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THE PETEllSON FAMILY OF DUXBUllY, MASS. 

The following genealogy of the descendants of John^ Petcrijon of 
Duxbury, Mass., has been couipiled from the vital records of numer- 
ous towns and fi'om church, cemetery, probate, and land records. 
Private memoranda have also been consulted, including Bible records. 
All facts given are from authoritative sources, and statejuenis about 
which any doubt exists are indicated. 

The early generations of this Duxbury family are scantily recorded, 
and in attempting to arrange them correctly the writer has used his 
best judgment, considering carefully all available evidence in trying 
to identify such stray families as appear. Fortunately the majority 
of the descendants of John^ Peterson have their lineage perfectly 
verified, most of those lines whose descent is a matter of conjecture 
liaving become extinct or having removed to places unknown to the 
writer. The later generations descended from Reuben^ Peterson (12) 
are fully recorded in the Duxbury town records, which are authority 
for them. For records from various cemeteries, churches, and 
Bibles the writer is indebted to Mrs. Sidney Peterson of Duxbury, 
who has devoted much time and study to insure their accuracy. 

All the descendants of John^ Peterson are descended also from 
George Soule of the MayjlowcTj and succeeding generations have 
married very generally into MayfloAver families. Such descents have 
been pointed out when known to the writer, although no special 
attempt has been made to trace them all. 

Besides the family of John^ Peterson of Duxbury there were 
certainly two other Peterson families in New England, evidently of 
a later immigration and probably not related to each other or to the 
Duxbury family. One of these families appears in Rhode Island 
about 1725; and the other was settled at Newbury, Mass., where the 
marriage of Dr. Daniel Peterson of Salem and Elisabeth Willct is 
recorded under date of 23 Ja'n. 1719/20, and the births of their 
children from 1720 to 1735 arc found. Some members of this family 
removed to New Ilampshire and mingled with some of the Duxbury 
family, and therefore the identification of the New Hampshire 
Petersons is a difficult matter. 

1. JoHN^ Peterson, an early settler in Duxbury,* married, before 
1665, Mary Soule, born before 1650, daughter of George (who came 
in the Mayfiower in 1620) and Mary of Duxbury. He died between 
29 Apr. 1718 (the date of his will) and 26 Mar. 1720 (the date of the 

* All places mentioned in thia article are situated within the present limits of the 
State of Massachusetts, unless another State or region is indicated in the text or may 
bo easily inferred from the context. 



inventory of hifi estate), and was probably buried on his farm in 
Duxbury, perhaps at the spot where in recent excavating an ancient 
buri^il place has been discovered. His farm was on Powder Point, 
and \\'as purchased of his fathcr-in-Iaw, George Soule, who in a deposi- 
tion dated 27 Oct. 1674 stated that it had been his homestead farm. 
This farm, on which both George Soule and John Peterson in turn 
Uved, remained in the possession of their descendants almost to tlie 
present day; for although the male Une of descendants of Isiiac^ 
Peterson, in which his father, John^ Peterson, evidently intended the 
farm to remain (his will stating that it should descend to the male 
heirs of Isaac), failed immediately, the ownership of the land has until 
very recently remained in the line descended from Isaac's daughter, 
Priscilla Weston.* 

Children, bom probably at Duxbury (order of births 
uncertain): 

i. JouN,' d. unm. in 1690 (Plymouth Probate Records). 

2. ii. Joseph, called "eldest '' in his father's will, b. before 1C70. 

3. iii. Benjamin, b. abt. 16G9. 

iv. Maktha, living unm. m 1718. 

4. V. Jonathan. 

vi. David, b. in 1676; d.. probably unna.. 30 Sept. 1760, aged 84 years 
wanting 1 day. The will of Davia Peterson of " Duxborouj^h," 
yeoman, dated 16 July 1760 and proved 2 Mar. 1761, contains the 
following betjucsts: To "my sister liebecca Weston over and 
above what she hath had heretofore three Dollars." To " Han- 
nah Soule one dollar." To " Rebecca Soule one dollar." To 
** Priscilla Weston the wife of Eliphas Weston one dollar." To 
"Faith Drew the wife of Samuel Drew one dollar." To "my 
Kinsman Jonathan Peterson thirteen shillings and four pence 
Lawfull money." To " Jael Peterson Two dollars." To John 
Peterson one dollar." To " Jonathan Peterson Jun' one dollar." 
To "Turner Peterson two dollars and one sterling sliilling." To 
" my Kinsman David Peterson son to ye abough named Jonathan 
Peterson my right in a cedar swamp lying in Pembrook and my 
Guns and beds, and furniture Belonging to them and my wearing 
close and Household stuf and all my bonds bils and notes and 
money In tine all my real and personal estate." " Lastly . . . 
my Kinsman Jonathan Peterson shall be soul executor." To this 
will David Peterson made his mark. The witnesses were Thomas 
Weston, Peres Rowland, and Elnathan Weston. (Plymouth 
Probate Records, vol. 16, p. 45.) The testator certainly had 
neither wife nor children living when this will was made. He 
probably lived with the family of his deceased brother Jonathan, 
and to them he left the most of his estate. 

5. vii. Isaac. 

viii. Mary, m. Joseph' Soule (John,* George^. 

ix, Rebecca, m. at Duxbury, 1 Oct. 1717, as his second wife, John 
Weston of Duxbury. 

2. Joseph* Peterson (John})^ born, probably at Duxbury, before 
1670, died in 1751. He married at Plymouth, 23 Aug. 1704, 
Sarah (Jones) Doty, born 12 Sept. 1671, daughter of Joseph 
and Patience (Little) Jones and widow of John Doty, who had 
married her 22 Nov. 1694 and had died 8 May 1701. Her 
mother, Patience Little, was daughter of Thomas and Anna 

* At the division of the estate of Isaac* Peterson in 1742, his only son Daniel being 
already dead and having left only two daughters, Isaac's brother Joseph, the eldest 
surviving son of John,^ becunie Isaac's next male heir; but Joseph quitclaimed his 
rights in the land to Isaac's daughters. 



(Warren) Little and granddaughter of Richard Warren of the 
Mayjlower, Her uncle, John Jones, mentions in his will his niece 
Sarah Peterson. Joseph Peterson resided in North Duxbury, 
on South River, adjoining Marshfield, on a 90-acre farm, 
which he conveyed to his son Joseph in 1739. 
Children (order of births uncertain) : 

i. Sarah,* bapt. in 1730 (Marshflcld church records) ; probably the Sarah 
Peterson who m. at Pembroke, 18 Nov. 1734, William MacFah- 
LAND of Pembroke, and d. at Duxbury 15 Mar. 1789, aged 79. 

6. ii. Joseph, b. at Duxbury; bapt. in 1730 (i5.). 

3. Benjamin* Peterson (John}), born, probably at Duxbury, 

about 1669, died 11 Feb. 1760, aged 90 years, 5 months, and 
was buried in the Standish Cemetery, which was near his 
farm. He married, 9 Feb. 1698/9, Hannah Wadsworth, 
daughter of Dea. John and Abigail (Andrews) of Duxbury. 
She died " the night following the" 6 Feb. 1732/3. Of tlieir 
children as given below only the first and third are recorded 
as such; but the others must be of this family, for the families 
of the other brothers are accounted for. 
Children, probably all born at Duxbury: 

i, Mercy,* b. in Oct. 1699; d. at Duxbury 27 Dec. 1768, aged 69 
years, 2 (or 3) montba; m. at Duxbury, 18 May 1721, Joseph 
Wbston of Duxbury. 

ii. Abigaii,, m. at Duxbury, 25 Sept. 1729, Abraham Pierce, Jr., of 
Pembroke. 

7. iii. Jacob, b. 22 Feb. 1710/11. 

8. iv. Isaac. 

9. V. Benjamin, b. abt. 1717. 

▼1. Anne. m. at Duxbury, 7 Apr. 1735, Nathaniel Dunham of Plym- 
outii. 

4. Jonathan* Peterson {JohvS), born probably at Duxbury, died 

in 1745. He married, after 23 Apr. 1700, Lydia Wadsworth, 
daughter of Dea. John and Abigail (Andrews) of Duxbury 
and sister of his brother Benjamin's wife. She died 26 May 
1756, aged 77 years, 8 months, 3 days, and was buried in the 
Old Cemetery (the Standish Cemetery) on Centre Street, 
South Duxbury. She was born, therefore, 13 Feb. 1078/9. 
After his marriage Jonathan Peterson lived at West Duxbury 
and at Pembroke. In 1732 he conveyed his Duxbury farm 
to his sons Jonathan and Reuben and his Pembroke lands to 
his son John. 
Children, born at Duxbury (town records) :* 

10. i. JoHN,» b. 22 Aug. 1701. 

ii. HoPBSTiLL, b. 20 Jan. 1703/4; m. Joshua Delano, b. at Duxbury 
30 Oct. 1700, 8. of Ebenezer and Martha (Simmons). 

11. iii. Jonathan, b. 20 Sept. 170G. 

12. iv. Reuben, b. 8 Apr. 1710. 

V. Alice, probably the Alice who m. at Duxbury, 5 May 1727, Aaron 
SouLE, Jr., of Pembroke, and d. soon afterwardis. 

vi. Lydia, b. abt. 1713; d. at Pembroke 11 Nov. 1771, aged 58 years, 
6 months, 19 davs; m. at Pembroke, 26 Dec. 1733, Aaron Soule, 
Jr., of Pembroke, who d. at Pembroke 21 Jan. 1783, aged 77 
}rears, 1 month, formerly husband of her sister Alice. They had 
issue. 

* All these children except Alice are mentioned in the will of their father* 



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5. Isaac* Peterson (John}), born probably on the ancestral farm* 

at Duxbury, died on the same farm in 1740. He married at 
Hingham, 10 Sept. 1712, Mary Hobart of Hingham, born 
about 1089, died at Duxbury 3 Apr. 1763, in her 7^h year 
(gravestonet in Old Cemetery, South Duxbury), daughter of 
Daniel of Hingham. In the division of his estate in 1742 it 
is recorded that he had no male heirs, and his family is given 
as three daughters and two granddaughters (the latter the 
children of his son Daniel, deceased). 
Children, born at Duxbury: 

i. pRisc'iLLA,* b. in 1713; d. at Duxbury 22 Sept. 1778, aRcd 64 years, 
9 months, 12 days; m. in 1738 Elipuak Weston (John,' Edmund,* 
li^dmund*), who was drowned in Duxbury Bay 18 Mar. 1762, in 
his 53d year, a descendant of John Alden of the Mayflower, 
They liad issue. 

ii. Daniel, of Kingston, d. before his father; m. Deborah , who 

d. at Hanover 2 Jon. 1790, aged 80. Children, b. at Kingston: 
1. Mary* b. 16 Jan. 1738/9; d. unm. at Hanover 1 July (or 9 

J\me) 1817. 2. Orphan, b. in Apr. ; ni. at Hanover, 23 Jan.. 

1760, Lieut.' EUsha House of Hanover. 

ill. Faith, m. at Duxbury, 17 Dec. 1746, Samuel Drew. 

iv. Jael, d. at Bridgcwatcr 17 Dec. 1781; m. (1), as his second wife, 
TmoTHY Hayward of Bridgewater, b. at Bridgewater 2 May 
1700j d. there 5 June 1750, aged 60 years, 3 days [sic], s. of Na- 
thaniel and Elizabeth; m. (2) at Bridgewater, 19 Apr. 1768, as his 
second wife, Cait. Skth* Alden, b. at Bridgewater 6 July 1710, 
d. tlicre 6 Sept. 1781, in his 75th year, s. of Joseph* (Joseph,* 
John^ of the Mayflower) and Hannah (Dunham). Childix'U by 
first husband, b. or bapt. at Bridgewater: 1. Ezra^ b. 9 Apr. 1739; 
d. 27 Dec. 1740. 2. Daniel, baot. 10 Nov. 1740. 3. Abraham, 
b. 22 Oct. 1742; d. 27 Oct. 1747, 4. Lydia, b. 9 Sept. 1744; d. 
4 Oct. 1747. 6. Imac, b. 21 Nov. 1740; d. 19 Oct. 1747. 6. 
Ezra (probably posthumous), bapt. 30 June 1761.*t 

6. Joseph* Peterson (Joseph^* John}), born at Duxbury, and 

baptized in 1730 (Marshfield church records), died at Dux- 
bury in 1776. He married at Bridgewater, 19 Nov. 1742, 
Lydia Howell of Bridgewater, who died at Duxbury 22 June 
180G, in her 86th year (gravestone in Dingley Cemetery, 
North Duxbury). He lived on his father's farm in Duxbury, 
When his estate was divided in 1818, his daughter Lydia was 
the only one of his children who was living; but his daughters 
who had married and were then deceased were named as 
below. 

Children, born at Duxbury (all except Lydia entered in 
town records) : 

i. Mary/ b. 22 Apr. 1743; d. in 1809; m. at Duxbury, 8 Oct. 1767, 
Zadock* Weston (Benjamin,* Edmund,* Edmund*). 

ii. Sarah, b. 15 June 1744; d. at Duxbury 1 Aug. 181G; m. at Duxbury, 
24 June 17G2, Cornelius Delano, b. at Duxbury 10 Oct. 1742, 
d. there 24 Apr. 1801, in his GOth year, 8. of Amaziah and Ruth 
(Sampson). 

* For tho descent of this farm vide supra, p. 2, with footnote. 
t The gravestone givca, as the date of her death, 22 Mar. 1763, "Old StUe." 
t Tunothy, son of Timothy Hayward, was baptized at Brid)sewaicr 23 Apr. 1732, 
and ElioneEer, bod of Timothy Hayward, was baptized there 17 Mar. 1733/4; but it ia 
not clear wliether they were children of Timothy by his second wife, Jael (Peterson), 
or by his first wife, Widow Mary Uecd, whom ho married at Bridgewater 12 Nov. 1730 
and the record of whoae death has not been found. 



13. iii. Abbahau, b. 6 Sept. 1745. 

iv. Susanna, b. 22 Jan. 1740/7: d. in 1810; m. at Duxbury, 8 Oct. 
1707, Gersuom Ewell, Jr., of Scituatc, who d. at ocituate 
4 Mar. 1821, aged 70. 

14. V. Joseph, b. 1 Feb. 1740/50. 
vi. Lydia, living unm. in 1818. 

7. Jacob' Peterson {Benjamin,^ John^), of Duxbury, born at 

Duxbury 22 Feb. 1710/11, died 27 Jan. 1781. He married at 
Bridgewater, 19 Aug. 1735, Mary Harlow, born about 1717, 
died at Duxbury 20 Oct. 1777, in her Gist year, daughter of 
William. In 1778 Jacob Peterson conveyed his real estate to 
his grandson Benjamin. In his will, dated 10 Mar. 1778, he 
mentions grandson Benjamin and granddaughters Sarah, wife 
of Benjamin Smith, and Hannah Peterson. 
Child: 

15. i. Benjamin,^ b. at Duxbury 4 Mar. 1738/9 (town records). 

8. Isaac' Peterson {Beniamiuy^ John}), born probably at Dux- 

bury, was doubtless the Isaac Peterson who died at Scituate 
in 1785 and whose estate was administered by Jesse Curtis.* 
He married first, 14 Feb. 1734/5, Lydia Drew, daughter of 
Samuel and Ruth (Delano) and a descendant of John Alden 
of the Mayflower; and secondly (probably), at Abington, 
29 Dec. 1768 (being styled of Scituate), Hannah Corthell of 
Abington. He resided at Pembroke and presumably also at 
Hanover and Scituate. 

Children by first wife, all except Hannah recorded at 
Pembroke: 

i. Alice,^ b. 7 Mar. 1735/6; m. at Pembroke, 19 Mar. 1761, Daniel 

Teaqub of lianover. 
ii. Ruth. b. 14 Feb. 1737/8; perhaps the Ruth who m. at Scituate, 

2 Mar. 1780, Ebenezeu Belcher of Scituate. 
iii. Deborah, b. 20 Feb. 1739/40; m. at Pembroke, 8 Apr. 1762, 

David Fosfer of Hanover. 
iv. Lydia, b. 18 Sept. 1741. 
V. Hannah (probably dau. of Isaac), m. 27 July 1766 Jessb Curtis 

of Hanover, who adiiiiiiistered Isaac Peterson's estate. 

9. Benjamin* Psterson {Benjamin,^ John^), born, probably at 

Duxbury, about 1717, died at Claremont, N. H., 19 May 1800, 
aged 83 years. He married at Bridgewater, 19 Nov. 1741 
(being then styled of Easton), Hannah Perry of Bridge- 
water, born 23 Apr. 1723, died at Claremont 5 July 1783. 
He is probably the Benjamin Peterson who was at Clare- 
mont in 1790, with a family consisting of one female (U. S. 
Census). The names of his children, except Benjamin, are 
found in a release of title in the Plymouth registry of deeds, 
dated 1799, wherein the children named below, except Ben- 
jamin, state that they are " heirs of land which fell to our 
mother Hannah Peterson, alias Perry, by will of Ephriam 
Leach." 
Children: 

i. Benjamin,^ b. at Easton 6 Dec. 1742: evidently dead in 1799. 
ii. Marcy, b. at Easton 3 Noy. 1744; ol Claremont, N. H., in 1799, 

* The probata records do not name the heirs of the estate. 



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■ jii. Hannah, of Claremont, N. H., in 1799; m. — Bachelor. 

iv. Amasa, of Claremont, N. H., in 1799. 

V. Joseph, of Claremont, N. IL, in 1799. 

vi. Epiiraim, of Claremont, N. H., in 1790, the head of a family con 
sisting of two males under 16 years of age and four females (U. S 

Census); of Weathersficld, Vt., in 1799; m. Anna . Chil 

dren: 1. Hanriah F.,' d. 28 Aug. 1800[j»'ic], aged 17 yeard, 2 montb^ 
25 days; bur. at Claremont^ 2. Hannah^ d. 28 Aug. 1800, agc( 
1 year, 2 montlis, 23 days; bur. at Claremont. 3. Mary Ann 
d. 1 May 1822, aged 12 years; bur. at Claremont. Probably 
others. 

10. John' Peterson {Jonathan,^ John})y born at Duxbury 22 Aug 
1701, died after 17G5. He married, 21 Aug. 1726, Ruth 
Delano, born at Duxbury 25 May 1707, living in 1756 
daughter of Jonathan' (Thomas,* PliilipO and Hannah (Doty 
and a descendant of John Alden and Edward Doty of th( 
Mayflower. From deeds it is known that John Peterson livec 
at various times at Duxbury, Middleborough, Pembroke, anc 
Rochester, Mass., and also at Richmond and Scituate, 11. I 
In 1756, at Richmond, 11. 1., he sold his Pembroke lands, anc 
in 1765, at Scituate, R. I., he conveyed land to his son Sil 
vanus, the deed furnishing the only positive record of any o 
his children. It is, however, beyond doubt that the Petersoi 
marriages recorded at Middleborough were those of hii 
children, for his family was the only Peterson family residcn 
there at that time; and the same applies to the Petersor 
marriages recorded at Richmond and Scituate, R. I., and a 
Rochester. Furthermore, there is no possible place elsewhen 
for these children. 
Children,* probably all born at Middleborough: 

16. i. SiLVANUS,^ b. in 1727 (date computed from gravestone at Colrain) 
ii. Hops, m. at Rochester, 17 June 1748, Neuemuii Randall. 
ill. LusA, probably m. (intention recorded at Rochester, 12 June 1748 

Peleq Hathaway of Freetown, 
iv. Hannah, m. (intraition recorded at Rochester, 17 Nov. 1751 

Tbouab Vaughn of Middleborou{2;h. 
V. Content, m. at Richmond, R. I., 27 Oct. 1757, James Bass. 
vi. Lydia, m. at South Kingstown. R. I., 26 Dec. 1757 (return of mar 

riage made to Middleborough), Pbtbb* Bennett (Peter,' Peter, 

JoluiO. 
vii. ZiLi'iiA. m. 13 Dec. 1757 Isaac* Bennett (Isaac,' Peter,* John*) c 

Middleborough. 
viii. Nathan, mentioned at Richmond, R. I., with family, in the Cen 

8US of 1774 and in that of 1790. 
ix. IcuABOD, m. at Rochester, 13 Apr. 1758 (being then of Richmonc 

R. I.), Sarah Clark; in 1790 a resident of Richmond, R. I., wit 

family, and in 1813 a resident of Canaan, N. Y. 
X. Patience, m. at Scituate, R. I., 27 Oct. 1764, Nathan* Bennbt 

(Isaac,* Peter,* John^. 
xi. Lemuel, m. at Scituate, R. I., 12 Jan. 1767, Dorcas Younq; i 

1813 a resident of Canaan, N. Y. 

* In corroboration of the theory that the children, named here were brothers an 
sisters and were children of John and Ruth (Delano) Peterson, it may be noted tht 
Lydia, Zilpha, and Rhoda were residents of Pelham, that the sole surviviug grandchil 
qI Rhoda Edson testifies that her grandmother was one of a large number of sister 
ijktii anothiir granddaughter left a memurandum stating that Ilhoda's mother was 
DelanOt and that the unmarried sister, Ruth, lived with the mother of the writer < 
thiit memorandum. Furthermore, Rhoda Edson had a son named Delano Edson. 



xii. Rboxu, m. at Pc^faam, 3 Deo. 1772, Abibzer Edsok, Jr., of Middle* 

borough.* 
xiii. Ruth, living unm. in 1800. 

11. Jonathan' Peterson {Jonaihan^^ John}), bom at Duxbury 

20 Sept. 1706, died there 5 May 1765, aged 58 years, 7 months, 
and was buried in the old Standish burial ground. He mar- 
ried at Pembroke, 21 June 1744, Jael Dillingham of Pem- 
broke, daughter of John and Jael (Turner). In his will he 
mentions his wife Jael and children as given below, and also 
an unborn child, who, if born alive, has not yet been identified. 
In a deed of 15 Jan. 1779 Jael, his widow, is styled of Brook- 
field, Mass., the town in which her son Turner lived. 

Children, born at Duxbury (town, church, and cemetery 
records): 

17. i. John,* b. 3 Jan. 1744/6. 

18. ii. Jonathan, b. 12 Mar. 1746/7. 

iii. David, b. in 1749/50; d. 27 Aug. 1751, aged. 1 year, 7 months, 17 

days. 
iv. LuuANiA, bapt. in May 1753; committed suicide at Duxbury '*9' 

11" Mar. 1791; m. at Duxbury, 20 Apr. 1773, Charles Rider of 

Plymouth. 
V. David, of Duxbury, bapt. 24 July 1757; probably d. unm.; a 

soldier of the Revolution, attaining the rauK of lieutenant and of 

captain lieutenant. 

19. vi. Turner, bapt. 13 July 1760. 

12. Reuben" Peterson {Jonathan,^ John})^ of Duxbury, born at 

Duxbury 8 Apr. 1710, died there 1 Nov. 1795, in his 86th 
year. He married first, at Duxbury, 6 July 1732, Rebecca 
Simmons of Duxbury, born at Duxbury 7 Apr. 1713, died there 
25 Jan. 1764, aged 50 years, 9 months, daughter of Joseph and 
Mary (Weston) and fourth in descent from John Alden of the 
Mayflower; and secondly Elizabeth Whittemorb, who died 
23 July 1806, in her 83d year. 
Children by first wife, born at Duxbury: 

20. i. Elijah/ b. 12 Mar. 1732/3. 

ii. Mary, b. 21 Oct. 1734; d. unm. at Duxbury 25 June 1772, aged 
abt. 38. 

21. iii. Neuemiah, b. 29 July 1736. 

iv. Abigail, b. 16 May 1739; m. at Duxbury, 14 Feb. 1765, Zenas 

Thomas of Marshficld. 
▼. Sarah, b, 30 Dec. 1740; m. at Duxbury, 3 Dec. 1767, Timotht 

Williamson. 
vi. Lydia, b. 14 Nov. 1742; d. unm. 30 Mar. 1830. 

22. vii. I'haddeus, b. 9 Mar. 1744/5. 

23. viii. Luther, b. 8 Apr. 1746. 

24. ix. Reuben, b. 10 Apr. 1749; bapt. 14 May 1749. 

25. X. Joshua, b. 20 Aug. 1751. 

26. xi. Samuel, b. abt. 1753. 

xii. Rebecca, m. at Duxbury, 14 June 1783, Bethuel Packard of 
Bridgewater, b. at Bridgewatcr 20 Mar. 1760, s. of Timothy and 
Sarah; removed to Vassalborough, Me. 

* Abiezer Edaon, Jr., was a cousin of Peter.* Isaac,* and Nathan* Bennett, his 
mother. Jael* Bennett, having been a daughter of Peter* Bennett. He and his Bennett 
cousins were descended from Mayflower ancestors through the wife of Peter* Bennett* 
who was Priscilla Howland, daughter of Isaac and Elixaboth (Vaughn). 



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Children by scoond wife : 

27. xiii. Thomas Whittemore, b. at Duxbury, 24 Mar. 1766. 

28. xiv. William, b. abt. 1768. 

13. Abraham^ Peteeson (Jo^epA,' Joseph^^ John}), borii at Duxbury 

6 Sept. 1745, died before 1818. He married at Mai'shfield, 
t3 Mar. 1768, Patience Baker of Marshfield. He was a 
Revolutionary soldier. In 1785 he sold iiis Duxbury fann, 
and appears in the Census of 1790 as a resident of Winthrop, 
Me., his family consisting of two males of 16 years and up- 
wards, three males under 16 years, and six females. Two of 
his sons are given as heads of famihes in this census. 
Children: 

i Abrauam,* head of a family at Winthrop, Me., in 1790. 
ii. Caunalas, head of a family at Wnthrop, Me., in 179(). 
iii. Sarah, b. in 1777; d. 7 June 1867; m. at Duxbury, 12 May 1<S02, 

SvLVANua* Wkston (Zabdiol,* Joseph,* Eiuathan,* Edmund*)i 

who d. at Duxbiu-y 28 May 1830, aged 60. 
Others, whose names have not been found. 

14. JosErii* Peterson {Joseph,^ Joseph,^ John^), of Duxbury, born 

at Duxbury 1 Feb. 1749/50, died there in 1776. He married 
at Duxbury, 4 Apr. 1773, Rebecca Delano, born at Dux- 
bury 6 Dec. 1753, tlicd thei-e 17 July 1841, aged 87 years, 6 
months, daughter of Lemuel and Lj^dia (Bartlett). He was 
a Revolutionary soldier. 
Children, born at Duxbury: 

i. Elizabeth,* b. abt. 1774; d. 22 July 1853, ae. 79; m. at Duxbury, 
in Dec. 1796, Joseph Wadswqutii, carpenter, b. in 1774, d. at Dux- 
bury 3 Nov. 1845, aged 71 years, 5 months, 7 days, s. of Jo:^'ph 
and Anna (Drew). 
29. ii. DANniL, b. 9 Oct. 1775. 

15. Benjamin* Peterson {Jacobs* Benjamiriy^ John})^ bom at Dux- 

bury 4 Mar. 1738/9, was lost at sea in 1765. He married at 
Duxbuiy, 22 June 1758, Bethia Gushing, born about 1743, 
who probably married secondly, at Duxbury, 18 Apr. 1769, 
Joseph Prior, and died at Duxbury 14 Oct. 1801, in her 59th 
year. 
Children, born at Duxbury: 

i. Sarah,* b. 16 Apr. 1759; d. at Duxbury 11 Jan. 1805; m. Benja- 
min Smith, b. abt. 1755, d. at Duxbury 5 Feb. 1831, aged 76. 
They had isisue. 

ii. Hannah, b. 2 Jan. 1761; m. at Duxbury, 3 Nov. 1778, Levi Ding- 
ley, b. at Duxburv 18 Oct. 1756, s. of Jacob and Susannah 
(Fuller). They had. issue. 
30. iii. Benjamin, b. 10 July 17G3. 

16. Sylvanus* Peterson {John,^ Jonathan,* John^), bom, probably 

at Middleborough, in 1727, died at Colrain 14 Nov. 1804. He 
married first (intention recorded at Rochester, 10 Jan. 1753) 
Sarah Phillips of '* Glochester;" and secondly, before 1768, 

when her name appears in deeds, Maky . He resided 

at Middleborough and Pembroke, and removed to Cokain in 



1785. He probably had a large family, but the names of only 
two sons are positively known. 
Children by first wife: 

31. i. Jonathan," b. 26 Mar. 1754 (family record). 

ii. Sylvanus, b. at Middleborough in 1763; perhaps m. Rhoda , 

whose name appears with his in certain legal papers. He wa.« a 
Revolutionaiy aoldicr. He remove* I to Nicholson, Pa., where in 
1836 he de{)osed about his military services, stating that he was 
born in ^liddicborou£h hi 1703. The record shows that his 
brother Jonathan of Cc^lrain, ae. 82, testified in his behalf. 

iii. Jacob (perhaps a. of Sylvanus), m. at Pembroke, 2 Mar. 1785, 
Betsky Turner of Pembroke, b. at Pembroke 25 Feb. 1762, d. 
there 27 Nov. 1833, aged 71 years, 9 months, 3 days. He was a 
Ilcvolutionary soldier. 

17. John* Pbtbrson {Jonathariy^ JonathaUf^ John}), born at Dux- 
huiy 3 Jan. 1744/5, died at Newport, R. I., in 1823. He 
manied at Duxbury, 30 Sept. 1765, Sarah Hewitt of Mar^h- 
field. He was a Ilcvolutionary soldier. In 1784 he removed 
to Brunswick, Me., where the Census of 1790 gives him as the 
head of a family of twenty-five [sic] males of 16 years and 
upwards, four males under 16 years, and five females. In 
Brunswick he was a storekecijer, a miller, and a leading citizen. 
In 1798 he was at Bath, Me., where he was interested in ship- 
building. He was himself a shipmaster, and also owned sr.nie 
200 acres of land in Batb. Finally he went to Newport, II. I. 
(See Reed's History of Bath.) 

Children, the first eight born at Duxbury and the others at 
Brunswick, Me. : 

i. John,* b. 30 July 1767. 

ii. Levi, b. 7 Nov. 1709; m. Reed, dau. of Col. John of 

Topsham, Me. lie was a .shipmaster and shipbuilder of Bath, and 
is (ieseribed as " a man of noble bearing and a i Icrculcs in size and 
Btrcniith." He \voiu;hcd 400 pounds, lie had issue. 

iii. James, b. 30 Dec. 1771; m. Jennet . Child: 1. Hewitt,^ b. 

29 Dec. 1799. 

iv. Nancy, b. 20 Mar. 1774. 

v. Chaulks, b. 20 Aug. 1776. 

vi. Hewitt, b. 19 Sept. 1778. 

vii. Sarah, b. 20 Jan. 1781.. 

viii. Daniel, b. 28 Oct. 1783. 

ix. Abigail, b. 17 Sept. 1786; m. Stewart. 

X. WiLUAM, b. 4 Mar. 1789. 

xi. Lucy, b. 27 Apr. 1791. 

IS. Jonathan* Peterson (Jonalhan,^ Jonathan,^ JohvS), of Dux- 
bury, born at Duxbury 12 Mar. 174G/7, died there 15 July 
1813, aged 66. He married at Duxbury, 8 July 1771 [dc]* 
Lucy Hunt. He served in the Revolution. 
Childrei^ born at Duxbury: 

i. Lucy,* b. 13 June 1771. 

ii. Lewis, b. 18 Apr. 1773; lost at sea; m. at Duxbury, 30 Mar. 1801, 

Sally Fuller. 
iii. Welthea, b. 19 Aug. 1775; m. at Duxbury, in Nov. 1801, Joshua 

Moody of Bath, Mc. 

32. iv. Gborqe, b. 5 July 1778. 

* According to the church records thoy were married 23 Apr. 1771. 



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y. OuvE, b. 16 Oct 1781; m. at Duxbury, in Oct. 1805, Bsnjauu 

IIOUINSON. 

vi. Sally, b. 3 Nov. 1784. 
vii. Hannah, b. 15 Feb. 1790. 
viii. Natuaniel, b. 27 Aug. 1706. 

19. Turner* Peterson (Jonathan j^ Jonathan,^ John^), baptized a1 

Duxbury 13 July 1760, was living at Saratoga, N. Y., in Jul:^ 

1832, as is proved by bis application for a pension. H( 

married at Brookfield, 26 Apr. 1781,* Polly Manning. H( 

was a Revolutionary soldier. He removed from Duxbury tc 

Brookfield, and in 1790 was a resident at Lebanon, N. H., sa 

the Census shows. 

Children, all recorded at Lebanon, N. IL, but the first fiv( 

born at Brookfield: 

i. TuiiNEii,* b. 29 Mar. 1780.t 

ii. Alander, b. 8 Sept. 1781. 

iii. Polly, b. 19 Apr. 1783. 

iv. Betsey, b. 1 July 1785. 

V. Sela, b. 11 Feb. 1787. 

vi. Nancy, b. 26 Apr. 1792. 

vii. Sally, b. 28 Feb. 1794. 

20. Elijah* Peterson (iZeuben,* Jonathan,^ John^), of Duxbury 

bom at Duxbuiy 12 Mar. 1732/3, died 11 Feb. 1820. He 
married, 24 Oct. 1765, Abigail Whittemore of Marshfield 
He was a Revolutionary soldier. 
Children, born at Duxbury: 

33. i. Jabez,* b. 22 Oct. 1766. 

34. ii. JuDAH. 

iii. Betsey, b. 22 Jan. 1770; d. in Feb. 1864; m. (1) at Duxbury 
29 Sept. 1791, Capt. Daniel Pierce of Pembroke; m. (2) ai 
Pembroke, 13 Feb. 1804, Joshua Maqoun. 

iv. JoBL, b. abt. 1777; d. 19 Nov. 1856, aged 79; m. (1) at Pembroke 
13 Mar. 1803, Sarah Magoun, who d. 2 Apr. 1835, aged 53 
m. (2) Joanna Morton, who d. 22 Feb. 1876, aged 75 years, * 
months, dau. of Dr. Nathaniel and Joanna.t Joel and Sarah an 
buried in the Plain ville Cemetery, Marshfielcl. Child by first wife 
1. SUHna,* survived her father; m. at Kingston, 7 Apr. 1831 
Pelog Ford of Boston, b. at Duxbury 10 Jan. 1805, s. of Eiisht 
and Lydia (Turner), who ni. (2) Maria Richmond. 

V. Reuden, m. 26 Apr. 1812 Mary White, dau. of Benjamin o 
Hanover. Children: 1. Lorui^,* b. at Pembroke 26 Apr. 1814 
m. Jane Sherman. 2. LeunSf m. Charlotte Mauter. 

35. vi. Whittemoue, b. 13 Apr. 1784. 

vii. Packard, farmer, b. abt. 1787; d. 10 May 1843, aged 56; m. 

21. Neiiemiah^ Peterson (Reuheny^ Jonathan,^ J ohn^)y of Duxbury 

born at Duxbury 29 July 1736, died 23 Jan. 1811. t H( 
married at Duxbury, 13 Dec. 1764, Princess Dillingham oi 
Pembroke, who died (date not given), aged 75. He was t 
Revolutionary soldier. 
Children, born at Duxbury: 

36. i. Nehemiah,^ b. in 1765. 

ii. Perez, drowned "to the northriver Bridg" 2 Nov. 1815 (Pembroke 
Vital Records); m. Betsey . Children: 1. PrisciUa,* b 

* TfaoB date is given in the Vital Records of Brookfield, but it is probably incorrect, 
t Inscription on Morton monument at Halifax. 

t A BiUe record reads: ** Jan ye 20, 1811 being 74 yrs — 5 mos — 22 days on Sabbat! 
Day at 5 O'Ciock in ye morning.'! 



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IS Aug. 1704. 2. Pcrtt, b. 14 Aug. 1706, in. in 1823 Sarah H. 

Morton; their dau. Sarah d. 8 Deo. 1842, ae. 17. 

iii. Lydia, in. Edgecombe. 

iv. Mahy, m. at Duxbury, 20 Oct. 1801, Stephen Churchill. 

V. Princess, m. at Duxbury^ 19 Nov. 1800, Joshua Bryant of 

Plympton. 
vi. Elisua, b. in 1780; drowned 15 Aug. 1798, aged 18 years, 4 months, 

20 days. 

37. vii. EsAiAS, b. 12 Dec. 1782, 

22. Capt. Thaddeus* Peterson {Reuben* Jonathan^* John})^ of 

Duxbury, bom at Duxbuiy 9 Mar. 1744/5, died 25 or 27 July 

1825, aged 81. He married Anna Wadswoutii, baptized at 

Duxbury 10 Oct. 1748, died 6 Oct. 1818, aged 70, chiughter of 

Ichabod, Jr., and Anna (Hunt). He was a Revolutionary 

soldier. 

Children, bom at Duxbury: 

i. Selah,^ b. 22 Feb. 1771; m. at Duxbury, in June 1793, Jabez 

Dinoley. 
li. Luke, b. in 1773; d. 30 Sept. 1778, aged 5 years, 3 months. 

38. iii. Frederick, b. 25 Dec. 1775. 
' iv. IcHAUOD, d. 8 Apr. 1778. 

V. Anne, b. 20 Jan. 17S0; d. 22 July 1834, aged 54 years, 6 montlis, 
2 days; m. at Duxbury, 23 Feb. 1804, Charles Chandler, who 
d. 27 Mar. 1814, aged 38 ycturs, 10 months, 15 days.* 

vi. Ichabod Wadswohth« h. 14 May 1782; died youug. 

vii. Rebecca, b. 22 July 1784; d. unm. 26 Apr. 1858. 

viii. Mary, b. 23 July 1787; d. unm. 4 Mar. 1872. 

ix. Sophia, b. 16 Aug. 1790; m. at Pembroke, 12 Mar. 1811, Benjamin 
Be arcs, Jr. 

23. Lutheh* Peterson (Revhen* Jonathan^* Johv}), ot Duxbury, 

born at Duxbury 8 Apr. 174G^ died 1 Apr. 1822, aged 70 years 
"wanting" 19 days. He married at Duxbury, 29 Nov. 1789, 
Pkiscilla Chipman, born at Kingston 25 July 1761, daughter 
of Benjamin and Hannah (Wadsworth). 
Children, born at Duxbury: 

i. Hannah W.,» b. 8 Feb. 1791; living unm. in 1843. 

ii. Beulau, b. 23 Jan. 1793; m. Zachariah Thomas. 

iii. Judith, b. 4 Aug. 1795; m. (1) at Du.xbury, 23 Dec. 1821, John 
liANDALL, who d. 27 Sept. 1823, aged 28 years, 6 months, 15 
days; m. (2) at Duxbury, 30 Apr. 1832, Spencer Sampson, who 
d. 11 Feb. 1837, aged 45; m. (3) not later than 1843 Amos Sueh- 
MAN of Marshiield. 

iv. Alvah, b. 12 June 1797; m. 1 June 1823 (being then of Columbia, 
Me.) Joanna WiLLi.vMsoN of Marshfield (Kingston Vital Records). 
30. V. Marshall, b. 23 Mar. 1800. 

vL Laura, b. 28 Nov. 1802; m. at Duxbury, 20 Nov. 1825, Pelhau 
Bonne Y of Boston. 

24. Reuben* Peterson (Reuben* Jonathan* John^), of Duxbury, 

born at Duxbury 10 Apr. 1749 and baptized there 14 May 
1749, died 22 May 1845, aged 96 years, 1 month, 12 days. 
He married Abigail Soulb, born at Duxbury 20 May 1757, 
died 13 Jan. 1842, aged 84 years, 7 months, 24 days, daughter 
of Samuel and Mehitable (White). He was a Revolutionary 
soldier. 

* Gravestone record. Duxbury town record gives 30 Mar. 1814, aged 39. 



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Children, born at Duxbury: 

i. Sylvia,* b. 22 Mar, 1777; d. 17 Aug. 1778, aged 1 year, 4 months, 
2G days. 

40. ii. Samuel SoulEi b. 15 Mar. 1779. 

iii. IcHABOD, b. 30 June 1781; d. 3 Oct. 1805, aged 24 years, 3 months, 

3 days. 
iv. Abigail, b. 26 Aug. 1783; d. 25 Aug. 1853; m. at Duxbury, 25 June 

1812, as liis second wife, Capt. James Ciiandleb, b. at Marsh- 

field 18 Apr. 1778, d. 12 Apr. 1845, aged 60 years, 11 months, 

24 days, s. of Thomas and Ilhoda. 

41. V. Thomas, b. 7 Apr. 1786. 

42. vi. Charues, b. 11 Nov. 1788. 

43. vii. Reuben, b. 1 Mar. 1791. 

44. viii. Clark, b. 4 Oct. 1793. 

ix. Sally, b. 19 Jan. 1797; d. 31 May 1863; m., probably abt. 1833, 

ICHABOD BaRSTOW. 

X. Lucy, b. 1 May 1799; d. 27 Aug. 1875; m. 9 Feb. 1823 Ephraim 
Bradford, b. in 1785. 

25. Joshua* Peterson {Reuben,^ Jonathan,^ John}), of Duxbury, 

born at Duxbury 20 Aug. 1751, died 11 or 12 Dec. 1835. He 
married at Duxbury, 17 Feb. 1780, Sylvia Soule, born at 
Duxbury 20 May 1759, died 30 or 31 Jan. 1827, aged 67 years, 
8 months, 11 days, daugliter of Samuel and Mehitable 
(White). 
Cliildren, bom at Duxbury. 

i. Mehitable,* b. in Dec. 1780 and bapt. 17 Aug. 1782: d. 11 Apr. 

1830, aged 49 years, 4 months, 11 days; m. at Duxbury, 8 Dec. 

1798, JosiAU Thomas, >vho d. 11 or 14 Sept. 1849, aged 74 years, 

15 days, s. of Peleg. 
it. Sylvia, b. 14 June 1784, d. unm. 16 or 18 Aug. 1830. 

45. iii. Joshua, b. 18 Aug. 1786. 

46. iv. James, b. 2 Sept. 1792 Uic, ? 1791 J. 

V. John (pcTliaps s. of Joshua), b. 1 Apr. 1793; d. 14 May 1823. 

47. vi. George, b. in Nov. 1796. 

vii. Sophia, m. at Duxbury, 20 Aug. 1825, Caft. Bradford Sampson, 
Jr., b. at Duxbury 24 Sept. 1798 or 1799, d. 30 Nov. 1832, s. of 
Bradford and Rebecca (Weston). 

26. Samuel* Peterson {Reuben* Jonathan,^ John}), of Duxbury, 

Pembroke, and Marshfield, bom at Duxbury about 1753, 
died in 1837. He married at Pembroke, 6 July 1780, Lydia 
Cowing. 
Children: 

48. i. Samuel,* b. at Pembroke in Oct. 1783. 

49. ii. Setu, b. 21 Apr. 1788. 

27. Thomas Whittemore* Peterson {Reuben,* Jonathan,* John^), of 

Duxbury, was born at Duxbury 24 Mar. 1766, and his estate 
was divided in 1841. He married first, in Apr. 1795, Su- 
sanna Clear, who died 16 Dec. 1798, aged 30 years, 24 days; 
and secondly, at Pembroke, 14 Mar. 1802, Lydia Ford, born 
at Duxbury 2 Feb. 1783, died 18 Mar. 1860. 

Child by first wife, born at Duxbury: 
i. Susanna,* d. 7 Feb. 1799, aged 10 weeks, 2 days. 

Childr^i by second wife, bom at Duxbury.: 

ii. Thomas, of Duxbury, carpenter, b. 29 Jan. 1803; m. at Kingston, 
in 1825 (intention 20 Feb. 1825), Mart Wakefield Sampson, b. 



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at Kingston 27 Apr. 1802, dau. of Constant and Rebecca. Chil- 
dron, b. at Duxbury : 1. Mary t.* b. 21 Sept. 1825; m. (in- 
tention recorded at Pembroke, 4 Sept. 1842) Adonirain J. Fish. 
2. Lydia J., b. 25 May 1827; probai>ly m. 13 Feb. 1848 David 
Raymond (Abin^ton Vital Records). 3. Jane W,, b. 11 (or 10) 
Feb. 1329. 4. Elizabeth IF., b. 21 Jan. 1831; n\. 6 Mar. 1851 
Thomas Alden. 6. Caroline M.,b, 16 Scjjt. 1832. G. Amelia 
Meigs, b. 27 May 1834; m. 10 May 1851 Ezra Fisli. 7. Constant 
Sampson, b. 4 Apr. 1836. 8. Anne IK., b. 12 Aug. 1838. 9. Julia, 
b. 9 Oct. 1841; d. 11 Aug. 1842. 10. Abigail F, (or T.), b. 12 
Sept. 1843. 
50. iii. Stephen, b. 7 Mar. 1805. 

iv. Susanna, b. 13 Aug. 1807; d. 25 June 1885; m. Setii MAaouN. 

V. John Butleb, b. 18 June 1811; d. 30 Dec. 1811 or 1812, aged 6 
months, 12 days [iic]. 

vi. Stillman, b. 15 Oct. 1812; d. 27 Oct. 1880, aged 68 years, 12 days. 

vii. Maria, b. 15 Mar. 1815; m. at Duxbury, 27 Aug. 1834, Geouue L. 
Whiting. 

viii. James, b. 22 May 1817; d. 20 Mar. 1818. 

ix. Hiram, b. 15 Dec. 1819; d. 23 Jan. 1875; m. at Duxbury, 11 Apr. 
1842, Sophia L. Bosworth of Mahie, b. in 1821, d. 23 Oct. 1891. 
Children: 1. Julia} 2. Ella, 3. Cornelia. 4. Cora, 

X. Caleb H., b. 26 May 1822; d. 26 Oct. 1841. 

xi. George W., b. 23 Sept. 1828; probably m. Hannah B. , b. 

at Duxbury. Child: 1. George f'.,* b. at Duxlmry 14 Dec. 1852; 
m. at Duxbury, 18 Auk 1872, his second cousin once removed, 
Emma Peterson (67, iii), q.v.y b. at Duxbury 20 Feb. 1853, dau. 
of George P. and Adehne (Peterson). 

28. William* Peterson {Reuben,^ Jonathany^ Johv})^ of Duxbury, 

born about 1768, died 27 Feb. 1841, aged 73. He married 
first, at Duxbury, 10 Feb. 1800, Deborah Hall of New 
Meadows, Me., who died 19 Dec. 1817; and secondly Han- 
nah , who died 25 Dec. 1823. 

Children by first wife, born at Duxbury: 

i. William » b. 21 Aug. 1800: d. 10 Oct. 1817. 

ii. Betsey, b. 1 Nov. 1801; d. unm. 6 Oct. 1891. 

iii. Deborah Hall, b. 4 Mar. 1803; in. (1) at Duxbury, 22 June 1823, 

her first cousin, Geouge Petekson (47), q. v., who d. 4 Jan. 1827; 

in. (2) at Duxbury, 11 Feb. 1829, James Randall. Two children 

by first husband (see 47). Children by second husband, b. at 

Duxbury: 3. William, b. 2 Aug. 1830. 4. Mary /., b. 2 Feb. 

1832; m. at Duxbury, 17 Feb. 1846, Benjamin F. Robins. 5. 

Laura A., b. 25 Jan. 1834. 6. Jason IL, b. 22. Aug. 1836. 7. 

Francis J., b. 16 June 1837 [sic], 8. Gustavus, b. 7 Jan. 1838 [sicj; 

d. 20 Aug. 1839. 
iv. Mary (or Polly), b. 16 Feb. 1805; d. 12 Nov. 1817. 
61. V. Briqqs, b. 18 Sept. 1807. 

vi. John Parker, carpenter, b. 9 Dec. 1809; d. at Weymouth 20 Aug, 

1S58; m. at Weymouth, 14 Dec. 1831, Elizabeth Phillips, b. at 

Weymouth 15 June 1814, dau. of Isaac and Rhoda (Litchfield). 
vii. Amherst, b. 22 Apr. 1811; d. 3 Nov. 1817. 
viii. Daniel P., b. 8 Oct. 1813; d. 23 Mar. 1823. 

29. Daniel* Peterson (JosepA,* Joseph,^ Joseph,'^ John}), of Dux- 

bury, born at Duxbury 9 Oct. 1775, died 28 Nov. 1869. He 
married at Duxbury, 7 Jan. 1801, Bethiah Weston, bom at 
Duxbury 2 Nov. 1773, died 13 Nov. 18G6, daughter of Micah 
and Betliiah (Oldham). 



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Children, bom at Duxbury: 

62. i. Daniel,' b. 7 Sept. 1803. 

ii. HA^^VAU,. d. 2 Oct. 1805, aged 10 montYiB, 4 daya. 

iii. Hannah, b. 3 Feb. ISOO; perhaps the Hannah Peterson who m. at 

Duxbury, 7 June 1S20, M:ison McLauthlin. 
iv. Amantiiis, b. 10 July 1807; d. 7 Jan. 1S92; m. at Duxbury, 20 Dec. 

1833, William Piuok, b. 28 Miiy 1805. 
V. Jeuusha, b. 19 Deo. 1S09; d. in 1888; in. at Duxbury, 27 July 1828, 
as his aeoond wife, Louis M. Uailey. 
53. vi. George, b. 11 Feb. 1812. 

30. Benjamin' Peterson (Benjaminy* Jacob ^^ Benjamin,^ John}), of 

Duxbuiy and for a while of Maine, born at Duxbury 10 July 

1703, died 23 Apr. 1820. He married at Duxbury, 14 Aug. 

1783, Sarah Prior. 

Children, born, at Duxbury: 

i. Henry,* b. 30 Oct. 1783; d. in Guadeloupe 19 May 1799. 

ii. Allen, b. 17 Nov. 1785. 

iii. Hannah, 4 Apr. 1788. 

iv. Louis, b. 26 July 1790. 

V. Benjamin, b. 20 Nov. 1793. 

vi. Africa, b. 12 Oct. 1796. 

vii. Sarah, b. 11 Oct. 1800. 

31. Jonathan* Peterson {SylvanuSy* John,^ Jonathan,'^ John}), of 

Colrain, born 20 Mar. 1754, died at Colrain 19 Jan. 1843. 
He married, 10 Mar. 1774, Lois Sturtbvant of Middle- 
borough, born 18 Nov. 1748, died 2 July 1842. He removed 
from Middleborough and settled at Colrain about 1783. He 
was a Revolutionary soldier. 
Children, the first five probably bom at Middleborough : 

i. Jonathan,* b. in Dec. 1774; m. 31 Dec. 1807 Dorothy Smith. No 

children. 
ii. Mary, b. 9 Apr. 1776; m. 29 Nov. 1798 Caleb Totman. 
iii. Elizabeth, b. in 1778; m. Abraham Tisdale, Jr. 
iv. Dorcas, b. in 1780; in. 8 Aug. 1805 Zenith Wilus. 
v. A daughter, b. abt. 1782; m. Joel (?) Lombard. 
vi. Phoebe (?), b. in 1780; m. Samuel (?) Eddy. 
64. vii. Sylvanus^ b. 10 Mar. 1788. 

viii. Hope, b. in 1790; m. 28 Jan. 1813 Nathan Ellb, bapt. at Heath 
14 June 1789, b. of John and Lydia. 

32. Capt. George* Peterson {Jonathan,^ Jonathan,^ Jonathan,* 

John}), of Duxbury, born at Duxbury 5 July 1778, died at 
Havana, Cuba, 3 Nov. 1818. He married at Duxbury, 
5 Apr. 1801, Sally Prior, born at Duxbury 7 May 1779, 
died 9 Oct. 1848, aged 09 years, 5 months, daughter of Benja- 
min and Sarah (Soule). 
Children, bom at Duxbury: 

i. Capt. George* b. 7 July 1801; d. 18 Nov. (or 7 Oct.) 1828, 
aged 27; m. Sally . Cluld: 1. Sarah George,^ b. at. Dux- 
bury 21 Oct. 1827. 
55. ii. Lewis, b. U Apr. 1804. 

iii. Augusta, b. 16 June 1807; m. at Duxbury, 27 Jan. 1832, Warren 
B. Thomas. 

iv. Otis, b. 11 Aug. 1809; d. 2 Nov. 1825. 

v. Sally, b. 5 Aug. 1812; d. 7 Nov. 1843, aged 31; m. at Duxbury, 
25 Oct. 1835, as his second wife, John M. Doane. 



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vi. Edwin, b. 4 Feb. 1815; d. at Charlestown 4 Mar. 1880, aged 65 
years, 1 month; m. at Duxbury, 3 Aug. 1843, Mauala A. Win- 
BOB, b. at Duxbury 1 Nov. 1823, d. in 1904, dau. of Lcwu and 
LycUa (Howit). 

viL LucT Oposthumous), b. 19 Jan. 1819; d. 22 Aug. 1848. 

33. Jabez* Peterson (Elijah^* Reuben,^ JonaJthaUy^ John^), of Dux- 

bury, born at Duxbury 22 Oct. 1766, died 18 Jan. 1855, aged 
88. He married at Duxbury, 27 Mar. 1798, Mehitable 
Weston, born 7 Sept. 1771, died 15 June 1855, aj^cd 83 years, 9 
months, daughter of Ichabod and Mehitable (White) (Soule). 
Children, born at* Duxbury: 

56. i. Jabkz,* b. 29 Jan. 1799. 

li. IcoABOD W., b. 27 Mar. 1801; d. 16 Aug. 1819. 

57. iii. EuMii, b. 14 Nov. 1803. 

iv. AoiOAiL, b. 10 July 1306; d. unm. 2 Apr. 1862. 
V. Meuitadlg p., b. 13 Feb. 1810; d. 18 Fe&. 1859; m. at Duxbury, 
4 Dec. 1831, James Tuomas. 

34. JuDAH* Peterson (Elijah,^ Reuben? Jonoihan,^ John}), of Dux- 

bury, was born at Duxbury. He married first, 26 Jan. 1796, 
Sarah Taylor; and secondly, at Bridgewater, 12 Sept. 1797 
(being called of Pembroke), Jane Warren. 
Children by second wife, born at Duxbury: 

i. Lucy Warren,* b. 6 Nov. 1800; d. in 1871; m. 26 Dec. 1826 

Samuel Delano. 
ii. Anns, b. 1 June 1808, probably the Ann W. Peterson who m. at 

Duxbury, 7 Dec. 1834, Lewis L. Thomas of liaiisoa. 

58. iii. JuDAU, b. 8 Oct. 1810. 

35. Whittbmore*^ Peterson (Elijahy^ Reuben* Jonathan,^ John^), 

of Duxbury, born at Duxbury 13 Apr. 1784, died 19 July 1802, 
aged 78 years, 3 montlis. He married at Pembroke, 25 Dec. 
1814, Jerusha Maqoun of Pembroke, born at Duxbury in 
Oct. 1791, died at Weymouth 10 May 18G3, aged 71 years, 7 
months, daughter of Joshua M. and Lucy (Crocker). 
Cliildren, born at Duxbury: 

i. A SON,* b. 17 Mar. 1816; d. 28 Mar. 1816. 

ii. Henry, carpenter, b. 20 June 1817; d. at Weymouth 30 Aug. 1863; 
m. at Duxbury, 21 Jan. 1846, Deborah W. Brewster, b. at Dux- 
bury 28 June 1826, d. there 3 Apr. 1850, dau. of Joshua and Deborah 
S. (Chandler). Children: 1. Henry A.,' b. at Kingston 11 Jan, 
1847. 2. Alhina W., b. at Duxbury 24 Sept. 1848. 

iii. Lncv Ann, b;20 Aug. 1819; d. 9 July 1821. 

iv. Angeline, b. 17 Nov. 1822; d. 29 Oct. 1894; m. at Duxbury, 
23 Nov. 1845, Wiluam Holmes of Boston, carpenter, who d. 
3 Dec. 1894, aged 76 years, 7 months, 1 day, s. of John and Mar- 
garet (Porter) of Pembroke. 

T. Abigail W., b. 19 Apr. 1825; d. 25 June 1838. 

36. Capt. Nehemiah* Peterson {Nehemiah,^ Reuben,* Jonathan,^ 
, John}), of Brunswick, Me., was bom at Duxbury in 1765. 

He married at Brunswick, 4 Oct. 1792, Lydia Larrabeb. 

Children, born at Brunswick, Me. : 

i. BENJAMiN,*b. 30Mar. 1793; m. MaryFoss. Children: 1. Lydia,^ 

b. 15 Nov. 1820. 2. Mary, b. 12 Apr. 1829. 
ii. Hannah, b. 14 Julv 1795. 
iii. EusQA, b. 6 Feb. 1799. 



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iv. Rebecca, b. 7 Mar. 1801. 
V. Lydia, b. 1 Nov. 1805. 
vi. Neqemiau, b. 2 June 1808. 

37. EsAiAs' Peterson (Neherniah,^ Reuben,* Jonathan,^ John})^ of 

Duxbuiy, born at Duxbury 12 Dec. 1782, died 5 Jan. '1864. 
He married at Kingston, 2 July 1805, Lydia Holmes, born at 
Kingston 26 Apr. 1779, died 9 Aug. 185G, aged 77 years, 
3 months, 14 days, dau. of Levi and Lydia (Bradford). 
Children, born at Duxbury: 

i. Lydia,* b. 31 Dec. 1805; m. at Duxbury, 27 Jan. 1832, Wiluau K. 
Blake of Boston. 

59. ii. Elisha, b. 8 Sept. 1807. 

60. iii. EsAiAS, b. 20 June 1809. 

61. iv. Zephaniah Sanger Chossman, b. 29 May 1811. 
V. Marcia, b. 30 Sept. 1813; d. unm. 27 Feb. 1891. 

vi. Adeline, b. 18 Nov. 1815; d. 3 Aug. 1858; m. at Duxbury, 26 Nov. 
1S43, her second cousin, George P. Peterson (67), q.v. 

62. vii. Neuemiau, b. 10 Jan. 1818. 

63. viii. Martin, b. 14 June 1820. 

ix. Nancy, b. 7 June 1822; m. at Duxbury, 16 Nov. 1843, William 
SouLE, 2d, b. at Duxbury 24 Dec. 1819, s. of Stephen and Lydia 
(Pierce). 

64. X. Otis, b. 7 Dec. 1824. 

38. Frederick* Peterson {Thaddem,^ Ueiiben,* Jonathan,^ Johv}), 

of Duxbury, born at Duxbury 25 Dec. 1775, died 4 Feb. 1847. 
He married Lydia Ames, who died 7 Oct. 18G4, aged 82 years, 
5 months. 
Children, bom at Duxbury: 

i. Lydia A.,« b. 20 Oct. 1804; d. 7 Oct. 1887; m. Bradford. 

ii. FuEUERicK, b. 13 Oct. 1S09; d. young. 

iii. Alfred, b. 2 Nov. 1810; d. at Ilydo Park 31 Dec. 1880, aged 70 years, 

I month, 28 days; ni. at Duxbury, 4 Jan. 1835. Adrianna or 
Ariadna Sampson, b. at Duxbury 13 Jan. 1815, d. 31 Mar. 1894, 
aged 79 years, 2 months, 16 days. dau. of Perez H. and Sallv 
(Weston). Children: 1. AlfTed,^ ci. 13 (or 18) Mar. 1837, aged 

II months, 5 days. 2. Adrianna S., b. 8 Jan. 1839; d. 10 Feb. 
1858, aged 19 years, 1 month, 2 days. 

iv. Sally Turner, b. 19 Sept. 1312; d. 2 Sept. 1337, aged 25; m. at 

Duxbury, 1 May 1831, Charles Sherman. 
V. Barzuxa a., b. 18 Nov. 1814. 
vi. A 80N, b. 18 Dec. 1823. 

39. Marshall* Peterson (LiUher,^ Reuben,* Jonathan,'^ John}), of 

Duxbury, born at Duxbury 23 Mar. 1800, died 1 Mar. 1838. 
Ho married at Duxbury, 13 May 1827, Ruth C. Sampson, 
bom at Kingston 21 Dec. 1806, died there 22 June 1895, 
daughter of Constant and Rebecca. 
Children, born at Duxbury: 

i. Marshall Aldbn,* shoemaker, ''eldest son'' (cemetery inscrip- 
tion), b. 15 Dec. 1827; died 25 Mar. 1849, aged 21 years, 3 
months. 

ii. Isaac W., b. 29 Dec. 1829. 

iii. Sarah Jane, b. 18 Nov. 1831; d. 27 Jan. 1884; m, Chan- 
dler. 

iv. Emeune T., b. 17 Mar. 1833; m. 26 Dec. 1850 Peleq Gulufeb. 

V. Anne E., b. 9 Sept. 1836. 



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40. Samuel Soule* Peterson (Reuben,* Reuben,^ Jonathany* John}), 

of Duxbuvy, born at Duxbury 15 Mar. 1779, died 3 Aug. 1836. 
He married, 29 July 1812, Sophia Allen, born at Barnstable 
4 June 1784, died 10 Nov. 1822. 
Children, born at Duxbury: 

65. i. Samuel Soulb .• b. 21 Oct. 1813. 

ii. SopuiA Anne, b. 13 Mar. 1815; d. 4 Aug. 1874; m. at Duxbur^', 

29 Dec. 1836, Allrn Piuor, b. at Duxbury 5 Oct. 1813, a. of 

Sylvanu8 and Christiana (Chandior). 
iii. JosiAu C, b. 15 Dec. 1820; d. 13 Jan. 1890; m. his first cousin, 

Deborau Clark Peterson (43, iv), b. at Duxbury 5 July 1825, 

dau. of Reuben and Deborah (Clark). 

41. Thomas* Peterson (Reuben,* Reuben,^ Jonathan,^ John^), of 

Duxbury, born at Duxbury 7 Apr. 1786, died 1 Nov. 1857. 
He married at Duxbury, 1 Dee. 1811, Sarah Alden Samp- 
son, born at Duxbury 12 Sept. 1792, died 28 Aug. 1870, 
daughter of John and Hannah (Alden). 
Children, born at Duxbury: 

i. TiioMA8,« b. 7 Sept. 1812; d. 24 Apr. 1855, 

66. ii. loiiABOD, b. 19 Oct. 1814. 

iii. Henry, b. 15 July 1816; d. at Liverpool, Eng., by falling from the 
masthead of the ship Otieco, 22 June 1841. 

iv. Clark, b. 11 Nov. 1818: d. 13 Oct. 1824. 

V. William, mariner, b, at Duxbury 19 Oct. 1820; m. (1) at Duxbury, 
17 Dec. 1848, Louiba C. Sampson, b. at Duxbury 29 Dec. 1819, 
dau. of Perez II. and Sally (Weston) * m. (2) Hannah T. Ford, b. 
at Duxbury 9 July 1839, dau. of Josuua H. and Sarah W. (Samp- 
son). 

vi. Lewis, b. 24 Oct. 1822; d. 29 Feb. 1824. 

vii. Sylvia, b. 6 Nov. 1824. 

viii. Sallv, b. 6 Nov. 1826; m. in 1850 Spencer Drew. 

ix. Mary C, b. 28 Jan, 1829; m. at Duxbury, 19 Mar. 1848, James 
Chandler, shoemaker, b. at Duxbury S May 1824, s. of Joseph, 
2d, and Ehza (Churchill). 

X. Clark, b. 19 Feb. 1831; d. 3 July 1864. 

xi. Lewis, b. 15 Feb. 1833; d. 13 Aug. 1834. 

42. Charles* Peterson (Reifben,* Reuben,^ Jonathan,^ John}), of 

Duxbury, born at Duxbury 11 Nov. 1788, died 17 Nov, 1845. 
He married, in 1810, Thankful Clark, born at Plymouth, 
daughter of John and Betsey (Long), 
Children:* 

i. John Clabk,* b. in 1811; m. (1) in 1835 Lucy G. Holmes, dau. of 

Scth; m. (2) at Holden, 5 Sept. 1839, Uoxana L. Howard, dau. 

of Joseph of Holden. 
ii. Betsey Thomas, b. in 1815. 
iii. CuABLEs Henry, b. in 1817; m. (1) in 1842 Lucy Clark, dau. of 

Ezra; m. (2) in 1868 Ellen (Lee) Washburn, dau. of Henry and 

widow of Charles. 
iv. David Lewis, of Duxbury, mariner, b. in 1819; d. at Duxbury 7 

Jan. 1894; m. in 1842 Rachel T. Valler, dau. of Simeon, 
v. Sylvester Holmes, b. in 1822; m. in 1850 Matilda Scatterqood, 

dau. of David of Philadelphia, Pa. 
vi. Daniel Porter, b. in 1826; m. in 1853 Jerusha M. Clark, dau. 

of Benjamin, 
vii. Georqe Soule, b. in 1830; m. in 1854 Euzadcth Faunce, dau. of 

Thaddeus. 

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viii. IcHABOD B,, b. in 1833; in. in 1865 Henrietta C. Austin, dau. of 

Jaxnc« of Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands. 
ix. Sarah^ b. in 1833; m. David H. Babcock. 
X. Laura Clark, b. in 1835. 

43. Reuben' Peterson {Reuben,* Reuben,^ JanathaTiy^ John}), of 

Duxbury, born at Duxbury 1 Mar. 1791, died 7 Apr. 1884. 
He married, about 1817, Deborah Clark, born 30 May 1795, 
died 1 May 1890, daughter of Seth and Eunice (Ellis). 
Children, born at Duxbury: 

i. Abigail Soule,* b. 24 Aug. 1818; m. at Duxbury, 30 Dec. 1840, 
Hiram W. Chandler, b. at Duxbury 31 Dec. 1817, s. of Samuel. 

ii. Seth Clark, of Duxbury, ship joiner, b. 3 Sept. 1820; d. 20 Nov. 
1880; m. at Scituate, 16 June 1844, Catherine Kimball Beal, 
b. at Scituate 14 Apr. 1823, dau. of John and Jane T. (Otis). 

iii. Sophia A., b. 25 Sept. 1822; m. at Duxbury, 29 Oct. 1843, Archi- 
bald C. Rider, carpenter, b. at Duxbury 25 Feb. 1818. 

iv. Deborah Clark, b. 5 July 1825; m. her first cousin, JoaiAU C. 
Peterson (40, iii), q.v, 

V. Reuben, b. 31 Jan. 1828; d. at Duxbury 29 Mar, 1901; m. Julia 
Beal. Child: 1. i2eu&cn,^ m. Josephine Davis. 

vi. Ellis, b. 2 Sept. 1830; d. 9 Apr. 1904; m. Abby Wheeler. 

vii. Sidney, b. 26 Mar. 1834; m. (1) Sarah Parker, b. at Aui^usta, Me., 
12 Apr. 1836, d. 2 Jan. 1889; m. (2) Caroune Ford, 28 Oct. 1891. 
He died 8 Mar. 1913. 

44. Clark* Peterson (Reuben,'* Revben,* Jonathan,^ John^), of 

Duxbury, born at Duxbury 4 Oct. 1793, died 2 Jan. 1867. 

He married first Lydia Clark, who died 27 July 1833 (or 

1834), in her 35th year, daughter of Seth and Eunice (Ellis) ; 

and secondly, at Duxbury, 6 Dec. 1835, Eliza Kent, born 

11 Feb. 1799, died 13 July 1888. 

Children by first wife, born at Duxbury: 

i. Samuel Clark,« b. 19 July 1822; d. 28 Oct. 1822. 

ii. Lydia Clark, b. 8 Nov. 1824; m. George Benson. 

iii. Clark, b. 4 Mar. 1826; d. 29 July 1826. 

iv. A son, b. and d. 17 Aug. 1828. 

V. A SON, b. and d. 25 Aug. 1831. 

Children, by second wife, bom at Duxbury: 

vi. Abigail M., b. 21 Apr. 1837; m. Harrison Chandler. 
vii. Eliza Jane, b. 22 Mar. 1839; d. 26 Aug. 1839. 
viii. Henry, b. 7 Oct. 1842. 

45. Joshua*^ Peterson {Joshua,* Reuben,* Jonathan,^ JohriS) was 

bom at Duxbury 18 Aug. 1786. He married at Kingston, 
19 Mar. 1812, being then of Duxbury, Jemima Adams of 
Kingston, bom at Kingston 26 Mar. 1788, daughter of Francis 
and Mercy (Adams). 

Child: 
i. Francis A.,* b. at Duxbury 13 Sept. 1813. 

46. Capt. James^ Peterson {Joshua,* Reuben,* Jonathan,* Johr}), 

born at Duxbury 2 Sept. 1792 [sic, ? 1791], died 22 Jan. 1825, 
aged 33 years, 4 months, 20 days. He married at Duxbury, 
9 June 1822, Matilda W. Chandler, bom at Duxbury 22 
Dec. 1798, died at Weymouth 4 Dec. 1884, daughter of 
Thomas and Matilda (Wadsworth). 



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Children: 

L John James,* b. at Duxbury 1 Nov. 1823; d. 8 May 182&i aged 

18 months, 8 days, 
it. JouN J., a soldier of the Civil War. 

47. George* Pbtbrson (Jo^iuif^ Revbertf* Jonathan,^ John}), born 

at Duxbury in Nov. 1796, died 4 Jan. 1827, aged 30 years, 
2 months, 1 day. He mai-ried at Duxbury, 22 June 1823, his 
first cousin, Deborah Hall Peterson (28, iii), q.v., born 
4 Mar. 1803, daughter of William and Deborah (Hall). She 
married secondly, at Duxbury, 11 Feb. 1829, James Randall. 
Children, born at Duxbury: 

67. i. Georqb P.,« b. 13 Apr. 1824. 
ii. A SON, b. 13 Oct. 1825. 

48. Samuel' Peterson (Samuelf* Reuben,* Jonathan,^ John^), of 

Pen^broke, was bom in Oct. 1783. He married, 23 Jan. 1821, 
Ruth Holmes Sherman, who was born in Aug. 1784. 
Children: 

i. Samuel,* b. in 1821; d. unm. 15 Feb. 1865. 

ii. Calvin, of Duxbury, boxmakcr, b. at Duxbury 16 Oct. 182G; m. 
at Duxbury, 26 Oct. 1847, Maiua L. WrniEiiKLL, b. at Pembroke 
2 July 1823, dau. of Joshua R. and Sarah (Souther) of Pembroke. 

49. Seth*^ Peterson {Samuel,^ Reuben* JoncUhan,^ John^), of Marsh- 

field, born 21 Apr. 1788, died 26 June 1866. He married, 
21 Aug. 1821, Lydia Curtis, bom at Pembroke 5 Sept. 1794, 
died 28 June 1866. They are buried in the Winslow Ceme- 
tery, Marshfield. 
Children: 

i. Seth Torneb,* b. in 1822; lost in a typhoon in the Pacific Ocean 

abt. 1845. 
ii. Amherst, b. 7 Oct. 1823; lost at sea with his brother Scth Turner, 
iii. Almina, b. 7 Oct. 1825; d. 26 July 1829. 

68. iv. Charles Spragxte, b. 19 Sept. 1827. 

V. Daniel Cowing, b. 31 Oct. 1829: settled in the Klondike, at a place 
called Peterson's Gulch; killca in a landslide in 1902. 

yi. Martha (twin), b. 19 June 1832; m. Stephen SuEmiAN. 

yii. Mary (twin), b. 19 June 1832; m. Moses Sherman. 

viii. Lydia Ann, b. 28 Feb. 1835; m. Daniel Tuompson. 

ix. William Curtis, b. 18 Dec. 1837; m. (1) Carrie Weston; m. (2) 
JoiE Manning. Child by second wite: 1. SetU 

50. Stephen* Peterson {Thomas Whiitemore,^ Reuben,* Jonathan,^ 

John^), of Duxbury, bom at Duxbury 7 Mar. 1805, died 

12 Jan. 1888. He married first Sarah , who died 27 

June 1838; and secondly, at Duxbury, 30 Apr. 1840, Achsah 
Randall. 
Children by first wife, bom at Duxbury: 

i. John T.,« b. 6 May 1828. 

ii. Stephen F., b. 20 Apr. 1830; m. 25 Sept. 1851 Caroline Baker, 
b. at DuxDwy 6 Sept. 1833, dau. of George and Hannah (Chan- 
dler). 

iii. Lewis, b. 27 Dec. 1832. 

iv. A SON, b. 11 Mar. 1835. 

y. Sarah R., b. U Dec. 1837; m. 6 Sept. 1863 George L. Baker, b. 
at Duxbury 24 Nov. 1825, s. of George and Hannah (Chandler). 



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51. Briggs* Peterson {William,^ Reuben,* Jmalhan? John^), of 

Duxbury, carpenter, born at Duxbury 18 Sept. 1807, died 

2 Sept. 1879. He married at Duxbury, 1 Jan. 1830, Betsey 

A. BiUDFORD, born at Duxbury 17 Feb. 1806, died 20 Sept. 

1892, daughter of Isaiah and Elizabeth (Dingley). 

Childien, born at Duxbury: 

i. Augustus Briggs,* b. 19 Aug. 1830; d. 7 Apr. 1856. 

ii. A BON. b. 11 Dec. 1831. 

iii. Daniel A., b. 21 Dec. 1832; d. 7 Aiip. 1836. 

iv. GiLBKUT M., b. 12 Feb. 1835; d. 10 Mav 1877; m. in 1800 Nancy 

D. Chandler, b. at Duxbiirv 8 Mar. 1841, d. 24 Sept. 1861, dau. 

of Nathaniel L. and Sally W. 
V. William Bradford, b. 25 Aug. 1836. 
vi. Waltkr Scott, b. 5 June 1839; d. unm. 5 June 1890. 
vii. Ellen Maria, b. 9 Aug. 1810; d. 9 Nov. 1858. 
yiii. Bbtsey Ann, b. 2 Oct. 1842; d. 15 May 1860. 
ix. jAMf.s Haix, b. 8 Jan. 1845; dl in 1865 Josaphine Cbandlsr. 
X. Julius, b. 3 Apr. 1849; d. 4 Aug. 1849. 

62. Daniel* Peterson (Danid,* Joseph,^ Joseph,* Joseph,* John}), 

of Duxbury, was born at Duxbury 7 Sept. 1803. He married 

Phbbe (probably Moore). 

Children, born at Duxbury: 

i. Ellis,^ b. 25 Aug. 1825; m. (1) in 1853 Martha Parker; m. (2) 

Juua . 

ii. Joun, b. 30 Jan. 1827. 

iii. Sarah, b. 24 May 1829. 

iv* Hannah, b. 17 Jan. 1832; d. 23 Apr. 1881; m. Bates. 

63. George W.* Peterson (Daniel,'^ Joseph* Joseph,* Joseph,* 

John}), of Duxbury and South Boston, carpenter, born at 
Duxbury 11 Feb. 1812, died 14 Dec. 1862. He married at 
Duxbury, 23 Dec. 1840, Hannah Hayward Prior, born at 
Duxbuiy 22 Mar. 1811, died 1 Nov. 1880, daughter of Syl- 
van us and Christiana (Chandler). 
Children: 

i. George H.,» b. in 1844; d. 8 May 1011. 

ii. Frank Lloyd, b. at Duxbury; d. 1 Sept. 1848, aged 2 years, 2 

days. 
iii. Ellen W. (twin), b. at Duxbury 25 Sept. 1849. 
iv. Freddie (twin), d. 13 Nov. 1850, aged 14 months. 
V. Herbert, b. at Duxbury 16 Dec. 1852. 

54. Sylvanus* Peterson (Jonathan,^ Sylvanus,* John,* Jonathan* 

John^), of Colrain, born 10 Mar. 1788, died 22 Aug. 1867. 

He married, 29 Dee. 1808, Levina Call, bom 26 Mar. 1789, 

died 9 Dec. 1857. 

Children, born at Colrain (record from family Bible) : 

i. Fannie,^ b. 19 Sept. 1809; d. 12 Sept. 1846. 
ii. Nelson, b. 16 May 1811; d. 25 July 1876; m. Mary Holland. 
iii. Mary, b. 27 June 1813; d. 3 Jan. 1883; m. Amasa Puriungton. 
iv. Olive, b. 2 Nov. 1815; d. 17 Feb. 1897; m. Joshua Davenport. 

V. Charlotte, b. 18 July 1817; d. 16 May 1848; m. Decker. 

vi. Cynthia, b. 17 Nov. 1819; d. 12 Nov. 1889; m. Ouveu Holland. 
vii. Harlow, b. 2 Oct. 1821; d. 18 July 1840. 

viii. IliioDA, b. 19 Oct. 1823; d. 28 July 1845; m. Jesse Purrington. 
ix. Lois, b. 7 Nov. 1825; d. 14 May 1905; in. Allen. 



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z. Jonathan, b. 8 Deo. 1828; d. in July 1911; m. 3 July 1851 Chix>c 
Stratton, b. 23 Oct. 1830, d. 25 Feb. 1802, lie resided at Col- 
rail) UDtil 1S59, when he removed to Heath. Children: 1. Lomm- 
ihiif b. 11 May 1852; d. unm. 2 May 1878. 2. Lavina, b. 5 June 
1855; d. unin. 8 Apr. 1874. 3. Bion, b. 19 Oct. 1857; d. 20 July 
1899; ra. Cornelia A. Reynolds. 4. Arlhw, b. 22 Mar. 18G0; d, 
9 Feb. 1908. 5, Anloinettc, b. 24 Jan. 1862; d. 5 Mar. 1902; m. 
John Shumway. 6. fVa/tfc, b. 27 Nov. 18C4. 7. Jose phi ne, b. 
31 Oct. 1867; ra. (1) Francis Cook; m. (2) Charlea Miller. 8. 
John, b. 22 May 1870. 

xi. John, b. 15 July 1831; d. in Jan. 1900; m. Antionutte Drapuk. 

xii. George, b. 30 Oct. 1834; in. Mary Hall. 

xiii. Jane, b. 18 July 1836; d. 29 June 1906; m. Emery Harris. 

xiv. A CHILD, d. io infancy. 

55. Capt, Lewis' Peterson {George,^ Jonatharif* Jonathan,^ Jona^ 

than,^ John^)f of Duxbury, born at Duxbury 11 Apr. 1804, 

died 21 Jan. 1863. He married, 13 Dec. 1829, Julia Ann T. 

Brewster of Duxbury, born at Duxbury 28 Aug. 1811, died 

2 Sept. 1864, daughter of Capt. Daniel W. and Polly (Hall). 

Childron, born at Duxbury: 

i. George 0.,» b. 9 Juno 1831; d. unm. 26 Sept. 1864. 
ii. Julia L., b. 4 May 1834. 

iii. Ann L,, b. 12 May 1836; d. 8 Nov. 1885; m. Burgess. 

iv. Daniel B., b. 11 July 1838; d. unm. 7 Apr. 1876. 

V. Lucy Edwin, b. 11 Nov. 1840; ra. Hamilton Wadswoiith, b. at 

Duxbury 4 July 1837, s. of Ahira and Olive (Wadsworth). 
vi. Lewis, b. 14 Mar. 1844; d. 22 June 1885. 
vii. William P. (twin), b. 20 Dec. 1846. 
viii. Mart H. (twin), b. 20 Dec. 1846; m. 27 Apr. 1867 Wiluam Wad*- 

WORTH. 

ix. EuMOVa A., b. 20 Seiii. 1840; d. 1 Mar. 1851. 

X. Augusta E. (or Lily A.), b. 27 Sept. 1852; d. 12 July 1854.* 

66. Jabez* Pstebson {Jabcz,^ Elijah*^ Reuben,^ Jonathunr John^)^ 
of Duxbury, Kingston, and Abington, born at Duxbury 
29 Jan. 1799, died 6 Nov. 1893. He married first, at Abington, 
17 Mar. 1825, Maby Porter Tirrell, born at Abington 1 Apr. 
1806, died at Abington 14 Jan. 1841, aged 35, daughter of 
Nathaniel and Sarah (Beals) ; secondly (intention recorded at 
Abington, 9 May 1841) Betsey (Benner) Poole, born at 
Abington 21 Mar. 1806, died 17 Dec. 1848, daughter of Joseph 
and Lucy (Whiting) and widow of Granville Church Poole 
(bom at Abington 17 June 1802, died 28 Oct. 1838, son of 
David and Abigail (Studley)), to whom she was married at 
Abington, 15 Apr. 1822; and thirdly, 5 Nov. 1849, Piioebb 
Shurtleff, born 24 Dec. 1821, died 1 Nov. 1903. His large 
family is not fully recorded, but the appended list of children 
must be nearly complete. It was compiled from the Dux- 
bury and Abington records and from private sources. 
Children by first wife: 

i. Mart A.,^ b. at Duxbury 3 Dec. 1825; d. 10 Dec. 1911; m. at 
Abington, 10 Aug. 1847, Joshua D. Bailey, shoemaker, b. abt. 
1825, s. of Benjamin and Rachel. 

* In the town record of her birth thla child is called Augusta £., but in tho town 
record of her death siie is called Liiiie A. In the record of her birth found in her 
father'0 Bible she is called Lily A. 



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ii. IcHABOD W., b. at Duxbury 1 Mar. 1828; d. 17 Apr. 1872; m. 9 

June 1850 Martha George Weston, b. at Duxbury 17 Apr. 

1832, d. 14 Sept. 1858, dau. of George and Abigail (Chandler). 
iii. Martha D., b. at Duxbury 3 Nov. 1830; d. 1 Oct. 1851; m. 30 

Mar. 1851 Joseph H. Eversok. 
iy. AifNE J., b. at Duxbury 31 Jan. 1833; d. 2 Dec. 1898; m. Nathan 

Whiting. 
T. LuciuR C, removed to California and d. a young .man. 
vi. Jabez Porter, b. at Abington 12 Feb. 1838; m. 3 Jan. 1864 Sarah 

B. Spraoub. 
vii. Meuitablb Weston, b. at Abington 19 Dec. 1840« 

Children by second wife, born at Duxbury: 

viii. EuzA E., b. 3 May 1842. 

ix. Charleb a., b. 17 Apr. 1847; d. 11 Noy. 1898; m. 2 Feb. 1871 
Henrietta Hunt. 

Children by third wife : 

X. George F., of Duxbury, farmer, b. at Duxbury 13 Feb. 1854; m. at 
Duxbury, 10 Oct 1876, Euzabeth Christie of Mar&hfield, b. at 
Frcdericton, N. B., abt. 1853, dau. of Alexander and Margaret. 

xi. Emma L., b. in Dec. 1855; d. in July 1856. 

xii. Ellen M., b. 29 May 1857; in. 26 Mar. 1879 George H. Thomas. 

xiii. Lucius A., b. 10 Oct. 1858; m. 27 Nov. 1887 Euzabeth P. Soole. 

57. Elijah* Peterson (Jabez,^ Elijah* Reuben? Jonathan,^ John}), 

of Duxbury, born at Duxbury 14 Nov. 1803, died 1 July 1871. 

He married first, at Duxbury, in 1826, Sarah M. Simmons, 

who died 10 Nov. 1855; and secondly Mary D. '—, who 

died 29 June 1877. 

Children by first wife, bom at Duxbury: 

i. Sarah M.,' b. 23 Mar. 1827: m. 16 Sept. 1850 Wiluam S. Estbs. 

ii. Mary E., b. 25 Oct. 1828; d. 30 July 1830. 

iii. Mart E., b. 1 July 1830; d. unin. 14 Mar. 1869. 

iv. PfiNELOPB C, b. 14 Sept. 1832; m. Gustavus Lane. 

y. EuDORA, b. 24 June 1835; m. Peter Wiluamson. 

Children by second wife, bom at Duxbury: 

vi. Wilbur F^ b. 4 May 1859. 
vii. Everett E., b. 26 Apr. 1862. 
viii. Deua S., b. 19 Dec. 1866. 

58. Judah* Peterson {Judah,^ Elijah? Revben? Jonathan? John^), 

of Duxbury, farmer, born at Duxbury 8 Oct. 1810, died 

6 Apr. 1859. He married at Duxbury, 25 Nov* 1834, Betsey 

Weston, born at Duxbury 2 Sept. 1811, died 7 June 1887. 

Children, born at Duxbury: 

i. Mart Jane,^ b. 16 Sept. 1837. 
ii. Simeon W., b. 24 Oct. 1843. 

59. OEkJSHA* Pbtebson {Esaias? Nehemiah? Reuben? Jonathan? 

John^), of Duxbury, was born at Duxbury 8 Sept. 1807. He 

married at Duxbury, 8 Oct. 1837, Ann Glover of Marshfield, 

who was bom 13 Sept. 1819. 

Children, bom at Duxbury: 

i. Laura A.,^ b. 9 Dec, 1837. 

ii. LuELLA, b. 16 May 1840; d. 1 Mar. 1842; bur. at Marshfield. 

iii. Alonzo F., b. 12 Mar. 1844. 

iv. Isabella Maria, b. 3 Feb. 1849; d. 3 Oct. 1850; bur. at Marshfield. 

V. Lucy, b. 17 Deo. 1852. 

vi. EuBHA, b. 20 Oct. 1857. 



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60. EsAiAs* Peterson {Esdias,^ Nehemiah,^ Reuben,* Jonathan^ 

John}), shoemaker, was bom at Duxbury 20 June 1809. He 
married first, at Kingston, 19 Oct. 1837, being called of Dux- 
bury, Ruth Taylor of Marshfield, who died at Abington 
26 Sept. 1842, aged 32, and is buried at Marshfield; and 
secondly, at Duxbury, 13 July 1845, Mary Glover of Marsh- 
field, lx)m about 1815, daughter of John and Mary^ 
Children by first wife: 

i. Horace,' b. at Duxbury 15 July 1839; d. 18 May 1840, aged 10 

Diouibs, 2 days; bur. at Mawfield. 
il. Ray, b. at Abington in Apr. 1842; d. 8 Oct. 1842, aged 6 montha, 

4 days; bur. at Marshfield. 

Children by second wife: 

iii. Henry Ray, b. 15 June 1846; d. 16 May 1907. 
iv. Andrkw Hokace, b. 22 May 1848; d. 3 June 1907. 
V. Mblyin TOsaias, b. 1 May 1850. 
vi. Hbuhan Jones, b. 18 Juno 1852; d. 9 Oct. 1912. 
vii. Albeut Otis, b. 2 Feb. 1854. 

61. Zephaniah Sakobb Crossman* Peterson (EsaiaSf* Neheiniah,^ 

Reuben,^ Jonaihan? John}), of Duxbury, was born at Duxbury 

29 May 1811. He married, in Jan. 1844, Harriet Taylor. 

Children, born at Duxbury: 

i. Edwin P.,' b. 7 Deo. 1844; d. 12 Oct. 1847; bur. at Marshfield. 
ii. HcNKY O., b. 31 Mar. 1846; d. 12 Jan. 1847; bur. at Martdifield. 
iii. Walter, b. 24 Feb. 1848. 
iv. GeobgBi b. 3 Apr. 1850. 
▼. Zephaniah, b. 15 June 1851. 
vi. Harribt, b. 8 Nov. 1853. 
vii. MiRA, b. 28 Oct. 1855. 
viii. Sanfobd, b. 24 June 1858. 

62. Nehemiah* Petbbson (Esaiaa,* Nehemiah,^ Reuben,* Jonathan,^ 

John^),ot Duxbury, shoemaker, was bom at Duxbury 10 Jan. 

1818. He married at Duxbury, 1 Mar. 1845, Laurelia 

WiNSOR, born at Duxbury 7 June 1825, daughter of Zenas 

and Lucinda. 

Children, bom at Duxbury: 

i. OflCAR R./ b. 7 Jan. 1846. 
ii. Clark E^ b. 20 Oct. 1850. 
iii. Erncst C., b. 28 Jan. 1857. 

63. Mabtin* Pbtsb&ok {Esaiaa,* Nehemiah,'^ Reuben,* Jonathan,* 

John^), Of Duxbury, was bom at Duxbury 14 June 1820. He 

married at Duxbury, 2 Jan. 1848, Adeline A. Childs, 

daughter of Daniel H. and Mary. 

Children, bom at Duxbury: 

i. Mart L./ b. 1 Mar. 1849: d. 4 Mar. 1880. 

ii. George M.. b. 14 Mar. 1851. 

iii. Edgar D., b. 25 July 1853. 

iv. Wbntworth, b. 20 Dec. 1855. 

V. Frederick, b. 15 Nov. 1860; d. 2 Mar. 1886. 

vi. Lawrence, b. 24 June 1864. 

vii. Charles H., b. 81 July 1868. 

64. 0ns* Pbtebson {Esaias,^ Neliemiah,^ Reuben,* Jonathan,* John^), 

of Duxbury, shoemaker, born at Duxbury 7 Dec. 1824, died 



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27 Apr. 189fr. He married at Duxbury, 9 Oct. 1848, Eliza 
Aj«n Winsob, born at Duxbury 15 Mar. 1828, di^d 27 Nov. 
1893, daughter of Alden and Eliza (Perkins). 
Children, born at Duxbury: 

i. WiLUAM Otis,' b. 6 May 1849. 
ii. Isabella M., b. 6 Oct. 1850. 
ill. Lydia Hi 

65. Samuel Soulb* Peterson {Samuel Sowk,* Reuhen^^ Reuben* 

Jonathan,^ John^), of Duxbury, carpenter, born at Duxbury 
21 Oct. 1813, died 4 Jan. 1873. He married at Duxbury, 
30 Nov. 1837, Sahah C. Holme)9, born at Duxbury 4 July 
1817, died 4 Dec. 1869, daughter of Levi and Anna (Oldham). 
Children, born at Duxbury: 

i. Ladiia,' b. 11 Jan. 1839; d. 31 Aug. 1842. 

ii. Julia, b. 12 Oct. 1840; m. Walter Thompson. 

iii. Obcar (twin), b. 10 June 1843; d. 29 Au{>:. 1843. 

iv. Walter (twin), b. 10 June 1843; d. at Port Hudaon, La., 3 Aug« 

1803, a member of Co. 1, 4lh Mass. Volunteers. 
T. Sabah Allyn, b. 22 May 1858. 

66. IcHABOD® Peterson (ThomaSj^ Reuben,^ Reuben,* Jonathan* 

John^), of Duxbury, rigger, was born at Duxbury 19 Oct. 1814. 
He married at Duxbury, 25 Dec. 1842, Josephine Sampson, 
born at Duxbury 3 Apr. 1817, daughter of Perez H. and Sally 
(Weston). 
Child: 

i. Waldo,^ b. at Duxbury 10 Mar. 1844. 

67. George P.* Peterson {George,'^ Joshua,^ Reuben,* Jonathan* 

John^)f of Duxbury, bom at Duxbury 13 Apr. 1824, died at 
Taunton 13 Apr. 1900, He married first, at Duxbury, 26 
Nov. 1843, his second cousin, Adeline Peterson (37, vi), 
born at Duxbury 18 Nov. 1815, died 3 Aug. 1858, daughter 
of Esaias and Lydia (Holmes); and secondly, 21 Aug. 1861, 
Mary A. Gray, bom in 1825, died at Duxbury 20 June 1904, 
aged 68 [sic] years, 6 months. 
Children by first wife, born at Duxbury: 

i. JuuA,» b. 23 May 1847: d. 23 Jan. 18G9. 

ii. Adeline P., b. 8 Apr. 1850; m. 17 Oct. 1867 JohnH. Haverstock, 

b. at Worcester m Mar. 1845. 
iii. Emma, b. 20 Feb. 1853; m. at Duxbury, 18 Aug. 1872, Georqe F. 

Peterson of Duxbury, shoemaker, probably her second cousin 

once removed, b. at Duxbury 14 Dec. 1852, s. of George W. 

(probably 27, xi) and Hannah B. 
iy. George G., b. 26 Feb. 1856. 

Children by second wife, bom at Duxbury: 

V. Fannie E., b. 11 Apr. 1865; d. 24 Sept. 1865. 
vi. Parker, b. 18 Jan. 1867. 

68. Charles Sprague* Peterson {Seth* Samvsl* Reuben,* Jona^ 

than,* John^), of Marshfield, and previously of Plymouth and 
Boston, was born 19 Sept. 1827. He married, 5 July 1852, 

ElSANOB H. CoUiXNQWOOD. 



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Children: 

i. Cbablbs Robbbt/ b. 5 Sept. 1853; la. 26 July 1885 Lizzia Pbbeins. 
ii. Ltdia Guhtis, b. 6 Feb. 1856; m. 2 Oct. 1900 CHARLEa Mc- 
Lauthun. 

ADDENDUM 

Asaph Torbet Pstbrson, of Abington, shoemaker, bom in the 
East Parish of Bridgewater 22 Mar. 1779, died at Abington 12 Jan. 
1863, aged 84. He married at Abington, 4 Aug. 1803,* being then 
called of Bridgewater, Betsey Bates, who died before her husband. 
He may have belonged to the Peterson family of Duxbury, but his 
place in that family has not been determined. The printed Vital 
Records of Abington furnish the information about his children 
which is given below. He was perhaps son of Elijah (20). 
Children, recorded at Abington: 

i. Benjamin, b. 11 July 1804; d. 15 Apr. 1825. 

ii. Sally, d. 19 Nov. 1806,t aged 5 weeks, 2 days.) 

iii. Abafh, b. 14 Apr. ISOS: bur. at Ilanaon; m. (1) at Abington, 1 Sept. 
1831, Mbhitadlk llUNT NoYEB, who d. 17 June 1841, aged 32 
years, 6 months, 15 days; in. (2) at Abington, 19 May 1842, § 
Cyntiiia Sh£rman.|| Children by first wife, recorded at Abing* 
ton: 1. Algernon Asaph, b. 10 Aug. 1832. 2. Silas Naycs, b. 
20 May 1837. 3. Ellen Mehitable, b. 6 Aug. 1839. 4. Betsey 
Bates, b. 12 May 1841; d. at Hanson 9 Oct. 1848, aged 7. Child 
by second wife, recorded at Abington: 5. James Bates, b, 14 July 
1843. 

iv. Franklin (twin), b. 12 Mar. 1811; m, at Abington, 10 Jan. 1833, 
Al&iira Stetson of Pembroke. Children, recorded at Abing- 
ton: 1. Almira Stetson, b. 25 Mav 1834; d. 1 Oct. 1835. 2. 
Benjamin Franklin, b. in 1836; d. 25 Apr. 1845. 3. Almira 
Stetson, b. 23 Jan. 1842. 4. Sarah Oldham, b. 6 Dec. 1846. 

▼. Washington (twin), b. 12 Mar. 1811; m. at Abington, 9 May 
1833, EuiLT Bates of East Bridgewater. Children, recorded at 
Abington: 1. Emily Bates, b. 16 Mar. 1834. 2. Elizabeth (called 
grandchild of Mrs. Jane Bates), b. 30 Sept. 1836; d. 25 Apr. 1845. 
3. Elizabeth Amelia, b. 4 Feb. 1848. 

▼i. LuTHRR, b. 9 Dec. 1813; m. at Abington, 29 Oct. 1835, Wealthy 
HowLAND of Hanson. Children, recorded at Abington: 1. 
Lydia Ilowlandj b. 25 Dec. 1837 [sic], 2. IJarriel Auguslta [sic], 
b. 4 May 1838 [sic]. 3. Eveline Bates, b. 17 Apr. 1840; d. 22 Jan. 
1843. 4. Warren, b. 31 Mar. 1845. 5. Herbert Austin, b. 13 
Aug. 1849. 

vii. Elbridge, b. 1 Apr. 1816. 

viii. Edward Bates, b. 4 Sept. 1818; m. at Abington, 14 Nov. 1839, 
Anna Emery No yes. Children, recorded at Abington: 1. Julia 
Ann, b. 17 Dec. 1840. 2. George Edward, b. 7 Apr. 1843. 
3. Alma Amelia, b. 22 Apr. 1846. 

iz. Sally, b. 27 June 1822. 

* Town record. Three private reeords giYe 13 Oct. 1803 as the date of this marriage, 
t Town record. Gravestone and three private records give 18 Nov. 1806 as the date 
of death. 

Gravestone record. One private record gives the age as 5 months. 

Town record. One private record gives 17 May 1842 as the date of this marriage. 

Town record. Three private records give the surname as Sherwin. 



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