 1663, 

by Capt. Clap. 
Holebrook— Heminway. — John Holebrook. m. Elizab: Heminway, 24; 

9: 1663, by Capt. Clap; John, son of J</nn, b. 21 (1) 1664. 
Hoppen. — Stephen Hoppen, Sen 1 *, dyed Nov r . 1, 167 1. 
Hosley= Parser. — James Hosley, m. Martha Parker, 13 (10) 1614; 

James, son of James, b. Feb. 4, 1615 ; James Hosley d. July 

9th: 11. 
Houghton. — Hannah, dau. of Ralph, d. Oct. S: 19; John, son of Ralph, 

d. Oct. 10: 19. 

How. — Sarah How d. Nov 1- . 25, 1615; Israeli, son of Israeli How, b. 
Sep 1 . 24: 16; Isaac, son of Isaac, b. July 1: IS; Susana, dau, of 
Israeli, b. Nov 1 *. 11: 18; Abraham, sou of Isaac, b, April 1 : SO; 


1862.] Marriages, Births and Deaths. 153 

John, son of Israel, b. Sep T . 18: 81; James, son of Israel, b. Nov 
14: 83. 

Humphreys. — Jonas Humphreyes deceased this life the 9 (1) 1661-2; 
Jane Humpryes, widdow, d. 2 (6) 1668. 

Humphry= Baker. — Hopstill Humphry, m. Elizabeth Baker, Nov. 21: 
77; James, son of Hopstill Humfrey, b. March 8: 80; Mary, dan. 
of Hopstill Humphrey, b. Feb. 26: 81. 

Jackson— Hoppen. — John Jackson, m. Hannah Hoppen, July 16: 79. 

Job.— Job, an Indian of Mr. Flint's, d. Feb. 23: 78. 

Jones. — Dauid Joans, son of Dauid, b. 20 (9) 1664; Anne, dau. of 
Samuel Joancs, b. Nov. 14: 80, and then the mother died. 

Jones=Tucker. — Samuel Joanes, m. Mary Tucker, July 25 : 81; 
Samuel, son of Samuel, b. Aug. 19: 82; Sarah, wife of Dauid, d. 
Oct. 13: S3. 

Kebbey. — Sheberiah, son of Henry,. b. 2 (10) 1659; Henry, deceased 
this life, yf 10 (6) 1661. 

Lane. — Hannah, dau. of Thomas Lane, b. Feb. 21: 79. 

Lawrence. — Nathaniel, son of Nicolas Laurence, b. 10 (6) 1660; Nico- 
las, son of Nicolas, b. 26 (4) 1662; Rebekah, dau. of Nicholas, b. 
1 (7) 1664; Ebenezer, son of Nicholas, b. 23: 4: 1667, d. Sep 1 . 20: 
76; Beniamin, son of Nicholas, b. 23 (8) 1670; Patience, dau. of 
Nicholas, d. Dec. 2: 77; Elizabeth Laurence, d. Feb. 18th: 79. 

Lawrence=Harris. — Nicolas Lawrence and Mary Ilarice, m. by the 
Worshipful W m . Stoughton Esq 1 '., Nouember 3: 81; Patience, dau. 
of Nicolas, b. Aug: 12: 82. 

Leeds. — Beniamen, son of Joseph, d. Oct. 2: 79; Samuel, son of Jo- 
seph, b. Dec. 19: 79; Joane,* wife of Richard, d. Feb. 9 : 82 ; 
Nathaneel, son of Joseph, b. April 27: 82. 

Lewis. — Hannah, dau. of John Lewes, b. June 1: 78; Thankful!, dau. 
of John, b. Sept. 9: 80; Thankfull Lewes, d. Sept. 5: 82; William 
Lewis, d. Sept, 6: 82. 

Ley. — Sarah Ley died Feb. 27: 75. 

Litchfield. — Anne, dau. of Thomas Leichfeild, b. Aug. 18: 78. 

Long. — Marv, dau. of Joseph, b. 9 (4) 1665; Sarah, dau. of Joseph, 
b. 3: 7: 1667; Joseph, son of Joseph, b. 31 (6) 1669; Hannah, dau. 
of Joseph, b. 3 (12) 1671; Alwen, son of Joseph, b. 28 (9) 1673; 
Joseph Lon<re Sen 1 "., d. Aug. 26: 76. 

Lyon.— IsraeC'son of Peter Lion, b. 21 (8) 1666. 

Mares. — Henery, son of Henery Mares, b. 20 (7) 1670. 

Mason= Wales. — John Mason, m. Content Wales, Oct. 15: 1679, by 
Maior Gugins; John, son of John, b. July 18: 80; Sarah, dau. of 
John, b. July 4th: 82. 

Mather. — Nathaneel, son of Timothy, b. 2: 7: 1658; Samuel, son of 
Timothy, b. 5: 7: 51; Richard, son of Timothy, b. 22: 10: 53; Jo- 
seph, son of Timothy, b. 25 (3) 1661; Elizabeth, wife of M r . Timo- 
thy Mather, d. May 15: 78. 

Mather=Wise. — Richard Mather, m. Kataren Wise, July 1: 80; 
Timothy, son of Richard, b. March 20: 81; Elizabeth, dau. of Ri- 
chard, b. Nov. 20th: 82. 

* In vol. v, Reg., p. 401, it is stated., erroneously, that Joan, wife of Richard 
Leeds, d. March 18, 1692-3. This is the date of death of Mr. L.— See Reg. iv. 169. 


154 Marriages, Births and Deaths. [April 

Maxfield. — John, son of Samuel, b. 13 (6) 16T1 ; Mary, dan. of 

Samuel, b. 27 (9) 1673; Ebenozer, son of Samuel, b. Nov. 20: 75; 

Mehitable, dau. of Samuel, b. Sept. 18: 77; Sarah, dau. of Samuel, 

b. July 1: 80; Samuel, son of Samuel, b. May 27: 82. 
Mead. — Thomas, son of Israel, b. 16 (8) 1670. 
Memry. — John Memry d. July 22: 1678; Mary Memry, widow, died 

Aug. 17:1678. 
Merifield. — Beuiamin, son of Henry, b. 11: 10: 58; John, son of John, 

b. Feb. 10: 65; Mary, dau, of John, b. March 26: 67; Sarah, dau. 

of John, b. May 14, 69; Hannah, dau. of John, b. Dec. 6, 70; 

Thomas, son of John, b. Jan. 1: 72: Joseph, son of John, b. Aug, 

6: 75; John Merefield, d. Dec. 9«* 78. 
Minot. — Jonathan Minott, sou of Steven, b. 22: 7: 58; Israel, son of 

James, b. 28: 8: 54: Elizabeth, dau. of Stephen, b. Nov. 9, 1663; 

Mrs. Lydia Minot, wife of Mr. John, dyed in childbed, together 

with her child, 25 ('11') 1667 — buried 27th, 1667; George, son of 

John, b. Feb. 16: 82; Josiah, son of John, b. Dec. 25, 1674; Josiah, 

d. Jan. 11: 76.* 
Modesley. — John Modesley deceased this life, 27: 8: 1661. 
More= Newel. — Thomas More and Susanna Newel, both of Roxbery, 

were ioyned in marriage by M r . Stoughton, Assistant, Octob: the 

8*4 1673. 
Morell.— Mrs. Alice Morel! died Aprill 2: 79. 
Morgan. — Cornelius Morgan died Aug. 28: 74. 
Moses.— Mary, dau. of Tho: Moses, b. 2 (3) 1665. 
Newman. — M rs . Joanna Newman dyed Nouember 23: 78: and was 

Buryed at Brantre by her father at her owne desire, Nov. 26: 78. 
Newton.— Mary Newton died 31 (11) 1663. 
Osburne. — Nathaneell Osburne died Jan. 11th: 78. 
Payson. — Joanna, dau. of John Pason, b. 18 (7) 1670; Presselah, 

dau. of John, b. July 28: 7-i ; John, son of John, b. July 17: 76; 

Jonathan, son of John, b. Aug. 18: 78; Prudence, dau. of John, b. 

March 1: SO; Bathshebah, wife of John Pason, d. Feb. 20: 81; 

Bathshebah, dau. of John, d. May 16: 83. 
Pelton= Smith. — Samuel Pelton, m. Mary, dau. of John Smith, Quar- 
termaster, 16th (Mo. 5) 1673, by Mr. Stoughton. 
Pelton. — Robert, son of John Pelton J r ., b. Jan. 1: 1675; Samuel, 

son of John, b. Jan. 26: 75; Mary, dau. of Samuel, b. May 29: 78; 

Christian, dau. of John, b. June 5: 78; Deliverance, dau. of Samuel, 

b. July 31: 80; Susanah, dau. of John, b. Aug., 1680; John Pelton 

died January 23: 80; John, son of Samuel IPelton, b. Jan. 9: 82; 

Charity, dau. of John, b. Jan. 25: 82. 
Pennyman=Parmiter. — Samuel Pennyman, m. Elizabeth Farmiter, 

Jan. 6, 1673. 
Pierce. — Thomas Pearse, son of Thomas, b. 21 (6) 1662; Mary, dau. 

of Thomas, b. 15 (1) 1665; John, son of Thomas, b. 27 (8) 1667; 

John, son of Thomas, b. 27 (8) 1668 ; Robert, son of Thomas 

Pcirce, b. April 26: 73: Samuel, son of Thomas Pearce, b. July 

* Mr. Shattuck, in Minot Family, Reg., i, 173, has another Josiah, b. Dec. 27, 

1SG2.] Marriages, Births and Deaths. 155 

28: 76; Sarah, dau. of Thomas Peirce, b. April 5: 79; Elizabeth 

dau. of Thomas, b. June IS: 82. 
Place. — Enoch Place, son of Enoch, b. 18: Ts 1658; Peter, son of 

Enoch, b. 16: 12: 1660. 
Plumb. — Samuel Plumb, son of John, b. 29: 11: 1659. 
Pole. — M r . William Pole, that saige, reverant, pious man of God, 

departed this life February the (24th) 16T4. 
Pond.— Martha Pond, dau. of Robert, b. 13: 2: 1660. 
Pope. — Wilmouton, son of Thomas Pope, b. May 2i: 72; Henory, son 

of Thomas, b. Dec. 20. 73; Experience, son of Thomas, b. June 21: 

75; Joseph, son of John, b. Oct. 17: 79: d. 24. same month. 
Preston. — Mary, dau. of Daniell Presson Jnn r . b. Sept. 1: 75; John, 

son of Daniel Presson, b. Nov. 12: 76; Remember, son of Daniel 

Preston, b. Nov. 4: 78; Margaret, dau. of Daniel, b. Jan. 23: SO; 

Deliverance, dau. of Daniel, b. July 14: 83. 
Puffer=Everett. — Richard Puffer, m. Ruth Eueret, March 23: 80. 
Redman.- — Prudence Redman, dau. of Robert, b. 17: 6: 58; Mercy, 

dau. of Robert, b. 23 (3) 1661. 
Rigby. — Susanna, dau. of Samuel Rigby, b. 1 (11) 1669; John, son 

of Samuel, b. Aug. 19: 76; Silence, dau. of Samuel Rigbee, b. 22 

Sep<. 78. 
Roberts. — Henory, son of Henery Roberts, b. June 6: 77; Henery, 

son of Henery, b. Aug. 20: 79; Henery, son of Henery, d. Aug. 

25: 79; Henry, son of Henery, b. Nov. 20: 80. 
Robinson— Penniman. — Encrease Robinson, m. Sara Penniman, 19 

(11) 63. 
Robinson. — Samuel Robinson, son of Samuel, b. 13 (4) 1666; Mary, 

dau. of Samuel, b. 11 (6) 1668. 
Robinson — Craft. — Widow Robison, m. Griffin Craft, of Roxbury, 

by W. Stoughton, the 15< h (5) 1673. 
Rogers'. — Mehetabel Rogers, dau. of Jeremiah, b. 6: 8: 1658: Abia 

Rogers, Widdow, d. March 10: 78; Abigaiel, dau. of Abia, d. 

March 6: 78-9; Bathshebah, dau. of Abia, d. March 10: 78-9. 
Royal.— Ruth, dau. of Isack Ryal, b. 2 (9) 1668; Mary, dau. of Isack 

Rialls, b. 8 (7) 1670; William Riall d. June 15: 76; Samuel, son 

of Isaac, b. July 21: 77; Hannah, dau. of William, b. Aug. 7: 77; 

Phebe Ryall, widdow, d. July 16: 78; Martha, dau. of William, b. 

Sept. 6:, 79; William, son of Isaace, b. March 17: 80; Ruth, wife 

of Isaace, d. May 1: 81; Isaace, son of Isaace, b. 10: 3: 82; Jacob, 

son of William, b. June 29: 82; Jerusha, dau. of Isaac, b. Jan. 15: 83. 
Russell. — George, son of George Russell Esq 1- ., d. Feb. 21: 80. 
Salesbury. — William Salesbury, son of William, b. 14 (6) 1659; 

Susannah Salesbury, dau. of William, b. 27: 2: 62. 
Sanders. — Joshua Sanders, son of Robert, b. 17: 1: 1658-9; Nathaniel, 

son of Robert, d. 2 (1) 1664; Joshua, son of Robert, d. 1 (2) 1664; 

Mary, dau. of Robert, d. 16 (4) 1664 ; John, son of John, b. Dec. 

13: 77; Joana, wife of Robert, d. Dec. 9: 77; Nathaniel, son of 

John, b. June 24: 79; Robert Sanders died March 6: 83. 
Scott— Nfale. — Peter Scot, m. Abigail Neale, 22 Jan. 1673. 
Searle. — Nathaniel, son of Robert Searle, b. 9: 4: 1662; Robert, son 

of Robert, b. 24 (1) 1667; Robert, son of Robert, b. 2 (5) 1671. 

156 Marriages, Births and Deaths. [April 

Skilton=How. — Joseph Skilton of Dedham, and Deborah How of 

Dorchester, in. by M<\ Stoughton, 25 Feb., 1673. 
Smead.— William Smead, son of William, b. 18 (5) 1*660. 
Smith. — Samuel Smith, son of John, b. 1.8: 1: 1658-9; Sarah, dau. of 
Quarter Master Smith, b. 9: 2: 1665; Abigail, dau. of John Smith, 
Quartermast: b. 31 (6) 1668; Laurence Smith, d. 3 (S) 1665; 
Joseph, son of John Smith, Quarter-master, b. 30 (3) 1671, the 
day before the Election — died about a month after; Quarter M r . 
John Smith d. April 29 : 1678 ; Mary Smith, Widow, died June 

Spurr.— Patience, dau. of Robert Spurre, 1). 27 (5) 1664. 

Spurr = Hoare. — John Spurr and Mercy Hoare, m. bv M r . Joseph 
Dudlow [Dudley] Dec. 26, 1676. 

Spurr. — John, son of John Spure, b. Oct. 12: 77; Joseph, son of John, 
b. Sept. 2: 79. 

Stanton. — Prudence Stanton, dau. of Robert, b. 14 (4) 59. 

Staple — John Staple died July 4: 83. 

Stiles. — John, son of Robert Stiles, b. 25 (2) 1669; his eldest son, 
Joseph, b. last day of June, 1667. 

Stoughton. — Elizabeth and Mary, daughters of Nicholas Stoughton, 
b. xMarch 10: 76-7; Mrs. Elizabeth Stoughton died Aug. 6: 81. 

Sumner. — Susana, dau. of Samuel Sumner, d. Nov r . 7: 78. 

Swift. — Thomas Swift, son of Thomas, b. 30 (5) 1659; Remember 
Swift, dau. of Obadiah, b. 5(10) 1661; James Swift deceased this 
life, 4: 9: 1657; Elizabeth Swift deceased this life, 6: 9: 1657; 
Remember Swift, deceased this life, 5: 12: 1661. 

Tailor = Stoughton. — M r . William Tailor, m. vnto M rs . Rebekah 
Stougton, 25 (6) 1664; Stoughton Tailor, son of M r . William, b. 
18 (4) 1665; Mary, dau. of James Taylor, b. May 2: S3. 

Talbut=Wadell. — Petter Taibut and Mary Wadell, m. by the wor- 
shipfull Joseph Dudlow Enquire, Jan. 12: 77. 

Thacher. — Theodora, dau. of M r . Peter Thacher, b. Nov r . 1: 78. 

Tileston. — Cornelius Tile-stone deceased this life the 20: 5: 1659; 
Elizabeth, dau. of Timothy, b. 29: 1: 1666; Cornelius, son of Timo- 
thy, b. 4: 7: 1668; Sarah, dau. of Timothy, b. 7 (7) 1671; Thomas, 
son of Timothy, b. Oct. (19) 75; James, son of Timothy Tilstone, 
b. 2 July: 75: Anne, dau. of Timothy, b. Dec. 7: 81. 

Topliff. — Mehitable, dau. of Samuel Taply, b. Agust 15: 73. 

Trescott.— Sarah Trescott, dau. of William, b. 13: 7: 1662; Dier, 
son of Samuel, b. Aprii 28: 73; Samuel, son of Samuel, b. April 
27: 75; William, son of John, b. Feb. 1: 78; Abia, dau. of Samuel, 
d. Feb. 20: 78; William, son of John, d. Sept. 28: 79; Ebenezer, 
son of Samuel, b. April 20: 80; William, son of John, b. July 18: 
80; Zachariah, son of John, b. May 12: 82; Abiah, dau. of Samuel, 
b. Feb. 3: 83. 

Trott. — Sarah, dau. of Thomas Trot, b. June 5: 81; Mary, dau. of 
Thomas Trot, b. Jan. 23: 82. 

Trowbridge. — Elizabeth Trowbridge, dau. of James, b. 12: 8: 1660; 
Mindwell, dau. of James, b. 20 "(4) 1662. 

Tuchel [Twitchell]. — [ ] Tuchel, dau. of Beniamin, b. 8: 1: 58-9; 
Hanah Tuchel, dau. of Beniamin, b. 8: 8: 1660. 

1S62.] Marriages, Births and Deaths. 157 

Tucker.— Exsperienee, dau. of James Tucker, b. Aug*. 19: 70. 

Turner.-=--=Rigby. — Nathaniel Turner, m. Mehitibel Rigby, 29 (1) 1665; 
William Turner, d. Aug. 15: 80. 

Underwood==How.- — Joseph Vnderwood, m. Mary How, 26 (2) 65. 

Vose.— Elizabeth Vose, dau. ef Thomas, b. 8 (6) 1661. 

Wadsworth. — Timothy, son of Samuel Wadsworth, b. 19: 1: 1666. 

Wainwright. — Anna Wainwright, dau. of Thomas, b. 15: 1: 58-9. 

Wales.— Content Wales, dau. of John, b. 14 (3) 1659; Elizabeth, 
dau. of John, b. 1 (5) 1662; Elkanah, son of John, b. 16 (4) 1665; 
Elizabeth, dau. of John, d. 30 (4) 1673; Elizabeth, wife of Nathan- 
iel, d. Oct. 22: 76; Jerijah, son of Samuel, b. Feb. 26: 78; Eliza- 
beth, dau. of Samuel, b. Jan. 9: 80; Sarah, dau. of Samuel, b. May 
5:83; John Wales iun r ., d. June 18 th : 83. [Gravestone has it, 
"June 16." See Reg., iv, 167.] 

Way.— Henery Way, aged 84, d. 24 (3) 1667; Joannah, dau. of 
William Waye, b. July 25: 76. 

Weekes. — John Weekes, son of William, b. 23: 12: 1651; Elizabeth, 
dau. of William, b. 16: 7: 53; Mary, dau. of William, b. 10: 9: 56; 
George Weekes deceased this life, 27: 8: 1659; Jane, dau. of 
William, b. 30 (7) 1662; Submit, dau. of William, b. Feb. 3: 71. 

Weekes— Hamox. — John Weekes, m. Sarah Hamon, Nov. 4 : 1674; 
Sarah, dau. of John, b. April 20: 1676; Hannah, dau. of John, b. 
Feb. 28: 77; William Weekes, Clarke of the Writs, dyed Dec? 13: 
77; Samuel, son of John, b. Aug. 9: SO. 

Weekes=Trescot. — Amiel Weekes and Abigaill Trescot were maried 
by the Worshipfull John Hull Esq: March 2 1 : 82; Amiel, son of 
Amiel, b. Feb. 26: 82; Hanah, the daughter of the Widow Weekes, 
d. Aug. 3. S3. 

White.— Mary, dau. of John White, b. 8 (8) 1666; Thankfull, dau. 
of John, b. Jan. 18: 77; Susanna, dau. of John, d. June 18*: 78; 
Josiah, son of Henery, b. June 14: 80; Returne, dau. of Henry, d. 
Dec. 1680. 

Willis=Hill.— Roger Willis m. Ruth Hill, 19 (5) 1664; Elizabeth, 
dau. of Roger, b. March 9: 77-8; Hannah, dau. of Roger, b. Feb. 

Williams. — Josiah, son of Ebenezer Williams, b. July 25: 75; Ebe- 
nezer, son of Ebenezer, b. March 13 : 1677-8 ; Martha, wife of 
Ebenezer, d. Feb. 27: 78. 

Williams— Be amax. — Ebenezer Williams, m. Sarah Beaman, Dec. 28: 
80 ; Sarah, wife of Ebenezer, d. Oct. 19 : 81 ; Benonie, dau. of 
Ebenezer, b. Oct. 12. d. 15: 9: 81. 

Wiswall. — Oliver Wizall, son of Enos, b. 25 (11) 1664 [another 
entry on the same page, gives it, "27: 11: 1664"]; Elizabeth, dau, 
of Enos, b. 28: 2: 1667. r- 

Withixgtox. — Mary, dau. of John Withington, b. 2 (10) 1673; Mestris 
Mariary (Margary or Margaret?) Withington, d. May 20: 76; 
Elizabeth, dau. of John, b. Aug. 5: 76; Mary, dau. of John, d. Sept. 
15: 76; Mary, dau. of John, b. March 10: 79. d. Oct. 1: 79; Richard, 
son of John, b. Aug. 1: SO; Silence and Submite, the daughters of 
John Withington: born 15th Jan: 82; the one of them died: 29 th : 

* Gravestone reads, "Jane 16." See KegJ, iv, 167. 

15S License to Capt. John Vnderhill. [April 

ll mo : 82; the other dyed 3 d : 12 rao : 82; John, son of Philip, b. Dec 
30: 83. 

Wood=Daniel. — Jonathan Wood, of Med field, and Mary Daniel, of 
Milton, m. by Mr. Stoughton, 26 (3) 1674. 

Wyat=Spurk. — Nathaniel Wyat, son of Edward Wyat, was married 
by'Maior Lusher vnto Joanna Spur, 8 (11) 1668; Nathaniel, son 
of Nathaniel, b. 26 (9) 1669; Edward, son of Nathaniel, b. 5 (8) 
1671; Susannah, dau. of Nathaniel Wiet, b. 7 March: 74-5; Jona- 
than, son of Nathaniel Wiete, b. May 27: 77; Edward Wyet, d. 
Feb. 14: SO. 


BOSTON— 1639. 

Massachusetts. Wheras, Libertye by letters of Publi ck Assur- 
(11) 29. 1639. ance, was [sent] to Capt. Jo: Ynderhill to repayer 
to the Church of Boston [<& give] satisfaction con- 
cerninge such matters of offence as they had charge [d] him with, 
the time therein limited beinge longe since expired, I have thought 
fitt (w th advise & consent of othere of the Councell) at the earnest 
request of the s d Capt. Vnd: to renewe the same, & doe heereby 
licence him to repayer to Boston aforesd, & by virtue of the Authori- 
tye & power to myselfe & the rest of the Councell Comitted, doe 
Assure him y r he shall come and returne in peace Sz saftye, free 
from all arests or othere molestation by, o r from, any Authoritye 
heere, he demeaninge himselfe well in his travail & staye, according^ 
to the order of such P ck Assurances: Provided the time of his beinge 
in Boston be either in the first weeke of the first month next, ore in 
the second week of the third month, & he staye not wi t!i in this Juris- 
diction aboue tenn dayes after notice giuen him from the Gover r 
ore Deputye y l he should depart; this Licence to be of force to y e 
end of th e 3 d month next, and noe longer wi th out further Alowance 
from the next Gen 11 Court. 

To all officers & others w th in 
this Jurisdiction whom these 
may Concerne. 
— Suffolk Deeds, vol. I. 

[Capt. John Underhill was one of the early planters of Massa- 
chusetts, coming here in 1630; was a friend of Sir Henry 
Vane, and sent by him, as commander of the colony troops to Say- 
brook, Ct., in 1637; was a representative of Boston; was actively 
engaged as a commander in the Pequod war, and with Capt. Mason 
attacked the fort of the savages at Mistick; was chosen governor of 
Exeter and Dover, N. EL, in 1641: afterward removed to Stamford, 
Ct., and in 1646 to Flushing, L.'l. He died at Oyster Bay, L. L, 
about 1672. His descendants, mostly Quakers, remain on that 
island. He was a man of very eccentric character — an enthusiast 
in religion, but immoral in practice. He made public confessions of 
bis sins at various times in Boston. See Winthrop's Journal, Eliot's 
Dictionary, Wood's Long Island, Drake's Boston], 

1862.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 159 


[Prepared by W. B. Trask of Dorchester.] 
[Continued from page 58.] 

Thomas Bcttolph. — 25; 3: 67. I, Thomas Bultolph, of Boston. 
Glouer, being 1 weake in body, but in perfect memory, make this my 
Last will. For my outward estate that the Lord hath Lent me, I 
giue as followeth: Ynto Anna Butolph, my wife, the dwelling" house 
wherein I now Line, together with the yards, stable, Barne, and other 
housing belonging to the same, during her Life, and after her decease 
to my sonn Thomas and his Heyrs. Also, my meaning is, that the 
garden shal belong to my new house, to my wife; and my will is, that 
my wife shall haue all my Linnin, woollen, Beding,' Pewter & brass, 
wearing aparill and many, to be at ber disposs for euer, she defray- 
ing my fuuerall charges & debts. Also, my will is, that my wife 
shall haue the one halfe of Centry Feilde, & one halfe of the furder 
Garden, soe called, next plantans,* daring her life. My will is that my 
wife haue one Cow, which my wife shall choose. I giue vuto my son, 
Thomas Butolph, the house where he now Liueth. Called the old house, 
with the Breadth of the house from the house downe to the [ f 
hill place duringe the Life of my wife his mother, and after my wiues 
decease, I giue the old house to vnto my sonn John Butolph and his 
heyres for euer. My will is that my sonn Thomas, shall haue that 
halfe of Centry feild that Lyeth from Mr. Brattles Close, and my sonn 
John, shall baue the halfe next to Mr. Bratle for him and his heyrs 
for euer, after his mothers decease, that is, the one halfe of the mea- 
dow in Centry feild where the watering is. Also, I giue to my sonn, 
John Butolph, and his heyrs, for euer, the whole parcell of Land 
called the furder garden, next vnto plantons, and he to haue the one 
halfe of it during the Life of his mother, after my decease. My will 
is, that my dau. Abigail, shall haue <£40, to bee paid vnto her after the 
decease of her mother my wife. I giue vnto my dau. Mehitebell, that 
spott of Land y l Lyeth front upon the highway, abutting vpon Mr. 
Brattle, Mr. John Endecot Sf Francis Dowse & £50 there is in the 
hands of John Barker, my kinsman, with £3 [ ]. All the inte- 

rest vntil the said £50 be demanded after my decease. My wife 
Anna, & son Thomas, executors, and what Lether, Si Ike and other 
Vtensells y* are belonging to my calling, in my possession, at my 
decease, or any other estate whatsoeuer doth belong vnto mee, shall 
bee diuided betwixt my wife & children in equall proportions. 
Also, my will is, that my Louinge Freinds, my Brother Henry Bridg- 
ham, Uenery Ensigne Philips, Edmond Edendon 4* John Parker bee my 

* Probably William Blantaine. 

1 1 am not entirely satisfied as to the correctness of the record which reads : 
" dung hill place." The most of the letters are gone from the word on the ori- 
ginal document — T. 

1G0 Abstracts of Early Wills. [April 

Ouerseers to this my Last will; and Igiue ynto them 40 5 apcece, to be 
payd by my executors after my decease. Thomas x Butolpii. 

Signed, sealed & delivered in the presence of Theodoer Atkinson, 
James Hill. 

18 June, 166?, Theodoer Atkinson, senio r , deposed. 

7: 6: 1667, James Hill deposed. Edward Rawson, Record 1 ". 

Bcttolph — Frarye — Hardinge. — The Petition of Tho. Buttoljph, Jo. 
Sf Elizabeth Frarye §- Jo. Hardinge. 

May it please the Honoured Court these are to Informe that John 
Frarye, Junio r , by Couenants of Marriage with Elisahelh Hardinge, 
the Relict of Abraham Hardinge * Deceased, haue possessed the Estate 
left in the Hands of the aboue s d Elizabeth, & haue through Gods 
Blessing Corn for t.ablye Brought up foure Children, & now the Eldest 
sonne John Hardinge, is 21 yeares of age, & according to his fathers 
will is to haue a double portion. They haue therefore agreed y l John 
Harding, shall haue all his Fathers Lands & Housinge, as they are 
specified in the Inuentorye; & what other graunts of Land haue since 
fallen to the whole Estate they are Jointly agreed upon a Diuision of 
seuerall parcells, to their Mutuall Satisfaction, which Estate of House 
& Lands, with £19 of other Estate doe amoante to £172, which i3 
John Hardinges Double portion, & the portion of 2 of the other Child- 
ren, which John, Being willing to take into His Hand, & giue such 
securitye as the Court shall thinke Meete for the payment of their 
portions as they shall Come of age to Receiue. It is therefore y e 
Humble petition of Thomas Buttolph, seni r ., & John Frary & Elizabeth 
his wife, & Jo. Hardinge, that they might haue the approbation of this 
Honou rd Court for the Confirmation of this their agreement, so as may 
bee to the Discharge of that Bond wherin Thomas Bultell k, Elizabeth, 
now the wife of John Frarye, are Bound for securitye to the whole 
Estate; so your humble petitioners shall Rest yours in all Dutye as 
God shall enable. Thomas Buttolph, 

Jn°. Frarye, 
Elizabeth Frarye. 

The 1st of October, 1665. Jn*. Hardinge. 

The Court approues of this agreement for the Eldest sonne Jn°. Mary 
& Abraham, the s d John Giuing his owne Bond, together with his 
Engagement of his Land for the two Childrens portions tiil they Come 
to Age to Choose their Owne Guardians. 

Edward Rawson Recorded 

At the same time the Court Ordered that John Frarye on Request 
of Elizabeth Hardinge testifyed by her Mother & Brother Jn°. Hardinge 
shall bee guardian to the s d Elisabeth, the Daughter, giuing securitye 
to Respond her portion of Forty three pounds, k the Former securitye 
is Discharged. Edw. Rawson, Records 

*See will of Abraham Harding in the Register for Jan., 1855, page 35. 

1862.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 161 

Thomas Bird. — I, Thomas Bird, Seni r , of Dorchester, in y c County of 
Suffolk in New England, Tanner, being by y c p'udence of God not 
well in my body, yet through y e mercy of God in p'tit memory, 
make my last will & Testament vnless I shall see Cause heerafter to 
alter it. My will is, that all my Just depts be paid k funerall dis- 
charged. My will is, that Ann, my wife, haue one Third r?< of ail 
my housing k land duering her life. For y e rest of my Estate I giue 
one third p l thereoff vnto my wife wholly to be at her owne disposs- 
all as God shall moue her hart. My will is ,y' y e other two third 
p ts of my Estate be deuided as Followeth, viz: WLeeras I p'mised 
my sonne Thomas, at his marrige fifty pounds, of w c!l a good p' 1 is 
paid, as by my booke will appeare, then (that fifty pounds being ac- 
counted as p t of y e Estate) y- estate shalbe equally deuided to my 
Fower Children, viz: Thomas, John, James k Sarah, only. my Sonne, 
Thomas, shall haue ten pounds added to his p l more then any one of y e 
rest of my Children, For that third p T of my houseing k land w ch I 
leaue in iny wiues hands duering her life, my will is, that when it 
shall please God to put an end vnto her days that then that houseing 
k land shal be equally deuided vnto my three sonns; but if either of 
them dy k leaue not Isue, then this p 1 shall goe equally to those that 
doe suruiue. I appoiut Anne, my wife, to be execetrix of my wholl 
Estate. I appoint my loving freinds Liftenant Hopestill Foster k 
Ensigne John Capen to be ouei seers. 12th July, 1666. 

Thomas Bird. 

In p'sence of vs, viz: John Capen, Senr., Jasper Rush. 

Bps'ton 17th of July, 166T. John Capen, Senr., k Jasper Husk de- 

An Inventory of y e Estate of Thomas Bird, senr. of Dorchester, 
who departed this life y e 8th day of June, 1667, taken & apprized 
by John Capen, Se?ir., William Sumner, James Humfrey. Amt. £997, 
11: 5, including debts due the estate. Debts due from the Estate, 
£61: 14: 10. Mentions the names of John Blackman k John Daven- 
port. "The p r sons y l prized y e stock in tanning, John Gurnell, Henry 

17th July, 1667, Ann Bird, relict of Thomas Bird, deposed. 

Thomas Birch. — At a Countye Court held at Boston Jan. 31, 1664, 
John Gomel k J no. Mynott administrators to the Estate of y e Late 
Thomas Birch,* came into y e Court k presented y e Eldest sonne 
Joseph Birch, as of age, to the Court, together with his request for 
this Courts making ouer the whole remainder of the Estate unto the 
8 d Joseph Birch, six acres of Land remote only excepted, which is 
referred as part of Jonathans portion, at twelue pounds; the said 
Joseph Declaring that hee was willing to allow each of his Brothers & 
Sisters, instead of twentye foure pounds apece, thirty pounds apece, as 
they shall Come to age, in Corne & Cattell, k Bound ouer the Hcuse & 
Land as giuen into this Court in the Inuentorye to the Record 1 " of the 
Countrey k his successors. For the performance thereof, the Guar- 
dian of the second sonne Consenting heerunto. The Court allowed of 
this agreement, on which the s ,J Joseph Birch did accordingly Bind ouer, 

*See Will of Thomas Birch of Dorchester, in the Register, vol. vm, p. 2S1. 

162 Abstracts of Early Wills. [April 

in open Court, his House & Land for the performance of this Order, 
to the Recorder k His successors. 

By the Court. Edw: Rawson, Recorder. 

There is paid out of Thomas Birches Estate for repairing the fences 
& Housing, Clothing for some of the Children k other charges, £17: 

The Estate Cr. by Is: 2d to bee added to the Inuentorye k seuerall 
debts of Rent £21: 6s: 5d which makes the Inuentorye, £191: IS: 4d 
out of which is paid to the Eldest Daughter £2-1. This Accompt was 
Brought into the Court Jan. 3ist, 1 664, by John Gumell & Jo. Minoti 
k addition, k is accepted; k Jonathan Birch Came into the Court k 
made Choyce of Thomas Tilesione to bee his Guardian, which the Court 
approued of. Edward Rawson, Recorder. 

Thomas Munt*. — According to an Ord r from the Honoured Gonern 1 " 
and Major Leuerett to us, whose names hear und r written, for the diui- 
sions of the Estate of Thomas Munt deceased, Between Tho. Hill the 
Husband of the Relict of Thomas Munt k his three Children is as fol- 
io weth: The whole Estate amounted vnto £216: 4: 3. **To Thomas 
Hill the one Halfe, £108: 2: U. 

To Clement Short, Husband to Faith Munt, Imp. a piece of Land 
Lyeing nigh the Mill dam between Robert Sanderson and Jno. Bracket, 
£30; 2| acres of Land at Spectacle Island, £3; for Thomas Hill in 
goods 6s: 8|, &c. &c. Amt. £3G: 00: 8J, 

To Thomas Kingston, Husband to Mary Munt — To a peice of Land 
Lying at the upper end of Tho: Hills Lot fronting upon the Common, 
£16; to 2 acres of Land at Long Island, £2, &c, &c. Amt. £36:- 
00: 00 J. 

To Patience Munt, 2 peic of Land lying by Peter Warrens, £20; 
a debt w ch Wm. Hersy of Hingham, owes, &c, &c. Amt. £36. 
Edward Rainsford, Thomas Kinston, 

Robrt Sanderson, Tho. Duer pro. Clement Short. 


Henry Allinne, Thomas x Hill, 


Edward Rawson, Guardian to 
Patience Munt. 

April 28th, 1666, The Court allowes k approues of the Returne & 
the Diuision of the Estate therin. Edward Rawson, Record 1 ". 

Thomas Ethrington. — At a meeting of the Magistrates and Recorder, 
at Boston, the 8th September, 1665. P r sent Gouerno r , Deputy Go- 
ur Ilor , M r Davforth k Recorder. Whereas, Thomas Ethrington of 
Newichewannok, perished with His wife in the sea, Coming for Bos- 
ton. The County Court being then Informed thereof, k Zechariah 
Gillam had his Chest k seuerall goods in his Custody, the Court, on 
his Motion, appointed Marshall Richard Wayte k Thomas Fitche, Late 
Constable, to take into their Hands the said Chest k Goods k Bring 

See abstract of the inventory of Thomas Munt in the Register, vol. xn, p. 345. 

1862.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 163 

a true Inuentorye thereof into Court, k giue the s d Zechariah Gillam 
a Discharge for the same, they Keeping the s d goods in specie, to 
Respond the Order of the Court for such as shall appeare to haue 
most Right. And Wm. Spencer, the sonne of Thomas Spencer, k Brother 
in Law to the said Thomas Ethrington, appearing Before the Magis- 
trates & Recorder, desiring administration to y e Estate of said Late 
Thomas Ethrington as it Lyeth heere, & in Yorkshire. The Magistrates 
Judge it meete to graunt him, the s d Wm. Spencer, Administration to 
the Estate of Thomas Elhrington, both there & heer, hee giuing in a 
true Inuentorye of that Estate that Lyeth in Yorkshire, k giuing his 
personal! Bond to double ualue of the whole to the Recorder to Re- 
spond the Judgment of the County & the Court, & to Administer 
according to Lawe, in Behalfe of the children of the Late Thomas 
Ethrington, k Engaging his House and Land in Yorkeshire to the 
Recorder for that end; which, when Done, the Marshall, Richo. Wayte, 
is ordered with Thomas Fitclie, to Deliuer up the Goods in specie 
in the r Custodye to the s d Tho. Spencer, he satisfying them for their 
paines, & answering the ordinary Charges, sixe shillings apeice, to the 
trustees, k 12d apeice to the apprisers. 

Edward Rawson, Recorder. 

The Inuentorye of the goods of Thomas Elhrington, Beceased- 
ree'd of Mr. Zachariah Gillam the 14 of (9 mo.) 1664. Appraised by 
Edxo. Fletcher, Iiabbacuk Glouer, Thomas Blighe, who deposed at 
Boston IT (9 mo) 1664. 

A true Inuentorye & exact Accompt taken of the Houses, Lands & 
Goods with all the Implements thereunto Belonging of Thomas Eth- 
trivgton, Deceased, sometime Inhabitant of the Town of Kittrye, at 
Newitchewanneck, whom with his Wife was Cast away in John Coles 
Lighter in Nouember 1664; taken by Humphrey Ckadborne, Richard 
Nason. Amt. £94: 18. 

William Spencer deposed Sept. 9, 1665. 

THOirAS Marshall. — An Inuentory of some Clothes of Thomas Mar- 
snails, Lately Deceased, taken by James Euerill, & William Englishe, 
3:6: 1665. Mentions — Deacon Richard TrusdalL 

October 31st, 1665, James Pemberton deposed. 

[James Pemberton rendered his accompt as administrator to the; 
Estate of Thomas Marshall, deceased, late of Boston. Amt. J£49: 7:6:] 

The estate was indebted to Doctor Akock for Physick; to Theod*. 
Atkinson; to Gm. Clear; to Mr. Bradstreet for Physick; to Mr. Raicson; 
to Lieft. Tho. Clarke; to Gcodwife Topping, of Boston; to legacies paid 
to James Pemberton and to Joseph Howe. Accompt all&wed by the 
Court Jan. ©1, 1665. James Pemberton deposed. 

Gabriel Mead. — I, Gabrieil Mead, of Dorchester, being aged & 
Infirme in body, yet of perfect Remembrance, doe make this my last 
will & testament. My will is, that Joanna my wife be my sole execu- 
tix & have y e full dispose of all my estate for her owne comfort & 

164 Abstracts of Early Wills. [April 

helping* to bring vp ray children while shee lives, & after her disease 
my will is, y l my sonne, Israeli, shall haue y e house I now dwell in, 
with y e orchard & apurtenance therevnto belonging-. I giue vnto 
my sonne, Dauid, my old house and that orchard or garden thervnto 
adjoyniug, & also my plott of land being in y c field neer the buriall 
place. I giue vnto my dau. Lidia, SO -5 , to be paid as my wife shal 
be able, within two yeres after my desease. 1 giue vnto my daus. 
Experience, Sarah and Patience, 30^ apiece, to be paid them within one 
year after they shalbe marled, if they liue soe to bee; and it is my 
mind that if either of my sonns dye before they come to enjoy that 
before giuen them, or either of them, that then y e same to bee equally 
deuided after my wifes disease to y c rest of my children; also it is 
my mind & will, that if my wife shall by nessesity be forced to sell 
either part or y- whole for maintenants of her sclfe or children, while 
6he is a widdow, y l she shall haue powre soe to doe with y e aduise 
off my friends after named; and In case shee should marry, then my 
mind is, that my sonns shall enjoy y e former gifts when they shall 
attaine the age of one & twentye yeares. 1 intreat my louing Freinds, 
Deacon Clap & ensigne Foster, to be ouerseers and to asist and aduise 
my wife & children as need may require. Jan. 15, 1654. 
witnes hervnto Gabrell Meade. 

Hopestill Foster. 

Boston 17th of July 1667, Capt. HopesliU Foster deposed. 

Edw. Raws on, Recorder. 

William Cheiney. — Being sick in body, & of perfect understanding 
& memory according to my measure, I make this my last will & testa- 
ment. My will is, that my deare & afflicted wife, Margaret Cheiney, be 
carfully & sufficiently prouided for during the time of her life, & to 
that end my will is, that she haue all the rents & proffitts yearely, & 
euery yeare, during the aforesayd tearms, of all my houses, lauds, & 
orchards, that I die possessed of, either in Roxbury, Boston, or els 
■where, except such part of my lands or estate which I shall here 
after in this my will dispose of to my children or otherwise, which 
estate bequeathed by me unto my sayd wife, it is my will, that she 
enter upon & be possessed of immediately after my decease (to witt) 
the present cropp upon all the land & the use of all my household stufle 
& goods, my debtts & funerall expences being in the first place with 
all conuenient speed fully discharged; & for my wifes more comfort- 
able being, my desire is, that one of my executors may liue in my 
house in Roxbury, with her, to inioy the housing & lands by the 
yeare which I haue as is aforesayd giuen unto my wife, upon such 
equall tearmes as my other executor & ouerseers shall agree with 
him for; but in case both my executors see cause, to refuse to accept 
of this motion in answer to my desire herein, then my will is, that 
it be let outt by my executors & ouerseers to the best advantage for 
my wife [s] comfortable maintenance. When all my debts & Lega- 
cies are discharged out of my stock & husbandry utensills, as cants, 
plows & such like, what remaines of my stock afterwards, my will is, 
it be let out or disposed of for my wifes use by my executors, with 
the aduice of my ouerseers; And my will is, that all my moueables 

1862 J Abstracts of Early Wills. 165 

be for my wifes use during her life, except what is before disposed. 
And in case what is aboue expressed be not sufficient for the com- 
fortable maintenance of my wife, then my will is, that the house at 
Boston be sold k improved for her further & better supply. I 
bequeath unto my sonne, John Cheiney, all that land both Aeirable k 
pasture lying on the east side of the great lotts, being with in the 
great lotts, being twenty accres, more or lesse, being nowe in the pos- 
session of the sayd John. Allso, I giue to my sayd sonne, a percell 
of meadow in the fresh. meades being two accres, be the same more 
or lesse, as it lyeth on the south of a ditch made to dreine the sayd 
meadow. Also I giue unto him one accre of salt marsh, be it more 
or lesse, as it lyeth bounded with a creeke next the marsh of John 
Douies, formerly Isaadc Heaths. Also I giue unto him eight accres of 
land, more or lesse, lying neare the house of William Ilopkinns, All 
& euery of these percells of lands my will is, that my sayd sonne 
John, be possessed of imediately after my decease. I giue to my 
sonne, William Cheiney, all my land lying in Medfeild, lately in the pos- 
session of my sayd sonne, upon this condition or promise, that he & his 
wife, Deborah, be reconsiled k line together in Meedfeild or ells where 
to the satisfaction of John Wiswall, of Boston, k Deacon Parke of 
Roxbury, but not in Prouidence or that Jurisdiction; prouided allso, 
that what either my selfe or Deacon William Parke haue allready 
payd, or doe stand ingaged for unto the Court in his behalfe, be first 
repayd k fully discharged by him, his heires, or assigues; but other- 
wise, if my sayd sonne neglect or refuse to accept it with these pro- 
uisoes, then my will is, that twenty pounds be payd to John Wiswall, 
of Boston, out of my estate. To my Sonne, Joseph Cheiney, ,£60 (to witt) 
my land lying in the third deuission, being thirty seauen accres, more 
or lesse, k twenty pounds to be payd to my sayd sonne, Joseph, out. of 
my stock. My will is, that my three daughters (to witt) Ellin, Mar- 
gret k Mehit obeli, haue each of them £10 payd to them out of my 
stock. After my wifes decease, my will is, first that all my houses & 
lands in Roxbury undisposed of before by this will, I doe giue unto 
two sonnes of my eldest sonne, Thomas Cheiney (to witt) his sonne, 
Thomas, k his sonne, William, to be improued for their beniffitt by 
ther father untill they are 21 yearcs old, then to be inioyed by them. 
What remaiues of my estate after my wifes decease either in stock or 
otherwise, in housing or lands (in any other towne) or estate in any 
kind undisposed of by this my will, My will is, that one halfe of it 
be giuen to my sonne, Joseph Cheiney, k for the other halfe therof, 
my will is, that it be Deuided into four equall parts, k so dispose of 
it to my sonne, John Cfainey, k to my three aforesayd daughters, to 
each of them an eqnall portion thereof. I make my two sonnes, 
Thomas Cheiney k Thomas Hasting, the executors of this my will, 
requesting my friends Mr. John Eliot, Deacon William Parke, k Ed- 
ward Denison to be ouerseors. April! the last, sixty seauen. 

Witnesse. William x Cheiney. 

John Newell, Samuell Scarbcrow, who deposed July 30, 1667. 

Inventory of the estate taken by Edward Denison, Thomas Weld, 
July 10, 1667. Amt. £386:11:4. 

166 Abstracts of Early Wills. [April 

o is 

[The original of the above will of William Cheney, as the nam 
now written, appears to be in the handwriting of the " Apostle Eliot,' 
bo called, who was one of the overseers.]. 

William Stark. — At a meeting* of the Gonernonr, Maj r . Generall 
Leverett & Recorder, in Boston, 12th Feb., 1665. Power of Adminis- 
tration to the Estate of the Late Wrri. Starr, of [ ] in Deuonshire 
Marriner & Late sojorner in Boston, who Departed this Life in his 
Going to Salem on 6th Instant, is Graunted to Robert Starre of 
Salem, in behalfe of such as shall appeare to have most right to it, 
he giuing securitye to Administer according to La we. 

Edward Rawson, Recorder. 

Inventory of the estate prised by John Fuller, Christopher Skinner, 
Nathaniel Adams. Aint, £9:6:8. Robert Starr deposed Feb. 12, 1665. 


[Continued from vol. xvi, p. 16.] 

Barrett, Rev. John, the first minister of Hopkinton, Mass., was b. 
in Boston A. D. 1100; graduated at H. U. in 1121, and began to 
preach at Hopkinton the next year, at the house of Mr. Jno. How. 
The first mention of his being at H. occurs in Rev. Sam'l Dexters 
Diary— [See Register Oct. 1859, p. 303.] "I diverted myself [I 
hope] with a law full Recreation in hunting with Mr. Barrett," &c. 
On organizing a church, Sept. 2, 1124, Mr. Barrett was ordained 
pastor at a salary of £10, with the addition of "cutting and carting 
his fire wood." Mr. B. proved himself to be a workman worthy of his 
hire, and continued pastor of the church until his death, Dec. 11, 1112. 
[His wife Anna d. Oct. 19, 1111, a. 69.] One of his sermons entitled, 
" God is the Shepherd of Believers," and preached on the first sab- 
bath in June, 1161, was printed after his decease. It is plain, 
simple and scriptural in style. Though not an eloquent speaker, Mr. 
Barrett was a sensible, good-natured and consistent minister; and 
although Mr. Whitfield, on his visit to Hopkinton, is said to have 
prayed in allusion to Mr. Barrett that " God would make that dumb 
dog bark," the sterling good sense of Mr. B. amply compensated in 
the long run for any want of eloquence. Mr. B. had but one child, 
Samuel, b. 1126, m. Mary Caswell, Feb. 9, 1158, and d. March 10, 
1800, leaving two children, John, b. 1159, and Anna, b. 1161. Under 
the tuition of the Rev. Aaron Hutchinson, John became a fine classi- 
cal scholar, and like Euler, could repeat nearly the whole of the 
jiEneid of Virgil by heart. He spent the greater part of his life as an 
" itinerant schoolmaster," and fitted several young men, among 
whom was the late Horace Mann, for college. He published a very 
curious work ok? English Grammar in 1819, a copy of which lies be- 
fore me. He d. April 4, 1821, leaving two children, Orlando and 
Clarissa. N. 

1862.] Will of Governor Haynes. 167 


The second volume of the Records of the Particular Court of the 
Colony of Connecticut, containing also the Probate proceedings and 
Wills and Inventories exhibited from 1650 to 1G63, after having been 
lost for very man3* years, was recently discovered by Charles J. 
Hoadly, Esq., who has communicated the following copy of a docu- 
ment heretofore much sought after: 

Whereas I John Haynes of Hartford upon the River and within 
the Colony of Connecticut in New England Esq r , am by the good 
providence of the Lord called to the undertaking of a voyage into my 
native country of England and duly weighing according to my mea- 
sure the difficulties and hardships I am liable and exposed to therein, 
especially in these declining days of mine when my sun cannot be 
far from setting, I do in the fear of the Lord and in obedience to 
his rules of wisdom, for the continuance of love and peace in my 
family make this my last will and testament and thereby dispose 
of that outward estate the Lord in mercy hath vouchsafed me, in 
manner as followeth. 

I do give unto Mabell my dear loving wife all that my mansion 
house in Hartford together with the outhouses, barns, stables, orchards, 
gardens with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging, together 
with my meadows inclosed in the little meadow, also all my meadow 
and swamp in the south meadow, likewise my oxpasture, together 
with all other divisions of land of right belonging unto me on this 
side the great river. 

I give also unto her sixteen acres of meadow in Hocanum, now in 
my own possession and occupation, Provided always, and my will 
and intent is, my said wife shall have and enjoy all the aforesaid 
houses and land for term of her natural life only, and after her 
decease I give the said houses and land before mentioned to John 
my eldest son by my wife Mabell Haynes and to his heirs forever. 

I do further give and bequeath to my said wife all that my house 
and farm with the appurtenances ou the east side the great river, 
commonly called Hocanum, with all the lands thereunto belonging 
(except before excepted) viz* the close of upland inclosed by the house 
with my upland lots adjoining the meadow I purchased of Nathaniel 
Ward, and swamp ground inclosed, as also the swamp without the 
fence adjoining to Hocanum that belong to me, also the meadow in 
Hocanum now in the tenure of James Northam and his partner for 
a term of years together with all rights of commonage and further 
divisions of land on that side the river and all other privileges 
belonging thereunto, Provided also as before my wife possess and 
enjoy the same during the term of her natural life only, and after 
her decease I give the said houses and lands to Roger my second son 
betwixt us, to him and his heirs forever. I do moreover give and 
bequeath unto my said wife all that my houses and farm at Tunxus 
Sepos or else Farmington, together with all the meadow and upland 

168 Will of Governor Haynes. [April 

thereunto belonging, with all rights and divisions of lands or com- 
monage appertaining, now in the tenure and occupation of Thomas 
Judd and his brother, Provided in like manner that my wife enjoy 
the same for term of her natural life only, and after her decease I 
give the said farm houses and lands with the appurtenances to Joseph 
my youngest son, to him and his heirs for ever. 

And whereas I am indebted to Mr. Will. Tanner of Cophall in certain 
sums of money payable to him by bill sent into England, and to my son 
Mr. Nathaniel Eldred above two hundred pounds which he disbursed 
for me here for and towards the maintainance of myself and family, 
my will is that the lease of my lands in England made unto my 
brother in trust for payment of legacies therein specified, and of 
such monies I should need towards my own maintainance be im- 
proved for the payment and discharge of the before mentioned debts 
to Mr. Eldred and Mr. Tanner, but if the said debts shall not be 
satisfied by my estate in England, which is my desire and aim, then 
my will is that the aforesaid debts with such other as are justly due 
in this country be paid and discharged by my loving wife whom I 
make sole executress of this my last will and testament, and for the 
inabling of her to the performance of the same, I do give and be- 
queath unto her all my goods and chattels in New England, as quick 
stock, household stuff, movables and debts due unto me, it being my 
will, and I do hereby leave the care and education of my children to 
my loving wife, and the charge hereof to be borne out of the 
estate hereby bequeathed unto her. 

I do also give unto my wife all that my house and land in Windsor 
with the appurtenances in the tenure of Mr. George Hull and formerly 
purchased of him or of the town or any other particular persons 
there, together with all other rights of divisions or commonage of 
land thereunto appertaining and do also hereby give unto her liberty 
to make sale thereof towards the payment of the debts formerly 
mentioned as due to Mr. Eldred and Mr. Tanner in case they be not 
otherwise discharged according to my mind and will herein expressed, 
but in case the said debts be paid out of my estate in England and 
that my wife be not charged therewith, then my will is that my wife 
possess and enjoy the said houses and lands situate in Windsor 
aforesaid during the term of her natural life, and after her decease 
to be equally divided betwixt my two daughters Ruth and Mabell. 
My will further is that in case the foreraentioned debts be not paid 
according to my desire by my means in England but that my wife be 
necessitated to make sale of the lands situate in Windsor aforesaid 
for the discharge and payment thereof, that then she enjoy the 
goods and chattels bequeathed unto her by this my will, for the term of 
her natural life only, with liberty to make any such changes and 
alteration therein as either the nature of the things or her own occa- 
sions may necessarily require. Provided the true and just value 
thereof be as near as may be maintained intire which goods or 
chattels aforesaid or the true value of them, I do in case the fore- 
mentioned lands be sold give unto my two daughters Ruth and 
Mabell to be equally divided betwixt them, but in case the debts 
foremen tioned be paid otherwise, then my will is that my wife injoy 
the goods and chattels as before during her natural life only and 

/ * 

1S62.J Letter from Michael Hillegas. 169 

after her decease to be equally divided betwixt all the children which 
I have by the said Mabel i my wife. My will further is that if either 
of my children do depart this life before they come to the age of one 
and twenty years or be married that then the portion bequeathed 
unto them or any of them, by this my will be equally betwixt those 
that survive. 

I do also request and with their consents ordain my true loving 
friends Mr. Hopkins, Mr. Hooker, Mr. Stone and John White super- 
visors or overseers of this my will. Also I give and bequeath to my 
poor brethren of our congregation five pounds to be dispersed by the 
deacons thereof where they shall see most need. I give to Mr. Hop- 
kins 20 3 , also to Mr. Hooker our pastor £b, to Mr. Stone <£4, to John 
White 10 s , to every one of my children by my first wife 20 s . 

In witness hereof I have 

set to rny hand and seal John Haynes. 

this 27:8, 1646. 

The Court of Magistrates the 11 July 1654 being (upon the exhi- 
bition of this will) informed that a little before the testator departed 
this life he agreed for the marriage portion of his daughter Mrs. 
Ruth with Mr. Willis different from his provision for her in this will 
and that the marriage portion aforesaid is paid and to be paid by Mr. 
Haynes out of what is in this will bequeathed to her and the said 
testator declaring upon the said agreement that he could do no more 
for her then the aforesaid agreement amounted unto, do declare that 
it is their judgment that the testator's mind was that Mrs. Ruth 
should have no right to any part of the housing and lands at 


[Coniruunicated by Jeremiah Colbuen.] 

[The contents of the following letter are of much interest at the 
present time, the state of the country and its finances being in a 
similar condition to what they were in 1781.] 

Sir: Yours of the 7th ultimo, with the six chests of defaced money 
[old emissions], said to contain thirteen million and one thousand six 
hundred and thirty-seven dollars, as well as the chest from Nicholas 
Gilman, Esquire, of New Hampshire, was delivered me per Lieut. 
Osgood Carleton on the 11th instant, the whole of which I shall 
deliver to the Commissioners appointed by Congress for burning the 
same. I likewise have received yours of the 9th ulto: per post 
copy of which I have sent to the Hon ble the Board of Treasury, to 
be (if they approve thereof) by them forwarded to Congress, which 
I hope may be done, if not already sent there, tho* I wish you had 
wrote a letter to ye President of Congress — mentioning something 
of what you did to me; it might have had its use; for my pari:, I 
really think some provision should be made for the payment of the, interest of 



170 Richard Thurston's Memorandum. [April 

the Nciv Bills, as that would in some, degree support their Credit and gua.rd 
against a depredation which I dread, should nothing be done. I am informed 
[tho* I do not know how true] that the State of New York have pro- 
vided hard money m their State Treasury for the payment of the 
Interest of their New Rills, and have not rely'd on Congress. And 
I think, as the mind of Congress is so much taken up with the prose- 
cution of this Just & necessary War in defence of our Lives, Liber- 
ties & properties, & in works of General Concern to all the States, 
perhaps it would have been best if all the States had had it in their 
power to have done the same as New York. But entre nous, I sincerely 
wish the Interest had never been annexed originally to the Money; 
the Idea of a circulating money bearing Interest, which is & must 
be daily accruing; in my opinion, is really a laughable affair enough, 
tho' I don't chuse to say it is ridiculous, or, as some politicians say, 
foolish: but as it is at present, we ought now to support it. 
I am, Sir, with much essteem k Regard, 

Your most Ob't Servant, 

M. Hillegas. 


Oh that when I look on the account of so many of my near rela- 
tions gone before me, I may give all diligence, to make "my calling 
and election sure." 

March 10, 1720, my brother, Daniel Thurston, d. in the 30 fh year 
of his age. 

March 14, 1124, my venerable grandfather f Dresser d. in his 85 th 

Sept. 4, 1727, my sister, Lydia Thurston, d. in her 30 lh year. 

Sept. 18, 1127, my brother, Stephen Thurston, d. in his 24 lh year. 

Dec. 1, 1135, my honored mother Thurston d. in her 70 th year. 
My mother's death was very sudden, for, standing up, she dropped 
down and was not perceived to breathe after. The same month, 
Mary Jewett, Daniel Thurston and Thomas Thurston died at my 
father's house. 

Feb. 18, 1138, my honored father, Daniel Thurston, d. in his I8 lh 

Sept. 28, 1138, my brother, Jonathan Thurston, d. in the 38th year 
of his age. 

Sept. 6 th , 1146, my brother, Benjamin Thurston, d. in his 52 d y r . 

May 25 th , 1752, my brother, John Thurston, d. in his 69 th year. 

Augt. 12, 1160, my sister, Mary Chute, d. in her 67 th year. 

Sept. 18, 1770, my sister, Hannah Frazer, d. in her 73 d year. 

* Died at Rowley, 1782. This is the " Deacon Thurston" mentioned by Pres. 
John Adams in his Diary. 
t John Dresser of Rowley — See Savage's Gen. Diet., vol. n, p. 72. 
X Mary, dau. of John Dresser. 

1862.] Family and Ancestors of Thos. Palmer. 171 


[Copied from the Family Bible of the late Col. Anthony Thomas of Marshfield, 
Massachusetts. By M. A. Thomas.] 

Tuesday morning Nov. 18 H55. An earthquake about 18 minutes 
after four o'clock in y e morning. The air clear and calm, the 
Heavens bright, the moon shining and about two hours high, a3 
pleasant a morning as ever was seen, — but the sea was roaring at 
the shore with such a noise as hardly ever was known, & y e continu- 
ance of the shock, by all the calculation I can make about one 
minute and a half, & then we seemed to think it was going off, but 
y e repeated shock was more terrible, and shook down many tops of 
cbimleys, both in Boston and country & y e whole shocks as near as 
I can think, two minutes '& a half, — after that we had dull, heavy, 
calm weather, and one shock more, but small comparatively yet felt 
considerably, & y e twenty second of y e same month, Saturday at 40 
minutes after eight in the evening we were alarmed with another 
still, though not to be compared with the first these were all I heard 
til Dec. the 19 about 10 o'clock at night, some noyse but little or no 


[Communicated by Clifford Stanley Sims, Member of the Society of the Cincin- 
nati of New Jersey, of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and Cor. Member 
of the N. E. Hist. -Gen. Society.] 

In looking over Burke's Landed Gentry, I stumbled upon the en- 
closed account of the Palmer family, one of which, Thomas Palmer 
by name, emigrated to Boston, N. E. 

"The Family of Palmer, whose patriarch, William le Palmer, was 
a Crusader under Richard Coeur de Lion, was from a remote period 
established in the county of Sussex; but a branch of it was settled 
at Marston as early as the year 1559." 

John Palmer of Marston, co. Stafford, living in 1566, a scion of 
Palmer of Yorkshire, had three sons: 1, Robert of Hill, co. Beds, 
father of Sir William Palmer, knt. of Wardon street; 2, William of 
London, and afterwards of Wanslip; 3, John of Marston, who had 
two sons — Robert, a Hamburgh merchant, and Thoma3 of Marston. 
John Palmer's second son, 

William Palmer, Esq., of Wanslip, co. Leicester, d. about the year 
1636, leaving by Barbara Archdale, his wife, 3 sons: 1, Archdale his 
heir; 2, Sir William of Hill, co. Beds, carver to King Charles I; 
3, John of Temple Hall, co. Leicester, the eldest son. 

Archdale Palmer, Esq., of Wanslip, served as high sheriff of Lei- 

172 Genealogy from Port Royal. [April 

cestcrshire, in 1641. He m. Martha, dan. of Thomas Smith of London, 
merchant, and by her, who 1619, had issue: 1, William his heir; 
2, Archdale in holy orders; 3, Thomas of Engorsby; 4, Samuel of Lon- 
don; 5, Joshua, M. D.; 6, Barbara m. first to Samuel Sleigh, Esq., and 
second, to John Morswood, Esq. of Alfreton; 7, Martha, wife ^of 
Richard Lloyd, a citizen of London. Mr. Palmer d. in August, 1613, 
aged 63, and was succeded by his son 

William Palmer, Esq. of Wanslip, who m. twice. By his first wife 
Elizabeth, dau. of Wm. Danvers, Esq., of Swithland, he had 4 sons: 
1, Archdale, his heir; 2, Henry, d. s. p.; 3, William, M. D. m. Mary 
Hough and their dau. Mary m. Coote Molesworth; 4, Thomas of 
Boston in New England, who m. Abigail Hutchinson and had 2 sons, 
Eliakim and Thomas, and a dau. Sarah m. to Mr. Lewis. Wm. Pal- 
mer d. 18th April, 1692, aged 56, and was succeeded in the Wanslip 
estate by his son Archdale. The English branch of the family is now 
seated at Nazing Park, co. Essex. 


[Communicated by John L. Sibley, Esq.] 

The following Family Record is copied from vol. i of MacJ:night y s 
Harmony, 4to, Lond. 1746, found in irresponsible hands at Beaufort, 
S. C, on the 12th of November, 1861, and deposited 20th November, 
1861, in the Library of Harvard University, subject to the call of 
the owner at any time, by Capt. Charles Henry Davis (H. U., 1825), 
the second in command of the U. S. naval forces at the capture of 
Port Royal, 1th November, 1361. The record is somewhat imperfect, 
from the wear of the leaf: 

.... Smith, b. April 28, 1691; .... Smith, b. May 10, 

1699, d. Dec ; they were married May 27, 1714. Roger 

Moore, b. Aug. 24, 1694, d. — ; Catharine Rhett, b. Dec. 14, 1705, d. 
June 11, 1745; they were married Oct. 10, 1721. Thomas Smith, b. 
Nov. 7, 1719; Sarah Moore, b. Sept. 7, 1728; they were married 
Aug. 2, 1744: Roger Smith, b. Aug. 4, 1745; Tho. Smith, b. July 5, 
1748, d. Jan. 17, 174|; Benj. Smith, b. Nov. 23, 1749, d. April 19, 
1750; William Smith, b. March 26, 1751, d. June 1— , 17o— ; Sarah 
Smith, b. Aug. 22, 1752, O. S., 2d Sept., N. S.; Peter' Smith, b. Nov. 
14, 1754, N. S.j Benj. Smith, b. Jan. 10, 1757; Rhett Smith, b. Aug. 
13, 1759, d. June 21, 176—; James Smith, b. Nov. 2, 1761; Polly 
Smith, b. Feb. 7, 1764; Ann Smith, b. Sept. 26, 1765; Rhett, b. Aug. 
23, 1767, d. Sept. 7, 17—. ,,,,"" 

At the same time with the above volume, Stephen Minot Weld, 
Jr. (H. XL, 1860), of Jamaica Plain, Mass., 2d Lieutenaut, who wit- 
nessed the storming of Port Royal, among other printed matter, 
placed in the library a portion of a 4to Bible, London, 1761, which 
on the day after the landing was taken from the house of William 
Pope-, Senior, the house which was occupied by Gen. Drayton and 

1862.] Grant Thorium. 173 

his staff, and used as a hospital. It was the first house on which 
the U. S. flag was raised and became the headquarters of Gen. 
Sherman and staff. The fragment contained the following family 

Samuel Green, b. Sept. Y, 1721, in. 27th Jan., 1752, to Sarah 
Norton, d. 27th July, 17 70, and his wife 5th May, 1765; Mary Ann, 
daughter of Samuel and Sarah Green, b. 28th Oct., 1752; James, b. 
2d Nov., 1754; Samuel, b. 13th June, 1756, d. 25th Dec, 1776; Sarah, 
b. 6th Feb., 1759; Mary Ann, b. 14th Aug., 1761; Susanna, b. 8th 
Nov., 1763; Samuel Green and Catharine Campbell, m. 1765, Sept. 
20; their daughter Catharine, b. 10th Feb., 1768, d. 8th Sept. . 



Our readers, will doubtless be pleased to see the following cha- 
racteristic communication from the celebrated seedsman of New 
York, who is still a hale and hearty man, although entering upon his 
90th year: 

New Haven', Feb. 1862. 

"Dear Sir: The sunny hills and pleasant vales of Scotland make 
that country the admiration of the world; but it is the Bible that 
causes Scotchmen to differ from all men under the sun. It was the 
Bible that inspired the song of the Ettrick Shepherd while watching 
his flock 'by night all seated on the ground.' He was then in his 
eighteenth year and had never read anything except the Spelling 
book and the Bible. Mtny of the poets, historians and statesmen 
of Scotland, are thus self-taught. The manners and men of the 
Eastern States are very similar to those of Scotland. The Bible, the 
sabbath and the church, are their watchwords. Most of our useful 
inventions, such as the telegraph, etc.. etc., were made perfect by 
those 'cunning yankees' who read the Bible till they became wiser 
than their teachers. Who ever heard of an Irish, German or Spanish 
peasant's writing a book to cheer his fellows ? 

"On the 13th of April, 1794, I embarked at Leith for America; and 
the amount of my education was ability to read the Bible and to write 
my own name. We arrived at New York on the 16th of June, and 
on the sabbath following, three of my fellow passengers called at 
my lodgings, saying: 'Grant, where are you going to'day?' 'To 
church,' I replied. 'We have been nine weeks at sea/ said they, 

. *He was b. near Dalkietli, Scotland, Feb. 18, 1773. He was the son of James 
T. a nailmaker, who d. March, 1837, a 95; grandson of Alexander T. who d. about 
1825, at the advanced age of 100 years; his great grandfather was one of those cove- 
nanters who " wandered in the mountains and hid in the caves of the earth, of whom 
the world was not worthy." Grant came to this country, 1794, and experiencing a 
chequered fortune, furnished John Gait with some of the incidents of "Lawrie 
Todd ;" this work, however, being a little too fanciful for Mr. Thorburn, he pub- 
lished his own autobiography at Boston in 1834. For many years he was engaged 
as a " seedsman " in New York; but now resides at New Haven, Conn. 

174 Notes and Queries. [April 

1 let us go out into the country to-day, we can go to church next 
sabbath/ 'The last words I had from my father/ said I, 'were, 
Remember the Sabbath day.' They went to the country, spent their 
money, became drunkards and died peggars. I went to church, 
became rich, was never drunk in my life and have been confined to 
the house by illness only six days since I came to America. Now I 
walk without a staff, sleep without rocking and digest without the 
help of brandy or bitters. In 1803 I boarded in the same house with 
Thomas Paine, who assisted Robespierre in establishing his model 
Republic, by means of the guillotine. He was intemperate and often 
became a terror to himself and those around him. He died in 1809, 
at the age of 73, and his nurse and physician both informed me that 
during the last two months of his life, he consumed, at least, two 
gallons of brandy per week. Yours truly, 

Rev. E. Nason. Grant Teorburn. 


I. In what publication does the work Yankee first appear ? Is it 
a corruption of the word English or Anglais, as pronounced by the 
Indians, as Worcester intimates, or has it a more recondite origin ? 
What is the earliest printed copy of the tune of " Yankee Doodle" 
extant, or in what work is the earliest mention of it made? — W. W. 

II. A ballad commencing, 

" My name is Shays, in former days 

In Pelham I did dwell, sir, 
And I was forced to quit that place 

Because I iid rebel, sir." 

was printed on a " broadside" and extensively sung in New England 
half a century ago. Is that rebellion song still in existence? — N. 

III. A book hunter wishes to know the authorship of the Romans 

in Greece, an allegory of 80 pages, published at Boston by J. Nan- 

crede, 1199. Nancrede came to this country with Rochambeau and 

was wounded at the battle of Yorktown. He afterwards taught 

French at Harvard University, and d. at Paris, Dec. 15, 1841, a. SI. 

For what political purpose was the above work written and how is 

it to be interpreted ? The book hunter would also be glad to know 

the title of the earliest Spelling Book printed in New England. — P. 

IV. In a folio edition of the Book of Martyrs, with copper plates, 
1732, I find on page 379 the famous "Advice" of Mr. John Rogers 
to his children — which the New England P rimer (ed. 1777) informs 
us was written a few days before the martyr's death— ascribed to 
Mr. Robert Smith, a painter, who suffered at Uxbridge, Aug. 8, 1555. 
As much more poetry of "the same sort" is there given, from the 
peu of Mr. Smith, there can be little question that the celebrated 
lines of the Primer, 

" Give ear my children to my words," &c. 
are inadvertently set down to Mr. Rogers. — [En. 



1862.] Marriages and Deaths. 176 



French=Clark. — At Exeter, N. EL, Feb. 19th, Moses J. French to 
Miss Alcina F. Clarke, both of Kingston; by Rev. Elias Nason. 

Oliver=Andrews. — At Salem, Jan. 23, Lt. Col. Samuel C. Oliver 
of the 14th Massachusetts Regiment, to Miss Mary Elizabeth, dau. of 
Gen. Joseph Andrews, all of Salem; by the Rev. Mr. Willson. 

Porter=Wiggin\ — At Exeter, .N. H., Dec. 25, Joseph I. Porter, 
merchant, to Miss Ann M. Wig-gin, both of Exeter; by the Rev. Elias 

White=Kimball.— At Boston, Jan. 20, Lt. William H. White, Co. 
D, 22d Massachusetts Regiment, to Miss Annie B., dan. of Warren 
Kimball, Esq.; by the Rev. A. L. Stone, D. D. 


Abbott. — Henry, Andover, Mass., Jan. 13, a. 84| yrs.; a grad. of 
Harvard University of the class of 1796. 

Albert. — Prince Consort, Duke of Saxe Cobnrg Gotha, etc., Lon- 
don, Dec. 15. He was b. Aug-. 26, 1819, and m. Queen Victoria, Feb. 
10, 1840. 

Allex. — Joseph Warren, at sea, Feb. — , a. 50. He was a native of 
Bristol, Pa., but had resided many years in New Jersey, where he 
served two years in the state senate; but was better known as a 
civil engineer, and had executed many important works in several 
of the states of the Union. He was attached to the 9th New Jersey 
regiment, in the Burnside expedition, and was drowned off Hatteras 
by the sinking of a life boat. 

Appletox. — Hon. William, Boston, Feb. 15. He was b. in Brook- 
field, Mass., November, 1786, and was therefore 75 yrs. old at the 
time of his death. He was educated for mercantile pursuits, in which 
he embarked with signal success. But he early gave his attention 
to public affairs, particularly in the departments of banking and 
finance, and there was hardly any man in our community whose 
opinion was more valuable on this class of subjects. For many 
years prior to the close of the institution, he was president of the 
Branch Bank of the United States, in Boston. In 1850 he was chosen 
a member of congress, and re-elected in 1852. His services were 
held in high estimation. He was again returned, after an exciting 
canvass in 1860, and held his seat till ill-health compelled his resigna- 
tion last autumn. His charities were constant and on a systematic 
scale. It has been reported that for some years he has kept his accu- 
mulations down to a fixed point, by devoting the surplus to benevo- 
lent purposes. One #f his last contributions known to the public 
was a very liberal and reasonable gift to the Massachusetts General 

176 Marriages and Deaths. [April 

Hospital, making his whole "benefactions to that institution, we 
believe, to amount to thirty thousand dollars. — Journal. 

Arbin. — Mrs. Catharine, Baltimore, Jan. 21, a. 118. 

Bell. — Dr. Luther, V. brigade surgeon in the army. He was b. 
in Francistown, N. H. y Dec. 20. 1806, but came to this state in early 
youth. Perhaps he was best known to the public as superintendent 
of the Insane Asylum, at Somerville, a position which he filled with 
great ability and success. Unassuming in his demeanor, he was 
both as a man and a politician, strictly honest. Clinging to the 
Whig party, until its final dissolution, he received many tokens of 
the esteem and respect of his party friends. In 1850 he was a mem- 
ber of the executive council, and was the candidate for governor 
of the Whigs in 1856, the last year the party held a regular conven- 
tion. He was, we believe, a son of Governor Bell of New Hamp- 
shire, a man of considerable note in his day. His death will be 
sincerely regretted by hosts of acquaintances and friends. — Traveller. 

Blunt. — Edmund March, Sing Sing, N. Y., Jan. 13, in his 92d year. 
He was b. at Portsmouth, N. H., June 20, 1770. and was the author 
of the American Coast Pilot and many other valuable nautical works, 

Bolles. — Mrs. Mary C, Montville, Ccnn., in January, a. 104 yrs. 
and 8 mos. Her husband, Capt. Ebenezer Bolles, served through the 
Revolutionary war. Fifty-two direct descendants are now living". 

Breath. — Edward, Mt. Seir, Nov. 18, a. 53. Was b. in New York 
in 1808, and removed to Illinois with his parents, w r here he became 
a printer, and in 183T printed the abolition paper of Lovejoy at Al- 
ton, when the latter was killed by the mob. In 1840 he went to 
Oroomiah as a missionary printer and editor, where he labored with 
great usefulness during twenty -two years. With a hand before un- 
practiced in that art, he cut and fitted up beautiful founts of Syriac 
types for the use of the mission, and issued for the Nestorians more 
than 80,000 volumes, including several editions of the Bible in mo- 
dern Syriac, a language never before printed, at a great saving to 
the American board. 

Bridgman. — Dr. E. C, Shanghai, China, Oct. 2T, a. 61 yrs. He 
graduated at Amherst College, 1826, Andover, 1829, and was for a 
period of 32 years, a missionary at Canton, China. 

Brown.— D. F., d. of fever at Hall's Hill, Fairfax co., Ya., Feb. 1, 
son of D. S. Brown of Cambridgeport, and quartermaster sergeant 
of the 22d Regiment Massachusetts Yolunteers. 

Brown.— Mrs. Phebe H., Henry, III, Oct. 10, a. IS. She formerly 
resided at Monson, Mass., where she wrote the beautiful and well 
known hymn, 

" I love to steal awhile away 
From every cumbering care," etc. 

She composed many other excellent hymns and also a favorite little 
tract, entitled Poor Sarah. She was eminent for piety. She was 
b. in Canaan, N. Y. 

1862.] Marriages and Deaths. 177 

Buckman. — Mrs. Eliza, wife of Bowen Buckman, Woburn, Nov. 15, 
1861. She was b. in Boston, June 29, 1S05, and was dau. of Warner 
Claflin — b. in Hopkinton, 1788; d. in Boston, Feb. 2, 1S20 — and Naney 
(Pond) Claflin, b. in Dedham, 1784 and d. in Boston, May 29, 1817. 
The deceased had two sisters; Nancy Claflin who ra. Daniel Draper, 
Esq., b. Sept. 1803, now merchant, Boston, and Julia Ann, who m. 
Dea. John Tidd of Woburn, who was b. May 17, 1810, and d. at 
Woburn June 4, 1832. Mrs. B. left Eliza Maria, who m. Geo. A. 
Newell of Boston, and Julia Ann who m. Alexander Beal of Dor- 

Gary.— William H. of Brooklyn, N. Y., d. Feb. 26, 1861, a. 62 yrs. 
An eminent and highly respected merchant of the city of New 
York, where he went from his native city of Boston many years 
ago; a son of the late Jonathan Cary of Lexington, Mass., also 
formerly of Boston. H. W, 

Clap. — Richard, Dorchester, Dec. 26, a. 81 yrs. 5 raos.; a descendant 
of Nicholas 1 Clap of Dorchester, through Nathaniel- and Elizabeth 
(Smith), Ebenezer 3 and Hannah (Clap), Ebenezer 4 and Hannah 
(Pierce), Lemuel 5 and Rebecca (Dexter). He was born in Dorchester, 
July 24, 1780; m. Nov. 3, 1807, Mary, dau. of Jonathan and Sarah 
(Pierce) Blake of Warwick. They had twelve children, of whom 
seven, with their mother, survive. Mr. Clap, for several years, held 
responsible offices in the town, was chairman of the board of select- 
men; overseer of the poor and of the highways; was one of the 
school committee; and in many ways, not to be enumerated, con- 
tributed his part toward carrying on improvements and true reform. 
A man of large benevolence, firm in his principles, just and kind, a 
good citizen and an exemplary Christian. 

Clark. — Mrs. Mary, Plymouth, Mass., Feb. 2, a. 99 yrs., 9 mos. and 
15 days. She m. Mr. Seth Clark in Dec, 1789, by whom she had 
seven children, among whom was the late Dr. Joseph S. Clark of 

Colt. — Col. Samuel, Hartford, Jan. — , a. 41. He was b. at Hartford, 
July 10, 1814, and is well known as the inventor of the revolving 
pistol which bears his name. The model of this instrument was 
made by him while on a voyage to Calcutta in 1829, and the patent 
for it was taken out in 1835. The manufacture of Colt'3 fire arms 
is carried on quite extensively at Hartford. 

Dean. — Mrs. Silena, Chaplin, Conn., Jan. 7, a. 106 yrs. 

Dean. — Thomas, Raynham, Mass., Jan. 11, a. 60 yrs. and 11 mos. 

Dickinson.— Capt. Daniel, Stillwater, N. Y., Jan. 21, a. 67. He 
was one of the eminent men of the town. The Dickinsons, Sey- 
mours and Palmers, came from Connecticut before the Revolution, 
were the pioneer settlers from New England, acquired wealth, and 
are closely connected by marital relations. 

Doak. — Capt. John, Newtonville, Mass., Jan. 26, a. 82. He was 
one of the oldest of Boston shipmasters. — Traveller, Jan. 28. 


178 Marriages and Deaths. [April 

Dwight. — Rev. H. G. 0., a distinguished missionary of the Ameri- 
can Board, in Turkey since 1832. He was b. in Conway, Mass., Nov. 
22, 1803. He was killed by an accident on the Troy & Rutland R. 
R., Jan. 25. 

Fowler. — John W., Bath, Steuben co., N. Y., Jan. S, a. 71. He 
was b. in Loudon, and came to New York with his parents, in 
1801; removed to Batli after their death, and in 1828 accepted a post 
in the service of the Pulteney estate, in which he continued through 
life, and acquired an enviable reputation for integrity, and capacity 
for rapid and orderly transaction of business, for his unimpeachable 
accuracy, and extensive acquaintance with the vast property of his 
principals; while the thousands of persons seeking- to gain homes for 
themselves and families in the wilderness, found in him that kindly 
disposition, that sympathy for them in their tasks, often so difficult, 
bo frequently interrupted by misfortune, which made them look to 
him as their true friend. 

Gillis. — Col. Mark, Nashua, N. H. ; Jan. 25, a. ab. 55 yrs. Keeper 
of the Indian Head Hotel. , 

Gordon. — Nathaniel D., executed in New York city, Feb. 21. He 
was engaged in the slave trade, and fell the first victim to the law, 
which had been a dead letter for forty years. 

Harding. — Hon. Lewis, Worcester, January, a. t&j yrs. He was 
formerly of Franklin, Mass. 

Hodges. — Geo. Foster, Hall's Hill, Fairfax co., Va., Jan. 30, a. 25 yrs. 
He was the son of Almon D. Hodges, president' of the Washington 
Bank; a graduate of Harvard University (1855) and adjutant of the 
18th Regiment Mass. Vol. He was highly esteemed by a large circle 
of friends. Dulce et decorum est 'pro patria mori. — Hot. L. 3.2. 

Horn. — Henry, New York, Jan. 12, a. 76. He was an eminent 
democratic politician, and during the presidency of Gen. Jackson, 
was a representative in congress. He was one of the commissioners 
who investigated the affairs of the United States Bank, and was 
surveyor of the port of New York under Mr. Polk. 

Kimball. — Rev. Daniel, Needham, Mass., Jan. 17, a. 83. He was a 
graduate of Harvard University, of the class of 1800, and distin- 
guished as a teacher and a public benefactor. 

Lander. — Gen., Paw Paw, March 2, of a wound received at Ball's 
Bluff. He was a native of Massachusetts. In 1859-60 he superin- 
tended the construction of the wagon road to California, which he 
completed satisfactorily, and acquired much reputation for heroism 
by his expedition against, and subjugation of, the hostile Indians. 

Larned. — Rev. Wm. A., New Haven, Ct, Feb. 3, a. 52. He was a 
graduate of Yale College, and for more than twenty years connected 
with its government, first as tutor, and latterly as professor of rhe- 
toric and oratory. He was some time settled in Troy, N. Y., as an 
associate of the Rev. Dr. Beman, in charge of the First Presbyterian 
Church in that city. 


3862.] Marriages and Deaths. 179 — Dr. William, Canton, N. Y., Jan. 19, a. 70. He was a 
native of Ireland, of Scotch descent, and immigrated with his father 
in 1799. He acquired an education by perseverauce under difncul- 
ties, and began the practice of medicine in 1823, which he continued 
successfully for thirty-eight years, and was in all respects an exem- 
plary man. 

Marsh. — Jonathan, Quincy, Dec. 10, a. 74 yrs. 8 mos. He was the 
second son and third child of Wilson and Susannah (Savill) Marsh; 
was born April 4, 1787, in that part of Braintree now Quincy, on 
the place which had been owned and occupied by his maternal grand- 
father and great-grandfather, and probably by their ancestors from 
the early settlement of the town. He was a descendant of Alexan- 
der 1 Marsh (freeman in 1634;, through John,' 2 Wilson, 3 Wilson. 4 

At the age of seven years, Jonathan graduated from the great 
educational institution of New England — the common school. He 
removed to a farm with his father in the westerly part of the town, 
near the head of Granite street. In connection with farming, he 
commenced to learn the trade of manufacturing coach lace and 
fringe. This was a peculiar and prosperous business in those days. 
From the raw material to its final consummation into nice fine lace 
and fringe, all were conducted on the premises. A large number of 
sheep were kept on the farm, and women and girls .were employed 
in spinning, winding the yarn, and weaving the lace. The latter 
article was manufactured from the woolen yarn, together with cotton 
and colored linen thread. Besides supplying material for their busi- 
ness, they also had a large demand for carded wool for domestic 
purposes. After the death of his father, his oldest brother, Elisha, 
continued the business with him until Sept. 1835, when George, the 
eldest son of Jonathan, was admitted as a partner. Elisha retired in 
January, 1839, and in October, 1840, George also left the firm. Two 
years subsequent, the whole business was brought to a close, having 
been superseded by patent power looms. 

Mr. Marsh took a deep interest in advancing all measures that 
were for the improvement and prosperity of his native towo; and so 
constant was he in his attendance, and so attentive to the proceed- 
ings of the public meetings, until his infirmities compelled him to 
remain at home, that if his neighbors wished to be informed in 
regard to any questions that had been acted upon at these meetings, 
they would call upon him for the desired information, which was 
freely given them; they considering him as correct as the town re- 

Mr. Marsh was made a corresponding member of the N. E. Hist- 
Gen. Society, in 1847. He took a deep interest in the objects of the 
society, as the 217 closely written pages left by him, on historical 
and genealogical subjects, fully attests. He was frequently called 
upon by individuals from various states and the provinces, who 
were in pursuit of knowledge concerning the earlier families of old 
Braintree. The Register was to him a source of great comfort during 
his declining days, and from it he made copious extracts. He was 
anxious that the work should receive a liberal and permanent sup- 
port. He sometimes served as one of the school committee, and on 
other committees for special occasions, though he never desired 

180 Marriages and Deaths, [April 

public office, nor would his business, during his active life, admit of 
his taking- much time for such purposes. He was a constant attend- 
ant of the First Church (Unitarian), of whicli he was an upright, 
worthy member. 

Mr. Marsh m. for his 1st wife, Sophia Spear, June 13, 1811. She 
was dau. of Seth Spear, and was born on that part of Quincy called 
Hough's Neck, Dec. 1, 1190. They had seven children — four sons 
and three daus. The daus. were all b. at one birth, Oct. 20, 183.5, 
and are now living; one of them is m., and has children. Their 
mother, Mrs. Sophia Spear, d. Aug. 29, 1827. Mr. Marsh m. for his 
2d wife, Mrs. Patience Vose Bailey, Aug. 14, 1831. She was wid. 
of Whitman Bailey; her maiden name was Elizabeth Thompson 
Crane. She had two daus. by Mr. Bailey; they m. two sons of Jona- 
than Marsh, her last husband. 

After more than twenty-five years of suffering, which was often 
very severe (the seated disease being rheumatism, and afterward 
erysipelas), the tried spirit of Mr. Marsh was released from the body. 

Metcalf. — William Pitt, Dr., Mendon, Worcester co., Mass., Jan. 
4, at 5 o'clock p. m., a. 8T yrs. 6 mos. and 4 days. He was born 
at Franklin, Mass., June 30, 1774, the younger of* the Hco children of 
Dr. John and Eunice Metcalf. His classical education was mainly 
acquired under the tuition of the Rev. Caleb Alexander, at Mendon. 
His professional studies were pursued under the direction of his 
father and the late Dr. Samuel Willard of Uxbridge. He entered 
upon the practical duties of his profession about the year 1800, at 
Franklin; and for a short time, was associated with his father, then 
engaged in an extensive practice. He continued to reside at Frank- 
lin until the infirmities of age compelled his retirement from the 
active discharge of his professional duties. For the last ten or twelve 
years he has mainly resided with his son, Dr. John George Metcalf 
of Mendon, Mass., at whose house he died, suddenly, of congestion 
of the lungs. 

Dr. M., although somewhat eccentric in his manner, always retain- 
ed a strong hold upon the confidence and good will of his patient. 
During the years of his active professional life he was in the enjoy- 
ment of a large circle of practice; and, until a very recent period, 
his counsel and advice was not unfrequently sought by those who 
had been benefited by his prescriptions in the olden time. 

For some years previous to his decease, he had been engaged in 
collecting and arranging the genealogy of the Metcalf family, since' 
the emigration of Michael Metcalfe, the undoubted progenitor of the 
family in New England. At the period of his death he had collected 
and arranged the names, with many interesting memoranda, of some 
twenty-seven hundred of the race. The results of his labors are in 
the hands of his son, before mentioned, and, should time and oppor- 
tunity allow, may some day, be put in shape for publication. 

Dr. M. was of the sixth generation from the emigrant, and the line • 
of descent is as follows, viz: 

First Generation — Michael Metcalfe, was born in Tatterford, in the 

county of Norfolk, England, in 1586, m. Sarah , who was b. in 

Waynham, June 7, 1593. They were m. in 1616, next the city of 

1862.] Marriages and Deaths. 181 

Norwich, Eng. He was a non-conformist, and emigrated to escape 
the persecutions of Matthew Wren, then Bishop of Norwich, and his 
Chancellor Dr. Corbit. He arrived in Boston, three days before mid- 
summer, 1637, with his wife, nine children and a servant. He imme- 
diately removed to Dedham, county of Norfolk, Mass., and was made 
a freeman of that town, July 14, 1631, d. Dec. 24, 1664, a. 78. 

Second Generation. — Michael Metcalfe, Jr., was the 3d child of 
Michael and Sarah, b. in the city of Norwich, Eng 1 ., St. Benedict' 
List (Parish?) Aug. 20, 1620, d. at Dedham March 27, 1654, a. 34, m. 
Mary Fairbanks, dau. of John Fairbanks, Jan. 14, 1644. 

Third Generation. — Eleazer Metcalfe, was the 5th child of Michael, 
Jr., and Mary (Fairbanks) Metcalf, b. March 20, 1653, d. Aug. 11, 
1742, a. 89, m. Meletiah Fisher, April 19, 16S4. 

Fourth Generation. — Samuel Metcalf, was the 3d child of Eleazer 
and Meletiah (Fisher) Metcalf, b. Jan. 15, 1689, d. Feb. 10, 1738, a. 
49, m. Judith George, 1725. 

Fifth Generation — John Metcalf, was the 5th child of Samuel and 
Judith (George) Metcalf, b. July 3, 1734, d. Aug. 22, 1822, a. 88, m. 
Eunice Metcalf, 1759. 

Sixth Generation. — William Pitt Metcalf was the 2d child of John 
and Eunice (Metcalf), b. June 30, 1774, d. Jan. 4, 1862, a. 87, m. 
Susanna Torrey, Nov. 25, 1800. J. G. M. 

Mullett. — John, Detroit, Jan. 10, a. 75. He was an early settler 
in Detroit, and as government surveyor, laid out a very large portion 
of the state. 

Munro. — Sylvester, Bristol, R. L, Jan. 23. a. 91 yrs. 7 mos. 19 days. 
He was the oldest male person in the town, and the last survivor of 
four children of George Munro, all of whom lived to an advanced 
age. The others were females, and they deceased as follows: Abi- 
gail, May 9, 1S49, aged 7f yrs. 3 mos.; Sarah, May 11, 1S56, aged 
80 yrs. 10 mos.; Phebe, Jan. 6th, 1862, aged 83 yrs. 2 mos. Their 
united ages amount to 337 yrs. 10 mos., making an average to each 
of 84 yrs. 5J mos. Mr. Munro was three times married. His first 
wife was Sarah, dau. of Dea. Archibald Munro, who had two children. 
His second wife was Elizabeth, dau. of Joseph Lindsey, who had six 
children. His last wife was Sarah, dau. of Samuel Haley of New- 
port, who had three children; she d. in 1826. He had 11 children, 42 
grandchildren, 56 gr. grandchildren, and 1 gr. gr. grandchild — in all 
110 descendants — of whom 6 children, 31 grandchildren, 36 gr. grand- 
children, and 1 child of the fifth generation, survive him. On the 
introduction of Methodism into Bristol, by " Old Father Lee," in 1792 
or '93, he was among the first to embrace it, and became a pioneer 
of the Methodist church here. In 1804 he and the late Wm. Throop 
Waldron, as a committee, went to Plymouth, Mass , and obtained 
the frame of the first Methodist church erected in this town, now 
standing on the Common. We have before us the original subscrip- 
tion paper for raising means to build this church. It bears date Feb. 
9th, 1804, and the fourth name on the list is Sylvester Munro, $50. 
There are thirty subscribers, and the aggregate subscriptions exceed 
$1000. Only two of their number survive — Wm. Pearse and Samuel 
Smith, the former 90, and the latter 84 yrs. of age. Mr. Munro cast 

182 Marriages and Deaths. [April 

his first presidential vote for Washington, on his second election, 
and has voted at every presidential election since, until the last, 
when he was too feeble to go to the poll. — Bristol Phenix. 

Nason. — John, at Portsmouth, W. H., Jan. 25, a. 86 yrs. and 1 mos. 

Nason. — Seth, at Harvard, Mass., Jan. 17, a. 90 yrs. and 2 mos. 
Ha was the son of Nathanael, and the gr. son of Thomas of Walpole 
at which place he was b. Nov. 2, 1771. Thomas Nason m. Sarah 

f and had I. Thomas, b. about 1739. II. Nathanael, b. 1740. 

III. Abigail, b. March 24, 1741. IV. Margaret, b. Oct. 23, 1745. 
His wife Sarah d. Aug. 10, 1748, and in 1749, he m. Mary Camperneli 
of Ipswich, by whom he had, V. Willoughby, b. Feb. 21, 1749-50. 
VI. Mary, b. Dec. 27, 1751. His wife, Mary, d. March 3. 1769. The 
three sons of Thomas, Thomas Jr., Nathanael and Willoughby, oc- 
cupied the Eliakim Hutchinson farm in Walpole, after the owner's 
flight to Boston, 1775; and they were all engaged in the army in 
1776 and 7. 

Nathanael, m. Abigail Hartshorn of Walpole, in April, 1764 [date. 
of publishment, April 71, and had I. Oliver, m. M. Powers, Boston. 
II. Eliakim, m. Nancy Pettee, Dedham. III. Jacob, m. Rhoda 
Whittemore, West Cambridge. IV. Abigail, hi. James Hill, Sher- 
born. V. Seth, m. NancyGould, Sharon. VI. Catharine, m. James 
Bullard, Sherborn. VII. Nathanael, m. Sarah Swan, West Cam- 
bridge. VIII. Samuel, m. Fanny Mann, Walpole. IX. Sarah, m. 
Isaac Bullard, Walpole. X. Elizabeth, m. Thomas Sumner, Dedham. 
XI. Leavitt, m. Nancy Guild, Dedham. XII. Joseph, d. a. 20. XIII. 
Jabez, m. Elizabeth Maxwell, Roxbury. XIV. Horace, m. Amanda 
L. Lamb, Middleboro. 

Nathanael, the father of these fourteen children, and sixty-three 
grandchildren, d. 1805, and his wife in 1833, a. 86. 

Seth, their fifth child, and subject of this notice, m. Nancy Guild, 
and had issue, of whom Harriet m. the Rev. James Howe of Harvard r 
Oct. 13, 1833. He was a cotton manufacturer in New Ipswich, N. 
H., as early as 1808, and was a man of enterprise and intelligence. 
His widow d. Jan. 22, a. 81 yrs., 2 mos. and 18 days. — Editor. 

Parker. — Amos, M. D., of Bolton, at Shrewsbury, Oct. 24, a. 84. 
Dr. Parker was a son of Hollis and Louisa (Bragg) Parker, and was 
b. in Princeton, Oct. 17, 1777, the day of Burgoyne's surrender at 
Saratoga. -- 

Peet. — Edward, New York, Jan. 25, a. 35. He acquired much re- 
putation by his success as a professor in the New York Institution 
for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb.- 

Pennington. — William, Newark, N. J., Feb. 16, a. 65. He was a 
member of the state legislature; held the office of chancellor; in 1837 
was elected governor; was appointed governor of Minnesota by Pre- 
sident Taylor, which he declined; in 1858 was elected to congress, 
where after a protracted struggle in the house of representatives, he 
was placed. in the speaker's chair. 

Perkins. — Nehemiah, Wenham, Oct. 31, a. 95 yrs. 5 mos. 19 days. 
He was born at Wenham, May 22, 1776, and had always lived on 

156 2.] Marriages and Deaths. 183 

the same farm, which the family still hold by the Indian title. Mr- 
P. had two brothers that lived almost to his remarkable age, viz: 
John, who d. at Wenham, Feb. 3, 1841, a. 93 yrs. 6 mos. 15 days; 
and Edward, who d. at W., June 13, 1853, a. 93 yrs. 11 mos. 21 

Phillips— Micajah, Ohio, Jan. — , a. 125. He accompanied Herman 
Blenncrhasset into the western country as a slave, in 1796; and was 
accustomed to relate incidents of the battle of Yorktown, at which 
lie was present. 

Pope. — Eunice (Thaxter), Whitney ville, Me., Sept. 28, a. 51; wife 
of James Pope. 

Rice. — Mrs. Georgianna de Villers Lincoln, d. at Worcester, Mass., 
Dec. 28, 18G1, of puerperal convulsions, a. 21 yrs. 7 mos. 18 days. 

Extensive family connections mourn her departure. Her husband, 
Francis Blake Rice, was son of George Tilly Rice of Worcester, 
eon of Thomas Rice of Warren, son of Tilly and Mary (Buckminster) 
Rice of Bi'ookfield, Mass., by his wife Elizabeth Chandler Blake, dau. 
of the late Hon. Francis Blake of Worcester, son of Joseph Blake of 
Hingham and Watertown; by his wife Deborah Smith; by his wife 
Elizabeth Augusta Chandler, dau. of Gardner Chandler, son of the 
late Hon. John of Worcester; by his wife Elizabeth Ruggles, dau. of 
Brig. Gen. Ruggles of Hardwick, Mass. 

Mrs. Georgianna de Tillers Lincoln Rice, was the only child of the 
late Capt. George Lincoln of Worcester, who fell at Buena Yista, 
and his wife Nancy Hoard. 

Capt. Lincoln was son of Hon. Levi Lincoln, son of late Hon. Levi 
Lincoln of Worcester, and Martha Waldo, dau. of Daniel Waldo, Sen., 
of Worcester, and Penelope Sever, dau. of William Sever, Jr., of 
Kingston and Worcester, and Mary Chandler, his wife, dau. of the 
late Hon. John Chaudler of Worcester, by his wife Mary Church, 
dau. of the late Col. Charles Church of Bristol, R. I. 

The mother of Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Nancy Lincoln, was dau. of Silvius 
and Nancy M. Hoard of Ogdensburg, N. Y. Mrs. Nancy M. Hoard 
was dau. of Louis de Yillers, a native of France, who came out in 
Rochambeau's Expedition to aid this country in the war of the Re- 
volution; and she in. 2d, Hon. Stephen Salisbury of Worcester. 

Robbins — Nancy, Winchendon, Mass., Dec. 30, a. 101 and 3 mos. 

Robinson — David T., at Hartford, Jan. 26, a. 61 yrs., an eminent 
publisher, and highly esteemed citizen. 

Rockwood. — Rev. Sewall, Groton, Mass., Dec. 21, a. T8 yrs. and 6 

Rogers. — Nancy (Perkins), Brighton, Oct. 24, a. 82. She was 
wid. of Samuel Rogers, of Boston, and youngest dau. of Col. William 
Perkins, who commanded for several years at Castle William, after- 
wards Fort Independence, in Boston harbor. Mrs. Rogers was a 
member of the Brattle Street Church, and afterwards of the First 
Church, Brighton. 

184 Marriages and Deaths. [April 

Sibley. — Joseph, Rush, N. Y., Jan. 31, a. 76. He was b. in Sand- 
lake, and removed to Rush in 1804. He was a volunteer in the war 
of 1812; about 1835 was appointed first judge of the county, and 
was the only man not a lawyer that ever held that office in Monroe 
county. He was for a long- time justice of the peace, and among 1 
other offices which he held, was a member of the legislature for 
several terms. 

Skinner. — Rev. Otis A., Napierville, 111., Sept. 18, a. 54. He was 
b. in Royal ton, Vt., July 3, 1807. At the age of 19, he commenced 
school teaching, which was soon followed by the additional labor of 
preaching, to which he was called by the wishes and solicitations of 
his friends. He continued in this double work for nearly two years, 
spending most of his time in Lempster, Marlow, Washington, and 
neighboring towns. In 182S, he made an engagement with the 
societies in Washington and Jaffrey, N. H., preaching half the time 
at each place. About one year after this he went to Woburn, Mass., 
where he continued two years. He was then invited to Baltimore, 
Md., to which city he removed in 1831. It was near this time that 
he married Angela, dan. of Rev. Sebastian Streeter of Boston. In 
1836, he settled in Haverhill, Mass.; after remaining there a year, he 
accepted a call from the Fifth Universalist Society in Boston, and 
was installed their pastor, Jan. 26, 1837. The meetings of the 
society, were at that time held in Boylston Hall, but in a little more 
than two years from the commencement of Mr. Skinner's labors in 
the place, the church edifice in Warren street was completed. It 
was dedicated Jan. 30, 1839. In 1846, he received an invitation to 
settle with the Orchard St. Society in N. Y. city, of which society Dr. 
Sawyer had been pastor. He remained in New York nearly three 
years, when at the urgent request of his old society in Warren St., 
Boston, he returned and pre.iched to them from Jan. 1, 1849, to April, 
1857, during which period, in addition to his ministerial labors, he 
was engaged as agent in securing the one hundred thousand dollars 
necessary for the establishment of Tufts College. This work com- 
pleted, for important reasons affecting his family and relatives, and 
at the earnest intreaty of his brother Samuel, he removed to the 
west, at the date last mentioned, and took up his abode in Elgin, 
111., about 35 miles from Chicago. He accepted the office of pre- 
sidency of the Lombard University at Galesburg, 111., and entered 
upon its duties in Aug., 1857. Here he received the degree of D. D. 
Besides the work of president and teacher, he performed the duties 
of preacher and pastor to the society in Galesburg. In Oct, 1S58, 
in consequence of the new burdens laid upon him by the death of his 
brother Samuel, the settlement of whose large estate devolved upon 
him. he removed to the beautiful city of Joliet, 111., and took upon him- 
self the pastoral care of the Universalist congregation in that place. 
Here he remained till the time of his death, which took place in Na- 
pierville about 20 miles distant, whither he had gone on an exchange of 
pulpit services. The sickness which terminated his life, was sudden 
and severe, and he was only able to go from the pulpit to the bed, 
which hejiever left. He died on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 
18th, and the funeral service was on the following Friday afternoon 

1862.] Marriages and Deaths. 185 

from St. Paul's Church iu Chicago. He was buried by the side of 
his brother Samuel, for whom he ever cherished a special affection. 

Dr. Skinner was a man of great industry. While in Baltimore he 
established a religious paper called The Southern Pioneer; in Haver- 
hill he published The Gospel Sun; in 1843, he began in Boston, the 
publication of a monthly magazine called the Universalisi Miscellany, 
to which he largely contributed, and the editorial labor of which 
was almost wholly in his hands. The work was carried through six 
volumes. He was the author of several books: Universalism Illus- 
trated and Defended; Doctrinal Sermons; Letters on the Knapp Excitement; 
Letters to Parents; Family Worship, containing Reflections and Prayers 
for Domestic Devotion. Besides these works, he prepared two or three 
Sunday school class books. He was a firm friend of education and 
of the reformatory movements, was an efficient member of the board 
of school committee in Boston, a worker in the cause of temperance, 
was among the founders of the South End Provident Association, 
which was afterward merged in the Boston Provident Association. 
He was a man of " genuine goodness" — " was genial and amiable in 
disposition, frank and cordial in his manners, kind in feelings toward 
all, helpful to every one who sought his aid, the companion and 
counsellor of youth, the comforter of the aged and the sick, the loving 
and laborious pastor, and the faithful minister of Christ and his 
gospel." The above notice of Rev. Dr. Skinner was drawn from the 
sermon of Rev. T. B. Thayer, referred to on page 102. 

Sturtevant. — Noah, of East Boston, was killed about 5 o'clock 
Wednesday evening, Dec. 5th, his carriage coming in collision with 
the cars on the Eastern Rail Road crossing, while he was on his 
way from his farm in North Chelsea to Saugus. His age was 56 
years, 8 months. He was a native of Winthrop, Me., and was 
at the head of the house of Noah Sturtevant & Co. of Boston, 
New York and Philadelphia. He was one of the early settlers at 
East Boston, and has done more, perhaps, than any other man toward 
the improvement of the place. The two splendid blocks on Maverick 
square, the Sturtevant House and Winthrop Block are monuments 
of his enterprise and public spirit. The Sturtevant House was 
erected in 1857; it is six stories in height, and covers an area of 
more than 14,000 square feet. 

The sudden death of Mr. S. will make a void in the community at 
East Boston, and elsewhere, which it will be difficult to fill. He 
leaves a widow and several children. It is a singular fact that an 
elder brother of the deceased, Mr. Newell Sturtevant, died almost as 
suddenly in Boston a few years ago. He was crossing the Common 
to his residence, when he fell and expired almost instantly. 

Sullivan. — Hon. Richard, Cambridge, Dec. 11, a. 82. He was the 
third son of Hon. James and Mehetabel (Odiorne) Sullivan, and was 
born in Groton, Mass,, July IT, 1779. His father was born in Ber- 
wick. Me., April 22, 1744. He practiced law in Georgetown, Me., 
afterward in Biddeford. In. Feb. 1778, he removed to Groton, Mass., 
and from thence to Boston in 1782. He was a judge of the supreme 
court, attorney-general of Massachusetts, and in 1807 was chosen 
governor of the state, was re-elected in 1808, and died while in office 

186 Marriages and Deaths. [April 

Dec. 10 of the same year. The mother of Richard was a daughter 
of William Odiorne, a shipbuilder of Durham, N. IT., where she was 
born June 26, 1748, and died in Boston, Jan. 26, 1786. Richard was 
filled for college at the Boston Latin School. He graduated at Har- 
vard University in 1798; studied law in the office of his father and was 
admitted to the Suffolk bar in 1801. He married May 22, 1804, 
Sarah Russell, dau. of Hon. Thomas Russell of Boston, and shortly 
after, in company with his wife, made an extensive tour in Europe. 
By this marriage he had four sons and four daughters, of whom only 
two sons survive. His wife died June 8, 1831. On his return from 
his European tour Mr. Sullivan opened a lawyer's office, but having 
a competency of worldly goods he soon relinquished the practice of 
his profession. He was elected a senator in the state legislature from 
Suffolk in 1815, and the two following years; was a member from 
Brookline of the convention for revising the constitution of the state 
in 1820; was a member of the governor's council in 1S20 and 182,1. 
In 1823, he was the candidate of the federal party for lieutenant- 
governor of the state, the Hon. Harrison Gray Otis being the candi- 
date for governor, but the ticket was defeated. In 1321, he was 
elected a member of the board of overseers of Harvard University and 
held that office until the board was newly instituted by an act of the 
legislature of Massachusetts in 1852, which was accepted by the cor- 
poration and overseers of the university. He was one of the gentlemen 
who aided in rearing the Massachusetts General Hospital, using his 
efforts in obtaining subscriptions to that establishment, the first 
meeting for the project being held at his house. He also delivered 
an address in King's Chapel on this subject. He resided many years 
in the town of Brookline. Rev. Dr. Lathrop in his published sermon 
preached in the Brattle Square Church, Dec. 15th, on Sunday succeed- 
ing the decease of Mr. S., speaks of his home in Brookline as being 
"the model of a Christian home; and comes up to the thoughts of ail 
who remember it, as near an approach to a picture and miniature of 
heaven as they may ever hope to see on earth/' 

Prof. Sidney Willard of Cambridge, in his Memories of Youth and 
Manhood gives some interesting biographical notices of his classmates; 
in vol. ii, pp. 48-50, will be found a sketch of Mr. Sullivan. 

Allen, in his Biographical Dictionary, says that the father of Gov. 
Sullivan was a man of liberal education; that he came to this country 
about the year 1723, and died in July, 1795, aged 105 years. William 
Sullivan, LL. D., brigadier-general, author of The Political Class Book, 
&c, who died in Boston, Sept. 3, 1839, aged 64, was a brother of Hon. 
Richard Sullivan. 

Mr. S. was made an honorary member of the New England His- 
toric-Genealogical Society in 1847. 

Sumner. — Gen. William, Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Mass., Oct. 
24, a. 81. He was born in Roxbury, July 4, 1780; was the only 
son of Gov. Increase and Elizabeth (Hyslop) Sumner, grandson of 
Increase and Sarah (Sharp) •Sumner, gr. grandson of Edward and 
Elizabeth (Clap) Sumner, gr. gr. grandson of George and Mary 
(Baker) Sumner, gr. gr. gr. grandson of William and Mary (West) 
Sumner, and gr. gr. gr. gr. grandson of Roger and Joan (Franklin) 
Sumner of Bicester, Oxfordshire, England. His mother was the 

1862.] Marriages and Deaths. 187 

only daughter of William and Mehetable (Stoddard) Hyslop, grand- 
daughter of David and Elizabeth (Richardson Shrimpton) Stoddard, 
and gr. granddaughter of Simeon and Elizabeth (Shrimpton) Stod- 
dard. His grandfather, William Hyslop, son of James, came from 
East Lowden in Scotland, and died in Brookline, Aug. 11, 179G, in 
the 83d year of his age. 

William Hyslop Sumner, after passing through the preparatory 
studies in his native town, entered Phillips Academy, Andover, in 
1793, where, under preceptors Ebenezer Pemberton, Abiel xYbbot, and 
Mark Newman, he was fitted for college. He graduated at Harvard 
in 1799, the month after the death of his father, who died June 1th. 
He studied law in Boston with Hon. John Davis, then district at- 
torney; was admitted to the bar in 1802; remained in the practice of 
the law till his appointment as adjutant general by Gov. Brooks in 
1818, which office he held, together with that of quarter master 
general, under the administrations of three governors, viz: Brooks, 
Eustis and Lincoln, In 1834, he resigned, and was succeeded by 
Gen. H. A. S. Dearborn. He was a representative from Boston to 
the general court in 1808, and the eleven following years. For 
further particulars concerning the military life of Gen. Sumner — the 
power that was entrusted to him by Gov. Strong in making provision 
for the sea coast defence — his agency in forming the East Boston 
company, having previously projected the settlement of Noddles 
Island as a part of the city of Boston — these and other facts in his 
personal and public life may be found written at length in his 
elaborate History of East Boston, published in 1858, a volume of 800 
pages octavo, also in Hist, and Gen. Reg., vol. vin, p. 128. He was 
thrice married but had no children. He died of paralysis. 

Gen. Sumner became a resident member of the N. E. Hist.-Gen. 
Society, in 1845. 

Symonds. — William Law, Boston, Jan. 18, a. 28; a graduate of 
Bowdoin College of the class of 1854. He was an able contributor 
to the New American Cyclopedia, and the Atlantic Monthly; he was an 
accomplished scholar and an excellent man. 

Ticknor. — Horace C, for many years landlord of the hotel at Van 
Deusenville, died on Friday night, at the age of 70. — Jour., 16 Nov., 

Trask. — Joseph, Salem, Mass., a. 47. He died Sept. 13th, on the 
passage from Africa to Boston, on board barque D. Godfrey, of which 
vessel he was mate. 

Tufts. — William, Salem, June 3, a. 74. He was b. in Medford, 
March 1, 1787. For 40 years, from 1815 to 1855, he was known to 
those who had business transactions at the State House, having been 
for a long period the chief clerk in the office of the secretary of the 
commouwealth. For several years past he has resided in Salem. The 
late Samuel Tucker, Theophilus Sanborn, Gideon Tucker, and William 
Tufts, occupied the same pew in the First Church ; they have all 
deceased within less than three years, and they died successively 
according to the order in which they sat in the pew in the church. — 
Salem Register. 

J 88 Marriages and Deaths, [April 

Vickery. — Mrs. Mary, Marblehead, Nov. 25, a. 02 yrs., 6 mos'; 
widow of Capt. William Vickery. 

Vinton. — Edward Payson, South Boston, Oct. 13, of consumption, 

a. 21 yrs. 8 mos.; son of Rev. John A. Yinton. 

Walcott. — Benjamin S., New York Mills, Jan. 12, a. 70. He was 

b. in Cumberland, R. I., and became an eminent manufacturer. He 
had been largely identified with the manufactures of Oneida county 
for half a century. He accompanied the Rev. Dr. Thompson through 
Syria, and the latter has dedicated his great work to him. He gave 
$15,000 to Hamilton College, to found a professorship of the evidences 
of Christianity. 

Waterman. — Dea. Joseph S.. Halifax, Mass., Oct. 13, a. 16. In 
early manhood he followed the seas, and during his sailor life, he 
experienced much hardship and many " hair breadth escapes." On 
one occasion, in a storm, the ship was thrown on her beam ends, and 
having some twenty tons of lead on her keelson, it slid off and thus 
rendered the righting of the vessel, after cutting away the masts, 
almost impossible. On another occasion, he fell overboard, caught 
hold of a rope as he was going down, grasped it firmly, passed under 
the ship, and was brought on deck insensible. 

On his last voyage to Europe, he sailed with Capt. Prior of 
Duxbury. Returning homeward they were brought to by a British 
man-of-war, from which a boat under a lieutenant was sent on board 
to search for British subjects. He had his American papers, but 
they afforded him no protection. He was seized and conveyed to 
the English ship, the lieutenant swearing that he wanted him for a 
main-top man, and that he would have him. As he came into that 
strange vessel, some of the crew told him that he was just such a 
man as they wanted, and that as the ship was a new one, he would 
have to stay till he was grey-headed. But on examination of his 
papers, by the British captain, he allowed him to return to his own 

Waterman. — William, Dumont Place, Hillsborough, Somerset co., 
N. J., June 10, a. 84; at the residence of his son, William Dwight 

In the latter part of the last century, and the beginning of the 
present one, the deceased was extensively engaged in business as a 
merchant at Salisbury Meeting House in Herkimer co. (then Mont- 
gomery), N. Y. He was one of the veterans of the war of 1812, and 
took his first lessons as a soldier under General Scott. Though long 
retired from active life, his interest in passing events continued un- 
abated. He was widely known in the state of New York, where the 
most active portion of his business life was spent. 

Weld.— Edward Franklin, Roxbury, died Sunday evening, 7 
o'clock, Sept. 22, a. 9 yrs., 10 mos , 1 day; youngest child of the late 
Edward Franklin Weld, and grandchild of Samuel Bradlee. 

Weller.— Dr Frederick, at sea, Feb. — . He was a native of 
Paterson, N. J., and was in the enjoyment of a lucrative practice 
when he joined the 9th regiment of his state as surgeon. He was 
drowned off Hatteras by the sinking of a life boat belonging to the 
Burnside expedition. 

1862.] Marriages and Deaths. 189 

Wells. — Joshua, Baltimore county, Md., Jan. 24, a. 98. He was a 
native of Maryland, b. in 1764, early connected himself with the Me- 
thodist Episcopal Church, and was the oldest clergyman of that de- 
nomination. He was cotemporary with Wesley, Asbury, Whitfield, 
Coke, and other pioneers of that denomination, having become an 
itinerant preacher in 11 88, when he was 24 yrs. of age. In the early 
days of his ministry, the hardships of travel were very great, and in 
many instances he was required to travel beyond the Alleghanies to 
fill his appointments. His ministerial career began with the Balti- 
more Annual Conference, where he remained in active service until 
the infirmities of age compelled his retirement, though he still held 
a superannuated relation with the body. He was a man of robust 
constitution, and though not possessed of a brilliant scholastic edu- 
cation, was esteemed an able expounder of the Scriptures. Until 
within two or three years of his death, he regularly attended the 
sessions of the conference. His remains were interred at Green- 

White. — Kev. Charles, D. D., president of Wabash College, Craw- 
fordville, la., died of apoplexy, Oct. 29, a. 65. He was son of Solo- 
mon and Rhoda (Braman) White, and was born at Randolph, Mass., 
in 1196. 

At the marriage of his mother in 1808, with Rev. Asa Burton, D. 
D., he removed to Thetford, Vt., where he received his academic 
education. He graduated at Dartmouth College with distinguished 
honors in 1821, and studied theology at Andover, two years in the 
class which left the Theological Institution in 1824. His first settle- 
ment in the ministry was at Thetford, Yt, where he continued four 
years; thence he removed to Cazenovia, N. Y., where he continued 
until called to the presidency of Wabash College, which office he sus- 
tained at the time of his death. His wife was Martha Carter, by 
whom he had ten children. Dr. White was a sound theologian, an 
able minister, and a successful presiding college officer. His 
published writings were chiefly sermons and baccalaureate ad- 
dresses, the latter of which were collected into a volume and pub- 
lished in 1853, with a portrait of the author. In 1854, he preached 
the annual sermon at Hartford, before the American board of com- 
missioners for foreign missions, of which he was a corporate member. 
[He was a lineal descendant of Peregrine White who was the first 
child born after the arrival of the Pilgrims, 1620. Yide Prince's 
Annals, p. 16.] E. A. 

Whittemore.— Rev. E. B., Oxfordville, N. H., Dec. 27, a. 37. He 
was graduated at Dartmouth College 1849, and was highly esteemed 
as a Christian minister. 

Whittemore. — Rev. Thomas, D. D., Cambridgeport, March 21, a. 61. 
He was b. near Copp's Hill, in Boston, Jan. 1st, 1800; was a descend- 
ant of Thomas 1 Whittemore, who settled in that part of Charlestown 
called Mystic North Side, and which in 1649, was incorporated as 
Maiden. Among a large family of children was a son John,- who 
came a minor with his father to this country, and having married in 
Maiden, removed to Charlestown. He was the father of Joseph, 3 an 

190 Marriages and Deaths. [April 

inn keeper, who had Joseph, 4 a house joiner, the father of Joseph, 5 
who had Thomas, 6 a chaise maker, who in. Elizabeth Rand. Thomas,' 5 
died at the age of 33, leaving a wife with an only son, Joseph, 7 who, 
in 1794, at the age of 28, married Comfort Quiner, a. 19. They had 
ten children, of- whom Thomas, s the subject of this sketch, was the 
fourth. Thomas was duly baptized in the Brattle street church, Bos- 
ton, when about two weeks old. When he was five years of age, 
his father removed to Charlestown, established himself in the baking 
business, and there became a member of the church of which Rev. 
Jedediah Morse was pastor. The father died in Jan., 1814, a. 41, 
leaving a widow and seven children. At the age of seven, Thomas 
was placed in one of the common schools of Charlestown, where he 
acquired all the education he ever received under a teacher, except- 
ing three months at an evening school, just before the age of twenty- 
one, and a few weeks of private tuition after that time; so that he 
was in the fullest sense of the term — a self-educated man. At the 
age of 14, be was apprenticed to a morocco dresser in Charlestown; 
subsequently to a brass founder, afterwards he went to Lynn to 
learn to make ladies' shoes; finally he was bound an apprentice to 
Mr. Abel Baker, a noted bootmaker of Boston, with whom he lived 
till he was 21 years old. While with Mr. Baker, he became acquainted 
with Rev. Hosea Ballou of the Second Universalist Church of Boston, 
and the intimacy ripened into friendship, which continued through 
life. Probably for no man on earth did Mr. W. entertain a higher 
respect and a deeper love than for Mr. Ballou. Soon after the com- 
mencement of their acquaintance, Mr. Whittemore was employed to 
play the bass viol in Mr. Ballou's church. Mr. B. asked him one day, 
if he did not think of preparing for the ministry. " No sir," he re- 
plied, " the thought never entered my mind." From that moment; 
however, he did think of it; it seemed to him more and more certain 
that he should eveutually 1 ecome a preacher. At finst he dreaded 
the idea, but gradually the fear subsided, and was succeeded by an 
earnest, ardent desire to engage in that sacred office. During the 
summer and fall of 1820, he devoted every leisure hour to the study 
of the bible. Though not yet twenty-one years of age, he had formed 
his purpose; just three weeks before he had attained his majority, 
he preached his first sermon. This was in Roxbury. On the 1st of 
January, 1821, he left his master and the shcemaking business, 
and on the Monday following entered the family of Mr. Ballou, with 
whom he studied, to prepare himself more fully for the work before 
him. In April following (1821) he received and accepted an invita- 
tion to settle in Milford, Mass. Here he married Lovice, dau. of 
John Corbett, in September of the same year. Three months after 
marriage, while absent on a ministerial exchange, the house he oc- 
cupied was burned to the ground, and every thing belonging to him 
was destroyed, except his wife, who was saved by leaping from the 
chamber window. After spending a year in Milford, he removed to 
Cambridgeport and took charge of the Universalist Society there, and 
was pastor nine years, when, owing to the pressure of duties, he 
resigned his office, but continued a resident of the place. On his 
removal to Cambridgeport, he became joint editor of the Universalist 
Magazine, with Rev. H. Ballou and H. Ballou 2d. On the 5th of July. 

1S62.] Marriages and Deaths. 191 

1828, this paper was first issued under the name of The Trumpet and 
Universalist Magazine. Under tin's new form, Mr. Whittemore soon be- 
came sole editor and publisher. The Trumpet was therefore under 
his control more than 30 years. In Jauuary, 1S30, he published an 
elaborate work entitled, the Modern History of Universalism. In 3 S32, 
the first edition of his Notes and Illustrations of the Parables appeared, 
and a 2d edition, improved, in 1834; the Swigs of Zion, a book of 
church music, of 360 pp., many of the tunes and anthems of his com- 
position, was published in 1836; in 1811, the Gospel Harmonist, 
another book of church music of the same size, and like the former, 
containing many original pieces. During 18-12, appeared his first 
book, and in 1S13, his second book of Conference Hymns. In 1811, he 
also pubb'shed his Sunday School Choir, a book consisting of services, 
tunes and hymns for Sunday schools. In 1840, The Plain Guide to 
Universalism, was issued, one of his most popular works. In 1S48, 
was published his Commentary on the Revelation. In 1852, he wrote 
the Memoir of Walter Balfour, printed in a small 12mo; and in 1854-5, 
the Life of Rev. Ilosea Ballon, published in four volumes; in 1858, his 
own autobigraphy appeared. Several single sermons delivered by 
him, on doctrinal and other subjects, have been printed. Mr. Whitte- 
more was a man of remarkable energy of character and superior busi- 
ness talents. He was popular and beloved as a man, a preacher, a 
pastor, a citizen. Much of the success of the denomination is owing 
to his arduous and self-sacrificing labors, both as an editor and 
minister. He represented Cambridge several years in the legis- 
lature, and also served as selectman under the town organization, 
and as alderman since Cambridge became a city. For many years 
he was president of the Cambridge Bank, and also president of the 
Vermont and Massachusetts Rail Road. The degree of Doctor of 
Divinity was conferred on Mr. Whittemore by Tufts College, in 1851. 
He left a widow and eight children, four sons and four daughters. 
His second son, John W. Whittemore, was third assistant engineer 
of the steam sloop-of-war Mohican. He was killed by the bursting 
of a shell at the bombardment of the forts at Hilton Head, S. C, 
Nov. 1, 1861, a. 26 yrs., 1 mo., 19 days. He left a widow. 

Wise. — 0. Jennings. He was captain of the Richmond Blues, and 
was killed at the capture of Roanoke Island. He was for several 
years chief editor of the Richmond Enquirer, and his ability and ac- 
quirements enabled him to exercise great influence over the young 
men of Virginia. 

Wright. — John C, Schenectady, January 24. He graduated at 
Union College in 1821, studied law, and became first judge of Scho- 
harie county; subsequently state senator, and in 1846 a member of 
the constitutional convention. The last office of importance which 
he held, was that of comptroller of the state, to which he brought 
business capacity and honorable intentions. 

Zollicoffer. — Felix K., of Tennessee, was killed in battle at Som- 
erset, Ky., Jan. 19. He was b. in Mowry county, Tenn., in 1812 and 
learned the trade of a printer. He afterwards became an editor, and 
in 1853 was elected member of congress. He died ingloriously in 
arms against his country. 

192 JV. E. Hist. -Gen. Society. [April 


Monthly Meetings — 1862. 

Boston, Jan. l.~ The annual meeting of the society was held this 
day. President Winslow Levv T is, M. D., in the chair. 

Letters from gentlemen accepting resident membership were 
reported by the corresponding secretary. 

The librarian announced that 112 pamphlets, reports, &c, 6 news- 
papers, 11 manuscripts and 1 volumes, had been received during the 
last month. 

W. B. Trask read memoirs of members deceased since the previous 
meeting, viz: Hon. Richard Sullivan, an honorary member; Hon. 
John Hubbard Wilkins, a resident member; Jonathan Marsh, a cor- 
responding member. 

The president gave an address, which may be found in full in this 
number of the Register. 

The donations to the library for 1861, were larger than any pre- 
vious year, according to the report of the chairman of the library 
committee; the whole number being 121 bound volumes, 2581 pam- 
phlets, 19 manuscripts and some 40 loose documents. 

On motion of Mr. Kidder, a resolution was unanimously passed, 
giving the thanks of the society to Mr. John Ward Dean, correspond- 
ing secretary for the past three years and for his previous services 
as recording secretary and treasurer; also to Dr. Joseph Palmer for 
his services as historiographer for the past six years. 

Officers of the society were elected for the ensuing year, and 
amendments to the Constitution passed. The list of officers will be 
found printed on page 200, and the amendments on page 193. 

Rev. Abner Morse read a continuation of his paper, entitled 
Northmen in America. 

Feb. 5. — The regular monthly meeting of this society was held at 
their rooms. Rev. Martin Moore, vice-president, in the chair, at 3 
o'clock P. M. 

The corresponding secretary reported that since the previous meet- 
ing he had received letters from the following gentlemen, accepting 
the resident membership to which they had been elected, viz: Hon. 
Isaac Emery of Boston; Lieut. Col. Charles E. Griswold of Boston, 
now at Hall's Hill, Ya.; Rev. Abbott E. Kittredge and Selwin Z. 
Bowman of Charlestown. 

The librarian. John H. Sheppard, Esq., reported that since the pre- 
vious meeting, there had been donated to the society thirteen bound 
volumes, ninety-four pamphlets and periodicals, seventeen newspa- 
pers; also a large and valuable collection of ancient MSS., deeds, 
court papers, and miscellaneous documents; many of them were once 
the papers of Judge Samuel Sewall. 

Hon. Charles Hudson read an able and eloquent memoir of Rev. 
Jonas Clark, whose ministry in Lexington extended over half a cen- 

1862.] JV. E. Hut-Gen. Society. 193 

tury. A vote of thanks was passed, and a copy requested for the 

Dr. Alden read a well prepared memoir of the late Bartholomew 
Brown, which was prepared at the request of the librarian of Har- 
vard University. The thanks of the society were passed, and a copy 
requested for the archives. 

Rev. F. W. Holland read an interesting- sketch of John Clay of 
Preston, Eng., who spent his life in solving the problem of prison 

March 5.- — President Lewis in the chair. The reports of the Cor- 
responding Secretary and Librarian were presented. 10 bound vol- 
umes, 405 pamphlets and several files of old newspapers were 
donated to the Library since the former meeting. 

Memoirs of two honorary members, recently deceased, were read 
by the historiographer, viz: of the late Hon. John Tyler of Virginia 
and President Cornelius Conway Felton of Harvard University. 

Rev. James Freeman Clarke read the paper of the afternoon, on 
the importance of giving right names to towns and streets. He 
recommended that new streets in Boston should be called after dis- 
tinguished men, who had resided here in early times, especially that 
the new streets west of the Public Garden should be named for such 
historic characters. 

He farther recommended that the city government be petitioned to 
appoint an Historic Commission of gentlemen, to be selected from 
the Historical Societies, to propose suitable names for the streets 
and public places, and inscriptions for localities where important 
events have taken place. These commissioners to serve without pay. 

Amendments of the Constitution and By-Laws. 

The Constitution and By-Laws of the New England Historic 
Genealogical Society, as they then stood, were printed in the 
Register, vol. xn, pp. 94-96. Since then, the following amendments 
have been adopted: 


Art. 1. — The President, the past Presidents, the Secretaries, the 
Treasurer, the Historiographer, the Librarian, the Chairmen of the 
several Standing Committees, and five members chosen by the Society 
for the purpose, shall constitute the Board of Directors. — Amended 
Jan. 1, 1862. 

Art. 9. — The Officers of the Society shall be chosen at the January 
meeting, by written ballot, and at any other stated meeting when a 
vacancy shall have occurred. 

Art. 11. — No alteration shall be made in this Constitution, except 
at a quarterly meeting, on the written recommendation of at least 
five members of the Society, and by a vote of three-fourths of the 
members present ; notice of the proposed alteration having been 

194 Harlackenden Family. [April 

given and entered on the records at a previous meeting of the 
Society, and notices of the proposed change sent to each Resident 
Member. — Amended April 7, 1858. 


Art. 15. — The payment of thirty dollars for that purpose, by 
himself or ethers, shall constitute any Resident, Corresponding, or 
Honorary Member, a Life Member of the Society; and said Life 
Member shall be free from assessments and entitled to all the rights 
and privileges of Resident Members during his Life. — Amended July 
6, 1859. 

Art. 18. — The Board of Directors and the Standing Committees 
shall severally determine what number of members shall constitute 
a quorum of their respective bodies. — Amended Dec. 4, 1861. 

Art. 23. — All moneys received for Life Membership shall be in- 
vested by the Treasurer, with the approval of the Finance Commit- 
tee, and the moneys so invested shall be called the Life Fund, the 
income whereof shall be used to defray the expenses of the Society, 
but the principal shall remain intact. — Adopted Oct. 5, 1859. 

Art. 24. — There shall be a Standing Committee on Lectures and 
Essays, whose duty it shall be to make arrangements for the Literary 
Exercises, by engaging persons to read Historical Papers or make 
verbal communications at the stated meetings of the Society. — 
Adofted March t, 1860. 


Correction. — Through the kindness of Nathaniel Chauncy, Esq. of 
Philadelphia, I am enabled to furnish the following important cor- 
rection to the pedigree (see Reg., vol. xv, p. 321) of the Harlacken- 
den Family. - Isaac J. Greenwood, New York. 

Moses 2 Harlackenden was father of 

I. William 3 of Woodchurch, co. Kent, the grandfather of Thomas 5 , 
of the same place, who died 26th Aug. 1558, leaving a son and heir 
George 6 , then aged 39, who m. Elizabeth, dau. of Thomas Hardres, 
afterwards wife of Roger Harlackenden of Earl's Colne, co. Essex. 

II John 3 of Warhorn, co. Kent, m. Joan Willis (or Willes) and 
had John, 4 who m. Joan Phillips and was father of Thomas 5 of War- 
horn, who m. 1st Mary, dau. of Rich. Lonchnoys and granddau. of 
Thomas Fienes, Lord Dacre. His second wife Elizabeth was mother 
of Alice who m. Henry Thompson. According to the Inq. p. m. at 
Ashford, co. Kent, taken 11 Sep. 1564, he left sons: 

1. John, 6 aged 30; 2. William 6 , aged 28; 3. Roger, 6 aged 27, the 
purchaser of Earl's Colne. But the will of Thomas, dated 25 Jan. 
1562-3, mentions a fourth son Richard and some daughters. 

■'•y-w jo K(3?>;jl;.'.r> : .-'.ji/ 

3 862.] Historical Intelligence. 195 


Long Pastorates. — Rev. Benjamin Lord, D. D., was settled over the 
First Congregational Church in Norwich, Conn., Nov. 20, 171*1. Rev. 
Joseph Strong, D. D., was settled as his colleague March 18, 1778. 
Dr. Lord died March 31, 1184, after a pastorate of sixty -seven years. 
Dr. Strong's pastoral relation with the church continued fifty-six 
years, till his death, which occurred Dec. 18, 1834. These two" suc- 
cessive pastorates covered a period of one hundred and seventeen 
years; while the separate pastorates, added together, make one 
hundred and twenty-three years. Fitzwilliam, N. EL, Nov. 5, 1861. 
— Boston Journal, Nov. 7, IS 61. 

Jubilee of Rev. R. S. Storrs, D. D., of Braintree, Mass. — July 3d, 
1861, being the fiftieth anniversary of the ordination of Rev. Dr. 
Storrs, at Braintree, it was thought proper to commemorate the event. 
After prayers by Rev. Drs. Russell of Randolph, and Albro of Cam- 
bridge, and the singing of an original hymn, an historical address 
was delivered by Rev. Dr. Storrs, concluding with prayer by Rev. 
Nehemiah Adams, D. D., of Boston. In the afternoon, some very ap- 
propriate remarks were made by Rev. Dr. Storrs of Brooklyn, N. Y., 
who presided, prayer having been offered by Rev. Dr. Thompson of 
Roxbury. Rev. Edwards A. Park of Andover, who was settled as 
colleague with Rev. Dr. Storrs, Dec. 21, 1831, and resigned Jan. 17, 
1834, gave an interesting account of the previous pastors of the 
church. Dr. Ebenezer Alden of Randolph, followed, on " The people 
of Braintree fifty years ago." Rev. Leonard Withington, D. D., of 
Newbury—" On the importance and influence of a permanent past- 
oral relation." Rev. Mr. Means of Dorchester, Rev. Dr. Blagden of 
Boston, Rev. Mr. Eustis of New Haven, Rev. Dr. Thompson of Rox- 
bury, and Rev. Mr. Dexter of Boston, took part in the exercises. The 
discourse and proceedings have since been published in a pamphlet 
of 102 pages, octavo. 

Monument to the late Rev. Dr. Peabody of Springfield, Mas3. — A 
monument having been erected to the memory of Rev. W. B. 0. Pea- 
body, D. D,, first pastor of the Unitarian Church in Springfield (who 
was b. July 9, 1799, d. May 28, 1847), the dedication exercises took 
• place Sept. 29th. Prayer by Rev. Francis Tiffany, pastor of the 
Unitariau Society, hymn by J. G. Holland, address by Geo. Walker. 
A hymn written by Rev. Dr. Peabody was then sung, commencing — 
" Behold the western evening light," benediction by Rev. S. G. Buck- 
ingham of the South Congregational Society. The cost of this 
beautiful monument, was about $2,000, exclusive of the foundation 
and preparation of the ground. It is constructed of Dorchester 
(Nova Scotia).] freestone, in bight 21| feet, is in the pointed Gothic 
style. It has been remarked that though less elaborate, it suggests 
to the observer the monument to Sir Walter Scott at Edinburgh. It 
was executed at the stone works of Elijah W. Bliss of Springfield, 
from a design by a New York artist. 

196 Current Events. [April 

Extraordinary Longevity. — Asa Raymond and his wife, Huldah 
(Rice) Raymond, of Shutesbury, Franklin co., Mass., if living' on 
the 16th of the present month (April, 1S62), will celebrate the scven- 
Uj-fifth anniversary of their wedding" day. We think that another 
like instance can not be found on record. The venerable old gentle- 
man, who is quite active, is 96 years of age; his wife, a fine speci- 
men of the ladies of the old school, is 94. They have three sons and 
one daughter now living: Edward A. Raymond, Esq., of Boston, 
Mass.; Hon. Z. L. Raymond of Cambridge, Mass.; Emmons Raymond, 
Esq., of Boston; and Mrs. Huldah Spear of Shutesbury. 


1. Mass. State Legislature assemble. Messrs. Mason and Slidell 
leave Fort Warren for England, in the Rinaldo. 

2. The Ella Warley runs the blockade, and enters Charleston 

5. Skirmish at Bath, Va., between Gen. Kelly (Union) at the head 
of 500 men, and Gen. Jackson with about 6,000. One hundred and 
thirty-one light houses have been destroyed since the commencement 
of the war. 

10. Victory of Brig. Gen. J. A. Garfield, with about 1800 men, 
over Humphrey Marshall, with a force of about 2500 rebels, near 
Prestonburg, Ky. 

11. The steam frigate Pensacola runs the blockade of the Potomac 
in safety. Gen. Burnside's expedition — over one hundred and twen- 
ty-five vessels in all — leave Hampton Roads for Cape Hatteras. 

19. Action of Mill Spring, Ky., in which Gen. F. K. ZollicofTer is 
killed, and his army routed. Our loss — 38 killed, 134 wounded. 
Enemy's loss — about 500, together with 14 cannon, 4000 or 5000 
stand of arms, &c. 

20. Edwin M. Stanton, vice Simon Cameron, enters on his duties 
as secretary of war. Schooner J. W. Wilder captured near Mobile, 


5. Jesse D. Bright of Indiana, expelled from U. S. Senate for dis- 
loyalty—vote, 32 to 14. 

6. Fort Henry, on the Tennessee river, is captured by Com. A. H. 
Foote, after an action of about one hour. 19 cannon, the rebel Gen. 
Tilghman, &c, fall into our hands. 

8. Battle at Roanoke Island, by the Union forces under Gee. Burn- 
side. The confederate army of about 3000, defeated. Our loss — 
about 42 killed, 200 wounded. Rebel loss— 30 killed, 100 wounded. 

9. The rebel fleet under Com. Lynch, destroyed by the Union gun 
boats in Albemarle sound. 

10. Bowling Green, Ky., is evacuated by the rebel army. Eliza- 
beth city, N. C., occupied by Union forces. 

1862.] Corrections. . 197 

13. Gen. Sterling Price evacuates Springfield, Mo., leaving many 
prisoners in the bands of Gen. Curtis. 

16. Fort Donelson, on the Cumberland river, surrenders, after 
two days' hard fighting, to the Union forces under Gen. U. S. Grant. 
About 15,000 prisoners, with arms and military stores, fall into our 
hands. Brig. Gen. Edvr. Price and staff, captured near Warsaw, Mo., 
by Capt. Stubbs of the 8th Iowa Regiment. 

21. Nathaniel D. Gordon is executed at New York, for being en- 
gaged in the slave trade. 

22. This day generally observed in the loyal states by the reading 
of Washington's Farewell Address, &c. Jefferson Davis inaugurat- 
ed president of the southern confederacy; A. H. Stevens, vice-pre- 

24. Great fire in Commercial st., Boston. Loss about $1,500,000, 
together with two or three lives. A severe thunder storm. Build- 
ings in Portsmouth, Kittery, Lowell, and other places struck by 

21. Gen. Banks's Division of the Federal army advance into Vir- 
ginia, at Harper's Ferry. Nashville occupied by the Union army 
under Gen. BuelL 


2. Com. S. F. Dupont takes possession of Fort Clinch, Fernandina, 
St. Marys, etc. The Rebel steamer Darlington captured. 

3. Columbus, Ky., evacuated and burnt by the Confederate army. 
Gen. N. P. Banks's forces occupy Martinsburgh, Va. 

7. Centreviile and Manasses evacuated by the Confederate army. 
Battle of Pea Ridge, Ark. After three days' hard fighting the Con- 
federate forces under Gen. S. Price, are completely routed by the 
Union army under Gen. Curtis, and the rebel generals, McCulloch 
and Mcintosh, killed. 

8. Leesburgh, Va., occupied by the Federal forces. Naval action 
at Hampton Roads between the iron-clad gunboat Virginia — formerly 
the Merrimac — and the Federal iron-clad boat Monitor, which after a 
long and close engagement, compelled the Rebel vessel to retire. 
The Cumberland was sunk and the Congress captured anH burned by 
the Virginia before the Monitor engaged her. This is the first con- 
test between two iron-plated vessels on record, and will doubtless 
produce an entire change in naval architecture, as well as in coast 
defences, throughout the world. Evacuation of Pensacola, Fla., by 
the Confederate troops. 

11. St. Augustine, Fla., surrenders to Com. S. F. Dupont. 

13. The Union forces take possession of New Madrid, Mo. 

14. Capture of Newburn, N. C, by the Union troops under GeD. 
A. E. Burnside, after a hard fought battle of about four hours. Fe- 
deral loss — 91 killed, and 466 wounded. Over 60 pieces of cannon 
are taken. 

18. Final evacuation of the Potomac by the Confederate forces. 

23. Battle near Winchester, and defeat of the rebels. Great loss 
on both sides. Beaufort, N. C, taken from the rebels, and Fort Ma- 
con blown up. 

[to be continued.] 

J9S Book Notices. [April 


A Handbook of American Genealogy, fyc. l&y William H. Whitmore, 
member of the Publishing Committee of the N. E. Historic-Genea- 
logical Society. Albany - Joel Mnnsell. 1862. 4tO. pp. 272. 

"Well indeed," was our conclusion after reading this elegantly written and ele- 
gantly printed book, " genealogy, thanks to the labors of Farmer, Drake, Savage, 
Bond. Morse, &c, genealogy has come to be a scieace in America and to have a 
literature of its own." In 1771 Mr. Luke Stebbins published a brief memorial of 
his family at Hartford, Ct., which appears to be the first work of the kind printed 
in New England. From this humble head-spring Mr. Whitmore traces the current 
of genealogical literature from year to year down to the present day. He enume- 
rates nearly three hundred distinct works upon the subject, and, in respect to most 
of them, presents some critical or curious information. In a very able introduction 
he sketches the early history of genealogy in this country and directs the student 
in this science how to proceed in his researches. He then lays before him what 
has been written on the subject and, by an index of every name, leads him at once 
to any point desired in the rich field. Mr. W. writes con amore, and whoever reads 
his book will find himself, not only inspired thereby with stronger love for genea- 
logical investigations, but also in possession of more ample means for prosecuting 
them. Tiie illuminated letters and other devices, the paper and printing, are most 
superb and reflect great credit on the archaeological press at Albany. 

We are requested to say that in the notice of the Otis pamphlet, on page 75, 
the statement that the first part of the Otis genealogy, published in the Register for 
1848, was not reprinted, was inserted in Mr. Whitmore's notice from misunder- 
standing a letter from Mr. Whitmore himself. Both parts are reprinted in the 
pamphlet there noticed. 

The New Hampshire Annual Register, $fc. t for the year 1862. By G. 
Parker Lyon. Concord, pp. 172. 

Comes to us with its usual store of rich and useful information. Its value is 
very much enhanced by the rosters of the N* H. regiments. This is the 71st num- 
ber of the work and every page of it evinces the industry and accuracy of the com- 

The Book of Psalms, in Hebrew and English, arranged in parallelism. W. 
F. Draper, Andover. 1862. 16mo. pp. 194. 

Does any one desire to learn or to review the Hebrew ? This is the book for 
him. The text is that of Halm; the type well cut and the print clear. By opening 
an old dog-eared, wood-covered and ill-printed Psalter which our grandfathers stu- 
died on the backless bench at school, and then this beautiful copy of the Psalms, we 
seem to get a very good conception of what is meant by our favorite national word 
U progress." 

History of the Town of Marlborough, Middlesex county, Mass., from its 
first settlement in 1657 to 1861; xcith a brief sketch of the town of 
Northborough ; a genealogy of the families in Marlborough to 1800, and 
an account of the celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the incor- 
poration of the town. Bv Charles Hudson, a native of the town. 
Boston: T. R. Marvin & Son. 1862. 8vo. pp.545. 
This work is a most noble contribution to our rapidly increasing store of local 
histories. Mr. Hudson has executed his task, imposed upon him by the town it- 
self, with judgment and ability, and has by this admirable record of the " olden 
times" reflected much honor upon the place of his nativity. Of its kind, this book 
is a model; the topics are well chosen; the details copious, the conclusions gene- 
rally correct; the. style is lucid; the arrangement, natural, and many of the" de- 
scriptions, a son p. 22G, for example, are very beautiful. Although Marlborough 



Book Notices. 199 

was settled as early as 1G57, and afterwards became one of John Eliot's " Praying; 
Towns ;" although it suffered somewhat from the depredations of the Indians, and 
manifested a most loyal and patriotic spirit during the old French and revolution- 
ary wars, still Mr. Hudson found the historic material of the town somewhat 
common place and scanty ; but by a most careful study of the spirit of the times, by 
a constant reference to the spring and philosophy of action, and its relation to con- 
temporaneous history, he has certainly given us a work worthy of a conspicuous 
place in the library of every person interested in the habits, manners, customs and 
opinions — in the outer and inner life — of that sturdy yeomanry which forms, both 
in the old times and the new, the real strength and glory of New England. The 
system of genealogical notation is very neat aud simple ; the portraits are true to 
life, and the typographical appearance of the book is excellent. 

A Brief Record of Events in Exeter, N. II., during the year 1861; to- 
gether with the names of the soldiers of this town in the viar. By Rev. 
Elias Nason. pp. 16. Exeter: Samuel Hall. 1862. 

This is an extract from the author's private journal, and makes mention, not 
only of the leading incidents in the civil aud military life of the town for the year; 
but also of any unusual phenomena in meteorology, natural history, &c, &c. 

TJie Fire Lands Pioneer : published under the supervision of the Fire 
Lands Historical Society. Vols. 1 and 2. Sandusky, Ohio: H. D. 
Cooke & Co. 1858-1861. 8vo. 8 Nos. of 48 pp. each. 
It may not be familiar to all our readers, that during the Revolutionary war the 
British made incursions into some of the towns of Connecticut, and laid waste by 
fire and plunder portions of the fair settlements at Greenwich, Fairfield, Banbury, 
Ridgefie'd, Norwalk, New and East Haven, New London, and Groton. In consi- 
deration of the losses sustained by the inhabitants of the above named towns, and 
as a compensation, in part, for their misfortunes, the state of Connecticut, on the 
10th of May, 1792, released to said sufferers, or their legal representatives when dead, 
all the right the state had to half a million of acres of land lying in the western part 
of what was called the Western Reserve, in the now state of Ohio. These lands 
were early designated as Fire Lands — a tract of about 781 square miles, contained 
within the present limits of the counties of Huron, Erie, and a part of Ottawa. On 
the 20th of May, 1S57, the Pioneers of the Fire Lands and others assembled at the 
Court House in Norwalk, Ohio, and united in forming an historical society. On 
the 4th of July following, the constitution was adopted, and officers were elected. 
Piatt Benedict, Esq., one of the pioneers, was chosen president. Mr. B. is still the 
presiding officer. He went from Danbury, Conn., in September, 1815, and was 
the first settler in the village of Norwalk, which is now the county seat of Huron 
county. The society has not failed to hold regular quarterly meetings. These are 
said to be always interesting, often intensely so. The one at Berlin Heights, last 
fall, we are informed, was attended by from 4000 to 5000 persons. On the 11th of 
December last, was celebrated, by the society, the 50th anniversary of the settle- 
ment of Greenfield, one of the Fire Land towns. A large and interesting collection 
of historical relics, both of aboriginal and civilized life, has been gathered by the 
society, and valuable additions are being rapidly made. The two volumes of their 
periodical before us, contain the history of nineteen townships of the Fire Lands, 
leaving thirteen more yet to be written. An effort is being made, we understand, 
to publish in the next volume of The Pioneer, the history of the remaining town- 

One Soweth and Another Reapeth. A commemorative Sermon on the 
one hundreth anniversary of Christ Church, Cambridge, Mass., 
Tuesday, October 15 ; 1861. I By the Rev. Nicholas Hoppik, D. D., 
Rector. Cambridge. 1861. 8vo. pp. 36. 

Rev. Mr. Hoppin had previously published an interesting historical discourse 
delivered by him on the reopening of Christ Church, Nov. 22, 1857. This pam- 
phlet was noticed in the Register, vol. xn, page 281. In the sermon before us, 
from the text — " Other men labored, and ye "are entered into their labors," he 
brings to remembrance the Venerable and Religious Society for the Propagation of 
the Gospel in Foreign Parts, under whose auspices and timely assistance, Christ 

mo Officers of JV*. E. Ilisl-Gen, Society. [April , '62.] 

Church was established. Their first missionary to this church in Cambridge was 
the Rev. East Apthorp, who left for England in the latter part of 1764, and in the 
following year resigned his mission. Mention is also made of the labors and serv- 
ices of the original members and founders of the church, who exerted themselves 
to build up and keep it nlive. From the period of the revolutionary war to the 
year 1790, Christ Church lay neglected. At the latter date, it was comparatively 
restored, yet for forty years subsequent, it had its trials. It has since become 
strengthened and enlarged, and now, in the days of i'.s prosperity, is verifying the 
truth of the saying, " one soweth and another reapeth." 


Pre' .'nt. — Wixslow Lewis, M. D., of Boston. 

Vid- Presidents. — Massachusetts, Rev. Martin Moore of Boston ; Maine, Hon. John 
Appl 'ton of Bangor; New Hampshire, Hon. Samuel D. Bell of Manchester; Ver- 
mont, Henry Clark of Poultney ; Rhode Islaud, John Barstow of Providence; 
Ccmn'e tc£l, Rev. F. W. Chapman of Ellington, 

Hov ry Vice-Presidents. — New York, Hon. Millard Fillmore of Buffalo ; New 
Jers'es inon. Joseph C. Hornblower of Newark; Pennsylvania, Hon. Samuel Breck 
of Philadelphia ; Maryland, S. F. Streeter of Baltimore; North Carolina, Edward 
Kidder of Wilmington; South Carolina, Rev. Thomas Smyth, D. D., of Charleston; 
Ohio, 'Hon. Elijah Hay ward of McConnelsville; Michigan, Hon. Lewis Cass of De- 
troit Tn,diana, Hon. Ballard Smith of Terre Haute; Illinois, Hon. John Wen tworth 
of ago; Wisconsin, Cyrus Woodman of Mineral Point; Iowa, Rt. Rev. Henry 

W. ;e, D D., of Davenport. 

Corresponding Secretary. — Rev Caleb Davis Bradlee of Roxbury. 

Recording Secretary. — Edward F. Everett of Charlestown. 

Treasurer. — William B. Towne of Brookline. 

Historiographer. — William B. Trask of Dorchester. 

Librarian. — John H. Sheppard of Boston. 

Directors. — Rev. Martin Moore of Boston; Joseph Palmer, M. D., of Boston; 
John Ward Dean of Boston ; Hon. George W. Messinger of Boston ; John Barstow 
of Providence, R. I. 

Pub^'shing Committee. — William B. Trask of Dorchester ; Hon. Charles Hudson 
of Lexington ; Rev. Elias Nason of Exeter, N. H. ; John Ward Dean of Boston; 
George W- Chase of Haverhill. 

Committee on Finance. — Frederic Kidder of Boston; Hon. George W. Messinger 
of B- >n ; J. Tisdale Bradlee of Boston; Thos. J. Whittemore of Cambridge. 

Cc nittee on the Library. — Jeremiah Colburu of Boston ; Rev. Abner Morse of 
Bost : Thomas Waterman of Boston ; William S. Appleton of Boston. 

£** *tiitlee on Lectures and Essays. — William Reed Deane of Brookline ; Rev. P. 
W.-' . Hand of Dorchester; Rev. Washington Gilbert of West Newton; Thomas 
Cusliing of Boston ; J. Gardner White of Boston. 

iTrt'stees of the Bond Property and Fund. — Almon D. Hodges of Roxbury; Frede- 
ric-Kidder of Boston ; John W. Dean of Boston. 

Corrections. — It is stated in a note to the Parker Genealogy, page 41, that the 
family given is the one with which Hon. Isaac Parker is connected, which i* a mis- 
take. See Reg., vi, p. 375, for an account of his family. In the will of George 

Davis, page 54, line 13 from bottom, for dispose it to her she dies, read dispose it when 

she dies. Mr, Mihill mentioned in the will of John Alcocke, pages 57 and 58, was 

Mr. Mitchell, though it reads as above on the original. On page 60, line 5 from 

bottom, for informs, read inform. Page 62, line 10 from bottom, insert the word 

of after shape. For Kinsbury, line 5 from bottom, same article, rf-ad Kingsbury. 

J. H. Wilkins, in 1821, entered the store of Cummings, Hilliard & Co. (by mistake 
printed Wiliard, Gray & Co., on page 96), and in 1826 went into business under 
the firm of Hilliard, Gray & Co. He was not an alderman in 1844, as stated in the 
same article, but in 1847. 



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1S62.] Baron Steuben. 201 


A newspaper writer asserts that Baron Steuben is buried in New 
York city, and that no monument of any kind is erected over his 
grave. This notion was probably obtained from the tablet which 
was placed in the old Lutheran Church in Nassau street, where he 
worshiped. But he was buried in Steuben, Oneida co., N. Y. f agree- 
ably to his will hereto annexed, the original of which is on file in 
the Office of the Clerk of the Court of Appeals in Albany, and is now 
first published: 

T, Frederick William Baron de Steuben, of the city and state of 
'New York, do make this my last will and testament. Sufficient rea- 
sons having determined me to exclude my relations in Europe from 
any participation of my estate in America, and to adopt my friends 
and former aid du camps Benjamin Walker and William North as 
my children, and make them sole devisees of all my estates therein, 
except as herein afterwards is otherwise disposed of. In conse- 
quence thereof I bequeath to the said Benjamin Walker the sum of 
three thousand dollars, and the gold-hilted sword given me by con- 
gress. To the said William ijsorth I bequeath my silver-hilted [sword] 
and the gold box given me by the city of New York. To John J. 
Mulligan I bequeath the whole of my library, maps, and charts, and 
the sum of twenty-five hundred dollars to complete it. And to each 
of my servants living with me at the time of my decease, one year's 
wages, and besides this to my valet de chambre all my wearing ap- 
parel; but I do hereby declare that these legacies to my servants 
are on the following conditions; that on my decease they do not per- 
mit any person to touch my body, not even to change the shirt in 
which I shall die, but that they wrap me up in my old military cloak, 
and in twenty-four hours after my decease bury me in such spot as 
I shall before my decease point out to them, and that they never ac- 
quaint any person with the place where I shall be buried. And 
lastly I do give, devise and bequeath, all the rest and residue of my 
estate, real and personal, after the payment of my debts and the 
legacies aforesaid to the said Benjamin Walker and William North, 
to hold to them their heirs, executors and administrators, share and 
share alike, hereby appointing the said Benjamin Walker and Wil- 
liam North executors of this my last will and testament, and revok- 
ing all former wills bv me heretofore made. Sxeuben. 

New York, Feb. 12, 1794. 

The Baron was accustomed to spend his winters in New York. 
He returned to his log house, which he erected on the sixteen thou- 
sand acre tract given him by the legislature of New York, and died 
there on the 28th of November in the same year in which his will is 
dated. He was buried in conformity to the foregoing will in a deep 
forest, which being afterwards crossed by a road, his remains were 
removed to a spot about a quarter of a mile north of his house 
marked by a stone with a plain inscription, and surrounded by an 
iron fence. (Jones's Annals of Oneida County.) The annexed engrav- 

202 Records coined from an Ancient Bible. [July 

ing is a view of the house in which this remarkable man spent the 
last years of his life. 

Steuben was a Prussian officer who served many years in the 
army of Frederick, and afterwards entered the service of Prince 
Charles of Baden. He held the rank of Lieut.-Gjeneral, and was a 
canon in the church. Spending- a winter in Pari?, he became ac- 
quainted with Dr. Franklin, by whose representations no doubt, he 
was induced to visit America, where he offered his services as a sol- 
dier. He desired no office, but simply asked to be received as a vo- 
lunteer. Perceiving his talents and his devotion to the cause of 
liberty, he was appointed Inspector-General of the army. He esta- 
blished a'uniform system of drill and discipline, which was adopted 
throughout the army. He rendered important service, and is re- 
membered with gratitude by the American people. He was a volun- 
teer in the battle of Monmouth, and commanded in the trenches at 
Yorktown. He was an accomplished gentleman, and a virtuous citi- 
zen of extensive knowledge and sound judgment. 


[By M. A. Thomas.] 

Anthony Thomas his Bible bought in" y e year 1*149. Cost in old 
Tenor £20. 

I was born in y e year 1719, on y e 24 of March, my wife Abigail 
was born 21 Feb. 1727. 

My father John Thomas was born 16 Oct 1683, my mother Lydia 
(Waterman) Thomas was born february, 16S9, my father and mother 
were married in 1713, my father died x\pril y e 14 1770, aged 86, my 
mother died Jan. 17, 1759 | 60 aged 60. 

Jan 17, 1759 | 60. My Honored mother died this day at 9 Oclock 
P. M, and was buried the 19 of sd month She died at the house of 
Nath 1 Ray Thomas of fever. 

Jan 23, 1745 | 6, This day I was married to Abigail Alden. 

June y e 6 1748 We had a son born and we called his name John. 

Nov 11, 1748, The Lord was pleased to take our son from us by 
death, he was 5 months and 5 days old, 

Oct. 18, 1751 Our son Briggs was born on Monday at 8 Oclock 
in the morning, 

Sabbath-day, March 4, 1753, Our son Waterman was born. 

Tuesday July 11, 1758, Our son Judah was born. 

Dec 11, 1751, This morning our sister Kezia Thomas breathed 
her last, who we hope and trust is now in a more happy condition in 

John Thomas (brother of Anthony) died of Small Pox June 2, 1776, 
at Champlain, Major General in the American Army under the illus- 
trious Gen. Washington. Etatis 51. 

Anthony Thomas breathed his last, July 14, 1781 at 11 Oclock P 
M aged 62 years. 

Abigail widow of Col Anthony Thomas deceased, July 24th 1802, 
aged 75 years. 

1862.] Brief History of the J\ r . E. His. -Gen. Soc. 203 


[Read at the monthly meeting, May 7, 1862, by the Librarian, J. H. Sheppard, A. M.j 

" The time will come. Sir, when it will be accounted an honor to have descended 
from th& men, who' first settled this country." — Jddress, ]852, by the Rev. William 
jenki, D. D., Hon. Memb; 

Every association, institute or political body, like a human being, 
as it progresses to maturity, has its infancy, youth and manhood. It 
has been so with our Genealogical Society; at first feeble, then vigor- 
ous and now strong and flourishing. A brief outline of our history 
seems peculiarly adapted to our situation and wants at the present 

The preliminary steps toward the formation of this Society occur- 
red at the residence of William H. Montague, merchant of Boston, 
in Orange street, Oct. 1844; which were followed by a meeting at 
Mr. Shattuck's, No. 19 Harrison Avenue, on Friday evening Nov. 1, 
of the same year. The gentlemen then present were Charles Ewer, 
Samuel G. Drake, William H. Montague, J. Wingate Thornton and 
Lemuel Shattuck. They organized the meeting and chose Mr. Ewer 
President and Mr. Thornton Secretary. It may be asked, who first 
conceived the idea of an institution which in IT years from its incor- 
poration has grown into such magnitude and influence ? For we 
may rest assured that no invention, discovery or useful project ever 
took place without a thought from some prime mover, or a suggestion 
first made by an original thinker. 

The answer to this question may be rendered certain, and will be 
only an act of justice to the memory of a worthy and excellent man. 
Charles Ewer was the first mover and originator of a plan which led 
to the formation of the " N. E. Historic-Genealogical Society," which 
he wished to be entitled the " N. E. Genealogical and Heraldic 
Society." He was a man of leisure, was anxious to form such an 
association and invited congenial spirits to unite with him in this 
object. It was a grand and noble thought; for this Genealogical 
Society ^s the first one, particularly devoted to the Pedigree of fami- 
lies in the world. Some years after, a similar society was instituted 
at London. We know of no other. Perhaps the lamented Charles 
Ewer, when he first meditated in the secret chamber of his brain, on 
the formation of a Society so valuable, felt like that quaint and pious 
poet of old England, Herbert, when he said, 

" He that good thinketh, good may do, 
For God will help him thereunto ; 
For was never good work wrought * 
Without beginning of good thought." 

In December, the Constitution, which had been drafted by a Com- 
mittee, was adopted. March 18, 1845, an Act of Incorporation 
was granted by the Legislature, wherein the object of this Society 
was set forth in these words: " For the purpose of" collecting, preserv- 
ing, and occasionally publishing genealogical and historical matter, 

204 Brief History of the JV. E. His.-Gen. Soc, [July 

relating" to early New England families, and for the establishment of 
a Cabinet." This great aim was also emphatically represented in a 
Circular by the Directors, June, 1847: that is, to Rescue the decaying 
Records of New England. These words were not a mere flourish of 
the pen; for a quarterly was published by the Society, young and 
comparatively feeble as it was; and No. 3, of the New England 
Historical and Genealogical Register was issued Jan. 1, 1847, under the 
editorial care of the late Rev. William Cogswell, D. D. 

We have described the Birth of our Society; let us for a moment 
look at its struggles in Infancy. It began in poverty. No rich 
patron, nor beneficent donor smiled on it as it stretched out its little 
arms. Its nursery was a solitary chamber, No. 9, in the third story 
of the " City Building," so called, Court Square; an out-of-the-way 
place, small, being only 12 feet square, badly lighted from back 
windows overlooking a dark alley — a room, indeed sombre enough 
and poorly adapted to the wants of the little Genealogical stranger. 
An old table, troubled with the podagra — a chair or two which had 
seen better days — and a set of pine shelves without back or panel, 
subject to the rickets; such was the furniture in this cavernous-look- 
ing spot — this Pandora's box with only hope at the bottom. But as 
the Society held their meetings for business in the attic room of the 
Am. Ed. Soc, in Cornhill, this dark chamber was resorted to rather 
as a place for depositing donations. The amount of these donations 
for the year 1845, as appears by the Records, will show how small 
was that beginning which formed a nucleus around which have 
gathered in sixteen years so many golden treasures of antiquarian 
research. There were presented in 1845, 24 bound volumes of books — 
10 manuscripts — 6 plans — an old lease — 4 bound volumes of the 
Independent Chronicle, 1S04-1811 — and 185 pamphlets, consisting of 
sermons, catalogues, orations and miscellaneous matter -De omnibus 
rebus tt quibusdam aliis; besides, "a wheelbarrow load of manu- 
script sermons" — as the record has it — " of Dr. Joseph Eckley, Old 
South Church." The books were scattered on the shelves; but these 
pamphlets of the infant Society, lay like swaddling clothes in a 
corner, where it slept. 

To follow its growth and progress year by year, would be unprofit- 
able and only weary the reader's patience. Daily records have been 
kept wherein the donations and donors' names are preserved, with 
all the proceedings, and deposited in our archives. The ghostly 
chamber in the City Building was abandoned Oct. 6, 1847, for a room 
larger and a little better, but still badly windowed, on the first floor 
in Massachusetts Block, No. 8. This building was then a kind of 
Lincoln's Inn, and the little fellow got nestled among the lawyers. 
Some furniture was procured with cases and shelves, and the dona- 
tions soon began to accumulate and make a show of antiquity-where 
they stood carefully arranged. 

During the three or more years this tenebrious place was occupied, 
our prospects were slowly and hopefully encouraging; until Jan. 
1851, a new room was hired, more lightsome and pleasant, No. 5 
Tremont How; and here to contiuue our similitude, the Society passed 
its youth; for this room was occupied nearly seven years, until the 
shelves, cases and walls were so crowded, with books pamphlets, 

1862.] Brief History of the N. E. His.-Geri. Soc. 205 

MSS., newspapers, portraits, &c, that the growing society had 
but a small space to meet in, and a bibliothecal stevedore would 
have found it difficult with a cotton-screw to press more donations 
into any part of the library. Another and a better apartment, No. 
13, Bromfield street — our present large and well lighted hall— was 
secured for our use in Oct. 1S58, and any one who knows how small 
in size the Society once was, and now looks around on the numerous 
shelves and cases for books, and closets for manuscripts, which are 
all well filled, must acknowledge that it has reached the full stature 
of manhood, and well deserves the " freedom suit " of some fire-proof 

Before contemplating the Library, it may be well to cast our eye 
on the annual increase of resident members. Beginning with 1844, 
when there were only 5 original members, the statistical table stands 


New Members* New Members* New Members. 

1845 37 1851, 22 1857, 43 

1846, 21 1852, 21 1858,.. • 71 

3847, 32 1853, 40 1859, 60 

1848, 14 1854, 12 1860, 46 

1849, 2 1555,. ....... 40 1861, 20 

1850, 22 1856, 30 

The Society now consists of about 325 paying members; in addi- 
tion to which there is a large number of Corresponding and Honorary 
members. The Presidents were as follows: Charles Ewer, Esq., Jan. 
1845-1850; Rev. Joseph B. Felt, LL. D., 1850-1853; William Whit- 
ing, Esq., 1853-1858; Samuel G. Drake, A. M., 1858-1859; Almon D. 
Hodges, Esq., 1859-1861; and Winslow Lewis, M. D., 1861, President 
at this time. 

By the Report of Frederic Kidder, Esq., Chairman of the Library 
Committee, Jan. 1, 1862> it appears that there are over 5,000 bound 
volumes of books, and about 18,000 pamphlets of various kinds be- 
longing to the library. A Catalogue of the books has been made 
within a year; 

Many of the books are very valuable, and if lost could not be re- 
placed. For instance twenty large folio volumes, well bound, of the 
U. S. Direct Tax of 1198, in Massachusetts, including Maine then a 
district. This gigantic work, containing nearly every town, is all but 
complete. Three vols, have each a copious index — the rest need one. 
This Domesday-book of the Bay-State is of inestimable value to the 
genealogist and biographer of New England. In addition to numer- 
ous plans and ancient charts and a great collection of Mss., some of 
which are very old and rare, the Society has 94 bound volumes of 
pedigrees and about 133 distinct family lists of ancestors, included 
in separate pamphlets or in volumes — making all together at least 
227 genealogies of different families; also 102 volumes of town 
histories, which include pedigrees not elsewhere published. Many of 
these pedigrees are noticed in that recent and exceedingly useful 
Hand book of American Genealogy, by William EL Whitmorc, a 
member of our Society. It is a source of no small satisfaction to 
the N. E. His.-Gen. Soc, while it has been struggling through many 
difficulties and discouragements, to behold on its shelves no small 
number of these pedigrees and town histories and kindred works 

206 Brief History of the JV. E. His.-Gen. Soc. [July 

■which were written and published by some of its own members. 
The same remark might also apply to some of our books on bio- 
graphy. A tree is known by its fruit, and a Society like ours by its 
genealogical trees. 

It may be here observed, that in the General Statutes of Mass., 
chap. 18, sec. 10, p. 158, there is a provision that towns in this com- 
monwealth may grant and vote such sums as they may think necessary, 
"For procuring' the writing and publishing their town histories.*' 
This clause w T as res-enacted from an act of April 29, 1854, chap. 429; 
a law got up by the writer of this article, when he was a member 
of the Legislature. Its utility was then so apparent, that it passed 
the House unanimously without comment. It is said that, in Ver- 
mont a similar statute soon followed. 

There is also in the library a choice collection of works on Her- 
aldry; Rymer's Fader a in 19 great folios; a very curious old book, 
the Andrea. Lectura, an antique on Genealogy, in Latin, printed 
about 1474 at Nuremberg, perhaps the earliest printed volume on 
Pedigree, illuminated by hand and with a pictured model of a 
genealogical tree, with the motto Sequit figwra arboris consanguini- 
tatis; and several elaborate histories of English counties. Nor 
would I forget to mention the beautiful specimen of music, 650 
pages on parchment or vellum, presented by Col. Swett, to whom it 
was sent by his daughter at Florence. It is a Roman Catholic choral 
book, and by Bishop Fitzpatrick was called a Graduale. The musical 
notes are square or angular, different from those now in use. On each 
page are letters splendidly illuminated. There can be no doubt that 
it is the work of a pen before the invention of printing, which was 
about 1440; therefore it must be nearly 500 years old, if not more. 
It is a beauiiful curiosity, and the chants on those pages now silent 
as death, must have once awakened the sweetest feelings of adora- 
tion in the Italian chapel or cathedral their melody filled. 

There is a large collection of MSS., some of which are of early 
date in the settlement of the country; such as Hull's Journal 
written in 1675, and Russell's Treasury Accounts of Massachusetts 
Bay, 1645-1656. 

Among the donors whose names appear on our records, reference 
should be made to the liberality of Charles Ewer and William Whit- 
ing, our past Presidents — to the Hon. Edward Everett, who in March 
1852, donated more than 100 volumes — to the Hon. David Sears 
for some costly works he procured for the Society from London — to 
the late Hon. Nathan Appleton for some rare and valuable volumes 
— and for several hundreds of books, man}* of them scarce and 
ancient, besides a mass of old MSS. and pamphlets, from Dr. Lewis. 
The heart that is warmed with grateful emotions delights to speak 
of its benefactors. And we would not forget the generous bequest 
of the late Dr. Henry Bond of Philadelphia — of which an account is 
given in a Memoir of him in the N. E. His.-Gen. Reg., vol. xiv, p. 
1-3 — which bequest has been invested in the "Bond Fund." Nor 
would we be silent on the two donations of John Barstow, Esq., of 
Providence, R. I., which are to form a permanent fund. Mention 
should also be made of a rich gift from the British Government, viz. 
The Rotuli, or Rolls of Parliament and Record Publications of Great 

1862.] Brief History of the JV. E. His.-Gen. Soc. 207 

Britain, being 29 volumes principally folios; and also of a large 
number of its publications, including three great folio volumes of 
Plates sent us by the London Society of Antiquaries. 

Since I began to take charge of this library — nearly a year and a 
half ago — I have been surprised at the number of gentlemen who have 
come here to look up their pedigrees. One from Oregon, another 
from California, another from Illinois, and numbers from the middle 
states, and different parts of New England, have called and spent 
hours and some few even days, id searching genealogy and heraldry, 
taking minutes, and pondering over the faint or certain traces of 
their ancestors. Not long since two very civil and intelligent Mor- 
mons from Utah spent some hours in searching their progenitors and 
went away somewhat pleased at the information they obtained. Let- 
ters of inquiry, touching this subject are not unfrequent. It shows i 
the value of our association, and the .increasing spread of its influ- 
ence; and let it be our grand object and untiring effort to obtain 
every book of pedigree, and everything touching this subject in New 
England, that our Genealogical Society may be the Head-quarters, 
from which shall issue all true knowledge of New England ancestry. 

But among the respectable, and sometimes eminent visitors to 
our Genealogical Library, in search of their family history, there is 
one class of a different kind, which deserves no encouragement and 
ought to be repudiated as drones in the hive of human society. I 
refer to hunters of English fortunes — weak men, led on by specula- 
tors to false hopes and great expectations, and deluded into a notion 
that some rich old fellow of the same name — some hundreds of years 
ago — died without children, and an immense inheritance has slept in 
abeyance, till the lost heir turns up in a cottage under the cliffs of 
New England. 

Such infatuation is of a similar character with the dreams of 
money diggers; and from the great faith of some of the dupes in 
finding- hidden treasures, it would seem that Herman Dousterswivel 
in Walter Scott's inimitable Antiquary when he dug for ingots 
among the ruins of St. Faith, was no fiction, but a reality. So many 
rogues have deluded the credulous in this way, and so much imposi- 
tion has been practised by hungry sharpers on each side of the At- 
lantic, that the best way is to turn a cold shoulder to all hunters of 
inheritances and advise them to waste no money on agents and go to 

The regular reading of papers before the Society at their monthly 
meetings began in February, 1855, at the suggestion of our former 
vigilant and active Librarian, the Rev. Luther Farnham, who deli- 
vered in October of that year a very interesting article — which was 
afterwards published under the title of a Glance at Private Libra- 
ries. Several of the Readings have been printed in a pamphlet 
forin, and in magazines and newspapers — a particular reference to 
which the time forbids; although the valuable paper on New Eng- 
land Architecture by the Rev. N. H. Chamberlain, deserves your at- 
tention. S<jrne of the Readings have been marked by a talent and 
learning which would have delighted a large assembly of the public, 
as they did our limited audience; — a convincing proof that we need 

208 Brief History of the jY. E. His.-Gen. Soc. [July 

a Lecture-room to accommodate a greater number and enable the 
Society to enlarge their Invitations. 

Some idea may be formed of the progress and present flourishing - 
state of the Society by a reference to Addresses delivered at annual 
or public meetings, four of which have been published in the Regis- 
ter and also separately distributed in a pamphlet form. The first 
was by the Rev. William Jenks, D. D., March 1, 1852, in which that 
elegant and learned scholar and eminent linguist in his own peculiar 
and happy manrer illustrated the connection— the commune vinculum — 
of History, Biography and Heraldry with Genealogy the great object 
of our institution. 

The next was by William Whiting, Esq., Jan, 12, 1853, as Pre- 
sident, in which he portrayed the purposes and design of the Society 
in a striking manner and great variety of particulars, pointing out 
in a graphic sketch the ardor and enthusiasm with which a searcher 
of Genealogy enters on his task, perseveres in the pursuit and after 
he has accomplished his object, we " hear his shout of joy when he 
at last finds the lost jewel.''' Register, vol. vn, p. 106. 

Jan. 20, 1858, Mr. Samuel G. Drake, A. M., President of the Society., 
gave us another Address. He had been Corresponding Secretary 
thirteen years, and from his long and unwearied devotion to Anti- 
quarian researches, his remarks were valuable and instructive, 
fraught with the weight of experience. "I wish" — he observes — 
" particularly to impress upon the minds of all present, that they 
should encourage contributions of books, pamphlets, as well as manu- 
scripts of every description. For who can estimate the value a single 
pamphlet or letter may be to somebody at some time ?" This he cqw 
roborates by an anecdote directly in point to which I must refer for 
want of room. 

The last Address was from our President Winslow Lewis, M. D., 
Jan. 1, 1862. The happy and classical reference to the long hallowed 
customs of marking this day in the calendar of life was introduced 
with much effect. Nor were the allusions to the Christmas carols 
with "cake and ale" less touching at the time, as we were then 
entering upon the last half of the Holidays so dear to the recollec- 
tions of many and waking up delightful thoughts of other times, as 
some old poet feelingly sings: 

"The Chimes, the Chimes of mother land, 
Of England green and old ; 
That out from thane and ivied tower, 
A thousand years have told." 

The union of Genealogy with Biography, Heraldry, Numismatics and 
History was set forth find exemplified fully; but there was a province 
of Genealogy of peculiar importance, which has seldom been brought 
before the notice of our Society; and coming from one of eminent 
professional experience it has the sanction, as it were, of a truth ex 
cathedra. It is this: "That mental as well as physical qualities are 
handed down more or less from parent to child, from forefathers to 
posterity, and that thus, pure and healthy descent is of immense im- 
portance. * * * And very frequently we can ascribe the united 
qualities of valor and of virtue, of great intellect and gentle heart, 

1S62.] Brief History of the JT. E. His.-Gcn. Soc. 209 

to the marriage union of parents, whose families were respectively 
distinguished for these virtues." 

These four Addresses, though on subjects somewhat similar, have 
presented the object and aim c^f our Society in so many different 
points of view, and all concentrating in one grand purpose — the 
preservation of all kinds of documents from ruin — that they deserve 
the special attention of every member. 

There is also one other Address which was delivered before the N. 
E. His.-Gen. Society in the Hall of the House of Representatives of 
Mass., September 13, 1859, and published. It was by one of our 
members, the Hon. Lorenzo Sabine, a Centennial Address on the 
death of Maj. Gen. James Wolfe, who died on the heights of Quebec 
in the arms of victory, Sep. 18, 1759. The subject was one of great 
interest, as a brilliant epoch in the Colonial history, and as a memo- 
rial of one of England's noblest warriors. Both branches of the Le- 
gislature were present, and delegations from several antiquarian and 
historic societies attended. Mr. Sabine's well known reputation as a 
writer and a most accurate investigator of facts, was ably sustained; 
and he has given to us a piece of Biography, rich and exceedingly 
interesting — a diamond of the first water. It is beautifully printed 
making a centurial pamphlet, of exactly 100 pages, including notes 
and 36 pages of Appendix, 

The value and importance of the iV". E. Historical and Genealogical 
Register, which commenced as a quarterly Jan; 1, 1847, and has now 
reached xv complete volumes — whether we regard the numerous 
sketches of biography, the minute and carefully drawn pedigrees of 
families or the fragments of the early history of our country — can- 
not be estimated in the bird's eye view of this article. Our Register 
has travelled on, patient, noiseless and persevering, for fifteen years in 
the humble path of usefulness. It has sought none of the rhetorical 
adornments of genius, nor the charms of fiction; nor even tried to 
cull a blossom on the Parnassian mountains and valleys of New'Eng- 
land-—unless it be a May-Flower, which has at times perfumed its 
pages. It has become a reservoir of facts, which from day to day 
and year to year will grow more precious. And when we, whose 
locks are touched with age, and all our younger members, have 
passed away, this ancestral monument of so many honored families 
— some of whom were lineal descendants of the Pilgrim Fathers — 
will be sought out, read and cherished, as an Englishman venerates 
the Armorial bearings transmitted to him by progenitors who did 
their country some service. This Genealogical Register has already 
been a copious fountain, from which some books of Pedigree have 
drawn a rich supply; nor has a generous credit always been given, 
where pretty large annexations of original matter have been made. 
But the Register is able to bear it and stand alone on its merit. 

That we may justly appreciate, the worth of this elaborate work, 
let us suppose for a moment that every copy of the xv volumes, was 
suddenly blotted out of existence, and moreover, that the learned 
antiquarian — the indefatigable historian of Boston — who so long and 
so ably conducted a large portion of the work, had gone to his rest; 
where could we supply their ^place ? Who then could restore the 
lost pedigrees of so many New England families, which, root and 

210 Brief History of the JV. E. His.-Gen. Soc. [July 

branch, have been here embalmed ? Their memory would perish in 
that deep, dark gulf over which the waters of Lethe are rolling- for- 
ever ! This Register of the past — even if it should stop, after the 
current year's experiment — which we sincerely hope may not be so, 
but like the Eagle it may renew its strength — will stand the test of 
of time, and a hundred years hence be called for and sought by de- 
scendants of the Pilgrim Fathers. 

Those who undervalue a regard to Pedigree may deem these re- 
marks as enthusiastic or visionary. They can see no beauty nor 
benefit in Genealogy. It was far otherwise in that ancient land, 
where honor to our father and mother was deemed among the first of 
virtues, and where the Law and the Gospel first prevailed. We are 
informed in Calmet's great Didiohary of the Bible that " the Hebrews 
carefully preserved their genealogies and never was a nation more 
circumspect respecting them." Josephus speaks of the uninter- 
rupted succession of priests for 2,000 years; and Jerome, who wrote 
in the 4th century, says the Jews knew so perfectly their genealogies 
that they could repeat all the names from Abraham to Zerubbabel. 
According to the prophet Ezra, chap, ii, 62, a priest, who could not 
trace his genealogy, was not admitted to the ministry. In England 
the Herald's College is the great office where the enrolment of dis- 
tinguished pedigrees is kept under the various and almost infinite 
emblems of a Coat of Arms, which to a stranger appears odd and 
trifling, but to any one who is conversant with the metals, colors and 
furs, the charges and crests with which a shield is emblazoned, will 
see the propriety and beauty of Heraldry and that it is worthy of the 
study it requires: for it is not learnt in a moment; it is a language 
by itself. 

It is true that Genealogy is a dry pursuit and demands patient re- 
search, mental labor and no small skill in forming a clear and tabu- 
lar view of a man's progenitors. It is a science which makes little 
noise, and requires a mind like Old Mortality to decipher the inscrip- 
tions on tombstones, or an antiquarian eye to sift old wills and search 
the natal or funeral annals of a family in their "Big ha' Bible." 
Who does not wish to know something of his ancestors ? And more 
especially if he have become eminent in wealth or talent. Such a 
desire is a principle inherent in our nature; it is born in us, and is 
only lost by vice or debasing pursuits. The moment a man rises 
above the level of a clown or churl, he looks beyond the nameless 
hillocks of the dead and wishes to know where his buried ancestors 
lie. There are those born, it is true, consumer e fruges terra, who care 
for none of these things. But as a man advances in taste, intellect- 
ual improvement and the delight of knowledge, he grows more 
anxious to get some tidings of those ancestors from whom he is de- 
scended. Even the immortal Washington, it is said, used means to 
trace his ancestry, and they were not unsuccessful, for his descent 
was worthy of his fame. We may look back through ages on our 
progenitors, but we can only look forward for years to our posterity, 
for, as they are coming on the stage, we are going off. It was a 
beautiful thought of Virgil, but contrary to human nature, when he 
represents Anchises in the Elysiau fields, as bringing before his son's 
eyes the shades of his illustrious descendants from Silvius down to 

1862.] Brief History of the JV. E. His.-Gen. Soc. 211 

Augustus Csesar, one after another like " dissolving views." Such 
visions of our future progeny, perhaps, we may have from some 
standpoint in the celestial world, but not on this dark earth, for we 
know not what a day may bring forth. 

When the ancients could not find a splendid parentage for a favor- 
ite hero, they solemnly averred that he was descended from some 
deity they worshiped. In this kind of Genealogy they made Her- 
cules the son of Jupiter and a young lady of Argos by the name of 
Alcmena whom the Thunderer bewitched; Pious iEneas who carried his 
father out of flaming Troy on his shoulders, was the son of Anchises 
and Venus the queen of beauty; and Romulus and Remus were 
twins, the children* of Mars and Miss Ilia of Alba, a vestal virgin; 
but, these fashionable parents left the little gemini to be suckled by 
a wolf. Such was the love of the Ancients for tracing their pedi- 
gree either on earth below or among the Olympian gods and god- 
desses above. Even in one of the late Genealogical works, the deriva- 
tion of the name of the ancient stirps savors a little of a half-way con- 
nexion with Jupiter and a kind of avuncular relationship to Hercules. 

Pardon this digression. It is pleasant to allude to those classic 
allegories which illuminated the reading of early days and sometimes 
give the color of the rose to the realities of life. Indeed, of a clear 
night I can never look upon the heavens above, without beholding 
the Mythology of the ancients written on the blue sky in the starry 
letters of the constellations. 

But, it is time this sketch should draw to a close, some parts of 
which may seem superfluous after the subject of Genealogy has been 
bo happily and ably handled in the recent address of our President. 
Yet if any thing I have said on this point should lead to a more 
careful perusal of that valuable document, my labor will not be in 
vain. One thing I can assure you, I have been induced to recom- 
mend the tracing of pedigrees to the descendants of the Pilgrim 
Fathers, by no self-flattering motives as it regards myself; for my 
ancestors and birth were in England. Yet both there and here the 
contemplation of the virtues of our progenitors has a tendency to 
make us more virtuous, and many a son has lived more nobly from 
the recollection that the blood which flows in his veins came from an 
honorable and elevated source. On the other hand the light of a dis- 
tinguished ancestry will only make the spots more visible and hide- 
ous in the character of a degenerate descendant. 

I have said that the X. E. His.-Gen. Society is now in its manhood; 
yes in strong,. healthy and vigorous manhood. Is it not so? Jan- 
uary 1, 1862, our indefatigable and excellent treasurer, William B. 
Towne, Esq., reported that we were out of debt. We have a large 
and pleasant hall to meet in, where the light from the north and south 
cheers the eye as it rauges up and down the library; and yet, though 
the rooms we occupy are much safer than are usually found iu the 
centre of a large city like this, there is not an active member of this 
Society, who does not feel anxious and insecure, like one whose 
cottage lies at the foot of a volcano; for if a fire should break on 
this spot, what would become of so many scarce books, ancient 
manuscripts and rare works. Their loss would be irreparable. No 
money could restore them. 


212 Members of the Old Church, Topsfield. [July 

We are told by Scott in the Fortunes of Nigel that in the time 
of James the 1st, King of England, it was the custom in London 
for men in trade to send out their clerks into the street, and cry out 
to the passers by, "What d'ye lack? What d'ye lackV Should some 
of our merchant-princes, or millionaires put to our Society a similar 
question, our answer is ready: 

1. We lack a Fire-proofroom to secure our rare books and manu- 

2. We lack a Lecture room, where the readings at our monthly 
meetings could be heard and better appreciated by a larger audience. 

3. We lack a room for the storage of duplicates and documents, 
whose worth will be better known at a future day. 

In a word we need a Fire-proof building ; it would cost probably 
$20,000. One tenth or one twentieth of this amount has been already 
offered by a member, if nine or nineteen will join him. Who will aid 
in this noble undertaking ? 

[Compiled by H. G. Dunnel.] 

To the Editor of the Register: 

Sir — In the summer of 1861, while pursuing my searches among" 
the records of the town of Topsfield, Essex county, Mass., I had 
an opportunity of copying the list of members of the old church, and 
as I have been gratified myself by it, I thought it might be of like 
pleasure to some of your readers, whose ancestors once resided in 
this county or town, and have, therefore; sent a true copy to yon,, for 

The Church of Topsfield Parish. 

Mr. Knight and Mr. Perkins preached here before the formation of 
the church. 

The church was formed, and Mr. Thomas Gilbert ordained, Nov., 
1663. He was dismissed 1671, and died at Charlestowu, Oct. 28, 

Jeremiah Hobart ordained Oct. 2, 1672; dismissed Sept. 21, 1680, 
and died at Haddam, Conn., Nov. 6, 1715. Mr. Perkins also died 
here, May 21, 1682, 

Joseph Capcn ordained June 11, 1684; died June 30, 1725. 

Daniel Brush ordained Nov. 17, 1779; dismissed May 26, 1788. 

Asahel Huntington ordained Nov. 12, 1789; died April 22, 1813. 

Radnev Gove Dennis ordained Oct. 4, 1820; dismissed May 6, 

James F. McEwen installed May 5, 1830; dismissed Mav 5, 

The book kept by Rev. Joseph Capen, from 1684, heads his list 


Members of the Old Church, Topsfield. 


A List of members in full communion at Topsfield when I was ordained, or 
were admitted afterwards. 


Francis Pabody, d. d 
John Reddington 
Abraham Reddington Sen r 
Joseph Bixby Senr 
John Gould Senr 
Thomas Baker 
Thomas Perkins Deacon 

d d May 7, 1636 
John Pabody 
Thomas Dorman 
Ephraim Borman 
Samuel H owlet 
Isaac Cumins 
John French 
Daniel Hovey 
Isaak Estie 
James How Senr 
Samuel Parley 
Neheruiah Abbot 
John Cummins 

Dec 7, dismissed to Church 
at Dumstable 
Robert Stiles d d 
Thomas Perkins Junr 

Since my ordination, 
were admitted of 
Daniel Reddington 
Tobijah Perkins 
Jacob Foster Jun r 
William Pabody 
John How 
Kphraim Curlise 
Sergeant Jacob Towne 
Timothy Perkins 
Daniel Wood 
Daniel Clarke Sen r d d 
Samuel Simons 
Thomas Hafien 
John Stiles 
Mr William Perkins 
Samuel Stanley 
Abraham How 
Benjamin Foster 
John Estie 
Thomas Reddington 
Philip Knight 
Abraham Reddington 
John Gould Junr" 
John Perley Senr 
John Wilds Senr 
John French Senr. 
Zacheu3 Curtis 
Joseph Hail 
John Kenney 
Luke Hovey 
Isaac Estey 

John Andrews 


1. Deacn Perkins Wife 

2. Lieutenant Moulds " 

3. Tho Dorman " 

4. Isaac Easties " 

5. Jacob Towns " 

6. Joseph Towns " 

7. Widow Mary Towne 

S. Ephraim Dorman's Wife 
9. John Wilds his 

10. James How his wife Senr 

11. Michael Dunneis Wife 

12. John Nichols wife 

13. Daniel Borrnans " 

14. Isaak Cummins " 

15. William Howletts " 

16. Abraham Reddington " 

17. Joseph Bixby's " 

18. John Pabody 's 

19. Samuel Simon's his wife 

20. Robert Smith's wife 

21. William Smiths " 

22. Widdow Andrews 

23. Nehemiah Abbots wife 

24. Widdow Perley 

25. William Watson his wife 

26. ( John French his wife 
\ John Cummin his wife 

27. Benjamin Bixby's wife 
23. Tobijah Perkins " 

29. My own Wife 

30. Thos Andrew his wife 

31. The Wife of Mattaew Stanley Sen' 

32. The Wife of John Curtis 

33. Martha Reddington 

34. Sarah Bisn r 

35. Ye Wife of Daniel Wood 

Sarah Wood 

36. a Wife of John Town Mary 

37. a Wife of Samuel Howlet Sarah 

37. Deliverance Wife of John Stiles 

38. Wife of Jacob Foster 

39. Martha Foster dismissed 

to Concord 

40. Joanna Stanley Wife of Samuel 

41. Sarah Bixby wife of Joseph 

42. Wife of John Gould Junr 

43. Wife of John Ramsdell 

44. Elizabeth Stiles 

45. Hannah wife of Timothy Perkins 

46. Hannah wife of Wm Pebody 

47. Margaret Knitmt 

48. Perkins 

49. Lucy Wife of Nathan* Wood 

50. Sarah Wife of John Andrews 

51. Grace Wife of Ichabod 


52. Widow Mary Hale from 


53. Margaret French 


Members of the Old Church, Topsfietd. 



Joseph Andrews 
Jacob Smith 
John Cuinmings 

Jonathan Bixby 
Isaac Burton 
Joseph Esty 
Daniel Clarke 
Thomas Robinson. 
Joseph Peabodj Junr 

Zachei.s Gould 
Samuel Foster 
Amos Dorman 
Joseph Tosvne 
Nehemiah Abbott. 
Abraham Foster 
John Robinson Senr 
John Hovey, Senr 
Joseph Towne Senr 
Wm Chapman 
Elishe Perkins 
Timothy Perley 
Benjamin Bixby Senr 

Thomas Gould 
John Howe 
Thomas Howlitt 
Thomas Perley 
Thomas Dorman 
Job Averili 
John Curtiss 
John Nichols 
John Hovey 
Michael Duinnel Junr 
Seth Dorman 

Timothy Perkins 
Samuel Smith. 
Samuel Stanley 
Paul Averili 
Joseph Borman 
Wm Bixbey 
Ivory Hovey 
Jesse Dorman 
Joseph Towne 
John Perkins 
John Perley 


54. Judith Dorman 

55. Dorotha Robinson 

Wife of .John 

56. Mary Perley Senr 

57. Sarah Foster 

58. Mary wife of Joseph Hail 

59. Wife of John Kenney 

60. Susanna Hovey 

61. .Abigal Esty 

62. Wife of Jacob Foster 

63. Elizabeth Curtis 

64. Widdow Sarah Gill 

65. Susanna wife of John " 

6Q. Sarah Wife of Jonathan Bixby 

67. Hannah Foster 

68. Ruth Simons 

69. Rebecca Simons 

70. Hannah Burton 

71. Jane Ely wife of J. E. 

72. Hannah Clark 

73. Hannah Robinson 

74. Widdow Cooper 

75. Mary Peabodv 

76. Elizabeth Wife of 

Zacheus Gould 

77. Ellean or Porter 

78. Mary Averili 

79. Content Nicholas 

80. Elizabeth French 

81. Dorotha Dorman 

82. Mehitable Nichols 

83. Corp 1 Joseph Towne's wife 

84. Wife of Nehemiah Abbott. 

85. Phebe Towne 

86. Jane Perley 

87. Sarah wife of John Brad- 


88. Sarah wife of Ephraim Wilds 

89. Elizabeth Chapman 

90. Priscilia Capen 

91. Mary Capen 

92. Elizabeth Perkins 

93. Catherine Perkins 

94. Deborah Perley 

95. Mercey Wife of Thos. Gould 

96. Elizabeth Perkins 

97. Mrs Baker 

98. Widdow Avril 

99. Abigal wife of Thos Perley 

100. Abigal W of Timty Perkins 

101. Sarah (W) of John Hows Junr 

102. Rebecca W of Thos Howell 

103. Susanna W of Job Averili 

104. Priscilia W. of John Curtis. 

105. Mary Waters 

106. Sarah W of Josiah Peabody 

107. Deborah W of Thos Dorman 

108. Mary W of John Hovey 

109. Judith Perkins 

110. Hannah Howlett 

112. Hannah. W. of Michael Dannel] 


Members of the Old Church, Topsfield. 



113. Mary Grant wife of Samuel 

114. Sarah H tie 

115. Prudence wife of Joseph Borman 

116. Phebe Foster 

117. Wife of Samuel Towne 
US. Wife of William Hollet 

119. Jane wife of Ivorv Hovey 

120. Martha How 

121. Ruth, w. of Jessie Dornian 

A List males now belonging to the Church in Topsfield, May 18, 1751, 

Daniel Reddington Deac* 
Daniel Clark 
Zacheus Gould* 
Nehemiah Abbot* 
Abraham Hotter* 
Elisha Perkins* 
Thomas Gould 
John How of Middletown 
John Curtis* 
John Hovey 
Michael Duinnel 
Timothy Perkins* 
Samuel Smith of Ipswich 
Paul Averil Middletown 
Joseph Borman* 
Willliam Porter Norton.* 
Deac Ivory Hovey 
Jesse Dormau 
John Perkins, Middleton 
John Hewlett Deac 11 * 
Joseph Gould 
Caleb Potter Ipswich 
Tobijah Perkins 

Benj n Howf 
Jacob Towne* 
Abraham How Ipswich 
Thos Potter Ips. 
Isaac Co minings Ips 
Edmond Towns* 
Sam* Potter Ips. 
Daniel Reddington Junr. 
John Gould, Boxford. 
John Abbot Ips 
Richard Towne 
Mark How Ips 

Joseph CommingsT Ips 

Mathew Peabody 

Joseph Hovey 

Jacob Bixbyf 

John Prichard 

Daniel Nelson dismissed to Lancaster 

Ivory Hovey Junrf 

Nathan Bixbyf 

Deacon Jacob Peabody 

Reverend Mr If there be any mist that were in 

ye church before your coming it is Jonah Andrew and I cannot tell 
whether he belongs to us or Boxford church. 

Luke Averill 
Ebeneser Lake 
John Wildes 
Phineas Reddingtonf 
Wm Reddington 
John Lompson Junr Ips 
Nathan Hood 
George Bixby 
Stephen Peabody, Eoxf. 
Wm Perkins 
Thomas Howlett 
Joseph Peabody 
Jacob Robinson 
Jacob Peabody Junr 
Jacob Averal 

John Andrews Boxf. 

Joseph Edwards 

John Symonds 

Ezekiel Foster, Ips 

Abraham Foster Junr. Ips 

Sam 1 Howlett Junr. 

John Wood. 

Amos Duinell 

Doctor Dexter 

Zacheus Gould 

Aaron Hovey 

Nehemiah How, Ips. 

Pomp a negro Servant man Ips. 

David Baieh. 

John Pterkins 

Rev 1 Mr. Capen was settled in Tops. 1684. 

* De&d. f Diseased, 

216 Narraganset Grantees. [July 


In the April No. of the Register, pp. 144-146, is given a list of the 
grantees of the Narraganset townships. The gentleman who fur- 
nished the list expresses his regret that it is not complete. Being in 
possession of a full list of the grantees of township No. 2 (now West- 
minster and not Princeton as stated in that article), I will supply the 
defect, so far as that town is concerned. The grantees from Cain- 
bridge and Charlestown which drew No. 2, are given in the article. 
The remaining grantees of No. 2 were the following, from the follow- 
ing towns: 

Watertown. — John Sawin for his father Thomas, Ephrairn Cutter 
(then living), Jonas Cutting for his father James, John Butnard 
(then living), Joshua Bigelow (then living), William Shattuck (then 
living), Joseph Grant for his father Joseph, Zachariah Smith for his 
father Jonathan, Samuel Hager for his father John Eager, George 
Harrington's Heirs, John Harrington (then living), Joseph Priest for 
his father Joseph, Zachariah Cutting (then living), John Bright for 
his uncle John, George Parmetor for his father William, Joseph Bail 
for his uncle Jacob Billiard, Thomas Harrington for his wife's father 
Timothy Rice, John Sherman for his uncle John, Capt. Joseph Bow- 
man for his wife's uncle James Barnard, Joseph Smith for his father 
Joseph, Richard Beers for his father Elnathan, Michael Flag's heirs, 
Capt. Joseph Bowman for his wife's father John Barnard, John Cut- 
ting for his father John, the heirs of Dr. Wellington, the heirs of 
Benjamin Wellington, 

Weston. — Ebenezer Boynton for his wife's father Caleb Grant, 
Onesiphorus Pike for his father James, Thomas Cary for his father 
Thomas, Nathaniel Norcross for Jeremiah Norcross, Daniel Warren 
(then living). 

Sudbury. — Matthew Gibbs (thenliving), Richard Taylorforhiefather 
Richard, Thomas Taylor for his father Sebred, John Marston (then 
living), John Parkhurst for his father John, Denis Hedly (then 
living), John Adams (then living), Benjamin Parmcter for his brother 
Joseph, Joseph Rutter for his father Thomas, Ebenezer Graves for 
his father Joseph Graves, John More for his father Joseph. 

Newton. — Edward Jackson for his father Seborn, Nathaniel Haly 
(then living), Isaac Beech for his brother Richard Beech, Stephen 
Cook (then living), John Park for his father John, Jonathan Wiliard 
for his father Jacob, the heirs of Capt. Thomas Prentice. 

Medford. — William Willis for his father Thomas, John Hall for 
Capt. Seill, John Whitrnore for his father John. 

Malden. — John Mudge (then living), Samuel Kneeland assignee 
to Phineas Upham, Abraham Skinner for his father Abraham, James 
Cheak's heirs, John Winslow for his father John, William Willis for 
the heirs of John Bachelor. 

Reading. — Nathaniel Parker for his uncle Jonathan, Richard Brown 
for his uncle Edmon, Thomas Nichols (then living), Maior Swain's 
heirs, Isaac Williams' heirs, Benjamin Davis' heirs, Samuel Larnpson 
for his father Samuel, Thomas Hodgman's heirs, Richard Upham for 
his father Phineas, Samuel Chandler for William Jones. 

1S62.] The Old French War. 217 


As all scraps and items relative to the early wars of the country, 
are important, and as the preservation, even of names, may aid the 
historian and genealogist, we give below the remnant of a record or 
diary by Ensign Edmund Munroe* of Lexington, kept by him at the 
lake, in 1758, while serving in Rogers's Rangers: 

Laki George Camp, Aug. 27, 1758. 
Parole, Jersey. 

Officers of the day for to-morrow, 

Col. Grant and Col. Prebble. 

Field Officers for the Regiment, 

Maj. West and Maj. Slap, Brigade Major Money-Penny. 

Two Regiments from the Regulars, and two Regiments from the 
Provintials to parade immediately, and march to the five Mile Brook 
to meet the wagons — the oldest Captains of the two Regiments to 
call at head quarters for orders for the above. The Regiments, the 
27 th & 42^. 

Camp near Lake George, Aug. 28, '58. 

The Rangers to be under arms at six o'clock this evening to illu- 
minate, the rejoicing for the success of his Magisty's arms at Louis- 
borg, at which time Major Rogers gives to his Ranging Company, 
as a token of his dependence on their loyalty and bravery, a barrel! 
of Wine treat, to congratulate this good news to them, and the good 
behavior of the four Companies of Rangers at Louisborg. 

Lake George Camp, Aug. 28, 1758. 

Parole, Louisborg. 

Field Officer of the Regiment, 
Maj. Beckworth. 

The troops to fire a rejoicing firing this evening for the success of 
his Magistys arms, for the taking of Louisborg. The Regiments to 
be under arms, and line the breastwork at six O'clock. The tiring 
to begin with 21 guns from the Royal Artillery, and then from the 
right of the 27th Reg. round the line & to finish with the left of Col. 
Bayley's Reg. This to be repeated till the whole shall have fired 
three rounds. The Regiments and guards not to fire, but to be 
formed in the rear of the Regiments. The Commanding Officers of 
Regiments to order a review of their Regiments, at 12 O'clock, and 
the balls to be drawn, and to have cartridges without balls made up 
for the rejoicing fire. 

* Edmund MunroR was afterwards a Captain in the Continental Army of the Re- 
volution, and fell at the battle of Monmouth, 1773. 



218 The Old French War. [July 

Lake George Camp, Aug. 29, 1758. 

Parole, Berlin?.. 

For the day, to morrow, 

Col. Haldimand aud Col. Bayley. 

Field officers for the Regiment, 

Col. Eyre and Maj. Gage, Brigade Major, Spittle. 

Maj. Rogers Rangers to discharge their pieces between 4 and 6 
this evening, beyond the advanced guards. 

The Connecticut Regiments to do all the duty of the Provintial 
troops tomorrow, and the Massachusetts Regiments to be mustered 
on Thursday by Mr. Stoughton, Brigade Major, of the Provintials, 
beginning" with Col. Prebble's Regiment, beginning at 7 in the morn- 
ing; Col. Williams' at 9, Col. Bayley's at 11, Col. Nickols' at 4 in the 

Doct. Monroe to examine the Medicine Chest of every Regiment, 
Royal and Provintial tomorrow afternoou, and Report to the General 
the condition he finds them in. 

The Roll to be called, and if any man is missing, a Report to be 
sent to the Brigade Major at tattoo beating. 

Lake George Camp, Aug. 31, 1*158. 

Parole, Dublin. 

Officers for tomorrow, 

Col. Hawaland and Col. Whitney. 

Field officers for the Regiments, 

Maj. Beckworth and Major Titcomb, Brigade Major Money Penny. 

One Capt. one Subaltan, two Serjeants, two Corporals, and forty 
men from the Rangers to hold themselves in readiness to embark on 
the sloop tomorrow. One hundred men from the line to be in readi- 
ness to parade at 2 O'clock without arms, to go to the woods to 
bring each a load of boughs, to cover the provisions. 

Camp at Lake George, Sept. 1, 1158. 

Parole, Halifax. 

A detachment of 4 subaltans and 100 volunteers from the Regu- 
lars, three Companies of Light Infantry, 100 of Maj. Rogers' Rangers, 
100 of Col. Partridge's Rangers, 100 of Connecticutt Rangers, to 
march tomorrow morning at 9 O'clock, with seven days provision 
under the command of Capt. Dalzell of the light Infantry. This de- 
tachment to be under arms this afternoon at 4 O'clock, on the ground 
near the old Fort. When any prisoners or deserters come into camp, 
the party or guard that has them in charge, is to conduct them di- 
rectly to head quarters, and not to suffer any person whatever to 
ask them any questions, and no officer to offer to stop or question 
any deserter, or prisoner, on pain cf disobedience of orders. 

1SG2.] The Old French War. 219 


Lieut. Brewer with a sergeant and 30 men to Parade immediately 
for the half-way Brook. 

One Capt. 4 Subaltans, 4 sergeants, and 150 men from the Rangers 
to be ready to proceed on a scout tomorrow morning. The Captain 
to take care that his party are provided with seven days provision. 

A subaltan of each Company to see that huts, tents, and encamp- 
ments are kept clean and in good order, and this order to be complied 
with every morning. 

The Sergeant Major to attend at the adjutant's tent at half an 
hour after nine in the morning, and at six in the afternoon to receive 
such orders as ma}'' be given to the Rangers. For the scout tomor- 
row Capt. Lovwell, Lieut. Forkenden, Ens. Sinclear, Lieut. Towel 
and Ens. Jones of Capt. Jacob's Indians. 

Camp Lake George, Sept. 3, 1158. 

Parole, Bratal. 

Officers of the day, 
Col. Beckworth and Lieut. Col. Handimand. 

A Court Martial to sit tomorrow, to try such prisoners as may be 
brought before them. 

Capt Noal President 
Lieut Stark 
" Babenston 
" Lyon 
" Foote 



Three Companies to be under arms tomorrow morning at Guard 
mounting. A scouting party consisting of 1 Sergeant and six men 
to go about six or seven miles to the westward to Predee. 

Tuesday, Sept. 5, It 58. 

Parole, Lemerick. 

Field officers of the Regiments, 

Maj Beckworth and Maj. Ingerson. 

The party at the Island to be releived this day by one Capt. one 
subaltan, two sergeants, and 38 men; two Corporals from the Regu- 
lars, & two subaltans, two sergeants, two corporals and 36 men from 
the Provintials. The men to be chosen and to be such as have been 
accustomed to boats, and understand them. 

Wednesday, Sept. 1758. Camp Lake George. 

Parole, Darfidd. 

Officers of the day for tomorrow. 

Col. Haverland & Col. Hart. 

220 Sir Charles Henry Frankland. [J u ty 

Field Officers for the Regiments. 
Lieut. Col. Lynn, & Maj. Slap;. Brigade Major, Spittle. 

An alarm in the night. The Rangers of Cols. Pribble's, Williams', 
<fc Bayley's are to man the breast work, from the Hospital on the 
right to the post on the right flank of the Royal Americans; the Re- 
gulars to man from the right flank; leaving the ground while the 
first Royal Americans are engaged. 

Friday, Lake George Camp, Sept. 8, 1758. 
Parole, Westfield. 
Col. Haldimand & Col. Nichols, for the day, and Maj. Munster & 
Maj. Spencer for the field. 


Four men of Capt NeaPs Company to march to Fort Edward to 

join Capt V 

Fort Edward, Nov. 4, 1758. 
Parole, St. George. 
A Copy of Orders given at Albany by Maj. Gen. Abercrombie- 
Abererombie is ordered by the King to express to the officers & sol- 
diers, His Magisty's perfect satisfaction of their behavior before Tr 
conderoga the 8th of July last. 

Nov. 5, 1758. 
His Magisty has been pleased to appoint the Hon. Thomas Gage, 
Esq., Col. of the Regiment of Light Infantry, a Brigadier General of 
his forces in America. 

Fort Edward, Nov. 9, 1758. 
After orders, the troops in the garrison to be under arms, tomor- 
row at 12 O'clock, the troops on the Island to be drawn up at the 
same time with their front towards the fort; the detachment at the 
Royal Block House to be posted round inside the ditch; each man to 
be provided with 3 cartridges without balls; the Artillery to fire 3 
rounds of 21 guns, the Artilery at the Block House to fire immedi- 



"I proceeded to Sir Harry Frankland's seat, kept now by Mr. 
Jacques Joseph Villiers de Rohan marrie avec Mademoiselle Frances 
de Turenne, he gave me such slips, branches, cions, deeds, as I de- 
sired, and lent me Du Mouliu's Book of ye. Accomplishment of ye Prophe- 
cys, or Third Book of ye Defense of ye Calholique Faith. I borrowed it 
for ye sake of a Treat with my Mr. Blanc; for it beilig in French, I 
presume not to read much of it." — Rev. C. Parkmarfs Diary, April 19, 
1759 [Westboro']. 

"My brother assists me in grafting apricocks and apples w c I 
brought from S r Henry Frankland's last week." — Id., April 27. 



3SG2.J Patriotic Instructions. 221 


One of tke most interesting features in the early history of the 
Colony of Massachusetts Bay, is the knowledge of their rights evinced 
by the people in the performance of their ordinary duties. Before 
the breakiug out of the American revolution, almost every town in 
the Province, b}' public resolutions or instructions to their represent- 
atives, adopted in town meetings, set forth their rights and immu- 
nities in such a manner, as to show that they were no strangers to 
the science of human government, or ignorant of their duty as free- 
men. These instructions to their delegates to the general court, in 
many cases, are valuable state papers, which would do honor to the 
first men in the country. 

The records of most of our towns in Massachusetts, abound in 
these instructions. In the town of Lexington, the people were alive 
to the great subject of civil and religious freedom, and embraced 
the earliest opportunity to speak out, when their rights were even 
threatened with invasion. In 1772, when a measure was proposed 
in the British parliament to make the Supreme Judges in the province 
independent of the people, by granting them a salary directly by par- 
liament — thus taking from the people the only check they had upon. 
those important officers — that of withholding supplies, the good peo- 
ple of this little town took the alarm, and gave to their representa- 
tive in the General Court, the following instructions; which those 
who look at, will think too long, and those who read will think too 

"To Mr. Jonas Stone, Representative of the Town of Lexington. 

"Sir, — It is not to call in question your capacity, disposition, or 
fidelity, of which we have given the fullest evidence in the choice 
we have made of you to represent us in the Geueral Court of the 
Province, but in exercising our right of instructing our Representa- 
tives, to open our minds freely to you upon matters which appear to 
us interesting to ourselves, to the Province, and to posterity, and to 
strengthen and confirm you in measures which we trust, your own 
judgment would have suggested, as necessary and important, to our 
common safety and prosperity, though we had been silent. 

"Our worthy ancestors after many struggles with their enemies 
in the face of every danger, and at the expense of much treasure 
and blood, secured to themselves and transmitted to us their poste- 
rity a fair and rich inheritance, not only of pleasant and fertile lands, 
but also of invaluable rights and privileges, both as men and as 
Christians, as stated in the Royal Charter of the Province, and se- 
cured to us by the faith of the British crown and kingdom. As we 
hold due allegiance to our rightful Sovereign, King George III, and 
are ready with our lives and fortunes to support his just and con- 
stitutional government, so we look upon ourselves as bound by the 
most sacred ties, to the utmost of our power, to maintain and defend 
ourselves in our Charter rights and privileges, and as a sacred trust 


222 Patriotic Instructions. [July 

committed to us, to transmit them inviolate to succeeding genera" 


" It is the general voice, at least of the more thinking and judicious 
among us, that our charter rights and liberties are in danger — are 
infringed; and, upon the most careful, mature and serious considera- 
tion of them, as stated in our charter, and comparing them wiih the 
Acts of the British Parliament, and measures adopted by the British 
Court, Ministry, and Government relating to this and other American 
Colonies, some of which have been carried into execution among us: 
we are clearly of opinion that they have been for some time past, 
and are at present greatly infringed and violated thereby in various 
instances, and these measures have been gone into from time to time, 
by the Honorable Council and House of Representatives of the Pro- 
vince for relief and redress; yet so far from being successful, our 
grievances seem to increase, and to be more intolerable every day. 
The unhappy and distressing effects of the measures referred to, are 
too many to admit and too well known and felt to require, a parti- 
cular mention. But we cannot forbear observing the glaring con- 
trast which in some instances is to be seen between our Charter, 
and the Acts and Resolves of the British Parliament, and measures 
of administration adopted by the British Court, respecting the people 
of this, as well as the other Colonies. 

"The Charter grants to our General Court full power and author- 
ity, from time to time, to make, ordain, and establish all manner of 
reasonable laws &c, and that such laws &c. not being disallowed by 
the King within three years, shall continue in full force until the 
expiration thereof, or until repealed by the same authority. But the 
British Parliament have resolved, that they have the right to make 
laws binding upon the Colonies in all cases whatsoever, so that when- 
ever they please to carry this resolve into execution, they may by 
another resolve passed into a law by one powerful stroke, vacate 
our Charter, and in a moment dash all our laws out of existence, or 
bury them together in one common ruin. 

"By^he Charter, the right of taxing the people is lodged in the 
General Court of the Province, and we think exclusively. But by 
the late revenue acts which have been, with so many ensigns of 
power and terror, in open violation of the laws and the liberties of 
this people, put into execution by the Commissioners of Customs, this 
right is clearly infringed, and the power put into and exercised by 
other hands. 

"By the Charter, we are vested with all the rights and liberties of 
British subjects, one of which we know is in Magna Charta declared 
to be that of trial by jury, and that no freeman shall be disseized of 
his freehold and liberties, but by the lawful judgment of his peers. 
But such is the provision made in the revenue act, and such the exer- 
cise of the power of the Courts of Admirality, that men may be dis- 
seized of their liberty, and carried from one part of the country to 
the other, and be tried and sentenced by a single judge for any, even 
the smallest breach of this act, whether real or supposed. Though 
the Charter provides for the erecting of judicatories for the hearing 
and trying all manner of offences, as well criminal and capital as 
civil; yet if we are rightly informed, a late act of Parliament pro- 

18G2.] Patriotic Instructions. 223 

vides, and directs, in some cases, that persons may be seized and 
carried to England for trial, and that for life. Should this be the 
fact where is the boasted liberty of English subjects. 

11 The Charter represents the Governor of this Province as Captain- 
General, and as having full power and authority in all military and' 
warlike affairs, and of himself to appoint all military officers, to 
erect forts and commit them to the custody of such person or per- 
sons, as he shall think meet. But can it be said that this is the truth 
in fact, when the Governor himself declares, that he has no authority 
over those who have the custody of the most important fortress, and 
where garrisons are changed, and officers appointed, not only not by 
the Governor, but without his knowledge and consent. Whether 
this is the state of Castle "William, the principal fortress of this pro- 
vince, appears to us to be a question not unworthy the serious atten- 
tion, and most critical inquiry of the- Great and General Court. 

" The Charter not only vests the General Court with the right of 
imposing taxes, but also points out the end for which taxes are to 
be raised — one of which is to support the Government, justly suppos- 
ing that necessary connexion between the governing and the govern- 
ed, and that mutual dependence which preserves a due balance 
between them, which in all well regulated states, has been found to 
have the happiest tendency to promote good government on the one 
hand, and cheerful obedience on the other. But not enough that the 
right of taxation is violated, but the right of determining the merits 
and services of those that are employed in the government, must be 
yielded too. Thus with respect to the first officers among us, the 
only remaining interest whereby persons in service of the public 
were induced to be faithful in their trust to the people, is dissolved 
and being entirely dependent upon the crown for both place and 
support, it becomes their interest at least, in many cases, to be un- 
faithful and partial in their administration with regard to the people. 
And considering the imperfections of human nature, it is scarcely 
possible it should be otherwise, even though the best of men were 
in authority. For interest will have its influence to blind the eyes 
and prevent the judgment of the wisest and most upright. 

"We have been certified in form that this is the case with the 
gentleman in the chief seat of the government, and at the head of 
the Province, and from the best information we are able to obtain, 
we have but too much reason to fear that the same has taken place 
with respect to a number of others in office, in places of trusts and 
power of no small inportance to the well being of the people. Par- 
ticularly have we reason to think this to be the fact with respect to 
the Judges of the Supreme Court, the highest court of justice in the 
Province — the court upun whose decisions and determinations all 
our interests respecting property, liberty and life do chiefly and 
ultimately depend; and what adds to the indignity of this measure is, 
that it is carried into effect, as we have just reason to suppose, at 
our own expense at the same time that it is against our consent. 
Thus the plan of oppression is begun, and so far carried on that if 
our enemies are still successful, and no means can be found to put 
a stop to their career, no measure contrived for a restoration of our 

224 Patriotic Instructions. [July 

affairs to a constitutional course, as pointed out in our charter, we 
have just reason to fear that, the eyes of the head of the government 
being blinded, the sources of justice poisoned, and the hands of the 
administration bribed with interest, the system of slavery will soon be 
'complete. These things are of so interesting a nature, so deeply 
affecting, and so big with the ruin of all our rights and liberties, 
both civil and religious, that we readily acknowledge that we can 
not so much as transiently view them without a mixture of horror, 
indignation and grief. 

" But this is not all. Our Charter knows no such thing as instruc- 
tions to Governors — and yet what have not instructions done to dis- 
tress this people; and if in addition to these, it should be found upon 
inquiry by the guardians of the Province in General Court assembled 
(and they have the right to inquire) that the law had not in all cases 
had its course, or that, at any time, measures have been successful 
to stay justice from offenders, it seems as if it was time to be alarm- 
ed, and provide for our own safety, or else tamely to bow down to 
the yoke, and forever hereafter be silent. Whether this representa- 
tion be just, is submitted, and must be left to time, and facts to dis- 
cover. But that these among other things, are worthy of our most 
eerious attention as subjects of inquiry and deep interest, can not be 

" And therefore to you, sir, whom we have chosen to represent us 
in the Great and General Court of Inquest for this Province, we do 
most earnestly recommend it, that you use your utmost influence that 
those as well as all other matters in which the rights and liberties 
of this people are concerned, are impartially inquired into and dis- 
passionately considered by the General Assembly; and that mea- 
sures be pursued by Petition to the throne, or otherwise, as the court 
in their great wisdom shall see meet, for a radical and lasting redress. 
That thus, whether successful or not, succeeding generations may 
know that we understood our rights and liberties, and were neither 
ashamed or afraid to assert and maintain them; and that we our- 
selves may have at least, this consolation in our chains, that it was 
not through our neglect that this people were enslaved." 

This able and patriotic Address to the Representative was accom- 
panied by the following Resolves : , 

r "1. Resolved, That it is the natural right and indisputable duty of 
every man, and consequently of every society or body of men, to ._ 
consult their own safety, and to take measures for the preservation 
of their own liberty and property, without which life itself can 
scarcely be deemed worth possessing. 

"2. Resolved, That the security of life, liberty and property to a 
people is and ought always to be considered a3 the great end of all 
government, and is acknowledged to be the professed end of the 
happy constitution of the British Government in particular. 

"3. Resolved, That when, through imperfection necessarily attend- 
ant upon the wisest system of which fallible men are capable, or 
through the designs of wicked or crafty men in places of power and 
trust, any laws or acts of government are found to be obnoxious or 

1S62.] Information Wanted. 225 

oppressive to the subject, it is wisely provided and established by 
Magna Charta, the Petition of Rights, and other statutes of England, 
that not only Counties, Cities and Corporations, but also Towns and 
individuals may consult and adopt measures for redress by petition, 
remonstrance, or otherwise, as occasion and the emergency of affairs' 
may require. 

"4. Resolved, That the inhabitants of this Town and Province by 
the Royal Charter (a sacred compact between them and the crown) 
being vested with all the rights and privileges of Englishmen and 
British subjects, have an indisputable right both as a people and as 
individuals to judge for themselves, when laws and measures of 
government are obnoxious or oppressive, and to consult upon, and to 
adopt the best measures in their power for redress when oppressed. 

"And therefore, 

" 5. Resolved, That as inhabitants of this town they look upon 
themselves in common with their brethren and fellow subjects through 
the Province, to be greatly injured and oppressed in various instances 
by measures of government lately adopted, especially by the pro- 
posed measure of making the Judges dependent upon the crown 
alone for their support; they can not but judge it their inalienable 
right and a duty they owe to themselves and posterity, freely to 
express their sentiments concerning them, and consult measures for 

Such was the action taken, and such the doctrines promulgated by 
the inhabitants of Lexington three years before the commencement 
of the Revolution; and by a series of such papers, written by their 
pious priest and statesman Rev. Jonas Clark, from time to time, 
meeting every point at issue, and refuting every position of the 
Ministry, the peeple of Lexington were prepared to dare and to do 
what they so nobly performed on the 19th of April, 1115. 


In 1155, Massachusetts had 3250 men in the memorable expedition 
against Louisbourg. In the absence of regular rolls, the loss of 
which historians have long felt, we have no doubt but that a list of 
the men in that brilliant expedition could, with considerable accu- 
racy, be made up from private papers. Every person having the 
names of an individual, or of a company in that service, is requested 
to forward the same to the Librarian of the Historic-Genealogical 
Society, No. 13 BromSeld street, Boston, Mass. The production of 
such a list would greatly aid future inquirers, and prove a just tri- 
bute to the memories of a large class of men who were engaged in 
an enterprise which has commanded the admiration of America and 
Great Britain — ah enterprise; the plan of which, it has been said, 
" was drawn b} r a.. Lawyer, to be executed by a Merchant, at the head 
of a body of Husbandmen and Mechanics." 

226 Abstracts of Early Wills. [July 


[Prepared by W. B. Tkask of Dorchester.] 

[Continued from page 166.] 

Henry Kingman-. — The last will and testament of Henry Kingman, 
of AVaymoth, aged 74 yeares or theirabont, being weake of buddy 
but of perfect memmory. Debts payed, all the rest of my worldly 
goods I dispose of as folow. To my sonn, Edward Kingman, my 
dwelling house with all my housing perteining their vnto, and my 
orchords with all the appurtinantes therto belonging, and I doe 
giue him as much land a Joyning thcr to as will make it 25 acors. 
I giue him two third partes of myne own comon lot. I giue to my son, 
Edward, that peece of meddo that was John Alines, and more meddo 
I doe giue him, one acor nearest to my house, of that which was Mr. 
Jeners. To my son, Edward, my fether bed that I ly on and all the 
furniture theirto belonging. To my son, Thomas Kingman, half the 
rest of the land that I haue aioyningto my house, except it be two 
acors which I shall here after Express. I giue to my son, Thomas, 
the other two acors of meddo which I haue, that was Mr. Jeners. To 
my son, Thomas, 25 acres of vpland that lyeth near and aboue 
Samuell Whites house. To my son, Thomas, one third parte of rny 
own comon lot. I giue my son, Thomas, that fether bed which he 
lyeth on and all that doth belong their vnto. To my son, John King- 
man, the two acores of land that I aboue reserued, and it shall be near 
his house from his barne to his planting lot as conuenient as it may 
be. I giue to my son, John, the other half of my land at home. To 
my son, John, the two acors of meddoe that I haue which was William 
Richards, and lyeth near the tyed mill; and my son, John, shall haue 
one acor of vpland that lyeth along by the meddo to make medoe of 
if he will. To my son, John, half the comon that did belong to owld 
'Brother Holhrook, which I had of him. To my son, John, the cow that 
hee hath of myne in his hand allreddy. To my dau llolbrook, <£T2. I 
giue to my dau. Holhrook, the chest that standes at my beds feet. To 
my dau. Dauis, £10; to the chilldren of my dau. Barnard, £10, they 
be now fine, they shall be payed when they com to be of age, the 
sons at 20 years old and the dau. at 13; and if Either of them dy 
before, his portion shall be deuided to the rest. I appoint my three 
sons aboue Expresed, to be my Executors and to full fill all my will 
as above written and to diuide the rest of my Estate amoug them 
Equaly; and hear vnto I haue set my hand and Seall, 24th of May 
1667. H 

The mark of 

Signed sealed and delivered Henry Kingman. 

in the presents of vs 

Edward Sale, Thomas Dyer. 

31 July 67. Edw. Sak& Thomas Dyar, deposed. 

Edw. Rawson Record 1 . 

1862.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 227 

Inuentory of the Goods & Chatties of Henry Kingman, that deceas- 
ed in Weymouth the 5th of the 4 th month 1661, taken by Leift. John 
Holhrook, Thomas Dyar, the 9 th of 4 rh month. 

31 st July 1667. Edward Kingman & John Kingman deposed. Where- 
as I, Thomas Kingman, of Weymouth, sonn of Ihnrey Kingman, of 
Weymouth, lately deceased, am by my father made a joynt Executo 1 
with my two Brothers, Edward & John, in my Fathers last will & 
Testament, doe hereby signify my acceptance of Executo r ship with 
my brothers, & Consent to the will, & also my desire that the will 
may bee rattifyed according to Law. Thomas T Kingman. 

wittnes my hand, 

Weymouth July: the 29*: 1667. 

bis marke 

Henry Douglas. — I giue to my wife, Judea Bugles, £100 of my 
estate so longe as shee contino a wido. To my eldcste sonn, a du- 
bell porshon of the Reste of my estate, and the other parte of my 
estate to be equally devided between my other toe children, only to 
my granchild, Samuell Hett, I giue 25 shillings sheare of lande at 
cape feare; and in case my wife mary a gaine, shee then to take the 
thurds of my estate during hure life, provided the ouerplush of the 
hundred pound be euequaily deuidei to my chilldren that ear liuing, 
and when my wife dye that thurd parte of the estate to be devided 
betwexte my children that ear living; and if eany of my chilldren dye 
Dot being mared then that estate that I giue them to be eaquelly to 
be deuided a mongest the Reste of my chilldren and grandchilldren, 
prouided all my dates be payed and my funerall discharged. My 
wife and my sonn, John, to be my admenistraters and Mr. John Sen- 
derlin, sener, John far num, sener, and Richard Woodde, to be my ouer- 
sersof this my laste will and testament, the 9th of february 1662 — as 
Witnes my hand and seale. Henry Douglas. 

Boston. Wittnes 

Richard Woodde, Isaac!; Woodde. 

31 July 1667. Rich. Wooddy S- hack Woodchj deposed. 

At the same time power of Administration to the Estate of the 
late Henry Douglas is granted to Judelh Douglas, Relict of y e said 
Henry, to p'forme the Imperfect will of the said Henry Douglas as 
neer as maybe. E. R. R. 

This Paper was brought by srz'.ant Woody, sealed up & declared 
that it Was left by Henry Dvglas v,- a him as subscribed by him his 
last will to be kept by him, the said Mi. IVoody, vntill he cald for it 
or his death; this given to Thomas Dvglas, in the presence his brother 
Hett, the 17 May 1667. before J. L. 

An Inuentory of all singular the Goods & Chatties of Hennery Dow- 
glas, deceased, taken the 9th of July 1667, by James Euerell, Joseph 
How. Mentions — the old buildiDr Containing 4 lower roomes & the 
roomes aboue with the chimney, belonging' to the said house, & all 
the Ground from Eighteene ynci-s beyond the Ground sill of the 

223 Abstracts of Early V/ills. [My 

same bouse southward, & all the Land soe fair as the Ground of 
Goody Jameson northward, £40. 

31 July 1667. Judeth Douglas Administratrix, to the imperfect will 
of Henery Douglas, her late husband, deposed. 

Henry Powning. — An Inuentorye of the goods & chattels Belong- 
ing to Henry Pawning, deceased, taken by James Penn, John Wiswall, 
Edward Hutchinson. Aint. £585.15.01. Debts owing p r the Estate, 
to seucrall persons Heer in Xew England Knowne — £358.08.01. 
More owing M r Roud; in England, not yet Knowne. 

July 27 th 1665. Elizabeth Pawning deposed. 

Edward Rawson Secretarye. 

Added by Eliz a . Poioning, y e 16 July 1684. Six acres of Land lying 
at Kittery. 


Henry Bishop. — An Inuentory of the Goods k Chattells of Henry 
Bishop, Late of Boston, Deceased. Taken by John Wiswall, John 
Hull. Amt. ,£359.15.03. Mentions 2 Horses at New Hauen; Debts 
at Barbadoes 11500 lb. sugars, £169. Debts due from the Estate 
amounts to £370. 

6 th Nouember 1665. P r sent the Gouernour, Maj r Gen. Leuret, Mr 
Lusher. Nath. Bishop deposed to the Inuentory of the Estate of the 
Late Henry Bishop, His Brother. Edward Rawson, Recorder. 

Boston 1665. A true Inuentorye of the apparreli & some other 
small things of Elizabeth Bishoppe, Widow, Late wife of Henry Bishop, 
Both Deceased, prised by Thomas Grubh, John Lake, at Boston, Oct. 
4, '65. Amt. £13.13.7- 

16 Nouember 1665, speciall Court, Nathaniell Bishop, deposed. 

Edward Rawson, Recorder. 

James White — Boston In New England 1666. I, James IMiite, of 
Barbados, m r chant, Infirme of body but of sound & perfect memory, 
ordaine this my last will and testament. As to my worldly estate in 
Barbados or elsewhere I bequeath as followeth: Vnto y e parish of 
.Home church, in y e County of Essex, & to y e parishes of S 1 . Johns 
& S 1 . Michalls in Barbados, to each of them, a peace of plate of tenn 
pounds for value to y c seruice of y e Comunion table, for ever. To y e 
said parish of Home church, being y e place of my Natiuity, one 
thousand pounds, for y e Erecting or buying of aiixVlmes house y T may 
Cont: sixe poore men which Cannot [ ] otherwise, & to be p ci on 
euery fifth of Nouember sixe pound str. to each of them, & a new 
gound; & y e ministers of y* parish to haue forty shillings for A ser- 
mon for euer; y e aforesaid rnonys I doe will shall be paid within 
twelve months after all my Just debts are p d k to [be] disposed of 
in purchase at y e Discretion of my suruiueing executors, in trust, with 
y e aduise of the next two Justises in yt parish of Home church, or 
Adjacent theirto; but in case my Es[tate] amount not to teuo thou- 
sand pounds str: my debts p d , then I giue but flue hundred pounds 
str: to y e Vse & behalfe aforesaid, & to be disposed of as aboue men- 

1862. J Abstracts of Early Wills. 229 

tioned. I giue vnto M r . William Leisly & [ ] Johns [ ] minis- 
ters in Barbados, to each a King' of ten pounds sterlin in Value; to 
M r . John Bowden, M r . Rich: Seawell M r . Chr. Jason, M r . Job Browne, 
to each of them Rings of 20' value. I giue vnto y e parish of s\ 
michalls. in Barbados, one tenth part of y e neate Value or rent Raised 
by my houses & Land in y.e said towne & parish; & in case my Ex- 
ecutors, in trust, shall sell & dispose of all or any p ? t thereof, then I 
will & ordaine y one tenth p l of the produce or p'veneiw shall bee to 
y e Vse of y c said parish for y e building, buying of a worke house., or 
y e setting 1 of poore people at worke, at y e discretion of any of execut- 
ors in trust withy e advise of y e Justices in q'ter sessions of y l place; 
this is to be after my debts are p a vzt. in 12 months after. I giue 
Vnto Ann Gallop, Ralph & Cathcrin Truth, to each of them £50 str. ; 
& to William Truth, £100 str. to be p (l two yeares after my debts 
are p d ; but in case my estate be not valued at £10,000 str. at my 
decease, then I giue but halfe y e sumes to be p d as aboue mentioned. 
I giue vnto y fc children of my well beloued Brother, Will" 1 While, 
Late of London, in old England, vzt. John, Will" 1 , Ann, Dorothy, & 
y e rest, Equaly, Except Josiah & Jeames, £100 to purchase of their 
father y e free hold of y e farme of Fethes, alias fethes, in y e County of 
Essex, by Chensford, y e which farme so purchased, I giue vnto his 
sonn, Josiah White, student in Oxon, & to his heires for euer, which 
if he haue of his owne, if not, then of his Relation, I desire him to be- 
stow ity x their may neuer want one of y e name to serue at y e Alter, 
Vntill Christs second Comeing in glory. I meane £700 str: amongst 
tbem; not to each. Jeames White. 

I giue vnto my wife, Katherine White, £100 str. to buy her a Ring 
in Remembrance of mee, with my Jewells, plate, household stuffe 
for euer, & y e vse of my dwelling house on my plant 11 & y e prouis- 
sion, stock, Vntill hermariadge, Besides y e bond giuen her by fea- 
feas in trust, for which she is to release all claime of thirds or other 
interest in or to any part of my estate, & not other wise, this Legacy 
being in full of her Dower. I giue to y e Child she now goeth with 
[ ] pounds starling, to be p d after my debts or [ ] my 

Executors besides y e bond giuen & made to feafecs in trust, for his 
portion, y e which bonds I leaue be [aring] date w th this my will in 
y e hands of Coll. Daniell Side. I giue vnto y e Eldest child of M r 
Edward Bowdon, deputy secretary of Barbados, & to Elizabeth More, 
Late Daughter of Thomas More, to eacli of them, £100 str. to be paid 
at each, of their day of Mariadge ; my debts being p d , this to Eliza- 
beth More Desire speedily. To my Bro'>. John & Wih m White & [their] 
wiues, to each of them, Rings of £10 str. in Value, w th mourneing. 
Vnto my Nephew, Jeames White my Brother, Will m White, of 
London, all my [estate] Reall & p'sonail, hereby constit'uteing y e 
said James, my sole heire & execut r of this my Last will & testament. 
Appointing Coll. Henry Uaicly, Edw : Py Esq, Jeames Bcake, Esq: 
WiW n Bate Esq. my Brother, Will m White & Jeramiah Egings march'ts: 
Execufs in trust of this my Will, in behaife of my said Nephew, 
James, or any two of them, & y e suruiuer, desireing them to follow 
the aduise of my said Bro : Will m , his Guardian, to y e be[stj ad- 

230 Abstracts of Early Wills. [July 

uantage of my Nephew, his son, Giueingmy sa[id] Execut r s ill trust, 
or any two of them, full power to buy more Lands, stock or other 
necessaryes for my plant", &c, or to sell, Lease, or to farme, Let, any 
[or] all my estate, reall or p r sonall, as in their discretion may seeme 
most for y e profit of my said Nephew & heire, desireing them to doe 
by him, As they desire others may doe for theirs, in y e Like case. I 
giue vnto M rs Elizabeth Hawley, (Long since mariedj dau. of George 
Hawley, march*, in Gracious Streate, London, £300 str: to bee p d three 
yeares after my debts are p d , & in case of her death, without Ishue, 
then to y e meanest of relicts of y e Children of y e said George Hawly, 
at ye discretion of my Execut" in trust, I hereby revoke & declare 
voyde, y e will & bonds Left with John Harris, to giue M r Job Browne., 
at my Comeing from Barbados Last, & ail other wills or papers 
lending theireto, p r vided this & y e bonds Come safe to hand ; & to 
my Execut r s y r Come & appeare in trust for my Nephew, to each of 
them, I giue a Ring of term pounds ; & if my Brother, Will m f Come 
not ouer, I giue y l Execut r , or any two, one, y l will take sutne p r ticu- 
lai* charge therof. To Coll. Darnell Sirle, I giue a Ring of flue 
pounds ; to Thomas Grey, Jeames Cluterbooke, to each of them, two 
thousand of musCo: sugar, vzt, to John Harris & George Fryar three 
thousand pounds each of them. 

10 Sept, 16G6. Jeames White. 


Acknowledgd by James White to bee his Last Will & by him signed, 
sealed and deliuered in these words In y e presentes of vs, with y e 
Adition vnder written. George Fryer. 

Te l . John Goble, Era. Funchard, Richard Gregorie. 

Boston In New England. Alt a meeting of y e Gouemcr. Richard 
Bellingham Esq r , John J.eueret Esq 7 ", Major Generally <J* Edward Rawson, 
Record^ in Boston, 28th of March 1667. 

John Gable, aged forty three yeares or thereabouts, Frances Funch- 
ard, aged thirty eight yeares or thereabouts, Richard Gregorie, aged 
twenty foure yeares or thereabouts, & George Fryer, seruant to y e 
late Cap James White, of Barbados, aged twenty three yeares or 
thereabouts, ou theire Corporall oathes, deposed, y l on y e 15 lh of this 
Instant march, being present w t!l y e s d . Late Jeames White, at his 
lodging in Boston, on his request, & did heare the s d Jeames White 
acknowledge & publish these two sheets of paper to be his Last will 
& testament, y e w ch he had formerly according to y e date therof so 
signed & sealed; & on y e s d fifteenth Instant, they did see y e said 
James White put also on & take his seale therefrom, saying, I deliuer 
this as my act, [&c. The words — " Richard Gregorie, aged twenty 
four yeares" was interlined; and John Goble affirmed, " y ! he set his 
hand, at. a Wittnesse, some day in March, but before the fifteenth."] 

An adition to my Will. — Whereas I am advised of a great fire ia 
London, to my Brother Will m . While great [loss] as well as others, I 
hauing invited him ouer, his wife & children, I will declare & giue 
him my household stuffe, being in more want thereof then my wife, 
whose bond I doe giue her to make Void her Bower, & debare her 

1862.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 231 

all therds or clarae3 or other Interest in any of y e Estate, reall or 
p r 8onal], belonging vnto me, or any thing to y e Contrary before ex- 
prest. Jeames White. 

Boston Oct. 12 th 16G6. 

Test: Richard Gregorie, Fra. Punchard, George Fryer, who deposed 
to the above, March 28, 1666. 

Boston 1666. — Instructions to my Executors, in trust, nominated in 
my Last will, bearing Date w th these p r sents, being the 10th Oct. 16G6. 

As to my wife, Ka : White, I haue wrote her Letter, which I de- 
sire you, H. Hawley, or some other, to p r vse & be verry priuate in 
it ; then seale & deliuer it at your ovvne time, I doubt not but I shall 
recouer y e £4000 of M r Bantly, £2000 may be secured to her & her 
child, either by morgage or to let it ly in a Judgment to y e payment 
of her child £150 p r ann rn , or if M, B. bee not willing to keep it, Let 
it be deuided, & she to take her £1000 to her new husband, but Let 
it not goe w th out securing a Joynture Vpon her ; if she be Kind to 
y e Child, let her haue £40 p r ann. out of y e interest of his £1000, for 
I would haue j* £1000 be let out to M. B. at 4 p r C< Yntill y.« Child 
be 17, & if A boy that he be fitted for a march 1 , & bound out, y l bee 
w rCh hath y c mony shall advance £200 to binde him out, and Keep y e 
mony flue yeares gratis ; this is but by way of aduise, I leaue it to 
y r care & Discretion, as in all things else. As to those two great 
debts I owe, you will find p T tiall Instructions herew th , & another 
Copy in y e hands of M r Browne or John Harris. If my wife is not 
Contented w th her Legacy, vzt. my bond which I giue her in full of 
her therds, Dower, & all other claime to my Estate, reall & p'sonall, 
then w tl; hold y e p r esent yearely allowance mentioned in my will, for 
she deserues no Kindnesse from mee. Yo r seruant 

Boston Oct. 10, 1666. Jeames White. 

Test : John Goble, Geo. Fryer, Fra : Punchard, Richard Gregorie, who 
deposed March 28, 1666. Edward Rawson, Record 1 ". 

Boston the 30 th 1™ : 1667. Inuentory of the Estate of the late Cap. 
Jams-While, deceased, as it was shewen vnto vs, the subscribers, by 

/fieorge Fryer~ T ^ his domestique seruant. Signed by Rich: Cooke, Josh: 
Scottow. Ami £178.12.5. Debts the deceased oweth, to Josuah Scot- 
low, M r Atwater, M r Lynes, Edward Lilly, Deacon Trusdall, MX RuddGck } 
Mf Lidget, Leift: Cooke, Arthur Mason, Ben: Gillam, John Lake, M r Bend- 
I alL Goodman Fetch; to George Fryer, for his Sallery, in p 1 whereof 
V heeNmttu£6\11.06 paid in 69 gall, of Rum & a bill. " Colonell 
^■^Searles hath tooke the negro boy* as in p* of the funerall Expence." 
Ami. of debts: £184.11, 

George Fryar, deposed, April 1, 1667. 

Edward Fletcher.— Feb. 20, 1659. I, Edward Fletcher, now of 
Badgeden, in the County of Gloucester, Gierke, being in health of 
body, doe make this my last will. I giue all that my messuage or 
tenement w th the appurtenances, scituate and being neere the Little 

* The negro was valued at £25. 

232 Abstracts of Early Wills. [July 

Cloisters, within the precincts of the Colledge, in the Citty of Glou- 
cester, and the rents, issues & profit thereof, vnto Mary, my wife, 
during the terme of her life, she keeping the same in repaire, Sc also 
giving free & full liberty to Mr James Forbes, of Gloster, and such 
other Christians w ,h him as he shall allow of, to meete and assemble 
themselues together, from time to time, in the great Hall of the said 
Messuage or tenement, for the worship of God only, and to haue free 
liberty of ingresse, egresse, and regresse, to & from the same, 
thorough all vsuall waves, at their will, & pleasures, paying 40 s p r 
ann. rent, for the same, during my wifes life; and imediately after 
my wifes decease, I giue said messuage or tenement w th the appur- 
tenances, vnto my sister, Elizabeth Hooper, for the tearme of her life, 
shee keeping the same in repaire. And vpon this further condicon, 
y l my said sister, Elizabeth, her executo rs , Admin? 8 : or assignes, pay 
to my Cozen, Mar garett Ellis, now of the Citty of Gloucester, Spinster, 
out of the rents, issues and proffits of the said Messuage or tenement, 
.£10 of Lawfull English Money, within Fewer yeares after my said 
wifes decease, in Case my said sister shall Hue and enjoy the said 
house, messuage & premises soe long. And my will is, that from 
& after my wiles decease, the said M r James Forbes & such other 
Christians as hee shall allow of, may, if they desire it, have the vse 
of the said great Hall for the vses aboue menconed, during my Sisters 
life [with rights and privileges as before expressed,] w ih out giuing* 
any rent for the same during my said sisters life. I giue the Reuer- 
con and inheritance of said Messuage or tenement, w* iil the appur- 
tenances expectant vpon & after the death of my wife or my sister 
Elizabeth & either of them longest [Liuing,] vnto my well beloued 
Preinds, Mr James Forbes, of the Citty of Gloucester, Gierke, William 
Sheppard, the younger, of the [same] Citty, gent, Thomas Cole, of 
the same Citty, scriuener, Thomas Jlenning, of the same Citty, joyner, 
Thomas Shipton of Ba[rn]wood, and John Badger, of St. Bridge in tne 
County of the same Citty, yeoman, & their heires foreuer, vpon trust 
and confidence, neuer the lesse to the intent & purpose y t they the s d 
Forbes, Sheppard, Cole, Henning, Shipton $■ Badger & the surviuo 1 " 3 or 
suruivor & the heires or assignes of such surviuor shall and [may 
dis]pose of the rents, issues & proffits thereof to & for the relief of 
such godly poore and needy people as they shall judge meete, and to 
bee distributed by them in such sort & manner as they in their dis- 
cretion shall thinck convenient, All [need] full charges in repara- 
cons and otherwise being allowed & defaulted out of the rent, from 
time to time, as it shall grow due & payable. All the rest of my 
goods, chattells and personall estate whatsoeuer, [all] my debts 
pay d & funeral 1 expences discharged, I giue to my wife, Mary Fletcher, 
whome I make sole executrix of this my last will & testament. 

Edw: Fletcher. 
Sealed and published in y e presents of 

Tho: Browne, Ridge Van, Susana Rogers. 

An Inuentory of the Goods & Estate of Edward Fletcher, lately de- 
ceased, in Boston, & Apprized by Thomas Bumstead, William Kilcup, 
Dec. 31, 1666. 

Boston 12th Feb. 1666. Power of administration to the estate of 


1S62.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 233 

the late M r Edw: Fletcher, deceased, is granted unto Mary, his relict. 
Mrs. Mary Fletcher deposed. 

Capt. Richard Davenport. — 30th Octob r . 16G5. Power of Adminis- 
tration to the Estate of the Late Cap 1 . lUchard Dauenport, on Request 
of Elizabeth, his Relict, testifyed p r . her sonnes, is graunted to M r \V m 
Sto.vghion, Mx Nathaniel Dauenport $* M r Stephen Minott, they giuing 
securitye to Administer according to Lawe & bring in a Just & true 
Inuentorye therof to the County Court. Edw. Rawson Recorder. 

Inuentoryc of the Estate taken Oct 9, 1665, p r Roger Clapp, Hope- 
still Foster, John Minott, Amt. £9114. M r W™ Stoughton, M r Nathaniell 
Dauenport, cy M r Stephen Minott Administrate deposed, Oct 30, 1665. 

Nicholas Badditier. — An Inuentory of the Estate of Nicholas Bad- 
ditier, of Datsuro,* neer Dartmouth, in England, that Departed this 
Life, in June last, at Edw: Barkers House. Taken by John Search, 
Edward Ellis, John Sweete, Amt. £3.15.11. 

Oct 31, 1665. Edward Barker deposed. 

Arthur Clarke. — Oct 31, 1665. Power of Administration to the 
Estate of the Late Arthur Clarke is Graunted to Sarah, his Relict, in 
Behalfe of Her selfe & sonne. 

Inventory of the Estate taken by Thomas Matson. The gallie pots 
prised by Mr Jn° Endecot c\- Mr Daniel Stone. Amt of inventory, 
£?1.19.6. Sarah Clarke deposed. 


[Communicated by Charles J. Hoadley of Hartford, Ct.] 

Mr. Goodwin, in a note at the foot of page 8 of Genealogical Notes, 
published 1856, gave from the original document on file at the Pro- 
bate Office in Hartford, the last will of Mr. Chester, made in 1648. 
In that document Mr. Chester refers to a writing drawn up some 
years before, which is here given as found entered with the will of 
later date, in the recently discovered volume of Probate Records of 
Connecticut : 

November 82* 1637. 

In the name of God Amen. 

I Leonard Chester of Wethersfield in Connecticut gentleman be- 
ing sound in body and of good and perfect memory., praised be God 
therefore, do ordain and appoint this my last will and testament in 
form and manner following: First I commend my soul into the 
hands of almighty God my creator, in hope of resurrection unto life 
by Jesus Christ my Saviour, and my body to the earth from whence 

* Probably Dittisham, in Devon, 5| miles N. by W, from Dartmouth. "The 
parish, which is remarkable for the beauty of its scenery, is crossed by the navi- 
gable river Dart, over which there is a ferry." Lewis's Topographical Die. of Eng- 
land. London, 1831. 


. ' 

234 Will of Leonard Chester . [July 

I came, and my worldly estate I dispose of in such wise as shall be 
hereafter expressed, all former wills and testaments being by virtue 
of these presents made void and of none effect. 

Impr. I give and bequeath unto my son John, all that my house 
lot with houses meadows and other lands whatsoever together with 
that mill and the appurtenances thereto belonging which I am in 
building at the devising of these presents, all which doe lie, are sit- 
uate, and have their being in the town and liberty of Wethersfield 
aforesaid: to enter upon the one half immediately after my decease 
for and towards his education and maintenance, and upon the other 
half after the decease of Mary my beloved wife and not before. And 
if it shall happen that the said John shall die without issue before 
he comes to the age of one and twenty years that then the said 
houses, lands and appurtenances thereto I do give and bequeath 
unto my daughter Mary, and if it shall please God that my daugh- 
ter Mary shall die without issue, that then my will is, that the afore- 
said houses lands &c shall be divided amongst the heirs of my body 
in general, or for want of issue to the children of my dear uncle Mr. 
Thomas Hooker now pastor at Hartford in Connecticut aforesaid: 
Item I give and bequeath unto my son John an hundred pounds: 
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary two hundred 
pounds: Item I give and bequeath unto my mother Dorithy Chester 
thirty pounds: and I do give unto my wife Mary one half of my 
house lot with houses meadows and other lands whatsoever together 
with that mill and the appurtenances thereto belonging, which I am 
now in building, to have and to hold for her proper use and benefit 
during the time of her natural life, and then to return to the only 
use and right of my son John &c. according to the premises before 
specified: And I do appoint and constitute my dear wife Mary my 
whole and only executrix. And I do request Mr John Plum and Mr 
Henry Smith, both of this town of Wethersfield, to be my overseas, 
for which I do give unto Mr. Plum ten shillings to buy him a pair of 
gloves, and Mr Smith I give him thirty shillings. In witness here- 
unto I have set my hand and seal the day and year first above writ- 
ten. Leonard Chester. 

In the presence of us • 

Henry Smith. 

It is the last will and testament of Leonard Chester gent: that Mr 
Haynes and Mr Webster shall take into consideration the 300£ sent 
over as a part of the portion of his wife since he came to New Eng- 
land, which was to be disposed of for her use with her liking, which 
being rectified by the two friends above named, then his housing 
lands stock and estate, to be disposed to the benefit of his children, 
according as the said Leonard should determine when they confer 
with him. And in case he depart this life before they can visit him, 
then he intreats those two friends as his last will to proportion the 
estate to his posterity as they judge fit, and he makes Mr. Webster 
and Mr. Newton of Tonxsis his overseers. Leonard Chester. 

In the presence of 

Tho: Hooker 

James Boost 

Dorothy Chester. 

IS62.] Descendants of Rein old and Matthew Marvin. 235 




[Compiled from authentic sources, by T. R. Marvin, Boston.] 

The following sketch is necessarily imperfect, from the fact that 
the records to make it complete are not within the reach of the com- 
piler. It was originally commenced by him with the hope of tracing 
the direct line of his ancestry to the first emigrant to this country; 
in this he has been entirely successful. If those of the name will 
communicate to the compiler correct lists of their families, he will 
hereafter make use of them. 

In some of the following records there are apparent discrepancies 
in regard to the ages of persons, arising from the fact that their 
birth was recorded for old style, and their death for ■new style. 

The first family by the name of Marvin, who came to New Eng- 
land, consisted of two brothers, lieinold and Malihew, and one sister, 
Hannah, who probably came over from England with her brother, 
Reinold. I have not been able to ascertain in what year Reinold 
came to New England. Matthew, and his family, came in 1635, as 
will be seen by the following statement: 

During the summer months of 1842, Hon. James Savage of Boston, 
Mass., who was on a visit to England, was chiefly occupied with 
searching for materials to illustrate the early annals of New Eng- 
land, lie was richly compensated for his toil. The result of his in- 
vestigations was published in the 8th vol. Mass. Hist. Coll., 3d series, 
under the title of ' Gleanings for New England History/ From this 
article I extract the following: 

"Perhaps the acquisition most valuable, in the opinion of our local 
antiquaries, is my copious extracts from a MS. volume in folio, at 
the Augmentation Office (so called), where the Rev. Joseph Hunter, 
one of the Record Commissioners, presides, in Rolls Court, West- 
minster Hall. It contains the names of persons, permitted to em- 
bark at the port of London, after Christmas, 1G34, to the same period 
in the following year, kept generally in regular succession. This was 
found a few months since, and may not have been seen by more than 
two or three persons for two hundred years." 

Under date of 15th April, 1635, is the following entry in the above 
named volume: 

"Theis parties hereafter expressed, are to be transported to New 
England, irnbarqued in the Increase, Robert Lea, master, having 
taken the oath of alleg-iance and supremacy, as also being conform- 
able, &c. whereof they brought testimony per certif. from the Just- 
ices and ministers where there abodes have lately been." 

The following names are included in the list above referred to: 

23G Descendants of Remold and Matthew Marvin. [July 


Husbandman Matthew Marvyn, 35 yrs. 

uxor Elizabeth Marvyn, 31 

Elizabeth Marvin, 11 

Matthew Marvyn, 8 

Marie Marvyn, 6 

Sara Marvyn, 3 

Hanna Marvyn, J 

The brothers Matthew and Reinold were among the original 
settlers of Hartford, Conn., and both were proprietors of land in 
that ancient town. 

Matthew resided on the corner of Village and Front streets, Hart- 
ford, for some years. He was among the pioneers in the settlement 
of Norwalk, which town he represented in the General Court in 1654. 
Matthew, his son, represented that town in 1694 and 1G97; Samuel, 
bis grandson, in 1718, and John, his grandson, in 1734 and 1738. 
He died at Norwalk, in 1687. 

Eeinold* sold his land in Hartford and removed to Farmingtqn, 
and was probably among the first settlers of that town, xlbout 
1648, he sold his property in Farmington to John Warner. The pro- 
perty sold to Warner consisted of a homelot of five acies, a new 
house, and other lands, which are recorded at Farmington. This 
" was a prominent homelot, having Mr. Willis of Hartford, on one 
side, and Mr. Hopkins on the other; it was on the west side of the 
main street." From Farmington he removed to that part of Say- 
brook, which is now Lyme, where he died in 1662. He had two 
children, Reinold and Mary. His daughter Mary married William 
Waller of Saybrook; they had sons William, John, Samuel and Mat- 
thew. The early town records of Saybrook have been unfortunately 
destroyed by fire, — and the Farmington town records do not extend 
back farther than 1646; so that it is only by collateral evidenee that 
some of the foregoing dates and conclusions have been arrived at. 
His will is recorded on the Colony Records at Hartford, in which he 
directs that to each of his grandchildren, " there be provided and given 
a Bible as soon as they are capable of using them." The inventory 
of his estate amounted to over £800, 

Hannah married Francis Barnard, at Hartford, in 1644; and re- 
moved from thence to Hadley, Mass. She died in 1676. Farmer 
says, that Francis Barnard is the ancestor of all the divines of the 
name of Barnard, who have graduated at Harvard, excepting John 
of Marblehead, and Jeremiah of Manchester, X. H, 

Reinold Marvin (son of Reinold, preceding), born about 1634, 
married, about 1663 ; Sarah Clarke, daughter of George Clarke, Jr., 
of Milford, Conn., husbandman. She was baptized Feb. 18, 1644. 
He is known on the town records as Lieutenant Reinold Marvin. He 
was one of a committee appointed to divide the town of Saybrook, 
in the year 1665. That part of the town lying east of Connecticut 
river, was named Isyme, from Lyme Regis, in the south-west of Eng- 

*This name is spelled in different ways — Reginold, Reinold, Renold, Reynold. 
I have used Reinold, in these records. 

3862.] Descendants of Reinold and Matthew Marvin. 237 

land. Lieut. Marvin was a large landholder, and a prominent man 
in the town. He represented Lyme in the General Court in 1670, 
and from 1612 to 1676. He had three sons,— John, born 1664-5; 
Reinold,* born 1669; and Samuel, born 1671: ond two daughters, 
Mary and Sarah. Mary married Richard Ely of Saybrook. He died 
in 1676, aged 42 years. His widow, Sarah Marvin, married Oapt. 
Joseph Sill, Feb. 12, 1677-8. She was his second wife, and had 
children — Joseph, born Jan. 6, 1678-9; and Zechariah, born June 1, 
1682. Capt. Sill had formerly lived in Cambridge — his first wife was 
Jemima Belcher, daughter of Andrew Belcher, by whom he had seve- 
ral children. He had distinguished himself in Philip's Indian war. 
He died Aug. 6, 1696, aged 60. 

Reinold Marvin, second son of Lieutenant Reinold, was born in 
1669. He was famous as Lyme's Captain. He was a deacon in the 
Congregational Church. He represented Lyme in the General Court 

from 1701 to 1728. He was first married in 1695, to Phebe ; 

she died Oct. 21, 1707: married the second time in 1708, to Martha 
Waterman, daughter of Thomas Waterman of Norwich; she died 
Nov. 1753, aged 73. He died Oct. 18, 1737, aged 68 years. The 
following is inscribed on his tombstone: 

This Deacon, aged sixty-eight, 

Is freed on earth from serving; 
May for a crown no longer wait, 

Lyme's Captain, Reinold Marvin. 

The above inscription, as also that on the gravestone of his first 
wife, was executed by an illiterate artist, and with bad spelling, and 
the effects of time, is now rather obscure. The following is the in- 
scription on the gravestone of his first wife: 

Here lies the hodv of 

wife of 

Rei> t old Marvin, 

who died Octoher 21, 1707, 

in the 

31 year of her age. 

Her body only resting here, 

Her soul is fled to a higher sphere. 

Samuel Marvin, third son of Lieutenant Reinold, represented Lyme 
in the General Court, in 1711 and 1722. 

Reinold Marvin, first son of Captain Reinold, was known and 
spoken of as Deacon Marvin. A great many anecdotes are related 
concerning this Deacon Marvin — which have generally been attributed 
to Captain Reinold. I am fully convinced, however, that they all be- 
long to his son Reinold; both being Deacons, and both having the 
same Christian name, the mistake could easily be made. This son 
Reinold was unquestionably the poet who composed the epitaphs on 
his father's and mother's tombstones, and the odd genius of whom a 
multitude of anecdotes and queer sayings and rhymes, are still 
related; the most of them are positively known to apply only to the 
son of Captain Reinold. 

Reinold Marvin, first son of Deacon Reinold, graduated at Yale 
College, 1748; studied law; resided in Litchfield. He left a daughter 
who married Ephraim Kirby, who prepared the first volume of Law 

23S Descendants of Remold and Matthew Marvin. July 

Reports published in the United States. Major Reinold Marvin 
Kirby of the U. S. Army, sou of Ephraim Kirby, was twice breveted 
for gallantry in the war of 1812, and died in the service in 1842. 

Kichard Pratt Marvin, a great-grandson of Deacon Reinold, was 
a Member of the 25th and 26th Congresses of the United States. 
Is at this time one of the Judges of the Supreme Court of the State 
of New York. 

William Marvin, brother of Richard P., is a District Judge in the 
U. S. Court for the District of Florida, and resides at Key West. 

Dudley Marvin, a great-grandson of Lyme's Captain, was twice 
elected a Member of Congress from Ontario county, X. Y., and in 
1846. a Member from Chautauque. county, N. Y. 

William Marvin, another great-grandson of Lyme's Captain, was 
for several years a Judge of Probate, for the District of Lyme, Conn. 



First Generation. 

I. Reinold Marvin came to New England about 1635. The -date of 

his birth and the name of his wife, are not known. He had two 
children, and probably no others. He d. at Lyme, Conn., in 

Children : 

1. Reinold, b. about 1634. 

2. Mary, m. William Waller of Saybrook, Conn. Had sons — Wil- 

liam, John, Samuel, Matthew. 

Second Generation. 


Lieut. Reinold Marvin, m. Sarah Clark, dau. of George Clark, 

Jr., husbandman, of Milford, Conn., about 1663. He d. at Lyme, in 

1676, a. 42. His wid. m. Capt. Joseph Sill, Feb. 12, 1677-8. She 

was his 2d wife, and had children — Joseph and Zechariah. 

Children : 

3. John, b. in Lyme, 1665. 

4. Mary, b. 1666, m. Eichard Ely of Saybrook. 

5. Reinold, b. 1669. 

6. Samuel, b. 1671. 

7. Sarah, b. 1673. 

Third Generation. 


John Marvin m. Sarah Graham of Hartford, Conn., May 7, 1691. 
She was the dau. of Henry Graham and Mary his wife. He d. Dec. 

II, 1711, a. 47 yrs. His wife d. the relict of Mr. Richard Sears, at 
Lyme, Conn., Dec. 14, 1760, a. 91 yrs. 

Children : 

8. Sarah, b. in Lyme. 

9. Mary. 

10. John, b. Aug. 9, 1698. 

1862.] Descendants of Reinold and Matthew Marvin, 239 

11. Elizabeth. 

12. Joseph, b. about 1103. 

13. Benjamin. 

14. Metiitable. 

15. Jemima. 

Reinold Marvin (Lyme's Captain), was twice m. 1st, to Phebe 

, in 1695; she d. Oct. 21, 1707, a. 31. 2d, to Martha Waterman, 

dau. of Thomas Waterman of Norwich, Conn., 1708. Reinold M, d. 
at Lyme, Oct. 18, 1737, a. 68 yrs. Hi3 wid. d. at Lyme, Nov. 1753, 
a. 74 yrs. 

Children by first wife: 

16. Phebe, b. in Lyme, Dec. 3, 1696. 

17. Reinold (Daniel on the town records), b. Jan. 1702. 

18. Lydia, b. Jan. 12, 1701, m. Philip Kirkland. 

19. Esther, b. April 3, 1707, m. Thomas Lord, Jr. 

. Children by second wife : 

20. Martha, b. April 3, 1710. 

21. Elisha, b. Sept. 26, 1711, d. in infancy. " ,; '") 

22. James, b. May 26, 1713. 

23. Sarah, b. March 8, 1716. 

24. Elisha 2d, b. March 8, 1718. 

25. Miriam, b. March 1720, m. Samuel Beckwith. 


Samuel Marvin m. May 5, 1669, Susannah Graham, dau. of Henry 
Graham of Hartford, and sister to the wife of John Marvin, No.|3. 
He d. at Lyme, March 15, 1743, a. 72. 

Children : - 

26. Samuel, b. in Lyme, Feb. 10, 1700. 

27. Zechariah, b. Dec. 27, 1701. 

28. Thomas, b. March 4, 1704. 

29. Matthew, b. Nov. 7, 1706. 

30. Abigail, b. Sept/ 13, 1709. 

31. Elizabeth, b. June 1, 1712. 

32. Nathan, b. Nov. 21, 1714. 

33. Nehemiah, b. " at the time the great snow-storm commenced/' 

Feb. 20, 1717. 

35 A^on } twin8 ' b ' April 15 ' mL The SOn d ' 
Fourth Generation. 
John Marvin, m. Mehitable Champion, Feb. 24, 1725-6. 
Children : 

36. Johu, b. in Lyme, Jan. 30, 1726-7. 

37. Mehitable, b. June 27, 1729, m. (?) Stephen Lee, Jr., Sept. 25, 


38. Adonijab, b. March 1, 1732. 

240 Descendants of Reinold and Matthew Marvin. [July 

39. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 21, 1734. 

40. Esther, b. April 15, 1737. 

Joseph Marvin, m. Jane Lay, May 28, 1730. He d. in Lyme, April 
7, 1791, a. 88 yrs. His wid. cL Oct. 21, 1795, a, 89 yrs. 

Child : 

41. Hepzibah, b. March 11, 1731, m. (?) Enoch Lord, Dec. 31, 1748. 


Benjamin Marvin, m. Deborah Mather, dau. of Samuel Mather of 
Lyme, Nov. 11, 1742. He d. Jan. 21, 1775. 

Children : 

42. Benjamin, b. Nov. 7, 1743, 

43. Mehitable, b. Oct. 4, 1745. 

44. Azubah, b. Dec. 23, 1748. 

Reinold Marvin, was twice m. 1st', to Mrs. Sarah Lay (originally 
Sarah Marvin, 8, dau. of John Marvin), Dec. 23, 1725. 2d, to 
Mrs. Mary Kellogg, originally Mary Niles (?) of Colchester, Conn., 
July 7, 1746. He d. in Lyme, Feb. 24, 1701, a. 60 yrs. 

Children by first wife: 

45. Remold, b. Oct. 23, 1726. 

46. Phebe, b. March 18, 1729. 

47. Dan, b. Jan. 2, 1732. 

48. Lydia, b. Sept. 14, 1733. 

Children by second icife : 

50. Eunice, } ' r ' ' ' 

61. Esther, b. Feb. 14, 1755. 

52. Judith, b. April 16, 1757. 

22 * 

James Marvin, m. (?) Ruth Mather, dau. of Timothy Mather of 
Lyme. (If this should meet the eye of any of the descendants of 
James Marvin, they would oblige the compiler of this Genealogy, by 
communicating to him what they can, respecting this family.) 

Child : 

53. Moses, b. in Lyme. 


Elisha Marvin, m. Catharine Mather, dau. of Timothy Mather, 1738. 
He d. in Lyme, Dec. 3, 1801, a. 84 yrs., 8 mos. and 14 days. His 
wife d. Dec. 4, 1799, a. 82 yrs., 10 mos. and 12 days. 

Children : 

54. Pickett, b. 1739, d. Nov. 23, 1762. 

55. Elisha, b. June, 1742. 

56. Timothy, b. 1744. 

57. Enoch,"b. 1747. 

3S62.J Descendants of Reinold and Matthew Marvin. 241 

58. Elihu, b. Dec. 1752. 

50. Joseph, b. Feb. 14, 1755. 

GO. Catharine, b. Jan. 20, 1757. 

Samuel Marvin:, m. Mary TVege [? Wedge], April 2, 1740. He cl. 
at Lyme, April 18, 178G, a. 86. 

Children : \ 

61. Sarah, b. Jan. 27, 1741. 

62. Martha, b. May 2, 1743. 

Zechariah Martin, m. Abigail Lord, March 29, 1732. He d. in 
Lyme, Sept. 12, 1792, a. 91. 

Children : 

63. Elisha, b. Feb. 13, 1733. 

64. Zechariah, b. Aug. 11, 1735. 

65. Thomas, b. Oct. 12, 1737, d. Oct. 15, 1737. 

66. Susannah, b. Nov. 12, 1738. 

67. Thomas 2d, b. May 29, 1742, 

68. Daniel, b. May; 2, 1745, d. Jan. 30, 1751. 

69. Joseph, b. Jan. 8, 1748, d. in infancy. 

70. Silas, b. July 19, 1750. 

71. Joseph 2d, b. June 22, 1751. 

Thomas Marvix, m. Mehitable Goodrich. He d. about 1763. 
Children : 

72. Joseph, " a sea captain in the West India trade, and supposed to 

have been lost at sea, not long before the Revolution." 

73. Lois. 

74. Mehitable, b. Nov. 19, 1738, m. Benjamin Marvin, great-grandson 

of Matthew Marvin of Norwalk, the original settler, brother 
of Reinold of Lyme. 

75. Samuel, who d. " in the service." in the old French war. 

76. Susannah,- m. Hezekiah Frisbie; lived and d. at Duanesburg, N. Y. ' 

77. Elizabeth, m. Wm. Roberts. 

78. Matthew, b. in Simsbury, Conn., June 7, 1754, d. at Walton, N. Y., 

Sept. 22, 1846, a. 92. 

Matthew Marvin, resided in Lyme, Conn., m. Mary Beckwith, iVpril 
20, 1732. "They both d. the same day, of the small-pox, taken from 
a transient person who came to their house — which was turned into 
a hospital, and all the children were inoculated, and recovered, as 
well as several neighbors." 

Children : 

79. Seth, b. July 12, 1733, "killed in a skirmish with the Indians, on 

the Susquehannah." 
*80. Eunice, b. Dec. 2, 1735, m. Judge William Noyes of Lyme. 
81. Matthew, b. about 1742, m. Elizabeth Deming. 


242 Descendants of Reinold and Matthew Marvin. [July 

82. Ezra, b. July 15, 1744, m. Susanna Peck. 

83. Elizabeth, b. — , in. Rev. George Griswold. 

84. Mary, b. — , m. Samuel Griswold. 

85. Abigail, b. ■ , ra. Marshfield Parsons, his second wife. 

86. Rhoda, b. , m. William Mather. 

87. Phebe, b. , m. Thomas Lee, 

88. Joseph, b. , d. in youth. 


Elizabeth Marvin, m. Richard Waite of Lyme, Nov. 8, 1133. She 
d. May 27, 1755. 

Children : 

89. Phebe, b. in Lyme, Sept., 1734, 

90. Lois, b. 1735, m. Marshfield Parsons. 

91. Richard, b. 1739. 

92. Elizabeth, b. 1741. 

93. Sarah, b. 1745. 

94. Marvin, b. 1746. 

95. John, b.1749. 

96. Daniel, b. 1751. 

32. ! 

Nathan Marvin, m. Lydia Lewis, May 17, 1743. He d. in Lyme, 
March 15, 1755. 

Children : 

97. Samuel, b. in Lyme, Feb. 14, 1744. 

98. Henry, b. Dec. 21, 1745, d. March 15, 1755. 

99. Martin, b. May 6, 1750. 

100. Lebbeus, b. Feb. 10, 1752. 

101. Nathan, b. Feb. 9, 1754. 

102. Henry, b. March, 1755. 

Nehemiah Marvin, m. Hester Lord of Lyme, Jan. 9, 1746. 
Children : 

103. Phebe, b. in Lyme, Oct. 15, 1746. 

104. Anne, b. Dec. 29, 1748. 

Fifth Generation. 


John Marvin, m. Sarah Brooker of Saybrook, Feb. 10, 1747. He 
resided in Lyme, Conn., until 1767, when he removed to " Guilford, 
or Surrey," New Hampshire. 

Children : 

105. Sarah (or Hepzibah), b. in Lyme, Nov. 7, 1747. 

106. Giles, b. Dec. 23, 1751. 

107. Lois, b. May 12, 1754. 

108. Esther, b. Sept. 12, 1756, d. Nov. 22, 1759. 

109. John, b. May 6, 1759, d. June 14, 1759. 

1862.] Descendants of Reinold and Matthew Marvin. 243 

110. Lydia, b. Nov. 4, 1760. 

111. John 2d, b. Dec. 15, 1763. 

112. Marv, b. March 2, 1766. 

113. Adonijah, " b. in Guilford or Surrey, N. H.," April 16, 1769. 

Adonijah Marvin, m. Diadema Miller, Aug. 20, 1755. He d. at 
Lyme, April 20, 1758, a. 26. 

Children : 

114. Elizabeth, b. in Lyme, June 30, 1756. 

115. Diadema, b. April 5, 1758. 

Benjamin Marvin, was twice m.; first to Phebe Rowland of Lyme, 
Oct. 29, 1767; and second to Abby Smith. He d. in Lyme, June 14, 
1823, a. 79. His first wife d. Dec. 27, 1812, a. 67; his second wife d. 
Sept. 28, 1840, a. 73. 

Children : 

116. Abigail, b. in Lyme, Aug. 29, 1768, d. Dec. 5, 1776. 

117. Uriah, b. Aug. 8, 1770, m. Olive Ingraham. 

118. John, b. June 8, 1772, m. 1st Amy Stevens, 2d Lucia M. Lee. 

119. William, b. April 5, 1775, m. Julia Ann Taber, June 29, 1820— 

resided at New London, Conn., where he d. in 1849. He had 
no children. 

120. Abigail 2d, b. March 27, 1777, m. Ichabod Smith. 

121. Phebe, b. May 18, 1779, m. Uriah Benedict. 

122. Lois, b. May 2, 1781, d. Aug., 1781. 

123. Lois 2d, b. July 21, 1782, m. David E. Gregory. 

124. Alexander, b. Jan. 31, 1785, m. Mary E. Pepoon. 

125. Richard, b. April 19, 1787, d. Aug. 20, 1840. 

126. Edward Lee, b. Aug. 16, 1789, d. Oct, 16, 1820. 


Reinold Marvin, was b. Oct. 23, 1726. He resided in Litchfield, 
Conn., at which place he d. 

Child : 

127. A dau., who m. Ephraim Kirby. 

Dan Marvin, m. Mehetable Selden, Oct. 14, 1762. He d. at Lyme, 
Dec. 30, 1776. 

Children : 

128. Reinold, b. in Lyme, July 21, 1763, d. Dec. 10, 1767. 

129. Dan, b. Oct. 15, 1765, m. Huldah Mather. 

130. Reinold 2d, b. March 21, 1769, m. Mabel Bushnell of Saybrook. 

He resided at Fairfield, Herkimer co., N. Y., where he d. in 

244 Descendants of Rein old and .Matthew Marvin. [July 

131. Sarah, b. Sept, 21, 1771, in. Joel Pratt, 

132. Selden, b. Nov. 21, 1773, m. 1st Charlotte Pratt; 2d Mrs. Eliza- 

beth Vandenburg. He resided in Herkimer CO., N. Y. 

133. James, b. May 10, 1776, d. Nov. G, 1779. 


Moses Marvin 7 , m. Zilpah Gillett, at Lyme, March 30, 1780. He 
removed to Genesee co., N. Y. 

Children : 

134. James, b. in Lyme, Jan. 24, 1781, d. June 4, 1811. 

135. Daniel, b. Feb. 18, 17S3, d. Oct. 17, 1801. 

136. William, b. 1784, d. Nov. 27, 1793. 

137. Moses. 

138. John. 


Elisha Marvin, m. Elizabeth Selden, at Lyme, July 10, 1766. He 
d. at Lyme, Oct. 21, 1817, a. 75 yrs. His wife d. July 24, 1825, a. 
78. She was the dau. of Samuel Selden of Lyme, and Elizabeth 
Ely, his wife. 

Children : 

139. Elizabeth, b. July 6, 1767, m. Judah Colt. 

140. Elisha, b. Nov. 22, 1768, m. Minerva Prendergast. 

141. Selden, b. March 2, 1770, d. Oct. 23, 1794. 

142. Phebe, b. Nov. 28, 1772, m. Seth Eiv. 

143. Enoch, b. Oct. 19, 1774, m. Eliza Hull; d. at Beaver, Pa., March 

31, 1840. 

144. Deborah, b. July 11, 1779, d. May 28, 1802. 

145. Mary, b. April 1, 1784, d. April 30, 1841. 

146. Dudley, b. May 29, 1786, m. Mary Whalley. 

147. Emila, b. Nov. 25, 1789, m. Geo. Selden. 

148. Elihu, b. Aug. 1, 1791, m. Anna Humphreys; resides in Erie, Pa. 


Tdiothy Marvin, was thrice m. His 1st wife was Sarah Perkins 
dau. of James Perkins of Lyme, m. May 30, 1765. She d, Oct. 23, 
1795. 2d wife, Mrs. Azubah Sill. 3d wife, Mrs. Prudence Lewis. 
Timothy Marvin d. at Lyme, Feb. 27, 1808, a. 64. 

Children, all by first wife : 

149. Lucy, b. in Lyme, March 14, 1766, m. Daniel Fuller. 

150. Picket, b. Feb. 5, 1768. 

151. Asahel, b. Sept. 16, 1769, m. Azubah Sill. 

152. Timothy, b. Aug. 3, 1771. m. Rachel Crosby. 

153. Sarah, b. July 7, 1773, m. Elisha Gould. 

154. HuMah, b. May 31, 1775. m. Matthias Fuller. 

155. Seth, b, March 17, 1777, d. April 23, 1799. 

156. Abijah, b. April 6, 1779, m. Susan Barker. 

157. Catharine, b. June 10, 1781, m. Henry Crittenton. 

1862.] Descendants oflleinold and Mallhcw Marvin. 245 

158. Calvin, b. June 1, 1184, in. 1st, Alice M. Ransom. 2d, Deborah 

W. Gibbs. 

159. Elizabeth, b. Sept, 25, 1TS6, ra. Samuel Parsons. 

160. Mather, b. June 25, 1789, m. Matilda Vreeland, resided in Michi- 

gan, d. April, 1862. 


Enoch Marvin, m. Ruth Ely, dau. of Wells Ely of Lyme. He d. 
in the State of Missouri, about 1842, a. upwards of 90 yrs. 

Children : 

161. Elizabeth. 

162. Catharine. 

163. Elisha, m. Laura Foote of Pittsfield, Wis. 

164. Rebecca, m. Christopher Lee of Lyme, Conn. 

165. Sarah. 

166. Ruth, ) , . 

167. Rhoda, } twms - 

168. Mary. 

169. Wells Ely, m. Mary Davis, resided in Missouri, d. 1856, a. 64. 

Elihu Marvin, m. Elizabeth Rogers, dau. of Dr. Theophilus Rogers, 
and Penelope Jarvis, Dec. 25, 17.80. He resided at Norwich, Conn., 
where he d. of the yellow fever, Sept. 13, 1798, a. 45 yrs. His wife 
d. Dec. 30, 1808, a. 51. 

Children : 

170. Sarah Rogers, b. Oct. 4, 1781, m. George W. Trott, d. Sept. 13, 


171. Elizabeth, b. June 1, 1783, d. Aug. 24, 1802. 

172. Penelope Jarvis, b. June 9, 1785, m. John S. Pearson, d. July 

16, 1833. 

173. Susannah, b. Oct. 1, 1788, d. Feb. 26, 1827. 

174. Catharine Mather, b. Jan. 27, 1793, m. Rev. Luther F. Dimmick, 

d. Dec. 8, 1844. 

175. Theophilus Rogers, b. Feb. 23, 1796, m. Julia A.C. Coggeshall. 


Joseph Marvin, m. Phebe Sterling, dau. of William Sterling of 
Lyme, 1783. He d. at Lyme, Nov. 18, 1839, a. 84| yrs. His wife d. 
Nov. 6, 1822, a. 59 yrs. 

Children : 

176. Fanny, b. at Lyme, Oct. 7, 1784, m. Ezra Pratt. 

177. Phebe, b. June 7, 1780, m. 1st, Rev. Leverett I. F. Huntington. 

2d, Rev. Urban Palmer. 

178. William, b. May 12, 1788, m. Sophia Griffin. 

179. Jemima, b. March 28, 1791, m. Abraham Blatchley. 

180. Joseph, b. Feb. 8, 1793, m. Elizabeth Hopkins, d. Feb., 1830. 

181. Clarissa, b. May 5, 1795, m. Horace Ely. 


246 Descendants of Remold and Matthew Marvin. [July 

Catharine Marvin, was m. to Abner Brock wav of Lyme, Sept. 7, 
1775. He d. at Lyme, Sept. 6, 1808. She d. at Lima, N. Y., 1831. 

Children : 

182. Catharine, b. at Lyme, July 6, 1776, m. Lazarus Church, d. at 

Rockford, 111., Dec. 14, 1851, a. 75jyrs. 

183. LuciDa, b. Sept. 17, 1778, d. March 26, 1779. 

184. Marvin, b. July 8, 1780. 

185. James, b. May 23, 1782, d. Jan. 25, 1806. 

186. Abner, b. Aug. 19, 1785, d. Sept. 3, 1808. 

187. Pickett, b. April 10, 1788, m. 1st, Rhoda N. Clark; 2d, Nancy 

Stevens, d. Jan. 20, 1833. 

188. Temperance, b. Dec. 10, 1792, m. James Cowles, d. Feb. 9, 1820. 

189. David C, b. May 2, 1794, d. Aug. 12, 1806. 

190. Samuel, b. Sept. 2, 1795, d. Aug. 12, 1814. 

191. Alice, b. May 8, 1798, d. June 3, 1823. 

192. Elisha Marvin, b. Aug. 3, 1801, d. Nov., 1848. 


Zechariah Marvin, m. Mrs. Ann Lee, July 23, 1761. She d. at Lyme, 
March 1, 1777. 

Children : 

193. Eunice, b. at Lyme, May 22, 1766. 

194. Lee, b. Sept. 16, 1768, d. April 21, 1777. 

195. Zechariah, b. June 5, 1771. 

196. Lucinda, b. Sept. 23, 1773. 


Thomas Marvin, m. Sarah Lay, May 23, 1784. He was the son, as 
I suppose, of Zechariah Marvin (No. 27), and if so, he was b. May 
29, 1742. He may have been the son of James (No. 22). 

Children : 

197. Lucy, b. at Lyme, Feb. 11, 17S5, d. July 1, 1785. 

198. Thomas, b. July 7, 1787. 

199. Abigail. 

Matthew Marvin, m. Mary Weed, resided in Walton, Delaware co., 
N. Y. He d. Sept. 22, 1846, a. 92J yrs. His wife d. Feb. 25, 1846, 
a. 88J yrs. 

Children : 

200. Abigail, b. Aug. 5, 1785. 

201. Joseph, b. May I, 1787, ra. Mary Tiffany. 

202. Jared, b. March 4, 1789, m. Frances Almira Rogers. 

203. William W., b. Sept. 26, 1793, m. Frances Cornwall. 

204. Thomas, b. April 20, 1795, m. Deney Tiffany. 

205. Lewis, b. Oct. 13, 1796, m. Mary Weed. 

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Mvtthew Marvin, m. Elizabeth Doming, May 30, 1TT1. He d. at 
Lyme, Aug. 29, 1806, a. 64 yrs. His wife d. June 22, 1839, a. 92 yrs. 

Children : * 

206. Joseph, b. at Lyme, March 26, 1712, m. Temperance Miller. 

207. Mehetable, b. Oct. 26, 1773, m. Lynde Lord. 

208. Mary, b. Nov. 16, 1775, m. William Colt. 

209. David, b. Nov. 2, 1777, m. Alpha Bates. 

210. Elizabeth, b. Nov. 12, 1779, d. Sept. 19, 1825. 

211. Abigail, b. Dec. 31, 1782, m. John L. Higby. 

212. Rosalinda, b. Jan. 26, 1781, m. Noah Stone, d. Sept. 16, 1859. 

213. Lurana, b. April 18, 1786. 

2H. Jonathan Deming, b. Sept, 11, 1789, ra. 1st, Maria R. Bloom; 
2d, Henrietta Andrus; 3d, Mary Seaver. 


Capt. Ezra Marvin, m. Susanna Peck, at Lyme, about 1766. He 
removed to Granville, Mass., in the year 1773, at which place he re- 
sided until his death. 

Children : 

215. Mary, b. in Lyme, Feb. 25, 1767, m. Israel Parsons of Granville. 

216. Jasper, b. 1770, m. Comfort Munson. 
4 Jl7. Matthew, b. 1772, m. Mary Morgan. 

218. Nathan, b. June 7, 1775, m. Judith Gates. 

219. Sylvanus, b. fe 

220. Henry A., b. Oct. 15, 1782. 

221. William-Noyes, b. April 10, 1784, m. Vashti Clark. 

Mary E. Marvin, dau. of William Noyes Marvin, rn. Ammi Filley, 
1831. Their son, William, b. in 1832, was lost among the Indians, 
an interesting account of which, and his recovery, prepared by a 
gentleman in Granville, Mass., was published in the newspapers of 
the day, and is here subjoined. 

In 1835, Mr. Ammi Filley of Windsor, Conn., having in 1831 ra. a dau. 
of Capt. William Marvin of Granville, Mass., removed with bis family 
to the town of Jackson, in the state of Michigan. In this town, then 
a wilderness, he located himself, and by his industry, economy and per- 
severance, he soon found himself in possession of a productive and pro- 
fitable farm, and by the accession of settlers, the town from an un- 
cultivated desert, became a flourishing and populous village. Al- 
though in the vicinity of numerous hordes of savages, and often 
visited by wandering families of the natives w^ith whom the citizens 
occasionally traded, yet no hostility was ever manifested, all was 
peace and quietness, and every thing conspired to render their abode 
pleasant and happy. 

On the 3d of August, 1837, his little son, then a child of five years 
old, went out to a swamp in the vicinity of their dwelling with a 
hired girl to gather whortleberries. The swamp was in the direction 
from Mr. Filley's to the dwelling of a Mr. Mount, the father of the 


248 Descendants of Remold and Matthew Marvin. [July 

girl, whither they expected to go to spend the night, and the scene of 
their amusement was about a mile from the house of the former and 
some twenty or thirty rods from the dwelling of the later. 

Having satisfied himself with picking berries, the child discovered 
a desire to return, whereupon the girl conducted him to the road and 
placed him in the direction to the house of Mr. Mount, not doubting, 
as the house was in plain view, and only a few rods distant, but the 
little fellow would reach it in perfect safety. The girl 3-eturncd to 
the swamp, and after completing her supply of fruit, went home to the 
house of her father, and found to her astonishment, as well as that of 
the family, that William had not arrived. Notice was immediately 
communicated to the parents and an alarm given through the settle- 
ment, and the whole population rushed at once to the assistance of the 
almost distracted family. Day and night, for weeks, witnessed the 
praise worth}'- exertions of his neighbors, and the whole country in 
every direction to an extent of more than twenty miles, was searched 
with untiring vigilance. Every stream of water and pond was ex- 
amined and dragged, and every rod of ground scrutinized for many 
successive days, and no trace could be discovered of the absent child. 
As an inducement to continue the search, notice of the event was pub- 
lished in the papers, and Mr. Filley offered a reward of two hundred 
dollars for a recovery of the child, either dead or alive. 

As suspicions were entertained that foul play bad been practised 
by the Indians, inquiries were made of the different tribes and fami- 
lies in the vicinity, and pecuniary offers tendered to their chiefs 
and head men, and Mr. Filley himself traversed for months, the wilds 
of Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, but his efforts proved ineffectual; 
no discovery could be made and no tidings received, and he returned 
to his heart-broken family with the sad conclusion that their little 
William vjas lost ! 

For seven long years this stricken family endured the agony of an 
affliction which seldom falls to the lot of humanity to experience. 
"Months of vanity and wearisome nights were appointed to them." 
-If the shaft of death had smitten down their first-born while under 
their fostering care, and they had seen him laid in the grave of their 
own churchyard, time would have tempered their grief and mitigated 
the anguish of their bereavement, but the painful suspense, the awful 
uncertainty that hung over his fate, was an abiding sorrow which 
time could not soften and earth had no balm to heal. As time rolled 
on, hope became more and more extinguished, William was not forgotten, 
The mournful event, with its aggravating circumstances, was a Cor- 
roding canker upon every comfort of the family — a fatal disease 
seized the mother and she sunk into an untimely grave. 

Since the decease of his wife, Mr. Filley has visited Connecticut, 
the place of his nativity, and while here, by a mysterious course of 
events beyond the comprehension of human wisdom to fathom, his 
long lost child has appeared and been restored to his fond embraces. 

It seems that the lad before reaching the house of Mr. Mount, was 
overtaken and kidnapped by a band of Indians, who in their wan- 
derings, happened to pass that way at that time. In this family he 
lived, and traveled with them in all their migratory movements from 
the time he was captured until the autumn of 1843. About this 

1S62.] Descendants of Reinold and Matthew Marvin. 249 

time, this family visited Albany, N. Y., and while there this white 
child was discovered among them. 

The municipal authorities of the city becoming acquainted with 
the circumstance, at once caused their arrest, and took measures to 
compel them to disclose the means by which they became possessed 
of the child. They were alternately flattered and threatened, but no 
disclosure could be obtained. They manifested their native obstinacy 
and resolved to submit to any punishment rather than make any com- 
munication by which the paternity of the child could be ascertained. 
They were therefore discharged, the child retained, and very hu- 
manely placed in their Orphan Asylum. 

Subsequently, in the spring of 1844, Mr. L. Cowles of Tolland, 
Mass., being in want of a boy in his family, was recommended to 
this place, and was furnished with this lad, whom he brought home 
with him to his residence in Tolland. 

In the month of Dec. 1844, by a series of events unequivocally 
bespeaking the intervention of Divine benevolence, the facts that 
transpired at Albany in relation to this boy, came to the knowledge 
of the Rev. Dr. Cooley of Granville. The Doctor having frequently 
heard the circumstances under which the child was lost, immediately 
communicated the intelligence he had obtained to Mr. Marvin, the 
grandfather of the child, and he made known the tidings to Mr. Fil- 
ley, who was then with his friends in Connecticut. 

From the knowledge thus obtained, Mr. Filley was prompted to 
call without delay on Mr. Cowles, and examine the child — although 
. time and exposure had changed his countenace and somewhat ob- 
literated his youthful features, yet in his personal appearance he 
found a correct counterpart of the other members of his family. 
Hio size, his age, the complexion of his eyes and hair, and all his 
prominent characteristics, resembled those of his child, and upon ap- 
pealing to a known scar upon his head and an indubitable mark in 
the hair of his head, his identity was plainly recognized, and with 
emotions of unspeakable joy he pressed to his bosom his long lost Son. 

From the story of the boy, it appears he has constantly continued 
in the same famil} 7 , consisting of four Indians, Paul Pye and Phebe 
Ann Pye his wife, Martha Ann Pye their daughter, and Thomas Wil- 
liams, who seemed to be an inmate in the family. They adopted him 
as their son, and he was taught and believed that Paul and Phebe 
were his parents, and Martha his sister. He supposed himself an 
Indian boy, and was not aware of any difference of complexion or dis- 
tinction of nation until his deliverance at Albany. It seems he felt an 
instinctive repugnance to their manners, and attempted once or 
twice to run away, in consequence of which they cut off one of his 
toes, by which mean3 they could more readily reclaim him by his 
track. He has an indistinct recollection of attending school, but 
when or where, he knows not. This seems to be the only remaining 
fact in his memory that he can recognize as having transpired prior 
to his capture, and he does not seem to associate this with any other 
fact indicative of his home, except that he did not go to school with 

The first place which he remembers to have visited was Green 
Bay, of the scenery of which he gives a faint, though correct de- 

250 Descendants of Rcinold and Matthew Marvin. [July 

scription. Id traveling to that place they probably either went or re- 
turned by water, as he remembers sailing* in a steamboat. Be was 
compelled to accompany them in a!! then' migrations, and was used 
as a mendicant to beg- clothes at the white settlements through 
which they passed, and furnish the family with food when their in- 
dolence prevented their obtaining it in any other way. 

In the summer they made their peregrinations back and forth through 
the states of Michigan and New York, and sometimes visiting Con- 
necticut, and at one period encamped themselves for several weeks 
in Stonington. In the winter they generally quartered themselves 
in wigwams in the vicinity of some village, and lived on small game, 
such as rabits, skunks and bullfrogs, the latter of which they deemed 
a sumptuous repast. 

Occasionally they made a few baskets and taught the trade to the 
boy, and also instructed him into the art and mystery of bartering the 
commodity for whiskey. 

He recollects living near Detroit, Utica, Brothertown, Catskill and 
Hudson, and several months at Hillsdale, N. Y. 

In all their rambles, in summer and winter, he traveled barefoot, 
suffering in winter from the cold, and at all times from hunger and 
fatigue. His little Indian sister was his only solace, and like a second 
Pocahontas, her tender assiduities contributed essentially to render his 
captivity endurable. 

Although he can not recognize his new friends, he rejoices in the 
felicity of a civilized and permanent home, and all parties feel a 
grateful sense of the kindness of the Author of all good for this 
marvelous display of his benevolence in " redeeming us from our enemies, 
for his mercy endureth forexerV C. J. 

Granville, Mass., Jan. 22, 1845. 



First Generation. 
II. Matthew Marvin came to New England in 1635. He was one of 
the original proprietors of Hartford, Conn., and was also among the 
pioneers in the settlement of Norwalk, Conn. He d. in 1687. The 
Christian name of his 1st wife, who came with him from England, 
was Elizabeth. Late in life he in., for his 2d wife, Mrs. Alice Kel- 
logg of Norwalk. 

Children, all by first wife: 

1. Elizabeth, b. about 1624, came to New England, with her father, 

in 1635, m. Dr. John Olmstead of Hartford and afterwards of 
Norwich. She d. at Norwich, without issue, at an advanced 

2. Matthew, b. about 162*1, came to New England, with his father, 

in 1635. He was also one of the original proprietors of Nor- 
walk, which town he represented in the General Court in 1696 
and 1697. His wile's Christian name was Mary. 

3. Mary, b. about 1629, came to New England with her father in 

1635. She d. in Norwich, March 29. 1713, a. 84. She was m. 
1st, in 1643, to Richard Boshneli of Saybrook. Their children 

1S62J Descendants of Remold and Matthm Marvin. 251 

were: Joseph, b. in Saybrook, May, 1051, m. Mary Leffingwell 
of Norwich, 1673, d. Dec, 23, 1748, a. 97; Richard, b. Sept., 
1652; Mary, b. Jan., 1654-5; Maria, b. 1657. She was m. the 
2d time in 1660, to Dea. Thomas Adgate of Saybrook, and was 
his 2d wife. Their children were: Abigail, b. in Norwich, 
Aug. 1661, m. Daniel Tracv, 1682; Sarah, b. 1663-4; Rebecca, 
b. June, 1666; Thomas, b. March, 1669-70, d. 1761, a. 91. 

4. Sarah, b. in 1632, in. 1st, William 1 Goodrich of Weathersfield, 

Conn., Oct., 1648. 2d, Capt. William Curtis of Stratford, 
Conn., son of John Curtis, one of the first settlers of the 
town, by whom she had no children. She d. at Stratford, near 
the close of 1702. Children by 1st husband: Sarah, b. 1649, 
rn. John Bollister, Jun r .; William, b. 1651, d. young; John, b. 
May 20, 1653, m. Rebecca Aldeu; Elizabeth, b. 1658, ra. Ro- 
bert Welles; William 2d, b. Feb. 8, 1661, m. 1st, Grace Riley, 
2d,, Mrs. Mary Ann Ayrault; Ephraim, b. June 2, 1663, in. 1st, 
Sarah Treat. 2d, Mrs". Jerusha Welles; David, b. May 4, 1667, 
m. 1st, Hannah Wright. 2d, Prudence Churchill; Mary, m. 
Joseph Butler; Abigail, m. Thomas Fitch. 

5. Hannah, b. in 1634, m. Thomas Seymour of Norwalk, Conn., Jan., 

1653. Children: Hannah, b. Dec. 12, 1654, m. Francis Bush- 
Bell, Oct. 12, 1675; Abigail, b. Jan. 1655-6; Mary and Sarah, 
twins, b. Sept. 1658; Thomas, b. Sept., 1660. 

6. Abigail, b. at Hartford, Conn., m. John Bouton of Norwalk, Jan. 

1, 1656, being his 2d wife. Children: John, b. Sept. 30, 1659; 
Matthew, b. Dec. 24, 1661; Rachel, b. Dec. 15, 1667; Abigail, 
b. April 1, 1670; Mary, b. May 26, 1671. 

7. Rachel, b. at Hartford, Dec. 30, 1649, m. Samuel Smith of Nor- 

walk. Children: Rachel, who m. Thomas Benedict; Lydia, 
who m. James Lockwood. 

Second Generation. 

Matthew Marvin, m. Mary — . 

Children : 

8. Sarah, b. in Norwalk, about 1660, m. Thomas Betts of Norwalk, 

Jan. 1680-81. He was the son of Thomas Betts of Guilford, 
Conn. Children: Thomas, b. Jan. 17, 1681-2; John, b. July 
7, 1684; Sarah, b. Jan. 21, 1686-7; Matthew, b. Jan. 10, 1691- 
92; Mary, b. March 31, 1694; Elizabeth, b. Oct. 23, 1699. 

9. Matthew, b. in Norwalk. 

10. Samuel, b. in Norwalk. 

11. Hannah, m. Epenetus Piatt. 

12. Elizabeth, m. Joseph Piatt, Nov. 6, 1700, d. April 9, 1703. 

13. John, b. Sept. 2, 1678. 

Third Generation. 

Matthew Marvin, m. Rhoda St. John, dau. of Mark St. Joha. d. in 

252 Descendants of Reinold and Matthew Marvin. [July 

Child : 

14. Mary, b. in Norwalk, Oct. 1, 1689. 

Samuel Marvin, b. in Norwalk; name of wife not ascertained, or 
date of death. 

Children : 

15. Matthew, b. Oct. 1102. 

16. Samuel, b. in Norwalk. 

17. Josiah. 

There were other children, probably. 


John Marvin, b. at Norwalk, Sept. 2, 1678, d. 1774. He was a 
Representative in the General Court, in 1734 and 1738. He m. 1st, 
Mary Beers of Fairfield, March 22, 1704. She d. April 17, 1720. His 
2d wife was Rachel St. John, dau. of Matthias St. John, m. April 
27, 1721. 

Children by first wife: 

18. John, b. July 22, 1705. 

19. Nathan, b. March 4, 1708. 

20. Seth, b. July 13, 1709. 

21. David, b. Aug. 24, 1711. 

22. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 23, 1713. 

23. Mary, b. Dec. 29, 1716. 
2\. Elihu, b. Oct. 10, 1719. 

Children hy second wife : 

25. Hannah, b. Dec. 4, 1722. 

26. Joseph, b. Mav 29, 1724. 

27. Rachel, b. Dec. 24, 1725, d. Dec. 26, 1725. 

28. Benjamin, b. March 14, 1728, d. March 17, 1728. 

29. Rachel 2d, b. March 27, 1729. 

30. Sarah, b. May 18, 1733, d. May 21, 1733. 
$1. Ann, b. Sept. 7, 1741. 

Fourth Generation. 
Matthew Marvin, m. Elizabeth Clark. He d. about 1746. 

Children : 

32. Hannah, b. in Norwalk, Sept. 30, 1732, d. 1806. 

33. Matthew, b. Oct. 21, 1734. 

34. Ozias, b. Jan. 29, 1737. 

35. Barnabas, b. Dec. 25, 1739. 

36. Silas, b. 1741. 

37. Uriah, b. Feb. 17, 1744, d. 1824. 

38. Ichabod, b. Dec. 15, 1745. 

1862.] Descendants of Reinold and Matthew Marvin. 253 


SaiIuel Marvin, m* Deborah Clarlr, Nov. 25, 1735. 

Children : 

39. Esther, b. in Norwalk, Aug-, 22, 1736. 

40. Rebecca, b. March 19, 1733. 

41. Samuel, b. Feb. 7, 1740. 

42. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 12, 1744. 


Josiae Marvin, d. about 1780. The name of his wife or date of 
m. not ascertained. 

Children : 

43. Daniel, b. in Norwalk, about 1739. 

44. William, b. March 24, 1741. 

46. John, who d. in Nova Scotia, a refugee in the Revolution. 

47. Josiah, who d. on Long Island, in the British army, during the 

Revolutionary war. 

48. Samuel. 

(Had four daughters besides the above sons.) 

John Marvin, m. Abigail St. John. He d. Aug. 25, 1775. 
Childrtii : 

49. Mar£, b. in Norwalk. 

50. Abigail. 
61. John. 

52. Stephen. 

53. Rebecca. 
64. Sarah i 

55. Benjamin, b. Sept. 30, 1737. 

56. Mary. 

57. Ebenezer. 

68. Lydia. 

69. Ephraim. 

60. Esther. 

61. Jedediah. 

62. Susannah. 


Nathan Marvin, m i Hannah Betts. 

Children : 

63. Nathan, m. Mary Marvin, dan. of David Marvin. 

64. Jesse. 

65. Elizabeth, m. Zopbar Betts. 

66. Hannah, m. Jonathan Perry. 

67. Rachel, m. 1st, J. W. Comstock. 2d, Aaron Holley. 

68. James. 


254 Descendants of Remold and Matthew Marvin. [July 

69. Julia, m. David Herrick. 

10. Anna, m. 1st, Willard. 2d, Adams. 

11. Patty, m. Eben Comstock. 

12. Esther, m. Howard. 

Seth Marvin, m. Phebe Lee, resided in Norwalk. 

Children : 

13. Seth, b. Dec. 21, 1149. 

14. Eleazer, b. March 20, 1152. 

15. Moses, b. Aug. 25, 1154. 

16. Elihu, b. June 8, 1156. 

David Marvin, m. Hannah Gregory. 

Child : 
*l*l. Mary, who ru. Nathan Marvin, No. 63. 


Elihu Marvin, m. Abigail Yelverton. He resided in Orange co., 
N. Y., during the Revolutionary war, through the whole of which, 
he and his oldest son, Seth, took an active part — the father as Colonel 
and General, and the son as Captain and Colonel. He d. in Bloom- 
ing Grove, N. Y., Aug. 11, 1803, a. 83 yrs. 10 mos. 4 dys. 

Children : 

18. Seth, b. Feb. 15, 1145. 

19. Abigail, b. June 28, 1141. 

80. Elihu, b. July 2, 1149. 

81. John Yelverton, b. March 21, 1151, d. young. 

82. Elizabeth, b. April 16, 1153. 

83. Hannah, b. June 12, 1155. 

84. John 2d, b. April 8, 1151. 

85. James, b. Nov. 11, 1159. 

86. Keziah, b. March 18, 1162. 

81. Anthony, b. Nov. 10, 1164, m. Abigail Paine. 


Joseph Marvin, m. Catharine St. John. 

88. Joseph. 

1862.] Dr. Nathaniel Ames. 


AMES, NATHANIEL, of Dedham, born in Bridgewater in 1708, 
was a great-great-grandson of Richard Ames of Bruton, Somerset- 
shire, England. Richard 1 had two sons, viz: "William 2 and John. 2 

William, 2 born at Bruton, Oct. 6, 1605, settled at Braintree as 
early as 1640. He bad wife, Hannah, and six children, viz: Hannah, 3 
b. 12:3:16-11, m. John Hayden in 1660; Rehecm? b. 8, mo. 1642; 
Lydia 3 b. 2:4:1645; John* b. 24:3:1647; Sarah* b. 1:1:1650; Deliver- 
ance, 3 b. 6:12:1653. John 3 moved to West Bridgewater in or before 
the year 1672. He m. Sarah Willis, dau. of Deacon John and Eliza- 
beth Willis, and had eight children, viz: John* b. April 14th, 1672 
William* b. Nov. 6, 1673; Nathaniel,* b. Oct. 9, 1677; Elizabeth* b 
Sept. 6, 1680, m. Capt. John Field in 1697; Thomas* b. Feb. 21, 1682 
Sarah* b. Oct. 12, 1685, m. Daniel Field, March 6, 1706; David,* b. 
Aug. 30, 1688; Hannah* m. David Packard, Dec. 17, 1712, and died 
Jan. 10, 1767, in the 75th year of her age. John, 3 d. at West 
Bridgewater in 1726. 

John - , 2 was born at Bruton, Dec. 10, 1610; was at Duxbury, Mass., 
in 1643; settled in West Bridgewater in 1656; m. Elizabeth Hay- 
ward in 1645, and died at West Bridgewater about the year 1698. 

Nathaniel, 4 born in 1677, son of Juhn, 3 and grandson of William, 2 
m. Susanna, dau. of John Howard in 1702, Their son, Nathaniel, 5 
the subject of this notice, was a distinguished physician and mathe- 
matician, who removed to Dedham, where he in. Mary, dau. of 
Joshua Fisher, in 1735. By this connection he had a son named 
Fisher* "who died in infancy; but not till after his mother, upon 
which the famous law suit took place, in which it was determined, 
for the first time, that the estate ascended to the father, as next of 
kin to his son, by the Province law, contrary to the English common 
law." Dr. Ames, m. in 1740, a second wife, Deborah, dau. of Jere- 
miah Fisher. By this marriage he had children: 1, Nathaniel* b. in 
1741; H. U., 1761. He was a physician: died at Dedham in 1822, 
leaving no children. 2, Seth* H. U., 1764; was also a physician; 
settled at Amherst, N. H., but removed to Dedham, where he died in 
1778. 3, Fisher* 4, Deborah* 5, William,* 

Fisher, 6 third son of Dr. Nathaniel, 5 and Deborah (Fisher) Ames, 
was "one of the most brilliant men this country ever produced." 
He was born April 9, 1758; admitted to Harvard University at the age 
of twelve, where he graduated in 1774. He m. Frances, dau. of Col. 
John Worthington of Springfield, July 15, 1792, and had children: 
John Worthington, 7 Nathaniel, 7 Hannah 7 Jeremiah Fisher 7 William 7 
Seth 7 Richard 7 Further particulars of the life of Hon. Fisher Ames 
may be learned elsewhere. He died on the twenty-second anniver- 
sary of our national independence, July 4, 1808, aged 50 years. "In 
the old church yard at Dedham is a plain white monument, on which 
is the simple inscription — FISHER AMES." 

256 Dr. Nathaniel Ames. [July 

Dr. Nathaniel 5 Ames, the father, as before intimated, was dis- 
tinguished for his mathematical attainments. His taste for astrono- 
my, it is said, was acquired from his father, Nathaniel, 4 who took a 
deep interest in such studies. In 1725, Dr. Ames commenced the 
publication of his famous Almanacks. He published them for thirty- 
nine years, and prepared a portion of the fortieth, for the year 1165. 
The number for that year, with others subsequently issued, until 
11*15, were published by and in the name of his son Nathaniel. 

At the end of Almanack for 1151, Dr. Ames has the following 
"Advertisement. These are to signify to all Persons that travel the 
great Post-Road South West from Boston, That I keep a House of 
Pnblick Entertainment Eleven Miles from Boston, at the sign of the 
SUN. If they want Refreshment, and see Cause to be my Guests, 
they shall be well entertained at a reasonable Rate. N. Ames." 

The following is from the Almanack for 1752: 

" Courteous Reader, 

"With the year 1740, all the Ephemerides of the Planets Places 
then extant expired; and however cheap and contemptible a Thing 
an Almanack may seem to be, it annually costs me much Time and 
hard study to prepare one for you; and your chearful Acceptance of 
my Labours, for these Twenty-seven Years past has encouraged me 
more to continue in this your service than the Reward I receive for 

"The Affairs of my House are of a publick Nature, and therefore 
I hope may be mentioned here without Offence to my Readers. The 
Sign I advertised last Year by Reason of some little Disappointment 
is not put up, but the Thing intended to be signified by it is to be 
had according to said Advertisement. And I beg Leave further to 
add, that if any with a view of Gain to themselves, or Advantage to 
their Friends, have reported Things of my House in contradiction to 
the aforesaid Advertisement, I would only have those whom they 
would influence consider, that where the Narrator is not honest, is 
not an Eye or Ear-witness, can't trace his Story to the original, 
has it only by Hear-say, a thousand such Witnesses are not sufficient 
to hang a Dog: & I hope no Gentleman that travels the Road will 
have his Mind bias'd against my House by such idle Reports. 

* N. Ames." 

Whether Dr. Ames ever succeeded in raising the sign of " the sun" 
we know not. It is related of him that "on one occasion, the colo- 
nial judges having, as he thought, decided a case against him unlaw- 
fully, he sketched their honors upon a sign-board in front of his 
tavern, in their full-bottomed wigs, tippling, with their backs to an 
open volume, labeled Province Laws. The Boston authorities sent 
some officers to Dedham, to remove the sign. The doctor was pre- 
pared for them; and when they arrived, they found nothing hanging 
but a board, on which was inscribed: 'A wicked and adulterous gene- 
ration seeketh for a sign, but no sign shall be given them." 

The Boston Evening Post, Monday, July 16, 1764, says: " About a 
fortnight ago was seized with a painful billious Disorder, which was 

1862.] Importance of Early Records. 257 

followed with a nervous Fever, & last Wednesday morning' [July 
11th] died at Dedham, Doctor Nathaniel Ames, aged 56 Years. 
Besides his practice in Physick, he followed the study of Astronomy 
from his Youth; He has published an Almanack annually for 38 
Years past, to the great, very great Acceptance of the Inhabitants 
of this Province, as also, to the neighboring Colonies and Provinces," 

The Boston Gazette, of the same date, adds: "His remains were 
decently interred last Saturday afternoon" [July 14th]. 

In 1766, was published what was termed "Ames's Almanack re- 
vived and improved," " by a late Student at Harvard College," " as 
Mr. Ames," it was stated, " (son of the lately deceased Dr. Ames) 
declined furnishing the Public with an Almanack for the year 1766, 
and Application was made by the Printers to the Author, he under- 
took it, "partly as a Service to the Public, and partly as an agreeable 
Amusement to himself." "The Author has put this Almanack into 
the same Form with those published by the late Dr. Ames, whose 
annual Performances of this Sort gave general Satisfaction." 

Dr. Nathaniel Ames, the younger, did however, issue his calender 
for 1766. In his introduction to the number for that year, he says: 
"I purpose to make my appearance before you annually, notwith- 
standing what some obscure persons would insinuate to the con- 
trary." "They have not only made use of my name, to impose upon 
the public, by prefixing it to their counterfeit Almanacks, but have 
even advertised that I was not about to publish an Almanack for 
this year, which the public knows to be false." It was continued 
till 1775 or later; we have seen one for that year. Dr. Nathaniel 
Ames, senior, was a subscriber to Prince's Chronology. W. B. T. 


No one inexperienced in historical and genealogical researches, 
can fully appreciate the value of early records. Not only the his- 
tory of a town, but of a state, may in some important particular 
turn upon the record kept by a small municipal corporation. The 
record of a birth, marriage, or death, may determine the identity 
of a distinguished individual, and so prevent the historian from con- 
founding him with another of the same name. Not only public 
records, but private diaries, often cast valuable light upon public 
events. Nor are papers of a less formal character destitute of va- 
lue. A single leaf from an account book, or a receipt for a sum of 
money, or a bill of sale of even a trifling article of merchandize, may 
fix a date, determine a residence, decide the motive of an action, or 
show the manners and customs of the people, and so exhibit the 
spirit of the age in which the event occurred. 

We make this statement for the purpose of inducing a more care- 
ful preservation of records and papers. Every year that passes, 
carries with it the loss of family papers, which are thrown away or 
committed to the flames, from the impression that they are worth- 
less. We hope that the increasing interest felt in genealogical and 

258 Old Burial Places in Exeter. [July 

historical inquiries, will induce every person in possession of old 
manuscripts and papers, to preserve them. It is not possible for 
any person to decide in advance, what papers will be valuable, and 
what not. The only safe rule is to preserve all; so that every class 
of inquirers may be able to find something to their purpose. 

It frequently happens that on the death of the head of a family, 
his old papers are destroyed from the impression that they are not 
worth preserving. This ought not to be so. If the family deem 
them worthless, let them be presented to some public institution 
which will preserve them. The Historic-Genealogical Society would 
be glad to receive them, and keep them for future reference. If any 
person comes into the possession of any rile of old papers which he 
thinks not worth preserving-, let him forward them to this Society, 
No. 13 Bromfield street, Boston, where they will be kept on file, and 
may be used for some valuable purpose. 


[By Rev. Elias Naso.\.] 


Exeter, on the Squamscott river, was settled by John Wheel- 
wright and others, in 1638. The first public burial place, every * 
visible trace of which has long since been obliterated, was near the 
spot now occupied by the building erected for the ma-nafacture of £ 
earthen pipe for drainage. The original church, constructed of logs, 
stood here, and the "church yard" then was synonimous with "bu- 
rial place." In digging for clay in this vicinity, the workmen occa- 
sionally exhume the bones of the " rude forefathers of the hamlet." 

ii. | 

The next place selected for the repose of the dead, was a beautiful 
knoll near the river, and immediately south of the present gas-works. i { 

A few old apple trees crown the summit, and here the dandelion, 
Houstonia cerulea and violet, earliest deck the sod in spring. Most 
of the headstones are rude, rough, and unshapen slabs of granite; 
and unless some Old Mortality shall retouch them with his friendly 
chisel soon, the inscriptions will become illegible. The following 
still remain: 

"Here Lyes Buried ye Body of Capt Jonathan Thing, Dec d Oct T 
ye 31st A. D. 1694— ^Etatis suss 40." 

"Here Lyes Buried ye Body of M" Mary Thing, Wife of Capt 
Jonathan Thing, Dec d Aug st A.'D. 1691. JS'tatis suas 33." j 

"Here Lyes Buried ye Body of M rs Abigail Thing, wife to M r 
Bartho Thing who died May 29 lh 1711, Aged 25 years." I 

"Josiah Thing aged 6 months & 15 dayes Died March ye 5 th 

"Tristam Thing aged 1 year 7 mos & 27 ds. Died June ye 22 d 


1862.] Old Burial Places in Exeter 259 

"Here Lyes ye Body of Sarah Dudley — was Born Feb? ye 25 th 
166£ Departed this life January ye 24<'<> 17 }-$." 

" Here Lyes ye Body of Samuel Dudley jun r aged 32 years & about 
2 mos. Died Feb. 16 th 17J4-" 

"Here Lyes Buried ye Body of Mr 3 Abigail Thing wife to Samuel 
Thing, Esq. who died Nov r 7 th 1728. JiHatis suae 54." 

"Here Lyes ye Body of M rs Joanna Gillman wife to mr Andrew 
Gillman Dec d Nov 1 ye 16 th 1727 in ye 31st year of her age." 

"Here Lyes Buried ye Body of Timothy Cunningham aged 46 
years—Departed this life ye 16 th of April 1712." 

" Joseph ." 

" Jonethan Penn Dec d — — 1757." 

The remaining headstones whose inscriptions are legible, are en- 
closed by a neat fence, and a plain marble monument bears this in- 

" In memory of the Ladd Family who sleep in this enclosure. Na- 
thaniel, the first of the name who settled in Exeter, was born in 
Haverhill, March 10, 1650. Elizabeth his wife, and daughter of 
Councillor John Gil man, was born in Exeter, August 16. 1661. He 
was mortally wounded in a fight with the Indians at Macquoit & 
died Aug. 11, A. D. 1691." 

Alexander, one of their descendants, was born in Exeter, May 9th, 
1784, and erected this stone, A. D. 1850. "Blessed are the dead 
who die in the Lord." 

"Abigail Ladd deest, Aug. 1st 1757." 

"Mr Josiah Ladd aged 73 years Died Nov 8 th 17 — " [defaced]. 

"Mrs Sarah Ladd aged 70 years Died Nov 5* 1780." 

"Mrs Kuth Ladd, wife of Simeon Ladd died Nov r 14 1784 aged 

"In memory of Mr Simeon Ladd born May 18 th A D 1742. Died 
Dec 17 A D 1811." 

"Mrs Alepha Ladd, wife of Mr Simeon Ladd Died Oct 24, 1788 
aged 33 years." 


The third public burial place was on the rising ground now occu- 
pied by the First Congregational Church. Here the Rev. Messrs. 
Odlin, and many of their contemporaries, were buried. The head- 
stones were — for what reason I can not divine — leveled and buried 
above the bones which they commemorated, many years ago. Only 
one of them, sunk several inches below the surface of the earth, re- 
mains half visible to remind the present generation that the ashes 
of their forefathers repose beneath. Removing the earth and long 
grass with a spade, I succeeded in deciphering the inscription upon 
the sunken horizontal slate stone slab: 

"Mrs Elizabeth Hale Relict of ye Reverend mr John Hale Late 
Pastor of ye church in Beverly and sometime wife to Nathaniel Clark, 
Esq., Late of Newbry Dec d who died March ye 15 lk 1716 aged 71 
ye rs ." 

There are several private family burial places in Exeter, and on a 


260 Rev. John Walley. [July 

low and beautiful headland on the left bank of the river, about a 
mile below the falls, I find a solitary free stone slab resting on some 
rude masonry about two feet from the earth, and bearing the follow- 
ing interesting inscription: 

"Here Lyes Buried the Body of M r James Dudley who departed 
this life Nov the 14 th H20 in the 51 th year of his age. He was son 
of the Reverend Mr Samuel Dudley, minister of the gospel in Exeter 
and grandson of the Honor bIe Thomas Dudley, Esq. one of the first 
Governors of New England." 


[Additional to the article on Rev. John Walley, Jr., in the Register, page 53.] 

Mr. Editor — I notice in your last number, a Letter from Rev. John 
Walley, Jr., in 1144, which is prefixed with a sketch of some of the 
principal incidents of his life. By some oversight, however, an im* 
portant chapter in the history of that life, is wholly omitted. That 
omission, with your leave, I will supply. It relates to the portion 
spent as minister of the parish in Bolton, Mass. 

The town of Bolton, formerly the South East Precinct of Lancas- 
ter, was incorporated in 1133, and in 1741 settled as minister Rev, 
Thomas Goss, H. U. 1731. In process of time, difficulties, originally 
of a personal nature, arose with him, which led to an acrimonious 
controversy, in which most of the neighboring ministers and churches 
became involved, and which resulted, August 13th, 1771, in his dis- 
mission. But the strife did not end here. Many individuals and 
families withdrew with him, formed a separate organization, and 
held religious services on the sabbath in a private house [that now 
(1862) occupied by Gen. Ambry Holman] ; while another, the major, 
portion retained the meeting house, claimed to be the town parish, 
and made arrangements for settling another minister. Though in 
doing this, they labored under a sort of ban of excommunication in 
the neighboring churches, most of the ministers of which ardently 
sympathized with Mr. Goss, and did their best to uphold him. He 
had taken the position that a minister possessed the right of nega- 
tiving — whenever disapproving of them — 'the votes of his church.* 

*This controversy in its day excited much attention. See in relation to it, A 
Treatise on Church Government, in three parts : being I, A Narrative of the late 
Troubles and Transactions in the Church in Bolton, in the Massachusetts ; II, Some 
Remarks on Mr. Adams's Sermon preached there, with an Appendix — being some 
Remarks on an Account in the Boston Evening Fost, Dec. 28, 1772, of the Dismis- 
sion of a Minister at Grafton ; III, On Councils, their Business, Authority, and Use. 
With an Essay on Ministers Negativing the Votes of the Church, and showing 
where the Keys of the Church are. By a Neighbour. (Luke x, 33, 34, quoted.) 
Boston : Printed by John Boyles in Marlborough st. mdcci.xxiii. See also An 
Answer to a Piece on Church Government, published under the signature of A Neigh- 
bor. Where printed, my imperfect copy does not show. There were, doubtless, 
othor pamphlets respecting this controversy, but they are not at hand for refer- 
ence. . E. 

1862.] Rev. John Walley. 261 

The church and parish at Bolton, however, held their ground firmly, 
refused terms of compromise with Mr. Goss and his adherents, and 
finally — after hearing, probably, a number of candidates, whose 
names have not been preserved in the record — in April, 1713, gave 
a call to Rev. John Wullej'. This call, in two letters, one addressed 
to the church, the other to the town, he accepted: and record remains 
on the books of the town, of arrangements made for his installation 
in June of the same year. That installation, doubtless, took place, 
tho' no trace of it can be discovered in any document existing here. 
Mr. Walley took his place as minister of the church and society in 
Bolton, receiving as salary £66.13.4, and twenty-five cords of wood, 
brought to the house, per annum. In his answer to the town., accept- 
ing the call, dated May 17th, 1773, he said: "I now inform you that 
I accept the annual support which you offer me, expecting a house 
and accommodations to be provided for me, as is proposed by a 
number of persons in their private capacity, and expecting that un- 
til I can keep a family, which I desire may be as soon as possible, 
my support will be the same and in the same manner as it has been 
hitherto, since my coming to this place." In accordance with the 
above suggestion, the traditions of this locality assert that a house 
was provided for Mr. Walley, and the place where it stood is pointed 

In January, 1780, Mr. Goss died, and his clerical friends, not long 
after, erected over his remains, in the now South burying ground, a 
neat monument, inscribed with the following Latin epitaph, which I 
copy verbatim it literatim : 

Memorise Sacrum 

Rev di Thorn as Goss, A. M. 

Ecclesia3 apud Boltenensis Pastoris, 

qui supra XXXIX Annos, sacro 

functus Officio, e Vita cessit 

Jan'* Die 17™ MDCCLXXX, 

JStatis 63. 

Vir Pietate, Hospitalitate, Amicitia 

aliisq; Yirtutibus et publicis et privatis 


Corpore quidem infractus, Animi 

tamen robustus, miraq; Fortitudine 


primus inter Clerum 

Temporibus hisce infaustis, 

Statum Ecclesiarum labefactantes 

fortiter oppugnando; 

et pro re ecclesiastica sicut 

a majoribus tradita. 

Heroice obluctando, 

graviter perpessus est. 

Hoc Monumentum Amici possuere. 

I subjoin a translation, .somewhat free: 

"Sacred to the memory of Rev. Thomas Goss, A. M., pastor of the 


2G2 Domine Frelinghuysen. [July 

Bolton Church, who having exercised the sacred office upwards of 
39 years, died on the 1 7th January, 1780, aged 63 years. 

"A man adorned with piety, hospitality, and friendliness, and other 
virtues both public and private; somewhat broken in body but hardy 
of mind, and endowed with a wonderful fortitude, he was the first 
among the clergy, in these unhappy times, to suffer persecution on 
account of boldly opposing those who were seeking to ruin the pros- 
perity of the churches, and on account of his heroically struggling 
to maintain the ecclesiastical polity handed down from our ances- 

"Friends erected this monument." 

Mr. Goss being dead, acrimonious feelings by time somewhat al- 
layed, and the inconveniences of the partition of the society felt se- 
verely, socially as well as pecuniarily, overtures to bury the hatchet 
and reunite as one church and parish were made in the fall of 1782, 
it being oue of the stipulations that Mr. Walley should resign. He 
acceded. Early in 1783, the arrangements above referred to were 
satisfactorily completed, the two portions of the society came to- 
gether again, reunited as one parish, and the members of the church 
from the two sections, signed anew, the old covenant adopted in 
1741, at the first organization. 

Thus terminated Mr. Walley's ministry in Bolton. He left the 
town with his wife, and as your former article on p. 58 states, died 
in Koxbury in the year 1784. In his will he did not forget these to 
whom he had formerly ministered, leaving a small legacy to the town 
of Bolton, the income of which was to be appropriated, in a manner 
pointed out, for the purchase and distribution of Bibles. That legacy 
still remains in the town treasury, and the interest has, from time to 
time, been used in accordance with the wishes of the testator. 

Bolton, January 16th, 1862. E. 

Domine Frelinghuysen. — Mrs. Grant, in her American Lady, has in- 
vested the memory of Tbeodorus Frelinghuysen of the ancient Dutch 
church of Albany, with a melancholy interest. No other written 
contemporary history of him has been given, yet her account is cor- 
roborated by tradition. Singularly enough, a letter has just been 
found, the relic of an old garret, dated New York, Oct. 10, 1759, 
which fixes the date of his departure, hitherto uncertain. The author 
says that while he was writing, the ship in which Dom. F. sailed was 
leaving the port, and the guns were being fired on the occasion. 
That on the previous Sunday he preached in the new Dutch church, 
and that when he sat down after giving out the last psalm, the bench 
gave way and he fell to the floor, which was universally regarded as 
a bad omen. It was remarked that the ocean was fatal to his family, 
and the impression that he would never more be seen pervaded the 
minds of the people. This letter gives additional mysteriousness to 
the fate of the good domine. The vacancy in his pulpit was not as 
long as represented by Mrs. Grant; his successor, Dr. Westerlo, 
began his ministry in 1760, 

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[Communicated by Hon. R. R. Roman of New York.] 
[Continued from page 142.] 

Carter, David. Children of, bv Susan ah Lis wife — Joanna, b. Jan. 
23, 1759; David, Sept, 18, '61; George, Jan. 26, '63, and d. Nov. 23, 
'67; Elisha, July 26, '64; Jason, Jan. 8, '67; George, Sept. 25, '68; 
Susannah, Jan. 18, 1771. 

Carter, Alfred H. and Cynthia C. Chapman, both of East Haddam, 
were m. Sept. 3, 1829. 

Chilson, Daniel. Child of, by Sybil his wife — Daniel, b. Feb. 9, 

Cleaveland, Moses, son of Moses C, by his wife Mary. 

Cady, Nicholas and Sarah Wright, were m. Oct, 12, 1749. Is. — 
Butler, b. Aug. 27, '50, and d. 2nov. 25, 1754. 

Cady, Walter Goodale of Hartford, and Julia Ann Stoddard, were 
m. March 7, 1838. 

Church, John and Anne Curtis, were m. Dec 11, 1735. Is. — John, 
b. Oct. 27, '36; Hepzibah, Feb. 20, '38; Anne, Feb. 20, '40; Christian, 
Feb. 17, '42; Elisha, Sept. 17, '47; Daniel, Aug. 17, 1750. 

Colson, James, son of Joseph C. and Lois Brooks, was b. Oct. 30, 

Dickinson, Nath. Children of, bv Ann his wife — Samuel, b. July 
15, 1638; Obadiah, April 15, '41; Nehamiah, Aug. 15, '43; Hezekiah, 
Feb. 28, '45; Azariah, Oct, 10, 1648. 

Dickinson, John. Dau. of, by Frances his wife — Hanah, b. Dec. 6, 

Dickinson, Obadiah. Children of, by Mehetabel his wife— Noadi- 
ah, b. Aug. 2, 1694; Mehetabel, June 11, 1696. Serg*. 0. D. d. June 
10, 1698, being in his 58th year. 

Dickinson, Jonathan, the son of John D. and Susannah his wife, 
was b. May 18, 1695. 

Dickinson, Eliphalett and Rebecka, the dau. of Jacob Brunson of 
Farmingtown, were m. Nov. 24, 1697. Is. — Sarah, b. Nov. 8, '98; 
Obadiah, Aug. 14, 1701; Eliphelet, Aug. 1, 1703; Rebecca, Dec. 28, 
1705; Eunice, July 22, 170S; Lois, Aug. 18, 1710, and d. Nov. 8, 
1712; Eleazer, Aug. 23, 1712. 

Dickinson, Ebenezer and Susanna, dau. of John Waddoms, were m. 
April 3, 1707. Is.— Thomas, b. Dec. 29, 170^; Anna, Sep. 6, 1710, 
and d. in infancy. 

Dickinson, Elihu and Mary, dau. of Jonathan Smith, were m. Nov. 
13, 1718. Mrs. Mary D. d. *Nov. 1720. E. Dickinson and Lucy Do- 
ming were m. April 2, 1724. Is. — Mary, b. Jan. 26, '25; Hannah, 
Feb. 28, '27; Samuel, Oct. 28, '29; Esther, Jan. SO, '32; Ebenezer, 
Feb. 21, '34; Experience, April 17, '36; Moses, April 15, '38; Eliza- 
beth, Mar. 4, 1740. 

Dickinson, Eleazer and Jemima Nott, were m. April 20, 1737. Is. — 
William, b. Oct. 6, '37; Daniel, Oct. 29, '38; Mary, Sep. 17, '40; Ja- 

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cob, Dec. 16. '41; George, Mar. 1, '34; Noadiah, Nov. 20, 1745. Mr. 
E. D. d. July 24, 1768. 

Dickinson, Jonathan and Sarah Francis, were ra. (no date). Is. — 
Elezur, b. May 15, 1725; Jonathan, Dec. 5, '26; Sarah, Mar. 8, '29; 
Bildad, Mar. 27, '33; Mary, Aug. 16, '35, and d. June 7, '36; Mary, 
Oct. 12, 1737. 

Dickinson, Thomas and Hannah Hurlbutt, were m. Mar. 3, 1735. 
Is. — Hannah, b. Mar. 28, 1735; Ebenezer, Dec. 14, '36; Susanna, Feb. 
23, '39; Rebecca and Sarah, Feb. 23, '42; Thomas, Aug. 20. 1744. 

Dickinson, Obadiah. Children of, by Hannah his wife — Elizabeth, 
b. Nov. 19, 1736; Obadiah, May 2, '39; Elias, Feb. 20, '42; Hannah, 
Feb. 24, '45. Mrs. H. D. d. xMay 23, '81; and Mr. 0. D., April 23, 

. Dickinson, Obadiah and Mary Collins, were to. Mar. 18, 1750. Is. 
—Wait, b. Nov. 10, '51; Eunice, Dec. 15, '52; Ozias, May 17, '54; 
Christian, Nov. 29, 1755. 

Dickinson, Jonathan, Jr., and Hannah Bordman, were m. May 8, 
1754. Is.— Levi, b. Jan. 22, '55; Simeon, Dec. 22, '56; Martha, Juiy 
29, '59; William, Nov. 17, '61, and d. two days old; Lemuel, June 6, 
'63; William, Nov. 18, '65; Hannah, June 14, '68; Abigail, May 21, 
'70; Samuel, June 21, 1773. 

Dickinson, Elias and Ruth Savage, were m. Dec. 25, 1766. Is.— 
Lois, b. Aug. 2, '68; Harvev, Mar. 29, '70; Rockwell, Nov. 18, '71; 
Seth, June 8, '74; Sally, Sep. 19, '76; Burrage, July 4, '79; Elias, 
July 18, 1782. 

Dickinson, Ebenezer. Children of, by Mabel his wife — Ebenezer, 
b. June 9, 1771; Orran, June 10, 1779. 

Deming, John and Mary his wife, ware m. Sep. 20, 1657. Is. — 
John, b. Sep. 9, '58; Joseph, June 1, '61; Jonathan, Feb. 12, '63; Mary, 
July 1, '66; Samuel, Aug. 25, '68; Jacob, Aug. 26, '70; Sarah, Jan. 
17,1672. J. D. d. Jan. 23, 1712. 

Deming, Jonathan and Sarah his wife, ware m. Nov. 21, 1660. Is. 
— Jonathan, b. Nov. 27, 1661; Sarah, Aug. 12, '63; Mary, July 11, 
'65; Comfort, June 5, '68. Mrs. S. D. d. June 5, 1668. Jonathan D. 
and Elizabeth his wife, were m. Dec. 25, 1673. Is. — Eloisse, b. Feb. 
16, '74; Elizabeth, June 12, '77; Thomas, Nov. 27, '79; Charles, Jan. 
10, '81; Benjamin, Jan. 20, '84; Jacob, Dec. 20, '89; Mary, Oct. 24, 
'92; Ann, Oct. 1, 1695. Mr. J. D. d. Jan. 8, 1700, aged, as he sup- 
posed, about 61 years. 

Deming, Ebenezer and Sarah his wife, were m. July 16, 1677. Is. 
-—Ebenezer, b. Mav 5, '78; John, July 26, '79; Sarah, Jan. 6, 1681. 
Mr. E. D. d. May 2, 1705. 

Deming, David and Mary his wife, were m. Aug. 14, 1678. Is. — 
David, b. July 20, '81; Sam !1 , Aug. 9, '83; Honor, May 9, 1685. 

Deming, Jonathan, y e son of Mr. John D., and Martha, the dau. of 
Henry Buck, were m. Oct. 27, 1687. Is. — Isaac, b. July 26, '88; 
Anne, Sep. 20, '90; Noahdiah, Feb. 20, '93; Abigaill, Mar. i, '95; Gi- 
deon, Feb. 29, 1700; Martha, Aug. 30, 1704. 

Deming, John, son of Serg*. D., and Mary, the dau. of Wid. Graves, 
were m. June 5, 1684. Is.— Abigail, b. Oct. 7, '93; Nath 11 ., Sep. 2, 
'96; Mary, Sep. 27, 1700. Mr. J. D. d. Nov. 25, 1729, 

1862.] Records of Welhersfield, Conn. 265 

Deining, Sam 11 , and Sarah his wife, were m. Mar. 29, 1694. Is. — 
John, b. Dec. 27, '94; David, Dec. 29, '96; Samuell, June 12, '99; Hon- 
nor, Dec. 16, 1701; William, May 10, 1705. Mr. S. D. d. April 6, 
1709, in his 63d year, near out. 

Deming, Thomas, son of Jon :l . D. sen r . and Mary, dan. of Th°. Wil- 
liams, ware m. June 2, 1698. Is. — Luce, b. Mar. 9, '99; Mary, Mar. 
17, 1701; Elizabeth, Sept, 27, 1703; Daniel, May 18, 1705; Abigail, 
Nov. 6, 1706, and d. Mar. 16, 1708; Hannah, Sep. 22, 1709; Thomas, 
Feb. 16, 1712. Mr. T. D. d. Jan. 31, 1716, and his wid. Aug. 24, 

Deming, Hezekiah and Lois, the dau. of John Wyavd, were m. Nov. 
22, 1700." Is.—IIezekiah, b. July 10, 1703; Benjamin, July 20, 1705; 
Eunice, May 29, 1708; Lois, Jan. 24, 1711. 

Deming, Benjamin and Mary his wife, were m. Feb. 4, 1707. Is. 
— Jonathan, b. July 29, 1707; "Benjamin, July 19, 1709; Mary, Jan. 
27, 1719; Elias, Nov. 7, '21; Wait, Sep. 27, 1*724. 

Deming, Jonathan and Abigaile, dau. of Zerubabel Tiler, were m. 
Jan. 5, 1709. Is.— Danieil, b. Nov. 5, 1709; Charles, June 26, 1714. 

Deming, Charles and Anna, dau. of Mr. Th°. Wickham, were m. 
Sep. 5, 1706. Is.— Anna, b. May 28, 1711. 

Deming, Ebenezer and Rebecca, dau. of Lieu 1 . James Treat, were 
m. Dec, 27, 1704. Is.— Elizabeth,' b. Mar. 6, 1706; Joseph, Jan. 24, 
1708; Oliver, Dec. 31, 1709; Ebenezer, Dec. 17, '12; Timothy, May 7, 
'16; Moses, Mar. 1, 1720. 

Deming, Jacob and Dinah, dau. of Joseph Churchill, were m. Nov. 
3, 1709. Is.— Dinah, b. Oct. 18, 1710, and d. in infancy; Joseph, 
Nov. 24, 1711. 

Deming, John and Mary Curtis, were m. June 5, 1712. Is. — Jed- 
dediah, b. April 15, 1713; Nichols, Oct. 25, '14; Elizur, Oct. 5, '16. 
Mrs. M. D. d. Dec. 21, 1723. Deacon J. D. and Widow Katharine 
Dewey were joined together in marriage on y e 12th day of Aug. 

Deming, Josiah and Prudence, dau. of Capt. James Steel, were 
marryed Dec. 8, 1714. Is. — Elisha, b. Dec. 13, '15: Penelope, Nov. 
17, '17; Zebulon, Oct. 25, '19; Solomon, July 8, 1722. 

Deming, Ephraim and Hannah Belding, y c dau. of John Belding, 
were marryed Jan. 19, 1716. Is. — Dorothy, b. Oct. 21, '16; Janna, 
Nov. 2, '18; Honour, May 18, '21; Stephen, Aug. 25, '23; Waitstill, 
May 18, '26; Hannah, Aug. 4, '28; Lidia, Mar. 26, 1732. L*. E. D. d. 
Nov. 14, 1742. 

Deming, Samuel and Katharine, y e dau. of Eichard Treat, were m. 
June 16, 1726. Is.— Treat, b. Sep. 28, '27; Sarah, Mar. 10, 30; Ka- 
tharine, Jan. 18, '33; Samuel, Dec. 10; Rebecca, Oct. 10, '38. and d. 
July 6, '58; Mabel, Aug. 24, '43; Deliverance, Dec. 3, '46; Richard, 
April 11, 1750. 

Deming, Noadiah. Son of, by Ruth his wife, b. Feb. 6, 1729. 

Deming, Daniel Jr. and Mehetabell, y e dau. of y e Rev. Mr. Noa- 
diah Russell of Middletown, were m. Nov. 19, 1729, Jonathan, b. 
Sep. 14, '30; Abigail, Sep. 29, '32; Mary, July 24, '34. and d. in in- 
fancy; Lydia, Dec. 24, 1738. D. D. Jr. d. April 23, 1748. 

Deming, David and Martha, the dau. of Serg f . John Russell, were 
m. Jan. 28, 1725. Is.— Martha, b. April 15, '26; Mehetabei, May 27, 


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27; David, Aug. 16, '29; Mary, Mar. 8, '32; Abigail, April 29, '33, 
and d. in infancy; Elizabeth Abigail, April 5, '34; Solomon, Dec. 1, 
'36: Elizabeth, Mar. S, '39; John, Mar. 14, '43; Simeon, Mar. 5, 
174S. M. D. d. Sep. 1, 1763; and D. D. Feb. 17, 1771, in the 75th 
year of Lis age. 

Deming, John and Elizabeth, dan. of Capt. Perkins of Norwich, 
were m. Nov. 25, 1727. Is.— John, b. Oct. 19, '28; Daniel, Dec. 1, 
'30; Honour, Mar. 11, 1733. 

Deming, William and Prudence y° dau. of Josiah Churchill, were in. 
Jan. 22, 1730. 

Deming, Hezekiah and Hannah y e dau. of Abraham Warren, were 
m. Aug. 17, 1734. 

Deming, Daniel and Eunice, dau. of Abraham Williams, were m. 
Mar. 10, 1735. Is.— Giles, b. Feb. IS, '36; Abraham, May 29. '38; 
Hannah, Mar. 12, '43, and d. Sep. 29, '46. D. D. d. Oct. 20, 1745. 

Deming, Thomas J r . and Elizabeth dau. of Ens n Sam 11 . Smith, were 
in. Dec. 20, 1734. 

Deming, Nathaneal and Mary Webb, were m. Jan. 25, 1722. Is.— - 
Lois, b. June 1, '22; Eunice, Feb. 11, '24; Charles, Sep. 4, '25; fell- 
sha, April 8, '28, and d. Nov. 15, '31; Hannah, May 15, '32; Sarah, 
Feb. 6, 1738. 

Deming, Joseph and Martha Hart, were m. Dec. 16, 1736. Is. — 
Joseph, b. Aug. 22, '39; David, Jan. 12, '42; .Gideon, April 21, r H, 
and d. Nov. 10, '48; Asahel, May 27, '48. Mrs. M. D. d. Nov. 26, '48, 
in the 33 d year of her age. J. D. and Elizabeth Wright were m. 
Aug. 2,1750. Is.— Elizabeth, b. Dec. 20, '52; Abigail, Oct. 9, '55, 
and d. in infancy; Mary, Feb. 24, '58; Huldah, Mar. 19, '60; Gideon, 
Sep. 27, 1762. J. D. d. Feb. 28, 1774. 

Deming, Gideon and Elizabeth Case of Hartford, were m. Nov. 5, 
1729. Is.— Gideon, b. Sep. 11, '30; Peter, Dec. 22, '33; Temperance, 
Nov. 15, '35; Mary, Aug. 23, '38; Jonathan, July 23, '40; Sarah, Sep. 
7, '42; Mabel, Jan. 25, '45; Martha, Sep. 2 J , 1748. 

Deming, Oliver and Lucy Hale, were m. April 3, 1735. Is. — 
Lemuel, b. Oct. 16, '35; Abigail, May 30, '38; Oliver, Mar. 21, 

Deming, Joseph and Elizabeth Francis, were m. Jan. 8, 1736. Is. — 
Sarah, b. May 24, '37; Francis, Jan. 12, '39; Aaron, Oct. 16, ? 40, and 
d. in infancy; Aaron, Mar. 29, '44; Elizabeth, July 1, '50; Titus, 

Deming, Elisha and Elizabeth Williams, were m. Mar. 13, 1745. 
Is. — Ephraim, b. Jan. 25, '46; Josiah, Aug. 1, '47; Anne Williams, 
Mar. 28, '50; Prudence, Jan. 30, ? 53. Mrs. E. D. d. Oct. 1, 1779. 

Deming, Solomon and Sarah Kirkham, were m. Oct. 27, 1748. Is. — 
Noadiah, b. July 14, 1749. 

Deming, Charles and Dorothy Belding, were m. Dec. 20, 1750. 
Is.— Mary, b. Jan. 23, 1752. C. D. d. Feb. 6, 1752. 

Deming, Eleazer, dau. of, by Hannah his wife — France, b Oct. 21, 

Deming, Stephen and Hannah Goodrich, were m. Jan. 29, 1747. 
Is. — Abigail, b. Dec. 2, '47; Rosanna, Dec. 3, '50; Silvia, Jan. 22, 
'54, and d. June 6, '58; Leonard, Sep. 1§, '56, and d. Aug. 14 ? '58; 
Silvia, July 6, '59; Leonard, Sep. 7, 1763, and d. April 1, 1787. 

1S62] Records of Wethersficld, Conn. 267 

Deming, Janna and Anno Kilborn, were m. June 14, 1750. Is. — 
Elizur, b. Feb. 3, '51; Eiias, April 11, '52; Daniel, Dec. 31, '53; 
Thomas, Oct, 27, '55; Anne, Mar. 6, '58; Eunice, April 4, '60; John, 
May 4, 'G2; Chloe, April 25, '05; Honor, May 6, '67; Gad, June 19, 
"70; Levi, Aug-. 27, 1772. Mr. J. Dl d. July 24, 1797, aged 78. 

Deming, Gamaliel and Rebecca Kellogg, were in. July 18, 1751. 
Is.— Elijah, b. **; Mary, Oct. 5, '52. 

Deming, Thomas J r . and Elizabeth Smith, were m. Dec. 19, 1734. 
Is.— Abigail, b. Mar. 1, '37: Ozias, May 11, '39, and d. July 19, '45; 
Elizur, May 9, '41: John, April 19, '43; Elizabeth, Nov. 22, '47; Anne, 
Mar. 8, '49; Sarah, April 30, '52; Mr. T. D. d. Sep. 29, 1755. 

Deming, Elijah and Lucy Satre, were m. Jan. 29, 1756. Is. — Mary, 
b. Nov. 4, '56; Thomas, Jan. 21, 1759. 

Deming, Jacob J r . and Lucy Hart, were m. Jan. 28, 174 

Deming, David J r ., children of, by Elizabeth his wife — Elizabeth, 
b. Sep. 2, 1754; Sarah, Nov. 1, 175G. 

Deming, Ebenezer Jun. and Amy Bunce, were m. **. Is. — Ebene- 
zer, b. June, 1742; Amy, Sep. 3, '43; Rebecca, June 10, '45; Jerusha, 
Feb. 17, '47; Elizabeth, July 8, '48, and d. Oct., '49; John, Dec. 6, '49; 
Simeon, Sep. 16, '51; Elizabeth, Oct. 16, '53; Hester, Dec. 25, '57; 
Jesse, June 17, 1760. 

Deming, Waitstill and Hannah Lusk, were m. Aug. 31, 1758. Is. — - 
Elizabeth, b. May 17, '59; Ephraim, Feb. 26, '61; Ezekiel, April 4, 63; 
Frederick, May"l7, '65; Lucretia, Mar. 19, '67; Selah, Mar. 7, '69; 
Roger, July 19, 71; Lyman, June 2, 1773. W. D. d. Mar. 10, 1776. 

Deming, Moses and Martha Welles, were m. Nov. 10, 1748. Is. — 
Martha, b. Nov. 16, '49; Judith, March 18, '54; Elizabeth, Nov. 28, 
'56; Moses, Jan. 9, '59, and d. in infancy; Moses, July 19, 1760. 

Deming, Timothy and Susannah French, were m. Dec. 5, 1740. 
Is.— Eiiakim, b. Aug. 1, '41: Charity, Nov. 29, '42; Sabia, Feb. 14, 
'45; Abel, March 11, '47; Eli, Aug. 18, '49; David, Oct. 22, '55; 
Mary, Jan. 18, '58; Daniel, April 10, 1762. 

Deming, Jonathan and Jerusha Williams, were m. Jan. 27, 1763. 
Is.— Mehetabel, b. Jan. 15, '64; Daniel, Feb. 20, '65; Abigail, Nov. 
19, '66; Hamlin, June 26, '70, and d. Oct. 11, '76; Harriot, May 19, 
"14; Lydia, May 9, 1777. 

Deming, Peter and Jerusha Welles, were m. Feb. 6, 1765. Is. — 
Abigail, b. Nov. 10, '65; Elizabeth, Nov. 9, '67; Jerusha, July 22, 
'72; Martha, July 14, '76; Jonathan, Oct. 2, 1778. 

Deming, Ebenezer J r . and Mabel Deming, were m. Jan. 4, 1769, 
Is.— Mabel, b. June 23, '69: Joseph, Nov. 6, '72; Gideon, April 12, 
'75; Rebecca, Nov. 14, '78; Ebenezer, May 7, '82; Sarah, Aug. 15, 

Deming, Ephraim and Martha Deming, were m. June 27, 1771. 
Is.— Martha, b. May 1, '72; Betsey, Feb. 23, '78; Nancy, Jan. 11, 

Deming, Lemuel and Hannah Standish, were m. **. Is. — Josiafy, 
b. June 7, 1758; Hannah, May 31, '60, and d. April 27, '73; Allyn, 
Sep. 19, '62; Levi, Nov. 25, '64; Rhoda, April 3, '67; Huldah, Oct. 8, 
69; Lucy, Mar. 31, '72; Oliver, Nov. 1, '74; Hannah, Nov. 16, 1776. 

Deming, EH and Wid. Sarah Ames, were m. Feb. 8, 1778. Is.— 

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Benjamin, b. Mar. 30, 1717; Hannah, Dec. 10, 1778. (No mistake— 
a true copy of Record.) 

Doming, Francis and Mary Camp, were m. July 13, 1762. Is. — 
Nancy, b. Dec. 11, '02; Robert, Dec. 19, '03; Barzillai, Mar. 21, '66; 
Joseph, July 23, '69: Mary, Oct. 15, '70. Mrs. D. d. Aug. 19, 1782. 

Deming, John and Elisabeth Wells, were m. Dec. IS, 1777. Is. — 
Elizabeth, b. Feb. 9, '80; John, Nov. 16, '82; Abigail, Dec. 2, '87; 
Achsah, May 11, ; 90; Amos, Oct, 16, '92; Laura, Oct. 7, '94; Julia, 
July 15, 1796. 

Doming, Elias and Martha Wells, were m. Nov. 26, 1778. Is. — 
Enos, b. Aug. 20, '79; William, Feb. 25, '81, and d. in infancy; Wil- 
liam, Oct 13, "82; Martha, Dec. 2, '85, and d. Dec. 4, 1800; Lucy, 
May 13, '88; Jedediah, Sep. 7, '90; Lydia, July 1, 1794, M'. E. D. 
d. May 13, 1814, aged 62. 

Deming, Henry, issue of, by Anna his wife — Anna, b. Sep. 4, 1772; 
Demis, July 22, '74; Henry, Feb. 12, ; 77; David, Jan. 12, '79; Lavinia, 
Feb. 23/81; Betsey, June 23/83; Mary, June 8/85; Sophia, Aug. 
10, '87; Harriot, Nov. 6, 1789. 

Deming, William J r and Elizabeth Griswold, were m. Julv 14, 
1774. Is.— William, b. Sep. 19, '77; Elizabeth, May 1/30; Caleb, 
July 31, J 85; Sarah, April 22, 17S9. 

Deming, Pownall of Colchester and Abigail Hubbel of New Fair- 
field, were m. **. Is. — Eleazer, b. Feb. 13, 1785. 

Deming, Abel and Mary Benton, were m. Sep. 27, 1770. Is. — 
Ehoda, b. Nov. 19/71; Lydia, Nov. 25, '73; Mary, Jan. 18, '76; 
Sabia, May 27, '78; Prue, Oct. 31, : 80; Isaac, Nov. 7, '82; Jared, 
Dec. 5, '84; Titus, Sep. 3, '86; Emily, July 14, '91 ; Harriet, Oct. 29, 

Deming, Elizur 2 d and Lusina Francis, were m. May 5, 1773. Is. — 
Elizur, b. July 20, 74, and d. in infancy; James, July 29, '76; Anne, 
Oct. 19, '80; Elizur, May .8, '82; Nancy, April 9, 1786. M r . E. D. 
d. Dec. 7, 1827, aged 78. 


[Copied from an ancient Dutch folio Bible. The record was begun by Jonas 
Douw, of Wolvenhoek, near Albany, who it appears by an entry in the same book 
died Oct. 7, 1736.] 

Petrus Dorw, b. March 22, 1692 ; m. Anna, dau. of Hendrik Van Rens- 
selaer, Oct. 8, 1717; she d. April 3, 1756, a?. 60 y. 2 mo. 3d.; he d. Aug. 
21, 1775, a?. 83 y. 5 m. 8 d.; had Magdalena, b. Aug. 1, 1718; spon- 
sors Catriua Van Rensselaer and Jonas Douw: Volkert, b. March 23, 
1720: Hendrik, b. April 13, 1722; d. Dec. 17, 1756, je. 34 y. 8 m. 3 d.': 
Catrina, b. March 23, 1724; sponsors Eleena Van Rensselaer and 
Jo'hannis Ten Broek: Maria, b. Dec. 25, 1725; m. Johannes Gaase- 
voort; d. Aug. 17, 1729, re. 33 y. 7 in. 12 d.: Margrita, b. Dec. 25, 1729: 
Anna, b. Feb. 20, 1732: Elisabeth, b. Dec. 1, 1733; sponsors Engeltie 
Livingston and Volkert Van Vechten: Rageltie, b. Feb. 27, 1736. 

1862.] Folger Family. 269 


[Compiled by William Coleman Folger of Nantucket, a Corresponding Member 
of the N. E. Historic- Genealogical Society.] 

1. John Folger and his son Peter (the name was then frequently 
written Foulger), are said to have crossed the Atlantic in the same 
ship with Hugh Peters, in the year 1635. They came from Norwich, 
in the county of Norfolk, England. Peter was then about 18 years 
of ag;e. At what time they settled at Watertowu, Mass., is not 
known, but in 1642 John Fulger was possessed of a homestead in 
that town, and owned six acres of land. It is probable that John 
and Peter Folger accompanied Thomas Mayhew, Jr., to Martha's 
Vineyard in 1641 or 1642. John owned a house, upland, commonage 
and meadow land at the Vineyard, as appears by the Vineyard re- 
cords. John Folger died about 1660. Meribell Folger his widow, 
was living in 1664. Her surname is said to have been Gibbs. Ac- 
cording to tradition, John was a widower when he came over; if this 
be correct, he must have married her after his arrival in America. 

2. Peter Folger, son of John, born in England, accompanied his 
father to America in 1635, and probably emigrated with him to the 
Vineyard in 1642. He married in 1644, Mary Morrill, who had been 
an inmate in the family of Hugh Peters, and according to tradition, 
a fellow passenger with him from England. Whilst at the Vineyard 
he taught school and also practiced as a surveyor of land. He also 
assisted the younger Thomas Mayhew in his work of Christianizing 
the native Indians. Rev. Experience Mayhew, in a letter to John 
Gardner, Esq., dated 1694, stated that when Thomas Mayhew, Jr., 
left for England in 1657, he left the care of his church or mission 
with Peter Folger. Peter became a Baptist in his sentiments, and 
after his removal to Nantucket is said to have baptized two persons 
in Waiptequage pond. 

At a meeting of the proprietors of the island of Nantucket, held in 
Salisbury in the latter part of 1660 or early part of 1661, five per- 
sons were chosen to measure and lay out the land, and in the order 
it is said, that what shall be done by them, or any three of them, 
Peter Folger being one, shall be accounted legal and valid. This 
vote shows the confidence they placed in his judgment and integrity. 

Whilst a resident at the Vineyard he acquired the Indian language, 
which was of great service to him in business affairs and in enabling 
him to communicate religious instruction to the natives. 

In the summer of 1659, he is said to have accompanied as an inter- 
preter, Tristram Coffin and others who visited the island of Nan- 
tucket to view it about the time of the purchase from Mayhew. He 
was there in 1661 and 1662, surveying, and on the 4th of July, 1663, 
the proprietors of Nantucket granted hirn half a share of land on 
Nantucket, or half as much as one of the twenty purchasers, pro- 
vided he would come to inhabit with his family on the aforesaid 
island within one year after that date, and attend the English in the 
way of an interpreter between the Indians and them upon all neces- 


270 Folger Family. [July 

eary occasions. He accepted the grant and moved there with his 
family within the specified time. 

On the 21st of July, 1673, he was chosen clerk of the courts, which 
office he held some years. In his poem — "A Looking* Glass for the 
Times," published April 23, 1676, he shows himself an advocate for 
religious liberty, and strongly condemns the persecuting spirit ex- 
hibited in New England in his day. Dr. Benjamin Franklin, his 
grandson, when in England, found no arms for the Folgers at the 
Herald's office, and concluded that they were a Flemish family who 
came over in the time of Queen Elizabeth. There were others of the 
name in England besides John Folger and*son, as in the latter part 
of last century a young man named Thomas Folger, Jr., son of Tho- 
mas and Mary (Rant) Folger of Norfolk, England, came over and 
married Abigail, 5 dau. of Daniel 1 Folger, at Easton, N. Y. This 
Thomas Folger moved to Charlton, Saratoga county, N. Y., where 
he died May 22, 1838, aged 80 years. 

Peter Folger 1st, d. in 1690, and Mary his widow survived him, 
dying in the year 1104. The ch. of Peter and Mary Folger were as 
follows: (3) Joanna," 2 [-f ] m. John Coleman, son of Thomas. (4) Be- 
thiah* m. Feb. 26, 1668, John Barnard, son of Robert. They 
were drowned between Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, by the 
upsetting of a boat, June 6, 1669. (5) Dorcas* [ + ] m. Feb. 12, 
1615, Joseph Pratt of Charlestown. (6) Eleazer? [ + ] b. 1648; m. 
Sarah Gardner, dau. of Richard and Sarah. (7) Bathshua* [-J-] m. 
Joseph Pope, son of Joseph of Salem. (8) Patience* [-f ] m. 1st, 

Harker; m. 2d, James Gardner, son of Richard. (9) John* [-f] 

b. 1659; m. Mary Barnard, dau. of Nathaniel. (10) Experience* 
[-f ] m. John Swain, Jr., son of John. (11) Abiah? [+ ] b. Aug. 15, 
1661; m. probably in 1690, Josiah Franklin. 

3. John Coleman, by wife Joanna- Folger, had ch.: John, 3 b. Aug. 
2, 1661; m. Priscilla Starbuck, dau. of Nathaniel. He d. Jan. 19, 
1762, in his 95th year. Priscilla, his widow, d. March 14, 1762, in 
her 86th year. His ch. were: (12) Thomas? b. Oct. 17, 1669; m. 
Jane dialling, widow of John. He died Jan. 23, 1753. (13) Isaac? 
b. Feb. 6, 1671-2; m. 1st, Ann Reynolds; and 2d, widow Jane 
Watson. He died without issue, 31 2 rno., 1752. (14) Phebe? b. 
June 15, 1674; m. Gershom Cathcart. (15) Benjamin? b. Jan, 17, 
1676; d. single. (16) Solomon, 3 m. 1st, Mary Macy; she d. in 1715. 
He m. 2d, Deliverance Swett. He d. Jan. 12, 1772. (17) Jeremiah? 
m. 20 of 11 mo., 1714-15, Sarah Pratt, dau. of Joseph. He d. 4 of 1 
mo., 1739, O. S. (18) Abigail? m. James Tisdale of Dighton. He 
moved to Lebanon, Ct., where Abigail d. Nov. 18, 1726, in her 45th 
year. He d. May 3, 1727. John Coleman was a yeoman; he resided 
on Nantucket, where he died in 1715. Joanna, his widow, d. 18 5 
mo., 1719. 

5. Joseph Pratt of Charlestown, Mass., by wife Dorcas 2 Folger, 
m. Feb. 12, 1675, had ch.: (19) Mary? b. Sept. 16, 1675. (20) 
Sarah? m. 20 11 mo., 1714-5, Jeremiah Coleman her cousin. She in. 
2d, John Renuff, and died 27 4 mo, 1762. (21) Joseph? b. Oct. 19, 
1677. (22) Belhiah? b. Feb. 11, 1680; m. Sampson Cartwright. 
She d. 19 10 mo., 1741. (23) Benjamin? b. Jan. 19, 1082. (24) Dor- 
cas? b. April 2, 1683; d. soon. (25) Phineas? b. Jan. 18, 1684. 

1862.] Folger Family. 271 

Joshua, 3 b. June 18, 1686; Lydia, 3 b. Nov. 28, 1688. I have the 
most of the above Pratt family extracted from the Gen. Diet, of the 
Hon. James Savage, LL. D. Hon. William Mitchell, A. M., Miss 
Maria Mitchell, the astronomer, and Charles W. Cartwright, Esq., are 
among the descendants of Dorcas Pratt. 

6. Eleazer- Folger, m. 1671, Sarah Gardner, dau. of Richard. He 
came to Nantucket from the Vineyard, having half a share of laud 
on the island of Nantucket granted him, to act in the capacity of a 
shoemaker. His ch. were: (26) Eleazer* Jr., [ + ] b. July 2, 1672; 
m. 1st, Bethiah Gardner; m. 2d, Mary Marshall. He d.'l5 2 mo, 
1753,ao,8I years. (27) Peter? . [+] b. Aug. 28, 1674; m. Judith 
Coffin. He d. 1707. (28) Daniel* d. young. Elisha, 3 d. young. 
(29) Sarah? [+] m. May 6, 1701-2, Anthony Oder of the Isle pf 
Wight. She d. March 23, 1732-3. (30) Nathan? [+.] b. 167S; 
m. Dec. 29, 1699, Sarah Church, dau. of John and Abigail of Dover. 
He d. 2 of 7 mo., 1747, 0. S. (31) Mary? [+] b. Feb. 14, 1684; 
m. Feb. 26, 1703-4, John Arthur. She d. 7 8 mo, 1720. Eleazer^ 
Folger is said to have represented the county in the Gen. Court. He 
died in Boston in 1716, aged 68 yrs. 6 mos, and his widow, Sarah, d. 
at Nantucket, Dec. 19, 1729. 

7. Joseph Pope, Jr , of Salem, son of Joseph and Gertrude, d. in 
1712. His ch. by wife Bathshua 2 Folger, were: (32) Nathaniel? b. 
Nov. 20, 1679; m. (33) Joseph? d. young. Bathshua,* b. April 9, 
1683. Gertrude,* b. Aug. 27, 1685. (34) Joseph? b. June 16, 1687. 
Euos,* b. June 6, 1690. Eleazer, 3 b. Dec. 4, 1693. (35) Jervsha? b. 
April 1, 1695. Hon. James Savage, from whose Genealogical Dic- 
tionary I have extracted this Pope family, says that Joseph Pope, in 
his will of Jan. 25, 1712, pro. 3d of March following, names all the 
children but the first two, and notes that the eldest daughter was 
infirm of mind, as probably had been her mother; at least, she was 
much afflicted in the witchcraft days. Also, names Mary and Sarah, 
children of his son Nathauiel, deceased before 1711. 

8. Mr. Harker, by wife Patience- Folger, had ch.: (36) Hepzibah? 
b. 1694; m. 24 of 11 mo, O. S, 1711, Jonathan Coffin, Esq, son of 
James Coffin, Esq. They had 10 ch. Hepzibah d. Dec. 30, 1773, a. 
nearly 80 yrs; her husband had d. Feb. 5, 1773, a. 81. (37) Ebene- 
zer? m. Sarah Jones, dau. of Thomas; had 1 son named Raymond, 4 
besides several children that died in infancy. After the death of 
Ebenezer, of which I have not the date, his widow Sarah m. John 
Barnard, son of Benjamin (his second wife); by him she bad one 
son John. 

The name of Patience Folger's 1st husband has been given by 
genealogists here both John and Ebenezer; whether either was right 
is doubtful. I believe they lived in North Carolina, where, probably, 
the husband died; and the widow returned to Nantucket, where she 
married James Gardner, son of Richard, being his 2d or 3d wife. 
She died 1 mo, 1717-18. The name of Ferdinaudo Harker appears 
in a business transaction here under date of Feb. 7, 1681-2. Even 
the late B. Franklin Folger, so well versed as he was in the Nan- 
tucket genealogies, could not be certain of the given name of the 
first husband of Patience. Very likely the Ebenezer whom I have 
given as a son, may be a grandson of Patience. There arc many 
descendants of Jonathan and Hepzibah (Harker) Coffin. 

272 Folger Family. [July 

9. John 2 Folger, by wife Mary Barnard, dau. of Nathaniel and Mary, 
had ch.: (38) Jcthro* [-f] b. IT of 8 mo., 1689; m. Mary Starbnck, 
dau. of Nathaniel, Jr. lie d. 19 4 mo., II 72. (39) Jhthia* [-fl b. 
24 11 mo., 1692; m. 9 mo., 1718, Samuel Barker of Falmouth; his 2d 
wife/and had a family. He d. 2 mo., 1739. She d. at Nantucket, 29 

1 mo., 1774, a. 82 yrs. 7 mos. (40) Nathaniel* [+] b. IS 12 mo., 
1694; m. Nov. 18, 1718, Priscilla Chase, dau. of Lieut. Isaac of Mar- 
tha's Vineyard. He d. 15 4 mo., 1775. (41) Jonathan,'- 1 [+] b. 10 of 

2 mo., 1696; m. 1st, Margaret Gardner, dau. of Nathaniel; m. 2d, 
Deborah Bunker, wid. of Benjamin; m. 3d, Susanna Paddock, wid. 
of Daniel. (42) Richard* [-f] b. 14 5 mo., 1698; m. March 11, 1722, 
Sarah Pease, dau. of Joseph of the Vineyard. He d. Sept. 15, 1782. 
(43) Shubael* [+] b. 25 of 8 mo., 1700; m. 10 mo., 1720, Jerusha 
Clark, dau. of Thomas. He d. August 21, 17 76. Jerusha, his widow, 
d. Aug. 18, 1778. (44) Abigail* b. 8 of 4 mo., 1703; m, among 
Friends, Aug. 31, 1721, Daniel 1 Folger, [No. 82] son of Peter. 3 He 
was lost in Vineyard sound in 1744. She m. 2d, Oct. 20, 1748, Da- 
niel Pinkham. She d. 21 11 mo., 17S7, a. 84 yrs. (45) Zacckms, 3 
,[+] b. 14 of 6 mo., 1706; m. Nov. 20, 1728, Abigail Coffin, dau. of 
John Coffin, Esq. They had a large family. He d. 20 7 mo., 1779. 
(46) Hannah* b. 20 of 7 mo., 1708; was an idiot. John' 2 Folger, 
was a miller and a farmer. He was a Friend, and resided in that 
part of the island called Polpis. He d. 23 of 8 mo., 1732, O. S., a. 
73 yrs. Mary, his widow, d. 6 of 8 mo., 1737, O. S., aged nearly 70 

10. John- Swain, Jr., son of John. He was b. Sept. 1. 1664, being 
the first male white child born on the island of Nantucket. By wife, 
Experience 2 Folger, his ch. were: (48) William* b. Oct. 2, 1688; m. 

12 , 1726, Jemima Coffin, dau. of Peter Coffin, Jr. He d. 4 of 

March, 1770. Jemima d. 6 of April, 1766, a. 70 yrs. 4 mos. 6 days. 
(49) 'John,* m. 6 of 1 mo., 1711-12, Mary Swett of Me. He d. 28 2 
mo., 1744, O. S. (50) Eliakim* m. April 18, 1717, Elizabeth Arthur, 
dau. of John and Priscilla. His wife d. Nov. 29, 1741, with the 
throat ail, a distemper then prevailing. He was an enterprising man, 
a merchant. He d. 6 of 5 mo., 1750, 0. S. (51) Stephen* m. Eleanor 
Ellis. He m. 2d, Nov. 29, 1734, Catherine, wid. of Edmund Heath, 
a Frenchwoman. He d. Feb. 14, 1785, aged 82 yrs. 6 mos. Cathe- 
rine his wid. d. Feb. 8, 1786, a. 85. (52) George* m. 10 mo,, 1729, 
Love Paddock, dau. of Nathaniel. He d. 8 of Dec, 1797, being the 
oldest man on the island. (53) Ruth* m. 1st, George Coffin, son of 
James, Jr. He d. Aug. 1727. She m. 2d, Jonathan Upham. She 
d. Feb. 8, 1775, a. about 80. (54) Catherine* m. 1720, Robt. Wyer, 
son of Robt. and Ruth of Charlestown, a carpenter. She d. 1783, a. 
89. He d. June 1, 1761. (56) Hannah* m. Nov. 30, 1724, Tho- 
mas Gardner, son of George. She d. May 12, 1779. (57) Priscilla. * 
m. Nov. 14, 1717, Daniel Bunker, son of George. She d. 12 of 
9 mo., 1737, 0. S. He d. 5 of 11 mo, 1746. Experience Swain? 
d. 6 mo. 4, 1739, O. S. John Swain, Jr., her husband, d. 29 mo. 11, 
1738, O. S., being at the time of his death the oldest white man on 
the island. He owned a farm in Polpis, where he resided, being 
a farmer. His land adjoined that of his brother-in-law John- 

1862.] Folgcr Family. 273 

11. Josiah Franklin' of Boston, by his second wife Abiah 2 Folger, 

m. probably in 1690, bad da,.: (68) Yin. John, 3 b. Dec. 7, 1G90; m. 

Goocli; d. 1756; bad one son, a young man, lost at sea. (50) ix 

Jeter, 3 ' b. Nov. 22, 1692; ra. Mary ; d. July 1, 1706; no issue. 

(60) x Mary * b. Sept. 26, 169,1; m. Robert Homes; left 2 cb. (61) 

xi James, 3 b. Feb. 4, 1696; m. Anne ; d. Feb., 1735; left i eh. 

His wid. d. April 19, 1763. His son James d. Aug. 22, 1763. (62) 
xn Sarah 3 b. Jan. 9, 1699; m. Joseph Davenport; d. May 23, 1731; 
left children, (63) xin Ebcnezer 3 b. Sept. 20, 1 701 ; drowned when 
a child, (64) xiv Thomas, 3 b. Dec. 7, 1703; d. young. (65) xv Ben- 
jamin 3 b. Jan. 6, 1706; m. Deborah Head, Sept. 1, 1730; d. April 17, 
1790. His wife d. Dec. 19, 1774. (i)6) xvi Lydia 3 b. Aug. 8, 1708; 
m. Robert Scott, 1731. (67) xvn Jane, 3 b. March 27, 1712; m. Ed- 
ward Mecom, July 27, 1727; d'. 1795. Josiah Franklin was b. Dec. 
23, 1657; emigrated to New England about 1685; d. Jan. 16, 1744-5. 
Abiah Franklin d. 1752.* 

26. Eleazer 3 Folger, m. Sept, 27, 1706, Bethiah Gardner, dau. of 
Joseph and Bethiah. She was b. Aug. 13, 1676; ch.: (68) Gideon,* 
d. single. (69) Urian,* b. 1711; ra. Jedidah Pitts, wid. of Jonathan, 
dau. of Charles Stewart of M. Vineyard. He d. without issue, Jan. 
5, 1764. (70) Eliphaz* [+] b. 1713; m. 7 mo., 1735, 0. S., Priscilla 
Gorham, dau. of Thomas. He d. Jan. 1, 1794, aged 81. [Bethiah 
his first wife d. June 20, 1716, and he m. Sept. 25, 1717, Mary Mar- 
shall, dau. of Joseph.] Ch.: (71) Charles* b. 1718; d. single, Feb. 28, 
1784, a. 66. (72) Deborah,* b. 1720; m. Benjamin Frost, son of John. 
She d. Dec. 10, 1758, aged 38. (73) Bethiah,* b. 1732; m. 9 mo., 
1755, James Finkham, son of Ricir'd (his 2d wife). She left no 
issue. She d. Oct. 15, 1810, a. 88 yrs. (74) Ruth* b. 1723; d, 
young, (75) Fredcrid, 4 b. 17 25; m. Mary Trott, dau. of Benjamin. 
He was a schoolmaster, register of probate, clerk of the courts, and 
justice of the peace. He was a good Latin scholar, and well versed 
in mathematics. He d. July 27, 1790. He had 11 ch., of whom Fre- 
derick, 5 b. Nov. 5, 1755, was a shipmaster, resided at Baltimore, Md., 
and ra.. Isabella Emmet of that place. During the revolution the son 
commanded a privateer and took many prizes, which was very dis- 
agreeable to his mother who was a Quakeress. After the revolution 
he was appointed American consul at Aux Cayes, where he died. 
(76) Stephen,* b. 1727; m. Jane Cook. He d. on board the pri- 
son ship at New York in 1782, without issue. (It) Margaret,* b. 
Dec. 2, 1729; m. 8 mo., 1753, Jonathan Swain, son of Richard 3d 
(2d wife). He d. Aug. 23, 1800. She d. Feb. 2, 1822, a. 92 yrs. 2 
mos. (78) Sophia,* b. Aug. 21, 1731; m. Matthew Worth, son of 
Wm. and Mary. She d. Jan 31, 1789. (79) Pdeg* b. Oct, 13, 1733; 
d. single, May 26, 1789, aged 55. He is said to have been a good 
classical scholar, was something of a poet, a seaman in his early 
days, afterwards a farmer. He was chosen an elder among the 
Friends, and was a worthy man. (SO) Mary,* b. Jan., 1735-6: m. 
Dec, 1760, William Black. She d. 17 1 mo., 1815, m. 79. Eleazer 

* This account of the descendants of Abiah Franklin is extracted from the Ap- 
pendix to Tared SparkS's Works and Life of Dr. Franklin, vol. i, where a list of the 
descendants of Dr. Franklin may he found. A fuller list is printed in the Register^ 
vol. viii, p. 374 ; and an article on the Franklin family, vol. xi, p. 17. 

274 Folgcr Family. [Jnfy 

Folger, 3 Jr., was a farmer, school teacher, 47 years register of pro- 
bata. He died Feb. 25, 1753, in his 81st year. Mary his widow d. 
Dec. 11, 1765, in her 71st year. Their dwelling house still stands 
on the western border of the town. 

27. Peter 3 Folger, by wife Judith Coffin, dau. of Stephen, Jr., had 
ch.: (81) JKfewa,* b. 23 12 me., 1699; m. Jethro Gardner. He d. 17 
3 mo., 1734. She m. 1737, Paul Starbuck, She d. 2 of 8 mo, 1749, 
0. S. (82) Daniel * ['+] b. 13 of 11 mo., 1701; in. 6 mo, 1721, Abi- 
gail Folger, 3 [No. 44] dau. of John.- He was lost in a vessel with 
his son Peter and one or two other persons, on Horse Shoe shoal, be- 
tween Nantucket and the Vineyard, in a gale, in 1744; his age about 
43 years. (83) Anna,* b. 25 3 mo, 1703; m. 8 mo, 1720, William 
Starbuck, son of Jethro. (84) Mary* b. 10 of 6 mo, 1705; m. 4 mo., 
1725, Nathaniel Gardner, son of Nathaniel. He d. 5 mo, 1727, and 
she m. 7 mo. 1729, Nathaniel Coleman. She d. 3 of 12 mo, 1763. 
Peter Folger 3 was register of probate, and died in 1707. Judith his 
widow, m. in 1709, Nathaniel Barnard, Jr., and in 1722, she married 
a third husband, Stephen Wilcox, whom she survived, and d. 2d of 
Dec, 1760. 

29. Anthony Oder, son of Nicholas of Newport, in the Isle of 
Wight, Hampshire, Eug. He was by trade a tailor. By wife Sarah 3 
Folger he had ch.: (85) Lois,* m. 10 mo, 1728, Caleb Stratton, son 
of William. They had 11 ch. She d. 11 of 5 mo, 1755. He d. 6 of 
12 mo, 1786. (86) Elizabeth,* b. Sept. 16, 1703; m. Jonathan Mooers; 
had 11 ch, 10 of whom m. He d. April 8, 1740. She d. April 22, 
1784, a. 80 yrs. 8 mos. (87) Huldah,* b. April 6, 1706; m. 18 of 9 
mo, 1723, Samuel Russell; had 8 ch. She d. 9 mo, 1740. Sam'l tn. 
again. He d. Jan. 6, 1780, a, 83. (88) Sarah* d. single, 1 mo. 1, 
1741. (89) Philip,* b. April 1, 1713; d. single. (90) Pelatiah* lived 
to be a school boy in 1727; whether he grew up to mauhood I have 
seen no record. Sarah Oder, wife of Anthonv, d. March 23, 1732-3, 
O. S. 

30. Nathan 3 Folger, m. Dec. 29, 1699, Sarah Church, dau. of John 
and Abigail (Severance) Church of Dover, N. H. Ch.: (91) Abisha,** 
b. Sept. 27, 1700; m. Nov. 6, 1727, Sarah Mayhew, dau. of Paine May- 
hew, Esq, of Chilmark, M. Vineyard. She d. July 11, 1734. He m. 
7 mo, 1735, Dinah Starbuck, wid. of Benjamin. He d. 22 1 mo, 1788. 
(92) Leah,* b. Dec. 14, 1701; m. May 26, 1724, Men* Gardner, 3d. 

* Ab;sha 4 Folger was father of George, 5 b. 24 5 mo., 1730, whose son Alexan- 
der, 6 b. Dec. 22, 1773, d. Jan. 3, 1846, ra. Sarah 5 , dau. of Barnabas 4 Coleman, 
Alexander 6 and Sarah (Coleman) Folger, were parents of William Coleman Folger, 
Esq, the compiler of the above article, b. Jan. 8, 1806; m. Oct. 30, 1842, Mrs. 
Jane L. Middleton, wid. of Robert Middleton, and dau. of Benjamin and Nancy 
(Jeffers) Clark of Newport. He is a corresponding member of the N. E. Historic- 
Genealogical Society. 

Barzillai* For.of.R, brother of Abisha, was father of Walter, 3 b. 29 1 mo, 1735, 
who tn. 1756, Elizabeth Starbuck. Their 4th child, Hon. Walter 15 Folger, was b. 
June 12, 1765, and m. Dec. 2;), 1785, Anna Ray, dau. of Alexander. After his 
marriage he studied law, and afterwards practiced his profession many years. Ha 
was a member of the Massachusetts Senate, and from 1S17 to 1821, a representative 
in the U. S. Congress. He had great natural genius, as his astronomical clock and 
his telescope evince. His wife d. Sept. 20, 1844, a. 79 vrs. 9 mos.. He d. Sept. 8, 
1849, a. 84. 

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He d. Feb., 1724-5. She in. Seth Paddock, boh of Joseph. Sited. 

. (93) Esther,* b. Nov. 3, 1104; d. single. (94) Timothy*}). 

SuDt. 24, 1706; m. Dec. .5, 1733, Anna Chase. He d. 1749. '(95) 
Pcfcr^ b. 24 4 mo , 1703; m. April 23, 1731, Christian Swain, 4 dan. of 
John.? He d. 1762. (90) Barzilla/ b. 4 of 11 mo., 1710; m. S mo., 
1730, Phebe Coleman, dau. of John; was a captain in the merchant 
service. He d. 10 of 4 mo., 1190, and Phebe his widow d. 17 2 mo., 
1791. (97) Judith,^ h. Dec. 18, 1712; m. Jan. 22, 1728-9, Thomas 
Jenkins, son of Matthew. He d. suddenly at shearing- pen, 23 6 mo., 
1756. She d. 10 of 6 mo., 17 64. They were the parents of Seth and 
Thomas Jenkins, the founders of the city of Hudson, N. Y. 

Nathan 3 Folger, was a blacksmith by trade. At one period he 
kept an inn or public house. He was also a farmer, and was a select- 
man of the town. The dwelling house in which he resided was built 
for him in Squam in 1702: brought to the town and rebuilt, with ad- 
ditions aud enlargements, in 1716; has alwa}'s been owned by his 
descendants, and is now owned by a granddaughter of one of his* 
grandsons* It is in good repair, and is situated on North Shore hill 
and enjoys a fine prospect of the harbor, with all the passing vessels. 
Nathan Folger was blind in his old age. His son Barzilla lived with 
bim in the old homestead; and his grandson Walter, who was my 
grandfather, used to lead him to and from meeting. He died 2 of 7 
mo., 1747. Sarah his wife had died 13 of 2 mo., 1745, 0. S. 

31. John Arthur, son of John and Priscilla (Gardner) Arthur, by 
wife Mary 3 Folger, had ch.: (98) Keturah/ m. Richard Peckham of 
Portsmouth, R, I. (99) Eunice/ b. 29 6 mo., 1706; d. 19 5 mo., 1729. 
(100) Rhoda/ b. 26 9 mo., 1708. (101) Percis/ b. Nov. 17, 1710; m. 
Nov. 20, 1734, Douglas Black. He d. Aug. 14, 1775. Percis his 1st 
wife d. 26 4 mo., 1749. (102) Thomas,! b. Nov. 8, 1712; m. Feb. 17, 
1735, .Mary Edmunds. She d. 28 10 mo., 1776; and he m. 2d wife, 
Dec. 5^ 1780, Priscilla Trott, dau. of Benjamin. She d. June 13, 1793. 
Thomas d.,I)ec 16, 1800, a. 84. (103) Stephen/* b. 2 of 12 mo., 1714. 

(104) Eleazer/ was a schoolboy in 1727. I have no other record. 

(105) Priscilla/ b. Nov. 2. 1718; m. 1739, Benjamin Fish, son of 
Preserved. John Arthur was a cordwainer. He d. 1 of 9 mo., 1719, 
O. S. Mary, 3 his widow, d. 7 of 8 mo., 1720. 

38. Jethro 3 Folger, m. 10 mo., 1710, Mary Starbuck, dau. of Na- 
thaniel, Jr.; ch.: (106) Jedidah/ b. 1711; in. 11 mo., 1729, Robert 
Gardner, son of Benjamin. She d. 2 of 10 mo., 1757. (107) John,! 

b. 1714; m. 9 mo., 1733, Rebecca Baker of Barnstable. He d. . 

(108) Anna/ b. 1720; m. 173S, James Mitchell of R, I. (109) Lydia^ 
b. 1722; m. 1742, Hezekiah Coffin, son of Joseph. She d. 4 9 mo., 
1807. (110) Eunice/ b. 1724; m. 9 mo., 1750, George Coleman, son 
of Solomon; d. 9 4 mo., 1782. (Ill) Tristram/ b. 1727; m. 9 rao. f 
1750, Mary Coffin, dau. of Prince. She d. 1776. He m. 2d, Mary 
Folger, wid. of Nathaniel, dau. of Timothy Wyer. He d. 2 mo. 2d, 
1785. His widow Mary d. 8 of 3 mo., 1801. (112; Hepzibah/ b. 1729; 
m. 10 mo., 1747, Jonathan Swain, son of Richard. She d. 18 1 mo., 
1750. (113) Jethro/ Jr., b. 1731; m. 1753, Mary Barnard, dau. of 
•Thomas. She d. July 1, 1767. He m. 2d, July, 1768, Anna Swain, 
dau. of John, 3d. He died May 22, 1796; Auna his wid., d. Feb. 14, 

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1801. Jethro Folger 3 d. April 19, 1772; Mary his wife, d. July 22, 
1763, a. 10 y. 7 mo. 

39. Samuel Barker of Falmouth, son of .Isaac of Buxbury, rta. 9 
mo., 1718, among" Friends, Bethiah 3 Folger. She was liis 2d wife. 
Ch.: (114) Judith, 4 b. 12 of 1 1 mo., 1720; d. single, G mo, 1739, 0. S. 

(115) Robert ,4 b. Feb. 23, 1723; m. Feb. 16, 1744, Jedi'dah Chase, dau. 
of James. She d. 14 9 mo., 1762. He m. Sarah Gardner, wid. of 
Hezekiah, dan. of Abisha Folder, Esq. Robert d. at Swan Island, 
Kennebeek river, April 26, 1780. Sarah his widow, returned with her 
family to Nantucket, where she d. March 24, 1833, a. 93 yrs. 5 mo. 
They had a large family, the youngest child being the distinguished 
Jacob Barker, Esq., of New York and New Orleans, now living*. 

(116) Samuel, 4 b. Feb. 14, 1725; m. Christian Coffin, dau. of Bartlett 
Coffin. He was captain of a packet. Christian d. Mav 7, 1805. 

(117) Jonah 4 , b. Sept. 17, 1728; m. Elizabeth Mitchell, dau. of Rich- 
ard. She d. March 29, 1761. He m. 2d, in March, 1763, Elizabeth 

'Coffin, wid. of Peleg, dau. of George Hussey. He d. July 23, 1803. 
His wid. d. June 13, 1805. Josiah Barker was a man of property, and 
was a great landholder here on the island. 

Samuel Barker, Sen., was a farmer at Wood's Hole, Falmouth, Mass. 
He d. 1 of 2 mo., 1739, O. S. Bethiah his wid. d. at Nantucket, Jan. 
29, 1774, a. 82. 

40. Nathaniel 3 Folger, m. Nov. 18, 1718, Priscilla Chase, dau. of 
Lieut, Isaac Chase of Tisbnry. Ch.: (US) Elizabeth* m. Paul 
Pease. She d. Nov. 1795. (119) Rebecca,* b. Sept. 10, 1721; m. Ben- 
jamin Marchant. She d. 5 10 mo., 1778. (120) Judith, 4 b. June 3, 
1726; m. Edmund Heath, Jr. She d. Feb. 8, 1775. (121) Paul, 4 b. 
Nov. 5, 1729; m. Catharine Coffin, dau. of Robert. He d. June 11, 
1799, a. 69 y. 7 mo. 6 days. Catharine his widow, d. Sept. 4, 1822, 
a. 88 v. 10 nios. Nathaniel Folger d. 15 of 4 mo., 1775. Priscilla 
d. 30 12 mo., 1753. 

41. Jonathan 3 Folger, m. 11 mo., 1716, O. S., Margaret Gardner, 
dau. of Nathaniel. Ch.: (121 a) Ruth, 4 b. 10 of 4 mo., 1718; d. single. 
(122) Dinah, 4 b. 24 of 4 mo., 1720; m. Jan. 3, 1744, Stephen Chase. 
She d. 18 2 mo., 1786, with a cancer. (123) Rmhen, 4 b. 10 of 6 mo., 
1722; m. 9 mo., 1743, Dinah Hussey, dau. of George. She d. Sept. 
20, 1763. He m. 2d, Dec. 1764, Mary Pinkham. wid. of Nathaniel, 
dau. of Jonathan Ramsdell, Sen. He d. August 28, 1808. Mary his 
wid. d. Oct. 9, 1807. Reuben commanded a vessel in the London 
trade; he had a strong memory, hence in his old age was a good 
genealogist. There are many descendants. (124) Abigail, 4 b. 27 5 
mo., 1724; m. 7 mo., 1757, David Coffin. She'd. Aug. 10, 1792. 
(125) Jonathan 4 b. 7 of 5 mo., 1727; m. 1750, Lydia Barnard, dau. of 
Ebenezer. He d. April 28, 1812. His wife d. June 7, 1800. 

Jonathan Folger, Sen,, was a blacksmith, He d. March 6, 1777. 
His 1st wife Margaret, d. 17 5 mo., 1727. He m. 5 mo., 1728, Debo- 
rah Bunker, wid. of Benjamin, and dan. of Zachariah Paddack of 
Yarmouth. She d. 27 4 mo., 1750. He m. 3d wife, Susanna Pad- 
dack, wid. of Daniel, dau. of Stephen Gorharn. She d. 13 of 7 mo., 
1777, a. 72 years. No ch. by his 2 last wives. 

42. Richard 3 Folger, m. Oct. 11, 1722, Sarah Pease, dan. of Joseph 


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of Martha's Yinevard. Ch.: (126) Susanna* b. 1724; m. Ebenezer 
Cleaveland. (127) Rachel,* b. 13 of 4 mo., 1726; m. John Ellis, son 
of Humphrey. She was killed by lightning-, being struck dead in her 
garret, 14 of 6 mo., 1756. (128) Sylcunus,* b. 11 of 4 mo., 1728. 
(129) David, * b. 3 of 9 mo., 1730; m. Anna Pitts, dau. of Jonathan. 
She d. 1 inc., 17S3. He m. 2d, Sept. 9, 1784, Susanna Foy, wid. of 
Samuel, dau. of John Ellis, lie d. 4 of March, 1813, His w. d. 
July 7, 1809. (130) Ruth,* b. 1732; m. Christopher Pinkham, son of 
John. (131) Solomon, 1 b. 13 4, 1734; m. Lvdia Russell, dau. of Ben- 
jamin. "He d. Aug. 7, 1813. Uis wife d. July 7, 1809. ^132) Mar- 
tha* b. 1737; in. Obadiah Gardner, son of Logan. He was drowned, 
lost from a boat in Vineyard sound in 1772. Martha d. 30 6, 1781. 
(133) Ilepzibah,* b. Dec. 24, 1743; m. Feb. 6, 1766, William Mooers, 

son of Thomas. He d. . She m. 2d, John Hall, She d. June 6, 

1812. (134) Elisha,* b. Sept, 16, 1746; m. Deborah Swain, dau. of 
Caleb. He d. Jan. 25, 1836. His wife d. April, 1825, m. 76 years. 
Richard Folger, 3 was a carpenter. He d. 15 9 mo., 1782. Sarah 
his wife, d. June 18, 1783. 

43. Shubael 3 Folger, m. 10 mo., 1720, Jerusha, dau. of Thomas 
Clark. Ch.: (135) Ph&bep m. 10 mo., 1740, Joseph Marshall, Jr. 
She d. Feb., 1802, (136) Sefo* m. 9 mo., 1745, Phebe Coleman, dau. 
of Elite She d. Dec, 1797. He d. Nov. 17, 1807. (137) Mary* b. 
31 12, 1728; m. 7 mo., 1745, Benjamin Worth, son of Kichard and 
Lydia; m. 2d bus., 8 mo., 1751, Peleg Coleman, son of Solomon. She d. 
June 8, 1815, a. 8 6yrs. 5 mos. (138) Benjamin,* b. 19 10 mo., 1731 ; m. 
10 mo., 1754, Judith Barnard, dau. of Timothy. Hed. March 21, 1819, 

a. 87, of cancer and old age; his wid. Judith, d. Oct. 17, 1828, a. 93 yrs. 

(139) Jemima* m. 1 mo., 1753, Solomon Gardner, son of Andrew. 

(140) Shubad* Jr., b. 1737; m. 12 mo. 1756, Lydia Bunker, dau. of 
George; lost at sea. carried down with a line, 1774. (141) Abigail,* 

b. 2 12 mo., 1738; m. 8 mo., 1756, Benjamin Gardner, son of James. 
She d. Sept., 1S12, a, 74 yrs. 7 mos. He d. on board of the prison 
ship at New York, Dec, 1777, Shubael 3 Folger, Sen., d. Aug. 21, 
1776. Jerusha his wid., d. Aug. 18, 1778. 

82 and 44. Daniel 4 Folger, m. Aug. 31, 1721, Abigail 3 Folger, dau. 
of John. Ch.: (142) Elisha, 5 b. 1721-2; was lost at sea, a. 19 vrs. 
(143) Keziah, 5 b. 9 of 10 mo., 1723; m. 4 of 10 mo., 1740, John Coffiu, 
son of Samuel. He d. July 18, 1788. She d. March 29, 1798, a. 75. 
She fell down stairs and hurt herself, so that she lived but a short 
time. She was the person called " Miriam Coffin," in J. C. Hart's 
novel. She had been doing a large commercial business, but met 
with losses of vessels, and became poor in her old age. (144) Peter, 6 
b. 1726; lost with his father in 1744, in his 19th year. (145) Judith? 
b. March 15, 1728-9; m. James Gardner, son of Jethro. He d. 12 2 
mo., 1748, without issue. She m. 3 of 12 mo. 1749, Caleb Macv, son 
of Richard. He d. June 20, 1793. She d. Aug. 12, 1819, a. 90 yrs. 
5 mos. (146) Abigail, 5 b. 25 4 mo., 1731; m. 12 mo., 1749, Barnabas 
Coffin, son of Richard. She d. 18 1, 1809. (147) Mary, 5 b. 4 of 7 
mo., 1733; rn. 10 of 5 mo., 1752, William Starbuck, son of Thomas. 
She d. 8 of 9 mo., 1825. (148) Daniel, 5 Jr., b. 14 6 mo., 1735-6; m. 
2 mo. 2, 1757, Judith Worth, dau. of Christopher. They had a large 
amily of children. Judith his wife, d. 12 mo., 1815. He m. 2d, 

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Elizabeth Williams, wid. of George Williams and dau. of Nicholas 
Header. He bad moved to Easton, X. Y., before the revolution, 
where he d. at his farm, Nov. 17, 1819, a. 82. His dau. Abigail m. 
Thomas Folger, from England, as before mentioned. (149) Thomas , 4 
b. 27 2 mo., 1739; d. young, a. about 3 weeks. Daniel Folger, Sen., 
was lost in the Vineyard sound, 30 10, 1T44. Abigail his wid., m. 
12 mo., 1748, Daniel Pinkham, son of Richard. She d. Nov. 21, 1787, 
aged 84 years; her 2d husband had d. 2 6 mo., 1770. 
• 45. Zaccheus 3 Folger, m. Nov. 20, 1728, Abigail Coffin, dau. of 
John, Esq. Ch.: (150) Many* b. June 3, 1730; d. single, Feb., 1805. 
(151) James,* b. June 13, 1731; m. Mary Aldrich. She d. Feb. 15, 
1802. (152) John,- b. July 30, 1733; m. Love Gabriel, dau. of Ma- 
nuel. She d. 3 of 9 mo., 1768. He m. Lydia Gardner, dau. of Robert. 
She d. Jan. 1, 1811, a. 78; no ch. John, 4 d. July 13, 1815; he was 
a cooper by trade; he had 5 ch. by his 1st wife, 3 of whom married. 

(153) Nathaniel,* m. 1759, Mary Wyer, dau. of Timothy. He d, in 
W. Indies in Feb., 1777. They had 8 ch., 7 of whom married. His 
wid. m. Tristram Folger, son of Jethro. She d. March 8, 1801. 

(154) Anna,* b. 4 of 7 mo., 1744; m. Christopher Swain, son of Rich- 
ard. She d. Feb. 15, 1819, a. 74 yrs. 7 mos. (155) Abigail,* m. Eli- 
jah Coffin, son of Hezekiah. (156) Andrew,* d. single. (157) 
Jleule?i.* (158) Zaccheus.* Zaccheus 3 Folger, d. July 20, 1779. Abi- 
gail his wife, d. Aug., 1770. He was a captain of a whaling vessel. 

[Mr. Folger's manuscript carries this family several generations 
further — in some lines to the seventh generation. Our limits will 
not allow us to publish it in full; but the manuscript will be placed 
in the library of the New England Historic-Genealogical Society, 
where it can be consulted by those interested.] 


[The following was copied from the fly leaf of the Sermon Book of Jonas Douw 
of Wolvenhoek, on the east bank of the Hudson, near Albany. The property is 
still in the possession of his posterity, and is now occupied by Yolkert P. Douw, 

1683, Sept. 21, m. Magdalen Pieterz; 1684, Oct. 19, Maerytve b.; 
1686, Nov. 14, Volkert b.; d. Ap. 17 1711; 1689, June 22, Doo'raltje 
b.; 1692, March 24, Pietrus b. A Dutch folio Bible in possession of 
Dr. Thomas Hun of Albany, has this entry: " 1736, Oct. 7, Jonas Douw 
in den Heere ontslaapen op een Donderdag omtrent te 3 ure namiddag, 
en 's Maendags begraven, na dat by vier weken siek gewest is." That 
is, he fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, about 3 o'clock, after a 
sickness of four weeks, and was buried on Monday. (See p. 268.) 


Who were the parents of Abigail Plasted (or Plaisted), who was 
married in Boston, March 10th, 1725, to Andrew Nichols. Any in- 
formation to be sent to C. M. Thurston, New Eechelle, N. Y. 

1S62.J Michael Metcalfe. 279 


[Communicated by Hon. John George Metcalf of Mendon, Mass.] 

Michael Metcalfe was, undoubtedly, the progenitor of the Metcalfe 
families, in Now England. He was bom in Tatterford, count;/ of 
Norfolk, England, 15S6, but, for some years, before his voluntary 
expatriation, he resided in the city of Norwich, Eng. Being a zealous 
non-conformist, and to escape the persecutions of the notorious Mat- 
thew Wren, then Bishop of Norwich, he made up his mind to emigrate 
to America. In his first attempt he did not take his family; and, after 
being "tossed up and down" from the 17th of September, IGoG, till 
the Christmas following, came to Plymouth in old England. In this 
attempt he sailed from London. In the second trial he took ship at 
Yarmouth, in the county of Norfolk, April 15, 1637, and arrived "in 
Boston, in New-England, three days before mid-summer, of the same 
year, with my wife nine children and a servant." 

By the date of the following letter it will be seen that it was writ- 
ten before he made his first attempt to come to America. At the 
time of his writing he speaks of himself as an exile from his wife and 
children, " with whom he would gladly have continued, if with liberty.'' 1 
It seems a reasonable presumption from this, that he was staying at 
Plymouth, to escape the persecution of the Bishop of Norwich; and 
that he could no longer occupy his own house with safety. I am 
indebted to Dr. Luther Metcalf Harris, of Jamaica Plain, West Rox- 
bury, for the ancient manuscript from which the letter is transcribed. 

The Letter. 

" To all the true professors of Christs gospel within the city of Nor- 

"The peace of God in Jesus Christ; the help, comfort and assist- 
ance of his eternal spirit be with you, my dear and loving wife, and 
all the rest of our loving friends, professors of Christ's Gospel and 
pure. religion, most purely taught and powerfully preached amongst 
you not long since, who now mourn for the miseries of God's people, 
and loss of your faithful ministers, to your everlasting consolation 
in him. — Amen. 

"Our adversary the devil as a mighty Nirarod and cunning hunter 
doth continually compass the earth to and fro like a roaring lion 
seeking whom he may devour, ruling in the hearts of children of 
disobedience, stirring them up against the people of God: you know 
there ever hath been enmity between the seed of the woman and the 
seed of the serpent; for as he that was born after the flesh persecuted 
him that was born after the spirit (Gal. 4, 29,) even so it is now: 
for are there not beasts among you, after the manner of men, such 
as Paul fought with at Ephesus ? yes, surely, I would they were cut 
off which trouble you. Persecutors they are of you, my friends, in 
in the apostles phrase alluding to Gen. 21, 9 there you shall find 
Ishmael mocking and tempting of Isaac for his religion called perse 


280 Michael Metcalfe. [July 

cution by the apostle Paul, and are there uot such a scoffing* genera- 
tion, of Ishmaelites among- yon, who hate you because you love the 
thing that is good and will not run with them into all excess and 
riot with their tongues do shoot at them that are true of heart (as 
the prophet saith) lie saith further, in the person of the church that f 

they that sit in the gates spake against me, and I was a song of 
the drunkard, for the just man is laughed to scorn, Job 12, 4. The 
wicked watcheth the righteous and seeketh to slay him Ps. 37. I 
could wish this viperous generation did not so multiply in your city 
as they do; among them are some scoffing ishmaelites, prophone 
Esaus, flatteriug Doegs, subtle Ahitophels, children of this world 
wiser in their generation than the children of light; but in the end 
will prove to be Solomon's fools. 

"When I was among them I tasted of their burning charity when 
some of them conspired against 1113- life, as you know, accusing me 
with treason most unjustly; some of my adversaries were at difference, 
one with another, yet like Pilate and Herod, they became friends 
and joined malice and madness against me, but God, who hated their 
conspiracy, so mollified the heart of one of the witnesses that, with 
tears, she confessed I never spake any such words. Their malice 
being manifest to the world, their project was laid in the dust; yet 
herewith not satisfied, they sent out their blood hounds abroad to 
smell out some new matter against me; but my God, bounded their 
madness and by death took away one of my chiefest enemies: Who 
ever perished being innocent? or when were the righteous cut off? 
I have seen them that plough iniquity and sow wickedness, reap the 
same (Job 4, 7). My cause may well allude to the prophet David's 
complaint against his enemies; (saith he) my enemies spake against 
me and they that lay wait for my life take councel together, but the 
Lord hath delivered me out of the wicked, out of the unrighteous and 
evil man: To God I have referred my cause to whom I leave it and 

" You are not ignorant (I suppose) of the great trouble I sustained, 
in the Arch-Deacon's and Bishop's court at the hands of my enemies 
concerning the matter of Bowing as well as for other matters of like 
consequence. I alledged against them the scripture, the canons 
and the book of common prayers; but the chancellor replied he cared 
for none of them I further alledged against them the authority of 
Arch-Bishops and Bishops, as also their great patrons of ceremonies 
the learned Hooker (so called by them) together with a book called 
the Regiment of the church allowed by authority, which hath these 
words; that the decrees and constitutions of the Church of England 
must not be made a part of God's worship, neither holden necessary 
to our salvation, as some have vainly in some of your hearings; for 
our Saviour saith, "in vain do they worship me who teach for doc- 
trines the precepts of man." The apostle condemneth all voluntary 
worship devised by man, Hooker after saith, " our church doth not 
enforce bowing at the name of Jesus upon any man against his 
conscience." Notwithstanding these and more than these reasons 
alledged against them, their learned and invincible arguments to 
refute my assertions were these, " Blockhead — Old heretick, — the 
Devil made you — I will send you to the Devil," with such other trim 

1862,] Michael Metcalfe. 281 

stuff, unfitting terms, to be used by a judge in a court of judicature: 
but of these no mote, for these words were not spoken in a corner 
but in a Consistory. 

"My loving- friends be not discouraged too much at innovations 
now forced upon you, but never heretofore urged upon an} 7 man's con- 
science, by any Bishop of the see of Norwich since the Reformation; 
but as the proverb says, " new Lords — new laws." Such doings make 
sad the hearts of God's people: let your faith and patience have their 
perfect work in these perilous times, now come upon you, by the 
sufferance of God. Be you chearly, God is on your side and his truth 
is your cause, and against you be none but the enemies of the cross 
of Christ. The serpent and his seed the Ishmaelites and prophane 
Esaus of this wicked world children of the malignant church, such 
as the Lord hath always abhorred and in all ages, resisted and over- 
thrown; God (from whom nothing 1 is hid) knoweth what they are; he 
hath found out your enemies to be profane, malicious, proud disdain- 
ful filthy shameless persecutors of and despiteful against his people 
and truth: The spirit of God doth describe them in the Scripture by 
the names of serpents, lions, bulls, bears,- wolves, dogs, swine, beasts 
&c. teaching us to understand that their natural inclination is, as much 
as in them lyeth, to bring into trouble and bonds, all those that live 
godly in Christ: but the Lord with his right arm, will defend his 
little distressed flock against his and your enemies which do conspire 
against your precious faith and liberty. In the meantime, my friends, 
have patience while they rage, let them curse, ban, rage and become 
mad against you, casting the dirt of aspersion at your faces, not 
hating you for your vices but for your virtues. Cain like, and had 
they power with their will, surely they would cast fire and faggots 
at your faces; These Jehus, I do hope, march too furious to hold 
out long. They may haply prove but summer birds. The Lord hath 
bounded their madness that they shall not do more to you than he 
will suffer them to do. 

" God is about to try his people in the furnace of affliction, and he 
that suffereth patiently, for his christian profession, is hereby known 
to be of Christ; even so are the persecutors and opposers of God's 
people known to be enemies of the cross of Christ. Besides, their 
injustice may be a means the sooner to provoke the Lord to take 
pity on you and to punish them that so despitefully use you; for 
though God suffer them for a time, in their pride, yet shall they, not 
always escape his avenging hand. They are his rods and, when he 
hath worn them to the stumps, then will he cast them into the fire: — 
This shall be their final reward. Your duty is, in the meanwhile, 
patiently to abide the will of God y who worketh all things for the 
best for you. Norwich ! the beauty of my native county — what 
shall I say uuto thee. Thou art little inferior to any of thy sister 
cities, within this Kingdom. Famous hast thou been for religion 
throughout this island, the Gospel of Christ Jesus hath been purely 
and powerfully taught to thy great honor, y- joy aud rejoicing of thy 
religious inhabitants: — thy God hath adorned thee with such a 
succession of Godly and able preachers, within some of thy churches, 
that few congregations (I suppose) have had the like, who so faith- 
fully have taught their people, both by life and doctrine, to your 

282 Michael Metcalfe. [July 

everlasting 1 fame; carefully preaching and defending the doctrine 
of the free justification by faith in Christ, with other truths of the 
true Protestant faith, against the defenders of the stinking tenets of 
Arminius, that enemy of God, so called by King James, i. e. y° 1st. 
Alas my friends, what comfort is it now to you to hear what your 
city hath formerly been, for Christ's true religion taught in her? 
The question is what is she now 1 Surely much relapsed and fallen 
from her first love and purity of life and doctrine. Would to God 
thy spiritual fathers had not tasted the sour grapes whereby most 
of thy children's teeth are set on edge. For many strange things are 
now preached in thine ears, by your new teachers, which your old 
preachers would never have endured. But the religion of these novelists 
consisteth in formalities, they striving to use the desk above the pulpit, 
teaching the people less preaching may now serve were it not but 
to preach down schism and faction as at Winsor visitation. Another, 
he makes it arbitrary whether or not the Pope be antichrist, as 
Burgess, in my hearing, at the Cathedral, in Norwich, My friends 
beware of them that preach to you with the enticing words of man's 
wisdom, and do chalk out a nearer way to Heaven, than they shall 
find (I fear) that walk in it. 

"Follow the apostles counsel and take heed how you hear; be 
not led away with the error of the wicked, beware of them which 
come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves, 
for the apostle saith y e wolves will enter into the fold of Christ, not 
sparing the flock. My friends, imitate the wise Bereans, and search 
the scripture whether you become such proficients as to try the doc- 
trines of your preachers, whether they be consonant to the scripture 
or not, beware you keep your judgments sound in the truth, rectifying 
your zeal and affections by the spirit of truth, making God the object 
of your faith and love: — If your judgments be lost then will follow 
that you will soon make shipwreck of faith and a good conscience. 
Remember therefore what you have received and heard and hold that 
fast which thou hast, that no man take away thy crown, Kev. 3, 
3 — 11. And if you do persevere and keep the word of his patience, 
He hath promised he will also keep you from the hour of temptation 
which shall come upon all the world to try them that dwell upon the 

"My loving christians, in taking this my last farewell of you, I do 
earnestly exhort you in the bowels of the Lord Jesus and as you 
tender the eternal welfare of your poor souls, purchased by the blood 
of Christ that you carefully beware of xirminianism; do not nibble 
too long at the bait until you are catched with the hook; rather 
banish from your ears and hearts those stinking fogs and infectious 
vapours, into the Netherlands, from whence they were spawned, a3 
a bastard brood of Popery; for these tenets were arraigned and 
condemned at the council of Dort, by a synod of learned Prelates. I 
do marvel how your novelists dare be so audacious as to meddle 
with, and teach those dangerous and pernicious errors, prohibited by 
proclamation. Would to God this spirit which is seen frequently to 
walk among you, in the likeness of men, were conjured out of your 
nation by authority: 

"My brethren I cannot but much bemoan your great loss of late: 

■1862. J Michael Metcalfe. 2S3 

I mean those godly and learned divines, your most loving*, faithful 
and powerful preachers now forced from amongst you, to your no 
little sorrow thus to be deprived of them that so faithfully have 
taught you and so fatherly cared for you and so godlily have governed 
you by the scriptures of truth: — The}* were given to you and sent of 
God as a great blessing to your city; by the power of whose ministry 
many have been converted and won to the truth of the Gospel, who 
have begotten them to a godly life and conversation. Surely for 
your sins the Lord hath deprived you of them as not worthy of so 
great a mercy as the enjoying* them, since whose departure a famine 
of the word is come upon you, most of your lights being put out. 
Therefore, seeing what the Lord hath done unto thee 0! Norwich! 
prepare to meet ttiy God: Norwich ! by repentance and deep hu- 
miliation, lest the Lord come against thee to avenge the quarrel of 
his covenant which thou hast broken: — Humiliation is a sanctified 
means whereby the Lord will be intreated of you: — If you do humble 
yourselves by fasting and prayer in your several families, then it 
may be, the Lord will work for you: — Therefore cry mightily to God 
and turn, every one from his evil ways, who can tell if God will turn 
and repent and turn away from his fierce anger to you (John 3, 8) 
and send you such preachers again as may divide the word of God 
aright among you; — you did not duly prize them when you enjoyed 
them, therefore the Lord hath deprived you of them as not worthy 
of them: — I may warn you of your danger as the Lord did Jerusalem 
by the Prophet, " Be thou instructed ! Jerusalem lest my soul 
depart from thee;" so may I say to sinful Norwich, which hath pol- 
luted the Lord's sabbaths and profaned his hoi}' things by supersti- 
tions and foolish ceremonies which the Lord commanded not, together 
with the corruption of doctrine and manners too much connived at 
among you, by siding with the times, and yielding too much through 
slavish fear, to the wasting of your graces and quenching that spirit- 
ual vigour, zeal and affection that formerly you had in shew before 
these times of tryal came on to try you, for the Lord is about to 
purge his floor and to thrash his church with the flail of affliction: — 
you may easily see that wrath is gone out from the Lord, and judg- 
ment is begun at the house of God; and his hand is stretched out 
still, but who taketh it to heart, — custom hath taken away the sense 
of misery, and security is the sin of Churches in all places — the 
consideration whereof might cause you to fear and tremble by the 
example of Germany, Bohemia and the Palatinate and many other 
reformed churches over whom the wrath of God hath been to the 
uttermost, to the great depopulating and wasting of cities and 
countries: — When your neighbours houses are on lire, it is time to 
look to your own, let others examples teach you to beware, — "A 
wise man foreseeth the storm and shunneth it," saith Solomon Look 
about you, — quit yourselves like men. for the hour of temptation is 
at hand, which shall come upon the world to try them that dwell 
upon the earth; These are like to be trying times indeed, therefore 
let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. God is able 
to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to put a difference between 
them that fear him and those that fear him not; but he that is found 
to be faithful unto death Christ hath promised unto him a crown of 

284 J\ r . E. Hist.-Gen. Society. [July 

life. Bo not secure, but fear for such times may soon come upon 
you as may shake your faith, if it be not founded on the rock Christ. 
Draw nigh unto God and he will draw liigh to you (James 4, 8) and 
he will comfort you after the time he hath nflicted you: — The Lord 
shorten these sorrowful and sinful days for his great name's sake, 
and give you of his saving grace, that, as you have a little strength 
60 you majr keep his word and not deny his name, Rev. 3, 8. 

11 Now farewell my beloved christians and dear friends, the Lord 
defend, keep and preserve you and me from the malice and power of 
the serpent and his seed; and send us a joyful meeting here or else- 
where as it shall please our Good God to appoint: — In the meanwhile 
I most earnestly desire you to pray for me, for I never had more 
need in my life, in regard of in} 7 excited condition from my wife and 
children, with whom I would gladly have continued, if with liberty — 
but all things came to pass with the good will of God. Doubtless 
you shall never want my poor prayers, if it shall please God to accept 
the prayers of so sinful a wretch as I am. 

"The Lord impute not my sin unto me for Jesus Christ's sake, 
unto whose merciful defence I do most heartily commit you. The 
blessing of God be with you, my dear wife and children and all you 
my christian friends; and fill you all with his holy and blessed spirit, 
that you may always rejoice in the comforts of the same now and 
evermore, Amen. 

"Your loving brother in exile persecuted for Christ's verity, 

Michael Metcalfe. 

"Plymouth (Eng.) the 13th of January 1636." 

Monthly Meetings — 1862. 

Boston, April 2. — The regular monthly meeting was held at their 
rooms, 13 Bromfield street, this afternoon at 3 o'clock P. M. 

In the absence of the president and recording secretary, Rev. 
Washington Gilbert was chosen chairman, and Rev. Abner Morse, 

John H. Sheppard, Esq., the librarian, reported that since the pre- 
vious meeting there had been donated to the society fifteen bound 
volumes, forty-six pamphlets, consisting of essays, reports and ser- 
mons, and one manuscript. 

Rev. Caleb D. Bradlee, the corresponding secretary, reported- that 
letters had been received from Rev. Edward Warren Clark, Auburn- 
dale, Mass., and Edward M. Endicottof Boston, as resident members; 
from Rev. George Grout Hapgood of Delta, N. Y., as corresponding 
member. Accompanying Mr. Hapgood's- letter was a paper on the 
Samaritan Alphabet. 

W. B. Trask, Esq., the historiographer, read a memoir o^ Pynson 
Blake of Boston, a resident member of the society; also, of Rt f Rev. 
William Meade, D. D., Bishop of Virginia, a corresponding member, 
both of whom recently deceased. 

1862.] M E. Hist.-Gen. Society. 285 

A paper entitled the History of Roanoke Island, was read by Fre- 
deric Kidder, Esq., beginning in 1584 and ending with the battle 
fought there the present year. It gave the details of the experience 
of the three colonies sent there by Sir Walter Raleigh, and tracing it 
down to its explorations from Virginia in 1653, and its grant to a 
Boston merchant in 1676, where its title was retained till subsequent 
to the revolution. From this spot the English obtained tobacco, the 
potato and some other plants. 

Rev. Abner Morse gave what he considered farther evidence of the 
emigration of the Northmen to the valley of the Mississippi, and 
of their adoption of Indian manners and customs. 

Rev. F. W. Holland read an amusing paper on the derivation of 

The thanks of the society were passed to the gentlemen who read 
the papers of the afternoon, and copies were requested for the 

May 7. — The regular monthly meeting was held this afternoon, 
President Winslow Lewis, M. D., in the chair. 

The corresponding secretary reported that he had received letters 
from the following gentlemen since the previous meeting, accepting 
the membership to which they had been elected: As resident — Rev. 
Stillmau Pratt of Middleboro', Mass.; as corresponding — Thomas 
Hughes, F. S. A., of London, England. 

The librarian reported that there had been donated to the society, 
since the previous meeting, 29 bound volumes and 124 pamphlets. 

Wm. B. Towne, Esq., the treasurer, announced that John Barstow, 
Esq., of Providence, R. I., had very liberally donated three hundred 
dollars to the society, in addition to his previous donation, for which 
a vote of thanks was passed, and, in accordance with the donors re- 
quest, trustees*, viz: W. B. Towne, A. D. Hodges, and J. TisdalB 
Bradlee, Esqs., we^re appointed to take charge of the fund. 

Rev. Samuel Sewall read a very interesting account of the old 
meeting-houses of New England, as illustrated by the second house 
built in Woburn, with a very full description of a Sunday in the 
olden time. 

John H. Sheppard, Esq., read a carefully prepared paper on the 
history of the society, its objects and wants. Thanks were voted 
and a copy of the paper requested. It will be found entire in the 
present number of the Register. 

Mr. Dearborn read a short but very clear account of a shot from 
Bunker Hill, found in 1845 or 1846. 

Col. Swett showed three photographs which he had recently re- 
ceived from Florence, Italy. One, a likeness of Franklin, copied 
from the statue by Powers, destined for our national capltoi; another, 
of Powers himself; and the third, of Garibaldi, all of which were 
pronounced excellent. 

June 4. — The regular monthly meeting was held this afternoon 
President Winslow Lewis, M. D., in the chair. 

The librarian reported that eight bound volumes and forty-eight 
pamphlets had been donated to the society since the previous meeting. 

The historiographer read brief memoirs of members recently de- 

2S6 JV*. E. Hid.-Gcn. Society. [July 

ceased, viz: Of Rev. John Wheeler, D. P., of Burlington, Vt., an 
honorary member; Kev. George Washington Bethunc, 1). D.,-of New 
York, corresponding member; Mr. George Eddy Henshaw of Cam- 
bridgeport, resident member. The latter was a member of the ISth 
regiment Massachusetts volunteers, and was the first of the members 
of the society, so far as known, who has died in the Federal service 
during the present rebellion. 

Hon. Charles Hudson of Lexington, read a portion of his MS. His- 
tory of the Toicn of Lexington, setting forth, in an able manner, the 
causes of the Americau revolution, which commenced in Lexington 
on the 19th of April, 1*175. He maintained that the controversy with 
the mother country did not begin or end in the question of taxation, 
as is generally supposed. Taxation at one time was made the occa- 
sion of bitter strife, but the true cause was deeper and more vital. 
Great Britain claimed the right to legislate for the colonies " in all 
cases whatsoever," whether by general laws which applied to the 
whole empire, or by partial laws which applied only to the colonists. 
On the other hand, the colonists maintained that on leaving England 
with a charter, which was a sacred compact which no earthly power 
could rightfully infringe, they were clothed with ail the rights, pri- 
vileges and immunities of English subjects, and having by their 
charter all legislative powers, they had a lawful right to make their 
own laws; and that the enactment of Parliament touching the colo- 
nies was void, on the ground that they were not represented in Par- 
liament, and that most of these enactments were not only violations 
of the colonial charters, but directly repugnant to the fundamental 
principles of the English constitution. 

The colonists complained not of taxation alone, but of attempts on 
the part of the ministry to quarter troops upon them, and to maintain 
standing armies among them in times of peace, without the consent 
of their legislatures; to make the judges of the supreme court de- 
pendent upon the Crown alone; to deprive the people of the right 
secured to all English subjects of being tried by a jury of their peers 
in the vicinity of the alleged offence; and to modify and annul their 
charters. They maintained that this whole system of measures was 
designed to reduce them to a state of vassalage, and that in resist- 
ing these aggressive measures they but vindicated their rights as 
British subjects. 

Mr. Hudson said it was a libel upon the character of our patriot 
fathers to say that they involved the country in all the horrors of 
war to save themselves from a paltry tax upon stamped paper and 
tea. They had motives higher, purer and holier. They stood upon 
sacred compacts and the great principles of human rights. They 
felt that they were set for the defence of freedom; that they had 
not only personal rights to maintain, but a posterity to serve, and a 
God' to obey. Entertaining these views, they could not hesitate. 
To submit to such encroachments would be injustice to themselves 
and their posterity, and treason to that Almighty Power by which 
they had been sustained and in which they put their trust. 

A vote of thanks was passed for the paper, and a copy requested 
for the archives. 

1862.] Officers of the M E. Hlst.-Gen. Society. 2S7 



[Compiled by J. W, Dean.] 

* Prefixed to a name, signifies deceased ; t Signifies txoffi.cio. 



*Charles Ewer. Esq., of Boston, Mass., Jan. 1845, to Jan. 1850 

Rev. Joseph Barlow Felt, LL.D., of Boston, " 1850, to " 1853 

William Whiting, A. M.,of Roxbury, " 1S53, to " 1853 

Samuel Gardner Drake, A. M., of Boston, " 1858, to " 1859 

Almon D. Hodges, Esq., of Roxbury, Mass., <{ 1859, to " 1861 

Wiuslow Lewis, M. D., of Boston, " 1861. 


*Lemuel Sbattuck, Esq., of Boston, Mas3., Jan. 1845, to Jan. 1850 

Rev. Lucius Robinson Pai^e, D. D., of Cambridge, Mass. " 1850, to " 1851 

Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, M. D., of Boston, Mass., . . " 1851, to " 1853 

Hon. Timothy Farrar, A. M., of Boston, Mass., " 1853, to " 1858 

Hon. William Willis, A. M., of Portland, Me., Feb. 1855, to " 1359 

Hon. Noah Martin, M. D., of Dover, N. H., " 1855, to " 1859 

*Rev. John Wheeler, D. D,, of Burlington, Vt., " 1355, to " 1859 

Hon. William R. Staples, A. M., of Providence, R. I.,... " 1855, to " 1859 

*Hon, Nathaniel Goodwin, of Hartford, Ct., " 1855, to May 1855 

Rev. Leonard Bacon, D. D., of New Haven, Ct., Aug. 1855, to Jan. 1859 

Hon. Frances Brinley, A. M., of Boston, Jan. 1858, to " 1859 

Hon. Charles Hudson, A. M., of Lexington, Mass., " 1859, to " 1861 

Hon. John Appleton, of Baugor, Me., " 1859. 

Hon. Samuel D. Bell, LL.D., rf Manchester, N. H...... " 1859. 

Henry Clark, Esq., of Poultney, Vt " 1859. 

John Barstow, Esq., of Providence, R. I., " 1859. 

Rev. F. W. Chapman, A. M., of Ellington, Ct , " 1859. 

Rev. Martin Moore, A. M., of Boston, " 1861. 

Honorary Vice-Presidents. 

Hon. Millard Fillmore, LL. D , of Buffalo, N. Y., Feb. 1855. 

Hon. Lewis Cass, LL. D. , of Detroit, Mich. , " 1855. 

Hon. Elijah Hayward, A. B., of Columbus, 0., " 1855. * 

Hon. John Wentworth, of Chicago, 111., " 1855. 

♦Rev. John Lauris Blake, D. D., of Orange, N. J., Jan. 1856, to July 1857 

Hon. Samuel Breck, of Philadelphia, Pa. } " 1856. 

Sebastian Ferris Streeter, A. M., of Baltimore, Md. " 1856. 

Edward Kidder, Esq.. of Wilmineton, N. C, " 1856. 

Rev. Thomas Smyth, D. D., of Charleston, S. C.,. " 1856. 

Hon. Ballard Smith, of Cannelton, lud., ,.. " 1S56. 

Cyrus Woodman, A. M., of Mineral Point, Wis.,. . . " 1856. 

Rt. Rev. Henry W. Lee, D. D., of Davenport, Iowa, '* 1856. 

*Andrew Randall, M. D., of San Francisco, Cal.,... " *1856, to July 1856 

Hon. Joseph C. Hornblower, LL. D., of Newark, N. J.,. . " 1853. 

Corresponding Secretaries. 

Samuel G. Drake, A. M., of Boston, ,.... Jan. 1845, to Jan. 1850 

Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, M. D. of Boston, " 1850, to " 1851 

Samuel G. Drake, A. M.. of Boston, " 1851, to " 185S 

2SS Officers of the jY. E. Hist.-Gen. Society. [July 

Row Samuel H. Riddel, A. B., of Boston, Jan. 185?, to Jan. 1859 

John Ward Dean, of Boston, " 1859, to " 1862 

Rev. Caleb Davis Bradlee, A. M., of Roxbury, " ]862. 

Assistant Corresponding Secretary. 
John Ward Dean, of Boston, Sept. 1858, to Jan. 1859 

Recording Secretaries. 

John Wingate Thornton, A. M., of Boston, Jan. 1845, to Mar. 1846 

Rev. Samuel H. Riddel, A. B., of Boston, Apr. 1846, to Jan. 1851 

*Charles Mayo, Esq., of Boston, Jan. 1S51, to " 1856 

Hon. Francis Brmley, A. M., of Boston, " 1856, to " 1857 

David Pulsifer, Esq., of Boston, " 1857, to Aug. 1S57 

John Ward Dean, of Boston, Aug 1857, to Jan. 1858 

William M. Cornell, M. D., of Boston, Jan. 1S58, to " 3859 

Rev. Caleb Davis Bradlee, A. M., of North Cambridge,.. " 1859, to '« 1862 

Edward F. Everett, A. B., of Charlestown, " 1862.' 

Assistant Recording Secretary. 
Edward F. Everett, A. B.. of Charlestown. Jan. 1861, to Jan. 1862 


William Henry Montague, Esq., of Boston, Jan. 1845, to Jan. 1851 

Frederic Kidder, Esq., of Boston, " 1851, to " 1855 

John Ward Dean, of Boston, (£ 1855, to " 1857 

Isaac Child, Esq., of Boston, " 1857, to " 1860 

Hon. George W. Messinger, of Boston, " 1860, to •« 1S61 

William B. Towne, Esq., of Brookline, " 1861. 


Joseph Palmer, M. D., of Boston, , Jan. 1856, to Jan. 1862 

William B. Trask, of Dorchester, " 1862. 


iJ. Wingate Thornton, A. M., of Boston, Apr. 1845, to Jan. 1846 

Edmund Bachelder Dearborn, Esq., of Boston, Jan. 1846, to " 1849 

David Pulsifer, Esq., of Boston, \ " 1849, to M 1S51 

Thomas Bellows Wyman, Jr., Esq., of Charlestown, " 1851, to " 1852 

William Blake Trask, Esq., of Dorchester, <l 1852, to Aug. 1854 

Rev. Luther Far nham,«A. M., of Boston, Aug.1854, to July 1856 

Thomas B. Wyman, Jr., Esq., of Charlestown,.... Sep. 1856, to Jan. 1858 

Edward Holden, Esq., of Roxbury Jan. 1858, to " 1859 

William Blake Trask, Esq., of Dorchester, " 1859, to " 1861 

, John H. Sheppard, A. M., of Boston, " 1661." 


*fCharles Ewer, Esq., of Boston, Jan. 1845, to Jan. 1850 

*fLemuel Shattuck, Esq., of Boston, " 1S45, to " 1S50 

tSamuel G. Drake, A. M., of Boston, " 1845, to " 1850 

tJ. Wingate Thornton. A 11,, of Boston, " 1S45, to Mar. 1846 

tWilliam H. Montague, Esq., of Boston, " 1845, to Jan. 1851 

tRev. Samuel H. Riddel, A. B., of Boston, Apr. 1846, to " 1851 

tRev. Joseph B. Felt, LL. D., of Boston, Jan. 1850, to " 1853 

tRev. Lucius R. Paige, B; D,, of Cambridge " 1850, to " 1851 

fNathauiel B. Shurtltii, M. D., of Boston, ,; 1S50, to " 1853 

tSamuel G. Drake, A. M., of Boston, " 1851, to " 1859 

*tCharles Mayo, Esq., of Boston, •» 1851, to " 1856 

tFrederic Kidder, Esq , of Boston, " 1851, to " 1855 

tWilliam Whiting, A~ M., of Roxbury,.... " 1853, to " 1858 

tHon. Timothy Farrar, A. M., of Boston, " 1853, to " 1858 

tJohn Ward Dean, of Boston, " lb55, to " 1657 

1862.] Officers of the JV. E. Hid.-Gcn. Society. 2S9 

tHon. Francis Brinley, A. M., of Boston, Jan. 1856, to Jan. 1857 

tDavid Pulsifer, Esq., of Boston, " 1857, to Aug. 1857 

tlsaac Child, Esq., of Boston, " 1857, to Jan. 1860 

tJohn Ward Dean, of Boston, Aug.1857, to " 1858 

tHon. Francis Brinley, A. M., of Boston, Jan. 1858, to " 1S59 

fRev. Samuel H. Riddel, A. B., of Boston, Jan. 1858, to Jan. 1859 

t William M. Cornell, M. P., of Boston, " 1858, to " 1859 

tAlmon D. Bodges, Esq , of Roxbury, " 1859, to " 1861 

tHon. Charles Hudson, A. M., of Boston, " 1859, to " 1861 

John Ward Pean,t of Boston, " 18. r >9. 

tRev. Caleb Davis Bradlee, A. M , of North Cambridge,.. " 1859. 

tHon. George W. Messinger, of Boston, " ] 8G0, to Jan. 1861 

tWinslow Lewis, M. D., of Boston, " 1861. 

Rev. Martin Moore,* A. M., of Boston " 1863. 

tWilliam B. Towne, Esq. , of Brookline, " 1861. 

John H. Sbeppard, A. M.,§ of Boston, July 1861. 

fEdward F. Everett, A. B., of Charlestown, Jan. 1862. 

tRev. Joseph B. Felt, LL. P., of Salem, " 1862. 

tWilliam Whiting, A. M., of Roxbury, " 1862. 

tSamuel G. Drake, A. M., of Boston, " 1862. 

tAlmon D. Hodges, Esq., of Roxbury " 1862. 

tWilliam B. Trask, Esq. , of Dorchester, " 1862. 

tFrederic Kidder, Esq., of Boston, " 1862. 

tJeremiah Colburn, Esq., of Brookline, " 1862. 

tWilliam Reed Deane, Esq., of Brookline, " 1862. 

Joseph Palmer, M. D., of Boston, «« 1862. 

Hon. George W. Messinger, of Boston, " 1862. 

John Barstow, Esq., of Providence, R. I., " 1862. 

L Secretaries of the Directors. 

tJ. Wingate Thornton, A. M., of Boston, Jan. 1845, to Mar. 1846 

♦ tRev. Samuel H. Riddel, A. B., of Boston, Apr. 1846, to Jan, 1851 

Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, M. D., of Boston, Jan. 1851, to " 1853 

*tChar!es Mayo, Esq., of Boston, " 1853, to June 1855 

John Ward Dean, of Boston, Junel855, to Jan. 1856 

tHon. Francis Brinley, A. M., of Boston, Jan. 1856, to " 1857 

fPavid Pulsifer", Esq., of Boston, " 1857, to Aug. 18f 7 

tJohn Ward Dean, of Boston, Aug. 185 7, to Jan. 1858 

tWilliam M. Cornell, M. D., of Boston, Jan. 1858, to " 1859 

tRev. Caleb Davis Bradlee, A. M., of North Cambridge,.. " 1859, to Feb. 1861 

Edward F. Everett, A. B., of Charlestown, Feb.1861. 

Publishing Committee. 

♦Charles Ewer, Esq., of Boston, Mar. 1847, to Jan. 1851 

Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, M. D., of Boston, " 1S47, to " 1849 

Rev. Samuel H. Riddel, A. B., of Boston, " 1847, to " 1851 

^David Hamblen, Esq., of Boston, Jan. 1849, to Oct. 1855 

• *tWilliam T. Harris, A. M., of Cambridge, Feb. 1849, to " 1849 

Rev. Joseph B. Felt, LL. D., of Boston, Jan. 1850, to July 1S52 

Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, M. D , of Boston, " 1850, to Jan. 1851 

Rev. Lucius R. Paige, D. D., of Cambridge, " 1850, to " 1851 

Charles Deane, A. M., of Boston, " 1851, to Oct. 1851 

J. Wingate Thornton, A. M., of Boston " 1851, to Mar. 1852 

♦William T. Harris, A. M., of Cambridge, " 1851, to Oct. 1851 

Frederic Kidder, Esq., of Boston, Oct. 1851, to " 1855 

Hon. Timothy Farrar, A. M., of Boston and Dorchester,. Nov. 1851, to Dec. 1854 

William B. Trask, Esq , of Dorchester Apr. 1852, to Oct. 1853 

♦Charles Mavo, Esq., of Boston, Oct. 1852. to M 1853 

Rev. William Jenks, P. D., of Boston, " 185?, to " 1858 

Lyman Mason, A. M., of Boston, " 18^3, to Dec. 1854 

% Ex-ofikio till Jan. 1S62. \ By invitatioa of tht> Board till Jau. 1S62. 



290 Officers of the J\ r . E. Hist.-Gen. Society. [July 

Rev. John Ward Dean, of Boston, Dec. 1854. 

William Read Deano, Esq., of Brookline, " 1S54, to Oct. 1856 

♦Lemuel Shattuek, Esq., of Boston. " 1854, to u 1856 

Rev. Alonzo Hall Quint, A. M., of Jamaica Plain, Oct. 1855, to " 18&6 

James Spear Loring, Esq., of Boston,... rt 1855, to " 1856 

Hon. Francis Brinley, A.^M., of Boston, " 1856, to " 1858 

Charles IT. Morse, Esq., of Cambrklgeport. " 1856, to " 1858 

William II. Whitmore, Esq., of Boston, " 1856, to Nov. 1861 

Hon. Timothy Farrar, A. M , of Boston, Oct. 1857, to Oct. 1858 

William B. Trask, Esq., of Dorchester, " 1858. 

Hon. Charles Hudson, A. M., of Lexington, Nov. 1861. 

Rev. Elias Nasou, A. M., of Exeter, N. H. " 1861. 

George W. Chase, Esq., of Haverhill, " 1861. 

Committee, on Donations and Exchanges." 

James S. Loring, Esq., of Boston, May 1S50, to Jan. 1852 

Charles J. F. Binney, Esq., of Boston, " 1850, to " 1852 

Hon. Amasa Walker, A. M., of North Brookfield, Jan. 1852, to " 1854 

John G. Locke, Esq., of Boston, " 1852, to " 1853 

James S. Loring, Esq., of Boston, " 1853, to " 1854 

Committee on the Library and Room. 

Isaac Child, Esq., of Boston, Jan. 1852. to Jan. 1856 

♦Aiteruas Simonds, Esq., of Boston, " 1852, to Oct. 1S54 

Committee on the Library. 

{Thomas B. Wyman, Jr., Esq , of Charlestown, .. . Jan. 1856, to Jan. 185S 

Charles H. Morse, Esq., of Cambridgeport, " 1856, to " 1857 

William H. Whitmore, Esq., of Boston, " 1856, to " 1857 

William B. Trask, Esq., of Dorchester " 1856, to " 1858 

fRev, Luther Farnham, A. M., of Boston, " 1856, to July 1856 

Dean Dudley, Esq., of Boston, Oct. 1856. to Jan. 1858 

Rev. Caleb D. Bradlee, A. M., of North Cambridge...... Jan. 185 7, to " 1858 

Sylvester Bliss, Esq., of Roxbury, " 1857, to " 1858 

Thomas J. Whittemore, Esq., of Cambridge, 4 ' 1858, to 4C 1859 

William Makepeace. Esq., of Boston, " 1858, to " 1859 

Horace G. Barrows, M. D., of Boston " 1858, to " 1859 

Edward S. Rand. Jr., A. M.,of Dedham, " 1858, to " 1859 

tEdward Holden, Esq , of Roxbury, " 1858, to " 1859 

Rev. Alonzo H. Quint, A.\m., of Jamaica Plain, 4 * 1859, to " 1861 

Samuel Burnham, Esq., of Jamaica Plain, " 1859, to " 1861 

Thomas Waterman, Esq., of Boston, " 1S59. 

J. Gardner White, Esq., of Boston, " 1859, to Jan. 1861 

fWilliam B. Trask, Esq., of Dorchester, " 1859, to u 1861 

Frederic Kidder, Esq., of Boston, , " 1861, to " 1862 

Kev. James Thurston, A. M., of Belmont, " 1861, to " 1S62 

William S. Appleton, A. B., of Boston, " 1861. 

tJohn H. Sbeppard, A. M., of Boston, " 1861. 

Jeremiah Colburn, Esq., of Brookline, " 1862. 

Rev. Abner Morse, A. M., of Boston, Jan. 1862. 

Committee on Finance. 

Gen. Samuel Andrews, of Roxbury, Jan. 1852, to Jan. 1856 

♦David Hamblen, Esq., of Boston, li 1852, to Nov. 1855 

Samuel Nicolson, Esq., of Boston, " 1856, to Jan. 1857 

Col. Samuel Swett, A. M., of Boston, " 1856, to '* 1857 

Nathaniel Whiting, Esq., of Watertown, " 1856, to " 1857 

Hon. George W. Messinger, of Boston, " 1856, to " 1857 

tJohnW. Dean, of Boston, , " 1856, to " 1857 

John W. Parker, Esq., of Roxbury, " 1S57, to " 1858 

Charles H. Morse, Esq., of Cambridgeport, " 1857, to iC 1858 

J Ex-officio from Sept. 1856 to Jan. 1S5S. J Ex-officio since Jan. 1361. 

1862.] The Bible as a Genealogical Register. 291 

lion. William Makepeace, Esq., of Boston, Jan. 1857, to Jan. 1658 

Thomas J. Whittemore, Esq., of Cambridge, " 1857, to ' 1858 

tlsaac Child, Esq., of Boston, " 1857, to " 1860 

Sylvester Bliss, Esq., of Roxbury, , " 1858, to " 1859 

William E. leaker, Esq., of Boston, " 1858, to " 1861 

Jacob Q. Kettelle, A. B., of Boston, " 1858, to " 1859 

C. Benj. Richardson, Esq., of Boston, " 1858, to Nov. 1858 

William Makepeace, Esq., of Boston, " 1859, to Jan. I860 

Jeremiah Colbum, Esq., of Boston, " 1859, to " 1862 

Thomas J. Whittemore, Esq., of Cambridge, ;t 1859. 

^William B. Towne, Esq., of Brookline, " 1860. 

Hon. George W. Messinger,* of Boston, Jan. I860. 

J. Tisdale Bradlee, Esq., of Boston, , ct 1861. 

Frederic Kidder, Esq., of Boston, " 1862. 

Committee on Lectures and Essays. 

Rev. Martin Moore. A. M., of Boston, Mar. 1860, to Jan. 1861 

Rev. Lucius R. Paige, D. D., of Cambridge, " I860, to " 1861 

William Reed Deane, Esq., of Brookiine, K 1860. 

Rev. Frederic W. Hollaud, A. M., of Dorchester, " 1860. 

Thomas Cushing, A. M., of Boston, " I860. 

Rev. Washington Gilbert, A. M., of West Newton, Jan. 1861. 

J. Gardner White, Esq., of Boston, " 1861. 

Trustees of the Bond Fund and Property. 

Almon D. Hodges, Esq., of Roxbury, July 1S59. 

Frederic Kidder, Esq., of Boston, " 1859. 

John Ward Dean, of Boston, " 1859. 

Trustees of the Bar stow Fund. 

William B. Towne, Esq., of Brookline, May 1862. 

A. D. Hodges, Esq., of Roxbury, " 1862. 

J. Tisdale Brodlee, Esq., of Boston, " 1802. 


Mr. Jonathan K. Peckhani of Middleboro, Mass., has an ancient 
Bible, presented to him in 1848, by his father David Peckham, 3d, 
who was son of David Peckham, 2d, who was son of David Peck- 
ham, 1st, who was son of Philip Peckham; all of whom had in turn 
been owners of the Bible, it having originally been purchased by 
Philip Peckham, who died in 1722. 

The Bible contains a partially erased record of Philip Peckham, 
born in 1680. The second is the name of Jane Peckham, his wife, 
born in 1683. It contains a record of the births of Sarah, Caleb, 
John, Robert, Joshua and David Peckham, children of the above 
named Philip and Jane. 

This Bible also contains a record of the births of the children of 
Jonathan K. Peckham, a native of Rochester, Mass., and Lydia F. 
Edwards, his wife, who was a native of Nantucket. 

Thus on four blank pages, including a short note on the fly leaf, 
we get a clue to seven generations of Peckhams, extending buck to 
1680. Had all Bible records been kept with as much care during 
the two past centuries, it would now be an easy matter to trace the 
genealogy of many families in New England, concerning which little 
is known. 

* Ex-ofiicio till January, 1861. 

292 Marriages and Deaths. [July 


Bethune. — Rev. George Washing-ton, D. D., of New York, at 
Florence, Italy, April 28, a. 57. Dr. B. traced his family descent from 
the Huguenots. He was born in the city of New York in March, 
1805; was a son of Divie and Joanna (Graham) Be'thune. D. Beth- 
une was born at Dingwall, Ross shire, Scotland, in 1771, died in New 
York, Sept. IS, 1824. In early life he emigrated to the Island of To- 
bago, thence to New York in 1792, where he settled as merchant. He 
connected himself with the Scotch Presbyterian Church of Dr. Mason 
in Cedar street; and became prominent for his zeal in the cause of 
religion. At his own expense he printed 10,000 tracts and imported 
Bibles for distribution. This was before a tract society was formed 
in this country. From 1803 to 1816 he supported one or more Sun- 
day Schools. He devoted to such work one-tenth of his gains. The 
house of Bethune & Smith (both sons-in-law of the celebrated Mrs. 
Isabella Graham), was established in 1798; the firm changed in 1805, 
by the withdrawal of Mr. S., to that of Divie Bethune Sc Co., which 
continued till Mr. B.'s death. In the year 1826, George Washington 
Bethuue was ordained a minister of the Presbyterian Church, but in 
1827 joined the Dutch Reformed communion where he lias since con- 
tinued. His ministerial career was commenced at Rhinebeck on the 
Hudson, from whence he removed to Utica; and in 1834 to Philadel- 
phia; in 1849 to Brooklyn, N. Y. ; and finally to New York city. Dr. 
Bethune was an eloquent divine; was an author and a poet. He pub- 
lished several popular works of a devotional character; in 1&4&, Lays 
of Love and Faith, and other Poems, and in 1850 a volume of Orations 
and occasional Discourses. He also collected and published a portion 
of his sermons. In 1847 he edited the first American edition of Wal- 
ton's Angler. He delivered the Oration before the Phi Beta Kappa 
Society of Harvard University, July 19, 1849, which was published. 
This elegant literary production was entitled The Claims of our 
Country on its Literary Men. He was made a corresponding member 
of the N. E. Hist.-Gen. Society in 1855. He left a widow. 

Blake. — Pynson, South Boston, Jan. 7, a. 65. He was a son of 
James and Lydia Blake, and was born in Boston, Oct. 16, 1796. He 
was a descendant in the sixth generation from William and Agnes 
Blake of Dorchester, through five in succession by the name of James. 
The maiden name of his grandmother was Mary Pynson. Mr. Blake 
was for a while engaged in the salt business with his brother Samuel, 
on Long Wharf, Boston, but soon removed to the town of Orange, 
Franklin county, Mass., where he opened a grocery store, and there 
remained a few years. In 1826, he m. Sarah Dana of Princeton, Mass. 
He engaged in trade in that town, residing there until 1841, when he 
returned to Boston and devoted himself to the real estate and pension 
business until within a year of his decease. He was quite success- 
ful in obtaining pensions for those who were entitled to them, and 

1862.] Marriages and Deaths. 293 

while in health pursuer] the subject with much energy and perseve- 
rance. For more than thirty years he was troubled with an affection 
of the eyes, at times very painful. Notwithstanding- the discourage- 
ments which attended him, his patience and good spirits — his Christ- 
ian principles bore him on. He was an estimable man, of kind feelings, 
beloved and respected by his many friends and acquaintances. His 
wife Sarah, died May 28, 184S. They had six children; two sons and 
two daughters are living. The sons are twins. Mr. B. took great 
interest in historical and genealogical pursuits and had nearly a 
complete record of his own and his wife's families. He became a 
member of the N. E. Hist. Gen. Society in 1860. 

Cushing. — John P. dishing, Esq., one of the wealthiest and mosi 
benevolent citizens of Massachusetts, died at his residence in Bel- 
mont on Saturday, April 12, at the age of 76 years. Mr. Gushing has 
been several years in a poor state of health. In early life he amassed 
a princely fortune in China and his subsequent life has been marked 
by the most liberal yet unostentatious charity. At Watertown he 
established one of the most magnificent conservatories in the State, 
which was liberally thrown open to the public. His garden, now 
included in the town of Belmont, was a place of great attraction, and 
thousands of admiring visitors flocked to it every season. He took 
an active part in public enterprises, and his loss will be sorely felt 
alike in social and business circles. 

Langdon. — Jane Weaver, New York, April 29. 1861, a. 12, widow 
of late Thomas W. Langdon. See Register, vol. xv, page 185. 

Lothrof.— Mrs. Jemsha, Utica, Feb'y 19, 1862, a. 86. She was the 
daughter of the Rev. Samuel Kirkland, the missionary to the six na- 
tions of Indians, prior to and during the Revolutionary War, and 
Jerusha Brigham, who was a niece of the Rev. Dr. Wheeiock, presid- 
ent of Dartmouth College, and fifth in descent from Capt. Miles Stand- 
ish of the Mayflower. Mrs. Lothrop was born in Stockbridge, Mass., 
January 8, 1776. She was taken by her parents in her childhood to 
the then .wilderness of western New York, where she in maturity 
contributed largely with other pioneers to lay the foundations of 
that intellectual, moral, and religious character for which the citi- 
zens of that section of our country have since been distinguished. 
She married in 1797, John Hosmer Lothrop, Esq., a lawyer by pro- 
fession, a man who was noted in his time for his literary, and high 
toned gentlemanly accomplishments; by this marriage she had three 
sons and four daughters — the elder sou being the Rev. Samuel K. 
Lothrop, D. D., pastor of the Brattle street church, Boston. Previous 
to her marriage she enjoyed the privileges of the seminaries and 
society of Boston, which eminently fitted her for association with the 
talented and accomplished men and women that, were early attracted 
to western New York. She had many of those qualities of mind and 
heart that characterized her father; vivacious, conscientious, chari- 
table, self-sacrificing, always foregoing her own interests and pleas- 
ures for the good of others. She was a favorite of the celebrated 
Indian chief Skenando,, who was termed the " white man's friend." 
Members of his family were accustomed, prior to the removal of the 

294 Marriages and Deaths. [ Jnl^y 

Oneidas to Green Bay> to pay her periodical visits. " She was (says 
one id noticing* her demise), the last surviving- member of her family 
— the last surviving 1 child of a man who, ninety-seven years ago, 
went from the residence of Sir William Johnson, at Johnstown, under 
the guidance of two Indians, upon snow shoes, through an unbroken 
wilderness, to the chief town of ' the savage Seuacas/ to attempt to 
teach them 'the way of salvation/ and to introduce among them the 
arts of civilized life. In that adventurous and dangerous journey he- 
passed over, or near to the present city of Utica ; of which place 
Mrs. Lothrop had been a resident for more than fifty years previous 
to her death." 

Mason. — Rev. Charles, D. D., Boston, March 23d, a. 49. He was a 
son of lion. Jeremiah Mason, the eminent jurist, and was born in 
Portsmouth, N. H., July 25th, 1812; grad. H. U. 1832; was inducted 
Rector of the Episcopal Church in Salem, Mass., May 31st, 1S3T; 
resigned his charge May 31st, 1847 — removed to Boston, and was 
inducted Rector of Grace Church, in Temple street, in September of 
the same year — where he remained until his death. He was a man 
of a strong and well cultivated mind, was an earnest and able preacher; 
of uncommon excellence and generosity of disposition; exemplary in 
all the relations of life; and died distinguished alike by private 
affection and public regard. The degree of Doctor of Divinity was 
conferred upon him by Harvard University in 1858, and he received the 
like from Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., the same year. His first 
wife was a daughter of the late Hon. Amos Lawrence of Boston. 
She died in 1844, leaving four children. His second wife, a daughter 
of the late Hon. J. H.Lyman of Northampton, by whom he had three 
children, survives him, together with all his children. 

Perkins. — Another of. our prominent and highly respected citizens 
is dead. Henry Perkins departed this life last evening, at his resid- 
ence in this city. He passed away quietly, conscious almost to the 
last hour of his life, and welcoming death as a joyous relief from 
sickness and great suffering of nearly two years' duration. For 
some months past he appeared quite happy in the prospect of final 
dissolution. He was in the 48th year of his age. Mr. Perkins gradu- 
ated at Trinity College, and subsequently fitted himself for the legal 
profession. In 1846 he was elected by the Legislature Judge of 
Probate for the District of Hartford. In 1850, that office becoming 
elective by an amendment of the Constitution, he was chosen by the 
people of the District and re-elected annually to that office, till 1858, 
when he declined to be longer a candidate. About that time he 
was elected president of the Mercantile Bank. On several occasions 
he was chosen as a member of the Court of Common Council, holding- 
at one time the seat of an Alderman, and at another that of a Coun- 
cilman. Last spring he resigned his seat as Alderman, on account 
of his health. He also resigned the presidency of the Mercantile 
Bank for the same reason. In every official position, Judge Perkins 
discharged his duties with ability and the strictest fidelity. As a 
citizen he was universally respected. He leaves a wife, but no child- 
ren. His memory will be cherished by many friends who knew his 
real woith^Hartford Times, Feb. 15, '62. 

1862.] Marriages and Deaths. 295 

Prescott. — Joseph, Bridgewater, N. EL, Nov. 7, 1861, a. 94 years 
and 5 months. He was of the fourth generation from James Pres- 
cott, who settled in Hampton, N. H., about 1GG5, and was probably 
the last survivor of that (the fourth) generation. He was son of 
Joshua Prescott, 2d, being the eleventh of his twelve children, and 
the third by his second wife, Mary Moulton. He was born in Ches- 
ter, N. H., June 8, 1767. His father Joshua Prescott, 2d, was son of 
Joshua, senior, who was son and first-born of James the first, and 
born 16G9. Joseph Prescott had 13 children. He represented the 
town of Bridgewater in the X. H. Legislature for several years; was 
justice of the peace, and highly respected. He was a worthy and 
devoted Christian of the Methodist denomination, and died as he 
lived, peaceful and happy. 

Prescott. — Stephen, Liberty, Waldo county, Me., Oct. 19, 1861, a. 
98 years and 3 months. He was the third of the 13 children of Micah 
Prescott, of Epping, where he was born July 24, 1763; married Ra- 
chel Rundlett, daughter of Josiah Rundlett and Mary James, Nov. 3, 
1784 ; removed to Montville, Me., in 1801, and felled the first tree in 
that part of the town now known as South Montville. He had 12 
children, 57 grandchildren, 103 great-grandchildren, and several of 
the fifth generation. He was of the fifth generation from James 
Prescott, the first, of Hampton, N. H., being the son of Micah, who, 
was the son of Capt. Jonathan Prescott (who commanded a company 
under Sir Wm. Pepperel!, at the reduction of Louisburg, in 1745, 
where he died of fever the following January — 1746), who was son, 
and first born of Jonathan, senior, who was son of the first James. 

Roberts — Mrs. Deborah, at Rollinsford, N. H., 25th April, 1862, 
relict of Stephen Roberts, aged 82 yrs. 5 months and 7 days. She 
was a daughter of Bartholemew 4 and Ruth (Hall) Wentworth, grand- 
daughter of Lt. Benjamin 3 and Deborah (Stimpson) Wentworth, and 
he was the son of Benjamin* 2 and Sarah (Allen) Wentworth; and 
grandson of William, the emigrant settler. 

Tucker. — Mr. William, born in Framingham, (Saxonville), Feb. 17, 
1789, son of William and Julia (Twitchell) Tucker, and grandson of 
William Tucker, of Sherburne, originally from Milton, Ma33., died in 
Roxbury, Feb. 22, 1862, a. 73 years and 5 days, and was buried in the 
family vault under Trinity Church in Boston. At the age of six years, 
on the death of his parents, his paternal grandfather took charge of 
him, but he left Sherburne when a mere lad to serve an apprentice- 
ship in the store of Mr. Paul D. Richards in Boston ; was early in 
business on his own account, and married before he was of age, Miss 
Mary Ann Kirby, a native of England. Among the first to remove to 
Central Wharf, he was the occupant of a store belonging to Mr. 
Samuel Appleton for about forty years. A resident of Boston nearly 
sixty years, and one of its active merchants for more than half a cen- 
tury, he felt for it all the attachment of a native born citizen, and 
left it only a few months before his decease. Of an enterprising 
spirit, his transactions were, at times, somewhat extensive, particu- 
larly with the British Provinces before our war with England, as a 
contractor to supply the British navy at Halifax. Formerly connect- 
ed with the Boston Light Infantry, and its captain, he was the oldest 

296 Marriages and Deaths. [July 

survivor of the past odwiniander^ of that corps. He was a gentleman 

of great kindness of heart and of courteous manners; a merchant 
distinguished for industry and fidelity to every trust ; and a citizen 
widely known and respected. 

Vinton-. — Hon. Samuel Finloy, died suddenly in the city of Wash- 
ington, May 11, aged G9 years, lie was a son of Abiathar and Sarah 
(Day) Vinton, South Hadley, Mass., Sept. 25, 1792; m. June, 1821, Ro- 
maine Madelaiue Bureau; she d. 1S31. 2vlr. Vinton graduated Wil- 
liams College, 1814, read law, and settled at Gallipolis, Ohio. Being 
quite distinguished and popular, he was elected to Congress in 1822 
where he remained till 1837. In 1S43 he was again elected to the 
House, where he remained by reelpctions eight years longer. He 
was a distinguished lawyer and a valuable legislator. During his 
last term in Congress he was chairman of the committee of Ways and 
Means, a position which made him the leader of the House — the duties 
of which position ho discharged with great ability. After leaving 
Congress he was for a year or two president of an important rail 
road in Ohio. Having a daughter married in Washington, and 
having no family of his own, he spent the last years of his life with 
her. ' He was a gentleman of good talents and of unimpeachable 
integrity and purity of character. For a further account of him, see 
the Vintcn Memorial, pp. 196, 538. 

Waterman.— Thomas G., Binghamton, N. Y , Jan. T, 1882, a, U. He 
was born in the city of New York, on the 23d day of January, 1788, and 
while yet a child removed with his parents to Salisbury in the state 
of Connecticut, where his father, Mr. David Waterman had established 
extensive iron works. At the age of fourteen he entered Yale Col- 
lege, and was in the same class with James Fenimore Cooper, and 
other men of note. After his graduation he pursued the study of law 
for some time at the celebrated school in Litchfield, Connecticut, and 
completed his legal studies in the office of the Hon. Samuel Sher- 
wood, of Delhi, N. Y. He was admitted to practice as an attorney 
in the Supreme Court of Mew York in 1809, and continued with Mr. 
Sherwood until 1812, when he went for a few months to Oswego, and 
from thence to Binghamton in the spring of 1813, making this town 
his permanent residence. He married Miss Pamela Whiting, eldest 
daughter of Gen. Joshua Whiting, in August of that year, and about 
the same time was admitted to practice as a counsellor of the Su- 
preme Court of New York. Like almost all the prominent members 
of his profession, Mr. Waterman took an active interest in political 
questions of the day. In 1826 he was elected a member of the As- 
sembly for the county of Broome, and in the four succeeding years 
he represented in the state senate, the senatorial district of which 
that county formed a part. During this period the Revised Statutes 
of the state of New York were enacted; and Mr. W. was among the 
foremost of the members of the legislature, whose learning, practical 
knowledge, and laborious devotion to their duties contributed to the 
success of that important reformation of the statute law of New 
York. Several years previous to his decease be declined ail public 
employment and devoted the remainder of his days to the cares and 
duties of domestic life. 

1862.] Marriages and Deaths. ' 297 

Weaver.— -Jane, New York, March 2t, 1861, a. 92 years, at the 
residence of her late nephew, Clarke Greenwood. She was the last 
survivor of the family of William and Jane (Cazourt) Weaver of 
New York. Her father, a native and citizen, was wounded by a can- 
non shot from the Asia, on the night of August 23, 1715, losing 
thereby the calf of one leg;. (See Almon's Remembrancer for 1775, 
p. 251.) He removed from the city during the war, and died in the 
vicinity of Newark, N. J., about 1778. Mrs. Jane Weaver was the 
only child of Dr. Cazourt (or Cossart), by his wife Elizabeth, dan. of 
Adrian Hooghland, of N. Y., and sister of Sarah, wife of Jacob Jane- 
way. Samuel, father of William Weaver, came from England, and 
was admitted freeman of New York in 1722. In 1734 he was one of 
the " struck jury " on the trial of Peter Zenger, and also a juror in 
1741 on the trials following the discovery of the Negro Plot; he died 
the following year; his wife Anne (Nettleton ?) Weaver, a near rela- 
tive of Lady Hervey, died in November, 1752, leaving an only son, 
William (as above), aged about 22, and a young grand-daughter, 
Anne Carpenter. 

Wetmore. — Mrs. Chloe, Oct. 16, '61, a. 87, at the residence of her 
son, Edward P. Wetmore, near Cincinnati, Ohio, where she had been 
temporarily residing. She was a daughter of Capt. Asa and Abigail 
Benton, of Hartford, Conn.; was born March 27, 1774; married Sept. 
23, 1807, Rev. Oliver Wetmore, then a missionary of the Connecticut 
Association, whose field of labor was in western New York — his sta- 
tion being at Holland patent. She accompanied her husband to the 
place of his ministry, where she devoted many years of earnest effort 
in doing good to others. She followed the "golden rule" with fideli- 
ty; her charity and love knew no bounds. The half century that she 
lived in Oneida county, enabled her to see the fruits that came from 
her husband's planting, and she often gave expressions of thankful- 
ness to God for his goodness towards her. Mrs. Wetmore's ancestry, 
the Beutons and Bigelows, were among the early settlers and pro- 
prietors of Hartford. Her remains were interred beside those of her 
husband in the cemetery at Utica, N. Y. 

Yendell. — Samuel, Boston, died at his residence in Commercial 
street, Nov. 7, 1861, a. 92. Mr. Yendell was born on Copp's Hill, in 
this city, March 15, 1769, and has been a resident of Boston ever 
since his birth. In his early life he was carpenter on board the ship 
Columbia, of Boston, when the Columbia river was discovered. He 
also served as a boy on board the U. S. frigate Tartar, in the revolu- 
tionary war. He remembered fleeing from Boston daring the siege, 
in 1775. For many years he was a master boat-buiider, and car- 
ried on that business until advancing age made -it necessary tor him 
to relinquish it. He then was engaged in the grocery business for 
several years, and is spoken of by those who knew him as an honest, 
upright man in all his business relations. He was one of the oldest 
members of the Mechanics' Charitable Association. Until quite 
recently Mr. Yendell lias been able to take quite long walks — visiting 
the market and other business points in the city. He had been sick bult 
three or four days previous to his decease. The wife of Mr. Yendell 
died three or four years since, at the advanced age of 83 or 84 years. 
It is Beldom that we record the decease of a couple so advanced in age. 

298 ' Diamond Wedding. LJu-y 


A remarkable event, such as has never before been known, so far 
as I am aware, in this state, or perhaps in New England, has this 
day (April 17, 1862,) occurred in Shutesbury, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. 
Asa Raymond have celebrated their "Diamond Wedding" — the 75th 
anniversary of their marriage! It has been an occasion of peculiar 
interest to them and all who were present. 

Mr. Raymond is in his 97th year, and Mrs. R. in her 96th.* They 
were born in Holden, but have lived in Shutesbury the past 60 years. 
Tliey have never been separated from each other for the space of two 
weeks at any one time during the 75 years of their wedded life. 

The longevity in each of their families has been remarkable. Mr. 
R.'s mother died at the age of 90. There were 13 children who all 
lived to the meridian of life, and six of them to an average age of 
93 J; one to the age of 97, and Mr. R., the only one now living is, as 
before stated, in his 97th year. Mrs. R.\s father lived to the age of 
97, and her mother to that of 73. They had six children, all of whom 
lived to an average of 92J, and Mrs. R., the only survivor, is in her 
96th year. 

This aged couple have had eight children, four of whom are still 
living, the eldest 71 years of age, and the youngest 55, all of whom 
w T ere here present. They also have living 18 grandchildren and 33 
greatgrandchildren. \ 

Mr. Raymond has always been a practical, hard working farmer, 
and both he and his companion have been industrious, temperate and * 

cheerful. Mr. R. can read fair type without glasses, but lie is very 
' infirm and his hearing and memory are quite impaired. Mrs, R. ha3 
r nearly lost her sight, but she can hear pretty readily, and her me- 
! mory is remarkable. She can repeat large portions ot the Scriptures 
and many of Dr. Watts' Psulni3 and Hymns, and remember import- 
ant events through all her life. 



[Communicated by Jeremah Colecex of New York.] 

PhiK June 27th, 1781. 
D r . Sir: The Post Master General directs that you receive only 
hard money for Postage in future, -if your Tender Law is repealed. I 
have consulted the Board of Treasury about the Ballance in your 
hands due to the Gen'-. Post Office, and they advise that you pay it to 
M r . Appleton, taking his Receipt for so much on the public account. 

I am, Dear Sir, Yours affectionately, . 

Jonathan Hastings, Jun r .. Esq 1 "., EBEN r . Hazard. 

Boston. I 

* Mrs. Huldali Raymond died May 17, 1862, just one month from the celebra- 
tion, aged SG years. 


1862.] Current Events. 299 


[ContiDued from page 197.] 
29. The Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road (closed since April, 1861), 
is reopened. Explosion of Prof. Samuel Jackson's cartridge factory 
at Philadelphia; several persons killed. 

31. Just 12,250 muskets have been manufactured at the Spring- 
field armory during this month. 


4. Gen. George B. McClellan commences the seige of Yorktown, 
Va. Pass Christian, 50 mites from New Orleans, captured by a 
Federal force from Ship Island. 

6. Severe battle at Pittsburgh Landing, or " Shiloh," which con- 
tinues two days and closes with the defeat of the Confederate army, 
under Gen. Beauregard, whose loss is. 13,661. Our loss in all, is 
10,699. The rebel Gen. A. Sidney Johnston is killed in this battle 
and the Federal Gen. Prentiss taken prisoner. 

T. Island No. 10, in the Mississippi, taken by the Union gun boats 
under Com. A. H. Foote, who commenced his attack upon it, March 15. 

11. Fort Pulaski, 14 miles below Savannah, taken after a splendid 
cannonade of 36 hours from the Union batteries under Gen. Giimore, 
with the loss on our side of but one man killed and three wounded. 
The rebel gun boat Merrimac captures two brigs and a schooner 
near Newport News, Va. Gen. 0. M. Mitchel, the astronomer, 
occupies Huntsville, Ala., with the Union forces, cutting thereby the 
great artery of rail road communication between the southern states. 

16. Congress passes a vote of thanks to Gen. George B. McClellan 
for his distinguished services. The Vermont 3d regiment has a 
sharp encouuter with a strong detachment from the Confederate army 
in front of Yorktowu, in which our loss is 32 killed and 90 wounded; 
loss of the enemy — 25 killed and 75 wounded. 

18. Com. D. S. Farragut commences, with a fleet of 46 sail, the 
bombardment of Forts Jackson and Phillips, which continues six days. 
Our loss is 36 killed and 1*23 wounded; the enemy's, from 1000 to 
1500, with several hundred prisoners. Brig. Gen. Angar, from Mc- 
Dowell's division, after some skirmishing occupies Fredericksburg, 
Va. The President signs the bill emancipating the slaves in the Dis- 
trict of Columbia. 

19. Gen. Reno with a detachment of 5 regiments, viz: 9th N. Y., 
89th N. Y., 2Ut Mass., 51st Penn., and 6th Mi II., engages the enemy 
at South Mills, N. 0., and loses, in killed and wounded, about 100 
men. The Union gun boat Huron captures a schooner freighted with 
cotton valued at $10,000, off Charleston, S. C. 

24. Com. Farragut, with his fleet in three divisions, runs — under a 
terrific cannonade, in which the Varuna was sunk — Forts Jackson 
and Phillips. This action opens the way for Gen. B. F. Butler's 
forces to occupy New Orleans. 

300 Current Events. [July 

25. Fort Macon, N. 0., bombarded and taken by Gen. E. A. Burn- 
side, our fleet assisting. [Incorrect in last No. of the Register.] 
Rebel loss — 7 killed and 18 wounded; ours — one man wounded. The 
firing continued from 5.40 A. M. until about 4 o'clock P. M. 


4. Gen. McCle^an's army, after a seige of one month, takes posses- 
sion of Yorktown, Ya., the 22d Mass. regiment — Gen. Fitz John Por- 
ter's division — entering first. The enemy leave 11 seige guns, 
military and hospital stores, Sec, which fall into our hands. 

5. Battle of WilliamsburGrh, in which Gen. Hancock makes a bril- 
liant charge and turns the fortunes of the day in our favor. Our 
loss in killed is about 300, most of which were in Gen. Hooker's divi- 
sion, which greatly distinguishes itself in this action. 

7. Battle at West Point, Ya., in which a part of Gen. Franklin's 
division engages and puts to flight a much larger number of rebels. 
Our loss is about 300 in killed and wounded. Ship Zone of Portland, 
Me., stranded at Sable Island — all hands but one lost. 

8. Naval combat near Fort Wright, during which three of the 
eight rebel gun boats were sunk and the rest compelled to retire; we 
had only six boats in the action. 

10. Norfolk, Ya., taken without resistance, by Gen. John E. Wool. 
Pensacola, Fla., together with the navy yard and forts at that place, 
destroyed by the rebels. The iron-plated steamer called New Iron 
Sides, launched at Philadelphia; Lieut. Worden appointed to com- 
mand her. 

11. The iron-clad Merrimac blown up by the rebels themselves, 
at 5 o'clock A. M. Reasons given — a bar in the river prevented her 
ascent to Richmond; the Monitor, Sea., prevented her from making a 
voyage at sea, and our occupation of Norfolk rendered it impossible 
for her to remain. 

13. Suffolk, Ya., occupied by the Federal forces. The rebel steamer 
Planter of Charleston, S. C., with four guns and sixteen persons on 
board, is given up to our fleet by its heroic colored pilot, Robert 

15. Destructive fire at Troy, N. Y.; 6tl buildings consumed; loss 
in all— $2,842,000. 

16. A day of fasting in the Confederate states. 

21. President Lincoln signs the Homestead bill, and it becomes a 

24. Gen. N. P. Banks' division of about 6000 men make a masterly 
retreat from the Shenandoah valley, before the rebel forces of EweSl 
and Jackson, amounting to 20,000 men. The 4th Michigan regiment, 
Col. Woodbury, makes a brilliant charge on Gen. Sims' brigade at 
Chickahominy bridge near Richmond. 

25. A severe battle in front of Winchester, Ya., in which the re- 
treating columns of Gen. Banks defend themselves with signal 
bravery. Three men in a boat are carried over Niagara Falls. 

27. Battle of Hanover Court House, in which Gen. Fitz John Por- 
ter's division is engaged with a superior force of the enemy, which 
is put to flight. 

29. Corinth, Miss., evacuated by Gen. Beauregard's army. 


1862.] Current Events. 301 


1. Gen. Fremont's advance attacks and puts to flight Gen. Jack- 
son's army, and occupies Strasburg, Va, A sanguinary battle at Fair 
Oaks, seven miles from Richmond, Va., between the left wing of the 
Union army and the rebel forces under Gen. Joseph Johnston and Gen. 
Lee. The contest begins on the day preceding, with the rout of 
Gen. Casey's division, and terminates by the flight of the entire con- 
federate forces. Gen. Johnston was wounded during the engage- 
ment. Our loss in killed, wounded and missing is 5,739; that of the 
enemy is supposed to be about 10,000. The movements of our army 
were guided by a balloon, some 2000 feet high, having telegraphic 
communication with Gen. McClellan. 

2. Gen. McClellan makes a spirited address to his army in front 
of Richmond. 

8. A great freshet occurs in the Lehigh valley in eastern Pennsyl- 
vania, by which about 100 lives and property to the amount of 
$10,000,000 are destroyed. Fort Wright, alias Pillow, on the Missis- 
sippi, is evacuated by the rebels. 

4. Gen. Halleck reports that some 10,000 of Beauregard's army, 
retreating from Corinth, have been captured by the Union forces 
under Gen. Pope, 

6, A grand naval battle at Memphis, from 5. SO to T A. M., in which 
seven rebel vessels were either sunk or captured by our fleet of rams 
and gun boats under Com. C. H. Davis. Memphis occupied by Union 

8. Battle at Cross Keys, about 8 miles from Harrisonburgh, Va., 
between the rebel forces under "Stonewall" Jackson and a part of 
Gen. Fremont's division of the Union army. Our loss is about 625 
in killed and wounded. The enemy was driven from the field. The 
public debt is, after the vast expenses of this war, something less 
than $500,000,000. 

13. The rebel troops make a successful raid along the Pamunkey 
river, destroying two schooners, about 50 wagons, &c., and killing 
several of our men. Gen. McClellan is making slow, but steady 
advances upon Richmond. 

16. Four men are hung at New Orleans for committing burglary, 
under pretence of doing military duty. Gallant attack of Colonel 
Fitch's regiment at St, Charles city, Ark. The Mound City blown 
up, and many lives lost. 

24. Severe and successful skirmish of the left wing of the Federal 
army in front of Richmond; our loss in in all about 300. 

Winthrop. — In Savage's Geneal. Dictionary, vol. iv, under the name 
of Winthrop, the compiler says he does not know who Martha, the 2d 
wife of Deane Winthrop, was. We are informed by one of our sub- 
scribers, that Deane Winthrop married Martha Mellows, widow of 
John Mellows, as appears by a deed (dated January 22, 1T03-4, Suf- 
folk registry book, 21, fol. 45), of Thomas Messinger and his wife 
Elizabeth, who was the daughter of the late John Mellows, the 
mother of said Elizabeth then being Martha Winthrop, wife of Deane 
Winthrop of Fulling Point, 

302 Book Notices. [July 


Celebration at Abington, Mass. — The one hundred and fiftieth 
anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Abington, was cele- 
brated June 10th. Rev. Ebenezer P. Dyer delivered the address. 
Original hymns written by Rev. II. D. Walker and Mrs. E. L. Cum- 
raings were sung. Prayer by Rev. Asahel Cobb. After dinner, 
toasts and sentiments were given, which were responded to by Gov. 
Andrew, J. Wilson Ward, Jr. — the poet of the day— -Hon. Benjamin 
Hobart, Rev. Mr. Abbe, Rev. H. D. Walker, Charles F. Dunbar of 
Boston and Rev. I. C. White. 


The 200 anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Mi! ton was 
observed on Wednesday, June 11. After music by the Grermania 
band and singing by the choir, Rev. Dr. Morison, pastor of the 1st 
church, offered prayer. An original hymn written by Mrs. S. D. 
Whitney, was then sung to the air of "Auld Lang Syne " This was 
followed by an address from Hon. James M. Robbins. A collation 
was provided in a tent adjoining, and the festivities of the occasion 
were closed with music and dancing in the Town Hall. 


The True Genealogy of the Dunnel and Dwinell family of New England* 
By Henry Gale Dunnel, M. D., of New York city. New York: C. 
B. Richardson. 8vo. pp. 84. 

It is seldom that we find so many variations in the spelling of a surname as li- 
the case with this family, there being no less than twenty-eight different forms of 
the name in the work before us. Michael Dunneil of Topsfieid, Mass., whose will 
was proved March 3, 1717-18, was the progenitor of the family in this country. 
The compiler, who was a descendant through the second son, Thomas, says that he 
has finished for the present, the task he imposed upon himself " seven years since, 
of tracing the male descendants " of his above named ancestor. If the genealogy is 
not so full and minute as some of the name might desire, it is doubtless the fault, 
in a great measure, of the fault finders themselves for not furnishing the details of 
their own branches when requested so to do. At any rate, such has been the ex- 
perience of not a few genealogists who have mourned over the errors and deficien- 
cies of their family histories. 

The Dunnel genealogy is*clear and simple in form and arrangement, and is highly 
creditable to the author. The mechanical part fully sustains the well-deserved 
reputation of Mr. Munsell ; the book being beautifully printed, on good paper. 

An Historical Sketch of the Payer Money in Peiinsylvania, SfC. By Henry 
Phillips, Jr., member of the Numismatic Society of Philadelphia. 
1862. pp.40. 

This sketch of the origin of paper money in Pennsylvania is useful and season- 
able in the present state of our country ; and it purports, if favorably received, to 
be the commencement of a series of similar productions on the issue of paper credits 
in the colonies. 

It evinces much research among the records and laws of the Quaker state. The 
first issue of paper currency there, which was effectual, and laid the foundation of 
this medium of commercial business in that section, occurred in 1723. It origin* 


Book Koikes. 303 

ated on a petition to the House of Assembly, from a number of merchants in Phila- 
delphia, setting forth, " That they were sensibly aggrieved in their estates and dealings 
to the great loss and growing ruin of themselves, and the evident decay of the Province 
in general for want rf a medium to buy and ml with." 

It may be noted here by the wayside, 1st, The reason these merchants gave is an 
irresistible argument to show that an extensive commerce can not be carried on upon 
the basis of specie alone; 2d, An excellent definition is given of paper currency, 
viz i " A medium to buy and sell with." 

On this petition, March 22, 1723, £15,000 of paper currency were issued, viz : in 
notes of 20s., 10s., 5s. 1 ., and down to 1 shilling; the dollar was— -5s. The bills were 
loaned out on mortgage or plate at treble the value, at 5s. the oz,, and they carried 
five per cent interest. 

This measure was successful and promoted commerce to such a degree, that on De- 
cember of same year a loan of £30,000 was granted, and so from various periods, 
until in the revolutionary war, when the continental money was issued without se- 
curity or power to redeem. The consequence was a dead loss instead of a blessing to 
men of business. Yet in 1783, Pennsylvania did issue a small loan in treasury 
notes which were redeemed. 

A knowledge of the issue of paper currency in each colony which afterwards be- 
came a state in the confederation, would be useful to the merchant and the financier, 
and we hope the writer of this sketch will be encouraged to proceed farther. 

Adequacy of the Constitution. By Hon. Timothy Farrar (Mt. Bowdoin), 
Dorchester, Mass. Svo. pp. 23, 

This is a reprint of an article from the Neic Englander for January, 1S62. In it, 
the author shows, in an able manner, that the Constitution of the United States is 
fully adequate to the exigencies of government and the preservation of the Union. 
Judge Farrar has since contributed to the April number of the same publication, an 
article on a kindred subject — Congress and the Territories — bearing equal marks of 
learning and ability. 

Officers of our Union Army and Navy ; their Lives, their Portraits. 
Edited by Deax Dudley, honorary and corresponding member of 
several state historical societies. Illustrated with line engraved 
portraits from life, by L. Prang & Co. Vol. i. Boston: Published 
by L. Prang & Co., 34 Merchants' Eow. Washington, D. C: 520 
Seventh street. 1862. 

This work contains a brief sketch of the lives and public services of Generals 
Scott, McClellan, Wool, Fremont, McDowell, Lyon, Roseerans, Heintzlernan, An- 
derson, Banks, Barry, Blenker, Burnside, Butler, Dix, Couch, Duryee, Franklin, 
Lane, Mansfield, Richardson, Sickles and Slocum; and of Colonels Cochrane, Cow- 
din, Ellsworth and Corcoran-, and of Commodores Wilkes and Dupont — with a por- 
trait of each. This work is well calculated to meet the wants of the public. In 
times like the present, when every eye is turned to the field of war, and ail are 
reading with eagerness the accounts of battles and of victories, we need a map to 
show us the localities, and succinct biographies of the brave leaders of our gallant 
troop*. The editor, Mr. Dudley, has shown good taste and sound judgment in the 
preparation of the work, avoiding all harsh criticism, and excessive laudation. Nor 
does he allow himself to dwell upon the acts and doings of his favorites, to the neglect 
of others; but presents fairly and impartially the leading events in the life of each. 
Being a pocket edition, the sketches of course are brief, and yet. it is believed that 
no important event in the life of any one is omitted. The style is plain, and the 
facts touching each individual are presented in a manner so direct and clear as to 
be understood by every reader. 

We have read the volume with profit and pleasure ; with profit, because it made 
ns acquainted with the antecedents of the distinguished men whose names are be- 
coming as familiar as household words; and with pleasure, because ail attempt at 
display appears to have been sacrificed to simplicity and fidelity. We can cheer- 
fully recommend the book to our readers, and trust that the patronage will be such 
as will induce the editor and publisher to prosecute the work, and give to the pub- 
lic a sketch of our other patriotic citizens, whether native or adopted, who have 

304 Book Mtices. [July 

cheerfully devoted their services to ot;r beloved country, or sacrificed their lives in 
the cause of our free institutions. 

The Continental Monthly for May, 18G2. 

This No. contains the usual variety of interesting matter. Among the articles is 
one replete with interesting information relative to the early settlement of Roanoke 
Island, which will be read with peculiar satisfaction at this day, iu consequence of 
its recent capture by Gen. Burnside. 

Life. The Annual Address delivered before the Convention of the 
Connecticut Medical Society at New Haven, May 22, 1881. By 
Asiibel Woodward, M. P., of Franklin, President of the Society. 
Hartford. 8vo. pp. 86. 

We have not room for an analysis of this sound, practical address, the sentiments 
of which, if heeded, would be a benefit to the human race. Physiology and genea- 
logy, as we consider, should go hand in hand. They are legitimately connected, 
and ought not to be divorced. A thorough study of the habits and characters of 
those who have gone before us, especially in our own line of ancestry, might avail 
much toward raising a higher standard in the physical, intellectual and moral 
characters of ourselves and our descendants. Genealogical researches and inquiries 
can, in this way, be turned to a noble account. 

The Confessions of Augustine. Edited, with an Introduction, by "Wil- 
liam G. T. Shedd. Andover: Warren F. Draper. 1860. pp. 4 It, 
Have you read what Macaulay says of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress ? Has the 
Bedford tinker's " cunning book " a little comer in your well-selected library ? 
Does Thomas a Kempis — Whitefield's favorite — stand beside it ? Well, place this 
Lest of St. Augustine's works — ably edited and beautifully brought out — between 
them, and you have the inimitable trio of spiritual autobiognaphers — as threa loving 
angels — luring with golden tongues up over the " dark mountains " to the shining 
portals of eternal peace. 

An Historical discourse on the commemoration of the One Hundredth Anni- 
versary of the Charter cf Lehaiwn, N. H. Delivered 4th of Jtilv, 
1861, by Rev. D. H. Allen, D. D. of Walnut Hills, Ohio. 
The people of Lebanon have wisely contributed their mite to keep alive a know- 
ledge of the early settlement of New England. The address is historical in its 
nature, and presents the incidents of the early settlement of the town. The imme- 
diate occasion of the settlement of this part of the Connecticut valley, was the French 
war. In the progress of that war the New England troops had cut a road from the 
older settlements in the south parr of the province through Chariestown — the No. 
4 — to Crown Point. Being pleased with the country, as soon as hostilities ceased, 
a swarm of adventurers began to seek out these lands. A majority of those who 
fixed upon this township were from Lebanon, Conn., and hence gave the place the 
name of their former home. The first settlers of this town were fully imbued with 
the spirit of the age, and took an active part in the contests of the day, engaging in 
the struggle for independence, and in the controversy with New Hampshire and 
New York concerning the New Hampshire grants. 

Dr. Allen has done good justice to the subject, and has presented a great variety 
of facts highly creditable to the town. Rev. Mr. Fay, a native of the place, deli- 
vered a poem, having the necessary characteristics of such performances, familiar 
ease and pleasantry. 

Such celebrations deserve to be liberally encouraged, as they rescue from destruc- 
tion valuable papers and traditions which would otherwise be lost. Let every 
town imitate the example of the good people of Lebanon, and a rich stock of mate- 
rials for both local and public history would be spread before the public in an im- 
perishable form. 

Savage's Genealogical Dictionary. 

This valuable work is now completed, the third and fourth volumes having l>een 
published in June last. The third volume was finished, and a few copies issued, 
some months previous. On the appearance of the first two volumes, we gave a 
very full notice of the" work {ante, xiv, 276), au& would refer our readers to that 
nptice for its characteristics. 

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1862.] Memoir of Hon, Daniel Messinger. t305 

[By John Ward Dean.] 

The subject of this notice, for more than sixt}' years a resident of 
Boston, and descended from one of its early settlers, was so identi- 
fied with its charitable, civil, and military institutions that he might 
well be considered a representative, r/ian, for half a century, in the his- 
tory of this metropolis. 

Col. Messinger was born at Wrentham, Norfolk county, in this 
state, June 17, 1768, and was the third of twelve children of Daniel 
and Mary Messinger. His father, a farmer, was a son of the Rev. 
Henry Messinger, the second minister of the Congregational church 
of Wrentham, and his mother, Mary Brastow, was a descendant of 
the Rev. Samuel Mann, the first minister of that parish. His uncle, 
Rev. James Messinger, was settled over a church in Ashford, Conn., 
and four of his father's sisters were married to clergymen. Coming 
from this Puritan stock, and thus surrounded by religious influences, 
he was early imbued with the firmest principles of integrity and 
honor — principles which sustained him in his early business career, 
and confirmed his reputation for being, through the rest of his life, a 
reliable, upright and conscientious man. 

For a short time after leaving school, he assisted his father on the 
farm; but being desirous of learning a trade, he was sent to Boston, 
when about fifteen years of age, and apprenticed to Mr. Nathaniel 
Balch, hatter, No. 72, Cornhill, now Washington street, opposite the 
head of Water street. Mr. Balch was quite a prominent man, and 
was considered one of the wits of that day; so much so, that he was 
on quite social terms with Governor Hancock, Mr. Secretary Avery, 
Rev. Dr. Thacher, Mr. Sheriff Allen, William Cooper, the town clerk 
of half a century, and other worthies. " The apprentice thus became 
acquainted with some of the dignitaries of church and state, and 
appears to have enjoyed their friendly regard in after years.'-'* 

In the twenty-fifth year of his age, he married Susanna Hinckley. 
She was a daughter of Capt. Thomas Hinckley, by his wife Susanna, 
whose father was Dr. Daniel Hewes of Foxboro'. A few years after, 
by the advice of his friend, Mr. Secretary Avery, he purchased the 
estate at the corner of Sheaf's lane, now Avery street, and Newbury, 
now Washington street, the secretary residing on the opposite cor- 
ner. Here Mr. Messinger carried on his business, at one time quite 
extensively, and built a brick factory in the rear of his dwelling 
house. He did not change his residence until after the decease of 
his wife in 1843. 

In military affairs he took a great interest, and was a good officer 
and disciplinarian. In 1709, he raised the well-known infantry coin- 

* Memoir of Col. Messinger, by Hon. Joseph T. Buckingham, in the Annals of 
the Mastaihusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, pp. 29—32. Free use has been 
made of the Memoir in preparing this sketch. 

306 Memoir of Hon. Daniel Messi?iger. [Oct. 

pany, the Winslow Blues — named for his friend General John Wins- 
low — and was its first commander. In the Columbian Centincl of 
October 13, 1802, is this notice of a parade of the Winslow Blues: 
"On Monday last this well disciplined and respectable military 
corps, commanded by Capt, Messinger, celebrated the anniversary 
of its institution. After performing a number of manoeuvres, it was 
marched into State street, where it performed the manual exercise 
(by tap of drum), and a number of firings with the most correct 
precision. The exercises of the day finished, the corps repaired to 
Faneuil Hall, where an excellent dinner was provided, to which the 
officers of the Legionary brigade were invited." The first toast by 
Capt. Messinger was: " Our native country — may its citizens emulate 
the virtues of the First Settlers, whose only fear was the fear 
of God; and whose prime duties were the support of pure religion, 
correct morals and good government." Upon the organization of 
the light infantry companies of Boston into a sub-legion, he was 
elected major. He was afterwards made colonel of the third regi- 
ment, and was senior colonel of the Boston brigade during the war 
of 1812. He was chosen a brigadier-general, but declined accepting 
the office. In 1792, he became a member of the Ancient and Honor- 
able Artillery Company, of which he was lieutenant in 1800, and 
captain in 1804 and 1810.* 

He was an original member of the Massachusetts Charitable Me- 
chanic association in 1795, was for several years a trustee and vice- 
president, and for two years was president. He always took a great 
interest in the prosperity of this institution. 

He filled various offices in the municipal and state governments; 
was a fireward for many years under the old fire organization; was 
a member of the city council; often a representative in the legis- 
lature; a member of the Massachusetts constitutional convention in 
1820; and a state senator from Suffolk county in 1835. In politics, 
he belonged to the old Federal party, and often presided at public 
meetings. Afterwards, he became attached to the National Repub- 
lican or Whig party. His last appearance at a public meeting, was 
in Faneuil Hall in 1845, when Daniel Webster, of whom he was a 
great admirer, spoke. Mr. Webster, on seeing him on the platform, 
came forward and greeted him so cordially as his " old friend Col. 
Messinger," as to attract the attention and elicit the applause of the 
citizens in that part of the hall. 

From Mr. Buckingham's memoir it appears that Mr. Messinger first 
attended the First Baptist church of which the Rev. Dr. Stillman was 
pastor; but he afterwards became a member of the First Congrega- 
tional church, with which he was connected till his death. For many 
years he was the leader of the choir of that church. " He had a fine 
musical ear and as fine a voice, and could sound the highest notes 
in the treble staff with remarkable strength and clearness. He 
was often invited to sing on public festive occasions, and Faneuil 
Hall has many a time been filled with the melody of his notes. His 
favorite songs were Bright Phoebus, and the Downhill of Life, both 

* Whitman's History of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, 2d ed., p. 354. 

1S62.J Memoir of Hon. Daniel Messinger. 307 

of which he sung when he was over seventy years old, without any 
perceptible imperfectness of voice."* An amusing incident occurred 
once at a dinner given Prince Jerome Bonaparte, in 1304. A cor- 
respondent, in the Evening Transcript of September 25, 1861, makes a 
statement on the authority of the venerable Josiah Quincy, probably 
the only survivor of that patty: "After dinner, Col. Messinger sang 
the favorite old song of To-morrow. As the audience joined in the 
chorus of To-morrow, To-morrow, a cloud came over the counte- 
nance of the Prince, and taking his next neighbor by the arm he 
exclaimed 'To Moreau, to Moreau; is it a song in honor of General 
Moreau?' He was quickly undeceived, and smiled when he found 
that no one but himself was thinking of the great rival and enemy 
of his brother." 

Mr. Messinger was by nature of a very strong constitution. His 
death was hastened by being accidentally knocked down by an ex- 
press, wagon, while crossing the street. From the effect of this 
shock he never recovered; it being followed by a sickness of seven 
months, ending by a severe attack of erysipelas and dropsy. He 
died June 21, 1846, being seventy-eight years and four days old. 
His funeral, from his late residence in Purchase street, was private, 
his family declining any public demonstration. He was buried in 
the family lot at Mount Auburn. 

His pastor, the Rev. Nathaniel L. Frothingham, D. D., who officiated 
at his funeral, preached a discourse at the First church in Chauncy 
place, on the Sunday following, from which we make an extract, as 
a fitting close to this memoir. 

" He was much before the public eye, and appears always to have 
enjoyed its favor; for he could be relied upon for his calm judgment, 
his steady determination, his zealous patriotism, his incorruptible 
integrity. He was usually among those who sit chief in the manage- 
ment of political affairs, unassuming though firm, never overstepping 
the proprieties of his position, and giving no offence, for it was not 
in his nature to give any. His character and manners showed a 
combination by no means usual, at least to the extent to which he 
displayed them, of courtesy and robustness. These qualities seemed 
to be stamped upon his very features, that might have looked rough 
to some, but it was a roughness that setoff their kindliness. He 
was a frank, upright, plain-hearted man; eminently social in his dis. 
position; willing to serve as far as he was able, and possessing an 
unusual share of that part of the apostle's praise of charity — that it 
is ' not easily provoked.' He was considerate of others, both by a 
friendliness that seemed born with him, and by a wise self-command. 
And since it was appointed to him to contend with so much suffering 
before he could obtain his discharge of death, we have reason to give 
thanks that he has no more to endure, but at length finds rest. 

' Disturb him not-, but let him sweetly take 
A long repose; lie bath been long awake.' " 

* Buckingham. 


30S Genealogy of the Messingcr Family. ["Oct. 


[Communicated by Hon. Geo. W. Messinger of Boston.] 

According" to Burke and other authorities, Massiuger, Messenger, 
Massenger and Messingcr all seem to be the same, noted first of 
Gloucestershire. Arms — "Ar., a chevron between three close helmets 
Sa.;" and in Rudder's History of Gloucestershire, page 591, is this no- 
tice: "In the church at Painswick, 6 miles south of Gloucester, 
against the north wall, are several memorials of the Massinger 
family, formerly of Gloucester, whose arms are: 'Argent a chevron 
gules between three helmets sable.' 7 ' 

In the Herald's college, London, the same arms are entered as 
borne by John Messenger of Newisham, county of York, who died in 
1616, aged 70 years, and was buried at Kirk Ravensworth. Two of 
his sons, Henry and Anthony, were killed in the service of King 
Charles I, and another, John Messenger, Esq., born in 1590, was 
the owner of the Fountain Abbey estate, near Ripon, in 1627. His 
crest was, a dove with an olive branch, and the motto — Nunaa Pads. 
But other arms were borne by the Messengers of Norfolk at the 
visitation of that county in 1664, viz: "Vert, on a bend engrailed 
argent, a plain bend of the field, a bordure engrailed of the second; 
crest — a lion's head erased vert, charged with a bar engrailed 
argent; motto — Legatus fidelis ei qui misit eum. — Proverbs xxv, 13." 
And in Bloomfield & Parkin's History of Norfolk, vol. vn, page 294, 
these arms are found in the church at Whitwell: "Messenger, vert, 
a bend voided and engrailed argent." And in the same history, it 
appears that Henry Messenger married Joan Coke [about 1570], and 
that his son Augustine Messenger, gent., was " Lord of Whitwell or 
Gambon Manor." On a grave stone in the chancel of the church — 
inscription partly in Latin — the name is spelled Messinger. If either 
of these coats of arms belonged to the first settler of that name in 
Boston, it was probably the first described. We know that he was 
entitled to arms, as his widow in her will, dated in 1694, particularly 
mentions that Simeon Messinger (the eldest son then living), is to 
have the " Messinger coat of arms." As Simeon died without male 
issue, these arms were probably lost. 

Of the origin of the name, Lower, on Surnames, says of Massinger,* 
that it is evidently a corruption of the French Messager — a messen- 
ger, a bearer of despatches; while some have supposed the name 
comes from the parish of Messing, in Essex county, England. This 
name is Saxon, and in the old records is written, Messinges, Messan- 
ges,f Mescinge and Massinge. In the Rolls of Pleading, time of Ed- 

* See Memoir of Philip Massinger, Reg., vol. xiv, p. 7.5, for Massinger of Gloucester. 

tin Wright's Essex, page 384, vol. i, we find this note : " King Henry III grants 
to Hugh, son of Anketill de Mescinge, all the land which he held in the Barony of 
Reynes, in the villages of Messanges, Birch, &c, and what he and his heirs should 
afterwards purchase, with ample privileges and liberty of hunting in all the forests 
of England." — See Charta de Foresta de Enex, 

1862.J Genealogy of the Messinger Family. 309 

ward I and II, page 207, allusion is made to the men of Massinge; 
and on page 336, is the name of Ric'us Messinge of London, time of 
Edward II; but the earlier names are those of Messager. In the 
Rolls of the King's Court, in the reign of Richard I, page 118, is the 
name of Johannes Messager, about the year 1194; and in the Fine 
Rolls of Henry III, about 1260, we find Henricus Messager, son of 
Radulphus le Messager of Essex; and in the History of Surrey, vol. 
in, page 110, it appears a part of the manor of Send is vested, in 
1359, in John Messenger or Messager, vicar of Send. In the History 
of Norfolk are several of the clergy, from 1435, of the name of Mes- 
senger; and we find a Thomas Messinger, rector of Shimpling, Nor- 
folk, in 1451. In Wood's Oxoniensis, F., page 12, Rev. Roland Mes- 
synger was proctor, May 11, 1508, and in the service of Cardinal 
Wolsey; he was also one of the original fellows of Brazen Nose 
College, Oxford, in 1511, and his name is there spelled Messenger. 


Henry 1 Messinger and his wife Sarah, were residents of Boston 
prior to the year 1640.f He was the first known proprietor, as ap- 
pears by the Book of Possessions, of the land on which now stands 
the building owned and occupied by the Massachusetts Historical 
Society, and a part of that now covered by the Boston Museum^ 
His house and garden were bounded on the west by the street lead- 
ing to the common, now Tremont street; on the north by land of 
Richard Crychley; on the east by the land of Major Sedgewick; and 
on the south by land of Thomas Scottow and the burying place. 

He was a member of the A. and H. artillery company in 1658; a 
freeman in 1665; and by trade a joiner. His will was dated March 
15, 1672, and his signature, written in the old style, is quite dis- 
tinct. He probably died in 1681, as his property was appraised 
(at £496 9s. 6d.), April 30th, of that year. He leaves his estate to 
his wife, with power to divide it as she may choose among her child- 
ren, with the exception of his eldest son John,, to whom he bequeaths 
"Five shillings and no more, for reasons best known to myself. n 
His wife Sarah, lived to an advanced age; her will was dated in 
1694, and proved June 24, 1697. She leaves the household estate 
to be divided equally between her sons Simeon and Thomas; Simeon 
to have the left-hand side of the line to be drawn from the highway 
on the westerly end to Savage's fence on the easterly end, being the 
side next Bumstead's, with the cow common; also, the Messinger 
coat of arms. To Thomas she leaves the right-hand side, next the 
burying place. The live stock also to be divided between her sons. 
Her household goods she wishes divided among her daughters, and 
Anna Messinger, daughter of her son John; and she appoints her 

t Jan'y 27, 1640. Henry Messinger has a lot of land allowed him at Muddy 
river, by town grant, for two heads.— See Drake's Hist, of Boston, 

X This is a portion of the land which Hutchinson, in his History of Massachusetts, 
vol. i, page 22, says Isaac Johnson chose for his lot, viz : the square bounded by 
School and Queen (now Court) street. By some of our modern antiquaries it is 
doubted whether Johnson had a lot of land in Boston. 

310 Genealogy of the Messinger Family. [Oct. 

friends Simeon Stone of Watertown, and Abraham Williams of Marl- 
boro', to see that the property was properly divided. 

The children of Henry and Sarah Messinger were: (2) John,- [-4-] 
b. Jan. 25, 1641; bap. "right of the wife," April 25, 1641. (3) Sd- 
rmkj* [+] b. Jan. 12, 1643. (4) Simeon* [ + ] b. Jan. 19, 1645. (5) 
Henry* [+] (6) Ann* bp. Jan. 20, 1650, when 13 days old (Sa- 
vage). (7) Rebecca* b. Jan. 26, 1652. (8 and 9) Lydia* and Pris- 
cilla*b. Nov. 22. 1656; the latter d. June 21, 1657. (10) Priscilla* 
(again), b. ab. 1659 (see Reg., xm, 220). (11) Thomas* [+] b. 
March 22, 1661. (12) Ebenezcr* [+] b. Oct. 25, 1665. 

2. John 2 Messinger, b. Jan. 25, 1641 ; wife Martha. Probably d. 
shortly after his father, as his widow appears to have been m. Sept. 
5, 1689, to Jeremiah Fitch. His ch. were: (13) John, 3 b. Jan. 2, 
1670. (14) Joshua* b. Jan. 2, 1671. (15) Sarah* h. Oct. 1, 1672. 
(16) Anna? 

3. Richard Mason m. Sarah 2 Messinger. He was the eldest son 
of Ralph and Anne Mason. They were m. Nov. 20, 1660, by Governor 
Endicott. By the records, it appears that Ralph Mason deeds his son 
a parcel of land on his marriage with Sarah, dau. of Henry Messin- 
ger. Their ch. were: (17) Sarah*, b. Sept, 3, 1661. (18) Jacob* 
b. Oct. 17, 1662. (19) Simeon* b. March 23, 1664. (20) Benjamin* 
(21) John* b. March 9, 1671. In Suffolk Deeds, book 39, fob 264, 
Benjamin, as administrator, in behalf of himself and others, heirs of 
Richard Mason, deeds certain property, June 2, 1725. 

4. Simeon 2 Messinger, b. Jan. 19, 1645; m. Bethia, dau. of Robert 
Howard, the notary of Boston, and Mary his wife, He was a mem- 
ber of the A. and H. artillery company in 1675. His ch. were: (22) 
Bethia* b. May 24, 1668; m. to John Green, Jan. 17, 1692. (23) 
Mary* b. March 25, 1672; m. to William Painter, May 28, 1691. ' In 
Suffolk Reg., book 18, fol. 45, Simeon and Bethiah Messinger deed 
his part of the Messinger estate to their son-in-law John Green. 

5. Henry 2 Messinger, m. Mehitable, dau. of Stephen and Truecross 
Minot. His property was at the north part of Boston, near the Mill 
Pond. He was a joiner. His will was made Nov. 17, 1686, and he 
d. a few days after, as his estate was appraised Nov. 30. He leaves 
his dear mother, for her kindness to him through his severe sickness 
and through life, the sum of five pounds, to buy her mourning, and 
a gold ring of the value of twenty shillings; to his wife's mother 
Mrs. Truecross Minot, to his brother-in-law John Thwing, and to 
each of his brothers and sisters, excepting his sister Neale, a gold 
ring of twenty shillings value, to wear in remembrance of him; 
to his apprentice, Benjamin Threadneedle, the balance of his time, and 
if in need, desires his wife to give him a new suit of clothes; his 
wearing apparel valued at <£25 4s., he divides among his brothers 
Simon, Thomas and Ebenezer, and giving to the youngest " two 
muskets and two bandineer3;" the balance of his property, there 
being no children, to his wife Mehitable*, who is made executrix. 
His estate was valued at £'338 10s. 6d. 

11. Thomas 2 Messinger, b. March 22, 1661; m. Elizabeth Mellows, 

♦ She afterwards m. Stephen Mills of Boston, and d. Aug. 16, 1690. 

1S62.] Genealogy of the Messinger Family. 311 

dau. of Jobn and Martha Mellows. He received from bis mother the one 
half of his father's estate, next the burying ground. Some mortgages 
and deeds are on record, in one of which his wife's mother is then 
Martha, the wife of Dcane Winthrop of Pulling Point. Among the 
fourteen tything men selected from seven military companies, 
Thomas Messinger was chosen from Major Savage's company in 

Oct. 25, 1065; 

(30) Ebenezer* b. March 30, 1688: (31) Ilmry? b. July 8, 16S9. 

28. Kev. Henry 3 Messinger, son of Thomas- and Elizabeth, 

was b. in Boston, Feb. 28, 1695; graduated at Harvard college in 1717; 
ordained minister of the First Congregational church in Wrenthain, 
Dec. 5, 1719; m. Jan. 5, 1720, Esther Cheevers, dau. of Israel and 
Bridget Cheevers of Cambridge, Alass. He d. March 30, 1750. A 
brief memoir of him will be found in the Register (ante, ix, 59), 


(34) Sarah* b. Nov. 27, 1725; in. 1st, Dr. Cornelius Kollock of 
Wrentham, Nov. 26, 1745, by whom she had one son, Oliver 5 Kolluck, 
b. Nov. 17, 1751; d. 1754. Dr. Kolluck cl. Jan. 22, 1754, and she m. 
2d, Rev. Benjamin Caryl (H. C. 1761) of Dover, Mass., who was min- 
ister of one parish 41yr3., and d. Nov. 13, 1811, a. 79. (35) Henry,* 
b. Nov. 18, 1727; d. July 26, 1729, his death having been caused by 
falling from a chamber window while his parents were absent at 
Cambridge. (36) Elizabeth, [+] b. Feb. 23, 1729; m. April 30, 
1751, Rev. Joseph Bean. (37) John* [+] b. Oct. 30, 1731. (38) 
Samuel* [+] b. Jan. 29, 1733. (39) Jernsha* [+] b. Sept. 11, 1734; 
m. Sept. 11, 1734, Ebenezer Fisher, jr. (40) Daniel* [ + ] b. Oct. 
11, 1735. (41) Rev. James* b. Dec. 4, 1737; grad. H. C, 1762; m. 
March 1, 1769, Elizabeth Fisher of Wrentham; was settled over the 
First Congregational church at Ashford, Conn., Feb, 13, 1769; d. Jan. 
6, 1782. (42) William,* b. March 3, 1739; d. March 5, 1741. 

29 Ebenezer 3 Messinger, son of Thomas' 2 , was b. in Boston, June 
2, 1697. He m. 1st, Jan. 26, 1719, Rebecca, dau. of Wigglesworth 
and Ursillear Sweetser, by the Rev. Cotton Mather. He first resided 
in Boston, but afterwards removed to Wrentham, where his wife Re- 
becca d. Nov. 21, 1752, a. 51 yrs. He m. 2d, to Hannah Metcalf, 
Nov. 3, 1766, and d. June 9, 1768. Estate appraised at £676 18s. 6d. 
By 1st wife had 8 ch. : (43) Rebecca* b. June 26, 1721; (43 ') Ebene- 
zer,* b. Nov. 25, 1793. (44) Elizabeth,* b. July 16, 1728; m. Oct. 
28, 1756 to Hugh Knox of Stoughton. (45) Abigail, m. Caleb Death 
of Framiugham, Dec. 27„ 1752, (46) Ruth',* m. Josiah Wood. (47) 
Ursula,* m. Abraham Belknap, Sept. 15, 1763. (48) Siceetser,* [+]. 
(49) Wigglesworth* [-f ] 

32. Rev. Elias Haven "(H. C, 1733), who m. Mary 4 Messinger, was 
the first minister settled over the second parish of Wrentham, now 
Franklin, Mass. He d. Aug. 10, 1754, a. 41. She d. Jane 10, 1756; 

3 12 Genealogy of the Messinger Family. [Oct. 

ch.: (50) Martha* b. Oct. 15, 1742; d. Feb. 17, 1748. (51) 
Thomas,* b. Aug. 30, 1744 (H. C, 1.765): m. Anna Bigelowof Weston; 
was settled over the 3d church in Reading-, 1770; he d. May 7, 1782. 

(52) Ellas* b. Nov. 11, 1745; ml Elizabeth Bright, March 5, 1169; 

(53) Rachel* b. July 31, 1.747; d. Feb. 19, 1748. (54) Philemon,* b. 
July 7, 1749. (55) William* b. June 20, 1751. (56) Mary* b. May 

36. Rev. Joseph Bean of Cambridge (II. C, 1748), who m. Eliza- 
beth 4 Messinger, was the successor of her father over the first church 
in Wrentharn. He was ordained Dec. 5, 1750, and d. December, 
1784, a. 66 yrs. The Church Manual says: " He was greatly beloved 
by his people, and his memorv is fondly cherished." Their ch. were: 
(57) Hannah* b. May 6, 1752; Joseph* b. July 6, 1754. (58) Eliza- 
beth,* b. Oct. 8, 1755. (59) Henry-* b. July 12, 1757. (60) Cyrus,* 
b.-March A, 1760. (61) Molly,* b. May 11, 1763. (62) Sarah* b. 
Oct. 18, 1766. (63) Horace* b. Sept, 4, 1770; was a physician in 
Boston, and graduated H. C., 1800. (64) William* b. March 23, 

37. John 4 Messinger, b. Oct. 30, 1731; m. 1st, Mary Messinger, 
Dec. 18, 1754, who d. Nov. 17, 1756, leaving one child, (65) Mary* 
b. Nov. 17, 1756; d. 1768. 

He m. 2d, Milatiah Corbit, June 30, 1758, who d. March 27, 1761; 
ch.: (65») Esther* b. March 25, 1759; m. Oct. 22, 1788, to Amariah 
Frost (H. C, 1770). (66) Abigail* b. Nov. 3, 1760; d. 1761. 

He m. 3d, Phebe Guild, Jan. 7, 1762; their ch. were: (67) Emily* 
b. Dec. 8, 1762; in. 1st to Dr. Waldo, and 2d to Rev. Dr. John Prince 
of Salem. (68) Nanna* b. Nov. 10, 1764; d. 1765. (69) Phebe,* b. 
Aug. 15, 1766; m. John Trescott, March 22, 1789. (70) John,* b. 
March 16, 1769. (71) Patty* b. Jan. 5, 1772. (72) ClarinAa* b. 
May 5, 1775; d. 1782. 

38. Samuel 4 Messinger, b. Jan. 29, 1733; m. June 23, 1757, Kathe- 
rine, dau. of Deacon Joseph Brown of Ilolliston, Mass., and settled in 
the westerly part of that town, on the homestead of his father-in-law, 
where he d. Nov. 19, 1795. His wife d. Jan. 28, 1831, a. 94 yrs. 
They had nine ch.: (73) Olive* b. Aug. 26, 1758; unm.; d. at the 
old homestead, Oct. 25, 1847, a. 89. (74) Joel* b. May 26, 1760; m. 
1st, Sally Storrs of Mansfield, Conn.; settled in Ashford, Conn., and 
had two ch.: Sarah, 6 b. 1792, and Storrs, 6 b. 1799; m. 2d to a Mrs. 
Ruggles of Princetown, N. Y.; he d. April 28, 1850, nearly 90 vrs. 
of age. (75) Julitta* b. May 9, 1762; m. April 24, 1785, Baruch 
Bullard; settled in Uxbridge, Mass: had six ch., and d. May 15, 
1846. (76) Henry* b. Dec. 7,1764; d. of dropsy March 27, 1790; 
(77) Joseph* b. February 23, 1767; m. Mary Mellen of Ilolliston; re- 
sided there for some years, and then moved to Springfield, Vt., where 
he d. Nov. 25, 1839; had seven ch. (78) Laban* b. Oct. 2, 1769; d. 
of palsy, Feb. 13, 1846; no family. (79) Samuel* b. July 25, 1772; 
m. Olive Chase of York, Me., June 8, 1801; he d. at Holliston, March 
5, 1856, having ten ch., of whom the eldest was the Rev. Edward 
Chase, 6 b. March 8, 1802; m. April 7, 1835, Julia Cushing, and set- 
tled over a Baptist church in West Med way, Mass. (80) Rev. Iiosewdl* 
[+] b. March 9, 1775. (81) Charles* b/jan. 18, 1778; d. of palsy 
Beb. 5, 1835; unm. 


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39. Ebenezer Fisher, Jr., m. Jerusha 4 Messinger, March 12, 1755, 
and d. Sept. 23, 1761; they had four ch.: (82) Jerusha? b. April 
15, 1756. (83) Chloe? b. May 1, 1757. (84) Ebenezer? b. Feb. 19, 
1759. (85) Catherine? b. Jam 14, 1761. 

40. Daniel 4 Messinger, b. Oct. 11, 1735; m. Mary Brastow, dau. of 
Thomas Brastow, in 1763. — Aiiie, xm, 249. He was a farmer in Wrent- 
ham, and d. Jan. 11, 1812, a. 76 yrs. His wife d. February, 1836, a. 
94 yrs. They had twelve ch.: (86) Mary? b. March 9,1764; m. 
1st to Jona. Everett; 2d, Rev. Mr. Seamans of New London, N. H. 
(87) James? b. Sept. 20, 1765, and d. Dec. 24, 1768. (88) Dcniiel?[+] 
b. June 17, 1768; ml May 26, 1793, to Susanna Hinckley. — Ante, xm, 
210. (89) Salhj? b. March 25, 1770; rn. Timothy Dexter of Cumber- 
land, R. I. (90) Fifth child, b. Nov.'3, 1771, and d. soon after. (91) 
Henry? b. March 23, 1773; m. 1st to Frances Bowen, and 2d to Esther 
Gould. (92) William? b. Feb. 24, 1775; m.Diraxa Fales of Wrentham. 
(93) Repsima? b. March 9, 1777; m. Daniel Woodbury of New Lon- 
don, N. H., parents of Gen. Daniel P. 6 Woodbury, U.S.A. (94) 
Esther, b. April 19, 1779; m. Capt, Robert Hinckley of Milton. (95) 
Horace? b. Sept. 19, 1781; m. Olive Hancock of Wrentham. (96) 
Elizabeth? b. July 29, 1783; m. Erasmus J. Pierce of Philadelphia. 
(97) Simpson? b. Sept. 6, 1785; d. unm., May 22, 1821. 

48. Sweetser 4 Messinger, m. Elizabeth, dau. of John and Elizabeth 
Smith. Had twelve ch.: (98) Betty? b. March 1, 1759. (99) 
Samuel? b. May 12, 1761. (100) Rebecca? b. Jan. 8, 1763; m. Ebene- 
zer Blake, 3d, Jan. 2, 1786. (101) John Smith? b. Dec. 27, 1764. 
(102) James? b. April 16, 1767. (103) Ebenezer? b. March 5, 1769; 
m. Azubah Farrington, June 14, 1795. (104) George Whitfield? b. 
Jan. 3, 1771; m. Polly Fisher. (105) Margaret? b. Feb. 21, 1773; 
m. James Simpson, April 21, 1805. (106) Eli? b. Nov. 15, 1774; m. 
Polly Haven, May 10, 1797. (107) David? b. Oct. 28, 1776; m. Polly 
Pond, March 8, 1804. (108; Oliver? b. June 28, 1778, and (108 a ) 
Nancy? b. June 6, 1781. 

49. Wigglesworth 4 Messinger, rn. Jemima Everett of Wrentham, 
and had twelve ch.: (109) Jemima? b. Oct. 6, 1765. (110) Jerusha? 
b. Oct. 12, 1767. (Ill) Pelatiah? b. Aug. 28, 1769; m. Polly King 
of Rutland, January, 1799; d. in 1814. (112) Abigail? b. Aug. 11, 
1771; in. Simeon Turner, May 6, 1791. (113) Jason? b. Sept. 26, 
1773. (114) Cyrus? b. Oct. 26, 1775. (115) Jonathan? b. Sept, 21, 
1777. (116) Artemas? b. 1780. (117) Eunice? b. 1782. (118) 
Lots? b. March 16, 1784. (119) Avery? b. July 13, 1786. (120) 
Polly? b. Aug. 29, 1788. 

80. Rev. Rosewell 5 Messinger, b. March 9, 1775; grad. H. C, 
1797; m. 1st, Jan. 25, 1801, Mary Brown of Concord, Mass., and 2d, 
January, 1819, Joanna Yeaton. He was settled at York, Me., Oct. 10, 
1798; became totally blind in the early years of his ministry, and 
prepared and published a book on Resignation, of more than 200 
pages, his wife acting as amanuensis. He d. at Berwick, Me., of 
congestion of the lungs, Feb. 20, 1844, a. 68. He had nine ch., viz: 
six by his 1st wife: (121) Zabiah Gore? m David Austin of Charles- 
town; removed to Columbus, Miss. (122) Catharine Brown? m. 
John W. Capron of Uxbtidge. (123) Iiosv:ell Emerson? merchant of 
Boston; m. Delia Adams. (124) David Seivall? settled at Worces- 

314 How Family. [Oct. 

ter; m. Harriet Sawyer. (125) Mary Williams, 6 num. (120) Hannah 
Churchill, 6 m. 1st, John P. Arlin; 2d, John B. Smith; 3d, William 

By his 2d wife, he had three ch.: (127) Frances Eliza, 6 m. Charles 
W. Williams. (128) Benjamin Franklin* d. young;. (129) Charles 
Addison, 6 m. Hetty Ann Green; resides in Richmond, R. I. 

88. Hon. Daniel 5 Messinger, whose memoir is prefixed, had ten ch.: 
(130) Susanna Ilewcs, 6 d. in infancy. (131) Daniel/ 3 dec'd, m. Mary 
Ann Smith, dim. of Capt. Benjamin Smith, Portwarden, Bostuu, and 
hadch.: Daniel, 7 William Smith, 7 Susan Dorcas, 7 and Helen. 7 (131) 
Eliza Avery, 6 m. 1st to E. T. F. Richardson of Boston, and had William 
Fox, 7 merchant of Boston, Daniel Messinger, 7 d. at the a. of 13 yrs., 
and Charles Tyng, 7 d. in infancy; m. 2d, Gov. Anthony Colby of New 
London, N. H. (132) Mary Brastow 6 m. John Ayers, merchant of 
Boston, and had: William Austin, 7 dec, Katherine Downer, 7 John, 7 
Nathaniel Henry, 7 and Lionel. 7 (133) Harriet Hinckley, 6 m. Richard 
Cary Morse of New York. (134) Thomas Heices Hinckley 6 merchant 
of New York; m. Margaret -A. Grimbly of London: now resides at 
Stamford, Ct , where his wife d. Jan. 15, 18G2. (135) Foster Cruft 6 
m. 1st to Louisa Grant, and 2d to Maria J. Langley, by whom he 
had: Susan Hinckley, 7 Thomas Hewes Hinckley, 7 and George Wash- 
ington. 7 He resides at Wilmington, Del. (136) Susan Heices 6 m. 
William Bailey Lang, merchant of New York, and had: Maria 
Bailey, 7 Caroline Walter, 7 and Fanny Gore. 7 (137) Robert Hinckley 6 
merchant of New York. (138) George Washington 6 merchant of Bos- 
ton, the compiler of this genealogy. 

How. — Elizabeth, eldest dan. of William Jackson of Rowley, m. 
James How, jr., of Ipswich. She was tried for witchcraft, Juue 30, 
1692, and after various witnesses against her were heard, she was 
condemned to death, and was executed on Gallows Hill in Salem, 
July 19, 1692. Rev. Dr. Felt in his History of Ipswich, p. 207, informs 
us that " she left a husband, James, and ch., Mary and Abigail, who 
in 1712, received £12 for damages, occasioned by the prosecution of 
their mother, from the Province." Her husband had other ch. besides 
Abigail and Mary, but as they did not receive any portion of the 
money paid by the Province, it is probable that they were by a pre- 
vious wife. Can any one inform me whether this w T as the fact, and if 
so, what the maiden name of said wife was? One of the other ch. 
of James How, jr., viz: Deborah, was certainly living in 1712. 
She m. May 11, 1685, Isaac How of Roxbury, who was living Nov. 
15, 1712, but had d. before May 18, 1719, when the widow resided at 
Charlestown. She was a living, a widow, at Stoneham, Feb. 26, 
1733-4, but I find no further mention of her. The other ch. of 
James — Elizabeth, who m. a Mr. Jackson, and John — may have been 
dead when the Province money was paid, but John is known to have 
left descendants, as we learn from documents, that on the 30th of May, 
1717, his son James resided at Haverhill, and his dau. Martha (wife 
of Thomas W T ood), resided at Rowley. H. 

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